April 2015

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30.4.15

Derby Telegraph 30.4.15 Happy memory of seeing fox escape pack of hunting dogs - I'LL always remember watching the One O'Clock news back in 1979. They showed a fox running for its life, being pursued by a pack of blood-thirsty hounds. However, as the fox had cleared a railway line, an express train ploughed straight through the pack of hounds, and, to my delight, the fox escaped to fight another day. H Whittamore Rosengrave Street Derby (letter)

Western Morning News 30.4.15 No middle way when it comes to hunting - Having read Jim Barrington’s case for hunting with dogs (WMN, April 27), I feel I must reply. We should establish some terms and some information about Mr Barrington… How much more time needs to be spent on this issue? It is done and dusted… by Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)
Western Morning News 27.4.15 Saddled with a bad law by misguided anti-hunt supporters By Jim Barrington - Jim Barrington explains why a wild mammals welfare law should replace the Hunting Act. With the Conservative Party stating that they will allow a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act and the Labour Party committed to defending it, the battle lines are drawn in these last few weeks before the general election….. (story)

North Devon Journal 30.4.15 'Chinless foxhunters' column was a 'complete wind-up' says North Devon Conservative candidate By NDJFran - Chinless foxhunters, straw-sucking yokels and whingeing farmers was how North Devon’s Conservative parliamentary candidate once described people from the countryside. In a newspaper column from the Swindon Evening Advertiser following a hunting demonstration in 2002, Peter Heaton-Jones asked protestors to “go back to the country and do stop whingeing…. But Mr Heaton-Jones said the column was a “complete wind-up” and anyone could tell that from the language used. He said his job 13 years ago was to promote radio programmes by “stirring things up” and provoking a reaction on BBC Wiltshire Sound’s breakfast show… (story)
Western Morning News 28.4.15 Conservative candidate says 'straw-sucking yokels' jibe was 'not my view' By GDemianyk - A Conservative candidate in one of the South West's most rural constituencies once derided the countryside as populated by "chinless foxhunters, straw-sucking yokels and whingeing farmers". In a newspaper column, Peter Heaton-Jones, a would-be MP in North Devon and former BBC DJ, launched an attack on the huge countryside march through central London in 2002, arguing if rural life is "so bad" they should "move to the town". Mr Heaton-Jones today said the series of articles he wrote for the Evening Advertiser newspaper in Swindon were designed to provoke a response as a "shock jock" on BBC Wiltshire Sound's breakfast show, and were "not my views"….(story)

Independent 30.4.15 Countryside for the privileged - David Cameron’s failure to grasp the concerns of ordinary people is highlighted in his manifesto promises on farming and the countryside…His determination to tailor the countryside to suit leisure activities of the rich and privileged continues to alienate the people he relies on for the rural vote. Many lives are blighted by the invasion of those with time and money to spare, blasting cage-bred birds from the sky for half the year. He pledges to continue supporting hunting (there will be a free vote on a repeal of the Hunting Act), shooting and fishing… Jill Deane Staveley, Cumbria (letter)

Western Morning News 30.4.15 Cameron has an odd sense of priorities - Islamic State is turning the Middle East into a slaughter house. Children in towns and cities in this country are being abused, drugged, raped and prostituted… With all these things going on Cameron thinks that the way forward is to bring back hunting. by Les Trembath Hayle (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 30.4.15 Slaughter of birds - DON’T visit Malta, whether to stay or from a cruise ship. Its residents, by a majority, albeit small, have just voted to continue the slaughter of migrating birds from Africa… SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton (letter)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 30.4.15 Passage of fly-grazing bill ‘welcomed’ - Equine organisations and councils have welcomed a new bill they hope will help tackle the growing issue of fly-grazing… James Legge, the Countryside Alliance’s head of political affairs, said: “This new act represents a significant step forward for horse welfare and will help local authorities and private landowners tackle the scourge of fly-grazing.”… (story)

29.4.15

Horse & Hound 29.4.15 Whipper-in’s spectacular fall crowned best tumble - Caroline Bankes - A photograph of an amateur whipper-in spectacularly crossing over a large ditch has been deemed the best tumble in the UK. The picture of Sam Matthews has been crowned the winner of the inaugural Countryside Alliance (CA) Tumblers’ Club competition…. It was taken by Ella Meadows at a joint meet of the Weston and Banwell Harriers with the Taunton Vale Harriers on 14 December 2014…. The runner-up was Nollaig Hurley’s image of Colum O’Brian’s fall with the Kingdom Hunt Club; in third place was Paul Buddin’s picture of Edward Carter’s fall in the Bicester with Whaddon Chase country… (story)

Western Morning News 29.4.15 Vote to protect, not persecute animals - This election campaign would make one think that only the human inhabitants of the UK will be affected by the result. But it will have major repercussions for the voiceless and voteless – our wild animals…. by Alan Kirby Protect Our Wild Animals www.powa.org.uk Hayle (letter)

IFAW ELECTION LETTER

Coventry Telegraph 29.4.15 One notable thing about this election is that it seems animal welfare is on the agenda… Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of International Fund for Animal Welfare (letter)
Derby Telegraph 28.4.15 Where do candidates stand on animal welfare issues? – reader's letter - ONE notable thing about this election is that it seems animal welfare is on the agenda…. Find out where your local candidates stand on key animal issues by entering your postcode here…. Philip Mansbridge UK director IFAW (letter)

28.4.15

Horse & Hound 28.4.15 Top hornblower takes Horse & Hound Challenge Cup back to Northumberland - Polly Portwin - Robert McCarthy, the huntsman of the Percy, was the undisputed winner of a national hornblowing competition held at the Horn & Hound Ball…The selection of the runner-up was not quite so clear-cut, with Tony Holdsworth — a former winner and huntsman of the Duke of Beaufort’s — and David Every (Park Beagles) being invited to blow again, with Holdsworth victorious… (story)

Western Morning News 28.4.15 Senior party figures speak their minds on country sports - when they think they're among friends - In the run up to the election parties are tailoring their message to the audience they hope they are addressing. Philip Bowern looks at the rural campaign - In the one, rather stilted, reference to hunting during this election campaign that has actually hit the mainstream broadcast media, David Cameron had to deny his ‘favourite sport’ was fox hunting. He went on to talk about tennis…. Liz Truss, the Secretary of State at Defra, is going into the election campaign, hoping to hold on to her seat in rural Norfolk. Hunting and shooting rather go with the territory… (story)

ANDREW MARR INTERVIEW
Mail 28.4.15 PETER McKAY - Marr's in the Leftie gang - Andrew Marr makes an extraordinary, on-air apology on BBC1 to David Cameron for suggesting the Prime Minister ‘loved’ fox hunting, saying: ‘You may have noticed the Prime Minister looked mildly disconcerted when I put to him a quote about his views on fox hunting. Well, not surprisingly. It turns out he never said it… (story)
Mail 21.4.15 It was 'b*******' for the BBC to say hunting was my favourite sport, says Cameron as he dusts off his election soapbox By MATT CHORLEY - David Cameron today accused the BBC of peddling ‘b*******’ after claiming his favourite sport was foxhunting. The Tory leader hit back at presenter Andrew Marr, after being left baffled by questions during an interview on Sunday…. (story)
Western Morning News 21.4.15 Andrew Marr admits 'cock-up' over claim that PM said fox hunting was his favourite sport By WMNPBowern - Rural issues have barely made the general election agenda, outside of the specialist press ‘til Andrew Marr posed the hunting question. Philip Bowern reports… In the closing seconds of an interview with David Cameron, Mr Marr said the Prime Minister had told the Countryside Alliance that fox hunting was his favourite sport. “Is that really true?” Mr Marr asked…. Mr Marr’s intervention, and the brief furore that ensued, did prompt the Daily Mirror to report, on its website three days ago that the Prime Minister “took part in a secret country shoot, flushing out birds to be blasted from the sky, it emerged today.” The shoot in question was on New Year’s day in Chipping Norton and Mr Cameron was apparently working as a beater. The Mirror claimed it showed he was out of touch. Their own credibility was rather spoiled by the fact they used a picture of a feral pigeon, common in Trafalgar Square but rarely seen in the coverts of Chipping Norton, to illustrate the piece…. (story)
Huffington Post 21.4.15 David Cameron 'Loves Fox Hunting' Says Andrew Marr, Who Then Apologises For Error - Andrew Marr has apologised for saying that David Cameron's favourite sport was fox hunting while interviewing him…. (story)
Spectator 21.4.15 Andrew Marr and the BBC misquoted David Cameron – but how did they get it so wrong? - Camilla Swift - After yesterday’s piece, in which I called out Andrew Marr for attributing an entirely incorrect quote to the PM on his Sunday morning show, two things have happened. Firstly… Andrew Marr replied on Twitter, saying it was an ‘honest mistake’ and ‘cock up not conspiracy’. Secondly, the BBC press office have issued a statement…. Perhaps it was an honest mistake, and they simply got a quote wrong. But how many of the Andrew Marr Show’s 2 million viewers will see the apology, compared to the number who will simply remember the original questions? (story)
Spectator 21.4.15 Andrew Marr admits the BBC misquoted David Cameron on foxhunting - After Mr S’s colleague Camilla Swift wrote of the Twitterstorm that engulfed David Cameron after Andrew Marr claimed on air that the PM had declared foxhunting to be his favourite sport, the presenter has now come clean about the interview. Marr has admitted to The Spectator on Twitter that he was wrong… This leads Mr S to wonder why the BBC failed to look into the error after it occurred? Several people suggested on social media that the corporation may have made a mistake in their research, but substantially more people rushed to blast Cameron for something he never said…. (story)
Broadcast Now 21.4.15 BBC admits 'honest mistake' over Marr's PM interview By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart - The BBC has admitted to making ‘an honest mistake’ after Andrew Marr quizzed David Cameron about fox-hunting in his interview with the prime minister on Sunday…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 20.4.15 How crafty Marr outfoxed Prime Minister: ANDREW PIERCE with the stories the spin doctors DON'T want you to read: Yoicks! By ANDREW PIERCE FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY - During an otherwise confident performance on the BBC's Andrew Marr show this weekend, the Prime Minister stumbled badly when he was challenged over fox hunting. 'You told the Countryside Alliance your favourite sport is fox hunting. Is that really true?' asked an incredulous Marr. As David Cameron looked surprised, Marr repeated the question. In fact, Cameron never said any such thing to the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Spectator 20.4.15 Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron - Camilla Swift - The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking in passion; the PM was full of fight and his normal self-confidence. But there was one question he did falter over. ‘You told the Countryside Alliance magazine recently that your favourite sport was foxhunting’, Marr declared. ‘Is that really true?’. Cameron looked utterly bemused… It’s no wonder that Cameron looked bemused. After all, he had said nothing of the sort… (story)

Holyrood.com 28.4.15 Wildlife crime cannot be tolerated in modern day Scotland - Dr Aileen McLeod , Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, on cracking down on wildlife crime - In the past year, between April 2014 and February 2015, almost 250 wildlife crimes were recorded by Police Scotland. That’s 250 too many… I want to make it abundantly clear that the illegal poisoning of wildlife cannot – and will not – be tolerated in a modern Scotland. This is one of our priorities which the Scottish Government is continuing to tackle head-on. I recently launched a scheme, with the support of PAW Scotland partners, to get rid of illegal pesticides which could be used to poison wildlife…. (story)

27.4.15

Huffington Post 27.4.15 Foxycology: Separating Fox Fact and Fiction - Dr Toni Shephard Head of Policy and Research at the League Against Cruel Sports - Foxes divide opinion more deeply than any other native British mammal. Some see them as beautiful, adaptable animals who provide a connection to the fast disappearing natural world. Others - generally those who kill foxes for pleasure or profit - claim they are pests whose numbers need to controlled… (story)

Shields Gazette 27.4.15 Rough world for animals - HARDLY a day goes by without reading or hearing of another case of pain and suffering inflicted on the animal kingdom… Kennels are nearly at bursting point… Not to mention in early March ministers rejected the call to ban the religious slaughter of animals… Then there was David Cameron who has pledged to let MPs vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting if he wins the next election…. Ken Johnson, Mowbray Road, South Shields. (letter)

Irish Times 27.4.15 Hunting and field sports - Philip Donnelly (April 22nd) is unhappy with my likening (April 20th) of illegal deer poaching to legal field sports. I stand over that comparison as I happen to believe that setting 20 or 30 hounds after a fox, to chase the animal until exhaustion delivers it to the pack, is every bit as cruel or inhumane as setting lurchers or other hunting dogs on deer… JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Times 24.4.15 Hunting and field sports - Philip Donnelly (April 22nd) writes that in Britain a ban on hunting was “railroaded through the House of Commons by Tony Blair’s Labour government”. In July 2003 a free vote of all elected MPs resulted in a healthy majority of 208 members supporting a ban on hunting wild mammals with dogs… ROBERT HARRIS, Ballydehob, Co Cork a target=main href="http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/hunting-and-field-sports-1.2186780">(letter)
Irish Times 22.4.15 Hunting and field sports - I write on behalf of approximately 270 hunt clubs across this island, and thousands of their members, to condemn in the strongest terms the conflation of illegal deer-hunting with lawful field sports by John Fitzgerald (April 20th). As Mr Fitzgerald well knows there is simply no comparison between the reckless criminality of gangs of poachers trespassing on lands where deer might be present and the traditional pursuits of foxhunting and beagling which are a strand interwoven in the fabric of our rural society going back hundreds of years…. PHILIP DONNELLY, Director, Hunting with Hounds, FACE Ireland, Clane, Co Kildare. (letter)
Irish Times 20.4.15 Illegal deer-hunting - JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Co Kilkenny. (letter)
Irish Examiner 18.4.15 We need to protect hares and foxes as well as deer - The Gardaí and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are to be complimented for their latest clampdown on illegal deer hunting… Chasing a fox for miles until its lungs give out is, I would argue, on the same level as the “sport” engaged in by the nocturnal deer poachers. Likewise, hares are subjected to terror and injuries in coursing…. John Fitzgerald Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports Lower Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 27.4.15 Smiles all round at East Anglian Game and Country Fair 2015 - Sam Russell - Daring dogs and heavy horses had crowds smiling from ear to ear at the East Anglian Game and Country Fair. Event organiser Andy Grand said that the celebration of countryside traditions at the Norfolk Showground over the weekend was a huge success… (story)

Leicester Mercury 27.4.15 Animal cruelty levels in Leicestershire up 10 per cent By Samantha Fisher - The RSPCA has released figures showing levels of animal cruelty in Leicestershire in 2014 increased by 10 per cent on the previous year… Kerry Sedgewick, a member of Leicester Animal Rights group, said: "It is vile this is happening. I am quite shocked by the figures. It is very sad and disappointing, we are meant to be a nation of animal lovers… (story)

26.4.15

Sunday Telegraph 26.4.15 Beware the boars By William Langley - If you go down to the woods today, the big surprise may not be an entirely pleasant one. After an absence of 400 years, wild boar are again roaming freely – too freely in the view of many – from Cornwall to East Anglia… The Forestry Commission, has been trying to increase the number it culls each year, but admits it is engaged in an “acrimonious debate” with animal rights lobbyists and others who claim that the boar pose no real danger to the public and actually improve the health of the forest… (story)

ITV 26.4.15 Animal rights protestors on the march in Cambridge - Hundreds of campaigners have marched through Cambridge to protest about experiments on animals…. (story)
Cambridge News 25.4.15 Hundreds join Animal Rights Cambridge protest and say ‘there is no excuse for animal abuse’ By Debra Fox - Hundreds of activists have joined a march in Cambridge against animal testing. Today's protest, organised by Animal Rights Cambridge, drew support from beyond the city, with some travelling from Oxford and Leicester just to take part… (story)
Cambridge News 24.4.15 500 animal rights activists to march in Cambridge against university experiments and AstraZeneca HQ By EleanorDickin - Hundred of activists will march through Cambridge tomorrow to protest against the use of animals in scientific experiments. More than 500 protesters from across the country are expected to gather in the city as part of World Day for Laboratory Animals. Organised by Animal Rights Cambridge, the protesters will be demonstrating against animal experiments at the university and AstraZeneca's new £330 million headquarters on the Biomedical Campus…. (story)
Cambridge News 23.4.15 Police officers to be on guard for Cambridge animal rights protest - Police will be on the beat in Cambridge this Saturday as protesters gather for World Day for Animals in Laboratories. A maximum of about 500 people are expected to meet on Parker's Piece at about 12pm. At 2pm the procession is scheduled to leave Parker's Piece and march around the city… (story)

25.4.15

MKWeb 25.4.15 LUSH: People are invited to question local MP's on animal welfare at Lush store, Milton Keynes - This Sunday, April 26, Lush Milton Keynes will be holding a political hustings in store to ask local MP's what they can do for animals in the run up to the local and general election. Andrew Pakes from the Labour Party, David Reilly from UKIP, Paul Graham from Lib Dem, Jennifer Marklew and Samatha Pancheri from the Green Party will be attending to answer the public's questions. Hannah Allford, Manager at Lush, Milton Keynes said: "We will be focusing on questions about the fox hunting ban, badger culling, getting mandatory CCTV in slaughter houses, dog fighting and grey hound racing…. (story)

Horse & Hound 25.4.15 12 things you won’t miss about the hunting season - The end of season blues have truly kicked in now that the hunting season is over but even for the most hardened hunting fanatic, there are some things that won’t be missed over the summer months… (story)

