Chris Packham’s video which asks M&S not to sell grouse meat shot with lead in their stores, stating that he will boycott M&S if they do, and asking people to sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting, has made the news.
‘This illegal persecution of wildlife, when added to the intensification of the management of moorland (more burning, damage to peat areas that capture carbon, and the medication of grouse) is causing a number of serious questions to be posed to the grouse moor managing community and those that sell their products.
It is up to Marks and Spencer to demonstrate that the grouse that they put on the shelf is safe to eat and that it’s been sourced from moors that are managed in a legal and environmentally sustainable manner.‘.
So far, M&S have not produced evidence of any such type. We are still waiting for them to respond in any substantive way to Chris Packham’s points or consumer concerns.