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30.4.09

Horse & Hound 30.4.09 Memorial fund for Barlow master Anne Wilson - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The Barlow hunt has set up a fund in memory of senior joint-master Anne Wilson who died following a fire on 17 April.… Her funeral takes place at 2.30pm on Wednesday, 6 May, at St Swithin's Church, Holmesfield. A spokesman for the hunt said they would be taking a collection in her memory, with part of the proceeds going to the Injured Jockeys Fund and the rest to create a memorial to Miss Anne at the hunt kennels in Horsley Gate… (story)

PETER STEEL
Evesham Journal 30.4.09 Tributes to a countryman - ONE of the best known figures in Worcestershire’s farming, hunting and equestrian circles, Peter Steel of Inkberrow, has died. A former hunting correspondent for The Berrow’s Journal, Mr Steel was joint secretary of the Worcestershire Hunt for more than 20 years and together with his wife Audrey organised many equestrian and Pony Club events at their home in the village, Broadclose Farm. Mrs Steel is Worcestershire chairman of the Countryside Alliance and a long-standing member of Wychavon District Council…. (story)
Worcester News 17.4.09 Death of a true countryman By Mike Pryce - ONE of the best known figures in Worcestershire’s farming, hunting and equestrian circles, Peter Steel of Inkberrow, has died. A former hunting correspondent of Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Mr Steel was joint secretary of the Worcestershire Hunt for more than 20 years and together with his wife Audrey organised many equestrian and Pony Club events at their home in the village, Broadclose Farm. Mrs Steel is Worcestershire chairman of the Countryside Alliance and a longstanding member of Wychavon District Council… (story)

LACS ANTI REPEAL LETTER
Andover Advertiser 30.4.09 Fears over possible repeal of the Hunting Act - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1QZ (letter)
Uttoxeter Post & Times 20.4.09 Tories support animal cruelty - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Ealing Gazette 17.4.09 Anti fox hunt man got figures wrong - I DO not know where John Cooper of the League Against Cruel Sports got his poll figures from (Letters, April 17) but it was 59 per cent of the public who were against the ban on hunting with dogs. The Bill spent many more days going through the two Houses of Parliament than did the decision to send British troops to be killed in Iraq, and subsequently also in Afghanistan - once again showing our softness for animals and indifference to human death… ACHILVERS West Ealing (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 15.4.09 Party plan for a free vote on hunting - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, Holloway Hill Godalming Surrey (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 14.4.09 Free vote on Hunting Act repeal - John Cooper, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey (letter)
Wales on Sunday 12.4.09 RECENT reports that the Hunting Act is nothing more than a temporary ban on hunting are quite simply not true…. JOHN COOPER, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Leicester Mercury 10.4.09 Ban must stay - Recent reports that the Hunting Act is nothing more than a temporary ban on hunting are quite simply not true. The Hunting Act is an important piece of animal welfare legislation which protects wild animals from needless suffering and to repeal it would be a step backwards…. John Cooper, chairman, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)

WORCESTER NEWS HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Worcester News 30.4.09 Hunting comments are more fiction than fact - The latest anti-hunting comments by John Shearon (Worcester News, letters, April 23) are more fiction than fact. Could Mr Shearon name the government ministers he claims want to lift the hunting ban? Our government is rather busy letting the country go to the dogs to have ministers worrying about hunting with hounds at the moment… JON BURGESS, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 27.4.09 Repeal of the Act needed immediately - The latest correspondence (April 15) from B Jones questions hunting and the Hunting Act 2004. Their inflammatory statement about “the hunting fraternity is probably still breaking the law” is put into perspective after the news that eight huntsmen have had charges against them dropped in the last five weeks alone. Even the League Against Cruel Sports has abandoned its private prosecuting of four men from the Isle of Wight. This was after LACS spent no less than three years and 1,800 man-hours following and filming them. Hunting of all types continues quite legally using the exemptions allowed within the law… Jon Burgess, Malvern. (letter)
Worcester News 23.4.09 Cruel people take part in fox hunting - I see some ministers want fox hunting to be re-instated. If they think like this they shouldn’t be in the House of Commons, they should accept the will of the people, and the majority think fox hunting is cruel and should stay banned forever…. JOHN SHEARON, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 21.4.09 Enlighten us on hunting dilemma - Regarding the hunting debate and Peter Luff’s comments regarding the fox… On one side Mr Luff argues the fox is vermin and needs to be destroyed but on the other side he says “without the hunt the fox would become extinct.” Perhaps Mr Burgess could enlighten us on this dilemma. HELEN SMART, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 15.4.09 Why have other hunts stopped? - SIR – Jon Burgess and I appear to have got into a kind of conversation about his love of killing small animals for pleasure… The fact that the hunting fraternity is probably still breaking the law out of sight of the authorities does not mean the law should be changed, but the huntsmen should be honourable enough to obey it rather than going against the majority of public opinion… B JONES, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 2.4.09 Both sides have the chance of publicity – Contrary to the claim by B Jones (March 27), neither pro or anti have monopolised the hunting debate in the Worcester News. Both sides have every opportunity to air their views and question the opposition. However, the regular use by the anti-hunting brigade of wild allegations and false information continues to expose their failing argument to retain the hunting ban… Jon Burgess, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 27.3.09 You go fox hunting purely for pleasure -– So Jon Burgess thinks he and his cruel friends should be the only ones to be allowed to keep airing their views about fox … B JONES, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 13.3.09 Unlike others, we will not be gagged - In a letter of March 4, B Jones condemns the hunting community for replying to any allegations that appear in the letters column of the Worcester News. It’s the anti-hunting supporters who invariably start off these exchanges with wild accusations mixed with a large amount of name calling… Jon Burgess, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 24.2.09 Way forward is to repeal Hunting Act – The letter from John Bryant (Facts about the league will be set straight – February 16) could not be more misleading. As one of those former chief executives of the League Against Cruel Sports who had a change of heart about hunting with dogs, I must point out the serious errors. Four, not two, former directors have said that a hunting ban is wrong. The league did not ask for my resignation. I and others on the paid staff walked out after realising that animal welfare was secondary to the ‘Holy Grail’ of banning hunting… James Barrington, Animal welfare consultant, London (letter)
Worcester News 23.2.09 Time the act and poll was dumped - I am sorry to read that Maurice Brett (Letters, February 10) finds my contribution to the hunting debate in the Worcester News “something of a nightmare”. I have met Mr Brett on occasion and found him to be both affable and willing to discuss hunting in a thoughtful and constructive manner. So it was something of a surprise to learn Mr Brett now relies solely on a discredited opinion poll to support his demand for hunting ban…. JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 18.2.09 Hunting Act does not satisfy people - According to J Norwood (February 3) the Hunting Act should satisfy all parties concerned – well, clearly it does not. At present the anti-hunting fraternity wants the Act tightened to such a degree that no one would dare let their dog off the lead for fear of prosecution. An admission of failure on their part…. JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 16.2.09 Facts about league will be set straight - Jon Burgess (February 2) claims that “two chairmen, two chief executives, one head of operations and an undercover operator” have left “well-paid jobs” at the League Against Cruel Sports “to support traditional hunting on the grounds that a ban would cause a severe decline in animal welfare”…. Firstly chairmen are not paid officers and none have ever resigned their positions to support hunting. The so-called ‘undercover operator’ was also unpaid and when he sought to become a member of the league’s paid staff he was rejected. It is true that two chief executives and a head of operations left the league over a period of a decade and a half from 1988… the facts show that all three officials fought to stay at the league and only announced support for bloodsports after they lost their jobs and their pay-offs were safely in their pockets. It does prove however that the league was right to insist on their resignations. JOHN BRYANT, Kent (letter)
Worcester News 14.2.09 Culling is better than alternative - It is Mr Caligari (January 30) who is misinformed regarding the need to retain hunting as part of proper wildlife management… If the fox population gets out of control there will be more attacks on farm animals and pets followed by a huge increase in the number of foxes suffering the sarcoptic mange… Jon Burgess, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 10.2.09 This was really scraping barrel - I refer to Mr Calagari’s letter. Firstly, comparing controlling fox numbers to endangered species is really scraping the barrel. Anti-hunt brigade, I am not a snob neither am I a politician, nor do I wish to become one. However, using the Parliament Act to ban hunting was corrupt. This Act is supposed to be reserved for emergencies such as times of war. Speaking of which, the use of this Act to ban hunting was about as legal as going to war with Iraq…. PAUL BELLINGHAM, Malvern Link (letter)
Worcester News 10.2.09 Nightmare trip down memory lane - Reading the letter from Jon Burgess was something of a nightmare trip down memory lane (January 22). With his usual amorphous mass of non-information Mr Burgess claims the case against hunting is fragile. On what grounds? The vital ingredient truth to which he refers is clear and remains the same – hunting and killing with a pack dogs easily fulfils our accepted definition of cruelty…. Maurice Brett, Bromsgrove. (letter)
Worcester News 3.2.09 Hunting Act should satisfy everybody - I cannot understand why John Burgess is so vehemently against the Hunting With Dogs Act. In my opinion it should satisfy everyone. The hunt can still meet and chase a scent and no jobs have been lost, no hounds or horses have been destroyed and they have a bigger following than ever…. J NORWOOD, Kidderminster (letter)
Worcester News 2.2.09 Weaker animals do the attacking - Douglas Batchelor, League Against Cruel Sports (Letters, January 26) was right to confirm that traditional hunting helped maintain a sustainable and healthy fox population by culling the weaker injured and diseased animals. However, he was wrong to suggest the resulting fitter animals would be more likely to attack farm livestock. In fact it is the fox weakened by injury or illness that will put itself at risk venturing into the lambing pens or free range piggery to kill… I would be more inclined to accept Mr Batchelor’s questionable opinion poll if he would answer one question for me. Why have two chairmen, two chief executives, one head of operations and an undercover investigator departed well paid jobs at LACS Ltd to support traditional hunting on the grounds that a ban would cause a severe decline in animal welfare? Jon Burgess, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 30.1.09 Reasoning is based on misconceptions - I refer to the letter from Linda Granville: “I want what is best for foxes and deer”. What complete nonsense! I do indeed proudly belong to the group that Ms Granville refers to as the anti-hunting brigade, along with the great majority of the population of the UK. Her reasoning is unsound, simplistic and based on traditional misconceptions… Chris Caligari, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 26.1.09 Hunting approach is not productive - L Granville and Paul Bellingham support foxhunting on the grounds that it aids natural selection by ensuring that only the older and weaker foxes are killed. (Letters, January 16). This approach seems counter-productive for the farmers they claim to be assisting… DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, League Against Cruel Sports, Godalming (letter)
Worcester News 22.1.09 People from all walks of life hunt - The letters (January 17) from Helen Smart, Coun Alan Amos and Pauline Burgess raised a few points on which the anti-hunting argument now perilously hangs. This trio of authors ably demonstrated the fragility of the case against hunting and the prejudiced views which attempt to sustain it…. Jon Burgess, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 17.1.09 He makes a good case for hunt ban Despite Mr Burgess’s failed effort (January 9) to justify the practice whereby groups of county-set snobs dress up to get their bizarre pleasure by watching hideous dogs tear animals to pieces, he has made the case for the hunting ban very well. Remember all the talk that such a ban would destroy the rural economy? Yet Mr Burgess tells us that things there are thriving, so why remove the ban?... Coun Alan Amos, Warndon Ward, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 17.1.09 What does this writer mean? I was confused by Jon Burgess’s letter (January 9). He says there has been a huge increase in support for hunts since the Hunting Act of 2004, which surely proves that it was the chasing of wildlife with a pack of hounds and the kill that people abhorred…. PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 17.1.09 Ban gives us a law most of us support - Regarding Mr Burgess’s misguided comments and his usual inability to understand an argument, he continues to miss the point. Now that the barbaric practice of killing foxes for pleasure has been divorced from riding to hounds, many more people feel able to support this wonderful tradition, as has been seen by the increase in the numbers attending meetings… HELEN SMART, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 16.1.09 Hunt ban should be repealed soon - At the moment, the haphazard methods of control ensure that the fittest are killed, for example when they raid a chicken house, and the ones with mange survive… Fox hunting drives the foxes away from chicken coops and the fitter the fox is the more likely he is to survive. The weaker or diseased ones are killed quickly./.. The hunting ban should be repealed as soon as possible. L E M Granville and Paul Bellingham, Malvern. (letter)
Worcester News 9.1.09 Hunting ban was a return to class war - M Jones (January 1) made a poor attempt at continuing the flawed arguments against hunting…. The hunting ban was never about animal welfare. It was a return to a class war so fundamental to old Labour that even Tony Blair dared not stand in the way of such a muddled unworkable law…. JON BURGESS, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 1.1.09 It was nice to see so many supporting hunt SIR – I read with some amusement your report on December 27 of the large crowds who turned out to support the annual countryside event of hunting. It is very pleasing to see how many people support this event now that it no longer involves the cruel and barbaric killing of foxes or other wild mammals. Long may it continue… M JONES, Worcester (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 30.4.09 Separate rules for the hunt - SO, it's that time again. Dartmoor National Park Authority covering Dartmoor with notices asking the public to keep their dogs on a lead for the protection of 'lambs and ground-nesting birds'… Hunts canter and gallop, maybe 25 horses, same number of hounds, plus terriermen on quads, sweeping wide areas of the moor, penetrating deep into the quietest parts…. Last Saturday the Mid Devon Hunt even held 'races' before its meet. No consideration was given to birds, or livestock, never mind the stupidity of racing horses across the uneven ground, littered with granite stones… MRS Y STREET Okehampton (letter)

Oxford Mail 30.4.09 Peta hits out at fishermen - AN ANIMAL rights organisation has asked the Oxford English Dictionary to change its definition of the word ‘fisherman’. The European arm of Peta, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to John Simpson, the publication’s chief editor, after a new study at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and Purdue University in the US found that fish feel and remember pain… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 30.4.09 Lab animals need new law - GAIL WOOLFENDEN AnimalWise 37 Highcroft Woolavington TA7 8EU (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.4.09 Help improve life for laboratory animals - MEMBERS of the European Parliament are to vote within weeks on a proposed new law to update decade-old regulations affecting the enormous scale and degree of suffering of laboratory animals…. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recognises that this new law provides an opening to end some of the most terrible abuses and worst practices inherent in the outdated vivisection industry, and calls upon a concerned public to add its voice for the following reforms… Please take action on behalf of animals by contacting your local MEP to urge them to ensure that the law offers animals new and stronger protection…. Gail Woolfenden, AnimalWise, Highcroft, Woolavington (by email (letter)

Scottish Herald 30.4.09 Killing seals to be banned in Scotland - Killing seals is to be banned all year round under new laws proposed today for managing the seas around Scotland…. If passed by MSPs, the new law will cover the seas from shore to the 12-mile limit, and will attempt to balance competing interests through a legal planning framework…. (story)

Suffolk Free Press 30.4.09 Circus animals - I just wanted to respond to the article about Mondao circus at Long Melford. You're certainly right that it is not every day you see camels and zebras grazing on the green at Long Melford – nor should you. Circuses with wild animals should be banned. The point is, animals like zebra and camels should not be made to perform for humans’ entertainment…. Amanda Gee, Clare (story)

29.4.09

Bolton News 29.4.09 Racing: no option for horses - IT is so encouraging to note that there are many objectors to the proposed racecourse near to Bolton. (Public enquiry into plan for race course — April 23). Let men and women race, they have freedom to choose.They don’t get shot when their racing life is over… Name and address supplied Bolton (letter)

Western Morning News 29.4.09 Defra advice on bovine TB 'futile' - NEW research which demonstrates that cows and badgers mix together while out in the fields much more than previously thought has rendered Government measures to tackle bovine TB "futile", a farming expert has said…. Anthony Gibson, a farming columnist for the Western Morning News, said: "This work shows just how futile it is to try to prevent contact between badgers and cattle in buildings, which is the mantra that Defra preaches to farmers. If cows are frequently having contact with badgers out in the fields, then there's nothing you can do about it."… (story)

