Thousands March on Downing Street

Thousands of protesters march on Downing Street, calling for more wildlife protection. The 12th August marks the start of the grouse shooting season, a topic which sparks debate and controversy.

Wildlife campaigner and BBC presenter Chris Packham spoke to protesters, saying;

“They sometimes say: ‘Ah, it’s a tradition.’ Slavery was a tradition, racism was a tradition, homophobia was a tradition.

“Our wildlife is running out, can we honestly continue to just waste it? To kill it for pleasure. That’s the problem isn’t it? See, they say to me that I preach an anti-shooting agenda.

“What I am preaching is an anti-unsustainable and criminal shooting agenda. I feel secure and positive and optimistic that, as my T-shirt says, killing wildlife for fun is a dying business.”

The protest sought to confront multiple wildlife issues, badger culling first and foremost, but also grouse shooting and fox hunting.