On Saturday 10th August members of 3 Valley Vegans attended a rally in Bradford, the headquarters of Yorkshire Water, to urge the company to pull the plug on grouse shooting. Despite the rain it was an inspiring day. Why? Because the public are waking up to the horror that is grouse shooting.
An estimated 700,000 grouse are shot every year in Britain for ‘sport’. Grouse live on moorland and during a ‘shoot’ they are frightened by beaters who drive them towards men who shoot them. Many birds won’t be killed straight away and suffer a frightening and painful death. All so that very rich people (shoots often cost over a £5000 a day to participate in) can kill birds for fun.
Birds of prey and other animals such as badgers, stoats and weasels are also killed by snaring, poisoning and trapping. This is done by gamekeepers in order to reduce the number of young grouse killed before the shooting season starts.
Maintaining the moors for grouse shooting involves considerable environmental damage. Burning heather for instance alters the flow of water off the hills and contributes to flooding – something we know a lot about here in Calderdale. Burning also dries out the peat on the moorland resulting in increased losses of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere; at a time when we need to be storing more carbon in the soil if we want to reduce the effects of climate change.
Some say that grouse shooting brings money into an area but the evidence is clear: driven grouse shooting is a burden on the public purse (Sheffield Hallam University and Cormack Economics).
Yorkshire Water is a large land owner and they lease out 13 different moorland areas for grouse shooting. The money you pay to Yorkshire Water goes to fund this slaughter. Many people have contacted Yorkshire Water asking them to stop and demonstrations have taken place across the county.
So how can you help?
- Please watch Chris Packham who makes the case for a ban on grouse shooting
- Sign the petition asking the government to ban driven grouse shooting
- Find out how to contact Yorkshire Water to let them know what you think about them spending your money on grouse slaughter
“Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.”
UPDATE 22 DECEMBER: This event has now been cancelled! Thank you to all who participated in helping the welfare of these penguins.
Taken from a recent email campaign by Freedom for Animals, below is a message about helping penguins that will be exploited in a shopping centre event this Saturday.
Will you please make a complaint to the event organiser, Halifax BID, and ask them to cancel?
Contact them here:
TAKE ACTION NOW
Wild animals like penguins need very specific care, habitats and space to be able to live life to the fullest. Penguins used in events like this are exposed to large crowds and noise which are both major stressors for animals.
What’s more, the company supplying these poor penguins is none other than ‘Amazing Animals’ – you may remember when we went undercover to expose their circus-style shows exploiting lions and tigers. They train animals for TV and film, mobile events like this, and are linked to the circus industry.
Wildlife expert Chris Packham and others have spoken out against this company – how can Halifax BID continue to work with them?
- Contact the event organisers Halifax BID and ask them to cancel this event now! You can do that here: www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/take-action-to-end-live-penguin-display
- If you live local to the event, join the protest! https://www.facebook.com/events/2170636879855880/
- Make a donation to the campaign to see an end to these cruel events once and for all!
Let’s do this!
For the animals,
Please consider signing this environmental issue petition:
Yorkshire Water is one of the largest landowners in the region, leasing out moorlands for grouse shooting at the cost of wildlife, habitat, leisure and the regional economy. We – the undersigned – note that grouse shooting on its land is harming:
- Wildlife – Overall biodiversity is decreased and unhealthily-high populations of game birds promoted. Mountain hare, foxes, stoats, weasels and corvids are purged by trap and bullet in order to increase red grouse numbers for the guns. Harmful management practices degrade the habitat required for specialist breeding bird species to survive.
- Habitat – Intensive management practices such as burning – used to engineer an enlarged grouse population – has significant negative environmental impacts. This includes degrading blanket bog, alerting peat hydrology, increasing flood risk and decreasing biodiversity.
- Leisure – The reputation of the uplands is damaged by grouse shooting, deterring tourists from taking leisure in areas where the practice takes place.
- Regional economy – Grouse shooting displaces visitors to the uplands and tarnishes the reputation of areas heavily reliant on tourist income. Grouse moor management practices also contribute to flooding, costing the regional economy millions of pounds, threatenings livelihoods, homes, businesses, jobs and damaging transport infrastructure.
Grouse shooting is intrinsically incompatible with Yorkshire Water’s duty to provide good, long-term environmental stewardship of the region’s uplands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat, leisure and the regional economy. Yorkshire Water must stop the leasing of its moors for grouse shooting.
Please consider signing this petition to Parliament calling for an independent welfare body to protect racehorses from abuse and death.
The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for race horse welfare. But around 200 horses die each year due to racing in Britain. We urge the government to set up an independent regulatory body, with horse welfare as its only interest, which will take meaningful action to stop horses dying.