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30.4.10

Western Morning News 30.4.10 Fox is fed up of hunting - The League Against Cruel Sports brought its pre-election Fox Tour to the Westcountry yesterday, as it stepped up its opposition to Tory plans to repeal the ban on hunting. A campaigner dressed as Fergus The Fox danced to Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor in Exeter city centre…. (story)

ThisIsSomerset 30.4.10 'You cannot trust politicians', sitting MP tells sixth formers - NO politician should be trusted, sixth formers were told at a General Election debate between the main candidates for North East Somerset held at Wellsway School in Keynsham. It was an unusual comment coming from Dan Norris… He said: "For standing up for my beliefs I have had dead animals with their eyes poked out left on my doorstep on a monthly basis for years. I am completely opposed to anybody who wants to bring back hunting."…(story)

Burton Mail 30.4.10 David Cameron wants a return to savagery - BEHIND the glamorous façade of David Cameron lurks something unpleasant. His pledge to give Government time to a bill to repeal the Hunting Act means the full horror of staghunting could soon be unleashed again on our countryside…. Many, including Conservative voters, pleaded with David Cameron not to support this savagery. He ignored them all, making repeal of the Hunting Act a priority for his party and a mainstay of his manifesto… M.J. Huskisson Animal Welfare Information Service PO Box 8, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0JL (letter)

Argus 30.4.10 Unspeakable - If, as rumoured, the country is in such a bad state, how can Mr Cameron contemplate using Parliamentary time trying to bring back fox hunting… F Norris, Woodingdean (letter)

Northern Echo 30.4.10 Hunting Act - MOST people are against killing animals for fun and want the Hunting Act to remain. But some General Election candidates want to repeal it – here are the views of some in the North-East. Bishop Auckland: Mark Wilkes (Lib Dem) and Helen Goodman (Lab) will vote against repeal… L Edwards, Co-ordinator, Durham Support Group, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Leicester Mercury 30.4.10 Totally outfoxed - Three cheers for Mr Brian May for opposing the repeal of the Hunting Act… Mrs V Johnson, Leicester. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 30.4.10 Animal issues in the election - Do we really know what the election candidates are going to do to protect animals?... PAD (Protecting Animals in Democracy) is a groundbreaking project… They have a series of questions that have been devised on the current issues that are affecting animals which includes hunting, factory farming and animal testing… Ms J Hitchin, Leicester. (letter)

The Sentinel 30.4.10 Election raises hunting fears - It seems to me that the prospective Conservative candidate for the Staffordshire Moorlands has started out as she means to go on if elected…Five months ago, I wrote asking Mrs Bradley what her stance was on the issue of hunting with hounds. Her answer took some extracting. I was finally told – and bear in mind 70 per cent of the population are in favour of keeping a ban – that in a free vote she would choose to repeal the ban… D Carter, Ipstones (letter)

Western Mail 30.4.10 'Shooting a deer is better than scoring at Wembley' by Daniel Fisher, Western Mail - A TOP Welsh sports star has courted controversy by starring in a video in which he is shown shooting a deer and claiming “it’s 10 times better than scoring at Wembley”. Animal rights campaigners criticised Welsh rugby league star Keiron Cunningham over a video in which he is seen giving the thumbs-up to the camera after shooting a deer in the head. In the video, which appeared on the Fieldsports Britain website, the Wales and Great Britain hooker reveals his passion for hunting, saying “if the boss is watching, this is what I do in my spare time…. (story)

Western Morning News 30.4.10 'How to' events start with pigeon shooting class - Introductions to shooting pigeon and wild fowl will take place in a series of "how to" days run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. The taster courses are designed to ensure people are acting safely and within the law and to increase people's enjoyment and abilities. The first of the 'how to' days will focus on pigeon shooting and will be held at Somerton, Somerset, on June 3…. (story)

Western Mail 30.4.10 Follow England’s lead on rearing game birds - In response to your article about the code of practice for rearing pheasants and partridges in Wales (“Gamekeepers warn against code of practice ‘tinkering’”, (Country & Farming April 20), I would like to set the record straight on a number of points…BASC welcomed the code of practice for game rearing as laid before Parliament. The code is all about ensuring the best possible welfare for game birds kept to produce eggs and recommends minimum spaces for pheasant and partridge laying stock. Dismissing the code as “plain silly” [as did David Pooler, who chairs the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation’s North Wales group] is a very short-sighted stance to take… SIMON CLARKE, Head of Press Relations, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)

Leicester Mercury 30.4.10 Birds take all the fish - I have fished the River Welland since the 1970s ("Climate change blamed after the fish disappear", Mercury, April 23)…. those who constantly observe the river rather than making sporadic spot checks will know that the river is now largely devoid of fish due to predation by considerable numbers of cormorants, which follow the course of the river between the Eye Brook and Welham Lake, and an over-population of herons… The convenient catch-all of "climate change" is a simplistic explanation not borne out by reality…. Chris Sharpe, Knighton. (letter)

Independent 30.4.10 Michael McCarthy: Never has the deer been so dear to us - Our attraction to big beasts, or at least our fascination with them, is clearly a very ancient one…I don't think it's entirely fanciful to see some of that ancient big-beast-awe in our attitude, here in Britain, to deer…. How painful then, how disquieting, to learn that today, in the woodlands of Britain, deer are causing the most terrible trouble. In a massive, unprecedented impact, unnoticed by the public and understood only by specialists, deer are destroying the undergrowth and the ground flora in a great many British woods, producing a complex cascade of damaging effects not only on the wild flowers, but also on the communities of insects, small mammals and birds which need the undergrowth to survive….. (story)

Oxford Mail 30.4.10 Activist's no show at hustings in Abingdon - LIB Dem candidate Evan Harris was set to come face-to-face with an animal rights activist standing against him in next week’s general election. But Oxford West & Abingdon polling day rival Keith Mann failed to show at a hustings meeting…. (story)

The Shields Gazette 30.4.10 Stop inhumane slaughter - OVER the last 14 months, Animal Aid has secretly filmed inside seven British slaughterhouses. Our film shows animals suffering untold torments as they are kicked, punched, goaded and dragged into the stun room…. Kate Fowler, head of campaigns, Animal Aid. (letter)

Argus 30.4.10 Bird’s-eye view - Brighton and Hove is a city by the seaside and as such we are likely to see and hear a lot of seagulls, especially during the next few months when they are breeding. We should be protecting them, not thinking about culling them… Steve Fuller, Rowan Avenue, Hove (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 3.5.10 Country fair-goers still game despite wet weekend By Tom Potter - SUFFOLK: Stately Glemham Hall provided the grand backdrop for this year’s Suffolk Game and Country Fair. Visitors got a taste of country life and locals reaffirmed their love for the outdoors, despite an unsettled weekend of weather… (story)

29.4.10

BRIAN MAY SUPPORTS DAN NORRIS
Stroud News & Journal 29.4.10 Queen legend Brian May comes to Stroud to support hunting ban By Rachel Clare - ROCK star Brian May came to Stroud on Wednesday to support the ban on fox hunting. The Queen guitarist met David Drew, Labour's parliamentary candidate, and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn who spoke to party activists and members of the public… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 29.4.10 Don't stop the hunting ban, urges Queen star - Queen star Brian May brought his fight against the reintroduction of hunting to North East Somerset when he gave his support to Labour candidate Dan Norris last weekend. The legendary guitarist visited both Midsomer Norton and Keynsham as part of his 'Save Me' campaign – named after one of his band's hits – which aims to prevent the return of fox and stag hunting under a new government and to oppose the cull of badgers… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 29.4.10 Rock legend's anti-hunt crusade comes to town - ROCK royalty came to Gloucestershire with a clear message to preserve the hunting ban. Queen guitarist Brian May joined Stroud's Labour MP of 13 years, David Drew, and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, on the campaign trail yesterday… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 28.4.10 Queen legend Brian May comes to Gloucestershire - QUEEN legend Brian May will visit Gloucestershire today to campaign against fox hunting. He will join David Drew and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to take his campaign against hunting to Stroud…. (story)
Bristol Evening Post 26.4.10 Queen star's visit to back hunt stand - QUEEN star Brian May brought his fight against the reintroduction of hunting to Keynsham when he gave his support to Labour candidate Dan Norris… (story)
Bath Chronicle 26.4.10 Save Me - and elect him, says star – Queen star Brian May brought his fight against the reintroduction of hunting to Keynsham when he gave his support to Labour candidate Dan Norris at the weekend… (story)
BBC News Online 25.4.10 Queen guitar legend Brian May defends hunting ban - Queen guitarist Brian May has backed a Labour candidate while launching a one-man campaign to keep the hunting ban on the statute books. Rock star May, 62, appeared in Keynsham to back Labour candidate Dan Norris for the Somerset North East seat…. Liberal Democrat candidate Gail Coleshill said: "Dan Norris seems to be more interested in meeting ageing rock stars and furry foxes than talking to his constituents at elections hustings." (story)
Bristol Evening Post 23.4.10 Queen star will back city Labour candidate - Rock legend Brian May is visiting Keynsham and Midsomer Norton tomorrow to back Labour candidate Dan Norris's election campaign… (story)
Bristol Evening Post 23.4.10 Animal rights rocker backs Labour man - ROCK legend Brian May, right, is visiting Keynsham and Midsomer Norton tomorrow to back Labour candidate Dan Norris's election campaign.The famous guitarist, a founding member of the rock band Queen, is passionate about animal welfare and wants to publicly show his support for Mr Norris, a well-known anti-hunt campaigner. He will give his reasons for backing Mr Norris at a public meeting at the Royal British Legion Club in Charlton Road, Keynsham, from 11am…. (story)
Midsomer Norton People 22.4.10 Rock legend Brian May comes to Keynsham and Midsomer Norton to back Dan Norris's campaign By CarlaGale - Founding member of rock band Queen, Brian May, will visit Keynsham and Midsomer Norton this Saturday, 24 April. The legendary guitarist, a passionate campaigner for animal welfare, wants to publicly show his support for Dan Norris's campaign to be elected as North East Somerset MP…. (story)
Keynsham People 22.4.10 Rock legend comes to Keynsham on election campaign trail By welland - The legendary guitarist and a founder member of rock band Queen, will also visit Midsomer Norton. He is a passionate campaigner for animal welfare and wants to publicly show his support for Mr Norris's campaign to be elected as North East Somerset MP. The guitarist will give a talk at a public meeting in The Royal British Legion Club in Charlton Road (11 am), about his reasons for backing Mr Norris’s election campaign, where the anti-hunt campaigner Labour man faces an extremely close battle to win the ultra-marginal constituency against hunt-supporting Tory candidate Jacob Rees-Mogg…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 21.4.10 Queen's May backs Norris - Queen guitarist Brian May will be on the campaign trail in Keynsham at the weekend. The musician is joining Labour Parliamentary candidate Dan Norris to show his support on Saturday. May is known as a passionate anti-hunt campaigner and will be joining fellow anti-fox hunting activist Mr Norris at the Royal British Legion in Keynsham at 11am for a public meeting and question and answer session… (story)

West Briton 29.4.10 Get a life, say the Greens in answer to hunting question - A PARLIAMENTARY candidate for Truro and Falmouth has branded foxhunting enthusiasts as people who need to get a life. The Green Party's Ian Wright sparked an outbreak of applause when he made the comment at hustings organised by the West Briton at the Hall for Cornwall on Thursday… (story)

ThisIsCornwall 29.4.10 Anti-hunting documentary in Penzance - THE documentary Minority Pastime – A Letter To David Cameron is screened at Richmond Methodist Church Hall, Tolver Place, Penzance, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The film is a ground-breaking feature documentary which aims to "expose the hidden reality of hunting, at a time when the ban against hunting with dogs is under threat"…. (story)

ThisIsSomerset 29.4.10 I would like to comment on the rather disingenuous comments from Lib Dem activists regarding the Lib Dems in North East Somerset following boundary changes…. I oppose fox-hunting and the Tory candidate Jacob Rees-Mogg would not oppose the law which bans hunting. A vote for the Lib Dems in this constituency might result in Mr Rees-Mogg being elected. PAUL THOMAS, Radstock (letter)

HUSKISSON COURSING LETTER
ThisIsSomerset 29.4.10 Hare-coursing was a barbaric pastime that was a curse on our countryside until banned by the Labour Government…. M J HUSKISSON, Address supplied (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 20.4.10 Hare-coursing inherently cruel - M J Huskisson (address supplied) (letter)
Bath Chronicle 15.4.10 - Hare coursing was a barbaric pastime that was a curse on our countryside until banned by the Labour Government… Can I ask Chronicle readers to think carefully before helping David Cameron to inflict this new style of callous Conservatism on our wildlife … M J HUSKISSON Details Supplied (letter)
Scotsman 12.4.10 Letters: Hare-raising - HARE coursing (your report, 1 April) was a barbaric pastime that was a curse on our countryside until banned by the Labour government… The humane alternative of lure coursing thrives, yet David Cameron has pledged that should his "modern" Conservatives win power, he will provide the opportunity in parliament to make live hare coursing legal again. Can I ask your readers to think carefully before helping Cameron to inflict this new style of callous conservatism on our wildlife…. MJ HUSKISSON, Address supplied (letter)

HUSKISSON ELECTION LETTER
Whitehaven News 29.4.10 ‘Tory contempt for animals’ - M J HUSKISSON, Animal Welfare Information Service Halesworth, Suffolk (letter)
Oxford Mail 27.4.10 Hunting for votes - MJ Huskisson, Animal Welfare Information (letter)
Independent 24.4.10 Tory contempt for animals - M J Huskisson, Halesworth, Suffolk (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 21.4.10 Hunts: The right to be cruel? - When every vote counts, it is astonishing that the Conservative Election Manifesto includes the following: “The Hunting Act has proved unworkable. A Conservative government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.” This will bring back fox hunting, hare hunting and hare coursing, stag hunting, some form of summer riverside hunting and all the havoc associated with these cruel pastimes…. As hunting can thrive without the pursuit of live quarry, why return to the cruel old days? Seeking “change” is fine but change for the better is needed, not a return to past savagery. M J Huskisson (address supplied). (letter)

poss. South Wales Evening Post 29.4.10 Hare hunting is shocking issue - DAVID Cameron said recently "real change comes from your values". His include support for hare coursing in which pairs of greyhounds chased and sometimes killed hares… The coursing ban was secured with support from MPs from all parties after exhaustive debate guided by the Burns Hunting Inquiry… Unsurprisingly, MPs, in tune with public opinion, voted overwhelmingly to ban this pastime. Legalising it is a change very few want. M J Huskisson, Animal Welfare Information Service PO Box 8, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0JL (letter)

Berwickshire News 29.4.10 - - Some politicians want to bring back hunting with dogs but what most of your readers are unlikely to know is that repeal of the Hunting Act brings back not only fox hunting but also stag hunting and hare hunting, and hare coursing where a live hare is chased and then ripped apart by two dogs…. here is no public appetite for repeal of the Hunting Act, and your readers are urged to urgently contact their Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to make their views known on this issue.... DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 29.4.10 Animal testing justified - The internationally-respected Leicester University (remember the DNA research was done there) has announced plans to build and use a new laboratory for the testing of drugs for humans on rats and mice (Mercury, April 26). These will presumably be drugs for the treatment of disease in people and not for the testing of cosmetics, which I vehemently oppose. This new laboratory will inevitably lead to the usual uproar and opposition by the activists…. Ray Watson, Leicester. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 29.4.10 Prisoners could be guinea pigs - I read that Leicester University has obtained planning permission to build an animal testing centre. Why do they need to test products on defenceless animals when there is a much better solution? This country's prisons are overcrowded, so why not use some of the prisoners, such as terrorists, murderers, child abusers and the like, to test these products for them?.... Mrs Karen Shepherd, Thurmaston (letter)

ThisIsCheshire 29.4.10 Outrage as animal circus rolls into Warrington By Hannah Bargery - A WAR of words has broken out between animal rights campaigners and a circus which rolled into town earlier this week. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has called on families to boycott Circus Mondao but representatives claim they are doing nothing wrong…. (letter)

28.4.10

probably Carmarthen Journal 28.4.10 'Pro-hunt fans helping Tory in marginal seat' - MONEY has been pumped in to the campaign for the Conservative candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire by pro-hunting businessmen, it has been claimed. The seat is being contested for the Conservatives by Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart, who is also a former master of foxhounds…. More than £45,000 has come in to Tory coffers from businessman Johan Christofferson, a former hunt joint master in the Isle of Wight… (story)
probably Carmarthen Journal 21.4.10 Tory hopeful on defensive over pro-hunt support - THE Tory candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire has hit back at claims that more than £45,000 has been pumped in to his campaign by pro-hunting businessmen. The seat is being contested for the Conservatives by Simon Hart, a former master of foxhounds and chief executive of lobby group the Countryside Alliance which aims to overturn the hunting ban… More than £45,000 has come in to local Tory coffers from businessman Johan Christofferson, a former hunt joint master in the Isle of Wight… Mr Ainger recently said: "I think it's wrong that rich men are paying money into marginal constituencies like this one… Mr Hart responded: "The donation was made in 2007, you're not talking about a recent donation… (story)

ThisIsCornwall 28.4.10 Five key questions for our parliamentary candidates - Caroline Righton, Conservative candidate for St Austell and Newquay. 1. Do you support the hunting ban or should it be overturned? I am listening to the case for and against, and when presented with the legislation in the free vote proposed by the Conservative Party will consider it carefully. I don't personally hunt, or even ride but living in St Columb Major, in essentially a farming community, I meet many who do. In the last three and a half years it has only been mentioned twice on the doorstep as an issue…. (story)
Dick Cole, Mebyon Kernow candidate for St Austell and Newquay. 1. Do you support the hunting ban or should it be overturned? The debate around foxhunting is perceived by many in the Government to be the main issue in the countryside. The focus should be on rural issues such as guaranteeing fair prices for agricultural produce, the protection of rural shops and services, as well as local-needs housing for local people. I would not support a repeal of the hunting ban…. (story)
James Fitton, BNP candidate for Newquay and St Austell. 1. Do you support the hunting ban or should it be overturned? I don't support the hunting ban and I think it should be overturned. The only reason this was brought in was to keep some of Tony Blair's back bench MPs quiet… (story)

