Monday, 31 May 2010

Some badger updates

As well as the updates below, have a look at some of our Delicious links about badgers.

Updates from Pembrokeshire Against the Cull [Thu, 27 May 2010]

[This relates to what CIN covered here]

Saturday, 29 May 2010

No Freedom of Information in Wales

WAG keeps information from us - but aren't they meant to be serving the people? [Image by Tim Sanders]

The Welsh Assembly Government has been refusing to answer Freedom of Information requests related to the badger killings in Wales (note - even their press release about it has now been made secret and the public are no longer 'authorised to view this page'!). We had been informed of this from other sources, and had decided to try our own FOI requests on 3rd May 2010. Below are the requests made and the responses given by the WAG team that organises wildlife slaughters (they only replied on 28th May). It should be noted that WAG altered the wording and removed detail from our original requests when they acknowledged our requests on 7th May. We corrected their 'error', but in their final response they only responded to the edited questions they had created, not our original requests or corrections to their errors (sent to them on 8th May).

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Attempts at justification

We have been forwarded a letter send to a CIN supporter by Nerys Evans, Plaid Cymru AM, about Plaid's and WAG's plans to kill Welsh wildlife. It had taken Nerys 20 days to respond to a letter sent on 1st May.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Welsh Assembly Government security lunacy

The Welsh Assembly Government has started sending staff onto private land without the landowner's permission in order to identify badger setts so that they can come back and kill the badgers. The irony is that the surveyors wear balaclavas and have id badges with no names on, and refuse to remove the balaclavas so that the landowner can check that they are who they say they are! One man took the ID cards so that he could phone WAG to clarify if these were really who they claimed to be - and even though it was his only option under these barmy circumstances, he was arrested for theft! (Thanks to Peter Black, AM, for covering the issue - the last two links go to his blog.)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Aberystwyth Walking Festival

Friday May 21st - Sunday May 23rd.

Explore the beautiful coast, valleys and hills around Aberystwyth on walks for all ages and abilities.

More information here.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Justice is served!

Well, Plaid Cymru got smashed in the elections, their results far down on those they got last time. In Ceredigion Plaid Cymru lost by 8,324 votes - a 10.5% swing away from the party. Is it a coincidence that they have been pushing through unpopular legislation to kill our wildlife? CIN doesn't think so. Our post about parties' stances on the badger slaughter got more hits than any other we had ever done - last week the number of unique CIN blog visitors tripled! This is obviously a huge issue, and has made Plaid Cymru deeply unpopular with many people in Wales, who love the country because of its natural environments.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Badgers and the election

Who should you vote for in the election this week? It may well depend on your opinion about badgers, and how each party's Assembly Members have responded to the cull in Wales. The National Assembly Senedd is made up of 60 AMs: Labour (26), Plaid Cymru (14), Conservatives (13), Liberal Democrats (6), Independent (1).