The Gaffe of Grouse

“Tim Baynes, director of the Gift of Grouse campaign, said: ‘Burning heather is the same as getting your hair cut.'” (http://www.giftofgrouse.com/article/news/estates-and-gamekeepers-heather-on-fireok)

“Yes, I always look forward to visiting the hairdresser to have my hair doused with a fire accelerant and then lit with a blow torch.” (https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/burning-heather-is-the-same-as-getting-your-hair-cut-claims-grouse-moor-propagandist/)

Forests are like hippies who have let themselves go and will never amount to anything.

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Lead Grouse

“On the basis of this sample of 40 Red Grouse, Iceland Foods have been selling grouse meat with average lead levels over 100 times the maximum legal level for other meats (though it is legal for them to sell game meat with such high lead levels).
…those employed on game shooting estates, presumably especially gamekeepers and their families, will have much higher lead-shot game intakes than the average member of the public (several lead-shot game meals a week would be expected) as this is a free or cheap, and readily available, source of meat. They are also likely to consume game meat that is so heavily shot that it cannot be sold as an attractive proposition to the public, which, I surmise, is likely to have even higher lead levels than those identified here.” (http://markavery.info/2016/01/27/lead-week-12-pbweekmia/)

Can anyone remember what it is that lead does to the human body? Could it affect the thing, you know the thing you do… in your head…?

Persecatted

“Decades of persecution by gamekeepers meeting their landowners’ desires for grouse or pheasant conservation for hunts, meant that by 1914 wildcats had been wiped out across the British and Irish Isles in all but the North and West of Scotland.
When the landowners and gamekeepers went off to fight in the First World War it gave the wildcats a break and they began to expand back into the rest of Scotland.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986566/saving_scotlands_highland_tiger.html)

Has government considered allowing game shooters to fight terrorists? This would be much more fun for them and give our wildlife a break. Win:win.

Please sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting.

Seeing Red

“The intensive habitat management that is required so that the few can shoot lots of grouse for sport puts up the water bills, increases home insurance costs and adds to the problems of climate change for the many who never go shooting and have never seen a red grouse.” (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/not-such-a-glorious-twelfth-should-driven-grouseshooting-be-banned-10419942.html)

Plus there’s that little ethical niggle of killing for fun

Ban driven grouse shooting.

Hare Cut

“Mountain hares are now routinely culled on a large scale on many grouse moors in Scotland. This practice has developed relatively recently in the belief that it protects red grouse against the tick-borne louping ill virus, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support this claim.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/scottish-wildlife-organisations-call-to-ban-mountain-hare-cull/)

Head keeper grouses about hare loss.