The debate has changed dramatically over the last few months – let’s say since 28 May when this e-petition was launched to ban driven grouse shooting.
In that time:
- M&S have been persuaded to change their mind about selling Red Grouse on their shelves until they can assure the world of the sustainability of their supply chain.
- Selfridges have said they will not sell Red Grouse in their Food Hall.
- The Ethical Consumer magazine has published a hard-hitting report attacking the sustainability of grouse shooting.
- Animal Aid has published a report on the waste of public money that goes to grouse moors
- The RSPB has said that nett impact of grouse shooting on wildlife is ‘almost certainly negative‘ and hardened its stance by suggesting that grouse moors should be licensed
- LUSH customers have signed 20,000 postcards asking the Queen to help the Hen Harrier
- Hundreds of people turned out on Hen Harrier Day across the country to protest against the illegal persecution of protected birds of prey by grouse shooting interests
- A Leeds University report has shown that heather burning for driven grouse shooting adds to flood risk, reduces water quality (and puts up water bills), damages river wildlife and increases greenhouse gas emissions
- An analysis of the economic claims behind shooting has shown that the claims for economic value of grouse shooting have been exaggerated
- And, a few days ago, the number of people who have signed this e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting passed 18,000.
We should now look to politicians to respond to the public mood and tell us what they plan to do about driven grouse shooting. Any political party (actually, not all, I’m not posting anything from the BNP here) who wishes to write a Guest Blog on grouse shooting is welcome to get in touch.