NTU alumni raise awareness of unsustainable poaching methods with Mission 500 project

Two alumni from the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences are taking part in a wildlife saving project which raises awareness of unsustainable and cruel poaching methods.

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Mission 500

Olivia Masi and Fiona McKenna both graduated from the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation course at Nottingham Trent University in 2011 and, along with 3 other participants, make up the Mission 500 team. They will be travelling around Italy and France in a classic Fiat 500 to raise awareness of unsustainable and cruel poaching methods.

During the project they will visit poaching hot-spots in Northern Italy, areas in Northern France where barbaric trapping methods are used, and in England to raise awareness of wildlife crimes.

Olivia Masi said: “ We are a nation of bird lovers, we feed them in our gardens, we create nature reserves for them, but how many people understand the perils these birds face once they leave our shores for migration?

“Depending which route they take, they may face being shot, caught in vast nets, or worse still caught in barbaric traps that cause high levels of suffering for extensive periods of time.

“Many of the birds targeted are protected species, and the methods used for trapping them illegal in European countries. These activities are unsustainable and cruel. I wanted to do something different that would really attract people’s attention to this problem.”

The project has gained support from wildlife conservation celebrities such as Iolo Williams and Mark Carwardine.

Mark Carwardine said: “I love your Mission 500 idea. I can imagine you’ll get a huge following on Facebook. It’s brilliant and deserves to be a great success.”

You can follow the teams progress on Twitter @Mission5Hundred.

NTU alumni raise awareness of unsustainable poaching methods with Mission 500 project

Published on 24 October 2017
  • Category: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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