Praise for shoot­ing as gov­ern­ment lays out its post-brexit ru­ral agenda

Shooting Gazette - - Shoot Briefing -

en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary michael Gove mp has high­lighted the im­por­tance of both game shoot­ing and land man­age­ment as plans are drawn up on the fu­ture of the coun­try­side in prepa­ra­tion for the UK’S exit from the eu.

mr Gove praised the con­ser­va­tion work of the shoot­ing com­mu­nity dur­ing an ad­dress to the All party par­lia­men­tary Group for Game and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion in July, stat­ing, “those who have an in­ter­est in game shoot­ing have by def­i­ni­tion an in­ter­est in sus­tain­abil­ity”.

the com­ments came at the event aimed at dis­cussing the gov­ern­ment’s Agri­cul­ture bill, which will pro­vide a frame­work for a new pol­icy that will even­tu­ally re­place the eu’s Com­mon Agri­cul­tural pol­icy (CAP). mr Gove praised the high num­ber of agri­cul­ture work­ers who were in­volved in field­sports and said they are “just as im­por­tant to lis­ten to” as any other work­ers in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor when de­vel­op­ing the new pol­icy. mr Gove also high­lighted the im­por­tance of game meat and its mar­ket­ing post-brexit.

In a speech the fol­low­ing week, mr Gove shared his hopes for a “green brexit”, high­light­ing how “70 per cent of our land is farmed” and that the UK’S “beau­ti­ful land­scape has not happened by ac­ci­dent” but is the re­sult of ac­tive man­age­ment. mr Gove also criti­sised the CAP, which he said “puts re­sources in the hands of the al­ready wealthy, and en­cour­ages pat­terns of land use which are waste­ful of nat­u­ral re­sources”. mr Gove added that the post­brexit pol­icy would en­sure farm­ers would only re­ceive pay­ments for en­vi­ron­men­tal goods and the en­hance­ment of ru­ral life.

Mr Gove said that those in­volved in shoot­ing have an in­ter­est in sus­tain­abil­ity.

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