What I am questioning is the legitimacy of falconry "as an ancient tradition" in the first place, and in a wider, worldwide context, as it's obvious that 6 birds won't affect the overall numbers of the Peregrine population in the UK.
But if you make it a legitimate heritage-related activity you can't object to the same activity taking place elsewhere (i.e. in the Arab world) to much less stringent standards and without any means of effectively knowing what is actually going on, which is what is happening in Italy as well, where there isn't a long-standing tradition of prosecuting wildlife crimes (there are most important things to think about is their thinking) and poaching is rife.
I also question the whole idea of taking wild birds and raising them in captivity for leisure, fun, sport, call it what you like. You have seen the photos above and I ask you if this is a fate that you would wish on any creature, wild or not.
Tradition, are, that old one, applied to Bullfighting, Ortolan trapping, whale harvest, eating Puffins, shooting, they all get some kind of protection under EU law despite their barbarity.
What the birds are being used to hunt is a big issue, I can't speak to the conditions they're kept in, is hooding a bird any worse than putting blinkers on a horse which, I don't agree with btw and seing a charter flight for BOP's was surreal
I've also read, that birds raised in Northern areas, don't do well in the Middle East and soon end up sick, particularly Gyrs it seems?