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31.1.14

Blackmore Vale Magazine 31.1.14 Countryside Alliance reports rise in sales of game By mmanning - Sales of game have risen sharply, according to the Countryside Alliance. The organisation has reported that sales of rabbit are up 20 per cent in a year at Marks & Spencer and pheasant sales are up 30 per cent, while partridge sales have increased by a whopping 234 per cent. Sales of venison in Waitrose were up by 92 per cent year-on-year… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 31.1.14 Geoff Ford: Who takes moral high ground? - I FOUND myself shouting at the telly this week. No, I wasn't watching Benefits Street, I'd seen a news clip of the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji Cove in Japan… Would they point out that people in this country still hunt foxes and course hares, not for food, but for "sport"…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 31.1.14 Fox was urban and not hunted - Might I reply to the letter from Jenny Begley on her recent encounter with a fox… The fox she saw was almost certainly an urban fox and it definitely was not being hunted as she suggests…. The writer then goes on to describe having seen a huntsman and hounds riding down the village road near her home and implies they were illegally hunting the fox she had seen . She saw the huntsman approximately half-an-hour after she had seen the fox… Ian Kilgour, Thurcaston. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 23.1.14 If you must chase terrified creatures around, at least try obeying rules - Last Saturday afternoon, at about 4 o'clock, I was feeding my eight-month old daughter Florence in our sitting room…. Suddenly a terrified fox started jumping up and scrabbling at the glass…. After about 10 minutes (by which time I was back in the house and Chris was cleaning his van outside) a car stopped outside and one of the occupants (whom I believe were hunt followers) asked if we had seen the hounds?... A few minutes later a redcoat (huntsman) on horseback came trotting down the centre of our road, closely followed by five or so of the "lost" hounds…. In the days before I knew better, I have ridden with a Leicestershire hunt and I saw what goes on at first hand…. Jenny Begley, Husbands Bosworth (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.1.14 MP's words dividing our communities - In the farming section – of all places – of the Western Daily Press (January 18), MP Mel Stride wrote of a "bitter divide" between rural and urban folk. As an example he cited urban folk as the bane of the hunt. How can this be when the hunts are full of people from urban areas… D Roberts, Bridgwater, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.1.14 Where does Ukip stand on hunting? - It is interesting to read the correspondence relating to Ukip in the Western Daily Press as there must be a large number of people like myself who are not entirely content with the three main parties… some of the mud-slinging claims that Nigel Farage would repeal the Hunting Act if he were in a position to do so. If this is true then 80 per cent of the population would find this deplorable as Ukip would be going down the same road as pro-hunting David Cameron… V Holbrew, Wells, Somerset (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 31.1.14 Half a million set to join shoots on last day of pheasant and partridge seasons - Half a million people are expected to join shoots on the last day of the pheasant and partridge seasons tomorrow, says the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Southern Reporter 31.1.14 Gamekeeper among top three young country sports people in Scotland - A BORDERS gamekeeper is in line to win a Scotland-wide competition for young country sports people. Borders College Higher National Certificate Gamekeeping and Wildlife student Finlay Girdwood is one of just three finalists in the Scottish Countryside Alliance Education Trust’s Tam Tod Trophy… (story)

East Grinstead Courier 31.1.14 'Kindness kits' given to pupils after deaths of seven chickens - ANIMALS right group PETA has dispatched 'kindness kits' to local primary schools in response to the Courier's front page story last week. Bradley Head's actions led to the death of seven chickens through lack of care at Hunters Moon Farm… (story)

Leicester Mercury 31.1.14 Celebrities are making vegan diets popular - Recent press reports indicate a new phenomenon. Following in the footsteps of celebrities including Beyonce and Jay-Z, increasing numbers of people are adopting a vegan diet… I have been a vegan for seven years… Far from being unconventional, the vegan diet is now entering the mainstream. (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 31.1.14 I write in memory of Jill Phipps who tragically died while protesting against the export of calves from Coventry Airport into Europe… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

30.1.14

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS 2013 (January coverage)
Stratford Observer 30.1.14 Community cafe in line for an 'Oscar' By Laura Maltby - A COMMUNITY venture which saved the village library from closure is in the running to win a regional business award. Biblio’s Café in Harbury was recently announced as one of the Midlands finalists in the 'start-up' category of the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 29.1.14 Award nomination for village tea parlour By Karen Darley - A RYEDALE tea parlour has been nominated for a rural award. Middleton Post Office Tea Parlour had reached the regional finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Western Gazette 26.1.14 Langport businesses nominated for national award with BBC Radio Four By WG_SMorgan - A TRIO of businesses in Langport have been nominated for a national award. Evans the Butchers, the River Parrett Cafe and Kitchen have all been nominated in the BBC Radio Four’s Food and Farming Awards… Jessie Elliott, manager at the River Parrett Cafe, said… “We’re very pleased, it’s really good, especially after we have only just been shortlisted in the Countryside Alliance Awards too – it’s nice to be doing so well… (story)
Newbury Weekly News 26.1.14 Businesses nominated for Rural Oscars Reporter: John Herring - TWO West Berkshire businesses have been nominated for accolades in this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards. The Pot Kiln pub in Frilsham, owned by television chef Mike Robinson and his wife Kate, has been nominated for the local food award while the Cold Ash Post Office and Store could scoop best village shop and post office after being named South East finalists… (story)
Reading Post 21.1.14 West Berkshire businesses through to regional finals of the rural Oscars - The Pot Kiln pub restaurant in Frilsham and the Cold Ash Post Office & Store are vying to become South East regional champions in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Bolton News 9.1.14 Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth nominated for 'farming Oscar' By Nick Jackson, business editor - AN eco-friendly Edgworth farm has been nominated for a “farming Oscar”. Wellbeing Farm in Plantation Road has been shortlisted in the start-up category in the Countryside Alliance’s North West awards…. (story)

Hereford Times 30.1.14 Vegans and vegetarians invited to event in Hereford on Saturday By Jess Phillips - VEGETARIANS and vegans across the county are invited to attend a fundraising and awareness event in Hereford on Saturday (Feb 1). Worcestershire Vegans and Vegetarians group is holding the event from 10am until 3pm at All Saints C Of E Church in Hereford city centre…. (story)

29.1.14

Northern Echo 29.1.14 Still fighting rural crime despite setback By Andy Walker, Chief Reporter - A GAMEKEEPER who started a group aimed at reporting and reducing rural crime has resigned after 22 years and started another organisation. Brian Pavey said he had ‘unresolved disagreements’ with police officers he worked with as part of his role with Countryside Crime Watch (CCW)… After speaking to landowners and former members of the group, Mr Pavey decided to form Rural Crime Watch (RCW) and is encouraging new members to join… (story)

The Sentinel 29.1.14 Campaigners to address Stoke-on-Trent councillors on badger culling - CAMPAIGNERS will get the chance to address councillors on the issue of badger culling. A total of 124 people in Stoke-on-Trent have signed a petition calling for a ban on badger culling on council-owned land in the city… (story)

Derby Telegraph 29.1.14 Contact your MP to back bid for badger cull ban - THE badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire has stopped for the time being… Write to your MP asking them to support a ban and sign a postcard to Oliver Letwin (Policy Minister) supporting a ban. These can be obtained from Animal Aid… D Spencer Dovedale Crescent Belper (letter)

York Press 29.1.14 Torment for pigs - IT REALLY does have to stop. Poor sentient pigs are enduring relentless torment in dozens of farms across Italy and Spain, conditions that are actually illegal under EU law. According to Compassion in World Farming, undercover investigators saw “bins full of dead pigs being eaten by maggots… Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington (letter)

Oxford Mail 29.1.14 Article highlighted benefits of veganism - THANK you for publishing the article on veganism (January 10)…. ED SANDERSON Great Clarendon Street Oxford (letter)

Bolton News 29.1.14 Tanks please for goldfish - Will Wright FOUR PAWS four-paws.org.uk (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 20.1.14 Why it's cruel to keep goldfish in a bowl - Many people in Exeter keep their fish in tiny goldfish bowls. What’s wrong with that I hear you say? Well, we wouldn’t dream of keeping puppies or kittens imprisoned in a tiny space for their entire lives so why is it considered acceptable to confine fish in tiny glass bowls?... Will Wright FOUR PAWS (letter)

Worcester News 29.1.14 We must take personal responsibility - Jon Burgess is a fine one to tell others to take a measured view (WN 20.1.14)! He sees attacks on livestock farmers in slogans such as "Save a turkey - go veggie this Christmas", and promulgates plenty of misinformation himself…. Roberta Balfour Malvern (letter)

28.1.14

MODBURY HARRIERS

Western Daily Press 28.1.14 Children watch fox being killed in Devon after Modbury hunt By Phil Goodwin - A photograph showing children watching as two foxes were unearthed and shot demonstrates the reality of rural life, say countryside campaigners…. (story)
Mail 27.1.14 Shocking photos show the moment a fox is dragged out of its hole by hunters and shot in front of children as young as FIVE - By LIZZIE EDMONDS - This is the moment a fox was dragged out of a hole and shot dead while children as young as five watched on. The images, released by anti-hunt campaigners, show a group of terriermen setting their dog on the creature…. (story)
Huffington Post 27.1.14 Shocking Fox Hunt Picture Shows Three Men Slaughtering An Animal In Front Of Children (GRAPHIC IMAGE) - This disturbing image shows three young children looking on as a fox is dragged from a hole before being brutally killed. Released by anti-fox hunt campaigners, the picture shows the sickening attack on the helpless vixen by three men and their dog during a hunt by the Devon-based Modbury Harriers… (story)
Western Morning News 26.1.14 Farmer appalled by hunt as young children witness foxes killed - Youngsters watched on as countrymen with dogs unearthed and shot two foxes, in pictures released by anti-hunt campaigners. The images show children thought to be as young as five standing just yards away as the animals are dug from an old badger sett and killed. The incident happened after a hunt on December 28 by the Modbury Harriers, which rides in South Devon. It was reported to the League Against Cruel Sports by a nearby farmer who took photographs and was appalled to see young children being taken on a hunt…. (story)
Sunday Mirror 26.1.14 Sick fox hunters slaughter animal as children as young as five watch on By Phil Cadden - Youngsters witness huntsmen and dogs drag defenceless fox from hiding in a badger sett and shoot it - Three young children look on as a fox is dragged from a hole and shot in these shocking pictures released by anti-hunt campaigners. The images show the kids standing just yards away as the helpless creature meets a grisly end at the hands of vicious terriermen and their dog…The incident happened after a hunt by the Modbury Harriers, which rides in south Devon, and was reported to the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)

Western Morning News 28.1.14 TB in badgers first found in 1938 - Michael Ashton, Graham Forsyth and Dr Moorlock are all mistaken – the very “first” TB badger was at London Zoo in 1938, one in about 1955 at Whipsnade caught it from Axis deer, the first wild ones were in Switzerland in the mid-1950s, caught from eating contaminated roe deer as a last spillover from cattle…. The biggest farcical claim persisting is that badger culls or vaccines will make any difference…. by M Hancox Stroud (letter)

BBC News Online 28.1.14 Why Oxford scientists are experimenting on monkeys - Fergus Walsh - The macaque in front of me has a choice. Two differently coloured images have been slid in front of her cage…. We are in the Biomedical Sciences building, also known as the Oxford animal laboratory… The researchers, led by neuroscientist Prof Matthew Rushworth, are exploring the way neural networks vary between human and monkey brains… (story)

Telegraph 28.1.14 Baby dies of rickets from vegetarian mother - Couple told they could face jail after admitting manslaughter of their son Ndingeko, who died from rickets after his parents insisted on strict eating regime as part of their religion By Nicola Fifield - A five-month-old baby has died from rickets after his parents insisted on following a strict eating regime as part of their religion. Nkosiyapha Kunene, 36, and his wife Virginia, 32, were told at the Old Bailey on Monday that they could face jail after admitting the manslaughter of their son Ndingeko…. (story)

27.1.14

Farming Life 27.1.14 Responsible dog owners need your support - Coleraine Borough Council is proposing to introduce a number of dog control orders which, if passed, will be severely detrimental for all responsible dog owners and their canine companions…. Countryside Alliance Ireland raised concerns about the potential for local councils to abuse their authority when we submitted our response to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011….
New chairman for CAI - CAI is pleased to announce that John Clarke has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI)…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.1.14 No justification for badger culls - The madness of the badger culls continues as the cost of the policing operation is calculated, but the true costs are still being estimated as the other police forces involved have still to submit their costs…. There was no accountability, integrity and credible science in relation to these culls. by Graham Forsyth Chard (story)

