The real price of grouse: episode 3

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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.  Episode 2 (the damaging environmental effects of heather burning) can be watched here. Here’s episode 3:

Over 68,000 people have joined Chris and signed the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting. You can too. We need 100,000 signatures by 20th September to trigger a Westminster debate. Please join us and sign HERE 

Thank you!

15 Responses to “The real price of grouse: episode 3”

  1. 1 ddeg
    August 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Do we have a map of all the locations for shotting in the Highlands?

  2. 2 Chris Roberts
    August 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Another factual and brilliant video presentation by Chris Packham. The more the public learn of these atrocities carried out in the name of ‘sport’, the quicker this Victorian desecration of our countryside and its wildlife will come to its inevitable end.

  3. 3 Andrew Mckie
    August 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Unfortunately the laws of the land are made by the same people who indulge in these barbaric ‘sports’ so no matter how many of us protest our words will fall on deliberately deaf ears. I suspect the only thing that would scare these evil gits into changing their ways is the fear of a revolution but the chances of that happening now, with most of the ‘angry young’ folk more interested in getting drunk/high/catching pokemons are pretty slim.

  4. 4 Nimby
    August 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Quite agree Chris (Roberts) but we need to ensure that the public see these useful ‘public information’ videos.

    Mainstream media are avoiding publicising them, no surprise there really when you do a little bit of research about their ownership and ‘affiliations’ etc.?

    ‘We’, i,e. those who care about the conservation of these species and land management for public benefit when land owners are in receipt of public funds, not to mention adherence to the law and culpability need to ensure that we use social media to it’s fullest extent, word of mouth and all legal means available to highlight the facts of the matter.

    As “Notsoglorious” dawns we can live in anticipation …. the ‘usual suspects’ of the NGO conservation movement might let their membership know about the ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’ epetition even if they don’t proactively promote it?

    Well done Chris P, Avery, Oddie et. al. You seem to have been missed off dodgy Dave’s latest honours list ….

  5. 5 nirofo
    August 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Excellent Chris and well done RP UK for showing the film, I just wish he’d included a few of the many gruesome images of our wildlife caught in traps, the public really need to see for themselves just what these stalwarts of country life, these so-called protectors of the countryside get up to in all it’s gory detail.

  6. August 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    It will be interesting to see whether this campaign makes a dent in the usual saccharine coverage of the “Glorious 12th” that we often see in the media at that time. Mark Avery will be appearing with Andrew Gilruth (GWCT) at Geltsdale RSPB reserve on ‘Countryfile’ on 14/08 so perhaps other media outlets will take an interest and there will be a more balanced coverage this year.

    • 7 Nimby
      August 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Countryfile, oh dear …. but I suppose one should remain an agnostic? There’s an art to sound bites and Mark is a master, and more than a match for the likes of kiltruth ….

  7. August 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    how can we stop this madness

  8. August 2, 2016 at 11:58 am

    On my visits to the hills of Scotland I see first hand how these fen traps litter the countryside and just how easily they can be abused and used for illegal purposes, set on fence poles as Chris demonstrates here and also on the ground where a small patch of earth (square) is cut out and a bait such as a rabbit is placed in the hole and then fen traps positioned and set by the hole with a little bit of heather or moss covering these traps. This method would be to target raptors but of course may also catch, maim and kill other animals such as Pine Martens, fox, wild cat, badger etc. They may also be found placed on top of a bait on the ground, stone wall or fence post. Baits used will often be rabbit, pheasant or grouse, so as the bird (Again this method will be to target raptors) lands on the bait, the trap is set off and causes unimaginable pain and suffering to the victim. I have also found them set around a pheasant pen as leg hold traps.

    Not sure if everybody knows but fen traps do not need to be checked and they don’t always kill instantly. Even when the fen traps are covered as the law requires I have found hedgehog, rabbits, squirrel and birds in these devices.

  9. August 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Can we not start calling this the Real Gift of Grouse. I’m no expert on public relations but it seems likely to me that we could successfully degrade the other Gift of Grouse label.

    Don’t know if that name is copyrighted but a public shindig over the use of the name would draw the bright light of a potentially wider public interest in the matter again?

  10. 13 Anonymous
    August 3, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I hear that Grampian Moorland Group are holding a Moorland day, including a march in Edzell on 7 August to show the public and invited politicians the supposed benefits of grouse shooting.

    Obviously been inspired by hen harrier day, but let’s hope any politicians who attend ask questions about the lack of harriers on Grampian Moorland group’s moors and why an illegally set spring trap was found on the moor at group member Invercauld Estate.

    [Ed: Thanks Anonymous. Your comment has been slightly edited to remove the defamatory inference]

    • 14 Andrew Mckie
      August 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      That Grampian moorland group seem to have friends in lots of high places. When recently looking at a Chris Packham video on youtube it was immediately followed by a movie (yes a movie) made by that group for the purpose of making the grouse hunting community look like ‘salt of the earth’ types. on the coming up next list was a whole raft of pro hunting videos, WTF??? how the hell does youtube figure a Chris Packham admirer would want to see that garbage?

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