LIVE EXPORT PROTESTERS PAID COMPENSATION
Hawkinge Gazette 29.4.09 Police: Animal Rights supporters say Police have paid them thousands in compensation - It has been claimed by Animal Rights supporters that Kent Police have now paid out a total of £27,500 to 22 protesters for being 'falsely imprisoned' on their own coach which had travelled from London to a protest in Dover. The payout follows an alleged incident two and a half years ago on July 29 2006 when a coach from London arrived for a protest in Dover… (story)
Kent Messenger group 29.4.09 Activists 'paid thousands in compensation for police false imprisonment' – claim - Animal rights protesters who claim Kent police “imprisoned” them on a coach to Dover docks say they have received thousands in compensation. They say the police have paid out a total of £27,500 to 22 protesters, with each one who sued receiving a total of £1,250, based on damages for two hours of false imprisonment and compensation. There are still four cases pending, and 15 other people on the coach could make claims. The incident took place on July 29 2006 when a coach from London arrived for a protest in Dover. The coach, carrying about 40 protesters, was stopped by police on the edge of the town centre… (story)
Dartford Times 25.9.08 BANGED TO RIGHTS - ANIMAL rights campaigners have been offered thousands of pounds in compensation after police forced them away from a peaceful protest. A coach-load of protestors from the Animal Liberation Front and other animal rights organisations were stopped from joining a peaceful protest against the transportation of live cattle at Dover… Campaigner Adrian Appleby, 65, has dedicated more than a year seeking compensation for what he says goes against his human rights…. (story)
BBC News Online 25.9.08 Police payout over docks protest - Kent Police are set to pay compensation to animal rights campaigners who protested at live exports at Dover. The force has offered £1,250 to each campaigner if they can prove they were on a coach from London that was turned back from a demo at the docks in 2006…. (story)
Independent 25.9.08 Police offer £40,000 to animal rights protesters - By Cahal Milmo and Kate Mead - A police force has offered £40,000 in compensation to animal rights campaigners, including supporters of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), after they were prevented from joining a protest against livestock exports. The group of London-based protesters, representing several animal rights groups, accused Kent police of heavy-handed tactics after their coach was stopped as it entered Dover in July 2006… Now lawyers for Kent police have offered each of the 32 protesters £1,250 in an out-of-court settlement following a claim brought against the force alleging that the group was unlawfully denied the right to protest…. One of the animal rights campaigners, Adrian Appley, 65, from Bromley in Kent, who contributes financially to the work of the ALF, said: "The way in which we were treated was disgraceful…. Mr Appley said he and several other members of the group were supporters but not active members of the ALF… (story)
Bromley Times 25.9.08 Huge police pay out for animal rights protestors - ANIMAL rights campaigners could be given thousands of pounds in compensation after police forced them away from a peaceful protest. A coach-load of protestors from the Animal Liberation Front and other animal rights organisations were stopped from joining a peaceful protest against the transportation of live cattle at Dover harbour in July 2006…. Campaigner Adrian Appley, 65, of Chatterton Road, Bromley, has dedicated more than a year seeking compensation for what he says goes against his human rights…. (story)

Guardian 29.4.09 Intensive farming of animals - and viruses - Mike Davis's grim account of the role of industrial livestock production in the cause and spread of the swine flu virus should be ringing alarm bells across government… Caroline Lucas MEP, Green, South-East England
Even before Mike Davis's fierce article, the links between human health and welfare, and those of other creatures were becoming more and more obvious… Graham Allen MP, Labour, Nottingham North
Swine flu joins a host of deadly diseases linked to intensive farming, such as bird flu and mad cow disease. Factory-farmed animals are invariably stressed and riddled with disease from being crammed by the thousands into filthy sheds, which are a breeding ground for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses… Alexia Weeks, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letters)

Halifax Evening Courier 29.4.09 More to welfare than feeding the animals - ONCE again it's the time of the year for a circus, and it brings with it animal protesters urging the public not to visit in the hope it will end animal acts, which are outdated… I would like to ask Bobby Roberts how happy he would be if he was put in a small cage in the middle of the jungle, fed well, not beaten, or tethered up and confined without seeing another human being for decades on end…. Well done, Blackpool, and thank God for peaceful protesters. H Terry, High Lees Road, Mixenden, Halifax (letter)

Bath Chronicle 29.4.09 Luke joins the herd for animal charity - It's probably not the best timing to be running through streets dressed as a pig, but for one Bath man it is all in aid of charity. Luke Holdsworth, 27, will be pounding through the city centre in a pig costume, for the World Society for the Protection of Animals' City Stampede… (story)

28.4.09

Sale Messenger 28.4.09 Manchester Airport calls off its cull of rooks nesting in Dunham Massey Golf Club - MANCHESTER Airport has called off a bird cull in Dunham that was due to take place this week, after an outcry from nature lovers…. Campaigner Teresa Graham, the secretary of the Friends of Denzell Gardens and Devisdale in neighbouring Bowdon, said she was delighted at the news… (story)

Tivyside Advertiser 28.4.09 Cull questions need to be answered - Many aspects of the Welsh Assembly's decision to cull badgers in a trial programme have been aired, mainly concerning the scientific basis for the decision. There are a few other questions, however, which also need answers, such as what effect such a decision will have on the image of Wales? Who will want to visit Pembrokeshire for a holiday for example?... F Miller Aberporth (letter)

Driffield Post 28.4.09 Compassion in World Farming warns that intensive pig farming is a breeding ground for new and dangerous strains of disease - Compassion in World Farming, the world's leading international charity for farm animal welfare, is backing calls from Caroline Lucas MEP for a thorough investigation to be carried out into allegations that industrial pig farms are the source of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico. Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming says: "Although it is too early to know for sure where this latest virus has come from, it makes sense to question the wisdom of large scale factory farming of animals… (story)

Evesham Journal 28.4.09 It is cruel and barbaric - I WOULD like to express my disgust that in a supposedly civilised 21st century town we are allowing an ‘old fashioned traditional animal circus’ to set up in our park… R Newman, Evesham (letter)

27.4.09

"BLOODSPORTS LEAFLETS" LETTER
Northern Echo 27.4.09 Hunting - IN his letter about hare coursing (HAS, April 18), William Scarr states that, originally, food was the main purpose of this barbaric activity… Sport is where the participants have a relatively equal chance against each other. What chance does a hare or fox have against a pack of dogs?... Nick Calvert, Kirkby Fleetham, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
CORRESPONDENT L Edwards gives a good and full description of hunting (HAS, April 14), including hare coursing in all its “glory”, which William Scarr (HAS, April 18) says is exaggerated. Not a bit. Has he never been to the Waterloo Cup and witnessed hares – not all, but quite a few – being caught between two greyhounds and yanked apart?... M Embling, Crook, Co Durham (letters)
Northern Echo 18.4.09 Hunting - IN a comment about hare coursing in a letter opposing hunting, L Edwards mentions that there should be a “big photo of a hare being pulled apart by dogs”… The main purpose of hare coursing originally was for the end product of a hare’s carcass for food. This is why the dogs kill the hare by biting it on the back of its neck and swiftly breaking it, not by pulling its body apart. If they did, you would not be left with much to cook and eat… William Scarr, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 17.4.09 Why does hunting campaign continue - CHRIS Gale — Bloodsports leaflets will be arriving soon, Points of view, April 10 — has waded into the anti-hunting debate, obviously to bolster the continued campaign against the hunting community. Such campaigners are becoming increasingly frantic that the ban could be lifted in the future. I do not participate in hare coursing but surely "a hare being pulled apart by dogs" is as nature intended… M Lewis, Rackenford, Tiverton (story)
Northern Echo 14.4.09 Hunting - CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron has promised a free vote over repeal of the Hunting Act should he become the next occupant of No 10. So, let’s see the truth about fox and stag hunting in Tory election leaflets. Their commitment to re-legalise the savagery and brutality of killing for fun and entertainment is turning the clock back to cruelty… . I am sure we will see those Tory blood sports leaflets coming through our letter boxes soon. L Edwards, Address supplied. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.4.09 Bloodsports leaflets will be arriving soon - IF Conservative parliamentary candidates here in the Westcountry and elsewhere are so proud of their commitment to repeal the Hunting Act and re-legalise barbarity in the name of entertainment, will they be putting a picture of a disembowelled fox on their election leaflets?... I am sure we will see those Tory bloodsports leaflets coming through our letterboxes soon. Chris Gale 20 Dover Street Chippenham (by email) (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 27.4.09 Statistics back the Irish hare - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has strict criteria for defining a species as ‘endangered’ (Write Back, April 22). A population must have declined by more than 70% over the last 10 years where the causes of the reduction are clearly understood, reversible and have ceased, or be more than 50% where the causes are not understood, irreversible and have not ceased… the Irish hare is not ‘endangered’. Indeed, the mountain hare, of which the Irish hare is a sub-species, is listed by the IUCN in the category of Least Concern. Dr Neil Reid, Queen’s University, Belfast (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 22.4.09 ‘Endangered’ Irish hare should never be a quarry species - The Ulster Wildlife Trust’s assertion that ‘our Irish hare population is not endangered at this time’ frankly beggars belief (Write Back, April 11). Confirmation of long-term population decline, for which the trust and others are apparently still waiting, has been evident for around 100 years… We must use every means at our disposal to preserve this unique animal and allowing the Irish hare to remain a quarry species is simply not an option. Mike Rendle Irish Hare Initiative, Tyrone (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 11.4.09 Irish hare will get protection when it is necessary for survival - The Ulster Wildlife Trust has been the lead partner for the Irish hare Species Action Plan since 2001 and we take this role very seriously…. Annual monitoring of the Irish hare population in Northern Ireland is ongoing and it is clear that the population fluctuates naturally over time, depending upon habitat conditions, food availability and weather patterns. The scientific evidence shows that our Irish hare population is not endangered at this time and as such we have recommended in the Wildlife Order consultation that full protection is not currently needed, but that the legislative protection be reviewed every five years… We have worked with the likes of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and its members to introduce a voluntary moratorium on the shooting of hares … Andrew Upton, The Ulster Wildlife Trust (letter)
Belfast Telegrah 14.3.09 Why Irish hares need protection to boost numbers - In its response to the review of the Wildlife Order the Ulster Wildlife Trust has chosen not to support greater protection for our cultural icon and trust logo, the Irish hare… There is increasing evidence to support the view that activities such as coursing pose a real threat to the Irish hare. Nonetheless, the acknowledged level of uncertainty provides sufficient reason for applying the Precautionary Principle, the first recommendation of the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy…. Mike Rendle, Irish Hare Initiative, Tyrone (letter)

Fish & Fly 27.4.09 Welsh countryside is therapy at Casting for Recovery retreat - Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides fly fishing programmes at idyllic retreats around the UK and Ireland. Any woman who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to apply to attend a retreat (with medical clearance from their doctor). Retreats take place over two-and-a-half days and all accommodation, meals, counselling, and professional instruction are provided at no cost to participants due to major financial backing from the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

EAST ANGLIAN GAME & COUNTRY FAIR
Eastern Daily Press 27.4.09 Slideshow: Biggest crowds yet for Game and Country Fair - LORNA MARSH - Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Norfolk Showground in glorious spring weather for the East Anglian Game and Country Fair… (story)
Norwich Evening News 27.4.09 Thousands attend Game and Country Fair - Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Norfolk Showground in glorious spring weather for the East Anglian Game and Country Fair. The event, hosted in association with EDP Norfolk magazine, drew the biggest crowds in its six-year history over Saturday and Sunday… (story)
Eastern Daily Press 20.4.09 East Anglian Game and Country Fair - Featuring the likes of clay-pigeon shooting, archery and fly fishing, the East Anglian Game and Country Fair more than lives up to its name. But take a closer look at what's lined up for the colourful weekend in April and you'll find there's so much more to this event than simply the expected outdoor and country pursuits… The East Anglian Game and Country Fair is held at the Norfolk Showground April 25 and 26, open 9am-6pm. Book tickets in advance to make the most of discounts… (story)

Daily Post 27.4.09 Badger realities - I WRITE in response to Betty Lee’s letter to the Daily Post (20th April) in which she accuses me and other leaders in the farming unions of failing the industry by blaming badgers for spreading bovine TB… Farming leaders base their views on the scientific evidence…. when it comes to badgers, the science speaks for itself. The removal of around 80% of badgers in the English trials has resulted in a 54% fall in TB outbreaks… So is it not time that wildlife groups faced their responsibilities by accepting policies that will, in the long run, result in healthy cattle and badgers, and less pain and suffering for all concerned? Brian WaltersFUW Vice President (letter)
Daily Post 20.4.09 Failing farmers - I TAKE issue with Mr Walter’s statement that “it was also wrong to penalise herd owners for a disease which had been linked to badgers… our farmers are under tremendous pressure from all the diseases that afflict intensively produced animals to feed our expanding population. However the unions, politicians and vets have allowed this situation to become out of control, including of course bTB which exploded into Wales following restocking from bTB areas after the Foot and Mouth epidemic… Shame on you – you are failing farmers, wildlife and the tourist industry! Betty LeeSett RecorderClwyd Badger Group (letter)

Times 27.4.09 The shift: animal technologist at AstraZeneca - Helen Rumbelow - There is a small, revolutionary detail at the new dog laboratory at AstraZeneca near Manchester — it has windows to the outside world. The dogs can see out and people can, with a bit of effort, see in. Daylight has not been shed on these laboratories before. It signals the change of attitude that has allowed The Times unprecedented access to one of the largest animal-testing laboratories in Britain… (letter)

Telegraph 27.4.09 Taxpayers forking out £700 million for factory farming in England - Taxpayers are paying hundreds of millions to Europe every year to fund a factory farming system that is wiping out rainforests and making climate change worse, environmentalists have claimed. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Friends of the Earth said £700 million of taxpayers' money was paid towards EU subsidies for intensive farming of cows and pigs or battery chickens in England last year. The conservationists fear the money is fuelling an industry with low standards of animal welfare – as highlighted recently by chefs such as Jamie Oliver. There are also concerns that cheap soya feed imported from South America is fuelling destruction of the rainforests… (story)
Yorkshire Post 27.4.09 Pressure group attacks farming policy - British taxpayers are paying £700m a year towards supporting a factory farming system which is forcing small farmers out of business, fuelling rainforest destruction and making climate change worse, says pressure group Friends of the Earth… (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 27.4.09 Circus ban is a step 'too far' for council - CIRCUS acts featuring animals will be permitted in Belper as long as they abide by RSPCA rules… Charity Animal Aid proposed the ban and claimed its "no animals" policy had been adopted by more than 200 local authorities. But the council has now rejected the idea… (story)

26.4.09

Sunday Telegraph 26.4.09 Wet French birds - French partridges – redlegs – have never flown as well as their English cousins, grey partridges (“Sluggish partridges spoil sport for shooting parties”, report, April 19)…. The Game Conservancy Trust seems to believe that climate change is only “temporary”, and that last year, “red-legged partridges were simply too damp to fly at their best”. Climate change is at the very heart of the matter… Nigel Kenyon, Tilston, Cheshire
… Maybe they are learning to fly lower and lower, so that eventually they can’t be shot at all. John Knight, St. Raphael, Var, France (letters)
Sunday Telegraph 19.4.09 Low flying partridges threaten future of shooting - One of Britain’s favourite country sports is facing an unexpected challenge – birds which are just too heavy or docile to fly high or fast enough - Experts say shooting estates are under threat because prized red-legged partridges are not flying as fast or as high as they used to, making them less challenging to shoot…. Kit Davidson, shooting consultant at animal rights organisation Animal Aid, said: "The problem might lie with the intensive farming conditions in which some of these birds are reared… Ian Lindsay, of the Game Conservancy Trust, is convinced the problem is temporary and explained by the fickle British climate. He said: "Last autumn was one of the worst and most difficult seasons in memory because the weather was absolutely atrocious. Quite simply I think many of these red-legged partridges were simply too damp to fly at their best… (story)

Wales on Sunday 26.4.09 ON May 7, your region’s Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be voting on a series of proposals that will determine how animal research is conducted throughout the European Union – including the UK – for years to come. If the proposals are accepted, they will dramatically weaken the draft directive that has been on the table, meaning that laboratory animals would receive even less protection than at present…. It is absolutely crucial that everyone who is concerned about the suffering of animals in laboratories, and wants to see the rapid implementation of 21st century, non-animal test methods, should write to their MEPs before 7 May 7… FIONA PEREIRA, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)

