Even as a glamorous podcaster (*cough*) I don’t get to go to all that many receptions at the Mother of all Parliaments, which is a shame as while I’m
So how did I get to be at a reception for the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH) on the 3rd of July? My invite came about because I know it’s founder Eduardo Goncalves (photo below) from our time at the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS
Quite what reserves of energy Eduardo
What do I mean by seriously impressive?
Well, short speeches slamming the vile trophy hunting industry and demanding the closure of the loopholes that allow the import of bits and pieces of dead animals into the UK were given by Zac Goldsmith MP (if he was a Green Party MP he’d be almost the perfect politician), Sir Ranulph Fiennes (the craggy erudite explorer in the photo above), Sue Hayman (the Shadow Environment Secretary), and Alison Philipps (the editor of the Daily Mirror who’s backed the campaign to the hilt).
Among the good and the great in attendance were activists and campaigners of the calibre of Peter Egan, Marc Abraham (sporting a new fuzzy beardy look), Kevin Pietersen (the charismatic former cricketer who is doing remarkable work fighting rhino poaching in South Africa – the ‘Beast of Man’ podcasts with him and Five Live’s Sarah Brett are absolutely superb), Bill Bailey, Jan Leeming, Kerry Mcarthy MP, Tracey Crouch MP, Annette Crosbie, Vikki Michelle, and a host of representatives of organisations all tackling trophy hunting and animal abuse.
I also spent part of my time catching up with former friends and colleagues from various sectors of the animal rights world. It’s a fairly small pond we’re all paddling around in, but it does contain some of the very best people!
As well as put on a suit and mix with the famous, the plan had been to record the speeches and grab some interviews
In the meantime, the aims of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting couldn’t be much simpler: to end the slaughter and trade of some of the planet’s most magnificent and endangered animals (by some of the planet’s least likeable egocentrics). if that’s not worth supporting I have no idea what is…Check out the aims of CBTH right here