June 2014

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30.6.14

Blackmore Vale Magazine 30.6.14 Barbaric act of fox cub hunting - In a few weeks time the annual illegal and barbaric activity of fox cub hunting will be carried out by the hunting fraternity…. Mr T. Trowbridge, Hazelbury Bryan (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 30.6.14 Horrors of vivisection - THE National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is extremely concerned that Bantin & Kingman Universal (B&K) has launched an appeal against the rejection of its plans to breed dogs in Grimston for experiments, and urges members of the public to take action once again… Jan Creamer, NAVS president (letter)

29.6.14

Sunderland Echo 29.6.14 Lambton Estate clay-pigeon shoot raises £7,500 for Great North Air Ambulance - A COUNTRY shoot hit a £7,500 target in its effort to raise cash to cover the cost of medical emergencies. The Lambton Estate, near Burnmoor, which provided the backdrop for axed BBC drama The Paradise, raised £7,500 for the Great North Air Ambulance through its latest Lambton Team Shoot…. (story)

Independent 29.6.14 Ben Williamson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rolls out that old chestnut of "90 per cent of medicines that pass animal tests fail in humans" (Letters, 22 June). This is an utterly misleading statistic. The 90 per cent figure is the proportion of new drugs that never make it though all levels of testing and to licensing… The fact is, animal testing saves lives. It isn't perfect – but it is the best we have for now. Jo Selwood Headington, Oxford (letter)

28.6.14

Horse & Hound 28.6.14 Guide to hound showing launched - The complexities of hound showing are explained in a new guide produced by the Countryside Alliance (CA). The booklet has been produced to accompany the hound shows that run throughout the summer. Titled, “Hounds and Hound Showing,” it gives an insight into what the judges are looking for… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 28.6.14 Badger cull caused "sense of fear, intimidation" in Gloucestershire rural communities, report finds By jrmaidment - There is “no evidence” to suggest the Government’s badger cull had any significant impact on Gloucestershire’s economy, an investigation has found. However, the cull during the summer of 2013 did leave some rural communities feeling “caught in the middle of the tension” between those killing the badgers, farmers, police and protestors. The findings have been published by a Gloucestershire County Council task force which was set up in January to examine the social and financial impact of the cull.... (story)

Stoke Sentinel 28.6.14 Circus visiting Congleton defends using wild animals in its shows - A CIRCUS is appealing to the public to visit their 'well looked after' animals after campaigners called for families to boycott shows. Peter Jolly's Circus is one of only two in Britain that continues to use wild animals in its performances.... (story)
The Sentinel 25.6.14 Animal rights group urges families to boycott Peter Jolly's Circus in Astbury - AN animal rights group has urged families to boycott a circus which has rolled into South Cheshire this week. Peter Jolly's Circus is one of only two in Britain that continues to use wild animals in its performances on stage… Animal Defenders International (ADI) now wants families to stay away from the event. Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, said: "We urge everyone in the Congleton area to shun circuses with animals and instead visit those with only human performers, who have a choice."… (story)

27.6.14

BBC'S URBAN BIAS CRITICISED
Farmers Weekly 27.6.14 Ten key findings of the BBC rural review - Philip Case - The BBC has vowed to raise its game after an independent report criticised its handling of rural affairs. The review, commissioned by the BBC Trust and led by Heather Hancock, who formerly chaired the BBC’s rural affairs committee, looked at the impartiality of the corporation’s coverage of rural areas in the UK, across TV, radio and online. Here are 10 key findings of the BBC rural coverage review:… (story)
Farmers Weekly 26.6.14 BBC failing to capture impact of TB on farmers - Philip Case - The devastating impact of bovine TB on farmers is not being captured by the BBC in its reporting of the badger cull, an independent review commissioned by the corporation’s governing body has found…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.6.14 BBC rural coverage has 'metropolitan bias' - Some audiences feel the BBC's rural coverage has a "metropolitan bias", an independent review has found. It also found some people thought coverage was "squeamish" and "simplistic". But specialist programming, such as Countryfile, was praised and found to be "highly regarded".... (story)
Western Morning News 27.6.14 WMN opinion: BBC's badger cull coverage is failing the rural audience - People pick up their opinions and prejudices from all sorts of places…. the BBC, as the national broadcaster, paid for out of the licence fee, must show the greatest diligence in ensuring it reflects all shades of opinion on controversial subjects and avoids – even accidentally – putting across a distorted picture… (story)
Telegraph 26.6.14 BBC rural affairs coverage 'has too many fluffy badgers' - BBC's coverage of rural issues is squeamish, simplistic and has too many pictures of 'fluffy badgers', according to Trust report - By Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment Editor - The BBC’s coverage of countryside issues is too “squeamish”, ignoring the gritty realities of rural life and favouring images of “fluffy badgers”, a report has found…

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Western Morning News 26.6.14 BBC coverage of cull was skewed by images of ‘fluffy badgers’ says report By WMNPBowern - The BBC’s coverage of the Westcountry badger cull too often used images that favoured those opposed to the shooting, a wide-ranging report into the corporation’s coverage of rural issues has found…. Ms Hancock also found that some people in rural areas believed the BBC took a negative position on country sports like shooting and fishing. “These activities are legal and pervasive across the countryside. They are not an exclusive preserve of the rich or the landowner,” she said…. (story)
Western Morning News 26.6.14 Countryside groups welcome BBC pledge to improve its rural coverage By WMNPBowern - Countryside organisations have welcomed a pledge by the BBC to improve the way it covers rural issues after a report was published criticising aspects of the view it presents of the countryside. The Countryside Alliance and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation both praised the report, commissioned by the BBC Trust to assess the impartiality of BBC coverage of rural issues… (story)
Farmers Weekly 26.6.14 BBC failing to capture impact of TB on farmers - The devastating impact of bovine TB on farmers is not being captured by the BBC in its reporting of the badger cull, an independent review commissioned by the corporation’s governing body has found…. Meanwhile, the review of the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs concluded that its coverage of the winter floods of 2013-14 were a “missed opportunity”… (story)
Shooting UK 23.6.14 BBC condemned for urban bias - The BBC is failing its rural viewers, according to a review carried out by the BBC Trust, which was expected to be published this week. An “insider” told The Times ahead of the report’s publication that the trust found that the BBC’s content does not reflect the real economic and social concerns of those who live and work in the countryside… (story)
Western Morning News 19.6.14 Report to confirm BBC's 'biased' countryside coverage - Rural campaigners in the region yesterday welcomed a report from the BBC Trust accusing the corporation of a bias against the countryside…. News of the report was immediately seized upon by the Countryside Alliance, which fights for a better deal for rural areas. Executive chairman Barney White-Spunner said too much BBC coverage was aimed at people who visited the countryside, rather than lived and worked in it… (story)

Dundee Courier 27.6.14 Country sports are a vital part of rural life - I am alarmed that Andy Murray’s management company are able to dismiss in so cavalier a fashion a popular and efficient Scottish industry that in the most recent records produced £240 million for Scotland, and provides many hundreds of full and part-time jobs in Scotland’s fragile rural economy, in order to pander to a minority pressure group – PETA… Gerard Watts. Persie, Glenshee (letter)

RURAL BROADBAND PROJECTS
Berwick Advertiser 27.6.14 Broadband boost for rural areas - The government has announced the successful bids for a £10 million innovation fund designed to explore ways to deliver superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest to reach places in the UK… Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith said: “Local people and the business community regularly talk to me about the problems they have in getting reliable broadband services…. (story)
Cable.co.uk 25.6.14 Countryside Alliance welcomes innovative rural broadband projects BY HANNAH LANGSTON - Approval of government-backed pilots designed to deliver better rural broadband has been voiced by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Western Morning News 24.6.14 Countryside Alliance welcomes plan for satellite broadband - The Countryside Alliance – which has campaigned for a dramatic improvement in rural broadband and mobile phone coverage – has welcomed the announcement of the eight innovative projects, including one in Devon and Somerset, which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas…. (story)
Portsmouth News 24.6.14 Hampshire to receive £1m to improve broadband - ALTERNATIVE ways of improving superfast broadband coverage in Hampshire will receive a £1m boost. The government announced eight innovative projects costing £10m on Thursday… Campaign group the Countryside Alliance welcomed the news … (story)
Kent Messenger 22.6.14 Government awards nearly £1m to Buckinghamshire-based MLL Telecom to bring high-speed broadband to remote parts of Kent by Chris Price - Nearly £1m of Government cash will be given to a telecoms firm to explore ways of bringing superfast broadband to remote parts of Kent. Buckinghamshire-based MLL will receive £957,900 after proposing to aggregate small wireless networks across the county.... Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This is very welcome news and a great stride forward in the drive to improve rural connectivity.... (story)
Farmers Weekly 22.6.14 £10m rural broadband trial fund winners revealed - Philip Case - The government has revealed the winners of a £10m scheme to bring superfast broadband to the most remote rural areas of the UK…Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This is very welcome news and a great stride forward in the drive to improve rural connectivity…. (story)

Bolton News 27.6.14 Bolton Council bans badger cull - despite no plans for one By Elaine O'Flynn - TOWN Hall bosses have voted to protect Bolton’s badgers from a cull — even though one had not been planned… Cllr Bob Allen, who voted for, said there was a problem with the motion as the council did not have the power to tell farmers on private land what they could do…. (story)

