GOTL | Maggie Wilcox Free Roaming Cats petition

As wildlife campaigner (and cat lover) Maggie Wilcox says in this shortcast, “In my mind every life is precious – but every time a cat wanders outside his or her home there is a potential for a threat to life”.

Maggie (who many of us perhaps know better from Twitter as NorfolkBea and the #NestsNotNets campaign) has set up a petition on Change.org ‘Keep cats safe and save wild lives. Amend the Animals Act 1971 and end feline free roaming‘ which (to date) has attracted relatively few signatures – and not a little vitriol! However many people do eventually sign, in our opinion Maggie should be commended for at least starting the conversation – and doing so (as you’ll hear) in an extremely compassionate and thoughtful way.

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GOTL | Keep The Ban: Trail hunting and the National Trust (02:49)

‘Trail hunting is nothing but a smokescreen for the illegal hunting of wildlife”. In this shortcast Robert Pownall, founder of Keep The Ban,  a non-profit organisation campaigning to end the hunting of wildlife in the name of entertainment, discusses the lie that is so-called ‘trail hunting’ and asks listeners to petition the National Trust to permanently end the issuing of ‘trail hunting’ licences which have facilitated the illegal hunting of foxes on Trust land. Keep The Ban also recently launched a campaign to gather more followers on Twitter than the hunting lobby group Countryside Alliance. They have achieved that, and if you’d like to add your name to their still-growing list please follow them  @keeptheban – and please join nearly 300,000 signatories to their petition to Strengthen the 2004 Hunting Act.

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GOTL | Lisa Marley Derek Gow Podcast trailer (03:50)

In this shortcast podcaster and campaigner Lisa Marley talks about the latest episode of her wonderful podcast series ‘Crimes Against Nature’,  which features an interview with inspirational farmer, conservationist and reintroduction specialist Derek Gow.  It includes a segment from Lisa’s interview in which Derek compares inertia on the biodiversity crisis with being on a runaway train speeding towards a ‘ruinous end’.

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Off the Leash Podcast Episode 11

Back after our summer break, season two kicks off with a withering look at the lack of animal welfare in the horse- and greyhound-racing industries. We then turn our focus on the National Trust and its support for so-called ‘trail hunting’ – a cover for illegal foxhunting (which includes a shortcast from Rob Pownall of Keep the Ban). Charlie tells the dog whistlers yelling ‘woke’ to wake the heck up.  In ‘Hero and Villain’ we thank campaigners at Camp Beagle and swift nestbox manufacturer John Stimpson, and pour scorn on Ian Botham’s declaration of war on the RSPB and the ‘penis rockets’ of Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson. In 60 Second Shoutout, we highlight the new shortcasts we’ve recently uploaded (and introduce a new one from author and campaigner Mary Colwell), flag up Peter Egan’s petition to have laboratory animals included in the Animal Welfare Act and Maggie Wilcox’s petition on free-roaming cats (and we have our third shortcast of the episode from Maggie herself). Finally, Dominic trails the Oxford Badger Group ‘Badger Picnic’ he will be talking at.

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GOTL | Tom Langton ‘Next Steps’ Policy (07:13)

“It’s such a sad indictment of the current way in which science is conducted and vested interests have infected our society.” Ecologist Tom Langton has been looking at the scientific and legal aspects of the dreaded badger culls since 2016, and this summer represents his fifth year working on what is being described as the worst miscarriage of UK biological science for fifty years. Tomorrow (the 22nd of July) Tom is off to London for a High Court challenge of Secretary of State George Eustice over the “Next Steps” policy, which was published in March 2020 and revealed the way in which badgers may be legally shot in huge numbers over the next five years and beyond – all the way up to 2038. For this shortcast we asked Tom to explain a bit about the new 2020 policy and what exactly was being challenged – a challenge which, incidentally, has taken over a year of battling to gain permission for. Tom starts off with aspects of the 2020 policy in terms of what we might expect to see under the wording of the controversial new policy and the dilemma (in Tom’s words) that it now offers to those who may be invited for the foreseeable future to vaccinate badgers as long as they stand by while most of them are killed first…

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GOTL | Tessa Boase The Story of the RSPB’s Women Founders (12:37)

  The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a conservation powerhouse. As the RSPB’s homepage proudly states – at the time of publishing this anyway – they are ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Saving Birds”. So, those grim-faced men holding indistinct placards in the black and white header photograph on the RSPB’s website, they would be the charity’s founders, would they? Not even close. As author, journalist, and campaigner Tessa Boase explains in this wonderful shortcast, the founders

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