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31.8.04

BBC News Online 31.8.04 Blair to focus on domestic agenda - Tony Blair will start his first day back at the office after his summer break promoting Labour's efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour… Other issues filling his in-box combine to form a political minefield, says BBC political correspondent James Hardy. These include Northern Ireland peace talks, fox hunting, the Labour party conference and a by-election… (story)

Western Mail 31.8.04 Hunting lobbyists spoil a golden September glow - Steve Dube, The Western Mail … Many welcome September, it marks the start of a golden autumn. But from a rural perspective what about one other event, the return of Parliament from summer recess. Could its return drag along with it a very dark and sinister cloud on the many matters surrounding hunting?... No one has yet convinced me that messing around with hunting is the correct pathway to walk, for on such a pathway there will be no hands to shake, only bared fists. Such pernicious acts of legislation will leave nothing but a rancid taste in the mouths of soured rural Britain, which will then become a divided bitter Britain, and that is not being bold or brave. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.04 HUNTING WITH DOGS NOW A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE - I was interested to read the letter by David Apps, Points of view, August 27, under the heading: Why, Mr Blair, is hunting with dogs still allowed?... the draft European Constitution says the working of the EU shall be founded on the principle of representative democracy accountable to national parliaments, elected by their citizens… I may be a citizen of Europe, but in England I am a subject of the monarch, whose assent is needed before the Hunting Bill is able to become law. I did not take part in free elections for the bishops and aristocrats in the House of Lords…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Western Mail 31.8.04 Wet weather words of wisdom to keep you happy - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - AT THE risk of stating the obvious, it has been a wet summer, the grouse season has started, the partridge season opens tomorrow and pheasant shooting is not far away… (story)

BADGER HOTLINE
Aberdeen Press & Journal 31.8.04 BADGERS GET HOTLINE PROTECTION FROM CRIME - MOIRA KERR - Areas which were traditionally home to generations of badgers are now devoid of the creatures, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals revealed yesterday. SSPCA inspector John McAvoy voiced concern over the badgers' demise in some locations as a new service, aimed at cutting crime against badgers, was launched…. (story)
BBC News Online 31.8.04 Campaign to tackle badger cruelty - Animal protection groups and police officers are teaming up to crack down on cruelty to badgers. The initiative involves the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW)…. (story)
Scotsman 28.8.04 Badger line's £1,000 bait - A PHONE line is to be launched that will award £1,000 to whistleblowers whose tip-offs lead to prosecutions for cruelty against badgers, it was announced yesterday…. (story)
Daily Record 28.8.04 CRUELTY LINE FOR BADGERS - A BADGER helpline has been launched in Scotland, offering £1000 for tip-offs about cruelty to the animals. Police forces are backing the confidential phone service, which is funded and manned by animal welfare groups.... (story)

Oxford Mail 31.8.04 No takers yet to build animal lab - Oxford University has yet to find any new contractors willing to build its controversial animal experiment laboratory… Robert Cogswell, who leads the non-violent animal rights pressure group Speak, said the silence from the university spoke a thousand words…. An Oxford University spokesman hit back at Speak's claims and denied that the current lack of a contractor would put the plans behind schedule… (story in archive)

Guardian 31.8.04 Corrections and clarifications - In an article about pharmaceutical companies setting up research facilities in Singapore (Singapore sweetens the pill, August 26, page 30) we reported GlaxoSmithKline as saying that "animal rights extremism is not a factor in its decision to go to Singapore… Glaxo does not use apes in medical research anywhere in the world. (story)

Bath Chronicle 31.8.04 SPEND £6M ON BATS? THEY MUST BE BATTY - Has the world gone mad? Spending £6m to save a few bats when, if dislodged would soon find somewhere else to roost… And as for the animal rights activists, I wonder if they are even human beings when I read about some of the awful human illnesses we are trying to cure. That should stir up some letters from your "battier" do gooders. PM CROFT, Warwick Road, Lower Weston, Bath (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.04 STREET COLLECTION - A street collection in Exeter on July 30, held by the volunteer-run South Devon Animal Rights group, raised £248…. (story)

Evening Standard 31.8.04 How UK is centre for £7million trade in cat and dog fur By Isabel Oakeshott, Evening Standard Political Correspondent - Cat and dog fur is being shipped into Britain on a record scale, it is revealed today. Figures obtained by the Evening Standard show a huge surge in imports of the pelts for sale to the fashion industry… (story)

30.8.04

Irish Independent 30.8.04 Defending our fox hunters - I take exception to the anti-foxhunting letter from Philip Lynch. His assertions are outrageous. First, what revelations show that "British hunters are buying up land and big estates" in Ireland?... He accuses us of "farmer baiting". Most of our members are farmers. We are, of course, delighted that Mr Lynch has made up with our fellow sportsmen who fish and shoot. I doubt, however, if they have made up with Mr Lynch…. Mrs Kate Horgan, Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork (letter)
Irish Independent 23.8.04 Get ready for the fox hunters - Recent revelations that British hunters are buying up land and big estates in this country in readiness for a UK hunting ban should set alarm bells ringing in rural Ireland. The expected influx of redcoats will increase pressure on farmers already under attack from hordes of arrogant snobs 'riding to hounds'…. In recent months aggrieved farmers have banded together to form Farmers Against Fox Hunting. Our aim is to prevent fox hunters from sabotaging or endangering our livelihoods…. Philip P Lynch, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 30.8.04 BISHOPS AND ARISTOCRATS WERE GUTLESS ON HUNTING - 12:00 - 30 August 2004 Mr TA Griffin in his letter in Points of view, August 24, is not quite right to say that all politicians are gutless on the question of banning hunting with dogs. The bishops and aristocrats in the House of Lords would not describe themselves as politicians. But then they are those responsible for the failure of the Hunting Bill to receive the Royal Assent…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 23.8.04 POLITICIANS NEED TO LOOK AGAIN AT THEIR PRIORITIES - Please do not think that I prejudge issues but I accuse all politicians of being gutless on the question of banning hunting with dogs. Whether you agree or disagree, we, the voters, know that there is a conspiracy of silence from all our elected MPs. They could easily find the time to debate and vote on this issue but what do they do? Nothing…. Mr T A Griffin, Salmon Pool Lane, St Leonard's, Exeter (letter)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 30.8.04 Still waiting for ban on hunting - N November last year the Prime Minister gave his personal assurances to the House of Commons that the hunting issue would be resolved but Parliamentary time has yet to be allocated. Mr Blair must keep his word and reintroduce the hunting bill before the end of this parliamentary session… SHEILA BRENNAN (Mrs), Bombay Street, Blackburn. (letter in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 30.8.04 MORE URGED TO TACKLE FISHING - Up To 10,000 people across the country are expected to try angling for the first time in over 100 events for this year's 12th annual National Fishing Week. More than four million anglers already take part and the Environment Agency hopes to attract groups not traditionally associated with the sport, such as families, women and the disabled… (story) p>NEWCHURCH GUINEA PIG CAMPAIGN
Derby Evening Telegraph 30.8.04 SICKENING ABSENCE OF SUPPORT - If Martin Scorsese or Al Pacino are looking for their next film project, somebody ought to send them a script based on the goings-on in the village of Newchurch. For the manner in which many of the people there are being terrorised is befitting of a Mafia campaign of fear…. It is the sickening story of the lengths to which so-called animals rights campaigners will go to try to inflict their moral standards on everybody else…. What the Halls do for a living may not be attractive, but there is no question of it being illegal. And no doubt their despicable opponents, if their health fails, will be the grateful beneficiaries of the latest medical advances - conveniently overlooking any role the guinea pigs may have played (story)
Birmingham Post 24.8.04 Defiant farmers condemn 'terrorists' By Helen Gabriel - A family of guinea pig farm-ers, plagued almost daily by attacks from animal rights extremists because they supply the controversial Huntingdon Life Sciences, has refused to bow to protesters. Speaking for the first time, brothers John and Chris Hall, owners of Darley Oaks Farm, in Newchurch, Stafford-shire, said some protesters had crossed the line into terrorism in their five-year pursuit to close the farm down… Inspector David Bird, from the Environmental Protest Unit at Staffordshire Police, said 15 protesters were due to stand trial for public order offences in the next six weeks. (story)
Telegraph 23.8.04 High price of defying animal terrorists By Ben Fenton - On most farms, the electrified fencing is designed to keep animals in, but at Darby Oaks Farm it is the first line of defence. John and Chris Hall, third-generation owners of the 800-acre farm, have become targets of animal rights extremists trying to force them to close their guinea pig breeding operation… The situation took a more menacing turn when the extremists began threatening Mr Hall's staff. Nick Saunders, who has nothing to do with the guinea pigs but helped run the 300-head dairy herd, found his car covered with paint stripper, his life and that of his partner, Jackie Dolman, threatened and worse…. Now, the Halls cannot find a solicitor, a newspaper delivery boy or a bottled-gas supplier. All have been targeted by animal rights activists… A spokesman for the Close Down Newchurch Guinea Pig Farm group denied any connection with those who broke the law and said they condemned acts of illegal violence, although details of "successful" attacks are provided in full detail on the organisation's website. (story)
Independent 21.8.04 The terror within: a village living in fear of animal rights activists By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent - Animal rights extremists have developed a sinister new tactic, targeting an entire village that is home to a family of farmers who breed guinea pigs for medical research. In what is regarded by the Home Office as the most extreme campaign of intimidation known, activists have attacked and threatened the farmers' neighbours, their golf club and staff at the newsagents. They have also threatened to burn down the pub where family members drink…. Members of the Hall family, who run farms near Newborough, Staffordshire, have faced harassment and threats for four years. Police protection has cost £500,000… The Hall family - father David and sons Chris and John - has bred guinea pigs for more than 30 years, sending them to dozens of customers, including research laboratories. They are accused by campaigners of keeping the animals in appalling conditions in three locations in the villages of Newborough and Newchurch…. (story)
Times 21.8.04 Animal terror tactics that damn a whole village BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - THE entire community of a Staffordshire hamlet has been targeted by animal rights activists determined to close down a local farm which breeds guinea pigs used for testing pharmaceuticals. Anyone who has dealings with the farmers John and Chris Hall, brothers and co-owners of Darley Oaks Farm, Newchurch, near Burton-on-Trent, risks broken windows, midnight visits from activists with loudhailers, abusive letters and phone calls, paint stripped from their cars or slashed tyres…. (story)
Times 21.8.04 How campaign of hate is slowly winning BY ANDREW NORFOLK - THE final straw for Susan came one Sunday morning when she drew back her bedroom curtains to find herself gazing at a grotesque effigy that had appeared overnight in the village playing field. It was a crude dummy with a rope around its neck and a bandanna bearing Susan’s name. She burst into tears. The next day, she resigned from her job…. Some villagers were reluctant to talk about what one described as the “persistent malevolence” that has visited their community, but there seems to be a quiet determination that the violence and intimidation should not be allowed to achieve its goals… “They seem to be able to act with impunity. Some people around here may feel a bit squeamish about animal research, but that doesn’t mean they want to see intimidation succeed.” (story)
Burton Mail 21.8.04 Animal rights death threat to farm hand by DAVID POWLES - ANIMAL rights activists told a father who works for a controversial farm that his children would become orphans if he did not quit his job. The true horror of action carried out by campaigners against the Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research, has been revealed. In a documentary broadcast yesterday on BBC Radio 4, compiled with the assistance of The Mail, farm hand Nick Sanders, of Barton under Needwood, told how even his mother had been subject to hate attacks from activists... (story)
BBC Radio 4 20.8.04 You and Yours - Transcript - FACE THE FACTS - Animal Rights - Programme 5 - Presenter: John Waite - This week we travel to Staffordshire to investigate how an entire community has come under threat. It's the first time that any of the people involved have spoken publicly of what they've been through and how the whole of this little village here, in its sleepy setting amongst rolling farmland, has become a target for animal rights extremists… The local lawful protest against the Halls is organised by a young woman called Amanda Richards, there's no suggestion that she or her fellow protestors is involved in any way with the acts of intimidation that have gone on locally… Amanda may have nothing to do with illegal acts but John Curtin certainly has had…. CURTIN: My main thing in life is to stop the holocaust against animals, yeah, I'm compassionate towards people as well but we live, in Britain today, in a holocaust, we've got to stop that…. (story)

Dundee Courier 30.8.04 Giving hope to patients - Bob Beveridge (August 23) is very loud in attacking medical research but is remarkably quiet when it boils down to telling us what we should use instead of animals… Thomas Bromley, Executive Secretary, Seriously Ill for Medical Research. PO Box 504, Dunstable. (letter)
Dundee Courier 23.8.04 Animal deaths in vain Mr Bromley’s letter (August 17) on animal rights groups was predictable and short on the truth. If, according to Mr Bromley, everything is above board, why are the Press not allowed into these laboratories to report what they see?... I, for one, do not want any medical treatment which is at the expense of an animal suffering…. Bob Beveridge. Old Town House, Falkland (letter)
Dundee Courier 17.8.04 Not protesting peacefully - In response to Bob Beveridge (August 6), the reason for the government cracking down on animal extremists is because they aren’t protesting peacefully. These people are so frustrated that we don’t all share their muddled priorities that a minority resort to using violence and intimidating people…. Thomas Bromley, SIMR Executive. PO Box 504, Dunstable. (letter)
Dundee Courier 6.8.04 Reason for animal rights crack-down is money - So the government, whose gross incompetence was responsible for the death of 10 million animals during the foot-and-mouth outbreak, is to get tough on animal rights groups. Terrible things are going on in laboratories, all to save the human race…. The real reason for the new law is money. Animal laboratories are controlled by mega-rich drugs companies, and their only objective is money, money, money…. Bob Beveridge. Old Town House, Falkland. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 30.8.04 REALITY OF THE ANIMAL TESTING - David Wood, of the Gloucestershire Green Party (Letters, August 9), was very loud in attacking medical research but is remarkably quiet when it boils down to telling us what we should use instead of animals… TOM BROMLEY, SIMR Executive Secretary (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 9.8.04 REPRESSIVE LAWS ON PROTEST NOT THE ANSWER - The demonstrators who have stopped construction of the new animal testing labs in Oxford command little public sympathy…. However the repressive laws planned by the Government to restrain these people are not the answer. Assault, arson, threatening behaviour and intimidation are already illegal…. Protest is inseparable from democracy. Every time we restrict protest the state becomes less democratic. DAVID WOOD, Gloucestershire , Green Party (letter)

29.8.04

Sunday Times 29.8.04 Mean Fields: Jonathan Miller: I’ve turned tail to side with foxes - Invited to beat my breast in sympathy for the subsidy farmers whose rape is lying in soggy fields, I will find a better way to occupy my time…. I announce that I am switching sides on the foxhunting question, with predictably chilling consequences…. As I confirmed in my own ill-judged intervention on the hunting field, there is much that is thrilling about hunting when you are fit for it, and terrifying when you are not…. ban it for others? Well, why not? Never mind the welfare of the fox. How can such brazen defiance of health and safety regulations be tolerated? Hunting is dangerous! There will be those who say I am nothing but an opportunist, and they may be right…. (story)

28.8.04

Telegraph 28.8.04 On hunting, is Blair in tune with Middle England? By Charles Moore - A rival newspaper has a section with the rather sexist, even racist, title of "Crème", which advertises jobs for PAs and secretaries. Surprisingly for this least controversial area of newspapers, this week's main feature, entitled "A Scent of Victory", described the "working relationship" of Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, and his PA, Tamsin Joiner Morgan…. what interested me about the article was the assumption that caused it to be written - that hunting is about to be banned. There have been 40 separate stories in the broadsheet press saying this since November of last year, yet the strange fact is that no one, perhaps not even the Government's business managers, knows whether it is true…. So the choice that confronts Mr Blair is between succumbing to backbenchers and activists, many of whom want him out anyway, provoking an enormous rural rebellion within a year of an election, or quietly playing for time once again…. (story)
Times 25.8.04 A scent of victory BY ROSALIND RENSHAW - Working relationship: Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, and his PA, Tamsin Joiner Morgan - Tamsin Joiner Morgan has been a lifelong animal lover and her dream is to open her own animal sanctuary one day. But for now, she is happy as PA to Douglas Batchelor, the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 28.8.04 'ARROGANT' HUNT VIEW - While I applaud the Leicester Mercury for giving space in Postbag (August 24) to air Mr Kilgour's views on fox-hunting, I would like to state that his arrogant comments don't fool the majority of decent human beings who deplore this so-called sport. Mrs Thelma Hollick, Wigston Magna. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 24.8.04 A FAIR VIEW OF HUNTING - I was appalled at the letter from the animal-rights campaigner (Postbag, August 14) so ably aided and abetted by the Mercury editorial team…. The letter was positioned in the most prominent position, with the heading "Hunting is abhorrent" over a photo of Mr Blair, captioned "Promise", the clear inference being that Mr Blair has said that hunting is abhorrent and that he has made a promise to ban it…. Most people now realise that a hunting ban would be unjust law. Where does the Mercury stand on this? Ian Kilgour, Thurcaston
Editor's footnote: This newspaper believes there are more important issues for Parliament to be debating than the vexed question of hunting (letter)
Leicester Mercury 14.8.04 HUNTING IS ABHORRENT - I see Mr Ian Kilgour is again expressing his deliberately distorted views of fox-hunting (Postbag, August 7)…. Hunting is totally abhorrent to a civilised society…. Our concern now is a Government which came to power on the absolute promise that it would outlaw fox-hunting and then failed to do so…. Les Smith, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 7.8.04 THE FACTS IGNORED - The letter (Postbag, July 28) from the animal-rights campaigner from Breedon-on-the-Hill typifies their tactics. Whether it be on hunting or the laboratory testing of animals, their arguments are inaccurate, inarticulate and incomprehensible, yet their loud-mouthed and often violent tactics (and reported political donations), have still found favour with the Labour Party…. Ian Kilgour, Thurcaston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 28.7.04 THE FORCES OF REACTION - The majority of the electorate want a total ban on fox-hunting. Could it not be that it is the semi-feudal mindset which causes alleged grown-ups to gallop around what little remains of the countryside, tearing to bits foxes and, in some instances, people's pet cats and dogs…. Statements made by a so-called "Continuity Countryside Alliance" apologist on Radio 4's Farming Today programme - that fox-hunting is so important for the survival of countryside jobs and traditions - are an attempt to use the fear of unemployment to intimidate employees into supporting vulgar sadistic rituals . William Hayden, Jnr, Breedon-on-the-Hill. (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 28.8.04 Cruelty caught on film - Do the people who attended the Countryside Alliance's 'Countryside to Town' day in Nottingham two weeks ago, and those misinformed by Mr G Lipp's pro-hunt letter (August 21) saying 59% of the public support hunting, really believe what they are being told?... I have several hours of video film, taken by dedicated hunt monitors, that shows deplorable cruelty to fox, deer, hare and hound, and the havoc perpetuated in the name of sport…. Do not believe for one moment that hunting with dogs is not cruel. I have the evidence. The film has been placed in the House of Commons library. BILL CUNNINGTON Pickwell Melton Mowbray (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 21.8.04 MP's priorities are wrong - How can Mr Tipping's obsession to ban hunting be more important to him than some of the following points: taking steps to prevent mugging, rape, murder and the ability to obtain guns so easily - all of which is happening on his own doorstep?... Perhaps it may occur to him that if hunting is banned, people will revert to shooting the vermin and then readily available guns could get into the wrong hands…. G. LIPP Woodville Annesley Cutting, Annesley (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 16.8.04 What's in a date... It is interesting that Paddy Tipping MP has told the Post (Hunting Bill pledge, August 5) that "he has been assured by senior officials and ministers the Hunting Bill will be put before the House of Commons in the week starting Monday, September 13". In March he told the Post: "The Bill will be introduced into the Commons in June, and certainly in the summer months before recess"… The Government, unlike Mr Tipping, may have concluded that it has better things to do than pursue an illogical, unjust hunting ban. TIM BONNER Head of Media Countryside Alliance (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 5.8.04 HUNTING BILL PLEDGE - The Government has told a senior Notts MP it will re-introduce a Bill to ban fox-hunting in mid-September. Paddy Tipping, chairman of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and Labour MP for Sherwood, said he had been assured by senior officials and Ministers the Hunting Bill will be put before the Commons before the party conference season, which starts on Monday, September 20…. (story)

US ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS BANNED FROM UK
Guardian 28.8.04 Banned activist defends violence - Sandra Laville - A controversial American animal rights protester yesterday defended the right of activists to use violence after being banned by the home secretary, David Blunkett, from entering Britain because of his "dangerous" views…. he refused to condemn violence, adding: "I am simply saying that it [violence] is a morally acceptable tactic and it may be useful in the struggle for animal liberation." (story)
Guardian 27.8.04 Limits of freedom - Leader - Greg Avery, founder of Shac, the animal rights group campaigning for the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences research work in Cambridgeshire, expressed shock at the home secretary's latest ban…. Dr Jarry Vlasak does not just make controversial speeches. In the words of the Centre for Consumer Freedom, which monitors animal rights groups for the science business world, "he's not making bombs, but is making bombers"…. On balance we believe the home secretary was right to conclude Dr Vlasak's presence here "would not be conducive to the public good". This is so because the two British groups sponsoring the conference prefer intimidation to free speech… (story)
Telegraph 27.8.04 Violence is useful, says animal rights doctor - A hardline animal rights activist barred from Britain has said that violence against scientists is "morally acceptable". Dr Jerry Vlasak insisted he did not personally advocate violence against scientists involved in animal experiments. But he said it "may be useful" in the battle for animal liberation… "The Vlasaks of today are the Mandelas of yesterday," he said. (story)
Scotsman 27.8.04 'Violence Useful and Acceptable in Animal Rights Fight' By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News - A hardline animal rights activist barred from Britain said today that violence against scientists was “morally acceptable”…. Home Secretary David Blunkett has written to Dr Vlasak telling him not to come to Britain to address an animal rights conference next month… (story)
Reuters 26.8.04 Britain bans U.S. doctor over animal rights views - Britain has banned a U.S. doctor from entering the country because of his views that violence against scientists who experiment on animals can be justified, the government said on Thursday. Jerry Vlasak, a former vivisectionist who now advises British animal rights group SPEAK, was due to visit Britain in September to speak at a conference… "The exclusion is a total overreaction from the government," spokesman Mel Broughton told Reuters…. He said it was unlikely SPEAK, which does not advocate violence, would engage in any action other than through the courts … (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 26.8.04 Video link for activist - A CONTROVERSIAL animal rights activist said today he would speak to a major conference by video link despite being barred from Britain by Home Secretary David Blunkett. American trauma surgeon Dr Jerry Vlasak is due to give the keynote speech at the international Animal Rights Conference 2004 in Kent next month…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.8.04 Animal activist banned from UK - hard-line animal rights activist has been barred from Britain by Home Secretary David Blunkett. - US trauma surgeon Dr Jerry Vlasak had been due to give a keynote speech at an animal rights conference in September. He was warned he would not be welcome after reportedly saying millions of animal lives could be saved if a handful of vivisectionists were killed…. (story)
Guardian 26.8.04 Blunkett bars US animal rights activist from Britain - Colin Blackstock - An animal rights activist who reportedly advocated the killing of scientists involved in animal research has been barred from Britain by the home secretary, David Blunkett. American trauma surgeon Jerry Vlasak and his wife Pamelyn were sent letters from Mr Blunkett earlier this week telling them they would not be allowed into Britain…. The couple told the Guardian last night that they were talking to solicitors in Britain about seeking a judicial review of the decision… (story)
Politics.co.uk 26.8.04 Animal rights activist banned from lecturing in Britain - An animal rights activist has been banned from delivering a lecture in Britain by the Home Office. - Home secretary, David Blunkett, has written to American trauma surgeon, Dr Jerry Vlasak, informing him he and his wife, Pamela, would not be allowed entry…. (story)
BBC News Online 2.8.04 US animal activist defies warning - An American animal rights activist has pledged he will come to the UK despite the home secretary's warning he may not be allowed in. A row is brewing over Dr Jerry Vlasak's keynote speech at an animal rights meeting in September… Dr Vlasak said he had been sent a "mind to exclude" notice a few days ago. He said he replied to the notice saying cruelty to animals was akin to South Africa's former apartheid policy and slavery in America…. The three-day September meeting has been organised by anti-vivisection groups Speak and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty…. The gathering will include tips on working undercover, classes on self-defence and unarmed combat and hunt saboteur's actions… (story)
Telegraph 2.8.04 US animal rights man will fight British ban By Kate Howard - An american animal rights activist said last night that he was determined to come to Britain despite a warning from the Home Office that he would be banned from entering the country. Jerry Vlasak, a surgeon, has been quoted as saying that millions of animal lives could be saved if a handful of vivisectionists were killed. He and fellow militant campaigners Steven Best and Rod Coronado, a convicted arsonist, plan to travel from the United States to Britain next month to speak at a conference organised by anti-vivisection groups Speak and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.... (story)
Guardian 2.8.04 Animal rights groups fight US activist ban - Steven Morris - Animal rights campaigners yesterday said they would fight any move by the home secretary, David Blunkett, to ban American activists from entering the UK…. (story)
Independent on Sunday 1.8.04 US animal activists may be kept out of UK By Steve Bloomfield - David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, is planning to ban three American animal rights activists from entering Britain after examining statements they have made that he fears could provoke violence. Dr Steven Best, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas, El Paso, leading Animal Liberation Front member Rod Coronado, and trauma surgeon Dr Jerry Vlasak have received letters from the Home Office asking them to clarify their positions. If Mr Blunkett is not satisfied with their answers they will be prevented from entering the country. Next month the three Americans are due to address a training camp in Kent organised by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), one of Britain's most prominent and militant anti-vivisection protest groups…. (story)
Observer 1.8.04 Animal rights arsonist to face UK ban - FBI called in as UK attacks rise 40-fold - Jamie Doward, Mark Townsend and Martin Bright - A convicted arsonist who holds workshops on how to make firebombs faces being banned from entering Britain as part of a government crackdown on the extreme wing of the animal rights movement… Last night, a spokesman for the Home Office said: 'We are examining statements made by a number of American activists. We have the right to exclude anyone we believe could be attempting to provoke or promote violence.' Topping the list of activists concerning the Government is Rodney Coronado, a one-time member of the Animal Liberation Front in the US, who was jailed for 57 months in 1995 for the arson of a Michigan State University research laboratory. In November 2002 he also admitted to six other arsons in the US. In recent years Coronado has started appearing at conferences held by Shac, the group campaigning to close down Cambridgeshire-based Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 1.8.04 Blunkett to bar American animal rights fanatic By Daniel Foggo - A hardline American animal rights campaigner who believes there is a "moral justification" for using violence, and even murder, against scientists is to be banned from visiting Britain. Jerry Vlasak, a Los Angeles heart surgeon and an adviser to various animal rights groups, was to fly to Britain next month for a conference to be held by two anti-vivisection groups, Speak and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. However, David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, is determined to keep him out following comments he made last week that the killing of some vivisectionists was justified as it could save millions of animals.... (story)
Ananova 31.7.04 US animal extremists face exclusion - Home Secretary David Blunkett has warned prominent animal rights militants in the USA that they may not be allowed to enter the UK. The Home Office refused to discuss which activists had received warnings…. (story)
Scotsman 31.7.04 Don't Come Here, Blunkett Warns US Animal Rights Extremists By Andrew Woodcock, Political Correspondent, PA News - Home Secretary David Blunkett has warned prominent animal rights militants in the USA that they may not be allowed to enter the UK, it was confirmed today. The Home Office refused tonight to discuss which activists had received warnings… (story)
Guardian 27.7.04 Murder is not monkey business - David Aaronovitch - Somewhere between shampoo and shaving gel, the voice of Jerry Vlasak reached me through the morning steam. A Today programme stand-in terrier had the American animal-rights activist by the scruff and wasn't letting go. Wasn't he arguing for the use of violence to advance the cause of animal rights? No, said Vlasak indignantly, he wasn't - and it was quite obvious that actually he was…. "In any struggle against oppression, violence has been necessary to win that struggle. I don't see the animal-liberation struggle as any different."… I immediately thought of one difference. Most liberation struggles are carried out by - or involve those - who are being liberated. So the National Liberation Front of Vietnam, for instance, was composed of Vietnamese. The Animal Liberation Front, on the other hand, is not composed of animals. Were you to rip the mask from a mink-loosing activist, you wouldn't find a sea horse or a llama. You'd find a person claiming to know what sea horses want…. Three hundred of these oddbods - fewer than will turn out for Cowley Rovers' next home match - marched in Oxford last Saturday to celebrate the withdrawal by the Montpellier Group from the Oxford project. This isn't democracy. I wonder whether dogs enjoy being wagged by their tails. (story)
Times 26.7.04 Radical animal rights surgeon defends use of violence BY RONAN MCGREEVY - Dr Jerry Vlasak, the controversial animal rights activist, has again refused to condemn the use of violence in the pursuit of animal rights. David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, has said he is considering banning Dr Vlasak after comments in The Observer newspaper that appeared to condone the murder of researchers who work on animals…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 26.7.04 Animal rights man may face ban - AN AMERICAN who has close associations with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty could be banned from the UK after discussing the murder of scientists…. (story)
Reuters 26.7.04 U.S. Doctor Fuels Animal Rights Row in Britain By Katherine Baldwin - LONDON (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on the British government on Monday to crack down on animal rights activists after a U.S. doctor who advises a leading protest group said the use of violence to save animals' lives was justified…. (story)
Scotsman 26.7.04 Blunkett Accused over Animal Rights Speaker Threat By Helen William, PA News - Animal rights activists today criticised the Home Secretary’s threat to ban one of its controversial figureheads as a “rash, knee-jerk reaction”. Los Angeles-based Dr Jerry Vlasak remains a keynote speaker at an international conference in Tonbridge, Kent, in September, despite controversy stoked by reports that he backs the murder of scientists… Activists, including some who are travelling from the US, will be taught combat techniques, working undercover, how to deal with the police and the tricks of the hunt saboteur… Mr Cogswell said: "… It is a defensive workshop. A number of animal rights campaigners have been killed when they have been saboteuring. It is very important that people know the best techniques when they are defending themselves. We are constantly being attacked during demonstrations.”…(story)
Times 26.7.04 Britain may bar US animal rights 'zealot' BY JENNY DAVEY AND DANIEL MCGRORY - AN AMERICAN animal rights extremist who advocates killing scientists was threatened yesterday with being banned from Britain by David Blunkett… Dr Vlasak, 45, a trauma surgeon, has been quoted as saying: “I don’t think you’d have to kill too many (researchers). I think five lives, ten lives fifteen human lives, we could save a million, two million, ten million non-human lives… (story)
Times 26.7.04 Heart surgeon who cuts angry figure BY DANIEL MCGRORY - JERRY VLASAK revels in his notoriety. The 45-year-old American trauma surgeon, who may be banned from entering Britain, boasts that he has been arrested more times than any other animal welfare activist on earth… He regards himself as a roving adviser, and he has worked closely with some of the main animal welfare groups in Britain. Rival leaders claim that Dr Vlasak is obsessed by self-publicity, knowing that his violent outbursts will attract the headlines… (story)
Guardian 26.7.04 Animal activist faces ban from UK - Laboratory row hits Oxford streets as home secretary threatens US surgeon for allegedly advocating murder - Jamie Wilson (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.7.04 Animal rights activist faces ban from UK - CATHERINE MacLEOD, Political Editor - DAVID Blunkett yesterday threatened to ban an animal rights extremist from Britain after he appeared to condone the assassination of scientists who are working in biomedical research… Mr Vlasak said later : "I was outraged by the article stating that I, a medical doctor who spends my entire life saving lives, was calling for or encouraging the assassination or killing of any being, human or non-human."… (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.7.04 Protesters urged to ‘get arrested’ to halt research - CATHERINE MacLEOD - JERRY Vlasak, a leading light in the global animal rights campaign, is a controversial figure. The trauma surgeon and former animal researcher claims animal experiments waste billions of pounds each year…. (story)
Scotsman 25.7.04 Animal Rights Campaigner Denies Calling for Violent Action By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News - An animal rights campaigner tonight denied calling for scientists to be killed after the Home Secretary threatened to stop him coming to Britain…. But Dr Vlasak tonight furiously insisted he had not called for the action. He said he spent his entire professional life saving lives and had not encouraged the killings…. (story)
BBC News Online 25.7.04 Activist 'denies violence call' - An animal rights activist has denied calling for scientists to be killed after the Home Secretary warned he may be banned from Britain… Dr Vlasak said: "I was outraged by the article stating that I, a medical doctor who spends my entire life saving lives, was calling for or encouraging the assassination or killing of any being, human or non human."… But he added: "If by chance violence is used by those who fight for non human sentient beings, or even if there are casualties, it must be looked at in perspective and in a historical context."…(story)
Ananova 25.7.04 Campaigner denies violence comment - An animal rights campaigner has denied calling for scientists to be killed after the Home Secretary threatened to stop him coming to Britain. David Blunkett asked officials to examine comments attributed to American Jerry Vlasak saying assassinating vivisectors could save millions of animals' lives. But Dr Vlasak has furiously insisted he had not called for the action… (story)
Observer 25.7.04 Kill scientists, says animal rights chief - Fury as former surgeon calls for selective assassinations - Jamie Doward, social affairs editor - A top adviser to Britain's two most powerful animal rights protest groups caused outrage last night by claiming that the assassination of scientists working in biomedical research would save millions of animals' lives. To the fury of groups working with animals, Jerry Vlasak, a trauma surgeon and prominent figure in the anti-vivisection movement, told The Observer: 'I think violence is part of the struggle against oppression. If something bad happens to these people [animal researchers], it will discourage others. It is inevitable that violence will be used in the struggle and that it will be effective.'… Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), which campaigns for the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences, has close links with Vlasak. He has also advised Speak… Vlasak will address an animal rights conference organised by Shac and Speak in September… (story)
BBC News Online 25.7.04 Animal activist 'could be banned' - An animal rights activist could be banned from the UK if extremist comments reported in a newspaper are true, the home secretary has said. American Jerry Vlasak, who is due to address a conference in the UK in September, reportedly said killing scientists could save animals' lives…. (story)
Telegraph 25.7.04 American animal rights activist faces expulsion - An animal rights extremist could be expelled from Britain after apparently calling for scientists to be killed, David Blunkett, the Home Secretary has said. American Jerry Vlasak, who advises animal rights groups, said that assassinating vivisectors could save the lives of millions of animals.... (story)
Ananova 25.7.04 Animal rights activist may quit UK - An animal rights extremist could be kicked out of Britain after apparently calling for scientists to be killed, Home Secretary David Blunkett said. American Jerry Vlasak - a top adviser to animal rights groups - claimed assassinating vivisectors could save millions of animals' lives…. He told BBC1's Breakfast with Frost: "If we have to (kick him out) that is what we will do."… (story)
Scotland on Sunday 25.7.04 Animal Rights Extremist Could Be Kicked Out of Britain By Jamie Lyons, Political Correspondent, PA News - An after apparently calling for scientists to be killed, Home Secretary David Blunkett said today. American Jerry Vlasak – a top adviser to animal rights groups – claimed assassinating vivisectors could save millions of animals’ lives. Mr Blunkett said he could be treated in the same way as someone advocating murdering people because of their colour or religion… (story)

