12 Reasons There’s Nothing ‘Glorious’ About the Start of Britain’s Grouse Shooting Season

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Grouse sitting downAugust 12 has been dubbed “the Glorious Twelfth” by the tiny minority of bloodthirsty people who consider wandering the British countryside, gunning down sentient animals, to be an enjoyable hobby.

Here’s why, for the rest of us, there’s absolutely nothing “glorious” about the start of the annual grouse shooting season:

  1. It’s a huge, senseless massacre. Around 700,000 red grouse will be killed between now and December.
  2. According to a report by the League Against Cruel Sports, 40 per cent of birds shot are wounded rather than killed outright, causing intense suffering.
  3. Grouse are charming, sensitive birds who can survive as far north as the Arctic circle and are devoted parents to their chicks. They deserve better than being killed in cold blood for someone’s twisted idea of entertainment.
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  4. It’s canned hunting. Shooting parties – often made up of foreign tycoons – pay as much as £14,000 a day to gun down animals.
  5. “Sport” implies a contest between two equally matched opponents who have chosen to participate. There’s nothing “sporting” about blasting small, defenceless birds out of the sky with guns.
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  6. The killers don’t even pretend to “hunt down” their victims – “beaters” are paid to drive the frightened animals right into the line of fire.
  7. Gamekeepers on shooting estates artificially boost the grouse population (just so that the birds can later be killed), wreaking havoc on the natural ecosystem and causing major environmental damage.
  8. In order to stimulate the growth of heather shoots for young grouse to eat, landowners set fire to the moors every year – and yes, that’s as destructive as it sounds, polluting rivers and increasing the risk of flooding.
  9. The Committee on Climate Change estimates that 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year are emitted because of burning peat on grouse moors. Despite this, according to the RSPB, the number of burns on Britain’s moorland is increasing by around 11 per cent each year.
  10. Shooters almost always still use ammunition made from lead, a hazardous toxin which can remain in the ecosystem and poison wildlife. Hunting groups may discharge as many as 1,700 shells in a single day.
  11. It’s not just grouse who suffer. Birds of prey, including endangered species such as hen harriers, red kites, and various eagles, are often shot, poisoned, and trapped so that hunters will have more grouse to kill.
  12. Other natural predators, including foxes, crows, magpies, and stoats, are also killed by the thousands every year, often after being trapped in snares, resulting in a slow, agonising death.

Help Stop Cruel Grouse Shooting

This shameful annual massacre must stop for the sake of wildlife, the environment, and basic compassion for animals. If you live near a moor where grouse are shot, join a local campaign group such as Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor to help end the bloodshed in your area.

And please sign this e-petition to the government, supported by many experts and animal protection groups, calling for these barbaric grouse shoots to be banned. Help it get to 100,000 signatures so that it will trigger a debate in Parliament.

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  • Andy commented on August 12, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This needs to stop asap

    • Diane Armstrong commented on August 13, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Please stop this senseless slaughter of these beautiful and intelligent birds.

      • Diane Armstrong commented on August 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

        That is no sport of shooting down birds. It’s inhumane and barbaric.

    • Donna Price commented on September 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      This needs to stop NOW!!!! animals feel pain as we do.

  • patricia andrews commented on August 12, 2016 at 10:42 am

    wheres the fun / sport in this cruel act
    if they want to hunt and kill
    they are plenty of peados to hunt down
    no one would miss them
    let the birds free

    • Hills commented on September 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Here here I agree

  • Tessa commented on August 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Absolutely disgusting that this is still allowed to happen, what’s wrong with people, don’t they have a heart.

  • anita enticott commented on August 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    SHAMEFUL DISGUSTING INHUMAN!!!

  • Pauline hardy commented on August 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Stop this barbaric so called sport

  • Nina commented on August 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Disgusting

  • Egle commented on August 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Stop violence!

  • Marlena commented on August 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    This barbaric joke of a “sport” needs to STOP!!!! Men need to find something better to do with their time to try to prove their men!

