In a long piece in the Daily Record on Saturday, Annie Brown (The true cost of grouse shooting) talks about the move to ban driven grouse shooting, and quotes me extensively.
In the Glasgow Herald, there is a piece entitled ‘Calls mount for ban on grouse shooting‘ where an animal welfare charity, OneKind, formerly known as Advocates for Animals, said: ‘The shooting industry is dependent on maintaining large stocks of grouse which are shot for vast sums of money throughout the season. Legal, although often cruel, methods of control are available to gamekeepers for other species which predate on grouse but this is not the case with birds of prey. Illegal persecution of raptors is blighting the industry with significant levels taking place around driven grouse moors.‘
That’s very interesting isn’t it? I’d never heard of OneKind until I read this. Throw a pebble in a pond and lots of ripples spread. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said something apparently, but their heads were buried so deeply in the sand that only muffled shouts were heard.
Clive Aslet, in the Daily Telegraph is living in the past, or in a completely different land where he probably longs to touch the hem of the UHNWs. He points out that there are only a few pairs of Hen Harrier in England and then states that they are a ‘persistent problem for grouse moor owners‘. I think the land is Never-Never Land. In the real world, a writer for the Daily Harrier says., ‘There are only a few thousand driven grouse shooters in the world, but they are a persistent problem for Hen Harriers.’. That seems to be very true.