Save Grey squirrels and Muntjac deer

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As of now it is illegal by UK law to rescue grey squirrels and monk jack deer and release back into the wild .  Regulations  force wildlife centres and veterinarians to kill healthy animals such as grey squirrels and muntjac deer. 
Rescue centres can apply for a licence to keep grey squirrels, but not to release them. In practice, it means the end of grey squirrel rescue, because the residential places will fill up quickly . Many  wildlife rescue centres have  not applied even for a licence to keep, and introduced a euthanasia policy for grey squirrels. This is a great shame, because even under current legislation they could at least have saved some lives.

Under EU Regulation 1143/2014 of the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019, any animal taken to a vet practice or wildlife hospital that is covered by the directive will have to be euthanised, no matter how healthy it is ( unless licensed to keep - see above) The majority of the ‘victims’ are likely to be grey squirrels. 

Each year, concerned members of the public find orphaned squirrels which they take to experts where they are professionally cared for and legally released.  These animals are just as much a part of our ecosystem as any other and deserve the chance for life. The current system has worked well for many years and we believe that the proposed replacement will have several negative consequences:

It will cause unnecessary suffering to wildlife.
It will force the practice of animal rescue underground and inexperienced, well-meaning members of the public will try to look after animals in circumstances that will do more harm than good.
It will have no impact on numbers, as the amount of animals it covers is insignificant in terms of overall population.
The  grey squirrel is now an established part of the UK fauna. They were introduced to these shores and have thrived because they are highly intelligent and adaptable. People love them and enjoy watching them and feeding them.
The policy will create public disaffection at a time when wildlife needs to be protected, not persecuted.