Bolton News 25.6.14 Town hall bosses to debate ban on badger cull in Bolton By Elaine O'Flynn - TOWN Hall bosses will debate banning a badger cull in Bolton — despite there being no plans for one in the borough. The issue will be debated at tonight’s full council meeting after Cllr Richard Silvester put forward a motion urging the local authority to use its power to stop any planned extermination… Astley Bridge resident Clare Forster launched her own campaign and collected more than 100 signatures calling on the council to speak out against the practice… (story)

Western Morning News 27.6.14 Why does PM keep faith with this discredited policy on bTB? - Badger culling will start again this autumn. Lorraine Platt, founder of the Conservative Blue Badger group, argues it is wrong and PM David Cameron misguided in promoting the policy… (story)

Western Morning News 27.6.14 Ordering the badger cull is far from brave - Referring to David Cameron’s comments (WMN, June 22) that culling badgers is right to beat bovine TB, in the past he has stated that it is a brave step to take in ordering the badger cull. Well nothing is further from the truth. He has from his days in opposition decided to deliver what the NFU and the other blood sports lobby want and that is the repeal of the Hunting Act and the removal of the badger as a protective species… by Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 27.6.14 Government needs to listen on badger cull - I read with interest how scientists revealed in new research published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that culling even small numbers of badgers could hasten the spread of bovine TB among badgers… It's high-time our Government got the message loud and clear to scrap their cull plans and prioritise badger vaccination. Also, ask your MEP to press for the EU ban on a cattle vaccine to be lifted. D F Courtney Weston-super-Mare, Somerset (letter)

Western Mail 27.6.14 Animal experiment knighthood wrong - Knighting someone such as Colin Blakemore – who has carved out a career by defending any and all animal experiments at a time when we have learned so much about animals’ social and behavioural needs – is surely contrary to the values of traditionally animal-friendly Britons…. Ben Williamson People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) (letter)

Littlehampton Gazette 27.6.14 Littlehampton activist hopes her novel will ‘moove’ readers - THIS animal rights activist and first-time novelist is hoping her book’s message will not go in one ear and out the ‘udder’. Ruth Hawe, of Pebble Walk, in Littlehampton, has self-published her first novel which she hopes will inspire people to think about the food they eat. The 59-year-old’s book, entitled Holy Cow, focuses on the journey of a young woman called Daisy as she attends university for the first time and discovers her passion to protect animals…. (story)

26.6.14

West Briton 26.6.14 Birds of prey in flying visit By Jordan Tamblin and Ashley Harris - AMAZING birds of prey have been on display at The Roseland Community College Farm. The event, which was funded by the Countryside Alliance, included a selection of birds which ranged from hawks, falcons, eagles and owls which were brought in by Sharon Bindon from Ancient Art Falconry based near Looe… (story)

Huffington Post 26.6.14 Compassion - Not Cunning - Is the Greatest Gift We Can Gain From Foxes - Natalie Bennett Green Party leader - A day spent with the ambulance of The Fox Project, a rescue scheme based in Tunbridge Wells and extending into the southern suburbs of London, unsurprisingly taught me a lot about the biology and life of foxes…. (story)

Coventry Observer 26.6.14 Call to end links with dog abuse twin city By Matthew Bates - ANIMAL rights campaigners have called on the council to severe their twinning links with a Romanian city where dogs are believed to have been abused. They claim to have witnessed hundreds of dogs being abused in Galati... Alison Standbridge, founder of charity Paws2Rescue, said they should be ashamed... (story)

Leicester Mercury 26.6.14 - It has been reported that organisations caring for unwanted, neglected and abused animals are "at breaking point". RSPCA centres are looking after more than 800 horses… Please give to this worthy charity to help the many species of animals experiencing hardship and suffering… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 26.6.14 'Animals should not be in wars' - To receive a medal is small compensation for a life involuntarily sacrificed ("Bravery award for life-saver search dog Sasha", Mercury, May 21). Wars are waged by human beings, yet animals can get caught up in them… Ben Williamson, Peta. (letter)

25.6.14

Mid Devon Gazette 25.6.14 The shooting organisation targeting Westminster allies - The modest joke that he only gets invited on shoots because his hosts know he won’t hit anything soon turns out to be just that… Neil Parish is honing his shooting skills under the expert tutelage of Roy Peacock, an accredited coach for the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC)… He has been invited along as part of the organisation’s political outreach programme, designed to garner support for a sport which is facing pressures from animal rights groups… (story)

Western Daily Press 25.6.14 Pet cat killed by 'large fox', residents claim - Sightings of large foxes 'as big as labradors' roaming around Kingsway in Gloucester and killing a cat have been reported… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.6.14 ‘Foxes as large as a Labrador are killing cats in Kingsway’ - SIGHTINGS of large foxes ‘as big as labradors’ roaming around Kingsway and killing a cat have been reported. Residents in the area say they have seen large foxes roaming around the estate over the past month to look for food. They are apparently unintimidated by humans and two weeks ago a large fox was seen ruthlessly killing a cat in the middle of the estate… (story)

Western Daily Press 25.6.14 Culls are an obstacle to finding a solution - Tragically, there will be a repeat of the Badger Cull Civil War, unbelievably in England's "green and pleasant land". And the over-stretched police are expected to waste some £3million trying to ensure the "biosecurity" of cull shooters versus protesters… No one understands how TB works in cows anymore since a generation has now grown up being told badgers are the main problem… Martin Hancox Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

Irish Examiner 25.6.14 Leave rabbits alone - British writer Jeanette Winterson has surrendered what could have been a strong point about the horrors of animal farming with her latest "a rabbit ate my veggies" strop. Rabbits foraged off the land long before humans did… Jodi Minion Wildlife Issues Manager People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 501 Front St Norfolk, Virginia USA (letter)

24.6.14

ANDY MURRAY'S HOTEL CUTS REFERENCES TO GROUSE SHOOTING
Independent 24.6.14 Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel removes hunting activities for guests following pressure from animal rights campaigners -Pressure group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wrote to the defending Wimbledon champion complaining that hunting was being promoted by his Dunblane property, the Cromlix Hotel, as a possible activity that guests could take part in… (story)
Mail 23.6.14 Andy Murray's hotel website removes all references to hunting after Peta compares activity to killing tennis star's dogs - He is known as an animal lover, is devoted to his two dogs and even rescued a puppy that he found running in the road this weekend. But that hasn't stopped Andy Murray's hotel advertising local hunting trips on its website, prompting complaints from animal rights activists… (story)
Daily Record 23.6.14 Andy Murray's luxury hotel ditches hunting references from its website after animal rights group complains - CROMLIX House removes information about grouse shooting after campaigners write a letter outlining their concerns to the Wimbledon champion. A LUXURY hotel owned by Andy Murray has removed references to hunting from its website after pressure from animal rights campaigners.... Campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) sent a letter to Murray complaining that his hotel promoted hunting as a possible activity for guests.... (story)
Scotsman 23.6.14 Andy Murray hotel removes hunting as activity - A LUXURY hotel owned by Andy Murray has removed references to hunting from its website after pressure from animal rights campaigners.... (story)

Western Daily Press 24.6.14 Campaigner in 'citizen's arrest' threat By EVA JONES - An animal rights campaigner has announced he intends to make a citizen's arrest on any marksmen taking part in the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset, and physically break their night vision equipment, under controversial laws used by anti-military campaigners. Jay Tiernan, who runs the Stop the Cull campaign group, claimed that marksmen were breaking the law if they used night vision equipment to 'finish off' badgers that had run away from the sites they had baited to attract them… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 24.6.14 Help to deter pests - Like many people, I love to encourage wildlife into my garden and put out food and water for all creatures furred and feathered, but some people do not. While the organisation Animal Aid argues that all animals have intrinsic rights, they also seek practical and workable alternatives to the cruelty of culling. To that end they have produced a series of fact sheets to help people humanely deter rodents, birds, foxes and squirrels from their gardens… Josephine Harwood Moor Park Avenue, Bispham (letter)

23.6.14

Essex Chronicle 23.6.14 Blackwater Country Show the "best yet" as thousands enjoy celebration of country life - CELEBRATING the people, animals, and industry of the Essex countryside, the ninth Blackwater Country show today was perhaps “the best yet”. Hunting hounds, miniature ponies, and Newfoundland dogs were on display beside vintage tractors, Viking battles and vintage crafts at the Rook Hall show which pulled in the crowds by their thousands… (story)

Croydon Guardian 23.6.14 'There's a fox under my bed' - Woman flees home and calls fire brigade in London Road, Norbury By Robert Fisk - A wily fox proved to be a tough assignment when a tearful woman asked firefighters to chase him out of her bedroom. The woman, believed to be about 35-years-old, ran from her home to Norbury fire station at about 12.30am today after seeing the animal under her bed.... (story)
TNT Magazine 22.6.14 Woman finds fox under her bed - A Croydon resident had a 'brush' with the unexpected when she settled down for the night - and found a fox under her bed. The unnamed woman fled her house and raced to Norbury fire station where she pleaded with the fire brigade to help her… (story)

