Gordon McGlone

Leading for Nature

September 25, 2014 1:46 pm

WMN Letters: Let farmers control badgers

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We are told by the anti-cull brigade that killing one badger will spread TB, yet slaughtering thousands of cattle will cure it. How can a dead badger spread the disease? I don’t know how these so…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

The answer seems to be - control badgers.  What is the question? Eliminating bovine TB or dominating the countryside - that is the real issue and the one that Owen Paterson battled for in his fights with the ‘Green Blob’.  The badger cull is the testing ground for environmenatl management and species conservation.


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2:27 am

West best for ‘sustainable’ shellfish

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Lobster and crab caught in Westcountry waters are the most sustainable option for shoppers, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said.

An update on the charity’s online sustainable seafood guide…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

An update on the charity’s online sustainable seafood guide – www.fishonline.org – recommended shellfish from the region saying “lobster from the South West, Cornwall, and crab from the western channel and the Celtic sea are the most sustainable choices”.


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September 23, 2014 4:16 pm

Fractious badger cull debate yields few answers

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CHESHIRE farmer Phil Latham and Shropshire vet Den Leonard metaphorically entered the lion’s den as they tried to explain why badgers should be culled to control bovine TB (bTB) in front of a hostile audience at the Labour Party Conference.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

There are no easy answers to the bovine TB problem.  Doing nothing is not an option but neither is blaming the whole thing on badgers the option that makes scientific sense.


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9:41 am

World on track for worst-case warming scenario - environment - 22 September 2014 - New Scientist

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As world leaders prepare to talk tough on climate change in New York City, the stark lack of progress made so far in tackling the problem is revealed

Gordon McGlone's insight:

||Presidents, prime ministers and ministers flying into New York City on Tuesday for a one-day United Nations summit on climate change have their work cut out for them. And this is why. As the graph above shows, despite everything they have done so far, we are on a clear course to extreme global warming.||



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September 22, 2014 3:37 pm

RSPCA to ‘rebuild bridges’ with farmers - but still reject badger cull

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The RSPCA has admitted it has to ‘rebuild bridges’ with the West’s farming community after ‘the damage done’ by former chief executive Gavin Grant – but maintained that farmers involved in the…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Animal welfare and nature conservation organisations work with farmers as an integral part of their work.  Contentious issues such as the badger cull may stretch relationships to the limit.  NFU President Meurig Raymand could assist greatly by leaving working arrangements between farmers (most of whom are after all not his members) and the RSPCA to evolve in a pragMagic and practical way.  The devil is in the detail and this should not be an NFU Presidential speciality.


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September 19, 2014 12:48 pm

Public support for badger culls on the rise, survey shows

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Public support for the pilot badger culls is increasing, according to a YouGov survey.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Treat with care - other analyses are less comforting to the cullophiles:-

       But opposition to the culls still holds the majority vote, at 42%, despite the upward trend of people coming out in favour of the controversial policy.


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September 16, 2014 3:35 pm

Labour would abandon ‘failed’ badger cull pilots

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A LABOUR Government would cancel the current ‘failed’ pilot badger culls, Shadow Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has indicated.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Evidence led policy - abandon the badger cull pilots.  Sensible stuff from Huw Irranca-Davies.


See on farmersguardian.com
September 14, 2014 12:43 pm

In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife

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British officialdom and those they serve are obsessed with the killing of wildlife, writes Lesley Docksey. It seems that whatever the ‘problem’, from bovine TB to the serendipitous arrival of beavers in Devon, the reflex is the same - to kill wild animals. But increasingly, the British people aren’t having it. And our fightback is making waves ….

Gordon McGlone's insight:

I agree wholeheartedly - 

’”Without the natural environment we will become dead - dead in our minds and souls and, eventually, dead in our bodies because we are slowly killing the earth that is our home, our blood and bone and breath.”


See on theecologist.org
12:40 pm

RSPCA boss ‘sad’ at start of badger cull

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A CHARITY boss has expressed his sadness at the reinstatement of badger culling. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles spoke out after it was ruled that badger culls will not be monitored. He…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

David Bowles - ‘He said: “It is astonishing to think this will not be independently monitored and terrifying to know night time shooting can occur in the cull zone, increasing public safety concerns.”



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12:15 pm

Queen guitarist Brian May to head to the Forest of Dean to join badger cull patrol

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Queen guitarist Brian May will visit Newent on Monday to protest against the second pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire. The rock star and the Save Me Trust will visit the Gloucester cull zone on…

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