Dead crows were hung from vegan broadcaster Chris Packham’s gate following his campaign against shooting “pest” species.
Packham took to Twitter to express his horror when he saw dead crows hanging from his gate following his animal rights campaign.
Posting a picture of the dead birds as proof, he wrote: “This was my gate this morning (it was vandalised) @HantsPolice & lawyers have been informed . So @BASCnews @NFUtweets @CAupdates @FarmersWeekly @Gameandwildlife @NaturalEngland can I ask you to comment on whether you condone this . Serious request – replies expected . Please RT.”
Packham worked with Wild Justice, a nonprofit organization focused on fighting for wildlife, to revoke general licenses that allow farmers to kill “pest” species such as crows and pigeons on their land without seeking permission.
The campaign has been proven to be a success as Natural England, the government’s advisers for the natural environment, revoked general licenses.
Speaking about the campaign’s success, Wild Justice said in a statement: “We haven’t changed the law, we have merely shown that the current system of licensing of killing of certain species of birds, developed and administered by a statutory wildlife agency, is unlawful now and presumably has been for decades.”
“We are delighted to have won this legal case. What sort of world is it where the statutory body with responsibility for wildlife protection is operating a bird-killing licensing scheme that is unlawful?”
“Millions of birds are killed each year under the terms of the General Licences and many of these deaths will not be justified.”
The charity Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was also happy with the campaign’s success, with Chris Corrigan, the charity’s director for England, saying: “This is a positive step in the right direction.”
“We need an open and transparent system of licensing that everyone can be confident in, and is being used appropriately.”
“It is important that licenses are only issued when there is no other option, and when non-lethal alternatives have been exhausted. Any new system that Natural England now develops should be based on this principle.”
The change angered farmers and hunters, with some claiming that they will not be able to protect crops and public spaces if they are not allowed to kill “pest” birds anymore.
Some farmers and hunters also criticized Packham for refusing to “keep his views and beliefs to himself” and created a petition, which now has more than 100,00 signatures, that urges 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 farming industry in the UK, also launched a poll asking if the BBC should fire Packham for being an “outspoken presenter.” More than 70% answered “no.”