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Skripal pets died because police sealed house – after vet took them away? What’s going on?

Yulia Skripal with Nash van Drake, in floral surroundings: Remember the suggestion that the family were poisoned by weedkiller?

What madness is this?

Here‘s The Guardian, dated April 6:

Two guinea pigs belonging to Sergei Skripal died and his cat was put down after the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the government has revealed.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the dead guinea pigs and a “distressed” cat were discovered when a vet was able to enter Skripal’s home, which had been sealed off during the police investigation. Defra said it believed the guinea pigs had died of thirst.

Poor pets, right?

But – hang on – look at this:

A poisoned Russian double agent’s cat and two guinea pigs were taken from his home to be tested, according to a source.

‘Nobody has seen the poor pets since the poisoning,’ a source close to the family told the Sun.

‘I understand the cat and the guinea pigs were removed from the house and taken away to be assessed.’

Mr Skripal is very fond of his £1,500 black Persian cat called Nash van Drake and apparently spent thousands of pounds bringing the feline and gunea pigs to the UK from Russia. His vet Howard Taylor said he offered to help after he found out Mr Skripal had been poisoned.

It seems Nash van Drake was not the Skripals’, but Schrödinger’s Cat – both alive and dead at the same time.

Perhaps. Logic suggests it is more likely that the article quoted second – from Metro on March 17, which was quoting The Sun – was mistaken. But The Sun is also the source of information that Nash van Drake was euthanised after being tested at Porton Down.

So The Sun is Schrödinger’s newspaper – both wrong and right at the same time. Right? Wrong? Really? It’s so confusing.

In all seriousness, going by the most likely explanation, logically we have to ask why the animals were sealed inside the Skripals’ house for weeks at a time with no food or water – especially as questions were asked about them nearly three weeks ago!

Logically, again, we cannot expect the animals to have been missed by investigators, because the house must have been examined for evidence before it was sealed. Otherwise the government’s investigation would have been hopelessly compromised from the start.

These animals should have been taken out and tested for nerve agent contamination a month ago, after the Skripals were found on that Salisbury park bench.

The lack of any such investigation casts even more doubt on the truth of the UK government’s claims.

Not that any more doubt needs to be laid at 10 Downing Street’s door. And what does the RSPCA have to say?

Afterword: A commenter on Facebook has pointed out that this story seemed like a ‘dead cat’ strategy all along. I’m in two minds about whether the statement is in very bad taste, or entirely to-the-point.


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Labour’s plan to protect animals

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Here’s another terrific Labour Party policy announcement that seems to have been overlooked by the news media: Animal protection.

The policy was announced by Maria Eagle and runs as follows:

1)         Labour will protect the Hunting Act
Ten years ago the Labour Party ended the cruel practice of hunting with dogs, because we believe that causing defenceless animals to suffer in the name of sport has no place in a civilised society. But just as we celebrate the Hunting Act, the Tories plan to repeal it. Only Labour can protect the Hunting Act because Labour is the only major party committed to defending it.

2)         Labour will ban wild animals in circuses
Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals. Being moved from place to place in cramped and substandard enclosures, forced training and performance, loud noises and crowds of people are the unavoidable distressing realities for animals in circuses. Despite promising to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, the Tory-led Government has failed to do so. The next Labour government will ban this cruel practice.

3)         Labour will end the ineffective and inhumane badger culls
Badger culls are supposed to reduce Bovine TB but experts say the Tories’ culls will make the problem worse. Following repeated failures to meet deadlines and targets, the Tories are effectively pursing an unscientific mass cull with no rigorous monitoring or evaluation. Labour will end this and develop a better plan to eradicate Bovine TB.

4)         Labour will improve the protection of dogs and cats
At present we have ineffective regulation, a lack of information for pet owners and a failure to deal with irresponsible and cruel breeding practices. Labour will review the inadequate regulations on the sale and breeding of dogs and cats and develop a new strategy to improve their welfare.

5)         Labour will tackle wildlife crime and reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates
More needs to be done to protect animal welfare on shooting estates. The next Labour government will undertake an independent review into the most effective way to end the illegal persecution of birds of prey, such as the hen harrier; prevent non-target animals getting trapped in snares; and ensure the humane treatment of game birds.

6)         Labour will lead the fight against global animal cruelty
The humane treatment of animals should be a benchmark for any civilised society. National governments have a duty to work together to prevent cruelty around the world. Labour will push to end all commercial whaling and prevent the poaching and near extinction of endangered species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.

These are great strides forward for animals.

What are the Tories doing?

Oh yes: Subsidising grouse-shooting.

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