Grouse-shooting season set to be one of the best

I have never understood where the sport is in killing animals.  Perhaps someone can explain …….

English: Heather moorland Grouse shooting moorland

English: Heather moorland Grouse shooting moorland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In The Name of Sport

It’s the glorious twelfth,
a peculiar day
when those with the wealth
set off in array
to the heather-clad moors
with no logical cause;
they don’t have the nous,
they’re just on a rampage of murdering grouse.

For those little men with their big phallic guns
shooting birds is such great fun.
Taking life in the name of sport
is so absurd on the killing fields
where they wield all sorts of armament
with Hooray-Henry childish intent
in the rampage of murdering grouse.

They knock back their snifters of single malt,
feeding the frenzy of the savage assault;
and the grouse fall like hailstones, blasted to death,
riddled with pellets that took their last breath.
Blood-stained and feathered they quaff the champagne.
It’s been a good day, they can not complain,
in the rampage of murdering grouse.

They’ll sleep well that night
but perchance they will dream
that the tables are turned
and then they will scream
at the giant grouse by whom they’ve been caught
that pecks out their eyes
then heads for the groin
all in the name of sport.

 

12th August 2013 – headline from the Daily Mail

Notes:  “A Glorious Twelfth that will live up to its name!  Grouse-shooting season set to be one of the best because of warm weather.”    Grouse shooting on average generates around £30 million for the Scottish economy but figures this year are expected to be much higher, with all the knock on benefits of seasonal employment in local communities.  Joe Duckworth, chief executive of animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, said: ‘The shooting industry claims that they ‘protect’ the moorlands, creating a haven for wildlife. What a joke.  The grouse shooting season does nothing more than annihilate and harm wildlife.’

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