Pardon my excitement – but I am excited!
A couple of years ago the idea that there would be popular support for banning the favoured hobby of the rich – blasting Red Grouse out of the air for fun – seemed somewhat optimistic. Now it seems like a popular movement.
Thank you to all who have supported this campaign to date with your signatures, your Twitter tweets, your Facebook shares, your emails and your words of encouragement. Thank you especially to Chris Packham, the League Against Cruel Sports, Bill Oddie, Raptor Persecution UK, Alan Cranston who manages the Ban Driven Grouse Shooting Facebook page, Birdwatch magazine, Birders Against Wildlife Crime, Rare Bird Alert and last but by no means least, @ for all you have done. But there are also lots and lots of individuals, some of whom I am gradually getting to know, who have each taken actions which are on the face of it small ones but which add up to a strong movement for change overall.
On Friday we passed 48,000, yesterday we passed 49,000 and this morning we have passed 50,000 signatures. We have momentum!
We have 11 weeks to get another 50,000 signatures which will probably trigger a Westminster Hall debate in parliament on the future of grouse shooting. I’d like to see driven grouse shooting banned completely as it is underpinned by wildlife crime and an unsustainable land use which imposes costs on the rest of society. And grouse shooting is just a silly sport – killing wild birds for fun – it can’t expect to exist as a pastime for the rich few if it does so much damage to the ecology and the finances of the country as a whole. But a debate would open up the subject completely and bring it to the attention of many more ordinary people and many more decision makers. We are calling for change and they will have to listen.
We are only half way – but we do have momentum – and we are right – and we will win!
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