Petition: RSPCA – Circuses are no fun for animals, Hold the Government to its promise!

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“I don’t know about anyone else but I am sick & fed up of contacting my MP about a ban on Wild animals in circuses across England & Wales. How come other Countries have managed to introduce a ban with no problems? Just WTF are the Government dithering about for? I just pray for all the animals forced to perform, that the Government will not go back on their word & will introduce the much-needed ban ASAP!”

In 2012, the Westminster Government announced it would finally grant wild animals in circuses their long overdue ban.

No Animal Should Be Used & Abused ForEntertainment

No Animal Should Be Used & Abused For Entertainment

Two years later and there is a real danger that Parliamentary time will simply run out to deliver the ban and wild animals could languish in circuses for many years to come…

We’ve come this far, we can’t let the animals down now! If you live in England or Wales act now using the form below to make sure the Westminster Government keeps its promise…

The wild animals unfortunate enough to be part of a circus act today live lives of forced performance, prolonged confinement and unnatural social groupings.

 The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment and regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance are all unavoidable realities for the animals.

So what are we waiting for?

In March 2012 the Westminster Government announced it would ban wild animals in circuses and the Welsh Government later announced they were keen for Wales to be included in the legislation.

However, two years and one meaningless circus licensing scheme later, the animals are still waiting.

 Take action and urge your Government not to break its promise…
Use the form below to email your MP (or if you live in Wales, the Minister for Natural Resources & Food, Alun Davies AM) urging them to ensure the Government keeps its promise! 
Use this link to the form to Contact Your MP:-http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/bigstop/takeaction
RSPCACircuses Are No Fun For Animals

Published on 15 Nov 2012

Join the campaign to end circus suffering at: http://www.rspca.org.uk/CircusesAreNoFun

Despite the Westminster Government’s promise to ban wild animals in circuses, the licensing scheme planned for the interim period could mean even more suffering, for even more animals…

In fact, we could still see wild animals suffering in travelling circuses in 2020! It’s time the Government listened to the majority of the people in this county and granted the animals their long overdue ban. Please share this video and spread the work that Circuses are #NoFunforAnimals

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WSPA: Welsh Government Takes Forward Factory Dairy Petition

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“Finally some good news, received via email,  not over yet; but proves petitions do work!!!”

Dear Jules

We have good news to share with you.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) petition calling on the Welsh Government to stop factory dairy farms in Wales has successfully passed its Petition Committee hearing.

You might remember that we wrote to you back in December, following news that Welsh Planning Minister Carl Sargeant had approved plans to build a 1000-cow intensive dairy farm, asking you to join us in urging the Welsh Assembly to update relevant planning documents to better support decision-makers faced with factory dairy applications.

The petition received 9246 signatories, including Welsh actor Gareth David-Lloyd, who came with WSPA campaigners to hand it in to the Welsh politicians.

The concerns laid out in the petition were heard by the Committee on 18 February, who have decided to take the issue further.

Thank you for helping make this one of the most-signed petitions to the Welsh Government.

The fight to stop factory dairy farms in the UK is far from over, but we wanted to celebrate this positive decision with you.

The next steps will see the Committee write to both Carl Sargeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, and Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, for more information.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on progress, and you can read more about this on our website.

Thanks for your support,

Suzi Morris

Tom Price: Wick Horse Trader Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

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“Please watch the video that accompanies this news; at the link below”

“I don’t know how many of you know, but I rescued a gypsy cob colt at auction 3 years ago, because he was being whipped to death; a baby that wouldn’t load, because he should have been with his mum.  I couldn’t bear to walk away knowing he would be beaten, over & over again. There were so many who looked ill; if I had the money & land I would have taken them all. The best I could do was to take him & report the owner to WHW; which I did!!”

“These cob colts are 2 a penny, because some just breed to sell to make money; making decent gypsies look bad! They don’t care where they graze as long as they have free grass…just up the road from me there are many gypsy cobs with colts at foot, grazing on council property. When I was mobile there was many a time I would have to stop the traffic on the busy road, so as I could catch them; not the horses fault, they were just looking for food & water. Every time I came home from seeing to my horse, I would drive past the council land where all the gypsy cobs were tethered & fill their water buckets & spread a bale of hay between them all, because I couldn’t bear to see them go without!”

