Public consultation on future of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

Bradford Council is consulting on a draft management plan for Ilkley Moor, which includes the future of grouse shooting after the current licence expires in 2018.

Local campaign group Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor has been lobbying for an end to driven grouse shooting on this public land for several years and they are now calling on the public to take this opportunity to urge the council to bring it to an end.

The public consultation is open for six weeks until Sunday 20 November 2016. Your comments may be emailed to: row.consultations@bradford.gov.uk 

Bradford Council’s draft management plan can be read here

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor’s press release can be read here

A sample letter from Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor can be found here


Photo of the famous Cow & Calf Rocks at the edge of Ilkley Moor, overlooking the town of Ilkley (RPUK)


5 Responses to “Public consultation on future of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor”

  1. 1 Steve macsweeney
    October 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Email sent!

  2. 2 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    October 13, 2016 at 11:34 am

    This is great news, similar to Britain’s position at the beginning of the last World War, when any little sign of a possible victory would raise morale. The past decade has seen a massive support for animal welfare and conservation of species world wide. Even in China and some other countries in South-east Asia, there has appeared groups who courageously, considering the “traditions” and dreadful demand for wildlife body parts, act to prevent abuse of animals and the environment. The Elephant and Rhino slaughter has made more people aware of the vulnerability of such wildlife, endangered by poachers AND BLOOD SPORTS OBSESSED individuals who have become a significant factor in the struggle to save many species of wild creatures. Trump and his sons have been in the news, and even Hilary Clinton lauded Trump for having such well brought up offspring! However, do people concerned about our British birds of prey, realise that Trump owned a shooting estate in the Cairngorms, and was persuaded to sell up and return to the USA. He took two late teenage “gamekeeprs” from here to manage his American estate, and they managed to offend locals with their killing of protected birds of prey, along with domestic pets such as dogs and cats. Strong protest got rid of them! Trump and his sons have appeared in the media, posing with the corpses of trophy shot African wildlife species.

    The UK has the reputation of being paramount among nations of being a great animal welfare place, where no cruelty or abuse is likely to occur. That is an illusion, but is reality, is that we have a great number of organisations that defend animals from abuse, and ones that fight hard for the conservation of all forms of wildlife. Both sides are not necessarily inclusive, as there is a sharp divide between those who resolutely contend against the cruel abuse of animals, and the conservation of species from butterflies to birds groups such as the RSPB and the various Wildlife Trusts. Yet here we are, with this large potential force for good, but there is little coming together to finally put that throwback to the Dark Ages, blood sports, and the deleterious effects on our natural landscape. A grand plan of political attack should be drawn up, pulling all the disparate acting humane and conservation minded groups to act as one strong and determined force. Here we have one determined group fighting to rid Ilkley Moor, public land, of its cruel and anachronistic pseudo-sport, of driven grouse shooting. What must be appreciated is that our BIRDS OF PREY and other creatures killed to support this vile activity, are the equivalents of the endangered that are so much shown in the media, and discussed at the current CITES meeting. Britain has indeed a strong animal loving and conservation orientation, and that is because of the abuse and destruction ready to take place if our organisations defending those two concerns, drop their respective guards. The same applies to the other aspects of humane concern, with regard to human welfare. All are linked in a battle to ensure a more compassionate form of humanity comes to exist on Earth; one that has rid itself of having to kill its own kind and other creatures with whom it shares the planet.

  3. October 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I wonder if the police are involved with this shooting? If so you have no chance. Look what is happening in Bowland

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