Earlier this year the British Association of Shooting & Conservation (BASC) was vociferously complaining in the press and to the Parliament about the alleged abuse faced by gamekeepers and others in the game-shooting industry (see here).
Meanwhile, at the same time, BASC’s Northern England Director, Duncan Thomas, was posting misogynistic abuse about me on social media (see here).
I made a formal complaint to BASC in February and one month later this letter was delivered to the Wild Justice office:
I don’t intend to comment on the content.
What I will comment on is the lack of parity between this letter and the original abuse. Duncan Thomas’s misogyny was displayed in public, on social media, on a page with thousands of viewers. His letter of apology was undated, on un-headed notepaper and sent through the post, presumably meant for my eyes only.
I think it is only fair that his apology is given the same level of exposure as his original disgusting commentary.
I don’t know what BASC as an organisation thinks about this incident; there hasn’t been a formal apology from head office about the behaviour of one its senior employees. However, I would like it on record that CEO Ian Bell handled my complaint with courtesy and professionalism and I have thanked him for that.