My e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting has attracted quite a few signatures – I don’t know exactly how many, by now, as this blog was written on Tuesday and I have been travelling in the north of England and Wales since then… How mysterious…. [actually even the north of England has wifi these days – and it’s close to 3000 signatures after 9 days)].
Yesterday I gave you 10 reasons to sign my e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting (but there were more than 10) and today I give you 10 reasons not to sign it (but there are fewer than 10).
- If you hate Hen Harriers and want to continue to see them exterminated by grouse shooting interests
- If you don’t think that Hen Harriers should be protected by law – then why aren’t you campaigning for a change in the law?
- If you dislike banning anything and believe that there is always a way that reason will prevail (you would have to be an extreme optimist to believe the latter, and to do so might would be easier if you were unaware of all the effort that has gone into finding some sort of a resolution to this issue). But this is the reason that has kept me from
advocating a ban, or even wanting one, for so long. Every tether has an end, and I’ve found the end of mine.
- If you believe that the economic benefits of grouse shooting outweigh everything else – wildlife, blanket bog, carbon storage, everything.
- If you believe that the biodiversity benefits of grouse shooting outweigh the loss of Hen Harriers and other raptors and mountain hares etc etc
- If you believe that upland management without grouse shooting would be worse than upland management with grouse shooting
- If you don’t like me – can’t apply to many people, surely?
Well, there must be some more. I find No 3 the most convincing – but it does depend on there being reasonable people out there, rather than unreasonable, intransigent ones who try to maintain the criminal status quo. Believe me, it’s not as though there haven’t been decades of discussions aiming to reach a conclusion.
But there is something to be said, seriously, for points 4, 5 and 6 too. I’ll come back to two of them this evening at 6pm.
I really would like you to sign this e-petition now though please.