Posts Tagged ‘England’

British outraged by kangaroo burgers

June 19, 2008

A British pub has taken kangaroo off its menu after pressure from a radical vegetarian group backed by Sir Paul McCartney.

The Pig and Fiddle in Bath stopped serving roo burgers after being lobbied by Vegetarians International Voice for Animals! (Viva!), which campaigned against the recent roo cull in Canberra.

Viva! has now set its sights on persuading Aussie-themed pubs in the UK to stop serving kangaroo meat and it has already convinced some butchers to stop stocking the product.

British supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco stopped selling roo in the late 1990s after Viva! organised protests and boycotts.

Viva! campaigns manager Justin Kerswell said commercial killing of kangaroos could lead to the national emblem being placed on the endangered list.

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First beaver dam in England for centuries

June 13, 2008

A pair of beavers have built what is believed to be the first dam in England for centuries.

The animals were hunted to extinction in England and Wales during the 12th century and disappeared from the rest of the country 400 years later.

However, two beavers from Germany were introduced to a river enclosure in Devon last year.

This year, the pair have built a 6ft dam with mud, bark and twigs on the River Tale at Escot House, near Ottery St Mary.

John-Michael Kennaway, who owns the estate, has been working to reintroduce the animals on the site for three years. He said that the beavers may be rearing young, known as kits.

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Cuddling the class pet is cruel, RSCPA tells schools

May 30, 2008

Clutching the school guinea-pig or charting the growth of tadpoles in a jar has, for generations, been many children’s first encounter with the natural world.

But the practice of keeping animals in school is endangered and may even become extinct if RSPCA guidance is enforced.

Allowing small children, and even smaller creatures, to interact during lessons can be cruel, according to the animal welfare charity.

It says that the shrieks and grabbing hands of affectionate but boisterous pupils make the classroom a frightening and noisy place for pets. The health and wellbeing of animals can suffer even further if they are entrusted to children for the weekend, or over the holidays.

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Eat more squirrel?

May 27, 2008

The latest “ethical” food in England is squirrel. That’s right, those fuzzy-tailed little rodents that scurry about your yard. Of course, Southerners have always eaten squirrels. It was a part of our food pyramid, and we didn’t give it up until we could afford hamburger.

Rural Southern families always have depended on the family sharpshooter to furnish a little alternative meat for the family table: squirrels, rabbits, possums, quail and other wild game. When the South finally caught up financially with the rest of the nation, we turned to beef, lamb, etc. If wild game is involved in Southern meals today, it is likely duck or deer meat. But there are those who still enjoy an occasional squirrel or rabbit, and certainly quail is always a treat.

On my visits to the backcountry of England, I have observed rabbit hutches in most backyards, but it seems that squirrel meat has caught the English fancy, and the rodent meat is in much demand, according to recent articles in British newspapers.

One newspaper account reports that squirrels are “low in fat, low in food miles and completely free range.” In other words, “environmentally friendly.” Some Brits claim that, “The grey squirrel is about as ethical a dish as it is possible to serve.” Hunters provide the meat to butcher shops, and the shop owners say they can’t get enough to satiate the hunger for the meat. British women even exchange squirrel recipes.

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Flat fire was caused by squirrels

May 26, 2008

A squirrel caused a fire at a flat in Northampton by chewing through electric cables in the roof of the property.

Two fire crews were called to the first-floor flat in Woolbeck Close, Kingsthorpe, on Monday night.

The roof was severely damaged by fire and there was light smoke damage to the flat. Firefighters tackled the blaze with breathing apparatus and a hose.

A fire spokesman said: “It is not unusual for rodents to do this. The likelihood is that the animal died.”

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British Birds Adapt to Changing Climate

May 9, 2008

Climate change threatens many animals — but with any luck, some will handle weather shifts with as much aplomb as Parus major, a colorful songbird also known as the great tit.

In a study published today in Science, ornithologists from the University of Oxford tracked the egg-laying times of great tits in Wytham, England. Since the mid-1970s, temperatures in Wytham have risen steadily, hastening the start of spring by two weeks. The birds have followed suit, timing their breeding to coincide with earlier hatches of their favorite food source, a species of moth caterpillar.

The birds’ adaptation appears to be based in what’s known as phenotypic plasticity — the ability of a creature to respond to changes in its environment — rather than natural selection favoring birds with earlier breeding times.

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Animals Use “Chemical Compasses,” Study Says

April 30, 2008

The idea that some animals navigate by “seeing” Earth’s magnetic field has been shown to be feasible in laboratory tests, a new study says.

First proposed about 30 years ago, the theory suggests that sunlight absorbed by molecules in the eyes of animals such as birds and bats triggers a chemical reaction.

