End the bloody slaughter at sea

JAPAN’S shame – the slaughter for at least half the year of beautiful, intelligent, trusting dolphins – was brought to the world’s attention in 2009, when the film The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Since then, outrage about this evil, primeval and brutal practice has grown. This year, in particular, thanks largely to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its Cove Guardians, more campaigners than ever have become involved. Continue reading

Biodiversity bunkum: You can’t ‘offset’ nature

IN RUSSIA in the late 1920s, Stalin began his confiscation of peasants’ land to enforce mass collectivisation of farming, in the belief that slicing up land, fencing it off and generally putting the natural world in some sort of order was not only possible but desirable, and that the people didn’t really know what was good for them in terms of ownership.

Now, nearly 100 years later, we have a government in Britain that appears to be thinking along similar lines.

For those in their Westminster towers who think trees are easily replaceable and that living creatures are dispensable, there’s a modest little lesson that needs to be learnt.

Trees take decades to mature, aided by populations of wild birds that learn from instinct and parental habits; together with hedgerows and wildlife, they thrive on interaction and interdependency. The strength of our countryside lies in its very history and finely balanced mix of mutual nurturing. Continue reading