Author: Charlie Moores

Off the Leash Podcast #17 (56:41)

When we started these podcasts we both had a slight concern that there might not be enough going on to do an episode every week. We should have known better – actually we really should have known better because we’ve been working on this stuff for years. There are apparently no limits to humanity’s war with wildlife and the environment, and a case in point this week is the Grind, the disgusting slaughter of cetaceans in the Faeroe Islands, which Dominic discusses in-depth, suggesting that suspending the UK’s free trade agreement with the Islands is key.  Dominic also gives an update on Nowzad and Pen Farthing,. Charlie talks about the National Trust and so called trail hunting, We have a shortcast from Luke Steele of Wild Moors. And we’ll be naming our heroes and villains (including ‘Stop the Stink’) and giving shoutouts to a march in London, a discussion and webinar on the badger badger cull, and a Whale and Dolphin Conservation petition ‘Lockdown Never Ends’.

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Off the Leash Podcast #16 (52:14)

Another special episode (as we suggested last week), this time focussing on Geronimo the Alpaca. Not an ‘inside story’ as such (though Dominic was of course heavily involved), instead we’re going to approach the subject in a slightly more tangential way – asking why did the media get so interested in what could have been just yet another bovine TB story, and what can we learn from that about promoting other campaigns;  looking at how Geronimo and Helen Macdonald have done so much to re-awaken the debate about bovine TB and the badger cull; and of course we talk about the self-inflicted mess that Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has found itself in – referencing a well-attended protest that took place outside Defra’s London offices last week.

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Various | Geronimo Defra Protest (27:07)

A podcast edited from audio recorded by Off the Leash Podcasts in London on September the 8th 2021 at a protest event directly outside the offices of Defra – the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Defra is the government department that sanctions the badger cull and that just a week ago forcibly removed Geronimo the Alpaca from a farm in Gloucestershire, based on tests that concluded – wrongly – that Gerniomo – who was brought to the UK from New Zealand in August 2017 – had bovine TB. That claim has been consistently disputed by Geronimo’s owner, Helen Macdonald, a vet who had been keeping Geronimo in isolation since Defra first issued the order to have the animal killed

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‘Summer’ | Stop HS2 (09:24)

A shortcast about the work being done to stop the ecological destruction of Hs2 from ‘Summer’, a climate and animal justice activist working with Stop HS2. Summer would understandably prefer not to give out her personal contact details, so Off the Leash has offered to act as an intermediary. if you’d like to offer support or help please email offtheleashpodcasts@gmail.com and we will forward any relevant messages.

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Making the ‘perfect’ shortcast? (05:21)

Perfect shortcast? Spoiler alert – there is no such thing as the perfect shortcast. Or the typical shortcast. Or the right length shortcast, or even the right sounding shortcast. Shortcasts come in all shapes and sizes and we wouldn’t have it any other way. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few techniques to make a better shortcast, so we’ve offered a few suggestions here.  Some might seem obvious if you’re an old hand but hopefully they’ll be useful if you’re not. 

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Charlie Moores | Cubbing

  A shortcast about fox cub hunting or cubbing from Charlie Moores. A version of this audio first appeared in Our Off The Leash Podcast in August (link below) but with so many reports of cubbing on social media at the moment, we felt that it would be helpful to state again what cubbing is and how to recognise the revolting individuals who do it. Off the Leash Podcast Episode 13 Hunt Saboteurs Association Website – Hotline phone number 07443

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