We are 100 days away from 20 September when our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting will close. We aren’t half way through our time yet – that is just over a week away – but let’s have a little stock-take.
Today we passed the 42,000 signature milestone! That is just fantastic – thank you so much for all your support!
To get to 100,000 signatures, for that is the aim of myself, Chris Packham, Bill Oddie and LACS, we need 534 people to have signed the e-petition every day since 20 March and to sign it until 20 September. At present we have fallen behind that rate, and currently scoring at a rate of c490 signatures a day, so we’ll need c580 signatures a day from now on to reach 100,000 signatures. That’s a big ask.
I’m expecting we will fall further behind the asking rate over the next few weeks (but maybe we won’t!). However, it is pretty much certain that from August onwards, through Hen Harrier Day, the Inglorious 12th and the Bird Fair that rate will begin to race away to the finishing line. It’s a bit like a run chase in a limited over cricket match: we got off to a very good start and are now keeping the run rate ticking over so that the asking rate doesn’t get too high, and then we’ll be throwing our bats around with gusto as we chase down those last runs. Well, we’ll see!
This is, as you might remember, my third e-petition on this subject. Each time I have thought hard before starting an e-petition, and each time, thanks to hundreds of people I know and tens of thousands of people I don’t know at all, I have been thrilled and surprised at how many signatures we have gathered. this time around I thought 50,000 would be a good total but now, obviously I would be gutted if we ended on that figure in 100 days’ time.
My, our, first e-petition gathered signatures at around 70 signatures a day and I was, and we were, delighted!
My, our, second e-petition gathered signatures at around 180 signatures a day and I was, and we were, even more delighted!
My, our, third e-petition has, so far, gathered signatures at around 490 signatures a day and I am utterly delighted!
So we are doing really, really well! Thank you! Whatever you are doing out there to persuade people to sign – please keep it up! There are hundreds of thousands of people out there who will readily sign this e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting. Our job is to give them the opportunity.[registration_form]