So says George Monbiot in yesterday’s Guardian and who describes the grouse shooters campaign against the RSPB as a shameful example of ‘astroturfing’. Adding that the public should beware.
It is certainly a hard hitting piece and well worth reading, one might wonder if it will now see Monbiot as a ‘target’ alongside Packham, Avery and other high profile campaigners?
Readers are asked to consider writing to their MPs ahead of the forthcoming debate in Parliament to “Ban driven grouse shooting”, Mark Avery provides a template via his recent blog post ‘Writing to your MP’.
Interestingly the Doncaster constituencies have increased steadily but haven’t yet achieved the campaign target for each of the parliamentary constituencies. The only HHL constituency nearing the 154 target is Brigg & Goole with 140 as I write.
Don Valley, Caroline Flint MP : 124
Doncaster North, Ed Miliband MP : 95
Doncaster Central, Rosie Winteron MP : 125
To find how your area is doing click on the petition map link here. Please help push the word out so the numbers increase to the extent that when MPs are contacted by their constituents they can see how many have already signed it, there is still just a little over four weeks left to run, the closing date is 20 September. It’s not just about the Hen Harrier but the land management practices associated with driven grouse shooting which have consequences and impacts on all of us through the public purse and increased costs to resolve some of the problems arising from ‘sporting practices’ not least illegal persecution of raptors.
For anyone considering a trip to the annual Birdfair at Rutland Water this coming weekend, there is to be a debate on the issue of driven grouse shooting on Friday at 16:45 until 17:30 in the main events marquee. There is seating capacity for 500!
For some interesting videos outlining the issues surrounding driven grouse shooting see Chris Packham’s website here. Judge for yourself who bowled the best over, Packham or Botham? See also the BTO statement around the report cited by ‘Sir’, what an own goal?