Friday, August 23, 2013
Some psychopathic diversity in Britain
A sadistic teenager who tried to impress a girl with a homemade horror movie showing him butchering a mouse escaped jail today.
Andre Yankey, 19, called himself a 'mouse killer' as he used a power tool to slice the rodent open and drill into its eye.
The personal trainer said on camera the mouse would be 'terminated with The Blade of Doom' as he tortured and eventually killed it.
During the 90 second clip Yankey boasted: 'This is what happens when a mouse comes into my house.'
But Yankey landed himself in trouble by sending the film to a friend, who was so traumatised by what she saw that she called the RSCPA.
Yankey appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court today after he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on July 31.
'The video shows Mr Yankey using a handheld grinder to purposely injure and torture a live mouse stuck to an adhesive trap,' Wendy Gutteridge, for the RSPCA, told the court.
'Mr Yankey is seen brandishing a handheld Dremel multi-tool, he faces the camera and explains how he is a mouse killer.
'He says: 'Mice want to f****** coming into my house, they get terminated with the Blade of Doom'.'
Yankey then cut open the mouse and drilled into its eyeball, causing blood to spurt out across the room, the court heard.
'The mouse is clearly still conscious and is frantically struggling to free itself,' Ms Gutteridge added.
'Mr Yankey is clearly seen to be enjoying himself, saying 'grind that bitch, cut that bitch right open'.
'After around one minute and 15 seconds, the mouse ceases to move any further.'
Ms Gutteridge said blood stains were found on the walls on Yankey's house, and his trainers were ruined during the killing.
He was found out when he sent the video to a friend, Virginie Lambertucci, via social media Whatsapp on January 28 this year.
Ms Lambertucci was so repulsed with what she saw that she called the RSPCA and blocked Yankey's number in her phone, the court heard.
'She was so traumatised by the video she was unable to sleep, and sent the video to the RSPCA,' Ms Gutteridge added. 'She was so distressed and sickened by the video that she told Yankey not to contact her again.'
Yankey was arrested on February 5 this year and admitted torturing the mouse when he first moved into his west London flat in 2010.
Christian Girl Guide leaders defy decision to drop God from pledge
A group of Christian Girl Guide and Brownies leaders risk being expelled from the movement after publicly refusing to drop God from their traditional promise.
The organisation announced earlier this year that it is to replace its traditional pledge with a new wording, removing references to “God” and “country”.
In one of the biggest changes in the movement’s 103-year history, the promise to “love my God” is to be scrapped and replaced with a pledge to “be true to myself” and to “develop my beliefs”.
The group’s patriotic commitment to serving their country is also to be changed to a pledge of allegiance to the “community” in the new promise which comes into force on September 1.
It provoked controversy in some quarters but Gill Slocombe, the Chief Guide, said the new wording should make it easier for the organisation’s 550,000 members to make the promise with sincerity.
But now a group of leaders from Harrogate, North Yorks, have signalled publicly that they plan to defy the leadership and continue to use the old pledge at the groups which meet in their church.
Hazel Mitford, who runs the Guide group at St Paul’s United Reformed Church, in Harrogate; Jayne Morrison, the Brownie leader and Alison Ellison, who runs the Rainbow group for younger girls, announced that they will encourage all girls and leaders in their groups to continue to use the original promise.
In a joint letter with the church’s minister, published in the Harrogate Advertiser, they voiced “dismay” at the change and insisted the movement should keep “God at its core”.
But Jem Henderson, a volunteer leader, who is an atheist has accused the women of forcing her to take the old promise, against her conscience.
She is being supported by the National Secular Society, which campaigns against religion in public life. Last year the group successfully won a legal challenge against the use of prayers before council meetings, triggering a national debate about the role of faith in modern Britain.
Miss Henderson, who describes herself on her blog as a “post punk, feminist poet”, said: “The pack leader’s insistence on keeping the old promise excludes me and any atheist girls from the troop, or asks us to lie when making the promise, something that surely goes against the Guiding principles.
“This demonstrates that the new promise is just for show, and that the Guiding movement, at least in Harrogate, is still excluding people from secular walks of life.”
Mrs Mitford declined to comment last night but her letter sets out the women’s stance. “The spiritual aspect is recognised in girlguiding and ‘God’ has been part of the promise since it was founded,” they said.
“The divine is fundamental to everything it stands for. No one need join Girlguiding, so removing the reference to God in the interests of inclusivity removes much of what we stand for."
They added: “Girlguiding has God at its core and anyone who has issue with this is free to start their own organisation.”
Last night a spokeswoman for Girlguiding confirmed that only the new pledge will be recognised and signalled that the rebel leaders could eventually be forced out if they did not comply.
She said: “The members decide to take the promise and to commit to Guiding values, they need to absolutely sure that they believe those values and if they cannot they need to consider their membership of Guiding.”
She added: "It is not September yet so we will cross that bridge when we come to it. We will be working closely with local guiding to make sure that all our members understand what the new promise means to them.
"There will be no alteranative promise as our members made very clear in the consultation that there would be one promise for all."
