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Animal Concern Advice Line News 2022

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August 2022

August 10th 2022: Much of the UK is heading into another heatwave. There's every chance we will see more devastating wildfires which will kill wild animals and birds, lay waste to grassland and woodlands and cause damage to property and crops. Despite this there's nothing to stop you setting off sky lanterns, little hot air balloons powered by fire. Even when they don't start fires these lanterns are a hazard to wild and farm animals when they fall back to earth. Animal Concern has been campaigning for years to have these firebombs outlawed. Given the added risk due to the hot weather Animal Concern has asked the Governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to implement an immediate ban on the sale and use of sky lanterns. Perhaps you would like to contact your politicians asking them to back the call for a ban? You can read one of the Animal Concern emails:

July 2022

July 25th 2022: Animal Concern (AC) has asked the Scottish Government to use the avian flu pandemic to finally ban the cruel guga hunt which every year sees up to 2000 baby gannets caught using nooses on a long pole and then killed by perhaps multiple blows to their heads. AC has also called for a change to the blanket culling policy being used in response to avian flu incidents in bird rescue centres. You can read the email to Ministers on the Animal Concern website here:

June 2022

June 8th 2022: On 3rd of May Animal Concern (AC) wrote to all Members of the Scottish Parliament telling them they were wasting their time debating a complicated and unworkable new law to add to the useless controls over fireworks. AC stressed that an outright ban on public ownership and use of fireworks was the only way to deal with this. The Scottish Government replied today and it doesn’t look like the Government is going to listen. AC will now redirect the campaign to the Government in Westminster. You can read he Government reply and the AC response to that reply here:

Read the email (3rd May) to Ministers here:

June 3rd 2022: We cannot claim a campaign success on this but our John Robins first publicly asked Argyle & Bute Council to seek sponsorship for dog waste bins around ten years ago and he raised it several times since then. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park have just obtained sponsorship for new waste bins to keep the Park tidy, giving dog walkers somewhere to deposit their pets' deposits and reducing the risk to wildlife from discarded rubbish. Many of these bins will be in the Argyle & Bute Council area. Perhaps someone was listening when the suggestion was first raised. Dog walkers now have more places to safely discard doggy jobby bags. Better late than never. More about this on The Lochside Press website here:

May 2022

May 11th 2022: Animal Concern has campaigned against Xenotransplantation since the 1980s. As well as the millions of animals killed in research over the decades, AC also highlighted the very real risk of a new disease crossing to humans from animals which have been genetically modified to make their organs more compatible with human tissue. GM Watch has published a very scary article about the first pig to human heart transplant which was carried out earlier this year. You can read it on the GM Watch website here:

May 6th 2022: The Artisan Food Company ignored friendly advice from Animal Concern to stop describing their salmon farmed in Scotland as “sustainable”. Animal Concern complained to the Advertising Standards Authority who have ordered The Artisan Food Company to stop describing the salmon as sustainable. Animal Concern has further challenges against The Artisan Food Company regarding some rather dubious descriptions of other farmed fish they sell. Incidentally, they are selling 1.25 kilo Scottish farmed salmon fillets at £41.80 each plus £8.95 delivery which comes to £50.75. Similar salmon fillets retail in ASDA for £16.75.

I suppose if you're daft enough to eat farmed salmon you might be daft enough to pay three times more than you have to...

May 3rd 2022: This afternoon a handful of MSPs turned up at Holyrood and wasted several hours debating the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill. Not long out of hospital Animal Concern's now part–time consultant wrote to all MSPs to remind them Animal Concern had dismissed this proposed new legislation over a year ago when it was first put forward as an ill thought out knee jerk response to serious firework misuse in the constituency of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Read more on the Animal Concern website here:

April 2022

March 2022

March 14th 2022: On the 18th February (see below) Animal Concern asked the Scottish Government about the proposed new Scottish Veterinary Service. In particular AC wanted to know if this new Government Department would be equipped to make unannounced inspections of the myriad of filthy floating factory fish pharms which blight our West Coast and islands. You might find the reply to that question disturbing. Another question was about having responsibility for policing the welfare of animals in laboratories transferred from the Home Office in London to the Scottish Government. That's a political matter but the inadequate reply received was from a civil Servant, not a politician. Once again we must ask why the hell we pay Government Cabinet Secretaries an extra £50,097 and Government Ministers an extra £31,383 on top of their MSP salary of £66,662 when it's the Civil Servants that seem to do all the work£ You can read the inadequate reply received on the AC website:

March 12th 2022: Animal Concern was puzzled to see a Planning Application involving the building of commercial “Yelping Kennels” in East Ayrshire. We are also stumped as to what a Yelping Kennel is. Animal Concern lodged an objection and also asked the Council if the applicant already has a commercial dog breeding license as other objections to the application suggest dogs are already being bred on the site. You'll find their objection via the “comments” link on the East Ayrshire Council Planning Department website here:

Link leads to east-ayrshire.gov.uk Checked and working as of March 12th 2022

March 8th 2022: A month ago Animal Concern used Freedom of Information laws to ask the Home Secretary how many laboratories in the UK are working on genetic modification of animals for organs to be transplanted into humans. She was also asked where those labs are. As such laboratories run a very real risk of creating a pandemic with the potential to make Covid seem cuddly, Animal Concern thought it might be difficult to get a response. Wrong! A reply arrived just within the specified FOI time limits. Only problem is that the Home Office don't know the answer because they don't keep that information. You can read that very worrying reply on the Animal Concern website here:

February 2022

February 27th 2022: Old semi–retired Robins must be off his meds. He's ranting again. This time he is extremely angry that the Scottish Government is once again proposing new animal protection legislation with a built–in get out clause. The Government is going to stop fox hunters using more than two dogs. Hooray! The Government is also going to issue licences to allow fox hunter to use more than two dogs. Boo! Please lobby the Scottish Government after you read the full details on the Animal Concern website here:

February 5th 2022: John Robins first got involved in the xenotransplant controversy when scientists were still thinking of stealing organs from genetically modified sheep. After the pig to human heart transplant in the USA last month, John is trying to find out how many of these potential pandemic producing projects are currently in progress in the UK. The Home Secretary is responsible for licensing these labs, so John has asked her to tell him where they are. You can read his email on the Animal Concern website here:

January 2022

January 31st 2022: Broadcaster Kirsty Young and her husband club owner Nick Jones have bought an island in Loch Lomond. The island has been described as “uninhabited” but no doubt the resident wallaby colony would disagree. The new owners of Inchconnachan Island plan to create a luxury holiday home for themselves and to “manage” the wallabies and other animals on the island. We campaigned against plans to cull the wallabies by the previous owner of Inchconnachan and we have asked Ms Young and Mr. Jones to take a more enlightened approach and avoid lethal means of “managing” the wallaby and deer whose home they have bought. More info here:

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