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30.8.08

Telegraph 30.8.08 Christine Pullein-Thompson: Stable companions - Novelist Christine Pullein-Thompson gave her children a home like no other. Her daughter, Charlotte Fyfe, revisits an idyllic past - It was tough and emotionally charged, to say the least, deciding to sell the family home… It was very much the creation of my mother, Christine Pullein-Thompson, the prolific author of pony books, who was drawn, somewhat inevitably, to choose for us a chaotic rural home with pets and muddy boots…. At the outbreak of war, as teenagers, the sisters opened a riding school. Later, they whipped-in to hounds for the Woodland Hunt…. Christine called the large dining room "The Library", filled it with books… She was never short of an idea for a story - her hunting days and our Pony Club adventures provided a wealth of material - and evidently the books' popularity owed much to the affectionate and knowledgeable treatment of her animal characters… For any family, the loss of your parents within two years is traumatic. And as children, we all loved The Old Parsonage. But it's now time for it to be given a new lease of life. And for another family to find their paradise. (story)

Dundee Courier 30.8.08 Crackdown on hare coursing By Mark Mackay - HARE COURSING, one of the most serious of wildlife crimes, is the subject of a summer crackdown by Tayside Police. Operation Lepus has been re-launched as conditions become conducive to the barbaric, illegal practice… “The police receive excellent support from farmers, landowners, gamekeepers and other country residents.” …..(story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 30.8.08 Village store and post office goes up for sale By sue restan - An award-winning store and post office in a remote north-west Sutherland village has gone on the market at an asking price of offers over £235,000. Drumbeg Stores, which overlooks Loch Drumbeg, gained the Best Village Shop In Scotland Award 2006, and it is now being offered for sale, along with the post office on the premises and a 100-year-old three-bedroom cottage….. Mr Butler said they were very pleased to be voted the best village shop in Scot- land in a national competition organised by the Countryside Alliance in conjunction with Farmer’s Weekly and The Daily Telegraph, in 2006….(story)

Gloucester Citizen 30.8.08 Now badgers will die slowly - ARE the badger lobbyists pleased that lots of badgers will now die slow blood-coughing TB deaths? Farming has spent 57 years compulsorily slaughtering any cattle with a strong antibody to TB. The kill results prove it, "the so-called test is a farce". After 57 years of complying with these rules, cattle are now more susceptible to TB than they were when we started testing in 1950 and all we get is more red tape… GF Martin, Saul (story)

29.8.08

Worcester News 29.8.08 Hounds join funeral procession By David Paine - HUNTING hounds led a procession to a village church before tributes were made to a woman who loved the countryside. Vera Evans was described at her funeral yesterday as a woman who was passionate about nature, hunting hounds and pretty flowers. More than 30 people walked behind the coffin carrying the 84-year-old into Christ Church, Lower Broadheath, before the service started just after noon…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 29.8.08 Lord of the hunt dies - LORD Ashton of Hyde, who rode with the Heythrop Hunt for 70 years, has died aged 81. The former director of Barclays Bank would go to his office early to open post and dictate replies, then hunt all day and return, in muddy breeches, to sign the typed letters. He was treasurer of the hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, and, with his wife Pauline, joint president of its pony club. His elder son Henry – who succeeds to the peerage – became a joint master in 2007. His father had also been master of the Heythrop. A special lawn meet was held at his Gloucestershire farm when his age, combined with that of his faithful mount Sparbuck, reached 100… (story)

Isle of Man Courier/Independent/Examiner 29.8.08 Bid to boost wild grey partridge numbers - FARMERS and landowners are being urged to help boost the recovery of wild grey partridges – one of the Isle of Man's most rapidly declining farmland birds – by joining the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's grey partridge count scheme.… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 29.8.08 Shooting protesters make a stand - A dozen demonstrators gathered outside Council buildings yesterday to protest against grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor. Members of the West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs and their supporters displayed banners and handed out leaflets at Jacob’s Well offices and City Hall… Hunt saboteurs’ spokesman Luke Steele said: “We are here to shame the Council into action… (story)

Worcester News 29.8.08 Animal testing helps halt human suffering - Mrs Marilyn Brown, presumably referring to my own recent letters defending medical testing on non-human animals, writes (August 26) that she is in “despair” to see these arguments. She says she can only assume that the defence of animal testing is made by people “without compassion and/or ignorant of the appalling suffering of millions of sentient beings each year.” Surely, Mrs Brown cannot be unaware that suffering human beings are also suffering sentient beings?... BOB CHURCHILL, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 26.8.08 People should see animals suffering - I despair when I read letters defending medical experiments on animals. I can only assume such people are without compassion and/or ignorant of the appalling suffering of millions of sentient beings each year. Using animals is akin to using babies…. MRS MARILYN BROWN, Great Witley (letter)
Worcester News 14.8.08 Birds could be spared but humans would die - Pauline Burgess (August 8) again writes to lambast medical testing on animals. She deploys a common myth. The myth is that “the introduction of blood transfusions was delayed more than 200 years because of misleading results of animal tests”. Like many pseudo-scientific myths, the truth is in fact the opposite. … Currently, common pigeons are being used to develop treatments for malaria … There are two options: 1, We can inflict suffering on perhaps dozens upon dozens of pigeons, for which the possible consequence might be the alleviation of the suffering – and perhaps even the saving of the lives – of millions upon millions of people. Or, 2, We could spare the pigeons, and waste perhaps years of research looking for a way to make progress more “humanely” – while millions of human beings continue to suffer and die - Bob Churchill, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 8.8.08 Outlaw all those painful experiments - – In reply to Bob Churchill (July 24) what a pity he didn’t mention that the introduction of blood transfusions was delayed more than 200 years because of misleading results of animal tests…. PAULINE BURGERS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 24.7.08 Why experiments on animals are still vital - Medical research on non-human animals is not, as Pauline Burgess suggests (Letters, July 16) something which should be “outlawed”, nor should it be contrasted to “real science”. Development and testing on non-human animals has been and still is of fundamental importance to medical research and is a very real science…. BOB CHURCHILL, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 16.7.08 Animal research isn’t the answer - I would like to assure Mrs Hencher (July 5) that I certainly wasn’t judging her husband’s motives in supporting the British Heart Foundation. My sister has a serious heart condition and the animal-tested drugs she was given made her ill. So now she is waiting for the day when animal testing is outlawed and real science is used, so that she can have help…. PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern. (letter)
Worcester News 7.7.08 Foundation has been superb to us - In response to Penny Burgess’ letter (June 30), there are two sides to every story and it is wrong of her to judge my husband, Vaughan Hencher, and his motives for supporting the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The support given to us by the BHF in the last two years since Vaughan suffered his heart attack, aged only 46, has been much appreciated and beyond value to us and our children. He is proud to be able to offer something back in return by taking part in their charity bike ride this Sunday…. SUSAN HENCHER, Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 30.6.08 Campaign to stop them using animals - It is brave of Vaughan Hencher to ride a penny farthing bike (June 21), but I wonder if he realises that the charity he’s riding for uses animals in some of its research. Animal studies often lead down blind alleys and impede progress….. PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern Link (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 29.8.08 Chef Ramsay branded ‘stupid’ - SIR Paul McCartney has criticised Gordon Ramsay – calling the TV chef “stupid”. Ramsay, 41, has angered the ex-Beatle, 66, with his outspoken comments against vegetarians. The foul-mouthed chef has said he could not tolerate it if one of his three daughters came home with a vegetarian boyfriend. Kitchen Nightmares star Ramsay said recently: “If one of my daughters’ boyfriends turns out to be vegetarian I swear to God I’d never forgive them.” In another tirade, he said: “My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said ‘dad, I’m a vegetarian’. Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them.”…. (story)

Hastings Observer 29.8.08 Cruelty to gulls - Recently we have read several accounts of seagulls being either found dead, hurt or people attempting to hurt them…. I imagine that these people have such a low self esteem that to feel important to themselves and possibly in an attempt to hike their "street cred" in front of their pals, they inflict pain and suffering on helpless animals…. Kelly Stewart, Duke Street, Bexhill (letter)

28.8.08

Western Gazette 28.8.08 ON PARADE - A Sweeping epidemic of kennel cough nearly prevented the traditional parade of hounds and beagles taking place at this year's show…. The mounted South and West Wilts Hunt, led by master of hounds and huntsman Adam Waugh and kennel huntsman David Barnett, paraded 21 and a half couple of hounds around the main ring before they were joined by 11 and a half couple from the Wilts and Infantry Beagles… (story)

Daily Post 28.8.08 Hounds ready for work by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - ALWAYS a big pull at Merioneth Show are the hounds, and yesterday it was the turn of Berwyn Foxhounds to lure the crowds. Huntsman Dafydd Jones said the 29 hounds on display were itching to get back to work when the hunting season starts later in the autumn. He said the county's farmers were reporting rising levels of mange in foxes…. (story)

Telegraph 28.8.08 Fox caught napping on family sofa - These unique photos show the moment a fox was caught sleeping on the sofa of a London home. The fox did not run off as soon as it was rumbled but remained on the settee until it was coaxed off with the use of a rolled up newspaper… Bruce Lindsay-Smith, a fox control expert, said this type of behaviour was not typical for urban foxes, who are usually shy. "This one's been humanised. It has obviously been brought up as a cub by an animal sanctuary or a rescue centre and associates humans with food and has no fear of them. "A lot of people in sanctuaries treat foxes like pets, which is the worst thing you can do because they are not self-dependent any more… (story)

Lichfield Mercury 28.8.08 CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF CIRCUS WITH ANIMALS - Animal rights activists have urged families to boycott a circus which pitched up near Chasetown this week. Peter Jolly's Circus, which has been touring for 37 years, is one of just seven in the country still to use animals in performances… The RSPCA's Lucy Hayreh said: "All we can really achieve is to educate people and show them they should go to a normal circus where there is absolutely no abuse involved… Miss Hayreh said she is 'glad' Ming the bear is dead. "It's a dreadful thing to say but she was kept in a cage all her life," the RCPSA officer claimed…. Miss Hayreh said animal activists planned peaceful protests outside the circus - but admitted violence had flared at similar demonstrations around the UK…. (story)

Scottish Herald 28.8.08 Unfair hate campaign against grey squirrels - Environment Minister Mike Russell's call for a cull of grey squirrels is grossly unfair and does not stack up factually (The Herald, August 27). If we want to assist the red squirrels to survive, we should be improving their habitat by planting trees in which they thrive, rather than wallpapering the countryside with native broadleaves that favour the greys' expansion. We should also reduce our own intrusion into their domain… Angus Macmillan, Meikle Boturich, Near Balloch, Dunbartonshire. (letter)

Harborough Mail 28.8.08 Why are chickens any different when it comes to animal cruelty legislation? - You recently were kind enough to publish the story of my ex-battery hen Flopsy… I helped out a 'rescue' the other week and experienced first hand the dreadful conditions these poor souls have to suffer, which I will elaborate on if you wish… I am not out to cause trouble for any oneparticular farmer as, in a way, they are not doing anything illegal, but we must do something to stop this cruelty - Rosemary Graves (story)

27.8.08

Independent 27.8.08 Barbarous cruelty - I agree with John Bryant… but don't think he goes far enough. If animal distress is the issue then we should be intervening between the species. What could possibly be more distressing than being eaten alive? It's quite simply barbaric. Rob Hatcher, Northampton (letter)
Independent 26.8.08 The dangerous idea of sentient animals - Steady on, Indy! Gorillas suffer grief, and magpies are highly intellectual (reports, 19 August). Next you will be reporting that cows suffer great distress when we take away their newborn calves so that we can steal their milk, that foxes really don't enjoy being hounded to death by David Cameron and his chums, that rats suffer miserably as they take two weeks to bleed to death internally from poison, that elephants performing tricks do so out of fear of the violence meted out by their trainers… John Bryant, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Leicester Mercury 27.8.08 ANIMAL TESTS PROTEST - Activists protesting against animal testing were taking to the streets today. Animal welfare group Uncaged was due to be demonstrating in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, about the testing of beauty products on animals… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 27.8.08 Animal welfare group says seagull plan will be too late By Tim Pauling - Government plans for a specialist taskforce to combat aggressive seagulls have been attacked by an animal welfare organisation. Last week Environment Minister Michael Russell announced a pilot project in Dumfries to look at solutions to birds diving at people, scattering rubbish and making a racket. But the Animal Concern Advice Line (ACAL) claims that plans for next spring will be too late. It has also threatened legal action if any sparrowhawks are killed or injured in another initiative to protect racing pigeons. ACAL secretary John Robins said the plan to stop gulls nesting on roofs starting next spring was a non-starter…. (story)

26.8.08

Western Mail 26.8.08 Hunters sign union charter by Steve Dube, Western Mail - REPRESENTATIVES from the international hunting community have signed a Charter of the International Union of Hunting with Hounds. Delegates from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand agreed to “actively oppose those who seek to attack the interests of hunting with hounds”. The charter, drawn up in a conference in Ireland, sets down common beliefs on animal welfare, wildlife management and stewardship, the use of hounds and the right to choose… (story)

Irish Independent 26.8.08 Hare today, gone tomorrow . . . The effects of climate change are well known to the Green Party, which has accorded due priority in Government to this global challenge…. I hope it will also move speedily to address the implications of our recent prolonged spell of wet weather for Ireland's hare population… Modern farm practices that deprive it of habitat and food militate against its survival and well-being. But so do the activities of over 70 coursing clubs that scour the countryside in search of hares to serve as live bait…. JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

25.8.08

BBC News Online 25.8.08 Hounds paraded at hunt open day - Almost 200 people turned out to meet the hounds at the kennels of a Kent hunt during an open day. Many of the visitors to the East Kent Hunt event in Elham on Sunday were there to show their support for their hunting. Richard Blakeney, a professional huntsman, and Mark Westaway, a whipper-in, paraded the hounds for the crowd… (story)

