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31.1.09

Yorkshire Post 31.1.09 Good time had by all as newcomers join the hunting fray By Jill Armstrong - Have you ever thought about going hunting but were afraid to try? More and more hunts are arranging special days for newcomers, among them the Badsworth and Bramham Moor. After they held an information evening for first-timers in September last year, which explained everything that was involved in a day's hunting, quite a number of people plucked up the courage to try it out. Diana Thompson was one…. (story)

RICHARD GILCHRIST
Horse & Hound 31.1.09 Cheshire hunt supporter dies in fall last weekend - A dedicated and long-time hunt supporter died in an accident while following the Cheshire hunt at Norbury last weekend. Richard Gilchrist, 57, died after a fall while tackling a hedge on Saturday, 24 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene… (story)
Chester Chronicle 30.1.09 Burtonwood Brewery boss killed in hunt tragedy by Paul Mannion, Chester Chronicle - A FAMILY man from Broxton died instantly after falling from his horse while riding with the Cheshire Hunt. It is thought brewery chairman Richard Gilchrist, 57, of Broxton, a married father of two, broke his neck after his horse tripped jumping a hedge in Hetherson Green, Malpas, on Saturday. Cheshire hunt secretary Simon Ashworth, a family friend, said: “Ricky’s life revolved around hunting, his whole family hunted as a group. He will be missed by everyone… (story)
Publican 27.1.09 Hook Norton "devastated" by death of chairman - Richard Gilchrist died in riding accident at the weekend - Hook Norton has confirmed that its chairman, Richard Gilchrist, died in a riding accident at the weekend. Gilchrist, 57, was riding with the Cheshire Hunt when the accident happened…. (story)
Whitchurch Heral 28.1.09 Brewery chief killed in fall from horse while hunting by Paul Mannion, Whitchurch Herald - A FAMILY man from Broxton died instantly after falling from his horse while riding with the Cheshire Hunt. Brewery chairman Richard Gilchrist, a 57-year-old father of two, is though to have broken his neck after his horse tripped jumping a hedge in Hetherson Green near Malpas on Saturday…. (story)
Morning Advertiser 31.1.09 Hook Norton chairman dies By Tony Halstead - The chairman of Oxfordshire’s Hook Norton Brewery, Richard Gilchrist, has been killed in a riding accident during a hunt meeting in South Cheshire. Brewery chief executive James Clarke said staff, licensees and customers had been deeply saddened at the sudden loss… (story)

Irish Examiner 31.1.09 Concerns for future of Irish Coursing Club By Jennifer Hough - A TRUSTEE of the Irish Coursing Club has expressed serious concern about its future following a court ruling that it must pay damages to developer Greenband Investments. Yesterday, the court ruled in favour of the developer, which last June took legal action against the ICC, which controls the sport of coursing in the country, aimed at enforcing an alleged agreement for the sale of the club’s interest in lands adjoining its premises in Clonmel, Co Tipperary… (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 31.1.09 UPDATED: Man seriously injured in Derbyshire shooting accident - POLICE have revealed that a shooting accident where a man suffered serious injuries took place in Catton near Swadlincote. The 50-year-old was shot in the back from relatively close range during an organised pheasant shoot…. The person who shot the man has been voluntarily questioned by police and has not been arrested…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 30.1.09 Man shot in hunting accident - A 50-YEAR-OLD man has been shot in a hunting accident. Police said he was shot in the back from "relatively close range" during an organised pheasant shoot. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in Birmingham by air ambulance…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.1.09 More action needed on primate research - WITH your help on a previous Primate Day of Action, we were able to help persuade the European Parliament to adopt a ban on the use of primates in experiments as their official position…On Saturday, February 28, we are taking to the streets for another Primate Day of Action and we need you to help make it a success. Please order materials for a street stall in your town and collect as many signed postcards as you can or organise an eye-catching media stunt… Ashley Owen, Animal Aid (letter)

30.1.09

Western Daily Press 30.1.09 Hunting icon wins support – from Labour's pro-ban lobby - Leading West hunt campaigner Giles Bradshaw appears to have got Labour's anti-hunting campaign to agree the ban is flawed. Mr Bradshaw, from Devon, joined a Labour Party website calling for ideas for changes to the law and Government policy, and is getting support from anti-hunting campaigners to amend the Hunting Act. He exposed a split in the anti-hunting movement, which stands with two opposing Parliamentary motions over the hunt ban. One asks MPs to back calls for greater enforcement of the ban, and the other demands loopholes hunts have exploited since the 2005 ban to be closed…. He took his campaign to the LabourSpace website, which party activists use to promote law changes and Government initiatives… Gary Hills, from Support the Hunting Ban UK, said: "This was a clause added on the night of the vote by pro-hunting Lords. They put down over 400 amendments to try to run the bill out of time and regrettably that one got through in all the confusion." Hunt saboteur and monitor Leigh Jones also backed Mr Bradshaw… (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 30.1.09 Hunting laws - BEFORE the latest hunting legislation was passed, the pro-hunting lobby was claiming that, if hunting with dogs was banned, it would be a disaster for the countryside… Well, the legislation was passed and none of this happened. In fact, there has been a marked increase in support for hunting… It therefore follows that, if David Cameron wins the next general election, and turns hunting back to its cruel past, hunts will once again lose this popularity and protesters will return with a will. Surely no-one wants that. Alex Black, Chester (letter)

PRO SHOOTING COUNCILLOR'S CARS VANDALISED
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 30.1.09 Animal rights link will be investigated - Police are continuing investigations into a vandalism attack on cars belonging to a senior Bradford councillor. Anne Hawkesworth, Bradford Council’s executive member for the environment, said there was a “possibility” anti-hunting protesters poured acid over two cars and slashed their tyres… No group has claimed responsibility for the vandalism but a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the force will investigate any links with animal rights activists. A post has appeared on a campaign magazine website, purporting to be from the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)…. (story)
Ilkley Gazette 29.1.09 Animal rights activists blamed for damage to cars By Amanda Greaves - Bradford Council’s chief executive has defended a decision to spend public money on installing security cameras at the home of a senior councillor after a suspected attack by animals rights extremists. Councillor Anne Hawkesworth was advised to install a CCTV system after vandals poured corrosive chemicals over two cars on the driveway of her home in Manley Road, Ben Rhydding, early on Friday… the council’s chief executive, Tony Reeves, said: “The council has agreed to install CCTV at Coun Hawkesworth’s home. CCTV is used to protect councillors’ property if it is believed the damage may have been a result of their council activities…. Leaders of Bradford Council’s other political groups have defended the move… (letter)
Ilkley Gazette 29.1.09 SHOOTING FROM THE HIP - Councillor Anne Hawkesworth takes the easy way out when it is reported that she blames animal rights campaigners as those responsible for damaging her cars. She also unjustly links the damage to the jailing of seven members of SHAC who were found guilty of intimidation, violence and criminal damage in connection with Huntingdon Life Science. This sort of knee-jerk firing from the hip does her as little credit as it does to the committed peaceful animal rights movement which holds no truck with such methods… Perhaps she could check on whose bin has not been emptied. Kit Davidson, Shooting Consultant,Animal Aid The Old Chapel,Bradford Street,Tonbridge TN9 1AW
SUPPORT FOR COUN HAWKESWORTH - I completely denounce the cowardly actions of the individuals who have damaged the property of Councillor Anne Hawkesworth… Coun Kris Hopkins, Leader of Bradford Council and leader of the Conservative Group (letters)
Yorkshire Post 26.1.09 Cars attack 'linked to animal rights' By Joanne Ginley - CARS belonging to a Bradford councillor and her husband have been damaged in a chemical attack while they were parked outside her home. Coun Anne Hawkesworth said she believed animal rights activists could have targeted her because of her support for grouse shoots on Ilkley Moor…. (story)
BBC News Online 24.1.09 Extremists blamed for cars attack - Animal rights extremists have been blamed for a paint stripper attack which badly damaged two cars at the home of a Bradford councillor. Anne Hawkesworth believes she was targeted because she backs the return of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 24.1.09 'Activists' launch attack on leading councillor's cars By Marc Meneaud - A senior Bradford councillor believes she has fallen victim to a “sickening” attack by animal rights extremists after acid was poured over two cars parked outside her home. The attackers caused thousands of pounds of damage when they let down tyres and stripped paint from the cars in the driveway of Coun Anne Hawkesworth’s house in Ilkley. She said there was a “strong possibility” she had been targeted by extremists because of her support for controversial grouse shoots on Ilkley Moor…. (story)
Ilkley Gazette 23.1.09 Animal rights extremists blamed for vandalism By Amanda Greaves - Animal rights extremists are being blamed for dousing a senior councillor’s cars with corrosive chemicals in a vandalism attack at her Ilkley home. Bradford Council’s Executive member for the Environment, Councillor Anne Hawksworth, found her two cars and driveway covered in what is thought to be acid this morning. The councillor, who supports the return of grouse shooting to Ilkley Moor, also found the car tyres had been let down during the night…. Coun Hawkesworth fears the attack is the work of animal rights activists, although no organisation had claimed the attack. She links the attack to the jailing this week of seven animal rights campaigners for blackmailing companies linked to animal testing group Huntington Life Sciences (HLS)… (story)

Cumberland News 30.1.09 Birds of prey threatened (The Cumberland News, December 24), the news item indicated that six hen harriers carrying transmitters have been lost in 12 months. But where is the evidence that any or all of these have fallen – if any have fallen – to local keepers?... Yes, there are occasional exceptions, but nowadays gamekeepers protect birds of prey… However, I see very few tags on the many birds which, winter especially, fly over fells and elsewhere. Perhaps the technology has its weaknesses? COLIN SIMMSGarrigillAlston (letter)

Whitby Gazette 30.1.09 Whitby sea anglers' plight to feature in BBC show - THE PLIGHT of Whitby's sea angling community will feature in an episode of BBC1's Countryfile this Sunday. Presenter Juliet Morris will be looking at the effect proposed European Union fishing quotas will have on the amateur sea angler…. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ANGLING LETTER
Cumberland News 30.1.09 - THE proposal by the European Union to allow member state governments to set their own fishing quotas for each protected species has noble ambitions, but as ever the devil is in the detail…. SIMON HARTChief executiveCountryside AllianceLondon (letter)
Andover Advertiser 22.1.09 Fishing quota changes are a serious threat to all anglers - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance The Old Town Hall 367 Kennington Road London SE11 4PT (letter)
Cornish Guardian/West Briton/Cornishman 22.1.09 EU is wrong - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
News Post Leader 21.1.09 Shore anglers fury over new plans - SIMON HART, Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 21.1.09 Anglers may face form-filling duties - Simon Hart, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)
Sunday Sun 18.1.09 Fight against sea fishing quota plans - THE proposal by the European Union to allow member state Governments to set their own fishing quotas for each protected species has noble ambitions but, as ever, the devil is in the detail… Defra threw out a recent proposal on licencing sea anglers after robust lobbying from the Countryside Alliance, so we will be looking for a similar rejection this time — SIMON HART and CHLOE FINCH, Countryside Alliance. (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 30.1.09 Norfolk deer cull needed to stop damage - EMMA KNIGHTS - An increasing number of wild deer need to be culled across Norfolk to help stop damage to woodland and vehicle crashes involving the animals, experts say. It is a situation that is mirrored across the UK, with the number of wild deer doubling over the last 10 years to two million nationwide. Every year there are between 60,000 and 70,000 deer collisions with vehicles across the country…. (story)

Daily Mail 30.1.09 Why healthy foals are being killed across Britain...to end up as dog food and on French dinner plates By Zoe Brennan - Graceful and sleek, the beautiful bay racehorse was used to the thunder of applause as she swept past the grandstand - not the sound of a rifle… Shockingly, this perfectly healthy racehorse was taken from her stables in Lambourn, Berkshire, and slaughtered at a British abattoir simply because 'business is bad' in the racing world. Her owner, who talks only on condition he is not named, says curtly: 'I didn't have a choice. I couldn't afford to keep her at the stud.' The man did at least have a pang of conscience - he had first called Serena Miller, of the Midland Racehorse Care Centre in Ludlow, Shropshire, to see if she could take the animal… Animal Aid, the welfare body which monitors the industry, says 18,000 foals were born in the British and Irish racing industry in 2008 - double the number of a decade ago. Only 8,000 make it into competitive racing… Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock, officer of the Parliamentary Animal Welfare Group, has demanded an investigation into what he calls 'a barbaric waste'…. (story)

OXFORD TIMES ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION CORRESPONDENCE
Oxford Times 30.1.09 Suitable tests - Most of Sir David Madden’s letter Unjustified suffering (January 15) was adequately refuted by Kevin Elliott’s experience, printed above it…. It is true that thalidomide was tested on guinea pigs. Only later (too late) was it realised that in this case the reaction of guinea pigs was not typical of other mammals, including humans. I believe that this led to legislation that such tests must in future be performed on suitable numbers of at least three unrelated species… Brian Nash, Islip (letter)
Oxford Times 15.1.09 Condemned to pain - The animal rights lobby claim to be helping animals, but they forget one important group. That’s the people with health problems and disabilities who benefit directly from animal-based research… The animal rights lobby tell us that we should treat animals in the same way as humans. But if we do that, we’re condemning people with health problems and disabilities to pain, to isolation, to unemployment, and to massively reduced quality of life…. Kevin Elliott, Oxford (letter)
Oxford Times 15.1.09 Unjustified suffering - It is difficult to accept Daniel Emlyn-Jones’s statement (Letters, January 8) that animal experiments are performed only “because there is no alternative”, since a range of alternatives exists and can be developed… Sir David Madden, Oxford (letter)
Oxford Times 9.1.09 Hypocritical behaviour - Joseph Westrick (Letters, December 31) and many others seem to think that scientists are fiends who want to experiment on animals. This isn’t true. The reason animal experiments are performed is because there is no alternative: they are a necessary evil. When testing a new drug for instance, animal experiments are essential in assessing drug safety prior to human administration. Or do people want to see disasters such as thalidomide?... And lastly, in response to Joseph Westrick’s question, as a medical student I do hope to contribute to the alleviation of human suffering. Daniel Emlyn-Jones, Oxford (letter)
Oxford Times 31.12.08 No holiday camp - In reference to the two letters published (December 4), the first by Matthew Evans and the second by Daniel Emlyn-Jones…. The public must remember that this is not a holiday camp, a home away from home, or a nice place for the animals awaiting some experiment to be performed on them. Clean cages, windows to see out of, etc, mean damn little to a mouse or rat with a cancerous growth, or a primate that has had part of its brain removed, or whatever other experiment some vivisector may dream up… And finally, I say to Daniel Emlyn-Jones, I sincerely hope that he is following his own advice and donating his spare time to helping the unloved, starved and tortured, because this is what the animals rights people are attempting to do… Joseph Westrick, Kidlington (letter)
Oxford Times 27.12.08 Universal alibi - Your correspondent, Daniel Emlyn-Jones (Letters, December 4), resorts to the universal alibi of all those seeking to justify cruelty to animals: namely, that since the majority of the population eat meat, they have no right to protest against other forms of exploitation. This pretext is commonly used by those engaged in illegal foxhunting, bullfighting, badger baiting and a myriad of other forms of cruelty and while as a vegetarian I accept that the argument has some validity, taken to its ultimate conclusion, there is no limit to the degree of abuse that is then permissible… Paul Richardson, Oxford (letter)
Oxford Times 4.12.08 Important work - Although the principle of treating animals with respect and kindness is admirable, I think that animal rights activists objecting to the Oxford animal lab need to take a reality check…. If animal rights activists want to stop cruelty, why don’t they direct their energies toward the many humans in our world who are unloved, starved and tortured. They can then let our noble scientists get on with their important work uninterrupted. Daniel Emlyn-Jones, Oxford (letter)

Newcastle Chronicle 30.1.09 Time to save our relatives - AROUND 10,000 non-human primates are used in European laboratories each year, with a third of them undergoing experiments in Britain. Now, the EU law that governs animal experiments is being revised, presenting an historic opportunity to end the use of these highly intelligent, social animals…. More than 80% of European citizens want primate experiments to end. It’s time for the European Parliament to act…. TONI VERNELLI, campaigner. (letter)

29.1.09

TETCOTT MASTERSHIP
Exeter Express & Echo 29.1.09 New hunt master for the Tetcott - AFTER a turbulent 12 months, the Tetcott Hunt is looking forward to an "encouraging future" with the appointment of a new master. Elizabeth Haworth will take over from acting master David Wickett at the end of April. The hunt's former master, Andrew Bozdan, was sacked just two days before his wife Rosemary died last year, leaving him homeless and jobless…. (story)
North Devon Journal 17.7.08 Tetcott Hunt backs decision to sack former hunt master - SUPPORTERS of the Tetcott Hunt have backed the committee's decision not to renew the contract of the hunt's former master, Andrew Bozdan, Mr Bozdan was sacked just two days before his wife Rosemary died, leaving him homeless and jobless… A spokesman for the hunt said: “The meeting showed massive support for the committee with 127 people voting in favour and only 10 against.”… Following last week's meeting, a spokesman for the hunt said: “Since March 1 the committee has taken on full responsibility for the hunt's fallen stock service and livestock farmers using this service can be assured that stock taken to the kennels is now properly handled…. Mr Bozdan said a negotiated settlement is being looked at and was unable to comment further. (story)
Western Morning News 23.6.08 SACKED HUNT MASTER CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION - A hunt master says he is considering legal action after he was sacked from his post just two days before his wife died of cancer. Andrew Bozdan was the master of the Tetcott Hunt in North Devon until March this year, when he was contacted by the committee and told he was fired… (story)
North Devon Journal 19.6.08 ROW OVER TETCOTT HUNT MASTER'S SACKING – LAURA CHURCHILL - A north Devon hunt master was sacked two days before his wife died from cancer. The Tetcott Hunt sacked Andrew Bozdan as he nursed his terminally-ill wife Rosemary… Mr Bozdan took up his job as master of the Tetcott hunt last year. At the hunt's annual meeting in January this year committee members recommended continuing his employment. But the hunt committee later changed the decision… (story) p>Southern Reporter 29.1.09 Hound control? David Hunter must have very little regard for his pets' welfare if he is happy to allow them to play near hunt hounds (letters, January 22). This season there have already been numerous incidents of pets being attacked, and hunting accidents, where control is lost and a fox is chased and killed… Rachel Jay, Godalming, Surrey (letter)
Southern Reporter 22.1.09 Hunting hounds are well behaved - Your letter headline last week, Dog owner's hunt ordeal, is really quite sensational. What piffle. If that’s an ordeal, then poor Ms Brown… I have often met our local pack while walking with my dogs – they were all there when I last counted. DAVID W. HUNTER, Fernbank, Midlem (letter)
Southern Reporter 15.1.09 Dog owner's hunt ordeal - Walking my labrador and new puppy on a quiet country road, I saw a fox run across the single track, bolting into a densely-wooded area. I soon discovered why – a hunting horn sounded and I could hear hounds howling… I was terrified that the hounds would go for my puppy or elderly dog, and I prayed they’d lose the scent of the fox, whose terror I could totally identify with in that moment… JOYCE M. BROWN, Minto Place, Hawick (letter)

Liverpool Daily Post 29.1.09 Political donations CHLOE FINCH, spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance, should check her facts more carefully (Daily Post, Letters, January 23). The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW ) never made a political donation to the Labour Party. In 1996, the Political Animal Lobby (PAL) made a contribution of £1m to the Labour Party. There used to be a relationship between IFAW and PAL, as they were both founded by Brian Davies, yet both organisations have long operated under entirely separate control…. Rosa Argent, Communications manager, IFAW
IN HER letter (January 23) Chloe Finch, of the Countryside Alliance, claims a £1m donation was made to the Labour party by the League Against Cruel Sports, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the RSPCA. There is no truth in this. Louise Robertson, League Against Cruel Sports, Fife (letter)

MIDHURST GUN CLUB v SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 29.1.09 Gun club shooting is not helping us protect birds - In response to the letters concerning Midhurst Gun Club from John Baron and B Reed and the many points they raise, I write as a trustee and former chairman of the Sussex Wildlife Trust who was closely involved in the trust's acquisition of Stedham Common…. I think any reasonable person would agree that having a gun club operating on any nature reserve, let alone a small one, is hardly compatible with the aims of conserving wildlife and promoting quiet enjoyment of the reserve by the public… We now have several nationally rare or threatened species breeding on the site which we have a duty to protect… Robin Crane, Carron Lane, Midhurst (letter)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 22.1.09 Gun club is an unfair target - so who's next? As a former committee member of Midhurst Gun Club, and speaking only for myself, I feel I should support the Observer's January 1 article which Mr J Powers of the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) took exception to in his letter last week. To me, there is not enough difference between 'ordering someone to leave a site' and 'giving them notice to leave a site' to make it worth commenting on, so I won't. However, I do take exception to Mr Power's statement the SWT has 'evidence' the gun club were preventing birds from nesting in the area…. I'm withdrawing my family's membership of the Sussex Wildlife Trust in protest at the way their current management are behaving…. John Baron, Elmleigh, Midhurst
Mr Powers, if you take decisions which affect others – ie Midhurst Gun Club – without involving the other parties, or making yourself available at the site to convey to us your decisions, instead sending your messengers, it is not surprising you were not successful in conveying those decisions…. We see you are cutting down acres of mature fir trees – yet you say we are destroying the habitat! B Reed, Northside, Lavant (letters)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 15.1.09 Gun club received plenty of notice - The suggestion Midhurst Gun Club has been 'ordered' to leave Stedham Common ('Midhurst Gun Club in search for new home', Observer, January 1) at the end of next year is misleading…. The trust has had an excellent relationship with the club over the years – the club has always acted very responsibly – and the decision to end the licence was not taken lightly. We have, however, very good evidence the shooting has prevented rare birds such as the woodlark, Dartford warbler and nightjar from breeding on the area of Stedham Common shot over… James Power, head of reserves, Sussex Wildlife Trust (letter)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 1.1.09 Midhurst Gun club in search for new home - Sussex Wildlife Trust has ordered a clay pigeon club to leave its shooting ground at Stedham Common by the end of next year… The trust, which owns Stedham Common, maintains the club's noisy activities are not compatible with a nature reserve (story)

