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‘Revoking unlawful bird licences was right’

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By Josh Loeb

Natural England has defended its decision to revoke three so-called ‘general licences’ that allowed for the killing of certain birds in order to protect livestock, saying that it had no choice but to take that action.

The decision in April followed a legal challenge by campaign group Wild Justice, which describes itself as having been set up to ‘fight for wildlife’.

Wild Justice’s case was essentially that lethal methods of control could only legally be used as a last resort.

Its lawyers argued that, before permitting the killing of wild birds, Natural England was legally obliged to first ‘properly satisfy itself’ that …

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