A prominent member of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has been appointed as shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.
Kerry McCarthy, a self-professed anti, joins Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour shadow cabinet.
BASC commented on the appointment: “Ms McCarthy is a vegan, a vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports and has previously said in correspondence with BASC that she is ‘against all shooting sports where there’s a living creature on both ends of the gun.'”
Richard Ali, chief executive of BASC, said: “BASC hopes that Ms McCarthy, despite the positions she has taken in the past, will approach her new post of the basis of evidence based policy and the principles of better regulation introduced by the last Labour government. BASC will expect Ms McCarthy to be pragmatic and give shooting a fair hearing.”
BASC has called for a meeting to discuss Labour’s policy on shooting.
The chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, Tim Bonner, also commented on the appointment, saying: “We look forward to hearing how Ms McCarthy, who is patron of the Vegan Society which believes ‘animal farming is no longer sustainable and severely damaging to the environment’ and is ‘against all shooting sports’ intends to re-engage the Labour party with the rural community.”