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31.3.09

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 31.3.09 Beauford hunt honours retiring field master Mike Tucker - WITH the hunt season coming to a close, Beaufort Hunt presented retiring Monday country field master, Mike Tucker - the well known BBC commentator - with a special wine-serving gift… (story)

Kent Messenger 31.3.09 Anger after badgers caught in snare by Gerry Warren - Three badgers have been found cruelly snared in the Petham area in the last month. Members of the East Kent Badger Group are investigating the incidents and believe the same offender may be responsible. Justin and Jean Piper from the group were out walking their dogs near the grounds of Petham House when they found a young female trapped in a wire snare… (story)

30.3.09

Irish Times 30.3.09 Cruelty of 'blooding' greyhounds - JOHN FITZGERALD, (Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports), Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Independent 27.3.09 'Blooding' is simply too cruel - Listeners to RTE's 'Liveline' this week will have been shocked by the graphic account of cruelty given by a caller who witnessed blooding of greyhounds with live rabbits. This practice is widespread in Ireland, and an integral part of both greyhound racing and hare coursing…. John Fitzgerald, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 30.3.09 We must stop animal horror - Regarding the refusal by the council for animal activists to hold their flag day. If pictures shown by them depicting animal experiments are too distressing to the general public, then these horrific and cruel senseless practices on animals must be stopped. Jean Duff, Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes
Wrong to censor cruelty pictures - I was very disappointed to read (The Gazette, March 16) that Blackpool Council has chosen not to allow animal aid to hold a flag day in the town centre because the pictures depicting animal experiments are considered too distressing… Mrs Pat Price, Lytham Road, Blackpool (letters)

ThisIsSomerset 30.3.09 Cows ready for take-off? - One opponent of the city council's plan to produce its own meat supply claims it would be "like opening a new runway at an airport" – because of the greenhouse gas emissions caused when cows break wind and burp… (story)
Bristol Evening Post 28.3.09 Bristol cows 'as damaging as airports' - Plans to graze cattle in a Bristol park to provide beef for city schools have come under fire from vegans and environmental campaigners. One opponent of the city council plan to produce its own meat supply claims it would be "like opening a new runway at an airport" – because of the greenhouse gas emissions caused when cows break wind and burp… Organiser of the Bristol Vegan Fayre Tim Barford, 45, of Blackboy Hill, condemned the proposals as environmentally unfriendly and unhealthy… Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy (Labour), who is also a vegan, raised the issue of methane-producing cows in Parliament this week… (story)

29.3.09

Horse & Hound 29.3.09 Country sports outfitter Oliver Brown beats the credit crunch - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - London-based hunting, shooting and country outfitter Oliver Brown is "overturning the credit crunch" by doing a roaring trade over the past season…. Mr Robson said he has sold a "great deal of hunting kit", including "breeches by the 100s". "We've even sold right out of hunt coats," he said. "I can only imagine it's because hunting is a growing sport, and country folk are actually making some money, thank goodness…. (story)

Dorset Echo 29.3.09 Beware the non-vegetarian recipe - On the Taste page in the Echo last Monday, there was a recipe for Tomato and Mushroom Risotto with Toasted Hazelnuts. Being a vegetarian, I am always interested in new recipes, (which are not always that appetising), so I read this one. I was disappointed to see that the ingredients included freshly grated Parmesan cheese…. Anna Owen, Martleaves Close, Wyke Regis. (letter)

28.3.09

Horse & Hound 28.3.09 Repeal only option for 'tattered' Hunting Act Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Calls for the Hunting Act to be repealed are coming thick and fast from across the pro- and anti-hunting divide, following the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) decision to drop charges in another high-profile action for unlawful hunting… The CPS announced on Thursday (19 March) that it was abandoning proceedings against the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (D&S) in the wake of the High Court's decision on the burden of proof (news, 12 February). It follows the exoneration of Heythrop huntsman Julian Barnfield last week…. (story)

Times 28.3.09 Animal testing fears are simply ‘ludicrous’ - Claims by some scientists (report, Mar 26) that medical research into conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Aids will be “closed down” if EU laboratory animal protection is improved are ludicrous… In an attempt to whip up alarm, however, industry scaremongering disingenuously focuses on illnesses such as Aids that would never be covered by this measure… Wendy Higgins, Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (letter)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 28.3.09 Badger baiting suspects strike in Holme Valley - BADGER baiters are thought to have struck in the Holme Valley. Kirklees Badger Group (KBG) found blood around a sett which had been dug up earlier this month. Now KBG is urging the public to report any suspicious activity to the organisation, West Yorkshire Police or the RSPCA…. (story)

MorpethHerald 28.3.09 Does conservation need culling? - I suspect that in last week's article headlined 'Trapped grey squirrel was carrying pox', Norris Atthey means that the blood sample from the trapped grey squirrel contained antibodies showing that it had resisted squirrel-pox virus (SQPV) rather than being an active carrier. His view that grey squirrels can only transmit squirrel-pox virus to reds and ignoring that reds can transmit it to other reds, is based on a flawed and prejudicial agenda… ANGUS MACMILLAN, Dunbartonshire Scotland (letter)

