Ahead of today’s RSPB AGM, Martin Harper posted a very robust blog about the RSPB’s position on driven grouse shooting (click here).
Just as I did yesterday, Martin asked the question whether there are any grouse moors out there that do all the right things. He clearly doesn’t know of any (which makes licensing a bit of a tall order really).
His blog also has some other strong words, such as:
‘Intolerance of any predator appears to be part of the “business model” of some driven grouse shoots.’
‘While there are those within the moorland community calling for reform, their voice is not loud enough or being heard. What’s worse, is that much of the grouse moor sector seem to be in denial of the impacts this intensification is having on our shared environment and wildlife.‘
‘Intensive driven grouse moor management, as currently practiced in much of the UK, is environmentally unsustainable and damaging.‘
‘Failure to act will simply mean calls for a ban will intensify.’
‘The status quo is not an option and we cannot allow it to persist much longer.’
These are strong words, and welcome words.
But if they are not to be empty words then they must be followed by strong action. The RSPB should give Defra until Christmas to come up with a plan that will tackle wildlife crime and environmental damage caused by intensive grouse moor management and if none is forthcoming promote our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting to the RSPB’s 1.1m members in order to secure 100,000 signatures by 21 January and a debate on the subject in parliament.
The RSPB is stirring, and the country is stirring. Please sign this e-petition and help secure a debate in parliament on driven grouse shooting.
Martin did link to this blog, you’ll notice, in his blog – for which I have thanked him.
Also Jeff Knott, who is talking about Hen Harriers at today’s RSPB event, said last night on Twitter, in answer to this question from Samantha Farrell:
jazzy_jeff44 could you say this tomorrow pls, 2 encourage members 2 consider @MarkAvery petition 2 ban DGS? T Y
and Jeff replied
@BlackLabrador10 @MarkAvery Will do.