Badger cull and legality of animal sentience bill

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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

Legally what rules must Natural England now follow in relation to shooting and trapping badgers now we have an animal sentience bill? Do you legally have to acknowledge that badgers have feelings? Does the animal sentience bill change the way badgers will be culled? If not, why not? Natural england witnessed 21 out of 184 insufficient therefore inhumane shootings of badgers, what percentage of accurate shootings is required as a minimum?

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-Specialist Licensing, Natural England

Dear Elizabeth Thirsk

Access to information request – Acknowledgement – Request No RFI 5593

Thank you for your request for the information as detailed in your letter attached, which we received on 19-05-2021. We are dealing with your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will send a response no later than 17-06-2021.

Kind Regards

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Operations
Natural England
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Email: [email address]

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SM-NE-Specialist Licensing, Natural England

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Dear Elizabeth Thirsk,
 
Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request
reference RFI 5593
 
Regards,
 
Specialist Licensing
Operations
Natural England
BM 6283, London, WC1N 3XX
Email: [1][email address]
 
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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Natural England's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull and legality of animal sentience bill'.

Badgers are now known to take a long time to die suffering from organ failure. You do not have post mortom examinations so no one knows if guidelines are upheld. Yourselves even monitored an incompetent kill, what do you think is happening when you are not there?
'Do you legally have to acknowledge that badgers have feelings' is a yes or no answer therfore I require a yes or no answer from you as a matter of urgency, baring in mind you have licensed the cull in June cubs are weaning and need thier mothers.
How can you legally keep badgers trapped in cages for hours while they hurt themselves trying to dig out until a killer comes n the daylight too late in the morning. In summer it is light at around 4, so explain the humaneness of allowing 5 and a half hours waiting to die trapped in potential rain or hot sun? Tell me in what way that is OK?
Why don't you have targets? That is disgusting. These protected animals suffer immensely. I'll also add you have licensed the cull without sufficient evidence, how is that legal? Without sufficient biosecurity which should void all licenses, how is this legal? You should have never licensed the cull.

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,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Ms Thirsk

Thank you for your message.

I'm afraid that we cannot accept this message as an internal review request.

This is due to questions being asked being about the way the best practice guidance is written and the way the policy has been implemented rather than for information we would hold.

Therefore, I would suggest you make a complaint. You can do this by completing the form on the page https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Thanks
Darren

_______________________________________________________________
Darren Green, Senior Adviser - Access to Information

Legal and Governance Team

T: 0208 026 0936
M: 078101 56750
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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Natural England's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull and legality of animal sentience bill'.

This is a question you hold the answer to, a complaint cannot answer a legal question. The question should have been answered at the initial stage. So I'll ask again - legally, do Natural England have to recognise that Badgers have feelings? This will be a yes or a no answer required.

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,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Ms Thirsk,
 
RFI 5593 - Internal Review – Acknowledgement
 
Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 you have a right to
have our decision reconsidered if you express dissatisfaction about what
information was provided. This is done by way of an internal review.
 
As a result of your email, dated 22 June 2021, I will ask a colleague to
conduct an internal review.
 
This review will be undertaken as quickly as possible and within the legal
deadline of 40 working days which is 19 August 2021.
 
If you have any queries about this email please contact me.
 
Yours sincerely
Emma Clifton
 
Adviser – Legal and Governance Team
 
Natural England
Email: [1][Natural England request email]
 
[2]Make a request for information to Natural England
 
 
 

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