Concerns have been raised over calls for rewilding of the Royal Family’s estates, which could endanger the Queen and her precious corgis. The calls come from TV environmentalist Chris Packham, known for appearances on Springwatch and the Really Wild Show. Meanwhile, former Tory minister Lord Marland has declared that he is “terrified” of the campaigning wildlife presenter.
Call for rewilding of the Royal Family’s estates
In these days of climate change and global warming, many environmentalists are keen to protect not only the environment itself but the wildlife living there. Recently, a call for rewilding has been led by TV environmentalist Chris Packham. The environmentalist is known for his appearances on Springwatch and the Really Wild Show on British TV.
Prior to the recent COP26 climate summit, Packham led a children’s march to Buckingham Palace to deliver a petition to the Queen. Carrying more than 100,000 signatures, the petition asked the Royal Family to commit to rewilding its estates. In fact, the environmentalist asked the Royal Family to rewild the entire Balmoral estate in order for bears and wolves to be reintroduced.
According to the Wild Card campaign, that launched the petition, the Royal Family owns around 800,000 acres. This makes them the largest landowning family in Britain. According to Packham, the Royal Family is in a “powerful position” to promote environmental change across the UK. According to My London News, he said it is time for the British monarchy to “step up” and do their bit.
Speaking to the Guardian, the environmentalist said it is a time for action and the time for talking is over. Packham added how important it was to embrace rewilding prior to COP26, as it would send a powerful message to the world. The wildlife expert said, “With 1.4 percent of the land surface they could do enormous good. Leading by example is the best way to lead and a lot of people follow their example.”
Critics concerned over Queen and her corgis
Meanwhile, critics have raised concerns over the plans, suggesting that the Queen and her corgis will be endangered. Should the rewilding occur, they might be confronted by “wolves and bears.”
Former Tory minister, Lord Marland spoke in the House of Lords, saying he and others are “terrified.” They are against Packham having the chance to ensure UK ministers take account of animals’ welfare needs when drawing up a new policy. In fact, Lord Marland said, “Most of us are terrified of someone like Chris Packham.”
Queen Elizabeth and her corgis
Queen Elizabeth is known for her love of the breed since she was a small child. In fact, she fell in love with the corgis owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. In 1933, King George VI, the Queen’s father, brought home a corgi named Dookie. Meanwhile, Dookie was soon joined by another corgi named Jane. In total, the Queen is believed to have owned 30 corgis over the years.
When the Queen first had corgis, her mother introduced a disciplined regiment for the dogs. Each corgi was to have its own wicker basket, raised above the floor to avoid drafts. Meals were served for each dog in its own dish and the diet had to be approved by veterinary experts. Reportedly, there were no tidbits for the pups from the royal table, however, extra biscuits were given as treats.
More recently, two of the famous corgis were seen with the Queen and actor Daniel Craig for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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