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Lead Ammunition Group resignation over ‘abuses of process’

The Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has resigned from the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) in protest at “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions”.

The LAG was set up under the Labour Government in 2010 at the behest of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the RSPB, on the back of scientific evidence from America, to advise Defra on any risks to wildlife, human health and livestock from the use of lead ammunition, and how to mitigate them. It has not yet produced a report. Sir Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance has served on the LAG since 2013 and represents the shooting community on the group.

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