It was John Muir who once said that conservation is a battle between right and wrong. There are some things in this world that are just plain wrong and when it comes to our relationship with Nature, the list is extensive. Raptor persecution is wrong. Trophy hunting is wrong. Bear bile farming is wrong. And the massacre of spring migrants in parts of the Mediterranean is wrong. But what to do? These are complex issues poisoned by deep-seated social, political and cultural prejudices. One thing to do is to expose these wrongs and trust that the wider values of society will mobilise the wheels of democracy to put them right.
I take my hat off to anyone who sticks their head above the parapet and risks not only personal safety but hard-earned reputation. Chris Packham, known to many for his role as TV presenter, along with a handful of colleagues, is about to stick his head well and truly above the parapet. Between 21-26 April Chris will broadcast live on YouTube from Malta where migrant birds are slaughtered in their thousands every year.
Apparently denied exposure by leading conservation bodies, as well as mainstream TV channels, Chris and his small team have turned to social media to expose this outdated and universally condemned ‘tradition’.
If you care about cuckoos, ospreys, kestrels and even swallows (who doesn’t welcome the return of swallows?) then watch Chris’ broadcasts and do some broadcasting yourself as what happens in Malta happens elsewhere and it’s wrong. IT IS WRONG.
Chris Packham, Luke Massey, Ruth Peacey, Jez Toogood (and for the record David Tipling too), along with Birdlife Malta – I tip my hat and wish you well. Learn more about the Malta Massacre on Migration here.
View at 9pm 21-26 April on YouTube.