Bournemouth Echo 29.1.09 EU plan is hardly a fisherman's friend - Conservative MEPs are fighting plans in Brussels that would see our ancient hobby of sea angling brought under the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy…. Not only is this going to make this important sport and tourist industry a bureaucratic nightmare, it will also damage an important tourist activity…. This proposal is entirely the wrong way to go about reform, and we are already mounting a large campaign, including a petition, to make the European Commission think again. Neil Parish, South West MEP (letter)

Cambridge News 29.1.09 Six guilty of hare offences - SIX men have pleaded guilty to charges of harecoursing after being arrested in Littlebury in November. Alfred Harris, 21, George Stevens, 20, Danny Harris, 21, Robert Harris, 22, Sam Harris, 20, all from South East London, and Shaun Clark, 37, from Basildon, appeared at Harlow Magistrates' Court. Magistrates ordered five of the men to pay a £275 fine, £100 in costs and £15 victim surcharge payment and the sixth, Clark, received a £350 fine, £100 costs and £15 victim surcharge…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 29.1.09 Cruelty is the real problem - AS a great admirer of the people who make a stand against cruelty to animals, I was distressed to read that Heather Nicholson had been sentenced to 11 years in prison… The employees at Huntingdon were subjected to terror, but, unlike the hapless animals, did not die in agony. I, too, in my younger days, stood in line to stop the export of calves for the veal trade from Fairwood Airport. I would like to think I was privileged to stand next to Ms Nicholson… Beryl Jenkins, Neath Road, Morriston, Swansea (letter)

BBC News Online 29.1.09 Cash reward to catch cat killers - Animal rights campaigners are offering a £1,000 reward to catch two youths who threw a cat to pack of dogs… Suzanne Barnard from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is offering the reward, said: "Animal abusers are cowards"… (story)

Bath Chronicle 29.1.09 Why BAN has a wide remit - In response to the comments by correspondents John, Julia and Stuart in the Chronicle Web Voice section of January 22, we at BAN (Bath Activist Network) protest about different issues because we care about the planet, its inhabitants, humans, animals and the environment and are against injustice, war, cruelty etc… A W WILLIAMS, Bath Activist Network, Bath (story)

North Devon Gazette 29.1.09 Veggie cook-in! IDEFORD students had the delights of veggie food brought to life during a visit from national healthy charity the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation (VVF.) VVF Food and cookery coordinator Jane Easton, led four special sessions at Bideford Community College, with GCSE Food Technology students and GCSE Catering students… (story)

Wirral Globe 29.1.09 Not at all ethical - I NOTE that you reported about squirrel being a popular and “ethical” meat at Wirral Farmers’ Market (Globe 14/1/09). I also note the butcher involved stated that these animals are “humanely” trapped and mentions they cannot be shot. He fails to mention that after they are trapped, the usual method of dispatch is to put them in a sack and hit them over the head with a stick… Ask yourselves this, would this method be acceptable for your cat or dog? It is barbaric and totally UNETHICAL…. Kathy Musker via email (letter)

HEXHAM COURANT SQUIRREL CORRESPONDENCE
Hexham Courant 29.1.09 Protection of red squirrels has sound scientific basis - I READ with disbelief the argument presented in a letter by Angus MacMillan (Courant Letters, January 23). To anthropomorphise and apply human ideas of race and racial segregation to populations of tree-dwelling mammals is frankly ridiculous and has no role to play in reasoned scientific argument… BENJAMIN OWENS, University of York. (letter)
Hexham Courant 29.1.09 Good and bad - DEAR Middle England, why not just pretend the grey squirrels are the ‘goodies’ and the reds are the ‘baddies’ and then you won’t get so upset when you see a grey… NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
Hexham Courant 29.1.09 Self-righteous - THERE have been several letters featured recently in the Hexham Courant that are anti-grey squirrel. I am writing to stress my opinion that such correspondents displayed extremist views that I feel are dangerous… I ask them the question: Why are red squirrels better than grey squirrels? Is it because they are native to this country? Is it because people prefer the colour red to the colour grey? Or is it because you have too much time on your hands and you need something to do?... If the red does become extinct, then fine; the grey was better adapted to its environment, so it is better than the red. Everything becomes extinct eventually. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
Hexham Courant 29.1.09 Squirrel pox - WHILST agreeing with Angus MacMillan (Courant Letters, January 23) about improving the habitat for red squirrels, as is recommended by the Forestry Commission, I cannot understand his views on squirrel pox…. To have any hope of conserving our red squirrel population, both in Northumberland and Scotland, we must do all we can to keep the greys out of these areas. E. MANN, Allendale (letter)
Hexham Courant 22.1.09 The grey squirrels are here to stay - DR WENDY Nicholson’s comments about squirrels wrong on a number of counts (Courant Letters, January 16). There has never been any suggestion that reds interbreed with greys… Any grey squirrel that is deliberately killed is an individual animal born and bred here, so there is a racist element in that members of one race are being slaughtered to promote members of another…. The way to help the red squirrel is to improve and expand its habitat by planting suitable conifers rather than the political fad of wallpapering the countryside with native broadleaves. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Dunbartonshire (letter)
Hexham Courant 15.1.09 Grey menace leaves red squirrels at risk FOR Angus MacMillan to say that the grey squirrel is more victim than villain is ridiculous (Courant, January 9). The grey in its natural habitat of North America is classified as a pest on account of its clearly destructive tendencies. To argue that the classification of a species is purely arbitrary is to misunderstand this concept completely… DR WENDYNICHOLSON, By e-mail (letter)

28.1.09

Scotsman 28.1.09 The black grouse - icon of Scottish birdlife - threatened by wet summer - THE survival of one of Scotland's iconic birds is under threat because of a wet summer. The black grouse, on the UK's Red List of species of conservation concern, has seen its population fall from 25,000 in the 1970s to just 5,000 by 2005… Duncan Orr-Ewing, the head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, said: "Black grouse conservation work involves tremendous co-operation between RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Forestry Commission Scotland, as well as private landowners."… (story)

Midweek Herald 28.1.09 Sea anglers in EU's sights - To all you sea anglers out there, the EU is gunning for you. Not content with the near destruction of the British fishing industry through the imposed, ill-judged 'quota ' system allowing the French, Spanish, etc, to plunder British coastal waters, Joe Borg, EU commissioner for maritime affairs (unelected, of course), plans to force recreational skippers to apply for a licence and for all sea anglers to stop fishing when their quotas have been reached…. When will all this interference end? The answer is, unless we get out of the EU, it won't. The steady destruction of our country will carry on. Peter Chesterman UKIP Axe Valley (letter)

Western Daily Press 28.1.09 Don't blame the loss of calf Bee on badger population - I have great sympathy for Katherine Bigwood at the loss of her calf Bee, but the blame for this loss cannot and should not be placed at the door of the badger population…. When will the farming community realise it is not a scapegoat they require, but an acceptance of the facts? With that will come a means of resolving the problem. Malcolm Clark Wiltshire Badger Group (letter)

27.1.09

Worcester News 27.1.09 It may be a hard and difficult job, but someone has to do it By Sara Pawsey - CONSIDERING she has tackled the formidable fences at both Badminton and Burghley international horse trials four times each, event rider Natasha Wheeler is obviously up for a challenge. But now she is facing possibly her most difficult yet, because the 30-something from Hartlebury, near Stourport-on- Severn, has taken over hunting the Worcestershire Hounds for the rest of the season. This follows a serious injury to the Worcestershire’s professional huntsman Ian Starsmore… In 1993 she joined the joint mastership of the Albrighton Woodland Hunt and served for six seasons... The pack, which is kennelled at Hurcott, near Kidderminster, is now hunted by its master Peter Swann, but when he was injured in a fall last season, Natasha stepped up to carry the horn for two months until he recovered... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 27.1.09 Police probe after attack on gamekeeper in New Forest By Julian Robinson - AN investigation is underway after a New Forest gamekeeper was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head during a confrontation with poachers. Police say the victim approached a silver car in Sowley Lane, East End before one of three occupants knocked him to the ground and launched the vicious assault… (letter)

CLA GAME FAIR
Oxford Mail 27.1.09 Game fair supported despite traffic fears By Chris Kearney - The county’s transport boss has admitted there is no guarantee of avoiding a repeat of last July’s traffic chaos if the CLA Game Fair returns to Blenheim Palace. A report into last summer’s country fair has backed plans to bring the event, which attracted more than 150,000 people, back to Woodstock… (story)
Oxford Mail 26.1.09 Apology over Game Fair chaos By Chris Kearney - A review published this morning into last summer’s controversial CLA Game Fair has backed the event’s return to the county while admitting the traffic chaos it caused was “unacceptable”… (story)

Dundee Courier 27.1.09 This sea angling lunacy must be stopped - Re your article, Sea angling plans ‘ludicrous’, (January 23); this lunacy most be stopped. We must protest at once, but there isn’t much time before the fisheries committee meets. I have already written to my MP, MSP and MEPs. There are 66 members of this committee and their names may be found, with their Email addresses, at the following link: http:// www.europarl.europa.eu/members/expert/committees/ search.do?committee= 2359&language=EN… John A. Dorward. 89 Brechin Road, Arbroath (letter)

Western Morning News 27.1.09 Labour 'ignores rural communities' - MATT CHORLEY - LABOUR ministers are deaf to the countryside and pleas for help during the economic downturn will be ignored, the Tories claim today. New shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert warns of a quiet anger bubbling up in villages across the country which could help decide the result of the next election…. Tory leader David Cameron moved Mr Herbert to the environment, food and rural affairs brief last week… His constituency, Arundel and South Downs, is one of the most rural in the country and he worked for the British Field Sports Society, helping to set up the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Northern Echo 27.1.09 Anti-fur campaigner wins international prize - AN animator from the region has won first prize in an international competition for her film about animal fur fashion. Mair Perkins, right, who grew up in Crook, County Durham, beat 7,000 entrants from around the world with her one-minute animation. The 21-year-old vegetarian, who volunteers for the RSCPA, won the inaugural Design Against Fur award and accompanying $1,000 prize… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 13.1.09 Derby anti-fur campaigner wins international award (with video link) - STUDENT who created a video urging shoppers not to buy clothes made from real fur has won an international contest. Mair Perkins, of Werburgh Street, in Derby, landed first prize in the inaugural Design Against Fur competition, beating hundreds of other entrants from across the globe…. Mair, a vegetarian who volunteers for Derby's RSPCA branch, said: "I was really surprised. I had no idea I would win… Nicki Brooks, director of campaign group Respect for Animals, praised Mair's work… (story)

Guardian 27.1.09 Could a big cat be to blame for death of Olivia the ostrich? - Steven Morris - They are not having too much luck with their ostriches at the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Somerset…. today, keepers at the zoo in Wraxall, near Bristol, are trying to work out what terrible fate has befallen Olivia, one of their two female ostriches. Horrified staff found Olivia very much dead, her head bitten clean off. At first they assumed a tenacious fox had slipped through the deer fence and somehow managed to bring down the 7ft-tall bird. But from the shadows, big cat experts have emerged to suggest that it might just have been one of the wild cats that, some believe, prowl areas of the south-west of England….. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.1.09 Fox attack blamed for zoo ostrich's death - Zookeepers at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm have found Olivia the Ostrich dead after a fox attacked her…. (story)

26.1.09

South Wales Evening Post 26.1.09 Make hunt laws stronger - I WAS encouraged to see the result of a recent poll where 86 per cent of people supported the strengthening of the Hunting Act (2004). I have many years experience of monitoring the activities of bloodsports fanatics and in my experience they have not adapted their hunting activities to comply with legislation… Rob Hughes, Address supplied (letter)

Western Morning News 26.1.09 Scrap 'farcical' fishing plan - MATT CHORLEY - OPPONENTS of controversial plans to force amateur anglers to declare their catches as part of European quotas, have vowed to step up their fight against the "bureaucratic nightmare". It is feared the move to bring the "simple pleasure" of fishing as a hobby under the remit of the Common Fisheries Policy could cost Westcountry ports hundreds of thousands of pounds…. (story)

Huntingdon News & Crier 26.1.09 Finance arm of HLS 'should return to UK' - THE boss of Huntingdon Life Sciences' parent company has said he wants to see the medical research company's financial operations return to the UK after a crackdown on animal rights militants. Andrew Baker, the multi-millionaire chairman and chief executive of Life Sciences Research, said HLS was an "English company" that "shouldn't be based in America"…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 18.1.09 Huntingdon Life Sciences to move back to UK after crackdown on animal rights militants - Huntingdon Life Sciences, the medical research company subjected to a violent campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists, is planning to relocate back to Britain, eight years after it was forced abroad. by Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter - The move comes after police success in targeting and jailing those responsible for a ten-year hate campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), its 1,700 staff and its customers. Seven leading Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) activists will be sentenced tomorrow for their part in a campaign of violence and intimidation. Police sources estimate that after the sentencing up to three quarters of the most violent activists will be behind bars. They suspect there are only about 20 to 25 Shac activists willing to risk imprisonment for their cause… (story)

Scotsman 26.1.09 Science and morality - Paul Browne (Letters, 23 January) is right to point out that research involving experimental animals "should be tightly regulated", but for many years, this has not been the case…. (DR) DAVID PURVES, Strathalmond Road, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 23.1.09 Animal research needed - Michelle Thew (Letters, 19 January) makes serious allegations concerning the proposed revision of animal research regulations in Europe. The proposed changes will bring regulation in Europe up to UK standards, where strict animal welfare rules are enforced by Home Office inspectors, who can visit any facility without warning… PAUL BROWNE, Pro-Test Oxford (letter)

Leicester Mercury 26.1.09 Question of law - G A Wright (Mailbox, January 5) tells us that the way halal products are produced is illegal under British law (not stunning the animal at slaughter). What is the opinion of the RSPCA and PDSA?... Ted Humphreys, Countesthorpe (letter)

Independent 26.1.09 UK accused of 'racism' towards invaders from across the pond By Ian Johnston - "Save the aliens!" is the cry – and an unusual one too… In a new book, however, a leading historian argues this "culturally-determined" idea of native and non-native species is fundamentally flawed, and calls attempts to preserve the genetic identity of British wildlife "quasi-racist". Professor Christopher Smout, Scotland's Historiographer Royal and the founder of the Institute for Environmental History at St Andrews University, said species needing conservation should receive it regardless of "ethnicity"… (story)
Independent 26.1.09 Leading article: Ruddy ridiculous? - Are we "quasi-racist" towards so-called alien bird and animal species? Professor Christopher Smout thinks we are, and says it is time that we re-examined the dogma, upheld by groups such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that many non-native species deserve to be eradicated… Conservation groups disagree, but there is no doubt that old assumptions about the desirability of keeping native species "pure" are now being questioned, and rightly so… (story)

Belfast News Letter 26.1.09 Assembly to debate a ban on circuses - THE Assembly will debate a potential ban on animal circuses as part of the Agriculture Minister's review of welfare legislation. East Belfast councillor and MLA Robin Newton claimed that there will be 50 wild animals in circuses across Northern Ireland as the debate in the Assembly takes place on Monday… (story)

Northern Echo 26.1.09 Animal slaughter - WITH regard to your report about the four children escaping a ban by Teesside Youth Court on keeping pets after being accused of butchering more than 100 animals on an allotment at Guisborough… These “children” have been treated far too leniently by the court when one considers their mindless, evil actions and the suffering they have caused to defenceless creatures…. C Constance, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 24.1.09 Exterminate all the boar! - The Forest’s wild boar face being wiped off the map as district councillors fear the spiralling population is putting safety and tourism at risk. A task group, which will report to full council, was launched last night when it emerged a contraceptive technique to control the population was at least 10 years away. The boar, which have caused eight road accidents since April, are destroying grassland and verges and attacking cattle and horses…. (story)

25.1.09

Sunday Express 25.1.09 PLAN FOR 'PENSIONER POWER' TO HELP TACKLE RISING TIDE OF CRIME By Ted Jeory and Jane Clinton - A DRIVE is being launched to recruit an army of civilian volunteers to tackle crime in rural areas and halt police station closures. MPs want to see a recruitment campaign aimed at retired folk with time on their hands to be the “eyes and ears” of hard-pressed police… Countryside Alliance spokeswoman Chloe Finch said: “Crime in rural areas is a real issue…. (story)

24.1.09

Exeter Express & Echo 24.1.09 Poll shows time for Act to be tightened - IT was very encouraging to see the results of the Points of view poll asking whether the Hunting Act should be strengthened. A result of 86 per cent supporting a strengthening of the Act shows that the general public is well aware of the present situation, which is one of widespread illegal hunting taking place throughout the countryside… Penny Little, Hunt Monitors' Association, Oxfordshire (by email) (letter)

Horse & Hound 24.1.09 Preparing for repeal of the Hunting Act - Abi Butcher, H&H news editor - With the latest opinion polls putting the Conservative Party's lead over Labour at 13 points, supporters of hunting could be forgiven for thinking the repeal of the Hunting Act is a done deal. But last week, after a meeting of hunting's repeal committee on 14 January, the message was although the hunting community must continue to prepare for repeal, they must do so quietly…. The committee chairman, shadow justice secretary Edward Garnier QC, told H&H: "We can't expect the public to be particularly interested in the Hunting Act right now,… Vote-OK, the lobbying group … has produced a DVD, which is being sent to UK hunts this week, to raise awareness of Vote-OK and the case for repeal… Mr Garnier added that Tory leader David Cameron's promise to offer a free vote on hunting still stands. "There isn't a Conservative Party manifesto to overturn the hunting ban, but there is a promise to allow government time for a free vote," he said. (story)

23.1.09

Darlington & Stockton Times 23.1.09 Syndicate wins trophy for grey partridge work - A SMALL part-time shooting syndicate in County Durham has been rewarded for its work in boosting rare grey partridge numbers. The Rookhope Syndicate, which manages 2,000 acres of moorland in Weardale, has been awarded the 2008 Durham and Northern Dales Grey Patridge Group Trophy. Judges from the Game & Wildlife Trust praised the huge management effort of the three part-time keepers – Geoff Oliver, Lenny Willis and George Hopper…. (story)

Dundee Courier 23.1.09 Sea angling plans ‘ludicrous’ - “LUDICROUS” EU proposals to regulate recreational sea angling could cost the Scottish economy millions of pounds in revenue, it has been claimed. Ian Burrett, of the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN), says the new rules being considered by EU Commissioners could destroy sea angling and have a huge impact on livelihoods…. Scots MEPs have received hundreds of Emails from angry fisherman calling for the recommendations to be overturned…. The SSACN is liaising with MEP Struan Stevenson, who is heading the drive to overturn the proposals….. (story)

Independent 23.1.09 Joanna Lumley: Make a pledge to protect our pigs - Some years ago, as patron of Compassion in World Farming, I was asked to entertain an eight-week-old piglet at my house… Not all pigs are so lucky, but they are all as inherently bright and joyful as Babe. So it is appalling to think of how we treat her intensively-reared cousins… Let's all make a pig promise today. Let's promise to do our best to achieve a decent quality of life for each and every one of them. I will – and I hope you will too (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 23.1.09 Think of plane crash animals - I was happy when I heard all passengers and crew escaped unharmed in the Hudson River plane crash. Please spare a thought for all the animals that were probably in its cargo hold… ROBERT MASSEY Willoughby Court Lenton (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 23.1.09 Naked woman to protest against fur trade - A NOTTINGHAM woman is to take part in a protest against the fur trade - by laying in the street naked. Katherine Klemm, 26, will join around 100 people in stripping off in Barcelona on Sunday as part of protest organised by Spanish animal welfare group AnimaNaturalis and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)…. (story)

Scottish Herald 23.1.09 Nuts for greys - I was in Glasgow the other morning, sitting at a set of traffic lights at a busy three-lane intersection… Before the lights changed, a grey squirrel crossed the lanes in front of me on to the central reservation…. The front three cars immediately stopped to allow it to cross to safety. People love squirrels and those random motorists show that there is not a general will to harm them despite the continuing efforts of so-called conservationists to demonise them in the eyes of the public… Angus Macmillan, Dunbartonshire. (letter)

