I don’t entirely agree with everything in it, but George Monbiot has written a fascinating piece on the reluctance of many to ‘rewild’ Britain. It’s well worth a read.
I’m a big supporter of the concept of ‘rewilding’, and I’d be in favour of trialling reintroductions of species such as bear, wolf and lynx.
I don’t however agree that the nation is ‘zoophobic’. I think if people were given the facts, the majority would support such trials. The problem is, the media and the ruling classes are keen to paint any such ideas as coming from a lunatic fringe. After all, if you own land and draw income from farming, shooting etc, why would you want to introduce a predator other than yourself? We can see this in their disproportionate persecution of existing predators such as raptors, foxes, and badgers. In this aspect, George’s article is spot on.
Anyway, regardless of your opinion, take the time to give it a read.