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Started by Shadrack22 on Aug 12, 2019 12:39:33 PM
Labour calls for review of grouse shooting

Labour has called for a formal review into driven grouse shooting to examine its environmental and economic impacts, as well as possible alternatives such as simulated shoots and wildlife tourism.

The announcement of the Labour review, made by the shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman, notes that grouse moors cover an area equivalent to Greater London.

Preparing this land for shooting involves draining and drying the area, which can destroy wildlife and plants, as well as affecting peat moors that would absorb carbon dioxide emissions. The process can involve burning moors, also increasing emissions.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/1
1/labour-calls-for-review-of-grouse-shooting-on-eve-of-glorious-12th

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clammy - 12 Aug 2019 12:46:29 (#1 of 78)

Labour is always trying to destroy Tory 'pastimes'.

Winner - 12 Aug 2019 12:52:06 (#2 of 78)

Perfectly sensible move.

tasselhoff - 12 Aug 2019 12:54:28 (#3 of 78)

Good

widenation - 12 Aug 2019 12:57:02 (#4 of 78)

Good - it's a fowl practice.

dottie30 - 12 Aug 2019 12:57:34 (#5 of 78)

I remember spending NYE one year with an old school friend. Said friend was very much part of the Country Set (although she didn't engage in any bloodsports herself). On going home, I was driven to the station by one of her father's Toad of Toad Hall type mates.

He kept saying how nice it was to see so many pheasants. Then said what wonderful shooting there was in that area. 'Course if you didn't shoot them, there wouldn't be any' he said with an absolutely straight face.

xDiggy - 12 Aug 2019 12:59:11 (#6 of 78)

Good to see the Labour media grid untroubled by events.

Catspyjamas17 - 12 Aug 2019 13:02:44 (#7 of 78)

After Brexit, giving the right to roam over private lands the size of Greater London so that anyone can shoot their own food might be a wiser policy.

Ginmonkey - 12 Aug 2019 13:05:45 (#8 of 78)

#5 in that he was right. A lot of pheasants are deliberately bred for commercial shooting parties.

xDiggy - 12 Aug 2019 13:06:14 (#9 of 78)

It’s time to move on from Brexit and focus on the real issues.

TRaney - 12 Aug 2019 13:09:06 (#10 of 78)

Sticking it to the boss class!

tasselhoff - 12 Aug 2019 13:09:43 (#11 of 78)

It's not either/or, xD

machiavelli - 12 Aug 2019 13:11:15 (#12 of 78)

'Course if you didn't shoot them, there wouldn't be any' he said with an absolutely straight face.

He probably meant that they wouldn't be bred for slaughter so would be less common.

KizzyK - 12 Aug 2019 13:16:38 (#13 of 78)

Which would be excellent since they are a non native species taking up vital space in the ecosystem. The combined weight of pheasants reared each year is greater than our native bird species ffs and they are just let loose into the countryside. We are overrun with the bloody things.

TRaney - 12 Aug 2019 13:22:10 (#14 of 78)

Pheasant isn't a particularly challenging shot.

TRaney - 12 Aug 2019 13:23:05 (#15 of 78)

I hope Labour will be looking into angling as well.

tasselhoff - 12 Aug 2019 13:25:17 (#16 of 78)

TRanners, you're forgetting the ecological impact. An angler isn't producing much CO2,as they're invariably near-comatose.

xDiggy - 12 Aug 2019 13:30:25 (#17 of 78)

There's a press release on angling pencilled in for 31 Oct.

tasselhoff - 12 Aug 2019 13:32:16 (#18 of 78)

It's a good question though. Which is the greater existential threat; Brexit or climate breakdown/ecological destruction?

bossab2 - 12 Aug 2019 13:35:49 (#19 of 78)

Labour's Press Office completely missing the point.

machiavelli - 12 Aug 2019 13:36:45 (#20 of 78)

It's a good question though. Which is the greater existential threat; Brexit or climate breakdown/ecological destruction?

The latter, but the former is much more imminent.

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