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31.12.11

Malton & Pickering Mercury 31.12.11 Hundreds out to watch hunt - SEVERAL hundred people turned out in Malton Market Place on Boxing Day morning to support the annual Middleton Hunt meet…. (story)

Driffield Times 29.12.11 Boxing Day Hunt pulls in crowds - A HUNTSMAN’S horn could be heard blasting out in Driffield on Boxing Day as hundreds of people gathered to uphold a long-standing tradition. Crowds made the most of the unseasonably mild weather on Monday to gather at Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe for the Middleton Hunt (East) annual Boxing Day meet…. (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 31.12.11 Huge support for hunting groups -HUNTING groups in the area received overwhelming support on Boxing Day this year. The Cottesmore Hunt met in Cutts Close, Oakham, and the Fitzwilliam Hunt met in Peterborough, where members were greeted by hundreds of supporters… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 31.12.11 MAN COLLAPSES AND DIES WHILE FOLLOWING CUMBRIAN HUNT By Kelly Eve - A man from Southwaite, near Carlisle, died on Boxing Day while apparently following the Blencathra Foxhounds. Police and members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were called to the scene on a path at Underskiddaw in the Millbeck area at around noon… (story)

Horse & Hound 31.12.11 Minister makes pledge to repeal the hunting ban - Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice has pledged his support for hunting and repeal of the ban. During a visit to the Fitzwilliam the minister — whose responsibilities include hunting and shooting — said: “The current law simply doesn’t work… (story)

Oxford Mail 31.12.11 Greyhound protection - I AM writing in response to (Stadium should be used for speedway, December 14). If the Oxford Stadium property is not redeveloped for a new and different use, certain participants will have nothing to celebrate. The greyhounds will continue to suffer injury and death while racing… CARYN WOOD Board of Directors GREY2K USA Bicester (letter)

Scotsman 31.12.11 Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths - LANDOWNERS could be jailed for the illegal killing of wild birds by their employees under new legislation that comes into force today. The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law…. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ON RURAL BROADBAND
Broadband Expert 31.12.11 Three Mobile Brings Mobile Broadband to Eden BY ALEX ION - Kaber is a place in the Eden District of Cumbria where people struggle with their dial up internet connection… (story)
Broadband Choice 30.12.11 3 Mobile praised for Kaber mobile broadband project - Service provider 3 Mobile has been praised for rolling out free mobile broadband in the village of Kaber. The initiative has also been praised by the Countryside Alliance, which has repeatedly warned that the digital divide between urban and rural parts of the UK will grow unless improved broadband services are rolled out away from towns and cities…. (story)
Westmorland Gazette 29.12.11 Broadband set Eden village of Kaber free By Kate Proctor - DOWNLOADING photographs, watching TV programmes on iPlayer, using Facebook – most people can do these things with ease. But for the Eden village of Kaber, using the internet was a daily struggle… Kaber is only the second location in the UK to be targeted by the working group, a campaign championed by Three, the Countryside Alliance and Race Online 2012…. (story)
Computing.co.uk 29.12.11 2011 Round-up: Broadband rollout in the UK By Derek du Preez - It has been a turbulent year for broadband in the UK… The UK's rollout of next generation broadband access set out to create, as Chancellor George Osborne put it in his Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) last October, the best superfast network in the whole of Europe by 2015…. However, these pilots were brought into question in December when a freedom of information request, submitted by the Countryside Alliance, highlighted that the millions of pounds distributed to the local authorities has not yet been spent…. (story)
Broadband Expert 27.12.11 North Yorkshire Council ‘miffed’ at Countryside Alliance’s criticisms BY HAZEL CHUA - It seems that despite the government’s efforts to push for upgrades in the rural broadband scene, things are still not moving as fast as they should. This was revealed in a study conducted by the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Broadband Expert 26.12.11 Three UK to provide Kaber with free mobile broadband BY HAZEL CHUA - It’s good news all around for residents in the Cumbrian village of Kaber, as Three UK is going to be providing them with a year’s worth of free mobile access for a year… Three has been working with The Countryside Alliance, Race Online 2012 and local and national politicians to look for areas that still do not have any fixed-line access… (story)
Cable 22.12.11 CLA says rural communities want better broadband for Christmas by Paul France - Rural businesses and residents are desperate for improved broadband access, a campaign group has said. Reliable broadband connectivity is at the top of the Christmas wish list for rural communities and businesses, according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA)…. His remarks echo recent comments from the Countryside Alliance, which revealed work is still not underway on broadband projects in Cumbria, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire and the Highlands and Islands, despite these areas being named by the government as pilot sites for super-fast services more than a year ago… (story)
Telappliant 22.12.11 Faster business broadband 'is top Christmas wish - Companies that are based in rural parts of the UK have put faster business broadbandconnections at the top of their Christmas list this year. According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), reliability is a key concern for many firms… It was recently suggested by the Countryside Alliance that Westminster must do more to support the use of high-speed internet in rural parts of the UK if firms in these areas are to thrive (story)
Broadband Choice 22.12.11 Countryside Alliance demands confirmation of 4G schedule - Ofcom has been urged to guarantee that the 4G spectrum auction will take place next year… (story)
Computer World 20.12.11 Rural broadband campaigners urge Ofcom to finalise 4G auction - Countryside Alliance warns a delay could mean 4G won’t be available until at least 2015 By Anh Nguyen … (story)
Broadband Expert 19.12.11 UK government sets deadline for local councils BY RUBEN DAMIEN CORBO - The UK government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is well under way… The Countryside Alliance campaign group welcomed the news wholeheartedly… (story)
Yorkshire Post 17.12.11 Grants at risk if broadband delayed - COUNCILS pledged millions of pounds from the Government to roll out superfast broadband have been given two months to submit their plans or risk losing the cash… (story)
ITProPortal 17.12.11 UK Government Sets Deadline for Broadband Funding Bids Written by Ravi Mandalia - The UK government has set a deadline for English councils that expressed their desires to roll out high speed Internet connectivity… (story)
Online Broadband Guide 17.12.11 Locally funded broadband on the increase in rural Britain - As major telecom providers such as BT and Virgin Media roll out super-fast broadband in population centres around the country through fibre optic cabling, in rural areas of the country, there is growing impatience over when, and if the network will be installed, with the Countryside Alliance last week revealing that work was yet to begin on the majority of the government’s rural fast broadband pilot schemes…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 16.12.11 EAST YORKS: Hopes of improving rural broadband in the region are in doubt… (story)
Mobile News 16.12.11 Three gives Cumbrian village free mobile broadband Written by: Jasper Jackson - Conservative MP urges Ofcom to use spectrum auction to help connect isolated communities… The project has seen Three team up with The Countryside Alliance, Race Online 2012 and local and national politicians to find areas which can use mobile broadband in areas where there is no fixed-line access. Speaking at the launch, Conservative MP for Penrith and Borders Rory Stewart said that Ofcom should ensure that the 4G spectrum auction is carried out quickly to help rural communities get internet access…. (story)
Think Broadband 16.12.11 Three hands out mobile broadband hardware to improve broadband by Andrew Ferguson - An alliance between mobile network Three, the Countryside Alliance and Race Online 2012, has seen MiFi devices being handed out to residents in Kaber… (story)
TechWeek Europe 16.12.11 Councils Must Submit Broadband Funding Bids By February by Steve McCaskill (story)
The Register 16.12.11 UK.gov imposes broadband deadline for councils By Kelly Fiveash - It's been a week since the Countryside Alliance made a noise about the lack of activity around the rollout of a broadband network in rural areas…. Now, perhaps in response to that gripe, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport has imposed a deadline for local authorities to submit their draft plans by February 2012… (story)
BBC News Online 15.12.11 English councils get deadline for broadband plan cash - English councils wanting to roll out high-speed internet links have been given until February to apply for government cash…. Campaign group, the Countryside Alliance, described the news as a welcome development…. (story)
BBC News Online 15.12.11 DIY fibre broadband - In rural Britain there is a growing impatience about the wait for superfast broadband. The Countryside Alliance voiced that last week with its revelations that work had yet to start on thegovernment's fast broadband pilots. But some people aren't sitting back and waiting - they're doing it themselves… (story)
Broadband Expert 15.12.11 UK Rural Broadband Moving Slow BY ALEX ION - A major share of UK homes either do not have any internet access or have low speed internet…. According to the Countryside Alliance, four schemes which were announced by Chancellor George Osborne in October 2010, have done little in spreading fast internet access. This was despite the allocated £40m…. (story)
Computing.co.uk 15.12.11 Government threatens to withdraw broadband funding from slacking authorities By Derek du Preez - Local authorities may lose their funding for superfast broadband rollout if they do not adhere to new deadlines set by the government, according to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt who was speaking today… (story)
Computer Active 15.12.11 Local authorities must have broadband plans in place by the spring - Dinah Greek (story)
Digital Spy 15.12.11 Almost a quarter of EU citizens have 'never been online' By Andrew Laughlin - A quarter of citizens living in the European Union have never used the internet, according to new research…. Countryside Alliance group's chief executive Alice Bernard told BBC News: "As we saw last week, councils have been struggling to get their broadband projects moving…. (story)
Online Broadband Guide 14.12.11 Government plans to improve superfast broadband access in rural communities have stalled, says The Countryside Alliance. After The Countryside Alliance made a number of Freedom of Information requests to local councils in rural areas, it has emerged that little has been done with the budget in excess of £40 million that was assigned to four pilot schemes designed to deliverbroadband to many rural communities over a year ago… (story)
Cable 13.12.11 Rural councils hit back at claims of super-fast broadband delay by Paul France - Public-funded rural broadband projects are on schedule, according to councils and development agencies…. (story)
Computer.co.uk 13.12.11 Government ready to fork out for mobile coverage extension By Gareth Morgan - The government has confirmed it will pay telecoms firms to extend mobile coverage into rural areas where mobile reception – and particularly 3G coverage – is patchy or non-existent… (story)
EWeek Euope 13.12.11 BT Adds Another 178 Exchanges To Fibre Rollout by Tom Jowitt - BT has revealed the latest tranche of telephone exchanges in the UK that will be fibre enabled… (story)
Backup Technology 12.12.11 Rural Broadband: Slow To Improve - According to The Countryside Alliance, plans that were made by the government to bring superfast broadband to rural areas have made little progress….. (story)
Teleappliant 12.12.11 Government 'must do more to bring top business broadband to rural areas' - The government has been told it is not doing enough to roll out top-quality business broadband links in some of the UK's most remote locations…. (story)
PCR 12.12.11 Countryside Alliance blasts government for broadband inaction by Mat Bettinson - Rural pressure group The Countryside Alliance has said that government plans to pilot superfast broadband in rural regions have stalled with local authorities having done very little in the year since the scheme was announced…. (story)
UKAuthority.com 12.12.11 Superfast broadband fail to reach rural Britain, claims pressure group - The government's rollout of superfast broadband to hard-to-reach rural areas has stalled as local authorities are struggling to turn Whitehall's promises of digital inclusion into reality, according to a pressure group… (story)
Computer World 12.12.11 Everything Everywhere invests £1.5bn in 4G network By Sophie Curtis - Everything Everywhere has announced plans to invest £1.5 billion to upgrade its existing network, toimprove 3G data coverage and prepare for the rollout of 4G mobile technology… However, other parts of the country have not been faring so well. The Countryside Alliance said today that it had found “very underwhelming” results after placing freedom of information requests to local authorities in Highlands and Islands, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Herefordshire… (story)
Yorkshire Post 10.12.11 High-speed rural internet ‘being blighted by red tape’ - SENIOR officials have admitted a pioneering project to bring internet broadband coverage to rural communities across North Yorkshire is being blighted by bureaucracy amid accusations the scheme has stalled. The Countryside Alliance has claimed four national pilot projects – including North Yorkshire – have failed to get off the ground more than a year after the Government announced major funding to boost broadband in Britain’s countryside… (story)
York Press 10.12.11 Faster broadband plans on hold - PLANS to create faster internet links in rural parts of North Yorkshire have stalled, according to the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Online Broadband Guide 10.12.11 Rural broadband plans are stuck say Countryside Alliance - Last year, the government named four areas of the UK that would be piloting a scheme to bring high speed broadband to rural areas. The Countryside Alliance, however, have revealed through Freedom of Information requests that the local councils in these areas are yet to implement these plans, having received no money from the Treasury or started working on their networks… (story)
BBC News Online 9.12.11 Rural broadband stalled, says Countryside Alliance By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter - The Countryside Alliance says plans to bring fast broadband to rural areas have stalled. The government named four pilot areas last year, but local councils have admitted that they have not yet started work on their broadband projects… (story)
BBC News Online 9.12.11 North Yorkshire County Council 'miffed' by criticisms - North Yorkshire County Council has hit back over criticisms by the Countryside Alliance over the speed of the superfast broadband roll out in rural areas. John Moore, the council's director of finance and IT, said the council was "miffed" by the comments but agreed the roll out process was "torturous"…. (story)
Computer Weekly 9.12.11 The Countryside Alliance opens the BDUK shooting season By Philip Virgo - I have commented before on the way in which the BDUK framework process gets in the way of joining up the sources of funding available for investment in rural broadband and the need for its approach to be overhauled so that it is part of the solution, not the problem. Today the BBC carries the story that progress on Rural Broadband is stalled…. (story)
Techwatch 9.12.11 Rural broadband suffers sluggish deployment - Government money has been thrown at rural broadband, but isn't having much effect yet - Darren Allan (story)
EWeek Europe 9.12.11 Lobby Group Slams Rural Broadband Rollout Hitch by Tom Jowitt (story)
ZDNet 9.12.11 Rural councils say fibre rollout is on track By David Meyer - The Countryside Alliance has launched a broadside against the government for not properly supporting rural broadband pilot schemes, but the councils running those pilots say everything is on track… (story)
PC Pro 9.12.11 One year on: Government broadband pilots stalled By Stewart Mitchell (story)
Think Broadband 9.12.11 Rural broadband projects behind schedule. by Andrew Ferguson - The BBC has covered a release from the Countryside Alliance, where they are calling for the current BDUK and local authorities procurement system to be simplified because of the problem of the Digital Divide widening every month… (story)
Broadband Choice 9.12.11 Countryside Alliance warns of delay in rural broadband rollouts… (story)
Public Service 9.12.11 Government 'not delivering' on rural broadband promises (story)
The Register 9.12.11 Blighty's bumpkins bemoan bold broadband bluster By Kelly Fiveash (story)
IT Pro 9.12.11 UK rural broadband: too little, and too late - FOI requests suggest that Government-based plans to bring fast broadband to rural areas have made little progress. But there are more barriers than official inaction alone. By Stephen Pritchard (story)
BCS 9.12.11 Rural broadband project stalls - The Countryside Alliance has claimed that plans to bring faster broadband to rural areas of the UK have stalled… (story)
Computing 9.12.11 FOI request shows broadband money goes unspent By Derek du Preez - The Countryside Alliance has released results of a freedom of information (FOI) request highlighting the fact that much of the money distributed to counties for the rollout of high-peed broadband remains unspent… (story)
V3 9.12.11 Countryside Alliance up in arms over stalled rural broadband pilots by Dan Worth (story)
Local Gov 9.12.11 Countryside Alliance questions Government broadband claims (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 31.12.11 Captive animals - EXAMINER readers will probably remember the story of Anne the elephant from earlier this year…. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will be prosecuting circus owners Bobby and Moira Roberts… Despite public and political support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, the Government has decided not to protect these animals by introducing a ban. Please write to your MP… Fiona Peacock, Captive Animals’ Protection Society (story)

30.12.11

Grantham Journal 30.12.11 GALLERY: Hundreds support Boxing Day hunt - CROWDS gathered in the centre of Grantham on Boxing Day for the Belvoir Hunt’s annual town centre meet… (story)

View Online 30.12.11 CHARD: Angry confrontation at Boxing Day meet By Marion Draper - AT THE Boxing Day meet of the Cotley Hunt in Chard there was a group of ten anti-hunt protestors led by town councillor Graham Forsyth, among the crowd who had gathered to see the horses and hounds…. Councillor Forsyth said: “Cotley Hunt banners were erected in front of us as they attempted to mute our voices and push us to the back, they were trying to take total control of the town… (story)

Cumberland News 30.12.11 Happy hunting on Boxing Day with scent of victory in the air By Julian Whittle - HUNT supporters in Cumbria are increasingly confident that the ban on hunting with hounds will be lifted… At Uldale, at least two dozen followers turned out on horseback and 100 or so on foot when the Cumberland Foxhounds met at the Snooty Fox pub… Among the other Boxing Day hunts was the Melbreak Foxhounds, one of Cumbria’s smallest fell packs that hunts on foot. There were 80 followers when it met at Lorton, near Cockermouth (story)

Horse & Hound 30.12.11 Film is a positive step forwards in promoting hunting - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - A film that takes you behind the scenes at three beagle and harrier packs is being hailed as a major step forwards in the promotion of hunting. In Kennels, produced by the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles (AMHB), was conceived as a training DVD, but is proving to appeal to a wider audience. Comprising seven short films, it follows the huntsmen of the Pendle Forest and Craven Harriers, Newcastle and District Beagles and the Chilmark and Clifton Foot Beagles…. The DVD was funded by the Aldenham Harriers. When the pack closed in 2006, it donated money to educate the next generation of enthusiasts … (story)

Western Morning News 30.12.11 Stalking the middle ground in the great hunting debate - It's that time of the year when hunting comes to the fore – the festive news-week where not much is going on so editors have more in the way of empty pages to fill. Earlier this week just about every daily newspaper carried images of Boxing Day meets… What you're not meant to do is be ambivalent – especially if you are a columnist specialising in rural affairs… Well, I can't. The fence is where I find myself – but it may be worth explaining why I am so utterly and profoundly ambivalent about field sports. The central thrust of my fence-sitting is that I don't want to go hurtling around killing animals – but at the same time really don't care if others do. What I do care about is the increasing and insidious habit the urban world has of attempting to lord it over those of us who live out in the sticks. Maybe it's some kickback to the days when toffs living in vast mansions in the countryside used to dictate matters to one and all – especially poor blighters working in the grim factories that made them rich in the first place… (story)

Lynn News 30.12.11 Norfolk MP demands new hunt ban inquiry - AN INQUIRY should be set up to investigate the effects of the hunting ban on the countryside, an MP has claimed. George Freeman, who represents Mid-Norfolk, made the call when he addressed supporters of the West Norfolk Fox Hounds at their traditional Boxing Day meeting at Fakenham Racecourse this week… (story)

Bury Free Press 30.12.11 Suffolk Hunt attracts big turnout again - THE ANNUAL Suffolk Hunt Boxing Day meet attracted one of the best turnouts of riders and spectactors than for a number of years…. (story)

View Online 30.12.11 ILMINSTER: Horses return for Boxing Day - A SMALL crowd gathered to watch the Boxing Day meet of the Taunton Vale Foxhounds in Ilminster…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 30.12.11 There’s no sense of fair play in this ‘sport’ -REGARDING hunting with hounds, as with many laws there are two reasons why it does not work. One is obviously because people break it, and second is because Government will not fund the police to enforce it… DJ COOK, Southampton (letter)

