December 2006

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31.12.06

Sunday Times 31.12.06 The Sunday Times – Comment - ROD LIDDLE - Final proof that they’re all barking - It is a noble old British tradition in some quarters to get up early on both Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, put on strange pink clothes and venture into the countryside on horseback to rip the throat out of the first fox you see... Banning fox hunting, we were told (by the Countryside Alliance, the toffs and their genuflecting peasant followers) would wreak havoc on the rural economy. Where, exactly, is this havoc? How many jobs have been lost? How many hunts disbanded? How many rural villages condemned to poverty and decay? It was all rubbish... (story)

30.12.06

Bedford Times & Citizen 30.12.06 2,000 show support for Hunt - Defiant Oakley riders vow to carry on their campaign to "revert back to our traditions" - Nearly 2,000 defiant supporters demonstrated their opposition against the fox-hunting ban on Boxing Day. Around 52 riders of the Oakley Hunt – which has its kennels in Melchbourne, North Bedfordshire – gathered at Castle Ashby, Northants, for its traditional holiday meeting with hounds. They were backed up by a crowd rivalling that attracted by the Bedford Blues for an average home game at Goldington Road…. (story)

Newbury Weekly News 30.12.06 Hunting - I'm delighted that the turnout for the Boxing Day hunts was so high. It only goes to show how spurious were the arguments put forward by the Countryside Alliance that thousands of jobs would be lost when the law came in.... KJWright, Chieveley (letter may be in archive)

Western Daily Press 30.12.06 TRADITIONS BUT WITH NO CRUELTY - It is neither liberal nor tolerant for the Countryside Alliance to go chasing British wildlife to death, and tearing it apart for fun; it is just plain sadism and misguided, and such cruelty undermines our society.... Yvonne Sadler Bristol (letter)

Independent 30.12.06 Lust for killing - According to Guy Adams's report (27 December), the Countryside Alliance stated many foxes were killed on Boxing Day. If true (which I doubt) how on earth are they being allowed to break the law?... JUDI HEWITT, RHYL, DENBIGHSHIRE (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 30.12.06 RAMBLERS? NOT HERE PLEASE - Ramblers wanting to take advantage of the fine walks over Dumbleton Hill had best park their cars in the next village or not walk over the hill at all unless they want to be shot in mistake for a deer.We went for a walk and as well as being warned about the dangers of being shot we returned to our car, which had been parked carefully in the road, to find a notice pinned to it, from Dumbleton Shoot, stating that parking on the public road was not allowed.... So, it seems the hunting and shooting lobby want the countryside for themselves and everyone else is quite safe as long as we keep out... Paul Blacklock, Stratford-upon-Avon. (letter)

29.12.06

Kent & Sussex Courier 29.12.06 HUNDREDS AT BOXING DAY HUNT - A Sea of horses, hounds and red coats gathered outside the Leicester Arms in Penshurst for the annual Boxing Day hunt. More than 500 people on foot and 100 horses turned up to the Old Surrey and Burstow hunt, which met at the pub on the high street.... (story)

The Sentinel 29.12.06 BOXING DAY PROVED THAT FOX-HUNT BAN IS A FARCE - If You're looking for the biggest non-event in the life of the present Government, you need to look no further than the ban on fox-hunting.We have been reminded again this week how dismally the new law has failed in its objective. Well over 300 hunts were chasing round the countryside on Boxing Day, watched by hundreds of thousands of supporters. Far from seeing off this traditional rural sport, the ban seems to have backfired spectacularly and revived public interest.... I know many ordinary people - they may still be in the majority - feel strongly about fox-hunting and have a sentimental attachment to an animal which they see almost as a cuddly character in a child's book. This is misguided because in reality Mr Fox is a wanton killer and the numbers have to be kept down to protect farm stock.... This week's pictures of huntsmen and crowds of supporters indicate that it's the anti-hunters who are now at bay. There's even talk about pressing for the laws on hunting to be repealed, but that's unlikely to happen while this Government remains in power…. (story)

Telegraph 29.12.06 Vote for Parliament – and do it today By Daniel Hannan - Scrap 'em all, I say. Blowtorch all six of the finalists from the Statute Book: the Dangerous Dogs Act, the Hunting Act, the Human Rights Act, the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, the Act of Settlement and the European Communities Act... (story)

Times 29.12.06 Bug counters to infest kitchens - MICK HUME: NOTEBOOK ... Speaking of vermin, foxhunting is back in the news after the hunts claimed a record turnout on Boxing Day. The Countryside Alliance said that the repeal of the redundant ban on hunting with hounds is now "inevitable”. But the token ban was never about the practicalities of pest control….(story)

Hexham Courant 29.12.06 Crowds turn out to support hunts By BRIAN DANIEL - COUNTRY folk came out in force on Boxing Day to show their support for hunting.... The Tynedale Hunt met at Corbridge where a crowd of around 1,000 gave their backing to more than 50 riders. Stamfordham was the starting point of the Newcastle and District Beagles hunt, with 200 people turning out for the meet.... The North Tyne Hunt met at Wark, with a crowd of at least 150 in attendance, and between 25 and 30 on horseback. The Haydon Hunt started at Fourstones, and the Border Hunt met at Otterburn.... (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 29.12.06 Thousands turn out for hunt - HUNT supporters turned out in force for the traditional Boxing Day meet. A crowd of about 2,000 spectators braved the cold to see riders and hounds from the Cottesmore Hunt meet at Cutts Close, Oakham... (story)

Malton & Pickering Mercury 29.12.06 Traditional turn-out - MEMBERS of the Middleton and Derwent hunts were out on Boxing Day. It was a "brilliant turnout" at the annual meet of the Middleton Hunt in Malton's market place…. (story)

Chester Chronicle 29.12.06 Business as usual By Rebecca Taylor, Chester Chronicle - HUNDREDS of supporters turned out for the annual Boxing Day meetings in Cheshire, in a show of defiance against laws banning hunting.... Several hundred people watched Cheshire Forest Hunt leave Malpas and Joint Master of the Cheshire Hunt, Richard Thomas, said over 2,000 people gathered in Tarporley High Street to see 80 riders set off... (story)

Malvern Gazette 29.12.06 Hunt meeting filmed by Sky By Gary Bills-Geddes - A HELICOPTER from Sky TV hovered over High Street on Boxing Day to shoot footage of the Ledbury Hunt. A strong rumour that former Home Secretary David Blunkett was among the crowd of spectators has been denied.... (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 29.12.06 Boxing Day hunts show of defiance By Stephen Pass - TWO years after the ban on hunting, more people than ever are supporting the sport, with record numbers turning out for the traditional Boxing Day hunts in the area. Regional director of the Countryside Alliance, John Haigh, who attended the York and Ainsty South Hunt which met at Easingwold, said the large numbers backing the sport showed that the ban was irrelevant and needed changing.... More than 400 people gathered on Northallerton’s High Street on Boxing Day to give the Hurworth Hunt a resounding send-off.... Hundreds of people also attended the York and Ainsty North Hunt gathering on St James’s Square in Boroughbridge.... More than 100 people supported the Bilsdale Hunt, which met at Cowesby Hall, Cowesby, near Thirsk.... Other hunts in this area included the Bedale Hunt, as well as the West of Yore Hunt, which met in Masham... (story)

Gloucester Citizen 29.12.06 TALLY HO! TO OUR TINY TOT HUNTERS - A New generation of hunt members was out in force to hear a rallying cry at the start of a traditional children's meet near Stroud.Around 120 young riders - one aged just two - turned out for the annual day for Berkeley Hunt juniors at Frampton-on-Severn.... (story)

Munster Express 29.12.06 Annual protest at Tramore Hunt By Kieran Walsh - The annual Tramore St. Stephen's Day Hunt took place as usual on Tuesday last. A sizeable crowd of onlookers saw them off at the Majestic Hotel, many of them friends or relations of the participants. There seemed to be large number of children and teenagers participating with parents, friends and family showing a willingness to continue the hunt tradition despite the annual protests.... Anti Hunt Protesters were also on hand and some blew whistles to show their opposition to fox hunting.... (story may be in archive)
Irish Examiner 27.12.06 Call for hunting ban as activists picket Stephen’s Day meets By Eoin English - Animal-rights activists called on the Government yesterday to ban all forms of hunting live animals. The Association Of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) and BadgerWatch Ireland made the call after a major anti-hunt protest in Co Waterford... Up to 40 members and supporters from both organisations targeted the Waterford Foxhounds annual St Stephen’s Day meet in Tramore town centre....(story)
Irish Independent 27.12.06 Saboteurs fail to halt hunt as record crowds turn out - Bloodsports 'to be an election issue' - Lorna Reid - ANIMAL rights activists failed in their mission to break up the annual St Stephen's Day meeting of the Waterford Foxhounds in Tramore yesterday.... Pat Coyle, Huntsman of the Ward Union Stag Hunt, said most of the 90 to 100 huntspeople who met at Bellewstown Racecourse were locals, with no visitors travelling to the meeting from the UK.... In Waterford, the Association of Hunt Saboteurs (AOHS) and Badger Watch Ireland protested against foxhunting and called for a countrywide ban on all bloodsports.... (story)

Torquay Herald Express 29.12.06 BUSIEST DAY FOR HUNTS PASSES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH - Hundreds of hunt supporters turned out across South Devon for the Boxing Day meet showing the tradition was alive and well... Hundreds turned out in Kingsbridge, South Brent and Modbury on Tuesday for what is one of the biggest days of the year for hunts and their supporters.... A crowd also met in South Brent for the Dartmoor Hunt with more than 30 riders and 30 hounds being cheered on.... (story)

Reading Evening Post 29.12.06 Big turnout for hunt - The traditional post Christmas hunt was a resounding success this year despite being banned nearly two years ago. Held on Wednesday, there were 61 riders and more than 300 people on foot following the hunt at Mortimer by the Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks, an increase on last year’s turn-out.... (story)

Bury Free Press 29.12.06 Crowds turn out to support hunt - Record numbers of people turned up to support the Suffolk Boxing Day Hunt, held just outside Bury St Edmunds. Organisers say that about 1,000 people attended the hunt, which met at Pinford End, roughly 300 up on last year.... (story)

Cumberland News 29.12.06 With a big crack of the whip a Boxing Day tradition carries on - By Keir Mudie - HUNDREDS of people gathered in Welton this week to see the traditional Boxing Day hunt get under way. Members of the Cumberland Farmers Foxhound Hunt mingled with onlookers outside the Royal Oak Inn before the hunt started at 11am.... The Bewcastle and Cumberland hunts were also out on Boxing Day. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 27.12.06 Hundreds cheer on Boxing Day hunters By Keir Mudie - HUNDREDS of people gathered in Welton to see the traditional Boxing Day hunt get underway. Members of the Cumberland Farmers Foxhound Hunt mingled with interested onlookers outside the Royal Oak Inn before the hunt started at 11am.... Other hunts out yesterday included Bewcastle and the Cumberland.(story)

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Bromsgrove Advertiser 29.12.06 Crowds out to support Boxing Day hunting THOUSANDS of hunt supporters lined the streets as riders turned out for traditional Boxing Day meets across Worcestershire. Hundreds of people gathered outside Droitwich Spa's Raven Hotel for the Worcestershire Hunt meet.... Around 1,000 people, and over 100 mounted on horses, turned out for the Albrighton Woodland hunt meet. Peter Swan, master of the Albrighton Woodland meet, said: "It went really well. We had a great turn out.... (story)

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Exeter Express & Echo 29.12.06 HUNTS FACING ASBO THREAT - Hunters who act anti-socially may be liable for an Asbo, according to a new prosecution unit set up by the League Against Cruel Sports.The unit will be advised by Lord Archer QC, a former Solicitor General, and Anthony Scrivener QC, former chair of the Bar Council.... (story)
Western Morning News 27.12.06 HUNTERS' SCORN AT LEAGUE'S WARNING - Hunt supporters have condemned as "farcical" warnings from animal right campaigners that they will seek to obtain anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against hunts which flout the controversial ban.The League Against Cruel Sports yesterday launched a "prosecution unit" aiming to using both civil and criminal law to control the behaviour of hunters taking part in the sport… Alison Hawes, South West spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, poured scorn on the latest move, maintaining it proved that the League was "on the back foot"…. This year, Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright was fined £500 for breaching the ban in a private prosecution by the League, which also has a second private prosecution pending, against the Quantock Staghounds, which is expected to be heard in the new year. Three hunters from the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are also facing trial after the police and Crown Prosecution Service decided in September to launch a state prosecution against them…. (story)
Independent 26.12.06 Campaigners will seek Asbos for offenders By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor - Anti-blood sports campaigners are warning they will seek anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against fox hunts who flout the ban on hunting with hounds at their Boxing Day meetings today.... (story)
Times 26.12.06 Private prosecution group tracks down illegal activity - VALERIE ELLIOTT - Anti-hunting groups are so frustrated at the lack of charges brought for illegal hunting that they have set up their own prosecution unit. The League Against Cruel Sports has persuaded two leading barristers to advise the unit — Lord Archer of Sanswell, QC, a former solicitor-general, and Anthony Scrivener, QC, a former Bar Council chairman.... (story)
Guardian 26.12.06 Lobby group to target illegal fox hunting - Press Association - An anti-hunting group said today it had set up its own prosecution unit in a bid to crack down on illegal fox hunting. The news came as hundreds of thousands of spectators attended traditional Boxing Day fox hunts across the country despite hunting with dogs becoming a crime two years ago... The Atherstone Hunt ride out for their Boxing Day meet from Market Bosworth... (story)
Guardian 26.12.06 New crackdown on illegal hunting - Press Association - Top QCs have agreed to advise an anti-blood sports group in its attempt to crack down on illegal hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports has launched a Prosecution Unit that will use both civil and criminal law to control the behaviour of hunters who believe they are a law unto themselves.... (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.12.06 Legal unit to take on blood sports - LUCY ADAMS, Home Affairs Correspondent - A specialist legal unit has been created to pursue illegal blood sports after growing fears that the hunting fraternity is flouting the law without being taken to court. The League Against Cruel Sports has launched a specialist legal unit to gather evidence on illegal hunting with dogs. Senior QCs, including Robert Black, the emeritus professor of law at Edinburgh University, have agreed to advise the anti-blood sports group in its attempt to crack down on illegal hunting.... Boxing Day hunts are due to take place today across Scotland. The Liddesdale Hunt in the Borders, the Jed Forest Hunt, from Hawick, the Duke of Buccleuch's Hunt and the Dumfriesshire and Stewarton Hunt are all expected to meet.... (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.12.06 Doubts about hunt bill - What does a red-jacketed huntsman have in common with a hoodie? The answer, according to Douglas Batchelor of the League Against Cruel Sports, is that both could soon be subject to anti-social behaviour orders... As a newspaper, The Herald expressed doubts about the bill. Though hunting with hounds is a peripheral issue, the hard-fought debate over its passage gave the impression that the Scottish Executive cared little for those living and working in the countryside. And though hunting certainly entails an element of animal cruelty, so do other activities which are permitted by law on the basis of a greater-good argument. The argument against fox hunting was insufficiently compelling to justify the loss of personal freedom entailed in the ban... Failure to bring prosecutions under the 2002 Act is blamed on its complexity. It is also because police, the Crown Prosecution Service and procurators-fiscal believe other matters are more important, and they are right (story)
Scotsman 26.12.06 Top QC to aid fight against hunting - ROBERT Black, QC, the emeritus professor of law at Edinburgh University, will advise the League Against Cruel Sports in its attempt to stop illegal hunting.... (story)
Sunday Times 24.12.06 Asbo threat to defiant hunters - Anti-bloodsports campaigners are to seek Asbos to prevent hunters breaching the ban. The League Against Cruel Sports has set up a legal unit to work with residents and landowners upset by hunts. (story)
Western Daily Press 23.12.06 WE'LL GET ASBOS AGAINST HUNTS BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The war over hunting will be fought in the court room rather than the field next year as the biggest group against the sport will seek Asbos in a bid to stop the hunters. Faced with police forces which set hunting as a low priority and the difficulties of getting conclusive evidence, the League Against Cruel Sports is expected to work with irate neighbours to slap Asbos on hunts which trespass, block roads and intimidate locals who complain about them... This year saw the first successful prosecution for breaking the hunting ban, and all legal cases have taken place here in the West. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright was fined £500 for breaching the ban in a private prosecution by the League, which also has a second private prosecution, against the Quantock Staghounds, expected to be heard in the new year.... (story)

Hoddesdon & Broxbourne Mercury 29.12.06 Angry resident speak out over 'illegal' hunt - MORE shocked residents spoke this week about the terror and upset caused by a hunt which is under investigation by police. Further harrowing accounts of a potentially illegal hunt in Broxbourne Wood came to light following our report last week.... Two local hunts have denied any involvement in the incident.... Puckeridge Hunt held a meet attended by about 2,000 enthusiasts on Boxing Day. (story)
Hoddesdon & Broxbourne Mercury 22.12.06 Hunting horror - CHILDREN were reduced to tears as bloodthirsty hounds and huntsmen on horses charged through Broxbourne Wood in a chase being investigated by Herts police.... Former Broxbourne Animal Rights and National Anti-Hunt Campaign chairman, Niel Hansen, said it sounded like an "illegal hunt”…. Two local hunts have denied any involvement in the incident. The Enfield Chace Hunt hounds ceased to be kept at Birch Farm in White Stubbs Lane… Master of the Puckeridge Hunt, Diana Pyper, said when dogs are exercised they are kept under control and it could have been a drag hunt…. (story)
Hertfordshire Mercury 22.12.06 Children in tears as huntsmen chase deer - CHILDREN were reduced to tears as a pack of hounds and huntsmen on horseback charged through quiet woodland near Brickendon in a chase being investigated by Herts police. Around 30-40 hounds dashed past terrified dog-walkers and children on Saturday afternoon as they chased a full-grown muntjac deer while a huntsman blew his horn.... Two local hunts have denied any involvement in the incident. The Enfield Chace Hunt hounds ceased to be kept at Birch Farm in White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, a few years ago after the hunt amalgamated with one in Cambridgeshire. "I don't know anything about it," said surprised joint master Keith Newland. Master of the Puckeridge Hunt Diana Pyper suggested that it could have been a drag hunt…. (story)

Chester Chronicle 29.12.06 Hunt rider dragged in freak accident By Samantha Parker, Chester Chronicle - A RIDER was airlifted to hospital after she fell off her horse during a hunt and was dragged along a field... She was taking part in the Cheshire Forest annual Christmas Eve hunt when the accident happened.... The North West Air Ambulance is a registered charity, receiving no mainstream funding yet it costs £1.3 million a year to maintain this vital life saving service. Donations can be made by calling 0800 587 4570 (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 29.12.06 Hunters show true colours - On Boxing Day foxhunters showed their true nature - savage, arrogant, hypocritical and dishonest, clearly believing that laws are only for little people... Eric Firth, Wellington Street, Wilsden (letter)

Dublin People 29.12.06 Fox hunting horror condemned - John Tierney, Campaigns Director-Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734 Dublin 1 (letter)
Ulster Herald 21.12.06 Foxhunting degrades Irish society with callous butchery - The public view of foxhunting on St Stephen's Day is one of the huntsman leading the way from the meet with his hounds on display... That is until a fox breaks cover. In a few moments the pageant turns to farce as riders and vehicles charge off in pursuit of the hounds and their terrified quarry... A trick of the trade used by terriermen sees the fox being put into a bag and its belly crushed to force the animal to urinate. Then the bagged fox is taken into the open and tipped out to run again.... John Tierney, Campaigns Director, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)

Guardian 29.12.06 Gamekeepers accused as red kite stops flying again over Scotland - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - It is one of the most elegant and graceful of Britain's birds of prey, boasting unmistakable reddish brown plumage, angled wings and a distinctive forked tail. But, despite one of the world's longest-running reintroduction programmes, the red kite has again begun to disappear from Scotland's skies. Ornithologists fear that up to 40% of Scotland's red kites have been poisoned, victims of a concerted campaign by gamekeepers and grouse moor owners to persecute the rare birds of prey they blame for decimating their prized stocks of game birds.... (story)
Scotsman 29.12.06 Mass slaughter of the red kites - JOHN ROSS - NEARLY half of Scotland's red kite population is thought to have been illegally killed, it was revealed yesterday. Experts studied tagged birds over a five-year period and the results of their monitoring show persecution of the rare species remains a massive problem.... (story)

Bath Chronicle 29.12.06 ENVIRONMENT IS A KEY ISSUE IN TOWN - I Thought I would let you know what Who Cares has achieved since our opening in April this year.... Other achievements include Just Beauty, the salon in Bank Street Melksham which now offers cruelty-free beauty treatments which means none of the products used in these treatments have been tested on animals.... CHRISTINE GILES, Melksham (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 29.12.06 Spain poised to end barbaric excesses of bullfighting - The desire of Spain's Environment Minister to eliminate the killing and horrific cruelty from bull fighting will hopefully result in legislation to protect the bulls.... May I appeal to readers who oppose this bloody barbarism to write to the Spanish Minister for the Environment, c/o the Spanish embassy in Dublin, calling for an end to the world's most evil blood sport. John Fitzgerald Co Kilkenny (letter)

28.12.06

Buckingham Advertiser 28.12.06 Top turnout for Christmas meets - HUNDREDS of people flocked to Winslow Hall in support of the annual Bicester and Whaddon Chase Boxing Day meet.... The Grafton Hunt in south Northants also attracted a large number of supporters on Boxing Day when they met in the grounds of Easton Neston House (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 28.12.06 THREE COUNCILLORS REVEAL CONVICTIONS TO OUR CAMPAIGN BY DAVID WALSH - Three city councillors have admitted they have previous convictions. Chris Williamson, Chris Wynn and Ray Baxter have become the first to put their names forward, following the launch of the Evening Telegraph's Anything to Declare? campaign. Council leader Mr Williamson was bound over to keep the peace and fined £100 during his days as a hunt saboteur... It followed an interview broadcast on BBC Radio Derby in which Mr Williamson, then secretary of the East Midlands branch of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said members would disrupt the first day of the grouse shooting season. Mr Williamson denied the charge, saying that he was speaking on behalf of the association's members, and not on his own behalf... (story)

West Briton 28.12.06 LARGE CROWDS TURN OUT TO SUPPORT BOXING DAY HUNT - Talk of the demise of hunting was described as "cloud cuckoo land stuff" when 300 people turned up for the Four Burrow Hunt's traditional Boxing Day meet at Carn Brea Castle.Forty riders met near the 15th century castle and enjoyed a glass of sherry before setting off on the scented trail… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 28.12.06 WE'LL CARRY ON, SAY HUNTING SUPPORTERS - Thousands of people gathered to show their support for one of Gloucestershire's oldest countryside pursuits.All seven Gloucestershire hunts met on Boxing Day: the Cotswold, North Cotswold, Cotswold Vale Farmers', Beaufort, where there were 2,000 spectators, Berkeley, Ledbury and Vale of the White Horse in Cirencester.... (story)

Bath Chronicle 28.12.06 THOUSANDS GIVE THEIR SUPPORT TO HUNT EVENT - Hunt supporters have claimed that laws banning their sport are "spiteful" after record numbers of spectators flocked to their annual Boxing Day gathering. Between 6,000 and 7,000 people came to offer their support to the Avon Vale Hunt's annual festive meet in Lacock…. (story)
Swindon Advertiser 27.12.06 6,000 attend Lacock hunt By John Ballard - THOUSANDS of hunt supporters gathered in Lacock yesterday for the annual Boxing Day meet despite hunting with dogs being banned almost two years ago. A cheering crowd lined the streets of the village and assembled for the traditional toast outside the Red Lion, before the Avon Vale Hunt rode out in search of its prey... (story)

South Wales Evening Post 28.12.06 NO FOX AS PACK ON TROT - Huntsmen gathered on the streets of Neath for their traditional Boxing Day meeting is no longer a terrifying sight for foxes.But while they are no longer allowed to hunt animals, the members of the Banwen Miners' Hunt met up to exercise their right to roam the countryside with a pack of dogs.... (story)

Somerset County Gazette 28.12.06 "ASBOs a non starter" - hunt chief By Chris Alder - A LEADING West Somerset hunt chairman has poured cold water on plans by anti hunt campaigners the League Against Cruel Sports to wield ASBOs against hunt members. Tom Yandle, chairman of the Devon and Somerset Foxhounds, said hunts operated within the law as demanded by the League, andf that League plans were "a non-starter."… Boxing Day meets also took place at Wellington Square, Minehead (Minhead Hunt), Dulverton (Dulverton Farmers), Ralegh's Cross (West Somerset Hunt), Ilminster, (Taunton Vale), and Nether Stowey (West Somerset Vale) (story)

Bicester Advertiser 28.12.06 Hunt supporters keen to keep tradition alive - HUNTING supporters were out in force as the traditional Boxing Day meetings took place in Oxfordshire and across the country.... (story)
Oxford Times 28.12.06 Hunt supporters keen to keep tradition alive - HUNTING supporters were out in force as the traditional Boxing Day meetings took place in Oxfordshire and across the country. The Bicester with Whaddon Chase Hound Club was one of more than 200 hunts keen to keep the tradition alive.... Other hunts meeting included The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and the South Berks Hunt, which covers parts of Oxfordshire, and the Heythrop Hunt, which met in Chipping Norton. (story)

Sheffield Star 28.12.06 Hunt law 'harming foxes' - THE Master of Barlow Hunt today urged anti-blood sport campaigners to stop hounding those who take part in the sport and concentrate on the welfare of the fox. Supporters turned out in their hundreds to see off the horses and hounds from Holmesfield Kennels on the Sheffield-Derbyshire border at the traditional Boxing Day Hunt - one of 314 UK hunts which took place round the country, on the busiest day in the hunting calendar... (story)

