Two-Tier Policing Fiasco 19 Squad Cars Protect 1 Baronet!

Overstretched police? 19 police cars sent to protect Baronet Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland from fox hunting protesters
If you live in Cambridgeshire and found the police too busy to attend your call on the 23rd of December – it’s probably because NINETEEN Cambridgeshire police cars were sent to protect a fox hunt organised by Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland, 4th Baronet.

The police turned up in force and then proceeded to threaten the peaceful anti-hunt protesters with CS gas spray:

Source: Overstretched police? 19 police cars sent to protect Baronet Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland from fox hunting protesters | Pride’s Purge

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Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

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Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade

Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.

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Via Pride’s Purge ~ an irreverent look at UK politics – tompride.wordpress.com

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Prosecutions For Hunting Increase

One person, on average, every week is prosecuted under the Hunting Act, and almost two-thirds are found guilty

Official figures released today reveal more individuals were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year (2013), than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force.Hunter in cuffs

A total of 110 individuals were charged for offences under the Hunting Act in 2013, an increase on the previous high of 92 in 2009, according to figures released by Justice Minister Damian Green in response to a written parliamentary question from Jim Fitzpatrick.

Today’s Ministry of Justice figures show there has been a steady increase in the number of people being prosecuted for hunting with dogs since 2010, when 49 people faced charges.

2011 saw 72 prosecutions, while in 2012, 84 individuals faced charges.

There have been a total of 527 people convicted under the Hunting Act between the legislation coming into force in February 2005, and the end of 2013. 56 people were convicted for offences under the Act in 2013.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments: “The figures for 2013 show just how successful and effective the Hunting Act 2004 is, whilst clearly debunking any argument that the law doesn’t work. The Hunting Act remains the most successful piece of wild animal legislation.

“The League will continue to work with the Police and others to catch and bring individuals flouting the law and causing cruelty to animals to justice.”

Hunt officials continue to be prosecuted under the legislation. Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are due to face a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act in Yeovil Magistrates Court on 29th July. The case is based on evidence supplied by the League and further investigations carried out by Avon & Somerset Police in relation to two separate incidences. source: http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/july/hunting-prosecutions-at-all-time-high

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Further Reading
League Against Cruel Sports
The League Against Cruel Sports is a charity registered in England and Wales (1095234) that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society.
Hunt Saboteurs Association
There are local hunt saboteur groups all over the UK, all of which are active at least once a week against the hunts and shoots in their area. Groups need volunteers to work either as activists in the field, saving the hunted animals’ lives directly, or to do the vital background work of fundraising, leafleting, etc. without which no group can function.

Princes William and Harry go hunting before launching wildlife campaign

The British Monarchy: Animal Terrorists.

The 31-year-old royal was pictured arriving in Spain with his brother Prince Harry yesterday as they prepared for a weekend of shooting on a posh private estate in Cordoba.

The siblings looked delighted as they were greeted by friends at the airport, and clearly weren’t feeling guilty about their upcoming activities.

It’s been reported by The Sun that William and Harry will hunt the likes of wild boar, partridges and stags today – whereas William’s campaign will aim to raise awareness of the shooting and illegal trade in protected species such as rhinos and elephants.

William and Harry are not said to be breaking any Spanish laws in hunting the animals, but their timing is set to anger animal lovers, with one conservation expert calling it “absolutely shocking”.

Prince Charles will also be launching the campaign with his eldest son, with the slogan being: “Let’s Unite for Wildlife!”

It will begin with a joint video message – which is being released tomorrow – followed next week by events at venues including the Zoological Society and National History Museum.

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Princes William and Harry go hunting in Spain one day before launching wildlife campaign

Colombia Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

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Following in the footsteps of other South American countries (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay), Colombia today announced a ban on the use of wild animals in any travelling or stationary circuses.

The passage of the Bill comes after a six year campaign led by Animal Defenders International (ADI) that included scientific reviews and undercover investigations that exposed significant abuse and neglect.

House Representative Augusto Posada, author of the Bill, said: “This is good news for the country because with the prohibition of the use of animals in circuses we are taking a significant step in the conservation of wildlife, the awareness to preserve nature and thus demonstrate that as humans we can respect the status and dignity of other species. Those who still have animal shows will have two years to evolve and allow the return of these creatures to a suitable habitat and to create new forms of entertainment without the presence of animals.”

While the Bill originally sought to ban all animals from circuses, domestic species unfortunately were excluded.

Congratulations to all involved! You can read more about ADI’s efforts in Colombia here.

source: Colombia Bans Use of Wild Animals in Circuses | Ecorazzi

Reaction:
While it initially sounds like a clear victory for animal welfare this law does not exclude domestic animals. Similarly the UK will introduce a ban on non-domestic animals, also in 2015, and it too will also not exclude domestic animals. Welcome though these new rulings are they stop short of genuine understanding. To allow only certain animals this freedom from slavery while others may still be caged and humiliated for financial gain is an obscenity we must continue to fight as fiercely as ever.

Further Reading:
Colombia bans wild animals in circuses from 2015 Animal Defenders International (ADI)
UK circuses to be banned from using wild animals from 2015

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