Following the announcement of the location for the Derbyshire Hen Harrier Day event and the attendance of Chris Packham, and the sacking of Simon Barnes from The Times (which may or may not be related to his firm and brave stand on Hen Harrier persecution (he’s against it by the way)), the RSPB announcing their support for Hen Harrier Day (thank you guys!), the RSPB writing to the Moorland Association in strong terms (more on this later) we now have the launch of a public campaign to boycott the grouse shooting industry, and those who support it, until Hen Harriers are allowed to return to the moors that they should inhabit.
Ethical Consumer magazine will feature this campaign which is based on lengthy and detailed research, compilation of evidence and analysis of the problem. The evidence and thinking is based on an excellent report which I recommend you should read. It calls for ‘a popular campaign against greed and intensification on England’s grouse shooting estates’.
Grouse shooting is sometimes described as a ‘sport’ but it’s actually an industry. It’s intensive and it’s fuelled by the pursuit of large bags (body counts) of a gamebird which are killed by paying customers. As the report suggests, grouse shooting has become arrogant and greedy. As I have suggested, they have pushed their luck too far and they are now seeing a concerted backlash from reasonable and ordinary people who object to the levels of environmental damage, greed and criminal activity present in grouse shooting areas of England.
This report spells out three actions that you as a citizen could take to help solve this situation.
1 Don’t shoot grouse
If you know people who shoot grouse, or businesses whose staff enjoy grouse shooting, ask them to consider giving it up for three years….just until August 12th 2017 when the hen harriers are back.
2 Don’t buy from businesses connected to grouse shooting
From pubs and hotels promoting themselves to the industry, to shops and restaurants selling grouse, there are a wide
range of businesses to be potentially avoided. Don’t forget to write/email the companies involved to let them know what you are doing and why. And share your knowledge of company connections with others via our TurnYourBackOnGrouse forum and other social media channels.
3 Help campaign for a suspension of all subsidies for grouse shooting estates
Subsidies for upland estates and for shooting (gun licences) that do not require clear evidence (the presence of
endangered species) that no illegal activity is taking place should be suspended until August 12th 2017.
There is another thing you can do – sign this e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting in England.
I’ve just subscribed to Ethical Consumer magazine. If they are this sensible, this bright and this clued up about other issues then they are just the type of help I need to make my shopping do a better job for the environment.