Grouse Shooting 2018

It is rapidly approaching that time of year again when the moors of Britain turn into a shooting alley, where the targets are living beings, namely red grouse. Yes on the so called Glorious 12th (12th August) once again these tiny helpless birds will be shot from the sky simply for the pleasure of people who can only be described as mentally unbalanced at best, psychotic at worst. I mean who the hell in their right mind gets a buzz from killing this tiny creature???????

Photo of a Red grouse

Red Grouse

By the end of the four months massacre about 500,000 birds will have been shot despite the fact that the majority of decent people would like to see an end to this barbarity. Last year Thousands marched in London protesting at the badger cull, calling for foxhunting to remain banned and calling for an end to grouse shooting. 

The majority of us would like to see an end to hunting shooting and all blood sport, yet it continues. Lets see if we can make a difference this year and every year until finally this hideous anachronism of a bygone age is gone for good.

Important:

This year the 12th falls on a Sunday, On Sundays it is illegal to hunt or shoot. The law about Sunday shooting is laid out in the Game Act of 1831.

Therefore if you are in the moors or anywhere in the countryside and see anyone or any group of people shooting report them to the police as they are breaking the law.

Reasons to ban grouse shooting

Its unethical

Basically, ethically speaking the wanton killing of defenseless birds for no reason other than the pleasure of a tiny minority, usually the very well off, is wrong – evil in my opinion. As is the killing of other animals to facilitate more grouse for live targets, animals such as raptors, foxes, stoats crows, badgers (because they eat grouse) and hares (because they carry ticks that affect grouse) –  even pets are killed caught in traps. Shooting and any blood sport is nothing more than animal cruelty pure and simple. IT HAS NO PLACE IN ANY MODERN SOCIETY.

Damage to the environment

Grouse moor burning causes widespread environmental changes

Grouse shooting requires intensive moorland management  that causes increased flood risk, higher water-treatment costs, greater carbon emissions, damage to moorland habitats and reduced insect life in the streams running off grouse moors.

Action you can take to end this barbarity

Firstly something everyone can do right now, sign petitions

Please add your name to the following petitions:

We can at least bring an end to shooting in some areas by petitioning landowners to ban it on their land

End grouse shooting on Yorkshire Water moors

Yorkshire Water is one of the largest landowners in the region, leasing out moorlands for grouse shooting at the cost of wildlife, habitat, leisure and the regional economy.

Read more, sign and please share:
https://www.change.org/p/richard-flint-ceo-end-grouse-shooting-on-yorkshire-water-moors

Ban the shooting of Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse for sport.

35 Million “game birds” are placed into the countryside annually for shooting, disrupting the environmental balance. Native wildlife is killed to increase the number of game birds available for shooting. Damage to the environment and suffering to native species and to the game birds is unacceptable.

Read more and sign and share this petition widely need lots more people to sign
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/225105

More information
https://www.facebook.com/events/185104235652390/

Information and action you can take from the League Against Cruel Sports:
https://www.league.org.uk/grouse-shooting

Write to your MP urging a change in the law to ban shooting and all blood sports.
https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Shooting is an anachronism of a bygone age. Grouse are sentient creatures, their lives are important to them as are the lives of all animals caught up in this barbarity, including raptors, foxes, stoats crows, badgers and hares and even pets killed in traps by game keepers so that there are more grouse to shoot. Thousands of Mountain hare (between 25,961 and as many as 37,681 in 2014) are systematically culled/ killed each year. Please sign the petition to end moutain hare killing included in the previous link. The fact that in the modern world we allow people to use birds as live targets shames us as a country. The fact that people can roam our countryside armed to the teeth and take the lives of some of the other inhabitants of our planet is frankly shocking as it is barbaric. The arguments raised above such as ethics and the environment are the main reasons why this should be stopped. Other considerations I might add are for walkers who trek British moorland: who is not disturbed by suddenly coming upon armed men and sadly women with dead birds and dozens of dogs! Also there is little said about sheep who graze in moorland such as the Yorkshire dales. I have seen sheep harassed and herded by hunting parties and even a hunting dog worrying sheep.

How can we ever have a peaceful world it we allow anyone to kill for pleasure the other species with whom we share this planet. I cannot understand the mentality of anyone who enjoys killing a helpless animal.

