I have just received this email from SGA and have been asked to pas it on.
Please read and respond, if you wish your sport to have a future.
DEFRA’s new “Code of Practice for the Welfare of Game Birds” It appears that DEFRA are about to ban the use of raised laying cages for the production of Red and Grey Partridge eggs. This situation has come about because BASC wish to see the banning of cage systems and have gone as far as writing to MPs asking them to ban all cages for game bird egg production. This goes against recommendations to keep raised units from: the Animal Welfare Council, the Countryside Alliance, the NGO, the NFU, the Country Land & Business Association, the Game Farmers’ Association and The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, whose impartial standing and scientifically based opinions have universal standing. BASC have now launched a campaign to urge shooters to buy British produced game. If it could be produced in Britain that would be fine, but if DEFRA ban raised laying units all Partridge production will come from France. BASC must be brought to task and realise they are there to support their members. Sadly the only way to bring BASC to their senses maybe to vote with your feet.
This issue was recently addressed in ‘Shooting Times’ and is therefore clearly an issue likely to affect all concerned. Please read the links below and then decide what your actions should be if you are also a BASC member.
Below a link to the Shooting Times website to view the article;
Below a letter to send to DEFRA
Fao Jim Fitzpatrick; as a lifelong Member of the B.A.S.C. I find myself having to contact you to ask you to ignore their representations on my behalf to ban the above systems.
I would also ask you to support the status quo at least until fuller research and consultations have been made.
I would point out that presently I am giving serious consideration on whether I continue to support B.A.S.C.who have acted entirely without consultation, it appears as if the organisation has been hijacked by an individual with a particular opinion.
Please pass this e-mail on to as many people who shoot as possible, Discuss the content of this message with friends also send it by text it is paramount we act now.
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