BASC calls for change to legislation to permit wing tagging
19 December 2007...................immediate release
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has called for changes to legislation to permit wing tagging to continue.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 contained a ban on mutilations unless they were performed for medical or welfare reasons.
When the Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007 was brought in, certain procedures used for farming and conservation purposes from the application of the mutilations ban were exempted. Wing tagging was not included in the exemptions for birds.
Defra has just completed a consultation with stakeholders on adding wing tagging to the exemptions from the mutilations ban.
BASC's head of gamekeeping and game shooting, Stewart Scull, said: "Wing-tagging enables birds to be traced and it should be exempted from the mutilations ban as it is a very minor procedure. This is an important tool for game shoots and is used to indicate the success or otherwise of a releasing programme. BASC is working to ensure that this restriction on shooting is overturned."
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