Prime Minister asked by Tim Farron MP “to heed request” to Free the Deer

Sellafield Deer Rings Dave "Gonna Shoot Us All"
Sellafield Deer Rings Dave “Gonna Shoot Us All”

Tim Farron MP has sent a letter to the Prime Minister asking him “to heed” campaigners calls for a halt to the proposed cull of roe deer. Campaigners are gearing up to spend nights around the Sellafield reprocessing plant perimeter fences to stop any discharge of firearms from within the site.

Our Ref: Birk004/38/ag   12 March 2014

Dear Marianne

Thank you very much for your recent email with regard to the threat to the trapped roe deer at Sellafield. I am pleased to confirm that I have written to the Prime Minister to ask him to heed your request and I will write again, when I have received the response.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely


Sent: 11 March 2014 12:10

To: Tim Farron MP

Subject: Letter to the Prime Minister

– Sellafield Deer Cull Inhumane

Dear Tim,

We would be very grateful if you could make the Prime Minister aware of the following letter and attachment Many Thanks! Marianne

(address below)

Dear Prime Minister,

Your Department of Energy and Climate Change ordered extra security fences to be built around Sellafield reprocessing site. The fences have trapped a family group of roe deer. An 18-month study was commissioned from the government body The Deer Initiative.

This study failed to assess the number or sex of the deer but came up with culling as the “most humane option” as tranquilized deer might “injure themselves, perhaps fatally, attempting to flee in what is quite dense undergrowth” It seems that opening the new fences to free the deer has never been an option.

The proposal to cull has been condemned by many wildlife and animal rights groups including Animal Aid, PETA, We Are Change and Humane Wildlife Solutions.

Three protests have been held, 6000 have signed petitions.

Sellafield workers have honked horns to Free the Deer.

If as Sellafield say the deer have not entered the contaminated zones of the plant then there is no excuse to cull. Groups experienced in releasing deer from complex situations have made offers of help.

If Sellafield continues with their cull local people and the wider community are asking Why – what is Sellafield not telling us?

We are writing to you to ask you to intervene to halt the proposed cull, there are rumours locally that the cull may have started inside the Closed Season. Female deer may be pregnant.

Yours sincerely,

Marianne Birkby,  Milnthorpe

Brian Morton, Workington

Margaret Morton,Workington

Gayle McCrickerd, Workington

On behalf of Save the Sellafield Deer

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