Times 28.8.04 The animal lab critic, cancer and hypocrisy BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - A PROMINENT animal rights campaigner, who spends her free time shouting abuse at people linked to laboratory testing and who has pledged to die for the cause, is being treated with a life-saving cancer drug that was tested on mice, rats, dogs and guinea pigs. Janet Tomlinson, 61, has been active in animal rights causes for more than 20 years and is a regular protester outside Newchurch guinea pig farm… when she was told in March that she was suffering from breast cancer, Miss Tomlinson wanted to live and accepted the treatment on offer. She said: “I can do more good for animals staying alive than dying."…. (story)

Guardian 28.8.04 Shac attack - The Guardian You say (Leaders, August 27) "two British groups sponsoring the conference prefer intimidation to free speech." Shac is a legal, peaceful campaign with all materials reviewed and approved by an experienced legal team… Greg Avery, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 28.8.04 Animal rights activists get teeth into zoo - ANIMAL rights activists protesting against animals being kept in captivity were set to campaign today at Edinburgh Zoo…. The Captive Animals Protection Society, the group behind National Zoo Awareness Day, believe zoos exist purely for entertainment… Campaigner Lynda Korimboccus said: "People visit the zoo because they or their children like animals - they want and have a right to know that they are being conned into contributing to the misery of these animals."… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 28.8.04 Toughen up animal cruelty laws - Lynda Korimboccus Campaigns manager Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 27.8.04 Sentences too lenient - Advocates for Animals, of which I am campaigns manager, is appalled that, for the second time in a week, the justice system has chosen not to issue appropriate sentences in cases of extreme animal cruelty. Last week, a woman went on holiday and left her Jack Russell to starve to death… she was simply admonished. This week, a gamekeeper poisoned wildlife… The court could have imposed a prison sentence and fined him up to £85,000; instead, he was fined a mere £5,500… LYNDA KORIMBOCCUS, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Independent 28.8.04 Hamster-fur coats on sale again in Scotland By Paul Kelbie, Scotland Correspondent - Less than six months after a public outcry forced them from the shelves, coats made from hamster fur are back on sale at a top Scottish country store. The House of Bruar, near Blair Atholl in Perthshire, withdrew the £1,750 coats made from the fur of more than 100 hamsters in March after a public outcry led by animal-rights campaigners called for a boycott of the shop… "We are very disappointed that the House of Bruar has gone back on their word," said a spokeswoman for Advocates for Animals…. (story)
Dundee Courier 28.8.04 Fury as fur coats go back on sale By Dave Lord - ANIMAL RIGHTS campaigners have reacted with fury after coats lined with hamster fur were once again put on sale in Perthshire…. The Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals said the process of making the coats was “very gory” and “like something from the stone age.”… (story)
BBC News Online 27.8.04 Hamster coats return to the racks - Coats made using the fur of hamsters have gone back on sale at a shop which cleared them from its shelves earlier this year following an outcry. The garments, made from the pelts of 100 hamsters, are being sold at House of Bruar near Blair Atholl, Perthshire… Lynda Korimboccus, campaigns manager at Advocates for Animals, said House of Bruar was still encouraging people to buy a "horrendously-produced" product… A similar suggestion was made by anti-fur lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)… (story)

27.8.04

Exeter Express & Echo 27.8.04 WHY, MR BLAIR, IS HUNTING WITH DOGS STILL ALLOWED? - Not long after this Labour Government took power, the nation heard Prime Minister Tony Blair say in a TV interview: "Believe me, in six months time all hunting with dogs in this country will be banned"…. We see little enough of wild animals in this country without hounding them to death! David Apps, Walnut Close, Exminster (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SHOOT SABOTEUR LETTER
Sunderland Echo 27.8.04 Shooting advice - Nigel Davenport, Director, Campaign for Shooting, London (letter)
Bury Times (20.8.04) Hotline to halt saboteurs NIGEL DAVENPORT, director, Campaign for Shooting. (letter in archive)
Tamworth Herald 19.8.04 HOTLINE TO BEAT FIELD SPORT SABOTEURS - Nigel Davenport, director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 19.8.04 Sickened by defence of grouse shooting - I WAS deeply offended by the letter from Nigel Davenport (Citizen last week) regarding grouse shoot sabotage. He seems to imply that people who try and protect birds from being shot out of the air are somehow violent or sinister, when in fact it is their compassion and reverence for life that compels them to try and halt bloodsport…. Rachel Jackson, Lancaster. (letter)
Western Morning News 17.8.04 Stop shooting - FAR from being the "extremists" that Nigel Davenport tries to portray us as, hunt saboteurs are normal people who oppose the blasting to death (and hunting) of sentient creatures… We fully believe Mr Davenport's statement that the Alliance will always "defend" their sport. However, we are concerned that such militaristic talk encourages the extremists in his own camp who repeatedly inflict violence and intimidation against peaceful protestors… Nathan Brown, London (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.8.04 SHOOTERS TARGETED BY ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS - Nigel Davenport, Director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Worcester Evening News 11.8.04 Extremists targeting the grouse shooters - NIGEL DAVENPORT, Director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance, London (letter in archive)
Bath Chronicle 11.8.04 SOMETHING TO GROUSE ABOUT - NIGEL DAVENPORT, Director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance (story)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 10.8.04 We're ready for the saboteurs - NIGEL DAVENPORT, Director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London. (letter in archive)
Manchester Evening News 10.8.04 Our hotline - Nigel Davenport, Campaign For Shooting,Countryside Alliance,367 Kennington Road,London SE11 4PT (letter)
Bath Chronicle 10.8.04 BIG SHOTS HAVE SOMETHING TO GROUSE ABOUT - NIGEL DAVENPORT, Director, Campaign for Shooting, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.8.04 ROOTING OUT THE SHOOT SABOTEURS - Nigel Davenport Director Campaign for Shooting Countryside Alliance (letter)
Western Morning News 7.8.04 COMBATING SHOOT SABOTEURS - The grouse shooting season begins on August 12, and we have found that extremists involved in hunt sabotage are already recruiting shooting saboteurs via their website for the coming season… the Countryside Alliance has launched a national shoot sabotage hotline and advice card. The hotline provides 24-hour advice on how best to respond to any incidents and liaise with the police… Nigel Davenport Director, Campaign for Shooting Countryside Alliance London (letter)

Yorkshire Post 27.8.04 An Oddie sentimental view of nature From: GR Reece, Dale Farm Cottage, Moor Lane, Arkendale, Knaresborough. LATE one evening recently, I saw a badger catch and kill a young rabbit, and was reminded of how irritated I had been by Bill Oddie's overly sentimental and sanitised portrayal of wildlife in his recent series on the BBC… I enjoy a good wildlife programme as do many others, but shouldn't the BBC let us have some realism and not aim its output exclusively at the bunny-huggers? To do so only widens the gulf between town and country, to the disadvantage of both (letter)

Nature.com 27.8.04 UK cracks down on animal-rights activists - Xavier Bosch - Animal-rights activists were dealt a dual blow in late July when the UK government and the pharmaceutical industry announced new legislation and funds to support animal research… (story)

26.8.04

BBC News Online 26.8.04 Politics and the countryside By Brian Wheeler - When Tony Blair came to power in 1997, he expected trouble from a number of quarters. The unions would want some kind of pay back for being on their best behaviour during the election campaign, he would have reasoned…. But the farmers? Mr Blair expected - might even have been looking forward to - a dust-up with the landed gentry over the long-promised ban on fox hunting. But half a million strong marches in central London and, on an another issue, fuel blockades almost bringing the country to its knees? It would have seemed barely credible… After all, it must have reasoned, what right-thinking person could possibly argue with saving animals from the clutches of bloodthirsty toffs?... In 2004, the political gulf between town and country has probably never been wider - and it is polarised along party lines… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE TO TOWN
Hereford Times 26.8.04 Campaigners spread the countryside word - HEREFORD shoppers mingled with hounds and countryside campaigners in High Town last Saturday to promote country sports and a rural way of life…. (story in archive)
Kent Messenger 20.8.04 Country sports come to town - THE country came to town at the weekend as lovers of rural sports sought to interest and inform their urban neighbours about their pastimes. A stall was set up in Earl Street, Maidstone, on Saturday, manned by supporters of the Countryside Alliance, who brought along a host of four-legged friends to meet the public. As well as the Ashford Valley Foxhounds and the Blean Beagles, there was a polecat and two ferrets. Gamekeepers and fishermen were also on hand to talk about their sports… (story)
Western Morning News 16.8.04 HUNTING GOES URBAN IN BID FOR SUPPORT - Hunt campaigners went to town in force on Saturday as part of their long-running campaign to save the blood sport. More than 50 hunt members from Somerset and Dorset, along with their hounds, left the country and made their way to King George Street, in Yeovil town centre, to set up stalls…. The pro-hunt group was using the event to highlight country sports during Countryside To Town Week. Organised by the Countryside Alliance, it is part of a strategy to gather supporters in the likely event that the Government will soon try to push a hunting ban through Parliament… Representatives from the Cattistock and the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale hunts, the Park Beagles, and the Western and Banwell Harriers turned up, along with lurchers, gundogs and terriers…. (story)
BBC News Online 11.8.04 Fox hunting campaign goes to city - Countryside campaigners are venturing into the city to promote country sports and their rural way of life. An event in Sheffield, which has been organised by the Countryside Alliance, is the latest in a series of campaigns across the region… (story)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 11.8.04 Campaigners on the march - COUNTRYSIDE campaigners from across Wiltshire and Dorset have vowed to return to Swindon after setting up a successful weekend stall. The Countryside Alliance had a stall in the town centre, complete with gun dogs and birds of prey, on Saturday… (story in archive)
Burton Mail 9.8.04 Alliance makes its point by DAVID POWLES - CAMPAIGNERS fighting against a ban on hunting animals for sport have visited Burton to put across their views. Members of Countryside Alliance spent Saturday in the town centre in an effort to promote country sports and the rural way of life. Members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, ferreters and farmers brought along the tools and animals of their trade to give more people an understanding of their way of life… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 7.8.04 COUNTRYSIDE CAMPAIGNERS GATHER IN CITY - Campaigners from across Lincolnshire were due to gather at the Cornhill today to promote country sports and the rural way of life. Representatives from the South Wold Hunt, the East Lincolnshire lurcher coursing club and the Per Ardua beagles will walk around accompanied by ferrets and terriers and other tools of their trades. The event has been organised as part of Countryside to Town Week, which starts today…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 29.7.04 COUNTRYSIDE CAMPAIGNERS POLISH THEIR IMAGE IN CITY - James Reed - COUNTRYSIDE campaigners came to the city yesterday as part of efforts to improve their image. People representing a wide variety of rural pursuits including fox hunting, shooting and coursing were in the middle of Leeds to answer questions from members of the public…. The Countryside Alliance will hold similar events across the country next week (story)

Western Gazette 26.8.04 THIS MADE MY BLOOD BOIL - On Saturday 14 August, members of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Foxhunt had a stall in Yeovil. It made my blood boil to see these people unashamedly promoting cruelty to a wild animal, especially now, when cub hunting is taking place…. Helen Weeks, West Coker Hill, West Coker. (letter)

Barry Gem 26.8.04 ‘Hunting ban is not a priority’ - I WAS disappointed to read that our MP, John Smith, has signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the re-introduction of a Bill to end hunting. It is particularly disappointing, given other more important issues facing the country and, in particular, the difficulties facing the agricultural industry, a vital part of the Vale of Glamorgan economy… Gavin Reeve, Colwinston (letter)

Times 26.8.04 Gamekeeper poisoned protected birds of prey BY GILLIAN HARRIS, SCOTLAND CORRESPONDENT - A GAMEKEEPER who deliberately poisoned birds of prey in one of Britain’s worst wildlife crimes was yesterday fined £5,500. Stephen Muir, 38, admitted to scattering poison pellets across the estate where he worked in the Scottish Borders with the intention of killing the birds of prey… (story)
Scotsman 26.8.04 Gamekeeper escapes prison term for 'worst case of wildlife crime' - ROBERT FAIRBURN AND JAMES REYNOLDS - WHEN the investigations team at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland received a tip-off about wildlife crime on a Borders shooting estate, it seemed like hundreds of other routine inquiries they had conducted. But on visiting the Barns Estate at Kirkton Manor, near Peebles, on 22 March officers from the conservation organisation were greeted with a scene of carnage that exceeded any other before or since…. Dave Dick of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said: "In my 20 years of working with the RSPB this is the highest number of recorded poisoned birds… I was astonished when I heard the sheriff ask if there was no question of him losing his job. I think it is appalling he is keeping his job. If anyone of us committed serious criminal offences we would be sacked."… (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.8.04 Bird-poisoning gamekeeper back on estate - ROB CRILLY, Environment Correspondent and ROBERT FAIRBUR - CONSERVATIONISTS reacted with anger yesterday after a gamekeeper convicted of Scotland's worst wildife crime avoided a custodial sentence, allowing him to continue working on the estate where he poisoned 18 birds. Stephen Muir was fined £5500 after pleading guilty to killing 16 buzzards, one goshawk, and a crow by using bait laced with carbofuran, a banned pesticide. He has been suspended from gamekeeping, but has been switched to other duties on the Barns Estate, near Peebles… (story)
Daily Record 26.8.04 BIRD POISONER DODGES PRISON - Gamekeeper who killed 17 is fined £5500 By Robert Fairburn - A GAMEKEEPER who poisoned 17 birds of prey escaped a jail term yesterday. Stephen Muir killed 16 buzzards and a goshawk to protect the pheasants and partridges shot by wealthy clients on his estate... (story)
BBC News Online 25.8.04 Gamekeeper fined for bird deaths - A gamekeeper has been fined £5,500 for what has been described as Scotland's worst wildlife crime. Stephen Muir, 38, admitted killing 20 birds of prey by laying poisoned bait on a hillside. He was suspended by the Barns Estate near Kirkton Manor, Peebleshire, which has publicly condemned his actions…. A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the organisation was very disappointed that the gamekeeper had not been jailed for his crime… (story)

The Forester 26.8.04 NET SOME LITTER PLEA FROM ANGLERS - Fishermen, and women, are worried that litter at a favourite Forest fishing spot is getting out of hand. Pete Lloyd and Jane Fowler are regular weekend anglers at Newent Lake, and are frustrated at the weekly catch of cans, bottles, tins and now even syringes and condoms that have to be landed before they start their day's fishing…. (story)

Times 26.8.04 Tories get into deep water on angling BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - THE Conservative Party has sparked a row with anglers over moves to scrap fishing licences…. A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said that the organisation was “surprised, to say the least, that this is being raised again”. He said: “We disagree strongly with the abolition of licences. The cash from the licence raises £16.5 million a year, which goes to the Environment Agency and is used to clean, restock and preserve waterways. If that was taken away, who would pay for our rivers?” The Salmon and Trout Association is so alarmed that it has written to James Gray, the Conservative rural affairs spokesman, opposing the scrapping of rod licences… (story)

Evesham Journal 26.8.04 Same old argument with fishy relevance - I WAS massively disappointed to read the same old anti-angling drivel regarding swans given prominence in your paper in the run up to the Evesham Angling Festival during the forthcoming Bank Holiday Weekend…. Anglers are the eyes and ears of our aquatic resources, remember, swans are easy to observe, fish much less so. I'm sure that the Environment Agency can confirm that far more aquatic pollution incidents are reported by anglers than people who go all gooey about swans…. TONY HEDIGER, Greenhill Gardens, Evesham (letter in archive)
Evesham Journal 20.8.04 Careless anglers a danger to swans - CARELESS anglers are being blamed for causing suffering to swans, with at least one case of birds tangled with fishing equipment reported every day in Evesham. John Payne, who looks after the swans on a voluntary basis, said the problem was particularly acute in the summer months… Ray Woods, chairman of Evesham and District Anglers' Association, said all club members took great care not to cause suffering to swans… (story)

Tivyside Advertiser 26.8.04 Falconry fundraiser for castle - Hundreds of people turned out for a birds of prey demonstration at the Castell Malgwyn Hotel on Sunday, which raised over £500 for Cardigan Castle. Organiser Mike Wakeman of the Welsh Birds of Prey Centre said: "It was a fantastic response."… (story in archive)

Shropshire Star 26.8.04 Sweet bid by badger - I refer to the letter from T Cattley, of Oswestry, in last Friday's Shropshire Star regarding damage to a wasp nest and although I have not seen the scene of the crime I can confirm this will have been the work of a badger…. If Mr/Mrs Cattley or any other readers would like more information about badgers or help with concerns they may have, they can contact the Shropshire Badger Group… Jim Ashley, Group Chairman, Ellesmere (letter)

NEW BUAV CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Rainbow Network 26.8.04 Animal Rights Chief Appeals for Gay Support - The new Chief Executive of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has called on the gay community for support, saying that “we should understand better than others the discrimination endured by the animals.” Adolfo Sansolini is a leading Italian animal rights advocate and has spent many years specialising in the area of anti-vivisection campaigning and lobbying… (story)
UKPets 26.8.04 New BUAV CEO Defies Animal Activist Stereotype - The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), has a new Chief Executive Officer who is determined to set the record straight about violence and animal rights campaigning. The BUAV says Adolfo Sansolini, a leading Italian animal rights advocate, is passionately anti-violence and not afraid to challenge the negative stereotype that has beset the UK animal rights movement…. (story)

North Devon Journal 26.8.04 TIME TO STOP APPALLING TRADE IN WILD BIRDS - LUKE MANNING, Larch Close, Taunton. (letter)
Taunton Times 25.8.04 WHY WE MUST STOP BIRD TRADE - NOW - Luke Manning, Larch Close, Taunton (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.8.04 TRADE IN BIRDS OF COLOURFUL PLUMAGE IS CRUEL - Many of us will enjoy watching the large number of birds visiting our garden bird-feeders at this time of year, busy raising their families. It must make our hearts sink to learn of the wild exotic birds that are being snatched from their natural habitat and sold to us in Britain, to be used as entertainment within our homes…. Luke Manning, Address supplied (letter)

Stornoway Gazette 26.8.04 Gugas are not animals! Having now returned from a visit to my parents, I find some points for comment in recent editions of the ‘Stornoway Gazette’. First of all, Advocates for Animals should not be concerned with gugas (August 5), as they are birds and not animals…. JEREMY GODWIN, 15 Drovers Lane, Penrith, Cumbria (letter)
Stornoway Gazette 5.8.04 Repeat attempt to scupper guga hunt - Animal rights’ campaigners are gearing up to try and scupper this year’s annual guga hunt on Sulasgeir, due to take place in the next few weeks. Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals has asked the European Commission how it ‘monitors’ the hunt for guga (young gannets) and what ‘strictly supervised conditions’ apply — as required by the law…. (story)

Rugby Advertiser 26.8.04 How else to sell livestock Janet? - I THOUGHT that the purpose of a newspaper was to report facts? So why do you regularly print Janet Cumming’s ramblings when most of it is conjecture? She seems to take one ounce of truth and mix it with a barrel of overactive imagination… How do you expect cattle to be sold if not at a market? On e-bay perhaps or should farmers take photos of their livestock down to Craven Road?.. Next time Janet think before you write or you’ll just be embarrassing yourself. Dave Fisher, Gibson Drive, Rugby. (letter)
Banbury Guardian 19.8.04 REAL HORRORS OF MARKET DAYS - ANIMAL Aid’s recent survey of the welfare of animals at markets, supported by undercover film footage, shows that ill-treatment and neglect of animals remain distressingly common at markets…. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Vogue 26.8.04 CINDY'S DEFENCE - CINDY CRAWFORD's rep is furiously defending her now that PeTA are on her case. Cindy is the subject of a new anti-fur campaign by the animal rights group since she signed on to model Blackglama furs… (story)

Western Gazette 26.8.04 DON'T FORGET DUMB FRIENDS - Many thanks to all those who generously donated to the Greek Animal Welfare/Rescue collection on 13-14 August, £335 was raised. With all the celebrations at the Olympics, let us not forget that hundreds, possibly thousands of stray dogs have been poisoned to clear the Olympic venues… Maggie Forbes-Buckingham, High Street, Queen Camel (letter)

