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28.2.05

Suffolk Evening Star 28.2.05 Illegal hare coursers fined - TWO men caught illegally hare coursing on a Hollesley farmer's land have been fined and the Land Rover they used to carry their dogs is to be destroyed. Ipswich magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the Land Rover Discovery after the men pleaded guilty to entering the land as trespassers in search of game. Kenneth Smith, of Meadow Road, Farnborough, in Hampshire, and Derek Tomlin, of Newbury Avenue, Enfield Lock, in Middlesex, were charged under the Game Act 1831 after witnesses saw their dogs chase and kill a hare on land near the BT exchange at Hollesley…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 28.2.05 GAME FAIR TAKES AIM - A Paignton shooting accessories firm is due to be one of the exhibitors at the region's biggest game fair. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Westcountry Game Fair, which is taking place at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on March 19 and 20. Optics Warehouse, Paignton, will be amongst the many companies at the event, which attracts shooters, anglers, and riders from all over the region…. (story)

Times 28.2.05 Scots divided on deer hunt proposals - BY MAGNUS LINKLATER - Battle lines drawn over plan to extend culling season - A ROW over the killing of deer in Scotland is threatening to become as bitter and divisive as the ban on hunting in England. Like the hunting debate, it has pitched supporters of a traditional sport against those who want to curb it. There is, however, one critical difference: the reformers want to see more animals slaughtered; the traditionalists to protect them…. conservationists argue that there are now too many of them, that they are destroying the fragile habitat of the Highlands and preventing the regeneration of ancient pine forests. The Deer Commission of Scotland, which advises the Government on deer management, has proposed a drastic solution: to abolish the close season… Ronnie Rose, who heads the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: “They have totally lost sight of the welfare of deer. They see them as vermin and want to kill them any way they can…. To my mind what lies behind these plans is a hatred of private ownership. Anything that hits the owners is all right.”… The Commission was criticised after the mass cull last year of deer on the Glenfeshie Estate in the Cairngorm mountains, when helicopters were used to drive deer towards waiting guns. “If that’s the pattern for the future, I want no part of it,” said one landowner. “This legislation is about more than just deer, it’s a test of whether man is a humane species or not.” … (story)

Times 28.2.05 Animal protests cost £10m over five years BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - COMPANIES besieged by animal rights extremists could be forced to contribute towards the policing of protests that have cost more than £10 million in the past five years. Figures obtained by The Times under new freedom of information laws show the extent of the drain on police budgets. Discussions are under way between the Home Office, industry executives and police forces about whether companies should pay something towards the vast policing bill…. The suggestion that companies could stump up money for policing, as well as private security, was criticised by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Philip Wright, its director of science and technology, said: “The UK is already an expensive place to undertake clinical research — any further demands will only drive research overseas.” (story)

The Sentinel 28.2.05 THESE TESTS ARE NECESSARY -I Love animals and I would not want to hurt them but I think that animal testing should be done. I think that animals should be tested on because a human's life is more valuable than a rat's or mouse's. However animals should not be used for testing household products. But testing on animals for cures against diseases should be done… MATTHEW SAMMONS Aged 9 Bursley CP School (letter)

The Sentinel 28.2.05 ANIMAL TESTING SAVES OUR LIVES - I Do really love animals but animal testing has to be done. Many lives have been saved and many cures have been found. If it was a member of my family who got ill I would thank animal testing for helping them… RHIANNON HILL Bursley CP School (letter)

The Sentinel 28.2.05 IT'S YOU OR THE ANIMALS - I Am an animal lover and would never hurt an animal. I do however agree that animals should be tested on. I think this because it has cured a lot of illnesses. I do not though agree on testing make up on animals because it is just money making and all it's for is so that women or girls look nice. I think that it should only be used for medical reasons…. MATTHEW BOND Aged 10 Bursley CP School (letter)

The Sentinel 28.2.05 I WANT TO LET ANIMALS GO - I Am very concerned about the conditions in zoos, because I think it has an effect on these beautiful creatures being locked up in cages desperate to go free into the wild… HARRIET LEEDHAM Aged 10 Ryecroft Middle School (letter)

Bath Chronicle 28.2.05 ANIMALS ALSO IN NEED OF CARE - There is an apparent surplus of donated tsunami funds. People have certainly suffered terribly, losing their lives and their livelihoods. However, immediate and long-term relief is also needed in the affected areas for the tens of thousands of both farm and domestic animals which require food, water and veterinary care…. Some of the main animal welfare agencies that are doing invaluable work in all the tsunami affected areas are: WSPA ( www.wspa-international.org), IFAW ( www.ifaw.org), Compassion in World Farming ( www.ciwf.org.uk), and VSPCA ( www.ahimsatx.org/india/visakha/ index.htm)… JUDY HUNGERFORD, Greenland Mills, Bradford on Avon (story)

27.2.05

Sunday Telegraph 27.2.05 RSPB condemns £500 bounty for killing greatest number of magpies By Daniel Foggo - A shooting magazine has provoked outrage by offering a £500 prize to the person who slaughters the highest number of magpies in the next five months. Bird conservationists and government officials last night accused the organisers of "encouraging people to break the law". Sporting Shooter, a monthly country sports magazine, announces the award in its latest issue, out this week. Charlie Jacoby, the contributing editor, said that readers would be urged to kill, trap and destroy all the magpies they can between now and the end of July…. (story)

Scotland on Sunday 27.2.05 Dogged by race protesters - Martin Hannan - ARGUABLY the first written account of a race involving horses is in Homer’s Iliad…. Now I am fearful that those people who campaigned long and hard for the hunting ban may turn their attention to other sports which they deem, however ill-advisedly, to be cruel. Over the next few weeks, for instance, you will probably hear about Rusty, a former racing greyhound who was deliberately injured and left to die on a Welsh rubbish tip. Opponents of dog racing such as Greyhound Action have seized upon Rusty’s case as a rallying call for their cause. May 1 has been designated by them as ‘Remembering Rusty’ day. Greyhounds today, National Hunt racing next? The Animal Aid organisation has again designated the week leading up to the Grand National on April 9 as ‘Racing Awareness Week’ and will continue their well-organised campaign to ban racing, no doubt with more gruesome pictures and ‘shock’ statistics…..(story)

Sunday Times 27.2.05 Airports are new target of animal groups - NICK FIELDING AND GARETH WALSH - ANIMAL rights extremists have opened a violent campaign against BAA, the company that runs most of Britain’s big airports, for its role in importing live animals for laboratory research… An anti-import campaign was launched in December by a protest group called Gateway to Hell with co-ordinated demonstrations at Heathrow and Manchester airports. The campaign is targeting BAA, Air France, Air Mauritius and the Dover Port Authority. Air Mauritius denies it imports animals. The group is linked to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), which has co-ordinated years of protests against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a medical testing company based near Cambridge. …(story)

26.2.05

Westmorland Gazette 26.2.05 Poachers blamed for killing third of North Lancashire deer - POLICE in north Lancashire have begun a series of special operations to catch a poaching gang thought to be responsible for killing a third of the area's wild deer…. They believe at least 40 animals have been killed and many more left to die as the poachers seek quality venison…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 26.2.05 Addressing raptor impact - Logan D. Steele ("Killing buzzards", Letters, February 24) referred to research carried out on raptor impact on game and other wild birds. The policy of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is based on the best available science and takes cognisance of anecdotal information from gamekeepers and others…. Mr Steele accused us of arrogance. If it is arrogant to defend a sport that contributes significantly to the £100million generated by shooting and stalking in Scotland each year, supports fragile rural economies and the equivalent of more than 7,000 full-time jobs, as well as making a massive contribution to habitat and landscape management, then we are guilty. Dr Colin B. Shedden, director, BASC Scotland, Trochry, Dunkeld. (letter)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 24.2.05 Killing buzzards - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has recommended that shooting estates should, as a last resort, apply for licences to destroy raptors and their eggs, and in particular those of buzzards…. In the UK, there are 30-35million artificially introduced pheasants and between 44,000 and 61,000 pairs of indigenous buzzards, yet they are deemed to pose a serious enough threat for the BASC to consider destroying them… It is arrogant of the BASC to think that it can decide which of our birds will live and which will die, just to enable them to meet their narrow game-rearing interests to the detriment of the rest of us who are delighted to see buzzards once again soaring above us. Logan D. Steele, 40 Bridgewater Avenue, Auchterarder (story)

25.2.05

Post & Times 25.2.05 ANIMAL CHARITIES GET £1,662 AID - A Series of car boot sales in aid of animal charities are starting up again on Sunday. The sales, on the Co-op car park in Buxton Road, Leek, raised £1,662 for various animal charities last year. National charities such as the RSPCA and PETA benefited from the funds raised, as did Leek's Rabbit Rescue… Cynthia Lubacz, from Leek, organises the sales…. (story)

Alton Herald 25.2.05 Hare coursing men end up in the dock - FIVE men - two from Alton and three from Bordon - have been found guilty of hare coursing on an estate in Cambridgeshire…. The five men were Leslie Smith, 50, of Alton; John Smith, 29, of Bordon; Glenn Keet, 40, of Bordon, Simon Slone, 31, of Alton, and Stephen Wells, 46, of Bordon. They admitted daytime trespass in pursuit of game on October 17 last year….(story)
Cambridgeshire Times 17.2.05 Hare coursers have cars and dogs taken off them - FIVE men caught hare coursing illegally near March were banned from driving for three months, had two vehicles confiscated, and told their dogs must be forfeited. They were also each fined £350 with £35 costs after being found trespassing with dogs on Coldham Estate land at Graysmoor Drove…. They were Leslie Smith, 50, of Alton; John Smith, 29, of Bordon; Glenn Keet, 40, of Bordon, Simon Slone, 31, of Alton, and Stephen Wells, 46, of Bordon. They admitted daytime trespass in pursuit of game on October 17…. (story)

Independent 25.2.05 Vivisection bias - Colin Blakemore, in his defence of torturing primates (Letters, 22 February), suggests that opponents should consult those who suffer from horrific diseases…. Like factory farming, vivisection is conducted away from public view - most people would be appalled and sickened if forced to confront the reality of what goes on behind closed doors. KATHLEEN ORME, Iden, East Sussex (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 25.2.05 Police 'offered cash' for corpse - AN animal rights activist arrested in connection with the theft of a body from a grave claimed police offered £10,000 for recovery of the bones. John Curtin said officers asked for his help in finding the remains of Gladys Hammond….(story)

Oxford Mail 25.2.05 Animal testing open to scrutiny - Details of animal experiment procedures and the suffering they cause are to be revealed to the public, the Home Office has announced. But ministers insist nothing will be published which compromises the safety of scientists. The controversial move follows a campaign of intimidation by animal rights extremists against plans by Oxford University to open a new biomedical research laborotary… (story in archive)

