BY NIGEL BEAN A few years back a friend of mine was with two other men, just about to enter a copse to carry out pest control for a local farmer. They were after pigeons and decked out in camouflage. Their weapon of choice was the .177 air rifle. Just as they were about to enter the wood their rifles were unsheathed. Then, up on … Continue reading A Question of Impartiality
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last week I was driving down a steep hill on the motorway when something white on the lane inside caught my eye. At first it looked like a torn white plastic bag – the kind one gets from a kebab house or chippie. Then, as I got closer, I saw some cars in front swerving to avoid it. The true misery of … Continue reading For the Love of Creatures
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The second year in a row and we find a bird of prey conveniently turns up dead two weeks before the grouse shooting season starts on 12th August. Last year it was a Hen Harrier caught in a trap – an incident that appears to have been staged to catch the headlines; an incident carefully designed not only to … Continue reading Who Killed the Sea Eagle?
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The big question hanging over last week’s exposé in this magazine on the Welsh Assembly’s collaboration with animal rights extremists is why did the Conservative Party of Wales forfeit the public’s expectations of their duty in opposition and not hold Lesley Griffiths to public account for withholding vital information from the Welsh Assembly? Whether the ban went ahead or … Continue reading The Failing Welsh Assembly
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Animal rights groups still remain very much active on the political scene – cheating, lying, funding fake science, and getting like-minded politicians to do their bidding. On the 15th July 2020, You unlikely noticed but the final nail went into the coffin of UK circuses using animals when Wales, the last remaining country in the UK to do so, … Continue reading Corrupt Welsh Assembly Needs Closing
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Wild Justice have launched a campaign to fight the new and necessary proposed badger cull because they say the Government has backtracked on its original proposal to move to a vaccination-based policy. So it would appear a letter sent to the Minister for the Environment, George Eustice, by the Badger Trust and supported by LACS, RSPCA, IFAW and the … Continue reading Wild Claims from Wild Justice
BY RUPERT MATTHEWS Those of you familiar with the great movie “Zulu” may recall the scene early on where a detachment of Boer volunteer cavalry led by Mr Stevenson arrive at Rorke’s Drift to tell Lieutenant Chard (played by Stanley Baker) that his regiment had been wiped out and that 4,000 Zulu are on their way to destroy his isolated outpost. The exchange that follows … Continue reading Zulu, Volunteers & Rural Policing
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ James Barrington, formerly League Against Cruel Sports (aka LACS) CEO, wrote an excellent article in Country Squire Magazine last week on the devastation of native wildlife through the myopic approach of animal rights zealots. It was clear these zealots despise field sportsmen/women with such obsessive fervour that they seek to denigrate them at every opportunity. They believe they are … Continue reading LACS’ Lost Leaders
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE The hills and valleys of our National Parks are basked in bigotry, or so assert some mirthless toads at the BBC. Their latest effort to denigrate rural folk sees a section of Countryfile devoted to tackling the supposed barriers preventing ethnic minorities from venturing into the countryside. Sombre music plays as a man intones a damning report of England’s National Parks. We … Continue reading A Racist Countryside?
BY JIM WEBSTER It struck me that you might want to open your village hall or community centre, so I thought I’d guide you through the new rules which can be found here. First there is a series of warnings: Many community facilities are also workplaces and those responsible for the premises should therefore be aware of their responsibilities as employers. The government is clear … Continue reading Reality-Free Civil Servants
BY JAMES BARRINGTON Asking what methods of wildlife management anti-hunting or anti-shooting groups actually support, as opposed to the activities they are keen to condemn, should always be part of any debate surrounding field sports. The usual response is either a deafening silence or an idealistic ‘leave it all to nature’. Practical examples of how these alternative models of the countryside might look tend to … Continue reading The Blindness of Zealots
BY NICK PEARCE Fly-tipping is still out of control across much of the UK as lock-down continues. The period when tips were closed back in April has had a knock-on effect, resulting in people dumping rubbish illegally. Meanwhile, with little else to be getting on with, the revamping of homes and sorting out of clothes during lock-down has resulted in piles of unwanted furniture and … Continue reading Fly-Tipping Spikes