Wild Justice mulls fresh legal action over new DEFRA bird kill licences

DEFRA’s new general bird kill licence scheme allows licence holders to return to a business-as-usual approach, according to countryside groups

The department issued the new licences in mid-June, two months after Natural England axed the old regime in the face of legal action from legal outfit Wild Justice, which said the licences were unlawful.

Conservationist and Wild Justice co-founder Mark Avery told ENDS that licence holders will have returned to the methods they were using prior to Natural England’s revocation, and questioned whether DEFRA and Natural England, “have actually got around the legal problems the regulator admitted they had when they revoked the licences in the first place.''

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