Important UK Wildlife Regulations could be scrapped to save money.

 Raptor Politics always knew the country was strapped for cash but the latest economy saving proposals to reduce “Red Tape” being put on the table by Vince Cable seem to have gone too far and are nothing short of lunacy. It seems that in Mr Cables view the greenest government image no longer applies when saving a few pounds here and there. If Vince gets his way our countries wildlife resources stand to lose their current protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It seems members of the coalition government maintain many of the current rules as nothing more than “red tape” and are saying they could be scrapped within months.

There can be little doubt the government are in serious trouble and are now even prepared to grasp at straws to save money. Have MP’s considered a wage cut or perhaps reducing their extravagant claims for expenses we wonder. One proposal put forward by a Raptor Politics contributor last year suggested putting the Crown Jewels up for sale; have our MP’s considered this idea?

Recently Dr. Mark Avery blasted the coalition government’s proposals, we should all do the same. Such an idea is really scrapping the bottom of the barrel. In our view Britain’s wildlife resources represent our countries heritage and should not be placed at risk just to save money. We need to work together to make sure our wildlife, our countryside and our planet are protected for future generations.

No one should ever forget the boast made by David Cameron which made headlines when he came to power, promising to run “the greenest government ever”. We need to convince our Prime Minister and the rest of his coalition partners, including Vince Cable, that scrapping such important legislation would be a disaster not only for the Prime Minister’s reputation but the reputation of our country. A huge petition will prove to Cameron that he can’t afford to break his green promises.

Dr Avery has already sent an e-mail to Vince Cable, and we should all follow his example NOW. Follow the link provided by Dr Avery to send your own views to Vince Cable – I am asking you to do the same, please.

This is what Dr Avery had to say about this stupidity.

In a quite breath-taking move, the coalition government has put all environmental regulation up for grabs in the ‘Red Tape Challenge‘.  Potentially this is ‘Bye, bye’ Wildlife and Countryside Act and ‘Bye, bye’ Climate Change Act.  Surely some mistake, here?

Even to refer to legislation like the Wildlife and Countryside Act as ‘red tape’ is to belittle the efforts of past nature conservationists and parliamentarians who carefully constructed this legislation which was widely welcomed at the time and whose aims and general thrust have rarely been questioned since.

Now it can’t be the case that all existing regulation is perfect, that is very unlikely to be the case, and I can tell you now that it isn’t (gasps of amazement).  However, to put absolutely everything on the table risks throwing out an awful lot of babies with a few drops of bath water.  And the Cabinet Office must know this – that Oliver Letwin is no fool. 

Please do act on this – Step up for Nature with the RSPB and make politicians see sense.

Regulation forms an important tool in the conservation kitbox and yet it is generally out of favour with all political parties at the moment.  Rather than saying ‘No. this is wrong, don’t do it‘ politicians reach for incentives, voluntary initiatives and other weak measures to try to make the world a better place.  It’s a good job that sensible people passed laws to prevent kids being pushed up chimneys to clean them otherwise would we now face the ‘Chimney cleaning operators’ voluntary initiative to reduce by a few weeks the average age of young sweeps’?

If you feel as angry and worried about this move as I do then please act – and I see that 38 Degrees is giving you another opportunity to express your views here.


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