Protect raptors in England and Wales

Birds of prey such as hen harriers are persecuted illegally by many in the grouse shooting industry across the UK. This is because the gamekeepers want the grouse to be shot by people who pay to do it for "sport", and don't want birds of prey to eat them. As a result of raptor persecution, hen harriers are critically endangered and at risk of becoming extinct in England and Wales. However, it's very difficult to prove who killed the bird, so there are very few prosecutions.
 
In Scotland, the laws protect raptors much better than in England and Wales. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in Scotland includes the "Vicarious Liability Law" which means that landowners can be held responsible, charged and prosecuted if a dead bird of prey is found on their land. This law needs to be expanded to England and Wales, to act as a deterrent to the illegal persecution of birds of prey, and enable successful prosecutions of those responsible.
 
Please sign my petition to DEFRA to demand that raptor persecutors face consequences not just in Scotland, but in England and Wales too.
Update #73 months ago
The petition was re submitted to the new DEFRA. Poor response again. During their 10 years in Government DEFRA continue to say they have no intentions of introducing VLL to law. They will however, continue to monitor the situation in Scotland to consider whether this is necessary and
proportionate to assist in tackling wildlife crime in England.
Wildlife crime, disturbing birds in their nests, destroying eggs, and illegal persecution have increased during the lockdown due to COVID-19.
Update #6about a year ago
Labour is calling for a review into grouse shooting.
Labour demands review into grouse shooting over environmental damage concerns.
The party makes clear that if it wins power at the next general election, it will launch its own review into the practice, considering the alternatives and examine the economic and environmental effects, if the conservatives fail to do so.
Update #51 years ago
Yet another of 2018's hen harrier chicks has disappeared in suspicious circumstances. Please share this petition with your friends to increase pressure on the Government to crack down on illegal raptor persecution. You can read more about the disappearance of the chick on the RSPB's website.
Update #42 years ago
MP Cat Smith raised our concerns with the Under Secretary of State for Environment, who unfortunately responded to essentially reiterate Defra's poor original response. We are continuing to work with MPs to keep the pressure on the Government so please keep sharing this petition and asking your friends to sign!
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