The World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, BC now need help to be able to take good care for these wonderful birds!

A Congo African Grey Parrot in World Parrot Re...
A Congo African Grey Parrot in World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Hi, This is a message from Wendy from the World Parrot Refuge, in Coombs , BC

  Please pass on to others – would be much appreciated

Thanks so much


A Home For Life

This doesn’t sound like much if you say it fast, but it really means a lot to a living being that is on the pet go around.  When you live for up to 75 years that can be a lot of homes and a lot of times hearing “Good-Bye”.

 Parrots are like people, they are family oriented.  In their natural environment they would spend every day of their lives with their extended families. When they are made to be pets they accept people as their family – and when lives change they get sold or given away to another family.  That is hard for people, can you imagine how difficult it is for a parrot who does not even speak your language.

For 20 years we have been providing a Home For Life for all the parrots that are surrendered to us.  These beautiful birds meet other birds and form a natural flock.  They get to fly whenever they want to, and they are never ever alone.  We want to do this for another 20 years and another 20 after that, however this does cost a lot of money.  We always explain to people that it costs an average of $500 per year to care for a parrot here – regardless of the size or species of parrot.  So far this year we have received 103 parrots.   73 of these birds were welcomed even though they came in with no funding whatsoever.  11 of them came in with a token donation that would be lost in the cost of a lunch for 4 people.  This means that 80% of the incoming birds this year alone, were left to us to find the means to support them. During the 20 years we have been caring for these parrots we have seen the donations shrink dramatically, directly related to the global financial situation.  In fact many birds have come in because people cannot afford to keep them any longer. They come in from all over Canada .

We have the most caring staff who work here for minimum wage and the love of the birds they are able to help.  But they do have to be paid.  We also have to pay for food for the birds and of course Hydro.  We can no longer do this alone.  We do need your help.  If only we could get one dollar from every British Columbian each year, we could continue to provide the best life ever for these parrots. What is a dollar, it doesn’t do much on its own, it doesn’t even buy a coffee.  But collectively from you, your family and friends it can make a world of difference for those who are unable to make money themselves.

The World Parrot Refuge is the only sanctuary of its kind in the world.  And it is here in BC. And it received the prestigious International Award for Compassion.  The only thing missing – is your help.

Please check out and see how much has been achieved by a few people who really care and who truly have Made a Difference.

Chelyabinsk asteroid measured 12,000 tonnes

Chelyabinsk asteroid measured 12,000 tonnes

by Staff Writers Paris (AFP) Nov 06, 2013 The asteroid that smashed into the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk initially measured 19 metres (61 feet) across, packing the energy of dozens of Hiroshima bombs, a study said on Wednesday.

Scientists in the Czech Republic and Canada analysed video and audio footage and fragments recovered from the dramatic incident on February 15.

They estimated the asteroid had probably once been part of the same, massive celestial object as a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) behemoth called 86039 — a nasty “geocruiser” first spotted in 1999 that regularly comes close to Earth’s orbit.

On entering Earth’s atmosphere, the asteroid weighed 12,000 tonnes, a mass translating into the energy equivalent of 500,000 tonnes of TNT, according to the paper in the journal Nature.

This is roughly equivalent to between 27 and 41 times the explosive yield of the first atomic bomb, used on Hiroshima in 1945.

“The asteroid broke into small pieces between the altitudes of around 45 and 30 kilometres (28 and 18 miles), preventing more serious damage on the ground,” says the study.

“The total mass of surviving fragments larger than 100 grammes (3.5 ounces) was lower than expected.”

Previous estimates have put the object at 17 metres (56 feet) across and a mass of around 10,000 tonnes.

About 1,200 people were hurt by the shockwave, which blew out windows and damaged buildings across five Russian regions.

According to an Internet survey published in the US journal Science, 25 people who were outside at the time said they received sunburns from the ultraviolet light released by the meteor.

The study also says the object was a so-called LL chondrite type of rock, which is believed to constitute a minority in the asteroid belt.

