Chris Packham launches legal action against Natural England's bird cull practice

Natural England’s practice of issuing ‘general licences’ to allow the killing of a wide variety of bird species will face a legal challenge from a new wildlife not-for-profit.

Wild Justice, which was launched in February by conservationists Chris Packham, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, has issued a crowdfunder to support its first legal case that has already seen 828 people pledge over £25,000.

According to the group, the general licence system used by Natural England should be considered unlawful since it neglects the nature regulator’s “legal responsibility to satisfy itself that killing these birds is an appropriate last resort”. In this year’s general licences, “Natural England ducks its responsibility and instead places the decision-making completely in the hands of the general licence user,” Wild Justice said.

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