Coventry Evening Telegraph 25.2.05 Animal circus draws protesters - Animal rights protesters are staging a vigil at Coventry Stadium while a circus featuring live animal shows is taking place. Members of Coventry Animal Alliance say they will gather at the Rugby Road stadium until the Great British Circus, which features lions and tigers, completes its run on Sunday…. Protester Janet Cummings, from Rugby, said they had received good feedback from passers-by….(story)
Coventry Observer 24.2.05 Campaigners accuse Coventry Stadium chief of hypocrisy - ANIMAL Rights activists have accused Coventry Greyhound Stadium bosses of going back on a promise to stop hosting animal circuses. The Great British Circus (GBC) arrived in Brandon on Tuesday complete with an array of exotic animals including lions, tigers and zebras, but protesters claim they were assured the event would not go ahead. Activists from the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) allege the promise was made in a letter sent to them by stadium chief Avtar Sandhu last year after he was shown video footage of animal cruelty at European circuses. … (story)
Rugby Advertiser 24.2.05 PROTESTERS BRAVE COLD AT CIRCUS - ANIMAL rights protesters armed with posters and placards gathered outside Coventry Stadium in Brandon this week to demonstrate against a live animal circus. More than 30 protesters braved the cold to campaign against The Great British Circus, which opened at the Rugby Road site on Tuesday…. Rugby campaigner Janet Cummings said: "The purpose of the protest was to try and dissuade people from going in and to explain the terrible suffering that goes on…" (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.2.05 CONDEMNED TO A SLOWER DEATH - What right does Janet Cummings think she has, protesting about the culling of wild boar (The Citizen, February 21)? Can she honestly say she has never eaten chicken that has been force-fed in factory farms?... JOHN RUSSELL, via e-mail (story)

24.2.05

North Devon Journal 24.2.05 HEADLESS DEER HORROR AS POACHING NUMBERS SOAR - Police are urgently appealing for help following an alarming rise in the poaching of wild deer across North Devon. Significant numbers of the animal have been reported missing from Arlington Court near Barnstaple. And a headless - and legless - body of a stag was also found recently in Woolacombe. PC Jim Kidd said: "Poaching has been going on all the time, but lately it has increased to such a degree that now at least 20 stags have gone missing from the grounds of Arlington Court…. (story)

Cornishman 24.2.05 OVER 1,000 BADGERS KILLED CLAIM - More than 1,000 badgers have been killed in Penwith during the Kreb's trial - with another cull expected this year - claims the West Cornwall Badger Group. The group believes this is "an obscene attack on a protected species" and believes the focus of action against TB should be through better disease diagnosis and better animal husbandry… (story)

Newcastle Journal 24.2.05 Scientist: Animal tests don't work By Paul James, The Journal - A Newcastle scientist is spearheading a campaign to end medical research on animals. But Dr Jarrod Bailey is no animal rights activist and his argument is founded entirely on the belief that it simply does not work. As scientific director of Europeans for Medical Progress, Dr Bailey, 34, said "archaic" animal methods have either harmed humans or set research back by decades….(story)

Somerset Guardian 24.2.05 VEGETARIAN AWARDS NEED NOMINATIONS - The vegetarian Society is inviting people to nominate their favourite veggiefriendly local pub, the best vegetarian cafe and the top retailer of meat-free ready meals for this year's Vegetarian Society Awards…(story)

Bolton Evening News 24.2.05 - A ROADSHOW packed with all the information needed to go vegetarian or vegan is coming to Manchster next month. The Viva veggie roadshow will visit Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, on Saturday, March 26, from 10am to 5pm…. (story in archive)

23.2.05

Scotsman 23.2.05 Warmer Scotland threatens game birds and shooting estates JAMES REYNOLDS - ERRATIC weather patterns due to global warming are directly influencing the health of Scotland’s game bird populations, and could affect the economic viability of shooting estates, according to a new report… The findings, by researchers at Glasgow University and Pennsylvania State University in the United States, are published this week in the journal Nature…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 23.2.05 ANGLING: 'Anti' brigade talk rubbish - NOW that fox hunting with dogs has become law, the world of angling half expected the 'anti' brigade to turn to shooting and fishing. However, I never expected the pressure to come on so quickly. There have been television votes and an hour-long radio debate on the subject and newspaper articles in the national press. I would love to know how a tiny minority get so much publicity, particularly PETA – the American group, who for some reason love to poke their noses into our affairs…. The nonsense they come out with is never-ending but they are getting heard and if you keep on spreading the word, eventually you will get the odd MP or two on your side and then just watch the ball start rolling…. (story)

Northwich Chronicle 23.2.05 Anti-social anglers branded as 'scum' By Paul Brown, Northwich Chronicle - A CANAL user has hit out at what she calls the 'anti-social' behaviour of local fishermen who camp overnight on the Trent and Mersey Canal. The woman, who did not wish to be named, contacted the Chronicle after finding human excrement and other rubbish dumped in and around the canalside at Billinge Green Flash in Rudheath. She said: 'I enjoy walking along the canal, but unfortunately the behaviour of fishermen along this stretch of canal has reached a crisis point.'… She said she had written to the Northwich Anglers Association (NAA) in the hope it may be able to help track the culprits and added: 'This latest episode has left me feeling disgusted.'…(story)

Cambridge Evening News 23.2.05 Hare coursing gang fined and given driving ban - SIX men caught hare coursing illegally have been banned from driving and fined a total of £4,000. The group, aged 17 to 31, admitted one charge of trespassing in pursuit of game when they appeared at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Jefford, of Scotland Road, Cambridge; James Crickmore, 24, and William Winter, 27, of separate addresses in Fen Road, Chesterton; 17-year-old Joseph Lee, of Green End, Landbeach; Joe Winter, who is 31, of White Rose Walk, Cambridge; and 20-year-old Matthew Wenman, of Ellens Green, Horsham, West Sussex, all pleaded guilty to hare coursing at Terrington Marsh, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, on November 17… (story)
Eastern Daily Press 23.2.05 Hare coursers banned from driving - Six men caught hare-coursing illegally on farmland in West Norfolk were all banned from driving and fined a total of £4000 yesterday… Joseph Jefford, 21, of Scotland Road, James Crickmore, 24, and William Winter, 27, of separate addresses in Fen Road, Chesterton, near Cambridge; Joseph Lee, 17 , of Green End, Landbeach, near Cambridge; Matthew Wenman, 20, of Ellens Green, Horsham, West Sussex, and Joe Winter, 31, of White Rose Walk, Cambridge, were all unrepresented in court….(story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 23.2.05 Hare today and hare tomorrow by Dave Andrew - THE Swindon area is set to be at the forefront of the battle to save one of Britain's best-loved mammals. Studley Grange at Lydiard Tregoze and Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve, near Cricklade, have been chosen as two of only seven sites in the country to help secure the future of the brown hare…. (story in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 23.2.05 PROTEST OVER ANIMAL TESTING - Animal rights protesters took to the streets of Gloucester to protest against a pet food producer. The group handed out leaflets to shoppers outside the Sainsbury's store in Northgate Street to deliver a defiant message to manufacturer Iams: "We will not tolerate your testing." Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate, Bryan Meloy, joined campaigners from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) in the protest…. (story)

Western Mail 23.2.05 Fur is ugly, Julien - Julien Macdonald must have been desperate for publicity when he designed his ugly fur collection. His designs may have been slightly improved by his attractive models. But if memory serves me correct, most women who wore fur only made themselves look less attractive… JUDI HEWITT, Hadley Crescent, Rhyl (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 23.2.05 SENSELESS SLAUGHTER THAT SHOULD GO OUT OF FASHION - I Am disgusted at the continued and increasing sight of real fur on the high street. The wearing of real fur is I believe morally repugnant, tasteless and cheap… RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln. (letter)

22.2.05

Scunthorpe Telegraph 22.2.05 RE-OPENING A CAN OF WORMS - I Once did a little testing of public opinions about anglers, and because of my reputation of having a warped sense of humour, I got some strange descriptions of what anglers were, in the minds of some non-anglers. Quite apart from the usual 'worm at one end of a rod and a fool at the other', there were some descriptions which cannot be printed. But in general describe anglers as wasters of time which could be better spent on other things, and of course, the extremists who would ban angling all together, the sooner the better. This opens up the old can of worms about the pain said to inflicted by fish….(story)

Western Mail 22.2.05 Deer stalking is necessary task for protection of crops - by Glynn Cook, BASC director Wales - IT is often claimed that, apart from within a couple of very limited areas, there are no deer in Wales. But, as we've seen in other spheres, when it gets a bit crowded next door, Offa's Dyke doesn't present much of a barrier…. Deer stalking is a sport but it is also a necessary task for the protection of agricultural crops and forestry and indeed, of the deer themselves…. (story)

Western Daily Press 22.2.05 BATTLE IS ON TO SAVE THE BOARS - Animal rights activists are threatening to protest in the Forest of Dean to save a herd of wild boar from the shotgun. Janet Cummings, a leading national campaigner, is urging animal lovers in the area to campaign to save the feral pigs living in the woodlands….(story)
Gloucester Citizen 21.2.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST THREAT ON BOAR KILLING - A Leading animal rights campaigner is threatening to stage mass protests in the Forest of Dean if farmers do not stop shooting wild boar. Janet Cummings is urging farmers in the Forest not to shoot the boar, even if they wreak havoc on their land. … She is a member of Coventry Animal Alliance and Against Greyhound Racing, and she has led several campaigns over the past 15 years…. (story)

Scotsman 22.2.05 Badgers targeted, but not supermarkets - VIC ROBERTSON - WITH the vexed question of a ban on hunting foxes with dogs in England and Wales apparently behind it, the Westminster government yesterday turned its attention to badgers - with a hint of extreme prejudice. "We will be prepared to consider badger culling if the evidence [as a means of controlling bovine TB] supports this as a cost-effective, proportionate and sustainable contribution to disease control," the Environment Secretary, Margaret Beckett, told delegates to the English NFU’s annual conference. But she shied away from the same tough treatment for supermarkets, preferring to leave that to the findings of the Office of Fair Trade, due to report soon…. (story)

Guardian 22.2.05 Protest as harassment - If you want to know how a leaflet could be seen as a criminal weapon, take a look at the new crime bill - George Monbiot - It was the greatest legal victory against corporate power in living memory. Last week, two penniless activists, Dave Morris and Helen Steel, persuaded the European court of human rights that Britain's libel laws, under which they had been sued by McDonald's, had denied them their right of free speech…. The Confederation of British Industry, so quick to denounce legal rulings it doesn't like, hasn't uttered a word. They don't care, and they don't need to. You can see why by reading the serious organised crime and police bill, which has now passed through the Commons for the third time. What civil law once gave them, criminal law now offers instead…. in March last year a protester in Kent was arrested for sending polite emails to a drugs company, asking it not to work with the animal-testing service Huntingdon Life Sciences. Under current law, a "course of conduct" is established if you do something to one person twice: the police maintained that her emails, though courteous, constituted harassment as one person received two of them…. (story)

Independent 22.2.05 Why we must use monkeys in research - Your suggestion that research on primates is more worthy of a ban than hunting with hounds (leading article, 17 February) ignores the needs and rights of suffering people and the clear opinion of the public. The latest polls show that 90 per cent accept the use of animals in medical research, as long as there is no alternative and no unnecessary suffering… COLIN BLAKEMORE F.R.S. Chief Executive Medical Research Council London W1 (letter)

Glasgow Evening Times 22.2.05 Fury over furs - I HAVE been very upset by all the fashion reports lately showing models wearing fur…. I can see why we farm animals for food, and I can even stretch to understanding why foxes might need to be dealt with as pests. But to trap and kill animals as fashion accessories? Now that really is sick. R D Govan (letter)

21.2.05

Dundee Courier 21.2.05 Tourism earner in country sports - COUNTRY SPORTS tourism, at present worth about £200 million a year to Scotland’s rural economy, has the capability for significant growth and increased employment if it is developed efficiently. That is the clear message from the Country Sports Tourism Group, which was launched with the aim of realising the full potential of country sports tourism in Scotland. The members of the consortium include the Association of Deer Management Groups, the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, along with VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise… (story)