Fakenham & Wells Times 28.12.06 Hunting supporters out in force - HUNT supporters in Fakenham on Boxing Day added their voice to claims that the law is an ass. Hundreds of supporters on foot heard a rallying call from Charles Carter, 23, one of the youngest masters in the country, to support a change in legislation. Before riders of the West Norfolk Foxhounds set off from the racecourse, he said the law banning hunting with hounds was unenforceable and unworkable and would one day be repealed.... (story)

North West Evening Mail 28.12.06 HUNT SUPPORTERS CARRY ON TRADITION DESPITE BAN - HUNT supporters in Cumbria were out in force for the traditional Boxing Day meets... Alan Bolt, joint master of the North Lonsdale Foxhounds, said: "We had our usual Boxing Day meet and it all went very nicely. There weren’t any problems. Everyone seemed to enjoy it... Edmund Porter, master huntsman of the Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds, said: "We had a big crowd out, larger than ever... Clare Fell, chef at the Brown Cow pub in Waberthwaite, served up the usual meal for the hungry members of Black Combe Beagles. She said: "There were quite a few people out. The members met in the car park and around 30 came back at lunchtime for Tattie Pot. They all seemed to have enjoyed themselves.”… (story)

North Devon Journal 28.12.06 BOXING DAY HUNT SEES MASS SUPPORT - The traditional Boxing Day meet saw hunt supporters turn out en masse in Torrington, in another show of defiance against the Government's hunting ban.As onlookers braved the biting conditions to show their support for the tradition - which has continued to thrive despite a ban on hunting almost two years ago - hunt master Ken Ford and Robert Heard led the pack out across the rolling countryside.... (story)

Somerset Guardian 28.12.06 RIDERS MEET FOR BOXING DAY HUNT - More than 100 riders and their horses from across the area converged on The Green, at Priddy, for the annual Boxing Day meeting, organised by the Mendip Farmers' Hunt.They were joined by more than 1,000 followers, who wanted to be part of a tradition that began when hounds were introduced on to the Mendips in the 1920s... (story)
Central Somerset Gazette 28.12.06 HUNTERS GATHER ON THE GREEN - Hunters and supporters turned out in force for the traditional Boxing Day meet at Priddy.... Leading the hunt was Richard Standing who has been master of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt for several years.... (story)

Sussex Express 28.12.06 BOXING DAY HUNT MEETING - MORE than 100 mounted riders took over Lewes High Street on Boxing Day for the Southdown and Eridge Hunt meeting. Before an audience of more than 1,000 people, the Huntsmen and women enjoyed a traditional stirrup cup outside the White Hart Hotel before briskly trotting through the town to the Hunt, which took place between Lewes and Falmer.... (story)

Western Gazette 28.12.06 HUNT TRADITION ALIVE AND WELL - Crowds turned out in force to support this year's Boxing Day hunts in Somerset.... Almost 100 riders took part in the Seavington Hunt, which left Market Square in Crewkerne shortly after 11am.... The Mendip Farmers' Hunt left Priddy Green boasting more than 100 riders whilst Cotley Hunt rode along Fore Street in Chard to a chorus of cheers from the crowd. The Blackmore and Sparkford Hunt, celebrating its 190th anniversary, set off from the Market Place in Castle Cary before finishing near Sparkford. (story)

Stratford upon Avon Herald 28.12.06 RECORD TURNOUTS AT BOXING DAY MEETS - HUNTS in the South Warwickshire area reported soaring attendances at Boxing Day meets but no disruption. And Russian television sent a crew to film the record turnout at Upton House where the 200-year-old Warwickshire Hunt was meeting on the opening day of the season.... The picture shows a procession of several hundred riders parade along the main street watched by several thousand people attending the North Cotswold Hunt’s meet at Broadway. (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 28.12.06 Hundreds turn out for the hunt - RYEDALE hunts gathered for their traditional Boxing Day meetings yesterday. Kirkbymoorside, Pickering and Malton market places were a throng of riders, foxhounds and foot-followers… Joanna Newitt, secretary of the Middleton Hunt, which meets every year in Malton, said the ban would not kill centuries of rural tradition.... Kirkbymoorside was packed with 60 riders from the Sinnington Hunt plus hundreds of onlookers and supporters... Followers of Farndale Hunt met outside the Lion Inn at Blakey to cheer them off on a ride across the moorland.... (story)

Newbury Weekly News 28.12.06 Hunting - Since the National Trust have acknowledged that hunting with dogs is the most humane way to deal with the old and infirm deer population on their land, why should foxes be treated differently? Penny Stewart, Headley (letter may be in archive)

Daily Post 28.12.06 Hunt the horses By Judi Hewitt, Rhyl - YESTERDAY (December 26 ) I went to check out the hunt in my area to see if their pre-Christmas statement that over a hundred mounted riders would be joining them for the Boxing day meet.... I counted 24 horse boxes parked up in Trefnant, North Wales. This means at most there would have only been around 40-50 riders present… (letter)

Scotsman 28.12.06 Deer numbers are a red herring in the debate over population management - With regard to your report, "Scotland's red deer explosion" (18 December), to give credit where it is due, it did refer to the considerable economic value (£105 million a year) and employment contribution (2,520 jobs) which deer management provides, and to the iconic status of deer for tourists and Scottish residents alike. Sadly, the rest of your report was a regurgitation of the hackneyed line that there are too many deer, that they are not properly managed and that they damage the upland environment…. RMJ COOKE, secretary, Association of Deer Management Groups, Dalhousie, Brechin, Angus
Conservationist charities would have us believe that it is necessary to reduce deer numbers to an "acceptable" level that doesn't cause ecological damage. It is only in the past 50 or so years that deer numbers have increased significantly, coinciding with increased mobility of shooting parties from abroad, resulting in a thriving hunting industry… We should learn to live with other species, not exploit them and cause them harm. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letters)

Daily Post 28.12.06 Fears that tail docking could go ‘back-street’ By Andrew Forgrave - OWNERS of some working dogs may resort to illicit tail docking in England to get round restrictive regulations in Wales, enthusiasts believe. The Countryside Alliance fears new Assembly proposals could even give rise to "back-street" tail-docking. Last year MPs voted for a ban on tail docking with an exemption for working dogs, to include spaniels, terriers and hunt, point, retrieve (HPR) breeds of gundog But while the Assembly’s own proposals allow for the docking of working spaniels and terriers, there are no such exemptions for HPR gundogs…. (story)

Ilford Recorder 28.12.06 Fowl acts need cracking down on - HAVING read the report in regards to the geese being shot at Fairlop Waters Country Park, several matters need to be clarified. I have always thought a country park was an area where the public could go and enjoy the wildlife... How come then, that any Tom, Dick or Harry who has obtained a gun licence can go to the police and obtain permission to go along and shoot all the geese in this country park?... G H MCKELVEY, Netley Road, Barkingside (story)

Kidderminster Shuttle 28.12.06 Bewdley swan numbers growing - I AM writing with reference to the article concerning Bewdley anglers and the swan population. This reminds me of a sensationalist report given over the national network some years ago when anglers were accused of killing 3,000 swans each week by using lead shot. Fortunately this report was investigated by an independent body, which discovered that two swans, assumed poisoned by lead, were discovered some miles apart... I hope that we shall not be confronted with local headlines such as Bewdley - Death Alley for Swans' or Swans landing on the River Severn at Bewdley never leave alive'.... J TIMNEY, Gainsborough Mews, Kidderminster (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 28.12.06 Get hooked on fishing....not drugs By Anthony Osborne - ANGLING development officer Mark Jennings doesn't just think fishing is a great hobby. He thinks it can keep young people out of trouble and keep them away from drugs and anti-social behaviour. Mark, 44, who is originally from Kent, has been taken on by Swindon Council to try to make angling a more attractive pastime for the people of Swindon... (story)

Scotsman 28.12.06 Deer numbers are a red herring in the debate over population management - With regard to your report, "Scotland's red deer explosion" (18 December), to give credit where it is due, it did refer to the considerable economic value (£105 million a year) and employment contribution (2,520 jobs) which deer management provides, and to the iconic status of deer for tourists and Scottish residents alike. Sadly, the rest of your report was a regurgitation of the hackneyed line that there are too many deer, that they are not properly managed and that they damage the upland environment…. RMJ COOKE, secretary, Association of Deer Management Groups, Dalhousie, Brechin, Angus
Conservationist charities would have us believe that it is necessary to reduce deer numbers to an "acceptable" level that doesn't cause ecological damage. It is only in the past 50 or so years that deer numbers have increased significantly, coinciding with increased mobility of shooting parties from abroad, resulting in a thriving hunting industry… We should learn to live with other species, not exploit them and cause them harm. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letters)

Daily Post 28.12.06 Fears that tail docking could go ‘back-street’ By Andrew Forgrave - OWNERS of some working dogs may resort to illicit tail docking in England to get round restrictive regulations in Wales, enthusiasts believe. The Countryside Alliance fears new Assembly proposals could even give rise to "back-street" tail-docking. Last year MPs voted for a ban on tail docking with an exemption for working dogs, to include spaniels, terriers and hunt, point, retrieve (HPR) breeds of gundog But while the Assembly’s own proposals allow for the docking of working spaniels and terriers, there are no such exemptions for HPR gundogs…. (story)

DR HADWEN WEATHERALL REPORT LETTER
The Comet 28.12.06 Issues of animal testing - Wendy Higgins, Communications Director, Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, Hitchin (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 21.12.06 Letter: The truth about non-animal testing - The recent report by the Weatherall Group on the use of non-human primates in experiments, was deeply disappointing. Its short-sighted thinking could have dramatic consequences for medical research and animal welfare.... Wendy Higgins, Communications director, Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, Herts (letter)

The Comet 28.12.06 While the workings of the European Parliament are not usually a concern to the residents of Stevenage, I'm convinced readers will be outraged when they hear about a new piece of legislation to be passed in a few weeks, called REACH, which could see a return to testing cosmetic ingredients on animals... VICTORIA CHAPMAN, Tamar Close, Great Ashby, Stevenage (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 28.12.06 MP OPPOSES TESTING - New tests on animals for cosmetics are being opposed by Llanelli MP Nia Griffith... (story)

Western Daily Press 28.12.06 THE BENEFITS OF ANIMAL DONATION - It is with great interest that I read your article on sending animals to Africa (Western Daily Press, December 21).I have just arrived back in the UK after spending a fortnight in Kenya and Uganda taking photographs for one of the animal-donating charities over there... In my opinion, the livestock I saw was well cared for, looked after and, above all, it was changing the lives of people, and pulling them up from poverty. I saw new houses that had been built after just one cow's lactation... Animal Aid should get their facts right before condemning such life-changing ideas. Wayne Hutchinson Kirkby (story)

Herts & Essex Observer 28.12.06 Badger group head condemns horrific killing - ANIMAL lovers have been asked to monitor the countryside after the mauled carcass of a tormented and tortured badger was found at Great Canfield.... The Uttlesford Badger Group's horrified chairman Derek Barry said: "I would like to ask members of the public for their help when out walking the countryside to keep an eye on any badger setts they are aware of, for disturbances…. (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 28.12.06 ROGER'S RAGE AT MADGE AND HER CHINCHILLA COAT - She's supposed to be the Material Girl, but when Madonna wore a £35,000 chinchilla coat she really upset Plymouth animal-lovers.Now the city-based founder of the international Chinchilla Chat Line, Roger Whear, has invited Madge to his Barbican flat to meet his chins Chiz-Whiz and Ce Ce... (story)

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Isle of Wight County Press 27.12.06 HUNT IN FULL CRY FOR BOXING DAY - By Clare Wall - SUPPORT for the IW Hunt on Boxing Day showed no sign of waning when hundreds of people turned up to witness the spectacle of around 60 horses and riders and 40 hounds in Carisbrooke... (story)

Western Mail 27.12.06 Boxing Day record for hunts - HUNTING is more popular than ever as record numbers of people attended Boxing Day meets despite the ban, campaigners claimed last night... The South Pembrokeshire Hunt met at the Cresselly Arms in Pembrokeshire where Countryside Alliance chief executive, Simon Hart, joined a crowd of 700.... (story)

Shropshire Star 27.12.06 Hundreds greet hunts - Towns and villages across Shropshire and Mid Wales were packed with huge crowds cheering on horses, riders and hounds taking part in traditional Boxing Day hunts... All the hunts were dubbed a success and Ludlow was temporarily brought to a standstill as horses rode through the town centre as residents cheered and clapped. While in Bishop’s Castle, there were big crowds to support the United Hunt, which set off from the Castle Hotel. And near Shrewsbury, at Hook-a-Gate, people gathered to support the South Shropshire Hunt.... Members of the North Shropshire Hunt headed out from the new Shrewsbury Livestock Market and joint hunt master Ann Carding said the show of support had been tremendous... Members of the Wynnstay Hunt, from Ruabon, also enjoyed a good ride out after meeting up at Malpas, near Whitchurch. Meanwhile joint master of the Tanatside Hunt, Suzanne Husband, said hundreds of people had turned out to support their meet despite the unseasonal, murky weather.... (story)

Gloucestershire Gazette 27.12.06 Thousands turn out for hunt By Liza-Jane Gillespie - THOUSANDS of people turned out on Boxing Day to show their support for a sport once feared a dying tradition. The annual Berkeley Boxing Day Meet attracted almost 4,000 people on foot and 80 on horseback to its traditional Thornbury venue.... (story)

Newbury Weekly News 27.12.06 Hunt support strong By Sarah Radford, Online reporter - Hundreds turn out to support the Vine and Craven hunt as Boxing Day tradition is maintained - SUPPORT for fox hunting was stronger than ever yesterday as hundreds turned out to the Boxing Day meet. West Berkshire's Vine and Craven was one of many hunts across the country to host the traditional Christmas gathering. Lambourn's Windsor House saw around 70 mounted followers gather, with a further 500 supporters turning out on foot... (story)

Wiltshire Times 27.12.06 6,000 attend Lacock hunt By John Ballard - THOUSANDS of hunt supporters gathered in Lacock yesterday for the annual Boxing Day meet despite hunting with dogs being banned almost two years ago. A cheering crowd lined the streets of the village and assembled for the traditional toast outside the Red Lion, before the Avon Vale Hunt rode out in search of its prey. Hunt master Jonathan Seed said: "The police said there were over 6,000 supporters, and we have never had that number before…. (story)

Telegraph 27.12.06 Record crowds for hunts, say supporters By Charles Clover and Richard Savill - Hunting supporters yesterday proclaimed their biggest-ever Boxing Day turnout, two years after the sport was supposedly banned. Some 314 registered hunts set out, using legal exemptions allowing hounds to flush foxes to birds of prey and to guns, and the hunting of artificial trials.... The number of packs was swelled by the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry, which has re-formed for the first time since 2002, and a private pack, the first new mounted pack for 25 years, established by Roddy Fleming, a financier and a nephew of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.... Simon Hart, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, joined a crowd of 700 supporting the South Pembrokeshire hunt at the Cresselly Arms in Pembrokeshire... More than 2,000 supporters welcomed the Worcester Hunt to the Raven Hotel in the centre of Droitwich... The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks had 3,000 at its meet near Berkhamsted, Hertss... The Cottesmore met in Oakham, Rutland, and Phillipa Mayo, an alliance spokesman, said: "There was a crowd of 1,600 to send us off…. At Cirencester Park, Glos, the Vale of the White Horse Hunt also attracted a higher than usual turnout of 2,500 people and 190 on horseback…. Three monitors at the Cotley Harriers in Chard, Somerset, called police claiming they had been restricted from filming and had their cars boxed in by hunt stewards… Record attendances were reported in Devon and Cornwall with a crowd of more than 1,000 at Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, to support the East Cornwall Hunt. (story)
Telegraph 27.12.06 Police camera crew keeps tabs on hunt By Amy Iggulden and Richard Savill - The scene could hardly be more traditionally English: the hunt gathering on Boxing Day, stirrup cups raised, surrounded by eager supporters. But only yards away the police were filming the entire event as the Avon Vale prepared to ride out from Lacock, Wilts, on one of the sport's busiest-ever days, with 320,000 people attending meets... Wiltshire police insisted that the filming was standard practice in case things got "out of hand"…. (story)
Telegraph 27.12.06 Should the hunting ban be repealed? - Hunt supporters have proclaimed this year's Boxing Day turnout the biggest ever despite the sport of hunting with dogs being illegal in England and Wales for almost two years.... Is it wrong for hunters to exploit the law's loopholes? Is the Act ineffective? Should the hunting ban be repealed?... (story)

Western Daily Press 27.12.06 RECORD NUMBERS AT HUNTS BY RUTH WOOD CHIEF REPORTER - The foxhunting ban has done for blood sport what Prohibition did for alcohol, supporters claimed yesterday as they turned out in record numbers for the traditional Boxing Day meets.... In the pretty village of Lacock, the Wiltshire home of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, more than 3,000 revellers filled the square, cheek by jowl with the Avon Vale Hunt.... There was no sign of police or protesters in the Somerset town of Crewkerne, where the market place had a lively throng of some 3,000 people, many in cloth caps and tweeds. They whooped and cheered as the Sevington Hunt set off and many of the riders lifted their hats to acknowledge the applause.... (story)

Glasgow Herald 27.12.06 Boxing Day hunts attract hundreds despite ban - MARTYN McLAUGHLIN - Scotland's countryside community yesterday reported a strong turnout for Boxing Day hunts, four years after hunting with dogs was banned.... About 200 people gathered at the Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet, to support the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry hunt, which reformed this year and was meeting for the first Boxing Day since 2002... The secretary of the Duke of Buccleuch's Hunt – one the nation's biggest – declined to comment on the numbers involved in the 40 mile hunt across Berwickshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.... (story)

Scotsman 27.12.06 Foxhunting growing in popularity - EBEN HARRELL AND JASON CUMMING - HORSES twitched with excitment. Hounds bounced about eagerly. Thirty riders, bedecked in hunting livery, shifted in their saddles. All waited for the call. Through the mist, a horn heralded a boxing day tradition: The Lauderdale Hunt was off in pursuit of its quarry. Four years after Scotland banned it, foxhunting has never been more popular... Scotland biggest hunt, the Buccleuch, killed an average of 50 foxes a season prior to the ban. Figures produced by the huntsmen themselves show that for 2003-4, it alone killed more than 100. Of that number, 81 foxes were shot by guns, but 19 were killed by hounds who chased them down before they could be shot.... (story)

Evening Standard 27.12.06 HUNTERS DEFY THE BAN WITH RECORD TURNOUT - Record numbers of hunt supporters gathered at Boxing Day events across the country in defiance of Labour's ban on hunting with hounds.... More than 2,000 people turned out at the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire, where the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family have enjoyed hunting.... More than 2,000 supporters attended the Worcester Hunt to the Raven Hotel in Droitwich... Two hundred people gathered at the Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet, to support the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry hunt, which re-formed this year and was meeting for the first Boxing Day since 2002.... The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks had 3,000 at their meet near Berkhamsted in Buckinghamshire.... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 27.12.06 Hunt supporters vow to overturn ban - KATE SCOTTER, RICHARD SMITH, ANNIE DAVIDSON, DAVE GOODERHAM - HUNT supporters turned out in force yesterday to urge the Government to overturn the controversial ban on hunting... Locally, the crowds have grown in recent years and at Hadleigh more than 1,000 people gathered to watch the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds.... Essex Farmers and Union Hunt held its annual meeting at Galleywood Common in front of hundreds of people. The event saw a "hunt saboteur” arrested for allegedly carrying an offensive weapon…. Elsewhere, thousands of people lined the streets of Bungay to see the Waveney Harriers gather outside their traditional Boxing Day meeting point at the King's Head Hotel…. In West Suffolk, the Thurlow Hunt met at Thurlow Hall, near Haverhill…. (story)

Express 27.12.06 300,000 gather in support of legal hunting By Sarah Seymour - RECORD numbers of hunt supporters gathered for Boxing Day meets across Britain yesterday. More than 300,000 people attended 314 registered hunts in a show of support for the sport – more than before hunting with dogs was banned two years ago.. Liz Mort, eastern regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "I was at the Essex and Suffolk Hunt where there was an enormous turnout with more on foot than ever before.... The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) also said it backed legal hunting, and claimed that the people attending the meets yesterday were not there to show support for blood sports but for legal hunts.... (story)

Eastern Daily Press 27.12.06 Hunt ban can’t last – claim - RICHARD PARR - At Fakenham, hundreds of supporters on foot heard a rallying call from Charles Carter, 23, one of the youngest masters in the country, to support a change in the current legislation. Before riders of the West Norfolk Foxhounds set off from the racecourse, he said the law banning hunting with hounds was unenforceable and unworkable and would one day be repealed... At Sennowe Park, Guist, Roger Bradbury, joint master of the North Norfolk Harriers, reckoned that there were more followers on foot than ever, including a tremendous number of young people.... Across the Norfolk-Suffolk boundary at Bungay, hundreds of spectators packed town centre streets to see off the Waveney Harriers.... In Gloucestershire, more than 2,000 people turned out for a meet of the Beaufort Hunt.... The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt had 3,000 people at its meet near Berkhamsted.... Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart joined a crowd of 700 at the meet of the South Pemrokeshire Hunt.... (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 27.12.06 `It's a highlight of the calendar' - HUNDREDS of supporters attended the traditional Rockwood Harriers Boxing Day hunt in Upper Denby. The yuletide event boasted 85 horses and riders together with 25 hounds... (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 27.12.06 SUPPORT AS ASHBOURNE HUNT STARTS - Scores of people lined the streets of Ashbourne yesterday to watch the start of the annual Four Shires Bloodhounds Boxing Day hunt. More than 30 riders took part in the event, which follows the Derbyshire-based pack of 37 bloodhounds as they track a human runner.... (story)

Cambridge Evening News 27.12.06 Hunt supporters out in force - HUNDREDS of hunt supporters turned out for a traditional Boxing Day gathering in Cambridgeshire as campaigners nationwide urged the Government to scrap the hunting ban. They gathered at Eltisley to watch the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace Hunt ride out for the second Boxing Day since the blood sport was controversially banned….(story)

Western Morning News 27.12.06 HUNTING: DEFIANT AS EVER - DUNCAN SANDES AND MILES DAVIS - Hunt supporters once again turned out in their thousands for the traditional Boxing Day meet, in another mass show of defiance against the Government's controversial hunting ban.... By the end of the day, there had been only one reported clash, at the meet of the Cotley Harriers in Chard, South Somerset, where three monitors claimed to have been restricted from filming and had their cars boxed in by hunt stewards. One of the biggest turnouts in Devon was for the East Devon Hunt's meet, which set off from the edge of Woodbury Common.... Talk of the demise of hunting was dismissed as "Cloud Cuckoo-land stuff" by one hunt master at the Four Burrow Hunt's traditional Boxing Day meet at Carn Brea Castle, near Redruth… Several hundred supporters also gathered for the West Cornwall Hunt's meet which set off from Madron near Penzance…. (story)
Western Morning News 27.12.06 NUMBERS 'HIGHER THAN EVER' - Hunt supporters packed the pavements of Tavistock to welcome the Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt to its traditional Boxing Day meet, showing the "stronger than ever" support for the sport since the ban came into force nearly two years ago… (story)
Western Morning News 27.12.06 HUNT BATTLE GALLOPS ON - The second Boxing Day since the introduction of the Hunting Ban in February 2005 has come and gone. And despite fears to the contrary the support from both hunters and the public for what is traditionally the biggest hunting event of the year has been better than ever.... It could have gone one of two ways. The hunts could have thrown in the towel, made a show of dismissing staff, evicting hunt workers from tied cottages and shooting hounds. Instead they chose to exploit the large loopholes in the Act and continue what is known as exempt hunting. So far, it has worked..... But it is, hunt supporters will privately admit, all very precarious. Anger and defiance were the emotions most powerfully stirred up by the MPs who voted in favour of the ban. But anger and defiance last only so long. And hunting with one arm metaphorically tied behind your back and one eye constantly over your shoulder in case of an unlawful act is recorded, is not easy.... One thing is for sure, however - this is just a phase in the hunting battle, not the endgame. And there is everything still to play for. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 27.12.06 BUSY HUNT DESPITE BAN - Traditional Boxing Day hunts in Lincolnshire were as busy as ever this year despite the 2005 hunting ban. Burton Hunt, which met at 11am, expected up to 300 people for its annual post-Christmas meet.... (story)

York Press 27.12.06 Silent protest greets annual Boxing Day hunt - HUNT riders and supporters gathered across North Yorkshire for the second Boxing Day event since hunting with hounds was banned. Hundreds of people, dogs and horses packed into Market Place, at Malton, for the annual parade before the Middleton Hunt rode out.... A group of animal rights campaigners held a silent protest in the Market Place... The Sinnington Hunt met in nearby Kirkbymoorside, the York and Ainsty South Hunt met in Easingwold while its counterpart, the York and Ainsty North Hunt, met in Boroughbridge... (story)

Leicester Mercury 27.12.06 HUNTS DRAW RECORD CROWDS BY IAN WISHART AND NADEEM HANIF - Record numbers of people turned out to watch Boxing Day hunts.... The Quorn drew about 2,000 supporters and 100 riders when it met at Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough.... About 1,000 turned up at Great Bowden, near Market Harborough, where 70 huntsmen and women gathered for the Fernie Hunt.... More than 3,500 watched the Atherstone set off from the square in Market Bosworth, with more than 100 riders hunting. In Oakham, crowds of more than 600 people welcomed the Cottesmore. Members of the hunt said there was more support this year than last.... (story)

Western Mail 27.12.06 In a strange way, the hunts law is working - The fact that hunts across Britain were claiming record turnouts yesterday proves that the major argument made against the ban before it was enacted was misplaced. Hunt supporters claimed that a ban on hunting with dogs would destroy not simply 'a way of life' but also the livelihoods of thousands of workers in rural communities.... However it is also tempting to see the continuation of Boxing Day hunts as proof of the pointlessness of the ban. Did the Labour supporters who applauded their party's commitment to a ban in its 1997 manifesto imagine that nearly a decade later horses would still ride to hounds in the time-honoured fashion?... From the taxpayers' point of view, it is preferable that not too many police resources are spent on ensuring the law is complied with. In this context, it is arguably not unreasonable that the League Against Cruel Sports should be free to exercise its legal right to bring private prosecutions - when it believes it has sufficient evidence that the law has been broken. (story)

