BASC has launched an online election platform to allow members to make direct contact with their local parliamentary candidates ahead of the Senedd elections on 6 May.
BASC's political affairs team are strongly opposing vague and ill-prepared proposals included within the Welsh Labour manifesto. The party has set out its intentions ahead of Senedd elections on 6 May. The measures outlined in the manifesto, titled ‘Moving Wales forward’, will negatively impact BASC members in Wales and the Welsh shooting community as a whole. What is Welsh Labour proposing? Welsh Labour's manifesto outlines proposals that will introduce registration for animal welfare establishments. Registration requirements would also apply to shoots and commercial breeders producing dogs for pets or for use in shooting sports. It also lays out plans to ban the use of snares in Wales. What is BASC's position on the proposals? The pledges set out within the Welsh Labour manifesto have been included without justification. BASC is very clear that any policy changes should be evidence-led and be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders. As one of the stakeholder organisations involved in the development of the Welsh Government’s code of best practice on the use of snares, we continue to actively engage with Welsh Government officials to promote compliance with the code. We are strongly opposed to legal changes to the use of snares, which has been included within the manifesto without any justification. Next steps for BASC We will continue to engage with all political candidates for the upcoming elections on 6 May and press our objections to Welsh Labour's proposed measures. It is vital that the contribution that shooting makes to Wales' economy, communities and wildlife is not diluted or underestimated. Want to read more on our political work in Wales? Find BASC's Welsh Manifesto for Sustainable Shooting Sports here. Recent news
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’.
BASC's Welsh Manifesto for Sustainable Shooting Sports seeks to ensure that all parliamentarians recognise the value of shooting in Wales.
BASC's Scottish and Welsh manifestos seek to ensure that all parliamentarians from all parties recognise the value of shooting in Scotland and Wales.