Leicester Mercury 25.4.15 Where do you stand? - As no specific comments were made about the content of my letter I fail to see the point of MJ Smith's response to it ("Not again", Mailbox, April 18). Is he/she in favour of the badger cull and the repeal of the Hunting Act? Is it acceptable to raise game birds in battery cages and for slaughterhouse workers to be deliberately cruel to animals?... Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

ITV 25.4.15 Hundreds expected at badger cull march in Worcester - Hundreds of anti-badger cull campaigners are expected to take to the streets in Worcester later…. (story)
Worcester News 23.4.15 Badger protest comes to Worcester by James Forrest - A PROTEST against the "monstrous" badger cull is coming to Worcester. The event, which will be "peaceful and family-friendly" according to the organisers, will take place on Saturday (April 25) at 1pm, starting in St Andrews Park, Deansway…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 25.4.15 Claim of 'sinister forces' behind big top protests rapped BY AMANDA FERGUSON - Animal welfare campaigners have hit back at a circus boss who suggested "sinister forces" are manipulating protests at big tops in Northern Ireland…. Activists from a group called Northern Ireland Says No To Animal Cruelty (NISNTAC) rejected suggestions that protesters were "conspicuous by their absence" at horse and dog racing tracks anywhere in Ireland…. (story)
Belfast Telegraph 22.4.15 Circuses claim animal lovers 'being manipulated by sinister forces to join protests' BY IVAN LITTLE - A circus boss has claimed that "sinister" forces are manipulating genuine animal lovers who are protesting outside three Big Top tours in Northern Ireland this week. The claims from Charles O'Brien of Fossetts Circus come amid denials from animal rights activists that they were behind a fire which killed 13 dogs in a Fermanagh shed owned by relatives of a family named in a BBC investigation into dog breeding…. (story)

24.4.15

Western Daily Press 24.4.15 'Hunting Don' Sir Raymond Carr who revived Spanish history - He may have been the son of a Bath schoolmaster, but the death of Sir Raymond Carr at the age of 96 probably made more headlines in Spain than in his native England. Widely regarded as one of the greatest historians Britain has ever produced, he defied Franco's regime to record a forgotten Spain for future generations. Known in some circles as the "the hunting don" and described by others as an hedonistic eccentric, Sir Raymond died in Barcelona on April 19 2015…. He had a lifelong love of horses and took up hunting in the 1970s. He and wife Sara jointly wrote English Fox Hunting, a comprehensive history of fox-hunting from medieval times, and, Fox-Hunting in 1986…. (story)

Oxford Student 24.4.15 Oxford West MP under fire for fox hunting stance By Luke Mintz - Oxford MP Nicola Blackwood has come under fire from student activists this week for her apparent support of legal fox hunting. Blackwood, Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has signalled her support for a bill to legalise fox hunting, which was banned in 2004. She claims the original ban was “introduced undemocratically”, and she “fully supports a Repeal Bill with a free vote so that a proper debate can happen”…. Student animal rights activists reacted with dismay to Blackwood’s stance. Adam Bridgen, President of the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society, described fox hunting as a “barbarous blood sport that the Labour Party did well to do away with”,…. Liberal Democrat candidate Layla Moran, Blackwood’s main opponent, also criticised the MP’s stance and voiced her own disapproval of fox hunting… (story)

Littlehampton Gazette 24.4.15 Conservatives’ Arundel and South Downs candidate - In the last ten years as MP for the fantastic constituency of Arundel & South Downs I have done my utmost to support local communities, writes Nick Herbert….Passionate about the countryside and rural communities: I helped to set up the Countryside Movement, which became the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Morpeth Herald 24.4.15 Berwick election candidate profiles - With just weeks to go until the General Election on Thursday, May 7, we have offered the candidates standing in the Berwick Upon Tweed constituency an opportunity to address our readers. NIGEL REVELL COGHILL-MARSHALL (UK Independence Party)… A member of the Countryside Alliance and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, he believes that Parliament has neglected rural areas and occupations for decades…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 24.4.15 Video: General Election - Brian May leads "Votes for Animals" march on Westminster - Celebrities have called for a more compassionate society as they led a suffragette-themed march on Parliament to launch a "Votes for Animals" campaign. Scores of people dressed in Edwardian costume and wearing animal masks marched from Oxford Street to Westminster for the launch of the initiative to highlight the importance of animal welfare issues in the General Election…. (story)
Contactmusic 24.4.15 Brian May - Brian May And Peter Egan Lead Animal Rights Protest March - Rocker Brian May And Downton Abbey Actor Peter Egan Joined Protesters Marching To Britain's Houses Of Parliament On Thursday (23apr15) To Raise Awareness Of Animal Welfare Policies Ahead Of The U.k. General Election…. (story)
Yahoo News 24.4.15 Brian May and Bill Oddie back 'Votes for Animals' - Celebrities and campaigners are launching a “Votes for Animals” initiative to highlight the importance of animal welfare issues in the General Election. Queen guitarist Brian May, actor Peter Egan and wildlife expert Bill Oddie are among those launching the campaign to inform the public on where their local candidate stands on animal welfare, and to urge people to take it into consideration when voting. A day of action today will see a Suffragette-themed march on Parliament and speeches from the celebrity backers…. (story)

Cambridge News 24.4.15 Cambridge University researchers 'got rats hooked on heroin and cocaine' By chris elliott - Researchers at Cambridge University have been turning rats into junkies, animal welfare campaigners claim…. Claire Palmer, spokeswoman for Animal Justice Project, told the News: "Taxpayers' money is being used to fund futile animal experiments using recreational drugs inside Cambridge University…. (story)

Mirror 24.4.15 Universities come under fire for experimenting on lab monkeys By Martin Bagot - Hundreds of monkeys have undergone traumatic experiments at UK universities with some rated as ‘severe’ and causing long lasting suffering. Animal welfare campaigners are calling for an end to primate tests… The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) claims half are born to a parent captured from the wild…. (story)

Hereford Times 24.4.15 Put pigs on your election agenda - I REALISE that in the scheme of things, animals are low on the list of priorities for the general election, but I implore anyone reading this to ask candidates where they stand on the Ministry of Defence’s experiments on pigs in this country… JENNIE GRIDLEY Address supplied (letter)

22.4.15

BBC News Online 22.4.15 Hunting ban 'not enforced properly' in South West - Opponents of wild animal hunting claim the fox hunting ban, in force for more than 10 years, is not being properly enforced in the South West…. The claims come after figures obtained by the BBC show no prosecutions have been made in Devon and Cornwall since the ban was introduced… Although private prosecutions have been mounted by the League Against Cruel Sports, and the RSPCA, there have been no cases brought on the basis of police investigations…. (story)

Horse & Hound 22.4.15 Hunting: a day to remember doing the best job in the world - Rory Knight Bruce - Horse & Hound hunting correspondent Rory Knight Bruce recalls his best day of the 2014/15 season, which left him with "an indelible impression of sportsmanship and generosity" - More than 60 mounted and as many on foot attended Edward and Rebecca Brown’s generous lawn meet on 18 March for the Derwent foxhounds from North Yorkshire on their west-country visit to the Tiverton… (story)

Western Daily Press 22.4.15 Hunting Act protects hares - The repeal of the Hunting with Dogs Act 2004 would further threaten the survival of our inoffensive brown hare, listed in a 2011 zoology report as being one of our iconic native species most at risk of extinction by 2050. Around one third of the dog hunts in England and Wales are hare hunts, nothing to do with foxes… John Rimington BSc Technical liaison officer, Hare Preservation Trust (story)

Guardian 22.4.15 Animal rights protesters investigated by police over anti-Tory leaflets - Detectives have been called in to investigate thousands of anti-Tory posters and leaflets distributed by animal rights campaigners in key marginal constituencies. Members of the Stop the Cull group, which took direct action against the Tory-Lib Dem coalition’s controversial badger cull, claim to have printed almost half a million leaflets and posters calling for people to “Vote the Tories out”… some of the material has been passed to Gloucestershire police. A detective sergeant has written to Jay Tiernan, a leading member of the Stop the Cull group, suggesting the leaflets and posters could constitute an electoral offence. The officer believes that though the Stop the Cull group is not standing, it has published election material… (story)

Western Morning News 22.4.15 Labour will face legal challenge if it comes to power and scraps badger cull By WMNPBowern - An incoming Labour Government will face a court challenge if it goes ahead and scraps the badger cull, leading farmers’ representatives in the South West have pledged. David Verney, Devon’s NFU county chairman, and Martin Howlett, the union’s South West regional board chairman, have both said they will press the NFU to launch a judicial review demanding the badger culls continue as part of a comprehensive policy to combat bovine TB… (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 22.4.15 Please think of the animals - Kate Fowler, head of campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)
Derby Telegraph 18.4.15 What the election could mean for the animals - DESPITE what we hear, political parties are not all the same, and their policies on animal issues are particularly diverse. For example, the badger cull may be abandoned, continued in the two pilot zones or extended across the country depending on the outcome of the election. Similarly, the Hunting Act may be strengthened, remain as it is or be scrapped altogether, which would legalise fox-hunting and hare-hunting again…. Kate Fowler Head of campaigns Animal Aid (letter)

Western Morning News 22.4.15 WMN opinion: Still time for Labour to do right thing on bovine TB - It’s little wonder livestock farmers in the South West are pressing the National Farmers’ Union to launch a judicial review if Labour comes to power and carries through on its promise to scrap the badger cull. They fought long enough to have the cull included in measures to bring this devastating disease under control. They are hardly going to give up what a majority see as a vital part of the strategy because of a change of government… (story)

Liverpool Echo 22.4.15 Animal rights demonstrators protest over testing at the University of Liverpool By Rhian Lubin - Animal rights activists demonstrated against laboratory testing at the University of Liverpool today. Merseyside Animals Rights group staged a protest after learning through a Freedom of Information request the university carried out 14,753 experiments on animals in 2014…. (story)

21.4.15

Leicester Mercury 21.4.15 Real needs of countryside - Tim Bonner ("Why Hunting Act should be repealed", First Person, April 10) says that for 10 years it has been illegal to hunt a fox, despite a complete absence of evidence that hunting is less humane than other methods of control. Surely he must realise that most people have long since accepted that hunting with hounds has little to do with the control of foxes. It is just a case of blood lust… G A Wright, Leicester (letter)

Stroud Life 21.4.15 Pro-fox hunters help Conservative candidate - but repealing ban is not his priority - Pro-fox hunters are supporting Neil Carmichael’s re-election campaign - but he said repealing the Hunting Act is not a priority for him. The Conservative candidate for Stroud thanked Berkeley Hunt for distributing leaflets for him in the run-up to the General Election - while Labour candidate David Drew accused him of being ‘in the pocket of local hunts.’… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 21.4.15 MSPs to be asked to get ball rolling on new air gun licensing “without” the facts by Tim Pauling - MSPs will be asked to approve in principle legislation requiring the licensing of air guns without all the facts, it was claimed last night. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is up in arms over “missing” data which it believes will show a steep decline in air weapon crimes. The latest annual statistics on air weapons offences were due to be published last November, but will not be available until October due to “difficulties in collating the data”…. (story)

20.4.15

TRAPPED DEER DIES ON LACS SANCTUARY
Western Morning News 20.4.15 I'm not a League Against Cruel Sports sympathiser, says new owner of former deer sanctuary By WMNPBowern - The owner of the former deer sanctuary where a yearling red deer was caught in a fence and died has rejected the suggestion she is a League Against Cruel Sports sympathiser, as initially reported by the Western Morning News. Karen Keen bought the land at Alfoxton on Somerset’s Quantock Hills from the League, which at first said the fence on which the deer had been caught was erected by her as the new owner. They later admitted they were wrong and the fence had been in place for several years…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.4.15 League Against Cruel Sports admits it was wrong over fence that killed a red deer By WMNPBowern - People living near a former League Against Cruel Sports deer sanctuary where a red deer died caught in a fence have reacted angrily to claims by the League that the fence was only erected after the animal welfare organisation sold the land…. Joe Duckworth said: “The fence has been erected since we sold it… But several callers to the WMN who live in the area said the fence in question had been in place for years and criticised the League for failing to continue to monitor the area to keep deer safe… Now the League has admitted it was wrong about the fence… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.4.15 Anger as deer dies in fence at sanctuary By Philip BOWERN - A row has broken out after a red deer died trapped in a wire fence surrounding a sanctuary where the League Against Cruel Sports has sporting rights…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.4.15 Red deer dies trapped in a fence - surrounding land sold by League Against Cruel Sports By WMNPBowern - A red deer has died a slow and lingering death – trapped in a wire fence surrounding a sanctuary where the League Against Cruel Sports retain the sporting rights. The yearling is feared to have been trapped for several days before it died in the fence surrounding the land at Alfoxton on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The land inside the fence used to be owned by the League Against Cruel Sports but was sold to a sympathiser last year. The League retains the sporting rights to the land and has employed security guards nearby to protect a large red deer stag known as Red. One local critic of the League’s said they had failed to monitor the area and the security guards had either failed to notice the trapped deer – or failed to act… (story)

TEDWORTH PROSECUTION DROPPED
Horse & Hound 20.4.15 Investigation into attack that left huntsman unconscious dropped - Amy Mathieson - An investigation into an attack on Tedworth joint master and huntsman Mike Lane has been dropped by the police. Mr Lane was left with two fractured teeth and concussion following a clash between hunt saboteurs and members of the Tedworth on 24 January… (story)
Western Daily Press 20.4.15 Police shelve investigation into iron bar attack on huntsman Mike Lane near Amesbury - Police have shelved an investigation to bring men armed with iron bars who attacked a huntsman to justice, despite being given extensive video footage of the incident.... (story)
Mail on Sunday 19.4.15 Fury as police drop probe into this brutal iron-bar attack on huntsman despite dossier of evidence on possible suspect By VALERIE ELLIOTT FOR MAIL ON SUNDAY - Police have dropped an investigation into a vicious assault on a huntsman just three months after it took place – despite a wealth of evidence pointing to the identity of a suspected attacker. Last night the victim, Mike Lane, 40, who was beaten by balaclava-clad protesters armed with iron bars on ropes, condemned the decision by police as ‘pathetic’… During the incident, Mr Lane, who is joint master of the Tedworth Hunt, was sent flying to the ground, before being kicked in the head. He was admitted to hospital with concussion and broken teeth and his face was swollen. Since the attack he has suffered memory loss… (story)
Western Morning News 19.4.15 Campaign to unmask violent anti-hunt protesters is stepped up after attackers go unpunished By WMNPBowern - Rural campaigners are stepping up pressure to have violent anti-hunt protesters unmasked after police unexpectedly dropped an investigation into an horrific attack. The pro-hunt Countryside Alliance wants police forces to use more widely the powers they already have to force masked demonstrators to show their faces…. A police spokesman said: “‘We have been unable to move the inquiry further forward. At this stage the case has been recorded as undetected, however should other evidence come to light then it will be re-opened.”… A video of the Wiltshire incident along with other evidence was given to the police after the assault at Everleigh, near Amesbury… Despite the masks, the face of the thug who kicked Mr Lane was captured on video and police issued the suspect’s photograph, although he has not been identified…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 20.4.15 Fury over barbaric fox hunting pictures posted by Armagh woman BY PATRICIA DEVLIN - Self-styled' lady hunter' Charlene Rafferty says she sees nothing wrong with allowing her lurcher dog to tear apart defenceless animals. The Armagh woman — who describes herself online as one of the ‘Pink Lady Hunters’ — proudly posted the picture of her dog savaging a fox on social media with the words “that’s my girl” earlier this year.... When contacted by Sunday Life last week, Rafferty denied taking part in blood sport and said the picture was an example of “pest control”.... USPCA Chief Stephen Philpott described the image as “horrific” and called on politicians to re-examine legislation here... (story)

Western Daily Press 20.4.15 Election 2015 – VoteOK reveals plans for candidates - So after many years in the background it's finally out in the open. VoteOK is a behind-the-scenes army of hunt supporters who target any sitting anti-hunt MPs in order to get a sufficient number of pro-hunt MPs in Parliament to repeal the Hunting Act... Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)

York Press 20.4.15 Families enjoy a great day out at the Ryedale Game and Country Fair - FAMILIES enjoyed a great day out at the Ryedale Game and Country Fair, with something for everyone to enjoy... (story)

Western Morning News 21.4.15 Vets warn failing to tackle bovine TB in wildlife has made rural crisis worse By WMNPBowern - Britain’s vets are adamant the four-year badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire must continue, a conference organised by the Badger Trust has been told. The assertion came in the wake of a British Veterinary Association report calling for an end to the ‘free shooting’ of the mammals and a switch to cage trapping and shooting… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 20.4.15 Animal rights activists plan series of pickets against circuses BY NEVIN FARRELL - Several prominent circuses touring Northern Ireland at the moment are in the sights of the protesters, who are urging supporters to join a wave of protests. The 'Northern Ireland Says NO To Animal Cruelty' group said on Twitter: "Well done guys. We are protesting all animal circuses in the country at the minute - get joining."... (story)

19.4.15

Mirror 19.4.15 Out-of-touch Prime Minister David Cameron enjoyed secret day of blood sports with Chipping Norton set By Ben Glaze - David Cameron took part in a secret country shoot, flushing out birds to be blasted from the sky, it emerged today... He was a “beater”, hitting the ground to force defenceless game to fly off and present targets for gun-toting marksmen to shoot them out of the air.... The latest bloody escapade took place near the PM’s Oxfordshire constituency home..... (story)

Sunday Express 19.4.15 Winter's tails: Urban foxes, and why they divide the nation By STUART WINTER - Conservatives are in favour of having a free vote on the return of fox hunting while Labour is pledged to maintain the ban it brought in a decade ago. Whatever the outcome of the election and any changes in legislation, one thing is assured: foxes will continue to divide the nation even more than David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Urban foxes in particular have deeply divided the national conscience… (story)

