A group of landowners is calling on the Scottish government to allow them to kill birds of prey to protect stocks of grouse and other game birds.
Every year birds of prey are found trapped, poisoned and shot on the country's hills, despite being protected by law and specialist wildlife crime officers. Landowners say the number of illegal killings is relatively small. The official figures are between 25 and 30 each year. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds believes many other cases of raptor persecution go undiscovered and unreported.
Why would anyone want to kill a bird of prey?
The RSPB believes it's all about money. Shooting, especially grouse shooting is worth £240m a year.
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