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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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

Ban Animal Circuses

Get Well Soon David Attenborough

Get Well Soon David Attenborough xx

Get Well Soon David Attenborough xx

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir David Attenborough underwent successful heart surgery to fit a pacemaker in London today.

The 87-year-old, who was forced to cancel a trip to Australia, had been told by his cardiologist “that he is in urgent need of a pacemaker,” according to a statement from his publicist.

A spokesman for the naturalist said the TV star was doing well following the procedure today.

He said: “Sir David has now had the operation and his doctors are satisfied with his progress.”

The presenter of award-winning programmes such as Life on Earth and The Living Planet was due to embark upon a sold-out speaking tour of Australia next week.

The trip, which was due to start in Brisbane, has now been cancelled while Sir David remains in the UK for treatment. The statement expressed his “extreme disappointment” at its postponement and said he hopes to reschedule the tour as soon as he recovers from surgery.

His spokesman earlier told PA that Sir David was still his “lively self” and the described the operation as a “minor procedure”.

Sir David has spent six decades presenting programmes for the BBC. He recently unveiled a new slot for Radio 4 called Tweet Of The Day. Each episode lasts a minute and a half and features the song of a particular species of bird.

Speaking in January about his age, Sir David said: “I’m 86 now and I’ve been broadcasting for 60 years. I don’t want to slow down. Retirement would be so boring.”

The broadcaster, who was born in Isleworth, London in 1926, is the only person to have won a Bafta award for programmes in black and white, colour, HD and 3D.

Sir David has been named Britain’s greatest living national treasure.

source: The Independent

David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities

It is alleged one can have too much even of a good thing, but this oft-repeated assertion has no basis in science fact, plus it neglects to factor in the presence of Sir David Attenborough.

Already this year we’ve had Galapagos for Sky, Africa for the BBC and now, about to begin on Eden, we shall be served with David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities. He’ll be doing house-house calls next. If only!

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Series producer Stephen Dunleavy interviews Sir David about what they hope to achieve.

Stephen Dunleavy
“We have been working on David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities for the past six months and this is very different to your normal series. You’re not out in a vast wilderness; it’s very much more intimate. You’re more generally behind the scenes of museums, but how would you describe the series to this audience?”

Sir David Attenborough
“Well, it puts an extra dimension onto animals. We’ve been making natural history programmes, you and I, and others, for a long time but we’ve always dealt with the animals as they are and sometimes as they might become, but we’ve never thought about them with their history and their particular relationship with human beings – the superstitions we had about them.

This is an extra dimension to animals which I think is particularly fascinating. It has certainly fascinated me ever since I was a kid, ever since I picked up a reproduction of a 17th Century natural history book and saw these fantastic animals, monsters, dragons and mermaids, all of which people thought actually existed and some of which have a really good basis for making them think that. This extra dimension to animals sets you thinking about them as to why they are the way they are, which is something which I don’t think we have done on television before.”

source: Eden

David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities begins on the Eden channel at 8pm on 29th January.