18.4.15

Yorkshire Post 18.4.15 Charity rugby match pitchs hunts against each other - IT WILL be turf war of a different kind this afternoon when two local hunts meet - on the rugby pitch. This is the second annual inter-hunt rugby match between The Holderness Hunt and The Middleton Hunt and this year Holderness are determined to win…. (story)

Rutland Times 18.4.15 Preparations underway for Rutland County Show - Preparations are well underway for the 183rd Rutland County Show, which takes place on Sunday, May 31….In the pavilion this year there will be a demonstration kitchen loaned by the Lincolnshire Showground and in the main ring, there will be the Mounted Games of GB, the new Military Working Dog Squadron based at St George’s Barracks, Canine Partners, Leicester Tigers and the Cottesmore Hunt, along with an extra five packs of hounds…. (story)

Scotsman 18.4.15 Hare numbers - I read with interest your piece on mountain hares on (14) April that stated ten “conservation” bodies have asked for a three-year ban on the culling of mountain hares on areas managed for grouse shooting because of a lack of scientific information on the impact these culls were having. As a keeper living and working in the uplands for more than 20 years I have been involved in the sustainable management of mountain hares… Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust science has already proved that breeding success of all moorland birds is four times more productive where predator control is taking place and it is the same for mountain hares… Perhaps some of the ten organisations that signed up to this should practise some predator control on their own land and measure the fourfold effect it would have on biodiversity. Ian Elliot Upland Keeper on the Lammermuir Hills Gifford, East Lothian (letter)

17.4.15

Western Daily Press 17.4.15 David Cameron 'delighted' with hunt support to swing election By TristanCork - Prime Minister David Cameron said he is 'delighted' with the efforts of an army of hunt supporters being mobilised to help the Conservatives win in marginal seats across the West… The Prime Minister has joined the campaigners co-ordinated by an organisation called Vote-OK, which matches coachloads of hunt supporters with general election candidates who support repealing the hated ban on hunting…. (story)

Western Morning News 17.4.15 Anti-hunt law needs to be strengthened - I cannot believe it is necessary in this day and age to yet again state hunting is cruel and belongs to a long ago time before us ladies got the vote. Of course the anti-hunting legislation should be strengthened so that our premier animal welfare society does not have to spend hard earned contributions in bringing law breakers to court…. Pamela Brickman Bridport (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 17.4.15 Cheltenham Green Party MP candidate labels jump-racing 'barbaric', backs call for full review By jrmaidment - The Green Party's Cheltenham MP candidate has suggested jump-racing is "barbaric" but insisted if it could be made completely "safe" he would have "no reason" to support banning the sport…. Adam Van Coevorden, who is hoping to represent the home of jump-racing as Cheltenham's next MP, said he is no fan of the sport. "Anything that can be proven to be dangerous and injurious to animals has to be barbaric, to be honest," he said. "There are far too many deaths in jump-racing at the moment."… (story)

Telegraph 17.4.15 Country Life wages war to make litter 'as uncool as smoking and drinking' By Hannah Furness - Britain has “lost its self-respect” and has been overcome by “sloppy selfishness”, Country Life magazine has said as it launches a five-point plan to make littering as "uncool as smoking or drinking"…. Lt-Gen Sir Barney White-Spunner, head of the Countryside Alliance, said it was a “sad fact” that much of the population now believes “it’s ok to dump their rubbish”…. (story)

16.4.15

Western Morning News 16.4.15 Constant battle to uphold hunting law - Solicitor Jamie Foster’s opinion article (WMN, April 3) contained unfounded accusations against the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). These included withholding evidence in a hunting prosecution brought by the RSPCA against the Cattistock Hunt and targeting this hunt because the joint master is a wealthy land owner. These allegations are untrue. Foster also cited further video evidence of his client laying legal trails before and after the alleged breach of the hunting ban. We haven’t seen this footage, nor do we need to as it has no bearing on the case…. by Philip Mansbridge UK Director of IFAW (letter)
Western Morning News 3.4.15 OPINION: Lawyer Jamie Foster believes the RSPCA, once a great animal welfare charity, has lost its way - Lawyer Jamie Foster wonders what the founder of the forerunner to the RSPCA, Richard Martin, would think of the current state of the charity, as another prosecution of alleged illegal hunting fails - Let me start by declaring an interest. Mr William Bryer, the Joint Master and Huntsman of the Cattistock, is not only my client but also my friend, and has been for some years... Since the Hunting Act came into force, William Bryer and the Cattistock, like most of the hunts in the country, have been practising a new rural pursuit called trail hunting... IFAW managed to capture footage of a fox crossing a road and running across a field in a similar direction to that taken by William Bryer’s hounds. They didn’t take this footage to the police and the CPS, knowing full well that there was no way the proper authorities would bring a case based on such flimsy evidence. Instead IFAW preferred to chance their arm with the RSPCA... Mr Bryer is back looking after his hounds and without a stain on his character. Mr Martin’s Royal Society now needs to appoint a strong CEO to give it proper direction and put it back where it should be, at the heart of animal welfare in the UK. I suggest they ask me to do it... (story)

Sheffield Star 16.4.15 Hunting act - Not mentioned in news of the Tory manifesto is the promise Dave made to his hunting pals. If he gets a clear majority hunting will become legal again… Name and address supplied (letter)

15.4.15

Horse & Hound 15.4.15 Eventers, vets, beaglers and jockeys prepare for London Marathon Amy Mathieson - Eventers, vets, beaglers and jockeys are taking part in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon later this month (26 April) to raise funds for charity…This year’s Countryside Alliance marathon runners include Charles Jardine, the 62 year-old director of the CA’s Fishing4Schools project; Sophie Moate, 29, a keen beagler who works in corporate PR in London and Holly Bourne-Arton, 20, a student who hunts with the Bedale… (story)

Leicester Mercury 15.4.15 MERCURY MAILBOX: Terrible time for animals - Well said, Jack Riggall. I agree that the flouting of the Hunting Act and persecution of wild animals is a disgrace ("Help to stop barbarity", Mailbox, April 9). Sadly, the past five years have been a disaster for animals. Despite public opposition and scientific advice against a badger cull, it went ahead. Fortunately an attempt to repeal the Hunting Act was unsuccessful but there is little political enthusiasm to strengthen it and close loopholes which are used by hunts to flout the law. A proposed ban on battery cages for "game birds" was overturned… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 9.4.15 Help to stop barbarity - As a conservationist, it seems absurd to me that, despite all the issues facing the environment today, illegal persecution of wild animal species should still be a concern at all. There are raptors being killed and hidden away, badgers falling victim to dog fighters and, perhaps more insidious, the open flouting of the Hunting Act (and Protection of Badgers Act) by criminal groups such as the Atherstone Hunt…. I see no difference between the activities of the Atherstone Hunt and the barbarity of badger baiting…. Jack Riggall (letter)

Mirror 15.4.15 David Cameron promises bill to legalise fox hunting in Conservative manifesto By Mikey Smith - A Tory government would put forward a bill to legalise fox hunting if they win the election. David Cameron promised MPs a free vote on repealing the ban on hunting with dogs, which has been in place since 2004…. (story)

Stroud News & Journal 15.4.15 INTERVIEW – David Drew - Labour parliamentary candidate for Stroud by Jamie Wiseman, Reporter - In the run-up to the general election, the SNJ will be interviewing all the candidates hoping to become Stroud’s next MP. This week, reporter Jamie Wiseman spoke to Labour’s David Drew, who is hoping to reclaim the seat in Parliament after being voted out in 2010…. Environmentally, we’ll work to badger culling immediately - which I spoke aboutlast week – along with reinforcing animal welfare legislation… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 15.4.15 What West Wales farmers want from general election - WITH just a few weeks to go until the general election the race for Westminster is heating up. In Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire the farming community forms a sizeable chunk of the electorate and will have a considerable say in who gets elected in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion… The FUW has launched its own manifesto, claiming the sector's contribution to both rural and urban economies is often overlooked…. The FUW has said it is in favour of remaining in the UK but calls on the next government to work for less bureaucracy and red tape. The union has also states that rural areas must not be disproportionately affected by cuts and to extend the Rural Fuel Rebate Scheme to Wales. The FUW also wants to see more research into all areas of agriculture and to revoke the Hunting Act… (story)

Lancashire Evening Post 15.4.15 Taking pot shot at game shoot - The Tory party recently held a general election fund raiser at one of the most expensive hotels in London. Guests paid £15,000 per table and raised £3m for Tory funds. Among items auctioned were a weekend pheasant shoot for eight people… The Tories rather than standing up for hard working people are selling pheasant shoots to the super rich…. Tony Wilson, Unison NEC member North West Region (letter)

PETA GRAND NATIONAL LETTER 2
Leicester Mercury 15.4.15 Deadly arena for horses - The 2015 Aintree Grand National meeting claimed its second victim, Balder Succes, who was destroyed on Sunday morning… The news comes after the death of Seedling, a young horse who broke his neck in the first race on Grand National day… Forty-two horses have now been killed at the three-day Grand National meeting since 2000. Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid (letter)

PETA GRAND NATIONAL LETTER 1
Belfast Telegraph 15.4.15 Time to end this National disgrace - ELISA ALLEN People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.4.15 How many Grand National horse deaths must we witness? - Elisa Allen People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) (letter)
Scotsman 13.4.15 Animal cruelty - Elisa Allen People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals London (letter)
Independent 13.4.15 Stop these disgraceful races - Horse fatalities are so common that watching the Grand National races is like having a front-row seat at a bullring. Seedling is the latest horse to crash horribly and die at Aintree… how many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness? Elisa Allen People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), London N1 (letter)

Surrey Mirror 15.4.15 Badger conservationist receives lifetime achievement award for his work in East Surrey - A DEDICATED conservationist has received a lifetime achievement award for his work protecting East Surrey's badgers. Warwick Reynolds, a senior field officer of the East Surrey Badger Protection Society, has become only the second person to receive the award from the Badger Trust. Society chairman Raymond Ings said: "Warwick was given the prestigious award for his remarkable dedication and unceasing work for the protection of badgers… (story)

Mid Ulster Mail 15.4.15 Video: Do these circus tigers in Magherafelt look happy? - Shauna Corr - A travelling circus that has just pitched up in Mid Ulster, has defended its use of tigers after complaints from animal lovers protesting at its gate…Helen Davies, contacted the Mail to say: “I see that Courtney Brothers Daredevil Circus is coming to town! “They have five Bengal tigers that live in a cage 23 1/2 hours a day - If we did this with our average domestic moggy it would be considered totally unacceptable.” While another woman, Leigh Davies, told our reporter: “Anybody with half a brain would know it’s not right.... (story)

Leicester Mercury 15.4.15 Staying away - Regarding the article on the continental market in Leicester (Mercury, April 9) – they are selling kangaroo, buffalo, venison and wild boar… E Davies, Leicester (letter)

14.4.15

Wharfedale Observer 14.4.15 Candidate discusses animal welfare policy - ANIMAL welfare was high on the agenda when Labour shadow environment secretary, Maria Eagle, visited Ilkley. Ms Eagle joined Labour parliamentary candidate for the Keighley constituency, John Grogan, in Ilkley town centre on Wednesday (April 8) to talk to voters about the party’s animal welfare policies. She said Labour plans to keep the ban on hunting with dogs if it wins next month’s general election, and would put a halt to the badger culls… (story)

Spectator 14.4.15 The Green Party’s animal policies: where the ridiculous outweighs the sensible - Camilla Swift - Lo, the official Green Party manifesto was released, and the animals they did rejoice. Or did they? The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, for one, have already come out and said that the party’s policies ‘will cause chaos in the countryside’… It’s unsurprising that the Greens have also pledged to maintain and strengthen the current ban on foxhunting, but more surprisingly they’ve also proposed ‘a complete ban on cages for hens and rabbits’ so they can be ‘returned to the land’. We can hope that proposal is simply badly worded, but it’s one that’s making headlines already. The foxes will certainly be pleased, that much is for sure… (story)

Western Morning News 14.4.15 Green Party pledges on farming and country sports will divide rural voters By WMNPBowern - Political parties need a broad sweep of policies in their election manifestos. But voters will often judge them on just one or two that directly affect them. And the immediate response to the Green Party manifesto, published today (April 14), from those involved in country sports was understandably less than enthusiastic…. BASC chairman Alan Jarrett warned yesterday: “These sweeping policy pledges threaten to cause chaos in the countryside and will have far-reaching unintended consequences. Far from helping conservation and other Green Party aims, they would result in the immediate end to conservation work carried out as part of shooting and inflict mortal blows to rural communities which depend on shooting to remain viable… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 14.4.15 Shadow farming minister slams badger cull during visit to Gloucester - The badger cull in Gloucestershire was a "disaster", according to shadow farming minister Huw Irranca-Davies. Mr Irranca-Davies visited Gloucester today to speak to people about Labour's animal welfare policies and give his support to the city's Labour candidate Sophy Garnder. He said defending the hunting ban, ending the badger culls, reviewing inadequate regulations on the sale and breeding of dogs and cats and banning the use of wild animals in circuses were key priorities for a Labour government… (story)

Argus 14.4.15 Green Party may ban horse and greyhound racing by Ben Leo - THE Green Party could ban all horse and greyhound racing if they came into power. Speaking ahead of the party’s manifesto launch today, national party leader Natalie Bennett said they would have a “complete review” of all horse and greyhound racing in the UK…. The horse racing industry alone is worth £3.4 billion to the economy and provides 17,000 full-time jobs and boasts hundreds of years of history and prestige…. AT RACING stables across Sussex yesterday the proposal was met with anger and frustration… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 14.4.15 Tell us views about hunting - DESPITE a reported 80 per cent of the British people wishing to defend and strengthen The Hunting Act, David Cameron and Nigel Farage are committed to repealing the act. Every candidate at the forthcoming election should, I believe, therefore openly tell the electorate their thoughts on the matter if politicians wish to re-introduce hunting with dogs, and allow the killing of the animals at the end of the chase…. David L Davies Llanmorlais (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 14.4.15 Shooting helps manage problem species of birds - I've noticed in a few recent editions of your newspaper that the animal rights extremists are beginning their annual spring rant about shooting - full of the tired old cliches about how cruel it is to kill things and equally full of stupid mistakes which only show how little they know about running the countryside… We do not inflict unnecessary suffering on anything - if something has to be killed, we do it as quickly and efficiently as possible - and within the law. IAN CLARK Scottish Association for Country Sports (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 14.4.15 Dog allegedly kills wild boar in the Forest of Dean By Maryam_Qaiser - Wild boar are being unfairly persecuted in the Forest of Dean, according to some… pro-boar campaigners feel that's only one side of the story and released images of their own where the roles were reversed and a dog allegedly killed a piglet… The attack was witnessed by a member of the Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs group, which aims to stop culling in the area… Scott Passmore, from the A Wild Life with Animals group, regularly walks his dog in the Forest of Dean and has been calling for alternatives to culling to manage the animals…. (story)

South Yorkshire Times 14.4.15 Protesters gather in Doncaster over animal testing site - Animal rights activists staged a protest outside a Doncaster construction firm over controversial plans to build an animal testing facility. Members of several animal welfare groups gathered outside Skanska in Bentley after the company won a contract to build a facility for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca that will involve testing cancer drugs on rodents. Representatives of the National Operation Anti-Vivisection, Cambridge against AstraZeneca Planning and Yorkshire against AstraZeneca are urging Skanska to pull out of the contract. Luke Beevers, aged 21, of YaAA, said: “Skanska should abide by their own ethical policy and abandon this project now… William Evans, of NOAV, added: “We will use all lawful means at our disposal to target any company involved in this project.”... (story)

13.4.15

Western Morning News 13.4.15 OPINION: RSPCA charity would not have to take action if hunt law was upheld - Long-time RSPCA supporter Patricia Betty supports the charity taking legal action against hunts - Setting hounds on foxes, and then milling around on horseback whilst they are eviscerated and then torn apart is as unsavoury as it is cruel…. The problem for the RSPCA is not that it is failing to fulfil its remit, but rather that the hunting fraternity has never quite got over the fact that they are not above the law, and they resent what they class as interference in their nefarious pursuits from an animal charity… (story)

Western Morning News 13.4.15 IN MY OPINION: Huntsmen have never accepted or abided by the ban By Philip Mansbridge - Last month, the RSPCA dropped its last active prosecution of illegal fox hunting and since then the pro-hunt community has been both vocal and joyous in celebration. The truth is that hunting with hounds still continues week in, week out, despite the enactment of the Hunting Act in 2004… (story)