IRISH SEMINAR ON ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM
Horse & Hound 25.8.08 Irish hunting groups take on the saboteurs - IRISH field sports groups have launched a counter-attack on animal rights extremists, who they claim seek to ban all hunting and disrupt businesses in the republic. The Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) held two seminars, entitled "Animal rights terrorism: Understanding the enemy" and "Vegan and animal rights extremists, their political ideology: Consumer intimidation" at a Dublin hotel on 7 and 8 August… (story)
Irish Times 9.8.08 Animal rights groups engage in intimidation to achieve 'meatless, petless' society, seminar told - OLIVIA KELLY - CIRCUSES, BUTCHERS, furriers and restaurateurs are being intimidated and bullied by militant animal rights activists, a seminar on the growth of the animal rights movement was told yesterday. The seminar, Consumer Intimidation, the Vegan/Animal Rights Agenda, was organised by Gavin Duffy of the Hunting Association of Ireland, in response to what he says are increasingly intimidatory protests by animal rights activists… Laura Broxson of the National Animal Rights Association said the seminar was "disgusting". "We think these people are horrible…. Bernie Wright of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs said her organisation did follow people into restaurants and protest outside businesses, but said their actions were always peaceful… (story)
Irish Times 8.8.08 Militants pushing meatless, petless society, seminar told - OLIVIA KELLY - Militant animal rights groups are using children to push their agenda of a meatless, petless society, a seminar on the growth of the animal rights movement was told this morning… Lt Col Dennis J Foster, master of the Foxhounds Association of America, told delegates... that militant animal rights literature was circulating in American schools…. A group of about 30 protesters held a peaceful outside the seminar at the Ballsbridge Court (formerly Berkeley Court) hotel in Dublin yesterday. Laura Broxson of the National Animal Rights Association said the seminar was “disgusting… (story)
Irish Times 8.8.08 IFA chief not going to forum on animal rights movement - OLIVIA KELLY - IRISH FARMERS Association (IFA) president Pádraig Walshe has said he will not participate in a seminar on the animal rights movement today and has denied that he agreed to attend the event. The seminar, Consumer Intimidation, the Vegan/Animal Rights Agenda, was organised by Gavin Duffy of the Hunting Association of Ireland, in response to what he says are increasingly intimidatory protests by animal rights activists. The brochure issued to delegates lists Mr Walshe as one of three speakers due to address the event in Dublin this morning. Mr Duffy said yesterday that Mr Walshe had agreed to participate…. Groups including the National Animal Rights Association and the Association of Hunt Saboteurs intend to protest outside the event…. (story)
Irish Times 7.8.08 Anti-blood sports council criticises IFA over seminar - OLIVIA KELLY - THE IRISH Council Against Blood Sports has criticised the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) for endorsing what the council claims is a pro-hunting seminar which it says demonises animal protection groups. The seminar, Consumer Intimidation, the Vegan/Animal Rights Agenda, has been organised by Gavin Duffy of the Hunting Association of Ireland, in response to what he says are increasingly intimidatory protests by animal rights activists… Aideen Yourell of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports said the seminar was clearly designed to garner support for hunting… Mr Dempsey said he had been invited to speak in his capacity as chairman of the Kildare Hunt and editor of the Irish Farmers Journal… (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 25.8.08 Birds of prey still persecuted - JOHN Cooper highlights the persecution of birds of prey on Scottish grouse moors (LT August 14). Mountain hares too are persecuted because they allegedly carry a tick-borne virus which kills grouse chicks. During 2006/07 around 19,400 hares were shot across 90 estates…. The industry based upon the killing of game birds for fun, along with wildlife perceived to threaten it, has no place in a modern, civilised society here in the 21st century, RODNEY HALE, Chairman Hare Preservation Trust, Crediton, Devon (letter)

BBC News Online 25.8.08 Snaring of badgers 'increasing' - Incidents of badgers found snared have increased, according to figures recorded by charity Scottish Badgers. Fourteen have been reported so far this year - 12 of the cases between February and June. The incidents involved 19 animals. Ian Hutchison, of Scottish Badgers, said the organisation had been calling for snares to be outlawed…. (story)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 25.8.08 Steward injured as protest turns ugly - A steward at Wolverhampton’s dog racing track suffered a broken arm after being knocked to the ground during an animal rights protest.Police were called to Monmore Green Stadium during races on Saturday night after the safety steward was attacked. The man, who had been controlling traffic, was rushed to New Cross Hospital with a suspected broken arm. The protest group Greyhound Action holds regular campaigns at the racetrack to highlight allegations about the treatment of racing and retired dogs…. Richard Brankley, Monmore Green’s general manager, said: “There are regular protests from animal rights activists and there is a history of disruption as they try and stop cars getting in. This guy was just doing his job trying to keep the traffic flowing in and he was just set upon… Police scoured CCTV footage and two people were arrested in connection with the incident…. (story)

Dundee Courier 25.8.08 Rallying against shooting of seals - ANIMAL CAMPAIGNERS were in Dundee yesterday to rally public support for a ban on the shooting of seals in Scotland… Advocates for Animals’ campaigns officer Joanne Sim said, “We are sure that the people of Dundee will be horrified to find out that thousands of seals are needlessly being shot every year in Scotland… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 23.8.08 Campaigners call for the legal protection of seals in Scotland By Eilidh Morrison - WILDLIFE welfare campaigners visited Moray yesterday to highlight the plight of thousands of seals killed every year in Scottish waters. Advocates for Animals supporters launched their campaign at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay, accompanied by a 6ft Sandy the Seal character… (story)

24.8.08

Horse & Hound 24.8.08 Hunting Act removed from latest edition of police manual - THE Hunting Act has been removed from the 2008 edition of Blackstone's Police Manual, the required reading for officers taking exams for promotion to sergeant and inspector. A spokesman for publisher Oxford University Press said: "We have completely reviewed the manual this year to make it as focused as possible on the promotion exams. "The National Policing Improvement Agency asked those within the force to identify areas they thought could be cut from the book. The Hunting Act was one… (story)

Observer 24.8.08 UK's moorlands under threat from pollution and poverty - Well-managed uplands are vital for tourism and carbon capture. But atmospheric pollution, overgrazing and the financial plight of hill farmers are having a devastating impact. Caroline Davies reports on efforts to save a vital tradition … The fight to preserve the uplands has made them a battleground of tension and feud. The hill farmers' financial plight, the grouse shooters' wealth, rows over burning heather, accusations over poisoned birds of prey and water companies' demands - all are thorny issues that add up to a complex jigsaw…. Adrian Blackmore, moorland policy officer for the Countryside Alliance, said: 'If it wasn't for grouse, the well-managed moors that make up parts of the uplands as we know and love them would be a barren wilderness of grass and old heather supporting no wildlife...(story)

23.8.08

Northern Echo 23.8.08 Cisse answers Keane’s call for star personalities By Andy Richardson - WHEN Roy Keane bemoaned the lack of ‘characters’ in Sunderland’s dressing room last season, it was fair to assume his summer transfer recruitment would bring a few big personalities to the Stadium of Light. The loan signing of Djibril Cisse secured Keane a largerthan- life character whose colourful CV, alongside his football exploits, includes spells as a film star, fashion label owner and, bizarrely, Lord of The Manor… Cisse didn’t endear himself to the local country set by banning the Cheshire fox hunt from riding through his land… (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 23.8.08 A big thanks for generous giving - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the generous people of Derby in raising £121.39 at a street collection on August 2… Emily Parsons, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator, May Street, Derby (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 23.8.08 Foie gras campaigners claim victory in Nottingham - ANTI foie gras campaigners are claiming a victory after a number of city restaurants agreed to remove the delicacy from their restaurants. The protesters from Nottingham Animal Rights are known to stand outside restaurants which serve foie gras, holding banners and shouting at customers… (story)

Northern Echo 23.8.08 Fur farming - AS China is in the spotlight with coverage of the Olympic Games, I thought it opportune to highlight the horrific Chinese industry of fur farming. Those who don’t believe what I say can log onto the website run by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and see for themselves… M Embling, Crook, Co Durham (letter)

22.8.08

Independent 22.8.08 Terence Blacker: Zoos show us little more than our own cruelty - There was a time when potentates travelling the world would shoot an animal – a tiger or a lion perhaps – as an expression of diplomatic friendship towards their hosts. The modern equivalent is to trade in endangered animals. Playing this deeply unattractive game, Gordon Brown will shortly travel to Beijing where, as part of a determined schmooze-the-Chinese offensive, he is expected to finalise a deal to bring two giant pandas to Edinburgh zoo…. The age of the zoo is over. Sensible families will keep their children away from the two luckless giant pandas who will soon be making Edinburgh their miserable home (story)

VIVA! KANGAROO LETTER
Leicester Mercury 22.8.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: KANGAROOS THRIVING IN OUTBACK - I feel I must comment on the letter from Justin Kerswell regarding the eating of kangaroo meat (Mailbox, August 16). As someone who works in the Australian Outback, I have never heard such rubbish in my life. Firstly, kangaroos are not in danger at all - in fact their numbers are incredibly high…. Chris Nellist, Cobar, NSW (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 20.8.08 Letter: Bring on Skippy steak - Justin Kershwell, Viva! Campaigner, writes from Bristol to tell us that "Official Australian government figures show that there are now 33 million fewer kangaroos in the areas used for commercial hunting than just seven years ago – a drop of 57%. So by my maths, there must have been well over 66 million kangaroos just in the areas used for commercial hunting in 2001…. I want to do my bit for the environment and poor ickle endangered animals. Where can I get me a Skippy steak then? BJ MANN Valley Road, Nottingham (letter)
Western Daily Press 18.8.08 There is no chance of the kangaroo becoming extinct - AS an Australian living in Bristol, I was amazed to read that Justin Kerswell fully understands the kangaroo situation in Australia based on what he obviously read off the worldwide web… With more than five times more kangaroos in Australia than humans, there is no chance of extinction… Patrick Cape Bristol (letter)
Isle of Man Examiner 18.8.08 FROM: JUSTIN KERSWELL, Campaigner for Viva! 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol. BS2 8QH (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.8.08 MAILBOX: SAVE KANGAROOS - AND HELP TO SAVE THE PLANET - Justin Kerswell, Viva!, Bristol. (story)
Western Morning News 15.8.08 Stop kangaroo slaughter - Justin Kerswell Campaigner, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Plymouth Herald 14.8.08 Roo the day... JUSTIN KERSWELL, Plymouth (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 14.8.08 LETTER: SPARE KANGAROOS - I am writing to ask readers not to fall for the nonsense that eating kangaroo meat will help end global warming. Whilst it is true that they produce fewer greenhouse gasses than cattle, their population in Australia is in crisis and an increase in the market in the UK for this so-called 'exotic meat' could spell disaster for these gentle animals…. Australians - and the rest of us - would be much better off throwing a veggie burger on the barbie if we want to cut our carbon footprint… JUSTIN KERSWELL Campaigner, Viva! Wilder Street, Bristol (story)

Manchester Evening News 22.8.08 Cruelty in the ring - I AM saddened that the MEN has again given publicity to bullfighter Frank Evans. You seems to imply that we should be proud that Frank comes from Salford and is the first Englishman to earn the accolade of Matador de Toros… You state his father was a butcher – that word just about sums Frank up. Please don’t give this man any more publicity. Kath Thompson, Levenshulme (letter)
Manchester Evening News 22.8.08 Hope for revenge - IT sickened me to read that this man takes pleasure at torturing innocent animals and that he takes pleasure and openly admits it is what he ‘loves’ doing. All I can say is that I really do hope that some day the bull gets his revenge… Mrs Ann Boardman, Partington (letter)

21.8.08

Somerset Guardian 21.8.08 AUTHOR PASSIONATELY OPPOSED TO BLOOD SPORTS - Born in 1946, Ian Pedler has been opposed to blood sports since first joining the League Against Cruel Sports as a ten-year-old. He was active with the Hunt Saboteurs Association from its beginnings in 1963, then as founder of the Save Our Stags Campaign, while also serving as an executive committee member of the League Against Cruel Sports until resigning as an active animal rights campaigner in the late 1980s. Mr Pedler has just completed his controversial book, also entitled Save Our Stags, which deals with the 'back-room' stories behind many of the best-known blood sports incidents of the past 100 years…. (story)

Mirror 21.8.08 Right-wing elitists didn't give us a sporting chance Brian Reade - There is a much-touted belief that the older you get the more right-wing your thinking becomes… This week, as British Olympians go gold-crazy as a result of massive public spending, the right sprints into denial… Some Tories claim John Major was the catalyst because he introduced the National Lottery. But like the Northern Ireland peace process he was simply there when it happened… If you want to take the Beijing glory forward don't vote for a party whose core supporters believe the only sports worth defending are fox-hunting and poor-baiting. Who knows, if we get round to replacing our moronic national anthem with a socialist hymn like Jerusalem, 2012 could be the most awe-inspiring time to be British…. Shun the fox hunters and poor-baiters (story)

LACS CUB HUNTING LETTER
Bath Chronicle 21.8.08 FURY AT CUB HUNTING - May I endorse Chris Gale's view on the reprehensible practice of cub hunting (Chronicle Letters July 31).Training hounds to persecute and kill young fox cubs makes no sense when fox hunting is illegal…. KATHERINE WATSON Stockport, Cheshire (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 20.8.08 Help to tackle this form of savagery - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Suffolk Free Press 7.8.08 Savage acts - At around this time of the year, perhaps what is one of the most savage acts of hunting, will be taking place in some woodland areas around the country. Despite being illegal, cub hunting – an appalling form of animal cruelty – is still believed to be practised by hunting extremists… Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming GU7 1QZ (letter)
Plymouth Herald 4.8.08 Barbaric acts - CHRIS DEACON, Plymouth (letter)
Bath Chronicle 31.7.08 KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ILLEGAL FOX CUB HUNTS - CHRIS GALE Dover St Chippenham (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 30.7.08 Watch for hounds learning the art of hunting foxes - A BARBARIC and illegal activity could be taking place in your area at this time of year when criminals with dogs terrorise and kill young wild animals for fun…. This is the time when young hounds, together with more experienced companions, are taken out early in the morning or evening by hunters to learn the art of hunting foxes as a pack…. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.7.08 Barbaric cub killing happening near you - A BARBARIC, and thankfully now illegal activity, could well be taking place in your area at this time of year as criminals with dogs terrorise and kill young wild animals for fun. In late summer, as the families of foxes are completing the rearing of the cubs, young hounds together with more experienced companions are taken out in the very early morning or in the evening by hunters to learn the art of hunting foxes as a pack…. Chris Gale, Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)

North Devon Journal 21.8.08 Join Animal Aid campaign and put a stop to horse racing - BEHIND horse racing's glamorous facade lies a catalogue of suffering and death. According to national campaign group, Animal Aid, more than 400 horses are raced to death every year…. For more information, and to view Animal Aid's powerful 90-second film, please visit the Animal Aid website LISA SHELLEY, Berrynarbor. (letter)