  • Peggy Meißner commented on August 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This is not a good world

  • PRITHA GHOSH commented on August 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Please STOP this inhuman play, this not for fun, someone’s life is not so cheap that u can destroy just for ur wish.

  • Supun Lahiru Prakash commented on August 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Stop this inhuman act immediately.

  • Carol grant commented on August 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    It’s totally barbaric. Call this sport. I don’t think so, it’s just sick monsters enjoying a killing spree for self gratification.

    • SYLVIA ZADE-ROUTIER commented on August 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Indeed, it is shameful. These men have an ego problem and a tiny tiny… brain.

  • Jordan Glass commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Shorter duration of unkindness is not a change; rather, it is a mere deflection of cruelty.

  • rita uljee commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    hope to live long enough to see an end to hunting all togheter i hate it so cruel!

  • Nick Hook commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I really don’t expect the government to do anything about this issue. The Westminster parliament is basically made up from the class of people who get their enjoyment from hunting and shooting.
    Pleasure from killing animals and birds for ‘sport’ is surely something from the dark ages, so you can guess what I think about these people and the resultant missed opportunities for conserving our wildlife.

  • Mandy Darby commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Bloodthirsty idiots as usual saying to the protesters oh yes town dwellers who know nothing,well i lived for many years in the countryside and yes I do know of the cruelty but hey ho its traditional old chap and chapettes.Well tradition where a thirst for blood is seen as the norm can be shoved where the sun doesn’t shine!xx

  • tatjana schott commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Please stop that

  • Egil Johansen commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Stop the cruel grouse shooting!

  • Barbara Pearson commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Please BAN these barbaric grouse shoots. Birds should be free to fly around and not to shot at.

  • mariola prorok commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    killing for sport. how disgasting

  • mariola prorok commented on August 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    killing as sport. how disgasting

  • linda miller commented on August 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    its time we stopped killing animals for sport there is no reason for it, its just idiots who want to feel clever that they have killed something that cant fight back.

  • Anna commented on August 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Stop it. Live & let live.

  • jack cordery commented on August 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    driving grouse to shoot them is cruel and barbaric. It is not sport.

  • Bernee Mancuso commented on August 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Please stop this inhumane practice

  • Ruth Shaw commented on August 12, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Every living creature has feelings, suffers pain and has as much rights to life as everyone else. Why do certain ‘so called human beings’ consider themselves so superior, they have the rights to terminate life in the name of ‘sport’! Surely any ‘sport’ should be an equal chance for both sides, man with gun against unarmed bird doesn’t sound very fair to me. In this day and age it is time all blood sports were abolished, we are not living in the middle ages, nor do we have to kill living creatures to feed our families!

    • Alex commented on August 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Cats kill for sport all the time. Are they as bad as humans?

  • jill gallager commented on August 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Please BAN these barbaric grouse shoots. stop killing animals for sport

  • Donna commented on August 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    The only animal that kills for the pure pleasure of it – human beings.

    • Alex commented on August 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Incorrect sir. There are a number of animals that kill for pure sport, including cats and chimpanzees.

      • Jillybonce commented on August 19, 2016 at 1:17 am

        Don’t think Donna is a sir. But as a natural aid to hunting for prey, wild animals do meter out ‘sport’ killings.

  • Pam commented on August 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Stop being so barbaric it is not right to kill innocent animals.

  • Asad Naeem commented on August 13, 2016 at 4:49 am

    This is nature. Do not kill the nature.

  • Jesus commented on August 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Bloody people!!!

  • Pauline McGarry commented on August 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Go and find something USEFUL to do and leave our wildlife alone.

  • Treasure Adams commented on August 13, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Do the fact that they carry big guns make them feel like big men? In fact I think the reverse is true. They are miniscule creatures who have to kill something weaker than themselves in order to make themselves feel big.

  • Casey Steele commented on August 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Stop this blood and cruel sport. I am 11 yrs and really can’t believe we do stuff like this to animals. What have they done to us. My dad tried to explain this to me but I just don’t get it. I hope the prime minster can do something to stop al this.