25.8.04

Western Daily Press 25.8.04 BLAIR UNDER PRESSURE TO FORCE THROUGH HUNT BILL - Mps who oppose foxhunting were last night trying to persuade Tony Blair to press ahead with efforts to ban it when Parliament returns next month. They fear that if the Prime Minister refuses to introduce a hunting ban in September, it will be at least two years before it can be outlawed… (story) p>Irish Examiner 25.8.04 Veggielovers barely escape arrest By Seán McCárthaigh - A COUPLE of vegetarians narrowly avoided arrest in Dublin yesterday for a display of bare-bottomed cheek… two US members of the animal welfare group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stripped down to their underwear to promote vegetarianism in Dublin city centre…. Bethany Walker and Ravi Chand from Virginia, proceeded to hug and kiss on a makeshift bed… while another member of the group held up a banner proclaiming “Vegetarians make better lovers”. However, the bold display prompted mixed reaction from bemusement to disgust from a large crowd of by-standers which quickly aroused the attention of a number of passing gardaí… Afterwards, PETA spokesperson, John Carmody defended the nature of the event … (story)

Bath Chronicle 25.8.04 VEGETARIAN HORRIFIED AT BEING SOLD MEAT PASTY BY ALIYA FROSTICK - A Committed vegetarian was horrified when she bit into what she thought was a meat- free pasty, only to find a large piece of chicken. To add insult to injury, Rhian Harrington could not believe the attitude of the shop assistant when she tried to explain how offended she was. Rhian, a 17-year-old A-level student, was in Bath city centre with her boyfriend when they decided to buy a pasty from the Cornish Bakehouse…. Coming from a family of staunch vegetarians, Rhian felt offended by the incident, but was also worried that the mistake could have had fatal consequences…. (story)

The Sentinel 25.8.04 POULTRY FARMER TO AVOID COURT ACTION - CHRIS PROUDLOVE - A Farmer will not be prosecuted following a trading standards probe into the health and living conditions of poultry and animals he sells direct to the public. Welfare charity Animal Aid demanded the closure of Fancy Feathers at Stanley Bank, near Endon, after carrying out an undercover investigation…. (story)
The Sentinel 23.8.04 WELFARE COMPLAINTS THREAT TO POULTRY FARM - CHRIS PROUDLOVE - An Elderly farmer is on the verge of winding up his business selling rare poultry and other pets direct to the public after trading standards officers launched a probe into the health and living conditions on his farm. The county council swoop on Bill Hinton's Fancy Feathers business near Endon followed complaints from a customer and an animal welfare charity about the health of pets at Knypersley Farm. They were responding to an undercover investigation by Kent-based Animal Aid which saw them take pictures of conditions on the 70-year-old's 28-acre farm at Stanley… (story)

24.8.04

Times 24.8.04 Ministers will quit if hunt Bill fails BY TOM BALDWIN - TONY BLAIR has been told that senior ministers would resign if he reneges on private assurances that a Bill banning foxhunting will become law before the next election…. The Times has learnt that the Government is preparing to rush a Bill through the Commons in a single day between September 13 and 15. The proposed legislation would be sent to the Lords in October… (story)
Guardian 24.8.04 Last chance to ban hunting, Blair warned - Matthew Tempest, political correspondent - The government must legislate to ban foxhunting before the next election or lose all credibility on the issue, a senior Labour MP warned today. Tony Banks, the former minister and animal rights campaigner, was speaking after reports that "senior ministers" are prepared to quit if the prime minister again retreats on promises to outlaw the practice this autumn…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 24.8.04 Forest fox-hunters facing extinction? - FOX-HUNTING in the New Forest could be banned within the next few months, politicians have indicated. Labour MPs have said Prime Minister Tony Blair is going to force through legislation banning the sport using powers which prevent the House of Lords from blocking bills more than three times…. Frankie James, spokesman for the New Forest Animal Protection Group, said: "This is their last chance to prove themselves otherwise it's just a betrayal…" Mike Squibb, chairman of the New Forest Foxhounds, said: "We've heard rumours about this… If common sense prevails we will carry on." (story in archive)

Irish Examiner 24.8.04 Walsh ‘pro-blood sports’ and ‘no friend to animals’ By Seán McCárthaigh - THE Association of Hunt Saboteurs has attacked Joe Walsh’s record as Minster for Agriculture over his failure to advance the cause of animal rights during a lengthy career in politics. The group’s founder, Bernadette Wright, said Mr Walsh, who recently announced his retirement from the Government, was “no friend of animals”…. (story)
Irish Examiner 23.8.04 Nothing done - IN Joe Walsh’s time at the Department of Agriculture nothing positive was done for animal welfare. He continued the policy of his predecessors: capitulate to farming and bloodsports interests while making soothing noises on the welfare issue. John Tierney, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)

Western Morning News 24.8.04 Worrying trends - BEFORE the powers that be try to ban hunting with dogs, a traditional pastime that has been going on virtually since time began, they should be worrying over modern day trends such as: The under-funding of the health service…. Joy Taylor, Drewsteignton (letter)

Western Mail 24.8.04 Tides are the key to wildfowling success - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - SEPTEMBER 1 is the start of the wildfowling season… The BASC Wildfowling Permit Scheme booklet contains information about wildfowling opportunities, clubs, field craft, safety and the law. Contact BASC Wales on 01686-688861 or wales@basc.org.uk (story)

Scotsman 24.8.04 Protecting the red grouse - If, as Chris Paterson, the captain of the Scotland rugby team, suggests (your report, 21 August), the red grouse becomes Scotland’s national bird, will the Scottish Executive, as a first act in the new parliament building, legislate to rid us of the "Glorious 12th" and all that it symbolises…. NEIL McKINNON, Tulchan Garden, Glenalmond, Perthshire (letter)

PETA IAMS PROTEST
Newcastle Journal 24.8.04 Boycott of pet food urged by dog lovers - Animal activists voiced anger yesterday at a pet-food maker's treatment of dogs. Representatives of animal rights organisation People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals were joined by pets in Newcastle yesterday as they tried to persuade shoppers to boycott Iams pet food. The "snarl-in" at lunchtime opposite Monument Mall was part of an international campaign against the pet food company, owned by Procter and Gamble… Peta UK Iams campaign co-ordinator Yvonne Taylor said: "We're howling mad that Iams is hurting dogs and cats while feeding their customers a load of fiction about caring…." (story)
icScotland 22.8.04 Pet food firm faces testing protest - Animals rights activists is protesting against the testing on cats and dogs by pet food manufacturers… The demo will be led by Scottish campaigner Yvonne Taylor, who will be accompanied by her canine companion Zack (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 21.8.04 Animal rights activist to take pet food fight to Princes Street - A HIGH-PROFILE animal rights activist is set to protest in the Capital against a top pet food manufacturer. Yvonne Taylor, who was arrested and deported from China after stripping naked for an anti-fur protest in 2002, has organised a "snarl-in" demonstration on Princes Street tomorrow. Ms Taylor, the newly appointed Scottish campaigner for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), said she was protesting against animal testing by pet food manufacturer Iams… (story)
icScotland 20.8.04 Protest against pet food firm - Animal rights activists are to launch a campaign in Edinburgh against pet food company Iams. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will wave banners reading "Iams: Stop Torturing Animals" on Princes Street this weekend…" (story)

Rhyl Journal 24.8.04 ANIMAL RIGHTS ROW AT SUPERMARKET BY CHRIS OWENS - ANIMAL rights activists staged a protest against the animal welfare record of Britain´s largest supermarket on Saturday. Members of Vegetarian International Voice for Animals (VIVA) held a peaceful demonstration at Tesco in Abergele as part of a second national day of action against the store´s Cherry Tree Farm pork supplier in Norwich…. One of the activists, Mike Bird, said: "More than 90 per cent of Britain´s meat pigs are reared on factory farms and most breeding sows are imprisoned in farrowing crates to give birth. Overcrowding, filth and disease are endemic."… (story)

Western Daily Press 24.8.04 STREETWISE THUGS KNEW THEY WERE DOING WRONG - I wholeheartedly endorse the sentiments expressed in the letter from R. Franklin, Shame These Thugs Who Killed Squeaky (Western Daily Press, August 19). Why is it that the judicial system in this country persists with the notion that those below the age of 16 are not responsible for their actions and should therefore be protected from any publicity when they commit even the most heinous of crimes?... Name them and shame them - whatever their age…. Robert Readman Bournemouth Dorset (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.8.04 SHAME THESE THUGS WHO KILLED SQUEAKY - It seems illogical that 10-year-old Ruell White can be named and shamed for harassing humans (deservedly so), but the two thugs who tortured and murdered Squeaky, the deer cannot…. People local to Newton Abbot, where the thugs went to court, must report any crime or disturbance caused by these two boys… R Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.8.04 SEAGULLS ARE LESS VICIOUS THAN WE HUMANS - I have just been reading the letter published in the Western Daily Press from a Mr Alan Boxwell from Bristol, which has really irritated me. Mr Boxwell has a serious problem with seagulls and believes that a cull should be instigated, or else he may be tempted to buy a shotgun. Well, if he is reading this, then I would like him to know: you are a hypocrite!... Although nature can be cruel, the seagull is only doing it for survival - not for so called sport or maliciousness (unlike some people)… stop wasting valuable writing paper and boring the rest of us with your hypocritical rubbish and just leave the poor creatures in peace… Miss N Thomas Bristol (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 24.8.04 Change the law - IT broke my heart to see the photo of the dead Jack Russell terrier in the paper… I hope the law will change to prosecute all those who are cruel to animals, this is tragic indeed. Mrs J Fleming, Carnethy Avenue, Penicuik, Midlothian (letter)

23.8.04

Evening Standard 23.8.04 Last ditch bid to ban hunting By Joe Murphy, Evening Standard Political Editor - A final push to ban foxhunting will begin in weeks as Tony Blair gears up for a general election next year… A bill to outlaw hunting foxes with dogs is likely to be confirmed as early as September, with the aim of pleasing Labour MPs and activists before the annual Trades Union Congress and party conference season… (story)

Eastern Daily Press 23.8.04 Young Adrian takes on Labour heavyweight - A postgraduate student and Green councillor is hoping anger against the war in Iraq and top-up fees will help him topple Education Secretary Charles Clarke in next year's General Election. Adrian Ramsay celebrated his 23rd birthday today by announcing plans to run against the Norwich South MP… He said the party was determined to challenge the Government on a range of issues… And it wanted to make its voice heard in Westminster on a range of issues including cutting import levies on fair trade goods, opposition to hunt and vivisection and factory farming…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 23.8.04 BASC on move to Lisburn - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has set up new offices in Lisburn's Castle Street…. (story)

Western Mail 23.8.04 Fishing made easy for people with disabilities - Gareth Morgan, The Western Mail - THE only completely disability-friendly fishing lakes in Britain is hosting an introductory day next week to showcase what it says are its unique facilities. Mark Owen, 28, who was himself left disabled after a Friday the 13th motorbike crash eight years ago, has rebuilt his life and moulded the fishing lakes in Ciliau Aeron to suit people with any disability… (story)

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 23.8.04 Illegal blood sport part of crime wave - ILLEGAL betting syndicates on hare coursing will be the target of a police crackdown this autumn in a bid to stem a rising trend in the crime in Northamptonshire… (story)

EDINBURGH URBAN FOX PROBLEM
Edinburgh Evening News 23.8.04 Fox-attacks inquiry given the brush off - BRIAN FERGUSON, CITY COUNCIL REPORTER - CITY leaders have rejected demands for a probe into fox attacks in the Capital, dismissing the proposal as a "waste of time". The move sparked anger from opposition councillors who today accused the council of washing its hands of the problem…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 31.7.04 Final solution for killer foxes - WE are in favour of a fox cull, as are our neighbours, friends and family. Not for a "one off". It must be on a regular basis or the foxes will come back…. T Allison, Pilton Place, Edinburgh. (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 28.7.04 Foxes not the real predators - WELL done to Penny Little and Brian Sands (Letters, July 26) for championing Edinburgh’s urban foxes…. The calls for culls of foxes absolutely horrify me, whilst the callous suggestion from Douglas and Hazel Simpson (Letters, July 21) to let foxes starve to death left me feeling sick… Leslie John Thomson Moredunvale Green Gilmerton (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 26.7.04 Myths at heart of city hysteria - I FIND the letter from Douglas and Hazel Sampson ("Let’s let nature take its course", July 21) quite cold and vindictive…. The foxes will certainly be killing rats, so perhaps if some of Edinburgh’s residents get their way and foxes are killed, an explosion in the rat population would be a just reward for their cruelty - and it would serve them right…. If, as Mr and Mrs Sampson claim in their letter, people are frightened of foxes, then I’m afraid they had better stay at home and never venture outside, for they may encounter such terrifying things as cats and bicycles, and perhaps they will want them wiped out as well…. Penny Little, founder Little Foxes Wildlife Sanctuary Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 26.7.04 Roaming pets easy fox targets - I HAVE been following the debate on the "fox menace" with great interest… I believe that the main cause of the attacks on animals is not due to the introduction of wheelie bins, it is because of negligence by the animal owners… Leave the foxes alone and campaign for cats to be kept in at night! Brian Sands Oxgangs Farm Terrace, Edinburgh (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 23.7.04 Rabbits safe from foxes indoors - IT is a terrible blow to lose a loved family pet, but foxes are only doing what comes naturally ("City urged to act on urban foxes menace", News, July 19). Can we suggest that rabbit owners keep their pets indoors?... Elizabeth and Alasdair Muckersie Baberton Mains Lea, Edinburgh (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 22.7.04 Readers split over need to control fox population - EVENING News readers are divided on whether the city council should examine ways of controlling the Capital’s fox population. Hundreds voted in our telephone poll to gauge public opinion on the issue…. But a slight majority of readers believed such measures were not necessary, with 51 per cent saying the situation should be left as it is. The remainder said the local authority should look at taking action to address the issue…. Ross Minett, director of animal welfare charity Advocates for Animals, said the council should rule out a cull… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 21.7.04 Let's let nature take its course - YOUR articles describing recent attacks by urban foxes on pets were very interesting. We have recently conducted a local poll of opinion on whether there should be an attempt to rid this area of foxes. The majority opinion was in favour of an attempt being made to rid us of foxes, but there was a strongly held minority view that foxes were attractive and harmless… The "don’t harm the wild creatures" camp forget the wildlife being killed by the foxes… It is because they can find food in towns that they have moved in. Surely the best control we have is the natural one. Let them starve… Douglas and Hazel Sampson Morningside Park, Edinburgh (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 20.7.04 Killing foxes is not the answer - I HAVE been reading the reports on foxes in the Edinburgh Evening News with interest…. The case mentioned in your newspaper about a young girl in North London being bitten in the arm by a fox was declared as nonsense by five wildlife experts who examined photographs of the so-called bite…. There is no doubt whatsoever, that if Edinburgh adopts a policy of killing foxes, not only will it cause animal suffering, but will also prove to be the expensive failure it was in London four to five decades ago - John Bryant, Tormount Road, London (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 19.7.04 City urged to act on urban foxes menace - Calls to consider cull or capture amid spate of attacks - JANE BRADLEY AND EMMA ROCHE - COUNCIL chiefs have been urged to investigate fox control methods after it emerged dozens of pets across the Capital have been attacked… So far, readers have reported that 11 rabbits, ten cats, three guinea pigs and a peacock have been killed by urban foxes, while a dog, four cats and a tortoise have been attacked… One woman said she phoned the council after she was trapped in her house by three foxes snarling at her door. Yvonne Dunn, 30, from Restalrig, said she believed the animals smelt her three-year-old child inside the house… Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Edie, of Corstorphine North, added: "I think the council should take responsibility for it. I would prefer the foxes to be released elsewhere if that was possible. Killing them should only be a last resort, but something does have to be done."… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 15.7.04 Foxes slaughter pets city-wide - JULIA HORTON and EMMA ROCHE- THE grisly discovery of the heads of three cats and two rabbits savagely killed by a gang of foxes in an Edinburgh garden was shocking. But not as shocking as the flood of calls to the Evening News from readers which followed Monday’s report of the gruesome find. Around 50 callers contacted the News with stories of all kinds of pets being ripped to shreds by urban foxes in areas across the city, with cats being the most commonly reported victims. Other incidents included two young children being chased into their home by a dog fox and, perhaps most bizarre of all, one family saying that foxes have taken to stealing shoes from their garden and have even run off with a mobile phone…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 14.7.04 A cunning plan - I READ in the News that foxes are now hunting our local domestic pets… Surely Edinburgh can take the initiative and be the first city to sponsor a civic foxhunt?... Tally ho! I say. RK Mackenzie, Portobello, Edinburgh (letter)
Glasgow Herald 13.7.04 Wheelie bins force the urban fox to prey on domestic pets - ROB CRILLY Environment Correspondent - WHEELIE bins are forcing urban populations of foxes to attack and kill domestic pets as a source of food, a pest control contractor claimed yesterday. Pet owners were warned to keep a close eye on their charges after reports of a spate of attacks in Edinburgh…. Last year, in an extreme case, a four-year-old girl was attacked by a fox which crept into her north London house while she was asleep in her bed…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 13.7.04 We must not hunt down the hunters - THE red fox is arguably Britain’s most beautiful and controversial mammal…. Of course, given the opportunity, foxes will take farm animals such as chickens and pets such as rabbits and guinea-pigs if they are not properly secured and thus easily accessible…. Culling foxes in London was carried out for nearly 40 years before being abandoned as an unnecessary waste of time and money…. Many press reports of fox attacks on humans and pets are known to have been inaccurate and over-exaggerated…. Ross Minett is director of Advocates for Animals (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 12.7.04 Alarm as city foxes rip pets to shreds for food - JANE BRADLEY - PET owners were warned today to lock-up their animals after a huge rise in fox attacks in the Capital. Pest control experts say complaints have doubled in the past year as hungry foxes, unable to scavenge from new-style wheelie bins, hunt for food… The attacks have led to calls for the city council, which stopped fox control duties five years ago, to consider a cull…. Mairi Ball, from the SSPCA, said pet owners should ensure cages and hutches are secure to prevent foxes getting in. "We’ve definitely seen more cases of pets being eaten by foxes recently," she said…. An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said the council took a decision in 1999 not to control wild urban foxes and the number of complaints to them about foxes was low…. Ms Macari, from Craigleith, said her partner, a builder, had to construct a fox-proof fence out of tennis court wire to protect the hutch of their new pet. "There’s definitely more of them around," she said. "I think we’re the only people left on our street with a live rabbit now."… (story)

HEBRIDEAN MINK PROJECT
Daily Record 23.8.04 £10K BILL TO CATCH A MINK - SCOTTISH taxpayers are helping pay the £10,000 cost of each mink caught in the Outer Hebrides… (story)
Scotsman 21.8.04 Trappers beat mink menace - JOHN ROSS - HALFWAY through a four-and-a-half year project, trappers say they are winning the battle to wipe out the Western Isles’ population of alien mink…. Scottish Natural Heritage, which is leading the project, say that more than 450 American mink have so far been trapped and shot…. (story)
Scotsman 28.1.04 Mink cull sniffs out scented bait - JOHN ROSS …The Hebridean Mink Project was set up with £1.65 million of European funding just over two years ago to eradicate the non-native species from the Uists and significantly reduce their numbers in the south of Harris. So far, 421 mink have been caught… (story)
Independent 18.11.03 Trappers move in to rid islands of a most unwelcome alien species By Paul Kelbie, Scotland Correspondent - Trappers started exterminating mink on the Western Isles of Scotland yesterday in the most intensive effort to tackle an alien species in Britain. Fourteen trappers from the Hebridean Mink Project and two workers from the Defra Central Science Laboratory in York began laying 1,000 cages near the coast and on the shores of larger lochs on the islands of North and South Uist and Benbecula.... (story)
Stornoway Gazette 13.11.03 The total number of mink captured by the Hebridean Mink Project stands at 362, it was revealed this week - A report by Dr Sugoto Roy, the project manager states: “Two members of the Game Conservancy visited the project with a German Short-haired pointer and an English setter.... As such, two gun-shy dogs will soon be available to the project to assist in maximising the trapping effort.”... (story)
Scotsman 26.5.03 Isles mink cull - Your report (21 May) on the cost of the Western Isles mink cull, similar to your previous day’s report on the hedgehog cull, again quotes spurious and inaccurate figures. There is no study which shows that the cull of mink has cost £2,118 per animal... JEFF WATSON, Director, SNH North Areas Ardconnel Terrace Inverness (letter)
Independent 22.5.03 £1.65m: The cost of culling 232 mink By Paul Kelbie Scotland Correspondent - Britain's biggest alien species eradication programme, to rid the Western Isles of mink, has caught only 232 animals in 18 months at a cost of £1.65m… Using 12 professional hunters, the project has so far caught 232 mink out of an estimated population of 4,000. It has also caught 129 ferrets and 1,352 rats. Scottish Natural Heritage said the cost of the cull also included research. The cull had created 12 jobs and resulted in several long-term conservation projects. (story)
Scotsman 21.5.03 Isles mink cull cost £2,118 for each animal - MIKE MERRITT- A CULL of mink in the Western Isles has cost the taxpayer £2,118 per animal, a study has shown. A five-year, £1.65 million conservation scheme aimed at wiping out the mink because of the threat it poses to other island wildlife was launched in December 2001. But in 18 months, after almost 2,500 traps have been laid, just 232 of the 15,000 mink on the islands have been caught… The cost of the Lewis and Harris scheme could exceed £2 million. But some critics say it will fail unless dogs from Iceland, which have proved successful in finding mink, are brought in… (story)
Daily Record 18.10.02 ISLE MINK HUNT - Hebridean hunters have unleashed nine specially trained hounds in Uist and Harris in an effort to sniff out and cull the bird-threatening alien wild mink population. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 7.7.02 Bring in the dogs to tackle mink - NOT surprisingly, the mink eradication scheme has been proven, as forecast, to be a costly, ineffective programme by anyone’s standards. The use of trained dogs to assist in the locating and despatch of mink as practised as a proven method in Iceland was continuously stressed during committee and debating stages, and in parliament’s final railroading through of the Watson Bill… (letter)
The Herald (Glasgow) 4.7.02 Mink and hedgehogs THE Scottish Natural Heritage spokesman is wrong to compare the culling of mink in the Western Isles with plans to eradicate hedgehogs from the same area (July 3). The reason protesters have not actively opposed mink culling is that the mink is a totally alien species to this country, having been imported from North America and then allowed to escape from fur farms into an environment with no natural predators… Although not native to some islands the hedgehog is an indigenous species which can be live-trapped and relocated without any great distress…. John F Robins, campaigns consultant, Animal Concern, PO Box 5178, Dumbarton G82 5YJ. (letter may be in archive)
Scotland on Sunday 23.6.02 Hunters play tag in bid to control mink threat - MIKE MERRITT - TRAPPERS have called in scientists to electronically tag female mink in the Outer Hebrides as the rampant animal continues to outwit its hunters in a £1.65m eradication campaign. In over six months, almost 2000 traps have been laid, but just 70 of the 15,000 mink on the islands have been caught… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 23.8.04 Abandon greyhound race track plans: call By Ben Lowry - Plans for a greyhound racing track in Co Down should be rejected because the racing industry is responsible for a "holocaust" among dogs, it has been claimed. The search for potential champions is leading to some 14,000 greyhounds being killed or abandoned across Ireland annually, according to the Animal Welfare Federation Northern Ireland…. Federation chairman Norman McCombe said: "Before they die, these gentle dogs are often the victims of harsh treatment, cruelty, neglect and abuse…." (story)

Telegraph 23.8.04 Animal rights stand-off at Garnier home By Dominic White - Animal rights activists turned their attentions directly on Jean-Pierre Garnier yesterday by holding a 30-strong protest outside the GlaxoSmithKline chief executive's mansion just outside Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania…. The activist group, known as Hugs for Puppies, also planned to post leaflets about Mr Garnier to his neighbours and stop people on the street to repeat the accusations. One of the organisers, Alex Deyo, cited Mr Garnier's recent comments in the British press - where he said the security threat posed by activists was damaging the UK economy - as a main motive for the demonstration…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 23.8.04 LIVING PROOF OF THE CASE FOR ANIMAL LABS - Rachel Astill-Dunseith (August 14) is loud in attacking medical research but is remarkably quiet when it boils down to telling us what we should use instead of animals to give hope to people with serious illnesses…. TOM BROMLEY Executive Secretary, SIMR, Bedfordshire. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 14.8.04 ANIMAL-FREE EXPERIMENTS ARE NOT JUST THE RIGHT WAY FOR LABS - THEY ARE A BETTER WAY - Wally Croft believes (August 4) that drugs have to be tested on "vermin" animals before use in humans and that those who oppose such barbarity should "take the place of the said vermin". Human volunteers do play an important role in dermatological tests. Meanwhile, it is not just rodents who fall victim to an inexcusable industry operating in a cruel and clandestine manner…. To presume we are right to exercise our cruel will over sentient and sapient species simply because we physically can is the equivalent of bullying. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln. (letter)

Western Daily Press 23.8.04 VEGAN BRITAIN WOULD GROW SELF-SUFFICIENT - Sir - Chris Rundle writes that in order for people to eat a vegan diet we would need to "increase the surface area of the country, to produce enough pulses and lentils". This is a completely fallacious argument. Producing cattle and other food animals is not land efficient… A Heritage Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 23.8.04 Life ban not enough for cruelty - AS an animal lover and owner of three dogs and a cat I am sickened by the story about the dog left to die while its owner went on holiday… As Lynda Korimboccus from Advocates for Animals says, people will not stop being cruel to animals because of a lifetime ownership ban…. Annette Young, Telford Road, Edinburgh (letter)

22.8.04

People 22.8.04 Meet the winners of our top Animal Action Awards - Alice Haine - HERE are eight of Britain's most caring animal lovers!... To honour their outstanding efforts, The People has teamed up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare for the fourth year running to present the heroes and heroines - chosen from 100 nominations - with prestigious Animal Action Awards…
VOLUNTEER Adele Nelson - Devoted to wildlife all over the world
FUNDRAISER Caroline Freedman
COMMITMENT Steve Bamford
DEDICATION Ted Burden
INTERNATIONAL Jean Thirkill
YOUNG AWARD Dan Sidley
CAMPAIGNER Maureen Rolls
LIFETIME Jane Tipson (story)

21.8.04

Telegraph 21.8.04 Country notebook: warm furry things? Germaine Greer explains why rabbit-killing is in her blood - You could tell by the way the rabbit swung from Michael's jaws that it was dead. He laid it at my feet. I palpated the still-warm neck, and felt the clean break where the vertebrae had parted and the spinal cord had snapped. I couldn't have done better myself. "Good on yer, boy…. "Well done, boy." I lifted a finger and Michael sat… And then I took the rabbit corpse to join the 11 others in the pit dug behind the marrow patch, earthed it in, and put a paving-slab on top, to stop Michael digging it up again. (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 21.8.04 PLEASE HAVE MORE COMPASSION - I Can relate to the gentleman who has been unable to reveal his name in his letter to the Telegraph because of past reprisals by some opponents of hunting, as I too have experienced unpleasantness in the past after signing my name to letters I have submitted on the subject. I am on the other side of the fence to your correspondent, being anti-hunting… I received a telephone call from a woman who had gone to the trouble to find me in the telephone directory, and who was evidently of the opinion my parents never married…. J E Robinson, St Chad's Road, Scunthorpe. (letter)

Oxford Mail 21.8.04 Credit us with some intelligence, Professor - Prof John Stein says that if animal rights activists cared about animals, they would support the development of Oxford University's vivisection laboratory (Oxford Mail, August 11). Why would we support anything that represents the expansion and continuation of a practice which is ethically abhorrent and scientifically corrupt?... It is another sad attempt to pull the wool over the public's eyes -- credit them with some intelligence. JULIET COLLIER, Headington, Oxford (letter in archive)
Oxford Mail 11.8.04 'Our monkeys live good life' by Victoria Owen - Activists should welcome Oxford University's animal research centre because it will improve conditions for creatures used in medical experiments. This is the view of brain specialist Prof John Stein, who said the monkeys used in his studies were already in top surroundings, with air conditioning and television sets…. Prof Stein's comments were rejected by anti-vivisection organisation Speak. Spokesman Robert Cogswell said: "It's ridiculous to say that keeping animals in cages is better than keeping them in the wild…" (story in archive)

