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30.4.14

Western Daily Press 30.4.14 Conservatives let down by countryside policies - So following the failed badger culls, the selfish and relentless blood sports lobby has decide to bully the Conservative Party into a complete overhaul of the Hunting Act and give a manifesto pledge on the issue; is this really a true blue vote winner in modern Britain?... Graham Forsyth, Chard, Somerset (story)

MALTA MIGRATORY BIRDS SHOOTING CAMPAIGN
Spiked Online 30.4.14 CHRIS PACKHAM: GETTING IN A FLAP OVER MALTA - Maltese bird-hunters are right to be enraged at the British naturalist’s crusade against them…. Last week, a British TV personality and naturalist, Chris Packham, led a crusade to pressure the Maltese to ban the hunting of birds… Chris Packham and anti-hunting campaigners have succeeded in portraying the Maltese hunters as the last vestige of barbarism in Europe, and the Maltese authorities as in-hock to the hunters… Jim Butcher is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University… (story)
Herts Advertiser 26.4.14 Chris Packham and St Albans cameraman film mass shooting of birds in Malta - Debbie White - A St Albans wildlife photographer has joined television presenter and naturalist Chris Packham in Malta, where both are campaigning against the annual “massacre” of migratory birds. However Luke Massey’s and Chris’s trip to the island has resulted in heated arguments with police and hunters, and seen one campaigner arrested… (story)
Belfast Telegraph 24.4.14 Maltese hunter had me in his sights during bird massacre, claims Downpatrick activist BY LINDA STEWART - A Downpatrick wildlife supporter has described the shocking moment a gun was trained on him during Malta's annual bird-hunting season. Mark McCormick of the League Against Cruel Sports joined Bill Oddie on the island last week as part of a campaign to ban the hunting of thousands of migrating birds as they stop off each spring…. (story)

York Press 30.4.14 Call for ban on foie gras at York Food Festival - AN ANIMAL charity is calling on organisers of the York Food Festival this summer not to have foie gras on the menu. Viva says the festival in June - just before the Tour De France Grand Depart in Yorkshire - will have a French theme but it should still respect York’s 'foie gras free status.'… (story)

The Sentinel 30.4.14 New party gives animals a voice - A NEW party has been formed to give a voice for animals within the political decision-making system. The Animal Welfare Society is working for a seat in the EU Elections on May 22. It has only one candidate, standing in London,,, PAULINE HODSON Brown Edge (story)

29.4.14

Western Morning News 29.4.14 Baying foxhounds may have to be put down or shot after complaints over howling By Phil Goodwin - A long-established gun-pack of foxhounds could be split up or even shot after complaints about their noisy dawn chorus and night-time baying. The sound of the 35 dogs yelping, barking and howling in unison at dusk and daybreak across the Cornish countryside has proved too much for local residents, who have reported the racket to the council. Shane Hocking, part of the Liskeard Farmers’ Hunt, a syndicate that owns and uses the pack for pest control, said officials have told him they must be silenced and has warned he may have to put them down… (story)
Cornish Guardian 29.4.14 Liskeard foxhounds may have to be shot after noise complaints by neighbours - A huntsman says he may be forced to shoot dead his pack of 35 foxhounds because his neighbours keep complaining - about their baying and barking. Shane Hocking inherited the animals from his father and says they have lived on his family's farmland near Liskeard, Cornwall, for three decades. But in recent years their yelping, barking and baying at dusk and daybreak has attracted complaints from neighbours…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 29.4.14 Pack of dogs may be shot after noise complaint by neighbours - A pack of foxhounds could be split up or even shot after complaints about their howling. The sound of the 35 dogs yelping, barking and howling in unison at dusk and daybreak across South east Cornwall has seen complaints from local residents, who have reported the racket to the council…. (story)

Western Morning News 29.4.14 Stop pandering to hunting bloodlust - The Government should respect the view of the majority of the British public, which is clearly, consistently and overwhelmingly opposed to the brutal bloodsport of hunting, rather than pandering to the bloodlust of their hunting chums… by Penny Little Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)

Information Daily 29.4.14 Will the government's rural mobile blackspot plans be enough? By: Jeremy Bates, Politics and Policy Journalist - With the majority of the UK’s main urban areas receiving 4G mobile coverage, rural UK continues to struggle with a vast number of mobile signal blackspots. .. This initiative has not gone far enough for the Countryside Alliance, however, registering disappointment that the government is no longer planning to bring coverage to 99 per cent of homes, as suggested in 2011… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS 2013 (April coverage)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 29.4.14 Iconic eighties bands The Blow Monkeys, Dr and the Medics and Toyah Willcox to headline Lechlade Music Festival next month By Megan Archer, Reporter - A GROUP of iconic eighties bands have been announced as headliners for next month's Lechlade Music Festival…. Organisers are heading to the House of Lords tomorrow (Wednesday, April 30) to find out if they have secured a national Countryside Alliance Award after making it through to the regional finals last month… (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 26.4.14 Ampney Crucis brothers win Countryside Alliance Award for meat supplier business Eat Wild By Shaun Dix - A PAIR of brothers from Ampney Crucis who have taken the culinary world by storm are getting ready to represent the Cotswolds at a national awards bash this week. Will Thompson, and his brother Calum, have already bagged a regional Countryside Alliance Award for Eat Wild, their dynamic range of locally sourced game and wild meat…. (story)
Sleaford Standard 20.4.14 Village butchers in running to be named best in the UK - A family-run butchers in Navenby has the chance to be crowned the nation’s best after triumphing at the regional level. Odling Bros Ltd, of High Street, will travel to the House of Lords at the end of the month to compete in the final of the Countryside Alliance Awards - also known as ‘the Rural Oscars’…. (story)
Carmarthen Journal 16.4.14 Wee Willy Wonka of West Wales wows the world with wonders - A YOUNG Carmarthenshire chocolate maker, who has his sights on becoming the Willy Wonka of West Wales, has seen his creations rewarded. Liam Burgess, from Llanboidy, launched his chocolate brand Nom Nom in December 2012 and the business seems to be going from strength to strength after winning a prestigious award. The 20-year-old's chocolate business has won the Start-Up Award at the Rural Oscars, which are also known as the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Watford Observer 11.4.14 Sarratt Post office given stamp of approval in village shop competition By Charlotte Ikonen, Reporter - Sarratt Post Office has received the stamp of approval from the Countryside Alliance as it is named the best village shop and post office in the East of England.... (story)
Westmorland Gazette 1.4.14 This little piggy went to market and these little piggies are hand-reared. Farmer's delight at rural 'Oscar' By Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor, Reporter - A CUMBRIAN farm has been named a winner in the North West’s rural answer to the Oscars. Sillfield Farm at Endmoor, was awarded the title of joint local food winner in the annual Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 29.4.14 Hundreds visit the Incredible Vegan Roadshow at Gloucester Guildhall - VEGAN food and animal friendly products were on show at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday. More than 900 visitors sampled a range of delicious food and received advice on changing their diet at the Incredible Vegan Roadshow, organised by charity Viva… (story)

28.4.14

Western Morning News 28.4.14 Country groups set out their demands from candidates fighting EU elections The EU elections are less than a month away. Philip Bowern looks at what some countryside campaigners want to hear from the candidates seeking to become MEPs… Now the Countryside Alliance, the representative body for hunting and shooting interests which also campaigns on wider rural issues, has launched its own EU manifesto calling for specific policy commitments from the new intake of Euro MPs…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation broadly agrees. Christopher Graffius, BASC’s director of communications, said: “Many of the pressures on shooting come from Europe – and are often the result of unintended consequences of regulation on other issues. When such a challenge arises, it must be met head-on…. (story)

Broughty Ferry 28.4.14 Tail-docking consultation welcomed - Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey, has warmly welcomed the Scottish Government’s consultation on the issue of tail docking. In a parliamentary question, Mr Dey asked the Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, for confirmation of the approach being taken and sought to secure a commitment that considered, evidence-based views from the gamekeeping sector were being sought. In reply, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed key organisations were being encouraged to comment on the findings of a paper from Glasgow University… (story)

Evening News 28.4.14 Photo gallery: Thousands attend game and country fair at Norfolk Showground - David Bale - Thousands of people flocked to the East Anglian Game and Country Fair at the Norfolk Showground on the weekend…. (story)
Eastern Daily Press 26.4.14 Photo gallery: Thousands visit the East Anglian Game and Country Fair at the Norfolk Showground - Thousands of people are flocking to the East Anglian Game and Country Fair this weekend for its 11th anniversary and what organisers hope will be the biggest yet… (story)

Guardian 28.4.14 This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats' paradise - We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled - George Monbiot - So now you might have to buy your own crutches, but you'll get your shotgun subsidised by the state. A few days after it was revealed that an NHS group is considering charging patients for the crutches, walking sticks and neck braces it issues, we discovered that David Cameron has intervened to keep the cost of gun licences frozen at £50: a price that hasn't changed since 2001…. (story)

Sentinel 28.4.14 Potteries TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster protests against Air France's decision to transport monkeys for experiments - POTTERIES TV presenter and animal rights campaigner Wendy Turner-Webster has taken part in a protest against Air France. Norton-born Wendy took part in a week action for National Anti-Vivisection Society's 35th Lab Animal Week – the protest was aimed at stopping Air France's shipments of monkeys who are used for animal testing…. (story)

BELFAST ANIMAL RIGHTS RALLY
Belfast Telegraph 28.4.14 No more slaps on the wrist for animal cruelty, rally demands BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON - Animal lovers from across Northern Ireland have sent out a strong message to abusers – cruelty will not be tolerated. More than 1,000 people along with their pets took over the front of Belfast City Hall yesterday for a rally organised in response to rising concerns about cases of cruelty…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.4.14 Hundreds attend animal rights rally in Belfast city centre - Hundreds of people have been taking part in a public rally in Belfast city centre to protest against animal cruelty… (story)
UTV 27.4.14 Crowds protest against animal cruelty - Over a thousand people attended a rally in Belfast to protest against animal cruelty and to call for tougher, more deterrent sentences in animal abuse crimes… Janice Watt from the League Against Cruel Sports is also chair of Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary. She added: "The large turnout has been a pleasant surprise, but not altogether unexpected…. (story)
Belfast Telegraph 27.4.14 Hundreds attend animal rights rally: Public protest in Belfast city centre against animal cruelty - Hundreds of people have descended on Belfast city centre for a public rally against animal cruelty…. A new support group – Northern Ireland Says No To Animal Cruelty – is demanding a dedicated PSNI unit to tackle crimes against animals…. (story)

Scotsman 28.4.14 Panda breeding - Although Chris West, the chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, admits that money is part of Edinburgh Zoo’s motivation for trying to breed the pandas, he mustn’t be allowed to try to justify the archaic practice of incarcerating intelligent and sensitive animals for public amusement while pretending he’s doing something entirely different… Ben Williamson People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals London (letter)

26.4.14

Sheffield Telegraph 26.4.14 Clay shooting day to raise charity cash - Big shots will gather at a country estate for a charity clay shooting day. The Earl and Countess of Burlington will host the thirteenth annual Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot, at Chatsworth on Saturday, May 24. The event will see 40 teams of shooting enthusiasts test their ability on six simulated drives, raising money for Cavendish Cancer Care, The Children’s Hospital, Arthritis Care and The Devonshire Educational Trust. A contribution will also be made to the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Sheffield Star 10.4.14 Teams shoot for £2 million target - Forty teams of shooting enthusiasts will take aim at cancer next month in a charity clay pigeon event in North Derbyshire. The 13th annual Derbyshire charity clay shoot will take place at Chatsworth on Saturday, May 24, in an effort to raise £2million for charity…. They are Sheffield’s Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Arthritis Care and The Devonshire Educational Trust. There will also be a donation to the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Western Morning News 26.4.14 Tory women seek end to 'futile' badger culls - Two Tory animal rights groups have joined forces to condemn the Government’s plans to continue with the pilot badger culls despite findings by the Independent Expert Panel that said many animals took more than five minutes to die… Now Suzy Gale, chairman of Conservative Animal Welfare, and Lorraine Platt founder of Blue Badger have condemned the decision to continue with the failed trials… (story)