“It doesn’t take long for them to eat everything in site within their radius; hence they get hungry & get loose! Horses need more than just grass & anyone with an ounce of horse knowledge knows that, gypsies know a great deal about horses, but there will always be those few who just breed to make money, sod the poor horses; they are there to make money, so can survive on council grass alone. It cost me over £1000 to get my little colt back to good shape; I knew I couldn’t keep him due to my poor health. So I got him back to good health etc. inc. a microchip. He is now with my friends daughter who loves him unconditionally; I didn’t’ sell him, I gave him to her because I knew he would have a permanent home with someone to love him. (You can see video of him on my Youtube account)”

“I have nothing against gypsies whatsoever, some of the cobs around where I live are magnificent, they really take care of them. It’s the minority, as usual, that give them a bad name…those that breed just to make a bit of money, leaves so many of these colts in undesirable hands, like the one I rescued. They are dragged from sale to sale until somebody takes ownership; cost of a colt at present anything from £20 out back, if the owners desperate to get rid! It cost me £50 out back (not in sale ring) for 2 colts back then, my friend took one, I took the other. All this means these poor babies often fall into bad hands or killer buyers.”

“Yes, they are hardy animals but they still need everything that a horse costing £2000 would need; decent hard feed, hay, supplements, stable or some sort of cover, wormers, microchips, passports, rugs & someone to groom, keep mud fever & mites at bay; it takes a lot of time to keep a cobs feathers neat & in good health. Nobody could take care of thousands of cobs unless they were millionaires, with at least 800 acres of land with around 400 members of staff to care for the horses; don’t care what you say, which is why many are abandoned!. The rule of thumb is an acre per horse, depending on size etc. My guess is; this has been a long time coming for this guy…so thank God they have now got him!! “

“Please watch the video at the link below, it doesn’t contain any nasties, just gives you a better perception as the written news is very minimal!!”

A Vale of Glamorgan horse trader who has thousands of Gypsy Cob ponies has been found guilty of 57 animal welfare and cruelty charges.

Tom Price, 48, from Wick, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to 18 horses by magistrates in Cardiff.

The animals were found at five different south Wales locations, including 12 “left to die” in a Bridgend barn.

He will be sentenced in July, following the RSPCA prosecution.

Video & News Link:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22907992

With Your Invaluable Support, The League, RSPCA And Other Organisations Will Continue To Oppose The Badger Cull in 2013.

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“Please watch the video below, from last year…then please sign petitions etc. Together we can save the badgers”

The Government’s proposed badger cull, set to go ahead last year was postponed after a sustained and comprehensive campaign that involved numerous organisations, including the League and our supporters, coming together as Team Badger.

Last year over 160,000 people also signed a Government e-petition, far exceeding the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for a House of Commons debate, which went ahead on 25th October.

The Parliamentary vote against the badger cull was overwhelming: 147 votes to 28 votes, with the majority of MPs agreeing with scientists, animal welfare organisations and the general public, that the cull is wrong and would be ineffective on scientific, humanitarian and practical grounds.

However, the vote is not binding and the Government are still planning to resume culling this summer.

The League, our partner organisations and supporters are committed, therefore, to continue with the campaign to ensure the cull isn’t just postponed, but abandoned for good, in favour of vaccinating badgers and developing an effective bovine TB vaccine.

As part of Team Badger, the League recently submitted evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee inquiry, which is looking into vaccination alternative to culling and is due to report later this year.

Vaccination has already been a proven success in Wales, where over 1,400 badgers have already been protected against bovine TB as part of a five year programme of work to eradicate TB completely. The badger vaccination initiative in Wales reflects the constructive alternative to culling that the League, along with “Team Badger”, is calling for. It also demonstrates the co-operation that is possible between the farming industry and government in taking swift, positive and decisive action against the spread of Bovine TB.

The League, alongside our campaign partners, believes strongly that vaccination of both badgers and cattle and better husbandry are the most effective and long-term way to tackle this terrible disease. Together we successfully came together to ensure badgers had a stay of execution in 2012 and we are now working for a full and permanent pardon in 2013.

What can I do to stop the cull happening this summer?

You should contact your MP to remind them that the badger cull is set to go ahead in summer of 2013. You should ensure that they know the evidence and science against the cull and ask them to make sure they will continue to oppose the cull in 2013.

Link:-http://www.league.org.uk/faq/32/Badger-Cull-FAQs

Keep checking back at this site for more news & next steps to take:- http://www.league.org.uk/content/643/Badger-Cull

Badger cull to begin from June, Environment Secretary confirms

Conservative MP Owen Paterson said that, if successful, the cull aimed at stopping bovine tuberculosis would be rolled out across the country next year.

