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Sheffield Council says “grouse moor burning must end”

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors is reporting that Sheffield Council has backed an end to heather burning to save the region’s peat moors from being damaged for grouse shooting. In a statement the Council has called for the environmentally-damaging practice to stop to help tackle climate change and allow Sheffield to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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Channel 4 News exposes ‘wilful blindness’ of grouse shooters

“No-one seems to know about it…”, says Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson as yet another grouse shooter on The Duchy of Lancaster’s Goathland Moor walks away claiming to know nothing about the illegal killing of a Goshawk by a gamekeeper on the very same moor just a few months ago. The superb Raptor Persecution UK popularised the term ‘wilful blindness’ to characterise the head-in-the-sand attitude of the entire shooting industry when confronted with wildlife crime and boy was it ever on show last night…

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Licencing of grouse shooting – why?

Today the Labour Party announced that they were in favour of licencing grouse shooting. It has taken a huge amount of determined work behind-the-scenes from the likes of the RSPB to get to this place, and that deserves commendation. Calls have gone out for campaigners to support the development. While we appreciate the need for a united front we feel we have a duty to be honest and state that licencing grouse shooting is not an option we favour: we believe that everything that goes into delivering wild birds to a handful of shooters is unethical, underpinned by wildlife crime, and not fit for the 21st century. If we said otherwise we would be going against everything we’ve written since we launched a year ago.

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Tom the Golden Eagle – dead on a grouse moor

Tom the Golden Eagle. Last known location before his tag ‘failed catastrophically’ was Strathbraan in Perthshire, an area where two other tagged young golden eagles have vanished previously and a spot ‘infamous’ for its raptor persecution. Where two other tagged golden eagles (Adam and Charlie) both disappeared within hours of one another in 2019. Where a gaggle of gamekeepers and land owners attempted to launch a war on Ravens. He’d spent much of the previous winter on Mull – an island renowned for both Golden and White-tailed Eagles. Then he took a trip to a grouse moor….

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White-tailed Eagle found poisoned on grouse moor

Grouse moors and wildlife crime. As the song says, they go together like a horse and carriage, you can’t have one without the other. Estates simply can’t help themselves. Perhaps though, this time, they’ve gone too far. It really shouldn’t matter whether they illegally kill a Buzzard, a Goshawk, a Hen Harrier, or a White-tailed Eagle of course – all are protected, all are important – but the White-tailed Eagle is different to many other birds of prey in one important way: it is a key component of Scotland’s eco-tourism economy. It has value.

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Mayor of Doncaster calls for end to grouse moor burning

In the last two weeks both Wakefield and Calderdale Councils have announced their intentions to push for a ban on burning moorland within their boroughs. Now the democratically-elected Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones CBE has written to the government urging Defra to deliver the burning ban “to help stop flooding in communities on the River Don”. Given the major floods in Fishlake and Doncaster, which sit downstream from the Peak District, at the end of last year, this request can only put more pressure on the government to act.

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Wakefield Council backs a ban on grouse moor burning

According to a very welcome press-release from Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) Wakefield Council has joined the battle to save the county’s peat moors from being damaged for grouse shooting. There are numerous ways to achieve the end of grouse shooting. Changing public acceptance of the mass slaughter of wildlife by shooters is one. Calling out the seemingly endless wildlife crime that underpins grouse shooting is another. And denying the shooters the land or the ‘right’ habitat to practice their sordid hobby is another…

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Buzzard found shot near Appleton-le-Moors

Appleton-le-Moors. Where might that be then? Here’s a clue: it’s in a part of the country that is regularly called out as the worst place in Britain for a specific crime. Some urban ‘sink’ much-derided by right-wing journalists as a car theft hot-spot? A deprived and unloved part of the UK where gangs of feral youths patrol the streets mugging pensioners as they wobble back from the post office with their life-savings in a paper bag? Of course not: it’s a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire and the answer lies in the fact that the so-called ‘National Park’ is actually largely owned by grouse shooting estates,

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