BASC responds to Welsh Labour manifesto

BASC is strongly opposed to vague and ill-prepared proposals within the Welsh Labour manifesto, titled ‘Moving Wales forward’, launched in the run up to the elections on 6 May. The manifesto outlines proposals that will: Introduce “registration for animal welfare establishments, commercial breeders for pets or for shooting”Ban the use of snares Bronwen Gardner, BASC Wales public affairs manager, said: “No justification has been provided regarding the introduction of the measures proposed in the Welsh Labour manifesto. BASC is clear that any policy changes should be evidence led and be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders. “Including such ill-prepared and vague proposals such as ‘shoot registration’ within a manifesto is irresponsible and completely unsupportable.” On the manifesto pledge to ban snares, Bronwen said: “BASC was one of the stakeholder organisations involved in the development of the Welsh Government’s code of best practice on the use of snares and continues to actively engage with Welsh Government officials to promote compliance with the code. There is no evidence to justify any legal changes to the use of snares and we are strongly opposed to its inclusion in the manifesto. “BASC will continue to engage with candidates for the upcoming Senedd election, highlighting the vital contribution of shooting to the Welsh economy, communities and role in protecting ecosystems and helping wildlife to thrive.” ENDS Notes to Editors: More information on BASC’s policy priorities for the upcoming election can be found in BASCs ‘Manifesto for sustainable shooting sports’.

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