Puzzled as Times Reports Grouse Shooting “Brings Different Classes”
It was reported last week that national parks, supposedly at the heart of efforts to tackle the climate crisis and boost nature, are dominated by intensively managed grouse moorlands. Now it has been claimed that shooting Grouse brings together different classes, Time reports.
Spruce grouse moorlands, which are associated with the controversial burning of vegetation and illegal persecution of birds of prey, make up 44% of Cairngorms National Park, 28% of the North York Moors and a fifth of the Peak District, a study carried out by the charity Rewilding Britain found.
Mark Avery, wildlife activist and co-founder of Wild Justice, said, “Is this really what national parks are for? We should ban black grouse hunting anyway, but let’s start inside our national parks.
“The current trend is to rewild upland habitats to make them richer in nature, but 44% of Cairngorms National Park is razed to the ground because of a wealthy man’s hobby.”
Bring the classes together
The Sustainably Conducted Grouse Hunting Review was designed to examine both the sustainability of the grouse hunt and the various alternative uses of heathland that others suggest. The 242-page report concludes that under IUCN’s definition of sustainability – underpinned by three main elements: economic, social and environmental – there is no evidence that an alternative use would provide the same benefits for some of the most remote parts UNITED KINGDOM.
Because grouse shooting can be a touching subject, it was essential that the report’s authors gathered all available scientific evidence and objectively assess it. The independent chair of the report, Professor James Crabbe, was chosen because he was genuinely objective. He explained:
“We looked at all aspects of an argument with the aim of being as objective as possible and eliminating all the emotional and political elements that grouse fire has generated in the past. We believe that the report will be very important to ensure that negative environmental, economic and social impacts are not used in this important part of our land and our heritage. “
They conclude The range of economic benefits that integrated heathland management brings to some of the UK’s most remote areas are vast, affecting agriculture, tourism, human and animal health, as well as carbon sequestration and flood control through heath management and restoration practices. Their long-term financial impact is clearly significant both for local communities and for the UK population as a whole.
This led to Time to report the results and lead with an interesting catch, the headline reads “Grouse shooting ‘brings together different classes'”
Grouse shooting brings social benefits as it allows for mingling between shooters and the people who care for them, the article suggests.
They then write: “The newspaper defends the sport against calls to ban it, saying it also has economic and environmental benefits. The report, funded by the shooting industry, was released ahead of the grouse season opening on Thursday, glorious August 12, although a cold and wet spring means many moors have few birds to shoot.
Surely there are better ways to “group different classes” than grouse shooting? Spurious research commissioned by the Uplands Partnership, which includes the British Association for Shooting & Conservation, cited in The Times today. pic.twitter.com/N8biO6FrXj
– Gerry Hassan (@GerryHassan) August 9, 2021
The grouse shooting bringing together different classes is an * interesting * take to say the least … pic.twitter.com/KjbuIQxl6L
– James Bould (@bouldie) August 9, 2021
Very nice article. If I could be (Sir) Percy For a moment… grouse hunting brings little economic benefit to our valley. Despite what the landowners like to claim, it is agriculture and tourism that generate the income, not the bizarre sport of a tiny minority.
– David Goff (@notthebadguys) August 9, 2021
it’s called “the united kingdom” because we’re all united in one thing: our love of shooting those damn grouse https://t.co/6FB9tnnrfN
– max turnbull 🌺 (@beakfriends) August 9, 2021
“Grouse shooting brings together different classes”
Chimney sweeps and slavery too https://t.co/5d0H5VbsOu
– Paul Monaghan (@PaulJMonaghan) August 9, 2021
I guess it’s good news that the grouse hunting industry is worried enough to fund this transparent garbage. Hunting for hard grouse should be prohibited. https://t.co/x5FiZpJfmj
– Peter Sketch (@petersketch) August 9, 2021
Grouse hunting is one of Scotland’s most harmful land uses and stifles the potential of our highlands.
In times of climate crisis, it’s time to unleash the potential of our lands instead – for people, wildlife and the environment. https://t.co/EfoiAqkWAI
– REVIVRE (@ReviveCoalition) August 9, 2021
Such bullshit. Grouse shooting, the great leveler. Ffs. https://t.co/mFadl4XwzG
– Comrade McBot (@ ValerieRooney1) August 9, 2021
Related: Protected Moors Twice the Size of Greater London Dedicated to Grouse Breeding … So People Can Cull Them