Wild Justice takes legal cases and advocates for a better deal for UK wildlife.
Species can’t take legal cases in their own names, they can’t write to MPs and they can’t sign petitions, but, together, we can stand up for wildlife using the legal system and seeking changes to existing laws.
Wild Justice has three directors and no other staff. None of us is paid a salary. We are three friends who have worked together on campaigns and projects but now we want to do something bigger together and that’s why Wild Justice exists. We’ve each got our separate jobs and activities outside Wild Justice, we don’t agree about everything, but we want to work together to make a difference for wildlife. This is who we are:
Dr Mark Avery is an author, blogger and environmental campaigner. Mark worked for the RSPB for 25 years and was the RSPB’s Conservation Director for nearly 13 years.
Mark Avery said ‘Wild Justice will take on public bodies to get a better deal for wildlife. It’s a shame that we have to do this but we have little confidence that statutory bodies are fulfilling their functions properly. We aim to hold their feet to the fire in court. I’m reminded of what the great American environmental campaigner, Ansel Adams said ‘It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.’.
Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author. He was awarded a CBE for services to nature conservation in the last New Year Honours List.
Chris Packham said ‘Wild. Justice. Because the wild needs justice more than ever before. The pressures wrought upon our wildlife have reached a crisis point and this is an essential response. The message is clear . . . if you are breaking the law, if the law is weak, if the law is flawed – we are coming for you. Peacefully, democratically and legally. Our simple premise is to work with the laws we’ve got to seek real justice for our wildlife, to reform, refine or renew those laws we have to ensure that justice can be properly realised. Our wildlife has been abused, has been suffering, exploited or destroyed by criminals for too long. Well, no longer. Wild Justice will at last be the voice of those victims and it will be heard . . . and justice will be served.‘.
Ruth Tingay said ‘I know many people who despair about what’s happening to our wildlife but who also feel powerless to help, typically because access to justice can be prohibitively expensive and a daunting arena. Wild Justice provides an opportunity for ordinary citizens to fight back on behalf of wildlife, collectively helping us to challenge poor decisions or flawed policies that threaten to harm our wildlife. With so many potential cases, the difficulty for us will be to decide which ones to take on first.’.
Wild Justice is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. A not-for-profit company is one where the directors don’t benefit from the profits of the company and money raised is spent on the aims (called the ‘objects’) of the company.
The objects of Wild Justice are:
We decided not to set up a charity because that would limit some activities, eg campaigning against government policies, that we may want to carry out. We keep this decision under review.