Independent 21.2.05 The use of primates in laboratory tests - You are spot on to argue that if the Government really wants to please the animal rights movement, the next two priority issues for them to address should be the tightening of regulation concerning the use of animals in laboratory experiments, in particular cosmetics testing, and the vivisection of primates… ADOLFO SANSOLINI , Chief Executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, London N7
According to a 2002 Mori poll, 87 per cent of British people accept animal experimentation, provided at least one of these is true: that it's for medical research; there are no alternatives; and no unnecessary suffering… Dr SOPHIE PETIT-ZEMAN , Director of Public Dialogue , Association of Medical Research Charities London WC1 (letters)

20.2.05

Sunday Telegraph 20.2.05 Trust accused of red deer 'massacre' By Tom Peterkin - The National Trust for Scotland was accused yesterday of needlessly massacring deer by driving them into snowdrifts and shooting them with hit-squads flown into one of the country's most famous sporting estates. A bitter row between gamekeepers and the guardians of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage has erupted over the way hundreds of red deer on the Mar Lodge estate have been culled… (story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 20.2.05 Fish joins small-scale protest against Nirah - PROTESTERS, one of them dressed as a giant fish, descended on Bedford this week objecting to plans for the Nirah project which will bring giant aquariums to the area. Animal welfare campaigners handed out leaflets outside the Town Hall claiming Nirah will be an aquatic zoo, but will also house a laboratory in which drug company and university scientists will carry out research on aquatic or semi-aquatic animals to investigate the 'biomedical potential hidden in the toxins, venoms and secretions they produce'…. (story)

19.2.05

Western Morning News 19.2.05 CAMPAIGNERS WILL TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO GAME SHOOTING - Campaigners, saboteurs and animal welfare charities are considering their next moves, and may now set their sights on eradicating another countryside pursuit - shooting. Andy Ward, from the Plymouth and South Devon Hunt Saboteurs, an active campaigner against hunting for the past ten years, will now monitor hunts to make sure they abide by the law, and said the Hunt Saboteur Association would turn its attention to game shooting…. (story)

The Sentinel 19.2.05 A STANCE ON ANIMAL RIGHTS - Following your article concerning Cynthia Lubacz and her stance on animal rights, I feel I must offer some sort of support. . Her argument for vivisection (animal experiments) being bad science has a good ring of truth….. We may not be all as sentimental as Cynthia Lubacz but the evidence demands compassion. Don't just sit there, do something! DAVE RIGBY Leek (story)

Newark Advertiser 19.2.05 Bird show beats ban attempt By SHARON HODKIN - A bird show went ahead at Newark Showground on Sunday despite attempts by an animal protection organisation to have the event banned…. The Animal Protection Agency wanted Sunday's show to be cancelled. It said the event contravened the Pet Animals Act, which banned the sale of animals as pets on a street, stall or in a public place…. (story may be on website for a week)

18.2.05

Aberdeen Press & Journal 18.2.05 Glenfeshie deer cull - SIR, - As you reported (February 10), a plea was made at the Scottish Parliament to draw a line under the controversial Glenfeshie deer cull… The Deer Commission of Scotland (DCS) was heavily criticised for its actions at Glenfeshie, and rightly so, but if the truth be told the commission was carrying out only part of its remit, which is to promote an integrated balance with natural heritage, and other land uses and interests…. Peter Fraser, East Auchallater, Braemar. (letter)

Western Daily Press 18.2.05 LEAVE THE QUIET CREATURES ALONE - It was not the badgers who put 6million souls to the gas chambers in the war, or indeed cause so much suffering in Africa right now. So, before those who want to exterminate these quiet shy God's creatures, along with others who do not fit into your pattern of life, look into the mirror and you will see a human who causes more harm to the universe. J Oliver Swindon Wiltshire (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 18.2.05 ARE IMPORTS A FACTOR IN TB? - After reading the many articles where once again blame is laid on the badger for the rise in bovine TB, I noticed some info in a national newspaper saying how much we import. It is rising, and you wonder what this does. We know standards are not as good outside the UK…. PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)

Newcastle Evening Chronicle 18.2.05 Animal use a necessity By Paul James, The Journal - One of the most respected and controversial scientists in the country last night defended the use of animals for medical research. Professor Colin Blakemore, a long-time advocate of animal testing, outlined how current studies could lead to new therapies for brain disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Speaking to around 200 academics at Newcastle's Centre for Life, he said the study of the brain was still at a very early stage, but was already showing signs towards potential breakthroughs…. (story)

Bolton Evening News 18.2.05 It's fur game for the fashion world - London Fashion Week is coming to an end and there has been a huge influx of fur on the catwalk with designers like Julien Macdonald draping his models in fox, mink, sable and rabbit fur. Karen Stephen asks why the fashion industry has once again embraced the wearing of fur with such gusto?... A spokesman for PETA - the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals campaign - said that the lobby group was "far from happy" with fur's re-emergence and, of the Elizabeth Jagger episode said: "By wearing fur, Elizabeth Jagger is endorsing hideous cruelty to animals."… (story in archive)

17.2.05

SHOOT SABOTEURS AWARDED COMPENSATION
Swindon Evening Advertiser 17.2.05 Protesters win compensation - TEN animal rights protesters have been given £30,000 compensation after claiming they were falsely imprisoned in Swindon. Wiltshire Constabulary settled out of court with the protesters but did not admit liability. Their lawyer Iftikhar Manzoor said they had been involved in a peaceful protest against a pheasant shoot at Wansdyke Farm, Ham, near Marlborough, in October 2001…. (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 16.2.05 £30,000 ARREST - Ten animal rights protesters have been awarded £30,000 in compensation after police were accused of falsely imprisoning them, a force spokesman confirmed yesterday. The campaigners claimed they were wrongfully arrested while demonstrating against a pheasant shoot at Wansdyke Farm, Ham, Wiltshire… (story)
BBC News Online 15.2.05 Protesters get £30k compensation - Ten animal rights protesters were awarded £30,000 compensation by police after officers were accused of falsely imprisoning them. The campaigners claimed they were wrongfully arrested while demonstrating against a pheasant shoot at Wansdyke Farm, Ham, near Marlborough, Wiltshire…. The protesters' lawyer, Iftikhar Manzoor, said that on 27 October 2001 they stood next to the shooters, forcing them to stop. He said this was a commonly-used method for halting a shoot because gun-handling guidelines say a shooter must 'break' the gun to make it safe, if approached…. A police spokesman would not discuss an individual case but confirmed that £30,000 was paid collectively in settlement to the 10 claimants. "The settlement was reached without admission of liability," he said. (story)
Mail 15.2.05 £30,000 police payout for animal rights protesters - Ten animal rights protesters were awarded £30,000 in compensation by police after officers were accused of falsely imprisoning them, a force spokesman confirmed today. The campaigners claimed they were wrongfully arrested while demonstrating against a pheasant shoot at Wansdyke Farm, Ham, near Marlborough, Wiltshire…. Wiltshire Police settled out of court but did not admit liability. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 17.2.05 JOINT DEMO OVER PET FOOD - Green Party members from Gloucester will be joined by members of animal rights group Peta at a city demonstration on Saturday. The groups will urge shoppers not to buy Iams pet foods, after a Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) investigation said the company had been conducting animal experiments in the US…. (story)

Clevedon Mercury 17.2.05 RHINO SHAME - It is shameful that Noah's Ark Zoo has bought two rhinos to the zoo…. All wild animals should be in their natural habitat and square miles to roam….. I Hollingsworth, Churchtown, Backwell (story)

Wiltshire Times 17.2.05 RSPCA upsets judge in dog cruelty case - A JUDGE has demanded an explanation from animal charity RSPCA after he heard that three dogs that are the subject of an appeal against conviction have been re-homed with new owners. Judge Keith Cutler has ordered the RSPCA to present a report on what happened to three of seven dogs taken into care after they were confiscated from Kathryn Hamilton Johnson of Poulshot, near Devizes, in December 2003…. He said: "I spoke to the RSPCA about this and if they have done something they shouldn't I will be very cross. "I was assured that everything would be maintained so that, in the event of a successful appeal by Mrs Johnson, the seven dogs could be returned to her. I must find out who is responsible and I want a proper explanation."….(story in archive)

16.2.05

Eastern Daily Press 16.2.05 Hare-coursers' cars confiscated - A gang of men from Hamp-shire caught hare-coursing illegally in the Fens had their dogs and cars confiscated by a court yesterday to stop them reoffending. Leslie Smith, 50, of Alton; John Smith, 29, of Bordon; Glenn Keet, 40, of Bordon; Simon Sloane, 31, of Alton; and Stephen Wells, 46, of Bordon, were also banned from driving for three months and fined £350 each after admitting trespassing in pursuit of game with dogs on Coldham Estate land at Graysmoor Drove, March, in October… (story)

MCLIBEL TRIAL RULING
Independent 16.2.05 After fifteen years, the 'McLibel Two' can toast victory in their battle with a burger behemoth - Vindicated in the longest court battle in British legal history, David Morris and Helen Steel celebrated in the Strand yesterday - not with the customary champagne outside the High Court, but with a demonstration outside McDonald's. For 15 years the two activists from north London fought a case against the world's biggest burger chain which seemed doomed. Yesterday, the Goliath of the fast-food world and the Government were humbled when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the two did not have a fair trial…(story)
Guardian 16.2.05 Libel law review over McDonald's ruling - Clare Dyer, legal correspondent - The government is to review the libel laws after two penniless environmental campaigners who were sued by McDonald's, the global burger chain, yesterday won a ruling at the European court of human rights that their rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression were violated when they were denied legal aid. The libel battle pitted Helen Steel, a part-time barmaid earning £65 a week, and David Morris, a single parent on income support, against an expert legal team headed by a £2,000-a-day libel QC in a 313-day trial, the longest in English legal history…. (story)
Telegraph 16.2.05 McLibel Two win free speech 'milestone case' By Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Editor - Two campaigners who were found to have distributed a leaflet in the mid-1980s libelling the McDonald's fast food chain were denied their rights to free speech and a fair hearing, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday. The Government was ordered to pay compensation of £24,000 to Helen Steel, 39, and David Morris, 50, plus £32,500 towards their legal costs… (story)
Telegraph 16.2.05 David and Goliath battle is a story of modern times By Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Editor As the European Court of Human Rights said yesterday, the inequality of arms between the McLibel Two and McDonald's could not have been greater. At the time the fast-food company took the two campaigners to court over a leaflet called What's Wrong with McDonald's?, the judges added, "its economic power outstripped that of many small countries"…. (story)
Times 16.2.05 McDonald's gets a taste of defeat as Europe backs the McLibel Two BY FRANCES GIBB, LEGAL EDITOR - THE marathon libel battle between the fast-food chain McDonald’s and two environmental campaigners ended in a resounding victory for the pair yesterday, with a ruling in Strasbourg that their British libel trial was unfair. The judgment won by Dave Morris, 50, and Helen Steel, 39, could force the Government to rethink whether legal aid should be provided in similar “David and Goliath” cases where people have to defend libel suits against wealthy multinationals…. (story)
Times 16.2.05 Campaigners return to place where it all began BY FRANCES GIBB - IT WAS almost like old times: yesterday the eco-warriors known as the McLibel Two were again outside a McDonald’s handing out leaflets criticising the fast-food outlet. But this time they were celebrating victory, not drumming up support for the battle. It is 15 years since Helen Steel, 39, and Dave Morris, 50, devoted four years of their lives to fighting the corporation in the longest trial in history. Both are vegans and call themselves anarchists. Mr Morris worked for six years for the Post Office in Islington, North London. Ms Steel is a trainee electrician… (story)