22.1.09

LEDBURY HAYES GOLDEN BUTTON CHALLENGE
Western Daily Press 22.1.09 Ledbury's hedges sort out golden challengers - Local rider James Ridley was on course to win the Hayes Golden Button Challenge held near Tewkesbury on Saturday, when he was catapulted off at the penultimate fence. World Wide Web met the fence wrong, pitched on landing, and tipped 19-year-old James to the ground. The pair were reunited when James vaulted back on and the pair went on to finish a close second behind Leicestershire-based Patrick Millington and Treble Trouble…. (story)
Hereford Journal 21.1.09 Hammond’s in the wars again - Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is hobbling around on crutches after being taken for a ride… Ledbury Hunt master David Redvers said it was the first time Hammond had been on a horse since he took riding lessons to join members of the hunt to chase co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson… (story)
Horse & Hound 20.1.09 Top Gear's Richard Hammond unable to ride in Golden Button - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond had to watch the Hayes Golden Button Challenge from the sidelines last weekend (17 January) as he nursed bruises after falling from a horse. Richard, 39, was due to take part in the 3-mile steeplechase in Gloucestershire but a fall just days before the race left him on crutches and unable to ride…. (story)
Telegraph 20.1.09 Richard Hammond injured in horse fall - Top Gear host Richard Hammond is hobbling around on crutches after another high-speed accident – falling off a horse…. Saturday's accident forced him to pull out of the Hayes Golden Button Challenge in Tirley, Glos., which he watched from the sidelines with the aid of a crutch. Ledbury Hunt master David Redvers, who organised the annual event, said: "He was trying out a horse locally when he fell off it and hurt his backside…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 20.1.09 Richard Hammond in horse fall - Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in the wars again after saddling up for a test drive without a seatbelt. The presenter, 39, who famously survived a 288-mph smash in a dragster car in September 2006, has now been hurt after a horse he was test riding became spooked… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 19.1.09 Hobbling Hammond cries off hunt race after fall - Daredevil Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is in the wars again after saddling up for a test drive without a seatbelt. The presenter who famously survived a 288-mph smash in a high-speed dragster car in September 2006, has now been hurt after a horse he was test riding became spooked… Fans were shocked when Hammond turned up on crutches to start the Ledbury Hunt's Hayes Golden Button Challenge on crutches on Saturday. He and wife Mindy, a keen horsewoman, had been expected to take part in the three-mile cross country, steeple chase over 24 hedges along the banks of the River Severn… (story)
Horse & Hound 27.12.08 Richard Hammond to start the ` - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond will start the Ledbury Hunt's Hayes Golden Button Challenge on New Year's Eve. Hammond first got involved with the Ledbury earlier this year, when he rode in a mock hunt, pursuing fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson who was in a four-wheel drive vehicle…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 22.1.09 Letter from Justin Kerswell - LIZ Brackenbury’s article Dec 31 ‘Hunt down the real truth about issues’ raises interesting questions about our relationships with animals. There can be no doubt that the hunting of foxes is a cruel and thoroughly barbaric form of entertainment, and its ban was long overdue…. The anger over hunting is understandable, but I hope people will extend that compassion to all creatures. The best way to end the suffering of animals is to go veggie… (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 16.1.09 letter from Mike spry - I LARGELY agree with the letter from Andrew Day SA Jan 6. I too found the headline on Liz Brackenbury’s article Dec 31 ‘Hunt down the real truth about issues’ a real eye catcher, until I read the article. As a boy in Northumberland during the 1950s I was taken to many a hunt and I recall the fantastic spectacle of horses and dogs flashing across the countryside…. At my last hunt we had managed to predict where the fox could be caught and we were there just after the kill… No Liz, hunting with dogs is not efficient, not humane and nothing like setting a mousetrap. I shall keep my opinions to myself as to why people participate in this macabre ritual, but humane it is not. And the practice of ‘blooding’ young children just left me speechless. I never attended another hunt. MIKE SPRY Mayfield Nythe Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 5.1.09 Letter from Andrew Day - I HOPE Liz Brackenbury's next article will be more balanced than her recent one on hunting. Having condemned sensationalist propaganda, Ms Brackenbury goes on to describe the alleged violence of anti-hunt protesters. Yet she completely overlooks the brutality of hunt supporters… However, credit where it is due. Liz Brackenbury rightly alludes to the desperate cruelty suffered by animals bred for food. Also her article inspired me to send a donation to the League Against Cruel Sports to support its courageous struggle to eliminate the abuse of animals in the name of sport. ANDREW DAY Bydemill Gardens Highworth Swindon (letter)

Independent 22.1.09 Horrible cruelty of bloodsports - The recent attack on a cat by a pack of hunting hounds in Wexford is another shocking reminder that hunts pose a deadly threat not only to wildlife but also to pets… Philip Kiernan, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)

Argus 22.1.09 Red tape for sea anglers in Sussex By Andy Tate, Parliamentary Correspondent - Sea anglers could be forced to record everything they catch turning a popular hobby into a laborious form-filling exercise under new EU plans. The policy, designed to protect vulnerable species offt he South Coast, will mean the controversial quota system will be applied to all sea anglers for the first time… Recreational anglers hit out at the proposals, saying they would be a waste of time and would be difficult to enforce. Greg Brownrigg, who lives in Worthing and fishes out of Shoreham, claimed some recreational rod and liners caught up to 250 cod a day, while he and his commercial colleagues had been banned from catching any cod for many months… (story)

