A new film, narrated by Chris Packham, describes in vivid detail the grim reality associated with grouse shooting.
Earlier this year, a male hen harrier was caught in an illegal spring trap set next to its nest site on a grouse moor. The bird was caught by its leg in the trap, yet despite emergency veterinary attention it didn’t survive.
However, it is clear the harrier suffered a very painful death. Another set trap was discovered in the nest along with abandoned eggs and no sign of the female bird.
OneKind Director Bob Elliot who was interviewed in the film said:
“There has been a long and well documented association between bird of prey persecution and grouse moor management in Scotland, but it isn’t just wildlife crime that blights our grouse moors. This latest film illustrates the point that in order to maximise the number of grouse available to be shot, any predatory animals or birds that threaten the grouse are viewed as pests.
“This means gamekeepers work rigorously to try to eradicate stoats, weasels, crows and foxes from the moors. These birds and animals can be legally trapped, shot and snared in Scotland’s countryside with very little in the way of public scrutiny, inspection, nor regulation by the authorities. Grouse moor managers may kill as many of these species as they wish, whenever they wish, with no requirement to report on the numbers of animals and birds being killed. All so that people can shoot red grouse for fun.
“It’s time we said enough is enough and ended the illegal persecution of birds of prey, but we must also reform and address the intensive management of Scotland’s grouse moors and end the indiscriminate killing of our wildlife.”
Notes to editor:
- OneKind is Scotland’s leading animal campaigns charity working to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals. OneKind works to expose cruelty and persecution through investigations and research covering Scotland’s wildlife, farm animals and pets. Find out more about our work at onekind.scot
- The full video can be viewed here.