Henaction

“‘I welcome this plan – not because it is perfect, it isn’t – but because it reflects real potential for progress on one of the most deep-rooted conflicts in conservation. We needed action. The prize is that the landowners are now part of the conversation. The test will be if we succeed in getting the hen harrier flying again over upland England. This is progress,’ said Martin Harper, director of the RSPB.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/14/long-awaited-plan-to-save-englands-hen-harrier-gets-green-light)

Potential for progress, is, as Mark Avery succinctly puts it, inaction.

The petition to ban driven grouse shooting has over 30,000 signatures and only a few days left…

Bloody Lawful

“When carried out in accordance with the law, grouse shooting for sport is a legitimate activity … The Government’s position is that people should be free to undertake lawful activities should they wish to do so.” (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104441?reveal_response=yes)

This informative response is from the Assistant to the Secretary to the Director of the National Committee for Stating the Bleeding Obvious. I am grateful that government is not currently considering rescinding our right to undertake lawful activities.

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.