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Eurotunnel & Brittany Ferry bosses remain silent!

This week and every week through April, May, June & July tens of thousands of day old chicks and ready to hatch eggs will travel from French farms to the UK. In total the number will run into the millions. In 2015 it was 15 million, around half of all the game birds released. The ferry companies have now refused to transport live chicks, but continue to transport eggs (except P&O who to their credit have now said they will not transport either).
Eurotunnel are carrying both chicks and hatching eggs, over a week ago they said they were unaware and would investigate, they’ve had a week and they’ve said nothing except “no comment”.
Perhaps when their bosses start to recieve mail at their homes, it may make them reconsider their tardy attitude. Please for the sake of the millions of birds, write to the bosses in the first instance, or even better go and knock on their doors and ask them face to face why they are continuing to take money from French game farmers, who are raising birds in conditions that would be illegal in the UK.

EUROTUNNEL
Jacques Gounon (Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Group)

28 Avenue de l’Espinette Centrale, 1640 Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgique. (Address in French.)
Middenhutlaan 28, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode, België. (Address in Dutch.)
email: jacques.gounon@eurotunnel.com

 

 

François Gauthey (Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Group)

46 Avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris, France.
tel: +33 (0)1 40 56 91 08

 

 

Michel Boudoussier (Chief Operating Officer)

241 Rue Solférino, 59000 Lille, France.
Pascal Sainson (Chief Operating Officer and Chairperson of Europorte)

577 Route de Verlincthun, 62830 Carly, France
Josephine Willacy (Commercial Director – Eurotunnel)

Whiteways, Stowting, Ashford, Kent.TN25 6BS (house called “whiteways” on the junction of whiteways and Curteis Lane)
Email: jo.willacy@eurotunnel.com

Brittany Ferries (BAI Bretagne Angleterre Irlande S.A.)

President
Jean-Marc Roue
Mez ar Reun, 29250 Plougoulm, Bretagne, France.
08 92 97 72 25

 

Vice-President
Pierre Bihan-Poudec
Kerbreslaouen, 29890 Plounéour Trez, Bretagne, France.
02 98 83 55 82 / 09 61 49 43 41

 

President Director Strategy and Sales Department, Administration, Finance
Christophe Mathieu
4 rue Mouez Ar Mor, 29250 Saint Pol De Leon, Bretagne, France.
02 98 29 10 50 / 09 50 18 85 43

 

Director, Legal Department, Human Resources, Subsidiaries
Corinne Vintner
31 chemin de Saint Guenole, 29660 Carantec, Bretagne, France.
09 52 16 96 75

 

Director, Maritime Operations and Port Operations
Frédéric Pouget
14 rue Jules Haize, 35400 Saint Malo, Bretagne, France.
02 99 82 37 25

 

We are still unsure of the position of DFDS, their executives will be added in the next few days.

 

500,000 fewer game birds available from British game farms.

This Easter Bank Holiday has seen another large release from Heath Hatcheries in Suffolk, 9,000 birds were released, this is on top of 5,000 released from other farms last month. A total now of 14,000 birds.

If the ratio of males to females was 1:8, then 12,250 are female. They will lay 50-60 eggs over the spring/summer season. That’s 612,000-735,000 eggs. If we choose a midway figure that is 673,500 eggs. A game farmer would usually expect to hatch 75% of those eggs.

That’s a total of 505,125 birds that would have been raised and then released onto shooting estates. When people ask if the release of birds from game farms is going to have an impact on the local environment, well yes of course it will, but it is nowhere near the impact that their offspring would have, should they have been produced.

Another question frequently asked on social media is;
How many will survive? The answer to that is simply “very few”.

The game shooting industry has to keep releasing 30-50 million birds a year into the UK  because game birds don’t live for a very long time in the wild, it’s also why game keepers kill every predator they come across to try and keep the numbers of available birds to be shot as high as possible.

