CA rejects lead shot proposals
The Countryside Alliance (CA) has robustly rejected what it calls a “major threat” to the future use of lead shot in the UK.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) consultation, requested by the European Commission, sought scientific evidence in an attempt to harmonise European legislation governing shooting with non-lead shot over wetlands. This could have resulted in differing legislation throughout the UK being standardised.
The consultation also requested scientific evidence be provided on the addition of peatlands to the current restrictions, the banning of possession of lead cartridges on or near to wetlands, and the addition of buffer zones around wetlands in which the restriction will apply.
“The consultation requests scientific evidence in order to change or further restrict the current legislation; we have made it explicitly clear that there is no such evidence,” said CA campaigns manager Jack Knott.
“The Alliance will not accept the addition of peatlands to the legislation — which would have a grave impact on those shooting grouse in the UK — nor the addition of buffer zones or any of the other proposals, without being provided with the evidence that these restrictions will reduce the risk of lead exposure to wildfowl.”
The CA insisted that the ECHA’S focus should be applied to the enforcement of the current legislation, not the implementation of “further impractical restrictions”.
“Hard or soft Brexit notwithstanding, the ECHA consultation is a major threat to the future use of lead shot in the UK and the CA will continue to be at the forefront of the discussions,” added Mr Knott. “We will not pander to those who seek to unfairly restrict lead shot in an attempt to restrict shooting.”