Shooting Times & Country Magazine - - LETTERS -

Game shoot­ing sea­son is get­ting into its swing and, as in­evitably as birds drop out of the sky, the anti-shoot­ing lobby will soon be rack­ing up the protests and the pro­pa­ganda. The more shoot­ing moves away from be­ing a day out for landown­ers and friends to be­com­ing a hugely com­mer­cialised in­dus­try, the more dif­fi­cult it has be­come to de­fend it.

We live in a world of crazy eco­nom­ics when shoot­ers spends thou­sands of pounds on a day to take a hand­ful of birds.

Lit­tle won­der that, in an age when many fam­i­lies have be­come reg­u­lar clients of their lo­cal food banks, the an­tis can hold up shoot­ing as morally un­ac­cept­able on so many lev­els. This needn’t be the case if those who run the shoots re­placed their ar­ro­gance with imag­i­na­tion.

On the one hand, we have a large sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that needs an af­ford­able source of pro­tein, and on the other an in­fin­itely smaller sec­tion

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