February 2009

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28.2.09

Belfast Telegraph 28.2.09 Sadistic monsters who torture badgers must be punished - The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the police deserve the highest praise following their recent joint operation against the sadistic monsters who get their kicks from torturing and mutilating our badgers… We also need an end to terrier and lurcher clubs as they are the breeding ground for badger-baiting. Even the Countryside Alliance, which describes terrier and lurcher work as legitimate sports, must now take a closer look at its participants and re-evaluate their position because whether conducted against foxes or badgers, it is equally brutal… Friend of the Badger, Co Down (letter)

27.2.09

Daily Mail 27.2.09 Paramedic who refused to help a man with a broken back on his lunch break is let off - A paramedic who refused to help a man with a broken back because he was on his lunch break escaped any punishment yesterday. Robert Chambers was found guilty of misconduct by the Health Professions Council. Tribunal chairman Colin Allies said: 'This was a big professional mistake but he has shown insight into his behaviour. 'We are satisfied that his fitness to practice is not impaired…. (story)
Argus 26.2.09 Paramedic "ignores" man with broken back By Emily-Ann Elliott - A paramedic has been accused of ignoring a man who suffered a broken back - because he was refuelling his ambulance and was on his break. Instead Robert Chambers told the man - who was in agony - to wait for another ambulance before driving off… (story)
Telegraph 25.2.09 Paramedic refused to treat man with broken back because he was 'off duty' - Paramedic Robert Chambers refused to help a man who broke his back on a Boxing Day fox hunt and carried on filling up his ambulance with petrol instead, a misconduct hearing was told…. The unnamed victim, who broke his back in a Land Rover accident on the Sussex Downs, was in extreme pain but had to wait 40 minutes for another ambulance to take him to hospital, the Health Professions Council heard…. (story)
Daily Mail 25.2.09 Paramedic refused to take patient with broken back to hospital 'because he was on his break' - A paramedic refused to take a patient with a broken back to hospital because he was refuelling his ambulance and taking a break, a conduct hearing was told today. Robert Chambers told the man who was in agony to wait for another ambulance, before driving off, it is alleged… (story)

Shetland Times 27.2.09 MP fights for anglers - Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has written to UK fisheries minister Huw Irranca-Davies, urging him to resist the extension of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to apply to recreational sea anglers… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 27.2.09 Anglers fishing for survey help in bid to gain £1.5m - ANGLERS in Notts are being asked to take part in a national survey to gain £1.5m funding for the sport. If 1,000 anglers register for a Sport England survey, the Angling Trust is set to receive £1.56m from Sport England. Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: "This is an opportunity for anglers to have their say about their experience when they go fishing… (story)

Bucks Free Press 27.2.09 Keep circus ban - ANIMAL Defenders International (ADI) is calling on Wycombe councillors to listen to public opinion when voting on whether to overturn a long-established ban on animal circuses in the district this week. Two thirds of the British public want a ban on all animal circus acts…. Alexandra Cardenas,Animals in Entertainment Campaign, Animal Defenders International, Millbank Tower, London. (letter)

26.2.09

Daelnet 26.2.09 Awards for long-serving gamekeepers - NOMINATIONS are being invited from estate owners and managers to select long-serving gamekeepers and river bailiffs for some of the countryside’s most prestigious awards. Every year, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) presents its long service medals to individuals who have dedicated a lifetime to looking after large areas of the countryside or its rivers. The awards recognise their unique contribution to countryside care… (story)

Oxford Times 26.2.09 Replacing animals - Now that the construction of the Oxford Animal Lab is complete, it is time to move on from the controversy surrounding the lab to an open and educated debate on the future of animal testing. The European Parliament is preparing to debate a revision of Directive 86/609 governing animal experimentation. With growing support among MEPs and European citizens for the replacement of animal testing, this is long overdue…. On Thursday, March 5, I will be speaking at a public meeting in Oxford entitled ‘Replacing Animals in Research: What’s Happening in Europe?’. I will be joined by the President of the Eurogroup for Animals, and the Policy Director of the Dr Hadwen Trust, the UK leader in non-animal medical research. The meeting is organised by Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford (VERO); a University-based group… Dr Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for the South East, Vice-President, EU Cross-Party Animal Welfare Group, Vice-President, RSPCA (story)

Wrexham Mail 26.2.09 Protest at Sainsbury's over treatment of pigs - ANIMAL lovers in North Wales joined a day of action across the UK on Valentine’s Day in efforts to expose the truth about the British pig industry. Emma Thomas and Judi Hewitt from North Wales Animal Rights took part in Viva! and Animal Aid’s Day of Action for pigs by raising awareness to shoppers at a local Sainsbury store, to open their eyes to how these animals suffer on British farms. First of all I’d like to thank Sainsbury's for being gracious in allowing us to do our campaign at their store…. I say a vegan diet can help keep people younger and healthier for longer as well as saving the planet…. Judi Hewitt (letter)

25.2.09

ThisIsCornwall 25.2.09 Popular horseman passes away - CORNWALL has lost one of its most respected and experienced horsemen with the death of Reg Lobb at the age of 88. Among the 300 people attending the funeral service at St Neot Church were representatives of six local hunts and many shows…. He had been master and huntsman of three packs - the former Bolventor Harriers, Lamerton Foxhounds, and the North Cornwall Hunt, and his son Patrick and daughter Jenny had also been whips for several years… (story)

FARRIERS' MEET
ThisIsCornwall 25.2.09 Farriers' hunt - FARRIERS from across Devon and Cornwall gathered at a celebrated hunt near Falmouth at the weekend…. (story)
ThisIsCornwall 25.2.09 Record crowds join the special hunt for farriers - F ARRIERS across the Westcountry gathered at a celebrated hunt meet at the weekend which drew record crowds. Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the Farriers' Hunt held in and around Constantine, near Falmouth, Cornwall…. Meanwhile, James Barrington, former director of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), has joined the Countryside Alliance as an animal welfare consultant on the fourth anniversary of the Hunting Act…… (story)
West Briton 24.2.09 Record crowds attend Farriers' Hunt day - FARRIERS from across Devon and Cornwall gathered at a celebrated hunt near Falmouth at the weekend. Record crowds gathered for Saturday's 10th anniversary of the Farriers' Hunt held in and around Constantine…. (story)
Western Morning News 23.2.09 Farriers take part in hunt meet - FARRIERS from across Devon and Cornwall gathered at a celebrated hunt which drew record crowds. Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the Farriers' Hunt held in and around Constantine, near Falmouth. Supporters said the day went extremely well and the number of people attending showed the resistance to the hunting ban…. Farriers from all over the Westcountry came to take part in Saturday's meet and were joined by other local riders and an estimated 200 people following the hunt on foot… (story)

Waterford Today 25.2.09 Horrendous practice of 'digging out' foxes - The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has today called on the Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith, to outlaw the horrendous practice of digging out foxes, with the use of dogs. We have written to all TDs and Senators, calling for their support for legislation against this barbarism…. Aideen Yourell Campaign Director IRISH COUNCIL AGAINST BLOOD SPORTS (letter)

Carmarthen Journal 25.2.09 Sick of hypocrisy - THIS week's Carmarthen Journal is full of Simon Hart's hypocrisy… he accuses Labour of spending more time discussing the Hunting Act of 2004, while as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance he spends most of his time trying to get it repealed… David Petersen, St Clears (letter)

Shetland Marine News 25.2.09 A COALITION of 26 environmental and wildlife groups have written to first minister Alex Salmond demanding he put an immediate stop to the shooting of common seals in Scotland… The groups signing the call are, Animal Aid, Animal Concern, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Campaign Whale, Care For The Wild, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Cornwall Seal Group, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Hebridean Partnership, International Animal Rescue (IAR), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Orkney Seal Rescue, PETA Europe, Pure Salmon Campaign, Respect for Animals, Save Our Seals Fund, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Seabird Centre, Seal Conservation Society, Seaprobe Atlantis - Wildlife Cruises, Sea Watch Foundation, Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG), Tara Seal Research, Viva, Whale Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). (story)

Western Daily Press 25.2.09 Better stop eating meat - Your report, "Jews and Muslims unite against EU's halal ban", February 19), that under a scheme aimed at curbing animal cruelty, the EU has put forward a plan to ensure that animals facing slaughter have to be electrically stunned beforehand… Is it obligatory for Jews and Muslims to eat meat? It doesn't seem to be – so since meat-eating isn't necessary from a health viewpoint, wouldn't it be simpler and more reasonable for them just to stop eating it? E Ingram Woolavington Somerset (story)

24.2.09

FORMER LACS DIRECTOR JOINS COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE
Western Mail 24.2.09 Why we need to hunt for a much better solution by Steve Dube, Western Mail - HUNTING is one of those issues that is guaranteed to raise the temperature of any discussion. It certainly did with me and, in my former role as executive director of the League Against Cruel Sports, I campaigned long and hard to abolish it. … (story)
Daily Mail 18.2.09 Leading animal rights activist defects to Countryside Alliance - and now says hunting with dogs is 'beneficial' By Vanessa Allen - A leading animal rights campaigner who once described hunting as ' barbaric and bloodthirsty' has joined the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance. James Barrington, a former director of the League Against Cruel Sports, is heading the Countryside Allliance's efforts to overturn the ban on hunting… The one-time hunt saboteur compared his former colleagues in the animal rights movement to 'religious fundamentalists' who ignored the scientific evidence … (story)
Telegraph 18.2.09 Hunting lobby welcome defector from animal rights movement - A prominent animal rights activist has joined the Countryside Alliance in a coup for the hunting lobby. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - James Barrington used to be director of the League Against Cruel Sports. However on the fourth anniversary of the Act, he said he was working with the pro-hunting group the Countryside Alliance as an animal welfare consultant in an effort to have the legislation overturned…. (story)
Politics.co.uk 18.2.09 Comment: We must repeal the ban - Jim Barrington - Hunting is one of those issues that is guaranteed to raise the temperature of any discussion. It certainly did with me and, in my former role as executive director of the League Against Cruel Sports, I campaigned long and hard to see it abolished… (story)
Politics.co.uk 18.2.09 Comment: Criminals in the countryside - Douglas Batchelor - The passage into law of the Hunting Act 2004 was one of those historic moments when parliament finally caught up with the long held will of the people…. (story)
Horse & Hound 17.2.09 Former League Against Cruel Sports director joins Countryside Alliance - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A former director of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), Jim Barrington, has joined the Countryside Alliance as an animal welfare consultant on the fourth anniversary of the Hunting Act (17 February). Mr Barrington has been consultant to the Parliamentary Middle Way Group, a cross-party body that campaigned for a workable compromise on hunting, and will continue in that role while working for the Alliance… (story)
Western Daily Press 17.2.09 Hunts hit back at thug claims - Hunts use thuggery to intimidate anti-hunt monitors and prevent them getting evidence of illegal hunting. That was the claim made by Somerset monitors as the League Against Cruel Sports stepped up its campaign and marked the fourth anniversary of the ban on hunting with dogs. The Countryside Alliance (CA) quickly dismissed the claims, and also used the anniversary to unveil its newest member, the former boss of the League Against Cruel Sports. James Barrington has long been a convert from the anti to the pro camp, but had been a founder of the Middle Way Group which aimed to find a compromise between the two sides. Now, however, the hunting expert has joined the CA, completing a journey right across the intractable debate… (story)

Irish Independent 24.2.09 Out-of-control hunting dogs rip pet cat apart - AN ELDERLY couple watched in horror as a pack of hunting dogs killed their 18-year-old pet cat, writes Eimear Ni Bhraonain…. Rosie Smith Jnr said her parents, who do not wish to be named, are still "traumatised" after the incident, which occurred just after Sunday dinner…. (story)

ThisIsSomerset 24.2.09 Brief history of hunting - Here in Mendip area the hounds can still be seen out hunting but where did it all begin, I wonder? I owned a lovely red and white basset hound called Hovis. I had him from a puppy until he died at 13 years old. He was a lovely dog and a fantastic companion. Man hunting with dogs is thought to have started as far back as 1534 in the not-too-dissimilar county of Norfolk… Gerry Urch (story)

Oxford Mail 24.2.09 Beware of Tory goal - IN HER LETTER (Hunting Tories still outdated, Oxford Mail, February 17), Penny Little is quite right: it is in the nature of politicians to express in public what they think the public wish to hear or read, but to be more circumspect around contentious issues. Thus Labour in opposition promised to introduce an act banning the hunting of wild animals with dogs. It was a popular move and undoubtedly greatly assisted in the party’s subsequent election. The Tories, misjudging the mood of the electorate, staged elaborate demonstrations in favour of hunting, and did themselves no favours, except within the ranks of those already convinced of their right to pursue a cruel sport…. BEA BRADLEY Cuxham Road Watlington (letter)

Wigan Evening Post 24.2.09 Gun police swoop on hunters By Charles Graham - A man has received an apology from police after armed officers held his shooting party at gunpoint then locked them up. Owen White, a surveyor from Up Holland who was on a trip to Scotland, says he feared for his life when police treated him and two colleagues "like terrorists."… Mr White said that he had never been so terrified in his life and that the officers did not identify themselves as police. He said: "We were in the gamekeeper's pick-up and a check could have sorted things out. "Instead, we were subjected to screaming and shouting and police pointing guns at us. We were handcuffed and locked up overnight and we had not committed any offence."… (story)

Daily Mail 24.2.09 Animal welfare charity slams plans for elephant circus act By Paul Sims - A circus show billed as the first British elephant act in a decade is caught up in a row with animal welfare campaigners. Just days before it is due to begin a nationwide tour, the Great British Circus found itself at the centre of attempts to ban the use of the creatures in performances. The Born Free Foundation, an international animal welfare charity, is concerned about plans to take African and Asian elephants on the tour…. (story)

Wisbech Standard 24.2.09 WISBECH: Circus Mondao hits back at cruelty claims by animal protection society - ORGANISERS of a circus, which opens in Wisbech tomorrow, have hit back at animal right campaigners who claim it is cruel. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) is urging people to boycott Circus Mondao, which features llamas, zebras, horses, goats, rabbits, dogs, a camel and three chickens. But Ring Mistress Petra Jackson said her circus is inspected on an almost weekly basis by welfare organisations and that their animals are happy and well-looked after…. (story)

Oldham Evening Chronicle 24.2.09 Fears over welfare of funfair fish - Reporter: Beatriz Ayala - A FUNFAIR based in Hollinwood has denied animal cruelty claims. Concerns were raised about the “Blackpool Comes to Oldham” attraction allowing teenagers and children to take home goldfish as prizes…. Kris Corbley, from Clarksfield, said he has reported his concerns to the RSPCA. The 25-year-old police officer said: “Giving goldfish away as prizes is barbaric and outdated… (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 24.2.09 Animal rights group gather in Cirencester to protest at treatment of pigs By Alex Love - MEMBERS of Cirencester Animal Rights gathered this week to get people clued up on the treatment of British pigs by the pig farming industry… Member Helen Nicholas said it was important to highlight what really goes on…. (story)

23.2.09

Irish Times 23.2.09 Call for ban on hare and fox hunts - Delegates backed an Ogra Shinn Féin motion calling “for a total ban on all blood sports, including hare coursing and fox hunting”. Dublin Ógra member Aine Downes said 30 hares had been killed at recent coursing meetings. The ardfheis rejected a separate motion from cumainn in Ardfert, Co Kerry, and Thurles, Co Tipperary, calling delegates to accept that “hare coursing is not a blood sport, and that it opposes any attempt to ban a popular rural sport”. … (story)

BBC News Online 23.2.09 Blog uncovers badger baiting 'secrets' By Nuala McCann - A secret blog was a key tactic in a plan to snare badger baiters who enjoy watching dogs tear badgers apart, an animal charity has said. The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said its blog proved crucial in uncovering the secrets of badger baiting… Stephen Philpott, chief executive of the USPCA, said the blog was "key" to uncovering the truth about badger baiting…. The charity also called for a ban on hunting in Northern Ireland. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 23.2.09 Judgement on experiments - I READ with interest about Huntingdon Life Sciences in The Big Issue. In my opinion these people do cruel and unnecessary animal experiments. I cannot understand why the courts jail people for daring to speak out against animal cruelty, but they don't jail all dangerous drivers…. Leanne Pearson (11), Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby (story)

