There are three petitions going the rounds at the moment which refer to grouse shooting.
These two are well worthy of support in my opinion:
- A petition on the UK parliament website which calls for an independent study to assess the economic benefit of grouse shooting – proposed by Les Wallace (a frequent commenter on this blog). A similar study is being undertaken for the Scottish government and there is no reason why Defra should not commission something similar, perhaps to look at some particularly English issues of wildlife tourism, impacts on flooding such as in the Calder Valley and the impacts on water treatment costs for our utility companies.
I’ll give you updates on the progress of this petition every now and again here. Please sign here.
2. A petition on the Change.org website calling on Yorkshire Water to stop leasing its land for grouse shooting.
It will come as quite a surprise to many Yorkshire Water customers (and maybe shareholders too) that it is involved in such a highly contentious land use. Please sign here and if you are a Yorkshire Water customer or shareholder then why not quiz the company about its links to grouse shooting and its intentions.
And there is a third one too – I’m not so sure about that one and I’ll come back to it later today.