Letter of the week Smaller bags
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
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