Better laws for wildlife – update

The UK Law Commission’s consultation on reforming our wildlife laws, including the introduction of vicarious liability, is now open. The RSPB have details here and you can read the full consultation on the Commission’s site here. The Consultation is open until 30 November 2012. The Commission’s concern is that current legislation is over-complicated and contradictory. It says that it wants the law to be “better for all concerned with wildlife. This includes ensuring that the statutory framework for wildlife management can facilitate the policy decisions of Government and allow for the appropriate balancing of human and animal interests.” As we have seen before (for example over proposals to control buzzard numbers) we know how some politicians would like to see that balance. So please take the opportunity to add your voice.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that we are now well into September, but according to the main website it’s still August!. There’s a reason for this. Changes at our website host mean that we have to redevelop the site. While this goes on the old site is static.

The redesign does present an opportunity to add or amend things. ┬áSo, if there is something you would like to see (or conversely, something you would like removed or changed) let me know via the NCOS “info” email address.

We hope to have everything back up and running by mid-October.

The blog is unaffected by the changes so any urgent messages will appear here.