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Reverse onus, wildlife and countryside act 1981

Comment 7th July 2010

The wildlife and countryside act currently has a reverse onus, meaning that a man is presumed guilty until he proves his innocence. This law is draconian and removes our fundamental rights. The reverse onus has been employed to ruin peoples lives by way of malicious informants and there seems to be no recourse for people who's livelyhoods have been decimated by the use of this law.

It seems confusing that other crimes which pose threats to society are treated less harshly than wildlife crime (that is no way saying wildlife crime isn't serious.)

Every man should be presumed innocent in a court of law. The onus should be on the prosecution to find the defendant guilty

Why does this matter?

The wildlife and countryside act literally strips you of your right to be presumed innocent before a court.

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