Badger cull

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Now there is an animal sentience bill, how will the Badger cull continue? Research shows badgers are taking 5 minutes and more to die, this is inhumane therefore how will this continue? Cage trapping badgers - they spend all night trapped trying to dig out, hurting their claws, this is inhumane therefore how can this continue?
Infectious substance 2900 is intentionally left by Badger killers, if you believe badgers carry TB you are putting our wildlife at risk as TB remains virulent in soil for weeks if not months, this is inhumane therefore how can this continue?

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Elizabeth Thirsk

Your email below has been forwarded to the Information Rights Team within Defra who respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Requests that fall within either of these legislations would be requests for information held in a recorded format. Any correspondence for views or explanations would not amount to a valid request under these regimes and would be handled as general correspondence.
With that in mind this enquiry is not being handled under the FOIA or EIRs and has been passed back to the Defra Helpline to provide you with a response under general correspondence.
Should you wish to contact directly then please email: [Defra request email]

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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull'.

Can I have answers to my questions? Why has this been delayed? Defra policy continues to kill badgers. You bring in a new law so I need conformation that you will continue to ignore that badgers can feel the pain and terror whilst waiting to be killed in your ineffective, inhumane atrocious cull. Will badgers' feelings be recognised by law?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Elizabetn Thirsk

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs.  

Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your
enquiry. 

General enquiries 

We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days where a
response is required, and 20 working days where a case is handled under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  

Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If your enquiry is related to COVID- 19, you may also find the information
you need on GOV.UK
[2]https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
 

Campaigns  

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns but
unfortunately, we cannot reply to each email individually.  

Postal enquiries  

As most of our staff are currently working from home, there may be
significant delays in responding to postal requests. Where possible,
please send your correspondence electronically and include the email
address you wish us to respond to.  

Reporting dead birds 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild
birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra
helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday
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immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details: 

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Wales: 03003 038268 or [5][email address

Scotland: [6][email address

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Best wishes,  

Ministerial Contact Unit  

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have
received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy
any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender.
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known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems. Communications on Defra's computer systems
may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the
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SM-Defra-Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Elizabeth Thirsk

We contacted you on 14 May 2021 advising that your request did not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (please see attached for ease of reference), and that Defra's Helpline would be providing a response.

We are therefore unable to conduct a formal Internal Review as requested.

Your email below, has been passed back to the Defra Helpline to provide you with a response under general correspondence.

Should you wish to contact directly then please email: [Defra request email]

Information Rights Team
[email address]

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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull'.

Defra helpline do not respond to emails, why? No one can provide sufficient evidence to justify the cull. There is not a more corrupt policy than the Badger cull policy. Defra helpline refuse to get back to anyone regarding the cull so I am requesting an internal review of the failure that is the helpline service that our taxes pay for.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Elizabetn Thirsk

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs.  

Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your
enquiry. 

General enquiries 

We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days where a
response is required, and 20 working days where a case is handled under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.  

Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If your enquiry is related to COVID- 19, you may also find the information
you need on GOV.UK
[2]https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
 

Campaigns  

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
campaigns. Ministers and officials are made aware of these campaigns but
unfortunately, we cannot reply to each email individually.  

Postal enquiries  

As most of our staff are currently working from home, there may be
significant delays in responding to postal requests. Where possible,
please send your correspondence electronically and include the email
address you wish us to respond to.  

Reporting dead birds 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild
birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra
helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Helpline opening hours are Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm. 

Further information can be found via the link:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...

Please note, we do not pass on the details of dead bird reports to the
relevant authority, and will not respond to reports sent to this mailbox. 

Notifiable animal diseases 

If you suspect a notifiable animal disease or have animal welfare
concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details: 

England: 03000 200301 or [4][email address

Wales: 03003 038268 or [5][email address

Scotland: [6][email address

Interviews, university work and work experience 

The Department receives many requests for interviews, participation in
university work and work experience. Unfortunately, given resource
constraints and time pressures, we are unable to fulfil such requests and
will not respond to these emails. 

We recommend you visit the GOV.UK website and examine the material
available there. If after having examined this you still have specific,
targeted questions, please let us know and we shall endeavour to answer
them.  

Defra no longer runs a central placement scheme. We now advise all
applicants to write to their local offices requesting a placement as they
are arranged locally between student and prospective line manager:
[7]https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/findin...

Additionally, work experience for 18 to 24 year old’s will be advertised
on the Job Centre Plus website
[8]https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus 

Emergencies  

If you or someone you are contacting us on behalf of are currently at risk
of serious harm or in a life-threatening situation, please contact the
emergency services:  

999 for emergencies  

101 non-emergency police line 

111- NHS 

 

Best wishes,  

Ministerial Contact Unit  

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) This email and
any attachments is intended for the named recipient only. If you have
received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose, store or copy
any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems. Communications on Defra's computer systems
may be monitored and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the
system and for other lawful purposes.

References

Visible links
1. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...
2. https://www.gov.uk/search/guidance-and-r...
3. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influe...
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[email address]
6. mailto:[email address]
7. https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/findin...
8. https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus