New figures show overwhelming support for an end to grouse shooting in Scotland

Seven in ten of those polled are opposed to grouse shooting for sport

New figures published by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland show seven in ten people (71%) are opposed to grouse shooting in Scotland with only 12% in favour of the blood sport, views which are shared by those in both urban and rural locations. The figures are released as the Scottish Government prepares to publish its response to the Werritty Review, expected later this month.

A review of grouse moor management practices was ordered by the Scottish Government in 2017 with a view to introducing a licensing scheme for game-shooting estates. The Grouse Moor Management Group was tasked to look at the environmental impact of grouse moor management practices such as muirburn, the use of medicated grit and mountain hare culls, and advise on the option of licensing grouse shooting businesses. The Scottish Government commissioned group published its report led by Professor Alan Werritty, in November 2019.

Robbie Marsland, Director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland said:

“Almost a year ago Professor Werritty said wider societal views needed to be taken into account and political decisions made, well here are those views. Seven in ten people do not support grouse shooting in Scotland with only a pitifully low number in favour.

“We are urging the Scottish Government to take these views into account when it responds to Werritty later this month. There is a circle of destruction that surrounds grouse moors.  These moors account for enormous swathes of Scotland which deplete biodiversity, add to climate change pressures, employ rigorous predator control which causes untold suffering to tens of thousands of animals each year and make a woeful economic contribution.

“The time has come to move on from this archaic use of land and look at reviving grouse moors in a way which doesn’t revolve around a minority bloodsport opposed by the vast majority of Scottish people.”

The polling was commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland as part of its work with Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform.


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Notes to editor

  1. This survey was commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports and was designed by Diffley Partnership,
  2. Data was collected online among a sample of the ScotPulse online panel throughout Scotland, representative of the Scottish population,
  3. Survey invitations were sent on 7th October, with results analysed on 12th October
  4. A total of 1364 complete responses were received
  5. Results are weighted to the Scottish population by gender and age.
  6. Media enquiries to Louise Robertson on 07930 539832 /

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