Signatures on our e-petition
Can you remember how many signatures our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting had, as we entered August? 68,000. And we left August with 118,000. That’s 50,000 signatures in a month. Did I mention that we had momentum?
Wasn’t that phenomenal?
Hen Harrier Days, the Inglorious 12th, and the Bird Fair all played their parts, as did a splurge of media coverage, some videos and some good old-fashioned leaflets. Thank you for all you did to get us over the 100,000 signature line and to an expected Westminster Hall debate (the date of which we should hear next week).
As we entered September ‘Firm briefing’ was well under way – over 400 of you have contacted 262 MPs from Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP and DUP political parties.
- If you haven’t written to your MP on the subject of driven grouse shooting yet then please consider doing so today. You can use these words or, of course, your own.
- If you have written to your MP about driven grouse shooting and haven’t let me know then I’d love to hear from you (email@example.com).
- If you get a reply to your letter then I’d love to know. If it is a standard reply like these (Conservative, Labour, SNP) then just let me know. If you get something different then that is even more interesting.
- Conservative MPs appear to be being briefed to respond to constituents with poor and inaccurate responses (see here). The more Tory MPs who are written to the better. In particular, the more letters that go to Defra Ministers (Andrea Leadsom (South Northants), George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth) and Therese Coffey (Coastal Suffolk)) and former ministers (Owen Paterson (North Shropshire), Liz Truss (South West Norfolk), Richard Benyon (Newbury) and Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Border)) the better. In addition, supporters of shooting such as Geoffrey Clinton-Brown (The Cotswolds), Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire), Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire) and James Gray (North Wiltshire) will all value, I’m sure, hearing from their constituents on this subject. Please don’t hold back if your MP is a Conservative, we need them to move their position to a more positive one on tackling wildlife crime and addressing the damage to the environment caused by driven grouse shooting. You can help that happen. Firm briefing!
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