Posts Tagged ‘UK’

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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No answers yet to mass dolphin stranding

June 17, 2008

Initial post-mortem examinations on some of the 26 dolphins found dead in southwestern England this week fail to explain why the animals swam ashore in Britain’s biggest mass stranding of marine animals for nearly 30 years, scientists said Thursday.

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London, which is leading the investigation into the deaths of the dolphins in Cornwall, said they have examined 11 of the animals so far.

“At present, no conclusions can be made on the cause of the stranding,” said Rob Deaville, project manager for the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Program. “We are currently undertaking detailed post-mortem examinations on all of the stranded dolphins and will also be conducting a number of further tests. Until the investigation is complete, it is not possible to comment with any confidence on any potential reasons for the strandings that took place on Monday.”

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Could this have been caused by Royal Navy exercises?

Rare butterflies breed again after being wiped out in Britain three decades ago

June 16, 2008

This picture of two rare butterflies getting amorous with one another has given fresh hope for the future of species that was once extinct in Britain.

Conservationists who are trying to re-populate the Large Blue butterfly in the wild are delighted with the sight which proves their programme is working.

The insect was wiped out completely in Britain in 1979 after the habitat in which they cacoon themselves as caterpillars was hit after an outbreak of the virus myxomatosis.

In more recent years the Butterfly Conservation charity launched a project to re-introduce them in Britain by using relative caterpillars from Sweden.

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MRSA from farm animals found in humans in UK for first time

June 11, 2008

Three people have been infected with a form of MRSA usually found in pigs, the first time any humans in Britain have been infected by an animal strain of the superbug.

The variation has been found in farm animals and humans on the Continent, causing serious heart, bone, blood and skin diseases, as well as pneumonia.

Dr Giles Edwards, the director of the Scottish MRSA Reference Laboratory, said three people in Scotland had contracted the strain, known as ST398, in recent months.

“A lot of the patients who got this infection in Holland and Canada have been people who work with animals, such as farmers and vets. But none of the three individuals in Scotland have been in contact with animals, not that we could find.”

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Brown Argus Butterfly Sees Positive Effects Of Climate Change

June 6, 2008

The Brown Argus butterfly Aricia agestis has expanded northwards in Britain during the last 30 years. It is thought that the recent expansion of the species is due to the increasing summer temperatures caused by global warming.

Research carried out by scientists in the UK and Spain reveals that by moving into new areas, the Brown Argus may be escaping from some of its ‘natural enemies’ (parasitoids).

This is not because natural enemies are absent from the new areas, but that the parasitoids are not able to locate the Brown Argus. Instead, the parasitoids rely on the common blue butterfly Polyommatus icarus in these northern habitats. This species has a long-established range throughout Britain and suffers a larger amount of parasitism than the Brown Argus in these northern habitats.

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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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The `Cat Lady of Baghdad’ battles on, saving strays of Iraq

April 30, 2008

The mission was to get Simba al-Tikriti out of Iraq and to a new life in Britain.

First, a roadside bomb nearly wiped out the taxi heading to the border with Kuwait. The next step was to hide under tarps in the back of a truck. More hardship awaited: six months caged by authorities in England.

But freedom eventually came for Simba, who walked away from captivity with tail held high.

So began the improbable work of the self-proclaimed Cat Lady of Baghdad.

“Some people buy flash cars, others flash clothes. But it’s my animals that float my boat,” said Louise, a security consultant in Baghdad who moonlights as a one-woman animal rescue unit that may be the only such organized effort under way in Iraq.

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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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UK: Research animals ruling overturned

April 24, 2008

A ruling that the Government was failing in its legal duty to ensure the suffering of animals used in laboratory experiments was kept to a minimum has been overturned.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal said a High Court judge’s finding that a Government adviser was “clearly wrong” in a conclusion over the level of pain experienced by marmosets could not stand.

