ISPCA calls for closure of Donegal fur farm and others

first_imgThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called for the immediate closure of a fur farm in Co Donegal.A calls for an immediate ban on Fur Farming in Ireland welcoming the latest Serbia ban and Veterinary Ireland statementThe ISPCA says it is calling on Minister Michael Creed, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to introduce an immediate ban on fur farming in Ireland and for a #FURFREEIRELAND based on animal welfare, ethical and moral grounds. This includes the closure of a mink farm outside Glenties.A Red C Research poll* carried out in October 2018 showed that 8 out of 10 people in Ireland feel that farming and killing of animals for their fur should be banned.On the 21st December 2018, Veterinary Ireland, the representative body for Irish veterinary surgeons published its policy on fur farming in Ireland and called for an immediate ban.The ISPCA agrees with Veterinary Ireland’s conclusions based on scientific evidence that basic levels of welfare cannot be met for animals on fur farms, even under the European fur industry’s flawed “WelFur Scheme”. The ISPCA also welcomes the ban on fur farming in Luxembourg in 2018 and congratulates Serbia on becoming the latest country to adopt a ban (from 1st January 2019) in line with developments across Europe and globally.ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said “There is overwhelming scientific evidence outlined in the Fur Free Ireland Briefing Document that fur farming is cruel. There are three fur farms in Ireland located in Donegal, Kerry and Laois containing up to 200,000 mink, farmed in tiny, wire mesh battery cages (typically measuring 90x30x45cm) only to suffer a cruel and inhumane death by gassing.“Mink are essentially wild animals and keeping them in small cages in which they are deprived of the ability to express their normal behaviours such as swimming and foraging is not acceptable. Mink are semi-aquatic and highly evolved physiologically to hold their breath, so they are prone to hypoxia meaning they will potentially suffer during gassing”.Andrew added: “It is not acceptable that every year in Ireland, approximately 150,000 of these mink are killed solely for a non-essential fashion item. The ISPCA welcomes the recent statement from Veterinary Ireland recommending an immediate ban on the farming of mink, and other wild animals, and we urge the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay to put an end to this inhumane practice.“In a recent consultation on the government’s future animal welfare strategy, the Department of Agriculture committed to build an animal welfare strategy that would allow Ireland to be recognised for its high animal welfare standards. This cannot be achieved until fur farming is consigned to the history books”. In the past twelve months, Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg adopted legislation to end fur farming and currently Ireland is on the parliamentary agenda along with Poland, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia.The ISPCA urges the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay.ISPCA calls for closure of Donegal fur farm and others was last modified: January 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:banclosuredonegalfarmfurGlentiesISPCAlast_img read more