SCOTTISH HERALD SQUIRREL CULL CORRESPONDENCE
Scottish Herald 23.2.09 Proposed squirrel cull is a waste of money - Dr Mel Tonkin of the Scottish Wildlife Trust is selective in what she says about killing grey squirrels (Letters, February 20). They are trapped and then shot or clubbed. Who knows what other methods of killing, such as drowning, could take place?... Angus Macmillan, Balloch. (letter)
Scottish Herald 21.2.09 People continue to drown squirrels - In response to Mel Tonkin's statement that drowning grey squirrels is illegal under the Wild Mammals Protection Act, may I remind her what the Act says? It is illegal for members of the public to kill any wild animal this way but a person is not guilty of an offence under this Act if the animal "was taken in the course of lawful pest control activity". And that, sadly and shockingly, includes squirrel culling… Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Scottish Herald 20.2.09 Saving red squirrels - Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels (SSRS) would like to point out that, contrary to suggestions by Animal Aid (Letters, February 16), drowning squirrels is illegal under the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996. The project also opposes the use of poisons for grey squirrel control… Dr Mel Tonkin, manager Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels, Scottish Wildlife Trust, 3 Kirk Cramond, Edinburgh (story)
Scottish Herald 16.2.09 Red squirrels are not actually endangered - I read with interest the letter on the subject of squirrels from my brother, Dr Bob Purdie (Letters, February 13). The good doctor has obviously forgotten the epic battles our father fought with the grey squirrels that used to invade his garden…. It is also obvious that my brother has not yet adjusted to life back in Scotland when he issues an invitation to the squirrels via your letters page. In time, he will come to realise that Kirkcaldy squirrels are not like the Oxford variety: they can't read. David C Purdie, Loanhead, Midlothian.
Thank you to Dr Andrew Kelly for his level-headed explanation of why culling grey squirrels in order to help the reds is certain to fail (Letters, February 12). That "conservationists" spend so much time and money - including taxpayers' money - on this effort is astonishing and wholly misguided…. Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letters)
Scottish Herald 13.2.09 Welcome squirrels - Dr Andrew Kelly refers to a campaign against grey squirrels which began in 1931… What tosh. I used to see grey squirrels running through the trees in front of my flat in Oxford. The trees survived and the bird population was undiminished… grey squirrels note the address, you are welcome here. Dr Bob Purdie, Kirkcaldy (letter)
Scottish Herald 12.2.09 Culling grey squirrels will not conserve red - The launch of Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels ("Grey day for squirrels as cull begins", The Herald, February 10) is more about being seen to be doing something to protect red squirrels than actually presenting a solution. Culling grey squirrels to conserve red squirrels is ethically dubious and history has shown us that it will not work… Dr Andrew Kelly, Cheshire. (letter)

Cambridge News 23.2.09 Charity gets call for help to rescue captive chimpanzee - A CAMBRIDGE charity dedicated to ending the exploitation of primates in captivity has received its first appeal of 2009 - to rescue a chimpanzee held illegally in Gran Canaria... Kelly Warren, a MONA volunteer, said: "Chimpanzees are meant to live in the wild, not in our homes, and for chimps such as Africa they need the expertise for rehabilitation that we can offer at our sanctuary n Spain."… (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 23.2.09 Think of the hens when buying eggs - AS Shrove Tuesday approaches and we start thinking about whether to have sweet or savoury pancakes, I ask readers to please spare a thought for the 30 million hens that lay our eggs every year…. ALAN WOLINSKI, RSPCA Regional Manager for the North (letter)

21.2.09

Grimsby Telegraph 21.2.09 Sickened by blood sports - RE: NINO Hoblyn's letter (Viewpoint, Friday 13). If my name and address was so important to you, you could have obtained it from the Grimsby Telegraph. I am not just against fox hunting, but any blood sport like deer hunting, badger baiting, and pheasant shooting, which the Royal family do… In my view people who participate in watching a fox chased, caught and ripped to bits alive are sick… Mrs Banks, Aspen Court, Cleethorpes (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 13.2.09 We are the rich ones - IT never ceases to amaze me, when people write in, airing their views on such topics of great importance as fox hunting, and yet stop at the point of giving a name. Surely, one cannot think that the huntsmen and women with their hounds will hunt down the perpetrator. So please, before one jumps upon their non-hunting horse, get yourself to the hunt, see for yourself the class of people that enjoy this fantastic sport…. Nino Hoblyn, North Street, Caistor (letter)

Craven Herald 21.2.09 Sad for the fish - Mike Harding makes a valid point (Herald, February 13) in saying that the proposed Settle hydro project might pose a risk to migrating salmon and sea trout. It's… just as sad to realise that they wind up on the end of an angler’s hook! Steve Hutton, St Johns Row, Langcliffe (letter)

Western Morning News 21.2.09 Row despite 'hobby anglers' pledge - FEARS remain that a Brussels crackdown on fishing quotas will damage the Westcountry's coastal economy, despite assurances "hobby anglers" will be excluded. Sea anglers in the region were angered by moves to include amateurs within tight restrictions designed to protect endangered species such as cod, haddock, herring and the porbeagle shark…. (story)

Irish Examiner 21.2.09 Fur farm footage posted on internet By Scott Millar - VIDEO footage from inside the country’s six fur farms has been posted on the internet by animal rights activists. The clips show apparently distressed mink locked in small cages…. The footage is believed to have been recorded in recent weeks by members of the Animal Liberation Front, an organisation whose US branch has been classified as a terrorist organisation. Speaking on behalf of the group which breached security at the fur farms, an activist who identified himself as Ed said: "The animals in these farms are obviously distressed… The release of the footage on the internet comes as the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT) heightens its lobbying to have fur farming banned… (story)

20.2.09

Whitby Gazette 20.2.09 Hunts stronger than ever on anniversary By Carl Gavaghan - FOUR years ago this week, the Hunting Act came into force which banned the hunting of foxes with hounds. But far from killing off the centuries-old hunts, it saved them and now they have grown even more popular… Goathland Hunt was on the verge of going out of existence before the ban came in…. Glaisdale Hunt has also come out the other side of the hunting ban a stronger outfit…. (story)

Mirror 20.2.09 I saw hunt dogs rip my cat apart - A pack of foxhounds ripped a pet cat to pieces in front of her horrified owner. Amanda Richardson told yesterday how the 12 baying dogs set about her beloved 15-year-old tabby Molly as she stood in her garden admiring some snowdrops…. The Western Hunt has apologised "unreservedly" and offered Amanda compensation…. (story)
Cornishman 19.2.09 Pet owner horrified as hunt dogs rip cat apart - AN AGEING pet cat has been ripped apart in her own garden by hunting dogs which had strayed from the main pack. And now the cat's owner is calling for the Western Hunt to make sure its pack is properly trained and under control. About 12 dogs had broken off from the rest of the Western Hunt meeting at Sennen last week and rampaged through the Crean Bottoms area before four or five of the dogs chased after and caught Molly, a 15-year-old cat belonging to Amanda Richardson… She says she doesn't blame the hounds but she does want the Western Hunt to ensure that such an incident never happens again…. Master of the Western Hunt, Ben Sparrow, said he went round to Ms Richardson's house and apologised 'unreservedly' following the incident….(story)

Cumberland News 20.2.09 Hunts should welcome monitors for showing that they stay within law - In response to the letter; Police our rural areas not hunting fraternity (The Cumberland News, February 6); out of sight and mind is what the hunting fraternity rely on…. ANDREW WATSON, Address supplied
What unmitigated rubbish from “name and address supplied” about hunt monitors on the Cumbrian fells. Far from it being the monitors wasting police time and taxpayers’ money, it is the hunt supporters themselves who phone the police, with spurious reasons as to why their presence is required, when they see monitors with cameras… ELAINE MILBOURN, Torpenhow (letters)
Carlisle News & Star 16.2.09 Hunts should welcome monitors - In response to the letter; Police our rural areas, not hunting fraternity (News & Star, February 6); out of sight and mind is what the hunting fraternity relies on... The high court can say what it wants but if we come across a fox being chased or killed we will be there to capture it on video or to intervene. We don’t want any accidents, do we? ANDREW WATSON, Address supplied (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 14.2.09 Not balaclava, a warm scarf - IN REPLY to Ann Foster (News & Star, letters, January 29) the only person arrested on a hunt in Cumbria while wearing a balaclava has, in fact, been a hunt supporter… The hunt monitor who appeared in the News & Star picture recently was NOT wearing a balaclava – it was a scarf, and as it’s mid-winter it was very cold. Name and address supplied (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 4.2.09 Hunting has a proud heritage - With regards to the masked animal rights campaigners, I wonder if they belong to the same organisation that released a whole mink farm into the wild several years ago. What a brilliant idea, as mink are the most prolific killers in the wild… My grandfather, the late Michael (Micky) Moscrop was also a steward at the legendary Waterloo Cup on Kinmount estate. This sport was hare coursing, not with the intention to kill but to mark the dogs with points for turning the hare. Need I say anymore? DJ MUSGRAVE, Sowerby Court, Carlisle (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 29.1.09 Concern over the hidden faces - Very disturbed to read about the fox and hounds in the paper (News & Star, January 27. I am not a hunting person now but I was brought up in the countryside and hunting has been a countryside thing for many a year. The picture that disturbed me was the anti hunt people with balaclavas. Quite a few years ago my husband ‘got done’ for wearing a balaclava at a hunt.I think it is disgraceful that they can walk around with their faces covered so people can’t see who they are… ANN FOSTER, West Street, Fletchertown (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 27.1.09 Cumbrian hunts are flouting the ban – claim - Seventy-six people have been prosecuted in England and Wales since the ban on hunting with hounds came into force in February 2005… The situation is increasingly frustrating to animal rights’ activists who believe illegal hunting here is rife. They invited a News & Star reporter and photographer to join two volunteer “hunt monitors” on Saturday to see for themselves…. One, a Carlisle man known as Andrew, claimed to have received reports of four foxes being killed by a Cumbrian hunt in a single day… On Saturday we encountered the Cumbria Beagles at Derwentfolds, near Threlkeld…. At one point the beagles were chasing a hare but the huntsman called them off, just as the law says he should. Later, at Faulds Brow near Caldbeck, the territory of the Cumberland Foxhounds, we saw a group with terriers and a soil-covered shovel… Tim Brockbank, joint master of the Cumberland, denied any knowledge of the terrier men… The vast majority of people convicted under the Hunting Act 2004 are poachers and not attached to organised hunts.Of the 48 found guilty last year, for example, only three were members of hunts…. The Blencathra Foxhounds, based at Threlkeld, no longer lists meets on its website. Secretary Bob Fell admitted this was to avoid the attention of hunt monitors… Elaine Milbourn, a Torpenhow-based activist with the group Protect Our Wild Animals, wants the Hunting Act to be strengthened…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 20.2.09 Campaigners highlight injuries caused by traps - Animal welfare campaigners yesterday “snared” themselves outside the Scottish Parliament to highlight one year since ministers decided not to ban the practice. Protesters, using fake blood, writhed on the ground in their mocked-up traps to draw attention to the injuries that snares can cause. Louise Robertson, campaign manager for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Snares are indiscriminate killers, any animal can get caught in these … (story)
Scottish Herald 19.2.09 Animal snare protest at Holyrood parliament - Animal welfare campaigners today "snared" themselves outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to highlight one year since ministers decided not to ban the practice. Protesters, using fake blood, writhed on the ground in their mocked-up traps to draw attention to the injuries that snares can cause. Louise Robertson, campaign manager for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "Snares are indiscriminate killers, any animal can get caught in these…. (story)

19.2.09

Hull Daily Mail 19.2.09 Teen tells of hunt horror - A horrified student today spoke out after an East Yorkshire hunt marauded over her family's garden. Maxine Budding expressed her outrage after the Holderness Hunt's hounds pursued a fox through the garden in Ottringham, near Withernsea. The 18-year-old claims the hounds chased the fox into a field at the rear of the property, The Coach House in Station Road. Hunt officials denied any fox was killed and police said there was no evidence of any offence being committed… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 18.2.09 Apology after hounds run through garden - Hunt officials today apologised after foxhounds ran through a private garden in an East Yorkshire village. The angry property owners at Ottringham also complained that the Holderness Hunt was chasing a fox…. Today, farmer Chris Richardson, hunt joint master, said: "We temporarily lost sight of the hounds near the village while following an artificial trail. Because it was so wet, the huntsman was staying clear of a field of standing crops to avoid any damage and that's when the hounds ran across the garden… (story)

Scottish Herald 19.2.09 Scheme launched to crack down on countryside crime - BRIAN DONNELLY - Gamekeepers, farmers and landowners are to be recruited as special constables under a new scheme to cut crime in the countryside. The joint initiative between Central Scotland police and Tayside police, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK… Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: "It will take time to rebuild trust and confidence after some difficult years, but I look forward to seeing a return to a time when keepers again take up the challenge of being a special." (story)

PETA FOIE GRAS SELFRIDGES PROTEST
Brighouse Echo 19.2.09 Have a heart, appeals pregnant protester - FIVE-months' pregnant protester Lynzi Waddington bared nearly all to publicise a campaign close to her heart. Lynzi, 24, of Oaklands, Rastrick, joined four other demonstrators who hoped to catch the eye by stripping down to their smalls in a busy London street. The quintet, who braved temperatures little above zero, were aiming to persuade upmarket chain store Selfridges to stop selling foie gras, an expensive type of pate made from duck or goose liver… (story)
Scottish Herald 13.2.09 Activists bare concerns for force-fed geese and ducks - Beverley Rouse - Animal rights protesters went topless yesterday to expose what they described as the "naked cruelty" involved in creating foie gras. Members of campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) urged Selfridges to stop selling foie gras - meaning "fatty liver - a pate typically created by force-feeding ducks and geese… (story)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 13.2.09 Brighouse woman’s naked PETA protest against animal cruelty – picture by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner - A BRIGHOUSE mum-to-be braved freezing temperatures to get naked in the name of goose cruelty. Lynzi Waddington was one of five campaigners who peeled off their layers outside a London department store to halt the sale of cruelly-produced foie gras… (story)
Halifax Courier 12.2.09 Topless campaigners urge end to 'naked cruelty' of foie gras - see pictures of their protest - ANIMAL rights protestor Linzi Waddington went topless in London's Oxford Street today to expose what campaigners described as the "naked cruelty" involved in creating foie gras. Linzi, of Brighouse, joined members of campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) urging Selfridges to stop selling foie gras - meaning "fatty liver - a pate typically created by force-feeding ducks and geese… (story)
BBC News Online 12.2.09 Foie gras protesters go topless - Five topless animal rights campaigners protested outside Selfridges in London urging it to stop selling foie gras. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said ducks and geese were force-fed for the pate, branding the process "naked cruelty"…. (story)
Independent 12.2.09 Topless protestors urge end to foie gras 'cruelty' By Beverley Rouse, Press Association - Animal rights protesters went topless today to expose what they described as the "naked cruelty" involved in creating foie gras. Members of campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) urged Selfridges to stop selling foie gras… (story)

18.2.09

Daily Mail 18.2.09 Happy Anniversary Again - Robin Page - How exciting, another anniversary, for the second day running. This time it is the fourth anniversary of possibly the most vindictive, divisive, senseless and politically motivated legislation for decades, The Hunting Act 2004, the legislation that not only stops those who are that way inclined, from chasing foxes – but also stops those wanting to use dogs to pursue mice, mink and grey squirrels – incredible! Rats and rabbits are all right – but what is the difference between dogs killing rats and dogs killing mink or foxes? I have no idea… (story)

InTheNews 18.2.09 Fourth anniversary of fox hunting ban - Today marks the fourth anniversary of the government's decision to ban fox hunting. On this day in 2005, the ban on hunting with dogs came into effect. But four years later, hunt protestors still complain there is no sustained campaign to shut the practise down, with hunting continuing as normal across whole swathes of the country…. Rad Thomas, spokesman for the Quorn Hunt, told Melton Today: "I think it shows how unworkable the bill is, how badly thought out it was and how unnecessary it was…. (story)

