A wildlife has warned that EU budget cuts could force some animal species into extinction.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is worried the scrapping of EU payments to farmers using techniques to protect and encourage vulnerable species will have catastrophic effects.
I think that what the report means to say is 'A wildlife charity', but I'll let them off.
If the funds are removed from the EU budget proposals, which are being announced on Wednesday, June 29, the charity fears declining species in Kent such as the grey partridge, the lapwing and the tree sparrow will suffer.
Martin Harper, the RSPB's conservation director, said: "Our countryside has faced many threats, but this would be really savage.
Oh come on, are we supposed to believe that if EU funding cuts come to pass that the farmers, people who really do understand their place in the grand scheme of things, people who have an innate appreciation of nature and how it all fits together, is going to say 'fuck 'em' and bulldoze all the habitat?
And are we really supposed to believe that funding from the EUSSR is the only way this catastrophe can be avoided?
Hang on, what EU budgetary cut?
The European Commission is proposing a 4.9% increase in EU spending next year - boosting the euro-budget by £5.5 billion to £117 billion.
No, there's something fishy going on here.
I wonder where the RSPB. . .
In 2010 RSPB reported received a staggering £22.6 million in public money, including:Ah, I see.
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: £4.5 million
- Landfill Communities Fund: £2.3 million
- European Union: £2.1 million
Sorry guys, this party's over.