Here is another reason to ban grouse shooting

The Saddleworth fire could prove another reason to ban this disgusting ‘sport’, which turns the land into a monoculture

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/27/moors-grouse-shooting-saddleworth-fire-sport-land

Grouse shooting: half a million reasons why time’s up for this appalling ‘sport’

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/12/grouse-shooting-glorious-twelfth-times-up-for-inglorious-victorian-sport

Comment on the last paragraph of the above article: Shooting, hunting, deer stalking and fishing or whatever you want to call the killing of defenseless animals for sport is all barbaric and all need to be abolished in its entirety. IT IS TIME ALL BLOOD SPORTS WERE BANNED HERE IN THE UK AND WORLDWIDE.

Photo Credit:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phasianus_colchicus_2_tom_(Lukasz_Lukasik).jpg

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UK Wild Life in Crisis

“It’s up to all of us to protect our wildlife and ensure we live in a world where all life can flourish.”
Chris Packham

Here in the UK we are facing an ecological crisis, the UK’s biodiversity is under threat. Ninety million birds have gone from our countryside since 1970 including 95 percent of turtle doves which are also at risk of becoming extinct globally.  Also corn buntings, grey partridge, tree sparrows, capercaillie and willow tit are among the species who have suffered “severe” declines since 1970. The UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average, we are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

If you care about our wildlife please watch the following video and take the suggested actions

Take action

Join Chris Packham On the Peoples Walk For Wildlife

More details here:

Make a note in your diary and join the walk for wildlife in central London on 22nd September 2018.

Whether or not you are able to join the walk you can help by promoting the walk and campaign. 

You can download posters here on Chris Packham’s website:

Spread the Word

YOUR WILDLIFE NEEDS YOU!

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/peoples-walk-for-wildlife-posters

“Pin it where as many people will see it as possible – your local school, nature reserve, post office, library, museum, community centre, lamp post, in your car window.”

Full instructions for downloading and printing included in the above link.

There are also posters for you to upload on social media.

So its easy for anyone and everyone to help promote this campaign

Also from the same website you can write to your environment minister:

“Let your Environment Minister know how important wildlife conservation is to you. Whether you live in England, Scotland or Wales you can download one of these postcards, print it out and post it.”

Read more and download a postcard

http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/tell-your-environment-minister-how-much-you-love-life-all-life

Related Links

Twitter:Chris Packham  @ChrisGPackham

Also 

Turtle doves ‘nearing UK extinction because of farming practices’
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/23/turtle-doves-nearing-uk-extinction-farming-practices/

Trump: Immigration

“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”
Barack Obama

“America was founded on immigrants. The immigrant experience is common to all of us.”
Nia Vardalos

I hope you will sign and share the following petitions concerning the appalling treatment of immigrant children in the US and related issues.

If you don’t have time to read the whole blog entry please at least sign the petitions below:

Reunite Families Separated at the Border Now!

“After much public outrage, President Trump signed an executive order today reversing his administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating families at the southern border.

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough. The damage is already done.

According to reports, more than 2,300 children have already been separated from their parents since Trump first enacted his cruel “zero tolerance” policy. Even worse, the policy didn’t include a plan to reunite children with their parents.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/224/701/950/reunite-the-families-now/?z00m=30609945

Anyone worldwide may sign the above petition

The following I think is meant for US citizens:

Keep the pressure on to impeach Trump

“Donald Trump is placing families in internment camps. His immigration policy has already separated 2,300 children from their parents, housing kids in filthy, crowded cages.

The American people have had enough: 42% say Trump should be impeached and removed from office — on par with Richard Nixon at the height of Watergate.”
Please read more and sign the petition:|
https://www.needtoimpeach.com/impeach-trump/?utm_campaign=sg_email&utm_source=needtoimpeach&utm_medium=email

Consider that all migrants want is a better life for themselves and their children. They are not criminals. It is natural to want for yourself and your children a good quality of life, a life free from poverty, free from fear, free from of violence or the treat of violence, free from oppression. It is natural to want to protect your children from threats such as drug related violence and poverty to which many people in central American countries are exposed.

“The reality is that many of these families came from Central America to seek asylum because they’re “fleeing gang violence and poverty”. And as HuffPost reported, this situation “has its roots in six decades of U.S. policies carried out by members of both parties”. It continued:

Since the 1950s, the U.S. has sown violence and instability in Central America. Decades of Cold War gamesmanship, together with the relentless global war on drugs, have left a legacy of chaos and brutality in these countries.

