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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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.

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.

Hunting Fact

“Hunting was the fourth most-shared topic, ahead of Brexit. … After social care, the most commonly mentioned manifesto commitment was the Hunting Act.” https://www.league.org.uk/blog/fox-hunting-played-major-election-role

Both issues where Tory ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’ policy failed to persuade the majority of the British public.

Cetacean Conscription

“According to media reports from Russia, captured beluga whales are to be used to guard naval bases, assist military divers and help kill enemy intruders. … The beluga’s highly sensitive sonar capability made them potentially suitable for guarding the waters around the entrances to naval facilities.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/captured-beluga-whales-forced-into-military-service

Since they’re already white, is it possible that Beluga whales are concetaceaous objectors?

Macabre Manifesto

“The Conservative manifesto features commitments to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses, reform pet vending rules and to address live exports alongside their pledge to hold a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.” http://www.onekind.scot/onekindblog/article/how_is_animal_welfare_treated_in_in_the_ge2017_manifestos

When Conservatives address crowds of live exports, what will they speak about? Voting for Christmas?

Tough on crime: no more vending the rules. If you pay for an animal, you’re entitled to watch its death being dispensed.