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Interview: Lynn Sawyer | On the ground in the Gloucestershire Badger Cull Zones

Lynn Sawyer has been an animal rights activist for decades, first as a hunt saboteur but more lately working full-time to tackle the badger cull. She was part of the group that set up the Gloucestershire Badger Office (GBO), a collective that provides logistical and practical information on the Gloucestershire badger cullzones. Lynn has spent many evenings in the past out in the field defending badgers, but now is up and out early to help prevent foxhunts from cubhunting. An inspirational, deeply committed activist and organiser, we were grateful to speak with Lynn in early October 2020 to find out more about her work.

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Ruth Peacey | Producing Hen Harrier Day 2020

For the first time since it was launched in 2014, Hen Harrier Day is moving entirely online! Covid-19 restrictions mean that Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin will be presenting live from their home in the New Forest, a raft of pre-recorded content is being lined up to accompany them, and the whole show will be kept on the road by Ruth Peacey, who is producing remotely from her home in the south-west, and Fabian Harrison, who will be vision mixing and co-ordinating social media another two hundred miles away. Charlie Moores grabbed a quick chat with Ruth, a few days before the ‘big day’ on Saturday August 8th, to find out how things were shaping up, what ‘s involved with putting on live events like these, and what she was planning to do when it was all over!

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Interview: Meeting Mr Carbo

“A cartoon has to have an immediate impact,” says David Mitchell (aka Mr Carbo, which is of course derived from the keeper’s favourite – and illegal – raptor poison Carbofuran). We’re talking over Skype for a possible Hen Harrier Day article, and I’ve asked him how he thinks his cartoons might differ from something like the written blog posts they’re often published with. “It’s concise.There’s no pussyfooting about. I go for the jugular. Mr Carbo and the cartoons came about as a visual method of countering the crap from the pro shooting lobby. It’s my way of sticking two fingers up and saying this is how bloody stupid you people are.”

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