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/06/19/children-crying-as-theyre-torn-from-their-parents-heres-the-sound-of-trumps-america/

Clearly the US has a responsibility.

No child should however in any circumstance be separated from their parents, the trauma of which could have life long consequences.  That such treatment of innocent children exists in a country such as the US is as surreal as it is sickeningly shocking. It is inhumane.

“The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I’d say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices   done in our government’s name.” 
Bill Gates

Consider the following

With the exception of Native Americans the US is itself is a nation of immigrants, Trump’s own wife is an immigrant.

The Americans who support this inhumane treatment of children are complicit in the inhumane treatment of defenseless children – if you voted for Trump and continue to support him you should count yourself among them.

That such behavior exists in a any country is shocking but for the US this seems even more so. It has to be said that US immigration polices are fueled by racism, they always have been.

In this regard consider the following:

Click the above tweet to get to the New York Times article. For some reason I was unable to paste a direct link into this webpage

Below is a real eye opener into the racist mentality of Trump and those who support him

How anyone can condone or justify the separation of children from their parents is beyond my conprehension. If you are one such person listen to the anguished cries of desperate children forcibly removed from their parents.

Information about the video from Youtube

“ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.” Read the full story here: https://propub.li/2tcYE9M Correction: A version of this lists the wrong number. An overlay corrects it. And we’re correcting it here: To reach us if you have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, are a worker at a detention center or aid families who have been affected, call 347-244-2134.

“We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races, can make a    home. America was built by immigrants.”
Hillary Clinton

Related Links

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jun/06/what-you-need-know-about-trump-administrations-zer/

Facebook doesn’t want you to know that some migrant children have been forcibly drugged.
https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/06/21/facebook-doesnt-want-you-to-know-that-some-migrant-children-have-been-forcibly-drugged/

Orangutan Desperately Trying to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home : Take Action

“I would make a difference by banning unsustainable palm oil in order to save the rainforest and orangutan habitats along with the rest of the three hundred thousand other species that live in the rainforest.”
Katie Cleary

The photo above shows the desperation of an orangutan, who fortunately has been rescued, as a bulldozer destroys his habitat in West Borneo. A poignant and vivid reminder of the destruction of the habitats of wild animals as their forest home is laid waste to provide land to grow palm oil. If this destruction is not stopped the orangutan will be extinct by 2020.

Please sign as many of the petitions below as you can and also take some of the suggested actions from Say No To palm Oil.

Read the following for more information

“Orangutan Desperately Trying to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home Is a Wake Up Call For Us All (VIDEO)

“Around 50,000 square miles of tropical forests are cleared each year to produce palm oil, a common ingredient of our snacks and other foods but also household products and cosmetics. As the forests are cleared, many orangutans are forced to scavenge for food on palm plantations – where they are often killed as “pests” or captured and sold into the exotic pet trade.”

Please read the entire article:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/orangutan-trying-stop-bulldozer-destroying-home/?u

Than please share and sign the following petition:

This Orangutan Tried to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home

“The footage is devastating. An orangutan runs across a felled tree and tries to fight off a bulldozer clearing his natural habitat in West Borneo.

Members of International Animal Rescue are seen coming to the orangutan’s aid. It’s a heartbreaking reminder of the plight critically endangered orangutans face. Over the past 20 years, orangutans have lost 55% of their natural habitat due to deforestation. Their population has decreased 50% over the past 60 years, due in large part to this loss of habitat.”

Please read more and sign the petition:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/743/579/025/this-orangutan-tried-to-stop-a-bulldozer-from-destroying-his-home/?TAP=1732

More petitions 

This next petitions asks that the UK government Make Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil a Legal Requirement

“Unsustainably sourced palm oil is one of the leading causes of deforestation of the rainforest in places such as Madagascar and Indonesia.”

Read more and sign the petition:

Make Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil a Legal Requirement:
https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-sustainably-sourced-palm-oil-a-legal-requirement-in-uk

This petition is to Companies that use unsustainable palm oil in their products

“Palm oil production is killing orangutans and 1500 other rain forest species. The orangutan will be extinct in 2020 if we don’t do something very soon.”

Please read more and sign the petition

Companies: Stop using awful palm oil !

https://www.change.org/p/companies-stop-using-awful-palm-oil

More Action

From Say No To Palm Oil

Take the palm oil challenge

“Are you up for a CHALLENGE?!

As a consumer, you can help to reduce your contribution to deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra through making some simple lifestyle changes. We share these tips and tricks with you in a world-first program called the 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge.

