Following today's reports of the death of a golden eagle by illegal poisoning in Angus earlier this month, Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, commented:
"We are appalled that poisoning is the cause of the death of a golden eagle in Angus earlier this month and we offer our support to Police Scotland as they continue to gather evidence about this incident. We will be contacting our own members and encouraging them to respond to the police call for information."
"The golden eagle is our most iconic bird of prey and the news of the eagle's death comes at a time when real progress has been made to ensure these illegal and cruel acts of wildlife crime are stamped out. Such illegal acts do untold damage to the rural sector and will not be tolerated by the responsible majority."
"Scottish Land & Estates is an enthusiastic member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland and will continue to do whatever it can to help the police and the Scottish Government, working in partnership with relevant agencies and organisations, to eradicate wildlife crime in all its forms and we wholeheartedly condemn the mindless inority who commit such acts."