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Vegan anti is new shadow secretary for rural affairs

Kerry McCarthy, the Labour MP for Bristol East, has been appointed shadow secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by Jeremy Corbyn. Ms McCarthy is a vegan, a Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sports and has reportedly

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DEFRA study supports gamebird code

A study into gamebird rearing supports the current DEFRA code of the welfare of gamebirds, used by the British gamebird industry

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LAG on the ropes?

Ex-LAG members have submitted a second report to DEFRA, critically undermining the first report put forward by chairman John Swift.

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Guess who’s back?

Liz Truss has been reappointed as Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) following the reinstatement of the Conservative party, and she has been met with approval from the UK’s shooting organisations. Chairman of BASC, Alan Jarett has said:

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Questions in the House of Commons

Over 130 BASC members quizzed senior MPs on shooting in the House of Commons this month. The panel consisted of representatives from several parties, including: Lord de Mauley, DEFRA minister responsible for shooting; Angela Smith MP, Labour shadow minister responsible for

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Gift for Liz

DEFRA secretary of state, Liz Truss MP, has been presented with a brace of pheasant to cap this year’s successful game season. Jose Souto, game chef, and Annette Cole from Taste of Game, gifted the oven-ready birds to Truss to

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Study supports both grouse and harriers

A report published by the University of Aberdeen outlines a model of management that supports the provision of hen harriers on grouse moors.  The study, which  involved grouse moor managers, ecologists, and conservationists, was led by Dr Steve Redpath, and showed that across the

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Publish the hen harrier plan

A new e-petition has been launched to encourage DEFRA to publish the hen harrier recovery plan.

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Defra: Publish Joint Hen Harrier Recovery Plan

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Moorland Association, the Countryside Alliance and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, alongside other countryside organisations and figures, have united in calling for Defra to publish the Joint Hen Harrier Recovery Plan. The plan could have been

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Shoots can ‘help farms with greening measures’

Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) have been announced by Defra as a measure that can allow shoots to help farmers establish and manage conservation areas. European regulations under the Common Agricultural Policy means that all farms over 15 hectares have to

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