Buxton Advertiser 26.4.14 High Peak volunteers’ vigil to save badgers - At an undisclosed location in the southern edge of the High Peak of Derbyshire, a nurse is conducting a week’s vigil to save the county’s badgers from potentially culling. Debbie Bailey will be camping out on a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust site as volunteers install traps and then vaccinate those animals captured, with a serum to halt the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)

Nottingham Post 26.4.14 Animal rights activists march through Old Market Square By Lucy Budge - ANIMAL rights activists came together to march through the city centre. The event started in Old Market Square at midday on Saturday. The Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC), Nottingham Animal Rights and Save The Harlan Beagles joined forces in aid of the World Day for Animals in Laboratories celebration, which marked its 35th year…. (story)
Nottingham Post 21.4.14 Animal rights march through city centre - ANIMAL rights campaigners are holding a march and rally in Nottingham to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories. The event is part of the 35th National Anti-Vivisection Society's annual Lab Animal Week… (story)

Argus 26.4.14 Humans are superior? Superior to what? - George Adams (Letters, April 19) is wrong to say we are “superior” to animals. After all we, ourselves, are just animals…. Emma Richards, Halland Road, Brighton
George Adams says that we are the superior species. Has he seen the papers recently?... Joan Archer, Rusper Road South, Tarring (letter)

Halesowen 26.4.14 Kidderminster collection raises £234 for animal protection charity - WYRE Forest Vegans and Veggies raised more than £200 in a Kidderminster town centre collection for a national animal protection group Animal Aid. Communications Officer Ronald Lee said: "We are delighted with the very generous response of people in Kidderminster, who donated a total of £234.94… (story)

25.4.14

Western Morning News 25.4.14 MEPs could not even be bothered to vote - Your edition of April 14 has moved me to write on a few issues… Master and Huntsman George should sue LACS for mental stress and persecution and its vigilantes sued for trespass. I dare the RSPCA to use its next £31 million spent in prosecutions, not forgetting the parallel bills to us taxpayers, in ending the cruel practice of slaughter of animals for meat without pre-stunning. The title “Royal” should be transferred to the NSPCC…. by Edmund Shillabeer Plymouth (letter)

Hull Daily Mail 25.4.14 Hull court fines poachers for hunting with dogs - FOUR poachers have been fined for illegally hunting with dogs. Michael Johnson, 47, Paul Thompson, 36, Anthony Broadbent, 24, and 18-year-old Samuel Harrison, all admitted a joint charge of illegally hunting a wild mammal with dogs when they appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court on Thursday… Thompson, was fined £400 and must pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 costs. Broadbent, of Atherton Terrace, Bishop Auckland, was fined £300 and must pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.Harrison, of Clifford House Yard, Skipton, was fined £150 and must pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs. Johnson, of The Centre, Evenwood, Bishop Auckland, was fined £110 and must pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs. (story)

Western Daily Press 25.4.14 Badger culls throw lifeline to hedgehogs By Janet Hughes - Hedgehog numbers more than double in some areas where there has been a badger cull, claims a report by West-based scientists. Researchers carried out a ten-year study to find out if the number of hedgehogs increased when one of their main predators was removed. They concluded that the badger cull had a "significant effect" and hedgehog numbers actually went up by twice as much as in areas where no cull was carried out… (story)

Shropshire Star 25.4.14 Pesticides a threat and not the badger - I think Ron Jones needs to know (Dangers of the Badger, Star, April 21) bees and wasps are mainly being wiped out by pesticides and insecticides… I find it insulting to state that people only want to protect badgers because they are cute and cuddly…. Lorraine Parker Much Wenlock (letter)

Western Morning News 25.4.14 Frustration should be directed at EU - Re: article headlined “Trying to take the politics out of an emotion-charged rural crisis”… The National Farmers’ Union is doing everyone a great disservice by fixating on badgers instead. by G E Purser Cheltenham (letter)

Eastbourne Herald 25.4.14 Animal welfare group joins school pig row - An animal welfare organisation has entered the row over the fate of a pet pig that was sent to slaughter by West Rise Junior School. Peta (People for the ethical treatment of animals) has argued that children deserved to have seen the meat processing system in its entirety, after reading the Herald’s coverage of the demise of Marmite the piglet… Associate director of Peta, Mimi Bekhechi, felt children should be shown conditions in a slaughter house in light of this case… (story)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 25.4.14 Protesters' 'direct action' call over animal exports By Tom Barnes - ANIMAL rights protesters have called for "direct action" after live animal exports resumed from the Port of Ramsgate…. Protester and Green Party councillor Ian Driver said: "We need to reach out more, we need more than 100 there instead of 40 or 50 like the last protest. It is difficult because we don't get much notice… (story)

24.4.14

Western Morning News 24.4.14 WMN opinion: Folly to underestimate the passion of country sports - Hunting and shooting fall into an unusual category when it comes to politics. The majority barely think about them from one year to the next. For a significant minority, however, they are of overwhelming importance…. For a small proportion of society – pro and anti – it is the single biggest issue on their radar. As farmer and Tory MP Neil Parish tells today’s Western Morning News, the fact that the Conservatives dangled the carrot of a repeal before rural voters before the last election and then were unwilling – or unable because of coalition partners – to follow through still rankles… (story)
Western Morning News 23.4.14 Tories demand hunting ban overhaul pledge in manifesto By GDemianyk - Tory backbench MPs are plotting for an overhaul of the fox hunting ban to be included in the party’s election manifesto to shore up flagging rural support. The Western Morning News has learned fresh research has been commissioned to aid their cause to change the law to let farmers tackle a surge in fox attacks on lambs…. (story)

Western Morning News 24.4.14 Five TB cases a year hardly an epidemic - I read with interest Elizabeth Hawken’s letter (“Urban masses unaware of grave risk posed by bovine TB”, WMN Letters, April 16)…. No distinction is made in her letter between human TB (caused by mostly Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and animal TB (caused by a variety of strains including Mycobacterium bovis)…. by Liz Mullineaux BVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS Consultant vet to Secret World, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.4.14 Blaming the badgers is passing the buck - I write in response to Graeme Demianyk's article on bovine TB (Western Daily Press April 21) in which he quotes Martin Howlett, regional board chairman and beef farmer from east Cornwall…. Can all farmers who have had reactors honestly say they have scrubbed, disinfected and generally washed all surfaces to which the infected cattle have had access to before allowing clean stock in the same building? I very much doubt it because it's not always practical and a lot of hard work – it's much easier to pass the buck… Colin Fountain Dorchester, Dorset (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 24.4.14 Back humane charity - I AM writing to ask your readers to please support the collection in Swindon town centre on Saturday April 26 for the Humane Research Trust. The trust is a registered charity encouraging and supporting new medical research which does not include the use of animals… Mrs M Harrison, Swindon Animal Concern, Swindon (letter)

Boston Standard 24.4.14 Animal charity raises fears of ‘secret dog fighting club’ by Gemma Gadd - Concerns over possible dog-fighting gangs secretly operating in the Boston and South Holland area have been raised by an animal charity. The Lincolnshire charity, which did not want to be named, contacted The Standard with their concerns after taking in a dog which had been used in dog-fighting…. A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports told The Standard: “It’s a problem up and down the country and it’s on the increase…. (story)

23.4.14

LORD KIMBALL
Rutland Times 23.4.14 Memorial for Cottesmore Hunt president Lord Kimball - A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Thursday) for Lord Kimball, the president of the Cottesmore Hunt, who died last month. Lord Kimball, formerly Sir Marcus Kimball MP, died on March 26 aged 85. The service celebrating his life will be held at Oakham Parish Church at 2.30pm… (story)
Independent 7.4.14 Lord Kimball: Farmer, MP and the last of the 'Knights of the Shires' - It is 59 years since Marcus Kimball was elected to the House of Commons; Anthony Eden was his first prime minister…. Kimball was one of the last of an almost extinct species, the Knight of the Shire. This is not to be derogatory: as the docker and Labour's chief whip Bob Mellish put it in his Bermondsey lingo, "Give us a bleeding Knight of the Shire any day rather than bleeding city-slickers on the make!"… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 6.4.14 Former Gainsborough MP Marcus Kimball has died - Lord Kimball who was the Conservative MP for Gainsborough has died at the age of 85. He was a keen supporter of fox hunting, serving as an MP between 1956 and 1983…. (story)
Horse & Hound 6.4.14 Hunting world mourns loss of top supporter - Lord Kimball, formerly Sir Marcus Kimball MP, a leading figure in the defence of field sports, died on 27 March aged 85. He was chairman of the British Field Sports Society from 1966-82 and president from 1995-99, before becoming deputy president of its successor, the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Telegraph 28.3.14 Lord Kimball – obituary - Lord Kimball was a Conservative MP who made it his mission to champion country life and fly the flag for foxhunting… (story)

Western Daily Press 23.4.14 Conservatives drop manifesto pledge for vote on Hunting Act reform - The Government has abandoned plans to hold a vote on repealing the controversial hunting ban before the next election… (story)
Spectator 22.4.14 Why David Cameron has ditched a free vote on hunting - Isabel Hardman - David Cameron has, according to this morning’s Times, U-turned on his Coalition Agreement promise to hold a free vote in the House of Commons on repealing the Hunting Act. This wasn’t a great surprise… The reason is that the pro-hunting lobby know they will lose the free vote if it is held before 2015… They would rather strike when the time is right, rather than push the Prime Minister into holding the vote soon… (story)
Mail 22.4.14 Senior Conservatives abandon pledge to hold vote on controversial hunting ban before general election By SAM CREIGHTON - The government has abandoned plans to hold a vote on repealing the controversial hunting ban before the next election. Despite the coalition agreement pledging that MPs would be allowed a free vote on the highly-strung issue, senior Conservatives have decided there is no point holding a vote before the election as most MPs support the status quo…. (story)

Spectator 23.4.14 Why all the fuss about hunting? After all, it’s not a vote-loser - Camilla Swift - The last couple of months have seen a huge amount of to-and-froing over the hunting ban from David Cameron…. what’s more confusing is why Cameron even considers hunting to be an issue…. An ORB poll earlier this year showed that for the majority of people – whether they lived in an urban or a rural environment – the hunting issue wouldn’t affect their likelihood of voting Tory. And a couple of weeks ago, the ‘online campaigning community’ 38 Degrees, which Fraser has previously described as a ‘leftist pressure group’, decided not to campaign against hunting because a ‘large number’ of their members were against the idea. As an electoral issue, hunting is largely irrelevant…. (story)

Western Morning News 23.4.14 Minister blasts 'unfair' gun licence 'taxpayer subsidy' By GDemianyk - Britain’s leading country sports group has condemned the “inefficient” gun licencing regime after the minister in charge said shooting enthusiasts are not paying a “fair amount”. Home Office Minister Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, has said it is “difficult to justify” freezing the cost of a five-year shotgun certificate. It has remained unchanged at £50 since 2001…. (story)
Guardian 23.4.14 David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto - Lib Dem minister says PM's refusal to end 13-year freeze on firearms fees means taxpayers are subsidising gun owners - Rajeev Syal - An internal coalition battle over a taxpayer subsidy for cheap gun licences spilled into the open on Tuesday when a Liberal Democrat Home Office minister said that he will attempt to force through reforms despite being blocked by the prime minister, David Cameron. Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences… (story)

Leicester Mercury 23.4.14 Twycross Zoo protesters make peaceful point - Animal rights campaigners staged a peaceful demonstration outside Twycross Zoo. The protesters held up banners and handed out leaflets to members of the public during the three-hour protest on Saturday. One of the organisers, Kerry Sedgewick, of Leicester Animal Rights, said: "We believe there is no room in today's society for zoos… (story)