BBC News Online 23.6.14 Badgers: Ministers 'wilfully' ignoring science advice By Pallab Ghosh - A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as "an abuse" of the scientific method. Prof Timothy Coulson is concerned the government is considering a less reliable way of assessing humaneness in the cull and numbers of badgers killed.... (story)

JEANETTE WINTERSON KILLS RABBIT
Farmers Weekly 23.6.14 Eating rabbit is fair game, says Countryside Alliance - Philip Case - Author Jeanette Winterson has caused a social media storm after she trapped, skinned, cooked and ate a rabbit – and posted the pictures on her Twitter account... But the Countryside Alliance has applauded Ms Winterson’s for opening up the debate about food provenance and removing squeamishness about eating meat.... (story)
Independent 20.6.14 Kill it, tweet it, eat it: Jeanette Winterson has got the right attitude to meat - Whatever the bunny-lovers say, being prepared to kill what you eat is admirable - Janet Street-Porter - Like Jeanette Winterson, I fight a prolonged and bitter battle with rabbits… Rabbits aren’t furry and cute, but pests, voraciously eating anything green in front of their stupid little noses… Meat is not an everyday essential but a special treat. One of the reasons people squirm at the thought of eating a furry animal is because they divorce what they eat from reality…. (story)
Telegraph 19.6.14 Jeanette Winterson: A most unlikely potboiler - Jeanette Winterson’s very public and unrepentant killing of a rabbit caused a storm on Twitter – but the author has always championed wild and homegrown food By Glenda Cooper - The explanation was stark but arresting – as one commentator put it, it was almost a haiku. “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.”… Twitter immediately went into meltdown, dubbing Winterson the rabbit killer; the novelist said she received hundreds of tweets per minute in response. The award-winning writer, best known for Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, found herself transformed in seconds from admired feminist author into Mr McGregor the bunny-chasing adversary of Peter Rabbit, and apologist for the huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ set…. (story)
Mail 19.6.14 Don't be so squeamish says author who killed a wild rabbit for her tea: Jeanette Winterson says meat-eaters need to realise animals don't 'drop out of the sky' By JAMES TOZER - Novelist Jeanette Winterson yesterday hit back at claims that she was ‘callous’ for posting photographs of a rabbit she had killed, skinned and cooked for raiding her vegetable patch. She said too many meat-eaters were ‘squeamish’ and needed to face the reality that animals were slaughtered to put food on their plates, adding: ‘They are not made of fairy dust, they don’t drop out of the sky.’… (story)
Mail 19.6.14 Hop off you hypocrites: Trolls attacking an author for eating wild rabbit - which is delicious, healthy and roams free - are happy to gorge on chicken nuggets from battery hens By ROBIN PAGE - So, author Jeanette Winterson has become a Twitter-sphere hate-figure of inter-galactic proportions. Her sin? She has caught, killed and eaten a rabbit… All I can say is that Jeanette Winterson is desperately needed here, where I farm in Cambridgeshire. Our vegetable garden is besieged by invading hordes of the pests… So, Jeanette Winterson, I have not read a word you have written, but I now salute you as a literary and culinary goddess. I shall buy one of your books tomorrow and persuade my wife to follow your example — and cook rabbit. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 19.6.14 Support and criticism for Cotswolds author Jeanette Winterson who killed and ate a rabbit - Cotswolds author Jeanette Winterson has defended killing, skinning and cooking a rabbit which had eaten parsley in her vegetable patch. Winterson, who lives in Upper Slaughter, faced a twitter storm after posting a picture of the dead rabbit on twitter…. (story)
Western Daily Press 19.6.14 Author Jeanette Winterson still under fire after eating rabbit tweet - An award-winning author has incurred the wrath of animal lovers and vegetarians after posting photographs on social media of a rabbit she trapped, skinned and cooked. Jeanette Winterson, famed for her novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, shocked some of her 32,800 Twitter followers by saying: “The skin which includes the head makes a great glove puppet”…. (story)
18.6.14 Author Jeanette Winterson sparks Twitter fury after cooking rabbit who ate her parsley - Alexandra Rucki - When a rabbit snuck into author Jeanette Winterson’s garden and ate her herbs she decided to take out revenge - by boiling the bunny…. (story)

Guardian 18.6.14 Jeanette Winterson: a rabbit killer and proud of it - The author has lost fans for killing and eating a bunny she found in her garden - Name: Jeanette Winterson… She tweeted "Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit," along with a picture of the disembowelled, semi-skinned, wholly dead rabbit in question lying on her kitchen counter… Did it provoke? It did indeed. Some followers were not impressed…. (story)

Mirror 18.6.14 'The skin makes a great glove puppet': Author Jeanette Winterson attacked over picture of dead rabbit By Alex Wellman - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson kills, skins and cooks rabbit 'in revenge' for the animal eating her herbs and posts the photos online…. (story)

Irish Examiner 23.6.14 Council moves to ban animal circuses - Cork County Council has taken the first step to introducing bylaws which would ban circuses that use performing animals. At the first full meeting yesterday of the new 55-seat council, a motion was tabled by Sinn Féin councillor Kieran McCarthy, who said it was well-documented that animals are suffering in circuses and it was time to ban such cruelty.... (story)

22.6.14

Shropshire Star 22.6.14 Shropshire circus brings its lions to the county By Rebecca King - Being trapped in an enclosed space with a lion is a lot of people’s worst nightmare, but one animal trainer gets on so well with the big cat, it expects a kiss on the cheek. Peter Jolly’s Circus has rolled in to Tern Hill, near Market Drayton, this week and brought with it wild animals, a wire walker and traditional clowns… But the use of wild animals in their show has sparked anger from animal rights activists… MP for Telford & Wrekin, Mark Pritchard has campaigned for the ban of wild animals in travelling circuses…. (story)

21.6.14

Derby Telegraph 21.6.14 Chris Williamson: I saw the fear in eyes of animals about to be slaughtered - Derby North MP Chris Williamson's column on animal rights and being a vegan…. I vividly remember being horrified as a 14-year-old given a summer job by my local butcher…. I joined the Hunt Saboteurs Association at around the same time and was elected on to the League Against Cruel Sports' board of trustees in 1979. It's a position I still hold with pride… the likelihood is that, for future generations, a vegan diet will be the norm rather than the exception that it is today. (story)

Ballymena Times 21.6.14 Opposition to NI Firearms Licensing fees increase - Opposition to a proposed increase in firearms licensing fees in Northern Ireland has been reiterated by the leading shooting and countryside organisations. The organisations - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the Gun Trade Guild NI (GTG NI) - said no increase should be introduced without a full, transparent review of the necessary processes and costs involved in firearms licensing… (story)

Scotsman 21.6.14 Group hits out at RSPB talk of harrier shooting by ILONA AMOS - A ROW has broken out between a leading conservation charity and gamekeepers over the illegal killing of birds of prey. The RSPB has called for sporting estates to stamp out illegal persecution of the protected hen harrier after a male bird was allegedly hunted down and shot in the Cairngorms. But gamekeepers say they should not be “demonised”…. (story)

Herald 21.6.14 Scottish Countryside Alliance sets up scheme to help youngsters secure jobs in rural areas - A new scheme helping up to 600 young people every year understand the job opportunities available to them in rural areas has been launched… The programme, organised by the Scottish Countryside Alliance, will work with primary and secondary schools and develop work experience as well as group mentoring…. (story)

Western Daily Press 21.6.14 Extermination is not the TB solution - John Tuck (Western Daily Press, June 6) stated that there was no way of knowing which badgers were infected with tuberculosis when they were culled, so they are killing badgers which are perfectly healthy… When there are no more badgers and the cows still have TB, what then? Rev H W Jones Swindon, Wiltshire (letter)

Leicester Mercury 21.6.14 Reasons I won’t support the BHF - In response to Billie Faire's letter ("Bare your bump to help the British Heart Foundation", Mailbox, June 7), I would point out the BHF is one of many British medical/health charities that fund vivisection… By all means volunteer for, shop at and donate to charities, but not the ones that support and fund the cruelty that is animal experimentation. Jonathan Barker, Leicester. (letter)

20.6.14

Derby Telegraph 20.6.14 Burton's donation will help Compassion in World Farming campaign continue - A HUGE thank-you to the people of Burton. Volunteers took to the streets to raise money for Compassion in World Farming… Talulah Gaunt Compassion in World Farming (letter)

19.6.14

Western Daily Press 19.6.14 Hunting deserves much closer scrutiny - So the Countryside Alliance has reported the Bristol Crown Prosecution Service to the Attorney General over the case against the powerful and wealthy Devon and Somerset Stag Hunt – which was based on a considerable volume of video evidence from the League Against Cruel Sports…. I think both the police and the CPS need to sniff the coffee and wake up and stop pandering to vested interest groups with money…. Graham Forsyth Chard, Somerset (letter)

Mail 19.6.14 Fish have feelings too: Expert claims creatures experience pain in the same way humans do - and should be treated better By SARAH GRIFFITHS - Fishing may not seem like such a relaxing sport anymore, as scientists claim to have found that fish feel pain, just like humans. One researcher believes fish have the same intelligence as other animals and consequently, people should care more for their welfare…. Associate Professor Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia, said fish have very good memories, live in complex social communities where they keep track of individuals and can learn from one another…. (story)

