The Agriculture (Wales) Act will make it illegal to use snares in Wales, despite the threat to species conservation and livestock protection.
BASC statement on RSPB Birdcrime report
In response to the publication of the RSPB’s latest Birdcrime report, BASC’s executive director of conservation, Caroline Bedell, said:
“BASC robustly condemns raptor persecution and will expel any member convicted of such an offence. BASC are joint signatories with other rural organisations to a ‘zero tolerance’ position statement on raptor persecution.
“While each incident is one too many and a blight on the shooting community, the RSPB’s latest Birdcrime report actually shows a dramatic year-on-year decrease in incidents across the entire UK.”
“Natural England has reported Hen Harrier figures in England are at a 200-year high, which is testament to the positive steps being taken by the shooting community to increase the numbers of chicks which fledge each year.”