Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Meat-Free May

Most people eat meat twice a day without even thinking about it. But the amount of meat and fish we feast on is damaging our planet and our health.

  • Livestock production makes up 14.5% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and is one of the causes of deforestation and climate change.
  • Our taste for fish had been stripping the seas; over 70% of the world’s fish stocks are over or fully exploited.
  • Our health is suffering: a shift to lower-meat diets in the UK could prevent 45,000 early deaths each year and save the NHS over £1.2 billion per year.

So consider signing up to go meat-free in May with Friends Of The Earth! Do it with a friend for double the benefit (and support).

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Ethics Of Using Animals In Research

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (OCAE) has produced a review of the ethics of using animals in research. Extracts:
"New scientific critiques raise issues of the unreliability of animal experiments; the unpredictability of laboratory environments; the difference between human diseases and “animal models” of disease; the differences in physiology and genetic function of different species; and the development of more predictive human-based testing. The upshot is that it is no longer accurate or reasonable —if it ever was — to say that the only moral choice is between experimenting on animals and giving up on scientific progress.

The Three Rs — Replacement, Reduction and Refinement — which is supposed to result in humane laboratory-based research, is endorsed by the EU. Governments pay lip service to the Three Rs but in practice they are massively underfunded and ineffectual. Even where controls exist, they are found wanting. This is confirmed by disturbing evidence provided by undercover investigations.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Global Population

If you’re over 45, the world population has doubled in your lifetime. In 1968, the world population was 3,557,000,000. Today, the world population is 7,217,000,000 and grows by over 200,000 daily. [Source] There are updated statistics at Worldometers, including a World Population Clock.

The growth of the human population is one the biggest threats to the planet. Every other problem (pollution, consumption, waste, food resources, road building, loss of greenfield sites etc.) is magnified by it.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Vote For Policies - Reminder!

Some very useful and still-relevant links in last year's post - see which parties most closely match your beliefs.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Crimson Rhino

If you live in or visit Aberystwyth then make sure you visit Crimson Rhino! A totally vegetarian cafe, with all sorts of lovely food, ciabattas, smoothies, coffee, herbal teas, and chocolate. Open every day, at convenient times, making it easy to visit. Please support independent businesses. :-)

4 Northgate Street, Aberystwyth

Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 12pm-4pm

[Check their page for updated times - they alter occasionally]