Chris Packham has a message for Marks & Spencer

Following the news earlier this week (here) that Marks & Spencer is planning to sell red grouse in its stores this year, Chris Packham has a message for them:

Please sign the e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting HERE

Watch out for more videos about driven grouse shooting…..to be released over the next couple of weeks.

UPDATE 12 July 2016: Grouse-shooting industry seriously rattled by Chris Packham video (see here).

27 thoughts on “Chris Packham has a message for Marks & Spencer”

    1. The problem with Packhams refrence to lead levels is that clearly if you take the shot into account the lead level would be as high as he quotes, however you do not eat the lead and it’s good practice to remove the lead shot as far as is possible before the grouse is served. The real level of lead in the meat will be much lower. If you are going to make a claim please make it based on hard fact and not twisted and distorted information.

      1. Ano,

        “If you are going to make a claim please make it based on hard fact and not twisted and distorted information”.

        You really should heed your own advice.

        The lead levels quoted by Chris were measured AFTER all the lead shot that could be seen by eye HAD BEEN REMOVED from those Iceland red grouse carcasses.

        The lead levels quoted by Chris refer to the tiny shards and fragments of lead that had broken off from the lead pellets but remained in the bodies of the grouse.

        Try learning the facts before you make a fool of yourself. You can find the facts about this particular study here: http://markavery.info/2016/01/27/lead-week-pb10/

  1. His matter of fact delivery is very powerful. What an ambassador for wildlife. we need someonne like him in parliament.

  2. Sadly one genuine voice for wildlife in a parliament full of shooters may not be enough to drive this message home…Bill

  3. Measured evidence, simply put,,,argument won.

    We need to get some of these super healthy, ultra organic specimens of natures bounty tested for medication too…. How about some crowd funding?

  4. Very well put Chris, I, also, will not be shopping at M@S or Iceland if they sell Red Grouse.

  5. I am a veggie so wouldn’t buy grouse for myself. However I do but meat for my sons and my grandson. Having heard this, I wont be buying anything in Marks and Spencer or Icelands anymore. Thanks Chris for making us aware

  6. Not a fan of Iceland and seldom visit M&S but having seen this I will make a point of visiting both of them.

  7. It also begs the question as to what lead pollution finds it’s way into ground and water in shooting areas.

  8. We could do better than just boycott. We could fill a basket and leave it to spoil under some dresses. I’m not saying I will. I am not suggesting anyone else should. But we could. Please bear in mind though that that would be considered criminal damage.

    1. Might be more productive to picket any branches that sell grouse, hand out leaflets etc.

      I suspect that most people who would buy grouse from a supermarket will know nothing about their production and night well be open to persuasion on the matter.

  9. He fails to mention hes a vegetarian; any way what an idiot does he not realise what a huge help grouse moors are to wild life try going to Forsinard RSPB no Predator control absolutaley no wild birds it was once a pleasure to see all of the Curlew Golden Plover etc whilst harvesting a few Grouse

  10. It would be a tragedy if Mr Packham was to be given a free hand in managing the uplands of Gt Britain. He has over sentimentalised animals and birds and our countryside. Many areas of the uplands would over a relatively short period of time become barren of species, Wild fires would do untold damage not only to the landscape but environmentally. The most recent rantings about M and S and grouse are silly. I also believe if you represent the BBC or use it to get a message across you should be factual and give both sides. I suppose he will say he only does occasional work for them, but most people associate him with that organisation and as such he should respect their own code for impartiality.It is common sense to manage the Moors. It gives animals and particularly birds a chance. Leaving nature to sort itself out does not work, and if you really want to see a cross section of wildlife, it’s sad but you have to visit land which is shot or fished over. Even the RSPB have to resort to vermin control in their objectives and where they don,t believe me they fail. Many farmers require for example some control of Carrion crows to minimise the impact these birds have a lambing time- please do not tell me this is not true- I have witnessed both ewes and new born lambs being killed and / or maimed over 40 years or so. Oh- and of course lambing time coincides with nesting time so some control disrupts the crows cycle and give ALL nesting birds a better chance- and this is only one tool of management and working with those to whom our moors are a working environment which in turn we can all enjoy in our walks and sight seeing.Respectfully Phillip w

    1. Phillip, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that RSPB don’t always get things right, and this is the case with regards to their policy on controlling Carrion Crows (and Foxes). They may be presented with a dilemma where a rare species is being preyed upon by crows, but there are non-lethal and conservation management methods of minimising this factor. I have made a special point of carefully observing Carrion Crows for most of my life, and can state quite categorically that you are mistaken in believing that crows inflict significant harm to the majority of wild bird species. As for agricultural impact, research has shown that the vast majority of reported cases of crows killing lambs were actually of crows scavenging on already dead or dying lambs. I find it ironic that hunting supporters accuse “sentimental” conservationists of not understanding the true nature of life and death, but have their own weird idea that it is somehow “wrong” for predators to behave as nature intended. You are simply revealing our own misunderstanding of natural predator-prey relationships. A bit of back to basics education is urgently required, because ignorance just leads to harm. The BBC’s impartiality policy is an insult to all our intelligence, preventing them from reporting accurately for fear of political reprisal. Why do people like you not insist on impartiality being practiced by the Daily Express or other extreme right-wing newspapers? Obviously because you’re a bunch of right-wing hypocrites yourselves.

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