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ENVIRONMENT & TRAVEL December 2006
On Canadian & Tasmanian road hazards, and shooting trips in the UK.


Global whamming : Ontario's increasing rate of deer induced car crashes. By Guillaume LEFEVRE
Forest areas in Ontario have seen a dramatic increase in the number of car/deer accidents since last winter. In Lambton county alone, there have already been 101 car/deer crashes this year against 80 last year. In all other counties it is the same.
Global warming is the main culprit. Stags are stronger and natural death rates decline.
For once animals benefit from human errors, that is those animals who don't end up under SUVs. Hunter associations want to raise up shooting quotas but unsurprisingly green activists disagree.

Source : "Frisky deer cause Ontario highway havoc," The Globe and Mail 30 October 2006.


Unlucky employee in Tasmania By Adeline MAUNOURY
In Lutana, Tasmania (South of Australia), a United petrol service station was held-up by two different armed bandits in one week. First, a woman tried to steal cash with a gun. Three days later, the same service station attendant was held up by a bandit armed with a 30cm-long carving knife. This unlucky employee declared that he was fine. The two bandits are still running, but they failed to take money.

Source: " Hold-up drama hits servo a second time," The Australian 20 October 2006.


Shooting bonanza for British farmers By Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
Ever since foxhunting with hounds was banned, shooting has been enjoying an unexpected revival in the UK. 500,000 Britons shoot animals for sport, and thanks to global warming and increased forestation, the number of deer has increased dramatically (as in Ontario). In England alone it now reaches 750,000 - double the numbers in the early 1980s.
Public shoots or the lease of lands to shooting syndicates are a timely source of extra income for British farmers whose earnings have fallen by almost 60% in real terms in the last ten years.

Source: « A palpable hit, » The Economist 18 November 2006.

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