Leicester Mercury 28.4.10 Putting a word in for the beautiful fox - Well done, Brian May! I farmed in my younger years and the stoat or a weasel will do more damage to chickens than a fox…. Kenneth Johnson, Earl Shilton (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 28.4.10 Film tells the savage truth - COLIN Richey covers a wide range of points in his letter on hunting with dogs…In November 2005 a tiny hamlet in the heart of the Cotswolds was overrun by snarling hounds. Nisa Ward was out with her elderly neighbour. A deer hurtled out of the woods, pursued by the baying pack. As the villagers stood there helplessly the deer was caught. It screamed piteously as the dogs ripped it apart… Nisa set out to discover the truth about hunting. She travelled thousands of miles in her quest and has now produced a film, entitled A Minority Pastime, to expose the devastating human cost of hunting… IVOR ANNETTS League Against Cruel Sports Tiverton (letter)

The Shields Gazette 28.4.10 Don't scrap hunting ban - CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron has hunted foxes and reportedly enjoys shooting birds…. His shadow environment minister, Nick Herbert, is a former hare hunter and high up in the Countryside Alliance, an organisation primarily concerned with promoting blood sports… The Conservatives also plan a mass cull of badgers. Vote to ensure these cruel and unjustifiable things don't happen - Alan Kirby, Protect Our Wild Animals, Cardiff (letter)

Northumberland Gazette 28.4.10 Field sportsman cleared over offensive weapon - A FIELD sports enthusiast has been cleared of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, after an extendable baton was found in his jacket pocket. Mervyn Neil Redpath had been stopped on suspicion of drink-driving at the crossroads on the B1339 near Embleton on January 28. The 59-year-old, of Greyfield Estate in the village, was taken to Alnwick Police Station, where the telescopic truncheon – known as an asp – was discovered… Asked by prosecutor Margaret Waddell why he needed the asp, he answered: "It's an extremely useful tool which I use all the time. I wouldn't dispatch an animal with my hands in the traditional way because of my weak grip – it would be cruel."… Accepting his explanation, the chairman of the magistrates told him: "After hearing the evidence, we have decided that you did not go out intentionally to use the baton…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 28.4.10 Protest over use of circus animals - Animal rights campaigners gathered last night as a circus featuring tigers, camels and zebras rolled into town. The Great British Circus, which comes to Glen Parva every year as part of its tour, opened for its first Leicestershire show yesterday….. Among the campaigners was Caroline Butterwick, 17, of Lutterworth. "It's archaic to have animals in circuses," she said…. Patricia Lessells, 61, of Oadby, also took part in the demonstration… Holly Grundy, who is part of the Nottingham Animal Rights group, helped organise the demonstration. She said: "I think it's morally wrong to have animals in circuses… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 28.4.10 Stop all this barbarism - WITH reference to the Badger Cull Set To Go Ahead article in last week's Journal, the enormous cost of the meat and dairy industry, with or without TB, is astronomical and shameful when half the world starves…. I would like to point out that our diet is supposed to be a vegan one as is that of our closest ancestors the great apes. The biggest evil for our health is animal flesh and dairy consumption… Katharine Wood, Llandysul a target=main href="http://beta.thisissouthwales.co.uk/news/Stop-barbarism/article-2076202-detail/article.html">(letter)

27.4.10

Western Morning News 27.4.10 'People in rural areas have been neglected by Labour' - Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats said families living in the countryside had been neglected under Labour. But Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Hilary Benn insisted unemployment and crime were lower, and school standards higher, outside urban centres…He criticised Conservative plans for a free vote on whether to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs, saying: "We want to keep the hunting ban in place. This was never a town versus country issue. It's a very simple issue of animal cruelty… (story)
24dash.com 26.4.10 People living in rural areas 'treated like second-class citizens' Published by Jon Land - Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats today said families living in the countryside had been neglected under Labour. But Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Hilary Benn insisted unemployment and crime were lower, and school standards higher, outside urban centres… Mr Benn stressed: "For people living in rural communities there's lower unemployment and crime and better school results."… He criticised Conservative plans for a free vote on whether to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs, saying: "We want to keep the hunting ban in place. This was never a town versus country issue… (story)

Bath Chronicle 27.4.10 Eddie Izzard supports Dan Norris' campaign - Labour hopeful Dan Norris will get more celebrity backing in his fight to stay in Parliament today. Comedian, actor and multi-marathon charity runner Eddie Izzard will be in Keynsham to support the North East Somerset candidate's campaign. The keen Labour supporter will join Mr Norris at the Trout Tavern in Temple Street for an open question and answer session in the pub garden, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm…. At the weekend Mr Norris - who held the Wansdyke seat for 13 years - was boosted by a visit from Queen guitarist Brian May, a fellow anti-hunting supporter. (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Echo 27.4.10 Fox on tour to get views of candidates on hunt bill - PLANS to repeal the fox hunting ban are still alive, activists claim. Members of the League Against Cruel Sports danced around Stroud town centre last week using a fox costume to make their point…. Simon Taylor, who heads the campaign team, said the trip was a great success…. Labour candidate David Drew said the activists were welcomed in the town… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 27.4.10 Carlisle candidates invited to view hunting film - Election candidates in Carlisle have been invited to a public showing of the anti-fox hunting film A Minority Pastime tomorrow night. Anti-hunting campaigners have organised the screening, at 7.30pm in the Old Town Hall in Greenmarket, to influence public opinion ahead of the general election… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 27.4.10 Tory pledge to hit brown hare - THE Tories have pledged to repeal the 2004 Hunting with Dogs Act. Unfortunately within that legislation is a totally separate section outlawing the archaically barbaric activity of hare coursing… In 1995 the brown hare was included in the official Biodiversity Action Plan for species at risk… Despite this the Tories are still prepared to see brown hares, decimated also by year-round unrestricted shooting, still further persecuted as part of their "change" policy. Allied to their intended unwarranted slaughter of badgers, this could all contribute to turning headstrong Mr Cameron into the most out-of-touch and unpopular Tory Prime Minister since Edward Heath… JOHN RIMINGTON National Press Officer Hare Preservation Trust (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 27.4.10 Think how it feels - S ATURDAY, April 24, is World Day for Laboratory Animals. There are events happening all around the world and West Country people will be attending a march and rally in London…. Victoria Holmes Easton (letter)

Scottish Herald 27.4.10 Bullfighting is a cruel, unfair abuse of animals - Your report “Spanish bullfighter gored in Mexico” (April 26) simply highlights the fact that bullfighting has no place in modern society… Louise Robertson, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns, Fife (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 27.4.10 End sickening cruelty - IN the 1980s after the EEC, the main market for whitecoat seal pelts, banned their import, and British supermarkets, pressed hard by customers, with Tesco in the lead, refused to sell Canadian fish until the whitecoat hunt ended… It was not to last, however, and Canada, when it judged the world had forgotten about the seals renewed the carnage… Readers can help end this sickening cruelty by not buying Canadian fish and other Canadian products… Pat Wickham, North Street, Cleethorpes (letter)

26.4.10

Exeter Express & Echo 26.4.10 Animal issues are the big difference - MANY people are saying that there seems to be little between the politics of the three main parties… The Conservatives have been, until very recently, very vocal on their insistance that they will go out of their way to bring back hunting, (and the killing of), our wild mammals — including deer, foxes and hare…. The Conservatives have also promised a widespread cull of another of our mammals — the badger….The Welsh Assembly have already given the shooters permission to start slaughtering birds such as the house sparrow, starlings, and slaughtering the badgers — do the public want to take a step back to the Middle Ages and bring back hunting? I think not… Mrs Y Street. Saddlers Way, Okehampton (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 26.4.10 Crowds turn out to enjoy the East Anglian Game Fair - EMMA KNIGHTS - People young and old and their canine chums enjoyed all the fun of the fair at the weekend at the region's annual game and country show. Now in its seventh year, the 2010 East Anglian Game and Country Fair, which was in association with the Eastern Daily Press, was a celebration of all things rural and a lot more besides… (letter)

Leicester Mercury 26.4.10 £15m animal testing laboratory to be built in Leicester - A £15m laboratory which will be used for testing drugs on animals is being built in Leicester. The University of Leicester is building the laboratory on a car park behind the fire station in Lancaster Road, on the edge of its city campus… The National Anti-Vivisection Alliance (NAVA) said it believed beagle dogs, which are commonly used in animal testing, as well as rodents would be used for tests at the laboratory…. Spokesman Luke Steele said: "The University of Leicester already has a number of facilities, which use primates, dogs and rodents in experiments…. (story)

25.4.10

BRIAN MAY ATTACKS LECIESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LEADER
Mail 25.4.10 Brian May: Snivelling dweeb? I let that hunt-loving Tory get off lightly! By JENNY JOHNSTON - As insults go, it's not very rock 'n' roll, is it? Would you ever have found Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix bawling someone out by calling them a 'snivelling dweeb'? Or telling an adversary that he would have his 'guts for garters'? But then legendary Queen guitarist Brian May never did conform to type… (story)
Daily Mail 22.4.10 'You snivelling little dweeb!' Rock star Brian May's rant at fox-hunting Tory By FAY SCHLESINGER - Brian May has described a senior Tory councillor as a ‘pathetic, arrogant, snivelling little dweeb’ in an extraordinary clash over fox hunting. The Queen guitarist threatened to have David Parsons’ ‘guts for garters’, after the leader of Leicestershire County Council condemned the ‘cosseted London rock star’ for launching an anti-hunting campaign… (story)
First Post 22.4.10 Brian May calls pro-hunt Tory a ‘pathetic dweeb’ BY SOPHIE TAYLOR - Queen guitarist Brian May has called a Tory councillor a "pathetic, arrogant, jumped-up, snivelling little dweeb" in a row over fox hunting…. (story)
Mirror 22.4.10 Queen guitarist Brian May rages at "pathetic, arrogant, jumped-up, snivelling little dweeb" Tory By Rod Chaytor - Queen guitarist Brian May has launched an astonishing verbal assault on a Tory politician in a row over fox hunting….Mr Parsons said: "I fear people in rural communities are not going to take lectures from a cosseted London rock star on how the countryside should be run. The Quorn Hunt and others like it are part of the fabric of our countryside tradition. This subject needs to be debated by those who know about it, rather than a rock celebritywho has not chafed his hands on anything other than a guitar."…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 21.4.10 Rock star Brian May in tirade against Leicestershire council leader - Rock star Brian May has launched an attack on Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons over his support for fox hunting. The world-famous Queen guitarist called Mr Parsons a "pathetic, arrogant, jumped-up, snivelling little dweeb", and a "disgrace" to his office in a strongly-worded piece published on his website. Mr May was responding after Mr Parsons wrote to the Mercury last week, attacking the superstar's support of an anti-hunting campaign… He denied that his criticisms were politically-motivated, adding: "I've voted Conservative many times, and I'm a floating voter at this election."… (story)

Stourbridge News 25.4.10 Tories will immediately repeal the Hunting Act if elected - Most of the people of Stourbridge consider the hunting of wild animals with packs of dogs is unnecessary and extremely cruel… Before this type of hunting was banned, deer were being hunted to exhaustion then torn apart by large packs of dogs… So now we know that a high priority of a future Tory government will be to repeal the Hunting Act. This is what people will be doing if they vote to elect a Tory in Stourbridge…. Name and address supplied (story)

24.4.10

TORQUAY HERALD EXPRESS HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Torquay Herald Express 24.4.10 Would-be MP is sitting on the fence over fox hunting - I WAS interested to note from a recent BBC show that Torbay's Conservative candidate, Marcus Wood, would abstain from any future vote on fox hunting if he were to win.This seems to go very much against the impression he has left people with that he is against hunting, when it is clear he is going to sit on the fence. I think this proves that Joan Mazumdar potentially should not put so much faith in his opposition to hunting… IAN DOGGETT (Cllr), Clifton-with-Maidenway Ward Torbay Council (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 14.4.10 MPs banned foxhunting under free votes - IN RESPONSE to Marcus Wood's letter published on April 2 regarding free votes on foxhunting. I think that he may have forgotten that after several attempts at a Bill — giving free votes in the House of Commons — the House of Lords then caused problems… It would appear then that Marcus Wood — to his credit — on this issue of conscience would not support David Cameron, his party leader, who has stated he would seek to repeal the Act by another free vote for all MPs, should his party form a government… JOAN MAZUMDAR, Galmpton (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 10.4.10 A view of fox hunting from the other side of the fence - IN REPLY to E Brooker's letter regarding hunting (HE, April 2), I am surprised that he writes that hunting is not a 'fun sport'. This does seem to contradict what a high-up member of the Countryside Alliance said to local members just before the ban on hunting became law… I know a member of the hunt monitors and have seen photos of the threatening behaviour, sometimes involving physical injury, suffered by the monitors who only wish to obtain photographic evidence…. the concerns of those of us who are anti-hunting should not be dismissed as 'rantings'. They are informed opinions held by many who are actually aware of the activities of the hunt. ANGELA CORKERY, Seymour Drive, Torquay
IN RESPONSE to Mr Brooker's letter informing us of the 'true nature of hunting', I would like to appraise your readers of a few facts that he conveniently forgot to mention. Firstly, the statement that hunting with hounds is humane. Are people familiar with the way that hounds are trained to kill foxes?... JOAN JONES, Chudleigh Knighton
I HAVE just read the letter on fox hunting (HE, April 2). What a lot of rubbish… It's disgusting, and so are those who organise and go on these bloodthirsty hunts…. M K MURRAY, Buckland, Newton Abbot
JUST who is Tory parliamentary hopeful Marcus Wood trying to kid (HE, April 2)? Whatever his personal views are on fox hunting, I'm sure Marcus knows full well that the overwhelming majority of Conservative Party candidates standing at the forthcoming general election have already signalled their avowed intention to repeal the current anti-hunt legislation… GRAHAM BEACHAM, Vane Hill Road, Torquay
JOAN MAZUMDAR'S letter opposing any change in Labour's anti-hunting bill deserves the support of animal lovers everywhere…. The voters of Torbay should also remember when Adrian Sanders is again asking for Labour votes to save his bacon in Torbay, that more than 20 Liberal Democrat MPs failed to support Labour's historical bill that ended hunting with dogs… DAVID PEDRICK-FRIEND, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Torbay (letters)
Torquay Herald Express 2.4.10 Discover the real facts on hunting and repealing the ban - FOLLOWING on from Joan Mazumdar's letter of March 31, I felt it imperative that readers were informed of the true nature of fox hunting. Firstly, it has not been replaced by drag hunting as it is still perfectly legal to hunt with hounds providing that you either use no more than two hounds to flush a fox out to a gun or you hunt with a full pack of hounds and use a bird of prey for the kill…. E BROOKER, Newton Abbot
THE normally well-informed Joan Mazumdar of Galmpton is incorrect in the letter she wrote concerning fox hunting. It is not Conservative policy to reverse the hunting ban as she stated… David Cameron has offered a free vote to all MPs in the next Parliament if he wins power… I agree with much in her letter on the subject and have already stated several times that if elected I will not be voting to repeal the ban. MARCUS WOOD Parliamentary Candidate for the Torbay Conservatives (letters)
Torquay Herald Express 31.3.10 Tory proposal on hunting would be backward step - IT IS typical of the Conservative hierarchy in the form of David Cameron leader of the party, to say he will repeal Tony Blair's banning of blood sports in the form of fox hunting… JOAN MAZUMDAR, Galmpton (letter)

Independent 24.4.10 Mutual joys of the hunt - There is a saying in horsey circles that there is no secret as close as that kept between horse and rider… No one who hasn't ridden to hounds could ever understand what it feels like to sit on a horse fired with enthusiasm, his eyes fixed on the hounds, his whole body bursting with energy…. . The joy of the chase lies with the horse, the countryside and the pleasant human company around. P A Reid, Wantage, Oxfordshire (letter)

Oxford Times 24.4.10 Animal rights election candidate served time for arson By Ben Ellery - An animal rights activist standing for parliament in Oxford West and Abingdon has spent seven years in prison for arson attacks, we can reveal. Keith Mann, who once escaped police custody before going on the run, is representing the Animal Protection Party. The 43-year-old last night defended his right to stand despite serving time for setting fire to lorries and possessing explosives in connection with protests against testing on animals. He is campaigning against Oxford’s bio-medical science laboratory, in South Parks Road, and Lib Dem candidate Dr Evan Harris’s support for the experiments… (story)

Nailsea People 24.4.10 Noah's Ark Farm Zoo Attracts Praise And Protests By Carol_Deacon - ANIMAL rights activists say they intend to picket Noah’s Ark at Wraxall every weekend until it closes. … Last weekend more than 10 animal rights protesters waving placards stood at the entrance gates of the zoo farm handing out leaflets calling for a boycott of the farm… Bristol Animal Rights Collection spokesman Jo Penny said: “Animals don’t belong in captivity and in our view the owners of Noah’s Ark are unable to look after animals.”… (story)

23.4.10

Western Mail 23.4.10 Badger cull illogical - The badger cull in Wales is illogical. The “Independent Scientific Group” said in June 2007 that killing badgers would not reduce bovine TB…. We call upon the WAG to focus resources effectively on appropriate conservation measures to better protect our shared environment; they have a direct responsibility to maintain the natural landscape for all and not to impose measures that satisfy only a few at the expense of many, including the unnecessary destruction of wildlife. LORRAINE PARKER Animals CountCardiff (letter)

York Press 23.4.10 Animal Aid collection - I WOULD like to thank the people of York who so kindly donated to the Animal Aid street collection on Saturday, April 10. We raised a total of £110.58… Mrs S Jobling, Hambleton Way, Huntington, York (letter)

