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Petition | Mini’s Law (Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021)

Kudos to Keep The Ban for pushing this campaign so hard. Hunts have been illegally killing foxes for years, but they are also responsible for animals swept up by hounds as collateral (particularly in residential areas where hunts and hounds regularly cause absolute chaos). We’ve reported on a number of incidents on this site (see – ‘Out of Control’ | Another pet killed by hunt hounds and ‘Out of Control’ | Another pet killed by hunt hounds for recent examples), and now a law is being proposed that would prohibit any activity involving hunting hounds, such as so-called ‘trail hunts’ and hound exercise, taking place in a residential area or in any other public place. Hunts are likely to ignore any new law just as they ignore the Hunting Act, but at least the next time an incident occurs there could be legislation under which the hunt involved could be charged.

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Petition | National Anti-snaring Campaign: “Make the use of free-running snares illegal for trapping wildlife”

We’ve written many times about snares on this website (see for example – Snares: legally binding). While many people assume that snares (essentially wire nooses used to trap wild animals) are banned here in the UK, in fact hundreds of thousands of the things are set all over the country. Who is putting them out? Small numbers are used by the farming industry, perhaps some allotment-owners use them – but the vast majority are laid by the shooting industry to trap foxes so they can be killed at leisure. Why foxes? Because they (quite naturally) take small numbers of the 50 MILLION pheasants and partridges released every year to be shot, and small numbers of the 500,000 or so Red Grouse farmed in the uplands every year to be shot. And nothing can be allowed to dent shooting’s profits…So how might those of us oppsed to snares (which appears to be almost everyone except some MPs and the shooting industry) help rid the countryside of them? Simon Wild, of the excellent National Anti-snaring Campaign, has just launched an epetition which asks that the government makes the use of free running snares illegal, putting them in the same category as self-locking snares which are already illegal.

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Petition | Defend the right to protest

The government has published a new Policing Bill that threatens the fundamental rights of citizens and communities to have their voices heard by the powerful. It increases sentences and fines for protestors and makes it easier for the State to prosecute. The government is trying to rush this 307-page bill through without any time for MPs, their staff, or the communities that will be most impacted to understand its consequences. The creation of a new trespass offence targeted at Gypsies and Travellers will also restrict protest camps and deter access to the countryside. This bill would significantly restrict the kind of peaceful protest that was essential in communities resisting – and defeating – fracking. Note that deterring access to the countryside could also be used by the police to stop monitors and sabs protesting illegal fox hunting or the badger cull.

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Petition | No fun for Nature – Save Swanscombe Marshes

The Swanscombe Peninsula is home to a remarkable mix of habitat of high value to wildlife – these include grasslands, coastal habitats, brownfield features, scrub and intricate wetlands. Known as Swanscombe Marshes, this urban wilderness is home to thousands of species, including over 250 invertebrate species which are rare or under threat. As well as abundant bees, butterflies and beetles, Swanscombe Marshes is one of just two places in the UK where you can find the Critically Endangered Distinguished jumping spider (Attulus distinguendus). It is home to Nightingales, Cuckoos, Marsh Harriers and a thriving population of Common lizards, thanks to its array of rich habitats. But all of this is now threatened by the proposed London Resort theme park.

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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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