Bolton Evening News 21.8.04 Pakistan must get tough on bear baiting - WE were horrified by the pictures and article in a Sunday newspaper, showing an apparently common example of the most barbaric spectacle - bear baiting… G & K Wild, Temple Road, Smithills (letter in archive)

20.8.04

Northern Echo 20.8.04 Campaigners target Blair seat - A CAMPAIGN to ban fox hunting will be taken directly to the Prime Minister's County Durham doorstep. Animal welfare campaigners are visiting Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency in an effort to enlist support to get hunting with dogs banned. Representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the League Against Cruel Sports, accompanied by a giant fox costume, will be asking the Prime Minister's constituents to sign postcards…. (story in archive)

Central Somerset Gazette 20.8.04 After the complaint by the Welsh Deputy Health Minister about the Royal Welsh Show hound parade commentary's antiHunting Bill propaganda, and a letter in the Exeter Express and Echo website this week expressing serious concern about political pro-hunt bias conspicuously in evidence at the Honiton Show, clearly it is time to recognise that 97 per cent of our horse population are never ridden to hounds and 76 per cent of the human population firmly support the Bill to ban live animal hunting…. Opinion polls show a majority of rural residents support it - if they want West Country traditional rural life and activity on show, Cheddar cheese-making, cider production and willow basket-making would profitably fit the bill. Katherine Watson Bramhall Stockport Cheshire (letter)

Bury Times (20.8.04) Let's outlaw this 'hunting' BIG game hunting in Africa should by now, be as out-dated as the rigid class system of which it was so much a feature. Alas, it isn't…. If anyone feels as strongly as I do about this issue, will they please write in protest to: The High Commission for the Republic of South Africa… SARA LEE, Bury Old Road, Whitefield. (letter in archive)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SEA ANGLING LICENCE LETTER
Berwick Advertiser 20.8.04 Sea anglers should be aware of licence proposals - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT. (letter)
Berwickshire News 18.8.04 Warning to sea anglers over licence: Countryside Alliance voices concern - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT. (letter)
Ellesmere Port Pioneer 18.8.04 Angling licence is all at sea - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT (letter)
Gloucestershire Gazette 13.8.04 Is it a sprat to catch an angler? - Charles Jardine, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance Kennington Road, London (letter in archive)
Cornishman 12.8.04 PLAN TO LICENSE SEA ANGLERS HAS CATCHES - Charles Jardine, director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London (letter)
Ilkley Gazette 12.8.04 Angling fear - Charles Jardine, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London. (letter in archive)
Western Telegraph 12.8.04 Sea angling licence - how will it work? - Charles Jardine Director Campaign for Angling Countryside Alliance 367 Kennington Road, London. (letter in archive)
Bucks Free Press 10.8.04 Concern over Whitehall putting a price on angling - Charles Jardine Director Campaign for Angling London (letter)
The Shields Gazette 10.8.04 Hooked on a problem - Charles Jardine, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance. (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 7.8.04 Fishing concerns - Charles Jardine, Director, Campaign for Angling, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London. (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 7.8.04 A LICENCE TO DO VERY LITTLE - Charles Jardine Director Campaign for Angling Countryside Alliance (letter)
Bath Chronicle 6.8.04 LICENCE PLAN FOR SEA ANGLERS - Sea anglers should be aware of a Government proposal to impose a £22 annual licence on them for pursuing their sport. The proposal is rightly based on concern for conservation, but the Countryside Alliance seeks reassurance on a number of issues. The projected £3m annual revenue that would be generated by this licence fee would probably not even pay for enforcement around the UK's 3,100 mile coastline, far less offer any tangible conservation benefits…. The cost of wildlife management should be met, in part, by those who benefit from harvesting it. In turn, it follows that they would like to see that their contribution is not absorbed in the funding of bureaucracy…. CHARLES JARDINE, Director Campaign for Angling Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)

GLASTONBURY GREYHOUND RACING
Central Somerset Gazette 20.8.04 FANTASTIC DOGS DESERVE BETTER THAN RACE TRACKS - I write on behalf of Greyhound Rescue West of England, a registered charity, regarding the proposed greyhound racing track at Abbey Moor Stadium in Glastonbury. I have read with interest the correspondence relating to this proposal and the differing opinions raised…. Our request is simply this: Mr Toogood, we urge you to reconsider your application to re-introduce greyhound racing to Glastonbury…. Please don't encourage the use of greyhounds in the name of profit. These fantastic dogs deserve better. Jan Lake Trustee. Greyhound Rescue West of England
After reading all the recent letters over the last couple of weeks it's time your readers had an independent, unbiased and first-hand account of greyhounds and greyhound racing. As a family of greyhound lovers, we will always denounce any cruelty or abuse of these regal and loving dogs…. We do not race our dogs as they are retired, but that does not mean we do not enjoy watching greyhounds do what they do best, run. If you try to ban greyhound racing you will only drive it underground, and then there will be no one to monitor or police the greyhounds or tracks…. (letters)
Wells Journal 17.8.04 DON'T TAR OWNERS WITH SAME BRUSH - In answer to the article from Happy Landings about the reopening of the greyhound track at Glastonbury, could I point out that some of their statements are not quite true. As once, for about 30 years, an owner, trainer and racing manager, I'd like to point out that the dogs are trained to race, and they love it…. Of course I am aware that some dogs are mistreated, but this mistreatment is not confined to just greyhounds, it's all across the board…. So please do not tar every owner with the same brush by saying that opening the track at Glastonbury will be a bad thing, because for every bad owner there are twenty good ones who truly care for their dogs. Max Dunford Kale Street Cottages Batcombe Shepton Mallet (letter)
Wells Journal 17.8.04 FOR MACK'S SAKE, PLEASE DON'T GO TO THE DOG TRACK - I write to thank the Happy Landings staff for the letter (August 5) they submitted about the greyhound industry ("Shelter sees horror of dog racing at first hand"). I have worked as a volunteer for the RSPCA and other shelters for many years and have also seen many greyhounds arrive in appalling condition…. David Markland Hill Head Glastonbury (letter)
Wells Journal 17.8.04 WHIPPET RACING IS VERY DIFFERENT - With respect to greyhound racing, I totally agree with the sentiments and comments made by the staff at Happy Landings. I would, however, like to make it quite clear that when a picture of my whippets and myself was placed on the rear page of the sports section several weeks ago it was not in support of the horrors that accompany greyhound racing…. The ghastly behaviour of some racing greyhound owners is beyond belief and I would make it my duty to uphold the welfare of any greyhounds should racing commence at Glastonbury. Stephen Robinson Chairman West Somerset Whippet Racing Club Collett Avenue Shepton Mallet (letter)
Wells Journal 17.8.04 I WAS JUST VERY NAÏVE - I had no idea that greyhounds suffered so dreadfully…. I have just sent a cheque off to Greyhound Action in Kidderminster and I hope it helps save some lives from such a dreadful fate. Mrs J Whitburn, Somerton Road Street (letter)
Wells Journal 17.8.04 SO MUCH SUFFERING - Dog racing at Glastonbury. Having read the letter in last week's paper about dog racing I haven't been able to sleep…. Take a look at the League Against Cruel Sports website www. league. uk. com for more information about greyhound racing and then take action…. Jennifer Shiner New Close Street (letter)
Wells Journal 5.8.04 SHELTER SEES HORROR OF DOG RACING AT FIRST HAND - We, the staff at Happy Landings Animal Shelter at Pylle, near Shepton Mallet, would like to respond to the article in the Mid Somerset Series of July 15 which reported that Peter Toogood, the owner of Abbey Moor Stadium in Glastonbury, is hoping to bring back dog racing to the town… A League Against Cruel Sports leaflet on the facts about dog racing said: "The British greyhound racing industry is the most popular in the world, second only to football as the largest spectator sport in the UK. It makes huges profits for the tracks, the breeders and the bookies - but at what cost to the dogs?..." Here at Happy Landings Animal Shelter we receive calls saying: "I've got a dog that won't race, do you want it, or else I'm gonna shoot it."… We appeal to Peter Toogood to find other ways of making his stadium pay rather than encourage dog racing of any description… All the staff, on behalf of Happy Landings Animal Shelter (letter)

South Wales Argus 20.8.04 Protest over lab link - A GROUP of animal rights campaigners gathered outside a factory in Newport to protest against the company's link with a controversial laboratory. Members of the Welsh branch of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) waved banners and leafleted visitors outside the BOC premises on Langland Way, Newport, on Wednesday afternoon… Chris, a protester who refused to give his surname, said: "It went really well…" (story in archive)
Western Mail 19.8.04 Activists tour city to target animal research links Martin Shipton, The Western Mail - ANIMAL rights activists have stepped up their campaign against a controversial research company by targeting the Welsh premises of businesses associated with it. Yesterday a dozen members of the South Wales branch of Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) demonstrated outside several firms in the Cardiff area that are suppliers to or customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. The demonstration was co-ordinated by Grace Evans, a 17-year-old sixth-former from Newport…. June Holder, 76, of Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, said, "I decided to start protesting against animal experiments about 15 years ago…" Elizabeth Keeping was demonstrating with her nine-month-old daughter Luna. "I don't want her to grow up thinking vivisection is all right," she said…. (story)

East Grinstead Courier 20.8.04 'RSPCA SLOW TO RESPOND TO CALL' - The Slow response of the RSPCA to an apparently distressed dog was criticised by a group of neighbours from East Grinstead on Monday. Carolynne Bradford, of Badgers Way, said she became concerned for the dog, Sonny, at 72 Elizabeth Crescent, after she heard constant whining and scratching from underneath a door…. (story)

icSurrey 20.8.04 Vegging out By Laura Kendall - A varied vegan diet may seem like an oxymoron to many meat-eaters - but it is possible, says a Croydon nutritionist… that "happy clappy" reputation is undeserved, says Croydon nutritionist Yvonne Bishop…. Bishop, a vegetarian since the age of 16, has published a new cook book, Vegan, which features more than 90 recipes. Co-written with her husband Tony Weston, a vegan and former owner of an award-winning vegan guesthouse in Scotland, Vegan focuses on the health benefits of a vegan diet rather than the oft-discussed ethical issues… (story)

19.8.04

Hampshire Chronicle 19.8.04 Ready for the off at country sports by Chris Semple - A 25-YEAR tradition showcasing the best of Hampshire's country sports will take place at Tichborne Park near Alresford next month. The 2004 Hampshire Country Sports Day is once again expected to welcome thousands of people through the gates as the popular event reaches its silver anniversary… The stars of the show, as always, will be the numerous "working'' animals on view, including birds of prey, gun dogs, greyhounds and a parade of hounds… The event takes place on Sunday, September 12 and will be signposted from Alresford (story in archive)

Shropshire Star 19.8.04 We all have to tolerate things - Several similar anti-hunting letters have appeared in your columns recently which include the following recurring theme: "people only go hunting to satisfy their perverted bloodlust". I would respectfully point out that, since this is totally untrue, this statement is merely an expression of their personal opinion which does not justify seeking to impose a ban on hunting. We all have to tolerate a lot of things we disapprove of…. B R Lewis, Shrewsbury (letter)

The Forester 19.8.04 HARSH REALITIES OF CUB HUNTING - If you go down in the woods today... Welcome to the killing fields! August is upon us and so shortly will be the blood-bath that the Countryside Alliance affectionately call 'Cub Hunting'. Sorry, they no longer refer to this annual slaughter as that do they? It's not politically correct…. The main objective of cubbing is to incite the new hounds to worry and kill their quarry - something it would appear they a need a considerable amount of inspiration to achieve… I've witnessed on many occasions adult foxes taking flight in an attempt to draw hounds away from their young with varying degrees of success, only for the huntsman to call the hounds back and the whole process begin again… Name and address supplied (letter)

Cumberland News & Star 19.8.04 GUNNING FOR A CHANGE IN LAW - Three years ago my son Micah, then 12, was beckoned into the house of a boy he knew and as Micah ran upstairs he was shot in the mouth with a high-powered air rifle…. As a result of this experience, I started to research airgun incidents and can appreciate the concern there is in Cumbria about air guns after a cat was killed and a woman motorist shot…. We have licences for cars, TV sets and fishing; surely the time has come to make someone responsible for a lethal weapon… Linda Mitchell co-ordinates the Anti Air Gun Campaign (letter)

Daily Post 19.8.04 Anglers concerned about river litter by Claire Garner, North Wales Weekly Newspapers series - RIVER rubbish is at the root of concerns for a group of anglers who believe a picturesque Snowdonia village is left looking like a war zone after a busy weekend. Members of the Betws-y-Coed Anglers Club are appealing to the authorities to devise new strategies to deal with the litter problems in the Conwy Valley village…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 19.8.04 ANIMALS NO HARM TO US - We have foxes in our area and I love all animals. But I have neighbours who obviously have no love whatsoever for any animals - particularly the foxes. To deter them, they have planted long-thorned bushes and shrubs across their gardens… Please publish this letter so that people may remove these hideous branches. Barbara Wilks, Littleover. (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.8.04 HUMANS SHOULD BE GUINEA PIGS - With regard to Michelle Hurst and her views on animal testing, why don't humans have the drugs tested on them?... I remember seeing a reporter with a hidden camera and a beagle dog was being hit because it was shaking and whimpering with fear because it wouldn't co-operate… I see nothing wrong with peaceful demonstrations, animals don't have a voice and at least there's some caring people out there. Peter Mason, Weelsby Road, Grimsby (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.8.04 LIES CRIMINALISE ANIMAL PROTESTS - David Thomas Hisomely Westbury Wiltshire (letter)
Bath Chronicle 13.8.04 A CLAMPDOWN IS ALL ABOUT PROFITS - What is worse than all the facts about legal cruelty to other species is the lies and deceit used to maintain the status quo. For example, when BBC Radio Four Today reports on Huntingdon Life vivisection, it implies that all the work done there is to save little children etc, omitting to mention that the bulk of the work is testing on cleaning and other chemicals. Plus it hypes up a threat that the so called animal rights people are to those in the vivisection business, omitting to mention that no one from the vivisection, hunt or any pro abuse of other species lobby has ever been really injured or killed…. In the UK at least three hunt saboteurs have been killed which again is not mentioned… DAVID THOMAS, Hisomley, Westbury (letter)

18.8.04

Ashbourne News Telegraph 18.8.04 Silver-lined day for show anniversary Reports by Carol Frost - THERE was the hallmark of success about Saturday’s Manifold Valley Agricultural Society Show — a sterling effort which marked the silver anniversary of the event which was started 25 years ago… Clive also introduced the Four Shires Bloodhounds, kennelled near Ashbourne, and said that packs of bloodhounds date back to the eighth century… (story)

Cambridge Evening News 18.8.04 Fun to be cruel? From Mike Michalak, Swaffham Road, Burwel - DARREN Hughes of the Countryside Alliance called our recent anti-hunt letter full of inaccuracies and deliberately aimed to misinform, so let us try again. Hunting is not about pest control, it is a sport… Bear baiting was obscene, cock fighting was obscene, fox hunting is obscene and no "National Newcomers Week" will change that one iota. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 18.8.04 Obscene sport - From Colin Moule, Bourne Road, Chesterton - WHENEVER Mike and Ingrid Michalak take up the fight against blood sports they invariably prompt a pompous retort from the hunting lobby. This time it is Darren Hughes from the euphemistic Countryside Alliance… the vast majority of thinking and compassionate people in this country who agree wholeheartedly with the Michalaks and say quite unequivocably to Mr Hughes and his feudal hierarchy: Hunting is obscene. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 14.8.04 Try our hunt week From Darren Hughes, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London - THE letter "Hunting is obscene" (Letters, August 5) is littered with inaccuracies and deliberately aims to misinform readers. The simplest way of establishing the truth is attend 'National Newcomers Week' which takes place between October 9 and 16…. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 14.8.04 Wrong on masons From J M Whitehead, Information Officer, Freemasons' Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge - MIKE and Ingrid Michalak appear very regularly in your columns… Unfortunately, in their letter of August 5 ("Hunting is obscene") they do themselves and their opinions no favours. To suggest that there is "an allpowerful inner circle steeped in freemasonry" preventing progress on the Hunting Bill by controlling the decisions of Government reeks of fantasyland rather than rational argument. If they really would like to know what freemasons actually believe in and, more importantly, what they actually do, they should contact me through Freemasons' Hall… (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 5.8.04 Hunting is obscene From Mike and Ingrid Michalak, Swaffham Road, Burwell - THE recent changes in the animal welfare laws to give added protection to domestic and farm animals can only be applauded. However, the reluctance of this Government to bring wild mammals under the protection of the 1911 Act is both baffling and sinister… (letter)

Western Daily Press 18.8.04 MISSED POINT ABOUT HUNTING - In reply to Mike Mason's letter, "Savagery starts", he obviously thinks he is well-versed in hunting procedure. How misguided he is. Please would he contact his local hunt kennels (in all telephone directories), phone or call on them, and go and see and meet the staff and followers for a chat and inspection…. Mrs Jayne Young Address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 17.8.04 GET AT THE TRUTH - The letter headlined "Savagery starts" is littered with inaccuracies. The simplest way for readers to establish the truth is to come along on National Newcomers' Week, which takes place between October 9 and 16 (or any other time)… Will Templer Wessex regional director Countryside Alliance (letter)
Western Daily Press 11.8.04 SAVAGERY STARTS - Once again the savage, unnecessary butchery of the "cubbing season" has commenced, whereby fox cubs only a few months old are dug out, mauled and disembowelled to a slow death by inexperienced young hounds, with only hardened hunt followers permitted to watch… Mike Mason Address supplied (letter)

Shropshire Star 18.8.04 Instinct of the fox to kill livestock - Surely Emily Powell must realise if poultry and livestock are there for the taking, the fox, like a cat, will have fun and oblige… Of course Emily Powell will enjoy the slaughter of a few foxes on a regular basis, especially when hand-reared cubs are waiting in the wings to ensure the validity of her statement…. How can anyone condone this vile sport? V Duncalfe, Telford (letter)
Shropshire Star 9.8.04 Fox hunt alternative - Yet again I've read a letter on the subject of foxes, this time by E Powel of Shrewsbury who seems to think that because foxes are pests (some maybe), a threat to livestock (some maybe), and hunting is a traditional sport, that it's okay for some people to go around with a pack of dogs tearing them apart…. P Nind, Telford (letter)
Shropshire Star 5.8.04 Foxes are just a pest - I strongly disagree with R Socket's views on fox hunting. Foxes are nothing more than pests, which are a threat to livestock. You wouldn't think twice about calling pest control about a rat so why are question fox hunting?... Emily Powell, Bridgnorth (letter)

Yorkshire Post 18.8.04 Facts, figures and foxes - From: Stephen Harris, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Bristol. James Barrington (Letters, August 4) cannot have read my paper on fox numbers…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 13.8.04 Clarity on fox numbers From: Stephen Harris, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Bristol. JAMES Barrington ("Survey on fox numbers after hunting ban 'misses the point'", Letters, August 4) cannot have read my paper on fox numbers. If he had, he would know that I make no comment on whether numbers would increase or decrease after a hunting ban… James Barrington's little rant has no relevance to this paper. He is the one that "misses the point (letter)
Yorkshire Post 4.8.04 Survey on fox numbers after hunting ban 'misses the point' - From: James Barrington, consultant, All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group, House of Commons, London. Professor Stephen Harris's IFAW-funded fox survey, which apparently shows that fox numbers would not increase after a hunting ban, entirely misses the point. He seems to equate efficiency with animal welfare and this is simply wrong… Professor Harris's thinking leads us to believe that, just because hunting is less efficient, it should be banned. He fails to understand that management of wild mammals does not necessarily mean killing as many individuals as possible… The only sound reason to ban hunting with dogs is if it can be shown that the alternative methods of control (shooting and snaring) are significantly more humane. That evidence does not exist and, indeed, recent scientific research shows that shooting foxes has much higher wounding rates than some anti-hunting organisations have previously claimed… (letter)

Oxford Mail 18.8.04 Horse society must tackle weed - Every year we are subjected to hysterical warnings on the dangers of ragwort to farm animals and, indirectly, to humans…. The same selfish desire to control nature is displayed in the letter from Lynn Fawcett (August 13) disclaiming rights to non-human species. Life is life, but it does not all speak our language, so cannot plead its case. BEA BRADLEY, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter in archive)

Gloucestershire Echo 18.8.04 FATE OF DOGS SICKENS ME - Madam - I shall not be watching the Olympic Games and I hope all animal lovers will follow my example. This is because thousands and thousands of animals, especially dogs, have been rounded up and destroyed because of the Games. It's a disgrace… Jean Leach, (letter)

Bolton Evening News 18.8.04 I PRESUME all the rats have departed now the pigeons have gone from the town centre? What can we think of next to ban?... R Walmsley, Tottington Road, Harwood (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 18.8.04 MEAT PRODUCTION EXTREMELY WASTEFUL - Poor old Chris Rundle. To him, Viva! is just like a scab - he can't resist picking at it and, of course, he usually succeeds in hurting only himself. Britain would not need more land to grow enough pulses, fruits and vegetables for everyone to turn vegan, it would need less - under a quarter of current acreage. If everyone went vegetarian, less than half…. Tony Wardle Associate director Viva! Bristol (letter)

17.8.04

Scotsman 17.8.04 Hunting ban imperils Labour programme - ANDREW DENHOLM - LABOUR’S pre-election programme could be disrupted by a bid to force through a fox-hunting ban. Senior Conservatives have told ministers the expected final session of parliament could be delayed until December if they press ahead with their plan to send the controversial Hunting Bill to the Lords in October…. (story)
Times 16.8.04 Lords ready for last-ditch hunt clash BY PHILIP WEBSTER, POLITICAL EDITOR - THE House of Lords is gearing up for a fierce autumn battle over foxhunting, with warnings that Labour’s pre-election programme could be disrupted by its intention to force through a ban… Lord Strathclyde told The Times that the Government should know that it would “reap the consequences” if it went ahead with the foxhunting ban…. (story)

Western Mail 17.8.04 History made by the lady - THE female president of three- day Pembrokeshire Show that opens today at Withybush, near Haverfordwest, is believed to be the first in the long history of the event. Shirley Johns (ne Nicholas), of Neyland, grew up as a member of a large farming family at Scoveston… She became keenly involved with the Young Farmers movement as a member and official of Tiers Cross club, and she became secretary of the Pembrokeshire Hunt entertainment committee which was responsible for organising three gymkhanas each year… (story)

RSPCA APGAW LETTER
Western Daily Press 17.8.04 BAN SPELLS THE END FOR HOUNDS - If hunting is banned more than 20,000 hunting dogs will have to be put down. That could be a public-relations disaster for the anti-hunting lobby. So, anti-hunting MPs in the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) commissioned the report referred to in the letter from the RSPCA's Mr Rudd… The APGAW clearly did its best to make sure the report gave the answer it wanted. That is obvious from the fact that the group which wrote the report was chaired by MP Ian Cawsey, who is obsessed by banning hunting, but included no one with experience of looking after hunting dogs… its authors ignored the evidence submitted to them by the British Veterinary Association (BVA)…. D J Renney Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 13.8.04 Give dog a home - ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.8.04 HUNT PACKS CAN EVADE EXTINCTION - The wholesale destruction of packs of hounds in the event of a hunting ban can be averted, according to a report published recently by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW). Simultaneously, a new MORI poll, commissioned by the RSPCA, has found that 88 per cent of the public want to see the dogs given a second chance… The report shows it is possible to retrain the dogs to draghunt (where an artificial scent is followed rather than live quarry); rehome them as pets; and retain some in packs… Dominic Rudd RSPCA Director of Animal Welfare Services Horsham West Sussex (letter)

Western Mail 17.8.04 Hunt support is strong - Douglas Bachelor ("Case for hunting ban" August 2) can quote opinion polls ad infinitum, countless show majority opinion supporting hunting continuing either under licensing or under self regulation. Let's stick to facts here in Wales, a long way from Mr Bachelor's central London campaign headquarters. There are well over 100 hunts in Wales alone. Hunting with dogs here accounts for around 50,000 foxes…. Over 13,000 people took to the streets in Cardiff in opposition to a proposed hunting ban - Mr Bachelor's organisation billed Boxing Day as their biggest protest ever. How many people protested here in Wales? No more than 50… ADRIAN SIMPSON, Countryside Alliance Wales,Spillman Street, Carmarthen (letter)
Western Mail 11.8.04 Hunting debate dead - Regarding the letter by Douglas Batchelor, "Case for hunting ban" (August 2), what a weak and ill thought out letter from the League Against Cruel Sports… If that is all he has to offer, then no wonder his argument has found no favour with either Parliament or the public. SAMUEL JONES, Arcot Street, Penarth (letter)
Western Mail 2.8.04 Case for hunting ban - Tim Bonner ("Hounding hunting is a vote-loser", July 27) is completely wrong in stating that "a majority of public opinion" accepts that "there is no case for a ban". A poll conducted by NOP, showed that just 18% of respondents agreed "hunting should be allowed to continue because it is essentially a matter of civil liberties"…. DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (story)
Western Mail 27.7.04 Hounding hunting is a vote-loser - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - For many people the Countryside Alliance is synonymous with hunting and the campaign to stop it being banned. In fact the organisation campaigns across all country sports and rural issues but, says Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner, politicians keep driving hunting to the top of the agenda… (story)

Western Mail 17.8.04 Gun safety is loaded with history - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - THE latter part of the 17th century was a period of enormous growth in the development of the gun trade, as indeed it was for British manufacturing industry generally…. (story)

Western Mail 17.8.04 Young rods learn their lines - THIS summer I have spent a considerable amount of time in the company of young anglers and although I am still unable to understand fully some of their behaviour patterns and even less so some of their eating habits - I found it quite an interesting experience…. (story)

Burton Mail 17.8.04 £5m crack counter terror unit launched - A SPECIALIST multi-million pound unit is being launched to protect the people of Staffordshire from terrorist attacks. The £5 million unit is designed to counter terrorism, including attacks being carried out by animal rights activists who are opposed to the work of a farm near Burton…. (story)

16.8.04

Guardian 18.8.04 Don't deny countrysiders the right to self-expression - It benefits no one when the rural minority is gleefully trampled underfoot - Max Hastings - I do not think the Guardian is a philistine newspaper, but it sometimes feels that way. Whenever any issue related to the countryside rears its head, a wild beast is turned loose in its columns… On Friday, Polly Toynbee argued the case for wind farms, and dismissed aesthetic objections with contempt… She sounded, like not a few Guardian writers, as if she relished for its own sake the prospect of a lot of tweedy, Telegraph-reading rural Tories having their views spoilt. She sounded like John Prescott… The prospective social triumph of banning foxhunting excites him. In any event, since we know that statistically far more foxes are killed by cars than hunts, the deputy prime minister's motor fleet will presumably take a man's share of responsibility for keeping numbers down in future… (story)

Northern Echo 16.8.04 Country show 'will be best yet' - ORGANISERS of this year's Wensleydale Show say the event will be bigger and better than ever. The show will be held in Bellerby Road, Leyburn, on Saturday, August 28… Events in the main ring include the Lampkin motor cycle display team, Bedale Hounds, heavy horses, a pet lamb competition and a display of vintage vehicles…. (story in archive)

Dorset Daily Echo 16.8.04 Jolly good show! RECORD-breaking crowds enjoyed Ringwood and Ellingham Show at Lord Normanton's Somerley Park on Saturday (August 14)…. Pipers, huntsmen and clowns were part of a full programme in the main ring while heavy horse competitions in the second ring were as popular as ever…. (story in archive)