22.4.10

BBC News Online 22.4.10 Election 2010: hunting ban in south west Wales - Abigail Neil - Poised on horseback, the man raised his voice and addressed the crowd, "It's an extremely sad day, perhaps the worst of my life."… Hundreds who had gathered on a cold February morning knew him as James Andrews, Joint Master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt…. Across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire very few people you meet mention hunting any more. Except, that is, the Labour Party. Featured on the website of Labour candidate Nick Ainger is material celebrating the anniversary of the hunting ban… He clearly still thinks it's an issue that could help him hold on to this seat, in what is after all, a highly marginal constituency…. Conservative hopeful Simon Hart has spent the last two-and-a-half years getting to know voters in this constituency. And they know him. As the Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, and a fervent hunt supporter…. "Are you asking me if hunting takes preference over everything else?" Mr Hart seems surprised. "The answer for me, is categorically no."…. (story)

Northampton Evening Telegraph 22.4.10 Chicken puts some excitement into election campaign, but fox fails to hunt down target - ELECTION BLOG - Deputy editor Neil Pickford continues his election diary - Finally, at long last, some excitement has been injected into the election in the form of a man in a chicken suit and an egg-thrower… Unfortunately, an attempt at a similar stunt in Corby this week backfired horribly. The League Against Cruel Sports sent a man in a fox suit into the town, and assured us they would be "hunting" Conservative candidate Louise Bagshawe. Unfortunately, Louise was nowhere to be seen and the fox was seen forlornly posing for photographers alone…. (story)

Daily Post 22.4.10 We can shape this election, says anti-hunt campaigner - by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - FORMER nightclub singer Judi Hewitt has “come out of retirement” to record an anti-hunting song which she hopes will tip the balance in the General Election…The final mix of “Judi’s Song”, written by musician friend Roger Burke and based on one of her poems, was put together on Tuesday night at a recording studio in Penmaenmawr…“Hunting is a vote loser and I genuinely believe that if Labour scrape through, our campaigning will have helped tip the scales.” (story)

Yorkshire Post 22.4.10 The call of the wild where the fox is rarely harmless - ARE foxes "completely harmless", as stated by Nigel Furness (Yorkshire Post, April 15)?... I know wild animals hunt for their food but do they need to kill 46 and just take two?... (letter)

Evesham Journal 22.4.10 Game and wildlife courses - KEEPING up to date with the latest trends in game and wildlife conservation can be a fraught affair, especially as mistakes can be costly and time-consuming. However, to maximise the positive benefits of conservation efforts, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched more than 70 training and demonstration events for this year…. (story)

North Devon Journal 22.4.10 Farmer shoots foxes that were dumped in his field - A FARMER shot four foxes he says were deliberately released into a field of young lambs and ewes in the dead of night. Steve McCracken, of Fernham Farm in Brayford, said he felt forced to shoot the animals after they were released from a mystery van. A neighbouring farmer was walking among his lambs at 11.30pm when he saw the foxes being released from a white van, Mr McCracken said. Mr McCracken went straight to the field when the incident was reported and shot the foxes… He said: "We are up against it here anyway. We are fighting endless battles against foxes and ravens without this added strain. "We are not going to put up with vans just dropping off foxes in the middle of lambing. We are losing lambs all the time already."…. (story)

RSPCA TO REJECT UNWANTED PETS
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 22.4.10 Charities' fury at RSPCA proposals - Rescue centres in Northamptonshire have criticised plans by the RSPCA to cut costs by focusing on policing cruelty rather than taking in unwanted pets. From next month 17 RSPCA centres are planning to prioritise animals which are "RSPCA-generated", meaning those seized by inspectors in cruelty cases or those at immediate risk. This means they will not necessarily take in pets which are merely unwanted. County animal centres, already oversubscribed due to the increase in unwanted or abandoned pets during the recession, have claimed this will place them under even greater strain, and could lead to more pets being abandoned…. (story)
Daily Mail 21.4.10 We haven't got the cash to take any more strays says RSPCA By David Derbyshire - The RSPCA is to turn away unwanted and stray pets from its animal shelters to cut costs, it emerged yesterday. The charity said it would focus more on caring for animals seized from owners after being cruelly treated. The move could affect hundreds of cats and dogs which are taken to its centres every year. One consequence will be to put pressure on other animal charities, local councils and police.And it could also lead to more unwanted animals being destroyed…. (story)
ITN 21.4.10 RSPCA defends policy on unwanted pets - The RSPCA has defended its decision to take in fewer unwanted pets at national centres. The charity wants to focus more on caring for animals which have been seized from owners after being cruelly treated. Since January it has trialled a system where certain branches take in fewer unwanted animals…. The approach has been officially adopted at the RSPCA's 17 national centres in England and Wales. It has another 41 regional centres which are independent, and can choose themselves whether to follow suit… (story)

Argus 22.4.10 Sussex wildlife campaigners accuse shop of killing birds By Emily Walker, Chief Reporter - Wildlife campaigners have accused a shop of killing more than a dozen birds. Sussex Police have launched an investigation to find out whether seagulls have been subjected to cruelty. National Gull Rescue and Protection, which cares for seabirds along the coast said that seagulls had been getting trapped in netting on the roof of the Booker cash and carry in Eastbourne…. Rescuers Tim McKenzie rescued one gull that became trapped on the roof at the weekend…. (story)

Guardian 22.4.10 This Earth Day, go vegan - Celebrate Earth Day by admitting that meat-eating causes environmental destruction and changing your diet - Poorva Joshipura - Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day…. To be truly "green", we've got to make our diets more environmentally friendly by kicking the meat habit and going vegan. An apple a day can help keep environmental destruction away…. (story)

21.4.10

Northern Echo 21.4.10 The League Against Cruel Sports drew crowds in Stokesley, Richmond and Northallerton - AN anti-hunting campaign group has taken to the streets of some of the region’s rural towns in an attempt to put pressure on election candidates to stand up for the hunting ban. The League Against Cruel Sports drew crowds in Stokesley, Richmond and Northallerton, in North Yorkshire, as their mascot, Fergus the Dancing Fox, took to the streets to raise awareness about the cause…. Steve Taylor, from the League Against Cruel Sports, who is travelling around the UK with Fergus the Fox, said: “Everyone has been very positive… SERIOUS MESSAGE: Joshua Kaile and Fergus the Dancing Fox, from the League Against Cruel Sports, handing out leaflets in Richmond (story)

Farmers Guardian 21.4.10 Countryside Alliance sets out election manifesto By David Boderke - FARMERS and land managers have a huge role in helping Britain meet the key challenges of this century, says the Countryside Alliance in its election manifesto. Introducing the manifesto, the Alliance chairman Kate Howey says farmers and other rural businesses should have the right to compete in fair markets at home and abroad…. The manifesto says country pursuits should receive a fair and balanced hearing in Parliament and in public and the Hunting Act should be repealed as it is ‘unworkable’, a ‘bad law’ and ‘bad for animal welfare’. It also calls for shooting sports to be given full support of Government and sports funding, and Home Office guidance should be provided to police forces on how to counter animal rights intimidation and violence in the countryside. (story)

IRISH STAG HUNTING LEGISLATION ANNOUNCED
Irish Times 21.4.10 Proposals to ban stag hunting - MARY MINIHAN - THE GOVERNMENT has published its proposed legislation to ban stag hunting, an activity that was described as unacceptable to most Irish people by Minister for the Environment John Gormley…. The pro-hunting group Rural Ireland Says Enough (Rise!) claimed Mr Gormley’s stated reasons for introducing the Bill did not stand up to scrutiny. (story)
BreakingNews 20.4.10 Hunt supporters vow to continue fighting ban - Pro-hunt supporters today vowed they would not be knocked off course by today‘s publication of a draft law outlawing stag hunting with hounds. Rural Ireland Says Enough (Rise) insisted they would continue lobbying TDs and Senators to throw out plans for the ban proposed by the Green Party…. Mr Gormley, who hopes to have the law enacted by the summer, said the legislation will have no impact on any other country pursuits such as fox-hunting, hare-hunting, coursing or deer stalking… (story)
RTE 20.4.10 Legislation to ban stag hunting published - Legislation to ban stag hunting has been published by Environment Minister John Gormley, who says he hopes to have it enacted before the summer recess…. The Ward Union Hunt will be the only group to be affected by the ban…(story)

Newbury Weekly News 21.4.10 Drag hunt needs to raise £100,000 - By Clare Hardy, Reporter - The Berks and Buck Drag Hounds is in danger of folding and the hounds could be put down - A POPULAR drag hunt based in Lambourn Woodlands is in danger of folding unless it can find £100,000 in the next nine days… Shareholders’ trustee, Diana Wethered, said the hunt needed to purchase shares from the two main shareholders who had decided to sell up…. (story)
Horse & Hound 18.4.10 Draghounds sells shares in kennels to stay afloat - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - The Berks and Bucks Draghounds will fold if investors cannot be found to add £100,000 to its coffers. The kennels near Lambourn are owned by shareholders and the two largest — who together own more than 50% of the shares — want to sell up… Joint-master Penny Bunter said: "As well as offering a great day's sport, the hunt plays a major role in the farming and equestrian community… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 21.4.10 Seavington to defend inter-hunt relay title at Royal Windsor - The Seavington Hunt is sending a team back to Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 13 to defend its inter-hunt replay title. Cotswold and Beaufort hunts are also among 24 from across the UK to enter the knock-out competition on Thursday, May 13. Supported by The Countryside Alliance, the contest will taking place in the Castle Arena from 2.45pm… Definite entries so far also include Cotswold Vale Farmers; Devon and Somerset Staghounds; Heythrop; North Cotswold; VWH; Warwickshire and Wilton…. (story)

Racing Post 21.4.10 Gold Cup goes to Planet as Denman struggles BY TOM KERR - PLANET OF SOUND took the honours in an eventful running of the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup, with War Of Attrition running a fine race to take second on his final start… War Of Attrition-owner Michael O'Leary said: "It was a fantastic run from him. We'll take him home in a couple of weeks and the plan is to hunt him for a couple of years."… (story)

Worcester News 21.4.10 Why keep going on about fox hunting? – While the other candidates for Worcester are explaining their policies on the economy, health, employment and education, Michael Foster seems determined to fight his election on the single issue of fox hunting… It must be 50 years since a pack of foxhounds last ventured into the city centre but, according to Mr Foster, hunting is number one on the political agenda for Worcester… E Tolley, Worcester (letter)

Leicester Mercury 21.4.10 Minority vote - David Cameron says hunting with hounds is the only way to control foxes… How can anyone vote for this man! Anthony M Wallis, Stoneygate.
(Comments - They put an X on the ballot paper. Kulgan, Crydee) (letter)

probably Sussex Courier 21.4.10 Immigration matters more than fox hunting - I COULD not be the only person in Crawley that noticed the cognitive dissonance created by the three main party candidates, who all appeared to put the welfare of foxes before the welfare of unborn human beings. ('Where they stand', News, April 14)… For the record, I believe strongly in animal welfare and human rights, including those of immigrants, but surely we have to get our priorities right. John Battersby, Crawley (letter)

BBC News Online 21.4.10 Sufton Estate gamekeeper fined for bird deaths - A Herefordshire gamekeeper has admitted 17 charges relating to killing protected species using poisoned bait. Ben Walker was accused of killing two common buzzards, five ravens, and faced nine other charges of setting bait and one of possessing various items…. The RSPB said a team monitored the gamekeeper for five weeks… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 21.4.10 Animal circus 'is appalling' - I FIND it appalling that in the year 2010, there are still circuses that exploit animals for entertainment, and I am even more appalled that there are still people willing to pay to observe the exploitation. The "Great" British Circus is in town at the Japanese Water Garden Centre, in Toton, despite the fact that some 90% of the public believe that animal circuses are cruel, out of date and repugnant…. Well done to the small group of animal lovers, who stand outside the circus attempting to explain to the people going in about what goes on behind the scenes. I urge anyone who feels strongly to join these committed people at 6.30pm on weekdays, 4pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. R JOSEPH Gonalston Lane Epperstone (letter)

20.4.10

Irish Independent 20.4.10 Hunt supporters for Punchestown - Racing at Punchestown today will have a display of horses and hounds in support of hunting. Mounted riders and their hounds from the Ward Union Hunt and the Woodstown Harriers will parade in front of the stands before racing starts. The display is part of the RISE campaign in support of hunting and rural pastimes… (story)

probably Carmarthen Journal 20.4.10 Benn's visit raises awareness of ban - THE hunting ban became a political battleground between Labour and Conservatives following a high-profile visit to Carmarthen by a senior politician last week. Labour candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Nick Ainger, was joined on the campaign trail by Westminster heavyweight Hilary Benn on Monday, April 12. The Westminster Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs joined Mr Ainger in Carmarthen's Guildhall Square to raise awareness of the hunting ban…. The seat is one targeted by volunteer group Vote-OK, which is active in seats where the then sitting MPs voted in favour of the hunting ban… Rival candidate Simon Hart, standing for the Conservatives, is in favour of repealing the 2004 act which led to the later ban on fox hunting. Mr Hart is also chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, which is calling for a repeal of the act… (story)

Horse & Hound 20.4.10 Old Berks' huntsman Michael Scott wins Ascot Race for Repeal - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - Old Berks' huntsman Michael Scott was the first past the post in Sunday's (18 April) Countryside Alliance Race for Repeal at Ascot racecourse. Eleven professional huntsmen from around the country took part in the race, which was over seven furlongs… Second was the Duke of Beaufort's Tony Holdsworth, who lost an impressive three stones to ride Trade Centre in the race. In third was Richard Down from the Quantock Staghounds on CeePeeGee and fourth was Mick Wills from the Grafton on Talenti… (story)
Horse & Hound 7.3.10 Top huntsmen race for hunting repeal at Ascot - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Some of the country's top huntsmen will take part in a Flat race at Ascot next month to raise money for the Countryside Alliance's repeal fund. The Huntsman's Race for Repeal at Ascot's Countryside Day on 18 April will run over seven furlongs before racing starts. Taking part are Julian Barnfield, Heythrop; Michael Scott, Old Berks; David Trotman, Vine and Craven; Steve Burton, Hursley Hambledon; Mark Bycroft, Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent; Phillip Hague, VWH; Tony Holdsworth, Duke of Beaufort's; Mick Wills, Grafton; Tony Wright, Exmoor, and Donald Summersgill, Devon and Somerset Staghounds…. (story)

INDEPENDENT HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Independent 20.4.10 Vegetarian foxes - We have the perfect answer to Jason Robertson's worries about foxes eating voles (letter, 19 April). Be kind to both of them – give the foxes vegetarian meals… Jean Elliott, Upminster, essex (letter)
Independent 19.4.10 Animal cruelty - The recent correspondence on fox-hunting has ignored the suffering of little voles and other defenceless mammals torn apart and killed by foxes. Why not a Society Against Fox Hunting – Other Creatures? JASON ROBERTSON, SHERINGHAM, NORFOLK (letter)
Independent 17.4.10 Case for a cull - Giles Bradshaw (letter, 15 April) asserts that foxes need a top predator… Following his logic, would he suggest that we need groups of hunters roaming the city picking off the weak specimens? Jane Powell Hulme End, Derbyshire (story)
Independent 15.4.10 Morality of killing foxes for pleasure - In his letter (13 April) Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance quotes Lord Burns…, the unarguable basis for ban is that the destruction of a sentient creature purely for the purpose of human enjoyment is morally wrong… Edward Collier, Cheltenham
Steve Edwards is wrong when he says that foxes are a top predator… Foxes would have been preyed upon in this country by both wolves and lynx. Their sole remaining predator is man and the method which most accurately mirrors the beneficial effects of natural predation is fox hunting… Giles Bradshaw, South Molton, Devon (letters)
Independent 13.4.10 Hunt ban and the control of foxes - Adele Brand (letter, 6 April) makes claims about the Countryside Alliance and the case for managing wildlife which are untrue. Populations of predator species may, or may not, be self-regulating, but one thing is certain: the Hunting Act 2004 has nothing to do with population management… Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance, London SE11 (letter)
Independent 6.4.10 Don't turn mercy killing into a sport - James Lewis (letter, 2 April) seems blissfully unembarrassed to trot out the same old nonsense about hunting that has been refuted before… Hunting has nothing to do with control. As with any top predator, fox numbers are largely self-regulating… My grandfather was a gamekeeper, I was born in a keeper' cottage. I grew up in the midst of fields and woods. I am a green environmentalist and a true countryman through and through. Steve Edwards, Wivelsfield Green, east sussex
In the opinion of this (non-urban) ecologist, who has observed wild carnivores around the globe, there is, in general, no part of society less willing to accept ecological facts than hunters… foxes, like all wild canids, are self-regulated by their own social structure and the availability of territories and prey…. Adele Brand, Caterham, Surrey
Joe O'Farrell (letter, 2 April) accuses the Government of making "ideology-driven policy decisions" over hunting… I hadn't realised that one could use ideological motivation as an insult. Cosmo Cooper, London W4 (letter)
Independent 2.4.10 Letters: Hunting ban - If hunt ban is not lifted soon, there could be trouble - Your editorial (29 March) wants hunt supporters to let sleeping dogs lie, because their cause annoys people… Very few people who wish hunting banned have a clue about predators and prey; about the need for fox and deer dispersal; about a balance between preservation and culling; about the cruelty of alternatives… James Lewis, Wembley, Middlesex
The Conservatives claim to be a modern and compassionate party, yet their priority if they were to be elected would be to re-legalise vicious and cruel bloodsports to satisfy a tiny minority of thugs who get pleasure from the suffering of wild animals… Chris Gale, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Full marks to David Cameron for sticking up for those whose livelihoods – indeed whose very communities – are at risk from the ill-considered ideology-driven policy decisions of a government grown arrogant from being too long in power. Full marks to David Cameron for sticking up for those whose livelihoods – indeed whose very communities – are at risk from the ill-considered ideology-driven policy decisions ... I am sure he will be able to count on the support of miners, steel-workers and dockers… Joe O'Farrell, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, Ireland (letters)

