Thursday, 29 July 2010

Catalonia bans bullfighting in landmark Spain vote


Yes, that is the bull's blood

The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting - the first region of mainland Spain to do so. See the BBC site for more.

Friday, 23 July 2010

UK-imported feed for livestock farming is depleting rainforests



"Rainforests and grasslands are being ripped up to make way for soy plantations or for beef ranching which has been displaced by soy plantations" - see new report here.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

North Ceredigion Bat Group

image by Kretyen http://www.flickr.com/photos/kretyen/2862676590/

Are you interested in bat conservation? North Ceredigion Bat Group is centred in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales. The group consists of volunteers and conservationists and their activities include roost counts, bat walks and bat talks. See their blog for details of upcoming events.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Victory for badgers!

image from http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/nd8jGVGJ_CYZv3n33WZe1Q

Covered by the BBC.

Comment from the Badger Trust:

"Victory for badgers on all counts as Court of Appeal declares proposed Welsh badger cull unlawful.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Seagulls chicks orphaned at Aberystwyth University?


Seagull chick orphaned at Penglais?

CIN has received emails about orphaned seagull chicks on Aberystwyth University's Penglais Campus outside the Arts Centre this week. On further investigation in nearby buildings we were informed that Aberystwyth University had installed acoustic bird scarers at Penglais campus. We investigated yesterday and did find seagull chicks wandering around in obvious distress while adult seagulls seemed unable or unwilling to land near them to help. One person told us that Pestokill (a company that profits from exterminating animals) were being used by the university to do this.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Meat-free Mondays



Meat-free Mondays are a great way to cut carbon emissions, reduce fuel and water use, and have a positive impact on climate change. Several European cities have already done this e.g. Ghent, Hasselt and Mechlelen in Belgium, Washington DC, San Francisco, Bremen, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and several universities e.g. Oxford and Harvard and Helsinki educational institutions (see here for a longer list).