Addressing the inaugural session of the ninth Parliament, the President announced that he would prohibit the cultivation of palm oil, among other measures to aid the plantations sector.
He presented his policy statement at the Parliament after ceremonially declaring the ninth Parliament opens on 20 August 2020.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
He said that the income from industries such as tea, coconut, and rubber is currently unsatisfactory.
“We will commence operations to develop tea plantations while assisting small and medium scale tea estate owners as well. Due to the shutting down of tea factories, tea estate owners have encountered a number of difficulties.
We will restart these factories and eliminate existing irregularities simultaneously encouraging the export of high-quality tea products.
We will reclaim the global brand name we held for Ceylon Tea.” he stated.
Accordingly, the planting of coconut saplings will be encouraged, and to enact a reasonable price for rubber, local rubber industrialists will be encouraged to utilize their own products.
He further stated that the cultivation of palm oil trees will be stopped completely.
Furthermore, the production of export crops, such as pepper and cinnamon, will be promoted, and opportunities to generate substantial foreign exchange will be provided to farmers through value addition to agricultural products and export measures.
My comment: Even before the election, the president made it clear what he thought of palm oil, and like the environmental groups that have also voiced concerns about the cultivation of oil palms, he resolutely said: No to palm oil.No deforestation for palm oil.
His brother, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, caused a worldwide sensation when he banned glyphosate.
Sri Lanka became the second country, after El Salvador, to completely ban the sale of glyphosate herbicides when glyphosate was shown to be responsible for the growing number of chronic kidney disease (CKDu) in Sri Lanka.
Studies in Sri Lanka have shown that not only is nature being destroyed, but also that the water table is falling due to the concentrated growth of palm oil.
Other studies done in Indonesia indicate that groundwater quality is also affected by the adverse effects of the fertilizer required to grow oil palms.
Deforestation for new palm oil plantations Indonesia
Surface temperatures in the region have risen- making them more susceptible to wildfires. They destroyed habitats that have led the Sumatran Orangutan to be listed as critically endangered.
Records also show signs of animal cruelty as Orangutans have been found buried alive or killed by guns and other weapons. It is estimated that should this large scale deforestation continue, we might very well have to say goodbye to the wild Sumatran Orangutan within the next 5-10 years and the Sumatran Tiger is less than 3 years.
This industry not only threatens environmental conservation purposes but animal welfare too.
It’s a very good decision!!
If some European prime ministers had the strong character of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, we would have come much further in nature and animal protection.
Jessey Wade (c. 1861 – 1952) was an English suffragist and campaigner for animal welfare, known for founding the Cats Protection League (now known as Cats Protection). She co-founded a number of other animal welfare organizations and helped create and was editor of the feminist journal Urania
Illustration from the Animals Friend Cat Book – Jessey Wade – Wikipedia
Sir Granville George Greenwood (3 January 1850 – 27 October 1928), usually known as George Greenwood or G. G. Greenwood, was a British lawyer, politician, cricketer, animal welfare reformer.
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2019 was a superb year for the League Against Cruel Sports and we had hoped to bring our members the good news face to face at our AGM.
However, assuring the safety of our members – many of whom are in the age groups most susceptible to the worst effects of the virus and many of whom travel long distances on public transport to make our events – must be our top priority. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel the AGM this year, in line with Charity Commission guidance and with their expressed permission.
The future is not certain and with spikes in the outbreak and regular changes to the pandemic rules and control measures, we wanted to bring certainty to proceedings and avoid any potential wasted payments should we have to cancel later on.
Whilst we are disappointed not to be able to bring you the news of our successes in person, we have captured all that we did last year in our Annual Report and Accounts and our Impact Report. They tell of a League that is doing exactly what our members, supporters and the majority of the wider public expect. Thanks to your support we are in good shape and with our full staff in place, we are more determined than ever to stop cruel ‘sports’.
Thank you for your understanding during these strange times.
Dr Tim Holmes Chair
Andy Knott MBE Chief Executive
Who we are and the history of the League
We stand on the side of animals and protect them from being harmed or killed in the name of ‘Sport’. Millions of animals each year are neglected, distressed, suffer cruelty or are killed by cruel ‘sports’. We redefine what is acceptable and were instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act 2004. We are driven by compassion and empowered by knowledge. We aim to inspire change, as we know that most of the public share our view that harming and killing animals for ‘sport’ is cruel. We manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife, carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals, and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties.
