Grouse Don't' Apparently
It was inevitable that amongst the readers of the Berwickshire
one or two would fight back against the recent condemnations of grouse shooting. Two letters in this week's paper for instance. Go here
and scroll down It is slightly curious that neither writer has felt able to give their full name. I am glad that 'Jeremy' (how many of those in the Borders I wonder)feels able to point out: :'The way to look at this (the grouse) is as a totally wild bird which is far better off than the chicken or pig from an industrial farm.'
Indeed. Happy and healthy browsing through the heather. No battery farming for him. Then 'Bang Bang. Thank you my good man' And if it was a clean shot (a big if judging by many incompetent shots we all know of) a good decent death for something which is 'In many respects... is regarded as a delicacy' That's all right then
And not a rich man's sport? The Scotsman sees it differently:
"The sport is a highly profitable investment with a day's driven grouse shooting costing between £130 and £170 for a brace (pair] of grouse. A typical party of eight people could shoot 100 brace a day at a net total cost of between £13,000 and £17,000"
Full story here
So someone is laughing all the way to the bank. Benefits the Scottish Economy-sure
and if the Lairds, against all the evidence, are feeling the pinch on their grouse moors there are always wind turbines to fall back on.
(Thank you Thoeflich of Flickr for this image of the Ruffed Grouse-see him and other birds here
He certainly shot a lot-but only with
Labels: Glorious Twelth, Grouse Moors