Help BASC challenge ban on shooting in Wales
The decision by Natural Resources Wales to ban shooting on all public land is not only a risk to shooting in general but has also set an alarming precedent for the future of evidence-based consultation in Wales and the wider UK.
Following a comprehensive review and public consultation into the future of shooting, NRW initially voted in support of the recommendations of that review – which included a continuation of pheasant shooting on land it owns.
But, an 11th-hour intervention from Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM resulted in a u-turn and the ban was announced.
As well as seeking advice on a legal challenge to the ban we are urging all members to speak up, not only in support of shooting but also the democratic process.
We are concerned that this is direct contravention of the principles of better regulation which govern public bodies and set an alarming precedent for the future of evidence-based consultation in Wales and the wider UK.
This not just an issue for those who live and shoot in Wales, or even those who travel into Wales to shoot, beat or pick-up.
The way in which the environment minister has appeared to ride roughshod over a legitimate evidence-gathering review to impose the will of anti-shooting extremists should be a wake-up call to all those with a passion for shooting – no matter where you live in the UK.
What can you do?
If you live in Wales, by following the links you can contact your Assembly Member at the click of a button.
Please make sure communications are polite and constructive at all times.
Also, please share the short film with friends and family, either by email or social media. Don’t forget to tag in @hannahblythyn and @NatResWales for maximum effect.
We believe it gets across the real conservation value of shooting in Wales. It is important that even those who don’t shoot understand what shooting does to maintain and enhance the beautiful countryside we know and love.
Wales is not Wales without shooting.
BASC “delighted” that so many people have shown strength of feeling on the issue.
Personal, face-to-face conversation could have opened “channel of communication” with BASC members and people who shoot in Wales.
Lawyers acting on behalf of BASC, CA and NGO have now issued a letter before action.
Still “work to be done” and people need to continue getting the message across that “shooting must be protected”.
BASC council member Ian Coghill has written to the minister to challenge the “ethical” basis of her intervention.
BASC hopes the film will be shared on email and social media as part of its call to action
This is a transcript of the plenary session at the Welsh Assembly on 26 September 2018.
Hannah Blythyn says that her call for NRW to ban shooting was not, in fact, binding on them.
BASC interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme this morning
BASC responds to decision to ban pheasant shooting on public land in Wales.
BASC says decision ignores evidence from comprehensive review and public consultation.
Email your Assembly Member
We have set up a simple to use system to allow you to search and contact your Welsh Assembly Member on this issue.
Email the Environment Minister
The link below takes you to a page that allows you to email the Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn AM about this issue.
The link below takes you to a page that allows you to email Natural Resources Wales about this issue.
The value of shooting in Wales
BASC shows how shooting contributes to Welsh Well-being goals.
The recent passing of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, places an obligation on public bodies to set, publish and meet wellbeing objectives.
BASC has published details of how shooting contributes towards the seven wellbeing goals set by the Act. Infographics which summarise this contribution are available on the link below.