On Wednesday, September 20, National Resource Wales announced that they have decided to withdraw plans to regulate the release of game birds in Wales.
James Evans MS is hailing the news as a win for rural communities in Wales, he said: "Today’s news is a sigh of relief for rural communities across Wales and indeed within my own constituency of Brecon & Radnorshire.
"It’s a testament to the work organisations such as BASC and the Countryside Alliance and other individuals have been doing to protect our rural way of life and sustain an industry that is worth some £75million to the economy.
"Providing over 2,000 full time jobs, I have campaigned rigorously to see that the proposals for regulating the release of game birds is not introduced.
"Over 42,000 people responded to the Natural Resource Wales consultation on the issue, showing a strength of feeling in our rural communities.
"However, what’s been shown today is that common sense has prevailed.
"I hope that off the back of this news, Welsh Government and industry can work proactively together to ensure that any future regulation is workable and proportionate.”