CA re­jects lead shot pro­pos­als

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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.”

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