Stand up And be counted
We all have a role to play in overcoming the threats to shooting
This year alone we have seen several attacks on shooting sports, particularly game shooting. OK, so you may be a dedicated clay shooter, and not terribly bothered about pigeons, pheasants, partridges or grouse. But shooting faces other issues too: reusable plastics, lead shot, noise, the list goes on. In a world increasingly wrapped up in red tape, now is the time for the shooting community to stand up and be counted.
So what can we do about it? First and most important, we must stick together, regardless of what type of shooting you are most interested in. Divided, we will be picked off one by one. Second, we should all join one or more of the associations, and encourage our friends who go shooting to do the same.
So far so good, but there is more. We are all ambassadors of shooting, regardless of whether we shoot clays, rabbits, deer, game or metal targets. No one ever hears about the shoot or shooter that does things right, only the one that does something wrong. So do the right thing all the time and don’t give the media or those who oppose shooting any ammunition to use against us.
Next, get involved. Joining an association isn’t like giving a couple of quid to a charity collector. Don’t be tricked into thinking ‘OK I’ve done my bit’. There is much more you can easily do.
All the associations are involved in lobbying and responding to consultations – and it’s a chance to add your voice. Check your organisation’s website for information about what they are doing and how you can help. Don’t assume someone else will jump in and do it for you – just get on and do it!
At BASC, part of our mission is to create and maintain ‘all party’ political consensus in support of sustainable shooting sports, and the conservation benefits derived from the shooting sector. Public perception is critical to this, as well as endorsement across key opinion formers. By working together and doing the right things, every shooter can play their part in helping to secure the future of our sport.
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