The people behind these stories all have one thing in common (apart from an enthusiasm for guns) - an arrogant belief that the lives of other animals cannot possibly be worth as much as their own pleasure. The animals whose lives are in question also have something in common - they have all been persecuted to the edge of extinction in the UK.
"Hey honey," I said, hands on my hips and a look of incredulity plastered across my face. "Do you know what I've always dreamed of? Putting these hands in a bucket full of maggots, staring into the water for 10 hours straight and a flapping fish slapping my face! I mean, do you know what a manicure costs these days?"
Today marks a historic step in the fight for a more rational approach to Europe's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The European Parliament has voted on a major reform of the CFP, making full use of its new powers as co-legislator in this area. These reforms should ensure that Europe's fish stocks are preserved for future generations and that the long-term viability of the fishing industry is prioritised over short-term profits.