Recording Wildlife Crime
The sheer evil and brutality of a person who finds badger baiting entertaining is simply abhorrent.
Yet the Home Office fails to collect vital information about this sadistic blood sport, instead classifying badger baiting as a ‘miscellaneous’ crime in England and Wales. This means cases are bundled into a category containing thousands of other unrelated offences like ‘littering’ and ‘failing to have car insurance’.
Most wildlife crime in England and Wales is cast off into this ‘miscellaneous’ void and our precious wild animals are dying as a result.
We are calling for all wildlife crime in England and Wales to be centrally recorded by the Home Office, with the inclusion of police recording codes for each type of crime, and for an annual wildlife crime report to be published.
This will enable:
- police priorities to be set
- appropriate funds to be allocated
- crime trends in each police force area to be clearly determined and monitored
- partnerships and joint-agency cooperation, for the development of national intervention strategies
Scotland and Northern Ireland are already accurately and consistently recording wildlife crime, and their success stories are testimony that this simple administrative change is fundamental to protecting Britain’s wildlife.
It’s widely known that perpetrators travel throughout the UK to commit these heinous crimes, but the inconsistent and unreliable data from England and Wales is preventing national strategies from being developed to effectively fight wildlife crime.
Thanks to a report recently published by Wildlife and Countryside Link, the Government has been presented with a compelling case proving the need to effectively record and monitor wildlife crime in England and Wales.
We strongly believe the Government can no longer ignore the fact that it’s currently failing in its duty to do all it can to protect wildlife. We are therefore lobbying the Home Office for a small administrative change that will literally save thousands of lives.