Salisbury Journal & Avon Advertiser 16.2.05 Pigeon culling - SHAME on you, Salisbury district council, for adopting a policy that will see the abundance of pigeons in Salisbury "humanely destroyed"…. NAME & ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter in archive)

15.2.05

Western Morning News 15.2.05 CORMORANTS AT RISK FROM MAN AND RAT - We welcome Theo Hopkins' support (WMN, January 27) for the RSPB's campaign to prevent the needless slaughter of cormorants. Unfortunately, he has missed the point when comparing our position on cormorants to the removal of rats from Lundy…. Peter Exley, Public Affairs Manager, RSPB South West England Regional Office (story)

News Shopper 15.2.05 Take action to deal with foxes in towns - I have a large garden where I grow my own vegetables and herbs. Increasingly over the past 15 years I have had an ongoing battle with the damage foxes have caused. Each day I have to spend time repairing damage to my garden which foxes have caused during the night…. The conclusion I am coming to is some humane system of discouraging the increase in the urban fox population is something many councils will have to consider soon. Perhaps it could be sterilisation by baiting. I am not happy with any system of culling…. Name and address supplied (letter)

Western Mail 15.2.05 And with a bound the hare could be gone - if we don't protect it … I think there's something absolutely magical about hares. I'm really lucky that I often see them here - much more frequently, in fact, than rabbits…. The Hare (Merlin Unwin, £20) is written by Jill Mason - author of last year's best-seller, The Townies' Guide to the Countryside - and lavishly illustrated by her wildlife photographer husband David Mason, who has spent the past 20 years capturing hares on film…. (story)

Newcastle Journal 15.2.05 Badgers role in TB spread disputed By Anna Lognonne, The Journal - Farmers and animal conservationists have clashed over a recent Defra report on the spread of TB in cattle. According to animal welfare groups, the Independent Scientific Group report confirms their warning that unregulated movement of infected cattle would spread bovine TB in cattle in the wake of foot-and-mouth disease. However, farmers' leaders remained convinced badgers are the single most important source of infection…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 15.2.05 DISTURBED OVER KILLING OF BOAR - I Was disturbed to hear that wild boar, which strayed onto farmers' land, were being shot and killed. What gives farmers the right to slaughter wildlife? This follows the cry of farmers that badgers spread TB, even though there is no evidence to prove it, but as a result many thousand of badgers are killed…. JANET CUMMINGS, Rugby (story)

Cambridge Evening News 15.2.05 Animal extremists spread malicious rumours - ANIMAL rights extremists are spreading malicious rumours about employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences and other companies linked to animal experimentation. It is the latest underhand tactic employed by the various groups in their ongoing battle to bring a halt to experiments on animals…. Last week Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly raised the issue in Parliament after one of his constituents was falsely branded a child sex pervert by extremists…. (story)

14.2.05

ZDNet 14.2.05 Fur protesters launch Web attacks - Dan Ilett - Animal rights protesters are conducting denial-of-service attacks against seven companies in the fur trade - Animal rights protesters launched denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on Monday against seven organisations that work in the fur trade. The group, calling itself "The Electronic Civil Disobedience (ECD) against the Fur and the Vivisection Industry", is attempting to crash the servers of companies associated with fur trade by flooding them with email over several days. The protesters have developed a software tool that enables an online chat forum to automatically send emails every time a new message is typed…. (story)

Daily Mail 14.2.05 Foxy Lizzy sparks anti-fur outrage by NICOLE LAMPERT, Daily Mail - As a way of upsetting the animal rights lobby, it could hardly have been more provocative. Mick Jagger's model daughter Elizabeth appears at a fashion show wearing a fox stole - and parading down a catwalk made of cowhide…. Miss Jagger, 20, was modelling for British designer Julien Macdonald, whose show featured plenty of fur. Miss Jagger came under fire from Peta, the lobby group which has persuaded many models to oppose the use of fur in fashion….(story)

Worcester Evening News 14.2.05 Suffering of ducks bred for meat - ONCE again, it's the beginning of Chinese New Year - a time for a universal message of peace and happiness for family members and friends. It's unfortunate that this goodwill is not extended to the 20 million ducks that are killed for meat in the UK every single year, many of which will be served up in restaurants as part of the celebrations…. JUSTIN KERSWELL, Campaigner, Viva! (letter in archive)

Yorkshire Post 14.2.05 Factory farms are bad for chickens' health From: Justin Kerswell, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol. I READ with interest the letter "Organic farming is lower down the pecking order" by Paul Stephens (Yorkshire Post, February 4) in which he quite unbelievably suggests that factory farming chickens is good for their health. While there are undoubtedly varying standards, one thing is painfully clear: you simply cannot have high standards of animal welfare on factory farms…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 14.2.05 ANIMAL WELFARE IS A PART OF LIFE - Plainly Coun R. Sinfield (February 9) has no concern for pigeons or people's feelings. It only needed a correction of telephone number and explanation. Paul Taylor was offering advice - to be told to "get a life" seems a strange thing to say. To care about animals is part of "life", which we all share. I'm sorry it is lost on some people…. PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)
Yahoo! 10.2.05 Pigeon fancier - A councillor apologised after replying to an animal rights protester's email with the message "get a life you moron" during a row about killing pigeons. Conservative Rob Sinfield, of Stroud District Council, was contacted by campaigner Paul Taylor from Bedford who was upset by a pigeon cull in the Gloucestershire town…. (story)
Daily Post 10.2.05 Apology after row over pigeon cull - A COUNCILLOR apologised yesterday after replying to an animal rights protester's email with the message "get a life you moron" during a row about killing pigeons. Conservative Rob Sinfield, of Stroud District Council, was contacted by campaigner Paul Taylor from Bedford who was upset by a pigeon cull in the Gloucestershire town…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.2.05 COUNCILLOR SENDS 'MORON' E-MAIL - A Stroud councillor had a curt reply for an animal rights protester who complained about a pigeon cull. "Get a life you moron," Coun Robert Sinfield e-mailed him. Animal rights campaign Paul Taylor had e-mailed members of Stroud District Council to highlight a move by management at the town's Merrywalks Shopping Centre to bring in pest controllers to shoot the birds with pellet guns. But Coun Sinfield replied: "Stop e-mailing me about this pointless rubbish - get a life you moron..." He added: "We live in an era where it's fine for the Deputy Prime Minister to punch a voter but I can't send an e-mail…." Yesterday Mr Taylor, who lives in East Anglia, said: " I was just trying to give the relevant people some sound advice. You expect people in positions of responsibility to act with more decorum really."… (story)

13.2.05

Sunday Independent (Ireland) 13.2.05 Animal groups rubbish stories of urban foxes eating cats - LARISSA NOLAN - THE urban fox has become the subject of an urban myth. Pro-hunt lobbyists have been blamed for spreading false claims that hungry foxes are attacking and eating cats…. animal welfare groups and pest controllers have said the tales are nothing more than scare stories and are not to be taken seriously…. Aideen Yourell of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports said the stories could have originated from those who would benefit from scaring householders about the behaviour of the animal…. (story)

Sunday Telegraph 13.2.05 No love lost between cat and fox - Sir, I have news for Prof Stephen Harris who dismisses claims that foxes attack domestic cats as an "urban myth" (News, February 6). Believe me, sir, they do. Some months ago I witnessed an attack in the early hours of the morning, when two foxes trapped a neighbour's cat under a table on my lawn…. (The Rev) Colin Mailer, Polmont, Stirlingshire
Sir, I understand that Prof Stephen Harris is regularly employed by the League Against Cruel Sports, so of course his opinion will be biased in favour of the fox. I came home one evening last summer to see trotting along the pavement a fox carrying a neighbour's headless cat…. (Mrs) M P Wiedman, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Domestic cats are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of our native birds. With many species declining in numbers, rather than culling urban foxes for killing cats, they should be encouraged and recognised as the potential saviours of our songbird population…. Neil Tredwell, Middleham, North Yorkshire.
RSPCA studies of foxes in urban areas have demonstrated that most cats are at little risk from them. The animals either ignored each other or the foxes were chased away or were nervous of the cats…. (Dr) Rob Atkinson, Head of Wildlife, RSPCA, Horsham, West Sussex
The replacement of dustbins by wheelie bins will inevitably terminate that source of food for foxes, forcing them to look elsewhere to satisfy their hunger…. The obvious choice to satisfy the fox's hunger is very likely to be some small child (or a baby in its pram) J Michael Gillow, Peover Heath, Cheshire (letters)

12.2.05

Western Daily Press 12.2.05 CORMORANT CULL CLAIM IS UNTRUE - With regard to Roy Brown's letter (Your Say, January 28) regarding a cormorant cull of 1,500 in the South West to pacify anglers - it is not true. Defra has decided that a cull of 2,000 cormorants across the whole of the UK (not just in the South West) is required due to the impact cormorants have on the indigenous fish population in this country… As for anglers having nothing better to do - I'm an angler and consider I do a better job of protecting the countryside and our rivers and lakes than lots of other organisations do… Paul Berry, Bridgwater, Somerset (story)

Bath Chronicle 12.2.05 PEACEFUL PROTEST - Animal Aid is unequivocally committed to peaceful, non-intimidatory campaigning. We condemn all violence. We are concerned by the atmosphere of near hysteria over so-called 'animal rights terrorism' created over the past 12 months or so, with the pharmaceutical companies playing a prominent role. Rather than focussing on the actions of a minority who are not representative of the overall, entirely peaceful campaign against animal experiments, we must open up the discussion about exactly what goes on inside research laboratories…. ANDREW TYLER, Director, Animal Aid (story)

Guardian 12.2.05 Too cruel - I read with horror and revulsion of the treatment of monkeys in Cambridge University laboratories (Report, February 8). My brave husband has Parkinson's, one of the most awful diseases in the world, but he would never want such unnecessary suffering to be meted out on animals to make him better… Jilly Cooper, Stroud, Glos (story)

11.2.05

Southern Reporter 11.2.05 Anglers hooked on Borders as economy looks set to net £20M - ANGLING in the Borders could now be worth as much as £20million a year to the local economy, writes Mark Entwistle. Booming numbers of salmon and seat trout in the Tweed are seeing anglers from across the country and the rest of Europe making a beeline for the Borders…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 11.2.05 HARE COURSING: Campaign goes to the dogs - A POSTER campaign to stamp out illegal hare coursing has been backed by a greyhound stadium. Cambridgeshire police approached Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, in First Drove, Fengate, when they wanted to put up posters highlighting the severe penalties dished out to hare coursers…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 11.2.05 CATTLE CAUSING THE PROBLEM - All we read about is the Krebs Report and statistics. It's time the 'experts' looked at the basic problem. Bovine means "pertaining to or of cattle"! This means the cattle are causing the problem by infecting the badgers and other wildlife…. Bovine TB is spread primarily by moving cattle via the sales in cattle markets. JEFFREY F. MORGAN, Park Drive, Quedgeley (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 11.2.05 WE MUST TAKE RADICAL ACTION - A Badger cull is vital. Fifty years ago my father's dairy herd was one of the first in the country to be tested for TB. We are still battling the disease in this country. Let us not forget why cattle with TB have to be destroyed - it is for public health. Rogue badgers with TB can live for years, spreading the disease across pastureland, and some parts of the countryside are over-run with them…. SUSAN BULL, Beef farmer, Stroud (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 11.2.05 EU law means animals will be killed - Have you wondered why the Government, of late, has been creating draconian laws against animal rights activists? Although some are raving nutters and will commit some terrible crimes in the name of their cause, many of these people have used legitimate means of protest against animal experiments, even though that may mean picketing the homes of those who carry out experiments on animals. … So why the fuss? The answer probably comes as a way in which the Government can ensure that the European Union's "Reach" directive can continue unhindered…. As a pet owner and animal lover I have to ask: if they can support a hunt ban, why can they not also object to such a holocaust of innocent creatures for nothing other than the EU's senseless demands? Derek Bennett, Chairman, Walsall Branch, UK Independence Party, Daisy Bank Crescent, Walsall. (letter)

