The infrastructure of the assurance scheme built by British Game Assurance (BGA) will be transferred to Aim to Sustain, it was announced today (Monday).
The transfer should be completed later in the autumn and in the meantime, the scheme remains unchanged and open to new members.
Following completion, Aim to Sustain will take over and lead the next evolution of game assurance. As a partnership of eight different organisations, including the CLA, all with an interest in game management and shooting, and a dedication to high standards and self-regulation, Aim to Sustain is uniquely placed to expand and build on the invaluable work of the BGA since it launched in 2018.
The Aim to Sustain Game Assurance Scheme will allow game farms, game shoots and estates to demonstrate publicly that they operate to the highest standards, which has been independently verified by an accredited external auditor.
These standards include assessment of animal health and welfare, food quality, environmental enhancement and protection, appropriate stocking levels, staff training and health and safety.
The scheme guarantees the quality of game meat for consumers through the Aim to Sustain assurance stamp, so they know that their game comes from an audited, high-quality source.
Country Land and Business Association President Mark Tufnell said: “The launch of the Aim to Sustain Game Assurance Scheme is a vital next step in continuing to demonstrate effective self-regulation, and we encourage everyone involved in the sector to get behind it and be part of assurance.
“Game meat is a healthy, nutritious and sustainably-produced option, and this scheme can help consumers and the public be confident that meat has been produced to the highest standards.”
Aim to Sustain was created by eight rural organisations, with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust acting as scientific advisor, to co-ordinate these organisations’ collective efforts to protect and promote sustainable shooting, biodiversity and rural communities.
Aim to Sustain’s operations director Spike Butcher said: “Everybody involved in Aim to Sustain appreciates the significant amount of work that BGA has put into developing the scheme, with an impressive reputation fostered in the sustainable game management sector.
"Having such a strong platform in place will give the scheme the best possible chance of succeeding under the new management of Aim to Sustain.
“All eight partner organisations and our scientific advisor, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, now have ‘skin in the game’. With investment in the scheme through commitment of time, effort and resource, the game shooting community will strengthen collaboration further to ensure that effective self-regulation is in place and visibly doing its job.
"All major organisations in the sustainable game management sector now have direct responsibility for self-assurance - this is a major step in the right direction.”
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For more information about Aim to Sustain, visit its website.