Western Mail 20.4.10 Gamekeepers warn against code of practice ‘tinkering’ in Wales by Steve Dube, Western Mail - A NEW code of practice for rearing pheasants and partridges in Wales has been welcomed by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation. The NGO, whose patrons are Professor David Bellamy and Alan Titchmarsh, wants the National Assembly to endorse the code as it stands. Public consultation ended on April 16 and the NGO says AMs should now “show leadership” to country people in Wales and not repeat the legislative mistakes made by the London government last month following a similar consultation in England… (story)

IRISH EXAMINER GREYHOUND RACING CORRESPONDENCE
Irish Examiner 20.4.10 Welfare not a priority for dogs bred for speed - I READ with interest the letters (April 5) from representatives of the greyhound industry and individuals whose concern is the welfare of the dogs…. IGB makes vast sums of money from racing the greyhounds, but what is spent on promoting them as pets?.. Katherine O’Neill, Beechpark , Lucan, Co Dublin (letter)
Irish Examiner 5.4.10 Greyhound industry cares most of all for the dogs - IN his letter (March 22), John Fitzgerald expressed concern over the standard of care and welfare of Ireland’s greyhound population. The Irish Greyhound Board takes its responsibility in this area very seriously. In many areas we lead the world… Barry Coleman Welfare Manager Irish Greyhound Board Henry Street Limerick (letter)
Irish Examiner 22.3.10 Greyhound breeders should not be exempt from new laws - AS opponents of the dreadful and well-documented cruelty to animals that is an integral part of Ireland’s greyhound industry, we are concerned at some of the speeches delivered by senators in recent weeks who wish this utterly discredited industry to escape the accountability to which all other dog breeding establishments in the state are to be subject under the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill… John Fitzgerald Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports Lr Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (story)

Western Mail 20.4.10 Wildlife campaign urges Assembly Government – take last chance to stop this cull by Steve Dube, Western Mail - CAMPAIGNERS have called on Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones to reconsider whether to proceed with a cull of badgers in the light of a High Court judgement. Barrister Gwendolen Morgan, representing the Badger Trust, said serious issues had come to light in the course of a judicial review into the legality of the cull, that now need to be tackled at a political level…. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales also urged the Welsh Government to reconsider the science around the proposed badger cull…. (story)

Varsity 20.4.10 Animal rights activists invade Downing Site as mark of protest by Helen Mackreath - The Downing Site was besieged by activists from Animal Rights Cambridge last Friday, who staged a vociferous protest in conjunction with the national University Vivisection Week of Action… Spokesman for the protest, Aran Mathai, argued that "these painful, cruel tests and baron sterile animal housing that cause animals to literally go mad with boredom belong firmly in the past"… Another protestor, Sue Hughes, pointed out that a growing body of research is providing substantial evidence that animals are "more and more like us in their needs and cognitive ability"…. (story)
Cambridge News 17.4.10 Video: Animal rights activists disrupt university site - ANIMAL rights activists invaded Cambridge University yesterday. The group poured into the Downing site in Tennis Court Road at 12.30pm armed with placards and megaphones… The campaigners, from Animal Rights Cambridge, were taking part in the national University Vivisection Week of Action, which runs until tomorrow… Spokesman Aran Mathai said “These painful, cruel tests and barren sterile animal housing belong firmly in the past… Protester Sue Hughes said the demonstration went well and vowed that the group would return during term time…. (story)

19.4.10

IRISH INDEPENDENT COURSING CORRESPONDENCE
Irish Independent 19.4.10 Hare-brained defence of 'sport' - THE defence of hare coursing by the chief executive of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), DJ Histon, made me want to laugh… Internet forums on the greyhound industry abound with 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'- style conspiracy theories about the filming of the "sport" in Clonmel, all implying that coursing clubs absolutely love hares… Chris Morris, Loughboy, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Independent 16.4.10 Animal cruelty a concern for all - I WRITE in response to Bernadette Barrett (Letters, April 14) in an attempt to provide the facts from the Irish Coursing Club's (ICC) perspective and let people decide for themselves. Ms Barrett's "incredulity" that the ICC would react in such a manner to the orchestrated infliction of suffering on a hare is indeed incredulous to the ICC. It is obvious to anyone viewing the "dying hare" video that this hare is restrained with a wire-like device causing it to suffer to generate the desired reaction… DJ Histon Irish Coursing Club Clonmel, Co Tipperary (letter)
Irish Independent 14.4.10 Hypocrisy of the Coursing Club - MANY of your readers are by now acquainted with the 'dying hare' video, which shows the little creature's agonising demise on the premises of Powerstown Park, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The reaction of the coursing faithful is absolutely bizarre, even ludicrous… I, for one, have lost count of the number of hares I have witnessed meeting a similar gruesome end at venues of the Irish Coursing Club…. Bernadette Barrett, Lismore, co waterford (letter)

Irish Times 19.4.10 Hare coursing and survival - Dr Neil Reid and Prof Ian Montgomery from the Quercus ecological research group of Queen’s University Belfast undertook a survey on hare coursing in Ireland… The average figure for the percentage of the hare population lost due to coursing since the introduction of the muzzle in 1993 was concluded to be less than one-twentieth of one per cent… The report went on to say mean hare density was 18 times higher, and after controlling for variance in habitat remained three times higher, within ICC preserves than the wider countryside. The decimation of the hare population in Northern Ireland since the introduction of a ban on coursing in that jurisdiction in 2003 would further underline the Irish Coursing Club’s assertion that, without coursing clubs, the hare population would be far worse off…. CONOR POWER, Ballindysert, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary. (letter)

SUSSEX COUNTY CRICKET CLUB FOX
Argus 19.4.10 Shell shock - With reference to Sussex County Cricket Club shooting a fox, I know from experience that foxes are not harmless, as suggested in your article (The Argus, April 13). Last summer, having been out for the day, we returned to find our tortoise had had its back legs bitten off by a fox… L Pilbeam, St Andrews Road, Worthing (letter)
Argus 16.4.10 Shooting foxes 1 - News that the Sussex County Cricket Club deliberately shot an innocent and defenceless fox (The Argus, April 13) is very sad. Removal or destruction of foxes is, at best, an expensive confidence trick and at worst, an act of cruelty… Mark Richards, Halland Road, Brighton (letter)
Argus 16.4.10 Shooting foxes 2 - Rather than resort to pest control companies, as the Sussex Cricket Club sadly has, people should be aware that foxes can be humanely repelled… Our towns and cities are becoming bleak enough. Let’s enjoy the wildlife we have instead of always trying to eradicate it. Sue Baumgardt Green Party Animal Rights Spokesperson, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter)
Argus 16.4.10 Shooting foxes 3 - I have just read with horror that the Sussex County Cricket Club hired a marksman to kill a defenceless fox… Anita Janes Hillcroft, Portslade >(letter)
Telegraph 14.4.10 Fury after Sussex County Cricket Club 'hired marksman to shoot dead nuisance fox' - Sussex County Cricket hired a marksman to shoot a fox in the middle of the night in a desperate attempt to prevent damage to the pitch caused by the nuisance animal By Andrew Hough - Police were called to Britain's oldest first club cricket club, in Hove, East Sussex, at the weekend after worried neighbours reported hearing gun shots. To the fury of local residents, it later emerged that club officials had hired a marksmen to gun down the resident fox in the middle of the night amid fears it would dig holes in their ground…. the decision has outraged animal lovers who protested at the slaying outside the ground on Tuesday… "People were coming up to us all day and saying how much they love the foxes. Many of them even feed them so they were distraught," said Valerie Paynter, the 63 year-old leader of the Save Hove conservation campaign…. Sue Baumgardt, an animal rights campaigner, added: "To have people going in with rifles is appalling… Nigel Furness, 60, who lives near the ground, said he heard three loud bangs coming from the club… (story)
Daily Mail 14.4.10 Cricket Club slammed for hiring gunman to blast nuisance fox By Beth Hale - With the cricket season under way, officials at Sussex County Cricket Club were keen to ensure their pitch was in perfect condition. Fearing that a resident fox would put their plans in jeopardy by digging holes in the ground, they called in a marksman to shoot it. But local residents and animal lovers are furious after discovering what the club has done…. Nigel Furness, 60, who lives near the club, was drinking in a pub when he heard three shots ring through the night air… Valerie Paynter, a 63-year-old neighbour of the club and leader of the Save Hove conservation campaign, said… Green Party animal rights spokesman Sue Baumgardt said: 'To have people going in with rifles is appalling.'…(story)

Blackpool Gazette 19.4.10 Beware of the crafty fox - Please can I alert residents living near the disused railway line near Tithebarn Park, Carleton, that a fox is actively stealing small animals including hens, a cat and a rabbit from gardens around us on the Arundel Estate… Mrs B. Strachan, Corbridge Close, Carleton (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 19.4.10 Make vivisection a thing of the past - EVERY year, during World Lab Animal Week, compassionate people around the world speak out on behalf of the victims of vivisection. World Day for Laboratory Animals on April 24 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… Readers can show their support for an end to vivisection by contacting the National Anti-Vivisection Society… Frances Wicks, Alphington Road, Exeter (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.4.10 Jungle Zoo bosses hit back at protesters - THE owners of Jungle Zoo in Cleethorpes have hit back at allegations their creatures are being kept in discomfort. Protesters rallied at the entrance to the zoo on Saturday with a loud hailer, banner and placards to demonstrate against alleged conditions in animal attractions. But a spokesman for the Jungle Zoo has said photographs taken by the group were out of context, and their arguments baseless. The group, which had loosely assembled under the banner of the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS), had members from Grimsby and further afield. Olly Dean, 27, from Sheffield said: "We have concerns about the place. CAPS brought it to our attention." … (story)

18.4.10

Sunday Telegraph 18.4.10 Britain's wildlife - birds, mammals and insects under threat - It has been called the "Domesday book of British wildlife" - a new publication, compiled by 40 of Britain's leading scientists, provides a complete picture of the state of the country's wild animals and plants. David Harrison - The book, called Silent Summer, makes for some grim reading. Farmland birds, brown hares, water voles and many butterflies and other insects are in decline because of changing farming practices and loss of habitat, it says…. the book credits field sports with helping to conserve several species, saying activities like hunting and shooting are "almost universally good" for the hunted species and many other species living in the same habitats. The 600-page book was written by a team of experts and edited by Professor Emeritus Norman Maclean, of Southampton University's School of Biological Sciences, and a leading UK authority on fish genetics and genomics… Prof Sharp praises foxhunting and reveals that 86 per cent of woodland managed for hunting had vegetation cover – important for other species – compared with just 64 per cent in unmanaged woodland…. (story)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER
Wales on Sunday 18.4.10 MANY readers will have breathed a sigh of relief that there were no fatalities in last Saturday’s Grand National… FIONA PEREIRA, Campaigner, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)
Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 15.4.10 Animal campaigners hit out at ‘violent spectacle’ - Fiona Pereira Campaigner Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge TN9 1AW (letter)
Liverpool Daily Post 15.4.10 Horse deaths - MANY readers will have breathed a sigh of relief that there were no fatalities at Saturday's Grand National, while being unaware that, during the three-day meeting at Aintree, four horses were killed… That no horses were killed in the Grand National was more a factor of luck than design. The race remains a disgusting and violent spectacle… Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)

Western Telegraph 18.4.10 Pembrokeshire Against the Cull says Welsh Assembly badger cull an "expensive and misguided folly” - Last week local vet Paul Rodgers outlined why he believed the planned badger cull in north Pembrokeshire was needed to tackle the threat of bovine TB. Here, as the proposed start date of the cull draws nearer, Dr Adrian Stallwood, of pressure group Pembrokeshire Against the Cull gives the group’s response. Dr Stallwood, a senior emergency physician who has treated patients with tuberculosis, is heading up the anti-cull campaign and launching a new information drive aimed at landowners in the area. He says the cull would be “an expensive and misguided folly."…. (story)

Sunday Times 18.4.10 Irish have a beef with vegetarians - Eithne Shortall - “Animals are my friends. . . and I don’t eat my friends,” was how playwright George Bernard Shaw explained his decision to give up meat, but few Irish people agree. Ireland has one of the lowest rates of vegetarianism in the world, according to an international study. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) estimates that 1.525 billion people — or 22% of the world’s population — can be classified as vegetarian. About 75m people are so by choice but a further 1.45 billion people are “by necessity… (story)

17.4.10

Carlisle News & Star 17.4.10 Hunting film will explain why law must stay - Should the Conservatives be elected into power, David Cameron intends to repeal the Hunting Act and most Conservative candidates intend supporting him… There is a unique film showing why the Hunting Act must remain law, funded by public subscription, to be previewed around the country during April and it is to be shown in the Old Town Hall, Carlisle at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 28. ELAINE MILBOURN, Torpenhow (letter)

Yorkshire Post 17.4.10 From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury. I AM no mindless sentimentalist over animals but I think it's time for a few home truths about horse racing. The other day I saw some idiot on TV licking his lips over the depth of a ditch in the Grand National. Personally, I think it is nauseating to force beautiful animals around a course which is literally a deadly risk for them…. (letter)

16.4.10

South Wales Evening Post 16.4.10 Staff hunt truth on animal issue - WHILE politicians have been hunting for support, one city centre retailer has challenged candidates to make animal welfare a priority. Lush shop assistants took to the city centre streets dressed as foxes, dogs, orangutans and chickens wielding "Vote For Animals" placards. They are urging shoppers to find out where candidates stand on fox hunting and other forms of animal abuse, and vote accordingly…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.4.10 Hunting: Rock star warned off - Queen guitarist Brian May may have jumped on the anti-hunting stage, but I fear people in rural communities are not going to take lectures from a cosseted London rock star on how the countryside should be run. The Quorn Hunt and others like it are part of the fabric of our countryside tradition… Councillor David Parsons, leader, Leicestershire County Council (letter)

Irish Examiner 16.4.10 Hare-raising offer - THE Irish Coursing Club is offering €20,000 for information "leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the injury and suffering caused to a hare". What next, stag-hunters offering a reward for cruelty to stags? Michael Job Glengarriff Co Cork (letter)

Irish Examiner 16.4.10 Coursing clubs should send dogs after something that doesn’t take fright - THE Irish Coursing Club (ICC) has offered a reward of €20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever caused a particular hare to be ill-treated… To the best of my knowledge, no coursing club has ever previously offered a reward in relation to any one of the many thousands of hares that have been terrorised, injured or killed at coursing events over the decades… . Can I suggest the ICC might take the next logical humane step and consider replacing the live hare with a mechanical lure, with the aim of eliminating all cruelty to hares from coursing?... John Fitzgerald Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Darlington & Stockton Times 16.4.10 Races location - Can readers help me, through the D&S, discover the site of the Zetland Hunt’s point to point races during the 1960s?. I remember being taken to various National Hunt point to points during that period but the whereabouts of this site has eluded me ever since despite visiting the area more than once… PAMELA WATSON Thornwood Covert, York (letter)

Daily Post 15.4.10 Welsh gamekeepers plea for politicians not to tinker with game bird code - GAMEKEEPERS are urging Welsh politicians to avoid tinkering with a new code of practice for rearing pheasants and partridges, which they claim has rendered legislation in England a shambles. The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), has welcomed the draft consultation on the code that aims to ensure the welfare of game birds in Wales. They are urging Welsh Assembly politicians to adopt the draft code which they described as practical and authoritative… (story)

BADGER CULL APPEAL REJECTED
Independent 16.4.10 Judge upholds badger cull plan to tackle TB - Controversial plans to carry out a mass cull of badgers as part of efforts to control bovine TB in Wales were upheld today…. Rock star Brian May was among a mass of protesters who backed the animal charity's opposition and spoke out publicly against the plan… David Williams, Chairman of the Badger Trust, said: "Whilst we are disappointed that, although permission was granted, the Minister's Order was not quashed, this was not a simple case about winning or losing…. (story)
BBC News Online 16.4.10 Legal ruling finds badger cull in Pembrokeshire lawful -A judge has rejected a legal challenge to the assembly government's decision to cull badgers in part of south west Wales. Animal charity the Badger Trust applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the planned cull, which aims to combat bovine TB infection… Justice Lloyd Jones said the assembly government's order was lawful… (story)
Guardian 16.4.10 Badger cull in Wales gets legal go-ahead - Steven Morris - A legal challenge against controversial plans to carry out a mass cull of badgers in Wales in an attempt to control bovine TB was rejected by a judge today. The Badger Trust, supported by the rock star Brian May, had aimed to overturn an order by the Welsh assembly government for the cull to take place but a judge dismissed the charity's arguments…. (story)
Times 16.4.10 High Court clears way for Welsh badger cull within days - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - The shooting of badgers in west Wales is expected to begin within days of the general election following a High Court decision to give the go-ahead for the controversial plan… (story)
Daily Post 16.4.10 Assembly Government savours badger cull verdict By Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor - A PLANNED cull of badgers in Wales is lawful and can go ahead, the High Court has decided. The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) this morning revealed it had successfully defended its decision to implement a limited badger cull in west Wales…. (story)

Western Mail 16.4.10 Irrational cull - Your correspondent, Sir Eric Howells (Letters, April 5), in listing the many and varied crimes of the modern badger failed to mention their key roll in the rise of Hitler and their responsibility for the Second World War… Sir Eric’s letter does seem to illustrate the desperately irrational thinking behind the proposed badger cull… DAN EVANS, Heath, Cardiff (letter)

Western Telegraph 16.4.10 Queen guitarist Brian May debates badger cull at Gelli Olau, Bethesda - ‘Don’t stop me now’ in the crusade against the badger cull, was Queen guitarist Brian May’s message when he visited a Pembrokeshire farm. Rock star Brian May has become the most high profile opponent to the proposed badger cull in north Pembrokeshire, and visited Stephen James’ farm at Gelli Olau, Bethesda, for a televised debate on the issue. Mr James, deputy president of NFU Cymru, had his first case of bovine TB in 1983 and is currently subject to a movement restriction. He supports the pilot cull as part of a range of measures aimed at eradicating bovine TB… (story)

