Vegan broadcaster Chris Packham received more hate mail at his home after campaigning against shooting “pest” species.
The penis hate mail follows an incident last week in which dead crows were hung from Packham’s gate, which he believes is a response from farmers and hunters who are angry with the success of his campaign against shooting “pest” species.
Speaking about the hate mail, Packham said on a video posted on Twitter: “I’ve just got home, opened up the post, and someone sent me a present. And just like everyone else I love a present especially this one because it’s been handcrafted.”
“Look at this — a neat piece of wood, neatly sawed, and onto it, they’ve marked this motif.”
“Now I’m a bit confused as to what it might be. It could be a very badly drawn elephant, ears. trunk — no eyes and legs though. Could be one of those double-headed tadpoles, I’ve heard about them, never seen one myself, or maybe even a badly-drawn duck – head, beak.”
“But of course it could be a penis and some testicles, and if it is that, then what I like about it most, is whoever drew it, has drawn it to scale based on their own genitalia.”
“Here’s a 50p so you can see how big that it. Now, the reason I suspect that, is because it’s unsigned. Whoever sent it, simply hasn’t got the balls to come and deliver the message themselves.”
“Anyway, I’m going to treasure it. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it. Maybe a doorstop. I’m going to use it as a doorstop.”
Packham recently worked with Wild Justice, a nonprofit organization focused on fighting for wildlife, to try to revoke general licenses that allow farmers to kill “pest” species such as crows and pigeons on their lands without asking for permission.
The campaign proved to be a success as Natural England, the government’s advisers for the natural environment, revoked general licenses — angering farmers and hunters.
Some farmers and hunters claimed that they will not be able to protect crops and public spaces from “pests” anymore now that they need permission to kill.
Some even criticized Packham for refusing to “keep his views to himself,” which pushed one farmer to create a petition asking BBC to fire the vegan broadcaster.
“As an employee of the BBC, Chris Packham should remain impartial and keep his views and beliefs to himself,” says the petition.
“However, he is the face of many anti-hunting campaigns and uses his celeb status as a platform to push his anti-hunting agenda, he has made his goal to ban all kinds of hunting, and country sports and pursuits and I feel he is no longer fit to work for the BBC.”
Farmers Weekly, a magazine aimed at the UK’s farming industry, also launched a poll asking if the BBC should fire Packham for being an “outspoken presenter.” More than 70% answered “no.”
Despite the backlash from farmers and hunters, Packham said that he will not stop campaigning against violence toward animals.
“I will never let these people get to me,” he told Mirror. “They will never ever stop me in my pursuit of trying to make the countryside a better place for wildlife, it doesn’t matter what they do.”
“Ultimately, if you’ve got enemies it’s because you stood up to someone and I will continue to do that. I’ll never give in to that intimidation. All it does is make me think I will just try harder.”
Packham is now auctioning the wood with a penis drawing, with the money being donated to Wild Justice.