This reaction makes the molecules sensitive to the local magnetic field, according to study co-author Peter Hore, a chemist at the University of Oxford in England.

But Earth’s magnetic field is so weak that scientists were skeptical that it could have a detectable effect on the molecules.

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The pack of mutant black squirrels that are giving Britain’s grey population a taste of their own medicine

April 28, 2008

For years, the grey squirrel held sway – driving its red cousin into the remotest corners of the country.

But now the black squirrel has arrived – and is rampaging through parks and woodlands.

Scientists say the testosterone-charged black is fitter, faster and more fiercely competitive than both reds or greys.

It has already taken over in parts of England and appears to be spreading.

Its rise means the greys now have serious competition for the first time since they were introduced to Britain from America in the 1870s.

The black squirrel is also likely to make life even harder for our native red squirrels.

A study by Cambridge scientists shows that black squirrels now make up half the squirrel population in some parts of the UK.

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Coordinating luxury jewelry for pets and owners

April 24, 2008

Fashion for pets is all the rage in the U.S. and in England, especially amongst celebrities. Jari, a British jewelry company has joined the trend and now offers a collection of specially designed matching jewels for pets and their owners.
Jari is the only company in the UK that designs jewelry for pets using precious stones and precious metals. Now wealthy pet owners who wish to pamper their beloved pets can buy diamond and gem studded collars and other items, and outfit themselves in matching jewelry.
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Animals in transit get better treatment than passengers at Frankfurt airport

April 18, 2008

Frustrated and exhausted travellers at Heathrow have been complaining recently of being treated like animals, caged in the terminal with little to drink and taunted by snarling ground staff.

Little wonder then that Frankfurt airport, the main European competitor to Heathrow, has decided to make a point by treating its animals in transit even better than its pampered business-class humans.

The animal lounge in the airport is equipped with all mod cons – subtle lighting to simulate night and day, sound-proofing, organic food and hostesses who stroke on demand.

“We want them to shed the stress of air travel,” Marco Klapper, a senior keeper, said. “Today our passengers include a batch of 20 polo ponies, some cormorants, quite a lot of geckos and the usual dogs and cats. They’re all getting along fine.”

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Animals take shape on the Underground

April 17, 2008

A hard-hitting public awareness campaign to help protect seals, whales and elephants is being run by The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Animals on the Underground.

The campaign will feature ads on 224 sites across the London Underground network from April 21 for two weeks. Members of the public are being asked to send a text message to help protect these threatened or endangered species.

Tens of thousands of endangered elephants continue to be threatened by the illegal ivory trade, over a quarter of a million seals are killed annually in Canada’s cruel and unsustainable seal hunt and whales are still being harpooned despite an international ban on commercial whaling.

“These posters will place a spotlight on the current threats to some of the world’s most iconic species – whales, elephants and seals,” said Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK. “This is a great opportunity to highlight to people across London that they can make a difference by taking action in support of IFAW’s campaigns to end this cruelty.”

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Re-homing pets in Ireland sometimes means shipping them overseas.

April 3, 2008

Apparently our friends in the UK have come up with a great word for “to find a new home for homeless pets.” It’s re-home. You’ll see it a lot in this article. Isn’t that clever?

-Kitty Mowmow


A recent report has highlighted how thousands of animals are being shipped out of Ireland for re-homing by Irish animal rescue centres.

The survey carried out by animal rights group Anvil revealed that almost 40 per cent of rescued animals in Ireland are being sent overseas because animal sanctuaries cannot find homes for them.

And these figures not only apply to rescue centres across the country but also to animal centres in the Kilkenny area.

The Inistioge Puppy Rescue centre look after about 1,000 dogs each year where up to 40 per cent of the dogs are shipped over to Sweden and England for re-homing.

Mullinahone based dog rescue centre PAWS send 95 per cent of their dogs abroad every year for re-homing and last year alone sent 600 dogs abroad.

The centre, which receives a lot of strays from the Callan and Windgap areas caters for up to 75 dogs at any given time while it searches for new homes for them.

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Mark Oliver Everett at St. James Church, London

January 4, 2008

More news from an animal-esque artist. Sometimes I wish I still lived in London…



Dear visitor,

On January 17th the book THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW is released in the UK. That evening the author, EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett will make a special appearance performing at St. James Church in London. Each attendee will receive a copy of the book and the first 200 people in line will get wristbands allowing them to have their book signed by the author. See the announcement here:

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Limited tickets available Monday, Jan. 7, 9am here
Stargreen: 0207 734 8932
Ticketmaster: 0844 844 0444
See Tickets: 0871 2200 260
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