Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has welcomed the British Game Alliance (BGA) and thanked the organisation for the excellent job they are doing promoting ethically sourced British game. Now the BGA is calling on everyone who loves game shooting to make this season truly historic by embracing self-regulation.
Monday 13th August marks the first day of a shooting season like no other. For the first time, game shooting is operating with a credible assurance scheme in place delivered by the British Game Alliance (BGA) and audited by Acoura, the company responsible for monitoring such well-known schemes as RSPCA Assured and Red Tractor.
Everyone who loves game shooting knows it is a rural success story. More people going shooting means more money for rural economies and more employment in rural businesses, as well as more money for conserving hedgerows, woodlands and moorlands.
Growth does however bring challenges. As game shooting grows, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare and environmental stewardship are being adhered to. We must answer these challenges by embracing self-regulation, which is exactly what is offered by the BGA. The first pilot audits have already taken place, observed by the major shooting organisations who are all fully supportive of the initiative.
Hundreds of shoots have already signed up, making this shooting season the first ever in which game shooting is subject to assurance. This shooting season every gun needs to be asking every shoot they visit: “Have you joined the BGA yet?”
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has welcomed the BGA, saying: “Thoughtful management of game and the habitats it thrives in is crucial to our mission to protect, preserve and enhance our natural environment for future generations. The British Game Alliance does an excellent job in promoting ethically sourced British game and I would like to thank them for the work they do.”
BGA Managing Director Tom Adams said: “As game shooting has grown, so has the scrutiny under which shooting operates. We should welcome that scrutiny and hold ourselves to the highest standards of shoot management, and that is what the BGA Standards are all about. But we also need to be aware that some campaigners use this scrutiny to find the rare examples of bad practice to attack all shooting. We have seen in Wales what can happen when politicians attack shooting for political gain. That is why it is vital that every game shoot signs up to the BGA, so we can drive up standards everywhere and protect our shooting for future generations.”