OPERATION ACHILLES – WINCHESTER TRIAL OF NICHOLSON, MEDD-HALL, SELBY, WADHAM, HOLMES
Aberdeen Press & Journal 22.1.09 Mother vows to stand by animal-activist daughter By ryan crighton - The mother of an animal-rights activist has vowed to stand by her daughter after she was jailed for taking part in a terror campaign against companies linked to a testing laboratory. Peterhead-born Gerrah Selby was jailed for four years at Winchester Crown Court yesterday after being convicted of conspiracy to blackmail… Last night Selby’s mother, Deanne, who was brought up in the north-east, said she would stand by her daughter…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 22.1.09 Judge tells jailed activists: you would be misplaced as martyrs By Ryan Crighton - Police and government ministers last night welcomed the imprisonment of seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to an animal testing laboratory…. Sentencing, Mr Justice Butterfield said Shac was “a hypocritical scam” which hid its true intention of terrorising companies and their staff who had links with HLS…. Home Officer Minister Alan Campbell said: “The government will continue to stand up to animal rights extremism and protect those targeted by it…. (story)
Independent 22.1.09 Jail for 'urban terror' animal rights activists - Seven animal rights activists who waged a campaign of "urban terrorism" against companies with links to the animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close it have been jailed for between four and 11 years at Winchester Crown Court… (story)
Mirror 22.1.09 Animal nuts sent to jail - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed firms to try to close down an animal testing lab were yesterday jailed for up to 11 years…. (story)
Times 22.1.09 Jail for animal rights extremists who waged six-year blackmail campaign - Fran Yeoman - Seven animal rights extremists who waged a campaign of blackmail and intimidation, seeking to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences, were jailed yesterday… (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 22.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed - Seven animal rights activists who targeted companies - including a Preston firm - linked to an animal testing lab have been jailed for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Financial Times 22.1.09 Tough sentences for animal rights extremists - The ringleaders of a group of British extremists who led a lengthy campaign of intimidation against companies and individuals involved in animal testing were sentenced to jail terms of up to 11 years on Wednesday for conspiracy to blackmail… Karen Gardner, from the Institute of Animal Technology, said: ”The sentences today are a massive step forward when compared to the history of prosecutions of animal rights extremists… (story)
Cambridge News 22.1.09 Animal activists jailed for campaign of terror - SEVEN animal rights activists have been jailed after targeting a Cambridge businessman during a "merciless" blackmail campaign against companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences… MP Jonathan Djanogly said: "I share a huge sense of relief along with hundreds of my constituents who will be feeling much safer knowing these violent extremists are behind bars…. (story)
News Scientist 22.1.09 Brits jailed but animal rights activism rising in US by Andy Coghlan - Seven of the UK's most active animal rights extremists were jailed on Wednesday, receiving sentences of up to 11 years. "These sentences signal the end of the long dark era of animal rights extremism," said Simon Festing of the pro-research organisation, Understanding Animal Research…. (story)
Pharma Times 22.1.09 Jail for activists who tried to close down HLS - Seven animal rights activists who intimidated customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences by blackmailing them have been jailed in the UK for between four and 11 years…. By Kevin Grogan (story)
Independent 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed for blackmail By Martin Halfpenny, PA - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab were today jailed for between four and 11 years… Sentencing the activists at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Justice Butterfield called the campaign "urban terrorism" and a "relentless, sustained and merciless persecution" which had made the victims lives "a living hell"…. Heather Nicholson, from Eversley in Hampshire, received 11 years after she was convicted of conspiracy to blackmail at a trial last year. Gregg Avery and his wife Natasha, also from Eversley, received nine years because they pleaded guilty to the charge. Medd-Hall, from Croydon, south London, who was convicted at the same trial as Nicholson, received eight years. Wadham, from Bromley, south-east London, was sentenced to five years after he was convicted last year. Selby, from Chiswick, west London, who was convicted of the charge at the same trial as the others, received four years, and Amos from Church Crookham, Hants, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail, received four years… The judge also gave indefinite Anti Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) to Gregg and Natasha Avery, Nicholson and Medd-Hall, banning them from travelling to the firms targeted in the campaign. The others received the same Asbos but for five years…. (story)
Times 21.1.09 Jail for animal rights extremists who waged six-year blackmail campaign - FRAN YEOMAN - Seven animal rights extremists who waged a six-year campaign of blackmail and harrassment in a bid to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) were jailed for between 11 and four years today. Gregg Avery, the 41-year-old founder and mastermind of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), was sentenced to nine years while his wife Natasha, 39, and ex-wife Heather Nicholson, 41, who helped him establish the campaign in 1999, were imprisoned for nine and 11 years respectively. Four other members of the SHAC hierarchy received jail terms of between eight and four years for their parts in the conspiracy…. Passing sentence, Mr Justice Butterfield described the group as "urban terrorists"…. He added: "You are not going to prison for your beliefs, you are not going to prison for expressing your beliefs, you are going to prison because each of you has committed a very serious criminal offence…. (story)
Guardian 21.1.09 Court jails Huntingdon animal test lab blackmailers - Owen Bowcott - Seven animal rights activists who tried to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences by blackmailing companies linked to the animal testing laboratory were jailed today for between four and 11 years… (story)
BBC News Online 21.1.09 Animal rights campaigners jailed - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to an animal testing laboratory have been jailed for between four and 11 years. They used paedophile smears, criminal damage and bomb hoaxes to intimidate companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridgeshire. Heather Nicholson, Gerrah Selby, Daniel Wadham and Gavin Medd-Hall were found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail. Gregg and Natasha Avery, of Hampshire, and Daniel Amos admitted the charge. Winchester Crown Court heard that during a six-year campaign members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) falsely claimed managers of the companies were paedophiles…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed for blackmailing companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences - SEVEN animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to an animal testing lab were today jailed for between four and 11 years… (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed for 'terrorist' campaign - SEVEN animal rights activists who blackmailed companies - including one run by a Ribble Valley man - linked to an animal testing lab have been jailed for between four and 11 years… Bill Denison, who lives in Bolton-by-Bowland, gave evidence during the trial at Winchester Crown Court about how grafitti was daubed on his home labelling him a murderer and that he was called a paedophile…(story)
Hunts Post 21.1.09 Animal rights protesters jailed after Huntingdon Life Sciences campaign - SEVEN animal rights campaigners have been jailed after they subjected the employees of businesses linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) to years of abuse…. (story)
Basingstoke Gazette 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed - A TRIO of animal rights activists from north Hampshire have been jailed after using blackmail in an attempt to close down an animal testing lab. Heather Nicholson, of Eversley, near Hook, was a founder member of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) - an organisation which arranged attacks on firms and their staff across the UK and Europe with links to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The firm ran an animal laboratory in Cambridge. Along with Gregg and Natasha Avery, also of Eversley, Nicholson masterminded the six-year international conspiracy between 2001 and 2007. They were assisted by computer expert Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, who researched the victims for Shac, and three "foot soldiers", Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, and Daniel Amos, 22. During a ten-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, jurors heard that all seven were involved in the conspiracy, based at a bungalow near Hook…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 21.1.09 Jail for Croydon animal rights blackmailer - An animal rights activist has been jailed for eight years for blackmailing companies linked to an animal testing laboratory. Gavin Medd-Hall, of Selwood Road, Addiscombe, was one of seven campaigners who intimidated companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire… This afternoon, at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Justice Butterfield sentenced 45-year-old Med-Hall to eight years imprisonment…. (story)
Cambridge News 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab were today jailed for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Daily Mail 21.1.09 Animals rights activists jailed for reign of terror aimed at testing laboratory - Seven animal rights fanatics who pursued a terror campaign against a laboratory which used animals in experiments were today jailed for between four and 11 years… Mastermind of a twisted cult and his disciples… In terms of his determination to achieve his aims, he compares himself to Nelson Mandela. And he boasts that he is ready to die for the cause. Former associates describe him as a cult leader who brainwashes idealistic but naive middle-class teenagers. For many years Greg Avery has run a string of brutally effective terror campaigns against animal testing firms around the country… He became a full-time activist and met his first wife Heather Nicholson, the daughter of a lecturer, in 1994 at a Coventry airport protest against the export of live animals for slaughter… The public schoolgirl… Gerrah Selby was one of a group of middle-class youngsters who abandoned promising lives to become leading figures in Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. The talented 20-year-old turned down a place to study zoology at Edinburgh University after being groomed by leader Greg Avery… On one demonstration last year she yelled at workers: 'You're not going to be laughing when your children are screaming at night.' Other middle-class recruits included Daniel Amos, 22, whose father was a building society manager and his mother, Janet, worked as a bank clerk… Another of Avery's disciples was Daniel Wadham… Police believe he was being groomed to take over Shac when he was jailed in 2006 with Natasha Avery and Heather Nicholson for attacking a family - including a pensioner - for having a pro-hunting sticker on their car. After his release he moved to Wales where he set up a vegan erotica shop selling items such as hemp whips. The business failed… (story)
Express 21.1.09 JAIL FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab have been jailed for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Channel 4 21.1.09 Huntingdon activists jailed - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences have been jailed for between four and 11 years… (story)
Yateley News & Mail 21.1.09 Animal rights extremists jailed - Seven animal rights activists who tried to shut down a research laboratory by blackmailing companies they believed were working with it have been jailed for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Sun 21.1.09 Urban terrorists behind bars SICK animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences were jailed today…. The conspiracy leaders, Gregg Avery, 41, Natasha Avery, 39, and Heather Nicholson, 41, were founder members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac)…. They were assisted by computer expert Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, who researched the victims for Shac, and three “foot soldiers”, Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, and Daniel Amos, 22. Sentencing the activists at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Justice Butterfield called the campaign “urban terrorism”…. (story)
Metro 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed for blackmail - Seven animal rights activists who made workers at a testing lab 'hell' with paedophile slurs and hoax bomb parcels have been jailed… (story)
Evening Standard 21.1.09 Huntingdon Life saboteurs jailed for 'urban terrorism' - Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent - SEVEN animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to shut it down were jailed today for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Police Oracle 21.1.09 Test Lab Blackmailers Jailed - The conspiracy to blackmail charges were bought as part of the international police investigation Operation Achilles... The conspiracy to blackmail charges were bought against the seven as a result of an international police investigation known as Operation Achilles, which targeted criminal activity associated with animal rights extremism culminating in the arrests of 32 people in May 2007…. (story)
AFP (via Google) 21.1.09 Court jails animal rights activists - Seven animal rights activists who conducted a six-year campaign against companies with links to an animal testing laboratory in Cambridge were on Wednesday sentenced to between four and 11 years in prison… (story)
Reuters 21.1.09 Animal rights activists jailed for blackmail - Seven British animal rights activists who blackmailed companies across Europe that supplied medical research firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) received jail terms of up to 11 years on Wednesday…. (Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison) (story)
Sky News 21.1.09 Animal Rights Activists Jailed - Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences have been jailed for between four and 11 years…. (story)
Sky News 20.1.09 Sentencing For Animal Activists - Animal rights activists who led a six-year international campaign against firms linked to a testing laboratory face sentencing today… (story)
Scottish Herald 20.1.09 Animal rights blackmailers to be given sentences tomorrow - The sentencing of seven animal rights activists, who waged a six-year international campaign to target firms that had links with Huntingdon Life Sciences, started yesterday. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, were last month convicted at Winchester Crown Court of conspiracy to blackmail between 2001 and 2007. Three other people - Gregg Avery, 41, Natasha Avery, 39 and Daniel Amos, 22 - previously pleaded guilty to the blackmail charge…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 19.1.09 Addiscombe animal rights activist facing jail for blackmail plot - An animal rights activist is due to be sentenced today for blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gavin Medd-Hall, of Selwood Road, Addiscombe, was part of a seven strong gang who orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Press Association (via Google) 19.1.09 Sentencing of animal activists - Seven animal rights activists are due to be sentenced for blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Heather Nicholson, 41, from Eversley, in Hampshire, alongside Gerrah Selby, 20, from Chiswick, west London, Daniel Wadham, 21, of Bromley, south-east London, and Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, from Croydon, south London, orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court heard…. (story)
Hampshire News & Mail 19.1.09 Animal rights activists due to be sentenced - Seven animal rights activists involved in a “systematic and relentless” blackmail campaign against firms they believed to be working with an animal testing laboratory are due to be sentenced… (story)
Croydon Guardian 19.1.09 Croydon and Chiswick animal activists due for sentencing over Huntingdon Life Sciences supplier blackmail - Seven animal rights activists - including one from Croydon and another from Chiswick - are due to be sentenced for blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, from Chiswick and Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, from Croydon along with Heather Nicholson, 41, from Eversley, in Hampshire, Daniel Wadham, 21, of Bromley orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court heard…. (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 20.1.09 Ribble Valley man's 'nightmare' at hands of animal rights extremists By Charlotte Bradshaw - A BUSINESSMAN has told of his “living nightmare” after his home and company were targeted by animal rights extremists. Extremists targeted Bill Denison's Ribble Valley home with graffiti labelling him a murderer, claimed he was a paedophile and set off klaxon horns and fireworks over his house in the Bolton-By-Bowland countryside… (story)
Longridge & Riddle Valley News 7.1.09 Bowland man's 'living hell' at hands of animal rights group - A BUSINESSMAN whose family, home and company were targeted by animal rights extremists has spoken of the nightmare campaign against him. The extremists targeted Bill Denison's workplace with a hoax bomb, posted letters to his neighbours claiming he was a paedophile, daubed graffiti labelling him a murderer close to his home, and set off klaxon horns and fireworks over his house in the Bowland countryside… (story)
Garstang Courier 7.1.09 Garstang man's 'living hell' at hands of animal rights group - A BUSINESSMAN whose family, home and company were targeted by animal rights extremists has spoken of the nightmare campaign against him… (story)
Essex Chronicle/Gazette 31.12.08 Undefined Headline - Anna Edwards - AN ANIMAL rights activist from Addiscombe has been convicted with three others of orchestrating a blackmail campaign against firms that supplied an animal testing research centre. Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, from Selwood Road, along with Heather Nicholson, 41, of Hampshire; Gerrah Selby, 20, of Chiswick, Daniel Wadham, 21, of Bromley; used paedophile smears, criminal damage and bomb hoaxes during a six-year campaign to intimidate companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridgeshire… (story)
Sunday Times 28.12.08 All passion misspent: when teen rebels go to extremes - Daisy Goodwin - I wonder how many parents of idealistic children shuddered over their mince pies when they heard the story of 20-year-old Gerrah Selby, the attractive middle-class girl who fell in with Greg Avery, evangelical leader of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)…. Selby is now awaiting sentence for blackmail and, whatever you think of the ALF and its methods, it seems a terrible waste of a life that had just begun… (story)
Daily Post 24.12.08 By LESLEY RICHARDSON by John Williams, Daily Post - FOUR animals rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty yesterday of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Guardian 24.12.08 The right to use animals - Fighting the criminal fringe is not enough – people need to be informed that animal research is ethical and necessary - Ed Owen - The rights of those whose lives rely on advances in medical treatments have been considerably strengthened by the latest conviction of extremists prepared to use tactics of terror and intimidation against those associated with animal research. Yet tackling the criminal fringe is not, in itself, enough to protect the vital work going on to cure disease and reduce human suffering… (story)
Scotsman 24.12.08 Animal rights activists convicted over laboratory hate campaign By Lesley Richardson - FOUR animal rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty yesterday of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007. All five denied conspiracy to blackmail but Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson were found guilty at Winchester Crown Court. Holmes was cleared of the charge… (story)
Yorkshire Post 24.12.08 Animal rights fanatics face jail for blackmail campaign - Four animals rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign between 2001 and 2007. All five denied conspiracy to blackmail but Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson were found guilty yesterday at Winchester Crown Court. Holmes was cleared of the charge…. (story)
Mirror 24.12.08 Animal rights terrorists found guilty - Four animal rights activists were found guilty yesterday of a six-year reign of terror against firms that supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Financial Times 24.12.08 Activists face jail in Huntingdon case By Andrew Jack - Seven people at the centre of a long-running campaign of intimidation against corporate animal testing each face up to 14 years in jail after guilty verdicts at Winchester Crown Court were announced on Tuesday… (story)
Police Oracle 24.12.08 Animal Extremists 'Like Organised Crime Gang' - Detetectives who snared Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmailers said group was set up like organised crime gang... From the picturesque Hampshire village of Eversley, seven extremists plotted one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the Animal Liberation Front. It spread from meetings around the log fire in an English country cottage to Surrey, Kent, Sussex, and on to Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and the US, stoked by the belief that the work carried out by Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal research laboratory, had to be stopped at all costs… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 24.12.08 Four animal-rights activists who blackmailed companies face jail By Lesley Richardson - Four animals-rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being convicted yesterday of blackmailing companies that supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign from 2001 to 2007. All five denied conspiracy to blackmail but Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson were found guilty at Winchester Crown Court. Holmes was cleared of the charge. One of the jurors refused to be seen in court while the verdict was announced after 33 hours and 48 minutes of deliberation…. (story)
Sun 24.12.08 Stop or we will give you Aids By JAMES CLENCH - SICK animal rights activists threatened to STAB people with needles and give them Aids in a seven-year campaign of terror.Innocent men were branded paedophiles and hoax letter bombs were sent in a bid to scare firms into severing links with animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Independent 24.12.08 Animal rights four guilty of terror spree By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor - Four animal rights activists face prison sentences after being found guilty of orchestrating a blackmail and terror campaign intended to close down the Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) testing centre in Cambridgeshire…. (story)
Guardian 24.12.08 Campaigns, protests and prison terms: how activists formed militant cell - Heather Nicholson - She was raised in Wales, and joined the animal rights movement as a 26-year-old in the mid-1990s when she went to a protest against live animal exports…. Greg Avery - Established Shac in 1999 with his current wife Natasha Avery and former wife Heather Nicholson, both committed animal rights activists… Daniel Wadham, 21 - Joined Shac in mid-2005 and was taken under the wing of Heather Nicholson… Kim Gerrah Selby, 20 - Selby is half-French and joined Shac in the middle of 2006…. Daniel Amos, 22 - He was Selby's boyfriend for a while, and they shared a room in a house in Church Crookham, Hampshire…. (story)
Guardian 24.12.08 The victim: how an indirect connection to Huntingdon Life Sciences made one man an ALF target - William Denison says what happened to his family at the hands of ALF extremists was like "Chinese water torture". He is managing director of F2 Chemicals, a company which did not deal directly with HLS but is owned by a Japanese glass firm that had links to it. He was picked out as a legitimate target…. (story)
Guardian 24.12.08 Animal rights extremists still targeting lab - Sandra Laville, crime correspondent - Animal rights activists are continuing a campaign of threats and intimidation against scores of companies linked to the controversial animal research laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences, despite a £3.5m police undercover sting which will put key extremists behind bars… (story)
Guardian 24.12.08 Targeted firm forced to hide share trading - Chris Tryhorn - Despite yesterday's conviction of four animal rights activists, Huntingdon Life Sciences still takes extraordinary precautions to continue trading…. (story)
Times 24.12.08 The £1m hate campaign paid for by high street collections - Fran Yeoman - In the nine years since the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign began, millions of people have walked past its stalls on Britain’s high streets. Paraded before a nation of animal lovers, the posters depicting haunted creatures in global research laboratories helped to bring around £1 million in donations to SHAC’s collection buckets and bank account… (story)
Times 24.12.08 Extremists face long jail sentences after blackmail conviction - Fran Yeoman - Four animal rights extremists involved in a six-year hate campaign against people and companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) each face up to 14 years in jail after being convicted of conspiracy to blackmail…. (story)
Scottish Herald 24.12.08 Four animal rights activists found guilty of blackmail - BRIAN DONNELLY - Four animals rights activists were found guilty yesterday of blackmailing companies who supplied a controversial animal testing research laboratory. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were alleged to have orchestrated the campaign which ran against firms linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridge between 2001 and 2007…. (story)
Telegraph 23.12.08 Animal rights activists convicted of six-year blackmail campaign - Seven animals rights activists have been convicted of a "violent and relentless" campaign of blackmail against a laboratory's suppliers in which they branded directors "paedophiles" and attacked their families By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent - The militants, who included three women, targeted scores of victims over a six year period and attempted to force the closure of animal testing firm Huntington Life Sciences. Hoax bombs and sanitary towels allegedly contaminated with HIV were sent to companies that did business with the Cambridgeshire based research laboratory in an attempt to create a "climate of fear"…. (story)
Kent News 23.12.08 Animal rights extremist 'conspired to blackmail' - AN ANIMAL rights extremist from Kent was among four found guilty of orchestrating a blackmail campaign against suppliers of a research laboratory. Daniel Wadham, 21, from Bromley, was a member of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), which used paedophile smears, criminal damage and bomb hoaxes to intimidate companies associated with the Cambridgeshire-based Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Sky News 23.12.08 Animal Rights Activists Guilty - Mark White, home affairs correspondent - A group of animal rights activists has been found guilty of blackmail in a trial which police claim has "taken the heart out of animal rights extremism in the UK". Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, aged 45, and 41-year-old Heather Nicholson orchestrated the campaign against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. .. (story)
Press Association via Google 23.12.08 Four activists guilty of blackmail - Four animals rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007. All five denied conspiracy to blackmail but Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson were found guilty at Winchester Crown Court. Holmes was cleared of the charge. One of the jurors refused to be seen in court while the verdict was announced after 33 hours and 48 minutes of deliberation…. (story)
Bloomberg 23.12.08 U.K. Animal Rights Activists Convicted of Blackmail (Update1) By Thomas Penny - Four U.K. animal rights activists were convicted today of blackmail for running a campaign of intimidation against companies and individuals with links to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a unit of Life Sciences Research Inc… (story)
BBC News Online 23.12.08 Activists guilty of hate campaign - Four animal rights activists have been convicted of orchestrating a blackmail campaign against firms that supplied an animal testing research centre… (story)
BBC News Online 23.12.08 Animal activists' climate of fear By Nigel Pankhurst - A group of animal rights activists waged a six-year blackmail campaign with the aim of shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). But their targets were not the Cambridgeshire-based animal research laboratory itself - instead they created a climate of fear among businesses that had links with HLS…. (story)
Times 23.12.08 Animal rights extremists guilty of campaign to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences - Fran Yeoman - Seven animal rights extremists who subjected scores of victims to a “climate of fear” have been convicted of co-ordinating a six-year campaign of blackmail and menaces to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Times 23.12.08 Businessman received bomb threats and paedophile claims from animal rights extremists - Fran Yeoman - For William Denison, managing director of F2 Chemicals, being a SHAC target was like “Chinese water torture”…. (story)
Times 23.12.08 Profiles: the seven animal rights extremists who waged hate campaign - The seven found guilty of blackmail campaign to stop Huntingdon Life Sciences - Fran Yeoman - Gregg and Natasha Avery – Gregg Avery, the 41-year-old founder and mastermind of SHAC, has been involved in animal rights protesting since he was a teenager… Heather Nicholson - Nicholson, who was raised in Wales, is former nanny who got her first taste of animal rights protesting during the campaigns against live veal exports in the mid-1990s… Daniel Wadham - Sources close to the investigation believe that Wadham, 21, was being groomed for a leadership role at the heart of SHAC for a year from the summer of 2005… Gerrah Selby - Selby is Scottish-born and spent four years living in the south of France as a teenager… Daniel Amos - The 22-year-old has been in custody since pleading guilty to conspiracy to blackmail on July 30 and since then he has used his MySpace page to request donations to fund his vegan lifestyle in prison via his MySpace page… (story)
CPS 23.12.08 Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmail plotters guilty - The conviction of seven animal rights activists for threatening and intimidating people and companies that they suspected were associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) marks the end of a prolonged and sustained campaign of threats, intimidation and damage to property, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reviewing lawyer Alastair Nisbet said today….(story)
Metro 23.12.08 Four activists guilty of blackmail - Four animals rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007… (story) br>Metro 23.12.08 The activists' targets - Instead of targeting the animal testing company directly, leaders of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) decided to target its suppliers to make it impossible for HLS to operate….(story)
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 23.12.08 Animal rights activist cleared over blackmail - AN ANIMAL rights activist has been cleared of trying to blackmail companies who supplied a controversial science group. Trevor Holmes, 51, from Newcastle, was alleged to be a senior member of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), which protested against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Reuters 23.12.08 Four animal rights activists guilty of blackmail - Four British animal rights activists were found guilty on Tuesday of blackmailing companies which supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a firm that conducts tests on animals. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, were accused of orchestrating a campaign of blackmail against the Cambridgeshire-based company between 2001 and 2007, the Press Association reported. Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson denied the charges but were found guilty at Winchester Crown Court…. (story)
Inthenews 23.12.08 Animal rights activists guilty of blackmail - Four animal rights activists have been found guilty of blackmailing companies supplying the animal testing research centre Huntingdon Life Sciences today. Gerrah Selby, 20, from Hampshire, Daniel Wadham, 21, from Aberdare, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, both from Surrey, are all members of the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and were accused of engaging in a campaign of intimidation between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Guardian 23.12.08 From a Hampshire cottage, animal rights extremists plotted campaign of violence - Detetectives who snared Huntingdon Life Sciences blackmailers said group was set up like organised crime gang - Sandra Laville, crime correspondent - From the picturesque Hampshire village of Eversley, seven extremists plotted one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the Animal Liberation Front. It spread from meetings around the log fire in an English country cottage to Surrey, Kent, Sussex, and on to Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and the US, stoked by the belief that the work carried out by Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal research laboratory, had to be stopped at all costs…. (story)
Guardian 23.12.08 Profiles: Heather Nicholson and Gregg Avery - Husband and wife team's animal rights career - Alexandra Topping - Heather Nicholson - Nicholson, who was raised in Wales, joined the animal rights movement as a 26-year-old in the mid-1990s when she went to a demo against live animal exports… Gregg Avery - Avery established Shac in 1999 with his current wife Natasha Avery and former wife Heather Nicholson - both committed animal rights activists… (story)
Guardian 23.12.08 Timeline: Campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences - Alexandra Topping … (story)
Evening Standard 23.12.08 Animal rights activists face 14 years jail for blackmail - Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent - Four animal rights activists were convicted today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. They threatened to accuse managers of being paedophiles to force them to cut links with the research firm... (story)
Independent 23.12.08 Animal rights activists guilty of blackmail By Lesley Richardson, PA - Four animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were alleged to have orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court heard…. (story)
Daily Mail 23.12.08 Animal rights gang found guilty of blackmail campaign - Four animals rights activists have been found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were alleged to have orchestrated a campaign of terror which ran between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Huntingdon Town Crier 23.12.08 Four animal rights activists guilty of conspiracy to blackmail - Four animal rights activists were found guilty today (December 23) of conspiracy to blackmail.The four were key figures behind a well-organised global organisation supporting intimidation in the hope of shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)... (story)
Scotsman 23.12.08 Animal rights activists found guilty of blackmail campaign - FOUR animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were alleged to have orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court heard… (story)
Scottish Herald 23.12.08 Animal rights activists guilty of Huntingdon blackmail - Four animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences … (story)
Yateley News & Mail 23.12.08 Animal rights activists guilty of blackmail campaign - Four animal rights activists have been found guilty of orchestrating a blackmail campaign against firms they believed to be working with an animal testing laboratory. Those convicted on Tuesday were: Heather Nicholson, 41, formerly of Pond Croft, Yateley (now of Tanhouse Lane, Wokingham); Daniel Wadham, 21, formerly of Pond Croft, Yateley (now of Brynmair Road, Aberdare, Wales); Gerrah Selby, 20, of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham; and Gavin Medd-Hall, from Selwood Road, Croydon…. (story)
ITN 23.12.08 Huntingdon activists found guilty - Four animal rights activists have been found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
Yorkshire Post 23.12.08 Four activists guilty of blackmail - Four animals rights activists face up to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were accused of orchestrating a campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Southern Daily Echo 23.12.08 Animal rights activists found guilty of blackmailing compaines linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences - FOUR animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, Heather Nicholson, 41, and Trevor Holmes, 51, were alleged to have orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court heard. All five denied conspiracy to blackmail but Selby, Wadham, Medd-Hall and Nicholson were found guilty today. Holmes was cleared of the charge… (story)
Cambridge News 23.12.08 Animal rights activists found guilty - Four animals rights activists were found guilty today of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Times 23.12.08 Jury still out over Huntingdon animal rights activists - The jury is still out in the trial of five animal rights activists: Trevor Holmes, 51; Gerrah Selby, 20; Daniel Wadham, 21; Gavin Medd-Hall, 45; and Heather Nicholson, 41, who are accused of blackmailing companies that supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences between 2001 and 2007… (story)
Newcastle Journal 19.12.08 Animal rights jury out for fifth day By Matt McKenzie - The jury today began considering its verdict for a fifth day in the trial of five animal rights activists accused of blackmailing companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences. Trevor Holmes, 51, of Newcastle, Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, are alleged to have orchestrated the campaign which ran between 2001 and 2007, Winchester Crown Court has heard…. (story)
BBC News Online 15.12.08 Jury out in animal rights trial - The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of five animal rights activists accused of a campaign of blackmail…. (story)
Yateley News & Mail 18.11.08 Secret tapes reveal 'hatred' for laboratory suppliers By Becky Thornton - Jurors have heard secret audio recordings of alleged animal rights activists at their headquarters in Eversley. The covert material was recorded at Little Moorcote in Lower Common, which from October 2005, was the base for the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group, Winchester Crown Court heard…. In the sound clips the jury heard Heather Nicholson, formerly of Pond Croft Yateley, say she would be happy if an aeroplane crashed into animal-testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences… The prosecution have described the 41-year-old as a "driving force" within SHAC and someone who held a "managerial role at the top of end of the hierarchy”…. (story)
Yateley News & Mail 5.11.08 Computer details 'just tip of the iceberg' in campaign to shut down laboratory - The information taken from an alleged animal rights activist’s computer detailing attacks on companies linked to an animal research laboratory was “just the tip of the iceberg”, a jury has heard…. The data was sent between Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) activist Gavin Medd-Hall and other group members, the prosecution claimed…. Last Thursday the jury was shown emails and documents taken from Medd-Hall’s computer by Kent Police after a two-year investigation into animal rights activism… Mr Bowes showed the court emails from SHAC, believed to have come from the group’s headquarters in Eversley, to Medd-Hall asking him to book flights. Mr Bowes alleged the flights were for Wadham and Nicholson to carry out demonstrations in Sweden in 2005… (story)
Yateley News & Mail 30.10.08 Firm 'forced to cut lab links' - A company supplying industrial washing machines to hospitals and laboratories was forced to stop trading with an animal research centre after employees’ families were threatened by animal rights activists, a jury has heard. Supporters of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group conducted “noisy” demonstrations outside Lancer UK Ltd’s offices and sent staff emails and letters between July and December 2006 to get them to stop doing business with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), Winchester Crown Court was told on Wednesday… (story)
Yateley News & Mail 21.10.08 ‘Animal rights activists threatened to blow off my legs’ - Animal rights activists who wrongly targeted the owner of a dog kennel business threatened to bomb him and blow his legs off, a jury was told yesterday (Thursday). Supporters of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group told Brett Cassidy, owner of Little Creek Quarantine Kennels, they would put a bomb under his car and blow him up while he was in it if he failed to sever all ties with Huntingdon Life Sciences, Winchester Crown Court heard…. Giving evidence in court, Mr Cassidy said: “I never ever had contact with SHAC because I was advised by the police not to get involved. “I have never, had any association with HLS and never will in the future.”… (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 13.10.08 Animal rights activists 'left firm's boss living in fear' By Ed O'Mara - ANIMAL rights activists spread rumours that a company manager was a paedophile because his firm was involved with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court heard. Vincent Howard claims he and his family lived in fear after becoming targeted by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) in an alleged blackmail campaign… (story)
Yateley News & Mail 13.10.08 Animal rights activists 'vandalised charity shop' - Animal rights activists vandalised a charity shop because it had links with an animal testing laboratory, a jury has heard. Supporters of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group sprayed abusive slogans across the British Heart Foundation’s charity shop in Gravesend, Kent on February 21 last year, Winchester Crown Court was told…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 10.10.08 Chemical firm boss suffered hate campaign By Aasma Day - A chemical firm director who lives near Preston has told a court how animal rights activists sent letters claiming he was a paedophile to his neighbours and sent him a hoax bomb. William Denison, managing director of F2 Chemicals, told how he and his family became a target of a six-month campaign because his company was linked to the animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
News & Mail series 10.10.08 Jurors shown activists' 'frightening' demonstrations By Becky Thornton - Jurors have been shown “frightening” footage of animal rights demonstrations across Europe and the UK. Last Tuesday Winchester Crown Court was told that Heather Nicholson, of Pond Croft, Yateley and Daniel Wadham, formerly of Pond Croft, Yateley took part in a protest an the BASF Fujisawa offices in Gothermberg, Sweden in September 2005. Footage played to the jury, of seven men and five women, showed the defendants running and shouting in the foyer of the office block…. (story)
Telegraph 9.10.08 Father accused of being a paedophile by animal rights activists By Chris Irvine - Vincent Howard, 40, who is the operations director of Biocair in Cambridge, said he and his family lived in fear after Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) allegedly started to target the company and its employees in 2004. Mr Howard, a father-of-three, told Winchester Crown Court he and his partner Sandra Martin had paint stripper poured over their cars and tyres punctured at home. He was then informed a letter was circulating in the village falsely accusing him of being a convicted paedophile…. (story)
Cambridge News 9.10.08 Activists 'sent hoax bomb to director's home' - A MANAGER told a jury that animal rights activists accused him of being a paedophile and sent a hoax bomb to his home. Vincent Howard, operations director for distribution company Biocair in Cambridge, told the jury at Winchester Crown Court he and his family had lived in fear after it is alleged Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) started to target the company and its employees in 2004… Trevor Holmes, 51, Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, are alleged to have used the "direct action" by extremists, like the hoax bombs, to force the firms to cut links with the animal testing company…. Gregg Avery, Natasha Avery and Daniel Amos have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail (story)
News & Mail series 9.10.08 Targets sent hoax bombs and threats, jury told By Becky Thornton - Employees of a logistics company have told a jury about the “hard hitting” treatment they received from an animal rights activist group. Wesley Ewan and Vincent Howard were both accused of being paedophiles in letters sent to their neighbours by supporters of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) organisation, Winchester Crown Court heard… (story)
Fleetwood Weekly News 9.10.08 Chemical firm director speaks of campaign against him - The managing director of a chemicals producer, who lives near Preston, has told a court how animal rights activists carried out a six-month campaign against him and his family because his company was linked to the animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). William Denison, who works for F2 Chemicals, described at Winchester Crown Court how letters saying he was a paedophile were allegedly sent to about 200 families in his village and a hoax bomb was sent to his home…. (story)
BBC News Online 8.10.08 Man tells of 'paedophile ordeal' - A man has told a court he was accused of being a paedophile by animal rights activists because of his company's links to an animal testing laboratory. Vincent Howard of Biocair in Cambridge also said he was sent a hoax bomb. Five defendants, from Hampshire, London and Newcastle, allegedly blackmailed firms connected to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridge… (story)
Daily Mail 8.10.08 Father lived in fear after 'animal rights extremists sent letters to neighbours falsely branding him a paedophile' By Tom Kelly - A father of three was left living in fear after animal rights extremists sent his neighbours letters falsely branding him a paedophile, a court heard today. Vincent Howard, 40, also had a hoax bomb delivered to his family home as part of a sustained campaign of intimidation by the activists, it was claimed. The operations director of a distribution company was so hard hit by the incidents that he became depressed and considered switching careers to protect his family… (story)
Guardian 8.10.08 Animal rights conspiracy extended to US, court told - British extremists drew up plans to target every company that deals with the New York Stock Exchange as part of a six-year blackmail conspiracy to shut down one of the world's biggest animal testing laboratories, a court heard yesterday… (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 8.10.08 'Worldwide links' to anti-HLS activists - ANIMAL rights activists accused of a campaign of blackmail against companies that supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences were part of a well-organised worldwide organisation which supported intimidation, a court heard. The hierarchy of the group, called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), met every three months to discuss their campaign, with regular updates from colleagues in the US and Europe, Winchester Crown Court was told…. (story)
Yateley News & Mail 8.10.08 Blackmail defendants 'used menaces' in animal rights campaign By Becky Thornton - Businesses targeted by an animal rights activism group were told their details would be published on the internet if they did not stop trading with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a jury has heard… SHAC activists Heather Nicholson, of Pond Croft in Yateley, Gerrah Selby, formerly of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Daniel Wadham, formerly of Pond Croft, Yateley, Gavin Medd-Hall, from Croydon, and Trevor Holmes, from Crawley, West Sussex, deny conspiring between November 15, 2001 and May 2, 2007, to blackmail those companies they believed to be associates of HLS… (story)
Times 7.10.08 Animal rights activists' 'blackmail campaign spanned Europe and US' - Fran Yeoman - A core group of animal-rights activists co-ordinated a blackmail campaign that spanned Europe and America from a cottage in Hampshire in a bid to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a court heard today… (story)
BBC News Online 7.10.08 Police bugged animal rights group - Police bugged the headquarters of an animal rights group accused of using threats against suppliers of an animal testing laboratory, a court has heard. Five defendants, from Hampshire, Newcastle and London, are accused of blackmailing firms with links to Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridge…. Heather Nicholson, 41, of Eversley, Hampshire, Trevor Holmes, 51, of Newcastle; Gerrah Selby, 20, of Chiswick, London; Daniel Wadham, 21, of Bromley, south London and Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, of Croydon, south London, are accused of being closely involved in a campaign from 2001 until 2007, which targeted companies in Britain and Europe…. The group apparently met every three months to discuss their campaign with regular updates from colleagues in the US and Europe… (story)
Financial Times 7.10.08 Animal activists deny blackmail - An international conspiracy to shut down a leading drugs research company by bombarding its suppliers with violent threats, hoax bombs and even sanitary towels allegedly contaminated with HIV was outlined yesterday at the landmark blackmail trial of five animal rights activists…. (story)
Times 7.10.08 Animal rights activists organised 'six-year terror campaign' - Fran Yeoman - Eight animal rights activists co-ordinated an international, six-year blackmail campaign in an attempt to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court heard yesterday…(story)
Guardian 7.10.08 Animal activists in international plot, jury told - Sandra Laville, crime correspondent - Under the banner of the Animal Liberation Front and with military precision, five activists carried out an international campaign of blackmail for six years against companies and individuals linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court heard yesterday… (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 7.10.08 HLS gang appear in court over 'blackmail' - Five animals rights activists orchestrated an international campaign of blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the laboratory down, a court has heard…. The aim was to target any company with a link to HLS, and the alleged blackmail would only stop when they put out a “capitulation statement” saying they would not supply the animal testing firm, the court was told… (story)
Daily Mail 7.10.08 Animal activists 'waged international campaign of hoax bomb threats and paedophile lies' - Five animal rights activists blackmailed a laboratory's suppliers by threatening to brand their managers paedophiles and attack their families, a court has heard… The five members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) used threats such as hoax bomb parcels, criminal damage and threatening telephone calls, Winchester Crown Court heard…. (story)
Yateley News & Mail 7.10.08 Jury hears animal activists' 'top 10 tips' on how to attack lab staff By Becky Thornton - An animal rights activist group published a list of "top 10 tips" on its website about how to carry out attacks on people associated with an animal testing laboratory, a jury has been told. The sole aim of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group was to make Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) cease business, Winchester Crown Court heard on Tuesday…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 7.10.08 International campaign of blackmail 'managed by Hampshire woman' - FIVE animals rights activists orchestrated an international campaign of blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close the laboratory down, Winchester Crown Court heard today…. (story)
BBC News Online 6.10.08 Five deny animal rights blackmail - Five activists carried out a campaign of blackmail against firms they suspected of supplying a large animal testing laboratory, a court has heard…. The court heard Trevor Holmes, 51, of Newcastle; Gerrah Selby, 20, of Chiswick, London; Daniel Wadham, 21, of Bromley, south London; Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, of Croydon, south London; and Heather Nicholson, 41, of Eversley, Hampshire, were all closely involved in the campaign from 2001 until 2007, which targeted companies in Britain and Europe. Three others: Gregg Avery and Natasha Avery, both of Hampshire, and Daniel Amos, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail, the court was told…. (story)
Times 6.10.08 Animal activists organised 'six-year terror campaign' - FRAN YEOMAN - A group of animal rights activists co-ordinated a six-year campaign of blackmail and menaces designed to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court heard today. Threatening letters, hoax bombs and sanitary towels allegedly contaminated with HIV were sent to employees of companies that did business with the animal research organisation in a bid to isolate HLS, which has a laboratory in Cambridgeshire, and force it to shut… Three of the defendants, Greg Avery, Natasha Avery and Daniel Amos have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail. Five others, Heather Nicholson, Trevor Holmes, Gerrah Selby, Daniel Wadham and Gavin Medd-Hall, deny the charge… (story)
Southern Daily Echo 6.10.08 International campaign of blackmail managed by Hampshire woman, court hears - FIVE animals rights activists orchestrated an international campaign of blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close the laboratory down, Winchester Crown Court heard today… The court heard Nicholson, from Eversley, was a founder member of SHAC who managed the "menacing" campaigns against the firms who were named on the group's website… Medd-Hall, from Croydon, south London, was a computer and research expert high up in SHAC who uncovered company links with HLS. Wadham, from Bromley in Kent, joined SHAC in 2005 and was in regular attendance at demonstrations against the firms and HLS. Selby, from Chiswick in London, also was a regular activist at demonstrations in the UK and Europe, including a violent demo in Paris. Holmes, from Newcastle upon Tyne, was a senior member of SHAC who took part in criminal damage in the UK. All five deny conspiracy to blackmail… (story)
Cambridge News 6.10.08 Animal activists in court after "blackmail campaign" - FIVE animal rights activists orchestrated an international campaign of blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close the laboratory down, a court heard today. Members of the group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) used threats such as claiming managers of the companies were paedophiles, hoax bombs parcels, criminal damage and threatening telephone calls to force them to cut links with the animal testing company… (story)
Newcastle Journal 6.10.08 Animal rights activists 'blackmailed companies' - FIVE animals rights activists, including a man from Newcastle, conducted a blackmail campaign against companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court has heard… Winchester Crown Court heard that Trevor Holmes, 51, from Newcastle, and four other defendants all deny being involved in the campaign, which ran from 2001 until 2007… (story)
Rye & Battle Observer 6.10.08 Animal rights activist 'blackmailed laboratory's suppliers' - A Hampshire animal rights activist helped orchestrate an international campaign of blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close the laboratory down, a court has heard…. Winchester Crown Court heard that Heather Nicholson, 41, from Eversley, - along with Trevor Holmes, 51, Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, and Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, - was closely involved in the campaign from 2001 until 2007 that targeted companies in Britain and Europe…. (story)
Yateley News & Mail 6.10.08 Yateley woman 'driving force' behind animal activists, court hears By Becky Thornton - A Yateley woman is a “driving force” behind an animal rights activism group which repeatedly threatened companies connected with an animal testing laboratory, a jury was told. Heather Nicholson, of Pond Croft, Yateley, was a founding member of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) Winchester Crown Court heard on Monday…. Nicholson along with Gerrah Selby, formally of Aldershot Road, Church Crookham, Daniel Wadham, formally of Pond Croft, Yateley, Gavin Medd-Hall, from Croydon and Trevor Holmes, from Crawley, deny conspiring together between November 15 2001 and May 2, 2007, to blackmail those companies they believe to be associates of HLS. All the defendants - for photos see the ' view gallery' section above right - deny the charges… (story)
Telegraph 6.10.08 Animal rights activists waged 'campaign of intimidation and blackmail' Five alledged animal rights activists orchestrated a campaign of intimidation and blackmail against companies who supplied Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close the laboratory down, a court heard. By Nick Britten - Calling themselves Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), for six years the activists branded company managers paedophiles, sent hoax bomb parcels, vandalised buildings and made threatening telephone calls to force them to cut links with the animal testing company. Winchester Crown Court heard that Trevor Holmes, 51, Gerrah Selby, 20, Daniel Wadham, 21, Gavin Medd-Hall, 45, and Heather Nicholson, 41, were all closely involved in the Europe-wide campaign from 2001 until 2007. They deny conspiracy to blackmail. Three others members, Gregg Avery, Natasha Avery and Daniel Amos have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail, the court heard… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 22.1.09 Battery ban good - Congratulations and a big thank you to Sainsbury's who on February 5 will become the first of the big four supermarkets to stop… Josephine Harwood, Moor Park Avenue, Bispham (letter)

