STOP THE LEGALISED KILLING OF RAVENS AND OTHER WILD BIRDS IN ENGLAND

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Jason Endfield
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STOP THE LEGALISED KILLING OF RAVENS - AND 65+ OTHER SPECIES OF TREASURED AND ENDANGERED BIRDS - IN ENGLAND

Natural England, the government sponsored agency, is issuing licences to kill 65+ species of birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.

We want:-

  • to thoroughly overhaul Natural England and its licencing process, making it fully transparent and accountable as a public agency, if necessary replacing it entirely with a totally independent body.
  • to arrange a meeting with the environment secretary to discuss the concerns of the British public over Natural England's officially sanctioned killing of wild birds.
  • to revoke licences currently issued until each has been independently reviewed.
  • to examine future licences and ensure that they are not issued for spurious and/or vague reasons.
  • to instigate a rigorous process to follow up on licences issued, to verify that the licencees are complying with strict criteria.

*since starting this petition, information has come to light that Natural England are issuing licences to kill 65+ species of birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.
I've decided to extend this petition to include these other birds.
What began as a campaign to save Ravens is now a battle to protect all British birds from the pen pushers at Natural England who might, if not challenged, threaten the survival of some of our most cherished species.
We demand a complete overhaul of Natural England and the introduction of an independently monitored and transparent agency in place of the current failed organisation.

  • ***10th April 2019***
    In a landmark for our petition, I am pleased to say that I have had a useful discussion with the Director of Operations at Natural England regarding our concerns over their licencing system. 
    Although we did not reach agreement over several issues, one very positive development has resulted from our conversation. 
    Starting this year, Natural England will be publishing a list of all licences issued, including species, figures and reasons given for granting each licence. 
    This is a major breakthrough as it will allow public scrutiny of some of the agency's activities.
    But many issues are unresolved, particularly with regard to transparency over licence applications. I would like to see the publication of applicants' details, including their names, in much the same way as happens with planning applications. I see this as necessary both for reasons of transparency and also to deter those for whom anonymity might encourage spurious applications. 
    We will stay in contact with Natural England over this and any other concerns arising during the course of our petition. 
    Please see my blog post for an update about this.(Click Here)

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(The original petition is below, it has since been extended to include all the British birds that are being killed through Natural England's licences)

The Government sponsored agency Natural England, under direction from environment secretary Michael Gove, has issued licences allowing farmers in England to shoot ravens.
The farmers say that the rare birds are a threat to lambs and piglets.

Ravens are a protected species.
They are only just beginning to recover from long term decline and still number less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the United Kingdom.
They should not be killed.

Allowing Ravens to be legally killed under licence may severely impact on the future survival of the species.
The move will do nothing to improve the Government's already tarnished reputation on environmental matters.

The licences have been issued to farmers in five counties, but as we have seen from the badger cull, our fear is that this appalling plan could be rolled out nationwide unless it can be stopped.

We ask the Government to reconsider this ill-conceived slaughter of yet another protected species and demand that they revoke the licences.
There are better ways to protect farm livestock than to embark on the destruction of an endangered and much loved bird.

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