BASC has today launched its Scottish Manifesto for Sustainable Shooting, prior to the elections on 6 May.
The country-specific manifesto will play a key part in BASC’s representation to the political parties and prospective candidates in the run up to the elections.
The Scottish manifesto seeks to ensure all parliamentarians from all parties recognise the value of shooting. It also stresses the importance of shooting to rural economies and livelihoods in Scotland.
The manifesto set out BASC’s position on key issues and explains our workload in parliament following next month’s elections.
Over the coming month BASC will be holding rural hustings and individual meetings with prospective candidates to ensure our members’ voices are heard.
Scottish manifesto key points
- The establishment of a Scottish Gamekeeping Taskforce (SGT) in the new parliamentary term to combat the abuse, crime and widespread negative outlook impacting on Scotland’s gamekeepers;
- The inclusion of organisations representing gamekeepers, ghillies and deer stalkers in the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC);
- The national rollout of schemes which promote the management of deer on public land by qualified recreational deer stalkers, thereby reducing expenditure contractors and reliance on licences for extraordinary management (covered in The Sunday Times);
- Cross-party endorsement and support of the voluntary transition away from lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting by 2025;
- Increased recognition and enhanced utility of the data collected by those involved in gamebird management using citizen science technologies.
Download a copy of our Scottish Manifesto for Sustainable Shooting.
You can also read our full press release regarding the Scottish manifesto here.
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