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    Policy Development Manager for BASC.<br />Enjoy pigeon shooting, wildfowling and fly-fishing.

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  1. As part of Defra’s animal welfare action plan the government has launched a call for evidence on The Fur Market in Great Britain. The consultation runs until 28 June and is a potential precursor for a GB-wide ban on the sale and import of all fur from farmed and wild animals. The survey response form contains a public attitudes section. Some of the questions about the sustainable use of animals are of significant concern. For example, people are asked whether ‘it’s wrong for animals to be killed for their fur’ and whether ‘it’s acceptable for fur to be produced as a by-product of leg
  2. Defra’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare covers a range of topics with potential to impact on shooting/conservation including animal sentience, hares, 'trophy hunting', snares and electronic training collars. A good overview of the issues is here: https://www.fieldsportschannel.tv/animalsentience/
  3. The government has today announced plans to introduce an interim licensing scheme for gamebird release on and within 500m of European Protected Sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs)) in England. The announcement follows a period of consultation and will come into force 31st May. The interim scheme will affect those who release pheasants and red legged partridges on and near to European Protected Sites. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gamebirds-licence-to-release-common-pheasants-or-red-legged-partrid
  4. Farming, environment, animal and fire organisations are calling for a national ban on sky lanterns in a joint letter submitted by the National Farmers Union to Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow. Sky lanterns cause wildfires and kill and injure livestock. Further restrictions on their use are long overdue. Once lit and released they can travel out of control for miles across the countryside and it is left to farmers, gamekeepers and landowners to deal with the litter and damage they cause. https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/nfu-calls-for-national-ban-on-sky-lanterns/
  5. Thank you for the above feedback on BASC's May/June 2021 members' magazine 'Shooting and Conservation'. With regard to the OP, country shows and game fairs are often very diverse in what they offer; they appeal to a wide audience and often feature militaria and historic firearms. In this instance, the gentleman pictured with the rifle is SAS Veteran Pete Winner. The accompanying caption (which is not visible on the photograph posted) advertises a talk by Pete Winner on both days of the show which takes place on 25 & 26 September 2021. For more information on the South Yorkshire
  6. @Fellside Thank you. I was expecting the opposite reaction (or none at all) as your feedback on the paper and I apologise for misjudging your clearly open minded position on this topic. For those that have not read the paper it is here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-019-01159-0 And that paper is part of a wider collection of papers published in 2019 evidencing the latest research on the impact of lead ammunition on wildlife, environment and human health here: https://link.springer.com/journal/13280/volumes-and-issues/48-9
  7. The voluntary transition being encouraged is to move away from lead and single-use plastics in ammunition used by those taking all live quarry with shotguns. Given the continued attempts at conspiracy theories taking us away from the OP I think it's worth repeating that in February last year nine organisations stated: "In consideration of wildlife, the environment and to ensure a market for the healthiest game products, at home and abroad, we wish to see an end to both lead and single-use plastics in ammunition used by those taking all live quarry with shotguns within five years. The shoo
  8. Thanks. A recent paper that covers the terrestrial context is here: 2019. Effects of lead from ammunition on birds and other wildlife: A review and update. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-019-01159-0
  9. For anyone interested in reading summaries of some of the latest research up to 2019 see the following: Ambio - a journal of the human environment Volume 48, issue 9, September 2019 Special Issue: Lead in Hunting Ammunition: Persistent Problems and Solutions https://link.springer.com/journal/13280/volumes-and-issues/48-9
  10. I have read the latest comments in this and the other inter-related thread with interest. It is disappointing, but not surprising, that some continue to try and conflate any discussion about the evidence of the impacts of lead ammunition on wildlife, environment and human health and the phase out of lead ammunition with BASC and accusations of capitulation by BASC and ridiculous conspiracy theories about BASC. However, the fact is that three things are happening. Firstly, a public consultation has begun in the European Union on proposals to further restrict the sale and use of
  11. Access to the full paper has to be paid for - but possibly free for students in universities to access - or I guess one could request a copy from one of the authors. I am fairly sure it would be a breach of copyright law to publish the paper in full online. However, the full paper and many more has been reviewed by scientists at the GWCT and they have published a lead shot Q&A here: https://www.gwct.org.uk/policy/briefings/lead-ammunition/ There are also many full access papers on the topic available from the 2014 Oxford Lead Symposium here: http://oxfordleadsymposium.info/
  12. The GWCT reference was to the following 2015 paper from the 2014 Oxford Lead Symposium: http://www.oxfordleadsymposium.info/wp-content/uploads/OLS_proceedings/papers/OLS_proceedings_pain_cromie_green.pdf For more information on the 2014 Oxford Lead Symposium and all the papers published see: http://oxfordleadsymposium.info/ It is worth noting that the 50,000 - 100,000 figure and other estimates were quoted in a recent Defra press release about a two-year UK lead ammunition review: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-announced-to-phase-out-lead-ammunition-in-bid-to
  13. @Fellside That paper covers a large dataset over many years and there are hundreds of more research papers available for review on this topic from around the world. The GWCT has reviewed the research so far and they state the following: Recent published estimates (2015) suggest 50,000-100,000 wildfowl die each year from lead poisoning in the UK, with between 200,000 and 400,000 thought to suffer welfare effects from ingestion or through embedded lead. Computer modelling of bird populations and correlative studies suggest that lead poisoning may be affecting population growth r
  14. The most relevant UK data is here which was based on several thousand recovered waterbirds over different time periods: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10344-012-0666-7 Elevated levels of lead (i.e. >20.0 μg/dL) were found in the blood of 34 % (n = 285) of waterbirds tested at four sites in Britain during the 2010/2011 winter and accounted for the deaths of at least 10.6 % (n = 2,365) of waterbirds recovered across Britain between 1971 and 2010 and 8.1 % (n = 1,051) between 2000 and 2010, with lead gunshot being the most likely source of poisoning.
  15. The most relevant research is here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10344-012-0666-7
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