OTIS FERRY TRIAL
Independent 13.4.15 Otis Ferry fails to pay thousands promised after civil assault of two women... even after bailiffs allegedly visit house - Tom Bawden - More than a year after agreeing to pay thousands of pounds in damages for his part in the civil assault of two women, fox hunting advocate Otis Ferry has yet to give his victims a penny – even after bailiffs allegedly visited his house in an attempt to recover the money. John Deustch, who was hunting with Otis Ferry when the incident occurred, has also not paid the victims any money. Brentford County Court ordered Deutsch to pay £17,000 in damages to Susan Grima and £14,000 to Helen Ghalmi… He is a pro-hunt activist and Joint Master of the South Shropshire Hunt… (story)
Shropshire Star 24.3.14 Shropshire huntsman Otis Ferry in attack pay-out - Shropshire huntsman Otis Ferry has agreed to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to two female hunt monitors he attacked seven years ago as they sat in their car. Ferry, Joint Master of the South Shropshire Hunt, admitted a public order offence after he and fellow hunt supporter John Deutsch subjected the women to the ordeal in 2007…. (story)
Western Daily Press 22.3.14 Otis Ferry to pay thousands in compensation after attack on Heythrop Hunt monitors By Tristan Cork - The hunt campaigner son of rock star Bryan Ferry has had to pay thousands in compensation to two hunt monitors he and a fellow huntsman attacked seven years ago… The monitors, from local anti-hunt campaign group Protect Our Wild Animals, took Ferry and fellow hunt supporter John Deutsch to court claiming damages for the trauma of the attack, which happened at Lower Swell, in the Cotswolds, in November 2007… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 2.6.09 Ferry hits out at Gloucestershire Police treatment - Otis Ferry has claimed he was unfairly targeted by New Labour and Gloucestershire police. Ferry, the eldest son of rock star Bryan Ferry, made the claim in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph after the threat of a jail sentence was lifted…(story)
Sunday Telegraph 31.5.09 Otis Ferry: 'They put me in jail for my beliefs' - In his first interview since his release, Otis Ferry - the 26-year-old son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry - says he was held in prison for four months merely because he supports fox hunting - OTIS Ferry is back where he is at his happiest: in the countryside surrounded by his five horses, his 60 hunting hounds and his three pet dogs… The dismay of Prisoner RB7994 is not, however, directed at his fellow inmates, most of whom he says he liked, but at the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which he claims targeted him unfairly. "This has been politically motivated. I am a Tory-supporting master of foxhounds, and the current Government is anti everything that someone like me stands for. This is a socialist Government and I am the epitome of everything they detest… His latest woes began on November 21 2007 when he had been due to ride out with the South Shropshire Hunt, of which he is joint hunt master. Because his hounds were ill, Ferry called off his own hunt and, along with his girlfriend, Francesca Nimmo, and another huntsman drove to nearby Gloucestershire to ride out with the Heythrop Hunt… (story)
Horse & Hound 25.5.09 Otis' legal nightmare is finally over - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Otis Ferry's legal ordeal is finally over after he admitted a public order offence at Gloucester Crown Court sitting at Cirencester on Friday (22 May). … (story)
Mail 23.5.09 Otis walks free: Bryan Ferry's son escapes with fine over hunt scuffle after theft of puppy - Otis Ferry walked free from court yesterday over his skirmish with two female anti-hunt campaigners. The 26-year- old son of singer Bryan Ferry blamed the incident on ‘distress’ caused by the theft of his Jack Russell puppy by campaigners two weeks earlier…. (story)
Shropshire Star 23.5.09 Mr Otis regrets… Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry today said he felt “delighted” after walking free from court following months of “hell” after being charged with affray and assault… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 23.5.09 Ferry walks free from court - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry walked free from court today, claiming he only got involved in a skirmish with hunt monitors because of the recent theft of his puppy by animal rights campaigners…. Ferry was released with a £350 fine and £100 costs by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court, as he had already served four months on remand. His defence barrister, George Cox QC, revealed that two weeks before the incident near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, Ferry's Jack Russell, named Tiny, had been taken by anti-hunting protesters…. The incident, in November 2007, began after Ferry had ridden to the aid of fellow hunt supporter John Deutsch whose Subaru was being held up as he was trying to get help for a sick horse. Ferry, joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, pleaded not guilty to robbing the monitors… He also denied charges of affray and assault, relating to the same incident on November 21, 2007, when he was a guest of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. But the pleas were accepted by the crown after Ferry, of Eaton Mascott, Shropshire, admitted a public order offence… (story)
BBC News Online 22.5.09 Huntsman Ferry fined over dispute - Otis Ferry has been fined £350 and given a one-year conditional discharge after admitting a public order offence at a hunt in Gloucestershire. Ferry was charged with affray, robbery and assault after a dispute with two hunt monitors near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, in November 2007. The 26-year-old's not guilty pleas to those charges were accepted at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday… (story)
Times 22.5.09 Otis Ferry walks free thanks to puppy plea - PHILIPPE NAUGHTON - The pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry walked free from court today after claiming that he had only got involved in a skirmish with hunt monitors because of the recent theft of his puppy by animal rights activists…. (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 22.5.09 Otis Ferry walked free from court after he admitted causing fear to hunt monitor - By Emma Tilley - OTIS Ferry walked free from court today after admitting that he put a hunt monitor in fear during an incident in the Cotswolds 18 months ago. The son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry, was given a one year conditional discharge at Gloucester Crown Court, sitting in Cirencester… (story)
Shropshire Star 22.5.09 Ferry is a free man again - Shropshire countryside campaigner Otis Ferry walked free from court today, claiming he only got involved in a skirmish with hunt monitors because of the recent theft of his puppy by animal rights campaigners… (story)
Birmingham Post 22.5.09 Bryan Ferry's son walks free - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry walked free from court today, claiming he only got involved in a skirmish with hunt monitors because of the recent theft of his puppy by animal rights campaigners…. The incident, in November 2007, began after Ferry had ridden to the aid of fellow hunt supporter John Deutsch whose Subaru was being held up as he was trying to get help for a sick horse. (story)
Daily Post 22.5.09 'Animal rights campaigners stole my puppy,' says Otis Ferry as he's freed by court over hunt skirmish - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry walked free from court today, claiming he only got involved in a skirmish with hunt monitors because of the recent theft of his puppy by animal rights campaigners… (story)
Horse & Hound 6.5.09 Judge clears Otis Ferry of 'witness nobbling' - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A judge has officially cleared Otis Ferry of charges of perverting the course of justice, but the 26-year-old master and huntsman of the South Shropshire still faces trial for robbery and assault… (story)
Tewkesbury Admag 1.5.09 Otis Ferry cleared of "witness nobbling" - GLOUCESTER Crown Court saw rock star Bryan Ferry's huntsman son, Otis Ferry, cleared of a "witness nobbling" charge that kept him jailed for four months… This latest hearing saw the judge record two not guilty verdicts on Ferry for the “witness nobbling” charges. The court heard how a document, setting the prosecution's reasons for the discontinuation, had been handed into the judge but the Crown Prosecution Service was anxious the reasons were not publicised….. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 30.4.09 Otis not guilty of 'witness nobbling' - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis Ferry has been cleared of the "witness nobbling" charges which saw him locked up for four months. Judge Martin Picton had previously described the announcement by the prosecution that they were discontinuing the two allegations of perverting the course of justice as "nonsensical". Today he recorded the two not guilty verdicts on Ferry, 26, a keen huntsman in respect of those two charges…. (story)
Western Mail 17.3.09 CPS drops Otis Ferry hunt case charges by Steve Dube, Western Mail - CHARGES of perverting the course of justice have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in a case arising out of charges against Otis Ferry, joint Master of the South Shropshire Hunt and son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry. Ferry, along with Adrian Simpson of Carmarthen, the Welsh Director of the Countryside Alliance, and another man whose name was not made public, were told there was no case to answer…. (story)
Tewkesbury Admag 10.3.09 Ferry 'witness nobbling' charge to be dropped, court hears - A COURT heard that 'witness nobbling' charges brought against rock star Bryan Ferry's son - in connection with an alleged robbery at a Stow fox hunt - will be dropped.Prosecutor, Stephen Dent, told Gloucester Crown Court that Otis Ferry, 26, of Eaton Mascott, Shropshire, would no longer be charged with perverting the course of justice by telling his former groom, David Hodgkiss, not to give evidence against him in a robbery and assault trial. Ferry and John Deutsch, 55, of Ebrington Farm, Chipping Campden, are jointly charged with robbing hunt monitor Helen Ghalmi of a camera and assaulting her during a Heythrop Hunt meeting near Stow in November 2007… (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 10.3.09 ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis will have his 'witness nobbling' charges against him dropped. ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis will have his 'witness nobbling' charges against him dropped. The 26-year-old huntsman was also told he can now re-enter his home county of Shropshire for the first time since he was freed from Gloucester prison on bail in January…. (story)
Shropshire Star 10.3.09 Otis tells of court case strain - Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry said he felt like crying when he was told a charge of “witness nobbling” against him could be dropped. The 26-year-old, from Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, described the “incredible strain” he has been under during the past year – which included spending four months in prison on remand…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 10.3.09 Ferry 'witness nobbling' charge to be dropped, court hears - A COURT heard that 'witness nobbling' charges brought against rock star Bryan Ferry's son - in connection with an alleged robbery at a Stow fox hunt - will be dropped…. (story)
Independent 10.3.09 Ferry angry after judge told charge to be dropped By Mark Hughes, Crime Correspondent - Otis Ferry, the son of the rock star Bryan, spoke of his anger yesterday at having to spend four months in prison after being charged with an offence that police and prosecutors now plan to drop…. His frustrations were shared by Judge Martin Picton who said he was "taken aback" to learn that no evidence was to be offered. He did not formally allow the charge to be dropped, but ordered that the Crown Prosecution Service barrister in charge of the case, Kerry Barker, who was not in court yesterday, attend to explain the decision… (story)
Evening Standard 9.3.09 Judge attacks Otis Ferry charge as 'nonsense' - Paul Cheston - Otis Ferry's mother and girlfriend were in court today to hear that charges of "witness nobbling", that saw him locked up for four months, are to be dropped… (story)
Horse & Hound 9.3.09 Otis Ferry may have charges against him dropped - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Otis Ferry has learned today that charges against him of perverting the course of justice could be dropped. Otis, master and huntsman of the South Shropshire, spent four months remanded in custody charged with "nobbling" a witness during his trial for robbery and assault of a hunt monitor on 21 November 2007…. Judge Picton described the situation as "farcical and nonsensical", saying he was "taken aback" after being persuaded to refuse Otis bail over Christmas. He has called for the lawyer in charge of the case to give him a full explanation. During the course of last week, Gloucester police dropped "witness nobbling" charges against Countryside Alliance (CA) hunting officer Adrian Simpson and Ludlow joint-master Oliver Dale, and extended bail for Otis's girlfriend, Francesca Nimmo… (story)
BBC News Online 9.3.09 Confusion over Otis Ferry charge - Otis Ferry, who is accused of robbing a hunt monitor, has been told a further charge which saw him held on remand for four months may be dropped…. Mr Ferry learned the charge of perverting the course of justice was to be dropped due to "inconsistencies"…. (story)
Guardian 9.3.09 Otis Ferry 'witness nobbling' charge dropped - Rock star's son spent four months in custody after being accused - Steven Morris - Otis Ferry, the son of rock star Bryan, today heard that a "witness nobbling" charge against him is to be dropped. Ferry, the joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, had been accused of robbing a hunt monitor, assault and perverting the course of justice. He spent four months in custody while he awaited trial. But Ferry, 26, was told today at Gloucester crown court that the charge of perverting the course of justice was to be dropped. The judge, Martin Picton, said he had agreed to the remand because of the supposed seriousness of the charge of perverting the course of justice, and was "taken aback" to hear that no evidence was due to be offered… (story)
Daily Mail 9.3.09 Judge brands Otis Ferry assault charge 'nonsense' as rock star's son is bailed - Otis Ferry’s mother and girlfriend were in court today to hear that charges of 'witness nobbling', that saw him locked up for four months, are to be dropped… (story)
Times 9.3.09 Judge furious as 'witness-nobbling' charges against Otis Ferry are dropped - FRANCES GIBB, LEGAL EDITOR - The judge in a “witness nobbling” trial involving the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry has summoned a prosecution lawyer before him to explain why most of the charges were dramatically dropped today. Otis Ferry, 26, was accused of trying to stop a witness giving evidence against him in a robbery and assault trial. He was at Gloucester Crown Court when prosecutors announced today that they intended to put the charges relating to perverting the course of justice on ice due to “inconsistencies”…. (story)
Telegraph 9.3.09 Otis Ferry to see witness nobbling charges dropped - Otis Ferry, the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, has been told that charges of 'witness nobbling' that saw him locked up for four months are likely be dropped. Mr Ferry, 26, is due to stand trial on charges of robbing a hunt monitor, assault and interfering with a witness. Mr Ferry, joint master of the Shropshire hunt, learned that the charge of perverting the course of justice was set to be abandoned, due to 'inconsistencies'…. (story)
Shropshire Star 9.3.09 Otis case set to be dropped - Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry heard today that charges of “witness nobbling” – that saw him locked up for four months – are likely be dropped. Ferry, 26, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, was due to stand trial on charges of robbing a hunt monitor, assault and interfering with a witness. But today Ferry, joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, learned that the charge of perverting the course of justice was set to be abandoned due to “inconsistencies”…. By Pam Griffin (story)
Gloucester Citizen & Echo 9.3.09 Otis Ferry witness charge likely to be dropped - Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis heard today that 'witness nobbling' charges against him could be dramatically dropped. In a sensational development at Gloucester crown court the prosecution announced it plans to discontinue allegations that 26-year-old Ferry perverted the course of justice by trying to stop a witness giving evidence against him in a robbery and assault trial…. (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 9.3.09 Bryan Ferry's son has robbery case adjourned - A judge today branded the trial of rock star’s son Otis Ferry farcical after being told the prosecution is not ready to start after months of preparation. The countryside campaigner is awaiting trial for nobbling a key witness during his trial for robbery and assault…. (story)
Oxford Mail 9.3.09 OTIS FERRY TRIAL: Charge could be dropped - Otis Ferry, the son of rock star Bryan, was told today that charges of “witness nobbling” — which saw him locked up for four months — are likely be dropped. Ferry, 26, the son of the former Roxy Music singer, is due to stand trial on charges of robbing a hunt monitor, assault and interfering with a witness…. Judge Picton said he had agreed to the remand because of the supposed seriousness of the charge and was now "taken aback" to hear no evidence was due to be offered…. (story)
Tewkesbury Admag 4.3.09 Police extend bail for Otis Ferry's girlfriend - THE girlfriend of rock star Bryan Ferry’s son has had her bail extended by police investigating a 'witness nobbling' allegation brought in connection with a robbery that allegedly happened during a meeting of the Heythrop fox hunt, near Stow… Ferry, joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, is also accused of perverting the course of justice by telling his former groom, David Hodgkiss, not to give evidence against him when he was due to stand trial on the robbery and assault charges at the court last September… (story)
Tewkesbury Admag 2.3.09 Campden man to face robbery charge alongside Bryan Ferry's son - A CHIPPING Campden man will face a robbery charge alongside rock star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis - a court heard. John Deutsch, 55, of Ebrington Farm, was granted unconditional bail at Gloucester Crown Court where he was charged with robbing fox hunt monitors Helen Ghalmi and Susan Grima of a camera during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt, near Stow, on November 21…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 2.3.09 Otis Ferry's girlfriend has bail extended - Otis Ferry's girlfriend and two other people arrested as part of a police probe into alleged 'witness nobbling' have had their bail extended till the end of this week. Francesca Nimmo, 22, Adrian Simpson, 53, and a third person have all been told to report back to police on Friday to find out whether they will be charged…. (story)
Shropshire Star 2.3.09 Ferry girl awaits charges decision - The girlfriend of South Shropshire Hunt master Otis Ferry has been bailed until the end of the week as police decide whether or not she will face charges for alleged “witness nobbling”. Ferry, 26, of Eaton Mascott, is due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday for a progress hearing on his case. Francesca Nimmo, Ferry’s 22-year-old girlfriend, Adrian Simpson, 53, the Welsh regional director of the Countryside Alliance, and a third person will all report back on police bail on the same day to find out whether they will be charged in connection with the case… (story)
Cotswold Journal 28.1.09 Chipping Campden man charged with robbery as part of Otis Ferry inquiry - A 55-year-old man arrested as part of an inquiry into alleged 'witness knobbling' by rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis has been charged with robbery today (28). Three other people, including Otis Ferry's girlfriend Francesca Nimmo, aged 22, have today had their police bail extended until March 2 as enquiries continue. Gloucestershire police say the man who has been charged with robbery is from Chipping Campden, Glos, and he will be appearing before Cheltenham Magistrates on Feb 12th… (story)
Shropshire Star 28.1.09 Man charged in Otis inquiry - A 55-year-old man arrested as part of an inquiry into alleged “witness nobbling” by Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry has been charged with robbery, police revealed today… (story)
Wilts & Gloucester Standard 16.1.09 Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis walks free from court By Andy Woolfoot - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, spoke of his relief today as he was freed on bail after spending the last four months in custody awaiting trial on witness 'nobbling' charges…. (story)
Daily Post 16.1.09 Ferry’s son released on bail by Steve Bagnall, Daily Post - ROCK star’s son Otis Ferry was released on bail yesterday to live with his mother after a judge adjourned his trial until the summer… (story)
Shropshire Star 15.1.09 Otis Ferry gets prison release - Shropshire huntsman Otis Ferry was today freed on bail after spending the last four months in custody awaiting trial on witness ‘nobbling’ charges… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.1.09 Otis Ferry released on bail - Rock star's son Otis Ferry spoke of his ''delight'' today after he was freed from custody. The countryside campaigner was imprisoned four months ago over allegations he 'nobbled' a key witness during his trial for robbery and assault… Today judge Martin Picton granted him conditional bail at Gloucester Crown Court saying he could be ''trusted'' to stay with his mum Lucy Birley in London…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 15.1.09 Rock star's son is freed on bail - A COURT freed rock star Bryan Ferry's son on bail after he spent four months in jail while awaiting trial on charges of ‘nobbling’ witnesses set to testify in a case involving the alleged assault of a fox hunt monitor near Stow. Otis Ferry, 26, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, was freed after a bail application was made behind closed doors at Gloucester Crown Court…. (story)
Daily Mail 15.1.09 Bryan Ferry's son bailed after spending four months in prison on 'nobbling witness' charges - Otis Ferry was freed on bail today after spending four months in custody while he awaits trial on witness 'nobbling' charges… (story)
