Vegan BBC TV presenter Chris Packham received death threats after campaigning against shooting “pest” birds.
Packham shared to BBC’s “Victoria Derbyshire” program that he recently received a letter that “orchestrates his death” and includes “a catalogue of things they [his detractors] might do,” including poisoning him or organizing a car crash.
The vegan TV presenter, who announced this year that he will be vegan for life after taking the monthlong vegan challenge Veganuary, worked with Wild Justice to campaign against shooting “pest” species.
The campaign aims to revoke general licenses that allow farmers to kill “pest” species on their land without seeking permission.
It was a major success as Natural England, the government’s advisers for the natural environment, revoked general licenses that made hunters and farmers angry.
A farmer also created a petition urging BBC to fire Packham for “not keeping his beliefs to himself,” which the farmer believes disqualifies Packham from being a TV presenter.
“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 for the farming industry in the UK, also launched a poll asking if the BBC should fire Packham for being an “outspoken presenter” but more than 70% answered “no.”
Despite receiving hate mails and death threats, the vegan presenter is still committed to speaking up for the animals.
I will never let these people get to me,” Packham 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,” he concluded.