27.3.09

HIGH COURT RULES ON EXMOOR AND DEVON & SOMERSET TEST CASES
Somerset County Gazette 27.3.09 Huntsmen's delight as case dropped - THE Hunting Act cannot be repealed soon enough, according to the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance following another unsuccessful prosecution attempt. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped charges brought against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds… (story)
Western Morning News 23.3.09 Hunting ban charges dropped - THE repeal of the controversial hunting ban "cannot come soon enough" after charges brought against three members of a stag hunt were dropped, the Countryside Alliance has claimed. In 2006, three men from the Devon and Somerset Staghounds were charged with breaching the Hunting Act, which came into force a year earlier. Maurice Scott, joint huntmaster, huntsman Donald Summersgill and Peter Heard, a whipper-in, pleaded not guilty on the grounds their hunting was "exempt" and therefore legal…. (story)
Horsemart 23.3.09 Devon and Somerset hunt case collapses - The prosecution of three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds for illegal hunting has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. Master Maurice Scott, Huntsman Donald Summersgill and Whipper-in Peter Heard have been cleared of all charges…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 22.3.09 Hunt supporters say decision to drop charges against three hunt masters proves ban has failed - Hunt supporters have hailed a decision to drop charges of illegal hunting against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds as evidence that the ban has failed and leads to "confusion, cost and conflict". By David Harrison (story)
Sunday Telegraph 22.3.09 Hunting law should be run to ground - Telegraph View: Act has failed and deserves to be repealed - The Hunting Act is a bad law which has comprehensively failed and deserves to be repealed. The two highest-profile prosecutions brought under its provisions have now collapsed… This Act discredits the British statute book. It was a sop by New Labour to its unreconstructed Left and occupied an extravagant 700 hours of parliamentary time: while bankers were being deregulated, with disastrous consequences, our legislators were preoccupied with interfering in the legitimate recreation of rural communities…. (story)
Telegraph 21.3.09 Charges against huntsmen dropped - Charges of illegal hunting against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have been dropped, a decision described by the Countryside Alliance as further evidence that the ban has failed. By Richard Savill - The case against joint-master Maurice Scott, huntsman Donald Summersgill, and whipper-in Peter Heard is the second under the Hunting Act to be dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service this month… The CPS said yesterday that in the light of a High Court ruling in February, that it was for the prosecution to prove a hunt was not carrying out exempt hunting, it would drop the case…. (story)
Horse & Hound 19.3.09 'A huge relief for hunting' — D&S Staghounds charges dropped - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The prosecution of members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (D&S) for unlawful hunting has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The case against D&S joint-master Maurice Scott, huntsman Donald Summersgill and whipper-in Peter Heard had been on hold following a High Court ruling on exempt hunting in February. Now the CPS has said that in the light of that ruling, which put the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove a hunt was not carrying out exempt hunting, they would drop the case… (story)
Somerset County Gazette 16.3.09 CPS decision leaves hunt law 'in a mess' By Lloyd Vaughan - THE Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to contest a High Court ruling in favour of an Exmoor huntsman has fatally weakened the Hunting Act, according to hunt supporters. Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was the first person to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004, which bans hunting with hounds, after being filmed apparently chasing a fox with dogs… (story)
Western Daily Press 5.3.09 Hunting ban judgment will not be appealed - Huntsmen will be allowed to 'search' for foxes and won't have to prove their hunting is exempt, after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to appeal last month's controversial High Court judgment on the hunting ban. The CPS said it would now review the outstanding cases against accused huntsmen, including that against the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and the Heythrop in Gloucestershire, but warned this did not mean the Hunting Act was dead… Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright is now officially innocent – one of the two aspects of the High Court ruling covered his drawn-out case… Heythrop hunt master Julian Barnfield faces two different cases, and one of those is thought to be affected by the ruling…. (story)
Evening Standard 4.3.09 Victory for hunters as CPS says hounds can 'search' for foxes - Martin Bentham - Prosecutors today dropped an attempt to tighten the law on hunting with dogs in a key legal decision that is likely to reduce significantly the number of people taken to court. In a ruling that will be seen as a victory for pro-hunting campaigners, the Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided not to challenge a High Court verdict that allows huntsmen to use dogs to "search for" foxes to flush them out into the open…. (story)
Horse & Hound 4.3.09 Hunting Act 'fatally weakened' by decision not to appeal - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will not appeal last month's High Court ruling over the Hunting Act. In February, just days before the fourth anniversary of the Hunting Act, the High Court delivered a landmark ruling rendering much of the highly controversial legislation virtually worthless…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.3.09 Prosecutors drop huntsman appeal - The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will not contest a High Court ruling in favour of a huntsman filmed apparently chasing a fox with dogs. Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was the first person to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004, which bans hunting with hounds… Other trials, including one involving men from the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, have been put on hold while the ruling was awaited… (story)
CPS press release 4.3.09 CPS decides not to refer hunting cases to House of Lords - The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to appeal to the House of Lords following a judgement on two hunting cases made in the High Court, which included clarification of the term "hunts" in the Hunting Act 2004…. (story)
Times 17.2.09 Burden of proof in cases concerning foxhunting - Queen’s Bench Divisional Court - Director of Public Prosecutions v Wright Regina (Scott) v Taunton Deane Magistrates Court - Before Sir Anthony May, President and Mr Justice Maddison - Judgment February 4, 2009 - The expression “hunt” a wild mammal with a dog in section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004 did not include the activity of searching for a wild animal for the purpose of stalking or flushing it. The combined effect of section 101 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980 and the provisions of the 2004 Act was not such as to place a legal burden of proof on the defendant to prove the exemptions set out in Schedule 1 to the 2004 Act, although there was an evidential burden on the defendant to adduce an evidential case which raised an issue whether his activity was exempt… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 12.2.09 Hunt supporters say ruling is 'nail in coffin' of ban - MID Devon hunt supporters have welcomed a ruling which they say will make successful prosecutions under the hunting ban far more difficult…. Michael Moore, joint master of the East Devon Hunt, which hunts an area between Exeter and Tiverton, described the ruling as the "final nail in the coffin" for a "flawed piece of legislation"…. (story)
Melton Times 10.2.09 Foxhunting ruling: Both sides claim victory By Ben Truslove - : Both sides of the divisive foxhunting issue have claimed a court ruling on the sport as a victory. Five years after the controversial Hunting Act was passed, a ruling by the High Court last week said searching for foxes with hounds was legal as long as they were not chased… Today Rad Thomas, spokesman for the Quorn Hunt, one of three hunts to meet in Melton, welcomed the ruling… (story)
Western Morning News 5.2.09 Legal blow to hunting ban - THE first man prosecuted for hunting foxes says he is delighted with a High Court ruling expected to make it more difficult to bring prosecutions under the Government's controversial hunting ban. Tony Wright, from the Exmoor Hunt, said yesterday's test case judgment was a "big step in the right direction" for hunt supporters…. Tim Hayden, of law firm Clarke Willmott, which is representing the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, said the ruling would come as a "great relief" to those who hunted legally… (story)
Scotsman 5.2.09 Pro-hunt campaigners welcome court judgment on ban - THE Countryside Alliance has welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting that it says will make it harder to prosecute huntsmen successfully under the government's ban…. (story)
Somerset County Gazette 5.2.09 Court clarifies law on hunting By Lloyd Vaughan - HUNTING laws were branded ‘pointless’ by campaigners yesterday (Wednesday) after a landmark High Court judgment in the case of an Exmoor huntsman…(story)
Times 5.2.09 ‘I had no idea that I was doing anything illegal’ - Case study: Tony Wright - The path to the High Court began three years ago on a stretch of farmland on the Devon and Somerset border. On April 29, 2005 the Exmoor Foxhounds, led by their master, Tony Wright, gathered at Pray Way Head for one of the first meets since the Hunting Act came into force two months earlier…. More than a year later, in December 2007, Mr Wright’s conviction was overturned at Exeter Crown Court… Last year, the Crown Prosecution Service asked the High Court to clarify that confusion on two points. It wanted the court to agree that the Act’s definition of hunting with dogs included using them to “search for” a wild animal. It also argued that it was up to a defendant to prove that he was hunting using one of the Act’s exceptions, rather than up to the prosecution to prove that he was not. After the CPS lost on both points yesterday, Mr Wright likened his case to “a Millwall supporter putting on a football shirt in his own home and being arrested on the assumption of beating up other supporters”…. (story)
Times 5.2.09 Country people got over the affront and carried on - Commentary: Clive Aslet - Before the Hunting Act was passed by Westminster four years ago, I thought that England and Wales were about to suffer an apocalypse… But blow me, the apocalypse never materialised. Country people got over the affront. More people are now hunting than ever before. Outwardly the sport seems little changed by an Act that has more holes in it than Gruyère cheese…. (story)
Times 5.2.09 Hunt sabotage - The High Court rules for freedom and common sense - If hard cases make bad law, new Labour's attempts to ban foxhunting have been a spectacular example. The Hunting Act 2004 has proved virtually unenforceable… The ruling is a victory for Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, and the first man to be prosecuted for hunting foxes. It is also a victory for common sense… New Labour spent seven years talking to Islington about a sport that provided many countryside livelihoods. Ministers have now gone to ground, and are unlikely to break cover. Rightly so. The hunting ban was unnecessary meddling in an issue in which Parliament had no need to intervene. (leader)
Times 5.2.09 Hunting prosecutions to go ahead after legal clarification - FRANCES GIBB, SAM COATES AND VALERIE ELLIOTT - It set the countryside against the city, Tory against Labour, Commons against Lords, royalty against commoner and neighbour against neighbour… Yesterday, five years after the divisive Bill was forced through Parliament, huntsman were finally rejoicing: the Hunting Act 2004 was “fatally weakened” and would, they claim, have to be repealed. .. In the case at the centre of the legal dispute, which has in itself ground on for nearly four years, a huntsman had been filmed apparently chasing a fox with dogs… The Crown Prosecution Service then asked the High Court to clarify the law. Yesterday Sir Anthony May, President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, and Mr Justice Maddison ruled that Mr Wright’s acquittal should stand… The Countryside Alliance welcomed the ruling and said that it had “won on everything essentially”… Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It is really a victory for clarity in the law. Where people said there was doubt, there is now no doubt… The ruling by the judges may also not be the end of Mr Wright’s predicament. The CPS confirmed that it was considering an appeal… (story)
Torquay Herald Express 4.2.09 Hunting definition ruling welcomed - The Countryside Alliance welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting which it says will make it more difficult to successfully prosecute huntsmen under the Government's hunt ban… (story)
North Devon Journal 4.2.09 High Court backs Exmoor huntsman - The first huntsman to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act has been given a final High Court ruling in his favour. In a complex case, Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was first found guilty of hunting a wild animal with dogs after a £65,000 private prosecution was brought by the League Against Cruel Sports in 2006…. (story)
Western Daily Press 4.2.09 Victory for the hunters - The ban on hunting is effectively dead in the water after a crucial High Court ruling went in favour of two West hunts. A ruling on Wednesday (February 4) over the Tony Wright case and the biggest remaining prosecution against the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH), means anti-hunt campaigners and prosecutors will find it even harder bringing a successful case against hunts… (story)
Daily Mail 4.2.09 Countryside Alliance jubilant as High Court ruling makes hunting ban 'even weaker' By Michael Lea - Foxhunting supporters claimed a major legal victory tonight over the law banning their sport. A High Court judgment clarifying the definition of hunting effectively reduces the scope of the Hunting Act and makes prosecutions more difficult, they said… Kerry Barker, of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the judges that 'hunt' must mean 'hunting for or searching for'. He said: 'If searching for a wild mammal with dogs is not illegal, then it is difficult to see how Parliament's intention of preventing cruelty and bringing an end to the sport of hunting can be met.' But Sir Anthony May, president of the Queen's Bench Division, and Mr Justice Maddison ruled that hunting did not include mere 'searching for' an animal…. (story)
Daelnet 4.2.09 High Court delivers blow to Hunting Act - The High Court has today upheld the quashing of a guilty verdict in the case of the first huntsman to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act - rejecting an appeal by the Crown Prosecution Service…. (story)
Telegraph 4.2.09 Hunting defined by high court ruling - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting which it says will make it more difficult to successfully prosecute huntsmen under the Government's hunt ban…(story)
Telegraph 4.2.09 The Hunting Act always was unworkable When a law is as flawed as this one, it undermines the credibility of all others and should be repealed. - Telegraph View - The Hunting Act 2004 was always a vindictive piece of legislation, whereby the predominantly urban-based Labour Party demonstrated its ignorance of the countryside and a contempt for the people who live there. It was an abuse of power that took up more parliamentary time than any other issue for generations…. (story)
Telegraph 4.2.09 Ruling will make prosecution of those hunting legally more difficult - By Simon Hart - A few weeks after the Hunting Act came into force in February 2005 Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds in Somerset, took two hounds from his kennels near the tiny village of Simonsbath to hunt high up on the moor…. Six months later he was served with a summons to face a private prosecution by an animal rights group…. CPS argued that it should be for people like Mr Wright to prove that they were hunting legally and that the mere act of searching for a mammal should be included in the offence of ‘hunting’. On Wednesday the High Court rejected that appeal and upheld the judgment that acquitted Tony Wright. In legal terms the judgment limits the definition of ‘hunting’ to the pursuit of a mammal with dogs; it upholds the presumption of innocence for people involved in legal hunting by putting the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove that any hunting is illegal; and it confirms that ‘hunting’ can only be intentional – you cannot hunt by accident…. (story)
Telegraph 4.2.09 Hunt ban 'weakened' after High Court upholds appeal By Richard Savill - The Countryside Alliance welcomed the ruling in favour of Tony Wright and said it would make it harder to successfully prosecute huntsmen under the legislation introduced five years ago. Two High Court judges found that the use of dogs to "search for" a wild mammal in order to stalk it or flush it out was not in breach of the Act. Mr Wright, 54, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was therefore successful in his defence that he had not broken the law despite being filmed twice in 2005 apparently chasing a fox with dogs… (story)
Country Life 4.2.09 Those accused under hunt ban ‘innocent until proven guilty’ - Kate Green - The High Court has confirmed today that a person accused of breaching the hunting ban is ‘innocent until proven guilty’. This means that the burden of proof will lie with with anti-hunting brigade and will make the prosecution of Hunting Act offences much more difficult… (story)
ITN 4.2.09 Alliance welcomes hunting ruling - A High Court ruling has made successfully prosecuting hunters who flout the ban virtually impossible, the Countryside Alliance has claimed… In two test cases, the ruling clarified that "hunting" a wild mammal under the 2005 ban, did not include "searching for" an animal in order to stalk it or flush it out. The ruling also said that in the case of exemptions to the ban - the prosecution had to prove one did not apply and not for defendants to show they were exempt… (story)
Farmers' Guardian 4.2.09 Countryside Alliance attacks ‘pointless’ Hunting Act - THE Countryside Alliance has attacked the Hunting Act after the Crown Prosecution Service lost its appeal against the acquittal of the first man to be prosecuted under the legislation. Huntsman Tony Wright was originally prosecuted for an alleged offence weeks after the Act came into force in February 2005. Mr Wright’s conviction was then overturned in Exeter Crown Court and the CPS subsequently appealed that judgment… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.2.09 Ruling welcomed on definition of hunting - THE Countryside Alliance today welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting which it says will make it more difficult to successfully prosecute huntsmen under the Government's hunt ban. The ruling follows two test cases, one of which involves Tony Wright, huntsman to the Exmoor Foxhounds, and the first man to be prosecuted for hunting foxes… The second case involves men from the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, including hunt master Maurice Scott, 63; hunt servant, Peter Heard, 23, and huntsman Donald Summersgill. The case was referred to the High Court to settle points of law before their trial continues at Taunton Deane Magistrates' Court…(story)
Horse & Hound 4.2.09 High Court delivers landmark ruling: hunts are innocent until proven guilty - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The High Court has ruled this morning that prosecutions under the Hunting Act should be handled as "innocent until proven guilty". The landmark judgment will affect all prosecutions under the Hunting Act from now on, and some retrospectively, including that of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.2.09 Pro-hunters welcome court ruling - The Countryside Alliance claims a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting in England and Wales will make it harder to prosecute huntsmen…. (story)
Ealing Times 4.2.09 Hunting definition ruling welcomed © Press Association 2008 - The Countryside Alliance welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting which it says will make it more difficult to successfully prosecute huntsmen under the Government's hunt ban… The ruling, handed down by Sir Anthony May, president of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, and Mr Justice Maddison has been keenly awaited by both pro and anti-hunt campaigners (story)
TeleText 4.2.09 Hunting group welcomes ruling - The Countryside Alliance has welcomed a High Court ruling on the definition of hunting... It said two judges ruled "hunting" a wild mammal under the 2004 Hunting Act does not include "searching for" an animal in order to flush it out. The judges also said prosecutors need to show evidence that hunting was "intentional" and not "accidental". (story)
Horse & Hound 24.12.08 Judges to thrash out Hunting Act confusion - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Top judges will spend the Christmas period grappling with questions that will affect all prosecutions under the Hunting Act 2004, following a hearing in London on 16 December… The questions have arisen because of anomalies thrown up during the prosecutions of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright and three hunt staff of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (D&S) (news, 3 January)… (story)
Western Morning News 17.12.08 High Court debate on hunt ban - TWO famous Westcountry hunts are involved in High Court test cases which could have important implications for the Government's ban on hunting. The court was asked yesterday to decide what actually constitutes hunting and how the law on exemptions from the ban should be applied…. One of the test cases at London's High Court involves Tony Wright, huntsman to the Exmoor Foxhounds, the first man to be prosecuted for hunting foxes… The second case involves men from the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, including hunt master Maurice Scott, hunt servant Peter Heard and huntsman Donald Summersgill. The case was referred to the High Court to settle points of law before their trial continues at Taunton Magistrates Court. Other similar cases, including those involving the Isle of Wight and Heythrop hunts, are on hold pending the High Court laying down guidelines… (story)
Horse & Hound 6.11.08 'Hunting' to be defined by the High Court in December - Abi Butcher, H&H news editor - THE definition of "hunting" will be clarified by the High Court next month — in a case that will set a precedent for what activity is legal under the Hunting Act. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) wants the High Court to decide whether a judge correctly interpreted parts of the Act in overturning the conviction of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright last December… (story)
TONY WRIGHT OF EXMOOR FOXHOUNDS ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL HUNTING
Times 27.12.07 Prosecution of hunting on hold as 300,000 meet for Boxing Day - VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - The Crown Prosecution Service is appealing to the High Court over the acquittal of a man convicted of hunting illegally with dogs. Tony Wright won his appeal last month on a point of law and lawyers for the Government are now asking senior judges to clarify where the burden of proof should lie in cases where people are accused of illegal hunting... About 300,000 people turned out for traditional Boxing Day meets at 314 hunts yesterday to show that the sport is as popular as ever, despite the ban introduced nearly three years ago.... (story)
Horse & Hound 7.12.07 Judge Graham Cottle delivers the Wright verdict for hunting - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright last week won his appeal against his 2006 conviction of hunting illegally. Exeter County Court Judge Graham Cottle said he believed Wright had made "every effort to comply" with the Hunting Act. But significantly for other hunts facing court action over illegal hunting, the judge decided at the start of the appeal that it was up to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prove that Tony Wright was not hunting within an exemption, rather than putting the onus on Mr Wright to prove that he was.... (story)
Somerset County Gazette 6.12.07 Huntsman wins court battle - A PROFESSIONAL huntsman based near Minehead who has successfully overturned the first conviction under the Hunting Act says he always believed he would clear his name... (story)
North Devon Journal 6.12.07 HUNTSMAN'S CONVICTION OVERTURNED -The first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act, has had his conviction overturned.As news spread of the upholding of Tony Wright's appeal, well-wishers from as far afield as Lancashire and Guernsey were quick to post messages of congratulations on the Exmoor Foxhounds website - the hunt to which Mr Wright belongs... (story)
Horse & Hound 6.12.07 Hunting community's faith in Judicial system restored - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The hunting community has restored faith in the British Judicial system, following the overturning of Tony Wright's conviction for illegal hunting..... (story)
Western Daily Press 5.12.07 HUNTING BAN: IS THIS THE END? It was a verdict that sent a shockwave through both sides of the hunting debate - bewildered horror from opponents, and relieved joy from the hunts... The Western Daily Press can today reveal that the Crown Prosecution Service is almost certain to appeal the judge's verdict... an insider said: "It's quite likely an appeal will happen. We all want to establish exactly what is or isn't illegal. It's likely that whoever loses each time will keep appealing so it will go all the way to the House of Lords.... (story)
Western Mail 4.12.07 Hunting conviction overturned - The first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act has won his appeal. Tony Wright, 53, a huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, appealed against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates Court last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs... Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court last week allowed the appeal saying he was satisfied Mr Wright had proved he reasonably believed he had put in place safeguards to ensure compliance... (story)
Western Mail 4.12.07 Farming comment by Steve Dube, Western Mail - NEWS that the legality of the Hunting Act will be settled by European judges came as a judge overturning the first conviction of a huntsman. The League Against Cruel Sports filmed Tony Wright on Exmoor hunting with two dogs in April 2005... Whatever you think of hunting, the ban was an unsavoury business from the start, inspired by simplistic urban sensitivities and a £1m donation to the Labour Party by a specially created alliance called the Political Animal Lobby. It all leaves one wondering whether these people haven’t got better things to do with their time – and everybody else’s (story)
