Grouse re­view must con­tinue, say shoot­ers

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Scot­tish shoot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions have united to ap­peal that a re­view of grouse moor man­age­ment goes ahead, amid at­tacks on the sport. BASC, the Scot­tish Coun­try­side Al­liance, Scot­tish Land & Es­tates and the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­try Sports is­sued a joint state­ment af­ter anti-shoot­ing ac­tivists called for fur­ther re­stric­tions on grouse moors in Scot­land. The state­ment said that in­ter­fer­ence should not get in the way of the truth: “Since the end of last year, there has been an in­de­pen­dent re­view — com­mis­sioned by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment — of grouse moor man­age­ment, led by Pro­fes­sor Alan Wer­ritty. It is due to re­port in the spring of next year and a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als — with dif­fer­ing opin­ions — have been con­tribut­ing to the re­view process. That process needs to take place with­out con­stant at­tempts to de­monise an im­por­tant ru­ral sec­tor.

“We are to­day wit­ness­ing another at­tempt by anti-grouse shoot­ing ac­tivists to fur­ther their agenda un­der the guise of calling for re­form of grouse shoot­ing. They want to stop it and pur­sue that agenda re­lent­lessly with lit­tle or no recog­ni­tion of the facts.”

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