Nine of the main shooting, conservation and countryside organisations have joined forces to condemn the illegal use of lead shot.

In a signed statement, the group said: “Compliance with the current restrictions is critical if there is not to be a further restriction, or a complete ban, on the use of lead for shooting in the United Kingdom.”

The nine organisations — BASC; the Countryside Alliance; the Union of Country Sports Workers; The Moorland Association; the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust; the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation; the Scottish Gamekeepers Association; the Country, Land & Business Association (CLA); and Scottish Land & Estates — said they “jointly agree to make every effort to ensure compliance with the lead shot regulations in the United Kingdom”.

The statement adds: “As joint signatories of the Code of Good Shooting Practice, they have already called for non-lead shot only to be used during any game or roughshooting that might otherwise result in spent lead shot being deposited into wetland areas used by feeding waterfowl.”

The rest of this article appears in the 5th June issue of Shooting Times.

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