It is of the same type as the asteroid Itokawa, samples of which were collected by the Japanese mission Hayabusa.

In a separate study also published by Nature, a team led by University of Western Ontario researcher Peter Brown carried out a survey of big airbursts by meteors.

The number of big asteroids could be “an order of magnitude” — tenfold — higher than estimated by telescopic observation of the space around Earth, it said.

Okanagan horse slaughter plant open for business

WATCH: Okanagan horse slaughter plant open for business

By Rob Buffam  Global News

Westwold – A canoe resident is organizing protest of horse slaughter at a newly opened plant in Westwold — KML Meat Processors Ltd.

An employee of KML Processors tells Global that they have slaughtered between 70 and 80 horses since they opened the plant on August 19th.

The horses come from two feed lots in Manitoba and are large, draft horses.

The processed meat is sent exclusively to Japan for sale.

The plant currently only has a license to slaughter horses, but hopes to obtain a license to process cattle as well.

KML is one of only several licensed horse slaughter plants in Canada.

The protest is taking place this Saturday, with participants gathering at the Westwold Elementary School.

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INTERCONTINENTAL CRY No Home on the Range: Indigenous resistance to the Air Weapons Range

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English: Monument to aboriginal war veterans in Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cold Lake is a large lake in Northern Alberta ...
Cold Lake is a large lake in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


No Home on the Range: Indigenous resistance to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range

BEAUVAL, SASKATCHEWAN—On a clear day in northwestern Saskatchewan, the jets are visible on the horizon. Flying in formation, they veer west and drop down below the boreal forest treeline and over a vast weapons range before landing back at the military base.

The Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) was established on traditional Dene and Cree lands 60 years ago. Today, Indigenous land defenders are taking action to get the territory back.

Spanning 11,700 square kilometres along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, the CLAWR—also known as the Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range—covers an area larger than Lebanon or Jamaica. Indigenous inhabitants and land users were evicted when the range was established in 1953, during the Cold War. Canada’s only tactical bombing range, the CLAWR is also now home to oil and gas extraction activities and an Enbridge pipeline.

For decades, bomb and missile target practice has taken place on lands held sacred by Indigenous locals. “My great-great-great-grandfather is buried there on a point on that lake where they bomb,” Brian Grandbois of the Cold Lake First Nation told The Dominion.

Captain Jean-François Lambert, a media spokesperson from Air Force Public Affairs, of the Department of National Defence, alleged in an email to The Dominion that “gravesites identified on the range have had fencing erected around them, and all elements of the natural habitat surrounding them have remained undisturbed.” Grandbois tried to bring the issue of gravesites bombing to the attention of NATO, whose member nations conduct international air force training exercises at the CLAWR on an annual basis, but received no response.

Outside the northeast reaches of the CLAWR lies the Buffalo River Dene Nation, whose members elected Lance Byhette as band council chief in March 2013. Byhette pulls no punches when it comes to his position on the air weapons range.

“We’ve waited long enough,” he told The Dominion. Two members of his community were charged in 1994 for hunting and trespassing inside the CLAWR. Despite an initial court victory, the hunters eventually lost their case. A new class-action lawsuit against the federal government is in the works. But Buffalo River Dene Nation members aren’t limiting their actions to the courtroom. “After having several meetings with people that got charged and community meetings, we’ve decided to take back the territory,” said Byhette in a telephone interview.

In April 2013, people got together to defy the military restrictions and began making trips into the northeastern part of the CLAWR. They began preparations to build cabins, openly engaging in traditional land use activities and actively asserting their rights to their territory. Using the group name BRDN–Keepers of the Land, Buffalo River Dene Nation members, along with residents of nearby hamlets St. George’s Hill and Michel Village, are forging ahead with activities focused on reclaiming their land.

“We cut a trail to the air weapons range and we did take some lumber over there in the winter, while there was still snow on the ground. We took a contingent of approximately 17 to 20 people—well, in total, 30 people that were involved with the transportation and stuff like that—and we took skidoos out there, we recut the line, we made a trail, and we’ve delivered all of the housing material to Watapi Lake, which resides—supposedly—in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range border,” said Byhette.

