Laws that regulate shooting across the European Union could be under threat – speak out now.
An evaluation of the “fitness for purpose” of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives could lay them open for amendment, weakening Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), including the status of quarry species. Whereas some potential amendments could be beneficial to those who shoot, the perceived shift from reconciling economic growth and environmental protection towards economic growth only suggests these natural areas could be threatened, impacting on gamekeeping jobs across the EU.
Before the Directives are merged or opened for amendment, the process will undergo public consultation. The Commission’s public opinion survey will enable the public to voice their concerns regarding REFIT, and can be used by shooters to let the commissioner know that both directives are “fit for purpose”.