UK: CONSERVATIVE Christopher Chope OBE MP Talks Out A Ban On The Use Of Animals In Circuses – Just Like He Did Before – Contact Your MP And Ask Why. They Work For You; You Are NOT Their Servants !


 Importance: High





As you may know, the ban for wild animals in circuses was again blocked last week by Conservative MP Christopher Chope. He did the same in 2014.


Please write to your MP as this is again being discussed in Parliament on 24th March.

Please see


Here are some details of the man who has twice blocked this bill:

Christopher Chope represents Christchurch in Dorset for 20 years with a majority of 18000 and his constituency has the highest proportion of over 60s in the UK.

Filibustering should be banned in Parliament – A deliberate tactic to talk too long and thus  selfishly, arrogantly and bullyingly talking out a motion that can then not be voted on.

Christopher Chope also blocked this bill in 2014.  He was also responsible for steering through the poll tax in the Thatcher Government, voted against same sex marriage, is a climate change sceptic, called for abolition of Minimum wage in the same year he claimed £136,992 in expenses! and voted against Alan Turin statutory pardon.  Voted against a private members’ bill which would have placed restrictions on hospital parking charges for carers.                           SHAMEFUL!


Here is a letter that one of ADI’s supporters received from Chope – his arrogance is beyond belief !

“Parliamentary protocol dictates that Members ought not to respond to correspondence from non-constituents. Nonetheless, I appreciate the time you have taken to get in touch.

The Government has promised to bring forward Government legislation on the issue of animals in circuses.  It was not included in the Queen’s Speech on the grounds that there was a lack of Parliamentary time. The Government has pointed out, however, that, should more time become available during the course of this Session, such a Bill will be brought forward.

In light of the above, the attempt to bring forward this controversial legislation under the Private Member’s procedure is ill-conceived. I believe that it would be unacceptable for such a Bill to receive a Second Reading without any debate in the House of Commons.

I shall continue to put pressure on the Government to honour its promise to bring forward its own legislation.


Best wishes

Christopher Chope OBE MP

Member of Parliament for Christchurch

House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 0207 219 4971



Why not send him an e mail ?

More than 10 years ago there was a public consultation on the use of animals in UK circuses.


Over 84% of the British public wanted circuses to stop using animals in performances.  Thanks to people like Chope we have still not got legislation passed to do this – constant talking out in parliament by just a few members of Parliament.  Shame on them !

They are supposed to represent us – not be an emperor figure like Trump who only does what he wants !



USA: Petition – Stop City’s Planned Coyote Slaughter – Please Support.



Stop City’s Planned Coyote Slaughter




Petition Link

Target: Tom Beck, Mayor of Arcadia, California

Goal: Reverse your decision to slaughter coyotes.

Recently, the Arcadia City Council voted to hire a contractor to kill coyotes as a means of population control. This slaughter is cruel, ineffective and must be stopped.

The current plan would call for the contractor to trap and then kill numerous coyotes. Trapping is an extremely cruel and stressful situation for wild animals, which in this case is then followed by a brutal execution. It can also catch non-targeted animals including protected wildlife. Animals have been known to chew off limbs in order to escape traps. This trap and slaughter practice often leads to orphaned wildlife which is typically a death sentence for these animals, as well.

Sign this petition and demand the City of Arcadia spare these innocent animals’ lives. This is not only incredible cruel, but research has shown that mass killings are not an effective method of population control.



Dear Mayor Beck,

Recently, your city council voted to spend taxpayer money to hire a contractor to trap and slaughter coyotes as a means of population control. This plan is not only cruel, but ineffective as well.

Trapping is an incredibly stressful experience for wild animals. It can often lead to serious injuries and animals have been known to chew off limbs in order to escape traps. Traps can also catch non-target animals including protected wildlife and domesticated animals. After this horrible ordeal, the animal is brutally killed. This often leads to orphaned wildlife which typically leads to their deaths, as well.

Please consider reversing your decision and sparing the lives of countless innocent coyotes. Research has shown that mass killings are not an effective method of population control.


[Your Name Here]





USA: Republicans Just Voted To Shield Trump’s Tax Returns From The Public.









Hi Mark;

Congress just put wolves and bears in the crosshairs.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to strip protections from wolves, bears and other carnivores on Alaska’s precious wildlife refuges.

If approved, it would allow wolves and pups to be killed in their dens; bears could be shot by aerial gunners or have their bones snapped in brutal traps.