Wiltshire Times 11.2.05 Pigeons have a right to enjoy a decent life too - WE don't ask to be born, it just happens. Some are fortunate to be born in a rich environment, others are not so lucky…. to my mind the pigeon is still a graceful bird surviving the best it can. Sure, it does make a mess around our town, but they are not alone; just think of the mess that man can make around the countryside and towns, even in his own back yard. … V MAY, Trowbridge (letter in archive)

10.2.05

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ANGLING LETTER
North Devon Journal 10.2.05 GREAT news for angling…. CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling, Kennington Road, London. (letter)
Western Gazette 27.1.05 ANGLING IS OFF THE HOOK - Charles Jardine, London, full address supplied.(letter)
Ormskirk Advertiser 27.1.05 Anglers will be safe from animal bill - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling, 367 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT (letter)
News Guardian 26.1.05 Great news for angling - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling, Kennington Roa, London (story)
Bridlington Free Press 26.1.05 Great news for angling - Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling, 367 Kennington Road, London (letter)
Skegness Standard 26.1.05 Great angling news - CHARLES JARDINE Director Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling , 367 Kennington Road (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.1.05 ANGLERS DELIGHTED WITH BEN BRADSHAW'S BACKING - Charles Jardine, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling (story)
Western Daily Press 24.1.05 BRADSHAW THROWS THE UK ANGLERS A LIFELINE - Charles Jardine Director Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling Kennington Road London (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 21.1.05 FUTURE LOOKS GOOD FOR ANGLING FRATERNITY - Charles Jardine, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign For Angling. (letter)
Western Morning News 21.1.05 BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ANGLING - Charles Jardine Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling London (story)
North East Evening Gazette 21.1.05 Anglers' net gain - CHARLES JARDINE, Director, Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling (letter)
Wells Journal 20.1.05 ANGLERS WIN ASSURANCE ON THEIR SPORT - Great news for angling: at a meeting of the South West of England Regional Development Agency in Exeter, I gained a public assurance from Fisheries Minister Ben Bradshaw that angling will be exempt from the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill. The Countryside Alliance had previously expressed concern that under the Draft Animal Welfare Bill, published last year, angling could inadvertently be affected… Charles Jardine Director Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling Kennington Road London (letter)

Ely Standard 10.2.05 Another blow to illegal hare coursing - MAGISTRATES continued their crack-down on illegal hare coursing this week, slapping another £500 fine on a man who had travelled from Hatfield to take part in the activity at Ely. "There is far too much of this sort of thing going on in this area and your punishment reflects that we do not tolerate it," presiding magistrate Caroline Frankland told 22-year-old Larry Connors…. The court found four other people guilty of daytime trespass in pursuit of game at Common Farm and Coldmoor Farm on October 22. Francis Connors, 23, of Thurrock; Martin Hanrahan, 33, of Doncaster; Felix Connors, 41, of Guildford; and a 17-year-old from Banstead were all told to attend court for sentencing on March 3. A fifth man, 26-year-old Thomas Connors of Banstead, had his case adjourned until March 3. (story)

Leicester Mercury 10.2.05 I'M VEGETARIAN ON PRINCIPLE - With reference to the letter from Daniel Roberts (Mailbox, January 21), it would have been courteous of him to have phoned me first to ascertain that his interpretation of the vegan article was correct. I cannot recall during the interview mentioning my grandchildren's upbringing, only that my four children were brought up strict vegetarians. Out of four children, only my eldest son became a carnivore…. It is not a pleasant thing at any age for anyone to say that you are not telling the truth and at my age it is unbelievably unkind…. Gaby Roberts. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 21.1.05 VEGETARIANISM DOESN'T RUN IN ALL THE FAMILY - The "First Lady of Veganism" (Mercury Focus, November 29) is my grandmother. I am the son of her first born, Graham Roberts…. Despite what my grandmother claims, her eldest son is not a vegetarian, nor are his four children vegetarians…. I would appreciate it if you could at least let people know the truth about my family, since we're not all as repulsed at the idea of eating meat as my dear grandmother is…. Daniel J Roberts, Leeds (story)
Leicester Mercury 29.11.04 MEETING THE FIRST LADY OF VEGANISM - The Vegan movement has its roots - and indeed ate its roots - in Leicestershire. Lee Marlow finds out how it all started - Gaby Roberts is sitting on the edge of a comfy chair - hands clasped, rocking gently on the heels of her dainty, red, fake leather shoes. no new par.She is in her 80s and in endearingly rude health… Sixty years ago, at a house in Knighton, Leicester, Gaby and her vegetarian pals formed the Vegan Society… (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 10.2.05 HUMANE WAY TO CONTROL PIGEONS - The dictionary definition of the term "vermin" describes human beings considered "worthless" and "hateful". The term is generally more appropriate to humans than to birds or animals (February 4)…. Pigeons are intelligent and resourceful birds and are no different from other species. Rats are also intelligent and resourceful. If Mr Hollingsworth believes that being a carrier of disease warrants the death penalty then he should avoid the environs of hospitals - after all human beings carry many fatal diseases! RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln (letter)

icScotland 10.2.05 Protesters call for wool boycott - Animal rights activists are appealing to shoppers in Edinburgh to boycott Australian wool. Supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are protesting outside the Australian Consul in Edinburgh as part of a global campaign…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 10.2.05 Wool boycott call over Australian lamb 'mutilation' - ANIMAL rights activists were due to take to the streets of Edinburgh today to urge shoppers to boycott Australian wool. Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) were due to protest outside the Australian Consul in George Street as part of an international campaign against the Australian wool industry…. Campaign co-ordinator Yvonne Taylor said: "Australia’s war on sheep is a national disgrace. Britons can help stop the abuse by sending a message they won’t buy articles made from Australian wool until the mutilation of lambs and live export of sheep are stopped."… (story)

Ely Standard 10.2.05 Westminster Report by Jim Paice MP - AS an animal lover I was sickened by the recent story in the Standard about the dogs that were so badly treated by their owners they had to be put down… I am in full support of moves to introduce a new 'welfare offence' and the principle that animals can be rescued if a veterinary surgeon certifies that if its circumstances do not change it is likely to suffer…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 8.2.05 MP pushes for harsher animal cruelty law - EAST Cambridgeshire MP James Paice is urging the Government to strengthen the law to protect animals from neglect and cruelty. Backed by fourteen Tory and Ulster Unionist colleagues he has put down a Commons' motion calling for action. He wants the Government to bring in its draft Animal Welfare Bill as soon as possible…. (story)

9.2.05

Horncastle News 9.2.05 Information available on non-animal research - There have been a number of letters in your paper recently on the subject of using animals in medical experiments. For anyone who may be interested there is a registered charity ‘The Dr Hadwen Trust’ which funds non-animal research into cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses… BARBARA BUCKINGHAM, Horncastle (letter)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 9.2.05 Too many animals are dying - HOW disgusted I was to read that scientists are now carrying out nearly three million experiments a year on animals. … Let's all stand and be counted and speak up for the poor, defenceless animals that cannot speak for themselves. L M JACKSON (Mrs), Haslingden Road, Blackburn. (letter in archive)

Harrow Times 9.2.05 Bird lovers in a flap over pigeon cull By James Brockett - A GROUP of animal rights protestors have stepped in to save a colony of pigeons under a North Harrow railway bridge who were under threat from London Underground contractors. Members and supporters of "Pigeon Campaigns" reacted angrily when Metronet, who were installing a wire mesh under the bridge in Imperial Drive, used sub-contractor Predator Pest Control to clear the bridge of the birds overnight…. Protestor June Talbot said: "A friend of mine noticed the work on Tuesday evening. She is a Hindu lady and was quite distressed at seeing the dead bodies on the pavement…." (story)

Glasgow Herald 9.2.05 ‘This access code denies me fundamental privacy’ - MARTIN WILLIAMS - KENNETH Shade is used to walkers roaming across his land. His 450-acre farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh is in the picturesque Pentland Hills regional park and is surrounded by paths, including one of the busiest in the area. Mr Shade says irresponsible walkers, among the million people estimated to use the park a year, have meant he could no longer effectively manage the Easter Bavelaw farm in Balerno…. Seven years ago, animal rights activists punched him in the face, and broke two of his fingers during one dispute, he says. While the police were alerted, the activists made their escape… (story)

Yorkshire Post 9.2.05 End the misery of factory farming by turning vegetarian From: Justin Kerswell, Campaigner, Viva! York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol. I READ with interest Paul Stephens's letter "Organic farming is lower down the pecking order" (February 4), where he quite unbelievably suggests that factory farming chickens is good for their health. Viva! has long campaigned against the intensive rearing of all animals – and while there are undoubtedly varying standards, one thing is painfully clear: you simply cannot have high standards of animal welfare on factory farms… (letter)

8.2.05

Cambridge Evening News 8.2.05 Fox found handed in illegal snare - HANGED by the neck for hours until it died - that was the fate of this fox caught in a snare. The grim discovery was made by 14-year-old Samuel Jones who at first thought the fox was just caught in a hawthorn hedge at the foot of the garden…. (story)

Independent 8.2.05 A study in evolution: foxes turned into man's best friend By Steve Connor Science Editor - They stare you in the face, wag their tails and whine with joy when anyone approaches. But these are not dogs; they are a domesticated breed of fox that looks and behaves just like man's best friend…. (story)
Guardian 8.2.05 Foxy study links cute with clever - David Adam - They wag their tails, greet people with excited barks and look impossibly cute. Meet man's newest best friend, the domesticated fox. Scientists at a fur farm in Siberia reveal today they have spent 45 years breeding generations of tame foxes. The result is a population of domesticated animals with big floppy ears, curly tails and rounder, more puppy-like faces…. (story)
Telegraph 8.2.05 The foxes that bark and wag their tails By Roger Highfield, Science Editor - Within the reviled fox beats the heart of an adoring dog, an experimental breeding programme suggests. Foxes have the potential to become man's new best friend, say scientists at a Siberian fur farm who have spent 45 years breeding tame foxes…. (story)

Guardian 8.2.05 Scientists say lobsters feel no pain - David Adam, science correspondent - It is the ethical dilemma that for decades has troubled the rich and aspiring the world over: when you place a live lobster in a pot of boiling water, does it feel pain? Norwegian scientists were asked to investigate pain, discomfort and stress in invertebrates and claim now to have discovered that the answer is no. Their conclusion applies also to crabs and to live worms on a fish hook. None of these feel a thing… (story)

