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Wild Justice general licence challenge a ‘distraction’, says BASC

BASC says a potential legal challenge by Wild Justice over one of the newly-issued Natural England general licences is a ‘distraction’ and focus should remain on introducing a new set of workable licences.

The association will review this latest challenge to the general licence for the control of carrion crow for livestock damage issued by Natural England last month and consider if any further action is necessary. 

Steve Bloomfield, BASC’s executive director of shooting and operations, said BASC’s focus would remain on ensuring that Environment Secretary Michael Gove issues new, workable general licences as soon as possible.

“This is an unnecessary distraction and doesn’t particularly help anyone, least of all those who live and work in the countryside,” he said.

“Defra is continuing to draft new general licences for England, and our focus remains on ensuring progress. 

“We appreciate how frustrating these ongoing delays are for everyone but BASC and other organisations are working hard to ensure progress is being made towards a workable interim licensing system that is fit for purpose until a wider review takes place at the end of the summer.”

ENDS

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54 minutes ago, Debbie BASC said:

Wild Justice general licence challenge a ‘distraction’, says BASC

BASC says a potential legal challenge by Wild Justice over one of the newly-issued Natural England general licences is a ‘distraction’ and focus should remain on introducing a new set of workable licences.

The association will review this latest challenge to the general licence for the control of carrion crow for livestock damage issued by Natural England last month and consider if any further action is necessary. 

Steve Bloomfield, BASC’s executive director of shooting and operations, said BASC’s focus would remain on ensuring that Environment Secretary Michael Gove issues new, workable general licences as soon as possible.

“This is an unnecessary distraction and doesn’t particularly help anyone, least of all those who live and work in the countryside,” he said.

“Defra is continuing to draft new general licences for England, and our focus remains on ensuring progress. 

“We appreciate how frustrating these ongoing delays are for everyone but BASC and other organisations are working hard to ensure progress is being made towards a workable interim licensing system that is fit for purpose until a wider review takes place at the end of the summer.”

ENDS

Thanks Debbie  for above information but have we not heard all this before   the21st June will be the reply from Defra to WJ , has for a GL we may get that but it looks a long way off.

Feltwad 

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Where did this "wider review" bit come from? Should we get a revised system of GLs which are fit for purpose, why is anything else necessary? For a start, aren't all the powers that be - plus the wannabes - going to be a tad busy by the end of the summer. There can't be anything else wrong with the GLs or WJ would have said so in their initial onslaught, so once that's sorted, what's the problem?

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I doubt many would deny some birds are very clearly agricultural and health pests, if those that fall under such categories were to be reclassified as pests it would clear up the wording at a stroke.

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20 hours ago, Capt Christopher Jones said:

Gove is now preoccupied in  his quest for another job, DEFRA & the GL will be on the back burner

Goves' recent personal revelations may well indicate the actions behind this debacle, we may need divine help if he gets access to the Nuclear option? 

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16 minutes ago, villaman said:

So can we shoot pigeons or not for crop damage? 

Simple answer, yes, so long as you comply with the GL conditions.

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