Ely Standard 30.12.11 MP inflames hunting debate: have your say. I AM dismayed, though not surprised, to see that James Paice would support a return to the cruelty of fox hunting. As a countryman who has both shot and fished in my time, I have always been opposed to the prolonged suffering inflicted on the quarry by hunting with hounds…. NICK By email
I SEE that James Paice is sucking up to the hunt supporters again. He and they are living in a darker and past age… GEOFFREY WOOLLARD Chapel Farm Upware
THIS is the first time I have aired my views on hunting to anyone except family and I think this is why the majority goes to the anti-hunting brigade. Not enough people speak up for hunting. I think the ban should be lifted completely giving the police time to chase the real criminals in the countryside… SUE CONSTABLE, By email
MR Paice is a hunter himself - of course he backs a repeal of the Hunting Act…. MS M HAYWORTH, Surrey (letters)

Yorkshire Post 30.12.11 Region’s planners failing to protect Green Belt - NEARLY half of all applications to build on Green Belt land in the past five years have been approved by Yorkshire local authorities, with conservationists warning more of the region’s green spaces will be lost if controversial new planning laws are implemented… Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said: “We have been saying for some time that Green Belt land needs protecting. Clearly the FOI shows how much work there is to be done.”… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 30.12.11 Animal cruelty - THERE has been a sickening increase in animal cruelty lately – a cat being put in a microwave was just one of the barbaric acts carried out… Josephine Lewis, Henbury (story)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.12.11 Million-name petition could end live exports - A EUROPE-WIDE petition could help end the "cruel" practice of live animal exports, according to an MEP who met with animal welfare groups on Thursday. Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, was at Custom House in Ramsgate harbour to talk with members of Thanet Against Live Exports (TALE), Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) and Thanet councillors…. Reginald Bell of TALE has been campaigning against the trade since it resumed from Ramsgate in May… (story)

Leicester Mercury 30.12.11 Festive slaughter - The Bible says "are not five sparrows sold for two pennies and not one of them is forgotten before God"… what must be His reaction to the slaughter of a thousand turkeys to commemorate the birth of His son Jesus? Ron Whyard, Leicester. (story)

Argus 30.12.11 Treat sea creatures with respect - I was cross to read it would seem certain creatures are discarded if they do not fit the “human food chain” wanted list… Please join a campaign by visiting www.fishfight.net to support a push to change the rules on “throw backs” Paul Robards, Griffiths Avenue, North Lancing (letter)

29.12.11

West Briton 29.12.11 Top turnout for the Boxing Day hunt - A CROWD estimated at more than 200 people, thought to be one of the largest in years, watched the start of Cury Hunt's annual Boxing Day meet in Helston town centre on Monday… (story)

Cornishman 29.12.11 Boxing Day hunt attracts massive support from riders and supporters - A MASSIVE turnout of both riders and supporters was seen at the traditional Boxing Day Western Hunt meet in Madron… (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 29.12.11 Sunshine turns up the heat at traditional Boxing Day hunt - Hundreds turned out to see the spectacle of the Boxing Day hunt at Brocklesby…. The Brocklesby Hounds are the oldest private pack of foxhounds in the country and are the only pack of purebred English foxhounds… The country extends from the Humber river to roughly a line from Louth to Market Rasen and across to Scunthorpe. It adjoins the South Wold Hunt and the Burton Area…. (story)

North Devon Journal 29.12.11 Hundreds gather for the Boxing Day hunt meets - THE damp weather did not to deter a large turn-out of supporters for the Torrington Farmers' Association Boxing Day hunt on Monday…. (story)

North Devon Journal 29.12.11 Turnout for hunt was 'best for years' - THE turnout of followers at the Tetcott Hunt's Boxing Day meet hosted by the Kings Arms in Holsworthy Square was said to be the best for years… (story)

Burton Mail 29.12.11 MP backs moves to scrap ban on hunting with dogs by ADRIAN JENKINS - THE ban on fox-hunting with dogs was ‘pointless and driven by class warfare and political spite’, according to Burton’s Tory MP. Andrew Griffiths spoke after backing comments by Agriculture Minister James Paice, who said the legislation ‘simply didn’t work… Mr Griffiths spoke after joining the ‘record’ crowds who attended the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt’s Boxing Day meet at Blithfield Hall…. (story)
Uttoxeter Advertiser 28.12.11 Crowds flock to hunt meet By James Brindle - BUMPER crowds turned out for an annual Boxing Day hunt near Uttoxeter which saw numbers soar due to the unseasonably good weather. Organisers of the Meynell and South Staffs Hunt Boxing Day meet said the crowds could have been the biggest ever as riders and enthusiasts enjoyed the sun in the wonderful setting at Blithfield Hall…. (story)

Somerset County Gazette 29.12.11 The hunt rides out in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne - WHAT a difference 12 months makes. Last year the icy conditions saw the traditional Boxing Day hunts scaled down… But there was no repeat this year with the Cotley Hunt in Chard, the Seavington Hunt in Crewkerne and the Taunton Vale Hunt in Ilminster… (story)

Halifax Courier 29.12.11 Huntsmen work off the festive grub - THESE hounds were out in force to mark a post-Christmas tradition. The Colne Valley Beagles gathered for the Boxing Day hunt at the Jack O’Mitre pub on New Hey Road, Scammonden… (story)

Lutterworth Mail 29.12.11 VIDEO: Boxing Day hunt attracts hundreds of supporters - A CROWD of hundreds gathered to greet the Fernie Hunt for its traditional Boxing Day meet in Great Bowden…. (story)

Bury times 29.12.11 Snow-free Boxing Day hunt back after two-year gap - THE traditional sight of horses and hounds returned to Rivington for Holcombe Hunt’s traditional Boxing Day meet…. (story)
Bolton News 27.12.11 Boxing day hunt gets off to a gallop - THE traditional sight of horses and hounds returned to Rivington for Holcombe Hunt’s traditional Boxing Day meet…. (story)

Monmouthshire Beacon 29.12.11 Success for Curre and Llangibby Christmas Hunts - The Curre and Llangibby Hunts have enjoyed a busy Christmas period, with high numbers at both the Christmas Eve and Boxing Day Meets…. (story)

Evesham Journal 29.12.11 Crowds line streets for Boxing Day Hunt - THE sound of hooves clattering along high streets returned to Pershore, Broadway and Chipping Norton for the Boxing Day hunt meets in the towns. Hundreds of people turned out to cheer the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt in Pershore… Broadway was also heaving on Boxing Day when hundreds of people descended on the village for the North Cotswold Hunt meet…. (story)

Essex Chronicle 29.12.11 Crowd welcomes return of huntsmen to common - AFTER a two-year gap because of snow and ice, the biggest ever crowd of spectators turned out for Galleywood's traditional Boxing Day hunt. More than 1,000 people descended on the Common to watch 30 people on horseback and packs of dogs take part in the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt (EFUH)…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.12.11 Hunts claim surge of support for Act repeal - HUNDREDS of hunt supporters turned out to back the traditional Boxing Day meets. More than 300 people met outside the Half Moon pub in the heart of Tiverton at 11am before watching the hounds being led through Fore Street into the Mid Devon countryside…. Kelvin Thomas, hunt master for Tiverton Foxhounds, said: "We have had two or three years of really bad conditions and we have struggled, but it is lovely to come in on a perfect day … There were also large numbers of supporters at the East Devon Hunt Boxing Day meet… (story)

Western Daily Press 29.12.11 Conflict we should avoid - As our pictures – and those submitted by Western Daily Press readers – indicated, hunts gathered all over the region for their Boxing Day meets. As they did so, Farming Minister Jim Paice suggested that the ban on hunting wild animals with dogs "simply doesn't work"…. The hunting debate may be one that all of us need to rejoin, but at this moment in time, the electors and the elected are surely better occupied concentrating their minds on the hard graft required to drag this country out of recession… (story)

Morpeth Herald 29.12.11 New hunting ground - THE traditional New Year Morpeth Hunt will meet at a different location this time round. Usually about 200 people turn out to watch the hunt set off from New Market in Morpeth town centre, but this year the calendar means a shift in location… (story)

Northern Echo 29.12.11 THE Goverment’s stance on fox hunting is another example of how out of touch it is with society…. David Lowdon, Crook (letter)

Northern Echo 29.12.11 Animal rights - TWENTY-FOUR pheasants were killed at farm near Stockton… What a great pity it is that those responsible for this disgraceful act have deprived an equally repulsive group of the opportunity and excitement of blasting those same birds and their future offspring into oblivion… Denise Anklam, Stanhope (letter)

Press Association (via Google) 29.12.11 Group slams snare training 'delay' - Animal welfare campaigners claim it is "absolute nonsense" that a requirement for snare users to undergo training will not come into effect for a year. The League Against Cruel Sports argued there was "no reason" for the Scottish Government not to bring in the measure sooner… (story)

Worcester News 29.12.11 The racing industry must clean up its act - SIR – Worcester is among the cities that benefits greatly from money generated by the horseracing industry… Due to irresponsible breeding, many racehorses never see a racecourse, just an abattoir, with their meat being sent abroad for European dinner plates… The Green Party favours the total banning of the whip and much stricter controls on the height of jumps and the length of races to ensure racehorse welfare and comply with RSPCA recommendations. The industry needs to clean up its act so that our enjoyment is not tainted by animal abuse. LINDA JACKSON, Worcester Green Party (letter)

BADGER CULL LETTER
Shields Gazette 29.12.11 Oppose badger culls - WE the signatories below are disappointed that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided not to listen to scientific evidence… (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 20.12.11 Cull will not solve issues (letter)
Guardian 16.12.11 (17.12.11) Badger cull - We are disappointed that the Department for the Environment, Food andRural Affairs has decided not to listen to scientific evidence, the majority of the public or the advice of external stakeholders and, instead, is to go ahead with badger cull trials… Joe Duckworth Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports Mark Jones Executive director, Humane Society International/UK Anne Brummer Founder and trustee, Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Andrew Tyler Director, Animal Aid Lorraine Platt Co-founder, Conservatives Against Fox Hunting Libby Anderson Acting chief executive, One Kind Simon Cowell Founder/director, The Wildlife Aid Foundation Robbie Marsland UK director, International Fund for Animal Welfare Wally Burley, Chair, Labour Animal Welfare Society Peter Bottomley MP Conservative, Worthing West Martin Horwood MP Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham Dr Caroline Lucas MP Green, Brighton Pavilion Kerry McCarthy MP Labour, Bristol East Bob Russell MP Liberal Democrat, Colchester Adrian Sanders MP Liberal Democrat, Torbay Mike Weatherley MP Conservative, Hove and Portslade Chris Williamson MP Labour, Derby North (letter)

Northern Echo 29.12.11 Man's inhumanity - ISN’T man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them… Merry bloody Christmas. Andrew Kirk, Middlesbrough (letter)

28.12.11

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 28.12.11 Minister visits local hunt and reignites big debate - AGRICULTURE Minister Jim Paice claimed that the Hunting Act is not working when he met the sport’s supporters at a post-Christmas meet in Peterborough. Mr Paice visited kennels in Milton Park which house 100 dogs that are used by the Fitzwilliam Hunt… (story)

Yorkshire Post 28.12.11 Fox hunting - THE traditional Boxing Day hunts were out in their full glory yesterday albeit without being allowed to pursue foxes…. (story)

Louth Target 28.12.11 Good turnout for the South Wold Hunt Boxing Day meet - A LARGER following of supporters than normal turned out to cheer the South Wold Hunt Boxing Day meet at Louth Cattle Market…. (story)

Coventry Telegraph 28.12.11 Traditional Boxing Day Atherstone Hunt comes to town by Sam Dimmer - HUNDREDS of people came out to watch as the traditional boxing day Atherstone hunt came to town… (story)

Droitwich Spa Advertiser 28.12.11 Hundreds gather to support Droitwich's Boxing Day hunt meet - THE sound of hooves clattering along the streets was welcomed back to Droitwich Spa at the annual Boxing Day hunt meet…Horses have been absent from several Boxing Day meets over the past two years because of slippery conditions caused by ice and snow. But they were in abundance when the Worcestershire Hunt met at the Raven Hotel in Droitwich… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 28.12.11 Crowds watch as riders keep hunt tradition alive - MORE than 200 riders set off on the Beaufort Hunt on Boxing Day this year. The traditional event, hosted by the Duke of Beaufort at Worcester Lodge in Didmarton, near Badminton, attracted around 5,000 visitors… (story)
BBC News Online 26.12.11 Boxing Day hunt takes place in Gloucestershire - More than 5,000 spectators were expected to watch the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt at Worcester Lodge on the Badminton estate in Gloucestershire on Boxing Day, organisers said…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 28.12.11 Boxing Day hunt - HUNDREDS lined the streets for the traditional Camelford Boxing Day hunt… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 28.12.11 New Forest hunt supporters call for end to ban - CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their bid to get the hunting ban scrapped. Organisers of the New Forest Hounds meet spoke out against the law after dozens of keen hunters and hundreds more spectators joined the traditional Boxing Day hunt…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 28.12.11 Traditional hunt sees crowds lining streets - TRADITION came to town on Boxing Day as hundreds of people took to the streets of Neath to celebrate the Banwen Miners' Hunt…. A change of venue for Carmarthenshire Hunt's Boxing Day event proved a great success, with hundreds turning up to see the traditional spectacle…. (story)

Malvern Gazette 28.12.11 Streets were packed to welcome hunt - THE streets of Upton were lined with people on Christmas Eve to welcome the return of their local hunt’s traditional gathering. About 80 huntsmen from the Croome and West Warwickshire fox hounds met outside the Star Hotel, in the High Street, at 11am as all ages turned out in support… (story)

Yeovil Express 28.12.11 Record numbers take part in Boxing Day hunts By Daniel Milligan - WITH pressure mounting on the Government to repeal the seven-year-old hunting ban, record numbers of riders took to the countryside on Monday to take part in traditional Boxing Day hunts… Master of the Chipstable Hunt, William Roffe-Sylvester, said he was delighted to see so many in the Square in Wiveliscombe for their hunt… Former chairman of the Quantock Staghounds, Anthony Trollop-Bellew, said he believed there is still a groundswell of public support for hunting… (story)

Ely Standard 28.12.11 South East Cambs MP backs repeal of hunting ban - SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP James Paice reignited the debate over fox hunting this week by calling the current ban “unworkable”… (story)

Irish Times 28.12.11 Ban on stag hunting must be quashed, urges FG Minister - PAUL CULLEN, Political Staff - THE CONTROVERSIAL ban on stag hunting “must be revisited” during the lifetime of the Government, according to a Fine Gael junior minister. Shane McEntee, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, has warned that the issue “won’t go away” until Fine Gael and Labour revisit the ban, introduced by the last government at the behest of the Greens last year… Speaking to The Irish Times , Mr McEntee said he would like to think “the right thing” would be done “at some stage” by permitting the Ward Union in his native Co Meath to hunt stags again…. (story)

Western Morning News 28.12.11 Prescott's folly will cost us all another £13 million - Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott did not, it is fair to say, endear himself to many people in the Westcountry during his years in Government, not least because of his class-based support for the generally despised Hunting Act. But it was his almost fanatical backing for regional government and his ultimately fruitless attempts to foist regional assemblies on the nation that is now doing the most damage. As the Western Morning News reports today, one of the supporting planks of that drive to create a regional structure in England – the regional fire control centre in Taunton – still hasn't stopped costing us all money and isn't likely to until 2027 when the lease on the mothballed building that nobody wants, finally expires… (story)

Independent 28.12.11 Hunting law must be enforced, not ignored by a few - While I agree that the law banning the hunting of wild animals with dogs should stay, I cannot agree with your reasons… It will take time for people to get used to not killing animals for fun. The present law is just one more step towards a humane society. We are still a long way off but we would get there more quickly if the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, among others, did their jobs properly and dealt with the outbreak of lawlessness that has existed since hunting was banned… Frankie James, Ringwood, Hampshire (letter)

Telegraph 28.12.11 The Hunting Act helps farmers to stop poaching - Many farmers support the Hunting Act - For me, the satisfying thing about the much-criticised Hunting Act (Leading article, December 26) is that it is being used by farmers, the very people who formed the bulk of the original opposition, to prosecute poachers and trespassers…. David Atkinson, Hillam, North Yorkshire (letter)

Guardian 28.12.11 Morris dancing beats hunting for Boxing Day fun - Jim Paice MP says the Hunting Act is "simply not working" (Lukewarm response to ministers' hunting cry, 27 December). Is he basing this on the fact that some people still purposely go out to hunt foxes, hares and deer? If so, does that mean that the Burglary Act doesn't work because people steal, or the Highways Act doesn't work because people break the speed limit?... Lawrie Payne, Dovercourt, Essex
If the hunting ban is ineffective and unworkable, why don't the hunters simply keep quiet and carry on hunting?... Dudley Turner, Westerham, Kent
Sorry, but I don't want to have post-Christmas breakfast looking at the page-four photograph of the Beaufort hunt… Gillian Dalley, London
Perhaps next year it can be arranged for a fox to be torn to pieces in the centre of Lacock, ensuring that all those jolly people can raise their glasses and witness the end of the hunt as well as the beginning. Dave Beszant, Taunton
The correspondent who wrote to say that "an infinitely more fun time was had" by hunt supporters than by Boxing Day shoppers (Letters, 27 December) has missed the point. No one doubts that people who join or follow the hunt enjoy themselves. The point is that the hunted creatures do not… Gayle Wade, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Unlike your Pulborough hunting gentleman, I turned out to support my local morris dancers…. I know which I prefer. Dave Nicholson, Windsor, Berkshire
In John Barstow's letter extolling the fun of the Boxing Day hunt, barbarism trumps consumerism. Not much of a choice! Chris Rust, Oxford (letters)
Guardian 27.12.11 As someone who turned out to support my local Boxing Day hunt (Report, 26 December), I can testify not just to the large number of supporters, but also to their cross-section… I would venture to suggest that an infinitely more fun time was had than those hordes of consumers drawn like lemmings to the shops. John Barstow, Pulborough, West Sussex (letter)

Leicester Mercury 28.12.11 The hunting ban should not be repealed - How predictable that fox hunting was in the news on Boxing Day and that Agriculture Minister Jim Paice is in favour of a repeal of the Hunting Act… It is astounding that a repeal of the hunting ban should be considered by a civilised society. Mrs Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 28.12.11 Countryside Alliance becomes tourism agency member - THE Countryside Alliance is now a member of the tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire. Membership will provide the Countryside Alliance with opportunities to be included in a wide range of benefits such as digital marketing and social networking activities, business tourism marketing and domestic and international exhibitions and a presence on the Yorkshire.com website that attracts five million visitors each year… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 28.12.11 Puppy farm plans criticised by group - RETROSPECTIVE plans to approve a dog breeding kennels near St Clears which has been running for the past five years have been criticised by an animal welfare organisation… Founder of local animal welfare group Cariad (Care And Respect Includes All Dogs), Linda Goodman criticised the application… (story)
Carmarthen Journal 28.12.11 Protesters take to the streets in puppy farming demonstration - AN ANIMAL welfare group has staged a protest through the streets of Carmarthen to highlight their concerns about puppy farmed dogs and puppies in Wales. Cariad (Care And Respect Includes All Dogs) members held a "cage roll" through the town, starting from the Pets at home store in Pensarn…. Linda Goodman of Cariad said: "The cage push through Carmarthen went down incredibly well…. (story)

