New figures show only 0.25% of Scots eat grouse more than once or twice a year yet almost a fifth of Scotland is used for shooting the gamebirds
Revive is highlighting concerns over the volume of Scottish land being used for grouse shooting as new figures reveal almost no one in Scotland eats grouse more than once or twice a year.
Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform, has released new polling showing just 0.25%, which is 1 in 400 adults in Scotland, regularly eat grouse more than once or twice a year. Of those polled, 3% say they have eaten grouse once or twice in the last year while 80% say they never eat the game dish, despite almost a fifth of Scotland’s land mass being grouse moors, on which hundreds and thousands of birds are shot over the four month shooting season from August to December.
Revive campaigner Max Wiszniewski said: “The Revive coalition was formed by like-minded organisations concerned that almost a fifth of Scotland is used for grouse shooting. To now have the evidence that so few Scots actually eat grouse, despite such a disproportionate area of Scotland being used for the sport is appalling.”
shooting industry, through their ‘Game to Eat’ campaign argue that grouse is
‘much sought after’ and a ‘delicacy for all Brits to be proud of’ yet only a
woeful number of Scots claim to eat the dish with 80% categorically saying they
never eat grouse.
Max Wiszniewski added: “These figures simply add fuel to our campaign, making us more determined to reform Scotland’s grouse moors to benefit our communities, our environment and our wildlife rather than being wasted for the entertainment of a very small minority.”