Chris Packham’s activism at the helm of campaigning group Wild Justice has led to the launch of an online petition calling for him to be sacked as a BBC presenter.
Mr Packham has fronted a number of programmes for the national broadcaster including Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch.
Petition founder Andrew Hayes said on the Change.org site: “As an employee of the BBC Chris Packham should keep his views and beliefs to himself. He uses his celebrity status to push opposition to hunting and to all kinds of country pursuits.”
The petition had attracted more than 35,000 signatures 17 hours after opening on Tuesday (April 23) evening.
An internet search for Wild Justice leads straight to Mr Packham’s own website where the organisation’s manifesto is laid out. The site also promotes Mr Packham’s books and other merchandise.