Ban Driven Grouse Shooting: Terry Pickford’s letter to Mark Menzies MP., together with the MP’s Response.
We have provided below a copy of Terry Pickford’s correspondence, in respect to the debate 31 October calling for a ban on Driven Grouse Shooting, sent to his Member of Parliament Mark Menzies. We have also attached Mark Menzies response to the questions Terry Pickford asked. As you can see from the MP’s reply below, not surprisingly, Mark Menzies avoided addressing any of the questions he was asked.
I have been very disappointed at your none reply to previous correspondence on this important matter. I sincerely hope this time as my MP you will try a little harder replying to me before 31 October?
22 October 2016
- I have written to you before on the subject of banning driven grouse shooting. That proposition is being debated in a Westminster Hall debate on 31 October starting at 16:30. I hope you will attend if you will represent my views. If you cannot represent my views then please ensure that you pass these on to DEFRA minister Therese Coffey who, I assume, will close the debate for the government.
- the government response to driven grouse shooting has been very complacent. There is a range of issues which need addressing but the most urgent of these is wildlife crime directed against birds of prey such as Hen Harriers, Peregrine Falcons etc (see written evidence here).
- the status quo is unacceptable. What is government going to do to tackle this issue? What initiative will Therese Coffey produce on 31 October? Unless government produces something impressive then I can see this issue being a thorn in the side of the government and the Conservative Party for many years.
- there is much more that I could write on this subject (about flood risk, greenhouse gas emissions, killing of Mountain Hares, damage to blanket bogs etc etc etc) but this government needs to address the epidemic of wildlife crime associated with driven grouse shooting as a matter of urgency – in fact on 31 October.
- my preference is for a ban of this activity which has resulted in the disappearance of all breeding peregrines (18 pairs), and the loss of all nesting hen harriers (7) pairs from the Forest of Bowland , perhaps you are already aware of this tragedy and will now be prepared to do the right thing. Please attend the debate on 31 October to represent my wishes .