December Newsletter

Current UK petitions and other actions which relate to A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife

These are the items under consideration for the December newsletter as a result of scoring the possible entries. All of the candidates are available on the website, and discussion is welcomed in the Projects blog. All petitions are intended to be live before the December newsletter is issued.


 

An independent study to find if driven grouse shooting is of economic benefit. An active petition.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/226109

Driven grouse shooting is a minority sport which seriously compromises other activities and businesses over vast stretches of northern England. We need to determine if it is driving away more jobs and enterprises than it creates, which is likely - no country outside of the UK has itDriven grouse shooting has been implicated in the loss of wildlife and opportunities for wildlife tourism. The uplands it dominates could instead have fully fledged ecotourism, natural flood alleviation projects, be more fire resistant, have woodlot forestry to provide fuel for those without mains gas, provide cleaner water and better fishing and be considerably better for general tourism. https://water.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2017/06/EMBER_2-page_exec_summary.pdf

 This is an incomplete proposal and may be discussed here

A petition to the UK government for England only to 'Make the existing marine conservation zones worthy of the name' 

The marine conservation zones around England's coast conserve the environment and marine creatures in name only. Fishing stocks would be increased and the marine environment much improved if the government:

Makes 30% of our seas off-limits to commercial fishing and other damaging activities.

Ensures greater transparency and accountability into the way we fish including mandatory on-board cameras to monitor what boats catch. 

Severely limits destructive fishing practices such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling. 

Creates an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine reserves for all species inhabiting our seas. 

Scotland and Wales framed in language appropriate to the case, although similar

This is also incomplete and may be discussed here


Establish a new Environment Act. A petition only proposed, but hoped to be ready for the December newsletter as a live petition.

The wording in the petitions (much of this is devolved) needs to be both carefully considered as the petition wording cannot be long. The suggested wording is here.

Before the 6 months is over for the UK (England) petition, a draft bill should be developed to make clear exactly what is proposed, based upon the manifesto wording and any NGOs/Charities who already have this as a campaign, if they wish to cooperate with this newsletter and website. See here.

Suggested wording for a petition to the UK government, for England only

"Establish a new Environment Act for England

The attempts by the present government 'to be the greenest ever' have been seen to spectacularly fail in many instances, and is now close to the quote from the former Prime Minister who said 'get rid of all the green crap'. 

This may be solved by introducing a new Environment Act, as set out in A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife. It could incorporate the setting up of  new body to replace the failed Natural England(NE), which, although the people in NE at the 'coal face' are able to be effective, the leaders focus on pleasing limited sectors of society to the detriment of their duties. A draft Environment Bill will be available before the conclusion of the petition. 

Similar petitions are needed for both Wales and Scotland. The timescale is shorter, but there may be a long delay between submission and appearing for the public to comment and sign. 


Ban sale, possession and use of all lead ammunition across the UK. 

This is a suggestion again, not yet a petition, but it is intended to be one shortly. See here for a discussion

Petition wording

I'm not sure if this may be a devolved matter, so I'll concentrate on the UK petition, which would be most effective.

Ban sale, possession and use of all lead ammunition across the UK. 

Effective alternatives for lead ammunition for all forms of shooting have been available for several years. Several countries have adopted such measures. I the UK the government set up the Lead ammunition group which reported years ago, and updated the report in 2018. The government chose to ignore the report, and also the updated report, claiming incorrectly that the partial ban in place in wetlands was sufficient when the 2018 report make clear that it has been largely ignored and ineffective.

The report states that 200000 to 400,000 birds are affected annually, there are detrimental effects on wildlife and pets, as well as humans health. This has been well known for over 100 years, and probably millennia.


 These petition seek to ban the use of snares in England, Wales and Scotland using 2 petitions. They are not yet in place Please review the background here, and comment if you wish to get involved by either taking over the petition, becoming a backer (5 are needed for a UK petition) or improve the wording. Ban the use of all snares in England and Wales. 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 year. The House of Commons debated the use of snares in July 2016 and MPs advocated a ban. However, the government ignored the vote and pushed ahead with the introduction of a revised voluntary code of practice. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 should be revised in 11(1) (a) to be  "sets in position any  snare which is of such a nature and so placed as to be calculated to cause bodily injury to any wild animal coming into contact therewith"Suggested wording for Scotland Ban the use of all snares in Scotland.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 year. The government is Scotland has made the use of snares subject to additional requirements. However, this petition suggests that they be banned completely.The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 should be revised in 11(1) (a) to be  "sets in position otherwise uses any snare" and (aa) removed.
Set Targets for pesticide use in the UK, and other measures. This petition is not yet submitted to the UK government site, but will be shortly, hopefully after receiving comments to the assessment here and getting 5 backers as needed on the UK government petitions website.Petition wording proposed (UK government for all nations):Set targets for pesticide us in the UK, introduce a tax funding farming to help less use.Set target for a 50% reduction in both the weight of pesticides used and the number of pesticide applications per field by 2022. France and Denmark have recently set clear reduction targets of 50% and 40%, respectively. Many pesticides today are used in a preventative manner, rather than when indispensable to fight an existing pest problem. Introduce a pesticide tax. Denmark recently did so, the tax representing 34-55% of sale price of the pesticides. Use revenue from the pesticide tax to fund an independent advisory service for farmers.

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Article in RPUK here.


Covert camera evidence to be allowed (England and Wales)

I have decided that I do not have sufficient knowledge about English Law to be able to quickly suggest how this may be achieved, but it is important to make concrete suggestions in order that should any action be taken, it may be compared with the suggestion in the petition..

If you can help, please review the excerpts form the manifesto and other suggestions here.


Petitions past the open stage, progressing so the  progress may be followed

Scotland


PE01705: Wildlife crime - penalties and investigation

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01705

Website in support of petition, giving details and progress so far. OK, I admit it, it’s my petition and can be found at the link below.

https://amilne.co.uk/Wildlifecrime/

Note: You cannot now sign this petition as it is already part way through the parliamentary process. The website keep people informed of progress.


Other Actions or petitions.

This is a Change.org petition with relevance to the manifesto. I've signed it, but would have preferred to be supporting a petition to government, backed by actual proposals for draft change of legislation detailed. I'm not critical of the petition. The problems facing hedgehogs however, are much greater, all relevant to the manifesto. More actions are needed.

https://www.change.org/p/help-save-britain-s-hedgehogs-with-hedgehog-highways

We need  to make sure new housing developments include ‘hedgehog highways’ -  a 13 cm hole in the bottom of a fence that allows hedgehogs to move freely between gardens to find food and find a mate.


Enact an Environmental Law

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227851

This seems on the face of it similar to a petition above to propose an Environment Act. It is however different, and is not really related to any of the aims of the manifesto as it aims to achieve:

Supermarket chains should be compelled (by law) to publish on their web sites their use of three categories of plastic packaging.

1) Single Use Plastic 
2) Recyclable Plastic 
3) 100% biodegradable plastic


If we can spread the word about the website here, we can get any petition up to a high number, but it does need to be supported by a lot of people subscribing to the newsletter or visiting the website regularly. Find out on the website how you can help.