Sad that you think that. Your euphemism of "removing" tells so much.They were slaughtered. Killed, butchered. And yes, murdered. For simply being there and in this case, the victims twice over. Of neglect then brutal capture and slaughter.
We were looking at property on Tory at the time; no way would we live in a place liek that where bird worship rules!
When there is a way and many folk supporting that way to manage without wholesale discriminatory slaughter, it is utterly beyond ridiculous to do what was done.
This unrealistic fanatical protectionism goes against nature and is inhumane in the extreme. Reminds of all racism and prejudice.
NB it is incorrect to capitalise corncrake. Obsessional.
for sport.. ugh! Better on the hunting forum not here where folk love cats.
PS: I grew up with cats and kept them as pets at various times so I am not anti-cat - I simply beleive that preventing the extinction of whole species is more important then a tiny number of feral cats among the hundreds of millions of feral cats that exist in and around virtually every human settlement on the planet.