The government has rejected appeals to implement a licensing system for upland grouse shoots and gamekeepers.
The online e-petition has gained over 10,000 signatures, resulting in a formal government response rejecting the scheme. The e-petition called for licenses to control the risk of illegal trapping, poisons, shooting and interference with the nests of birds of prey. The response held that current conservation policies were “working”, and further restrictions would not be necessary. Officials also went on to describe shooting as “an important contribution” to wildlife control and conservation and said: “There are no current plans to restrict sport shooting in England.”