The e-petition in support of grouse shooting has now closed – but it actually fizzled our ages ago.
It scrabbled together 15 thousand signatures and had the richer parts of London as its most enthusiastic areas of support. We can regard it as having been supported by a network of land agents and their masters but definitely to have failed to engage the populace.
Attention now moves to Ed Hutchings’s, RSPB-supported, e-petition to license grouse shooting. The ‘license’ petition is hardly racing along. It looks as though one e-mail sent out by a well-connected supporter of Jane Griggs’s petition was as valuable as all those tweets from the RSPB and a plea to sign up in the RSPB magazine.
In contrast, 48,000 people supported a ban It’s not difficult to see where the momentum remains
Gavin Gamble: ban driven grouse shooting; closed on 48,000 signatures.
Jane Griggs: don’t ban driven grouse shooting; closed on 15,000 signatures.
Ed Hutchings: license driven grouse shooting; remains open until 15 June, currently 16,000 signatures.