On the week that the grouse shooting season officially ends we’re delighted to announce the launch of Revive’s brand new report: Back to life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland’s Grouse Moors.
Produced by coalition partners Common Weal, and Lateral North, this report not only puts the economic insignificance of the grouse industry under the spotlight but brings a better menu of alternatives to the table to choose from.
Almost one fifth of Scotland’s land is kept barren and dead for the sole purpose of maximising the number of red grouse – so they can be killed for sport. Many of us object to the killing of animals for sport as a matter of principle; many of us believe that Scotland’s land is concentrated in too few hands and used inefficiently and unproductively.
The conclusion is simple – of all the possible uses of this land, grouse shooting is not only the least moral, it is by far the least economically effective. In fact, almost any other use will create more value and more jobs per hectare.
This is only the beginning of the conversation - not everyone will agree with every vision - but it's important that we let Scotland know that our people and our land are capable of so much more and that intensively managed driven grouse moors are not the only possible future. We have options and Revive will work to help us realise these alternatives.
The report was covered by The National on Monday 12 December (2018) and can be read here