Tuesday, 17 November 2015

News round up

First some good news, it would appear that a Norfolk shooting estate may have lost £221,000 in cross compliance subsidies after one of it's gamekeepers was found guilty of poisoning 10 Buzzards and 1 Sparrowhawk. Sadly he escaped prison but if correct this would be the biggest penalty handed out in the UK. You can read the full story here https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/
Well done to Raptor Persecution Scotland and others for uncovering this story.

There is an epetition on the UK government website calling for a ban on lead shot https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/111533
While out walking at the weekend one of our dogs came back to us carrying a dead rabbit that had been shot and left in the field, this would be full of lead shot which he would have eaten (given the chance). Other animals and birds such as Red Kite and Buzzards will clear up carrion such as this slowly poisoning themselves. Whilst I am against shooting I except that it will continue along with Clay pigeon shooting for the foreseeable future the least we can make it as environmentally friendly as possible. So please sign the petition if you can.
With last weeks announcement from the UK Meteorological office that the planet has warmed by 1º c and the world Met Organization announce that gobal CO2 levels reached 400ppm earlier in the year it will be interesting to see the result of the inquiry into Exxon being held in New York. It is claimed that they had witheld documents relating to climate change and their products while actively funding denial groups.


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