How much can you achieve in eighteen months if you’re focussed enough and sharp enough? If you’re ‘Wild Justice’, our absolute favourite trio of wildlife crime fighters (ie Drs Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay and Chris Packham MBE), one heck of a lot – from judicial reviews to speaking at national events to (now) launching a fund to help tackle an issue close to the hearts of all concerned: forensic testing in wild raptor crime investigations…Fantastic organisation, fantastic initiative. And if the shooting industry start squawking, they should bear in mind that it’s partly their own ‘wilful blindness’ on raptor persecution that will have led to this fund being set up…Continue reading
Dr Mark Avery tweeted this morning about Wild Justice’s petition asking the government to ‘Ban the shooting of badgers immediately’. Mark is a founder of Wild Justice of course, and had been pushing the petition hard. Just three days after its launch (and after a huge delay by the petition committee to upload it), the petition has already passed 32,000 signatures – which means that the government is obliged to respond to it. Following Mark’s tweet a question was asked which essentially said, We’ve had petitions on the cull before, they show a fairly even split ‘for and against’, why do we need another one? Here are three reasons why we think we do…Continue reading
Wild Justice petition smashes through 16,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. Natural England Chair Tony Juniper (or ‘the former conservationist Tony Juniper’ as he is being referred to on social media) must be wondering what on earth he got himself into when he signed off on more badger killing to protect the dairy industry, poorly-thought out General Licences to protect shooting, and Hen Harrier brood meddling to – er, protect shooting…No doubt NE’s lobbyist chums at BASC and the NFU will tell him to ignore the ‘animal rights extremists’ who care about wildlife in ways that he would have once professed to understand (and even perhaps once shared) but it must be getting harder to ignore the pressures the public are bringing to bear on stopping the slaughter of our wildlife on behalf of industry…Continue reading
“Wild Justice believes that the DEFRA Badger cull is ineffective in dealing with the scourge of bovine tuberculosis, but in any case it is an inhumane method of control, relying as it does on tens of thousands of Badgers being shot. We are taking a legal challenge against the licensing of this inhumane practice and although we were refused permission for judicial review we are appealing that decision and have been allocated a date in late October for that appeal. We cannot be sure that our legal challenge will succeed and so we want to add to the pressure on DEFRA and Natural England to think again about humane methods of disease control including better cattle testing, vaccination of Badgers and cattle, movement restrictions etc. To change the Government’s mind we need a huge public outcry against the shooting of thousands of Badgers in the countryside.” Wild Justice e-petitionContinue reading
Not everybody loves Wild Justice as much as we do. The shooting industry, for example, appears most displeased to be told that their ‘right’ to release farmed pheasants in vast numbers might not actually be legal as it could damage protected habitats (Wild Justice have been granted a judicial review of the impacts of non-native gamebirds on sites of high nature conservation importance). And how about shooters who had been happily abusing General Licences giving them the ‘right’ to kill wild birds otherwise protected by law until Wild Justice stepped in: not fans apparently. Now it looks as though they might be adding Natural Resources Wales to the list of toes they’ve trodden on since they formed. How so? The latest press-release from WJ explains all…Continue reading
“We’re contacting you this evening to ask you to add your voice to the outcry over the death of this young eagle. Please take a few minutes to email both the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham (CabSecECCLR@gov.scot).
A large number of emails, polite emails, will undoubtedly make a difference. What you say is, of course, up to you but please say something.” Wild Justice, 28 July 2020