Press release from the Revive coalition for grouse moor reform (12th November 2020)
Think tank claims Government report on driven grouse shooting shows the bloodsport is ‘economically unviable‘
A Scottish think tank, and coalition partner of Revive, says grouse moor management is a ‘loss-making activity’, claiming driven grouse shooting is ‘economically unviable’.
Common Weal’s comments come in response to recently published research into the socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors and the employment rights of gamekeepers, funded by the Scottish Government.
Head of Policy and Research for the Common Weal think tank, Craig Dalzell said:
“Following our analysis of the latest Scottish Government funded research, our strong view is that the conclusion that driven grouse moors have a positive economic impact without public subsidy is greatly overblown.
“Driven grouse shooting has been shown to be a loss-making activity reliant on other activities such as sheep farming to remain viable and thus often benefiting indirectly from significant public subsidy.
“With the climate emergency worsening and the time to avert it growing shorter, the Scottish Government should use this research as the basis for radical land reform and a major economic and ecological strategy based around conservation and regeneration of our uplands.
“Activities that this report states can create at least as much economic benefit as driven grouse shooting and often significantly more whilst also protecting the environment and helping to meet the Scottish Government’s commitments on climate change.”
The analysis from Common Weal also concludes that land managed for driven grouse shooting is at odds with the Scottish Government’s goal of a ‘Green New Deal Scotland’ and that land conservation, which is also subsidised, is ‘almost on par with driven grouse shooting in terms of overall revenue per hectare and results in substantially better returns in terms of environmental protection.’
Campaign Manager for Revive Max Wiszniewski added:
“It’s clear that any positive economic impact from grouse shooting is consistently exaggerated by those with a vested interest in maintaining it – relying on subsidies from other land uses to support it. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of animals are snared, trapped and killed so more grouse can be shot for ‘sport’ while the environment is destroyed.
“For all the land it uses up, somewhere around half the size of Wales, it is estimated that grouse shooting contributes between 0.02% and 0.04% of Scotland’s overall economy. We welcome the fact that this report explores alternative land uses, all of which would be better for Scotland’s people, our wildlife and the environment.”
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