Hastings & St Leonards Observer 27.1.14 Call for county council to set out badger cull policy - AN ANTI-badger cull councillor is accusing the county council of dragging its heels and wants to see a blanket ban on the controversial killing on the authority’s land. Hollington and Wishing Tree member Phil Scott has urged County Hall to act now and outlaw badger culling as a method of controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)

Western Daily Press 27.1.14 Cull correspondents are rewriting history - Surely the Daily Press letters pages (January 21) contained record amounts of misinformation. To the list of Labour politicians who wish to rewrite history we must now add Andy Newman, prospective Labour candidate for the Chippenham constituency, who now joins Labour frontbenchers Mary Creagh and Maria Eagle in claiming that it was a Labour government that commissioned the Krebs trials…. John Tuck Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 27.1.14 Scottish Parliament told: Axe pigeon killing ban - HOLYROOD bosses have been told they must consider abandoning their “no kill” policy if they want to get rid of the pigeons continuing to plague the Scottish Parliament… Ben Williamson, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “How unbelievably reckless, cruel and irresponsible to suggest killing pigeons in order to control their numbers… (story)

Irish Examiner 27.1.14 Thousands join walk seeking tougher animal cruelty laws - Thousands of people inspired by a miracle dog’s survival story have backed calls for tougher animal cruelty laws. By Eoin English… “It was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) spokesperson Margaret Twohig said….(story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 27.1.14 Cranfield Airport to 'cull' hares following crash between a plane and a deer - A THREATENED species of animal could be killed off in Bedfordshire if a planned culling takes place at an airport later this week, say wildlife campaigners. On Wednesday bosses at Cranfield University plan to undertake a cull of hares at the Airport in which four qualified personnel carrying firearms will seek to kill off the animals… John Rimington, from the Hare Preservation Trust in Bedfordshire, said: "Many airfields have hares, Luton, Cardiff, Bristol, you name it… (story)

26.1.14

RURAL BROADBAND FUND
Northumberland Gazette 26.1.14 Rural broadband boost - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a £10million project outlined by the Government last week that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in rural areas… (story)
Portsmouth News 25.1.14 Countryside Alliance welcomes £10m boost by Kimberley Barber - A £10M investment from government to boost rural broadband signal has been welcomed by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Haverhill Echo 15.1.14 Innovation fund to boost rural broadband solutions by Jack Tappin - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a £10 million project outlined by the Government today (Wednesday, January 5) that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in remote rural areas…. (story)
Driffield Times & Post 15.1.14 Innovation fund to boost rural broadband solutions welcomed by Countryside Alliance - The Countryside Alliance welcomes a £10m project outlined by the Government today (15 January) that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in remote rural areas… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 14.1.14 £10m broadband project welcomed - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the announcement of a £10million fund from the Treasury to develop new ways of improving broadband speeds in remote areas… (story)

Independent on Sunday 26.1.14 Protesters lock horns with China over ivory as campaigners look into buyers - Sarah Morrison , Rachael Kitson - Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough… The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) behavioural-change campaigns are being developed as the world’s attention is fixed on combating global wildlife crime. Hundreds of people descended on the Chinese embassy in London yesterday to demand that China bans the trade in elephant ivory, destroys its stocks and closes ivory carving factories… Mary Rice, executive director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, who was at the protest yesterday, said China must exert its authority and ban the ivory trade… (story)

25.1.14

Eagle Radio 25.1.14 Protesters prepare to descend on G Live over hunt ball - A protest is due to be held outside Guildford's G live this evening (Saturday 25th January). Saboteur protesters will be at the venue tonight as the Surrey Union Hunt holds its winter ball there…Guildford hunt saboteur Emily Fox says it will be a peaceful demonstration: "I don't think it will be anything for anyone to worry about at all… (story)

Nottingham Post 25.1.14 Tipping: Be alert for animal cruelty - THE Notts Police and Crime Commissioner has asked farmers and members of the public to be the eyes and ears of the force on wildlife crime. At a public meeting held by the League Against Cruel Sports at the Canalhouse, in Canal Street, Nottingham, this week, commissioner Paddy Tipping – a long-term supporter of the league and its work – spoke on the importance of reporting any cruelty to animals… The Nottingham branch of the League Against Cruel Sports currently has 16 members and holds meetings every two months…. (story)
Nottingham Post 21.1.14 Animals on agenda for public meeting - THE League Against Cruel Sports is staging a public meeting this week. Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is set to attend… It takes place on Thursday from 6.30pm at the Canalhouse, in Canal Street. (story)

Leicester Mercury 25.1.14 Estate agency Alexanders, of Loughborough, backing prestigious Quorn Hunt Ball - An estate agency is sponsoring the prestigious Quorn Hunt Ball. Alexanders, of Loughborough, will be donating a number of valuable items and prizes to its grand and silent auction…. (story)

Western Daily Press 25.1.14 Water cannons are not for us: Alliance By Martin Hesp - Campaigners have rubbished a new report which cited the 2004 Countryside Alliance protest in London as a case in which water cannon could have been use… Tim Bonner, from the Countryside Alliance, said the Metropolitan Police had exaggerated the extent of clashes and the number of officers who had been injured… (story)
Western Morning News 23.1.14 Senior police officers say they would have used water cannon on protesters at the 2004 Countryside Alliance march if they had them By WMNAGreenwood - Campaigners have rubbished a report which cited the 2004 Countryside Alliance protest in London as a case in which water cannon could have been used…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 25.1.14 Group aims to protect badgers - A CAMPAIGN group to protect badgers will be hosting information days across South Devon on Saturday. Members of Devon Badger Defenders will be in Newton Abbot, Totnes and Exeter…. (story)

Express 25.1.14 Let’s stop this SAVAGERY: Chinese embassy swarmed with protesters to ban ivory trade By: Tom Rawle - With as little as 40,000 African elephants being massacred for their tusks last year, protestors have said enough is enough. Wildlife charities Action for Elephants and Care for the Wild organised the protest… Maria Mossman, from Action for Elephants, said: "It's no secret that China holds the key to saving the planet's elephants, or making them extinct in the very near future…. (story)

24.1.14

Scotsman 24.1.14 Call for grouse shooting be formally licensed by FRANK URQUHART - A LEADING wildlife organisation today called for grouse shooting on Scotland’s moors to be licensed for the first time to combat the continued persecution of birds of prey. The Scottish Raptor Study Group, a network of 300 experts on Scottish birds of prey, claims that the “maverick side” of the red grouse industry in Scotland has failed over many years to put its house in order. And the organisation has written to Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Environment Minister, demanding that new licences be introduced to control grouse shooting in Scotland…. (story)

23.1.14

Western Morning News 23.1.14 No subsidy without accountability by Alan Kirby Protect Our Wild Animals Hayle (story)
Western Daily Press 22.1.14 Separating town from the countryside - Mel Stride MP (Daily Press January 18) complains bitterly of government interference in "rural communities", as though they are separate from the rest of society and should not be subject to the same rules. But he and they would presumably not wish to see withdrawn the vast public subsidies which support and enrich the agricultural economy, without which it would be much poorer and some sectors unviable…. Many hunts are still exercising power by browbeating anyone who seeks to enforce the hunting ban and by taking advantage of the weaknesses of the Act to continue their "sport"… Alan Kirby Protect Our Wild Animals (letter)

22.1.14

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 22.1.14 Did the hunt lose the trail? - On Wednesday, January 8, Sean McClarron, master of the Derwent Hunt, was quoted in the Gazette & Herald, saying of the public: “We welcome them to see it (hunting) for themselves”. Twenty-four hours earlier, the Derwent had made an unwelcome intrusion on to my land… Tommy Woodward,Pickering (letter)

Shooting Times 22.1.14 RSPB criticised over deer cull By Lucy King - The RSPB has come in for criticism over the way it culled a large number of red deer at its Minsmere reserve. The charity ordered the culling of 250 red deer at the 1,000 hectare property in Suffolk last November and December, but its actions have been criticised by wildlife and animal rights enthusiasts, including some of its own members, who feel culling is at odds with its conservation aims… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 14.1.14 Minsmere: RSPB explains culling of its red deer - Andrew Hirst - A wildlife conservation charity has explained the culling of 250 red deer at a nature reserve as a “necessary way of maintaining the wonderful landscape” of the Suffolk coast. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said the herd at Minsmere had increased greatly in recent years and was having an adverse impact on the habitats of other wildlife… (story)

Telegraph 22.1.14 Ruddy duck culls to cost £2,400 per bird - A Government initiative to cull the ruddy duck will see it spend £2,400 per bird as it allocates even more funding to the project By Claire Carter - Taxpayers will have to foot the bill to eradicate the ruddy duck from Britain as the Government will spend more than £2,000 killing each remaining bird to prevent interbreeding with a Spanish species…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 22.1.14 Badger cull “complete failure” says St Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert By CGGayle - A Cornwall MP is calling for the government to pursue vaccination of badgers and cattle against bovine tuberculosis after branding trial badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire as “a complete failure”. Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said he would not support any future culls and is calling for a mass vaccination scheme to be carried out instead…. (story)
Western Morning News 22.1.14 MP says vaccinating badgers 'now the only way forward' By WMN_PGoodwin - Cornish Liberal Democrat Stephen Gilbert has joined a list of MPs calling for a Commons vote on the future of the badger cull, branding the recent trials as a “complete failure”. The MP for St Austell and Newquay said he will no longer support culling and has called on the Government to “vigorously pursue vaccination” of badgers and cattle to reduce the number of cases of bovine tuberculosis (bTB)…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 22.1.14 Lib Dem bid to ban badger culls in Gloucestershire defeated, county council will study cull's impact By jrmaidment - A dramatic bid to ban badger culls in Gloucestershire and to prevent the Government rolling out culling to other areas has failed. Liberal Democrats wanted Gloucestershire County Council to “get off the fence” and vote in favour of writing immediately to the Government to “request” last year’s controversial cull not be extended and that the county not be used for culling again. But their motion was ultimately defeated because of a lack of cross party support…. (story)

Herald 22.1.14 Petition launched worldwide to halt cull of gannets - More than 70,000 people from around the world have signed a petition calling for a ban on an island tradition of killing young gannets on the rocky outcrop of Sula Sgeir… (story)
BBC News Online 21.1.14 Petition opposes Western Isles' traditional guga hunt - An online petition with more than 70,000 names is calling for an end to Scotland's last traditional guga hunt. The petition was started on the website of North America-based campaigns organisation Care2 after last month's first World Guga Eating Championship…. (story)
Scotsman 21.1.14 Guga birds killing ban petition gains support - A petition calling for a ban on the killing of guga - gannet chicks - in the Western Isles has attracted over 72,000 supporters. The petition was started on online social action network Care2 and was started following the first ever World Guga-eating Championships staged in Lewis last month… (story)

21.1.14

BBC News Online 21.1.14 Cumbria Police to monitor hunts - Police in Cumbria are to launch an operation monitoring hunting activities in the county. Officers will carry out patrols at meetings as part of Operation Kilowatt… (story)
North West Evening Mail 20.1.14 HUNTING IN CUMBRIA TO BE PUT UNDER POLICE SCRUTINY - HUNTING activities in Cumbria will come under scrutiny in spring. Police will conduct Operation Kilowatt again this year, the aim of which is to monitor hunting activities in the county. The Hunting Act 2004 made it illegal to hunt a wild animal with a dog, with certain exceptions. Trail/ drag hunting, was introduced to replace the hunting of foxes by dogs…. Cumbria Constabulary will liaise with non-government organisations which hold views on the Hunting Act and liaise with agencies such as the National Trust, Lake District National Park and United Utilities who are the major landowners… (story)
Westmorland Gazette 20.1.14 Police operation monitoring illegal hunting to continue in 2014 - CUMBRIA Police are to continue monitoring hunting activities across the county in 2014. Since the introduction of the Hunting Act in 2004, Cumbria Police say they have consistently received reports of illegal hunting and suspicious activity. They have also had complaints about associated offences including intimidation and harassment, assault, public order, obstruction of the highway and driving offences… (story)

