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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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Marine Conservation Aims

1.  Create an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine  reserves for all species inhabiting our seas.  Many marine species move around day by day, season by season or year by year, for food, to reproduce,  and for other reasons. Therefore it’s not enough to protect only one area when they might spend much of  their lives elsewhere. A network of marine reserves that is ecologically coherent is one that considers the  entire marine environment – not just isolated pockets – as well as the species (including all their life stages)  and habitats most needing needing protection. This ensures that...
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Wildlife Overseas Aims

1.  There will be no ambiguity in the laws relating to whaling. These  animals should not be killed or captured by any country for any  purpose, be it under the guise of science or openly for meat or  entertainment. 2.  All marine protected zones should be respected by all countries so  that boundaries set for fishermen in one country are not breached by  those from others. 3.  Loopholes in the trade of shark fin and bushmeat to be immediately  closed with a comprehensive ban on the trade in wild animal parts – be  it for food or trophies.  An EU...
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Rewilding Aims

1.  Stop using public money to fund ecological destruction.  Public money should be spent on public goods, not on funding practices or giving tax exemptions to  businesses which destroy the environment. The list is very long, but just to provide a few examples, we may  want to consider the area-based farming subsidies worth £3.6bn a year that largely go to support  unsustainable and environmental damaging activities such as: intensive sheep farming, with complete  disregard for the alarming rate of soil erosion and biodiversity loss; careless use of fertilisers, pesticides and  herbicides, subsidised by public money, polluting rivers and exterminating insect...
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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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