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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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Press release: Grouse moor burning season closes with prospect of ban

“Voluntary efforts by the government to dampen down grouse moor burning have gone up in smoke with hundreds of fires deliberately started on Yorkshire’s iconic moorlands this season…on top of driving vulnerable wildlife from its moorland home, burning on sensitive peatland degrades ecosystems, releases climate-altering gasses into the atmosphere and worsens flooding and wildfire risk.” Luke Steele, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors

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Grouse shooting over as moorland burning banned?

An article in today’s Observer is titled ‘Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors’. The headlines don’t tell the whole story of course: the ban is not wholesale, it applies to large areas of moorland in England but not Scotland (where heather burning is also commonplace), and landowners have not banned heather burning for good but have said that their tenants are ‘no longer allowed to burn heather routinely’. This, Charlie Moores writes, may not be the end of driven grouse shooting, but it’s certainly the begining of the end of it.

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Yorkshire: The end of grouse shooting in sight?

An article in The Guardian this Sunday, looking at a “landmark” decision by Yorkshire Water, the county’s largest landowner, to review the leasing of its land to grouse shoots, suggested that, “On Brontë country’s moors, the end of grouse shooting is in sight”. In sight perhaps, writes Charlie Moores, but the industry won’t go without a fight.

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