Day: September 24, 2018

England: Police Now Threaten Animal Saviours With Flying Drones To Monitor Their Legal Activities.

 

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Police consider drones to monitor badger cull protesters

Devon and Cornwall police warn activists as cull zone is massively expanded

Police have warned badger cull protesters that they may use drones to try to keep order in the far south-west of England following heightened tensions between activists and officers.

In an email to protesters seen by the Guardian, a Devon and Cornwall officer said the force would consider using drones “where intelligence dictates”.

The force said it was considering drones because of a spike in crimes in some areas within cull zones but protesters insisted the move would not stop them from trying to prevent badgers being killed.

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The cull in England has been hugely expanded into 10 new areas, with up to 42,000 animals now due to be shot in an attempt to curb tuberculosis in cattle, up from 32,500 last year.

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The cull zones now cover vast swathes of many counties, including 68% of Devon and 54% of Cornwall.

The increase is adding to pressure on police forces in these areas. In the email to the protester, the officer wrote: “I have been asked to let you know – and that you forward as you believe necessary – that a decision has been made that where intelligence dictates police will consider the deployment of drones.”

Poland: The blood business with fur

 

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There are around 800 fur farms in Poland, where more than eight million animals are imprisoned and killed. PETA has taken pictures of five of these farms, from 2016, showing shocking animal suffering. By keeping in tiny wire cages, foxes go crazy, constantly turning in circles and scratching desperately on the cage walls. The grid wires of the cage floors lead to swollen and inflamed paws in the animals. Diseases such as swollen palate obviously are not treated. Due to the systematic animal suffering, a bill has now been introduced in the Polish parliament to ban fur farms.