Intensive grouse shooting depends on wildlife crime – protected raptors have to be killed in order for the big ‘bags’ of Red Grouse to be possible. Even if a particular grouse moor does not kill protected raptors, they will benefit if other grouse moors, near and far, do so. Intensive grouse shooting is underpinned by wildlife crime.
That’s why there are practically no Hen Harriers nesting on grouse moors; it’s why Peregrines are largely absent and fail to breed successfully on grouse moors; it’s why Golden Eagles are absent from those areas dominated by grouse shooting; it’s why Red Kites do not expand into our upland National Parks as they should.
It’s why our National Parks such as the Yorkshire Dales, Cairngorms and Peak District are massive wildlife crime scenes.
And it’s why the League Against Cruel Sports has produced this striking image to promote the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting ahead of the start of the grouse shooting season on Friday – the Inglorious 12th. Please add your name to send a strong signal to decision-makers across the UK that this Victorian ‘sport’, which depends on protected wildlife being illegally killed, must end.