OXFORD HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE CAMPAIGN
Oxford Mail 28.12.11 Animal group hired room for lobbying - AN ANIMAL welfare group was allowed to hire city council rooms to lobby councillors in the hours before plans for horse and carriage rides in the city were quashed. Animal Aid hired The Judge’s Room at the Town Hall to persuade members to halt the horse and carriage idea ahead of a full council meeting on December 19. They paid the council £186 to hire the room between noon and and 5pm… But Kevin Merry, who proposed the horse-drawn carriage scheme, said: “I do not think it is right that they profited from a lobbying group. “I also do not think it is fair. If Animal Aid were allowed a room then perhaps we should have had a room to do exactly the same. Out of decency, they should donate the money to charity.”… (story)
Oxford Mail 21.12.11 Animal rights activists back ban on carriage rides By Tom Jennings - ANIMAL rights groups yesterday praised councillors for dumping “archaic and cruel” plans to allow horse-drawn carriages in Oxford. Oxford City Council rejected the plan because of animal welfare and public safety concerns, after a strong campaign by Animal Aid and PETA…. (story)
Telegraph 19.12.11 Horse-drawn carriage plans for Oxford could be dashed by animal charity - Plans to reintroduce horse-drawn carriages to the streets of Oxford are being opposed by an animal cruelty charity because the cobbled streets would "cripple" the horses. By Donna Bowater - Campaigners from Animal Aid will voice their opposition to a proposed by-law that would allow a businessman to run a carriage service along a 30-minute route…. Animal Aid's horse consultant Dene Stansall was due to give a speech against the plans before the council today… Some 700 people signed a petition against the plan, according to the Oxford Mail, after a campaign by animal rights group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)… (story)
BBC News Online 18.12.11 Oxford horse-drawn carriage route 'would cripple animals' - Oxford city centre will get horse-drawn carriages if a by-law is passed, but an animal charity said the route would "cripple" a horse. Councillors will meet on Monday and will hear a speech from Animal Aid's horse consultant Dene Stansall against the "ill thought through" plans… (story)
Oxford Times 8.12.11 Horse-drawn carriages could return to city By Reg Little - HORSE-drawn carriages are as much a part of great historic cities as street cafes and tour guides… And now, after decades of horse- free streets, the clatter of horse hoofs could soon be heard in the centre of Oxford again. The final hurdle could be cleared if approval is given at a meeting of the full Oxford City Council on Monday, December 19…. a petition was signed by 700 people opposing the introduction of horse-drawn carriages in Oxford, after the city council embarked on a public consultation. But that was organised by the animal rights group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which had alerted its supporters across the UK. Another animal rights group, Animal Aid, is to make a last ditch bid to halt the plan. The group is writing to city councillors urging them to delay the decision until after a meeting with Animal Aid representatives…. (story)
Oxford Mail 25.8.11 700 sign petition against horse-drawn tourist carriage rides - SEVEN hundred people have signed a petition opposing the introduction of horse-drawn carriages in Oxford city centre. It has emerged the petition was organised by the animal rights group PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which alerted its supporters to a proposal to bring horses back to the city’s streets… (story)
Banbury Cake 14.7.11 Horse and carriage plan for city streets - TOURISTS could be trotting around the streets of Oxford by horse and carriage, if a fresh bid to reintroduce the nostalgic form of transport is successful.... But some businesses have already expressed fears that horses could lead to traffic jams, with congestion stretching back to East Oxford, while animal rights campaigners claim the public and horses would be put at risk.... Animal Aid director, Andrew Tyler, said: “We presented the council with a substantial dossier demonstrating that such a scheme comes with very severe animal welfare problems and a significant risk to public safety... (story)

27.12.11

Hereford Times 27.12.11 Thousands turn out for traditional Boxing Day hunts in Herefordshire - IT was a case of Tally-Ho and away we go for hunts across the county as the traditional Boxing Day meets got into full swing… Among the largest turnouts was in Ross-on-Wye where hundreds supported Ross Harriers… (story)

Oxford Mail 27.12.11 Thousands turn out for hunt meet - BIG crowds turned out as hunt fans took part in the centuries-old tradition of a Boxing Day hunt meet. In Chipping Norton, more than 6,000 people saw about 80 riders take part in the Heythrop Hunt’s meet…. (story)

Irish Independent 27.12.11 Stephen's Day hunts get bang for their bark on perfect day By Louise Roseingrave and Eimear Ni Bhraonain - BALMY weather provided the perfect conditions for St Stephen's day hunting. In Abbeyleix, there was the largest participation in the annual hunt with around 120 riders…. A ceremonial stirrup cup marked the start point of the St Stephen's Day South Union Hunt Meet at Carrigaline in Cork, where the ground was soft… (story)

Irish Times 27.12.11 Horsemen and Wren Boys follow traditional routes - THE WREN Boys and huntsmen were out in force yesterday as traditional St Stephen’s Day outings were blessed with fine weather. One of a number of hunts across the country was the South Union Hunt meet at Carrigaline… (story)

Independent 27.12.11 Boxing Day hunts draw large crowds - Participants set out on the traditional Boxing Day hunts in Lacock, Wiltshire (left) and the Beaufort Hunt at Worcester Lodge… (story)

Independent 27.12.11 Leading article: Let sleeping hounds lie - As hunts gathered all over the country for their Boxing Day meets, the agriculture minister, Jim Paice, said that the ban on hunting wild animals with dogs "simply doesn't work… The 2005 law was comprehensively misbegotten. It was Tony Blair's way of honouring a misguided promise to backbenchers representing mainly urban constituencies…. Confusion in the law is generally a bad thing. The fact that this law is, in the minister's opinion, unworkable, however, may be the best consequence of a botched job. The last thing town or country now needs is a reprise of the pro- and anti-hunt protests of six years ago. With another year to the next Boxing Day, we rather favour letting sleeping hounds lie. (story)

Express 27.12.11 RECORD 1/4M WATCH HUNTS IN BOOST FOR FIGHT TO CULL FOXES By John Ingham - RECORD numbers of supporters turned out for Boxing Day hunts yesterday as pressure grew for a repeal of the ban on fox-hunting…. At the Fitzwilliam Hunt near Peterborough, Mr Paice said: “The current law simply doesn’t work… (story)

Mail 27.12.11 Quarter of a million enjoy Boxing Day hunts... but it's not a great day out for everyone By David Wilkes - About 250,000 hunt supporters turned out for Boxing Day meets yesterday as the political debate over hunting began to rage again… (story)

Mirror 27.12.11 Boxing Day hunts attract record numbers by Greig Box-Turnbull - THERE was outrage yesterday at calls to scrap the hunting ban as 250,000 people turned out for the Boxing Day hunts…. A large crowd turned out to watch the hounds at the Heythrop Hunt in Chipping Norton, Oxon… Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hound Club had roughly 50 riders taking part in its Boxing Day hunt in Oxon… But hunt saboteur Michael Haines says he has seen the law being broken every week… (story)

Sun 27.12.11 Labour in ‘cruelty’ jibe over end of fox hunting ban - LABOUR last night hit back at a Government Minister's calls for the ban on fox hunting with dogs to be overturned…. (story)

Newcastle Journal 27.12.11 Hunting backers rallying support by Rachel Wearmouth - HUNDREDS of North East riders set out for the traditional Boxing Day meet yesterday…. In Northumberland, the Morpeth Hunt set out from Dyke Neuk while the Haydon Hunt set out in Hexham and the Border Hunt rode out further north. The Tynedale Hunt also set out from Corbridge Market Place… Michael Hedley, master of the Border Hunt, said the hunt set out from the Percy Arms in Otterburn…. Elsewhere hunts were planned by Braes of Derwent at Lanchester, County Durham, and by the South Durham Hunt at Sedgefield… (story)

Northern Echo 27.12.11 Hurworth and Bilsdale hunts hold joint gathering as Hunting Act debate continues By Mark Foster - HUNDREDS turned out to enjoy one of the great Boxing Day traditions yesterday as hunts gathered for their annual festive meet…. in Northallerton a little bit of history was made as the Hurworth and Bilsdale Hunts held a joint Yuletide gathering for the first time… In County Durham, the South Durham Hunt gathered with about 60 horses and dozens of hounds outside the Kings Arms pub, in Great Stainton, near Sedgefield… (story)

Western Daily Press 27.12.11 Boxing Day hunt popularity gives supporters fresh hope of ban repeal - The minister in charge of the ban on hunting yesterday gave the clearest indication yet that David Cameron’s Government would revisit the issue in parliament as tens of thousands of hunt supporters gathered for the traditional Boxing Day meets…. At Lacock hunt master, and local councillor, Jonathan Seed welcomed the thousands who turned out to the famously picturesque Wiltshire village for the last time, as he is stepping down as master of the Avon Vale Hunt… Photo: The Seavington Hunt parades through the streets of Crewkerne yesterday (story)

Leicester Mercury 27.12.11 Traditional Boxing Day hunts draw the crowds - Thousands of people enjoyed the traditional Boxing Day spectacle of huntsmen and hounds dashing through the countryside. It was the first time in three years that the Fernie, Quorn, Belvoir and Atherstone hunts had been able to ride out on biggest day of the hunting calendar… Yesterday also saw thousands gather in The Square, Market Bosworth, for the Atherstone Hunt, in Oakham for the Cottesmore and in Grantham for the Belvoir… (story)

York Press 27.12.11 Hundreds turn out for Boxing Day hunts By Kate Liptrot - HUNDREDS turned out for North Yorkshire’s annual traditional Boxing Day hunts yesterday. The Middleton Hunt, at Malton, gathered in the town’s market place and another group met at Driffield Showground at 11am. In Easingwold, the York and South Ainsty Hunt turned out, the Zetland Hunt in Richmondshire met in Aldborough St John and the Derwent Hunt gathered in Brompton… (story)

Witney Gazette 27.12.11 Thousands turn out for hunt meet - BIG crowds turned out as hunt fans took part in the centuries-old tradition of a Boxing Day hunt meet. In Chipping Norton, more than 6,000 people saw about 80 riders take part in the Heythrop Hunt’s meet…. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 27.12.11 Hunters bask in Boxing Day sun, watched by a crowd of 2,000 - UNSEASONABLE bright sunshine attracted a large crowd to support the 250-year-old Holderness Hunt…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 24.12.11 'Watch Boxing Day hunt and make up your own mind' - PEOPLE are being invited to join East Yorkshire's showcase hunt to make up their own minds about the hunting. Leaders of the Holderness Hunt want people to see for themselves at the festive meet at Beverley Westwood on Boxing Day… Boxing Day hunts are the Holderness, held at Beverley Westwood and the Middleton, held at Driffield Showground, both at 11am (story)

Shropshire Star 27.12.11 Spectators cheer as hunt riders trot out - Thousands of people across Shropshire and Mid Wales turned out in their droves to witness traditional Boxing Day hunts… In Newport, 3,000 people in St Mary’s Street watched as 70 horses and 27 hounds from the Albrighton Hunt headed toward Chetwynd… Stephen Bradley huntsman for the Mid Wales, David Davies Hunt, said the people of Llanidloes always turned out in force for the Boxing Day hunt. Hundreds also turned out as usual for the annual Ludlow hunt leaving from Ludlow Castle. In Shrewsbury, the North Shropshire Hunt left from the Albrighton Hall Hotel… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 27.12.11 HUNT SUPPORTERS TURN OUT IN FORCE IN CUMBRIA By Julian Whittle - BOXING Day is the red-letter day of the hunting calendar, when supporters turn out in force all over the country… There were at least two dozen followers on horseback and 100 or so on foot when the Cumberland Foxhounds met at the Snooty Fox pub in Uldale…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 27.12.11 Hunt campaigners press for lifting of ban - Hampshire campaigners have stepped up their bid to get the hunting ban scrapped, on the biggest day of the bloodsport season. Organisers of the New Forest Hounds meet spoke out against the law yesterday, after dozens of keen hunters and hundreds more spectators joined the traditional Boxing Day event…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.12.11 Hunting ban repeal optimism at meetings - Thousands of hunt supporters joined the traditional Boxing Day meetings yesterday for a day of sport which could be the last of its kind under the Hunting Act. Meetings were held across the Westcountry yesterday, including that of the East Cornwall Hunt, whose members met at the iconic Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor… The Four Burrows Hunt, which is based in Scorrier, Cornwall, had a bumper turnout to its meeting which began at a windy Carn Brea…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 27.12.11 Hunts renew call for end to ban after major show of support is right for ban to be repealed - Hunts saw some of the biggest turnouts in years yesterday aided by the exceptionally mild weather, underlining the public’s backing for the sport, supporters said… Joint Master of the Holderness Hunt William Bethell, who has been master for 20 years, said he believed they would see it happen within five years… Jenny Tomlinson-Walsh, secretary of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt which met at Wentbridge, near Pontefract, and Aberford, near Tadcaster, said they’d had an “enormous turnout”:…. (story)

News Today 27.12.11 Quarter of a million enjoy Boxing Day hunts - It is reported that around 250,000 hunt supporters turned out to support the traditional Boxing Day meets… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 27.12.11 Sunshine turns up the heat for Boxing Day hunts - HUNDREDS turned out to see the spectacle of the Boxing Day hunt at Brocklesby And South Wold Hunt in Louth… (story)

Worcester News 27.12.11 Hundreds turn out for Boxing Day hunts By Sarah Davies - THE sound of hooves clattering along high streets was welcomed back to Worcestershire’s rural towns at the annual Boxing Day meets… they were in abundance yesterday when the Worcestershire Hunt met at the Raven Hotel in Droitwich. There were about 80 huntsmen from the Croome and West Warwickshire fox hounds at the event in Broadstreet which is more than 100 years old… (story)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 27.12.11 Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley joins hunt spectators - Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley was among hundreds of spectators who gathered for an annual Boxing Day hunt in Staffordshire. The singer-songwriter was in relaxed mood as he sipped coffee. and chatted to fans at the Meynell and South Staffordshire meet at Blithfield Hall in Admaston, near Rugeley… Meanwhile more than 3,000 people watched as 70 horses and 27 hounds from the Albrighton Hunt headed off from Newport towards Chetwynd… (story)

South Wales Argus 27.12.11 Hundreds gathered for Gwent's Boxing Day hunts By Kath Skellon - MORE than 1,000 people gathered in Abergavenny town centre to see the start of the annual Monmouthshire Hunt yesterday. Riders and hounds gathered in Cross Street outside the Angel Hotel for the Boxing Day hunt, organised by the Abergavenny Hunt Committee, and a traditional event since the 1700s…. Upward of 350 people turned out to watch the Tredegar Farmers' Hunt gather at Bassaleg's Tredegar Arms prior to galloping a short distance down the A468 and off into the country…. (story)

Christian Science Monitor 27.12.11 English flout hunting ban in foxy style - Fox hunting in the English countryside remains a hotly contested issue, partially because the 2005 ban has had little impact on the widely-practiced tradition. By Mian Ridge …. As the Quorn – one of the world’s oldest hunts, established in 1696 – gathered on Dec. 26 for its annual Boxing Day Hunt at Prestwold Hall, an 18th-century estate in Leicestershire, the invincibility of the 400-year-old tradition of fox hunting, despite a ban, was never far from conversation…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 27.12.11 Minister attacks hunting act - Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has claimed that the Hunting Act “simply doesn’t work” as hundreds took part in the traditional post-Christmas meets… (story)

Western Morning News 27.12.11 Huge turn-out for Tiverton's Boxing Day meet - HUNDREDS of hunt supporters turned out to back the traditional Boxing Day meet in the heart of Tiverton… Kelvin Thomas, hunt master for Tiverton Foxhounds, said: “We have had two or three years of really bad conditions and we have struggled, but it is lovely to come in on a perfect day…. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 27.12.11 Fly-tippers warned as Hull and East Yorkshire taxpayers foot bill - TAXPAYERS' money is being wasted dealing with 11 fly-tipping dumps in East Yorkshire every day… A report earlier this year from the Countryside Alliance said fly-tipping incidents were increasing around the country because of two-weekly bin collections (story)

Western Mail 27.12.11 Badger cull dents my pride in being Welsh - I am proudly Welsh, but my pride in my country has recently taken a knocking. I was deeply concerned that the Welsh Assembly authorised a badger “cull”, but I am tentatively encouraged that the new administration has ordered a fresh independent review to look at the science behind such a decision before they make their mind up. As the science simply isn’t there to back killing badgers I sincerely hope that they will decide against “culling”. Any other decision will be a travesty… DAVE WARD, Glamorgan Badger Group
Farmers’ power - I’m concerned about the power of farmers’ unions, although I do agree with them that bovine TB is a terrible disease… I am so disappointed in Defra and also the RSPCA’s free shooting approach as a humane approach to pest control. I always thought the RSPCA were there for the welfare of animals. Badgers were here before cattle and I don’t see them as a pest… JAMES DAVIES, Port Talbot (letters)

Hull Daily Mail 27.12.11 Make going vegetarian your new year's resolution - I RECENTLY saw a letter in the People's Voice from a retiring pig farmer and an advert from a supermarket advertising meat. This, plus the non-stop promotion of meat 24/7, 365 days a year by the non-advertising BBC caused me to write to give an argument in favour of vegetarianism… It always makes me laugh when so-called experts speak frequently on radio to give advice on healthy food and always include meat. The singer Morrisey was almost right when he said "Meat is murder." (story)

26.12.11

BBC News Online 26.12.11 The fox hunting debate: For or against? Boxing Day hunts are gathering across the UK, with supporters calling for the act - which banned hunting with hounds - to be repealed… Anti-hunting campaigner Michael Haines and Tracy Casstles from the Countryside Alliance give their opposing views in a debate with the BBC's Claire Marshall (story)

Harborough Mail 27.12.11 Hunt would have spared suffering - SO a fox runs across a road (‘Police investigate illegal hunt claims’, Mail, December 15), the hunt is around, no-one sees anything (apart from hounds with mud and blood on them and a couple of 4x4s) and this results in a police investigation! Oh dear! what is the world coming too? What a waste of public money and police time… Ruth and Geoffrey Tiney, Braybrooke. (letter)
Lutterworth Mail 20.12.11 Police investigate illegal hunt claims - CLAIMS an illegal fox hunt was taking place in the Harborough district are being investigated by police. Officers are looking into a report of illegal hunting activity dating from November 26 in Shearsby where a fox was allegedly seen being harmed… (story)

Cambridge News 26.12.11 Cambridgeshire MP backs fox hunting and says ban 'does not work' - Agriculture minister Jim Paice today (Dec 26) backed fox hunting as hundreds of supporters were set toturn out for Boxing Day outings across the region… But opponents on the practice, including Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, have condemned it as “barbaric”. Among the hunts going out today are the Cambridgeshire with Enfield Chace which sets off from Eltisley, and the Thurlow, based in the village near Haverhill…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 26.12.11 Minister calls to scrap hunting ban - A GOVERNMENT minister today marked the biggest day in the hunting season by calling for the ban on the bloodsport to be scrapped. Hunting minister Jim Paice spoke out as an estimated 250,000 people prepared to attend meets staged by hunts across the UK, including the New Forest Hounds…. (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 26.12.11 East Anglia: Boxing Day hunts meet amid calls for law U-turn By Craig Robinson and Aimee Keeley - A SENIOR MP has fuelled hopes among the hunting community that an end to the controversial ban on hunting with dogs could be a step closer…. Minister of state for agriculture and food, Jim Paice, who has responsibility for hunting, has admitted legislation does not work and he would be in favour of the current law being repealed… James Buckle, of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt, which is holding a meeting at Holbecks Park in Hadleigh, welcomed Mr Paice’s comments but said he did not believe a vote on the Hunting Act should be made a priority… Lydia Freeman, joint master of the Easton Harriers Hunt, which meets today at Saxtead Mill, said: “It’s not a countryman’s law – it’s a townie’s law, introduced by a man who couldn’t tell the difference between a hare and a rabbit.”…. Simon Marriage, joint master of the Essex Hunt, which is happening at Matchfield Green near Hatfield Heath, said: “We are expecting about 2,000 spectators this year…. (story)

