In what are hopefully the final months of the Labour government the party shows it’s true colours regarding shooting.
David Taylor, MP for North West Leicestershire, has tabled an early day motion which calls for a ban on “The production of birds for sport shooting, in line with the ban introduced in Holland in 2002”. View in full
So far 65 MPs have signed the motion, 56 of them members of the Labour Party. Past assurances that game shooting has nothing to fear from Labour have been shown to be at best valueless, and at worst a cynical attempt to divide and conquer country sports in advance of the Hunting Act 2004. Many of the same MPs signed the 2002 motion to restrict children’s access to shooting.
The Countryside Alliance chief executive, Simon Hart described the move as “disturbing – but not surprising” and fears that the success of the motion may lead to a Private Member’s Bill. Shooting is clearly ‘at risk’ from the current administration.
The MPs who have signed the motion and want to see game shooting stopped are listed below. Click for their contact details and let your MP know how you feel.