BASC carried out a survey of ‘the public’ and asked 1457 people some questions back in March 2015.
However, the public were 84% BASC members and 16% non-members.
Only 77% of respondents (remember 84% were BASC members) said their social life would be poorer without shooting. Clearly at least 8.3% of BASC members would have an unimpaired social life if they couldn’t shoot.
A further survey by BASC, thought to be due to be released before Christmas, found that 99% of birds questioned said that their populations were unaffected by driven grouse shooting (95% of those questioned were Ostriches, 4% were penguins and 1% were Swifts).
When presented with the results of this survey, 95% of Conservative MPs who spoke in the debate on banning driven grouse shooting said ‘I’m not very good with numbers but I’ll read this nonsense out for you if you like’.