Press Association (Google News) 26.12.11 Minister: Hunting Act does not work - Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has claimed that the Hunting Act "simply doesn't work" as hundreds prepare for the traditional post-Christmas meets… (story)

Sun 26.12.11 Tory declares hunting ban has failed - TORY minister Jim Paice visits a pack of hounds — as he prepares to spark a new coalition row by declaring the hunting ban has failed…. Mr Paice visited a beagles kennel in a bid to push the issue to the top of the agenda… (story)

Huffington Post 26.12.11 Jim Paice, Agriculture Minister, Claims Hunting Act Has 'Failed' - The Hunting Act has "failed", according to a government minister. As thousands of people prepare to head out to Boxing Day meets Agriculture minister Jim Paice claimed the current "simply doesn't work"… (story)

BBC News Online 26.12.11 Fresh calls for hunting with dogs ban U-turn - Pro-hunting groups have called for a ban on hunting with dogs to be overturned ahead of one of the busiest days of the hunting calendar… Claire Marshall reports (story)

BBC News Online 26.12.11 Minister Jim Paice says Hunting Act is unworkable - The Hunting Act "simply doesn't work", Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has said, as hundreds of hunts gather for their traditional Boxing Day meets…. (story)

Mirror 26.12.11 Tory MP's bid to bring back fox hunting causes outrage By Jason Beattie - OUTRAGED animal lovers have condemned a Tory MP's bid to bring back hunting with dogs. Farming minister Jim Paice said the current ban makes a "mockery of the law", piling pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to give MPs a free vote on the future of fox hunting… (story)

Telegraph 26.12.11 David Cameron to ditch foxhunting U-turn - David Cameron has effectively given up hope of lifting Labour’s ban on foxhunting, Government sources have revealed. Senior figures have told the Daily Telegraph that the promised Commons vote on repealing the ban will not be held next year and is unlikely in 2013 either… Jim Paice, a Conservative minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has publicly backed today’s hunts… (story)

Telegraph 26.12.11 Hunting ban? Tally-ho! - This is the seventh Boxing Day since the ban took effect, the sport has never been more popular. Hunting ban? What hunting ban? Today, more than a quarter of a million people are expected to turn out at some 300 hunts, on what is traditionally the biggest day of the hunting calendar. Even though this is the seventh Boxing Day since the ban took effect, the sport has never been more popular….. Photo: Dogs of war: villagers in the hamlet of Oxhill cheered off the hunt; membership of the Warwickshire Hunt has doubled since the ban… (story)

Telegraph 26.12.11 Record numbers turn out for Boxing Day hunt after boost for campaign to overturn ban - Record numbers turned out to support the Boxing Day hunts as ministers called for the ban to be repealed. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Hunting with dogs was outlawed in England and Wales six years ago and in Scotland nine years ago. But on the most important day of the year for hunting, more than 300 hunts were out throughout the country… (story)

Scotsman 26.12.11 Hunting ban repeal is ‘lowest priority’ - A VOTE to repeal the Hunting Act should not be a top animal welfare priority for the coalition government, according to a new poll. The UK government should instead work to tackle irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs, a study conducted on behalf of the charity League Against Cruel Sports found… (story)

The Herald, Scotland 26.12.11 Tally-ho! Record numbers out for Boxing Day hunts - A RECORD number of people are expected to take part in today's traditional Boxing Day hunts, nine of which will be in Scotland… Ross Montague, director of Scottish Countryside Alliance, told The Herald he had seen a recent growth in hunting in Scotland, with new huntsmen taking part and hunts ranging over wider areas. In all, there are nine registered hunts in Scotland, with around 300-400 riders and hundreds more followers. "I think especially in the Borders and possibly Lanark and Renfrewshire, they've all got new huntsmen on board and they're getting more people involved and more people out following," said Mr Montague. He said he thought the rise could be ascribed to huntsmen retiring and younger people coming on board and spreading the word…”(story)

Sky 26.12.11 Hunting Act Doesn't Work, Says Minister - As more than a quarter of a million people join 300 hunts across the UK today, the agriculture minister claims the act governing the sport "doesn't work"… (story)

Express 26.12.11 MINISTER: HUNTING ACT DOES NOT WORK - Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has claimed that the Hunting Act "simply doesn't work" as hundreds prepare for the traditional post-Christmas meets… Photo: The Boxing Day Beaufort hunt meets at Worcester Lodge in Gloucestershire (story)

Mail 26.12.11 Quarter of a million turn out to watch Boxing Day hunts as minister calls for ban to end By Daniel Martin and Katie Silver - David Cameron has been challenged to bring forward legislation to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs – by the minister in charge of the sport…. Photos: Debate over repeal: Arguments have been raised for reversing the hunting ban, on the day the century old Ledbury Hunt holds it's traditional Boxing Day meet - The Boxing Day Atherstone Hunt rides through Main Street in Market Bosworth,… Hunters Jonathon Seed, Joint Master and Huntsman with the Avon Vale Hunt, toasts hunt supporters in Lacock, England Richard Parrott leads the Meynall and South Staffordshire Hunt at Blithfield Hall, near Rugeley - The Boxing Day Beaufort hunt meets at Worcester Lodge, Gloucestershire… (story)

Evening Standard 26.12.11 Minister: Hunting Act does not work - Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has claimed that the Hunting Act "simply doesn't work" as hundreds prepare for the traditional post-Christmas meets…. (story)

Independent 26.12.11 Ministers call for free vote on repeal of fox hunting ban - As thousands turn out for Boxing Day hunts, supporters say the law is unenforceable - The Agriculture minister, Jim Paice, has claimed the Hunting Act is not working – renewing pressure on David Cameron to schedule a free Commons vote on repealing the ban, as supporters prepared to turn out at 300 hunts across Britain today…. His fellow Defra minister, Richard Benyon, the Conservative MP for Newbury in Berkshire, said: "I have been and remain a supporter of hunting…. (story)

Guardian 26.12.11 Boxing Day hunts whip up mission to repeal ban - Anti-hunt lobby fights on with help of Twitter trail as hunt supporters ridicule current law as a 'pantomime' - Martin Wainwright - More than 300 hunts will take to the field on Boxing Day, buoyed up by a renewed commitment from within the government to hold a free vote on repealing the seven-year-old ban on hunting with dogs…. The junior environment minister, Jim Paice, has visited the Fitzwilliam Hunt kennels, near Peterborough, to reaffirm the pledge … Only one hunt, the Aldenham Harriers, has disbanded in the past year but supposedly due to creeping urbanisation in its area, Hertfordshire, rather than due to members' disillusion with the constraints of hunting laid scent trails… . Clashes occur regularly across Britain. One recent incident included a day-long "human wall" which stopped the York and Ainsty South hunt digging out a fox that had gone to ground. Five saboteurs were accused of trespassing to disrupt a lawful activity but charges were dropped on the day they were to appear before magistrates. There were also violent confrontations at a meet this month of the Southdown and Eridge hunt near Shoreham, West Sussex, when 50 saboteurs arrived to monitor the event… (story)

Guardian 26.12.11 David Cameron under pressure over hunting ban - PM urged to take steps to overturn the hunting ban with two government ministers breaking party ranks to call for action - Allegra Stratton, political correspondent - New pressure for the prime minister to take steps to overturn the Labour government's hunting ban returned this Christmas with two government ministers breaking ranks to call for action on the issue ahead of the Boxing Day hunt. Agriculture minister Jim Paice, the Tory MP for South East Cambridgeshire, who has ministerial responsibility for overseeing the ban on hunting with dogs, told the Sunday Times that the current system "isn't working" and was making a "mockery" of the law … He received support from Richard Benyon, a fellow Defra minister and Tory MP for Newbury in Berkshire… (story)

Guardian 26.12.11 Boxing Day hunts – gallery - Images from around the country as hunters prepared for the Boxing Day hunts (story)

Guardian 26.12.11 Fox-hunting ban: call for repeal gets lukewarm response - Boxing day meets attract record numbers, but Countryside Alliance plays down urgency of vote to repeal ban - Riazat Butt - A pro-hunting group played down ministerial calls for a free vote on repealing the foxhunting ban to be held soon as record numbers turned out across Britain for Boxing Day meets . The Countryside Alliance – which claims support for hunting is stronger since the ban took effect – said it was "sensible" and "grown up" for the government to prioritise the economy over the controversial legislation…. The League Against Cruel Sports published a poll of 2,126 people suggesting that a repeal would be deeply unpopular with the wider public…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 26.12.11 Minister backs hunting and says Act banning it does not work - Agriculture Minister Jim Paice declared the Hunting Act “simply doesn’t work” as hundreds prepared for the traditional post-Christmas meets…A vote to repeal the Hunting Act should not be a top animal welfare priority for the coalition Government, according to a poll. The Government should instead work to tackle irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs, a study for the League Against Cruel Sports found… (story)

Yorkshire Post 26.12.11 Hunts renew call for end to ban after major show of support is right for ban to be repealed - Hunts saw some of the biggest turnouts in years yesterday aided by the exceptionally mild weather, underlining the public’s backing for the sport, supporters said. More than 2,000 people turned out on Beverley Westwood to see 70 riders gather for their traditional Boxing Day meet…. Joint Master of the Holderness Hunt William Bethell, who has been master for 20 years, said he believed they would see it happen within five years, but not immediately as the Government, as he put it, “had more important fish to fry”…. Jenny Tomlinson-Walsh, secretary of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt which met at Wentbridge, near Pontefract, and Aberford, near Tadcaster, said they’d had an “enormous turnout”… (story)

Westmorland Gazette 26.12.11 Lune Valley hunt off to a Boxing Day gallop for first time in three years By Allan Tunningley - HUNDREDS of supporters turned out today to wave off the Vale of Lune hunt at Tewitfield - the first time in three years that the Boxing Day meet has been able to go ahead… (story)

Eastern Daily Press 26.12.11 Norfolk MP calls for review of Hunting Ban, as thousands attend Boxing Day meets. Chris Bishop, Donna-Louise Bishop And Dominic Bareham - Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman is calling for a special parliamentary committee to review the 2004 Hunting Act. Speaking before the West Norfolk Foxhounds set off from Fakenham racecourse this morning, Mr Freeman said hunting was “enmeshed” in the history of Norfolk… At Wymondham, the Dunston Harriers were claiming a record attendance…. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 26.12.11 Norfolk MP says fox hunting ban has had “damaging impact” on countryside - A Norfolk MP is calling for a parliamentary committee to set up, to review the impact of the fox hunting ban on the countryside. Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman’s comments came as Britain’s biggest animal welfare group said the ban and subsequent enforcement have been increasingly successful when it comes to combating cruelty in the countryside, pointing to an increase in successful prosecutions. As members of the West Norfolk Hunt and their followers gather at Fakenham Racecourse today, Mr Freeman said: “The annual Boxing Day meets are part of our national heritage… Along with the West Norfolk, the North Norfolk Harriers will be meeting at Sennowe Park today, the Waveney Harriers at Bungay and the Dunston Harriers at Wymondham…. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 26.12.11 PHOTO GALLERY: Boxing Day hunt at Bungay By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter- Thousands of people turned out this morning to greet horses, hounds and hunt staff, at this years annual Boxing Day hunt in Bungay. The Waveney Harriers paraded through the town, beginning at Clay’s car park on Chaucer Street before moving on to Earsham Street and Market Place… (story)

Norwich Evening News 26.12.11 Supporters turn out in force for annual Wymondham Hunt - A crowd nearly 1,000 strong packed into Wymondham Market Place this morning to see off the traditional Boxing Day hunt. Organisers the Dunston Harriers believed the crowd could have been a record turnout… (story)

Newbury Weekly News 26.12.11 Crowds turn out for Boxing Day hunt By John Garvey, Reporter - Tradition is thriving, despite ban on fox hunting - THE TRADITIONAL Boxing Day outing of the Vine and Craven hunt proved a popular spectacle today… (story)

Newbury Weekly News 26.12.11 Boxing Day Hunt to set off today (Monday) - Supporters of the hunt in Lambourn will be cracking open the bottles of port later this morning - THE annual Boxing Day Vine and Craven Hunt is set to take place this morning (Monday), with supporters gathering in Lambourn shortly after 11am… (story)

Western Mail 26.12.11 Hundreds turn out for Cowbridge Boxing Day hunt (pictures) - Men, women and children lined the town’s High Street to watch members of the Glamorgan Hunt set off for the surrounding countryside, seven years after the ban on hunting with dogs. The crowds in the Vale of Glamorgan were among an estimated 250,000 people expected to turn out to watch 300 hunts across the UK… (story)

Sentinel 26.12.11 Hundreds to attend hunt - A TRADITIONAL Boxing Day hunt was due to take place today. Hundreds of people were expected at the North Staffordshire Hunt at Woore… (story)

Berwickshire News 26.12.11 Grouse shooting season one of best ever - THE sound of gunshot and the dull thud of plummeting birds on the Lammermuir Hills has been replaced by the cheers of the shooting industry and rural tourism groups celebrating one of the most successful grouse shooting seasons in living memory…. (story)

Independent 26.12.11 Threats, car chases and arson: how the hare coursing ban is flouted - A battle is raging between criminal gangs and landowner farmers - JONATHAN BROWN - Despite the imposition of the Hunting Act seven years ago and the banning of historic hare coursing events such as the Waterloo Cup, the illicit pursuit of the iconic Lepus europaeus continues apace in the British countryside. After an initial decline, farmers say that the number of incidents has now returned to pre-ban levels and they are "under siege" from violent gangs committing the UK's number one wildlife crime… (story)

Matlock Mercury 26.12.11 Badger cull is criticised - The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has condemned the Government’s decision to press ahead with a cull of badgers in pilot areas in England… (story)

24.12.11

Oxford Mail 24.12.11 Hunts gather to uphold tradition By Sam McGregor - SIX years after fox hunting was banned, Oxfordshire’s hunts will be stage traditional Boxing Day meets….. Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hound Club will meet at 11am in the field opposite Winslow Hall, east of Bicester, at 11am, on Boxing Day…. Kimblewick Hunt, previously 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. And Chipping Norton’s Market Place will once again play host to up to about 60 riders from the Heythrop Hunt… Local anti-hunt campaigner Penny Little declined to comment (story)

Western Daily Press 24.12.11 Fresh energy to beat the ban at Boxing Day hunts in Somerset - Tens of thousands of people will gather for the annual Boxing Day hunt on Monday, with the ban on hunting and the row over its repeal set to be thrust back into the political spotlight in the new year… Louise Robertson, from the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It is blatantly obvious that the Coalition Government has kicked this issue into the long grass and any talk of repeal being imminent is nothing more than bluster… Hunts will gather on Boxing Day in Lacock in Wiltshire and Didmarton, Thornbury, Andoversford and Longhope in Gloucestershire. There are meets in the centre of Chepstow and in Somerset at Castle Cary, Priddy, Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster. In Herefordshire, the hunts are meeting in the centre of Kington, Hereford and Bromyard, and in Dorset there are meets at Beaminster and Dorchester. Somerset anti-hunt monitor Graham Forsyth said some hunts have not informed anyone of their meets, and pledged that demonstrations will take place by anti-hunt protestors (story)

23.12.11

Northampton Evening Telegraph 23.12.11 Boxing Day events will be a knockout - Revellers will be out in force to take part in Boxing Day festivities around the county on Monday. Events including the Geddington Squirt and the Woodland Pytchley Hunt will take place as normal, with people set to flock from far and wide to watch… (story)

Scarborough Evening News 23.12.11 Boxing Day fun - FINAL preparations are being put in place for Scarborough’s traditional Boxing Day celebrations… Other events happening on Boxing Day include the traditional hunts. The Derwent Hunt starts outside the Manor House in Brompton by Sawdon at 11am. The Middleton Hunt also starts at 11am in Malton market square. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 23.12.11 Greyhound racing is a cruel sport - I am writing in response to your article and beautiful photo, “Search for ‘angels’ to adopt dogs”, December 20, 2011… Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane… Caryn Wood Board of Directors GREY2K USA (letter)

Oxford Mail 23.12.11 Waging war on wildlife - THE announcement by the Government that culling of our badger population will commence next summer is a declaration of war on our wildlife. Badger, deer and other creatures have contracted TB from cattle as a consequence of the inhumane and cruel practices of dairy farmers… PETER LANGLEY, Windmill Road, Headington, Oxford (letter)

Wiltshire Times 23.12.11 Turkey is off menu for Dilton Marsh woman By Will Frampton - Vegan Amanda Griffiths is urging fellow residents of Dilton Marsh to have a compassionate Christmas this year and leave turkey off the menu… On Christmas Day, Ms Griffiths, who runs Frome Wholefoods, will be eating home-made mushroom pie… Charity Animal Aid has produced a free glossy booklet – The Compass-ionate Christmas Guide – showing how easy it can be to celebrate with a vegan Christmas… (story)

ANIMAL AID CHRISTMAS LETTER
Wiltshire Times 23.12.11 Animal-free Christmas - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 6.12.11 Spare a thought for the turkeys - Animal Aid asks that you spare a thought for turkeys, for which Christmas is a time of suffering. Spare a life and choose a meat-free feast this year… KELLY SLADE Animal Aid (letter)

BBC News Online 23.12.11 Bernard Matthews faces court action over bugging claim - A Norfolk animal rights campaigner is taking turkey producer Bernard Matthews to court claiming she was harassed and intimidated by the company. Wendy Valentine of Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Frettenham, also claims her car was "bugged" by security firm RDW, which was working for the firm…. (story)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 23.12.11 Export animals to get a Christmas reprieve - HUNDREDS of calves and lambs could be spared a Christmas spent crammed inside trucks as live animals exports from Ramsgate are called off until the new year…. Ian Birchall, from Kent Against Live Animals Exports (KAALE), said he had been told the information from a confidential source within the industry, said: "These really are tidings of great joy… Ian Driver, founder of Thanet Against Live Exports (TALE), has been involved with the campaign since June 2011. He said: "It's really encouraging that almost one million people across Europe have signed the petition and shows how strongly people feel about the issue. (story)

22.12.11

Salisbury Journal 22.12.11 New Forest Hounds raise funds for air ambulance By Morwenna Blake - THE air ambulance in Hampshire has been given a funding boost thanks to the New Forest Hounds. AT the start of the group’s children’s meet, held at the Sir Walter Tyrell pub on December 21, the hunt presented a cheque for £1,100 to the air ambulance…. (story)

Salisbury Journal 22.12.11 Controlled badger culling set to go ahead By Anne Connon - IT has finally been announced that a badger cull is to go ahead in two areas of England next year. Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman said “controlled culling will be carried out as part of a science-led and carefully managed badger control policy”…. (story)

Western Morning News 22.12.11 Cull could kill third of UK's badgers - A widespread adoption of the Government's plans for a badger cull to cut down on bovine TB could lead to up to a third of the country's population of the animal being shot, an expert has warned. The news was greeted with dismay by badger groups in the Westcountry who have branded the cull "a waste of time"…. (story)

West Briton 22.12.11 Trust calls for vaccination not cull - WHILE many in the farming community have welcomed news of a badger cull, the project is seen as the wrong move in some quarters. Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) recognises the importance of the issue to farmers but does not feel that a badger cull is the right solution… (story)

