The Inglorious Twelfth Marks a Season of Shame

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Grouse

Tuesday is the beginning of the annual red grouse shooting season in Scotland: the deceptively named “Glorious Twelfth”. Around half a million of these shy birds will be shot this year, helping to line the pockets of certain wealthy landowners but causing nothing but suffering to both the grouse and the many other animals who are killed because of this archaic, bloodthirsty industry.

Many estate managers kill birds of prey in order to “protect” grouse so that shooters can then kill them. Hawks, falcons, owls and other legally protected raptors are trapped, poisoned or shot, and their nests are also destroyed. Similarly, gamekeepers “control” (i.e., kill) foxes, crows, weasels, stoats and other animals so that hunters will have more grouse to shoot.

Unnaturally boosting the grouse population – for the perverse purpose of obliterating it later in the year – is also highly detrimental to the local environment. Upland moors store and absorb carbon dioxide – the British equivalent of a rainforest. But since grouse eat young heather shoots, moor “managers” burn heather in order to encourage fresh shoots, releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There’s also evidence that the use of lead ammunition – which is toxic to wildlife – harms the environment and humans.

Estate owners generally receive £150 for every pair of birds shot down. This is basically blood money, supplied by people who kid themselves that this killing is “sport”. The 12th of August will be a glorious day only when grouse hunters put away their guns, traps and poisons for good.

Image: Bods / CC BY 2.0

Comments

  • Irene Gillespie commented on August 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Senseless and needless. Why do us humans have to be so greedy and callous

  • shona stewart commented on August 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Please stop this madness

    • Wowzers commented on August 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      These poor pitiful clueless idiots might as well forget the whole thing and go home. After all, don’t wild animals have it tough enough where peta thinks they SHOULD be!

  • Sarah commented on August 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

    This must be stopped!

  • Dawn Hollis commented on August 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

    No animal should be shot or killed in Amy way. It disgusts me. Leave these creatures alone . They were not born so wealthy greedy bastards could kill them and take away their freedom.

  • Marilyn Erb commented on August 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    How can they justify killing for sport. They cannot! It’s wrong, wrong, WRONG!!!

  • Sharon Brock commented on August 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Absolutely disgusting!!!What is wrong with these people have they no shame!!!

  • Janet Walker commented on August 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Another disgusting sport for Humanbeings makes me sick.

  • Veronica May commented on August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This is disgusting to kill any wildlife or any animal and needs to be stopped right now. Sometimes i think money is the root of all evil, especially to the greedy land owners. I detest rich snobby people or anyone parpicitating in this kind of thing, who do they think they are. It is totally wrong to kill other wildlife , just so they can kill the Grouse, senseless and morally wrong. W don’t nee to eat Grouse, but then it is proberly the snobby lot that do that. I REALLY HOPE THIS IS STOPPED.

  • linda clark commented on August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

    For some strange reason Human beings seem to think it is a right that we have to be able to kill animals for food, to cull, to experiment on, for entertainment, imprison and abuse!
    we are a really horrible and evil species, unless that is if you are a vegan,
    long live veganism!

  • Carol Brand commented on August 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Sick greedy badtards, the Royals come to mind all for fun!!!!

  • Janice Featherstone commented on August 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Please stop this barbaric practice

  • carol elkins commented on August 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    this is a barbaric tradition brought about by people with too much money, when will they stop killing animals for sport, we had better watch out or will will be next…….STOP THIS BARBARIC TRADITION NOW.

  • James commented on August 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Please vote in the Huffington Post poll asking if Grouse shooting is cruel.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/12/glorious-twelfth_n_3741721.html

  • Jeanette Brown commented on August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Who are these idiots who still participate in this cruel and out dated practice ?
    I am neither rich, well educated or titled. However my philosophy is, treat all living creatures( animal or human) as you would wish to be treated . I feel this gives me the right to know I am a better and superior person to someone who shoots a defensive scared bird out of the sky for the sheer hell of it.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on August 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    This is pure cruelty and has to be stopped

  • sheila williams commented on August 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Males or women who find pleasure and excitement in killing should get help as they are abnormal civilised people find this cruelty sickening.

  • Craig Mason commented on August 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I live on the edge of peak district national park i am 100% against shooting animals for sport

  • rachel commented on August 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I think this disgusting barbaric so called sport should be banned. Haven’t these rich spoilt, out of touch individuals got anything better to do with their time?

  • verna commented on August 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    i am so disguisted to know this,what in the hell is wrong with human beings….kill,kill,kill,is thats all is on their minds,let those precious creatures live,its all bad enough to kill animals for food,but to kill for the sake of killing

  • Pamela Picot commented on August 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    ‘Blood sports’ – a contradiction in terms. Barbaric and something that we should have evolved out of, in the 21st century. Stupid, arrogant, usually wealthy people with nothing more meaningful to do than to kill wildlife and sadly these idiots are usually educated and should therefore know better. Unfortunately, quite a lot of these ’empathy challenged’ people seem to be running our country.

  • brenda Kaylor commented on August 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    It sickened me to hear the horrid man saying they are doing us a favour killing them…how could he say that when he knew that they were breeding and encouraging more and changing the diversity of the landscape!! The RSPB man did us proud though.

  • jennifer commented on August 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    They stopped fox hunting,i know its a bit different but it’s still a blood sport,& should be banned.poor birds raised by human hands to be shot by humans,its horrible.

  • CARMEN R GAGLIARDI commented on August 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    THIS IS HORRIBLE AND SHOULD BE STOPPED ASAP

  • Bethany Johnson commented on August 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    There should be laws against this insanity. It is illegal to kill humans – there should be the same laws against killing & torturing other creatures. Humans are suppose to be civilized creatures.. Absolutely absurd!

  • Kim commented on August 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    This really needs to stop.

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