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News Report Page 12 of 18
Publication Date:-
2021-03-21
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Chris Packham supports charity's launch of badger baiting documentary for teenagers

NATURALIST and television presenter, Chris Packham CBE, has voiced his support for a short film from animal welfare charity, Naturewatch Foundation. The video shows teenagers the brutality and shocking prevalence of badger baiting, a blood sport that continues to thrive all over the UK; despite being banned since 1835. The Gloucestershire based charity invites anyone working with teenagers to feature the 16 minute documentary in their schedules at a convenient time, particularly:- Secondary Schools, youth work settings, badger groups, wildlife organisations and Police Officers.

'Raising Awareness of Badger Crime' is presented and produced by Alex Collins, a young filmmaker and keen conservationist. Collins takes the audience deep into the forest to the site of a badger sett. Delving into the lives of badgers, he explores not only their ecology and how vital they are to their ecosystems, but also the extreme cruelty they face, including badger baiting. Teenagers are taught how to recognise signs of wildlife crime and how they can help protect badgers if they suspect persecution is happening.

Packham, a patron of Naturewatch Foundation, said:- "The film offers teenagers the chance to appreciate and connect with the natural world, and with a creature they may have previously had little knowledge of. As we have learned, particularly during the Pandemic, nature has been recognised as a source of inspiration and comfort for so many of us. It is more important than ever that we inspire the younger generations to become guardians and protectors of our natural world and all the beautiful creatures that call it home, particularly the humble and highly victimised badger."

Collins, a zoologist, said:- "The fact that badger baiting remains so un-discussed among the general public is a testament to how far we still have to go if we are to defeat wildlife crime nationwide. I believe that all generations, young and old, have the power to create positive change and I hope that this film acts as the 1st stepping stone towards inspiring people to do that."

On request, the charity provides educational resources to support the film and offers a free wildlife crime novel to participating Schools. 'A Badger's Tale' was illustrated by 13 to 16 year olds, following an art competition, which was judged by Chris Packham.

Caroline Ruane, CEO of Naturewatch Foundation, said:- "Our badger baiting awareness programme for teenagers was launched in 2018 but, due to social distancing restrictions, was put on hold during the Pandemic. We have risen to the challenge of making our message as accessible as possible by sharing our new film online. Badger crime can be a generational issue, with children witnessing their parents' involvement and not registering that their activities are morally wrong; or even illegal. To help save British badgers from a horrific end, we invite anyone who works with teenagers over the age of 13 to share our thought provoking, and conversation starting, video with their groups via our YouTube channel. Young people can change the future for this iconic animal."


TalkTalk's official response to Ofcom's price increase proposals

REGULATOR Ofcom has announced its decision to raise regulated broadband prices. This will see the cost of most part fibre, part copper lines (FTTC) increasing by CPI. These increases are in part designed to help fund the rollout of full fibre (FTTP) across the UK, which currently only 18% of the country can access.

The proposals will see retail prices increase by ₤1.8bn and BT wholesale revenues increase by ₤1.2bn compared to the current cost based system. Meanwhile consumers won't see the benefit of full fibre for years to come, leaving then stranded on a lower quality product while paying more.

A TalkTalk spokesperson said:- "Ofcom's proposals mean blanket price increases for consumers nationwide and yet full fibre won't be available for the majority for many years to come. This approach is at odds with Ofcom's principal duty to further the interests of consumers and promote competition."

The price of ethernet connections will also rise, leading to higher volume users also seeing price rises. This will mean users such as Schools and Hospitals will see thousands of pounds added to their annual bills.

For example, a normal mid sized Hospital could have to spend around ₤8,000 extra over a 5 year period, around a 7% rise on what might have spent with no price rises.

The average rise for a normal British business will be proportionately even higher; around ₤2,000 over 5 years, around an 11% increase.

With an estimated 1,250 Hospitals across the UK, this means that combined they will spend an extra 10 million pounds on broadband because of these proposals over the next 5 years. The hit to businesses across the UK is estimated at an eye watering ˝ a billion pounds over the same period.

 

 
      
 
   
 
 
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