OneKind launches new petition: End the killing of wildlife on grouse moors & elsewhere in Scotland

A new petition has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament calling for ‘an end to the killing of wildlife on grouse moors and elsewhere in Scotland’.

Petition # PE01762 is the work of animal welfare charity OneKind and runs from now until 13 November 2019. Petitions to the Scottish Parliament are different to those lodged at Westminster because (a) there is no requirement to reach a signature threshold (e.g. 10,000 or 100,000) before the Petitions Committee will consider the petition, and (b) anybody anywhere in the world can sign this petition.

Here is some background information from OneKind on why they’re calling for the Scottish Parliament to conduct a full review of the animal welfare impacts of the use of traps and snares on grouse moors and elsewhere in Scotland:

The focus of the review called for in this petition should be:

• The ethics and sustainability of the routine and repeated killing of the same species in the same location;
• The case for banning snares, Larsen traps and certain other types of live traps outright, on animal welfare grounds;
• The animal welfare issues surrounding lethal traps such as spring traps, both approved and non-approved categories;
• Mechanisms to ensure proper scrutiny of all practices undertaken by hunters, shooters and trappers and only to permit the use of traps under exceptional circumstances; and
• Whether activities closely associated with causing unnecessary suffering by means of trapping and snaring, such as driven grouse shooting, should be banned.

OneKind has created this public petition to the Scottish Parliament following the publication on 13 August 2019 of a photograph of a golden eagle – Scotland’s national bird – flying near Crathie in the Cairngorms National Park, with its leg apparently caught in a spring trap.  At the time of writing the fate of the eagle is unknown, but it is thought likely to have suffered considerably and probably to have died.

OneKind is a member of the Revive coalition, along with Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland, the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland and Raptor Persecution UK.  Revive campaigns for significant reform of Scotland’s grouse moors and is working to propose an alternative vision for the estimated 12 – 18% of Scotland’s land currently used for grouse shooting. Such reform will not be achieved overnight and in view of the widespread public outrage provoked by this incident the petitioners see it as urgent to institute a Scottish Parliament review of wildlife persecution with the aim of eradicating inhumane practices associated with driven grouse shooting as soon as possible.

The petitioners are aware that the Grouse Moor Management Group (the Werritty Review), is likely to report shortly.  The terms of reference for the Werritty review group are to: “look at the environmental impact of grouse moor management practices such as muirburn, the use of medicated grit and mountain hare culls and advise on the option of licensing grouse shooting businesses.”  These do not allow for full consideration of the severe animal welfare consequences of continued trapping and snaring practices on grouse moors.

The Crathie incident has caused a public outcry and a petition by Wild Justice to the UK Parliament calling for an outright ban on driven grouse shooting attracted tens of thousands of signatures within a few days of its launch.  OneKind supports that petition, as driven grouse shooting is intimately connected both with so many wildlife offences across the UK, as well as the legal infliction of suffering on animals, including by trapping and snaring.

Given that animal welfare and wildlife protection are devolved issues, the scale of wildlife killing in Scotland and the suffering caused, we believe that action is urgently required in the Scottish Parliament.



This pine marten (a so-called protected species) was caught in a spring trap on a Highland shooting estate in 2017. It didn’t survive these injuries.

55 Responses to “OneKind launches new petition: End the killing of wildlife on grouse moors & elsewhere in Scotland”

  1. October 6, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Horrendous this is allowed to go on for the few with money too get there so called sport, of killing innocent creatures that can not defend them selves

  2. 2 Nicola John
    October 7, 2019 at 4:13 am

    The entertainment of those who like to shoot comes at too high a price, not just for the birds they blast out of the sky, but for wildlife in the vicinity, too. It seems to me that gamekeepers will kill everything that moves to protect this sick business. It really is the stuff of nightmares.

    October 7, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Appalling cruelty by the grouse shooting fraternity.

  4. 4 Thomasine Rudd
    October 7, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Barbaric practice, should be banned.

  5. 6 Katherine syred
    October 7, 2019 at 9:32 am


  6. October 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I have a live petition PE1705 n the Scottish Parliament. It has been a positive experience, although slower than I expected. My petition has now passed through the Public Petitions Committee and has been passed to but not considered by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee , which is likely to be what happens to this petition.

  7. October 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    What the ‘keepers and land “managers” do legally under the free-for-all slaughter of native wild birds permitted by the SNH General Licence system reinforces their believe that they are above the law and that anything that might eat a grouse or pheasant egg or chick is vermin to be eradicated. The SNH consultation on the General Licences does NOT address the principal of the system, it once again tinkers with it and will decide what species of birds can and cannot be legally killed in unlimited numbers. The consultation ends this Wednesday 9th October and I urge people to take a couple of minutes to go to the SNH website and leave a comment on the consultation making it clear the General License scheme has no place in 21st century Scotland.

