The real price of grouse: episode 2

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In the run up to the Inglorious 12th (the opening of the grouse-shooting season on 12 August), you’ll be able to watch a series of videos hosted by Chris Packham about the #NotSoGlorious damaging management practices associated with the driven grouse shooting industry. Episode one (an introduction to driven grouse shooting) can be watched here. Here’s episode 2:

Over 63,000 people have joined Chris and signed the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting. You can too. We need 100,000 signatures to trigger a Westminster debate. Please join us and sign HERE 

Thank you!

10 Responses to “The real price of grouse: episode 2”

  1. 1 against feadalism
    July 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Excellent work Chris, Thank you. You are breaking this quite complex subject, into easily digestible chunks.

    You might think about bringing up the point, that grouse moors receive £ millions of taxpayers money, in CAP payments, and subsidies, hundreds of millions over the years, at the same time, an increasing number of people have to use food banks to feed themselves ?

    This makes no sense to me.

    Thanks as always, to RPUK for your work.

  2. 2 Damion Willcock
    July 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Great work Chris Packham.

  3. 3 Richard B
    July 24, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Well said and well done for being brave enough to stand up and put your money where your mouth is.

    I admire your principles. Prepare for incoming……………………

  4. 4 Chris Roberts
    July 24, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Great and factual presentation, thank you Chris Packham.

    • 5 heclasu
      July 25, 2016 at 1:00 am

      That IS the point! It is brief, factual and to the point. All the opposition can do is go for the man as they have no valid argument to oppose what he is saying! Just look at the responses from the opposition on the Youtube video last week. They are not ‘rattled’ they are frightened! Keep at them, Chris, we are all beside you!

  5. July 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Simple message…. sign up for the ban.

    Hopefully there will be a full episode listing the damaging impact on biodiversity.

  6. 7 Harris
    July 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    response from M&S – We’ve been working hard with estate managers and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust to further develop our industry leading responsible sourcing Code of Practice for game suppliers.

    I’m pleased to say we’re making great progress.

    We already make sure that the estates we source from, which are well-known to us and are across Northern England and the Scottish Borders, protect and enhance natural habitats for a bio-diverse landscape.

    All comply with legislation, of course they do. But for us that’s a bare minimum. We insist that they operate to the industry’s Code of Good Shooting Practice and the Defra Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Game Birds (www.defra.gov.uk). But to go one step further, we’ve developed and are implementing our own responsible sourcing code for the industry that is truly transformational.

    It needs to provide a high level of protection for habitats in need of conservation and ensure that the estates that comply with the code are recognised as adding value to rural communities.

    We know our estates are already doing well in these areas and our suppliers are therefore playing a huge role in developing the code.

    Red Grouse:

    Last year we worked with independent industry experts and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust to introduce the game industry’s first ‘Codes of Practice’ to ensure all our game, including grouse, is sourced to the highest standards of game rearing and moorland management, from estates that we know and trust

    Unfortunately, due to poor spring weather conditions last year, our red grouse single estate had insufficient quantities to meet our customer demand, so we were unable to sell grouse

    We are currently working with our supplier to monitor numbers for this year’s season

    • July 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Well if you search for the blog on the M&S website…..


      “25 July 2014
      Responsibly Sourced Game at M&S

      By Steve McLean

      We’ve been working hard with estate managers and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust to further develop our industry leading responsible sourcing Code of Practice for game suppliers. I’m pleased to say we’re making great progress. We already make…READ MORE”

      Most of what you have read has not changed since 25 July 2014… exactly 2 years old to the day…..

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