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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Metabolics

“About 20% of US adults show at least three of the five indicators of metabolic syndrome: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Neurological problems, including behavioral and learning disabilities in children as well as Parkinson’s disease, are increasing rapidly. Fertility rates in both men and women are declining. Globally, the average sperm count has dropped 50% in the last 50 years.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986383/triumph_of_digital_toxicology_why_the_us_wont_regulate_deadly_chemicals.html)

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Dribble

“The American Farm Bureau Federation has claimed on its website and elsewhere that EPA would take over all farming and land use, control ‘virtually all water,’ and even regulate puddles and wet spots.” (http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140715.asp)

The American ‘puddle’ is of course 20 fluid ponds, while the British ‘puddle’ is defined as three to five cubic centidrips, must contain at least 85% water and must remain in place for at least six months of the year. Seasonal puddles are not regulated.

Decoke

“An over-sympathy for the [coal] industry to date in Scotland has led to a culture of light touch regulation.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/365078-rspb-scotland-calls-for-a-new-independent-body-to-regulate-the-open-cast-coal-industry-)

For the environment that’s ‘light touch paper and stand well back’ regulation.