25.4.09

Isle of Wight County Press 25.4.09 Snared badger had to be put down By Martin Neville - A BADGER caught in a snare in the Shorwell area could have been trapped in the device for more than a week… Joan and Julian Tisdale, of Freshwater, both members of the League Against Cruel Sports, were distressed to find the badger caught up in shrubbery near a fence and footpath and called the police and the RSPCA… Simon Wild, director of the National Anti-Snaring Campaign told the County Press: “It is disgusting snares have been put in an area where badgers are foraging…. (story)

Scotsman 25.4.09 Kinds of cruelty - In his attempt to justify the snaring of foxes, Ian McCall (Letters, 23 April) makes the simple mistake of equating the cruelty caused by animals with cruelty caused by humans. Predators such as foxes cause "necessary" cruelty to stay alive. This in no way excuses or mitigates the cruelty landowners inflict on foxes and other animals by use of snares… JAMES BOYLE, Glazert Road, Dunlop, East Ayrshire (letter)
Scotsman 23.4.09 Which is cruellest? - Louise Robertson and Ross Minett (Letters, 21 April) conveniently ignore certain facts about the use of snares… Only this week we found a ewe in a lambing field, a fox still eating a back leg, when disturbed by our first dawn inspection. The ewe was still alive and had to be put out of her misery. By comparison, when we snare the offending fox it will be restrained in a snare for no more than a few hours before being humanely despatched… Cruelty has been defined as "unnecessary suffering". I suggest Ms Robertson and Mr Minett think again if reducing cruelty is their genuine aim. IAN McCALL Proprietor, Henderston Farms, Newtyle, Perthshire (letter)
Scotsman 21.4.09 Stop snaring now - The Scottish Parliament will today discuss a petition to ban snaring which has been signed by an overwhelming 10,000 members of the public… Regulation of this cruelty is not an option. Snares must be made illegal. LOUISE ROBERTSON Scottish Campaigns Manager, League Against Cruel Sports; ROSS MINETT Campaigns director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh (letter)

Sky News 25.4.09 Campaigners March Against Animal Testing - Thousands of campaigners have marched through central London to call for an end to animal experiments - The demonstration marks the United Nations' recognised day of international commemoration of the suffering and killing of millions of animals in labs across the world…. (story)

24.4.09

View Online 24.4.09 Glorious day for Seavington Hunt By Margery Hookings - VISITORS flocked to Sunday's point-to-point races organised by the Seavington Hunt at Littlewindsor, near Beaminster.... (story)

Oxford Mail 24.4.09 Agony of fishing - IN the Oxford Mail most weeks, you print in the sports section, photos of one of our county’s expert fishermen normally holding his prize catch… A man or woman throws out on the end of a line, a needle-sharp hook… What agony the fish must be going through by this time, we can only guess…. BILL GOODWIN Pebble Hill Radley (letter)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER (3)
Bo'ness Journal 24.4.09 Fatal gamble - FIONA PEREIRA, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.4.09 Death toll mounts in cruel world of racing - Fiona Pereira Campaigner Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW (by email) (letter)
Halifax Courier 10.4.09 Pushed to the limit – raced to their death - Fiona Pereir, campaigner, Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Solihull Observer 9.4.09 - On the way home from Saturday’s demonstration against the Grand National, I received the depressing news that yet another horse had been killed at this year’s Grand National… Fiona Pereira Campaigner Animal Aid (letter)
Southern Reporter 8.4.09 Horses losing out in profit stakes - Fiona Pereira (campaigner) Animal Aid Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Bolton News 8.4.09 Racing horses into the ground - Fiona Pereira, Campaigner Animal Aid (story)
ThisIsSomerset (Wells) 7.4.09 Depressed by another National - On the way home from Saturday's demonstration against the Grand National, I received the depressing news that yet another horse had been killed at this year's Grand National meeting at Aintree, bringing the death toll to five. Why is it that there is so little mention of the fatalities and so much written about the winners?... Even racing's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority, has failed to produce any meaningful data on thoroughbred deaths, when pressed to do so. Instead, it is left to Animal Aid's Race Horse Deathwatch online database to record and make public each and every death of a racehorse on Britain's 60 racecourses…. Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge (letter)

Oxford Mail 24.4.09 Animal rights protesters demand Uni stops tests - Animal rights protesters have handed over a 65,000-signature petition to Oxford University calling for it to stop tests on animals. The signatures were collected by protest group Speak over the last five years… (story)
BBC News Online 24.4.09 Animal test petition handed in - A 65,000 signature petition is set to be handed in to Oxford University calling for the institution to stop tests on animals. The signatures have been collected over five years by the group Speak. Amanda Richards from Speak said: "We're hoping the university will take notice at the amount of opposition to the experiments they do."… (story)

Stroud News & Journal 24.4.09 Drew has first 'cruelty-free' office in England By David Wiles - STROUD MP David Drew is the occupant of the first constituency office in England to be officially 'cruelty-free'. Staff at the premises in Lansdown have been honoured by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) for not using cleaning products tested on animals… (story)

Leicester Mercury 24.4.09 The sad fate of circus animals - I was amazed to read (Mercury, April 15) ringmaster Martin Lacey make the assertion that professional organisations, such as the RSPCA, and other animal-welfare experts, were wrong when talking about animals suffering in circuses. Perhaps Mr Lacey doesn't consider taking away a wild animal's liberty, penning it up in a too-small, bare cage, or chaining it in a cramped enclosure transported all over Britain, and forcing or tricking it to do demeaning antics, cruelty… Nick Ballard, Leicester (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 24.4.09 Saving animals - HOW sad that the people protesting outside the Jungle Zoo had nothing better to do at Easter. Jungle Zoo is small, clean and well-run and the animals are well cared for…. Mario Hoblyn, Grainthorpe (letter)

Halifax Courier 24.4.09 Circus crowds vote with their feet - I read your news item about Bobby Roberts in Halifax, but am unsure if your reporter(s) checked on what the circus said. Are you taking their word for it that they draw big crowds, because in my experience all animal circuses are struggling to draw any audience worth talking about… Sue Berry, Park Lea, Huddersfield (letter)

Romford Recorder 24.4.09 'Netting is just killing pigeons' - ANIMAL welfare supporters are demanding the removal of netting from under the bridge at Romford railway station because it is leading to the deaths of pigeons…. Emma Reece, from Romford, said: "The dead birds are a danger to public health. And the poor birds trapped there are being left to starve to death." Romford town councillor Wendy Brice-Thompson described the situation as "unacceptable"… This followed further reports from bird rescue worker Anita Lincoln, of London-based Bird Aid…. (story)

23.4.09

Exeter Express & Echo 23.4.09 It's time to end the suffering of animals - EVERY year on April 25 compassionate people around the world speak out on behalf of the victims of vivisection. World Day for Laboratory Animals is a time to reflect upon the suffering of millions of monkeys, cats, fish, mice, rats, dogs, birds, rabbits, pigs, horses and many other species… Frances Wicks, Alphington Road, Exeter (by post) (letter)

22.4.09

GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW
Northern Echo 22.4.09 Preparations for show continue - CRAFTSMEN have been hard at work building kennels for the new competitive Harrier hounds classes to be held at one of the country’s biggest agricultural shows. The Harriers will be based in the new Hound Show area which is being created close to the existing Country Pursuits Area at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire… (story)
Yorkshire Post 21.4.09 Harriers set to hare in with new show role By Brian Dooks - MORE than 150 years after it was established, the Great Yorkshire Show is introducing competitive classes for harrier hounds. The move has delighted the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's new president, Michael Bannister, of Coniston Hall, Skipton, who has been a Master of the Harrier Hounds for 35 years…. (story)
Northern Echo 21.4.09 Harrier hounds for the Great Yorkshire Show - NEW competitive classes are being introduced at the biggest event in the region’s agricultural calendar. Craftsmen are currently building kennels for the new harrier hounds classes to be held at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. The harriers will be based in the new Hound Show area being created at the south-west side of the showground in Harrogate, close to the Country Pursuits area… (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 20.4.09 Harrier hounds for the Great Yorkshire Show - NEW competitive classes are being introduced at the biggest event in the region’s agricultural calendar. Craftsmen are currently building kennels for the new harrier hounds classes to be held at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show… (story)
Harrogate Advertiser 16.2.09 Harrier hounds class coming to the Great Yorkshire Show - HISTORY will be made on the opening day of this year's Great Yorkshire Show when a competitive class for harrier hounds is introduced. The harriers will be based and shown in the new Hound Show area, being created at the south west side of the showground, close to the Country Pursuits area… (story)
Westmorland Gazette 13.2.09 New event for popular agricultural show By Daniel Orr - A SHOWCASE for the countryside will welcome competitive classes for harrier hounds for the first time when it returns later this year. The 151st Great Yorkshire Show takes place in Harrogate on Tuesday, July 14. Honorary show director Bill Cowling said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming harrier packs to the show…. (story)

Forres Gazette 22.4.09 Bird slaughter must be stopped - Every day, at dawn and dusk, between September and February, wildfowlers shoot the greylag geese as they fly between their night roost on the Findhorn Estuary and the fields on which they graze…. These beautiful creatures yearly fly thousands of miles south from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia in autumn, and return in the spring. Is it acceptable to destroy them needlessly and in such numbers merely to satisfy the primitive blood lust of a few individuals? No, it is not… I would ask anyone who wishes that this carnage would stop, to write to their MP, MSP and MEP. Let's stop this before the geese return in September - ANDREW FLOYD, Plum Cottage, Burleigh, Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

Leicester Mercury 22.4.09 Opening night of circus proves a huge success - Complaints about the use of wild animals in a circus failed to deter fans as scores of people rolled up to the opening night of a show. The Great British Circus, which features African elephants, lions, camels, tigers and llamas, opened for its first Leicestershire show in Glen Parva last night.Despite coming under fire from critics, including the RSPCA and Leicester Animal Concern, families going to the show said they believed the animals were treated well. … (story)
Leicester Mercury 15.4.09 Circus defends its use of animals - Circus bosses have today branded animal campaigners "stupid" for accusing them of cruelty. Leaders of the Great British Circus, which rolls into Leicester next week, say they would not be allowed to carry on using wild animals if there was any sign the creatures were being neglected or harmed…. Campaigners from Leicester Animal Concern have been asking businesses to remove posters advertising the circus from windows. Spokesman Phil Hudson said: "Whether they've got elephants, tigers, llamas or whatever, it doesn't matter – they are all wild animals…(story)

Grimsby Telegraph 22.4.09 Animal circuses doomed - IN reply to Martin Lacey, I have attended peaceful and law-abiding anti-animal circus protests on several occasions. I have only seen a group of good-natured individuals, supporters of such diverse organisations as Animal Aid, Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, World Society for the Protection of Animals, the World Wildlife Fund and the RSPCA. What brings such people together is their concern for the welfare of performing animals and the condition in which they are kept, trained and transported… Dr D Wedlake, (address supplied) (letter)

21.4.09

Swindon Advertiser 21.4.09 POLICE covering their identification numbers, wearing balaclavas or scarves to hide their faces. Police using unnecessary force and actually provoking demonstrators. This has been par for the course as regards animal rights demonstrations… The only time I have seen their actions justified was at the Countryside Alliance pro hunt demonstration - now they really deserved a bit of stick as they normally like dishing it out to defenceless animals. PHILIP BEAVEN, Merton Avenue, Swindon (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 21.4.09 I WONDER if, bear baiting had just been abolished, would the “Countryside Alliance’ have marched on the House of Commons threatening violence to prevent the law being passed? Would the ‘Middle Way Group’ be suggesting a controlled way of baiting the bear with less cruelty?... REV H W JONES, Priors Hill, Wroughton, Swindon (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 21.4.09 Calls to boycott animal circus - RUSSELL CLAYDON - CAMPAIGNERS have called for residents to boycott an animal circus which has pitched up in a quaint Suffolk village. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) is asking the public to turn their backs on one of the country's last remaining animal circuses, when it performs in Long Melford from Wednesday. Circus Mondao features camels, lamas, zebras, horses, goats and mules which arrived in the grounds of Kentwell Hall on Sunday…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 21.4.09 Benefit gig for vegan prisoner support group - A BENEFIT gig is being held for a group campaigning for the rights of jailed vegans. Since the Vegan Prisoner Support Group was set up in 1994, guidelines for the treatment of vegans and vegan toiletries have been provided at all British prisons… It will start at 8pm on Wednesday, April 29, at The Navigation, in Wilford Street, Nottingham (story)

Bath Chronicle 21.4.09 Foie gras restaurant slams protesters - The owner of a Bath restaurant has insisted he will carry on serving foie gras - and has criticised protesters who have picketed his premises… Chef and co-owner Alex Grant claimed the protesters swore at his customers, and admitted he pushed one of the campaigners in a row over the picket. The campaigners from the Bath Activist Network have denied being aggressive, swearing or blocking the door… the man he pushed, 22-year-old Dave Clements, said they had been doing nothing wrong… (story)

20.4.09

Northern Echo 20.4.09 Hunting - HOW I agree with CT Riley (HAS, April 17) that no more time should be wasted over the hunting with dogs ban. It was time well spent by New Labour, passing the law to ban a cruel pastime and if the Conservatives come to power, they shouldn’t waste time trying to repeal it…. Ruth Ockendon Laycock, Shildon, Co Durham (letter)
Northern Echo 17.4.09 Fox hunting - WHEN Labour came to power far too much parliamentary time was wasted in dealing with the matter of blood sports, while far more important matters were ignored. Should the Conservatives get into power, then David Cameron’s promise of a free vote over repeal of the Hunting Act will do the same… CT Riley, Spennymoor, Co Durham (letter)

Halifax Evening Courier 20.4.09 Hunting down the secret manifesto - IT seems the sad old Tories are about to make a surprise attack at gaining No 10 again. And their secret weapon? Why, Edward Garnier, Shadow Justice Minister. And the grand plan? It seems Mr Garnier deems the hunting ban which came into force in February 2005 was unfair and inept… Clarrie Shaw, Dam Head Road, Sowerby Bridge (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 23.4.09 Distressed at seeing rabbits shot - I have been a resident of the beautiful and peaceful village of Kelbrook for nearly two years… My only problem with living here (and indeed the countryside itself) is the abundance of folk with guns shooting rabbits/pheasants etc which I always appear to stumble upon on my many walks… I still think it is hopelessly cruel…. I walked through Kelbrook churchyard only to see an elderly resident shooting the small rabbits – he was actually doing this in the churchyard… I immediately questioned their intentions. Obviously shocked at my outburst they were very rude to me and I walked away. I went home and broke my heart. How cruel… Julie Holgate, animal lover and (until now) very happy Kelbrook resident (letter)

Portsmouth News 20.4.09 'Granarchist' vows not to stop protests By Rachel Hine - A veteran animal rights campaigner known as the 'granarchist' has vowed her latest conviction will not stop her. Helen Nelson, 84, was found guilty last week of causing harassment and distress during a protest. She was one of a group of campaigners who took part in a protest outside Torbay Farm in Sciviers Lane, Upham, in the Meon Valley, where there are plans to move Wickham Labs which carries out animal testing. A district judge found Nelson guilty of harassing and distressing the family that live in the farmhouse…
SEPARATE CASE - Helen Nelson faced another charge of harassment before Portsmouth magistrates last week, alongside her daughter Jeannette McClunan, 53, and son-in-law David McClunan, 55, from the Meon Valley. The charge concerned an earlier and separate protest outside Torbay Farm, Upham, in the Meon Valley, on October 8, 2007… as Mrs Tewkesbury was on holiday at the time, and it was her daughters and stepson who witnessed the protest, the judge said there was no case to answer…. (story)

Irish Sun 20.4.09 Animal rights bill concerns Jewish rabbis - Rabbis and Jewish communities throughout Europe have been rallied to try to stop legislation that would ensure more humane treatment of animals being slaughtered. A new EU bill aims to lessen the suffering of animals for the Jewish method of shechita, or ritual slaughter… (story)