Woman who has baked cakes for hospice for the last 23 years told to stop for safety reasons - despite NEVER receiving a complaint
Britain's "elf 'n safety" obsession again
A Good Samaritan has been told she can no longer make cakes for the terminally ill after a hospice said her baking breached food safety rules.
Maggie Molyneux, 64, was stunned when she was banned from donating her home-made pastries for the patients and their loved ones after 23 years without any complaints.
The diktat has been imposed by Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
It has being launched despite the fact that the hospice has not received one complaint about cakes made by volunteers for more than two decades.
Mrs Molyneux's husband John said he was furious when they got a letter ordering her to stop baking.
The shocked couple were told that the cakes would be baked in a 'controlled environment' by kitchen staff from now on.
Mr Molyneux, 66, said: 'They are doing away with a 23-year tradition of cakes being made by the local community for the hospice.
'When I called them about the letter, they told me they had never had a single complaint about these cakes. 'It's 23 years' of unblemished cake-making being brought to an end.'
Mr Molyneux said that although his wife did not want to make a fuss, he was 'incensed' by the harsh new rule.
The latest clampdown has been ordered by Helen Dodd, director of the charity, in a bid to eliminate health risks to patients.
Although volunteers are no longer allowed to provide cakes for the hospice, they can still bake them to be sold at cake sales and fundraising events.
Mrs Dodd said: 'For many years we have been grateful to our volunteers who have baked cakes for the patients at our in-patient unit in WGC.
'It is with great reluctance we have taken the decision to discontinue this practice, and in future to provide cakes baked on our own premises by our caterers.'
She added: 'The reasons behind this decision are complex. 'But essentially we need to control the environment in which food is produced and to know the provenance of all ingredients used, as well as working within certain guidelines.
'Whilst this may seem extreme, it must be remembered we are caring for people who may have a suppressed immune system or other complications caused by their illness or treatment and it is, therefore, essential we do everything in our power to ensure their well being.
Stop donating to the RSPCA, says Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright, the cook and countryside campaigner, has called for people to stop donating to the RSPCA until they give up their political agenda.
The charity has “lost its way” and now “leaves a bitter taste in the mouth” as it pursues prosecutions against people they suspect of animal cruelty, the star of Two Fat Ladies said.
Her comments follow the refusal of the Archbishop of Canterbury to take up the role of vice-patron and add to the deepening row over whether the charity, which is funded by donations, has become too politicised.
People should stop donating until the charity returns to helping domestic animals, she said, adding: “They have got plenty of money. “I think that it would do them no harm if people stopped donating and told them why they had stopped to see if they changed their threatening policies.”
There have been calls for the RSPCA to be stripped of its prosecutor role following allegations, which it denies, that it has increased the number of cases brought to court in order to boost fundraising.
In the past two years the number of convictions has almost doubled, despite no rise in complaints to the charity's animal cruelty telephone hotline.
Dickson Wright, a former barrister who in 2009 was convicted of attending an illegal hare-coursing after a private prosecution by an animal charity, said that money given in good faith to the RSPCA was being spent in the wrong way.
“The charity was set up, and very well set up, for the protection of domestic animals,” she said. “Now they spend money that comes from people who in many cases are hard pushed to come up with it, old ladies and things like that, in prosecuting hunts, prosecuting people who they think are trapping foxes, people who are keeping out rabbits.
“They are not concentrating on what they should be doing, on what they do well. It has been taken over by the politicos at the top.”
Dickson Wright, who said that foxes are “essentially vermin” and rabbits are responsible for the majority of landslides, added: “I think they set out to do good and they should get back to what they are supposed to be doing.”
A champion of country sports, she knows people who have been refused rescue animals because they support hunting, and respectable men who have had their doors knocked down by the police at 4am on the say so of the charity, she claims.
The cook, who once received death threats from animal rights campaigners, added that former donors have written to her expressing their disillusion with the RSPCA.
“I got endless correspondence from little old ladies,” she said. "They told me that they had known idea that this is what they were using their money for, rather than rescuing donkeys or saving dogs, and they wouldn’t have wanted them to use it in this way.”
The RSPCA deny that they are becoming politicised, and say that they have been prosecuting people for cruelty to animals since they were established in 1824.
"On a daily basis, our inspectors see unimaginable cruelty to animals across the country. In the vast majority of cases they provide advice and guidance but in a tiny minority of cases - less than 2 per cent of the complaints of cruelty dealt with by them - legal action is necessary," a spokesperson said.
"Our inspectors receive the overwhelming support of the public for this work. To suggest these hard-working officers are pursuing a political agenda is frankly offensive to the work they are undertaking."
Dickson Wright's comments were supported by the Countryside Alliance, who claim that the animal welfare organisation has become, under its current leadership, "a political campaigning organisation with a militant animal rights agenda which is using the prosecuting system as a weapon to promote its political campaigns"
Executive chairman Barney White-Spunner added: “It is wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on political prosecutions and campaigns which do little, if anything, to improve animal welfare. I am sure those people who donate or leave legacies to the RSPCA don’t expect their money to be wasted on playing political games.
“People should consider whether their money would be better used by other animal charities or even the RSPCA’s local branches which are self-funding, separate charities that continue to focus on their role in rescuing neglected and abandoned animals.”
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
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