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BASC has accepted an invitation from the Mayor of Liverpool to address the full City Council and speak against an anti-shooting motion.

The motion due to be debated and voted on during the meeting next week says shooting is ‘barbaric and threatens species that are already precarious’.

On becoming aware of the motion BASC immediately contacted the Mayor’s office and requested the motion be retracted. In the communication BASC highlighted the conservation and environmental benefits of shooting and the positive impact shooting has on the economy and rural community.

Dr Conor O’Gorman, BASC’s head of campaigns and policy, said: “The City Council should never have been allowed to take such a poorly composed and misinformed motion to this stage. The motion is an attack and slur on the British shooting community. BASC is all too happy to attend the meeting to challenge this dangerous rhetoric.

“This is a simple case of emotions trumping facts and scientific evidence. The vitriol seen on social media from some councillors regarding ‘gun culture’ are an insult to the thousands of legitimate certificate holders who do fantastic work to conserve wildlife and the environment.”

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