Northern Echo 20.4.09 Vegan displays work in former Butchers - A VEGAN artist has transformed an empty butchers shop window in Bishop Auckland with a floral tribute to animals. Pinky Binks used hundreds of pink chrysanthemums and roses to spell the words ‘hold your breath’ displayed in the former Fawcett’s Butcher’s window on Newgate Street… (story)

Wigan Evening Post 20.4.09 Upset at sight of circus elephant in chains - For anyone with a spark of humanity, the idea of an elderly elephant restrained with chains in a field at a busy roundabout feels very distressing, yet this is what we got last weekend in Leigh… Jenny Dobbs, Thompson Street, Leigh (letter)

York Press 20.4.09 Ending cruelty - It is not just kids who are cruel to animals (What can we do to deter cruelty?, Soapbox, April 8). Those aged under 12 years should be made to help at the RSPCA to clean out the kennels and all the other jobs that nobody likes to do. Those over 12 should be birched, and that should not just be for animals, it should be for any cruelty… D Fillingham, The Crossway, Muncaster, York (letter)

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 20.4.09 Please think before visiting the circus - I WOULD like to ask people to think very hard before they support circuses which use animals for entertainment. Whether those circuses are conforming to animal welfare laws or not, the creatures are kept in captivity and perform work which is not natural to them… JUDITH PAYNE, St John’s Avenue, Ludlow (letter)

18.4.09

Droitwich Spa Advertiser 18.4.09 MP calls for hunting act to be quashed - TOWN MP Peter Luff has called for The Hunting Act to be quashed for the sake of the animals it is trying to protect. The 2004 act must be repealed at the earliest opportunity, according to Mr Luff and Lembit Öpik MP, co-chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group…. (story)

Times 18.4.09 Charities in dispute over culling magpies - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - Wildlife charities are in dispute over the role of magpies in the disappearance of songbirds from gardens across the country. The birds are considered vicious nest marauders by many supporters of Songbird Survival and the Countryside Alliance, who claim magpies snatch chicks and eggs. But the RSPB and the RSPCA are rushing to defend the species… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 18.4.09 Animals are cared for - I WOULD like to thank the Great British Circus for putting on a really good show which we visited on the first night…. There were some animal rights protesters campaigning at the entrance but they really should have had a look at how the animals are kept. They are very clean, well looked after and obviously very happy… Mrs S E Horton, (address supplied) (letter)

17.4.09

LACS PRIVATE PROSECUTION OF ISLE OF WIGHT HUNT
Telegraph 17.4.09 Hunting ban is 'unworkable mess' say supporters - Hunt supporters have claimed the ban has become an "unworkable mess" after the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) dropped a private prosecution of four men accused of illegal hunting. By Richard Savill - The case against four members of the Isle of Wight Hunt, Stuart Trousdale, Jamie Butcher, Malcolm Purcell and Liam Thom, is the third under the Hunting Act to be dropped in recent weeks… (story)
Isle of Wight County Press 16.4.09 League drops private hunting prosecutions By Ross Findon - THE League Against Cruel Sports has dropped its private prosecution of four men accused of hunting offences, almost two years after they were arrested. Despite the decision to drop the case, the league’s private prosecution could mean taxpayers are landed with a massive legal bill totalling tens of thousands of pounds, according to the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Horse & Hound 14.4.09 Case dropped against hunting men arrested in dawn raids in 2007 - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Charges of illegal hunting have been dropped against four men connected with the Isle of Wight hunt who were arrested in dawn raids two years ago. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) dropped its private prosecution of the Isle of Wight hunt last week, saying its evidence was "no longer of sufficient quality and quantity to support a case"… In May 2007, Isle of Wight huntsman Stuart Trousdale, falconer Jamie Butcher, amateur whipper-in Liam Thom and field master Malcolm Purcell were all charged with hunting a fox with dogs. Hampshire Police carried out dawn raids on 3 May 2007, including one on the hunt's kennels at Gatcombe in Newport, to arrest the men. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) later decided not to prosecute, so the case was taken up privately by LACS…. (story)
Horsemart 14.4.09 Last hunt prosecution dropped - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has dropped its private prosecution of four members of the Isle of Wight Hunt, which was the last hunt prosecution adjourned pending a recent High Court judgment. Prosecutions against the Heythrop Hunt and Devon and Somerset Staghounds by the Crown Prosecution Service have already been discontinued. One huntsman in Northumberland has since been charged with a single Hunting Act offence and is the only person connected to a hunt currently facing charges… (story)
Horse & Hound 23.11.07 Isle of Wight hunting trial postponed over “burden of evidence” - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The trial of four men connected with the Isle of Wight foxhounds was yesterday postponed. Four barristers, two solicitors, four defendants and a District Judge at Portsmouth Magistrates Court could not agree on where the "burden of evidence" lies in the case. And an answer has been requested from the High Court... (story)
Horse & Hound 4.7.07 Isle of Wight hunt men plead "not guilty" - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Four men connected to the Isle of Wight hunt have pleaded not guilty to charges that they were hunting illegally with dogs. Huntsman Stuart Trousdale of Gatcombe, falconer Jamie Butcher of Ryde and amateur whipper-in Liam Thom, of Rookley are charged with hunting a fox with dogs. Field master Malcolm Purcell, of Blackwater, is charged with hunting with dogs.... (story)
Times 3.7.07 Men prosecuted for hunting with dogs - NEWPORT Four men denied charges of illegal hunting with dogs during a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports. The defendants are expected to use the defence that they were legally hunting with an eagle owl – the first time that the falconry exemption would be tested in the courts since the Hunting Act came into force in February 2005... (story)
BBC News Online 2.7.07 Four men deny hunting with dogs - Four men from the Isle of Wight have pleaded not guilty to illegally hunting with dogs in a private prosecution brought by an animal welfare group. Stuart Trousdale, of Gatcombe, Jamie Butcher, of Ryde, and Liam Thom, of Rookley, are charged with hunting a fox with dogs.... The League Against Cruel Sports brought the prosecution at Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with the case against the men.... (story)
Horse & Hound 27.6.07 Isle of Wight hunt face private prosecution by LACS - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has launched a private prosecution against four members of the Isle of Wight hunt following a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to prosecute... (story)
Western Daily Press 22.6.07 HUNT SUMMONS - A Third hunt last night became the subject of a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports, as legal pressure mounted on the hunting community.Three members of the Isle of Wight hunt have been summonsed to appear in court by LACS... (story)
Isle of Wight County Press 21.6.07 PRIVATE CASE AGAINST HUNT FOUR - THE League Against Cruel Sports has taken out a private prosecution against four members of the IW Hunt. In May, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed with a prosecution of the same four men, who were arrested at their homes in dawn raids and held in the cells for 15 hours before being released without charge.... (story)
Isle of Wight County Press 18.5.07 MP SLAMS DAWN RAIDS ON HUNT HOMES By Suzanne Pert - HEAVY-HANDED treatment by police of huntsmen arrested in dawn raids and kept in police cells for 15 hours before being released without charge has been questioned by Island MP Andrew Turner. In a letter to Hampshire and IW Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan, Mr Turner said the police actions would seem more appropriate for drug smugglers than for those who, even if found guilty, would only face a fine…. The four men, arrested at 6.30am at their respective homes on May 3, were Liam Thom, a member of the IW Hunt, professional huntsman Stuart Trousdale, falconer Jamie Butcher and Malcolm Purcell, a former master of the hunt and field master on the day the offence was alleged to have taken place, November 29, 2006. This week the police confirmed the Crown Prosecution Service had decided there should be no prosecutions…. (story)
Horse & Hound 18.5.07 Kate Hoey to query hunting arrests - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Countryside Alliance chairman Kate Hoey and Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner have written to the chief constable of Hampshire Police following the dawn arrests of four men on Thursday, 3 May (news, 10 May). They are understood to have written to express concern at the way in which the arrests were handled. The men are connected with the Isle of Wight hunt and were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Hunting Act during an incident in November 2006…. (story)
Isle of Wight County Press 18.5.07 POLICE BEHAVED LIKE NAZIS - From T. J. R. Sheldon, Kings Manor, Freshwater: YOU reported (CP 11-05-07) that four people had been arrested on suspicion of illegally hunting a wild animal with dogs. What you may not have known is that eight police officers descended on the homes of the four, at 6.30 in the morning in a manner which we have come to expect of the police when dealing with known terrorists…. The police may wish to treat people who live in the countryside like this but it will backfire on them… (letter)

Tivyside Advertiser 17.4.09 End of first season for Bloodhounds - As hounds screamed through the valley of Cwmdu, from Pont Ceri all the way to Brongest and back, thus ending the first season of the West Wales Farmers Bloodhounds. A distinct pack of Otter Hound and Bloodhound breeds, brought together by Master Huntsman, Robert Thomas to hunt a laid scent by local runner Mark Kallenberg…. (story)

DAVID LATHAM
Western Morning News 16.4.09 Scandal of man's missing organs - A LEADING huntsman's death in a freak accident off the coast of Goa remains unsolved because Indian authorities removed his heart and failed to return it to the UK. David Latham, 71, from Treworthal, Roseland peninsula in Cornwall, a well-known countryside campaigner, died after he went swimming in the Arabian Sea between Mumbai and Goa and got into difficulties in shallow water. At an inquest into his death yesterday, his wife Josephine was told Mr Latham's heart was removed during a post-mortem examination in India and was not returned to the UK with his body…. Mr Latham was master of the Four Burrow Hunt and a former South West chairman of the Countryside Alliance… (story)
West Briton 27.3.08 SPECIAL MEETING - Popular huntmaster David Latham is to be remembered at a special race meeting today when a steeplechase is staged in his name.... Members of the St Day-based Four Burrow Hunt were due to join a parade at Exeter racecourse ahead of the David Latham Memorial Countryside Alliance Open Hunter Chase this afternoon.... (story)
Western Morning News 1.2.08 FAIRWELL TO COUNTRYSIDE CAMPAIGNER - There was standing room only at a Cornish church for the funeral of one of the county's leading huntsmen and countryside campaigners. David Latham drowned in a freak accident off the Indian coast... More than 200 people attended the funeral to pay their respects to Mr Latham, the former joint master of the Four Burrow Hunt at Carn Brea... (story)
Horse & Hound 29.1.08 Funeral of countryside campaigner and master of foxhounds David Latham - Former joint master of the Four Burrow Hunt and Tetcott Hunt and countryside campaigner David Latham has drowned while on a round-the-world trip with his wife.... His funeral will take place on Thursday (31 January) at 11am at Philleigh Church near Truro. Donations to the Countryside Alliance and Philleigh Church c/o Terence Tregunna, funeral director.... (story)
Western Morning News 25.1.08 TOP HUNTSMAN DROWNS - LYN BARTON - Tributes have been paid to a leading huntsman and countryside campaigner who drowned in a freak accident while on a round-the-world trip with his wife.... (story)
West Briton 24.1.08 TRIBUTES AFTER HUNTSMAN DIES IN 'FREAK' HOLIDAY ACCIDENT - A leading huntsman has drowned in India while on a two-year adventure with his wife. David Latham, a 71-year-old retired farmer who lived at Treworthal, on the Roseland pensinula, got into trouble as the couple swam in the Arabian Sea last Thursday.... Yesterday, tributes poured in for the former joint master of the Four Burrow Hunt and the former South West chairman of the Countryside Alliance.... (story)
Cornishman 24.1.08 HUNTSMAN DIES - A leading huntsman has drowned in India while on a two-year adventure with his wife.David Latham, a 71-year-old retired farmer, got into trouble as the couple swam in the Arabian Sea last Thursday... (story)

The Comet 17.4.09 An end to hunting - In response to the article by Louise McEvoy on lifting the ban on hunting I would like to respond to the points she raised in favour of hunting with hounds. Firstly, it is simply not true that thousands of jobs have been or will be lost to the ban. The only change of the ban on fox hunting has been to remove the cruelty from their activity… MARK MILLS, By email
Louise McEvoy has always been controversial in her personal viewpoint but never so much in her unbalanced comments on reintroducing fox hunting. If Louise is so keen to bring back this barbaric blood sport, maybe she would like to take the place of the fox on the first hunt… BARRY HILL, Sale Drive, Clothall Common, Baldock
For those of you in agreement with Louse McEvoy's view that fox hunting should, again be legalised, ask yourself one question. Why in all the time leading up to the ban have we never been shown a kill on TV? After all, we are used to seeing wild animal kills on wildlife programmes. Well I have seen a kill, and it is not the quick 'bite to back of the neck' the pro hunting lobby would like to portray. It is a horrific tearing apart of a live animal… ANNE HAWKINS, Periwinkle Lane, Hitchin
I have just read your article on the ban on hunting with dogs. Far from there being a strong case to lift the ban, the exact opposite is true - it is so weak as to be laughable. However, the jobs and control arguments presented, ridiculous as they might be, are irrelevant. Cruelty is an absolute, and deliberately causing dogs to kill a fox is without doubt, cruel… ROB DAVIES, Baldock (letters)

Western Gazette 17.4.09 Field and Stream - The Blackmore Vale Shooting and Conservation Society's summer clay shooting championships are underway with a shoot every month through to July. Defending champion D Cooper is on good form and will be hard to beat… (story)

Daily Mail 17.4.09 Watership Down composer Mike Batt has rabbits shot in cull on his estate By Tom Kelly - His ballad Bright Eyes accompanied images of brave rabbits battling their way to freedom in the film Watership Down. But Mike Batt seems to have decided that the fluffy animals are not always to his liking. The composer has hired a marksman to kill rabbits apparently running amok on his country estate… But Libby Anderson, of the charity Advocates for Animals, said: 'Large rabbit numbers can be a serious problem, but we never support culling them, mainly because it is not a sustainable solution… (story)
Daily Mail 17.4.09 With a rabbit population of 45m Britain is under threat from... The Great Bunny Plague By Victoria Moore - Tootling round the borders of the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire, in his tasteful, racing green van, Steve Caple is not your standard sort of pest control man…. 'Through the winter months, about 50 per cent of my business is rabbits,… (story)

Times 17.4.09 Pensioner trains foxes to dance - but two legs bad, says RSPCA - An 80-year-old man has trained foxes to stand up on their hind legs and beg for food, amazing animal behaviourists. Up to seven animals wait every night in the garden of Richard Lavelle, in Derby. Wildlife experts say that they have never heard of foxes being trained in such a way, and his neighbours say they are happy because the animals have stopped digging up their allotments… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 16.4.09 Wildlife-lover trains foxes to stand up to eat (with video) - PENSIONER Richard Lavelle has managed to out-fox animal experts.He is the man who has found the secret to training the bushy-tailed creatures. Up to seven wild foxes creep into the 80-year-old's garden every evening and wait patiently for him to open his back door. Then, on his command, they stand bolt upright on their hind legs and deftly catch the morsels of turkey and ham that he throws them… (story)
Daily Mail 16.4.09 Animal lover baffles experts by training foxes to stand on their hind legs (small clue: feeding them helps) - An animal lover has amazed experts by training wild foxes to stand on their hind legs like pet dogs. Up to seven foxes creep into Richard Lavelle's garden each evening and wait patiently for him to open his back door. The animals then stand bolt upright in return for morsels of turkey and ham that Mr Lavelle throws them… (story)

Telegraph 17.4.09 Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts - Flying the Jolly Roger, Paul Watson has sunk 10 whaling ships and is gunning for more. Richard Grant meets the buccaneering eco-warrior who patrols the high seas on a relentless crusade to save the whale…. (story)

Dundee Courier 17.4.09 Moral issue unanswered - Angus Macmillan. Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire (letter)
Scotsman 16.4.09 Immoral cull - The current Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) cull of grey squirrels has attracted a lot of media attention, but one significant moral issue remains unanswered. Cage traps indiscriminately catch squirrels of either sex and, as it is unlawful to release a grey squirrel once it has been caught, it must be killed. This means lactating females caught and killed between January and October will leave orphan kittens to face a cruel and lingering death from starvation… ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

