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31.7.14

CABINET RESHUFFLE
Horse & Hound 31.7.14 Rural Norfolk MP is new secretary of state - Liz Truss has taken over from Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs…Mr Paterson had been in the role since 2012 when he took over from Caroline Spelman….Mr Paterson has also hunted with the Wynnstay and his wife Rose is the chairman of Aintree racecourse…The CA’s Tim Bonner added: “It was good to see Liz Truss on our stand at the CLA Game Fair on Sunday. She responded well to all the issues we raised and she has always been personally committed to repeal of the Hunting Act so we look forward to having more detailed meetings with her as soon as possible.” (story)
Western Morning News 22.7.14 Owen Paterson said his sacking 'bad for countryside' - Owen Paterson told the Prime Minister he was “making a big mistake” in sacking him as Environment Secretary, an astonishing report of a row between the two men claims. According to a witness who watched the exchange Mr Paterson, replaced by Liz Truss at Defra, told David Cameron: “If you sack me it is a smash in the teeth for the 12 million people who live in the countryside…. (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 18.7.14 Mixed response to sacking By Mike Bridgen - CAMPAIGNERS for animal rights celebrated Owen Paterson’s sacking as Environment Secretary…. (story)
Independent 18.7.14 I might not be popular in rural communities, but I’ve got their best interests at heart - Owen Paterson, Liz Truss … the rapid turnover of Environment Secretaries isn’t helping - NIGEL FARAGE - I am off to Blenheim Palace to take part in a debate called “Would the countryside be better off if we left the EU?”… In many ways it’s a very interesting time to have the debate because the outgoing minister, Owen Paterson, was very much a countryman…. Paterson’s replacement as Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, appears to know little of rural affairs, despite representing a constituency in Norfolk…. (story)
Western Morning News 17.7.14 New Defra minister backs badger cull amid "massive threat" to countryside By GDemianyk - The new Environment Secretary has signalled the Government remains fully behind badger culling to tackle the "massive threat" posed to the South West countryside by tuberculosis in cows. Liz Truss, who took charge of the rural affairs brief from Owen Paterson earlier this week, was accused by Labour of "flunking" her first test after she vowed to use "every tool in our toolbox" to eradicate the disease… (story)
Farming UK 15.7.14 Paterson sacked as Defra Secretary in cabinet reshuffle - Owen Paterson has been replaced by Liz Truss as Secretary of State at Defra as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle…. Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no matter who is environment minister, fundamental issues within the department make this an almost impossible role…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 15.7.14 Owen Paterson 'culled' in government reshuffle - Philip Case - Owen Paterson has been sacked from the post of DEFRA secretary and looks set to be replaced by south west Norfolk MP Liz Truss….Mr Paterson, who has repeatedly insisted that culling badgers is necessary to eradicate bovine TB in this country, was sacked in a brutal reshuffle of “male, pale and stale” Cabinet members… (story)
Western Morning News 15.7.14 Liz Truss takes over as Environment Secretary as Owen Paterson sacked By Philip Bowern and Ryan Hooper - Liz Truss has been named as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, replacing Owen Paterson, David Cameron has announced…. (story)

West Briton 31.7.14 Praze Fair Show proves a major success - PRAZE Fair Show enjoyed a successful show with well filled rings of quality horses and ponies. The supreme championship was awarded to Becky Keast of St Ives and her attractive Connemara, Shulas Troy…. Troy, who has been owned by the family for seven years, has previously taken the mountain and moorland championship here in 2009 under Becky's grandmother, Gloria Beckerleg and the pair can be found out regularly hunting with the Western Hunt… (story)

Mail 31.7.14 No guns in here, Dundee hotel tells top Commonwealth shooter before calling the police - As a professional shooter, Rachel Carrie is used to travelling all over the world for competitions with her shotgun in tow. But while competing in her native Britain at the Commonwealth Games she did not receive the usual warm welcome. Instead, the hotel she was staying at called the police. The 30-year-old was forced to spend almost four hours being questioned over the firearm, despite producing a shotgun certificate and telling them she was part of Glasgow 2014… (story)
Scotsman 31.7.14 Commonwealth Games: Shooter quizzed by police by TAMSIN TYESON - A shooter attending the Commonwealth Games was quizzed by police after trying to check into her hotel with a shotgun. Rachel Carrie, a competitive shooter from Leeds and affiliated with the England team, had travelled for five hours before arriving at the Dundee’s Malmaison Hotel. Staff told her she was not allowed to keep the firearm in her room…. (story)

Worcester News 31.7.14 Vegans and veggies call for Worcester Racecourse closure after three horse deaths this month - VEGANS and veggies have called for the closure of Worcester Racecourse following the death of three horses there in a single month, Worcester Vegans & Veggies, who have mounted protests outside the racecourse in the past, are now stepping up calls for more to be done but a racecourse spokesperson said the safety of both horses and jockeys was 'paramount'…. (story)

Irish Times 31.7.14 Protest at Government plans to cull 12,000 badgers over two years - Dozens of animal rights activists protested in front of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s office yesterday over a plan to cull thousands of badgers. The Department of Agriculture plans to kill up to 12,000 badgers over two years in an attempt to prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle…. (story)

BBC News Online 31.7.14 Minister Norman Baker wants UK ban on animal tests By Brian Wheeler Political reporter - The minister in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK has said he wants to see an end to all testing. Lib Dem MP Norman Baker - a longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner - said a ban on animal testing "would not happen tomorrow". But he claimed the government was moving in the right direction… (story)

Independent 31.7.14 Vegetarians enjoy food as much as anyone else, so why are the meat-free options at restaurants so boring? - Susan Elkin - It’s been a good year for vegetarianism. Or a bad one for the dead flesh industry – depending on your point of view… All enough to convert you to vegetarianism if only there were more choice of alternatives…. Vegetarians are not kill-joys. They enjoy food and eating as much as anyone else… (story)

30.7.14

Spectator 30.7.14 2 billion reasons to take shooting seriously - Camilla Swift - When I told our blogs editor about an independent survey claiming that shooting was worth £2 billion to the rural economy, he didn’t believe me. ‘Are you sure it’s not £2 million, Camilla?’ But no. I duly went and checked for him, and £2 billion is indeed the figure. The amount spent on shooting (£2.5bn), is almost ten per cent of the total amount spent annually on outdoor recreation, which has been measured at £27 billion… (story)

Meat Trades Journal 30.7.14 SPECIAL REPORT: Time to raise your game By Eleanor Mackay - With the Glorious Twelfth fast approaching the game sector is gearing up for one of the most profitable seasons to date. Sales of venison have already soared by 413% according to Kantar Worldpanel and UK retailers have been quick to jump on the trend, offering various different cuts and products, but much like British beef and lamb, venison is struggling to compete with cheaper imports.... (story)

Frome Standard 30.7.14 Frome's MP David Heath backs plans for new law on fly grazing - An MP is leading the battle to stop horses fly-grazing on land around Frome… David Heath, Frome’s Liberal Decmocrat MP, said: “It is a very significant problem and I first started campaigning for a change in the law about five years ago… he does not believe this legislation has gone far enough and is now backing York Outer Tory MP Julian Sturdy’s bid to end the practise… a number of horse charities and other organisations are backing the new legislation. These include - The CLA (Country Land and Business Association), National Farmers’ Union, Countryside Alliance, RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings, the British Horse Society and Blue Cross…. (story)
Horse & Hound 25.7.14 MP acts to tackle fly-grazing crisis - A “major milestone” in the fight to increase legislative powers to deal with the fly-grazing crisis was unveiled last week (16 July). A private members bill has been brought forward by MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy… The Countryside Alliance is also looking for case studies to develop a map of “hot spots” around the country to provide evidence for the government. Please email political@countryside-alliance.org... (story)

Blackpool Gazette 30.7.14 Animal welfare abroad - The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) is encouraging holiday makers to do their homework before they go abroad, to help working animals in the tourism industry… Josephine Harwood Bispham (letter)

29.7.14

Western Morning News 29.7.14 Badger cull battle transfers to court room in bid for secret documents By WMNlynbarton - A court room battle will be staged tomorrow over whether a group which has fought the badger cull has the right to harvest information from a secret panel which decided to press ahead with the policy. The Badger Trust is opposing an appeal made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to the Information Commissioner, who had initially decided that their Badger Control Board briefings could be published…. (story)

Stoke Sentinel 29.7.14 Hundreds in Staffordshire and Cheshire support badger cull campaign - HUNDREDS of people are supporting campaigns to protect the region's badgers from being culled…. Three e-petitions calling on local authorities in Staffordshire and Cheshire to ban badger culling on council-owned land have accumulated 776 names between them… (story)

Western Mail 29.7.14 Experiments on animals don’t help - Jan Creamer, president of the National Anti-Vivisection Society has expressed her deep concern at the increasing number of animal experiments being done in Britain – four million last year – despite new exciting alternatives being available… We should not be continuing to fund research to cure mice, rather research to cure people. The best model for humans is human. J L Stanfield, Cyfarthfa Gardens, Merthyr Tydfil (letter)

Worcester News 29.7.14 Vegans and veggies provide lifeline to horses rescued from Worcester traveller site - A GROUP of vegans and veggies from Worcester has helped fund the care of horses which they say were kept in 'appalling conditions' at a traveller site in the city. Members of Worcester Vegans & Veggies have handed over a cheque for £150 to Hillfields Animal Sanctuary in Bromsgrove to help pay for the care of three horses that the sanctuary rescued after they were found in 'appalling conditions' at a travellers' site in Warndon earlier this year… The group's communications officer Ronald Lee said: "This is all part of the work we are doing to protect animals from suffering and slaughter… (story)

Irish Examiner 29.7.14 Fur faming move is a ’mockery of legislation’ - The proposal by Agriculture & Defence Minister Simon Coveney to reform and regulate fur farming rather than ban it is typical of the Fine Gael led government’s "Pontius Pilate" like attitude to animal welfare…. Every intelligent person knows the truth; that such coy political euphemisms do not detract in the slightest from the stomach-churning Truth about fur farming and blood sports. John Fitzgerald, Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. (letter)