Argus 23.4.14 Look at our world and it is obvious humans are not the superior species - George Adams is right in his logic that meat eaters shouldn’t make distinctions about which animals they eat (Letters, April 14)… Where do all you Easter lamb eaters think that leg came from?... Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove
In response to George Adams, we should care about animal slaughter…. Until we recognise this and respond accordingly, we can never claim to be the superior species. David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks
As the intelligent species on this fragile planet we should see ourselves as guardians…. Damon Libby, Vernon Terrace, Hove (letters)

Redditch Standard 23.4.14 Go meat free for St George By Ian Dipple - A WINYATES woman has held a semi-naked protest outside the Tower of London to encourage people to go meat free. Loretta Hope had her body painted to look like a Yeoman Warders' - or Beefeater's - uniform before standing outside the tourist attraction with a sign reading 'Beefeaters: No! Vegans: Yes, Please!'. The stunt, organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), took place on Tuesday (April 22)… (story)

22.4.14

Oxford Mail 22.4.14 Point-to-point race is a childhood dream come true for Sophie - SOPHIE Gordon fulfilled her childhood dream of racing a pony at the Charles Stanley Old Berks Hunt Point-to-Point meeting yesterday. The 14-year-old from Appleton raced Midnight Spartacus and finished fifth in the 1.4km race, also taking home a prize for the best turned out competitor… She goes out regularly on the Old Berkshire Hunt which dates back to 1830. Hunts have been held in the Vale of White Horse since 1760… (story)

Western Morning News 22.4.14 Labour still out to get own back on Tories - A belated response to an excellent article in the WMN of February 21 that asked important questions about motivations of hunt “antis”…. A prominent Labour MP said publicly, as Labour activists have said to this writer, that the anti-hunting legislation was all about getting their own back on the snobs for the position taken by Government and supporters during the miners’ strike… by Tom Jones Plymouth (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ON RURAL CHURCH USE
Western Daily Press 22.4.14 The Countryside Alliance warns rural churches are in danger of fading away By Lyn Barton - An impassioned plea has been issued to put churches at the centre of rural communities to save them from becoming irrelevant in modern society. The Countryside Alliance has warned churches are in danger of fading from the lives of rural communities unless they become the thriving hubs they once were… (story)
North Devon Journal 22.4.14 Countryside Alliance calls for churches to return to the hub of North Devon's rural communities - A CALL has been issued to put churched back at the centre of rural communities in order to prevent them from becoming irrelevant in modern day society. The Countryside Alliance has warned churches are in danger of fading away unless they become the thriving hubs they once were… (story)
Western Morning News 22.4.14 Countryside Alliance: 'Time to make churches hub of village again' - An impassioned plea has been issued to put churches at the heart of rural communities to save them from becoming modern day irrelevancies. The Countryside Alliance has warned churches are in danger of fading away unless they become the thriving hubs they once were… (story)
Western Morning News 22.4.14 WMN opinion: Resurrecting community spirit key in countryside - So hands up, who went to church on Easter Sunday? More of us than one might think? But who will be there next Sunday, or on any other day before Christmas comes again?... Countryside Alliance executive chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner suggests multiple denomination use and encourages villages to do what they can to make sure the buildings are used – including considering using them for community facilities such as the local shop… (story)
Telegraph 20.4.14 Village churches need their own resurrection - These great buildings must once more be the thriving centres of our rural communities By Barney White-Spunner - You may have gone to church yesterday. Perhaps you are one of the few who go every Sunday, or maybe you restrict your attendance to the great celebrations of Christmas and Easter…. There are two things we can do to arrest this decline. First, we can encourage all faiths to worship in the same building. Why do other denominations, such as Roman Catholics (like myself), not share the churches that in many cases they originally built?... (story)

Oxford Mail 22.4.14 New group for Witney's vegans and vegetarians - A new group for vegans and vegetarians is to open in Witney. Meet and Veg will encourage members to pass on meat-free recipes and discuss how to cope with the diets…. Member Jen Marks said there had been a “sea change in public attitudes” since the Vegan Society was set up 70 years ago to promote the philosophy of “non-dairy vegetarians”…. (story)
Oxford Mail 21.4.14 Veganism is not a fringe philosophy - THERE is a new social group in Witney for vegans, vegetarians and those thinking about it… The Vegan Society celebrates its anniversary this November and, 70 years on, there is a sea change in public attitudes taking place. ‘Meet & Vega’ aims to build on this momentum and encourage people to wake up to the harm done by consuming animal products… Jen Marks, Foxburrow Lane, Hailey (letter)

Northern Echo 22.4.14 Pandas - THE artificial insemination procedures inflicted once again on Tian Tian and Yang Guang by their jailers at Edinburgh Zoo are both invasive and stressful for these much-manipulated animals. And all for what? Even if these procedures are successful, any panda cubs born as a result will be doomed to spend their entire lives in captivity… Hannah Levitt, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (letter)

21.4.14

Irish Examiner 21.4.14 We all need to be humane towards animals - Local election candidates are setting out their views to voters. The well-rehearsed issues are trotted out, but animal welfare is never mentioned… We need better animal-welfare legislation. I appeal to readers to raise the issue of animal welfare with local election candidates…. John Tierney Campaigns Director Association of Hunt Saboteurs Dublin 1 (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.4.14 And is the next step killing all the cows? - After reading the Western Daily Press on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, I ask the question: Are these people real? First we have the sailor's wife, the Queen's daughter, Princess "Anne get your gun" saying she wants to fatten her horses, or anyone else's, to eat and now she wants to gas badgers. I wonder if she wants to eat these as well. It surprises me as she is a city girl who moved to the countryside when mummy bought her a farm… M J Haines, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

19.4.14

Western Gazette 19.4.14 Help to preserve Britain’s hares - THE 1892 Hares Preservation Act, still current and endorsed by Defra, effectively bans the sale of British hare meat by game dealers, butchers and restaurants from March to July…. We work with relevant authorities to enforce this legislation and ask the public to please advise us, in strict confidence, of any observed breaches by letting us know the name and address, including county, of the offending business by email… John Rimington, technical liaison officer, Hare Preservation Trust (letter)

Western Telegraph 19.4.14 Spotlight on blood sport - IN Bill Carne’s ‘Spotlight’ interview with Simon Hart MP (Western Telegraph Sport) he mentions Mr Hart’s sporting links with Pembrokeshire but fails to mention the MP was, for ten years, the Master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt (a blood sport) and then went on to become the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, which boosts that it is “The voice of Hunting”…. DAVID PETERSEN Chairman of West Wales Animal Aid (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.4.14 Shooters blast Natural England's 'ludicrous' shooing off policy - Farmers and shooters have described as 'ludicrous' a proposal to make them show that they had tried to 'shoo off' pigeons and other bird pests before they are shot. Natural England has launched a consultation on plans to rewrite the general and class gun licences, and want to include a 'shoo, don't shoot' proposal for farmers shooting birds that are eating their crops…. "Shooting, both to scare and reduce numbers, is both proper and necessary," said Barney White-Spunner, the Dorset-based executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance… (letter)

BBC News Online 19.4.14 Bird of prey deaths: Local farmers 'have nothing to hide' - A farmer whose properties were raided by police investigating the deaths of 20 birds of prey has called for more resources to be directed at the investigation. Several of the dead birds were found in the vicinity of Ewan Macdonald's land at Conon Bridge in Ross-shire. But in an interview with BBC Scotland, Mr Macdonald said he and the local farming community had nothing to hide…. (story)

Worcester News 19.4.14 Appalling racing industry needs to be done away with -Sir - Darren Morris ("Call for racing ban is completely incorrect", April 7th) states that according to statistics provided by the British Horseracing Authority "jump racing accounts for just over four fatalities in every thousand runners". However, those statistics actually add up to hundreds of horses being killed on racecourses every year, a situation that surely cannot be justified in a so-called civilised society… Peter Talbot Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 5.4.14 Call for racing ban is completely incorrect - - Every year about the time of the Grand National & Cheltenham we get the usual call for the ban of horseracing. This year it is the turn of Ronald Lee… DARREN MORRIS, DROITWICH (story)

Gloucester Citizen 19.4.14 Hundreds rally in Gloucester for anti-badger cull protest By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter - HUNDREDS of badger cull protesters from around the UK have rallied in Gloucester Park to warn that their campaign this year will be ‘bigger and bolder’… Jeanne Berry, founder of Gloucestershire Against Badgers, said: “Our message is loud and clear – we are going to be bigger and bolder and we are going to have a clear strategy… Dominic Dyer, from Care for the Wild, was one of several speakers at the event which attracted up to 300 people…. Sam Swift, who is originally from Gloucester but now lives in West Wales, donned a giant badger outfit for the protest…. (story)
BBC News Online 19.4.14 Hundreds march in Gloucester against badger cull - Hundreds of people have been protesting against badger culling in Gloucestershire. About 500 people joined the Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting demonstration in Gloucester city centre…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 14.4.14 Badger cull protest to take place in Gloucestershire this weekend By Michael_Yong - Hundreds of people are set to flock to Gloucestershire this Saturday to protest against the badger cull in the county. Organised by campaign group Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) the event will welcome speakers from various groups around the country… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 24.3.14 Team Badger to meet in Gloucester Park in bid to stop the badger cull By EchoLauraC - BADGER cull protesters are continuing their rallies, while the government makes a decision on whether to roll out the controversial measure. Team Badger in Gloucester is hosting a meeting at Gloucester Park’s bandstand on Saturday, April 19 at noon…. (story)

Western Gazette 19.4.14 Badger cull is MP’s hot potato - ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson’s climbdown over rolling out the badger culls across most of the country is little more than a face-saving measure by the Government… Farmers, deceived into believing killing badgers was the only solution to the problem of TB in cattle will understandably feel let down by the Government and by the National Farmers’ Union, who peddled bogus science and false statistics in their attempts to justify this ill-conceived policy… Andy Hamilton, High Street, West Coker. (letter)

Western Gazette 19.4.14 False analogy hurts your case - PEOPLE are free to abstain from drinking milk and eating meat, and free to try to persuade others to do likewise. But they should refrain from using false analogies. Veronika Powell of Viva (Western Gazette Letters, March 27) compared taking a calf away from a cow to a human mother losing her child. As a former dairy farmer I can assure your readers that this is a gross exaggeration… Geoff Chapman, West Camel.(letter)
Western Gazette 29.3.14 Spare a thought for plight of cows - WITH Mother’s Day (March 30) fast approaching, thoughts rightly turn to all those hard-working mums. But the hardest working mums of all not only get forgotten, they have their newborns stolen from them just a day after birth. Let’s spare a thought for Britain’s hardest working mother – the dairy cow… Veronika Powell, Viva! campaigner, Wilder Street, Bristol. (letter)

18.4.14

Swindon Advertiser 18.4.14 Not so Grand race - ANYONE who has knowledge of equines and cares for their welfare would not support such events as the so-called Grand National…. David Thomas, Hisomley, near Westbury (letter)

Western Morning News 18.4.14 It is not only badgers roam on farms - Referring to calves in a pen being infected with TB Michael Ashton remarks (“Folly to suggest cattle are to blame for TB”, WMN letters, April 7) “undoubtedly a badger managed to urinate on the calves’ feed”. Did he see the recent BBC One nature film of a mumuration of starlings that regularly descend upon a byre full of cows at feeding time… There are a range of problems, with a range of possible causes. And don’t tell me that only badgers roam around on farms. by Mrs M Doig Polperro (letter)

Kent & Sussex Courier 18.4.14 Vaccination, not a cull, is way forward - Valerie Russell, from Tonbridge, volunteers at Folly Wildlife Rescue in Tunbridge Wells and is opposed to the badger cull: Great Britain has a long standing record of persecution against badgers… (story)

17.4.14

Western Morning News 17.4.14 Shooting group overcomes EU attempt to ban use of live decoy birds to trap magpies - A motion which could have seen a European ban on the use of decoy birds in live-catch traps, such as the Larsen trap commonly used for magpies, has been defeated in the European parliament…. BASC and other organisations, working with the European representative body FACE (Federation of European Hunting Organisations), lobbied MEPs to vote against the amendment, tabled by an MEP representing the Green Party. The amendment was defeated by 468 votes to 164…. (story)