Daily Record 21.8.08 Animal charity PETA offer reward in hunt for sick killer who skinned Scots kid's rabbit - ANTI-FUR charity PETA have offered a reward to help catch a sick rabbit killer. Misty was taken from its hutch in Dundee last week, skinned and its fur left in owner Brad Milne's garden… (story)

Independent 21.8.08 Respect for animals - Primates who, among other species, grieve over their dead babies… How much more evidence do we need to persuade us to stop exploiting other creatures as commodities… Marian Hussenbux, Arrowe Park, Wirral (letter)

Tamworth Times 21.8.08 Circus defends 'boycott' call By Cillian O'Brien - An animal rights group are urging the boycott of a circus in Polesworth this weekend. Manchester-based organisation, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, are encouraging locals to avoid Peter Jolly's Circus which is in town from Friday, August 22 to Monday, August 25…. (story)

Essex Echo 21.8.08 Time to outlaw these circuses - With the Great British circus back in Rochford, people should boycott it as they use animals to perform silly and degrading tricks which they would not do in the wild… Timothy Christopher, Grapnells, Vange (letter)

20.8.08

Wirral Globe 20.8.08 Globe readers quiz Cameron By Carol Emmas TORY leader David Cameron visited Wirral on his first trip to the borough to host a question and answer free for all with Globe readers. He promised no long speeches in his informal hour long session and delivered answers to many of the 450 residents that attended Weatherhead High School in Wallasey, part of his ‘Cameron Direct’ tour… A tricky moment for Mr Cameron was a question put by an anti-fox hunting protestor about bringing back hunting rights. He replied that he would vote to get rid of the Hunting Act… Protestors from the League Against Cruel Sports met the Conservative leader outside the school with banners declaring “Cameron has vowed to bring back hunting - don’t support him.” (story)
Birkenhead News 20.8.08 David Cameron answers voters’ questions at ‘power hour’ public meeting at Weatherhead School, Wallasey by Sue McCann - DAVID Cameron took to the stage at Weatherhead School, Wallasey, on Thursday in front of 400 voters…. There were gasps from the audience as an anti-hunt protester accused Cameron of barbarity for his pro-hunting stance. In an unapologetic response, he said: “In a civilised society we have to respect each other’s rights to take part in a pastime which has gone on in our country for centuries.” (story)

SX News 20.8.08 Keeping Abreast - Katrina Fox - UNIFORM MATTERS - I’ve never been a particularly big fan of uniforms… Forget the image of the nice helpful bobby cycling around the local beat, my experiences of the old bill have been predominantly hard-faced, unstable, sociopathic monsters who shouldn’t be put in charge of a organising a game of bingo… During an animal rights demonstration in the mid ’90s in Oxford town centre against a farm that bred kittens for vivisection, 666 (on a horse – poor creature) charged the crowd, sending people flying… We, a group of caring, compassionate folk from all walks of life, were ‘the enemy’, to be taken down and brutalised. This wasn’t jobs for the boys, it was jobs for state-sanctioned thugs…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 20.8.08 Muddled science lets us all down - FARMERS let down by muddled science? Having been on the old badger TB panel, I'm struck forcibly by how often farmers and indeed society in general are being hampered by pseudoscience… M. Hancox, Stroud (letter)

19.8.08

Western Daily Press 19.8.08 'Compassionate' Tories want to make hunting legal again - AS a campaigner for animal welfare in our region, I recently wrote to the new batch of Tory prospective Parliamentary candidates in Bristol to ask how they would vote in Parliament, should they win their seats, on repealing the ban on hare- coursing and chasing down and killing foxes and deer with packs of dogs for fun… It seems the Tories in Bristol do not share the decent and compassionate approach to our wildlife of the British people… I'm confident Bristol people don't want those who would vote for wild animals to be ripped apart for fun representing them in Parliament. Chris Gale Chippenham (letter)

Inverness Courier 19.8.08 Cautious nod from the country set - REMEMBERING the back-up of traffic at the entrance to the Moy Field Sports Fair the last time I went, this year I made sure I arrived early… After chatting to some of the people involved with what could be termed the countryside lobby, I gained the impression that there is a renewed confidence among them. They have been encouraged by what they see as a change of attitude in Holyrood where the SNP appears to be taking countryside matters more seriously than its predecessors in office. The Scottish Countryside Alliance newsletter this summer carried an article by Michael Russell, minister for the environment… The SCA newsletter has awarded the SNP administration an overall score of three out of five on rural issues… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 19.8.08 Tanya Gold: Fur crying out loud, why can’t Stella give it a rest - When you want to find a solution to a political problem, do you turn to experts, or actors? I ask because Stella McCartney is angry with Gwyneth Paltrow — about a subject neither of them understands. They are arguing about cruelty to animals this time… Stella is concerned about animals. I am too. But Stella — have people ever crossed your mind? You design clothes for H&M and Adidas. Would that be the same Adidas who has been accused in the European Parliament of handing out contracts to Indonesian factories that use child labour? The same H&M whose Indian supplier recently confirmed that wages paid to garment workers were as little as £1.13 for a nine-hour day? Indeed, you got rich in an industry that is built on making women feel like beach balls, where skeletal models are partly responsible for the epidemic of anorexia and bulimia sweeping the West. And you dare to lecture us about fur?... (story)
Independent on Sunday 17.8.08 Fur flies as Gwyneth Paltrow offends her animal-rights friends By Jonathan Owen - She is almost as famous for her green, holistic lifestyle as she is for her film roles, but Gwyneth Paltrow has become the focus of angry animal rights campaigners. The actress is fronting the autumn collection of fur-lined boots and bags from the Italian company Tod's – which also uses ostrich and snakeskin in its products… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) went as far as to criticise her parenting, saying: "Gwyneth Paltrow won't be the apple of her daughter's eye if she continues to flaunt fur…. The row is ironic, as Ms Paltrow enjoys a close friendship with the designer Stella McCartney…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 17.8.08 Gwyneth Paltrow in fur row with animal activists - Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress, has angered animal rights campaigners by endorsing a new collection of luxury goods using fur. By Urmee Khan - The Hollywood star has been signed up by Italian designer Tod's and is pictured draped in fox fur and wearing fur-lined boots feature in the company's latest advertising campaign… Mark Glover, director of Respect for Animals, said: "Gwyneth Paltrow should be ashamed. I can only assume that Paltrow either is ignorant of the facts or lacks human decency and compassion."…(story)

Essex Echo 19.8.08 Disgust at cull of Canadian seals - I write to express my disgust at Canada’s seal hunt… Eileen Dunn, Roberts Road, Laindon (letter)

18.8.08

Financial Times 18.8.08 For the Love of Animals - Review by David Shaftel - For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement By Kathryn Shevelow - In the introduction to For the Love of Animals , Kathryn Shevelow quickly dispenses with any pretence of objectivity, declaring that “current animal cruelty laws are woefully inadequate”…. While her stance is clear, she suppresses any evangelical fervour that often characterises arguments for or against animal protection legislation. As a result, For the Love of Animals is a notably evenhanded book, even if it is unlikely to promote dialogue between animal-protection advocates and their adversaries (story)

17.8.08

WALTHAMSTOW STADIUM CLOSURE
Observer 17.8.08 A slice of working-class life finally goes to the dogs - Thousands turn up at Walthamstow track to bid a last farewell to a London institution - Euan Ferguson - Finally, late last night, the hare got away. For 75 years it has been chased, literally hounded, by 12, 13 generations of greyhounds; never caught, but never safe. Today and forever it will be left alone… (story)
BBC News Online 17.8.08 Dog track hosts last planned race - Campaigners are still hoping for a reprieve for Walthamstow stadium, which hosted its last planned greyhound race on Saturday. Supporters took a 15,000-strong petition against the closure to Walthamstow Town Hall, east London….(story)
Sunday Telegraph 17.8.08 Walthamstow's dogs have had their day - Sorry end to the tale for greyhound fans as the final race is run and the track is sold to developers By Adam Lusher - Perhaps for the last time, a glint of mischievous excitement lit up Ginger's eyes. "Mountjoy Diamond," he exclaimed, "daughter of Star of Dromain, the Queen of Walthamstow. My dog. My dog will win the last race at Walthamstow." …But when James "Ginger" Holgate, builder, greyhound owner, punter extraordinaire, thought beyond that last race at Walthamstow Stadium, his grin disappeared. East London's "Las Vegas at the end of the Victoria Line" closed last night after being sold for a reported £22.5 million to make way for 'affordable housing' – as well as hundreds of more expensive homes – near the 2012 Olympics site… (story)
Times 16.8.08 Gone to the Dogs: the last race at Walthamstow Stadium - For 20 years, Mick Hume has been going to Walthamstow Stadium to bet, dream and shout with the crowds. With the last race running tonight, he laments the passing of a gaudy, glamorous institution… (story)
Telegraph 15.8.08 David Beckham mourns closure of Walthamstow dog track - A greyhound stadium where a teenage David Beckham had a part-time job collecting glasses is to close. By Paul Eccleston - Dogs will chase the electronic hare round the 475m track at Walthamstow in London's East End for the last time this weekend. An 11th hour attempt by a consortium to buy or lease the stadium ended in failure…. (story)
Telegraph 14.8.08 Sun goes down on Walthamstow Greyhound track - It's the dogs. Flickering neon from a striking art deco building announces proudly this is Walthamstow. By Jasper Gerard - Excitement crackles round the famous greyhound racing stadium as large crowds throng towards the turnstiles, babes in Prada as much as cloth-capped wheezers. It is known, without apparent irony, as 'the Lord's of the dogs' and on Saturday it will almost certainly close forever, echoing only to the thundering paws of long-dead pedigree animals and the rustle of discarded betting slips… (story)
Guardian 9.8.08 Tail-end of a working-class tradition - Jeremy Kuper - Walthamstow's famous dog track will close this month, and the site will be sold to property developers. Twenty licensed dog-racing stadiums have shut in Britain over the past decade, and Walthamstow is one of London's last. It is certainly the end of an era for the sport in the capital. But does its demise represent the sad passing of a working-class tradition – a dog day afternoon – or is it good news for animal welfare?... Not everybody is upset about the closure of the Stow – the League Against Cruel Sports has campaigned vigorously for regulation of dog racing, and improved facilities for retired dogs. It calls the closure of the Walthamstow "great news"…. (story)

BBC News Online 17.8.08 Lab animal use 'tops 100 million' By Jennifer Carpenter - A new analysis claims the number of animals used worldwide in laboratory experiments is close to 115 million… Reported in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, the figure has been contested by pro-experiment groups. The global estimate is the result of a joint venture between the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research… (story)
Guardian 13.8.08 Vivisection Study finds 115 million animals used in tests worldwide - James Randerson, science correspondent - About 115 million animals were used in scientific research globally in 2005, according to an estimate based on official national figures and extrapolations from the number of scientific papers that were published involving animals…. The global estimate was put together jointly by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research and is published in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 17.8.08 Give apes same rights as humans - THE news that 95% of former laboratory chimps suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder is timely ('Lab chimps show same stress symptoms as tortured humans', August 3). The European Commission will shortly publish the first draft of a new animal experimentation directive and campaigners are pressing for the use of great apes (and other primates) in experiments to be banned… Alistair Currie, senior research and campaigns co-ordinator PETA-Europe, London (letter)

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Daily Mail 16.8.08 How a townie took to the moors and vowed never to grouse about shooting again By Amanda Platell - Like many townies, my prejudices about the Glorious Twelfth were well and truly fully formed. The official start of the shooting season was nothing more than an ancient ritual to massacre thousands of defenceless bird… So it was with some cynicism and not a little trepidation that I agreed to take part in the Glorious Twelfth last Tuesday, the traditional start of the shooting season, on a moor on the Durham/ Northumberland border…. Having missed my first bird and about to hand over my place to the next gun, I looked back at the group. Mums with red-faced babies, teenage boys ripe with excitement, the woman dog trainer, fathers, sons, daughters, neighbours, all chatting in the rain. It was then that I got it. This was as much about friendship as it was about sport. It was like a pub with no building and no beer, a gathering of family and friends, rich and poor. It was something most of we townies have lost. It was a community…. (story)

Scotsman 16.8.08 A meaty debate - Yet again James Boyle bores us with his repetitive diatribe against meat-eating… Mr Boyle is concerned about the amount of methane released into the atmosphere by flatulent cattle. Has he ever stopped to calculate the volume of greenhouse gases that would be produced by 6.7 billion human vegetarians? ERIC BEGBIE, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire (letter)
Scotsman 14.8.08 Scrap animal farming to make a real difference - Dorothy H Crawford, professor of medical microbiology and assistant principal for public understanding of medicine at the University of Edinburgh, suggests research into the reduction of methane production in cattle will solve the problems identified by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's (Unfao) document Livestock's Long Shadow… Prof Crawford declares that "we are rightfully proud of British dairy products". I don't share this pride; what is there to be proud about in killing animals for pleasure? Dairy, meat and eggs are an irrelevance to our human dietary needs because we can source all the food we need from plants without needlessly killing animals… JAMES BOYLE, Glazert Road, Dunlop, East Ayrshire (letter)

15.8.08

Independent 15.8.08 The cruel 'sport' of hunting with hounds - I believe Jonathan Phillips (letter, 13 August) underestimates the impact hunting with hounds has on the image of our country…. The first time I saw a hounded fox, dark with sweat, his tail and ears down like a frightened little dog, I hurt inside… G E Purser, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (letter)
Independent 14.8.08 Mercy killing? - If Jonathan Philips (letter, 13 August) is to be believed, foxes should be grateful for being killed by dogs. Fox mothers shot and their cubs dug out and baited to train young hounds? Oh yes, this is much nicer than dying of old age!... Judi Hewitt, Rhyl, Denbighshire (letter)
Independent 13.8.08 Natural fate of foxes is no fun - If Maurice Brett (letter, 12 August) considers that Britain's image abroad depends significantly on whether or not hunting with dogs is permitted, he is deluded. What about binge drinking, rotten public transport, hospital-acquired infection rates, the pomp and circumstance of monarchy, our bearpit of a parliament, our sneering ignorance of other countries? (This list is not exhaustive.)…. Hunting with dogs is certainly no crueller than mother nature.We might find killing for fun offensive, but that is not in itself a reason for banning it. Indeed, to the extent that the killing is necessary for pest-control, why not make the process enjoyable?... Jonathan Phillips, Norwich (letter)
Independent 12.8.08 Tories still wedded to ancient savagery - Your series of articles headlined "Preparing for power"' reveals a Conservative Party still in thrall to established Tory values… Do we want the image of a modern Britain to be one where hares are torn apart by greyhounds, where deer are chased for 30 miles until exhausted, and foxes pursued in a similar manner and dug from their refuge by men with spades and terriers; all for human entertainment?... Maurice Brett, Marlbrook, Worcestershire (letter)