    • 10 Iain Gibson
      October 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Good points John, and I particularly like your comment about the free-for-all slaughter of native wild birds permitted by the SNH General Licence system. However (and this is in no way directed at you), what occurs to me repeatedly is “what about the grouse”? The archaic practice of grouse shooting, stemming from days when agricultural practice, including the production of animal flesh for human consumption was not as extensive as now, was introduced to provide a ‘sport’ for the rich elite at play, with the added attraction of a hearty meal including grouse.

      In these days of increasing concern about animal welfare, I can’t help but be appalled at the number of people out there in the wild countryside who are participating in shooting wildlife. In my local experience most are content just to kill animals, especially birds. As a keen naturalist I find it difficult to accept that the objects of my (and all like-minded people’s) love of wildlife are seen by so many as an urge to kill it.

      I would apply these thoughts to all wildlife, even those which have been slaughtered to near extinction or actual extinction. I would love to see the day when all native species (at least) were protected from all this appalling cruelty and unnecessary killing, but sadly don’t expect to live to see this day. At least the emergence of RPUK and Wild Justice holds out realistic hope for the future. Judging from current news items, it seems that more young people are taking an active part in nature conservation and environmental issues recently, so long may this last and grow.

      • 11 Simon Tucker
        October 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

        I could not agree more Iain. One thing that concerns me is that whilst the focus is on the environmental and wildlife cost on grouse moors, this is an issue across all so called “country sports”, from angling through to DGS. I live close to xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx where the people running local fishing lakes are engaged in demonising and persecuting our newly returned otters and shooting cormorants illegally and getting away with it.

        We have the laws, although they clearly need strengthening and extending: but we don’t have statutory environmental bodies interested in protecting our wildlife nor a police and judicial system that is interested in upholding and enforcing those laws.

        • October 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

          Simon, If you witness what you believe to be a wildlife crime, say unlicensed shooting of a cormorant, immediately contact the police on 999, give them the information you have and ask for an incident number which will allow you to call back later (not on 999!) and ask for a report on what action was taken. If no action was taken or you feel your reporting of a crime in progress was not taken seriously, contact your main MSP, give them the incident number and ask them to find out why it was not responded to properly.

  8. October 7, 2019 at 10:12 am

    for believe read belief – my computer keeps thinking it’s the boss of me!

  9. 14 Rose Barnes
    October 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I am glad that I won’t be around to see the deverstated effect that this will have if it’s not stopped, it really upsets me to think that these amazing animals will be distinct and our children’s children will only be able to see them in a book, when will the government wake up to this barbaric so called sport and put a stop to it now, these poor animals suffer a painful death

  10. 15 Caroline Denison
    October 7, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Mankind is the purest form of evil.😡😡😡😡

  11. 16 YvonneTaylor
    October 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Sickening how people get pleasure from killing, it’s not that they need to kill for food, they are killing for pleasure. Who in their right mind would think it’s fun and in such a cowardly way using guns and traps. Mindless!!!!!

  12. 17 Ron Bury
    October 7, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Petition signed

  13. 18 Michelle Noe
    October 7, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Disgusting and cruel. Why is this allowed to continue?

  14. 19 Yvonne Porter
    October 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Its barbaric

  15. 20 Les Wallace
    October 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    The SGA were crowing about their ludicrous petition for more ‘transparency’ (i.e to actually reduce it) for sat tag data of birds of prey on getting over 2,000 signatures. As I type this the Onekind petition is at 1,520 and still has over a month to run. This gives us enormous scope to get a far, far bigger signature count for this petition to signal to Scotgov what the people really think of grouse moors and what goes on on them.

  16. 22 Jane Snee
    October 7, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Appalling cruelty… anyone committing such crimes to any animal We there it’s wild or domestic should be severely prosecuted and this practice banned.

  17. 23 Sheena Ingham
    October 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Awful mankind is so cruel.

  18. 24 AnMac
    October 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Petition signed

  19. 25 TaddyOfKentoo
    October 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Les! Petition signed & circulated social media..The illegal persecution must stop! I am absolutely sick to the back teeth!

  20. 26 Jean Jenkins
    October 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The cruelty! It never ends.

  21. 27 Ruth Parkinson
    October 7, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Oh… this is horrendous and must be stopped.

  22. 28 Gillian Buckley
    October 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Wicked and cruel

  23. 29 Paul Fisher
    October 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    You have publicised this petition on behalf of One Kind, a member of the Revive coalition. I receive emails regularly from several members of the coalition but strangely, not on this. Since we signed this morning the petition has gone up by some 600 signatures. However, I’m sure that had it been publicised by LACS, FOE(S) etc, we would have seen a much larger increase during that time. How come you have to do all the work?
    Maybe others will get behind this, but why wait? The sooner it is publicised, the sooner it gets shared on people’s social media.
    I’m not a great fan of reviews since I believe, like licensing, it just gives a further excuse for more years of prevarication, i.e Werritty. But it is better than nothing and that’s what we have now, so come on all you Revive partners, pretend to work together for once and support this!!

