Muddle of brood meddling – round 2

Last year, Natural England licensed the daft idea of brood meddling of Hen Harriers. I mounted a legal challenge, and so did RSPB, but we lost in court. The judge decided that because this was a trial it was science and because of that it’s OK (that’s my layman’s take on it). Both the RSPB…

Guest blog – The Ethics of Animal Exploitation part 1 by Alick Simmons

Alick Simmons is a veterinarian, naturalist and photographer.  After a period in private practice, he followed a 35-year career as a Government veterinarian, latterly as the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. Alick’s lifelong passion is wildlife; he volunteers for the RSPB and NE in Somerset, is chair of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare,…

More good news – no M4 ‘relief’ road

The Welsh government will not spend £1.6bn on a ‘relief’ road – that’s a relief because the plans would have wrecked some irreplaceable Welsh landscape and wildlife-rich habitat on the Gwent Levels. The expense of the project must have been a major reason for its abandonment but Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, also said he…

Lead ammunition – what do shooters really think?

This is an interesting paper which looks at the attitudes of a small sample (30) of male shooters to lead ammunition. It’s something called a Q-study – something unfamiliar to me. As I understand it, the study chose the group of respondents not to be representative of the shooting community, but in fact to represent…

Good news – no Fin Whaling in Iceland this summer

It seems that Fin Whales off the coast of Iceland will have at least a year’s reprieve according to this story in The Reykjavik Grapevine. This is excellent news. I would take with a pinch of salt the explanation given by the sole Iceland commercial whaler about the licence arriving too late, although I have…