Telegraph 15.1.09 Otis Ferry freed but denied reunion with beloved Shropshire hounds - After spending almost five months in custody awaiting trial on witness "nobbling" charges, Otis Ferry, pictured, was released yesterday - Tim Walker - A judge agreed to grant the 26-year-old son of the singer Bryan Ferry bail on strict conditions, including a £25,000 surety from his mother, the former model Lucy Birley. "I'm delighted to be out," says Otis, the joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt. "The thing I was looking forward to most was seeing my hounds again but unfortunately that can't be because I'm not allowed to go to Shropshire… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 7.1.09 Ferry case - man out on bail - A man who was arrested by police investigating alleged witness intimidation by rock star Bryan Ferry’s son, Otis, has been released on bail… (story)
Birmingham Post 5.1.09 Fourth arrest in Otis Ferry hunt witness probe - Police investigating allegations of witness interference relating to a trial faced by huntsman Otis Ferry have made a fourth arrest, it has emerged…. (story)
Scottish Herald 5.1.09 Fourth arrest over huntsman Ferry’s trial - Police investigating allegations of witness interference relating to a trial faced by huntsman Otis Ferry have made a fourth arrest..(story)
Gloucester Citizen 4.1.09 Fourth arrest in alleged hunt assault case - Police investigating allegations of witness interference relating to a trial faced by huntsman Otis Ferry have made a fourth arrest…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.1.09 Fourth arrest in Ferry hunt case - A fourth person has been arrested by police investigating allegations against Shropshire huntsman Otis Ferry. The 29-year-old man from Caynham, near Ludlow, was being held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Wales on Sunday 4.1.09 Witness interference claim in Ferry case - Police investigating allegations of witness interference relating to a trial faced by huntsman Otis Ferry have made a fourth arrest, it emerged today. A man aged 29, from Caynham, near Ludlow, Shropshire is now on police bail after he was held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in West Wales. He will answer bail later this month… (story)
Oxford Mail 4.1.09 Fourth arrest in hunting case By George Gaynor - Police investigating allegations of witness interference relating to a trial faced by huntsman Otis Ferry have made a fourth arrest…. (story)
Shropshire Star 3.1.09 Arrest of man linked to Otis case - A man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing court case involving Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry. Police have confirmed that a 29-year-old man from Caynham, near Ludlow, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice… (story)
Oxford Mail 22.12.08 Ferry must stay in jail for Christmas - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry will spend Christmas behind bars after a judge denied his application for bail yesterday... (story)
Birmingham Post 22.12.08 Bryan Ferry's son Otis to spend Christmas on remand - Rock star's son Otis Ferry, from Shropshire, will spend Christmas behind bars after a judge denied his application for bail…. (story)
Western Daily Press 22.12.08 Star's son denied Christmas bail - Otis Ferry yesterday failed in his last-ditch bid to avoid spending Christmas behind bars… (story)
Times 22.12.08 Bryan Ferry's son to spend Christmas behind bars after judge refuses bail - NICO HINES - Otis Ferry, pro-hunting campaigner and son of 1970s pop heartthrob Bryan, will spend Christmas in jail after a judge denied his application for bail today. … (story)
BBC News Online 22.12.08 Ferry bail application is refused - Huntsman Otis Ferry will spend Christmas in jail after he was denied an application for bail.... (story)
South Wales Evening Post 22.12.08 Bryan Ferry's son denied bail - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis Ferry will spend Christmas behind bars after a judge denied his application for bail today…. (story)
Telegraph 22.12.08 Jailed Otis hopes for a Christmas lift - Bryan Ferry will make a last-ditch attempt to bring his son Otis home for Christmas on Monday, Mandrake learns. Lawyers will make a third application for bail for the 26 year-old who has been behind bars since September on charges of assaulting a hunt protester and attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to persuade David Hodgkiss, a former groom, not to give evidence… (story)
Wilt & Gloucestershire Standard 22.12.08 Otis Ferry behind bars for Christmas - ROCK star Bryan ferry's son, Otis, who is awaiting trial on witness nobbling and robbery charges, has failed today in a bid to get bail for Christmas. After hearing a two-hour bail application behind closed doors at Gloucester Crown Court Judge Mark Horton refused to free the 26-year-old foxhunt enthusiast, whose trial is due in March… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 22.12.08 Roxy Music singer's son will spend Christmas in jail - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry failed in his last-ditch bid to avoid spending Christmas behind bars today. The 25-year-old former Marlborough College student, the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, has spent three months on remand in HMP Gloucester…(story)
Gloucester Citizen 22.12.08 Otis Ferry bail bid fails - Rock star Bryan ferry's son, Otis, who is awaiting trial on witness nobbling and robbery charges, has failed today in a bid to get bail for Christmas.After hearing a marathon two hour bail application behind closed doors at Gloucester crown court Judge Mark Horton refused to free the 26 year old foxhunt enthusiast, whose trial is due in March… (story)
Shropshire Star 22.12.08 Ferry loses court bid to get bail - Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry today failed in a bid to get bail for Christmas…. (story)
Western Mail 22.12.08 Ferry son's bail application denied - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry will spend Christmas behind bars after a judge denied his application for bail today…. (story)
Birmingham Post 4.12.08 Son of rock star Bryan Ferry denies perverting course of justice - ROCK star’s son Otis Ferry has denied perverting the course of justice. The 25-year-old countryside campaigner, of Easton Mascot, Shropshire, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court for a plea hearing yesterday… (story)
Sun 4.12.08 Ferry jail for Xmas - ROCKER Brian Ferry’s son is led off in handcuffs to spend Christmas behind bars. Otis Ferry, 26, was refused bail after he denied perverting the course of justice… (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 4.12.08 Ferry denies perverting the course of justice - ROCK star Bryan ferry's son, Otis, failed in a new bid for freedom yesterday after denying two charges of trying to 'nobble' a prosecution witness against him in an assault and robbery trial…. The judge had been told that three other people have been arrested by police investigating the alleged witness nobbling - and one other person may yet be arrested as part of an ongoing enquiry…. (story)
Horse & Hound 4.12.08 Otis Ferry must stay in prison over Christmas, judge rules - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - South Shropshire hunt joint-master Otis Ferry will stay in prison until his trial for robbery and assault, a judge has ruled…. (story)
Western Mail 4.12.08 Otis Ferry denies 'witness nobbling' - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry today denied perverting the course of justice. The 25-year-old countryside campaigner, of Easton Mascot, Shropshire, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court for a plea hearing this morning… (story)
BBC News Online 3.12.08 Ferry denies perverting justice - Otis Ferry, the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan, has denied two charges of perverting the course of justice. Mr Ferry, who is master of South Shropshire Hunt, appeared at Gloucester Magistrates' Court to enter his pleas… (story)
Western Daily Press 3.12.08 Otis Ferry denies 'witness nobbling' - Rock star's son Otis Ferry today denied perverting the course of justice in Gloucester. The 25-year-old countryside campaigner, of Easton Mascot, Shropshire, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court for a plea hearing this morning… Judge Picton told Ferry's counsel it would be "inappropriate" to grant Ferry bail at this stage as investigations were still ongoing…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 3.12.08 Otis Ferry remanded in custody again - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry today denied perverting the course of justice… After a failed bail application, Judge Martin Picton remanded Ferry, who has been on remand in HMP Gloucester since September, in custody to face trial at Gloucester Crown Court on March 9…. (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 3.12.08 Former Marlborough College student faces Christmas in jail - Rockstar's son Otis Ferry will spend Christmas behind bars after he pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice today and was refused bail… (story)
Horse & Hound 22.11.08 More arrests in Otis Ferry court case - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A Countryside Alliance official and Otis Ferry's girlfriend have been arrested in the latest twist in the court action surrounding the high-profile master of foxhounds…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle 17.11.08 Otis Ferry's girlfriend arrested at Northamptonshire home - The Northamptonshire girlfriend of Bryan Ferry's son Otis has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice…. Countryside Alliance official Adrian Simpson, aged 53, from Haverfordwest, Dyfed, was also arrested… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.11.08 Otis Ferry's girlfriend arrested - The girlfriend of countryside campaigner Otis Ferry has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, police have confirmed… (story)
Independent on Sunday 16.11.08 Otis Ferry's girlfriend arrested By Ian Griggs - The girlfriend of Otis Ferry, son of the pop singer Bryan, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.. . Arrested at the same time as Ms Nimmo, a student at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, was Adrian Simpson, 53, a Countryside Alliance official, at his home in Haverfordwest, Wales… (story)
Mirror 15.11.08 Girlfriend of Bryan Ferry's son Otis arrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice By Graham Brough - The girlfriend of Bryan Ferry's son Otis was arrested yesterday for allegedly perverting the course of justice… (story)
Western Mail 15.11.08 Haverfordwest man arrested with star son's girlfriend - Andrew Dagnell, WalesOnline - THE girlfriend of Bryan Ferry’s son Otis has been arrested along with a man from Haverfordwest on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Francesca Nimmo, 22, was arrested by Gloucestershire Police at 7am yesterday at her home in Lower Bodington, Northamptonshire…. Nimmo, a student at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, was arrested along with Countryside Alliance official Adrian Simpson, 53, at his home in Haverfordwest, Dyfed, West Wales…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.11.08 Otis Ferry's girlfriend arrested - The girlfriend of Bryan Ferry’s son Otis has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice…. Nimmo, a student at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, was arrested along with Countryside Alliance official Adrian Simpson, 53, at his home in Haverfordwest, Dyfed, West Wales…. (story)
BBC News Online 15.11.08 Two arrests in Ferry justice case - Two people have been arrested in a police inquiry involving the master of the South Shropshire Hunt, Otis Ferry…. (story)
Guardian 14.11.08 Otis Ferry's 'namby-pamby' prison regime - Many of you have, we know, been terrifically anxious about how the joint-master of the South Shropshire Hunt, and son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, Otis, has been holding up in prison as he awaits trial for robbery, assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice, after his fracas with anti-hunt protestors. Perhaps a few quotes from a letter he sent this week to hunting magazine Horse & Hound can set your minds at ease…. Let us hope his presiding judge admires his insights and awards him the maximum sentence to enable him to exercise them further (story)
Shropshire Star 13.11.08 Otis: Prison life is ‘namby pamby’ - Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry has claimed prison life in a “namby-pamby” society is “not tough”…. The joint huntmaster of the South Shropshire Hunt said: “Contrary to popular belief, prison life is not tough, and in this namby-pamby society we even get our own televisions, although I have quickly realised that watching it is quite a punishment in itself… It is alleged Ferry robbed and assaulted a hunt monitor last year as she filmed him on the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire… (story)
Birmingham Post 12.11.08 Bryan Ferry’s son to remain locked up over robbery charge - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry was told he will remain behind bars after his counsel withdrew a bail application over robbery and assault charges…. (story)
Shropshire Star 12.11.08 Brother: ‘Otis a political prisoner’ - The brother of Otis Ferry has echoed claims that the countryside campaigner is a “political prisoner”. Tara Ferry said his brother, who lives at Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, was being poorly treated by inmates at HMP Gloucester, as he awaits trial for allegedly attacking a hunt monitor while she filmed him at his sport… (story)
Guardian 12.11.08 Otis Ferry stays in jail as plea for bail is withdrawn - Otis Ferry, son of the Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, was told he would remain in jail yesterday after his counsel withdrew a bail application at Gloucester crown court… (story)
Scottish Herald 12.11.08 Accused Otis Ferry is a political prisoner, claims his brother - The brother of countryside campaigner Otis Ferry claimed yesterday that his sibling was a "political prisoner"…. (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 11.11.08 Police investigating 'other people' in Otis Ferry trial - POLICE are investigating 'other persons' in the case against rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis, who is accused of witness nobbling, it was revealed today. The prosecution at Gloucester crown court hinted that the new police investigations could lead to other people as well as 26-year-old Ferry being charged with perverting the course of justice. Ferry, joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, was appearing for a brief progress hearing of his case before Judge Martin Picton…. After today's hearing Otis' brother Tara Ferry (18) said Otis is a victim of "injustice"… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 11.11.08 Otis Ferry bail application withdrawn - Rock star's son Otis Ferry was told he will remain behind bars today after his counsel withdrew a bail application… The incident is alleged to have taken place while Ferry was with the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire…(story)
Western Daily Press 11.11.08 Otis Ferry a 'political prisoner' says brother - The brother of Otis Ferry has claimed that his sibling is a "political prisoner" who is being poorly treated by other inmates at Gloucester Prison. Tara Ferry, 18, came to the defence of Ferry, 25, after the countryside campaigner appeared before Gloucester Crown Court for a bail application…. (story)
Shropshire Star 11.11.08 Otis Ferry to remain behind bars - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry was told he will remain behind bars today after his counsel withdrew a bail application. Countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this afternoon. Ferry’s barrister Guy Gozem told the court he would not proceed with a scheduled bail application, but did not give a reason…. (story)
New Statesman 11.11.08 Tory MP: Ferry political prisoner - Jonathan Calder - Until now, Kawczynski has been as keen on locking up people as any Tory backbencher. Only this summer he moaned the government is “simply not building enough prisons”… Now he is back in the news after claiming that Otis Ferry, the son of Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, is being held as a political prisoner… (story)
Shropshire Star 6.11.08 Otis Ferry ‘a political prisoner’, says MP - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry is being held as a political prisoner, Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski claimed today. He said he had now written to the head of the Crown Prosecution Service demanding the countryside campaigner, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, be bailed to await his next court appearance…. Mr Kawczynski today said he believed the joint huntmaster of the South Shropshire Hunt was being punished for storming the House of Commons in protest at the hunting Bill in 2004… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 14.10.08 11.05am - Bryan Ferry visits son Otis in prison - IT was a case of 'Let's Stick Together' when pop icon Bryan Ferry put on a brave face and visited his son Otis in prison for the first time. Otis Ferry, 25 - real name Charles - was remanded in custody for two-and-a-half months in September for allegedly perverting the course of justice… (story)
Sun 14.10.08 ROXY MUSIC star BRYAN FERRY walks from prison after his first visit to see son OTIS, who is being held on “witness nobbling” charges… Pro-bloodsport campaigner Otis, of Easton Mascot, Shrops, is accused of interfering with a witness in an assault trial relating to a foxhunt. (story)
BBC News Online 24.9.08 Ferry appears in court on charges - Otis Ferry has appeared in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 24.9.08 Ferry remanded in custody until at least December - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, has been sent back to jail by a judge who told him that his trial on charges of alleged 'witness nobbling', robbery and assault will not be held until next March…. (story)
Birmingham Post 24.9.08 Otis Ferry faces five months on remand - Otis Ferry could remain in custody for more than five months awaiting trial after a date for the hearing was set…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.9.08 11.08am - Ferry remanded in custody until December - OTIS Ferry was sent back to jail today by a judge who told him that his trial on charges of alleged 'witness nobbling', robbery and assault will not be held until next March. Huntsman and countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, son of rock star Bryan, made an eight minute preliminary appearance at Gloucester crown court on two charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Horse & Hound 24.9.08 Otis Ferry to remain in jail until at least December - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Otis Ferry will stay behind bars until at least December on two charges of perverting the course of justice. Otis, 25, appeared in Gloucester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on two charges of perverting the course of justice. He spoke only to confirm his name and address, and his lawyers made no appeal for bail that was refused last week. The countryside campaigner and son of rock star Bryan Ferry has been remanded in custody until 5 December. He will enter his pleas on the two charges on that date…. (story)
People 21.9.08 MY POOR OTIS NEEDS CLEAN SHIRTS IN JAIL - The posh mum of rock star Bryan Ferry's arrested son Otis says he is suffering in his cell - because he has no clean shirts and socks. Wealthy ex-model and socialite Lucy Helmore complained that Otis, 25, looks "dreadful" without a well-stocked wardrobe…. (story)
Telegraph 20.9.08 Otis Ferry's mother concerned at how he'll cope with prison - The mother of Otis Ferry, and ex-wife of Bryan Ferry, the singer, has expressed concern for her son’s wellbeing while he is locked up in jail awaiting trial. Lucy Helmore, 48, said she was worried that he was “without any clean socks and shirts” in prison, and that he will not be able to cope with confinement because he “loves the outdoors so much”…. (story)
Mirror 20.9.08 Otis Ferry to spend a week in jail after being refused bail By Richard Smith - Rock star's son Otis Ferry will spend a week in jail after a judge refused him bail. The huntsman - accused of trying to nobble a witness in his trial - had hoped to be freed after just two nights behind bars. But yesterday his ex-model mum Lucy Helmore, 48, wept after being told he must remain in Gloucester prison until at least Wednesday… (story)
Sunday Mercury 19.9.08 Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry's son Otis remanded in custody - ROCK star's son Otis Ferry, from Shropshire, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Shropshire Star 19.9.08 Ferry behind bars as bail refused - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry will remain behind bars after a judge refused to grant him bail today. Countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury - the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry - was remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice… (story)
Horse & Hound 19.9.08 Otis Ferry stays behind bars tonight on new charges - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Otis Ferry will stay behind bars after his application for bail was today turned down by Cheltenham Magistrates Court. Otis, 25, from Shrewsbury, is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice… (story)
Western Daily Press 19.9.08 Rock star Ferry's son behind bars - Rock star's son Otis Ferry was behind bars last night after appearing in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice… The prosecution claims that Ferry contacted his former groomsman and potential witness David Hodgkiss by telephone on September 8 and asked him not to provide information to police…. His counsel, Philip Lucas, said his client denied all wrongdoing in relation to the new allegations. Mr Lucas said Mr Hodgkiss was an unreliable witness and had a criminal record, with a total of 11 crimes of dishonesty to his name… (story)
Birmingham Post 19.9.08 Bryan Ferry's son Otis remanded in custody - Rock star's son Otis Ferry will remain behind bars after a judge refused to grant him bail today…. Judge Martin Picton today granted an application from the prosecution to keep Ferry locked up at a hearing at Gloucester Crown Court, sitting at Cirencester Magistrates' Court… (story)
Telegraph 19.9.08 Otis Ferry remanded in custody - Pop star Bryan Ferry’s son Otis Ferry was remanded in custody on Thursday after appearing in court on charges of perverting the course of justice. By Jessica Salter… (story)
BBC News Online 19.9.08 Ferry remanded on justice charge - Otis Ferry, who is facing charges of perverting the course of justice, has been refused bail by a judge… (story)
Independent 19.9.08 Otis Ferry accused of trying to nobble witness in assault trial By Andy McSmith - Otis Ferry, the son of the rock star Bryan Ferry, was remanded in custody yesterday, accused of perverting the course of justice by trying to discredit a witness in a robbery and assault trial. Mr Ferry, 25, a prominent campaigner against the law that made fox hunting illegal, is accused of having telephoned his groomsman David Hodgkiss, a potential witness, on 8 September and "instructed him not to provide the police with certain evidence in relation to an allegation of robbery"… (story)