Bolton News 29.7.14 Animals are for the wild - NO matter how well animals are cared for in a circus, it is still unacceptable in a civilised society to be using animals for entertainment… (letter)

28.7.14

Cotswold Journal 28.7.14 I'm glad that fish were saved, but not so they can be used for 'sport' - IT was disturbing to read about thieves taking aerators from Manor Farm Leisure (Equipment raid puts fish stock in danger, Journal, July 17), and I was pleased to learn that the theft was discovered in time to save the lives of thousands of fish in the company's lakes. What a shame, though, that many of these fish have been saved only to have hooks stuck in their mouths and to be dragged out of their natural environment in the cruel so-called "sport" of angling…. Ronald Lee Communications Officer Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies (letter)

North Devon Journal 28.7.14 First time buyers face housing disappointment, according to figures - First-time buyers in the region are finding it difficult to get on the property ladder, according to a new report…. Affordable housing that allows young people to live and work in rural areas like the Westcountry is vital for to underpin the future of communities, said the Countryside Alliance. “We are great fans of affordable housing for local people and help for local people to buy,” said South West Regional Director Alison Hawes… (story)

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 28.7.14 Badgers crash MP's advice surgery - PROTESTORS dressed as badgers invaded an MP's advice surgery in Malvern to voice their opinion on the badger cull. Members of Worcestershire Veggies and Vegans stood at the entry to MP Harriett Baldwin's advice surgery, held in the Lyttleton Rooms, to call out against the culling of badgers and and the MP's perceived support for the scheme using placards and signs on Friday, July 25. Ronald Lee, Communications Officer for Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies, said: "This wasn't just a demonstration against her support for the slaughter of badgers…. (story)

NAVS LETTER
Swindon Advertiser 28.7.14 Animal testing is essential - ANIMAL experimentation in the UK is a deeply divisive issue, but the public discussion is not well served by misleading statements. The National Anti-Vivisection Society mentions the “government pledge to reduce animal use” (Letters July 18) but neglects to mention that the number of animals used in research fell in 2013 – by no fewer than 15,552 animals…. Choosing to conduct animal research will always be a hard decision, but I believe we have a duty to do what we can to alleviate human and animal suffering, where this is possible. Dr Elisabeth Harley, Understanding Animal Research, London (letter)
Western Morning News 22.7.14 Time to abandon cruel test methods - Jan Creamer, President, National Anti-Vivisection Society, London (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 18.7.14 Stop animal testing - Jan Creamer, President, National Anti-Vivisection Society, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London (letter)
Western Mail 17.7.14 Increase transparency over animal tests - Like thousands of others around the country, I am deeply concerned that the number of animal experiments in Britain is continuing to rise, despite the availability of alternatives… Jan CreamerPresident, National Anti-Vivisection Society Millbank, LONDON (letter)

Dorset Echo 28.7.14 Groups battle to promote animal welfare and remove foie gras from restaurant menus - TWO Dorset animal welfare groups have teamed up for Freedom Food’s Farm Animal Week – and they want residents to help them out. Compassionate Dorset and West Dorset Animal Aid have come together to promote their latest animal welfare campaign, which aims to remove foie gras from restaurant menus across Dorset…. (story)

Norwich Evening News 28.7.14 Successful Veggie Fayre could be looking for a bigger venue - Martin George - Norwich’s fourth annual Veggie Fayre has been declared such a success it could need a bigger venue in 2015. The gathering of local, national and international vegetarian, vegan and animal rights businesses, organisations, groups, charities and individuals was held at the Quaker Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, on Saturday…. (story)

Limerick Leader 28.7.14 Limerick councillors are split on call to ban animal act circuses by Nick Rabbitts at City Hall - CIRCUSES which use live animals could be blocked from performing in Limerick. With fairs gearing up to come to Limerick, the next council meeting is to hear a motion from Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler calling for the introduction of bye-laws which ban shows using animals… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 28.7.14 Slaughterhouse CCTV reveals cruelty evidence - Since we found evidence of widespread cruelty inside UK slaughterhouses, Animal Aid has been calling for mandatory CCTV to help vets end these illegal activities. Now, we have launched a brand new film and campaign website to help promote this important initiative…. Kate Fowler, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)

27.7.14

Western Daily Press 27.7.14 Cyclist complains of badger attack in Swindon - A cyclist in Swindon called police after he said he was attacked by a badger. The cyclist told officers that he was cycling along Thamesdown Drive late at night when the incident occurred…. (story)

Worcester News 27.7.14 PETA is being misrepresented - Prolific anti-animal letter-writer Jon Burgess knowingly and disingenuously misrepresents what PETA US does (Worcester News, 18 July). PETA US transfers adoptable animals to open-admission shelters so that they have a chance of finding a loving home. The animals for whom PETA US provides a merciful release are broken beings… Mr Burgess constantly bombards newspapers with diatribes in defence of blood sports such as hare coursing… Ben Williamson People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) London, N1 9RL (letter)

26.7.14

Telegraph 26.7.14 My foxes are shot, and so is my conscience - As soon as I heard the rifle crack, the guilt of the liberal townie came flooding through me By Matthew Norman …While vermin can be unutterably cute, a reminder that they tend to be otherwise came a few days later, when our young Labrador puppy made the journey in the other direction, though with equal insouciance. In her mouth was not a particularly delectable item of confectionery, but a dirty nappy, which she deposited on the kitchen floor with a self-congratulatory wag. It was at this point that the family agreed that something must be done about the foxes that had made a home for themselves beneath the shed…. (story)

25.7.14

Western Morning News 25.7.14 Sensible BASC plan to help hen harriers - I am a life member of the RSPB. I also engage in some shooting and do not see these activities as conflicting as much as those members who own cats. However, I am dismayed when the society engages in misleading publicity to further its cause, using emotive language to comment upon the diminishing numbers of hen harriers and reports which conflict with the actual evidence… Most shooters are staunch countrymen and they want to see hen harriers as well as sensible numbers of other birds of prey…. Philip J Milton, Trimstone, Ilfracombe (letter)

Western Morning News 25.7.14 Science can't provide all the answers - There has recently been some correspondence in your paper on the pros and cons of using animal experiments to discover cures for human illness. My esoteric reading suggests that were we to love the natural world more, and violate it for its secrets less, Mother Nature would disclose much to us… Marilyn Warbis, Plymouth (letter)

Yorkshire Post 25.7.14 From: Aled Jones, Bridlington - I CAN’T believe that various beauty brands have turned their backs on their anti-cruelty policies and have started 
animal research in order 
to make massive profits 
in China… (letter)

Liverpool Echo 25.7.14 Travelling circus defends use of wild animals in its shows after arriving in Merseyside and says they do not suffer - A travelling circus has defended its use of wild animals in its shows after arriving in Merseyside – claiming they don’t suffer. Peter Jolly’s Circus opened its doors to the ECHO after the RSPCA urged people to boycott the site during its stay in Saughall Massie, Wirral…. (story)

Liverpool Echo 24.7.14 Travelling circus under fire for use of wild animals after arriving in Wirral By Rob Pattinson - RSPCA calls for boycott but circus denies animals suffer and says it is regularly inspected by Defra… (story)

Libertarian Communism 24.7.14 Anti-fascists call for boycott of neo-Nazi linked vegan cake shop - Anti-fascists in London are calling for an active boycott of a vegan cake shop in Camden which has links to a violent gang of Italian neo-Nazis. The gang are believed to be be responsible for attacks in London…. there's a vegan cupcake shop in Camden which opened in August last year called Cakes’N’Treats, which anti-fascists in London are calling to be boycotted for links with a gang of violent Italian neo-Nazis…. (story)

Ham & High 24.7.14 ‘My foie gras is ethical’, insists new celeb Primrose Hill butcher Jack O’Shea - Paul Wright - It’s been top of their “most wanted” list for years, but news that a butcher’s is finally opening in Primrose Hill has not gone down well with all its residents. Butcher Jack O’Shea, who provides meat to some of the most exclusive restaurants and celebrity chefs, revealed he will be opening his “old-school style butchering shop” on the site of the old Gale Furs clothes shop in Regent’s Park Road next month… Mr O’Shea made headlines in 2011 for selling under-the-counter foie gras to customers in Selfridges, Oxford Street…. branding his opponents “hypocrites”, Mr O’Shea revealed his Primrose Hill store will be selling the delicacy – and that residents can feel “guilt-free” about eating it…. (story)

Worcester News 25.7.14 Vegans are friendly, come and be one - I agree with Andrew Brown ("This is detracting from animal welfare work", Worcester News, July 17th) that Jon Burgess does appear to "spend his life contriving his next attack on the institutions and organisations of animal welfare". In fact, I often wonder if Mr Burgess may at some time have been bitten by a badger, crushed by a cow or savaged by a sheep, such is his apparent hatred of other animals and those good people who wish to protect them….. Ronald Lee Communications Officer Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies (letter)
Worcester News 25.7.14 What you eat is a matter of choice - Replying to the letter from Andrew Brown (Worcester News 17th July). It must be pointed out that Mr Brown has recently shown an utter lack of compassion the Jewish people and contempt for our farmers by describing British livestock farms as "a holocaust"…. Jon Burgess Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 25.7.14

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Worcester News 19.7.14 This is detracting from the valuable work done by animal welfare groups - ask myself who is Jon Burgess of Malvern. Does he spend his life contriving his next attack on the institutions and organisations of animal welfare…. Andrew Brown WORCESTER (letter)

