Have ferret will travel
FERRETS, cats and dogs will qualify for new
and improved ‘passports’ from January 2012. Britain is to
adopt in full the EU pet movement system which makes it easier and
cheaper for people to travel with their pets while maintaining
controls against the spread of rabies. Microchips inserted in
the animals’ flesh take the place of paper documents.
Pets travelling to and from EU countries, as well as Australia,
Japan and the USA, will only have to wait 21 days after vaccination
instead of 6 months as at present. Blood tests will no longer be
required. Animals coming from ‘unlisted’ countries such as
China and India will not have to undergo compulsory quarantine, but
must be vaccinated against rabies 4 months before travel and be
The Government says that hundreds of thousands of animals have been
moved since the EU scheme was introduced in 2003 without one single
case of rabies being associated with them.
The North West Liberal Democrat Euro-MP, Chris Davies, worked on the ‘Pet
Passports’ legislation when it was first introduced, and said that
it was based on developing practice in Britain with only minor
differences. But he explained that ferrets had presented a
“MEPs were unsure whether to allow ferrets to have a passport
because the results of blood tests weren’t certain in the case of
kittens and ferrets. Eventually we were persuaded that the risks
were so small as to be negligible.
So have ferret, will travel!”
Leave the meter
LANCASHIRE Euro MP Brian
Simpson has added his voice to the growing campaign to crackdown on
"car clocking", the practice of rolling back a car's mileage counter
to deceive buyers. In a letter to leading policy-makers, Mr
Simpson called for the EU to put an end to this practice by looking
at how an innovative not-for-profit system for mileage-tracking is
working in other European countries.
In Belgium and the Netherlands it is compulsory for used cars to be
sold with a "Car Pass", which has seen car clocking reduced
dramatically. The small document costs around £5 and has mileage
readings for the vehicle at various dates in its history, alongside
make, model and chassis number.
Speaking about the letter, Labour's Mr Simpson, who sits as Chair of
the European Parliament's Transport Committee, said:- "A car
retailer can get a vehicle's mileage lowered for just £40 from one
of dozens of online companies and fraudulently increase its value by
hundreds of pounds".
A recent report by The Office of Fair Trading estimates that in the
UK one out of every 39 cars taking an MoT test has had their mileage
altered or "clocked" to show a lower figure, with a cost to car
buyers of more than £500m a year in inflated prices.
"Mileage fraud cannot be allowed to continue. A new system for
the UK, replicating the successful model in other EU countries,
would be good news for cars buyers who are currently being
ripped-off, good news for the many reputable car retailers and good
news for road safety", added Mr Simpson.
At the moment, car shoppers wanting to know more about the mileage
of a used car are forced to search the Government's Directgov
website for a back catalogue of MoT information. Whilst the
website offers a great service, mileage and other key information
must be offered up front by the retailer.
Ladies Charity Night at Skylounge
THE count down is on and
soon our Editor will be a bit lighter as he will be waxed on the
night! Anyway not to put you off going the night will be full of fun
things to see and do, with 2 male strippers, a drag act, male
auction (dates included), and raffle as just a few of the things
going on... This night will be fun for ladies of all ages... The
event is on 22 July 2011 and is a ticket only event. Doors open from
7:30pm with the event running from 8pm to 11pm. then the club opens
as normal, but the Ladies Night will go on in the Skylounge, in
Southport. To get tickets simply call or txt:- 07814218759.
Tickets are just £10 each. All money goes to Sharde Green Maternity
Unit's Baby Beet Appeal.
'EUROPE'S SEXIEST VEGETARIAN' CONTEST FOR 2011
WHAT do Jay McGuiness and
Eliza Doolittle have in common? They are the reigning king and queen
of PETA's wildly popular Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest. But
it's not just famous folk making vegetarianism look so good. People
all over the world are making the compassionate choice to leave meat
off their plates. That's why PETA is once again running a contest
for cuties other than the rich and famous – Europe's Sexiest
"Vegans and vegetarians care about animals and the future of
our planet, and they feel better and look better – and that makes
them sexier. After all, who wouldn't want to cuddle with someone who
radiates both passion and compassion?", says PETA's Abi
Why are more people going vegetarian? For one thing, vegetarians
are, on average, fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are, so the
best thing that people can do to be buff and beautiful is to dump
meat from their diets. Also, the consumption of meat and other
animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease,
diabetes and cancer. Going vegetarian is good for the planet as
well: a recent UN study concluded that a global shift towards a
vegetarian diet is required to reduce the worst effects of climate
change. And, of course, meat is murder on animals.
Entrants must reside in Europe, be vegan or vegetarian and be at
least 18 years old. After the entry round ends on 12 August, PETA
staff will choose eight male and eight female finalists. The
finalists' photos and bios will be posted on PETA.org.uk. People can
vote for their favourite contestants before PETA chooses two winners
– one male and one female – based on their popularity with voters,
their commitment to the animal cause, and of course, how hot they
are! Winners will be notified and their names announced on 24
September. Each will win a bundle of prizes from some of the UK's
ethical companies, such as the Throw Company, Vintage Roots, The
Redwood Wholefood Company, Bulldog and Bourgeois Bohème.
For details and to enter the contest, please visit:-
Letters to the Editor:-
"Charity Fun Day - Saturday 30 July 2011"
"My Name is Carla and along with my sister in
law Kerri we are holding a Charity Fun Day to raise money for the
Liverpool Women's Newborn Appeal, the Charity uses all money raised
to help buy new equipment for the Liverpool Women's Neonatal Unit.
Liverpool Women’s is a recognised centre of excellence for neonatal
care. The Unit provids care for babies born prematurely, with low
weight or who have a medical condition that requires specialist
treatment it is also part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Neonatal
Network. The Unit takes care of more than 1,000 babies and their
families every year from the Isle of Man, North Wales and other
areas of the country. My self and Kerri both have first hand
experience of the Neonatal unit on 9 January 2009, where I gave
birth to my son Connor. He was born at 26 weeks gestation and was
extremely poorly. He had to be rushed to the Neonatal Incentive
Unit, where he was stabilised and grew for 10 weeks. Sadly he
tragically and unexpectedly sadly passed away on 19 March 2009.
Everything seemed fine when I rang the hospital to check on him
before bed at 10pm, but then I had a call at 12am asking me to come
in as he didn't seem to well. By the time I had got to the hospital
he had passed away, when 3 days later Kerri gave birth to her son
Max. Max was 36 weeks gestation and had alot of unknown genetic
problems and was also taken to the neonatal incentive care unit. If
Connor would of been alive they would of been 2 cousins in
incubators next to each other. Max lived for 5 weeks before he sadly
passed away in his mothers arms. So in honour of our son's and to
help the Newborn Appeal, we are both holding a Charity Fun Day on
Saturady 30 July 2011. We have had some very generous donations for
our auction and raffle prizes, to name a few:- Tracey Bell,Mococo,
Azendi, Alton Towers, www.treatme.net, Liverpool Football Club,
Everton Football Club and many more. We have been given a bouncy
castle and the fire service is coming with a fire engine. We will
also have a guide dog, live bands, face painting and much more.
Please help us to raise cash for this Unit as is such a good cause
by donating prizes." Carla