• Shooting packages in UK conservation parks
    You probably think that trophy hunting is something that happens abroad. But anyone looking to bag an animal’s head to grace that empty spot on their wall needs only to head to deepest, darkest Bedfordshire where they can shoot rare deer, or, for those financially stretched, wallabies and even sheep. A small number of overseas firms are now offering trophy-shooting packages in this county, which boasts several impressive deer parks. A ‘grade A’ red deer stag, highly prized by hunters because of its magnificent antlers, can be shot for a £9,000 trophy fee, according to an online price list dated 2018 and distributed by the Danish travel company 'Limpopo & Diana Hunting Tours'. A “grade A” Père David can be shot for £6,965, according to an email sent by Limpopo & Diana Hunting Tours to a potential client interested in shooting deer, who shared it with the 'Observer'. “Woburn Park is ideal for this and we can do Père David and red stag as well,” the company’s sales director explained to the client. Alternatively, those on a shoestring can visit a different park in Bedfordshire, which has no links to Woburn, and bag a wallaby for £220 or shoot a Soay sheep, known for its large horns and agility. A ram commands a trophy fee of £600 while a ewe is only £150, according to Limpopo & Diana’s price list. Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/13/price-list-shoot-rare-deer-trophy-hunting-woburn-abbey
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  • Make it a legal requirement for vets to check microchips on each visit
    So many dogs are stolen or go missing daily, vets need to check microchip details every time an animal is brought in, this could help reunite lost animals with their rightful owners
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  • End live exports of Scottish animals for fattening and slaughter
    In 2017, 5,500 un-weaned calves were exported from Scotland to Spain and Italy in journeys typically totalling 100 hours. Young calves can suffer from dehydration, starvation and exhaustion and are unable to regulate their body temperatures. This can result in weakened immune systems which may cause illness and even death. After Brexit, we have a real opportunity to end the live exports of UK animals destined for Europe for slaughter and fattening. A recent poll shows that the vast majority of Scottish voters in all parties want this to happen, yet progress on this is being held up by opposition from the Scottish Government. This cruel and unnecessary trade was exposed in the recent programme ‘Disclosure: The Dark Side of Dairy’ which highlighted how these young calves can suffer during these horrendously long journeys. Soon after the show aired, P&O Ferries made the bold and courageous move to cease co-operating with the Scottish Government to transport calves across the Irish Sea destined for the continent. P&O have been stalwart in their decision to end the suffering of innocent calves. Now it is time for the Scottish Government to show the same courage and drop their objections to a ban.
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  • Ban greyhound racing
    Over many years the league has called for action to tackle the shocking cruelty and abuse in the greyhound racing industry.Time and time again,however,our calls have fallen on death ears.The industry has failed reform itself.Due to the fact far too many greyhounds continue to suffer unnecessaril.We are now calling for a phasing out of a cruel sport,leading to an outright ban. -Most spend 95% of their time in small kennels with no contact -Many are neglected,suffering from parasites and poor dental health -Those housed in pairs are often kept constantly muzzled -Only the fastest dogs are wanted by the industry and sadly, many dogs never make it past this stage and their fate is unknown. -more than 1000 were killed in 2017 because they were too I'll or unsuitable for rehoming -six to twelve thousand puppies need for greyhound racing go missing each year. Resources took from League of cruel sports.You can help us end this cruelty be signing today.
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  • Ditch plastic packaging
    The UK breakfast cereal market is worth over £1.6 billion - that's a lot of boxes of cereal! Currently the vast majority of bags inside cereal boxes in the UK (and Worldwide) are not recyclable so they end up going in the bin and off to landfill. That's an awful lot of landfill and potentially a massive plastic pollution problem when those plastic bags end up in the wrong place, like in our rivers and seas. Plastic packaging has been found intact after 47 years. During that time discarded plastics have had negative impacts on the health of our wildlife and ecosystems. At today's consumption rates, billions of cereal bags will be sent to landfill. Those which don't make it (either whole or as microplastics) end up being ingested by animals, fish or birds leading to their ill health and early death.
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  • Save our bees and bugs 🐝
    🐝 There has been a Government commitment to create a network of wildlife habitats in the countryside since 2010. Our bees and other pollinators are in trouble, their wildflower habitats are widely fragmented and they are unable to move north to escape from climate change. 🐝 The Protection of Pollinators Bill, due for 2nd reading on 26th October, would create an English network of B-Lines – corridors where wildflower meadows would be restored, linking back together the homes of our endangered pollinators. 🐝 Without bees and other pollinating bugs we would not have apples, strawberries, tomatoes or many other crops – they are worth about £700 million to British agriculture. Our pollinators are also wonderful animals and our populations of wild flowers and birds depend on them as well.
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  • No more plastic waste in the oceans and help clean it all up
    The plastic in the ocean is set to double in the next 5 years! It's now already too much. It's now or never. The tipping point for plastic has been long over run now. Please watch this bbc documentary that was aired this week. Its a ticking time bomb that is fast running out. The dolphins and the fish and whales can't do it, so we have to! https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bmbn47/drowning-in-plastic Plastic is in the arctic, plankton at the bottom of the ocean, and has been found to transmit diseases to coral (only discovered a year ago) and potentially humans and all mammalian life.
