In a slightly bizarre piece by Jonathan Leake in Yesterday’s Sunday Times the Moorland Association’s Amanda Anderson, last seen at the back of the crowd at the Hen Harrier Day event at Edale, was quoted as follows,
‘If we let the hen harrier in, we will soon have nothing else. That is why we need this brood management plan’
Ah, that’s why there are no Hen Harriers on grouse moors in England – they aren’t ‘let in’. That’s why there are practically no Hen Harriers nesting on grouse moors across the UK – they aren’t ‘let in’. It’s one person’s hobby ‘not letting in’ everyone else’s wildlife. It’s nice to get that confirmed by the Moorland Association Director herself.
Defra gave the criminals in the grouse shooting industry (it’s not an industry – it’s a hobby) what they wanted in their Hen Harrier Inaction Plan but why reward the criminals? Why did Defra side with the criminals? Why is Defra still siding with the criminals?
Why is Defra not producing a proper plan for Hen Harrier conservation which involves clamping down on wildlife crime by their criminal friends who practise grouse shooting as a hobby?
Over 77,000 people – nice people, normal people, tax-paying people, voting people, generally law-abiding people – have signed an e-petition calling for an end to the ridiculous hobby of intensive grouse shooting – a hobby that is underpinned by criminality. Please sign it too and put Defra on the spot in a debate in the Westminster parliament.