The Department of National Defence considers the actions trespassing. “The danger posed by the dropping of weapons has not abated,” wrote Lambert. “Unauthorized access by anyone to the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, is deemed trespassing, and can be extremely dangerous due to past or current range operations.”

The CLAWR encompasses Treaty 6, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10 lands—traditional hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering territory for several surrounding Dene and Cree First Nations, as well as nearby Métis communities. Questions, meetings and claims gained momentum in the 1970s, after the initial 20-year lease agreement signed in 1953 by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan quietly expired.

Over the next three decades, a spate of claims filed through the Indian Claims Commission, negotiations and inquiries took place. Canoe Lake First Nation settled in 1995. Cold Lake First Nation settled for $25 million in 2001. And in 2004, four Métis communities to the east of the CLAWR accepted $19.5 million total, paid out over five years, from the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada. But Byhette insists Buffalo River Dene Nation doesn’t plan to settle. “We’re not looking for compensation,” he said.

Not everyone in the surrounding Métis communities and First Nations was happy with the deals signed on their behalf by elected leadership, ceding historic claims to CLAWR lands in exchange for money. Grandbois, whose ancestor’s grave is a target in air weapons testing, and other Cold Lake First Nation members, including elders, were outspoken opponents of the impending deal within the community back in 2001.

“I remember it very well because I was fighting against it, and on October 16, 2001, my late mother was in the hospital in Edmonton, passing away from leukemia, and the Chief and Council from Cold Lake went to visit her in the hospital when I was there. And later that day I found out that they were signing away the air weapons range deal. That’s why they were all in Edmonton,” said Grandbois, a long-time land defender, in an interview with The Dominion. A rise in oil company activity on the air weapons range began not long after, he said. “They waited for the signing for Cold Lake, and then the corporate machine started rolling.”

People have known for decades that the CLAWR overlaps with the Cold Lake tar sands deposits and other hydrocarbon resources. The Alberta government was studying oil sands deposits in the northwest corner of the CLAWR back in the mid-1970s, concluding that there was potential for heavy oil and gas projects in the area. Grandbois recalls that he and others had no idea that an explosion of oil development would almost immediately follow the Cold Lake First Nation’s deal.

Husky Energy, Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Limited now have tar sands and heavy oil projects within the CLAWR, and Enbridge is twinning its Athabasca oil pipeline, which runs right through the range.

But because of the lack of public access and the secrecy surrounding the military installations, few people have been aware of any accidents or spills related to oil development in the range. On June 25, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) launched a new incident-reporting tool to provide public information regarding pipeline and energy-related incidents on its website. Two days later, on June 27, 2013, the AER reported that bitumen had been leaking at one of the tar sands extraction projects inside the CLAWR.

“If there was a spill in there just recently, that’s the first time I hear of it like that,” said Grandbois, when asked about the leak. He spoke to The Dominion during a short break from packing up his camping gear at a Denesuline gathering at Palmbere Lake at the end of June 2013.

Less than a month later, the AER issued a news release, ordering the suspension of Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s operations within one kilometre of the June 2013 spill and placing restrictions on operations throughout the company’s Primrose North and South operations. This suspension was not the first time this year the provincial regulator had imposed restrictions on the Calgary-based resource company due to spills. “Earlier this year, as a result of three releases of bitumen emulsion to surface, the AER ordered the suspension of steaming operations within the Primrose East section of the project area,” reads the July 18, 2013 news release.

“To clarify, we have always reported on all incidents under the former Energy Resources Conservation Board, but in annual publications,” AER Public Affairs spokesperson Bob Curran wrote in an email to The Dominion. “However, the three incidents that occurred in late May and early June would have been captured in the new online reporting protocol.” There was also an incident in January 2009, wrote Curran.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited issued a press release on July 31, 2013, providing an update on the status of its operations. “The four locations initially impacted at Primrose covered an area of 20.7 hectares,” reads the company statement. Sixteen birds, seven mammals and 38 amphibians have been found dead. More than one million litres of bitumen emulsion have been recovered, according to the press release, but it continues to seep up to the surface at a rate of approximately 3,000 litres per day.

