The elephant in the moon

“The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums has said that leaving the EU without a deal could threaten already endangered species, whose survival depends on easy access to Europe-wide breeding programmes.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2017/apr/09/how-to-move-an-elephant-to-europe-post-brexit

Zoos may retain a role in rehabilitation or palliative care for victims of our systemic animal abuse, but appealing to Europhobes on free movement? A bit ambitious. A bit late. How likely are anti-migrant, anti-refugee ‘populists’ to listen to ‘conservation’ dinosaurs? Actually, all too likely.

“Computer software does the matching. Each breeding programme has a coordinator who monitors the populations kept in captivity, and if it is time to move an animal – if there is a lone animal, or it is old enough to leave its family group, or a new zoo requires that species – they will contact the zoo and recommend it be involved in a breeding programme.”

Welcome to Orwellia.

“We then need to train the animal to go into that [transport] crate. It’s not a case any more of forcing an animal in.”

How enlightened.

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Hard to Swhallow

“A Norwegian whaler featured in the documentary declares openly that female minke whales are usually pregnant when they come to Norwegian waters.
The news piece suggests that most of the time each female adult whale killed represents two whales caught as the vast majority have a fetus in their stomach.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/03/new-documentary-reveals-that-majority-of-minke-whales-caught-by-norway-are-pregnant

Whalers’ knowledge of anatomy is as polished as their morality.

Breaching the Law

“The process of manoeuvring a small boat with view to ‘herd’ dolphins is considered a breach of the Faroese animal welfare law. This is exactly what the Faroese boats do when they herd pods of pilot whales onto the killing beaches to be slaughtered.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988393/sea_shepherd_captain_guilty_of_causing_suffering_to_dolphins.html

Thankfully Britain doesn’t have such nonsensical double-standards with regard to wildlife.
Natural England now issues licences to kill native, protected buzzards so there can be a few more on top of the millions of non-native pheasants to be shot – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/buzzard-licensing-applications
The Scottish Government has decided that once-native, reintroduced beavers can stay (very welcome news) but further reintroductions must be licensed while non-native pheasant are released in their millions to be shot – http://news.gov.scot/news/beavers-to-remain-in-scotland
The killing industry doesn’t seem to observe national boundaries.

Blogger Whales

“The depleted designation makes it illegal to import any belugas from this population into the United States for public display … ‘This final decision puts the United States solidly on the high ground in future collaborative efforts to provide additional protections for these beleaguered whales.'” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2016/10/nmfs-designation-of-russian-beluga-whales-depleted-makes-their-import-into-us-illegal)

The US is on shakier ground with the species name.

Hounded

“PR disasters for the UK’s shooting industry dog the opening of the pheasant season …
A catalogue of incidents, including the government-sanctioned killing of buzzards to ‘protect’ pheasants so they can be shot later and the RSPB’s recent withdrawal of its support for the Hen Harrier Action Plan (because of continued persecution of these protected birds of prey on grouse moors), are shining a spotlight into the murky secrets of the commercial shooting industry.” (http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2016/sept/kill-a-buzzard-save-a-pheasant-then-kill-the-pheasant)

The UK’s shooting industry dog has had its day.

Badge of Success

“Almost 1,500 badgers were killed during last year’s badger cull, according to Defra. The government described the effort as a success.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/23/badger-cull-protesters-change-tactics-in-response-to-expansion)

Ah, the answer to my question “what is the motivation for culling badgers?” – ‘Success’ is not measured as fewer cows with bovine TB, it’s a great big pile of uninfected, inhumanely killed, badger carcasses.

Five ways to take action against the cull, from dairy boycotts to non-violent protests.

Badgers of Mass Destruction

“The assumptions about badgers and bTB, like those fabled and non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction that led us to invade Iraq, have become an accepted ‘truth’ on which to build government policies.” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2987993/why_are_badgers_always_at_the_head_of_the_blame_queue.html)

So, instead of asking “how are badgers infecting cattle?”, if we ask “what is infecting cattle with bovine TB?” or “how might cattle be infecting badgers?” now that would be heresy.