Pow confirms backing for driven grouse shooting

Environment minister Rebecca Pow has said there will be no changes to grouse moor shooting rules and that the activity is good for wildlife conservation.

In a letter to Labour MP for Don Valley Caroline Flint, dated 18 October and obtained by environmentalist and Wild Justice co-founder Mark Avery this month, Pow said the government has “no plans to ban or make any changes to grouse shooting regulation”.

She said the government “considers that shooting activities bring many benefits to the rural economy and can beneficial for habitat and wildlife conservation”, adding that DEFRA would “continue to ensure a sustainable, mutually beneficial relationship between shooting and conservation”. 

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