A lot of animal cruelty takes place out of sight and often the only way to expose these activities is to go undercover. Our trained team of professional Investigators, which includes former police officers, work continuously to ensure we have effective animal protection laws that are properly enforced. Determined to make sure those who break the law are brought to justice, our professional Investigators expose animal cruelty by gathering the vital surveillance needed to bring those responsible to justice. Our unique and confidential Animal Crimewatch hotline allows anyone witnessing illegal activity in connection with cruel sports to report it to us.
Often animal cruelty takes place because people don’t recognise it for what it is. Hunting with dogs was perceived for a long time as a civilised pursuit, until organisations like us educated the public to the true nature of what goes on.
We continue to educate the public and policy makers through high profile work in the media and expert behind-the-scenes lobbying in Parliament. We also protect animals through our successful campaigning work, by creating awareness of the cruelty inflicted on animals through ‘sport’. More people are raising their voices leading to changes in the law.
How we are changing attitudes
When the Hunting Act 2004 was introduced, just one Conservative MP voted for it; now we know that more than 50 Conservative MPs would stand up against legalising hunting.
Most of the public in the UK also share our view – more than eight out of ten support a ban on hunting with dogs.
Despite this, cruel ‘sports’ is still happening. This is not a small problem – the number of animals involved in the UK is in the millions every year. But we promise to continue to work hard until cruel ‘sports’ becomes a thing of the past as the history of the charity demonstrates.
How is this STILL happening?! #COVID19 came from a bloody wet market just like these two, yet similar markets around the globe are still open.
Politicians, the World Health Organisation, they are simply useless names and nothing more.
Trying to find vaccines and yet they are not addressing the source of the original problem.
What is wrong with these people ? – what planet do they live on ?
No doubt they all want to make billions from the ‘miracle cure’ vaccine; but will we then still be in a position where everyone is being given a vaccine against the virus; but the wet markets; the original source of the very same virus, are still being allowed to operate !
If someone has an answer to this stupidity of politicians and why they are so brain dead; maybe they can write to us with the details via the contact route.
People will be shocked to learn that genetically modified mosquitoes can easily be released into the environment without proper supervision. They are not asked. The people in Africa are experiencing this.
Genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes are tested here, financed by the European Commission.
The main sponsor is the Gates Foundation. Although the people of Florida have been protesting the genetically modified insects for years, the release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes has been approved.
The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue fever and the Zika virus. Particularly explosive is the fact that a study shows that the same GM mosquitoes have already been released in Brazil and that this did not affect the spread of dengue fever at all.
After the genetically modified mosquitoes come to the genetically modified cabbage moth.
Marathon, FL—The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District(FKMCD) yesterday approved the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered mosquitoes. Despite public outcry and the scientific dispute over the human health and environment risks posed by this field trial, the approval permits the release of 750 million GE mosquitoes over a two-year period in Monroe County, Florida, which may begin in 2021.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board members have received more than 2,000 comments from Florida residents opposing the release of GE mosquitoes.
Despite encouragement from the public, the Board members also rejected the proposal for a referendum on November’s ballot, which would have asked Monroe County residents to vote on whether to accept or reject the GE mosquito trial. In 2016, voters in the proposed release site in Key Haven, Florida, voted to reject the GE mosquito trial.
Neither the FKMCD nor Oxitec* has publicly announced where or when the releases will occur. Documents submitted by Oxitec did not include details about an environmental impact statement (EIS).
“With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment. Now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong? We don’t know, because EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed,” said Jaydee Hanson, Policy Director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety.
“The Mosquito Control Board has an obligation to our community, not a vendor that’s products are risky and untrustworthy. FKMCD wants to proceed with an experiment that may be damaging to public and environmental health and our local economy,” said Barry Wray, Executive Director of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition. “We need true solutions to benefit our community and ecosystems.”
At Tuesday’s meeting, community members and national organizations critiqued Oxitec’s application for failing to address important environmental risks and potential negative health impacts. Community members asked the FKMCD to reject the field trial application, pointing out the lack of data demonstrating that Oxitec’s mosquitoes will be safe and effective, the likelihood that biting females will be released, thus putting humans and animals at risk, and the lack of free and prior informed consent of people living in the area.
“The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment, and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic,” said Dana Perls, food and technology Program Manager at Friends of the Earth.
“This approval is about maximizing Oxitec’s profits, not about the pressing need to address mosquito-borne diseases.”