Yorkshire Post 16.8.04 HUNTING BAN From: Coun RR McManus, Locksley House, Longfield Road, Todmorden. Of course, there are, as PM Talbot states (Yorkshire Post, July 26 ), "more important issues that the Government should tackle than hunting"…. It is, however, no reason for not banning hunting, for a Government, like a householder, needs to attend to a range of issues, major, intermediate and minor…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 26.7.04 From: PM Talbot, Morritt House, Main Street, Ryther, Tadcaster - I refer to the letter by JW Buckley (July 6) in respect of hunting. He is quite correct regarding the fact that, whenever this Government gets itself into another corner (sheer incompetence), it invariably wakes up its backbenches, who rattle the sticks because they have nothing better to do… It is ironic that a recent NOP commissioned by the Countryside Alliance found that 99 per cent of Labour voters think there are more important issues theGovernment should tackle than hunting. This shows just how out of touch these bigoted, obsessive Labour MPs are with the ordinary voters… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 6.7.04 Hunting Bill 'satisfaction' From: JW Buckley, Aketon, Pontefract. IT IS reported that the Leader of the House of Commons has let slip the statement that the Government intends to proceed with a Hunting Bill…. Meanwhile, back at the ranch (the OK No 10) there will be smiles of satisfaction; once again, the matter of hunting has served to divert attention from more embarrassing matters (letter)

Shropshire Star 16.8.04 Another look at the hunt - Carole Tomley, of Shrewsbury, you are misinformed about foxes killing for pleasure - they will kill if they are not hungry and come back later to hoard the food…. Christine Winward, Telford (letter)

Scotsman 16.8.04 Chef's game to take on Blair over countryside issue - LARGER than life chef Clarissa Dickson Wright remains splendorously off-message with New Labour and has well and truly scuppered her chances of ever cooking for No 10 with a new recipe called Bollocks to Blair. The recipe involves six roe deer testicles (split in half) and is a morale-boosting tribute to the efforts of her fellow countryside flag-bearer Johnny Scott, who uses the phrase with abandon when signing books. Clarissa and Johnny Scott were in Edinburgh, appropriately enough on the Glorious Twelfth, for a bespoke dinner at Prestonfield House for the launch of their new tome - The Game Cookbook… (story)

Times 16.8.04 Everything to do with the price of fish BY GILLIAN HARRIS AND RUSSELL JENKINS - Poaching has grown from ‘one for the pot’ into big-money business - THUNDERING water drowned out the engine of a police patrol boat as it moved slowly along the flooded banks of the River Clyde yesterday on the lookout for poachers…. (story)
Times 16.8.04 No longer just tricking the toffs BY GILLIAN HARRIS - POACHING in Britain dates back at least as far as the 15th century, when working men went out at night to hunt deer illegally on land owned by the gentry. The term later came to include the theft of other game and fish… (story)

The Lawyer 16.8.04 Red in tooth and law - Are the Government’s latest laws a serious attempt to protect workers from animal extremists, or just another erosion of human rights? Jon Robins investigates - The Lawyer’s meeting with Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, the solicitor-advocate who acts for the controversial drug-testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences, as well as a number of other companies connected to animal experimentation, is briefly delayed when a recently installed and overly enthusiastic security system prevents entry… What does Lawson-Cruttenden make of recent ministerial proposals to deal with the menace of animal rights activists? He is not impressed. “Let’s not just shore up a hole here and a hole there in the law. When a ship’s in difficulties there needs to be a major rethink…" (story)

Telegraph 16.8.04 Funds fear threat from extremists By James Moore - The National Association of Pension Funds has gagged its board and council members amid fears that they could be targeted by animal rights extremists…. (story)

Western Daily Press 16.8.04 THESE ARE TERROR TACTICS - Despite the recent flurry of media interest in animal rights "extremism", most people know full well that 99 per cent of animal rights campaigners are committed to non-violent campaigning…. your article about large drug companies donating money for animal research (July 30) mentions Viva!'s opposition to the donation without explaining why we oppose it…. Multi-national drug companies are all deeply involved in vivisection and effectively, they're giving money to themselves…. Alistair Currie Campaigns Office Viva! (letter)

15.8.04

Guardian 15.8.04 Nellie Mckay - She supports animal rights, loathes the very idea of cool and writes witty raps mixed with Fifties pop. Emma Warren is entranced … Cool, says the longtime vegetarian and vocal supporter of animal rights charity Peta, is the bane of all existence… (story)

14.8.04

Yorkshire Post 14.8.04 DRIVER CLEARED OF SPLASHING HUNT PROTESTERS - Brian Dooks - A GRANDFATHER accused of driving through a puddle and splashing two women hunt protesters and a nine-year-old girl has accused the courts of wasting public money. Colin Pickering was cleared by magistrates in North Yorkshire of driving without reasonable consideration at the Derwent Hunt's New Year's Day meet. The 63-year-old had denied deliberately driving through a puddle so that slush and snow splashed up at hunt protesters Annabel Holt and Linda Smith… (story)
York Evening Press 14.8.04 Puddle splash row man is cleared - A HUNT supporter from North Yorkshire has been cleared of driving his car into a slushy puddle to drench two animal rights campaigners and a child with icy water as they protested at a famous New Year meet in the county. Colin Pickering, 63, of Prospect Place, Thornton-le-Dale, denied driving without reasonable consideration to others on January 1 in the village, when he appeared at Pickering Magistrates Court yesterday. Paul Bowater, prosecuting, said that on New Year's Day, at about 11am, outside The Hall, at Church Hill, Thornton-le-Dale, Mr Pickering deliberately drove his blue Volvo estate through an icy puddle near protesters Annabel Holt, of Stearsby, near Malton, and Linda Smith and her nine-year-old daughter, Charlotte, soaking them…. Magistrates chairman David Harrison said they acquitted Mr Pickering of the offence because there were several discrepancies in the prosecution evidence. (story in archive)
Northern Echo 2.1.04 Hunt called off after icy weather conditions pose danger - IT has been a New Year tradition for many years, but if campaigners get their way, such gatherings could soon be a thing of the past. A crowd of more than 100 turned out yesterday to watch the spectacle as the Derwent Hunt gathered at Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, North Yorkshire.... (story in archive)

Leicester Mercury 14.8.04 SCEPTICISM OVER BILL'S PROGRESS - Your story "Hunting Bill in spotlight" (Mercury, August 5) is absolutely wrong to suggest that the Government has pledged to re-introduce a Bill to ban fox-hunting in September. Its position - to resolve the issue in this Parliament - has been unchanged since the last Queen's Speech. The Government enabled Parliament to resolve this issue in the last session when it brought forward legislation to license hunting. The Commons, not the Lords, "thwarted" that Bill…. Tim Bonner,head of media, Countryside Alliance. (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 14.8.04 IT'S NOT THE FOXES CAUSING THE PROBLEMS - Is it any wonder that animal cruelty has reached a shameful level? This government still allows the law to protect the abusers of our wildlife. Foxes have no protection from hunters or gangs who torture them…. Hunt saboteurs are the foxes' strongest ally. It is also a disgrace that hunts are afforded police protection… EA Smith, Ashton. (letter)

Dundee Courier 14.8.04 Inadmissible evidence? Watching television the other evening, I was distressed to see a news item of a gamekeeper videoed removing a falcon chick (a protected species) from its nest. A prosecution ensued which was subsequently dropped on the grounds that the person(s) videoing were trespassing on private property…. Alistair R. L. Munro. 16 Greenmantle Way, Glenrothes (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 14.8.04 MORAY ANIMAL ACTIVIST CALLS FOR GOLDFISH PRIZES TO BE BANNED - AN ANIMAL activist is calling on Moray Council to ban the use of goldfish as prizes at local events. John Robins, campaigns consultant for the group Animal Concern, said yesterday he had two complaints from people who attended festivities in Keith last weekend and were concerned fish were being given out as prizes by stallholders on the town square…. (story)

Scotsman 14.8.04 Death threat made to Lanarkshire puppy farms protester - ROSIE MCINTOSH - AN ANIMAL welfare campaigner who received a death threat vowed yesterday that he would not be silenced. Ken McKie, a retired policeman, from Strathaven, Lanarkshire, was stunned when a gangster phoned him on Thursday afternoon and warned him to stop protesting against the importing of puppies to Scotland. The caller told Mr McKie, 49, the secretary of the Waterside Action Group (WAG) charity, that there was a £7,000 bounty on his head and that he was preparing to collect…. Strathclyde Police said enquiries were continuing into the threats made to Mr McKie. (story)

13.8.04

Westmorland Gazette 13.8.04 Dogged enthusiasm - HEAVY rain threatened to spoil the annual Vale of Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show yesterday (Thursday) but the noise of the barking hounds showed their spirit was not going to be dampened. Coniston Foxhounds huntsman Mike Nicholson said it was a very important and popular event in the Lakes… (story)

Western Daily Press 13.8.04 ON A PROMISE - Sir - Roy Franklin, in his letter, Labour Still Fails To Ban Hunting, has got it wrong. Labour did not promise to ban hunting in its manifesto, it promised it would resolve the issue. The Government enabled Parliament to resolve this in the last session, when it brought forward legislation to license hunting…. Darren Hughes Countryside Alliance (letter)
Western Daily Press 4.8.04 LABOUR STILL FAILS TO BAN HUNTING - Chris Hull is right. Nothing this Government does will please me. In their election manifesto they said they would ban hunting, yet they have passed up numerous opportunities to do so… Vivisection, in my view, is all about profits for drug companies and lazy scientists who cannot be bothered to involve themselves with painstaking computer modelling of human biology because it is easier and more conventional to abuse an animal in the name of science…. Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Oxford Mail 13.8.04 Animals have no rights - In reply to Gillian Whitty (Oxford Mail, August 3), my point, which she fails to understand, is "animals or people first"…. No, Miss Whitty, animals do not have rights. If rats, rabbits and other vermin were not controlled and were allowed to breed unrestricted, millions more people would starve throughout the world. If she keeps pets, does she not give them medication to control worms, powder them to kill fleas and lice, or use an aerosol to kill flies? Have these vermin not got the right to live? Lynn Fawcett, Blacknall Road, Abingdon (letter in archive)
Oxford Mail 3.8.04 Animals have right to live - I would like to reply to Lynn Fawcett about foxhunting (Oxford Mail, July 22). It is not about "putting animals first". It is about animals having the basic right to live without the constant threat of being hunted with hounds, then die a gruesome death… Gillian Whitty, Oxford (letter in archive)

GLORIOUS 12TH
Aberdeen Press & Journal 13.8.04 GLORIOUS 12TH SEES LIMIT ON SHOOTS - RAYMOND SHEWAN AND MARK DREVER - The grouse-shooting season started with more of a whimper than a bang on Scottish moors yesterday…. (story)
Harrogate Advertiser 13.8.04 Start of shooting season - THE wet weather didn't stop the grouse shooting season getting under way yesterday…. (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 13.8.04 Why shooting plays a vital role in preserving moorland habitat by Nicholas Rhea - YESTERDAY was the Glorious Twelfth, more formally known as August 12… If the moors are to be maintained in a good and healthy condition, they have to be constantly tended and this costs both time and money. The owners of our moorland areas provide that money through income from shooting parties and, in turn, this annual cull of grouse ensures the surviving birds remain in peak condition…. (story in archive)
Hexham Courant 13.8.04 GROUSE HEAD FOR THE HILLS By WILL GREEN - THE glorious 12th dawned yesterday and a new grouse season is on hand, but bumper bags are not expected this year…. The new season has also been welcomed by the Government’s nature conservation Minister, Ben Bradshaw, who recently visited an estate near Allenheads to get a closer look at grouse moor management…. Despite the thumbs up from the Minister, the Countryside Alliance is worried about shooting saboteurs who may try to disrupt the grouse season…. (story)
Scotsman 13.8.04 Inglorious Twelfth for the grouse moors - FRANK URQUHART - SCOTLAND’S heather moors were eerily silent yesterday as a Glorious Twelfth that was anything but heralded what many shooting estates fear will be the worst grouse season for a decade…. (story)
icScotland 12.8.04 Scotland hit by shooting washout - Scotland is heading for its worst shooting season in a decade after months of washout summer weather…. (story)
BBC News Online 12.8.04 Grouse season 'not so glorious' - The 2004 Scottish grouse season could be the worst for a decade as bad weather and disease hit stocks. The Game Conservancy Trust said many events planned for the "Glorious Twelfth" - the first day of the shooting season - had been cancelled…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 12.8.04 Twelfth far from glorious - SCOTLAND is heading for its worst shooting season in a decade after months of washout summer weather…. "Prospects are pretty bleak this year," said Dr Colin Shedden, Scottish director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 12.8.04 A not very Glorious Twelfth - Scotland is heading for its worst grouse shooting season in a decade…. Dr Colin Shedden, Scottish director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said: "There will be little income to estates this year. It is not going to be a very Glorious Twelfth at all." (story)
Berwick Advertiser 12.8.04 GLORIOUS 12TH LOOKS LIKE BEING ANYTHING BUT - THE Glorious 12th has turned out to be anything but for the grouse estates of north Northumberland which have been forced to cancel their shoots, writes IAN SMITH. Bad weather earlier in the breeding season, particularly hailstones, has been blamed for the low survival rates of young birds in the area…. (story)
Scotsman 12.8.04 It may not be a Glorious 12th, but it's a business to be proud of - IF YOU were to believe everything you have read about the prospects for the Glorious 12th this year, you would be forgiven for thinking that those of us involved in the industry are running round, frantically echoing Private Fraser’s woeful declaration: "We’re doomed. We’re all doomed…. Grouse-shooting provides jobs, income, conservation and land management into areas in which they would not necessarily exist without the grouse. It brings in an estimated £17 million a year and supports around 1,000 jobs - a sizeable turnover in any sector…. Commercial shoots are being cancelled - some because of the drop in numbers of grouse, but many because stocks are being preserved for future years. That, I would suggest, is a sound business strategy - planning for the future rather than going for the quick buck in the short term…. Andrew Bruce Wooton is a regional director of the Scottish Estates Business Group (Perthshire and Tayside). (story)
Scotsman 12.8.04 Nowt to grouse about - EVEN IF YOU don’t shoot, most gameeating gastronomes will know what the Glorious 12th signifies. Declared under The Game Act of 1831, the 12th day in August (unless it happens to fall on a Sunday, when shooting is definitely not permitted) heralds the official start of the grouse season, which its proponents eagerly anticipate… In 2002, the Game Conservancy Trust estimated the grouse shooting industry contributed some £17m to the Scottish economy and provided in excess of 900 full-time jobs…. Roast young grouse with maple-cure bacon, redcurrant jus and confit vegetables - Serves 4… (story)
Newcastle Chronicle 11.8.04 Is the 12th really all that glorious? - The Glorious 12th sees the start of the grouse season. Is it barbaric or does shooting bring much-needed money into the North East rural economy? Jane Picken reports. Yes - Councillor Richard Dodd, from Belsay, part-time farmer and full-time North East spokesman for the Countryside Alliance…. No - Jez Ashdown, North East spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Huddersfield Examiner 11.8.04 Birds that have grounds for a definite grouse! - Exposed to unseasonable downpours, hailstones and sometimes plunging temperatures over the summer, quickly- growing chicks now face the start of the shooting season tomorrow… (story)
Newcastle Journal 10.8.04 Not so Glorious 12th for estates - The Glorious 12th, when the traditional grouse shooting season gets under way, looks as though it will be distinctly un-glorious in the North this year. Shooting has been cancelled in a large area of Northumberland after bad weather during the summer hatching season saw the number of young birds plummet…. (story)
Western Daily Press 10.8.04 GROUSE SHOOT LOOKING GOOD - Grouse shooting fans are expecting a good season when it starts on Thursday despite a roller-coaster of summer weather conditions affecting the young birds….. (story)
Western Mail 10.8.04 Twelfth promises to be glorious despite weather - GROUSE shooting fans are expecting a good season despite a roller-coaster of summer weather affecting young birds. The Moorland Association made its forecast ahead of the season's start on Thursday…. (story)
Scotsman 5.8.04 Little glorious for shooting season - KAY SMITH - THE guns will be muted on the Glorious 12th of August - the start of the grouse shooting season - as the game bird’s breeding rates have plummeted in the past year, according to figures released by the Game Conservancy Trust in Scotland this week…. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 1.8.04 Grouse season not so Glorious as ticks attack - PETER MARTELL - GROUSE shooters are busy cleaning their guns for the start of the season on the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ of August, but experts have predicted a washout season after a drastic decline in the bird population. New research has revealed there has been a massive rise in the number of ticks that feed on the birds’ blood… However, Simon Clerk, spokesman for the BASC, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the national body for country shooting, denied there was a crisis. He said: "Grouse numbers are cyclical - it was a good year last year, and if you get one good year in five, that is enough." (story)

Ross-shire Journal 13.8.04 Lead shot ban would be extreme - Further to your heading on August 6 regarding 'Lead shot ban could mean end of Ross shooting club' and comments made by a local councillor with attention to lead shot from shotguns… What little research has been done involved the examination of dead, shot wildfowl and less than one per cent of these carried any lethal levels of lead… The local economy benefits from the clay pigeon club and the game shooting season through the income from shooters at the various estates, shops, hotels, garages, taxis, clothes shops, tourism - and the list goes on…. to those who clay shoot and those who wildfowl, this lead ban would be another infringement and unnecessary move. To consider a ban without adequate and extensive stringent research and monitoring is extreme…. C Godley Evanton (letter)
Ross-shire Journal 6.8.04 Lead shot ban could mean end of Ross shooting club - ATOP Ross-shire sporting facility which has been responsible for the successful development of a number of Scottish internationalists in its 30-year history is in danger of going to the wall next month. For Government legislation which will see a ban on using lead shot over wetlands threatens to bring about the demise of the Highland Deephaven Clay Pigeon Club at Evanton…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 13.8.04 Fishings tackles teen boredom By CHRIS KIRK - Bored teenagers are off the streets and out of trouble since taking up a new pastime… Andrew Fox (16) and Thomas Webb (14) both of The Meadows, Farndon, asked the village's police support officer, Mr Andrew Harrison, to help them set up a fishing club because they had nothing to do. About 15 youngsters have shown an interest, and Mr Harrison said there had already been a drop in incidents of anti-social behaviour… (story probably only on website for a week)

North Shropshire Chronicle 13.8.04 £3.5m angling centre hooks planning vote BY ANDY ROBBINS - A NEW £3.5 million tourist attraction and national angling centre is on the brink of becoming a reality after planners voted to back the scheme. It is hoped the multi-million pound development at Dearnford Hall, on Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, will attract thousands of visitors and create a number of jobs… (story)

Ross-shire Journal 13.8.04 Fishermen face extinction - Whilst fishermen worldwide are held in high esteem, UK fishermen are hated in a way beyond belief by most of all our government, Marine Conservation Society and animal rights… D Patience Fairmede Avoch (letter)

Kent & Sussex Courier 13.8.04 FOX SNEAKS IN TO 'SECURE' ENCLOSURE - A Fox who sneaked into the rabbit and guinea pig enclosure at Hop Farm Country Park, in Beltring, has been rescued and rehomed in Pembury…. Trevor Williams, director of the Fox Project and rescuer said: "When we got there it was clear this was going to be difficult…." (story)

Western Mail 13.8.04 Killer mink back on prowl for koi carp - Robin Turner, The Western Mail - A FAMILY of mink thought to be behind the "serial killing" of expensive koi carp has struck again. Last summer, householders in Killay and other parts of West Swansea were counting the cost of mink hunting skills. Several garden ponds which had previously held ornamental fish were left stained blood red and empty…. Although considered pests by some, the League Against Cruel Sports is opposed to the hunting of the animals with hounds. Two packs of mink hounds operate in Devon and Cornwall. (story)

Malvern Gazette 13.8.04 Peaceful group - OUR attention was drawn to your article re the Sequani protests and new laws being brought in by the government (Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, July 30). We were disturbed to read a statement from somebody supposedly from this group using fairly strong words about protests at home addresses. We would like to make it clear that nobody from West Midlands Animal Action (WMAA) made these comments and we do not agree with them…. Name and Address Supplied (letter in archive)
Malvern Gazette 6.8.04 Active protests are evidence of humanity - In your comment column and your report on local protests against animal testing on animals (Malv-ern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, July 30), there is no mention of the situation of the animals themselves… The people who protest against the practice of experimenting on animals are appealing to the humanity in human beings… A lot of the freedoms we have now from the barbarisms of the past were won by people who protested actively and were willing to put their own lives on the line. That some people now are willing to do this for animals is a sign of the advancement of our humanity. M Munro, Hampden Road, Malvern Link (letter in archive)
Malvern Gazette 30.7.04 Sequani protesters may face a legal crackdown (story in archive)
Ledbury Reporter 30.7.04 Sequani protest under pressure - Animal rights activists could find it harder to target Ledbury businesses with extreme tactics, under a Government crackdown to be announced today… People Against Cruelty to Animals (PACA) is currently running an internet campaign against the Sequani laboratories listing the web addresses of five employees under the heading "Contact the Animal Torturers"…. Others support more extreme measures, including Tony Peters, of West Midlands Animal Action, who has himself protested outside Sequani… (story in archive)

Western Mail 13.8.04 Veggies don't bite - So Abbie Wightwick says that she doesn't have anything against people who eat meat (August 3)? Is that why she refers to veggies as "superior" and "picky eaters"?... We're nice, we're friendly, and we don't bite (unless you're a carrot, of course). EMMA SHEPHERD, Moorland Road, Splott, Cardiff (letter)

12.8.04

Yorkshire Post 12.8.04 From: Linda O'Carroll, Burn Bridge, Nr Harrogate. THE result of Prof Harris's excellent research, that the fox population remains consistent, hunted or not, is straightforward enough – probably because wildlife ecology usually shakes down to the same proportions, over good and bad years… the Countryside Association tells us that fox-hunting doesn't so much clear a patch by culling, as by scaring foxes off… Are we to suppose that, if every farmer hunted, then all our towns would have foxes piled three deep down the high street?... Reynard, for all his reputation, is a straightforward guy, but his predator is not. (letter)

Sentinel 12.8.04 HUNTING LETTER WAS INACCURATE - The letter published in your paper "Hunters Don't Love Hounds" (August 7) is littered with inaccuracies. The report published by the Associate Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare (APGAW) looked at several scenarios for the re-homing of hunting dogs. The veterinary expert stated clearly at the launch of the report that the best thing for the welfare of the hounds was to remain in their current environment in a routine to which they are accustomed… DARREN HUGHES Countryside Alliance (letter)
The Sentinel 7.8.04 HUNTERS DON'T LOVE HOUNDS - Re a new law expected to pass through Parliament this September which will allow all hunting parties to dispose of their hounds before hopefully a total ban on fox hunting is imposed by the close of the year. Animal experts and the all party Parliamentary group for animal welfare have drawn up a rescue plan to save the lives of over 25,000 hounds by retraining them for drag hunting… it goes to prove that the majority of the members of these hunting parties cannot be bothered about animals whatsoever … I suggest that if they brush them aside like some unwanted plaything, then a law should be put through to see that they are penalised for their actions. Long live the fox - and hound. PETER T RIDGWAY Bradwell (letter)

Shropshire Star 12.8.04 Fox was not to blame - Just like Carole Tomley I too lost hens to a fox. However, I disagree that the fox killed for pleasure, as she came back several times to retrieve more of the dead birds… I was totally irresponsible to even consider keeping hens until the area was totally enclosed with fox-proof fencing. Mrs Watkins, Ludlow (letter)
Shropshire Star 11.8.04 Think fox when taking part in debate - Caroline Tomley invites readers to put pen to paper regarding the great debate. Well Caroline, I would like to take up your invitation and offer the following fact…. The fox is programmed by his creator to stop all movement, even though probably only one bird may actually be carried away, giving the false impression that Reynard is having a ball scattering blood and feathers everywhere… Colin Bevan, Shrewsbury (letter)
Shropshire Star 3.8.04 Foxes can also kill for pleasure - Night after night I've read the letters for and against foxhunting and up to now I've resisted the temptation to join the debate. However Christine Winward's letter has forced my hand. She wrote - and I quote "at least she (the vixen) kills to survive, not for pleasure". How wrong can you be? On Sunday, June 27, at 10.45am I found four of my young healthy hens with their heads bitten off… Carole Tomley, Shrewsbury (letter)

Yorkshire Post 12.8.04 WOMAN GUNNING FOR A PLACE IN MALE-DOMINATED SHOOTING FEMALES FLOCK TO SPECIAL EVENTS IN COUNTY - Alexandra Wood - Record numbers of women are taking part in traditionally male-dominated shooting, helping to make it the second most popular sport in the country, claim field sports enthusiasts. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has been running women-only taster sessions in the North of England and has organised a female-only pheasant shoot near Skipton in October…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 12.8.04 Shooting 'can save moorland' - Dean Kirby - RURAL campaigners say grouse shooting could become a "driving force" behind efforts to protect Britain's declining heather moorlands. The Countryside Alliance says managing the land for shooting could be the perfect way to put more heather on the moors and it would have a minimal cost to tax-payers. Today, on the "Glorious 12th", the day that marks the start of the grouse shooting season, a new report commissioned by the organisation says agricultural reform needs to find a better balance between grazing and other uses for the moors… However, the League Against Cruel Sports says the report is merely an effort to promote more shooting in the countryside…. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SHOOT SABOTEUR HOTLINE
Yorkshire Post 12.8.04 HOTLINE AIMS AT SABOTAGE - Maggie Stratton - THE Countryside Alliance has launched a national shoot sabotage hotline to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season today – The Glorious Twelfth…. (story)
Western Mail 10.8.04 Shooters set up hotline - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - INCREASING acts of sabotage by animal rights protesters against the shooting community has prompted the Countryside Alliance to launch a hotline and advice card for the start of the 2004 shooting season… The Alliance's campaign for shooting director Nigel Davenport regretted that the hotline had become a necessity. "We have recently found that extremists involved in hunt sabotage are already recruiting shooting saboteurs via their website for the coming season," said Mr Davenport… (story)
BBC News Online 6.8.04 Hotline set for shoot saboteurs - The Countryside Alliance has launched a 24-hour shooting sabotage hotline for the start of the 2004 shooting season…. Eastern Regional Director Liz Mort said anyone threatened by hunt saboteurs should call police and contact the Alliance so the event can be recorded… "We have a good deal of experience monitoring hunt sabotage movements throughout the country and we frequently find that the those who target hunts and those who target shoots are one and the same," Ms Mort added… (story)

Hereford Times 12.8.04 Talk to those who know - I AM surprised not to have read any comment in your columns on the threat to shooting sports presented by the latest Home Office intervention on the subject…. This paper is deeply flawed for the following reasons. l Failure to comply with the Government's own standards on `Rural Proofing…. l Failure to address gun crime, not legal gun ownership, as a priority…. I would suggest that, if the Home Office really considers the existing state of affairs in regard to shotgun and rifle ownership is unsatisfactory, they should carry out a proper consultation process, only involving people who know what they are talking about. DAVID KEOWN-BOYD, Birtley, Bucknell, Shropshire. (letter in archive)

Times 12.8.04 Lead pollution in shooting season - The opening of the grouse shooting season is an appropriate time to let it be known that during each year there are at least 8,000 tonnes of contaminating toxic lead shot scattered over the land and watercourses…. This contamination is not the unavoidable by-product of essential industry, but results mainly from a leisure pursuit. Yours sincerely,ERIC SILVESTER (Life Fellow, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health), 57 Park Avenue, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 0HB. (letter)

Cambridge Times 12.8.04 Youngsters are hooked on fishing and not on crime - A NEW initiative by the police is aiming to get youngsters hooked on fishing. Youngsters, aged from 10 to 16, were treated to a free angling lesson from March angler Bob Lemmon, at Decoy Lakes in Whittlesey on Tuesday and Wednesday… (story)

Ormskirk Advertiser 12.8.04 Kids can learn the art of angling - On The Bank With Joe Farrell, Advertiser Sport …This week I was invited to attend a meeting of the committee of Burscough and District Angling Club, to hear thst a fantastic fun day is being organised for Wednesday September 1, specifically with the aim of introducing newcomers to the sport who have never had the opportunity before. Platts Lane lake will be the venue for this fun day, and the main objectives of the club on the day, will be to promote and help others, especially youngsters, appreciate and enjoy the benefits that can be gained from angling… (story)

