At Controversial Conservation 2013 Chris caused a stir by stripping off his shirt and tie to reveal a stop the badger cull T-shirt. Controversial Conservation 2014 was another lively evening, with no holds barred.
Chris was joined by Bill Oddie and Mark Avery, who are both WLT Council members. The other speakers were Andrew Gilruth, Director of Membership, Marketing and Communications at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, and Garry Marvin, social anthropologist and Professor of Human-Animal Studies at the University of Roehampton. The event was chaired by Alistair Gammell, a WLT Council Member and formerly RSPB’s Director of International Issues. The theme of the debate was 'Killing other People’s Birds' .
Killing other people’s birds is a common occurrence in many countries including Malta, British Sovereign Territory in Cyprus and Egypt. Here in Britain Hen Harriers, Woodcock and Snipe are among the migrant birds killed. The event provided a forum to discuss the impact shooting birds has on wildlife and conservation, with a particular focus on the persecution of birds from protected species in the UK and killing birds on migration, as well as the social and environmental implications of hunting.
The debate is available as a recording on World Land Trust’s YouTube channel:
Post event press release: Successful Controversial Conservation debate on persecution and shooting of protected birds »
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Controversial Conservation 2014 is one in a series of events hosted in 2014 by WLT’s Patrons and high profile supporters to celebrate the Trust’s 25th Anniversary. Other 25th Anniversary events include David Gower & Friends and Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures.