Further to my passle post at the end of October regarding illegal killing of birds of prey in the UK , a gamekeeper in Norfolk has received a suspended sentence after poisoning buzzards on the estate where he worked. The worst thing about this case is that the owners of the estate go unpunished, because in England a landowner cannot be held responsible for a gamekeeper's behaviour. It strikes me as odd that a landowner does not know what is happening on their estate. In Scotland, the landowners now do share the blame for such crimes, which has resulted in fewer instances of poisoning. It is a no-brainer that the law should be changed in England to penalise landowners as well as gamekeepers.
A gamekeeper convicted of "the worst case of bird of prey poisoning" recorded in England has been given a 10-week suspended sentence. Allen Lambert, 65, who worked on the Stody Estate, near Holt in Norfolk, was found guilty of deliberately killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk. In England a landowner is not responsible for a gamekeeper's crimes.