But there are some other reasons, too.
First, I have got such a lot of abuse from people on Twitter over this e-petition that it certainly doesn’t do anything other than nudge me into the LACS camp. I’ve never been a member of LACS before, never seriously considered it before, but partly thanks to you, now I have.
Second, I used to think that LACS was full of nutters but looking at their website I see those nutters include revolutionaries such as Tom Conti, Colin Baker, Roy Hattersley, Sue Cook (you know – Woman’s Hour!), Baldrick (aka Sir Tony Robinson) and Sir David Jason. This looks as much like the ageing middle classes on the march as does the RSPB. I might even bring down the average age of the members a bit! When I look at the website I see a lot I agree with, some things I don’t agree with, but not a bunch of nutters – they’ll do for me.
Third, the traditional wildlife NGOs are too quiet these days – I’m up for a bit more noise and a bit more activism. LACS seems like the closest you can get to ‘Greenpeace for wildlife’ and we need more of that.
Like I say, I don’t agree with everything that LACS says and does, but then that’s true of the political party I support too. That’s life. I’ll see how I get on with them – maybe I won’t renew my membership in a year’s time.
LACS are at the Bird Fair each year, and I’ve spoken to them there over the years. Why not have a chat with them there – it’s not far away – just the other side of Hen Harrier Day and the Inglorious 12th.
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