Inglorious is about the illegal persecution of birds of prey, a topic Lush has campaigned hard for over the last three years with Mark Avery and Chris Packham. Mark highlights the truth as to why our Hen Harriers are on the brink of extinction and explains why Driven Grouse Shooting should become the next victim.
“There is too much illegal killing of wildlife, such as Buzzards, Golden Eagles, and, most egregiously of all, Hen Harriers; and, as a land use, it wrecks the ecology of the hills. However, grouse shooting is economically important, and it is a great British tradition. All of these, and other points of view, are given fair and detailed treatment and analysis and the author talks to a range of people on different sides of the debate.
The book also sets out Avery's campaign with Chris Packham to gain support for the proposal to ban grouse shooting, culminating in 'Hen Harrier Day', timed to coincide with the 'Glorious' 12th.”
Given that the ‘Glorious 12th’ is just around the corner, we’d like to highlight the book that makes a case for banning driven grouse shooting.
What’s the ‘Glorious 12th’?
On the 12th of August each year, grouse shooting season begins. Found in most of the UK, the “iconic red grouse is shot in large numbers until the end of the season in December.”
Mark Avery’s book is a commentary on the tensions between the game industry and conservationists, and comes highly recommended by Lush Podcaster, Charlie Moores.
"Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands is a remarkable book. Established 'sporting' practices have rarely been challenged like this or come under such clear-eyed scrutiny — especially in a book aimed at the everyday birder and general public rather than specialists. Anyone with the slightest interest in why Red Grouse are being farmed so intensively and why we're missing Hen Harriers from upland moorlands as a consequence should read it. If that interest extends into involvement and activism, you will find Inglorious empowering. If your interest in grouse is solely financial, however, you've really hacked Dr Mark Avery off and frankly you've only yourself to blame for the consequences." - Charlie Moores