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.

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.

Poached Salmon

“Some 95,400 fish were killed by a new device called a thermolicer … The ‘sudden temperature change’ caused by the thermolicer killed 95 per cent of the lice but also caused ‘significant mortalities’ amongst the salmon. … Another 20,000 salmon were killed at Loch Greshornish fish farm by other attempts to rid them of sea lice using chemicals. … 60,000 salmon had been killed by hydrogen peroxide used to treat them for amoebic gill disease.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14846303.Oops__fish_farm_firm_kills_175_000_of_its_salmon_by_accident/)

‘Overkill’.

Ensnared

“It can’t have been easy being a caveman, living the life of a hunter gatherer. … However, though the gathering might have been relatively rural, the hunting was hell. Meat wasn’t easy to catch, whether it came in the form of a slavering jawed dinosaur, a leaping gazelle, or even a jet propelled small rodent or rabbit. … the very necessary function of feeding human families, who – back in those prehistoric times – had very few alternatives to meat and veg. … Many, many thousands of years ago then, snares were a means to survival. And not only for food. The hunter made sure that he visited the trap regularly so that animals did not disfigure or maim themselves in their struggles. It wasn’t an example of prehistoric animal welfare, it was a matter of keeping warm. Nobody wants a fur coat with rips and tears in it.” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2987646/snares_a_barbaric_relic_whose_time_is_up.html)

Perhaps Bill Oddie’s ancestors were contemporary with dinosaurs. Perhaps that’s how he knows how often hunters visited their traps thousands of years ago. Or perhaps this is a result of his special food options, I suppose involving mycoprotein and synthetic vitamins, while the rest of us still have few alternatives to meat and veg. Perhaps he’s simply aiming his writing at the lowest common denominator i.e. those who set snares. However, his reasoning has more holes in it than a creature snared in barbed wire.

Notwithstanding Bill Oddie’s whimsy, snares are outdated. Please sign the petition to ban snares in the UK.

Teat Ip

“The true extent of corporate control of food commodities – or milk to you and me – is huge. … It is these largely unaccountable bodies that will benefit from trade negotiations like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Anxious to weaken food regulations by ‘mutual recognition’ of different standards or ‘harmonizing’ standards to the ones they like, they are very active in the TTIP debate.
… US dairy exporters would like to see EU limits on somatic cell counts (in effect, pus) in milk removed – yet the cell count indicates mastitis, a painful infection of the breast tissue in cows.” (http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2985037/the_perfect_pinta_vs_the_ttip_trade_tanker.html)

This just the T-tip of the milkberg.

Farmortality

“It is not in a farmer’s interest to have high farm mortality as it clearly impacts on the farms’ profitability.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/29/animal-rights-group-sounds-alarm-over-40m-farm-deaths)

The commodification of creatures always guarantees welfare, just like the Gulag.

Batshit

“The welfare of animals at London zoo is being put at risk by drunken visitors at its Friday night parties. … One zookeeper at the penguin beach was asked by a man leaning over the glass barrier, ‘Which penguin can I fight?'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/18/london-zoo-party-night-animal-welfare)

As he was ejected, he protested, “I was only having a giraffe!”