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    Compulsory testing in Scotland scrapped

    Compulsory testing plans scrapped for Scottish deer stalking.

    4th May 2010…………….……………………………………………….immediate release

    Planned compulsory testing for deer stalkers in Scotland has been scrapped after lobbying led by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and supported by other land management organisations. The move would have meant the estimated 20,000 people actively involved in deer management in Scotland having to pass a mandatory test.

    This proposal had been expected to be part of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill but after successful lobbying these proposals have been shelved. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is one of the main providers of deer stalker training in Scotland but was a principal objector to the introduction of mandatory testing.

    The Government proposals could have made existing qualifications redundant. Thousands of stalkers will now be spared the cost of taking new examinations. It will also save considerable amounts of public money which would have been incurred in establishing a register for deer stalkers in Scotland. It will also prevent stalkers resident in Scotland from requiring a higher standard of testing than elsewhere in Europe.

    BASC Scotland’s press and policy officer, Nicolle Upton, said: “BASC Scotland uncovered misleading guidance regarding deer stalking fatalities in the consultation document for the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill. BASC's own research showed that three fatalities referred to in the consultation document were not associated with deer stalking, deer stalkers or indeed Scotland. The guidance given to the public in the consultation was misleading and undermined the already weak evidence supporting the argument that deer stalking represents ‘a potential risk to public safety’.”

    “After months of lobbying we are relieved that the Scottish Government has recognised our concerns and removed the requirement for competence testing. Scotland already has one of the best safety records in the world; attributable to the high standards adhered to by our experienced stalkers and the voluntary training taken up by newcomers. We support industry-led voluntary training and believe that, in this area, Government control is both unnecessary and would act as a disincentive for vital deer management.”

    ENDS

    For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 or BASC Scotland on 01350 723226.

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    David,

    Thank you for posting this, I am delighted, and thanks to the BASC. amongst many others, myself included who put pen to paper (or finger to pc) and opposed this.

    Lets all ensure that we give the establishment no cause to regret their decision and continue as a stalking community to adhere to and develop the highest possible standards. (Might be worth a letter of thanks to Roseanna as well!)

    H.

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    Indeed,

    It was a team effort and goes to show that we can all work together and make a difference!

    The future is, as you correctly say, in our hands.

    David

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    Fingers crossed things will stay for the future

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    Good result. Well done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David BASC View Post
    Indeed,

    It was a team effort and goes to show that we can all work together and make a difference!

    The future is, as you correctly say, in our hands.

    David
    Marvelous Result David
    And whats more only goes to show what the weight of B.A.S.C efforts have had on the withdrawing of the proposed ammendement.
    B.A.S.C have to be commended for their efforts for if it wasnt for their stance against this proposal Deer Control and the Management would have taken a turn for the worse.

    Thank goodness for B.A.S.C I say
    and 3 cheers to all those who have put in the work to make this happen.

    Perhaps now a lot of those who thought that they did nothing or little will eat their words, as previously stated i was probably one of those, these results have made me eat humble pie somewhat.

    Well Done B.A.S.C I am exceptionally gratefull
    Stu
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    Last edited by Mannlicher_Stu; 04-05-2010 at 20:24.

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    well done, where were the other organisations in this?

    the ones everyone tell me a "cheaper"?

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    bobt
    i think you might of misread a few quotes
    Quote Originally Posted by David BASC View Post
    Planned compulsory testing for deer stalkers in Scotland has been scrapped after lobbying led by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and supported by other land management organisations.
    see they were there, just never got the credit or mention they deserved
    BASC did not do this alone
    trust me
    but atleast BASC are prepared to be on the frontline to take the critism or credit as it is dished out
    so full marks to David for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    bobt
    i think you might of misread a few quotes


    see they were there, just never got the credit or mention they deserved
    BASC did not do this alone
    trust me
    but atleast BASC are prepared to be on the frontline to take the critism or credit as it is dished out
    so full marks to David for that
    Now then
    whos been chewing pomegranite pith

    Does it matter the main criteria here is that its been scrapped isnt it

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    Well that's got to be the biggest self praise i have ever heard from an organisation ( self praise is no praise at all ). but i am so glad it went in the deer stalkers favour after the responses from individual deers stalkers had a major impact on the decision and was the main reason that the response paper was put up on the Internet by the government ( I would say this and other Internet sites need more praise than any one ) and in the future the powers that be will need to remember we are here.. But like others i think this was a team effort and this should be remembered for the next time and i feel there will be other areas of the legislation that will get through and the combined fight must continue.
    I HOPE THAT THERE IS MORE GOOD NEWS AND I THANK EVER PERSON WHO MADE THE EFFORT TO RESPOND TO THE PAPER AND WHO HAS NOW MADE A DIFFERENCE.
    Last edited by 6pointer; 04-05-2010 at 21:17.

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