Two prominent figures at different animal welfare organisations have announced that they will soon leave their posts, reports Will Finch. Mark Avery, from the RSPB, and the League Against Cruel Sports? Douglas Batchelor will both move on in the coming year.

Mr Batchelor, who became chief executive of the League in 2000, will retire in July. He said: ?I will be leaving the League proud of what I have achieved as part of the charity and confident that the 2004 Hunting Act will remain on the statute book and that the League will continue to go from strength to strength.?

However, Robert Gray, campaigns director for the Countryside Alliance (CA), said: ?There will be no tears shed at the CA for Mr Batchelor?s retirement. Perhaps he will join at least three former bosses of the League who stepped down and then admitted they got it wrong on hunting.?

The rest of this article appears in 12th January issue of Shooting Times.

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