ThisIsSomerset 18.2.09 Life is a drag with this hunt - Neither rain, nor ice nor snow stood in the way of an annual tradition when the Weston and Banwell Harriers met outside a Wedmore pub on Saturday morning. Most of the group, which has about 55 members and about 70 hounds, gathered outside The New Inn, Wedmore, before setting off to a nearby drove for a hunt… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.2.09 The crusader who foxed the hunters - With the death of Doreen Cronin, the anti-hunting movement has lost one of its most eloquent, passionate and hard-working champions. She was, not to put too fine a point on it, not cast in the usual mould of campaigners… While hunt monitors compiled dossiers of evidence based on activities out in the field, Doreen pursued a quietly determined campaign of lobbying and letter-writing, with the National Trust – owner of a huge tract of prime hunting land on Exmoor – as one of her first targets… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.2.09 Act should be repealed - Your correspondent Helen Weeks (Your Say, February 10) is absolutely correct to highlight the shortcomings of the Hunting Act 2004…. So much time spent on deliberation, and so many concessions after consultation, have left a law that doesn't seem to know what its purpose is. The current clamour for "strengthening" is equally wrongheaded and displays a lack of understanding as to how the words "cause and permit" would function within this legislation… Hunting wild mammals with dogs may well be anathema to some people – Lord Burns was unable to offer definitive conclusions either way – but, as it stands, the Hunting Act 2004 is an unsatisfactory law that should be repealed. Professor Douglas de Creccy Dorset and London (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.2.09 Betrayal unless Hunt Act is strengthened - The High Court ruling has confirmed that the only way forward is for the Government to strengthen the Hunting Act….It is now time for the people sitting behind desks to stop pretending that there is nothing wrong with the Hunting Act… It is time for all the anti-hunt groups to say with one voice that the Government must carry out the wishes of the majority of the people, and make sure this Act is enforceable, by calling for a "cause or permit" clause to be added to the Act…. Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 18.2.09 Riding for fall if flouting law - MEDIA reports on the recent High Court hunting judgement did not accurately portray the new situation which has arisen as a result of the judgement.We now look forward with confidence to the prosecution of eighteen cases that will now be permitted to proceed… The Act is clear. Hunters who go out to deliberately break the law are riding for a fall! IVOR ANNETTS Tiverton (letter)

Whitehaven News 18.2.09 Deer poaching inquiry - A MILLOM man has been arrested following an investigation into alleged deer poaching. The arrest was made after a search warrant was executed at a home on Lonsdale Road, Millom, in relation to wildlife crime…. (story)

ThisIsCornwall 18.2.09 Chicken protest - A GROUP of animal welfare campaigners are organising a protest against the treatment of chickens by a major high street supermarket. This weekend Compassion in World Farming members will be calling on Tesco to "stop being rotten to chickens" in the hope of getting the national supermarket to adopt improved animal welfare policies. Cally Hill, who is organising the demo outside the Tesco Metro store on New George Street, said: "Targeting Tesco is important… (story)

Aberdeen Evening Express 18.2.09 Charity to stage protest over grey squirrel cull - A DEMONSTRATION is to be held against plans to cull the grey squirrel population in the North-east. The event has been organised by the Pet and Animal Welfare Support Service (Pawss) charity. Around 10 people are expected to protest outside Scottish Natural Heritage’s office in Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Terrace on Monday from noon… Suzanne Mennie of Pawss said she did not believe the squirrel cull would be successful… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 18.2.09 Killing of whales must stop - OH dear, Japan is in serious recession, what a pity. Perhaps I am not the only person that will not buy goods from a nation that encourages the killing of whales - Alan Kebbell, Southampton (letter)

Manchester Evening News 18.2.09 Halt seal cruelty - LAST year 206,000 baby seals were slaughtered on the Canadian ice floes in what has become infamous as the largest marine mammal hunt in the world… .If any readers feel as strongly as I do about this, I urge them to write to the President of the European Council of Ministers requesting his support for an immediate full EU trade ban in seal products… Sara Lee, Whitefield (letter)

Belper News 18.2.09 Help for badgers - A quiz sheet to raise money for the Mid Derbyshire Badger Group is now on sale…. Irene Brierton, chairman of the group, said: "The quizzes have gained a great following and have been successful in raising thousands of pounds."… (story)

17.2.09

Exeter Express & Echo 17.2.09 Hunting Act wasn't needed for charges - REGARDING the assault on Helen Weeks by Christopher Marles, the whipper-in of the East Devon Hunt, Whipper-in facing jail for using his horse to knock down woman, Echo, February 12, Mrs Weeks is a member of Protect Our Wild Animals, which campaigns for the Hunting Act 2004 to be strengthened to facilitate prosecution of those who continue to unlawfully hunt foxes and deer with dogs for sport…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (story)

Farmers Guardian 17.2.09 Domestic production has to be a priority – Herbert By William Surman - SHADOW Defra Secretary Nick Herbert has criticised the Government for a systematic neglect of domestic food production… Mr Herbert was instrumental in setting up the Countryside Movement during the 1990s (now Countryside Alliance) to help bridge the divide between countryside and urban centres… (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 17.2.09 Stop animal tests - I URGE compassionate readers to support a once-a-generation opportunity to ease the suffering of thousands of lab animals and demand their MEP backs changes to the laws on animal testing right across Europe… Jan Creamer, Chief Executive, NAVS/ADI, London (letter)

Guardian 17.2.09 A master race for dogs is wrong - Peta's recent KKK-costumed protest was a valid illustration of the outrage of labelling a person or an animal for the way they look - Poorva Joshipura – The demonstration by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) US outside the Westminster Dog Show – in which two Peta US members dressed up like KKK members to make the case that the KKK and the American Kennel Club (AKC) are in some ways two peas in a pod – understandably raised a few eyebrows. But it also raised a good point: the AKC is all about the perverted idea of a master race and so is the KKK… (story)

Leicester Mercury 17.2.09 More food for thought - Elizabeth Allison (Mailbox, February 9), makes some correct points about the need to reduce our consumption of meat and dairy products…. Ms Allison implies, however, that this is an issue that is being ignored by all those opposing the Pennbury development, when arguing that we need to preserve greenfield land for growing food. This is not the case with Friends of the Earth… Friends of the Earth are not arguing that we should stop meat and dairy production altogether, since some production uses land unsuitable for growing crops, or exploits resources that would otherwise be wasted; however, we cannot afford to continue devoting larger and larger areas of land to growing crops to feed animals… Malcolm Hunter, Leicester Friends of the Earth. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 17.2.09 Food and the eco-town plan - Paul Harris objected to Pennbury on the grounds that the land is better used for growing food ("We need this land for food", Mailbox, January 28). I assume he means food for people. However, 70 per cent of all agricultural land in Britain is used to feed animals, not people…As well as livestock for meat and dairy being the second biggest cause of global warming, the farmed animal industry is a most destructive, wasteful, toxic, disease-promoting food production system imaginable… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

16.2.09

The News, Portsmouth 16.2.09 Everything for a garden - A grand garden fayre is to take place to raise money for charity. The event will be held in the grounds of Holywell House, in Swanmore, near Fareham, which is the home of the Earl and Countess Clarendon. Money raised will go to the Wessex Cancer Trust and the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 16.2.09 Charity in animal test plea - A CHARITY is urging people to consider the ethics of animal testing during National Science Week…. Professor Michael Balls, chairman of the FRAME Trustees, said: "While we support the good work that National Science Week does in encouraging interest in science, we hope the ethical questions of animal research will be taken into consideration at the same time… (story)

Oxford Times 16.2.09 Activists vow to fight on By Amanda Williams - Animal rights campaigners have vowed to fight on despite the imprisonment of the co-founder of their group. On Friday, Mel Broughton, who 10 years ago set up animal rights campaign group SPEAC — which later became Speak, was found guilty of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University buildings…. A spokesman said: “Mel Broughton founded Speak and dedicated his life to working tirelessly for animal rights. We will be continuing our campaign in Oxford — and this has in no way affected it… (story)

Scotsman 16.2.09 Lingering death - If the grey squirrel cull in Scotland goes ahead in spring 2009 (your report, 7 February) there is a serious animal welfare issue that should be laid at the door of the Scottish Government and the red squirrel conservationists… When adult females are trapped and shot or bludgeoned to death unborn kittens will die in their mother's bodies and of those already born thousands will starve to death in their dreys… ANGUS MACMILLAN Meikle Boturich near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 16.2.09 Puppy rescuers need to find £3,000 - TWO animal welfare workers who rescued a puppy from eastern Europe and brought it back to Devon need funds to get it out of quarantine. Friends Jill Proffitt, 58, and Jenny Bell, 29, drove more than 1,000 miles to Lezhe, in Albania, to assess the animal welfare situation in the poverty- stricken country. Jill, from Teignmouth, who works as a part-time resort manager and founded the Animal Rescue Centre 44 years ago, said she was appalled to witness the country's poor treatment of animals. She and Jenny brought 10-week-old puppy Teddy back to Devon after rescuing it from abuse. And now the charity needs to raise £3,200 to bring him out of quarantine at Foredowne Kennels in Kingskerswell…. (story)

Western Morning News 16.2.09 Sight to touch the heart - ALMOST daily during my work for animal welfare I hear of the most hideous acts of cruelty which bring shame upon mankind. So it was reassuring to see in the Western Morning News (February 11) the image of firefighter David Tree sharing his bottle of water with an injured koala bear during the recent Australian bushfires…. Rodney Hale Chairman, Hare Preservation Trust (story)

15.2.09

Observer 15.2.09 The Observer profile - Peter Singer - He is a brilliant philosopher whose views both inflame and delight: animals have the same rights as people; not all human lives are worth saving. Now, with his new book, he has a practical plan to help wipe out world poverty - Ed Vulliamy - Of all the demonstrations I have reported, and the several more in which I have partaken, none was more surreal and impressive than that against Peter Singer, the then new professor of bioethics at Princeton University when he arrived to take his chair in 1999. Most of the demonstrators were disabled, some of them severely, chanting and holding placards reading: "Not Dead Yet!". The outrage was caused by Singer's belief that there is a case for euthanasia applicable to physically deformed babies, with all its echoes of Nazi eugenics… (story)

14.2.09

Scarborough Evening News 14.2.09 Recreational sea angling – the facts - RE the letter by Cllr O'Flynn (Your Views, February 5) where he asks that we get the facts right on fishing… Cllr O'Flynn claims the EU Consultative Document Article 47 says nothing about fishing from the shore. Here is what article 47 states:… Catches of species subject to a multi-annual plan by recreational fisheries shall be counted against the relevant quotas of the flag Member State. The Member States concerned shall establish a share from such quotas to be used exclusively for the purpose of recreational fisheries… This means different things in different countries. In the UK it means fishing with rod and line from the shore or from a boat…. Stuart McPherson Secretary Angling Trust Yorkshire Division (Marine) (letter)
Scarborough Evening News 5.2.09 Get the facts right on fishing - Let us have the truth about fishing. Our MP Mr Goodwill is encouraging one of the most recent Euro myths, namely that fishing off the end of the pier could be controlled by the European Union. Total nonsense. He should study the proposals and the reasons behind them. The proposals say nothing about fishing from the shore. The claim that onshore fishing is to be controlled is not true. Mick Jefferson comments that restrictions on fishing could extend to angling. Where did he see that in the proposals?... Cllr Brian O'Flynn, Town Hall, Scarborough (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.2.09 A fox is on the loose - There's a bright moon in the sky, a cold frost on the ground and a hungry fox is on the loose again. Bang goes another chicken. He or she has already had Milly, Molly and Mandy, and now the offspring they left behind have been gobbled up, too… We're thinking anti-terrorism strategies, perhaps mounting a gun turret on the roof of the chicken coop. Of course, nobody can sit out there waiting for the little blighter – or family of blighters – to turn up, so infra-red technology will have to be implemented… (story)

