Young people should be taught to shoot and fish, says countryside chief
Young people need to be weaned off computer games and encouraged to take up country sports such as shooting and fishing, the new head of the Countryside Alliance has said.
Sir Barney White-Spunner has made a defiant case for the uptake of field sports in the face of the relentless march of rival home entertainment.
Sir Barney, who took the helm of the “voice of the countryside” this year, said the aim of National Shooting Week in June is to get young people to “reconnect” with rural Britain. In an interview with the Western Morning News, he said country sports were not “dying” and could provide a healthier lifestyle.
He said: “In an age when an awful lot of children spend their time in their bedroom on a laptop, I don’t think that’s necessarily very good for the future generations.
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“What I would love to see is more children and young people getting out, particularly fishing and shooting if they can, and that’s one of the things we are trying to encourage.”
In the Saturday Interview, the retired Army Lieutenant-General also launched an attack on the Hunting Act, saying a repeal of the controversial legislation continues to be “central” to the organisation.
The coalition Government agreement promises a free vote in the House of Commons on whether to quash the ban on hunting with dogs.
Prime Minister David Cameron renewed the pledge at the end of last year, but there has been no indication when the vote will take place, leading some to claim it has been kicked into the long grass.
Sir Barney, whose 33-year military career saw him commanding British forces in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, said: “I am confident it will be repealed.”
Of suggestions hunts are coping with the new law, Sir Barney, who lives in Beaminster, near Bridport in West Dorset, said: “It’s slightly missing the point. It’s very unclear to people who run hunts what is legal and what is illegal. It’s putting a lot of unfair pressure on hunts to operate within what is a shockingly badly-worded, sloppy piece of legislation.”