BASC is advising its members that the deadline for Defra’s consultation and call for evidence on trophy hunting has been extended by a month.
The association is calling on anyone who has not yet replied to do so, after the deadline was extended from 25 January to 25 February 2020.
Dr Conor O’Gorman, BASC’s head of policy, said: “If you haven’t already responded, this is your chance. Read BASC’s official consultation response before filling in your submission.
“The antis are using this consultation as a vehicle to attack all of shooting and our community must respond in numbers.
“Based on the feedback BASC has received there has been a very poor response rate from people that shoot to the consultation. This issue is the frontline for shooting and apathy is our enemy.
“So whatever your shooting interests please use this opportunity to show unity for shooting and respond to the consultation by 25 February.”
Backed up with scientific evidence, BASC’s response heavily favours no change to the current system, which already requires a licensing application for certain species and is backed up by international agreement through the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).
BASC also stated its strong opposition to the so-called ‘Option Three’, which demands a full import and export ban on all hunting trophies in the UK which, if implemented, would have a devastating impact on biodiversity and rural communities in the UK and around the world.
BASC’s response to both the consultation and the call for evidence can be found in full below:
What can you do?
We need you to respond individually to the consultation and share your experience. Here are the two things you can do:
- Contact Defra as an individual stating your opposition to option three: A ban on all hunting trophies entering or leaving the UK. You can do this by emailing Defra here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fill in this template document providing your own personal experience and send it to Defra.