BBC News Online 15.8.08 Call to end animal pain-research - Using animals to research pain has "limited value" and should be replaced by newer technologies, argues a panel of medical experts from across England…. At a workshop organised by charities and organisations funding or promoting alternatives to animal experiments, such as the RSPCA and UK Human Tissues Bank, the experts said modern, powerful brain imaging had the potential to change how some experiments were done…. Dr Gill Langley, of the Dr Hadwen Trust, a medical research charity set up to promote non-animal research techniques, also helped to write the report…. (story)

Wiltshire Times 15.8.08 Compassion-ate - I WOULD like to thank the people of Warminster for raising £42,84 during my street collection on Saturday, August 9 in aid of Compassion In World Farming… DR R G CHALLONER GREEN, Trowbridge (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 15.8.08 Thanks for support - On behalf of Animal Aid, I would like to thank the people of Bradford for their generosity in raising £99.41 at a street collection last Saturday… Miss L Hall, Haigh Beck View, Idle (story)

14.8.08

Derbyshire Times 14.8.08 Bakewell Show draws the crowds - The colour and rhythm of Zambian dancers contrasted sharply with the splendour of traditional heavy horse turnouts when the gates opened on the 178th Bakewell Show this week…. Other attractions included a 15-minute production of Oliver! by the Storybag Theatre Company, displays by the Barlow Hounds and Bakewell Band, and the daily grand parade of winners (story)

North West Evening Mail 14.8.08 Lakeland shows axed and caravan park flooded - ONGOING wet weather has stopped two agricultural shows going ahead in South Cumbria. Lakeland Country Fair and Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show have been cancelled due to the recent rain…. Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show was due to take place from 9am today … Lakeland Country Fair was due to take place on Sunday at Torver Showground… traditional activities such as the ever-popular horn-blowing competition, alpacas and fell pony and foxhound displays were also set to bring in crowds… Show organisers are now hoping to host a smaller yet similar event in September instead…. (story)

Craven Herald 14.8.08 Rain means it's not so 'glorious' - Driving rain on Tuesday made for a damp start to the grouse shooting season at Bolton Abbey. The season begins on August 12 but fewer birds have been available in the last few years. Estate manager Ben Heyes said the cold and wet year had had an effect on the breeding stock and there were not as many birds as hoped… (story)

Berwickshire News 14.8.08 Sporting estates hoping for record year - THE four-month grouse shooting season got under way on the "Glorious Twelfth" and sporting estates in the Borders are hoping for a record year… The League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPB have raised concerns that bird of prey populations were falling in areas where there was grouse moor management. The Scottish Countryside Alliance and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have both highlighted the economic benefits of shooting for rural Scotland…(story)

Lancashire Telegraph 14.8.08 'Sport' is barbaric - AS we approach the start of the new shooting season, I would like to remind readers why August 12 is anything but ‘glorious.’ In recent weeks we have had a barrage of stories with headlines such as “estates blamed for killing hen harriers,” “gamekeepers are killing harriers”…. How on Earth can an industry which depends on the mass slaughter of wildlife for entertainment purpopses be thought ‘glorious?’ Barbaric, or perhaps immoral would seem more appropriate terms… JOHN COOPER, Chairman League Against Cruel Sports, Godalming, Surrey (story)

North Wales Chronicle 14.8.08 "Ethnic" cleansing of grey squirrels will not save Anglesey's reds - THE ongoing ethnic cleansing of grey squirrels is grossly unfair and will only produce short-term results in localised areas…. The hate campaign against grey squirrels has reached such a pitch that red squirrel campaigners are prepared to ignore anything factual that doesn't quite suit their agenda… Angus Macmillan, Via email (letter)

13.8.08

Independent 13.8.08 Alex James: Rural Notebook - "The idea is that you bid. You bid to buy the dog. You will then own that dog. You will own that dog purely for the duration of the race. If your dog wins, you take half the pot. Do you understand?" We understood. He was clearly a pleasant type of fellow, addressing a tight puddle of tweed through a megaphone. It was all very jolly. I knew it would be: "Hound Racing" at the farm next door. A makeshift track maybe 200 yards long, half a dozen jumps constructed from hay bales and the hounds of the local hunt… (story)

Galway Independent 13.8.08 Absentee fox raises question of hunting - John Fitzgerald, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Independent 11.8.08 Fox gives RDS the brush-off - Ireland's equestrian prowess has been showcased magnificently at the RDS, with some of the best riders and horses in the country having performed for the crowds. And of course the show has once again been used by the country's fox hunts to glamurise their delightful sport… The notable absentee from this supposed replication of hunting skills and pageantry was the humble fox. He was nowhere to be seen at the RDS… JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Country Life 13.8.08 Glorious 12th stocks unaffected by the summer downpours - Glorious 12th stocks unaffected by the summer downpours, according to the Moorland Association - Rebecca Pearson - Grouse stocks have not been affected by the summer downpours and a harsh spring, the Moorland Association has revealed on the Glorious 12th… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 13.8.08 Glorious Twelfth opens with mixed season forecast By Eilidh Davies - SHOOTERS took to the hills yesterday for the Glorious Twelfth, the first day of the four-month grouse season. Landowners expect it will be similar to last year but warned that if the credit crunch hits them the repercussions could be suffered next year…. Meanwhile, the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) both highlighted the economic benefits of shooting… (story)

Strathspey Herald 13.8.08 Glorious 12th has a more than slightly inglorious turnout - FEARS of low grouse numbers on the moors of the Strath meant fewer sportsmen than usual were on the hills yesterday for the Glorious 12th – the start of the annual grouse shooting season. Most estates reported a third year of low grouse numbers following last year's cold, wet spring and a rising population of ticks, which infest nests and drain the strength of newly-hatched chicks…. (story)

Strathspey Herald 13.8.08 Call to end 'export' of eagles - GAMEKEEPERS have called for an immediate halt to the use of Scottish golden eagle chicks to reintroduce the iconic species to Ireland. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association (SGA) claimed the removal of chicks from nests near sporting estates meant its members were then given the blame for a failure in the population to rise. They also claimed exporting the treasured birds to Ireland put them at risk of poisoning because the several poisons banned in Scotland are still used legally to control wildlife numbers in Ireland…. (story)

Market Rasen Mail 13.8.08 Farmers finish runners-up in partridge awards - LOCAL farmers were runners-up in a prestigious award celebrating partridge conservation. Andrew Lyle and Mathhew Bolton from Claxby were among the county’s top pairings in the fifth annual competition for the Lincolnshire Grey Partridge Award, with particular note given for habitat creation… BBC News Online 13.8.08 Hare coursing pair avoid prison - Two men caught hare coursing on farmland near Stirling have been spared a prison sentence. Robert Clements, 44, and David Scott, 40, both from Lanarkshire, were found guilty of using three lurchers to hunt a juvenile hare. The pair told Stirling Sheriff Court they had been targeting rabbits. Sheriff Andrew Cubie had considered jailing them, but instead sentenced them to 80 hours of community service each… (story)
Hamilton Advertiser 25.7.08 Man faces prison for hare coursing by Graham Fraser, Hamilton Advertiser - TWO Lanarkshire men found guilty of hare coursing have been warned they could face jail. Robert Clements (44), of Moray Avenue, Blantyre, and co-accused David Scott (40), of Carluke, used three lurchers to hunt a juvenile hare on farmland near Stirling. Sentence on the men, who both denied the charge, has been deferred until next month at Stirling Sheriff Court…. s(story)

Galway Independent 13.8.08 Bullfighting disgrace - Philip Kiernan Irish Council Against Blood Sports PO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)
Irish Independent 2.8.08 Taking a punt on blood sports - The directors of Paddy Power Plc should collectively hang their heads in shame for allowing the company to profit from bullfighting barbarity. The Spanish section of its website is disgracefully asking punters to wager on the number of ears that will be carved off tormented bulls and presented to matadors as trophies… PHILIP KIERNAN, IRISH COUNCIL AGAINST BLOOD SPORTS, PO BOX 88, MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH (letter)

Edinburgh News 13.8.08 Don't use animals as bargaining tools - YOUR article regarding the involvement of the Royal Family and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh Zoo's controversial negotiations to obtain Giant Pandas (Royals join bid to rent pandas, August 11) surprisingly failed to mention the opposition by animal protection and conservation organisations to this…. Craig Redmond The Captive Animals' Protection Society, Manchester (letter)

12.8.08

Aberdeen Press & Journal 12.8.08 Plan to limit hen harriers is ‘win-win situation’ By Emily Beament - Imposing a “ceiling” on the numbers of hen harriers on grouse moors could prevent illegal killing of the protected birds of prey, researchers suggested today. As the grouse shooting season begins, scientists writing in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Applied Ecology suggested field trials limiting harrier numbers could end the long-running conflict between shoot managers and conservationists…. (story)

BBC News Online 12.8.08 Grouse shooting season to begin - The four-month grouse shooting season is getting under way on the day known as the "Glorious Twelfth"…. The League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPB have raised concerns that bird of prey populations were falling in areas where there was grouse moor management. The Scottish Countryside Alliance and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have both highlighted the economic benefits of shooting for rural Scotland…. (story)
BBC News Online 12.8.08 Rain clouds over Glorious Twelfth By Bob Walker - As the grouse-shooting season officially opens, BBC News has been spending the day traditionally known as the "Glorious Twelfth" with a group of shooters. It was anything but a glorious start to the grouse-shooting season in Lancashire's Forest of Bowland. Sheltering from the pouring rain in a converted barn and warmed by the flames of a wood stove, a group of eight shooters waited for the mists to lift from the surrounding moorland. They described it as an informal, relaxed syndicate run by eight friends… (story)

Telegraph 12.8.08 Better to kill a fellow gun than wing a beater By Gerald Warner - This week sees a significant date in the British sporting calendar — and it has nothing to do with the Olympics. The Twelfth will inaugurate the grouse-shooting season, though it also becomes legal to take a pot at snipe and ptarmigan if that is your bag. For dedicated sportsmen, the driven grouse, flying high, is the quarry of choice…. (story)
Telegraph 12.8.08 Credit crunch taking toll on shooting industry as grouse season opens - By John Bingham - Thousands of grouse hunting enthusiasts take to the moors of Scotland and northern England tomorrow for the Glorious Twelfth. But the weakness of the US dollar has pushed up the price of a day's grouse shooting in Scotland to £7,000, which at almost $14,000 is enough to make even high-spending US enthusiasts reconsider trans-Atlantic trips for the season… (story)

Newcastle Journal 12.8.08 Grouse survive deluge by Dan Warburton, The Journal - GROUSE shooters and tourism workers in the region were reassured last night that the summer downpours have not dampened the potential for a bumper grouse season…. (story)

Daelnet 12.8.08 Not so glorious Twelfth - THE grouse shooting season opened in North Yorkshire today – but pouring rain made it a far from a Glorious Twelfth, at least as far as the weather is concerned. But there are other concerns worrying grouse moor owners, for whom shooting income can mean the difference between financial survival and disaster… The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which advises its members on the management of shooting estates, has been monitoring the decline in Britain’s insect population since the 1960s…. (story)

Oxford Mail 12.8.08 Depraved pastimes - I have read recently with dismay of your paper's evident support for the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. Obviously, the moral repugnance felt by many at this sickening promotion of wildlife abuse is not a matter of consideration, especially when considerable sums can be made from advertising it… No doubt, if David Cameron gains power at the next election, you will support his intention to reverse the ban on hunting with dogs… STAN FRANCIS Kingston Road Oxford (letter)

Croydon Advertiser 12.8.08 Vegan delights hit Croydon's Surrey Street Market - Surrey Street Market is now home to its first vegan food stall, with owner Penelope Harrison baking all the food from her own kitchen. The former charity worker quit her job when she decided she was stuck in a rut, and set up her own stall after wowing her family with her vegan bread and cakes…. (story)

11.8.08

Telegraph 11.8.08 Moor experts say Glorious 12th - start of red grouse season - could be best for 10 years By Paul Eccleston - The Glorious 12th - the start of the red grouse shooting season - is likely to live up to its name. As thousands of enthusiasts prepare to take to the moors experts say prospects for the season are the best for more than a decade. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust claims that science based game-management of upland areas of England and Scotland is allowing the grouse to thrive…. (story)

Times 11.8.08 Tomorrow is the Glorious, and costly, Twelfth - Our correspondent examines the pressures on the multimillion-pound sport of grouse shooting, which keeps the rural economy humming - MARTIN WALLER - Tomorrow is the most important date in the calendar for enthusiasts of field sports. The Glorious Twelfth is a day of even greater significance to the thousands of grouse that may not live to see its sunset. This year looks set to be one of the most successful yet for an industry that is worth £1.6 billion to the UK economy, provides the equivalent of 70,000 full-time jobs and provides management for two thirds of the UK's rural land area… (story)

Scotsman 11.8.08 Grouse shooting season in the line of fire - Wildlife is caught in the middle as opposing forces prepare for the 'Glorious 12th', writes SHÂN ROSS - ALASTAIR Lyon, head keeper on the Ralia and Milton Estate, strides across Drumochter Moor near Dalwhinnie, carrying his Beretta 12-bore shotgun as he makes his final inspection before the Glorious Twelfth, and the start of the red grouse shooting season. But even before the first shot has been fired, animal-rights campaigners Advocates for Animals have attacked the sport as a "mass killing" exercise, portraying it as "shooting for dummies" – entertainment enjoyed by the wealthy few… But behind the scenes a more dramatic battle for survival is being fought, by almost 1,000 people who make their living in rural Scotland from the shooting season. The sport targets grouse, stags, partridges and pheasants over a number of months – and its associated spin-offs generate around £17 million for the Scottish economy…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 11.8.08 Who’s game for shooting? By Marc Meneaud - Edward Bromet doesn’t like the phrase ‘bloodsport’. “It is grouse shooting,” he said. “You don’t need to give it another name to make it sound worse. It has gone on since Victorian times and it will go on in the future.” As chairman of The Moorland Association, which looks after 750,000 acres of land used for shooting grouse, he has become used to criticism from the anti-shooting fraternity that killing animals for fun has no place in the 21st century. The new grouse season starts tomorrow, the 'Glorious Twelfth' of August… League Against Cruel Sports chairman John Cooper said: “It is utterly ridiculous to label an industry which depends on the mass slaughter of wildlife for entertainment purposes as glorious. Barbaric and immoral would be far more appropriate under these circumstances…. (story)

