This is an e-mail I received from the RSPCA this morning:
Tell the government to "back off badgers!"
There are over 300,000 badgers in Great Britain and they are protected by law. But the Government is now considering slaughtering thousands of them.
The problem is that badgers are being blamed for a rise in a disease called bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cows, despite the fact that a whole range of scientific studies show that infected cattle are the main source of infection in other cattle. There is a link with badgers but the latest evidence from the government's long-term badger culling trial is that killing them is very likely to make matters worse.
The government is now consulting the public on whether, and how, badgers should be captured and killed.
Have your say!
If you would like to support our "back off badgers" campaign and have your say, please write a letter to:
The Bovine TB and Badgers Consultation
1a Page Street
Or send an email to: bTB.email@example.com
The government's deadline for responding to their consultation is 10 March 2006.
For more information about badgers and hints on writing your letter, visit www.rspca.org.uk/badgers
Taiwan – 'Pigs of the gods'
In towns and villages across Taiwan preparations are being made to slaughter hundreds of grotesquely overweight pigs which have been cruelly force-fed in a ritual known as 'pigs of the gods'.
The 'pigs of the gods' ritual began as a traditional contest between rival villagers attached to local temples, each dedicated to a particular god. Today, it has grown into a commercially driven industry, with hundreds of pigs being force-fed for up to 18 months. Some pigs reach weights exceeding 900kg – around eight times the normal slaughter weight – and are unable to stand up or move.
Each year, up to 800 pigs are reared in this way and many are slaughtered without the pre-stunning required by law. The fattening and slaughter of the pigs continues all year, but peaks in February when the majority are killed.
How can you help?
Write to President Chen Shui-Bian to urge him to bring this outdated and unnecessary cruel practice to an end:
President Chen Shui-Bian
122 Chungking South Road
For more information, go to the campaigns section at www.rspca.org.uk
Thank you again for your support