Democruelty

“That this House notes the indiscriminate and cruel nature of snares, the failure of previous attempts at voluntary and self-regulation amongst operators, and the continued suffering caused to thousands of animals every year by these traps; and calls on the Government to implement a full ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares at the earliest opportunity.”

“Snaring is just one part of a range of measures that have to be used to manage some species, the control of which underpins agricultural production, farm animal husbandry, the sustainable harvesting of wild game birds and the conservation of wildlife. … Land management organisations and gamekeeping associations around the country have developed a new code of best practice on the use of snares for fox control in England, which would also be suitable for the control of rabbits. Designed and written by a number of stakeholders, including the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the National Gamekeepers Organisation, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Moorland Association and the Countryside Alliance…” – Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(https://hansard.digiminster.com/Commons/2016-07-21/debates/16072150000001/Snares)

Have to be used”? “Sustainable harvesting of wild game birds”?
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for (Environment), (Food) and Rural-Shooting Affairs

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Climate Check-Mayte

“The government has approved a new and ambitious UK carbon pollution reduction target. It commits the UK to cutting carbon emissions 57% from 1990 levels between 2028 and 2032. … ‘Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum’ – Amber Rudd, [ex-] Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.” (http://blogs.wwf.org.uk/blog/business-government/keeping-climate-policy-alive-brexit/)

“The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been condemned … ‘Less than a day into the job and it appears that the new prime minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face,’ said Craig Bennett, the CEO of Friends of the Earth.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/decc-abolition-major-setback-for-uk-climate-change-efforts

“The experts of the Climate Change Committee … also outline some of the potential opportunities global warming may bring to the UK. It’s a meagre list, with plenty of caveats, such as an extended growing season for certain crops (assuming we can manage the plunging soil fertility and can find enough water to irrigate them).” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987900/fit_to_rule_over_us_theresa_mays_response_to_climate_hazard_report_will_be_her_first_big_test.html)

Rebranding climate change nightmares as ‘Climate Opportunities’ – Climatunities! – will only give policy advisors the wrong sort of wet dreams.

Meanwhile, here in progressive Scotland,
“The Prime Minister and I [the First Minister] have big political disagreements but we are both women who approach business in a similar way, so I think we can have a good working relationship not withstanding those political differences.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/First-Minister-meets-the-Prime-Minister-2706.aspx)

Political difference #152:
“The Environment and Climate Change will have a dedicated Cabinet Secretary for the first time, with Roseanna Cunningham’s appointment underlining the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to further reduce carbon emissions, protect and enhance Scotland’s environment and take forward the Government’s work on land reform.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-Scottish-Cabinet-unveiled-24d3.aspx)

Uncertain Kingdom

“Organisations and our environment benefit enormously from money that comes directly from the EU, and we do not know what the future of that funding will be.
There are certain uncertainties that are not easy for us to calculate at the moment.” (http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10483&i=96555&c=1927182)

For one uncertain certainty, the rest of the living world didn’t enter our narcissistic political myopia.

Analysis by Loughborough University found that as a proportion of issues dominating the referendum coverage, the environment has received 0% of coverage from television, and 1.7% in the press.” (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/13/eu-referendum-environment-filthy-beaches)