Tag: general licence

Wild Justice granted permission to review General Licences in Wales

Not everybody loves Wild Justice as much as we do. The shooting industry, for example, appears most displeased to be told that their ‘right’ to release farmed pheasants in vast numbers might not actually be legal as it could damage protected habitats (Wild Justice have been granted a judicial review of the impacts of non-native gamebirds on sites of high nature conservation importance). And how about shooters who had been happily abusing General Licences giving them the ‘right’ to kill wild birds otherwise protected by law until Wild Justice stepped in: not fans apparently. Now it looks as though they might be adding Natural Resources Wales to the list of toes they’ve trodden on since they formed. How so? The latest press-release from WJ explains all…

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Guest Post | All Wild Birds are Protected – except when they can be killed in Unlimited Numbers

“But the Secretary of State disagreed – to give yet another example of the government blindly supporting shooting interests. Grouse moor managers never tire of telling us how great wader numbers are on their land. But you don’t have to look far to realise the mass destruction of predators on grouse moors is exactly what leads to huge numbers of grouse to shoot on the 12th August.” Guest post by Bob Berzins

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Crowdfunder: Wild Justice – General Licences in Wales

Our favourite trio of ‘injustice fighters’ – Dr Mark Avery, Dr Ruth Tingay, and Chris Packham CBE aka Wild Justice (and if you don’t know what WJ is or what they do have a read of our write-up of their first birthday party) – have launched a Crowdfunder to challenge yet another poorly-written and scientifically illiterate piece of legislation in the courts. They’re again taking on the General Licences – this time in Wales.

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Podcast: Mark Avery | Wild Justice Challenging the General Licence

Wild Justice is a not-for-profit company set up by three of the UK’s most renowned campaigners and conservationists: Dr Mark Avery, Chris Packham, and Dr Ruth Tingay. It launched on the 13th of February this year, with the aim of taking legal cases on behalf of wildlife against public bodies where they are failing to protect species and/or habitats. Charlie Moores went to meet Mark Avery to discuss the new organisation and why they’d chosen to start by mounting a legal challenge to the general licence, legislation which in the words of Wild Justice, has led to the casual killing of birds …

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