Animal welfare charity calls for end to ban on hunting and stalking beaten grouse

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OneKind made the call as filming season begins.

A leading Scottish animal welfare charity is calling for an end to the hunting of grouse hunted on the first day of the hunting season.

OneKind announced plans to demonstrate outside the Scottish Parliament on September 17, calling for a ban on the manufacture, sale and use of traps in Scotland.

To maximize the number of grouse and the benefit of those who shoot them for fun, gamekeepers regularly kill thousands of wild animals which are considered a threat to grouse, with a significant portion of Scottish land being managed for the grouse shot.

Killing methods are cruel and can inflict prolonged suffering on animals. Pets and livestock can also be accidentally injured or killed.

With the Scottish government committed to allowing grouse moorland and with an ongoing review into the impacts of trapping, charities say only a ban on grouse hunting will ensure an end to widespread animal suffering.

OneKind manager Bob Elliot said, “There’s nothing celebratory about the Glorious Twelfth. What could be considered glorious about a day that marks the start of the shooting of grouse for “fun” and the slaughter of other wild animals to maximize profit for “sport”?

“Today is the culmination of a year-long slaughter of our wildlife on the grouse moors. All year round, black grouse predators have been subjected to physical and mental suffering as they were caught in traps and snares, before being killed by game wardens.

“Persecuted animals include foxes, stoats and corvids, such as crows. All of these kills are happening before the Glorious Twelfth just to make sure there are as many black grouse as possible for the shooting season that starts today.

“Traps and snares are blind. Pets such as cats and dogs, farm animals, and non-target wildlife such as badgers are also sometimes injured or killed by these cruel and antiquated traps.

“There are few regulations, so game wardens can kill many animals without justification or control.”

The September event will take place in Holyrood, with celebrity support from Scottish actor Alan Cumming, naturalist Chris Packham and actor Peter Egan.

Mr Elliot added: “The message is clear. Scottish government, it’s time to put the pitfalls in the history books.

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