From The Independent: A fierce landmark court battle over the badger cull begins tomorrow as wildlife campaigners mount a challenge to the reasoning behind the killing of tens of thousands of the mammals.
From Metro: Plans to give police dogs and horses extra legal protections from attacks have been blocked by a Tory MP. There were groans in the Commons as Sir Christopher Chope dealt a blow to campaigners by announcing he objected to the Animal Welfare Service Animals Bill.
From Daily Mirror: Boris Johnson‘s bid to boost Anglo-Spanish relations backfired spectacularly when he launched into a bizarre defence of bullfighting, telling a dinner to celebrate ties between the nations that trying to ban the cruel sport was “political correctness gone mad”.
From Daily Mirror: The government has revealed that badger culling will take place in 11 new areas, taking the total kill zones to 21 in Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Somerset, Cheshire, Dorset, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The maximum number of animals lined up in the marksmen’s cross hairs this season is 33,437 compared with 14,213 last year.
If you vote Conservative on Thursday, you are voting for foxes to be chased to exhaustion and killed by hounds, as sport for rich men
#CruelTories: 84% of the public believe foxhunting should not be made legal again.Scientific evidence shows that the…
84% of the public believe foxhunting should not be made legal again.
Scientific evidence shows that the animals targeted in hunting suffer physical and mental stress when chased by a hunt – whether or not they are eventually killed.
The Burns Report produced in the year 2000 stated that “There is a lack of firm scientific evidence about the effect on the welfare of a fox of being closely pursued, caught and killed above ground by hounds. We are satisfied, nevertheless, that this experience seriously compromises the welfare of the fox.” That is one of the reasons hunting with dogs for sport was banned in Britain over a decade ago.
From The Independent: Theresa May has announced she hopes to bring back fox hunting.
The Conservatives will renew a pledge to hold a free vote on overturning 2004 ban on the blood sport, Ms May said. “As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting, and we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote.”
From The Guardian: The imminent expansion of England’s controversial badger cull “flies in the face of scientific evidence”, according to the nation’s foremost experts, who have called on new prime minister, Theresa May, to halt the “failed” policy.
The scientists say the badger cull, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, is a “risky, costly, and inhumane” distraction and may actually increase TB infections.
TB is a serious problem for farmers, with 36,000 infected cattle slaughtered in Britain in 2015 at a cost to the taxpayer of about £100m. But this is a “monstrous” waste of money, according to one of the scientists, who says the problem could be effectively tackled by cracking down on the spread of TB between cattle.
The environment secretary, Liz Truss, backed a rollout in February, saying: “I want to see culling expanded across a wider number of areas this year.”