But the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which originally brought the case after an undercover investigation at Cambridge University, said its main argument over the way the Home Office classifies the seriousness of experiments on animals had been upheld.

The Home Office categorises experiments as either substantial, moderate or mild, which affects whether licences are granted.

BUAV said in a statement that the Home Office should in future have to examine each licence application to properly assess the level of animal suffering.

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Global warming threat to native dragonfly species

April 23, 2008

Britain’s dragonflies, which date back to the dinosaurs but are increasingly threatened by habitat destruction, pollution and climate change, are to be the subject of a major national survey.

The five-year project, to be launched on Thursday, will result in a new atlas of the 39 species of dragonfly and damselfly that breed in Britain – which are soon likely to be joined by several others.

As it warms up, the climate is bringing new species into the UK from continental Europe, and allowing species already here to move further north. Already, one new European species has established itself here since the publication of the last British dragonfly atlas in 1996 – the small red-eyed damselfly. A decade ago it had never been seen in the UK; now it has breeding colonies from Devon to Norfolk, and continues to spread.

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Call for snare ban after claim thousands of hares killed

April 22, 2008
Thousands of mountain hares are being illegally snared in Scotland as part of control measures, it is being claimed.

A new report shows that 24,529 animals were killed during 2006-7 over 90 estates, with 79 per cent being shot and 21 per cent (5,078 hares) snared for sport, tick control or to protect forestry.

But it is feared that most snaring is being carried out without a licence, leading one animal group to call for a complete snare ban.

Mountain hares are protected under UK and European conservation legislation, which says that any means of killing which is indiscriminate and can cause a population to be disturbed or disappear is illegal.

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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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1 million pets stolen in UK

April 9, 2008

An estimated one million Britons believe they have had a pet cat or dog stolen in the last five years, a survey said today.

The poll of 1,557 people – chosen to represent UK demographics -for Sainsbury’s Finance found 129 people had lost a pet over the period.

Of those, 26%, or 33 people, believed the animal had been stolen.

Extrapolated to the whole adult population, the figure represents more than a million people, a spokesman for Sainsbury’s Finance said.

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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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One million animals die on roads

March 5, 2008

Motorists have been warned to watch out for wildlife after new research showed that an estimated one million animals were killed on Britain’s roads every year.

Research for the Post Office also showed that deer accidents accounted for injuries to 500 motorists, including over 100 serious or fatal crashes.

Costs for repairs to vehicles involved in animal collisions were estimated at more than £17 million, said the Post Office, adding that the “peak period” for wild animal-related road accidents was soon.

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Consider how we interact with animals in the wild, farms, laboratories or our homes

February 29, 2008


The use of animals in research and testing is a controversial issue that arouses strong feelings in many people. The moral acceptability of using animals in experiments – whether in medical or veterinary research, to test the safety of chemicals such as pesticides, or simply to acquire scientific knowledge – is therefore heavily debated.

It is widely acknowledged, including within the law that regulates animal experiments in the UK, that animals are sentient and can have negative experiences, including those of fear and pain. This makes their potential for suffering and their use in experiments a matter of serious concern for the RSPCA. It is also unsurprising that, whilst appalled by the unacceptable activities of extremists, large sectors of the public consistently express their unease regarding this use of animals.

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Europe cracks down on animal transport

February 27, 2008


The UK branch of the RSPCA says strict regulations governing the transport of animals in the European Union has led to better welfare standards.

Each new truck has to have a GPS device, and the movement of every animal is logged.

Nations can be sanctioned if they are found to be transporting animals inappropriately.

Julia Wrathall from the RSPCA says Australia can learn from what’s being done in the EU.

“But certainly a number of them, a number of the rules that we have in place, for example, the one relating to competency of the hauler, which in the EU requires that the hauler has an understanding of the physiology and behaviour of the species they’re transporting and that they understand, for example, the impact of their driving style on the animal welfare, those things are very relevant whereever animals are transported,” she says.

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