Tag Archives: welfare

The biggest free trade deal in history

The biggest free trade deal in history is being negotiated now. There are plenty of catchy little acronyms when you talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America … Continue reading

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Can BIG be beautiful too?

Three leading figures from science and farming consider the role large-scale farming can play in British agriculture.

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New plan to reduce the use of animals in research

Here in Britain, scientists’ use of lab animals is very tightly constrained (my tag ‘lab animal’.) But we want to ‘Replace, Reduce and Refine the Use of Animals in Research’. The Three Rs. Our Department for Business, Innovation & Skills … Continue reading

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Chinese shark fin soup ban

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This video says about itself: 3 July 2012 China announces plans to ban shark fin soup at official functions, delighting environmentalists. Ramy Inocencio reports. From AFP news agency: China bans shark fin soup…

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Openness in Animal Research

argylesock says… Animals are used well in research in Britain. But misunderstanding is rife as this article reminds us. We’re urged to take part in a public consultation hosted by Understanding Animal Research.

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Why not feed insects to other livestock?

Here in Britain, our Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) coordinates PROteINSECT. This is about farming insects (entomoculture) as a source of protein for animal feed. FERA is part of our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). I’m … Continue reading

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Is the existing bovine TB eradication policy really working?

One of my favourite sources of information about bovine tuberculosis (bTB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis) is bovinetb.co.uk. Its unnamed author is ‘looking for the reform of a costly and misguided system.’ When I talk to farmers, I often hear support … Continue reading

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Animal research, how it is

Understanding Animal Research (UAR) is a British group. It exists ‘to provide all you want to know about animal research, whether you are a concerned member of the public or have a special interest.’ I like UAR’s factual style, a … Continue reading

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Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

EFSA is the European Food Safety Authority. EFSA tells us that today, World Food Day 2013, the theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Food security, not just a simple belief that all food gets eaten. Nutrition, … Continue reading

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Badger cull is to start tomorrow night

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and we want rid. Wild badgers (Meles meles) can get bTB too. Some people think badgers spread the infection (Mycobacterium bovis) to cattle. Others think that we shouldn’t obsess … Continue reading

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