Western Daily Press 19.6.14 Badger culling is breaking international wildlife protection rules, campaigners claim - Badger culling is breaking international rules to protect wildlife because of the negative effects it could have on other species, campaigners have said…. The Humane Society International UK, Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust claim the policy breaches the Bern Convention on conserving European wildlife and habitats, to which the UK has been a signatory since 1982… (story)

Western Daily Press 19.6.14 Best solution for bovine tuberculosis - Those who have studied bovine tuberculosis and the practice of using badgers as scapegoats since the 1930s know that badger culls are ineffective and uneconomic and that the total eradication of bovine TB is impossible… D Thomas by email (letter)

Liverpool Echo 19.6.14 Animal rights campaigners protest outside court over police crackdown on dangerous dogs - Protesters said police were too quick to destroy the banned-breed dogs which were seized from owners earlier this year - Protests were staged outside Liverpool’s magistrates’ court over a police crackdown that saw dangerous dogs rounded up and destroyed…. Marge Albert, a trustee at Freshfields Animal Rescue, said: “We are bewildered and saddened by the police action… Fran Ellis, a trustee at Carla Lane Animals in Need, in Melling, said that owners she had spoken to were absolutely devastated… (story)

Nantwich News 19.6.14 Peter Jolly’s Circus starts five-day big top performance in Nantwich - Peter Jolly’s Circus is back in Nantwich this week as it celebrates its 40th anniversary on the road. And organisers defended their record in the face of animal rights groups who have vowed to protest outside the show… A spokeswoman for Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights said: “We believe animals, whether domestic or wild, have no place in circuses and our protests are aimed at raising public awareness…. (story)
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian 19.6.14 RSPCA call for Nantwich circus boycott - THE RSPCA has reaffirmed its opposition to the use of live animals in circuses after the big top rolled into Nantwich. Peter Jolly’s circus is staging performances at the Alvaston Business Park, off the A530, from June 18-22. But the RSPCA is asking locals to boycott going to circuses that use live animals…. (story)

18.6.14

DEVON & SOMERSET STAGHOUNDS TRIAL
Western Gazette 18.6.14 Concerns raised over Somerset hunt case as Countryside Alliance goes to Attorney General - The Countryside Alliance is to write to the Crown Prosecution service to object to the way a case against a hunt is being pursued. A letter is to be sent to Dominic Grieve, the UK's chief law-maker, to complain that the CPS in Bristol is 'relying on a pressure group' in a court case which has seen three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds put in the dock charged with illegal hunting…. (story)
Shooting UK 18.6.14 Countryside Alliance challenges CPS over influence of antis - Laura Nineham - The Countryside Alliance is challenging the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to consult the League Against Cruel Sports before it decides whether to follow through with a prosecution… (story)
North Devon Journal 18.6.14 Countryside Alliance hits back over League Against Cruel Sports consultation by Crown Prosecution Service - AN anti-hunt group has been consulted over the prosecution of three hunt members, causing the Countryside Alliance to hit back. The group hit out at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after it revealed it planned to consult with the League Against Cruel Sports over whether to proceed with a prosecution of three hunt members… (story)
Western Morning News 16.6.14 Countryside Alliance questions role of anti-hunt campaign group in deciding if prosecution should proceed By WMNPBowern - The Countryside Alliance has hit out at the Crown Prosecution Service after it revealed it planned to consult with an anti-hunt group over whether to proceed with a prosecution of three hunt members. Tim Bonner, the Alliance’s director of campaigns, has called on the Attorney General Dominic Grieve to intervene after Avon and Somerset CPS wrote to the solicitor representing three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds telling him they would consult with the League Against Cruel Sports before deciding whether to continue with the prosecution…. (story)
Western Daily Press 14.6.14 Hunt officials accused of flouting ban - The court case against three officials of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, who face allegations of illegal stag hunting, was adjourned again yesterday when the three appeared before magistrates in Taunton. Joint masters David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews are charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act, in relation to an alleged incident during a hunt meet at Warren's Farm, Simonsbath, on September 14, 2013… (story)
Western Gazette 13.6.14 Illegal hunting case adjourned to go before district judge in Yeovil - The case against three members of the Devon and Somerset staghounds, has been adjourned until July 29 when the case management hearing will be heard by a District Judge at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 28.4.14 Devon and Somerset Staghounds trio deny illegal stag hunting in court - THREE officials of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds denied allegations of illegal stag hunting when they appeared before Magistrates at Taunton on Friday… (story)
BBC News Online 25.4.14 Devon and Somerset Staghounds trio deny illegal hunting - Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have appeared in court charged with illegally hunting stags…. (story)
Western Daily Press 25.4.14 Devon and Somerset Staghounds trio deny illegal stag hunting in Taunton court - Three officials of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds denied allegations of illegal stag hunting when they appeared before Magistrates at Taunton today. Joint Masters David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews are charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act, in relation to an alleged incident at a hunt meet at Warren’s Farm, Simonsbath, on September 14 2013. David Greenwood faces a second charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act, along with Huntsman, Donald Summersgill ,in relation to a separate incident alleged to have taken place on October 24 2013… After pleas were taken the cases were adjourned until May 30 (story)
North Devon Journal 16.4.14 Devon and Somerset Staghounds masters court hearing postponed - A court hearing involving the joint masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has been postponed until Friday, April 25 at 10am… (story)
Western Daily Press 9.4.14 Devon and Somerset Staghounds always 'hunt within the law' - The chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has said it always hunts within the law and members are: "perplexed" by decisions to prosecute the joint Master and Huntsman… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 8.4.14 Joint master of Devon and Somerset Staghounds charged with second hunting offence - THE joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has been charged with a second illegal hunting charge. David Greenwood is due to appear before Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on Friday, April 25 along with huntsman Donald Summersgill…. (story)
Western Daily Press 7.4.14 Devon & Somerset Staghounds charged with illegal hunting a second time By TristanCork - One of the West’s biggest hunts has been charged with breaking the ban on hunting for a second time and now faces the prospect of fighting two court battles simultaneously. The joint master of the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, David Greenwood, has been charged with breaching the ban in late October last year, and will appear before magistrates later this month…. (story)
Horse & Hound 16.3.14 Devon and Somerset masters in court -2 joint-masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are to appear in court, charged with an offence under the Hunting Act. David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews will appear at Taunton Magistrates Court on 11 April to face an allegation of hunting a wild mammal with dogs… (story)
Western Morning News 4.3.14 Two are charged with illegal hunting after Staghounds meet - Two joint-masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have each been charged with one offence under the Hunting Act. David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court on April 11 to face an allegation of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. The case, which relies on evidence from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), relates to an alleged incident following a meet at Warren’s Farm in Simonsbath on September 14, 2013… (story)
Western Daily Press 4.3.14 Devon & Somerset Staghounds charged with illegal hunting By TristanCork - Two of the West’s leading huntsmen have been charged by state prosecutors with illegal hunting following an incident in Somerset last year. David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews, the two joint-masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, will appear before magistrates in Taunton next month charged with a Section 1 Hunting Act offence, following an incident during a meet in Simonsbath, on Exmoor, on September 14 last year…. (story)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 4.3.14 Somerset and Devon Staghounds, David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews, charged with illegal hunting By cfayfineran - David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews, two of the West’s leading huntsmen have been charged by state prosecutors with illegal hunting. Following an incident in Somerset last year, the two joint-masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds will appear before magistrates in Taunton next month charged with a Section 1 Hunting Act offence… (story)
North Devon Journal 4.3.14 Barnstaple pair to appear in court after being charged with hunting offences By NDJFran - A pair of joint masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds from Barnstaple have been charged with hunting offences. David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews have been charged under the Section 1 Hunting Act and are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court on April 11. It relates to an alleged incident at a hunt meet at Warren’s Farm in Simonsbath on September 14, 2013. The pair are charged separately with hunting a wild mammal with a dog when that hunting was not of a class exempted by schedule 1 of the Hunting Act 2004, contrary to sections one and six. A report was made to Avon and Somerset Police by the League Against Cruel Sports following an investigation… (story)

Telegraph 18.6.14 Disgraced MP Mike Hancock apologises for 'degrading' relationship with constituent - Former Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock tells the High Court he "crossed the line" with an inappropriate relationship with a woman, known only as 'Annie' By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent - A disgraced MP has made a public apology for an "inappropriate and unprofessional" relationship with a vulnerable female constituent. Mike Hancock, who had the Liberal Democrat whip suspended in January over the sexual misconduct claims, told the High Court he "crossed the line" with the woman, known only as "Annie"…. (story)

Worcester News 18.6.14 Chicken farm - PETA has lost the plot - The American backed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has attacked the proposed chicken farm at Upton Snodsbury ( Worcester News 9th June)…. The application to build a chicken farm on a small plot of agricultural land is reasonable but the rhetoric coming from PETA shows it has just lost the plot. Jon Burgess Worcester… (story)

Worcester News 18.6.14 It is a holocaust, and the killing fields of the meat industry are horrific - John Burgess criticised Peta Watson Smith for describing the situation on British farms as a Holocaust. Clearly this might offend jews or farmers but it is not an entirely absurd comparison… (letter)

17.6.14

Glasgow Evening Times 17.6.14 No retreat on airgun laws - A commitment to licensing airguns has been underlined by the Justice Secretary on a visit to an animal sanctuary in Edinburgh. Kenny MacAskill met pet owners and staff who have seen animals seriously injured and killed in air weapon attacks… (story)

