Closed – Wildlife Law – consultation

The Law Commission is consulting upon Wildlife Law with the aim of simplifying the existing complex framework of Acts and placing wildlife law into a single statute.  Existing legislation dates date from 1831 through to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended. Much of the older legislation is out of step with modern requirements, and the principal modern Act – the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – has been amended to such a degree that it is difficult for any non-specialists to use. The proposed new regime would reduce the current dependency on criminal law by allowing an appropriate mix of regulatory measures such as guidance, advice and a varied and flexible system of civil sanctions such as fines and bans.

The consultation runs from 14th August to 30th November 2012. For more information see the Law Commission website.

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