Scotland’s gamekeepers are apparently very very angry. So angry they’re going to revolt. Well, protest.
But protest about what? Apparently about having to work within the law.
It’s all so unfair.
This is all part of the response to last week’s news that the Scottish Government has finally reached the end of its tether with the criminality associated with driven grouse shooting and has decided to implement a licensing scheme, not just to tackle the ongoing lawlessness but also to reign in the associated environmental damage (see here).
Here’s how the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) reacted to the news, with this statement on its website:
And here’s a further reaction the following day, announcing in a tragic display of victimisation, a series of what it calls ‘localised direct protests’:
You’d think that they’d just been told that gamekeeping was no longer an option and that all their guns, traps, poisons and snares had to be surrendered with immediate effect.
It’s only a licensing scheme, FFS. What’s the problem? Scared that it’ll be difficult/impossible to comply with regulations?