High-street names refuse to endorse anti-shooters
TUI Group — which owns Thomson, First Choice and Thomson Cruises — has told BASC it did not reply to a survey hosted by the Ethical Consumer website and has demanded its logo be taken down from the site.
Ethical Consumer’s campaign against grouse shooting received support from high-profile figures in the run-up to the Glorious Twelfth, including TV presenter Chris Packham, as it used social media to bombard leading high-street brands with anti-shooting messages.
but TUI has now joined other major companies — including Waitrose, Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Next, Aldi and Allianz — in telling BASC that their position has been misrepresented. Insurance company Legal & General’s logo has also disappeared from the Ethical Consumer website.
“TUI Group is not associated with this campaign,” said a spokesman. “We did not complete a questionnaire and have not given permission for our logo to be used, and will be requesting it is removed from this website.”
Garry Doolan, BASC’S head of press relations, said: “Of the 12 companies claimed to have originally supported this ill-conceived campaign when Chris Packham began tweeting about it, the reality is that they all have fallen away under scrutiny. The reality is far removed from the myths and propaganda of the extremists.”