Old e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting

This e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting collected 22,400 signatures on the HM Government website.

 

Here is the text of the e-petition:

Ban driven grouse shooting

Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Intensive management of upland areas for the ‘sport’ of grouse shooting has led to the near-extinction of the protected Hen Harrier in England, as well as increased risk of flooding, discolouration of drinking water, degradation of peatbogs and impacts on other wildlife.

Grouse shooting interests have persecuted the Hen Harrier to such an extent that, despite full legal protection for the last 60 years, it is almost extinct as a breeding species in England (2 pairs nested in 2013) despite there being habitat available for 300+ pairs. The investigation of wildlife crimes against such protected species is time-consuming, difficult to prosecute, and ties up valuable police resources.

Grouse shooters have failed to put their own house in order, despite decades of discussion, and government has proved incapable of influencing this powerful lobby group.

The time has now come for the public to call ‘Enough!’ and require the next government to ban driven grouse shooting in England.

Please sign.

 

 

Reasons to sign even if you are, like me, a wishy-washy liberal who doesn’t like banning things.

A summary of the reasons to ban driven grouse shooting.

How the grouse industry got it so wrong.

10 reasons to sign this e-petition (actually 18 reasons)

10 reasons not to sign this e-petition (actually 7 reasons) and an examination of the top three.

What a birder says – A Message from Someone.

What Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, says – The Hen Harrier Affair

 

 

Podcasts on Hen Harrier persecution by Birders Against Wildlife Crime:

Chris Packham ‘The problem with the shooting fraternity is that it hasn’t sorted its own act out

Mark Avery ‘The enemy of the Hen Harrier is the grouse shooting industry’

Andre Farrar – ‘It was quite a shock…the visceral loathing that gamekeepers had for Hen Harriers

 

Progress on signatures:

1  – 0838 28 May

1000 – 29 May

2000 – 2 June

3000 –  7 June

4000 – 14 June

5000 – 24 June

6000 – ? I missed it!

7000 – 9 July

8000 – 17 July

9000 – ? missed that one too!

10,000 – 31 July

11,000 – 7 August

12,000 – 9 August

13,000 – 10 August

14,000 – 12 August

15,000 – 17 August

16,000 – 24 August

17,000 – 4 September

18,000 – 6 October

19,000 – 4 November

20,000 – 16 December

21,000 – 8 March

22,000 – 22 March

22,399 – 30 March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Geoff says:

    Shooting is sad and unnecessary

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  2. Dick Temple says:

    I have signed the petition mainly to register my anger and frustration and in the hope that the shooting fraternity will be shaken by the strength of feeling. However I won't be holding my breath!
    I don't think there is the remotest chance of getting driven grouse shooting banned. We are up against some of the richest and most powerful people in the country. I am very reluctantly toying with the ideas put forward last week by Redpath, Baines et al
    (Working with stakeholders to reduce conflict – modelling the impact of varying hen harrier Circus cyaneus densities on red grouse Lagopus lagopus populations)
    and wonder what others think. Surely nothing can be worse than the current situation. The full paper can be read at:

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12315/full

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  4. Jean Mottershead says:

    We must look after these aspects of nature to preserve the planet.

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  5. Mark Garrett says:

    Defra say think of the money the shooting brings in, which presumably is what the men with money tell them. They avoid the issue that the law is being flouted year after year. It will take someone with guts to stand against a lobby group that has both guns and money and we are not going to find anyone with guts at Defra.

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  9. Kate says:

    Some groups in Leeds are developing a list of 10 questions to ask local MPs in the run up to the election. This might be an opportunity to raise the issue with these MPs and to bring it to the attention of the Yorkshire public - a useful target given the surrounding moorland
    http://www.leedsforchange.org.uk/raising-the-profile-of-global-and-social-justice-issues-at-the-general-election-your-invitation/
    If someone more knowledgeable can phrase the question, I'll happily vote for it!

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  10. Andrew wilton says:

    Keep up the good work , I see first hand what has happened as a regular visitor to Bowland.

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  11. Lewis Bates says:

    Only a very small percentage of the UK population go grouse shooting. Why are they allowed to destroy our natural heritage.

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  1. Geoff says:

    Shooting is sad and unnecessary

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  2. Dick Temple says:

    I have signed the petition mainly to register my anger and frustration and in the hope that the shooting fraternity will be shaken by the strength of feeling. However I won't be holding my breath!
    I don't think there is the remotest chance of getting driven grouse shooting banned. We are up against some of the richest and most powerful people in the country. I am very reluctantly toying with the ideas put forward last week by Redpath, Baines et al
    (Working with stakeholders to reduce conflict – modelling the impact of varying hen harrier Circus cyaneus densities on red grouse Lagopus lagopus populations)
    and wonder what others think. Surely nothing can be worse than the current situation. The full paper can be read at:

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12315/full

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  4. Jean Mottershead says:

    We must look after these aspects of nature to preserve the planet.

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  5. Mark Garrett says:

    Defra say think of the money the shooting brings in, which presumably is what the men with money tell them. They avoid the issue that the law is being flouted year after year. It will take someone with guts to stand against a lobby group that has both guns and money and we are not going to find anyone with guts at Defra.

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  9. Kate says:

    Some groups in Leeds are developing a list of 10 questions to ask local MPs in the run up to the election. This might be an opportunity to raise the issue with these MPs and to bring it to the attention of the Yorkshire public - a useful target given the surrounding moorland
    http://www.leedsforchange.org.uk/raising-the-profile-of-global-and-social-justice-issues-at-the-general-election-your-invitation/
    If someone more knowledgeable can phrase the question, I'll happily vote for it!

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  10. Andrew wilton says:

    Keep up the good work , I see first hand what has happened as a regular visitor to Bowland.

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  11. Lewis Bates says:

    Only a very small percentage of the UK population go grouse shooting. Why are they allowed to destroy our natural heritage.

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