This article from the pro shooting organisation GWCT, shows that only 16% of pheasants released on shoots make it to the 1st of February, at that point the shooting season ends and food in feeders is no longer topped up, the birds face the rest of winter without food or water.

Survival of 325 radio-tagged pheasants after release into open-topped pens

It’s also worth bearing in mind that shoots place orders with game farms many many months before purchase, Heath Hatcheries in an expose in 2015 were said to supply “to shoots all over the country”. Imagine if you were one of those shoots relying on thousands of poults to arrive in a few weeks time, you’d now be facing ruin unless you could purchase birds from somewhere else.

The more game farms that are hit, the far greater chance there is of large numbers of shoots going out of business.

Releasing birds from game farms is currently NOT the only method of shutting down hundreds of shoots and preventing birds from being born into the industry. There is also the importation of “hatching eggs” and live chicks into the U.K. from France. Eurotunnel is the last remaining transporter of live chicks, however the vast majority of birds come in as hatching eggs (over 9million in 2015 and we suspect now over 10 million). Please do contact Eurotunnel, DFDS and Brittany Ferries and ask them to take the lead of P&O who no longer transport chicks or hatching eggs. Details here.

The Times reported:

Animal rights activists freed 9,000 pheasants during a raid on a Suffolk game farm as part of a campaign to “dismantle the shooting industry farm by farm, shoot by shoot”.

Members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) who attacked Heath Hatcheries in Mildenhall said that their aim was to put shoots out of business.

The Times revealed on Saturday how millions of day-old game bird chicks were being sent from French battery farms on Eurotunnel trains to bolster British shooting estates after ferry companies refused to carry the birds.

About half of the 30 million pheasants and six million partridges reared on British game farms are imported as day-old chicks or hatching eggs from Europe, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Eurotunnel is the last remaining company transporting day-old game bird chicks from France to the UK.

An ALF spokesman said of the raid on Friday night: “A clear path was made so that the birds headed towards the forest and away from the road. Grain was put down to attract them in that direction. We surveyed the 45 breeding pens for pheasants then removed a panel from each one of these pens, herded the pheasants out into the corridor then further on and out of the farm directly into a wooded area. Each pen contained around 200 birds, making the total around 9,000.

“Shoots put in orders to game farms well in advance each year before the shooting season begins. With game farms being targeted across the country many shoots may well go out of business this year. We will continue to dismantle the shooting industry farm by farm, shoot by shoot, until the end.”

Activists have turned their attention to sporting estates in recent months. About 5,000 pheasants were released in two night raids last month in Cornwall and Wiltshire. Stop the Cull, a badger protection group, has also turned its attention to shooting estates, and released an online map showing game farm locations.

The Countryside Alliance, the pro-hunting campaign group, called the protest “mindless vandalism”. Tim Bonner, its chief executive, said: “This latest attack is completely unacceptable. By releasing birds without making provision for them to adapt to the wild many of them will die as a result of these thoughtless and ignorant acts.

“Rural businesses and livelihoods have enough challenges to contend with without having to deal with intimidation and potential attacks from extremists. Game farmers should not have to live in fear so we advise farmers to increase their security.

“These attacks must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice. This is nothing but mindless vandalism and cruelty dressed up as a political statement.”

Large numbers of the estimated 35 million game birds in the UK are bred on factory farms in conditions that have been banned for chickens. They are released throughout the summer to get them ready for the shooting season, which runs from October to February.

Heath Hatcheries did not respond to requests for comment.

Last month, after the release of birds in Cornwall, a spokesman for the National Farmers’ Union said: “People are quite entitled to their views about game shooting, but this absolutely does not excuse criminal damage and vandalism. This farm was going about its perfectly lawful business and the activities of these activists was completely unjustified.”

Please check out our previous news item, you’ll find a useful map of game farms.

