On 9 December, the day before the close of the grouse shooting season, some of us are going to gather together at a rally to ask politicians to do more for nature.
One of the things that I will be asking my MP is ‘What will the Labour Party do, if it forms part of the next government, to end the illegal killing of birds of prey, especially Hen Harriers by grouse moor interests? And what commitments will you make in your electi0n manifesto?’. Actually, that’s two things isn’t it? But I do have quite a long list actually.
If you can come along on 9 December that would be great – we’d all love to see you and that includes the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, The League Against Cruel Sports, Butterfly Conservation, the Ramblers and the Mammal Society. There are still some places left – but not that many.
Many of you won’t be able to attend in person – it’s a working day and it’s in London! – that’s understandable. But you can play your part too – a really big part if enough people get involved.
Please contact your MP, of whatever political party, and tell them that you care about nature and you want them to act.
We’ve made it reasonably easy and there is a standard letter that you can add to or amend if you click here.
If you want to mention Hen Harriers that would be great. if you want to tell your MP that you would like to see driven grouse shooting banned that’s great too! Why not mention the success of the e-petition calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting in case they haven’t noticed it. But you may have your own long list just like I do.
Please take five minutes to stand up for nature and use your voice to tell politicians to do more for nature.
Don’t think that someone else will contact your MP so you don’t have to bother – they may be thinking the same! The more emails go to our MPs, highlighting the importance of nature, the better. If your MP gets half a dozen emails then that will seem like a lot. If your MP gets 20 emails then that will seem like an awful lot. If every MP in the UK got 20 emails they would all be talking about nature a great deal more. You can send one email to your MP – that’s what you can do. Please do it. Make your voice heard. And together we can make sure that nature’s needs are heard.