Status: Consultation on this project closed on 30 November 2012
Over the last decade, wildlife protection and the sustainable management of our natural heritage have become increasingly regarded as key policy aims for Government. However, the legal framework for wildlife management is overly complicated, frequently contradictory and unduly prescriptive. Consequently, the law creates unnecessary barriers to effective wildlife management, including the efficient implementation and enforcement of Government policy.
The wildlife law project was proposed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the Law Commission’s 11th programme of law reform, effective from July 2011. In March 2012, the Department asked us to include consideration of appeals, and we have done so.
The project includes consideration of the law relating to the conservation, control, protection and exploitation of wildlife in England and Wales. It does not include discussion of the law relating to habitats or the Hunting Act 2004.
We consulted widely on provisional proposals contained in a Consultation Paper published August 2012.
The project provided for a review point following consultation. In September 2013, DEFRA Ministers agreed that the project should continue to the next phase. This agreement does not necessarily mean that the Government agrees with the conclusions submitted to Ministers for the review.
On 15 October 2013, we published an interim statement. This interim statement outlines the key decisions we reached following consultation and reflects the review document submitted to Ministers as part of the review process.
The interim statement is not a further consultation, nor is it the analysis of consultation responses received, which will be published alongside the final report and proposed Law Commission draft Bill.
We intend to publish our final report and proposed Law Commission draft Bill, with the full consultation analysis, in late summer 2014.