The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is relieved that
the start of the grouse shooting season can begin on Monday 13
The rural economy will be given a much needed boost as
estates and accommodation providers gear up to welcome the seasonal
influx of shooters from across the world. As it is prohibited to
shoot game on a Sunday, this year's Glorious 12th will have to
roll back a day.
David Fursdon, CLA president said: "While
Foot and Mouth continues to be a concern to farmers everywhere,
the Government's response has been largely proportionate and the
countryside remains open. Although many agricultural shows and
events have been cancelled as a precautionary measure, it is a
relief that other traditional country pursuits can continue, albeit
with the need for increased vigilance and full biosecurity measures.
"The efforts of gamekeepers and estate staff should be applauded
as they have worked tirelessly in combating the wet summer to ensure
a profitable season. Unseasonable weather and the FMD situation
have posed real threats to the viability of non-farming businesses.
At this time the countryside needs as big a cash injection as it
can get, and the benefits from this sport will soon begin to filter
through the wider rural economy," concluded Mr Fursdon.
Outside of the Protection and Surveillance Zones there are no restrictions
on the shooting of game. Licences must be sought for shooting game
within the Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone.
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