Worcester News 27.12.06 Hounds, horses and bright red jackets - By Kate Yates THOUSANDS of supporters turned out as riders saddled up for Boxing Day hunts across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Hundreds of spectators gathered at The Raven Hotel in Droitwich for the Worcestershire Hunt's meet.... Meanwhile, in the Herefordshire town of Ledbury, hundreds of supporters lined the High Street as about 100 riders departed from outside The Feathers Hotel. Spokesman for the hunt, Donald Haden, said: "The Ledbury Hunt has been meeting outside The Feathers by the crossroads here for at least 200 years."… The North Ledbury Hunt departed from the Red Lion in Cradley with about 40 riders and 500 supporters. Meanwhile the Croome and West Warwickshire's, which departed from Pershore Town Square, attracted about 60 riders… The Clifton-on-Teme hunt, which met at the Hop Pole in Bromyard, was well attended by 46 riders…(story)

Dorset Echo 27.12.06 Dorset hunts out in force on Boxing Day By James Tourgout - HUNTS set off on their traditional Boxing Day meets in South and West Dorset. The Cattistock Hunt's ports of call included Nettlecombe, near Bridport, while the South Dorset Hunt supporters turned out in force for their annual Boxing Day meet…. (story)

South Wales Echo 27.12.06 Hunt crowds out - Record numbers of people turned out for Boxing Day hunts.... (story)

Daily Post 27.12.06 Crowds roll out the barrel as hunt sets off by Gareth Hughes, Daily Post - LARGE crowds turned up to greet the riders taking part in the Denbigh and Flint Hunt for the traditional Boxing Day meet.... (story)

Liverpool Echo 27.12.06 Record crowds turn out for hunt by Liam Murphy, Daily Post - HUNDREDS of supporters turned out for the annual Boxing Day meetings in Cheshire, in a show of defiance against laws banning hunting.... Joint Master of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, Richard de Prez, said public support had been "absolutely massive” and estimated 300-400 people turned out to watch their 35 riders set off…. Simon Ashworth, hunt secretary of the Cheshire Hunt, said up to 100 riders and 1,000 spectators had been expected to attend its meet in Tarporley…. (story)

Halifax Courier 27.12.06 Boxing Day hunters turn out By Megan Featherstone - HUNTERS and their hounds turned out in force yesterday. The Colne Valley Beagles gathered for the Boxing Day hunt at the Jack O'Mitre pub, New Hey Road, Scammonden... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 27.12.06 The hunt goes on By Chris Semple - ALMOST a thousand years of history continued in the New Forest yesterday as hundreds of people gathered to watch the annual Boxing Day hunt... The event, organised by New Forest Hounds, was one of 200 hunts taking place across the UK yesterday and was supported by close to 300 people and almost as many pet dogs.... (story)

Birmingham Post 27.12.06 Fox hunters defy the law - Tens of thousands of enthusiasts took part in the traditional Boxing Day hunts across the Midlands, two years after the introduction of the Hunting Act.... More than 2,000 supporters welcomed the Worcester Hunt to the Raven Hotel in the centre of Droitwich... Ann Carding, master of the North Shropshire Hunt in Shrewsbury, said the ban had led to an increase in supporters.... (story)

Times 27.12.06 Hunts claim numbers are at record high despite ban - PATRICK FOSTER - More people took part in Boxing Day hunts than on any day in recent history, pro-hunting campaigners claimed. About 314 hunts met yesterday, traditionally the busiest day in the hunting calendar, attracting more than 300,000 people across the country, according to the Countryside Alliance.... Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, was one of 700 people who went to support the South Pembrokeshire Hunt. "This is the second Boxing Day since the Hunting Act came into force. Hunting has shown that it will not be broken by the ban,” he said. The Beaufort Hunt, in Gloucestershire, drew more than 2,000 people… Police said that the hunts passed off largely without incident, although a man was arrested at the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt at Galleywood Common, near Chelmsford, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon….(story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 27.12.06 Hunting tradition continues - without the fox - HORSES, hounds and huntsmen gathered in force near Peterborough to continue the tradition of the Boxing Day Hunt. It is almost two years since fox hunting was banned. But supporters of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, in Stilton, were determined not to let the tradition die out.... (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 27.12.06 HUNDREDS ENJOY BOXING DAY MEETS - PETER CRAIG AND PAUL COTTAM - Notably fewer people turned out to watch one of the area's biggest Boxing Day hunts. But the pomp and ceremony of the Southwold hunt was still apparent, as there were actually more riders, especially young members from the popular South Wold Pony Club... Meanwhile, at Brocklesby, hundreds of riders, hounds and supporters congregated on Lord Yarborough's estate.... (story)

Hull Daily Mail 27.12.06 KEEPING TRADITION OF THE HUNT ALIVE - Barking hounds and a huntsman's horn sounded the start of an East Riding Boxing Day tradition. Members of the Holderness Hunt met on Beverley Westwood yesterday wearing their red jackets and velvet hats as they have for generations... (story)
Hull Daily Mail 27.12.06 - 'THERE'S NO PROBLEM IF NO ANIMAL IS HARMED' - Animal rights campaigners say they welcome the annual Boxing Day hunts, as long as animals are not harmed. The League Against Cruel Sports campaigned for more than 80 years to have fox hunting banned.... Spokesman Barry Hugill said: "We do not have any problem with people gathering on Boxing Day to exercise their horses and dogs…. (story)

Mirror 27.12.06 320,000 FLOCK TO BOXING DAY HUNTS By Oonagh Blackman Political Editor - DEFIANT foxhunters turned out in record numbers for their traditional Boxing Day meets yesterday - two years after the bloodsport was banned.... (story)

Kentish Gazette 27.12.06 Controversy rages on after Boxing Day hunts by Gerry Warren - LARGE crowds turned out for Boxing Day hunts in parts of Kent. It was the second occasion the traditional events have taken over the festive period since the ban on fox hunting with dogs came into force.... Members of The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt, which met in High Street, Penshurst, near Tonbridge, claimed nearly 600 people attended its meet alone. The Ashford Valley Hunt met in Tenterden and the East Kent Hunt in Elham where a loud cheer greeted huntsman Richard Blakeney as he led his hounds into the village square.... (story)

Newcastle Journal 27.12.06 We're in the pink, say hunt brigade By Dave Black, The Journal - Hunt supporters turned out in force for the traditional Boxing Day meets yesterday - amid claims that interest in the sport was bigger than ever, despite the ban.... Andrew Gale, master of the Haydon Hunt which met at Fourstones near Hexham, said: "We had an excellent turnout of about 50 horses and I firmly believe that interest in hunting is growing…. Richard Dodd, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, attended the Boxing Day meet of the Tynedale Hunt in Corbridge, where the village centre was thronged with riders, followers and spectators…. Charles Bucknall, chairman of the Percy Hunt, which met near Alnwick yesterday, said: "We had about 70 riders out today and between 150 and 200 people watching, which was a wonderful turnout…. (story)

Sun 27.12.06 A-hunting we still go - A RECORD 320,000 turned out for the traditional Boxing Day fox hunts yesterday — despite the sport’s ban... (story)

Independent 27.12.06 Hunt supporters claim record number of meets By Guy Adams - Hunting supporters claimed to have organised a record-breaking day in their sport's history, with more than 300,000 people reported at Boxing Day meets.... Crowds of 4,500 followed the Vale of the White Horse Hunt, at Cirencester, in Gloucestershire. At nearby Worcester Lodge, the Beaufort Hunt, one of the Royal Family's favourite packs, reported crowds in excess of 3,000.... In Scotland, where hunting has been banned since 2002, several hundred attended the meet of the re-formed Dumfriesshire and Stewartary Hunt.... (story)

Guardian 27.12.06 We're still here and we'll carry on: hunts put on Boxing Day show of strength - Matthew Taylor - As supporters gathered near the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Hampshire to toast the start of the traditional Boxing Day hunt yesterday morning, master of the New Forest hounds, Paul Ames, issued a rallying call which was repeated across the country: "We are still here and we shall carry on."… Jo Aldridge, spokeswoman for the Beaufort Hunt, said: "There were more than 2,000 attending the hunt today, with around 150 of those on horseback…. More than 2,000 supporters attended the Worcester Hunt in Droitwich…. Two hundred people gathered at the Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet, to support the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry hunt, which re-formed this year and was meeting for the first Boxing Day since 2002… The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks had 3,000 at their meet near Berkhamsted in Buckinghamshire… The Cottesmore Hunt met in Oakham, Rutland. Phillipa Mayo said: "There was a crowd of 1,600 to send us off…. (story)

Northern Echo 27.12.06 Hunt supporters gather in force for Boxing Day meets - THE small village of Bishopton, near Sedgefield, County Durham, was busier than usual on Boxing Day morning. Approaching from Darlington, cars and horseboxes clung to every available piece of muddy grass verge as supporters of the South Durham Hunt turned out in their hundreds.... The hunts of North Yorkshire were also out in force yesterday, including Hurworth Hunt, based in Northallerton.... In County Durham, the chairman and master of Braes of Derwent Hunt, Alan Chapman, said the hunt was waved off by 500 people from Lanchester.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 27.12.06 HUNTERS ON THE TRAIL OF BOXING DAY TRADITION - East Devon Hunt went ahead with its traditional Boxing Day meet on Woodbury Common - despite the hunting ban and heavy fog.Before the hunt got under way, fieldmaster John Oram-Evenett gave a defiant speech and thanked the scores of supporters who had attended the meet.... (story)

Bolton Evening News 27.12.06 Boxing Day hunt still draws in the crowds By Kat Dibbits - A CROWD of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to see the Holcombe Hunt off for its traditional Boxing Day meeting.... (story)

ORB OPINION POLL
Western Morning News 27.12.06 '45% BELIEVE HUNT BAN WILL BE SCRAPPED' - DNUCAN SANDES - Almost half the population believe the controversial ban on hunting will eventually be repealed, a new study has shown. A recent poll carried out by the Opinion Research Business (ORB) revealed 45 per cent of people believe the Hunting Act, introduced almost two years ago, will be scrapped.... (story)
Independent 26.12.06 Half of Britons think ban on fox hunting will be overturned By Guy Adams - It was supposed to be the last tally-ho, but two years after the Hunting Act, almost half the population believe fox hunting will be legalised.... Despite patchy weather forecasts for England and Wales, the crowds will be cheered by a poll from the Opinion Research Business (ORB) showing that 45 per cent of respondents believe the Hunting Act will eventually be scrapped.... Simon Ashworth, secretary of the Cheshire Hunt, said that 100 riders and 1,000 spectators are expected at today's meet in Tarporley... (story)

Evening Standard 27.12.06 PRINCE WILLIAM GOES HUNTIN', SHOOTIN' AND TEXTIN' - While the rest of his family entered into the spirit of a Royal shooting party, Prince William appeared to be in a world of his own. He had a cap on his head, a gun under his arm and faithful dog at his side, but the only thing holding his attention was his mobile phone. As his uncles and grandfather enthusiastically took aim and proudly collected their kill, the 24-year-old was texting furiously.... (story)

Sun 27.12.06 Prince William is no big shot - A PHEASANT shows its pluck as it flies from trigger happy Prince William yesterday. But while Wills, 24 — who has just finished his officer training at Sandhurst — missed out this time, his uncle Prince Edward did bag a bird.... (story)

Northern Echo 27.12.06 BAN WELCOMED - AS an international greyhound protection organisation, we were pleased to hear about the banning of greyhound trainers Carole and Michael Allen, of Easington, Co Durham, for concealing the circumstances of the death of one of their greyhounds... Tony Peters, UK Co-ordinator, Greyhound Action, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 27.12.06 Swindon Advertiser Person of the Year 2006 By Stephanie Tye .... LAURIE Pycroft shot into the public eye earlier this year when he decided to stand-up against animal rights activists. The 16-year-old Swindon teenager formed Pro-Test - an organisation supporting animal testing for scientific research that has since had the backing of top medical scientists and even the Prime Minister….. (story)

Western Daily Press 27.12.06 UNFAIRNESS OF THE EU RULINGS - Having written many letters to Maff (now Defra), and also to my MP on the subject of "live" exports and being told "we can't stop this trade due to EU ruling", I was shocked, to say the least, at how little power we have on the subject of poultry.It seems that despite this country's efforts to phase out "intensive" farming of chickens, etc, it will not apply to the "Europe block"… Pamela Dean Gloucestershire (letter)

Halifax Courier 27.12.06 Take cruelty off the menu at Christmas - AS Christmas approaches I wish to highlight the increasing trend among restaurants and caterers to promote the consumption of foie gras. This so-called delicacy is produced only at the price of intense animal suffering and exploitation.... (Mrs) R. Summers, Moorfield, Hebden Bridge (letter)

Surrey Comet 27.12.06 Pigeon myths SIR. I have been following the debate about the proposed cull of pigeons in Kingston with some interest.... In 2000, the Government's then Chief Veterinary Officer, instructed to advise whether Trafalgar Square's pigeons posed a threat to human health, was quite categorical in his assurance that they did not.... Holly Jenkins, Tolworth (letter)

26.12.06

BBC News Online 26.12.06 In pictures: Boxing Day Hunt - Traditional Boxing Day hunts took place all over the UK, with supporters claiming 320,000 people taking part (story)

BBC News Online 26.12.06 Hunts hail Boxing Day turn-out - Campaigners claim 320,000 people took part in traditional Boxing Day hunt meets, saying the ban is unworkable... The Countryside Alliance said two hunts had re-formed while other meets had been joined by former supporters.... Some 2,000 people turned out to see the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire, said organisers. The Beaufort has in the past been attended by members of the Royal Family. The South Pembrokeshire Hunt saw 700 people turn out, including Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart...(story)

BBC News Online 26.12.06 'Thousands' attend UK fox hunts - More than 200 hunts have held traditional Boxing Day meets, claiming the two-year-old ban is unworkable.... Liz Mort, eastern regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said a female "hunt sabatoeur" with a hammer had been arrested at the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt…. (story)

Reuters 26.12.06 Defiant foxhunters turn out for Boxing Day - Hunters took to fields and forests on the year's biggest hunting day on Tuesday in a show of determination to maintain the tradition despite the ban on the age-old custom of killing foxes with packs of dogs.... "Hunting has shown that it will not be broken by the ban," said the alliance's chief executive, Simon Hart, who joined a crowd of 700 at the South Pembrokeshire hunt in Wales… The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks hunt had 3,000 at its meeting in Buckinghamshire…. (story)

CNN 26.12.06 UK fox hunters defy ban - British hunters took to fields and forests on the year's biggest hunting day on Tuesday in a show of determination to maintain the tradition despite the ban on the age-old custom of killing foxes with packs of dogs... "Hunting has shown that it will not be broken by the ban," said the alliance's chief executive, Simon Hart, who joined a crowd of 700 at the South Pembrokeshire hunt in Wales…. (story)

24dashcom 26.12.06 'Record numbers' flock to Boxing Day hunts - Ian Morgan - Hunting is proving more popular than ever, with record numbers of people attending Boxing Day hunts across the country despite the ban, campaigners said today. More than 300,000 people are believed to have taken part in the 314 UK hunts, on what is traditionally the busiest day in the hunting calendar.... More than 2,000 people turned out with the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire today... More than 2,000 supporters attended the Worcester Hunt to the Raven Hotel in Droitwich... Two hundred people gathered at the Murray Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet, to support the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry hunt, which re-formed this year and was meeting for the first Boxing Day since 2002.... The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks had 3,000 at their meet near Berkhamsted in Buckinghamshire.... The Cottesmore Hunt met in Oakham, Rutland. Spokeswoman Phillipa Mayo said: "There was a crowd of 1,600 to send us off…. The South Pembrokeshire Hunt met at the Cresselly Arms in Pembrokeshire where Alliance chief executive, Simon Hart, joined a crowd of 700…. Liz Mort, eastern regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said a woman with a hammer had been arrested at the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt at Galleywood Common in Essex this morning…. Ms Mort said that as far as she was aware the rest of the hunts across East Anglia had gone ahead without any hitch…. "I was at the Essex and Suffolk Hunt where there was an enormous turnout with more on foot than ever before…. (story)

Telegraph 26.12.06 Record numbers turn out for Boxing Day hunts By PA - Hunting is proving more popular than ever, with record numbers of people attending Boxing Day hunts across the country despite the ban, campaigners have said. More than 300,000 people are believed to have taken part in the 314 UK hunts, on what is traditionally the busiest day in the hunting calendar.... More than 2,000 people turned out with the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire.... (story)

BBC News Online 26.12.06 Hundreds expected as hunts gather - Hundreds are expected to turn out for traditional Boxing Day hunts in Kent for the second year since the ban on fox hunting with dogs came into force... The Ashford Valley Hunt is meeting in Tenterden, the East Kent in Elham and Old Surrey and Burstow in Penshurst. ... (story)

Manchester Evening News 26.12.06 Thousand gather for Boxing Day hunts - HUNDREDS of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country today despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago.... Simon Ashworth, hunt secretary of the Cheshire Hunt, said up to 100 riders and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend its meet in Taporley... Patrick Webster, chairman of the Albrighton Hunt, which meets in Newport, Shropshire, said 40-60 riders were expected to turn out.... The Fernie hunt, also in Leicestershire, expects more than 60 riders to turn out and 1,000 spectators to come along to see them off. The Atherstone was expecting more than 3,500 supporters and spectators in the village square of Market Bosworth, in Leicestershire, with over 100 riders hunting.... The League today revealed it has created its own Prosecution Unit to help step up its attempts to crack down on illegal hunting.... Its launch follows the League's first successful private prosecution against Tony Wright, a huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, in August this year… (story)

Yorkshire Post 26.12.06 HUNT MEMBERSHIP 'HITS NEW HEIGHTS' - Kate O'Hara - ALMOST two years after hunting with dogs was outlawed in Britain, Yorkshire supporters claim membership is at record levels.... John Haigh, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "Hunting is more popular than it has ever been. No packs have closed down, and it is very much business as usual, but with even more support than ever."… Michael Bannister, joint master of the Pendle Forest and Craven hunt, said: "We are getting a lot more numbers coming out to support us than ever before… (story)

Daily Mail 26.12.06 - High turnout expected for Boxing Day hunts - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country today despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago... A total of 16 hunts are taking place in the West Midlands -two in Staffordshire, five in Shropshire, four in Worcestershire and five in Herefordshire. Patrick Webster, chairman of the Albrighton Hunt, which meets in Newport, Shropshire, said 40-60 riders were expected to turn out.... Leicestershire is hosting five, including the Quorn, previously joined by the Prince of Wales. The Fernie hunt, also in Leicestershire, expects more than 60 riders to turn out and 1,000 spectators to come along to see them off. The Atherstone was expecting more than 3,500 supporters and spectators in the village square of Market Bosworth... (story)

Shropshire Star 26.12.06 Tradition of hunt carries on - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country today despite the ban on hunting with dogs which came into force nearly two years ago.... Shrewsbury pro-hunt supporter Otis Ferry said the big turn-out was a message to the Government. Mr Ferry, of the South Shropshire Hunt, which met at Hook-a-Gate, near Shrewsbury, said: "The big crowds are a two-fingered gesture to the Government.... Members of the Ludlow Hunt met at the town’s Castle Square while the United Hunt met in Bishop’s Castle. Lyndsay Hill, from the United Hunt, said: "People just love it. It’s the fresh air, exercise and tradition that appeals.” Members of Albrighton Hunt were meeting outside the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Mary’s Street, Newport at about 11am and were expected to be watched by around 1,000 people…. The North Shropshire Hunt was set to head out from the new Shrewsbury Livestock Market at around 11.30am. Members of the Wynnstay Hunt, from Ruabon, were due to set out at 11am from a village near Whitchurch…. (story)

Burton Mail 26.12.06 Hunt fans making most of Boxing Day by Hannah Collier - HUNTING enthusiasts will be out in force on Boxing Day — almost two years after a ban on the sport. The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, one of the oldest in the Midlands, will be going ahead on Boxing Day despite the ban and even with animal rights groups threatening to demonstrate at the event.... (story)
Burton Mail 23.12.06 Hunt fans making most of Boxing Day by Hannah Collier - HUNTING enthusiasts will be out in force on Boxing Day — almost two years after a ban on the sport. The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, one of the oldest in the Midlands, will be going ahead on Boxing Day despite the ban and even with animal rights groups threatening to demonstrate at the event.... (story)
Uttoxeter Advertiser 20.12.06 Boxing Day meet for hunt by Hannah Collier - HUNTING enthusiasts will be out in force on Boxing Day — almost two years after a ban on the sport. The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, one of the oldest in the Midlands, will be going ahead on Boxing Day despite the ban and even with animal rights groups threatening to demonstrate at the event... (story)

Northern Echo 26.12.06 High turnout for foxhunts expected - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago.... (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 26.12.06 Thousands due at Boxing Day fox hunts despite ban - HUNDREDS of thousands of people were expected to attend fox hunts across the country today despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago.... Simon Ashworth, hunt secretary of the Cheshire Hunt, said up to 100 riders and 1,000 spectators were expected to attend its meet in Taporley... (story)

BBC News Online 26.12.06 'Thousands' set for UK fox hunts - More than 200 hunts are due to meet - nearly two years after hunting with hounds was outlawed in England and Wales, Countryside groups say... (story)

Sky 26.12.06 Hundreds Of Hunts Planned - Thousands of people will be attending fox hunts across the country, despite a ban which came into force nearly two years ago.... Anti-hunting groups have set up a new team to target hunters who break the law.... (story)

Newcastle Evening Chronicle 26.12.06 High turnout for foxhunts expected - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago.... (story)

InTheNews 26.12.06 Defiant 'thousands' to attend hunts - Thousands are expected to attend fox hunting meetings across the country today, nearly two years after hunting with hounds was made illegal... (story)

Guardian 26.12.06 High turnout for foxhunts expected - Press Association - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend fox hunts across the country despite the ban which came into force nearly two years ago. Boxing Day meets are usually the largest of the year and record numbers turned out in 2005 to show their support for the blood sport, which was banned in February of that year.... (story)

Telegraph 26.12.06 Tally ho! There is nothing like bending the rules to the limits to get the adrenaline pumping. When Tony Blair's urbanite cronies tried to ban foxhunting, by making it nigh on impossible to carry on legally, we doubt their aim was to get more people to jump on horses and chase across the countryside. But they underestimated the spirit of country folk.... (story)

Times 26.12.06 New law may stop hunts using birds of prey to pursue foxes - VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - As huntsmen and women gather today for the Boxing Day meet, at least 42 of the 250 packs will be out in the field with a golden eagle or eagle owl, but animal welfare laws coming into force next year are likely to end the practice of using birds of prey to flush out foxes.... Prominent hunts with birds include the Cottesmore and the Quorn in Leicestershire and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridgeshire.... Experts now believe that the new Animal Welfare Act, which comes into force in April, will curb the use of birds of prey in hunting. New Brussels rules on the transport of animals and birds in January will also impose stricter conditions about carrying birds, including those used by hunts... (story)

Independent 26.12.06 The Big Question: Is the Hunting Act working, or should it be repealed? By Guy Adams - It's that time of year: 26 December is the biggest day in the hunting calendar, and 314 of Britain's packs of fox, hare and stag hounds are due to gather this morning for their annual Boxing Day meet.... On a political level, the timing of today's meets is especially pertinent: in February 2005, after eight years of debate, Parliament introduced the Hunting Act, which was supposed to put an end to the 300-year-old sport. The hunts have kept going, though... If Labour remain in power, the best bet is for the Hunting Act to remain unchanged on the statute book. On the ground, this will probably have little impact, although last year's prosecutions may set a legal precedent that persuades police forces and the CPS to adopt a tougher line on illegal hunting.... (story)

Western Mail 26.12.06 Group claims hunt ban has caused suffering - Steve Dube, Western Mail - AS the traditional Boxing Day meets gather today, pro-hunt campaigners have claimed it is right to celebrate the contribution that well-conducted hunting has made to the countryside. The Middle Way Group says that hunting should be allowed to make this contribution again.... Former RSPCA chairman John Hobhouse said the hunting debate had been "completely removed from reality"…. "I feel very strongly that normal RSPCA members and all animal lovers must understand that it is a fallacy to condemn hunting, while ignoring other methods which cause greater suffering….” Lembit Opik MP, joint chairman of the Middle Way Group, said new statistics on animal cruelty showed that it was "plainly nonsense" to claim that a ban on hunting would benefit animals… (story)

Telegraph 26.12.06 Why eating a game old bird can lift your mood By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - A winter dish of partridge or pheasant could give you a sense of well-being, according to a study. Meat from the two birds contains high levels of the trace element selenium, which has been linked scientifically to improvements in mood and the alleviation of feelings of depression. This "feel-good" factor is one of the benefits of eating game identified in a study conducted by the independent food research organisation Leatherhead Foods International on behalf of the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Western Mail 26.12.06 Government plans improvements for anglers - MILLIONS of anglers will benefit from government plans for new powers designed to improve freshwater fishing across England and Wales.... UK Fisheries Minister Ben Bradshaw said the new laws would be brought in as soon as possible now that a government review had been completed.... (story)

25.12.06

Guardian 25.12.06 Iraq troops plan festive hunt - Press Association - British troops in Iraq are making the best of Christmas away from their loved ones - by planning a Boxing Day rat hunt. One unit in central Basra has decided to create its own version of the traditional Boxing Day foxhunt and will target the vermin. Army spokesman Captain Tane Dunlop in Basra said it was their equivalent "of a well-known English tradition"…. (story)

