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Establish a new Environment Act

This is a major undertaking, but scored highly in the review of the various aims in the manifesto. It does cover a huge amount of the aims in the manifesto, and is sorely needed. Here are the major references covered in the new Act. Carol Day, solicitor wrote the Ministry of Wildlife Law, P41 onwards of the extended manifesto available here . The aims on P42 onwards and here  which would likely be  incorporated in the ACT, as well as the following aims from the manifesto. The dissertation on the proposed new Law may be found at P44 to P64 and...
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Covert camera evidence to be allowed (England and Wales)

This aim of the manifesto scored highly when all aims were assessed. Ministry of Wildlife Crime by Dr Ruth Tingay, page 19 onwards of the extended manifesto and here . Page 25 aim 10 here says: " 10. We must urgently address and resolve issues concerning inadmissibility of evidence pertaining to the use of covert cameras to monitor wildlife crime committed in remote areas.  When wildlife crime is committed in remote landscapes with few witnesses, covertly-filmed video footage may be the only evidence available. The decision to accept covertly-filmed video footage as admissible evidence in prosecution cases is undertaken on a case-by-case basis and with...
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Wildlife Law Aims

A new Environment Act, similar to the Human Rights Act, with the core principle that everyone, and nature itself, has the legal right to live in an environment adequate to their health and well-being. The new Act to impose a duty on public bodies and the courts to act in compatibility with it, and to enforce planetary boundaries and environmental principles - such as “polluter-pays” and sustainable  development. The new Act to include duties to restore habitats and species to favourable conservation status, to recover terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems to good ecological status, and to prevent the  mistreatment of...
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Wildlife Crime Aims

1. All wildlife crimes should be recordable offences using official Home Office  codes. Unlike in Scotland, most wildlife crimes in England and Wales are currently recorded as ‘miscellaneous’ offences, which means they are invisible crimes in police records. This is unhelpful for determining trends and in setting strategies and priorities. A recent report​ 8 demonstrated that the perception that enhanced  recording would be an additional burden to those responsible for recording can be debunked, since existing systems would be utilised and overall efficiency would be improved. Earlier this year DEFRA’s Wildlife Minister Dr Therese Coffey claimed there was no need...
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Wildlife Welfare Aims

1.  Call an immediate halt to the badger cull.  Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a contagious bacterial disease of cattle, but which also affects a large number  of mammals in the UK, including badgers, deer, dogs, sheep or, as DEFRA puts it, “​ nearly all warm-blooded  animals”. ​ 9 bTB outbreaks in England have been rising since the 1980s,​ 10 posing a serious problem to the  farming industry as they are difficult to control, cost the taxpayers over £100m every year, and cause pain  and distress to the infected cattle. Since badgers are known to be implicated in the transmission of...
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