Please support the Center for Biological Diversity’s Predator Defense Fund to shut down this disgraceful bill.

It’s the opening salvo in a cruel war on wolves and other wildlife that Congress will wage this year. Right-wing politicians have made it clear that wolves, bears and endangered species across the country will have a dark future under Trump.

For decades the Center has led the fight to save America’s wildlife. We know the next four years will be a bare-knuckle fight to protect these animals — and we’ve got the track record to prove it. Please make a gift to the Predator Defense Fund and help us fight and win for wildlife.

Alaska’s amazing wildlife refuges are supposed to be devoted to protecting wild creatures — and Alaska is our last great stronghold for abundant, wild predator populations. In the coming months, its refuges will be home to newborn wolf pups and bear cubs — but if Congress has its way, those pups’ and cubs’ homes will be laced with traps and menaced by helicopters and rifle shots.

This newest bill takes malicious persecution to a new level. Help defeat it with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund and make sure Alaska’s bears and wolves have a chance to survive.

For the wild,


Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. We’re already in the fight of a lifetime under the new White House and the most anti-wildlife Congress we’ve ever seen. Help us beat them back with an automatic monthly donation.

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As attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt

sued the Environmental Protection Agency 14 times.

He’s also repeatedly called for its elimination.

Thanks to President Trump and 52 senators, Scott Pruitt will “lead” the EPA.

Now we are hearing of proposed drastic cuts in the EPA’s budget—such large cuts that the Agency’s vital work would undoubtedly suffer.

I shudder to think what comes next…


President Trump stepped up his attack on federal environmental protections Tuesday, issuing an order directing his administration to begin the long process of rolling back sweeping clean water rules that were enacted by his predecessor.

The order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to set about dismantling the Waters of the United States rule takes aim at one of President Obama’s signature environmental legacies, a far-reaching anti-pollution effort that expanded the authority of regulators over the nation’s waterways.

The contentious rule had been fought for years by farmers, ranchers, real estate developers and other industries, which complained it invited heavy-handed bureaucrats to burden their businesses with onerous restrictions and fines for minor violations.

Obama’s EPA argued that such claims were exaggerated and misrepresented the realities of the enforcement process of a rule that promised to create substantially cleaner waterways and with them, healthier habitats for threatened species of wildlife.

The directive to undo the clean water initiative is expected to be closely followed by another aimed at unraveling the Obama administration’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by curbing power plant emissions.

“It is such a horrible, horrible rule,” Trump said as he signed the directive Tuesday aimed at the water rules. “It has such a nice name, but everything about it is bad.” He declared the rule, championed by environmental groups to give the EPA broad authority over nearly two-thirds of the water bodies in the nation, “one of the worst examples of federal regulation” and “a massive power grab.”

While the executive orders are a clear sign of the new administration’s distaste for some of the highest profile federal environmental rules, they also reflect the challenge it faces in erasing them. Both the climate and the clean water rules were enacted only after a long and tedious process of public hearings, scientific analysis and bureaucratic review. That entire process must be revisited before they can be weakened. It could take years.

And environmental groups will be mobilized to fight every step of the way. “These wetland protections help ensure that over 100 million Americans have access to clean and safe drinking water,” California billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer said in a statement. “Access to safe drinking water is a human right, and Trump’s order is a direct violation of this right.”

The executive orders are compounded by the administration’s release of a budget blueprint that includes deep cuts at the EPA. Even if the process of changing the environmental rules is slow, the Trump administration will aim to hasten their demise by hollowing out the agencies charged with enforcing them.

At the same time, it is working with Congress to immediately kill some environmental protections under an obscure authority that applies to regulations enacted within the final months of the previous administration.  A rule intended to limit water pollution from coal mining has already been killed by Congress, which is now weighing whether to jettison rules that force gas drilling operations on federal land to capture more of the toxic methane they emit.

Trump vowed Tuesday that he would continue to undermine the Obama-era environmental protections wherever he sees the opportunity, arguing they have cost jobs. “So many jobs we have delayed for so many years,” Trump said. “It is unfair to everybody.”

Many industries take issue with that interpretation. Tuesday’s order, for example, was met with a swift rebuke from sport fishing and hunting groups. They said the clean water rule has been a boon to the economy, sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in their industry.

Sportsmen and women will do everything within their power to compel the administration to change course and to use the Clean Water Act to improve, not worsen, the nation’s waterways,” a statement from a half-dozen of the organizations said.