ATTACK ON NIGEL FARAGE
BBC News Online 21.1.14 Man charged with assaulting UKIP leader Nigel Farage - A man has been charged with assaulting UKIP leader Nigel Farage as he entered a hotel in Kent. Andrew Scott, 37, from Ramsgate Road in Margate, is accused of assault by beating outside the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville on Monday afternoon… (story)
BreakingNews 21.1.14 Man charged with assaulting Ukip leader - A 37-year-old man has been charged with assaulting Ukip leader Nigel Farage after he was allegedly hit over the head with a placard outside a seaside hotel. Unemployed Andrew Scott is accused of striking the 49-year-old politician as he entered the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, yesterday afternoon… (story)
Kent Online 21.1.14 Kent Police examine CCTV after UKIP leader Nigel Farage hit over head with placard by protester at Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville -Police are looking through CCTV footage today after UKIP leader Nigel Farage was hit over the head with a placard in Thanet. The South East MEP was struck by an angry protester outside the Walpole Bay Hotel, in Cliftonville, where he was meeting supporters at about 3pm yesterday… (story)
Mirror 21.1.14 UKIP leader Nigel Farage hit on the head with placard as angry mob confront him outside party meeting By Dan Bourke - Under-fire UKIP chief Nigel Farage has been hit on the head with a placard by an angry protestor…. (story)
Independent 21.1.14 Ukip's Nigel Farage hit over the head with 'Nasty Little Nigel' placard in Kent - Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been attacked by a group of protesters in Kent, in a visit that saw him clobbered over the head with a placard that read "Nasty Little Nigel"…. (story)
BBC News Online 20.1.14 UKIP leader Nigel Farage hit with placard at Kent protest …He is believed to have been hit on the head with a placard as he made his way into the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville to meet supporters. BBC political reporter Ellie Price said most protesters were campaigning about animal rights… (story)
Thanet Gazette 20.1.14 Video: Protesters greet Farage at Margate appearance By TomBarnes - POLICE were present in Cliftonville as protests at Nigel Farage's public appearance at Walpole Bay this afternoon turned nasty…. Mr Farage was reportedly hit with a protester's sign during the chaos and a member of the public has accused one of the South East MEP's bodyguards of assault. Over 30 protesters believed to be from anti-hunting and animal rights groups, gathered outside the hotel ahead of Mr Farage's appearance… (story)

TIVERTON FOXHOUNDS PHOTO
Mid Devon Gazette 21.1.14 Hunt sabs publish horse dip pic - ANTI-hunt campaigners have published a picture of a Tiverton Foxhounds huntsman riding his horse through deep floodwater… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 16.1.14 Hunt sabs publish controversial picture -ANTI-hunt campaigners have published a picture of a Tiverton Foxhounds huntsman riding his horse through deep floodwater. The Hunt Saboteurs Association has published an image which appears in this week’s Horse and Hound magazine on its website under the headline “Tiverton Foxhounds showing disregard for horse’s welfare… The Gazette was refused permission to publish the picture by Catherine Down, who took the snap on New Year’s Day. It is unclear whether the Hunt Saboteurs Association has permission to use the image… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 14.1.14 Horse ridden through river in 'reckless' act - A MID Devon hunt has defended its actions after a photograph appeared to show a huntsman from Tiverton riding his horse through deep floodwater. The image, which has prompted criticism from anti-country sport campaigners, was taken during the recent bad weather…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 13.1.14 Hunting snap polarises opinion By MDGRichard - A MID Devon hunt has defended its actions after a photograph appeared to show a huntsman from Tiverton riding his horse through deep floodwater…. Campaigners have criticised the Tiverton Foxhounds rider who can be seen atop a horse with its head and body submerged. Only the tip of the horse’s ears and part of its back can be seen above the waterline… Rebecca Taylor, spokesperson for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It is extremely distressing to see a horse being put into such a dangerous and terrifying situation… (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 21.1.14 Horse tale fed twisted views - I WRITE in response to the story Horse ridden through river in 'reckless' act, Gazette, January 14. I am disgusted this made it to the press. The saboteurs have taken it completely out of context and it was a split second in time…. ROBIN CROSS-CARPENTER (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 21.1.14 Hunt image was shocking - I WRITE in response to the story Horse ridden through river in 'reckless' act,… Prior to the Hunting Act, hunters thought it was acceptable to set a pack of dogs onto a single wild mammal. With this in mind, I can see why they would have no concern for the distress and well being of the horse in the photo… YVONNE NICOLA Park Terrace Tiverton (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 21.1.14 Hunt reasons are outdated - I WRITE in response to the story Horse ridden through river in 'reckless' act, Gazette, January 14. The reasons for fox hunting existing were: 1. Vermin control and 2. Fallen stock removal. Now these are no longer applicable as the ill fated Masters of Fox Hounds Association letter to 800 hunt masters warns of the nationwide shortage of foxes to hunt and urges landowners to breed more foxes to solve the hunting problem… GRAHAM FORSYTH Fairway Rise Chard (letter)

BBC News Online 21.1.14 Farmers urged to prepare for potential badger cull roll-out - Farmers and landowners across the UK are being urged to prepare applications for badger control licences prior to any nationwide cull being confirmed…. (story)

Cambridge News 21.1.14 Cambridge University defends pregnant sheep experiments condemned by Animal Aid campaigners as 'macabre' and 'repugnant' Written by ELEANOR DICKINSON - Cambridge University has defended carrying out experiments on sheep to aid research on oxygen-starved babies. Campaigners from the group Animal Aid accused scientists at the Department of Physiology of carrying out “macabre and repugnant” test on pregnant ewes and unborn lambs in order to investigate the effect of statins on oxygen-deprived foetuses…. (story)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 21.1.14 Thousands sign petition against monkey testing at NIBSC, Potters Bar - Thousands have taken a defiant stance against “vicious” experiments at a Potters Bar monkey testing facility. More than 3,000 people have signed a petition urging the Government to cut funding to the National Institute for Biological Standards, in Blanche Lane. Launched by animal rights group the Anti-Vivisection Coalition, members believe there are other alternatives to using the animals. Head of the UK branch, Luke Steele, said…. (story)

The Sentinel 21.1.14 Animals are not always innocent - FURTHER to the article, headlined 'Action needed to protect dogs' (Sentinel, January 11). As a vegan, I'm normally against people hurting animals, but I have to say I find police dogs are evil. They often attack innocent demonstrators protesting. J G MORRIS Westlands (letter)

The Sentinel 21.1.14 No excuse for animal abuse - I'M SICK and tired of reading about animal abuse cases, where individuals blame personal problems for abusing and neglecting their animals… MRS B CLEWLOW Stockton Brook (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.1.14 Polar bear hunting campaigns 'mislead public and divert focus from climate change threat' - Campaigns to stop the hunting of polar bears may be doing the animals more harm than good by oversimplifying the debate and ignoring the threat posed by climate change. Animal welfare groups opposed to hunting by Inuit groups are also said to have manipulated numerical data and misled the public through narratives of impending extinction… (story)

20.1.14

Western Morning News 20.1.14 Questions raised over who is true party of the countryside - Ignoring the countryside risks a Tory electoral disaster, writes Graeme Demianyk - Few would have predicted that 18 months out from the election, questions will have been raised over who is the true party of the countryside. Of course, Labour are not… Rural Britain is vital to the Liberal Democrats’ very being…. That must mean the Conservatives are most in touch with the shires. After all, they’ve initiated the aforementioned badger cull to curb the virulent spread of bovine TB, and there remains a pledge for a free Commons vote on repealing the fox hunting ban in the Coalition Agreement (ask Nick Clegg and he’ll tell you this is nothing to do with him). Or so you thought… (story)

Yorkshire Post 20.1.14 Mink question adds to the debate over hunting - From: RC Dales, Church View, Brompton, Northallerton. ERIC Beechey (Yorkshire Post, January 11) missed the point about hunting…. I see both Lorraine Platt and Eric Beechey were trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports, so presumably they want to preserve our native wildlife. Possibly their League took part in the liberation of the alien mink from fur farms…
From: Phyllis Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton, North Yorkshire. I AGREE with Eric Beechey (Yorkshire Post, January 11) 
when he states in his letter: “The idea of killing animals 
for pleasure is repulsive to almost the whole of the population.” Yet foxes, themselves, kill for pleasure so by the same token, does he regard them as repulsive animals? (letters)
Yorkshire Post 11.1.14 Repulsively honest view From: Eric Beechey, Eastfield Lane, Kellington, Goole. I WOULD like to thank RC Dales (Yorkshire Post, January 6) for giving the public his three reasons for repealing the Hunting Act and in doing so he is the only pro-hunting individual I have known who has had the courage to admit the obvious. He states that his first reason is “killing animals in a way that provides pleasure”…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 6.1.14 Taking sides among bitter rivals in hunting law debate - From: RC Dales, Church View, Brompton, Northallerton. WITH reference to your article presenting the reasons for and against the revoking of the Act on Hunting with Dogs (Yorkshire Post, December 26), Tim Bonner gave his reasons why the Act should be repealed. Lorraine Platt made the case for the Act to continue. A stranger to the subject would vote for Tim Bonner as he was more convincing. Ms Platt’s reasons were not – taking them one by one, their failings became evident…. (letter)

Western Morning News 20.1.14 Stride out of touch with fox hunt views - The honorary vice-president, patron and chairman of Tory MP Mel Stride’s Central Devon Conservative Association are all farming landowners and it is understandable he represents their views. However, I do not recognise the rural-urban divide he describes in his Dispatch Box column… by Martin Bell Port Isaac (letter)

Western Morning News 20.1.14 Show compassion for wild animals - It seems to have escaped the Western Morning News’ attention that there has been a hunt ban for some years, therefore anyone hunting foxes with hounds is breaking the law! You are desperate for a repeal of the hunt ban, drag hunting would protect all the lively hoods you are so concerned about but alas no kill and you are totally pro badger cull… by Barbara Garwood Horns Cross, North Devon (letter)

Western Morning News 20.1.14 Hunting claims are utter twaddle - Nick Harvey, Liberal Democrat MP, has publicly claimed that because, in his view, the Hunting Act is not adequately enforced, good folk in rural communities turn to blatant criminality on a daily basis. The man has to be completely out of his mind…. by Tom Jones Plymouth (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 20.1.14 Letter: Why fox-hunt ban must stay - WHEN Parliament is faced with urgent issues including protection and precaution against severe weather, sexual abuse of children, human trafficking, the NHS and under-performing schools and colleagues, it seems preposterous to say the least for the Country side Alliance to demand time for a bid to repeal the Hunting Act. The master of the Holcombe Hunt claims that fox-hunting is a legitimate form of pest control, but independent research and studies show that fox attack makes a minimal contribution to livestock losses… Katherine Watson, Bramhall, Stockport. (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 20.1.14 I’m totally foxed - I have always wondered what goes through the minds of people who go fox hunting on horse back, accompanied with a pack of hounds. I’ve come to the conclusion not a lot, only their self importance! They try to convince us, and themselves, fox hunting is a country sport and a way of keeping the number of foxes down. With all sincerity, I say it isn’t either! It’s a pastime of the wealthy with a superiority complex!... William Abraham, Rodbourne, Swindon (letter)

Farmers Weekly 20.1.14 Farmers face tougher gun laws, warns alliance - Philip Case - The head of the Countryside Alliance has warned farmers they could soon face tougher restrictions on the legal ownership of firearms. The European Commission has put forward proposals to completely rewrite the EU Firearms Directive by 2015… (story)
Western Daily Press 18.1.14 European Union takes aim at rural shooting, warns Countryside Alliance By Tristan Cork - The European Union is gunning for the West Country's shooting community because they have an "overwhelming need" to be "seen to be doing something". That was the view of Dorset-based country sports leader Sir Barney White-Spunner yesterday, who said a new frontier in the threat to widespread gun ownership by the rural community is emerging in the form of the EU commissioner for Home Affairs, a Swedish politician called Cecilia Malmstrom… (story)

Western Morning News 20.1.14 Landowners urged to work together to keep deer herd in good health By WMNPBowern - It was almost a year ago that a shock report from the University of East Anglia called for a massive increase in deer culling in Britain. Philip Bowern talked to John Stowers, of the Deer Initiative in the South West to assess the situation today… (story)

Express 20.1.14 Foal shot dead by RSPCA then left in field 'to rot' - THE RSPCA has been criticised after it shot dead a foal and left it "to rot" in a field next to a children's play area… The news comes weeks after Gen Sir Barney White-Spunner, head of the Countryside Alliance, said the RSPCA had turned into a sinister and nasty organisation…. Speaking to Express Online he said: “We believe the good work that RSPCA branches around the country do for stricken animals, like this foal, is becoming sullied by the actions of those at the RSPCA headquarters… However leaving the dead foal in the field was insensitive, especially when the local hunt or knackerman could have removed it quickly and quietly… (story)