Western Daily Press 17.4.14 Theorists should look to world of physics - Is it possible for two contradictory statements to both be true? Yes, if claims made by a group supporting the badger culls are anything to go by!... Maybe then those of us who oppose the culling of badgers will understand the riddle of badger populations rising and falling within the same time-space continuum. Andy Hamilton, West Coker, Somerset (story)

HLS TRIAL (Debbie Vincent)
BBC News Online 17.4.14 Animal rights activist Debbie Vincent jailed for blackmail plot - A woman convicted of being part of a blackmail plot against customers of an animal testing company has been jailed for six years. Debbie Vincent, of Bristol, conspired with members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) to target Cambridgeshire firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. Vincent used to live in Pampisford Road, Croydon, south London, but now lives in St Marks Road, Easton…. (story)
Guardian 17.4.14 Animal rights activist jailed for six years for Huntington Life Sciences plot - Debbie Vincent found guilty of involvement in European-wide campaign to terrorise animal testing firm and its suppliers - Press Association - A former soldier has been jailed for six years for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail an animal testing company through a campaign of terror involving improvised explosive devices and the desecration of graves. Debbie Vincent was found guilty last month at Winchester crown court of being part of a European-wide plot by the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)… The judge also imposed a five-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) on Vincent to begin on her release from prison…. (story)
Croydon Guardian 17.4.14 Animal rights activist Debbie Vincent jailed for six years after blackmail campaign involving bombs, paedophile smears and 'HIV-infected' tampons By Chris Baynes (story)
Independent 17.4.14 Last leader of violent animal rights group jailed for six years - Debbie Vincent was part of group that falsely accused Huntingdon Life Sciences workers of being paedophiles, posted sanitary towels claimed to be infected with AIDS, and desecrated the grave of the mother of a pharmaceutical company director - PAUL PEACHEY (story)
Telegraph 17.4.14 Debbie Vincent: Former soldier turned animal rights extremist jailed for six years - A woman who helped organise a campaign of blackmail based on the harassment and intimidation of medical researchers has been sentenced to six years in prison By Patrick Sawer (story)
Mail 17.4.14 Former soldier who became animal rights commander is jailed for six years over campaign of terror against animal testing company (story)
Cambridge News 17.4.14 Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmailer Debbie Vincent jailed for six years Written by BEN MITCHELL (story)
Croydon Advertiser 17.4.14 Activist Debbie Vincent jailed for six years (story)
Southern Daily Echo 17.4.14 Animal rights activist convicted of blackmail at Winchester Crown Court (story)
Guardian 16.4.14 Undercover policeman poses as corporate security manager to convict animal rights activist - Conviction of activist Debbie Vincent sheds light on undercover tactics - Tomorrow, an animal rights activist is due to sentenced for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail the commercial testing firm, Huntingdon Life Sciences… Her trial however has also shone a spotlight on how police used a particular undercover tactic to convict her…. (story)
Guardian 28.3.14 Animal rights campaigner convicted of Huntingdon Life Sciences conspiracy - Debbie Vincent says she has been made a scapegoat and criticises the Metropolitan police's use of an undercover officer - Steven Morris - An animal rights campaigner convicted of taking part in a conspiracy to blackmail the research company Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) told the Guardian she is a "scapegoat" targeted because detectives cannot catch the "real culprits" who have terrorised the company and its suppliers… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 23.3.14 The boy who grew up to become a woman of terror - Debbie Vincent, one of Britain's leading animal rights extremists, has been found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail. But who exactly is Miss Vincent? Here we reveal her intriguing, and at times disturbing story By Patrick Sawer - (story)
Plymouth Herald 23.3.14 Campaign of terror against animal testing began in Plymouth - A former British soldier who spent 10 years involved in the threatening and attacking of European animal testing labs began her reign of terror in Plymouth, it has been revealed. Debbie Vincent, 52, was the public face of an organisation responsible for for a relentless campaign designed to bring down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridgeshire. Vincent, of Easton, Bristol, was this week convicted of conspiracy to commit blackmail between November 2001 and August 2011, for which the maximum penalty is 14 years in jail. She will be sentenced on April 17… (story)
Mirror 17.3.14 Sex change former soldier organised decade of ''chilling'' attacks on animal testing lab By Jonathan Symcox - Debbie Vincent's campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences included the use of home-made explosives and sanitary towels said to be infected with AIDS - A former British soldier has been unmasked as the mastermind behind a chilling campaign of intimidation against Europe's largest animal testing laboratory in Cambridgeshire…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 19.3.14 Croydon animal rights activist was part of group which made up paedophile allegations and 'sent Aids in the post' - AN ACTIVIST faces jail for her involvement in a sustained hate campaign against a company which uses animal testing - which included sending Aids-contaminated items to its targets. Debbie Vincent, formerly of Pampisford Road, Purley, was said by police to have gone beyond the boundaries of “lawful campaigning” She was found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail yesterday (Tuesday) and will be sentenced on April 17… (story)
Bristol Post 19.3.14 Bristol animal rights activist convicted of blackmail conspiracy - AN ANIMAL activist from Easton has been convicted of conspiring to blackmail. Debbie Vincent, 52, of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of conspiring to blackmail customers and suppliers of Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
Croydon Guardian 19.3.14 Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty activist from Croydon Debbie Vincent faces jail for role in animal rights group that sent explosives, paedophile smears and 'HIV-infected' tampons to companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences By Chris Baynes, Reporter - An animal rights activist from Croydon is facing jail for her role in a campaign group that targeted a research company with explosive devices, bomb threats, false paedophile accusations and sanitary towels allegedly infected with HIV. Debbie Vincent, of Pampisford Road, Purley, was yesterday convicted of conspiracy to blackmail businesses the group suspected had involvement with controversial Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. (story)
Mail 19.3.14 Sex-change soldier who became an animal rights terror commander: Activist spent a decade masterminding attacks on supplies to animal testing lab By CHRIS GREENWOOD, CRIME REPORTER - A former British soldier was unmasked yesterday as one of Europe’s most dangerous animal rights fanatics. Debbie Vincent, 52, spent a decade masterminding attacks on suppliers of the continent’s largest animal testing laboratory…. Vincent, who became a militant animal rights extremist following a sex change, was told she faces a long jail term after she was convicted of conspiracy to blackmail…. Vincent joined the Army aged 16 in a bid to escape her ‘Victorian family’ and was posted to Germany. But she left two-and-a-half years later after military police found women’s clothes among her belongings and exposed her cross-dressing. The activist, who was born Peter Vincent Rogers, broke down in court as she told the jury how she had wanted to be a girl from the age of seven, but married a woman and had a son before undergoing a sex change…. (story)
Cambridge News 19.3.14 A grave desecrated and bomb threats made amid a 'climate of fear' - now animal rights activist Debbie Vincent is convicted of 'menacing' conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences Written by RAYMOND BROWN - An animal rights activist has been found guilty of being involved in a “menacing” conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences (HSL) over a decade. Debbie Vincent, 52, was convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of being involved in the conspiracy run by the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) against the major animal testing company based at Alconbury…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 18.3.14 Animal rights activist convicted of blackmail at Winchester Crown Court - AN animal rights activist has been convicted of conspiring to blackmail customers and suppliers of an animal research company. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) activist, Debbie Vincent, 52, was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court…. (story)
BBC News Online 18.3.14 Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty campaigner in blackmail plot - A woman has been found guilty of being part of a blackmail plot against customers of an animal testing company. Debbie Vincent, of Croydon, conspired with members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) to target Cambridgeshire firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. (story)
Telegraph 25.2.14 Activist 'blackmailed animal lab clients’ - Debbie Vincent helped create “climate of fear” at animal testing company by taking part in blackmail campaign, court told … Debbie Vincent, 52, is accused of conspiring to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences over a 10-year period with members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group… Mr Bowes told Winchester Crown Court that the aim was to put HLS out of business through cutting off its suppliers by creating a “climate of fear’’…. (story)
Herald 25.2.14 Woman on blackmail charge - A 52-year-old woman has gone on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of being a "trusted" member of an extremist animal rights group that carried out an illegal blackmail campaign against a major animal testing company. Debbie Vincent is accused of conspiring to blackmail with members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) during a 10-year period….(story)
Cambridge News 25.2.14 Debbie Vincent on trial over alleged Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmail campaign Written by BEN MITCHELL - A 52-year-old woman has gone on trial accused of being a “trusted” member of an extremist animal rights group which carried out an illegal blackmail campaign against a major animal testing company. Debbie Vincent is accused of conspiring to blackmail with members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group against Alconbury-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) during a 10-year period…. (story)
Guardian 24.2.14 Woman charged with conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences - Debbie Vincent, 52, goes on trial accused of being trusted member of Shac group, which targeted animal-testing company - Press Association - A woman has gone on trial accused of being a "trusted" member of an extremist animal rights group that carried out a blackmail campaign against a major animal-testing company. Debbie Vincent, 52, along with members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group, is accused of conspiring to blackmail the Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) over a 10-year period… a target=main href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/woman-charged-blackmail-huntingdon-life-sciences-animal-testing">(story)
BBC News Online 24.2.14 HLS animal rights blackmail: Woman denies Shac plot - A woman has gone on trial accused of being part of a blackmail plot against customers of an animal testing company. Debbie Vincent, of Croydon, is accused of conspiring with members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) to target Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. The court heard that Ms Vincent, 52, of Pampisford Road, was a "trusted" member of Shac and an "insider" who worked along the masterminds of the campaign, Greg and Natasha Avery, in Little Moorcote, near Hook…. Swiss-born Sven van Hasselt and British woman Natasha Simpkins, who was born in Germany, were arrested in the Netherlands and are still awaiting extradition to the UK to face the same charge… (story)
Croydon Guardian 13.7.12 Woman charged over alleged animal rights extremism - A SOUTH Croydon woman has been charged in connection with an alleged animal rights extremism group. Debbie Vincent, 50 and of Pampisford Road, was charged with conspiracy to commit blackmail on Saturday…. (story)
Croydon Guardian 8.7.12 Purley woman arrested in connection with animal rights extremism charged By Hannah Williamson - A woman arrested in connection with an alleged blackmail linked to animal rights extremism has been charged. Debbie Vincent of Pampisford Road, Purley, was charged with conspiracy to commit blackmail. The 50-year-old has been bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on August 15… (story)
Independent 7.7.12 Three held over animal rights blackmail plot - PAUL PEACHEY - Three people were arrested yesterday in Britain and the Netherlands over an investigation into an international blackmail plot by animal rights activists linked to arson attacks…. Researchers warned that extremist tactics based on the UK model were being exported to Europe after a series of arson attacks on biomedical research centres in Holland, Belgium and Spain in 2008. Activists moved to Europe to escape strict British law enforcement, said researchers… Scotland Yard said that the operation was its most significant against animal rights extremists for some time and had investigated a number of criminal activities including arson (story)
Mail 6.7.12 Three Britons arrested in London and Amsterdam over animal rights extremism blackmail plot By Damien Gayle and Allan Hall - Three people were arrested in Amsterdam and London today after a Europe-wide probe into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism. A 50-year-old woman was held in Croydon, south London, on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail, while a man and a woman, both 25, were arrested in the Dutch capital under a European arrest warrant…. The alleged plot focused on a target in the UK but Scotland Yard would not reveal whether it was an individual or a business. Two of the people arrested are British and one is Dutch, the force said… The Dutch National Crime Squad said Britain has maintained a surveillance operation with its assistance on radical animal rights activists in The Netherlands for some time. These activists routinely go for 'training' in the UK - learning such things as sabotage, mail bomb making and how to target the personnel of companies involved in animal experiments - and return to their homeland as 'sleepers' waiting to be activated for a specific mission… (story)
Telegraph 6.7.12 Woman, 50, arrested in animal rights blackmail probe - A 50-year old woman was amongst three people arrested in Amsterdam and London today after a Europe-wide probe into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism. The 50-year-old was arrested in a dawn raid at her home in an operation led by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command…. In Amsterdam, officers from the Dutch National Crime Squad carried out a simultaneous raid on the home shared by a 25-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man…. (story)
Guardian 6.7.12 Three arrests in Europe-wide investigation into animal rights groups - Met officers arrest woman in London and Dutch officers arrest two people in Amsterdam with suspected links to extremists - Peter Walker - Police in London and Amsterdam have arrested three people following a long-running, British-led investigation into blackmail connected to militant animal rights groups…. (story)
BBC News Online 6.7.12 Three arrests in animal rights extremism inquiry - Three people have been arrested in Amsterdam and London as part of a Europe-wide inquiry into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Metro 6.7.12 Metro 6.7.12 Woman, 50, among three arrested in animal rights blackmail investigation - A 50-year-old woman is among three people who have been arrested in London and Amsterdam as part of a probe into alleged blackmail linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Independent 6.7.12 Three held in blackmail plot investigation - MARGARET DAVIS - Three people were arrested in Amsterdam and London today after a Europe-wide probe into blackmail linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Croydon Guardian 6.7.12 Croydon woman arrested over animal rights extremism By Hannah Williamson - A woman from Croydon is one of three arrested in a police investigation into alleged blackmail linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Evening Standard 6.7.12 Three arrests over ‘blackmail plot aimed at animal test lab’ - Justin Davenport, Crime Editor - Anti-terror police today arrested three people suspected of an Europe-wide blackmail plot linked to animal rights extremism… (story)
Croydon Advertiser 6.7.12 Woman arrested in Croydon as part of animal rights extremism probe - A WOMAN has been arrested in Croydon as part of an investigation into animal rights extremism. Counter-terrorism officers arrested the woman at a house in Croydon on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail…. (story)
Business & Law 6.7.12 Animal Rights Blackmail Plot Allegations: Three Arrested By Nicholas Edmondson - Three supposed animal rights campaigners have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to blackmail… The investigation was led by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the National Domestic Extremism Unit in partnership with the Dutch National Crime Squad… (story)
Public Service Europe 6.7.12 Three arrested in animal rights blackmail probe by Daniel Mason - Three arrests were made today in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as part of a Europe-wide investigation into alleged blackmail linked to animal rights extremism… The operation was led by the London Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command and also involved the National Domestic Extremism Unit… (story)

