Stop wasting cash on cancer, says Packham.
Presenter's plea to fund wildlife instead.
TELLY Springwatch host Chris Packham has shocked cancer patients by declaring research cash should be diverted to wildlife instead.
The BBC naturalist says in the latest Radio Times: “We need to stop chasing cures for cancer and things like that and start realising the health of the planet goes beyond the health of human beings.”
Packham, 53, adds: “There are a lot of wealthy people in the UK who, in the past, would give to things such as medicine and education, but because of the pressure on the environment they’re now thinking of using their excess wealth to protect wildlife.”
Cancer Research UK blasted his plea — which comes after the controversial presenter said giant pandas should be allowed to die out.
The charity’s Sara Osborne said donations were vital. She added: “More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year but thanks to research into life-saving treatments and cures, 50 per cent now survive for at least ten years.”