September 9th 2022: On 12th March Animal Concern (AC) objected to a planning application to build a puppy farm in Ayrshire. On April 28th we were able to tell you the farm had been refused planning permission. However the applicant appealed to the Scottish Government. ACs objection went to the Scottish Government. On 9th of September the Scottish Government refused the appeal. The puppy farm will not be given planning permission. It is however very concerning that the local authority gave a Dog Breeding Licence to someone who knew so little about dogs that s/he believed bitches give birth in a “Yelping Kennel”? You can read the Scottish Government ruling here:
September 9th 2022: On the 10th of August, during the extended heatwave, we asked all UK Governments to ban the release of sky lanterns. You can read about that on the August 10th and August 12th entries in our news section. Last week we received a reply from the Scottish Government Safer Communities Division of the Directorate for Safer Communities. (Who thinks these names up?). It looks as though the Scottish Government agrees with us about the dangers posed by sky lanterns. Just a pity they are not going to do anything about them. You can read the reply AC received here:
Read their response here:
August 17th 2022: Last month Animal Concern wrote to Scot Gov Ministers, including Green Party MSP Lorna Slater, Minister for Biodiversity, about bird flu and the guga hunt plus Government policy on culling birds over bird flu in non commercial premises such wildlife rescue centres and zoos:
Animal Concern received a reply today and once again it shows policy on animal issues is far too often left to naked silly servants at that hairy–arsed nudist colony NatureScot. Our elected politicians, including Lorna Slater, either don't know or don't give guano about what's going on. It needs action by politicians if we are to legislate to liberate animals from exploitation and suffering. How do we do that if politicians don't even read our requests for them to take action?
The reply on behalf of Lorna Slater, Scottish Government Minister for Biodiversity, makes it clear that despite bird flu decimating gannet populations and despite the Scottish SPCA declaring the killing methods cruel and inhumane, the guga hunt will continue. If she agrees with that Lorna Slater should resign from the Scottish Green Party. If she disagrees with it she should resign her Ministerial post. You can read the Scot Gov response on the AC website here:
Read about the July emails here:
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 here:
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 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 article for 3rd of May 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 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:
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 has objected to a planning application for a commercial dog breeding establishment in Ayrshire. Several aspects of this application raise serious concerns as to whether the applicants are best suited to the dog breeding business. You can read what Animal Concern thought of it on their website here:
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:
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