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Angling Trust Secures Reassurance
From RSPCA Over Anti-Angling Claims
Following a number of reports in the
national press that changes to the
governance structure of the RSPCA
could see the animal welfare charity
fall under the influence of a ‘hardline
anti angling faction’, the Angling
Trust has secured a clear commitment from the charity that the
rumours are ‘totally baseless’ and that
the charity ‘has no plans to campaign
for a ban on angling‘.
Angling Trust Policy Chief, Martin
Salter, wrote last week to RSPCA
Chief Executive Chris Sherwood to
seek clarification saying: “The
Angling Trust, our sister organisation
Fish Legal, and angling clubs
throughout the country work hard to
protect and improve the freshwater
and aquatic environment across the
United Kingdom. Without a healthy
environment wildlife will suffer and
die - something on which all our
members would surely agree.
(And) ..far from launching attacks
on anglers and angling we would
hope those who care for the future of
our wildlife would want to work with
us and other conservation bodies on
countering the myriad threats caused
by pollution, over exploitation,
abstraction and habitat destruction.
It would be good hear confirmation
from you directly that the RSPCA
does not intend to seek to ban angling
and to criminalise up to two million
people who currently enjoy this
healthy pastime.”
In reply the RSPCA boss wrote:
“Many thanks for your letter regarding the articles in the Telegraph and
Times last weekend. I am sorry that
these inaccurate stories have caused
problems for you and your members.
May I take this opportunity to reassure you, and your members, that the
RSPCA has no plans to campaign for
a ban on angling.”
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He went on to endorse the Angling
Trust’s ‘Take Five’ anti litter campaign as an example of good practice
with benefits to animal welfare.
On the changes to the RSPCA
Council Mr Sherwood said: “These
changes are designed to modernise
the charity’s governance, bringing us
in line with other large national charities, as shown by the recent appointment of three new co-opted trustees
with diverse experience and skills
from the business, public and charity
sector. There will also be a smaller
board, with the time trustees can
serve limited to nine years, which will
be applied retrospectively.”
Commenting on the RSPCA
response Martin Salter added: “We are
pleased to have secured such a clear
commitment from the RSPCA that
anglers and angling are not in their
sights. However, there are animal
rights extremists out there who
would like nothing better than to stop
us fishing for pleasure and the
Angling Trust will always be vigilant
in defending anglers right to fish and
promoting all the good we do for the
environment upon which our sport
depends.”
Media contacts: Martin Salter, Chief
Policy Advisor for the Angling Trust,
on 07976 946033.. n

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