Cold Lake First Nation elder Sam Minoose has seen many of the impacts of military and industrial pollution for himself, but he still hunts moose in the CLAWR when he can. Cold Lake First Nation members are permitted to hunt inside the CLAWR on weekends, from Friday at 6:00 pm until Sunday at 6:00 pm, unless there are military activities going on. With oil development picking up in areas surrounding the CLAWR as well, there is almost nowhere left to pursue traditional hunting and gathering activities.

“When I was on Council in 1990–1994, I went to Ottawa and requested the government to establish some kind of Land Commissioner so they could interview our People regarding that bombing range area, ’cause we wanted—we wanted our territory back,” Minoose, a former Cold Lake First Nation band councillor, told The Dominion. Minoose said that, since the Cold Lake First Nation’s settlement in October 2001, oil companies have pretty much been running the show.

Over on the eastern side, plans for more trips and activities inside the CLAWR are underway. “We’ll see what happens in the near future, but we’re not gonna back down,” said Buffalo River Dene Nation Chief Byhette. “It’s time to take back our territory.”

Read a backgrounder with a chronology of tar sands spills inside the CLAWR here.

Sandra Cuffe is a vagabond freelance journalist currently based up in northern Saskatchewan.

This article was originally published at The Dominion / Media Coop

Road Blockades and Megaloads: Nez Perce Urge the U.S. forest Service to Exercise its Authority

Nez Perce Indian, Washington
Nez Perce Indian, Washington (Photo credit: UW Digital Collections)

Road Blockades and Megaloads: Nez Perce Urge the U.S. Forest Service to Exercise its Authority

By Curtis Kline • Aug 8, 2013 • No Comments
The chairman of the Nez Perce Nation and 18 other members of a human chain were arrested along Highway 12 in Idaho this Tuesday. The chain was comprised of more than 250 activists of the Nez Perce Nation, Idle No More, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide who came together in opposition to the 200-ton megaload shipments by Omega Morgan, with equipment heading to the oil sands in Alberta Canada. The tribal members and environmental activists stretched across the highway at the border of the Nez Perce reservation in northern Idaho.

Oregon-based shipper Omega Morgan decided to move the so-called “megaload” through a protected area of Idaho over objections from the U.S. Forest Service. The controversy over “megaloads” on Idaho’s Highway 12 first ignited three years ago when ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil sought permits to use the route for refinery equipment. It’s seen as a prime passageway through the mountains between the West Coast and Alberta’s oil sands. …

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Megathrust Earthquake Strikes The North West Coast …

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Megathrust Earthquake Strikes The North American West Coast — When Will The Inevitable Happen?

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 10:44 PM PDT

When will the next megathrust earthquake strike the Pacific coast of North America? It’s an important question for those living in the region, and also more generally for the governments and economies of the United States and Canada, but it is a difficult one to answer. But now, new research may finally be helping to bring some clarity to this subject — the first truly comprehensive and well-dated record of earthquake history along the southern coast of British Colombia.

Image Credit: Dan Anthon, Royal Roads UniversityImage Credit: Dan Anthon, Royal Roads University

Such a record gives us a much more accurate understanding of the size and frequency of large earthquakes — especially megathrust earthquakes — along the Pacific coast of North America. The new work was done by utilizing a new high-resolution age model to identify and date the “disturbed sedimentary layers in a 40-meter marine sediment core raised from Effingham Inlet. The disturbances appear to have been caused by large and megathrust earthquakes that have occurred over the past 11,000 years.”


