Law Commission drops wildlife crime vicarious liability plan

An interim report on reforming wildlife law amends several earlier proposals

The Law Commission has dropped its recommendation for a vicarious liability obligation in wildlife regulation, despite broad support for the proposal.

The decision is outlined in an interim report on reforming wildlife law, publishing on 15 October following a consultation in August 2012 which generated 488 responses.

The purpose of the project is to produce clear, workable and coherent wildlife law in England and Wales. It was requested by DEFRA with backing from Natural England, but the work is independent of government and its conclusions are not necessarily supported by policymakers.

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