MEL BROUGHTON TRIAL
Mirror 14.2.09 Animal liberation fanatic jailed for 10 years for Oxford Uni bomb plot - An animal rights fanatic behind a bomb plot against Oxford University was yesterday jailed for 10 years. Mel Broughton, 48, an "ardent and determined" activist, was found guilty at Oxford crown court of conspiracy to commit arson…. (story)
Oxford Mail 13.2.09 Broughton gets 10 years for animal rights attacks By Ellie Simmonds - Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton has today been sentenced to 10 years plotting firebomb attacks against Oxford University. The jury at Oxford Crown Court convicted the 48-year-old of conspiracy to commit arson… (story)
Oxford Mail 13.2.09 Broughton: CPS reaction - Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Paul Harrison, of the CPS Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit, said: “Although Mel Broughton claimed to be merely a spokesperson for the campaign against the building of the Oxford Laboratory and a peaceful protestor and activist, we produced evidence in court to show that he played a far more proactive and sinister role by taking part in a fire bombing campaign… (story)
Oxford Mail 13.2.09 UPDATE: Police condemn Broughton By Thom Airs - Police today condemned Mel Broughton for "risking the lives of other people" in his campaign to stop scientific testing on animals…. (story)
Oxford Mail 13.2.09 UPDATE: Delight at Broughton jailing By Thom Airs - An Oxford academic hopes the jailing of Mel Broughton will lift the fear haunting those involved in animal experiments. Neurological professor John Stein, who had joined Pro-Test campaigns at the site of the research laboratory in South Park Road, said: “He has been a thorn in my flesh. “He has been extremely rude to me and accused me of all manner of cruelty to animals, which is all untrue, so I am very relieved that somebody so unpleasant has got his just desserts…. (story)
Daily Mail 13.2.09 Animal rights fanatic behind terror campaign on Oxford research lab jailed for ten years By Neil Sears - An animal rights fanatic behind a firebomb 'terror campaign' against a research laboratory at Oxford University was today jailed for 10 years. Mel Broughton, 48, who was described as an 'ardent and determined' activist, planned and possibly carried out arson attacks using home-made petrol bombs on college buildings… The conviction brings shame on Broughton and his followers in the Speak group he founded - but how ashamed his 71-year-old mother Pauline is about his crimes is in question. For she is a convicted animal rights activist herself, and a member of the Vegan Prisoners Support Group, which believes violent animal rights protesters are 'prisoners of conscience'. His father Peter, 75, a retired painter and decorator has also demonstrated beside his son…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.2.09 The 'paranoia' of animal activist - Activist Mel Broughton dedicated his life to fighting for animal rights. As a leading figure in campaign group Speak, he was determined to stop plans to build an animal research laboratory at Oxford University…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.2.09 Animal rights fire-bomber jailed - An animal rights campaigner who fire-bombed Oxford University has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, targeted Queen's and Templeton colleges over plans to build an animal research laboratory… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 13.2.09 Animal rights activist jailed for 10 years - An animal rights fanatic from Northampton has been jailed for 10 years over a "terror campaign" at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 48, who was described as an "ardent and determined" activist, planned and possibly carried out arson attacks on buildings belonging to the university… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 13.2.09 Jury retires in animal rights activist's trial By Rob Middleton – The jury in the trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton, accused of planting home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University, has retired today to consider its verdicts. Mel Broughton, aged 48, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks on buildings belonging to the university, as part of a "fierce campaign" against a research laboratory… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 12.2.09 Jury to consider verdict in animals rights case - The jury in the trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton accused of planting home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University retired today to consider its verdicts. Mel Broughton, 48, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks on buildings belonging to the University as part of a "fierce campaign" against a research laboratory… (story)
Oxford Mail 12.2.09 Bomb trial jury retires - A jury will tomorrow continue considering its verdict in the case of an animal rights campaigner accused of plotting to firebomb Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 48, above, of Semilong Road, Northampton, denies charges of conspiracy to commit arson and possessing an article with intent to destroy or damage property… (story)
Oxford Times 4.2.09 Lab bombs: I didn't do it By Ellie Simmonds - Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton today denied trying to bomb Oxford University buildings – but said he understood why people would break the law for animal rights…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.2.09 Arson DNA evidence 'unreliable' - DNA evidence in the case against a man accused of fire-bombing Oxford University is "unreliable", a forensic expert has told Oxford Crown Court. Mel Broughton, 48, of Northampton, denies carrying out two petrol bombs at Queen's College in November 2006 and failed attacks in February 2007. The prosecution alleges a tiny DNA sample found on an unexploded device matches Mr Broughton's DNA profile. But Dr Alan Jamieson said testing such small samples could be "misleading"…. (story)
Oxford Mail 27.1.09 DNA ‘matches bombs suspect’s profile’ - Forensic samples taken from a fire bomb left at an Oxford University building matched the DNA profile of animal rights activist Mel Broughton, a court heard today. … (story)
Oxford Mail 27.1.09 Jury told of lab 'intimidation' - A firm involved in building Oxford University’s animal testing laboratory pulled out after protests by campaigners, a court heard today. University vice-chancellor Dr John Hood told Oxford Crown Court the animal rights group Speak published contractors’ names and addresses. Mel Broughton, who the prosecution claim was the leader of Speak, denies plotting fire bomb attacks on university buildings in protest at the lab…. (story)
Oxford Mail 23.1.09 Defendant ‘public face of animal group’ - A protester accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University was the main leader and public face of animal rights campaign group Speak, a jury heard yesterday. Mel Broughton, aged 48, from Northampton, denies conspiracy to commit arson and possessing an article with intent to destroy or damage property following a series of fire bomb attacks on university buildings, believed to have been carried out in protest at the building of the university’s new animal lab… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 22.1.09 Activist denies arson attacks at Oxford University - An "ardent and determined" animal rights activist from Northampton was behind the planting of home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University, a court heard. Mel Broughton, aged 48, of Semilong, Northampton, is alleged to have planned and carried out arson attacks on buildings belonging to the university as part of a "fierce campaign" against the building of a research laboratory, a jury at Oxford Crown Court was told…. (story)
Oxford Mail 22.1.09 Animal rights activist plotted firebombings, court told By Ellie Simmonds - A leading animal rights campaigner plotted firebomb attacks on Oxford University buildings to protest against its new animal testing laboratory, a court heard this morning. Mel Broughton is accused of planning arson attacks on The Queen’s College sports pavilion in November 2006 and Templeton College in February 2007… (story)
BBC News Online 22.1.09 Activist denies arson attacks - A "dedicated" animal rights campaigner was involved in planting home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University, Oxford Crown Court has heard. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out arson attacks on university buildings…. (story)
BBC News Online 20.1.09 Jury in fire bomb case sworn in - The jury in the trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of fire bombing Oxford University colleges has been sworn in. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, had denied targeting Queen's College with explosives…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 20.1.09 Jury sworn in for animal rights activist's trial - A jury of six men and six women was today sworn in for the trial of an animal rights activist charged after the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 48, from Semilong Road, Northampton, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of possession of an article or articles with intent to destroy or damage property…. (story)
Oxford Mail 20.1.09 Jury sworn in for animal rights trial By George Gaynor - A jury of six men and six women was today sworn in for the trial of an animal rights activist charged after the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 48, from Semilong Road, Northampton, faces one charge of conspiracy to commit arson and one charge of possession of an article or articles with intent to destroy or damage property…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 1.1.09 Date set for animal rights' campaigner's arson retrial - An animal rights campaigner from Northampton accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University will face a new trial this month…. (story)
Northampton Evening Telegraph 1.1.09 Retrial for animal rights activist - An animal rights campaigner from Northampton accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University will face a new trial this month. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, faces a retrial at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, January 20, after a jury was unable to decide if he was involved in an arson attack at Queen's College sports pavilion and an attempted firebomb attack at Templeton College…. (story)
Oxford Mail 31.12.08 Date set for arson retrial - A date has been set for the retrial of an animal rights campaigner accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, faces a retrial at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday, January 20… (story)
Oxford Mail 6.11.08 Retrial looms for activist By Ellie Simmonds - An animal rights campaigner was tonight facing a retrial after a jury was unable to decide whether he plotted arson attacks on Oxford University buildings. The jury at Oxford Crown Court could not decide whether Mel Broughton was involved in an arson attack at The Queen’s College sports pavilion and an attempted firebomb attack at Templeton College…. (story)
Guardian 6.11.08 Animal rights activist cleared of possessing explosive substance - Owen Bowcott - A prominent animal rights activist accused of planting petrol bombs at Oxford University was today cleared of possessing an explosive substance with intent - packets of sparklers. The verdict in the trial of Mel Broughton, 48, is a setback for the police investigation into a series of attacks aimed at preventing construction of a £20m animal testing research laboratory. The jury at Oxford crown court was unable to reach a decision on two other charges of conspiracy to commit arson and possession of articles with intent to damage or destroy property. The prosecution has asked for a retrial… (story)
BBC News Online 6.11.08 Jury discharged in fire bomb case - The jury in the trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of fire bombing Oxford University colleges has been discharged. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, had denied targeting Queen's College with explosives. The jury was unable to reach verdicts on charges of conspiracy to commit arson and possession of articles with intent to destroy property. He was cleared of keeping an explosive substance with intent. The jury was discharged by Judge Patrick Eccles QC but Mr Broughton will remain in custody until a further hearing…. (story)
Oxford Mail 6.11.08 Broughton not guilty over explosive - Animal rights activist Mel Broughton has been found not guilty of keeping an explosive substance with intent. The jury was hung in the trial of Mr Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, on the charges of conspiracy to commit arson and possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 6.11.08 Jury fails to reach verdict in animal rights bomb case - The jury in the trial of a Northampton animal rights activist accused of being behind the planting of home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University failed to reach a verdict today…. Following a two-week trial at Oxford Crown Court a jury failed to reach a verdict on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson after deliberating for more than nine hours. They found Broughton not guilty of a further charge of keeping an explosive substance with intent, namely a quantity of sparklers…. Prosecutors indicated that they will be seeking a retrial which is expected to take place next year. Judge Patrick Eccles QC discharged the jury and remanded Broughton in custody until a hearing on a date to be fixed (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 6.11.08 Sparklers and plan of laboratory found in flat - A jury in the trial of a Northampton animal rights activist accused of plotting attacks on Oxford University buildings has begun considering its verdict. Mel Broughton, who denies conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property and keeping an explosive substance with intent, told Oxford Crown Court he understood why people took direct action to support animal rights, but did not encourage such action… (story)
Oxford Mail 5.11.08 Jury retires in Broughton trial By Tim Hobden - The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused plotting attacks on Oxford University buildings…. (story)
Fenland Citizen 5.11.08 Jury considers animal rights 'terror campaign' - The jury in the trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton accused of being behind the planting of home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University has retired to consider its verdicts… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 5.11.08 Bomb trial jury retires to consider verdict - The jury in the trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton accused of being behind the planting of home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University has retired to consider its verdicts…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 5.11.08 Animal rights activist denies bomb plot - An animal rights campaigner from Northampton has insisted he had nothing to do with a plot to firebomb a lab at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, has taken the stand at Oxford Crown Court to claim he was the target of a police campaign because he was a high-profile activist against the experimental laboratory… (story)
BBC News Online 4.11.08 Bomb accused had laboratory plans - A man accused of fire-bombing Oxford University has admitted hiding plans for part of an animal research laboratory at his home. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road in Northampton, denies targeting Queen's College in protest at its plans to build the laboratory… (story)
Oxford Mail 4.11.08 Campaigner admits previous direct action By Ellie Simmonds - A campaigner accused of plotting attacks on Oxford University buildings today said he understood why people took direct action to support animal rights. But Mel Broughton, who denies conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property and keeping an explosive substance with intent, told Oxford Crown Court he did not encourage such action….(story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 4.11.08 Animals rights activist: I had nothing to do with uni firebomb plot - An animal rights campaigner from Northampton has insisted he had nothing to do with a plot to firebomb a lab at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, has taken the stand at Oxford Crown Court to claim he was the target of a police campaign because he was a high-profile activist against the experimental laboratory…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.11.08 Police 'war' against bomb accused - Police officers were recorded saying they would wage a "dirty war" against an activist accused of fire-bombing Oxford University, a court has heard. Mel Broughton, 48, from Northampton, is accused of targeting Queen's College in protest at the University's plans to build an animal research laboratory. The Oxford Crown Court jury was shown a transcript with officers scheming to "get him", defence counsel said… Prosecutor John Price said when police raided the defendant's home, they found sparklers - which can be used as fuses on explosive devices - hidden in his bathroom. Broughton said: "I have not knowingly been involved with anything to do with these devices. "It (direct action) is something I'm no longer willing to do... I'm getting older and I'm no longer able or willing to do that."… (story)
Oxford Mail 3.11.08 'Police targeting me' says accused - Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton yesterday said he had been targeted by police as he took the stand to deny being involved in a firebomb plot against Oxford University… Yesterday, Broughton told jurors he believed police were targeting him because he was a high-profile campaigner against the lab… (story)
Daily Mail 3.11.08 Police planned 'dirty war' against animal rights activist accused of terror campaign, court told - Police investigating a high-profile animal rights activist accidentally recorded themselves planning to wage a 'dirty war' against him, a jury heard today. The officers were heard allegedly scheming to bring down Mel Broughton, who is on trial over a suspected firebombing campaign against a controversial animal testing research laboratory. He said he was not knowingly concerned in the planning or execution of the plot against the multi-million pound facility at Oxford University… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 1.11.08 Animal activist's petrol bombs 'could have caused fireball', court told - Unexploded bombs alleged to have been planted by a Northampton animal rights activist beneath an Oxford University building had the potential to cause a "violent fireball", a jury heard… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 31.10.08 Doubts over DNA evidence against animal rights activist - Forensic evidence linking an animal rights activist from Northampton with petrol bombs found beneath an Oxford University building was "inherently unreliable", a jury has been told. Professor Allan Jamieson, director of the Forensic Institute, Glasgow, told Oxford Crown Court the reliability of DNA evidence linking Mel Broughton to two bombs found beneath Templeton College was unproven… (story)
BBC News Online 31.10.08 Activist DNA evidence disputed - The defence in the trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of fire-bombing Oxford University buildings has questioned the use of DNA evidence. Mel Broughton, 48, from Northampton, is on trial at Oxford Crown Court and denies all the charges against him. A key defence witness has challenged the validity of the use of microscopic DNA samples found on a petrol bomb at Templeton College in February 2007…. (story)
Oxford Mail 30.10.08 Bomb 'could have caused fireball' By Ellie Simmonds - Unexploded bombs found beneath an Oxford University building had the potential to cause a “violent fireball”, a jury heard today. Oxford Crown Court was told two petrol bombs were discovered by college security staff beneath a temporary building at Templeton College in Kennington in February last year. Animal rights activist Mel Broughton, 48, denies charges conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property and keeping an explosive substance with intent… (story)
Cherwell 30.10.08 Court told of animal rights bomb plot by Jason Keen - An animal rights activist planted two home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University, a court heard this week. Mel Broughton was said to have worked with others to wage a terrorist campaign against the University's plans to build a controversial animal testing laboratory… (story)
Oxford Mail 29.10.08 DNA claims 'not reliable' By Thom Airs - DNA evidence linking an animal rights activist to petrol bombs placed at two Oxford University sites was "unreliable", a court heard yesterday. Two separate quantities of cellular material said to be from campaigner Mel Broughton were found on bombs that failed to detonate at Templeton College, in Kennington, in February 2007, jurors at Oxford Crown Court were told…. David Bentley, defending, raised doubts over the validity of matching a DNA from a sample of cellular material, which he said was much smaller than a sample from fluids such as blood or saliva… (story)
Guardian 29.10.08 Animal rights activist is accused of Oxford University bombings - Sandra Laville, crime correspondent - An animal rights "fanatic" was behind the planting of petrol bombs at Oxford University as part of a terrorist campaign to stop the building of a £20m research laboratory, a court heard yesterday. Using fuel and fuses made from sparklers, Mel Broughton worked with others to plant four devices in two separate attacks, a jury at Oxford crown court was told. The bomb attacks were claimed by the Animal Liberation Front on its website, Bite Back, said John Price, prosecuting… (story)
Oxford Mail 29.10.08 BROUGHTON TRIAL: Court told of DNA - Two separate traces of DNA from a leading animal rights activist were found on bombs left at an Oxford University college, a court has heard. Forensic scientist Rosalyn Hammond told Oxford Crown Court Mel Broughton's DNA was almost certainly found on a match used as part of a fuse on a device left at Templeton College, Kennington, in February 2007… (story)
Oxford Mail 29.10.08 'Fuses' found in bathroom By Thom Airs - An animal rights activist was behind the planting of petrol bombs in a "terrorist campaign" against Oxford University's controversial laboratory, a jury heard. At Oxford Crown Court yesterday Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, was described as a "leading figure" in the campaign against the facility…. (story)
Times 29.10.08 Animal rights 'fanatic' launched terror campaign - Fran Yeoman - An animal rights “fanatic” orchestrated the planting of home-made petrol bombs as part of a “terrorist campaign” against Oxford University, a court heard yesterday. Mel Broughton, 48, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks in a bid to prevent a research laboratory being built… Broughton, a single man who has “dedicated his adult life to the issue of animal rights,” was said to be a leading figure in the campaign group SPEAK which was formed in 2004 to campaign against the lab….. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 29.10.08 Bomb trial jury told DNA was "almost certainly" that of Northampton activist - Two separate traces of DNA from a Northampton-based animal rights activist were found on bombs left at an Oxford University college, a court has heard. Forensic scientist Rosalyn Hammond told Oxford Crown Court Mel Broughton's DNA was almost certainly found on a match used as part of a fuse on a device left at Templeton College, Kennington, in February 2007… (story)
Metro 28.10.08 Activist's 'university bomb plot' - An animal rights activist was behind a plot to plant petrol bombs as part of a 'terrorist campaign' against Oxford University's plans to build a research lab, a court heard yesterday. Mel Broughton is accused of planning, and possibly carrying out, arson attacks on university buildings… (story)
BBC News Online 28.10.08 Animal activist 'behind bombings' - An animal rights fanatic waged a "terrorist campaign" against Oxford University's efforts to build a research laboratory, a court has heard. Jurors at the city's crown court were told how Mel Broughton, 48, planned and possibly carried out two petrol-bomb arson attacks on university buildings… (story)
Oxford Mail 28.10.08 UPDATE: Court told of petrol bombs - An animal rights activist who led a campaign against Oxford University's controversial animal testing lab was responsible for petrol bombs found at two university sites, a court heard today. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, stands accused of conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property, and keeping an explosive substance with intent…. (story)
Oxford Mail 28.10.08 Animal rights campaigner 'planned arson', jury told By Thom Airs - A prominent animals rights campaigner used bundles of firework sparklers as fuses in two attempted arson attacks on Oxford University sites, a court heard this morning. Mel Broughton, 48, of Semilong Road, Northampton, stands accused of conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy or damage property and keeping an explosive substance with intent… (story)
Guardian 28.10.08 Animal rights activist 'planned bombing campaign' against Oxford University - Rachel Williams and agencies - An animal rights "fanatic" was behind the planting of homemade bombs at Oxford University as part of a "terrorist campaign" against a new research laboratory, a court heard today. Mel Broughton, 48, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks on buildings belonging to the university, which involved water bottles containing petrol and a fuse mechanism constructed from sparklers…. (story)
Daily Mail 28.10.08 Animal rights activist 'blew up Oxford University building in bid to stop new lab,' court told By Tom Kelly - An animal rights fanatic blew up buildings at Oxford University as part of a 'terrorist campaign', a court has heard. Mel Broughton, 48, planned two arson attacks in a 'violent and very frightening' attempt to halt the building of a research laboratory which would include animal testing, it is alleged… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 28.10.08 "Terrorist" campaign planned by animal rights activist, court hears - An animal rights "fanatic" from Northampton was behind the planting of home-made petrol bombs at Oxford University as part of a "terrorist campaign" against the building of a research laboratory, a court heard today. Mel Broughton, 48, is alleged to have planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks on buildings belonging to the University….Two improvised devices, constructed with fuel and a fuse made from sparklers, exploded at Queens College sports pavilion in November 2006 causing £14,000 worth of damage. Two similar bombs were planted underneath a Portakabin used as an office at Templeton College in February last year but failed to go off, a jury heard… (story)
Telegraph 28.10.08 Animal rights fanatic 'planted home-made petrol bombs at Oxford university', court hears By Nick Britten - Mel Broughton was behind two devices that ripped apart a sports pavilion owned by Queen's College and a further two unexploded bombs which were found beneath a Portacabin, used as an office at Templeton CollegE... Broughton, 48, a self-proclaimed fanatic and leading figure of the group SPEAK, which campaigned against Oxford University's plans to build an animal testing laboratory, left his DNA on one of the unexploded devices… (story)
Oxford Mail 27.10.08 Animal rights trial start expected By Ellie Simmonds - The trial of a 48-year-old animal rights campaigner accused of plotting attacks on Oxford University is expected to start later today. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, denies charges of conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an article with intent to destroy property and keeping a explosive substance with intent… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 27.10.08 Trial of Northampton animal rights activist due to start - The trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton charged over the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University is expected to start. Mel Broughton, 47, from Semilong Road, faces two charges of possessing or controlling explosives with intent to endanger life or damage property… (story)
Fenland Citizen 27.10.08 Animal rights activist to face explosives charges - The trial of an animal rights activist from Northampton charged over the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University is expected to start…. (story)
Oxford Mail 11.6.08 Animal rights trial delayed By Jason Collie - The trial of a man accused of plotting arson attacks on Oxford University has been postponed for a second time. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road in Northampton, was due to stand trial at Oxford Crown Court today… A jury was standing by to be sworn in for a trial but the case was adjourned instead until August…. (story)
BBC News Online 2.6.08 Court adjourns animal rights case - The trial of an animal rights campaigner charged with a number of arson attacks on the University of Oxford has been adjourned. Mel Broughton, 47, from Northampton, faces charges which include conspiracy to commit arson and keeping an explosive substance with intent…. (story)
Oxford Mail 2.6.08 Arson plot case adjourned - The trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of plotting an arson attack on Oxford University was adjourned this morning. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, was due to stand trial from today… Following a defence request for more time, Judge Julian Hall adjourned the 47-year-old's case until Wednesday, June 11, and remanded him in custody (story)
Oxford Times 2.6.08 Conspiracy case adjourned - THE trial of an animal rights campaigner accused of plotting an arson attack on Oxford University was adjourned today… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 2.6.08 Uni bomb attempt: Animal rights activist's case adjourned - An animal rights activist from Northampton appeared in court today over the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University. The trial of Mel Broughton, who faces two charges of possessing or controlling explosives with intent to endanger life or damage property and two counts of having an article with intent to destroy or damage property, was adjourned… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 2.6.08 Animal rights activist accused of uni bomb attempt - An animal rights activist will appear in court today charged over the discovery of an improvised bomb at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 47 and from Semilong Road, Northampton, faces two charges of possessing or controlling explosives with intent to endanger life or damage property….(story)
Oxford Times 20.5.08 Animal rights protestor to go on trial - THE trial of a 47-year-old man, accused of committing offences linked to an animal rights campaign against Oxford University, begins on Monday, June 2. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, was arrested in December 2007 by detectives investigating a fire at The Queen's College sports pavilion in November 2006 and the discovery of improvised explosive devices at Templeton College in February 2007…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 11.3.08 Animal rights activist on uni arson charge - An animal rights extremist from Northampton has appeared before a judge accused of planning explosions at Oxford University. Mel Broughton, aged 47, stood in the dock of Oxford Crown Court as the charges were read out to him by the court clerk. Broughton, of Semilong Road, Semilong, Northampton, is accused of possessing explosives intended to cause large-scale damage at the university's science schools and laboratories.... (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 15.12.07 Animal activist accused of attack on university - An animal rights activist from Northampton has been remanded in custody, accused of arson attacks and conspiracy to commit a blackmail campaign against Oxford University. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, was arrested by officers from Thames Valley Police following a raid at his house.... He is alleged to have been involved in arson attacks at Queens College between November 15 and 17, 2006, and Templeton College between February 16 and 25, 2007... (story)
Oxford Mail 14.12.07 Activist faces fire bomb and blackmail charges By Matt Wilkinson - A prominent animal rights campaigner is in custody accused of waging an arson and blackmail campaign against Oxford University... If so, Mel Broughton, 47, of protest group Speak, would be the first person to be charged with attacks on the university over the lab..... (story)
14.12.07 Animal rights activist remanded - An animal rights campaigner has been charged with a number of arson attacks on Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 47, appeared before Banbury Magistrates' Court and was remanded to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 21 December. The charges include two counts of possession or control of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or damage property... (story)
Oxford Mail 14.12.07 Update: Animal rights activist held in custody By Jason Collie - A prominent animal rights campaigner is in custody accused of waging an arson and blackmail campaign against Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 47, of protest group Speak, is the first person to be charged with attacks on the university over its controversial animal testing laboratory.... District Judge Brian Loosely refused a bail application by Broughton and remanded him custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (story)
Oxford Mail 14.12.07 Speak campaigner charged with arson By Matt Wilkinson - An animal rights campaigner is due in court today charged with waging an arson campaign against Oxford University. Mel Broughton, 47, of protest group Speak, will appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court accused of conspiracy to blackmail, two counts of possessing an explosive substance and two counts of having an article with intent to damage... (story)
Oxford Times 14.12.07 Animal protester held on arson charges - A PROMINENT animal rights campaigner is in custody accused of waging an arson and blackmail campaign against the University of Oxford. Mel Broughton, 47, of protest group Speak, is the first person to be charged with attacks over the university's controversial animal testing laboratory... (story)
Oxford Times 28.2.07 Bomb investigation continues - By Phil Vinter - DETECTIVES were today trying to find out why two bombs found at an Oxford college on Monday did not explode…. (story)
Oxford Mail 28.2.07 Vigilance plea over bomb threat - Detectives are trying to find out why two bombs found at an Oxford University college on Monday did not explode…. (story)
Sun 27.2.07 Two bombs left at university - ANIMAL rights activists yesterday admitted planting two firebombs at Oxford University. Army experts dealt with the devices found under Portakabins at Templeton graduate business college, Kennington…. (story)
Oxford Mail 27.2.07 Bombs found at university college By Matt Wilkinson - Animal rights extremists are thought to be behind two bombs planted at an Oxford University college. Security staff at Templeton College in Kennington yesterday discovered the incendiary devices beneath a temporary building during searches sparked by claims on an animal rights website that campaigners had carried out an arson attack there…. The Animal Liberation Front has not officially claimed responsibility for planting the incendiary devices but its spokesman Robin Webb said: "It's probable that the ALF is responsible."… (story)
Oxford Mail 27.2.07 Beware of animal fanatics - It looks highly likely that the fanatics of the Animal Liberation Front are up to their old tricks again. There were hopes that after tougher laws were introduced to combat the menace of fire bombs and arson attacks, its activities would tail off. But yesterday, two incendiary devices were found at Templeton College, Kennington, raising the spectre of a renewed campaign by the lunatic fringe of the animal rights movement…. (story)
Oxford Times 27.2.07 ALF suspected in college bomb inquiry By Matt Wilkinson ANIMAL rights extremists are thought to be behind two bombs planted at an Oxford college…. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.2.07 ANIMAL RIGHTS BOMBERS STRIKE - Two incendiary devices believed to have been sent by animal rights extremists were found at an Oxford University college yesterday. Bomb disposal experts cordoned off an annex at Templeton College in Kennington on the outskirts of the city following the report at 11.50am by a member of college staff… (story)
Times 27.2.07 Police thwart activist bomb plot at Oxford - STEVE BIRD - A plot by animal-rights extremists to target Oxford University was foiled yesterday. Bomb disposal experts cordoned off an annexe at Templeton College after security experts spotted an anonymous website message boasting of an attack at the university…. (story)
Telegraph 27.2.07 Animal activists plant bombs at Oxford college By Stewart Payne - Two incendiary devices planted by animal rights extremists were found at an Oxford college yesterday. More than 100 staff and students at Templeton College were evacuated as Army bomb disposal experts dealt with the firebombs… (story)
Independent 27.2.07 Firebombs found at Oxford college By Laura May, PA - Oxford University yesterday foiled an arson attempt after animal rights extremists boasted about a proposed attack on the internet. Forensic officers this afternoon examined four large plastic containers filled with a liquid - believed to be petrol - and bags full of a pink material, discovered at temporary outbuildings in Templeton College, part of the University of Oxford…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 27.2.07 UNIVERSITY ARSON BID FOLLOWS ANIMAL ACTIVISTS' WEB BOAST - LAURA MAY - Oxford University foiled an arson attempt after animal rights extremists boasted about a proposed attack on the internet. Forensic officers examined four large plastic containers filled with a liquid - believed to be petrol - and bags full of a pink material, discovered yesterday at temporary outbuildings in Templeton College, part of Oxford University…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.2.07 Incendiary devices found at Uni - Two incendiary devices have been found at an Oxford University college. Bomb disposal experts cordoned off an annex at Templeton College, Kennington, on Monday morning after concerns were raised by a member of staff…. (story)
Evening Standard 26.2.07 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTORS PLANT FIREBOMBS AT OXFORD COLLEGE - An Oxford college has been firebombed by animal rights campaigners - almost one year after a fightback was launched against intimidation by extremists. Two incendiary bombs were found in an annexe of Templeton College, forcing the evacuation of dozens of staff and students. An extremist Internet bulletin board, which acts on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for the devices… (story)
Telegraph 26.2.07 'Bombs' found at Oxford University college By Stewart Payne - Two incendiary devices planted by animal rights extremists have been found at an Oxford college. More than 100 staff and students at Templeton College were evacuated as Army bomb disposal experts dealt with the devices…. BiteBack, a US-based group which details the activities of protestors, stated: "On the night of Sunday February 18 the ALF (Animal Liberation Front} carried out an arson attack on the Portakabin offices of Templeton College at Kennington, on the outskirts of Oxford…. (story)
Oxford Mail 26.2.07 Animal rights link to bombs By Andrew Ffrench - Two bombs were found at an Oxford University business college this morning. Police officers were called by a member of staff at 11.50am today to Templeton College after two incendiary devices were discovered beneath a college annexe…. (story)
Oxford Mail 25.11.06 ALF says it carried out arson attack - Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for an arson attack on an Oxford University sports pavilion. Fifteen firefighters were called to The Queens College pavilion, off Abingdon Road, at 9.45pm last Saturday... (story)
Didcot Herald 24.11.06 Animal activists admit arson attack By Jason Collie ANIMAL rights activists today claimed responsibility for an arson attack on an Oxford college sports pavilion. Fifteen firefighters were called to The Queen's College pavilion, off Abingdon Road, at 9.45pm on Saturday.... An anonymous posting on the Animal Liberation Front's Bite Back website said: "On the night of Sat 18th November, ALF volunteers carried out an arson attack on Queen's College sports pavilion near Abingdon Road….” (story)
Oxford Mail 20.11.06 Arson attack at University sports pavilion - Police are investigating an arson attack on an Oxford University sports pavilion. Fifteen firefighters were called to The Queen's College sports pavilion, off Abingdon Road, at 9.45pm on Saturday... Police are not ruling out the possibility that animal rights activists are responsible for the attack as part of the campaign against the building of the new animal testing laboratory in South Parks Road. (story)