Western Daily Press 17.6.14 Badger cull to use shotguns in pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire despite welfare concerns By Simon_Copp - Badger cull marksmen are to be again allowed to use shotguns in the pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, despite opposition from vets and animal welfare groups…. (story)

Oxford Times 17.6.14 College goes meat-free - Meat and dairy have been completely banned from an Oxford University college menu for five nights a week after a motion to serve only vegan food was passed. Students at Wadham College agreed to serve vegan meals five nights a week to help fight climate change… (story)

16.6.14

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE APPLIES FOR CHARITABLE STATUS
Western Daily Press 16.6.14 Charity could begin at home for pro-hunt Countryside Alliance By philip bowern - The pro-hunt Countryside Alliance is seeking charitable status in a move that is likely to raise eyebrows across the Third Sector. The organisation, formed from the British Field Sports Society and two other rural groups in 1997 to campaign against Labour's proposed hunt ban, announced the move following its annual general meeting. Becoming a charity would mean significant tax and fund-raising advantages for the Alliance…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.6.14 Pro-hunt Alliance bids for charitable status – just like its arch rivals By Philip Bowern - The Countryside Alliance, the pressure group that is pro-hunting, pro-shooting and pro-rural, often stirs up controversy. Philip Bowern wonders how its bid for charitable status will go down… Last week the country sports and rural communities campaigning group the Countryside Alliance (CA) confirmed that with the backing of a majority of its members it was making an application to the Charity Commission for charitable status…. Tim Bonner, the CA’s Director of Campaigns, believes they can win… he suggests the League Against Cruel Sports – pretty much diametrically opposed to the Countryside Alliance in almost every way – is even further off the radar of what most people might consider to be a benign charity with those ‘in need’ as its sole focus… (story)
Western Morning News 16.6.14 WMN Opinion: Charitable status makes sense for pro-hunt Countryside Alliance By Western Morning News - Think ‘charity’ and your first thought will not, as a rule, be about an organisation regularly mired in controversy…. The Countryside Alliance may have widened its brief to include campaigns on village post offices, improving rural broadband and getting a better service for mobile phone users in rural areas. But there is no doubt that most of its members – and most of the public – know it for high profile campaigns to overturn the hunt ban and support game shooting. But if the League Against Cruel Sports and the now overtly politicised RSPCA can have charitable status, with all the tax and fund-raising advantages it brings, why not the Countryside Alliance? The Western Morning News has praised the organisation in the past for standing up for the rural minority… We wish them well in their application. (story)

Carmarthen Journal 16.6.14 Game fair expecting 20,000 - UP to 20,000 people are expected to visit Pembrey Country Park over the weekend of the Welsh Game Fair.Twitter feeds and blogs of the hunting, shooting and fishing fraternity have been buzzing with anticipation of the event on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15… Displays include Broke FMX and Freestyle Motorcross Team, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment's Parachute Display Team – The Tiger's, simulated coursing, falconry displays, sheepdog demonstrations, countryside skills, gundogs, and parades of hounds and beagles… (story)

Express 16.6.14 Bill Oddie launches campaign to stop 'massive massacre' of migratory birds on Malta - TV NATURALIST Bill Oddie today launched a passionate campaign to halt the "massive massacre of migratory birds" on the holiday island of Malta… In a video for the League Against Cruel Sports made on the island at the peak of the hunt, Mr Oddie said: “Maltese gunmen call this annual massacre tradition and indeed it is. A cruel, wasteful, destructive tradition that may only abate when there are no more birds to kill. It must not get that far.”… (story)

Mirror 14.6.14 Bill Oddie demands end to Malta's ''cruel and destructive'' mass bird shoot tradition By Ben Glaze - British holidaymakers flocking to Malta this summer are being urged to back a ban on the country’s annual mass bird shoot… Wildlife expert Bill Oddie has called on the 450,000 UK tourists who will fly to Malta in the coming weeks to press the authorities to scrap the yearly bloodshed.... (story)

Third Sector 16.6.14 RSPCA tops list of Charity Commission's 'most complained-about charities' By Sam Burne James - The regulator opened six complaints cases against the animal charity in the year to March; the Royal British Legion was second with five.. (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.6.14 Bill Oddie in frame to help Twycross Zoo - Twycross Zoo is launching a photography competition with a little help from some furry-faced residents – and Bill Oddie. The wildlife expert was at the attraction to kick off the competition… (story)

Horse & Hound 16.6.14 RSPCA bid to teach animal welfare in schools - Should animal welfare be part of the national curriculum? UK teachers and equine welfare experts believe so. A recent survey by the RSPCA shows that 95% of teachers say children learning about animal welfare would help make them more compassionate and socially aware… (story)

15.6.14

Yorkshire Post 15.6.14 Getting youngsters hooked - It might not have the glamour of football or the adrenalin rush of boxing, so why are some schools in Yorkshire offering fishingtrips in return for good behaviour? Phil Booth takes a trip to the lakeside… Mick Bradbury is a former minibus driver… But the big change in his life came when he saw the calming, steadying influence the sport of fishing was having on youngsters…. A similar project has been run by the Countryside Alliance. Fishing for Schools, backed by the actor Robson Green, has been credited with boosting children’s self esteem and confidence, something Mick Bradbury has seen at first hand…. (story)

Guardian 15.6.14 Green party peer put on database of 'extremists' after police surveillance - Political movements of Jenny Jones and Green party councillor Ian Driver were recorded, though neither have a criminal record - Rob Evans and Owen Bowcott - Two Green party politicians, including its candidate for mayor of London at the last election, have criticised police chiefs who recorded their political activities on a secret database that was set up to track campaigners deemed to be "domestic extremists"… The file on Driver logs 22 occasions on which he helped organise public meetings and demonstrations about animal exports and gay marriage between June 2011 and June last year… (story)

14.6.14

Farmers Guardian 14.6.14 Rural areas continue to struggle with broadband By Joel Durkin - RURAL residents feel let down by the slow roll-out of the Government’s rural broadband programme. A survey conducted by satellite broadband provider Europasat showed many rural residents still faced issues surfing the web, and many of them were yet to receive services promised by Westminster chiefs. The results came as the Countryside Alliance claimed the Government had missed an opportunity to improve the delivery of its rural broadband service in last week’s Queen’s Speech… (story)

Independet 14.6.14 Professor Colin Blakemore honoured 10 years after being denied knighthood - A decade after apparently being snubbed by the Establishment for supporting experiments on animals, Professor Colin Blakemore has finally been given his knighthood…. (story)

13.6.14

Western Daily Press 13.6.14 Badgers get in way of making money - Are your readers aware that less than half of the farms involved in last year's badger culls, supposedly carried out to control TB in cattle, had any cattle on them? So what was the slaughter all about?... Andy Hamilton West Coker, Somerset(letter)

GRIMSTON LAB FARM APPEAL
Yorkshire Post 13.6.14 Call for inquiry into beagle farm plans - RESIDENTS are calling for a public inquiry to air their concerns over plans to expand a beagle farm - rather than seeing it dealt with by letter… resident Cindy de Vries, who acts as spokeswoman for villagers in Grimston, said: “It has created such a huge outcry it needs to go to an inquiry… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 6.6.14 Downton Abbey star Peter Egan signs petition against B&K Universal beagle and ferret farm plans By HDMDLonghorn - A STAR from TV's Downton Abbey has called on people to sign a petition against a new beagle and ferret breeding facility. Peter Egan, who campaigns on animal welfare issues, is among those to speak out against B&K Universal's appeal for a large single unit at its Grimston site, which would replace four existing kennels…. (story)
ITV 3.6.14 Government urged to reject beagle farm plans - Animal rights campaigners are urging the Government to reject an appeal for a new beagle farm in Yorkshire… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 3.6.14 BAK Universal appeal ban on beagle-breeding centre in East Riding By Danny Longhorn - AN APPEAL has been launched against the refusal of plans for a new beagle and ferret breeding facility. Protestors have vowed to fight B&K Universal's appeal for a large single unit at its existing Grimston site, which would replace four existing kennels… Deborah Minns, among those who have campaigned for more than two years against the plans, said: "It has come as a shock that they are appealing…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.6.14 Government urged to reject Grimston beagle farm plans - ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging the Government to reject an appeal for a new beagle farm in Yorkshire. The controversial plans attracted tens of thousands of objections before being turned down by East Riding Council’s planning committee last year after hearing it would blight the lives of residents in the tiny coastal village of Grimston, in Holderness…. (story)

Mail 13.6.14 Dog fighting documentary facing probe by TV watchdog after 4,000 viewers complain about graphic scenes of violence By STEPH COCKROFT - A Channel 4 documentary which explored the hidden world of dog fighting has received more than 4,000 complaints from viewers who were outraged by bloody scenes of alleged animal cruelty… The channel received 2,000 complaints in less than 24 hours, as well as 600 complaints before the show was aired. In addition to this, another 1,000 complaints were sent to the broadcaster via an automatic template on protestors' websites… (story)
Express 12.6.14 Exposed: The brutal world of dog fighting and how outlawed breeds are trained to kill - THE dog warden who found Missy, a four-year-old lurcher wandering the streets of south London, thought nothing could leave him shocked - By: Adrian Lee… Though no one was caught all the evidence points to the lurcher having been used as a "bait dog"…. The sickening pastime is exposed in a Channel 4 documentary Going To The Dogs… "Dog fighting can range from a few individuals in a park to large organised events in arenas with many spectators," says Mark Randell, a former police officer who is head of intelligence for the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)

