itsafaircopgov wrote: I am with Neo. Why should we suffer braying idiots driving 4x4s and using shotguns that they can barely control coming onto Ilkley Moor, which was purchased at public expense, to slaughter birds that are almost inedible.
Shooting game is the preserve of the wealthy and stupid. If they really must blast away at grouse, partridge, pheasant et al ( et al is very delicious, so I understand and lovely plumage) then please do so at your own expense rather than being subsidised by the tax payers of Bradford.
Sparrowhawk wrote: To re-spark this discussion, Bradford Council are deciding on the fate of the grouse shooting agreement on 30th September at City Hall.
As a regular walker on the moor myself, I am all in favour of completely prohibiting the practice. Whilst there is certainly much debate to be had on the wider issue of grouse shooting, we must remain focused on the local issue of our moor.
The actions of the shooting parties and those under their employ have drawn very negative publicity towards Ilkley Moor - in terms of conservation, leisure experience and educational interests.
Here's to a good result for Ilkley Moor!
Neo wrote: Claims of managing the moor are ridiculous, given that the moor managed its own affairs before the "men" with guns shot on there and it will continue to manage itself once they depart. I was walking up there this weekend and what an incredible place that is. To be able to see far into North Yorkshire and the Dales, Airedale, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Bradford is simply wonderful.
This precious piece of our very own back garden, accessible by just walking out of our homes and up the hill is a paradise for us and should be a paradise for the animals that choose that as their home as we have chosen the Wharfe Valley as ours.