24.7.14

MENDIP FARMERS' KENNELS
Western Daily Press 24.7.14 Hunt secures approval for its new home - The Mendip Farmers' Hunt is to have a new home at Priddy in Somerset… (story)
Wells Journal 21.7.14 Decision made on Mendip Farmers' Hunt kennels in Priddy - THE Mendip Farmers’ Hunt is to have a new home at Priddy. So many members of the hunt turned up at Mendip District Council’s planning meeting last week that there was not enough room for them in Jardine’s Ballroom at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, where the meeting was being held, and they had to try to listen to proceedings from the courtyard outside the room…. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.8.13 Hunt hopes to build kennels and stables - Priddy could get a hunt kennels and stables. An application has been submitted to Mendip District Council for a conversion, extensions and change of use of a building. Mendip Farmers Hunt submitted plans which also include building a dwelling, use of land for stationing a caravan, construction of a sealed cesspit and ancillary works… (story)
Wells Journal 1.8.13 Hunt sets plans for kennels - PRIDDY could see the construction of hunt kennels and stables. An application has been submitted to Mendip District Council for a conversion, extensions and change of use of a building to provide these facilities. Mendip Farmers Hunt submitted the plans which also include building a dwelling, use of land for the stationing of a caravan, construction of a sealed cesspit and ancillary works…. (story)
Horse & Hound 22.1.11 Mendip Farmers hunt abandon plan for new kennels - The Mendip Farmers hunt have abandoned plans for a new kennels for a second time in the face of fierce local opposition. "While we've been overwhelmed by the generosity of landowners, none of us foresaw the resistance to hunt kennels," said chairman Alastair Martin... (story)
SouthWestBusiness 6.1.11 Hunt scraps its plan to build new kennels - The Mendip Farmers Hunt has abandoned plans for a new hunt kennels. After pressure from Waldegrave Estates, members of the farmers hunt told Mendip District Council that they were withdrawing their application for a hunt kennels, stables and a home for kennels staff at Splot, between Chewton Mendip and Emborough.... (story)
ThisIsDorset 6.1.11 Mendip Farmers Hunt scraps kennel plan after protest - The Mendip Farmers Hunt has abandoned plans for a new hunt kennels near Chewton Mendip in Somerset... Alastair Martin, chairman of the farmers hunt, said that it had been discussions with the Waldegrave Estates that had caused them to withdraw their proposals.... Mr Martin added that the hunt would instead be hoping to continue to use a site at Mountain Ash, near Green Ore, which they have been occupying since August and for which they hope to get short-term planning permission... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 16.12.10 Anti-kennel campaign worried over new plan - Campaigners fighting moves to build hunt kennels in Priddy are concerned about fresh moves to develop a farm site near the village. Members of campaign group Campaign Against Noise Intruding Nature's Environment (CANINE) say they are watching with interest as the planning application for stables at Underbarrow Farm goes live. The application, submitted by the farm's owner, retired quarry magnate Angela Yeoman is thought, by some villagers, to be the first step in a staggered attempt to move 78 foxhounds, a flesh house and an incinerator to the site... A spokesman for CANINE said: "For three years the people of Priddy have been in total limbo as the local hunt revealed its proposed plans to move into the heart of Priddy. "Over this period Mendip Farmers' Hunt produced a series of architectural plans for the site.... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 4.11.10 Hunt seeks permission for stables at farm - An application for Mendip Farmers Hunt to have seven stables at Underbarrow Farm in Priddy has been lodged with Mendip District Council. The farm, which is owned by Angela Yeoman, has been at the centre of a controversial battle between the villagers of Priddy and the Mendip Farmers Hunt for many years... (story)
Horse & Hound 31.10.10 Mendip hunt kennels have moved - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - The Mendip Farmers' hunt has moved to a temporary base while they resolve the dispute surrounding planned new kennels. Since 2008, residents of Priddy, Somerset, have campaigned against planning permission for the hunt to move to Underbarrow Farm in the village, after their former base was sold. Now the hunt have applied for permission for temporary stables and kennels in Green Ore, while the planning application is reviewed.... (story)
ThisIsDorset 7.10.10 New home for hunt's horses and hounds - Members of the Mendip Farmers Hunt are attempting to secure a temporary home for their hounds and horses on a site near Green Ore, Somerset... Another application for hunt kennels and a flesh house at Splot near Chewton Mendip has faced a storm of protests from residents, and it needs a temporary home in the meantime. (story)
ThisIsDorset 25.6.10 Chewton residents fight plans for hunt kennels - PEOPLE in Chewton Mendip have said they will fight plans to build hunt kennels and a flesh house in their village. Mendip Farmers' Hunt must move from their present home in Priddy by the end of June after coming to the end of a lease… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 24.6.10 Many against kennels – but not against the Hunt - A response is needed to the Mendip Hunt's misleading information regarding its plan to locate a new kennels complex on the outskirts of Chewton Mendip… It is significant that when a public meeting was called at Chewton, around 250 people attended and some 90 per-cent of them voted against the plan… claims have been made that the large group of Chewton Mendip residents fighting the application are against hunting. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of those in the group embrace the Mendip Hunt – it is only the kennels plan which they oppose so bitterly…. Pat Ponting, Chewton Mendip
Re: Mendip Farmers Hunt Kennels.- As the full details of the Mendip Farmers Hunt Kennels began to emerge, the enormity and realisation of what this commercial development would mean to the villages, surrounding areas and how much this would disrupt and impact on everyone's live… Marcia Beeching, Chewton Mendip (letterS)
ThisIsSomerset 17.6.10 Petition protest over hunt kennels plan - Campaigners fighting proposals for a hunt kennels at Chewton Mendip have presented a petition to Mendip District Council… Public consultation over the proposed hunt kennels, which the Mendip Farmers Hunt says are vital to preserve the tradition on the Mendip hills, has now closed… (story)
BBC News Online 16.6.10 Fox hunt kennels plan for Chewton Mendip opposed - Some people in a Somerset village have said they will fights plans by a hunt to build kennels in the village. Mendip Farmers' Hunt needs to move from its home in Priddy and members say they will not be able to continue without the new facilities…. (story)
ThisIsSomerset 10.6.10 MP denied voice at hunt kennels meeting as she is not a resident - Wells MP Tessa Munt was refused the opportunity to speak at a parish meeting on Wednesday about proposed hunt kennels near Chewton Mendip. The Liberal Democrat MP, who has been in her seat for a month, had attended the meeting at Emborough to hear the case for and against the kennels… But hunt supporters complained that as Ms Munt was not a resident of Emborough or a representative of Chewton Mendip or Ston Easton Parish council, she should not be allowed to speak… All 160 voters in the village were invited to attend. Sixteen people turned up from the village, along with around 30 people supporting and opposing the proposals…. (story)
ThisIsSomerset 10.6.10 Kennels debate rages - Of course Mendip Hunt master RHJ Williams is bewildered as to why the people of Chewton Mendip don't want the kennels in their village (letter, June 3), hunting is his joie de vivre, his raison d'etre, his passion…. Perhaps, Mr Williams, if the Mendip Hunt really did have as many supporters as you claim, you would indeed have managed to raise the funds to buy your site at Priddy, which would of course keep everybody happy, wouldn't it? Steve Clark, Chewton Mendip
Re: Hunt kennels plan for Chewton Mendip. The meeting (reported in May 29's Journal) was dominated by two issues, first the behaviour of the Mendip Hunt with respect to prior consultation and, secondly, the impact of the development on local residents. Because of the anger on the first issue, all objectivity was lost on the second. The fact is that the kennels will not be obtrusive in the proposed location, and the noise, smell, light pollution and traffic issues have been exaggerated out of all proportion…. Peter Williams, Chewton Mendip
With his glib, insufferably patronising dismissal of Chewton Mendip's fears over the Mendip Hunt's plan for a kennels complex close to the village, RHJ Williams has placed his organisation in a deeply dishonourable light… Pippa Thornton, Chewton Mendip (letters)
ThisIsSomerset 3.6.10 Hunt kennels plan comments are due - The two opposing camps in the battle over proposed hunt kennels in Chewton Mendip are stepping up their campaigns as the consultation period comes to an end. With comments on the application for a kennels due by next Thursday, the Mendip Farmers Hunt has been leafleting houses in the village and has placed its case on the hunt website, while the anti-kennel group has also taken to the internet to spread its message and has collected a petition against the kennels plan with hundreds of signatures… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 3.6.10 Hunt needs kennels - I have read your coverage of the Mendip Farmer's Hunt application with increasing bewilderment. Had we inadvertently applied for a nuclear power station, a ribbon development of brothels, an open-cast mining site?... In making that application, we have followed due planning process to the letter.… We asked for the open meeting you reported last week. Like hundreds of others I was disappointed that the key points of the hunt's arguments went unreported. Perhaps they are inconvenient: noise will be unobtrusive; hygiene standards will be inspected monthly by DEFRA and traffic will go up by a grand total of three employees… R H J Williams Mendip Farmer's Hunt Long Street Croscombe
I am disgusted that Mendip Hunt is planning to site kennels just along the road from my home in Coles Lane, Chewton Mendip, without having the common decency to consult me… I don't want the kennels because of the extra traffic that would be generated on the narrow lane outside my bungalow, which is totally unsuitable for such an increase. Also I shudder to imagine how noisy some 80 hounds would be. I would hate to see the lovely green fields covered in concrete… Jackie Hill Chewton Mendip (letters)
ThisIsSomerset 27.5.10 Lord joins villagers in hitting out against hunt kennels plan - Members of Mendip Farmers' Hunt faced a barrage of criticism on Monday night against its plans for kennels and a flesh house on the edge of Chewton Mendip. More than 150 people packed into the village hall to confront hunt masters about the plans which have been widely criticised by locals – many of them hunt supporters – who felt the villagers' opinions and feelings had not been sought or considered in the making of the application. There was also vocal support for the hunt from a small group of kennel staff and hunters. The meeting heard from Lord Waldegrave, who allows the hunt to use part of the estate, and whose land borders the site. He said there had been little consultation with the site neighbours, and he had only heard about the plans in recent weeks… (story)
South West Business 27.5.10 Residents' anger over hunt kennels - A dispute over the siting of new hunt kennels is threatening to divide the hunt community and villagers in the Chew Valley, according to residents. Over the past 12 months the Mendip Hunt Kennels have been planning to relocate from their existing site in Priddy when the lease runs out at the end of June… Loaye Agabani, who lives near the site, said: "Committee members of the hunt have been acting with dishonesty, secrecy and a lack of integrity… Ivan Ponting. from Chewton Mendip. describes the hunt as a "crass arrogant bully trying to get his way"…. (story)
ThisIsSomerset 27.5.10 Why weren't we told about hunt kennels? We have recently found out that the Mendip Farmers Hunt submitted a planning application for hunt kennels, flesh house, mobile home and stabling on the edge of Chewton Mendip two months ago on March 15… Although not a hunt member, I have supported many of their fundraising activities and am devastated to find that the plans were in fact kept deliberately from us… Penny Walker, Chewton Mendip
Re: Relocation of hunt kennels to Chewton Mendip. As residents we are deeply concerned by this controversial move. Mendip Hunt must explain why nearly 80 dogs are needed for the pursuance of legal hunting or for the dubious claim of drag hunting… Gill and Graham Moore, Chewton Mendip (letters)
Bristol Evening Post 26.5.10 Calls for village to help preserve way of life ….The attacks on the hunt caused supporters to speak out, with Sheila Williams demanding to know how many of the villagers objecting had visited the existing kennels, where she said they would see that the site was clean and the animals well cared for, with none of the smells or noise feared by the objectors… Hunt master Rob Williams said: "I am a fox hunter and proud to be one…. "Chewton village can be the one to say, we won't be NIMBYs and we will help preserve this way of life."… Local district councillor Tom Killen told the meeting he would be declaring an interest as a member of Mendip Farmers' Point-to-Point and said a decision would not be made until August or September (story)
ThisIsSomerset 20.5.10 Hunt kennels at centre of storm - A dispute over the siting of new hunt kennels is threatening to set huntsman against hunt supporter and neighbour against neighbour according to local residents. Over the past 12 months the Mendip Hunt Kennels have been planning to relocate from their existing site in Priddy when the lease runs out at the end of June…. they have settled on Dudwell Lane in Chewton Mendip, but their plans only came to light weeks after the application was submitted. Mendip Farmers Hunt has now been accused of "underhand behaviour, secrecy and deception" in a row that threatens to split the sleepy Mendip community… Penny Walker from the village said: "Although not a hunt member, I have supported many of their fundraising activities and am devastated to find that the plans were in fact kept deliberately from us."… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 20.5.10 Mendip hunt finds change of location is controversial move - A hunt based on the edge of the Cheddar Valley will move to the other side of the Mendips. But the change of location is not without complaint, with Chewton Mendip residents accusing Mendip Farmers' Hunt of underhand behaviour, secrecy and deception… (story)

