Bri­tish busi­nesses will not join anti cam­paign

The UK’S largest hol­i­day com­pany is the lat­est firm to de­mand that its logo is re­moved from an anti-shoot­ing cam­paign af­ter it was used with­out per­mis­sion

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TUI Group — which owns Thom­son, First Choice and Thom­son Cruises — has told BASC that it did not re­ply to a sur­vey hosted by the Eth­i­cal Con­sumer web­site and has de­manded its logo be taken down from the site.

“There is a cer­tain irony in Eth­i­cal Con­sumer behaving in such an un­eth­i­cal man­ner,” said Garry Doolan, BASC’S head of press re­la­tions. “It has clearly at­tempted to mis­lead the con­sumer.”

Eth­i­cal Con­sumer’s cam­paign against grouse shoot­ing re­ceived sup­port from var­i­ous high-pro­file fig­ures in the run-up to the Glo­ri­ous Twelfth, as it used so­cial me­dia to bom­bard lead­ing high-street brands with an­ti­shoot­ing mes­sages.

But TUI has now joined other ma­jor com­pa­nies — in­clud­ing Waitrose, Pre­mier Inn, Costa Cof­fee, Next and Al­lianz — in telling BASC that their po­si­tion has been mis­rep­re­sented.

“TUI Group is not as­so­ci­ated with this cam­paign,” em­pha­sised 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.”

In­sur­ance com­pany Le­gal & Gen­eral’s logo has also dis­ap­peared from the Eth­i­cal Con­sumer web­site. Of the orig­i­nal com­pa­nies named on the site as sup­port­ing its cam­paign, only Aldi has still to re­spond to BASC’S re­quest for clar­i­fi­ca­tion of its stance. BASC has now writ­ten to Aldi’s

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“BASC will con­tinue to challenge mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion that tries to dam­age shoot­ing wher­ever it ap­pears,” added Mr Doolan.

When con­tacted for com­ment by Shoot­ing Times last week, a spokesman for Eth­i­cal Con­sumer said: “None [of the com­pa­nies] are in­volved, or want to be seen to be in­volved, in the con­tro­ver­sial ac­tiv­ity of grouse shoot­ing. It is just that they don’t want their lo­gos used in this space.”

Eth­i­cal Con­sumer, which cam­paigned against grouse shoot­ing, has been ac­cused of “un­eth­i­cal” be­hav­iour

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