Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Bristol East) says:
‘Only a minority of people choose to participate in the so-called “sport” of grouse shooting, which causes the unnecessary and cruel deaths of millions of game birds every year, but their hobby has an impact on us all. Moorland that is burnt or drained greatly increases the risk of flooding – as was the case at Hebden Bridge a few years ago. This burning also releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
The Government should take a steer from Bradford Council’s vote to ban grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor and introduce a nationwide ban on driven grouse-shooting.’
To join Kerry McCarthy, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
Terry Pickford, raptor worker, says
‘I definitely support a ban of driven grouse shooting because of the obvious damage this so called fieldsport continues to cause to a wide variety of protected birds of prey on red grouse moorland.
These remote heather regions located in the north of England are being managed in the 21st century without any respect, regard or care for the well-being of so called ‘protected’ birds like the hen harrier, peregrine, short-eared owl or goshawk. I would go so far as to describe the current situation as wholesale ‘raptor cleansing’ by individuals who appear to be working to feudal Victorian standards where birds of prey receive short shrift, seemingly exterminated with impunity. The situation is a complete and utter disgrace of which our Tory administration should be truly ashamed; instead of taking proactive measures to bring an end to such criminal activity by banning driven grouse shooting, the government instead to pander to the shooting industry by supporting the reintroduction of captive reared hen harriers into southern England (Brood Meddling).
The most recent e-petition initiated by Gavin Gamble calling for a ban of Driven Grouse Shooting comes to an end on 2 April, it is imperative this e-petition receives more public support before this cut off date. Unless and until the illegal killing of hen harriers is stamped out the situation faced by this threatened moorland species is unlikely to change, even if the ill thought out DEFRA proposal of brood management is adopted.’.
To join Terry Pickford, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
Actor Peter Egan says:
‘I support a ban of driven grouse shooting because I hate all hunting and shooting of wild animals. I’ve never seen a Hen Harrier, other than in photographs, they look like wonderful birds to me. A natural predator, they eat Red Grouse, Hen Harriers are literally being brutally wiped out so that unnatural predators, the so-called sportsmen, can have fun killing Red Grouse themselves. It is unnatural, it is repugnant. Please join me and sign the e-petition.‘
To join Peter Egan, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
Chris Williamson MP (Labour, Derby North) says:
‘Grouse shooting is morally and environmentally unjustifiable and should therefore be banned. It is responsible for the indiscriminate persecution of wildlife, including protected birds of prey, and the mismanagement of our uplands exacerbates flooding in towns and cities.‘
To join Chris Williamson, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
Support for intensive grouse shooting, as measured by numbers of signatures on a pro-grouse shooting e-petition, is concentrated in the richer areas of central London, such as Chelsea and Fulham, and is very sparse across the rest of the capital. In contrast, opposition to driven grouse shooting is spread across the capital’s constituencies, with 60 out of 70 constituencies in favour of a ban (as the numbers stand at the moment).
|Signatures supporting a ban of driven grouse shooting||Signatures supporting grouse shooting|
|Bermondsey and Southwark||43||11|
|Bethnal Green and Bow||36||7|
|Bexleyheath and Crayford||25||2|
|Brentford and Isleworth||52||15|
|Bromley and Chislehurst||35||3|
|Camberwell and Peckham||52||9|
|Carshalton and Wallington||36||2|
|Chelsea and Fulham||17||403|
|Chingford and Woodford Green||27||1|
|Cities of London and Westminster||33||219|
|Dagenham and Rainham||26||1|
|Dulwich and West Norwood||53||14|
|Ealing Central and Acton||48||19|
|Erith and Thamesmead||22||0|
|Feltham and Heston||19||5|
|Finchley and Golders Green||30||3|
|Greenwich and Woolwich||41||3|
|Hackney North and South Newington||63||7|
|Hackney South and Shoreditch||29||6|
|Hampstead and Kilburn||40||26|
|Hayes and Harrington||7||0|
|Holborn and St Pancras||64||25|
|Hornchurch and Upminster||30||3|
|Hornsey and Wood Green||81||14|
|Islington South and Finsbury||40||34|
|Kingston and Surbiton||51||5|
|Lewisham West and Penge||47||1|
|Leyton and Wanstead||40||1|
|Mitcham and Morden||25||0|
|Old Bexley and Sidcup||27||1|
|Poplar and Limehouse||26||5|
|Ruislip Northwood and Pinner||40||4|
|Sutton and Cheam||30||2|
|Uxbridge and South Ruislip||25||1|
Dominic Mitchell, London-based birder and Managing Editor of Birdwatch magazine and BirdGuides.com, says:
‘The negative impacts of driven grouse shooting have become alarmingly clear in recent years, and the end is surely nigh for this archaic pastime of shooting birds for fun and profit. Britain is home to most of the world’s heather moorlands but this unique ecosystem is being permanently damaged through management for shooting. Worse still, many moors have become no-go areas for iconic birds of prey like Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle, both of which have been ruthlessly persecuted on rogue estates. The time has come to ban driven grouse shooting, restore balance in the uplands, and conserve, not kill.‘
To join Dominic Mitchell, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.