12.6.14

Western Daily Press 12.6.14 Badger cull marksman talks of intimidation in Gloucestershire and flawed science behind the cull By SIMON COPP - A marksman who worked in the Gloucestershire badger cull zone last year has spoken of the "intimidation" at the hands of anti-cull campaigners and the "deeply flawed" science used to estimate badger numbers. Speaking anonymously to Farmers Weekly, the contractor said he and his colleagues faced a nightly battle with protesters who were often better equipped than the marksmen, as well as accusing them of contributing to the spreading of bovine TB…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.6.14 A political football with more own goals - Regarding the article by Philip Bowern and letter by JTuck (Western Daily Press June 2) I think this needs a reply by me, as one of the legal campaigners in the killing zone last year…. We know the police were bias towards the farming union, and the kill operatives, as they had their staff in the silver command centre telling the police what to do. I also know of two incidents where our people were run down and I was also driven at on five occasions… M J Haines Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

Cambridge Student 12.6.14 Undercover footage raises concerns about animal cruelty at Cambridge University - Jocelyn Major - Cambridge University staff have been accused of mistreating sheep in animal testing labs following the release of undercover footage surfaced this week… The undercover investigation was conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)… (story)

Western Mail 12.6.14 High Court throws out animal welfare group's last-ditch judicial review to halt Welshpool 'mega dairy' By Graham Henry - A "mega-dairy" in Mid Wales has been given the green light to be built after an animal charity lost a last-ditch judicial review hearing at the High Court. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) had led the legal challenge in a bid to review the Welsh Government Planning Minister’s decision to approve plans which will see a 1,000-cow facility built at at Lower Leighton Farm in Welshpool, Powys… (story)

Southern Reporter 12.6.14 Animal activists slam use of dead cougar by 1 SCOTS - Animal welfare campaigners have criticised the use of a cougar skin as part of the uniform worn by the drum major in The Royal Scots Borderers… campaigners from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have slammed the continued use of the dead big cat’s skin and stuffed head as a “garish display of insensitivity” and showing a “callous disregard for life”… (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 12.6.14 The Huddersfield women's campaign for Chicken's Lib that has lasted a lifetime By Hilarie Stelfox - It's more than 40 years since Huddersfield’s Clare Druce and her mother Violet Spalding began their crusade to save chickens from the abuses of intensive farming…. And while Clare accepts that battery farming still exists today and the consumption of chicken meat has doubled, there’s no doubt that Chickens’ Lib, as the organisation they founded was named, played its part in exposing the evils of using factory methods to produce food from living creatures… (story)

11.6.14

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS (June coverage)
Carmarthen Journal 11.6.14 Top award for firm's young entrepreneur - A YOUNG entrepreneur from a Carmarthenshire chocolate company, Nomnom, has won a prestigious national award. Liam Burgess, aged 20, from Llanboidy, set up his chocolate factory in an old caravan in Llansteffan, a year ago. His chocolate has been mentioned at Prime Minister's Questions and at the Hay-on-Wye Festival, it won fans such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hollander and Cerys Matthews.Liam also won second prize in the Countryside Alliance Awards, the 'Rural Oscars', in the start up Category… (story)
Comet 24 5.6.14 Brookfield Farm reaches regional finals of award - Chandni Tanna - A family-run business has reached the Regional Finals in this year’s Country Alliance Awards. Eileen and Terry Wolfe invited Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to visit their farm and butchery to see the range of home-grown products they offer in their farm shop… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 11.6.14 Anti badger cull campaigners call on Cheltenham Borough Council to invest in badger vaccinations By Michael_Yong - Hundreds of protesters against the badger cull in Gloucestershire this year want a vaccination programme to be put in place.Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) has submitted a petition of more than 800 signatures to Cheltenham Borough Council, requesting it invests in a badger vaccination programme…. (story)

RSPCA COUNCIL ELECTION
Market Rasen Mail 11.6.14 Farmers fury over ‘holocaust’ allegation - A woman seeking re-election to the ruling council of the RSPCA has sparked fury after comparing farming to the holocaust… Peta Watson Smith of North Kelsey, a member of the Vegan Society, made the comments to the Times newspaper in a final push for votes… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 5.6.14 'Livestock suffer like Jews in the Holocaust' says RSPCA ruling council candidate Peta Watson-Smith, from Lincolnshire - Campaigner Peta Watson-Smith from Market Rasen has sparked controversy by likening the plight of livestock to that of the Jews in the Holocaust. She is one of six candidates vying for five vacancies on the RSPCA’s ruling council… (story)
Mail 4.6.14 RSPCA campaigner denounced for 'trivialising murder of Jews' after likening farm animals to Holocaust victims By ANDY DOLAN - The RSPCA has been plunged into fresh controversy after a militant campaigner seeking election to its ruling council likened the plight of livestock to that of Jews in the Holocaust. Peta Watson-Smith, 61, is one of six candidates fighting to fill five vacancies on the charity’s council, which contributes to its ‘effective leadership and direction’…. (story)
Western Morning News 4.6.14 Is RSPCA moving from animal welfare agenda to supporting animal rights? By WMNPBowern - The RSPCA is beset by controversy once more. Philip Bowern wonders how long standing supporters of the animal charity might feel about a shift towards an animal rights agenda?... (story)
Mail 1.6.14 Fury as animal rights activist and RSPCA trustee candidate compares treatment of animals on British farms to the HOLOCAUST By JENNIFER NEWTON - A candidate standing to be on the ruling council of the RSPCA has been criticised after likening the treatment of farm animals to the holocaust. Peta Watson Smith made the comments as candidates standing in the election are in the final push for votes, which have to be cast by Tuesday… But Lara Smallman director of the Jewish Vegetarian Society said that her comments will not help the vegetarian and animal cause… (story)

10.6.14

Western Daily Press 10.6.14 £3m was spent on policing badger cull - John Tuck was apparently upset that the Rev H Jones questioned the value of last summer's two pilot badger culls (Western Daily Press, June 7). Well, the whole 'scientific' cull was a total shambles… Martin Hancox Stroud, Gloucestershire (story)

Ulster Herald 10.6.14 Animal rights activists protest at Duffy’s Circus in Omagh - A GROUP of animal rights activists have condemned Tom Duffy’s Circus for its “exploitative” use of animals… Speaking to the TyroneHerald during one of the protests, June McCombs said the aim of the picket is to make people think about the concept of animals in circuses… Another of the activists, Catherine McSorely explained, “If one person goes home and thinks about what they’e seen in the circus, that’s what we want to achieve… (story)

9.6.14

Swindon Advertiser 9.6.14 Thanks so much - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Swindon for their generosity in raising £121.10 at a street collection on May 31… Marilyn Harrison, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator, Toothill, Swindon (letter)

Worcester News 9.6.14 Thousands join PETA in opposing chicken factory farm expansion - THE world's best known animal welfare campaign group has weighed into the row over plans to build a farm dubbed "chicken city" in the Worcestershire countryside. PETA, the international organisation of people for the ethical treatment of animals, has called for the planned new chicken farm, which would be able to house up to 160,000 birds at a time, to be "killed and buried"… (story)

8.6.14

Observer 8.6.14 Meadowland review – John Lewis-Stempel's fascinating field study - A year in the life of one English meadow offers a portrait of flora and fauna rare in its colour and drama - Tom Cox - In Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, John Lewis-Stempel charts a year in the life of a field on his farm on the Herefordshire border…. even if you don't approve of its author for shooting foxes and pheasants, he writes at such a powerful emotional level, you at least get a sense of his ambivalent feelings: he is, he says, the only person he knows who "has both hunted foxes on horseback and 'sabbed' fox hunts". The fact that he rears and eats livestock means he's that much closer to the animals he writes about, and able to describe the joy and sadness of life with them that much more powerfully… (story)
Mail 16.5.14 The meaning of life? You'll find it in a field By BEL MOONEY - MEADOWLAND by John Lewis-Stempel (Doubleday £14.99) - When the farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel was about ten, his father presented him with a stuffed fox — bought from the gun-smith’s in Hereford, which was closing down… Shooting a pheasant for the pot, he cannot but recall lines from Blake that cry out against the slaughter of innocent animals. Sometimes the sensitive writer and the farmer are at odds with each other; he comments wryly that he is the only person he knows who has both killed foxes and been a hunt saboteur…. (story)

