The following are links to recent articles in the Independent Newspaper
The great animal rights betrayal - Independent Saturday,13th November 2010
Government scraps protection for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep - and circus animals
Millions of hens will have their beaks mutilated; game birds will remain in cages; pigs, sheep and cows in abattoirs will lose crucial protection from abuse; badgers will be culled and lions, tigers and other wild animals will continue to perform in the big top.
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Outcry after loss of measures to protect animals is revealed
- Independent Monday, 15 November 2010
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Campaigners pledged to step up the fight for animal welfare yesterday after The Independent highlighted the way in which the Coalition has scrapped or stalled a series of initiatives since taking power.
In an outpouring of public anger, thousands of readers recommended and Tweeted our front-page article, "The great animal rights betrayal". It disclosed how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has overturned bans on caging game birds and beak-trimming, halted prosecutions of abattoirs, proposed badger-culling to eradicate bovine TB, and made no decision on Labour's proposed ban on wild animals in circuses.
Defra said the story was unfair.
Peter Stevenson: Coalition stance on industrial dairy farms will see cows suffer
Comment - Independent Saturday, 13 November 2010
The Conservatives, the dominant members of the Coalition Government, are traditionally the farmers' friend yet it would be unfair to accuse them of being any worse than Labour on the welfare of farm animals.
There have been positive measures and there have been black marks but they are certainly no worse than the last government and are better than we expected