BBC News Online 20.1.14 Dorset badger cull 'increasingly likely' - A badger cull in Dorset is looking "increasingly likely", the county's police and crime commissioner says…. (story)
Western Morning News 20.1.14 Badger cull in Dorset 'increasingly likely', police and crime chief says - A badger cull in Dorset is looking "increasingly likely", the county's police and crime commissioner has said. The claim comes as Natural England is inviting expressions of interest ahead of a potential roll-out of ten new killing zones…. (story)

18.1.14

Western Daily Press 18.1.14 Mel Stride: Hunting Act and badger cull expose a bitter rural-urban divide (story)
Western Morning News 14.1.14 Ronald Reagan’s maxim rings true in the countryside: the most terrifying nine words are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” - Mel Stride, Conservative MP for Central Devon, says Whitehall interference in rural communities has gone on for too long - Perhaps it was ever thus – countryside pitched against the city… That the 2005 Hunting Act would end up as an unworkable attack on centuries of country living should have come as little surprise. All was perhaps presaged by those MPs (many of them urban) who, at the time of the ban’s first stirrings, simply referred to it as retribution for Margaret Thatcher and the miners’ strikes… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.1.14 Deep feelings for badgers - I reply to "Farmers best able to deal with badgers" (HComelin Western Daily Press January 8) I strongly disagree with his letter. Before badgers were a protected species, landowners or farmers did not control badgers in their setts… They are loved by country people for the secret creatures they are. The only people to kill them were not the farmers or landowners but the gamekeepers who did not want them around their pheasant pens…. Janet Hall Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

17.1.14

Western Daily Press 17.1.14 Witnesses needed to these hunt crimes - I write in response to your recent article regarding complaints from hunt monitors who told of an explosive bird-scaring device being thrown by masked men and exploding near one of their cars. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which works to protect British wildlife, laments the fact that harassment of monitors peacefully observing hunts continues… Robbie Marsland UK director of IFAW (letter)

Western Morning News 17.1.14 Poll shows public against hare coursing... by John Rimington BSc Technical Liaison Officer Hare Preservation Trust (letter)
Lancashire Evening Post 31.12.13 Iconic brown hare in danger - Most people are unaware a third of dog pack hunts in England and Wales are nothing to do with foxes. Instead their quarry is our iconic and inoffensive brown hare… That children are being indoctrinated into these sadistically retrograde activities is a disturbing reflection on the lack of ethics and ecological awareness by a minority faction within our society. John Rimington BSc, technical liaison officer, Hare Preservation Trust (letter)

Telegraph 17.1.14 How one nature lover was converted to deer-hunting - Could an ethically minded carnivore be converted to the law of the gun in his pursuit of organic meat in the Mississippi Delta? Photographs by Jane Rule Burdine By Richard Grant - I used to despise hunters. I’m a lover of birds and wild animals, an advocate for their rights. I can spend hours admiring them through binoculars. The idea of shooting these beautiful creatures for sport, or meat, or any other reason, was absolute anathema to me. So what am I doing here at dawn in the Mississippi Delta with a borrowed rifle, scanning the woods through those same binoculars for a deer to kill?... (story)

Western Morning News 17.1.14 WMN OPINION - Labour misses the point on bovine TB statistics - How depressingly typical of the Labour Party to crow about ‘dodgy statistics’ for the number of cattle herds affected by bovine TB. In government Labour let down farmers and the rural community by wringing its hands yet manifestly failing to take meaningful action to tackle the disease in the wild… (story)

16.1.14

Western Daily Press/a> 16.1.14 RSPCA say TB figures prove "badger cull is a pantomime" - The RSPCA reacts to yesterday's announcement that the Government overestimated number of cattle herds with TB. A spokesperson from RSPCA said: “The revelation that the Government has over stated the number of cattle herds with TB due to a computer glitch has proved, once again, the badger cull has become a complete pantomime… (story)

Oxford Student 16.1.14 Medical research called to stop monkeying around - Adam Dayan - A prominent animal rights group has called on the government to cut funding for Oxford University’s experiments on primates. The Anti-Vivisection Coalition claims that the University is unnecessarily using primates in animal research, and asserts that other countries run more humane research schemes while remaining successful… (story)

Yorkshire Post 16.1.14 Student strides out to win shoe award - A FASHION design student has beaten applicants from around the world to win the first ever competition to design a completely vegan shoe. Leeds University student Alice Lambert-Gorwyn was picked by celebrity judge Laura Whitmore as the winner of the competition, run by animal rights charity PETA and environmentally-friendly fashion firm Beyond Skin… (story)
Huffington Post 11.1.14 Student Alice Lambert-Gorwyn Wins PETA Competition To Design Vegan Shoe By Lucy Sherriff - A fashion design student has beaten applicants from around the world to win the first ever competition to design a VEGAN shoe. Talented Leeds University fourth-year Alice Lambert-Gorwyn was picked by celebrity judge Laura Whitmore as the winner of the competition, run by PETA and Beyond Skin… (story)
Drapers 16.11.13 Peta and beyond skin set design challenge competition - Vegan footwear brand Beyond Skin has teamed up with animal rights group Peta to launch a contest for fashion design students. The brief is to create an animal-free shoe, with the winning entry being produced for spring 14. TV presenter Laura Whitmore will choose the winner… (story)

15.1.14

Worcester News 15.1.14 No evidence that Act has saved one fox - John Shearon chooses to criticise hunting (Worcester News, January 8) but lacking any knowledge of the subject fails to make a useful contribution to the debate. Like many opposed to hunting Mr Shearon is obsessed with what people wear and the fact that a few ride a horse and so appear wealthy. The Hunting Act (2004) cost £30,000,000 and hundreds of hours of valuable parliamentary time but there is no evidence it has saved one fox, contributed to conservation or animal welfare… JON BURGESS Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 8.1.14 You cannot call fox hunting a sport - Fox hunting has been banned and no-one objects to these people getting dressed up in red clothes like Father Christmas and having a ride round the countryside but to kill for the sake of killing is wrong… JOHN SHEARON Worcester (letter)

Western Morning News 15.1.14 Is future of lead shot more uncertain as report to ministers looms? By WMNPBowern - The prospect of a ban on lead shot has moved a little closer this week, with the publication of the minutes from the Lead Ammunition Group. Philip Bowern reports… (story)

Worcester News 15.1.14 Angling Trust vows to continue pursuit of Keith the seal in Worcestershire By Catherine Phillips, Reporter - THERE will be no plain sailing for Keith the seal after the Angling Trust said it remained committed to returning the marine mammal to the sea…. Keith has been at Northwick Marina, but her days inhabiting the river Severn may be numbered after the organisation said it would continue to work with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) to catch her… Lisa Ventura, who runs the Save Keith Facebook page, said: “The petition to date has received 2,780 signatures since it went live on December 29, which shows just how much support there is for Keith to be left alone in the river Severn…. However, Alan Knight, chairman of the BDMLR, said it had serious concerns for Keith’s safety… (story)

Worcester News 15.1.14 Seal is more entitled to fish than anglers - David Wallis (“Seal poses no threat to the ecosystem”, Worcester News, January 10) is absolutely right that Keith the seal poses no greater threat to the ecosystem than the anglers who want to get rid of her…. RONALD LEE Communications Officer Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies (letter)

Shropshire Star 15.1.14 Badger cull operation cost West Mercia Police £466,000 - West Mercia Police spent more than £450,000 helping to police the badger cull in Gloucestershire, it was revealed today. Barrie Sheldon, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said the force's element of a joint operation with Gloucestershire Police cost £466,961… (story)

Folkestone Herald 15.1.14 Death threats made to cafe owners for selling foie gras - THE owners of a cafe which describes itself as “delightful” have received become the victims of death threats and sustained online abuse owing to their decision to sell foie gras. Fresh & Easy, in the Old High Street, has been described as “disgusting” and “appalling” for serving the product, which is made from goose liver. A petition “beseeching” the cafe to stop selling it, started by Ashford Green Party member Mandy Rossi, had attracted 730 signatures as the Herald went to press… Daryl Hodgkins, who runs the business with Philippe Vialom, described the abuse, much of it on the cafe’s Facebook page, as “monstrous” but said the cafe is not going to stop selling the product. He explained that the foie gras he sells is made from free-range birds which are not force-fed and that he will not give in to “bullying” by removing it from the menu… (story)

ANIMAL AID NEW YEAR VEGETARIAN LETTER

Carmarthen Journal 15.1.14 Have your say: Why not resolve to try a vegan diet? - Ben Martin Animal Aid (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 8.1.14 Go meat-free this New Year - BEN MARTIN Animal Aid (letter)
Bristol News 8.1.14 Vegan diet anyone? ANYONE who has not already made their New Year resolution may wish to consider adopting a vegan diet… Ben Martin Animal Aid (letter)
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 5.1.14 Say no to factory farming of animals - I am writing in response to Ben Martin’s letter (from Animal Aid). I have been a vegetarian for almost 25 years and wholeheartedly support Ben’s views in terms of animal welfare… Sandra Fernandeze, Colne (letter)

14.1.14

Western Morning News 14.1.14 WMN Letters: Who would object to exhilarating riding? Paul Hancock, Joint master of Four Burrows Hunt says he would never agree with a figure of 80% of people are against hunting…. If I was interviewed by anti hunt organisations, I would certainly not be prepared to state that I was in favour of cruel sports... Surveys invariably prove the point of the persons organising the survey… The most telling figure about hunt popularity, is that since the ban and change to drag hunting, attendance at meets is greatly increased, indicating a majority of those attending do not wish to kill a fox but simply enjoy a day of exhilarating horse riding. And who could argue against that?... by Mike Baker St Austell (letter)

Guardian 14.1.15 Cost of policing badger culls more than double initial estimates - Policing controversial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire cost £1,300 for each badger killed - Damian Carrington and agencies - The cost of policing the controversial badger culls in England in 2013 was at least £2.6m, more than double initial estimates, according to police sources…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.1.14 Policing badger cull cost '£1,377 per badger' - The total cost of policing the badger cull pilot has been confirmed as nearly £2.5m - or about £1,377 per badger. In Gloucestershire, police and crime commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl tweeted the cost as "around £1.7m", while Avon and Somerset chief constable Nick Gargan said their costs were £738,985…. (story)
Stroud News & Journal 14.1.14 Policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire cost £1.7m - IT is estimated that policing of the controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire has cost £1.7 million, according to Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl. According to Mr Surl the police planned for several scenarios and the estimated figure comes within the parameters of what could reasonably be expected. … (story)

Worcester News 14.1.14 Campaign against the live export of animals - Jon Burgess writes that British farmers care about the welfare of the animals they breed for slaughter (Worcester News, January 6). Why, then, do these same farmers send their sheep and calves on long arduous journeys across the sea as live exports to face goodness knows what sort of conditions when they finally reach their destination?... PAULINE BURGESS Malvern (letter)

Argus 14.1.14 Angora anger: put an end to this rabbit cruelty - Sophie Gallagher (The Argus, January 9) highlighted the terrible plight of angora rabbits, whereby the rabbit’s fur is ripped from its skin in order to produce the necessary fibres for clothing…. Lara Ashby, Marmion Road, Hove (letter)

13.1.14

Spectator 13.1.14 Is fox hunting on a par with dog fighting? - Camilla Swift - As horses and hounds gathered across the country on Boxing Day, more than a quarter of a million people turned out on foot and on horseback to support their local hunts. But this year, alongside the traditional images of red-coated huntsmen and their steeds, many of the national media quoted the statistic that 80 per cent of the British public would like fox hunting to remain illegal. Can we really take that statistic at face value, though?... (story)

Telegraph 13.1.14 Country Diary: nature can be as weird as politics Why have the house sparrows returned – and why are most politicians so untrustworthy? By Robin Page - Following my last Diary on why I support hunting, a reader from Bourne End in Buckinghamshire was quick off the mark. He asked, quite reasonably, how it was that so many Labour MPs could find foxhunting unacceptable and barbaric yet support two indefensible wars leading to the deaths and maiming of thousands of Arabs and Afghans, as well as hundreds of courageous British servicemen and women?... (story)

