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Defra will consider tightening the rules on snares

An evidence review will be held into the rules on snares the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has confirmed. It follows a renewed campaign by Animal Aid, which is being supported by Wild Moors, League Against Cruel Sports and other wildlife protection organisations, to outlaw the use of the […]

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Defra minister confirms review of peatland burning

Defra under secretary Rebecca Pow has confirmed that the government will review the burning of England’s carbon-rich peatlands for grouse shooting next spring, indicating that the government may be open to tightening the rules.Pow’s comments came in response to a written question in the House of Commons, in which the Labour […]

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Government unveils tougher rules on grouse moor burning

Burning heather on fragile blanket bog is set to be restricted on northern England’s grouse moors under new legislation announced by the Government today. The tighter rules will mean that grouse moors will no longer be allowed to routinely set fire to heather, to engineer game bird breeding habitat, on some of the […]