Times 14.2.09 Animal rights - Ben Macintyre is to be congratulated for his balanced account of the debate about vivisection that raged between Charles Darwin and Frances Power Cobbe…. The EU is considering revising its law on animal experiments. It has a historic opportunity to begin to move science away from its dependence on animals and into humane and more relevant forms of research. Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, BUAV (letter)

13.2.09

INDEPENDENT HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Independent 13.2.09 Cuddly killers are after my chickens - I don't agree with A Farlow (letter, 11 February) that a solution to the fox problem is to let hens roost in trees. My hens, led by a particularly fine cockerel, took to roosting in the high beams of my Dutch barn, four feet or more above the hay. So what did the fox do? It waited for them to come down in the early summer morning about 4am and removed them one by one…. P A Reid, Wantage, Oxfordshire (letter)
Independent 11.2.09 Widowed foxes are dangerous - David Brown has lost his dozen chickens to a vixen (letter, 7 February). Bad husbandry. Our chickens were locked in their laying boxes at night and free to roam their secure pen during the day…. A Farlow, London NW2 (letter)
Independent 9.2.09 The nature of foxes - Your hens are your responsibility, David Brown. Sort it (Letter,7 February). Foxes kill all available food and take what they need and can carry…. R Dalziel, Tavistock, Devon (letter)
Independent 7.2.09 Foxes as victims and perpetrators - Tim Bonner amazes me (letter, 4 February). He wishes to carry on with foxhunting, a sport where animals are set on other animals to fight or kill them… Thomas Jeffs, Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire
Adele Brand (letter, 5 February) thinks that foxes do not make difficult neighbours. Let her tell that to my dozen hens. But she cannot because they are all dead, slaughtered by a vixen… David C Brown, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire (letters)
Independent 5.2.09 Why not leave foxes alone? - Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance, implies that setting dogs on dogs is somehow different from setting dogs on foxes. The only difference is in the human mind… Adele Brand, Caterham, surrey (letter)
Independent 4.2.09 A question of cruelty - Louise Robertson of the League Against Cruel Sports is misleading (letters, 20 January). The poll her organisation commissioned from Ipsos-MORI did not ask: "Do you think fox hunting should be made legal again?"… In comparison, a poll by Ipsos-MORI for the BBC in 2005, which did not include the above description of hunting or any comparison with cruel activities that have quite rightly been prohibited, found that less than half the population supported a ban on hunting. Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance, London SE11 (letter)
Independent 27.1.09 Rat Rescue League? Do not despair P A Reld (letters, 25 January), you are not alone. I often wonder why the anti-hunt brigade don't turn up to protest at our local mole catcher… Is it because moles and rats are not pretty enough to warrant attention, or because these men are neither rich nor middle class? Angela Elliott, Welton le Marsh, Lincolnshire (letter)
Independent 26.1.09 Life at a gallop - I despair. Am I the only reader of The Independent who, being a non-vegan, a horse rider, a dog and country lover, a keeper of poultry and a rat hater, sees no logical reason in not taking pleasure in good company, the thrill of riding an enthusiastic horse in beautiful countryside in pursuit of an elusive quarry?... P A Reld, Wantage, Oxfordshire (letter)
Independent 23.1.09 Hunt horror - Robert Vincent is talking rubbish (letters, 21 January). A boxer or horror-film actor is a willing combatant or participant… Rosina Dalziel, Tavistock, Devon (letter)
Independent 22.1.09 The fun of hunting - It seems to me that the real objection to hunting is not necessarily based upon the morality of gaining pleasure from simply inflicting fear (letter, 21 January). Surely the true objection should be to gaining a buzz from seeing any living creature hopelessly struggling on for its very life… Alison Sutherland, St Ola, Orkney (letter)
Independent 21.1.09 Morality of hunting - Objections to hunting with dogs based upon the morality of gaining "pleasure from inflicting fear, injury and death upon other creatures" (letter, 20 January) may also be thought applicable to watching boxing, wrestling, horror films or even the excesses of James Bond and other licensed killers. Robert Vincent, Wildhern, Hampshire (letter)
Independent 20.1.09 Moral objection to hunting with dogs - Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance (letter, 13 January) demonstrates yet again how disingenuous he and his hunting friends are, with his vague comments about "controlling wild mammal populations" and issues of cruelty… In a civilised society it is indefensible for individuals to be allowed to obtain their pleasure from inflicting fear, injury, and death upon other creatures… W P Moore, Fakenham, Norfolk
The euphemism "managing" the wild mammal population actually means, in most cases, ruthlessly killing predators that threaten the mass production of non-native bird species as cannon-fodder for recreational shooting… As is obvious when you witness it, hunting is an addiction: it is the desired "high" of chasing and killing a living creature which is the necessitating cause… Denise Ward, Stroud, Gloucestershire
I would be interested to know what Tim Bonner's justification is in calling a question in the Ipsos-MORI poll biased… Louise Robertson, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns, Fife (letters)
Independent 13.1.09 After the ban, hunting goes on - I wish to clarify a number of points in the letter from Becky Hawkes at the RSPCA… In the four years since the Hunting Act there have only been three instances where individuals connected to organised hunts have been convicted. The vast majority of prosecutions are for poaching, which was illegal before the Act came into place but now can be controlled under the new Act…. The poll conducted on behalf of the RSPCA by Ipsos/Mori is based on a biased question… Tim Bonner, Countryside AllianceLondon SE11
As a member of the RSPCA, and a hunt monitor, I read Becky Hawkes's letter with disbelief. One thing is certain, she has no experience of monitoring hunts. Otherwise she would know that hunts are breaking the law by hunting and killing foxes as before the ban… Helen Weeks, West Coker, Somerset
Trail-hunting still leads hounds to live foxes, which the hunt is content to see rent asunder… Anyone who identifies with the philosophy that all creatures which have the capacity for suffering deserve protection against it can support the political party Animals Count in its call upon the Government for clarification of the Act, greater resources for law-enforcement, and increased penalties. Rob Whitehall, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (letters)
Independent 7.1.09 The hunting ban really has worked - The Hunting Act 2004 was never about stopping people getting together and enjoying riding to hounds in the countryside ("The big question: has the hunting ban really changed anything?", 26 December). It was about outlawing the chasing and killing of wild mammals for entertainment, which is exactly what it has done…. Despite propaganda to the contrary, there have now been 30 convictions under the Hunting Act, with more cases pending, which is clear proof that it is both being enforced and it is a workable piece of legislation… Becky Hawkes, RSPCA, Horsham, West Sussex (letter)

