DEFRA told stakeholders (ghastly word – and anyway DEFRA’s stakeholders are taxpayers and citizens) that it would issue the necessary consultation on its promised gamebird release restrictions on 8 February. It didn’t and it still hasn’t.
DEFRA has not revealed when it might issue its consulation except in an email to ‘stakeholders’ half way through the day on which the consultation had been promised which said it would emerge in the coming ‘weeks’ – two of those coming weeks are now past weeks.
Wild Justice has pointed out to the government legal department that there is a court order requiring them to get everything sorted out to prevent releases of non-native Phesants and Red-legged Partridges that might damage European protected sites this year.
This is quite an important part of the DEFRA omnishambles.[registration_form]