Tag: wildlife crime

Happy Birthday Wild Justice

So, here we are, writes Charlie Moores. In a modern room in an historic building off Old Chancery Lane. We’re here to celebrate a year of Wild Justice (set up to ‘fight for wildlife’ by challenging legislation in the courts). They have lit a fire under prejudices and ‘traditions’ that are unfit for the twenty-first century. As Chris Packham says here in London, “We pick fights because we know that we’re right“. Every one of us that supports Wild Justice knows it too.

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Wild Mammal Persecution UK

Wild Mammal Persecution UK (WMPUK) is a small group set up in 2019 to publicise and campaign against the persecution of wild mammals in the UK. The group are entirely self-funded, and as such are restricted in the amount of time they can spend researching. The more information they get about wild mammal persecution the better they are able to draw the attention of the public to the problems.

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European Eels – slipping towards extinction?

How did a fish that was once so abundant and so familiar become listed in 2008 by the IUCN as Critically Endangered (the highest threat level), leading to headlines in the media this week which included “Man found guilty of smuggling £50m worth of live eels out of UK”? Unfortunately, writes Charlie Moores, it’s down to a combination of human-related causes that have impacted so much of the world’s wildlife: widespread habitat change, agricultural and industrial pollution, and exploitation and wildlife crime.

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Countering the persecution of Peregrines

The Peregrine is the world’s fastest bird, reaching huge speeds as it stoops down on its prey – prey which includes racing pigeons and so-called ‘gamebirds. All of which, writes Charlie Moores, has made this supremely well-adapted falcon, protected in law for decades, a target for hobbyists and shooters. But the public are taking these spectacular birds to their hearts.

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Hen Harrier poisoned by pheasant shoot

Oh, the irony. In the week, writes Charlie Moores, that shooting launched its new green vision to persuade us all that it cares desperately about wildlife by declaring – nearly seventy years after laws came into force protecting them – a ‘zero tolerance’ to the illegal killing of birds of prey, look what turns up next to a pheasant shoot: yet another dead Hen Harrier.

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Ellie Walliker | Hare Coursing in Cambridgeshire

Guest post by Cambridgeshire resident Ellie Walliker. Hare coursing incidents in Cambridgeshire have increased dramatically since 2009. Despite the formation of the police’s Operation Galileo (#OpGalileo), which involves 12 police forces, hare coursing related incidents still happen weekly. Reasons why coursing is so prevalent in this fenland county are that coursers trespass on private land and this can easily go unnoticed, particularly at dusk. Coursers are not renowned for their politeness and gentle nature and their complete lack of compassion is not restricted to those of the furred or feathered variety.

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