Batley & Birstall News 13.2.09 Stopping the hunters in their tracks By Victoria Sheard - ANIMAL lovers are campaigning to stop hunters from letting their dogs kill foxes and rabbits in Batley woodland. Landowner and chairwoman of Batley Civic Society Ann Dickinson is heading the campaign after she saw dog tracks, in a pattern which she recognised as hunting, in the woods near where she lives… Coun Gwen Lowe, who is supporting the campaign, said: "I was appalled and sickened to hear that fox hunting is taking place around here. I think it is a barbaric activity which serves no real purpose other than to feed the appetites of some very cruel and despicable people…. (story)

Guardian 13.2.09 Humans are also animals - By dressing up in KKK outfits to condemn a hierarchy of species, Peta displays its ignorance of the horror such images evoke - Renee Martin - When one thinks of animal rights, Peta is the organisation that instantly comes to mind… Peta is well known for its advertising that includes naked women, but the lesser-known ads are also fat shaming, transphobic, ableist and antisemitic. In its most recent attention-grabber, Peta organisers dressed up in white robes and caps, in a reference to the KKK, as they handed out flyers to protest the start of the Westminster Kennel Club Show…. Though animals are the innocent victims in our desire to consume, they are not and never will be the equal of a human being and therefore Peta's comparison of the violence suffered by black people to the treatment of animals is reductive… (story)

Guardian 13.2.09 Squirrelling away the cash - The grey squirrel cull in the north of Scotland is a waste of money… It is not insignificant that the greatest number of red squirrels in the UK live in the least human-populated areas - the Highlands of Scotland. Angus Macmillan, Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

Cambridge News 13.2.09 Students protest over battery hens - ANIMAL rights campaigners picketed a city Tesco store to demand improved living conditions for battery hens. Students from Anglia Ruskin University spent several hours outside the supermarket's Newmarket Road branch yesterday to rail against the retailer's use of intensive farming methods… Michael Petri, 23, president of the university's Animal Respect society, said: "We wanted to raise awareness about the appalling conditions faced by battery-raised chickens…. (story)

12.2.09

Evesham Journal 12.2.09 Land manager - A CHARTERED surveyor has been appointed by BASC as its first rural land development manager. Paul Williamson will initially work closely with wildfowling clubs to identify opportunities for purchase and lease of land for shooting… (story)

Ilkley Gazette 12.2.09 Grouse shooting on moor raises worries about public safety - After the recent news stories regarding shooting on Ilkley moor, I would like to bring your attention to a serious accident that recently occurred in Derbyshire where a man was shot in the back during an organised pheasant shoot. I believe there are very serious health and safety concerns over bringing shooting to a public moor, and I demand to know to what extent councillors have considered the potential for a disturbing accident such as this…. Giles Wetherall, Godwin St, Bradford (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 12.2.09 Campaigners want Blackpool Zoo elephant announcement - ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging Blackpool Zoo bosses to make an announcement over the future of one of its most famous attractions, Crumple the elephant… The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) is calling for the zoo to make veterinary reports into Crumple's condition public… (story)

Daily Post 12.2.09 North Wales campaign to block badger culling by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - A CAMPAIGN to block the culling of badgers has been backed by four of the 13 Assembly Members in North Wales. Wildlife groups say they have also secured the signatures of 3,700 people opposed to any culls as part of efforts to stem the spread of bovine TB. The petition was compiled by North Wales Animal Rights (NoWAR) and Clwyd Badger Group on the streets of North East Wales. It will now be handed over to rural affairs minister Elin Jones. A decision on whether to order trial badger culls in Wales is expected in the next few weeks. According to NoWAR, the petition has been supported by Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones, Delyn AM Sandy Mewies and Clwyd South AM Karen Sinclair… (story)

11.2.09

Berwick Advertiser 11.2.09 'Daft' EU angling plan - Many thousands of people in Northumberland enjoy recreational sea angling. However, the EU now wants small boat owners and even shore anglers to be included within the scope of the same laws as commercial boats… MARTIN CALLANAN MEP, Conservative Party, North East England, (story)

10.2.09

Horse & Hound 10.2.09 Ledbury hunt subscriber to raise money by riding bareback - Catherine Austen, H&H racing editor - Ledbury hunt subscriber Peter Finch is planning to raise money by hunting bareback with the Gloucestershire pack this Friday (13 February). Riding the ominously-named Bouncer, an Irish draught-thoroughbred, Peter is planning to stay out until second horses — and will be jumping whatever is in his path. All money raised will go towards the Ledbury…. (story)

LACS HUNTING ACT JUDGEMENT LETTER
Wigan Evening News 10.2.09 Hunting act has been made clearer - Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 9.2.09 Hunting rule is another step forward - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming (letter)
Western Daily Press 6.2.09 Hunting Act judgment is positive step - Contrary to what the Countryside Alliance would like us to believe, this week's judgment on the Hunting Act from the High Court is, in fact, a very positive step forward in ensuring illegal hunters are brought to justice. Instead of being a "new blow to the Hunting Act", this will clarify the law and clear up any confusion around what is legal hunting and what is illegal hunting…. Douglas Batchelor Chief executive League Against Cruel Sports Godalming, Surrey (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.2.09 Don't back law-breakers - I am neither an animal rights activist nor an anti- bloodsports campaigner… However, I cannot reconcile the need to control vermin numbers with dressing up, riding expensive horses with equally expensive equipment, keeping packs of hounds, paying masters, whippers-in, etc, and then chasing the fox or deer until it is exhausted and finally pulling it to pieces… Ann Baker Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Leigh Reporter 10.2.09 Poison in brook angers anglers - A deadly chemical found in a Leigh brook has angered local anglers. Poisonous arsenic has been detected in Westleigh Brook between Pennington Flash and Pennington Park, along with zinc and copper…. (story)

West Sussex Gazette 10.2.09 Pier anglers are to face crackdown By David White - MEASURES to prevent people fishing from the main walkways of Worthing Pier look set to get the green light. The borough council is proposing that fishing from the main deck is prohibited and that in future only the landing stage where boats tie up should be used for the pastime…. (story)
Argus 8.2.09 ‘Antisocial’ Worthing anglers will be reeled in By Paul Holden - Anglers face being banned from fishing from much of a pier after blood and stinking fish guts damaged people’s clothing. Councillors are planning the crackdown on Worthing Pier after repeated complaints about fishermen’s antisocial habits…. Mike Perfect, who runs Prime Angling fishing tackle shop in Brighton Road, Worthing, said: “It’s the few who are spoiling it for the majority. I help organise night fishing competitions on the pier for Worthing Sea Anglers’ Association. One of the rules is you don’t leave litter…. (story)

Guardian 10.2.09 Sure he's cute ... but not cute enough to save him from the great squirrel cull - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - They are bigger, stronger and carry a pox that is deadly to their smaller cousins. Their raids on bird tables have made them a public enemy to some, but the grey squirrel's apparently relentless conquest of Britain may now be over. Naturalists and landowners are joining forces today in a drive to effectively wipe out the grey squirrel from northern Scotland… The project's aim, say conservationists at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is to protect the UK's largest population of red squirrels from eventual extinction by preserving their last major stronghold - the southern and central Highlands of Scotland… The Edinburgh-based organisation Advocates for Animals argues the cull is ethically wrong, insisting that the greys' "only crime is surviving in its environment"… Ross Minett, its campaigns director, said red squirrels deserved protection, but not at the greys' expense… (story)

9.2.09

Sheffield Star 9.2.09 Battery hen ban a step in right direction - AMONG all the doom and gloom we read about these days, one small, but very welcome article, caught my attention today titled: "Sainsbury battery egg ban."… The cruelty to animals in this country is appalling. Each year, over two million live animals - cattle, sheep, pigs and horses - are transported to the continent and beyond, in tightly packed transporters for journeys lasting from 30 to 90 hours… Fox and deer hunting is still thriving, despite being illegal. Not only that, but hunters brag about the fact that they still carry on the tradition. Partridges and pheasants are bred in horrific conditions to be shot willy-nilly while other birds are protected. Why is this allowed?... Unnecessary testing is still carried out in laboratories, with experiments being repeated time and time again…. Mrs Mags C Doherty, Worcester Drive, Sheffield S10. (letter)

Worcester Evening News 9.2.09 Father was so kind and thoughtful, says widow - TRIBUTES have been paid to a Worcestershire gamekeeper who has been found dead with gunshot wounds. John Spurling was well known for the game shoots he ran in Elmley Lovett, near Droitwich, over the last 25 years and his widow Alma said everyone was struggling to come to terms with his sudden death at the age of 75… (story)

Hartlepool Mail 9.2.09 Anglers sunk by EU laws by Tracy Walker - SEA anglers are reeling at proposals that could slap strict restrictions on how much they catch. Plans are being considered by European law chiefs which could mean sea fishermen have to apply for licences, and their catches count towards tight quotas currently reserved for commercial operations…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 9.2.09 £1,000 reward for animal cruelty information - AN animal rights organisation is offering a £1,000 reward for information on horrific attacks on pets in Notts… PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is offering the reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible… (story)

8.2.09

Northern Echo 8.2.09 North Yorkshire gamekeeper in Afghanistan - A FORMER North York Moors gamekeeper is risking his life serving with British forces in the war torn Afghanistan. Lance corporal Jim Wilkinson, 23, works with search dog Jamie to detect explosives in the Helmand province. Two years ago he worked as a gamekeeper near Helmsley but now he is part of 103 Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit… (story)

Sunday Times 8.2.09 Stag shoots to be year-round - Lifting restrictions on deer hunting is intended to control a population that has almost trebled since the 1960s - Mark Macaskill - Open season is to be declared on stags for the first time in more than half a century under plans to tackle soaring deer numbers in the Highlands… a Scottish government-commissioned report by the Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS) recommends scrapping the close season for stags and reducing it for hinds… However, groups such as the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) are angry about the proposals. The SGA has called for a meeting with Michael Russell, the environment minister, to urge him not to implement the recommendations. This amounts to treating Scotland’s iconic animal as vermin and there’s no question there will be a huge increase in the number killed,” said Alex Hogg, chairman of the SGA… (story)

Sunday Express 8.2.09 EU BAN ON 'INHUMANE' HALAL AND KOSHER MEAT By Jason Groves - HALAL meat could be banned in Britain under EU plans to curb animal ­cruelty.The European Commission has put forward plans to ensure that ­animals facing slaughter are “spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering”…. The move could threaten production of both halal and kosher meat, rules for which often forbid pre-stunning… The RSPCA has asked Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to take the opportunity to ban the practice…. (story)

Oxford Mail 8.2.09 Vegan diet is way ahead - How refreshing it was to read the letter about the relationship between the meat and the dairy industry and the destruction of the environment… as your correspondent points out, the best option is a totally vegan diet… PAM HOPCRAFT, Lower Radley Park, Abingdon (letter)

7.2.09

York Press 7.2.09 £10k boost for air ambulance - A HORSE riding event has raised as much as £10,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Organisers of a point-to-point race that took place near Sheriff Hutton say they raised £6,000 for charity last year, and this year’s takings have certainly beaten that. Organiser Christine Shipley said the money was raised by charging a £10 entry fee, which more than 2,000 people paid, and by securing sponsorship from local companies… “For those that aren’t aware of it, point-to-point is amateur steeple- chasing, racing the horses over fences. The horses have to have hunted at least four times before they can take part in a point-to-point.”… (story)

Telegraph 7.2.09 The Hunting Act should be tightened, not jettisoned - Your assertion that the Hunting Act should be repealed because it is "flawed" is nonsense… The Hunting Act now needs strengthening, so that it does exactly what it says on the tin. John Bryant, Tonbridge, Kent
– Friends in a neighbouring village are spending a few months in New Zealand. They say they find it refreshing that politicians there actually admit mistakes. If a law has been passed that doesn't work too well, they repeal it. Alan Ormrod, Murton, Cumbria (letter)

RSPCA v SSPCA ROW
Scottish Herald 7.2.09 Streamlined, and determined to help animals - I am happy to clarify matters in regard to correspondence relating to the Scottish SPCA's awareness-raising campaign (Letters, February 5 and 6). The suggested merger between the Scottish SPCA and RSPCA would be a retrograde step for animal welfare in Scotland for several reasons….With regard to income, the RSPCA received £114m in 2007, not the stated £80m. The RSPCA now publicly accepts that around £1m a year of its income comes from Scotland. While we know that some of this money is donated in the knowledge it won't help any animals in Scotland, we know that much of it is not… The next step is to continue negotiations with the RSPCA to ensure its advertising in Scotland no longer misleads the Scottish public. Stuart Earley, Chief Executive, Scottish SPCA, 603 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh (letter)
Scottish Herald 5.2.09 RSPCA admits taking £1.25m of Scots’ cash - MARIANNE TAYLOR - An English-based animal charity that denied deliberately raising money in Scotland has admitted accepting up to £1.25m a year from Scottish donors. As the storm surrounding the RSPCA's fundraising practices, the charity confirmed it receives 3.5% of its donations from animal lovers north of the border, despite the fact that it does not operate in Scotland… (story)
Dundee Courier 4.2.09 By Steve Bargeton, political editor - AN MSP yesterday demanded an English animal welfare charity hand over all the cash it has raised in Scotland to its Scottish counterpart. Convener of the parliamentary cross-party group on animal welfare, SNP MSP Christine Grahame, was commenting on the row between the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)…. (story)
Guardian 4.2.09 RSPCA in Scottish campaign row - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - A leading Scottish animal welfare charity has accused the RSPCA of "stealing" donations from animal lovers in Scotland. Animal welfare investigations and campaigns in Scotland are largely controlled by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), which yesterday launched a campaign of newspaper adverts in Scotland saying "the RSPCA can't rescue animals in Scotland but they do want your money"….. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.2.09 SSPCA attacks its fellow charity By Gillian Bell - An English animal welfare charity accused of “stealing” food from the mouths of animals north of the border should hand all Scottish donations back, an MSP said yesterday. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) launched an unprecedented and strongly worded attack yesterday, challenging the RSPCA to admit it “cannot save a single animal in Scotland.”… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.2.09 Dispute between animal charities - THERE is never enough money, it seems, to deal with the problems caused by cruelty to animals…. The SSPCA is angered by advertising by the RSPCA which, it believes, conceals the fact that the rival charity’s work is confined to England and Wales… The tragic thing is that both organisations do sterling work and the losers, if this dispute cannot be resolved swiftly and amicably, will be the very animals on which their efforts should be focused…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.2.09 Animal groups in bitter cash row - The Scottish SPCA has attacked the RSPCA for taking donations which were meant to protect animals in Scotland. The SSPCA has launched a campaign calling for the organisation for England and Wales to stop fund-raising and advertising north of the border. Newspaper adverts warn the public that any donations made to the RSPCA will not save animals in Scotland - "stealing food from their mouuths". The RSPCA insisted it did not deliberately advertise in Scotland… (story)
Scottish Herald 3.2.09 Animal charities fight tooth and claw over cash - MARIANNE TAYLOR - Scotland's biggest animal charity has launched a scathing attack on its English counterpart, accusing the RSPCA of "stealing food from the mouths of Scotland's animals". The Scottish SPCA believes the English charity deliberately raises funds north of the border, despite the fact it does not operate in Scotland and has refused to clarify the issue on its publicity material…. (story)
Scottish Herald 3.2.09 Why it has become dog eat dog in the world of animal welfare MARIANNE TAYLOR For 170 years, reliant solely on donations from members of the public, they have cared for Scotland's abandoned, lost and neglected animals. However, according to the Scottish SPCA, the country's biggest animal welfare charity, its capacity to continue doing so is being undermined by a sustained and damaging attack from the most surprising of sources its more famous counterparts in England. Contrary to what 70% of Scots believe, the RSPCA, the world's best-known animal charity, does not operate in Scotland… (story)
Telegraph 3.2.09 Scottish charity accuses RSPCA of 'stealing from Scotland's animals' By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - In a scathing attack on the RSPCA, one of Britain's wealthiest charities, the Scottish SPCA claims it is guilty of fundraising north of the border despite the fact that it does not operate there. It has taken out full-page newspaper adverts warning the public that any donations made to the RSPCA will not save animals in Scotland. The advert states: "The RSPCA can't rescue animals in Scotland. But they do want your money."… (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 3.2.09 Animal charities in row over cash - SCOTLAND'S biggest animal charity has launched a scathing attack on its English counterpart, accusing the RSPCA of "stealing food from the mouths of Scotland's animals"…. (story)
Independent 3.2.09 Animal charity savages counterpart By Andy Philip, Press Association - A Scottish animal welfare charity today accused its English counterpart of "stealing food from the mouths" of Scotland's animals. The Scottish SPCA launched a scathing attack on the RSPCA, accusing it of fundraising north of the border, despite not operating there…. (story)
Daily Record 3.2.09 Scottish SPCA launch advert attack on RSPCA over donations By Annie Brown - THE RSPCA have been accused of duping Scots into giving them donations. The Scottish SPCA have launched a hard-hitting campaign to stop them raising cash north of the Border. Their full-page ads in Scottish newspapers today show an emaciated dog under the slogan: "The RSPCA won't save me."… (story)
Guardian 3.2.09 Animal welfare charities in border row over funds 'poaching' - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - Two of Britain's animal welfare charities are involved in a fierce row over alleged cross-border poaching. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has accused its larger cousin in England, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of "stealing" donations from animal lovers in Scotland…. (story)
Times 2.2.09 RSPCA accused of dirty tricks in Scotland - Melanie Reid - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of Britain’s richest charities, was accused yesterday of dirty tricks by a fellow charity, including deliberately fundraising in areas outside its remit…. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA), which is a completely separate organisation, challenged the RSPCA “to stop stealing food from the mouths of Scotland’s defenceless animals and tell the truth to the Scottish public”. The Scottish charity, less than a tenth of the size of the RSPCA, accuses the English organisation of TV advertising in Scotland; a membership drive in Scottish supermarkets; and adverts on Scottish radio stations. It also believes the RSPCA are guilty of accepting legacies dedicated to "RSPCA Scotland" or "Scottish RSPCA"…. (story)

