Should we save the red squirrels? Now there’s a question for you!
Red squirrels are Britain’s only native squirrel. They were once widespread across the UK, but over the last 50 years they have undergone a huge decline with their range now restricted to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern England and small pockets of Wales and southern England.
Autumnwatch has laid out the key arguments for and against saving the red squirrels – click here.
As a vegetarian, I’m against killing animals which is what you need to do in order to preserve the red squirrel – kill many many grey squirrels. The grey squirrel is a stronger species. It eats more of a variety of food than the red, it is immune from the disease which kills the red and it breeds each year (the red won’t breed if it is not the right weight etc). It is very unfortunate that this situation has come about and yes, the reds are adorable but I like the greys too and they shouldn’t be killed. An ideal situation would be to vaccinate the reds against the disease the grey squirrels pass onto them but apparently this is at least 10 years off.
What do you think – add your comment.