Campaigners are calling for Michael Bax, the chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust, to step down from his position with immediate effect after it emerged that he served as Chairman of the Hare-hunting group the Blean Beagles between 1971 and 2005. Not only this but it has also been discovered that Bax’s business, BTF Partnership, sponsored game shoots in Kent in July 2014, three months after he became Chair of Kent Wildlife Trust.
Despite such a clear conflict of interest, in 2014 and beyond all comprehension, Bax became Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust. Since then, Bax has faced considerable pressure from supporters to leave his position at the Trust. Tom F set up a petition calling for Bax to be removed from his position as Chairman of Kent wildlife Trust and it has since been signed by over 100,000 people on the Care2 Petition site.
If you would like to sign the petition and show your support, you can do so here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/832/052/remove-mike-bax-from-his-position-as-chairman-of-kent-wildlife-trust/
On the petition, Tom writes;
“The Brown Hare is an endangered species across the UK and Bax does not represent the views of Kent Wildlife Trust’s membership who pay their fees to protect wildlife, not slaughter it for pleasure.
Bax’s association with Kent Wildlife Trust has been condemned by members, conservationists, animal welfare organisations and politicians, ranging from Chris Packham to PETA. ”
What are your thoughts? Should Bax remain in charge of Kent Wildlife Trust in light of his connections with bloodsports?