Leatherhead Advertiser 22.12.11 Charity condemns badger cull policy - A WILDLIFE charity has criticised the Government over its decision to cull badgers. The Wildlife Aid Foundation, in Leatherhead, has pledged to mobilise thousands of supporters against the implementation of a policy designed to control Bovine TB… (story)

Mirror 22.12.11 Animal campaigner claims car was bugged by Bernard Matthews - Bernard Matthews allegedly hired a private detective to put a tracker on the car of a charity chief who exposed cruelty at one of his farms. It is said to have paid experts to carry out the surveillance on Hillside Animal Sanctuary founder Wendy Valentine…. (story)
Mail 22.12.11 Bernard Matthews bugged my car, claims animal welfare campaigner By Keith Gladdis - An animal welfare campaigner has accused turkey farmer Bernard Matthews of using private detectives to spy on her by putting a tracking device on her car. Wendy Valentine runs the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich and has campaigned against factory farming practices for more than 15 years. Investigators from her sanctuary secretly filmed Bernard Matthews staff appearing to play ‘bat and ball’ with live turkeys in one of its farms in 2006… (story)

21.12.11

Carmarthen Journal 21.12.11 Boxing Day Hunt switches venue -THE Carmarthenshire Hunt is to move its Boxing Day venue after more than 50 years in a village near Carmarthen. The traditional Boxing Day hunt has met in Meidrim for many years but has now moved to Cross Hands. The hunt will meet at the Cross Hands Hotel in Llandeilo Road from 10.30am… (story)

Shropshire Star 21.12.11 Hounds in Newport housing estate rampage - Thirty hounds went rampaging along the A41 and a Newport housing estate after a huntsman lost control of the dogs. Organisers from the North Shropshire Hunt said they were at a loss as to why the hounds ran off on Saturday… Andy Wheals, who was leading the hunt, said: “I would like to profoundly apologise to any residents and anyone driving along the A41. I’m just so pleased that neither a person nor a dog was hurt… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 21.12.11 Pregnant deer dies in agony as poachers make Xmas black market killing By Patrice Dougan - A pregnant doe has been found shot dead by poachers on a Northern Ireland estate. The killing of the deer has shocked staff on the Drumbanagher Estate outside the village of Poyntzpass,Co Armagh…. In 2009 the Countryside Alliance reported that deer poaching had reached epidemic levels in some parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic… (story)

Mansfield Chad 21.12.11 Most Nottinghamshire school dinners locally sourced - Around three quarters of food on the plate of an average school dinner in Nottinghamshire is now locally supplied. These figures are a contrast to the Countryside Alliance Foundation’s findings that just 60 out of 172 local authorities (35 per cent) asked know the origin of their school food… (story)

Malton Gazette & Herald 21.12.11 Gang found guilty of barbaric badger attack By David Jeffels and Karen Darley - Updated: PRAISE has been given to those involved in bringing a gang of badger-baiters to justice in what has been described as one of the most horrific cases of animal cruelty seen in Ryedale…. Judge Christina Harrison said wildlife artist Robert Fuller, who gave evidence during the trial, had been particularly courageous in taking the photographs secretly before he was spotted by the men on land at Paradise Farm, Howsham, near Malton, last January… (story)

CIWF GOOD FARM ANIMAL WELFARE AWARDS
South Wales Evening Post 21.12.11 Uni's a good egg, say animal ethics group - SWANSEA University has been presented with a Good Farm Animal Welfare Award for its work to help improve the welfare of farm animals…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 6.12.11 Animal charity's award for 'good egg' city council - AN animal welfare charity has declared Plymouth City Council a "good egg". The authority has been singled out by the Compassion in World Farming charity for using only ethical eggs in its catering departments… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 5.12.11 University's free-range egg policy wins welfare award - A NOTTINGHAM university is a winner in the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards… The awards, run by Compassion in World Farming, recognise companies that are committed to implementing substantial changes and for making progress in their sourcing of meat, eggs and dairy products (story)
Torquay Herald Express 2.12.11 'Good Egg' council poaches top award - TORBAY Council has been awarded a Good Egg Award in the Compassion in World Farming’s 2011 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards… TV chef, Allegra McEvedy MBE and Jenny Jones, the Green Assembly Member and former chair of London Food presented the awards in three categories – Good Egg, Good Chicken and Good Dairy… (story)

Leicester Mercury 21.12.11 Is this right way to spend tsunami aid? - As the year ends, the events of 2011 will be recalled. One of the most horrifying and disastrous was the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March…It has been revealed that environmental activists have been so successful in blocking the Japanese whale hunt that the Japanese Government is using 30 million dollars from the tsunami relief fund to pay for a private security force to protect the whaling fleet… Mrs Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (story)

20.12.11

Horse & Hound 20.12.11 More foxes being killed in Scotland than before the ban - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Ten years after the ban on hunting came into force in Scotland, the man behind the legislation has called on police to enforce the law. Lord Watson, who, as Mike Watson MSP, introduced the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (Scotland) 2002, was speaking after a Scottish newspaper reported that more foxes are being killed now than before the ban… Duke of Buccleuch’s huntsman Trevor Adams told H&H that Lord Watson’s comments were misguided…. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 4.12.11 Lord Watson calls for police to probe fox hunts By Peter Ross - THE architect of the ban on fox hunting in Scotland has urged police to ensure the law is being enforced after it emerged that as many foxes may be being killed by hounds as before the change in legislation…. Lord Watson, who as Mike Watson MSP introduced the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (Scotland) 2002, said: “I’d be very unhappy if that’s the case, and that is a matter for police to pursue… According to Trevor Adams, huntsman with the Buccleuch Hunt, Scotland’s largest fox hunt, up to three times the number of foxes are being killed by the Buccleuch Hunt as before the change in law,… (story)

Solihull News 20.12.11 Wildlife Trust hits out as Caroline Spelman backs badger cull - AN animal charity has slammed badger cull trials approved by local MP Caroline Spelman as vicious and counter-productive…. (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 20.12.11 Seven guilty over badger deaths - Six men and a teenager will be sentenced next month after killing two badgers with dogs in what police described as “acts of unbridled savagery”… Alan Alexander, 32, from York, Richard Simpson, 37, from York, Paul Tindall, 31, from York, William Anderson, 26, from Pickering, and a 17-year-old youth, from York, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were all found guilty at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court of wilfully killing a badger, hunting a mammal with dogs, digging for badgers and interfering with a badger sett…. Commenting on the verdicts, Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports, said: “This is cruelty in the most despicable form and guilty verdicts were the only reasonable outcome…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.12.11 Police appeal for information after animal lovers see evil animal cruelty By Steve Wright » - Two distraught animal lovers, who saw a dog ripping at the throat of a badger when they stumbled upon illegal baiting, have urged the public to reveal the men responsible. Plucky Gemma Baldwin chased after the three evil badger baiters when she caught them in the act, while her friend, Zoe Atkinson, alerted the police…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 20.12.11 Lincoln residents urged to give turkey a miss this Christmas - A group of Lincoln residents are urging everyone to consider leaving turkey off the menu this Christmas. Rachael Burnett, Marcus Dredge and Ruth Sanderson say there are many widely available alternatives, while Animal Aid has produced a free glossy booklet showing just how easy it is to celebrate a compassionate Christmas….(story)

19.12.11

LACS ADMONISHED BY CHARITY COMMISSION
Civil Society 19.12.11 League Against Cruel Sports accused of acting outside its charitable objects - Vibeka Mair - The Charity Commission has raised concerns with the League Against Cruel Sports, following a complaint made relating to a blog on the charity’s website which threatened to target corporate sponsors of the West Vale Somerset Hunt…. (story)
Horse & Hound 17.12.11 League Against Cruel Sports criticised over its tactics - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has been admonished by the Charity Commission for what the Hunting Office termed “a campaign of intimidation of... the West Somerset Vale hunt”…. (story)
Western Morning News 5.12.11 Hunt group: League Against Cruel Sports acted outside remit - The League Against Cruel Sports is to be "spoken to" by the Charities Commission for lobbying a top London company about its apparent sponsorship of a Westcountry hunt, after one of its members assaulted a League monitor. Pro-hunt campaigners claim that asking a FTSE 250 company about its sponsorship of an event staged by the West Somerset Vale foxhunt went outside the remit of a charity… (story)
Western Daily Press 3.12.11 Top city firm dragged into new hunt storm - The League Against Cruel Sports will be 'spoken to' by the Charities Commission for lobbying a top London company about its apparent sponsorship of a West hunt, after one of its members assaulted a League monitor. Pro-hunt campaigners claimed that asking a FTSE 250 company about their sponsorship of an event staged by the West Somerset Vale foxhunt went outside the remit of a charity… After the conviction, the League approached a FTSE250 company, which it has declined to name, asking whether, in the light of the conviction, they wanted to continue their apparent sponsorship of the WSV's annual show. The League said the company responded within 24 hours to say they had never given permission for their name to be used, and had written to the hunt asking not to be associated with them. Then, the Cirencester-based Campaign for Foxhunting stepped in, and complained to the Charities Commission that, in lobbying the company, the League Against Cruel Sports had stepped outside the 'stated objects of the charity'…. (story)

Birmingham Post 19.12.11 Wolverhampton-born lawyer to represent Occupy London protesters in court - A Wolverhampton-born lawyer is set to represent the Occupy London protesters who have led a demonstration outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Criminal and human rights lawyer John Cooper QC has been representing the protesters, on a pro bono basis, for two months, since they began their controversial occupation outside the cathedral… Wolves fan Mr Cooper, who is also chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports, says his Black Country upbringing has served him well in his high-flying legal career… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ON POST OFFICE CUTS
Parcel2Go 19.12.11 Small firms concerned over Post Office Locals plan - Concerns have been raised over plans by the Post Office to replace hundreds of its branches with alternative sites known as Post Office Locals…. Pressure group The Countryside Alliance has also voiced its concerns about the plans and the availability of "limited counter services" in rural areas… Written by Adam Morgan (story)
Wells Journal 15.12.11 Counter service plan threatens post offices - Dozens of rural post offices in the South West could be replaced with limited counter services in garages and shops under government plans to downgrade a fifth of the branch network…. (story)
Western Morning News 13.12.11 More cuts for our Post Office network in Devon and Cornwall - Dozens of rural post offices in the Westcountry could be replaced with limited counter services in garages and shops under Government plans to downgrade a fifth of the branch network in a move which has dismayed campaigners… Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "This is essentially a downgrading of the postal services offered to local communities… (story)
Western Daily Press 13.12.11 Could your local post office be moving to a garage? - Dozens of rural post offices in the South West could be replaced with limited counter services in garages and shops under government plans to downgrade a fifth of the branch network in a move which has dismayed campaigners… Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “This is essentially a downgrading of the postal services offered to local communities…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 13.12.11 Rural fears as post offices downgraded - RURAL areas will be hardest hit by a “downgrading” of 2,000 post offices, the Government has been warned…. the Countryside Alliance has warned that the change amounts to a “downgrading of postal services” offered to local communities and will hit remote areas hardest… (story)
NewsWales 12.12.11 Rural communities will suffer if POs are closed, says Countryside Alliance - The Countryside Alliance said today that isolated rural communities will suffer most from Post Office closures. Alice Barnard, the Alliances chief executive urged the Government to ensure the long term future of the Post Office network. Responding to the news today that up to 2,000 rural post offices will close from next summer to be converted into 'PO Locals' with limited counter services; AliceBarnard said:"This is essentially a downgrading of the postal services offered to local communities… (story)

Plymouth Herald 19.12.11 Badger cull plan raises issue of policing costs - CASH-STRAPPED Devon and Cornwall police face being saddled with a multi-million pound bill to keep the peace if a badger cull goes ahead in the county… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 19.12.11 'Don't allow badger cull' - WILDLIFE experts in Gloucestershire are urging people to write to their MPs to stop the badger cull… Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust said culling the animals is not the answer. The trust was the first non-governmental organisation use the injectable BadgerBCG vaccine… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 19.12.11 ‘Regret’ over plans to kill off badgers By Jim Durkin - DORSET Wildlife Trust bosses have reacted with “disappointment and regret” at Whitehall’s decision to forge ahead with a trial badger cull programme… Dorset Wildlife Trust chief executive Simon Cripps said: “We are very keen to see the eradication of bovine TB but this is not the answer…. (story)

Southport Visiter 19.12.11 Enjoy a vegetarian Christmas dinner by Jade Wright, Midweek Visiter - MESEYSIDER Niki O’Leary is urging Sefton residents to have a compassionate Christmas this year and leave turkey off the menu… Animal Aid has produced a free glossy booklet showing just how easy it is to celebrate a compassionate Christmas… (story)

VIVA! PROTESTS AT SALE OF REINDEER MEAT
Daily Mail 19.12.11 Fury as Harvey Nichols sell tinned Reindeer meat as Christmas delicacy (but that's not stopped it selling out) By Rob Cooper - Harvey Nichols was today slammed by activists for selling reindeer pate as a Christmas delicacy…. Activists Vegetarians International Voice for Animals today urged Harvey Nichols to ban the product….. (story)
Metro 16.12.11 Tinned reindeer at Harvey Nichols slammed - Activists have said that reindeer pate, sold as a festive indulgence by Harvey Nichols, exploits wild animals… Vegetarians International Voice for Animals has written a letter to the store, saying that farming reindeer is unethical, and was likely to cause 'huge amounts of stress' to the animals, which are usually roam free…. (story)
Mail 16.12.11 Fury as Harvey Nichols sell tinned Reindeer meat as Christmas delicacy By Rob Cooper - Harvey Nichols were today slammed by activists for selling reindeer pate as a Christmas delicacy… (story)
Sun 16.12.11 Tinned reindeer for sale at posh store Harvey Nichols By DAN SALES - POSH shop Harvey Nichols has been blasted for selling REINDEER pâté as a Christmas treat… animal rights group Viva! accused the department store of trying to make a quick buck. Campaigns manager Justin Kerswell said: "Harvey Nichols may be mostly full of festive cheer, but that doesn't extend to Santa's traditional animal helpers… (story)

POLICE INFILTRATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Guardian 19.12.11 Former lovers of undercover policemen appear to stand good chance of winning - Over the weekend came news which may unsettle police chiefs during their festive breaks. Eight women announced that they have started legal action against police chiefs… The women appear to be a strong position. It seems probable that the case will never actually go to court… (story)
Guardian 16.12.11 Undercover police officers' lies wrecked lives, say women they duped - Legal action lays bare the heartbreaking stories of women who had relationships with men who were not all they seemed - Paul Lewis and Rob Evans - Police spy Mark Kennedy traces his downfall to a startling discovery by his then girlfriend. In the summer of last year, they were abroad on holiday together when she came across his real passport in the glove compartment of his van, he has said…. Eight women who say they unwittingly formed intimate long-term relationships with undercover policemen for up to nine years have started legal action against police chiefs. Their planned lawsuit highlights heartbreaking stories of women who fell in love with men they believed could have been their soulmates…. (story)
Guardian 16.12.11 Former lovers of undercover officers sue police over deceit - Women launch legal action claiming they suffered emotional trauma after being deceived into forming relationships - Rob Evans and Paul Lewis - Eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term loving relationships with undercover policemen have started legal action against police chiefs, alleging that they have suffered intense emotional trauma and pain… (story)
Guardian 24.10.11 Police spy tricked lover with activist 'cover story' - Bob Lambert used false identity in 1980s to infiltrate protest movements while working for Metropolitan police special branch - Paul Lewis and Rob Evans - A former police spymaster who spent years living deep undercover in the protest movement has confessed he tricked an innocent woman into having a long-term relationship with him… Lambert said his undercover role in the 1980s was part of a secret infiltration of the Animal Liberation Front, which was involved in a fire-bombing campaign at the time… (story)
Guardian 24.10.11 Undercover police: how 'romantic, attentive' impostor betrayed activist - I feel angry and violated, says woman apparently used as cover by officer who was trying to infiltrate Animal Liberation Front - Rob Evans and Paul Lewis - They met by chance one night at a party in Tottenham, north London. The man she would come to know as Bob Robinson was standing on his own… Bob Lambert today admits he was an undercover police officer who had created the fictional persona of Bob Robinson to spy on political activists…. His aim was to penetrate the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), which he says was "then engaged in incendiary device and explosive device campaigns against targets in the vivisection, meat and fur trades"… In the summer of 1987, Lambert had been undercover for three years and had worked his way into the inner recesses of the animal rights movement… The Old Bailey heard how police raided a flat in Tottenham and found two activists sitting at a table covered with dismantled alarm clocks, bulbs and electrical equipment for making four more firebombs. The prosecution told the court that Andrew Clarke, then 25, and Geoff Shepherd, then 31, were wearing gloves to conceal their fingerprints… (story)
Mail 24.10.11 I tricked innocent woman into sleeping with me to boost my cover story: Confession of police spymaster who spent years undercover with green activists By Rob Cooper - A police spy-master who led a network of undercover officers tricked an innocent woman into having an 18-month relationship with him to apparently bolster his cover story… (story)
Guardian 22.10.11 Second undercover officer accused of misleading court - Bob Lambert, who ran a network of police spies in the protest movement, suspected of having been prosecuted under his alias - Rob Evans and Paul Lewis - Scotland Yard says it is reviewing the case of a second undercoverpolice officer who stands accused of using a false identity in a criminal trial after being sent to infiltrate protest groups. Bob Lambert, who ran a network of police spies in the protest movement after living deep undercover himself, is suspected of having been prosecuted for distributing animal rights leaflets under his alias… Lambert assumed the fake persona of "Bob Robinson" to penetrate animal rights and green campaigns for four years in the 1980s…. (story)

18.12.11

Observer 18.12.11 One law for townies and one for country folk - People who hunt should not be immune to the legal system - Barbara Ellen - When an elderly cat called Moppet was set upon and killed by the hounds of the joint Staintondale and Goathland hunts in North Yorkshire, it was a surprise to hear that it was her own fault… the bizarre ongoing deference to The Countryside, this acceptance of the widespread flouting of a law of the land, must stop… (story)

Observer 18.12.11 Deer stalkers attack 'immoral cull' carried out by bounty hunters - Contracted freelancers blinding deer with spotlights and shooting indiscriminately at night, according to Highlands professionals - Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent - Gamekeepers have attacked the steep increase in the "immoral" culling of deer at night by stalkers who get paid a "bounty" for every deer they shoot… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 18.12.11 The Duchess of Cambridge lays down her gun for the sake of a quiet Christmas By Richard Eden - Since Kate Middleton began her relationship with Prince William, she has devoted herself to learning to shoot with the same dedication that she has shown to all of his interests. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Sandringham for their first Christmas with the Royal family as a married couple, she will, however, lay down her gun. “The Palace is very concerned to avoid any controversy,” says a courtier. “They do not want pictures of Catherine shooting to cause the same sort of complaints that we have had in recent years.”… (story)
Express 18.12.11 KATE MIDDLETON'S NO FOOL WITH A GUN By Adam Helliker - CERTAIN commentators have remarked, rather sniffily, that as a middle-class girl, Kate Middleton had to work hard to assimilate some of the Royal Family's sporting pastimes, such as shooting, fishing and stalking… it is whispered among royal gamekeepers (for fear of upsetting Prince William’s ego) that she is as good with a 12 bore as her husband…. (story)

