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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

AGROMENES is right to warn the RSPB about los­ing its rep­u­ta­tion by al­low­ing rad­i­cals to dic­tate its agenda. Those of us who love coun­try sports should also be care­ful that our agenda isn’t driven by those with other, short-term in­ter­ests. As an­other shoot­ing sea­son draws to a close, I am far from alone in my con­cern that the in­fla­tion in sport­ing bags could spell the end of our sport, un­less the coun­try­side’s lead­ers are will­ing to en­gage in the de­bate. We, too, should ac­cept sci­ence-based crit­i­cism: the num­ber of game birds be­ing re­leased and shot is un­sus­tain­able.

Any­body wise enough to read this jour­nal and who also en­joys shoot­ing can at­test that the cor­re­la­tion be­tween the num­ber of birds shot and en­joy­ment of the sport is weak, yet we all sub­scribe to a sys­tem that links th­ese fac­tors. The sport­ing ma­jor­ity needs to re­state its re­spectable rules and be­liefs pub­licly, be­fore the bossy el­e­ments in our so­ci­ety dic­tate a new set of them for us. Wil­liam Ken­dall, Suf­folk

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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