  24. 30 Theresa Yates
    October 7, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    This outdated cruelty can be stopped NOW and a ban brought into Law

  25. 32 Nicky McEwan
    October 7, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    No need for any of this,humans are the worst species on earth and need to take a good look at themselves and make change

  26. 33 Roger Harding
    October 8, 2019 at 10:55 am

    This kind of land ‘managdment’ makes no sense at all. Get some trees planted and stop the nonsense of grouse shooting

    • 34 Iain Gibson
      October 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Planting trees is not the only answer. In fact for conservation reasons so-called grouse moors should be retained and managed positively for nature conservation to maintain their NATURAL biodiversity, which is far richer than some advocates of tree planting realise. I’m not against restoration and new planting of native woodland; it just needs to be implemented on land which has been destroyed or deprived of biodiversity. Anyone who disagrees with my opinion needs to spend more time on peat bogs and heather moors. Do we really want to reduce or destroy habitats for exciting wildlife, including Hen Harriers AND Red Grouse??

  27. 35 Hanna Heinrichs
    October 9, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    It’s cruel

  28. 36 John Robinson
    October 10, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Cruel, unnecessary and of a bygone age.

  29. 37 Abigail wheeler
    October 10, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    It is time for this cruelty to stop!

  30. 38 Susan Beauchamp
    October 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Stop laying traps to kill innocent creatures. You have no right.

  31. 39 Martina wall
    October 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    God will deal with the culprits 🙏

  32. 40 Karen Holmes
    October 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Time for this to stop !

  33. 41 Josh Taylor
    October 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Indiscriminate killing of wildlife is cruel & simply wrong.

  34. 42 L. Grundy
    October 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Leave it to nature and take care of the needy humans instead.

    • 43 Iain Gibson
      October 13, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      L Grundy, if this comment is directed at individuals I’d say it’s unrealistic. If we followed your suggested approach, international efforts would fall apart and inevitable huge expectations could lead to yet more violent conflicts. Only governments and international agencies can provide the resources to make a difference, and currently they’re not having much success while so many mad men are in charge. It’s more important to tackle single (not necessarily narrow) issues, taking into account all relevant factors. Otherwise we’d be dealing with a dog’s breakfast.

  35. 44 Kerry
    October 11, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Stop using all traps

  36. 45 Ros Pennington
    October 11, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Leave wildlife alone!!!

  37. 46 Pamela coulson
    October 11, 2019 at 7:16 am

    This barbaric cruelty needs to stop.

  38. 47 Linda Janczak
    October 11, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Cruel cruel cruel

  39. 48 Chrystine Vernon
    October 11, 2019 at 7:59 am

    This disgusting practice must end

  40. 49 Matt Gemmell
    October 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

    It would not accept my perfectly good gmail email and the verification process with pictures took so long some would give up. You are potentially losing signatures

  41. 50 Nicola Anderson
    October 11, 2019 at 9:11 am

    This is NOT A SPORT!!! It’s sick weirdos with nowt better to do!!!

  42. 51 Elizabeth Ogden
    October 11, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Sickened by this. We live on the edge of North York Moors & our village is currently ubder a pall of smoke from the burning off which can go on for weeks. Another reason for banning this so called sport.

  43. 52 Simon Tucker
    October 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

    You have anonymised my post: I do not understand that. I did not identify any individual or business, although I could make direct accusations against certain parties, because they have admitted it to me, gloating at the impotence of conservationists to get these crimes stopped. I identified an area of the country which includes several nature reserves, as well as active industry and lots of leisure and hospitality entities, as well as the fishing lakes: not all of which break the law. At least one knows that, as they lease the lake from the local Wildlife Trust, they dare not step out of line.

    It is an area where I was vilified locally, threatened and abused, for reporting a farmer to the police for flailing hedges in mid-July, in full contravention of the law, having been asked politely to stop his illegal activities. The police bottled it, of course. They accepted his claim that it was “Health & Safety” reasons (there is no such exemption: they have to apply for planning permission if there is a real need) and that he had checked there were no nests in the 800m of hedgerow he destroyed. I have schooled them in the law they are supposed to uphold.

    • October 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Hi Simon,

      Yes, I removed the location you’d given because for all I know it could identify the businesses/individuals you accuse of committing wildlife crime in the area.

      I don’t have local knowledge of the area so I don’t know how many local businesses fit the description you gave.

      Where defamation is a possibility it’s prudent to be cautious.

  44. October 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Band traps! 🤬🤬🤬

  45. 55 lynda dutton
    October 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

    What goes on in the minds of these killers, they must be stopped!!

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