Shooting Down False Claims

In short

‘Grouse shooting’: Despite asserting that the subsidy for grouse shooting as a sport, the Common Agricultural Policy payments is for moorland farmers.

Checking the Claim

Shared over 10,000 times on Facebook, the claim on the ‘Tom Pride’ Wordpress site is the Prime Minister

“Contribute £56 per hectare in subsidies”

The site links to a Daily Mirror article in August 2016 by Springwatch presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, stating:

The increase in CAP payments is for moorland farmers.

Assertions without citation

The ‘Tom Pride’ article states, without source or estimation method:



This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.

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