Chris Packham in arson attack The 60-year-old told his followers he thinks the damage may have been caused by internet trolls - Media Credit: Instagram

Chris Packham Says Arson Attack Won’t Stop Him Fighting Fox Hunting

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Vegan environmental activist and BBC presenter Chris Packham reveals an arson attack on his home won’t stop him from advocating for animals.

‘I will not be cowed, I will not buckle’, he told his 496,000 Twitter followers.

Chris Packham

The Spingwatch presenter says that on Thursday night, two men in hoodies drove up to his Hampshire house and burnt the gates to the ground.

According to a host of reports, they set a car on fire in view of CCTV cameras.

As a result, ‘extensive damage’ totaling thousands of pounds has been caused to his property, he claims.

And, in a video posted to his Twitter page, the activist questioned whether those behind the attack were internet trolls.

He said: “I am surprised when environmentalists such as myself receive hateful torrents of relentless abuse, nothing can be done about it.”

It’s not the first time Packham has received such ‘hate’, he says. Just two years ago dead animals were tied to his gate, including badgers, foxes, and birds.

Ongoing activism

‘Are they going to kill me at some point?’, he stresses, ‘I think it’s a fair question.’

The 60-year-old said: “All I can say is, whoever you are. You burned down the wrong gates. Because if you think by burning down those gates that I’m going to become a supporter of unsustainable or illegal shooting, the unwarranted savagery brought upon foxes when they’re torn to pieces by dogs, then you’re wrong.

“I will, of course, just carry on. Because I have no choice. I cannot, and will not, let your intimidation sway me from my course.”

Chris Packham used the video to urge National Trust members to ban trail hunting on their properties and write to the Forestry Commission to ban the controversial practice.

At the time of writing, more than 40,000 people have liked the video. And many are standing in ‘solidarity, including MPs Caroline Lucas and Jeremy Corbyn.

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Emily Baker

Emily is a journalist based in Devon, where she reports on issues affecting local people from politics to the environment. She has also written features on feminism for Polyester Magazine.

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