Emmerdale Star To Join Bradford Protest Against Grouse Shooting

Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King in the soap, is expected to join campaigners in the city centre on Saturday.

Campaigners, including Emmerdale star Nick Miles, will protest in Bradford city centre on Saturday afternoon to urge Yorkshire Water to pull the plug on grouse shooting, just days before the shooting season opens.

Nick, who plays the character Jimmy King in the soap, will join local residents and campaigners from Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) and the League Against Cruel Sports at a rally in the utility company’s home city.

Their aim is to persuade Yorkshire Water to stop leasing 11 moors across the county – including Haworth, Keighley and Stanbury – for grouse shooting, in light of the negative impact on wildlife and peatland habitat.

The campaigners say that wild animals, including foxes, stoats, weasels and hare, are being killed by traps, snares and guns on Yorkshire Water’s moors to ensure large numbers of game birds are available for shooting. 

They're concerned that gamekeepers operating on Yorkshire Water land have also burnt large sections of heather moorland to engineer prime breeding habitat for red grouse. 

Luke Steele, Spokesperson for Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors, said: 

“Yorkshire Water has committed to reviewing grouse shooting on its moors in Calderdale, but that’s not enough to tackle the widespread damage to wildlife and the environment on each of its eleven grouse shooting leases across the county. 

“We urge wildlife champions across the region to join us in Bradford on Saturday, to demand Yorkshire Water pulls the plug on grouse shooting.”

Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns at League Against Cruel Sports, said: 

“Yorkshire Water can act positively to protect the region’s rich natural heritage by taking the simple step of preventing grouse from being shot for ‘sport’ on its moors.

“With clear evidence that threatened breeding birds have declined and become locally-extinct on Yorkshire Water’s moors, it is clear the company’s grouseshooting leases are nothing short of a conservation calamity.”

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