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Celebs Lucy Watson, Dame Judi Dench & Peter Egan Call For End Of South Korean Dog Meat Trade



Celebs Lucy Watson, Dame Judi Dench & Peter Egan Call For End Of South Korean Dog Meat Trade

HSI Campaigners joined by Made In Chelsea star, Lucy Watson.

As MPs prepare today to debate South Korea’s factory farming of dogs for human consumption, celebrities and dog experts urge the British Government to use diplomatic influence to help close the estimated 17,000 factory farms where up to 3 million dogs are bred in filthy, deprived conditions until they are killed by electrocution, hanging or beating.

This morning outside Parliament, Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson and her dog Digby joined campaigners from Humane Society International who were dressed as dogs in a cage the same size as those used on many of South Korea’ intensive dog meat farms. Humane Society International is the leading global animal charity working in South Korea to expose the cruelty, close down dog farms and rescue dogs as part of a long-term strategy to achieve a government-led phase-out of the industry.

Actors Dame Judi Dench, Peter Egan and Jenny Seagrove, author Jilly Cooper, veterinarians Marc Abraham and Bruce Fogle, as well as dog behaviourist Victoria Stilwell, signed a letter organised by HSI urging Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take decisive action. They wrote:

“This debate is a vital chance for MPs to discuss measures to stop the uniquely cruel intensive farming of up to 3 million dogs each year in South Korea, who are raised and killed largely to be made into a supposed ‘health’ soup – boshintang… In recent months, draft amendments have been submitted to South Korea’s Animal Protection Act that offer a real opportunity to move towards an end to the dog meat trade. We urge the UK government to vigorously encourage such legislative reforms, as well as to offer insights into the successful government-orchestrated phase-out of fur farms in the UK that offers a template for reform that South Korea could follow.”

In recent months, draft amendments have been submitted to South Korea’s Animal Protection Act that offer a real opportunity to move towards an end to the dog meat trade

Humane Society International has worked in South Korea for more than two years, permanently shutting down five dog farms so far and rescuing more than 500 dogs into new families in the USA and Canada. The charity is currently fundraising to shut down a sixth farm with more than 100 dogs in the same area of South Korea where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK, said: “Our dog farm closures reveal the horrifying truth about these places – dogs confined in tiny, barren cages, exposed to the bitter cold winters or the intensely hot summers, many exhibiting classic stereotypical behaviour of animals struggling to cope. Their lives are monotonous and deprived, their deaths often protracted and brutal, with all this suffering simply for a meat delicacy that is eaten rarely by most South Koreans.

“Britain prides itself on being world leaders in animal welfare, so we’re asking the Government to make that reputation genuinely mean something for these dogs. With more and more politicians and citizens in South Korea speaking out against the dog meat trade, now is the time for Britain to add its support.”

Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dogs, and the practice is declining fastest amongst the younger generations as they become aware of the cruelty involved. Most of the dogs bred throughout the year are killed for the ‘Bok Nal’ days of summer, considered the hottest days in July and August when traditionally dog meat ‘boshintang’ soup is eaten in the misguided belief that it cools the blood.

HSI’s Claire Bass said: “Dog meat is not a mainstream everyday food in South Korea, and many dog meat traders and restaurants reported declines in sales during this year’s Bok Nal, as more and more people turn away from this supposed ‘delicacy’. Younger South Koreans know that culture is never an excuse for cruelty, and dog meat soup belongs in the culinary history books.”

Last November, then Foreign Minister James Duddridge pledged British Government action on Asia’s dog meat trade, following Parliament’s first debate on the issue. But the unique situation in South Korea – the only country in Asia to exclusively factory-farm dogs for meat rather than steal pets and strays from the street – was not robustly debated. Today’s Westminster Hall debate was initiated by a petition on the government’s e-petition site, and will address South Korea specifically.

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How To Make The Shipping Industry Greener




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Each and every year more damage is done to our planet. When businesses are arranging pallet delivery or any other kind of shipping, the environment usually isn’t their number one concern. However, there’s an increasing pressure for the shipping industry to go greener, particularly as our oceans are filling with plastic and climate change is occurring. Fortunately, there’s plenty of technology out there to help with this. Here’s how the freight industry is going greener.

Make Ship Scrapping Cleaner

There are approximately 51,400 merchant ships trading around the world at the moment. Although the act of transporting tonnes of cargo across the ocean every year is very damaging to the environment, the scrapping of container ships is also very harmful. Large container ships contain asbestos, heavy metals and oils which are toxic to both people and the environment during demolition. The EU has regulations in place which ensure that all European ships are disposed of in an appropriate manner at licenced yards and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) introduced guidelines to make recycling of ships safe and environmentally friendly back in 2009, but since then only Norway, Congo and France have agreed to the policy. The IMO needs to ensure that more countries are on board with the scheme, especially India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which are some of the worst culprits for scrapping, which may mean enforcing the regulations in the near future.

Reduce Emissions

A single large container ship can produce the same amount of emissions as 50 million cars, making international shipping one of the major contributors towards global warming. Stricter emissions regulations are needed to reduce the amount of emissions entering our atmosphere. The sulphur content within ship fuel is largely responsible for the amount of emissions being produced; studies have shown that a reduction in the sulphur content in fuel oil from 35,000 p.p.m to 1,000 p.p.m could reduce the SOx emissions by as much as 97%! The IMO has already begun to ensure that ships with the Emission Control Areas of the globe, such as the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel, are using this lower sulphur content fuel, but it needs to be enforced around the world to make a significant difference.

As it’s not currently practical or possible to completely phase-out heavy, conventional fuels around the world, a sulphur scrubber system can be added to the exhaust system of ships to help reduce the amount of sulphur being emitted.

Better Port Management

As more and more ships are travelling around the world, congestion and large volumes of cargo can leave ports in developing countries overwhelmed. Rapidly expanding ports can be very damaging to the surrounding environment, take Shenzhen for example, it’s a collection of some of the busiest ports in China and there has been a 75% reduction in the number of mangroves along the coastline. Destroying valuable ecosystems has a knock-on effect on the rest of the country’s wildlife. Port authorities need to take responsibility for the environmental impact of construction and ensure that further expansion is carried out sustainably.

Some have suggested that instead of expansion, improved port management is needed. If port authorities can work with transport-planning bureaus, they will be able to establish more efficient ways of unloading cargo to reduce the impact on the environment caused by shipping congestion.

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What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?




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A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

modern kitchen designs

This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

classic kitchen designs

With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

shaker kitchen designs

The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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