7.6.14

CAMBRIDGE BADGER CULL MARCH
Cambridge News 7.6.14 Protest against 'barbaric' badger cull held in Cambridge Written by CHRIS HAVERGAL - Protesters gathered in Cambridge to oppose more culling of badgers across the UK this summer. About 50 activists joined the event today organised by Cambridgeshire Against the Badger Cull and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust…. The number of protesters was significantly down on the 200 expected by police, who laid on extra officers…. (story)
Varsity 7.6.14 Badger cull protest hits city centre by Daisy Hessenberger - It was a busy weekend in Cambridge for protests, with policemen positioned around Market Square in order to coordinate two separate demonstrations. Cambridge Against the Badger Cull drew around 60 people (and two dogs) to its cause despite the bad weather earlier in the day. Although Cambridge News had predicted that 200 people would participate, organisers said this was a good turnout and were not sure how the media had come up with that estimate… (story)
ITN 6.6.14 Anti-badger cull protest to take place in Cambridge… (story)
Cambridge News 4.6.14 Anti badger cull protest to be held in Cambridge - Written by LIZZY BUCHAN - Around 200 people are expected to take to the streets of Cambridge at the weekend to protest against badger culling. Extra police officers will be in place as campaigners gather at the Guildhall, in Market Square, on Saturday to demonstrate against the current government policy on badger culls…. (story)

Western Daily Press 7.6.14 Shooting is no way to prove your manhood - At last the truth is coming out – "NFU and shooters shouted at police" (Western Daily Press May 28). This comes as no surprise to me, or anyone else that legally protested against the badger killers. My question is, if the NFU members and the private killing firms were allowed in the silver command control room, why not members of the opposition?... M J Haines Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 7.6.14 Questions posed over policing of cull - Graham Forsyth Chard (letter)
Western Morning News 5.6.14 Questions posed over policing of cull - I was interested in, what I consider to be, the biased policing of the badger cull last year in West Somerset…. I and many others are concerned about the security of our personal data as members of the NFU, and this private cull company were present in the police control room during the night when the cull was taking place. So was any of our data transferred to third party organisations like the National Farmers’ Union, Countryside Alliance or the Country Land and Business Association?... by Graham Forsyth Chard (letter)

Southern Reporter 7.6.14 Jobs fears over Land Reform Review Group proposals - Reaction has been mixed to the final report of the Scottish Government’s independent Land Reform Review Group, published last week…. eeblesshire gamekeeper Alex Hogg, who chairs the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, fears job losses and said: “This is a state-centred programme of recommendations which, if implemented, would greatly discourage private investment... (and) will place a major burden on Scottish tax payers… Meanwhile, Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is concerned about the group’s recommendation that there be a limit on the area of land that can be held by private owners and it fears other comments could lead to farming, forestry and other land-based businesses no longer being exempt from non-domestic rates…. (story)
STV 24.5.14 Law call on land ownership limits and new powers on vacant plots - A new law should be brought in to limit how much land any single person can own in Scotland, a report has recommended. The Land Reform Review Group is also calling for councils to be given the right to force the sale of vacant or derelict plots…. The Scottish Countryside Alliance also expressed concerns over the plans, with the group's director Jamie Stewart saying: "We will take time to review the document in its entirety before making full comment but on first reading we are very concerned. (story)

6.6.14

Western Daily Press 6.6.14 Countryside Alliance: Broadband is the key to rural growth in the West By Tristan Cork - The proportion of people working from home in the West is higher than anywhere else in the country – and should increase Government urgency to roll-out superfast internet broadband to rural areas. That was the view of rural broadband campaigners at the Countryside Alliance, who said that the latest official figures showed almost one in five people in the West works in their own home…. (story)

BADGER CULL POLICING ROW
Western Daily Press 6.6.14 Controversial badger cull policing 'recommended as good practice' to other forces By TristanCork - Police chiefs have revealed inviting bosses from the NFU and the badger cull company into the police control room to help officers police the cull protests is ‘best practice’ and will be recommended to other forces if the badger cull is rolled out nationally. Senior officers at Avon & Somerset have robustly defended the move, which sparked controversy during the badger cull last year in west Somerset… (story)
Western Daily Press 30.5.14 MP Kerry McCarthy calls for farmers's reps to be banned from police control room during badger cull - A West MP has called for farmers' representatives and the culling company to be banned from the police control room when the cull resumes in Somerset later this summer. In a letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner of Avon & Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, Kerry McCarthy called for "transparent" policing of the cull and raised the "considerable concern" that the privacy of the people protesting was breached because their names and addresses were potentially available to the private firm they were protesting against… (story)
Western Daily Press 28.5.14 NFU and shooters 'shouted' at police over Somerset badger cull By Tristan Cork - The police communications operative talking to officers trying to police the badger cull in Somerset had representatives from the NFU and the private culling firm "shouting across" him in the control room as he tried to do his job, a leaked report has revealed.. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 28.5.14 Anti-badger cull protesters wants assurances over Gloucestershire Police's impartiality By Michael_Yong - Protesters are seeking assurances marksmen will not be allowed into Gloucestershire Police’s control room at this year’s badger cull. An investigation by Avon and Somerset Police earlier this year showed officers shared their control room in Portishead with cull operators HNV Associates and the National Farmers Union (NFU)…. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.5.14 Somerset NFU and badger cull company reps 'shouted across' police controllers - Carhampton badger cull scandal report reveals By TristanCork - The police communications operative talking to officers trying to police the badger cull in Somerset had representatives from the NFU and the private culling firm ‘shouting across’ him in the control room as he tried to do his job, a leaked report has revealed… (story)
Western Morning News 27.5.14 Cull company 'directed' police response - Avon and Somerset Police staff were “directed to deploy officers at the request of the contractors” during the badger cull, it has emerged…. a police investigation, seen by The Guardian, has raised new concerns about the level of cooperation. It was carried out after Christopher Tasker, a local man who had been “sett sitting” in October last year, made a complaint against the force… (story)
Western Daily Press 26.5.14 Police operation 'was directed' by Somerset badger cull firm and NFU By TristanCork - Representatives from the company carrying out the Somerset badger cull ‘directed’ police operations from within the police control centre on the nights the cull happened last autumn. That was the claim by a police communications worker who told an internal inquiry that he felt representatives from both the National Farmers’ Union and the private firm running the cull were ‘directing police operations’ from within the police’s own control centre…. (story)

Northern Echo 6.6.14 Pigeon Cruelty - IT is 70 years after D-Day, and now we find that intelligent, gentle pigeons, who were the first to relay messages of the successful Normandy beach landings, are being hurt and killed for “sport”. They are being released on the Continent to take their chances crossing the English Channel. For nothing more than a lark or a bet, pigeon racers now make these wonderful birds fly vast distances – sometimes up to 900 miles – in a race in which many, sometimes most, will perish at sea…. Ben Williamson, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), London. (letter)

5.6.14

Mid Sussex Times 5.6.14 Richard Greenwood: An influential force for good - Tributes have been pouring in after the sudden death of Richard Greenwood MBE DL who was found dead after a shooting incident…. he was a committee member of the British Field Sports Society (now the Countryside Alliance), a trustee of the Game Conservancy Trust, president of the Sussex branch of the Grenadier Guards Association, chairman of Sussex Young Cricketers, a past president of the Tennis & Rackets Association and founding member, membership secretary and treasurer of the Old Etonian Racquets and Tennis Club… (story)

Western Morning News 5.6.14 OPINION: National disgrace that is badger cull must be challenged By Dominic Dyer - The badger cull is a national disgrace and must be challenged in High Court, argues Dominic Dyer… (story)

4.6.14

Irish Examiner 4.6.14 Euro success boost for ending blood sports - A major milestone has been achieved in the campaign for animal protection with the election to the European Parliament of a candidate standing for Holland’s Party for the Animals… The rising strength of the animal protection lobby in Europe is heartening, but the election of a Party for the Animals candidate will surely signal a new phase in the campaign to end blood sports in the EU. John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

CAMPAIGN TO BAN METALLICA FROM GLASTONBURY
Telegraph 4.6.14 Glastonbury: Animal rights activists launch petition to ban Metallica - Festival goers attempt to stop Metallica headlining Glastonbury due to frontman’s association with bear-hunting By Katie Rosseinsky - An online petition has been launched by animal rights activists to ban Metallica from performing at Glastonbury later this month… (story)
Independent 4.6.14 Glastonbury 2014: Petition launched to ban Metallica over James Hetfield's bear-hunting - The frontman has sparked outrage among protesting animal rights activists - JESS DENHAM - Metallica’s headline slot at this summer’s Glastonbury is under fire due to frontman James Hetfield’s associations with bear-hunting…. (story)
Express 4.6.14 Animal rights activists attempt to ban Metallica from Glastonbury - Animal rights activists have launched an online petition to ban METALLICA from headlining the Glastonbury festival at the end of June (14) over frontman JAMES HETFIELD's love of hunting…. (story)
Guardian 4.6.14 Call to axe Metallica Glastonbury show after star voices TV series on bear hunt - Over 10,000 join online campaign calling for metal band to be axed as Glastonbury headliners, claiming frontman's stance on animal rights is 'incompatible' with the festival - Sean Michaels… (story)

M62 CHICKEN LORRY CRASH
Mirror 4.6.14 'Miracle' chicken caught in M62 crash found ALIVE near scene after three weeks By Luke Traynor - A ‘miracle’ chicken - one of 6,000 sent sprawling across a motorway after a lorry crash - has been renamed ‘Lucky’ after rescuers found it alive near the scene of the smash three weeks later…. Louise Fields said she was flabbergasted a chicken had managed to stay alive three weeks after the accident…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 14.5.14 Animal rights campaigners ask for memorial at M62 crash site where 1,500 chickens died By Pete Bainbridge - Thousands of birds were being transported in a HGV when it hit the central reservation of the M62 eastbound early this morning and spilt crates of chickens across the carriageway… The crash sparked an angry response from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who now want to place a memorial for the dead birds at the site…. (story)
Liverpool Echo 14.5.14 Calls for memorial to be placed at site of lorry crash which claimed lives of 1,500 chickens By Lorna Hughes - Birds were killed when the HGV smashed into a safety barrier on the M62 near Warrington this morning - Animal rights campaigners are calling for a memorial to be placed at the site of a lorry crash which claimed the lives of about 1,500 chickens…. (story)

