To: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Ban the use of stink pits in England

This campaign has ended.

Ban the use of stink pits in England

Ban stink pits - bins or holes dug out by gamekeepers who fill them with rotting carcasses of discarded game birds, as well as other wild and domestic animals.

Why is this important?

Stink pits are fenced enclosures, bins or holes dug out by gamekeepers who then fill them with rotting carcasses of discarded game birds, as well as other wild and domestic animals in order to attract target species such as foxes in to a large quantity of snares.

In this photo, taken on a Sheffield moor, it appears that ‘non-target’ species are being repeatedly captured - in this case mountain hares. The current approach to managing the Sheffield moors appears to be having a significant and detrimental effect on the local mountain hare population.

This excessive use of snares by gamekeepers does not follow DEFRA's code of practice on the use of snares, or the industry's good practice guidance (e.g. BASC) of "quality over quantity". This is why we are calling for a ban on stink pits.

How it will be delivered

The petition will finally be delivered to Michael Gove. We also referred to it in our response to the Government's Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) consultation which closed on Monday 30th April . Every signature will make a difference in demonstrating the strength of public feeling for a ban on stink pits, so please help us by signing and sharing our petition.


Reasons for signing

  • Its so sad and disgusting
  • Cruelty, waste, and despoiling our environment should be stopped
  • There are some disgraceful things happening within the Peak National Park that the National Park Authority seems impotent to address.

Updates

2018-09-03 12:16:27 +0100

Dear all - we need just 220 more signatures to reach 4,000 today! Please can you share the petition today and ask your friends to sign and share it too - we can do this. Thank you!
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-the-use-of-stink-pits-in-england

2018-08-29 11:18:34 +0100

Hello and thanks to all that signed at Sheffield Hen Harrier Day or since our last update - we've gained over 450 signatures, a fantastic result! However, as our petition has now been running for six months we'll shortly bring it to a close and submit it to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We'll close the petition on Monday 3 September, so please help us gain as many signatures as possible by once again sharing the petition and asking your friends and family to sign. It would be fantastic to reach 4000 signatures to demonstrate the strength of feeling on this issue to the Government https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stinkpits

If you would like to help further, please do consider joining us https://www.wildsheffield.com/join-us or make a donation to our campaign fund to help us continue our work on issues like this: https://www.wildsheffield.com/support-us/campaigning-for-wildlife-fund

Thanks so much again for all your support.

2018-07-16 16:05:07 +0100

Thanks so much to everyone that has helped take our petition to over 3,200 signatures! We would like to try and raise this even further, so if you want to help us ban stink pits please continue to share the petition and ask your friends and family to sign and share it too. We'll also be talking about our petition and Our Moors campaign in person at Sheffield Hen Harrier Day, Devonshire Green on Saturday 4th August - find out more on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/251581885424719/

2018-05-03 10:12:13 +0100

Thanks so much to everyone that has signed, shared and promoted our petition.

Since our last update we have responded to Defra's consultation on 'Implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards' with reference to this petition - so every signature will help demonstrate the strength of feeling on this issue within our response to a Government assessment on the use of traps and standards for the welfare of trapped animals in the UK.

We will continue our campaign for stink pits to be banned - please keep on helping us by sharing and promoting our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stinkpits

For more information about other ways you can help us to end wildlife persecution and intensive moorland management practices like stink pits, please visit our website: http://www.wildsheffield.com/ourmoors

Thanks again for your support.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

2018-04-25 13:43:41 +0100

Thank you to everyone that has signed our petition.

The Government currently has an open consultation on traps and the welfare of trapped animals - the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) - which closes on Monday 30th April. We're going to refer to this petition in our response, so we'd like to get as many signatures as possible to demonstrate the strength of public feeling for a ban on stink pits.

Please can you share the petition link below on social media and ask your friends and family to sign it too?

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-the-use-of-stink-pits-in-england

Here is a link to the consultation if you would like more info or wish to respond: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-management/implementing-aihts-humane-trapping/

Thanks for your support.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

2018-03-29 13:52:37 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-21 23:07:36 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-03-19 15:40:04 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-03-19 13:39:39 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-03-18 17:02:15 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-03-16 22:24:07 +0000

10 signatures reached