Western Daily Press 8.2.05 BALANCED VIEW - I am sure Eunice Overend will be swift in correcting Mr Charles Henry's muddled letter about bovine TB. It is disappointing that people can make such sweeping statements without first researching the subject. Eunice has studied the disease, the badger, worked alongside the then Maff government body (now Defra) and has a balanced and ethical view on farming…. Pauline Kidner Secret World Wildlife Rescue Somerset (story)

Western Daily Press 8.2.05 STOP THIS CRUELTY - Following on from Norah Pound's comments (WDP, Feb 2), it disturbs me that Canada, yet again, is getting ready for the unnecessary slaughter of thousands of seals… S Godwin, Avebury Road, Chippenham Wiltshire (story)

7.2.05

Northern Echo 7.2.05 DEAD KITE - I HOPE the police will reveal the exact location in Tynedale where the illegally poisoned red kite was found near a footpath… People are encouraged to visit the countryside. Let them do so in safety. If they see anything which seems to be a danger, report it to the police, but they need to know where to look if our wildlife is to be protected. - Brenda Scragg, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland. (letter in archive)

URBAN FOXES ATTACK CATS
Daily Record 7.2.05 FOXES ARE EATING CATS - CITY-DWELLING foxes are eating cats because they can't get at the rubbish being stored in wheelie bins, it was claimed yesterday…. (story)
The Herald 7.2.05 Mr Fox isn’t so fantastic after all - Hugo Rifkind - See that face snarling out from the pages of your more right-wing Sunday newspaper. Twisted, angry, teeth showing to the tip. This is the face of a new kind of arrival in our towns and cities. As they fled the persecution of their own lands, we opened our arms. And how do they repay us? By roaming our streets in mobs and terrorising old ladies. And, horror of horrors, by eating our pets. Relax. I haven't gone all Prince Philip, and I'm not talking about immigration. I'm talking about the urban fox…. City folk campaigned against bugles and bloodhounds for decades, and how does the fox repay them? By killing Tiddles and attacking Grandma, that's how. Has the damn creature no gratitude?... So what do we do now, if foxes are a problem? You can wish rats dead and cats neutered and stray dogs rounded up, but to say bad things about foxes is to play with fire. It doesn't matter if foxes are eating our cats. Or our grandmothers. We can't ever cull them now. The fox is a political animal, and we're stuck with it. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 6.2.05 Hungry foxes start eating the nation's cats By Roya Nikkhah - Urban foxes are attacking and killing pet cats because they are struggling to find enough food to eat in British towns and cities. Cat owners have reported an increasing number of attacks and pest control specialists say that the use of wheelie bins, rather than bin bags, for rubbish disposal is partly to blame because it has deprived many foxes of an easy source of food…. Janet MacPhail, a 57-year-old nurse from Edinburgh, was recently woken in the night by screams coming from her garden. "We found a pack of six foxes attacking our cat, Clover. We managed to chase the foxes away, but she was badly mauled and had one eye missing, so we were forced to put her down…." (story)

Western Morning News 7.2.05 IMMORTALITY IN THE OTTERS - My first encounters with otters were on tributaries of the river Dart when I was small enough to walk under a standing shire horse. After the close-ups came the need to know more about them. I read all the otter-oriented literature I could get my hands on. But most of the books about the animal at that time concentrated on otter hunting… (story)

Scotsman 7.2.05 MPs Back Crackdown on Animal Rights Extremists By Joe Churcher and Vivienne Morgan, PA Political Staff - New laws to stop extremists who target firms and individuals linked to animal experiments were backed by MPs tonight. The Government has introduced a series of criminal offences aimed at stopping hardline animal rights protesters damaging vivisection organisations by frightening off commercial partners…. (story)

The Sentinel 7.2.05 THEY'VE DIED FOR A GOOD REASON - I Think it is right for animals to be tested on because it might be saving one of your friends or family. I love animals, I would never want to hurt an animal, but in this occasion it has to happen…. 2,567,713 animals have been tested on but that figure could be humans if animals were not tested on. What do you think? CHLOE PEACH Aged 9 Bursley CP School (letter)
The Sentinel 7.2.05 ANIMALS SHOULD BE TESTED ON - Animal testing has been around for years and I think animals should be tested on because some of my friends and family have got diseases. The vaccines tested on animals have helped to find cures for diseases and have helped to save lives… JORDAN CLIFFE Aged 9 Bursley CP School (letter)
The Sentinel 7.2.05 HUMAN LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE - I Agree animals should be tested on because I am asthmatic and I rely on drugs to keep me breathing. I realise these drugs had to be tested on animals, but I would never go out and hurt one myself. No law said they shouldn't test on animals. A human's life is more valuable than an animal's life because if you had to choose your mum's life or an animal's life you would choose your mum's…. LISA WOODHOUSE Bursley CP School (letter)

JILL PHIPPS MEMORIAL
Coventry Evening Telegraph 7.2.05 Marching in memory of martyr Jill - More than 500 people marched through Coventry on Saturday, marking 10 years since the death of animal rights protester Jill Phipps…. Fellow campaigner John Curtin had put together a film about Jill's life which was shown later in the day…. (story)
BBC News Online 6.2.05 Animal rights activist remembered - Animal rights protestors staged a peaceful march through Coventry to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of an activist killed during a protest…. The hour-and-a-half-long march also stopped at Coventry Cathedral - where Miss Phipps' funeral was held - to hear speeches and a didgeridoo performance by her partner, Justin Timson…. (story)
BBC News Online 5.2.05 March to honour animal campaigner - Animal rights protestors marched through Coventry to mark the 10th anniversary of a woman's death who was killed during a protest. Jill Phipps, a mother-of-one, was crushed under the wheels of a livestock transporter at Coventry's Baginton Airport on 1 February 1995…. (story)
Scotsman 5.2.05 Animal Rights Protesters to Mark Activist's Death By Phil Hazlewood, PA - Animal rights protesters will today march through the home city of activist Jill Phipps to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death…. Marchers would be divided up to represent “various aspects of animal cruelty“, including hunting, vivisection and circuses…. (story)
Guardian 5.2.05 Woman who died in veal protest becomes martyr of wider cause - Mark Honigsbaum - This morning, at a simple stone marker beside Baginton airport near Coventry, veterans of the protests against live veal exports at the airport 10 years ago will gather to remember a beautiful young woman with long brown hair and dark mournful eyes. Ever since Jill Phipps, a 31-year-old protester, was crushed to death under the wheels of a veal transporter at Baginton on February 1 1995 her image has been frozen in time - a reminder of the practices then rife in British dairy farming and the veal transport industry…. (story)
Coventry Observer 3.2.05 Animal rights campaigners remember Jill - ANIMAL rights campaigners will gather in the city centre on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of campaigner Jill Phipps. A march has also been planned as part of a day of remembrance for Jill, who died during a protest at Coventry Airport. Organisers Coventry Animal Alliance expect hundreds of well known activists from across the country to attend… (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 2.2.05 Jill remembered as modern-day Lady Godiva - Candles and flowers marked the 10th anniversary of the death of a Coventry animal rights campaigner described as a "modern-day Lady Godiva". Friends and fellow protesters visited the memorial site where 31-year-old Jill Phipps was killed while protesting against live animal exports at Coventry Airport on February 1, 1995… A march and day of remembrance in memory of Jill has been organised in Coventry city centre this Saturday by Jill's mother, Nancy Phipps, and fellow animal rights activist, John Curtin… (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 1.2.05 Day angels came for Jill - Ten years ago to the day that Jill Phipps was tragically killed during an animal rights protest, her mother has revealed how her daughter took on an almost ethereal quality on the day she died. Nancy Phipps has never got over that fateful day when Jill died under the wheels of a lorry carrying veal calves for export from Coventry Airport…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.2.05 Memorial marks campaigner's death - Friends and relatives of an animal rights campaigner killed during a protest in Coventry are to mark the 10th anniversary of her death. Jill Phipps, a mother-of-one, was crushed under the wheels of a livestock transporter at Coventry's Baginton Airport on 1 February 1995…. Family friend John Curtin said the flower-laying ceremony would be low-key at a memorial stone erected to Miss Phipps at the airport site… (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 28.1.05 March dogged by intimidation - A March to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Coventry animal rights campaigner Jill Phipps will go ahead despite warnings of violence. But plans for a memorial gathering afterwards have been abandoned after one venue pulled out due to allegedly receiving warnings of violence and another because of the political nature of the meeting…. The event has been organised by Coventry Animal Alliance in honour of Jill, who was killed while protesting against live animal exports at Coventry Airport on February 1, 1995…. Jill's mother, Nancy Phipps, who lives in Hillfields, Coventry, said she was very disappointed… (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 20.1.05 Anguish over Jill memorial setback By James Mccarthy - Plans for a tenth anniversary memorial to Coventry animal rights campaigner Jill Phipps could face the axe amid fears of violence… Jill's mother, Nancy Phipps, and fellow animal rights activist John Curtin have been trying to organise a march in her memory. But they say they cannot find a venue that will let them meet…. Mrs Phipps, of Pioneer House, Hillfields, is a founding member of the Animal Liberation Front and Coventry Animal Alliance…. The police denied it had tried to scupper the event, which had been scheduled for February 5… (story)

6.2.05

Sunday Independent 6.2.05 Badgers and TB: the facts - I am writing in response to your recent article "Badger cull is 'not viable' against TB" (January 30, 2005), where Lara Bradley has misrepresented both the facts and my opinion concerning the control of tuberculosis in cattle in Ireland. For many years, it has been known that the tubercle bacillus (the cause of tuberculosis) can be transmitted between cattle. In addition, and based on research led by scientists at University College Dublin, there is now compelling evidence that the bacillus is also being transmitted from badgers to cattle…. Simon MoreProfessor of Veterinary Epidemiologyand Risk Analysis Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD. (story)

5.2.05

Telegraph 5.2.05 NAPF pulls £10m 'bounty' to sue activists By Christopher Hope, Business Correspondent - The National Association of Pension Funds, which speaks for billions of pounds invested in the stock market, has backed down from a well-publicised plan to offer a £10m "bounty" to pursue animal rights extremists through the courts…. A NAPF spokesman said the talks, which had only ever been "informal discussions", had been overtaken by the Government's plans for new legislation, announced this week. He asked: "Would the Government come up with the measures they have done if we had not made these noises in the first place?" (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 5.2.05 ADVERSE DRUG REACTION IS FOURTH BIGGEST KILLER IN WESTERN WORLD - Obviously, Thomas Bromley, from Seriously Ill For Medical research is not fully aware of the issues to which he refers, in respect of animal use in medical research (Viewpoint, January 19)…. I am truly very pleased that Mr Bromley's mother is still alive. However, this is despite animal tests and certainly not because of it… I would refer readers to: Europeans For Medical Advancement (www.curedisease.com) for the real facts and scientific evidence against vivisection. Garry Sheen, Leigh on Sea. (story)

Guardian 5.2.05 Unsafe zoos - Elephants are taken from the wild to boost failing zoo populations; zoos sell animals out of the back door to traders; wallabies are terrorised by children… There are many people who believe that zoos regularly return animals to the wild. This is not so… Alison Hood, Born Free Foundation (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 5.2.05 ALEX WINS LABEL PRIZE - A Label designed by Cheltenham graphic design student Alex Gillott will feature on a range of toiletries sold across the country. The 20-year-old, who is in his second year at the University of Gloucestershire, won a competition to produce a design for the Clearly Compassionate range. All profits from the sale of the products will go to Cheltenham-based animal welfare group Naturewatch… (story)