Dr Audrey Dallimore, Associate Professor at Royal Roads University, and a study co-author, explains: “Some BC coastal fjords preserve annually layered organic sediments going back all the way to deglacial times. In Effingham Inlet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, these sediments reveal disturbances we interpret were caused by earthquakes. With our very detailed age model that includes 68 radiocarbon dates and the Mazama Ash deposit (a volcanic eruption that took place 6800 yrs ago); we have identified 22 earthquake shaking events over the last 11,000 years, giving an estimate of a recurrence interval for large and megathrust earthquakes of about 500 years. However, it appears that the time between major shaking events can stretch up to about a 1,000 years.”

“The last megathrust earthquake originating from the Cascadia subduction zone occurred in 1700 AD. Therefore, we are now in the risk zone of another earthquake. Even though it could be tomorrow or perhaps even centuries before it occurs, paleoseismic studies such as this one can help us understand the nature and frequency of rupture along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and help Canadian coastal communities to improve their hazard assessments and emergency preparedness plans.”

“This exceptionally well-dated paleoseismic study by Enkin et al., involved a multi-disciplinary team of Canadian university and federal government scientists, and a core from the 2002 international drill program Marges Ouest Nord Américaines (MONA) campaign,” says Dr. Olav Lian, an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and Director of the university’s Luminescence Dating Laboratory. “It gives us our first glimpse back in geologic time, of the recurrence interval of large and megathrust earthquakes impacting the vulnerable BC outer coastline. It also supports paleoseismic data found in offshore marine sediment cores along the US portion of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, recently released in an important United States Geological Survey (USGS) paleoseismic study by a team of researchers led by Dr. Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University.”

Additionally, the Effingham Inlet site has provided further information on the climate of the time period when these earthquakes occurred — providing data that is of great use in other fields.

As a side note — the Cascadia Earthquake of 1700 is well accounted for by oral traditions passed down by the American Indian tribes which lived in the area.

“They had practically no way or time to try to save themselves. I think it was at nighttime that the land shook. … I think a big wave smashed into the beach. The Pachena Bay people were lost. … But they who lived at ‘House-Up-Against-Hill’ the wave did not reach because they were on high ground. … Because of that they came out alive. They did not drift out to sea with the others.”

The new research was published in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Megathrust Earthquake Strikes The North American West Coast — When Will The Inevitable Happen? was originally posted on: PlanetSave

Russia plans urgent evacuation of arctic post as ice melts: RAWSTORY

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English: Arctic Ocean, submarine features Français : Bathymétrie de l’océan arctique (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday.

Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi set a three-day deadline to draft a plan to evacuate the North Pole-40 floating research station.

“The destruction of the ice has put at risk the station’s further work and life of its staff,” the ministry said in a statement.

The station is currently home to 16 personnel including oceanologists, meteorologists, engineers and a doctor.

It conducts meteorological research, monitors environmental pollution and conducts a number of tests.

If the situation is not addressed, it may also result in the loss of equipment and contaminate the environment near Canada’s economic zone where the station is currently located, the ministry added.

The floating research laboratory will be relocated to Bolshevik Island in the Russian Arctic with the help of an ice-breaker.

“The ice floe has crumbled into six pieces,” said Arkady Soshnikov, spokesman for the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

“The people are not at risk but it is not possible to work in these conditions. The ice may disintegrate so a decision has been taken to evacuate” the station, he told AFP.

The station was located at 81 degrees North and 135 degrees West as of early morning Wednesday.

Scientists point to increasing signs of global warming in the Arctic, which is being significantly affected by climate change.

The UN weather agency said this month that the Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record pace in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record.

Vladimir Sokolov, who oversees the floating station at the Saint Petersburg-based Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, said the ice was disintegrating due to climate change.

“This has made the Arctic research significantly harder — the ice has become thinner and the weather conditions more difficult,” he told AFP.

He said it was important to continue studying the Arctic.

“The Arctic Ocean, just like the Antarctic, is the ‘refrigerator’ of the Earth. It significantly affects the climate of our planet.”

“If this ‘refrigerator’ has a glitch and we do not know about it, it leads to mistakes in forecasts and affects the quality of decision-making on entire territories.”