3.6.14

Cornish Guardian 3.6.14 Mystery over dead badger cubs By cg_graham - People living near Longstone have been disturbed by the sight of three dead badger cubs which appear to have been placed deliberately in the road. The tiny cubs, not more than a few weeks old, lay by the side of the road between Longstone and St Mabyn for nearly a week before local resident Nick Henderson cleared them away…. (story)

Western Daily Press 3.6.14 Hundreds of badgers may have drowned, the Humane Society claims - The Humane Society claims hundreds of badgers may have drowned in the floods that devastated the Somerset Levels earlier this year. The animal protection organisation makes the claim in support of its efforts to prevent the badger cull re-starting… (story)
Western Morning News 3.6.14 Anti-badger cull group wants flood zone badger survey - The Humane Society claims hundreds of badgers may have drowned in the floods that devastated the Somerset Levels earlier this year…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 3.6.14 Jan Creamer: A chance to end cruelty at the circus - TOMORROW the Queen will reveal the legislative priorities for the Government over the coming year. This will be the last opportunity for the Government to deliver on its promise to ban wild animals in circuses before we go to the polls…. (story)

Coventry Telegraph 3.6.14 'Eating anything by killing is irreligious, unspiritual and unaesthetic' Re: Colin Walker’s letter, ‘Killing for food is not murder’ (Letters, May 30). It seems to me that killing animals for eating is not very far away from killing human beings… T S Pabla, Pembury Avenue, Longford (letter)

2.6.14

Irish Examiner 2.6.14 Gaping omission in animal welfare legislation - Gina Hetherington of PAWS was privileged to get an invitation to Minister Coveney’s animal welfare conference held recently in Dublin Castle (Letters, May 29) Many of us campaigning against barbaric cruelty to animals, such as bloodsports, were excluded from the conference and were outside the gates of Dublin Castle protesting, while bloodsports enthusiasts received invitations from the minister, such as foxhunters and the spade and terrier brigade… Aideen Yourell Irish Council Against Blood Sports Mullingar Co Westmeath (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.6.14 Cuckoos are target for Maltese gunmen - I can well understand Bill Short's delight in hearing the cuckoo recently… another serious threat comes from further afield, namely from the islands of Malta and Gozo. Each spring, cuckoos and other migratory birds are blasted out of the skies by shooters in Malta on the bird's return from Africa… Colin Fountain Moreton, Dorset (letter)

GREAT BADGER TRAIL
Western Daily Press 2.6.14 Downton Abbey star Peter Egan attacks Princess Anne over horse meat suggestion - Star of Downton Abbey Peter Egan has launched a stinging attack on Princess Anne's controversial suggestion people should eat horse meat to improve standards of animal welfare…. Scores of activists, some dressed in badger costumes and waving placards bearing the animal's black and white face, took to the streets of central London to demand the Government abandon its "inhumane" programme…. (story)
MSN News 1.6.14 Egan: Anne's horse remarks shocking - Downton Abbey star Peter Egan has launched a stinging attack on Princess Anne's controversial suggestion people should eat horse meat to improve standards of animal welfare…. speaking at a badger cull protest rally outside the Houses of Parliament, Egan branded the royal's comments "shocking"…. Asked about the badger cull, he added: "It has been totally mismanaged. They have ignored all the scientific evidence which proves the cull wouldn't and couldn't work."… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 1.6.14 Pictures: Hundreds of protesters against badger cull in Gloucestershire march towards Westminster By Michael_Yong - Crowds of protesters joined in a 112-mile march against the badger cull last weekend. Hundreds of people people accompanied 12 protesters in London on Saturday after their 10-day walk from Gloucester, through Cheltenham… Organiser Julie Buxton said the walkers had suffered downpours, blisters, flat batteries and rejection from campsites as they made their way to the capital… (story)
Maidenhead Advertiser 30.5.14 Applause for anti-badger cull protesters as they arrive in Maidenhead - A passionate group of anti-badger cull protesters were applauded by Maidonians as they arrived in the High Street on their 112 mile march from Gloucester to Westminster. The determined dozen and Shadow the dog hobbled into the town centre on Wednesday evening after seven days of walking… Lead walker Ama Menec is also chair of TBVAC, an organisation which vaccinates badgers, and strongly believes the culls are a political issue. The 49-year-old said: “I think this is about the government getting on the right side of the Countryside Alliance and has got nothing to do with TB…. (story)
Oxford Mail 27.5.14 Badger cull protest - People opposed to the Government’s badger cull marched through Oxfordshire on their way to London…. (story)
Sheffield Star 26.5.14 Anti-badger cull protest - An anti badger-cull protester is marching more than 100 miles to raise awareness of the ‘brutal and cruel’ policy… Jessie Daniels, from Cantley, has enlisted the support of MP Rosie Winterton…. (story)
Doncaster Free Press 23.5.14 Anti-badger cull protestor to march 100 miles - An anti-badger cull protester will march more than 100 miles to raise awareness of the ‘brutal and cruel’ policy…. Jessie Daniels, from Cantley, has enlisted the support MP, Rosie Winterton who has also called on the government to abandon the cull…. (story)
Maidenhead Advertiser 23.5.14 Anti-badger cull protesters to march through Maidenhead - Anti-badger cull protesters will be marching through Maidenhead High Street on Wednesday, May 28, to oppose what they believe is a ‘brutal and barbaric’ Government policy… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 22.5.14 Campaigners against badger cull march from Gloucestershire to London By Michael_Yong - Protesters against the badger cull in Gloucestershire are taking their fight to the Government’s doorstep. Twelve anti-cull campaigners this morning started a 10-day walk from Gloucester to London to highlight their concerns… Organised by wildlife campaigner Julie Buxton and Ama Menec, chairwoman of The Totnes Badger Vaccination Action Campaign (TBVAC) the team hopes to encourage more to join in the fight against the cull…. (story)
BBC News Online 22.5.14 Anti-badger cull campaigners march from Gloucester to London - A group of anti-badger cull campaigners have begun a 10-day walk to raise money and awareness for their cause. The walkers are being led by Devon-based wildlife sculptor Ama Menec along a 112-mile (180km) route from Gloucester to Westminster… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 18.5.14 Anti-badger cull campaigners to walk from Gloucester to London - ANTI-BADGER cull protesters will walk from Gloucester to London to highlight what they feel is a ‘brutal and barbaric’ Government policy. The determined dozen will walk 112 miles to raise awareness of alternative ways to tackle TB in cattle, promote the need for increased biosecurity on farms and hold demonstrations and other events as they go. The Great Badger Trail will also raise funds for Stop the Cull. Organiser Julie Buxton said: “The Great Badger Trail shows the determination of the people in the Stop the Cull movement… (story)
Dorset Echo 17.5.14 WITH VIDEO: Protesters march against badger culls - A CRY rang out above Dorchester as hundreds gathered to protest against badger culls. Organisers of the peaceful march say they want to help farmers tackle the spread of bovine TB through methods that don’t mean badgers have to die. Shoppers looked on as between 400 to 500 people from across the country marched through High West Street and South Street… (story)
ITV 15.5.14 Badger Army protest comes to Dorchester - A peaceful, family friendly protest against the government’s unpopular badger cull, which will return to Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer, will take place in Dorchester on Saturday. Organised by Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare, the event welcomes people of all ages to take part in a walk through the town centre… (story)
Dorset Echo 9.5.14 Badger cull protesters to march through Dorchester - CAMPAIGNERS protesting against the badger cull will march through Dorchester on Saturday May 17. Organised by Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW), and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, organisers want people of all ages to take part in a walk through the town centre. Speakers will include leading anti-cull spokesperson Dominic Dyer and Dorset Badger Vaccination Project…. (story)
FarmingUK 9.5.14 Anti-badger cull march to take place in Dorchester - A march against the badger cull on Saturday 17 May has been organised by the Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW). The group said the march was to support those facing a 'tough summer' in Somerset and Gloucestershire protecting badgers…. (story)

Western Daily Press 2.6.14 Badger cull letters make me smile - I had a wry smile at recent letters continuing the dialogue of the dumb and deaf wildly mis-informed badger culls debate… Mr Paterson continues to claim no country has ever eradicated TB without tackling the wildlife reservoir. Spectacularly untrue, Scotland and Switzerland did…. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practise to deceive. M Hancox Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

1.6.14

Western Morning News 1.6.14 Politics is getting in the way of tackling UK’s worst rural crisis - Flaming June may have started drizzly and damp. But it is about to hot up. The pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire can officially begin again from June 1 and already the anti-cull protesters are limbering up for a fight. How depressing… Given the gravity of the TB crisis, it should not be like this. Farming families are suffering, taxpayers are facing a £1 billion bill to pay for the disease and wildlife, pets and even people are at risk… (story)