VIVA! JAMIE OLIVER LETTER
Derby Evening Telegraph 7.2.09 End suffering, go vegetarian - Justin Kerswell, Viva! Campaigns Manager, York Court, Bristol. (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 6.2.09 Going vegetarian is answer to suffering - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 4.2.09 No life for many pigs - Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager, Viva, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.2.09 The British pig industry has little to be proud of, Jamie - If you believed Jamie Oliver, you would think British "good" and Europe "bad" when it comes to pig farming. Despite his recent programme on C4, British pig farming should be regarded with anything but pride…. Pigs bred for meat are usually kept in cramped, often filthy conditions with nothing to alleviate their frustration and boredom…. Justin Kerswell Viva! (letter)

Manchester Evening News 7.2.09 Help to stop bad behaviour - ANIMAL abuse is something which shouldn’t be shrugged off as part of growing up. The suffering of those puppies was terrible, but such cruelty is also a now well-recognised indicator of a young person’s potential for escalated anti-social behaviour in the years ahead if they are not caught and corrected… Suzanne Barnard, PETA Foundation (story)

6.2.09

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 6.2.09 Fox put down by RSPCA by Neil Atkinson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner - AN angry couple have condemned the RSPCA for putting down a fox. Paul and Lesley Turton, of Meltham, found the injured fox in Paddock and were able to catch it in a coat. But when an RSCPA officer arrived, she injected the animal with a lethal dose – without telling the couple what she was doing. “It was so callous,” said Mrs Turton, who was out with her family… (story)

ANIMAL AID JAMIE OLIVER LETTER
The Sentinel 6.2.09 British pigs still suffering - Kate Fowler Head of Campaigns Animal Aid (letter)
Hamilton Advertiser 5.2.09 Jamie ignores the failings in our own pig industry - Kate Fowler, head of campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)
The Shields Gazette 2.2.09 Sort out your own sty - Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 2.2.09 Jamie sold pigs short - Kate Fowler, head of campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW (letter)
Sunday Sun 1.2.09 UK’s pigs suffer too - WHILE Jamie Oliver is busy denouncing substandard foreign pig farms and urging people to buy British, Animal Aid conducted an investigation into some of the leading pig farms in this country. Among the scenes we filmed were pregnant and nursing sows incarcerated in farrowing crates, dead, sick and dying piglets littering the pens… KATE FOWLER, head of campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW (story)

5.2.09

North Devon Journal 5.2.09 Banning hunting has left us with a problem - A CLOSE friend recently found a young deer lying down on her farmland. Shot and unable to move, it was destined without help to die slowly and miserably, probably while having its eyes pecked out by crows. She arranged for it to be put down. It's a wretched scene repeated in many parts of the country since Parliament banned hunting with dogs. In its place marksmen with rifles are finding it difficult to keep down a fast-expanding deer population. Something better is needed. But until the ban is repealed it won't be the hunting that went on for hundreds of years before New Labour took over… The ban is already being ridiculed, circumvented and sometimes ignored. It was created by Parliament five years ago not to improve animal welfare, but to prosecute envy and class hatred. The aim wasn't to care for our wild creatures but to civilise what a detached political elite considers barbarity by rich toffs and jolly horseriders. The legislators never understood that the red-coats, the horn and other hunting rituals are the means to declare openly that a difficult job is under way involving humans and animals, and that it's necessary for the sake of both…. (story)

MID DEVON GAZETTE HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Mid Devon Gazette 5.2.09 Hunters are rural gangs - PEOPLE who hunt are not the "lovely" people W Leahy would have us believe Tolerance plea in hunt debate, Gazette Postbag, January 27. Many of the established hunts led by red-coats are nothing less than rural gangs who go out hunting wild mammals with dogs, even though that is now illegal… YVONNE NICOLA Address supplied (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 29.1.09 Tolerance plea in hunt debate - I AM writing in reply to last week's letter Hunts require image change. I cannot see how you can disagree with me that hunting is not an elitist sport, when I have proved the point that it is not. If it was elitist I would not have been able to participate…. Perhaps we could all do more to narrow the divide by being more tolerant and learning more about each other. Maybe hunt kennels should have more open days aimed at the non-hunting community to give them a chance to see what they do, to air their grievances or get more information. W LEAHY Hillcrest, Stoodleigh (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 21.1.09 Hunts require image change - I WRITE in response to the letter Hunts not solely for the rich. I disagree with Wendy Leahy, of Stoodleigh, that it is not an "elitist" sport…. My perception is that hunts are led by rather smug, middle class men with a superior and inflated view of their own social standing… I'll take this opportunity to say how sickened I was by the hunters' treatment of several motorists who used the A396 during a hunt near Exbridge in 2007… NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 14.1.09 Hunts are not solely for rich - I AM writing in reply to the letter published by the Gazette on January 6 entitled Hunt symbol of inequality. I am not going to go into the pros and cons of hunting as its been done before, but I strongly disagree that it is an elitist sport for rich farmers…. My mother grew up loving horses and passed it on to us children. Despite having very little money, a widow's pension, no land and living in a small town, she managed to afford to keep a pony for me… I spent many a happy day hunting with the East Devon Hunt for a couple of pounds a day…. I would love to hunt again, despite living in a council house and having a low income. But, unfortunately, after a 20- year break and five children I have slightly lost my nerve and my fitness levels…. As for parades and horns, etc, what is wrong with a bit of tradition?... Would you want to see the Queen in a shell suit at the state opening of Parliament? WENDY LEAHY Hillcrest, Stoodleigh (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 7.1.09 Hunt symbol of inequality … The annual Boxing Day parade gathers near where I live, which is one of the reasons it infuriates me…. Hundreds of people gathered in the market and the High Street, but for what? To see a parade of wealthy farmers? Since when was this suitable entertainment for the whole family?... There is a ban for a reason. NAME & ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

CHRIS GALE LETTER
Bath Chronicle 5.2.09 We must now strengthen the Hunting Act - CHRIS GALE Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.1.09 Anti-hunt lobby will not cease campaign - I AM sorry that David Weston, Poverty is a bigger issue than hunting, Points of view, January 17, finds our letters boring…. We are motivated by compassion, and the same feeling encompasses unfortunate children, old people who have to choose between food and heating, as well as the killing of birds and animals for pleasure and profit, in short, all victims of abuse and exploitation… Joan Jones, Chudleigh Knighton (by post) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 17.1.09 Poverty is a bigger issue than hunting - I WRITE regarding the letter Act needs 'reckless behaviour' clause, Points of view, January 14. We have had a host of letters from the opponents of hunting and shooting. They repeat the same old arguments and it is getting very boring… So please, unless you have something new to say on the subject, why don't you concentrate on the more important problems of Devon life — low wages, unemployment and rural poverty. David Weston, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.1.09 Act needs 'reckless behaviour' clause - I WAS very interested to read the letter Hunt Act must be strengthened, Points of view, January 12, by Chris Gale… Chris Gale rightly points out that the Act, although basically sound, does not contain a 'reckless behaviour' clause….. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.1.09 Hunt act must be strengthened - RECENT comments in the national press by the RSPCA and other groups suggest the Hunting Act is working as intended and does not need strengthening. I can only assume that those who make such comments have not actually taken part in monitoring hunts, as the situation on the ground is one far removed from the fantasy that hunts are "trail hunting"…. Chris Gale, Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)

Harborough Mail 5.2.09 Mr Urban Fox is a smelly pest and a chancer - REPLYING to Mrs Falkner's experience with the urban fox, there is another side to this creature. My daughter, who also lives in London, had a home visit from an urban fox via a cat flap. It then proceeded to urinate and mess all over the kitchen floor, climb on work surfaces, knock over the kitchen bin and left a smell that was awful…. Barbara Price, Fairfax Road, Harborough (letter)
Harborough Mail 29.1.09 My heartwarming 'fox in the city' experience - HAVING just spent at week at my daughter's home in South London, I wanted to share the experience I had of being close to urban foxes with the misguided souls who support the local hunts that carry on the charade of "we don't kill foxes any more". To observe and feed them in her garden and to see how healthy they were along with three cats who share the same area was heartwarming…. Mrs M Falkner, Mowsley Lane, Walton. (letter)

PETA SEA KITTENS CAMPAIGN
South Wales Echo 5.2.09 ANIMAL rights campaigners have targeted a Porthcawl chip shop, calling on it to rename its fish as “sea kittens”. by Clare Hutchinson, South Wales Echo - The activists believe customers confronted with a cuddly “sea kitten” on the menu will be put off their fish supper… (story)
South Wales Echo 5.2.09 ‘Whoever decided to do this needs a battering’ by Clare Hutchinson, South Wales Echo - NEXT time you pop down to the chippy listen out for the question: “Would you like salt and vinegar with your sea kitten?” Because, if a small group of animal activists get their way, “sea kitten” will replace cod and chips as the nation’s favourite meal. Award-winning Welsh chip shop Finnegans Fish Bar in Porthcawl was the first to hear of the bizarre request by animal rights campaigners People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)…. A shocked Mr Jones told the Echo: “When I was told about this I didn’t know what to say. They need to do their homework – all our fish comes from sustainable sources and we offer a wide range of other fish as well as cod… (story)
South Wales Echo 5.2.09 Activists beware: in cod we trust! by Clare Hutchinson, South Wales Echo - PETA’s astonishing letter to the Porthcawl chip shop has boosted the group to a new level of silliness. How can it expect to be taken seriously when it is coming up with such laughable ideas?... (story)
Dundee Courier 28.1.09 Seeking to place ‘sea kittens’ on the menu - AN ANIMAL rights organisation has jumped on the success of a Fife chip shop to promote its message. People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) has urged the Anstruther Fish Bar, which was named the best fish and chip shop in the UK last week, to change its name to Anstruther Sea Kitten Bar… In a letter to the Fish Bar’s owner, Robert Smith, PETA Europe director Robbie LeBlanc says sea kittens are smart animals that communicate, show affection and feel pain. He said, “If this top shop becomes Anstruther Sea Kitten Bar and everyone in town starts calling fish ‘sea kittens’, fewer of these gentle animals would be violently killed for food, painfully hooked for ‘sport’ or cruelly confined to aquariums…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Echo 5.2.09 Let boar live in peace - Animal activists have come out in support of wild boar which could face possible extermination in the Forest of Dean… Kate Fowler, head of campaigns at the UK's largest animal rights group, Animal Aid, said: "This is a problem that was made by man. Way back we used to have boar but they died out, and about 30 years ago farmers decided to bring them back into the country to farm them and kill them either for profit or fun but a few managed to escape…. (story)

4.2.09

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 4.2.09 Beaufort Hunt supporters raise cash at charity meet - MORE than £2,500 was raised for the Great Western Air Ambulance in less than 45 minutes when the Beaufort Hunt held its annual charity meet on Saturday… (story)

Irish Times 4.2.09 Farmer sues neighbour over slander - A CO LIMERICK landowner has brought High Court proceedings suing his neighbour, the Earl of Harrington, for slander over alleged claims of embezzling money from the Limerick Harriers’ Hunt… He claims Mr Harrington told him and other persons involved in the hunting fraternity in Co Limerick: “John O’Gorman has embezzled £2,000 from the Limerick Harriers’ Hunt.”In his action, Mr O’Gorman says the statement by Mr Harrington is false and he is seeking damages over alleged harm to his his reputation, integrity and credibility…. Opening the action yesterday before Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne and a jury, Michael McMahon SC, for Mr O’Gorman, said this dispute involved two people who knew each other for some time and arose from a row over the hunting of lands in Co Limerick between the Co Limerick Hunt (the “Foxhounds”) and the Limerick Harriers’ Hunt… (story)

Manchester Evening News 4.2.09 Angling to stamp out youth crime - Gemma Haddow - AN ANGLING group set up to keep youngsters out of trouble has succeeded in reducing anti-social behaviour. Ridge Hill Angling Club, in Stalybridge, started off with five members but now has more than 30, and problems with youths have decreased in the area. The fishing club was set up 12 months ago as part of a partnership project between councillors, the police and the local housing authority… (story)

West Briton 4.2.09 Recreational fishing licensing condemned - CAMPAIGNERS against EU rules to force sea anglers to log their catches launched a petition in Cornwall this week… The Hands off Our Fishing petition was launched at Falmouth Watersports Centre on Saturday. West Country MEP Neil Parish, who attended said: "Recreational fishing is a simple pleasure that would become a bureaucratic nightmare if these plans become law… The campaigners have also set up a website http:/www.saveangling.com/ and a facebook group help the fishermen fight the EU regulations on recreational fishing…. (story)

Oxford Times 4.2.09 Police crackdown on gangs who drive into dazzled deer and rabbits 'for fun' By Andy Tate - POLICE have dealt a blow to gangs who were terrorising Oxfordshire farmers by driving their cars into rabbits and deer for kicks… (story)
Oxford Mail 3.2.09 Arrests follow clampdown on wildlife killers By Andy Tate Police have dealt a blow to gangs who were terrorising Oxfordshire farmers by ramming cars into rabbits and deer for kicks. Up to a dozen people have been arrested for offences related to trespass, criminal damage and the illegal killing of animals following the largest Thames Valley Police operation against rural crime of its kind…. (story)

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 4.2.09 'Full English' celebrates best of local produce - More than 80 people tucked into a good old-fashioned English brekkie at Upwaltham Barns to celebrate Farmhouse Breakfast Week. The Countryside Alliance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI) joined forces once again this year and served up everything from bangers and bacon to marmalade and bread, all made in the surrounding area….(letter)

BNP CANDIDATE IS CONVICTED ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Croydon Advertiser 4.2.09 BNP candidate's criminal past "will boost vote" by Neil Millard - The BNP says revelations about its candidate's criminal past as an animal rights activist will "increase its share of the vote". BNP spokesman Robert Bailey made the comments after Charlotte Lewis' 2001 conviction emerged… "She only sent some letters," he said. "If you have met Charlotte you will know that she hasn't got a threatening bone in her body…" (letter)
Croydon Guardian 4.2.09 Waddon byelection: BNP candidate Charlotte Lewis's secret criminal past Exclusive By Peter Truman - A candidate for the Waddon byelection sent death threats to a drugs company involved in animal testing. Charlotte Lewis was jailed for six months in 2001 for her ongoing harassment of staff at the Huntington Life Sciences (HLS) centre in Cambridgeshire. Miss Lewis, of Thornton Heath, is now standing as the British National party (BNP) in the Waddon byelection on February 12…. The letters began “Dear Animal Abusing Scum” or “Dear Scum” and contained threats such as “If you don’t quit HLS then your life will not be worth living. You will always have to be looking over your shoulder”… She said: “I was not really involved in an extreme level, I just decided to write these letters. Unfortunately I was caught. I regret being caught.”… (story)
Croydon Guardian 21.1.09 Waddon byelection: BNP candidate quizzed by police in 2006 - The British National Party candidate for Waddon was questioned by police over possible election fraud in 2006. Charlotte Lewis stood in the May elections for a ward in Sutton, despite living in Thornton Heath… Miss Lewis was questioned by the police at the time but the incident was not taken up by the electoral commission, nor the local council, and no charges were brought against her (story)

