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2006 Animal Welfare Act – ammendment needed

Comment 27th July 2010

To prevent the legislation from prosecuting people who are defending a bigger, more important ideal.

Why does this matter?

I find that this story highlights why the act needs to be ammended: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7900963/First-catch-your-squirrel….html

Grey squirrels are classed as vermin and are ravaging our native woodlands. They need to be controlled. One squirrel gnawing the bark off a decades-old tree in a few minutes can kill it. Given free rein they can and do destroy whole areas of forest that have been carefully managed for centuries.

I abhor animal cruelty, but we must as a society accept that murdering the odd squirrel in un-ideal ways that not everyone will ever agree with is the price of protecting something infintely more valuable to our society and is not a law that should require as much time, money or energy to defend as it has done in the case quoted above.


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