It has not been confirmed where this summer’s pilot culls will take place, however the National Farmers Union (NFU) said it believed they would be in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Animal rights campaigners expressed dismay, claiming there is still no scientific evidence to support the cull and that the move is against the wishes of the British public.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Paterson said: “We need to make sure that these two trials are carried out in a professional and scientific manner and if we prove that this works we will continue.”

The Government wants to stop the animals spreading the disease which has cost the taxpayer £500m in the last decade. That figure is expected to rise to £1bn in the next 10 years.

Adam Quinney, the vice president of the National Farmers’ Union, welcomed the decision and said they had expected the cull to go ahead this summer.

“The two licences have been issued for two areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset and they still stand.

“There have been discussions about looking at alternative areas just because it is prudent,” he said.

A spokeswoman for The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed: “The earliest the cull can take place is from June 1, and it will definitely be going ahead this summer.”

The cull cannot take place before then for a number of reasons, including licence restrictions and welfare concerns for badger’s caring for their young.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said they were “deeply disappointed” with the plans to cull the animals tomorrow as there is no “real proof” that it will help either cows or badgers and called for Defra to look again at alternatives including vaccines.

They said: “The Government must think again and the RSPCA will continue to campaign against the cull until it does so.

“After this year’s postponement we had hoped that the government would finally see sense and pay attention to the vast amount of scientific research showing that a cull will be ineffective, wasteful and potentially damaging to the welfare of both farm and wild animals.

“The vaccination of both badgers and cattle along with more effective biosecurity is the only approach which addresses the welfare of both cattle and badgers and the long term livelihood of farmers.

“This announcement flies in the face of the views of a huge majority of MPs who voted against the cull as well as the majority of the British public and the overwhelming weight of scientific opinion. The RSPCA stands ready to work alongside all those seeking an alternative to this barbaric cull.”

News Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/farming/9828358/Badger-cull-to-begin-from-June-Environment-Secretary-confirms.html

British Badger Cull – Channel 4 News

Published on 19 Sep 2012

UK channel 4 news item with Brian May, badger supported and guitarist with Queen and Jan Rowe, cattle farmer, debating the badger cull which is taking part in the UK now. 
This programme was first shown in the UK on Monday, September 17th, 2012 
If you are against the cull please support http://www.teambadger.org

Relevant sites & petitions:-

A selection of related items, to find more, type Badgers in the search box in my blog:-

Charities Warning Of Potential Crisis For Horses And Ponies

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“Redwings is one of my favorite charities in the UK, they do immense work taking care of neglected, sick & abandoned horses; but their name is not as well known as World Horse Welfare etc. I support all equine charities, just wish I could help more.  I rescued 1 but can’t take anymore as I don’t have any fields anymore, I now keep mine in full livery (due to my disability)  which is expensive, but I know they are well taken care of. I do have several virtual adoptions & fosters, which is a great way to help the charities; without physically having the horses!

 Redwings is working alongside other welfare charities to call for government and public help in a landmark report that warns of an impending crisis in England and Wales which could leave the welfare of many thousands of horses at risk.

The report, ‘On the Verge: the approaching Equine Crisis in England and Wales’, predicts that another harsh winter will leave animal charities physically unable to cope and asks what will happen to the increasing numbers of horses being abandoned or suffering from welfare concerns

We are asking the public to rehome more horses; for horse owners to take responsibility for their animals and not pass the problem onto local authorities, charities and landowners; and for the Government and other agencies to meet us halfway and help rein in this problem before another winter of misery for hundreds of horses and ponies.

  • All the organisations have seen increasing numbers:
  • The RSPCA took in more than twice the number of horses, 304, between April 2011 and March 2012 as it did the previous year.
  • World Horse Welfare has seen the numbers of horses taken into its centres rise by 50% from 129 in 2006 to 194 in 2011 and has had to restrict admissions to the most severe cases.
  • Redwings has seen a 28 per cent increase in equines being taken in from 2006 to 2011 and has seen abandonments rise from 160 in 2009 to 450 in 2011. So far this year we have had an astonishing 636 horses and ponies reported to us as abandoned up to the end of September.
  • Last winter HorseWorld saw a threefold increase in the number of abandoned and neglected horses it rescued, compared with the previous year.

