Tired of waiting for the grouse-shooting industry to get its house in order? Frustrated that the government isn’t doing enough to address the widespread problem of illegal raptor persecution? Well here’s your chance to do something about it.
John Armitage has this morning started a new e-petition called ‘Licencing of upland grouse moors and gamekeepers’. The petition needs 100,000 signatures to trigger a parliamentary debate. Here is the petition text:
Given the continuing levels of illegal persecution of birds of prey the Government is called upon to introduce a system of operating licences for upland grouse shoots. Following any proven offence of persecution on the shoot concerned, i.e. illegal trapping, use of poisons, shooting or the interference with or destruction of nests, the licence would be revoked for a period of not less than two years and commercial shooting activity cease.
Linked to the above the Government is called upon to introduce an accreditation scheme or licencing system for all gamekeepers, be they employed in a full time or part time capacity. If an individual then has any proven involvement with raptor persecution, the licence would be withdrawn for a period of three years along with the right to hold a gun licence. Any repetition of an offence would result in the licences being withdrawn for life.
Please note: this petition refers to grouse moors and gamekeepers in England, not Scotland. We probably don’t need a petition in Scotland – one more high-profile killing will be enough to apply pressure on the Scottish Government to act. However, given that some of our raptors frequently cross the border, only to end up dead on an English grouse moor, this petition is equally as relevant to us.
Please, sign this petition (it takes less than 1 minute) and then tweet about it, facebook it, email it, talk about it – just do it. Our time to be heard is now.
Sign the petition here.