Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Dr Hadwen Trust

[Guest post by the Dr Hadwen Trust]

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Millions of animals are used each year for research into human conditions.  In 2013 in the UK alone there were 4.12 million scientific procedures conducted using 4.02 million animals, the vast majority (82%) being on rodents but the figures also include 3,554 dogs, 109 cats, 2,468 primates, 138,287 birds, and 330 horses.

Despite the huge number of animals used and the millions of pounds  spent studying conditions such as cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease, we are still looking for cures for these and many other illnesses.

Alongside the ethical considerations of animal experimentation, there is also growing evidence, as highlighted in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) in May 2014, that when animals are used for medical research purposes, including drug development, they often yield results that do not translate to the human condition.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Good Energy


Do you use a 100% renewable energy supplier? Does you employer? If not then it's a good idea to investigate this, as it is the only environmentally-friendly option. Good Energy is one such provider, and having used them for years we recommend them as an ethical alternative to the big energy companies.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Links!


We've rejigged the blog a bit. There's now a handy shortcut bar at the top of the blog. We have also closed our Delicious account, weeded the links, and rebuilt them as a page on the blog - the links button in the top bar will take you to it. Hopefully there are at least a few recommended links there that are new to you, and useful or interesting. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fish Aggregation Devices


Industrial tuna fishers like Princes and John West use FADs - Fish Aggregation Devices - which are artificial platforms, made up of floating materials and netting. These attract all kinds of marine life - which are then scooped up indiscriminately. The unwanted 'bycatch'- animals like sharks, turtles and rays - are then dumped overboard, dead and dying.

Back in 2011, a massive public campaign convinced them to commit to quit using these destructive FADs. But three years on, it looks like those promises are getting broken.

With two months left until their commitments are due, more than three quarters of the tuna Princes sells is still being caught using FADs. A mass public outcry will be hard to ignore. Tell John West and Princes to keep their promises and cut out FADs completely.

Better yet, tackle the problem at source - stop eating fish. Leave them in their home. If you miss the flavour then try cruelty-free alternatives. But human desires don't over-ride the lives of other beings.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Frack off, Cameron


Can you imagine finding out that a company wanted to drill beneath your home, and the law said there was nothing you could do about it?

Help to fuel the backlash against David Cameron’s plan to push through his new fracking law. Cameron's plans are unpopular already - 74% of British people don't agree with changing the law so fracking companies can drill under our homes without permission. We need to show MPs across the country how unpopular it is as well. Please sign the petition here!

(If you want to follow this topic Greenpeace is a good place to start).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More houses planned


We've been asked to share the fact that Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a number of new housing estates on greenfield sites in Llanbadarn Fawr. More information on one of the sites here. If you care about the loss of green spaces we recommend objecting to this crazy proposal.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ecological footprints


"An ecological footprint is the amount of productive land area required to sustain one human being. Globally, there are about 1.9 hectares of productive area per person, but the average ecological footprint is already 2.3 hectares. So we would need 1.5 Earths to live sustainably. The largest footprint belongs to citizens of the US, at 9.57 hectares. Five Earths would be needed if everyone in the world consumed at that rate. People in Bangladesh, on the other hand, need just 0.5 hectares. And China is somewhere in the middle, at 1.36 hectares.

But what will it look like in a few decades, when China has a population of 1.5 billion? Supposing that Chinese levels of consumption then are equivalent to American levels now, the Earth doesn’t stand a chance. If the US provides the benchmark for global consumption, 25 Earths will be needed to satiate everyone’s wants." [Adbusters]

More on eco-footprints.