Mirror 24.7.14 Couple devastated after pet fox cub they nursed back to health is taken away By Jennifer Hyland - Rocky was found on a road by Mark Lumsden and Louise Henderson, who took the cub home and nursed him back to health… But the couple have been left heartbroken after the Scottish SPCA took Rocky away from their home in Cowdenbeath, Fife…. Scottish SPCA Chief ¬Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “We removed a wild fox cub after concerns were raised for its welfare…. (story)

Worcester News 24.7.14 All animals have a right to a decent life - In reply to Mr Burgess' letter (July 16) stating that I lack knowledge of animal husbandry. I have worked for 30 years for animal welfare and animal rights… MAXINE BURGESS Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 18.7.14 The difference between animal rights and animal welfare - Clearly Maxine Burgess (Worcester News 10th July ) has little idea about the American organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They are fundamentally an animal rights organisation…. Jon Burgess Worcester (letter)
Worcester News 10.7.14 We must stop spread of factory farming - Why is John Burgess (Worcester News, July 2) having a go at the Peta organisation because they have to euthanise so many animals at their sanctuaries. It's the irresponsible pet owners who continue to breed from their animals that cause the problem… MAX BURGESS Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 9.7.14 PETA cares about animal suffering, wherever it may be - I would suggest Mr Burgess to take a look at this report conducted by the UN which concludes; the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. PETA US is a shelter of last resort, meaning it takes in animals specifically for euthanasia – the ones the "no-kill" shelters will not help because they would ruin their statistics… Hannah Levitt People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) London (letter)
Worcester News 25.6.14 Join the fight to stop this monstrous chicken plant - In response to Jon Burgess' inaccurate letter and to set the record straight, PETA US operates a single shelter of last resort in an impoverished part of Virginia… On the other hand, mega-farms such as the one proposed in Upton Snodsbury bring animals into the world just to kill them… Ben Williamson People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) London (letter)

Llanelli Star 24.7.14 Animal Aid leads campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses - ANIMAL Aid is launching a powerful addition to its campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses. A new film hosted on a dedicated website - SlaughterhouseCCTV.org.uk - will direct people to a Number 10 Petition….(story)

Argus 24.7.14 Heather Mills’ vegan food firm forced to recall non vegan product - A vegan food empire has been forced to recall ‘dairy-free’ desserts – because they may contain milk. VBites Foods, founded by model Heather Mills in Hove, withdrew its ‘Wot, No Dairy?’ dessert after testing positive to protein…. (story)

23.7.14

Western Morning News 23.7.14 Did campaigners burn Blair effigy? - Owen Paterson, the sacked environment secretary, claims Greenpeace burned him in effigy… However, am I not correct that Countryside Alliance members gleefully burned an effigy of Tony Blair when the hunt ban was going through Parliament? Theo Hopkins, Brentor (letter)

Western Morning News 23.7.14 Cruelty is cruelty whatever the animal - I note in a recent report in the Western Morning News that a deer was caught in an illegal wire trap. It said that it is legal to catch foxes in a wire trap – Why? Surely they feel pain, suffer starvation and infection too, the same as a deer…. Hilary Prethero, Bovey Tracey (letter)

NATIONAL PARK MOBILE PHONE SCHEME
Gazette & Herald 23.7.14 National Parks to get mobile phone signal boost - WALKERS could soon be able to Tweet pictures while walking in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks thanks to improved mobile network coverage…. (story)
Argus 17.7.14 Sussex communities to benefit from boost to mobile phones signals in South Downs national park By Ben James - People within the South Downs National Park will receive an improved mobile phone signal following a “landmark” deal. Mobile phone companies EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, which make up the Mobile Operators Association, have teamed up with National Parks England to sign the government-backed scheme…. Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, welcomed the agreement…. (story)
North Devon Journal 14.7.14 Mobile phone signals could be boosted following national park agreement By NDJPeter - REMOTE parts of North Devon could soon see a boost in mobile phone signals after a deal was signed to boost signal strength without impacting the landscape…. (story)
Western Morning News 13.7.14 No escaping the sound of mobile phones after deal reached to improve signal in national parks By WMNlynbarton - The trill of mobile phones could soon be heard in remote corners of the Westcountry after a deal was signed to boost signal strength without creating blots on the landscape. The landmark agreement between National Parks England and the Mobile Operators Association will see them join forces to improve mobile phone coverage in a way that would respect the natural beauty of the environment…. Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said the accord would help level the digital playing field which for too long had seen people in rural communities forced to settle for an inferior service… (story)

ANIMAL AID HOT WEATHER LETTER
Belfast Telegraph 23.7.14 Hot weather can be dangerous for animals too - Kate Fowler Animal Aid (letter)
Western Morning News 23.7.14 Look after your pets in the hot weather - With the recent hot weather, we should be reminded that animals suffer and die when temperatures rise. Dogs die very quickly in hot cars and they should not be left inside them even for very short periods. Opening a window a few inches is not sufficient… Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)

22.7.14

Western Morning News 22.7.14 Getting the right messages across on the proper way to manage our wildlife - Prejudice and misinformation can cloud the debate on a whole range of issues and nowhere more so than when it comes to wildlife. Philip Bowern met a man who wants to change all that…. many countryside managers believe ignorance, rather than affection, is the over-riding problem when it comes to setting out the right public policies for dealing with wildlife in the countryside. Now an alliance of vets, under the umbrella organisation The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management, is hoping to put that right… Jim Barrington, the former League Against Cruel Sports director who quit the animal welfare charity in 1995 because he believed it had a misguided approach to the countryside and hunting, revealed details of the plan at last weekend’s CLA Game Fair…. (story)

Western Morning News 22.7.14 Did myxomatosis lead to division? - Michael Ashton has given us a very convincing argument regarding the way TB outbreaks in cattle were dealt with prior to badgers becoming a protected species…. Prior to protection in 1973, some “country sports enthusiasts” considered capturing a badger, putting it in an arena with two or more dogs and watching them fight to the death was an enjoyable and sporting way to pass their time. There is considerable parallel with fox hunting where the hunting fraternity defended their activities by saying it was necessary to control foxes to protect poultry… Mike Baker, St Austell (letter)

Western Morning News 22.7.14 Abandon vaccine call as badgers not at fault - There have been around a dozen letters and articles on the “vexed badger tb problem” over the last week or so, constituting unbridled badger and bovine clap trap…. The whole badger cull saga is based on the incredibly silly idea prevalent among farmers and vets, that cattle are NOT the self-sustaining source of ongoing infectious cattle TB…. As I’ve repeatedly pointed out to Dr May and Team Badger, if they really want to end culls, they ought to very publicly abandon the vaccine idea, hence sending out the clear message that badgers are not the problem! Martin Hancox, Stroud (letter)

ANIMAL AID ANTI VIVISECTION LETTER
Western Morning News 22.7.14 Animal research still only option at times - Isobel Hutchinson criticises the failure to “reduce the number of animals used” in research (“Pointless sacrifice of animal victims”, WMN, July 16) in response to the Government’s annual release of animal research statistics. This is confused as the statistics show that the number of animals used in 2013 was 15,552 less than the preceding year…. Tom Holder, Campaigns manager, Understanding Animal Research, London (letter)
Argus 19.7.14 Animals suffer too much - Isobel Hutchinson, Campaigner, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 16.7.14 Government's lab animals vow worthless - WHEN this Government came to power it pledged to reduce the number of animals used in vivisection. But the number of animal experiments in 2013 was the highest in nearly 30 years…. ISOBEL HUTCHINSON Animal Aid (letter)

