I have never understood where the sport is in killing animals. Perhaps someone can explain …….
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
They knock back their snifters of single malt,
They’ll sleep well that night
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.’
- Letters: Nothing glorious about the twelfth (theguardian.com)