We all value the wildlife we have. It inspires and enriches our lives, contributes to our wellbeing and underpins the ecosystem services we need to survive. We meet our national and international obligations to conserve and protect rare and vulnerable species by making sure they are protected and managed in a fair and humane way. We also make sure wildlife crime is addressed through co-ordinated enforcement.
The case for government action
For the most part, mankind and wildlife are able to co-exist successfully. But sometimes conflicts do arise. Wildlife needs to be protected from cruel and inappropriate management activities.
Given the limited market for wildlife management products (this can range from traps and pesticides to specialist fencing and deterrents), it is not always economically viable for commercial organisations to invest in the development of new, more humane ways of controlling animals, such as fertility control.
August 2012 - Wildlife law consultation
February 2012 - A new Spring Traps Approval (England) Order 2012 came into force
The current situation and background
Individuals should be free to manage wildlife within the law. Dealing with problem wildlife is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the property where the problem occurs.
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