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British Wildlife Management National Welfare Policy (added 1.12.04)

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British Wildlife Management National Welfare Policy


  1. We will fully support Government in the preparation of legislation, which will discourage un-supervised disturbance or predatory attacks on wild or other species, by domestic or feral, dogs and cats. Such incident cause great suffering, adding up to millions of incidents each year, which have serious implications for many bird and mammal species, particularly song birds, deer and sheep. In practice many hundreds of thousands of miscreant and unwanted dogs and cats have to be killed each year and very significant numbers of domestic pets suffer from an unacceptable quality of life. Substantial increases in traffic on rural roads have led to a highly disturbing increase in the numbers of the larger mammals being injured by vehicles, and not being followed up and dispatched. Poaching and attendant high suffering levels has reached epidemic proportions. Current wildlife law enforcement through the Wildlife Liaison Officers is however virtually non existent, and requires full rural assistance. In addition, human disturbance of wildlife in Britain has reached an all time high, with the attendant collapse in population numbers for most species in our pressured countryside, particularly within un-keepered habitat areas. These are the priority welfare issues for our Parliament.
  2. We will not support the Government in the preparation of legislation, which will place restrictions on the current supervised, well regulated, proper management of mammal species, using the most humane best traditional practices, using soft (baying) and hard temperament scent hounds, soft (baying) temperament terriers and soft or hard temperament sporting dogs. Such free traditional species management throughout Britain, where it is allowed to function efficiently, discourages the less humane methods of culling or control, reveals and curtails the suffering caused by the many other human and natural factors, including the enormous scale of mammal road traffic injury, wounding, sickness, starvation and many other specific management problems. Good science has now proved that modem venery is of crucial importance in the management of mammal species and plays a highly positive welfare role.
  3. We will not support current Government firearm policies, which have restricted or removed essential training disciplines for legal firearm ownership and removed sporting disciplines, which were administered within highly competent self regulatory structures. Shooting straight, when culling or harvesting species is a primary welfare requirement, as is the ability to effect a rapid and humane dispatch of the many injured or sick species. Good wildlife management relies on shooting discipline and skill, and draws on the National and International 'reservoir' of legal gun ownership and sportsmen to fund the crucial keepered habitats. Whilst illegal gun ownership and use continues to undermine what little law and order now exists, our gun clubs have a vital potential role in rehabilitating the lawlessness and indiscipline created amongst our younger people by corrupt and dangerous political doctrines. Individual responsibility must be encouraged at all levels.
  4. Effective self regulation already exists in key areas of countryside sports and many other related activities. As the potential Supervisory Body, we the grass roots wildlife managers can, with Government help, ensure that Britain leads the world by example, in creating harmonic relationships between all habitats and all species, thereby delivering a superb product to the Nation. This proposal also provides the best prospect of delivering, through the private sector, at low cost, international biodiversity commitments under Local Agenda 21.
  1. The Wildlife Welfare Aspects of Killing or Capturing Wild Vertebrates in Britain - Dr Nick Fox and Helen Macdonald 1997,
  2. Deer related road traffic injury and welfare issues - Dr Jochen Langbein/SGS Environment.
  3. Welfare Equations and Submissions to Government from British Wildlife Management.
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