Argus 22.7.14 All animals suffer - A 2012 Food Standards Agency report, estimated that 97 per cent of cattle, 96% of poultry and 90 per cent of sheep slaughtered under halal procedures in British abattoirs were stunned before being killed… Raising and slaughtering animals (whether halal or non-halal), even under the so-called highest welfare standards, still causes animals suffering and death. Those who are vegetarian may not realise that cows and egg laying hens live longer than meat animals… Switching to a vegan diet is the only way to eliminate animal exploitation. Emily Walsh Sackville Road, Hove (letter)

21.7.14

East Grinstead Courier 21.7.14 Appeal for help stopping cruel hare coursing blood sport around East Grinstead By DaveComeau - ILLEGAL hare coursing is likely to increase in the area as fields are harvested and cleared, members of the local Farm Watch scheme have warned… (story)

CLA GAME FAIR
Oxford Mail 21.7.14 Countryside pursuits draw thousands at CLA Game Fair By Dan Robinson - SHOTGUNS, animals and tweed jackets were out in force at the CLA Game Fair over the weekend. Tens of thousands attended the countryside pursuits event at Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, from Friday until yesterday…. (story)
Oxford Mail 21.7.14 COMMENT: Game Fair solves trouble over traffic - THE CLA Game Fair organisers were successful in their planning for getting the teeming multitude into and out of Woodstock over the past few days… (story)
Western Morning News 21.7.14 Cornwall's Chris is key player at UK's biggest celebration of country life - The CLA Game Fair, the biggest celebration of country sports in Britain, if not the world, is over for another year Philip Bowern joined the crowds in the sun and showers in Oxfordshire…. (story)
Western Morning News 20.7.14 Defra Secretary makes her first public outing - at the CLA Game Fair By WMNPBowern - Newly installed Defra Secretary Liz Truss joined tens of thousands of country lovers at the CLA Game Fair – and tried her hand at fishing… (story)
Western Morning News 19.7.14 Gold medal winner Peter Wilson urges everyone to 'eat what you shoot' By WMNPBowern - Westcountry Olympian Peter Wilson shot to fame – literally – breaking inedible clay pigeons. But the 2012 Olympic gold medal winning marksman was extolling the virtues of eating what you shoot at the weekend, at the CLA Game Fair, the world’s biggest celebration of country sports…. Peter, who was also showing off his gold medal on the Countryside Alliance stand at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace , Oxfordshire,, said: “I am a great believer that if you shoot game, you should eat what you shoot.”… (letter)
Western Morning News 19.7.14 We can tackle bovine TB without a cull – Labour By Philip Bowern - Labour accepts the need to tackle bovine TB in wildlife, but continues to rule out a badger cull, Shadow Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies told the CLA Game Fair yesterday…. (letter)
Western Morning News 16.7.14 Landowners bid to set the agenda for rural policy at the CLA Game Fair - The battle is on to get important issues on the political agenda, with the next election looming. Philip Bowern previews the ‘rural manifesto’. With a new Secretary of State getting her feet under the desk at Defra and a General Election ten months away, the Country Land and Business Association will use this weekend’s Game Fair to launch its manifesto for the countryside… (story)
Telegraph 15.7.14 Game Fair: Glastonbury for the green welly brigade - Attended by as many people as Glastonbury, the CLA Game Fair is a chance to champion all that’s great about rural Britain By Robin Page - It doesn’t seem possible. One of the highlights of the rural year is here again already – well almost. The CLA Game Fair will be held at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, next weekend. I will be there on all three days and I hope to meet as many readers as possible…. (story)

Aberdeen Evening Express 21.7.14 Anger over huge fall in Aberdeen’s deer population BY ANDY MCLAREN - AN ANIMAL rights activist today hit out over declining deer numbers in Aberdeen. Suzanne Kelly blamed controversial deer-control measures for the reduction in the animals at heritage spots across the city…. (story)

Western Morning News 21.7.14 'I faced death threats' says Owen Paterson By Philip Bowern, WMN Countryside Editor - Sacked Defra Secretary Owen Paterson has revealed he received more death threats when he was in charge of the environment than he did running the Northern Ireland office… He wrote yesterday that he left his post with: “Great misgivings about the power and irresponsibility” of what he called The Green Blob. “By this I mean the mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and some public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape,” he said…. (story)
Western Morning News 21.7.14 WMN opinion: Ignorance and prejudice fuelled attacks on Paterson - It says something about the passions and prejudices surrounding environmental issues that Owen Paterson received more death threats for his stance on issues like global warming and the badger cull than he did tackling the problems in terror-hit Northern Ireland. But then, as anyone involved in farming, food production and management of the landscape will testify, ignorance and prejudice go hand-in-hand. And there is plenty of ignorance in Britain about the ways of the countryside and, sadly, plenty of urban politicians and so-called green pressure groups ready to exploit it…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 21.7.14 Owen Paterson: I’m proud of standing up to the green lobby - Writing for The Telegraph, the former environment secretary, Owen Paterson, says he is proud of standing up to the green lobby By Owen Paterson - Every prime minister has the right to choose his team to take Britain into the general election and I am confident that my able successor at Defra, Liz Truss, will do an excellent job. It has been a privilege to take on the challenges of the rural economy and environment. However, I leave the post with great misgivings about the power and irresponsibility of – to coin a phrase – the Green Blob…. I soon realised that the greens and their industrial and bureaucratic allies are used to getting things their own way. I received more death threats in a few months at Defra than I ever did as secretary of state for Northern Ireland…. (story)

Independent 21.7.14 The Government's assault on our beavers is all part of their Stalinesque approach to wildlife - Marcus Tanner - First they came for the ducks. Now they are gunning for the beavers. Hot on the heels of reports that a colony of these animals has been spotted frolicking in the wilds of Devon, a minister in the environment department, Defra, George Eustice, says Defra intends to nab and “re-home” them… (story)

Independent 21.7.14 Concept of cuteness is 'hardwired from age of three,' say scientists - Even before they start school, children rate puppies, kittens and babies as 'cuter' than their adult counterparts - Antonia Molloy… Toddlers view babies, kittens and puppies as “cuter” than their grown-up counterparts, according to a recent study…. (story)

20.7.14

Radio Times 20.7.14 John Craven on 25 years of Countryfile - The 73-year-old presenter talks hunting, ageism and the problems facing the countryside of today… (story)
Western Daily Press 14.7.14 John Craven defends himself for not supporting sacked BBC's Countryfile co-presenter Miriam O'Reilly - John Craven has insisted that he was right to not get involved after his Countryfile co-presenter Miriam O’Reilly was axed from the show…. The former Newsround presenter said: “I think of myself as very much a country person. Although I know I’ll never be fully accepted…. There was an idea that you weren’t a true country person unless you believed in hunting. I don’t believe that to be true. I think there are a lot of country people who don’t agree with hunting.”… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 20.7.14 Invasive mink killing native wildlife in Highlands by ALISTAIR MUNRO - A BATTLE has been declared against an invasive mink which is killing native wildlife in the Highlands…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 20.7.14 Pictures: Anti badger cull march in Tewkesbury - A protest against the government’s badger cull took place in Tewkesbury on Saturday…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 15.7.14 Badger cull protesters to flood Tewkesbury town centre with Owen Paterson sacked as Environment Secretary By Michael_Yong - Hundreds of campaigners will descend upon the centre of Tewkesbury this Saturday to protest the badger cull in Gloucestershire…. Organised by anti-cull campaigner Drew Pratten, the event welcomes people of all ages to walk through the town centre with their protests…. (story)

19.7.14

Horse & Hound 19.7.14 Farewell to former joint-master Christopher Hammond - Christopher Hammond, former joint-master of the Surrey Union, died peacefully on 26 June, aged 78.“Christopher had a passion for the institution of hunting,” said Mark Sprake, one his former joint-masters…. (story)

Shropshire Star 19.7.14 Hundreds sign petition to block badger culling coming to Shropshire - Hundreds of people have signed a petition in a bid to prevent badger culling coming to Shropshire. The petition entitled Save The Shropshire Badgers has been signed by nearly 500 people and will be presented at a meeting of Shropshire Council's environment scrutiny committee next week…. (story)

Worcester News 19.7.14 Who do we have this food fascism? - In his letter (Worcester News 11th July) Ronald Lee of Worcester Vegans and Veggies carefully avoids mentioning People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, although this organisation is central to this topic of correspondence… The double standards of PETA are incredible, it's founder Ingrid Newkirk is hardened supporter of extreme animal rights… Jon Burgess Malvern (letter)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 19.7.14 Campaigners stage sit-down protest at Ramsgate to stop live animal exports - Animal welfare campaigners staged a sit-down protest at the Port of Ramsgate on Friday in an attempt to stop five lorries laden with live sheep leaving Britain… the lorries were forced to turn away when protesters blocked the gates to the port by sitting in front of them. The lorries returned later and were able to enter the port…. (story)

18.7.14

PACEC VALUE OF SHOOTING REPORT
Scottish Farmer 18.7.14 Shooting worth £200m to Scotland - Zoe Wilson - NEW RESEARCH has suggested that game shooting brings £200million a year to the Scottish economy and provides the equivalent of 8800 full-time jobs…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.7.14 TV chefs and a boost in shooting sports helps lift the consumption of game meat - Last week’s report on the value of shooting to the UK economy shows, among other findings, that game meat is growing in popularity. Philip Bowern looks at the story behind the statistics…. (story)
Herald 14.7.14 Gun group shoots back about value - David Leask - SHOOTING generates £200 million a year for the Scottish economy and supports 8,800 jobs, a new report claims as estates prepare for the Glorious 12th…. (story)
ITV 11.7.14 Report: The value of shooting to the region's economy (video) (story)
Western Daily Press 8.7.14 A £250m shot in the arm for our economy By Jeff Wells - New research released this week by a group of shooting and countryside organisations reveals the sport is worth the equivalent of £250 million a year to the South West's economy…. (story)
Western Morning News 7.7.14 Shooters bring £250m each year to South West economy - The South West economy bags around £250 million a year from shooting, a landmark report has found. Around 170,000 people now shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets each year and the country sports industry supports 10,000 full-time jobs, according to the new research…. David Gervers, regional director for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said the sport was now equally as popular with ordinary people in Devon and Cornwall as the “stereotype” of the rich City brokers who helicopter in to the celebrated shoots of Exmoor… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 7.7.14 Shooting brings £250m a year into the South West, report claims - The regional economy benefits from around £250 million a year from shooting, according to new research. Around 170,000 people now shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets each year and the country sports industry supports 10,000 full-time jobs… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 7.7.14 Shooting worth millions to South West economy report reveals - New research released this week by a group of shooting and countryside organisations reveals shooting is worth the equivalent of £250 million a year to the South West’s economy. The figures are outlined in a new report – “The Value of Shooting” – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC). It is the most comprehensive research into the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting ever undertaken in the UK…. (story)
Farming UK 7.7.14 Policymakers urged to value benefits of shooting in countryside - Policymakers are being urged to consider new research highlighting the benefits of shooting in the countryside. The Country Land and Business Association said the report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) contained striking figures showing just how much the rural economy and environment relies on shooting…. (story)
ShootingUK 6.7.14 The value of shooting: £2billion a year - Lucy King - From grouse butts to pigeon hides and country pubs, a major new survey reveals the huge conservation and economic benefits of the UK’s shooting industry - Shooting’s long-awaited “school report” is in and its marks are hugely impressive… (story)

