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Improve the effect of the UK Marine Conservation Zones

The marine conservation minister for the manifesto , Mark Carwardine has set out aims for the furtherance of the Marine Conservation Zones. Other than England, these are delegated to the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments. Thus they need to be the subject of separate petitions, if petitions are to be used to further the aims. The effect of these will be to greatly increase the allowable catch over time, not reduce it. These are on P136 of the extended manifesto and here : 1. Create an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine reserves for all species inhabiting our seas.  2. Make...
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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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Ban the Use of Lead Ammunition

This aim of the manifesto scored highly when reviewed against other aims. Please comment on this suggested petition, particularly the wording of the petition. There is a minister for lead ammunition, Dr. Rob Sheldon, whose entry starts at P38 of the manifesto and here on this website. Here is item 1 of the aims: " 1. Government to put the UK on the front foot by introducing a ban on the sale, possession and use of all lead ammunition across the UK.  " The remaining aims 2-10 need not be adopted until we can see if this petition succeeds. It will...
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All snaring to be banned

Another aim from the manifesto which scores highly. This derives from the article "Is shooting out of control?" on Page 35 of the extended manifesto and on this website  here which says: " All forms of snaring should be outlawed immediately in line with most other European Countries.  In 2012 a government study found that only 32% of the animals trapped in snares were the intended targets – normally foxes. The remaining 68% caught, severely injured or killed in these nooses included hares, badgers, family cats and dogs, deer and even otters. It is estimated that snares may trap up to 1.7 million animals every...
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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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Petition UK - Target reduction in pesticide

This aim in the manifesto scored highly in the assessment of all the aims, page 70 onwards of the manifesto by Professor Dave Goulson. Target a reduction in pesticide use of 50% and complementary actions as other countries have done. Ian Boyd,  Defra’s chief scientists, recently admitted “ ​ The current assumption underlying pesticide regulation—that chemicals that pass a battery of tests in the laboratory or in field trials are environmentally benign when they are used at industrial scales—is false ​ ”.   The reduction measures are fully explained the A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife by Professor Dave Goulson.  The first 3 proposals refer....
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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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Lead Ammunition Aims

Government to put the UK on the front foot by introducing a ban on the sale, possession and use of all lead ammunition across the UK. Food Standards Agency and National Health Service to undertake a public awareness campaign to promote the health risks from consumption of game shot with lead, especially to pregnant women and young children.  Individuals, NGOs and Statutory Agencies that manage land to ensure that any shooting that takes place on their land uses non-toxic ammunition. Statutory Agencies to ensure that these restrictions can be readily monitored and enforced and that penalties are appropriate, including the...
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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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