FoI Friday – 4

Dear Defra You may have noticed, though I wouldn’t bet on it, that there is an e-petition relevant to you rapidly gathering signatures. Once it reaches 10,000 signatures, you will have to reply to it.  I point this out to you so that you might, with all this warning, make a better fist of it…

Shooting – good for wildlife?

BBC Countryfile magazine has a poll about the good that shooting does in the countryside following the Countryfile programme last Sunday. The poll asks ‘Does the shooting industry do more good than harm to Britain’s wildlife?’.  I know several people who have voted in the opposite way to that which they intended because of the…

Progress

Our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting in England has, today, entered only its seventh week of life.  Doesn’t it seem longer than that? Yesterday, just as Brazil kicked off with high hopes against Germany (did Brazil have the first kick of the match – I missed the first few minutes?) our e-petition passed 7000…

What they say 4:

On yesterday’s Countryfile programme: Richard Ali, Chief Executive of BASC (c15mins 30secs into the programme): ‘…it’s not an enjoyment based on killing, it’s an enjoyment to respect the countryside. Shooting is about not just the history of Britain, it’s about an innovative future.’ Although it was delivered with an earnest tone and a deeply serious…

What they say 2:

From: Hen Harriers: your essential brief by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: Q How many hen harriers are there in the UK? A There are 630 hen harrier pairs in the UK. Q How many hen harriers are there in England? A Hen harriers don’t stay within the borders of countries so it depends…