21.1.09

Bridgwater Mercury 21.1.09 40-year revival of hunt meet in Kilve - A HUNT meet returned to Kilve for the first time in 40 years. The West Somerset Vale Hunt Club met at The Hood Arms for a breakfast before saddling their horses and collecting their hounds. Villagers gathered outside the pub to see the riders congregate before they headed off into the Somerset fields… (story)

Western Morning News 21.1.09 A very 'busy ole job' for a huntsman and master - I T IS a busy ole job," says the Four Burrow Hunt's Paul Hancock, as he takes me on a tour of his Kennels based in Pink Moors, near St Day, Cornwall. With ten horses on the yard and 44 couple of hounds to look after, understandably there is never a dull moment for the Hancock family, who live and breathe hunting. I visited on a non-hunting day yet the inquisitive hounds, resting from the previous day's work, all jumped up from their respective quarters to see who the latest visitor was, lapping up the attention as we passed by… (story)

Worcester News 21.1.09 I want what is best for foxes and deer - John Robins of Animal Concern needs to get a life if he’s seriously considering contraceptives for deer! He sounds very much like the anti-hunting brigade who take no account of the fact that foxes need culling because they have no natural predator…. LINDA GRANVILLE, Malvern. (letter)

Manchester Evening News 21.1.09 Hunting ban must stay - AT this time of grave recession and when 75 per cent of the population (including 59 per cent of Conservative voters) support the ban on live animal hunting, can David Cameron and the master of the Cheshire Forest Hunt honestly expect it to be repealed within the next year?... . Over 30 convictions under the Hunting Act prove that it can be enforced and the police can do more to enforce it. For those who hunt to ride, Cheshire has two thriving registered drag hunts. Katherine Watson, Cheshire (letter)

Daelnet 21.1.09 Top course for gamekeepers - GAMEKEEPERS are being invited to a get up to date on the very latest techniques to encourage grouse conservation in the uplands at a top-level course in the stunning Scottish Highlands. THE Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) respected upland keeper’s course will be held in the Angus Glens this spring to focus on cutting edge management techniques, backed by the latest scientific understanding required to boost populations of red and black grouse… (story)

Horncastle News 19.1.09 Suspected hare coursers arrested - - SUSPICION of hare coursing on private land at East Kirkby led to the arrest of three men on Saturday morning at around 11am… (story)

The Comet 21.1.09 Inquiry Launched After Vet Destoys Greyhounds - AN investigation has been launched after dog charities complained that four healthy greyhounds were put down at the request of their trainer. Members of Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE) and Greyhound Action are dismayed that the ex-racing dogs were destroyed after being taken by their trainer to a vet in Hitchin…. Racing authority Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) launched an investigation after a volunteer for GRWE, who was at the vets at the time, complained. Julie Sanders, trustee for the charity, said: "GRWE is shocked and saddened by this event and we are cooperating with the racing authorities in their investigation… >(story)

Denbighshire Visitor 21.1.09 Denbighshire protest at badger cull by Justine Bailey, Denbigh Visitor - DENBIGHSHIRE animal rights campaigners have collected 3,500 signatures in a bid to stop the badger cull from going ahead… Judi Hewitt, who has been leading the campaign, said: “I would like to thank Betty Lee from Clwyd Badger Group for contributing to this petition; and a very big thankyou to the public for taking the trouble to sign our petition… (story)

Suffolk Evening Star 21.1.09 Animal welfare protests at port - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have vowed to continue their protests if live exports carry on from a Suffolk port. On Saturday six lorries of sheep arrived at Ipswich's west bank terminal in Wherstead Road before being shipped out to the continent… Sue Drake, Suffolk representative of Compassion in World Farming, said: “Of course we will continue our protests because we want to raise awareness that this type of activity is going on…. A spokeswoman for Kent Against Live Exports (KALE) said they expected more exports to arrive on Saturday…(story)

Cambrian News 21.1.09 £6,000 fraud for charity - A LAMPETER woman has been remanded in custody, charged with defrauding an elderly couple. Cheryl Titley, aged 51, and her husband Malcolm, 64, were arrested by investigators at a bedsit in Rhyl. Cheryl Titley, a former receptionist at Ty Agored Animal Sanctuary, Cribyn, and volunteer at the Freshfields charity shop, College Street, appeared in Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer 26 counts of fraud… (story)

20.1.09

Western Daily Press 20.1.09 Mal Treharne, former Tory leader in Somerset - Tributes have poured in to Mal Treharne, former Tory leader of Somerset County Council, and a champion of schools and the countryside. Mr Treharne, 71, a keen skier and tennis player, was also chairman of governors of Haygrove School, Bridgwater, and of the national Rural Regeneration Unit. He died suddenly in his sleep at his home in Over Stowey on January 12… Mr Treharne was a former local spokesman for the Countryside Alliance. Alison Hawes, its regional spokeswoman said: "He was a passionate supporter of everything to do with the countryside and was a fantastic spokesman for it." Mrs Enid Baker, Master of the Quantock Stag Hounds added: "He did an awful lot of work for the countryside and was most helpful to us."… (story)

Irish Independent 20.1.09 Swot up on hunting By Caitriona Murphy - Hunting is the biggest equestrian activity in Ireland with more than 2,500 meets a year, involving in excess of 150,000 caps… Well-known hunting enthusiast and journalist Charlie Ripman has launched a handy booklet that explains both the reasons for and the mechanics of hunting with hounds…. (story)

Western Morning News 20.1.09 Suffering animals need a voice, too - I WISH to counter comments by Derek Courtnell ("Children in Need is the most deserving charity", January 13)… Most of the animal suffering in this world is at the hands of mankind, either by wilful cruelty or destruction of habitat, and for Mr Courtnell to suggest that apart from our domestic pets and farm animals nature is best left to its course is ill-informed. Had he witnessed some of the barbaric sights of human inflicted cruelty on defenceless animals that I and others have, perhaps he would revise his thoughts…. Jenny Wren, Holne (story)

19.1.09

EAST YORKSHIRE ANTI POACHING OPERATIONS
Yorkshire Post 19.1.09 Crackdown on poaching gangs By Mark Branagan - A MAJOR purge was launched yesterday to round up poachers in the East Riding using helicopter surveillance, tracker dogs, uniformed police and detectives. It will be the first county-wide crackdown after officers scored a number of victories against offenders in the northern parts of the area… (story)

BBC News Online 17.1.09 Police launch poaching clampdown - Poachers venturing into East Yorkshire looking to steal livestock or wildlife are being targeted by police. Officers from Humberside Police are working with farmers and landowners to clamp down on criminals who look to make money out of stealing animals…. (story)
Beverley Guardian 16.1.09 Poachers will not be tolerated in East Riding - police warning - POLICE in the East Riding are sending a strong message out to poachers preparing to come into the area in the coming months that this will not be tolerated.Police sergeant David Jenkins, pictured here, said: "We in the process of setting up the first county wide Farmwatch which will be an extremely useful tool to the police."… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 16.1.09 Anti-poaching operation planned - Humberside Police will mount an anti-poaching operation across the East Riding on Sunday. The initiative will be backed by the Humberside Police helicopter, instant response officers, dog section, CID, Safer Communities team, RSPCA and Farmwatch members… (story)

Northern Echo 19.1.09 Setting an example - CONGRATULATIONS to greyhound breeder Angela Rafferty, of Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, who is doing her best to make sure her dogs go to good homes after being forced to retire for health reasons… Sadly, our latest research indicates that at least 2,000 ex-racing dogs are still being put to death annually in Britain… Tony Peters, UK Co-ordinator, Greyhound Action, Kidderminster,Worcestershire (letter)

North West Evening Mail 19.1.09 Gearing up for country fair - PREPARATIONS are already well under way for this year’s Coniston Country Fair….0020 Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, a Foxhound, Terrier and Lurcher show and an egg throwing competition are among some of the other activities… (story)

Scotsman 19.1.09 Animal experiment industry's scare tactics based on illogical nonsense - Animal researchers are, as usual, raising the spectre of research migrating to countries with poor welfare standards if animal protection is improved in Europe (your report, 15 January). This is unsupported by evidence and illogical in principle… MICHELLE THEW, Chief executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, Chief executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, Crane Grove, London
Now animal extremists are being urged to keep quiet over vivisection in case their opposition could ultimately lead to worse treatment of animals as research is pushed overseas to countries which care little for the creatures they experiment on. This same nonsense comes from the dark side of the British intensified farming industry…. NORMAN WALL, High Street West, Wallsend (letters)

18.1.09

Sunday Telegraph 18.1.09 Foxhunting is a fact of nature says pack animal Josh Lewsey - Rugby World Cup winner explains why we must protect rural sports from their critics. Away from rugby, country sports are one of the great passions of my life. Shooting, and especially hunting, are emotive subjects where instinctive reactions often override logic, and I myself once disapproved of such pastimes. However, having been educated into their ways, met the people involved and taken part, I'm now a staunch supporter… Extracted from One Chance: My Life and Rugby by Josh Lewsey (Virgin Books, £17.99), published on February 5 (story)

Sunday Telegraph 18.1.09 The men who stood up to animal rights' militants - Not once, even in his darkest hour after he was beaten outside his home with pickaxe handles, did Brian Cass think of walking away from his job as managing director of Hungtingdon Life Sciences (HLS). By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter - He says he could never have lived with himself if he had bowed to violence and intimidation from animal rights activists. Instead, Mr Cass risked his life by standing up and being counted when countless of other firms publicly declared they would have nothing to do with HLS even though the company was, as the law insists, simply testing new drugs on animals before they could be declared safe for human use…. Tomorrow Mr Cass and a small group of defiant businessmen will see most of the leaders of SHAC sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their part in a ten-year campaign aimed at shutting down the company, which employs 1,700 people worldwide…. (story)

Scotsman 18.1.09 Deer not the only deadly hazard - THE biggest danger to drivers on Scotland's unfenced roads is not deer but sheep and cattle ('As cute as Bambi, but deer pose road death time bomb,' January 11). If we had a Sheep or Cow commission would farm animals be shot for straying near roads? Shooting deer is not the solution as other deer will just move in to take advantage of the good grazing on roadside verges… John F Robins, secretary, Animal Concern, Dumbarton (letter)

17.1.09

York Press 17.1.09 Hunt commended - I would like to commend the Derwent Hunt for deftly avoiding accident or incident of illegal hunting during their New Year’s Day proceedings, despite a fox literally leaping into their path (Huntsmen surprised as fox leaps out, The Press, January 5). This shows that those hunts that are properly committed to the law and correctly prepared are more than able to abide by it while enjoying a cruelty free version of their sport… Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. Godalming, Surrey (letter)

Worcester News 17.1.09 Why this return to the Dark Ages? First we have Mark Avery of the RSPB asking people who want to see birds to leave them in peace because of the bad weather to increase their chance of survival so that those who want to shoot them for pleasure on RSPB land will have enough to kil… Earlier in the week we had a totally biased report extolling the virtues of foxhunting. Has the paper been taken over by the hunting-shooting fraternity or have reporters developed a bloodlust and are they wishing for a return to the Dark Ages? Paul Chandler, Member of RSPB. Droitwich. (letter)

16.1.09

Telegraph 16.1.09 Just 62 people prosecuted under the hunting ban in 2007 By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor - Supporters of hunting say the figures show that the Hunting Act has failed amid evidence that interest in the pastime is at levels not seen since the ban was introduced in February 2005. The Tories said the police should be spending their time catching criminals rather than enforcing the unpopular law…. campaigners claim that there were only three were members of organised hunts in 2007. The Countryside Alliance said one of the people convicted was a member of the Flint & Denbigh hunt and two were from the Quantocks Staghounds. Most of the rest were for poaching offences… (story)

Worcester News 16.1.09 Stop the killing - My suggestion for Mr Luff’s Bill would be to get Michael Foster’s fox hunting Bill tightened up so there’d be no killing of foxes in the name of sport…. John Shearon, Worcester (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 16.1.09 Hunt ban is popular piece of legislation - SADDENED as I am that we continue to receive reports of illegal hunting some four years after the ban, I would like to point out that the law on hunting is perfectly clear. Hunters know very well the activities that lie within the law and those that do not. Those who continue to flout it are being brought to book, as evidenced by the prosecutions under the Hunting Act... Douglas Batchelor Chief executive League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Cumberland News 16.1.09 YOUR report ‘Cumbria still divided over fox hunting’ (The Cumberland News, January 9) clearly highlights one of the biggest problems with the Hunting Act. This is not that the Act is ‘confusing, unnecessary or divisive’… We don’t expect the hunters to give up on their mantra of ‘repeal the Act’ but we would like to remind them that the law is working – with the number of prosecutions of those who break the law steadily rising…. DOUGLAS BATCHELORChief executive, League Against Cruel SportsSurrey (letter)

Evesham Journal 16.1.09 Fair sponsor deal - GAMEKEEPA Feeds, one of the UK’s largest mail-order suppliers for game rearers, will be the main sponsor for BASC’s Gamekeepers’ fair for the next three years. The fair, at Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, on April 18 and 19, will focus on gamekeeping, stalking, game shooting and estate management, while retaining the wide range of family entertainment and trade stands that the show has become so well-known for over the last 21 years… (story)

Argus 16.1.09 Foxes denied scraps 'are eating our pets' By Richard Gurner - Desperate urban foxes are killing family pets to survive because new bins are starving them of scraps. Since wheelie bins were introduced in Worthing residents have noticed the animals killing chickens, rabbits and cats in their hunt for food. Nicole Newnham, 30, joint manager at Northdale veterinary practice in Victoria Road, said she rarely got to see pets who had been injured by foxes because the foxes often ended up killing them. However, she experienced the problem first-hand when a fox killed her three baby rabbits at her home in Park Field Road, Tarring…. (letter)

Western Mail 16.1.09 Vaccinate, don’t cull - More than half (240) of the cattle in a herd of 400 in Pembrokeshire will have to be slaughtered for bovine TB. Factory (intensive) farming and animal health are contradictory terms… Rather than waste money on a badger cull, the money should be redirected to expediting the development of a vaccine. LORRAINE PARKER (Animals Count), Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)

Cumberland News 16.1.09 - I WOULD like to pass on my public thanks to Mr Eric Martlew MP for his continued intervention into the trapped pigeon situation at Carlisle railway station… GUS AND ADELE PROUDSkinburness VillageSilloth on Solway (story)

