Farmers Poison Golden Eagles ..
A golden eagle has a wingspan of up to 8ft.
Its body is up to 40in long, it weighs up to 13lb and it can fly at 100 mph.
They mate for life and can live for 30 years.
Victorians hunted them to extinction in the UK but in 1975 they were reintroduced to Scotland from Norway. A £900,000 plan to reintroduce them to England, along the Suffolk coast, was scrapped last year in the Coalition’s cuts.
Special protection areas in Scotland were designated last year after evidence that farmers were poisoning eagles. These cover 850,000 acres of North and West Scotland and include Glen Etive, Glen Fyne and the Cairngorms Massif.
The eagles kill large prey by dropping it from a great height.
Tortoises are dropped on to rocks to crack their shells.
A lamb was seen head-butting a golden eagle who was trying to grab it, according to the Outer Hebrides bird report of 2009.
Farmers are concerned by the reintroduction of the only bigger British bird, the white-tailed eagle. It became extinct in Britain in the early 19th Century but is being returned to the wild along Scotland’s East and West coasts.
Ospreys Guarded By The Army ..
Rare ospreys are thriving again in the UK – just a few decades after they were thought to be extinct. And in one corner of Scotland a band of fishermen have played a remarkable and key role in their revival.
Fisheries in the region have now provided the osprey with the perfect hunting ground and the birds have taken full advantage.
It’s a far cry from Victorian times when the 2ft long birds of prey, which have 6ft wingspans, were persecuted relentlessly by game keepers and egg collectors.
By 1916 they are thought to have become extinct in the UK.. But in 1954 a pair of migrating ospreys from Scandinavia nested at Loch Garten in the Cairngorms.
When the first pairs arrived their nests needed to be protected at all costs.
At one point they were guarded by the Army.
Numbers grew over the decades and nowhere in Britain have they returned more prominently than the Cairngorms.
From 14 pairs there in 1976 there were 158 by 2001.
In 1996 nests were set up in Rutland Water, East Midlands, and the birds are now breeding at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District and parts of Wales.
They fly from Scandinavia – or 3,000 miles from Africa – for the spring mating season before flying off again in late summer once their chicks have fledged.
Red Kites Flourishing In Britain ..
In Victorian times they were treated like vermin and hunted to the brink of extinction.
But red kites are once again flourishing across Britain, thanks to the efforts of conservationists – and local councils who leave household rubbish to pile up.
The birds of prey are natural scavengers, and experts believe the growing amount of food thrown away, combined with less frequent bin collections is helping the species thrive. There have been sightings in Reading, Leeds, Gateshead, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Hampstead and Hackney in London.
Despite efforts of conservationists, the numbers of red kites plunged to just a handful of breeding pairs in the 1960s, confined to rural mid-Wales.
But a concerted reintroduction programme begun 20 years ago means that there are now thought to be 1,800 breeding pairs across the country.
In medieval times, red kites proliferated in Britain.
By snatching discarded food from the streets, they helped keep towns and cities clean – and kites were protected by a Royal decree, with the death penalty for killing one. However, by the 16th Century, kites were considered vermin, with a bounty placed on their heads. By the 1890s, they had been virtually wiped out by landowners who wrongly believed they killed their lambs.
The Doctor Died Of MRSA ..
Half of all antibiotics in the UK are used on farm animals and 60% of those are given to pigs. The overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming means these creatures provide a breeding ground for the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases such as MRSA, E.coli and salmonella, which pass from animals to humans. Ominously, scientists have just discovered a new MRSA strain, said to be present on as many as 3% of dairy farms in the UK.
There have already been 12 cases. Factory farms are central to all this.
When statistics at one hospital in the Netherlands were analysed, it was found that 80 per cent of MRSA cases there were caused by a strain which had evolved on factory pig farms and which is now spreading globally to other farms and from animals to humans too. In one village of 500 people in America, at the heart of which was a huge pig farm, one in every ten people visited their local doctor with symptoms including skin lesions the size of cricket balls.
While investigating these conditions, the doctor himself died of MRSA.
What really bothers me is that even though these health concerns are well known, what Europe’s politicians are doing is worse than nothing.
The EU is encouraging factory farms.
( Dominic West )
Animal Experiments Are Of No Scientific Value ..
Murdering, cowardly vivisectors (who have a collective I.Q. lower than the average temperature in Siberia) torture and kill around 1,000 cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, monkeys, rabbits and other defenceless animals every 30 seconds – and some of those animals are pets that have been stolen.
Animal experiments are of no scientific value and are performed for purely commercial or personal reasons.
Thousands of vivisectors will be put out of work if animal experiments stop.
Most are incapable of doing proper jobs and will probably remain unemployed if they are not allowed to torture animals for a living.
Vivisectors torture and kill thousands of stolen pet cats and dogs.
If stopped from doing animal experiments, vivisectors might become mass murderers. Drug company profits would fall and their employees would have to be satisfied with much smaller salaries. If animal experiments were stopped, those who kidnap pets and capture wild animals would be unemployed and firms which make cages and restraints would go bust.
The Slaughter Of Ruddy Ducks ..
A cull of ruddy ducks in the UK has cut their numbers to just 120.
The government says about 4,400 of the birds were shot dead over the past 5 years.
Supporters of the cull, including the RSPB, say it is needed to protect other species from extinction. Opponents argue it is expensive and unnecessary.
Liz Jones, who writes for the Mail on Sunday, claims the reason for the slaughter is to stop them travelling to Spain to cross-breed with the rare white-headed duck.
The ruddy duck is originally from the United States, and came to the UK in the 1940s. Don’t the RSPB protect all birds? Apparently not.
Our Culture Decides Which Animals We Eat ..
Cows, pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits are just as affectionate, caring, loving and sensitive as cats and dogs. It is only our culture which has decreed that dogs and cats get well looked after while cows, pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits are killed and eaten.
We Think Caged Birds Sing ..
Birds are beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, sensitive creatures.
Many fly thousands of miles every year and have inbuilt navigation systems which would be the envy of any jet pilot. It is an act of unspeakable barbarism to put one of these wonderful creatures into a cage.
We think caged birds sing. When indeed they cry.