4.2.05

Cherwell 4.2.05 Protesters take to the streets - By Helena Wilde and Andrew Dagnell - Animal rights activists staged their biggest protest yet in Oxford on Saturday, as the Government and University raced to ensure that con-struction resumed at the South Parks Road laboratory. Led by the anti-vivisection group SPEAK, 600 protesters gathered on Broad Street to be rallied by high profile campaigners, before marching along St Giles and Keble Road to the laboratory 's construction site… Roberta Staples, a librarian at Lady Margaret Hall, said there had been "very little talk" among University staff members about the campaign, and that she hoped it would "grow in the weeks and months ahead."… Dave Thompson, a 21 year old student from Roehampton University, had his ankle trodden on by one of the horses. Dorothy Adams, a pensioner from Fleet, had a panic attack, and said the police' s reaction was "very violent" , adding, "I' ve never been pushed like that before"…. (story)
Oxford Student 3.2.05 500 protest against Animal lab - Morwenna Coniam - Animal Rights campaign group Speak took to the streets once again on Saturday to voice their opposition to the new University science labs being built on South Parks Road. Around 500 protesters assembled on Broad Street on Saturday morning to protest against the recommencing of building work on research labs where they allege vivisection involving animals will take place… When protester Kay Holder tried to resist being forced in front of the horses' hooves she described being "pushed and roughly treated" by a policeman. She told The Oxford Student: "This is completely typical of Thames Valley Police. I've had friends who've had their feet broken by them." Demonstrator Dave Thompson claimed to have received minor injuries from police horses and that other protesters were also harmed… (story)
Oxford Mail 31.1.05 Both sides have their say on animal lab - About 600 animal rights protesters marched through the city on Saturday to show their opposition to Oxford University's planned biomedical research lab…. Robert Cogswell, from protest organisers Speak, said: "This is a shot across the bow for the university and any contractor that's going to take on the new contract…." Student Dave Thompson, 21, from London, said his ankle had been hurt by a police horse as officers tried to move the march on… PEOPLE suffering from a wide range of debilitating and potentially fatal illnesses demonstrated outside Oxford University laboratories to support animal research…. The demonstration was organised by the Research Development Society, which represents scientists using animal research…. (story in archive)

Ledbury Reporter 4.2.05 Sequani welcomes tougher stance by Government - Sequani of Ledbury has welcomed new Government measures to target the intimidation of businesses by animal rights extremists… (story in archive)

Harlow Star 4.2.05 Drug giant backs law to curb animal activists - DRUG giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has welcomed a proposed crackdown on extremist animal rights activists whose campaign of terror threatens the UK’s £3bn-a-year life sciences industry….While not condoning unlawful tactics, Ann Bunting, of the moderate protest group Stevenage Animal Rights, was concerned that draconian penalties could be used to silence critics of experiments on animals in favour of business interests… (story)

Glasgow Herald 4.2.05 Animal research - Adolfo Sansolini (Letters, February 2) makes two main criticisms of research using animals. Both of them are flawed. His logic is along the lines: cars are no good, they won't fly me to the moon. First, scientists do know that animals are not identical to humans. Even though people and mammals have counterparts for 99% of their genes and share the same vital organs there are clearly differences. But it is the similarities that drive the research…. Philip Connolly, director, Coalition for Medical Progress, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London (letter)
Glasgow Herald 2.2.05 Why animal research testing is unreliable - THE article comparing animal rights to being a "version of the Taliban" was misleading as well as uninformed (February 1). Melanie Reid appears concerned that animal rights activists delay medical progress in finding cures for diseases such as Aids, Alzheimer's, cancer, yet the fact is that interspecies as well as intraspecies differences mean that animal testing for medical research is unreliable, potentially dangerous to humans and can delay medical progress…. Adolfo Sansolini, chief executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, 16a Crane Grove, London.(story)
Glasgow Herald 1.2.05 This animal rights version of the Taliban must be stopped - Melanie Reid …Oh, we can mock the animal extremists, those of us who thankfully retain a grip on logic and reason. We can – and do – respect their right to protest peacefully. But what we haven't been able to do so far is stop them adopting criminal tactics and causing significant damage to medical research – and thereby exerting a negative influence on the future quality of all our lives. Britain is now described as the Afghanistan of global animal rights extremism… It is disgraceful that the thuggery has been allowed to continue, and that both Oxford University and the Halls have had to resort to civil law in an attempt to protect themselves and their perfectly legitimate operations. It has taught the animal extremists that being single-minded, focused and relentless pays off…. (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 4.2.05 COLLECTION TO AID TSUNAMI ANIMALS - A collection will be held in Plymouth city centre tomorrow to raise cash to help animals affected by the Asian tsunami…. Make cheques/postal orders out to Tsunami Animal Relief Fund and post them to: Tsunami Animal Relief Fund, c/o Animal Concern Today, PO Box 67, Plymouth, Devon PL1 1TH. (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 4.2.05 CHARITIES LINK UP TO GIVE FOOD AND TREATMENT TO SICK ANIMALS - A Sussex-based charity has been helping to fund work in tsunami-hit India where millions of animals have been lost or injured by the disaster. International Animal Rescue in Uckfield is one of many charities world-wide which has pledged money and support to help large areas of Tamil Nadu in the south of the country as well as the Andaman Islands…. (story)

3.2.05

Daily Post 3.2.05 Pheasant farmer slams secret film By Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - A MID Wales farmer accused of using cruel methods to rear pheasants for shooting has angrily defended his business. Gwyn Evans spoke out after the TV broadcasting of a video by undercover Animal Aid activists allegedly filmed at Bettws Hall, between Newtown and Powys… The BASC, based at Rossett, Wrexham, wants a common approach to the battery system, which is widespread in France and has now been introduced by 10 game farmers in the UK, including Bettws Hall…. (story)

Western Morning News 3.2.05 Unlikely alliance FEBRUARY 1 was a good day for pheasants. Not only because it was the last day of the pheasant shooting season but also because the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) announced a voluntary ban on rearing pheasants in cruel battery cages and asked its members to not buy eggs or poults from battery pheasant sources… Theo Hopkins, Lifton, West Devon (story)

Guardian 3.2.05 Scotland split on how to keep red deer in check - Gerard Seenan - The image of red deer roaming across heather glens is an image of Scotland so common as to be kitsch. But a battle is brewing over that image between environmentalists and sporting groups on the altogether more pragmatic subject of how to keep deer numbers in check. A consultation process by the Deer Commission for Scotland on whether the closed season, when stags and hinds cannot be shot, should be extended, was due to end last month… "It is going to be an extremely difficult thing for them to find a consensus," said Richard Cooke, the secretary of the Association of Deer Management Groups. "Our view is that if it ain't broke don't fix it and we would vigorously oppose any changes. We manage deer entirely without public subsidy and the two income streams that allow us to do that are stalking and venison. Changing the closed season will hit both these badly."… (story)

Eastbourne Herald 3.2.05 I HAVE nothing against foxes, except the fact that they are encroaching more into our lives. Please would you publish this letter from my two cocker spaniels, Bonnie and Clive, to a fox: ‘Please would you stop stealing our doggie toys from our garden… J SIMPSON, Dacre Road, Eastbourne. (story)

St Ives Town Crier 3.2.05 NEWS: HLS welcomes bill changes - A SPOKESMAN for Huntingdon Life Science laboratories has given a cautious welcome to news that animal rights fanatics could soon face up to five years in jail for intimidation and violence…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 3.2.05 PROTECT ALL OUR ANIMALS - I Would urge all people who have the welfare of animals at heart to contact their MP to encourage support for the RSPCA in its quest for a new animal welfare bill. This bill would give duty of care to the owners of animals such as horses tethered unprotected against the elements at various Swansea locations…. J Davies, Westbury Street, Sandfields (story)

2.2.05

Daily Record 2.2.05 CRUEL SPORT - IN reply to Lucy Sweet's article about her trip to Shawfield Greyhound Stadium, her comments are amusing, but she knows nothing about greyhound racing or the suffering of these dogs…. The greyhound industry should be closed down completely. Name and address supplied (letter)

Telegraph 2.2.05 BOC halts supplies to animal test company By Rosie Murray-West - Tony Isaac, chief executive of gases group BOC, said yesterday that it had pulled out of supplying animal testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences because the security had become so expensive. "We stayed with them for six or seven months until they had found alternative sources of supply," he said….(story)

Scotsman 2.2.05 Testing medicines - It has been reported that two big pharmaceutical companies have had to withdraw drugs from the market because they were causing serious side-effects and fatalities had occurred. Given that these drugs would have been tested on animals one wonders at the efficacy of so doing when often the conclusion drawn from animal testing have proved to be false…. JEAN COOPER, Aytoun Grove, Dunfermline (story)