Nicolas de Brauwere, Head of Welfare at Redwings Horse Sanctuary and Chairman of the National Equine Welfare Council, said: “It is an extremely serious state of affairs. In February this year, for example, we had a situation where a group of more than 60 horses and ponies that had been left to fend for themselves in Wales were facing euthanasia by the local authority which had found itself in an impossible situation through the irresponsible actions of a callous owner. On that occasion several charities stepped up at the last moment and offered them a home, but we had to stretch ourselves and our teams to the limit to do so.

“Another case like that may be the final straw, which is why we urgently need the help and support of both the public and the government as this winter approaches.”

Overbreeding

Horses are still being bred on a large scale and continue to be imported from Ireland and the continent, despite there being no market for them. This has led to the market becoming saturated, with animals being sold at some markets for as little as £5.

Economic climate

Horses can cost up to £100 per week to look after and in the current financial climate, people try to cut back on vet costs, hoof care and feed. This inevitably leads to welfare problems.

Both factors have led to a visible increase in the problem of fly grazing – illegal grazing of horses on public and private land. Fly grazing is a problem for farmers, landowners and local authorities, and increasingly it is leading to welfare concerns, as too often these owners do not provide basic care for their animals.

RSPCA head of public affairs, David Bowles, said: “We have a perfect storm of horses continuing to be bred and imported to the UK adding to a rising population and people, suffering under the economic climate, cutting back on animal care bills.

“People need to start realising that there is very little financial reward in breeding horses and ponies, especially where there is poor husbandry or the animals have genetic problems. You won’t make your fortune, all you will have is lots of horses and animals on your hands which need feeding, shelter and care and which you will not be able to sell.”

  • What the Government can do:
  • The Government should introduce criminal legislation targeting fly grazing – punishing offenders with fines and seizure of horses
  • – Introduce legislation or mechanisms to better link horses to owners to tackle irresponsible ownership
  • – Increased intelligence-led enforcement of horse imports and exports
  • – Review the Tripartite agreement** that allows the import and export of vulnerable horses and ponies into and out of Britain from Ireland and France
  • – Encourage responsible breeding through guidance and education
  • – More assistance for local authorities including provision of places to keep horses on a temporary basis
  • – Improve enforcement and cooperation between enforcement agencies and charitiesWhat YOU can do:
  • – The horse owning public can play an important part by keeping on top of their own situation. If you need help, please contact our Welfare helpline on 01508 481008 for advice before the situation escalates into a welfare problem.
  • – If you think you could give a good new home to a horse or pony you can view the horses we have available for rehoming here: www.redwings.co.uk/rehoming. The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) is a membership organisation for over sixty horse charities and welfare organisations and details of how to rehome a horse from any of its members can be found at http://www.newc.co.uk/
  • – Members of the public can also write to their MP  (click the link below to send email) and ask them to lobby the Secretary of State Owen Paterson about the national horse crisis and ask him to support tougher laws to encourage responsible ownership and improve enforcement. http://campaign.publicaffairsbriefing.co.uk/emailsupport.aspx?cid=defb0b88-91af-4aab-a047-f6aff6db6c97

    Tiny Tilly was dumped on the side of a road with a severe leg injury

And of course, please continue to support us so we can help as many horses as we can, just like those below…and thank you for all your support in the past from everyone here at Redwings. Thank you!

Left on the verge

Horse welfare charities need your help to handle what could become a ‘horse crisis’ in England and Wales.

We are under immense pressure due to the increasing number of horses and ponies needing our help. There are 2,800 equines in our rehoming centres, which are now at capacity, and it is estimated that a further 6,000 horses are at risk in England and Wales. There is real concern that should there be another harsh winter, we will be physically unable to cope with the number of horses needing urgent care.

World Horse Welfare, the RSPCA, Redwings, The Blue Cross, The British Horse Society and HorseWorld are working together with the support of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to try and overcome this crisis, and have produced a report showing the problem and our proposed solutions, but we also need the support of the horse owning public, government agencies and local authorities. 

Please help us by emailing your MP and asking them to support us in dealing with this crisis. We need Government support for the solutions in our report. By contacting Ministers, MPs can use their influence to help us – but we need you, their constituents, to ask them to do so.

News Link:http://www.redwings.org.uk/news-horsecrisis.php

UPDATE: Man charged with murder. April Jones Missing: David Cameron And Police Appeal For Public’s Help (PICTURES)

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April Jones – Have you seen her?

UPDATE SUNDAY 3.45.pm

“MARK BRIDGER CHARGED WITH PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE – CHILD ABDUCTION & THE MURDER OF APRIL JONES”.

