Huge Investments In Animal Agriculture .. A massive pig breeding and farming operation in Vietnam…
Gentle Folk Will Be Slaughtered ..
Movement of cattle is spreading the disease and killing badgers will just spread bTB further as it forces the wildlife to move around more.
It is both sad and shameful that when night falls and the setts of southern England stir their gentle folk will be needlessly slaughtered.
That in spite of science and public will, the wrath of ignorance will further bloody and bleed our countryside of its riches of life.
That brutalist thugs, liars and frauds will destroy our wildlife and dishonour our nations reputation as conservationists and animal lovers.
( Chris Packham, Presenter of the BBC’s Autumnwatch )
This is not a mini-trial, this is mass slaughter.
The cull will cost over £5million over its four year trial period and fail to stop the spread of bTB.
( Adrian Coward, Chairman of the Somerset Badger Group )
Farmers Prefer To Scapegoat Badgers ..
I have 35 years livestock management experience, and I live in the heart of the Forest of Dean – the cull area.
Killing badgers isn’t the long-term or sustainable solution to bovine TB control that farmers so desperately need.
Shooting badgers is politically motivated, not scientifically driven, and farmers need to realise they’re being sold a lame duck.
Over the years, I have managed some of the highest-yielding dairy herds in the world with consistently high levels of hygiene and disease resistance.
Meticulous bio security and sympathetic animal husbandry are the key to stamping out TB in cattle, not shooting British wildlife.
Farmers vilify badgers but TB is mainly transmitted cow to cow.
So the solution to eradicating TB lies with farmers themselves who must accept responsibility for a disease that is all too easily spread back and forth within and between herds due to poor management, lax bio security and substandard animal care.
A slow response in tackling the disease compounds the problem, which can therefore soon reach epidemic proportions.
I have seen it many times with mad cow disease, foot and mouth and now bovine TB.
Alas, the farming industry prefers to scapegoat badgers rather than tackling these fundamental problems.
( Steve Jones, Dairy Specialist )
Celebrities Against The Cull ..
Badgers are a protected species and a valued intrinsic part of our countryside, loved by the British public.
An e-petition recently attracted more than 263,000 public signatures against the planned cull.
Recently, a letter was sent to David Cameron signed by 100 celebrities, conservation organisations, scientists and vets.
Sir Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley, Judi Dench and Brian Blessed were amongst the signatories against the badger cull.
Organisations included the RSPB, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and many more.
( Lorraine Platt, Founder of Blue Badger )
All we have is a shoot to kill policy.
It’s all lies.
Who calls that humane?
This is totally immoral.
Reports coming in use of dogs?
Persecution as we all knew would happen.
They refuse to do a more methodical, humane way.. ie caging, releasing healthy ones.
( Caroline Emmerson )
Owen Paterson and his pals are too focussed on killing wildlife, some farmers even reject Biosecurity measures, yet bTB started dropping.
( Caroline Emmerson )
In darkened forest, scared and afraid.
The smug-faced coward fired a bullet through his brain.
For the evil scum, a job well done.
Mr Cameron ..
Can the badgers please have some of the bombs you use to drop on men, women and children in Middle-Eastern countries.
It will then be a fair fight against your assassins.
Dear Lord, keep them safe this night
Secure from all their fears.
May angels guard them while they play
Till morning light appears.
If I die tonight, hear this.
I was just an innocent soul playing.
I didn’t want anything but to be free and left alone.
If I die tonight, you will no longer bring me torment.
You will no longer bring me harm.
From you, at last, I’m free.
The decision is not only appalling for the badgers, it is also arrogant, ignorant and insulting to the researchers and scientists that are advising against it.
( Bill Oddie )
A protected species condemned to death when the reasons for doing so have been discredited by valid scientific evidence?
What makes the murder of badgers even more sinister. Is that it’s being done in order to cover up bad farming practices.
Wind Turbine Kills A Rare Bird ..
Hundreds of twitchers travelled the length of the country to see the “bird of the century” – only for it to fly into a wind turbine and die.
Bird-spotters were ecstatic about the first UK sighting of the rare white-throated needletail since 1991.
But their excitement soon turned to horror when it hit the 120ft structure’s rotating blades.
This wasn’t a turbine on a huge wind farm.
It was a solitary turbine to provide power to a small community on the Isle of Harris, one of Scotland’s Western Isles.
There is huge concern in Scotland about plans for big wind farms and the danger they would pose to big birds of prey like golden eagles and sea eagles.
In April of this year, RSPB Scotland condemned the Government after it approved Viking Energy’s plans for a wind farm with 103 turbines on Shetland.
( An extract from a report by Euan Stretch, 28.06.2013 )
The RSPB Team Up With An Industry That Kills Birds ..
The RSPB is making hundreds of thousands of pounds from the wind power industry – despite the turbines killing millions of birds every year.
Golden eagles, hen harriers, Corn Buntings and other rare and threatened species are especially at risk, conservationists say.
Yet in its latest ‘partnership deal’, the bird charity receives £60 for every member who signs up to a dual-fuel account with windfarm developer Ecotricity.
It also receives £40 each time a customer opens an account with Triodos Bank, which finances renewable industry projects including wind turbines.
In a previous partnership with Southern & Scottish Electricity (SSE), which invests in wind and other renewable energy, the RSPB admits to having made £1 million over ten years.
The charity claims that windfarms play an important role in the battle against climate change, which ‘poses the single greatest long-term threat to birds and other wildlife’, and that wind turbines caused only ‘significant detrimental effects’ when poorly sited.
But critics argue there is no such thing as a well-sited windfarm and that the charity has been taken over by green zealots.
( James Dellingpole, MailOnline, 07.04.2013 )
For an organisation that supposedly protects birds to team up with an industry that kills birds on the basis of unverifiable predictive models about climate change is just bizarre.
We are many years into discovering that these bloody machines kill birds in large numbers.
Why is the RSPB still sticking up for them?
( Dr John Etherington, former reader in ecology at the University of Wales and author of The Wind Farm Scam )
Wind-Farm Operators Hide The Bodies Of Dead Birds ..
Conservationists claim the wind industry has a vested interest in covering up the true extent of bird deaths.
Wildlife biologist Jim Wiegand recently wrote that the industry has known since the early Eighties that ‘propeller-style turbines’ could never be safe for birds of prey.
Mr Wiegand added: “With exposed blade tips spinning in open space at up to 200mph, it was impossible. Wind developers also knew they would have a public-relations nightmare if people ever learned how many eagles are actually being cut in half. To hide this awful truth, strict windfarm operating guidelines were established – including high security, gag orders in leases and other agreements, and the prevention of accurate, meaningful mortality studies.”
Anecdotal evidence from the US and Australia also suggests that windfarm operators often hide the bodies of dead birds in order to avoid being fined.
The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith.
For to have faith is to have wings.
( J.M. Barrie )
Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all.
Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.
So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you.
And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
( Stephen King )
A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.
( Maya Angelou )
I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear.
And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen.
( Terry Tempest Williams )
There shall come a day when birds shall be free.
( K. Hari Kumar )
Wherever there are birds, there is hope.
( Mehmet Murat ildan )
Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.
( Doug Coupland )
Birds teach us something very important.
To whatever height you rise, you will finally come down to the ground.
( Mehmet Murat ildan )
I think people who don’t believe in God are crazy.
How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn’t make?
( Little Richard )