Western Morning News 13.1.14 Labour could back cull of ‘sickly’ badgers By GDemianyk - Labour has indicated it could back culling “sickly badgers” if it won the next election so long as it was part of “a proper scientific approach” to tackling tuberculosis in cows. Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle acknowledged bovine TB was a “hugely serious issue”, and that she was “not one of those people who says that no badgers should ever be culled”…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 13.1.14 Zoos are glorified animal prisons - MARWELL Zoo’s annual animal audit will fail to count the physical and mental suffering endured by these wild animals as a result of the frustration of a lifetime spent in cages… BEN WILLIAMSON, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), London. (letter)

12.1.14

The Journal (Ireland) 12.1.14 Foxhounds killed after being hit by Iarnród Éireann train - A NUMBER OF foxhounds were killed yesterday after an Iarnród Éireann train hit the dogs who had strayed onto the railway track. It is believed the dogs were taking part in a hunt along the railway tracks… The Association of Hunt Saboteurs Ireland said they “wholeheartedly condemn the failure of the hunters to control the pack of hounds and to protect their welfare….. (story)
Breakingnews (Ireland) 12.1.14 Foxhounds killed in collision with train; group calls for prosecutions - The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has called on Iarnród Éireann to prosecute a Kilkenny hunt for trespass after hounds were killed in a collision with the Dublin to Waterford train…. (story)

Stroud News & Journal 11.1.14 'Canned hunting is barbaric industry," says Gloucestershire photographer Paul Tully - THOUSANDS of lions are being bred in captivity in South African so they can be shot by wealthy tourists on hunting vacations. In cities throughout the world animal rights activists will demonstrate against the practise of canned hunting by taking part in the Global March for Lions. Paul Tully, 33, has helped to organise the march in London, which is due to take place on March 15, and is encouraging people in Stroud to join him…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 7.1.14 Paul's fight to stop canned hunting of lions By Maryam_Qaiser - THEY are seen as hugely powerful animals – but thousands of lions are being held captive in South Africa. Thousands of miles away here in the UK, hundreds of protestors will be gathering in March to demonstrate against the practice of canned hunting. Paul Tully, 33, from Gloucester, has helped organise the Global March For Lions, which is due to take place on March 15 in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh… “All funds raised will go towards the Canned Lion charity set up and run by Chris Mercer and Beverley Pervan.”… (story)

Independent on Sunday 12.1.14 Badger cull figures 'counted unfairly' - Tom Bawden - The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has been accused of using "underhand" tactics to push through his badger culling policy, after it was revealed in Parliament that nearly half the evidence gathered from pilot schemes will be ignored… One source said the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was being "incredibly disingenuous" by claiming the panel was consulted about whether it wanted to consider the extensions, arguing that "of course" it would be better to look at the entire period…. (story)

Sunday Express 12.1.14 Charity blasted for 'repugnant' animal research - A MAJOR British charity was accused yesterday of being involved in “repugnant” research in which pregnant sheep were mutilated and their unborn lambs partly suffocated. By: John Ingham - The study has the support of the British Heart Foundation but the medical consultant of pressure group Animal Aid says this research has not resulted in a drug that would aid humans… (story)

11.1.14

Western Gazette 11.1.14 Hunt policing double standards - IF hunting with dogs, allowing those same dogs to rip foxes to pieces and interfering with badger sets are all illegal, why are the police not enforcing the law against hunts which engage in these activities with the same rigour that they harassed people who peacefully and lawfully protested against the slaughter of badgers? Andy Hamilton, High Street, West Coker. (letter)

Western Morning News 11.1.14 WMN OPINION: Revelations drive a wedge between farmers and RSPCA - Let’s engage in a little bit of alternative-thinking for a moment. Imagine a situation where Britain’s leading animal welfare charity concurred with the majority view of the Government and livestock farmers that bovine TB needed to be tackled… Yet it is a million miles from what actually happened. Instead the charity that claims to stand up for animals – including, presumably, domestic animals like cattle, sheep and pigs – refused to assist with the culls in any way but tried, repeatedly, to find out where and when they would be taking place despite the obvious concern of those involved in the culling process that they might face reprisals from activists if those details leaked out….. Deer stalking, game shooting, pigeon control and fox culling go on all the time; the RSPCA do not demand to know where and when they are taking place to protect staff…. (story)

10.1.14

MID DEVON SABOTEUR ACQUITTED ON TECHNICALITY
Western Morning News 10.1.14 Hunt monitor acused of striking a £90,000 racehorse with his Land Rover on Dartmoor has been cleared - A hunt monitor has been cleared of failing to stop after a confrontation with a woman rider on a narrow Dartmoor lane. Hayden Macey, 68, had his conviction overturned on appeal at Exeter Crown Court after a Judge ruled he had been prosecuted under the wrong law…. Macey, of Aller Park Road, Newton Abbot, had already been cleared or assaulting the rider at an earlier hearing before magistrates at Exeter but had been found guilty of failing to stop and supply details at the scene of an accident. He was cleared on appeal by Recorder Mr Kevin de Haan, QC, after he ruled that Macey should have been charged with the different offence of failing to report the accident to a police station within 24 hours…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 1.8.13 Hunt monitor failed to stop after accident in which huntswoman was hurt - A MAN monitoring a hunt was convicted of failing to stop after a road accident in which a huntswoman was injured. Hayden Macey, 68, had been accused of driving his Land Rover into the back legs of a £90,000 thoroughbred racehorse which hunter Michelle Westcott was riding on Dartmoor…. (story)
Western Morning News 27.7.13 Hunt monitor fined after clash with racehorse rider By TED DAVENPORT - A hunt monitor was convicted of failing to stop after a road accident in which a huntswoman was injured. Hayden Macey, 68, had been accused of driving his Land Rover into the back legs of a £90,000 thoroughbred racehorse which hunter Michelle Westcott was riding on Dartmoor… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 26.7.13 Hunt monitor plans appeal after being found guilty of driving Land Rover into £90,000 racehorse - A hunt monitor has been convicted of failing to stop after a road accident in which a huntswoman was injured. Haydon Macey, 68, had been accused of driving his Land Rover into the back legs of a £90,000 thoroughbred racehorse which hunter Michelle Westcott was riding on Dartmoor… Magistrates cleared him of assault but convicted him of failing to stop and give his details after the clash. Chairman of the JPs Brian Balsdon said that as a result of his driving Macey unseated the rider who was out with the Mid Devon Hunt… Fellow protestor Sarah Wheeler told the court Miss Westcott swore at Macey… (story)
Mail 26.7.13 Hunt saboteur, 68, 'drove his Land Rover into £90,000 racehorse then attacked woman rider' By LUKE SALKELD - A hunt protester drove his Land Rover into the back of a £90,000 racehorse during a moorland hunt, a court heard yesterday. The horse’s female rider fell to the ground and had her throat grabbed by the driver, magistrates were told. Hayden Macey, 68, is accused of assaulting huntswoman Michelle Westcott during a meeting of the Mid Devon hunt on Dartmoor…. (story)
Telegraph 25.7.13 Hunt monitor drives Land Rover into £90,000 racehorse on Dartmoor - A hunt monitor drove his Land Rover into the back legs of a £90,000 racehorse and attacked the female rider after she was thrown from her saddle, a court heard. By Alice Philipson - Hayden Macey, 68, is said to have then stopped the vehicle, got out and grabbed hunter Michelle Westcott by the throat. The alleged incidents happened last November at Gidleigh on Dartmoor during a meeting of the Mid Devon hunt. Prosecutor Sonia Croft told Exeter magistrates court that Miss Westcott was riding the horse called According to Lawrence along a steep, narrow and wet lane on the moor when the Land Rover came up behind her. She said the vehicle was being driven by Macey, of Newton Abbot, Devon, who was monitoring the Mid Devon Hunt and described him as an anti-hunt protester. Mrs Croft said Macey blew his horn before striking the horse in the back of its legs and horse shot forwards and sideways, throwing Miss Westcott to the ground… (story)

Western Morning News 10.1.14 Country notebook, by Liam Mulvin - I confess that I am probably the last person in the world that could be classed as a hunter. I feel queasy picking up a plastic-wrapped packet of liver in a supermarket… The other day however, we found ourselves walking beside a pub were a hunt was meeting. Trays of stirrup cup were on hand for all to sample and it seemed rude for us not too… Standing amongst it all I was struck by how timeless and how traditional it all was. One short speech of thanks later and to the sound of a horn the whole cavalcade moved off. It was then that I felt it. The clatter of hooves on the tarmac road; the calling of the pack of hounds as they excitedly trotted off; and the tones of the horn. I still don’t want to hunt or kill anything now...but for a brief moment, my heart raced, my blood pounded... and I wanted to (story)

Western Morning News 10.1.14 Alliance's income appears on the slide - Along with the Countryside Alliance’s traditional Boxing Day meets, we are now being treated to the Countryside Alliance’s traditional Boxing Day attack on the RSPCA. And one line of attack is their claim that donations to the RSPCA are falling… However, the wonder of the web allows people to access the Countryside Alliance’s own annual accounts… That’s a precipitous fall in fundraising and donations of 36% in three years. So is it the CA that is in trouble – and not the RSPCA? by Theo Hopkins Lifton (letter)

Telegraph 10.1.14 Hunting return is not in the public interest - Must the Master of the Holcombe Harriers attempt to justify legalising “live animal hunting” with the old excuse of “legitimate pest control?” In a radio debate on the issue at the end of 1992, a Master of Fox Hounds Association spokesman admitted that in practice the fox is not a pest… Katherine Watson (Miss), Stockport. (letter)

Western Morning News 10.1.14 South Molton chicken farmer plagued by foxes shown mercy by Judge for having illegal firearms - A Judge has shown mercy on a farmer who kept illegal guns after hearing how he was struggling to protect his organic farm from foxes. Leonard Chappell kept three guns at his farm near South Molton after his licence expired… The loss of his weapons has left his organic chicken farm defenceless against foxes and he has lost 300 birds to them since Christmas…. (story)

Western Morning News 10.1.14 RSPCA demanded Government tell it the 'secret' badger cull locations - The head of the RSPCA wrote to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson demanding to know exactly when and where the badger culls would begin, according to reports. The disclosure will anger farmers, who had accused the charity of intimidation when Gavin Grant, its chief executive, was filmed on television saying that marksmen and those responsible for allowing the cull would be named and shamed… According to the Times, Mr Grant wrote repeatedly to Mr Paterson as the culls approached. He said his charity should be treated differently because it had “a uniformed inspectorate…" (story)

Western Daily Press 10.1.14 Government accused of badger cull cover up after audit considers just six weeks (story)
Western Morning News 10.1.14 Badger cull in question as ministers "deliberately restricting" independent report By GDemianyk - The Government has been accused of being "underhand" after ministers admitted an independent audit of the South West badger culls will be limited to their first six weeks. Farming Minister George Eustice conceded the so-called Independent Expert Panel's remit will not include looking at the extra three weeks of culling in Somerset, and further five weeks in Gloucestershire, which are part of the policy to tackle tuberculosis in cows… (story)

Western Morning News 10.1.14 I would rather put my trust in farmers - What is it with Graham Forsyth from Chard? What makes him such an implacable enemy of farmers and farming that he has to write endless letters to the WMN that constantly criticise and belittle these hardworking men and women who tend their farms seven days a week 365 days a year in order to feed our country?... by Paul Mercer Tavistock (letter)

9.1.14

Maldon Chronicle 9.1.14 Countryside pursuits get town crowds turning out - MORE than 200 people took to the streets of Maldon to witness the traditional New Year's Day parade in Maldon. Spectators watched as 64 scarlet-clad riders and their mounts took part in the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt meet near the Blue Boar pub… (story)

Wells Journal 9.1.15 Countryside Alliance, more like 'Bloodsports Promotion Group' - I WISH to take issue with the letter of December 26, from Charlotte Cooper of the Countryside Alliance, which purports to represent the views of "rural people". As someone who has lived and worked in the countryside all my life, the only change I would hope for regarding the Hunting Act is that the law is enforced not relaxed… Catherine Caveney Wick near Glastonbury (letter)

Yorkshire Post 9.1.14 Why car drivers are worse than fox hunters From: David Thompson, Wheldrake, York. IN reply to the article (Yorkshire Post, December 27) from the League Against Cruel Sports, I don’t feel that their recent poll was from a balanced section of society, more likely just of their own members… Fox hunting will always be a point for heated debates from both sides, however certain facts are undeniable. Hunting is not indiscriminate in how it works, usually only the old, young or sick foxes are taken and this is exactly the way it would work in the wild…. How many of you reading this article drive cars? Do you have any idea how many animals are killed and maimed by drivers in the UK every day? Thousands!... (letter)

