Et comment vous protéger et protéger vos animaux… un peu

Comme le savent tous ceux qui vivent à la campagne en France, les chasseurs peuvent être un gros problème. À peine une semaine se passe pendant la saison de la chasse sans un reportage selon lequel ils tuent ou blessent une personne, ou qu’ils tuent un animal de compagnie ou du bétail qu’ils ont identifié à tort comme du gibier. Il est possible dans certaines circonstances de faire de votre propriété un «refuge de chasse», ce qui signifie que les chasseurs ne sont pas autorisés à y chasser. En effet…


En hoe je jezelf en je dieren kunt beschermen … of niet

Zoals iedereen, die in Frankrijk op het platteland woont weet, kunnen jagers een groot probleem zijn voor ons, medebewoners. …


L’histoire d’une horreur quotidienne

C’est une intrigue classique et banale pour un film ou un livre catastrophe: un chercheur innocent fait une erreur et un fléau dangereux qui menace l’humanité se déchaîne. Que faudrait-il pour que cela puisse arriver dans la vraie vie?

Comme ce n’est pas une erreur délibérée, excluons le génie génétique: couper et épisser des gènes. …


And how to protect yourself and your animals… a bit

As anyone who lives in the countryside in France knows, hunters can be a big problem. Barely a week goes by during the hunting season without a news report of them killing or wounding someone, or of them killing a pet or some livestock which they misidentified as a game animal.

It is possible under certain circumstances to make your property a “refuge de chasse” which means that hunters are not allowed to hunt there. Effectively you give your hunting rights to an association for the protection of animals such as ASPAS (L’Association pour la protection des animaux sauvages) or…


Where life imitates art.

It’s a classic, cliched plot for a disaster movie or book: an innocent researcher makes a mistake and a dangerous plague which threatens humanity is unleashed. Is there a way that that could happen in real life? What would it take?

As it’s not a deliberate mistake, let’s rule out genetic engineering: cutting and splicing genes. So the most probable way that such a disaster could unfold is if the researcher unwittingly makes an existing disease more dangerous. …


Anti-Vegan Propaganda

If you’ve ever tried to argue with climate change deniers, anti-vaxers, chem-trail believers and their ilk, you will have noticed that they tend to dismiss mainstream science. Funnily enough as soon as there is any mainstream scientific research that appears to support their position, they make a big noise about it and wave it around triumphantly.

You can also see similar behavior with non-veggies (I am using this as a shorthand for non-egetarian/vegan)…

This research paper “Vegetarian diets and depressive symptoms among men”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032716323916

was published online in July 2017. It didn’t take long for the press to…


Be a five, keep ’em alive! If you’re a four you can do more!

As our societies have developed we move through five stages of nutrition.*

Stage one is the one that is often called the hunter gatherer stage and which is characterised by collecting food: it leads to a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fats.

Next comes stage two: early agriculture where famine is common, then stage three: receding famine as incomes grow. As incomes rise society transitions to stage four which is characterised by an abundance of (unhealthy) food such as oils, fats, sugars and animal products and their associated non-communicative degenerative diseases: diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer…


The Veggies are winning!

You may occasionally see some figures showing the percentage of the population that is vegetarian or vegan and think that it’s not a very big proportion. It might not be a big percentage, but it’s very significant, because it’s growing and that means that the meat industry is in dire straits.

Forget about those heart-warming stories of the little farmer who loves his livestock to (their) death. The meat industry is mainly large corporations run by steely eyed technicians who are only focussed on making as much money as possible. …


Climate Change Deniers

One reason to be anti-speciesist is because of the contribution that raising livestock has towards climate change. However if you mention it then, even today, you might find that you get a reply from someone who denies that climate change is happening…

The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up in 1988 with the task of giving an objective view of climate change and its consequences. It looks at the scientific evidence and produces assessment reports approximately every 5 years. It also publishes special reports on relevant subjects.

The latest assessment report was published in 2013/4…


Anti-speciesism and climate change

There’s a nifty little tool that enables you to see the effects of various actions on climate change. It’s called the Global Calculator and it’s available on-line here: http://tool.globalcalculator.org/

It’s probably a good idea to open it in another tab now, so that you can see more clearly what I’m talking about…

After the introductory page you are presented with the “business as usual” (BAU) scenario: that’s the one where we blithely destroy the environment by carrying on the way we are at the moment. There’s an icon of a thermometer and if you hover over it with your mouse…

Nigel Franks

Animal rights and environment: not a terrorist nor an extremist

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