The Fellowship of Life
Otters Under Threat
This summer we are helping to protect otters and all manner of other flora and fauna found along the beautiful riverbanks of England and Wales. The Otter Survey of 2000 -2002 demonstrates that this wonderful resident of our countryside is slowly making a comeback after a period that saw numbers drop to a record low.
The Hunting Act 2004 has further complicated matters for these hunts by outlawing the hunting of mink with dogs for sport; effectively taking away their reason for being along the riverbanks with a pack of trained hounds. More information can be found here.
Unfortunately, we now find that the hunters, determined in their cruel pursuit of any quarry, claim to be hunting rats as a justification for their presence.
However there is a solution in law. The Widlife and Countryside Act 1981 prevents damage and disturbance to the otter and its habitat.
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