South Wales Echo 17.4.09 Hypocrisy over puppy farm issue - IT is amazing how many AMs are jumping on the bandwagon of the puppy farming issue… Moreen Davie, A Dog’s LifePenarth (letter)
Western Mail 14.4.09 Helping animals - What a shame Moreen Davie is so bitter towards others who try to do their bit in regard to animal welfare (April 7). Having had dealings with her for several years, I was not surprised to read her letter, but I cannot understand her attack on me for raising a debate in the Assembly on puppy farms. The fact that I did not discuss it in a meeting some four years ago does not mean that I can never discuss it…. She also raised the issue of the Animal Welfare Network Wales which is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government. I cannot understand why she is opposed to vets and others being on this network because we need everyone working together on all animal welfare issues, rather than being at loggerheads…. LORRAINE BARRETT AM, Cardiff South & Penarth (letter)
Western Mail 7.4.09 Is the puppy farming issue a vote catcher? - – It’s amazing how many AMs are jumping on the bandwagon of the puppy farming issue. Am I being cynical in believing that such an emotive subject could be a serious vote catcher? It is insincere of Lorraine Barrett to action a debate on puppy farming when I had raised this issue with her at the inception of the Animal Welfare Network Wales held in Crickhowell. It was not even on her agenda and she refused to answer my question as to why puppy farming, the scourge of Wales, was not mentioned in her speech… A meeting was held between the head of CAW and us but not one of our suggestions was included in the CoP, so it was a completely wasted morning. MOREEN DAVIE, A Dog’s Life, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan (letter)

Halifax Evening Courier 17.4.09 The big top has arrived! Circus opens despite protests - A CIRCUS has opened for business despite calls for a public boycott of the big top. The Bobby Roberts Super Circus at Halifax RUFC, Ovenden Park, Halifax, has been dazzling visitors with jugglers, trampoline acts, ponies, clowns and acrobats. And organisers say animal-rights protesters who stoked controversy over their ownership of a 55-year-old arthritic elephant called Anne, have merely sent families flocking to the big top… (story)
Halifax Courier 13.4.09 Protesters urge a circus boycott By Suzanne Rutter - A CIRCUS is coming to town this week – but there have been calls for a public boycott of the big top. Jugglers, trampoline acts, ponies, clowns and acrobats from Bobby Roberts Super Circus will be at Halifax Rugby Union Football Club, Ovenden Park, Halifax, from Wednesday until Sunday… The Captive Animals' Protection Society has called on the public to boycott what it says is one of the country's few remaining animal circuses… (story)

Hello Magazine 17.4.09 Heather Mills spreads vegan word as speaker at veggie roadshow - Paul McCartney's former wife Heather Mills continued her mission to turn the nation on to the benefits of a meat-free diet this week by taking on the role of inspirational guest speaker at a major vegetarian roadshow. The 41-year-old animal rights campaigner is holding a 'Get healthy with Heather' session, during which she'll be giving a vegan cookery demonstration, at the event in the Royal Horticultural Halls of Westminster this weekend. She'll be there on behalf of Viva – Vegetarians international Voice For Animals – the organisation of which she is patron…. (story)

Argus 17.4.09 City council slammed for using non free range eggs By Ruth Lumley - A council has been left with egg on its face after serving up chicken products from non free range hens to school children. Less than 1% of eggs purchased by Brighton and Hove City Council or its catering contractors over the last year were free range…. Green councillor Paul Steedman said the council’s policies were not up to scratch… (story)

16.4.09

Daily Mail 16.4.09 Double standards By Mail Comment - In some ways, the latest video evidence of police misconduct during the G20 riots is even more disturbing than the case of Ian Tomlinson, who died of a heart attack minutes after an officer felled him. First, there is something particularly offensive about a man striking a woman…. But compare the howls of outrage from the liberal media over the assaults on Miss Fisher and Mr Tomlinson to their muted response to the heavy-handed policing of the countryside march five years ago. Where were their cries of 'police brutality' when officers laid into those peaceful demonstrators, whose livelihoods were threatened by the ban on fox-hunting?... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 16.4.09 Chasing foxes a Tory priority - GRAHAM FORSYTH Fairway Rise (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 11.4.09 Chasing foxes is top of Tory priority list - HAS the high lead in the opinion polls let the fox out of the bag for the Tories? First we hear that in this deep recession a top priority according to Shadow Justice Minister, Edward Garnier QC, will be the repeal of the Hunting Act…. I suppose riding high on a hunter horse in the English countryside affords a different perspective on what really matters in this country. With stags and foxes to chase and hefty bonuses to ensnare, what little they care. Graham Forsyth Fairway Rise Chard (by email) (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 16.4.09 Parties are worried by BNP's popularity - THE sooner this Government goes the better, it is rotten from top to bottom… and what is David Cameron's priority? To bring back fox hunting! So what is left? I am not a member of the BNP, but was handed out a leaflet published by them outlining their policies… C E Rome, Pye Corner, Kennford (by post) (letter)

Hunts Post 16.4.09 St Neots rejects animal friendly charter - AN animal friendly charter that would have condemned the sale of fur, foie gras and veal in St Neots has been turned down by councillors. The Animal Aid's Compassionate Charter asks town councils to adopt eight steps aimed at 'helping animals, people and the planet'… At St Neots Town Council meeting last Wednesday (April 8), Councillor Paul Ursell said: "Obviously I support anything that helps bunnies and other animals, but I do not think we should ban the sale of foie gras and veal in the town."… (story)

VIVA! ANIMALS IN FASHION LETTER
South Yorkshire Times 25.4.09 Campaign for cruelty-free fashion - Fiona Galbraith Viva! 8 York Court, Wilder Street Bristol BS2 8QH (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 16.4.09 Keep animals out of shops - Fiona Galbraith Youth Campaigner, Viva! (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 9.4.09 Think animal before buying - SOCIETY is becoming increasingly worried about exploitation and injustice in the world… It therefore seems strange that not many stop to consider the animals… Millions of lambs freeze to death every year in Britain. Metal clippers used for shearing the wool often hurt the sheep; it is common for the animals to be clipped by the blades… For silk production, moths in cocoons are placed in scalding water and boiled alive. They are conscious throughout this process, no pain relief is provided…. Viva! has recently launched a campaign against the exploitation of animals for the fashion trade…. FIONA GALBRAITH Youth Campaigner, Viva! 8 York Court Wilder Street Bristol (letter)

Shropshire Star 16.4.09 Circus in plea to councillors - The circus community today called on councillors not to ban live animals from performing on Powys County Council land. Members of the licensing committee were due to meet today in Llandrindod Wells to discuss whether or not to bar circuses with live animals from authority sites… Chris Barltrop, of the Classical Circus Association and DEFRA’S Circus Working Group, said there was no harm in using “exotic” animals in circuses… (story)
Shropshire Star 13.4.09 Bid to ban wild animals in events on council land - Circuses featuring performances by wild animals are set to be banned from performing on land which is owned by Powys County Council. The council’s licensing committee is set to meet on Thursday to discuss the authority’s policy on the use of wild animals in a circus environment. Sue King, the council’s animal health officer, has recommended the committee prohibits the use of council land for circuses with the animals to promote the welfare of wild animals…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 16.4.09 Animal rights group welcomes new supporters- NOTTINGHAM Animal Rights group is holding a social event at the Broadway cinema for new supporters to attend. They will be meeting at the far end of the Mezzanine bar upstairs at the venue in Broad Street, Nottingham city centre, from 8pm on April 23… (story)

15.4.09

Whitehaven News 15.4.09 Huntsman celebrates 50 years with group By Sarah Robinson - THE Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds are holding jubilee celebrations as hound and huntsman, Edmund Porter, has served the group for 50 years. Mr Porter is the third generation of Porters to own and hunt the Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds… (story)

PENNY LITTLE LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 15.4.09 Proposed alteration is not about welfare - FOLLOWING Penny Little's recent letter Act amendment will stop 'accidental' kills April 8, I feel I owe the readers of the Express & Echo an apology. I incorrectly assumed that Ms Little's proposed alterations to the Hunting Act would fall in line with the basic principal of English law that it applies equally to everyone. Her letter corrects that assumption. She makes it clear that ordinary people will still be able to take their dogs out and cause or permit them to harass, chase and kill wildlife…. The cruelty or otherwise of a dog killing an animal has nothing to do with who controls it. It has everything to do with whipping up hatred against a minority she wishes to see persecuted by the state. This is the tactic of the totalitarian. It's worth bearing in mind that her organisation POWA has spent the past five years obsessively 'monitoring' these people…. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.4.09 Act amendment will stop 'accidental' kills - GILES Bradshaw, Points of View, April 3rd, claims that I suggest that "people be made criminals for taking their dogs into woodland where they might put up a wild mammal". This is a typical hunt supporter's distortion. Protect Our Wild Animals has drawn up suggested amendments to the Hunting Act 2004, which can be read at the website…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (by email) (letter)
Bath Chronicle 9.4.09 Anti-hunting lobby? Get perspective - Early in March a supporter of the Warwickshire Hunt was killed by a gyrocopter. Another man, anti-hunting activist Bryan Griffiths, is in prison awaiting trial over this… Yet Penny Little of Protect Our Wild Animals (POWA), seemingly can do nothing but write letters to the Chronicle about the Hunting Act… Where is the remorse, the regret, the reason? There could be no clearer illustration of how extreme, obsessive and detached from reality the anti-hunting movement is. TIM BONNER Head of Media, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.4.09 The Hunting Act must be replaced - I WELCOME Penny Little's recent letter, Write now to ensure hunting is stopped, Points of view, March 24. When the Hunting Act finally became law in 2004 the Government insisted that it was both 'clear and enforceable'. This, like so much emitted by the Labour Government, was complete nonsense… However, Penny's suggestion that people be made criminals for taking their dogs into woodland and other areas where they might put up a wild mammal is completely ridiculous… The best way forward would be to replace the Hunting Act with a piece of legislation that gave a legal definition of cruelty and banned all deliberate cruelty to wild mammals howsoever caused. I cannot see why anyone would oppose such legislation. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (by email) (letter)
Bath Chronicle 2.4.09 Hunting Act 'unworkable' - Penny Little's Chronicle letter 'Riding over our wishes', March 26, makes no sense. She claims that hunts are breaking the law because their hounds accidentally hunt foxes and demands that the law be changed so that foxes being accidentally hunted is made illegal… We must remember that the law applies not only to the established hunts but also to anyone with a dog…. The Hunting Act is already an absurd and unworkable law. Let's not make it more so. GILES BRADSHAW Rose Ash Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 30.3.09 Help to stop the hunters mocking the people's law - Penny Little Great Haseley Oxfordshire (letter)
Oxford Mail 27.3.09 Hunting ban 'routinely broken' - Penny Little, Back Way, Great Haseley (letter)
Bath Chronicle 26.3.09 Riding over our wishes - PENNY LITTLE Back Way Great Haseley Oxfordshire (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.3.09 Write now to ensure hunting is stopped - I WOULD like to appeal to those people who ever took the trouble to write letters to their MPs asking them to support a ban on the barbaric practice of hunting. The Hunting Act has been routinely broken since it came onto the statute book… So the wishes of the people, and their elected representatives, are being arrogantly and brutally ridden over…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (by email) (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 15.4.09 Cut out the angry words Ms Bottomley - YOUR correspondent Pamela Bottomley excels at spouting shallow political vitriol against the Government, but never appears to offer an alternative… Perhaps it is time for Ms Bottomley to calm down and tell us what she actually stands for… maybe she agrees with the Tory Shadow Justice Minister who believes that the current economic climate offers the Tories a good opportunity to bring back hunting with dogs?... Stephen Thomas, Marlborough Road, St Leonards (by email) Exeter EX2 4LL (letter)

Sheffield Star 15.4.09 Shooting damage to wildlife - I WONDER if readers are aware of a major decline in badger activity in the area bordering major shooting estates around Bradfield, Strines, Langsett and Broomhead, while badgers continue to thrive normally outside of these areas. Birds of prey have almost disappeared in the same area. A professional survey commissioned by South Yorkshire Badger Group showed zero or very low badger activity at setts near shooting estates and close to pheasant-rearing areas…. Badgerhugger (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 15.4.09 Anglers fight back against otter threat - LAURA DEVLIN - Anglers keen to protect their fish stocks in local lakes from attack by otters are to campaign for financial help from the government. The region's fisheries and angling clubs are expected to join forces later this month and call on Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England to stump up funding which could help pay for otter-proof fencing to protect valuable carp and other fish… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 15.4.09 - RAISING money for charity is a wonderful thing to do (Priest prays for success in Grand National) however, there are kinder ways of doing it than betting on the Grand National. Father Liam Slattery admits betting can damage people lives, but seems unaware that horse racing is extremely dangerous for the horses…. MARILYN HARRISON Toothill Swindon (letter)

Grantham Journal 15.4.09 Mother and daughters to march against animal cruelty By Neil Graham - A MOTHER and her two daughters will march in London against animal testing - and are appealing for people from Grantham to join them. Abbie, Christina and Sharon Bengston of Colsterworth will join the march to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories on April… Abbie Bengston, 30, of School Lane, Colsterworth, said: "My sister works for an animal welfare charity and it is something we all feel very strongly about. All three of us are vegans….. Sharon Bengston goes into schools to speak for Animal Aid and educate children on the importance of animal welfare… Abbie, Christina and Sharon plan to organise a bus from Grantham to take them down to London for the march…. (story)

Norwich Evening News 15.4.09 Animal sanctuary faces a tough time - TRACEY GRAY - A Norfolk animal sanctuary which has been at the forefront of several animal rights campaigns has been so badly hit by th of six agency staff, two permanent members of staff who helped look after the animals, while another three had left voluntarily. The founder of Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Wendy Valentine, says it is facing a bleak time after having to let 11 staff go due to a drop in funding… (story)

Bucks Free Press 15.4.09 Animal circuses to return after 17-year ban By Oliver Evans - AN animal circus is to visit The Rye in High Wycombe after a council ban was lifted – and animals will be at the entrance in a bid to reassure visitors. Zippos Circus will bring horses and budgerigars to the town after Wycombe District Council controversially lifted a 1992 ban on allowing domestic animal circuses on its land… The RSPCA and Animal Defenders International opposed the move with the latter making representations to the council… (story)

14.4.09

Cambridge News 14.4.09 Page to stand for Euro Parliament - OUTSPOKEN farmer and writer Robin Page is to battle it out for a seat in the European Parliament. He will stand as a candidate for the United Kingdom First Party, the breakaway organisation founded by disgruntled former members of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party…. He was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of incitement to racial hatred after police received a complaint about a pro-hunting speech. He claimed wrongful arrest and was awarded an out-of-court settlement of £2,000. (story)

Independent 14.4.09 UK also guilty of animal cruelty - The Pentagon is not alone in deliberately subjecting live animals to weapons injuries ("US military blows up live pigs to test body armour", 9 April). In the UK, tens of thousands of harmful experiments have been inflicted on animals in the name of national defence… Kate Fowler Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 14.4.09 Elephants are highly sociable - THE circus is in town, the Big Top should be a place to find fun and laughter, for wide-eyed astonishment at the antics of the clowns and the amazing skills of acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists. But sadly for the animals who perform in circuses, 'life' is one of misery and pain… The Great British Circus has included elephants in its programme this year, the questions that must be asked are: Where have they come from and in what form of transportation?... Melanie Dickerson, The Avenue, Healing. (letter)

13.4.09

Colchester Gazette 13.4.09 Animal welfare campaigner's fury at threat to fox hunt ban - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have hit out at proposals that could see the fox hunting ban scrapped. Lawrie Payne, who represents Harwich on Tendring Council, is also national secretary of the League Against Cruel Sports. He has hit back at the Conservative party after leader, David Cameron, promised MPs a free vote on the issue if his party wins the next election…. (story)

Western Morning News 13.4.09 Urban foxes being dumped - URBAN foxes are being dumped in rural parts of the Westcountry, it was claimed last night as the Government threatened legal action against anyone caught in the act. Farming minister Jane Kennedy warned against moving the animals into the countryside and urged anyone who suspects the activity has occurred in their area to contact the police…. (story)

