I had noticed that the 3000th post on this blog was coming up shortly but a quick, unplanned blog about Mountain Hares meant that when my third e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting went live a little while ago this announcement could occupy the 3000th slot. How fitting! Some probably think that about 2999 others have been on this subject too…
Chris Packham was the first person to sign it (I only know that because you have to get five people to sign up and the petition site tells you how it’s going for the first people to sign) and I am very grateful to him, Bill Oddie and the Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, Eduardo de Gonçalves, for giving their support to this e-petition.
So here we go again – onwards and upwards – with a closing date well into the grouse shooting season on 20 September. First time around it was 22,399 signatures (in 11 months); last time it was 33,655 (in six months); this time – well, we’ll see.
Timing is everything! As I noticed that the e-petition had gone live (not what I was expecting on a Sunday afternoon), the ice-cream van came round and so I celebrated with a cornet.