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Badger culls to quadruple

A new DEFRA ruling will see a significant expansion in trial measures to control bovine tuberculosis

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UK will not ban lead, says insider

Insider sources have suggested that DEFRA is likely to rule in favour of lead shot and reject the Lead Ammunition Group’s calls for a phase-out of lead-based ammunition. No official response has been made to the LAG report, but the

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Oxford lead report “distorted”

The UK’s major shooting organisations have spoken out against a report published by the University of Oxford, which claims that 100,000 wetland birds are killed annually by lead poisoning and recommends a complete ban of all lead ammunition – with

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Government defends grouse shooting

The government has defended the environmental and economic benefits of driven grouse shooting. It responded to a petition started by Mark Avery to ban grouse shooting, which has garnered over 20,000 signatures via petition.parliament.uk. The government’s response has made clear that

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LAG letter confirms anti-lead conclusion

A letter from Lead Ammunition Group chairman John Swift to DEFRA secretary of state Liz Truss has confirmed the conclusion of the group’s final report – and provoked heavy criticism from leading shooting organisations. The letter, dated 3 June 2015,

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DEFRA stays silent on LAG controversy

The shooting industry has been left waiting to hear the verdict on the future of lead shot, after the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs resisted calls to publish the Lead Ammunition Group’s final report. The LAG, chaired

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‘Second report’ crushes LAG credibility

Ex-members of the LAG team up to deliver alternative report to DEFRA

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Lead shot future in doubt

Emails between Defra and Lead Ammunition Group members reveal that the group is set to recommend a “phase-out and eventual elimination” of lead shot in the UK.

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DEFRA’s response to the PACEC Value of Shooting report

Gun Trade News asked the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a comment on the benefits shooting provides to the rural economy and environment. This is what we received

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The Charlie Conundrum

Every spring there is considerable anguish expressed on various shooting websites about the legality of releasing captured (presumably urban) foxes into the wild. Internet sites are full of sightings of white vans unloading and releasing foxes, fox cubs and even foxes that appear to have undergone expensive surgery. There

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