Star 18.12.11 GOVERNMENT GO-AHEAD FOR BADGER PLAN By Sally Bercow - BAD news for badgers. The Government has given the go-ahead for them to be slaughtered in two areas of England next year, in a bid to protect cattle from tuberculosis… (story)

Observer 18.12.11 Fortnum and Mason faces celebrity battle over its sale of 'cruel' foie gras - Roger Moore is among stars joining the calls to bar the delicacy from luxury store's shelves - Jamie Doward and Jemima Owen - One of the country's most celebrated food stores has found itself pitted against a vocal coalition of animal rights protesters and celebrities over its sale of foie gras. Fortnum & Mason, the world-famous emporium on London's Piccadilly, now has a PR battle on its hands as the likes of Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Bill Oddie and Sir Roger Moore back a campaign calling for the shop to stop selling the highly prized but controversial gourmet food… (story)

17.12.11

Leicester Mercury 17.12.11 There are alternatives to badger culling - The Government in its infinite wisdom is to go ahead with a pilot scheme for a proposed badger cull. In selected areas farmers will be allowed to shoot badgers to halt the spread of bovine TB… The proposed slaughter of these innocent creatures is a disgrace. But what else can we expect from this anti animal Government? Elizabeth Allison, Leicester (letter)

Mail 17.12.11 Pain of the pigs: Undercover filming shows animals having their teeth clipped off with metal pliers without anaesthetic By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor - Undercover filming has revealed the truth of millions of piglets on British farms having their teeth clipped and tails docked without anaesthetic. The footage has been captured by researchers with the campaigning organisation Viva, which is calling on the government to implement a UK ban… Viva campaigner, Tom Lane, said: ‘Consumers are constantly told that we have the best farmed animal welfare in the world, yet the only way to keep Britain’s factory farms in production and supermarket shelves stocked is to mutilate piglets…. (story)

16.12.11

Horse & Hound 16.12.11 Tom Symonds’ racing diary: hunting the Duc - On Saturday 3 December I stepped up Duc De Regniere’s work by taking him for a day hunting with the South Hereford… When I asked his owners if I could take him hunting they gave me the proviso that I had a photo taken and reminded me that it was called National Hunt racing!... (story)

GOATHLAND, STAINTONDALE KILL CAT
BBC News Online 16.12.11 Cat 'torn apart' by hunting dogs in North Yorkshire (story)
Whitby Gazette 16.12.11 Hunt hounds kill family’s pet cat (story)
Scarborough Evening News 16.12.11 Cat’s death sparks national reaction - AN OWNER of the family pet which was mauled to death by hunting dogs has said he had been “amazed” by the reaction to the incident… (story)
Yorkshire Post 15.12.11 Hunt claims pet cat’s body may have been taken to ‘lessen owners’ distress’ - The master of a hunting party whose hounds killed an 18-year-old family cat claims the tabby’s body may have been taken after the attack to “lessen the distress” for the pet’s owners…. (story)
Mail 15.12.11 Family cat savaged to death by 27 hunt hounds (then handed back in dog food bag) was killed because she 'panicked and tried to run away' says huntsman By Kerry Mcqueeney and Chris Parsons - An elderly family cat was savaged by a pack of up to 27 hunting dogs because she 'panicked', a huntsman claimed yesterday…. (story)
Telegraph 14.12.11 Couple 'devastated' after pet cat killed by 27 hunting dogs - A couple have been left devastated after their beloved pet cat was savaged and killed by a group of hunting party hounds. Tragic 18-year-old tabby Moppet was brutally attacked after 27 hunting dogs bounded onto land belonging to her owners, Les and Margaret Atkinson… It was only after the couple, of Ravenscar, North Yorks, confronted members of the joint expedition between Staintondale and Goathland parties, that their cat was returned two days later so they could bury her… (story)
Mail 14.12.11 Family cat is killed by 27-strong pack of fox hounds as hunt rides through their land... and its corpse is returned in an empty dog food bag By Kerry Mcqueeney - A family cat was savaged on its own land by a pack of hunting dogs, with its corpse returned to its devastated owners in an empty dog food bag two days later…. (story)
Scarborough Evening News 13.12.11 Hunt dogs savage family pet - A COUPLE have been devastated after dozens of hunting party hounds savaged and killed their family pet. Elderly tabby Moppet, aged 18, was outside her home in Stoupe Brow, near Ravenscar, when 27 hunting dogs bounded onto land belonging to her owners Les and Margaret Atkinson…. Jean Clemmit, Staintondale hunt master, said: “I wasn’t there at the time, but as soon as I was aware of the incident I went to see the Atkinsons… Bill Dobson, chairman of the Goathland hunt, also said that Moppet’s death had been “regrettable”… (story)

Guardian 16.12.11 Who's stalking now? - While interest in how our food reaches the table continues to grow, hunting is declining in popularity. First time deer stalker Oliver Thring witnesses at first hand a free-living fallow deer becoming venison… (story)

ENGLISH BADGER CULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Telegraph 16.12.11 (17.12.11) Badger cull: the doubts remain - Even loyal supporters of the badger admit that the animals carry TB and pass it on to cattle. The method of control is the big issue… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 16.12.11 MP calls for vaccine, not badger cull - A PROPOSED cull of badgers has been condemned by Cheltenham's MP. Martin Horwood said he did not support the Government's trial scheme aimed at cutting tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 16.12.11 Cash-strapped police facing expensive badger cull bill - Westcountry police forces risk being landed with a multi-million-pound bill to prevent badger culls from causing deep unrest in the countryside…. (story)
Malton Gazette & Herald 16.12.11 Badger cull backed by farmers’ union - FARMERS in North and East Yorkshire have welcomed the Government’s decision to permit licensed badger shooting – even though no one from the area will be applying for a licence…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 16.12.11 Badger cull decision: what happens next? By Alistair Driver - DESPITE the industry welcome for Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman’s badger cull announcement, the cold reality is this is just the start of a long road towards a meaningful badger control policy… (story)
Independent 15.12.11 Anger as badger culling given go-ahead for next year - Joe Churcher, Theo Usherwood - Animal welfare campaigners say they will challenge badger culling in England after trials were given the go-ahead by the Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman… (story)
Telegraph 15.12.11 Badger cull gets go-ahead with Olympic-sized police operation - The shooting of thousands of badgers will go ahead next year but not until after the Olympics to prevent police resources being overstretched by the £4? million security operation required for the cull By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent (story)
Mail 15.12.11 Anger as Environment Secretary announces badger cull trial to go ahead in two areas By Lucy Buckland - Animal rights groups have hit out at government plans to allow badger culling. Plans for the trials in two secret locations were announced today by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman in a bid to try and eradicate Bovine tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 15.12.11 Region’s farmers welcome plans for badger culls - FARMERS in Yorkshire have welcomed plans to shoot badgers in west or south west England, claiming it will reduce the risk of bovine TB spreading to the region…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.12.11 Badger cull trial gets the go-ahead - The Government has sanctioned a cull of badgers in a bid to finally end the misery of tuberculosis in cattle blighting the Westcountry… (story)
Western Morning News 15.12.11 Welcome move, but still much cause for concern - A major problem for farmers whose herds are blighted with bovine TB is the 60-day movement restriction…. Bovine TB campaigner Pat Bird has a beef-suckler herd in North Cornwall that is currently under movement restriction. She has already lost valuable animals to the disease and is awaiting another 60-day test next week on her herd…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.12.11 'One of pilot culls has to take place in Westcountry' - At least one of the pilot areas in the badger cull should be in Devon, insisted farmer and bovine TB specialist Bill Harper…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.12.11 WMN opinion: Beginning of the end for the scourge of bovine TB - One short phrase sums up why, for all the controversy and question marks, Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman was right yesterday to announce two trial badger culls to eradicate bovine TB…. (story)
Bristol 24/7 15.12.11 Bristol MP vows to fight badger cull decision - A Bristol MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to allow the culling of badgers in two pilot areas in the UK to combat bovine TB. Kerry McCarthy, the Bristol East MP, said the decision was not “science-led”, adding the environment secretary appeared to have made up her mind on a cull regardless of “the science, its effectiveness, humaneness or cost”…. (story)
Epsom Guardian 15.12.11 Leatherhead wildlife charity brands badger cull a 'catastrophic blunder' - A wildlife charity has branded the Government’s decision to go ahead with a badger cull as a "catastrophic blunder"…. The Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead has promised to rally thousansds of supporters to campaign against the decision which they believe is 'breathtakingly inept.' Simon Cowell, director of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, said: “This is do-it-yourself culling and I dread to think how many badgers will end up dying a slow, lingering, painful death.”… (story)
Bournemouth Echo 15.12.11 Two pilot badger culls approved - TWO areas in the South West will be chosen as pilots for badger culls, the Government confirmed. The move – which it is hoped will reduce bovine TB – has been welcomed by the National Farmers’ Union, but condemned by the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Shropshire Star 15.12.11 Badger cull given the go ahead in two areas of England - Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman told the Commons this week that the two, six-week trials next year will then be evaluated before a panel of experts decides whether the slaughter of badgers is rolled out more widely across England, with up to 10 licences to cull the animals being granted to farmers and landowners each year…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 15.12.11 RSPCA records anti badger cull Christmas song - Jonathan Riley - The RSPCA has reacted to the badger cull announcement by releasing a satirical twist to a Christmas song. The charity said that it had shown its bitter frustration with the government by adapting the words of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. In the song, RSPCA staff sing “twelve furry badgers are shot, while five cows are still sick, four farmers still angry, three MPs still confused and one vaccination still unused”…. (story)
Mirror 14.12.11 Farmers given right to shoot badgers over bovine TB fears - TAXPAYERS face a multi-million pound policing bill after ministers ordered a badger-cull today. Animal welfare campaigners are furious that farmers will be able to shoot the creatures, which have been blamed for spreading TB to cattle, in two areas starting year…. (story)
Mail 14.12.11 Anger as Environment Secretary announces badger cull trial to go ahead in two areas - By Lucy Buckland - Animal rights groups have hit out at government plans to allow badger culling… (story)
BBC News Online 14.12.11 Badger cull to stop bovine TB to be trialled in England - Badger culling will be tried out in two areas of England in the new year in an attempt to tackle bovine TB in cattle, the government has said…. (story)
Guardian 14.12.11 Badger culling will go ahead in 2012 - Caroline Spelman says there is no alternative but to approve culls, in an attempt to reduce number of cattle contracting bovine TB - Damian Carrington - Thousands of badgers will be shot in England from autumn 2012 in an attempt to reduce the numbers of cattle slaughtered after contracting bovine tuberculosis (TB), the environment secretary announced on Wednesday…. David Williams, the chairman of the Badger Trust, said: "We are clearly very disappointed by this decision but now that it has been made, we will be studying it with our legal advisers to determine what action we shall take." (story)
Channel 4 14.12.11 Badger cull trials will take place to tackle bovine TB - The government says that despite 'great strength of feeling', trials will take place. A campaigner tells Channel 4 News: "People are emotive about it. It's fox hunting times five."… (story)
Farming UK 14.12.11 FUW urges Welsh Government to follow England's lead on Bovine TB - The Farmers’ Union of Wales urged the Welsh Government to forge ahead with plans to tackle the disease in north Pembrokeshire after welcoming today’s Defra announcement to carry out controlled culling of badgers in two areas of England…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.12.11 Badger culling trials given go ahead - Controversial badger culling will go ahead in two areas as part of the Government’s efforts to tackle bovine TB in cattle, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today… (story)
Carmarthen Journal 15.12.11 Badger cull ruling delays met with mixed reactions - A DELAY in making a decision on a potential cull of badgers in West Wales until next year has been met with mixed reaction… Welfare group The Badger Trust has welcomed the extra time to make a decision. Whitland member Mike Sharratt said: "It is important that ministers take time to consider carefully the independent panel's review of the science without any further strident political interference… (story)

15.12.11

Lancashire Evening Post 15.12.11 Keepers don’t hound the harrier - I read with interest the article on the hen harrier (Evening Post December 8). As with any article on the hen harrier, it seems this one could not be written without some demonisation of gamekeepers and grouse moor managers. Firstly can I just say that no gamekeeper is paid enough to risk the consequences of killing a hen harrier or destroying its nest, nor would any employer condone such action…. J Giddins, full address supplied (letter)
Lancashire Evening Post8.12.11 Forest is last haven for breeding birds of prey - A Lancashire forest is home to England’s last successful breeding hen harriers, bird experts warned today. The RSPB and Natural England said only four pairs of nesting harriers raised young in England this year, all in the Forest of Bowland… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 15.12.11 CUMBRIAN TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE FLY-TIPPING BILL By Anika Bourley - Taxpayers' money is being spent dealing with five incidents of fly-tipping every day in Cumbria as people continue to illegally dump rubbish…. A report this year from the Countryside Alliance said fly-tipping incidents were increasing around the country because of fortnightly bin collections… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 14.12.11 More than 8,000 incidents of dumped waste in a year By Anika Bourley - The number of Fly-tipping incidents across the district has more than doubled in a year topping 8,000…. A report earlier this year from the Countryside Alliance said fly-tipping incidents were increasing around the country because of two-weekly bin collections… (story)

Northern Echo 15.12.11 Badger baiting - I WRITE with fury and disgust at the derisory “punishment” meted out to the two excuses for humanity discovered badger baiting in North Yorkshire… Shame on all those people who condone snaring, baiting and shooting. Denise Anklam, Stanhope. (letter)

Bath Chronicle 15.12.11 City's foie gras joy - Naturally, we were delighted that Bath and North East Somerset Council have become the latest ethical body in the country to ban the use of foie gras at council-run properties… Without the hard work of Bath Animal Action this ban would not have happened…. JUSTIN KERSWELL Viva! Campaigns Manager Bristol (letter)

Lennox Herald 15.12.11 Animal welfare campaigner blasts panda deal by Tina Kemp, Lennox Herald - A CARDROSS animal welfare campaigner has blasted the bringing of two giant pandas to Scotland as “sickening”. John Robins of Animal Concern spoke out as the bears arrived at Edinburgh Zoo from China on Sunday for a 10 years stay… (story)

14.12.11

Telegraph 14.12.11 The rites of staghunting in the West Country - The differences between staghunting and stalking - You report (December 13) that the Exmoor Emperor, a stag believed to have been Britain's largest wild animal, was shot by a "hunter". But the shooter was not a hunter; he was a stalker. Staghunting in the West Country had nothing to do with the death of the stag… James Lewis, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex (letter)

Mail 14.12.11 Hotel bombarded with hate mail after claiming to have put Emperor of Exmoor's head on sitting room wall By David Richards - A hotel that claims to have displayed the Emperor stag’s stuffed head on its sitting room wall has been bombarded with hate mail, the owner revealed today. Claire Carter said she had received messages from animal rights activists hoping the 'hotel burns down to the ground' and 'put her head on a wall'…. (story)

Lancashire Evening Post 14.12.11 Bang goes the neighbourhood - The sight of grown men striding out across a field, boots and hats on, shotguns by their sides, is a familiar one…. Opposed to the sport, former parish councillor Barry Hill took matters into his own hands while still a member of Woodplumpton and Catforth Parish Council. He posted anti game-shooting leaflets through the doors of people involved in the shoot, including gamekeeper Ian Dobson. Police were informed and Mr Hill, 52, was fined but refused to pay…. Landscape gardener Mr Hill, who lives with his partner Beverley Kirwan in Woodplumpton Road in the village, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 costs … His partner, an Animal Aid supporter, adds: “Some people probably aren’t aware it’s going on…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 19.9.11 Man punished over leaflet row - A former parish councillor who sent out anti game shooting leaflets has appeared in court. Barry Hill, 52, who was a member of Woodplumpton and Catforth Parish Council at the time, posted offensive leaflets through the doors of two neighbours involved in the private weekly shoots at a Woodplumpton farm, near Preston. He was given a police fine but refused to pay and the matter was taken to Preston Magistrates’ Court. Hill, of Woodplumpton Road in the village, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 costs… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SCHOOL MEALS REPORT
Nottingham Evening Post 14.12.11 Local food makes up 70% of school menus - NEARLY three quarters of school dinners in Notts are locally supplied, according to new figures…. The figures are a stark contrast to recent findings by the Countryside Alliance Foundation which showed 60 out of 172 local authorities asked knew the origin of their school food…. (story)
Bolton News 29.11.11 School meals are top class - WHEN it comes to buying British, Bolton’s schools are at the top of the table. School children are more likely to tuck into a meal produced with locally sourced food than anywhere else in Greater Manchester, according to The Countryside Alliance Foundation… (story)
Leicester Mercury 16.11.11 Schools told to serve more British produce - Councils are being urged to use more British produce in school meals. A Freedom of Information request has revealed Leicester City Council spends 60 per cent of its school meals budget on British food, while the county council spends 35 per cent on produce from this country. The Countryside Alliance, which put in the request, is urging councils to use more local ingredients to help support the economy and British farmers… (story)
Meat Trades Journal 16.11.11 More Red Tractor meat needed in schools - Meat leaders have welcomed calls for more Red Tractor-assured produce to be served in schools as a step in the right direction. Eblex and Bpex said they had been working with local authorities on pushing Red Tractor meat for many years, and added that the call from the Countryside Alliance Foundation (CAF) would help. The CAF said many councils did not know where food given to pupils came from… (story)
Purcon 16.11.11 Schools urged to adopt British food procurement policy Posted by John Dixon - Schools in the UK should alter their food procurement policies to buy British, the Countryside Alliance has said… (story)
Supply Management 15.11.11 British schools urged to buy British food - Adam Leach - The Countryside Alliance Foundation is calling on the government to implement buying standards that prompt schools to buy British food…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.11.11 Schools buy local to support UK farmers - Pupils in parts of the Westcountry eat more British produce at school than many of their national counterparts, new figures have indicated. Research by the Countryside Alliance Foundation (CAF) show that Devon councils take the issue of sourcing national produce seriously… (story)
Southern Daily Echo 14.11.11 Countryside Alliance report reveals reliance on foreign suppliers for school meals By Jon Reeve - HAMPSHIRE’S school caterers spend less than half their budget buying British food. Figures released following a Freedom of Information request show the county council spent only 41 per cent of the total £2,520,178 budget in 2009/10 on UK produce. Southampton City Council told the Countryside Alliance, which carried out the research, 50 per cent of its spending went on food from Britain last year… (story)
Huffington Post 14.11.11 School Meals: Less than Half LEAs Know Where Pupils' Food Comes From - Lucy Sherriff - Two-thirds of Britain's schools do not know where the food in school meals comes from, a survey has revealed… The 'Encouraging Schools To Buy British' report, conducted by the Countryside Alliance Foundation, was released on Monday following a freedom of information request by the organisation… (story)
Caterer & Hotelkeeper 14.11.11 Buying British would improve the standard of school dinners - Janie Stamford - Caterers should buy British in order to improve the quality of school dinners, according to the Countryside Alliance Foundation…. (story)
Rochdale Online 14.11.11 Rochdale schools praised for investing in British food - Rochdale schools have been praised by a charity after figures revealed that 72 per cent of their food budget for 2010/11 was spent on British produce. The Countryside Alliance Foundation submitted Freedom of Information requests to local authorities on the subject and in Greater Manchester Rochdale came second, with a spend of £1,000,309 on food from local sources…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 14.11.11 Schools shunning British food, figures show By Alistair Driver - TWO-thirds of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) do not know the country of origin of the food they are buying for their schoolchildren, new figures show. The Countryside Alliance, which obtained the figures via a freedom of information request, claimed this shows the education authorities are not placing British food ‘high enough on the procurement agenda’… (story)
Independent on Sunday 12.11.11 Mystery of food used in school meals - Two-thirds of Britain's schools do not know where the food in pupils' meals comes from, a study by the Countryside Alliance will say tomorrow…. (story)

