New Judgment: R (on the application of Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Ltd) v Crown Prosecution Service [2020] UKSC 39 – UKSC Blog

Posted October 20th, 2020 in animal cruelty, animals, appeals, birds, EC law, news, regulations, slaughter, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed this appeal addressing whether proof of an offence contrary to Regulation 30(1)(g) of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015, brought against a business operator as defined in Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, requires proof of mens rea and/or some culpable act or omission on the part of the business operator.’

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UKSC Blog, 16th October 2020

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85 bird crime incidents recorded last year, says RSPB report – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2020 in birds, environmental protection, game laws, news, setting traps by sally

‘There were 85 confirmed incidents of the illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey in Britain in 2019, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2020

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EP 126: The Birds and the Bees – Law Pod UK

Posted September 29th, 2020 in animals, birds, environmental protection, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English gathers a panel of experts together to discuss the thorny issue of reintroduction of endangered species. This episode is part of a two part series on the subject, organised by the Environmental Law Foundation that promotes access to justice in matters of environmental law.’

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Law Pod UK, 29th September 2020

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Penguin thefts at zoo leads to man’s guilty plea – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2020 in birds, guilty pleas, news, theft by sally

A man has admitted stealing two penguins which were discovered in a village in Nottinghamshire by police following a tip-off.

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BBC News, 23rd September 2020

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Defra challenged over ‘unlawful’ release of 57m game birds in UK – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2020 in birds, environmental protection, game laws, news by tracey

‘Environmental campaigners have issued a legal case against the government to try to halt the release of more than 50m non-native game birds this summer, saying the birds could damage Britain’s most important wildlife sites.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2020

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Man jailed for kicking seagull to death – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2019 in animal cruelty, birds, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for kicking and trampling a gull to death in the Welsh town of Tonypandy.’

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The Independent, 5th November 2019

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87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions, setting traps by tracey

‘Birds of prey were shot, poisoned, trapped or illegally killed in 87 confirmed incidents in 2018 that led to just one successful conviction, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

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Woman fined £150 for feeding pigeon sausage roll in Bath – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2019 in birds, fines, litter, local government, news, proportionality by tracey

‘A woman has been fined £150 after feeding a bit of sausage roll to a pigeon.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2019

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Jail for smuggler caught with eggs strapped to chest – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2019 in birds, environmental protection, news, sentencing by sally

‘A prolific smuggler caught entering the UK with protected birds’ eggs strapped to his chest has been jailed for three years and one month.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2019

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Man who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs jailed for threatening population species – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2018 in birds, environmental protection, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “one-man crime wave” who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been jailed for 18 weeks.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2018

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Pheasant shooting to be banned on public land in Wales – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2018 in animal cruelty, birds, news, sport, Wales by tracey

‘Pheasant shooting is set to be banned on public land in Wales following sustained campaigning by animal welfare organisations who consider the practice to be cruel.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2018

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Falconer cleared of hunting charge because he uses golden eagle to hunt foxes – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2018 in animal cruelty, birds, hunting, news by sally

‘A falconer has been cleared of breaching strict hunting laws because he hunts foxes using a golden eagle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2018

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Animal ban for woman who walked seagull in York – BBC News

‘A woman who was arrested as she walked a seagull on a lead has been banned from keeping wild animals for a year.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2017

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Anger at no prosecution over shooting of bird of prey – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2017 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A decision by prosecutors to drop charges against a former gamekeeper accused of illegally shooting a bird of prey has prompted anger among conservationists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2017

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13 ways you might be accidentally breaking the law, according to lawyers – The Independent

‘Various ways in which people may inadvertently break the laws of the UK while at home have been listed by lawyers.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2016

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Buzzards should not be protected any more than herring gulls and cormorants: High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 16th, 2015 in birds, EC law, environmental protection, licensing, news by sally

‘Public opinion regarding raptors and pheasant shoots should not influence the authorisation of buzzard control, the Administrative Court has ruled. Any derogations to the EU protection of wild birds should apply equally across wild avian species, irrespective of their popularity.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th November 2015

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Who, What, Why: Is it legal to attack a seagull? – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2015 in birds, licensing, news by sally

‘Northumbria Police have opened an investigation over images apparently showing a man strangling a seagull. Given that many view them as vermin, what is their legal status, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2015

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Sustainable Shetland (Appellant) v The Scottish Ministers and another (Respondents) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

Sustainable Shetland (Appellant) v The Scottish Ministers and another (Respondents) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 4 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th February 2015

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South Lakes zoo fined for ‘threatening’ birds’ escape – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2014 in birds, environmental protection, fines, news by tracey

‘An animal park owner in Cumbria has been fined for allowing a “threatening” bird to escape.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2014

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‘Worst’ bird of prey poisoner Allen Lambert given suspended sentence – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2014 in birds, guilty pleas, news, pesticides, poisoning, suspended sentences by sally

‘A gamekeeper convicted of “the worst case of bird of prey poisoning” recorded in England has been given a 10-week suspended sentence.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2014

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