Via the Daily Post:
RSPB appeal after young peregrine falcons stolen
Jun 25 2008 by Laura Sharpe, Liverpool Daily Post
THREE wild peregrine chicks have been stolen from a Cheshire nesting site.
Six men with ropes are thought to have stolen them from Beeston Castle.
There was no evidence of birds being trapped or killed, leading investigators to believe the well grown birds were taken particularly for use in falconry.
The RSPB have used the theft to renew their appeal to the government not to weaken the laws on keeping birds of prey.
Under proposed changes, peregrines kept in captivity would no longer need to be registered with government, leading to more birds being taken from the wild by unscrupulous bird keepers.
Also via the Beeb:
Taking birds from the wild to use in falconry is illegal.
Captive peregrines are among a number of birds of prey which have to be registered with the government.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering whether to cut the number of species which have to be registered by owners.
The RSPB said it feared the peregrine falcon, red kite, hobby, merlin and hen harrier could all be taken off the list of birds which have to be ringed and registered under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Duncan McNiven, of the RSPB, said: “The news these chicks have been stolen is very upsetting and illustrates why we are so concerned that the law protecting these incredible birds be maintained.