24.12.06

Sunday Times 24.12.06 I didn’t drop the dead donkey - JEREMY CLARKSON - I’m finding it rather difficult to get in to the spirit of Christmas this year, because Geoffrey, one of my much-loved donkeys, has just died... Anyway, after an hour or two we’d all dried our eyes and were trying to bring some normality to our shattered Sunday. Except of course it wasn’t normal, because right in the middle of the bottom paddock was a dead donkey. And what are you supposed to do about that?... In the end we told the children that Geoff was going to a taxidermist so he could be stuffed and used in school nativity plays — neat eh? — and then we called a local underground movement known simply as "The Hunt”. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the Heythrop. They arrived in a souped-up black van, we put both of Geoffrey in the back and I gave them a hundred quid to take him away. Today I suspect he’s in their hounds, which when no one’s looking will use Geoff’s energy to kill foxes, so that they can’t attack and maim our children. On that happy note I’d like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas… (story)

Sunday Post 24.12.06 Delicacy we don’t need - I URGE readers not to serve pate de foie gras — at Christmas or any other time.... Stuart Cameron, Monifieth. (letter probably on website for only a week)

23.12.06

Guardian 23.12.06 Huge turnout expected for Boxing Day hunts despite ban, supporters say - Dan Bell - Up to 250,000 people are expected to turn out for the annual Boxing Day hunts, despite the ban that was introduced two years ago, supporters of the Countryside Alliance claimed yesterday.... The Atherstone Hunt said it was expecting more than 3,500 supporters and spectators in the village square of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, with more than 100 riders taking part. A similar number is expected at the Quorn hunt when it leaves Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 23.12.06 Hunts expect 'enormous' turn-out - REBECCA SHEPPARD - HUNT supporters have said it will be business as usual for traditional Boxing Day meets in East Anglia, with large crowds expected despite it being nearly two years since the hunting ban came into force... Liz Mort, eastern region director of the Countryside Alliance, said yesterday they were anticipating an "enormous turnout”… (story)

Yorkshire Post 23.12.06 HUNTERS PLEDGE BOXING DAY BUSINESS AS USUAL - Hunt supporters say it will be business as usual for traditional Boxing Day meets across the country next week, with large crowds expected two years after the hunting ban came into force... The secretary of East Kent Hunt, Nick Onslow agreed support for the sport is greater than ever and believes this is due to the British love of the underdog.... Another huntsman, Richard de Prez, the joint master of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, said people would be out in support even if it snowed...(story)

Western Daily Press 23.12.06 MEETS IN THE WEST - Some of the biggest meets in the country will take place in the West, with the centres of market towns playing host to hunt meets supported by thousands of followers... The biggest and most passionate meet is sure to be at Exford in west Somerset, where the Devon and Somerset Staghounds hold their biggest meet of the year. The Avonvale hunt meet in the High Street at Lacock in Wiltshire, the Berkeley Hunt meet in Thornbury... In the south Cotswolds, the Duke of Beaufort's hunt meet on the Badminton estate, and the Vale of the White Horse hunt meet in Cirencester Park. (story)

Oxford Mail 23.12.06 Ban won't stop festive 'hunts' By Ellie Simmonds - Oxfordshire's hunts will be out in force for their traditional Boxing Day meets this year - and are predicting more public support than ever before.... Thousands of people are expected to turn out for Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hound Club's annual event in Winslow on Boxing Day.... The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt, which covers parts of Oxfordshire, is meeting at Cholsebury Common, near Wendover, at 11.30am on Boxing Day.... Richard Sumner, joint master of the Heythrop Hunt, said they would be meeting outside The Fox Hotel in Chipping Norton at 10.45am on Boxing Day... (story)

BBC News Online 23.12.06 Record hunt turn-outs predicted - Hunt organisers are predicting turn-outs will match or beat those of recent years on Boxing Day... Patrick Webster of Newport's Albrighton Hunt, said they had farmers' support.... (story)

Portsmouth News 23.12.06 Hundreds expected at Boxing Day meet - POLICE say they are not expecting any trouble at The Hursley Hambledon Hunt's Boxing Day meet, which will this year leave from The Buck's Head, Meonstoke, for Winchester Hill. Police say they expect little trouble from animal rights protesters, and hunt organisers say they will work 'strictly within the law'.... (story)

Bath Chronicle 23.12.06 I SHOULD NOT BE FORCED INTO KILLING DEER - I'd like to correct the false statements made in the letter 'Celebrate Christmas with shift away from cruel hunting' from Keith Watson (Letters, December 16).I am one of the people currently suing the Government in the House of Lords with regard to the Hunting Act. I keep deer out of my woodland by walking dogs through it. The deer are flushed out without cruelty. My case is based on the fact that the Hunting Act now requires me to shoot all the deer I flush out rather than just letting them go.... GILES BRADSHAW, Rose Ash, South Molton (story)
Bath Chronicle 16.12.06 CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH SHIFT AWAY FROM CRUEL HUNTING - Must the Countryside Alliance waste the Law Lords' time with yet another challenge to the long overdue Hunting Act?Ten hunt supporters, in areas where the live animal hunting tradition happens to be exceptionally strong and persistent, do not represent an in general humane minded and pro animal welfare society.... KATHERINE WATSON, Stockport, Cheshire (story)

Daily Record 23.12.06 TORY'S ANTI-FUR FEAT - Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe was named "person of the year" yesterday by animal rights group PETA Europe for her efforts to ban fur from ceremonial military uniforms (story)

Western Morning News 23.12.06 I AGREE with Melanie McWilliams' comment (December 5) regarding cruelty to animals. A lot of people have no idea how animals are reared for food, and I would suggest that anyone who is interested should join Compassion in World Farming... V M Hircock, Boscastle (letter)
Western Morning News 5.12.06 CRUELTY LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTH - The recent Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall series provoked much heated discussion between my husband and me, to the extent that I'd like to share some of my thoughts on the subject with your readers... We are what we eat and it surely benefits us all to eat animals that have actually 'lived'. Melanie McWilliams Ottery St Mary (letter)

22.12.06

Hexham Courant 22.12.06 Hunts meet - The Tynedale Foxhounds stage their traditional Boxing Day meet in Corbridge Market Place at 10.45am on Tuesday. The same day, the Newcastle and District Beagles convene at the Swinburne Arms, Stamfordham, at noon. (story)

Manchester Evening News 22.12.06 Thousands expected to support Boxing Day hunts - HUNT supporters today said it would be business as usual for traditional Boxing Day meets across the country next week, with large crowds expected despite it being two years since the hunting ban came into force... Nick Onslow, secretary of East Kent Hunt, agreed support for the sport is greater than ever and believes this is due to the British love of the underdog.... Another huntsman, Richard de Prez, the joint master of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, said people would be out in support even if it snows.... Simon Ashworth, hunt secretary of the nearby Cheshire Hunt, said up to 100 riders and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend their meet in Taporley.... (story)

Western Morning News 22.12.06 EXEMPT HUNTING DATES (story)

Western Mail 22.12.06 Only a few months ago, the future of the police service in Wales was under scrutiny as the prospect of an all Wales force was debated. At the time, the Countryside Alliance made plain its views on this proposal and, more specifically, its views on the needs of local policing especially in isolated rural areas... However, as unobtrusively as possible, the police have been forced to reveal that the promised recruitment of new CSOs has been currently abandoned by the Home Office, and the deficiencies in cover, and the explanation to local people, has been left to local officers to sort out.... If the Government is to be taken seriously on these issues it needs to deliver its promises rather than simply giving off the occasional warm glow for the benefit of the media. SIMON HART, Chief Executive,The Countryside Alliance, Narberth, Pembrokeshire (letter)

Croydon Advertiser 22.12.06 Comments on welfare of fish are factually incorrect - Miss Karacan's claims in last week's letter pages regarding the welfare of fish are factually incorrect. Firstly, she refers to the Cranbrook committee whose findings have subsequently been proved to be false by the workings of Professor James Rose at the University of Wyoming in a paper produced in 2003... Dave Harper, Kempton Walk, Croydon (letter)
Croydon Advertiser 18.12.06 Fish suffer greatly as a result of anglers' 'sport' - MR HARPER'S keenness on pitting his wits against the humble fish will depress those who want a kinder world. After all, there are many pastimes, sports, etc in which we can enjoy ourselves thoroughly with no harm to other creatures.... Miss M Karacan, Longhill Road, London SE6 (letter)

Leicester Mercury 22.12.06 PUBLIC ASKED TO BOYCOTT DOG RACING - As an international greyhound-protection organisation, we certainly won't be sorry to see the eventual closure of the dog track at Hinckley... Recent media expos??s of the mass slaughter of "unwanted" greyhounds in various parts of the country have caused us to renew our call to the general public to boycott greyhound racing - don't go to it or bet on it - so that this shameful industry dies away through lack of financial support. Tony Peters, UK co-ordinator, Greyhound Action, Kidderminster. (letter)

Sheffield Star 22.12.06 Call to boycott greyhound racing over the treatment of dogs - AS an international greyhound protection organisation, we were delighted to hear about the newly opened Retired Greyhounds Rehoming Centre at Gosling Moor Farm. The sanctuary will undoubtedly be a lifesaver for the small number of ex-racing greyhounds that can be housed there, but, very sadly, this is a drop in the ocean compared to the 400 dogs that end their "careers" every year at each major greyhound track, like Owlerton…. We are calling on the public to boycott greyhound racing. Don't go to it or bet on it, so that this appalling industry dies out through lack of financial support….. Tony Peters, UK co-ordinator, Greyhound Action, Kidderminster (letter)

BULLFIGHTING
Guardian 22.12.06 End bullring killing, Spanish minister says - Giles Tremlett in Madrid - Spain's environment minister, Cristina Narbona, sparked a furious reaction from bullfighting fans yesterday by suggesting that her country adopt the Portuguese custom of not killing bulls in the arena....(story)
Telegraph 20.12.06 Bullfighting's future in doubt By Fiona Govan in Madrid - Bullfighting was facing an uncertain future in Spain yesterday with the announcement that the last bullring in Barcelona is to close after failing to draw enough spectators.... (story)
Telegraph 20.12.06 Daniel Hannan: In praise of bullfighting By Daniel Hannan - The problem starts with a mistranslation. The rendering of corrida de toros as "bullfight" – rather than the literal "bull-running" – serves to convince the Anglo-Saxon that he is watching a contest… Where the Englishman is watching a competition, the Spaniard is watching a tragedy – a ritualised dance with only one correct outcome…. (story)

Newbury Weekly News 22.12.06 Exotic meats - In response to Mr Kreswell's comments on the 12th of December and to his letter which he sent to me personally, stating that until I informed him that I had discontinued selling exotic meats, he would be forced to boycot my restaurant and encourage his other 35000+ supporters to do the same, I would like to say that it has never been our intention to offend anybody and appreciate his comments, although not the way they were delivered.... All the game is reared in its natural environment with minimum human contact. This ensures the animals well being and a high standard of health being maintained... much as I sympathise with Mr Kerswell's plight, I will have to take the chance of him and his supporters boycotting my restaurant, until such time that I inform him I have discontinued selling exotic meats. Richard Hayman, Managing Director, The Madagascan Gin Palace (letter in archive)
Newbury Weekly News 13.12.06 Madagascan Ostriches - I can wholeheartedly recommend the ostrich burger at the Madagascan Gin Palace. However it goes down even better with one of their guilt-free cocktails, as no ice cubes were hurt in the making of them. Sam, Newbury
Newbury Weekly News 13.12.06 Propaganda - Thank you Justin Kerswell of Bristol for your obvious political propaganda from Viva!. You're entitled to free your speech and I abhor any cruelty to animals just like everyone else, but now I am going to try out both kangaroo and ostrich meat, having never tried them before!... D, Newbury
Newbury Weekly News 12.12.06 Newbury Weekly News 12.12.06 Exotic meat shame in Newbury - I am very disappointed to see that a local business – The Madagascan in Newbury - is selling kangaroo and ostrich meat. Viva! has long campaigned against the sale of these so called "exotic meats"…. Justin Kerswell, Bristol (letters may be in archive)

Dundee Evening Telegraph 22.12.06 Pest licence - Sandy Smith is wrong to say you need a Defra licence to control pigeons. Although gun laws are made at Westminster they are administered in Scotland and licences to kill so-called pest birds are issued by Seerad in Edinburgh.... John F. Robins, Animal Concern Advice Line (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 22.12.06 Being vegetarian demands courage - I AGREE with Lisa Moffat’s comments concerning Marra the dolphin... It requires some degree of courage and conviction to oppose popular convention and I hope that there will be some response to Ms Moffat’s invitation to contact Viva... Roy Dickinson, Holmrook Road, Carlisle (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 19.12.06 animal welfare - Spare a thought for turkeys - I HAVE read with interest the recent reports about the dolphin (believed to be Marra) found cut up on Skinburness Beach and the public’s comments on this matter.... What of the turkey’s experiences? If she is factory farmed (and 98 per cent of UK turkeys are) the few short weeks that she lives (even though she could live as long as 10 years) will be filled with pain.... If those people who felt upset at the death of the dolphin want to show a more consistent compassionate stance towards living creatures, they can find further information on becoming vegetarian by contacting Viva... Lisa Moffat, Holmehead Way, Carlisle (letter)

21.12.06

Whitehaven News 21.12.06 Hounds ready for seasonal outing By Alan Irving - IT will be tally-ho without Reynard as the Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds hit the fells for "traditional” meets in the twin valleys, the first in Eskdale, on Boxing Day and in Ennerdale, on New Year’s Day…."Some might call it traditional,” said veteran pack master Edmund Porter,” but it’s not any more, since the ban on hunting came into effect…. Boxing Day’s Eskdale meet starts from the kennels at 9.30am..(story)

CURY BOXING DAY MEET
West Briton 21.12.06 BOXING DAY MEET WILL TAKE PLACE IN HELSTON - The annual meet of Cury Hunt will take place on Boxing Day as usual this year.This is despite a decision by Helston Town Council in September not to support a request by the hunt to close Coinagehall Street and Monument Road for an hour to accommodate the horses and hounds.... (story)
West Briton 19.10.06 INDECISION OVER FESTIVE HUNT MEET - Whether or not roads in the lower part of Helston should be closed for the annual Boxing Day meet of Cury Hunt is still being considered.Helston Town Council last month voted against such a move, despite the hunt being part of Christmas tradition in the town. There was no debate and certainly no anti or pro-hunting comments made... Mr Mears said he had discussed the matter with Kerrier's legal department. "There don't appear to be any grounds for their decision," he said, referring to the lack of debate… (story)
West Briton 5.10.06 VOTING TO CLOSE THE ROAD TO THE HUNT WILL NOT CLOSE THE DEBATE ON HUNTING - Someone once pointed out, for instance, that MPs in the House of Commons spent three times longer discussing hunting than they did the war in Iraq… it's fair to suggest that Helston town councillors have somehow contrived to buck the trend. At their September meeting members actually implied anti-hunt feeling without ever expressing it - quite a feat, really. That's assuming, of course, that those who voted against closing a number of town centre roads for the Boxing Day meet did so because of their views on hunting… Was the decision by some councillors more of a residual dislike of what some will call a sport and others certainly won't? Or was a pound of flesh not nearly enough for them?... (story)
West Briton 28.9.06 COUNCIL'S SHOCK DECISION OVER BOXING DAY HUNT - Helston town councillors have refused to support the closure of roads for one of the town's longest standing Christmas traditions.The council on Thursday decided - by one vote and without any debate - not to support the closure of part of the town centre for an hour for the annual meet of the Cury Hunt on Boxing Day. No reason was given for Thursday's shock move…. (story)

Birmingham Mail 21.12.06 Hunters rally for Air Ambulance - KIND-HEARTED rural folk received special thanks from County Air Ambulance staff after raising more than £6,000 for the life-saving charity. Members of the Countryside Sports Appeal handed over the money after holding a series of fundraising events throughout the year... Members of the Croome and West Warwickshire hunting club, the Cotswolds Hunt Pack and the West Warwickshire Pony Club were joined by the Marquis and Marchioness of Hertford, who live at the historic home, for special fundraising day.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 21.12.06 CRUELTY-FREE FESTIVE FAIR - Exeter Friends For Animals will be holding its annual Christmas Without Cruelty Fair in the city this weekend.Admission to the fair, to be held at St Stephen's Church in the High Street between 10am and 4pm, is free.... Martin Fox, of Exeter Friends For Animals, said: "This will be a great opportunity to purchase cruelty- free gifts from a wide range of information stalls, including Animal Aid, Viva, the League Against Cruel Sports and Compassion in World Farming…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 18.12.06 CHRISTMAS FAIR ABOUT CRUELTY - A cruelty-free Christmas will be promoted by campaigners this week.The Christmas Without Cruelty Fair at St Stephen's Church in Exeter's High Street on Saturday, will include free food samples and an all-day vegetarian cafe.... Animal Aid, Viva, the League Against Cruel Sports and Compassion in World Farming will be offering information at the event.... (story)

Western Daily Press 21.12.06 MAKE SEASON CRUELTY-FREE - Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and everyone is frantically buying gifts for their loved ones and trying to make sure decorations are up for the big day.But I would like to remind people about the animals, the thousands of turkeys, ducks, etc, which are slaughtered to satisfy the image of the ideal Christmas... Another thought I would like to share is that, on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, hunting with dogs will be occurring all over the country. The ban has not stopped this cruel pastime, it has just made them hide it better... Miss Helen Nichols Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.12.06 THRILL OF THE HUNT WITHOUT THE KILL - This Boxing Day let's hope we see the active promotion of the sport and ethic of drag-hunting, the essence of which involves the use of hounds to provide an enjoyable day without the pursuit or killing of wild animals... Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.12.06 SUPPORTERS OF HUNTING WIN HEARING - Why doesn't the CA have the guts to challenge the law properly - on the hunting field?... Surely that's more noble than yet more wasting of Parliamentary hours on a lost cause?... Simon Hacker Wotton-under-Edge (letter)

Worcester Evening News 21.12.06 DON'T FANCY DRAGON BOATS? THEN TRY FLY-FISHING INSTEAD - DRAGON boat racing is not the only sport being taken up by breast cancer survivors. The England Ladies Flyfishing Association and the Countryside Alliance have joined forces to launch Casting for Recovery - a unique outdoor-based programme which will start next September specifically designed for women who have or have had breast cancer… (story)

Scotsman 21.12.06 New £2.5m cull launched to rid the islands of 10,000 marauding mink - JOHN ROSS - A CULL of American mink is being stepped up in an attempt to wipe out the predators from the Western Isles.... The first phase of the Hebridean Mink Project, costing £1.65 million, started in 2001 with the aim of clearing the animals from the Uists and drastically reducing their numbers in south Harris. Work will start shortly on the £2.5 million second phase in the rest of Harris and Lewis, which will take place over the next five years.... (story)
Glasgow Herald 21.12.06 £2.5m funding to eradicate mink - DAVID ROSS, Highland Correspondent - Scottish Natural Heritage yesterday announced £2.5m funding towards the eradication of mink in Lewis and Harris over the next five years. It follows a successful campaign in South Uist, North Uist and Benbecula where 230 mink were dispatched, the last caught in March last year.... (story)
BBC News Online 20.12.06 Agency has predator in its sights - A Scottish Natural Heritage project to protect wildlife by eradicating a non-native predator from the Western Isles is about to begin. Mink were introduced to the islands in the 1950s and 60s when they were farmed for their fur... (story)

West Briton 21.12.06 NEGLECTED DOG ANGERS ANIMAL GROUP - An animal protection group this week condemned the owner of an abandoned greyhound that was found wandering the streets of Redruth.The three-year-old black and white dog was rescued by a passer-by in the Blowinghouse Hill area of the town... South Devon Greyhound Action (SDGA) said the case highlighted the cruelty of some owners of the breed. "One can only assume that this greyhound has been dumped," said spokesman Helen Stevens. "Unfortunately, greyhounds being abandoned is commonplace when they are no longer needed for racing."…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 21.12.06 No testing at all - WITH regard to drug testing on animals, when will these arguments reflect that there are many people, like me, who do not agree with any testing on animals to identify treatments for human diseases, whether cruel or otherwise? We do not agree with animal abuse... Madeleine Jarvis, Worsley (letter)

Independent 21.12.06 Vegans take an ethical stand - I was sorry to see the level of prejudice against vegans expressed by Giorgio Locatelli in his "You Ask the Questions Christmas Special"… ROSAMUND RAHA, HEAD OF INFORMATION, THE VEGAN SOCIETY, ST LEONARDS-ON-SEA, EAST SUSSEX
I found the piece about vegetarianism being the choice of the more intelligent child (15 December) interesting…. NIGEL WARDLE, STAPLETON, LEICESTERSHIRE (letters)

Gloucestershire Echo 21.12.06 SICKENED BY PUPPIES' PAIN - I feel I must write to express my disgust upon reading about John McKenna (Echo, December 15).I cannot understand how such a professional person and well known vet in Charlton Kings could put those puppies through such pain.... Jacki Tyler, Cheltenham. (letter)

South Wales Echo 21.12.06 Money better spent on saving lives - During the X Factor on Saturday the viewing public were encouraged to ring in and vote for their favourite act to go forward to the next round.... The next program to appear on my screen was ITV's Extinct, which was all about eight species of animals who are about to become extinct in the very near future without the help of viewers ringing in and pledging their 50p, which is the cost of the call.... Why can't we save them all?... Gareth Dibble Cogan, Penarth (letter)

VIVA! TURKEY LETTER
York Press 21.12.06 Cheap food’s cost - ALTHOUGH I knew before reading Toni Vernelli's graphic and heartrending letter (Spare the turkey, Letters, December 18) that these things went on, I found it difficult to accept how low we have sunk... I would like to think that Toni's sad description of the existence of the unfortunate Christmas turkeys puts some people off their dinners, but I doubt it.... Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York (letter)
Manchester Evening News 19.12.06 Turkey SOS - Toni Vernelli, Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)
York Press 18.12.06 Spare the turkey - Toni Vernelli, campaigns manager (letter)
Western Daily Press 15.12.06 SPARE TURKEYS AND TUCK IN TO A VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS MEAL - Christmas is a time for love and laughter, celebration and indulgence, good food and fine wine.It's also a time for compassion - and what better way of spreading peace and goodwill than by making your feast vegetarian so that no-one need die for your day of pleasure. Every year, about 30 million turkeys are slaughtered for food - and about a third of them are killed for Christmas.... Toni Vernelli Viva! Bristol (letter)

20.12.06

Hull Daily Mail 20.12.06 HUNTSMEN PROUD TO RIDE OUT FOR FESTIVE FOX HUNT - Huntsman Robert Howarth will proudly ride out with his beloved pack of hounds on Beverley Westwood on Boxing Day. Horse and rider will be impeccably turned out for the festive showcase meet of the 250-year-old Holderness Hunt on the famous pastures... Hunts across the country, including East Yorkshire's Holderness and Middleton, will send out a clear message on Boxing Day that it is business as usual.... On Boxing Day, the Holderness Hull will meet on Beverley Westwood, and the Middleton Hunt on Driffield showground - both at 11am... (story)
Hull Daily Mail 20.12.06 HOW HUNTING BAN WAS PASSED - Labour promised a free vote on a hunting ban in its 1997 manifesto, but a Private Member's Bill was introduced into the Commons by Labour MP Michael Foster before the Government acted.... (story)
Hull Daily Mail 20.12.06 LIVING WITH THE THREAT OF ANTI-HUNTING ACTION - Despite the initial furore surrounding the introduction of the hunting ban, hunts continue to meet all over the country. Robert Howarth, professional huntsman for the Holderness Hunt, was the first person in Britain to be threatened with criminal proceedings after his hounds caught a fox days into the ban. However, the case was not pursued, bolstering the pro-hunting lobby's argument the legislation is mostly unworkable.... (story)

Hunts Post 20.12.06 Terrier club saved my dog’s life - HEARTFELT thanks to the Home Counties region of the Fell and Moorland Working Terrier Club for help in reuniting me with my Jack Russell terrier that had been missing for four days.... I had tried various methods to find the dog - cameras up the land drain, the RSPCA/fire service and their listening equipment to no avail.... I cannot thank them enough for their kindness, expertise and hard work in helping me get my dog back safely.... CLAIRE GRANT, Ford End, Alconbury (letter)

Forres Gazette 20.12.06 Pet cat's death in snare prompts public warning By Tanya McLaren - A FORRES man is warning pet owners living around the Knockomie Rise development to watch out for their animals after his cat suffered a horrific death when it became caught in a snare near the family home. David Powney lives with his wife Carol and their two children at Balnageith Rise.... Mr Powney is urging people to sign up to a petition which is being run by the League against Cruel Sports, who are trying to get the snares banned.... (story)

Bromley Times 20.12.06 Vigil for animal rights - ANTI-VIVISECTION campaigners held candlelit vigils to mark International Animal Rights Day. The West Wickham-based Passive Pressure group gathered for peaceful demonstrations outside the Cancer Research UK shop in West Wickham on December 9 and at the GlaxoSmithkline lab in Beckenham on December 10. Coordinator Jan Yarker said both groups' research caused animals "emotional and physical pain"… (story)

19.12.06

Western Mail 19.12.06 Law Lords to hear human rights challenge to Hunting Act - Steve Dube, Western Mail - THE House of Lords has agreed to hear challenges to the Hunting Act under Human Rights and European legislation. The legal challenges, brought by the Countryside Alliance and others, continue to question the legitimacy of the ban on hunting with a pack of hounds....(story)
Western Daily Press 7.12.06 SUPPORTERS OF HUNTING WIN HEARING - Hunt campaigners won a symbolic victory in their battle to get the ban on hunting with dogs overturned in the courts yesterday. The House of Lords has agreed that an appeal against the ban on human rights grounds has enough merit to be judged by Law Lords... The named supporters include Devon landowner Giles Bradshaw, a livery owner from the Cotswolds, a Dorset farmer and Donald Summersgill, of Devon and Somerset Staghounds, who currently faces two charges of breaking the hunt ban. (story)

