Leading wildlife charities have called on the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) to make its final report to Government before March next year so that its conclusions can inform the Law Commission?s review of wildlife legislation.

The demand from the RSPCA, RSPB, Humane Society International/UK and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is part of a concerted campaign led by the WWT over recent weeks to introduce a complete ban on lead shot across the UK.

WWT chief executive Martin Spray said: ?I hope that people who shoot ? who are often great carers of the countryside themselves ? will take account of the new evidence and switch to the non-toxic alternatives to lead shot.?

RSPCA wildlife veterinary officer Mhairi Fleming said: ?There is awareness in the hunting communities of the problem of lead poisoning, but there is a core who may not be aware of the level of sickness and distress caused to individual birds.?

The rest of this article appears in the 31st October issue of Shooting Times.

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