It’s not often that Martin Harper posts a blog on a Saturday but this one is well worth reading. Here is an extract:
‘There is little sign that the grouse moor industry is prepared to condemn, let alone end illegal killing. The industry has to prove that it can deliver the recovery of hen harriers BEFORE we can even consider brood management, which will only work if the illegal persecution has stopped. At present, even if chicks were taken from the wild, reared and released, we have little confidence that they would be allowed to fly free from harm.
I’m sorry, but surely it is the responsibility of those who are breaking the law to change their behaviour? Why should it be the duty of everyone else to compromise with them, especially when the stakes are so high? We will have no part in such a scheme until there are signs that the hen harrier population is recovering WITHOUT the need for brood management. As I said in my previous email, this is a matter of trust.‘
I thought I knew the RSPB, I thought the position would harden in response to attempted bullying and I was right. Yet another miscalculation by the shooting community…
When will the RSPB be asking its members to sign this e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting?