The NGO, BASC and Countryside Alliance are taking a firm stand against Natural Resource Wales for its ban on pheasant shooting on pubic land.
THREE of the UK’s leading rural organisations have launched the next stage of their legal action against Natural Resources Wales' (NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Countryside Alliance (CA) and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) have issued proceedings seeking permission from the High Court to bring a Judicial Review against NRW’s decision.
This is the next step after lawyers for the organisations issued a letter before action to NRW last month.
The organisations initially sought legal advice when NRW’s board voted not to allow shooting after receiving a letter from Welsh environment minister Hannah Blythyn.
A spokesperson for the three organisations said: "We felt duty-bound to unite and take a stand against something that we believe is fundamentally wrong.
“We are challenging an outcome which appears to run contrary to the evidence from NRW’s consultation process and their legal obligations.”
The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation: The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) represents the gamekeepers of England and Wales. The NGO defends and promotes gamekeeping and gamekeepers and works to ensure high standards throughout the profession. The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation was founded in 1997 by a group of gamekeepers who felt that keepering was threatened by public misunderstanding and poor representation. Today, there are 13,000 members of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation. www.nationalgamekeepers.org.uk