Stratford Herald 12.8.04 Shock at cruel badger baiting AN animal-lover is urging people to contact police if they have any information about badgers being persecuted near Brailes. Derek O'Toole, a keen walker and naturalist who teaches dousing at the Rollright Stones, said he was shocked to find what looked like evidence of badger baiting along a footpath near the village…. (story in archive)

Cambridge Evening News 12.8.04 From Mrs Anne Arnold, Ramsden Square, Cambridge - I'M a 33-year-old woman, married, with one child, and an animal rights supporter. I have never carried out an act of terrorism, so how can Mr Blunkett say I'm a terrorist?... (letter)

Shropshire Star 12.8.04 Failing to show real cruelty of animal tests - No doubt you have all seen the images of Animal Rights activists recently protesting about vivisection…. They're too scared to show you the real reason why these activists are so vigilant. Why not show Beagle puppies being gassed and force fed toxic chemicals or having their limbs snapped while fully conscious as workers stand around laughing?... E Waddington, Shrewsbury (letter)

Hillingdon Times 12.8.04 Guinea pig could have changed history - I READ Tom Bromley's recent letter "What the alternative to animal testing?" Using human tissue is more reliable, because animals react differently to humans…. Name & address withheld (letter)
Hillingdon Times 12.8.04 There is no need to test on animals - WHAT a head in the sand ostrich Thomas Bromley is (Animal Testing & Medical Research Letters, July 22). Anyone who has researched the shameful subject of vivisection knows that there are plenty of alternatives to inflicting horrendously agonising pain on laboratory animals in the belief that the data obtained relates reliably to humans it does not…. D Layton (Mrs), Eastcote (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 12.8.04 Society's fault, too From Reg Blaydon, Home Close, Histon LIKE other readers I am horrified and sickened by the brutality to the pet deer ("Teens in pregnant deer kill horror", News, July 29). No-one can excuse what these two teenagers did, but I think we have to look at the wider picture. They are brought up in a culture that slaughters 900 million animals every year… (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 12.8.04 I'VE NO LOVE FOR BIG MAC - It was gratifying to read a number of articles in the Evening Post recently which have extolled the virtues of vegetarian and vegan diets… Car-loving fast food junkies are among the sickest people of our sick society…. Rhodri Griffiths, Gowerton Road, Three Crosses, Swansea (letter)

Cornishman 12.8.04 PRESERVE OUR WILDLIFE - DON'T MAKE IT DINNER - Justin Kerswell, 8, York Court, Wilder St, Bristol WE WERE very disappointed to hear that a pub in Penwith is selling dishes made from wild animals like kangaroo, ostrich and buffalo. Viva! has long campaigned against the sale of these so called "exotic meats"…. (letter)

LYNTON GOAT CULL
North Devon Journal 12.8.04 GOATS CULL POSES SOME VERY WORRYING QUESTIONS FOR US - I write regarding the article and letter in last week's Journal, regarding the Valley of Rocks goats. Gandhi said: "A country will be judged by the way it treats its animals." Well here in Lynton, the quote should start with, "A town. . ." What has upset many people in the town with whom I've spoken this week, is the clandestine way the council have gone about the killing of the goats, people are upset, and even feel anger towards the council but feel unable to speak out… WENDY COWAN, Hollerday Drive, Lynton (letter)
North Devon Journal 5.8.04 ANGER OVER 'SECRET'CULL OF LYNTON'S GOATS - A cull of the wild goats in Lynton has been condemned by a wildlife conservation group…. members of the Friends of the Goats said the cull was unnecessary and criticised the council for secrecy over timing and details of the cull. Spokesman Jan Hunt said: "We were not told anything about the cull. We only found out when people started calling us. If we are working together we should have had warning."… (story)
North Devon Journal 5.8.04 FOR VALLEY OF ROCKS READ VALLEY OF SHAME - Lynton, once a picturesque resort and desirable holiday location, is now a community of shame with a Valley of Death… People with a conscience dislike the killing of seals in Canada, the killing of whales by Japanese fishing, the killing of porpoises by the French and Spanish trawlers, so well done Lynton, by killing the goats you've also joined the detestables of this world. D. EVANS, Week St Mary, Cornwall. (letter)
North Devon Journal 29.7.04 GUNSHOTS DRIVING ME FROM LYNTON - Just back from one of my regular visits to Lynton, and once again I feel I have to write to you about the feral goats who live nearby, though this time may be the last as it seems the council is in the process of shooting them…. So now, if I get up early to walk in the valley, I'm more likely to hear gunshot than bird song, to see a pile of bloody, motionless corpses piled on to a trailer rather than kids playing among the rocks. Yes, definitely time to move on to pastures new. . . MARGARET JENKINS, Ashley Lane, Winsley. (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.7.04 GOATS GUNNED DOWN IN CALLOUS CIVIC CULL - A Herd of goats said to have grazed one of the West's most picturesque spots for centuries has been subjected to a council cull, the Western Daily Press can reveal today. Contracted marksmen have been shooting the wild goats in the Valley of the Rocks, a beautiful tourist spot at Lynton in North Devon, since early last week…. Yesterday Jan Hunt, a member of the Friends of Lynton Goats group, said simple fencing by home owners and the council would solve any problems… (story)

11.8.04

Cambridge Evening News 11.8.04 Fear of exposure - From Pat Griffin, Bakers Lane, Linton - HOW does Thomas Bromley dare to talk about violence and intimidation to the animal research community in the same breath as the violence, intimidation and slaughter of millions of unconsenting non-human animals, not only in laboratories but in the meat and dairy industry?... Rather than protect human beings, animal experiments protect the researchers from litigation should their drugs kill or injure people. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 3.8.04 Protect scientists From Thomas Bromley, SIMR Executive Secretary, SIMR, PO Box 504, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 5WS - IN response to Pat Griffin of XCape (Letters, July 15) there needs to be an element of protection for the medical research community because of some of the extreme violence and intimidation used by some animal activists. Earlier this year a new group called Victims of Animal Rights Extremism (VARE) was formed to provide a voice for those who have been subjected to illegal or potentially illegal forms of protest…. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 19.7.04 X-Cape inaccurate From Professor Tony Minson Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge - ONCE again, I feel the need to write in response to inaccuracies in a letter from X-Cape ("Test secrecy is appalling", July 14). In her letter Ms Griffin states the safety of scientists who work with animals is a red herring. This is simply not true. In recent years members of Cambridge University have been victimised at work and in their own homes by animal rights activists…. Ms Griffin also refers to an undercover investigation into research taking place at the University of Cambridge…. The Home Office report reviewed the allegations raised and found no evidence to support BUAV's claims…. We all look forward to the day when animals are no longer used in research, but until that time, we have a responsibility to use the best methods available to us in researching the devastating diseases and disorders that afflict mankind. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 14.7.04 Tests secrecy is appalling - From Pat Griffin, X-CAPE (Cambridge Against Primate Experiments) Bakers Lane, Linton - WE are appalled that the Government intends to maintain the secrecy surrounding animal experiments (News, July 3)…. Why is it that every undercover operation by anti-vivisectionists has revealed collusion, misconduct and illegal behaviour on the part of researchers and Home Office inspectors, not to mention unbelievable animal suffering? No wonder they want to keep it under wraps (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 11.8.04 Blair is wrong on animal testing - What superb comments from Sue Cox (Letters, July 21) exposing the appalling atrocities carried out on healthy and defenceless animals which the Government not only licences, but also provides hefty funding out of taxpayers' money… C. KENT High Road Chilwell (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 28.7.04 'NO NEED' FOR VIVISECTION - Thank you very much for publishing the excellent letters from Sue Cox in the Evening Post, regarding animals used in vivisection experiments (Letters, July 21). As a 'born again' Christian, I'm sure that people who vivisect become more and more adversely affected, mentally, spiritually and emotionally by what they do, and need to seek God's forgiveness and healing…. CHRISTINE SCOTT Kingfishers Court West Bridgford (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 21.7.04 NO PLACE FOR ANIMAL TESTS IN A CIVILISED SOCIETY - I understand the Government is to expand legislation to increase protection for animals…. the blatant and bloody (literally) hypocrisy of the Government regarding animal rights issues would be laughable if it were not so tragic…. I will not dwell on the multitude of atrocities committed in the interests of science, medicine, the cosmetics industry, defence (yes, they use guns and explosives on live animals as well as syringes and scalpels) and plain curiosity (behavioural studies)…. Yet surgical procedures and autopsies are performed on live, fully-conscious animals drugged with curare to paralyse the muscles to prevent movement (sensory nerves are not affected so they can still feel everything) because it is cheaper than general anaesthesia, and Tony Blair permits licences to be issued to allow this…. SUE COX Lansdown Close Chilwell (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 11.8.04 FEEDBACK: ANIMAL TESTING - May I say, Mr Patrick Kenehan's letter ("Medical experiments", Post , August 5) just pipped me to the post. I totally agree with what he has written… Let's take animals out of the laboratories and replace them with paedophiles, murderers and serial rapists… Ann Browne, Oldland Common (letter)

Western Morning News 11.8.04 Exotic pet trade - CONGRATULATIONS on making the public aware of this growing menace of unscrupulous businessmen selling exotic animals to the public, who generally have little knowledge on how to look after them…. Roger Lee, Witney, Oxfordshire (letter)

Worcester Evening News 11.8.04 Are you pregnant? - PREGNANT vegetarians in Worcestershire can now pick up a free booklet full of tips on how to stay healthy during pregnancy. "Our booklet Vegetarian Pregnancy, Vegetarian Babies is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to ensure optimum nutrition prior to conception and throughout pregnancy," said a spokesman for the Vegetarian Society, which produced the pamphlet… (story in archive)

10.8.04

IFAW FOX POPULATION SURVEY
Western Mail 10.8.04 Divided view of new hunt figures - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - NEW research suggesting the British fox population has remained stable for the past 25 years has prompted different interpretations from either side of the hunting divide… Countryside Alliance spokesman Darren Hughes said this long-term stability showed that the current system of managing foxes through hunting, shooting and other legal methods, works perfectly and produces a stable and sustainable population acceptable to farming interests… Professor Harris, who is chairman of The Mammal Society and receives substantial funding for his department from the anti-hunt lobby, said the study found that fox numbers were more heavily influenced by habitat features than by the number of foxes killed by people…. Following the Scottish ban, the number of households who subscribed to Scottish Hunts fell by 33%, full-time hunt employees dropped by 69% and part-time employees by 54%.... An appeal against the ban by the Scottish Countryside Alliance was dismissed by three judges on the grounds that human rights had not been breached because it was not a total ban. "We are still deliberating to see if we can take it further," said Scottish Countryside Alliance director of hunting Alan Murray…. (story)
Westmorland Gazette 6.8.04 Fox hunting debate reignited By Ruth Lythe - A NEW study undertaken to prove that "fox population management is working perfectly" has reignited the hunting debate in Cumbria… The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance has taken the findings to prove that the present system of "using hunts, shoots and other legal methods to manage foxes is working perfectly."… But Lake District co-ordinator for The League Against Cruel Sports, Elaine Milburn, spoke out against the Alliance's view that fox hunting was a means of conservation, calling the activity "cruel and unnecessary."… Joint Hunt Master of Coniston Fox Hounds, Ernie Shepherd, said: "We do everything we can to avoid being cruel. If fox hunting was banned, then foxes would be wiped out by trappers and poachers." Steve Woodhall, Northern region representative of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said… " If fox hunting was stopped and other methods of animal control were stopped, it could have a detrimental affect on the countryside as a whole." (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 4.8.04 Fox population `stable for last 25 years' - THE fox population in Britain is around 250,000 and has been stable for the past 25 years. That's the finding of research by Professor Stephen Harris, of Bristol University, which was funded, says the Countryside Alliance, by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Commenting on the research, alliance spokesman Darren Hughes said: "The long-term stability of the British fox population suggests that the current system of managing foxes, using hunting, shooting and other legal methods, is working perfectly and producing a stable and sustainable population acceptable to farming interests…." (story in archive)
Yorkshire Post 30.7.04 HUNTING 'DOES NOT CONTROL FOXES' - Chris Benfield - A ban on hunting with hounds would make no difference to fox numbers, according to a zoologist who has been counting the animals for more than 30 years. Stephen Harris, Professor of Environmental Sciences at Bristol University, says it is now clear that no method of fox control is more than "a drop in the ocean" in comparison to the ruthlessness of nature…. The National Farmers Union said: "The view of farmers is that there should be no further reduction in the range of legal methods available to them to control agricultural pests." (story)
Bristol Evening Post 30.7.04 'HUNTING BAN WOULD NOT AFFECT FOX NUMBERS' - A Bristol University professor claims Britain would not be overrun with foxes if a hunting ban was introduced… (story)
Western Daily Press 29.7.04 HUNT BAN WON'T BOOST FOXES - Britain will not be overrun with foxes if a hunting ban is introduced, a Bristol University professor claimed yesterday. The pro-hunting lobby has long argued the sport is needed to keep the fox population in check. But new research by Professor Stephen Harris showed animal numbers have stayed steady over the past two decades… Tim Bonner, head of the Countryside Alliance in the UK, was unsurprised. "All this research does is prove that the present controls for managing wildlife are effective at maintain- ing sustainable populations," he said…. (story)
Guardian 28.7.04 Fox myth 'exploded by study' - Paul Brown - Urban foxes in Britain now number 33,000 and their country cousins 225,000, according to the most accurate estimate ever, says the University of Bristol…. Professor Stephen Harris, publishing his findings in the Journal of Applied Ecology, says the results are remarkably similar to those in 1981, 1995 and 2000. The study, funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), provides base-line data on fox numbers to check on the consequences of a hunting ban…. An IFAW campaigner, Josey Sharrad, said: "This research demolishes arguments by the hunting lobby that foxes need to be killed to prevent a population explosion." (story)
BBC News Online 28.7.04 'No change' in fox populations - There has been little change in fox numbers in Britain in the past 25 years, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology. A team of scientists and volunteers counted fox faeces from over 400 1km-squared sample sites across the UK to make their calculations… The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) funded the study…. Ifaw campaigner Josey Sharrad, said: "This research demolishes arguments by the hunting lobby that foxes need to be killed to prevent a population explosision. It will also allow us to monitor the impact of a ban on this cruel sport." But this argument drew derision from Tim Bonner, the head of the Countryside Alliance group in the UK. "These figures come as no surprise," said Mr Bonner. "All that this research does is prove that the present controls for managing wildlife are effective at maintaining sustainable populations…" (story)

Western Daily Press 10.8.04 WRITE LINES TO AIR THE ISSUES - Rarely do I agree with Roy Franklin's remarks. Indeed, I usually find his thinking muddled and his attitude often obnoxious. I do, however, agree with him when he says that letters can help bring awareness… A prime example of that being one of Mr Franklin's hates - fox hunting. Since becoming a political hot potato, many more pro-hunters have, through letters, aired their views, and that, I feel, has played a part in the ever-increasing numbers of the public who do not now want it banned, as shown in recent neutral opinion polls…. Let me end, though, by thanking Mr Franklin for raising the letter issue, and I hope many more hunters and anglers will write in defence of their interests. Ray Bird Acton Turville Gloucestershire (letter)

Telegraph 10.8.04 Field sport 'helps birds' - Grouse shooting is helping to conserve a number of bird species that are declining, according to a report to be published this week… the analysis by the Game Conservancy Trust shows that their breeding ranges have dropped drastically in areas where management for grouse shooting no longer takes place….. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 10.8.04 Decline in hen harriers - The Scottish Gamekeepers Association members read your article (Press and Journal, August 2) about alleged persecution of hen harriers and immediately thought "here we go again, the public being fed only part of the harrier story in a bid by SNH/RSPB to raise their profile by blaming gamekeepers". As there are no harriers nesting (or nesting has failed) on many of these "conservation" bodies' top reserves, how can they continue to single out gamekeepers for the blame?... Bert Burnett, committee member, Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Braemar. (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.8.04 CAT KILLED IN ILLEGAL ANIMAL TRAP - A Cat was among the victims of people setting illegal traps in West woodland, it emerged yesterday. The find has angered animal lovers using Penn Woods, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, which is run by conservation charity the Woodland Trust. Badger expert Tony Dean said the type of traps meant any animal could be caught… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.8.04 HORROR FINDS TELL OF ILLEGAL SNARES - A gruesome discovery of traps containing the corpses of a fox and a pet cat in Stroud has revealed the illegal practice of setting snares. Animal-lovers have been angered by incidents where traps were set and not checked in Penn Woods, near Selsley Common. Badger expert Tony Dean, who hopes to inspect the snares to establish what type of trap they are, said a number of snares had been found in the last few months…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 10.8.04 PROTESTERS ADD TO FUNERAL WOE - LUCY PEACOCK - A Grieving relative was targeted by animal rights campaigners after her father died. The woman, from Ruddington, who asked not to be named, lost her father earlier this year and put a notice in the newspaper asking for donations to be sent to the British Heart Foundation. But among the letters sent to her, she found one stuffed with photocopied leaflets of anti-vivisection literature and pictures of suffering animals. The woman said it caused added stress when it arrived on the day of the funeral…. Staff at Baguley Brothers have just intercepted a second such letter to another client. They check all mail before it is forwarded on. Community manager Bill Stevenson said he had recognised the handwriting and believes that only one person is responsible…. British Anti-Vivisection Association director Patrick Rattigan said he did not believe the letters had come from an authorised campaign group…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 10.8.04 THIS TACTIC IS SO REPELLENT - A Common problem to all controversial but legitimate causes is the bizarre behaviour of a few nutters… It seems that somebody is reading obituary notices in newspapers and targeting bereaved families who have suggested memorial donations to causes like the British Heart Foundation or Cancer Research UK. The British Anti-Vivisection Association, mindful of the own goals that are scored by more extreme supporters, today dissociates itself from the tactic. Quite rightly. Although not a violent tactic, it is no less repellent. (story)

Oxford Mail 10.8.04 Animals react differently - I am writing about medical research on animals. My border collie Megan had a stroke which left her conscious but partially paralysed on her left side. As a doctor, I was interested to compare her reactions to the ones people usually show… She did not seem anxious or afraid and her heart rate did not go up…. Now she has almost recovered. All this makes me think that producing a brain lesion in a painless way in an animal to simulate, for example, Parkinson's disease for research purposes, does not cause the anguish that the equivalent would in a person…. Those who protest against using animals for research should not assume that they have the same emotional reactions to injury and disease that we do… Avril Stedeford, (Retired psychiatrist), Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford (letter in archive)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.8.04 IT'S OUTRAGEOUS THAT HALAL SLAUGHTER IS PERMITTED - I agree with J S Stuart, Points of view, August 2, who says it is an outrage that, in this supposedly advanced and civilised country, the practice of halal slaughter should be permitted…. As the UK does not have a cultural tradition of cutting the throats of animals, without prior stunning, Mr Stuart is right to contend that this orm of slaughter should not be permitted. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.8.04 ALL THE CREATURES HAVE A PURPOSE ON THIS EARTH - In response to the letter aobut halal slaughter practice, by J S Stuart, Points of view, August 2, animals do have spiritual value…. To kill an animal for pleasure is, to me, evil…. Tony Parsons, Haymans Close, Cullompton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 9.8.04 FAILURE TO ENACT BILL MAY HAVE EU REPERCUSSIONS - Mr J S Stuart, Points of view, August 2, has good cause to express concern at the lack of progress in enacting the Hunting Bill to ban the sport. This issue has now become so important that it calls into question the suitability of the UK as a member of the European Union… The aristocrats and bishops in the House of Lords are never referred to as MPs, but they form part of the legislature and, I would have thought, should be subjected to the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights…. Unless this matter is now quickly resolved I will have to write to the EU Directorate-General, requesting that the UK be expelled from the EU. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 2.8.04 HALAL SLAUGHTER PRACTICE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED - Amid the publicity given to proposed new legislation on cruelty to animals, much fun has been made of the maltreatment of goldfish, slugs and snails etc. No progress has been made, however, towards stopping the practice of chasing a small animal with a pack of dogs for half an hour or so and then tearing it to pieces in the pursuit of fun. Completely overlooked, too, has been the sickening practice of slaughtering animals for food by cutting their throats without prior stunning… J S Stuart, Regent Street, Exeter (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.8.04 MANILA FAILS TO MAKE IMPACT ON SICKENING DOG MEAT TRADE - The Filipino embassy yesterday admitted it is powerless to stop the horrific, million-dollar dog meat trade in its country. But despite claims by animal activist groups that the torture is widespread, an official claimed it only took place in isolated areas of the Philippines…. (story)

Western Daily Press 10.8.04 IT'S UP TO BRAVE FOLK TO HIGHLIGHT CRUELTY - After the Western Daily Press article regarding stray animals in Greece, I wrote to the embassy expressing my concern…. The animals who are often treated badly can only look to us. When I read letters from R Franklin and M Haines, I often wish I could be as brave as they are… Pamela Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

9.8.04

Grimsby Telegraph 9.8.04 FOLLOWING FAMOUS BROCKLESBY HUNT - For centuries, hunting has been a country sport much enjoyed by its followers in Lincolnshire. Here STUART RUSSELL takes a look at some of the stories of the famous Brocklesby Hunt in years gone by…. (story)

Daily Post 9.8.04 Record entries for island show By David Greenwood, Daily Post - THE Anglesey Show, which opens tomorrow, is already set to be a record breaker with more entries than ever… The Sports and Country Pursuits section includes a dog show, displays by the Anglesey Hounds, as well as fly fishing and falconry demonstrations…. (story)

Irish Examiner 9.8.04 Festival of rural life By Ray Ryan, Agribusiness Correspondent - A CELEBRATION of the rural way of life and field sports was how organisers described a weekend countryside festival at Clonmel Racecourse in Co Tipperary. The festival was organised by the 10,000-strong Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) with the National Association of Regional Game Councils, the Irish Federation of Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers and the Irish Deer Society. Exhibits covered a range of activities including angling, shooting and hunting as well as falconry, rural crafts and local produce through Slow Food Ireland with Cahir Farmers Market… (story)

Yorkshire Post 9.8.04 Home strife From: Mrs Jean Evans, Norton, Malton - HAVING just read the RSPCA figures for cruelty to animals, I am amazed that legislation for persecution dates back to 1911. Where were all the animal rights activists while this abuse of animals was happening countrywide?... A Government which vilifies hunting (which kills very few foxes) could be better occupied in updating the inadequate laws which make the punishment of the owners of domestic animals so difficult to enforce… (letter)

Guardian 9.8.04 Fresh blood pumps through shootin' set - Estates are charging up to £2,000 a day for field sports and a new breed of shooter is taking part - John Vidal - The Earl of Devon charges £7,500-£10,000 a day for eight people to shoot at Powderham castle in Devon but demands that everyone is a paid-up member of the Countryside Alliance…. According to the Good Shoot Guide the Earl of Bradford, for a considerable fee, will serve champagne and homemade soup at Weston Park, Staffordshire, the venue for that other shooting match: the 2001 Northern Ireland peace talks… The guide, an independent publication written by Tony Jackson, a former editor of Shooting Times, lists more than 250 private shooting estates and shows for the first time how much some of them charge, what game they offer, what tips should be given, how many birds or beasts can be expected to be killed a day and what you can expect in the way of nosh… (story)

Weymouth Echo 9.8.04 Fishing 'pole tax' could strike trade by James Tourgout - FISHERMEN and tourism leaders fear a new `pole tax' on sea anglers could hit trade badly in Weymouth and Portland. They today raised reservations about the new Government plans to launch an annual £22 licence for anglers who fish in the sea and £500 and £1,000 levies for commercial fishermen…. Alan Davis, chief executive of the World Heritage Coast Hospitality Association, blasted the proposals as `another punitive tax' from the Government that would have a detrimental effect on tourism and be `a blow for the area'…. (story in archive)

Irish Examiner 9.8.04 Illegal cockfighting is going on here - DESPITE being illegal in Ireland, the blood sport of cockfighting still takes place in some parts of the country. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on members of the public to report any information about cockfighting activities to the gardaí…. Philip Kiernan, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, PO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)

New Statesman 9.8.04 Why animal research is bad science - Peter Tatchell - The government is wrong to support vivisection - and not only because of the suffering caused to non-human creatures. Most human diseases are unique to us, and testing on other species is downright misleading. By Peter Tatchell… (story)

Scotsman 9.8.04 Animal suffering - The vast majority of those who campaign against cruel experi-ments on animals do so peacefully, and the new laws to curb troublemakers will affect only a very small minority. Some people in the research community are trying to exaggerate the misdemeanours of a few so as to gain the sympathy of the public…. JEAN COOPER, Aytoun Grove, Dunfermline (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 9.8.04 TESTS ON HUMANS THE BEST - The controversy regarding research on animals is still continuing despite laws, quite rightly, being passed protecting those carrying it out. I feel, however, some sympathy for those people who are concerned over animal welfare, particularly of primates which are the most closely-related to ourselves… I think there is a case for using human volunteers in medical research… I must stress, however, any such research on humans should always be on an entirely voluntary basis and carried out with great care. Robin Downs, Berkeley Street, Scunthorpe (letter)

LOBSTER LIBERATION FRONT ATTACKS
Torquay Herald Express 9.8.04 LOBSTER THREAT WARNING TO SHELLFISH MEN BY LIZ PHILLIPS - South Devon shellfishermen could be under threat from a new kind of "urban terrorism", after the Lobster Liberation Front publicised an £8,000 attack on a Dorset man, which damaged his boathouse, pots and fishing vessel… The front has links to the Southern Animal Rights Coalition, and openly warns on its web site that other shellfishermen should beware because the attacks will continue. (story)
Western Mail 31.7.04 'Lobster liberators' warned to stay away from Wales - Gareth Morgan, The Western Mail - THE Welsh fishing industry last night delivered a warning to a new animals rights group, the Lobster Liberation Front, to keep out of its waters…. The activists struck in a Dorset fishing village this week, targeting the boat of local man Jonathan Lander…. Last night fishermen returning from a day's work in sun-drenched Cardigan Bay reacted with shock at the vitriol of the attacks. But they also warned, "Try anything like that around here, and there will be uproar."…. (story)
BBC News Online 30.7.04 Activists' 'war' to save lobsters - Lobster fishermen are on alert after animal rights activists threatened to wage a "war" against them. An anonymous email from the Lobster Liberation Front claims responsibility for a recent campaign of vandalism against a Dorset lobster fisherman. Jonathan Lander, 41, has twice had his boat wrecked and lobsters set free… Pc Jonathan Maunder, from Swanage police, said: "We are aware of the claims of the Lobster Liberation Front and further investigations are currently taking place..." (story)
Guardian 30.7.04 Lobster liberators show their claws - Sandra Laville - With its ancient church, village pond and Gilbert Scott phonebox on the green, Worth Matravers on the Dorset coast is picture postcard England. That was until yesterday, when locals discovered war had been declared upon them by the Lobster Liberation Front. In a message on the internet the "buccaneers" of the LLF warned those who fish: "The war against the lobster industry has begun…." For Jonathan Lander the LLF is not in the least amusing. Mr Lander, whose family have caught lobsters for five generations, was the front's first target…. (story)
Telegraph 30.7.04 Lobster Liberation Front declares war on fishermen By Richard Savill - Police are investigating a claim by an animal rights extremist group that it was responsible for releasing a fisherman's lobsters, seriously damaging his boathouse and splashing red paint around his home. The statement by an organisation calling itself the Lobster Liberation Front included a warning that "the war against the lobster industry has begun". The notice, which was posted anonymously on the Southern Animal Rights Coalition website, added: "We will attack anywhere, at any time, and pots will be smashed, boats sunk and sea life liberated."... (story)
Times 30.7.04 Fishermen face wrath of lobster militants BY SIMON DE BRUXELLES - MILITANTS have declared “war” against lobster fishermen who they claim are responsible for causing pain and suffering to wild animals that are boiled alive. An organisation calling itself the Lobster Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for £10,000 of damage to one fisherman’s equipment. Campaigners released 30 lobsters and three crabs into the sea… (story)
Western Daily Press 28.7.04 ACTIVISTS' WAR ON LOBSTER FISHERMEN - Fishermen across Dorset were on alert yesterday as the Lobster Liberation Front admitted responsibility for last month's attack on pots and a boat and threatened to escalate its campaign. After admitting the £8,000 attack on fisherman Jonathan Lander's equipment on its website the LLF went on to say: "This attack against Jonathan Lander was merely a skirmish. The war against the lobster industry has begun…." (story)