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian 18.7.14 Calls for angling ban after second Crewe swan injury By Matthew Taylor, Reporter - A CAMPAIGN group is calling for fishing to be banned at Crewe’s Queens Park out of concern for the indigenous family of swans. Queens Park Wildlife Conservation Group has warned of a ‘wildlife bloodbath’ if steps aren’t taken…. “When the female swan died, the body was disposed of so no one could examine it,” explained group member, Jan Wright… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 18.7.14 Badger cull a failure - LAST year, I read in the Adver that many people were against the field badger cull and some were for it. Among those who voted for it were our two Swindon MPs. There is no point in writing to them but you could write to the Minister for Policy… Stephanie Giles, Bodiam Drive, Swindon (letter)

Warrington Guardian 18.7.14 Love animals? Stop cruelty - MORE than 4.1 million experiments were carried out on animals in Great Britain during 2013; it is the equivalent to starting more than 11,000 experiments every day. This is the highest number of animal experiments seen for 26 years and flies in the face of the Coalition Government’s pledge in 2010 to work to reduce the number of animal experiments… MICHELLE THEW Chief executive BUAV (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 18.7.14 Animal experiments Increased - Despite repeated promises by the Government that it will reduce the numbers of animals used in research and work towards using non-animal alternatives, animal experiments have spiralled to a 25-year high… Josephine 
Harwood Moor Park Avenue Bispham (letter)

West Briton 18.7.14 Carn Brea woman protests nude at cannibal groomer Dale Bolinger's trial By WBEsme - A model from Carn Brea has been protesting in a skimpy thong outside Canterbury crown court during the trial of alleged cannibal groomer Dale Bolinger. Anita De Bauch, who is also an actress and a writer, demonstrated by painting her body with markings which mimicked a butcher's diagram of body parts on behalf of the animal activist group PETA… (letter)
International Business Times 17.7.14 'Cannibal Nurse' Dale Bolinger Trial: PETA Activist Strips Outside Court - A naked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activist appeared outside the court trial of 'cannibal' nurse Dale Bolinger today, to encourage people to turn vegan. Stripped down to only knickers and paint markings mimicking a butcher's diagram of body parts, the woman caused a stir outside Canterbury Crown Court at the 'revolting' trial of Bolinger…. (story)

Warrington Guardian 18.7.14 No excuses - THE killing of 60 Canada geese at Lingley Mere was a cruel and heartless act…. SUE SHAW Chapelford (letter)
Warrington Guardian 18.7.14 Can’t justify mass slaughter - I AM writing in respect of the mass shooting of 60 Canada geese by United Utilities at Lingley Mere. The deliberate destruction of wild animals is something that should concern every single one of us…. LYNDSAY MCATEER Warrington Green Party (letter)
Warrington Guardian 18.7.14 Shame on water firm I AM disgusted at United Utilities killing the geese…. NEIL RYDINGWarrington (letter)

17.7.14

Telegraph 17.7.14 RSPB picks a fight over grouse shooting amid claims of politicking - The RSPB is accused of becoming more "noisy" over its political stance on issues such as grouse shooting - The RSPB has sparked a row with countryside groups over grouse shooting by calling for moors to be licenced amid claims the charity is becoming increasingly politicised…. However, the Countryside Alliance described the RSPB's calls as "irresponsible", arguing that grouse moor owners collectively spent more than £52 million each year on the upkeep and conservation of moorland…. (story)

Cambrian News 17.7.14 Protected status sought to stop estuary shoots - A CRICCIETH campaign group has submitted a scheme to the Crown Estate which it hopes will turn the Dwyfor Estuary into a protected conservation area – free of shooting… The Traeth Bach Wildfowlers Association applied to the Crown Estate last year to shoot wild ducks and geese on foot or from boats on the Dwyfor estuary… Sally Baker, of Llanystumdwy, secretary of the Friends of the Dwyfor Estuary, said: … “In the meeting we reminded the estate and the wildfowlers of the massive local opposition to the shooting… (story)

Farmers Guardian 17.7.14 Rural businesses suffering from poor broadband service By Olivia Midgley - GOVERNMENT Ministers have come under fire for failing to ensure UK broadband provision is up to scratch. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for a major rethink… Rural organisations including the CLA and Countryside Alliance have been vocal about the need for a good broadband service, especially following Defra’s 2012 pledge to go ‘digital by default’ by 2015…. (story)

Chester Chronicle 17.7.14 Anger as animal circus rolls into town - Outraged animal-lovers have issued threats and torn down posters after the only two circuses in the UK with ‘wild’ animals pitched-up near Chester. Peter Jolly’s Circus arrived in Helsby, bringing lions, tigers, zebras, snakes and camels into the village, as performers prepared to put on a show this week…. Protesters tore down posters, made threats on social media and organised a peaceful protest for the opening night as the big top was hoisted at Helsby Community Sports Club. One man, believed to be from the Helsby area, was arrested for inciting others to commit criminal damage, after posting messages on the village Facebook group on Tuesday night. A second man is helping police with their inquiries…. (story)

16.7.14

Bucks Herald 16.7.14 Obituary - PETER BUNCE Died very suddenly at home on 5th July 2014… Charitable donations, if desired, may be made to Chilterns M.S. Society Ltd, Protect our Wild Animals (POWA), Cancer Research UK… (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 16.7.14 Cost of RSPCA prosecutions - Sid Jenkins (YEP, July 10) is misinformed about the RSPCA’s prosecutions policy and gives a wholly incorrect description of why and how the Society chooses to bring criminal prosecutions…. None of the evidence in any of the five recent cases the RSPCA has brought involving hunts was ever presented to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police… The result of such politicised decision making is clear from the results, with 78 per cent of the charges issued failing in the courts at huge cost to both the taxpayer and the RSPCA… Tim Bonner, Director of Campaigns, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Yorkshire Evening Post 10.7.14 I read with interest the letter from Malcolm Nicholson about charities being too political (YEP, July 5). I would like to comment on his remarks regarding the RSPCA…. If the Government is not going to provide protection for the animals it brought in a law to protect, then surely it is the job of the RSPCA to do so and it should be applauded for sticking to its stated mission. Sid Jenkins, 
Leeds
In response to Malcolm Nicholson, the RSPCA would like to correct the assertion that it ‘uses donations to finance anti-hunting groups’. This is simply not true. The RSPCA is opposed to the illegal activity of hunting wild mammals with foxes but we do not fund any other organisations or groups… Sophie Wilkinson, 
Regional Media Manager, RSPCA
How can Malcolm Nicholson claim that chasing wild animals with dogs, which rip them to pieces when they catch them, is not cruelty to animals? Dave Pentelow, Otley (letters)

Yorkshire Evening Post 10.7.14 Charities are too political - What’s happened to our major charities? Why are they allowed to get away with using donors’ cash to become so politicised?... The RSPCA uses donations to finance anti-hunting groups… Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet (letter)

Cornish Guardian 16.7.14 Crowds flock to country show - THOUSANDS of people and exhibitors flocked to South East Cornwall for the 111th annual Liskeard Show at the weekend… OUTWARD HOUNDS: East Cornwall Hounds excited the crowds (story)

15.7.14

RSPCA DONATIONS FALL
Horse & Hound 15.7.14 RSPCA facing donations crisis - A drop of £7million in donations has left the RSPCA facing fresh questions over whether its political activity and prosecution policy is alienating its support base…. (story)
Civil Society Media 30.6.14 RSPCA likely to cut jobs after income falls by almost £12m - Kirsty Weakley - The RSPCA saw a fall of almost £12m in its income in 2013, but has refuted allegations in a national newspaper that its campaigning activity has driven away donors… (story)
Farmers Guardian 30.6.14 RSPCA facing job losses after donations fall By Alistair Driver - THE RSPCA has told staff it is being forced to make job cuts after a significant fall in the level of donations it received last year…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 29.6.14 Donations fall by £7m after RSPCA gets 'too political': Charity accused of betraying its core support By VALERIE ELLIOTT - Donations to the RSPCA have dropped by more than £7million after the charity was accused of betraying its traditional core support for contentious political issues. The backlash follows a controversial period for the RSPCA, which has been pursuing campaigns against hunting, the badger cull and the Grand National…. Accounts posted on the RSPCA website show a fall in cash from voluntary income, with receipts down from £112.4 million to £105.4 million. Cash from legacies was down £5.7 million, while individual gifts fell by £1.2 million. At the same time, membership fees fell by £34,000, or six per cent, from £590,000 to £556,000…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 29.6.14 Abusing our kindness - The sharp fall in donations to the RSPCA last year is a warning to that great charity, but also to many others. … Let all charities take note, and return to doing the things for which we love and respect them (story)
Shooting UK 25.6.14 The RSPCA is restructuring to redress a £6m net cash outflow - Laura Nineham and Lucy King - The RSPCA has announced it needs to cut jobs and restructure the charity after revealing its net cash outflow doubled last year to £6.1million…Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “This news raises very serious questions over how the RSPCA spends the money donated by its supporters… (story)
Third Sector 24.6.14 RSPCA to cut jobs as part of plan to balance £6.1m 'net cash outflow' By Andy Ricketts - Mike Tomlinson, chair of the RSPCA, says the charity will carry out a 45-day consutation with staff over the changes and will now prioritise its front-line animal welfare work - The RSPCA has announced that it will be cutting jobs in a restructure after it experienced what it calls a "net cash outflow" of £6.1m last year…. The charity was heavily criticised in sections of the right-wing press in 2012 after it spent more than £320,000 pursuing a successful prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire…. (story)