Western Mail 11.8.08 Decline is in reverse - – I find it unbelievable that there are still these old Victorian beliefs that anything with a hooked beak or claw should be shot, poisoned or got rid of… The fact is that songbirds started to decline in this country severely after World War II…. ROBERT M PRICE, Blackwood, Gwent (letter)

Irish Independent 11.8.08 The return of a killer to Ireland - Recently the Department of Environment and other agencies introduced the red kite to Ireland… The reason for their demise in Ireland is that they were killing off so many game birds. Gamekeepers, mainly, killed them off to preserve pheasant, grouse, partridge, etc. My reason for writing this letter is to protest at the re-introduction of this killer to Ireland…. This area is home to many forms of wild-life; among the most valued are thrush and blackbird. Each day, three to five of these songsters are feeding on the lawn. Since the first sighting and kite calls in the valley, no thrush or blackbirds are to be seen… (letter)

Telegraph 11.8.08 Climate change protesters target London's Smithfield Meat Market By Jon Swaine - Protesters from the climate camp at Kingsnorth power station have scaled London's Smithfield Meat Market and unfurled a pro-vegan banner. Four activists - two men and two women - have climbed the entrance to the historic north London market…. Paul Jacobs, a spokesman for the protesters, said: "Climate change is one of the greatest and most imminent threats that we face, and animal faming's role in that needs to be more widely known…. In a pre-written statement, Clare Whitney, one of the activists, said: "An animal-based diet is no longer sustainable with climate change threatening the planet, its ecosystems, and the people who depend on them,"… (story)

Northern Echo 11.8.08 Ring mistress defends controversial circus By Andy Walker - THE ring mistress of a circus criticised by animal rights campaigners for using live horses, camels and goats in its performances has vowed: "We have nothing to hide". Circus Mondao, visiting Northallerton this week, has been slammed by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (Caps), which has called for thrill-seekers to boycott the show… (story)

Daily Post 11.8.08 Elderly elephant retired by Kelly Fenna, Daily Post - A CIRCUS has hit back after animal rights protesters called for the public to boycott performances over the treatment of their Indian elephant. Last Tuesday the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (Caps) blasted Bobby Roberts Circus, performing in Towyn this month, for “forcing animals to perform for amusement.” But circus performers have hit back, claiming the elephant does not even feature in the show…. (story)
Daily Post 5.8.08 Call to boycott Bobby Roberts Circus in Towyn By Eryl Crump - ANIMAL rights protesters worried about an elephant’s health yesterday called on the public to boycott a circus performing in Towyn this month. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) is concerned about the health of Anne, a 55-year-old elephant with the Bobby Roberts Circus…. (story)

Western Mail 11.8.08 Animal cruelty - It’s sad to see so many sportsmen and sportswomen competing in the Beijing Olympics completely indifferent to the terrible animal cruelty there… I’m surprised anyone wants to go there at all; it’s a pity someone can’t make a stand against this barbarity. V GRICE, Llwyncelyn, Llandysul (letter)

10.8.08

CL&C RESCUE FAWN
Sunday Telegraph 10.8.08 Orphan deer treats fox hounds as his family - A young orphan deer who was abandoned by his mother has formed an extraordinary relationship with a pack of fox hounds who have become his family. People watch in disbelief when the 10-week-old, called Bam Bam, trots along with huntsman Adrian Thompson, 42, and his pack of 60 hounds… The fawn now joins the hounds, from the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hunt, on their daily walk…(story)
Mail on Sunday 10.8.08 Pictured: The orphan deer adopted by a pack of bloodthirsty fox hounds By Lizzie Smith - The heaving mass of fox hounds would intimidate even the biggest stag. But tiny orphan deer Bam Bam isn't scared. Like his namesake Bambi the 10-week-old is a friendly creature and trots along with huntsman Adrian Thompson, 42, and his pack of 60 hounds. The pack immediately accepted the lost fallow deer when they found him shivering by the Thompsons' front gate just an hour after he had been born. Rather than being overwhelmed by the attention of such a large pack of dogs, from the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hunt, the confused little fawn thought he'd found his family…. (story)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 5.8.08 GALLERY: Fallow deer fawn looked after by the huntsman - Hounds of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt have an unusual companion on their daily walks in Petworth Park - a fallow deer fawn. Bam Bam was abandoned by his mother almost at huntsman Adrian 'Sage' Thompson's garden gate, when he was about a day old. Sage and his partner, Karen Barker, bottle-fed him and were amazed that he survived. And now, at nine weeks old, the young deer regularly joins hounds on exercise in the park…. (story)

Scotland on Sunday 10.8.08 Harrier deaths - ONCE again, birds who could potentially harm the existence of grouse have been found dead and speculation about whether they were killed by gamekeepers continues… All this destruction and death just to ensure that the grouse are kept alive until the start of the shooting season on August 12. How very sporting. Kevin Mutimer, London (letter)

Sunday Express 10.8.08 THE CRUEL POACHERS CASHING IN ON FOOD FAD By Stuart Winter, Environment Editor - ORGANISED gangs of criminals are cashing in on the food revolution championed by celebrity chefs. The popularity of game such as venison, partridge, pheasant and hare in the recipes of Jamie Oliver and his television colleagues is proving all too tempting to a new breed of poacher. Professional armed criminals, skilled in burglaries and robberies, are turning to the traditional rural pursuit of hunting to earn money… Jill Grieve, of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Set against the backdrop of the credit crunch, an increase in awareness of the health benefits of eating local, seasonal food, the increased profile for game shooting through celebrity chefs and rising prices, it is unsurprising that poaching is on the increase. “This is not just about delicious food, it is a tale of rural crime which is very much on the increase…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is linking up with police in Lancashire to organise poaching awareness courses… (story)

9.8.08

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 9.8.08 Grouse shooting to begin by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner - SHOOTERS will be out in the moors around Holmfirth and Meltham as the grouse season gets under way…. The Moorland Association estimates hunters bring £1.5m into the economy of the South Pennines, which has nearly 25,000 acres of land for shooting. But the League Against Cruel Sports has criticised grouse shooting… (story)

Telegraph 9.8.08 New lairds extend their purple reign - With the Glorious Twelfth just days away, Auslan Cramb goes wild on a thriving Scottish grouse moor - If you want to appreciate the subtle beauty of a well-managed grouse moor, you really should tramp the hills in the company of an expert. Keen shots will inevitably experience a quickening of the pulse at this time of year, as the Glorious Twelfth approaches… (story)
Telegraph 9.8.08 A beautiful innovation - or a pain in the butt? - Jonny Beardsall discovers that shooting enthusiasts are likely to encounter Heather as well as heather on expeditions this season - Time was when women were barely tolerated on grouse moors on the grounds that they made too much noise and wore kit that frightened every bird off the hill. Not any more, hopes Ruaraidh Menzies, a St Andrews student with a linguistically challenging name (pronounced Rory Mingees). He is itching to fill grouse butts from Scotland to Derbyshire with as many young women - or "grouse chicks" - as he can muster. Unsurprisingly, they tend to be very pretty… (story)
Telegraph 9.8.08 Something to grouse about: The great hen harrier debate By Auslan Cramb - A startling experiment on the Duke of Buccleuch's land at Langholm in the Nineties proved once and for all that hen harriers have a taste for grouse…. A new study - Langholm 2 - is now being carried out to establish if diversionary feeding of harriers with dead prey will allow them to co-exist with grouse on a working moor… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 9.8.08 Glorious Twelfth promises to be a mixed bag on the grouse moors By Alison Middleton - Enthusiasts heading to the hills for the red grouse shooting season can expect a mixed bag, experts warned yesterday. The grouse season traditionally starts on the Glorious Twelfth of August, which falls on Tuesday. But cold, dry weather and a number of tick-related diseases have combined to leave many glens facing a disappointing forecast for the season… (story)

Guardian 9.8.08 Welcome to the grouse moor where no guns will be heard on the Glorious Twelfth - Martin Wainwright - Three miles from the nearest shooting butt, a covey of red grouse springs from the heather, nine birds cackling their alarm call "Go-back, go-back" as they whirr towards the Pennine horizon… In stark contrast to famous neighbouring shoots, 53 sq km (20.5 sq mls) of northern Cumbria will be silent apart from birdsong on the Glorious Twelfth. While the shooters' Moorland Association forecasts a mixed bag elsewhere, Geltsdale will be host to ramblers, birds of prey and undisturbed grouse. "Shooting doesn't play a part here any more," says Dr Pat Thompson, uplands conservation officer of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Geltsdale's management was attacked this spring by the Countryside Alliance, after a Natural England survey found that the estate had lower bird populations on average than 16 shooting moors in Cumbria. The RSPB hit back that the survey was too small and overlooked factors such as overgrazing which reduced lapwings before the new management approach got under way…. (story)

Northern Echo 9.8.08 Bullfighting - I REFER to M Embling’s letter giving an extremely well described, but horrendous and bloodthirsty picture of bullfighting (HAS, July 29). Unfortunately, the accompanying photograph negated the facts and gave the opposite impression – ie, that it is the “fighter” who gets hurt and that the bull can “win”….. MO Brien, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham (story)
Northern Echo 2.8.08 Bullfighting - WELL done to M Embling for highlighting the barbaric practice of bullfighting… Mrs Mary Newell, Aiskew, Bedale, North Yorkshire (letter)
Northern Echo 29.7.08 Bullfighting - SPAIN is one of the most popular tourist destination for Europeans, but when I think of it I immediately associate it with bullfighting…. M Embling, Hunwick, Crook, Co Durham (letter)

8.8.08

Essex Echo 8.8.08 Foxes must think I'm mad - Has New Labour out foxed itself by banning hunting? If, as Trevor Murdin contends, the fox population has exploded, why have we not heard the farmers bleating about it?... Gwen Neale, Station Road, Thorpe Bay (letter)
Essex Echo 6.8.08 Trevor trying to fox us - Sometimes I wonder if Trevor Murdin simply writes to wind us all up with his ignorance (Letters, July 29) . His so-called theory on why we have urban foxes is ludicrous. Foxes were beginning to inhabit urban areas a long time before the ban on hunting them came into being. The prime reason they have joined our society is because of the degradation of their own habitat in rural areas… W Pennington, Marcus Avenue, Thorpe Bay (letter)
Essex Echo 5.8.08 Be thankful we can see the foxes - Trevor Murdin (July 29) and his theory on foxes is utter baloney… If Mr Murdin thinks killing animals for fun – fox hunting – is a good thing then he has some serious problems… Les Lampert, Grange Park Drive, Leigh
The kind of attitude that Mr Murdin displays makes me hopping mad. The amount of foxes that we see in our towns may not have so much to do with overpopulation, caused by lack of hunting in the places where Mr Murdin thinks a fox should live, as with the fact that the clever little beast has found out that an urban existence is much easier… Mary Windsor, Central Wall Cottages, Canvey
Urbanisation of the countryside destroys their natural habitat and food supplies, but nature equips wild creatures with the ability to survive and adapt to changing environment. The foxes in Mr Murdin’s garden are simply engaged in reciprocal invasion… W H Diment, Church Road, Laindon (letters)

Times 9.8.08 A purple heathered hill is greener than it looks, claim game conservationists - Melanie Reid - The glorious twelfth of August, the historic opening of the grouse-shooting season, may this year become the glorious seventeenth. Many of Scotland's moors, suffering from the impact of a cold, dry spring and blood-sucking ticks on their chicks, are to delay the start of the season to give the birds more time to feed… (story)

Telegraph 8.8.08 Glorious Twelfth could be short of grouse in Scotland By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - While some North Pennine moors can expect their best sport for several years, several Scottish estates have already cancelled bookings. Moors in the Borders and in parts of Angus and Aberdeenshire that have invested heavily in moorland management, including heather burning, and predator and tick control, are expected to fare best in Scotland… (story)

Scotsman 8.8.08 Shooting estates only have themselves to blame for rural ecology imbalance - What cheek the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association have to assume they speak on behalf of the many thousands of hunters, from home and abroad, who support the "commercial" shooting industry they claim is in trouble because of increasing raptor numbers… The truth is that their members – landowners who run upland and lowland commercial game shooting ventures – are really concerned that they lose large numbers of the unnaturally amplified and concentrated densities of game birds, in which they have invested a great deal of money… (DR) TOM C CAMERON, Wensley Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire
After vigorously defending their integrity following recent reports accusing them of illegal bird of prey killings, it seems a strange move for the Scottish Countryside Alliance to call for the right to kill these birds… LOUISE ROBERTSON, League Against Cruel Sports, Rosyth, Fife
As the organisation which represents nearly 3,000 landowners in Scotland, the SRPBA would like to make it clear that its members are not "demanding the right to kill birds of prey", as your headline suggested…. DOUGLAS McADAM, Chief executive, SRPBA, Musselburgh, East Lothian (letter)
Scotsman 7.8.08 Preying on alarmist view - It was truly alarming to read your headline "Landowners demand the right to kill birds of prey as numbers grow" (5 August). This sort of portrayal of landowners in relation to conservation is completely misleading and in no way reflects our approach to land management or animal welfare. The Scottish Estates Business Group (SEBG), which represents Scotland's leading progressive estates, fully supports the work that is being undertaken by a unique partnership at Langholm… RICHARD WILLIAMSON, Scottish Estates Business Group, Silvermills Court, Edinburgh
I would like to know how landowners can demand anything: birds of prey are part of the natural environment; they are not a commodity that can be manipulated to suit personal needs or wishes. Landowners have already altered the natural balance in the environment by releasing large numbers of non-indigenous species for game shooting purposes… GEORGE SMITH, Meadowbank Road, Kirknewton, West Lothian (letters)

Gloucester Citizen 8.8.08 Better ways to spend my time - A FISHERMAN protested about being called a 'mindless moron'; why? Only someone with nothing in their head and time they are not using wisely would sit on the bank of a river and instead of enjoying the view, concentrate on outwitting a creature less than the size of his foot. Really it's all about power. “I can outwit a fish”. Big deal! “I can dupe it into believing this piece of food is floating free for it to take in its mouth.” How cruel. And that is what this is – cruel… M Tansmore, Harp Hill. (letter)

