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Letters / Speed kills

I find few things in the Shetland animal world more heart-rending than seeing a shalder grieving on the roadside for its mate, lately killed by a car.

The knowledge that shalders pair for life probably influences that feeling.

This year so far I have counted three dead shalders on the road between Tresta and Weisdale.

Last year there was indignation in the press about the number of birds unnecessarily killed by vehicles.

With all the recent publicity about our waning wildlife, please can we remember our responsibilities as “stewards” of the planet, and that where cars are concerned, speed kills?

James Mackenzie
The Lea