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Ricky Gervais calls for ban on trophy hunting as lions could be extinct in 30 years

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Long-term animal rights activist Ricky Gervais has spoken out about trophy hunting being ‘humanity at its very worst’.

The news comes five years after Cecil the lion was killed by a US dentist in Zimbabwe, which sparked outrage and a huge movement to end trophy hunting back in 2015. 

Despite this incident sparking outrage across the globe, 6,000 lions have been killed in Africa by hunters since Cecil’s death.

Ricky, who has long supported the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, has spoken to The Sun, saying: “Why are we even having to make the case for banning trophy hunting in the year 2020?”

He continued: “It’s hard to think of anything more sickening or senseless than killing an animal for entertainment, then hacking it up so you can display its body parts and brag about it.

“Trophy hunting is humanity at its very worst. We’ve had five years to do something since the killing of Cecil made everyone aware of what is going on.”

Experts believe that the natural population of lions could be extinct by 2050 if trophy hunting is not made illegal.

Currently, the population of lions in the wild is as low as around 13,000, classing the iconic animal as a vulnerable and endangered species. 

The road to making trophy hunting illegal has been thus far long and unsuccessful. However in 2019, the Queen promised to ban trophy imports in her speech, and it was also included as part of the Conservative party’s Election manifesto. 

So where are we up to with this? Well, in February, Boris Johnson told parliament that he would deliver the ban. 

In the past few weeks, ministers have refused to give a timeline for legislation to MPs. According to the author Eduardo Goncalves, the government’s reluctance to follow through with their promise has resulted in the death of 50 lions from British blood-thirsty hunters.  

Eduardo Goncalves has written and released ‘KILLING GAME: The Extinction Industry‘ in light of the anniversary of Cecil’s death. 

Eduardo said: “We cannot have any more dithering or delay. Nine out of 10 voters want this stopped. Wildlife is on the brink. Let’s get the ban done.

“There is a roaring trade in lion trophies. The furore around the killing of Cecil has done little to deter lion hunters. There is now a real prospect of lions becoming extinct in the wild.”

One notorious British trophy hunter has likening killing animals for sport to being addicted to drugs saying: “You don’t come off it very easily”. 

The pensioner, Paul Roberts, who owns a gun making business operating in West Sussex, features on the list of 500 of the world’s most infamous animal killers in Eduardo’s book.

Paul has been on 33 hunting trips to Africa and once ‘repeatedly shot a leopard to death’ because: “it took two loads of buckshot, 3-inch magnum buckshot, a slug from a 12 bore and two .470s to stop it.”

There are many live petitions to stop trophy hunting and Ban Trophy Hunting campaign has received many other celebrities’ support including Bill Bailer, Lorraine Kelly and Bill Oddie OBE. Find out more about what you can do to help here.  

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Blackpool is set to get a new £300m ‘indoor theme park’

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The latest development proposals for Blackpool will be the single biggest investment in the seaside town for more than a century.

The range of new attractions will include the UK’s first flying theatre, the world’s first multimedia exhibition of its kind and the most advanced virtual reality experience on an epic scale.

The development is set to span across a 17-acre plot, attracting 600,000 additional visitors a year and contribute a massive £75m a year too.

There will also be 1,000 new jobs for the people of Blackpool created as part of the development.

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Blackpool Council

Based on the novels written by Eric Von Däniken in the 1960s and 1970s, the site will follow the theme of ‘Chariots of the Gods’.

It will include unsolved mysteries of the past such as the Pyramids of Egypt and Mexico as well as ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island and even alien visitors!

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Flying Theatre True flight movement will provide an unparalleled real-flying sensation and is the number one attraction across major cities and theme parks. The world’s most advanced VR experience will also find a new home in Blackpool with state-of-the-art visuals, body tracking and even touch and smell.

The development will also house a new restaurant with a breathtaking ‘rollercoaster service‘, in a one-of-a-kind place of fun, adventure and discovery, all serving healthy and organic food.

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Blackpool is currently working with Media Investment Entertainment – who own the intellectual property of Chariots of the Gods – and Nikal Ltd to help unlock the development of this opportunity.

The new development is set to be delivered over an eight to nine-year period and will bring new hotels, restaurants, food market, event square, residential apartments and multi-storey parking.

Find out more here.

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Boris Johnson confirms England will return to three tier system from December 2nd

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Boris Johnson addressed the Commons remotely today, to lay out his ‘Covid Winter Plan’.

The Prime Minister spoke to MPs via videolink as he is still self-isolating.

Mr Johnson confirmed that England would be returning to the regional three tier system which was in place before lockdown began.

However, he announced that the three tiers would each become stricter to try and stop the spread of the virus.

In Tier 1, people should work from home where it is possible, while in Tier 2 alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal, and in Tier 3 indoor entertainment, hotels and all hospitality will have to close – except for deliveries and takeaways.

Also in Tiers 1 and 2, the 10pm curfew for pubs and bars will end, with last orders being at 10pm and establishments closing at 11pm, allowing people to leave in a more staggered way.

The Prime Minister confirmed that gyms, hairdressers, salons and all shops could reopen at the end of lockdown, and that outdoor sports can resume.

He also announced that some fans will be allowed back into sports stadiums in Tier 1 and 2 areas.

Mr Johnson said that ‘more regions will temporarily fall into the higher levels’, but that with mass testing it should be possible for these areas to move into lower tiers.

The government is also working with the devolved administrations of the UK to come up with a plan for Christmas, according to the Prime Minister, although he added: “I can’t say that Christmas will be normal this year”.

The government is also planning to ‘end automatic isolation’ for anyone who has come into contact with someone who has coronavirus, with a testing scheme replacing it, which will be piloted in Liverpool.

In the pilot, people who have come into contact with anyone who’s tested positive will be tested every day for a week – they’ll only need to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus. 

It’s expected the details of what tier the different regions and areas of England will be placed in will be announced on Thursday.

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Morrisons gives 10% Christmas discount to frontline workers in 16 jobs

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As a ‘thank you’ to thousands of frontline workers, Morrisons will be providing a 10% discount to people from now until Christmas.

Those employed in the emergency services, care workers and Armed Forces personnel who hold a Blue Light Card will qualify for the benefit at Morrisons stores.

Cardholders will be able to claim the 10% discount on their groceries by presenting their Blue Light ID Card at tills at any of Morrisons 498 stores.

Morrisons have launched the discount to show appreciation to the key workers who have gone above and beyond their usual roles throughout the pandemic this year.

People in these roles qualify:

  • Ambulance Service
  • Border Force
  • British Army
  • Fire Service
  • HM Coastguard
  • Prison Service
  • Police
  • Red Cross
  • Reserve Armed Force
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Navy
  • Social care workers
  • HM Armed Forces Veterans
  • Community First Responders
  • Second Line Responders

David Potts, Morrisons’ chief executive said: “Our emergency services, social care sector and armed forces have worked tirelessly this year to provide support to the many people who need it across the UK, often in exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Blue Light Card Holders also have the opportunity to take advantage of the dedicated shopping hour for NHS staff and school Staff that occurs between 6 and 7am every day except Sunday.

Tom Dalby, chief executive of Blue Light Card, added: “Offering a Blue Light Card discount will make a huge difference to our members.

“I hope that this partnership will make the Christmas food shop that little bit easier for those who go the furthest for us.”

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