Western Daily Press 4.12.07 LAW'S BARKING-MAD LOOPHOLES - Mps should hang their heads in shame at the utter shambles they made of the Act of Parliament designed to outlaw hunting with dogs.The Government spent years ("wasted" might be a more appropriate word) getting this legislation through Parliament.... And then it was, and remains, so full of loopholes that a judge has said that it is virtually impossible to bring a conviction against anyone accused of breaking this law... It was brought in only as a "class" issue because in this country, unlike in France, the opponents of hunting regard the sport as a recreation confined to toffs.... (story)
Sunday Telegraph 2.12.07 Hunting ban 'lies in tatters' unenforceable' By Jonathan Wynne-Jones - The ban on hunting has been left in tatters after a judge suggested it was virtually impossible to bring a conviction against those accused of breaking the law. Legislation introduced in 2005 to outlaw hunting with dogs is too difficult "to interpret or apply" said Judge Graham Cottle, as he upheld an appeal from the first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Act... Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was successful in his defence that he had not broken the law despite being filmed twice in 2005 apparently chasing a fox with dogs.... (story)
Guardian 1.12.07 Judge says law on hunting not easy to follow - Steven Morris - A judge yesterday criticised the Hunting Act as he allowed the appeal of the first fox hunter convicted of breaching the controversial law. Judge Graham Cottle said the law that forbids the hunting of animals with dogs was "far from simple to interpret or apply".... Tony Wright, 53, was found guilty last year of breaking the ban while leading a hunt on Exmoor... Wright, professional huntsman with Exmoor Foxhounds, had argued that he was following an exemption that allows hunts to flush out foxes to guns.... (story)
Times 1.12.07 Huntsman wins appeal against ban conviction - HELEN NUGENT- The first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act won his appeal yesterday. Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, appealed against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates Court last year for hunting a wild animal with dogs, a charge he denied.... (story)
Western Morning News 1.12.07 HUNT BAN LAW FLAWED – JUDGE - CHRIS COURT - A judge has thrown the hunting ban into disarray by ruling that the controversial law was open to interpretation as he overturned the conviction of the first huntsman to be found guilty of breaching the Act. Judge Graham Cottle, speaking as he upheld huntsman Tony Wright's appeal against conviction for hunting a wild animal with dogs, said "the relevant law is far from simple to interpret or apply".... (story)
Western Daily Press 1.12.07 HUNTING BAN IS LEFT IN TATTERS BY TRISTAN CORK - The ban on hunting was left in tatters last night after the first huntsman convicted of breaching it won his appeal. Exmoor hunt leader Tony Wright was cleared of breaking the ban in a verdict which throws into doubt all other prosecutions and convictions and questions the future of the ban.... (story)
North Devon Journal 1.12.07 HUNTSMAN'S APPEAL UPHELD - An exmoor huntsmen convicted of breaching the Hunting Act has had his appeal upheld at Exeter Crown Court.Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was the first huntsman convicted under the Act after being prosecuted by the League Against Cruel Sports last year.... (story)
Horse & Hound 30.11.07 Tony Wright today cleared of illegal hunting on appeal - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, appeared in Exeter Crown Court at 2pm, where the judgment was delivered by Judge Cottrell. In his conclusion, the Judge stated: "During this appeal we have enjoyed an extended opportunity to observe and to hear from the appellant [Tony Wright]. And we have no doubt that he and the master of the hunt genuinely wished to comply with the Act.... (story)
BBC News Online 30.11.07 Huntsman conviction appeal upheld - The first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act has had his conviction overturned. Tony Wright of the Exmoor Foxhounds was found guilty of hunting a wild animal with dogs after a prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports in 2006. An Exeter Crown Court judge allowed his appeal and said he was satisfied that Mr Wright had thought he acted to ensure he complied with the law.... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 30.11.07 4PM UPDATE: HUNTSMAN WINS APPEAL - The first huntsman ever to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act, and who is a member of the Exmoor Foxhounds, has won his appeal.Tony Wright, 53, appealed against his conviction last year at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court. He had denied a charge of hunting a wild animal with dogs... At Exeter Crown Court on Friday, Judge Graham Cottle allowed his appeal saying he was satisfied that Mr Wright had proved he reasonably believed, perhaps optimistically, that he had put in place safeguards which he thought would ensure compliance with the Act.... (story)
Western Daily Press 30.11.07 HUNTSMAN VERDICT DUE - The first man to be found guilty of breaking the 2004 hunting ban will find out today whether he will make legal history for a second time by winning his appeal.Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 53, will appear before Exeter Crown Court to hear whether he has won the battle to have a conviction for illegally hunting with dogs overturned.... (story)
Horse & Hound 29.11.07 Judgment in Tony Wright appeal will be delivered tomorrow - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The first huntsman to be convicted under the Hunting Act 2004 will learn tomorrow whether his appeal has been successful. At 2pm tomorrow (Friday, 30 November) Exmoor foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright will appear at Exeter Crown Court at 2pm for the judgement.... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.11.07 HUNTING CASE: NO DECISION YET - The judge hearing an appeal by the first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act yesterday reserved judgement in the case.Tony Wright, 53, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, is appealing against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs - a charge he denied... (story)
Horse & Hound 12.11.07 Tony Wright appeal decision expected this week - Martha Terry - The judge hearing the appeal of the first huntsman to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004 is expected to make his decision early this week... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 10.11.07 HUNTING CASE: NO DECISION YET - The judge hearing an appeal by the first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act yesterday reserved judgement in the case.Tony Wright, 53, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, is appealing against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs - a charge he denied... (story)
Western Daily Press 10.11.07 HUNTER AWAITS APPEAL VERDICT - The judge hearing an appeal by the first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act has reserved judgment. Tony Wright, 53, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, is appealing against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs, a charge he denied... (story)
BBC News Online 9.11.07 Judgment reserved in hunt appeal - The judge hearing an appeal by a Devon huntsman against his conviction for breaching the Hunting Act has reserved judgment in the case. Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was convicted last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs... (story)
Western Morning News 8.11.07 FOXHUNTING TODAY 'LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY' - The first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act told an appeal court yesterday the pastime was now like "watching paint dry". Tony Wright, 53, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, appealed against his conviction at Barnstaple Magistrates Court last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs, a charge he denied.... (story)
BBC News Online 7.11.07 Huntsman appeals over conviction - A Devon huntsman is appealing against his conviction for breaching the Hunting Act. Tony Wright, 53, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was convicted last year of hunting a wild animal with dogs... (story)
Western Morning News 7.11.07 ANTI-HUNT ACTIVIST 'HEARD NO SHOTS' - An anti-hunt activist did not hear any gunfire on the day a Westcountry huntsman claimed two foxes were shot, a court has been told. League Against Cruel Sports hunt monitor Edmund Shepherd said he heard no gunshots while he followed the Exmoor Foxhounds hunt meet on April 29, 2005. The evidence was heard at Exeter Crown Court yesterday during the second day of huntsman Tony Wright's appeal against his conviction for unlawfully hunting with dogs on Exmoor.... (story)
Western Daily Press 7.11.07 HUNTING APPEAL GOES ON - An appeal to quash the conviction of a huntsman found guilty of breaching the Hunting Act will run into a fourth day. Exmoor Foxhounds' Tony Wright, 53, became the first person to be convicted of illegally hunting and was fined £500 in August 2006.... (story)
Western Morning News 6.11.07 HUNTSMAN LAUNCHES APPEAL - ADAM WILSHAW - The first huntsman to be found guilty of breaching the Hunting Act has launched an appeal against the conviction. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 53, was convicted in August 2006 following a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports.... Wright appealed against his conviction and a four-day hearing started at Exeter Crown Court yesterday. The Crown Prosecution Service has taken over the prosecution of the case from the League... (story)
Horse & Hound 6.11.07 Appeal starts for first huntsman convicted under Hunting Act - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The first huntsman to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004 appeared in court yesterday to appeal his conviction. Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, appeared in Exeter Crown Court for the first day of his appeal. Like the Quantock Staghounds case last month, Tony Wright's appeal hinges on the exemption of flushing a fox using two hounds.... (story)
Horse & Hound 4.7.07 Tony Wright appeal adjourned - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The appeal of Tony Wright, the first huntsman to be convicted of breaching the Hunting Act (2004), has been adjourned. The Exmoor huntsman was due to launch his appeal in Exeter Crown Court on Monday (9 July), but yesterday the case was adjourned until September because no judge is currently available.... (story)
Horse & Hound 24.8.06 Hunting: Wright case "changes nothing" - Anna Tyzack - Lawyers for Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright have issued an appeal against his prosecution for illegal hunting, while Devon and Cornwall police say policing hunting is not a priority there… Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed the case is not a legislative benchmark: "Nothing has changed as a result of the Wright case," said Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe, adding that hunts across the country have been found to be hunting within the law…. (story)
North Devon Journal 24.8.06 HUNTSMAN LODGES AN APPEAL - An exmoor huntsman found guilty of hunting illegally has lodged an appeal against the conviction. Solicitors acting for 52-year-old Tony Wright, from Simonsbath, confirmed papers had been filed to Exeter Crown Court…. (story)
Somerset County Gazette 24.8.06 Convicted hunstman to appeal By Chris Alder - WEST Somerset huntsman Tony Wright, 52, who became the first person convicted for breaking the ban on fox hunting with hounds, has lodged an appeal against the decision… (story)
Western Daily Press 23.8.06 CONVICTED HUNTSMAN CONFIDENT OF APPEAL BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - The only huntsman ever convicted of breaking the ban on hunting with dogs yesterday lodged his appeal against the conviction. Lawyers acting for West hunter Tony Wright, from the Exmoor Foxhounds, submitted papers to Exeter Crown Court three weeks after their client was found guilty of breaking the hunt ban in a private prosecution brought by anti- hunt campaigner the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS)…. (story)
Times 23.8.06 Huntsman appeals - A man who became the first person in the country to be convicted of hunting illegally has lodged an appeal against the verdict…. (story)
BBC News Online 22.8.06 Huntsman appeals ban conviction - A Somerset man who became the first person to be convicted for breaking the ban on fox hunting with hounds has lodged an appeal against the decision. Tony Wright, 52, of Simonsbath, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs after a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). Appeal papers have been filed at Exeter Crown Court where a first hearing is expected within two months…. (story)
Western Morning News 22.8.06 HUNTSMAN TO APPEAL AGAINST CONVICTION - A westcountry huntsman who is the only person in the country to have been found guilty of hunting illegally has lodged an appeal against the conviction. Solicitors acting for Tony Wright yesterday confirmed papers had been filed to Exeter Crown Court. Mr Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, believes he was acting within the law when he was filmed chasing two foxes with two hounds…. The League Against Cruel Sports has pledged to defend the appeal, and it is understood the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will take over the case. However, a spokesman said it could afford to proceed on their own if need be…. (story)
Western Daily Press 15.8.06 WE CAN'T AFFORD TO STOP THE HUNT - Anti-hunt campaigners say legal bills from a landmark court victory have left them with little cash to fight another action. The League Against Cruel Sports has revealed it spent £65,000 successfully prosecuting huntsman Tony Wright for breaking the ban on hunting with dogs… (story)
Western Daily Press 15.8.06 ANTI-HUNT VICTORY COST LEAGUE £65K BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - Anti-hunt campaigners demanded police action to take on 'illegal' hunts yesterday, after revealing their successful private prosecution cost well over £65,000. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) said it could not afford to bring all 'illegal' hunts to justice - and called on the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to do the job they get taxpayers' money for. The league won the battle in court when it proved Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright had broken the ban on hunting with dogs, but it is counting the cost financially and admits it will have to seriously consider any more private prosecutions on that scale… (story)
Horse & Hound 10.8.06 Why Tony Wright lost in court - Robert Rhodes - Tony Wright relied on the defence that he reasonably believed the hunting was exempt. The burden of proving that defence rested on him: it was not for the prosecution to disprove it. There were five conditions, all of which Mr Wright had to prove in order to be acquitted… Where Mr Wright came to grief was on the fifth, tightly drawn condition, that (a) reasonable steps were taken to ensure that as soon as possible after being flushed out, the fox was shot dead…. The judge found that the only gun with the hunt that day was often as far as 1km or more from where hounds were searching. Moreover, there were occasions when Mr Wright and the marksman were out of sight of one another, so the fox could not be shot "as soon as possible" after being flushed…. (story)
North Devon Journal 10.8.06 HUNTSMAN TO APPEAL AGAINST ILLEGAL HUNTING CONVICTION - Hunt supporters have been surprised by a court judgement convicting an Exmoor man of hunting foxes illegally in the first case of its kind to be brought. But they are adamant that the ruling makes them more determined to beat the hunting ban. Michael Moore, from East Devon Hunt, backed Tony Wright's decision to appeal against the judgement, which was made on Friday… (story)
Western Mail 8.8.06 Huntsman to appeal against guilty verdict - Steve Dube, Western Mail - EXMOOR huntsman Tony Wright will launch an appeal against his conviction for an offence under the Hunting Act following a guilty verdict in Barnstaple Magistrates' Court… Former South Pembrokeshire Master Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, claimed no right-minded person would think that Mr Wright should have been branded a criminal…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 8.8.06 GUILTY OF BREACHING HUNTING ACT - A huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds has become the first person convicted for breaking the ban on hunting with hounds. After the verdict, Tony Wright, 52, of Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath said he would appeal and called the Hunting Act a "stupid and pointless law"… (story)
Western Morning News 5.8.06 POLICE FORCE IGNORED ADVICE OF CPS - Avon and Somerset Police ignored the advice of legal experts when Tony Wright's breach of the hunting ban first came to light, it has emerged… The CPS also told the force that evidence needed to be submitted within six months. However, the force didn't come back to the legal body and it was left to the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) to press ahead with its own private prosecution…. Avon and Somerset Police spokesman Liz Kirkham said: "The constabulary took the decision that the evidence presented by LACS did not constitute a breach of the hunting act. So a formal case was not compiled for the CPS. We will review the situation for future cases."… (story)
Western Morning News 5.8.06 HUNTING LAW IS A DOG'S BREAKFAST - If proof were needed of the dog's breakfast MPs made in drawing up and approving the Hunting Act 2004 then it was revealed in all its bungling confusion yesterday when huntsman Tony Wright earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first man in England to be convicted of illegal hunting. Although many anti-hunt campaigners profess themselves satisfied with the legislation and most pro-hunters have been putting a brave face on the new law and continuing to hunt, few on either side can, privately, be happy with the legislation as drafted…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.8.06 HUNTERS BEWARE! - The hunting world has been left licking its wounds after a judge handed out Britain's first conviction for breaching the ban…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.8.06 GUILTY VERDICT THROWS THE HUNTS INTO TURMOIL BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - The future of hunting in the West was thrown into confusion yesterday following Britain's first conviction for breaching the hunt ban. Police forces across the region are to review their policies of dealing with claims of illegal hunting, and pledged to look again at video evidence supplied by anti-hunt monitors….(story)
Telegraph 5.8.06 Guilty verdict for first huntsman brought to court By Amy Iggulden - The only foxhunter to be prosecuted under the hunt ban in England was yesterday found guilty, prompting a war of words over the likelihood that hundreds more convictions will follow. Tony Wright, one of the most experienced professional huntsmen in the country, was convicted after a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Guardian 5.8.06 Rethink ahead as huntsman is fined for breaking ban - Steven Morris - Hunts and police forces will be forced to rethink the way they operate after a professional huntsman yesterday became the first in Britain to be found guilty of breaking the controversial ban… (story)
Times 5.8.06 Caught on video: first huntsman convicted of breaching the ban BY SIMON DE BRUXELLES AND VALERIE ELLIOTT - A PROFESSIONAL huntsman became the first person in England and Wales yesterday to be convicted for illegal hunting with dogs after a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports…. The league spokesman said that the verdict sent a clear message to police and the CPS to take action against allegations of illegal hunting. He said that the league was not planning more private prosecutions, even though it believed that the £60,000 to £70,000 it spent on yesterday’s case was money well spent… (story)
Mirror 5.8.06 OUT FOXED By Richard Smith - A FOX hunter yesterday became the first person in England to be found guilty of hunting. Judge Paul Farmer ruled Tony Wright, 52, chased a fox with two hounds - illegal under the Hunting Act….(story)
Independent 5.8.06 Somerset man is first to be guilty of breaking hunt laws By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent - A Somerset man has become the first person in England to be found guilty of breaking the ban on fox hunting. Tony Wright, 52, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was convicted under the Hunting Act, which finally reached the statute book in 2004, after years of parliamentary wrangling… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 5.8.06 HUNT SUPPORTERS VOW TO BATTLE ON DESPITE LANDMARK CASE RESULT - Hunt supporters have been surprised by a court judgement convicting a Devon man of hunting foxes illegally in the first case of its kind to be brought. But they are adamant that the ruling makes them more determined to beat the hunting ban. Michael Moore, from East Devon Hunt, backed Tony Wright's decision to appeal against the judgement, which was made yesterday…. Mr Moore said members of East Devon Hunt were "not in the least bit despondent about it. We knew these sort of things could happen," he said. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Wright, of Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, was convicted by trial after he was filmed chasing two foxes across Exmoor with two hounds… (story)
Times 4.8.06 Analysis: case throws hunting law into confusion - The conviction of huntsman Tony Wright for illegal foxhunting raises concerns about the law. The Hunting Act 2004 has been criticised for being confusing and complicated. Valerie Elliott, The Times Countryside Editor, explains. "The case is going to be appealed so it will go to the Crown Court in autumn, before the main hunting season starts. It just leaves things in confusion…. "This case raises implications for gamekeepers, and possibly even dog walkers whose animals accidentally catch and kill a fox because the exemptions are open to interpretation. "The law is a complete mess, and I think this case show some evidence of this…. (story)
Horse & Hound 4.8.06 Huntsman guilty of breaking the ban - Anna Tyzack - Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright has today been found guilty in Barnstaple Magistrates' Court for breaching the terms of the Hunting Act. Tony Wright, 55, argued that he was attempting to comply with the conditions for 'exempt hunting'… (story)
Times 4.8.06 Huntsman guilty in landmark foxhunting case BY ELSA MCLAREN AND AGENCIES - A huntsman has been found guilty today of illegally hunting foxes in the first prosecution in England brought under new hunting regulations. Tony Wright, 52, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs for hunting with dogs after a week-long hearing at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court, in Devon…. (story)
Independent 4.8.06 Man found guilty of illegal fox hunting By Chris Court, PA - A huntsman was convicted today of illegally hunting foxes. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs by District Judge Paul Palmer after a week-long hearing at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court, in Devon… The Countryside Alliance said Wright would launch an appeal against his conviction. (story)
ITV 4.8.06 First man convicted over foxhunting ban - The first person to be convicted of illegally hunting foxes has been fined £500 after a week-long trial. The private prosecution against Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright from Simonsbath in Somerset was brought by the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Channel 4 4.8.06 First man convicted over foxhunting ban - The first person to be convicted of illegally hunting foxes has been fined £500 after a week-long trial. The private prosecution against Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright from Simonsbath in Somerset was brought by the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
BBC News Online 4.8.06 Huntsman guilty of breaking ban - A Somerset man has become the first person convicted for breaking the ban on fox hunting with hounds. Tony Wright, 52, denied breaching the Hunting Act, when he led the Exmoor Foxhounds on 29 April last year… Wright, of Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath in Somerset, said he would appeal and called the Hunting Act a "stupid and pointless law". He said he had been trying to comply with the law "as I understood it"… The league brought the case at a total cost of more than £100,000 after Avon and Somerset Police declined to take on the case based on the evidence available…. The judge awarded the league £250 towards its costs… (story)
Guardian 4.8.06 Man found guilty of illegal fox hunting - The first huntsman to be prosecuted for breaking the ban on hunting with dogs was today found guilty and fined £500. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright was convicted of illegally hunting foxes on Exmoor, Devon, following a week-long hearing at Barnstaple magistrates court…. (story)
ViewLondon 4.8.06 Fox hunter falls foul of ban - An Exmoor huntsman has today been convicted of breaking the controversial Hunting Act and fined £500. Tony Wright, 52, appeared at Barnstaple magistrates court this morning after anti-hunting group the League Against Cruel Sports brought a civil action against him… (story)
Guardian 4.8.06 Verdict due in first fox hunt trial - A verdict is due on Friday in the trial of a huntsman accused of illegally pursuing foxes across Exmoor. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, of Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, Somerset, has pleaded not guilty at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court to a charge of hunting a fox on April 29 last year contrary to the Hunting Act 2004… (story)
North Devon Journal 3.8.06 HUNTSMAN GIVES EVIDENCE IN FIRST TEST OF HUNTING ACT - A huntsman accused of breaching the Hunting Act told a court yesterday that he firmly believed he had done nothing unlawful. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, has pleaded not guilty to breaching the Act in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS)…. (story)
Western Morning News 2.8.06 I DID NOT DO ANYTHING UNLAWFUL - HUNTSMAN - A huntsman accused of breaching the Hunting Act told a court yesterday that he firmly believed he had done nothing unlawful. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, has pleaded not guilty to breaching the Act in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS)…. (story)
Birmingham Post 2.8.06 Huntsman denies breaking fox law - Huntsman Tony Wright yesterday denied breaking the law by chasing foxes across Exmoor. The Exmoor Foxhounds rider (52), is accused of acting in "wilful disregard" of the Hunting Act in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Guardian 2.8.06 Fox pursuit did not break law, says huntsman - Steven Morris - The first huntsman to be prosecuted following the ban on hunting with dogs has denied breaking the law. Tony Wright told a court in Barnstaple, north Devon, yesterday that his two hounds remained under close control during an outing in April last year…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.8.06 HUNTSMAN IN FOXES PURSUIT 'FLOUTED LAW' - A huntsman pursued foxes across Exmoor in "wilful disregard" of the Hunting Act, a court was told yesterday. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, appeared in court in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.8.06 Huntsman says he stopped hounds - A huntsman has denied sounding his horn to encourage hounds to chase foxes at a Devon hunt. The League Against Cruel Sports has told a court that Tony Wright broke the hunting ban by signalling the Exmoor Foxhounds to pursue two foxes. But Mr Wright told District Judge Paul Palmer at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court that he had stopped the hounds in the hunt on 29 April last year…. (story)
