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Survey about Wild Justice (1 Viewer)

Jack Dawe

Well-known member
I see that the Game and Wildlife Conservancy have opened a one-question petition about Wild Justice (the predator protection group fronted by Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery) asking whether they are doing more harm than good. The question seems framed to encourage negative replies, so I thought Birdforum members might like to put their point of view. I note that the survey asks for an email address. I didn't give one. It didn't seem to matter, but who knows?

I don't have any vested interest in this, except that I heartily approve of Wild Justice. I just spotted a post about it from RBA on Twitter and thought it might be of interest here.

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Thanks Jack for posting this -

Just so people are aware who is framing the petition and to what ends
and their publication

Of course they are encouraging negative replies, their whole raison d’etre is to find scientic and conservation justifications to underpin their hunting, predator control and shooting activities.
Wild Justice is a total anathema to their objectives, so the attack on WJ should come as no surprise.

If enough members fill out the petition in favour of WJ, it may not change the outcome but might screw with it a bit!

To make it easier, I cut and pasted the objectives of WJ taken from WJ’s website, and pasted them into the survey answer box - feel free to use my answer below as to why you answered ‘no’ (if you did!)

“Wildlife Justice objectives are:

  • Nature conservation, primarily in UK.
  • Advocacy to make UK laws, policies and practices more wildlife-friendly.
  • Use of UK legal system to further nature conservation objectives.
  • Encourage public participation in nature conservation issues.”

John Cantelo

Well-known member
It's fifty-odd years since I studied sociology but I don't suppose things have changed so much in that time that surveys conducted in this manner have become remotely useful or informative. It's no more than an ill-considered attempt to get the desired answer and generate publicity (much like a recent survey about the abuse suffered by gamekeepers). No self-respecting organisation would pretend otherwise.

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