The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has attacked plans by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) to campaign for a total abolition of lead shot within three years.
A leaked WWT council paper sets out a three year plan to ban lead shot and details plans to create a food scare around shot game.
BASC spokesman Simon Clarke said: "It is a tragedy that an organisation with a remit to protect wildfowl and wetlands has chosen to move into areas beyond its scope and competency by opting to campaign for a total lead ban. The declared intention of the WWT to deliberately start a health scare around game meat is shocking. The WWT has also chosen to pre-empt the work of the independent Lead Ammunition Group which is working to assess all the scientific evidence on lead ammunition before reporting its findings to Defra."
Articles have appeared in the Mail on Sunday and Shooting Times on the issue.
They can be read here –