Western Morning News 1.8.06 DID HUNTSMAN BREAK THE LAW? - A huntsman pursued foxes across Exmoor in "wilful disregard" of the Hunting Act, a court was told yesterday. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, appeared in court in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Western Daily Press 1.8.06 FOX HUNT BAN WAS TOTALLY IGNORED BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - A Huntsman appeared in court yesterday accused of "cruelly and deliberately" breaking the hunting ban. In the first prosecution in England to be brought since the hunting ban was introduced two years ago, Tony Wright denied the charge… (story)
Western Daily Press 1.8.06 HUNTSMAN'S 'CYNICAL ATTEMPT TO PAY LIP SERVICE TO THE LAW' BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - A Huntsman chased foxes in wilful disregard of the ban on hunting with dogs, a court heard yesterday. Tony Wright, 52, denied breaking the new law as a private prosecution against him by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) got under way in Barnstaple, Devon… Most of the first day of what is expected to be a five-day trial was spent watching video evidence taken by LACS hunt monitors, including Edmund Shepherd, and hearing the League outline its case against the huntsman…. (story)
Horse & Hound 1.8.06 EXMOOR HUNTSMAN IN COURT By Bridget Smith - The Private Prosecution of Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, got underway in Barnstaple Magistrates Court on Monday. Wright could face a fine of up to £5,000 if the prosecution is successful. The League Against Cruel Sports has brought the case against the huntsman, claiming that on the 29 April 2005, just weeks after the Hunting Act came into force, he was "hounding foxes with dogs" at Drybridge, Devon….(story)
Telegraph 1.8.06 Huntsman accused of 'wilfully' flouting ban By Amy Iggulden - A huntsman pursued a fox on Exmoor in "wilful disregard" of the hunting ban to provide a traditional show for paying customers, a court was told yesterday. In the first prosecution involving fox hunting under the Hunting Act 2004, Anthony Wright, who hunts the Exmoor Foxhounds in Devon and Somerset, is accused of "clearly and deliberately" breaking the Act's ban on hunting with dogs…. Richard Furlong, for the league, claimed the presence of a terrier - traditionally used by hunts to dig out foxes, but now illegal - showed that Mr Wright knew that his actions were illegal…. About 12 pro-hunt supporters, headed by the president of the Countryside Alliance, Baroness Ann Mallalieu, were at Barnstaple magistrates' court to see video filmed by Edmund Shepherd, a league activist…. (story)
Times 1.8.06 Hutsman accused of flouting ban goes to court BY SIMON DE BRUXELLES - A HUNTSMAN tried to get around the law by pursuing foxes with just two hounds and hiding his terriers in a box, a court was told yesterday. The League Against Cruel Sports is bringing a private prosecution against Tony Wright, 52, who is the huntsman for Exmoor Foxhounds, claiming that he was in flagrant breach of the hunting Act…. About a dozen pro-hunt supporters, headed by Baroness Ann Mallalieu, QC, president of the Countryside Alliance, sat in the public gallery at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court as a video made by Edmund Shepherd, a league member, was shown… (story)
Guardian 1.8.06 Campaigners accuse huntsman of chasing foxes in breach of law - Steven Morris - The first case to test the government's controversial ban on hunting began yesterday when a professional huntsman went on trial accused of letting his hounds chase and allegedly kill a fox following a pursuit across open moorland. The prosecution of Tony Wright, which is being heard amid tight security by a district judge at Barnstaple in north Devon, is being watched closely by pro-hunt supporters and animal rights groups. If it succeeds other cases may follow and hunts may have to re-examine their practices… (story)
Mirror 1.8.06 FIRST TRIAL OVER FOX BAN FLOUT By Richard Smith - A HUNTSMAN defied the fox-hunting ban to put on a "traditional spectacle for paying customers", a court heard yesterday. The private prosecution against Anthony Wright, 52, is the first test case of the 2004 Hunting Act. … (story)
BBC News Online 31.7.06 Huntsman 'cynically' defied ban - A court has heard how a Devon huntsman defied the hunting ban by allowing hunters to chase foxes. The League Against Cruel Sports, which is bringing the prosecution, said Tony Wright ignored demands in the ban for foxes to be shot as soon as possible. … Richard Furlong, prosecuting for the League, said no reasonable steps had been taken to have the foxes shot dead as soon as possible by a competent person, which was really the whole basis of exempt hunting…. (story)
Sky News 31.7.06 First Hunt Ban Case Opens - A huntsman chased foxes across Exmoor in "wilful disregard" of the Hunting Act, a court has heard. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, appeared in court in a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Western Morning News 31.7.06 HUNTSMAN IN COURT TO FACE FIRST HUNT BAN PROSECUTION - The first prosecution of a huntsman since the hunt ban came into force last year will begin today at North Devon Magistrates' Court in Barnstaple. Tony Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, faces a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), which alleges he broke the law in April last year by hunting a wild animal with a dog…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 30.7.06 Fox hunting trial will prove if ban can actually work By NICK CONSTABLE, Mail on Sunday - The court case that will determine if Labour's anti-hunt laws are enforceable will be heard on Monday. Huntsman Tony Wright, 52, is accused of breaching the ban on hunting with dogs and faces a fine of up to £5,000 if he is found guilty. The four-day trial will hinge on video evidence filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports and could turn on the interpretation of horn calls made by Mr Wright, who works for the Exmoor Foxhounds in Somerset and Devon… (story)
Western Daily Press 29.7.06 FIRST HUNTSMAN TO BE TRIED FOR HUNTING WITH DOGS READY FOR COURT SHOWDOWN BY TRISTAN CORK - The first and only huntsman to appear in court charged with breaking the ban on hunting with dogs will be in dock on Monday on the first day of his trial. Huntsman Tony Wright, 52, is being prosecuted in a private action by the League Against Cruel Sports, which claims he hunted illegally in North Devon in late April 2005. The Countryside Alliance is supporting Mr Wright, who leads the Exmoor Foxhounds, at what is expected to be a five-day hearing….The Countryside Alliance is throwing its heavyweights at the case. Its communications director Tim Bonner will be present at the trial, and the joint master of England's premiere hunt, Captain Ian Farquhar from the Gloucestershire-based Beaufort Hunt, is expected to be called as an expert witness for the defence… (story)
Western Morning News 23.5.06 FIRST HUNTING BAN CASE TO BE HEARD THIS SUMMER - The first case in England to be brought under the Hunting Act will be tried in North Devon this summer. The anti-hunting League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) launched a private prosecution against Tony Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, last November…. Last week, a pre-trial review at North Devon Magistrates' Court in Barnstaple determined that the trial will begin on July 31 and is set to take four days…. (story)
North Devon Journal 19.1.06 FIRST HUNTING PROSECUTION - A huntsman accused of flouting the hunting ban will appear before magistrates on Friday, March 3. Tony Wright, 51, from the Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, pleaded not guilty at Barnstaple Magistrates Court in December to hunting foxes with dogs at Drybridge on April 29…. (story)
North Devon Journal 22.12.05 MAN DENIES HUNTING CHARGE - A huntsman has pleaded not guilty to breaking the new hunting ban in Devon. Tony Wright, 51, from the Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, appeared before North Devon Magistrates on Monday… (story)
Western Morning News 20.12.05 HUNTSMAN IN COURT ON HUNTING ACT CHARGE - A huntsman appeared in court yesterday accused of an offence under the Hunting Act. Tony Wright, 51, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Barnstaple magistrates… (story)
Western Daily Press 20.12.05 IN COURT ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL HUNTING (BUT BY AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP, NOT POLICE OR CPS) - It wasn't hard to pack Court No.1 in Barnstaple yesterday. Tony Wright's supporters managed it quite easily as, from the back of the tiny woodpanelled courtroom, they watched English legal history unfold. Ata little after 10am on a cold, misty day in north Devon, a huntsman stood before a magistrate to be charged, for the first time anywhere in England, with breaking the new ban on hunting….(story)
Exeter Express & Echo 20.12.05 DEVON MAN IN HUNT TEST CASE - A Devon huntsman has pleaded not guilty to breaking the new hunting ban. Tony Wright, 51, from the Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, appeared before North Devon Magistrates yesterday…. (story)
Horse & Hound 19.12.05 Exmoor Hunt Master Case Delayed - The League Against Cruel Sports' private prosecution of a Hunt Master is to continue into the New Year….Today Wright entered a formal plea of not guilty for an alleged offence under Section 1 of the Hunting Act at North Devon Magistrates Court in Barnstaple. However the League Against Cruel Sports have failed to provide necessary witness statements and have been given an extended deadline of 13 January. If by then they are unable to provide all the advance information, the case could be dismissed… (story)
BBC News Online 19.12.05 Huntsman denies flouting hunt ban - A huntsman has pleaded not guilty to breaking the hunting ban in Devon. Tony Wright, from the Exmoor Kennels, Simonsbath, was summoned to court for allegedly defying the ban… (story)
Western Morning News 19.12.05 COURT HEARING FOR HUNTSMAN - Tony Wright, a member of the Exmoor Hounds, will become the first huntsman in England to appear in court accused of breaking the ban on hunting with dogs. He faces magistrates in Barnstaple today in a private prosecution brought by the pressure group League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Western Daily Press 17.12.05 FIRST COURT SHOWDOWN - A West huntsman is preparing to become the first in England to appear in court charged with breaking the controversial ban on hunting with dogs. Tony Wright, from the Exmoor Foxhounds, will make history when he faces magistrates in Barnstaple on Monday…. (story)
Western Morning News 26.11.05 HUNTSMAN FACING PRIVATE PROSECUTION - The first case in England to be brought under the Hunting Act - against a Westcountry huntsman - has been adjourned. Tony Wright, the huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, faces a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports… Mr Wright was not in court for Thursday's hearing and the matter was adjourned to December 19. (story)
Western Morning News 5.11.05 HUNTSMAN TO FACE PRIVATE PROSECUTION - MARK CLOUGH - A private prosecution is being taken against a Westcountry huntsman by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) in what will be the first case in England to be brought under the Hunting Act. The news came on the eve of the start of the hunting season proper in the Westcountry, with hunts vowing to pursue their traditions despite the ban. The League alleges that Tony Wright, the huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, breached the Hunting Act while leading the Exmoor Foxhounds on the Devon side of Exmoor in April… (story)
Western Daily Press 5.11.05 ALLIANCE BLASTS PRIVATE PROSECUTION - Hunt leaders slammed the private prosecution of a West huntsman yesterday. Their criticism came on the day anti-hunt campaigners claimed as many as 40 per cent of hunts are breaking the law. The Countryside Alliance said it was behind Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, who, as the Western Daily Press revealed yesterday, has been summoned to appear before magistrates in Devon for breaching the hunt ban…. (story)
Telegraph 5.11.05 Activists launch first prosecution of a huntsman By Richard Savill and Charles Clover - The first prosecution against a huntsman for allegedly breaching the ban on hunting with dogs in England has been brought by the League Against Cruel Sports. Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, is to appear before North Devon magistrates in Barnstaple on Nov 24 accused of an offence under the Hunting Act 2004….(story)
Guardian 5.11.05 Private prosecution taken out against huntsman - Owen Bowcott - The first private prosecution of a huntsman has been launched in Devon, it emerged yesterday, as the political row over the ban resurfaced at the formal start of the fox hunting season…. The action in Devon is against the huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, Tony Wright. The summons alleges he "was hunting foxes with dogs contrary to section one, schedule one of the Hunting Act 2004". He is due to appear in court in three weeks…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.11.05 First huntsman in court over ban - A huntsman has become the first to be summoned to court for allegedly defying the hunting ban. A private prosecution has been taken out on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) against Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds…. (story)
Western Daily Press 4.11.05 HUNTER ACCUSED OF BAN BREACH - A West huntsman yesterday became the first in England to be summoned to court for allegedly defying the hunting ban. Tony Wright of the Exmoor Foxhounds is being prosecuted privately by the League Against Cruel Sports and is expected to appear before Barnstaple magistrates later this month… (story)
Western Daily Press 4.11.05 HUNTSMAN TO FACE COURT IN PRIVATE ACTION - The first huntsman is to be prosecuted for breaching the hunt ban in England. Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was handed a summons yesterday lunchtime requiring him to appear at Barnstaple Magistrates Court later this month. The case is a private prosecution brought by the League Against Cruel Sports and is expected to be adjourned until the New Year…. It is understood the League will present video evidence which it claims shows a breach of the ban. Although it is a private prosecution, rather than a police-backed action by the Crown Prosecution Service, it will be the first time a huntsman will appear in court charged with an offence under the ban… (story)
DEVON & SOMERSET STAGHOUNDS CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL HUNTING
Western Morning News 6.4.07 HUNTING ACT 'BREACH' CASE IS ADJOURNED - The case against two Westcountry huntsmen charged with illegally hunting with dogs has been adjourned. Maurice Scott, 63, master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Peter Heard, 23, a hunt servant, are accused of breaching the Hunting Act.Scott from Brendon Hill Farm in Watchet, Somerset, is charged with two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs…. The case was adjourned at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court, until April 26 (story)
Western Morning News 28.10.06 HUNT FURY AT POLICE - PETER HARRISON - Hunt master Maurice Scott has been a respected and leading member of the rural community all his life.The third-generation farmer, who comes from a prominent Methodist family, takes part in voluntary work, organises charity events, and has never been in trouble with the police. Yet Mr Scott, 63, found himself locked in a urine-soaked cell after being arrested by police investigating an alleged breach of the Hunting Act. His ordeal has sparked a huge public outcry from country folk complaining that police can spare time to take action against huntspeople, but seem to be able to do little about rural crime.... (story)
Western Morning News 28.10.06 NOW THE HUNTER IS THE HUNTED - If the undertow of the Hunting Act 2004 was to jam a hockey stick into the spokes of rural life, then it has been unsuccessful... More than a year ago, ten individuals brought the case that the Hunting Act infringes European human rights laws to the High Court. At the time, Richard Lissack QC said the ban "criminalised" a section of the community while doing little for animal welfare. Yesterday, this was certainly the view that emerged from the Countryside Alliance's meeting on Exmoor over its concerns about the treatment of the hunting fraternity…. (story)
Western Daily Press 28.10.06 HUNTERS ACCUSE RSPCA OF INCITING POLICE - A Former West MP was yesterday accused of waging a vendetta against the hunt community.The accusation against RSPCA boss Jackie Ballard was made at a heated meeting on Exmoor. (story)
Western Daily Press 28.10.06 ACCUSATIONS FLY BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - The president of the Countryside Alliance accused a former West MP of influencing a police investigation into alleged illegal hunting to wreak revenge on the hunting community for getting her voted out. Labour peer Baroness Ann Mallalieu levelled the astonishing claim at RSPCA director general and ex-Taunton MP Jackie Ballard at a stormy meeting of hunting folk and police chiefs on Exmoor yesterday. The RSPCA has angrily dismissed the allegation as "absurd"…. Baroness Mallalieu, a barrister who rides with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH), stuck by her conspiracy theory claim yesterday, demanding to know the details of meetings between anti-hunt campaigners and police chiefs in the run-up to a decision taken earlier this month to mount the first public prosecution of a hunt for breaching the ban… (story)
Western Daily Press 28.10.06 TREADING CAREFULLY IN THE MINEFIELD - When his time came to speak, Superintendent Gary Davies offered words of conciliation and respect, pacifying an angry crowd... They had come from all the hilltops and shaded valleys of this wild and rugged place , packing into the Memorial Hall at Exford with all the bonhomie of a family reunited for a wedding.... And when their leaders rose to speak there was nothing but solemn silence and crackling anger.... (story)
Telegraph 28.10.06 Police 'pressured to arrest huntsmen' By Richard Savill - The director-general of the RSPCA was yesterday accused of applying undue pressure on police to prosecute senior huntsmen under the law banning hunting with dogs. A packed public meeting on Exmoor heard claims that Jackie Ballard had sought "revenge" on huntsmen after losing her Commons seat. Lady Mallalieu, president of the Countryside Alliance and a Labour peer, told the meeting: "I understand there is in existence correspondence between Mrs Ballard and Avon and Somerset police which I hope will be made public under the Freedom of Information Act."… (story)
Somerset County Gazette 27.10.06 Baroness blasts police over hunt prosecutions By Chris Alder - A BARONESS has told a top policeman the community on Exmoor has lost confidence in the ability of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary to police it effectively, independently and fairly. At a packed public meeting in Exford village hall today Baroness Ann Mallalieu, barrister and politician, and president of the Countryside Alliance, told Supt Gary Davies there had been a crass lack of sensitivity and a breach of faith by the police in the prosecution of two local huntsmen under the Hunting Act….. (story)
BBC News Online 27.10.06 Hunters meet police over charges - Angry hunt supporters on Exmoor are meeting police over the way they say police are treating them. It comes just a week after Avon and Somerset became the first force in the country to bring a criminal prosecution against two local huntsmen.... (story)
Western Daily Press 27.10.06 CHARGE NO.3 IN HUNT PROBE - Police have charged a third huntsman with breaking the ban on hunting with dogs, on the eve of a showdown meeting between police and the hunting community on Exmoor.Hundreds of hunt supporters are expected to pack into Exford Memorial Hall this morning to discuss policing priorities in the wake of the arrest of Devon and Somerset Staghounds hunt master Maurice Scott, and his second whipper- in Peter Heard.... Donald Summersgill, the DSSH's huntsman, will face two charges alongside Scott and Heard.... (story)
Western Daily Press 20.10.06 HUNTS CALL FOR POLICE SHOWDOWN - BY MARK FORD M.FORD@BEPP.CO.UK - Angry villagers have demanded a showdown with police to express their fury over the first criminal prosecution under the hunting ban.The meeting was arranged in response to a wave of frustration across Exmoor after two huntsmen were arrested on Monday.... (story)
Western Daily Press 20.10.06 BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN AS EXMOOR STAG HUNTERS ARE BROUGHT BEFORE COURT BY MARK FORD M.FORD@BEPP.CO.UK - Restless residents on Exmoor are to confront police next week to vent their anger following the first state prosecution under the hunting ban. As the first public case for a breach of the 2005 Hunting Act came before the courts yesterday, it was revealed that a meeting will take place next Friday at Exford village hall in the centre of the National Park to discuss rural policing. The meeting has been arranged in response to the wave of anger which has swept across the moor since two huntsmen were arrested on Monday.... "It is not so much that they have been charged, but more the way they have been treated," said Ms Hawes. "Mr Scott, who is in his 60s and attended the police station voluntarily on two occasions, was put into a cell for what equates to something like a relatively minor motoring offence. "Mr Heard was arrested from his home when he was about to take his girlfriend out to for her 21st birthday…. (story)
Telegraph 20.10.06 New hunt laws tested in court By Richard Savill - The joint master of Devon and Somerset Staghounds has appeared in court charged with breaching the ban on hunting with dogs. Maurice Scott, 63, a farmer, of Watchet, Somerset, faced two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs when he appeared before Taunton Deane magistrates, Somerset. He appeared with Peter Heard, 23, of Exford, Somerset, the hunt’s professional whipper-in, who faces one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.... (story)
Telegraph 19.10.06 New hunt laws tested in court By Richard Savill - The joint master of Devon and Somerset Staghounds has appeared in court charged with breaching the ban on hunting with dogs.... (story)
BBC News Online 19.10.06 Pair in court on hunting charges - Two men from a Devon and Somerset hunt have appeared in court charged with illegally hunting with dogs. Maurice Scott, 63, master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Peter Heard, 23, a hunt servant, are both accused of breaching the hunting act... Taunton magistrates adjourned the case to the same court on 2 November. Both men are on bail.... (story)
Guardian 19.10.06 Two in court in hunting case first - Two men appeared before magistrates today charged with illegally hunting with dogs, in the first case of its kind under the new anti-hunting laws to be brought to court by the police. Maurice Scott, 63, master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, and Peter Heard, 23, a hunt servant, are both accused of breaching the hunting act. The alleged breaches are said to have taken place at Higher Broford, near Dulverton, Exmoor, on April 25.... (story)
North Devon Journal 19.10.06 COURT DATE FOR HUNTSMEN - Two members of Devon and Somerset Staghounds appear before magistrates today charged with breaching hunting laws.Hunt master Maurice Scott, 63, from Watchet, is charged with two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.... (story)
Western Morning News 18.10.06 STAGHUNT OFFICIALS DUE IN COURT - Two officials from a Westcountry staghunt are due in court tomorrow in what will be the first instance of charges of illegal hunting being brought by a police force. Avon and Somerset police have charged two members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds with breaches of the Hunting Act, which came into force in February, 2005.... The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance said it would be backing the two defendants "100 per cent". Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said the Hunting Act was a "badly written and confusing piece of legislation"…. "This is not an issue of something that they were trying to hide. They quite clearly believed that what they were doing was exempt hunting."… (story)
Western Daily Press 18.10.06 HUNT CHARGE PUTS STRAIN ON RELATIONS BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - The shock arrest of the leading stag-hunter on Exmoor will cause problems between the community and police, furious hunt supporters warned yesterday.Maurice Scott, the master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, has been charged with two counts of breaking the hunt ban. The hunt's whipper-in, Peter Heard, faces one allegation...., It is alleged Mr Scott, 63, who leads the country's biggest stag hunt, and 23-year-old Mr Heard breached the hunting ban on April 25 this year on Exmoor. It is understood the evidence against them comes in the main from video footage taken by hunt monitors from the International Fund for Animal Welfare... "Aside from the fact they've now been charged, a lot of people are furious with the way the police have dealt with this," said Countryside Alliance spokeswoman Alison Hawes. "Mr Scott had a tractor stolen last year and never saw a policeman once - but for a minor offence which carries only a small fine as a maximum penalty, he found himself locked up, albeit briefly…." (story)
Telegraph 18.10.06 Anger on Exmoor over hunt master in police prosecution By Richard Savill - The joint master of a hunt is due in court tomorrow charged with breaching the hunting laws in the first prosecution of its kind brought by police in England. Maurice Scott, 63, faces two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. Scott, an Exmoor farmer, has been joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds for 25 years. Peter Heard, 23, from Exford, Somerset, the hunt's professional second whipper-in, faces one charge of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.... The League Against Cruel Sports has made several complaints to police, but until now the Crown Prosecution Service has brought no case against a huntsman in England, although a poacher was prosecuted successfully... (story)
Guardian 18.10.06 Two face court accused of breaking hunting ban - Steven Morris - The master of a stag hunt and a hunt servant have become the first to be charged by the police with breaking the ban on hunting with dogs, it was revealed yesterday. Maurice Scott, a master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, and Peter Heard, who works for the hunt, will appear before magistrates tomorrow.... (story)
Times 18.10.06 Hunting charges - Two men have become the first in England to be charged under the Hunting Act for allegedly hunting an animal with dogs on Exmoor on April 25... (story)
BBC News Online 18.10.06 Two accused of breaching hunt law - Two Somerset huntsmen have been charged with breaching hunting laws. Master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds Maurice Scott, 63, from Watchet, is charged with two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. Peter Heard, 23, a hunt servant from Exford, faces one charge.... (story)
Somerset County Gazette 17.10.06 West Somerset huntsmen charged By Chris Alder - Two West Somerset huntsmen have been charged with breaching hunting laws in the first prosecution brought by police, a spokesman said. Master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds Maurice Scott, 63, from Watchet, is charged with two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. Hunt servant Peter Heard, 23, of Exford, faces one similar charge. Police say the alleged breaches took place on Exmoor on 25 April…. (story)