Western Morning News 19.12.06 HUNTING IMAGE PUTS OFF MANY PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE - I have really enjoyed Johnny Kingdom's programme A Year on Exmoor. How refreshing to watch a programme about country life which focuses on love and care for wildlife and not the usual hunting, shooting and killing, largely carried out by the local hunting fraternity.... Mary S Bailey Exeter (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 19.12.06 Shooting is a force for good in countryside - Correspondent John Tierny set out a range of misleading statements in a misguided attempt to besmirch the totally legal activity of quarry shooting. The shooting community is a force for good in conservation activity in the countryside. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has recently completed the first phase of its Green Shoots programme, showing vast areas of the province are under benign wildlife management from the shooting community, and gathering remarkable records of species and habitat.... Roger Pollen Director, BASC NI, Lisburn (story)

Western Daily Press 19.12.06 'SPORT' IS FOR MONEY - Who do the shooting section of blood sports think they are fooling, (Western Daily Press, December 9), regarding the use of snares?This is part of what they do; persecute, kill any of our wildlife they see as a threat to the gun fodder they breed for city boys paying good money to blast out of the sky for fun. It is a business.... David Thomas Hisomley (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 19.12.06 BEWARE OF THE SNARES - Snares (thin wire garrottes), are routinely used by gamekeepers to protect game birds from predators. They routinely trap foxes, otters, rabbits, badgers and domestic pets.... For further information on the campaign to bring about an end to their manufacture, sale and use, please contact the League Against Cruel Sports... Y NICOLA, Tiverton (story)

Independent 19.12.06 Extreme sufferings of lab animals - I was disappointed to see that in Sir David Weatherall's recent report, the main argument against exempting non-human primates from medical experiments was that such tests are useful for medical research. Usefulness alone cannot be a sufficient reason to justify testing on non-human primates…. NIKOLAOS DIAMANTIS, NOTTINGHAM (story)

Western Daily Press 19.12.06 CRUELTY ON THE MENU - In her Eating Out article "A welcome fit for kings" (West Country Life, 16 December), Sarah Pritchard-Williams says the chicken liver and foie gras parfait on offer at Jack's, the newly opened restaurant at Hatham Park, Corsham, was "a hit…” Foie gras (meaning fatty liver) is obtained by force- feeding a duck or goose up to three times a day… Because of the cruelty involved, production of this disgusting so-called delicacy is prohibited in the UK, although it is still imported, primarily from France.. E Ingram Woolavington Bridgwater (letter)

18.12.06

Kent News 18.12.06 Hunt supporters vow to carry on Christmas tradition - A HUNT will meet on Boxing Day to continue a tradition dating back about 200 years. The East Kent Foxhounds will gather in Elham Square at 11am and hundreds of people are expected to come along... Nick Onslow, an East Kent Hunt supporter said: "The Boxing Day meet is a great tradition, part of our heritage which for hundreds of people is as much part of Christmas as turkey and mince pies and it survives despite the prejudice of backbench politicians."… (story)

Kent Messenger 18.12.06 Warning of road jams at Boxing Day hunts - KENT Police are urging people not involved with Boxing Day hunt gatherings to avoid roads that are likely to be affected by them. There is likely to be traffic congestion at the following places: The Ashford Valley Hunt, meeting at High Street, Tenterden... The East Kent Hunt, meeting at The Square, Ealham... Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt, meeting in the High Street, Penshurst Village... (story)

Scotsman 18.12.06 Scotland's Red Deer explosion - CLAIRE PRENTICE - THEY are icons of the Scottish countryside, monarchs of the glen standing proud and majestic against the skyline. But whereas sighting a red deer was once a rare occurrence, they are now common across the country.... The increase has been welcomed by the tourist industry and shooting parties. But it is also proving a hazard, and not only to the growing number of drivers involved in collisions with deer... Tony Andrews, of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, said deer numbers had to be controlled, but he warned against treating them like vermin.... (story)

Guardian 18.12.06 Aids and animals - Andre Menache's comments on primate research and the continued lack of an effective vaccine for Aids is typical of correspondence from scientific advisers for animal rights groups... with Aids devastating entire countries, it is overwhelmingly accepted that the ethical and moral balance falls in favour of animal research, including primate research. Professor David McAlpine, Director, UCL Ear Institute (story)

Daily Mail 18.12.06 Week-long protest staged at Harrods in bid to ban fur - Animal rights campaigners begin a week of protests outside Harrods, demanding the store stops selling fur. The Coalition to Abolish The Fur Trade campaign against the Knightsbridge store comes during one of its busiest trading periods.... Coalition spokesman John Wilson said: "Harrods is the last department store in the whole country that is still selling fur… (story)

Times 18.12.06 Ethical givers are divided on the goat gimmick - ROSEMARY BENNETT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT - A distinctly unseasonal row has broken out between leading charities over the value of goats, cows and other animals marketed as gifts ideas for Christmas. Oxfam, Christian Aid and Help the Aged have been successfully targeting ethical shoppers for years with an array of animals for villages in the developing world. But they have been accused of adding to the problems of some of the world’s poorest countries. The World Land Trust and Animal Aid said that it was "madness” to send goats, cows and chickens to Africa and Asia and that livestock worsened drought and desertification…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 18.12.06 HEATHER STICKS TO THE SCRIPT - ON PIGS - Heather Mills McCartney kept silent about her break-up with Sir Paul during a speech in Bristol for a vegetarian campaign group.Mrs Mills McCartney is the patron of the Viva! group, which held its Christmas fundraising dinner at the Merchants' Hall, Clifton.... (story)

17.12.06

Sunday Post 17.12.06 End this evil trade - IT’S AWFUL to hear about the slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks.... A. Delahoy, Edinburgh. (letter probably only on site for a week)

Independent on Sunday 17.12.06 'IoS' fur campaign: Before you slip into your mink, read this - The actress Sharon Stone is the latest celebrity to be photographed in fur. If she knew what Jonathan Owen has discovered about mink farms in Norway, we think she would join the growing support for our campaign - The stench of ammonia filled the air.... As an Independent on Sunday investigator drew nearer to the collection of sheds and dilapidated farm machinery at a clearing in Norway, it was plain that the conditions at this mink farm rarely come under scrutiny... (story)

16.12.06

Sun 16.12.06 Stella gives pal Madonna a blast By GORDON SMART - MADONNA is banning shooting on her country estate after a row with anti-blood sports pal STELLA McCARTNEY. The Queen of Pop and husband GUY RITCHIE rent Ashcombe in Wilts to shooting parties for £10,000 a day. But fashion designer Stella, 35, hit the roof when she heard Madge, 48, and Guy, 38, had released 3,000 imported baby pheasants for hunters to kill.... (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 16.12.06 FARMER CLAIMS HIS LAMBS WERE ATTACKED BY BADGER - JOE WATSON - A North-east farmer is calling for the debate on controlling raptors and vermin to be re-opened. Ronnie Wilkie's demand comes after he maintains one of his pedigree Texel ewe lambs was partially eaten by a badger.... Sandy Clark at the Scottish Agricultural College's veterinary laboratory in Thurso suspected an older badger may have been responsible. "This is not a common thing. Badgers do have huge teeth and very powerful mouths. They take the food that becomes available to them."… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 16.12.06 New ways to test drugs needed - IT is unfortunate that the Weatherall committee missed the opportunity to progress the issue of using non-human primates in experiments. Surely the real priority must be given to developing and promoting modern and effective alternatives to using these animals, for the benefit of both animal welfare and human health. ... Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Times 16.12.06 Junk medicine: monkey experiments - MARK HENDERSON - Watch out for absolutists - The most controversial of all animal experiments are those that involve non-human primates.... The Weatherall inquiry into primates in medical research, which reported this week, sought to provide some reassurance.... The panel of scientists who do not work with monkeys stopped well short of declaring all such experiments justified... When a group insists that case-by-case regulation is no substitute for an outright ban, it is a fair bet that ideology lies behind it. (story)

Reading Evening Post 16.12.06 Schools debate halal meat - Governors meetings are to be held at some junior schools after concerns were raised that only halal meat is being served. Reading Borough Council last week sent letters to parents at four junior schools – which have not been named – explaining that all meat served in school lunches had been slaughtered according to halal ritual... Letter writer Lyndsey Hadley wrote to the Evening Post that four schools had owned up to "deceiving and lying to children and their parents”…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.12.06 A CRUEL TRADE - I applaud the RSPCA for criticising Madonna on the BBC.... The fur trade commits the most vicious atrocities against their animal victims, as highlighted on BBC1... Anneliese Bilson, Leicester (story)

Scotsman 16.12.06 Hunting myth - The hunting of big cats in South Africa is not to be outlawed (your report, 14 December). Under the proposed new legislation, a lion that has been captivebred must be released into a "reasonable area" and may only be hunted after six months… ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

15.12.06

Hexham Courant 15.12.06 Hunt supports air ambulance appeal By WILL GREEN - THOUSANDS of pounds have been rai ed by the Tynedale Hunt for the Great North Air Ambulance. Ladies of the Tynedale Hunt raised £3,000 for the ambulance through a two- day annual "Tynedale Gift Fair” which they organised at Matfen Hall Country House Hotel in November…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 15.12.06 Drag back - I was interested to learn that Newark Town Council is inviting the South Notts Hunt to assemble in the market Place on New Year’s Day.... Drag hunting involves the pursuit of a scented rag or trail instead of a live animal. It is a humane alternative to fox hunting, a cruel activity where a fox is chased by hounds until exhausted and is likely to be torn apart while still alive... UNA FARRELL, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. (letter may be in archive)

Grimsby Telegraph 15.12.06 HUNTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED - Another hunt season is here which means that League Against Cruel Sports' hunt monitors will be kept very busy following and recording hunts to make sure that they are not hunting illegally.... The League is sending a message at this time of year to all those "awful people who chase and kill animals for fun - you have no place to hide"…. Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 15.12.06 SEA CREATURES NEED PROTECTION AS WELL - Many Exeter residents will remember that Ben Bradshaw made great play of his commitment to animal welfare at the last election.No expense was spared in explaining how he had worked to abolish the excesses of fox hunting. It appears, however, this sympathy does not extend to marine animals. Despite promising a network of highly protected marine reserves and a manifesto commitment to a Marine Bill, he has allowed this issue to be kicked into the long grass, and the Bill dropped from the Queen's Speech.... Dr Jon Underwood, Axmouth, Seaton (letter)

TAIL DOCKING CHARGES
Western Daily Press 15.12.06 VET SUSPENDED FOR CUTTING OFF PUPPIES' TAILS - A Respected vet who mutilated a litter of puppies by cutting off their tails purely for 'fashion' was suspended for a month after he was found guilty of disgraceful conduct yesterday.A hearing held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) found that John McKenna's ignorance of the RCVS guidance on the docking of dogs' tails fell short of what was acceptable but decided suspension was a proportionate punishment... (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.12.06 CHOPPING OFF DOGS' TAILS 'A DISGRACE' - Cheltenham vet John McKenna has been found guilty of disgraceful conduct for cutting off the tails of 11 puppies.He could be struck off by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.... (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 14.12.06 VET CUT OFF PUPS' TAILS 'WITHOUT ANAESTHETIC' - A Vet who cut off puppies' tails for cosmetic reasons caused them "acute" pain, a misconduct hearing was told yesterday.John McKenna carried out the controversial "docking" procedure at his practice in London Road, Charlton Kings, on January 26 last year…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 13.12.06 VET ACCUSED OF 'MUTILATING' PUPS - A Vet who cut off the tails of a litter of puppies for cosmetic reasons is guilty of 'mutilation', a misconduct hearing was told.The 11 Weimaraner pups squealed as John Francis McKenna carried out the controversial 'docking' procedure without anaesthetic, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons heard... (story)
Western Daily Press 7.12.06 VET FACES DOG TAILS CHARGES - A top vet has been accused of chopping off healthy puppies' tails without good reason. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has brought disciplinary action against John McKenna, who practices in London Road, Cheltenham.... (story)
Gloucester Citizen 6.12.06 VET FACES ACTION FOR CUTTING DOG TAILS - A Vet has been accused of chopping off puppies' tails without good reason.The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has brought disciplinary action against John McKenna, who practises in London Road, Cheltenham. He is accused of docking the tails of 11 Weimaraner puppies at the request of the owner, known only as Mrs M... He will face the charges in front of the RCVS' disciplinary committee in London on December 12. The hearing is expected to last three days... (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 6.12.06 PUPPIES' TAILS CUT OFF - VET QUIZZED - VET John McKenna has been accused of chopping off puppies' tails without good reason by Rachael Armstrong - The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has brought disciplinary action against Mr McKenna, who practises in London Road, Cheltenham. He is accused of docking the tails of 11 Weimaraner puppies at the request of the owner, known only as Mrs M.... (story)

BBC News Online 15.12.06 Animal studies 'of limited use' - Tests of drugs on animals are not reliable in all cases, a study warns. The British Medical Journal research looked at studies in six areas and found animal studies agreed with human trials in just three... This study, led by Professor Ian Roberts, suggests animal studies should be used, but not for all drug research.... (story)
Guardian 15.12.06 Many animal tests are badly flawed, say scientists - Sarah Boseley, health editor - The real value of animal experiments is questioned today by a team of senior scientists who found that many are flawed and do not predict how well a prototype medicine will work in humans. The new paper, published by the British Medical Journal, is likely to be seized on by the animal rights lobby as substantiation for their case to stop all experiments.... But the BMJ authors say the jury is out - it is not yet possible to determine how useful animal trials are because at present the methodological standards are poor.... (story)

WEATHERALL REPORT
Oxford Times 15.12.06 University welcomes monkey research report - A REPORT backing the use of monkeys in academic research was welcomed by Oxford University. The study into the use of non-human primates in research was chaired by Oxford geneticist and Professor of Medicine Sir David Weatherall and found a "strong scientific case" for allowing certain experiments on non-human primates… (story)
Telegraph 13.12.06 Experimenting on monkeys to ease human suffering is right, say experts By Roger Highfield, Science Editor - Four centres of excellence should be established to carry out experiments on monkeys because of the "strong scientific case" for their continuing use in research of medical importance, an expert group says in a report. "We felt there was a strong moral scientific case" for their use in research, said Sir David Weatherall, the distinguished medical scientist…. (story)
Telegraph 13.12.06 Animal testing - For every 1,000 animals used in research, two are non-human primates, mainly monkeys.... (story)
Telegraph 13.12.06 'This has turned out to be a whitewash' - Scientists, politicians and academics broadly welcomed the report, but one animal welfare group condemned it as a ''whitewash"…. Scientists, politicians and academics broadly welcomed the report, but one animal welfare group condemned it as a ''whitewash"…. (story)
Guardian 13.12.06 Scientists say tests on monkeys only way to develop life-saving vaccines - Ian Sample, science correspondent - A cluster of animal testing centres dedicated to research on monkeys should be set up across Britain to improve the animals' conditions in captivity, medical experts said yesterday. Four centres housing all of the UK's non-human primate research should be built to ensure the animals have sufficient room and are given the best possible care by well-trained staff, according to the Weatherall committee, a group of experts set up by four leading scientific bodies.... (story)
Guardian 13.12.06 Nasty but necessary - "I know not by doing any living dissection any discovery [that] has been made by which a single man is more easily cured," wrote Samuel Johnson… Since Sir David's committee was funded by the great and the good of Britain's scientific establishment, including organisations such as the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, it is no surprise that the report comes down unashamedly in favour of continuing limited animal experimentation…. But the evidence that they present is extensive, convincing and clear and the conclusion they reach is surely the correct one:… At a time when unregulated experimentation is increasing in countries such as China, the choice for Britain is engage in controlled testing in this country, or see it take place elsewhere. Preventing it altogether is neither possible nor sensible. Sir David's report explains why. (story)
Times 13.12.06 Experiments on primates are 'morally required' by drug testing - MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE EDITOR - Experiments with monkeys are "morally required” as the only way to answer scientific questions of crucial importance to human health, an expert inquiry said yesterday…. (story)
Independent 13.12.06 Primates needed for medical tests, say scientists By Steve Connor, Science Editor - There is a strong scientific case for the continued use of monkeys in medical experiments, according to a high-level investigation by some of Britain's leading scientists.... (story)
Independent 13.12.06 Ben Chu: This ban is illogical, but morally right - Research on creatures as intelligent as the great apes crosses an ethical boundary - Let us begin with an admission. On a purely rational basis, arguments in favour of scientific experimentation on primates are irrefutable.... A report by Sir David Weatherall, emeritus professor at Oxford University, yesterday made the scientific case for primate experimentation convincingly.... But I remain unconvinced that experimentation should be permitted in Britain on the great apes. The vivisection of mice, rabbits, even monkeys, is tolerable. But research on creatures as manifestly intelligent and sophisticated as chimpanzees crosses an ethical boundary... (story)
Scotsman 13.12.06 Animal rights groups blast support for monkey tests - JOHN VON RADOWITZ - A REPORT backing the use of monkeys in academic research was denounced by animal welfare groups yesterday. The Weatherall committee, a group of experts set up by four leading scientific bodies, said there was a "strong scientific case" for allowing certain experiments on non-human primates…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 13.12.06 MONKEY RESEARCH REPORT RIDICULED - A report backing the use of monkeys in academic research was condemned by animal welfare groups yesterday. The Weatherall committee said there was a "strong scientific case" for allowing certain experiments on non-human primates. But animal welfare organisations condemned the 18-month inquiry as a "whitewash"…. (story)
Daily Record 13.12.06 MONKEY LAB FURY - ANIMAL welfare groups have hit out at a report backing the use of monkeys in scientific experiments. The Weather all committee, a group of experts set up by four leading bodies, said there was a "strong scientific case"… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 12.12.06 Report backs primates in research By Patricia Reaney - LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have supported the use of primates in medical research to improve human health and reduce deaths from disease but only if no alternatives were available.... (story)
Times 12.12.06 Experts back experiments on monkeys - JENNY PERCIVAL AND PA - A group of experts today declared that there was a strong scientific case for continuing to allow monkeys to be used in experiments. The Weatherall Report said that experiments on non-human primates were justified when this was the only way of finding ways to cure or alleviate human suffering.... (story)
BBC News Online 12.12.06 Experts 'to back monkey testing' - The UK's leading research organisations are expected to back the continued use of primates in scientific experiments. The Weatherall committee is expected to back the use of non-human primates for studies that can reduce human suffering and loss of life.... (story)
Metro 12.12.06 Experts to back monkey lab tests - Experts looking into the ethics of scientific experiments on monkeys are to report their findings. The Weatherall committee is expected to back the use of monkeys for studies that can reduce human suffering and loss of life.... (story)

Times 15.12.06 Primate research - Your article (Dec 13) states that: "Neuroscience requires primates because they are the only animals with brain circuitry remotely similar to that of humans”. Note the word "remotely”. Surely we are capable of more accurate, human-based science in the 21st century?.. SHARON HOWE, Founder, Vero (Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford) (letter)

Guardian 15.12.06 The role of primates in research - I read with interest the reactions of various organisations to the launch of the Weatherall report on the use of non-human primates in research... There are many recommendations that could have a positive impact on the use of primates, both in terms of minimising suffering and reducing the numbers used. However, we were disappointed that it did not go far enough in trying to map out the priorities for development and adoption of new alternatives... Dr Vicky Robinson, Chief executive, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research
Not all scientists would agree with using monkeys in medical research…. Andre Menache, Scientific consultant to Animal Aid
I voted in Strasbourg to finalise the most important piece of European legislation in 20 years, the Reach chemicals directive which will also help to safeguard animals from any unnecessary testing… Catherine Stihler, MEP, Labour, Scotland (letters)

Guardian 15.12.06 In your leader on the Weatherall report on animal experimentation (December 13), you conclude: "Preventing [controlled testing] altogether is neither possible nor sensible." This is an extraordinarily negative comment, and given the nature of primates and their capacity for suffering is, in our view, completely unethical…. Maggy Jennings, Senior scientist, RSPCA (letter)
Telegraph 14.12.06 Primate research - A team of experts has said that there was a strong scientific and moral case for using non-human primates in some research ("Experimenting on monkeys to ease human suffering is right, say experts", report, December 13). This report was based on a very small sample of the primate research carried out in this country… Yet on this basis primates are transported across the world, confined in small barren cages and subjected to painful experiments…. Maggy Jennings, Senior Scientist, RSPCA, Southwater, W Sussex (letter)
Independent 14.12.06 Case for experiments on primates has not been proven - As you report, a team of experts has said that there was a strong scientific and moral case for using non-human primates in some research. This report was based on a very small sample of the primate research carried out in this country... In its submissions the RSPCA asked the working party to take a more innovative approach and ask how scientific goals could be met without resort to primates, rather than to continue with the traditional questions about why they are needed. There is no evidence to suggest they have done this.... Yet on this basis primates are transported across the world, confined in small barren cages and subjected to painful experiments.... MAGGY JENNINGS, SENIOR SCIENTIST, RSPCA, SOUTHWATER, WEST SUSSEX (letter)

Wakefield Express 15.12.06 Help ban experiments on primates - Each year experiments are performed on 3000 primates in the UK and the main use of these primates is actually in toxicology rather than disease research, especially in the testing of new drugs.... If you disagree with the use of primates in scientific research, then please contact your MP and ask him or her to sign EDM 1704.... Chris Kinsey, Beckbridge Way, Normanton (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 15.12.06 LETTERS: LAW ON MEDICAL RESEARCH NEEDS UPDATING - Jo Tanner of the Coalition for Medical Progress stated that the UK is a world leader in medical research using animals and we should be proud ('Medical research is a good thing' Letters, December 1). Like many though I am not proud of an industry which chooses to subject animals to pain and suffering in the name of money, not science... JON BERESFORD Boxley Drive West Bridgford (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 1.12.06 MEDICAL RESEARCH IS A GOOD THING - The UK is a world leader in medical research, something of which we should be proud. Research such as that being undertaken in Nottingham is fundamental to our better understanding of disease and the development of new treatments.... All of us owe a tremendous debt to those working within medical research. JO TANNER Chief Executive, Coalition for Medical Progress (story)

Bolton Evening News 15.12.06 Meat damages environment - IF Eric Hyland's remarks, that the alleged adverse effects of drinking milk and eating meat do not reflect the policies of the Green Party (The Bolton News, December 6), then maybe they should.... By consuming so much meat and dairy products, we are contributing to killing our planet, and we need all the political parties to give out this message. Olga Gee Bury. (story)

VEGETARIANISM AND INTELLIGENCE
Halifax Courier 15.12.06 'Bright kids more likely to become vegetarians' By Megan Featherstone - Intelligent children may be more likely to become vegetarian, according to a study out today. Those recorded as having a high IQ aged 10 were more likely to be vegetarian aged 30, it said.... (story)
Independent 15.12.06 Vegetarianism: the choice of the 'more intelligent' child By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor - It's official - vegetarians really are smarter. But it is not because of what they eat. Bright children are more likely to reject meat and opt to become vegetarians when they grow up, a study has shown. Clever veggies are born not made.... Researchers from the University of Southampton... suggest that vegetarians are more thoughtful about what they eat. But they say it is unclear whether bright children choose to become vegetarians for the health benefits or for other reasons, such as a concern for animals, or as a lifestyle choice.... (story)
Scotsman 15.12.06 Intelligent children 'more likely to become vegetarians' - JANE KIRBY - INTELLIGENT children may be more likely to become vegetarian, according to a study out yesterday. Those recorded as having a high IQ aged ten were more likely to be vegetarian aged 30, it said. The research, published online in the British Medical Journal involved a study of 8,179 men and women.... (story)

Post & Times 15.12.06 PATE REMOVE - After pressure from animal rights campaigners, Uttoxeter's Lidl store has removed its foie-gras pate from sale... (story)

Bath Chronicle 15.12.06 SEND A COW HITS BACK AT CRITICISM WITH NEW APPEAL - A Charity that helps people living in poverty in Africa by providing them with livestock is capitalising on controversial publicity about its work to launch a new appeal. Send a Cow, based at Newton St Loe near Bath, was recently criticised in an article in the Mail on Sunday beneath the headline, The Great Give a Goat Delusion.... It comes in the wake of comments by the animal welfare charity Animal Aid which claims that providing cows, goats and other farmed animals to poverty-stricken communities in Africa makes life there more difficult.... Send a Cow has been working in Africa for more than 18 years, and said it was proud of its relationships with farmers and adapted its programme according to their feedback.... (story)

14.12.06

Horse & Hound 14.12.06 Hunt fund reaches £40,000 - 14 December, 2006 The racing world's Fight The Ban Support Fund has raised £40,000 to help hunt staff prosecuted under the Hunting Act… The Fight The Ban Support Fund was established by syndicate organiser Tom Gittins and Tweenhills Stud owner David Redvers to assist with the payment of legal fees and associated costs… (story)

Essex Chronicle 14.12.06 HUNT ACCUSED OVER CUT HORSE - HELEN ORRELL - A Woman has slammed a hunt after horses were terrified when a party of riders and hounds charged through a field.Linzie Winckless, 35, of Steeple, claims her horse, Bismarck, suffered a gaping wound to his face when 30 horses and 20 hounds charged across the adjacent field. She said the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt party then returned and stopped metres from where the six horses had been grazing.... (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 14.12.06 No excuse for this ‘sport’ - I AGREE with Jeanne Young (LT, December 1) re Hoghton Tower. The picture she describes is sickening... B McGLASHAN (Address Supplied) (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 1.12.06 Why this killing in the name of sport? RE the Hoghton Tower duck/pheasant slaughter. Why would men even contemplate the killing of these gentle, defenceless birds in the name of "sport?"… JEANNE YOUNG (address supplied). (story)

Ilford Recorder 14.12.06 Anger over geese shot as hobby - A DOG walker was left shocked as he watched men shooting geese with air rifles on Fairlop Waters. William Buttery, 62, of Mossford Lane, Barkingside, said he was appalled after he was originally told by Redbridge Council the men were not breaking the law.... " my personal view is that it's killing for pleasure…" (story)

