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ASC is urg­ing its mem­bers to lobby their MPS on the ben­e­fits of grouse shoot­ing in the run-up to a de­bate on ban­ning or li­cens­ing it, which will take place on Oc­to­ber 31. The de­bate is the re­sult of a League Against Cruel Sports­backed pe­ti­tion, launched by Mark Avery, for­mer con­ser­va­tion di­rec­tor of the RSPB, which gar­nered more than 120,000 sig­na­tures and cited ‘in­ten­sive habi­tat man­age­ment’ and ‘il­le­gal killing of pro­tected birds of prey’ as rea­sons for cur­tail­ing driven grouse shoot­ing. ‘Grouse shoot­ing makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy, pro­vides jobs and in­vest­ment in some of the UK’S most re­mote ar­eas and of­fers im­por­tant ben­e­fits for wildlife and habi­tat con­ser­va­tion,’ ex­plains So­phie Hutchin­son, BASC’S po­lit­i­cal af­fairs man­ager. We wel­come this de­bate, be­cause it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pel myths be­ing pro­moted by an­ti­shoot­ing ex­trem­ists.’ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the BASC cam­paign, visit https://basc.org.uk/po­lit­i­calaf­fairs/elec­tion-cam­paigns

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The fu­ture of grouse shoot­ing will be de­bated by Par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 31

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