Exmouth Journal 27.3.09 No repeal of Hunting Act - The Countryside Alliance relentlessly pumps out the message that hunting is more popular than ever before, more people are going and so on and so on. But, in the West Country recently, when interviewed, the hunters and related businesses said they were having a terrible time of it… There will be those who would like them to drop everything and bring back animal abuse for sport, but they are the dinosaurs of politics. Their time has passed and our modern society moved on. Hunting may be popular among the few, but is a real turn off for the many… Kathy Moyle, 4 Collins Park, East Budleigh.(story)

BBC News Online 27.3.09 Ministers attack gun 'inaction' - The Scottish Government has said it will not "sit on its hands" in the face of what it claims is Westminster inaction over firearm laws…. (story)

Fife Free Press 27.3.09 Cupar animal lover's warning to tourists By Liz Rougvie - A HORRIFIED Cupar animal lover is urging holiday-makers heading for the Far East to boycott some tourist attractions after witnessing first-hand the 'heartbreaking' impact of the cruelty that takes place in the name of entertainment. Grandmother Marion MacDonald recently returned from a working trip to a wildlife rescue centre in Thailand, set up to help rehabilitate animals exploited for the tourist industry or rescued from illegal wildlife traders who use their body parts for 'traditional' Chinese medicines and exotic dishes or to make fur coats… (story)

South Wales Echo 27.3.09 Petition bid to cut 'horrendous' treatment at puppy farms - CARMARTHENSHIRE Council needs to stamp out the "horrendous" conditions dogs are kept in at some county puppy farms, according to thousands of people across the UK. Animal rights campaigner Jan Gilmour organised a 4,000-signature petition calling on the authority to tackle the problem…. (story)

COVENTRY TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENCE
Coventry Telegraph 27.3.09 New vegetarian is disgusted by 'barbaric' meat-eaters - I AM compelled to write in sheer disgust at the ignorance of the meat-eating population. Animal slaughtering is not cruel according to a letter from Mr Butcher. Well let’s hope that he freezes in a field all winter and then ends up in the fear-ridden hell-hole of his fellow beings…. Keep up the excellent work, Animal Aid, Janet Cummings and animal rights activists. K Lewis, Tile Hill, Coventry (story)
Coventry Telegraph 26.3.09 If you don't like 'veggie propaganda' then ignore it - RE G Watson’s comments (Your Say, March 17) about his concerns that your paper is being swamped with veggie propaganda. If he feels that Ms Cummings and, as he puts it, her hangers on, push a cruelty free lifestyle so be it, but if he doesn’t like what he reads ignore it…. Joseph Westrick, Park Road, Rugby (story)
Coventry Telegraph 19.3.09 More information on why eating meat has drawbacks - RONALD Butcher complains that the last letter of mine which you kindly printed was not informative enough…The two major comparative studies of meat-eaters and non-meat eaters, the Oxford Study and the China Study, found that meat-eaters were more likely to die prematurely and more likely to suffer from heart disease and cancer… Richard Mountford, development manager, Animal Aid, Tonbridge. (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 17.3.09 Stop the veggie propaganda in local newspaper - CAN I wholeheartedly support R Butcher’s comments (Your Say, March 12) on the letters you print from Janet Cummings and her hangers on, who believe that by swamping the letters page of a local newspaper with veggie propaganda, we will all lose our taste buds and start eating grass… G Watson, Heath End Road, Nuneaton. (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 12.3.09 Unmoved by veggie agenda - Of course Richard Mountford thinks Janet Cummings and his letters were reasonable and informative (Your Say, March 10. Opposition to proposed abattoir). It’s a cause they believe in, but I and many others do not… I will carry on eating meat because I see it as healthy, I enjoy it, it’s not cruel and that’s my belief. R. Butcher, Henley Green Road, Coventry. (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 16.3.09 RE: Janet Cummings - animals need to be controlled - REGARDING Janet Cummings’ letter of March 7, farmers and landowners have to contend with a number of pest species such as rabbits and pigeons, who do untold damage to crops and the landscape… Just how much are you willing to pay for your fruit and vegetables?... Gordon Jolly, Woodway Lane, Walsgrave, Coventry (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 25.2.09 Dunchurch abattoir plans slammed - AN animal rights champion is urging people to fight plans to build an abattoir near a quaint Warwickshire village. Janet Cummings, aged 63, has already lodged her objection to the scheme, which would see the building of a slaughterhouse, cold store and meat processing plant, with offices, a yard, parking, and vehicle access, on a site near Dunchurch, in Rugby…. (story)

26.3.09

Reading Evening Post 26.3.09 Angler’s anger at police claim By Linda Fort - One of the anglers arrested in Woodley for using laser pens has hit out at a police claim they were not arrested and treated as suspected terrorists. The 48-year-old angler from Tilehurst, who has lodged a two-page complaint about police behaviour on Friday, March 6, was one of three men arrested when they were using laser pens to scare off ducks while night fishing at South Lake. The man, who works for a motor manufacturer, was adamant officers referred to anti-terror laws and told him when they released him: “We take terrorism very seriously in Woodley.” But after the incident a police spokesman said the men were arrested under the Air Navigation Order 2005 and not anti-terror laws… (story)
Reading Evening Post 24.3.09 ‘We’re anglers not terrorists’ By Linda Fort - Three anglers claim they were arrested under anti-terror laws in Woodley after using laser pens to frighten ducks away from their bait hooks. The three men were taken into Loddon Valley Police Station late on Friday, March 7, and two were held overnight, DNA tested, fingerprinted and then released without charge…. (story)

Oxford Mail 26.3.09 Those who care about animals care about humans - RALPH Leavis (Oxford Mail Letters, March 11) asserts that Patricia Treadwell should apologise for her letter expressing the view that “people who care for animals also care for people”. Why on earth should she, for what she wrote is true of the vast normal majority?... GRAHAM BUTLER, Banbury Road, Bicester (letter)
Oxford Mail 17.2.09 A voice for animals - I recall Ralph Leavis writing to the Oxford Mail several years ago, criticising animals rights activists… People who care for animals also care for people. Caring and compassion is not a divided issue…. Patricia Treadwell, Dodgson Road, Cowley, Oxford (story)

Argus 26.3.09 Vegan cafe is fitting tribute to live animal protest - I write in support of Heather Mills and her plans to open a vegan café at Hove Lagoon (The Argus, March 17). For some of us it will bring closure and a fitting memorial to the thousands of animals who were exported live through Shoreham Port during the winter of 1995. I was appalled at the cruelty of the live animal export trade for slaughter and stood daily on the pavements for six months to be a witness and make a peaceful protest… P Brickman, Marine Drive, Brighton (letter)
Argus 22.3.09 Vegan slur - I WAS incensed to read on your letters page that a Ms Sharman of Reynolds Road feels that “vegan stuff” is unsuitable for families and young children and not varied. I have been a vegan for many years now and find all my food needs and desires catered for by this healthy diet… Jane Wilkes, First Avenue, Hove (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 26.3.09 Chance to vote over ban on seal imports - I HAVE recently been inundated with letters and emails from constituents concerned about the brutal commercial seal hunt in Canada…. The overwhelming majority of people from Exeter want to see helpless animals protected from unnecessary suffering and I will act to defend the welfare of innocent creatures. Glyn Ford, Labour MEP for South West of England (letter)

25.3.09

Derby Evening Telegraph 25.3.09 Saboteurs need to be monitored - I AM afraid the letter from Colin Grimley (Opinion, March 17) misses the point. Trevor Morse, a hunt follower who died when hit by a gyrocopter, was carrying out an activity bound by the law – albeit a bad, flawed, unworkable law. But whoever was responsible for his death should be brought before the courts…. M. Ford, Derby. (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 17.3.09 There is a need for surveillance - WHATEVER the circumstances of the sad death of Trevor Morse, a hunt follower who died recently when hit by a gyrocopter, it is important that there isn't an overreaction by the Civil Aviation Authority by banning similar flights. In many respects, the hunters and their followers have only themselves to blame… Colin Grimley, High Edge Mews, Belper (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 25.3.09 Poachers fined for hare coursing - FIVE poachers who admitted hare coursing on North Kyme farmland, as well as at other sites around the county, have received fines totalling more than £1,000…. Nelson Smith, 47, from Evesham, Worcestershire, Frank Roberts, 42, from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, Charlie Gaskin, 24, and Leonard Gaskin, 52, both from Ryton on Dunsmore near Coventry, and Jamie Davies, 24, also from Evesham, all pleaded guilty to trespassing in pursuit of game at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on Wednesday…. (story)

Gloucester Forester 25.3.09 Animal rights activists could target the Forest if there is a boar cull councillors are warned - Animal rights activists could target the Forest of Dean if there is a major cull of the wild boar roaming the woodlands, the authorities have been warned. Councillor Alastair Fraser (Ind, Tidenham) issued the stern warning to a task force set up to find the best way of tackling the boar in the Forest… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 25.3.09 Help to end ape suffering - This year, MEPs and the UK government are deciding on new rules on animal experiments, and the European Commission has proposed a phase-out of the use of primates…A parliamentary petition has now been tabled calling on the UK government to strongly promote a timetabled replacement of all primate experiments in Europe. Please visit savetheprimates.org . Jan Creamer, chief executive, NAVS/ADI (letter)

Guardian 25.3.09 New animal research rules will disrupt medical progress, claim scientists - Ian Sample, science correspondent - Medical research into serious and debilitating diseases will be held up or abandoned in Britain if changes to European Union laws governing animal experiments are passed, scientists warned today…. Emily McIvor, policy director at the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, which funds studies on alternatives to animal research, said: "The animal research industry is lobbying aggressively to destroy virtually every reasonable animal welfare improvement… (story)

Bristol Evening ost 25.3.09 Bristol MP calls for cow flatulence debate - Meat eaters should consider the impact flatulent cows have on the environment when choosing what to have for dinner, a city MP was set to tell Parliament on Wednesday. Gas emitted by livestock, as well as the vast swathes of land needed to grow their feed, means they account for 18 per cent of greenhouse gases, according to Kerry McCarthy. The Bristol East MP – who as a vegan eats no animal produce – has secured a Westminster Hall debate to raise awareness about the impact of the livestock industry on climate change… (letter)

