Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert was applauded as he told the [annual National Farmers’ Union] conference that a Conservative government would introduce “carefully-managed control of badgers in high TB areas”, because the country could not wait to see if the vaccine worked. UK needs a badger cull, NFU tells Government at Birmingham conference… Read More


I saw the excellent movie, Windhorse, last night at our local indie cinema, Electric Palace, in Old Town Hastings. It’s a story of the struggle between Tibetans and China’s occupancy of their country. Not that there was much chance of it ever happening, nonetheless, I add China to the list of countries I boycott.… Read More


The League Against Cruel Sports takes Hastings and Rye Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservatives, Amber Rudd, to task for being among a group of some 20 of her ilk who use the same wording to defend their wish to repeal the Hunting Act (2004).… Read More


Dr. Wes Jamison, Associate Profession of Communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the current debate over animal care. During a recent presentation to a group of farmers at a program sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Dr. Jamison said the ag industry has made a… Read More


Really good article in The Guardian, which leads with the “number of dogs being seized by the police has soared as young people increasingly use them as ‘weapons’, rather than carrying knives.” Brute Force by Rowenna Davis.… Read More


Livestock should be taxed to reduce the contribution made by their flatulence to greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations said yesterday in a report that will give anti-livestock campaigners fresh ammunition. The novel suggestion by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation to use taxation comes as campaigners focus on the impact on climate change of… Read More


“New Labour appears to offer no animal welfare policy for voters to consider at the election,” complains a campaigning group called Protecting Animals in Democracy. It reminds supporters of what Labour has all but forgotten: “Votes are won and lost on animal issues.” And yet, exasperatingly, there is still no animal equivalent to Mumsnet, where… Read More


Some 12 per cent of the respondents admitted changing their diet to include more non-meat protein sources in the last five years. Volac dubs this group ‘flexitarians’, and their number is in addition to the approximately 5 per cent of the population that is ‘vegetarian’. The biggest reason for the switch was seen to be… Read More


Reports the Los Angeles Times. But I thought this bit was particularly significant and encouraging. At the West Hollywood meeting Tuesday, Councilman Jeffrey Prang said his office had been inundated with calls from city officials across the country seeking advice on how to craft similar ordinances. … Read More


David Cameron’s plan to repeal the hunting ban shows that beneath the gloss the Tories haven’t changed. Five years ago, Labour banned fox hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing because there is no place for animal cruelty in a modern, civilised society. Making animals tear each other apart is cruelty, not sport. The ban has… Read More


Five years ago this country banned foxhunting. We made a clear statement that hunting with dogs had no place in modern Britain. Having banned bear-baiting and dog-fighting more than 150 years ago, we finally said that setting animal upon animal for sport is not a legitimate part of a civilised society. And the public agree… Read More


Among potential Conservative voters, six out of ten (62%) say that fox hunting should NOT be made legal again, with one in three (33%) saying it should, so says the Conservatives Against Fox Hunting quoting from an Ipos MORI polling published 5th October 2009.… Read More


About a year ago I met a man called Kim Stallwood. At the time I had no idea that Kim was internationally known as an advisor on animal rights. Kim has recently joined forces with Michael Foster MP and is running a petition “Back the Hunting Ban” which he will pass to Michael Foster for… Read More


The increased promotion of vegetarianism is becoming a major concern for British farmers. West Wales sheep farmer, and livestock adviser to the National Farmers Union, John Mercer, says farming industries are now dedicating a lot more time to counter the message that it’s bad to eat animals. “Not a day goes by when we don’t… Read More


“One of the problems associated with culling is that it changes the behaviour of the remaining badgers. With members of their own and neighbouring groups gone, badgers tend to travel further, increasing their contact with cattle both inside and outside the culling area. This undermines the benefits of culling, to such an extent that it… Read More


Conclusions/Significance Our findings show that the reductions in cattle TB incidence achieved by repeated badger culling were not sustained in the long term after culling ended and did not offset the financial costs of culling. These results, combined with evaluation of alternative culling methods, suggest that badger culling is unlikely to contribute effectively to the… Read More