Tivyside Advertiser 13.4.09 RSPCA start badger cull campaign - LOCAL members of the RSPCA are starting a campaign against plans to cull badgers in north Pembrokeshire as part of the Welsh Assembly Government's strategy to combat bovine TB…. "The RSPCA nationally is urging everyone to campaign against this decision by writing to their AMs and signing the online petition. Many local people are already doing this," said secretary of the charity's Ceredigion branch, Frances Miller… (story)

Argus 13.4.09 We must protect badger setts - I have recently seen two articles in The Argus about badger cubs being rescued – now followed by a letter from Pat Hayden of The Badger Trust looking for donations to pay for the upkeep and rescue of abandoned badger cubs… Farmers and the Government have demonised badgers and decided it is not the vile, intensive industrialising of animal life by overcrowding or poor husbandry or plain cruelty that is making cows vulnerable to tuberculosis – it is badgers…. Valerie Paynter, saveHOVE, POBox 521 Hove (letter)

South Wales Echo 13.4.09 Cull shows that farmers rule - I’M writing to completely condemn the proposed cull of badgers… To my mind, this is a political issue – the elected members, not wanting to lose their seats, have given in to the farmers who, by the way, have been killing badgers in their runs, therefore breaking the law… It seems innocent animals must die to satisfy the angry farmers who should take better care of their own animals…. A Llewellyn, Celyn AvenueLakeside, Cardiff (letter)

12.4.09

CALL TO REPEAL HUNTING ACT
Kent on Sunday 12.4.09 Tories row as hunt-ban repeal on election agenda - Anti-hunting campaigner Ann Widdecombe has rubbished claims by a fellow Tory that support for a repeal of the Hunting Act is growing. The MP for Maidstone and The Weald told KOS Media there was no evidence to support comments made by shadow justice minister Edward Garnier, who is a member of The Countryside Alliance…. East Kent Hunt member Nick Onslow said people were supporting a repeal of the ban because they were no longer being taken in by anti-hunt propaganda… (story)
Daily Mail 10.4.09 Sorry, but a Tory election victory is far from certain By Peter Oborne - At the Conservative spring conference at Cheltenham in two weeks' time, David Cameron is due to make his most important speech so far this year… The first blunder came when Edward Garnier, the Shadow Justice Minister, called for the ban that Labour imposed on fox-hunting five years ago to be repealed. This is an issue about which many Tories feel passionately, particularly those who - like Garnier - represent well-off rural constituencies. Yet fox-hunting is of almost zero interest to most people. Therefore, raising the subject merely reminds voters that many Tory politicians, including the party leader, inhabit a different social world to them… (story)
Melton Times 8.4.09 Hopes rise for repeal of the hunting ban By Christian March - Support is growing for the ban on hunting with dogs to be scrapped says a local MP but anti-hunting groups disagree. Conservative MP for Harborough and Shadow Justice Minister Edward Garnier, who chairs the Countryside Alliance's repeals committee, says he's finding there is 'gathering support for a repeal'… Clare Bell, secretary of the Cottesmore Hunt - one of the area's three big hunts - said: "I think we have a massive amount of support and people are definitely very much in favour of a repeal. We're employers and part of the leisure industry. Support has grown which is fantastic."… (story)
Bournemouth Echo 8.4.09 Why the hunting ban should stay By Ed Perkins - OH for heaven’s sake. While everyone is trying to cope with surviving this awful recession some politician is plotting to repeal the law that bans hunting with dogs. Surely the last thing that any party would want is to resurrect that hoary issue?... Do I think it’s a major issue? No. But I’ll tell you why I am against it. It is a simple matter of right and wrong. British people don’t like cruelty and, to me, chasing after an animal to see it torn to shreds smacks of just that… (story)
Independent 8.4.09 Hunting and pay test Tory discipline Cameron embarrassed by off-message comments from shadow ministers By Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor - Conservative discipline was under strain last night as party chiefs moun- ted a damage limitation exercise over bungled announcements on fox-hunting and public sector pay. The Government claimed David Cameron's "mask had slipped" after the party distanced itself from a shadow minister's promise to repeal the Hunting Act if it wins power…. Tory chiefs insisted party policy had not changed. A spokeswoman said: "A Conservative government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote."… (story)
Mirror 8.4.09 TOP TORY: I'LL BRING BACK FOX HUNTING By Bob Roberts - Pledge angers Cameron - A senior Tory yesterday vowed to bring back fox hunting if his party is returned to power. Shadow Justice Minister Edward Garnier said the ban on hunting with hounds, which came into force in February 2005, was "unfair" and "inept". He added: "I have every right and every intention of addressing the issue… Leader David Cameron, who is trying to shed the Tories' "nasty party" image, was angered by Mr Garnier's pledge. A party source said his plan would "not be in their manifesto" but this does not rule out a Tory government backing a bill to repeal the act…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 8.4.09 Should the Hunting Act of 2005 be repealed? - SIMON Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, claims recent high profile court cases make a repeal of the Hunting Act inevitable…. LOUISE Robertson, regional campaigns manager for the League Against Cruel Sports, said they constantly monitor hunts throughout Cumbria… “Furness MP John Hutton has said publicly on a number of occasions that he is opposed to hunting other animals with dogs… (story)
Evesham Journal 8.4.09 Vale MP calls for Hunting Act to be repealed - A CALL for the Hunting Act to be repealed at the earliest opportunity for the sake of animal welfare has been made by Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire. The Vale MP is co-chairman of the All Parliamentary Middle Way Group along with Lembit Opik, a Lib.Dem MP… (story)
Worcester News 8.4.09 Hunt ban has failed at every level, say MPs By Richard Vernalls - HUNT supporters have called for fox hunting with hounds to be reinstated branding the current ban “a farce”. A group of MPs co-chaired by West-Worcestershire Conservative MP Peter Luff have called for the 2004 Hunting Act to be repealed for “failing at every level.”… (story)
Worcester News 8.4.09 COMMENT: Now is not the right time for hunting debate - THE hunting ban remains a red-hot issue for some people, as is evidenced by a debate that has been raging on our letters pages in recent weeks…. We think there is a grey area and it is where the majority of people in the country sit. For most people, the hunting issue is not even on the radar. They are worried about keeping their jobs, paying the mortgage and putting food on the table. We would have assumed, given the parlous state of the economy, that hunting was a long way down the political ‘to do’ list…. We are not going to wade into the debate surrounding the rights and wrongs of the hunting ban. But it strikes us as an odd issue for a major political party to be raising at a time of economic crisis…. (story)
Bournemouth Echo 8.4.09 New Forest MP would vote to repeal Hunting Act - SUPPORT is growing for a repeal of the Hunting Act if the Conservatives get into power at the next General Election. Conservative leader Cavid Cameron has promised MPs a free vote on the issue. New Forest West Conservative MP Desmond Swayne said he would vote for a repeal of what he called “a dreadful piece of legislation”. … New Forest Hounds chairman Mike Squibb said: “It’s only going to happen if the Conservative party get in with a clear majority.” Ken and Frankie James, who campaigned for a ban, want to see the Act tightened up…. (story)
Daily Mail 7.4.09 Tories branded 'same old nasty party' after they hint at lifting the hunting ban and spending cuts for public sector workers By Nicola Boden - The Tories were branded the 'same old nasty party' this morning amid claims they would repeal the hunting ban and slash pay for public workers. David Cameron was forced to distance himself from a suggestion by one of his frontbenchers that he would ditch the Hunting Act if the party wins the next election…. (story)
Evening Standard 7.4.09 'Nasty Tories' beat retreat on hunting and spending cuts - Nicholas Cecil and Paul Waugh - DAVID Cameron was forced to fend off fresh accusations today that the Tories are the "nasty party" after rows erupted over hunting and public spending. The Tory leader swiftly distanced himself from a new push, being led by one of his own frontbenchers, to scrap the ban on hunting…. (story)
Evening Standard 7.4.09 While the Cam's away... David Cameron is away on his Easter hols, but Labour is sensing that a perfect storm is brewing in his absence…. this morning we get Edward Garnier on 5 Live and Radio 4 calling for the repeal of the Hunting Act. This was a stance that led the League Against Cruel Sports to claim that the Tories were in danger of going back to their "nasty party" image…. (story)
Guardian 7.4.09 Should the Hunting Act be repealed? - Despite the Hunting Act, which bans hunting with dogs, coming into law in 2005, not a single hunt has since gone out of business and, according to the Countryside Alliance, the number of people engaging in the sport is up by 11%... (story)
BBC News Online 7.4.09 Support 'growing' to end hunt ban - Support is growing for the ban on hunting with dogs to be scrapped, shadow justice minister Edward Garnier has told the BBC. The Countryside Alliance member said most people at the moment were not interested in hunting….(story)

Horse & Hound 12.4.09 Changing times for the Farmers Bloodhounds - Changes at the Farmers Bloodhounds mean new masters, new kennels and an entire new pack for next season, returning master Brian Temple has told H&H…. (story)

Sunday Mirror 12.4.09 Ride girls molested - A paedophile who set up a riding school to lure young victims has been jailed for six years. Peter Jones molested girls aged six… Jones, who has ridden with the Beaufort Hunt - Prince Charles's fox hunt - actively discouraged boys from joining his school… (story)

11.4.09

Bolton News 11.4.09 The Conservatives "are so out of touch' - THEY say a week is a long time in politics, and within the last week various Conservative spokesmen have made a range of announcements that have exposed how out of touch with reality they are. Firstly, the Conservative shadow justice minister announced that the fox hunting ban was “unfair” and that a Conservative government would be ready to repeal it… Nick Peel Bolton Labour Party (letter)

Times 11.4.09 Shooting parties take flight as recession hits the big guns - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - Pheasant and partridge shoots have closed or been scaled back for the next game-shooting season as corporate clients desert the sport in the recession. The sport, worth £1.6 billion to the economy, is the latest to be hit by a loss of hospitality business and sponsorship and follows similar problems at racecourses and football clubs…. (story)

Bolton News 11.4.09 Don't shoot deer on my behalf YES, Phil Johnson (Deer’s lives could have been spared, Letters, April 8), you are spot on…. Killing defenceless animals is totally unacceptable. What an horrendous experience these deer must have suffered, being chased by marksmen… United Utilities do it for “safety” and the Royal Family do it for fun. Alwynne Cartmell Bolton (letter)
Bolton News 8.4.09 Deer's lives could have been spared - WITH regards to the article, “Water company culls deer in safety alert” (April 1), what is United Utilities telling us now? That a state-of-the-art water treatment plant is at risk from roe deer contamination?... I therefore call upon United Utilities to explain why the so-called wildlife expert considered it more expedient to “cull” these poor, defenceless animals than afford them a little time. One “marksman” could not clean kill three animals at once. It must have been a terribly frightening ordeal for those deer before they were finally killed… Phil Johnson, Horwich (letter)

Dundee Courier 11.4.09 Increase in flouting of rules, claims angler - AN ANGUS angler has expressed concern at a growing number of weekend sportsmen flouting the laws of the land unwittingly as a result of misinformation broadcast on the internet and television. “It is most disturbing just how misinformed many anglers are about the legislation pertaining to salmon and trout fishing in Scotland,” said Edzell Castle manager Bill Balfour… “It’s mostly young people who are the culprits. I don’t particularly blame them as they are being presented with cheap fishing tackle in local supermarkets and many methods of angling which are totally illegal in Scotland… (story)

Daily Mail 11.4.09 Sarah Brown declines veal and foie gras at Nato summit banquet By Tamara Abraham - They are considered culinary delicacies by many. But the Prime Minister's wife refused to eat the veal and foie gras served at a banquet during the Nato summit in France last weekend… Sarah Brown's decision not to eat the foods, which have long been condemned by animal rights campaigners, has been praised by animal rights group Peta… (story)

10.4.09

CUMBRIA POLICE COACHED BY IFAW
North West Evening Mail 10.4.09 Hunt fury after revelation of activists training police - HUNT supporters are furious after it came to light that Cumbria police were coached by activists from an animal rights group. The county’s top cop defended their actions saying the views of The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) inform their approach and do not direct them…. In Cumbria the Blencathra hunt, one of the oldest in the country, has regularly been followed by police…. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 9.4.09 Fury as anti-hunting group ‘trains’ Cumbria police By Victoria Brenan - Cumbria police have come under fire for using an animal rights group to train officers in how to enforce the hunting ban. The International Fund for Animal Welfare provided a day of training for selected officers. A move which has angered the Countryside Alliance who claim the IFAW – a profit-making, anti-hunt organisation – is unsuitable to give police training…. (story)
Teletext 8.4.09 Police coached by activists - Cumbria Police force has been coached by animal rights group activists in how to enforce the hunting ban. The link between Cumbria Police and the International Fund for Animal Welfare was found by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Telegraph 7.4.09 Police officers secretly trained by animal rights group to enforce hunt ban - Cumbria police force has been given secret training in how to enforce the hunting ban by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which donated more than £1 million to the Labour Party. By Andrew Pierce - The disclosure that Cumbria Police were coached by activists from the animal rights group has triggered fury among hunt supporters. The IFAW set up the Political Animal Lobby which gave £1 million to the Labour Party before the 1997 election because it was committed to banning hunting. It donated a further £147,000 after the election. The admission of the links between Cumbria Police and IFAW came after a Freedom of Information request by the Countryside Alliance…In Cumbria the Blencathra hunt, one of the oldest in the country, has regularly been followed by police. The fact the officers were trained by IFAW was confirmed in a letter written by Superintendent Ted Thwaites of Cumbria Police… "It quickly became clear that with a few exceptions our officers were unlikely to fully understand the evidence that was presented to them by monitors, so IFAW were engaged to provide a day of training to selected officers."… (story)

Western Mail 10.4.09 Why do Tories want to allow hunting? When 59% of Conservative voters and 75% of the population of England and Wales support the Hunting Act, what is the sense in Welsh Conservatives arguing a repeal committee to overturn it?... In November 2005 the International Fund for Animal Welfare video-filmed South Pembroke hounds hunting in a suspect manner and chasing a fox across a golf course in 2007; Banwen Miners Hunt members were present when two 4x4s were photographed severely damaging land on the Cefn Bryn on November 13, 2006; and a Flint and Denbigh terrier man was found guilty of illegal hunting on July 30, 2007… The Hunting Act should be more effectively enforced and the more training, support and direction police can receive in dealing with illegal hunting, the better from the point of view of persecuted wildlife. KATHERINE WATSON, Bramhall, Stockport (letter)

Cumberland News 10.4.09 Attitude of Prince Charles to red squirrels is appalling - I am dismayed that Prince Charles is supporting a charity committed to killing grey squirrels in a profoundly flawed campaign of demonisation against these friendly and amusing animals… ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire
Isn't it sad that Prince Charles should get involved with red squirrels when he and his friends have brought the two species which could save this squirrel to the verge of extinction in Britain? Goshawks and pine martens do the job that man should let them but due to his shooting interests these species are being removed…. JOHN MILES, Geltsdale (letters)

Edinburgh Evening News 10.4.09 Cruel animal traps must be banned - YOUR report "Quick thinking teens save life of deer trapped in deadly snare" (News, April 8) highlights just how horrific these traps are. It is appalling they are still legal and what is more shocking is the Scottish Government chose not to ban them when it had the opportunity but instead introduced measures to regulate their use… Louise Robertson, Scottish Campaigns Manager, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns, Fife (letter)

Wiltshire Times 10.4.09 Elsa the badger's road to recovery By James Williams - A two-week-old badger that was injured by a dog in Westbury has made a full recovery with a little help the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital. The hospital, which is situated in Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, was started in 1993 by Mike Boys Cortis, who was joined by his wife, Marilyn, in 1997… (story)

9.4.09

Cambridge News 9.4.09 First hare coursing conviction in UK - A MAN has admitted hare coursing in Therfield, near Royston, in what is thought to be the first conviction of its kind in the UK. Jimmy Cash, 45, was spotted poaching by police on Sandon Road in the village, at around 8am on October 21 last year… At Stevenage Magistrates’ Court, Cash was convicted of one offence contrary to the Hunting Act 2004 and another poaching offence…. (story)

BBC News Online 9.4.09 Order to release animal test data - Several universities and major colleges have been ordered to reveal information about their animal experiments by the Information Commissioner's Office. The ruling applies to past and current research at Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester universities, plus London's King's and University colleges…. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection had asked for the details under the Freedom of Information Act… (story)