Craven Herald 8.8.08 Badgers baiting - In response to the John Sheard/Stephen Dew altercation, I would like to add my two penn'orth… What is this "scientific link" that shows bTB "emanates" from badgers? Surely Mr Dew is not still referring to the old "scientific" test where a badger infected with bTB was put in a small stable with a calf for several weeks and the calf contracted the disease?.... , had money been spent on an effective bTB test and vaccine instead of the trial badger cull we would now be on top of the disease… Liz Groves, chairman, Craven Badger Group, Tufton Street, Silsden (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.8.08 West-based Animals Asia celebrates 10 years saving moon bears - A West-based charity leading the fight to save China's moon bears celebrates its 10th anniversary today… (story)

Western Morning News 8.8.08 All implicated in cruelty - LOUISE Piddington (July 29) is right to highlight the abominable cruelty involved in Spanish bullfights and many other Spanish "sports" involving great cruelty to animals and birds…. M H Simpson Truro (story)

Burton Mail 8.8.08 Circus refusal from The Yates family and friends. - MY FAMILY and I write in response to the article in the Burton Mail contributed by Paul Thomas, CAPS and thank you! Our children have always refused to go to any circuses which involve the "use" of sentient beings after learning about this out-dated entertainment, which after all began even before our Victorian era… (letter)

Cumberland News 8.8.08 Helping reds not dependent on demise of grey squirrels - NEIL MACMILLAN nr Balloch Dunbartonshire (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 8.8.08 Don’t destroy greys for the reds - I WAS interested to read the article which reported that Greggs the baker has launched a squirrel-shaped biscuit with proceeds going to Cumbria Wildlife Trust ( News & Star, August 1)…. Unfortunately, many believe that conditions will be improved for red squirrels if grey squirrels are eradicated… NEIL MACMILLAN, nr Balloch Dunbartonshire (letter)

7.8.08

Scottish Herald 7.8.08 Danger from foxes - The fox is indeed a vermin and a danger to domestic dogs (Letters, August 2). I know this because for five years until February last year I had a very loving labrador who contracted animal scabies form the urban fox… Susan Bryson,Giffnock (letter)
Scottish Herald 4.8.08 Foxes are still vermin - Concerning the article, letter and cute photographs of foxes by Susan Swarbrick and Allan Steele (The Herald, July 31 and August 2), readers may wish to know that one of the reasons for continuing to regard foxes as vermin is their connection with human diseases…. Alan R Walker, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 7.8.08 Urgent need to protect the hare - The Assembly has again extended the Special Protection Order on the Irish hare, a move to help safeguard its future and protect it from serious decline. But it is about time the Assembly stopped skirting the real issue and put in place a Permanent Protection Order once and for all. Hare coursing is simply no longer acceptable… Louise Robertson, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns, Fife, Scotland (letter)

Telegraph 7.8.08 Raptors and prey 'can co-exist on grouse moors' By Paul Eccleston - Raptors and the birds they hunt can co-exist on upland grouse moors, it is claimed. Conservation groups say results from a scientific study on Scotland's Langholm Moor prove that hen harriers and peregrines need not spell disaster for ground-nesting birds… The Joint Raptor Study on Langholm was set up to measure the effect of hen harriers and other raptors on red grouse numbers… Numbers of meadow pipits and skylarks declined at Langholm, by 61 per cent and 51 per cent, respectively, during the stud which were greater than on nearby moorland areas where raptor numbers had not increased…It is hoped that by using techniques such as diversionary feeding, a way can be found to allow birds of prey to flourish on the moor, whilst at the same time running an economically viable grouse shoot… (story)
BBC News Online 7.8.08 Raptors' reputation 'put to rest' - Conservationists have claimed new research shows that rising numbers of birds of prey need not "spell disaster" for other threatened species. RSPB Scotland said the study of hen harriers at Langholm Moor showed they could "live together" with waders…. (story)

ANIMAL AID SHOOTING LETTER
Western Morning News 7.8.08 Shooting practice - IN response to the letter from Animal Aid (July 23) I would like to set the record straight about pheasant rearing and shooting. Game shooting is not the preserve of the wealthy, as Fiona Pereira suggests, and I often meet people from all backgrounds on a shoot day… Only five or six game farms – about 5 per cent of UK producers – use such cages. As the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has stated unequivocally that cage laying systems are incompatible with the values of BASC and the future of game shooting and wants them phased out… Helen Shuker, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Southern Reporter 24.7.08 This isn't such a pheasant way of producing meat - Fiona Pereira Animal Aid Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Lancashire Evening Post 23.7.08 Life of pheasants far better than chickens - What a load of old tosh Fiona Pereira talks in relation to pheasant-shooting. I have been associated with pheasant shoots for many years. They are bought as young birds, and reared in pens which are large fenced-off areas in woodland, their natural environment…. Bernie Corner, Preston, via email (letter)
Western Morning News 23.7.08 Feathered fallacy - Fiona Pereira, Campaigner Animal Aid (letter)
Wigan Evening Post 17.7.08 Pheasants treated well before shoot - I wish people like animal rights campaigner Fiona Pereira would get their facts right. Pheasants are not treated anything like she alleges. I am regularly involved in a local shoot and the rearing of pheasants. These birds are not in cages, they are in pens which are the size of a wood, and there are not thousands in each one… Yes, birds are shot during the game season, and all are eaten or sold to restaurants for eating. I do not know of any shooter who would not go out of their way to pick up. Lisa Brooks, via email (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.7.08 PHEASANTS ARE A CRUEL ALTERNATIVE - Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid, Kent (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 26.6.08 Unpleasant for pheasants - Fiona Pereira Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Worcester Standard 26.6.08 Healthy eating is a hot topic at the moment. In the wake of their exposé of the cruelty of factory-farmed chicken, Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have trumpeted pheasant meat as an ethical and natural alternative. However, they could not be more wrong. Annually, some 42 million pheasants and partridges are purpose-bred to serve as feathered targets for wealthy ‘guns’… Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 7.8.08 Animal Concern donations - Winchester Animal Concern would like to thank all those who donated generously to their collection in Winchester town centre last Saturday. A total of £104.76 was raised, which will go to the Uncaged Educational Trust: helping them to continue their important work of highlighting the scientific inadequacies and cruelties of animal experimentation…. OANNE MOODIE, Southampton, (letter)

Guardian 7.8.08 From battery farm to family pet - The lifespan of an egg-laying battery chicken is 72 weeks, but a rescued 'ex-bat' can live for up to 10 years. Bibi van der Zee meets the activists who rehouse 'spent' birds - One rescuer has a scratch down her right arm, another has been nipped just under her left eye. They are all exhausted and trailing the distinctive ammonia aroma of the chicken shed. But the mood among the members of Brighton Animal Action, an animal rights group that rescues "spent hens" from chicken farms, is jubilant. From one farm alone, they have already sent more than 5,000 Rhode Island Reds to new homes around the country, and they only have another 4,000 or so to go. "We started on Monday," explains Tara Maher, one of BAA's members standing inside a vast shed somewhere in south-east England… (story)

Oxford Mail 7.8.08 Food fair showcases Vegan diet By Chris Kearney A Vegan Food Fair in Oxford aims to show that a diet free of meat, fish and animal produce is the height of good taste. Rachel Foster, the organiser of the event, is offering a free feast to dispel perceptions that a vegan diet is dull… (story)

Brentwood Weekly News 7.8.08 Credit crunch puts animal sanctuary at risk By Jamie Forsyth - A HAVEN for sick and abandoned animals may be forced to close in months as a result of the credit crunch. Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, in Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, is struggling for cash after taking on a large number of unwanted horses and ponies. Owner Ernie Clark, 84, believes the credit crunch has taken its toll and that many people cannot afford to keep the animals… (story)

Pontefract & Castleford Express 7.8.08 Taxpayers supporting bullfighting - I WONDER if taxpayers in the Pontefract and Castleford area know that they are helping the EU to spend £30m a year to support Spanish bullfighting, a pastime that most civilised people detest… WILLIAM BEWLEY, Elm Close, Darrington (story)

6.8.08

Cornish Guardian 6.8.08 'The show will go on' for country folk - RUMOURS that the Cornwall and Devon Countryman's Fair could be coming to an end have been denied by its organiser… Landowner Michael Williams, who has been involved with the event for the past 25 years, said he foresaw the event continuing, but with new management in the future… Despite the wet weather during the late afternoon of this year's event the day attracted plenty of spectators… events including the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, the Eagle and Vulture Show and a massed parade of hounds enthralled the crowds… (story)
Western Morning News 4.8.08 Countryman's fair packed despite the rain - SPIRITS were high at the Cornwall and Devon Countryman's Fair, despite the rainy weather… Since the fair started, it has raised more than £265,000 for various charities, including its main beneficiary the Playing Fields Association, and the Countryside Alliance, the Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal, Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances, and Werrington Cricket Club, whose members are parking stewards at the fair… One of the highlights of the show was when Michael Bickle, head of the Lamerton Hunt, handed a cheque for £11,500 to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and Help for Heroes charities…. (story)
ThisIsDevon 1.8.08 Good sport to be had at spectacular show - F OR anyone who enjoys hunting, shooting and fishing, the Countryman's Fair at Werrington Park is the place to go on Sunday. The event is held on parkland north of Launceston… magnificent, beady-eyed birds of prey can be seen up close at the Eagle and Vulture Show, whilst numerous packs of hounds, the pride of the Westcountry hunting community, will come together for a mass display of glossy coats and wagging tails… The last fair in 2006 raised £30,000 for good causes. The principal beneficiary from this year's fair will be the Children's Hospice Southwest Precious Lives Appeal, with donations to a number of other local charities. A raffle will also be held for the hospice appeal… (story)

Newcastle Journal 6.8.08 Officials have no idea how turbines they want will look - MINISTERS were last night facing claims of failing to investigate properly the damaging costs of a huge expansion of wind farms… . Countryside Alliance regional director Richard Dodd accused ministers of making “policy on the hoof” in an effort to meet an ambitious target of 15% of energy from renewables by 2020… (story)

VIVA! BADGER CULL LETTER
Bromsgrove Advertiser 6.8.08 Right decision - IT is highly ironic that Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff is criticising Hilary Benn's decision not to cull' badgers in England as "cowardly" (Advertiser/Messenger), when he, like many other MPs, is seemingly too scared to go against farmers and their wrong-headed approach to controlling bovine TB. Benn's decision was not only a courageous one, it was the right one…. Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager, Viva!, Bristol (story)
Western Morning News 22.7.08 Benn's common sense - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.7.08 Intensive farming to blame for TB - ENVIRONMENT Secretary Hilary Benn's decision not to authorise the mass slaughter of badgers in England is to be congratulated. It is a victory for both common sense and science… Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Northern Echo 17.7.08 Badgers - RE the letter from Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) supporting Environment Secretary Hilary Benn’s decision not to authorise a badger cull to tackle rising bovine TB. Some regard it as madness that common sense, much scientific evidence, the Krebs (culling) trial, a former government chief scientific advisor, backed by professors of ecology, immunology, epidemiology, veterinary medicine and MPs who have lots of experience in this matter, are ignored…. There are farmers who have brought no new stock into, but suffered TB in their herd…. John Heslop, Gainford, Darlington (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.7.08 BEING VEGAN IS THE ANSWER - Environment Secretary Hilary Benn's decision not to authorise the mass slaughter of badgers in England is to be congratulated. It's a victory for both common sense and science. Farmers must now face facts. In their eagerness to blame anyone but themselves for the bovine TB epidemic, they are targeting wildlife when they should be looking closer to home…. The best way to protect both cattle and badgers is to remove yourself from the meat and dairy chain entirely - go vegan - Justin Kerswell, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Leicester Mercury 10.7.08 MAILBOX: COMMON SENSE OVER BADGER CULL - Environment Secretary Hilary Benn's decision not to authorise the mass slaughter of badgers in England is to be congratulated. It is a victory for both common sense and science… Justin Kerswell,Viva!, Bristol (letter)

Bracknell Forest Standard 6.8.08 Badgering fails to stop 5-bed village house By Mike Pyle - Protected badgers will not survive after planners approved a house just three metres from their sett, say wildlife protesters… Members of Binfield Badger Group showed up to the Bracknell Forest Council planning committee meeting with a stuffed badger and wearing T-shirts decorated with images of the creatures… John Fennel, co-chairman of the group, said: “Those badgers can’t survive without that run… (story)

Jersey Evening Post 6.8.08 Sorry, Ramsay, veganism is the summit of vegetarianism From Bridget Murphy, La Corbière, 5 St Clement’s Road, St Helier - ALAS, Ramsay Cudlipp’s articles (JEP 17 and 18 July) were not those of an informed journalist, and certainly not those of a hopeful vegan practitioner…. Veganism is the summit of vegetarianism… Animals are sentient beings with much in common with the human species. Flowers, plants and vegetables have some life, but they are not sentient. Empathy and will are essential qualities in embracing the vegetarian-vegan lifestyle… (story)

