red_grouse-00084-1BASC is urging its members to continue to lobby their MPs on the benefits of grouse shooting ahead of a parliamentary debate.

The debate, on a League Against Cruel Sports-backed petition to ban grouse shooting, will take place on 31 October. It follows a joint meeting of the Petitions Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today (18th Oct).

BASC, the UK largest shooting organisation, has launched a campaign website to allow members to lobby their MPs to establish their position on grouse shooting.

Sophie Hutchinson, BASC’s political affairs manager, said: “We welcome this debate because it provides an opportunity to dispel myths being promoted by anti-shooting extremists. It is important that BASC members continue to lobby their MPs so that parliament understands the depth of support for all shooting.

“We are calling on our members and all those who shoot to tell their MP that grouse shooting makes a significant contribution to the economy, provides jobs and investment in some of the UK’s most remote areas and offers important benefits for wildlife and habitat conservation.

“We look forward to putting the evidence-based case for grouse shooting in parliament. In the meantime, individual members can play an important part in protecting the future of shooting by ensuring their MPs hear their case.”

By following the link on the BASC website, members can directly contact their MP to ask their position on grouse shooting. Responses will then be collated by BASC for other members to see.

BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “People shouldn’t take their foot off the pedal. There is less than two weeks to go until the debate – click on the link to the website and make sure your voice is heard.”

To access BASC’s campaign website click here:

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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