The REVIVE coalition has come up with another creative idea to lobby effectively for grouse moor reform in Scotland.
In 2020 the coalition produced a spoof version of Dragon’s Den, where representatives of the grouse shooting industry were seen pitching their case in the Den, only to be met with incredulity by the Dragons (watch the video here).
Last week they took an interactive game based on the game show ‘Play Your Cards Right‘ into the Scottish parliament building, inviting MSPs to choose ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ cards from the board.
The game is designed so that the cards / numbers on the top row become progressively higher and more disastrous (the environmental impact of grouse shooting) while the cards / numbers on the bottom row become progressively lower (the so-called economic ‘benefits’ of grouse shooting).
At the end of the game, the MSPs are left with the juxtaposition of a large number of animals killed (including an estimation of grouse numbers killed) next to the economic contribution figure of 0.02%.
Lots of MSPs were encouraged to have a go, from across the political parties, and even Environment Minister Mairi McAllen was game.
This is a very clever way to engage with the policy-makers and get across a message that is likely to be remembered.
Well done Max Wiszniewski from REVIVE and many thanks to all the participating MSPs.
Special thanks to Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell for sponsoring the event.