The 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge is a program designed to help you live a more holistically sustainable lifestyle. Step by step, you’ll discover how to reduce your consumption of conflict-palm oil. ”

http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/What_can_i_do.phpl  –   Lots of information and more actions you can take, there is something for everyone, we can all make a difference even if it is only by avoiding products containing palm oil.I say only but avoiding products with palm oil from non sustainable sources is not as easy as it sounds and you will need to read labels very carefully.

Don’t forget to check out Say No to Palm Oil home page for even more information and actions including petitions
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/index

If we don’t end this devastation soon there will be dire consequences for many of the worlds plant and animal species:
Did you know that the world’s rainforests are home to over half of all plants and anima

Please Help to Finally Stop The Yulin Dog Meat Festival

It’s that time of year again, the summer solstice and the barbaric Yulin dog meat festival June 21st for ten days. What should be a celebration of the changing of the seasons is used as an excuse to slaughter helpless animals. Please read the information below and sign the petition:

“Every summer, thousands of dogs — many just puppies — are killed during the ten days of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. And it’s going to happen all over again, unless people like you speak out to stop this year’s horrific festival.

One of the most terrifying things about the annual festival is that many household dogs, cats and other pets are abducted by kidnappers trying to make a quick buck as the dog festival begins. Local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before butchers can, but dog sellers often refuse to sell to activists.

Join the Movement to Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in 2018

Please continue reading and sign and share this petition  urging Chinese President Xi Jinping to save the puppies and stop the 2018 Yulin Dog Meat Festival now.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/228/934/251/join-the-movement-to-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-festival-in-2018/

More information

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/join-movement-stop-yulin-dog-meat-festival/

While there are less animals killed than when the event was first introduced in 2009 as a result of global outrage and protest and the work of animal charities, such as the humane society, the entire event regarding the brutal slaughter of dogs and cats needs to end, each animal’s life is important to the individual animal and no dogs or cats should be killed.

There is a lot less publicity for this year’s so called festival, maybe as a result of the reduction of the number of animals killed as explained in the petition link above. I had in fact forgotten about this “festival” until seeing the above petition today, so please remind everyone by sharing widely. Until zero animals are killed the protest needs to continue. 

One less barbarity in the world makes the world a better and safer place for us all. It is very difficult and indeed depressing to realise that in this world there are people who can so willingly be brutal towards both one another and the other species with whom we share this planet, who seem without conscience or remorse to so easily kill and maim the helpless and vulnerable simply for some perverse pleasure or as a result of misguided ignorance.

More Action

Please take the time to help end the dog meat trade by taking as many of the following actions as you can

The Dog Meat Trade

http://www.hsi.org/issues/dog_meat/

Action to Protect Wildlife Affected by Proposed Mexican Border Wall

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

 

The following petition was in my email box this morning, a reminder that the Mexican wall is still on Trump’s bizarre  agenda.

Please sign the following petition to try and halt yet another of Trump’s misguided polices which will adversely affect wildlife, including endangered species, in addition of course to undermining the rights of indigenous communities and harming the environment:

Petition Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Oppose The Border Wall And Protect Wildlife!

“Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat.

President Trump’s crusade to build an impenetrable wall between the U.S. and Mexico could condemn wildlife already on the brink of extinction.

But Congress can put a stop to Trump’s fixation. Federal legislators have the power to deny funding for this disastrous roadblock to the survival of imperiled species. Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat and could be the end of the road for these species like endangered Mexican grey wolves, ocelots and jaguars.

We must act now! Demand that Congress refuse to fund the border wall. ”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/dow_oppose-border-wall/

The border wall is racially motivated, it is bad for people, animals and the environment.

Here are more actions to take to oppose this insane proposal

Petition

Stop Trump From Building the Wall

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-supreme-court-stop-trump-from-building-the-wall

Take a pledge to fight Trump’s Border wall

“More than 650 miles of barriers already exist along the border. These walls, fences and barriers cut through sensitive ecosystems, disrupt animal migration patterns, cause catastrophic flooding, and divide communities and tribal nations.

Now Donald Trump wants a wall across the entire 2,000-mile border. Trump’s wall would harm border communities, perpetuate human suffering, destroy thousands of acres of habitat and halt the cross-border migration of dozens of animal species. In fact, as revealed in the Center’s 2017 report A Wall in the Wild, 93 threatened, endangered and candidate species would potentially be affected by construction of a wall and related infrastructure spanning the entirety of the border.”

