BASC has submitted a detailed response to the House of Commons petitions committee’s grouse shooting inquiry.
The UK’s largest shooting organisation has provided evidence that proves the positive social, environmental and economic impact of grouse shooting in helping to create a sustainable future for the uplands and its rural businesses and communities.
BASC’s submission will help inform a joint meeting of the Petitions Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on 18th October.
The Petitions Committee has agreed to schedule a parliamentary debate on a League Against Cruel Sports-backed petition to ban grouse shooting. BASC welcomes the debate because it provides an opportunity to dispel myths being promoted by anti-shooting extremists.
BASC is calling on its members to lobby their MPs on the benefits of grouse shooting ahead of the debate, the date of which has not yet been announced. The association recently launched a campaign website to allow members to lobby their MPs to establish their position on grouse shooting.
BASC is encouraging its members 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. 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.
Sophie Hutchinson, BASC’s political affairs manager, said: “We have now submitted our response to the House of Commons petitions committee’s grouse shooting inquiry. It is important that BASC members continue to lobby their MPs so that parliament understands the depth of support for all types of sporting shooting. Individual members can play a hugely important part in protecting the future of shooting by ensuring their MPs hear their case.”
BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “BASC will continue to be at the forefront of providing evidence to government and other politicians in support of grouse shooting. In the last few days alone we have briefed MPs at Party Conferences and MEPs in Brussels on the benefits of upland management and grouse shooting. Individual members and all those who shoot can continue to play their part by contacting their MPs.”
To access BASC’s campaign website click here: http://basc.org.uk/political-affairs/election-campaigns/