Latest News Backing for the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife launched today by naturalist and TV campaigner Chris Packham has been praised by animal welfare campaigners at the League Against Cruel Sports. The strengthening of the Hunting Act, a ban on driven grouse shooting and the use of snares all form part of the new initiative aimed at halting a drastic decline in British wildlife.Naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, said “In a time when wildlife is diminishing so rapidly we cannot continue to abuse that which is struggling to survive. Ripping foxes to pieces with dogs, damaging our uplands to produce industrial quantities of grouse to be killed, and trapping, or mis-trapping animals in inhumane snares are practices which have no place in a world which is waking up to the fact that it’s now or never to save our wildlife.”Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “The League Against Cruel Sports welcomes the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, especially its calls to strengthen the Hunting Act, ban snares and introduce a ban on driven grouse shooting. “It is reflective of the fact that illegal fox, deer and hare hunting is still rife in our countryside and millions of birds suffer needlessly at the hands of the shooting industry.” The manifesto was drawn up by Chris Packham with the aid of 17 independent experts and scientists. It has been described by him as a ‘first draft to ignite public interest’ and has been launched ahead of the People’s Walk for Wildlife taking place in central London on Saturday, September 22. The League Against Cruel Sports is set to join the walk to highlight the concerns of the British people about the unnecessary suffering of animals in the name of ‘sport’ – 85% of people across the country want fox hunting to remain illegal according to the League’s latest polling. Nick Weston, said: “The way that Britain’s animals are abused in the name of so-called sport is a blight on our reputation as an animal loving nation, so it is only appropriate that a people’s manifesto calls for it to end.” The League Against Cruel Sports is holding a stall in Hyde Park from 10am this Saturday morning at the meeting point for The People’s Walk for Wildlife. - ENDS - Notes to Editors For more information or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email [email protected] The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain's leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife. Find out more about our work at www.league.org.uk. Registered charity in England and Wales (no.1095234) and Scotland (no.SC045533).