activists say they will make the recent decision to bring shooting back
to the moor unworkable' by stopping shoots taking place
identifying itself as West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs contacted the Gazette
this week, condemning the grouse shooting industry as cruel and unnecessary.
Spokesman for the group, Luke Steele, said: "The grouse shooting industry
is cruel, unnecessary and only carried out for entertainment of those involved.
are scared out of the undergrowth then shot out of the sky, many of which
are still alive when they hit the floor."
Bromet has already said that there is no money to be made by conducting
this cruel activity on Ilkley Moor; and who would want to go to a shoot
that will be stopped by anti-bloodsports activists?"
of the moor, Bradford Council, has already met with criticism from two animal
welfare organisations for handing out a contract to hold shoots on the iconic
Moor Partner-ship was recently named as the winner of ten years of shooting
rights. Key figure in the partnership and chairman of the national Moorland
Association, Edward Bromet, told the Gazette recently how the shoots were
unlikely to make a profit for the trust.
was abandoned by the council 11 years ago, when it declined to renew a lease
for shooting. A lease was given out in recent years, but no shooting took
place because of a depleted, diseased grouse population. Mr
Steele also attacked Mr Bromet's confirmation that a gamekeeper would work
to control predators on the moor, such as foxes and crows.Mr
Steele claimed that this was traditionally carried out using traps and snares,
which could pose a risk to pet dogs and other animals.
told the Gazette last week that specially trained gamekeepers would slaughter
predators by legal means.
shooting is not expected to commence on the moor for two years or more,
while work takes place to restore the heather moorland grouse habitat and
boost numbers of the birds.
Council declined to comment on the shoot saboteurs.