Supporters

The following notable individuals and organisations are among some of those who have publicly expressed support for ending grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.

John Grogan, Labour MP for Keighley & Ilkley

“On public land like Ilkley Moor I do think there is a potential conflict of interest between the interests of shooters and those who want to enjoy the moor in other ways such as walking. The current agreement with Bradford Council to allow shooting runs out in 2018 and I do not think it should be renewed.”

Henri Murison, Labour Parish Councillor for Ilkley South

“In terms of particularly degradation of habitat and threat of reduced biodiversity, I do believe a strong case has been made that shooting on the moor should come to an end.”

Cath Bacon, Labour District Councillor for Keighley West

“I am not in favour of grouse shooting or blood sports and if there is a legal way of terminating the [Ilkley Moor] contract I am happy to support it.”

Dominic Fear, Liberal Democrat District Councillor for Idle & Thackley

“I oppose Council land on Ilkley Moor being leased out and managed so grouse shooting can be staged on it.”

Brian Morris, Independent District Councillor for Keighley West

“I am totally against blood sports on any grounds.”

Friends of Ilkley Moor

“The Friends of Ilkley Moor, representing a considerably body of public opinion within the locality, is therefore opposed to the granting of shooting rights on Ilkley Moor and calls upon Bradford Metropolitan District Council to end the lease at the earliest opportunity.”

(Taken from FOIM’s position statement., which can be read in full here.)

Judith Cummins, Labour MP for Bradford South

“I am happy to support the campaign to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.”

Chris Packham,Conservationist and Wildlife Presenter

“Driven grouse moor management is ecologically disastrous. Drained, burned, poisoned and persecuted – it simply needs ending. It is clear that this unpopular and damaging practice is widely opposed by your [Leader of Bradford Council] constituents, so why not honour your voters’ wishes and jump the gun on those who are dragging their feet towards the inevitable end of this moorland vandalism?”

Bill Oddie OBE, Conservationist and Wildlife Presenter

“Ilkley Moor has a special place in my hear since performing on Ilkla Moor Baht’at in the style of Joe Cocker for John Peel. The moor is also important for the conservation of wildlife and I do not want to see Ilkley Moor harmed. Bradford Council must end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.”

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