16.4.14

Western Daily Press 16.4.14 Labour needs to do more on Hunting Act - A decent man, Gavin Grant, has resigned his post as head of the RSPCA because his health has been adversely affected by a prolonged, malicious and despicable campaign by the pro-hunt fraternity to destroy the charity…. If Labour wants to win the next election, they should recognise the considerable number of votes there are in strengthening the hunting ban to restrain these ruthless people, and make them respect the law. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)

Mail 16.4.14 One man and his bird! Obsessed falconer takes to the skies alongside his fearsome feathered friends By JILL REILLY - A falconer is so obsessed with birds of prey that he now soars through the sky with them by parachuting and hang gliding through the air. Jonathan Marshall, who has reared the hunters all of his life, flies across the Devon coastline near his home whenever the conditions are right but admits to being jealous of his Harris Hawk and Peregrine Falcon who can fly whenever they please…. (story)

Western Morning News 16.4.14 Farmers to blame for bovine TB in wildlife - If anyone missed the dreadful performance of Princess Anne on Countryfile the Sunday before last then they were lucky. She was allegedly giving her views on why badgers need to be gassed rather that shot because they are too many in he countryside and they are going around infecting her and other farmers’ cattle… by Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 16.4.14 Most badgers found clear of TB after cull - In response to the article by Derek Mead about badgers and bovine TB (Western Daily Press April 12) he's a fine one to moan about academics theorising when that is all he does by accusing badgers of transmitting bovine TB on to cattle, when there is no scientific proof that they do. He ignores the cow to badger transmission… Andrew Williams West Country Badger Patrol Group (letter)

PETA SEXIEST VEGAN COMPETITION
Mail 16.4.14 I'm Britain's sexiest vegan! Blonde Scot wins PETA's competition to find the perfect person to represent veganism By Lucy Waterlow - Step aside Gwyneth Paltrow, there's a new healthy-eating beauty in town as Britain's sexiest female vegan has been named as Jenna McGuinness. The 24-year-old from Glasgow has won the unusual title after beating competition from around the country to win the contest, organised by animal rights charity PETA…. Meanwhile, the title of sexiest vegan male was awarded to former soldier Gareth Lloyd, 27, who turned vegan after witnessing suffering in Iraq and Afghanistan…. (story)
Oxford Mail 16.4.14 Sexiest vegan coup - Gareth Lloyd from Oxford has been named as the UK and Ireland’s sexiest vegan man…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 8.4.14 Is Sophia your choice for sexiest vegan? - It’s not just the curries made by Sophia Attwood-Clarke that are sizzling hot. The committed vegan, from Loughborough, has been named as one of four female finalists in Peta’s Sexiest Vegan in the UK and Ireland 2014 competition…. (story)
Belper News 5.4.14 Ripley man in final four of UK’s sexiest Vegan - What does Ripley local Matthew Oakes have in common with Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and even former US President Bill Clinton? They are all sizzlingly sexy vegans! Oakes, 26, beat other entrants to become one of four male finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan in the UK and Ireland competition for 2014… (story)
Dundee Evening Telegraph 4.4.14 Dundee woman Lisa-Marie in final of PETA sexy vegan contest By DARREN HAMILTON - A Dundee woman is in the running to win a national beauty competition — for sexy vegans. Lisa-Marie Williams, 24, saw off dozens of other entrants to reach the final of the UK’s Sexiest Vegan 2014 contest, organised by animal welfare chrity PETA…. (story)
Mancunian Matters 2.4.14 Who is UK's sexiest vegan? Meet Manchester's animal-loving actress vying for compassionate crown By Helen Le Caplain - A doggedly determined actress’ dream of sweeping the boards and claiming the UK’s Sexiest Vegan accolade is one step closer after making it to the finals. Manchester's own Kate Laycy, 33, who describes herself as an ‘animal-loving, green tea-obsessed Bikram gal’ is determined to prove that compassion really is sexy in PETA’s competition…. (story)

15.4.14

TechWeek Europe 15.4.14 Ofcom: 1 In 4 Users Now Have Superfast Broadband, Average Is 17.8Mbps by Steve McCaskill - Ofcom says one quarter of all fixed line broadband connections in the UK that can be considered ‘superfast’…The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the news that broadband connections are getting faster, but says the fact that rural areas continue to suffer from slower speeds is evidence that “digital apartheid” continues to exist in the UK… (story)
Financial Times 15.4.14 UK broadband speeds ramp up By Daniel Thomas, Telecoms Correspondent - The average residential broadband speed in the UK has reached almost 18 Mbps, five times faster in just five years, as competition between internet providers intensifies…. Sarah Lee, Countryside Alliance head of policy, said: “The importance of broadband to rural households and businesses should not be underestimated, with many deeming it an essential service, alongside water, electricity and gas.”… (story)

Cambridge News 15.4.14 Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences branded 'quasi-terrorist' Written by BRIAN FARMER - An animal rights protest group which aims to close down research firm Huntingdon Life Sciences was dubbed “quasi-terrorist” by an international pharmaceutical company seeking to protect staff against harassment. A lawyer representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals told a High Court judge that a campaign by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) – based in Alconbury – amounted to a “criminal conspiracy”. Tim Lawson-Cruttenden told Mr Justice Phillips at a High Court hearing in London that Shac targeted HLS insurers, bankers, financiers and suppliers… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 15.4.14 VIDEO: Anti-vivisection campaigners protest over University of Bradford experiments - Campaigners in red boiler suits and dressed as scientists protested outside the University of Bradford yesterday against the use of animals in experiments…. (story)
Pulse 14.4.14 Protest At Bradford Uni Over Animal Testing - The Anti-Vivisection Coalition to rally at 12pm. The Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) - an international organisation involved in the protection of animals in laboratories - is set to protest at the University of Bradford this Monday against controversial experiments on animals…. (story)

14.4.14

WESTON & BANWELL CLEARED OF ILLEGAL HUNTING
Western Morning News 14.4.14 OPINION: As another hunt prosecution fails, defence solicitor calls for the repeal of the hunt ban By Jamie Foster - Two Somerset huntsmen were earlier this month cleared of illegal fox hunting after evidence provided by hunt saboteurs failed to persuade a judge. Defence solicitor Jamie Foster says the case is another blow for the League Against Cruel Sports. George Milton, the Master and Huntsman of the Weston and Banwell Harriers, has earned himself a special place in legal history. He has been unsuccessfully accused of four offences by the League Against Cruel Sports in a twelve-month period. He has been through two trials, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, and remains as innocent as he was before the League decided to target him… (story)
Weston & World Mercury 11.4.14 Local huntsmen cleared of illegal hunting - Becky Parker, Reporter - HUNTSMEN from a Weston-based group were found not guilty of using dogs to hunt foxes illegally. Two men from the Weston and Banwell Harriers were acquitted of the charge, after video footage of a hunt was taken by animal rights activists… (story)
Horse & Hound 10.4.14 2 huntsman have been cleared in court - Weston and Banwell Harriers huntsman George Milton and whipper-In Toby Lee were cleared after a 4-day trial at Taunton Magistrates last month (31 March)…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.4.14 Somerset huntsmen cleared of illegal fox hunting with Weston and Banwell Harriers - Two Somerset huntsmen have been cleared of illegal fox hunting after evidence from hunt saboteurs failed to persuade a judge. Weston and Banwell Harriers joint hunt master George Milton and whipper-In Toby Lee were both acquitted yesterday after a four-day hearing at Taunton Magistrates Court… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 5.4.14 Huntsmen cleared after sab video fails to sway judge - HUNTSMEN have been cleared of illegal fox hunting after evidence provided by saboteurs failed to persuade a judge. Weston and Banwell Harriers' joint huntmaster George Milton and huntsman and whipper-In Toby Lee were both acquitted after a four-day hearing at Taunton Magistrates Court… (story)
Western Morning News 3.4.14 Hunt cleared after saboteurs' video fails to sway judge - Two Somerset huntsmen have been cleared of illegal fox hunting after evidence provided by hunt saboteurs failed to persuade a judge. Weston and Banwell Harriers joint hunt master George Milton, huntsman and whipper-In Toby Lee were both acquitted today (Thursday) after a four-day hearing at Taunton Magistrates Court… (story)

LONDON MARATHON
Bridport News 14.4.14 West Dorset runners do us proud in the London Marathon By Rene Gerryts - THE crowds, the sun, the top class athletes, the good causes and the truly inspiring all helped get West Dorset runners through the gruelling 26 miles of the 2014 London Marathon…. Portman hunt master Charlie Gundry, 34, who grew up in Bridport and kennel man Thomas Baker, 30, were running to raise money for the Countryside Alliance Foundation. Mr Gundry said it was his first – and most likely his last – marathon… (story)
Horse & Hound 11.4.14 Equestrians prepare for London Marathon - This Sunday (13 April) brave runners from the equestrian world will be tackling the Virgin Money London Marathon for worthy causes… (story)
Wells Journal 2.4.14 New master of Mendip Farmers' Hunt to run London Marathon to raise funds for Somerset Levels RDA Carriage Driving Group By Anna_Garside - THE new master of the Mendip Farmers’ Hunt will be running the London Marathon to raise money for the Somerset Levels RDA Carriage Driving Group. Rob Williams of Croscombe has been training hard and is aiming to boost RDA funds by £2,500 through sponsorship…. (story)
26.3.14 Marathon runners boost equestrian charities - Horse charities are set to benefit from this year’s Virgin London Marathon (13 April), with several runners representing them. 7 hunt supporters have swapped their long boots for trainers in support of The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF), ranging from a schoolgirl to a duo from the Portman hunt…. Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad Al Thani has set up the team, and will run himself, joined by his racing and bloodstock manager David Redvers, who is also master of the Ledbury…. (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 18.3.14 Quenington woman prepares to run for the Countryside Alliance in next month's London Marathon By Shaun Dix - A WOMAN from Quenington is getting ready to join 36,000 other runners next month in the world famous London Marathon. Sharon Baldwin, who works as a racing secretary alongside trainer Fergal O’Brien, will take part in the epic 26.2 mile race around the capital in aid of the Countryside Alliance Foundation… (story)

