There’s a five-page news feature on Chris Packham and Wild Justice in the June edition of BBC Wildlife.
Features Editor Ben Hoare interviewed Chris about Wild Justice’s legal challenge to Natural England’s General Licences, about Crowgate, death threats, science and agriculture.
We’ve been asked not to publish the article in its entirety but the magazine is now on sale for those who want to read more.
Here are a few excerpts:
“Crowgate has exposed the fact that a percentage of those opposed to what we are doing are very unpleasant bullies. They’re not people who want a rational discussion in any creative form, they’re people who want to intimidate, bully, suppress, terrorise….”
“I’ve never been anti-shooting, you know, not at a fundamental level“.
“Let’s keep one thing at the forefront of our minds. Crows and other predators are not responsible for the declines in our farmland birds in any shape or form. What’s responsible, and it’s been proven without any ambiguity, is the intensification of agriculture. We know full well that early cutting for silage is decimating the curlew and lapwing population, as are practices such as rolling and topping and so on“.
“People who attack me verbally and issue threats are frightened. They’re cornered, so are lashing out. That’s to be expected, which is why I always say that this is just part of a process. It’s something I predicted would happen, and I predict it will get worse“.
“Change is coming“.
By happy coincidence, at the end of the editorial box titled ‘General Licences: where are we now?’, Ben Hoare writes:
‘A review of the licensing system is underway and Wild Justice has reserved the right to mount further legal challenges’.
Indeed. Watch this space!