Nature Recovery Green Paper Consultation: Response Guide

Updated: May 6

Badger Trust is responding to Defra’s Nature Recovery Green Paper consultation and believes increased sentencing would be a significant step forward for the protection of badgers.


Badger Trust launched PBA30 to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Protection of Badgers Act (1992). Our initial call is for crimes against badgers to be brought into line with the Animal Welfare Act (2021). Presently the maximum sentence for crimes against badgers is six months, yet, under the Animal Welfare Act, the maximum sentence for crimes against dogs and other domestic animals is five years. In addition, unlike crimes against badgers, these crimes are recordable, leading to more resources for investigation.


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Badger Trust wants the same sentencing for horrific crimes that take place every week against badgers. We believe this will act as a significant deterrent.


This very idea is part of the consultation in Defra’s Nature Recovery Green Paper. Section 5.1 (page 27) suggests that penalties for crimes against wildlife should be brought into line with other animal welfare crimes under the 2021 Act.

Badger Trust will be making a response to the Nature Recovery Green Paper and believes increased sentencing would be a significant step forward for the protection of badgers. We urge anyone who agrees to also send a response to the consultation.


You need to send your response to naturegreenpaper@defra.gov.uk by 23:59 on 11 May 2022.


Guide for Your Response

We have prepared a response that you can use. Please feel free to adapt it.


Suggested response to Defra Nature Recovery Green Paper:


Nature Recovery Green Paper

Consultation Coordinator

Second floor Foss House

Kings Pool

1 to 2 Peasholme Green

York

YO1 7PX


Dear Sir/Madam,


I/we welcome the opportunity to respond to your nature recovery green paper consultation.


As part of 5.1 Consolidation and rationalisation (protections), there is the proposal that penalties for offences against wildlife are brought into line with those recently introduced in the 2021 Animal Welfare Act.


I/we strongly welcome this proposal as presently the maximum sentence for crimes against badgers and their setts is only six months, yet the maximum sentence under the Animal Welfare Act is five years. I/we feel higher sentences are necessary to protect badgers for several reasons: