Shooting supporter launches counter E-Petition to keep Grouse Shooting

Reading the content within this new petition makes one wonder what all the fuss is about, has Mark Avery somehow got it all wrong, does the scientific evidence all stack up, or is the Hen Harrier in safe hands after all.

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If you belief that driven grouse shooting protects the environment and maintains stocks of ‘wild’ birds then Mark Avery may have been misguided. But in reality anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that Dr Avery is right and his assumptions about the cost to upland raptors, particularly Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Goshawk and Short-eared owl from persecution is founded on proven scientific research.

The shooting fraternity are reasonably good at pumping out misleading propaganda but that’s all it is. Shooting estate managers and  gamekeepers take little if any account of the fact that the Hen Harrier is conspicuous by it’s total absence from 99.9 % of all upland moorlands in northern England due to persecution. The loss of the Hen Harrier from moorland where Red Grouse are shot is not a result of heather loss due to overgrazing, or the creation of conifer plantations or a decline in the number of upland gamekeepers.

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Oh Hell! I thought it was a Hen Harrier, but I suppose a Peregrine will do Holmes.

Yes Red Grouse are predated by Hen Harriers, so what, they are still a protected bird under England’s laws, and as such should be safe where ever they choose to breed, even on grouse moors but they are not. The problem facing the Hen Harrier is most estates are only interested in killing as many grouse as possible at the expense of protected raptors – period.

Any commercial enterprise which is totally dependent for its survival on criminal activity should be banned without any question.

We urge every citizen of the United Kingdom to sign Mark Avery’s E-Petition immediately.

Keep Grouse Shooting (the new e-petition)

Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Driven grouse shooting protects the environment and maintains stocks of wild birds due to the efforts of Gamekeepers.If it was not for Gamekeepers and believe it or not, grouse shooting they would be very rare indeed.

According to Wikipeadia 2014 –

Reasons for the decline include loss of heather due to overgrazing, creation of new conifer plantations and a decline in the number of upland gamekeepers. Some predators such as the hen harrier feed on grouse and there is ongoing controversy as to what effect these have on grouse numbers.

Therefore please sign this petition to ensure driven grouse shooting is maintained and this will protect the grouse numbers in turn.

I would like the government to make a law to protect driven game shooting as a rural pursuit and to enshrine the gamekeepers role in law.

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Gamekeepering the Edwardian WayWhat’s Changed in the 21st century, not a lot?

When King Edward Vll came to the throne in 1901, the profession of gamkeerering was at its zenith. Driven Red Grouse shooting dominated the field-sports scene and many landowners spent huge sums of money annually on their shoots to impress their wealthy friends by providing large bags of Red Grouse to keep them happy.

The British record for the largest number of Red Grouse shot on a single day was 2929 birds by eight guns on the Littledale beat on 12 August 1915, now owned by His Grace the Duke of Westminster. – See more at: http://www.foundationforcommonland.org.uk/stories/black-fell-common-caton-with-littledale-lancashire#sthash.743Q7Jk4.dpuf

This record is very likely to be broken this year because of the explosion of Red Grouse in some parts of northern England.

The work undertaken by the modern Day Gamekeeper

Recently we received a series of 3 interesting propaganda videos produced by the Moorland Association highlighting  work carried out by the moorland gamekeeper in England today. We would ask you to take the time to review each of these videos to understand what is taking place on keepered moorland and the adverse influence this work has on  some ‘protected’ raptors what attempt to breed on grouse moors..

You will see the gamekeeper helping a BTO licensed ringer ring young Merlins at a nest. This is one major item of propaganda by which the many shooting estates have shot themselves in the foot.

For the uninitiated followers of this web site let us explain. Merlin use the same heather habitat to breed as does the Hen Harrier. So ask yourself one important question, why are the bulk of gamekeeper who work throughout England’s uplands unable to take the same BTO ringer to a nest to ring  Hen Harrier chicks? We don’t need to tell you the answer to that question do we?

 

 

 

2 comments to Shooting supporter launches counter E-Petition to keep Grouse Shooting

  • Lord Voldemort

    “The British record for the largest number of Red Grouse shot on a single day was 2929 birds by eight guns on the Littledale beat on 12 August 1915, now owned by His Grace the Duke of Westminster…

    This record is very likely to be broken this year”

    Really?

    Where is that expected then? Most moors are shooting less than that in a season… Have you managed to get your numbers mixed up?

  • paul williams

    Because the gamekeeper had already rung the Hen Harrier chicks….It was a question wasn’t it? ;)