13.12.11

Horse & Hound 13.12.11 Money is tight for League Against Cruel Sports - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) is set to return a £66k deficit in 2011, despite ploughing in £730,592 raised from selling offland, papers leaked toH&H show. And the cash-strapped organisation plans to dispose of a further £1.23m-worth of land in 2012… (story)

Hucknall Dispatch 13.12.11 Hunt supporters hit back at MP - BULWELL’S Labour MP, Graham Allen, has been accused of “whipping up suspicion” against the hunting fraternity… But Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said the facts do not bear out Mr Allen’s comments…. (story)
Hucknall Dispatch 16.11.11 MP in hunting ban warning - A DEMAND has been made by Bulwell’s Labour MP for the ban on hunting to be enforced more rigorously. Graham Allen made the appeal amid claims by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) that an increasing number of hunts are breaking the law…. (story)

ESSEX & SUFFOLK KILL FOX
Mirror 13.12.11 Huntsman 'clubbed fox to death on garden patio' - A HOMEOWNER told yesterday how a huntsman clubbed a fox to death in his ¬neighbour’s back garden. Mick Heath, 53, said he saw around 40 hounds corner the animal, before a hunt member dragged the injured animal on to the patio… (story)
Telegraph 12.12.11 Family's horror as fox clubbed to death on patio - Mick Heath, 53, was at home with his wife Jane, 61, in Bradfield, Essex when about 40 hunting hounds burst into his elderly neighbours' garden as they chased down a fox. The graphic designer, along with a friend and his teenager son, looked on in horror as a member of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt strolled across the patio before clubbing the fox to death just feet from where they were stood watching…. Mr Heath - who is not opposed to hunting - said "It was totally and utterly barbaric and shocking… James Buckle, a senior huntsman, said: "It was a horrible situation where we virtually had to watch and could not intervene…. "The huntmaster was whipping the pack to get the dead fox from them. We have apologised to the owner of the garden and they have accepted the apology."… (story)
Evening Standard 12.12.11 Family watch as hunt kills fox on garden patio - Mark Blunden - A family has spoken of their disgust after they watched a huntsman allegedly club a fox to death on a garden patio. Mick Heath, 53, was at home with his wife Jane, 61, in Bradfield, Essex, when 40 foxhounds burst into his elderly neighbours' garden as they chased a fox. The graphic designer, along with a family friend, watched as they claim a member of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt walked across the patio towards the fox. Mr Heath said: "The hounds piled in and the hunt master walked across the patio and clubbed the fox to death."… (story)
Mail 12.12.11 'Clubbed to death on a garden patio': Family claim they watched 'barbaric' huntsman kill fox in neighbour's garden By Lucy Buckland - A family watched in horror as a hunt killed a fox on their patio after the hounds went wildly off course. Mick Heath, 53, was at home with his wife Jane, 61, in Bradfield, Essex when 40 hunting hounds burst into his elderly neighbours’ garden as they chased down a fox…. (story)

Irish Independent 13.12.11 Goodwill hunting - Given the inclement weather at this time of year, would it be too much to ask bloodsport enthusiasts to call off their recreational killing and terrorising of wildlife for a few weeks?... John Fitzgerald, Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports (letter)

Guardian 13.12.11 Has the Exmoor Emperor been found? - Mounted trophy in the Hartnoll Hotel near Tiverton, Devon, is believed to be from the Emperor stag who went missing last year - Steven Morris - Admittedly it is not as great a mystery as what happened to Lord Lucan or Shergar. But in a corner of the English west country the fate of the Emperor stag does still crop up in conversation from time to time. So there was no little excitement when it emerged that a head purported to be that of the beast has turned up mounted on the wall of a boutique hotel… Kit Davidson, shooting consultant at the welfare charity Animal Aid, said the Emperor's death had been deeply unpopular. "I'm absolutely amazed at the gumption of the hotel owner," said Davidson… (story)

Irish Examiner 13.12.11 The joy of chasing creatures is a perversion - I REFER to Mr Jack Power’s attempt to defend the indefensible in your feature "Fair Game?" on 9th December. The fact that an obviously intelligent, articulate, apparently well-educated person could claim that nearly everything in his life pales into insignificance when compared with the ecstasy of torturing and killing a poor defenceless creature is, frankly, chilling… Eileen Clarke Roche’s Row Cobh Co Cork >(letter)
Irish Examiner 13.12.11 Shoots no cause for celebration - YOUR feature article on the Longueville Shoot in east Cork (9th December) filled me with nothing but disgust…. Jack Power, in his arrogant defence of events like the Longueville Shoot, describes wildfowling and hunting as ‘spiritually, physically and emotionally uplifting’, something that is ‘an essential, throbbing’ part of his self-definition. He does not mention that ‘shoots’ such as these are also financially profitable for those who own hundred of acres of private land and lakes, and miles of private rivers… Jim MacLaughlin Ballingeary Co Cork (letter)
Irish Examiner 9.12.11 Nothing wrong with killing game By Jack Power - EVERY few years I’m trundled out to defend fieldsports; to celebrate and defend the great love that, increasingly, dare not speak its name. Each time I ask myself the same questions — is it morally permissible to kill an animal to eat it? Is the joy of the chase a perversion? Are the traditions and responsibilities involved just a veil to hide unspeakable cruelty? It’s over 40 years since I first shot and fished and today I’m more secure than ever in answering those questions in a way that allows me indulge the sports I love…. (story)
Irish Examiner 9.12.11 Fair Game By Regina Sexton - Regina Sexton joins the Longueville Shoot to experience a day’s hunting - SINCE the beginning of September and, running until the end of January, it has been open season for game shooting and wildfowling in Ireland… (story)

Harlow Star 13.12.11 Harlow wildlife group warns of antifreeze dangers - A HARLOW nature group is urging residents to take extra care when using antifreeze this winter to avoid poisoning local wildlife. The Harlow Badger Group, set up to help to protect and conserve the town’s population of badgers, say both animals and children in the area could potentially be at risk if spilt antifreeze is not cleaned up properly… (story)

12.12.11

Telegraph 12.12.11 Bryan Ferry: 'I like having a secret life' - Still one of pop's coolest stars, Bryan Ferry talks about snobbery, mortality, his CBE and his 29-year-old girlfriend. By Bryony Gordon - Good grief, Bryan Ferry is cool… He loves the Royal family and his eldest son, Otis, stormed the Commons in the protest at the ban on hunting… (story)

Scotsman 12.12.11 Shooting and fishing: ‘Why would you want to spend £36 a year sponsoring a satellite-tagged woodcock’ By Alastair Robertson - Thanks to some muddle with my bank account I have only just received a rather smart certificate from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust telling me that I am the proud sponsor of Rocket, a woodcock, along with, I suspect, 5,000 other woodcock aficionados… Anyway. Along with my woodcock certificate has come a passport in which I can write the names and dates of the various places Rocket visits on his or her round Europe rovings after he/she has been fitted with a transmitter at the beginning of next year and goes online… Why would you want to spend £36 a year sponsoring a satellite-tagged woodcock and follow it on a computer from Skye to the Urals and back only to shoot it when it returns next November?... Frankly the truth is they are very good sport and very good eating and that’s about it… (story)

Western Morning News 12.12.11 Pilot culls of badgers 'to go ahead after Olympics' - Two "pilot" culls of badgers to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cattle will take place after next year's Olympics, the Government is expected to say this week… (story)

Western Morning News 12.12.11 As many questions as answers on likelihood of badger cull - With an announcement due on a trial culling of badgers to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, Farming Editor Peter Hall looks at some of the implications… (story)

Farming UK 12.12.11 FUW ACCUSES MINISTER OF BETRAYING FARMERS OVER BADGER CULL DELAY - Assembly Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development John Griffiths was today accused of betraying Welsh farmers by continuing to delay a decision on a badger cull in West Wales…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 12.12.11 Badger Trust welcomes Welsh TB decision delay By Barry Alston - THE Badger Trust has ‘strongly’ applauded the decision by the Welsh Government not to yield to pressure to make its announcement on badger culling ‘until it is ready’… (story)

Burton Mail 12.12.11 Badger group quick to offer its services - FURTHER to your excellent article concerning the persecution of the badger, may I remind readers that there is a very active badger group in South Derbyshire, closely involved in Operation Meles with the Badger Trust and the local wildlife police officers…. Stephen Grimley, Chairman, South Derbyshire Badger Group (letter)

BUAV CHRISTMAS LETTER
Derby Telegraph 12.12.11 Leaping bunny is sign of a cruelty-free Christmas - Michelle Thew BUAV Chief Executive (letter)
Wells Journal 8.12.11 Cruelty-free shopping easy - The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is urging Christmas shoppers to only purchase gifts that have not been tested on animals this festive season…. Michelle Thew Chief executive BUAV (letter)

The Sentinel 12.12.11 Eat less meat - EVERY year we send millions of farm animals to their deaths… Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and goodwill. So why don't you try cutting down on your meat?... SUZANNE NIXON Leek (letter)

10.12.11

Horse & Hound 10.12.11 Could you be a candidate for a hunting fellowship? - Would you like to tackle some academic research with a hunting bias? If so, the National Sporting Library, near Washington DC would like to hear from you. The library — a research institution specialising in field sports — is looking for applicants for fellowship places to start in 2012… (story)

9.12.11

Plymouth Herald 9.12.11 Ethical eggs? - WITH REFERENCE to Plymouth City Council receiving a 'good egg' award (The Herald, December 6) for using 'ethical' eggs… As long as animals are considered in law as human property, animal welfare standards will never provide adequate protection for animals…. If you do not want to be involved in this exploitation, it is simple – go vegan. 'Free-range' adjusts cruelty but does not remove it. VALERIE FRY, Plympton (letter)

8.12.11

Evening Standard 8.12.11 The 'sports' that threaten animals - ADVERTORIAL FEATURE - For most people, 'sport' refers to anything from football to cricket, or even bobsleighing for the more adventurous among you; it certainly doesn't refer to harming animals or causing them unnecessary panic and pain… When one thinks of cruel sports, the first thing that comes to mind is hunting. Hunting can take many forms; the animals that are preyed on include rabbits, hares and even pheasants. The type most people think of, however, is fox hunting… Recently, some politicians have been discussing repealing the ban, which could have disastrous consequences for foxes across the country who have become used to a life of relative safety…. (story)

Northern Echo 8.12.11 Hunting - FOX hunting is still alive and well all over the country. Hunts still go out twice a week in County Durham and the country… I saw the hunt holding up the traffic on the A690 and on Page Bank, in County Durham, with hounds running about and horses charging out of control in their horrible lust for fox blood… It is time this Act of Parliament was enforced and the police took things seriously. Name and address supplied (letter)

Norwich Evening News 8.12.11 Norfolk estate gamekeeper pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge by DAVID BLACKMORE - A Norfolk gamekeeper was told today he could be sent to prison after admitting causing a fight between two dogs and a fox. Christopher John Carter, 49, of The Burrows, in Gayton Thorpe, pleaded guilty at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court to causing the fight between the animals in July 2009. Appearing alongside Carter was Luke James Byrne, 19, of Mill Houses, King’s Lynn, who admitted causing three animal fights on Westacre Estate…. (story)

Western Morning News 8.12.11 Whitehall 'can't ignore rural voice' - Independent experts are to be sent in to Whitehall departments to guarantee Government policies are not undermining rural areas after ministers axed their countryside watchdog. Environment Minister Richard Benyon promised a "robust" system would be put in place after criticism for abolishing the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) and the Government's Rural Advocate… Mr Benyon claimed the fact Defra ministers represent rural constituencies meant rural needs would not be ignored, and also pointed to vocal campaign groups like the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.12.11 Rural experts replace axed quango - INDEPENDENT experts will be invited to assess whether Government policies are hampering rural areas in an attempt to address criticism that Ministers are axing their countryside watchdog. Environment Minister Richard Benyon promised a “robust” system would be put in place after the axing of the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) and the Government’s Rural Advocate… Mr Benyon claimed that the fact that Defra Ministers represent rural constituencies meant rural needs would not be ignored, and also pointed to vocal campaign groups like the Countryside Alliance… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE HOSPITAL FOOD SURVEY
Yorkshire Evening Post 12.12.11 Alliance in UK hospital food call - Just one in 10 NHS trusts knows where the food they serve patients comes from, an investigation by the Countryside Alliance Foundation has found, and Humber NHS Foundation Trust was the best performer…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 8.12.11 Humber NHS Trust knows where food comes from - EAST YORKS: The Humber NHS Trust is one of the few UK health trusts which knows where the food it serves patients comes from. Only one in ten NHS trusts knows where the food they serve patients comes from, research by the Countryside Alliance Foundation has found… (story)
Lynn News 8.12.11 Lynn: QEH patients get British grub - HOSPITAL patients in Lynn are among the very few in the country who can be sure they are eating British, a new study has found. Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) buys 90 per cent of its food from Britain, the Countryside Alliance Foundation found in a campaign to get hospitals to support our producers…. (story)
Healthcare Today 7.12.11 British food should be sourced for patients - An investigation by the Countryside Alliance Foundation has found that only 10% of hospital trusts are aware of where the food served to patients comes from… (story)
Shropshire Star 7.12.11 Shropshire hospitals buck food source trend by buying British - Only about one in 10 hospital trusts know where the food they serve in canteens comes from – but Shropshire’s two main hospitals are bucking the trend by buying British. The Countryside Alliance Foundation said buying food produced in this country improved its quality, reduced transport pollution and helped British farmers. NHS trusts are not required to put British produce first when it comes to buying food…. (story)
Medical News Today 7.12.11 Where Does Hospital Food Come From? Only 10% Of Hospitals Know - Today, a freedom of information request by The Countryside Alliance Foundation reveals that British food is not ranked highly on the procurement agenda of NHS Trusts. The Countryside Alliance Foundation raise the point that buying British food would inevitably improve the quality of the food recovering patients consume, while helping pump money back into the local economy… Written by Grace Rattue (story)
Health Service Journal 7.12.11 Calls for trusts to source British food for patient meals BY THE PRESS ASSOCIATION - Only one trust in 10 is aware of where the food served to patients comes from, an investigation by the Countryside Alliance Foundation has found…. (story)

Farmers Guardian 8.12.11 Ministers set to announce English badger cull green light By Alistair Driver - DEFRA Ministers are expected to confirm a decision to allow two pilot badger culls to take place next year in England within the next week or so…. (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 8.12.11 'Choose to have an ethical Christmas' - As shoppers brave the High Streets and turkeys start to look a bit nervous, one Glastonbury man is urging others to have a compassionate Christmas this year, by leaving turkey off the menu and giving ethical gifts. Paul Devine, a member of Animal Aid said: "'I fail to understand why, when there are so many alternatives, it is still seen as acceptable to put any animals through the horrors of the abattoir and intensive breeding systems, simply for a fleeting meal…. (story)

BATH COUNCIL FOIE GRAS BAN
Bath Chronicle 8.12.11 Ban on foie gras stepped up - A ban on the serving of foie gras in council buildings in the Bath area is to continue. The pressure group Viva! is keen to get the food banned because it says it is produced through the cruel force-feeding of ducks or geese… Megan Lebasci, from Bath Animal Action, said: "We are really pleased the council has proved to be forward-thinking on ethical and animal cruelty concerns regarding the sale of foie gras in its premises."… (story)
Western Daily Press 3.12.11 ...As council takes foie gras off menu - A West council has taken the unprecedented step of banning anyone from serving or eating a legal food in any council building, after animal rights activists lobbied council chiefs. The ban on foie gras, the French delicacy made from duck or goose livers, by Bath and North East Somerset council means that, for example, couples getting married in the council-owned Guildhall venue, or any other council properties, will be told they are not allowed to put foie gras on the menu for their guests… Animal rights activists from the Bath Activist Network, joined by action group Viva!, have long campaigned against foie gras being served and eaten in Bath…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 3.12.11 Stance on foie gras sales confirmed - In response to widespread local concern about the sale of foie gras on animal welfare grounds, Bath & North East Somerset Council has given assurances to the Vegetarian International Voice for Animals (Viva!) lobby group about the use of the delicacy on its properties… (story)

7.12.11

Carlisle News & Star 7.12.11 FOX HUNTING: IT'S A RIGGED GAME - Advertising feature. Fox hunting has been in the headlines recently, as parliament has debated the possibility of repealing the 2004 ban toprotect animals. While the League Against Cruel Sports estimates that 75 per cent of the public want the ban to be upheld, the motion to repeal it has received worrying support in parliament… (advertorial)

Hunts Post 7.12.11 Children enjoyed duck hunt on wildfowlers visit - IN response to your news item regarding the Ashbeach school outing to Welney. Clearly Ray Poolman not only did not read the letter, he did not listen to his daughter and I wonder exactly where he obtained his information. To set the record straight: Ashbeach School approached Ely & District Wildfowlers over six years ago to see if we knew anywhere that the children could observe shooting…. Before the outing the children are told by their teachers what they are going to see and that it may involve duck being shot. The children do not have to go. It’s not compulsory. If they wish to go a parent must read and sign a form and give permission… DEREK J ROBINSON, Ely & District Wildfowlers (letter)
Hunts Post 7.12.11 People need to see where their meat comes from - I AM sorry that Ray Poolman didn’t realise that wildfowling involves the shooting of ducks and geese, but I must applaud the head at Ashbeach School for having the courage and confidence to give her students the opportunity to understand that meat comes from animals… PAUL WRIGHT, Blenheim Road, Ramsey (letter)
Telegraph 30.11.11 Father's anger over primary school duck shooting trip - A father has complained that his 10-year-old daughter was left traumatised after what she thought was a school birdwatching trip turned out to be a shooting demonstration By John Bingham - Ray Poolman, 49, said that he was shocked when his daughter, Danielle, came home in tears after the “harrowing” experience of seeing ducks being shot… The school has defended the trip, part of a series of initiatives to teach the children about fenland traditions, and suggested that Mr Poolman may have misunderstood the meaning of the word “wildfowling”… Mr Poolman, who is a keen fisherman, insists that he is not personally opposed to shooting but said that it was not the place of the school to promote bloodsports. “This isn’t about being anti-bloodsports or anti-shooting, this is about saying ‘if you are going to do this with children the parents must know’,” he said…. (story)

Wester Morning News 7.12.11 Qualified welcome for reforms package - Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement last week offered hopes of spring growth for farmers, reflected the agricultural professional bodies….Support for the Chancellor also came from the Countryside Alliance, whose Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, commented: "George Osborne has provided a much-needed boost to the rural economy by scrapping the planned rise in fuel duty and investing in projects ranging from rural broadband to countryside tourism…. (story)

Western Telegraph 7.12.11 Animals causing mischief - In Sir Eric Howells' latest rather disjointed letter to the Western Telegraph [Nov. 23] he accuses badgers of causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to cars which hit them on the roads; presumably using this fact as another reason to have them culled… Peter Hyde Steynton (story)

