The animals’ bodies have been strung up in a long line on a fence through fields south east of Haddington. They were photographed and counted on Sunday (23 November) by a birdwatcher, Geoff Morgan, and posted on Twitter.
Landowners, gamekeepers and farmers regard moles as pests and regularly cull them, but the scale and manner of this mass killing has shocked animal welfare groups.
“Queen Victoria must be alive and well,” said John Robins from Animal Concern. “This unnecessary massacre of native wildlife shows the outdated mentality of some people working our land today.”
He pointed out that hanging out corpses on a line went back to the days when gamekeepers and shepherds had to prove that they were doing their job so they would get paid. “If these moles have been poisoned their carcasses could in turn poison birds such as buzzards, harriers and hawks,” Robins suggested.