New battle lines over the welfare of factory-farm animals were being drawn as President Obama arrived in London on Thursday to promote the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with Europe. The US, long regarded as a laggard on compassion in farming, is pushing for Europe to open up its markets to American poultry, which is produced to different standards. Debate about those standards has ignited in recent weeks in the US, with a series of high-profile media reports on the cruelty inherent in its livestock production methods. The issue was back on the agenda in the UK too this month, after a government move to allow the poultry industry to rewrite welfare codes. A dramatic U-turn in response to the public outcry at the proposal has once again thrown the spotlight on how we treat our farm animals. … [Read more...] about If consumers knew how farmed chickens were raised, they might never eat their meat again
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Although Saturday's Pyramid stage headliners are yet to be announced, there are plenty of big names among the new additions to the bill. Perhaps the most interesting of these is Pixies, who have not performed at Worthy Farm since 1989. The grunge pioneers are currently preparing to release their fifth album, Indie Cindy, which is also their first in 23 years. … [Read more...] about Glastonbury 2014 lineup: Kasabian, Pixies and Skrillex confirmed for bill
“I’m not against change, it’s the way it’s being carried out,” says Bill (not his real name – all the traders interviewed wished to remain anonymous for fear of upsetting Market Tech). “A market requires people to help each other out – if somebody runs out of pound coins or runs out of gas, they know they can turn to somebody for help. That’s going out the window because the people at the top don’t support us. We don’t know who to contact when we have a problem. We send an email but never get any response. People are starting to assume the worst.” … [Read more...] about Uncool Camden: will redevelopment ruin London’s legendary market?
Ebola came from monkeys, infected by bats and eaten in the African bush by people in very poor villages. But in China, wild animal meat is not cheap. “These have now become luxury items,” said Bell. “It’s a perfect storm. There is a shift from subsistence hunting to feed your family – that might make your family sick but it doesn’t go anywhere else. Now, these animals are being sold into a multibillion pound illegal trade, right up there with drugs. They cost more than livestock. … [Read more...] about Calls for global ban on wild animal markets amid coronavirus outbreak
Zhou Xianwang said there has been a total of 258 cases in Wuhan. Twelve cases have been recorded elsewhere in Hubei province, where Wuhan is the capital. Officials in the Chinese city have said they will pay for all medical costs for patients infected with the virus. … [Read more...] about Leading Chinese doctor investigating killer coronavirus outbreak admits he has caught the SARS-like infection as furious families accuse hospitals of not testing patients with tell-tale symptoms