British feds to cull badgers, ignoring lessons of 1,000 years

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

LONDON––Though culling predators has come to be recognized as one of the larger ecological mistakes of the Romans,  the Normans,  the Georgians in the 18th century,  and 20th century British governments, British environment secretary Owen Paterson on February 27,  2013 announced that badgers will be culled this summer in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Read more

Euro scandal shows the big money in horsemeat is in labeling it “beef”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2013:


PARIS––At least 28 companies in 13 European nations plus
Hong Kong have been involved in marketing horsemeat as beef, French
government investigators assessed in mid-February 2013, predicting that
more alleged perpetrators would be exposed by ongoing investigations.
Entrepreneurs seeking to resume horse slaughter in the U.S. have
argued that they would market to an upscale clientele in nations
including Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan, who would
demand that horses were transported and killed humanely. But the
horsemeat-as-beef scandal has revealed just the opposite: by far the
greater portion of the European horsemeat trade involves the lowest
priced meat products, in which the ingredients are most easily
disguised, and about which consumers and regulators tend to ask the
fewest questions.

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Visiting animal defenders badly treated, says Marjan Centre

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

 LONDON–Pole Pole Foundation founder and former Kahuzi-Biega National Park chief ranger John Kahekwa was to accept the first annual £1,000 MarjanMarsh conservation award on October 29,  2012 from the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation at King’s College, London,  but Kahekwa never got there.

The award was presented in recognition of Pole Pole’s 20 years of work to promote community involvement in protecting eastern lowland gorillas and other animals who share the gorillas’ habitat near Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read more

Irish pols protect hare coursing

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

MULLINGAR,  Ireland--The Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomed recent announcements by Jimmy Deenihan,  minister for arts, heritage,  and the Gaeltacht,  that he would ban hunting curlews and Kerry red deer.
The council  warned,  however,   that Deenihan’s July 2012 suggestion that he might also ban shooting hares “is believed not to be to save hares from being shot to death but rather to help make it easier for coursers to find hares for their blood sport.  Earlier this year,”  the Irish Council Against Blood Sports reminded, “pro-coursing Deenihan pledged to coursers,  ‘Whatever I can do for coursing while I am in this job,  I will certainly do it.'” Read more
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