The wildlife minister, Elliott Morley, has confirmed that the Government intends to wipe out the British population of Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis. This is the first attempt ever to eradicate an alien bird species from the UK and coincides with new moves to eliminate another North American alien, the American Mink Mustela vison (see below). The cull is portrayed as a last-ditch bid to protect t

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