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This spring, the British Deer Society (BDS) is launching a new campaign called Shine a light on Poaching in a bid to highlight and clamp down on the poaching of deer. “Poaching is a crime. What is also true is that, like many other rural crimes, police forces across the country often fail to take it seriously and therefore do not allocate proper resources to detect, deter and prosecute offenders,” explained the BDS’s spokesman David Kenyon.

“The BDS is therefore meeting with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to try to increase the number of schemes across the country and to help the police achieve results,” he continued.

The drive will see an awareness campaign exhibited at all the summer shows and events. The BDS will also provide information through its website to let people know how to report poaching and provide contact details for all the national wildlife crime officers.

Wildlife organisations have welcomed the drive. The Deer Initiative’s Peter Watson told Shooting Times: “Both the BDS and ACPO are members of the Deer Initiative Partnership. As a partnership we are aware of the issue and I am confident that all the partners will work together to tackle the ongoing problem of deer poaching, particularly the coursing of deer with dogs, which remains a real welfare issue.”

The rest of this article appears in 3 April issue of Shooting Times.

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