Simon Young 1

Cormorants in the UK should be culled and removed from schedule one protection.

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Cormorants quickly destroy the vast majority of fish stocks and have no natural preditors to control their numbers. The laws protecting cormorants are completely unnecessary as the law that currently protects them is meant to be used for rare birds such as the Osprey. Cormorants are by no means rare and are predating inland waters when in fact they are a sea bird. Just a small group of cormorants will decimate stocks of small fish on a small to medium sized river or lake in a very short time meaning the water will take years to recover. All of our fish are being eaten by the population of cormorants that is totally out of control, many other birds and animals that rely on these fish stocks are now suffering as a result. Based on the above and scientific evidence freely available in the public domain we petition the government to strongly consider a cull on these birds and their removal from protection.

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