Smallholder 14.4.14 Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife - Despite it being the wettest winter since records began more than 500 farmers, covering nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of taking part in the first year of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count in February…. As well as farmers, the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count also received massive support from a range of farming, industry and conservation organisations. We are grateful to BASF for sponsoring the survey and to Kings, LEAF, FWAG, Soil Association, NFU, CFE, CLA, Heather Trust, Countryside Alliance and Conservation Grade…. (story)

Wells Journal 14.4.14 Wells area residents asked for help in mobile phone campaign - PEOPLE living in and around Wells are being asked to help log mobile phone reception as part of a project to map signal strength in rural areas. The Countryside Alliance say people living and working in rural areas are paying for the same service as those living in urban areas, but receive a poorer service… (story)

Stroud Life 14.4.14 Mutilated badger remains found in Stroud woodland 'could be work of baiters' By Ben_Falconer - MUTILATED badger remains have been found dumped in woodland near Stroud. Former policeman and badger expert Tony Dean was horrified to see the carcass of the badger, which was missing its front legs… (story)

Western Morning News 14.4.14 Scaremongering over pets and bovine TB - write to complain about the article by Chris Rundle (WMN April 2) entitled “Will attitudes change as people and pets get TB?” His scaremongering comments really are beyond belief… I suggest that pets are more likely to catch TB from the cattle than badgers. Bovine TB is a cattle disease… by Janet Feasey, Stratton (letter)

Worcester News 14.4.14 Consumers can stop these 'animal prisons' - After successfully appealing against his initial application, Mr Davies now seeks to expand the cruelty of broiler chicken production in Worcestershire…. The only real solution to stop the expansion of huge animal rearing prisons like this and similar mega dairies across the country is for the demand to be removed by the purchasing public… Paul Crouch Worcester Vegetarians and Vegans (letter)

Argus 14.4.14 Educate schoolchildren about every stage of animal slaughter - Further to your story about a school’s pet boar which was sent to slaughter, my reaction to this is that all the staff and children should be educated about exactly what is involved in the slaughter process, with no part of the process omitted…. B Murphy, Highview Road, Peacehaven (letter)

13.4.14

Sunday Herald 13.4.14 Protest over birds of prey poisonings - DOZENS of people have marched through Inverness in protest against the deaths of 19 birds of prey in Ross-shire… Vice-president of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sir John Lister-Kaye, who attended the rally, said: "This incident is an outrage and the public are right to be angry…. (story)

Keighley News 13.4.14 Birds of prey make flying visit to Ingrow Primary School - Three birds of prey flew into Ingrow Primary School for special lessons this month…. The lessons were funded by the Countryside Alliance through its Falconry for Schools project… (story)

12.4.14

Telegraph 12.4.14 Country diary: it's a shock to be back at the BBC - Having studiously ignored the CRT for 20 years, 'Countryfile’ decides to pay us a visit By Robin Page - I had to lie down the other morning as I was suffering from shock. I wasn’t quite hyperventilating but Reuben the Labrador still offered me his tripe stick. The cause was simple: I had just had a telephone call from – gulp – Countryfile! After 20 years of studiously avoiding the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT), the BBC series wanted to film our take on the decline of farmland birds – oh and there was a subtext – our views on “predation”…. When two members of the crew asked about my fate on One Man and His Dog, I explained that due to my participation in the countryside marches, my anti-EU mind set, a book on hunting and a false accusation by an animal rights group and the Gloucestershire Constabulary (for which I was eventually paid compensation) I’m in the BBC’s dustbin for the politically incorrect… (story)

ANIMAL AID SPRING LETTER
Hemel Gazette 12.4.14 ANIMAL WELFARE - Kate Fowler Animal Aid (letter)
Blackpool Gazette 7.4.14 Wildlife - Simple way to be rid of unwanted visitors - Spring is here, and that means wild animals will be searching out safe, warm, dry places to nest and raise their young… Animal Aid has a series of free information sheets that give useful tips on deterring birds, squirrels, rodents and foxes…. Kate Fowler Animal Aid (letter)

Western Gazette 12.4.14 Cull drives people to vegetarianism - REGARDING the badger cull, the latest theme to emerge is cats are now being infected and so we hear the cry “Kill the badgers” as they are killing the farming industry and now our cats. This badger cull is simply a way of covering up the intensity its throughput to meet the demands of high output and low maintenance costs for its meat and dairy products… Viva the veggie! Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard. (letter)

11.4.14

DEVON & SOMERSET STAGHOUNDS ACCUSED OF FRIGHTENING CHILDREN
Western Daily Press 11.4.14 Children on run see Exmoor stag hunt deer carcasses By JEFF WELLS - School pupils on a cross country run had to jog past mutilated animal carcasses after being sent into the path of a deer hunt…. (story)
North Devon Journal 10.4.14 Pupil upset by bloody scenes of dead deer in path of Exmoor run By JosephWilkes - THE SIGHT of ripped deer carcasses strapped to quad bikes has left a 12-year-old girl “very upset” as her school’s cross country event crossed paths with a hunt on Exmoor. Richard Holloway, from George Nympton near South Molton, contacted the Journal to explain how his daughter Heather was forced to witness the bloody scenes on Thursday, March 27… He said: “They were charging around with their vehicles and the children saw deer bodies being hauled away on the back of quad bikes… The school’s headmaster, John Vick, wrote to staff and parents in his Easter end-of-term letter… “I have spoken to the hunt chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, Mr Guy Thomas-Everard, who has expressed his apologies to the school community.”… (story)
Western Morning News 10.4.14 Pupils view bloodied remains of hunt during cross country run on Exmoor - School pupils on a cross country run had to jog past mutilated animal carcasses after being sent into the path of a deer hunt. Teachers at West Buckland School in North Devon plotted a route across Exmoor National Park - unaware of the clash… Dad Richard Holloway heard about the incident when his shaken daughter Heather, 12, came home from school…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 11.4.14 Grand National is a cruel event - That no horses were killed during The Grand National’s big race is no cause for celebration. In two other races run over the same course during last year’s Grand National meeting, two horses lost their lives.... Mrs B A Halldearn, Arnside, Carnforth (letter)

10.4.14

Horse & Hound 10.4.14 Huntsmen go head-to-head in horn blowing competition - Huntsmen from 10 packs will be competing in the final of a hunting horn-blowing competition later this month. The finalists will blow 2 calls — “Gone Away” and “Going Home,” — for the judges Jacky Thomas, master of the Glamorgan and Alastair Jackson, a former winner… (story)

The Avondhu 10.4.14 Drag hunt draws a good turnout for Araglen Hunt Club - Araglen Hunt Club had a very good turnout for their recent drag hunt. The Araglen Hunt Club would like to thank everyone who supported our recent drag hunt… (story)

Western Morning News 10.4.14 Contrast in the countryside as wildlife groups support deer stalking but oppose badger cull - It was deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who said when he initially gave support for the badger cull that anyone who didn’t want to combat the scourge of bovine TB in cattle would need “a heart of stone”…. But Mr Clegg’s intervention, it is strongly suggested, was one of the reasons the Goulds and hundreds of other Westcountry farming families, are now going to have to fight the TB crisis without further action to tackle the disease in the wild… In other areas of wildlife management, however, things are very different. On the Morning News Country pages of today’s Western Morning News we reveal how the Dorset Wildlife Trust is among the partners signed up to a project to cull burgeoning numbers of fallow deer on their nature reserve in the west of the county. There are even plans to market the venison locally…. (story)

Western Morning News 10.4.14 Survival rates prove animal research value - Scientists do not claim that animals are an exact model for human diseases, as Len Short suggests (“Animal testing is not necessary – or safe”, WMN Letters, April 4), but that animal research can give us important insights into the processes that cause disease, and how we can treat those diseases… by Dr Elisabeth Harley Policy and Communications Officer Understanding Animal Research, London (story)

Guardian 10.4.14 The many faces of Stella McCartney - Designer, campaigner and working mother, Stella McCartney understands the challenges that face the modern woman. She opens up to Jess Cartner-Morley in this exclusive interview for the Fashion magazine… (story)

9.4.14

Horse & Hound 9.4.14 Beagle hunt disbands after 70 years - A 70-year-old beagle hunt that recovered from having its entire pack stolen by animal rights extremists has been disbanded. The Wye College Beagles (WCB), which formed in 1947, held its last meet at the former dairy unit of Wye College farm last month (22 March). Wye College, which was owned by Imperial College London, closed in 2009, and after a further 5 years the decision has been taken that the pack is no longer viable… (story)

Western Daily Press 9.4.14 Pressure that drove RSPCA chief to quit - The controversial former chief of the RSPCA – ordered to quit by his doctor in the middle of a storm over prosecuting foxhunts – is beginning something of a comeback, by standing for election as a town councillor. Gavin Grant has put his name forward to be a councillor in his hometown of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, and said he hoped the lessons he learned from running Britain's biggest animal charity could help his local community, it has emerged… (story)

Ecologist 9.4.14 Dominic Dyer, badger champion - Lesley Docksey - Anyone working to protect badgers from culling will know of Dominic Dyer - wildlife advocate and new director of the Badger Trust. Lesley Docksey met him 'on the hoof' at a recent march - and found out just why the badger campaign is so important to him…. (story)

Western Morning News 9.4.14 Badger cull report leaves unanswered questions - The Independent Experts Panel into the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire runs to 59 pages. Yet as Philip Bowern reports in this analysis of the report, it fails to answer a number of questions. That said, it should not have prevented the Government rolling out the culls more widely, if it had the political will…. (story)

Huffington Post 9.4.14 David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses - Peter G Tatchell - Together with over 70 politicians and celebrities, I am urging him to ban wild animals in circuses. Eddie Izzard, Julian Clary, Moby, Michaela Strachan and Brian Blessed are among the signatories…. (story)

Huffington Post 9.4.14 Peta Says Slaughtering Animals Is As Bad As Cannibal Jeffery Dahmer's Crimes - Peta have compared the actions of cannibal Jeffery Dahmer — the serial killer notorious for raping and torturing his victims — to the slaughter of animals. Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Ingrid Newkirk, Peta's US Managing Director, explained why the animal rights group had been planning to sell delicious vegan treats at the infamous murderer's childhood home…. (story)