Dundee Courier 9.1.14 Gamekeepers put under pressure to use poison baits — claim By ROB MCLAREN - Gamekeepers are being urged to contact police if they are asked by landowners or tenants to use illegal poisons to protect grouse stocks. Retired keeper Colin Gair made the plea in the wake of the death of the golden eagle Fearnan, which died after being poisoned in Angus in November…. (story)

Nuneaton News 9.1.14 No badger cull in borough call - A BID is underway to save badgers from any potential cull in Nuneaton and Bedworth. Animal campaigners have set-up an online petition calling on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to ban culling of badgers on council-owned land and invest in vaccination programmes locally… (story)

Western Morning News 9.1.14 Anger after badger cull ban on council land delayed again By WMN_PGoodwin - Labour councillors in Devon are angry that a debate on plans to ban badger culls on council land was delayed for a second month. The group proposed a motion at the county council meeting in December, following culls trial expert Lord Krebs’ remarks that the Government’s pilot schemes had become a “fiasco”. The move, which follows a similar move to ban hunting by the authority in 1993, which was passed but never enacted as policy, was deferred for a cabinet discussion before any vote… (story)

Cherwell 9.1.14 Animal Testing Campaigns Launched - The Anti-Vivisection Coalition calls for public funding to be stopped to some Oxford labs while the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics proposes an international strategy to deal with animal cruelty. - A spate of campaigns have been launched in opposition to animal cruelty in Oxford, one from an academic within the university and another from a charity attacking the university's ethical stance. Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, has called for the establishment of an international court that would “judge cases of animal cruelty and specifically assess the culpability of governments”. The proposals come in the same week that the Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) launched a campaign to stop public funding to an Oxford University lab that experiments on monkeys…. (story)

AVC PRIMATE CAMPAIGN
The Cambridge Student 9.1.14 Cambridge condemned for 'sickening' monkey experiments - Rebecca Alldridge - Last week the Anti-Vivisection Coalition launched a campaign to strip Cambridge facilities conducting research on monkeys of public spending, after what it described as a series of “sickening” experiments… Luke Steele, head of AVC commented, “AVC are delivering a very strong message to the British Government - withdraw the funding from these vicious primate experiments…. (story)
Cambridge News 3.1.14 Animal rights group AVC calls for Cambridge University's 'monkey labs' to be stripped of public funding Written by ELEANOR DICKINSON - Animal rights activists are demanding Cambridge’s controversial monkey labs should be stripped of their public funding. The Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) have alleged that Cambridge University 
receives public funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to conduct “sickening” procedures on primates… Luke Steele, head of AVC, said: “AVC are delivering a strong message to the British Government – withdraw the funding from these vicious primate experiments… (story)
Oxford Mail 3.1.14 Call to axe funds for ‘animal pain’ - AN animal welfare group has called on the Government to axe funding for Oxford University’s use of primates for research. The Anti Vivisection Coalition spoke out to mark 10 years since Cambridge University abandoned plans for a primate research laboratory… (story)

Evening Standard 9.1.14 Vegetarian café owner let cows freeze to death on smallholding - SIMON FREEMAN - The owner of a vegetarian restaurant was today condemned for “appalling animal cruelty” after leaving three cows to freeze to death on his farm. The animals were part of a herd of 20 kept on a smallholding in Harrow by Khalid Undre, who runs Down To Earth café and health shop in Kensington High Street…. Susan Hall, leader of Harrow council, said: “This was an appalling offence of animal cruelty, made all the more grotesque by the cynical way in which this man paraded himself as a champion of ethical food standards.”… (story)

8.1.14

Western Morning News 8.1.14 Has much-loved animal charity RSCPA become too political - Why has the RSPCA become such a controversial organisation? Philip Bowern investigates - When Devon-born Arthur Broome, vicar of the London parish of Bromley-by-Bow, met with a handful of movers and shakers at Old Slaughter’s Coffee House near Picadilly on June 16, 1824, his aim was simple and honourable…. So what has changed in the intervening years? Certainly for many years after its inception the RSPCA concentrated almost exclusively on the treatment of domestic animals… the idea that huntsmen, expert horsemen who take great care of their mounts, would have been prosecuted in the 1800s for cruelty is almost unthinkable. The founders and staunchest supports of the charity in those days included country sportsmen who cared for their dogs and horses and backed the charity’s work with donations because they valued its efforts to protect domestic animals. That, for many, is no longer the case….. (story)

Denbighshire Free Press 8.1.14 Debate continues on fox hunting ban by: Kirstie Dolphin - THE debate on whether to relax the hunting ban continues in North Wales. Following calls by some farmers and fox hunt supporters to relax the hunting ban, Denbighshire animal rights campaigner Judi Hewitt said the act should be strengthed rather than relaxed…. (story)

East Grinstead Courier 8.1.14 Grandmother airlifted after horse riding accident speaks for first time about her ordeal By SamSatchell - A GRANDMOTHER who was airlifted to hospital following a horse-riding accident has spoken for the first time about her experience – and praised the medics who saved her life. Hilary Vannier, who lives on the Herontye estate in East Grinstead, was knocked unconscious when she was thrown from her thoroughbred cross Benji after he lost his footing in March…. She said: “I was out with the hunt and I was trotting along when the horse lost its footing all of a sudden. I have no recollection of it at all; I just know that the speed with which I got to hospital was critical… (story)

Cornish Guardian 8.1.14 Weather clears for hunt - A RARE break in the wet and windy conditions brought a crowd of supporters and followers, young and old, for the Tetcott Hunt's traditional New Year's Day meet at Stratton… (story)

Shropshire Star 8.1.14 Letter: Saddened at hatred expressed by hunt opponents in online poll - I was sadly unable to take part in the Shropshire Star’s poll on the Hunting Act. I have followed hounds for the last 60 years and, even before the infamous Act was introduced, rarely saw a fox killed by hounds…. There are people now following hounds who have never seen them kill a fox. Their pleasure is derived from riding across country and by watching hounds hunting a trail, so what makes those who have never even seen a hunt in progress want to label them sadists and perverts?... B R Lewis, Shrewsbury (letter)

Blackmore Vale 8.1.14 Letters: 'Our worst trait is our capacity for cruelty' - YOUR front page article in the 3rd January edition shows that the colourful spectacle of hunters and their hounds turning out on Boxing Day still has its appeal. But the idiom “Beauty is only skin deep” reveals a deeply unpleasant human characteristic embedded within this annual traditional activity… Bernard Sullivan, Bourton (letter)

BBC News Online 8.1.14 Tests show Peebles 'badger' carcasses were roe deer - The remains of six skinned animal carcasses found dumped by a roadside in the Scottish Borders have been confirmed to be from roe deer…. (story)

7.1.14

Mail 7.1.14 Why don't YOU buy British, minister! Farmers accuse the Government of hypocrisy over plea for shoppers to buy less foreign food By BEN SPENCER - Farming leaders last night accused the Government of failing to fulfil its own rhetoric, after the Environment Secretary urged shoppers to buy more British food. Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers’ Union, said Owen Paterson should be pushing hospitals and schools to buy UK food rather than simply going to the cheapest source… The Countryside Alliance echoed the NFU’s criticism, and urged the Government to follow its rhetoric with actions… (story)

BADGER CULL COSTS
BBC News Online 7.1.14 Badger cull cost £4,121 per animal, says charity - Badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire have cost more than £7m - equivalent to more than £4,000 per badger killed, an animal charity says…. According to figures from Care for the Wild, £2.6m was spent policing the cull, farmers' costs were £1.49m, and the cost to the government was £3.2m…. (story)
Western Morning News 6.1.14 Badger culls estimated to cost £4,100 for each animal killed By tobymeyjes - The Government’s controversial pilot badger culls cost £4,100 for each animal killed - campaigners have claimed - almost double previous estimates…. The new figures, compiled by animal charity Care For The Wild, represent an increase from the £2,200 per badger estimate given in October… (story)
Mail on Sunday 5.1.14 £7.3MILLION... the cost of killing badgers in 'disastrous' cull (with taxpayers picking up £5.8million of the bill) By Nick Constable - The contentious badger cull has cost an astonishing £4,100 for each animal killed – almost double previous estimates – campaigners claimed last night… (story)
Western Daily Press 5.1.14 Badger cull cost £4,100 per badger, claim campaigners - The cost of the badger cull pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire has been put at £4,100 per badger shot, campaigners claim – and put the cost of a four-year trial at £19 million. Animal charity Care for the Wild almost doubled its previous estimate, made in October, of £2,200 per animal, and now puts the total cost of the cull trials, which began in August at £7.3 million…. (story)

Western Morning News 7.1.14 Inaccurate estimate of badger setts has ‘undermined confidence’ in cull By GDemianyk - MPs have warned the failure to accurately estimate badger populations in South West cull areas "undermines confidence" in the controversial policy to tackle tuberculosis in cows. The cross-party Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Select Committee of MPs today raises questions over the Government plan after targets were missed during two "pilot" culls…. (story)

Western Morning News 7.1.14 Pilot badger culls removed diseased badgers and cut TB cases – Paterson By WMNPBowern - The pilot badger culls in the Westcountry have succeeded in removing diseased animals and will reduce the incidence of TB in cattle, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson insisted… He told the Oxford Farming Conference, the UK’s biggest annual gathering of the farming establishment, that he remained absolutely committed to making Britain TB free within 25 years, using every tool available… (story)

Argus 7.1.14 Punishment for animal cruelty is far too lenient - Mr Wimbleton describes the thugs who attacked his cat as “sick” (The Argus, December 27). For that particular “sickness”, I would prescribe 50 lashes… That is the reason for so much cruelty to animals in this country: lenient punishments… R Reeves, Burford Road, Horsham (letter)

Mail 7.1.14 Police raid anti-fracking protest camp after a flare was fired at a police helicopter as it tried to land - Green protesters have been accused of firing a flare at a police helicopter. The aircrew said the flare appeared to come from the Barton Moss site, in Salford, police have claimed, but protesters at the camp have denied the claim… (story)
Telegraph 6.1.14 Anti-fracking protest camp raided after flare fired at police helicopter in 'extremely dangerous' attack - Police condemn "unbelievably stupid act of criminality" after flare fired at police helicopter and say some anti-fracking protesters "seeking confrontation with the police" By Emily Gosden, Energy Editor - Police have raided an anti-fracking protest camp near Manchester after a flare was fired at a police helicopter in an "unbelievably stupid act of criminality", and have warned that some campaigners are "more interested in seeking confrontation with the police"…. (story)

6.1.14

Cotswold Journal 6.1.14 Hunt spectacle attracts crowds - THE sound of hooves clattering down high streets could be heard across the Cotswolds and the Vale as thousands gathered for the traditional Boxing Day hunt. Two thousand people flocked to Broadway to cheer the North Cotswold Hunt which attracted up to 100 people mounted on horses… Hundreds of eager spectators also massed onto Broad Street, Pershore, to catch a glimpse of the horses and ponies taking centre stage before setting off. Ed Righton, field master of the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt, said: “This is one of the biggest hunts yet…. Meanwhile, a crowd of about 6,000 gathered for the Heythrop Hunt meet in Chipping Norton the same day… Just over the county border, about 1,000 people gathered at Upton House, between Shipston and Banbury for the Warwickshire Hunt meet which attracted 100 mounted followers…. (story)

Banbury Guardian 6.1.14 Hunt members enjoy big crowd - The sounds of hounds and horses could be heard at Upton House and Gardens on Boxing Day as members of the Warwickshire Hunt gathered for their traditional meeting…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 6.1.14 Rider injured after falling from horse during a Lincolnshire hunt - A horse rider was injured after falling from their horse during a hunt in Temple Bruer on Saturday…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.1.14 No more overkill on country sports please - The WMN should take lessons from the public criticism of the media regarding the overkill of the coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death and have some respect for the majority of people (as per the poll you recently published) who abhor killing wildlife in the name of country sports and are fed up with your paper’s promotion of them day after day… by D Goodenough Crediton (letter)

