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How ‘ag gag’ laws target those exposing horrors of factory farming

Faced with threats, gagging laws and even violence, journalists and activists investigating the secrets of the global food industry tread a dangerous path. Andrew Wasley reports The call came early in the end. Around seven. We were on, our contact said. Tonight was the night. We’d been waiting most of the day after last night’s […]

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Dolphins speared, butchered and used for shark bait – video

In a major investigation undercover reporters from the Ecologist Film Unit exposed the brutal hunting and killing of dolphins for use as shark bait off Peru’s Pacific coast. Experts interviewed as part of the investigation claim it is the first time that the Peruvian dolphin hunt – by far the biggest such hunt in the world – has […]

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Undercover on the world’s ‘largest dolphin hunt’

Jim Wickens reports on the brutal killing of dolphins for use as shark bait off Peru’s Pacific coast The car glided swiftly out of Lima, skimming past brightly-lit barrios before plunging into the darkness of the desert road. We were heading for a midnight rendezvous with a shark fishing boat. The owner of the rough and […]

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Revealed: oil giant Halliburton potential UK fracking partner

Deepwater horizon oil firm holds talks with company planning to drill for gas and oil in the UK countryside, including in the South Downs National Park. Andrew Wasley reports Halliburton, the American oil services giant that featured prominently in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has been lined up as a potential contractor in Britain’s oil and […]

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Fracking ‘poses risk’ to UK farm animals and food safety

US researchers behind a study that showed links between gas drilling and sickness in livestock say a moratorium should be imposed on fracking in the UK until its impact on food safety can be assessed. Andrew Wasley reports The painting, propped up hastily on the roadside, depicts an alarming scene: a menacing, dark-haired man about […]

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The heavy price of greek gold

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society. Jim Wickens reports Shadowed by security guards who film his every move, Giannis Verginis gazes out over the slope of Mt Kakavos, listening to the whining of chainsaws in the valley below. “We used to […]

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Sumatran elephants suffer in the palm oil gold rush

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing – in cosmetics – the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal’s last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports Everyday we read about the tragic death of another African elephant slaughter, the world watching in horror at the […]

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‘Dissident’ farmers speak out against UK badger cull

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report To passers-by, the red-brown earthy mound rising up from the path would probably warrant […]

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Jatropha biofuels boss accused of forgery in Cambodia

A British businessman previously linked by an Ecologist investigation to a controversial biofuel scheme has been arrested and charged with forgery in relation to a land deal in Cambodia, according to reports. Gregg Fryett, who is behind the company Sustainable Agro Energy Plc, is currently in prison after being accused of using a false land […]

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Revealed: America’s secret horsemeat trade

Few Americans are aware that their country’s horses are being exported and slaughtered abroad – often in appalling conditions – to supply European taste for a meat that’s shunned at home. Andrew Wasley reports Herded down a concrete shute, the horses — black and brown and grey; fat, healthy, thin, lame — have little idea […]

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