Hen harriers stir
Royal controversy in the U.K.
Prince Harry has been
questioned after two rare birds, hen harriers, were found dead
on the Queen's estate.
According tot he latest reports, Prince Harry has been
questioned by the local police about his involvement in the
shooting of two extremely rare birds, "Hen Harriers", which were
found on the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate last Wednesday.
Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales,
confirmed that police met with Prince Harry, but he told them
that he knows nothing about the incident. Staff members of the
Prince have apparently told the police that Harry and his
friends were the only people hunting in the estate around the
time of the incident.
Now many would wonder why the shooting of
two hen harriers could be a bigger controversy than Dick Chaney
shooting people while hunting. First, the Queen is a patron of
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and if Prince
Harry was involved in the shooting of the two hen harriers, it
would be a great embarrassment to the Royal Family, not to
mention that by shooting a hen harrier one risks a sentence of
up to six months or a £5,000 fine. Because the hen harriers are
bird of pray, they have been subject to shooting by hunters for
many years, which has almost led to their extinction in the U.K.
It is estimated that there are only about 20 female hen harriers
in England. The hen harriers could be found in North America
under the name "Marsh Hawk".