BBC News Online 9.4.09 Pet Shop Boys reject Peta request - Pop group Pet Shop Boys have revealed they have turned down a request by animal rights group Peta to rename themselves the Rescue Shelter Boys…. But the band admits the request "raises an issue worth thinking about"…. (story)

Wigan Evening Post 9.4.09 Row brews over ageing circus elephant - Animal rights groups have slammed a circus in Wigan for allegedly refusing to let an ageing performing elephant retire. Campaigners are up in arms about the Bobby Roberts Super Circus which rolled into town yesterday…. Susan Taylor, 36, of Abram, said: "Every time this circus turns up in Wigan I'm horrified…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 9.4.09 Spare a thought for battery hens - WE celebrate Easter enjoying our freedom, sunshine, flowers and the lovely air that gives us the feel-good factor. So bear a thought as you eat your Easter eggs for the battery hens, deprived of daylight and their eggs, kept in cruel inhumane prisons… HEATHER READ, Highcliffe. (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 9.4.09 Valuable help in our efforts on farming - I THANK the people of Exeter for their generosity in raising £70.17 last Saturday in aid of the charity Compassion in World Farming… Barbara Blaxland Brixington Drive, Exmouth (by post) (letter)

8.4.09

GREAT BRITISH CIRCUS ELEPHANTS PROTESTS
Grimsby Telegraph 8.4.09 Big Top hits town amid protest - view on video - THE circus rolled into town with a trumpet sound from three heavyweight newcomers to Grimsby. An African elephant called Sonya and two Burmese elephants have joined the travelling circus and are now camped at Laceby for two weeks. Spokesman for the Great British Circus, Chris Barltrop, invited residents to have their photographs taken with the animals. But visitors were greeted by a group of about 30 people with slogans including "Cages are cruel", "Shame on you" and "The circus sucks"… (story)
Grimsby Telegraph 8.4.09 Protesters voice their feelings - CAMPAIGNERS lined the entrance to the circus last night to protest against the use of animals… They all stressed they were acting as individuals and not animal rights activists. Ryan Day (18), from Grimsby, said: "They have got elephants this year and I think the elephants could quite easily lose control."… Jackie Vessey (32), from Grimsby, said: "I don't agree at all with the use of animals – they are being forced to travel all over. They should be banned."… (story)
Grimsby Telegraph 31.3.09 Performing elephants a disgrace - THE addition of three elephants to the Great British Circus is a depressing thought.… Please boycott all animal circuses. Dr D Wedlake, RSPCA Lincolnshire North East branch.
IT'S that time again when the circus that uses exotic animals visits our area….. As an event organiser in Grimsby, what annoys me is the fact that circuses flout the law and put up posters and flyers illegally…. Save yourself some money and boycott the circus. Sean Atkinson, Welholme road Grimsby (letters)
Grimsby Telegraph 27.3.09 Jumbo arrival as circus comes to town - The Great British Circus will soon be heading into town and is currently at the Manby showground, near Louth… (story)
Grimsby Telegraph 25.3.09 Circus causes a stir - A CIRCUS featuring elephants and tigers, currently at Manby showground, near Louth, has received criticism from animal protection groups. There were no protests at the former RAF air base which is hosting The Great British Circus until Sunday, MAR29 but animal rights campaigners voiced concerns over the use of animals in such shows…. (story)
Skegness Standard 24.3.09 Animal rights campaigners angered by use of elephants in circus to visit Skegness - Tuesday, 1.09pm - ANIMAL rights protestors are campaigning against the first use of elephants in circuses in 10 years, by The Great British Circus, due to visit Skegness next week….. (story)
Horncastle Target 18.3.09 Animal rights groups up in arms as circus comes to town - A CIRCUS featuring elephants and tigers has been slammed by animal protection groups as the big top heads to Manby. The Great British Circus will be at Manby showground from today (Wednesday) until March 29 featuring an African elephant, two Indian elephants as well as lions, tigers – including a white tiger, horses, ponies, llamas, reindeer, camels and zebras… Craig Redmond, Campaigns Director for CAPS said: "Three years ago the government signalled it would ban the use of some animals in circuses but has failed to act yet… (story)
Scunthorpe Telegraph 16.3.09 Protesters stage demo at animal circus - A PEACEFUL protest was held in Scunthorpe outside a circus which uses animals in its show. The elephant act at the Great British Circus, which was held at Glanford Park, is the first in the UK for more than 10 years… Protester Jessica Groling (21) said she was pleased with the turn-out…. (story)
BBC News Online 15.3.09 Protest over circus elephant show - Animal rights campaigners have protested outside a circus that uses elephants in its show. The elephant act at the Great British Circus is the first in the UK for more than 10 years. A spokesman said the animals had "the best possible care"… Protester Jessica Groling, 21, said: "Circus animals are kept in confinement in surroundings that are entirely unsuitable, for their entire lives…. (story)
Scunthorpe Telegraph 9.3.09 Circus slammed for using elephants - CAMPAIGNERS have slammed a live elephant circus which is set to roll into Scunthorpe's Glanford Park this week… North Lincolnshire Green Party spokeswoman Jan Clark said: "It sends out a very negative view of the town to a lot of people. And I'm very concerned about the animals' welfare. It's barbaric."… (story)
Colchester Gazette 4.3.09 Critics pledge to protest at circus’s elephant act By James Dwan - THE return of elephants to a circus which visits Clacton has sparked fury among animal rights protesters. The Great British Circus, which is set to come to the resort later this year, has announced two Asian elephants and one African elephant will be touring with it… Jane Williams, of Walton, who organised a protest outside the circus, in West Road, Clacton, in August, said: “I think it’s appalling elephants will be part of the circus…" (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 1.3.09 Campaigners staging elephant protest - ANIMAL rights activists are planning to stage a protest outside Newark Showground today. Campaigners will demonstrate against the use of elephants at the Great British Circus. Oliver Dean, 26, from the Sheffield Animal Friends group, said at least 20 people would be handing out leaflets and talking to visitors as they arrived for the 3pm showing…. (story)
Guardian 27.2.09 RSPCA condemns return of elephants to British circus - Jo Adetunji and agencies - The RSPCA condemned the return of performing elephants to a British circus today, calling it a disgrace and a "body blow for animal welfare". The three elephants are due to appear in the Great British Circus big top in Newark, Nottinghamshire, tonight… Dr Rob Atkinson, head of the RSPCA's wildlife department, said: "This is a body blow for animal welfare in this country… (story)
Independent 27.2.09 Performing pachyderms: Animal magic... or just cruelty? - Animal activists are outraged by the revival of a big-top spectacle By Jonathan Brown - It is more than a decade since elephants were last brought into Britain to caper for paying audiences. But today hundreds of circus-goers are expected to pack a big top in Nottinghamshire to witness the controversial spectacle of performing pachyderms again… Animal welfare activists say they will be out in force to protest at the opening of the Great British Circus when Sonja, Delhi and Vana Mana will be put through their paces at the Newark Showground… "We are opposed to the use of all animals in circuses, but elephants are a particular concern because they suffer serious physical and behavioural problems in captivity," said Craig Redmond, the campaigns director for the Captive Animals' Protection Society, which, with the Born Free Foundation and Animal Defenders International among other welfare groups, is opposing the tour…. Will Travers, the chief executive of the Born Free Foundation, said it was time that ministers "came to their senses"… (story)
Independent 27.2.09 Dr Rob Atkinson: Return of a medieval practice - An elephant performing in a circus is one of the biggest contrasts between what an animal has evolved to do and what they are being compelled to do by man, and with the weakest of justifications… The writer is head of wildlife science at the RSPCA (story)
Independent 27.2.09 Bobby Roberts: The animals just love to work - I have spent my entire life working with elephants all over the world and everyone rates me one of the best. I have been working with these animals since I was five. People who say this is cruel don't know what they are talking about…. The writer is an elephant trainer (story)
BBC News Online 27.2.09 Anger over elephants' circus show - A circus is being criticised by the RSPCA for using elephants in its show. The animal charity said the debut of three elephants at a circus in Nottinghamshire on Friday was a "body blow for animal welfare"…. (story)
Telegraph 27.2.09 RSPCA outrage as elephants return to the circus - The RSPCA has criticised the return of elephants to big tops as three prepared to make their debut at the Great British Circus… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 27.2.09 Animal rights criticise elephant circus - ELEPHANTS will perform at a circus show for the first time in ten years tonight - a move heavily criticised by animal rights groups. 'The European Elephant Act' is due to take place at the Great British Circus in Newark, and will be the first time elephants have been used in a circus since 1998…. (story)

York Press 8.4.09 What can we do to deter cruelty? - I AGREE with every word written by Ken Holmes (Punish swan thugs, Letters, April 2). I also agree with the saying, which has been ignored at great cost, that to spare the rod is to spoil the child. While having no wish to encourage widespread corporal punishment of young children, possibly the only thing that could just deter thugs such as those who torture helpless creatures like that poor swan would be the fear of some form of physical pain…. Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York. (letter)

Mid Sussex Times 8.4.09 Badgers' 'miracle' recovery - BADGER cub triplets have made a 'miracle' recovery thanks to a Haywards Heath animal charity…. Pat and Jeff Hayden, from the Badger Trust, took them to Folly Wildlife Rescue in Eridge after an emergency hand-over in Ditchling by one of their field officers…. (story)

7.4.09

ANIMAL AID RACEHORSE DEATHWATCH CAMPAIGN
Staines News 7.4.09 Kempton under fire over deaths of horses - More horses have died at Kempton Park than at any other all-weather racetrack in the country, says an animal welfare group. Animal Aid, a staunch anti-racing lobby group, says seven horses perished at the Staines Road East, Sunbury, track in the 12 months leading to March 31 this year. The figures were published in its second annual Racehorse Deathwatch Report, which was released during the group's horse racing awareness week in the days leading to last Saturday's Grand National… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 4.4.09 Racecourse safety 'among worst in country' - A racecourse in Lincolnshire has one of the worst horse safety records in the country, new figures reveal. Market Rasen Racecourse, owned by the Jockey Club, was ranked among the worst seven courses for the number of animal deaths over the past two years…. National charity Animal Aid said a total 178 horses were killed at Britain's 60 racecourses in the past year, compared with 167 in the previous 12 months…. (story)

Liverpool Echo 7.4.09 I WAS appalled to see the photograph of the horse falling face down after jumping over a fence. This is the sickening reality of this brutal race... I find it appalling to see people attending this event without a thought to this suffering…. For Human, Animal and Earth Liberation. Susan Maria Gavaghan-Taylor, Anfield
Sad loss of life - SO sorry that Hear The Echo has sadly lost his life at Aintree. These horses love their sport and are well cared for… Mrs Whitaker, L36 (letters)

Tivyside Advertiser 7.4.09 Zoo badgers in cages? , Well Mr Lewis, has his ‘killing fields’ thanks to the Welsh Assembly Minister for some Rural affairs. The question was asked for a reasonable response showing that the badger culls were the only way forward in beating this dreadful disease… Anyway the time for debate is over, there will soon be zoo badgers in cages. Let us hope it will improve the bTB situation and that they will not prove to be unsuccessful bloodied scapegoats. C E David Coedmelin Tremain (letter)

6.4.09

Western Morning News 6.4.09 Hunt leaves nothing but footprints - IT WAS an unusual spot to host the last meet of the hunting season. A beautiful Cornish beach was the venue for the Four Burrow Hunt. Members of the hunting community gathered on Saturday on the sands at Porthluney beach, Caerhays, near Truro. Huntsman Paul Hancock and his daughter joined fellow riders with their hounds as they set off from the beach…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 6.4.09 I'd like to hear about realities of fox hunt - I AM writing a book, and researching the traumatic experiences of people who witness the reality of fox hunting with hounds, and would very much like to hear more about the experience of the writer of the letter I was devastated to see fox ripped apart… Denise Ward, Habricia Cottage, Elcombe, Stroud, Glos GL6 7LA (letter)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER (1)
The Sentinel 6.4.09 Harmless flutter or deadly sport? - Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)
Southern Reporter 1.4.09 Harmless flutter or National disgrace? - Fiona Pereira (campaigner) Animal Aid Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Bexley Times 26.3.09 A National disgrace Fiona Pereira Campaigner, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, TN9 1AW (letter)
ThisIsCornwall 25.3.09 Not 'harmless' - FIONA PEREIRA, Campaigner, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Halifax Courier 23.3.09 Don't back cruelty this Grand National - Many people, who wouldn't normally bet on horseracing, have a 'harmless flutter' on the Grand National. The big race is the climax of a three-day meeting that cost the lives of 30 horses between 1998 and 2008… This 'sport' is only kept alive through betting income and racecourse attendance fees. Please don't back the cruelty – for you it is only a harmless flutter, but horses could pay with their lives. Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)

SCOTTISH SEAL CULL ALLEGATIONS
Scottish Herald 6.4.09 Row over number of seals killed by salmon farmers - Thousands of seals are being slaughtered every year by salmon farmers, campaigners claimed yesterday. They are now calling for greater protection for the mammals, which can legally be shot outside of breeding season to protect fisheries. The salmon industry rejects the figures and says about 500 seals were killed last year, but the Seal Protection Action Group is campaigning to stop the shooting of the mammals in the UK…. (story)
BBC News Online 5.4.09 Claims of 'secret seal slaughter' - A "secret slaughter" of seals is being carried out by fish farmers around the coastline of Scotland, campaigners have claimed. The Seal Protection Action Group told the BBC's Countryfile programme that as many as 5,000 of the mammals are shot in Scotland every year. The salmon farming industry disputed the figure, and said shooting seals was necessary to protect stocks… But Andy Ottaway, of the Seal Protection Action Group, said he believed the shooting of seals was another major factor behind the animal's decline… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 5.4.09 Scottish fish farmers 'conducting secret seal slaughter' - Animal rights campaigners claim that a "secret slaughter" of seals was being carried out by fish farmers around the Scottish coast By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - The Seal Protection Action Group said as many as 5,000 of the mammals were shot every year. However, the industry claims the figure is nearer 500, and insists that seals have to be controlled to protect commercial stocks… Andy Ottaway, of the seal protection group, said: "The seal shooting takes place in very remote locations in sea lochs around Scotland and there are no witnesses, and under the law the industry doesn't even need to release the figures of the numbers they have killed…. (story)

5.4.09

Sunday Times 5.4.09 Dan Mathews: Peta's animal action man - He’s dressed up as priest, a rabbit and a carrot, and been sectioned at KFC — all for the love of bunnies - FLEUR BRITTEN - Pamela Anderson calls him her gay husband; Morrissey, the “ideal American hero”. He has been incarcerated so many times, he’s stopped counting… . You may not have heard of Dan Mathews, but his capers — for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) — have been hitting the headlines for 17 years, ever since he turned up at a Japanese fur convention as a “stripper”, launching Peta’s I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign… Mathews, recently included in Out magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America, has changed Peta from a modest outfit working with uncomfortable truths to one of the sexiest badges of honour a person can wear… Mathews’s secret weapon? As well as nudity, fake blood and staged invasions, he looked to celebrities….. (story)

