Hen Harriers come to the High Street thanks to Lush cosmetics.
This week all Lush shops will have posters similar to that pictured above.
The staff are briefed and customers will be asked to show their support for Hen Harriers in a variety of ways: sign our e-petition, send a postcard to HM The Queen asking for her support.
Why don’t you pop in and participate – and say ‘thanks!’ to the staff if you have a Lush store near you – you probably do.
Ethical Director at Lush, Hilary Jones, comments,
‘The Hen Harrier’s natural habitat is heather moorlands, which are increasingly being managed by landowners as grouse shooting estates. Driven grouse moors are the most intensive form of game management and the trend for some has been to increase the shootable surplus of birds. The Hen Harrier is a natural predator of red grouse and this is why it is targeted by those in the driven grouse industry. In Wales and Northern Ireland, where grouse moor management is an uncommon land management practice, Hen Harriers are thriving.
Despite being heavily protected by law and sufficient habitat on these grouse moors to support 300+ pairs of Hen Harrier, their near extinction in England proves that somehow this protection is not working.
In our lifetime, we stand the chance of losing a bird that was abundant in our grandparents’ youth. This is shameful – and we can help do something about it before it is too late.‘