Mirror 19.9.08 FERRY IN PRISON By Richard Smith - Rock star's son Otis Ferry spent last night in prison accused of trying to nobble a witness in his trial…. South Shropshire huntmaster Ferry, of Eaton Mascot, appeared before Cheltenham magistrates and was first granted bail then refused after the prosecutor said he should be remanded in custody (story)
Google News (Press Association) 19.9.08 Appeal hearing over rock star's son - Rock star's son Otis Ferry is set to appear in court again after he was remanded in custody over charges of perverting the course of justice… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 19.9.08 Hunt campaigner Otis Ferry refused bail - ROCK star's son Otis Ferry will remain behind bars after a judge refused to grant him bail today. Countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, of Easton Mascot, Shropshire – the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry – was remanded in custody yesterday after appearing in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Horse & Hound 19.9.08 Otis Ferry in court today requesting bail on new charges - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Otis Ferry appeared in Cheltenham Magistrates Court this morning requesting bail after being charged with perverting the course of justice. Otis, 25, from Shrewsbury is a joint-master of the South Shropshire hunt, and son of rock star Bryan Ferry. He was arrested on Wednesday 17 September when leaving Cirencester Magistrates Court after a trial for robbery and assault was abandoned… (story)
Scotsman 19.9.08 Night in cell for Bryan Ferry's son - OTIS Ferry, the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, spent last night behind bars after appearing in court on charges of perverting the course of justice – the 25-year-old allegedly approached a witness involved in a robbery and assault trial he faces… (story)
First Post 19.9.08 Huntsman Otis Ferry set for Crown Court - Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis Ferry, a prominent campaigner against the law that made fox-hunting illegal, has been charged with trying to nobble a prosecution witness due to give evidence against him in a robbery case… (story)
Daily Star 19.9.08 FERRY'S SON ACCUSED OF NOBBLING WITNESS By Cameron Millar - ROCK star Bryan Ferry’s son Otis appeared in court yesterday accused of trying to “nobble” a witness. Pro-hunting campaigner Ferry, 25, was remanded in custody. He is accused of perverting the course of justice by allegedly approaching a witness involved in his robbery and assault trial…. (story)
Sun 19.9.08 Ferry held over 'witness threat' - BRYAN Ferry's son Otis will remain behind bars after a judge refused to grant him bail today… (story)
Daily Mail 19.9.08 Bryan Ferry's son remanded in custody accused of nobbling witnesses in 'theft' trial By Luke Salkeld - Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis was in custody last night, awaiting trial on charges of trying to nobble a prosecution witness against him in a robbery and theft case. Magistrates at Cheltenham sent the 25-year-old huntsman and countryside campaigner to Gloucester Crown Court on two charges of intending to pervert the course of justice…. Mr Hodgkiss had been scheduled to give evidence this week in Ferry's crown court trial on charges of robbing a woman hunt monitor of a camera and assaulting her during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt at Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, on November 21 last year…. (story)
Daily Express 19.9.08 FERRY SON ACCUSED OF THREATS TO A WITNESS By Tom Morgan - OTIS Ferry, son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry, was remanded in custody yesterday on charges of perverting the course of justice. Countryside campaigner and hunting supporter Ferry is alleged to have approached a witness involved in a robbery and assault trial…. (story)
Guardian 19.9.08 Otis Ferry remanded on perverting justice charge - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry was remanded in custody yesterday on charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Times 18.9.08 Otis Ferry, rock star's son, charged with perverting the course of justice - Rock star’s son Otis Ferry is to appear in court today charged with perverting the course of justice. Countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, of Easton Mascot, Shropshire, was arrested by police in Cirencester yesterday after the adjournment of his trial on robbery and assault charges…. (story)
BBC News Online 18.9.08 Ferry remanded for appeal hearing - Otis Ferry has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on charges of perverting the course of justice. The 25-year-old son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry is accused of approaching a witness involved in a robbery and assault trial… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 18.9.08 11.20am - Otis Ferry to appear on new charge - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and is to appear in court later today… (story)
Shropshire Star 18.9.08 Ferry faces new charge at court - Shropshire huntmaster Otis Ferry has been charged with perverting the course of justice… (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 18.9.08 Ferry accused of intimidating witness - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, was today committed in custody for crown court trial accused of trying to 'nobble' a prosecution witness against him on robbery and theft charges… Ferry, of Cross Hands, Eaton Mascot, Shropshire, is said to have contacted his former Hunt groomsman, David Hodgkiss, pressurising him not to give evidence against him… (story)
BBC News Online 18.9.08 Otis Ferry facing justice charge - Otis Ferry is to appear in court to face charges of perverting the course of justice…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 18.9.08 Ferry charged with perverting the course of justice By Steve Mather - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and is to appear in court later today. Charles Frederick Otis Ferry, 25, of Cross Hands, Easton Mascot, Shropshire, was arrested by police in Cirencester, Glos, yesterday after the adjournment of his trial on robbery and assault charges. Police have charged him overnight with perverting the course of justice and he is being held in custody pending an appearance at Cheltenham Magistrates Court later today…. (story)
Daily Mail 18.9.08 Bryan Ferry's son charged with perverting course of justice as robbery trial is adjourned - Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis has been charged with perverting the course of justice and is to appear in court today… It is understood the new charge relates to one of the prosecution witnesses in the robbery and assault case, which was yesterday delayed for at least four weeks… (story)
Horse & Hound 18.9.08 Otis Ferry trial adjourned for four weeks - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The trial of huntsman and joint master of the South Shropshire hunt, Otis Ferry, for robbery and common assault has been adjourned for four weeks and the jury discharged… (story)
BBC News Online 17.9.08 Huntman's assault trial adjourned - The trial of huntsman Otis Ferry has been adjourned for at least four weeks. The son of singer Bryan Ferry denies assaulting hunt monitor Helen Ghalmi by beating, and robbing her of a video camera in November. A jury was sworn in on Monday but the prosecution could not open its case due to an "ongoing legal argument". Judge Martin Picton said he was not prepared to explain the reasons behind the adjournment of 25-year-old Mr Ferry's case in open court…. (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 17.9.08 Hunt attack court case postponed - THE trial of rock star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, on robbery and assault charges was dramatically stopped today and the jury discharged. At Gloucester crown court sitting in Cirencester Judge Martin Picton declined to give the jury any reasons for his decision to abandon the trial and adjourn the case for at least four weeks…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 17.9.08 1.25pm - Otis Ferry’s trial called off - THE trial of rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis on robbery and assault charges was dramatically stopped today. The jury at Gloucester Crown Court sitting in Cirencester was discharged. Judge Martin Picton declined to give the jury any reasons for his decision to abandon the trial and adjourn the case for at least four weeks… (story)
Shropshire Star 17.9.08 Ferry trial adjourned - The robbery and assault trial of rock star’s son Otis Ferry was adjourned for at least four weeks today…. (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 16.9.08 Ferry trial hit by more delays - THE trial of rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis on robbery and assault charges has been hit by more legal delays today. Jurors have been sent away until 12.30pm when, it is hoped, prosecutor Kerry Barker will begin outlining the Crown's case against the 25-year-old huntsman and countryside campaigner. So far the jury has heard nothing except the charges against Mr Ferry, from Cross Hands, Easton Mascot, Shropshire… (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 16.9.08 Otis Ferry appears at Ciren courthouse - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis is in Cirencester’s courthouse right now facing trial on charges of robbery and assault. Charles Frederick Otis Ferry, 25, has denied robbing a woman Hunt monitor and assaulting another during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt at Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 16.9.08 Ferry son stands trial for assault - Rock star's son Otis Ferry is set to stand trial for allegedly attacking a hunt monitor and robbing another while they were trying to film him at his sport… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.9.08 4.30pm - UPDATE: Otis Ferry trial adjourned - THE robbery and assault trial of rock star’s son Otis Ferry was adjourned today to give the barristers involved more time to prepare their cases…. The incident is alleged to have taken place while Ferry was with the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. A group of animal rights activists filled the public gallery this morning to support the alleged victims through the trial. Members of Protect Our Wild Animals and League Against Cruel Sports distributed anti-hunt flyers to anyone entering the courthouse… Judge Picton told the jury Ferry’s counsel Philip Lucas and prosecutor Kerry Barker needed more time to prepare for the trial. (story)
Shropshire Star 15.9.08 Ferry on trial for robbery - A group of animal rights activists arrived at court today for the robbery and assault trial of rock star’s son Otis Ferry. Countryside campaigner Ferry, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, the son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, allegedly attacked a hunt monitor and robbed another while they tried to film him at his sport last year… (story)
BBC News Online 15.9.08 Ferry on assault and theft charge - Huntsman Otis Ferry has appeared in court to deny charges of robbery and assault last year. The son of singer Bryan Ferry denies assaulting hunt monitor Helen Ghalmi by beating, and robbing her of a video camera in November… (story)
Oxford Mail 15.9.08 Ferry's son due in court By Tim Hobden - Otis Ferry will stand trial today for allegedly attacking a monitor and robbing another while they were trying to film him hunting…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.9.08 Judge sticks to Otis Ferry trial date - OTIS Ferry will appear at Gloucester Crown Court this month after a judge refused to delay the rock star’s son’s robbery and assault trial. Gloucester Crown Court was told police witnesses who may be vital would not be available on September 15 – and one of Ferry's alleged victims would also have difficulty attending. But Judge Martin Picton said the problems were not significant enough to delay the trial, which has been set since May…. (story)
Times 26.7.08 Otis Ferry case - Otis Ferry, son of the pop singer Bryan, denied attacking a hunt monitor and robbing another of a camera when they tried to film him at Heythrop Hunt…. (story)
BBC News Online 25.7.08 Otis Ferry denies monitor attack - Huntsman Otis Ferry has been granted bail to await a trial after denying charges of robbery and assault. At Gloucester Crown Court on Friday the 25-year-old denied robbing Susan Grima of a video camera on 21 November 2007 at Lower Sewell, near Cheltenham. The allegations arise from an incident when two women were monitoring the activities of the Heythrop Hunt in the North Cotswolds last November…. (story)
Times 25.7.08 In court today: Otis Ferry, Nicola Stapleton, Barry George - Otis Ferry, son of the pop star Bryan Ferry, is expected to enter a formal plea on a charge of robbery and assault. (story)
Oxford Mail 25.7.08 Ferry denies hunt assault - The son of rock star Bryan Ferry has denied attacking a hunt monitor and robbing another at a Heythrop Hunt meet…. The trial is likely to last four days. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 25.7.08 1.05pm - Otis Ferry denies hunt robbery - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's son Otis was today bailed to await trial after he denied charges of robbery and assault. The allegations arise from an incident when two women were monitoring the activities of the Heythrop Hunt in the North Cotswolds last November. At Gloucester crown court Ferry, 25, wearing a dark suit, cream shirt and tie, pleaded not guilty to robbing Susan Grima of a Samsung video camera and car keys on November 21, 2007. Ferry, of Keeper's Cottage, Cross Hands, Shrewsbury, also pleaded not guilty a common assault on Helen Ghalmi by beating her on the same date… Mr Tully said he understood the issue in the case would be identification - whether it was Mr Ferry who carried out the alleged offences… (story)
Sun 25.7.08 Otis Ferry denies attack - ROCK star’s son Otis Ferry today denied attacking a hunt monitor and robbing another while they tried to film him out fox hunting. Countryside campaigner Ferry, 25, of Eaton Mascot, Shropshire, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this afternoon to answer charges of robbery and common assault… (story)
Western Daily Press 15.5.08 FERRY SAYS THEY HAVE THE WRONG MAN - The son of rock star Bryan Ferry is set to claim that two women who say he robbed and assaulted them have incorrectly identified him as the culprit. Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry is charged with assaulting Helen Ghalmi and robbing Susan Grima during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt in Gloucestershire on November 21 last year…. He also entered no plea to assaulting Helen Ghalmi by beating, on the same date. Judge Martin Picton asked Ferry's barrister: "The issue is simply that it was not him, is it?" and defence counsel Phillip Lucas replied "Yes."… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.5.08 IT WASN'T ME – FERRY - 09:00 - 15 May 2008 Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis is to claim he was not the man who robbed and assaulted two hunt monitors during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt in the Cotswolds last November.When Ferry made his first appearance on the charges at Gloucester Crown Court, his barrister made it plain that the defence will be one of mistaken identity…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 15.5.08 ROCK STAR'S SON TO SAY THEY GOT THE WRONG MAN - Rock star Bryan Ferry's son Otis is to claim he was not the man who robbed and assaulted two women Hunt monitors during a meeting of the Heythrop Hunt in the Cotswolds last November.When Ferry made his first appearance on the charges at Gloucester crown court today his barrister made it plain that the defence will be one of mistaken identity… Judge Picton estimated the trial will last four days at Cirencester in the week of September 15. (story)
Horse & Hound 15.5.08 South Shropshire joint-master Otis Ferry appears in court - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - South Shropshire huntsman and joint-master Otis Ferry has appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on charges of robbery and assault. Mr Ferry, 25, of Easton Mascott near Shrewsbury, is alleged to have stolen a video camera from a female hunt monitor and assaulted another woman while he was following the Heythrop hunt last November… (story)
Oxford Mail 14.5.08 Hunting campaigner in court By George Gaynor - The son of Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry has appeared in court to answer charges of robbery and assault…. Ferry, of Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, in Shropshire, spoke only to confirm his name and did not enter pleas at Gloucester Crown Court today. He was granted bail. A plea hearing has been fixed for July 25 and a trial date provisionally set for September 15… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 8.5.08 ROCK STAR'S SON FERRY FACING ROBBERY CHARGES - Otis Ferry has appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates charged with stealing a video camera from a hunt monitor and assaulting another during a Cotswold hunt.The son of rock star Bryan Ferry was greeted by a scrum of photographers as he arrived at the court in St George's Road at 10am yesterday… The countryside campaigner is joint master of the South Shropshire hunt and has ridden out with the Heythrop Hunt, near Chipping Norton… (story)
BBC News Online 7.5.08 Ferry faces trial on hunt charges - Otis Ferry is to face trial charged with attacking a hunt monitor and robbing another while they were trying to film him hunting in Gloucestershire… He is accused of robbing Susan Grima of a Samsung video camera, of a value unknown, on at Lower Swell, Cheltenham. He is also charged with assaulting Helen Ghalmi by beating on the same date. A trial date is yet to be fixed…. (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 7.5.08 Rock star's son in alleged hunt assault - ROCK star Bryan Ferry's foxhunt loving son Otis was today committed for crown court trial on charges of robbing a woman of a video camera and assaulting another woman during a Hunt meeting in the Cotswolds. The two women were monitoring the activities of the Heythrop Hunt in north Gloucestershire when Ferry committed the alleged offences last November…. The 25-year-old is accused of robbing Susan Grima of a Samsung video camera of unknown value and assaulting Helen Ghalmi by beating her… (story)
Western Daily Press 7.5.08 LATEST: OTIS FERRY IN COURT ON HUNT CHARGES - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry, son of rock star Bryan Ferry, will appear in court this morning charged with attacking and robbing a hunt monitor who was trying to film him…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 18.4.08 Otis Ferry is charged over hunt allegations - THE pro-hunting son of rock star Bryan Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two women hunt monitors. Otis Ferry, aged 25, was charged this week after an alleged incident which took place while he was out riding with the Heythrop Hunt in Guiting Power on November 21, 2007… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 16.4.08 FERRY CHARGED OVER HUNT CLASH - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two hunt saboteurs who were trying to film him at his sport… (story)
Horse & Hound 16.4.08 Otis Ferry charged with robbery and common assault - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Otis Ferry will appear in court on Wednesday 7 May, charged with robbery and common assault. Otis, 25, is huntsman and master of the South Shropshire hunt. He is believed to have been following the Heythrop hunt at the time of the alleged incident in Lower Swell, near Chipping Norton, last year… (story)
Oxford Mail 16.4.08 Ferry faces hunt charge - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry, 25, has been charged with attacking and robbing two hunt saboteurs… Ferry, who was arrested at his Shrewsbury home the next day, had been riding with the Heythrop Hunt, near Chipping Norton, which is thought to have strayed into Gloucestershire (story)
Shropshire Star 15.4.08 Otis Ferry is charged over attacks - Shropshire-based pro-hunt campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two female anti-fox hunt monitors…. (story)
Telegraph 15.4.08 Otis Ferry charged over 'attack' on saboteurs By Matthew Moore and agencies - Pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking two women saboteurs and stealing their video camera…. Ferry has been riding with the Heythrop Hunt near Chipping Norton, in Tory leader David Cameron's constituency of Witney…. (story)
Guardian 15.4.08 Otis Ferry charged with attacking hunt saboteurs - Haroon Siddique and agencies - The countryside campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two hunt saboteurs who were trying to film him, police said today… (story)
BBC News Online 15.4.08 Pop star son on robbery charge - The son of pop star Bryan Ferry is to appear in court charged with robbery and common assault…. Mr Ferry, from Shrewsbury, was riding with the Heythrop Hunt from Witney, Oxfordshire…. (story)
Oxford Times 15.4.08 Ferry faces hunt charge - COUNTRYSIDE campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two hunt saboteurs who were trying to film him at his sport… (story)
Oxford Mail 15.4.08 Hunt campaigner charged - Countryside campaigner Otis Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two hunt saboteurs who were trying to film him… (story)
Mirror 15.4.08 Son of Bryan Ferry charged with attacks and robbery - The son of rock star Bryan Ferry has been charged with attacking and robbing two women anti-fox hunt monitors…. Mum-of-one Helen Ghalmi, 38, one of the alleged victims, said: "He seemed to come out of nowhere and was shouting. He tried to pull me out of the car by the arm but I was still strapped in. The camera fell into the footwell and he grabbed it…. Ferry will appear before Cheltenham magistrates charged with robbery and common assault next month. (story)
Independent 27.11.07 Otis Ferry arrested after hunt By Sadie Gray - The pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry has been arrested after two women claimed he attacked them as they watched the end of a hunt. Mr Ferry was taking part in the Heythrop Hunt when he is alleged to have grabbed a video camera from one of the women, who were monitoring the event from a car as the hunt finished in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire... (story)
Times 27.11.07 Otis Ferry arrested - Otis Ferry, son of the singer Bryan Ferry, was arrested after two women monitoring the Heythrop Hunt in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, said he attacked them... (story)
Mirror 27.11.07 Ferry son arrested By Graham Brough - Pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry has been arrested after an incident in which two women claim they were attacked. Ferry, 25 - son of Roxy Music singer Bryan - was riding with the Heythrop Hunt in Tory leader David Cameron's constituency when he allegedly confronted two women in a car who were monitoring the hunt... (story)