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  • Ban the importation of animal fur into UK
    100 million+ animals are killed for their fur every year and 30 million of those are killed in fur farms where the lives of these animals commonly end by having their necks broken, being gassed or being electrocuted. The gassing is not always effective, and animals are sometimes still alive while being skinned. The Agreement on International Trapping Standards is aimed at the protection of the practice of trapping of wild animals for their fur with ‘humane’ standards. However, the trapping of wild animals for their fur can never be benign, the standards set in this agreement fall well below humane standards defined by veterinarian experts in the UK.
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  • Zero Rate VAT veterinary bills for registered Animal Charities
    The cost of vet bills are already high and a further 20% VAT charge is restricting the good work animal charities are doing. All good Animal charities insist that any animals that come into their care are neutered or spayed to keep the numbers down the VAT reduction Could be spent on more animals as most are Non for profit. Long term and short term treatments are also expensive and I believe the savings would help the charities with their day to day existence. Animals should have equal rights to the best welfare, Welfare of which for humans is zero rated
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  • Dogs on Manchester Metrolink
    In an age where we are encouraged to use public transport for the sake of the environment & to ease congestion it is important that responsible dog owners can travel on all forms of public transport with their dog. They can currently use taxis, buses & trains around Greater Manchester but are excluded from the Metrolink. Metrolink state that this is due to Transport for Greater Manchester regulations. They also state they are unable to carry dogs as their trams are not built to accommodate them & in doing so would turn Metrolink trams in to a zoo! However Transport for Greater Manchester allegedly have asked Greater Manchester Metrolink Network to review this; so far no one is accepting responsibility for this discriminatory rule. It is worth noting that no other mode of public transport is built to specifically carry dogs but they seem to cope well. I have never seen an influx of dogs traveling on trains or buses, just because they can; it is rarely more than 1 or 2 ever seen at any one time, taking up little more room if any than a suitcase or a few shopping bags! Transport for London who carry significantly more passengers are able to cope very well. Their conditions for carriage of dogs are: "You can also travel with any other dog or domestic animal, unless there is a good reason for us to refuse it (such as if the animal seems dangerous or is likely to upset other customers). You must keep it under control on a lead or in a suitable container, and must not allow it on a seat. Staff can't take charge of any animal. You must carry animals on moving escalators or through automatic ticket gates." Heaton Park is a great place to take the dogs which metrolink already services as well as other great dog walking areas such as Oldham, Rochdale & Bury to name a few. Travel on Metrolink to these areas with dogs would not only provide dogs & their owners with an opportunity to explore new areas but would provide additional revenue to the businesses in these areas. Furthermore to add insult to injury travel services were removed from some of these areas that previously permitted dogs to travel! It is time Transport for Manchester stopped discriminating against dogs & their owners & fell in line with London & other European cities affording the residents & visitors to Greater Manchester a comparable service.
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  • Stop the planned build on Nethercote Gardens
    Nethercote Gardens is a cul-de-sac with several specific strengths and challenges. The River Cole on which we sit is a haven for local wildlife and must be protected - our low position also puts us at risk of flooding and our road was disproportionately affected by such flooding earlier this year. Many residents feel that recent housing developments which have been completed in recent years have increased the risk of localised flooding; by increasing concrete and build areas we are rapidly losing valuable soft ground which absorbs water. This creates water run off during times of extreme weather and means homes like ours are more likely to flood. Adding another property to the road will be to the detriment of our local wildlife population which local residents are already fighting to support. The plot on which the development is planned sits immediately opposite 177a Nethercote Gardens which is a shared supported living home for people with assessed care. The residents of this property are extremely vulnerable adults and not able to object to this build, which would impact their daily lives, on their own behalf. Our residents have faced and are facing enough challenges due to our unique position and feel that we have been let down at numerous points by the local authority over the years, by allowing local building work, by not having adequate flood supports in place both during and after such events. Our small community are opposed to this build and will keep campaigning to ensure that it does not go ahead. Please, please sign our petition and add to our collective voice - we need to make some noise about this; small builds that negatively impact residents can sneak under the radar but they all add up to people having lower quality of life and our countryside being affected. Enough is enough. Please, please sign our petition. Thank you. "What we allow will continue."
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  • DITCH PLASTIC RINGS ON BEER AND CIDER CANS
    Plastic rings from beer and cider cans are littered everywhere - from our parks to our rivers and beaches. They can harm or even kill birds and fish, and together add up to thousands of tonnes of plastic waste. There’s a simple solution: get the biggest beer and cider companies to ditch the plastic rings. There are alternatives ready and waiting - Carlsberg just announced they’ll use recyclable glue instead. Together we can convince other beer and cider companies to do the same. If thousands of customers tell them to do their bit to reduce the plastic litter and ditch plastic rings, they’ll have to listen. It won’t solve the plastic crisis overnight, but it’s a small step that could make a massive difference. If you want plastic litter to be a thing of the past, sign the petition now.
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