  • Ian commented on August 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    When will this cruelty end ?

  • Peter commented on August 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Please look up Raptor Persecution on the web and sign their petitions as well. The more of us that show that we do not approve of this barbaric practice the better.

  • Mikael Wallvik commented on August 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Please stop it.

  • Carlos Cabornero commented on August 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    REVOLTING!!

  • Gabriele Schmid commented on August 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Stop this cruelty! Killing Animals just for fun is barbaric. It’s a big disgrace for human beings.

  • Wayne Law commented on August 14, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    #SportMyArse

  • chris commented on August 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    ban the slaughter of these poor birds. WHAT MINDLESS PEOPLE WHO DO SUCH A WICKED ACT TO POOR DEFENCELESS CREATURES IN THE NAME OF SPORT!!!!!!! Stop it and let live.

  • L. Barnes commented on August 15, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Needs to stop.

  • Mark Russell commented on August 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It is an absolute disgrace that this happens. I am against all forms of cruelty to animals.

  • Robin Evert commented on August 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Just because we can, does not mean we should. This is the 21st century.

  • Brandon Piereder commented on August 16, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Can’t believe this! This has a way bigger impact than I could have imagined. UK, please do something!

  • Jade commented on August 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    My family own a pheasant shoot and after reading this it proves how wrong people are about shooting! If game keepers didn’t put down these birds and look after the land they use, the grouse/pheasant would soon would soon disappear! Every one in entitled to their opinion but unless you know the facts don’t judge people who take part and make a living from shooting and game keeping!

    Most people are perfectly happy to eat cows, pigs, chickens etc who are genuinely brutally killed yet when an animal is killed with a gun instead of a stun gun and having its throat slit, it’s barbaric. Make sure you understand something before judging it!

    • Peter Kemp commented on August 18, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Our native birds were here 10’s of thousand years before we started interfering and they prospered. Your point doesn’t stack up, especially when most of the targets are non native species

  • Manali Roy Chowdhury commented on August 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Bloody scoundrels ! Who gives u the right to destroy wildlife killing innocent souls ? Murderers !

  • Jennifer commented on August 17, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    This is needs to end. The government needs to do something, PROMPTLY!

  • Karen Smaali commented on August 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Isn’t it time that law protected animals from being killed just for pleasure of a human? It’s not necessary to do this to eat meat any longer so time it was stopped.

  • Joan Vermaak commented on August 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Unfortunately people consider this to be a part and right of their heritage, not the senseless killing of iocent birds. Bet most of them are doing it for the kill only. Disgusting

  • Dean commented on August 17, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    This is so cruel

  • Freya Oehme commented on August 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This must stop its barbaric

  • Justin commented on August 18, 2016 at 3:56 am

    People should treat animals with respect and how they would want to be treated. There is to much cruelty in this world, and no animal stands a chance if people don’t voice there opinions. There will be nothing left to see if things keep going this way, because we’re killing every living thing with no remorse

  • Ulrich Roth commented on August 18, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Barbaric!

  • Joan steel commented on August 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Please stop its total cruelty . It’s only fun for the humans who take part

  • Alicia Murden commented on August 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Absolutely disgusting that these sports exist! These should be banned!

  • Alan Fairhurst commented on August 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Sickening. Rich bastards again!

  • Jillybonce commented on August 19, 2016 at 1:14 am

    These people who want sport should go try a game of football, badminton or snooker. They will have an oponent who will give them an exhillarating time. Shooting and hunting animals isn’t sport. There are no opponents, just victims.

  • Eva commented on August 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

    really NOT ok

  • N Robinson commented on August 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Never seen so much rubbish written by someone who has no idea of field sports.

    • Peter Kemp commented on September 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Sport (UK) or sports (US) are all forms of usually competitive physical activity or games which,[1] through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.[2] Usually the contest or game is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other. Some sports allow a tie game; others provide tie-breaking methods, to ensure one winner and one loser. Field ‘sports’ do not qualify

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