There are only a few reasons for this letter to be written and published.
These are my best guesses:
- it was raining yesterday and Ian Coghill was bored – and presumably The Times didn’t have any decent letters to publish
- GWCT and the shooting industry are so rattled by the growth of support for the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting (that is supported by best-selling author and naturalist Chris Packham) that they are mounting a campaign against him that is getting more and more desperate every day
- the thought of putting something in your mouth that isn’t full of lead is anathema to the GWCT Chair
Here is the account in the Guardian by the marvellous Patrick Barkham.