8.8.04

Sunday Mercury 8.8.04 We can't stand the birds next door Exclusive by Tom Wells, Sunday Mercury - At first glance, Kington Lane looks like a perfect vision of rural bliss… But residents claim their peaceful idyll has been ruined - by a controversial pheasant farm. They say the Heart of England farm blights their everyday lives and has knocked more than £100,000 off house prices, a claim owner Ole Gronning denies. Last month we revealed how the farm had been investigated by animal rights campaigners who alleged thousands of birds were being mass-produced in terrible conditions…. (story)

7.8.04

Exeter Express & Echo 7.8.04 TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT CONCERNING HUNTS - When hunting with hounds is finally abolished there will no doubt be those that go out with guns blasting at deer and foxes. This danger would carry more weight if it came from someone other than Mr W Lewis who's chosen alternative is to chase animals to the point of exhaustion and then tear them to shreds, Points of view, August 4…. G R Holwill, Stoke Hill Crescent, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.8.04 RABBITS INCREASING DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF FOXES - How ironic, Mr W Lewis, you now want to shoot rabbits to keep their numbers down… they had a natural predator - the fox! - Mrs Jennie Cook, Honiton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 6.8.04 TOO MANY RABBITS MAY MEAN TOO FEW FOXES - Although we have a free press, I wish to respectfully point out to Mr W Lewis, Points of view, August 4, that there are restrictions on his ability to compose and publish undiluted codswallop… It is inaccurate and misleading for Mr Lewis to claim that the Labour Government is issuing guns in readiness for a cull of pests, including deer and foxes… The Government says it does not intend to ban shooting but MPs and the electorate may have different views on this matter. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.8.04 REPERCUSSIONS OF A HUNT BAN NOT GOOD FOR WILDLIFE - The present Labour administration is so determined to ban a minority pursuit - hunting with dogs - that it is now issuing guns in readiness for a cull of pests, including deer and foxes, which will presumably take place annually. Last year Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, stated in the Echo that this was the intended way to control numbers… Perhaps people such as John Phelps, who has been writing anti-hunt letters to the Echo newspaper for many years, would like to witness this slaughter and report on all the terrified animals who make their escape, including those left badly injured…. W Lewis, Rackenford, Tiverton (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 7.8.04 LONG-HAUL FOR BIRDS HEADING TO ABU DHABI - A wildlife conservation centre in Lincolnshire is forging an unusual link with a country thousands of miles away thanks to two unusual birds. Louise Horne finds out how the Gyr Falcon has put the Woodside Falconry Centre near Lincoln in touch with a sheikh in Abu Dhabi.... (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 7.8.04 WHAT IS FALCONRY? - Hunting with birds of prey is thought to have originated with the nomads on the Asiatic plains thousands of years ago. Using falcons to hunt brought much needed meat to supplement desert diets. Falconry developed into a sport practised by aristocrats and common people alike, reaching its peak in medieval times…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 7.8.04 FLAWED LABS: In the first place, vivisection - experimentation on live animals - is flawed…. Secondly, animal experimentation is unnecessary. Many techniques exist today to develop and test products without using animals, including tissue and organ culture, computer modelling and human volunteer studies… ALISON MOORE East Barkwith (story)

The Sentinel 7.8.04 ANIMAL STUDIES ARE IRRELEVANT - "Animal data were regarded as irrelevant, calling into question why the studies were done in the first place and seriously undermining the principle that animal experiments are necessary to inform clinical medicine." This may sound like a quote by an animal rights organisation, but it is in fact an extract from the British Medical Journal, which clearly questions the usefulness of animal research… Let's face it, animal research has been going on for well over 200 years in the quest for a cure for cancer. That's of benefit to whom? PAT FOSTER Weston Coyney (letter)

South Wales Echo 7.8.04 A distinct lack of sympathy - I WRITE with regard to the appeal made by the RSPCA for donations to be made by the public for the purpose of building a new animal centre in Cardiff…. If this appeal is meant to be sincere, perhaps a member of the RSPCA could explain to me the kindness and heartfelt sympathy they showed to a four-month-old kitten which I found abandoned… a rather severe staff member… went on to demonstrate even more kindness and consideration for the kitten by suggesting that I either dump the animal back where I found it or I choose one poor victim residing in the shelter which should be put to sleep in order to provide room for this animal… C Bevan, Byrd Crescent, Penarth (letter)

BBC News Online 7.8.04 Protest over live animal exports - Demonstrators in Kent are protesting against the live animal export trade. Members of Compassion in World Farming and Kent Against Live Exports are staging the protest at Dover Eastern Docks roundabout on Saturday…. (story)

WESTERN DAILY PRESS PHILIPPINE CORRESPONDENCE
Western Daily Press 7.8.04 THIS WAS THE FACE OF SUFFERING - I would like to say thank you to Mr Franklin. His letter expressed the opinion of what I'm sure 90 per cent of your readers would have of Mr Edmund Goodman… Name and address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.8.04 NO BOUNDARIES IN A CULTURE WITH CRUELTY - Edmund Goodland's letter (WDP, July 24 ) incensed me. He implied that people should only speak out against cruelty in their own countries. His point that we should keep our Western morality to ourselves is rubbish. Is the sexual abuse of a child in the Philippines to be of less concern to people who care about child protection because they are British, living elsewhere?... I think Mr Goodland is a human supremist who thinks he is more important than an animal. Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 31.7.04 JUST AN EXCUSE TO DO NOTHING - May I make a few observations as to why we have so much avoidable cruelty, suffering, pollution and destruction in our world… Little changes today, and the following interests rely on such attitudes: blood sports vivisectinist/pharmaceutical/agrochemical, intensive farming, fur traders, tobacco, arms trade, loggers, polluters and whalers, to name just a few. The people in the Philippines do not need to eat dogs in order to get protein… David Thomas Westbury Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 31.7.04 IS THE PEN MIGHTIER? - Pamela Dean (WDP, July 23) makes a good point in wondering if letters sent to governments make any headway in stopping cruelty to animals… People are active in campaigning at the level they can cope with. Better to write a letter than do nothing. Those with more energy can involve themselves in demonstrations, or direct action, like the hunt saboteurs. A few caring individuals will go further, and refuse to stand by and watch people inflict misery on other living creatures. They will be the individuals who raid laboratories to rescue animals, or fast to death to draw attention to the suffering of others… Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.7.04 CRUELTY PROTESTS GOING UNHEARD - I can sympathise with the two letter writers regarding the graphic pictures of criminal cruelty. Years ago I saw pictures of the Canadian seal hunt and did the usual things, wrote letters etc, but the hunt goes on. Do Governments take any notice at all?... Pamela Dean Whiteshill Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.7.04 SAVE ANIMALS FROM ABUSE - Sir - I totally agree that the plight of animals, such as the dogs in the Philippines needs to be brought to the public attention, but I did consider stopping your paper. This is not because you bring these things to our attention - but because of the way in which it is done. The shock-horror factor may be necessary to reach some people, but others among us who already do everything we can and act however we can to save animals from abuse, are terribly upset for weeks by the images that come to us so unexpectedly through our letterboxes…. Jenny Smedley, Taunton, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.7.04 DOGS ARE THE ONLY SUPPER - I truly am amazed by all the wailing letters concerning the eating of dogs in the Philippines. While I agree absolutely that the cruelty of such animals meeting their end in the ways described is, in many ways, disgusting and regrettable… This is a culture thing. Making a protein-rich meal is, for many poor people, a means to an end of not eating or feeling hungry…. It really is time we in the west stopped trying to influence by indoctrinating our standards of morality on to the rest of the world. Edmund J Goodland, Backwell, Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.7.04 SADDENED BY ANIMAL CRUELTY - With regard to the pictures of the tortured dogs of the Philippines, yes, I am immensely saddened and horrified. Yes, we all should be disgusted - not at the pictures - but by the human beings who cause such terrible suffering… Mary Calder Address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.7.04 THE DOG'S LIFE MUST BE SEEN - After reading the letter in today's paper from "dog lovers", Mr and Mrs Brown complaining about the pictures showing the dreadful plight of the dogs in the Philippines, I have to say that these people are just burying their heads in the sand. By doing this they are as good as condoning the atrocities that are going on. They should be backing you to get this cruelty stopped… Ms D A Head Mr R Williams Ross-on-Wye Hereford (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.7.04 A BARBARIC TREATMENT - I suspect that there will be quite a few readers incensed by the letter from Mr & Mrs N Brown re: the barbaric treatment of dogs in the Philippines. I'm sorry if the pictures spoiled their breakfast!... The Browns and their friends remind me of the Hyacinth Bouquet brigade, only without the heart. They all call themselves dog lovers - fair weather dog lovers seems more appropriate. The Press can afford to do without readers like this. Mrs J Coates Swindon Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.7.04 CAUSE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Once more I must thank you for all the wonderful attention you draw to the cruelties of this world - man or beast…. MG Hart Taunton Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.7.04 PRINT PICTURES OF THIS CRUELTY - I could hardly believe the letter you printed from Mr and Mrs Brown, of Kilve. What planet do they and their "dog-loving" friends live on? There must be plenty of sand there for them to bury their heads in when the need arises… B Coles Trowbridge Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.7.04 DISTURBING RESPONSE TO IMAGES OF CRUELTY - What a strange and disturbing response from Mr and Mrs Brown, of Somerset. I think you should be applauded for the way you represented the news about dog cruelty. I felt you successfully provided an image that was strong enough to support the story, while helping readers develop their knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately, the Browns' views do seem to represent a section of society that believe if they don't see it, it doesn't exist and consequently they don't have to deal with it, emotionally or otherwise… E Turton Bristol (letter)

BBC News Online 7.8.04 Call for tougher fireworks laws - A Guernsey animal rights campaigner is calling for the island to follow the UK in banning late-night fireworks…. Animal Aid's Sue Vidamour says it is time for firework use to be restricted with stronger laws than the UK's… (story)

6.8.04

BLACK COMBE BEAGLES
West Cumberland Times & Star 6.8.04 BILLY WINS BACK HIS BEAGLE AFTER COURT DOGFIGHT - LEGENDARY fell runner Billy Bland and his wife Ann have won a court fight against a West Cumbrian hunt over two missing beagles…. (story)
Whitehaven News 5.8.04 BLACK COMBE BEAGLES PACK - WITH regard to a report last week, about the dispute between Mr and Mrs Bland and the Black Combe Beagles we have been asked to clarify that Beagles do not hunt foxes, but hares. The solicitor for the Black Combe Beagles, John Marsham, said: “…it should be made clear that, from the outset of the action, the Beagles accepted that there had been a breach of the agreement…. What was in dispute in the actual hearing was the amount of damages claimed by the Blands. They claimed several thousand pounds, but the court decided that this was inappropriate and awarded £210 with no costs.” (story)
Cumberland News & Star 31.7.04 RUNNER’S COURT FIGHT OVER MISSING BEAGLES By Andrea Thompson - LEGENDARY fell runner Billy Bland and his wife Ann have won a court fight against a West Cumbrian hunt over two missing beagles… They had an agreement that the hounds were to be returned to them and live with them out of the hunting season and that, when their working lives were over, they would live with the Blands permanently. But the dogs, who are now six, were not returned to the Blands at the end of the hunt season in March, and the couple launched a legal bid to get them back…. John Marsham, solicitor for the Black Coombe Beagles, said: “It was unfortunate that there had to be litigation. We admitted breaching the agreement with the Blands from the outset.” (story)
Whitehaven News 29.7.04 PACK LOSES ‘MISSING’ DOGS CASE - A FOXHUNTING pack has lost a court action over the care of two of the hunt’s beagles. Borrowdale fellrunner Billy Bland and his wife Mary successfully argued at Whitehaven County Court last week that Black Combe Beagles, based at Waberthwaite, had failed to respect an agreement that they could have safe custody of two beagles they had cared for in the off-season…. Mary Bland said after the case: “We act as walkers for the hounds in the off-season… Because we had concerns about what might happen to Farmer and Fiddler after their hunting days were over, we had an agreement drawn up so we could look after them. But the hounds were not returned to us. Thanks to the judge we have got Fiddler back, but we were told his brother Farmer had been ‘put down’ by a kennels in Ireland…." (story)

CLA FUTURE OF HUNTING DEBATE
Rutland Times 6.8.04 HUNTS VOW TO KEEP FIGHTING We will keep fighting for the right to hunt. That was the message from a 'clear the air” meeting on Tuesday which was attended by Hunt followers from Rutland and beyond. The debate was called The Future of Hunting: The CLA Approach, and was attended by a large audience at Melton exhibition hall. Speakers were introduced by Mark Hudson, president of the Country Land and Business Association… The majority called for the Labour Government to drop its plans to outlaw hunting with dogs. They included Harborough MP Edward Garnier and Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik. The opposition was led by Mrs Mary Holt, who travelled from Yorkshire for the event…. Labour peer Lord Donoughue said only 20 per cent of his colleagues in the Lords had voted for a hunting ban seven years ago…. The meeting was part sponsored by the Cottesmore, Belvoir, Quorn and Fernie Hunts and the Melton Hunt Club. (story)
Leicester Mercury 5.8.04 HUNTING BILL IN SPOTLIGHT - A Bill aimed at appeasing both sides in the hunting debate has been discussed at a meeting. Two MPs and a Labour peer were on the panel at Melton Cattle Market to consider proposals by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group to refer allegations of cruelty by hunters with dogs to courts. Sponsors of the The Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) Bill - MP Lembit Opik and Lord Donoughue - tried to convince hunting supporters and opponents that it was the way forward…. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) meeting, The Future of Hunting - the CLA Approach, was supported by hunts in the area, including the Fernie, Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.8.04 Hunt supporters plan their future - Supporters of fox-hunting are meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the likely future of hunting in the light of possible new laws. The meeting at the Exhibition Hall in Melton Mowbray, in the heart of hunting country, has been organised by the Country Land and Business Association… (story)
Leicester Mercury 2.8.04 HUNTING DEBATE AT CATTLE MARKET - A debate on the future of hunting with dogs is being held in Melton this week. Two MPs and a labour peer will sit on a panel, at the exhibition hall at Melton Cattle Market, on Tuesday night. The discussion has been organised by the Country Land and Business Association (CLBA), and is supported by the Fernie, Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn hunts…. (story)

Hexham Courant 6.8.04 NOT EFFECTIVE … having yet again lost hens in a daylight visit from foxes (one could not have carried them all away) I would like hunting banned. It is far too good for the rotten, stinking things. ED ROBINSON, High Warden, Hexham. (letter)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 6.8.04 'Why no ban on fox hunting?' - Famed Huntingdon Sciences is now undergoing a revival, with support coming from the Government to help keep it experimenting on animals. Why has the Government continually refused to bring in a ban on hunting with dogs, and now it is allowing experiments on animals to continue?... Nancy Plummer, High Street, Fletton, Peterborough (letter)

Chester Chronicle 6.9.04 Chester Chronicle letters - ONCE again the Government is making a knee-jerk reaction to the rise in gun crime. In its recent consultation 'Controls on firearms', the Home Office seems to believe that imposing further restrictions on shotgun ownership would help to reduce gun crime. In fact, the number of lawfully held guns that are used for criminal purposes, or that are stolen, is negligible…. PETER MOORE DUTTON Tushingham Hall, Malpas (letter)

Craven Herald 6.8.04 On the matter of rural affairs I would normally defer to the eminent Dr Brian Fisher, however on the question of goosanders and fish I feel I must at least comment… These ducks were gracing our rivers long before man invented the "sport" of catching fish for a reason other than to eat in order to survive… John Megginson, Winston Avenue, Cross Hills (letter in archive)

BBC News Online 6.8.04 Animal rights tactics pose legal dilemma - By Jon Silverman, Legal affairs analyst - The government's piecemeal approach to tackling animal rights extremism has failed to win many friends. The sceptics believe that the impact of its latest measures may be presentational rather than practical… The government has considered whether to make it an offence to cause economic damage to the suppliers of firms or research groups engaged in the legitimate and licensed use of animals. But finding a watertight legal definition may prove beyond Home Office draftsmen…. (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 6.8.04 HARASSMENT LAWS TO PROTECT LAB STAFF - A Life-science breeding centre in Cross in Hand has welcomed new laws to protect staff and contractors from animal rights demonstrators. Harlan UK, which owns a site on Firgrove Road, rears mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, cats and dogs for use in scientific testing and medical research. Employees of the company have been targeted for harassment by groups… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 6.8.04 End testing on animals - Many medical discoveries have been falsely attributed to animal experiments… It's time the Government demanded accurate methods of research and outlawed the pseudo-scientific nonsense of animal experiments. NICK WILLIAMS Co-operative Avenue Hucknall (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.8.04 WHERE IS THE HELP FOR LAB ANIMALS? - Before Labour came to power, among its literature was a leaflet, Who Cares? It listed the many animals the party intended to help. Among them were "animals in the labor atory"… We are now told: "We are losing money; places such as Japan will overtake us." What happened to the "who cares?" claim or the "non-animal" methods?... Pamela Dean Whiteshill Nr Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

The Sentinel 6.8.04 SCRAP ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS - Reading the article by John Abberley on July 7 concerning animal experiments, I am led to believe that the benefits of research should always outweigh the costs. Last year alone, thousands of animals died to contribute to advances in scientific and medical research, yet still we are no further forward… LYNDAN WHISTON Cheddleton (letter)
The Sentinel 4.8.04 DO RESEARCH ON HUMANS - Live animals are force fed, infected, poisoned, surgically damaged, eradicated, deprived of food and water, electrically shocked… If Mr Abberley (The Sentinel, July 30) wants to help people he should oppose animal experimentation and support humane research… MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)

Worcester Evening News 6.8.04 Welfare of sheep - I READ with amazement the National Sheep Associations Chief Executive's comments on live animal exports. I regularly visit livestock markets and have witnessed the lorries of sheep and pigs going on to the ships at Dover docks… PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern Link. (letter in archive)

Scotsman 6.8.04 Animals can suffer terribly on way to continent - Your report, "Calls made to revive live sheep exports" (3 August), said Terry Bayliss, the chairman of Farmers’ First Meat Group, had argued the case for resumption of live exports at a National Sheep Event… Compassion in World Farming and Advocates for Animals believe it is not possible to put a price on unnecessary animal suffering… KERRY BURGESS Communications director Compassion in World Farming, ROSS MINETT Director, Advocates for Animals, c/o Petersfield, Hampshire (letter)

5.8.04

Whitehaven News 5.8.04 ON THE FARM, WITH STEPHEN YATES: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE BODY? - FROM the beginning of August I shall have no legal means of disposing of the carcasses of any dead calves. It is now more than 15 months since this government should have introduced a ban on the burial of all dead farm animals, which was instigated by the E.U. While the ban may be law, it is unenforceable because the government has, as yet, failed to make an acceptable alternative provision for the disposal of carcasses… the local hunt also did a collection service, which was not just for small animals but indeed took adult animals. They’ve had a visit from DEFRA who have insisted on some modifications and modernisations to the butchery plant at the kennels, which would cost over £30,000, a figure that the local hunt simply cannot afford. Consequently they have now ceased collecting carcasses… There is of course a strong suspicion that DEFRA’s close attention to the hunt kennels has got very little to do with health issues but a lot more to do with the back door implementation of some Labour ideology…. the next time I have the misfortune to lose a calf at calving I shall have two choices: either a nocturnal burial party or a nocturnal visit to the local MP’s back garden which could become a sort of unofficial carcase collection centre. Now there’s a tempting thought!... (story)

Falkirk Herald 5.8.04 ANIMAL CARCASSES TO BE BURIED - Avondale dump goes ahead despite ban - ROTTING animal carcasses are being buried near Polmont – despite a European ban on the practice. The putrid products are being transported from Aberdeen to the local Shanks Avondale tip after a rendering plant in the north east went bust. The Scottish Executive decision to sanction the deal because of ''exceptional'' circumstances directly contravenes European environmental protection laws… (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 5.8.04 FARMING IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Almost 5,000 years of farming practices in the county will come under the spotlight next month at the next Heritage Open Days weekend… Another special event likely to attract interest is an opportunity on the Saturday and Sunday to go behind the scenes of the Burton Hunt kennels at Riseholme, home to 70 foxhounds, eight horses and two families… (story)

Cornishman 5.8.04 RECORD CROWDS FOR AGRICULTURE RALLY - Record crowds flocked to Trevorgans Farm, St Buryan on Saturday for the ever popular Agriculture Preservation Rally…. Saturday saw glorious sunshine which brought out the crowds who enjoyed seeing old agricultural vehicles, vintage and classic cars, shire horses, the Western Hunt and Lambo Beagles, as well as a model and craft show… (story)

Barry & District News 5.8.04 Act now - Richard Bertin, Willow Crescent, Barry (letter in archive)
Barry Gem 29.7.04 Why THE delay TO ban hunting? - Richard Bertin, Barry (letter)
Western Mail 29.7.04 Act on fox-hunting ban - SIR - So once again a ban on fox hunting has been delayed despite the promise of a new Bill to ban hunting with hounds just to keep to keep a few in the countryside quiet…. RICHARD BERTIN, Willow Crescent, Barry (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.8.04 EXPOSE THE SCUM - I was appalled to read the outcome of the court case regarding the two thugs who killed the pregnant deer. I sincerely hope that your paper will, as soon as possible, publish the names, addresses, and photographs of these scum… C Thomas Alvington (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 5.8.04 CAST ON FOR FREE LESSONS - Free fishing lessons are on offer in South Devon this weekend to encourage people to take up the sport…. The event is part of a national initiative by the Environment Agency to encourage newcomers, especially juniors, to the sport…. (story)

Epsom Guardian 5.8.04 We must take action to stop foxes killing cats - I write in reply to the letters from people who do not believe that a fox will attack and kill a cat. I read with sympathy the letters from people who believed the fox responsible for their cat's demise and readers' replies have been of disbelief. When I lived in Worcester Park, a fox attacked our dear cat one night. The noise brought my children and me to the garden, fortunately in time to make the fox drop our cat as he was carrying/dragging him away at the end of our garden…. Sometimes it is for us to intervene when nature is taking the wrong turn. It's time this issue was addressed and some kind of control initiated. MRS J MOORE Breech Lane Tadworth (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 5.8.04 BID TO STOP CRUELTY - Swansea racetrack owners are linking up with a new forum to stop greyhounds being treated cruelly. A Welsh Greyhound Forum has been set up after a dog was found in Bargoed shot through the head with a nail gun and its ears had been cut off… The forum was set up by the All Party Group for Animal Welfare at the Assembly and it is chaired by AM Lorraine Barrett (story)

Daily Post 5.8.04 Runner exercises mind by writing first book By Gareth Hughes, Daily Post - A FORMER fell-runner decided to exercise his brain instead by penning an animal-friendly book. Jon Bennett's first attempt at novel-writing is attracting favourable reviews. And animators have expressed interest in making a cartoon based on his children's story Tales Of Mush And Sammy. The 35-year-old, from Rhyl, was inspired to write the book following a discussion about animal testing laboratories with mates in the The Galley public house…. Jon's strong views means he plans to give a share of the proceeds to an anti-vivisection charity… (story)

Pharmafocus 5.8.04 Cautious welcome for government crackdown on extremists - A new set of co-ordinated measures to crack down on animal rights extremists who use violence and intimidation has been welcomed, but the industry says a dedicated law may still be needed to tackle the activists… (story)

Hunts Post 5.8.04 Terror loophole will be plugged - NEW measures to end animal rights extremists' £1 billion reign of terror offer new hope to beleaguered employees and suppliers of drug testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences. The police are to get powers to arrest individuals protesting outside someone's home and to ban protestors from the vicinity for three months…. (story)

Buxton Advertiser 5.8.04 ACTIVISTS FORCE FIRM TO PULL OUT OF PROJECT - A quarrying firm which employs 140 people in Dove Holes has been forced to pull out of a major building project in Oxford. RMC was working as a sub contractor for the Montpellier Group who were building an animal testing laboratory at Oxford University…. (story)

Legal Director 5.8.04 News Focus: In the line of fire - UK companies are protecting their lawyers from activist threats - GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) UK general counsel has been forced to move out of his home as a result of of threats by controversial animal rights activists — unwel-come news that has understandably sent a shudder down the spines of in-house lawyers at pharmaceutical companies… members of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (ABPI’s) legal affairs committee have also found themselves the subject of unwanted home visits. … (story)

Mirror 5.8.04 RATHER than introduce yet more legislation to tackle animal rights protesters - which will drive them underground - it would be a better strategy to open up the issue of animal research to wider public scrutiny.... Keith Mann, Clanfield, Hants (letter)

Argus 5.8.04 Letter: Don't be cruel - The recent maligning of animal rights campaigners by the Government and pharma moguls (The Argus, July 30) diverts attention from the brutal reality of animal research…. In many instances, animal research has led to delays and erroneous conclusions in medical breakthroughs… -Hella Gamper, Crowborough (letter)

Guardian 5.8.04 Honesty is the best policy - How many chicks have been killed in self-styled "vivisector" Steven Rose's experiments (Why I experiment on animals, July 29)? The scientific community needs to be much more open and clear about its involvement in animal experimentation…. That way we can identify experiments that are, as Rose puts it, "unnecessary, badly designed or conducted". Then we can differentiate between, for instance, those facilities conducting necessary research as humanely as possible and those which mistreat animals or use them for ill-conceived ends… Simon Munk, London (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 5.8.04 Animal testing a myth - Animal research has little to do with our health, but everything to do with the nation's wealth. (J Clarke, July 29)…. M. A. THOMPSON (Mrs) Farleys Lane, Hucknall (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 5.8.04 SOAPBOX: MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS - Would I shock too many of the politically correct if I suggested that in order to end the dreadful cruelty to innocent live animals being experimented on for the benefit of obese mankind, that instead the laboratories use the many convicted killers and paedophiles who occupy our prisons today at an enormous cost to the state and so to us?... Patrick Kenehan, Eastville (letter)

Lancaster Citizen 5.8.04 You might as well toss a coin - THE vast majority of opinion expressed in recent media coverage of animal experiments has been in favour of their continuing with the Government promising to crack down on extremists'…. Animal experiments hinder rather than help medical research…. The Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine and Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine are just two organisations campaigning against animal experiments on health grounds…. I campaign against animal experiments not because I am anti-science, as Tony Blair would label me, but because I am pro-science… Keith Richardson, Lancaster. (letter)

Telegraph 5.8.04 Uncivilised - I was shocked to see Daniel Hannan, a Tory MEP, admitting to having taken part in bull fighting (Arts, Aug 3). The ritual mutilation of bulls is as unacceptable abroad as it would be in this country…. Chris Anderson, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Telegraph 3.8.04 When the Tory met the toro - As an MEP, Daniel Hannan meets many challenges, but perhaps his private passion for 'toreo' presented him with the most daunting yet - My wife was far from happy with me. In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, she thought I was an utter ass. "You can't possibly spend a week fighting bulls," she said. "You'll be killed." "But, darling, they're tiny little things. Two-year-olds. Babies, really. And anyway, they're not even bulls: they're, er, cows."... (story)

