Chris Packham cancels appearance at dog festival after death threats

An appearance by TV presenter Chris Packham at a festival for dog lovers has been cancelled after he received death threats following his campaign to stop the shooting of birds.

The organisers of Dogstival, being held at Pylewell Park Estate, near Lymington in the New Forest, Hampshire, said they feared protesters would use the event to target the BBC Springwatch presenter.

Mr Packham last month revealed that dead crows had been strung up outside his home, and he received death threats after Natural England revoked licences for controlling 16 species of bird following a legal challenge by the Wild Justice group he founded.

Dogstival co-founder Richard Nowell said "Over the last three weeks we have continued to receive a large number of messages that have caused strong concerns that our event was going to be used as a platform to target Mr Packham.

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File photo dated 22/09/18 of TV wildlife expert Chris Packham who said he has been sent death threats after backing a legal challenge which resulted in restrictions on shooting "pest" birds.
Chris Packham makes a speech on top of a bus stop during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration on Waterloo Bridge in London.
Chris Packham makes a speech on top of a bus stop during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration on Waterloo Bridge in London.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 FRIDAY DECEMBER 28 File photo dated 24/05/18 of TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham who has been awarded a CBE for services to Nature Conservation in the New Year Honours list.
Chris Packham takes part in the People's Walk for Wildlife, as it sets off from Hyde Park in central London.
Chris Packham (left) and Billy Bragg onstage before the start of the People's Walk for Wildlife, in Hyde Park in central London.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Chris Packham interacts with a 7ft lifelike model of a Stag Beetle at the launch of Big Bugs on Tour at intu Lakeside, which is a year-long initiative designed to reconnect people with nature.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Chris Packham interacts with a lifelike model of a Hornet and a Grasshopper at the launch of Big Bugs on Tour at intu Lakeside, which is a year-long initiative designed to reconnect people with nature.
TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham (left) and Butterfly Conservation's Head of England Regions Dan Hoare after releasing chequered skipper butterflies in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire, which are being reintroduced to England, as part of the Back from the Brink project, after the species disappeared in 1976.
Wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham and organizer of the protest addresses the crowd during the first day of the grouse season known as the "Glorious 12th". Hundreds of Anti Blood Sports protesters gather outside Downing Street in London, UK on August 12, 2017 to demonstrate against the killing of animals for sport. (Photo by Claire Doherty) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Chris Packham attending the Royal Television Society Programme Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
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"As responsible event organisers we have to put the public's interest first and that is to deliver a day out that is fun, friendly and safe for all members of the family.

"We are disappointed to no longer be working with our host and recognise that people who have purchased tickets in the hope of meeting him may be disappointed.

"But, we have to consider the public's safety and enjoyment across the weekend, so this is the right decision."

Mr Packham posted on Twitter: "Due to incessant vicious bullying from members of the shooting fraternity Scratchy and I have been asked not to go. Please do not boycott this event."

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