Guardian 7.12.11 David Cameron's science lesson - The prime minister is learning fast: science matters to the UK economy but science's economics do not necessarily mean jobs… Before entering politics, Margaret Thatcher was an Oxford-trained chemist… David Cameron has no such pedigree and admitted as much in one of the seminars running up to Monday's announcement of a multimillion-pound package of measures to support the UK's life sciences industry… There may be difficulties ahead though. Tony Blair spoke out to defend scientists at Huntingdon Life Sciences, and protests by anti-vivisectionists turned nasty with violent protesters imprisoned in 2006. Officials warned their prison sentences are now all on the cusp of expiring, releasing animal rights protesters just in time for Cameron's new push… (story)

Guardian 7.12.11 Undercover policeman's identity 'kept secret' as he prepared to appear in court - Documents suggest Jim Boyling gave witness statement in support of animal rights campaigners to protect his covert status - Rob Evans and Paul Lewis - Prosecutors and police have been accused of keeping secret the identity of a police spy in a 1996 criminal trial of political campaigners. The claims about the undercover police officer, Jim Boyling, follow aninquiry into Mark Kennedy, an officer who spent seven years under cover. Boyling said he would be "delighted" to give evidence in support of four animal rights campaigners who were being tried for public order offences, according to new documents. But Boyling planned to give evidence under his alias, it is claimed… (story)

6.12.11

Scotsman 6.12.11 Hunter and Hounds: The Buccleuch hunt - TEN years after controversial legislation changed fox hunting for ever, it still thrives among the riders who regard it as a birthright… “Hunting is not,” as one female rider observes, “something people round here would ever give up lightly.” Indeed. Of Scotland’s ten mounted hunts, five are based in the Borders and one in Dumfriesshire… But there is also, one might hazard, a psychological dimension to the enduring pursuit of the fox in these parts. Folk here are thrawn… Trevor Adams, huntsman with the Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt for the last 23 years, suggests that of all the foxes killed by his hunt, one third are dispatched by hounds. However, as a result of the introduction of guns, many more are now killed than before the change in law; in the case of the Buccleuch, it is thought that up to three times as many foxes now die in a season…. “The antis won the battle,” says Allan Murray, chairman of the Buccleuch, with evident satisfaction, “but they haven’t won the war.” (story)

BBC News Online 6.12.11 Badger cull in Wales decision early in 2012 - A decision on a controversial badger cull in parts of west and mid Wales will be announced early next year. Opponents have accused the Welsh government of delaying a decision that was initially expected in the autumn… (story)

Yorkshire Post 6.12.11 Circus hits out at calls for boycott - BOSSES at a circus have hit back at critics calling for the public to boycott its Christmas pantomime being performed with live animals this month in Bradford. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) claims Circus Mondao uses zebras and camels in its performances, despite the House of Commons passing a unanimous motion to ban the use of “wild” animals in circuses in June. But circus spokeswoman Petra Jackson said it had nothing to hide and accused animal rights organisations of wanting to ban almost all human interaction with animals including bringing a halt to guide dogs used for the blind and deaf…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.12.11 Call for public to snub circus by animal protection charity - A NATIONAL animal protection charity is calling on the public to boycott one of the country’s few remaining animal circuses, when it performs its Christmas pantomime with live animals in Bradford. the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) says this will extend the usual season, which ends around November, for at least another month. It says Circus Mondao uses zebras, horses, goats, llamas and camels in its performances, despite the House of Commons passing a unanimous motion to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in June…. (story)

5.12.11

Horse & Hound 5.12.11 Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt back in action - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - The Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt (CSSH), established on April Fool’s Day 2005 — and about to undergo a revival…. Dylan — aged 16 — has sired a daughter, Martha, and the new entry is ready to hunt. “It might be hysterical,” says Mr Seyfried. “Unlike Dylan, Martha may not fall for the sock — and get on to a real squirrel. The last time that happened, 67 of us turned ourselves in to the police. They threatened to arrest us for wasting police time.” (story)

Horse & Hound 5.12.11 Farewell to Coniston huntsman Owen Balding - Coniston huntsman Owen Balding, 49, died at home on 24 November. He had been suffering from cancer. He leaves a wife, Rosslyn and four children…. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE RACE DAY
Hull Daily Mail 5.12.11 BEVERLEY: Local rider Sarah Fuller's first outing on a racehorse in a new fixture at Doncaster Racecourse was a galloping success. Sarah, of Beverley, came a creditable second in the first race of the day at the new Doncaster Countryside Race Day fixture… (story)
Sheffield Star 25.11.11 Top award for course By John Pullin Inside Track - Doncaster Racecourse is buzzing as we prepare for our first National Hunt fixture of the new campaign on Friday… And Friday, which is a new fixture for Doncaster, is going to be a special occasion as our first ever Countryside Race Day kicks off our National Hunt campaign in style… There will also be a parade of horses and hounds from the local Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hunt during the afternoon adding a real rural flavour to the day and hunts from Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland will all be represented on the day…. (story)
Doncaster Free Press 24.11.11 Town Moor set for National Hunt - DONCASTER Racecourse is buzzing as we prepare for our first National Hunt fixture of the new campaign on Friday…Friday, which is a new fixture for Doncaster, is going to be a special occasion as our first ever Countryside Race Day kicks off our National Hunt campaign in style. The Countryside Alliance has organised the day and will be putting on a special Race for Repeal at 11.30am, before the main card, with huntsmen and women competing. There will also be a parade of horses and hounds during the afternoon adding a real rural flavour to the day and hunts from Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland will all be represented on the day… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE RURAL FUEL PRICE REPORT
Selby Times 5.12.11 Counting cost of petrol prices - WORKERS in Selby have been hugely hit by massive fuel rises and commuting costs 25 per cent higher than those in cities, research has revealed… The report, from the Countryside Alliance, also reveals that costs have rocketed by more than £5 a month since the start of the year… (story)
Halstead Gazette 5.12.11 Halstead: Cost of commuting hits drivers - Motorists in Halstead pay more to commute to work than anywhere else in the country… The Countryside Alliance, which conducted the research, urged the Government to reduce fuel duty to help hard-up drivers… (story)
Welwyn & Hatfield Times 2.12.11 Rocketing cost of commuting by car for Welwyn Hatfield residents By Paul Christian, Reporter - NEW figures have revealed the rising cost of commuting by car in Welwyn Hatfield. The statistics, produced by the Countryside Alliance, place the figure for monthly fuel costs at £55.53 for this month… (story)
Malton Gazette 30.11.11 MP calls for cheap petrol in rural areas - RURAL areas of North Yorkshire have the highest fuel costs in Yorkshire, a new study has shown. Research by the Countryside Alliance suggests fuel costs have increased more than £5 per month since January, hitting rural businesses hardest… (story)
South Wales Evening Post 30.11.11 Rural drivers paying more to commute - NEW evidence has emerged of how drivers in South Wales are being hammered at the pumps… (story)
STV 27.11.11 Commuting cost in Moray amongst the highest - Countryside Alliance has carried out an investigation into the cost of commuting in the UK - By Danny Law (story)
Carlisle News & Star 26.11.11 RISING FUEL COSTS POSE THREAT TO CUMBRIA'S RURAL AREAS – STUDY By Anika Bourley - Drivers across parts of Cumbria are paying out up to £25 more a month in petrol to get to work compared with people living in urban areas, research shows….. (story)
York Press 26.11.11 York MP queries call to cut fuel duty - A YORK MP has criticised calls from the Countryside Alliance and fellow MPs to cut or postpone fuel duty. Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, said it was inappropriate to call for fuel duty cuts without suggesting where the lost funds could be made up…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 26.11.11 Scottish fuel price cut ‘paves way for Yorkshire’ - A DECISION to grant a five pence a litre fuel discount to remote islands in Scotland and the Isles of Scilly has “opened the door” for a similar scheme in rural North Yorkshire, according to a local MP…. Anne McIntosh believes a future round of fuel savings could ease the burden on motorists in remote parts of North Yorkshire, where monthly fuel bills are among the nation’s highest…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 26.11.11 Jenny Dunn: Fuel price rise pose a threat to rural life - YOU probably won’t have missed that last week the rising cost of motor fuel was the topic for a backbench debate in the House of Commons. It was inspired by Robert Halfon and FairFuel UK’s campaign for cheaper petrol and diesel, which included a trendy Government e-petition that generated more than 120,000 signatures…. (story)
Daily Record 25.11.11 Islanders to get 5p discount on petrol and diesel from next March - ISLANDERS will be given a 5p fuel discount from the beginning of next March, the UK Government confirmed today… SNP MP for the Western Isles Angus MacNeil said attention must now turn to delivering a permanent fuel stabilisation measure to bring mainland fuel prices under control… The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) hailed today's announcement, but voiced similar concerns…. (story)
York Press 25.11.11 Rural areas hit by crippling cost of fuel By Dan Bean - RURAL areas of North Yorkshire, including Selbyand Hambleton, have the highest fuel costs in Yorkshire, a new study has shown. Research by the Countryside Alliance revealed the average monthly fuel cost for Selby residents is £80.15, and £77.56 for those living in Hambleton, while the average monthly cost to people living in local authorities was £67.45 in November…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 25.11.11 Fuel bills for commuters soar by 8% - MOTORISTS in Plymouth have seen their monthly petrol bills for getting to work increase by eight per cent in less than a year, figures show…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 25.11.11 Petrol prices leave Gloucestershire motorists £5 worse off - MOTORISTS in parts of Gloucestershire have seen their monthly petrol bills for getting to work increase by more than £5 this year alone figures show… (story)
Yorkshire Post 24.11.11 Rural life hit hardest by fuel prices - RURAL workers are being hit with massive fuel rises and commuting costs 25 per cent higher than those in cities, research has revealed… The report, from the Countryside Alliance, also reveals that costs have rocketed by more than £5 a month since the start of the year. It calls on Chancellor George Osborne to take action on fuel duty in his pre-budget report on Tuesday…. (story)
Pirate FM 24.11.11 Cornwall's Commute Costs Rising - It is claimed Cornwall is paying through the nozzle just to get to work… Jenny Dunn, Policy Researcher for the Countryside Alliance which carried out the research, said, “The unprecedented rise in fuel costs since the beginning of the year has placed a heavy burden on people who need their car to get to work… (story)
Sun 24.11.11 ‘3p fuel rise will cripple villages’ — Alice Barnard, Countryside Alliance Chief - I can't be the only one who thinks with each passing millilitre how else I might be spending the pounds and pence pouring into my car's fuel tank. But where I live near Melton Mowbray in rural Leicestershire, having a car isn't a luxury — it's a necessity…. (story)
Mail 24.11.11 Rising petrol prices hit those who live in the countryside hardest By Lee Boyce - Residents in rural communities are being impacted the most by rising fuel prices - spending almost £17 more on fuel each month than urban commuters…. (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 24.11.11 East Anglia: Rural economy ‘hit hard’ by fuel costs By Tom Potter - COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have called on the Government to lift the “heavy burden” of rising fuel costs on the region’s rural economy…. (story)
Western Daily Press 24.11.11 Campaigners apply more pressure to cut fuel prices - Chancellor George Osborne has come under more pressure to cut fuel prices following new evidence of how rural West drivers are being hammered… The Countryside Alliance warned the viability of rural businesses and communities is threatened by the spiralling costs of driving…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 24.11.11 The £300 countryside fuel bill - Chancellor George Osborne has come under more pressure to cut fuel prices following new evidence of how rural West drivers are being hammered… (story)
Western Morning News 24.11.11 Chancellor is urged to re-think petrol duty hike - Commuters in rural areas have been punished hardest by the surge at the petrol pumps since the start of the year, figures reveal…. (story)
Atlantic FM 24.11.11 The Countryside Alliance has revealed just how much it's costing rural motorists to commute to work…. (story)
Dundee Courier 24.11.11 Countryside Alliance survey finds rural areas hit hardest by soaring cost of motoring - Dundee commuters have some of the lowest fuel costs in the country, a new survey has found. Research carried out by the Countryside Alliance found people living in rural local authority areas pay around 25% more each month for fuel than those living in urban areas…. (story)

York Press 5.12.11 Transport of animal cruelties - ONE Brussels policy statement you’ll never see: “EU transport laws ensure that farm animals often have no leg room, fresh air or refreshments on long-distance journeys to slaughterhouses in places like Turkey.”… Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington (letter)

4.12.11

Independent on Sunday 4.12.11 Clarissa Dickson Wright: 'When I was young, pubs had badger ham on the bar' …. Hunting is my favourite sport But of course it's been banned, so we hunt within the law:… (story)

Sunday Express 4.12.11 BILL ODDIE TAKES A POT SHOT AT KATE... By Marco Giannangeli and Peter Robertson - BILL Oddie has criticised the Duchess of Cambridge after pictures were published ¬showing her brandishing a shotgun while practising her game shooting. Britain’s best-known ornithologist said he felt “despair” that Kate, who became one of the world’s biggest icons after ¬marrying Prince William in April, has not taken the opportunity to set a new example and break away from “needless and ¬bloodthirsty” traditions… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 4.12.11 Animal test firms given your NHS data - David Cameron will on Monday announce plans to share patient records and other NHS data with private health care companies, including some that use animals in clinical tests. By Robert Watts, Deputy Political Editor - The Prime Minister will use a keynote speech to outline far closer “collaboration” between the health service and life science companies, giving them more freedom to run clinical trials inside hospitals….(story)
Sunday Telegraph 4.12.11 A shot in the arm for the economy - A new policy could both boost jobs and speed up medical research. The Sunday Telegraph reports today that the Prime Minister, in a welcome move, proposes to encourage closer co-operation between the NHS and pharmaceutical companies… Others will object to the fact that many manufacturers test their products on animals, and will insist that this is a reason for denying them any access. But animal testing is an essential part of establishing the safety of a medicine for human consumption… (story)

3.12.11

Horse & Hound 3.12.11 Hard ground contributes to spate of hunting injuries - A spate of hunting falls in the past few weeks seem to have been aggravated by hard ground. At the Warwickshire, there have been several trips to A&E of late… Both Beaufort whippers-in have been sidelined recently — one with a broken collarbone and the other with a broken leg… And the Fitzwilliam huntsman was off games for a couple of weeks after bruising his ribs when he fell from his horse in a sugar beet field… (story)

Guardian 3.12.11 John Mullan's 10 of the best - From Virgil's Aeneid to John Burningham's Harquin, here are 10 of the most memorable hunting scenes in literature. Can you suggest more?... (story)

2.12.11

Yorkshire Post 2.12.11 Call for public to snub circus by animal protection charity - A NATIONAL animal protection charity is calling on the public to boycott one of the country’s few remaining animal circuses, when it performs its Christmas pantomime with live animals in Bradford. the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) says this will extend the usual season, which ends around November, for at least another month. It says Circus Mondao uses zebras, horses, goats, llamas and camels in its performances, despite the House of Commons passing a unanimous motion to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in June…. (story)

1.12.11

Scunthorpe Telegraph 1.12.11 Patting hounds at opening hunt - These children seen patting the hounds in November 1978 may have come from the Kirmington, Wootton and Ulceby areas. They were attending the Brocklesby Hunt's first meet of the season – by tradition held at the home of their joint master, the Earl of Yarborough… (story)

Western Gazette 1.12.11 HELEN Weeks states that no one is above the law and paints a picture of hunts breaking the law everytime they go hunting. If this was true she and fellow monitors would have hours of footage to show this happening. Since 2004 Hunting Act there have only been six hunts convicted… (letter)
Western Gazette 10.11.11 THE Countryside Alliance, the voice of blood sports and hardly animal lovers, thinks the Hunting Act is a waste of time…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.11.11 Nobody is above the rule of law - WELL I never, the Countryside Alliance, the voice of blood sports, hardly animal lovers, thinks the Hunting Act is a waste of time. Why is it a waste of time to want to protect wild animals such as foxes, deer, hares and mink from the terror and pain of being hunted to exhaustion with a pack of dogs, and then torn to pieces?... hunters, get used to looking over your shoulders for the monitors' cameras, for you will not escape the law forever. No one is above the law. Helen Weeks West Coker, Somerset (letter)

Daily Record 1.12.11 Gamekeeper admits poisoning birds of prey while working at Biggar farm - A GAMEKEEPER has admitted poisoning four birds of prey while employed at a farm two years ago. David Whitefield, 45, worked as the sole gamekeeper at Coulter Allers Farm in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, when he fatally poisoned four buzzards with chloralose baits between March 5 and November 11 2009…. Sentence was deferred until January 5 for background reports… (story)
BBC News Online 1.12.11 Gamekeeper David Whitefield admits poisoning buzzards - A gamekeeper has admitted poisoning birds of prey at a farm in Biggar, South Lanarkshire. David Whitefield, 41, admitted poisoning four buzzards with chloralose baits at Coulter Allers Farm between March and November 2009… (story)

Derby Telegraph 1.12.11 It's hypocrisy to protect game for rich hunters - I HAVE heard and read about hypocrisy many, many times in my life but the recent headlines concerning armed police hunting commercial poachers in Robin Wood Melbourne, recently has to be up there with the greatest… what we have here is rich landed gentry and other business types feeling bored but, instead of finding a peaceful, sedentary pastime, arming up to kill birds (game) and mammals that "happen" to be edible and available in the woods around the East Midlands… , it would be lovely to see the hypocrites – hanging their heads on "trophy walls". That would put an end to this seedy business. Joe Coleman Tewkesbury Crescent Chaddesden (letter)
Derby Telegraph 19.11.11 Now it's the gun-toting poachers being hunted - ARMED police have begun night-time patrols to crack down on a rise in poaching. Officers with rifles will team up with gamekeepers, landowners and farmers to protect deer and game birds in Robin Wood, near Melbourne… (story)

Western Morning News 1.12.11 Business hubs on farms and a boost to AONB visitors - Luring tourists to little-celebrated beauty spots is part of a £165 million plan to unleash the full potential of the rural economy. George Osborne's autumn statement this week included proposals to turn disused farm buildings into thriving business hubs, roll out broadband and signpost holidaymakers to the countryside…. The Countryside Alliance welcomed the moves, but called for more measures to extend "Buy British" food standards to schools and hospitals to help farmers. (story)

Derby Telegraph 1.12.11 Badger cruelty is focus of crackdown by police - A NATIONAL campaign against cruelty to badgers is being backed by Derbyshire police. Officers in the county are taking part in Operation Meles – a country-wide initiative where forces share intelligence to gather evidence against people who target the animals… (story)

Solihull News 1.12.11 A week of festivities in Solihull - Solihull has signalled the start of the Christmas season with lots of events panned for borough shoppers… There will also be more carol singing on Thursday, December, 8 from 6-8pm, when singers from Animal Aid descend on the town for their annual sing-a-long. The charity, which was founded in 1992 by Ursula Bates, relies on its annual Christmas carol fund raiser to supply much needed funds for the year ahead…. (story)

Sheffield Star 1.12.11 Cruel slaughter - I TOTALLY agree with Marlene Guest who wrote about the ritual slaughter of animals. It is a very cruel method…. J Horton (letter)

Brentwood Gazette 1.12.11 'Nothing suffered on my plate' - MEATS like turkey, beef and bacon don't tempt everyone at Christmas time. In fact Karin Ridgers' house will be a strictly meat-free zone. Vegan Karin used to run a vegetarian club in Essex, and now manages Veggie Vision TV – an online TV channel… (story)

Essex Echo 1.12.11 Realities of the fur trade - It is shocking to see how many shops in Leigh are selling fur. This is Anti-Fur Week and demonstrations have been taking place across the country… Debbie Zarb-Cousin, Southend Animal Aid, The Broadway, Thorpe Bay (letter)