Governments from across the world, including the UK, decided over the weekend that lead ammunition should be phased out urgently – for the sake of wildlife and people.
Not being able to see a mouth without sticking their feet in it, BASC and the Countryside Alliance oppose this move on grounds that they don’t explain. Presumably because it is slightly inconvenient for a few of their members.
BASC Chief Executive Richard Ali said: ‘The guidelines adopted at the conference are not evidence-based and ignore the principles of better regulation. They also ignore the regulations already in place in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, which are designed to reduce any risk to migratory waterfowl in their feeding grounds.’
Yeeeess. But the regulations aren’t working because shooters aren’t law-abiding. Seven out of 10 wildfowl sold in gamedealers etc contain lead shot – that should be none of them. And almost half of shooters, BASC shooters, say that they don’t bother with the law on using lead ammunition. It’s a bit like Hen Harriers, everybody says they love them, everybody says the law protects them – but it doesn’t, because people with guns break the law. If I were you, Richard, I wouldn’t highlight the illegal activities of people with guns quite so much.
Tim Bonner: ‘There is no evidence of any migratory species, other from wildfowl, being affected by lead ammunition in the UK.’
Duhh! Wildfowl don’t count then? And you are a wildfowler. There is no evidence that any people in the UK will be affected by a ban on lead ammunition except people who use lead ammunition, so that’s OK.
We are going to see more ridiculous statements like this as the Lead Ammunition Group produces its final report which is likely to recommend very serious changes in the use of lead ammunition in England.
In other news…
Raptor Persecution Scotland (such an excellent website) have photographs of a lot of dead pheasants and partridges dumped on a Scottish estate and quote that same Tim Bonner of the CA as saying this never happens. As is pointed out, and as this blog has suggested in the past, there are a lot of gamebirds which are feeding the predators that gamekeepers moan about all the time. How about not putting so much meat into the countryside, chaps?