Hilary Benn, hypocrite

Labour - save the world, sod the environment.

So, this is OK Hilary?So, this is OK Hilary?
Have a view other than the apocalyptic on climate change and you can be variously branded as in league with big oil, a polluter and an environmental vandal. True warmists cannot contemplate someone critical of man-made global warming also being in favour of: organic farming, humane animal rearing, saving the rain forest, sensible energy saving measures and so on.

Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown and Hilary Benn have been criticising anyone daring to even wish to want to discuss scientific aspects of the climate change agenda. Ed Miliband gave a damning assessment of sceptics, describing them as "dangerous and deceitful".

He said:

"The approach of the climate saboteurs is to misuse data and mislead people. The sceptics are playing politics with science in a dangerous and deceitful manner. There is no easy way out of tackling climate change despite what they would have us believe. The evidence is clear and the time we have to act is short. To abandon this process now would lead to misery and catastrophe for millions."

Hilary Benn is Secretary of State for DEFRA and a climate change enthusiast. Mr Benn has been a vegetarian for 35 years and, during his bid for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, he said that he strongly supported animal welfare issues.His DEFRA website states:

One of Defra’s major tasks is to help this vital industry meet the challenges of food security and climate change by enabling farmers to care for the land, produce efficiently and sustainably, and uphold high animal welfare standards.

And yet, and yet,the Mail reports that a leaked letter shows that DEFRA is trying to encourage other EU countries to renege on Labour's promise to ban battery farming. Senior official Richard Jones writes that the economic downturn has prevented farmers converting their buildings and argues a ban 'may severely damage the EU industry by causing a massive shortage of eggs'. They've only had 10 years to plan for this!

The letter says farmers should be allowed to battery farm hens after 2012 provided the eggs are sold only in their national markets. This would, of course be illegal under EU free trade rules.

Some of the most barbaric aspects of battery farming are to be outlawed by 2012, though there is opposition from producers in the EU. In an 'outrageous' U-turn DEFRA officials have written to other European governments, which were also due to stop battery farming under the EU's Laying Hens directive, saying the ban should not be enforced.

So, our leaders want to save humanity from climate change but cannot even contemplate a small measure that would improve the lives of millions of poor chickens. Shame on them.

Laying hens are reared for egg production. There are approximately 29 million laying hens in the UK and 388 million in the European Union, over 68% of these hens live in battery cages. From 2012 the 1999 Laying Hens Directive will prohibit the use of conventional battery cages but will permit the use of ‘enriched’ cages along with non-cage systems. In 2007 (UK), 62% of eggs came from caged hens, 4% from hens kept in barns and 34% from free-range hens, of which 6% were organic.