Major cunning, Majorca

“The [Balearic Islands’] new [bullfighting] regulations change many things:
– For starters killing the bull is now banned; something that many bullfighters will say is essential.
– It also bans injuring the bull in any way, which means that the use of the traditional barbed harpoons (banderillas), and lances (pica), both weapons used to wound and weaken the bull prior the kill, will now be prohibited.
– It reduces the time the bull will be in the arena from 20-30 minutes to 10.
– It reduces the number of bulls in a bullfight from six to three, which means that the entire bullfight will only last 30 minutes (and therefore unlikely to be cost effective for a bullfighting promoter).” https://www.league.org.uk/blog/the-balearic-islands-ban-bullfighting

As killing season looms once again, Scotland could take a similar approach to regulating ‘country sports’:
• Mountain hares may only be caught and killed with bare hands
• Red grouse may only be collected from trees
• Foxes may only be attacked with rotten fruit
• Hen harriers may only be caught in hand-wielded butterfly nets, and only if three red grouse chicks, already collected from a tree, are offered in return, before release
• Crows may only be captured by pink shiny ribbon lassoes thrown by fishnet-stockinged feet

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Plastic Factastic

“We’ve produced a whopping 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than TEN TIMES OVER.” https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/plastic-facts-keep-getting-scarier/

If we continue landfilling it, we may keep the land above the rising sea level.

Love Litter

“A spokesman for [SEPA] said: ‘Our officers are comfortable that there is no environmental risk to the River Cree as a result of the bottles being released and, following inquiries, understand almost all of the bottles were contained and removed from the river fairly quickly by local residents.’ …
‘It was never my intent to harm the environment. It was more accident, naivety as well as stupidity in the execution. … It was just my intention to send a wee love bottle with a message to someone I had not yet met.'” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-40738484

100s litres fuel, 2000 bottles, 1 4G-enabled motorhome, 50 dates – priceless.

Animal Wrongs

“The animals who are poisoned, drugged, mutilated, and killed in British laboratories all feel pain and fear, just like we do, but experimenters continue to treat them as disposable tools rather than intelligent, sensitive beings.” http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/damning-report-reveals-animals-suffered-3-94-million-british-experiments-2016/

The animal research paradox: if other animals don’t feel as we would in those intolerable circumstances, then they’re not good models for human physiology. If they do, then subjecting them to these abhorrent practices is unethical.

Pangolicide

“The true scale of the slaughter of pangolins in Africa has been revealed by new research showing that millions of the scaly mammals are being hunted and killed.
Pangolins were already known to be the world’s most trafficked wild mammal, with at least a million being traded in the last decade to supply the demand for its meat and scales in Asian markets.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/20/scale-of-pangolin-slaughter-revealed-millions-hunted-in-central-africa-alone

Large scale poaching.

Ocean Oxymoron

“Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called ‘scientific’ expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/07/forty-seven-minke-whales-killed-to-see-how-old-they-were

Japanese research is greatly advancing knowledge of what diet doesn’t tell us about life expectancy.