15.4.10

Argus 15.4.10 Sussex Tory candidates would scrap fox hunting ban By Andy Tate, Parliamentary Correspondent - A majority of Tory candidates in Sussex would seek to overturn the ban on fox hunting if elected to Parliament, it has emerged. An analysis of public statements and voting records of the party's 16 would-be MPs suggests all but four would vote to scrap the ban if given the chance under a Conservative government…. Just three Sussex Conservatives have said they would vote against repeal and in favour of keeping the ban - Simon Kirby in Brighton Kemptown, Charlotte Vere in Brighton Pavilion and Mike Weatherley in Hove. Jason Sugarman, who is standing in Lewes, said: "I haven't made up my mind."… (story)

Western Daily Press 15.4.10 Hunting ban debate over in a few months - The ban on fox hunting can be overturned within months, David Cameron signalled yesterday as he launched his party manifesto…. (story)

POLITICS SHOW DEBATE
ThisIsSomerset 15.4.10 No Tories turn up to debate hunting ban - THE founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue was a surprised member of the audience that witnessed no West Country Conservative hopefuls attend to speak about bringing back hunting. Pauline Kidner, 60, who founded the rescue centre in 1992, was a member of the audience on the BBC's flagship programme The Politics Show . The Conservatives were accused of being "embarrassed" by their policy on hunting after the show invited election hopefuls from each main party to debate the topic… (story)
Western Morning News 14.4.10 'Debate' was a complete waste of time - I have long been of the view that the BBC should be privatised, with the resulting root-and-branch clean-out – and my experiences of last Sunday have done nothing to change my mind. Last week I was contacted by a producer from BBC South West and asked if, as Farming Editor of the WMN, I would take part in a discussion group on rural issues, including the hunting ban, which was to be transmitted live for the Politics Show from Exford on Exmoor…. On arrival, though, we discovered the programme would consist of questions to two Parliamentary candidates, one Labour and one Lib Dem, and would, in fact, be entirely about the hunting ban. So my question on bovine TB and diseased badgers, and questions from others on subjects as wide ranging as the live export of horses for meat and cost sharing in farm-animal disease control measures were completely ignored… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 13.4.10 Bradshaw: Tories 'running scared' of hunting debate - THE Tory hopeful for Exeter, Hannah Foster, has denied accusations by Labour rival Ben Bradshaw that her party prevented her from going on TV to talk about fox-hunting… Exeter MP Mr Bradshaw yesterday issued a statement accusing South West Conservatives of "running scared"…. (story)
Western Morning News 12.4.10 Tories refuse to talk hunting on BBC politics programme - The Conservatives were last night accused of being "embarrassed" by their policy on hunting, after not one Westcountry candidate would appear on television to discuss the issue. BBC South West's flagship programme The Politics Show invited election hopefuls from each of the main parties to take part in a debate on the ban on hunting with dogs. But not one Tory, from Somerton and Frome to St Ives, was willing to take part, which a BBC source described as "unprecedented"…. The Countryside Alliance had also been expected to take part in the programme but later pulled out. The Conservatives have become nervous about speaking in public about their plans to hold a free Commons vote on repealing the Hunting Act… (story)

West Briton 15.4.10 Vote for more animal support, says retailer - A BEAUTY product retailer in Truro has been encouraging electors to vote for prospective MPs who support animal welfare. Lush Cosmetics has launched its own national election campaign by supporting lobbying group Protecting Animals in Democracy's (PAD) Vote For Animals appeal. Staff from the Pydar Street store were joined by members of Cornwall's Saving Animals from Exploitation (Safe) group to encourage people to find out where candidates stand on fox-hunting and animal rights… (story)

Country Life 15.4.10 Farewell to the hunting season - Octavia Pollock - Well, it's over. The horses are out at grass, shoes off and bellies full; boots and jackets are clean and safely stored; hounds are piled up in their beds dreaming of the season past; and we riders must settle down to wait out the long, long summer until the horn is wound once again. The season of 2009/2010 certainly won't go down as a red-letter season-hunts struggled with kennel cough, snow and lack of scent, and I only made it out on horseback 10 times. But I'm glad to say it finished on a high, back on Stumpy with the Chid and Lec, and with a very special meet. The previous week, I had had a fun, if quiet, outing with the Saltersgate Farmers in North Yorkshire for Horse and Hound, when it had rained all day… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 15.4.10 Act just panders to ignorant prejudice - SINCE my letter about The League Against Cruel Sports' allegations of illegal hunting against the East Devon and Axe Vale Hounds (League allegations misrepresent proof, April 5) the RSPCA has issued some extremely important guidance regarding the Hunting Act. In response to a question about the deliberate use of more than two dogs to flush wild mammals out of cover the RSPCA has published official advice that they no longer consider this to be covered by the law… The Hunting Act, already in tatters, just got even less enforceable. Surely the time has come to replace this badly-thought-out law with a new one which is based on the prevention of cruelty, and does not pander to ignorant prejudice? Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 15.4.10 Court has the final say on hunting ban - GILES Bradshaw often writes to the Echo purporting to express concern that the Hunting Act is not well drafted from an animal welfare perspective: Deer culling is best carried out by hunts, March 16. However, animal welfare was not one of the reasons he gave when he challenged, in the European Court of Human Rights… In December last year the European Court of Human Rights rejected all their arguments… Most readers of the Echo will be happy to readily accept the decision of the European Court of Human Rights — too bad if Mr Bradshaw has other views. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 16.3.10 Deer culling is best carried out by hunts - JOHN Phelps is absolutely right to suggest that deer numbers need to be kept in check by culling… Stag hunting represents the only such co-ordinated deer management system operating across a wide area in the Westcountry where we have thriving and healthy red deer herds. In areas where deer are controlled only by individual landowners and stalkers, we do not… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 11.3.10 We need convincing Tories have changed - I WOULD like to respond to Hannah Foster's letter Voters want debate not party posturing, Echo, March 6…. She says her views on fox hunting were published in June 2008 or people can look on her website. However, I wonder why she did not give a simple yes or no to the question… Brian Sharpe, Ladysmith Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.3.10 Hunt for bloodsport views was fruitless - I WAS more that a little surprised to read Conservative candidate Hannah Foster's letter where she declined to tell readers her views on foxhunting, Voters want debate not party posturing, Letters, March 6. Perhaps she could explain how her 'not telling' attitude is conducive to honest debate of the issue?... Mrs R Richards, Exeter Road, Topsham (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.3.10 Why can't she just answer questions? - LABOUR councillor Dilys Baldwin asked three questions to the prospective Tory candidate for Exeter…. Is she ashamed to say that she supports hunting? I would be if I supported such an outdated practice. Or does she have to support hunting to gain votes from supporters of this despicable so-called sport. Paul Harding, Alphington, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 9.3.10 No need for hunts in the 21st century - HANNAH Foster, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Exeter, fails to understand that the Hunting Act 2004 does not ban killing deer and foxes, Voters want debate not party posturing March 6. The purpose of the Act is to ban the sport of hunting wild mammals for fun… Labour and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidates are opposed to hunting wild mammals for sport and have a far better claim to be modern and compassionate. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.3.10 Will candidate live up to reputation? - A COUPLE of days ago another glossy Conservative Party leaflet dropped onto my doormat. This one promotes Hannah Foster, the Tory candidate for Exeter… . David Cameron has promised a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act if the Tories win the general election. Would Ms Foster please tell us whether she will vote for or against repeal of this legislation? Dilys Baldwin, Knightley Road, Exeter (letter)

Somerset Guardian 15.4.10 Hunting view is a big sway - In response to a recent letter circulated by John Doran, I would like to point out that voters in the North East Somerset constituency are not being asked to vote for Mr Brown but to vote for a good local MP. We already have one: Dan Norris… Of Jacob Rees-Mogg (the Tory candidate) I know little… Mr Rees-Mogg is also a supporter of fox hunting and if he were to be elected would do his best to bring it back. I'm completely opposed to hunting because I think it is cruel… PAUL THOMAS, Radstock
With reference to the General Election, I would like to ask readers of the Somerset Guardian three questions. Are you one of those people who take pleasure in watching a totally exhausted fox being literally torn limb from limb?... If the answer is yes then you are probably a Tory voter as well… A PERSON, Green Street, Ston Easton (letter)

14.4.10

Western Morning News 14.4.10 Issue of foxes is hunting Cameron in campaign bid - A vote on overturning the hunting ban could be "dispatched relatively quickly", David Cameron said. The "restoring civil liberties" section of Conservative manifesto contains a pledge for a "free vote in government time on a government Bill" to repeal the Hunting Act…. (story)

Western Morning News 14.4.10 Half of candidates support hunt ban - The fox-hunting ban should remain in force, according half of election hopefuls in the South West. The BBC's Politics Show asked candidates from the five main parties for their views. Of the 103 who responded from Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party, 51.4 per cent said they would vote to retain the ban… (story)

Western Morning News 14.4.10 How Conservatives plan to win your votes - Here are the key points of the Conservative Party's 130-page election manifesto, Invitation to join the Government of Britain….. Give Parliament a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 14.4.10 Lib Dem candidate backs hunting ban - THE Liberal Democrats' parliamentary hopeful in Exeter has reiterated his support for the ban on hunting with dogs after a war of words between his rivals about the issue. Tory Hannah Foster defended her support for repealing the 'unworkable' legislation in yesterday's Express & Echo after Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw accused her of 'running scared' on the issue… Now Lib Dem Graham Oakes has welcomed Mrs Foster's statement and urged her to declare whether she supports Exeter City Council's bid to become a unitary authority… (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 14.4.10 Henry Smith – Conservative - Fox hunting - I have been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. The reason for that is animal welfare. It is a really big issue for me. The Hunting Act needs reforming as it does not seem to be working. There was around 700 hours of Parliamentary time spent on the issue – more time than we spent on debating the Iraq war…. (story)
Kent & Sussex Courier 14.4.10 Chris Oxlade – Labour - Fox hunting - I'm totally against fox hunting. I believe it is morally wrong and there are other means of dealing with foxes which don't involve making a sport out of it…. (story)
Kent & Sussex Courier 14.4.10 John Vincent – Lib Dem - Fox hunting - My record is one of voting against fox hunting. Years and years of debate have taken place on this subject and we should not spend years and years more… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 14.4.10 Tories promise free vote on fox-hunting By Anika Bourley Parliamentary Correspondenct - MPs would be given a free vote in Parliament to overturn the Hunting Ban under a Tory Government. Unveiling his party’s manifesto yesterday, David Cameron said Parliament will debate and vote on the Hunting act which made it illegal to hunt with hounds. The Tories claim the law has “proved unworkable”…. (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 14.4.10 Why is there still opposition to the hunt ban? - I HAVE just had Tory MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s election leaflet put through my door where he makes reference to the Hunting Act by saying "...whatever your views on the issue, [the ban] has been shown to be unworkable."… The spirit of the hunt ban is clear - to prevent the unnecessary suffering caused by those who torment our wild animals by hounding them to a savage death for the sake of amusement…. I would write and ask him myself as I am a constituent but the last time we corresponded on this subject he responded by saying he would not discuss the matter further with me, so you see my dilemma… G E PURSER Clapton-on-the-Hill Cheltenham (letter)

Fenland Citizen 14.4.10 Hunting with dogs is barbaric - I was very annoyed with a letter from someone from London, called James Barrington who signs himself: James Barrington, Animal Welfare Consultant…. He should instead have signed himself James Barrington, of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance…. Hunting with hounds is barbaric and vile… Fox hunting is purely about a jolly day out, galloping across the countryside on a horse, not pest control… PAM THOMPSON, (League Against Cruel Sports member) Tydd St Giles (letter)
Fenland Citizen 7.4.10 More on the hunting debate - Peter Roberts, the Labour Parliamentary spokesperson North East Cambs (Citizen March 17) would have more credibility if he gave one sensible reason for his stand on the Hunting Act… A method that was selective and nonwounding has been banned and simply because we do not see the consequences does not mean that wildlife is not suffering…. Rather than using the repeal of the Hunting Act as a political stick, it would be gratifying to see some candidates putting forward at least a few arguments, instead of running a mile when asked about the detail of this flawed legislation. JAMES BARRINGTON Animal Welfare Consultant, London (letter)
Fenland Citizen 17.3.10 Hunting: more reader comments on the debate - In light of recent letters regarding which parliamentary candidates support the Hunting Act 2004 I can categorically state that I support the legislation… PETER ROBERTS, Labour Parliamentary spokesperson for North East Cambridgeshire
So Claire Wright of March, you are proud to hunt. You think it's OK to chase an animal to its death in the name of sport. No it isn't OK, not under any circumstances… CLAIRE HUNT, Windsor Drive, via email (letters)
Fenland Citizen 3.3.10 Hunting Act is 'illiberal' - I write further to the letter in the Citizen February 24 regarding hunting with dogs. I would like to state the case for repeal. There are four main reasons why the Hunting Act should be removed from the statute books…. I am proud to hunt and I abide by the law. I urge people of Fenland to join me in hunting for repeal of this piece of legislation. CLAIRE WRIGHT Marylebone Road, March (letter)

Worcester News 14.4.10 Even country folk can be anti-hunting – I reply to P Hines’ letter (April 7). I like the way you use your hunting propaganda to justify your beliefs. In such an enlightened time we can dismiss the views of those who hunt for sport as irrelevant and self-interested… LUKE GREGG, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 7.4.10 It’s time to get on with the real issues - Having just watched the Politics Show on BBC 1 filmed outside your offices, where foxy Foster and a Lib Dim (correct spelling) representative appeared with regards to the repeal of the Hunting Act by the Conservative party, there are several issues which need addressing… There are more important issues to sort out. Get on with the real issues, which is what voters want. P Hine, Worcester (letter)

Irish Independent 14.4.10 Risible attempt to justify hunting - JUST when we thought the tally-ho brigade's defence of hunting couldn't get any more ridiculous, Liam Cahill of RISE -- or should that be RISIBLE?) -- told the nation on Myles Dungan's 'The Sunday Forum' (RTE Radio One) that participation in fox and stag hunting was as beneficial to human health as modern medicine… Nuala Donlon, Rooskey, Co Roscommon (letter)

13.4.10

Nottingham Evening Post 13.4.10 Conservative party chairman launches manifesto in Nottingham - THE Conservatives held a launch of their election manifesto in Nottingham yesterday. Party chairman Eric Pickles hosted the event at Hart's Hotel in the city centre, attended by Tory candidates from across the East Midlands…. The Conservative pledges include… Giving MPs a vote on repealing hunting ban… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 13.4.10 Loss of Hunting Act would lead to 'age of self-regulated cruelty' - The political philosophy of the two main parties is much the same on most issues. But the one major difference lies in their attitudes as to what constitutes cruelty. And there is absolutely no doubt that one of the first priorities of a future Conservative Government under David Cameron would be the repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act…. At the election and in the weeks leading up to it, there will be thousands of blood sports supporters, under the auspices of a group called Vote OK, working the length and breadth of the UK to guarantee the return to Parliament of pro-hunt MPs. They will lack the honesty to knock on doors and plead with residents to vote for their chosen candidate because he or she will bring back stag hunting, fox hunting or hare coursing. They will lack the honesty to hand out leaflets making it clear that this is their top priority…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post/Carmarthen Journal 13.4.10 Party heavyweight boosts candidate - WESTMINSTER heavyweight Hilary Benn took to the streets of Carmarthenshire yesterday. He joined the campaign trail of Labour candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Nick Ainger… The seat has been targeted by volunteer group Vote-OK, which is hoping to unseat MPs who voted in favour of the hunting ban…. It's thrown its weight behind Conservative Simon Hart, who is in favour of repealing the 2004 act which led to the hunting ban. Mr Hart is also chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, which is also calling for a repeal of the Act. Mr Benn, contesting the Leeds Central seat, outlined his reasons for joining Mr Ainger in Carmarthen: "I'm here to support Nick, who I've known for many years and to talk about the hunting ban and keep it in place, and not let the Tories bring it back."… (story)

RISE! ROSCREA DEMO
Irish Examiner 13.4.10 Laws to ban stag hunting spark protest By Jennifer Hough - MORE than 200 rural campaigners yesterday voiced their anger over new laws to ban stag hunting, and to defend what they call "traditional rural sports like hunting, coursing, shooting and angling". As Taoiseach Brian Cowen visited Roscrea to open a new leisure centre in the town, he was faced down by members of RISE, Rural Ireland Says Enough, the IFA and the Irish Coursing Club…. The Ward Union stag hunt is the only licensed stag hunt in Ireland which uses hounds to hunt stags and bring it to bay. Following the ban it will no longer be able to get a license to hunt… (story)
Irish Times 13.4.10 Cowen backs Greens on stag hunt Bill – MARY MINIHAN in Roscrea, Co Tipperary - TAOISEACH BRIAN Cowen said Fianna Fáil did not disagree with the Green Party on the issue of stag hunting, as he faced a noisy demonstration from pro-hunt campaigners in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Mr Cowen said he wanted to clarify that proposed legislation, the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010, which will make hunting deer with a pack of hounds an offence, did not affect other pursuits…. (story)
Horse & Hound 12.4.10 - Two hundred supporters of Irish hunting took part in a demonstration this morning (12 April) as the Irish prime minister visited Roscrea, in County Tipperary. The prime minister or Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, who was there to officially open a new leisure centre, was greeted by members of Rural Ireland Says Enough (RISE!) waving placards…. (story)

LACS ELECTION LETTER
Lancashire Evening Post 13.4.10 Stags and hares would also suffer - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Wales on Sunday 11.4.10 SOME politicians want to bring back hunting with dogs but what most of your readers are unlikely to know is that repeal of the Hunting Act brings back not only fox hunting but also stag hunting and hare hunting, and hare coursing… DOUGLAS BATCHELOR,Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
The Shields Gazette 9.4.10 Keep the ban on hunting - THERE have been some people calling to bring back fox hunting, but what most people don't know is that the ban that makes this illegal also covers the killing of stags and hares… There is no public appetite for a repeal of the Hunting Act, and I urge everyone to contact all their prospective parliamentary candidates to make their views known. Our Keep Cruelty History campaign allows people to find out who their candidates are…. Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sport. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 13.4.10 A real vote-loser - I am at a loss as to why David Cameron wishes to reinstate the cruel practice of hunting with hounds…. With the polls showing the gap shortening between Labour and Conservative this blood sport is not a vote winner. Anthony M Wallis, Stoneygate (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 13.4.10 'Experts' demolish arguments for fox-hunting - E BROOKER (HE, April 2) tells us that hunting with hounds is the most humane way to control foxes. Yet the Burns Inquiry into hunting concluded that '...lamping using rifles, if carried out properly... has fewer welfare implications than hunting'…. Eric Ashby, an expert on foxes, tells us in My Life With Foxes that 'I never lost any free-range poultry (500 chickens and 120 geese) to foxes in 11 years'… LEN SHORT, St James Road, Torquay (letter)