Farming Life 15.7.14 Further consultation on proposals to vary firearms licensing fees - The debate continues in respect of the ‘Consultation on Proposals to Vary Firearms Licensing Fees and Other Miscellaneous Amendments to the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004’. Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) has received an invitation from the Department of Justice to respond to the minister’s proposals that were recently delivered to the Justice Committee…. (story)

14.7.14

Lancashire Telegraph 14.7.14 Badger group welcomes East Lancs cruelty sentences - LANCASHIRE Badger Group has welcomed the decision to jail three men who filmed themselves attacking animals. Joshua Varey, of Duke Street, and Shaun Mullens, of Leach Street, Colne, were jailed for 126 and 114 days respectively after they admitted causing a fight to take place between a dog and a badger…. (story)

Irish Times 14.7.14 Alternatives to a badger cull? - The Department of Agriculture’s plan to have 12,000 badgers killed over the next two years as part of an anti-bovine TB initiative is monstrous… JOHN FITZGERALD, Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

13.7.14

Worcester News 13.7.14 Back ethical health groups - IN recent issues of the Advertiser there have been several articles about good people fundraising for various charities connected with health and medical research…. People can find out whether or not such charities fund animal experiments by consulting a list put together by Animal Aid… Ronald Lee Communications Officer Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies (letter)

12.7.14

Horse & Hound 12.7.14 Hunts anticipate mastership changes for 2015-16 season - Although autumn hunting has not yet started, some packs of hounds are already anticipating mastership and staff changes for the 2015-16 season. Among those looking for a new mastership are the Taunton Vale Foxhounds… The Bicester with Whaddon Chase are also seeking applicants to hunt hounds following Patrick Martin’s retirement… (story)

Scotsman 12.7.14 Clarissa Dickson-Wright: Life mementos go on sale - A BOMB threat, hunting gear and crates of cookery books are among hundreds of items belonging to the late celebrity cook Clarissa Dickson Wright going under the hammer at 
an auction next week…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.7.14 Regional food champion's Eat Wild - In just four years, Eat Wild has grown from an idea shared by two siblings to being named a food champion. The company was launched in the Cotswolds in 2010 by William Thompson, 25, and his brother Calum, 22, a third-year student at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester… The business has just been named Local Food Champion for the Midland Region in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)

Irish Examiner 12.7.14 Twinning at expense of horse racing industry - While a possible twining between Waterford and Haikou city, China, might yield cultural and business rewards, it is a concern that it might take place at the expense of the non-human members of our society. The intention to introduce a horse racing industry into Haikou could be seen as an attempt to export an activity that has a seam of animal cruelty, illegal drug use and financial malpractice running through it…. John Tierney Chairman Waterford Animal Concern Waterford (letter)

York Press 12.7.14 Honking mad - I would like to shake the hand of the man that wrote in last week regarding the comments made by D Wilde of Acomb, moaning about the mess the geese make… Those geese have every right to be here just as we do. Leave them alone. Pick on something else… J Deighton, Acomb, York. (letter)

11.7.14

Northern Echo 11.7.14 Children enjoy rural pursuits and country fair in Sedgefield - HUNDREDS of schoolchildren were treated to a petting zoo, baking competition and much more when they attended a popular country fair today (Friday, July 11). Children were given free entry to the Game and County Fair at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham in return for raising funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity…. There will also be a packed food tent, art and craft stalls and displays, showcasing everything from vintage tractors, to hounds and beagles… (story)

10.7.14

Northern Echo 10.7.14 Animal testing - ALED JONES (HAS, July 7) is wrong to claim that the Government spends more on animal research than is spent on public healthcare. In 2013, the Government spent well over £100bn on the NHS. During the same year, the entire UK science budget totalled just £2.59bn – 50 times less. This money covers all scientific research, from space exploration to optical fibre technology to medical research, of which animal research is a small but vital component… Dr Elisabeth Harley, Understanding Animal Research. (letter)
Northern Echo 7.7.14 Animal testing - I HOPE those high-profile politicians who publicly declare their support for animal testing aren’t hypocritical enough to own pets of their own, in view of what is happening to puppies and kittens inside government-funded research centres across Britain… Aled Jones, Bridlington (letter)

Independent 10.7.14 STA Travel stops selling tours to Running of the Bulls following audit of 'unethical excursions' - NATASHA CULZAC - International tour agency STA Travel has confirmed that it will no longer sell trips to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain… The latest move was welcomed by animal charities including the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Independent on Sunday 6.7.14 Running of the Bulls protest: Animal rights campaigners demonstrate in Pamplona ahead of festival - Tourists cannot attend northern Spain’s annual bull running event without being complicit in the “unnecessary and archaic” murder of defenceless animals, campaigners have said, as they stage a protest against the tradition…. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and Spanish animal welfare organisation AnimaNaturalis organised the demonstration…. The League Against Cruel Sports has entreated travel firm STA to end its package deals to the festival…. (story)
Mail 1.7.14 'It sickens me': Gemma Atkinson hits out at the Pamplona bull run - and the tourists who take part in the notorious Spanish fiesta By SARAH GORDON - Actress Gemma Atkinson has joined a campaign to discourage tourists from taking part in Spain's annual Pamplona Bull Run… The new film featuring Atkinson, called Pamplona Running of the Bulls, is designed to inform tourists and discourage them from participating in the bull running and fighting event…. Her comments come as The League Against Cruel Sports has appealed to holiday company STA Travel to end its promotion and package deals to the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 10.7.14 Bull run is vile ritual not sport - JOHN FITZGERALD Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (letter)
Irish Times 9.7.14 Pamplona bull run - The injuring of four people during the annual Pamplona bull run (“Pamplona bull run leaves four hospitalised on first day”, July 7th) is another reminder of how cruel and irresponsible this barbaric ritual is… JOHN FITZGERALD, Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Liverpool Echo 10.7.14 Fury as 60 Canada geese killed at United Utilities head office By Neil Docking - United Utilities has killed around 60 Canada geese at its headquarters in Warringtonbecause it says they attacked staff…. (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 9.7.14 United Utilities kills 60 Canada geese 'because they were attacking staff' - BIRD lovers have reacted furiously after United Utilities killed 60 Canada geese because they were attacking staff… Andrew Taylor, director of animal rights group Animal Aid, said United Utilities had to be held to account…. (story)

Worcester News 10.7.14 Let's kill off these death industries - I too have had a similar experience to Gary Kibblewhite ("He broke the poor pigeon's neck", July 2nd) with regard to the callous attitude of some of those involved in pigeon racing. … Sadly, this appalling treatment of animals used for racing does not just apply to pigeons, but also to greyhounds and horses, who are slaughtered in their thousands if found to be unsuitable for racing or when their "careers" on the tracks come to an end…. Peter Talbot Worcester (letter)

9.7.14

Yorkshire Post 9.7.14 Adrian Blackmore: Grouse moors are facing a red tape threat - HEATHER moorland is rich in wildlife and biodiversity and is a resource of international importance. The management of moorland for grouse shooting has helped to conserve this unique landscape in the UK where elsewhere it has been lost…. Why then should the RSPB feel it necessary for Parliament to introduce, after the next election, a licensing system to govern grouse moor management?... (story)

North Wales Pioneer 9.7.14 Animal rights row over Penmaenmawr circus - Dean Jones - A ROW has broken out after an animal rights group urged Conwy residents to boycott a Circus when it visits the area this week. Animal Defenders International have ordered the action against Circus Mondao whilst it is performing in Penmaenmawr from July 9 to 13… (story)

Irish Examiner 9.7.14 We need to legislate against mink farming - Recently, I went to see a midlands fur farm, which was situated in a scenic area beside a canal. The first thing that met me was the noxious smell of effluent, and then from a bridge on the canal I could look down and see the extent of the operation, row upon row of sheds, with the confined mink throwing themselves desperately against the cages… If we as a so-called civilised country cannot legislate against this horrendous cruelty, we are sending out a message that we lack the courage to take on minority interests,… Aideen Yourell Greenpark Meadows Mullingar Co Westmeath (letter)

South Wales Echo 9.7.14 Thanks for your charity donations - I have co-ordinated, on behalf of Animal Aid, several street collections in Whitchurch village, Cardiff over the years. This year the people visiting Whitchurch main shopping area surpassed themselves in their generosity, and in a matter of just over two hours on Saturday July 5 donated £240 to Animal Aid… Derek Hector Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)

8.7.14

Blackmore Vale Magazine 8.7.14 Field and Stream By Dadcock - Top turnout at Shaftesbury young shots day - A record turnout of 40 youngsters aged between eight and 17 enjoyed the recent British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Young Shots Introduction to Country Sports Day near Shaftesbury… (story)

Derby Telegraph 8.7.14 Why are so many horses dying at Cheltenham racecourse? - COMMERCIAL horse racing enjoys a uniquely privileged position in that, when it comes to horse welfare, it is left essentially to govern itself. This is despite about 200 horses dying on British racecourses every year. Animal Aid has assiduously monitored racing's welfare record for more than 15 years…. Andrew Tyler Director Animal Aid Tonbridge (letter)

Spectator 8.7.14 Badgers are cute? Try telling that to a hedgehog – or a dairy farmer - Camilla Swift - Badgers really are having their moment in the spotlight, aren’t they? Ever since the government decided that the bovine TB epidemic was so serious that something drastic had to be done, Mr Brock has been the recipient of a fantastic PR campaign by the animal-rights lobby. Badgers have been painted as sweet, fluffy, bumbling characters – though I’m not sure that most hedgehogs would recognise that description…. (story)