Harlow Star 14.12.06 Animal rights group aiming for our town - AN animal rights group linked to violent and illegal extremist activity could soon be coming to Harlow town centre. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, whose campaigns against animal testing have been described as violent and intimidating in the courts, has approached Harlow Council to set up an information stall with a collection box in the town.... Heather James, who has received suspended prison sentences and court injunctions for her activities, told the Star on Tuesday the group never endorses illegal action and insisted it was not targeting Harlow because of GSK's presence in the town.... (story)

Independent 14.12.06 I would have thought that with the growing human population and its resultant pollution, it would make far more sense to experiment on humans, as they are far more expendable than the rapidly diminishing primate population. STEVE BRICKLE, BIARRITZ, FRANCE (letter)

Llanelli Star 14.12.06 CHANGES TO ANIMAL TESTING LAWS CONCERN CAMPAIGNERS - Chris HenwoodNEW Euro laws on animal testing could be about to set the UK back nearly 10 years, Llanelli MP Nia Griffith has warned. The Labour politician's concerns have seen her back the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection's (BUAV) Mascara Massacre campaign.... (story)

BADGER ACTIVISTS LOSE HIGH COURT APPEAL
North Devon Journal 14.12.06 BADGER CAMPAIGNER TO TAKE BATTLE TO HOUSE OF LORDS - DAVID SHEPHERD - A Braunton animal rights protester says she will take her case to the House of Lords in a bid to get a criminal damage charge overturned. Fiona Cresswell, of Hazel Avenue, together with Donald Currie, of no fixed address, destroyed badger traps in protest against what they believed was an "unlawful" government scheme…. Ms Cresswell, who has support from the Coalition of Badgers Action Group, said: "I am absolutely committed to proving this cull is unlawful and that it goes against the original badger act law."… "Although I lost my appeal, I am currently in touch with my solicitor in an attempt to put this issue across to the House of Lords."…. (story)
Cornish Guardian 6.12.06 CRIMINAL DAMAGE RULED AGAINST ANIMAL ACTIVISTS - Two animal rights activists who destroyed badger traps in South East Cornwall in protest at what they claimed was an "unlawful'' government scheme, were rightly convicted of causing criminal damage, a High Court judge has ruled.Fiona Cresswell of Braunton, North Devon, and Donald Currie, of no fixed address, took bolt cutters to traps on farmland at Lerryn in October 2003 in a bid to disrupt the government's study into possible links with bovine TB and badgers… (story)
Western Morning News 1.12.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS LOSE BADGER TRAPS APPEAL - Two animal rights activists who destroyed badger traps in protest against what they said was an "unlawful" Government scheme were rightly convicted of causing criminal damage, London's High Court ruled yesterday. Fiona Cresswell, of Hazel Avenue, Braunton, North Devon, and Donald Currie, of no fixed abode, were found guilty at Plymouth Magistrates Court in December 2004. A subsequent appeal to the Plymouth Crown Court was also turned down in June 2005…. (story)
Western Morning News 3.6.05 JUDGE TO MAKE HIS RULING TODAY - A judge has retired to decide whether he will acquit two animal rights activists convicted last year of tampering with badger cages being used in a Government study. Fiona Cresswell, 19, of Hazel Avenue, Braunton, North Devon, and Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed abode, were convicted of criminal damage by Plymouth magistrates in December last year…. (story)
Western Morning News 2.6.05 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS APPEAL OVER CONVICTIONS - Two animal activists are appealing against their convictions for destroying cages used in a Government study to assess links between badgers and bovine tuberculosis. Fiona Cresswell, 19, of Hazel Avenue, Braunton, North Devon, and Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed abode, were convicted of criminal damage by Plymouth magistrates in December last year…. Cresswell and Currie claim they did not "criminally" damage the cages because the trials violated the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 by culling protected species. But Defra officials told the court that, as agents of the Crown, they did not need a licence to kill badgers…. (story)
Cornish Guardian 22.4.04 BADGER TRAPS - Three people who deny damaging badger trap cages at Lerryn on October 16 last year have had the case against them adjourned until May 18 for a pre-trial review. Fiona Cresswell, 18, of Braunton, Devon, Donald Currie 38, of Bournemouth, and Sylvia O'Brien, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, appeared at Bodmin magistrates on Friday (story)

13.12.06

Packet 13.12.06 Sale of dog and cat fur banned at last - I HAVE written to the Packet before about the evil Chinese cat and dog fur trade, where over two million of our best friends are skinned alive each year in order to make fur coats, fur trimming and toy animals. I am delighted today that the EU has now banned all dog and cat fur.... G Ryan, Bosleake Row, Carn Brea, Pool, Redruth (story)

Western Daily Press 13.12.06 TESSA'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE IS 'DON'T EAT A TURKEY, ADOPT ONE' - For several years, the Western Daily Press has kindly published a photograph and update about Tessa, my "adopted" turkey, around Christmas time.I'm happy to say that Tessa, a victim of the intensive farming industry, is still living a peaceful, natural life at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk… Once again, Tessa would like to pass on the Christmas message: "Please don't eat a turkey this year, adopt one."… Elizabeth Howe Yeovil Somerset (story)

Telegraph 13.12.06 Flying in the face of fur - Bryony Gordon assumed that anyone wearing real fur would be in danger of being abused. So she slipped into a mink coat to find out... (story)

12.12.06

Western Mail 12.12.06 Chef shows the benefits of game - Steve Dube, Western Mail - CELEBRITY chef Angela Gray is to host a fascinating evening of demonstrations and recipes on how to prepare and cook game at Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College. Go for Game will include Angela talking about her experiences working for a Belgian count and cooking for his shooting parties. The event, on January 17 at 7.30pm, is a joint collaboration between the Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire College, and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.... (story)

Western Daily Press 12.12.06 - I Can't speak for Jamie Stewart of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, or answer Mrs Jennie Cook's question (Your Say, December 5) as to why he might shoot.Personally, I shoot because I take personal responsibility for the meat I eat. The Gallup poll taken in 2001 for Realeat (statistics taken from the Vegetarian Society website) suggests that only four per cent of the population are vegetarians.... As for the shoot mentioned in Blue Anchor, I'm bemused. Unless the shoot that is mentioned is either in the caravan park off the seafront, or in the sea, I am at a loss to understand how one can see any shoots from the promenade. The nearest shoot to Blue Anchor is some three miles away. S Freke Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 5.12.06 BIRDS BRED JUST FOR SLAUGHTER - May I ask Jamie Stewart of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Your Say, November 28) why he and fellow enthusiasts have to kill pheasants in the first place?He and his type breed these poor creatures for the sole purpose of slaughtering them in their thousands.... Mrs Jennie Cook Minehead (story)
Western Daily Press 30.11.06 CRUELTY OF BEAK TRIMMING, BITTING AND CAGING PHEASANTS - Of course Jamie Stewart (Your Say, November 28) is quite right in saying that one should have evidence to support claims of cruelty in game bird rearing.Unfortunately, there is masses of evidence available. The League Against Cruel Sports has accumulated this data and produced booklets (Bred To Be Wasted, The Killing Game) for anyone interested in the truth of this annual slaughter... R Morris Near Minehead Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.11.06 THE TRUTH ABOUT PHEASANT-REARING - In response to recent letters on pheasants, R M Morris has stated personal opinions and makes many unfounded allegations... Allegations that we factory-breed birds and keep them in such conditions that they are unable to grow, stretch their wings or to fly, and that we then release these birds into the wild and withhold their food, only to shoot them on the ground and to bury them are simply untrue.... Jamie Stewart Director, British Association for Shooting and Conservation Staple Fitzpaine Taunton (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.10.06 GAME BIRDS LEAD MISERABLE LIVES - There are none so blind as those who won't see. Does S Freke (Your Say, October 14) really believe that game birds are hatched under the fluffy bottoms of broody hens?Large metal rotating incubators where many thousands of eggs can be hatched on a production-line basis is the norm... The release of 35million game birds into our countryside is irresponsible at the best of times. Now, with the ever-present threat of bird flu, it is downright criminal. This annual game-bird slaughter is indeed a very bloody business. R M Morris Minehead (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.10.06 IT CAN BE QUITE PLEASANT TO LEAD THE LIFE OF A PHEASANT - Nothing misinforms like ignorance, and I'm afraid that Mr Morris's letter (Your Say, October 11) does little to provide a balanced picture of rearing and shooting.... I have no argument with Mr Morris's figure of 35million pheasants released into the wild. The way that he has worded his letter, however, suggests that all of these are shot...... Personally, if I had the choice to be a chicken or a pheasant, I know which I'd rather be. S Freke Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.10.06 A PHEASANT'S LIFE IS FAR FROM HAPPY - In the 21st century it is despicable that birds are bred to blast out of the sky for so-called sport. The countryside does not need money from blood sports when the possibilities for compassionate activities that do not involve the death of wildlife are endless.... Chris Gale, Chippenham
R M Morris paints an overly dire picture of pheasant shooting. The shooting industry makes a massive contribution towards conservation measures in this country, estimated at a whopping £250million. Ground nesting birds are more plentiful in areas where shooting takes place because the gamekeepers control foxes…. Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letters)
Western Daily Press 11.10.06 IN REALITY, A PHEASANT'S LIFE IS FAR FROM A HAPPY ONE - Whoever thinks pheasants have a pleasant life is sadly misinformed. The sad truth is that these poor birds, from their very birth to their death, have a miserable existence.Factory-farmed in intense rearing pens, with not even the protection of the law governing battery house hens, they are often cowled to discourage them cannibalising. Hundreds of thousands die in these conditions, unable to stretch their wings or behave in any way naturally.... R M Morris Minehead (letter)

News Shopper 12.12.06 Why not kill cats while you’re at it? - I REGRET to inform readers that Mr Walters' letter (Wild Animals Cause Trouble, Letters, November 29) just confirms to me that he has completely lost the plot and seems to still condemn our poor foxes to death.... My question to him was, what about so-called humans that shoot our birds for fun?... BILL LEMAN, Hall Place Crescent, Bexley (letter)
News Shopper 28.11.06 Wild animals cause trouble - SADLY, Mr Leman (Sad And Empty Without Wildlife, News Shopper, November 8) writes his normal, predictable highly-biased bilge in support of his beloved foxes..... he must be made to realize two wrongs do not make a right and if all this fails, he does what all animals extremists do vigorously - attempt to assassinate the person's character.... D WALTERS, Halfway Street, Sidcup (letter)
News Shopper 8.11.06 Sad and empty without wildlife - REGARDING We Have To Be Sensible Over Animal Welfare (News Shopper, October 25). Mr Walters states how foxes have killed six out of the 12 peacocks which walk around Stone Palace in Scotland. Once again he is calling for control of foxes. What about the so-called humans who shoot birds for fun?... Grow up, Mr Walters, and do something good for once... B Leman, Hall Place Crescent, Bexley (letter)
News Shopper 28.11.06 We have to be sensible over animal welfare - I HAVE just returned from a wonderful 12-day coach tour of Scotland. At the magnificent Stone Palace they used to have 12 peacocks walking the grounds which were greatly admired by the visiting families. Sadly, these now number only six due to the activities of the old wily fox, which is officially classified as a pest.... Douglas Walters, Halfway Street, Sidcup (letter)

Northern Echo 12.12.06 Builder alleged to have killed 10,000 greyhounds is to be prosecuted - A BUILDER alleged to have buried 10,000 greyhounds in his allotment is to be prosecuted. There was a national outcry when David Smith was photographed burying dogs he executed in an outbuilding on his land.... the Environment Agency has begun proceedings for a private prosecution against him. He will be accused of depositing non-specific controlled waste without a licence on July 12.... Mr Smith himself received a lot of support, including a petition collected in shops and businesses, from people in Seaham. (story)

BBC News Online 12.12.06 The ethics of animal research - VIEWPOINT By Professor Michael Reiss - "Do animals have rights?", asks Professor Michael Reiss. And if they do, how can we better make decisions about the animals used for scientific research?... (story)

DONALD CURRIE JAILED FOR FIREBOMBINGS
Reading Chronicle 12.12.06 Animal rights hate activist jailed for terror bombing campaign - AN ANIMAL rights activist who became a terrorist bomber will stay behind bars for at least six years after admitting to planting explosive devices at a Caversham family's home. Homeless father-of-three Donald Currie left a home-made firebomb beneath a car belonging to Caroline and Roland Brooks, on March 26 this year.... (story)
Bournemouth Echo 9.12.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS BOMBER JAILED By Joanna Codd - A BOURNEMOUTH animal rights activist has been jailed for 12 years and placed on licence for life for carrying out an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie - described as the Animal Liberation Front's top bomber - was sentenced this week at Reading Crown Court after admitting charges of arson and possessing explosive substances with intent to endanger life and property.... Although described by the court as having no fixed address, before his arrest the 40-year-old vegan lived in a house in Charminster with his wife Karen and three children.... (story)
Independent 8.12.06 Animal rights arsonist is jailed By Helen McCormack - An animal liberation campaigner was jailed indefinitely yesterday after he admitted carrying out an arson campaign against those he believed were linked to the animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Donald Currie, 39, considered by police to be a senior member of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), was told that he would not be freed from prison until it was decided that he did not pose a risk to the public, and would be jailed for a minimum of five years... (story)
Times 8.12.06 Asronist jailed - An animal rights extremist was jailed indefinitely yesterday for conducting an arson campaign against people whom he thought had links to the vivisection industry... (story)
Guardian 8.12.06 Animal Liberation Front bomber jailed for 12 years - Esther Addley - An extremist described as the Animal Liberation Front's leading bomber was jailed for 12 years and placed on licence for life yesterday after a bombing campaign against people he believed were associated with animal research. In what police described as a "devastating blow" to animal rights extremism, Donald Currie, 40, was told he would be subject to parole conditions for the rest of his life, even after his release from prison, such was the danger to the public…. (story)
Scotsman 8.12.06 Animal Lib bomber jailed indefinitely - A BOMBER linked to the Animal Liberation Front was jailed indefinitely at Reading Crown Court for an arson campaign against people he believed were involved in vivisection... (story)
Western Morning News 8.12.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS BOMBER JAILED - An extremist animal rights bomber was yesterday jailed indefinitely for conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry... (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 8.12.06 Animal rights bomber jailed - AN animal rights activist has been jailed after admitting a string of arson attacks against people he believed were linked to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie (39), of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court in August to arson charges and to possessing fire bombs.... (story)
Reading Evening Post 8.12.06 Animal activist turned terrorist - An animal rights "terrorist” was yesterday jailed for trying to blow up a car at a Caversham home whose owners were linked to a research laboratory. Donald Currie received an indeterminate sentence after he previously admitted trying to commit arson recklessly and two counts of having explosive substances with intent to endanger life following the attack in Peppard Road…. Outside the court, Animal Liberation Front (ALF) spokesman Keith Mann described Currie as a devoted father-of-three who was a victim…. (story)
Metro 7.12.06 Animal Liberation Front's 'top bomber' jailed - An extremist animal rights bomber was today jailed indefinitely for conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court at a hearing in August to arson charges and to possessing makeshift incendiary devices... (story)
BBC News Online 7.12.06 Animal rights fire-bomber jailed - An animal rights activist who admitted conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry has been jailed. Donald Andrew Currie, 39, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court in August to arson charges and to possessing fire bombs.... Currie was sentenced to 12 years, to be eligible for parole in six years. The jobless father-of-three was arrested in March after two homemade bombs, consisting of weed killer and sugar, were found by police underneath a car.... (story)
BBC News Online 7.12.06 Willing to maim in the name of animals - A leading animal rights extremist has been jailed for 12 years after admitting conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. But who was he and how significant is his conviction? The prime minister will be among those who will take great pleasure in seeing Donald Currie locked up behind bars. ... (story)
Metro 7.12.06 Animal Liberation Front's 'top bomber' jailed - An extremist animal rights bomber was today jailed indefinitely for conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court at a hearing in August to arson charges and to possessing makeshift incendiary devices… (story)
Reading Chronicle 22.8.06 Firebomb plot By James Durkin - ANIMAL rights protester Donald Currie has admitted planting a firebomb device outside a house in Caversham in March….(story)
Cambridge Evening News 18.8.06 Bomber faces jail after HLS attacks - AN EXTREMIST animal rights group's "top bomber" faces life in jail after admitting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody for psychiatric reports after admitting arson charges and possessing makeshift incendiary devices at Reading Crown Court…. (story)
Times 18.8.06 Animal extremist tried to bomb director's car BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - AN EXTREMIST described as the Animal Liberation Front’s main bomber faces life in jail after admitting yesterday that he planted explosive devices outside the home of a company director. Detectives are now linking Donald Currie to ten similar attacks under investigation in six police force areas….A vegan who lived at a £200,000 house in Bournemouth with his wife and three children, Currie has a string of previous convictions for offences that include criminal damage, assault, threatening behaviour, obstructing police, failure to surrender to bail and destroying badger traps. His wife, Karen, 38, is also an activist. She was fined £50 last September after being convicted of assault for sounding an air horn in the ear of a laboratory worker who confronted protesters outside his home in the middle of the night…(story)
Independent 18.8.06 Animal rights militant admits bomb offences By Jonathan Brown - A man accused of being the Animal Liberation Front's leading bomb-maker faces a lengthy jail sentence after admitting conducting a campaign of terror against companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Donald Currie, 39, a jobless father of three, was remanded in custody at Reading Crown Court. He will be sentenced on 28 September after psychiatric reports…. (story)
Mirror 18.8.06 ALF BOMB MAN HELD - THE "top bomber" for the extremist Animal Liberation Front yesterday admitted an arson campaign against people he believed were linked to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie, 39, was remanded in custody for psychiatric reports after pleading guilty at Reading crown court… (story)
Sun 18.8.06 Protestor : I was firebug - ANIMAL rights protester Donald Currie yesterday admitted firebombing the homes of people he believed were linked to tests on animals. Currie, 40, also admitted having an arsenal of explosives he planned to use on further targets… (story)
Guardian 18.8.06 Animal Liberation Front bomber faces jail after admitting arson bids - Esther Addley - A man described as the Animal Liberation Front's top bomber is facing jail after admitting he carried out explosive attacks on the homes of a number of people with connections to a pharmaceutical research laboratory. Donald Currie, 40, pleaded guilty at Reading crown court to four charges of arson, one of attempted arson, and two counts of possessing explosives with the intent of carrying out further explosions. He will be sentenced on September 28…. The ALF lists Currie among 25 people, 11 of them in Britain, who are currently in prison and who it says "have made a huge selfless sacrifice for animals". However, police believe his affiliation to the ALF may have been loose. The source said he was "very committed, willing to be martyred for the cause."… (story)
Channel 4 17.8.06 A man police call the "top bomber" for animal rights groups has admitted arson - Animal rights activist Donald Currie has admitted conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry… (story)
BBC News Online 17.8.06 Man admits 'animal rights bombs' - An animal rights activist has admitted conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. Donald Andrew Currie, 39, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court to arson charges and to possessing fire bombs. He was charged over incidents at homes in Berks and Bucks and at a firm in Somerset, between May 2005 and March…. The jobless father-of-three was arrested in March after two homemade bombs, consisting of weed killer and sugar, were found by police underneath Roland Brooks' car, which was parked outside his Caversham home…. (story)
Daily Mail 17.8.06 Father-of-three admits arson campaign for animal rights activists - An extremist animal rights group's "top bomber" today admitted conducting an arson campaign against people he believed had links to the vivisection industry. Donald Currie, 39, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody for psychiatric reports after pleading guilty at Reading Crown Court to arson charges and to possessing makeshift incendiary devices…. He also pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered in relation to another attack on property belonging to Paul and Joan Blackburn, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, in September last year….(story)
Guardian 17.8.06 Animal rights activist admits firebombing attempts - David Fickling and agencies - An activist described by police as the Animal Liberation Front's "top bomber" today pleaded guilty to two attempted firebomb attacks on the homes of people connected to animal testing last year. Donald Currie was remanded in custody for psychiatric reports after pleading guilty at Reading crown court. He will be sentenced next month…. (story)
Reading Chronicle 4.4.06 Firebomb charges against homeless man - A HOMELESS man has appeared in court in connection with the discovery of two fire-bombs in Caversham. Donald Currie is accused of possessing explosives with the intent to endanger life between March 26 and 27 after the devices were found beneath a car and in the garden of a house…. (story)
Western Daily Press 30.3.06 FIREBOMB PROBE: MAN HELD - A Man has been charged following the discovery of incendiary devices at the home of someone believed to have links with animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences, police said yesterday. Donald Andrew Curry, 39, is to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court today accused of possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury and with attempted criminal damage with intent to endanger life. Curry, of no fixed address, was arrested during an incident at an address in Caversham, near Reading, earlier this week…. (story)
Reading Evening Post 29.3.06 Firebombs: five held - Four suspected animal rights activists have been arrested during a police raid in connection with the attempted firebombing in Caversham. Detectives arrested two men and two women at a house in Shaftesbury Road, West Reading, at 10pm on Monday on suspicion of conspiracy to cause explosions…. Police spokeswoman Rebecca Webber said police believe the four, and a 39-year-old man arrested on Sunday night, could be involved in the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)… Police gained permission from Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday for an extension to question the 39-year-old suspect. All five suspects are being held at different police stations across the Thames Valley. (story)
Sun 28.3.06 Activists in fire bomb bid By VICTORIA RAYMOND - ANIMAL rights extremists are suspected of two fire-bomb attempts on a home linked to controversial animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences. Police called in bomb disposal experts after an incendiary device was found on the driveway of an address in Caversham, near Reading, on Sunday night… (story)
Reading Evening Post 28.3.06 Arrest after bombs found - Two makeshift bombs discovered in Caversham could have been planted by animal rights activists, police have said. Bomb disposal experts swooped into Peppard Road on Sunday after the owner of a house called police at 11pm saying they had seen someone acting suspiciously outside… It is thought the culprit ran away after planting the first device, and threw the other into a garden before heading half a mile down the road – maybe on a bike – to a phone box near the pub… A 39-year-old man was arrested and remained in custody for questioning as the Evening Post went to press (story)
BBC News Online 28.3.06 Animal rights link to fire bombs - Animal rights extremists are being linked to the discovery of two fire bombs at a house, police have said… Police are quizzing five people over the find on a driveway of the house in Reading, Berkshire, on Sunday…. (story)
Telegraph 28.3.06 Police 'stop bombing by animal rights man' By Stephanie Condron and Rosie Murray-West - Police yesterday arrested a man they suspect of planning an animal rights bombing on a private home. The 39-year-old was held near a property in Caversham, near Reading, after the home-owner reported suspicious activity outside his house on Sunday evening. An incendiary device, understood to be a crude petrol bomb, was found outside the home of Caroline and Roland Brooks…. (story)
Guardian 28.3.06 ALF suspected after petrol bombs found near homes - Sam Jones - Detectives are exploring the possibility that two homemade bombs found near the home of a woman whose firm supplies a vivisection company were left there by the Animal Liberation Front. Police were called to a house in Caversham, Berkshire, late on Sunday night after its owner, Peter Nightingale, reported seeing a man acting suspiciously in the driveway. The stranger fled, but officers found an improvised petrol bomb beneath Mr Nightingale's car. Army bomb disposal technicians and a police helicopter were scrambled to the street; a 39-year-old man was arrested after a ground and air search…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.3.06 Man held after explosives found - Police investigations are continuing after two firebombs were found at a house in Berkshire…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 12.12.06 better way than animal experiments - I am sure that most people would prefer medical research not to involve animals, but accept it because we are told again and again that it is necessary to find treatments for human illness. But what if that is not true?... Programme makers, eg BBC2's documentary Monkeys, Rats and Me (November 27), seem to accept without question the claims of people like Tipu Aziz that it would not have been possible to find treatments such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's Disease without his experiments on monkeys… Highly sophisticated, safe, non-invasive technologies enable scientists to study human volunteers directly… J OAKLEY, Romsey (letter)

Dundee Evening Telegraph 12.12.06 Pigeons don’t sell drugs - PIGEONS DO not sell or take drugs, discard infected needles in children’s playparks, break into people’s houses and cars, mug OAPs or threaten and harass people in the city centre for money.... Fair Doos, Dundee.
I COULD not believe Dundee City Council would stoop as low as using such a cruel and wicked system as shooting to get rid of pigeons…. Nature Lover.
WHAT NEXT? Dundee City Council staff are shooting pigeons. This is cruelty…. Lover of Nature
DUNDEE CITY Council might well have broken the law by killing pigeons as it is illegal to discharge an airgun, or even carry one uncovered, in a built-up area. The council has also wasted public money on this cruel cull…. John F. Robins, Secretary, Animal Concern Advice Line.
I AM disgusted at the actions of Dundee City Council with regards to using guns to reduce the pigeon population…. Moira Murphy (letters)

Dundee Courier 12.12.06 Case proves Conservation of Seals Act useless - John F. Robins, Secretary. Save Our Seals Fund and Campaigns Consultant, Animal Concern, P.O. Box 5178, Dumbarton. (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 9.12.06 Seal this cruel loophole - ON Thursday a salmon fisherman walked free from the Sheriff Court at Arbroath after it was ruled there was no case to answer on charges of killing seals in breach of the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. This highlights the lack of protection given to seals in Scotland.... John F Robins, For Save Our Seals Fund and Animal Concern, Dumbarton (letter)

Dundee Courier 12.12.06 Abhorrent outcome - I find the outcome of this case to be truly abhorrent to a civilised society and once again shows that this act, designed to protect seals, is not worth the paper it is written on.... Karen Kirk. BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic (Borders). 29 Marigold Drive, Galashiels.
Change legislation - Thank you for your clear report of the seal shooting case last week. If, as you say, the case finally hinged on the impossibility of establishing that the seal was in the "vicinity” of the accused’s nets, it proves once and for all that the legislation that ought to protect our seals does anything but that…. Libby Anderson, political director. Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. (letters)

Edinburgh Evening News 12.12.06 Lettuce save horses from dinner plate - AN animal rights campaigner from the city braved freezing temperatures clad only in a lettuce leaf bikini to urge the people of Kazakhstan to stop eating horses. Yvonne Taylor, 35, from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), and her colleague Lucy Groom, 27, shivered today, as they waved placards in the city of Almaty.... (story)