Discussion: Webified Desktop Apps

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#web Already there’s some great discussion happening regarding Ebrahim Ezzy’s post onRead/WriteWeb entitled WebifiedDesktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps. As I noted in the intro to that post, in some ways Ebrahim’sviews contradict my own.I’m a big fan of the concept of the browser as a ‘lowest common denominator’ platformfor the Web. And there is a lot of innovation happening in the browser space right now –Flock, Opera, Firefox and even IE7 is doing its bit to keep up (although we’re stillwaiting for some truly original knock-yer-socks-off features from IE7). So I like tothink there is plenty more innovation to come in the browser – and imho the WebOS playersare one of the more interesting set of startups using the browser as a platform. I alsolike the technology being delivered by Personalized Start Pages and associated widgets(Pageflakes, Netvibes, et al) and Web Office contenders (Zoho, Zimbra, ThinkFree, etal).Having said that, I do recognize that the browser has its limitations and that Ajaxisn’t the be all and end all of interactive technology. My profileof the upcoming NY Times Reader showed some of the possibilities of a web-enabled desktopapp (or a webified desktop app, to use Ebrahim’s term). Times Reader has richfunctionality, courtesy of Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation technology – butit also relies on the Web to get the NY Times content and to communicate with otherpeople (email a story, for example).Other discussion on Ebrahim’s post:Ryan Stewart: “The best RIAsprovide a layer of abstraction over both the web and the desktop. The Webified desktopapplication, as Ebrahim uses the term, implies installation, which is an old, antiquatedmodel for software delivery.”Tim Bart: “Ipersonally prefer Desktop application over web-based applications, but I appreciate beingable to access to my data from anywhere, and get it synchronised over multipleapplications.”Alex Iskold calls it the“webification” of the desktop and mentions desktop widgets as an example. He notes:“There is no reason why our desktop applications can not be web-aware. An improvement inthis area would drive up our productivity, because switching back and forth between theapplication and the browser is very inefficient.”BuzzSort is firmly in favor of webified desktop apps and dislikes webtops: “It is a great technologicaltrick taking this platform we have within the web browser, one that is restricted in sucha tight way, and make it attempt to mirror your computer desktop. It is however a stepbackwards to a thin client way of working.”Emre Sokullu is in favor of browser-based apps, “except web based operating systems”. He sayssomething that I always point out too: “Connectivitity should not be seen as a drawbackbecause the world is getting more and more connected everyday.”Eric also prefers web apps: “Web applications have a number of advantages not easily duplicatedby desktop applications; sharing, collaboration, platform agnosticism, stability, lowrisk of data loss, accessibility.”John Milan does the numbers on desktop vs browser apps for email.There are othergreat comments to Ebrahim’s post and I encourage you to leave your comment there too.Perhaps the biggest point to make is that it’s not either/or, despite the headline Iwrote for the previous post! There is a place for both webified desktop apps andbrowser-based apps. Indeed the browser is basically just a desktop app at its mostgeneric.The biggest advantage the browser still has though is its ubiquity on computers– and we’ll continue to need common Web platforms, that utilize web standards, for quitesome time yet.UPDATE: We’ve published a poll, for you to tell us which type of app you prefer – desktop or browser-based.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Ireland back themselves to deal with AB de Villiers in World Cup tie

first_imgIreland will face a stern test against South Africa in the Pool B clash on TuesdayIreland will not be altering the way they play to counter the batting threat of South Africa’s AB de Villiers in Tuesday’s Pool B clash in Canberra, skipper William Porterfield said on Monday.De Villiers confirmed his rich vein of form with a devastating 162 from 66 balls against West Indies on Friday, backing up his record 31-ball century against the same opponents in Johannesburg last month.The South Africa captain might be imagined to be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Ireland’s less lively attack on a Manuka Oval track where Chris Gayle smashed 215 for West Indies last week.”It’s no fluke what he’s done. He’s done it a couple of times now over the last six to eight weeks,” Porterfield told a news conference in Canberra.”(But) you don’t have to reinvent the wheel or change how you play against one player. He obviously has a special talent, but you’ve been doing something yourself.”Each bowler has got their own skills. They’ve done it over a number of years. They’ve got to back themselves and back the field that’s been set and how well they want to get hit, and if he hits that over their heads or down their throats, then so be it.”Ireland, who have started their campaign with wins over West Indies and United Arab Emirates, still boast the scorer of the fastest World Cup century in Kevin O’Brien, whose 50-ball ton against England in 2011 set up a famous upset.advertisement”Look, if Kev can go out and repeat what he’s done in the past as well then we’ve got that bit of X-factor ourselves,” Porterfield added.”It’s obviously great to see in the world game. That’s what people want to see.”Porterfield has become something of spokesman for the campaign to prevent the World Cup field being cut from 14 to 10 teams in 2019, so depriving “associate member” nations of their chance to compete alongside the top tier cricketing countries.The Irish skipper welcomed the support of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but said the best way for the so-called minnows to press their case was on the field of play.”There have been a lot of influential people that have come out and spoken from the world of cricket,” he said.”But we’ve got to go out there and plan the performances on the pitch and keep making statements out there, because ultimately that’s what it boils down to.”last_img read more