Wildlife laws

The body that advises the Government on law reform says its public consultation on consolidating the entire legal process related to wildlife management into a single statute is making ?excellent progress?.

The Law Commission, whose proposals could lead to the biggest shake-up of the UK?s wildlife law since the introduction of the Game Acts in 1828, is now calling for final submissions before the consultation closes at the end of the month.

It has already met with groups including the Woodland Trust, the League Against Cruel Sports, the RSPCA, the National Farmers Union and the Badger Trust.

It has also met with All Party Parliamentary groups on shooting, game and wildlife conservation ? reports confirm that the meetings lead to ?lively discussions? on subjects, including the introduction of an offence of vicarious liability.

Announcing the launch of the consultation document in August, a Law Commission spokesman said: ?The legal framework for wildlife management is overly complicated, frequently contradictory and unduly prescriptive.?

?Consequently, the law creates unnecessary barriers to effective wildlife management, including the efficient implementation and enforcement of Government policy.?

The announcement was cautiously welcomed at the time by groups including BASC, the Countryside Alliance and the National Gamekeepers Organisation, which had been part of discussions with the Commission prior to the document?s publication.

Do you agree with the Law Commission?

Read its proposals for reform in full at bit.ly/wildlifelaw

Responses should be sent by email before 30 November to wildlife@ lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk

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