Thursday, 20 December 2007

In defence of cycling

In a piece in the local newspaper a councillor, Paul James, claimed that 'Inconsiderate cyclists [are] putting lives in danger' (Cambrian News, 20 Dec, p4). The basis for the article was the claim that cyclists are zooming along one particular pavement which has railings on one side and houses on the other, and pedestrians coming out of their houses are in danger. Whilst we don't support cyclists zooming along pavements and failing to pay due care and attention to other people around, the other side needs stating.

Statistics show that it is motorised vehicles that are the real danger to pedestrians, and to cyclists. In Wales, there were 1,324 pedestrian casualties in 2006 (p185, Road Casualties:Wales 2006) and 496 cyclist casualties in 2006 (p3, Road Casualties: Wales 2006 - Report available on Welsh Assembly Government website). Many drivers drive too close to cyclists, they also speed past them, or they simply fail to see them at junctions or roundabouts because they don't bother looking.

Monday, 10 December 2007

'Replace all animal experiments in Europe' petition

The European legislation governing EU animal experiments (Directive 86/609/EEC), is now some 20 years old, desperately out of date and in urgent need of review. The European Commission has recognised this and a review is now underway. The Commission has also launched an 'Action Plan' that explicitly states "The final aim is to replace animal experiments with methods not entailing the use of an animal."

Sunday, 18 November 2007

St Athan 'Defence' Academy

Peace activists in Wales are disappointed with the military training project 'the St Athan Defence Academy'.

For background information see here; here; here; and here.

It a very sad siutation to be in, where Wales is willing to pour £14 billion pounds into defence and war, and puts nothing into peace. How about establishing a Peace Academy where people learn the power of negotiation and other peaceful resolution techniques?

Monday, 29 October 2007

Race Horse Deathwatch

Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to expose and record every on-course Thoroughbred fatality in Britain.

The horse racing authorities have resolutely failed to put horse death information into the public domain, preferring to dismiss equine fatalities as ‘accidental’ and ‘unexplained’. Even when several horses die at a single meeting, the term ‘statistical blip’ is often deployed.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Badgers update - good news!

After ten years of research the final Government report is out - badger culling DOES NOT WORK!

The 'Final Report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB' makes the point definitively, and includes wonderful quotes (for those who care about badgers) such as:

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Planning Disaster site

'Planning Disaster' is the website of a campaign against the government's plans to remove community voices from the planning process.
"Major new developments including nuclear power stations and airport runways could soon be forced through as part of a major overhaul of planning.

About CIN

What is CIN?

CIN is for individuals who campaign on local (and some national) green issues. CIN is concerned with the whole of Ceredigion, Wales.

CIN stands for Caredig i Natur, which is Welsh for 'Kind to Nature'. Here nature means all green issues which affect the natural environment, from recycling to road building, from organic permaculture to animal welfare.

The Welsh word caredig was chosen because it resembles Ceredigion, the county in Wales where CIN is based.

The name is pronounced 'kin', with resonances of the relationships between all living things.

Cin was set up in 2001 as a website, and moved to a blog format in 2007.