Hardly anybody wants grouse shooting to continue – or if they do then they can’t be bothered to exert themselves so much as to sign a petition to protect their interests, and hardly anybody wants it to be licensed (even though the RSPB has promoted this idea in its magazine). In contrast, a raggle taggle group of campaigners got almost 50,000 signatures to support a ban of this allegedly economically important and allegedly traditional, alleged sport.
Three times as many people want driven grouse shooting banned as either licensed or maintained.
Three e-petitions - how do they compare?
|Jane Griggs||Pro||15,202||24 May|
|Ed Hutchings||License||16,594||15 June|
There is more chance, but I’d rate it a slim one, that the RSPB might drum up significant support for licensing in the next month. How many, or how few, signatures do you think that licensing will attract by 15 June?
I’d be surprised if the ‘pro’ and ‘ban’ e-petitions together, what an unholy alliance!, will reach the signature total of Gavin Gamble’s e-petition calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
If I had access to the RSPB (many) Twitter accounts and Facebook page and mailing list I know I could get Ed Hutchings’s e-petition well over 100,000 signatures in a month’s time. If the RSPB doesn’t, then it is a sign of indifference, nothing else.