The Avondhu 6.1.14 Foxhunting - Not a pretty picture! - John Fitzgerald (Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports), Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 31.12.13 Don't be fooled, fox hunts are cruel and savage - IT is that time of year again when the print media tends to go soft on a barbaric bloodsport. Photographs project the picture-postcard image of foxhunting, the alluring pomp and pageantry of this traditional 'pastime'…. JOHN FITZGERALD Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (letter)
Irish Times 30.12.13 Unhappy hunting - Your photograph (Barry Cronin, Front page, December 27th) projects the picture postcard image of foxhunting, the alluring pomp and pageantry of this traditional English pastime that England has banned…. We never see a photograph of a fox at the end of a hunt, on the point of exhaustion, its lungs spent and the dogs closing for the kill… JOHN FITZGERALD, (Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports), Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Irish Independent 6.1.14 Why I'll always regret buying a shotgun - Once, a long time ago, I bought a shotgun. I had gotten into my head to go hunting and thought this might be fun…. The next day I found myself in Connemara on the hunt for a rabbit or anything else that was legal to shoot…. The gun kicked back, seeming to recoil at its own violence as thunder crashed into my ear. The rabbit was dead… The following week, I sold the gun at a loss, sure in the knowledge that I could never go killing for fun any more or ever kill again unless I needed to. Barry Clifford Oughterard, Co Galway (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.1.14 Paterson's use of science to justify badger cull 'beggars belief', says expert Chris Cheeseman - Owen Paterson’s use of past scientific studies to make the case for continued badger culls “beggars belief” according to a scientist behind one of the reports. Dr Chris Cheeseman, who worked extensively on the badger TB vaccination trials at Woodchester Park, also says that the cost of policing the recent trials alone would have been sufficient for a programme of vaccination…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.1.14 Carbon monoxide the humane way to cull - Vets for Wildlife Management have told us that trials at Thorn in Gloucestershire using carbon monoxide in badger setts humanely killed the inmates after 1973 when TB in cattle was reported. The trial area in which gassing was used became TB free for 10 years… For those that read Edmund Marriage’s exposure of the successful attempt by the Labour minister of Agriculture to hide proof of the welfare equation won’t be surprised… by A F N Luxmoore Plymouth a target=main href="http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WMN-Letters-Carbon-monoxide-humane-way-cull/story-20405524-detail/story.html">(letter)

Western Morning News 6.1.14 TB has been on farms since before 1971 - Just because Dr Moorlock and Graham Forsyth are unable to find a record of TB in badgers before 1971, doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any… When farms were determined to be, and stay, TB free, immediate lengths were taken to deal with any outbreak. It was soon realised that sick badgers moving onto the farm were the cause of such outbreaks and the outbreak was cleared up by culling the obviously infected badgers…. by Michael Ashton, Torrington (letter)

5.1.14

York Press 5.1.14 York and Ainsty South Hunt denies claims of illegal fox hunting By Victoria Prest - A NORTH YORKSHIRE hunt has denied claims it illegally hunted foxes on parkland near Selby. The York and Ainsty South Hunt held a Pony Club ride at EscrickPark, near Selby, on December 28. Activists from a Sheffield hunt saboteurs group have claimed it hunted three foxes and broke the law by illegally disturbing an active badger sett on the estate. The hunt has rejected the accusations, and police have issued a statement saying it had received no formal complaints of illegal fox hunting on that day…. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ATTACKS RSPCA PROSECUTIONS
Sunday Express 5.1.14 The fox vs. the hounds: RSPCA and Countryside Alliance at war - THE BIG guns are taking aim and the sniping has already turned into heavy bombardment. The countryside is witnessing a conflict that is fast taking on the character of a civil war By: Stuart Winter … Neither the RSPCA nor the Countryside Alliance will admit to being on a war footing but battle lines are being drawn once again over the hoary old question of hunting with hounds, as both camps fire statistics and invective at each other… (story)
Third Sector 5.1.14 RSPCA hunt prosecutions 'cost taxpayer £100,000 last year', says Countryside Alliance By Jenna Pudelek - The pro-hunting organisation claims the animal welfare charity acts in a politically motivated way … (story)
Western Daily Press 3.1.14 RSPCA accused of wasting money in court By Jeff Wells - The RSPCA and the Countryside Alliance clashed bitterly yesterday over the animal welfare charity's policy of pursuing prosecutions for illegal hunting. An investigation by The Times reportedly found only four out of five RSPCA prosecutions for alleged illegal hunting were successful. As a result taxpayers had to foot legal bills for those that failed totalling at least £70,000, because defence costs in private prosecutions can be claimed against the public purse… (story)
Telegraph 2.1.14 Four-fifths of RSPCA hunt prosecutions failed last year - Pro-hunting group estimates that unsuccessful private prosecutions for hunting brought by the animal charity cost the public purse at least £70,000 over 12 months By Sam Marsden - The RSPCA has been accused of bringing “spurious” and politically-motivated private prosecutions against hunt supporters… In one case, the RSPCA issued summonses for 52 separate charges against the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire… The RSPCA also brought unsuccessful prosecutions against the Cheshire Hunt, the Cheshire Forest Hunt, and the Ledbury Hunt in the Midlands, the Countryside Alliance said. Only two of the nine summonses brought against the Avon Vale Hunt in Wiltshire resulted in convictions, although a member of the Seavington Hunt in Somerset was successfully fined £500…. (story)
Western Morning News 2.1.14 RSPCA and Countryside Alliance clash over prosecution of hunts By WMNPBowern - The RSPCA and the Countryside Alliance have clashed bitterly over the animal welfare charity’s policy of pursuing prosecutions for illegal hunting. An investigation published by The Times reportedly found only four out of five RSPCA prosecutions for alleged illegal hunting were successful… Specialist country sports lawyer Jamie Foster of Taunton-based Clarke Willmot represented one of the few defendants who pleaded guilty to illegal hunting. Huntsman David Parker of the Seavington in Somerset admitted blowing his hunting horn, encouraging the hounds to pursue a fox, which later escaped…. (story)

Horse & Hound 5.1.14 RSPCA orders prosecution review - After more than a year of criticism, the RSPCA has hired a senior lawyer to carry out a review into its controversial prosecutions policy. Former chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Stephen Wooller will spend 4 months looking into how prosecutions are taken forward by the charity…. (story)
Telegraph 19.12.13 RSPCA hires former CPS lawyer to review its prosecutions policy - The RSPCA bows to pressure hires a senior lawyer to carry out a £50,000 review into its controversial prosecutions policy after months of criticism. By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent… Stephen Wooler, a former Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, will spend the next four months examining how and why prosecutions are taken … (story)

Western Gazette 5.1.14 NFU chief calls wider badger cull 'irresponsible' - THE director general of the National Farmers Union says it would be “madness” to launch county-wide badger culls in other areas in the West Country next year, in the battle against bovine TB…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.1.14 OPINION: £7.3m badger cull is most disastrous, expensive wildlife cull on record By Dominic Dyer, Care for the Wild International … (story)

4.1.14

Bolton News 4.1.14 Cruelty is hunt reality - MANY readers must be as perplexed and disgusted with your article of December 27 entitled “Tally ho to keeping up the hunt tradition”…. There was not one mention of the cruelty of hunting animals with other animals…. Hunting — what a dreadful word! Name and address supplied (letter)

York Press 4.1.14 Long may the ban last - HOW on earth can Sean McClarron say that "fox hunting was never about killing for fun, it was a balanced method of wildlife management" (The Press, January 2). If that is so, how about the disgusting practice of “blooding” small children after an animal has been torn to bits?... Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York (letter)

ISPreview 4.1.14 UK Government Set to Discuss Rural Broadband Cover on 14th January by Mark Jackson - The Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, will chair another round table event at Parliament on 14th January 2014 to discuss extending faster broadband Internet connectivity into rural areas. A key focus of the meeting is likely to be the new £10 million competitive fund…. As a result the next meeting, which will involve both telecoms operators and major campaign groups like the Countryside Alliance, is expected to focus on the tiny new £10m competitive fund that was announced during early December 2013… (story)
Broadband Choice 3.1.14 Countryside Alliance praise rural broadband plans - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a new government scheme to bring superfast broadband to rural areas… (story)
Dover Express 3.1.14 Praise for broadband investment - The Countryside Alliance welcomed a £10m project unveiled by the Treasury on December 5 that will fund the development of new ways to improve broadband speeds in the most remote rural areas…. (story)
North Devon Journal 19.12.13 Fund aims to help get broadband to all areas - A FUND announced by HM Treasury aims to support the development of new ways to improve broadband speeds in the most remote rural areas… The move has been welcomed by the Countryside Alliance, which has long believed that a range of technologies, such as mobile, satellite and wi-fi connections, should be used to deliver broadband to remote rural areas as fibre optic is unlikely to reach those parts… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 16.12.13 Innovation fund for rural areas - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a £10million project unveiled last week that will fund the development of new ways to improve broadband speeds in the most remote rural areas… (story)

Mail 4.1.14 'Eating meat is as bad as paedophilia': Morrissey launches incredible rant and says there is 'no difference' between the abattoir and supporting Auschwitz - By LIZZIE EDMONDS - Smiths singer Morrissey has said he sees 'no difference' between eating animals and paedophilia. The incredible suggestion was shared in a Q&A session on his fan site - True To You… (story)
Mirror 4.1.14 Morrissey: 'Eating animals is just the same as paedophilia, rape and murder' By Mikey Smith - The Smiths frontman, who is well known for his strong stance on animal rights, made the controversial comments during a Q&A session on a fan website. Morrissey has said killing animals is just as bad as child rape and murder in an online Q&A session…. (story)

3.1.14

Kent & Sussex Courier 3.1.14 Hunt saboteur: Police too soft on my attacker By Craig Saunders - AN ANTI-HUNT protester who was assaulted by a kennelmaster in Fordcombe has said the police were too lenient. Video footage has emerged on YouTube of an attack by huntsman Mark Bycroft on a hunt saboteur during a meet of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent fox hunt group. The images, taken by the anti-blood sports organisation the Hunt Saboteurs, show Mr Bycroft riding up to the side of a masked protester and throwing a punch during the meet on December 14. Martin Randle, 24, from Brighton, has revealed himself as the protester and says Kent Police should have taken a tougher stance with the huntsman… (story)
Mirror 27.12.13 VIDEO: Shocking footage shows Nigel Farage's friendly Boxing Day huntsman appearing to strike protestor in the face By Ben Rossington - The short clip shows kennelmaster Bycroft lashing out at the masked saboteur, hitting him in the face from on top of his horse before riding off The Boxing Day huntsman photographed being welcomed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage is a thug who attacked an anti-hunt protestor just two weeks ago, the Mirror can reveal… The Hunt Saboteurs Association claim police were called after the December 14 incident but failed to take any action at the time. Following complaints they later reviewed the video evidence and arrested Mr Bycroft. Mr Bycroft, 42, admitted accepting the caution… (story)

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 3.1.14 Crowds turn out to see hunt in Ludlow - HUNDREDS of people turned out for the Boxing Day meet of Ludlow Hunt. As usual the hunt met in the outer bailey of Ludlow Castle where members of the public were able to view the participants and their horses and hounds at close quarters… (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 3.1.14 Brockleby Hunt festive meeting - pictures and report By Peter Craig - HORSES, hounds and huntmasters' horns were the traditional recipe for Boxing Day hunt meetings. The traditional Brocklesby Hunt attracted a larger than usual crowd of supporters, with no protesters, as fine weather brought families together… (story)

Northern Echo 3.1.14 Fox hunting - WHATEVER your view on fox hunting, I am sure your readers will agree that dogs running loose on road is dangerous. It is not uncommon to see hounds crossing busy roads and being hit by a car, even killed, not to mention that they cause a risk to the driver…. Name and address supplied, County Durham. (letter)

Bolton News 3.1.14 MP in rural phone plea By Elaine O'Flynn - RURAL communities in Bolton should not be disadvantaged by poor phone reception, according to an MP. Darwen and Rossendale MP Jake Berry is calling on Turton residents to help map out mobile coverage across the area by downloading a special app… The Countryside Alliance is campaigning for better mobile coverage with their Sick of No Signal campaign… (story)

Northern Echo 3.1.14 University defends monkey research 'which could help 1m' people By Barry Nelson - WITHIN weeks of having to halt controversial baboon research in Kenya, Newcastle University has had to defend experiments on monkeys closer to home…. Now a small animal rights organisation known as the Anti-Vivisection Coalition – headed by an activist who has served a prison sentence for harassing scientists - has called on the university to halt experiments on macaque monkeys at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience. Luke Steele, head of AVC, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in July 2012 for harassing laboratory staff and given a criminal ASBO barring him from taking part in animal rights demonstrations… He said AVC activists planned to picket Newcastle University next month… (story)

