BASC accuses Chris Packham of misleading consumers on new anti-shooting campaign
BASC has accused Chris Packham of misleading the public with his endorsement of a new anti-shooting campaign which falsely claims the support of a host of leading UK companies.
Posts on the BBC presenter’s social media accounts claim a number of high-profile UK companies have given ‘positive responses’ to a survey organised by the ‘Ethical Consumer’ co-operative.
A message on the co-operative’s website asks companies to complete five questions in the survey and “publicly distance themselves from the grouse shooting industry”.
Ethical Consumer claim to have received positive responses from Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Stagecoach, Next, TUI Group, SSE, Allianz, Aldi, Waitrose and Hargreaves Lansdown. The website has also published the logos of these companies in a format which implies their endorsement.
All the companies named have been contacted by BASC in an attempt to establish their positions and replies received so far from Waitrose, Whitbread (Premier Inn and Costa Coffee), Stagecoach, SSE and Hargreaves Lansdown have said those companies deny providing a ‘positive’ response to the survey.
Several of the companies have told BASC they have requested their logos be removed from the Ethical Consumer website - including Waitrose and Whitbread.
BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “This is demonstrably gross misrepresentation of the truth by the Ethical Consumer co-operative and Packham has been reckless in trying to whip up support. There is nothing ethical about this behaviour.
“This is an example of corporate bullying, an attempt by those who dislike lawful, ethical shooting to instill in these companies the fear of a potentially damaging consumer boycott. It is a clear tactic of the anti-shooting extremists to take their campaign to the high street.
“Like much of the campaign against grouse shooting, however, the facts behind the rhetoric just don’t stack up.”
“Packham’s involvement in promoting this website is another abuse of his position with the BBC. He has previously been in trouble with the BBC for his social media posts and we ask the BBC to again reconsider their relationship with him.”
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