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Police searching for missing five-year-old April Jones have appealed for residents in the area of Machynlleth, the Welsh village where the she was last seen, to check their “gardens, outbuildings and immediate environments” for any clues to her disappearance.

The search for Jones has now entered it’s fourth day and is becoming ever more urgent. Detectives confirmed that Jones suffers from cerebral palsy and would be in pain without her medication.

Police have been given until 5pm tomorrow to question the only suspect in the case, 46-year-old, Mark Bridger.

Mark Bridger is still being questioned by Police but is yet to be charged

Detectives have said that they are dealing with a “vast amount of forensic analysis” but have made it clear that this alone will not solve the case and that help from the public is crucial.

The appeal came as Prime Minister David Cameron issued a heartfelt appeal for information.

He said: “My heart just goes out to April’s family.

“This is every family’s nightmare, having this happen and the fact that she suffers from cerebral palsy, something I know a little about from my own children, only makes this worse.

“My appeal would be to everyone, if you know anything, if you saw anything, heard anything, have any ideas you can bring forward, talk to the police, help this family find their lovely child.”

Bridger is due to be interviewed again today with police still trying to piece together his movements around the time of Jones’ disappeared.

Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan from Dyfed Powys Police said: “The investigation continues and our focus remains finding April.

Police Search For Missing 5 Year Old April Jones

MACHYNLLETH, WALES – OCTOBER 03: Police search bushes in fields close to where Mark Bridger was arrested on October 3, 2012 near Machynlleth, Wales. Five-year-old April Jones was abducted from outside her house on Monday night. Police have arrested 46-year-old Mark Bridger in connection with her disappearance in the Machynlleth area. . (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Police Search For Missing 5 Year Old April Jones

MACHYNLLETH, WALES – OCTOBER 03: Canoeists search river banks close to where Mark Bridger was arrested on October 3, 2012 near Machynlleth, Wales. April Jones, a five-year-old girl was abducted from outside her house on Monday night. Police have arrested 46-year-old Mark Bridger in connection with her disappearance in the Machynlleth area. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

April Jones missing

Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan during a press conference in the Welsh Government Building in Aberystwyth Ceredigion, holding up a photo of 46-year-old Mark Bridger who has been arrested following the abduction of April Jones, and his Land Rover.

April’s Mother Coral, with step-grandfather Dai Smith

April Jones’s mother Coral, with step-grandfather Dai Smith, during a press conference in the Welsh Government Building in Aberystwyth Ceredigion, where she appealed for a safe return of her daughter.

“My prayers are will all the family of little April. ”

News Link:http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/04/april-jones-missing-david-cameron-police-appeal-publics-help_n_1938550.html?utm_campaign=100412&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-uk&utm_content=Photo

Abandoned newborn foal found by police horse

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary is appealing for the breeders of an abandoned newborn foal, that wasdiscovered by a police horse, to come forward.

Police horse Jeeves alerted rescuers to a tiny foal that had been abandoned or lost in a field close his own on Sunday in South Norfolk.

The charity said the foal, estimated to have been less than 48 hours old, was close to death.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is caring for the foal, but is now appealing for the foal’s ownersto come forward.

Jeeves, ridden by Special Constable Acting Inspector Richard Tallent, had been turned out after an afternoon patrolling.

But when Richard checked his horse later he noticed that the 14-year-old bay gelding was on edge and kept nervously looking to a neighbouring field.

Richard found a cold, new-born foal clearly confused and alone.

The foal — named Dodger by the charity — is being cared for at Redwings’ headquarters in Hapton, receiving two-hourly feeds from their vet team.

“This is a sad situation not just for the foal, but for the mare as well,” said Redwings vet Eve France.

“Her body will be programmed to nurse a new foal so she will be wondering where it is, plusshe is at risk of mastitis as her milk will be building up causing her discomfort.

“To intentionally take a foal from the mare at such a young age would be a completely heartless act.”

She said it will cost the charity an average of £2,000-3,000 a year to look after this foal until he is ready to be re-homed, if he is suitable, at four or five years old.

Dodger is the second abandoned foal to join the 1200 residents at Redwings in the last two weeks.

Gin, a chestnut foal, was found alone and cold in the Mountain Hare area of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and taken in by the RSPCA.

Gin is now doing well with his adopted mum Monique.

  • If you have any information about Dodger the foal, contact Redwings on 01508 481008 as soon as possible.

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