Huntingdon Town Crier 4.2.09 Footage reveals distress to lab primates - A DOCUMENTARY revealing the distress that lab primates' face at Huntingdon Life Sciences has been released. Save The Primates was made by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and has footage from one of Europe's largest testing facilities in Cambridgeshire… The screening coincides with consideration in the European Parliament of new rules for the use of animals in experiments - the revision of Directive 86/609…. (story)

Western Morning News 4.2.09 Crucial research - I BELIEVE Louise Piddington ("Animals betrayed", January 29) has misrepresented animal research in this country. She is right to say that 61 per cent of animal research is done without anaesthetic – but this is not due to lack of care, it is rather because the average procedure does not require it… Animal research continues to be crucial in the development of new medicines. Recently it was an important part of the development of the new cervical cancer vaccines. Tom Holder, Cambridge (story)
Western Morning News 29.1.09 Animals betrayed - DID you think laboratory animals were protected? A report (released July 2008) revealed that over 3.2 million scientific "procedures" using animals were carried out in 2007 – 6 per cent up on the previous year…. New Labour has overseen a 21 per cent increase since coming into power in 1997, despite its pre-election promises to reduce the number of animal experiments. So much for such promises. Louise Piddington Plymouth (letter)

Scottish Herald 4.2.09 It’s time SSPCA made sure donations aren’t diverted south… As a supporter of the Scottish SPCA, I have thought for some time that the RSPCA's advertising campaigns were ambiguous and confusing to say the least; the result being that money intended for the protection and welfare of animals in Scotland is regularly diverted to England and Wales… David Balfour, Culloden, Inverness.
I fully support the stance the Scottish SPCA is taking and think a campaign like this is long overdue. The RSPCA has been pulling the wool over the Scottish public's eyes for too long and it is time it came clean… Marilyn Stewart, Kirkcaldy, Fife
I would like to congratulate the SSPCA in their current campaign to highlight the differences between them and their counterpart… Mags MacLaren, Paisley.
Congratulations to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for their effort to highlight at last the essential fact that public donations and legacies to the RSPCA are of no benefit to the SSPCA's work in Scotland… Nigel Dewar Gibb, Glasgow (story)

Horncastle News 4.2.09 Bovine TB is simply 'slow, insidious and invidious' - Reactor cattle are now culled that to all intent and purposes appear completely healthy, and many still are, as everyone knows… It is established knowledge that Mycobacterium-bovis can remain active for many, many months in dust, or cold, damp, dark conditions… Setts will need to be completely shut down after each cull… Charles Henry, Sent via email (letter)
Horncastle News 4.2.09 No scientific evidence badger cull would be effective - In response to the letter supporting a badger cull to prevent the spread of bovine TB, it is important to support the arguments for a cull with scientific evidence that this will be effective. This is quite clearly not the case… Perhaps the answer lies not with a cull of the badger population but with improved animal husbandry and improved testing. M Meles, Sent via email (letter)

3.2.09

Carmarthen Journal 3.2.09 AM hits out at fox hunting debate return - THE Conservatives are trying to turn rural Wales into "killing fields" again by pledging to repeal the law which outlaws fox hunting, says Welsh Labour AM for Wrexham Lesley Griffiths, who made her remarks in a statement of opinion she has tabled in the Assembly…. In the statement, she condemns the Repeal Committee, tasked with guiding the campaign for the repeal of the Hunting Act, describing it as a Tory-led group that wants to overturn the Hunting Act 2004 and reintroduce hunting with dogs into the Welsh countryside… Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance Simon Hart (pictured) stressed the Repeal Committee consisted of a wide range of interests — including the All Party Middle Way Group — with the Countryside Alliance acting as secretariat… (story)
NewsWales 28.1.09 Tories want "killing fields back in Wales" - Welsh Tories want to turn rural Wales into "killing fields" once again by repealing the law outlawing fox hunting, says Wexham Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths. Lesley Griffiths made her remarks in a statement tabled in the National Assembly for Wales. In the statement she condemned the Repeal Committee, a Tory-led group which seeks to overturn the Hunting Act 2004 and reintroduce hunting with dogs back into the Welsh countryside…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 3.2.09 Meets stir up hunting views - RE: the article on fox hunting on Boxing Day by Lord Yarborough and his ilk. I was under the impression it was against the law. Where were the protestors – or was that played down by the so-called gentry and police, another example of one law for the rich and one for the poor…. I live near Buck Beck and in the summer and autumn we had quite a few foxes visit each night. Since Christmas there have been none. I wonder if someone has collected them to transport to the country for hunting, or has the council decided to cull them? We'll never know… Name and address supplied
… With a general election on the horizon and the likelihood of David Cameron becoming Prime Minister, a free vote is likely on the future of the Hunting Act, which is so flawed it needs repealing… Boxing Day hunts will continue long after Gordon Brown, who was never elected to be Prime Minister. Tally Ho! Peter Neal, Mill Road, Cleethorpes (letters)

Banffshire Journal 3.2.09 Attack on sea anglers is really unjustified - STRUAN STEVENSON, MEP Vice-President of the EPP-ED Group, Conservative Spokesman on Fisheries, The European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels. (letter)
Berwickshire News 29.1.09 Over one million recreational anglers in the UK are horrified that the European Commission has published proposals aimed at bringing the mailed fist of Brussels bureaucracy smashing down on Europe's recreational anglers… At a time of deepening recession, such a policy must be viewed as perverse. I and my Conservative colleagues will fight to delete this outrageous article from the draft regulation. STRUAN STEVENSON MEP,Vice-President of the EPP-ED Group,Conservative Spokesman on Fisheries The European Parliament, Rue Wiertz,B-1047 Brussels. (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.2.09 Remote community to pilot fast-response service idea By Leanna MacLarty - A remote Deeside community which lost its ambulance cover could get a new rapid-response service by April. Ambulance chiefs are looking at operating a retained vehicle at Braemar for a trial period in the spring with a view to it continuing permanently… Members of the Scottish Ambulance Service met members of the community and representatives of the Scottish Countryside Alliance yesterday to discuss options… (story)

HEATHER NICHOLSON – OPERATION ACHILLES WINCHESTER TRIAL
South Wales Evening Post 3.2.09 Heather's life for animals - I DO not doubt Clive Rees's legal qualifications (Have Your Say, January 28), but I do doubt whether he is in possession of the facts of the case of my daughter's involvement in the (rather ambitious) campaign to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences, near Cambridge…. My daughter, who really is a beautiful person, is upset when she learns about what is done to cats and dogs at Huntingdon Life Sciences… George Barwick. (letter)
South Wales Evening Post 2.2.09 Can end result justify means? - HAND outstretched and a concerned look on her face, Heather Nicholson strokes a donkey at an animal sanctuary in Devon…. Her father, George Barwick, a retired carpenter and strict vegan, casts his eyes over the pictures. "I'm so proud of her," he says through his greying beard… Scientific group Pro-Test argues animal testing is necessary… Nicholson denied causing any physical harm to anyone. The 41-year-old co-founder of SHAC insisted she had done nothing wrong and pleaded not guilty… (story)
Wales on Sunday 1.2.09 Jailed campaigner’s hug for drug hound by James McCarthy, Wales On Sunday - JAILED animal rights “terrorist” Heather Nicholson broke down weeping as she wrapped her arms around a sniffer dog because it looked like her dying pet labrador. The extremist has been forced to ask her mum and dad to look after her animals – Laddie, Bonnie, Molly and Brindle – while she languishes behind bars with dangerous inmates including Rose West in top security Bronzefield jail… (story)
South Wales Evening Post 28.1.09 Sentence is tough but fair - AS a criminal defence lawyer who spends his time thinking up all sorts of legitimate mitigation for those who have committed crimes I'm certainly glad not to have been involved in the Heather Nicholson case (Post, January 24). Yes, some murderers might get a lesser sentence, but remember most of them will have killed only one person, perhaps in a momentary loss of temper. Heather Nicholson was involved in a deliberate and very nearly successful campaign to terrorise a large number of people who — whatever you may think of the subject — had committed no crime and their families who were obviously innocent of any involvement in animal testing… Clive Rees, Talycopa Farm, Llansamlet, Swansea (letter)
South Wales Echo 26.1.09 Backlash against activist's protest - AN animal rights activist jailed for 11 years has come under fierce criticism following her insistence she has done nothing wrong. Heather Nicholson was sent to prison for a blackmail plot against a controversial science laboratory… But scores of Evening Post website readers say they are incensed by the former RSPCA worker's complaint of rough justice…. (story)
Wales on Sunday 25.1.09 Jailed animal activist speaks from behind bars by Robin Turner, Wales On Sunday - THE Welsh “urban terrorist” starting a 11-year jail sentence for a hardline animal rights campaign has promised to give up targeting companies who aid testing laboratories. Speaking exclusively to Wales on Sunday from the top security Bronzefield women’s prison in Surrey, Heather Nicholson says she plans to establish an animal sanctuary instead when she eventually gets out… And she claimed it was “incredible” that as a protester wishing to end cruelty she had landed up in a jail alongside child killers like Rose West… A group of protesters were pictured in Red Square, Moscow, on Thursday with a banner proclaiming: “Free the Shac 7”. (story)
South Wales Echo 24.1.09 'She has done nothing wrong' - THE parents of an animal rights activist jailed for 11 years have criticised the harshness of their daughter's prison sentence. Heather Nicholson was among seven people convicted for being part of a blackmail plot against animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences… Her bewildered parents, George and Shirley Barwick, have leapt to their daughter's defence, branding the sentence ridiculous… (story)
Western Mail 22.1.09 Welsh animal rights activist jailed for 11 years by Robin Turner, Western Mail - THE parents of a Welsh animal rights activist jailed for 11 years for plotting to blackmail firms linked to animal testing, last night launched a staunch defence of their daughter’s motives. Heather Nicholson, 41, of Dunvant, Swansea, was among seven people given long sentences yesterday for intimidating companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire…. But speaking from his home in the West of Swansea last night, Nicholson’s vegan father, retired teacher George Barwick, 73, originally from Neath, insisted his daughter “would not harm a fly”…. Nicholson’s mother Shirley Barwick, 64, who works for a major Swansea store, added last night that her daughter only had the interests of animals at heart and added that, as she had never physically hurt anyone, the 11 year sentence was “astonishing”…. “She’s now even helping people in prison, signing up to become a ‘listener’ to give advice to vulnerable inmates.”… (story)

2.2.09

Wiltshire Times 2.2.09 Anger after hunt dogs run amok By Katie Adams - THE League Against Cruel Sports has criticised the Avon Vale Hunt after hounds ran onto a farm near Trowbridge and frightened a horse causing it to injure itself. The 56-year-old owner of the two-and-a half-year-old horse called Billy said she was 'shocked and outraged' after it tried to escape from hounds by scaling a fence, badly injuring itself in the process… Matt Fox, the League's hunting campaigner, said: "Unfortunately this is the latest in a long line of hunt havoc incidents… (story)

Irish Independent 2.2.09 Foxhunting is indefensible - Columnist Kevin Myers clearly has no comprehension of the suffering endured by foxes when he remarks that "I would be lucky to die as swiftly as the fox that is caught by hounds" (Irish Independent, January 30). The demise of foxes terrorised by Ireland's cruel foxhunters is far from swift…. Kevin Myers acknowledges that badger baiters are "depraved, sick and disgusting perverts" and that hare coursers are "no less horrible", but even if he fails to recognise it, the foxhunters he defends are equally shameful and condemnable. Philip Kiernan, Irish Council Against Blood Sports Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)
Irish Independent 30.1.09 The Greens backing Ireland's importation of nuclear energy is just too delicious for words By Kevin Myers …. it is with a heavy heart and a feeble quill that I write what follows, (for normally when I hear myself agreeing with a Green policy I take two aspirin, a hot whiskey and retire to bed, and by morning I have normally recovered). The National Coursing Meeting at Clonmel is upon us, and I must declare that I share the Green loathing of hare-coursing. Now I'm not against "blood sports", as they're called. I've been on enough hunts to know that little enough bloodshed usually results. A healthy fox will out-run and out-guile a pack of hounds, creatures of quite ludicrous stupidity… there is nothing remotely natural about greyhounds pursuing a hare which has just been released from a highly stressful captivity into an enclosed space, until they have bundled it over, and perhaps even killed it… (story)

South Wales Echo 2.2.09 Jail sentences ‘used to silence animal .........right protesters’ - Lorraine Parker Old Church Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)
South Wales Echo 30.1.09 Government abuse of terrorism laws - I READ your article, “Animal rights fanatics jailed for ‘merciless’ campaign against lab”. It seems to me that the over-long jail sentences handed out by the Government through the courts has been used to effectively silence protest against animal experimentation. The Government is using anti-terrorism laws, designed to protect citizens of the UK from attacks to stop the process of legal protest… Lorraine ParkerOld Church Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 2.2.09 Flowers remember animal rights activist Jill Phipps By Cara Simpson - FLORAL tributes have been laid in memory of a Coventry animal rights activist who died after she was crushed by a lorry at Coventry Airport 14 years ago. Jill Phipps was run over on February 1, 1995 while protesting against the live export of calves being flown out from Baginton airport… Yesterday Janet Cummings and Pam Frayson from Rugby visited the spot where she died as they have done every anniversary… Due to illness, Jill’s mother Nancy Phipps, 83, of Hillfields, couldn’t make it to the airport yesterday, but she spent the day in sombre reflection of her “sunshine girl”…. (story)

SHIELDS GAZETTE CIRCUS CORRESPONDENCE
The Shields Gazette 2.2.09 End abuse to all animals - I AGREE wholeheartedly with Simone Smith's letter (Gazette, January 28) about circuses being cruel places for animals… D Smith, Lumley Avenue, South Shields. (letter)
Shields Gazette 28.1.09 Circuses are cruel places - I WRITE in reply to Carl Defoe's letter (Gazette, January 19) regarding circus animals. With the greatest of respect, how can you love something then take it away from its natural environment and force it to perform for your profit?... Simone Smith, People's Voice For Animals,South Shields (letter)
The Shields Gazette 21.1.09 Circus animals were treated well - I WOULD like to reply to Rachael Taylor's letter (Gazette, January 13) re: circus animals and their treatment. I was an employee with Gandey's Circus for some years during the 90s and I saw at first-hand how animals were treated…. The elephants were exercised alongside (and in!) local rivers and beaches during the very early hours of the morning, so as not to attract attention… licences are only granted when strict veterinary standards are met, and Gandey's had campaigned strongly for this…. Many times the 'antis' were invited in to observe free of charge, but never once to my knowledge did the animal rights protestors take up this invitation, preferring to demonstrate at the end of the street, well away from the imagined thing they were protesting against… Carl Defoe, Ellen Court, Jarrow (letter)
Shields Gazette 13.1.09 Britney video condones animal cruelty - I felt compelled to write to register my disgust at the video for the song Circus from Britney Spears's new album of that name. Captive elephants and lions appear in this video, performing circus tricks for our supposed amusement… Rachael Taylor, Norham Avenue North, South Shields (letter)

1.2.09

Horse & Hound 1.2.09 Huntsman and farmer join new shadow cabinet - DAVID CAMERON's appointment of a "true countryman" to the new shadow cabinet is the strongest sign yet of the Conservative Party's commitment to rural issues. Nick Herbert, the new shadow environment secretary, was a former political director of the British Field Sports Society (BFSS) and founding member of the Countryside Movement — now the Countryside Alliance (CA)… Mr Herbert was master and huntsman of the Newmarket Beagles for 14 seasons. Before that he was master and huntsman of the Trinity Foot Beagles and whipped-in to the Essex Foxhounds… (story)