24.3.09

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 24.3.09 Food Trail savours the flavour of national success - A TANTALISING tourism initiative taking visitors on a mouthwatering meander around the Ribble Valley has notched up another major success. Developed by Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Ribble Valley Food Trail has won a "Highly Commended" prize at the prestigious Countryside Alliance Awards national finals in London…. (story)
Northampton Evening Telegraph 22.3.09 Award for shop at the heart of community - A POPULAR village post office and shop has beaten nearly 400 other businesses to be named the second best in the country. The Shop@Stanwick and Post Office was highly commended in the best village shop/post office section of the national finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards and only just missed out on the top title. The shop’s owners are working on plans to expand the business and hope to win the competition next year…. (story)
Birmingham Post 20.3.09 From dairy farm milk to ice cream - Jo Ind reports on a Midland farmer who turned his dwindling dairy farm into a thriving business - The Williams family has been milking cows at their idyllic dairy farm in the foothills of the Welsh Black Mountains for three generations… Mark and Mary no longer simply farm at Rowlestone Court in Herefordshire. They make ice cream with the milk they produce and have opened their home up to families for a spectacular day out in the countryside…. For this canny initiative the Williamses have won the Countryside Alliance Award for the Best Rural Enterprise in the West Midlands region. “We were absolutely blown out of the water when we got the award. We never expected it,” Mark says… (story)
Farmers Guardian 19.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards honour best of rural Britain - THE best of rural Britain was celebrated at the Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony in the House of Lords yesterday (Wednesday, March 18). The awards honoured significant contributions to the countryside. And the winners are… (story)
St Albans & Harpenden Review 19.3.09 Harpenden farmer wins national accolade By Alex Lewis - A HARPENDEN farmer has been named Britain's rural hero by the Countryside Alliance. Ian Pigott, who runs Annabel'sFarm near Kinsbourne Green, beat off competition from television presenters Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Janet Street-Porter to claim the title at a House of Lords reception yesterday…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Top rural businesses recognised - If anybody ever needed evidence of the entrepreneurial nature of country people, they should have been in London today (Wednesday, 18 March) for the presentation of the Countryside Alliance Awards. Tim Relf, one of the national judges in this prestigious competition, profiles the winners… (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Best Rural Enterprise - Loch Visions, Argyll - It's not many business ideas that come from a vole. But this is how Philip Price's unique idea was born - he was taking pictures of some of the creatures when he realised the potential of giving people a fun wildlife-based experience using photography…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Best Local Food Retailer - Newlyns Farm Shop, North Warnborough, Hampshire - The food sourcing policy at Newlyns is simple: own produce, then local, then regional then national. Run by a fourth generation farming family, the Janaways, it offers products from their own 500 acre traditional mixed farm, which rears beef, outdoor pigs, free-range chickens and grows cereals…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Best Traditional Business - Philip Holder, Wellington Carriage Company, Telford, Shropshire - Philip Holder, who's been in the business for 40 years, is one of the few wheelwrights left in England. He makes wooden wheels for traditional horse drawn carriages, as well as doing repair and restoration work. He also builds full horse-drawn carriages… (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Best Village Shop/Post Office - Morgans Newsagent and Post Office, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire - Although only contracted to 36 hours a week, the Morgan family open for 63 - and this sums up their approach…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 18.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Rural Hero - Hertfordshire farmer and Farmers Weekly columnist Ian Pigott picked up the coveted Rural Hero award. Ian was the driving force behind the Open Farm Sunday initative, a national event that annually opens the countryside up to a whole new audience and promotes farming in an accessible way… (story)
Shropshire Star 18.3.09 Top award for carriage firm - The owner of a traditional Shropshire firm is celebrating winning a national award. Wellington Carriage Company has been named the Countryside Alliance’s top traditional business of 2008. Judges said Philip Holder deserved recognition “for creating a thriving business based on traditional craftsmanship”…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 13.3.09 Wildlife photographer to attend top awards - A WILDLIFE lensman from Argyll who has set up a business taking people out for photographic experience in the countryside is set to represent Scotland at an awards ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday. Philip Price, of Loch Visions, based at Kilchrenan on the shores of Loch Awe, won the Best Rural Enterprise Award at the Scottish Countryside Alliance awards…. (story)
Telegraph 12.3.09 Countryside Alliance Awards: Wheels of time By Christopher Middleton - Step inside the workshop of the Wellington Carriage Company, and you enter not just a different century, but a different world, with its own private language and its own dusty rhythm of doing things…. The entire enterprise is the creation of softly-spoken, faded-blue boiler-suited Philip Holder (above), who, at 66 years of age, is not only the firm’s founder, managing director and sole employee, but also one of the few old-fashioned wheelwrights still working in this country…. (story)
Wetherby News 12.3.09 Tockwith Show's Les fights it out against host of celebrities to claim rural hero award - THE SECRETARY of the Tockwith Show is set to go head to head with celebrities Janet Street-Porter and Clarissa Dickson-Wright for the title of Rural Hero of the Year. Les Wake will travel to the annual Countryside Alliance Awards at the House of Lords next Wednesday to find out if he has beaten off the stiff competition and won the accolade… (story)
Herts Advertiser 7.3.09 Harpenden farmer aims to be Rural Hero of the Year - AN INNOVATIVE farmer from Harpenden is up for the title of Rural Hero of the Year. Ian Pigott, aged 39, has been nominated for the Countryside Alliance Awards, an annual event which celebrates the traditions of the countryside through the characters who help it to grow…. (story)
York Press 5.3.09 Tockwith Show secretary Les Wake nominated for major rural award By Richard Harris - TOCKWITH Show secretary Les Wake is on the shortlist to be named as a champion of the countryside – and is up against some big-name competition. Les, who lives in Whixley, is one of only four names on the shortlist for the Countryside Alliance’s award of Rural Hero. But his competition includes Janet Street-Porter and hunt-supporting chef Clarissa Dickson Wright… (story)
Countryside Alliance Awards 4.3.09 Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Janet Street-Porter vie for rural hero - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Hunting campaigner and star of Two Fat Ladies, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, and British journalist Janet Street-Porter will go head to head for the Countryside Alliance's Rural Hero of 2008 award. The award, to be announced at the House of Lords reception on 18 March, celebrates skill, produce, traditions and enterprise of the Clari countryside…. (story)
St Albans & Harpenden Review 4.3.09 Harpenden farmer in running for Countryside Alliance award By Alex Lewis - A HARPENDEN farmer has been nominated for an award by the Countryside Alliance for his efforts to publicise his profession to the public. Ian Pigott, who runs Annabel's Farm near Kinsbourne Green, will be up against Clarissa Dickson Wright and Janet Street-Porter in the contest to be named the campaigning group's ”rural hero” at a House of Lords reception on March 18… (story)
Perthshire Advertiser 3.3.09 Bridge of Cally Post Office is voted the best in Scotland - AN East Perthshire post office has been voted the best in Scotland. The Scottish Countryside Alliance has named the Bridge of Cally business as this year’s Best Village Shop and Post Office… (story)
Weston & Somerset Mercury 28.2.09 Organic farm wins top award - A NORTH Somerset business has won a top award. Wrington Greens Organic Farm won the South West regional title in the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 27.2.09 Shop is one of best in Britain - AVILLAGE shop helped through crisis times by the huge support of its local customers has won a regional award. Belsay Shop has been named Countryside Alliance North East village shop and post office of the year for 2008 and will vie for the national title against winners from the rest of Britain. Its post office was one of 81 that network bosses announced they were seeking to close last July. Belsay Estate, which own the shop and post office, set up a petition opposing the closure which attracted more than 800 signatures… (story)
Andover Advertiser 21.2.09 Aiming to be the best - THEY have shot to the top of the class in the South-East and now they are on target to be the best in Britain. The Lains Shooting School and Mullenscote Gun Dog Training in Quarley has seen off competition to scoop the Traditional Business Award for South-East England in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Surrey Advertiser 20.2.09 Award for Ockley farm shop - A FARM shop in Ockley, which was started up less than two years ago by a couple fed up with their nine-to-five working lifestyle, has been named Countryside Alliance Best Local Food Retailer in the South East. Village Greens Farm Shop, in Coles Lane, was opened by James and Catherine Dampier in 2007 following a dramatic change of career… (story)
Kent & Sussex Courier 20.2.09 Rural college tearoom hopes to win national competition - THE TEAROOM at Hadlow College has won the title of Best Rural Enterprise in the South East of England in a competition held by the Countryside Alliance. The Broadview tea room, which is part of the commercial area at the college which includes a garden shop, 10 acres of gardens and a county produce shop, will now enter the national final of the contest in a bid to beat the 12 other regional winners…. (story)
Hexham Courant 19.2.09 Tynedale trio are top country businesses By DAVID COULTER - TYNEDALE businesses are celebrating after being named among the top countryside establishments in the North-East. Brocksbushes Farm Shop near Corbridge, the Feathers Inn at Newton on the Hill, and Belsay Shop were crowned the best regional businesses in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 19.2.09 Food trail en route to national glory - AN innovative tourism initiative bringing food lovers flocking to the Ribble Valley has won a prestigious award. Launched last year, the Ribble Valley Food Trail celebrates and promotes all that is best about the area's high class food producers and retailers…. Now it has won the Enterprise Award in the North West regional round of the Countryside Alliance Awards, which means it will go on to vie for a national title against winners from the rest of Britain… (story)
Ripon Gazette 18.2.09 Village post office is 'best in county' - A VILLAGE post office near Ripon has been deemed the best in Yorkshire by the Countryside Alliance… (story)
East Grinstead Courier/Observer 18.2.09 Award for store due to close its doors - A POPULAR village store has picked up a prestigious accolade only days before it shuts its doors for good. Danehill Stores was crowned Best South East Post Office/Village Store 2008 in the Countryside Alliance Awards. Owners Gary and Sharon Crilly said they accept the award with "some sadness", while the future of the shop remains bleak. As it stands, the shop is due to close at 5.30pm on Friday February 27. The post office closed on February 7…. (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 18.2.09 Local food is 'far more than a job' say regional title winners - A BUSINESS in Stixwold is celebrating after winning East of England regional titles in the Countryside Alliance Awards. James and Lucy Barclay, of Abbey Farm, Stixwould, near Woodhall Spa, are among four winners in the CA's Local Food Award for the East of England… (story)
South Wales Guardian 18.2.09 Joy as shop owners scoop top award - THE OWNERS of a Llangadog newsagent and post office have paid tribute to the community after winning a top award. Morgan’s Newsagent and Post Office, which is owned by Win and Richard Morgan, won the rural village shop/post office award at a recent Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales ceremony… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 18.2.09 Gun shop given regional title for its service - A Midsomer Norton hunting and firearms shops has won the Traditional Business Award in a regional competition. A M Hobbs Firearms and Angling, at The Island, took the prize for the South West in the Countryside Alliance Awards and has a chance to win the national title, competing against other regional winners…(story)
The Business Desk 17.2.09 In Brief: Rural firms scoop awards… FOUR rural businesses are celebrating winning Yorkshire regional titles in the Countryside Alliance Awards and will now vie for a national title against winners from the rest of Britain…. (story)
MeatInfo 17.2.09 Stevenson takes top Scottish title - Craig Stevenson, managing director of game-specialist Braehead Foods, has won the coveted Rural Hero Award at the prestigious Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony…. (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 15.2.09 Tetbury butchers scoops regional Countryside Alliance award By Alex Love - CELEBRATIONS are taking place at Tetbury's Jesse Smith's Butchers after it scooped a prestigious regional honour. The family-run business won the Daily Telegraph Traditional Business award in the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards for the Wessex region…. (story)
Hereford Times 14.2.09 Kington butcher tastes more success By Paul Ferguson - A KINGTON butcher is raising the steaks after winning his third regional award in three years. Glyn Slade-Jones Butchers is savouring another success in the Countryside Alliance Awards. The family-run business collected a Local Food Award in the West Midlands section and will represent the region in the final… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 14.2.09 Businessman scoops top award - A DEESIDE businessman who specialises in traditional methods of restoring and creating furniture has been recognised with a national award. Tom Ironside has run a successful furniture restoration and craft business at Finzean for more than 20 years. The Scottish Countryside Alliance has now hailed his contribution to the community with its award for best traditional business… (story)
Carmarthen Journal/Llanelli Star/South Wales Evening Post 10.2.09 Farm shop lifts award - A CEREDIGION farm shop has gained an important award from the Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales. Llwynhelyg Farm Shop, Sarnau, run by Teifi and Jenny Davies, gained the best local food retailer in Wales award at the recent Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales, held at the Senedd…. (story)
Carmarthen Journal/Llanelli Star 9.2.09 Top award for village post office - A LLANGADOG newsagent and post office has gained an important award from the Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales. Morgan's Newsagent and Post Office, Llangadog, owned by Win and Richard Morgan, gained the rural village shop/post office award at the recent Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales, held at the Senedd… (story)
York Press 9.2.09 North Yorkshire farm shops scoop awards By Ron Godfrey - TWO farm shops in North Yorkshire are flying the flag for the whole of the region. For the second year running, the Ainsty Farm Shop, at Green Hammerton, has won the Countryside Alliance Best Local Food Retailer title. But this time it shares the honours jointly with Beadlam Grange Farm Shop and Tearoom, on the A170, two miles east of Helmsley… (story)
Daily Post 3.2.09 Butcher’s tops in Wales for tradition by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - A FAMILY butchers shop on Anglesey has been named the best traditional outlet in Wales. Lamia, run by ET Jones Sons & Daughter, Bodedern, won the Daily Telegraph traditional business category in this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards for Wales… (story)
Hereford Times 27.1.09 Hereford blacksmiths nominated - A HEREFORD college’s blacksmith department has made it to the regional finals of an award scheme. The National School of Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Technology’s Holme Lacy campus was nominated in the Daily Telegraph for the Best Traditional Business Award category in the Countryside Alliance awards… (story)
Western Gazette/Blackmore Vale Magazine 23.1.09 Marnhull post office in line for award - MARNHULL post office has been nominated for a prestigious award after a year when other branches were being closed to cut costs. The store has made the regional shortlist in the Countryside Alliance's best village shop and post office award, thanks to its contribution to village life… (story)
Morpeth Herald 22.1.09 Second success story for the Barn By ANDREW COULSON - A CASTLE Morpeth business is celebrating success in a regional competition for the second year running. The Country Barn, in Widdrington Village was awarded the North East Best Enterprise Diversification prize by the Countryside Alliance and it will now take part in the national final later this year…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 21.1.09 Diversity is the way to success for Country Barn by Brian Daniel, The Journal - A NORTHUMBERLAND business has won a regional award for diversifying. The Country Barn, a farm shop, coffee and gift shop at Widdrington, near Morpeth, has won the Countryside Alliance Award best diversification prize for the North East and now goes on to compete at national level… (story)
Arbroath 16.1.09 IN LINE FOR AWARD - The hugely popular farm shop at Milton Haugh, Carmyllie, is one of two Angus businesses which have been shortlisted for the Scottish Countryside Alliance's prestigious Best Local Food Award. The other is Watt, butcher, Montrose… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 10.1.09 Angus firms in line for top award - TWO Angus businesses have been shortlisted for a national award which recognises local good food. Watt the Butcher at Montrose and Milton Haugh Farm Shop at Carmyllie have been recognised in the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) awards… (story)
Yorkshire Post 3.1.09 Pork producers in line for national award By Mark Casci - A PARTNERSHIP of Yorkshire farmers producing high-welfare outdoor pork has been nominated for a national award. Yorkshire Outdoor has been made a finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards, Best Local Food category…. (story)
Western Gazette/Blackmore Vale Magazine 11.12.08 Somerset post office may win award - PETER and Sue Knight have another reason to celebrate after they won a fight to keep the post office branch in their shop. Personal Service Stores and the Post Office in Hinton St George has now been shortlisted as a South West finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards' village shop/post office category for offering outstanding customer service and high-quality goods… (story)
Western Gazette/Blackmore Vale Magazine 5.12.08 More accolades for The European and The Gaggle of Geese - MARK and Emily Hammick have plenty to celebrate this Christmas with more awards and accolades for The European Inn in the Piddle valley and The Gaggle of Geese at Buckland Newton which they took over this year. Both pubs have been shortlisted to the last three in the Countryside Alliance Rural Enterprise Awards…. (story)
ThisIsSomerset 24.11.08 Gun shop is awards finalist - A MIDSOMER NORTON fishing and firearm shop has been shortlisted for an award. AM Hobbs is one of the West Country finalists nominated in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Horse & Hound 24.11.08 Country characters nominated for 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - Five people involved with horses are among the regional finalists selected for the 2008 Countryside Alliance (CA) Awards. Lauren Khor from Chalkpit Farm Stables, Philip Holder (Wellington Carriage Company), Kate Rust (Showing Time Tailoring), Nick Ludlow (Horse&Country TV) and Glyn Slade-Jones, a point-to-point-riding butcher, are all hoping to get through the regionals and be selected for the overall final… (story)
Dorking Advertiser 20.11.08 Mole Valley businesses shine in rural awards - Three businesses have reached the finals of a major competition that promotes rural enterprise. The finalists for the south-east region Countryside Alliance Awards were announced last week… Ockley's Village Greens Farm Shop, in Coles Lane, is one of three finalists in the local food category, much to the delight of owner James Dampier. He said: "We are very much focused on local produce and I think that is the main reason behind our nomination…. Mole Valley also had two showings in the rural enterprise awards – Chalkpit Farm Stables, in Guildford Road, Bookham, and Denbies Vineyard, in Dorking. Lauren Khor, 26, manager of the stables, said: "It is lovely to be nominated for an award like this… Denbies was nominated for being "at the forefront of English wine production". Chris White, its general manager, said: "It is a very nice surprise. We didn't even know that we had been entered… (story)
Horncastle News 21.11.08 Abbey farm in award contention By Stephanie Harrison - A STIXWOULD farm is through to the final round of the East of England Countryside Alliance Awards for producing local food. If successful, James and Lucy Barclay of Abbey Farm could earn themselves a regional title and possibly nationwide acclaim for their products… (story)
Malton & Pickering Mercury 19.11.08 Farm project in line for honours - A FARM diversification scheme is in the running for a top regional award after just six months of trading. Beadlam Grange Farm Shop and Tearoom is shortlisted in the Local Food category of the Countryside All- iance Awards for Yorkshire… (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 15.11.08 Firms get rural recognition - TWO enterprising businesses near Winchester have been recognised for their importance to the rural economy. Twyford Village Store and Post Office and Cresson Creative near Alresford have both made the southern finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards. The competition celebrates the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise that makes the countryside tick… (story)
Northampton Evening Telegraph 14.11.08 Shop at Stanwick makes it to award final By Zara Gaspar - Stanwick's popular village shop and post office is one step closer to winning a prestigious award after making it to the regional finals of a competition. The Shop @ Stanwick and Post Office in High Street was nominated by its customers for the Best Village Shop category of the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards and has now made it through to the regional finals…. (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 14.11.08 Danehill Stores nominated for award By Sam Satchell - DANEHILL Stores is in contention for a prestigious regional award for its service to the community. The store is one of three South East finalists among the Village Shop and Post Office category in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
North Devon Gazette 13.11.08 Village shop in line for award - THE Berrynarbor Community Shop has been named as a finalist in the regional Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
North Devon Journal 13.11.08 Berrynarbor shop nominated for award - A TINY community-run shop has been listed among finalists for a top regional award. The Berrynarbor Community Shop has been hailed as "one of the great success stories of North Devon" after it defied the odds to become a thriving hub in the village. Now the shop has been short-listed for the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 13.11.08 Ribble Valley food trail in line for major award By Ben Briggs - A COUNCIL initiative aimed at promoting food producers and retailers has been nominated for a major award just four months after its launch. Ribble Valley Food Trail has been nominated in the rural enterprise category for the north west round of the Countryside Alliance Awards. And it has been joined in the awards by Dolphinholme Post Office, Forest of Bowland, which is up for the village shop / Post Office award…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 12.11.08 Morpeth business up for countryside awards - A business in Morpeth has been nominated as a regional finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards. The Country Barn is up against Syndegy Healthcare in Bedlington and the Allendale Brewing Company in the rural enterprise category. In addition, Tully's of Rothbury is nominated alongside the Deli around the Corner in Tynedale and Weardale Coeliac's Choice in County Durham in the local food category, while Rothbury Family Butchers is up against the Feathers Inn near Stocksfield in the traditional business category… (story)
Deeside Piper 5.11.08 Finzean business in the frame - Two Deeside businesses have been nominated for prestigious awards. West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine MSP Mike Rumbles has nominated Finzean Farm Shop for the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) "Local Food Award" and Tom Ironside Furniture Group, also of Finzean, for the SCA "Traditional Business Award"…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 10.10.08 Search for a Rural Hero - BUSINESSES and communities across Scotland's countryside are taking part in a search for the country's Rural Hero of 2008, making nominations for the title as part of the annual Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Northampton Evening Telegraph 9.10.08 Pick up a pint with your stamp at Kettering post office - A post office has been given permission to sell alcohol in what is the latest in a line of branches which are diversifying in order to attract more business and survive. Earlier this week postmaster Bobby Singh, who works at Edmund Street Post Office, Kettering, was granted permission by the town's licensing committee to sell alcohol and open for longer…. In Stanwick, the village Post Office and shop has been nominated for the Best Village Shop category of the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards. Sub postmaster Vernon Frost took over the business with Steve Ware and Neil Brailsford in July 2007 and since then business at The Shop @ Stanwick has tripled… (story)
Somerset Guardian 1.10.08 Awards call out for rural heroes - RURAL heroes are to be recognised for the contribution they make to the countryside in the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Bridgwater Mercury 25.9.08 Chance to enter rural business awards By David Hemming - BUSINESSES in Bridgwater are invited to fight it out in this year's Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 25.9.08 Top awards up for grabs - TWO Ryedale village businesses are among this year's nominations for the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards but more are needed say the organisers. Beadlam Grange Farm Shop at Pockley and Kilburn Village Stores, are vying for a top place in the competition…. (story)
Northants Evening Telegraph 24.9.08 Rural shop in Stanwick is in line for a top national honour - A popular village shop and post office has been nominated by its customers for a prestigious award. The Shop @ Stanwick and Post Office in High Street has been put forward for the Best Village Shop category of the 2008 Countryside Alliance Awards…. (letter)
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News 23.9.08 Chance to enter rural business awards By David Hemming - BUSINESSES in Burnham and Highbridge are invited to fight it out in this year's Countryside Alliance Awards. The awards give recognition to rural heroes on a national scale, and are voted for by the public…. (story)
Denbighshire Free Press 13.9.08 Alliance awards - WHAT DO YOU THINK? - DENBIGHSHIRE County Council is encouraging people to consider entering the Countryside Alliance Awards, which recognise the efforts of rural businesses and efforts to enhance the countryside… (story)
Daily Post 8.9.08 Countryside Alliance call by Kelly Fenna, Daily Post - BUSINESSES in Denbigh-shire are being urged to enter this year’s Country-side Alliance Awards…. (story)
Vale of Clwyd News 2.9.08 Business prizes up for grabs in Clwyd By David Simister - BUSINESSES booming in the Clwyd countryside could be up for a range of prestigious prizes, thanks to a contest being supported by the county council. The Countryside Alliance are looking for traders who embrace the rural spirit for their annual awards, and today [September 2] the county council urged Vale residents to get involved…. (story)
Northumberland Gazette 29.8.08 Rural hero awards - THE search will soon be on for rural heroes. The Best Rural Retailer competition ran for three years, received thousands of nominations and honoured hundreds of worthy winners. Now called the Countryside Alliance Awards, it opens to nominations on Monday, September 1…. (story)
Horse & Hound 28.8.08 Countryside Alliance is looking for local heroes - Nick West, H&H news desk - The Countryside Alliance (CA) is looking for a rural hero for 2008, as part of its revamped annual awards… The awards used to be called the Countryside Alliance's Best Rural Retailer — but have been broadened for 2008… (story)
Telegraph 23.8.08 It's Prezza vs 'Biker' Soames for the new rural prize By Andrew Pierce - It was Gore Vidal who said that politics is showbusiness for ugly people. I'm sure Vidal had never even heard of John Prescott when he made that statement. But it was Prescott who came to mind when I discovered that the Countryside Alliance is to award prizes for the first time to the politicians who have best represented the interests of rural Britain…. While I have no time for hunting, the ban was motivated by Labour's class war and will be reversed by David Cameron. Give the Westminster award to Nicholas Soames, as a martyr to the hunting cause. (story)
Rye & Battle Observer 23.8.08 Calling all rural heroes! By Laura Button - The Countryside Alliance's Best Rural Retailer competition is getting personal in 2008, with the addition of a new Rural Hero category. The competition, now called the Countryside Alliance Awards, opens to nominations on Monday September 1…. Anyone is eligible for hero status including teachers, gamekeepers, policemen, rural journalists, hunt masters, vets, or even grandmothers or youngsters who are making a contribution to rural life. The awards will accept nominations between September 1 and October 27, across five categories: Local Food Award, Village Shop/ Post Office Award, Rural Enterprise Award, Daily Telegraph Best Traditional Business Award and Rural Hero of 2008…. (story)

