Charity agrees with Scottish Government commitment to improve management practices on grouse moors

The League Against Cruel Sports agrees with the Scottish Government’s commitment to improve practices on grouse moors. Responding to the Werritty Review of grouse moor management, the Government has announced a series of measures including the introduction of a licensing system for anyone operating a grouse shooting business.

Director of the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, Robbie Marsland said: Scotland’s grouse moors are woefully under regulated so we wholeheartedly welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to improve management practices. 

“We agree with the Government that grouse shooting needs licensing and it should be done as soon as possible. We also agree that the problems on grouse moors are far wider than just the vexatious issue of killing birds of prey.

“We look forward to engaging with the Government - particularly on the repugnant killing of hundreds of thousands of animals so that there can be more grouse to kill for sport.”

The Scottish Government commissioned Grouse Moor Management Group published its report last December, led by Professor Alan Werritty after a review of grouse moor management practices was ordered by the Scottish Government in 2017. The Scottish Government today responded to this announcing measures to license grouse moors, includingaddressing issues such as muirburn, the use of medicated grit and hare culling.

The League Against Cruel Sports Scotland published new figures earlier this month showing 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.

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