Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Personal Plea

My lovely little sister (pictured above with Tess the beagle many years ago, she is now 18) and advertiser of this blog is embarking on a gap year before heading off to University next year, her first stop is Tanzania where she will be working on a project with Tearfund and Go Mad Tanzania for two months. I am hoping to have lots of African animal pictures to share with you when she returns. She needs to make £2,000 for the trip and is just over a 1/4 of the way there. If you would like to learn more and be so kind as to donate then please take a look over here.

Thank you.
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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Yet another proposal for intensive farming

You may remember my post back on 29th June about a proposal for an intensive pig farm, well I have just been informed of a proposal made to Powys County Council for a factory farm with a multi storey milking facility enabling it to accommodate around 1,000 cows.

Cows on dairy farms are forced to produce high yields of milk that are frankly unnatural and can result in cows dying of exhaustion. The life expectancy of a cow is around 1 years bur a quarter of dairy cows die before reaching the age of 3. Cows are repeatedly made pregnant to ensure the production of milk and the calves are taken from their mothers after a few days spending their weeks in tiny stalls, if the calves are lucky enough to be female they are used as dairy cows from the age of 15 months. Male calves are either killed at birth or sold to the veal industry.

Factory farming is torture for animals and causes a greater risk of disease for animals, the disease can also spread to humans. Intensive farming such as this also effects the surrounding environment with traffic, noise and bad smells.

Please follow this link that will direct you to a ready prepared letter to Powys County Council objecting to the application and asking them to reject the proposal. If you can spare a few minutes please enter your details and also make add your own thoughts to the letter, changing the title of the letter will also be helpful.

The deadline for registering your objection is 24th September so please make the effort to do this as soon as possible.

Thank you.
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I'm back!

I've been very lucky the past few months and got to travel to places like Germany, Switzerland and Greece as well as visiting places within the UK like London, Bristol and Leeds. I have had a wonderful summer and picked up some interesting things on my travels, especially in Greece and I hope to share this with you in the coming weeks. Now that summer is over, the leaves are starting to fall, the RSPCA Christmas Catalouge has fallen through the letter box and it is time to get back to business! My inbox is full of the latest news in the animal world and I have a lot of catching up to do so keep checking back for new actions.

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