SHOOTING groups have condemned protests by hunt saboteurs at Meltham.
The saboteurs have vowed to hold more protests to stop shooting at Meltham Moor after police were called when the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association disrupted a shooting party on the moors above the village.
The saboteurs claim they used non-violent direct action tactics to occupy the shooting butts, thus preventing the shooting of any grouse.
But their actions were condemned by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
They said the grouse shooting is perfectly lawful and it was sad that people chose to disrupt activity on private land.
A BASC spokesman said: “The protestors, who came from all over the country, do not understand the benefits the shoots bring to the local community.
“The grouse are shot for the table and not for sport, and the conservation work that the shoots like Meltham carry out ensure the survival of unique designated areas like the heather moors.”
Paul Timpson, a spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association (HSA), said: “The HSA seeks to bring an end to all bloodsports, therefore shooting has always been included in our ongoing campaign of direct action.
“We will find and effectively shut down as many shoots as we can throughout the shooting season. A shoot can be quickly stopped using non-violent direct action tactics and we will be out in all the usual areas to do exactly that.”