BASC has strongly criticised the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust?s (WWT) plans, revealed last month in Shooting Times, to campaign for a total ban on the use of lead shot in England.

Leaked papers from a WWT council meeting revealed that the charity wants to raise public awareness of health risks it says are associated with consuming game shot using lead by enlisting the backing of celebrity chefs.

BASC spokesman Simon Clarke told Shooting Times that the WWT had no business instigating such a campaign, and should wait for the findings of the independent Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) to be published.

He said: ?It is a tragedy that an organisation with a remit to protect wildfowl and wetlands has chosen to move into areas beyond its competency by opting to campaign for a total lead ban ? and the declared intention of the WWT to start a health scare deliberately around game meat is shocking. The WWT has chosen to pre-empt the work of the LAG, which is working to assess all the scientific evidence on lead ammunition before reporting its findings to DEFRA.?

The rest of this article appears in the 9th May issue of Shooting Times.

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