The Ecol­o­gist slammed for ig­nor­ing con­ser­va­tion facts

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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

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