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Pheasant farm breeding stock liberated. UPDATED

UPDATE: **Since first publishing this map the Countryside Alliance have run a campaign to take down a facebook post with a link to the google map, a simple way round this is to share the url for this webpage rather than for the map (which has now been viewed over 14,000 times) We’ve gone from a start of a couple of dozen game farms to now well over 150.
Huge thank you to the now ex industry insider for quite a long list, also thanks to the members of the public and animal rights activists who tipped us off with what they knew, also a special thank you to the researchers who spend hours sifting through websites and companies house searching for these farms.**

On April 2nd this article came out: The English shooting estates that rear 20 million pheasants a year

 

With two game farms having birds liberated in the last few weeks, there was clearly a need for a map to be made so that people could easily find farms in there nearby area or further afield.

The markers coloured in red have battery cages, the green markers are for companies involved in equipment supply to the game farm industry. We suggest you download the KMZ file here, then open up google earth and open it for best view, google earth will also tell you the date the sattelite image was taken.

There are a number of different types of pen/cage used by the pheasant farms.

Firstly we will start with the breeding birds, these are kept in either battery cages where one male and several females are kept together and someone then collects the eggs from the cages. The breeding birds are kept on the farm over the winter, many farms DO NOT have any breeding stock, they buy in day old chicks and rear them.

A good example of the battery cages can be seen at Bettws Hall, one of the countries largest producers of game birds, the rows of white lines are the cages:

Farms that don’t use battery cages use “breeding pens” these are often simply fence panels on the sides with a nylon net over the top as you can see from the Chilmark sattelite image:

If you then look at the liberation of the birds from chilmark you can see that the lower fence panels have been removed/flattened and the net pulled back or cut back to allow a large gap for the pheasants to fly away.

So that’s the breeding birds, their eggs, will then either be shipped direct to a farm or hatched on site and then shipped. The trade in day old chicks is international as we saw when we visited Iain Bothams shoot, he had imported the birds from France.

These day old chicks will go into rearing sheds and for the first few weeks will have heat lamps on and no access to the outside, after a while they will get access to the outside usually via a door that goes onto a pen. You can see the sattelite image of Chargot:

This video of Chargot from the ground gives you some idea:

Typically the day old chicks will start being stocked from mid-May onwards into the rearing pens, they will also typically have “bits” fitted to stop them from fully closing their mouths so that they can’t do damage to each other in their overcrowded pens, they will have no chance of survival if released at a very early age, once they can fly and are going into the pens they will have a greater chance.

From mid to late summer they will be introduced into the large release pens that you may well have seen on shooting estates, they are kept in there until a few weeks before the season, then flushed to guns where many will be shot and some will survive.

To sum up, the vast majority of game farms are only rearing chicks that they have bought in, so many of the markers on this map will currently have no stock, If you zoom in, the type of pens should tell you wether or not they are breeding. BUT many farms move their pens around each year to avoid disease, so it is possible the sattelite photos were taken when the pens were in another location or some were no longer erected for that time of year, the only way to know for sure is to go to the farm and have a look round, viewing from a distance using binoculars or a drone might well be useful.

This Farmers Weekly article is well worth a read to understand how the industry operates.

If you’d like to read more about the recent liberations, Unoffensive Animal have written this piece.

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CPS once again demands that people who are anti hunt MUST resort to their own methods for justice.

If you haven’t heard about the recent case where four hunters attacked saboteurs, you can read about it in the daily mail and watch the video and find out more directly from the sabs here.

So here we are again, with ample video evidence of criminality against well known criminals (3 of the 4 have a string of offences for violence and horse race rigging) getting away with it.

We believe it must be the case that the police, the CPS, magistrates and crown courts do not want to punish people involved in incidents with hunting with hounds. Our only conclusion is that they must want people who are anti hunt to take justice into their own hands, as there are no other options left to us.

Perhaps over time, with enough justice dished out to these vile people, they will start to plead guilty at the first opportunity when facing courts, in the hope that our anger will diminish and they might be left alone.

