The personal details of farmers carrying out the controversial badger cull have been leaked to animal rights activists in a major data breach. In a security failing hailed a victory by hunt saboteurs and already linked to a rise in rural crime, more than 7,000 names and addresses, including those of bosses of companies specialising in killing badgers, have been posted online and emailed to activists throughout the country. Old Mill Accountancy, which has offices in Exeter, Yeovil, Wells and Melksham, last night apologised after “human error” led to its mailing list being harvested from its website in July. Many farmers who have created companies to carry out the cull often ensure personal details are not lodged on official documents in an attempt to prevent hunt saboteurs identifying where they live. However, the Innocent Badger website linked to the Stop the Cull group has listed what it claims are the details of 29 cull companies from the accountancy firm’s … [Read more...] about Animal rights activists hail ‘cull company’ leak a breakthrough as badger traps are destroyed
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Holiday giants Thomas Cook are to scrap all trips to theme parks where killer whales are kept captive. The UK’s biggest tour operators said they made the decision after customer feedback and evidence from animal welfare experts. From next summer, they will no longer send customers to SeaWorld in Florida and Loro Parque in Tenerife. Both venues are popular with UK holidaymakers – Thomas Cook currently sell more than 10,000 day trips a year to SeaWorld Orlando and have sold 40,000 tickets to Loro Parque so far this year. The announcement comes 18 months after the firm launched a review of all 100 animal-related attractions included in their package holidays. Since then, 49 venues have been audited to ensure they meet animal welfare standards set by travel body ABTA. It resulted in 29 destinations being removed from sale. SeaWorld Orlando failed initial checks carried out earlier this year. There were also issues raised with Loro Parque. But both later passed after … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook scrap Florida and Tenerife theme park trips in animal rights move
One of Britain’s biggest holiday firms may stop selling tickets to Florida's SeaWorld after the theme park failed an audit of animal welfare. Thomas Cook has told the park - which has previously been accused of cruelty to its killer whales, orcas and dolphins – it has three months to improve. If it fails further further inspections then the holiday firm will cease selling tickets for it. Read more SeaWorld killer whale deaths a 'disgrace to humanity' Third killer whale dies at SeaWorld this year SeaWorld seeks restraining order against animal rights activists Last killer whale born at SeaWorld dies in captivity Thomas Cook declined to say how SeaWorld, which has two parks in Florida, along with one each in both California and Virginia, had failed its welfare checks. But the travel company said in a statement: “We have now audited SeaWorld, and we are in contact with them about the results in accordance with our … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook to stop selling SeaWorld tickets if park doesn’t improve after failed animal-welfare inspection
Morrissey is facing criticism after his latest interview, in which he discusses politicians including Theresa May, Sadiq Khan and Diane Abbott, and offering commentary on Brexit, halal meat and animal welfare. The former Smiths frontman has often hit headlines for his controversial comments in recent years and, he says, in a bid to combat being misquoted in the press, the new interview has been published on his own site, Morrissey Central. However, many fans have said the star does not come across well in the new chat, which sees him say of Sadiq Khan: “The Mayor of London tells us about ‘Neighborhood policin’ - what is ‘policin’? He tells us London is an ‘amazin’ city. What is ‘amazin’? “This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly! I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said ”men’el ” … he could not say the words ‘mental health’. … [Read more...] about Morrissey Faces Criticism After Controversial Comments On Brexit, Sadiq Khan And Theresa May
TODAY is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are some of his most memorable quotes?