High-street names refuse to en­dorse anti-shoot­ers

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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.”

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