PARLIAMENTARY PETITION AGAINST PRIMATE TESTING
Portsmouth News 24.3.09 MP calls for end to monkey testing By Alex Forsyth - Portsmouth south MP Mike Hancock has signed a parliamentary petition calling for an end to primate testing…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 23.3.09 Ban drug tests on monkeys, says city MP - NOTTINGHAM South MP Alan Simpson has signed a parliamentary petition calling for an end to testing drugs on monkeys… (story)

23.3.09

Horse & Hound 23.3.09 Heythrop hunt raises £4,000 with charity talent show - The Heythrop hunt cast aside their hunting kit and proved to the audience that they really do have talent. Over 350 people gathered at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water on 7 March to cheer and holloa the hunt's charity talent show…. More than £4,000 was raised for the hunt, from which a donation will be made to the young people's charity, Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust (story)

Hartlepool Mail 23.3.09 Horror but no surprise - AS AN international greyhound protection organisation, we were horrified to read of the discovery of the mutilated body of a greyhound by the side of a country lane, headlined "Dead greyhound horror discovery"… In order to put an end to this horrific situation, we are appealing to members of the public not to attend or bet on greyhound races so that this industry fades away through lack of financial support…. Tony Peters, UK Co-ordinator, Greyhound Action, PO Box 127, Kidderminster (letter)

Western Morning News 23.3.09 No case for cull - IN WMN Farming (March 11), Anthony Gibson's article on bovine TB shouts loud and strong for a badger cull. Nothing he says proves the case for a cull, nor does he provide proof that the badger is the carrier rather than the victim of bovine TB… Perhaps it is the polecats, the mink, the fox, the rabbit, or all the other wildlife that are carriers – would Mr Gibson advocate the killing of them all ? Peter Peach, Axminster (letter)

Leicester Mercury 23.3.09 Views show a lack of compassion - The statements of Alison Pratt (Mailbox, March 17) and Pat Stanley (Mercury, March 10) I find quite scary – women without compassion for another species. There has to be another way with regard to protected badgers… Mrs M Falkner, Walton (letter)
Leicester Mercury 23.3.09 Badgers are not to blame - It is a sad reflection on the local cattle farming community that despite the overwhelming scientific evidence against the value of badger killing as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle, it continues to perceive such culling as the easy panacea to the problem… It is a sad reflection on the local cattle farming community that despite the overwhelming scientific evidence against the value of badger killing as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle, it continues to perceive such culling as the easy panacea to the problem…. The control and, hopeful, eradication of bovine TB from British cattle must emanate from a cattle-based strategy of effective bovine TB testing and biosecurity on farms. This clearly does not currently prevail… Dr David Duckett, chairman, Leicestershire Badger Group. (letter)

Northern Echo 23.3.09 Vivisection - ANIMAL experiments are morally and scientifically justified, according to the influential vivisection lobby. However, the only people gaining from the obscene cruelty involved are most likely to be shareholders in the business, vivisectors, the suppliers and politicians motivated only by money concerns…. Vivisectors expect knighthoods… Norman Wall, Wallsend, North Tyneside (letter)

PETA NAKED MOTHER PROTESTS
Halifax Courier 23.3.09 Pregnant animal rights campaigner targets second Jamie Oliver restaurant with naked protest - RASTRICK woman Lynzi Waddington staged a nearly-naked demonstration today outside a celebrity chef's new restaurant - her second in a week. Animal rights campaigner Lynzi, who is six and a half months pregnant, climbed into a cage outside Jamie Oliver's Pukka Pasta restaurant in Brighton as part of a protest about the TV star's promotion of British pork… (story)
South Wales Evening Post 23.3.09 Protest at Jamie's restaurant - Jamie Oliver's newest restaurant has been picketed by animal rights protesters who take issue with the chef's promotion of British pork. Members of Peta stood outside Jamie's Italian in Brighton holding placards bearing the words "Be Pukka to Pigs: Go Vegetarian" while a heavily pregnant supporter crouched in a crate beside them. Stooped on all-fours and clad in just a pair of flesh-coloured pants, Lynzi Waddington said she wanted to highlight the "cruelty that goes on behind closed doors" within the pig farming industry…. (story)
BBC News Online 23.3.09 Pork demo targets celebrity chef - Animal rights protesters have demonstrated outside Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Brighton over his promotion of British pork. Members of Peta stood outside the chef's Italian restaurant holding placards with the words: "Be Pukka to Pigs: Go Vegetarian" on Monday…. (story)
Argus 23.3.09 Near-naked protest outside Jamie Oliver's new Brighton restaurant - By Ruth Lumley - A pregnant woman took part in a near-naked protest outside Jamie Oliver's new Brighton restaurant today. The member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was outside Jamie's Italian in Black Lion Street under the sign "Be Pukka to Pigs - Go Vegetarian"…. (story)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 19.3.09 Brighouse woman in naked protest against Jamie Oliver – picture By Neil Atkinson - A BRIGHOUSE woman shed her clothes for the second time in a month to fight for animal rights.Pregnant Lynzi Waddington joined another supporter of protest group PETA in a lunchtime protest outside Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant, Fifteen.Lynzi and Hollie Bryant, of Wales, protested under a banner that read “Unhappy Mother's Day for British Pigs – Go Vegetarian’’…. (story)
BBC News Online 18.3.09 Pig demo at Oliver's restaurant - Animal rights activists have targeted chef Jamie Oliver's north London restaurant to protest against his endorsement of British pork. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) activists highlight the condition of sows who are kept in cages for a month after the birth of piglets. Two naked heavily pregnant campaigners have placed themselves in cages outside Fifteen in Islington…. (story)
Halifax Courier 18.3.09 Pregnant Rastrick woman stages naked protest outside Jamie Oliver restaurant - ANIMAL rights campaigner Lynzi Waddington staged a naked protest today outside a celebrity chef's London restaurant. Lynzi, of Rastrick, who is six months pregnant, squeezed into a cage outside Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in the capital to demonstrate about the TV star's promotion of British pork… She was joined by another mum-to-be Hollie Bryant, from south Wales, in the demonstration organised by Local People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals… (story)
Telegraph 18.3.09 Animal rights protestors target Jamie Oliver over pork campaign - Animal rights group Peta has targeted Jamie Oliver's flagship restaurant Fifteen in a protest against the celebrity chef's promotion of British pork…. Under a banner reading "Unhappy Mother's Day for British pigs", pregnant protesters crouched in crates outside Fifteen in north London, in an attempt to show the conditions sows can face before giving birth. Protester Lynzi Waddington said: "Peta is asking people to have a heart for animal mums this time of the year and avoid meat that comes from such misery."… (story)

22.3.09

Sunday Mercury 22.3.09 Warwickshire hunt tragedy no reason to lift ban - THE death of a Warwickshire hunt follower who collided with an animal rights activists’ gyrocopter was undeniably a tragedy and his relatives deserve every sympathy at this traumatic time. But is it reasonable to condemn all who oppose and monitor hunting? Yes, there are pro-hunt and anti-hunt extremists who resort to violence and intimidation tactics but they are a minority… League Against Cruel Sports monitors observe a strict code of conduct. They must not harass or intimidate anybody, use cameras intrusively or block public rights of way and must carry identity/registration cards… KATHERINE WATSON, Stockport (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE POLITICAL AWARDS
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 22.3.09 Councillor is in line for national award By Adrian Kibbler - South Shropshire councillor Heather Kidd is in the running for an inaugural Countryside Alliance Political Award as the shortlist is revealed a week ahead of the winners’ reception. Coun Kidd is the leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats on South Shrop-shire District Council and is the prospective parliamentary candidate for Ludlow… (story)

21.3.09

Horse & Hound 21.3.09 Hunting community calls for 'monitoring' to stop - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The hunting community is demanding that "hunt monitors" are stopped in their tracks following the alleged murder of a dedicated hunting man in Warwickshire last week. The relationship between groups opposed to hunting and Thames Valley Police is also being called into question. "Because of the antis, one of our most dedicated supporters has been killed — we're choking on it. It is completely unacceptable," said Warwickshire joint-master Sam Butler. "They stick their cameras in the faces of people, young and old, who are going about their lawful business. It's serious provocation. It's rude, uncivilised and aggressive."… (story)