South Wales Echo 16.1.09 Katherine knew of the fur trade lobbying - I THINK that the letters criticising Katherine Jenkins for opening the Harrods winter sale were written not out of small-mindedness, but out of disappointment that where animals can’t talk and defend themselves Katherine Jenkins was seen by many to support the fur trade and denied the animals her voice…. Tom ButlerWhitchurch, Cardiff (letter)
South Wales Echo 8.1.09 Use of fur for guards’ hats is unbearable - I READ with interest in Viewpoints (December 31) about Katherine Jenkins opening the Harrods sale. I agree with Lorraine Parker, she tells it as it is… I read in a national newspaper that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has refused to stop making hats for the Queen’s Guard out of real bear fur, saying the £1m cost of replacing the hats with faux fur was too much… Richard Shurey,Penygraig, Tonypandy (letter)

15.1.09

Ipswich Evening Star 15.1.09 Hunt hounds savage pet cat - REBECCA LEFORT - A DEVASTATED cat owner is in shock today after a pack of hunting hounds savaged her Persian cat… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 15.1.09 Hunt hounds savage pet cat - REBECCA LEFORT - A DEVASTATED cat owner is in shock today after a pack of hunting hounds savaged her Persian cat. Judy and Brian Dawson's nine-year-old cat Edwina, known as Dween, was mauled by the dogs which burst into their garden while on a hunt in Witnesham yesterday. Today, Rob Haag, joint master of the Easton Harriers hunt whose dogs were involved apologised for the attack which he said was an extremely rare thing to happen. And police have confirmed that no further action would be taken against the hunt whose dogs killed Dween because the Dawson family had chosen not to file a complaint… The horrific attack was witnessed by the Dawsons' neighbour, David Thorn, who heard a screaming noise at about 12.30pm yesterday… (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 15.1.09 Not only cruel but illegal - YOUR article on New Year’s Day hunting has set me thinking. My business has a serious pest control problem, and I wonder if either of the hunts mentioned could help me with it? I run the flying side of things at Wombleton Aerodrome, and we have been plagued by this particular nuisance for several years… They have taken no notice whatsoever of my demands that they leave my property, and so I wonder if the Derwent or the Saltersgate could rid me of them. I would not want these pests killed, since I think that may be not only cruel but illegal, and they are only pursuing a base instinct, after all. The pests, by the way, are known locally as the Sinnington Hunt. EDEN BLYTH, Wrelton >(letter)

BBC News Online 15.1.09 Deer cull call follows crash rise - A major cull of deer numbers needs to be carried out to cut road accidents, according to the group that manages Ashdown Forest….Dr Hew Prendergast, Clerk to Conservators of Ashdown Forest said a cull was the only viable option. Trevor Weeks, of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, said speeding motorists were the problem… Wildlife welfare campaigner Mr Weeks said his organisation was currently treating a deer that had been injured in a road crash at its centre in Uckfield. He added: "I would be opposed to a cull…. (story)

Scotsman 15.1.09 Lyndsay Moss: Opponents of animal testing urged to rethink - TESTING on animals for the sake of advancing medicine will always be controversial. No matter how well intentioned the researchers carrying out studies involving animals, campaigners will continue to protest against such testing with vigour. But scientists have told The Scotsman that such protesters should be aware that their vocal opposition could ultimately lead to worse treatment of animals, as research is pushed overseas. This could mean more testing in countries which care little for the welfare of the creatures they use…. (story)

DAVID MARTIN'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRIMATE EXPERIMENTS
Glasgow Herald 15.1.09 Experimentation on primates is a necessary evil - I have read your correspondence with interest (Letters, January 10, 12, 13 and 14). There is one issue on which I think we can all agree. Everyone would like to see a time when we do not have to use animals in research. It is just a matter of when that can be achieved. It is, of course, important to replace the use of primates in scientific experiments with alternatives. Unfortunately, those alternatives do not always exist at present… Dr Edward Moore, OStJ, Porterfield Road, Inverness (letter)
Scottish Herald 14.1.09 Scots in horror now over animal testing - My position in favour of bringing research on primates to an end has never been clearer… Alyn Smith MEP… takes me to task because I believe it is to Scotland's shame that we carry out more experiments on primates per head than any other EU country… I also want scientific progress, but we can get it without experiments on monkeys… He concludes: "I suspect people in 500 years will look back at us with horror and amusement, much as we do at past medical practice." I can assure Mr Smith that the many concerned Scots who have written to me do not need to wait 500 years to look on in horror. They are doing that now. David Martin MEP, The European Parliament, Brussels (letter)
Scottish Herald 13.1.09 Animal testing has medical and financial benefits - David Martin's assertion that the use of primates in medical research is "Scotland's shame" is misleading, wrong and bordering on offensive (Call to end use of monkeys in research, The Herald, January 8). This issue needs calm, rational discussion, not hysteria…. I suspect people in 500 years will look back at us with horror and amusement, much as we do at past medical practice. But they will be able to do so because science will have advanced past the point where animal experiments are necessary. To propose to stop now risks blocking that advancement… Alyn Smith MEP, Edinburgh
Professor Brian Furman accuses the BUAV of perpetuating myths about the unreliability of animal experiments, in particular from the use of primates (Animal testing has led to clinical breakthroughs, January 10). We deal in facts, not myths… More fundamentally, it is a peculiarly unattractive argument which says that humankind is entitled to cause untold misery to primates and other animals simply for our own alleged benefit… Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), London
Kathy Archibald argues that animal testing is not necessary to obtain remedies for conditions such as Parkinson's disease (Letters, January 12). She might be right, but it is not an argument that can be extrapolated to include all diseases. The remedy for diabetes was obtained by Canadians, Frederick Banting and his student Charles Best. Working on dogs… Chris Parton, Uddingston. (letters)
Scottish Herald 10.1.09 Animal ¬testing has led to clinical breakthroughs - Anne Johnstone provided an excellent response to MEP David Martin's attempts to gain support for a ban on the use of monkeys in research (Medical benefits justify Scots primate research, January 8). David Martin's statements are highly misleading and potentially damaging to biomedical research aimed at alleviating both human and animal suffering through the development of new preventative and therapeutic agents… Professor Brian L Furman, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Glasgow (letter)
Scottish Herald 8.1.09 Medical benefits justify Scots primate research - ANNE JOHNSTONE - Scotland's shame: it used to be sectarianism, or so we were told. Now the use of monkeys in animal testing has taken that mantle, according to Labour MEP David Martin…. practically every medical breakthrough has relied on animal experiments… Those who point to instances where a treatment works on animals but not humans are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Around 60% of drugs are rejected after trials on animals. Without them, horror stories, such the six young men who nearly died in north London while testing an anti-cancer drug in 2006, would be more, not less, common… My father has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Nobody has the right to deny me the hope that brain surgery may slow its progression, a technique only attempted after practising on animals. Call me "speciesist", but there is an argument here about greater good that few standing at the bedside of a loved one with MS or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's would gainsay… (story)
BBC News Online 7.1.09 Calls for ban on monkey testing - A Scottish MEP has called for a proposed ban on primate testing to be extended to include monkeys used in Scottish laboratories. Labour MEP David Martin said Scotland runs proportionately more tests on primates than any country in the EU. He said testing on monkeys was immoral when other options could be developed… (story)

Times 15.1.09 Animal welfare and the UK pig industry - Why we should be proud of our farmers - MPs are wrong to blame higher animal welfare for the “parlous state of UK pig farming”… When the legislation banning the sow stall came into place, a generous eight-year period was given to farmers to reinvest in the new systems. However, the majority of farmers already used group systems so this cost was also negligible… Instead of denigrating the end of cruel factory systems, we should instead be getting behind higher welfare farmers and farming. Philip Lymbery Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming (letter)

Rugby Advertiser 15.1.09 Those horses worried me - I WAS perturbed to see two miniature horses standing in Rugby town centre this week, accompanied by charity workers collecting for children. Intelligent animals are not meant to be standing still in a town centre for hours in all weathers, muzzled and without any sign of water or food. Horses are meant to be exercised or free in a field, not demeaned by being constantly patted on the head while the public throw their money into open buckets… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

14.1.09

Wexford People 14.1.09 Hunt hounds savage cat By Maria PEPPER - A WOMAN watched in horror as a pack of hounds on a fox hunt savaged a pet cat in the garden of her home in Kilmore this week. Breda Whelan of Rickardstown, Kilmore said the Killinick Harriers Hunt is no longer welcome on her land following the brutal incident on Monday afternoon. The family cat was torn to pieces by the hounds which crossed the main Wexford/Kilmore Road following the scent of a fox…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 14.1.09 Enforcing hunting law not a priority - THE Christmas holiday is over now and I for one am relieved. It is spoiled for me because I know that on Boxing Day and New Year's Day a lot of people, at great expense to themselves, were shooting birds out of the sky for fun…. The newspapers abound with glamorised pictures of hunting and hounds and talk glibly of "tradition". I have found that many people seem to think that as hunting has been banned no animals are being killed and that trail hunting is being conducted everywhere. I am sure that some are hunting legally and good luck to them, but sadly some are not…. A repeal of the Act on a free vote is highly unlikely to happen — in the last national poll 75 per cent of the population supported a ban. Joan Jones, Chudleigh Knighton (by email) (letter)

Carmarthen Journal 14.1.09 Haven't we moved on? IN the Carmarthen Journal (January 7) a lot of coverage was given to hunting, with three full pages devoted to recent hunts and a considerable number of quotes from someone who wasn't even there. Simon Hart, the Conservative parliamentary candidate and chief executive of the Countryside Alliance… Unlike most of the people who gathered to watch this "glorious tradition", I continued to follow the Carmarthenshire Hunt, which had many guest riders from other hunts to make up the numbers. When the hunt reached open fields north of Trevaughan, I filmed a terrified fox running for its life, just two fields away from the dogs… David Petersen, St Clears (letter)

South Wales Echo 14.1.09 Badger cull is just a waste of money - I LEARN that 240 cattle out of a herd of 400 in Pembrokeshire will have to be slaughtered for bovine TB… We will now have a knee-jerk reaction from the Assembly with an imminent announcement that a badger cull will go ahead. As already proven, it will not lessen bovine TB but may make matters worse… Lorraine Parker (Animals Count) Whitchurch, Cardiff (story)

Independent 14.1.09 Grey squirrels are here to stay - The suggestion that the public can help preserve red squirrels by eating grey squirrels is, well, just nuts! (8 January)…. For most of us, the grey squirrel, with its fascinating acrobatics, is the only squirrel we will ever have the opportunity and joy to see. They are here to stay, despite tax-payer funded and useless attempts in the 1950s to exterminate them… John Bryant, Tonbridge, Kent (story)

Oxford Mail 14.1.09 Vegan diet aids Earth - We share the concerns of your reader, Susan Thomas (Oxford Mail, December 25) over the burning of wood…. This is not the only area in which ‘green’ politicians, both locally and nationally, are displaying impotence on a grand scale. In their campaign leaflets they constantly fail to promote the benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle, against all the scientific evidence that animal farming contributes to global warming on a massive scale…. MR AND MRS E SANDERSON, Great Clarendon Street, Jericho, Oxford (story)

13.1.09

Western Morning News 13.1.09 Origins of food - THEO Hopkins' letter on December 30, headed "Hunt and plate" is absolutely correct. He and his streetwise urban children are not going to be swayed by what some huntsman might say. They know the origin of their crispy grilled lamb chop and their golden-yolked free range egg – why, the supermarket shelves, of course… W T Sweet, Mawgan, Helston (letter)
Western Morning News 30.12.08 Hunt and plate - BOXING Day. And the hunts will have been out for the traditional show of anti-urban defiance…. And, sure as eggs are eggs, some huntmaster will explain, for the benefit of deprived urban children, the connection between the hunt and the plate… But the problem for the Master is that urban kids, being more streetwise than their simple rural cousins, will tell him: "Sorry Mister, we don't believe in Father Christmas or the Tooth Fairy either." Theo Hopkins, Lifton (story)

Bournemouth Echo 13.1.09 Badgers wreak havoc on family's lawn - A FATHER of four from Bournemouth is appealing for help to deal with a family of badgers that moved in and wrecked his garden. Tony Gattie, 34, of Portland Road, Winton, says he has been told that he is not allowed to evict the animals as they are protected by law but says his garden is now a no-go area for his children…. Mary Westwood, representing the Dorset Badger Group, said people needed a special licence to move badgers… (story)

12.1.09

Rutland Times 12.1.09 Thanks to Hunt - On behalf of Rutland Macmillan Cancer Support I would like to thank all the members of the Cottesmore Hunt and the public who gave so generously to us at the Boxing Day meet. We were able to collect over £800, a fantastic sum of money… Debbie Johnson, Rutland Macmillan Cancer Support (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 12.1.09 If you have proof of hunting, tell the authorities - IF Clive Heath ("Why do hunters still continue to hunt?" Open Lines, January 7) has evidence of unlawful hunting with dogs, it is his duty to take the evidence to the police who have demonstrated their willingness to prosecute. If he doesn't have evidence, why should he be allowed to make unsubstantiated claims of law-breaking… John Tanner, Henleaze. (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 3.12.08 Soapbox: Illegal stag hunting in the West - I WRITE following the recent letters from Rachel Jay and E Groves of Mangotsfield regarding the barbaric "sport" of hunting with dogs, and I am very surprised that there were no responses from the pro-hunting fraternity – or is it just that, at the moment, they prefer to remain anonymous, as they are safer that way? I have had many a debate on this subject and I know that most of us common but decent people are totally against "blood sports"… What type of people find pleasure in hunting these noble animals and are capable of cutting their throats in front of a baying crowd?... I have just read a book called Save Our Stags and it is very explicit, graphic and true in every way. It also explains a lot of the politics and corruption that has gone on for years regarding the ban. I know the author very well and, for many years, attended several hunts with him in the hope of peacefully stopping them…. Clive Heath, Downend (letter)

Western Daily Press 12.1.09 Hunt law was just a sham - I wonder, after reading Tristan Cork's latest article ("Split in anti-hunt movement over bid to tighten law", January 6), how much more time the animal rights lobby intends to spend attempting to tinker with a law that, to many astute observers, is already dead in the water. For after even the most casual visit to the average hunt (in my case, regular visits to the Quantock Staghounds), it is painfully obvious that to all intents and purpose it is hunting as usual… Ian Pedler Paulton Bristol (letter)

Western Daily Press 12.1.09 Birth control might work to keep fox numbers down - I often read letters in the Western Daily Press from anti-hunt and cruelty campaigners, as well as people opposed to battery farmed chicken…. Poison and live trapping is indiscriminate and can affect other wildlife and some pets. Live trapping also involves periods of stress before the animal is shot. One possible non-cruel method would be contraception… W Robinson Westbury Wiltshire (letter)

York Press 12.1.09 Oh dear, the smug-faced hunting brigade have shown themselves again in The Press (Chase is still on, January 7)…. N Hillen, Wains Road, Dringhouses, York (story)

Swindon Advertiser 12.1.09 letter from the Rev H W Jones - IT seems to me that civilisation can be just a veneer, remove restraints and a human being can return to a pagan way of life…. I am afraid that without laws protecting wild living creatures, many people from the very top of our society still behave in a cruel and unthinking way. It does not matter if they are well educated Christians, they seem to enjoy killing for sport… (Rev) H W Jones Priors Hill Wroughton Swindon (letter)

Yorkshire Post 12.1.09 Economic realities of shooting - From: Monica A Ward, chairperson of South Yorkshire Badger Group, Thurlstone Road, Penistone, Nr Sheffield. REGARDING your report "Gamekeeper escapes jail for illegal traps" (Yorkshire Post, January 3), they were only doing their job. A lot of money will have been invested in a shoot of 40,000 pheasants and 20,000 partridges… The policies under which both the head gamekeeper and all the other game keepers worked will surely have been set by the owner of the shoot…. Shooting is supposed to be a sport. Instead, it seems to be becoming ruthless, selfish and cruel big business that is wiping out wild life in large areas of our countryside… (story)

Basingstoke Gazette 12.1.09 Three men convicted of hunting with dogs By Chief reporter Vicky O'Hare - THREE men have been found guilty of hunting with dogs after being caught in a field near Basingstoke. In the first conviction for the offence in Hampshire, John Cole, 65, John Giles, 21, and Frederick Stevens, 42, were convicted at Basingstoke Magistrates Court and fined… (story)

Scottish Herald 12.1.09 Animal testing futile - Anne Johnstone (Medical benefits justify Scots primate research, January 8) has been misinformed. I am very sorry that Ms Johnstone's father has Parkinson's disease… However, DBS was actually pioneered in human patients, not monkeys, as lobbyists for animal testing dishonestly claim…. As Dr John Xuereb, director of the Cambridge Brain Bank, acknowledges: "Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases occur in humans and it is in human tissue that we will find the answers to these diseases." Kathy Archibald, Director, Safer Medicines Campaign, PO Box 62720, London. (letter)

Western Morning News 12.1.09 Squirrel meat – sick insult or fair game? ED CHESTER was just nine years old when he shot his first grey squirrel with an airgun on the family estate…. These days, the chef's tastes have evolved from the sickly-sweet taste of concentrated blackcurrants and he now creates squirrel dishes such as pates and his favourite, squirrel fricassee with leek and wild mushrooms, served up at Otterton Mill in East Devon… Squirrels Direct has won backing from the Countryside Alliance. Its South West director Alison Hawes said the organisation condoned the eating of game, to ensure nothing went to waste….. Advocates For Animals has made a case for the conservation for grey squirrels, and political director Libby Anderson said: "The irresponsible demonization of grey squirrels for profit must not be tolerated… (story)

Leicester Mercury 12.1.09 Sad indictment of our society - I'm sure many people will have read the story of Button and her litter of 18 puppies with great interest and affection… Sadly, TV programmes, clever advertising and films do little to help curb people's desire for a perfectly-marked pedigree pet, while in reality, millions of unwanted animals languish in rescue centres…. Linda J Bodicoat, Earl Shilton. (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 12.1.09 IN Saturday’s Adver there was a picture of three people dressed as members of ABBA, holding placards asking for a cut in tax on savings… As someone who is interested in animal welfare, I have been moved on by our wonderful police on a number of occasions as it is no longer lawful to protest against animal abuse…. PHILIP BEAVEN Merton Avenue Swindon (letter)

Edinburgh News 12.1.09 Time to show same concern for animals - I READ with interest of the intention of Live Nation to axe the Chinese dance and music show DPA because of concern of causing offence in China… It's a pity that they do not show the same consideration to theatre goers who enjoy opera and ballet but refrain from attending the Ellen Kent productions because of their distress as seeing animals and birds used for entertainment purposes…. Lilian Greig, Ardmillan Terrace, Edinburgh (letter)

10.1.09

Carlisle News & Star 10.1.09 Cumbria still divided over fox hunting - IF THERE is one point on which pro- and anti-hunt campaigners agree, it is that there needs to be a rethink on the fox-hunting ban… The Countryside Alliance is leading the campaign for the hunting ban to be overturned, arguing it is “confusing, unnecessary and divisive”. They say they are fighting for liberty, tradition and common sense. Nearly 11,700 people have already signed a petition on a website – www.repeal.org – launched to back its fight and they say support is growing… Speaking at the Blencathra Foxhounds’ meeting on New Year’s Day, master of the hunt Michael Thompson described the ban as a “dog’s dinner” and said the pursuit was more popular than it ever had been… Cumbrian Elaine Milbourn is now part of Protect Our Wild Animals, a pressure group demanding a complete ban on the hunting of wild animals with dogs… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.1.09 We've a right to enjoy our wildlife - HOW nice to read the letter by John Lloyd, All the fun of hunt with no bloodshed, Points of view, January 5, about the good rides had by all on drag-hunting. But it's a sad fact that where many hunts have gone over to drag-hunting, many are still out killing our wildlife for so-called sport…. Kathy Moyle, Collins Park, East Budleigh (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 5.1.09 All the fun of hunt with no bloodshed - IT'S what I have always said: you don't have to kill animals to have fun on a hunt, Tally ho! Annual meet a great social success and hunt is legal, too, Echo, January 2. I speak from experience. We always used to drag hunt when I was a boy… John Lloyd, Exeter (letter)

Halifax Courier 10.1.09 Our Queen at 82 is still hard-working - As a regular reader of "The Evening Courier", I think it is a very good local paper… However, I was surprised to read such an ill-informed and really unnecessarily abusive article as Pauline Hawkins's column - "Our Charming Royle Family". Everyone is entitled to their opinion over fox hunting and of course over the relevance of the monarchy in the 21st century, but your article was unbalanced, unfair and in many respects plainly wrong… Chris Toole, Elmfield Terrace, Savile Park, Halifax (letter)
Halifax Courier 3.1.09 Our charming Royle family... By Pauline Hawkins - A SNOW Queen, a shameful baddie and an annual show of extravagance, arrogance and cruelty worthy of the grandest theatre in the land…. Every year, like it or not, we are treated to the sight of an over-indulged, out-of-touch bunch of parasites and hangers-on parading their wealth and status in front of us like an over-decorated tree in a department store window… Hungry and deprived this family is not, so why spend a joyous season in the killing fields?... (story)