8.4.14

CLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT
Mail 8.4.14 Farewell to the fat lady: Hundreds turn out to mourn sidecar-riding TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright as she is buried with her favourite ingredients By SAM CREIGHTON - Hundreds of mourners gathered today to pay tribute to fun-loving TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright - whose coffin was decorated with her favourite cooking ingredients… (story)
Telegraph 18.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright: champion of the countryside - Clarissa Dickson Wright's Clarissa and the Countryman co-star, Sir John Scott, pays tribute to the presenter who risked her BBC career to fight for the rights of country folk By Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment Editor (story)
Mail 18.3.14 One fab lady: She made love in the Commons, drank two pints of gin a day - and infuriated the PC brigade. QUENTIN LETTS raises a last glass to Clarissa Dickson Wright By QUENTIN LETTS (story)
Independent 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright dead: Appreciation - we’ve lost our foremost advocate of wholesome, hearty, British fare - Christopher Hirst - Like Bertie Wooster’s Aunt Dahlia, Clarissa Dickson Wright was forthright, assertive, plum-faced and equipped with a voice intended to carry across a hunting field… (story)
Horse & Hound 17.3.14 Pro-hunting TV chef dies - TV cooking star and hunting supporter Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66. Miss Dickson Wright, who had been “unwell for some time” according to her agent, had stayed in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary since January… (story)
Mirror 17.3.14 Two Fat Ladies chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies aged 66 By Rob Leigh (story)
Mirror 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright: Two Fat Ladies chef had a life lived gloriously BY ANDYDAWSON - There’s been a spate of obituaries over the past week that have been peppered with phrases such as, ‘while I didn’t agree with their opinions…’ We’re running low on ‘characters’, and another one left us at the weekend – Clarissa Dickson Wright, formerly 50% of the Two Fat Ladies, who died in an Edinburgh hospital on Saturday… Queen guitarist and renowned badger lover Brian May was less charitable, saying, “I think we should seriously consider eating senseless people like this Clarissa whoever-she-is,” helpfully bringing a gun to a knife-fight. I know which one of them I’d prefer to have enjoyed a long evening in a restaurant with… Clarissa Dickson Wright was neither apathetic nor cynical – she lived her life her way and didn’t give a toss what anyone thought about how she went about it… (story)
Mirror 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright: Wit, wisdom and life according to outspoken late Two Fat Ladies star By Carl Greenwood (story)
Mail 17.3.14 Friends pay tribute to TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright's 'fun, laughter and incredible intelligence' after she died aged 66 By HARRIET ARKELL (story)
Scotsman 17.3.14 TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies aged 66 by JANE BRADLEY (story)
STV 17.3.14 Two Fat Ladies cook Clarissa Dickson Wright dies at age of 66 (story)
BBC News Online 17.3.14 TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright dies (story)
Independent 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright dies: Two Fat Ladies star passes away aged 66, her agency confirms - JENN SELBY (story)
Independent 17.3.14 RIP Clarissa Dickson Wright - what a lady - In a world full of demanded apologies I found her flagrant disregard for other people’s offence frankly quite appealing - GRACE DENT - It’s with sadness I note the passing away - the final flan, the last lattice pork pie - of formidable culinary figure Clarissa Dickson Wright…. A tremendous, often fierce yet terribly funny, mud-spattered, gun-toting movable mass of womanhood. Clarissa loved the Countryside Alliance and was one of the only two women in Britain to be part of the Guild of Butchers… the stalwart, indomitable likes of Clarissa could be seen - and still can - at country fairs and farm shows the length and breadth of Britain. She was more the typically British rose than the likes of Liz Hurley or Lady Di… the sort of woman who could whip up a running buffet for 17 plus dogs in the time it would take Cara Delevinge to choose lip-gloss. Yes, perhaps slightly “fat” but wow, what a lady (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 17.3.14 Former TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66 (story)
Belfast Telegraph 17.3.14 TV's Clarissa Dickson Wright dies (story)
The Bookseller 17.3.14 Tributes to Clarissa Dickson Wright - Lisa Campbell (story)
Yorkshire Post 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright, one of TV’s Two Fat Ladies, dies at 66 (story)
Western Morning News 17.3.14 Former TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66 (story)
The Week 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright: five things you didn't know about her extraordinary life (story)
Western Daily Press 17.3.14 Obituary: Clarissa Dickson-Wright (story)
Guardian 17.3.14 TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies - The remaining half of the screen culinary duo Two Fat Ladies has died in hospital in Edinburgh aged 66 - Steven Morris - She was a brilliant cook, an erudite food historian and a champion of hunting and shooting once convicted of attending an illegal hare coursing event. She had no time for rudeness and little for those whose philosophies she could not understand, including Labour politicians and "manky" vegetarians…. (story)
Telegraph 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright dies, age 66 - The famous chef and television maverick has died in an Edinburgh hospital at the age of 66 - By Padraic Flanagan (story)
Telegraph 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright – obituary - Clarissa Dickson Wright was a bombastic, outspoken lawyer brought to her knees by riches and alcoholism who rose again on the TV series Two Fat Ladies - Clarissa Dickson Wright, who has died aged 66, sprang to celebrity as the larger of the Two Fat Ladies in the astonishingly popular television series…. (story)
Telegraph 17.3.14 Clarissa Dickson Wright: 10 things you didn't know By Leah Hyslop (story)
Telegraph 17.3.14 The Wit and Wisdom of Clarissa Dickson Wright - She coined the term "manky little vegetarians", but Clarissa Dickson Wright had plenty of other opinions too... (story)

Western Morning News 8.4.14 Stop waging war on our wildlife - Jennifer Thorne wrote about her joy of having a picture of a calf on the front page of the paper… We have farmers currently screaming over bovine TB; “kill the badgers” then regarding flooding, “dredge the rivers!” It’s not that simple and is much more complicated than that and needs a multi-disciplined approach… by Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)

Mail 8.4.14 Terror of family forced from their home by animal rights activist who thought they took part in the Government badger cull - Meg Sunningdale, 67, from Somerset, is a committed animal rights activist… Spent most of her life in town but moved to Withycombe eight years ago… Campaigned against neighbour suspected of involvement in badger cull… By RUTH STYLES … But in one Somerset village, the culls proved nothing short of disastrous with one animal rights obsessed resident's poster campaign resulting in a horde of activists descending on the tiny hamlet. One young family was even forced to move away after being wrongly linked to the cull by neighbour Meg Sunningdale, 67, and subjected to a barrage of abuse. But despite the dramatic repercussions, Mrs Sunningdale is unrepentant and says that as far as she's concerned, saving badgers is more important than the wellbeing of her neighbours…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.4.14 Muddled thoughts over causes of TB - There are many issues which are muddled by those who either deliberately or through not having grasped the facts. In this instance I refer to John Tuck's letter (Western Daily Press April 3) trying to undermine the letter from Pauline Kinder… If such as John Tuck and all those still trying to blame other species for bovine TB, are really concerned about humans having TBthey should question various governments about why as little a few thousand pounds annually have been spent on tackling this problem… D Thomas, by email (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 8.4.14 Government’s not listening to scientists about badgers - SO the Government is planning three more years of badgerculling in Somerset and Gloucestershire, and four years to come in Dorset, despite scientific evidence strongly against it…. SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities. (letter)

7.4.14

Farming Life 7.4.14 Long runs the fox but hounds may get the better of him - James O'Keefe - At a time when the interests of farmers and others who live in rural areas are being ignored or neglected, one ray of light has appeared for those who have suffered heavy losses in remote areas of England and Wales. Word has seeped through that the law on fox hunting there may be relaxed to allow hunting with packs of up to 40 hounds… From what I can hear huntsmen in Northern Ireland have been very busy this spring helping farmers to keep foxes under control… (story)

Cheddar Valley Gazette 7.4.14 Is your mobile signal rubbish in Somerset? Your chance to make it known By cfayfineran - Cheddar Valley residents are being asked to help log mobile phone reception as part of a project to map signal strength in rural areas. The Countryside Alliance say people living and working in rural areas are paying for the same service as those living in urban areas, but receive a poorer service… (story)

Western Morning News 7.4.14 WMN opinion: Lib Dem 'turncoats' will answer to voters on cull - When Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg defended the need for a cull of badgers, saying critics would need “a heart of stone” not to try to combat TB in cattle, he seemed to be genuinely concerned to do the right thing by livestock farmers and the British countryside as a whole…. Yet look at them now. All the evidence points to the Lib Dems – and Mr Clegg in particular – being behind last week’s decision to abandon plans to roll-out the cull more widely… (story)

Western Daily Press 7.4.14 Must be seen to be doing something - I think the answer on bovine TB ultimately is quite simple. We have a scientific consensus of what needs to be done – cattle movement controls that actually work, some semblance of farm biosecurity, and ultimately a cattle vaccine that can be differentiated from infection when cattle are tested later on, the so called Diva test…. C Hewitt Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

Standard 7.4.14 UK charity slammed over experiments - A British charity has been condemned for funding "profoundly disturbing" experiments in which monkeys have their brains damaged to mimic symptoms of Parkinson's disease…. The research, published in 2011 and 2012, was conducted in Canada but supported by Cure Parkinson's Trust, a UK charity founded in 2005 by four sufferers of the disease… Andrew Tyler, director of the animal rights organisation Animal Aid, which highlights the experiments on its website, said: "It is clear that the vast majority of the British public do not want their money being used to fund profoundly disturbing experiments on animals of the sort co-funded by the Cure Parkinson's Trust… (story)

Bromley Times 7.4.14 Masked animal welfare group in Bromley protest against treatment of dairy cows - Harry Kemble, Reporter - An animal welfare group held a protest in Bromley High Street to raise the issue of dairy cows on Saturday. Passive Pressure, based in Bromley, gave out more than a thousand leaflets to passers-by in the street… (story)
News Shopper 4.4.14 Bromley animal rights group protest milk consumption and claim breast milk of cows wrong for humans - By Joshua Barrie - Animal rights campaigners in Bromley are set to protest the human consumption of milk tomorrow (Saturday April 5). Members from Passive Pressure Animal Group (PPAG) want to open “peoples’ eyes to the heartbreaking suffering” of cows and will be raising awareness of the “forgotten mothers” outside the Metro Bank on Bromley high street between 11am-3pm…. PPAG’s Sara Charania said: “It’s time to see dairy milk for what it is – breast milk of another species meant for their newborns…. The event is a part of Viva” Health’s White Lies campaign, which works to try to stop humans eating and drinking dairy products due to negative health impacts…. (story)

6.4.14

STV 6.4.14 Tail docking of puppies could prevent injuries, research says - Docking the tails of working dogs by a third while they are puppies could significantly decrease their risk of injury, according to research. A survey of more than 1,000 owners of working dogs found that more than half of undocked spaniels experienced a tail injury of some sort in the last year….

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BBC News Online 5.4.14 Tail docking benefits working dogs, says study - Docking the tails of working dogs by a third while they are puppies could significantly decrease their risk of injury, according to research. A survey of more than 1,000 owners of working dogs found more than half of undocked spaniels experienced a tail injury of some sort in the last year. The study from the University of Glasgow was commissioned by the Scottish government… (story)

Sunday Express 6.4.14 Time to tame cruel RSPCA By: Marco Giannangeli - TODAY is the first Sunday in 10 months that Julie Nadian will be able to spend with her three cats Ziggy, Tuppence and William after an ill-conceived and ultimately failed prosecution by the RSPCA. Yet again the organisation that once commanded respect in the hearts of animal-loving Britons has displayed newer and more ominous colours, leaving people to question whether it should be allowed to carry on its reign of private prosecutions… Ms Nadian, a 48-year-old folk singer with autism, found herself targeted by the charity when she rejected a vet’s opinion that her elderly cat Ziggy had to be put down… The charges against Ms Nadian were dropped because she called in the Crown Prosecution Service to examine the RSPCA's case… it is worth remembering that we animal lovers have access to more than 1,200 animal charities and sanctuaries in this nation, all in desperate need of cash and none quite so controversial as the RSPCA. (story)

5.4.14

Bay TV 5.4.14 Animal Aid stage protests outside Aintree on Grand National Day By Joseph Redmond - While The Grand National has been on since Thursday 3rd April, mixing elegant outfits and horse races, a protest denouncing horses’s treatment was launched by the group Animal Aid…. (story)

Uttoxeter Advertiser 5.4.14 Election heat rises as Uttoxeter candidates row over Royal Mail sale Written by RICHARD CASTLE - UTTOXETER’S parliamentary candidates have broken into a fierce row over the ‘fire sale’ of Royal Mail as the 2015 general election race intensifies…. Uttoxeter’s Labour candidate, Jon Wheale (pictured), has claimed the coalition’s Tory bosses were ‘only out for their own’…. “I join the calls made by the Countryside Alliance and others in saying this poses a risk to the way of life of many living in both the towns and the villages. The Tory-led Government should listen and think again.”… (story)

