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Podcast: Luke Steele | Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors Update Oct 2020

As part of The War on Wildlife Project we’ve been writing about the calls being made by councils across northern England to ban the deliberate setting of fires on grouse moors by the grouse shooting industry. Recently Kirklees council joined Sheffield, York, Calderdale, and Wakefield Councils, plus the Mayor of Doncaster, in calling for a ban. It’s taken hard work and a great deal of support…and one of the key figures who’s been working tirelessly behind the scenes, talking with councils as well as moorland-owning utilities like Yorkshire Water, is Luke Steele, Director and spokesperson for Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors. Charlie Moores talked with Luke about burning and the potential licencing of grouse shoots…

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Podcast: Checking in with Luke Steele, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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Fundraiser | Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors

At Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors, our mission is to free up spaces for wildlife and environmental conservation by ending exploitation of the uplands for grouse shooting. We’re seeking £1,000 to help grow our on-the-ground investigations and research work into corporate moorlands where our intelligence indicates birds of prey, badgers and other wildlife is being targeted and killed by gamekeepers to boost grouse numbers for shooting.

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Podcast: Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors | Pull The Plug on Grouse Shooting

In August 2019 The War on Wildlife Project’s Charlie Moores joined an event in Bradford city centre organised by Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the League Against Cruel Sports. The event was designed to put pressure on Yorkshire Water, one of the county’s largest landowners, to not renew – or to ‘pull the plug’ on – grouse shooting licences on its moorland properties. To quote Ban Bloodsports’ website, “Yorkshire Water leases 11 sections of moorland across the county for grouse shooting. The practice is causing widespread damage to wildlife and the environment on the utility company’s land.”

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Podcast: Luke Steele | Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors say on their website at stoptheshoot.com that their mission is “to end grouse shooting on Yorkshire’s moors, to free the way for these spaces to be managed in a way where their full potential can be reached. Through solid research, pro-active educational initiatives, investigations and legal advocacy. By educating the public and policy-makers about wildlife and the environment, we motivate them to support upland conservation”. In April 2019 Charlie Moores met with Luke Steele, spokesperson for Ban Bloodsports, to find out just how the group intends to achieve their aims and to ask, “Just who is Luke Steele anyway’?”

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#BanSnares | Hunt Investigation Team and Animal Aid

“Animal Aid is launching a new campaign which calls for a ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares.” Mirroring former MP Jim Dowd’s 2016 call in Parliament for a complete ban on snares, the superb Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) and animal rights organisation Animal Aid have launched a campaign to rid the countryside of the hundreds of thousands of wire nooses laid by the shooting industry to eradicate native predators. This campaign is only just getting started. It will be ramped up until they are eradicated and our wildlife is safe from the blight of snares.

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Fox hunting in Wales banned under new Covid restrictions

Fox hunting was banned in Wales (and in England and Scotland) by the passing of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force the following year. Fox hunting has continued under the guise of so-called ‘trail hunting’, escaping the Rule of Six restriction that is intended to slow down community transmission of the coronavirus, but now even that loophole appears to have been closed as Wales prepares to enter a full ‘firebreak’ lockdown from 23rd October. hunting activities in Wales should cease after 6pm on Friday 23rd October, until Monday 9th November. (They should have ceased from 2005 but we’ll park that thought for a while…)

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Barnsley Council backs ban on grouse moor burning

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors has announced that Barnsley council has joined the extensive roll-call of councils and public utilities to back a ban on the rotational burning of the nation’s uplands. Burning is a tool used by the grouse industry to ensure young heather shoots for their grouse ‘farms’, but it is linked with habitat destruction, the deaths of rare reptiles, smoke pollution, flooding in communities below the moorlands, and is incompatible with the UK’s stance on the global climate emergency. We have just published a timely podcast with Luke Steele, Director and spokesperson of Ban Bloodsports here, which looks at burning as well as the option of licencing grouse shoots.

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