Press release from Scotland’s leading animal welfare association A gender:
Animal welfare charity calls for end to ban on hunting and trapping grouse on glorious twelfth
Scottish charity OneKind, a leader in animal protection campaigns, is calling for an end to grouse hunting on the first day of the hunting season. It comes as the charity plans to demonstrate outside the Scottish Parliament (17e September 2022), calling for a ban on the manufacture, sale and use of traps in Scotland.
A significant portion of Scottish land is managed for hunting grouse. To maximize the number of grouse and the profit of those who shoot them for fun, game wardens routinely kill thousands of wild animals that are considered a threat to grouse. Killing methods are cruel and can inflict prolonged suffering on animals. Pets and livestock can also be accidentally injured or killed.
While the Scottish Government has pledged to allow grouse moorland, only a ban on driven grouse hunting will ensure an end to widespread animal suffering.
OneKind Director Bob Elliot said:
“There is nothing festive in the Glorious Twelfth. What could be considered glorious about a day that marks the start of the shooting of grouse for ‘fun’ and the killing of other wild animals to maximize ‘sport’ profits??
“Today is the culmination of a year-long slaughter of our wildlife on the grouse moors. All year round, black grouse predators were subjected to physical and mental suffering as they were caught in traps and snares, before being killed by game wardens. Persecuted animals include foxes, stoats and corvids, such as crows. All of these kills are happening before the Glorious Twelfth just to make sure there are as many grouse as possible for the shooting season that starts today..
“Traps and snares are blind. Pets such as cats and dogs, farm animals, and non-target wildlife such as badgers are also sometimes injured or killed by these cruel and antiquated traps. There are few regulations, so game wardens can kill many animals without justification or control.”
During OneKind’s next trap demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament, Bob said:
“The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the impacts of snaring. Now is the time for us to send them a strong message that the public wants a total ban on snares. Indeed, 76% of Scots want to see a ban on the use and sale of snares in Scotland.
“On Saturday 17th September we will demonstrate outside the Scottish Parliament, alongside our supporters, calling on the Scottish Government to make history and ban booby traps. We are also delighted to have celebrity support for our demonstration, including Scottish actor Alan Cumming, naturalist Chris Packham and actor Peter Egan..
“The message is clear. Scottish Government, it’s time to put the pitfalls in the history books.”