Introduction of offence of vicarious liability for raptor persecution in England
Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
We urge those individuals who so far have not signed the e-petition and who care about the well-being of ‘protected’ raptors to sign the Petition here NOW before the time limit expires on 17th November; there will not be a second chance to establish in law a legal responsibility of employers for the persecution of birds of prey carried out by their employees. We are now urging everyone who reads this post to pass the information out into the wider world by any means possible, facebook, tweets, or even by carrier pigeon if it will help bring vital publicity to this very important message .
The corpses of three young peregrines found shot to death in their nest in Lancashire.
Scotland, recognising that those who persecute birds of prey frequently do so at the direction of their employers or others with vested interests, has already introduced an offence of Vicarious Liability, the purpose of which is to bring those parties to justice.
This important petition calls on the conservative government to introduce an offence of vicarious liability to bring to justice those who direct or turn a blind eye to raptor persecution in England.
As an indication of how bad thing are, in the last year numbers of breeding hen harriers throughout the whole of England have been reduced by persecution to just a single pair. If nothing is done it is almost certain the hen harrier will go the way of the Dodo, extinct. We that care must NOT allow this tragedy to happen. Last year fourteen peregrine falcon territories failed on grouse moors in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. Most Red grouse predating birds of prey remain conspicuous by their almost total absence from 98% of England’s moorlands used for game shooting. This is a situation which must NOT be permitted to carry on any longer.
Current legislation is not enough to deter those who break the law by destroy our countries natural heritage; the introduction of Vicarious Liability would hit those directing the slaughter. Please we ask you all to act now by making sure everyone signs the petition as soon as possible.