7.7.14

HUNTING ACT PROSECUTIONS
Western Morning News 7.7.14 Failed Hunting Act cases 'show legislation is flawed' By Kate Langston - The number of people charged for hunting with dogs in the last year – including two hunters from the South West – has set a record high, official figures have shown…. One charge was made against a member of the Weston and Banwell Harriers in April, which was dropped as it was decided there was no case to answer. Another was made in January against David Parker from the Seavington Hunt, based near Ilminster, which resulted in a fine. A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance (CA) said that the number of cases that failed to end in successful prosecution, as well as the low proportion of prosecutions brought against people registered with hunts, was “further evidence that the Hunting Act is flawed.”… (story)
Telegraph 5.7.14 The RSPCA is chasing the wrong quarry - Hunting is part of the fabric of rural life and the folk in red coats should be left in peace By Michael Henderson - Tally ho! Remember how Tony Blair mocked Tory MPs in the House of Commons when the government he led introduced the Hunting Act?... Many people who enjoy hunting are not, to be frank, the kind with whom I would willingly break bread. But you don’t have to be the worst sort of woolly-back to know that police officers cannot enforce a law outlawing hunting without fear or favour… And so it came to pass this week that the follies of prosecuting hunters at their sport were laid bare. Of the 110 people charged last year under the Hunting Act, only 56 were found guilty, most of them poachers… At the heart of this mess is the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals… (story)
Telegraph 3.7.14 Hunting prosecutions at all-time high since ban - Figures show that a total of 110 hunters were charged for offences under the Hunting Act in 2013, an increase on the previous high of 92 in 2009. More people were prosecuted last year for hunting with dogs than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force, with only half of those legal actions resulting in conviction… It is thought that the majority of convictions related to poaching offences…. (story)
Daily Mail 3.7.14 HUNTING PROSECUTIONS AT RECORD HIGH - More people were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force, official figures show… (story)
Western Mornign News 3.7.14 Prosecutions for hunting reach a record high - More people were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force, official figures show… (story)
Western Daily Press 3.7.14 Hunting with dogs prosecutions highest last year since 2004 ban brought in - More people were prosecuted for hunting with dogs last year than in any other since the 2004 ban came into force, official figures show…. (story)

Dundee Courier 7.7.14 Scottish Game Fair sees huge crowds gather at Scone - Huge crowds, fine weather and a wealth of attractions combined to make the 26th Scottish Game Fair an event to remember... The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust — for whom the show is a vital annual fundraiser — was also delighted with the World of Gundogs show.... (story)

The Journal (Ireland) 7.7.14 ‘Bloody’ demonstrations to be held against badger culling - ‘BLOODY’ DEMONSTRATIONS BY animal rights activists have been threatened against badger culling set to be carried out by the Department of Agriculture… Animal rights group ARAN said today it will stage a “lively, ‘bloody’ demonstration” in the coming weeks outside the Agriculture Department in Dublin and has vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to stop the increased kill…. (story)

The Journal (Ireland) 7.7.14 Activists ‘alarmed’ after circus camel walks into traffic - ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS expressed their concern today after an incident in which a camel ended up walking in between cars on a road in Fermoy, Co Cork. The animal strayed into the path of oncoming traffic after leaving the care of a circus, last Wednesday evening, according to John Carmody, from the Animal Rights Action Network (Aran)…. (story)

6.7.14

Southern Reporter 6.7.14 SGA chair blasts RSPB for ‘demonising gamekeepers’ - A Peeblesshire gamekeeper has rounded on RSPB for calling on more sporting estates to protect hen harriers during the breeding season. It comes in the wake of revelations that two people with shotguns tracked then shot a male hen harrier in the Cairngorms last year…. (story)
Telegraph 3.7.14 Don't give SSPCA more powers, says cleared gamekeeper - Mike Reddington, 48, speaks out after a 'frightening' criminal case against him was dropped By Ben Riley-Smith, Scottish Political Reporter - A gamekeeper has called for Scotland's leading animal rights charity not to be given extra investigatory powers after a "frightening" criminal case against him was dropped. Mike Reddington faced prosecution after the Scottish SPCA claimed he had set an illegal crow trap on a hillside of the Perthshire estate where he worked. The 48-year-old argued the trap has been vandalised and was unable to catch anything, adding that there was no proof any animal had been harmed…. (story)

4.7.14

Horse & Hound 4.7.14 Hunts and celebrity riders go head-to-head at Barbury - Hunt followers are hoping to test themselves against celebrity riders in an inter-hunt knockout with a difference at Barbury International Horse Trials on Saturday (5 July). A maximum of 32 hunt teams — consisting of 4 members who regularly hunt with the pack they represent — will compete against each other… (story)

Scottish Farmer 4.7.14 Keeping the young in rural areas - YOUNG PEOPLE in rural areas are being given the chance to understand exactly what job opportunities are available to them locally. The Routes to Rural Employment scheme was launched at the Royal Highland Show by youth cabinet secretary Angela Constance. The scheme, which was developed by the Scottish Countryside Alliance, will work with primary and secondary schools providing educational materials and references, which form part of the Curriculum for Excellence, tailored to developing knowledge of rural employment opportunities… (story)

Western Daily Press 4.7.14 Dividing the cull lobby contingent - You can't reason with the zealous pro badger cull lobby, who will not accept the evidence… D Thomas by email
Badgers are not the problem in TB crisis - There have been around a dozen letters and articles on the badger TB problem over the last week or so constituting unbridled "claptrap", based on the well-established myth that badgers rather than cattle are the main obstacle to solving the cattle TB crisis… The cull saga is based on the incredibly silly idea prevalent among farmers and vets, that cattle are not the self-sustaining source of ongoing infectious cattle TB… Martin Hancox Stroud, Gloucestershire (letters)

Western Daily Press 4.7.14 I'm so thankful to be one of the vegetarians - Walking along our country road today in the warm sunshine, enjoying the beautiful weather, I felt at peace with the world. My mood was shattered in an instant when around the corner came an enormous cattle transporter, its multi-layers jam-packed with pigs… For the umpteenth time I was thankful to be counted alongside the ever-increasing number of vegetarians in the UK… E Ingram by email (letter)

3.7.14

Western Daily Press 3.7.14 Minister wrong to dismiss this advice - I could be a little slow on the uptake so please forgive me, but as I understand it the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, with absolutely no experience or qualifications relating to animals or the environment is rubbishing the thoughts of highly qualified veterinary surgeons… Dinga Bell Martock, Somerset (letter)

Chichester Observer 3.7.14 Wild goose chase as Bracklesham pond flock moved - VILLAGERS are fighting for the return of a gaggle of geese to their seaside home after a ‘scurrilous and vindictive’ move saw them swiped by a wildlife protection group. Simon Reynolds, who runs Pond Barn Country Club in Bracklesham, said the wild geese, which have lived on the next-door pond for decades, were ‘sneakily’ taken by West Sussex Wildlife Protection. The group claims the geese were ‘unsafe’ and were in ‘considerable danger’ on the road… Mr Reynolds held a small village angling competition at Pond Barn – where fishermen caught three eels and a carp – before throwing them back. But Jaine Wilde, from the Sussex Wildlife Protection Trust, said the public had been concerned about the geese following the competition – and found the geese to be in an ‘unsuitable location’…. (story)

2.7.14

Eastbourne Herald 2.7.14 Badger culling protest to pass through town - A peaceful, family-friendly protest walk against the government’s badger cull, which will continue this summer, will take place in Eastbourne on Saturday, July 5. Organised by Maxine Spilsted and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, the event welcomes people of all ages to take part in a walk through Eastbourne town centre…. (story)
Argus 27.6.14 Protest walk against badger cull - A protest walk against a planned badger cull will take place to urge councils to support vaccinations as an alternative. The walk, which is supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, will take place in Eastbourne on Saturday July 5, starting at 1pm outside Lloyds TSB in Terminus Road… (story)

1.7.14

Western Daily Press 1.7.14 Hunts destroy hounds - Yet again the Western Daily Press has printed a hunt-related picture (Saturday's letters page) in a manner to portray the idea these are nice doggies out on a walk instead of the reality– a pack of killers still trained to follow fox scent long after it became illegal then rip apart the exhausted animal. None of the dogs pictured will die a natural death, all will be shot or otherwise destroyed when about seven years old… Steve Pople by email (letter)

Western Morning News 1.7.14 Charity status simply would not be allowed - I was pleased to read, and agree with, the letter by E Thomas ( “Alliance charity bid is a disgrace”, WMN June 25.)… Hunting wild mammals for sport is not a charitable objective, but the Charities Act 2006 gives “Advancement of animal welfare” as a charitable purpose. It follows, therefore, that whereas the RSPCA, IFAW and the League Against Cruel Sports have achieved charitable status the Countryside Alliance, as presently constituted, would be unable to obtain similar recognition… by John Phelps Exeter (letter)
Western Morning News 25.6.14 Alliance charity bid is a disgrace - It is disgraceful that the Countryside Alliance now want to be a charity. These people have spent their lives supporting the killing of other forms of life… by E Thomas Kingsbridge (letter)

BBC News Online 1.7.14 Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull - The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government's plans to continue culling badgers this year…. (story)

Western Daily Press 1.7.14 Vets speak out against 'indiscriminate' badger cull as 'cruel and unnecessary' - Government claims that badger culling is needed to tackle tuberculosis in cattle based on successes in other countries are "seriously flawed", a group of vets has said… in a letter to the Veterinary Record, 19 vets raised concerns about the claims, saying that very few countries had needed to kill wildlife as part of TB control programmes…. (story)

Express 1.7.14 'Circus MADNESS' Shocking video shows tigers caged and 'pacing' in tiny cells IN THE UK - SHOCKING footage of a lion and a tiger suffering from what campaigners branded "circus madness" were released today. By: John Ingham … The film of the beast wagon at Peter Jolly’s Circus was taken by pressure group Animal Defenders International…. (story)