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Animal rights advocates oppose expansion of badger cull

Animal rights advocates are condemning plans for a badger cull in England, which has added five kill zones, according to media reports today.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare, in a press statement, said it strongly opposes plans for the cull to be extended across new zones of South Devon, North Devon, North Cornwall, South Herefordshire and West Dorset. This is in addition to existing cull zones in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset.

IFAW, in the statement, said it always has opposed the badger cull for being cruel and without scientific justification.

Leading scientists and wildlife experts also have stated opposition to the badger cull because it will not significantly reduce incidents of bovine TB.

Pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset were ruled ineffective and inhumane by an Independent Expert Panel.

Jordi Casamitjana at the IFAW said, “At IFAW, along with the rest of the animal protection movement, we remain resolute in our strong opposition to this cruel, irrational and unnecessary cull.

“In preparation for this year’s continued slaughter, those of us who want to see our British wildlife protected have been ensuring we will have more volunteers than ever joining the peaceful Wounded Badger Patrols in the cull areas so they can help any injured badgers in need, as well as bearing witness to what is happening in the countryside.”

The IFAW said the solution to bovine TB is not to kill badgers but to adopt a joined-up approach to tackle the problem. This includes better control of cattle movement, an improved testing regime and increased biosecurity on farms.

Farmers in Devon have seen a reduction in the incidence of bovine TB at the same rates as their neighbors in Somerset, but without the shooting of a single badger.

“There is no reliable evidence that the inhumane and ineffective badger cull has had a significant effect on reducing bovine TB in the pilot areas,” Casamitjana said. “Vaccinating badgers can also form part of the solution, but as this is a cattle problem ultimately the answer is better cattle testing and better control of cattle movement.”

Casamitjana continued, “Countless badgers have been killed unnecessarily and the Government should be listening to the scientific evidence rather than pressing ahead with plans to kill more British badgers.”

Supper club-themed concession stand opens at Kohl Center

Cheese curds, fish fry and open-faced prime rib sandwiches are now available at a stand at the Kohl Center modeled after a vintage Wisconsin supper club.

The unique concession stand includes a reclaimed red oak counter top with a red vinyl upholstered front, a cedar shake shingle roof and mood lighting.

There’s also a mounted fish and deer rack for decorations, along with a neon “Travel Wisconsin Supper Club” sign.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said “Where else on the planet will you find a supper club inside a sports arena?”

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Man ejected from football game sends police 240 doughnuts

A California man sent 20 dozen coconut doughnuts to police officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as payback for getting kicked out of a Badger football game.

The man traveled from Los Angeles to see the Badgers play Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. He was assigned a seat in the student section away from his friends, and when he tried to join his friends, officers threw him out, UW-Madison police spokesman Marc Lovicott said.

Come Monday, 240 coconut doughnuts mysteriously appeared at police headquarters. The delivery driver gave officers the man’s name and Lovicott tracked down an email address and began corresponding with him.

“This was meant as a harmless way to both show general gratitude for the job you do (which is awesome) but slight disdain for my treatment Saturday (which was not so awesome),” the man wrote, according to Lovicott. “Donuts (sic) are awesome, but coconut donuts are not so awesome.”

Lovicott declined to release the man’s identity because he wasn’t arrested and the agency wanted to respect his wishes to remain anonymous. The man refused to give his name to The Associated Press.

It wasn’t clear exactly what transpired between the man and the officers at the game.

Lovicott said police tend to be very strict in the student section. Asked if the man was drunk, Lovicott answered by saying he wasn’t belligerent and was respectful, calling the incident an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”

“This was a teachable moment,” Lovicott said. “If we knew more about his circumstances, we would have done things differently to get him with his group.”

Lovicott didn’t immediately respond to an open records request for the man’s name and copies of the emails.

As for the doughnuts, police donated them to the Salvation Army.

A guide to the Final Four: Back to the Big Time

The invitation to this year’s Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.

Yes, we’re well aware that Kentucky was a No. 8 seed and UConn was a 7. But c’mon. These are two power programs with storied histories, each with a championship under their belt within the past four seasons.

Following a string of NCAA tournaments with mid-major party crashers, the Final Four is going back to the big time with Florida and Wisconsin joining the Wildcats and Huskies in North Texas. We’ve got a rundown of what to look for:

THE TEAMS

Florida. The top overall seed in the NCAA tournament has played like it by extending its winning streak to 30 games.

Kentucky. John Calipari’s latest group of one-and-dones needed a little time to get going. Once the roll started, no one has been able to stop it.

Wisconsin. The Badgers are feisty, fundamentally sound and one of those teams opponents hate to play.

UConn. The Huskies won the 2011 behind Kemba Walker. Shabazz Napier is the one-man gang this time.

THE STARS

Shabazz Napier, UConn. A 6-foot-1 point guard who can do it all and had a great mentor in Kemba Walker.

Julius Randle, Kentucky. The projected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick is big, athletic and often unstoppable.

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin. When he’s hitting his 3-pointers, this 7-footer is all but unguardable.

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida. From being asked to transfer by his own coach to becoming one of college basketball’s best closers.

THE OTHERS

Patrick Young, Florida. The Gators’ big man is like a linebacker in basketball shorts.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky. Hit the winning jumper against Michigan despite struggling with his shot. Has a twin brother who’s not bad, either.

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin. He’s scrappy, versatile and a good shooter — a perfect fit for the Badgers.

Ryan Boatwright, UConn. Napier’s backcourt sidekick can shoot and has become a point-guard stopper on defense.

THE COACHES

Billy Donovan, Florida. So much for not being able to get the Gators to the Final Four without NBA-ready players. Might be the best coaching job of his career.

Calipari, Kentucky. The slick coach with the designer suits might irritate some, but he sure can recruit players – and win games.

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin. His has been the feel-good story so far, making the Final Four for the first time as a coach after taking his late father, Butch, every year since 1976 as a birthday gift.

Kevin Ollie, UConn. Thrust into a difficult situation following the retirement of Jim Calhoun and NCAA sanctions last season. Managed it all incredibly well, particularly for a first-time head coach.

NUMBERS

0-Points by Kentucky’s Marcus Lee had in the 10 games prior to scoring 10 against Michigan in the Elite Eight.

0.000051-Percentage of people (612 total) who accurately predicted the Final Four out of 11 million entries in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge.

2-SEC teams (Kentucky and Florida) in the Final Four out of three that made it into the NCAA tournament.

3-Teams that Kentucky beat in the bracket that were in the Final Four a year ago (Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan).

4-Times UConn’s men’s and women’s teams have reached the Final Four in the same season, most of any school.

8-Years since there were no repeat Final Four teams before this season.

8.1-Turnovers per game by Wisconsin, best in the nation.

16-Straight NCAA tournament appearances by Wisconsin, most among the Final Four teams.

73-Years since Wisconsin’s last and only national championship.

2,720-Points scored by Wisconsin this season, a school record.

FAMOUS ALUMNI

Connecticut: Actress Meg Ryan, physicist David Lee, actor Ron Palillo (Horshack!), screenwriter/producer Jeremy Leven.

Florida: Actress Faye Dunaway, Nobel Prize winners Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Grubbs, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Wendy’s owner Dave Thomas.

Kentucky: Actress Ashley Judd, Sen. Mitch McConnell, astronaut Story Musgrave, Nobel Prize winner William Lipscomb.

Wisconsin: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Vice President Dick Cheney, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, actor Don Ameche, singers Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs.

 

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