How to be a predator-friendly carnivore and other news briefs

Posted by Laura Grant on September 30, 2008
Posted in Green News

Guide to leopard-friendly farming: Sharing is caring, but when it comes to livestock farming, we humans tend to prefer not to share our sheep and cows with other meat-lovers like leopards, caracals, jackals, eagles and vultures. In fact, farmers have been known to use pretty brutal ways to keep these other predators off their property, like gin traps and poison. The Landmark Foundation has been working to rescue, rehabilitate and release predators, particularly leopards, in the Eastern Cape. It has also been implementing more holistic, non-lethal predator control on farms. Now retail chain Woolworths has sponsored, through its Woolworths Trust, the publication of a comprehensive set of guidelines for predator-friendly livestock farming compiled by Dr Bool Smuts, director of the Landmark Foundation, called “Predators on Livestock Farms: A Practical Manual for Non-Lethal, Holistic, Ecologically Acceptable and Ethical Management”. The manual will be introduced to farmers at a series of one-day workshops and will be introduced to Woolworths suppliers on a one-to-one basis. Perhaps soon we’ll see predator-friendly labels on meat products in Woolworths stores. [Via: Supermarket.co.za]

Wealth from waste: The department of trade and industry is looking at ways to develop the local recycling industry and has commissioned a study to identify challenges and possible solutions, the Engineering News reports. The industry could provide 350,000 unskilled jobs, a government official said. But the infrastructure for recycling needs to be put in place so people no longer have to depend on reclaiming waste from landfill sites.

Xolobeni mining just delayed: The mining licence granted to Transworld Energy and Minerals, the local partner of Australian company MRC, to mine the coastal dunes for titanium in the Xolobeni area of the Wild Coast still stands, the director-general of the department of minerals and energy told Business Day. The signing of the licence, which was originally scheduled for October 31, has merely been delayed so the minister of minerals and energy can receive representations from community members who had launched a legal appeal to suspend the mining and consult the appropriate traditional leaders.

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