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BASC: Have your say on Law Commission review of wildlife law

The Law Commission has launched a consultation on its recommendation that wildlife law in England and Wales be simplified by placing it into a single piece of legislation.

The consultation, which closes on 30th November, covers a wide range of topics relevant to shooting and conservation including close seasons, biodiversity, invasive and non-native species and poaching.

BASC is reviewing the consultation in detail and is calling on its members to get in touch and make their views known.

Tim Russell, BASC's director of conservation, said:  This is a major review of the whole structure of wildlife law and the devil is going to be in the detail. We would welcome anything that does away with complicated wildlife law and improves the legal regime for shooting but we want to make sure that what replaces it is fit for purpose and good for people who shoot. Wildlife law affects everybody who shoots so it is important that any changes that are made do not adversely affect us. We are working closely with the Law Commission on behalf of people who shoot."

BASC would welcome the views of its members. BASC members can email their comments to conor.ogorman@basc.org.uk or send them via the BASC website - http://www.basc.org.uk/en/media/key_issues.cfm/cid/6D6A9274-8432-4140-89556A47C2F5E865.  For more information on the consultation, visit http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/consultations/wildlife.htm 

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For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573052.

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