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BASC seeks clarity on expanded SSPCA powers

In light of new investigatory powers granted to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (SSPCA), the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has issued a letter to Police Scotland and the Crown Office, urging them to closely monitor and guard against the potential for bias in any evidence gathered by the… Read more »

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Rural mental health inquiry must account for gamekeepers and shooting, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has raised the importance of recognising the challenges faced by gamekeepers and the physical and mental health benefits of shooting within the Environment Food Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee’s mental health inquiry. The wide-ranging inquiry launched in November 2021 will set out recommendations about how the government can… Read more »

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An epidemic of ‘solar farms’ will only worsen food insecurity
An epidemic of ‘solar farms’ will only worsen food insecurity

Britain is facing an unusual and under-appreciated epidemic: solar farms. That was the subject of a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday, opened by Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith. Thousands and thousands of acres of arable farmland across the country are set to be covered in solar panels. Local authorities from Harrogate to Hampshire are being flooded… Read more »

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'Chemical cocktail’ of sewage and pollution in most English rivers is risking public health say MPs
‘Chemical cocktail’ of sewage and pollution in most English rivers is risking public health say MPs

Poor water quality in English rivers is a result of chronic underinvestment and multiple failures in monitoring, governance and enforcement, the Environmental Audit Committee warns today. Only 14% of English rivers meet good ecological status, with pollution from agriculture, sewage, roads and single-use plastics contributing to a dangerous ‘chemical cocktail’ coursing through our waterways. Not… Read more »