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Fresh calls for Ilkley Moor grouse shooting ban

Fresh calls for Ilkley Moor grouse shooting ban

Published at 1:29pm 14th July 2015. (Updated at 7:42pm 14th July 2015)

Campaigners say there are new grounds to consider a ban on grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.

A petition is being heard at Bradford Council's AGM, after walking groups joined calls for a change in the rules.

Earlier this year, councillors voted to allow the shoots to continue, but introduced a ban on trapping.

Michael Bray, a member of Wharfedale Harriers, was quoted in the Wharfedale Observer: "As a runner and member of Wharfedale Harriers, I train on Ilkley Moor almost daily during the summer and autumn months.

"I feel intimidated by the idea of encountering a grouse shoot when using the public moor, and Bradford Council should publicly list dates so those who feel the same can choose to avoid them."

Grouse shooting supporters have long argued that the practice helps to manage the moorland and encourages biodiversity.

They also say it brings money to the area.

Campaigner Luke Steele, spokesman for Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor, said: "Peatland moors are rarer than the Amazon rainforest and it is important that those in public hands are preserved for all to the best standard available.

"We call on Bradford councillors to back an end to grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor."