Greens join major Central London demonstration to protect British wildlife

3 September 2017

On Saturday August 12th, Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party joined thousands of people in one of the largest ever British wildlife protection protests held in the UK. The aim of the demonstration was to call on the Government to bring an immediate end to the cruel, costly and ineffective badger cull, strengthen rather than seek to repeal the Hunting Act and end grouse shooting. According to recent polls the ending of these cruel activities is supported by around 80% of the British public. 

The march started at Cavendish Square and proceeded through Central London down Regents Street, Pall Mall, around Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, ending opposite Downing Street. Speakers included Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, and Chris Packham of the BBC.

Chris Packham speaking

British wildlife is under threat from the policies of this Government who fail to understand basic ecology. Not only is the badger cull cruel and costly, but it has been shown to be scientifically ineffective. Grouse shooting is detrimental to wildlife as predators such as hen harriers are also killed and areas turned into ecological wastelands, so that a tiny minority of people can satisfy their blood lust by killing sentient birds. The vast majority of the British public realise that to hunt and kill living creatures is cruel and barbaric and has no place in a civilised society.


Mark Dawes at the demonstration

“We need to protect British wildlife from cruel hunting, culling and shooting before it is too late and species become extinct” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party. “It is immoral to kill living, sentient beings for fun and such activities should be banned forever” he added.