Author: Charlie

#NestsNotNets

It’s unlikely that the politicians that steered incredibly important protections for wild birds and their nests through various parliaments ever imagined that one day some developers would look at the law and instead of thinking, Yes, we must protect nesting wild birds, would instead think Hmm, if we can stop birds nesting we can pretty much do any work we want without the law being able to touch us. But that, writes Charlie Moores, is what’s happening right now…

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Fish: stocks? resources? no, wildlife…

According to a 2018 Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Report, “world total marine catch was 79.3 million tonnes in 2016”. Figures on how many actual wild animals that represents are difficult to obtain, writes Charlie Moores, because no-one bothers to count them, no-one knows how many are caught illegally, no-one knows how many die from wounds after escaping nets, and no-one has a clue how many fish are caught and thrown away dead as ‘bycatch’.

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Podcast: Dominic Dyer | Badger Cull Update March 2020

In 2018 the UK government commissioned Professor Sir Charles Godfray to conduct an independent review into its policy of culling badgers to control bovine tuberculosis or bTb and to achieve ‘Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free’ status in England by 2038. The review took place during spring and summer 2018, was reported to Ministers in October that year, and a government response was – at last – published on the 5th of March this year, 2020. Charlie Moores talked with Dominic Dyer, chief executive Badger Trust, to discuss the headlines that were generated and ask whether we will be seeing the end of the badger cull anytime soon.

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Hunt Investigation Team: Fur Trapping in a UK National Park

The Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) – a highly skilled, specialist team with years of experience fighting animal abuse – have just posted details of their latest investigation: an expose of huge numbers of foxes being trapped and killed for their fur in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by the UK’s self-styled ‘last fur trapper’ David Sneade. It’s a horrible story, writes Charlie Moores, but one that HIT deserve huge credit for uncovering.

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