5.8.08

LEICESTER MERCURY URBAN FOXES CORRESPONDENCE
Leicester Mercury 5.8.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: DON'T BLAME THE FOX FOR EVERYTHING - In reply to K Palfreyman, (Mailbox, July 25) - leave the poor fox be. If the fox had killed the dove in the small hours, which presumably was in the dark as your security light came on, I find that hard to belive as birds do not fly at night… I feed foxes, beautiful creature, and will continue to do so. M Castle, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 5.8.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: ONLY HUMANS ARE VICIOUS - S Wright ("Fan of the Fox", Mercury, July 16) writes "cats, after humans, are the most vicious (species)". Comment is required. Probably without realising, S Wright appears to be instilling anthropomorphic qualities to the domestic feline species… Unless a species can consciously decide its actions, to label that it is vicious, cruel or evil is a falsehood. Homo sapiens because of the reasons mentioned are the only vicious species to populate this planet. AP Smith, Asfordby (letter)
Leicester Mercury 25.7.08 MAILBOX: CAT IS BLAMELESS - I don't want to prolong the fox debate, however I do consider that I have a right to reply to recent letters from S Wright and B Sharpe. I did, in fact, have a small clue to the identity of the killer in my garden who destroyed a dove for no apparent reason…. it was not the ginger tom from next door. K Palfreyman, Wigston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 23.7.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: HUMAN FAILINGS WORSE THAN FOX'S - I am inclined to be lost for words when I read letters such as the one in Mailbox written by K Palfreyman (July 8) who writes of foxes as vicious killers… I worked on farms for many years and can honestly say we never lost one lamb to a fox… But what a fox does falls into insignificance compared with the antics of so-called humans… G A Wright, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.7.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: FAN OF THE FOX - In reply to K Palfreyman (Mailbox July 8), regarding vicious foxes - cats, after humans, are the most vicious… All animals kill to eat. It's called nature's food chain. Humans are the worst. We kill for sport, hound the poor fox out of its den, chase it till exhausted then rip it to bits with a pack of dogs for self gratification… S Wright, Birstall. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 4.7.08 MAILBOX: PITY THE POOR FOX - As a person who was brought up in Leicestershire, I am pleased to see that some people in Leicester are tolerant towards visiting foxes… If foxes could write letters they would really have something to tell. They could relate how their families had been awoken and terrified by huge drunken, shouting, violent humans, how their families had been murdered by so called "pest" controllers, how their relations had been maimed or killed by speeding cars, and their cubs left to starve to death after their mothers had been killed by hunters… Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxon. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 3.7.08 MAILBOX: LUCKY TO HAVE THESE ANIMALS - In reply to J P Grimes (Mailbox, June 26), regarding hygiene and foxes - unfortunately he/she is deluded. All animals carry disease, but humans, with their unhygienic ways, are more of a threat than a delightful animal that carries very little disease… S Wright, Birstall. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 30.6.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: HUMAN VERMIN - In reply to Louise King "Far Too Noisy" (Mailbox, June ), I'm sorry the foxes disturbed her sleep. I suffer, being disturbed by people near to me arriving in taxis in the early hours, banging doors and fighting after visiting nightclubs - and still too drunk the next morning to use the loos… Mrs V Johnson, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 28.6.08 MAILBOX: NOISY FOX GETS MY VOTE ALWAYS - In response to Louise King (Mailbox, June 21), I often hear the foxes as my neighbours feed them, but I don't mind listening to them… Sue Franks, Braunstone Town. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 21.6.08 MAILBOX: BEGUILED BY THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES - I write in reply to the letter from Stephanie Bexon (Mailbox, June 6) regarding foxes. These beautiful creatures come into our gardens beguiling us with their delightful inquisitive natures - they are such a pleasure and delight. Yes, they're cruel but no more so than the human race which kills for pleasure and gain as well as to eat… How cruel is our society with regards to animals, none more so than the poor fox that's killed for sport, chased with a pack of hounds and then ripped to shreds… S Smith, Wigston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 21.6.08 MAILBOX: A FOXES FAN - Three cheers for Deborah Sheard for feeding foxes… Mrs V Johnson, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 21.6.08 MAILBOX: FAR TOO NOISY - I bet these people are really pleased to say that they feed these wild animals, but do they realise it's not just the damage they cause but the noise?... Louise King, Eyres Monsell. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.6.08 MAILBOX: BLAMING THE WRONG PEOPLE - In response to Stephanie Bexon (Mailbox, June 6), foxes will always be an emotive issue and no-one wants to see chickens attacked, or indeed, foxes torn to shreds by hounds…. Stephanie said that we are responsible for their recent problems. It is easy to pass the blame to someone living miles away on the other side of the county… On reflection, she might think she is the irresponsible one, knowing that their chickens were kept in a vulnerable situation and failing to make sure they were adequately protected…. Jim Sturgess, Wigston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 14.6.08 MAILBOX: FEEDING FOXES - Reading about the chickens being killed by a fox (Mailbox, June 6), I sympathise, but also wonder how did the fox get into towns? He was robbed of his natural habitat, hunted by the rich with their dogs to be ripped to bits, usually after a terrifying chase… Mrs V Johnson, Leicester. (story)
Leicester Mercury 11.6.08 MAILBOX: FEEDING FOXES: COME ON, LIVE AND LET LIVE! - Oh dear! As soon as I saw the picture of the fox being fed (Mercury, May 27), I knew it would spark a reaction… These people enjoy and get pleasure from them. It is as simple as that!.... Mrs D Lyons, Knighton. (story)
Leicester Mercury 10.6.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: MY FRIENDLY FOX - Regarding B Herbert's letter "Foxes a real pest!" (Mailbox, June 3), for the past few months, every night at 9pm on the dot, my stunning friend comes to see me. Yes, that's right, a beautiful fox! She is given a big bowl of chicken and veg complete dog food… Mr Herbert says "people who encourage foxes are guilty of damage to the urban environment". What a load of eyewash!... Deborah Sheard, Aylestone (letter)
Leicester Mercury 6.6.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: FOLLY OVER FOXES - I am writing this letter in absolute disgust regarding the two recent articles about the feeding of "tame foxes" in suburban gardens. Our family has a poultry small-holding in our back garden, and only recently we lost five of our homebred chickens to the jaws of this vermin…. It is because of irresponsible Jim and Margaret (Mercury, May 30) feeding these beasts unnaturally that families such as ours suffer. If you would like a pet, buy a hamster! Stephanie Bexon, 17, Sileby (story)
Leicester Mercury 3.6.08 MAILBOX: FOXES A REAL PEST - I live in Wigston and foxes regularly visit my garden, but I certainly don't welcome them!.... People who encourage and feed foxes are as equally guilty of causing damage to the urban environment as vandals who break down saplings and scatter litter… B Herbert, Wigston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 2.6.08 MAILBOX: FOXES CAN NEVER BE TURNED INTO PETS - Am I the only resident of Wigston who couldn't believe the story you ran about the Wigston family actually treating a verminous fox as a family pet (Mercury, May 27)? Like most urban areas, Wigston is blighted by these animals, one of which followed me into my kitchen last autumn expecting to be fed because someone locally had been presumably been feeding it. A member of my extended family had a fox digging a hole in her settee when a patio door was left open last summer…. R M Brooker, Wigston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 27.5.08 FAMILY-FRIENDLY FOX WHO LOVES A TREAT AT TEA-TIME BY LEE MARLOW - A family have been setting an extra place at their tea-time table - to welcome the friendliest fox in the county. Scruff, a young vixen from Wigston, is so tame she will eat from the hand of pensioner Kathleen Cooper, her son Jim Cooper and daughter Lisa Palmer…. Mrs Cooper, 78, a retired farmer who lives in The Tofts, Wigston, has been feeding the fox - a vixen who is probably about 18 months old - grilled Marks & Spencer's chicken fillets, roasted guinea fowl and bourbon creams… (story)

Scotsman 5.8.08 Landowners demand the right to kill birds of prey as numbers grow By Jenny Haworth - THE law should be changed to allow birds of prey to be killed by landowners when numbers grow out of control, according to a director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance. The controversial suggestion has been made by Tim Baynes, moorlands director, who thinks numbers of some raptors, especially buzzards and goshawks, are becoming unmanageable… However, the suggestion has been met with fierce criticism from RSPB Scotland…. (story)
Scotsman 5.8.08 Burning Issue - Should law be changed to allow for control of birds of prey in some cases? Yes - TIM BAYNES - Moorlands director with the Scottish Countryside Alliance… (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 5.8.08 Lancashire poachers trapped by DNA testing By Camilla Sutcliffe - POACHERS could soon find themselves with nowhere to hide, thanks to an innovative police crackdown. Shooting deer, pheasants and grouse on other people’s land has become big business again, thanks to a boom in the game market. But DNA techniques mean police are now on the poachers’ tails. Officers have begun to swab grallocks – entrails of deer which are left behind on the land – for their genetic map, so that they can be linked to carcasses found at suspects’ homes. PC Duncan Thomas… said officers were working with agencies including the British Association for Shooting and Con-servation, to build up a bank of DNA from legally shot or harvested animals which can be compared with samples from suspected poachers’ meat…. (story)

Powys County Times 5.8.08 Post office near Machynlleth shortlisted for closure - ABERANGELL Post Office near Machynlleth has been shortlisted for closure…. The Countryside Alliance has also announced that it will campaign to save the Post Offices and will be sending each earmarked branch a pack outlining how best to campaign and fight closure…. (story)

Whitby Gazette 5.8.08 Leave off our local badgers - Can I just say what planet are you on Edna Whelan? You said badgers spread tuberculosis in cattle – yes they do, it is a known fact. As for the dangerous holes – I think you are trying to make our badgers the scum of the earth…. Badgers live where they enjoy life, just the same as you. Jamie Oliver, Station Avenue, Whitby, and member of the Badger Trust (letter)

Times 5.8.08 Information protected from disclosure - Court of Appeal - Published August 5, 2008 - Secretary of State for the Home Department v British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and Another - Before Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice Carnwath and Lady Justice Hallett - Judgment July 30, 2008 - Information supplied by applicants for animal experiment licences was exempt from disclosure under freedom of information provisions if the official in possession of the information knew or had reasonable grounds for believing that it was given in confidence… (story)

Independent 5.8.08 Laboratory apes suffer as humans do - The news that 95 per cent of former laboratory chimps suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (2 August) could not be more timely. The European Commission will shortly publish the draft of a new animal experimentation directive and campaigners are pressing for the use of great apes (and other primates) in experiments to be banned. Sadly, a handful of people are lobbying to leave the door open to such research…. Alistair Currie, Senior Research and Campaigns Co-ordinator, PETA-Europe, London SE1 (letter)

4.8.08

Scotsman 4.8.08 Hunt sells painting to fund kennels work By Robert Fairburn - A SCOTTISH hunt has sold a painting at auction for £11,500 to help pay for the upkeep of its kennels. The oil canvas of the Jed Forest Hunt was painted by equestrian artist Lionel Edwards in 1949…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.8.08 Kennels benefit from artwork sale - A Borders hunt has made £11,500 towards the upkeep of its kennels by selling a historic work of art. The painting of the Jed Forest Hunt was the work of top equestrian artist Lionel Edwards… (story)
BBC News Online 1.8.08 Painting sale to fund kennel work - A historic Borders hunt is hoping to pay for the upkeep of its kennels by selling a historic work of art. The painting of the Jed Forest Hunt is the work of top equestrian artist Lionel Edwards. However, they have nowhere to hang the work and have also found meeting the insurance payments for it increasingly onerous. The painting goes up for sale on Saturday at Shapes Auctioneers in Edinburgh and hopes to fetch £15,000…. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 4.8.08 Crowds flock to Wayland Show - ROBYN GREENACRE - The strength of Norfolk's farming spirit was shown to be as robust as ever at yesterday's Wayland Show…. The main arena offered a packed line-up of events, including fire service rescue demonstrations, classic car parades, vintage tractors and steam engines, the West Norfolk Foxhounds, Mid Norfolk Gundogs and a Shetland pony and heavy horse parade… (story)

The Sentinel 4.8.08 Leek Show turns out to be a 'perfect day' - T HE organisers of Leek Show certainly could not have wished for better weather. With record crowds and far better entries in most classes than we could have hoped for, it was just one of those perfect days. Sitting in the commentary box looking over the magnificent Birchall playing fields, I couldn't help but reflect just how lucky we are in a small town like Leek to have one of the best show grounds in the whole country… I thought the main ring attractions this year were entertaining and I was particularly proud to see the parade of two packs of hounds. The Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire beagles shown by joint master Gerald DeVille and the Moorland fox hounds proudly presented to us by the only female fox hunting 'huntsperson' in the UK Mrs Elaine Barker, assisted by local farmer Charlie Prince who whips in the hounds… (story)

Birmingham Post 4.8.08 Well-known city industrialist and ex-hunt master Alan Cure dies at age of 82 - Alan Cure, the Birmingham industrialist, and former master of the Worcestershire Hunt has died aged 82… His long involvement in the Worcestershire hunt came to national prominence in 1997 during the parliamentary debate over fox hunting… Audrey Steel, a co-ordinator at the Hunt, said: “He was a gentleman, what more can you say? Even if he couldn’t do someone a good turn he would never do them a bad one.”… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 4.8.08 Discretion used by police over hunting - GILES Bradshaw gives the Devon and Cornwall police no credit for using their discretion, Police are failing to enforce hunt Act, Points of view, July 30… This brings me to my previously unanswered question — what are his motives?... G R Holwill, Stoke Hill Crescent, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.8.08 Time Mr Bradshaw gave it a rest - GILES Bradshaw,Police are failing to enforce hunt Act, Points of view, July 30, repeats, yet again, his belief that he has uncovered an unintended consequence of The Hunting Act. The point he makes does not in any way undermine the underlying purpose of the Act… Mr Bradshaw should not be too upset that he has not yet been charged… I think it's time you gave it a rest, Mr Bradshaw. Ivor Annetts, League Against Cruel Sports Tiverton (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 30.7.08 Animal cruelty of Hunting Act - 07:47 - 30-July-2008 I WOULD like to thank GR Holwill for acknowledging that my illegal activities are in fact benign. As someone who is passionate about animal welfare and conservation this means a lot to me. To answer his question my motivations for highlighting the absurdity of the Hunting Act are manifest. Firstly, I want the law changed to make the non-lethal, welfare-friendly dispersal of deer with dogs legal without them being shot dead… Secondly, I would like to see animal welfare legislation strengthened by its replacement with a law which bans all deliberate cruelty to wild animals, howsoever caused, coupled with the political will to enforce such legislation…. GILES BRADSHAW Rose Ash, South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.7.08 STUPID LAW WOULD MAKE ME KILL DEER - I am happy to answer John Phelps' questions as to why I am taking the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights… I believe it is my human right not to have to kill animals unless there is a good reason to as to do so would be made to act against my conscience…. Perhaps John Phelps would be good enough to answer my question as to whether he agrees with the law making it illegal to flush out deer unless they are shot… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.7.08 GILES' HUNTING BAN MOTIVES CONFUSE ME - I'm constantly confused by the motives of Giles Bradshaw….perhaps he can tell us whether he is asking for an amendment to the law to solve his conscience or the complete abolition of the Hunting Act, which will open the floodgates to the wilful abuse of wildlife… G R Holwill, Stoke Hill Crescent, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.7.08 WHY WASTE MONEY ON HUNTING APPEAL? - Once again farmer Giles Bradshaw, of Rose Ash, has complained about the failure of the police to prosecute him for contravention of the Hunting Act 2004, Hunter reports his crimes to police, Echo, June 27… I am unable to understand why Mr Bradshaw and his friends are so desperate to repeal the Hunting Act…. As far as the European legal action is concerned, I am unable to find anything in the Human Rights legislation that confers a right to hunt wild mammals for fun in contravention of the national laws of a member state of the EU…. John Phelps, Exeter (letter)