Kidderminster Shuttle 5.8.04 Hackles up over duckling distress - I WOULD like to bring to the attention of your readers, a duckling that was being nursed by my daughter…. It had discarded fishing line hanging from its beak. The people who had found it were concerned for its welfare and contacted the RSPCA. Four hours later they had failed to show, or even contact the people to say they were not coming… I was always under the impression that RSPCA stood for prevention of cruelty to animals, and fail to understand exactly why it would not act in this case…. I find it disgusting that an "animal charity" with the sort of publicity - and subsequent funds - the RSPCA gets, can just pick and choose which cases it responds to. MRS S GEORGE, Belvedere Crescent, Bewdley (letter in archive)

The Comet 5.8.04 MP backs animal welfare bill - A BILL which protects "our best friends" has been welcomed by Stevenage MP Barbara Follett…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.8.04 REPTILE STORE DENIES ANIMAL CRUELTY CLAIMS- A new reptile shop has hit out at criticism from local animal campaigners who say people are not given enough advice on the safety implications. Rebecca Short reports… The Reptile Zone in Barnstaple, which had its official opening on Saturday, will stock between 50 and 100 reptiles, including corn snakes, pythons, lizards and geckos…. Diana Lewis, who runs the North Devon Animal Ambulance, said: "One of the problems we have had in the past is that they have been sold indiscriminately and without any proper advice of how to look after them properly…." (story)

North Devon Journal 5.8.04 'SHECHITA' SLAUGHTER HUMANE - Mr and MRS DELL (Letters July 29) are, as the title of their letter suggests, wrong on slaughter. In their letter, they fail to recognise that shechita humanely incorporates stunning as an integral part of the procedure, which renders the animal insensible to pain, dispatches and exsanguinates with a swift uninterrupted action… DAVID RUSSELL, The Shechita UK PR Office, Arcadia Avenue, London. (letter)
North Devon Journal 29.7.04 WRONG ON SLAUGHTER - HARRY and JOAN DELL, Redmoor, Bodmin. (letter)
Western Morning News 13.7.04 Shameful slaughter - THIS Government justifies its intention to permit the cruel ritual slaughter - without first pre-stunning - of animals for Halal and Shechita meat on the grounds that a ban would result in people importing this meat from countries in which this practice is permitted, and so would not provide any improvement in animal welfare…. New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland and Sweden have already banned this inhumane practice, so why cannot we? Harry and Joan Dell, Bodmin (letter)

4.8.04

Western Morning News 4.8.04 All power to Trevor - CONGRATULATIONS to Trevor Beer for his defence of the wolf (and recently the fox). However I have read over the last decade several reports of a campaign to reintroduce them to Scotland. I would not support it, because the hunting brigade would only use them as an excuse for hunting… We make pets of some animals, yet use others in vile experiments. Our silence condones it. Some horsey people claim to love their animals yet race them to death…. Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Northern Echo 4.8.04 Youngsters get hooked on fishing by Dan Jenkins - YOUNGSTERS from north Durham had the chance to try fishing recently. About 50 children aged ten to 16 spent the day at Derwent reservoir as part of a project organised by Northumbrian Water… Two more days are planned during national Go Fishing week… The project is part of the police-backed Get Hooked on Fishing initiative, supported by the Environment Agency (story in archive)

The Sentinel 4.8.04 USE ME FOR EXPERIMENTS - Re, animal testing. Shame on the RSPCA for not taking action to protect these poor animals in laboratories around the country…. Experiment on me! I put myself forward. DAVID WILSHAW Hanley (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.8.04 ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS' - Tv star Joanna Lumley yesterday slammed British farming methods and called for animals to be "freed from their cages"…. (story)

The Sentinel 4.8.04 ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS TOO - I don't know about laws to curtail animal rights activists: we need a few animal rights to control the beasts known as humans, who inflict untold misery on the other species…. Birds in cages for our amusement can pull the heartstrings of the compassionate... This so-called advanced species openly demonises and brutalises magpies, pigeons and little squirrels and calls them vermin… Which begs the question would we eat meat if we had to butcher the animal ourselves?... KEVIN RAFERTY Stoke-on-Trent (letter)

3.8.04

Scotsman 3.8.04 Fox-hunt ruling could show weakness on smoking ban - Campbell Deane - MIXING with journalists inevitably involves the odd trip to a smoke-filled pub, but after deputy first minister Jim Wallace became the first Cabinet minister to declare publicly his backing for a complete ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants in Scotland, the atmosphere may soon change… as with any cry to have something banned, there is opposition… But just what are their chances of successful opposition? Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal ruled that MSPs had been entitled to decide that fox hunting was cruel and that it should be banned in spite of the feared impact on rural communities, holding that it was a fit and proper exercise of legislative power to proscribe such an activity. The Countryside Alliance and the Masters of Foxhounds Association failed in their attempts to have the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act set aside… Unfortunately for civil libertarians, the tide may be turning against them…. (story)

South Wales Echo 3.8.04 Animal rights and wrongs - THERE has been quite a lot of coverage by the media recently regarding animal rights. Some of it sensible, some of it absolute codswallop. Foxhunting I don't agree with. It is nothing but a bloodsport, but those who demonstrate against it, are of the opinion that foxes cause no harm, but they do…. The use of animals in laboratories for medical research is very debatable, but is there any alternative? Perhaps those who protest would care to volunteer to take their place?... D B Ryan, Bradford Street,Grangetown, Cardiff (letter)

Western Mail 3.8.04 Shooters set their sights on feeling at home on the range - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - MANY wildfowlers who have shot on the Solway Estuary in Scotland will have seen there the steel silhouette of a flying goose and discovered how, at 40 yards' distance, the muzzles of a side-by-side shotgun just covered the wing tips… (story)

Dundee Courier 3.8.04 Wide biodiversity gain from farmers’ payment - In Andrew Arbuckle’s article (July 28) on your farming page, the new Single Farm Payment starting January 2005 was discussed. This included a “strong hint” from rural affairs minister Ross Finnie “that Scotland will be insisting that the margins of fields will be left for birds, bees and other forms of wildlife”. This is surely excellent news for Scotland’s wildlife and its farmers so long as they are to be suitably compensated…. Ian McCall, Director Scotland, The Game Conservancy Trust. Couston, Newtyle (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.8.04 ANGLERS ALL AT SEA OVER BID TO MAKE THEM PAY - Sea anglers must get something in return if they are forced to buy £22 annual licences to fish in British waters, the sport's leaders insisted yesterday. Ministers want to impose the charge to ensure that the millions of people who take part contribute to restoring fish stocks and keeping the sea clean…. David Rowe, development officer of the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA), said he could understand reports of anger among fellow anglers but said the plans should be put into perspective. "The idea that the user pays is something everyone would agree with," he said. "But recreational sea anglers have had very little say for the last 20 or 30 years, in which time fish stocks have been totally decimated… (story)
Yorkshire Post 3.8.04 SEA ANGLERS HIT OUT AT £22 LICENCE FEE 'TAX' - Yorkshire sea anglers yesterday attacked government moves to introduce a £22 annual licence fee for anyone who dips a hook in the ocean as a new tax. Ministers want to impose the charge to ensure that the millions of people who take part in sea angling contribute to restoring fish stocks and keeping the sea clean. Mark Branagan… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 3.8.04 Think again before backing greyhound racing proposal - We understand that, under the proposed terms of a lease to Ards Football Club, Ards Borough Council envisages allowing a portion of its land at Newtownards to be used for the construction of a football stadium which would also house a greyhound racing track. The Animal Welfare Federation Northern Ireland speaks on behalf of a large number of independent animal sanctuaries and animal welfare groups in Northern Ireland and reflects the views of a broad combined membership of animal welfarists. We strongly urge Ards Borough Council to deny permission for the land in question to accommodate a greyhound track. Such a development would have serious implications for animal welfare, in this particular case the welfare of racing greyhounds…. M. A. FRASER, Animl Welfare Federation Northern Ireland (letter)

The Lawyer 3.8.04 New laws to deal with animal rights extremism attacked from all sides - New legislation to crackdown on animal rights extremists unveiled last week came under attack from industry, campaigners and lawyers… "This is a good start, but my view is that the organisers of these campaigns need to be targeted," Mark Matfield, executive director of the Research Defence Society, told The Times…. Campaigning groups claimed that the new measures would do little to hinder their campaign. "It won't make the slightest difference to us," said Greg Avery of Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty… (story)

Burton Mail 3.8.04 Animal activists' website shut down by DAVID POWLES - POLICE have already begun to crack down on animal rights activists involved in illegal action against a guinea pig farm near Burton — by shutting down a website accused of inciting crime… The Save The Newchurch Guinea Pig campaign site, www.guineapigs.org.uk, has been shut down while an investigation is ongoing into claims that it incited criminal activity… Staffordshire Police have welcomed moves which allow them to clamp down on campaigners who target the homes of workers and families… (story)

Oxford Mail 3.8.04 Voters demand halt to animal lab plans by Samantha Simpson - Oxford University should abandon plans for an animal research laboratory, according to the vast majority of voters in the biggest Internet poll by the Oxford Mail. Readers were asked: "Should Oxford University abandon its plans for an animal experiments lab?" on our website www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk. More than 1,000 votes were logged - almost five times the average 211 votes in previous polls run by the Oxford Mail. Of the 1,016 votes, 774 agreed that plans should be dropped because "it's barbaric and lots of people oppose the idea". In contrast, 242 agreed the university "shouldn't give into pressure when vital research is needed"…. (story in archive)

2.8.04

Bath Chronicle 2.8.04 IT'S TIME FOR TONY BLAIR TO GO - For the sake of the country, the Labour Party and his own sake, Tony Blair should step down because he, like his right wing liberal elite supporters, bases his opinions more on philosophical or religious dogma than lived reality…. there is the way mass immigrant was tackled initially, US type globally world trading practices causing the terrorism and mass migration he claims he is fighting, putting no real money into alternatives to nuclear power, vivisection, intensive farming, afraid of tackling the cruel sports lobby - the list is endless…. DAVID THOMS, Hisomley (letter)

Worcester Evening News 2.8.04 Resolving hunting issue - MP Michael Foster's suggestion (Hunt protesters fear new delay for ban, Evening News, July 26) that the Government is committed to bring forward a Bill to ban hunting is not the case. In 2001, the Labour Party manifesto pledged "to enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on this issue". It has already fulfilled that commitment by bringing forward a Bill to licence hunting which could have allowed both Houses of Parliament to agree workable regulatory legislation…. CLARE ROWSON, West Midlands Regional Director, Countryside Alliance (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 27.6.04 Hunt protesters fear new delay for ban - OPPONENTS of fox-hunting fear that it could be another two years until the sport is banned…. Such a ban would spell the demise of hunts such as the Worcestershire Hunt, Albrighton Woodland Hunt and Kidderminster and Cotswold North Hunt, in Broadway…. Worcester's anti-hunting MP Mike Foster said that the Government had given assurances that the Bill would be introduced in this parliament… (story)

Bolton Evening News 2.8.04 Young Carla's angle on charity cash - CARLA Acton is angling to raise cash for her favourite charity. The seven-year-old from Leigh joined grandfather Ken Buxton on the banks of Partridge Lakes Fisheries for a sponsored fish to help add to the thousands of pounds she has already raised for Medic Alert… (story in archive)

BBC News Online 2.8.04 Bloodsport dogs 'are mistreated' - An increase in illegal hare coursing in Lincolnshire is leading to a record number of abandoned dogs. This year the Jay Gee Sanctuary, near Boston, has taken in 46 lurchers - which are favoured among those who take part in the bloodsport… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 30.7.04 LURCHER IS 'VICTIM OF HARE COURSING' - Staff at a dog sanctuary have said an abandoned lurcher used for hare coursing is one of the worst cases of mistreatment they have ever seen…. (story)

West Briton 2.8.04 YOU COULD HELP STOP THE SUFFERING - There seem to be quite a few foxes with sarcoptic mange around at the moment. I am sure readers would like to know about the National Fox Welfare Society - a charity which sends out treatment, free of charge, to anyone able to feed a visiting fox suffering from this terrible condition… Mrs B HINDLEY, Truro (letter)

Yorkshire Post 2.8.04 WE MUST TACKLE THE ANIMAL TERRORISTS - WHY is Britain the only country in the world where terrorists are allowed to attack scientists and businessmen with impunity? - Bernard Dineen - A pharmaceutical company says that police and the security services seem to regard persecution by animal rights terrorists as an occupational hazard for those developing new drugs. As a result, future medical progress is being put in jeopardy. Patients will die unless action is taken to protect medical research… (story)

Guardian 2.8.04 Don't walk on slugs and snails - We should be revolted that animal experiments are necessary - Roy Hattersley - No one who believes in democracy can possibly support the fire bombing of laboratories, physical assaults on research scientists and threats of violence against shareholders in biotechnology companies. But opposition to the way in which some "animal liberationists" behave and a willingness to make them respect the law should not obscure a basic truth about their cause. Experimenting on living animals - although sometimes necessary - is an activity that a civilised nation should find distasteful… (story)

Burton Mail 2.8.04 Worker welcomes new police powers by TOM SLOAN - A WORKER at a controversial farm near Burton has welcomed new police powers to protect law-abiding citizens from violence and intimidation by animal rights protestors. Simon Turner, who works at the Darley Oaks guinea pig farm, in Newchurch, has backed legal amendments which will allow police to deal more effectively with harassment against workers in their homes…. Mr Turner has said that intimidation has lessened in recent months after protestors were caught by a television crew at his house… Another family which has been the target of the protestors said today that it was too scared to comment in case the attacks started again. (story)

Oxford Mail 2.8.04 Animal rights move 'too little, too late' - New measures to crack down on animal rights extremists have been attacked by Oxfordshire MP Dr Evan Harris as being "too little, too late"…. (story in archive)

Times 2.8.04 Military may stop animal rights extremists BY INGRID MANSELL AND DANIEL MCGRORY - SCIENTISTS and senior figures in the pharmaceutical industry have been reassured by ministers that they are ready to use the Army to stop animal rights fanatics from blocking construction of a new research facility at Oxford University… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 2.8.04 FURY OVER BIRD CRUELTY - People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals' (PETA) recent undercover investigation of a KFC chicken slaughterhouse, run by the second-largest chicken company in the U.S., has opened my eyes…. EMMA DAVIES Biddulph (letter)

Telegraph 2.8.04 The baby pigeon that made my heart bleed By Mary Wakefield - Until a week ago, I thought about animal rights extremists with the usual mixture of derision and outrage. I reserved special hatred for Jerry Vlasak, the scientific adviser to Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)… I was muttering away about the triumph of sentiment over rationality last Monday, when I received a call from the deputy arts editor. "There's some sort of bird stuck behind the dustbins," she said. "Come and look."… Then there was a cheery holler from the window overhead. "Don't worry," shouted Ed, the work experience boy, "I'll kill it for you - it's the only kind thing to do."... That moment passed and instead I discovered my inner animal rights activist. "Don't you dare!"... Once you start down the slippery slope of anthropomorphism, every new animal fact only makes it worse.... I have spent the weekend trying to purge myself of sentimental thoughts about pigeons and recover my disdain for animal obsessives. Beside me is an article from The Sunday Telegraph, headlined "The animal rights crowd are beyond reason", which will, I hope, help me get a grip... (story)

1.8.04

Sunday Times 1.8.04 Blair promised animal tests ban - GARETH WALSH - TONY BLAIR, whose government has pledged to crack down on animal rights violence, expressed his commitment to end vivisection in a letter to activists before Labour came to power, it has emerged. The three-page letter to a group seeking to abolish animal testing states that Labour wants “a reduction and the eventual end of animal experiments”…. Blunkett and Blair have supported the anti-vivisection movement in the past. Blunkett has been a patron of the Humane Research Trust and was among MPs who allied themselves with Plan 2000. The campaign, founded in 1994, sought a ban on vivisection by the year 2000. The campaign also received the letter stating Blair’s opposition to animal testing. It was written on Blair’s behalf by Elliot Morley, then Labour spokesman on animal welfare…. (story)
Sunday Times 1.8.04 Focus: Tortured: How Labour has twisted and turned over animal testing - GARETH WALSH AND DAVID ROBERTSON - GARETH WALSH AND DAVID ROBERTSON - The letter sent to the animal rights campaign was carefully worded but left no doubt about Tony Blair’s view. “Labour,” it stated, “is committed to seeing a reduction and the eventual end of animal experiments.” That letter was sent in the mid-1990s to an organisation called Plan 2000, which campaigned for an end to vivisection. It was written “on behalf of Tony Blair” by Elliot Morley, then his spokesman on animal welfare. Last week, as the government proclaimed that it was getting tough on extremists who terrorise scientists involved in animal testing, the letter was passed to The Sunday Times by the former head of Plan 2000 as evidence of Labour’s conflicting signals over animal rights… The government made much of proposals for “co-ordination” of policing and their determination to “bring to justice those responsible” for harassing researchers and their families…. Yet the measures to arrest protesters do little more than refine existing legislation. Under laws introduced in January police already have the power to move even the smallest of protest groups away from the homes of targets. A leak to the press last week was also purported to reveal another new move: that Anton Setchell, an acting assistant chief constable, is to oversee a national crackdown on animal rights extremists. But Setchell already oversees several units aimed at animal rights extremists…. (story)

Sunday Times 1.8.04 Leading article: Confused bunnies - In an ideal world there would be no need to test drugs on animals…. Animal testing has helped to find cures and improved the quality of life for millions of people. It has helped to spawn a successful medical research and bioscience industry that has made Britain a world leader…. It is easy to get weary of initiatives from this home secretary when he promises, in his department’s own words, “tough new measures”. The animal rights terrorists have been allowed to get away with too much for too long. The government cannot afford to be ambivalent. Controlled animal testing is necessary and has produced huge benefits for humankind. This is a battle that the extremists must not be allowed to win. While the home secretary talks tough yet again, he now needs to act the part (story)

ThisIsMoney 1.8.04 Animal extremists to target M&S - Simon Fluendy, This Is Money - ANIMAL rights fanatics are threatening to target Marks & Spencer this week in their campaign against drugs-testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Extremists from the fanatical group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) say they will hold 'non-violent' protests outside M&S stores because a freight company used by the retailer is a subsidiary of gas company BOC, a supplier to Huntingdon Life Sciences…. A spokesman for M&S said the link between the retailer and Huntingdon was 'very tenuous indeed'…. (story)

Observer 1.8.04 Beauty and the beasts - Celebrities back Peta, the leading animal rights charity, and it has millions in its coffers. But some of the cash that flows out goes to groups which have links to extremists. Jamie Doward and Mark Townsend report - Kevin Jonas understands the media. As well he should. Over the years the president of Shac USA, the American wing of the militant group campaigning to close down Britain's Huntingdon Life Sciences, has had a good tutor. As Jonas, 26, himself pointed out at an animal rights conference in Washington recently: 'I come from the school of thought and from essentially the school of training of Peta - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.'… A speech he had given earlier in the conference, during which he stated his 'unequivocal support for the Animal Liberation Front', an organisation classed by the FBI as America's most dangerous domestic terrorism threat, had also gone down well…. Robin Webb, spokesman for the ALF in the UK, regularly attends Shac conferences in the US where his incendiary speeches go down a storm with activists who give generously to the cause… Hardline activists to have benefited from Peta's cash include Shac member Joshua Harper who, along with six others, was arrested earlier this year in a dawn raid on his home…. (story)

Sunday Telegraph 1.8.04 The animal rights crowd are beyond reason By Kevin Myers - The Government's decision to deploy fresh legal measures against animal rights terrorists comes just a little late in the day, for the campaign against using animals in medical research has cost British drugs companies up to £1 billion. But the real price is not financial: it is in the suffering of human patients who will not get the drugs which might have been developed, but for those fascists who prize animal life over that of humans…. Arguing against such voodoo fundamentalism is purposeless. If you really insist that a child's soul and a sole's soul are of equal measure, then you are beyond reason…. (story)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PENSION FUNDS OFFERS REWARD FOR CONVICTION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISTS
Independent 1.8.04 City speeds up squad to take on animal rights extremists By Tim Webb - The City task force being set up to tackle extremists who target companies and their employees could be in place by the end of next month. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), whose members hold shares worth over £600bn, is speeding efforts to set up the group. It has already approached a chairman - not yet named - who is lining up five other board members…. (story)
Accountancy Age 29.7.04 £25m fund to fight 'investor terrorism' By David Rae - Leading City institutions and the government are in talks aimed at combating the type of 'investor terrorism' that drove controversial drug testers Huntingdon Life Sciences to the brink of bankruptcy and forced Deloitte to drop the company as an audit client…. Although the talks are still at an early 'planning stage', measures under discussion include a £25m war chest to reward those that come forward with information leading to the conviction of extremists…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 25.7.04 Reward aims to protect investors - The National Association of Pension Funds confirmed that, in an attempt to end the intimidation of investors, it is considering offering millions of pounds in rewards for information about animal rights extremists (story)
Sunday Mail 25.7.04 GROUP SET £25M TRAP FOR ANIMAL ACTIVISTS - A BOUNTY of £25million has been placed on the heads of animal rights extremists by a group of business chiefs. A steering committee of six leading businessmen is being assembled by the London-based National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF)... (story)
Times 24.7.04 £25m bounty to combat animal rights terrorists BY INGRID MANSELL City grandees offer cash reward for information leading to arrests - THE City is preparing a counter-attack on animal rights fanatics by offering a £25 million cash reward for information leading to the conviction of extremists. A leading City organisation, whose members control pension funds worth £650 billion, is assembling a “steering committee” of six leading businessmen to prevent a repeat of the type of campaign that drove Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing group, to the brink of bankruptcy and out of Britain. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is expected shortly to announce the names of the six who are believed to include chief executives and bankers. … (story)
Scotsman 24.7.04 City Fightback Against Animal Rights Extremists By Tim Ross, PA News - A leading City institution is considering mounting civil lawsuits against animal rights extremists to stop them threatening investment, it emerged today. The National Association of Pension Funds, whose members control funds worth £650 billion, is working to prevent a repetition of the campaign of violence and intimidation waged against Huntingdon Life Sciences, The Times reported…. (story)
Scotsman 24.7.04 Plans to End 'Investor Terrorism' By David Stringer and Tim Ross, PA News - A leading City institution today confirmed it is considering offering millions of pounds in rewards for information against animal rights extremists in a bid to stamp out “investor terrorism“. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), whose members control funds worth £650 billion, said it is examining a package of measures aimed at preventing any repetition of the campaign of violence and intimidation waged against Huntingdon Life Sciences….
Edinburgh Evening News 24.7.04 £25m reward to beat animal rights groups - SAM HALSTEAD - BUSINESS leaders are set to fight back against animal rights extremists by offering a £25 million "bounty" for information leading to their convictions. The National Association of Pension Funds is to form a "steering committee" which will offer the reward in a bid to safeguard investments, it was reported today… (story)
BBC News Online 24.7.04 Animal rights extremists targeted - A leading City organisation may mount civil lawsuits against animal rights extremists, it has emerged. The National Association of Pension Funds, whose members look after £650bn worth of funds, aims to stop violence and intimidation, The Times reported… (story)
Reuters 24.7.04 Action planned over animal rights extremists - LONDON (Reuters) - A City of London organisation says it is considering ways of tackling animal rights militants with a newspaper reporting a huge bounty would be offered for the arrest of extremists. The Times said on Saturday the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), whose members oversee more than 600 billion pounds of assets, would create a 25 million pound reward fund for information leading to activists' arrests…. (story)
Channel 4 News 24.7.04 Legal challenge - A leading City institution is considering mounting civil lawsuits against animal rights extremists to stop them threatening investment. The National Association of Pension Funds, whose members control funds worth £650 billion, is working to prevent a repetition of the campaign of violence and intimidation waged against Huntingdon Life Sciences, according to a newspaper report…. (story)

Medical News Today 1.8.04 ABPI Response to UK government announcement on animal extremism legislation - Responding to Government proposals to extend legislation to tackle animal rights extremism, Dr Trevor Jones, Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said: "The Government is now committed to solving the problem and has recognised that animal rights intimidation is now an issue of terrorism. Action has been needed for some time and they are plugging some important loopholes in the existing law…. (story)

Sunday Herald 1.8.04 Crackdown welcome on illegal animal rights protest - After it was revealed that the City was prepared to offer a £25 million cash award for information leading to the arrest of animal rights fanatics targeting medical research groups, it was only right that Westminster come out with some tough proposals to tackle a problem that is both threatening the welfare of people and the economy. Industry groups like the BioIndustry Association welcomed what many believe is a long overdue crackdown on activists who have taken the right to protest on behalf of their beliefs to drastic lengths… (story)

Sunday Herald 1.8.04 Research, not extremism, will end animal experiments - Fifth Column: Robert Combes says scientists and protesters can only find common ground if the focus is put on the development of alternatives… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 1.8.04 Principled refusal - Mary Barton in a childishly sarcastic letter states that, despite animal experiments, we have no cure for the common cold, let alone cancer or heart disease… No one pretends that the life led by laboratory animals is idyllic. But if we are defining what is barbaric, then anyone who has ever eaten cheap pork or chicken should hang their head in shame, before criticising scientists who do what they believe to be right. From: Gilda Puckett, Ashford, Kent (letter)
Sunday Telegraph 25.7.04 Continued slaughter - It sounds so idyllic for the animals at Huntingdon Life Sciences that I think I must deliver my two cats there without delay… Was that article written by the HLS marketing department?... Mary Barton, Welwyn, Hertfordshire (letter)
Sunday Telegraph 25.7.04 Lab animals do suffer - It is extraordinary, but telling, that animal researchers try to dupe the public into thinking that lab animals do not really suffer…. Bob Garner, British Union for the Abolition, of Vivisection, London N7 (letter)
Sunday Telegraph 25.7.04 What about people? - Apropos of the article by Alasdair Palmer, I happened some time ago, while walking through Covent Garden, to pass a man from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) who was collecting signatures "against cruelty to animals". I asked him: "What about cruelty to people?" His reply was unequivocal: "We do not care about people."… Philip Goddard, London SE19 (letter)

MOCK BULLFIGHT PROTESTS
BBC News Online 1.8.04 Mock bull fight passes peacefully - A mock bull fight in Margate passed off without major incident - despite protesters threatening to stop it… A group of about 20 protesters handed out leaflets and heckled the performers… But organisers had asked police to attend, fearing a major protest, and officers moved to calm the hecklers down…. (story)
Telegraph 27.7.04 Animal rights protesters try to halt mock bullfight at beach festival By David Sapsted - Animal rights activists want to stop a Spanish-style dance performance at a beach resort this weekend because they say it glorifies bullfighting…. However, Ivan Darch, from Hastings, an activist and member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said he wanted the performance stopped because "it only needs one child to see bullfighting as a dance" to result in his or her eventually wanting to see the real thing. Mr Darch, 30, who recently ran naked through Pamplona in protest at the annual bull run, said: "If someone was to say, 'For our festival, let's have a mock rape or go down to the Spanish seafront and build the Twin Towers out of sand and then have a mock re-enactment of September 11,' it wouldn't happen. Animal cruelty can't be used as a form of entertainment in this day and age."… (story)
Independent 27.7.04 Puppet show will glorify bullfights, says militant group By Terry Kirby, Chief Reporter - An animal rights group has threatened to boycott an arts festival in Margate because it features a group of life-size puppets performing a dance about bullfighting. Peta - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - has called on the organisers of the Margate Fiesta this weekend to scrap plans for a "Bull Dance" in the Kent town on Saturday evening… (story)
BBC News Online 26.7.04 Mock bull fight 'is work of art' - Performers staging a mock bull fight which has led to threats of protests by animal rights activists have said the event is a work of art…. Campaigner Ivan Darch said: "Bull fighting is a cruel, barbaric tradition, whether in a real or mock situation…" But Philip Oldfield, artistic director of the arts group, said both the opera Carmen and the passadouble, a ballroom dance, were based on bull fighting and asked if they would also lead to protests…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.7.04 Pledge to disrupt mock bull fight - Animal rights protesters have vowed to stop a mock bull fight planned as part of a Spanish festival in Kent…. Ivan Darch, a businessman from Hastings and a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), said: "They are basically expressing something that is barbaric and cruel as entertainment… (story)