PRINCE EDWARD AND THE LABRADOR
Norwich Evening News 10.1.09 Prince not to be prosecuted for dog beating - LUCY BOLTON - Prince Edward will not be prosecuted for allegations over beating his dog while shooting in Norfolk…. (story)
BBC News Online 9.1.09 Prince dog beating claim rejected - The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, will not be prosecuted over allegations he beat a gun dog, the RSPCA has said… In a statement, the animal charity said: "The RSPCA has closed its investigation as there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation that Prince Edward beat his dog."… (story)
Telegraph 9.1.09 Prince Edward cleared of animal cruelty The Earl of Wessex has been cleared by the RSPCA of animal cruelty over photographs that appeared to show him lashing out at two gundogs with a stick during a pheasant shoot. By Andrew Pierce (story)
Yorkshire Post 30.12.08 Edward 'cruelty' claim checked - The RSPCA is looking into allegations that the Earl of Wessex hit his dog while out shooting, it said yesterday… (story)
Times 29.12.08 Did he or didn’t he? Earl of Wessex accused of dog beating - Valentine Low - As festive traditions go, it is as integral a part of the Christmas holiday as turkey leftovers and high street sales - the hapless member of the Royal Family pilloried by the animal rights brigade for some transgression of fur or feather. This year it was the turn of the Earl of Wessex, who was accused yesterday of setting a “sickening example” for apparently hitting a dog with a stick while shooting at Sandringham… Step forward Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, who said: “It is an offence to cause an animal unnecessary suffering. Hitting a dog is a pathetic, cowardly and vicious act - it would appear he has had a royal tantrum.” Barry Hugill, spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, added: “He has set a truly sickening example.”…. (story)
BBC News Online 29.12.08 Prince 'struck dog' claim inquiry - The RSPCA has said it is looking at claims Prince Edward may have struck a Labrador with a walking stick on the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk…. (story)
Daily Mail 29.12.08 Prince Edward could face RSPCA probe after lashing out at his dogs with stick By Luke Salkeld - Prince Edward could face an RSPCA investigation after he was accused of setting a 'sickening example' for lashing out at two gun dogs with a large wooden stick… (story)
Mirror 29.12.08 Prince Edward lashes out at dog By Aidan Mcgurran - Prince Edward raises his walking stick and appears to hit a gundog on a shooting party… (story)
Scottish Herald 29.12.08 Prince Edward in the dog house with animal rights campaigners - Animal charities accused the Earl of Wessex of setting a "sickening example" yesterday as pictures showed him apparently hitting his dog… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 29.12.08 Prince Edward accused of hitting his dog - ANIMAL charities yesterday accused the Earl of Wessex of setting a “sickening example” as pictures showed him allegedly hitting his dog…. (story)
Express 29.12.08 ANIMAL LOVERS IN UPROAR AS EDWARD ‘BEATS LABRADOR’ ON A SHOOTING TRI By Laura Clout and Richard Palmer - THE RSPCA has pledged to investigate claims that Prince Edward beat his dog on the Queen’s estate. Animal charities yesterday accused the prince of a “cowardly and vicious act” after he was pictured apparently lashing out with a walking stick on a shooting trip…. (story)
Sunday Express 28.12.08 EDWARD’S VICIOUS ATTACK ON HIS DOG - By Marco Giannangeli - HEARTLESS Prince Edward lashed out at a defenceless dog with a walking stick during a royal shooting party yesterday…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 28.12.08 Prince Edward faces possible RSPCA probe for 'beating' dogs - The Earl of Wessex faces a possible criminal investigation for animal cruelty after photographs showed him appearing to beat two gundogs with a stick during a royal pheasant shoot. By John Bingham - An RSPCA inspector is to examine the images, taken by a photographer at Sandringham, Norfolk, on Saturday, to determine whether the animals were subjected to "unnecessary suffering"…. (story)
Sky 28.12.08 Prince Savaged By Animal Charities - Animal charities are accusing the Earl of Wessex of setting a "sickening example" by waving his stick at two dogs at a pheasant shoot…. (story)
Press Association (via Google) 27.12.08 Prince accused of 'hitting his dog' - Animal charities have accused Prince Edward of setting a "sickening example" as pictures showed him apparently hitting his dog. Buckingham Palace said Edward waved his stick in a bid to break up a fight between his animals over a dead pheasant at the Queen's Sandringham estate, Norfolk… Barry Hugill, spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, added: "People in blood sports tend to show a complete disregard for the welfare of animals…. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, added: "It is an offence to cause an animal unnecessary suffering…. (story)
Daily Mail 27.12.08 Prince Dog-Beater: Outrage as Edward repeatedly lashes out at gundogs with a 4ft stick By Miles Goslett - Prince Edward has been accused of animal cruelty after losing his temper and lashing out violently and repeatedly at his gundogs with a wooden stick. The 44-year-old Prince reacted angrily when he saw two black labradors trying to grab hold of the same dead pheasant during a shoot at the Sandringham Royal Estate in Norfolk yesterday. He approached the dogs with his shotgun tucked under his arm and a 4ft stick raised menacingly in the air… (story)
Telegraph 27.12.08 Earl of Wessex in gun dog 'cruelty' row - It is a question every dog owner faces at some time – your dog starts misbehaving and you need to regain control, but how do you do it? by Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter - The Earl of Wessex has found himself at the centre of an animal cruelty row after being captured on film raising his stick to one of his dogs during a pheasant shoot. Prince Edward, 44, reacted when he saw two black Labradors trying to grab hold of the same dead bird on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk…. (story)

9.1.09

LACS HUNTING ACT LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 9.1.09 Hunt lobby wants to turn back clock - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 7.1.09 Why return to animal cruelty? - Douglas Batchelor, League Against Cruel Sports, Surrey (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 5.1.09 Stick to compromise - The hunters have been quick to point out that hunting is more popular than before. Hunting without the fox, taking the cruelty out of it has, as we said it would, made hunting more popular. Why, then, do the extremists in the hunting fraternity want to turn the clock back to cruelty by repealing the Hunting Act?... Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming (letter)

Western Daily Press 9.1.09 The truth on animal rights - I must say I found P Richardson's letter, "Bloodsports fanatics have no understanding of cruelty" (Your Say, December 29) most enlightening. Here at last was an animal rights supporter who was willing to clear up any misconceptions and to openly state there is no difference between anti-hunt groups and animal rights supporters… of course, there is a darker flipside to Mr Richardson's admission, as is shown by the recent trial and conviction of four leading animal rights activists for their attacks on workers of companies indirectly linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences… If you need reminding of the kind of actions perpetrated by animal rights groups, these have included car bombs, intimidation and direct cruelty to horses and hounds at hunt meetings… S Freke Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.12.08 Bloodsports fanatics have no understanding of cruelty - I am writing in answer to the letter from Bill Pullen headed "One rule for all cruelty" (Your Say, December 12). He, like the rest of the bloodsports fanatics have no understanding whatsoever of people who object to the abuse and killing of animals for sport, pleasure and profit…. . Anti-hunt and animal rights people are one and the same. It can't be much simpler than that…. P RichardsonCirencester (letter)

Leicester Mercury 9.1.09 James' dedication worthy of praise - What an uplifting article about James Mason. ("Animal-lover James finds his dream job", Mercury, January 2). Animal cruelty and neglect is deplorable and it is heartwarming to hear of a teenager who works so enthusiastically for animal welfare…. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

Shields Gazette 9.1.09 Save the planet by going veggie - AFTER the extravagance and excess of the festive season, you may well be considering making some New Year's resolutions. This is the perfect time to make a fresh start, and take steps towards a fitter, healthier, happier you – and there's no better way of doing it than by going veggie… Ashley Owen, Animal Aid. Kent. (letter)

8.1.09

Irish Times 8.1.09 Call to withdraw hunt licence - Aideen Yourell's letter of January 5th describes the cruelty and terror inflicted on defenceless Irish deer by the so-called "sporting" Ward Union Hunt in Co Meath. She lists a heartbreaking catalogue of unnecessary pain, suffering, and crude savagery gleaned from authentic reports obtained by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that have been carelessly inflicted on these terrified animals… PEG SHEEHAN, Kildoragh, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim (letter)
Irish Times 5.1.09 Call to withdraw hunt licence - A shocking report in your edition of December 31st tells how a stag being hounded by the Ward Union hunt club in Co Meath, was forced to swim across the bitterly cold Boyne river to escape its tormentors. We can only imagine the stress and terror endured by this defenceless animal, used as a live lure to provide "sport" and "entertainment" for the hunt… AIDEEN YOURELL, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. (letter)
Irish Times 31.12.08 Stag escapes from Meath hunters by swimming river - HARRY McGEE - THE WARD Union Hunt said yesterday that its stag hunt in Co Meath passed off successfully with the stag eventually escaping by swimming across the river Boyne…. (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 8.1.09 Hunt ban U-turn isn’t wanted - So, Edward Duke (Sinnington Hunt master) hopes a future Tory government will overturn the hunting ban (Gazette, December 31). My advice to him would be: ‘‘Don’t hold your breath.’’ If he thinks the new ‘caring Conservatives’ are going to risk an early attempt to overturn the ban and all the media trouble that will bring, then I believe he will be as disappointed as all the anti-bloodsports Labour supporters were by phoney Blair’s prevarications… Joe Public no more wants a return to the hunting of foxes, deer, mink or hares, than they wish to see a legal return of badger baiting, wren hunts or dog fighting. T Woodward, Pickering (story)

Bucks Herald 8.1.09 Hunting ban should remain - With regards to these hunt meetings that take place on boxing day I can't understand the mentality of people who find it exciting and enjoyable going to go these hunts and watch morons on horses with packs of dogs chasing foxes and kill them in a barbaric way just for fun…. V Birch (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SHOOTING STARS CAMPAIGN
Daily Post 8.1.09 Best shot for rural youth by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - It’s worth £73m to Wales, has a key role in keeping young people on the land – and some want it banned. Rural affairs editor Andrew Forgrave looks at the future of shooting - IN THE past 20 years some 400,000 young people have quit the countryside in search of work in Britain’s towns and cities… But according to the Countryside Alliance, some industries still play an important part in retaining young people in rural areas. In highlighting the benefits of one sector in particular – shooting – it also hopes to talk up the merits of a sport which finds itself under threat from animal welfare groups… To showcase the involvement of younger people in the sport, the Countryside Alliance has launched its Shooting Stars campaign, three of whom are highlighted below - IAN WILLIAMS, 28, GUN-SHOP RETAILER… ALISON VALENTINE, 24, SHOOTING SCHOOL MANAGER… LEE FINCH, 28, HOTELIER… (story)
Western Daily Press 4.1.09 Selling 'trendy' image of jobs in shooting industry - He is young, fresh-faced, holding a gun and proud of it. But this is not a shocking pic of a feral gangster teenager on an inner-city estate – it is part of a brand new campaign launched by the Countryside Alliance to sell, to young people, the idea of a job in the shooting industry. Not surprisingly, it has prompted an outcry from the animal rights campaigners who have long set their own sights on what they call 'the bloody business' of mass-rearing and mass-slaughtering game birds… (story)

Evesham Journal 8.1.09 Membership high - THE British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s membership numbers reached a record high during December, when the number of individual members passed the 130,000 mark…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 8.1.09 Let's see the end of foie gras on menus - I was interested in the recent article concerning the serving of pate de foie gras in local restaurants. It is good to know that the production of this commodity in the United Kingdom is now banned and hopefully, eventually, its import will also be banned…. TERRY M HARDICK Bath Boating Station Forester Road Bathwick Bath (story)

7.1.09

Whitehaven News 7.1.09 Hundreds brave cold and enjoy New Year’s Day hunt - HUNT supporters turned out in force to uphold a centuries-old New Year’s Day tradition in West Cumbria. About 200 people watched or took part in the Melbreak Hunt to mark the start of 2009… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 7.1.09 Hunting down the answers - HUNTING is surviving, nearly four years after a ban on foxhunting. However, hunting as a rural way of life has a somewhat uncertain future, due to hopes that the ban, made law in February 2005, will be overturned at some stage in the future. Countryside Alliance chief executive and Conservative parliamentary candidate Simon Hart hopes a change of government could lead to a repeal of the ban… League Against Cruel Sports representative, Whitland-based Mike Sharratt, said: "We find it very gratifying how the 2004 Act is going…. (story)

York Press 7.1.09 Old adversaries remain foxed by lingering row By Charlotte Percival - It has been four years since hunting with dogs was made illegal. But is the ban working? CHARLOTTE PERCIVAL investigates… almost four years on from February 2005, when the Hunting Act 2004 became law, the passion on both sides remains as strong as ever. Recently, this was highlighted at the tradition Boxing Day meets, when large crowds turned out at Easingwold Market Place where the York and Ainsty hunt met, Blakey Topping, where the Farndale Hunt held its meet, and Kirkbymoorside Market Place, which was brought to a standstill by 50 riders and hordes of residents and visitors to the Sinnington Hunt. Also, Derwent Hunt, pictured here, met at Thornton-le-Dale… But is the ban having much effect? We asked two men who regularly accompany hunts... THE HUNTSMAN – Tim Easby, master of the Middleton Hunt… THE HUNT SABATEUR – Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association… (story)

Essex Chronicle/Gazette 7.1.09 Hunt tribute to supporters - A TRADITIONAL New Year's Day hunt paraded peacefully along Maldon High Street. Master of the Hunt Mervyn Clarke said: "It was a very well attended and successful event…. Members of the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt went from the Blue Boar Hotel in Maldon to a farm in Mundon… (story)

Irish Independent 7.1.09 Hunt laws must be workable - In reply to John Fitzgerald's correspondence on hunting (Letters, Irish Independent, January 2), Mr Fitzgerald and I come from the same part of the South East, where hunting has a long tradition and a huge following. This part of Ireland had only one drag hunt which ceased operating over three years ago… Let people continue to make an informed decision as to what they consider right and wrong and let's not make the mistake our neighbours have made in the UK with an unworkable and unjust law under which neither the fox, nor the hare, is better off. JAMES PHELAN, CARRICK ON SUIR, CO TIPPERARY (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 2.1.09 Leave the foxes and stags alone - JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Independent 2.1.09 A happy hunting ground is a drag - THE array of colourful hunting scenes in the Irish Independent (December 27) gave the impression that live animal baiting (fox and stag hunting) is a harmless, life-enhancing activity, with everyone involved having a lovely time in a festive wonderland atmosphere. But these seasonal pictures are utterly misleading and fail to hint at the cruelty to animals that is an integral part of hunting. All the happy images and the obvious feel-good factor projected by those scenes in your paper could be replicated in drag hunting… JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY. (letter)

Galway Independent 7.1.09 A great friend of the animals - Tony Gregory was certainly a brave man of the people, and I applaud his unceasing opposition to the drugs barons who have fattened on human misery. But he was also a tireless champion of animal welfare. In 1993, he moved a Dail Private Members Bill to abolish live hare coursing…. John Fitzgerald, Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny (letter)

Worthing Herald 7.1.09 Maybe the cat killers are not foxes but unruly dogs - MY sympathies to the person who claims his cat was killed by a fox…. Did he, however, actually witness the attack?... Virtually every day I watch the foxes and my cat in close proximity and they both ignore each other… K Davey, Goring-by-Sea (letter)

Leicester Mercury 7.1.09 Such hypocrisy - Vegetarians like Elizabeth Allison (Mailbox, December 31) really make my blood boil.They blame meat-eating for every illness under the sun and jump on any bandwagon to peddle their doctrine.As someone who works with a vegetarian that bores me and the rest of the office with her endless stories of the wonders of her diet, I tell her to stick to her nut cutlet and I will stick to my nice juicy steak or lamb chops… Robin Johnson, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 5.1.09 Animal cruelty exposed - Aisha Makda (Mailbox, December 23) wrote about how to make sure that halal products are the genuine article…. Also, Elizabeth Allison (Mailbox, December 26) wrote about mass slaughter at Christmas… When we did kill the poultry at Christmas, I can tell her that their death was instant and they were not left to bleed to death in the manner that Aisha Makda wishes upon them. So maybe this is where Ms Allison should be directing her complaints… G A Wright, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 26.12.08 Mass slaughter for Christmas - Three unconnected articles in the Mercury (December 18) prompted me to consider some of the inconsistences in our thoughts and actions…. On the one hand, much time, expertise and money is spent on some animals to keep them alive and healthy, while others are manipulated, abused and forced to live in misery just to end up on our plates…. Elizabeth Allison, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 22.12.08 Pity the animals - I wholeheartedly agree with Paddy O'Malley ("Making a travesty of Christmas", Mailbox November 27). He states that we should "love and care for our fellow man" and "be compassionate to those in distress". However, I wonder if the noble sentiments of mercy, love, care and compassion extend to animals which are exploited, confined and slaughtered to end up on overfilled festive plates….. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 7.1.09 Video: Animal protesters picket town dock - PROTESTERS made their feelings known at Ipswich dock's west bank terminal today as rumours spread of the impending arrival of live exports to the town…. (story)
Norwich Evening Star 7.1.09 Video: Animal protesters picket town dock - TOM POTTER - PROTESTERS made their feelings known at Ipswich dock's west bank terminal today as rumours spread of the impending arrival of live exports to the town…. As protesters lined the entrance to the port in Wherstead Road, cargo ships were reported to be somewhere in the North Sea approaching the Suffolk coast. Protesters were being kept constantly up-to-date on movements by counterparts, Kent Against Live Exports (KALE). Judy Massie, of Colchester, arrived at the west bank terminal gates at 6am… (story)

6.1.09

Horse & Hound 6.1.09 Thousands daily show support for hunting act repeal - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - More than 1000 people a day are showing their support for repeal of the hunting act by visiting the Countryside Alliance's official repeal website… (story)

6.1.09 Stay civilised From Daphne Foreman (Miss) Sturton Street, Cambridge - I WAS pleased to read (News, December 27) the Cambridgeshire Hunt now follows a scent trail but then dismayed to read the supporters hope to bring back the hunting of live fox if a change of Government lifts the ban on live hunting. What extra fillip will it give the participants to terrorise and literally hound to death a small wild animal, with indeed the cruel death at the end?... (letter)

Yorkshire Post 6.1.09 Foxes and the survival of the fittest From: Phyllis Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton. WHETHER anyone likes it or not, fox hunting is the kindest and most natural way of controlling the vermin fox. If HH Greaves (Yorkshire Post, December 29) understood the ways of the fox and the ways of the countryside, and other animals and birds therein, he would realise this fact…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 29.12.08 A false defence of the cruelty of fox hunting - A false defence of the cruelty of fox hunting From: HH Greaves, Lea Close, Leven, near Beverley. HARRY Stephenson, the joint master of the York and South Ainsty Hunt, tells us (Yorkshire Post, December 26), that the only victims of the hunt ban are the foxes. To my mind, this is a convoluted argument, riddled with half-truths necessary to bolster a false defence of fox-hunting, a cruel sport that does little to control the predatory creature who lives as nature intended – without man's interference… (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 6.1.09 Hunt report made disturbing reading - I WAS disturbed to read the report, Echo, January 2, of the New Year's Day traditional hunt meet at Ottery St Mary…. What right does the East Devon Hunt have to meet in the town square? Before hunting was banned, hunt masters, using hounds for sporting purposes, were granted exemption from prosecution if their dogs went onto highways or entered fields with livestock. But there now appears to be no good reason why hounds should be allowed onto roads without leads. I will be taking up this matter with the police…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 6.1.09 Gloucestershire Bites Back: Canny shoppers get their teeth into pheasant - SHOPPERS in Gloucestershire are biting back against the credit crunch, literally, and the county's butchers are benefiting. And one of the real growth areas is meat from wild and almost wild animals like rabbit and pheasant….(story)

Western Mail 6.1.09 Selling blood sports - What exactly is double-digit growth? Sally Williams’ article (“Are you game for trying a taste of something different for your festive feast tomorrow?”, Dec 24) about the growth of game sales has the fingerprints of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation all over it… Both the Countryside Alliance and the BASC are not only promoting game for the same reason, they are engaged in a game with the public. Make no mistake; game sales in Britain are tiny… KIT DAVIDSON, Shooting Consultant, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Western Mail 24.12.08 Are you game for trying a taste of something different? by Sally Williams, Western Mail - RABBIT, pheasant and wood pigeon are increasingly replacing turkey on the festive dinner table, according to new figures… Dave Harper, of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), says sales of game have been rising year- on-year at a much faster rate than the 5% increase seen in the sales of everyday red meat and poultry…. (story)

North West Evening Mail 6.1.09 Police crackdown on Lakes poachers - I HOP from the back of a police car at an unidentified location somewhere deep in the heart of Grizedale Forest… We are part of an undercover operation designed to catch illegal deer poachers…. The anti-poaching operation is carried out by 20 volunteers in conjunction with Cumbria police, the Forestry Commission, South Lakes Deer Management Group and local gamekeepers and landowners… (story)

Western Mail 6.1.09 Pedigree herd slaughtered in TB outbreak - AN ORGANIC milk company whose customers include the Welsh Rugby Union and Chelsea Football Club is to have its pedigree herd slaughtered tomorrow because of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak. Hundreds of Holstein Friesians at Ffosyficer Farm at Abercych, near Newcastle Emlyn, have already been put down after the disease was discovered… Gordon Lumby, secretary of Dyfed Badger Conservation, said: “All cattle in Wales are being tested for TB but the old fashioned skin test is being used, which is not accurate… (story)

