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Last Updated: Tuesday March 27 2007 10:18 GMT

In pictures: Your views on grey squirrel cull

There's a row about officials in Aberdeen trapping and killing grey squirrels to protect their red relatives. Here's what children in Aberdeen had to say about it...

There's a row about officials in Aberdeen trapping and killing grey squirrels to protect their red relatives. Here's what children in Aberdeen had to say about it...

Andrew, 10: "I think the greys should be killed to give the reds a better chance of living."

The traps were set up because experts said the greys were eating the reds' food. Andrew, 10: "I think the greys should be killed to give the reds a better chance of living."

Bethany, 11: "I think it's OK to kill some of the grey ones just to protect the reds."

Greys are bigger and more aggressive than their red relatives. Bethany, 11, said: "I think it's OK to kill some of the grey ones just to protect the reds."

Rachel, nine: "I think it's mean to kill the squirrels because at the end of the day, they are both just squirrels."

Animal rights groups have hit out at the cull, saying it's cruel. Rachel, nine, said: "I think it's mean to kill the squirrels because at the end of the day, they are both just squirrels."

Matthew, nine: "I think we should use some money to buy food for the red ones so we don't have to kill the grey squirrels."

Greys also carry diseases which can kill reds. Matthew, nine, said: "I think we should use some money to buy food for the red ones so we don't have to kill the grey squirrels."

Jodi, 10: "The reds should stay here because they were here first."

The greys aren't native to the UK. They came over from America more than 100 years ago. Jodi, 10, said: "The reds should stay here because they were here first."

Cameron, 11: "I don't think humans should interfere with evolution. We should just leave the red and greys to live their normal lives."

Greys have squeezed out the reds in many areas. Cameron, 11, said: "I don't think humans should interfere with evolution. We should just leave the red and greys to live their lives."



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