Why The League were Walking For Wildlife
Around 10,000 people took to the streets of London on a soggy September day last weekend, and for a great cause.
We were all supporting Chris Packham’s People’s Walk for Wildlife, and the first draft of the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife which Chris and some young conservationists and naturalists delivered to Downing Street at the end of the march.
It was wonderful to walk with so many people who were united for one cause: to save and protect our declining wildlife for future generations to come. The streets were filled with beautiful birdsong that we had downloaded onto our phones. It was an amazing, uplifting and quite moving experience.
It was great to meet many of our supporters who came to our stall in Hyde Park interested to hear about our campaigns and how they could support us and get involved. We gave out many placards and t-shirts – it’s been great fun to spot these in the photos popping up on social media! Many supporters took our postcards to send to the National Trust to ask them to stop the issuing of licences to hunts on their land. The National Trust were also on the march, I believe there may have been a few interesting conversations had at their stall!
The League is pleased to see many of the measures that we are campaigning for are in Chris’s Manifesto, such as a strengthening the Hunting Act by introducing a ‘reckless’ clause, banning the use of dogs below ground and the removal of the Observation and Research exemption from the act. The Manifesto is still available to read and download here.
It is now up to all of us to keep the momentum of the march going.
You can do this by writing to your MP about the manifesto and asking them to adopt these ideas. And please - join us and help us campaign for a better world for animals where they can live without fear of persecution.