I received this email from a local vegan the other day, raises a few good points that I thought I’d share... Ive heard from others that there are very few vegans or even veggies in conservation/wildlife organisations... anybody know why there this seems to be the case???
If there were more vegs in the wildlife movement, we could have a greater influence on a range of issues – and, I believe, it would be far, far more useful than promoting ‘animal rights’. At present, there are more hunting, shooting and fishing people than vegs within wildlife organizations, and we get a very unbalanced representation on farming issues, and management of gamebirds, water-courses, etc. As far as I know, I’m the only veg. on the NE Wales Conservation Committee, and it would be very useful to have a few more vegs to back me up. For example, there are discussions going on about buying an area near Wrexham, for development as a nature reserve, but working with an angling group (from E.Cheshire) to give them fishing rights. On some of the Trust reserves there is a policy of trapping wild mink, because these animals are widely blamed for the extinction of water voles throughout Britain. In fact, 98 percent of water voles were wiped out before mink arrived in this country, and the major factor is sheep farming, but mink are a convenient scapegoat. Pheasant do a huge amount of environmental damage, but the shooting lobby imports several million of these birds every year, and there are few complaints, because the shooting people have so much control over the way the countryside is managed. We need more veg. wildlife conservationists to promote the facts and dispel the myths.