When I spoke to Chris Packham he was finishing up an emotionally draining day. His beloved 16-year-old miniature poodle Scratchy had undergone a double cataract operation in the morning and was staying at the vet’s overnight. “The problem is the anaesthetic. With an old dog like that it can go wrong,” he said. “You never know if you’ll see him again, you know?”

The naturalist, broadcaster and – following a successful stab at Veganuary – recently converted vegan is a very busy man. He’d just spent the afternoon in a meeting to discuss a new BBC programme, having wrapped up the 2019 series ...


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