PETA Founder Rings the Bell for Wild Boar

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The wild boar population of the Forest of Dean is under threat from a controversial and cruel cull plan.

Animal activists around the world are speaking out against the planned killing, and PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has also chimed in. Forest of Dean Wild Boar To help support activists fighting the cull, Ingrid has put up for auction a hundred-year-old family heirloom – the bell that her great-uncle, who was the headmaster of a grammar school in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, rang from his school’s steps each morning.

Coleford School Bell“My great-uncle Sidney and my father, who spent his boyhood in Coleford, loved the Forest of Dean – they knew its paths and peculiarities well and, as amateur ethologists and hobby botanists, appreciated the trees, plants, birds and other wildlife in it”, Ingrid says. “Both would be whirling in their graves at the thought that the wild boars were being cavalierly dismissed as ‘pests’ and would say that the real pests are the human interlopers who appreciate nothing natural, only artificial constructs and pleasures. I am glad to sell this bell if the proceeds might be used to preserve the boars who call the forest home.”

Boars became extinct in England about 300 years ago but were reintroduced to the Forest of Dean in the 1990s, and their rooting has helped insects and plants to flourish in the freshly turned soil. Killing the boars is cruel and misguided. In 2012, a cull was suspended because of concerns that the number of boars had dropped too low and the species could be eradicated. A cull could also cause a spike in the food supply, which would prompt surviving animals to breed at an accelerated rate, leading to a continuous and pointless killing cycle.

Bidding on Ingrid’s family heirloom closes on 20 September, and the proceeds from the auction will help the activists’ fight against the cull.


  • Gracie Beaty commented on September 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I think it’s vile that humans believe that they have a right to do this. No doubt for some pathetic and unjustified reason. Humans think that they are able to control any animal species by any means possible. When in actual fact, it’s the humans that are the most toxic and cruel living things on planet. And if this cull is allowed to happen I will be thoroughly disgusted. These boar were reintroduced by humans to the Forest of Dean and are doing no harm a far as I am aware (at least no where near as much harm as humans do to the planet) and I think it just showcases the stupidity of the human race to reintroduce an animal to an area just for them to murder them when it suits them.
    I hope that everything possible is done to stop this from happening, PETA are doing a fantastic job so far and it’s reassuring that there are humans on this planet that have compassion , respect and appreciation for the animals that we SHARE this planet with.

  • Maureen Martin commented on September 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    This is a needless act of madness. Please dont do this.

    • BOB commented on November 10, 2014 at 3:51 am

      May I Remind you all that wild boat are advasive species and kill dear turkey and other species and destroy there habitat and we brought them hear they shouldn’t actually be there

      • Nathan commented on May 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm

        You are aware that wild boar are 100% native to the UK, right? Go read some medieval literature if you don’t believe me. They fully belong on the landscape again.

  • Robert Dugdale commented on September 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I am totally against culling wild boar.
    What gives us the right?
    Just because we are bigger and more powerful we think we have the right to remodel the world to our own design.
    We are tyrants.
    We need to check ourselves now, before it is too late.

    • Lazy kitty commented on November 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Totally agreed

  • Wendy Ward commented on September 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    The boars’ lives are as important to them as ours are to us. Live and let live!

  • Doriana Lehmann commented on September 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    This is insane….please stop this madness

  • karla rayworth commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    All animals are important DONT KILL THEM !!!

  • jenny commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This is wrong!! I am totally against this barbaric action,we do not have THAT right to say who lives & who dies!!!

  • emeline hartley commented on September 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Please stop this sick and evil work

  • Vicki ZAREMBA commented on September 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I have absolutely nothing good to say about murderers.

  • Janet Karnovski commented on September 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I reiterate all of the above statements. We are the intelligent species which makes us no better than any other on this borrowed earth. Do the right thing and stop this nonsense. Mother nature will sort it out as she has done for thousands of years. Leave her to do what she does best,

  • Chloe commented on September 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    We don’t kill off humans when the world’s overpopulated (which is more dangerous for the planet because of lack of resources, and C02 etc.) So why’s it alright to do it to animals? The fauna and flora was fine before humans existed and started to mess around with it, so why do we think it’s okay for us to play God now?! Makes me so angry!

  • Patricia Perry commented on September 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    If they hadn’t killed off all their predators the balance would still be there.

  • Ann Hicks commented on September 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    He we go again, kill, kill, kill, badgers, foxes and now wild boar, so sad :'(

  • Cath Diomedou commented on September 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    This is totally unnecessary – please reconsider!

  • Sydney commented on September 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    first of all hunting is done to manage wildlife when the population dose not get to huge you have seen everything migrate out of the woods to our houses that is because the bigger animal of the group exiles them out of the group and sorry to burst your bubble all the animals being shot are by proper hunters i hunt but i do it to feed families that are not able to get food same as all the elephants being shot nothing is wasted it all goes to feed the natives. thank you for your time.

    • Ashley commented on October 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

      The only reason we have to manage wildlife population is because we killed off the predators. Thank you for your time. .-.

  • Julie Anderson commented on September 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    This is totally insane, these creatures deserve the same right to life as us humans… WE are the animals on this Earth, cruel, thoughtless, greedy and evil!!!! I feel ashamed of my own species!

  • Hannah Meligonis commented on September 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I can’t believe we are culling our precious UK wildlife in this way. Wild boar have right to roam our forests. Badgers are another species of which we should be proud and protect. Where is the national coverage of this cull?

  • Tulin commented on September 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    So cruel and evil.why do people get a kick out of killing these poor animals and many should be stopped!!punishment should be very bad for those who do this.may god leave them suffering in what they do.plz stop this.

  • Fiona Boyce commented on September 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Please stop this, those boar don’t deserve to die, please leave let them live in peace

  • Kate Withers commented on September 12, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Why? What harm have these animals caused? Leave them to continue with their peaceful existence. Man caused them to disappear once, reintroduced them and now want to destroy them again? What on earth is wrong with human kind. LEAVE THEM BE!

  • Anna Rollon commented on September 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

    This is so wrong. No one has the right to take others lives. They are living peacefully in the forest just leave it that way. They are innocent and they will not fight back please have mercy on them! Don’t do this!

  • BARBARA CHAPMAN commented on September 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Just sick of people thinking they can kill anything that cant stick up for themselves. cruel and needless, the poor things. Just leave them alone.

  • Donna evans commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    This is barbaric and totally unnecessary. This is where I grew up so feels very close to my heart. We have no right.

  • Paul commented on September 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Perhaps it is time to cull the cullers… Yeah yeah I know, but sometimes real extreme action is what is needed.

  • Pia Hachem commented on September 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Firstly, I am fed up with these know it all humans who think they can just kill innocent animals for whatever reason they create. However, if the population of the wild boar in this forest is under threat from the cull, why are these so called people planning to kill them? Not that they have any right anyway.

  • BOB commented on November 10, 2014 at 3:54 am

    They should be killed off they are a advasive species aka we brought them here plus they destroy the local animals habitat

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