Ending the circle of destruction of grouse shooting in Scotland 

Author: Max Wiszniewski, Head of Campaigns – Scotland and Northern Ireland 

Grouse moor management in Scotland takes place on an area around half the size of Wales and is a horrific land use that causes untold suffering to our wildlife. As a founding member of the REVIVE coalition, we continue to lead the way in ending the circle of destruction that surrounds the grouse shooting industry. 

Hundreds of thousands of animals are killed every year to protect grouse, so more can then be shot by a few people for entertainment. We are currently working on a campaign that aims to end this unnecessary killing that driven grouse shooting seems to depend on, which will be launched later this year. 

In the meantime, one of your fellow supporters, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Colin Smyth, has launched a motion asking MSPs to support reform of wildlife management to help end the unnecessary killing of our wildlife. Due to our work and support, we have already encouraged MSPs from across the political divide to back the motion which means it will be debated in Parliament. We’ve successfully raised the profile of this issue and the coming years will unveil some big opportunities for our wildlife. 

We are also working with our partners to tackle the environmental destruction caused by grouse moors – the burning of heather to ensure more grouse can be shot for sport – which still goes on despite these times of climate and biodiversity crisis. We’ll be taking our calls to end this environmental destruction straight to the heart of the Scottish Government, and if we can get some wins here then driven grouse shooting is a cruel sport whose days could be numbered. 

Your support means outcomes that were previously seen as impossible are now achievable. I’d like to thank you for all you do: for getting us to where we are now and to where we’re going. 

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