In response, an insider has provided a quote to the Daily Mirror stating that “Ollie is a passionate conservationist and worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique”.
And, fair play to the show producers – ITV is holding firm and keeping Ollie in the show in the face of the online onslaught – unlike Liverpool Council, Reading University and University of Wales.
While I predict that Love Island is not the programme of choice for the majority of BASC members, it highlights the apparent misunderstanding of the general public. Opinions are gleaned from a jigsaw of fragmented memories provided by social media, tv and newspapers.
The reputation of shooting is being relentlessly attacked and misrepresented by a battalion of online animal rights extremists. What is happening on your social media feed? Are people you know spouting ignorant nonsense about trophy hunting and other shooting activities? Although it may be a fight that one individual cannot win outright on their own, we need to stand strong and defend what we believe in. Shooting is for conservation and it helps support British agriculture.
I would like to wish Ollie every success in finding love on the show – while using his opportunity to educate the wider community about trophy hunting, or even that of sustainable shooting.
Silence is collusion and it’s time for every one of us one million shooters in the UK to speak out.
Defra is currently running a consultation on the future of importing and exporting hunting trophies in the UK. This poses four options which could have huge implications for the future of shooting.
BASC supports the sustainable harvest of wildlife in the UK and overseas and the import and export of trophies arising from such harvesting where they are clearly proven to be from a sustainable source; noting that well-regulated trophy hunting programmes play an important role in delivering benefits for both nature and people. Click here to read why Option Three is not an option.
Make sure you have your say on Defra’s consultation before 25 January. Trophy hunting is the new frontline for shooting and key principles are at stake.
The ideology that is encouraging UK citizens to dictate how large game is managed in other countries could at some future point be equally applied to restrict the ‘trophy hunting’ of deer and other quarry species in the UK.
To respond you can simply email Defra at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you support option four (do nothing and continue to apply current controls based on internationally agreed rules) in the consultation.