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Podcasts, Shortcasts, and Interviews from environmental and animal welfare campaigners Charlie Moores and Dominic Dyer.

Off the Leash Charlie Moores and Dominic Dyer

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Podcasts, Shortcasts, and Interviews from environmental and animal welfare campaigners Charlie Moores and Dominic Dyer.

    Shortcast #87 Charlie Moores | Choosing sides on August 12th

    Shortcast #87 Charlie Moores | Choosing sides on August 12th

    I tweeted recently - I'm @charliemoores if you'd like to check this out or follow me - that I'd been a little bit quiet on Substack, the blogging platform I use.I explained why in a post I wrote called 'Choosing sides on August 12th'...and it occurred to me that actually I'd been a bit quiet on Buzzsprout too - so here's that blog in audio form, slightly changed to fit the rhythms of my speech but well, the sentiments and intentions are exactly the same...

    So, About five years ago a senior charity figure ‘advised’ me (way too aggressively for my liking) to ‘choose sides’. It seemed an odd and unnecessary thing to say. I had ‘chosen sides’ years earlier: I was on the side of wildlife, of plants, of biodiversity and nature and was utterly opposed to hunting, shooting, cruelty, exploitation, and wildlife crime. I’d proved that over and over again, right back from when I launched Charlie’s Bird Blog (hat was in a distant past before WordPress and home wi-fi) writing about what I saw birding around the world with an airline I worked for (and which I left in 2010). Proved it again when after what I thought was a friendly merger with a similar but US-based blog called 10,000 Birds I was booted off at short notice (literally almost overnight) because my anti-hunting views were ‘upsetting’ Americans and I refused to compromise. Again when I launched Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) a decade ago and came up with the 3Rs (Recognise, Record, Report). When I helped launch Hen Harrier Day - an idea initially conceived by BAWC member Alan Tilmouth and brilliantly taken up by Mark Avery and Chris Packham. When I started podcasting under the Talking Naturally banner. When I joined the board of League Against Cruel Sports to help fashion a policy on shooting (I did my term and moved on). When in 2015 I was asked by Lush founder Mark Constantine - a Talking Naturally listener - to make podcasts on wildlife and the environment for him and Lush.

    Listening back to all of that I suppose I have moved around a bit looking for the ‘ideal situation’, but I’d clearly chosen sides a long, long time ago. And I like to think I’ve carried on in the same vein since with The War on Wildlife Project and Off the Leash. In just the last four months I’ve written or podcasted about, for example, gamekeepers and raptor persecution, explained why if foxhunting is banned it still takes place, discussed the royal immunity from crime in relation to two Hen Harriers killed at Sandringham, and why the shooting industry needs - unequivocally - to be stopped.

    Anyway, I’m on the move again, taking my love of wildlife and my total opposition to hunting and shooting with me. Taking everything I’ve learned over the years, and all of the experiences I’ve built up and the contacts I’ve made. Taking my energy, focus, and drive. Where am I going? I’m going to be joining Rob Pownall and Matt Smithers at Keep The Ban.


    Follow me on Twitter  https://twitter.com/charliemooresFor more information on Keep The Ban please go to the website https://www.keeptheban.uk/ and follow them (us!) on Twitter, on Facebook,  and on Instagram

    • 13 min
    Interview #31 Tom Langton and Dominic Woodfield | Badger Culls, Biodiversity, Birds and the High Court

    Interview #31 Tom Langton and Dominic Woodfield | Badger Culls, Biodiversity, Birds and the High Court

    In this podcast I talk with professional ecologists Tom Langton and Dominic Woodfield as we discuss a number of related issues that we’ve grouped together under the tite ‘Badger Culls, Biodiversity, Birds and the High Court’. It’s a complex conversation, and it takes experts like Tom and Dominic to explain everything so clearly: it includes duties to protect wildlife and the repeated failure of statutory bodies with respect to those duties which – depending on an upcoming Court Appeal on July 26th– could bring the ‘Next Steps’ 2020 badger cull policy crashing down; a report using volunteer data produced in 2018 by the British Trust for Ornithology, which supposedly looked at the impact on ground-nesting birds of carnivore or mesopredator release (a phenomenon in which populations of medium-sized predators eg foxes rapidly increase in ecosystems after the removal of larger, top carnivores eg badgers) – a report that was rejected by peer reviewers but still emerged – re-written – in 2021 and has been used to justify the badger cull since then; and something called ‘the no difference defence’ used by government nature bodies to justify their actions, which - in my opinion - is just mind-blowing…
    For more information on the badger cull:
    BadgerCrowd Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/BadgerCrowdEuroBadger Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/euro_badgerTom Langton Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/tomlangton60Dominic Woodfield / Bioscan - http://bioscanuk.com/default.aspx

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    Interview #30 Dr Carol Treasure | XCellR8 and non-animal testing

