It may not come as a surprise that those engaged in grouse shooting do not want any change to their hobby, sport or business. Here are some examples:
Dawnay Estates, North York Moors:
- any introduction of further regulation or laws does not seem to serve any useful purpose
- The law on grouse shooting should not be changed.
- Grouse Shooting has an enormous positive effect on the wildlife and the environment and should therefore continue for many generations.
- Without grouse shooting … the moor … would stop being managed and would return to the desolate place it was before…
- I strongly urge that grouse shooting continues as it produces a wonderful balanced environment through the use of private funds, which would require a great deal more public funds to maintain if it didn’t exist.
- I strongly urge that grouse shooting continues as its demise would not only be devastating to my team and myself but to the British Countryside and way of life in rural areas
- Please leave it alone and let grouse keepers get on with their important jobs, to the benefit of our very special uplands and everyone who enjoys them.
- If there was no driven shooting the land would go back to sheep farming.
- I believe the answer is no and that the legislation surrounding the management of moors for grouse shooting is, if anything, already over regulated. There is no evidence I am aware of to justify any change to the existing laws and regulations.
There are other pieces of evidence from grouse moors and I’m sure there will be more to come. At least two things are noticeable;
- None of these pieces of evidence wants to see anything change at all. Nothing! By ignoring the evidence and the science it is possible to pretend that there are no issues that need to be addressed – a hobby/industry/sport which sees no reason for anything to change cannot be respected.
- We are lacking the moving stories of how much the moor owners love raptors and do everything they can to look after them. There are no accounts of how their moors fared when they were lucky enough to have Hen Harriers, Peregrines and Goshawks nesting on them. I wonder why that is? Just asking…
You could write to your MP about the debate on driven grouse shooting today (see here).