Romania: Please Sign the Petition for the Braila Street Dogs – Video Included also

Please sign and share this really important petition calling for mandatory spay of street dogs in Braila, Romania.
 
To see how bad the situation is, there is a video showing puppies fending for themselves in any nook and cranny they can find. These two litters where found within 2 days of each other, the situation in Romania just gets worse and worse!
 
 
Petition link on the Romanian Animal Rescue website –
 
Please forward to all your friends.
Thank you
Maria xx

Uk (Wales): Shooting Badger Costs Former JP £3,000

Shooting badger costs former JP £3,000

Jun 16 2010 By Robin Turner  

Harold James

 

 

 

A FARMER and former magistrate has been fined for trapping and shooting a badger which dug up his garden.

The RSPCA yesterday warned people against killing the animals after dairy farmer and former High Sheriff of Dyfed Richard Harold James, 77, caught the badger in a snare near his Pembrokeshire home and blasted it to death at close range with a shotgun.

The ex-JP was given fines and costs totalling almost £3,000 by Swansea Magistrates yesterday (tue) for killing a protected animal and using a snare to trap it.

He shot the animal twice near his home at Home Farm on the Stackpole Estate in Pembrokeshire just before last Christmas.

James then threw the animal onto a slope leading on to National Trust land.

It was witnessed by National Trust worker David Jarman who works on land near Home Farm. He went back to his office and called in the RSPCA.

James, former chairman of the Clynderwen and Cardigan Farmers Co-Operative, later told an RSPCA inspector who questioned him about the killing: “What about the damage badgers cause us?”

John Tarrant, prosecuting, said the RSPCA brought the case because it felt not to have prosecuted would have diminished legislation protecting badgers irrespective of the Welsh Assembly Government’s planned cull of the creatures in West Wales in an attempt to eradicate bovine TB.

And after the case, RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “We hope this case will send the message that killing badgers without a licence is illegal.

“The Welsh Assembly Government may be pursuing a cull under special measures in its bid to prevent bovine TB but the fact is badgers are still protected by law and unlicensed killing of them will lead to court.

“Do not take the law into your own hands.”

Tim Hayden, (corr) defending, said his client had no previous convictions, had co-operated fully with the RSPCA and had an impeccable record of distinguished public service in West Wales.

He produced photographs of the defendant’s garden and described the damaged caused by the badger as “extensive and messy”.

He added: “There had been a problem for some time which he had tried to address using an electric fence and sonic devices none of which worked.

“He felt if such damage was being caused to his property that he could, and he accepts now he was in error, take action in this way.”

He said James shot the badger twice because he wanted to make sure he was killing it humanely.

Mr Hayden told magistrates: “Whichever side you are on, the Welsh Assembly Government has decided to take action to eradicate a large proportion of badgers in the county where the defendant lives by first trapping then shooting them.

“I think that is something the court should bear in mind when coming to its sentence.”

Mr Hayden then asked the court to consider a conditional or absolute discharge.

But the magistrates imposed the full amount of costs £1,461.21 (including two vets’ post mortem examinations) and fined James £1,000 for killing a protected animal and £500 for using a snare to trap it.

Mr Hogben said afterwards the near £3,000 total was a clear signal to anyone tempted to unlawfully kill badgers that the courts would take the matter “very seriously”.

After hearing that James got £3,000 a month from his role as consultant in his family dairy farming concern, the magistrates gave him 28 days to pay the £2,961.21 fines and costs. Mr Hogben added: “Our advice to people who have trouble with badgers digging in their garden is first to consult with a local badger group.

“There are badger proof fences that can be used or various sonic devices and one method is to feed badgers so they will not bother digging in to a garden to get worms or other food.”

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EU: New Legislation Now Passed – The Labelling of Ritually Slaughtered/ Non-Stunned Meat IS Compulsory

 

 

 

 

For immediate release

Today (16th June) Amendment 205 of the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers, which will make the labelling of ritually slaughtered/ non-stunned meat compulsory was adopted with 326 votes in favour of the amendment, 270 against and 68 abstentions.

For over two years Scotland for Animals have been campaigning and lobbying for ritual slaughter products to be labelled by law in order to give consumers the right to boycott these goods and premises stocking them.

Scotland for Animals’ Spokesman John Patrick said today “We’re delighted that MEP’s have at last decided to take action on this issue.”

“Scotland for Animals have campaigned and lobbied vigorously in order to get these products labelled by law.”

“In the course of our work we have found bodies such as Local Authorities, the Food Standards Agency and others responsible for labelling/ consumer law completely disinterested and at times downright obstructive regarding the current situation with regards to the sale of ritually slaughtered meat. Finally people can look forward to no longer having this cruelly produced meat forced upon them without their knowledge.”

“The public have been strongly supportive of our proposals. The sale of ritually slaughtered meat in Scotland has risen dramatically in recent years, people have been appalled to learn the slaughter methods behind these products. This is a victory for consumers and for the rights of those who want to see animals killed with as much dignity and as little pain as possible.”

We are disappointed that this legislation will not apply to restaurants or canteens however we congratulate MEP’s for a momentous step in the right direction. Scotland for Animals will continue to campaign for an extension to these areas and for a complete end to religious slaughter in general.

For more visit http://www.scotlandforanimals.org/religiousslaughter.html

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SAV Comment

A very welcome move to give EU consumers more information, and more importantly, the option to boycott ritually slaughtered meat, which until nowe they may not even have been aware they were purchasing.

Better still – go veggie or vegan, then you can be sure of what you eat, and save animals lives in the process !