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  • night, Mr Davies, whenever Obama's proposed on something, it is incumbent upon us all to be certain who, exactly, that ban would impact too many.

  • The image of those losers from a ban seems clear.

  • Old men of a bygone age sporting tweed jackets, expensive hobbies and outdated views.

  • Mr Chairman, nothing could, in fact, be further from the truth.

  • The real victims of a band are not caricatures.

  • They are ordinary working people in constituencies like mine in North Yorkshire, the former's wife who goes beating at the weekend so her family can make ends meet through difficult times.

  • The young man able to earn a living in the community he loves as an apprentice to a gamekeeper, the local publican welcoming shooting parties with cold ales and hot pies.

  • So Mr Chairman must be absolutely clear.

  • Those who support a ban on ground shooting should only do so if they are prepared to look these people in the eyes and explain to them why their livelihoods are worth sacrificing.

  • Of course, there are some who questioned shootings contribution to the rural economy, people who suggest that the 2500 direct jobs on the tens of millions of pounds paid out in wages.

  • It's somehow misleading, Mr Chairman, I agree.

  • The truth is, the benefits created by ground shooting go far, far beyond the direct employment that it creates from the Yorkshire BNB welcoming Ramblers drawn to our area by the more summer blossom to the workshops of Wesley Richards in Birmingham or parties in London who's handmade shotguns are the finest in the world.

  • The ripples of employment that ground shooting creates reach every corner of our country.

  • But, Mr Chairman, it isn't only to the rural economy that ground shooting makes an invaluable contribution.

  • It's to all rural landscape as well.

  • There is a tendency among some conservationists toe act as if farmers and gamekeepers are somehow trespassing upon Britain's landscape.

  • Yet without their hands repairing our dry stone walls or their dairy cows keeping our fields lush, the rural beauty of our countryside would soon fade.

  • Heather Moreland, as we have heard, is rarer than rain forest, and 75% of it is found here in Britain.

  • A national treasure from Heathcliff Toe Holmes, the moors have become a proud part of our cultural heritage.

  • I won't do out of respect to my colleagues, and there's many people to contribute.

  • Yet without the £1 million of private income spent by more owners every single week on land management, that proud heritage would come to an end.

  • Overgrazed by sheep used to grow pine timber or abandoned to the Bracken the Moors as we know and love them would be lost.

  • That Mr Chairman would be a disaster for British wildlife.

  • Academic Study after academic study shows that endangered wading birds like Curl you and Lap Wing are much more likely to breed successfully on managed ground.

  • Smalls, I really won't out of respect.

  • Colleagues on 80% of the rare Merlin, the UK smallest bird of prey, are found on Grouse moors.

  • There has been some discussion about the state of the Hen Harrier, and while the hen Harrier population has in fact increased over the previous few decades, more can be done.

  • But we must also be clear.

  • Britain without ground shooting, is not a Britain where the hen Harrier would thrive.

  • Research carried out on the Scottish Grouse Moor of Langham, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, found when that game keeping ceased, the hen Harrier population plummeted without gamekeepers to control predators.

  • They multiply on hen harriers, pay the price.

  • And that is why the participation off one million acres of ground small in a new hen Harrier brood management scheme is the right approach.

  • That is why gamekeepers supporting diversion re feeding is the right approach, because conservation will only succeed through partnership with the ground shooting industry, not through its destruction.

  • And that doesn't just go for birdlife.

  • It also goes for the land itself.

  • The rotational burning used to manage Heather Moreland may seem odd to some, but without it, our Mawr's would not regenerate and support the rich wildlife on biodiversity.

  • They do.

  • And meanwhile, contrary to what some have claimed, natural England and others confined no specific evidence that links burning to floods.

  • And as for the myth that ground shooting is somehow unregulated, with literally scores off regulations, codes, licenses and, indeed, acts of parliament to comply with, I would be amused to see what the gamekeepers in my constituency make of that Mr Chairman.

  • Banning ground shooting would undermine the balanced ecosystem of our countryside.

  • It would leave not only many families poorer, but our landscape and wildlife poor, too, a battleground shooting would in fact be a policy with no winners.

  • Instead, only by working together can we show a bright future for the rural Britain that we all care so deeply about.

night, Mr Davies, whenever Obama's proposed on something, it is incumbent upon us all to be certain who, exactly, that ban would impact too many.

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捍衛松雞射擊業 (In defence of the grouse shooting industry)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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