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