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BASC given permission to bring judicial review of Defra decision

  The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been granted permission by the High Court to bring a judicial review of Defra’s decision to withdraw the general licence (GL43) that allowed the release of gamebirds in certain areas of England. BASC’s ‘Fighting Fund’ is being used to support the High Court challenge. BASC chief executive Ian… Read more »

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