Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Thought provoking


'Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us' - the top scientists all agree that animals are conscious and aware "to the degree that humans are". This is good news for those who want scientific backing. Of course, this has never been in question for many people, but it sometimes takes science a few hundred years to catch up.

Let's hope the scientists at Cardiff University read the article above: they're currently cutting up kittens for their research. Maybe their labs should be renamed as chop shops.

We'll end with a quote from Richard Holloway:
"It is easy to fall into cynicism or despair as we contemplate what the human species has done to itself and to the planet that bore and nurtured it. Our arrogant self-consciousness has made us the most dangerous animals on Earth. Unlike the other creatures with whom we share the world, we seem incapable of finding a natural and harmonious balance in the way we relate to one another.

Our history is not one of peace punctuated by interludes of violence but one of violence punctuated by interludes of peace, as we line up against one another in racial, religious or political regiments. Human conflicts may vary in cause and occasion, but they all have one thing in common: in order to steel ourselves to destroy our enemies, we have to persuade ourselves of their inhumanity, their difference from us."
From the Big Issue, October 6th 2008, 'The Peacemakers' (p20).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

France bans vegetarian meals in schools


This is not a new story, but we haven't covered it before, and it's an interesting example of authoritarian Governments trying to restrict choice. According to The Telegraph:
"There will be no meat-free days in French schools for six million children following a new decree from their government that all students will have to eat meat if they want lunch at school. Taking a packed lunch is not an alternative as they are also banned."
More links below.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

CCC - homes and poor service

Enid Jones fears her home will be demolished

In the past we have reported on threats to homes due to Ceredigion County Council wanting to encourage yet more identikit supermarket developments in Aberystwyth. There are a large number of posts on this site about why this would be bad. Well, Ceredigion County Council apparently want to force people out of their homes so that developers and supermarkets can have an easier time turning Aberystwyth into an even more built-up area and make it even harder for independent town-centre shops to thrive.
"A council report, which went before Ceredigion's cabinet on Tuesday, said the authority had been asked by developers Chelverton Deeley Freed to use compulsory purchase powers to force the sale of the homes in Glyndwr Road. [...] Ceredigion council officers recommended compulsory purchase orders (CPO)." From the BBC.