South Wales Echo 6.1.09 Some people do care about the fur traders - ONCE again we see that the so-called vegetarian is failing to live up to her hype and deservedly was greeted by shouts of “Shame on Katherine” at Harrods’ Winter Sale… Chart- topping Leona Lewis refused to open the Winter Sale because of Harrods’ policy of selling fur…. Nigel GeorgeWhitchurch, Cardiff (story)

5.1.09

York Press 5.1.09 Huntsmen surprised as fox leaps out By Richard Harris - THE hounds were slightly more surprised than the fox when they accidentally flushed him out on the New Year’s Day meet. The Derwent Hunt, which met at The Hall in Thornton le Dale, was following an artificial scent trail between Wilton and Allerston when the fox jumped out from beneath a hedge in front of 50 riders and 35 hounds. But Joint hunt master Richard Morley said the fox was allowed to go on his way unharmed…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.1.09 East Devon hunt saddles up - CHILDREN were able to saddle up and join in with a New Year hunt in the grounds of Rockbeare Manor in East Devon. The hunt, on Saturday, was a chance for youngsters to take part in the sport and gain more confidence on their mounts…. (story)

Ledbury Reporter 5.1.09 Thanks from the Hunt - A VERY big thank you to all the people of Upton and all around on turning out to see the Hunt meet on Christmas Eve…. MRS SALLY ROBINSON, Croome and West Warks Hunt, Bransford Road, St Johns, Worcester (letter)

Cambridge News 5.1.09 Why go for kill? From Teresa Gurner, Cockerell Road, Cambridge - REGARDING the article "Supporters out in force for Boxing Day hunt": Evidently hundreds of supporters turned out for the Enfield Chace traditional hunt… But even better, the hunt's popularity has not diminished since the ban on blood sports. Well that is wonderful news… So why then would a joint master, with everything so very wonderful, as wonderful as it has ever been, amongst all this fun and excitement, desire to overturn a ban that endeavours to protect an animal from being chased to the point of exhaustion and then being killed by a pack of dogs, ripping it to pieces while still alive. Why?.... (letter)

Worcester News 5.1.09 Hunt ban should be even tighter - Another reason not to vote for the Tories in the next election. It appears they are getting ready to repeal the fox hunting ban… JOHN SHEARON, Worcester (letter)

Bolton News 5.1.09 No-one should be above the law - WHY don’t the rich, spoilt layabouts who feel the need to go hunting and shooting get a proper job?... The law says no hunting. No-one should have guns because guns mean murder. Mrs J Molyneux Astley (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 5.1.09 Game shooting not justified - I REPLY to a recent letter from Peter Jolly in which he appears to try to justify the shooting of game by comparing it with the conditions in battery hen farms and abattoirs. The disgusting life that battery hens have and the immense terror of animals in sickening conditions in abattoirs can never justify or take away the disgraceful and cruel treatment of hand-reared birds blasted to death… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 5.1.09 A call for compassion - MORE than ever we need to think about having a green and compassionate year… Buy only those cosmetics and toiletries and household products that haven’t been tested on animals… Support charities that do not use animals in their research: Animal Aid has a comprehensive list to send off for or download… Dr Rees Mangal, Yorkshire Animal and Environmental Protection (letter)

BBC News Online 5.1.09 Reward offered over swan attacks - A reward has been put up for information following a spate of attacks on swans in Derbyshire…. The national pressure group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has put up the £1,000 reward… Anna Sergeant from PETA said: "It seems that these animals went through huge suffering for no reason whatsoever. We really need to take action." (story)

4.1.09

Times 4.1.09 Badger baiting on the rise as rural police patrols dwindle - End of troubles has led to greater freedom for bloodsport enthusiasts to dig out setts, animal welfare campaigners claim - George MacManus - Badger baiting has grown in popularity in Northern Ireland since the end of the Troubles due to the significant reduction in police patrols in rural areas, campaigners claim…. (story)

3.1.09

Southern Daily Echo 3.1.09 Repeal this nasty hunting law - I JUST wanted to write and say thank you for covering the traditional Boxing Day hunt meet on December 26. And thank you to all who came to support the hunt. The task of laying trails fell to me (as part of a dedicated team) and it was a little nerve racking to do the first line, on the green, in front of more than a 1000 spectators…. The Hunting Act 2004 cause huge stresses and pressures on those involved in running a hunt. It is a very badly drafted piece of law and should be removed from the statute book…. Will Day, New Forest Hounds Traillayer Number3, Born to Hunt. (letter)

The Sentinel 3.1.09 Hunting ban should never be lifted - CRUEL SPORT: I would like to reply to the article in The Sentinel on Saturday, December 27, in connection with the hunting ban. When the law came into force, it was the best thing that could have happened. As far as I am concerned, this is a very cruel sport and the ban should never be lifted…. LYNN HEDLEY, Burslem (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 3.1.09 Shame laws needed to protect wildlife - AT this time of year, the hunters always rev up their activities. I have never understood why their minds link the season of goodwill to all men with chasing and killing birds and mammals for fun…. The bloodsports lobby is a combination of 'wannabes' willing to pay the price to get alongside the hunting and shooting set, and sad souls who want to go on killing for fun…. Mrs Kathy Moyle, Collins Park, East Budleigh (letter)

York Press 3.1.09 Ban four-letter word - YOUR article “Sun shines on hunt gathering” (The Press, December 27) uses the word “hunt” five times in what was a small article referring to various Boxing Day meets around North Yorkshire… the end of fox hunting is a victory for everyone who has signed a petition, held a banner or engaged in any legal resistance to what is now illegal. Jonathan Bonner, Huntington Road, York. (letter)

KEMPTON ESTATE PROSECUTIONS
York Press 3.1.09 Gamekeeper admits using illegal trap By Richard Harris - A GAMEKEEPER has avoided jail after admitting using an illegal trap and allowing another keeper to illegally catch birds of prey… (story)
Yorkshire Post 3.1.09 Gamekeeper escapes jail for illegal traps By Brian Dooks - A GAMEKEEPER, who failed to prevent an assistant killing birds of prey and clubbing badgers to death on a 6,000-acre sporting estate, escaped an immediate prison sentence yesterday… (story)
Express 3.1.09 GAMING PAIR USED ILLEGAL TRAPS By Martin Stote - THE head gamekeeper on a lucrative 6,000-acre shooting estate was given a suspended jail sentence yesterday for using an illegal trap and allowing a colleague to snare birds of prey… (story)
Northern Echo 3.1.09 Gamekeeper spared jail for using illegal trap - A GAMEKEEPER today escaped jail after admitting using an illegal trap and allowing another keeper to illegally catch birds of prey… (story)
BBC News Online 2.1.09 Suspended sentence for gamekeeper - A head gamekeeper who admitted setting illegal traps and allowing a junior gamekeeper to illegally kill animals has been given a suspended sentence. Roger Venton, 33, of Borrough Cottage, Kempton Estate, Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in Telford. He was given a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 250 hours of community work…. (story)
Birmingham Post 2.1.09 Suspended sentence for Shropshire gamekeeper - A Shropshire gamekeeper has avoided jail after admitting using an illegal trap and allowing another keeper to catch birds of prey illegally. Roger Venton, 34, of Wheldrake Lane, Elvington, North Yorkshire, was handed a sentence of three months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, at Telford Magistrates' Court… (story)
Telegraph 2.1.09 Gamekeeper escapes jail after using illegal trap - A gamekeeper has escaped jail after admitting using an illegal trap and allowing another keeper to illegally catch birds of prey. Roger Venton, 34, of Wheldrake Lane, Elvington, North Yorkshire, was handed a sentence of three months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, at Telford Magistrates' Court…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.1.09 Gamekeeper failed to prevent trapping - A GAMEKEEPER who used an illegal trap and allowed another keeper to illegally catch birds of prey has avoided a prison sentence today. Roger Venton, a former head gamekeeper on the Kempton Estate in Shropshire, pleaded guilty to using a spring trap and permitting assistant keeper Kyle Burden to use a cage trap to illegally catch birds of prey… (story)
Shropshire Star 3.12.08 Gamekeeper told he faces prison - A head gamekeeper who admitted setting illegal traps and allowing a junior gamekeeper to illegally kill animals has been told he faces jail. Roger Venton, 33, of Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared at Telford Magistrates' Court. The court heard he was charged after two former estate employees complained. Gamekeeper Kyle Burden, 19, of Kempton, was found guilty of killing buzzards and badgers earlier this year…. (story)
Guardian 20.9.08 Gamekeeper who clubbed badgers to death spared jail - Damien Pearse - A teenage gamekeeper who clubbed to death badgers and shot buzzards then recorded the illegal killings in a coded diary has been spared jail. Kyle Burden claimed he killed the animals ahead of the shooting season to protect pheasants and partridges, game for wealthy visitors to a Shropshire estate. He put all the details in a diary, alongside the deaths of 300 rabbits and 40 ravens…. (story)
Shropshire Star 20.9.08 Sentence for killer gamekeeper - A teenage gamekeeper who clubbed badgers to death and killed two buzzards on a Shropshire country estate has been given a 26-week suspended jail sentence. Kyle Burden, 19, committed the offences to protect game birds being prepared for shoots on the 6,000-acre Kempton estate, near Bishop’s Castle, magistrates in Telford heard… (story)
BBC News Online 19.9.08 Suspended term for animal killer - A former gamekeeper has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting killing buzzards and badgers. Kyle Burden, 19, from Kempton, near Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, admitted killing them on the Kempton Estate near Craven Arms in 2007. He was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for six months, at Telford Magistrates Court…. (story)
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 31.8.08 Keeper clubbed badgers to death By Paul Ferguson - A GAMEKEEPER who killed birds of prey and clubbed badgers to death could be sent to prison. Kyle Burden, of Lydbury North, appeared before Ludlow Magistrates last Thursday on several counts of animal cruelty. The court heard how Burden, aged 19, used guns and illegal traps to kill badgers and buzzards on the Kempton Estate between May 14 and July 21 last year. He will be sentenced next month in Telford after admitting nine charges. Six other offences were taken into consideration…. (story)

York Press 3.1.09 Spoiled Royal ‘brat’ - LIKE many other people, I was shocked and annoyed to read details of Prince Edward beating a gundog during a royal shooting party over the festive season… J H Roy, Hadrian Avenue, York. (letter)

2.1.09

Western Daily Press 2.1.09 Hunt ban groups row over bid to change law - The anti-hunting movement appeared split this week over whether they should back moves to toughen up the hunt ban. A leaked memo from the boss of the League Against Cruel Sports appeared to criticise those within the campaign who are calling for loopholes in the law to be tightened. The League, along with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, have refused to support a growing grassroots campaign to toughen up the law on hunting…. Among the campaigners openly calling for a law change is hunt monitor Penny Little, from Cotswold-based Protect Our Wild Animals, and veteran Tory anti-hunt MP Anne Widdecombe. But in the leaked memo, Douglas Batchelor, the chief executive of the League, said calls for a tightening up of the law undermine their case…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.1.09 Riders turn out to join special Hogmanay hunt By Leanna MacLarty - SCOTLAND’S most northerly pack of foxhounds gathered for a special Hogmanay hunt. Around 25 riders took part in the special event organised by Kincardineshire Foxhounds, the only group using horses and hounds in the north-east… (story)

Western Morning News 2.1.09 Large turnouts show a bright future for hunts - THE future of hunting in the Westcountry was looking bright as the New Year's Day meets drew in the crowds across the region. One of Cornwall's oldest hunts attracted a bumper turnout of riders and followers. More than 70 riders, including many youngsters, gathered outside the Silver Ball pub at St Columb Major to join the Four Burrow Hunt…. In Devon, there was a strong turnout for the Silverton Hunt, which went ahead on foot, the horses staying in the warm… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 2.1.09 Tally ho! Annual meet a great social success and hunt is legal, too - THE annual New Year's Day hunt from Ottery St Mary pulled its usual crowd of supporters as whole families gathered to see the riders set off on the traditional meet. Joint master Michael Moore said that it was a great social event for many people and a brilliant way to start the year… The ban on fox-hunting came into effect in February, 2005, and since then the East Devon Hunt has laid scent trails for the hounds to follow… (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 2.1.09 Change of power could end hunt ban - HUNT supporters are hoping a change of Government could sound the horn for a repeal of the hunting ban. The Cottesmore Hunt's Boxing Day and New Year's Day meets in Oakham and Uppingham attracted thousands of people, a sign say hunt leaders of Rutlanders' over-whelming support for it… (story)

Beverley Guardian 2.1.09 Thousands turn out to support hunt - THOUSANDS of hunt supporters descended on the Beverley Westwood on Boxing Day for the Holderness Hunt's traditional seasonal meet in the town… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 27.12.08 Thousands attend Boxing Day hunts - THOUSANDS of people from across East Yorkshire turned out to support the region's Boxing Day hunts. According to William Bethell, senior master of the Holderness Hunt, about 4,000 people flocked to Beverley Westwood to see the spectacle of hounds and horses and to hear the sound of the huntsman's horn…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 2.1.09 Hunts called off due to icy weather The icy weather forced the cancellation of two high-profile New Year’s Day hunting meets…. A crowd of 150 gathered at the Hatherley Manor Hotel in Down Hatherley. They saw more than 50 mounted members of the Gotherington-based Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, accompanied by 31 hounds…. About 500 gathered in Stow to see members of the Chipping Norton-based Heythrop Hunt. Officials, though, decided the countryside would be dangerously hard and slippery…. (story)

York Press 2.1.09 New Year’s Day hunts ‘attract more support’ By Richard Harris - HORSES, hounds, riders and followers gathered across the county yesterday for the traditional New Year’s Day hunting meets. For the Derwent Hunt, which meets at The Hall, in Thornton-le-Dale, it was a particularly special occasion, as it was the 200th time it had met at the venue…. Another local hunt meeting yesterday was the Saltersgate Farmers’ Hunt, which met at the White Swan Inn, at Newton-on-Rawcliffe, near Pickering, where the landlord and landlady treated them to mulled wine and “copious amounts of food”…. (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 2.1.09 Boxing Day hunts were well supported - HUNDREDS of people turned out for the annual Blencathra and Melbreak hunts that took place on Boxing Day… (story)
Whitehaven News 1.1.09 Boxing Day hunts are well supported - HUNDREDS of people turned out for the annual Blencathra and Melbreak hunts that took place on Boxing Day. Members of the Blencathra Foxhounds walked from Keswick’s Market Square to the cottage hospital to let the patients and staff meet the huntsmen and hounds before heading out on to the slopes of Skiddaw…. (story)

Cumberland News 2.1.09 Hundreds attend New Year’s Day hunt in Lake District - Spirits were high as hundreds of hunt supporters turned out to celebrate the New Year with their traditional pursuit. Despite continuing controversy surrounding the future of the sport, supporters of Blencathra Foxhounds descended on the tiny hamlet of Mosedale for the on-foot hunt… (story)

Melton Times 2.1.09 new year hunt By Michael Cooke - ABOUT 500 people braved the cold to watch the spectacle of the Quorn Hunt's meet in Play Close on New Year's Day. Although the frozen ground meant the horses and hounds were unable to go out into the countryside the hunt also turned out in force to show its appreciation for the town’s support… (story)

Chester Chronicle 2.1.09 Supporters see Hunt galloping into a new year by David Holmes - HUNT supporters claim their activity is just as popular as ever with many hoping the Hunting Act 2004 will one day be repealed. Followers of the Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s Hounds, The Wynnstay Hunt, were delighted to see several hundred spectators turn out to witness the traditional Boxing Day meet at Malpas…. Richard Thomas, joint master of The Cheshire Hunt, was among about 60 riders – many wearing the traditional red jackets – out hunting near Tarporley on Boxing Day with thousands lining the High Street to witness the spectacle… The Cheshire Forest Hunt gathered at The Duke of Portland pub at Lach Dennis, near Northwich, on Boxing Day where there were about 40 riders with some 300 supporters… (story)

Newark Advertiser 2.1.09 Hunt in Newark Market Place - Riders from the South Notts Hunt gathered in Newark Market Place for the traditional New Years Day meet yesterday, even though it was too frosty for them to follow it with a ride. The master, Mr David Manning, said he was delighted with the turnout and the reception they received on entering the Market Place…. The South Notts hounds were still suffering from kennel cough and were not well enough for the meet so the Grove and Rufford Hunt loaned 25 of its hounds… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 31.12.08 Hunt gathering in Newark - THE South Notts Hunt will gather in Newark Market Place with their horses and hounds at around 11.20am tomorrow…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 29.12.08 Newark set for festive hunt - SOUTH Notts Hunt will be meeting on New Year's Day from 10.15am in Newark Market Place…. (story)

Morpeth Herald 2.1.09 New Year's Day Meet at Morpeth – VIDEO - Hundreds of people turned out at the New Market today to renew old acquaintances at the annual Meet of the Morpeth Hunt…. (story)

Irish Times 2.1.09 Independent TD Tony Gregory dies at the age of 61 - Independent TD Tony Gregory has died at the age of 61 after a long illness…. He campaigned for a ban on hare coursing, moving a Dail private member’s Bill which was defeated. The Irish Council against Blood Sports presented him with a special award for his work in that area… (story)

Halifax Courier 2.1.09 Gentle giant fox hound Mac needs loving home: New owners put off by his size By Colin Drury - MEET Mac the gentle giant whose sheer size means he was left homeless this Christmas. The seven-stone dog was found abandoned in woods near Halifax after RSPCA inspectors were given an anonymous tip off. But three months after they found Mac abandoned on September 21, the fox hound cross breed is still at the charity's kennels – and staff believe potential new owners are being put off because he is so large… It is thought he may have once been a hunting dog and it is suggested families with small animals do not come forward. (story)

Cambridge News 2.1.09 Keep the ban From Milly Bailey, Guntons Close, Soham - IN your report on the Boxing Day hunt meet (News, December 27), you stated that that the popularity of the hunt has not diminished since the ban on killing foxes with dogs and that two hunt members declared that there was a "brilliant turnout" on the day. What puzzles me is that in the next breath the huntmaster attempts to scaremonger by alledging that the hunt ban will "have an impact on jobs if it (the ban) carries on". Clearly this is not supported by the number of those attending the Boxing Day hunt. They cannot have it both ways!... (letter)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 2.1.09 Police hunt poachers - SUSPECTED poachers and hare-coursers have been hunted down by police over the festive period. Reports of five men hare-coursing in a field off Ermine Street, Appleby, was investigated…. (story)

Worthing Herald 2.1.09 Who is the vermin here? SHAME on R. Cochran, or anyone else, who kills foxes, seagulls or any wildlife. They are not vermin. That is a man-made word…. You people eat animals, so what is so special about you?Are you vermin, too? A Walber, Manor Road, Worthing (letter)

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Darlington & Stockton Times 1.1.09 Hunts enjoy ‘lovely day out’ - HUNTERS and their hounds took to the countryside for the traditional Boxing Day meet despite the Government ban passed almost four years ago…. About 70 riders with the South Durham Hunt set out from the Talbot Inn in Bishopton, near Stockton… In Great Ayton, members of the Cleveland Hunt met on the High Green… In Northallerton, 400 people watched the Hurworth Hunt gather in the High Street, outside the Golden Lion pub… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 1.1.09 Tradition is kept alive by hunters - FOX-hunters turned out in force in Pontlliw on New Year's Day to keep the tradition going. The Banwen Hunt saw between 20 and 30 riders with hounds gather to mark the new year and socialise with friends…. (story)

Western Daily Press 1.1.09 Hunt closed High Street - On Boxing Day, the Cotley hunt arrived in Chard High Street, as usual just before 11am, with about 20 hounds. Just beforehand, I spoke to PC Paul Thomas, local beat manager… The hunt was instructed to clear up the horse mess this time instead of leaving it to the council to mop up the mess some time later. This did occur at the end of the hunt but, when I drove back through about an hour or so later, the roads were still stained… We did go out to monitor the hunt after they left the town, but the conditions looked more like a 4x4 version of the A303 and, with Cotley supporters' chairman, Mr Dowell following us in his 4x4 vehicle with an amber flashing light ablaze, we gave up after an hour…. Graham Forsyth Chard Somerset (letter)

Independent 1.1.09 The dark and sinister world of the fox-hunters - Your article "The Big Question: Has the hunting ban really changed anything, or should the law be redrawn?" (26 December), failed to avoid the usual "It's all a bit of a joke really" tone so common when journalists report on this issue. The reality is no joke at all. I speak as a hunt monitor, someone who tries to gather evidence of illegal hunting, which is rife. It is not funny to see a group of people aggressively persisting in making a fool of the law, continuing to chase and kill terrified foxes, while their activities are protected from the monitors' cameras by the hostile, obstructive and sometimes violent behaviour of the hunt followers… Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)

Dundee Courier 1.1.09 Poaching increase predicted - TAYSIDE COULD be set for a marked increase in poaching as the credit crunch continues to bite. With money tight throughout the country, career criminals are changing their habits in a bid to supplement their incomes. Poaching is just one method of eking out a little extra cash in difficult times, and police have noticed it is on the increase…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 1.1.09 Danny's owner should face court - DOG owners have legal responsibilities under the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that their dogs are the correct weight. So I trust that either the Retired Greyhound Trust or the 'concerned member of the public' referred to in the article (Dog saved from brink of death, December 17) is trying to bring a prosecution for what would appear to have been an offence committed against Danny 'Twiglet'… On its website, the League Against Cruel Sports asks: "What is wrong with greyhound racing?" It might be easier to answer that question by stating what is right with it – nothing!.... GILLIAN KALOYEROPOULOS Cheshire (letter)