CLA GAME FAIR
Farming UK 4.8.08 Minister relaunches campaign to prevent illegal poisoning - Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food, Farming and Animal Health relaunched the new version of the Campaign for Illegal Poisoning of Wildlife on the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's stand at the CLA Game Fair this weekend. The Campaign Against Illegal Poisoning of Wildlife (CAIP) aims to protect some of Britain's wildlife from accidental and illegal poisoning by pesticides. The Pesticide Safety Directorate leads the campaign which is strongly supported by a range of organisations associated with animal welfare, nature conservation, field sports and gamekeeping, including the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, RSPB, Natural England, the Countryside Alliance, and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and FWAG… (story)
Oxford Mail 29.7.08 Game fair jams prompt inquiry By Andrew Ffrench - The organisers of the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace are to hold talks with police and council leaders to try to ensure Friday's traffic chaos is not repeated…. (story)
Oxford Times 28.7.08 Game Fair proves a hit - More than 130,000 people enjoyed hot sunshine for the world's biggest country sports and game fair over the weekend. Countryside lovers from across the UK and beyond descended on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, for the 50th CLA Game Fair… (story)
Oxford Mail 28.7.08 Game fair traffic review pledged By Andrew Ffrench - The director of the CLA Game Fair has promised a major review after the event was marred by traffic chaos. More than 151,000 attended the event at Blenheim Palace, which finished at the weekend and organisers say it was a big success…. (story)
Oxford Mail 27.7.08 Country fair proves a draw By Hayley Cover - More than 130,000 people enjoyed hot sunshine for the world's biggest country sports and game fair over the weekend…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 27.7.08 Summer sun set fair to hang around for spell - By Roya Nikkhah - More than 45,000 countryside enthusiasts and several packs of hounds basked in the sun yesterday at the Country Land and Business Association Game Fair… (story)
Farmers Weekly 25.7.08 Lobby groups hijacked by animal rights fanatics - Organisations like the RSPCA and RSPB have been hijacked by former animal rights campaigners who have swapped their balaclavas for smart suits and abandoned their beards to convince people of their respectability, according to Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance. Speaking in a debate on the future of animal rights at today’s Game Fair, Mr Hart said: “Animal rights as a movement has become less fashionable. We’re seeing less of the really vile, semi-terrorist activity of the Animal Liberation Front but more of the legitimate welfare organisations – the so-called reputable ones like the RSPCA and RSPB. “The animal rights agenda is being played out by people who have shaved off their beards and bought a smart suit and are saying the same thing as before but in another coded language... (story)
Oxford Mail 25.7.08 Game fair's a blast By Malcolm Bradbrook - The tens of thousands of people who made it into Blenheim Palace on Friday were clear about one thing - it was worth the wait. Warm weather and sun added to the fun as people sampled off-road driving, rock climbing, fly-fishing and much more…. (story)
Oxford Mail 25.7.08 UPDATE: Game fair traffic delays By Matt Wilkinson - Two hour delays have been reported by traffic stuck on congested roads surrounding the CLA Game Fair…. (story)
Oxford Mail 25.7.08 Crash adds to game fair traffic By Andrew Ffrench - Traffic was gridlocked this morning north of Oxford as thousands of drivers headed for the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace… The event, which continues over the weekend, is the world's biggest sports exhibition and the national event for 50,000 owners of rural properties represented by the Country Landowners' Association… (story)
Telegraph 25.7.08 CLA Game Fair - country concerns and rural pursuits - These are the folk socially excluded by Labour's urban elite. Many are on their uppers, living under leaking roofs while their traditional pleasures have been outlawed. I refer, of course, to that group we might call the over-class. By Jasper Gerard. An astonishing 140,000 are gathering each day at the Country Land and Business Association Game Fair, held at that notorious sink estate, Blenheim Palace. They flock from all over Britain for this annual Daily Telegraph sponsored event in a vast temporary town, where 1,000 exhibitors sprawl over 500 acres…. (story)
Telegraph 24.7.08 CLA Game Fair - a bit of frivolity, shopping and a chat over a drink - It is amusing that Britain's landowners have as their main annual event the Game Fair, a festival dedicated to pleasure and country sports… The Country Land and Business Association has long understood that a bit of frivolity and shopping, followed by a chat over a drink, is more persuasive than the serious stuff…. Meanwhile, on hunting, confusion reigns. Antis, such as the League Against Cruel Sports are divided as to whether the Hunting Act works well, is ineffective, or should be more seriously enforced. Pro-hunting people are divided whether to muddle on under the Act (because it doesn't work), ask for repeal, or for a new, wild mammals welfare Bill that would penalise only gratuitously "cruel" forms of hunting, as the Middle Way Group wants… (story)
Oxford Mail 24.7.08 Stars expected at Game Fair By David Horne - Royalty and celebrities will be joining the expected 138,000 visitors descending on Blenheim Palace for the 50th anniversary Game Fair. The event, opening tomorrow and continuing over the weekend, is the world's biggest sports exhibition and the national event for 50,000 owners of rural properties represented by the Country Landowners' Association…. (story)
Witney Gazette 14.7.08 'Golden' Game Fair expects 138,000 By David Horne - COUNTRY sports from flyfishing to hunting will attract more than 135,000 visitors over three days to Blenheim Palace. The Country Landowners' Association (CLA) is celebrating its 'golden' Game Fair, marking 50 years of the event, on July 25, 26, and 27…. (story)
Oxford Times 11.7.08 Help needed - I would like to make a very special appeal to your readers, who would be interested in offering voluntary help at The CLA Game Fair, which is being held at Blenheim Palace from Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27. The Children's Trust is this year's charity chosen by The CLA Game Fair to benefit from funds raised at the show through the celebrity charity shoots and the donations collected in the Active Countryside for All feature. We desperately need the support of several enthusiastic volunteers (over 18 years) to help out with a variety of roles during the three-day period… Barbara Burnett, Community Fundraising Manager, NE Home Counties,The Children's Trust (letter)

Farmers Weekly 4.8.08 NFU calls for producer veto on wider use of GB Poultry Register details by Richard Allison - Poultry producers in England and Wales should be given the chance to veto whether their details currently held on the GB Poultry Register should be used for wider purposes, including an enforcement role, says the NFU. Last month, DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government announced that following consultation with the industry, they are to use details on the register for a raft of other purposes. These include management of other diseases, ad hoc surveys and in the planning of official farm visits… The Countryside Alliance added its fears about "a major leak of privileged information" citing the government's poor record on managing databases… (story)

Waltham Forest Guardian 4.8.08 CHINGFORD: Please turn Stow into houses, say animal rights campaigners By Sarah Cosgrove - AS Stow lovers put pressure on its new owners to sell so that racing can continue, animal rights campaigners want houses built there instead… Greyhound Action's UK co-ordinator, Tony Peters, said the group would write to all three companies, urging them to continue with their housebuilding plans so that dog racing can no longer take place at the track… (story)

Irish Examiner 4.8.08 Protesters' anger at circus animals By James Dwan - ANIMAL rights protesters descended on a circus to protest against its use of animals. More than 30 protesters demonstrated outside the Great British Circus site in West Road, Clacton, yesterday. Jane Williams, of Kirby Cross, who organised the protest, claims the use of animals in circus acts is cruel and is calling on the circus to stop using them… (story)
Essex County Standard 22.7.08 Clacton: Woman urges circus boycott By Tom Weatherill - Animal rights campaigners are calling for a mass boycott and demonstration over a circus which opens today. The Great British Circus is in Clacton for three weeks, but its use of animals such as lions, tigers and zebras has sparked outrage. Jane Williams, of Kirby, is organising a protest and urging a boycott. She said: “As far as I am concerned all these animals live a life of imprisonment… (story)

Irish Examiner 4.8.08 State fails to tackle dog farm horror - WELL done to Evelyn Ring and the Irish Examiner editorial (July 29) for highlighting the horrific puppy farm situation that thrives in this country and the problems with the puppies that are bred in these conditions…. Donal Kelly, Gleann Ard, Upper Glanmire, Co Cork (letter)

3.8.08

Scotland on Sunday 3.8.08 Hen harrier chicks found crushed on moors By Jeremy Watson - POLICE are investigating the death of five hen harrier chicks found crushed on moorland on the Isle of Skye. Bird of prey monitors said the chicks, which are a protected species, were healthy in the middle of last month. But when they returned to the nest last week, they found just remains… A spokesman said: "The remains have been taken to the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen and a post-mortem is being carried out. The birds may have died from natural causes or from poisoning or from being stamped upon but it is too early to tell."… The RSPB last week revealed that the number of crimes reported against birds of prey in the UK last year rose 40% last year… But the Scottish Countryside Alliance said the RSPB figures were "misleading"…. (story)

Sunday Telegraph 3.8.08 Poachers make a comeback as demand for game rises By Jasper Copping and Graham Mole - For centuries, poaching was an illicit way for the rural poor to supplement their meagre diet. But the countryside is now seeing a revival of the custom, driven by growing demand for increasingly-fashionable game meat… Rob Gray, campaigns director at the Countryside Alliance, said: "The price of venison now is good…. "There is a definite correlation between the people doing the poaching and those committing other rural crimes, like theft and fly tipping. The romantic notion of the poacher has long gone. There are nasty, violent gangs."… (story)

2.8.08

Scotsman 2.8.08 RSPB sparks war of words on wildlife crime By Jenny Haworth - THE Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) has launched an attack on the RSPB, claiming the charity has used misleading figures over bird of prey killings to pursue an agenda against gamekeepers. The row has flared up after the RSPB's publication of a report into the level of bird persecution in the UK, in which it claimed crimes committed against birds of prey had soared by 40 per cent last year…. The SCA claims confirmed poisonings have in fact decreased to 76 last year from 85 in 2006 and prosecutions involving wild birds almost halved from 62 in 2006 to 33 in 2007… But a spokesman for RSPB Scotland insisted: "We are absolutely not pursuing an agenda of persecution against gamekeepers." He argued that it was the SCA that was trying to "discredit the bare facts", which are "there for all to see"…. (story)

Scotsman 2.8.08 Warning of danger to children as four poisoned buzzards found - FOUR poisoned buzzards have been discovered in Dumfries and Galloway, the RSPB has revealed. Animal baits laced with illegal poison were discovered near the dead birds of prey, which were found in the Eaglesfield area, near Gretna. The incident happened in March, but has only now been made public… (story)
BBC News Online 2.8.08 Condemnation for buzzard killers - A wildlife charity has called for a crackdown on crime against birds after it was revealed four buzzards had been poisoned in south west Scotland. Investigators found illegally poisoned baits near the dead birds in March at Eaglesfield in Dumfries and Galloway… RSPB Scotland said levels of poisoning had escalated in recent years and said it was time to take action…. (story)
Scottish Herald 2.8.08 Charity calls for crackdown on bird poisoning - A wildlife charity called for a crackdown on crimes against birds yesterday after the discovery of four poisoned buzzards…. RSPB Scotland said that levels of poisoning have escalated in recent years. Last year saw record levels of crimes against wild birds around the UK, according to the annual report by the RSPB… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.8.08 No keepers and grouse on hills, no harriers - The article published in the Press and Journal on Monday, July 28, “Estates blamed for killing hen harriers”, is most insulting to estate owners and their keepers… Without keepers on our hills, the numbers of vermin increase and become out of control – then we are left with nothing. The RSPB of today is made up of hook-bill fanatics who will stop at nothing in their quest to have the countryside full of raptors… Andy Ritchie, The Moorie, St Cyrus (letter)

Witney Gazette 2.8.08 Wildlife fears over increase in mink By Jen Rivett - Wildlife experts are on alert after a rising number of North American mink, one of the biggest threats to native British animals, were spotted on the River Thames…. Retired mechanical engineer Peter Darch spotted a family of mink while he was repairing a barge near Abingdon Lock and reported the encounter to the Environment Agency…. (story)

1.8.08

Kent & Sussex Courier 1.8.08 WHEN THE BASSETS CAME A'HUNTING - A READER RESPONDS TO MY QUERY - My Photograph of basset hounds meeting at Chiddingstone in 1976 (this page June 13) was recognised by Stephen Gribble, of Becketts Farm, as a visit to his farm by the Albany Hunt, based north of London, organised by Heather Freeman of Bore Place…. Colin Clark, who hunts with the Bolebrooke Beagles, identifies the Albany as one of five or six basset hound packs still operating in Britain… (story)

Oxford Mail 1.8.08 Blasting away - I was disgusted to see your huge coverage given to the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. I despaired also of the huge numbers of people visiting this event, but wasn't surprised to see that arch animal abuser Prince Philip patronising this celebration of recreational violence…. SARAH MORRIS Banbury Road Oxford (story)

Denbighshire Free Press 1.8.08 Bend the ear of your MP and AM - WHAT DO YOU THINK? - THE post office in Llansannan is a focal point of village life… But now that post office, along with dozens of others across North Wales, is threatened with closure Post Office Ltd on Tuesday began a consultation on the proposed closure of 52 branches in the North Wales area… The Countryside Alliance in Wales is urging folk to take their protest to the top by writing to the already beleaguered Gordon Brown…. (story)

NETCU website 1.8.08 Animal rights extremist receives community order - An animal rights extremist was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to 80 hours community service today. Phillip Simpson Malkin, 34, of Chatsworth Mews, Morley, Leeds pleaded guilty at Aldershot Magistrates Court on 8 July 2008 to two offences under Section 145 of the Serious and Organised Crime Act. Malkin admitted to sending two emails to KD Systems in December 2006. The emails contained reference to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), and demanded by way of threats and intimidation that the company cease trading with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The charges were brought against him as part of last year's nation wide police investigation called Operation Achilles…. (story)

Worthing Herald 1.8.08 Findon animal sanctuary forced to close its doors By Kirsty Hanlon - A CASH crisis has forced a Findon village animal sanctuary to close its doors. Paws, situated in The Oval, has made the difficult decision to close its doors temporarily as it is struggling to cope financially… Now, owner Stacey McSpirit is appealing for help. She said: "The sanctuary is in crisis. We have never been this badly off before, but everything, including food and the vet's bills, have gone up, and we are struggling… (story)