11.12.06

Northampton Evening Telegraph 11.12.06 Surviving voles fight off the mink menace - ONE of Britain's most endangered animals is alive and well in many of Northamptonshire's waterways, a UK-wide wildlife survey has found.... However, the survey also found an "alarming" number of non-native minks – the water vole's main predator – highlighting one of the reasons why the vole's numbers have declined so dramatically…. (story)

IRISH ANIMAL RIGHTS MARCH
Irish Independent 11.12.06 Protesters speak up for animals and demand State ends cruelty - Jason O'Brien - ANIMAL rights activists demanded yesterday that the Government start taking an interest in animal welfare. More than 200 people staged a colourful rally in Dublin yesterday afternoon, to raise awareness of the plight of animals in laboratories, fur farms and circuses in Ireland. "People came together from all across the country for the goal of putting some kind of pressure on the Government to do something about the cruelty to animals that is taking place here," John Carmody of Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) said. … (story)
Irish Times 10.12.06 Animal rights activists in Dublin rally - Animal rights activists are to stage a mass rally on Dublin's main street later today. Members of Animal Rights Action Network (Aran) will march down O'Connell Street to raise awareness of the plight of animals used in laboratories, hunting and circus shows.... (story)
Evening Echo 10.12.06 Activists set for animal rights rally - Animal rights activists are to stage a mass rally on Dublin’s O'Connell Street later today. Members of Animal Rights Action Network (Aran) will march down O’Connell Street to raise awareness of the plight of animals used in laboratories, hunting and circus shows.... "The good people of Ireland need to know that animals suffer, they need to do something to make sure that the government of Ireland does everything possible in order to put a stop to the most hideous acts of animal abuse,” said John Carmody…. (story)
Belfast Telegraph 10.12.06 Protest against animal cruelty taking place in Dublin - Ireland's largest rally against animal cruelty is taking place later today in Dublin. The event has been organised by the Animal Rights Action Network to coincide with the ninth International Animal Rights Day.... (story)
Belfast Telegraph 1.12.06 Animal rights campaigners for Dublin By Fiona McIlwaine Biggins - Ulster animal lovers are being urged to join forces with like-minded people in the Republic to show their compassion for abused and cruelly treated animals across the world.... this year animal rights groups from across the province are travelling to Dublin to join other societies from England at a peaceful rally which is being staged by the Dublin-based Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN). Vivienne Rhodes of Northern Ireland Against Animal Experiments said: "We really want to get as many local people as possible to join us… (story)

Cambridge Evening News 11.12.06 Demo held outside pig scandal site - PROTESTERS gathered outside a slaughterhouse as part of an anti-animal abuse campaign. About 30 people protested outside Dalehead Foods in Linton on Saturday to coincide with International Animal Rights Day… Veteran campaigner Joan Court was among the protesters... (story)

RESPECT ANTI FUR LETTER
Worcester Evening News 11.12.06 It’s hard to tell real fur from fake - Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals, Nottingham. (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 11.12.06 LET'S LABEL REAL AND FAKE FURS - Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals, PO Box 6500, Nottingham NG4 3GB. (story)
Halifax Courier 5.12.06 FAKE FUR - IF IN DOUBT, DON'T BUY IT - Like me, many readers may have seen and been alarmed by the media coverage about the apparent increase in fur sales in the UK.... Real fur on sale should be clearly labelled so that consumers can make informed choices and the Government should introduce a labelling order as soon as possible.... Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals (story)

Bath Chronicle 11.12.06 GOING VEGGIE CUTS GLOBAL WARMING - In this region and all across Britain, a simple message was communicated to shoppers earlier this year by the campaign group Viva!. Every one of the 300-plus High Street demonstrations told people that if they really wanted to help stop global warming the most effective thing they could do was to stop eating meat and dairy.... The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation has just issued a chilling report (November 29, 2006) which confirms everything Viva! has been saying for several years... TONY WARDLE, York Court, Bristol (letter)

Bath Chronicle 11.12.06 CHARITY HITS BACK AT MAIL ON SUNDAY'S CRITICISMS - A Charity based near Bath has been quick to reject claims that its work is actually making life worse for poverty-stricken African families. A four-page investigation in yesterday's Mail on Sunday attacked projects such as those run by Send a Cow, based in Newton St Loe, and others including Oxfam and Christian Aid.... Last month Send a Cow had to defend its work against criticism from animal welfare campaign group Animal Aid.... (story)

10.12.06

Bedfordshire on Sunday 10.12.06 Irresponsible hunt - In response to yet another tragic kill, I am compelled to write again concerning the irresponsibility of the Oakley Hunt. Clearly the hounds have as much respect for the master as I do – none… Trudie Abbott Peacock Road, Bromham (story)

Independent on Sunday 10.12.06 Fur: Girls who can't say no - We are, it seems, a nation of secret fur lovers. But who are the women buying it at record levels and what's their excuse? Fashion writer Sara Buys comes out of the closet... (story)
Independent on Sunday 10.12.06 Madonna & the curse of chinchilla: What she should know about that coat - When she stepped outside to face the paparazzi in London last week, the singer might have known she was walking into a storm of protest about her £35,000 chinchilla coat. But could she have known the suffering that went into keeping her warm? We think she should be told, says Jonathan Owen... (story)

Sunday Herald 10.12.06 Seal survival demands legislation is tightened - John F Robins - LAST THURSDAY, at Arbroath Sheriff Court, the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 (CSA) yet again proved incapable of protecting seals.... MSPs need to pass new laws protecting seals instead of giving immunity from prosecution to those who shoot them. Until that happens, consumers should realise that when they buy Scottish salmon they literally pay for bullets to shoot seals. It is not a price worth paying. (story)

9.12.06

Western Mail 9.12.06 Fox-huntban blamed for increase in useofsnares - Sam Burson, Western Mail - A WELSH estate has denied accusations of improperly using animal snares, saying it would barely need them at all if there had been no ban on fox hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports has accused the Old Hall, at Dolau near Llandrindod Wells, of turning a blind eye to Government guidelines on the snares. But the Old Hall Shoot says the snares are legal and the only way to control a burgeoning fox population in the wake of a hunting ban... (story)

Western Daily Press 9.12.06 IS THIS THE END OF THE LINE FOR CRUEL SNARES? BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - Country estates across the West are "routinely ignoring" a voluntary Government code of conduct to prevent cruel snares killing wildlife and pets, it was claimed yesterday.And MPs, who last year banned hunting with dogs, look set to step up their campaign against country sports by banning outright the use of snares. They say the shooting industry cannot regulate itself. But gamekeepers and estate managers hit back, yesterday, denying the use of cruel snares which contravene an industry code… (story)

SPEAK POLITICAL LAUNCH
Guardian 9.12.06 Animal rights group launches party to target vulnerable MPs - Alok Jha, science correspondent - The animal rights group which has protested most vociferously against Oxford University's new animal research laboratory has announced plans to launch a political party. Speak Campaigns said it would contest elections and bring animal rights to the top of the political agenda.... Speak Political will be an offshoot of a campaign set up in 2003 to protest against the construction of an animal research lab in Oxford... (story)
Oxford Mail 4.12.06 Animal rights group to set up 'political wing' By Phil Vinter - Animal rights group Speak is setting up a political wing - and plans to put forward candidates to contest seats at local and General Elections. The group, which has led protests against the construction of Oxford University's controversial medical research lab in South Parks Road, Oxford, said Speak Political would target 'incumbent MPs who are outspokenly anti-animal as well as Labour MPs with small majorities.... (story)

Telegraph 9.12.06 Extremists launch new attack on drug firms By Yvette Essen - Eversheds, the leading business lawyers, has warned pharmaceutical companies that animal rights extremists appear to have found a new way to attack them. Forgers are filing fake administration documents to Companies House: notices that can only be removed by obtaining a court order. David Gray, a partner at Eversheds, said that a number of companies developing drugs or involved in nuclear energy had been targeted in recent weeks. In one case, the company was only aware of the filing when its bank threatened to freeze its assets and stop salary payments... (story)

Times 9.12.06 Animals must not be scapegoats - ANDREW LINZEY - We should treat all creatures with respect, as the early Christians did....(story)

8.12.06

Leicester Mercury 8.12.06 HUNTING PINK'S NEW HUE! BY NADEEM HANIF - It's not what people usually expect to see when they follow the hunt! This man is just one of a dozen people who have bravely bared all for a calendar which they hope will raise thousands of pounds for the Belvoir Hunt... (story)

Western Morning News 8.12.06 MARATHON MONEY RAISER - With another marathon ride under his belt, hunting man Michael Bickell and his team of supporters raised an incredible £3,106 for two charities.Michael, chairman of the Lamerton Foxhounds, has raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities by completing sponsored horse rides... (story)

Western Morning News 8.12.06 EXEMPT HUNTING DATES (story)

Bedford Times & Citizen 8.12.06 Oakley Hunt are the real extremists - I am absolutely disgusted at the letter printed last week from M Perry, claiming that the League Against Cruel Sports is an extremist organisation when it is in fact a perfectly legal and peaceful campaigning group with much public support. … Personally, I feel that the real extremists here are the members of the Oakley Hunt who allow farm animals and wildlife to be torn to shreds in the name of entertainment… Justina Mclennan, Goldington Road, Bedford (letter)
Bedford Times & Citizen 1.12.06 A local newspaper is for those with local views - I take great exception to the letter you published, 'Hunt hounds should be under strict control' (T&C, Nov 24), from K Watson, Stockport, Cheshire. As a member of an extremist organisation, he or she is entitled to their view but this is a local newspaper and we in Bedfordshire do not wish to be preached to by someone 200 miles away who is a townie anyway…. M Perry, Putnoe (letter)
Bedford Times & Citizen 24.11.06 Hunt hounds should be under strict control - If hunting devotees are as law-abiding and particular about points of law as they claim, why did the Oakley Hunt recently allows its hounds to attack several alpacas on a farm near Harlington – killing one and severely injuring three others?... K Watson, Stockport, Cheshire (letter)

Craven Herald 8.12.06 Hunt horror - I must be allowed to respond to Mr Robinson's letter in the Craven Herald, November 24.... I have seen what foxes can do and I have no problem with fox hunting, but stag hunting I don't like.... Mr Robinson then goes on to state that deer could be carrying TB - that's a new one; don't let the Government know otherwise all deer will be culled as they are thinking of culling badgers for the same reason. David Scholey, Belgrave Street, Skipton. (letter)
Craven Herald 24.11.06 Trust's legacy Why do people not get their facts right before writing to newspapers? In the Craven Herald of November 10 there was a letter from David Scholey about the National Trust, regarding hunting.... The hounds are not, and never were, used to bring down the deer... Bernard Robinson, Midland Terrace, Hellifield. (letter)

Stourbridge News 8.12.06 Law is just prejudiced - I WRITE in response to A Barker of Wollaston's letter in Viewpoint dated November 23 in relation to hunting with dogs.... The National Trust recognises that hunting with dogs is the most effective way of culling animals, indeed in response to fierce opposition from the League Against Cruel Sports it stated: "We focus on deer control and welfare rather than sport and this seems the best way of quickly dispatching an injured animal….” I hope my response goes some way in causing the writer to change his bigoted opinion, which in the terms expressed in his letter, is often founded without authority or knowledge. It is this sheer ignorance which has caused the countryside to be damaged so badly by the Hunting Act 2004. R Houghton Norton (story)
Stourbridge News 27.11.06 Not hunting but humane herding - THE letter from A. Barker (Stourbidge News, November 23) claims that the National Trust was planning to re-introduce staghunting on its land, therefore breaking the law. As a member of the Trust, I believe that these accusations are totally unfounded... Occasionally, a deer that has sustained a serious natural injury (such as breaking a leg in a wire fence) or been wounded by shooting, is seen on Trust land but disappears into dense woodland. Under these circumstances, the Trust thinks that it would be appropriate to use hounds to move injured or wounded deer out into an open area so that they can be humanely despatched... J Bale Hagley (letter)

Stourbridge News 23.11.06 Stand against stag hunting - HUNTING with dogs has been banned and is now against the law. The National Trust is now going to resume stag hunting on their land. They claim only old or sick animals will be hunted. Try telling that to a pack of hounds, or a pack of bloodthirsty huntsmen and huntswomen.... A Barker Wollaston (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.12.06 KILLING FOR FUN IS NO BRAVE ACT - Once again, I open a newspaper and see how a beautiful wild creature is killed for pleasure, and its death glorified with a large colour picture showing the poor dead creature and its killer, posing with a pathetic grin on his face as though he has achieved the greatest feat in the world, "Kevin's record- breaker almost broke his scales"… It's a pity Mr Legge didn't unhook the tope and return it back to where it belonged, then gave up the cruel pastime of angling altogether. P Richardson Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 6.12.06 ANGLING ISN'T A TRUE SPORT - I Was utterly disgusted to see the large photograph in the Western Daily Press (December 1) of an angler, Kevin Legge, proudly holding a dead 5ft-long, 66lb tope shark.How dare you, in the accompanying article, describe this man as "brave". This was an act of callous savagery, as is all angling… Julian Brown Nailsworth Gloucestershire (story)

Times 8.12.06 Four legs good, two legs better - MICK HUME: NOTEBOOK - A sign of politics going barking mad this week was the launch of Animals Count, a party that aims to "establish a voice for the animals” and create "a world in which animals are not exploited” for food, consumer goods, sport or scientific research…. However, the hard truth is that human emancipation and animal liberation are contradictory, not complementary. Intensive farming and animal research have helped to give us longer, healthier lives. And using animals for food, consumer goods, entertainment and sport helps to make life worthwhile. A world without the "exploitation of animals” would be unfit for human habitation. (story)

Oxford Times 8.12.06 Rational discussion - Tony Augarde, in his review (December 1) of Adam Wishart's recent BBC2 documentary on animal experimentation Monkeys, Rats and Me was inclined to say 'A plague on both your houses' - understandably so, given the divisive way in which the media tends to present the issues.... Why not talk to scientists who are prepared to experiment on mice but would refuse to experiment on primates? Why not talk to scientists who are opposed on ethical grounds to all animal research... Why not talk to members of Oxford University who abhor violence and feel uncomfortable with the legal, but often confrontational, behaviour of some SPEAK members, but are opposed on ethical grounds to animal experimentation... Katherine Morris, Mansfield College, Oxford (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 8.12.06 Shooting is unacceptable - The shooting community try to portray themselves as conservationists and caretakers of the countryside, but they fail to notice that they are responsible for the massive amount of slaughter inflicted on wildlife each year.... John Tierney Dublin (letter)

MADONNA WEARS FUR COAT
Independent 8.12.06 Fury at Madonna's coat of many chinchillas By Maxine Frith, Social Affairs Correspondent - Madonna has outraged animal rights groups by wearing a fur coat made from the skins of 40 chinchillas. The star was photographed wearing the £35,000 coat as she emerged from a Mayfair restaurant this week with her husband, the film director Guy Ritchie... (story)
Sun 8.12.06 Fur coat threat to Madge - MADONNA has been targeted by animal rights extremists after wearing a coat made from CHINCHILLAS.... Karen Chisholm, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: "Wearing a coat got Madonna attention. But it brought painful deaths to animals.” Karen Chisholm, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: "Wearing a coat got Madonna attention. But it brought painful deaths to animals.” (story)
Express 8.12.06 Madonna in another fur coat By Elisa Roche - MADONNA is set to enrage animal rights campaigners with the latest addition to her winter wardrobe. The star was spotted wearing a £35,000 chinchilla fur coat as she headed for a night out in London... (story)
Telegraph 8.12.06 Madonna dressed to kill in chinchilla fur By Catriona Davies - Madonna, never one to shy away from controversy, has risked the wrath of animal rights campaigners by wearing a chinchilla fur coat.... (story)
BBC News Online 8.12.06 Madonna criticised over fur coat - Madonna has been criticised by an animal rights group for wearing what it said was a real chinchilla fur coat as she left a London restaurant. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) accused the singer of ignoring cruelty of animals.... Poorva Joshipura, director of Peta Europe, said: "We encourage anyone who wears fur to watch videos of these animals being electrocuted, caught in traps and skinned alive…. (story)

ANIMAL AID "SEND A COW TO AFRICA” LETTER
Craven Herald 8.12.06 No animals please - Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 5.12.06 Donating animals not the ideal way to end poverty - With Christmas approaching, aid agencies are once again pressing the public to give money so that farmed animals can be donated to impoverished communities in the developing world. But such schemes, however well-intentioned, serve only to increase poverty because farming animals is a wasteful, environmentally destructive and expensive way of producing food.... Andrew Tyler Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Dunmow Broadcast 8.12.06 End delicacy - AS CHRISTMAS comes around Viva! is very disappointed to see foie-gras appearing on the menu at The Starr in Dunmow.... Justin Kerswell Campaigner Viva! (letter)

7.12.06

Evesham Journal 7.12.06 Countryside - Conservation targets are hit - GOOD shoot management supports a conservation agenda, according to Martin Howat, of Natural England. He was addressing MPs at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons.... (story)

The Comet 7.12.06 Animal option is wrong choice - Reflecting on World AIDS Day (1 December 2006), there has been much in the media concerning the failure of research efforts to find an HIV/AIDS vaccine. However the fundamental issue that is often missed is that research efforts are actually being hampered because we are studying the wrong virus in the wrong species. AIDS remains a major global killer with no cure or vaccine despite more than two decades of animal experimentation.... The Dr Hadwen Trust's own research programme reflects this: we are funding pioneering AIDS-related research at University College London's Centre for Infectious Diseases & International Health... Dr Gill Langley, Science Director, Dr Hadwen Trust For Humane Research, Tilehouse Street, Hitchin (story)

Milford Mercury 7.12.06 Further to my letter in last week's edition about forming an animal party, you will have noticed on BBC1 and other news channels the launching, on Sunday, of Animals Count, a political party that puts animals at the forefront. As a founder member of this party, I am very pleased to announce this... Shaun Rutherford, Via email. (letter)
Milford & West Wales Mercury 30.11.06 Who’s up for an animal party? - Last week the Dutch went to the polls. Nothing unusual about that, except for the first time a party dedicated solely to the rights of animals won two seats and just missed out on a third.... It is time we follow the example of the Dutch and form a party dedicated to animal rights. Shaun Rutherford, Via e-mail (letter)

Irish Examiner 7.12.06 Appropriate use of livestock is extremely valuable in addressing poverty - A NUMBER of organisations, including Oxfam Ireland, have been successfully selling alternative ethical gifts at Christmas as a way of generating funds for overseas development work. Oxfam Ireland is aware there has recently been some concern about the way in which animals are being used in overseas development programmes, some of which are sold as gifts through alternative gift catalogues. From our experience, the appropriate use of livestock in development programmes is extremely valuable in addressing poverty.... Dr Brian Scott, Executive Director, Oxfam Ireland. (letter)

Scotsman 7.12.06 Mutilation or just management? - FORDYCE MAXWELL - ONE man's minor livestock management operation is another's animal mutilation. That is why operations most livestock farmers carry out as routine, such as castration of calves and lambs and tail-docking of pigs, are criticised by animal welfare groups. The latest criticism, and a suggestion that the Scottish Executive is sending out mixed messages in proposed animal mutilation legislation, came yesterday from Advocates for Animals.... Most of these operations are unnecessary, said Libby Anderson, Advocates' political director: "But we are not saying there should be a complete ban. We are trying to take a measured approach by asking for each one to be reviewed… (story)

Argus 7.12.06 Remember donkeys - Now the festive season is upon us once again, can I remind your kind readers of Lucy Fensom and her charity, Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land (SHADH)... Sylvia Harwood, Old Shoreham Road, Hove (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 7.12.06 WHAT ABOUT COMPROMISE ON HARRIET? - I Was sorry to hear Minister Lord Rooker in the House of Lords failed to understand Harriet the Jersey cow is no threat to the meat industry.In vain, it was put to him that she is a pet, will not enter the food chain, etc.... PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)

Keighley News 7.12.06 Halal response - I refer to the previous week's article by Tom Smith on the topic of integration. I felt it needed a response as I was appalled by his choice of words in regards to Halal slaughter. In Islam Halal means lawful according to the Shariah (Islamic law). It is a long established method of slaughter. This method is also practised by Jews for Kosher meat…. I think the first steps to a integrated society is respecting each other's values and beliefs without criticising it. M A Rehman Cark Road, Keighley (letter)

6.12.06

Carlisle News & Star 6.12.06 Cruelty goes on behind scenes - MP Eric Martlew’s visit to a greyhound track "to get a first-hand glimpse of the conditions endured by dogs” may or may not leave him any the wiser as to the suffering and slaughter caused by the greyhound racing industry, which goes on mainly behind the scenes…. Tony Peters, Greyhound Action PO Box 127, Kidderminster DY10 3UZ (letter)

Southampton Daily Echo 6.12.06 Government approves animal lab scheme By Corey Stephenson - CONTROVERSIAL plans that could allow an animal testing laboratory to be developed on Hampshire farmland have been given government approval. Plans for Wickham Laboratories to develop a site at Torbay Farm in Lower Upham, near Bishop's Waltham, have been repeatedly thrown out by Winchester City Council on the grounds that the site is unsuitable to be developed for industrial use as a laboratory.... The decision has outraged animal rights protesters who regularly lobby outside the labs that have been in Winchester Road, Wickham, for 40 years.... (story)
Portsmouth News 30.11.06 Controversial lab could be moving to greenfield site - AN ANIMAL-TESTING lab could move to green fields after winning the latest round of a six-year planning battle. Despite spending £20,000 on outside advice in fighting the case, planners may now have their hands tied trying to stop Wickham Laboratories moving to a farm in the Meon Valley. The blow to animal-rights campaigners and neighbours of the £1m firm's land at Torbay Farm, Lower Upham, near Fareham, came in an appeal ruling that said the site could be used as a lab.... (story)

Plymouth Herald 6.12.06 CHURCH HALL EVENT FOCUSES ON RIGHTS - A human and animal rights celebration day is to be held at the Unitarian Church Hall on Notte Street, Plymouth.The event, to take place on December 10 from 1pm to 5pm, will be hosted by the Plymouth Environment Centre.... (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 6.12.06 Man is arrested over 'meat' graffiti - A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of spraying graffiti on a restaurant. Police were called just before 12.20am to reports of a man spraying the words "Meat is Murder”on the front of McDonald’s, in Cathedral Square…. (story)

Shropshire Star 6.12.06 Don’t let them cull buzzards - For more than 200 years man has shamefully persecuted the buzzard (and all raptors) in a misguided attempt to eradicate it by indiscriminate shooting and poisoning.... But the likes of H Wooldridge now want to introduce culling on the grounds that buzzards are killing off his garden birds.... Culling is another example of Man meddling with nature. It is not the answer. T Cattley, Ifton Heath (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 6.12.06 Expensive lesson From Sara Starkey, Ashburnham Road, Tonbridge, Kent - IN REGARDS to Pat Griffin's letter ("No balance", Letters, December 4). On the same day Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, had to abandon trials on its latest hoped for money-spinner cholesterol drug Torcetrapib… This once again proves that at the animal "model" stage the drug either showed positive results, allowing the researchers to move on to human trials, or that data from animals was negative but because, as is so often said by researchers, "animals are not people" thus allowing the results to be disregarded…. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 2.12.06 No balance From Pat Griffin, Bakers Lane, Linton - I SUSPECT the programme Monkeys, Rats and Me: Animal Testing on BBC2 set out to discredit those opposed to the building of a new Oxford primate laboratory. If so, I think it failed miserably. The phlegmatic and egotistical attitude of Prof Tipu Aziz, Laurie Pycroft and Carolyn Lacey to the torment and suffering deliberately inflicted on unconsenting creatures I found quite chilling.... (letter)

Shropshire Star 6.12.06 It’s true, badgers are killers - If I may, I would like to be given the opportunity to reply to the letter sent in by C Chillingworth. I would like to make it clear that I am an animal lover, I am vegetarian and I abhor the thought of any animal being killed for whatever reason. Now on the subject of badgers killing hens, I am sorry to inform you C Chillingworth, but badgers do indeed kill hens if they get the chance, as I know through personal experience.... P Watkins, Ludlow (letter)

5.12.06

Western Morning News 5.12.06 MONITORING NEEDED - In response to Simon Gray's letter regarding the use of hunt monitors and their video cameras, if anyone seriously believed that the hunting mob would be charging round the countryside yelling and bellowing whilst in pursuit of a scented old rag, then they must be living in cloud cuckoo land.It is precisely because they are untrustworthy that there is a need for someone to monitor their actions…. F Cleaves, Par (letter)
Western Morning News 14.11.06 ARE HUNTING MONITORS OFFICIALS OR BUSYBODIES? - Following the recent conviction of Christopher Marles for an assault on a hunt monitor, there are some questions that no one seems to be asking.Who are these monitors, who do they work for, what is their agenda, who is paying them to do this, what right do they have to follow people around with video cameras filming their every move, is it legal, should it be allowed?... How long will it be before these same monitors are following people around in the high street hoping to catch some footage of them dropping litter? Will they be prowling around the grounds of our hospitals hoping to capture footage of people smoking in non-smoking areas?... I have got nothing to hide but I do object to a self-appointed, unofficial busybody or monitor following me around and filming me, just in case I do something wrong.... Simon Gray, Broadclyst (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 5.12.06 PROJECT TO PROTECT BIRDS BY ERADICATING MINK IS JUDGED A SUCCESS - KEN JONES - 08:50 -The £95,000, three-year pilot mink control programme is targeting areas in west Lochaber where non-native wild mink have had a devastating effect on water bird populations. Evidence of this comes after long-term monitoring and trapping carried out by the Scottish Association for Marine Science since 1980. Native birds which were formerly familiar breeders in Loch Sunart and the surrounding area have now almost completely disappeared.... (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 5.12.06 VEGAN FESTIVAL - There is a vegan festival on Saturday at the YMCA in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, from 11am to 5pm. It will promote the use of compassionate living and animal-free medical research. (story)

