In a statement, some so-called leading rural organisations pretend to join the ranks of eco-zealots and condemn illegal raptor persecution. Of course, these organisations have always said this, but they’ve never been able to deliver any change on the ground. They aren’t so much leading organisations as lagging ones – about a century off the pace in many respects.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Organisation is somewhat conspicuous by its absence – one can only speculate why? Maybe they did not get the memo?
I’ll look forward to seeing what happens next.
I somehow can’t see Tim Bonner and Chris Packham, who both apparently now share the very same abhorrence of wildlife crime, hugging each other at the Game Fair next July.
I have a lot of time for the CLA but rather little for the rest of the signatories of this statement. The shooting organisations are increasingly beleaguered because of Pheasant dumping, excessive gamebird releases, wildlife crime, lead levels in game meat, greenhouse gas emissions from peatland burning, damage to protected habitats from burning, increased flood risk because of unsustainable management, raised water treatment costs and, one has to say, a long history of nastiness and misrepresentation.
The reaction of many of us to this joint statement will be ‘Yeh, right’ but if it is a turning of a corner then we will see the results over the next few years not in headlines in the shooting press over the next few days. Not until then will anyone be welcoming this lot to the ranks of the ecozealots.