    Interview #30 Dr Carol Treasure | XCellR8 and non-animal testing

    A conversation with a pioneer of non-animal testing Dr Carol Treasure. Carol is a founder of XCellR8, a laboratory exclusively devoted to animal-free safety and efficacy tests for the cosmetics, personal care and chemical industries. XCellR8’s clients include high street retail brands, large ingredient manufacturers and fast growth SMEs. 
    Many of XCellR8’s tests are for moisturisers, soaps and shampoos – in fact, if you use a product from Lush, chances are its components were tested for how they will react with your skin by Carol and her team right here in the north of England…
    There are two parts to our chat: the first takes place in the XCellR8 lab itself, and the second in a much quieter meeting room upstairs. We cover quite a range of issues ranging from the ethical to the scientific and the commercial – all with Carol’s good humour and infectious enthusiasm to the fore.
    But first of all, let’s get over that tricky first introduction…
    Website https://x-cellr8.comDonate - https://x-cellr8.com/about-xcellr8/donate-to-xcellr8/Twitter - https://twitter.com/XCellR8_LabsFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/XCellR8Carol on Twitter - https://twitter.com/DrCarolTreasureAnne-Marie Barton 24hr Crate of Loneliness - https://www.gofundme.com/f/24hr-crate-of-lonelinessFRAME website – https://frame.org.ukAnimal Aid - https://www.animalaid.org.uk/

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    Shortcast #86 Off the Leash | Pro-hunt supporters and intimidation

    Shortcast #86 Off the Leash | Pro-hunt supporters and intimidation

    Charlie Moores and Dominic Dyer discuss attempts  by fox-hunting supporters. to intimidate activists. It's nothing new of course, but it should always be called out. In this particular instance, fox hunting supporters are making threats towards a hotel in Peterborough where the League Against Cruel Sports is hosting their next Enough is Enough event on June 17th and at which Dominic will be speaking...


    Register for free for ‘Enough is Enough’ at The Bull Hotel and Conference Centre, Peterborough, June 17th starting at 19:00.League Against Cruel Sports Website and Twitter feed

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    Interview #29 Sophie Pavelle | Forget Me Not

    Interview #29 Sophie Pavelle | Forget Me Not

    "I've tried to write the book that I felt I needed to read when I was younger, but I hope it appeals to all age groups." Trust me Sophie, it does...
    A conversation with zoologist and science communicator Sophie Pavelle, about her first book, Forget Me Not, which is subtitled “Finding the forgotten species of climate change Britain”.
    We spoke shortly before Forget Me Not’s launch date and discussed what the book is about, Sophie’s modern and fresh writing style (a style that I think makes her a unique and very important voice), and the lessons she’d learnt travelling the length and breadth of Britain looking for species ranging from seagrass and salmon to Mountain Hares and Marsh Fritillaries. 
    I began though by asking Sophie about something she’d said in the epilogue to Forget Me Not that had really caught my attention: “Thank you to Dr Ruth Tingay for lifting me away from the dreaded imposter syndrome”. Sophie has packed a massive amount into a very short time. She’s a presenter, a writer, an ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts, sits on the RSPB Advisory Committee for England, has done an enormous hike for charity, and was now being published by Bloomsbury! In what sense, I asked her, could she possibly be called an ‘imposter’ – an overachiever perhaps, but not an imposter...?


    Bloomsbury Publishing Forget Me Not (Available from 09 June 2022)Sophie Pavelle Instagram and Twitter feedsBeaver Trust Website and Twitter feed

    • 51 min
    The Off the Leash Podcast 3.7

    The Off the Leash Podcast 3.7

    In the latest episode of The Off the leash Podcast Charlie Moores and Dominic Dyer look at the latest on the badger cull - in other words, a climbdown by Defra; the findings of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Afghanistan & Nowzad - basically the most senior civil servants were found to be uncooperative and evasive; Dominic’s upcoming documentary which starts filming very soon; but we start with the submission Dominic and Born Free made to the EFRA Committee (the committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its associated public bodies) on trade with the Faroes in relation to the Grind and the slaughter of pilot whales and other marine mammals - total trade in goods and services (exports plus imports) between the UK and Faroe Islands was a staggering £881 million in the four quarters to the end of Q4 2021, an increase of 90.3% or £418 million from the four quarters to the end of Q4 2020!
    Gov Committee Role - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs CommitteeSea Shepherd Operation Bloody Fjords 2022DTI Trade and Investment Factsheets Faroe Islands (May 2022)Gov Committee Missing in action: UK leadership and the withdrawal from Afghanistan (May 2022)Vet Record Analysis of the impact of badger culling on bovine tuberculosis in cattle in the high-risk area of England, 2009–2020Off the Leash Interview #23 Tom Langton and Dr Mark Jones | Badger Culling ResearchOff the Leash Interview #27 Keep the Ban | Skydiving to Expose CubbingShit Lawns Twitter feedOff the Leash Interview #25 Saffron Gloyne | Animal Welfare Party Candidate 

    • 48 min

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