Last updated: May 2017



Turn Your Back on Grouse




Corporate Shooting Days Campaign 


The debate on driven grouse shooting which occurred in parliament in October 2016, in the wake of an e-petition which attracted 123,077 signatures, clearly demonstrated public concern among consumers and a lack of appetite in the current government to tackle the detrimental impacts of the grouse shooting industry. 


Image: Grouse 


In light of this, Ethical Consumer are currently compiling research into the purchase of corporate shooting days in the UK. As part of this research we are circulating a small – five question – questionnaire to 200 UK companies. Our intention is to publish the outcome of this research in a report in July 2017 listing those that replied, those that did not, and an analysis of the responses. 

We are also encouraging any other companies who weren’t included in our original company list to complete the questionnaire and publicly distance themselves from the grouse shooting industry.


Fill out the Questionaire below:





Save the Hen Harrier Campaign

In 2013, the RSPB announced that the Hen Harrier, a bird of prey once common on Britain's uplands, had failed to raise a single chick across the whole of England.


image: Hen Harrier


The Hen Harrier's natural habitat is heather moorlands which are increasingly being managed by landowners as grouse shooting estates.

Our Turn Your Back on Grouse report confirms that illegal persecution by gamekeepers is a key element, but paints a more complex picture of intensification, greed and ignorance on some of our few remaining wild spaces.



The wider campaign


Ethical Consumer, Chris Packham, Mark Avery, Birders Against Wildlife Crime and the Sound Approach have now got together to campaign on the Hen Harrier on the Raptors Alive website.


The site has:

  • a petition to sign, asking DEFRA to ban driven grouse shooting,
  • podcasts, including Chris Packham (see below) and Mark Avery,
  • videos from the BBC and RSPB,
  • a link to the RSPB tracking website of the radio tagged Hen Harrier chicks





Campaign Victories



More news on the hen harrier campaign


  • Parliament rejects call to ‘Ban Driven Grouse Shooting’ 
  • Lush call on Queen to help protect last 6 Hen Harriers in England 
  • Iceland starts selling frozen red grouse 
  • RSPB Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project 
  • DEFRA releases its ‘Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan’ 



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