WELSH BADGER CULL
Western Telegraph 5.4.09 Badger Trust Cymru slams cull decision - Wildlife groups have slammed the decision to go ahead with a badger cull, rather than waiting for the development of a Bovine TB vaccine…. Steve Clark, spokesman for Badger Trust Cymru, said: “This decision marks the start of a brutal pogrom against badgers.” (story)
Western Mail 31.3.09 Animal rights groups braced to oppose coming badger cull by Steve Dube, Western Mail - POLICE have asked to meet Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones and Chief Vet Christianne Glossop to discuss security during the badger cull announced last week for an area of north Pembrokeshire…. Animal rights campaigner Judi Hewitt said the cull would distress thousands of people and is likely to be resisted. “I for one will try to stop any cull I come across, as I’m sure will many others in Wales in order to protect our beautiful shy badgers, which are obviously taking the blame for a hideous disease that’s been caused by decades of bad farming practice,” said Ms Hewitt… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 30.3.09 East Huntspill badger expert brands Welsh Assembly members 'murderers' - A NATIONALLY-recognised animal carer has branded the Welsh Assembly 'murderers' if it culls badgers to stop bovine TB in Wales. Pauline Kidner, founder of East Huntspill's Secret World – an authority on rehabilitating and implementing voluntary TB testing for badgers – sees the animal as the assembly's scapegoat…. (story)
Daily Post 26.3.09 ‘The battle is not yet over’ by Andrew Forgrave - THE Welsh badger cull has prompted extreme reactions. Here’s a sample…. “To slaughter badgers in Wales when trials of a vaccine for badgers are about to get underway is a truly abhorrent decision. This is cheap, nasty politics of the very worst kind.”Badger Trust chairmanŠDavid Williams… “The battle is not yet over, because we will defend our wildlife from these medieval butchers, whatever it takes.”Judi Hewitt, founder of Wales Against Animal Cruelty (story)
Telegraph 25.3.09 Badger cull in Wales to go ahead - Badgers will be caged and shot in Wales in the first official cull of the animals to be carried out in Britain. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The cull, which will be carried out over five years in north Pembrokeshire, has been ordered by the Welsh Assembly Government in an attempt to eradicate the cattle disease bovine tuberculosis, which is spread by badgers… (story)
Western Daily Press 25.3.09 Welsh go-ahead for badger cull - Badgers would be trapped in cages and shot as part of a scheme to eradicate bovine TB, Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said. Conservation groups reacted angrily to the decision which will lead to a cull of badgers in North Pembrokeshire, Wales, over five years…. Steven Clarke, of Badger Trust Cymru, said: "Elin Jones has ignored the weight of scientific opinion and caved in to bullying farming unions and cull-mad vets…. And Viva!, a vegetarian campaigning organisation, accused the Minister of giving the green light to bloodshed to safeguard the seats of rural politicians…. (story)
Western Mail 25.3.09 Badger cull planned to halt bovine tuberculosis by Steve Dube, Western Mail - BADGERS are to be trapped and shot in one part of Wales to see if it makes any difference to the spread of bovine tuberculosis, it was announced yesterday…. Badger Trust Cymru described the decision to kill badgers as the start of a “brutal pogrom”…. Badger Trust chairman David Williams said it was “abhorrent” to slaughter badgers in Wales when trials of a vaccine for badgers will start in England next year…(story)
Daily Post 25.3.09 Welsh wildlife campaigners 'won’t let badgers be killed' by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - WILDLIFE campaigners have pledged to disrupt controversial badger killings ordered as part of efforts to control TB in Welsh cattle…. Judi Hewitt, of North Wales Animal Rights, added: “I for one will try to stop any cull I come across, as I’m sure willŠmanyŠothersŠin Wales… (story)

4.4.09

Bristol Evening Post 4.4.09 Hunters round up Nailsea store theft suspects - Suspected shoplifters trying to escape the police met their match – when they fled into a field and found themselves confronted by armed pigeon shooters. The three men were trying to avoid arrest near Nailsea but hadn't banked on coming face to face with members of the Woodspring Pigeon Shooting & Wildfowling Club dressed in full camouflage – one of them disguised as a tree…. The drama began at Morrisons supermarket in Clevedon, where two store workers were injured as they tried to stop suspected shoplifters getting away… Shortly afterwards the shooting club's chairman Rob Collins spotted a man jumping into a field where he had been shooting… "He came face to face with me and, when he saw that I had a gun, turned seven shades of green… I rang our police contact in the station and asked if they had lost any dodgy looking blokes on the run because I'd seen some and I could see where they were going … You should have seen the looks on these blokes' faces when they saw me because I looked like a walking tree…. " (story)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER (2)
Leicester Mercury 4.4.09 Death toll of horse racing - C Seal, Leicester. (letter)
Liverpool Echo 2.4.09 Not so grand National - J. Berrington, L15 (letter)
Liverpool Daily Post 2.4.09 Don’t back National - J Berrington, L15 (letter)
Solihull Observer 1.4.09 Behind horse racing's glamorous facade lies a catalogue of suffering and death… Caroline Bedward (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 28.3.09 Horses are well cared for - I READ with interest Mr Robinson’s letter about the “cruel” sport of horse racing. I get a lot of pleasure out of horse racing, as do many others and, thank God, it is rare to hear anyone complain about it. I follow racing quite closely and I know for a fact that most racehorses are treated better and have a better life than some children!... Mr Robinson, if you want something to worry about, worry about neglected children, rather than pampered racehorses! MARK ANDREWS, Windrigg Close, Egremont (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 24.3.09 Don't back cruelty - don't gamble on the horses - Behind horse racing’s glamorous facade lies a catalogue of suffering and death. According to national campaign group Animal Aid, more than 400 horses are raced to death every year…. Please don’t back the cruelty – for you it’s only a harmless flutter, but horses could pay with their lives… A ROBINSON, Great Corby, Carlisle (letter)

Telegraph 4.4.09 Peta under fire over claim that it kills most animals left at its US headquarters - Peta, the animal rights group for which celebrities like Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford have stripped off, is under fire for putting down animals at its US headquarters By Philip Sherwell in New York - Ricky Gervais has recently backed one of :Peta's campaigns and other vociferous advocates among its 128,000 members and backers in Britain and Europe include Sadie Frost, Naomi Campbell and Sir Paul McCartney… But now Peta - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - is itself on the receiving end of angry words over its own treatment of animals after it emerged that the organisation put down 96 per cent of the animals handed into its American headquarters. Of 2,216 animals taken to its premises in Norfolk, Virginia, last year, 2,124 were put to sleep - almost six per day. Homes were found for just seven…. "Many people who contribute to Peta's funds will be very disturbed to learn that their money is going towards killing animals," said David Martosko, director of research at the US-based Centre for Consumer Freedom (CCF)…. (story)
Daily Mail 30.3.09 Animal charity PETA accused of slaughtering thousands of pets placed in their care By Paul Thompson - Animal welfare charity PETA has been accused of slaughtering thousands of pets placed in their care. The charity, which boasts Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson among its supporters, are accused of only finding homes for seven pets last year. Since 1998 more than 20,000 pets handed to PETA have been put down. In 2008 official figures show that the charity put down 2,124 animals that had been given to them…. (story)

Daily Mail 4.4.09 Tesco tells farm to stop using sheepdogs because they 'stress' the flock - Sheepdogs herding a flock may be a familiar farmyard scene, but it could soon be confined to the past if bosses at Tesco have their way. The supermarket chain has told its major supplier of lamb to stop using dogs, which it claims cause stress to the animal… Outraged staff at Silver Fern Farms in Fairton, New Zealand may now have to get rid of up to 60 dogs to comply with the orders, meaning several of the animals will be destroyed. Shepherd Mick Pethram told the Telegraph newspaper: 'New Zealand sheep are used to dogs, they know dogs. 'There's more stress in a human herding and manhandling them, waving their arms and beating sticks. Dogs are part of a sheep's life. This is absolute baloney.'… Buyers for Tesco visited Silver Ferns Farm, which is one of the chain's biggest suppliers of lamb, earlier this year and were said to be upset at the dogs 'running riot'…. (story)

3.4.09

Dundee Courier 3.4.09 Anglers will not be hooked by fish quotas - THE EUROPEAN Commission has said Scottish anglers will not get caught up in plans to tighten controls on fishing, writes Stefan Morkis… Although a motion to delete article 47—the part of the proposed legislation that could have landed the anglers in hot water—was defeated, MEPs did agree that each separate nation could decide whether to subject recreational fishermen to their quotas… (story)

Oxford Mail 3.4.09 Animal rights protesters target stadium - ANIMAL rights protesters gathered outside the Oxford United ground today, to call for an end to animal testing. The stadium was playing host to BioTrinity 2009… About 10 protesters, some from protest group Speak, attended. Rachel Foster, 40, from Cowley, Oxford, said… (story)

CIWF PIG FARMING LETTER
Andover Advertiser 3.4.09 High welfare for pigs ad banned - Jill Bentall, Charlton (letter)
Sheffield Telegraph 5.3.09 Supporting the right pig farms - C Hudson, Peckmill Farm, Kiveton Park, Sheffield (letter)
NewsShopper 3.3.09 We should only support farmers kind to their pigs - MRS C BEATLEY Hoselands View Longfield (letter)
Leicester Mercury 28.2.09 - Pigs should not have to suffer - Sheila Gibson, Desford. (letter)
Manchester Evening News 28.2.09 Be kind to pigs - AN advertising campaign for British pork has been banned for misleading the public with claims of very high welfare. ‘The pigs are worth it’ adverts were deemed unacceptable by the Advertising Standard Authority following a complaint by Compassion in World Farming… We believe animals should not and need not suffer. If you agree, please help us stand up to those who put profit before animal welfare. For more information please contact Compassion in World Farming… S. Power, Oldham (letter)

2.4.09

Kentish Express 2.4.09 Huntsman retires after four decades by Mike Bennett - SATURDAY will be marked forever in the memories of hunting people as the end of an era as Richard Blakeney hunted the East Kent Hounds for the final time. After 40 years, with the past 33 of them as professional huntsman to the East Kent, Mr Blakeney is retiring at the end of this season. A weekend of tributes and accolades began with a dinner in his honour that included tributes from Nigel Peel, Master and Huntsman to the North Cotswold; Stephen Lambert, chairman of the Master of Foxhounds Association; and Stephen Furnival, hunt chairman…. Hunt supporter Nick Onslow said: "Everyone present felt honoured to know Richard and here at the East Kent Hunt we are delighted that he will be remaining in our hunt country so that we can continue to benefit from his peerless expertise." (story)

Dorking Advertiser 2.4.09 Dog loses leg in Coldharbour woodland horror - A dog is recovering after having its leg amputated following a horrific accident in a wood. Sandra Ortu was walking her two Lurchers in Redlands wood, Coldharbour, at the beginning of the month when she suddenly heard distressed yelping from one of her dogs… Miss Ortu is not sure what caused Spencer's injuries, but believes he became caught in a snare. Now she has contacted the National Anti-snaring Campaign. Simon Wild, from the organisation, said: "Judging by the appearance of the wound it looks consistent with a snaring injury…. "We have been out to Redlands wood and we haven't found any snares but they could have been moved…. However, the Forestry Commission ranger for the area, Glen Boxhall, has assured walkers there are no snares in the area… (story)

Coventry Telegraph 2.4.09 Let's protest the Grand National - AS soon as Cheltenham Festival ends the racing press starts gearing up for the horrific Grand National meeting at Aintree starting today and culminating with the Grand National on Saturday. Both Cheltenham and Aintree meetings are notorious for horse fatalities… Please show your protest against this unnecessary suffering by not betting. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Guardian 2.4.09 Caught in the act - Personal data is posted on an activism website. A man is arrested under the Serious Crime Act - but his involvement was minimal - Chris Williams - At about 7am on a Monday in February, police arrived at the Sheffield home of a man wanted in connection with the country's largest animal rights extremism case. He was arrested, his home searched and computer equipment seized. The man, an IT worker who can't be named, is now on police bail on suspicion of offences under the Serious Crime Act 2007…. the man, in his 40s with a young family, is being investigated for minor involvement with a website that briefly allowed activists to publish the personal information of a senior high court judge in its forums. The judge in question was Mr Justice Neil Butterfield. In January he handed down lengthy prison sentences to seven members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) after an investigation over several years by Kent police. The next day, an animal rights activist posted his personal information to the comments section of an article on Indymedia UK, a citizen journalism site frequented by protesters…. (story)
Indymedia 11.2.09 Police bail sysadmin in animal rights extremism probe - Here is the latest from the register about the arrest related to the latest imc server seizure. The arrested man is a sys admin who hosted several servers including the indymedia server. Apparently this is enough to get you held for 8 hours and bail conditions…. Police bail sysadmin in animal rights extremism probe… By Chris Williams - A Sheffield man has been released on police bail after being questioned in connection with comments posted to the activist news website Indymedia, which included the personal details of a prominent High Court judge…. The comments at the centre of the investigation were critical of Mr Justice Neil Butterfield for the landmark blackmail sentences he handed down to seven animal rights extremists last month…. (story)

Norwich Evening News 2.4.09 Circus owner charged with assault - LUCY BOLTON - The owner of a circus based near Norwich has been charged with an assault alleged to have occurred during a protest about their show. Ryszard Tomaszewicz, 49, who co-owns Circus Mondao, has been charged with assault on an animal rights protestor on Wednesday, March 25… Mr Tomaszewicz is accused of assaulting a female protestor who was handing out leaflets at the site demonstrating against the use of the animals… A spokesman from Norfolk group S.A.F.E (Saving Animals from Exploitation), said the protest was being held in conjunction with CAPS (Captive Animals Protection Society), who are based in Manchester…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 2.4.09 No place today for animals in circus - MY name is Mark Atkinson – I am one of the Earth Bound Misfits. We are one of Lincolnshire's leading circus and street theatre performance and tuition group… In our opinion animal circuses are outdated and cruel and with the amazing all human circuses on the circuit, it has been proved that animals are not needed…. Mark Atkinson, director, Earth Bound Misfits Ltd (letter)

1.4.09

Bloomberg 1.4.09 London G-20 Protest Draws Thousands of Demonstrators (Update1) By Thomas Penny and Brian Lysaght - Thousands of protesters converged on the Bank of England in demonstrations aimed at bankers and the world leaders participating in the Group of 20 summit meetings…. Mary Macmillan, a 75-year-old actress and anti-fox hunting activist from London, carried a sign that read “Hunt the Tories,” as she gathered with protesters before they set off for the Bank of England from Cannon Street… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 1.4.09 Poem: A little friend - Once more they come, once more… They sneak into our park/Intent on their kill/Shotguns all primed… Brave hunters are these… The Ruddy Duck is their target… Write to your MP and DEFRA in the main/For they are responsible/For all the killing and pain/Based on false science… KEITH MIDDLETON Mile End Road Colwick Village (poem)

ANIMAL AID MEP LETTER
South Yorkshire Times 1.4.09 Animal rights high on my agenda - Kate Fowler of Animal Aid wrote (issue of March 19) regarding a lobby of Members of the European Parliament to improve the protection of primates in animal research. I know from the many representations that I have received on this topic that it is an issue close to many people's hearts… For anyone interested in animal welfare issues, it is another reason to take an interest in the European elections on June 4. Linda McAvan Labour Member of the European Parliament (letter)
South Yorkshire Times 19.3.09 Apes suffering Kate Fowler, Animal Aid (letter)
Ilkeston Advertiser 12.3.09 Animals campaign - New rules governing animal experiments for the whole of Europe are currently being developed by the European Union, and Animal Aid's supporters are calling for a timetabled phase-out of the use of all primates…. Kate Fowler, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 1.4.09 Say 'no' to use of animals in circuses - ANIMALS don't belong in a circus… Undercover investigations at circuses in the UK have revealed animals beaten with sticks, bars and whips and sick animals hidden from the RSPCA… We also ask people to write to their MP, asking them to encourage the government to ban the use of animals in circuses…. Paul Thomas, Campaigns assistant, The Captive Animals' Protection Society (letter)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 1.4.09 Recipes to help you to protect animals - IT IS Easter time - shops are full of cards bearing images of cute, fluffy yellow chicks and shelves are stacked to the ceiling with milk chocolate eggs. But in reality, the egg and dairy industry is not as pretty as the pictures on the cards. Each year, 30 million day-old male chicks are gassed or shredded alive by the egg industry, because they cannot lay eggs and don't put on weight quickly enough for meat production… This Easter, Animal Aid is encouraging people to drop dairy and eggs from their diet and offers the perfect support - a dairy- and egg-free recipe booklet titled I can't believe it's[2026] vegan!... KELLY SLADE Campaigns officer, Animal Aid The Old Chapel, Bradford Street Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.4.09 Meat is a luxury we can no longer afford - WHEN it comes to feeding a family, price has always been an important consideration…. Animal Aid's new FREE recipe booklet – 'Meat-Free! Feed four for under a fiver' reveals the hidden costs of meat that do not show up at the check-out but make it an expensive choice in the long run… Kelly Slade, Animal Aid (by email) (letter)