Don't regard animals as second class humans
“Don't regard animals as second class humans” - Letter to Veterinary Times May 16, 2016 on the fallacy of an anthropomorphic view of animal reactions
A new book on the need for wildlife management
We have for some time been concerned about the lack of understanding of the true meaning of wildlife management that exists among the majority of politicians, the media and the public. Consequently we have commissioned Charlie Pye-Smith, a respected writer and broadcaster on environmental topics, to write a new book The Facts of Rural Life. We expect the book to be published in Spring 2015. It will draw heavily on interviews in the field with scientists, farmers, conservationists, vets, gamekeepers and others involved in the study and management of wildlife. For more information go to: http://jamesbarrington.wordpress.com/ or to give a flavour of the project Charlie P-S will post occasional blogs and interviews, together with photographs from field trips at:.
A one day symposium on Wildlife diseases and conservation
This well received symposium was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on November 15, 2012. The proceedings of the programme below may be viewed on YouTube.
A symposium on Wildlife management and zoonotic infections
Following our successful symposia in 2006 and 2008, a third, one day symposium is to be held at The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Topics will include:
- Animal reservoirs of disease
- DEFRA's wildlife health strategy
- Prospects for the control of bovine TB in England and Wales
- Disease and welfare implications of treating and rehabilitating wildlife
- Control of over successful species - a question of balance
- Ecological and disease threats from the introduction of new species to UK
- Review of wildlife legislation
The full programme for our symposium is now available.
Symposium on Diseases of wildlife and their impact on man and domestic animals - advance notice
Advance notice of our symposium on Diseases of wildlife and their impact on man and domestic animals to be held on November 19, 2008 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, topics will include:
- Wildlife reservoirs of disease
- Disease and ecological hazards from reintroduction of exotic species
- Surveying of wildlife diseases
- Influence of climate change on exotic infections
- Control of over successful species
New joint publication with the Middle Way Group
New joint publication with the Middle Way Group to be launched at the House of Lords on January 16, 2008.
The publication, by one of our members, Katie Colvile, entitled The Natural Chase examines how hunting has evolved from wolves hunting prey to the use of hounds in wildlife management and shows how vitally important this is, not only for the individual quarry animal, but also for the quarry species and bio-diversity in general. It clearly demonstrates that hunting with hounds is a natural phenomenon
Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, also one of our members and a former committee member of the Burns Inquiry, has written the foreword to the report.
The document will be published on our web site.