Lib Dems praise field­sports

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The Lib­eral Democrats ap­plauded the ben­e­fits that coun­try sports of­fer the en­vi­ron­ment, at their re­cent party con­fer­ence in Brighton.

Speak­ing at a ru­ral re­cep­tion hosted by BASC and the An­gling Trust, Baroness Cathy Bakewell, the Lib Dem’s Lords spokesper­son on en­vi­ron­ment, food and ru­ral af­fairs, said: “I fully ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tri­bu­tion made by shoot­ing and fish­ing to ru­ral and coastal life. “I have spent many en­joy­able hours sit­ting on river banks with my hus­band while he fishes and I am well versed in its ben­e­fits to the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment. “And shoot­ing is a le­git­i­mate coun­try sport that ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment and ru­ral economies and puts good, whole­some food on the ta­ble.

“Game meat is a mar­vel­lous, healthy prod­uct that de­serves the widest pos­si­ble recog­ni­tion with the con­sumer. “Those who en­gage in field­sports with high stan­dards and have a high re­gard for an­i­mal wel­fare are an es­sen­tial part of ru­ral life.”

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