From Harrogate to Sheffield and Hebden Bridge to Whitby, local campaigners this weekend took action in 17 towns and cities across Yorkshire in a coordinated day of action. Their message was clear: Yorkshire Water must pull the plug on grouse shooting.
Campaigners held signs, handed out tens of thousands of leaflets and asked customers to sign postcards to Richard Flint, CEO of Yorkshire Water, urging the company to pull the plug on grouse shooting. The event saw a huge increase in support for the campaign.
Yorkshire Water continues to allow grouse shooting on its land, despite being fully aware that wild animals are being eradicated and peatland damaged by burning on its watch to boost red grouse populations for shooting.
Following months of campaigning by Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors, the League Against Cruel Sports and our supporters, Yorkshire Water announced in March that it would consider alternatives to grouse shooting and review the future of the bloodsports on its moorland in Calderdale.
This is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough – wildlife continues to be persecuted and the environment harmed whilst the utility company props up grouse shooting on its land.
Thank you to all the campaigners who took part in the day of action. Here are some photos from actions across the county: