The Protection of Birds


    IN its report for 1905, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds directs attention to the circumstance that the year under review is the first during which it has enjoyed the privilege of a Royal Charter. Reference is also made to the importance of last year's ornithological congress in connection with the recognition of the great principle that bird-protection is an international affair, and that, in the case of migratory species, it is of little use to adopt protective measures in this country if indiscriminate slaughter is carried on abroad. It is, moreover, also pointed out that we are by no means free from reproach in this matter even at home, as is exemplified by the instance of a honeybuzzard which was killed and mounted in the Isle of Wight, although such procedure would have been illegal in Hampshire. The progress of bird-protection in India is referred to with approval; but it is stated that further international action is required in connection with the trade An “osprey-plumes.”

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