The Ecologist slammed for ignoring conservation facts
The Ecologist, Britain’s leading environmental magazine — formerly edited by Conservation MP Zac Goldsmith — has been criticised for anti-shooting bias after it refused to publish a GWCT response to a “misleading” article on its website last month.
The article quoted directly from the League Against Cruel Sports, saying: “The shooting industry is out of control… Any claim that this industry cares about the birds it raises is patently nonsense.”
The GWCT pointed out that its scientific data proves that shooting is also about conservation, with many studies showing that farms with shoots have a higher percentage of farmland birds due to managers providing food, safe nesting habitat and predator control.
The Ecologist then asked the GWCT to write an explanatory commentary for publication but on receipt refused it to publish it. When the GWCT asked why, editor Brendan Montague replied: “I could not and would not use my hard-won position and skills to promote the killing of these birds… I can empathise with your view, but I’m not going to promote it.”
Shooting supports farmlandbirds such as the corn bunting