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
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
4 • Shooting Times & Country magazine chief executive and outlined the supermarket’s previous support for the sale of game meat, including pheasant.
“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