Just when the grouse shooters thought that things might get a bit quieter for them, another e-petition related to grouse shooting emerges that is bound to get a lot of support.
This one is directed at the SNH Director of Policy and Advice, Ron Macdonald, and asks SNH to protect Mountain Hares from widespread unregulated culls by the mis-managers of driven grouse moors. The e-petition is on the 38 Degrees site right here.
I’ll be signing it as soon as this post goes live and I’d ask you to do the same. As with other e-petitions, it is part of the background chatter that keeps nagging away at politicians and reminding them that although they may spend a lot of time talking to the people who own the countryside, there are a lot more people out here who pay for it, care about it and its wildlife (and, incidentally, its people) and who have votes to deploy in May and ever afterwards.
Links to previous coverage of this issue: by me (here), the Cairngorms National Park view, the SNH press release, the GWCT who see this species as ‘part of the sporting interest’, the GWCT again, and the story by Rob Edwards that helped to start things rolling.