Argus 3.1.14 There are valid arguments for a diet less reliant on animals - I feel compelled to reply to Fred Burgess (Letters, December 30) because it is the second time he has responded to Emma Richards with the same argument for not going vegan rather than countering her well-made points on the potential benefits of a lesser reliance on an animal-based diet…. David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks
I feel it is Fred Burgess who is wearing the “rose-tinted glasses” by claiming that animals can be slaughtered “humanely”. Animal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group. Between 2009 and 2011, it filmed secretly inside nine randomly chosen British slaughterhouses… Emma Richards, Halland Road, Brighton (letters)
Argus 30.12.13 Farming and vegans - a response - Reading the reply to my letter from Emma Richards (December 24), I think she is completely missing the point. … I was asking her what would happen to all these animals if they were not farmed for food. Does she think some kind farmer will look after them free of charge? If so, could she please supply me with a pair of the rose-tinted glasses through which she views life? Fred Burgess, Upper Beeding (letter)

Argus 24.12.13 We don't need to keep abusing animals - veganism is an option - Is Fred Burgess (Letters, December 19), effectively saying we should go on abusing animals as we wouldn’t know what to do with them if we suddenly stopped eating meat, dairy and eggs? If everyone in the UK went vegan, we would actually cut the land used to produce food by two-thirds… Emma Richards, Halland Road, Brighton (letter)

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INTERVIEW WITH BARNEY WHITE-SPUNNER
Western Daily Press 2.1.14 If it's to be war, the countryside has a leader - How deep are the rifts that split urban areas from the rural hinterland? Philip Bowern investigates - It has long been accepted that rural Britain is badly neglected by its political leaders. But now Barney White-Spunner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, has launched an attack on other institutions, including British Telecom and the BBC, accusing them of operating to a largely urban agenda… (story)
Western Morning News 2.1.14 Countryside Alliance chief highlights the divisions between town and country By WMNPBowern - It has long been accepted that rural Britain is badly neglected by its political leaders. But now Barney White-Spunner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, has launched an attack on other institutions, including British Telecom and the BBC, accusing them of operating to a largely urban agenda. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Sir Barney talks of indifference to rural issues that extends not just to politicians, who believe it is only urban votes that count, but also to our national broadcaster which examines rural issues from a strictly London-centric perspective, and BT which he says misuses its rural monopoly… (story)
Spectator 28.12.13 The malign RSCPA are out of control and need to be stopped - Melissa Kite - The Daily Telegraph’s excellent interview with the head of the Countryside Alliance today tells us what many people in the countryside have known for a long time.The RSPCA is a malign organisation. I wrote my own expose of the ‘charity’ in February this year in which I compared it to J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. More and more people are realising that the RSPCA is a powerful group of snoopers who seem to exist for nothing so much as to further their own power… (story)
Independent 28.12.13 RSPCA has become ‘sinister and nasty’ and should be replaced, says head of Countryside Alliance - ADAM WITHNALL - The RSPCA has turned from a “once great British institution” to something “rather sinister and nasty”, according to the head of the Countryside Alliance. Britain needs a new organisation to look after the welfare of its animals, according to Sir Barney White-Spunner, a former commanding officer in the British army whose cattle herd was only recently cleared after a lengthy shutdown with bovine TB…. (story)
Daily Mail 28.12.13 Countryside Alliance chief urges members to stop supporting 'sinister and nasty' RSPCA as they are now 'more interested in badger culls than animal welfare' By WILLS ROBINSON - The RSPCA has turned from a 'great institution' into a 'sinister and nasty' organisation which is not interested in animal welfare, the head of the Countryside Alliance has warned. General Sir Barney White-Spunner has urged his members to stop donating to the charity because they are becoming more interested in animal rights issues such as fox hunting and badger culls…. (story)
Express 28.12.13 Head of Countryside Alliance slams 'sinister and nasty' RSPCA - THE HEAD of the Countryside Alliance has branded the RSPCA as "sinister and nasty." By: Anthony Chapman - Gen Sir Barney White-Spunner has claimed that the 189-year-old animal charity no longer promotes animal welfare and instead uses its power to privately prosecute hunting groups and members of the public… (story)
Telegraph 28.12.13 'The BBC think we are a Neanderthal lot' - Countryside Alliance chief has the RSPCA, National Trust and TV bosses in his sights By Benedict Brogan - On Boxing Day Barney White-Spunner was out on foot, taking part in one of the countless hunt meets that reminded us once again of how popular the sport remains nearly 10 years after Labour tried to ban it…. Even now, as the political prejudice he says motivated Labour’s campaign against hunting begins to fade, there is a reluctance to change a flawed law… This caution is symptomatic, Sir Barney suspects, of a wider indifference to rural issues across government. Tories are guilty of it, but so are Lib Dems, who hold a surprising number of rural constituencies. The Countryside Alliance, he is careful to point out, is strictly apolitical. It has more Labour than Tory members on its board, and Maria Eagle, the new spokesman for environment, food and rural affairs, has impressed him… (story)
Huffington Post 28.12.13 Barney White-Spunner, Head Of The Countryside Alliance, Says The RSPCA Has Become A 'Sinister And Nasty' Charity By Charlotte Meredith - The RSPCA has become a "sinister and nasty" organisation, the head of the Countryside Alliance has warned. General Sir Barney White-Spunner has even urged members of his group to stop donating to the animal charity, according to The Telegraph..;. (story)

Leicester Mercury 2.1.14 Melton welcomes New Year's Day meeting of Cottesmore Hunt - Riders and supporters braved wet weather to take part in the New Year's Day hunt. The Cottesmore Hunt met at Play Close Park, Melton, for Champagne before getting in the saddle and parading through the town… The hunt in Melton, rotates between the Quorn, Cottesmore and Belvoir…. (story)

Herald 2.1.14 Hundreds of people turn out for fox-shooting hunts - All eleven of Scotland's fox hunts were out yesterday on the biggest day of the Scottish hunting calendar. One hunt, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, gave up the chase because of inclement weather… The Berwickshire hunt met in Duns village square where it involved more than fifty riders and around 100 spectators… Since the act was introduced, new hunts have been formed, including the Strathappin Foxhounds and the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry Hunt (story)

York Press 2.1.14 Crowds gather for Derwent Hunt's New Year's Day ride out in Thornton-le-Dale - RIDERS and their hounds embarked on a New Year’s Day tradition stretching back more than 200 years as crowds gathered to watch an annual North Yorkshire hunt ride out. About 50 members of the Derwent Hunt were set on their way across the Ryedale countryside from outside The Hall in Thornton-le-Dale yesterday morning… (story)

Northern Echo 2.1.14 Hurworth Hunt heads out with dozens of supporters to see riders off - DOZENS of well-wishers turned out to support a New Year’s Day hunt despite the wet and windy weather. The Hurworth Hunt met at its traditional starting point, the Horse Shoe Inn, in West Rounton, near Northallerton, and one of the hunt masters Jane Strickland said there were around 60 supporters waiting to see the hunt head off…. (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 2.1.14 Gallery: Pub celebrates its reopening as it welcomes annual hunt ride - Villagers turned out in force yesterday for the spectacular sight of a Suffolk hunt and the re-opening of their cherished pub. The Cretingham Bell, which has been bought by the owners of a golf club, opened to welcome the Easton Harriers with their horses and hounds at the start of their New Year’s Day hunt…. (story)

Nottingham Post 2.1.14 New Year's Day hunt meets in Newark - Shoppers watch as a rider from the South Notts Hunt passes though the centre of Newark…. (story)

North Devon Journal 2.1.14 Hundreds turn out for Holsworthy hunt - HUNDREDS turned out in Holsworthy for the annual Boxing Day hunt, the biggest day of the hunting calendar. More than 600 people gathered at the Kings Arms in Holsworthy Square for the annual event which saw members of the Tetcott hunt chase an artificial fox scent between the town and North Tamerton…. (story)

Wells Journal 2.1.14 Hunt supporters have Government in sights - HUNTERS might not legally be able to hunt with dogs, but they met in Axbridge and Priddy on Boxing Day for their biggest gathering of the year, as the Countryside Alliance campaigned to get the hunt ban repealed… (story)

Farming Life 2.1.14 Route Hunt enjoys Boxing Day meet - On Boxing Day the Route hunt met at the home of Alison and Alan Millar, Killeague, Coleraine. Despite the freezing conditions and icy yards and roads there was a turnout of 33 horses and riders and some followers on foot… (story)

Shropshire Star 2.1.14 Fox hunting ban should stay, say Star readers - The ban on fox hunting should stay – that’s the verdict of a poll undertaken by the Shropshire Star. After massive crowds turned out for the Boxing Day hunts in towns including Newport, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Morville, near Bridgnorth, we asked our readers if it was time for hunting with dogs to be made legal once more. About 10,000 people took part, with 64 per cent of them saying fox hunting with hounds should remain banned…. In the region there are the North Shropshire, South Shropshire, Albrighton & Woodland, Tanatside, Ludlow, Wheatland and United hunts. (story)

Ipswich Star 2.1.14 Hunting always a minority activity – even in countryside - Paul Geater - Once again we’ve had the annual Boxing Day ritual of a few dozen people turning up in smart costumes, supported by a hundred or so spectators, who maintain that fox hunting with dogs is vital to the future of the countryside…. I simply do not believe that chasing foxes with a pack of dogs across the countryside is an efficient method of pest control. I don’t believe that setting a group of specially-bred animals on to a single wild animal is humane. And I don’t believe that hunting is vital for the rural economy…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 2.1.14 Twisted logic of pro-hunt case - From: J Midgley, Keldspring Lane, Barmby Moor, Pocklington. I HAVE lived and worked in the countryside for 45 years. The Countryside Alliance’s campaigns director Tim Bonner (Yorkshire Post, December 26) is typically arrogant, using the excuse that the fox dies instantly when the hounds catch it. Utter rubbish…
From: Barrie Frost, Watson’s Lane, Reighton, Filey. IT was reported that more people than ever attended the Boxing Day hunts, with suggestions that the increase in their popularity should lead to a reversal of the ban on hunting foxes with dogs. What unbelievable logic… (letters)

Mail 2.1.14 Frolicking free, the laboratory ponies saved by animal rescue teams hours before they were due to be slaughtered By PAUL HARRIS - They were confused, frightened, and hours from slaughter… Yesterday, after a remarkable deal with the organisation that used them for medical experiments, the ten little ponies were roaming free… The foals, aged between six and eight months, were given their liberty not by animal rights activists storming the lab, but by quiet negotiation with the research centre. Instead of sending them to the knacker’s yard when they reached the end of their useful laboratory lives, it handed them over to the Unite To Care group, which campaigns to end all animal testing… ‘They’re all only six to eight months old now but they have never been loved,’ said campaigner Vicky Fraser, who is caring for the ten before new homes are found… (story)

Southport Visiter 2.1.14 Tributes paid to staunch Southport-based animal rights campaigner by Georgina Stubbs - A PASSIONATE animal rights campaigner who co-founded the resort- based Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE) - sadly passed away on December 27. Tony Moore, aged 79, tragically lost his battle with lung cancer. His partner of 12 years, Matilda Mench, 52, said that two months ago he was diagnosed with the disease… (story)

Dundee Courier 2.1.14 We’re the ones to blame - – Re Angus Whitson’s article on the dangers red squirrels face from buzzards… Red squirrels are in an unhealthy state only because of one species – ourselves… Sadly the most vocal proponents of predator control are those who have no interest in re-establishing the natural landscape for fear of harming estates’ income. Alistair Wilson. 56 Seafield Road, Dundee. (letter)

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Care2.com 1.1.14 Great Britain Won’t Accept That People Are Against Fox Hunting With Dogs by Alicia Graef - While thousands gathered for the traditional Boxing Day hunt, animal advocacy groups released the results of a poll showing that the majority of the public in Great Britain opposes hunting foxes with dogs…. Despite clear opposition, the pro-hunting lobby and organizations including the Countryside Alliance continue to push to undo the ban…. (story)

Northumberland Gazette 1.1.14 VIDEO - New Year’s Day Hunt by Jane Coltman - A-hunting we will go! - The Percy Hunt gathered at Alnwick Castle for the traditional New Year’s Day meet and hundreds of supporters turned up to watch the event… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 1.1.14 Picture Gallery: Carmarthen New Year's Day Hunt (story)

Carmarthen Journal 1.1.14 Town packed for hunt - HORSES, hounds and huntsmen and women were out in force in Llandeilo this Boxing Day for the town's annual hunt…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 1.1.14 Hunt follows trail on Boxing Day - THE centre of Camelford was packed on Boxing Day morning to see the North Cornwall Hunt head off for its day following a trail…. (story)