Sunday, 26 September 2010

Ignore Science, Kill the Badgers: the idiots are at it again

Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats are all renewing their vows to use taxpayers' money to slaughter protected wildlife. Yes, despite all the evidence proving that their plans are a waste of money, and despite all the public opposition, they have stated again that they are determined to start killing badgers.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

WAG consultations - food strategy and TB

There are two new Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) consultations, see details below.

1. On TB in non-bovines
Respond to the consultation here by 11th November.

There is a simple method for dealing with this issue - the only one that a civilised society should follow. That is, if TB occurs in an animal then they should be treated to the best quality veterinary care available until they are better. Along with restrictions on the moving of animals to markets the TB issue will disappear.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Aberystwyth is the 19th clone town

A report released today by the New Economics Foundation reveals the high streets of Aberystwyth, Bridgend, Carmarthen and Llanelli have all lost their individuality and have become part of an “identikit” commercial culture. Traditional market towns across Wales are being turned into 'clone towns' as chains continue to drive independent retailers off the high street. Once-distinctive towns have now lost so much of their character as a result of the suffocating effect of large retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Topshop and HMV, and their residents no longer engage in the community. Read more here.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Massive factory farm planned for Powys

Zero-grazing is a form of factory farming where animals that naturally graze are instead locked into huge warehouses. An application to set up Wales’ first proposed mega-dairy has been submitted to Powys, where 1,000 cows would be cooped up indoors for more than half of the year. The environmental impact of these huge dairy farms has been well documented in America – and there is real concern that we may just be importing those problems to our shores.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Community green report

Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health examines the impact of the quality of local green spaces on the health and wellbeing of people in six deprived and ethnically diverse areas. It shows that providing good quality local green space is an effective way to tackle inequality. Read the report and summary here.