Title
Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? : a case study of wild deer in Britain
Description
Wild game management for hunting in Western society has become increasingly complex as stakeholders have multiplied and as ‘sustainability’ influences the contemporary debate. This paper questions whether the current legal framework for game management, which has evolved from early European civilisations to focus on ‘hunting rights’, is relevant to regulate the contemporary environmental, social and economic dimensions of wild game and their management. Employing a narrative analysis to focus on deer, the study identifies key legislative tenets and highlights the pertinence of historical laws to contemporary conflicts. The analysis suggests that current legislation is increasingly divergent from contemporary trends and has created inertia with respect to sustainable deer management. The paper offers four options to redress this: state intervention; voluntary collaboration; financial incentives; and establishing a legal responsibility for management. It is concluded that significant innovation is required in one or more of these four areas to facilitate the contemporary sustainable management of wild deer in Britain.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640560903327351
URL Description
Abstract
Language
English
Author
Sharon Phillip
Author
Norman Dandy
Author
Robin Gill
Author
Douglas C. Macmillan

sustainable deer management; law; historical narrative; contemporary conflict; hunting rights; responsibility

Volume number
52
Issue number
8
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
0964-0568
Publisher
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Date of publication
01 January 2009
Page reference
993-1012
Place of publication
Abingdon
Title of journal
Journal of environmental planning and management
Harvard
Phillip, Sharon et al (2009) Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? : a case study of wild deer in Britain. Journal of environmental planning and management. 52 (8), pp. 993-1012 Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Vancouver
Phillip Sharon et al. Is legislation a barrier to the sustainable management of game species? : a case study of wild deer in Britain. Journal of environmental planning and management 2009; 52 (8): 993-1012.