Newbury Weekly News 13.4.10 Protesters gather outside Newbury Racecourse By Pamela Owen, Reporter - Animal rights activists protest at life science conference this morning to highlight animal torture - "STOP torturing animals for human purposes!"… More than 600 people are due to attend one of Britain's largest life science conferences which started at the Newbury course on (Monday) night. Two of the activists, Amanda Richards and Mel Johnson, said their protest was to raise awareness about animals being "tortured for human purposes"… Ms Richards, who is from Oxfordshire Animal Protection, and 14 other protesters will be gathering outside the racecourse at various times "to make the most impact"…. (story)

VIVA! LAMBING LIVE LETTER
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 13.4.10 Meat is a vital industry - May I point out, once again, to Viva’s Justin Kerswell that if everybody turned veggie, there would be no lambs for him to worry about (Letters, March 26)…. Philip Bird, Nab Wood Terrace, Shipley (letter)
from Western Morning News website 1.4.10 Kate is a ray of light - IT was disappointing to read the letter from Justin Kerswell of Viva! (March 23) condemning Kate Humble and her programme Lambing Live because it did not support his views on meat consumption… If Mr Kerswell believes the BBC should investigate the alleged immorality of eating meat, I am sure he is capable of asking. But he might bear in mind that humans have been hunter gatherers from the dawn of civilisation, and from a Christian standpoint the Bible states clearly that animals were created to provide for man… R Mason South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.3.10 Lambing Live failed to tell the real story - Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigns manager, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)
Tamworth Herald 25.3.10 TV show failed to address reality of sheep industry - Justin Kerswell, Viva! Campaigns Manager. (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 26.3.10 Can't we leave the lambs alone? I was concerned to read in the letter from Justin Kerswell (March 22), a defender of the rights of animals, that he condones the corruption of lambs…. I recall that condemned men were encouraged to play cards while awaiting their grotesque fate, but to encourage lambs to gamble?... Derek Haughton, Binley Woods. (Mr Kerswell’s letter should have referred to lambs gambolling, of course, not gambling) (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 26.3.10 See the bigger picture - The BBC series Lambing Live showed an overly picture-box version of this livestock industry, while predictably sidestepping more awkward questions on animal welfare and the morality of eating meat. The programme makers failed viewers, and the animals themselves, by not showing the grim reality of slaughter… If you want to celebrate new life this spring, why not go veggie? For free help in saving the lives of animals, contact Viva!... Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigns manager, Viva! (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 13.4.10 Thank goodness for animals ban - AT last! The use of wild animals is to be outlawed by the Government…. No animal should ever be captured for any circus in the UK or abroad. They belong in their own environment. Thank goodness the UK has made a start. SHEILA BRENNAN, Bombay Street, Blackburn. (letter)

Western Mail 13.4.10 Protesters march against badger cull plan by Steve Dube, Western Mail - FIFTY members of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Pembrokeshire Against the Cull marched from the Teifi Marshes to Cardigan town centre on Saturday to protest the Welsh Government’s proposals for a trial cull of badgers. r Lizzie Wilberforce, conservation manager for the Wildlife Trust, said the positive reception in the town, with motorists sounding car horns, belied government insistence that there is little opposition…. (story)

12.4.10

Western Morning News 12.4.10 Osborne: Labour is enemy of West - The Conservatives will today present Gordon Brown as the enemy of the countryside, highlighting a string of "malicious" policies and ineffective ministers who have little interest in the needs of the Westcountry. Speaking exclusively to the Western Morning News, shadow chancellor George Osborne claims people in the countryside "have got used to being treated with disrespect" by a Labour Government which thinks "the countryside is a place for town folk to go for a weekend"…. One of Labour's most high profile policies in the Westcountry is its staunch commitment to retaining the ban on fox hunting… (story)

BBC News Online 12.4.10 Most candidates in South West support fox hunting ban - Most candidates standing for the five main parties in the South West would support the hunt ban in a free vote, an exclusive survey for The Politics Show reveals. Prompted by David Cameron's confirmation that a Conservative government would offer a free vote if elected, The Politics Show asked the region's 110 candidates what they would do if given that opportunity. Of the 103 candidates who responded from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour, UKIP and the Green Party, 53 (51.4%) said they would retain the Hunting Act. Thirty candidates (29%) said they would vote to repeal the Act, eight (7.7%) said they would abstain, and 12 (11.6%) were undecided…. (story)

Irish Times 12.4.10 Status of hunting group to be clarified - MARY MINIHAN - THE STANDARDS in Public Office Commission will today write to pro-hunting group Rural Ireland Says Enough (Rise!) to establish if it should register with the commission on the grounds of receiving donations for political purposes…. A spokesman for Rise! said the organisation would have no problem registering with the commission if that was what was required under law… Green TD for Dublin North Trevor Sargent said: “Everything they are saying is political in one way or another. They want to be very political but unfortunately not very truthful in their attacks on the Green Party.”…. (story)

The Sentinel 12.4.10 Ban on circus animals timely move, says MP - UTTOXETER MP Janet Dean has welcomed an announcement by the Animal Welfare Minister to ban the use of animals in circuses. Jim Fitzpatrick's statement follows a public consultation in which more than 94 per cent of people backed the ban… (story)

11.4.10

LACS CENSURED BY CHARITY COMMISSION
Horse & Hound 11.4.10 League Against Cruel Sports censured for being party political — again - The Charity Commission has censured the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) for being party political for a second time… (story)
Western Morning News 3.4.10 Rebuke for animal rights charity - ANIMAL rights charity the League Against Cruel Sports has been rebuked by the Charity Commission for engaging in party political activity… (story)
Telegraph 2.4.10 League Against Cruel Sports censured by the Charity Commission for singling out the Tories By Laura Roberts - The regulator investigated complaints over an opinion poll from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), regarding hunting with dogs, which singled out the Conservatives…. The Charity Commission found the question, and the press release that accompanied it, were "party political in nature in that they could be seen to be critical of a national political party, contrary to charity law and the Commission’s guidance"…. (story)
Guardian 1.4.10 League Against Cruel Sports censured for political activity - Charity Commission rules against press release that branded Conservatives 'the nasty party' - Owen Bowcott - The League Against Cruel Sports has been censured by the Charity Commission for conducting party political activity that branded theConservatives as "the nasty party"…. The ruling is likely to serve as a caution to charities lobbying for changes to legislation during the run-up to the general election. It will also be welcomed by those campaigning to repeal the ban imposed by the 2004 Hunting Act. The league has agreed to withdraw its press release. "Charities can engage in political activity which supports their charitable purposes but must not engage in party political activity," the Charity Commission declared… Tim Bonner, head of media for the Countryside Alliance, said: "It was always a strange decision to turn a body that was entirely a political campaigning organisation into a charity, but that was LACS's choice. What the Charity Commission has made clear, however, is that LACS cannot have its cake and eat it. It cannot continue to engage in party political activity whilst taking advantage of the financial benefits of charitable status. We look forward to a period of silence from LACS during the election campaign."…. (story)

10.4.10

Your Canterbury 10.4.10 Hunt supporters rally troops to vote Conservative - Hunt masters are rallying the troops in a bid for Tory victory after David Cameron pledged to hold a free vote on foxhunting if he gets into Downing Street… The East Kent Hunt, which stretches from Canterbury around to Folkestone and Dover, is urging its supporters to help Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Charlie Elphicke unseat Dover and Deal Labour MP Gwyn Prosser, who voted strongly for the ban in 2004….. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 10.4.10 Poster warning of illegal hunting at beauty spot - POSTERS warning walkers to keep an eye out for people illegally hunting otters on the River Dart have appeared at a Totnes beauty spot… The posters say: "Please Watch Out for Otter Hunters on the opposite bank."… A police spokesman confirmed they had received a call from a member of the public on April 3 at about 5.15pm reporting a group of two or three suspicious men with five lurcher type dogs walking on the Littlehempston side of the river… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.4.10 Why should we give Labour more time? - A FEW weeks ago I asked whether any of the local Labour letter writing team could give some positive reasons for Echo readers to vote Labour. Instead of positive reasons for another five years of Gordon Brown, all that these people have come up with is bile and invective about fox-hunting, unitary government and party funding: issues which interest and concern the few and not the many… Cllr James Taghdissian, Polsloe ward, Exeter (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 10.4.10 Animal rights protest ahead of Grand National - ANIMAL rights campaigners will take to the streets of Nottingham today. Members of Nottingham Animal Rights will be campaigning outside city centre bookmakers before the Grand National horse race at Aintree in Liverpool…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 10.4.10 Horses' suffering - 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…. M CHARLES Gladstone Street Nottingham (letter)

9.4.10

Gloucester Citizen 9.4.10 Come clean on fox hunting, MP candidates told - CANDIDATES campaigning to be the Cotswolds' next MP have been told to be honest in their views on the hunting ban. Gillian Purser, who owns a farm near Clapton-on-the-Hill, spoke out after an election leaflet from Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown described the legislation as unworkable…. Mr Clifton-Brown said: "It is unworkable. There is nothing worse than having a piece of legislation which is unenforceable, despite the huge numbers of hours which were spent working on it. "But in principle I am in favour of fox hunting, providing it is done properly." Mike Collins (Lib Dem), Kevin Lister (Green) and Mark Dempsey (Labour) all criticised Mr Clifton-Brown's stance… Gloucestershire is home to several large hunts, including the Cotswold Hunt, the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt and the Oxfordshire-based Heythrop Hunt, which often rides out from the Cotswolds. (story)
Retford Times 9.4.10 SHOP ASSISTANTS ACT LIKE ANIMALS - SHOP assistants from a High Street beauty chain took to the streets dressed as foxes, dogs and orangutans to urge voters to make animal welfare a priority in the election. Staff from Lush in Lincoln's Cornhill took the streets yesterday afternoon, wielding Vote For Animals placards. The chain is calling on all political candidates in the election to make animal welfare a priority, particularly on subjects such as fox hunting and factory farming… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 9.4.10 Animals take to the streets to campaign for their rights - SHOPPERS in Swindon town centre were greeted by some unfamiliar faces yesterday, as shop assistants donned masks for an animal welfare campaign. The staff from Lush, on Canal Walk, handed out leaflets to customers and passers-by to raise awareness of animal rights issues in the run-up to the election. The retailer is backing the ‘Vote 4 Animals’ campaign… Jessica Headley, 29, manager-in-training at the Swindon store, said: “It’s about raising public awareness about who people are voting for and if they are animal lovers they are not voting for someone who will bring back fox hunting for example.”… (story)

Yorkshire Post 9.4.10 Hunt spectre rises again From: Andy Jackson, Earls View, Sutton in Craven, Keighley. AS a nation, we stand at the dawn of a new era with the election called, but at the same time, teeter on the very edge of regression. I obviously refer to the Hunting Act, which at this very moment is threatened by repeal…. (letter)

Darlington & Stockton Times 9.4.10 Hunt language - I am writing to comment on a letter regarding the Bilsdale Hunt’s support of Stockton South Tory candidate James Wharton (D&S, Feb 26) and the language used by the hunt to describe areas of Stockton South. I live in Grangefield and wish to ask whether I live in the “darker areas of Stockton” by the hunt’s definition?... RICHARD CLARK Grange Avenue, Stockton (letter)

Guardian 9.4.10 Three horses die at Aintree to cast shadow over Grand National - Greg Wood - Three horses were killed in steeplechases on the second day of theGrand National meeting here today… Andrew Tyler, of the animal rights campaign group Animal Aid, criticised the safety record at Aintree… (story)

Leicester Mercury 9.4.10 A cruel sport – and that's a racing certainty - Campaigner Caroline Butterwick looks at the victims of the Sport of Kings - To many, horse racing seems like a harmless sport, but behind this glamorous façade lies a painful reality…. According to national campaign group, Animal Aid, a horse dies every two days at a racecourse in Britain… Animal Aid and other groups are calling for tighter regulations for horse racing to improve animal welfare… (story)

Coventry Telegraph 9.4.10 Call for ban on Grand National - THE infamous Grand National Race which is due to take place on Saturday has already cost the lives of 30 horses between 1999 and 2009… Please do not bet on this race and also please write to the government calling for a ban on the Grand National and stopping its terrible suffering to horses. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 9.4.10 Consider horses if you're placing a bet - I WOULD like send out a heartfelt appeal through your newspaper to anyone thinking of having a flutter on tomorrow's Grand National…research by the animal charity Animal Aid shows that a horse dies on a British racecourse approximately every other day, typically from a broken limb or neck, severe tendon injuries, spinal injuries or a heart attack… Sharon Howe, Fortescue Road, Sidmouth (letter)

Western Morning News 9.4.10 Tough talk from the CLA president to the new Government - THE Government has been "totally cowardly" over failing to tackle bovine tuberculosis which has been ravaging Westcountry cattle herds for years, causing despair and anguish – according to the president of the Country Land and Business Association, William Worsley… He said: "This is the most awful disease and the behaviour of the current Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has been absolutely disgusting. The Conservatives have said they will allow a cull of diseased badgers. But I believe the present Government's approach to tackling bovine TB is both dreadful and cowardly, unsupportable and just plain thoroughly wrong… (story)

Western Morning News 9.4.10 Case for badger cull has not been made - YOUR article "New TB vaccine for badgers" (March 31) quotes Richard Haddock, who farms at Kingswear, South Devon, as saying: "Vaccination [of badgers] is a total sop to keep people happy and to keep farmers at bay…. His phrase "keeping farmers at bay" implies a confrontation of their own making in which some resent not getting their own way despite having no justification for their militancy… David Williams, Chairman, Badger Trust (letter)

BBC News Online 9.4.10 Oxford University animal lab police bill was £16m - The cost of policing the building of Oxford University's controversial animal research centre was £16.3m, it has been revealed. The centre was targeted by protests from animal rights campaigners while construction workers received threats in letters from extremists… (story)
Oxford Mail 9.4.10 Animal lab police bill cost taxpayer over £16 million By Dan Hearn - POLICING the building of Oxford University’s animal research centre cost taxpayers more than £16m, figures reveal. Harassment and intimidation from animal rights activists towards contractors led to extra officers being drafted in to provide security during the construction of the Biomedical Science Building, in South Parks Road… (story)

Colne Times 9.4.10 Halal meat protest outside Colne KFC - PEOPLE campaigning against the trial of Halal meat at KFC restaurants held a protest in Colne on Saturday afternoon. Mr Steven Smith, who campaigns against ritual slaughter, led a demonstration outside the KFC outlet at the North Valley Retail Park. A protest at the KFC on Colne Road, Burnley, was called off…. (story)

8.4.10

Horse & Hound 8.4.10 Greens' hunting ban plan for Northern Ireland is 'not a serious threat' - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The Green Party's plan to ban hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland should not be taken seriously but underlines theiranimosity towards rural pursuits, pro-hunting groups have said…. The party's only Assembly member Brian Wilson said: "Legislation banning the hunting of wild mammals with dogs already exists in England and Wales, and Scotland, so this bill, which I hope to introduce to the Assembly before recess, will bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK and end fox and stag hunting and hare coursing."… (story)

Tribune 8.4.10 Foxhunters head for marginals in pro-hunt election strategy - Pro-hunting campaigners are to target marginal seats in a high-profile attempt to get cruel sports legalised by Marcus Papadopoulos - Members of the hunting community are poised to gallop into action to support pro-hunting candidates in marginal seats at the general election in the knowledge that a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act will be held in Parliament if the Conservative Party wins power… (story)

Cotswold Journal 8.4.10 Day Piccadilly rang to the pure sounds of a silver hunting horn - AT the last meet of the season, Steve Andrews, huntsman and kennel-huntsman to the North Cotswold Hounds, was presented with a silver horn by the Hunt Supporters’ Club, to mark the end of his 13 seasons with the hunt. As the Journal of 1975 reported, Mr Andrews was due to go to be huntsman to the Hampshire Hunt the following season, with his son whipping-in to him… (story)

Northwich Guardian 8.4.10 Hunt is not above the law - CLEARLY again we see the hunting ban has not stopped hunts going out with a load of dogs out of control, this time invading Delamere Park Estate, along with riders, quad bikes and followers in pursuit of their victim – a fox this time… NICKY BROOKS Billinge Green (letter)

Evesham Journal 8.4.10 Gamekeepers’ Fair highlights - THE British Association for Shooting & Conservation will host two new attractions at its Gamekeepers’ Fair this month. Visitors to the event at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, will be able to visit Stalking 2010, a deer stalking and management village… (story)

Redditch Advertiser 8.4.10 Race to be town MP is on - WITH PM Gordon Brown calling the general election, the start of what is set to be the hardest-fought campaign for many years is now under way…. Kevin White, who has lived in Redditch all his life, has been named the Green Party candidate and has keen interests in environmental and animal related issues as well as social justice, health, democracy and community issues… (story)

7.4.10

Aberdeen Press & Journal 7.4.10 Moray dog club members ‘vilified’ over vermin control BY DONNA MACALLISTER - Members of a Moray hunting dog club last night said they were being vilified for helping farmers control rabbit numbers. The Moray Coast Lurchers Association said members were being classed as criminals for carrying out the centuries-old form of “vermin control”. Elgin man Dennis Burns, 75, said the practice was often misunderstood by the public who thought that hunting rabbits with dogs was illegal…. Scottish Countryside Alliance manager Ross Montague said people involved in legal rabbit control are often providing a valuable service at the request of the farmer…. (story)

from Plymouth Herald website 7.4.10 Forget war and recession, let's talk about hunting - SAY it's not true! We surely can't be about to enter into the foxhunting debate again, can we? Last time out it reportedly took up more parliamentary time than the Iraq war and, whichever side of the political spectrum your colours lie, you have to admit that there were (and are) far more important issues to discuss in the build-up to what could be one of the most important general elections of our time. But no, according to reports, David Cameron has promised parliamentary time will be found for a free vote to abolish the hunting ban… I have my own views on the ban itself but equally strongly held ones on the way it was introduced, to my mind almost as a panic measure by Tony Blair when his premiership was in one of its occasional wobbles… (story)

