Ban driven grouse shooting in the UK
In the UK, grouse shooting for ‘sport’ depends on intensive habitat management which increases flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions, relies on killing Foxes, Stoats, Mountain Hares etc in large numbers and often leads to the deliberate illegal killing of protected birds of prey including Hen Harriers.
Driven grouse shooting uses animals for live target practice, with thousands killed every day. Native predators are killed because they eat Red Grouse. Mountain Hares are killed because they carry ticks that can spread diseases to grouse. Heather is burned to increase Red Grouse numbers for shooting. Grouse shooting is economically, ecologically and socially unnecessary. This is ‘canned hunting’.
If you care about conserving some of the most beautiful places and species in the UK, please support Mark Avery, Eduardo Gonçalves (CEO of League Against Cruel Sports), Chris Packham and Bill Oddie and click to sign a petition to ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’ now.
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