Our e-petition to ask government to ban driven grouse shooting received 33,615 signatures (and it is still going up slowly as people click on their confirmation emails).
I think that is pretty good and certainly represents considerable progress on last year.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped – but I can’t name everyone here because some people wish to remain anonymous and there will be many people who have done things of which I am unaware. So I would like to say ‘Thank you!‘ to everyone – whoever you are and whatever you did.
My mind is moving towards the next e-petition – it has been for a while.
The first question is ‘Should there be one?’. I’m pretty sure the answer to that is ‘yes’ because we still have momentum. As we approached the finishing post we were still gathering lots of names. Next time, we can do even better. And, to be fair, we (that’s mostly me, but a bunch of mates as well) are learning all the time. But I am interested in what you think – either publicly, as a comment here, or privately by email.
The second question would be what should it say – and is there a possibility of engaging our sleeping wildlife conservation organisations to join us. We’ll see.
Standing back for a moment, 33,615 signatures is a lot. An awful lot.
The bit of perspective is that when 100 UK environmental and wildlife organisations joined together to ask the public and their members to support the nature directives they persuaded ‘over 100,000‘ people in three months.
Honestly, give me the membership lists, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and a small fraction of the money that those 100 organisations invested in the nature directives (which are well worth supporting) and I promise you, absolutely promise you, that I’d deliver 100,000 signatures in six months to get a debate to ban driven grouse shooting.
We’re doing well – and we are building a movement for change.
Have a few weeks off – but there is more to do.