A few phone calls to the Icelandic authorities have revealed poor journalistic standards in the mainstream media
British hunters are NOT travelling to Iceland to kill puffins as claimed by campaigners.
After speaking to sources in Iceland we can reveal that all of the photographs used to illustrate the claims show non-UK nationals. Crucially we have also established that any UK national hunting puffins in Iceland would require an official licence and that no such licences were issued to UK nationals this year or last by the relevant Icelandic authority.
You can read the full investigative story in Shooting Times next week, issue dated 7 August 2019.
Shooting Times and ShootingUK intend to contact the editors of the Telegraph, the Independent and the Daily Mirror to express our concerns over their decision to run this story.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) July 28, 2019
The accusation that UK-based shooters were threatening the birds has been comprehensively disproven after an investigation by Shooting Times and ShootingUK.
Puffins are being hunted 100 at a time despite the charismatic bird being at risk of going extinct. MPs are calling on Defra to take action & stop the trade in their bodies https://t.co/vcdKDHHFFS
— Helena Horton (@horton_official) July 27, 2019
You couldn’t make it up . . . and you don’t have to . Puffin hunting . Yep , UK shooters travel to Iceland and the Faroes to kill big ‘bags’ of Puffins . . . Any of your members at it @BASCnews @Gameandwildlife ? I wonder if @ShootingTimes has a view ? https://t.co/NZagmqsHSX
— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) July 27, 2019