I know the BASC has a representative that is on here. I would like to ask two questions.
1. Given the suspected prevalence of poaching, what lobbying is being done to stiffen the penalties of those caught poaching?
2. If poaching is rife then one would assume that the carcasses have to be disposed of. What lobbying is the BASC doing to make game dealers/food establishments keep proper records of venison purchases AND then have to enter them to an appropriate authority?
Poaching is a serious crime and affects a national asset. We know that the Police are stretched and funds are limited. But the countryside deserves to be taken seriously. People earn their living out here and although they are not packed in like rats in a drain pipe (like towns and cities), crime and that includes poaching never seems to be taken seriously.
By stemming the route to market via proper auditing poachers would at least find it more difficult to dispose of their ill-gotten gains.