NEW LAWS AGAINST ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISTS
Burton Mail 2.2.05 Tougher laws on protesters welcomed by DAVID POWLES - TOUGH new laws to punish more severely animal rights protesters such as those targeting a farm near Burton have today been welcomed…. (story)
Oxford Mail 1.2.05 Extremist protesters targeted by new law - Ministers have pledged legislative and financial support to Oxford University's plans for a new biomedical research laboratory in the face of intimidation by animal rights extremists…. (story in archive)
Newcastle Journal 1.2.05 Animal activists face five years' jail By Zoe Hughes Political Editor, The Journal - Animal rights campaigners targeting research universities in the North could be jailed for up to five years, ministers have warned… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 1.2.05 GUINEA PIG PROTESTERS FACING TOUGHER PENALTIES - Animal rights extremists could be jailed for up to five years if they "repeatedly disrupt" the activities of research centres and breeding farms…. (story)
Mirror 1.2.05 HARD LABOUR - Animal extremists clampdown blasted By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent - STRIDENT new laws to tackle animal rights extremists were slammed by a civil liberties group yesterday…. furious critics said the measures, announced by Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt, go too far and risk damaging the legitimate freedom of people to protest in favour of animal rights…. (story)
Northern Echo 1.2.05 Confusion over house arrest for extremists - Ministers yesterday appeared divided over plans to put animal rights extremists under house arrest. Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said last week controversial control orders being drawn up to deal with terror suspects could apply to animal activists. But Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said it was a separate issue… (story in archive)
Birmingham Post 1.2.05 MPs back curb on animal rights extremists By Jonathan Walker, Birmingham Post - Tough new measures to crack down on animal rights extremists, following attacks on a Staffordshire farm, have been broadly welcomed by MPs…. (story)
Guardian 1.2.05 Animal rights militants face five years in jail - Sandra Laville - Oxford University is being given a financial lifeline by the government to build its controversial £18m primate research laboratory, Lord Sainsbury said yesterday, as he announced five-year jail terms for activists who try to drive animal testing centres out of business… The commitment was part of a multiple attack by ministers yesterday on "vicious" extremists who target suppliers, contractors and employees of companies involved in animal testing in an attempt to drive research firms out of business…(story)
Guardian 1.2.05 Defeating extremism - Leader - Do we need the harsh new criminal law announced yesterday to control animal rights extremists?... But brutal coercive intimidation of medical researchers is unequivocally unlawful. By indulging in such extremism, animal rights fanatics have forfeited their right to "free speech" protection. (story)
Independent 1.2.05 Plan to jail animal rights extremists attacked by all sides By Jonathan Brown - Plans to jail animal rights extremists for up to five years for inflicting "economic damage" on medical research companies were criticised by civil liberties groups, anti-cruelty campaigners and even the police yesterday. The measures announced by the Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, prompted fears that peaceful protests could be curtailed while activists said they would not reduce the number of offences, which are already covered by stringent laws…. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said that the proposals were "unclear and worrying" and needed urgent clarification….
THE ACTIVIST - The protest at Darley Oaks farm where guinea pigs are bred for medical research has been one of the most bitterly fought over the past five years. But for Sarah Dixon of the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pig Campaign, the new legislation is "pointless"…
THE PHARMACEUTICALS DIRECTOR - Guy is the director of a family firm that supplies scientific equipment to the pharmaceuticals industry. Despite never being involved directly with animal experiments, he and his father have suffered a spate of attacks that have grown more intense over the past year… (story)
Telegraph 1.2.05 Scientists sceptical of curbs on animal extremists By Roger Highfield, Science Editor and George Jones - Scientists, industry and the police gave a qualified and lukewarm response yesterday to new Government measures to prevent intimidation and violence by animal rights extremists threatening billions of pounds of investment by drug companies in Britain…. Prof Colin Blakemore, head of the Medical Research Council, welcomed the new measures but had reservations about whether they were adequate or appropriate…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 1.2.05 Animal rights extremists could also face house arrest - DEBORAH SUMMERS, UK Political Correspondent - ANIMAL rights extremists could be placed under house arrest if government plans to detain terror suspects are given the go-ahead, it emerged last night…. (story)
Financial Times 1.2.05 Persecution penalty - Animal welfare activists have every right to protest peacefully against the use of animals in the development and testing of new drugs. The extremists among these activists, however, should not be allowed to turn protest into persecution of those involved in animal research in ways that have in recent years ranged from harassment to violence and even, in one gruesome case, to grave-robbing…. (story)
Western Daily Press 1.2.05 MINISTERS SPLIT OVER ANIMAL RIGHTS CURB - Ministers yesterday appeared divided over plans to put animal rights extremists under house arrest. Home Office Minister Hazel Blears last week said that controversial control orders being drawn up to deal with terror suspects could apply to animal activists. But Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said that was a "completely separate issue"…. (story)
BBC News Online 31.1.05 Head to head: Laws on activists - Animal rights activists could face five years in prison for targeting research centres under new government measures. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt told the BBC the laws were to combat a growing problem threatening medical research in the UK. But Adolfo Sansolini, Chief Executive of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, is concerned the legislation will restrict peaceful protesters' freedom of expression… (story)
BBC News Online 31.1.05 Q&A: Animal activist 'clampdown' - Ministers want to take action to protect firms doing business with animal research facilities. What exactly is the government planning?... (story)
BBC News Online 31.1.05 Animal rights protests: Your views - The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 31.1.05 NEW BILL TO SMASH ANIMAL RIGHTS HATE CAMPAIGNS - Animal rights extremists could be jailed for up to five years if they repeatedly disrupt the activities of research centres and breeding farms…. (story)
ePolitix.com 31.1.05 Hewitt at odds with Home Office over animal activists - The government has unveiled plans for tougher sentencing for animal rights activists who terrorise scientific researchers. However ministers appeared to be at odds over the proposals, with some suggesting the new powers of house arrest for foreign terror suspects could be extended to anti-vivisection protestors… (story)
ePolitix.com 31.1.05 Animal rights activists - Animal rights activists could face five years in prison for targeting research centres under measures to be published by the government. The plans, part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, follow attacks on scientists and breeders…. (story)
Medical News Today 31.1.05 Pharmaceutical Industry Applauds Determination to End Animal Extremism, UK - Pharmaceutical Industry Applauds Determination To End Animal Extremism The Government's announcement of fresh measures to curb the excesses of animal rights extremists has been warmly welcomed by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)… (story)
Yahoo! 31.1.05 Animal rights activists face tougher penalties By Katherine Baldwin - LONDON (Reuters) - The government has proposed jail sentences of up to five years for animal rights protesters who obstruct experiments, widening its crackdown on extremists it says threaten vital medical research… (story)
ITV.com 31.1.05 Crackdown on animal rights extremists - Tough measures are set to be announced that will see animal rights protesters face five years in prison for targeting research centres. Companies which deal with the animal research industry, including couriers and cleaners, will also be protected from intimidation…. (story)
Politics.co.uk 31.1.05 Crackdown on animal rights protestors - Police officers will be granted powers to arrest anyone protesting outside the homes of scientists as part of new measures published by the Government. Animal rights activists could also face up to five years in prison for targeting research centres under the proposals put forward in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill…. (story)
Times 31.1.05 Five years' jail for extremists in lab threats BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK AND INGRID MANSELL - JAIL sentences of up to five years await animal rights extremists who attempt to drive research groups and their suppliers out of business, under groundbreaking legislation that will be disclosed by the Government today…. (story)
Guardian 31.1.05 Crackdown on animal rights extremists - Matthew Tempest and agencies - Animal rights protesters guilty of "economic damage" to research laboratories or their suppliers will face up to five years in jail, under new legislation being introduced by the government today…. (story)
Telegraph 31.1.05 Animal rights extremists face five years in jail - Animal rights extremists found guilty of harming research laboratories will face up to five years in prison under tough legislation announced by the Government…. (story)
BBC News Online 31.1.05 'Clampdown' on animal activists - Animal rights activists could face five years in prison for targeting research centres under measures to be published by the government. The plans, part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, follow attacks on scientists and breeders…. (story)
Sky 31.1.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS CLAMPDOWN - Animal rights extremists will face five years in prison for targeting research centres, under tough new measures announced by the Government today… (story)
Daily Mail 31.1.05 Animals rights protesters face jail - Animal rights extremists will face five years in prison for targeting research centres under tough new measures announced by the Government. Companies which deal with the animal research industry, including couriers and cleaners will also be protected from intimidation…. (story)
Observer 30.1.05 New law to trap animal extremists - Research industry to win protection from attacks - Robin McKie and Mark Townsend - Ministers will tomorrow outline new legislation that will make 'economic sabotage' a criminal offence. The new law, aimed at stopping animal extremists from attacking and terrorising suppliers of animal testing companies, follows 12 months of relentless, but highly effective, intimidation of small companies and individuals by activists… (story)

Horncastle News 2.2.05 Animal research helps save lives - I agree animal research for cosmetic reasons is wrong - there are plenty of make-up products which work, why do we need more? But, as for medical research, I can only say it has, and continues to, help save my girlfriend’s life… PAUL KEMP, Louth
Am I a mouse? - Re animal research (Jan 26). A drug developed as a contraceptive worked in rats but had the opposite effect in humans…. GEMMA NICHOLS, By email
Millions have been wasted on animal testing - Thomas Bromley of Seriously Ill for Medical Research believes his mother is living proof animal research saves lives (January 19). He conveniently forgets the vast numbers of people who are still dying every day from cancer, strokes and heart disease because countless millions of animals and billions of pounds have been wasted on vivisection instead of spending money to find additional non-animal, scientific methods to find cures… PAMELA KIKKUNEN, Former Horncastle resident
Drug advances are due to testing on humans - EDITOR - Contrary to the claims of T Bromley (Jan 29) all medical advances are due to trial and error in human patients… Animals are merely a legal method of developing and marketing drugs to boost industry profits - not health. NICK WILLIAMS, Hucknall (letters)

Reuters 2.2.05 Tattoo auction of animal rights activist ended LONDON (Reuters) - A plan by an animal rights activist to sell-off a lizard tattoo on her right arm has come unstuck after the online auction house she was using pulled the plug on electronic bidding. eBay UK on Tuesday removed "Lizard Skin", an auction offered by Ingrid Newkirk, the British founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) because her ad breached guidelines. … (story)
Reuters 1.2.05 Animal rights activist sells her skin for charity LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Looking for a unique way to support the fight against animal abuse? The British founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's biggest animal rights group, is auctioning off a lizard tattoo on her right arm -- with proceeds going to the charity. Billed as "waterproof and weathered" and "suitable for making into a wallet or watch strap", the tattoo is being offered on Web site eBay to draw attention to the plight suffered by skinned animals…. But the winning bidder might have a long wait getting hold of the tattoo: it will only be delivered after its owner has passed away. (story)

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Western Morning News 1.2.05 GOVERNMENT SHOULD BAN ALL AIR GUNS - I read your report "Sundance looks for safe house after gun-fight" (WMN, January 12) in which the black and white short-haired cat featured, having been deliberately hung by his front leg on railings in Sutton Road, Plymouth, was rescued by police… I do wish the Government would ban air guns (and fireworks) and give appropriate punishments for cruelty…. Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Western Mail 1.2.05 Pheasants under fire - Steve Dube, Western Mail - A FARMER accused of using cruel methods to rear pheasants for countryside sports has vigorously defended his business. Gwyn Evans, of Bettws Hall, between Newtown and Powys, said a video published by the charity Animal Aid and alleged to have been taken at his farm, must have been shot elsewhere. Mr Evans said the allegations were a sign that animal rights organisations were now shifting the focus of their attacks to other countryside sports now that hunting has been banned…. Animal Aid Wales spokesman Kit Davidson called on the BASC to "name and shame" the farms in Britain and France that are using battery cages to rear game birds… Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said shooting is certainly next on the agenda for Animal Aid, the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA…. Mr Bonner said fishing would follow, with attention focused on certain practices like keep nets, barbed hooks and catch-and-release methods…. (story)

Western Mail 1.2.05 Game shooting business booming - Steve Dube, Western Mail - GAME SHOOTING has become a thriving business in Britain, with an estimated 130 million days spent in the field. The last major research in 1996 estimated that it pumps £600m a year into the rural economy, a figure now expected to exceed £1bn…. (story)

Western Mail 1.2.05 Restrictive laws spoil the game for shooters - Glynn Cook, Western Mail - SO that's it then. Another game shooting season over, or at least it will be by the end of today…. The open season for most of the other quarry species finished yesterday, January 31. So why are we able to continue shooting our two main game birds for another day? It is possible that such anomalies will be looked at during the review of the game laws being considered by Defra. There is no doubt that most of the law as it applies to shooting game is well past its sell-by date and needs revision…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 1.2.05 Barbaric - I READ with dismay (MEN, Jan 25) of the killing of 1,500 cormorants since September. Why has this slaughter taken place? Merely to protect fish stocks for anglers. It is not enough that anglers inflict a brutal and miserable death on the fish, pulling a razor sharp hook through its mouth and then putting it out of its misery by asphyxiation?... Ian Epstein, Prestwich (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.2.05 CORMORANT CULL IS A SCANDAL - The Government has now decided to cull 1,500 cormorants in the West, purely to pacify and protect the anglers. These people with nothing else better to do, are quite content to sit on the river bank, sustained with sandwich and hot drink, just to catch a few fish which they don't want or don't need… What a narrow-minded, pathetic lot of sportsmen…. Roy Brown Radstock Somerset (letter)

Western Morning News 1.2.05 FISHY BUSINESS OVER BECOMING VEGETARIAN - In his letter (WMN, December 14) Tom Jones certainly expresses some bizarre ideas. For starters when I decided to become vegetarian I didn't consider it a retrograde step to a more "primitive lifestyle" but a step on the path to enlightenment…. Robert A Gagie, Paignton (story)