Here’s a link to a report posted by Ric O’Barry about dolphins who were subject to an international campaign, including the film “The Cove.” The volunteers are safe but the dolphins were killed by the tsunami.… Read More


One of the council chiefs who earned more than the Prime Minister has been appointed director of the League Against Cruel Sports. Joe Duckworth, former head of Newham council in east London, was the second biggest earner in a survey of local authority fat cats conducted last year, with a salary of £241,483. He resigned… Read More


Further to Jonathan Porritt’s critique of the UK’s environmental movement’s response to the government’s forest fireside sale which is now been chopped (forgive the puns), he commented (before the government’s u-turn announcement yesterday) further about their response to the coalition’s initiative. I like his strategic approach. So my simple suggestion for the Big 10 is… Read More


Leading environmental campaign Jonathon Porritt critically assesses a dozen of Britain’s environmental/green/wildlife non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their reaction to the British Government’s proposed sale of historic forests. A combination of growing public concern (evidenced by the 450,000 people who have now signed the 38 degrees petition), more and more local action groups, and a sudden… Read More


Incredibly, the pro-hunting and pro-shooting Countryside Alliance produces a film in support of shooting birds in Britain which does not include one image of a bird being shot. Lot’s statements and images in this film which underscore why shooting birds is indefensible. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt… Read More


Not satisfied with wanting foxes, stags, deer and hares to be hunted legally by pledging support for the repeal of the Hunting Act, Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, now wants to see Britain’s beloved badgers killed next. On November 29 I wrote to Amber this letter on the government’s proposed badger cull. I concluded,… Read More


The Mammal Society in Britain issues a statement opposing the badger cull. Here is a link to their full statement. Here is the society’s conclusion: The Mammal Society believes that the Government’s proposal is a roll-out of predetermined policy: it is not a controlled, randomised, replicated experiment (as would be required to demonstrate reliably the… Read More


Tomorrow (Wednesday, 8 December) is the deadline for submissions to the public consultation led by the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on its proposed cull of badgers in an attempt to address the problem of TB in cattle. Please submit your comments by tomorrow’s deadline . There are many excellent… Read More


Prospect of TB vaccine for badgers looks promising, reports the BBC. Vaccinating badgers could prove a good way to tackle the spread of TB in cattle, according to research. In a four-year project, UK scientists found vaccination reduced the incidence of TB infection in wild badgers by 74%. This does not prove vaccinating badgers would… Read More


Here is the text of the letter I sent to my Member of Parliament, Amber Rudd, about the government’s proposed badger cull. I will post her response here. As you know as a resident of the Old Town and as the MP representing the Hastings and Rye constituency, many constituents consider themselves to be very lucky… Read More


Further to my post about the proposed badger cull in England by the ConDem government and in Wales by the Welsh Assembly, George Monbiot writes in today’s Guardian, and concludes So why commission £49m of research then shred it? Because the National Farmers’ Union wants to see blood, and it is neither prepared to wait… Read More


Science does not operate alone in its own universe. Regardless of how much scientists assert their work is objective, their research, as, indeed, is everything, is viewed subjectively in the ever present, including the world of politics and morality. Take, for example, the coalition government’s commitment to culling badgers in response to the spread of… Read More


The BBC reports in No plans for hunting ban vote before 2012, MPs say: There will not be a House of Commons vote on repealing the Hunting Act before 2012, the BBC understands. MPs close to the campaign admit they do not have the numbers at the moment to win a vote and say the… Read More


A report published in The Guardian on Saturday on the alleged killing of the Emperor of Exmoor stag included this quote by Louise Robertson of the League Against Cruel Sports. We fully accept that there are cases where deer herds need to be managed and culling is necessary but it should be done by a… Read More


You know Britain is seriously at risk from a slash-and-burn and shock-and-awe ConDem coalition government when even the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds runs a campaign to protest against spending cuts. As good as the RSPB is it can hardly be characterised as an organisation which you would expect to see at the… Read More