If you know any other details about the people involved please do email: stopthebadgercull@gmail.com

The details known at this time, use “141” before dialling to withhold your number:

Philip Makin,
18 Church Street, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3PA
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phillip.makin.1
twitter: https://twitter.com/phil_makin_

 

Richard Tierney,
DWCF Woodlands Farm, Snainton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9BA
landline: 01723 859327
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.tierney88

 

Mr R H Robertson Tierney,
DWCF Woodlands Farm, Snainton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9BA
landline: 01723 859327
mobile: 07967 891 365

 

Roger Marley
Church Farm, Ratten Row, Langtoft, Driffield, YO25 3TL

His wife Ruth was part of their earlier criminal conspiracy to rig races:
Ruth’s twitter: https://twitter.com/RuthMarley1

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CRAIGS FARM DAIRY – OSMINGTON, DORSET


Based in Osmington near Weymouth Craigs Farm Dairy boast to be one of the few remaining local free range dairies. Established for over 30 years and supplying milk, butter and ice cream to local homes and many businesses. Their products can be found in many shops for miles around so those who live locally or visit will have seen their products for sale. The farm, East Farm, in Osmington is not their only farm and there is another in Church Knowle called Barnston Farm with Craigs Farm Dairy signage on clear display.

Sadly their free range effect does not extend to the badgers living on their land because they have signed up to the badger cull ! Trap’s have been found on the farm in Osmington and a well decomposed badger was found just outside a sett, the farmers have managed to spend time baiting and setting traps but not to remove the body of a badger that has been there for quite some time. These trap’s were set to kill in a field full of grazing cows and not far from a well used public footpath with some of the most stunning views in Dorset, a dirty little secret nestled on the farm hidden from all those who come to enjoy the local views and walks. Traps were also found on land by Barnston Farm in Church Knowle and these were also set to kill.

In addition to the produce they supply Craigs Farm Dairy have a farm shop and tea room at East Farm in Osmington.

They have a Facebook page which makes for an interesting read, especially a post from April 2017 where they have used a quote which includes the words “ Good farmers conserve wildlife “ if this is the case then the farmers at Craigs Farm Dairy are very bad farmers …. they are certainly not conserving one of the UK’s most iconic species !! Please let them know your thoughts on them being part of the barbaric badger cull either by phone 01305 834 591 or via facebook or website. Buying their products from your local shops, visiting their farm shop or cafe or using businesses that use their products means you are supporting the badger cull !

Their facebook page can be found here …… Caigsfarmdairy

Their website can be found here … http://www.craigsfarmdairy.co.uk

Thirty thousand badgers in new zones NOT targeted, due to direct action.

During the Krebs trials of the late 90’s early 00’s the badger population was usually around 10-12 badgers perKm2. This would mean even without the fabled “badger population explosion” that the pro cull farmers always talk about, that if you wanted to kill 70% of the badger population, you’d need to kill at least 7 badgers in every Km2 of any new cull zone.

When the culls started in 2013, Gloucestershire was trying to kill at least 9.32 badgers perKm2, In Somerset it was 8.1 badger perKm2 had they managed to achieve that and carried on killing at that rate, the amount of badgers based at the lower Somerset population rate, just in new zones this year would be:
5,627 km2 x 8.1 badgers perKm2 =
45,578 badgers minimum to be killed IN JUST THE TEN NEW AREAS. Many tens of thousands more would be added to that for the other ongoing 21 cull zones.

The actual number they are trying to kill this year in the ten new areas is 15,182.

This video tries to explain what happened over the years and shows how year on year as the minimum targets have been widely missed, the following years the targets have been lowered to try and show the culls as “effective”.

You can find all the government data for the culls on this link.

The only thing thats been effective, is our sabotage methods, cullers are scared to go out and cage trappers don’t dare put cages on top of setts as they are too easy for us to find.

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Killing in the strawberry fields.

