Last week two new reports were published that suggested up to a quarter of a million animals are killed in traps and snares on Scottish grouse moors every year (see here).
Commissioned and published by the League Against Cruel Sports (Scotland) as part of the Revive coalition for grouse moor reform, the grouse shooting industry has responded as it usually does when anyone dares to question its shocking environmental and animal welfare record – by attacking the integrity of the reports’ authors.
However, Mark Ruskell MSP, environment spokesman for the Scottish Greens, had this to say about the new research:
“This report is absolutely shocking and reveals an industry completely out of control. No amount of attempts to discredit it can hide the sheer scale of damage done to Scotland’s environment by this cruel hobby.
This revelation comes after yet more reports of birds of prey vanishing or found killed around grouse moors, and an open season on mountain hares that should never have gone ahead. The Scottish Government has failed to act, and has sat on its response to the Werrity review since February. It’s time for ministers to come out of hiding and call time on this annual damage, killing, burning, and degradation of our landscape.”
He’s right, of course. Except that the Scottish Government has sat on its response to the Werritty Review for longer than since February. The Werritty Review was submitted to the Scottish Government on 18 November 2019.
The two new reports, ‘Calculating Cruelty’ and ‘Hanged by the Feet until Dead’ can be downloaded below:
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