12 August 1999
Sabs and shooters ready for Twelfth

SABOTEURS were making final preparations yesterday for the start of the “Glorious Twelfth” today (Thursday).

But grouse shooters appeared to be taking a pessimistic view of the new season.

London Animal Action said that hundreds of protesters are preparing to descend on the moors.

Around 323,760ha (800,000 acres) of moorland are shot over in Scotland, the North of England and Wales.

But there is expected to be a disappointing start to the season. Many moors have abandoned plans to shoot and some have given up hope of sport this season.

Only two moors in North Yorkshire will shoot on the first day, and landowners in the northern and southern Dales predict a “much-reduced programme”.

The decline is blamed on changing weather patterns, predation by hawks, disease and habitat change.