Dog walkers who don’t clean up their pet’s mess to face £100 fine – The Independent

‘Under a new law designed to tackle Britain’s dog poo problem, owners caught without a poop scooping bag will be fined £100.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2015

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Smoothie court case leaves nasty taste in the mouth for placenta fans – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘Swindon Borough Council argue ‘the processes involved in the production of placenta for human consumption present a number of potentially serious health risks”

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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No binding assurances about badgers, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by the Badger Trust to quash Defra’s unwillingness to retain an Independent Expert Panel on future badger culls. The arguments mirrored those before the judge (summarised in my previous post here), and were dismissed for pretty much the same reasons.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th November 2014

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Badger cull protesters lose legal battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 30th, 2014 in agriculture, animals, appeals, environmental health, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Court of Appeal judges dismiss campaigners’ claim Government acting unlawfully by allowing latest badger culls to go ahead without monitoring by independent expert panel.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2014

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Horsemeat scandal: food safety expert warns issues have not been addressed – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in environmental health, food, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Chris Elliott led an inquiry into last year’s saga and says problems remain with proper control of UK food supply chain.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

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Badgers’ expectations dashed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 1st, 2014 in animals, environmental health, environmental protection, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘This blog has covered the various twists and turns, both scientific and legal, of Defra’s attempts to reduce bovine TB by culling badgers: see the list of posts below. Today’s decision in the Administrative Court is the most recent.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th August 2014

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Landlord fined for renting room that could only be entered on all fours – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in environmental health, fines, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Barnet council took the landlord of a house in Sunningfields Road, Hendon, to court after discovering he was renting a room which could not be accessed standing up. The head height along the course of the staircase was between 0.7m (27.5 inches) and 1.2m (47 inches) high and the door to the room was also reduced in size.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2014

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Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2014 in agriculture, animals, environmental health, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Badger Trust is back in court on Thursday with a new legal challenge over the government’s badger cull policy. It is seeking a High Court ruling that there has been an unlawful failure to put in place an independent expert panel to oversee this year’s planned cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2014

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Chicken factory probe ordered by health secretary – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2014 in environmental health, food hygiene, news by tracey

‘An investigation into allegations of hygiene failings at poultry processing factories has been ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2014

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Protest over jailed pigeon feeder from Morecambe – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in birds, environmental health, news, sentencing by sally

‘A protest has been held in support of a man jailed for continuing to feed pigeons in a Lancashire seaside town contrary to a community order.’

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BBC News, 31st May 2014

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Badger cull injunction breach case dropped – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2014 in animals, demonstrations, environmental health, injunctions, news, prosecutions by michael

‘The case against the only person accused of breaching last year’s badger cull injunction has been dropped.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2014

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The latest challenge to the badger cull extension – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 28th, 2013 in animals, consultations, environmental health, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A new challenge was filed yesterday to the badger cull extension presently under way in the South West of England.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2013

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Why Mrs Litvinenko did not get her PCO – but what if it had been an environmental claim? – UK Human Rights Blog

“An extraordinary story which would have raised our eyebrows at its implausibility had it come from our spy novelists. In late 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by polonium-210 given to him in London. He was an ex-Russian Federation FSB agent, but by then was a UK citizen. He had accused Putin of the murder of the journalist Anna Politovskaya. He may or may not have been working for MI6 at the time of his death. The prime suspects for the killing are in Russia, not willing to help the UK with its inquiries. But rightly, in one form or another, we want to know what really happened.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2013

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Who “holds” the working papers of the Climategate inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

“In 2009 someone hacked into e-mails belonging to the Climate Research Unit at UEA and leaked them widely. Climate change sceptics whooped with delight because they thought that the e-mails showed attempts to suppress or gerrymander climate data (see e.g. this example from James Delingpole with some of the ticklish e-mails, and for more background, less tendentiously put, my post on an earlier UEA case). And the CRU data was important; it had made its way into the highly influential IPCC reports.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2013

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Serious offenders could face bigger penalties under new environmental sentencing proposals – Sentencing Council

Posted March 15th, 2013 in environmental health, fines, penalties, press releases, sentencing, waste by tracey

“New proposals for how environmental offenders like fly-tippers should be sentenced have been launched today by the Sentencing Council.”

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Sentencing Council, 14th March 2013

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Noisy neighbours may be protected by new law to stop council snooping – The Guardian

“A new law to stop councils using counter-terrorism powers to snoop on people is thwarting efforts to tackle noisy neighbours, according to environmental health experts.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2012

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Regina (Badger Trust) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – WLR Daily

Posted October 26th, 2012 in animals, environmental health, judicial review, law reports, licensing by tracey

Regina (Badger Trust)  v  Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: [2012] EWCA Civ 1286;   [2012] WLR (D)  287

“Section 10(2)(a) of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 empowered the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to proceed with a policy involving a grant of licences, whereby farmers and landowners, in areas said to be the worst affected by bovine tuberculosis in England, would be allowed to carry out controlled culling of badgers.”

WLR Daily, 11th September 2012

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MPs reject government plans for pilot badger cull – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2012 in animals, environmental health, news, parliament, pilot schemes by tracey

“MPs have voted against the government’s policy of culling badgers in two pilot schemes in England.”

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BBC News, 25th October 2012

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Badger cull under threat from last-minute legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in animals, budgets, environmental health, health & safety, judicial review, news by sally

“A last-minute legal challenge has dealt a fresh blow to the government’s increasingly troubled cull of badgers in England, the Observer has learned.”

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The Guardian, 21st October 2012

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Demolition and construction of sports pavilion does not require EIA screening opinion, says High Court judge – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 18th, 2012 in environmental health, news, planning by sally

“The demolition of an existing sports pavilion and the construction of a new one is not an urban development project and does not require a screening opinion to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed, a High Court judge has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com