Read more and take the pledge

Take our pledge to fight Trump’s border wall today. 

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/border_wall/index.html

5 Ways To Protest The Border Wall Donald Trump So Desperately Wants To Build
https://www.bustle.com/p/5-ways-to-protest-the-border-wall-donald-trump-so-desperately-wants-to-build-33207

This comment included in the first petition raises a good point:”Wildlife & the environment is so much more important than immigrants coming into our country. We’re all descended from immigrants, unless you’re Native American.”

Trump seeks further funding

“President Donald Trump will boost by a half-billion dollars his funding request for his plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, seeking at least $2.2 billion for the controversial project in fiscal year 2019, multiple GOP sources said.

The Trump administration requested $1.6 billion for the project earlier this year, but White House officials are going to increase that amount to at least $2.2 billion and possibly more, the congressional and administration officials said.”

Read More:

Trump to boost request for border wall funding by half-billion dollars
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/21/donald-trump-border-wall-funding-increase-request-601635

The wall will eventually cost $25 billion to complete, a huge cost which could provide medical care, housing, education and other more worthy life enhancing projects.

Related links

Find out from Amnesty International about Trumps numerous violations of human rights

100 WAYS TRUMP HAS THREATENED HUMAN RIGHTS – AND HOW WE FOUGHT BACK

This briefing is not exhaustive and the Trump administration’s ongoing threats to human rights remain
https://www.amnestyusa.org/trump100days/   It is quite a list with more added everyday! The list was in fact complied shorty after the first 100 days, since that time of course there is no doubt much much more to add.

A list of information from Amnesty International concerning US immigration

https://www.amnestyusa.org/search/mexico+wall/

Amnesty accuses President Trump of human rights violations

“Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, the Philippines, and Venezuela.”

Read More
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-43152496

Donald Trump’s wildlife protection board full of people who like killing animals for fun

“Review of board members appointed by interior secretary Ryan Zinke indicates they are likely to agree with his position that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging wealthy Americans to shoot some of them.

A new US advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family. ”

Read More:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-wildlife-protection-board-members-trophy-hunters-endangered-animals-ivory-trade-a8259131.html

Frankly Trump is a menace to practically every being on the planet!

Demand the Nationalisation of Water

“Access to a secure, safe and sufficient source of fresh water is a fundamental   requirement for the survival, well-being and socio-economic development of   all humanity. ”
 Kofi Annan,

Since 1989 the year of privatisation water bills have gone up by 40 per cent!

Not so long ago when our water was nationalised, controlled and distributed by councils and government departments our water bills were very modest indeed, few people worried about receiving them, few were unable to pay them and no one was cut off. After privatisation these bills escalated substantially. Along with privatisation came water metres for many people, bringing with it the need to carefully watch usage of water and while I don’t for one minutes suggest it is okay to waste water, in a country such as the UK there should be no anxiety about using water or going without water as a result of concern that you cannot pay the extortionate bill, the profit from which lines the pockets of greedy private water firms whose share holders make billions  from this life giving, life enhancing precious resource without which none of us can live. To make matter worse you have no say in who supplies your water, you have to go with whatever water company supplies the water to your locality so there is no competition that would help keep prices down, so basically they can charge what the hell the like.

Please read more and sign the following petition and demand that our water supply is nationalised.

“Our household bills are rising — while greedy private water firms are making billions for their shareholders and executives from our public service! And receiving more money in tax breaks than they’ve paid in tax.

If our water industry was publicly owned, the money currently going to private shareholders could be reinvested into making our water infrastructure better, or passed back to customers in reduced bills.”

A whopping £13.5bn has been paid out to shareholders in dividends since 2010. At the same time as greedy private firms have claimed huge tax breaks and forced up prices for millions of customers. Since the water industry was privatised in 1989, water bills have risen in real terms by 40%.”

There are many things that in no circumstance should be sold for profit, such as food, shelter, medical care and water, all vital to life, health and well being. No one has the right to monopolize these vital resources upon which life depends and distribute them for a profit, it is highly immoral.

If our water industry was nationalised, the nearly 14.billion profit paid out to greedy shareholders could be used instead to improve water services, and reduce prices for everyone. As before privatisation it would be run by councils and government departments and as such it is would our elected representatives who would be accountable to voters to keep prices down and make sure the service runs well.