Glasgow Herald 5.12.06 Doting on animals is a matter of proportion - Ruth Wishart - As I was saying to the dog only this morning: "Do you realise, according to a new Blue Cross survey, Scots spend an average of £251 per year on their pet?"… This country of alleged animal-lovers can be deeply ambivalent about issues of animal welfare…. Whatever your views on the extent to which we use vivisection and animal experimentation in research, the abuse and attempted intimidation of the scientific community in this field is wholly beyond the pale. More circumspectly, other campaigners have just announced their intention to field parliamentary hopefuls on an animal welfare ticket…..(story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 5.12.06 APPALLED BY FUR FASHIONS - The European Commission recently proposed a ban on the trade of dog and cat fur within Europe. As the killing of dogs, cats and other animals for their fur is something the RSPCA strongly opposes, we welcome this proposed ban.... Paul Littlefair, Senior Manager, International Programmes, RSPCA (letter)

4.12.06

INDEPENDENT HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Independent 4.12.06 The fox is a friend to some farmers - The letter from the former MP David Rendel (1 December) was excellent in its condemnation of James Barrington, but it failed on one issue. He claimed that foxes were an "acknowledged" agricultural pest. This is not true. There are some farmers who view the fox as a friend because it keeps down many of the pests that destroy crops…. JUDI HEWITT, RHYL, DENBIGHSHIRE (story)
Independent 2.12.06 Time-wasting hunters - Simon Hart's assertion (29 November) that the Hunting Act took more parliamentary time than Iraq needs some response. Let us not forget that it was the hunters, mostly Conservatives and Lib Dems, who deliberately dragged the time out... YVONNE SADLER, BRISTOL (letter)
Independent 1.12.06 Hunt ban not meant to save foxes' lives: James Barrington (letter, 29 November) is wrong when he says that the Hunting Act was passed to supposedly save animals' lives. As one of those who voted for the Act, I made it clear beforehand in many discussions with the pro-hunting lobby that I expected farmers to shoot more foxes (an acknowledged agricultural pest) after the Act was passed. By that time they would no longer need to keep the number of foxes up to ensure that there were enough to hunt.... DAVID RENDEL, BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE THE WRITER WAS MP FOR NEWBURY 1993-2005
Simon Hart's letter made interesting reading… Where on earth did he get the idea that laws require the consent of those they affect? The Society of Murderers For The Right To Unlimited Slaughter? Thieves Against The Theft Act?... EDWARD COLLIER, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (letters)
Independent 29.11.06 The hunting law cannot be enforced - Some of your correspondents seem to have missed the point about your leader comment on the Hunting Act ("Ill-conceived and unenforceable", 20 November). The Act was not the product of public need or demand. It had its roots in party political retribution…. Laws should have the consent of those they affect. In this instance, they do not, because it was not about cruelty to animals, but a thinly disguised assault on a section of society… SIMON HART, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE, LONDON SE11
Whatever your position regarding hunting, your recent correspondence shows that the Hunting Act is simply not working… Surely the one single incident that sums up the illogical argument behind the Hunting Act is that under this law, which was passed to supposedly to save animals' lives, the first prosecution of a hunt official was due to the fact that he failed to kill the fox. JAMES BARRINGTON, CONSULTANT, ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY MIDDLE WAY GROUP, HOUSE OF COMMONS
It's regrettable that for some hunters the thrill of chasing wild animals to their deaths seems to have been replaced by the thrill of trying to get around the law…. JOSEY SHARRAD, LONDON SE1 (letters)
Independent 27.11.06 Horse-riders are above the law - I agree with Penny Little (Letters, 21 Nov) regarding hunts that break the law, but in addition, recreational riders in my village often flout bylaws by riding on public footpaths... EDDIE DOUGALL, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS, BURY ST EDMUNDS
Not having ever been on a hunt or met those involved, I would still like to see these hunting folk, many of them privileged, sorted once and for good… Habeas corpus should be suspended to enable perpetrators to be rounded up and rooted out of our society. They should be flung into dark, damp and cold cells, their businesses closed, made to live off a diet of Linda McCartney sausages and released only for re-education seminars run by Ralph Harris and Bill Oddie…. How dare they seek to preserve their community, cultures and traditions? DICK CORBETT, BISHOP'S WALTHAM, HAMPSHIRE (letters)
Independent 24.11.06 It's not the killing, it's the pain and terror - Your leading article ("Ill-conceived and unenforceable", 20 November) and the distressing accounts of law-breaking by hunts deserves comment. Despite the huge campaign of misinformation and blatant lies from the Countryside Alliance, most people in the UK remain strongly against needless cruelty to animals… TOM STAFFORD, KELVEDON HATCH, ESSEX
Like 1970s trade union bosses, the huntsmen interviewed by The Independent clearly believe only little people obey the law. That's all the more reason for the rest of us to insist the law is enforced by the police, particularly since even in the countryside itself only 36 per cent of people oppose the hunting ban and 33 per cent support it… CHRISTOPHER CLAYTON WAVERTON, CHESHIRE (letters)
Independent 23.11.06 Fox-hunting is a moral outrage - It is a moral outrage that hunting folk, many of them privileged, take pleasure from the torture and death of an animal, and also escape prosecution for breaking our laws so openly.... CLLR PETER VALENTINE, OADBY, LEICESTERSHIRE
Your leading article (20 November) restates Countryside Alliance spin regarding the number of hunt followers….. Two weeks ago a mounted follower of the East Devon Hunt admitted to me that "we do not get the numbers we used to". IVOR ANNETTS, TIVERTON, DEVON
There is a simple way to enforce the law on fox-hunting which is being openly disregarded by the hunting fraternity; prosecute the landowners who permit animal cruelty on their property… SUE LANGLEY, SOUTHWOLD, SUFFOLK (letters)
Independent 22.11.06 The Hunting Act has wide public support - I must take issue with your leading article (20 November) in defence of fox-hunting. To consider the unnecessary killing of foxes to be on a moral par with smoking, adultery or obesity exposes a gross lack of understanding of the issue... The Act came into being on a wave of public support and consistent overwhelming majorities in the Commons, which by definition is a consensus.... GRAEME HENDRY, WEST WICKHAM, KENT
Gillian Newsum repeats two myths about foxes. The first is that foxes have no protection except for the Hunting Act…. It is time we in the UK learnt to live peacefully alongside one of our most interesting and intelligent wild mammals. ADELE BRAND, CATERHAM, SURREY
I do not believe that the Hunting Act is failing but rather that the authorities have yet to enforce it with sufficient vigour… MRS G E PURSER, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
I don't know what gave me greater pleasure, the account of hunts getting on and doing what hunts do best… your remarkably sensible and pragmatic response to it, or the thought of a few noses being put of joint in the repellent coalition that pushed through Parliament one of the worst-conceived and constructed pieces of legislation for many years. J E S BRADSHAW, SOUTHAM, WARWICKSHIRE
I am intrigued about the insurance of fox hunts. It is now out in the open that most fox-hunting is intentionally illegal. As a hunt monitor, I have recorded collisions between hounds on cry after a fox, and vehicles on public roads…. PETER BUNCE, HADDENHAM, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (letters)
Independent 21.11.06 Hunt law-breakers must be prosecuted - An Independent reporter rides out with a couple of hunts ("Hunt followers ride roughshod over failing law", 20 November) and you conclude that the Hunting Act should be repealed after a couple of years. Following this logic we ought to repeal the Theft Act as I'm sure any one of your reporters would have little problem showing it is routinely violated…. DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS, LONDON SE1
Your leading article (November 20) states that the law to ban hunting has failed and that "foxes are still being killed in their thousands", implying that the law was intended to stop foxes being killed. It was not…. Hunting with hounds is one of the most efficient methods of culling foxes (and a kinder method than trapping), which is why so many farmers still invite the hunts onto their land. GILLIAN NEWSUM, SWAVESEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Anyone who lives outside the warped universe of the Countryside Alliance will have been shocked and appalled by your front-page article. We hunt monitors have known from day one that the overbearing attitude of the hunting fraternity would go into overdrive to exploit a law that was not strong enough to contain their particular brand of arrogance…. PENNY LITTLE, GREAT HASELEY, OXFORDSHIRE
Your leading article on foxhunting uses language like "tear an exhausted animal from limb to limb". I was the son of a threshing contractor in the early Fifties and after that my family had a small farm and I have seen dogs kill many times. They always kill as quickly as they can to avoid getting bitten themselves…. ROBERT CRANE, NORTH ELMHAM, NORFOLK
… One of the more sensible laws of this government was to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving, but this is constantly and blatantly flouted, endangering human life. The time and effort of the authorities would be better spent enforcing this law instead of the ban on hunting with hounds. WENDY LEWIS, MAIDSTONE, KENT
Surely a law is not "unenforcable" because the police are in collusion with those who break it: it is simply "unenforced". LITA ROBERTS, DUNMOW, ESSEX (letters)

Mirror 4.12.06 ANGER AT SHOOTING FAN KATE By Aidan Mcgurran - PRINCE William's girlfriend has angered animal rights campaigners by joining a shooting party at Sandringham. Kate Middleton laughed and joked as she watched William blast pheasants and helped pick up dead birds on the Norfolk estate. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: "It turns your stomach…(story)

Croydon Advertiser 4.12.06 Hey, Alex, sling your hook - May I suggest to Alex Wright that in his quest to try new activities he considers those where his opponents would be human beings and not tiny harmless fish?... I was taken angling once. The cruelty I saw ensured that I did not go again. If the public knew the truth about that cruelty, such as livebaiting, they would not regard it as a harmless pastime... M Thomas, Beechwood Road, South Croydon (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 4.12.06 Carlisle News & Star MP on dog race fact-find mission By Matthew Legg - CARLISLE MP Eric Martlew will visit Gretna dog track as part of his probe into the welfare of racing greyhounds. The Labour politician wants to get a first-hand glimpse of the conditions endured by dogs in one of the UK’s biggest spectator sports.... (story)

Reading Chronicle 4.12.06 How could you support such a barbaric sport - I SEE the Reading Chronicle is sponsoring a greyhound racing meeting and I am hoping this is being done because you are ignorant of the slaughter of so many thousands of these beautiful, young, healthy animals as a direct result of racing.... NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Argus 4.12.06 Testing times - MP Norman Baker has joined the fight to stop the reintroduction of animal testing for cosmetics (The Argus, November 25). I have been trying to understand why such an ethical company as The Body Shop, which is against animal testing, would want to sell the business to L'Oreal…. Judy Way, Overhill, Southwick (letter)

BAN ON ANIMAL RIGHTS ADS UPHELD
Daily Mail 4.12.06 Animal rights group fails to overturn adverts ban - An animal cruelty campaign group has lost its High Court battle to overturn a law which bans it from advertising on television and radio on the grounds that its activities are 'political'. Animal Defenders International (ADI) argued that the ban amounted to 'a violation of freedom of speech' and was 'incompatible' with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.... (story)
Telegraph 4.12.06 High Court upholds ban on campaign ads By Matthew Moore and PA - An animal rights charity has lost the latest stage of its legal battle for the right to show advertisements on television and radio, in a ruling which could eventually have repercussions for thousands of campaign groups. Animal Defenders International (ADI) argued that the 2003 Communications Act, which bans political advertising on the broadcast media, violates freedom of speech and infringes the European Convention on Human Rights. The High Court today dismissed its legal challenge, saying that the need for restrictions on political campaigning outside election times "has been convincingly shown"…. (story)
Guardian 4.12.06 Political ad ban case goes straight to Lords - The high court has today granted campaigners the right to contest a ban on political TV and radio ads in the House of Lords. Animal Defenders International's bid to have the ban overturned was lost today in the high court, which ruled that this could result in abuse by different groups, such as wealthy individuals with a particular agenda. But ADI was given the unusual right to skip the standard appeals process and directly approach the House of Lords for a ruling on the ban, bypassing the court of appeal.... (story)

Telegraph 4.12.06 Peter Roberts - Peter Roberts, who has died aged 82, conducted a one-man campaign against cruelty in farming, which led to a re-classification of animals under European law from agricultural goods to sentient beings. After taking up dairy farming at Greatham, Hampshire, in the 1950s, Roberts became so appalled by the suffering of animals in intensive farming systems that he started writing letters to newspapers, protesting about the confinement of calves, sows and laying hens in stalls and cages too small to allow them any freedom of movement. He and his wife, Anna, then set up a trust, which became Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)... (story)
Guardian 23.11.06 Peter Roberts - Founder and director of Compassion in World Farming - Joyce D'Silva - Peter Roberts, who has died aged 82, was the founder and director of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) from its inception in 1967 until his retirement in 1991. CIWF was the first organisation devoted solely to the welfare of farm animals, and one of Peter's greatest achievements was the formal recognition of animals as "sentient beings" by the European Union… (obituary)

Mirror 4.12.06 FUR FACTOR - Real or fake? The fashion debate dividing the stars By Dinah Turner - AS more celebs opt for clothes encounters of the furred kind this winter, the fur is flying in the fashion world. Animal rights campaigners are furious that pelts are making a comeback. And supermodel Kate Moss has got the goat of protesters by sporting animal hides and fronting advertising campaigns for Burberry, which uses real fur in its collections.... (story)

Scotsman 4.12.06 Fur clothing unjustified - We welcome the European Commission's proposal to ban the trade in cat and dog fur... ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

3.12.06

Bedfordshire on Sunday 3.12.06 Bloody nightmare - A stag was torn to pieces by dogs in front of horrified householders. They were the same Oakley Hunt dogs that fatally savaged a llama near Luton last month. The attack took place in Bromham on Wednesday afternoon when five dogs got away from the pack, which was draghunting nearby. They picked up the scent of a deer and chased it into the front garden of Brett Drive resident Carol Burroughs, 48, who watched the sickening attack... Mrs Burroughs said: "The poor screaming thing was ripped to death. It was horrendous... "I am very anti-hunting. There is no need for it.,.” A police spokeswoman said: "We have spoken to the hunt and they collected the hounds and removed the dead deer. As the dogs had slipped the pack, they were not hunting and no offence has been committed under the Hunting Act….” (story)

ANIMALS COUNT LAUNCH
BBC News Online 3.12.06 Activists welcome animal rights party By Alexis Akwagyiram - A new political party campaigning for animal rights across the UK has been launched at a London event.... Animals Count. This is both the name of the newest addition to the UK's political landscape and the basic principle underpinning the group.... "Vivisectionists are the antithesis of the moral vegan. They're sadists, not scientists," proclaimed one stall-holder, clad in a 'Vegan Power' T-shirt, to an audience who nodded sagely in agreement…. many other like-minded people committed to equal rights for all sentient beings, duly filed into a conference hall to watch Animals Count leader Jasmijn de Boo explain her party's stance…. Steve Baker, a care worker, said the new party had his support, although he admitted that "he wasn't too sure how successful they will be"…. Meanwhile, 82-year-old Michael Sutcliffe, who is retired, said the creation of the new party marked "a very brave effort which is badly needed"…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.12.06 New animal rights party launching - A new political party campaigning for animal rights across the UK is due to be launched at a London event. Animals Count has pledged to avoid the violent tactics often associated with the animal rights movement. It is calling for an end to live transports and a total ban on hunting and says the first elections it will contest will be in Wales next May... And the new group's chairman, Jasmijn de Boo, told BBC Radio Five Live there were huge numbers of potential supporters....(story)

Sunday Times 3.12.06 Let under-16s in the north shoot guns, says Countryside Alliance - CARISSA CASEY - THE Countryside Alliance wants supervised under-16s in Northern Ireland to be allowed to shoot guns, claiming a current age limit is discriminatory. The organisation has collected 5,000 signed postcards in support of a campaign to bring Northern Ireland gun law into line with the rest of the UK, where there is no age limit. The age limit in the republic is 18. The campaign has been criticised by the League Against Cruel Sports. Its Northern Ireland campaigner, Fionna Smyth, described the move as "total insanity”. But according to Ronan Gorman, the Countryside Alliance’s chief executive, conditions in Northern Ireland are ideal for the change…. (story)

Sunday Times 3.12.06 Setting limits on animal testing - YOUR story, Father of animal activism backs monkey testing (News, last week), has led some readers to conclude that I have changed my position on using animals in research. Since I judge actions by their consequences, I have never said that no experiment on an animal can ever be justified. I do insist, however, that the interests of animals count among those consequences, and that we cannot justify giving less weight to the interests of nonhuman animals than we give to the similar interests of human beings.... Professor Peter Singer, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University (story)

Independent on Sunday 3.12.06 Peter Singer: Monkey business - The father of the animal rights movement upsets activists, pro-lifers and disability groups alike By Greg Neale - For three decades, Peter Singer's views on such issues as animal rights, abortion, euthanasia, infanticide and how to tackle world poverty, have led him to be lauded and condemned to an extent that sets him apart from most academic thinkers. Today, the somewhat other-worldly philosopher is returning to the fray. Newspapers last week pounced on a BBC television documentary which they said suggested that Singer, seen by many as the intellectual father figure of the animal rights movement since the publication of his 1975 book, Animal Liberation, had softened his opposition to vivisection. Last Friday, however, from his desk at Princeton University, Professor Singer denied the charge... (story)

Observer 3.12.06 Pendennis - Oliver Marre - The fur flies as Kate takes Green's millions - In the last week the growing prominence of fur in fashion has generated many headlines, and now retail tycoon Philip Green is being dragged into the fray thanks to his much publicised decision to sign Kate Moss as a designer for Topshop... The World Society for the Protection of Animals has written to Moss, with video footage of fur farming... Strangely, however, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), usually the most outspoken of campaigning groups, will not reply to inquiries, and seems to prefer not to explain where Moss's £3m signing for Topshop leaves their own cosy relationship with the company. Until late November, Topshop's flagship London store boasted anti-fur window displays organised by Peta.... (story)

Independent on Sunday 3.12.06 A challenge to the Kate Moss: help us stop cruel trade in animal skins - Kate Moss has become embroiled in a new controversy over her work for fur-promoting label Burberry. Jonathan Owen reports on the debate that is dividing the fashion industry ... A new internet protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), launched today, attacks the Burberry advertising campaign being fronted by Moss... Louise Stevenson, from Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, said: "It is hypocritical and it shows that she does not have any ethics but is willing to take money for whatever she can get."... (story)

Independent on Sunday 3.12.06 Leading article: The fur flies - It once seemed that the fashion for wearing fur was fading, as public attitudes shifted in a broadly progressive direction. But no. Cruelty is back, partly as a result of some clever marketing by the fur industry. It is time now to try to finish the job started by the shock tacticians of the early anti-fur campaigns. This time round, new tactics and a more considered response are required. The Independent on Sunday is not against fur; we are opposed to cruelty to animals.... (story)

Sunday Mirror 3.12.06 GARDEN GIANT IN A FISH WAR By Stephen Hayward Consumer Correspondent - BRITAIN'S biggest garden centre chain is defying protests by animal rights activists - and continuing to sell fish. Wyevale... But the company has drawn the line at ending its trade in tropical and cold water fish - despite the threat of a boycott by protesters. Animal Aid has been waging an 18-month campaign for the firm to stop selling pets..... (story)

Sunday Times 3.12.06 The devil saves kittens - Giles Hattersley talks to Heather Mills-McCartney - If the most hated person in Britain wanted to talk to you, what would you do? Say yes, of course.... As ever, Heather sees her role as the Educator — a sort of amalgam of Miss Jean Brodie and the Terminator. "Most people who love fur also love animals. But they don’t join the dots and think that an animal was skinned alive for it. That’s where I come in — to make people think about what’s going on.” … I can’t help wondering though whether animal rights are more McCartney’s territory than hers. As is veganism, her other new passion…. "Nobody in the family is vegan. They’re all vegetarian. It’s a completely different area.” … (story)

LondonNet 3.12.06 Pamela Anderson divorce may be over animal rights issues - Tensions may have arisen from Kid Rock's hobby of hunting - Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock may have split over animal rights issues. The Blonde and Blonder actress is a keen animal rights activist while her rocker husband loved to go hunting.... The pair are also rumoured to have fallen out over Rock's mother's decision to wear fur to the couple's wedding ceremony on a yacht in St. Tropez in July... (story)

2.12.06

Gloucester Citizen 2.12.06 YOU SHOULDN'T BACK HUNTING - I Have been surprised recently at The Citizen's apparent support of hunting.I was shocked at Saturday's edition of Weekend, photos on the front page and inside of the Cotswold Hunt. This is such a delicate matter, with so much public opinion against hunting, The Citizen should not be seen to be supporting such gatherings.... NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.12.06 CRUELTY AND SUFFERING GO ON - Excellent letter from P Richardson (November 15) who pointed out that foxes kill more than one hen, which is called the larder principle, and is one of many long-established facts pointed out over many decades.Yet still the cruelty and unnecessary suffering is allowed to be inflicted on other species for fun, profit and religious rituals...... David Thomas Near Westbury Wiltshire (story)

BBC News Online 2.12.06 Call to end elephant polo links - Animal rights campaigners have called on a whisky firm to end its sponsorship of the elephant polo world cup. Advocates For Animals has urged Chivas Regal Whisky and the Duke of Argyll, who has captained victorious Scotland teams, to end their links to the sport... (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 2.12.06 Scots team must stop cruel 'sport' - AS the 25th World Elephant Polo Tournament ends today, Advocates for Animals is calling for an end to Scottish involvement in this "sport". The animal protection organisation is asking the Scottish team's captain, the Duke of Argyll, and its sponsor Chivas Regal whisky to end their association with elephant polo…. Elephant Polo is also opposed by a large number of international and Asian animal welfare organisations including the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the Born Free Foundation, International Animal Rescue, the Captive Animals Protection Society, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Wildlife Protection Society of India, Asian Animal Protection Network, People for Animals India, Animals Asia Foundation, Blue Cross of India, ACT Asia for Animals, Compassionate Crusaders Trust and Animal Nepal…. Advocates for Animals, Queesferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Western Mail 2.12.06 What are the chances of animals being represented in Parliament? Will cows get voting rights? In Holland this is for real.... It is time for change and I would welcome a similar UK political party that focuses on animals, the environment and thus a better world for people. LORRAINE PARKER Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff (letter)

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Westmorland Gazette 1.12.06 Hunters converge on Cumbria - HUNDREDS of hunters from across the country converged on Cumbria last week for the Lunesdale Foxhounds hunting festival. Six hunts from across the country were invited to join the Lunesdale pack on trail hunts throughout Cumbria, North Yorkshire and north Lancashire, from the week of November 18 to November 25.... (story)

Western Morning News 1.12.06 TALENTED HUNT VETERAN ENJOYS THRILL OF CHASE - Galloping over the countryside and enjoying the thrill of the chase is an experience that hunting veteran Spud is especially familiar... .The chestnut gelding crossed paths with his owner, Sue Plummer, when a friend visited the yard of his breeder, East Cornwall's former huntsman Bevil Bunt... After attending his first opening meet with the Surrey Union Foxhounds in 1987, Spud has hunted every season... Now a regular follower of the South Tetcott Hunt, Sue admits that it is his attitude which makes him a great ride: "He is a real nanny out hunting, all the young riders and inexperienced horses stick with him as he is so calm - he knows his stuff."… (story)

Independent 1.12.06 Miles Kington: Meat is murder, but fish... well, it's just food, isn't it? - Huntsmen are reduced to chasing smelly cloth for fun, but fishermen are already catching boots and logs instead of fish - Time for another nature ramble, children!... Just then there was a blast from a horn and several gaily coloured horsemen rode past, preceded by a pack of hounds.... A little bit further, on the three of them came across an angler sitting patiently at the riverside.... (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 1.12.06 Don't gobble any turkey at Christmas says animal group - ANIMAL rights campaigners have issued a ten-point guide to a "compassionate Christmas". The advice from Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals begins with saving the life of a turkey by "giving up the bird" in favour of a vegetarian or vegan Christmas dinner… Advocates director Ross Minett said: "Choosing cruelty-free and other animal-friendly presents this Christmas is a simple yet effective way in which everyone can help to combat animal suffering…. (story)

South Wales Echo 1.12.06 Thanks for cat fur ban lobby - I am very happy that the Echo mentioned the new EU ban on the trade of cat and dog fur (November 22). I have written many letters to various politicians regarding this barbaric trade... Katherine Jones, Lauriston Park Caerau, Cardif (letter)

CIWF DUCK LETTER
Somerset County Gazette 1.12.06 Duck farming - WHEN you think of ducks you naturally think of water, don't you? I was therefore appalled by a TV programme that showed ducks existing in the appalling conditions of Britain's intensive farming systems - without water, except to drink... MARY BROWN Bishop's Hull (letter)
Western Morning News 28.11.06 CRUELTY TO DUCKS - Many people will be buying duck for their festive season dinner this year. It was exposed on television earlier this year that most ducks bred for the table (apart from a tiny minority reared free range) have no access to water to bathe in... If the public wish to know more about the benefits of free range poultry, please contact Compassion in World Farming - Barbara Blaxland, Exmouth (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.11.06 DUCKS VICTIMS OF FACTORY-FARMING - Earlier this year, I watched horrified as TV showed footage of ducks "living" in the appalling conditions imposed by Britain's intensive farming systems… M Pollard Somerset (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 21.10.06 DUCK CRUELTY IS APPALLING - I Was appalled by footage shown earlier this year on television, which showed ducks "living" in appalling conditions in Britain's intensive farming systems… If you would like more information about the welfare benefits of free-range and organically produced meat and farm produce, please go to the Compassion in World Farming website… Elaine Jacklin, Welbeck Road, Long Eaton. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 1.2.07 Drivers urged to beware the bunny and badger ANIMAL welfare campaigners are dressing up as giant rabbits to protest at the number of small mammals killed on New Forest roads. Members of the newly formed Rabbit Against Road Kill (RARK) are staging the eye-catching stunts in a bid to encourage drivers to take extra care… RARK spokesman Helen Tinker, pictured, said: "Many animals hit by vehicles don't die immediately but crawl away and die a slow, painful death… (story)