Western Morning News 7.4.10 YES OR NO: Nick Herbert, Conservative - WE try to get senior politicians and candidates to give a straight answer to a straight question, where the answer should only be Yes or No. Today: Nick Herbert, Conservative, Shadow Environment Secretary… Will you vote to scrap the Hunting Act and restore some form of hunting with dogs if the opportunity arises? YES… (story)

Western Morning News 7.4.10 Badger cull is the main difference between parties - IF THE General Election campaign is about key choices, then the farming community in the Westcountry could be excused for feeling slightly short-changed at the alternatives with which it is being presented…. So, what about points of difference? Well, there is hunting, of course, even though it is not, strictly speaking, a farming issue. For the time being at least, David Cameron is sticking to his guns in promising a free vote on repealing the ban, even though this has been seized upon by Labour as evidence of the Tories' true nature, as cruel and heartless toffs and is becoming almost a central theme of their campaign. The Lib-Dems remain split down the middle, with their urban MPs generally in favour of the ban, and the rural ones much more equivocal…. (story)

The Sentinel 7.4.10 Labour helps animal, Tories won't - WORRY: News that hunt supporters are supporting the Conservatives in key marginal seats is worrying. Former hunter, David Cameron, wants to repeal the Hunting Act… The Labour Party has improved animal welfare. Unlike the Conservatives, it cares deeply about animal welfare. MARK RICHARDS, Newcastle (letter)

Telegraph 7.4.10 Fox cubs pass as puppies at the RSPCA - Animal charity workers were surprised to discover that five abandoned puppies in their care were in fact a quintet of fox cubs…. Staff members originally thought they were Staffordshire bull terrier puppies. As the night drew on, the black pups proved to be a bit 'wilder' than the traditional house pet and the RSPCA realised they actually had fox cubs in their hands… (story)

6.4.10

Irish Independent 6.4.10 Cahill slams Green hunt moves By Declan O'Brien - ICMSA has called on rural deputies to "rediscover their backbones" and confront the Green Party's drive to curb hunting and other rural pastimes. Association president Jackie Cahill has given his full support to the RISE (Rural Ireland Says Enough) campaign against this year's Wildlife (Amendment) Bill… (story)

Irish Independent 6.4.10 I fear the damage that the Green Party's policies could do to rural Ireland By John Shirley - I was never much into hunting or fishing or the dogs or horses…. But I recognise the vital role that the equines and canines play in Irish life, especially rural life. I am concerned at some of the legislation in the pipeline which is being driven through by the Green Party in Government. Green policies were fine in the abstract when the party was in opposition. It's different when this policy becomes the law of the land…. (story)

Worcester News 6.4.10 Just sheer cruelty – If the Tories win the election they are going to have a free vote to try to re-introduce fox hunting. That seems a good enough reason not to vote Tories… JOHN SHEARON, Worcester (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 6.4.10 Mum's anger as deer shot in Ribble Valley - A MUM-OF-TWO has called for a ban on shooting animals in public after her children witnessed the “brutal” killing of a deer in the Ribble Valley. Emma Pratt, was travelling to her relatives with her one-year-old son Johnny and daughter Amber, 10, when they came across shooters in West Dockber Farm in Sawley. The 32-year-old said farmer David Scott was allowing shooters to kill deer in full view of dozens of walkers… (story)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER
from Western Morning News website 6.4.10 Grim toll of racehorses - Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)
The Shields Gazette 31.3.10 Betting subsidises cruelty - ANIMAL Aid wishes to share some information with Gazette readers before they place a bet on the Grand National the weekend after next. Between 1999 and 2009, 30 horses died at the annual three-day meeting…. Our message is simple – don't fund cruelty, don't bet on the Grand National. Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid, Kent. (letter)

Irish Independent 6.4.10 Join the veggie revolution - I HAVE noticed in the Irish Independent recently a certain beating of the vegetarian drum. As a carrot- and-lettuce-muncher myself, I can only applaud your editorial stance… A new era of exploration is beginning. Go on, admit it. You can hardly wait. D K Henderson, Clontarf, Dublin 3 (story)

from Western Morning News website 6.4.10 Horrific super dairy must be resisted - RECENT reports of the horrific new concept of a proposed "super dairy" containing tens of thousands of cows in near battery conditions surely cannot be tolerated…. What a nightmare concept the future is for this country if this is permitted to go ahead. What will our children be left with when the countryside is empty? Graham Ward, Okehampton (letter)

5.4.10

Exeter Express & Echo 5.4.10 First Person: Ben Bradshaw - I'VE always enjoyed election campaigns, even as a child… Parliament would be clogged up dealing with one of Cameron's more pressing priorities: bringing back hunting with dogs in his first year. Westcountry hunts have even been ordered into Exeter to help the Tory election campaign… (story)

POWA LETTER
Lancashire Evening Post 5.4.10 Hunting law must not be repealed - Alan Kirby, Protect Our Wild Animals, via email (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 1.4.10 Do you really want to vote for hunters? - David Cameron has hunted foxes and reportedly enjoys blasting birds to bits – perhaps indicative of his true character. Repeal of the Hunting Act was his first firm policy commitment, though most Conservative voters oppose this… Against scientific evidence, the Conservatives also plan a mass cull of badgers. Your decent and compassionate readers will not want these cruel and unjustifiable things to happen. Their votes can help ensure they don’t. Alan Kirby Protect Our Wild Animals (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.4.10 League allegations misrepresent proof - KATHERINE Watson's recent letter Hunting devotees are in the minority, Letters, March 25, refers to allegations of illegal hunting made by the League Against Cruel Sports against the East Devon and Axe Vale Hounds…. First, trails can be and are laid through woods — if a rider wishes to lay such a trail they simply get off the horse. Second, trail hunting includes searching for a trail and not necessarily following it… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.4.10 Hunting lobby case is little but pathetic - READING about Hannah Foster in the Echo on March 30 about repealing the Hunting Act, one can only say "same old Conservative Party"….,The terrier men have turned into the hunting equivalent of rural ambulance chasers. They are to be seen accompanying most alleged trail hunts clearly in wait of a fox being accidentally found. Terrier work should be called fox baiting because it's just an organised type of dog fighting where terriers are pitted against foxes for sport. Kathy Moyle, East Budleigh (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.3.10 Hunting devotees are in the minority - THE Echo reported recently that the League Against Cruel Sports had filmed East Devon and Axe Vale hounds hunting in areas where it would be all but impossible for a hunt rider to lay a drag line. What is more, in the past few weeks several incidents have occurred where hounds have collided fatally with road traffic and trains and I also read of one case in which hounds ran on to a firing range with red flags flying. This is neither harmless "trail hunting" nor "accidental"….. Katherine Watson, Stockport, Cheshire (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.4.10 Hunting fraternity won't get my vote - REGARDING the story Bid to rally hunt voters 'to backfire', Echo, March 30. It is not a mainstream issue because it is illegal …. To be fair, like most people I know, I have no intention of voting Tory, but the thought of some chinless wonder standing on my doorstep in red jacket, blowing his hunting horn to make me vote Conservative just shows how out of touch with reality these people are…. Jaques Hughes, Alphington, Exeter (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.4.10 Labour has strong record on animals - PERHAPS it was a poor attempt at an April Fool's joke, but Michael Gray's claim that the Labour Government has done nothing for animals was extraordinary, Letters, April 1. Labour has banned fox and stag hunting and hare coursing. It has ended fur farming, using animals for the testing of cosmetics and docking dogs' tails for cosmetic reasons. Only last week, we ended the use of wild animals in travelling circuses… Ben Bradshaw MP, House of Commons. London (letter)

4.4.10

LABOUR CALL TO BAN ZOOS
Sunday Express 4.4.10 LABOUR CALL TO BAN ZOOS - Ted Jeory - ZOOS are cruel, outdated and ought to be banned, a Labour minister claimed last night. Labour minister Angela Smith, who called the popular entertainments “relics of the Victorian era”, demanded a national debate on whether zoos should be closed…. (story)
Telegraph 4.4.10 Minister calls for zoos to be closed - A government minister has called for the phased closure of zoos, claiming that it was “inappropriate to keep wild animals in captivity in this way.” By Richard Savill - Angela Smith, the charities minister, denounced zoos as "relics of the Victorian era" and said she had received letters from children upset at the conditions in which animals had been kept. Miss Smith, a patron of the Captive Animals Protection Society campaign group, urged that zoos should be prevented from adding more animals to their collections… (story)
Mail on Sunday 4.4.10 Labour minister's extraordinary call: We must ban zoos By DANIEL MARTIN - A Labour minister has called for zoos to be banned, describing them as cruel 'relics of the Victorian era'. Charities minister Angela Smith said it was wrong to keep animals in captivity and called for a debate on whether the Government should close all Britain's 400 zoos. But last night colleagues slapped her down, saying her views were personal and not those of the Government… (story)

3.4.10

DAVID CAMERON ON RADIO 5 LIVE
Western Morning News 3.4.10 Cameron renews hunt ban pledge - DAVID Cameron has reaffirmed his support for a repeal of the hunting ban during a candid interview where he described himself as "a country boy"…. He told Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5: "The case on animal welfare grounds for the hunting ban, I've always thought was very, very weak."… (story)
Independent 2.4.10 Cameron pledges to hold free vote on fox hunting By Andy McSmith - David Cameron described himself yesterday as a "country boy" who loved hunting and shooting, hinting that if he was elected Prime Minister the ban on fox hunting would come to an end. But opponents of hunting seized on the somewhat nonchalant way in which the Tory leader answered questions as a sign that he knows public opinion is against bringing back hunting and other blood sports, which were banned in 2004…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 2.4.10 David Cameron woos rural voters with hunt pledge By William Surman - DAVID Cameron wooed rural voters yesterday (Thursday, April 1) describing himself as a ‘country boy’ who grew up fishing and shooting. He also pledged to fight the ban on fox hunting which he said was a ‘mess’. “I always thought the ban was a mistake because I think it is very difficult to enforce,” he said in a BBC radio interview…. (story)
Daily Mail 2.4.10 Unashamed 'country boy' David Cameron makes passionate defence of fox hunting By James Chapman - David Cameron voiced his support for a repeal of the hunting ban yesterday, describing himself as a ' country boy' who grew up fishing and shooting rabbits… (story)
Evening Standard 1.4.10 David Cameron: I was taught to shoot rabbits by my father - Joe Murphy, Political Editor - David Cameron today revealed that he shot rabbits when he was a youngster as he defended his support for foxhunting…. His admission that he hunted is being highlighted by Labour MPs after polls showed it went down badly with many urban voters. But the Tory leader remained unapologetic, telling Radio 5 Live: “The fox population has to be controlled. And every farmer will tell you the methods now being used — gassing, shooting, trapping and snaring — are, as the Burns Inquiry found, very cruel… (story)
Telegraph 1.4.10 David Cameron: hunt ban 'a mistake' - David Cameron has disclosed that he went hunting as a boy as he insisted that the fox population needed to be controlled By Stephen Adams - In a frank interview the Conservative leader talked freely of his love of the countryside and said he was taught to shoot rabbits by his father. Confirming that he would allow Tory MPs a free vote on decriminalising hunting with dogs if he were to become prime minister, Mr Cameron said: " I always thought that the ban was a mistake because I think it is very difficult to enforce…. He told Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5: "The case on animal welfare grounds for the hunting ban, I’ve always thought was very very weak." ... (story)
Guardian 1.4.10 Nicky Campbell: hunt is a four-letter word - BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast host Nicky Campbell makes slip of the tongue when introducing huntsman - Consummate broadcaster as he is, Nicky Campbell has been known to suffer the occasional slip of the tongue. He once described as his most embarrassing moment the time he introduced the master of the west Kent hunt and it all went terribly wrong. The great man was at it again this morning. The topic? Unfortunately for Campbell, it was fox hunting again… (story)

Irish Times 3.4.10 Blood sports off tourists' radar as authorities refuse to plug hunting - MICHAEL PARSONS - IRELAND'S IMAGE: AS THE POLITICAL debate about hunting intensifies, tourism authorities have said they will not provide information about traditional field sports to Irish people or potential overseas visitors. Fáilte Ireland said its policy was “not to promote blood sports” and it would not allow information about fox-hunting, hare-coursing and similar activities to be included in marketing material or on the Discover Ireland website… (story)

Irish Times 3.4.10 Swedish claim over 'dying hare' video - MICHAEL PARSONS - TWO PEOPLE in Sweden have claimed to be the makers of the “dying hare” video which is being investigated by gardaí in Co Tipperary. The Irish Coursing Club has denounced the video as fake. However, two Swedish students have now asserted that they filmed the footage during a two-week visit to Ireland. It is understood they came to the country to make a film about the greyhound industry, and travelled to Clonmel by train… (story)
Irish Times 2.4.10 Coursing club dismisses film as 'fake' - MICHAEL PARSONS - A VIDEO containing images of “distressing” animal cruelty at a Clonmel hare coursing event has been denounced as a fake and referred to gardaí. The short film, which was posted on the YouTube website this week, purports to depict “behind the scenes” at a greyhound hare-coursing event. The video, placed on the internet by the Irish Association of Hunt Saboteurs, lasts for 3 minutes, 46 seconds and includes footage of a hare “wriggling and dying” in an enclosure…. (story)

IRISH INDEPENDENT GREYHOUND RACING CORRESPONDENCE
Irish Independent 3.4.10 Irish greyhound owners bite back - John Daly (Letters, March 27) and Mark O'Brien (Letters, March 29) make similar and wholly unsubstantiated claims that greyhounds who retire from a racing career are badly treated. These claims are based on nothing more than hearsay and are upsetting to the tens of thousands of people for whom greyhound racing is a sport, a livelihood and a way of life… Mort Cronin, Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation, Glanmire, Co Cork (letter)
Irish Independent 2.4.10 Animal cruelty is human barbarity - THE responses from Karl Gosti and Matthew Byrne (Letters, March 31) to the opinions expressed by Mark O'Brien about cruelty to greyhounds are no surprise. Look after the humans, ignore the abuse and suffering of any other species… Tom Ryan, Bray, Co Wicklow (letter)
Irish Independent 1.4.10 No job is worth a greyhound's life - I would like to respond to Karl Gostl and Matthew Byrne (Letters, March 30 and 31); the former who argues that greyhound lives are worth less than human jobs, the latter that killing greyhounds because they lose their speediness is equal to pigs and chickens being killed for food. First of all, how can tens of thousands of jobs be considered more important that tens of thousands of greyhound lives?.... Jay Penn, Galway (letter)
Irish Independent 31.3.10 Let's ban animal farming as well - I fully agree with Mark O'Brien (Letters, March 29), greyhounds that can't be re-homed are put down humanely. We should therefore get rid of greyhound racing and of course horse racing and equestrian sports and any other sports that involve animals… Are those leather shoes your children are wearing? Karl Gostl, tramore, co Waterford (letter)
Irish Independent 31.3.10 Choosing hounds over humans - In reply to Mark O'Brien ('No more nights at the dogs', Letters, March 29), right so, ban greyhound racing. In doing so tens of thousand of jobs will be lost. There are 20 tracks in Ireland, employing thousands…. Matthew Byrne, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow (letter)
Irish Independent 29.3.10 No more nights out at the dogs - I FULLY endorse the opinions expressed by John Daly (Letters, March 9 and 27) in which he highlights the short-lived and often miserable existence of thousands of Irish greyhounds…. Mark O'Brien, Dun Laoghaire, co Dublin (letter)
Irish Independent 27.3.10 Greyhounds truly have a dog's life - According to Barry Coleman (Letters, March 11) the greyhound industry "is based first and foremost on the wellbeing of the dogs that are its heart and soul". Perhaps he would care to clarify how the industry can justify the thousands of greyhounds that are put down every year simply because they are not fast enough… John Daly, Co Wexford (letter)

York Press 3.4.10 It’s all a bit fishy - Just like Godfrey Bloom (They’re not joking, Letters, April 1) and I’m sure many readers, I was rather taken aback at the report in the morning tabloids of the shopkeeper who was fined £1,000 for selling a goldfish to a 14-year old. However, it seems that the earlier chapters of the story had not been told… The purchase of the goldfish was a test case so that charges of cruelty could be brought Animal rights groups backed the court…. R Powell, Cawood Common, Selby (letter)

2.4.10

Horse & Hound 2.4.10 Thousands of hunting supporters join march in Ireland - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Around 6,000 hunting supporters demonstrated outside the Irish Green Party's conference on Saturday (27 March). Ireland's coalition government comprising Fiánna Fail and the Greens plans to make stag hunting illegal, meaning the end of Ireland's only stag hunt — the Ward Union… (story)

Iris Examiner 2.4.10 Gormley’s pack should hunt bigger game - MIGHT Environment Minister John Gormley, in a compromise that would allow him focus on the pressing matters of the day, allow the Ward Union Hunt to chase bank executives of a certain vintage?.... Seán de Paor, Kilbredeog, Co Chorcaí (letter)

