Shooters in Moray face a fight to save wildfowling on Findhorn Bay after antis launched a petition calling for a ban.
The petition listed a number of arguments to drive forward a ban on shooting at Findhorn Bay. Some of the points included obscure objections to netting and snaring geese, using items other than firearms to kill geese and conservation concerns regardless of the increasing number of geese in the area.
The group behind the petition is the Findhorn Foundation – a new-age spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for ‘holistic education’ led by Lisa Mead.
In response, wildfowlers have called in the cavalry, with the Scottish Association for Country Sports getting involved to protect the long-established shooting rights. SACS said it was aware of a minority of shooters who broke good practice by taking unsporting shots and leaving behind spent cases and other rubbish. “Clearly this is unacceptable and if wildfowling is to continue on Findhorn Bay, shooters must do everything they possibly can not to threaten their own way of life,” said a SACS spokesperson.
In addition, a counter-petition has been set up to underline the conservation benefits of wildfowling in the area. It has currently garnered more than 1,400 signatures.
Alex Stoddart from SACS said: “Lisa Mead and a group of new-age oddities at the Findhorn Foundation talk the vacuous language of ‘community engagement’, ‘group dynamics’, ‘conflict facilitation’ and ‘the relationship between humanity and nature’, yet they appear to have no empathy with established communities or an understanding of local heritage, real conservation and the inseparable link between humans and killing other creatures for food.
“SACS looks forward to working with all parties to a sensible outcome based on evidence, facts and local good will. Sadly, there is precious little of any of those three principles in the anti’s petition or their ‘conflict facilitation’ to date.”
Sign the petition here