Ban driven grouse shooting: new e-petition launched

Last year, Mark Avery had an e-petition running on the Westminster Government’s website calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting – it attracted over 22,000 signatures.

Today he’s launched another one, which is open to British citizens and UK residents.

As before, the petition needs to attract a minimum of 100,000 signatures to trigger consideration for a Parliamentary debate. However, this time the petition is only available for 6 months (instead of the previous 12-month period) thanks to changes brought in by the thoughtful, caring Westminster Government.

Looks like we’ll all have to work twice as hard to publicise this one.


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14 Responses to “Ban driven grouse shooting: new e-petition launched”

  1. 1 sue fleming
    July 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm


  2. 2 Steve Albaya (@Steveredwolf)
    July 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    704 signatures so far

  3. 3 Sean Minns
    July 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    It really does need to be managed so that raptors, mountain hares and other sensitive wildlife are not persecuted for a sport enjoyed by a priveleged few that has no long-term benefits for the uplands of the UK

  4. 4 Flash
    July 21, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    What can be done to persuade the RSPB to help this time? They could at least alert their million members to the petition’s existence and leave it up to the members as to whether they sign it or not. Surely that wouldn’t upset their royal side of things too much?!

  5. July 22, 2015 at 7:24 am

    This is our opportunity to demonstrate that it is no longer acceptable that the wishes of the majority can be over-ridden by the arrogance of the minority. Sign now. Well done – again – Mark.

  6. 6 Pete Woodruff
    July 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Brilliant that Mark Avery has launched this petition once again which I have of course signed as I did the last time, but….

    Flash….Members of the RSPB don’t need to be alerted to this, surely unless you just arrived from Mars this is world wide news, yet few signed the petition last time around, you have to wonder why not.

    Tony….We’ve had the opportunity with the very same petition before as you well know….why did so few respond to the request to sign it you wonder, and why should the second time around make any difference.

    • 7 Les Wallace
      July 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Yes the RSPB did give Mark a chance to air his views alongside the Moorland Association, plus Simon Barnes never held back in the RSPB magazine about how birds of prey are being persecuted emphasisng how badly hen harriers were/are getting hammered. It was the membership that were reluctant to sign, pretty pathetic on their part. An awful lot of the nature orientated are shrinking violets when it comes to doing anything remotely ‘radical’ such as signing an epetition or generally risk offending anyone. That’s obviously not going to work here! Yesterday I posted a link to the epetition on a conservation orientated fb page with 2,000 plus followers. Within minutes I was hit with severe comments re the risk of offending gamekeepers – inspite of the fact that the SGA have been major opponents of what the group is proposing.

  7. 8 Les Wallace
    July 22, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’ve just started doing this myself, but feel that if orgs such as Greenpeace UK, Friends of the Earth, The Green Parties sent out a direct email to their members requesting them to support this epetition could add thousands and tens of thousands of signatures virtually overnight. They just need persuading the driven grouse shooting is not only an animal welfare issue, it’s a massive ecological and environmental one with serious social disbenefits too – increased water treatment charges and flooding risk. Please contact these groups and ask them to do this – if enough of us do the message should get across. Grouse moors have definitely not received the attention they deserve from the environmental community. A large section of field sports participants are actually anglers. A hell of a lot more of them than grouse shooters, but the EMBER report made it clear muirburn isn’t doing anglers favours. The CA, SLE, SGA, GWCT etc, etc are supposed to represent their interests too and the contribution they make to the economy. However, a silence that only helps grouse shooters (driven) reigns over the ‘representative’ bodies. If I was still an angler I’d be rightfully furious about this, even more so that The Angling Trust and Tweed Foundation have been ludicrously reactionary against beavers returning, but said absolutely nothing about muirburn being crap for rivers and fish. Incidentally keen angler I.Botham – You Forget the Fish!!!

  8. 9 AnMac
    July 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Can you help me sign up by saying which ‘link’ in the email has to be used? I find at present I cannot sign it.

  9. 11 Douglas Malpus
    July 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Signed and shared with strong urging to sign up.

    It is time to rid our moors of criminal practices and perhaps even make driven game shooting a criminal activity.

    Pigeon shooting was replaced with clay pigeon in the 1920 because it was deemed to a cruel practice. Perhaps driven grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting should be in the same category?

    • 12 nirofo
      July 24, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Clay pigeon shooting would be far too difficult for the majority of the type of people who indulge in driven grouse and pheasant shooting, in any case how would they manage to get their rocks off, there’s nothing to kill, no blood letting from a clay !!!

  10. 13 nirofo
    July 23, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I think I’ve signed every one of these ban grouse shooting petitions that’s come up so far, I’d like to think that sooner or later one of them is going to make a difference !!!

  11. 14 Annette Ashton
    October 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Grouse shooting is a cruel and barbaric activity. Outdated and not appropriate for the 21st century. I urge you to ban driven grouse shooting.

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