It’s often like this – it’s difficult to know what made the difference. But it’s great that the Home Office really did come up with their share of the money for the National Wildlife Crime Unit for next year. So – take 10 months off and then we’ll no doubt be doing the same thing again!
A poorly funded NWCU, which is what we have, is far better than no NWCU, and although the existence of the NWCU does not guarantee that wildlife crime will be eliminated it is one of the bricks in the wall. Wildlife protection is a wall of many bricks – the right laws, the right implementation, the right funding, the right people etc etc.
And so it is impossible for me to tell you that those readers of this blog who contacted their MPs and asked them to sign EDM 603, and those large numbers of MPs who responded, made all the difference to a decision made in the Home Office – but they, we, will have made some difference for sure.
Of the 139 MPs who signed EDM 603 there were 80 Labour MPs, 30 Liberal Democrats and a mere seven Conservatives (for anyone who has had the good luck to miss this – the Conservatives were the majority party after the last General Election). It is difficult to get away from the possibility that wildlife crime is a party political issue.[registration_form]