This Scottish petition differs from Mark Avery’s petition to ban driven grouse shooting because (a) it calls for licensing rather than a ban and (b) it is directed at ALL types of gamebird hunting (e.g. grouse, pheasant, partridge), not just driven grouse shooting.
This morning, the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee will take oral evidence on this petition from Logan Steele (the petitioner, on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Study Group), Duncan Orr-Ewing (Head of Species and Land Management, RSPB Scotland), and Andrea Hudspeth (Tayside Raptor Study Group).
This evidence session can be watched live on Holyrood TV (starts at 9.45am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room [Committee Room 2] – here is the link). UPDATE: archived video link available – see below. A transcript of the session will be available later.
We will be blogging more about this petition after the evidence session, and will be scrutinising the written evidence that has been lodged (so far by RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Countryside Alliance). There’s a lot to say about that!
UPDATE 11.40hrs. The archived video of this evidence session is now available HERE (starts at 40:08 mins).