Oxford Mail 13.4.15 Hunting ban is backed by vast majority of public - IT comes as no surprise that Nicola Blackwood is supported by a leafleting campaign organised by the pro-hunting lobby Vote OK (April 9). Ms Blackwood’s assertion that the Hunting Act is undemocratic is blatant nonsense since the act is in fact a rare incidence of the will of the people being realised in legislation…. Mark Pritchard Linkside Avenue Oxford (letter)

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Belfast News Letter 12.4.15 Drag hunting keeps thrill of the chase - Michael Martin accuses me of sentimentality in relation to my views on fox hunting and snaring and points out that foxes need to be controlled (April 10). In fact my opposition to fox hunting and other cruel practices is informed by evidence… John Fitzgerald, (Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports) (letter)
Belfast Newsletter 11.4.15 We have to control foxes - Unfortunately John Fitzgerald (April 4) seems to have little knowledge of the countryside and simply alludes to sentimental prose rather than facts about hunting and snaring… It’s interesting to note that some of the best places to observe wildlife is in estates managed for shooting because that’s where the best biodiversity is, despite the bad publicity and misinformation of some ‘animal rights’ groups. Michael Martin Six Mile Water Trust (letter)

GREEN PARTY MAY BAN GRAND NATIONAL, SHOOTING
Observer 12.4.15 Green party would consider banning Grand National, says Natalie Bennett - The Green party would consider banning the Grand National and other horse and greyhound races as part of an animal protection drive should it form the next government, its leader Natalie Bennett has said…. She added: “There’s a whole range of broader issues around animal protection here that we really need to talk about, which is things like the badger cull, [and] we want to ban driven grouse shooting.”… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 12.4.15 Grand National could be banned if Green party wins election By Christopher Hope - The Grand National, the world's greatest horse race, could be banned if the Green Party wins power, Natalie Bennett has said. The Green Party leader said the party would undertake a “complete review” of horse racing to look at “animal protection issues”… Miss Bennett told BBC 1’s Andrew Marr Show: “There are clearly animal protection issues there that need to be addressed – the fact of not just what happens in races, but what happens to the animals that disappear from the system, the whole range of issues.”… (story)
Independent on Sunday 12.4.15 Does the Green Party really want to scrap the Grand National? - ANDY MCSMITH - Yesterday’s Grand National could be the last ever, in the unlikely event that the nation elects a Green Party government next month. Natalie Bennett – the Australian-born former journalist who would be Prime Minister after a Green landslide – announced yesterday that the party is conducting a “complete review” of horse and dog racing – and pointedly did not rule out the possibility that they will opt for a complete ban on animal races… (story)
Sunday Mirror 12.4.15 Grand National ban threat as Green Party pledges to review legality of horse and greyhound racing - Leader Natalie Bennett said the sports - and any commercial event involving animals - could be prohibited if they ever came to power… (story)

Independent on Sunday 12.4.15 Animal rights campaigners criticise 'exploitative' racing industry over death of Seedling at Aintree - BEN TUFFT - Animal rights groups have condemned the racing industry after the death of Seedling in the Mersey Novices’ hurdle race at Aintree. The horse was allegedly killed instantly after she fell at the second-to-last hurdle during the first race of Grand National day. Nichols Canyon, ridden by Ruby Walsh, went on to win the race…. Andrew Tyler, director of the Animal Aid group, said that the horse “bounced like a rag doll. It’s very depressing, but not unusual”…. Tom Quinn, campaigns director for the League Against Cruel Sports said: “Any animal death in the name of sport is a pointless tragedy and completely preventable…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 12.4.15 Taller mobile phone masts could spell the end for Cornwall's "not spots," says Countryside Alliance By cg_graham - The Countryside Alliance has called for taller mobile phone masts and smarter thinking from network operators to reduce the number of frustrating "not spots" across Cornwall…. (story)

Sunday Express 12.4.15 Scots animal rights protestor objects to toy cat being flung during children's show - A SCOTTISH animal rights protestor sparked ridicule after storming a children’s entertainment show and 'rescuing' a toy cat used in the performance By PAULA MURRAY - The Cats Protection charity had complained to The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland about an Easter half-term event with a "cat-flinging finale". When the organisers refused to change the show's format, trustee Trevor Jones went along to observe a performance. The software developer, from Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire, was so appalled that he gatecrashed the show and stole one of the stuffed toys, yelling "Cats Protection"…. (story)

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Western Morning News 11.4.15 Sloppy Hunting Act should be repealed - At last the RSPCA has realised that putting so much of its time into bringing prosecutions against hunts that breach the Hunting Act has done it more harm than good…. It is time this sloppy act was repealed. by Colin Richey Tiverton (letter)

SCOTTISH RURAL AWARDS
Selkirk Advertiser 11.4.15 Rural oscars praise Buccleuch huntsman - Four of the 12 awards at the recent Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards went to the Borders, including the lifetime achievement award won by the Duke of Buccleuch Hunt joint master Trevor Adams. Others flying the flag for the region were: Connect Berwickshire Youth Project who won the education award; Kezie Foods, Duns, the business diversification winner; and Tweed Valley Trees, the business start-up award. The Dryden-based charity Stable Life, which uses horses to help vulnerable teenagers, was also runner up in the business start-up category… (story)
Southern Reporter 9.4.15 Scottish ‘Rural Oscars’ for Borders quartet - Four of the 12 awards at the recent Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards went to the Borders. Flying the flag for the region were: Connect Berwickshire Youth Project who won the education award; Kezie Foods, Duns, the business diversification winners; Tweed Valley Trees, the business start-up award; and the lifetime achievement award went to the Duke of Buccleuch Hunt joint master Trevor Adams…. (story)
East Lothian Courier 6.4.15 Thistly Cross raises a glass to celebrate award - THISTLY Cross Cider is celebrating after lifting a top national award. The drink, based at South Belton, just outside Dunbar, was named top artisan drink at the Scottish Rural Awards, beating off competition from Summerhouse Drinks and Shetland Reel Gin... The judging panel was made up of Richard Bath, Scottish Field editor and Scotland on Sunday’s restaurant reviewer; Jamie Stewart, Countryside Alliance director for Scotland; Rory Kennedy, finance and business planning specialist; Charlie Shentall, development manager for the Scottish Countryside Alliance; Brian Cameron, commercial director for Wyvex Media, publisher of Scottish Field; and Paddy Crerar, chief executive of Crerar Hotels…. (story)
Scotland Food & Drink 3.4.15 Great Glen Charcuterie named runner up at Scottish Rural Awards - Great Glen Charcuterie has been named runner up in the Artisan Food category of the 2015 Scottish Rural Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday (26 March). The Scottish Rural Awards celebrates the true industry, innovation, dedication and aspiration of those who live and work in rural areas, highlighting their triumphs and the difficulties they have had to overcome in order to thrive.... (story)
Scotland Food & Drink 27.3.15 Scottish Rural Awards recognition for Shetland Reel Gin - Shetland Reel Gin was highly commended in two categories at last night’s Scottish Rural Awards in Edinburgh.... The Scottish Rural Awards, run jointly by the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Scottish Field, are judged by a panel of experts in what the organisers describe as a “rigorous multi-stage process”.... (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 11.4.15 Supporter of Tonbridge animal rights group scales Trafalgar Square statue to protest Grand National - A supporter of Tonbridge animal rights group Animal Aid has scaled the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in protest of today's Grand National. The controversial race has been targeted by activists for years due to the number of horses killed during the event. The supporter put up signs bearing the slogans "You bet, they die" and "200 horses killed racing every year". A statement on the group's website said: "The daring protest is aimed at drawing attention to the dangers faced by race horses, made to run in the infamous Grand National race, which will take place today at 4.15pm… (story)

Independent 11.4.15 Grand National 2015: How grand can a race be when some horses snap or die before finishing? -MIMI BEKHECHI - We fancy ourselves a civilised nation. But when droves come out to cheer and applaud as horses crash face-first into the ground, break their necks and legs and die on the Grand National track, how is it any different from the barbaric days of the gladiators?.. . (story)

News Hub 11.4.15 Is the Grand National all that grand? - The racing industry's marketing cannot gloss over one basic fact: 40 horses have died at Aintree since 2000 - Luke Steele - Crabbie's Grand National 2015 is set to reach its climax tomorrow with the main race. The three-day festival has been overshadowed by condemnations from animal welfare groups over ill-treatment of horses, claims the racing industry firmly denies… (story)

10.4.15

Leicester Mercury 10.4.15 First Person: 'The Hunting Act should be repealed' - End of season parties have been held at Leicestershire's hunts over the past few weeks, as they have done at this time of year for centuries. But this season was different in that it marked a decade of the ban on hunting a wild mammal with hounds in England and Wales. For those involved in hunting, pro and against, the ban is a big deal. But the vast majority of voters will probably never have thought about the issue…. Tim Bonner is director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance. (story)

Guardian 10.4.15 Should everyone become vegetarian? - With ethical diets on the increase among young voters, we talk to them about what they eat and why it matters politically - In our “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the issues that matter most to them. With increasing numbers of students supporting the Green party and environmental causes, we ask young people about their attitude towards meat… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 10.4.15 Puppy breeding survey - As part of their strategy to end the suffering of breeding dogs and their puppies at the hands of unscrupulous breeders, a group of animal welfare organisations have joined forces to launch the Great British Puppy Survey. Created by Naturewatch Foundation, Canine Action UK, The Karlton Index, Pup Air, C.A.R.I.E.D and Hidden in-light, it is believed to be the most comprehensive puppy buying survey ever launched in the UK. … Mrs J. Harwood Moor Park Avenue Bispham (story)

Bristol Post 10.4.15 Jailed Bristol anarchist who targeted police cars with stinger 'regrets getting caught' - An anarchist who targeted city police cars with a home-made stinger has said she "regrets getting caught". Emma Sheppard was jailed for two years for laying down the implement outside Emerson's Green police base on New Year's Eve last year. The 33-year-old who is thought to be part of a shadowy group of political extremists has been writing letters from her prison cell at HMP Send… (story)

9.4.15

Third Sector 9.4.15 League Against Cruel Sports registers as a charity in Scotland for the first time by Sam Burne James - The League Against Cruel Sports has registered as a charity in Scotland and has appointed a Scottish director for the first time…. Robbie Marsland, formerly the UK director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has joined the charity in the newly created role of Scottish director…. (story)

Stroud News & Journal 9.4.15 Badger culling sparks tensions at Stroud parliamentary candidate’s environment forum - DAVID DREW has called the Conservative’s badger culling strategy “the most inhumane and disastrous act of the coalition.” Speaking at the Stroud Wildlife Election Forum last Tuesday evening, he attacked Neil Carmichael over his support of the controversial cull… The fox-hunting ban and the badger cull featured as the main topics of discussion in what was a fiery election encounter… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 9.4.15 Group leads charge to aid hunted birds - CAMPAIGNERS calling for an end to controversial grouse shoots on Ilkley Moor are meeting due to meet with Bradford Council leader David Green today. Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM), which has the support of TV celebrity and birdwatcher Bill Oddie, is asking the authority to implement an Independent Expert Panel to oversee the impact of grouse shooting on the moor which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SIA). BBIM spokesman Luke Steele (pictured) said: “It is in everybody’s interest the species which inhabit Ilkley Moor are conserved and safety of moor users is upheld to the best standard available.”… (story)

Bromley News Shopper 9.4.15 An animal rights group from Bromley staged a protest in the High Street against selling and eating kangaroo meat by Rebecca Flood - An animal rights group from Bromley staged a protest against the sale of Kangaroo meat. Jan Yarker, 68, is the founding member of Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group who organised the protest on Saturday (April 4). The group took the streets outside Primark, along Bromley High Street, as part of a National Day of Action organised by animal charity Viva!.... (story)

8.4.15

West Briton 8.4.15 Should the ban on hunting be repealed? A hotly debated topic online this week was the Hunting Act. Members of hunting groups were e-mailed urging support for the Conservatives in the hope the party fulfils its promise of a vote on repealing the hunting ban. Here are some of your thoughts:… (story)

Irish Examiner 8.4.15 Demise of island hares a scandal - The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) is alarmed at the news that hares are now extinct on Dublin Bay’s North Bull Island… It should also be a source of embarrassment to the political establishment, given the fact that licenses permitting the annual netting of thousands of hares are granted to coursing clubs…. John Fitzgerald PRO Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports Lower Coyne Street Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

7.4.15

Shropshire Star 7.4.15 Fox-hunting fans in Shropshire call for Tory support - Fox-hunting supporters in Shropshire are set to join the election campaign trail, urging people to vote for the Conservatives. Members of hunts in Ludlow, Albrighton and South Shropshire have all come out in support of the party, and said they expected to be out lending their support in marginal seats in the run-up to May 7….. (story)

Horse & Hound 7.4.15 H&H reveals huntsmen taking part in hornblowing competition - Polly Portwin - The names of the 10 huntsmen from packs from all areas of the country that will take part in a prestigious hornblowing competition have now been revealed. They will be competing at the Horn & Hound Ball — which is a celebration of hunting — at Cheltenham racecourse on 25 April. The winner will be presented with the Dorian Williams Horse & Hound Trophy, which was first awarded in 1952. The huntsmen — some amateur and some professional — will also be competing to win an engraved Henry Keat hunting horn, sponsored by Horse & Hound…. (story)

Dundee Courier 7.4.15 Why do we cull hares? - The letter from Duncan Orr-Ewing of the charity RSPB (March 25) refers to culling of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors. Could he please explain to me the reason for culling these beautiful animals at all? Iain McLaren.1 Clinkerheel Drive,Birkhill. (letter)

6.4.15

Western Daily Press 6.4.15 'Vote Tory' call to hunt supporters - Hunt supporters across the West Country are being urged to throw their weight behind the Conservative election campaign to put David Cameron back into Downing Street. The pro-hunt political organisation Vote OK is calling on each of them to give up 12 hours of their time… And on a visit to Cornwall at the weekend, George Bowyer, national director of Vote OK, told an audience of hunt supporters it was "vital" a Tory government was returned to parliament – and their efforts would help the cause. Speaking at the annual East Cornwall Hunt end-of-season supper at Jamaica Inn on Saturday, he said: "We at Vote OK are asking every hunt supporter to give up 12 hours to help hunting during the next 30 days… (story)
Western Morning News 5.4.15 Hunt supporters urged to work to help secure Tory election victory By WMNPBowern - Hunt supporters across the Westcountry are being urged to throw their weight behind the Conservative election campaign to put David Cameron back into Downing Street… George Bowyer, national director of Vote OK told an audience of hunt supporters it was “vital” a Tory government was returned to parliament – and their efforts would help the cause. Speaking at the annual East Cornwall Hunt end-of-season supper at Jamaica Inn on Saturday he said: “We at Vote OK are asking every hunt supporter to give up 12 hours to help hunting during the next 30 days,.”… Mr Bowyer, a former master of the Oakley Hunt and the Fitzwilliam Hunt – both in the East Midlands – warned that an Ed Miliband minority Labour government would cave into its backbenchers and “throw them red meat” in the form of clamping down yet further on hunting…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 6.4.15 General Election 2015: Pro-hunt volunteers delivering leaflets for Alex Chalk in Cheltenham By jrmaidment - Pro-hunting volunteers are campaigning on behalf of Cheltenham's Conservative-MP hopeful Alex Chalk in the run up to the 2015 General Election – but he insists there is "no formal agreement" with them to do so… Supporters from the campaign group Vote OK are delivering leaflets for Mr Chalk in Cheltenham. But he told the Echo they are helping because they want a Tory MP… (story)

