‘Hold your Police and Crime Commissioners to account over wildlife crime’

Posted on November 15, 2012

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Today (15th November), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) titled ‘Hold your Police and Crime Commissioners to account over wildlife crime’.

‘… Today is an important day in politics, with the election of 41 Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales. This excludes London, as the Mayor already carries out the role of the Commissioner in the capital. In addition, there are three Parliamentary by-elections in the MPs’ constituencies of Corby, Manchester Central and Cardiff South.

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioners will be to ensure that the policing needs of the communities are met as effectively as possible. They will make and influence key decisions, including the local priorities of the police force.

A key issue for the League and our supporters is that of wildlife crime, and we will be writing to all successful candidates to bring their attention to the importance of tackling this problem.

We are deeply concerned over the illegal use of poisons and snares, which has led to the suffering, and in many instances, the deaths of many wild and domestic animals. In addition, a number of hunts are still operating illegally, despite hunting having been outlawed by the Hunting Act 2004. We are also concerned about the rise of dogfighting in urban areas.

Our evidence suggests that wildlife crime is often linked to other criminal activities, such as burglary, drug trafficking and general anti-social behaviour. It is therefore crucial that the newly elected Commissioners tackle these issues that cause so much unnecessary suffering to our wildlife and also have such a massive impact on the lives of many people in rural and urban areas.

As a charity, we are not able to endorse or recommend individual candidates. However, if you are uncertain who to vote for, you can look at the personal manifesto of the candidates in your area. If you are unsure who your candidates are, you can find out by going to: www.policecrimecommissioner.co.uk

Please make sure you vote today and that whoever is elected in your area gives wildlife crime the priority it needs to bring these illegal practices to an end, and ensure that those responsible for such acts are swiftly brought to justice …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogpost/754/Hold-your-Police-and-Crime-Commissioners-to-account-over-wildlife-crime

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