North West Evening Mail 2.4.10 Not a clue - ONCE again you ask a section of people who probably have never seen a wild fox, let alone the damage they do, if the hunting ban should be repealed. Why don’t you ask the farmers or gamekeepers who are directly affected by them…. C BENNETT, Askam (letter)
North West Evening Mail 8.3.10 No title - SHARON FALLON, 39, of Leighton Drive, Walney, said: “It’s not something I would do personally but I do know that the foxes kill a lot of other animals and can be pests.ANNE PARKINSON, 65, of Earle Street, Barrow, said: “No. I think it’s cruel. I mean, if you’re going to get rid of the foxes, shoot them, but don’t let the dogs tear them apart… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 2.4.10 Foxes are a destructive nuisance in Bristol - As a young local council candidate in the Seventies I recall writing to the Post on behalf of an elderly resident in Fishponds who was greatly troubled by foxes invading her garden. Decades later it seems these attractive but very destructive wild creatures have returned and are creating havoc in our own garden… . I do not personally advocate hunting to the death with dogs but perhaps some other humane method of cutting down on fox numbers will have to be found now the countryside is no longer the fox's main territory. Mary Martin, Kingswood (letter)

Cumnock Chronicle 2.4.10 Speak up for a snare-free Scotland says Cathy - Cathy Jamieson MSP has renewed calls for the Scottish Government to ban snares, after meeting with representatives from Advocates for Animals. Cathy is a former Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare, and is a long time supporter of a ban on snaring… (story)

1.4.10

Worcester Standard 1.4.10 Tory candidate denies hunting group link - Andrew Warren - THE CONSERVATIVE candidate for Worcester has denied he is receiving significant support from a group who want to bring back hunting with dogs. The city’s Labour MP Mike Foster has called for his Conservative opponent Robin Walker to come clean about the support he was getting from pro-hunt group Vote OK… Mr Walker said he had not received the letter as The Standard went to press, and insisted he was not trying to use fox hunting to boost his campaign. “As with all other political parties we have the help of volunteers to deliver our leaflets, which incidentally have no mention of fox hunting in whatsoever,” he added. “Yes there may be some volunteers who are also part of Vote OK but to say we are flooding the city with them is completely untrue… (story)

Irish Examiner 1.4.10 Ward Hunt criticises Greens over ban By Shaun Connolly Political Correspondent - GREEN reasoning for the banning of stag hunting has been attacked by "country sports" supporters. The Ward Union Hunt hit back at claims by the junior coalition partner that the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 is as much about protecting the public as it is about animal welfare… The bill, which was agreed by the Fianna Fáil leadership as part of the renegotiated programme for government, will ban hunting deer with packs of dogs and is expected to be debated in the Dáil by early May…. (story)
Irish Times 1.4.10 Pro-hunting groups to continue protest against ban - MICHAEL PARSONS - PRO-HUNTING campaigners have pledged to continue lobbying TDs and Senators to block the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010, which will make hunting deer with a pack of hounds an offence. The State’s only licensed stag hunt, the Co Meath-based Ward Union, said it would be “vigorously resisting this legislative proposal at every step”…. Bernie Wright, a member of the Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy Group and press officer of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs, welcomed the Bill as representing “another step along the road to ending what a majority of Irish citizens consider archaic and a remnant of the past”…. (story)

BBC News Online 1.4.10 Long Marston Gyrocopter death 'was traumatic' - A gyrocopter passenger who saw a hunt supporter being killed by the aircraft's propellers has said it was a "traumatic" incident for all concerned. John Curtin was with pilot Brian Griffiths, who was recently cleared of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Warwickshire Hunt member Trevor Morse… Mr Curtin, , from Coventry, who has been jailed four times in the past for animal rights activities, told BBC News that Mr Morse was with a "mob" at the airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon…. (story)

Newbury Weekly News 1.4.10 Chairman of Lambourn Open Day committee says Good Friday event helps racing and village… The annual open day, which takes place tomorrow (Friday), will give the public a chance to look around racing stables, the Kingwood Stud and the Valley Equine Hospital during the morning and see the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment perform its Musical Ride as part of the afternoon’s entertainments… The open day will include demonstrations of horse swimming, farriery and schooling during the morning and in the afternoon, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will take on past and present top jockeys in a showjumping competition after its display. Jockeys will also jump fences and there will be a parade of high-flying racehorses, the foxhounds of the Vine and Craven Hunt and racing terriers, as well as trade stands…. (story)

Dog World 1.4.10 Hunting with hawks: a new experience by Paul Rawlings - I reached another of those milestone birthdays back on St Swithin’s day in 2009… Some ex-BT friends presented me with an envelope with the words ‘flying experience’ hand written on the outside… Imagine my relief when I found that I was going to keep both feet on terra firma and harris hawks belonging to the Heart of England Raptor Centre at Hatton that were going to do the flying….. . I would fully recommend this unique experience and for more information go to www.hoeraptors.com or phone the centre direct… (story)

BBC News Online 1.4.10 Mink returns to 'safe' area in Western Isles - A non-native predator has returned to an area of the Western Isles where they were previously thought to have been eradicated. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has been leading a project to trap and kill American mink on the islands… The RSPB's Western Isles conservation officer Martin Scott said: "The rediscovery of mink on the Uists demonstrates the importance of seeing such projects through to completion… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.4.10 Labour hasn't done anything for animals - IN the years leading up to 1997 the use of live animals in this country was very slightly falling year by year…. Primates accounted for 4,600 tests or deaths — we are not told which — dogs 6,000, cats 360 and many other species…. Was it for this, that the Labour Party was elected the last three times? They have certainly done nothing to curtail this beastly business. Michael Gray Hillcrest Park Exeter (letter)

Cambridge News 1.4.10 Protest threat ends Easter ‘farm’ visit - Rachel Extance - PLANS to set up a miniature farm in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade today have been cancelled after complaints from animal rights campaigners…. The animals were being provided by mobile farm company Farms2Ewe, based in Berkshire, and campaigners were concerned about how far they would have to travel and that they would be distressed by being handled…. Joan Court, a spokeswoman for Animal Rights Cambridge, said: “We were horrified, partly because of the animals coming such a distance and partly because we don’t think it’s right for animals to be used as entertainment…. Aran Mathai, also from the campaign group, added: “The animals would have been surrounded by screaming, excitable children and busy, noisy shoppers… A spokeswoman for the Grand Arcade said: “Grand Arcade has received telephone calls and emails and has been led to believe that a number of individuals are likely to protest at the event…. “To ensure children and families visiting Grand Arcade do not have their visit disrupted, we have therefore decided to cancel the event.” … a target=main href="http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Protest-threat-ends-Easter-farm-visit.htm">(story)

Mirror 1.4.10 Jedward to strip off for animal rights anti-fur campaign with Sadie Frost, Eva Mendes and Pamela Anderson - We can't think of anything worse... Jedward in the buff. The gruesome twosome are set to ditch their gladrags and pose stark naked in a new ad campaign. The Irish twins have backed animal charity PETA's anti-fur initiative and will join celebs including Eva Mendes, Pamela Anderson, Sadie Frost and Jamelia in daring to bare…. (story)

POLICEMAN ACQUITTED OF ASSAULTING G20 PROTESTER
Independent 1.4.10 Officer cleared of assault on female G20 protester By Girish Gupta - A police sergeant accused of assaulting a female G20 activist with his baton was acquitted yesterday. Sgt Delroy Smellie appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court after YouTube footage showed him striking protester Nicola Fisher with the back of his hand and then twice with a baton…. (story)
Guardian 31.3.10 G20 police sergeant cleared of baton charge - Paul Lewis - A Metropolitan police sergeant who was filmed hitting a woman with a baton at the G20 demonstrations walked free from court today after a judge ruled he acted lawfully. After the verdict, Delroy Smellie nodded to the judge and said: "Thank you very much."… (story)
BBC News Online 31.3.10 G20 police officer Delroy Smellie cleared of assault - A Metropolitan Police officer accused of striking a woman with a metal baton at a G20 protest has been cleared. Sgt Delroy Smellie denied common assault on Nicola Fisher, 36, of Brighton, during the protest in Exchange Square, London, in April 2009…. (story)
Telegraph 31.3.10 Police officer who hit G20 protester with baton cleared of assault - A police riot squad officer who hit a G20 protester twice with a metal baton has been cleared of assault. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, clashed with animal rights activist Nicola Fisher outside the Bank of England last April… (story)
Standard 31.3.10 Met officer who hit G20 protester cleared of assault - Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent - A riot squad officer filmed striking a G20 protester twice with his baton was cleared of assault this afternoon after the court accepted his claim that he acted in self-defence… (story)
Argus 31.3.10 Riot squad officer cleared of assaulting Brighton G20 protester - BREAKING NEWS: A riot squad officer who hit a Brighton G20 protester twice with a metal baton was cleared of assault today. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, clashed with animal rights activist Nicola Fisher outside the Bank of England last April… (story)
Guardian 25.3.10 Metropolitan police officer hit Ian Tomlinson protester 'in self-defence' - Caroline Davies - A riot squad officer who hit a G20 protester with his extendable metal baton told a court he did so in self-defence because he felt threatened by her and feared for his and his colleagues' safety. Metropolitan police sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, initially hit Nicola Fisher, 36, with a "clearance strike" by hand, which "enraged" a crowd of demonstrators outside the Bank of England. The animal rights activist from Brighton, who was holding what turned out to be a large carton of orange juice in one hand and a camera in the other, was attending a vigil to mark the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson…. (story)
BBC News Online 24.3.10 G20 accused officer Delroy Smellie 'felt threatend' - A police officer accused of striking a woman with a metal baton at the G20 protest said he hit her because he felt threatened, a court has heard… (story)
Argus 24.3.10 Policeman who "assaulted" Brighton G20 protester praised by boss - A policeman accused of assaulting a Brighton G20 protester with a metal baton was described as an "extremely good officer" by his boss today…. (story)
Mirror 24.3.10 Woman 'hit at G20 was like lunatic' By Jon Clements - A G20 protester allegedly assaulted by a policeman was "confrontational" and behaving like a "lunatic", two witnesses said yesterday. Office worker Mark Ellul said he saw animal rights activist Nicola Fisher acting "like a cat on a hot tin roof" before her clash with Sgt Delroy Smellie last April…. (story)
Guardian 24.3.10 Vigil for newspaper seller who died at G20 protests turned hostile, court hears - Paul Lewis - The trial of a Metropolitan police sergeant, Delroy Smellie, 47, heard how the mood changed at the memorial event for Ian Tomlinson when an elite squad of officers from the territorial support group (TSG) arrived to police a "kettle" cordon around demonstrators last Apri… (story)
Times 24.3.10 G20 protester acting ‘erratically’ and like a ‘lunatic’ court hears - Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent - A G20 protester who was hit by a police officer with his baton was acting “erratically” and like a “lunatic”, a court heard yesterday….(story)
BBC News Online 23.3.10 G20 assault claim protester behaved 'like a lunatic' - A G20 protester allegedly assaulted by a police officer was acting like a "lunatic", a court has been told. Witnesses told Westminster Magistrates' Court that Nicola Fisher was aggressive during the demonstration in central London last April. Metropolitan Police sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, denied a charge of common assault against the 36-year-old animal rights activist from Brighton… (story)
Argus 23.3.10 'Assaulted' Brighton G20 protester was acting like a lunatic, court hears - A G20 protester allegedly assaulted by a police officer was described as acting "erratically" and like a "lunatic" by two eyewitnesses today. Two office workers looked on as animal rights activist Nicola Fisher joined dozens of demonstrators outside the Bank of England on April 2 last year…"There were a lot of people there but we were drawn to her as she was bouncing around and the most aggressive person there at the time."… (story)
Daily Mail 23.3.10 G20 policeman's assault trial hangs in balance after 'victim' fails to show up at court - The trial of a policeman accused of assaulting a G20 protester because she was carrying a carton of orange juice nearly collapsed yesterday when the alleged victim failed to turn up… (story)
Express 23.3.10 BATON-ATTACK G20 OFFICER 'THOUGHT GIRL WAS ARMED’ By John Chapman - A POLICEMAN struck a G20 protester twice with a metal baton after mistaking a carton of orange juice in her hand for a weapon, a court heard yesterday…. Smellie, a top-level trained member of the force’s territorial support group, is accused of common assault by beating against the animal rights activist. He denies the charge… (story)
Independent 23.3.10 G20 police sergeant 'acted in self-defence' By Kunal Dutta - The sergeant at the centre of allegations of striking a female protester with a baton during a heated exchange at last year's G20 protest said he was acting in "self defence" after mistaking a carton of juice and camera for weapons, a court heard…. (story)
Mirror 23.3.10 Cop denies assault in G20 demo By Jon Clements - A policeman struck a G20 protester twice with a metal baton after mistaking a carton of orange juice in her hand for a weapon, a court was told yesterday… (story)
Evening Standard 22.3.10 Policeman’s G20 ‘victim’ refuses to testify but happy to sell story for £26,000 - Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent - A woman allegedly beaten by a police officer during the G20 demo in the City today refused to give evidence against him in court. Nicola Fisher, 36, was seen by millions on YouTube and TV being struck with a baton on the legs during protests near the Bank of England. Sergeant Delroy Smellie, of the Met's Territorial Support Group, was charged with common assault after the incident in April last year. But on the first day of his trial at City of Westminstermagistrates court, Ms Fisher, fromBrighton, failed to appear. The court heard she had sold her story through publicist Max Clifford for £26,000 but was now “unwilling to come to court”…. (story)
Evening Standard 22.3.10 Sergeant mistook drink for weapon - A policeman struck a G20 protester twice with a metal baton after mistaking a carton of orange juice in her hand for a weapon, a court has heard. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, said he lashed out in a "pre-emptive strike" during a confrontation outside the Bank of England on April 2 last year… The officer, a top-level trained member of the force's territorial support group, went on trial on Monday accused of common assault by beating against the animal rights activist…. (story)
Independent 22.3.10 G20 policeman's trial in balance over missing 'victim' By Chris Greenwood, Press Association - The trial of a police officer accused of assaulting a G20 protester was hanging in the balance today after the alleged victim failed to turn up to give evidence… (story)
BBC News Online 22.3.10 Alleged victim fails to attend G20 police trial - The trial of a police officer accused of assaulting a G20 protester was halted after the alleged victim failed to turn up to give her evidence…. (story)
Daily Mail 22.3.10 G20 policeman's assault trial hangs in balance after 'victim' fails to show up at court - The trial of a police officer accused of assaulting a G20 protester was hanging in the balance today after the alleged victim failed to turn up to give evidence… The court heard that Ms Fisher claims to have been suffering from depression and has shown a doctor's note to an official from the IPCC at her home in Brighton…. The judge said there was evidence that Ms Fisher has been 'nervous and wary' of the court process since the beginning of February and that she has doubts in the abilities of prosecutors… (story)
Mirror 22.3.10 Sergeant mistook drink for weapon - A policeman struck a G20 protester twice with a metal baton after mistaking a carton of orange juice in her hand for a weapon, a court has heard. Metropolitan Police Sergeant Delroy Smellie, 47, said he lashed out in a "pre-emptive strike" during a confrontation outside the Bank of England on April 2 last year…The officer, a top-level trained member of the force's territorial support group, went on trial on Monday accused of common assault by beating against the animal rights activist… (story)
Argus 20.4.09 Brighton G20 protester's criminal record for demo disorder Exclusive By Andy Chiles - The G20 protester slapped by a police officer has been arrested at a demonstration in the past, The Argus can reveal. Nicola Fisher, of Wakefield Road, Brighton, has been thrust into the national spotlight after footage of the assault on her was posted on YouTube… She was arrested outside the Brighton Centre in June 1993 as hundreds of animal rights campaigners demonstrated at a vivisectionists' conference. Miss Fisher burst from the crowd to throw water from a plastic bottle over a delegate and was grabbed by a policeman. It was reported at the time that she had thrown the rest of the bottle at the officer. She was charged with disorderly behaviour but given a conditional discharge by magistrates… Unemployed Miss Fisher, who lives with her dog Poppy and her boyfriend Gavin Shepherd, 30, works as a volunteer for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service… (story)
Sky News 18.4.09 G20 'Attack Victim' Feared For Her Life - Simon Newton, Sky News Reporter - A woman filmed apparently being hit by a baton-wielding policeman at a G20 protest in London has told Sky News it was a thuggish attack and she feared for her life. Nicola Fisher, 35, said she now believed the police "were there for a fight". The animal rights supporter from Brighton described how the officer pushed her, so she pushed him back… (story)
Daily Star 17.4.09 ‘THUG COP GOT HIS KICKS FROM HITTING GIRL’ By Katie Begley - A FEMALE protester battered by a burly officer during the G20 marches says it was “like I’d been whipped by the Taliban”. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, Nicola Fisher said she feared she was going to be killed by the “thug”…. The pint-sized animal rights campaigner was left with a huge bruise across her thigh after the “giant” police officer whacked her with his baton as she demonstrated in central London…. (story)
Daily Mail 16.4.09 Woman left 'black and blue' by policeman during G20 protest demands compensation By Charlotte Gill and Neil Sears - The woman struck by a policeman at the G20 protests demanded compensation last night - saying she had been left 'black and blue'. Nicky Fisher, 35, spoke out as the sergeant accused of assaulting her was suspended and Yard chiefs ordered an inquiry into police tactics… Yesterday Miss Fisher, who has faced shoplifting allegations in the past , said: 'I had gone to protest about climate change. That's my main thing. I really love animals and that's what I'm worried about…. Miss Fisher lives with her dog Poppy and her boyfriend in a rundown basement flat of a Victorian house facing a council estate in Brighton. The front door is adorned with an anti-fur slogan and a 2003 Glastonbury Festival sticker… (story)
Times 16.4.09 Investigators to search police footage of G20 protests for evidence of brutality - Sean O’Neill, Crime Editor - Thousands of hours of police video footage from the G20 protests will be studied for possible incidents of police brutality or misconduct… Sir Paul said that video footage involving apparent assaults on Ian Tomlinson, who died in the City of London on April 1, and Nicky Fisher, who was struck twice by an officer the next day, was clearly disturbing…. Ms Fisher, 35, who works at an animal sanctuary and lives in Brighton, told the Daily Mail: “I had gone to protest about climate change… (story)

Eastbourne Herald 1.4.10 Foie gras is banned by Eastbourne council - FOIE gras has been banned on council property and land in Eastbourne. The council banned the sale and availability of the controversial French delicacy after a petition from concerned residents when it was seen on sale at a French summer market in Eastbourne last year…. (story)