It seemed back before Christmas that e-petitions about grouse shooting were a bit like buses – you don’t even see one for ages and then three come along together. Well, the first bus, Gavin Gamble’s e-petition is now parked in the garage.
That means that the focus passes to the Jane Griggs pro-shooting e-petition which seems to have broken down by the side of the road and Ed Hutchings’s e-petition which can hardly be said to have benefitted very much from RSPB support so far. Ed Hutchings’s e-petition has not quite managed to catch up with the pro-shooting petition yet – after three and a half months! But the RSPB is going to promote, or at least mention, Ed Hutchings’s e-petition in the spring Nature’s Home magazine so then we’ll see a surge. Won’t we?
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There is plenty of time for these two vehicles to be mended, serviced and to pick up many passengers but until they do then it is clear that despite a clear choice between three options (ban, license, leave alone) the strongest support is for the ‘extreme’ position of banning this unsustainable land use practice which is underpinned by wildlife crime. Hardly surprising is it?