Gef’s Daily Roundup

Animal Welfare

We love them all, those creatures great and small and now a consultation on a Bill designed to protect animals from harm and mistreatment is open.

The proposed Animal Welfare Bill 2021 was drafted following recommendations by a Tynwald Select Committee that in line with the UK regulation was needed to protect companion animals.

Currently the island has laws that protect the welfare of farm livestock and criminalise animal cruelty, but the Committee concluded the welfare of companion animals is not adequately protected. The Bill would also provide greater legal protections to mountain hares.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘The proposed Bill will enable the early adoption of important regulatory controls to be introduced, through rapid adoption of relevant selected aspects of UK legislation.’

The consultation can be found here.

Folly Challenge Postponed

With all motorbike racing cancelled this year, fans of pedal power will be glad to hear that the Cycle 360 Corrin’s Folly Challenge will go ahead, just later than planned.

The new challenge has been postponed until August 22 due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. Supported and staged by Peel Town Commissioners and Cycle 360, with valuable input from ‘Manx Mud’ Club and Longest Day Longest Ride, its organising committee says the new date has been selected so as not to clash with any other major cycling event.

The endurance mountain biking time trial challenge is open to anyone aged 13 or over with a total of four different classes to enter (juvenile, youth, junior and senior). Anyone already entered will automatically be signed up to the new date, although if riders are no longer able to participate in August, they will receive a full refund.

Check Your Colon at Home

People will be able to check if they have bowel cancer by swallowing a tiny capsule containing miniature cameras. It replaces the more, erm, traditional way in for such examinations. The capsule is about the same size as a cod liver oil tablet.

Wills Denies Royals are Racist

The Duke of Cambridge has said the royals are ‘very much not a racist family’ in his first comments after accusations by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a TV interview. Prince William also said he had not yet spoken to his brother, but plans on doing so.

EDL Founder Can’t Afford Lawyers

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has told the High Court he can’t afford a lawyer and will represent himself in a libel trial against a Syrian teenager. The English Defence League founder is being sued by Jamal Hijazi, who was filmed as he was attacked in a school playground in Huddersfield. The video caused outrage when it was posted on social media in 2018. Mr Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson, made disputed claims about the teenager in two Facebook videos.

Coal Mining Firms Seeks Legal Advice

A company planning to build a coal mine in Cumbria is taking legal action over the county council’s decision to reconsider its approval of the scheme/ The authority granted West Cumbria Mining (WCM) planning permission in October but the plans had not been formalised. WCM said the decision to reconsider approval ‘cannot be justified’ and it is seeking a judicial review.