Interference with Badger Setts and SMR3

Jean Roberts made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Adran yr Amgylchedd, Bwyd a Materion Gwledig

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Adran yr Amgylchedd, Bwyd a Materion Gwledig fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I know interferring with badger setts is illegal but blocking, netting and digging out is still common place practice with hunts despite the ban on hunting.

My questions are

I notice SMR3 contains a duty to monitor employs and sub-contractors. Would this duty extend to the actions of people invited on to their land?

Given these are breaches of cross compliance and farm subsidies come from the public purse can we be assured they woukd forfeit some if not all of their subsidies?

If so how can we inform you of landowners who tacitly invite (don’t ban) the hunt onto their land and hunt staff / terrier men then proceed to block entrances to badger setts, net entrances ot even dig out to a depth of several feet?

Are you able to send officers out to farms where this happens often?

Yours faithfully,

Jean Roberts

SM - Defra - Helpline, Defra (MCU), Adran yr Amgylchedd, Bwyd a Materion Gwledig

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SM - Defra - Information Requests (DEFRA), Adran yr Amgylchedd, Bwyd a Materion Gwledig

Dear Jean Roberts,


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confirm that this will be passed to our policy team to respond under
general correspondence and will not be replied to under the FOIA or EIR
legislations. This is because your request does not ask for recorded
information as defined within the legislations and you will hopefully
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