As I compose this brief update on the Ban driven grouse shooting petition, I recommend readers visit “Our St Crispen’s Day” post by Mark Avery. What a day, in excess of 10,000 signatures added to the petition!
Add to that the fact that the advocates for driven grouse shooting look like they have metaphorically shot themselves in the foot (maybe even feet) by the exposure of erroneous argument to further their cause? It seems highly probable that the interview on Radio 4’s Today programme involving Sir Ian Botham has helped the ‘ban’ case, Packham was far more erudite and knowledge but I suppose that view is no surprise to readers?
Why is it that the BBC appears to be allowing selective reporting, why are their interviewers failing to ensure points raised are addressed, why do they duck the illegal persecution and the damage to peat which can exacerbate flooding in places like Hebden Bridge? It is fair to say that they have been signposted to reports such as the Leeds University study EMBER, but they fail to refer to it, why? Congratulations to ‘Ban the Burn’ for their contribution to BBC Look North earlier this evening. A shame that the interviewer allowed the Moorland Association spin bowler to get away without explanation why they promote the burning peat and by virtue the damage and associated costs it causes to the public purse?
Will they, that is to say the BBC now that the Botham’s erroneous statement has been found lacking (to say the least) provide a statement explaining why they allowed reference to it? Will they apologise?
Marks & Spencers too have capitulated to public pressure and have issued a press release stating that they will not sell red grouse in their food stores. We are still waiting to receive a response about the levels of toxic lead residue in the grouse meat that they consider safe for human consumption, and a copy of their much mentioned Code of Practice developed with the grouse industry.
As I sign off the petition which is rapidly approaching 98,000 – it is still possible that it might reach that magic figure by midnight but if not then it will be early tomorrow morning – somewhere in the hundreds of comments, someone has written that the ‘phlebs’ have taken back the ‘glorious inglorious twelfth’, it most certainly feels that way? Here’s to the next chapter of the challenge ….
Thank you to all who have promoted the petition, Henry too I’m sure feels supported.