St Albans & Harpenden Review 5.4.14 Badger cull: protesters celebrate as plans to roll out cull are dropped By Rebecca Perring, Reporter - Campaigners in St Albans say "all the hard work has paid off" after the government has said it will not expand badger culling to other areas this year…. After taking to the streets of St Albans last month to protest against further culls, as organised by the Herts and Middlesex Badger Group, group member Jo Russell said it was "great news"…. (story)

4.4.14

Nottingham Post 4.4.14 Grand National: Rights and wrongs of the world's most famous race - EXACTLY a century and three-quarters after jockey Jem Mason drove the appropriately-named Lottery to win the inaugural Grand National, the testing race continues to arouse passions…. "Animal Rights UK will be demonstrating at Aintree tomorrow and we'll be holding peaceful demonstrations outside betting shops in the city centre," said Nottingham Animal Rights spokesman Patrick Smith… (story)

Oxford Mail 4.4.14 Greyhounds are treated cruelly when 'retired' - I CANNOT understand why Andrew Smith as president of Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary (Stadhampton) is supporting the greyhound stadium in Oxford (Fans note life in the old dog stadium yet, March 31). How can a supposed animal lover have anything to do with this vile industry?... SUSAN SMITH Banbury Road Oxford (letter)

Guardian 4.4.14 Badgers should be gassed, says Princess Anne - Royal intervenes in badger cull debate advocating gassing of infected animals to curb bovine TB – a practice illegal since 1982 - Matthew Weaver - Princess Anne has prompted more anger from animal welfare campaigners by calling for an end to a ban on gassing badgers… Dr Rosie Woodroffe, who conducted a 10-year trial of badger culls, said gassing badgers failed to control the spread of TB when it was tried in the 1970s…. (story)

Folkestone Herald 4.4.14 Hundreds sign petition against badger culling in Shepway By AntonyThrower - MORE than 300 people have signed a petition calling for Shepway District Council to ban the culling of badgers on council-owned land… (story)

TravelMole 4.4.14 Wildlife campaigners to stage peaceful protest against Seaworld - Animal welfare campaigners are staging a peaceful demonstration tomorrow to put pressure on Virgin Holidays to stop selling tickets to Seaworld. The protestors want high profile boss Sir Richard Branson to set a precedent by taking a stand against the parks, which feature dolphin and orca shows… The demonstration, organised by two Crawley residents, will take place in a park in the town, which is home to Virgin Holidays' head office and also the head office of Virgin Atlantic… (story)

3.4.14

South Wales Guardian 3.4.14 'I will love killing you,' Hunt Master told - A Gloucestershire anti-hunt campaigner has appeared before magistrates to admit making abusive phone calls to the Master of the Llandeilo Farmers’ Hunt following the online publication of photographs showing what appeared to be illegal fox-hunting. Michael John Wheeldon, of Cains Cross, left messages on Hunt Master Colin Evans’ phone saying he planned to hunt him “with a vengeance” and rip his head off after seeing a photograph of two men – allegedly linked to the Llandeilo Farmers’ Hunt – teasing two dogs with a bloodied, live fox cub…. However following publication, a spokesman for Llandeilo Farmers' Hunt said the two men held no official position in the organisation…. (story)

Horse & Hound 3.4.14 Hunting Act unlikely to change any time soon - The Hunting Act is unlikely to change any time soon after the Prime Minister last week (26 March) said it was doubtful a government agreement would be reached… (story)

BBC News Online 3.4.14 Scottish Gamekeepers Association starts bird protection scheme - A new conservation project aims to help stop the decline of some of Scotland's most vulnerable birds. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) will ask its members to record the numbers of birds spotted. This data will then be used to help target conservation efforts towards specific areas… (story)

Western Morning News 3.4.14 Reports becoming positively bloodthirsty - It seems like almost every few days that your writer Philip Bowern promotes the discharging of firearms in pursuit of defenceless animals or birds. It is becoming positively bloodthirsty, and a bit worrying that WMN is so presumably biased in favour of the practice… by Derek Courtnell Plymouth (letter)

Northern Echo 3.4.14 Grand National - WE are just over three months into the year and have already seen 41 horse fatalities on racecourses… The Grand National this weekend is a deliberately punishing and hazardous race… Alison Jermy, Darlington (story)

BADGER CULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Express 3.4.14 Fury from campaigners as it is announced 'discredited' badger culls will continue - CAMPAIGNERS including Queen guitarist Brian May have reacted with anger after Owen Paterson announced fresh badger culls for this year, despite a damning report showing that they were cruel and ineffective… By: Jane Mathews (story)
Guardian 3.4.14 Badger cull: government abandons national roll-out plans - Damning independent report finds shoots were not sufficiently effective or humane - Damian Carrington - Plans to roll out the controversial badger cull pilots nationwide across England have been dropped by Owen Paterson after a damning independent report found the shoots were not effective or humane. The two pilot culls, in Gloucestershire and Somerset, will continue with improvements recommended by the independent expert panel… (story)
Mail 3.4.14 Outbreak of TB in cats was 'wake-up call' that justifies killing badgers, ministers admit but cull will not go beyond West Country By BEN SPENCER - The Home Counties outbreak of TB in cats was a 'wake-up call' that justifies the continued badger cull, Owen Paterson said. The Environment Secretary announced that the controversial pilot cull of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset would continue this year… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 3.4.14 UK: Farmers’ leaders ‘bitterly disappointed’ at decision not to roll out badger culls to help reduce TB - Sarah Chambers - Farmers will be bitterly disappointed in the decision not to roll out badger culls to help reduce TB in other areas where the disease remains persistent and high, farmers’ leaders said today. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) statement comes after the Government TB Free Strategy for England was published today, together with the Independent Expert Panel report…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 3.4.14 Badger cull to continue in Gloucestershire and Somerset to "perfect" culling techniques, countrywide roll out postponed By Michael_Yong - The controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire will take place again this year, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson confirmed today…. (story)
Western Daily Press 3.4.14 Queen guitarist and promient campaigner Brian May disgusted at PM's insult over badger cull - Queen guitarist and prominent campaigner against the cull, Brian May, said: “The Government’s shambolic reaction to the bovine TB problem limped on today, as Paterson announced that the random killing of badgers in Gloucester and Somerset will repeated this summer, while plans for the ’roll-out’ to other counties is shelved…. (story)
Western Daily Press 3.4.14 Badger cull will continue in Gloucestershire and Somerset but won't be rolled out to Dorset or other areas - Pilot badger culls will continue in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset this year as part of efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, but the controversial scheme will not be rolled out to other areas, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced…. (story)
Western Morning News 3.4.14 Badger culling roll-out in South West halted By GDemianyk - The Government has halted plans to expand badger culling in the South West. Two four-year pilot culls already in operation in Somerset and Gloucestershire will continue – but badgers will not be killed in any other area this year, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced… (story)

Western Morning News 3.4.14 Badger-TB link under investigation by British scientists - A £1 million study of the extent to which badgers spread tuberculosis (TB) in cattle has been launched by British scientists…. (story)

2.4.14

Horse & Hound 2.4.14 Wiltshire master wins Ascot Race for Repeal - Avon Vale hunt master Stuart Radbourne won the 2014 Countryside Alliance Race for Repeal at Ascot on Sunday (30 March)…. (story)
Horse & Country 1.4.14 Hunt master wins Ascot Race for Repeal By Victoria Spicer - Avon Vale hunt master Stuart Radbourne won the Countryside Alliance Race for Repeal at Ascot on Sunday (30 March)… In second place came Joshua Cameron, huntsman of the Wilton, and in third, Mark Bycroft, huntsman of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent… (story)

Conservative Home 2.4.14 James Barrington: Why the nonsense of the present Hunting Act will remain in place By James Barrington - “I regret to say that I do not think there will be Government agreement to go forward” – the words of the Prime Minister a week ago ago today, when he signalled at Prime Minister’s Questions that signalled the proposed amendment to the Hunting Act will not take place…. This is what Maria Eagle, the Shadow Environment Secretary, said in response to the suggested amendment: “The hunting of wild animals belongs in the dustbin of history and any attempt by this Government to repeal or amend the Hunting Act by the back door will be vigorously opposed by the Labour Party. With Britain facing a cost of living crisis, David Cameron’s obsession to hold another vote in Parliament on fox hunting shows how out of touch he is with people’s day to day lives.” In fact, Labour politicians have raised questions about hunting a total of 134 times since 1997 and Ms Eagle conveniently forgets that 700 hours of Parliamentary time – ten times longer than the debates on invading Iraq – were consumed to finally pass the Hunting Act… (story)

Western Morning News 2.4.14 Government set to break coalition pledge on Hunting Act vote - Hunt supporters across the Westcountry are unlikely to see a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act this Parliament, it has been reported… But Tim Bonner of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance said the issue of a vote to repeal the Hunting Act was largely academic because there was insufficient time in the current Parliament for any legislation to become law… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 2.4.14 MPs are out of touch in their support of hunting - THE two Conservative New Forest MPs claimed they would bring back hunting. Thankfully their leader and Prime Minster, David Cameron, gave the strongest hint during PM. Questions, that it would not happen… Richard Grant, Burley (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 2.4.14 Horses racing to their death - After the much publicised deaths of two horses in 2012, Aintree made promises of reform. However, although no horses were killed during the Grand National’s Big Race in 2013, two lost their lives over the same course in two other races…. For more details of how to help, visit Animal Aid’s website… Marilyn Harrison, Beaulieu Close, Swindon (letter)

Western Morning News 2.4.14 Animal testin gmust be limited - I agree with Mrs V Hircock (“Testing on animals will stop one day”, WMN, Mar 27) that the use of animals in Chinese medicine is unnecessary and a danger to many critically endangered species. However, it would be unfair to equate such practices with strictly regulated medical research involving animals…. by T Holder Understanding Animal Research London (letter)
Western Morning News 27.3.14 Testing on animals will stop one day - How I agree with Mrs Y A Cameron (“Stop this slaughter for animal parts”, WMN, Mar 19) regarding animal parts being used in Chinese medicine. It is disgusting how animals are abused and used in the name of science… by Mrs V Hircock, Boscastle (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 2.4.14 Testing on animals a necessity for health - I have just read the letter from Isobel Hutchinson (T&A, March 19) concerning the use of animals in the search for the cure of diseases that affect human beings… Would she have us going back to the days of Edward Jenner, who in 1796 inoculated an eight-year-old farm boy with cowpox and than exposed him to smallpox to see if his immunity theory worked (it did)?... Eric Naylor, Green Lane, Idle (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 24.3.14 (more probably 26.3.14) - I was appalled to read Animal Aid’s letter (T&A, March 19) about schoolchildren visiting animal laboratories. It would appear that Animal Aid’s recent reprimand by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading the public has done little to stifle their creative instincts… Chris Magee, Understanding Animal Research, Farringdon Lane, London (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 19.3.14 Beware these tours - This week a pro-vivisection lobby group is staging what it calls an ‘open labs’ programme whereby students around the country have the chance of seeing an animal research lab. But teachers and parents should be under no illusions about this initiative. Carefully-screened pupils (who must consent to a background check by a security agency, should it be deemed necessary) will be given a tightly-restricted tour of an animal laboratory, but they will emerge none the wiser about what really goes on there… Isobel Hutchinson, Campaigner, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

1.4.14

Gloucester Citizen 1.4.14 Did a Gloucestershire child catch TB from the family pet dog - health officials investigate - Health experts are investigating whether a child from Gloucestershire caught TB from the family pet dog. The child, who is aged under 10, caught a latent form of the disease last year and made a full recovery… (story)

Huffington Post 1.4.14 Halal Meat Is Safe With Me, Says David Cameron By Jessica Elgot - David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the "intolerance" towards Muslims that exists in some parts of the country…. (story)

Mail 1.4.14 Will following the A-listers and going vegan like Gwyneth, Beyonce and Anne help stop global warming? By BIANCA LONDON - Veganism was once synonymous with animal rights activists but with a little help from A-listers, who credit their lithe limbs and dewy skin to their vegan diet, it seems that more and more people are dabbling…. (story)