It is difficult to believe, and I don’t believe, that BASC and the Moorland Association aren’t putting out misleading information about grouse moors to MPs (see my analysis of their ‘misinfographic’ here). I contacted both BASC and the Moorland Association to ask them whether they stood by every word of their information the other day. A very nice man in the BASC press team told me that their scientists had been through the information and believed it to be correct. Well, I believe it to be seriously misleading.
Amanda Anderson of the Moorland Association sent me a long text and says Moorland Association stands by every word too.
I notice that GWCT did not put their name to this, perhaps because they weren’t asked, or perhaps because they didn’t feel that they could. Or perhaps because they are a registered charity unlike BASC or the Moorland Association and so if they mislead the public then one could complain to the Charity Commission – which I would have done, gladly.
It has been suggested that this infographic falls under the remit of the Advertising Standards Authority but I’m not too sure about that. Is it advertsing? I will follow it up though.
If there is anyone else out there who knows how one can make a formal complaint about what I believe to be the inaccuracy of the Moorland Association’s and BASC’s statements then please let me know, I ‘d be very grateful.
And, of course, many MPs use social media and their addresses are readily available so I may have a busy weekend contacting them.