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Petition | Introduce a national fishing line recycling scheme

Recently launched by Brighton-based Drew Taylor, this government e-petition runs until August 2021. Drew says that he wants to “highlight ways we can make small changes through education and increased accessibility to recycling points”. Is recycling fishing line an important issue though? Absolutely. Birds and other wildlife are regularly caught up in the almost invisible monofilament lines (and the hooks attached to them) that are all too frequently left behind by recreational anglers. And according to the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS), which began in 2016, the amount of line discarded per annum (if 2 million UK anglers only re-spools 2 reels with 200m of monofilament line once a year) is a staggering 400 MILLION METRES. And that the amount of time it takes for heavy monofilament to degrade in a landfill is 600 YEARS. The ANLRS is a positive step forward but if successful this petition would add legislative weight and government funding and help make recycling a ‘normal’ part of angling – which seems to us like a very smart idea.

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Petition | Ask Duke of Westminster to ban ‘trail hunting’

Cheshire Monitors, the group that works to expose cruelty to wildlife in and around Cheshire and the North West, including fox and hare hunting, badger baiting and their related crimes, have launched a petition asking the Duke of Westminster to honour his late father’s wishes and ban so-called ‘trail hunting’ on his Cheshire estate. Cheshire Monitors write on their Facebook page that, “…in 2004, before the enactment of the Hunting Act, which banned the hunting of wild mammals with a pack of hounds, the then Duke of Westminster, who owned the 11,000 acre Eaton Estate in West Cheshire, vowed to stop hunts using his land if they broke the law: “I respect the law and if the law of the land comes in in February I will stick to it.” However, the current Duke of Westminster (Hugh Grosvenor) has continued to allow the Wynnstay, Cheshire Hounds and Cheshire Beagle hunts access to land at Eaton Estate.

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Petition | Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare hunts

Keep the Ban’s current petition is right now closing in on 63,000 signatures. All so-called ‘trail hunting’ is banned under Covid-19 lockdown and hunts are being hit in the pocket – hard. The rest of us – and of course our wildlife – are enjoying months of relative peace in the countryside. We have a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to major landowners like Forestry England, National Trust, and others that even if the government believe the ‘smokescreen’ of so-called ‘trail hunting’, we most certainly don’t. If you haven’t signed already, may we ask that you do so. Thankyou.

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Petition | Time to ban neonicotinoids for good

Neonicotinoids are some of the most poisonous chemicals ever produced – and we used to spray vast quantities of them on our soils to kill ‘crop pests’. They are non-selective, though, killing every insect that comes into contact with them. By weight they are 10,000 times more toxic than DDT. No-one knows just what the ‘cocktail’ effect of using numerous ‘pesticides’ (insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides) at the same time might mean for animals and plants, and in 2018 the EU banned the three main neonicotinoids (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam) for all outdoor uses. Insect populations are crashing across the UK. Disappearing insects are having enormous negative impacts on insectivorous migrant birds like Cuckoos and Spotted Flycatchers – both once common, both are now Red-listed. The loss of pollinators is threatening food supplies – across the globe according to the United Nations in 2016. All living things are inter-connected. Surely we’d never allow blunt poisons that slash at the heart of those connections back into our countryside?

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Petition | Govt response to call to ban ‘trail hunting’

As expected, the government has responded to a petition asking for a ban on so-called ‘trail hunting’ by saying that there is no need to change the law because the law already bans fox hunting and allows so-called ‘trail hunting’ (which the government appears not to recognise as a smokescreen for illegal hunting). Does that we mean we should give up though? Absolutely not. Hunts are under enormous pressure right now from leaked webinars, councils banning hunts from their land, ‘trail hunting’ licences suspended by major landowners like the National Trust and Forestry Commission, and a financial crisis (because of lockdown stopping hunts collecting riding revenues) that hunts have never faced before. Hunts are reeling under a barrage of continuous scrutiny, online information, and their own stupid missteps. We may not actually need legislation changing in Parliament – by keeping the pressure on, we’re all helping illegal fox hunting to die a deserved ‘death by a thousand cuts’ anyway…

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Petition Response | “Change outdated laws to prevent forest felling when baby animals are in nests”

Like many other people we recently signed a petition asking the government to tighten up laws around tree felling to protect breeding / nesting wildlife. The government’s response is not exactly newsworthy – in essence, “no change needed” – but it does provide us all with a handy guide to wave under the noses of contractors we suspect might be breaking the law (unless those contractors work for HS2 who appear to have been granted licences to do pretty much whatever they like to whatever they like and seem immunised against any legitimate protest). As the government acknowledges in its response, “While illegal felling rates are relatively low, evidence suggests that they are increasing” – we all clearly need to be aware of the law and be prepared to challenge illegal work on hedges and trees whenever we see it taking place.

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Petition: Hunts and shoots should not be exempt from 6 person rule + Covid-19 restrictions

“Today it was announced that hunts and shoots will be exempt from the new 6 person rule. It still remains unclear whether this also means ‘trail hunts’ (fox hunts) are also exempt. ‘Trail hunting’ (fox hunting) is not on the approved list of ‘team sports’ and the restrictions on the outdoor activity of horse riding are very clear, any hunt that takes place with more than six people will be against the law. However, it would seem that hunts up and down the country will not allow the new law to prevent them from continuing ‘Autumn hunting’. According to a statement released by the Hunting Office, it is claimed that ‘Autumn Hunting is an organised outdoor activity and Hunts are operating within Covid-secure Guidelines.” Petition ‘Hunts and shoots should not be exempt from 6 person rule + Covid-19 restrictions’

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