I very much hope that The Shetland Times, which has always stressed the importance of the environment of and around the isles, will be challenging the appalling decision by the SSPCA to shut the wildlife unit and which has, apparently, prompted the inspector to retire early.
As you know this centre was set up mainly with money from the oil industry so why on earth don’t the SSPCA ask that same industry for help to keep it going?
Are they really serious in suggesting that injured creatures or those requiring specialist care/help are to be taken all the way to Clackmannanshire for treatment? How much is that going to cost each time?
It is an outrageous decision in a remote area that needs every facility it can get and, for me, makes it abundantly clear that the SSPCA have no special regard for the unique wildlife environment of these islands.
I believe this decision needs to be seriously challenged by all who care and I very much hope it is a matter that the Times will take up on behalf of everyone.
Alan M. Watkins
26 The Cobbins,
Burnham on Crouch,