Russia, which has always prided itself on its exploration of the energy-rich region, established the first floating station, the North Pole-1, in 1937.

Funding for floating stations dried up after the collapse of the Soviet Union but resumed under strongman Vladimir Putin who has said Russia intends to expand its presence in the Arctic.

The first floating Arctic station of post-Soviet Russia, the North Pole-32, was put together in 2003. The crew of that station had to be rescued when the ice floe beneath it broke up in 2004.

At a meeting with the crew of the rescued North Pole-32 station, President Putin stressed the importance of the Arctic research.

“For us, for such a northern country like Russia communications in the North are very important both economically and militarily,” Putin said in 2004.

Russia alarmed its Arctic neighbours, including Canada and Norway, when it planted a flag on the ocean floor under the North Pole in 2007 in a symbolic staking of its claim over the region.

The five Arctic nations that also include Denmark and the United States are locked in a tight race to gather evidence to support their claims amid reports that global warming could leave the region ice-free by 2030.

British water supplier Severn Trent faces possible bid

British water supplier Severn Trent faces possible bid by Staff Writers London (AFP) May 14, 2013

British water supplier Severn Trent said on Tuesday it had been approached by a consortium including Canadian and Kuwaiti investment companies regarding a possible bid, sending its share price surging.

“The board of Severn Trent announces that it has received an approach with a view to making a proposal from a consortium made up of (Canadian group) Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., the Kuwait Investment Office and (British pension fund) Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited,” said a statement.

“This may or may not lead to an offer being made for Severn Trent,” it added.

Severn Trent’s share price rocketed 14.68 percent to trade at 2,093 pence in morning deals, easily topping London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index, which was trading 0.19-percent lower.

Petition for Horses, against Cruelty


Liebe TierschutzKollegInnen,                                        

ich lege Euch heute meine Petition vor,
die ich für Pferde erstellt habe.
Bitte, signiert die Petition und gebt
sie weiter.
Ich habe mein ganzes Herz in diese
Petition gelegt, weil ich es nicht
aushalten will, was brutale Tierquäler
– theoretisch und praktisch – unseren
Pferden antun.
Die Täter warten nur darauf, dass wir
müde werden und aufgeben.
Das dürfen wir nicht!
LG Annamaria

Video At British Abattoir: Barbaric Inhumane Horse Slaughter


Barbaric Inhumane Horse Slaughter Video At British Abattoir


Just when I have thought I saw it all something else turns up horrific and barbaric. Horse slaughter is inhumane and should be against the law. The video I saw yesterday about horses being slaughtered at Red Lion Abattoir, in Cheshire.

How they are treating these horses destined for death is appalling and despicable. My heart stopped as I was watching the video.

Now if we stop and think about how the horses were treated inhumanely while being slaughtered at the Red Lion Abattoir, in Cheshire just think about what is happening to our horses here in the United Sates that are being shipped to Canada and Mexico.

I cannot imagine Mexico having any standard or regulations on horse slaughter. Our horses and wild horses are abused and tortured the second they enter the slaughter pipeline.

My heart breaks for these precious horses and what they endure before they die. They definitely are treated horrendous and cruel.

Revulsion over footage from British horse plant


The British Horse Society expressed its shock and revulsion at what it called sickening footage.

“The covert video released by Sky News includes scenes of a grey horse being beaten and groups of animals being stunned simultaneously, something that is completely illegal in Britain. Even more distressingly the film shows a horse apparently returning to consciousness (following stunning) whilst hanging upside down prior to be being bled out,” it said.

Chief executive Lynn Peterson said: “There are absolutely no excuses for what we have seen in this film.

“The treatment of these horses was barbaric, inhumane and frankly a downright disgrace in 21st century Britain. I know that every member of the British Horse Society will be as upset by this as I am and we must do everything we can to ensure this never happens again.

“We must praise the swift action of the Food Standards Agency in revoking the licenses of the slaughtermen involved but this cannot be the end of the matter. It is clear tighter regulation of abattoirs is required and we would support the compulsory installation of CCTV in all such premises.”