Controversial Conservation - A debate with Chris Packham
Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be a lively debate on many of the issues that are shied away from, “WLT is not a campaigning organisation but nor should we sweep major issues under the carpet,” explains John Burton, WLT Chief Executive. “We are pleased to have Chris lead the debate because he is always ready to voice his opinions in a scientific and reasoned way. Likewise we are delighted to have a range of expert panel members to address controversial subjects close to their heart.”
~ Niche species: Which niche species are worth saving? Is it right to divert huge amount of funds to save, for instance, rhinos, pandas and orang-utans? And if so who decides which species can be saved and which are doomed?
~ Dangerous wild animals: We tell people in India that they should be protecting their elephants and tigers, despite the fact that they can cause human deaths, eat their cattle and destroy crops. Yet in Britain we are culling badgers because they carry TB.
~ Persecution of protected wildlife: In this country harriers and goshawks are relentlessly persecuted by those who want to shoot grouse and partridges. “Far too much illegal persecution of protected wildlife occurs and far too much of it is carried out by gamekeepers,” says Mark Avery.
~ Domestic cats and feral cats: It is possible to be a wildlife-lover and cat-lover at the same time but many people with cats are in denial that their own pet slaughters wildlife. Two knowledgeable and charismatic speakers, George Fenwick and Celia Haddon, will put forward their own different viewpoints.
Chris Packham will chair the discussion and, no doubt, add his strong opinions to the mix.
With Vivek Menon, Mark Avery, George Fenwick and Celia Haddon.