Monday, 29 April 2013

Puppy farms in Ceredigion

We'll hand this post over the the C.A.R.I.A.D. organisation, who wrote the piece below. They campaign to end puppy farming in Wales, an industry based around leaving dogs and puppies unattended in barns where the owners claim that they will visit the animals regularly in order to get a licence (at which point they can neglect the animals as they wish, since nothing is checked or enforced after that). The main problems the dogs here will be getting is neglect and the lack of socialisation: none of which will matter to those making money from the dogs, nor those licensing the business. Also there are thousands of rescue animals needing homes - we don't need to breed more dogs for sale.

The majority of puppies are bred in Wales and this is where the majority of breeding dogs remain in captivity and need help. But the majority of the puppies end up in England. In pet shops. On the internet. Being exchanged for cash on motorway services or in supermarket car parks. And when they become sick through intense inbreeding or have behavioural problems through lack of early socialisation, they end up as casualties of our throw-away society, because they are too much work or expense. Our pounds and shelters can no longer cope and beautiful dogs are languishing in shelters while people continue to buy ‘cute’ puppies bred in conditions that contravene the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – which, in a travesty of compassion, is not required to be mandatorily enforced by any department or organisation in the UK.

Friday, 26 April 2013

NASA illustrates the sustained long-term climate warming trend



Worrying stuff: "NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record."

Their article includes a video illustrating this.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

The first organic nation

Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides. A paragon of sustainability, more than 95% of the population has clean water and electricity, 80% of the country is forested and, to the envy of many countries, it is carbon neutral and food secure. It would be great if Wales followed this lead.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Doorstep recycling in Ceredigion - improvements

Since 1st April the doorstep recycling scheme in Ceredigion now also collects Tetra Pak cartons and polystyrene, all in the same bag as the rest of your recycling. Read about it here. It is excellent news because it makes it much easier for people to recycle, with glass being the last remaining bulk item that isn't collected.