Mail 6.4.15 JANE FRYER: Sex? Drugs? No thanks. Meet the rock god who wants to kick the selfish and corrupt out of politics and replace them with 'decent' people - For a gnarly old ‘rock god’, Brian May is surprisingly soft and gentle… Right now, though, he’s explaining — very politely, and without raising his voice, because as well as being the most beautifully spoken rock legend in the world, he’s also the politest — just how much he loathes David Cameron….. ‘We’ are Brian and his colleagues at Common Decency, the political revolution he launched last month with the help of a vast billboard in South London, emblazoned with the words: ‘You have one voice — one vote — use it!’ Just to be clear, it is not a political party and, although there were rumours, Brian is not running for Parliament. ‘It would limit me. There is too much I need to do.’…. (story)

ANIMAL AID SHOOTING LETTER
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 6.4.15 Destructive bird shoots are not conservation - Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (story)
Bournemouth Echo @ 3.4.15 Deliberately destroying animals - FIONA PEREIRA, Animal Aid (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 2.4.15 Shooting isn't conservation, it's a business - There has been much in the Press recently about the RSPB praising the alleged conservation efforts by some shoots, yet nobody has pointed out that certain initiatives are carried out to provide cover for birds deemed to be suitable for target practice... The shooting industry is not an altruistic conservation movement. It's a money-making business, recognised by the tax regime as 'sport' rather than food production, that exists to enable the killing of birds for pleasure... Fiona Pereira Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)

Kent News 6.4.15 Hurdling fury over upcoming Grand National - Maria Chiorando - Next weekend sees one of sport’s most popular horse races, but, once again, it has stirred up mixed views. Next weekend, a gargantuan £200 million will be bet on the Grand National, with around two thirds of British adults expected to have a flutter…And that has sparked another major war of words between Animal Aid and the British Horseracing Authority, the sport’s governing body. It blasted the charity claiming it just used the Grand National for publicity and pursued objectives which included “promoting entirely vegan lifestyles, banning all farming, asking that public do not donate to cancer research charities, and to ban all horseracing”… (story)

Worcester News 6.4.15 Malvern woman dons horse costume to protest against the Grand National race by Sarah Taylor - AN animal rights campaigner donned a horse and jockey costume and handed out leaflets in Worcester to urge people not to support the Grand National next weekend. Pauline Burgess, from Malvern, joined other animal protection campaigners in Worcester city centre on Good Friday to encourage people not to bet on the popular race on Saturday (April 11) and to boycott horse racing altogether… Ronald Lee, communications officer for the Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies, who organised the demonstration, said: "The action was part of Horse Racing Awareness Week, organised by animal protection group Animal Aid… (story)

Leicester Mercury 6.4.15 Animal rights demonstration at Twycross Zoo By Samantha Fisher - An annual animal rights demonstration has taken place at Twycross Zoo. Members of Leicester Animal Rights group, as well as people from Nottingham and Derby's animal rights group, held a peaceful protest from 10am to 1pm on Saturday for Zoo Awareness Week. Some 17 demonstrators held posters saying things like "Say no to zoos…. Kerry Sedgewick, a member of Leicester Animal Rights group, said about 17 people were protesting on Saturday…. (story

5.4.15

Horse & Hound 5.4.15 Badminton riders and visitors reminded to register to vote - Amy Mathieson - Eventing fans and riders that will be heading to Badminton this year (7-10 May) are encouraged to register for a postal vote, as the general election falls on the first day of the Gloucestershire horse trials.... James Legge, head of political affairs for the Countryside Alliance, told H&H: “It is very important that the rural voice is heard in the general election so we would urge everyone to firstly check that they are registered to vote, and then if they will be away from home on polling day that they apply for a postal vote.”... (story)

HUNT SUPPORTERS SUPPORT PRO HUNTING CANDIDATES
Sunday Express 5.4.15 Fox hunting supporters ordered to back Tories in bid to overturn ban By HELEN BARNETT AND TOM BATCHELOR - Britain’s most prominent fox hunting pressure-groups have rallied their members to support Tory election candidates to ensure the Conservatives get into power on a majority - paving the way for overturning the ban. An email has been issued to up to 45,000 people to lobby voters and keep David Cameron in Number 10 - so he can deliver a promise of a vote on repealing the 2004 Hunting Act brought by Labour... (story)
Independent 4.4.15 Prominent fox hunting supporters step up Tory support – and expect repeal of ban in return - TOM BAWDEN - Two of Britain's most prominent fox hunting chiefs have issued a call to arms for all their supporters to canvas on behalf of Conservative election candidates backing their campaign to overturn a ban on the blood sport, as two more Tories are revealed to be receiving direct backing. The plea made by Lord Mancroft, a hunting partner of Prince Charles who chairs the Council of Hunting Association, together with Hunting Office director Tim Easby, will increase concerns among animal rights campaigners that the bar enforced a decade ago could be lifted if the Tories are able to form a government after the general election... The Independent can reveal two further Conservatives – Cheltenham parliamentary candidate Alex Chalk, and Oxford and Abingdon West incumbent Nicola Blackwood – are receiving support from the pro-hunting Vote-OK group run by Otis Ferry, son of Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry... (story)
Western Morning News 4.4.15 Hunts urged to vote Tory for repeal of Hunting Act By WMN_PGoodwin - Hunting groups have reportedly been sent an email urging them to campaign for the Conservatives in the hope the party fulfils its promise of a vote on repealing the hunting ban... (story)
North Devon Journal 4.4.15 Email urges hunting groups to campaign for Conservatives so they can hold vote on hunting ban - THE Independent reports that hunting groups have been sent an email urging them to campaign for the Conservative Party so it can fulfil its promise of a vote on abolishing the hunting ban.... (story)
West Briton 4.4.15 Hunts urged to vote Tory for repeal of Hunting Act By CG_Mo - HUNTING groups have reportedly been sent an email urging them to campaign for the Conservatives in the hope the party fulfils its promise of a vote on repealing the hunting ban... (story)

Observer 5.4.15 Why give this succour to the hunting and shooting lobby? - I suppose I should thank Martin Harper for pointing out that the RSPB has been neutral on the ethics of shooting “for well over 100 years” (“RSPB backs pheasant shoots and says they’re good for countryside”, News). I did not know this and I feel both naive and misled that a senior representative of the organisation I have supported for over 30 years should offer even qualified support for pheasant shoots... Robert Schofield Dorset
Pinning the blame on just gamekeepers is not the answer; we are all at fault for the decline in some bird and animal numbers.... Yes, some keepers have been responsible for the decline of some species, but to blame them all would be like saying that every football supporter is a thug looking for a fight. There are many keepers, farmers and land owners who are seriously into wildlife conservation... David Harper posted online
The politics of shooting are complex and prone to ideological distortion by all sides... , the society claims not to “have a mandate for the conservation of non-native species”. With these statements in mind, the society perhaps needs to give more thought to its position regarding the swamping of our native grey partridge by the red leg partridge (introduced explicitly for shooting). A more egregious case is the virtual elimination of the hen harrier from driven grouse moors in my part of the country... Gus Pennington Stokesley North Yorkshire (letters)

4.4.15

RSPCA REVIEWS HUNT PROSECUTIONS POLICY
Western Daily Press 4.4.15 RSPCA may drop its hunt prosecutions after Cattistock case collapses By Philip Bowern ... >(story)
Western Morning News 3.4.15 RSPCA reviews hunt prosecutions policy after collapse of case against West huntsman By WMNPBowern - The RSPCA is considering scrapping its hunt prosecutions policy in the wake of the latest case to collapse. The charity has told the Western Morning News it has no more legal actions pending under the Hunting Act following its decision last month to drop its case for alleged illegal hunting against William Bryer, huntsman with Dorset’s Cattistock Hunt.... Tim Bonner, director of campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: “We would welcome any decision by the RSPCA to leave the question of prosecuting hunts to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service... (story)
North Devon Journal 3.4.15 RSPCA Hunting Act prosecutions policy comes under review - The RSPCA is examining its policy on prosecutions under the Hunting Act and whether these should continue. It has told the Journal's sister publication, the Western Morning News, it has no more legal actions pending under the Act after last month's decision to drop its case for alleged illegal hunting against William Bryer, huntsman with Dorset's Cattistock Hunt... (story)
Mail 3.4.15 Victory for fox hunting after RSPCA abandons policy of 'pursuing pointless prosecutions' after collapse of latest case By OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE -The RSPCA is considering abandoning its controversial policy of 'pursuing pointless fox hunting prosecutions' after the collapse of the latest case. The animal charity has no more legal actions left under the Hunting Act after its decision last month to drop the case against William Bryer, joint master of the renowned Cattistock Hunt in Dorset. Following criticism for spending £22.5million pursuing animal welfare prosecutions last year, the RSPCA is now reviewing its policy on fox hunting cases... (story)

RSPB SUPPORTS PHEASANT SHOOTS
Western Daily Press 4.4.15 The RSPB: Shooting and conservation can mix successfully - The RSPB's support for game shooting that helps conservation promoted outrage in some quarters. Philip Bowern says it makes good sense and the wildlife charity was right to say so... (story)
Western Daily Press 4.4.15 Ron Bendell: Why my heart is split over shooting... (story)
Western Morning News 1.4.15 OPINION: No hypocrisy in RSPB's support for pheasant shooting as 'good for the birds' By WMNPBowern - The RSPB’s support for game shooting that helps conservation promoted outrage in some quarters. Philip Bowern says it makes good sense and the wildlife charity was right to say so... (story)
Western Morning News 1.4.15 Ron Bendell: Why my heart is split on the question of shooting - Under a hedge looking wet and windswept but otherwise hale and hearty stands Philip the pheasant emitting, as he does, the occasional flap and a squawk.... RSPB director of conservation Martin Harper posted a blog on the charity’s website saying that despite the organisation’s aim to prevent the “wanton destruction of birds” the very people who placed Philip into the environment with the intention of one day shooting him were, in fact, doing those surroundings a lot of good... As you can imagine in this age of people loving to take offence, many did just that. Quick to take a shot at Mr Harper were the usual suspects – Animal Aid, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the League Against Cruel Sports. All came up with long lists of reasons why those who sometimes clamber over a gate with a shotgun and a bag of cartridges are the most evil folk to stalk the planet.... But I must confess my heart is split on the question of shooting... It’s about the styles and attitudes of those taking part. Luckily, shoots close to home all seem to be made up of honest, down-to- earth country types who respect the land and its wildlife.... I can’t help but contrast these people, though, with others I have met who have proved to be loud, nasty, Hooray Henry types who clearly care nothing for the fields and woods they traipse over, the welfare of any animal or the image they give to the sport..... Meanwhile, I’m glad to know Philip is safe for another summer – unless he gets run over by an animal rights campaigner on his way to a demo (story)
Mail 30.3.15 RSPB boss backs the shooting of pheasants: Director's comments spark outrage among supporters of the charity By EMILY KENT SMITH FOR THE DAILY MAIL - As Britain’s leading bird charity, you might expect the RSPB to oppose pheasant shooting. But one of its bosses has unexpectedly backed the practice, causing outrage among supporters of the group. Some threatened to cancel their membership while others spoke of their ‘disappointment’... (story)
Western Morning News 30.3.15 RSPB clarifies its position on game shooting after members question its 'support' for the sport By WMNPBowern - Bird lovers in the South West have been contacting the RSPB asking for clarification about the charity’s position on game shooting after a weekend of national media coverage on the issue. Martin Harper, the charity’s director of conservation, wrote on the charity’s website that where pheasant shoots were contributing to wildlife conservation the RSPB was happy to work with them... (story)
Market Business News 30.3.15 RSPB praises pheasant shoot farmers, triggering outrage among bird lovers by Christian Nordqvist - Scores of RSPB supporters threatened to cancel their membership after hearing that one of the charity’s directors supported “progressive” pheasant shoots because they were good for wildlife and bird populations. Many members claim it is not possible to be a protector of birds while at the same time condoning shooting them... (story)
Observer 29.3.15 RSPB backs pheasant shoots and says they’re good for the countryside - The UK’s managed shoot industry, which sees millions of pheasants raised and shot every year, has received support from an unexpected quarter. In a blog published on the website of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, its conservation director Martin Harper has praised the role of managed shoots in protecting wildlife.... (story)

South Wales Argus 4.4.15 Circus blasts back after animal activists call for boycott by Nathan Briant - A CIRCUS staging performances in Monmouth until Monday has hit back over an appeal from an animal rights group for the public to boycott it. Circus Mondao, which has had shows at the Monmouthshire Showground since Tuesday, has also been criticised by the Animal Defenders International (ADI) group over the maintenance of animals’ enclosures... (story)

Watford Observer 4.4.15 'Exploitive' petting zoo at New Watford Market cancelled after animal rights group campaign by Simon Farr, Chief Reporter - An ‘exploitive’ petting zoo at New Watford Market has been cancelled after a rally by animal rights campaigners. The market was due to hold a petting zoo today at which children could meet and have their photo taken with animals including rabbits, chickens and ducks. It sparked outrage from the Hertfordshire Animal Rights group which urged supporters to “reflect our concerns to the management of the market” to prevent the ‘exploitive’ event from happening... (story)

3.4.15

Huffington Post 3.4.15 Politicians Be Aware - It's Blindingly Obvious That Animals Matter - Joe Duckworth Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports - As the race for Number 10 well and truly gets going, the key issues of the day will be discussed at length... But elections can be decided by narrow margins - this year has the potential to be one of those... At the League Against Cruel Sports, our key focus means that we know a lot about what goes on in the world of animal 'sport', much of it unsavoury, much of it hidden. Our own election manifesto therefore focuses on five issues that are key to reducing the suffering of animals, and we believe that many voters will share our concerns... (story)

2.4.15

Western Morning News 2.4.15 Smiles all round at Modbury Harriers fun show - Competitors of all ages braved the awful weather last Sunday for the Modbury Harriers’ Winter Woolly Pony Show. Over 30 horses and ponies made the journey to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s visitor centre, near Totnes, for the fun show, which was raising funds for the South Devon-based hunt... (story)

Island News 2.4.15 Farmers rally for Big Bird Count - An army of farmers, gamekeepers and land managers looking after nearly one million acres of farmland turned out in their droves this winter to count their birds in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s second Big Farmland Bird Count, which ran between 7 – 15th February... (story)
BBC News Online 24.2.15 Lincolnshire farmers urged to tackle grey partridge decline - The decline of one of the UK's most endangered birds could be slowed if more farmers take part in an annual count, a conservation trust has said. Grey partridge numbers have dropped by 86% in the last 40 years, according to the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. The trust wants more farmers to take part in its annual count scheme…. (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 2.4.15 Motcombe man, 62, running marathon for Fishing 4 Schools charity By jspiteri - Founder of the Countryside Alliance Fishing 4 Schools initiative, Charles Jardine is running the London Marathon in aid of the charity. Award-winning angler Charles, 62, who lives at Motcombe, will be the oldest runner on the Countryside Alliance Foundation team by "a few years".... (story)

Birmingham Mail 2.4.15 Animal rights group blasts 'sickening' experiments on rats at University of Birmingham By Mike Lockley - Rats are being shot in the eyes during laboratory experiments at the University of Birmingham where rodents are blinded by having plastic balls fired at them. The tests, dubbed barbaric by an animal rights group, are designed to advance treatment for servicemen and women blinded by shrapnel... Campaign group Animal Justice Project say the Birmingham experiments are not only sickening, but have failed to provide any scientific breakthroughs... (story)

Cambridge News 2.4.15 Cambridge student vegans explain why they protested over The Grafton's petting zoo plan By Adam Care - A Cambridge student said she hopes a shopping centre will never hold an animal experience again after it was forced to cancel plans to host a children's petting zoo. The Grafton Centre cancelled an event featuring rabbits, chinchillas and meerkats, following allegations of cruelty from students... a joint campaign by the Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin vegan societies branded the event "unethical and inappropriate". Sophie Kennerley co-founded the Anglia Ruskin Vegan Society, and helped plan the campaign... (story)

1.4.15

Blackmore Vale Magazine 1.4.15 Field and Stream - BV Shooting and Conservation Society auction raises £1,100 for Poppy Appeal By Dadcock - The Blackmore Vale Shooting and Conservation Society (BVSCS) raised more than £1,100 for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal at its fourth annual auction last Friday.... (story)

Independent Catholic News 1.4.15 Nobel Laureate backs report which describes animal experiments as 'morally unthinkable' - More than a 150 academics, theologians and church leaders, including Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee, have backed a new report calling for the de-normalisation of animal experimentation. Titled 'Normalising the Unthinkable', the report is the result of a working party of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Other signatories to the report include the Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford, Professor Keith Ward of Oxford University, Professor Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School, and Professor Conor Gearty of the London School of Economics... Commissioned by the BUAV and Cruelty Free International as an independent ethical review, members of the working party are keen to point out that the BUAV in no way influenced its conclusions. "The moral arguments in favour of animal testing really don't hold water" says Professor Andrew Linzey, co-editor of the report and a theologian at Oxford University... (story)