Fragrant and juicy, there’s something so quintessentially English about strawberries and those long sunny summer days.
Known to be locally grown and available in supermarkets within hours of being picked they have that unmistakable fresh smell and flavour. However a terrible dark side to strawberry production in Staffordshire has been discovered.
Tom and Val Busby originally established soft fruit production at Dearnsdale Farm in Staffordshire. It’s one of many fruit farms owned by the extended Busby family in the wider area.
They focus on growing strawberries in polytunnels. These have proved to be very unpopular with many of their neighbours because of the noise and disturbance generated, in the peace of the countryside, by the wind and rain beating against the plastic sheeting even for long periods when the polytunnels are not in use.
Son Thomas and daughter Claire now oversee the Busby family operation which produces over 1200 tonnes of soft fruit per season. This is to fulfil their main contract with Tesco stores in the region as well as with other Busby clients such as Chatsworth Farm Shop.
Badger protectors have found cage traps in strawberry fields belonging to the Busby’s. The very same type of trap that held the innocent victim who was filmed being brutally shot at point blank range recently.
That blameless badger condemned by cruel ruthless politicians, cruel greedy landowners, the cruel ignorant NFU and cruel lazy farmers. That badger who represents so many thousands of other badgers. That badger who suffered a horrific and lingering death.
Soft fruit is not at risk of bTB nor do the Busby family farm dairy or beef herds alongside their horticultural businesses.
Like us, you may be wondering why established and successful strawberry growing horticulturalists, who supply a major supermarket like Tesco amongst other well known and esteemed outlets, are involved in badger culling?
Why would they be willing to risk their reputation and have the quality of their produce forever questioned for being known as tainted with the blood of innocent badgers?
You can ask them those questions as well as any others you may have here:
01785 780715
You can also ask Tesco why their strawberry supplier is involved in the badger cull and whether Tesco believes this will be acceptable to their customers:
Please make full use of the Freepost address below.
UK customer enquiries
Tesco Customer Services
Freepost SCO2298
Dundee DD1 9NF
Tel: +44 (0) 800 505555
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Badgers in vineyard now safe!

Last night at 10pm we exposed Wodetone Vineyard as being part of the badger cull, today they responded to emails saying that they were no longer involved in the cull.

This is incredible news and proves beyond doubt that the exposing of people involved in the cull, can and does save lives.If you would like to support us, all of our patrons recieve a weekly digest on fridays, you can support us for just $1 a month (about 75p, the patreon site is based in America, we are based in the UK) https://www.patreon.com/stopthecull

On Tue, 9 Oct 2018, 14:14 Mary Riddle, <info@vineyardbandb.co.uk> wrote:

 

As you probably realise we have received a lot of email about our involvement in the badger cull, and we would like to reply to them all with the following.
We were approached last year by local farmers, who told us their cows and livelihoods were suffering due to TB. We have no cows ourselves so it was of no benefit for us to join; however we have known these farmers for many years and trusted their judgment. Of course ignorance is not an excuse and we allowed our land to be included as long as we didn’t have to participate in any way. We attended no meetings and have not been involved in any of the process.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and we now realise this was a mistake. You are correct that we even promoted badgers on our website and that is an oversight that will be corrected. We have spoken to the relevant people and the cull on our land has been stopped and will not happen again in the future either.
yours

Bideford Badger Cull Shooters

the 2 main organisers of the local area cull around Bideford in Devon:
Ross Hedden.
The Barton, Weare Gifford, Bideford, Devon. EX39 4QP
01234 235167
Vimeo video

John.T Bellew, (OLD MILL CLIENT)
Tennacott Farm, Tennacott Lane, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4QD
01237 472526
and below are 2 shooters who also are out in the the area killing badgers.
Mark Gregory Hedden
Park Farm Park Hill Weare Gifford EX39 4QY

uses a John Deer Gattor or he uses an Artificial Insemination van which is owned by the company he works for.

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 Mark Dymond
Hillcrest Road, East – the – Water, Bideford EX39 4DQ
drives a  dark sliver  mitsubishi  L200 truck  reg   WD14 OOU

 

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