Bullshot

“Waitrose and Whitbread have … asked us to remove their logos from the positive list we have been circulating. … very unusual for a company which appears on one of our ‘positive buy lists’ to ask for its name to be removed. … It speaks volumes for the power and resources of the shooting lobby which, ironically, accuses Ethical Consumer and Chris Packham of ‘Corporate Bullying’ in its press release.” http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/latestnews/entryid/2180/corporate-days-shooting-campaign.aspx

Watch out for rebrands as Waitgrouse and Shotlead.

Saturday 12th August is the start of the 121-day-long grouse shooting season. Ethical Consumer is asking consumers to buy from the good and avoid the bad during this year’s shooting season.

Ethical Consumer grouse shooting infographic
http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/turnyourbackongrouse.aspx

Another ethical source: Ethical Superstore – 20% off all grocery until 16 August plus get £3 off your order when you spend £50 until 31 August – promo code: X3PBM

Fearthers

“Sporting estates that do not have raptor persecution as part of their business model should have nothing to fear from a licencing regime designed to enforce existing law.” https://greens.scot/news/ruskell-welcomes-steps-towards-a-licensing-scheme-for-game-bird-hunting

If the campaign needs a theme tune, how about classic Blue Öyster Cult from 1976: Don’t Fear the Raptor.

Persuasive argunment

“Apart from the Woodland Trust, which appears to be gaining some access to Defra ministers, the UK conservation movement is remarkably absent from these meetings, while the fieldsports lobby has done very well.” https://anewnatureblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/time-to-rename-defra-the-ministry-of-agriculture-and-fieldsports/

The shooting industry has UK government over a barrel.

Stuff the Birds

“When the ground is wet and the heather dry, gamekeepers conduct managed burns to stop the heather getting too high … because if it does, dangerous wildfires take place which destroy ecosystems and also set fire to the peat beneath, which can then burn for years.” (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/31/grouse-moors-subsidised-taxpayers-shooting-moorland)

Grouse shooters can’t see the moors for the blaze.

“The heather thrives on wet conditions, so gamekeepers put a lot of effort into keeping the soil damp.”

This is necessary because all the rain has run off and flooded any settlements downstream. Thankfully climate change is bringing welcome warmer, wetter conditions.

“Taxidermists to taxi drivers and chimney sweeps to rural internet specialists … have been telling MPs how their livelihoods would be at risk if opponents of shooting had their way.”

Curious satellite-tag signals continue to emit from stuffed birds of prey in glass domes.

Game Gems

Supporting driven grouse shooting at the parliamentary debate on 31 October:

“If you cease burning, you get long, degenerate, rank heather, which is unsightly”
Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) (Con) https://goo.gl/NKirCJ

“The main perpetrator of the petition”
Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) https://goo.gl/odPPWC

“There were blackcock, golden plover, woodcock, snipe, jack snipe, greylag geese, teal, widgeon, mallard, gadwall, pintail and even, right outt in the middle of the moor, miles from anywhere, a wild chicken. I am not sure whether there are wild chicken, but there was a chicken that was probably not born and brought up there.”
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) (Con) https://goo.gl/hVq3Wj

The Keeping Game

“The Mossdale estate in the Yorkshire Dales, owned by the Van Cutsem family, obtained £54,000 in [EU common agricultural policy (CAP)] subsides in 2014 and £170,000 in 2015. In June, the estate resigned from the Moorland Association after a keeper was filmed setting illegal pole traps.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/28/grouse-shooting-estates-shored-up-by-millions-in-subsidies)

Resigning from that interest group is simply a saving of £75.00 pa; how about our money back?

The parliamentary debate on driven grouse shooting is Monday 31 October 2016, 4.30pm, Westminster Hall.

Hounded

“PR disasters for the UK’s shooting industry dog the opening of the pheasant season …
A catalogue of incidents, including the government-sanctioned killing of buzzards to ‘protect’ pheasants so they can be shot later and the RSPB’s recent withdrawal of its support for the Hen Harrier Action Plan (because of continued persecution of these protected birds of prey on grouse moors), are shining a spotlight into the murky secrets of the commercial shooting industry.” (http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2016/sept/kill-a-buzzard-save-a-pheasant-then-kill-the-pheasant)

The UK’s shooting industry dog has had its day.