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.
Our overarching aim is to make the law work better for all concerned with wildlife. This includes ensuring that the statutory framework for wildlife management can facilitate the policy decisions of Government and allow for the appropriate balancing of human and animal interests.
Following the public consultation, we will analyse the responses and plan to publish a final report with our recommendations and draft Bill by mid 2014.