EAST DEVON ASSAULT TRIAL
Exmouth Journal 21.3.09 'Arrogant' huntsman jailed - A passionate huntsman used his horse to knock a woman hunt monitor into a ditch as she was filming him. At Exeter Crown Court, 47- year-old Christopher Marles admitted common assault on Helen Weekes and also admitted that he was in breach of a suspended sentence for assaulting another monitor at a previous hunt…. (story)
Western Gazette 20.3.09 Shock at prison sentence - AS a man who attacked a hunt monitor begins a prison sentence this week, police have been accused of being soft on hunt-related crime for failing to act on a string of other incidents. Christopher Marles was given a six-month jail term at Exeter Crown Court on Friday after being in breach of a suspended sentence when he attacked Helen Weeks of West Coker while she was filming the activities of the East Devon Hunt last March…. After the verdict, Mrs Weeks said she was shocked at the leniency of the sentence…. (story)
Horse & Hound 16.3.09 Former whipper-in jailed for assault on hunt monitor - Former amateur whipper-in Christopher Marles has been jailed for six months for his attack on hunt monitor Helen Weeks, 61…. The East Devon hunt has previously told H&H that Marles is no longer connected with them and the Countryside Alliance said his conduct "had no place in hunting". (story)
Telegraph 14.3.09 Huntsman jailed for 'ramming' protester - A huntsman who used his horse 'like a missile' to ram an anti-field sports campaigner into a ditch as she tried to film a fox hunt was jailed for six months…. Burly Christopher Marles, 47, repeatedly barged into Helen Weeks, 61, and laughed, saying: "Whisper is a lovely horse - he loves you". Helen, a member of the League Against Cruel Sports, had been using a camcorder to film members of the East Devon Hunt in a country lane…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.3.09 Huntsman jailed for attacks on observers - A HUNTSMAN has been jailed for six months after he repeatedly barged a woman hunt monitor off her feet while he was on horseback. Christopher Marles acted like an "arrogant, cowardly, drunken lout" when he attacked 61-year-old Helen Weeks, Exeter Crown Court was told yesterday… (story)
Mirror 14.3.09 Hunt bully used horse in attack - A huntsman who used his horse to push a screaming woman into a ditch was jailed for six months yesterday. Christopher Marles, 47, laughed as he pulled on the horse's reins so that its head battered artist Helen Weeks….. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.3.09 Huntsman jailed for horse attack on monitor A HUNT whipper-in has been jailed for six months after using his horse to attack a woman hunt monitor. Christopher Marles, 47, of Farringdon, near Exeter, used the animal to repeatedly barge Helen Weeks, 61, off her feet when she was filming the activities of the East Devon Hunt last March… (story)
BBC News Online 13.3.09 Huntsman is jailed for assaults - A Devon huntsman has been jailed for assaulting two animal rights activists. Christopher Marles, 48, of Farringdon, had earlier admitted using his horse to knock Helen Weeks to the ground as she filmed the East Devon Hunt. He was serving a suspended sentence for attacking another hunt monitor when the second assault happened in March 2008. Sentencing Marles at Exeter Crown Court to six months in jail for the offences, the judge said he had acted like an "arrogant, cowardly, drunken lout". "I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself," Recorder Ros Collins told Marles…. Mr Hill was left with two black eyes and needed six stitches after being punched while filming the Devon and Somerset Staghounds… (story)
Western Gazette 20.2.09 Hunt monitor 'pleased' assailant faces prison - A HUNT monitor from West Coker, who ended up in a ditch after a horse was used as a "weapon" against her, has welcomed news that the perpetrator faces jail. But despite the conviction of Christopher Marles, Helen Weeks, aged 61, of West Coker Hill, said she and her fellow monitors are continuing to face violence and intimidation as they carry out their checks. Marles carried out the attack when she was filming East Devon Hunt last March… It emerged that Marles of Farringdon, near Exeter, is the subject of a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years, for an assault on another hunt monitor, Kevin Hill…. Mr Hill was filming the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds, and Exeter Crown Court ordered Marles to pay Mr Hill £2,500 compensation… (story)
North Devon Journal 19.2.09 Huntsman used horse to barge hunt monitor - A WHIPPER-IN could be sent to jail following an incident in which he repeatedly used his horse to barge a woman hunt monitor. It was the second time Christopher Marles had assaulted a hunt monitor. The first incident happened in October 2005 when he assaulted Kevin Hill at a meet of the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds on Exmoor… Magistrates heard that Marles, 47, of Farringdon, near Exeter, repeatedly barged Helen Weeks with his horse when she was filming the activities of the East Devon hunt last March… (story)
Western Morning News 12.2.09 Huntsman faces jail for assault - A WHIPPER-IN faces jail after he repeatedly used his horse as a "weapon" to repeatedly barge a hunt monitor off her feet while he was serving a suspended sentence. Christopher Marles carried out the attack on Helen Weeks, 61, when she was filming the activities of the East Devon hunt last March… It also emerged Marles, of Farringdon, near Exeter, is the subject of a nine month sentence, suspended for two years, for an assault on hunt monitor Kevin Hill which left the animal welfare officer with two black eyes and in need of six stitches. That incident happened in October 2005, while Mr Hill was filming the activities of the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds. Exeter Crown Court ordered Marles to pay his victim £2,500 in compensation…. But after the court case, Michael Moore, joint master of the East Devon hunt, revealed Marles had his red coat revoked as a result of the attack. He said: "We don't condone violence, and we don't want any member of the hunt involved in violence. We felt it was inappropriate for him to continue wearing a red coat to represent the hunt."… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.2.09 East Devon huntsman facing jail - A HUNT whipper-in faces jail after he repeatedly used his horse as a "weapon" to barge a hunt monitor off her feet while he was serving a suspended sentence. Christopher Marles carried out the attack on Helen Weeks, 61, when she was filming the activities of the East Devon Hunt last March… (story)
Horse & Hound 12.2.09 Former amateur whipper-in pushed hunt monitor into ditch - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A former amateur whipper-in faces a jail sentence after being found guilty of using his horse to push a League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) hunt monitor into a ditch three times. Christopher Marles, 48, of Farringdon, near Exeter, appeared at Honiton Magistrates Court on Wednesday (11 February)…. (story)
BBC News Online 11.2.09 Huntsman facing jail over assault - A Devon huntsman is facing prison after being found guilty of deliberately assaulting an animal rights activist. Christopher Marles, 48, of Farringdon, used his horse to knock Helen Weeks to the ground as she filmed the East Devon Hunt, Honiton magistrates heard. He was serving a suspended sentence for attacking another hunt monitor when the assault happened in March 2008. Marles admitted assault but had denied he intended to hurt her. He will be sentenced next month… In October 2006, he was sentenced to nine months, suspended for two years, for causing actual bodily harm to 58-year-old Kevin Hill. Mr Hill was left with two black eyes and needed six stitches after being punched while filming the Devon and Somerset Staghounds… (story)
ThisIsSomerset 6.2.09 Huntsman's horse hit woman into ditch - A HUNTSMAN repeatedly used his horse to push a hunt monitor into a ditch as she tried to film the hounds, a court has heard. Exeter magistrates heard Artist Helen Weeks, aged 61, of West Coker, said she felt like a trapped animal as she was knocked down three times by the large white horse called Whisper. She said when she next went out filming, she returned to find the body of a dead fox on the roof of her car…. (story)
Mirror 4.2.09 Hunt 'brute rammed me into a ditch' By Richard Smith - A foxhunter repeatedly used his horse to barge an anti blood sports campaigner into a ditch as she tried to film him, a court was told. Burly Christopher Marles, 47, rode at Helen Weeks, 61, laughing: "Whisper is a lovely horse - he loves you."… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.2.09 Huntsman used horse as missile, court told - A WHIPPER-IN used his horse 'like a missile' to push a hunt monitor into a ditch as she tried to film the hounds, a court was told. Artist Helen Weeks, 61, said she felt like a trapped animal as she was knocked down three times by a large white horse called Whisper. Exeter magistrates heard yesterday that huntsman Christopher Marles, 47, laughed as she was repeatedly knocked over and mocked her… Marles, of Farringdon, near Exeter, admits common assault but magistrates are hearing evidence at a special sitting to decide whether his actions were deliberate or reckless. The court was told he was with the East Devon Hunt in a lane at Whimple, last March when he confronted Mrs Weeks and fellow monitor Graham Forsyth… (story)
Western Morning News 3.2.09 Horse 'missile' used to hit hunt monitor - A HUNTSMAN used his horse as a "missile" to repeatedly barge a woman off her feet while she was filming his activities, a court heard. Whipper-in Christopher Marles is accused of a "sustained and continuous" attack on 61-year-old Helen Weeks during a meet of the East Devon Hunt last March…. Yesterday, he apologised to Ms Weeks and her colleague Graham Forsyth, who also fell into a ditch during the incident at Lower Burraton near Whimple, East Devon… (story)
Western Daily Press 2.2.09 Huntsman denies intentionally running down campaigner with horse - A huntsman used his horse as a "missile" to repeatedly barge a Somerset pensioner off her feet while she was filming his activities, a court was told. Amateur whip Christopher Marles is accused of a "sustained and continuous" attack on 61-year-old Helen Weeks during a meet of the East Devon Hunt on March 29 last year…. (story)
Western Gazette 3.10.08 Hunt man admits common assault - A huntsman repeatedly pushed a protester from West Coker into a ditch with his horse as she tried to monitor his foxhounds, a court heard. Sheep farmer Christopher Marles, aged 46, rode the horse forward three times, forcing Helen Weeks of West Coker Hill off the narrow road each time… Marles is a former whipper-in and committee member of the East Devon Hunt, who were out with their foxhounds at Whimple, near Exeter, when the confrontation happened in March…. The case was adjourned for a special hearing in November, when the Bench will see a video of the incident shot by Mr Forsyth… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.9.08 Huntsman used horse to force protester into ditch, magistrates told - A HUNTSMAN repeatedly pushed a protester into a ditch with his horse as she tried to monitor his foxhounds, a court heard. Sheep farmer Christopher Marles, 46, rode the horse forward three times, forcing 50-year-old anti-hunt campaigner Helen Weeks off the narrow road each time…. Karen Ball, prosecuting, said Marles was out with the East Devon Hunt on March 29 when he came across Miss Weeks and fellow hunt monitor Andrew Forsyth…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.9.08 Court adjourns hunt assault case - A Devon huntsman who admitted assaulting a hunt monitor has had his case adjourned for a special hearing. Christopher Marles, 46, of New Buildings, Farringdon, near Exeter, admitted assaulting Helen Weeks. But Exeter Magistrates' Court ordered a Newton hearing after the prosecution disputed the basis of Marles' plea…. (story)

Dundee Courier 21.3.09 Reward to catch dog killer - ANIMAL RIGHTS Organisation PETA has offered a £1000 reward to help find whoever was behind the death of the dog tethered to a field post on the outskirts of Brechin…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 21.3.09 Wildlife volunteer tells of caged animal fears By Stephen Briggs - A CITY wildlife welfare volunteer has returned from a rescue mission to Greece and spoken of the terrible conditions he found rare monkeys had been forced to live in. David Barnes (57) is back at his home in Newark Avenue, after his mercy mission to the island of Aegina, near Athens, where a number of monkeys, snakes and other animals were being kept in a rescue shelter… (story)

20.3.09

Evesham Journal 20.3.09 Boon as shooting websites join forces - BASC’s Go Shooting website goshooting.org.uk has teamed up with gunsonpegs.com to provide its members with access to the largest number of shooting providers on the web…. (story)

DAILY TELEGRAPH URBAN FOX SURVEY
Telegraph 20.3.09 Urban foxes becoming tourist attraction in public parks - Urban foxes are becoming a tourist attraction in public parks and gardens, according to rangers By Victoria Clayton - Foxes are already a common sight in people's back yards and gardens where many are fed kitchen leftovers, specially-made jam sandwiches or even smoked salmon. The Daily Telegraph Urban Fox Count has recorded more than 1,000 sightings around the country in the last three weeks… (story)
Telegraph 8.3.09 Urban foxes digging up spring bulbs - Urban foxes are causing havoc in people's gardens digging up spring bulbs and soiling lawns, according to a survey - The Daily Telegraph Urban Fox Count has recorded more than 800 sightings of foxes around the country over the last week. But while many readers treat the animals almost as pets, others insist foxes are a problem - especially in homes trying to recreate 1970s sitcom The Good Life by growing more of their own fruit and vegetables and keeping livestock… (story)
Telegraph 6.3.09 Urban fox count: Urban foxes getting bolder, say experts - Urban foxes are becoming increasingly brave as they become used to living around humans and even strolling into their homes, according to the latest survey. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent (story)
Telegraph 4.3.09 Urban fox count: readers' photos of foxes in their gardens - The first urban fox count in nearly 15 years has been launched by the Telegraph in an attempt to find out how many of the animals are living in the country's towns and cities. Read more about the survey here and see a Google map plotting readers' sightings here… (story)
Telegraph 4.3.09 Foxes being treated as 'free pets' in cities - A growing number of city dwellers, who do not have time to keep a cat or dog, are treating urban foxes as pets by feeding them jam sandwiches and even letting them into the house By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The Daily Telegraph Urban Fox Count has recorded hundreds of foxes around the county, many of which are treated very well with food left out regularly every night. Some households welcome back the same fox every year, feed the vixen during the breeding season and watch the cubs emerge. Others have even named the foxes to which some claim the animals respond…. (story)
Telegraph 3.3.09 Urban foxes infected with mange - housands of urban foxes are infected with a disease that could spread to pets and even humans, according to welfare groups. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Canine mange leaves foxes with bald patches on the skin and can kill young cubs but the disease can be picked up by dogs and humans, leaving them with an unpleasant rash. The National Fox Welfare Society, a charity set up to help sick and injured foxes, sent out 3,435 bottles of mange medicine for foxes last year…. (story)
Telegraph 2.3.09 Number of urban foxes being trapped and killed sees four-fold increase By Louise Gray, Environmental correspondent - According to Peter Crowden, Director of the National Pest Control Technicians Association, controllers in towns and cities across the country are being asked to trap one fox a week, compared to one a month…. He said, "I think other businesses around the country have also seen an increase. Foxes have no natural predator and it is easier for them now with fortnightly bin collections and an increase in the rabbit population."… (story)
Telegraph 2.3.09 Fortnightly bin collections cause surge in foxes By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The last count of urban foxes nearly 15 years ago found there are 33,000 living in towns and cities compared to 258,000 in the UK as a whole. It is thought the mammals are on the increase in urban areas as a result of easy pickings and a lack of predators. The Daily Telegraph Urban Fox Count is currently compiling figures in an effort to find out just how many of the creatures are around the country's towns and cities…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 1.3.09 Urban Fox Count: The Daily Telegraph launches study to count urban foxes - The first urban fox count in nearly 15 years is launched today by The Daily Telegraph in an attempt to find out just how many of the animals are living in the country's towns and cities. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The number of foxes being drawn to urban living is thought to have increased significantly in the last two decades but no study has been undertaken to assess the population since 1995. Now The Daily Telegraph and Telegraph.co.uk are to carry out The Urban Fox Count, with the help of readers, to draw a map of the country showing the number of animals living in built-up areas. The data will be fed to biologists at the mammal research unit at Bristol University, where they are carrying out the longest running study into foxes in the UK, as part of their ongoing work…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 20.3.09 Letter from Michelle Thew - IT is interesting that Simon Festing (letters Mar 13) in one breath supports the report by Neil Parish MEP on the revision of the European animal experiments directive and, in another, says he agrees that standards in Europe should come up to the UK’s… MICHELLE THEW BUAV Crane Grove London (letter)

Scottish Herald 20.3.09 Zoos exact an unacceptable price in animal welfare and conservation - Anne Johnstone hits the nail on the head. Edinburgh Zoo's plans to obtain giant pandas could be more of a giant leap for the zoo's marketing potential than for conservation… The best way the zoo could mark its centenary is to start phasing out its captivity of animals and ensure that wild animals are protected in the only place they should be - the wild. Craig Redmond, Campaigns director, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, PO Box 4186, Manchester (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 20.3.09 Protesters call for wool industry boycott - ANIMAL rights protesters staged a demonstration in Exeter city centre to show the alleged suffering of animals within the wool industry. Members of Exeter Friends for Animals vegetarian campaigning organisation, Viva! played out a cameo showing a group of 'sheep' revolting against 'Bo Beep' over their stolen wool — and called for a consumer boycott of the industry… (story)

19.3.09

Mid Devon Gazette 19.3.09 Reply revealed hunt attitude - CHRISTOPHER Marles, of the East Devon Hunt, was sent to prison on Friday for causing actual bodily harm to one monitor and for assaulting a second. Why, after the first very serious incident, did the East Devon Hunt continue to use the services of this man?... Y NICOLA ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 19.3.09 I'm persuaded by 'anti' poet - I, TOO, am a fan of William Blake's poetry, Poets backing hunting cause, Gazette Postbag, March 3, whose work seems to support hunting, but I would suggest that Ralph Hodgson's poem The Bells of Heaven makes the case for the opposition a little more persuasively… Mr T M MITCHELL Martins Lane, Tiverton (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 4.3.09 Poets backing hunting cause - I VERY much enjoyed reading the letter from Rodney Hale, Caring Tory pro-hunting, Gazette Postbag, February 24. William Blake is one of my favourite poets. Mr Hale quotes from Auguries of Innocence, a wonderful poem but not one, taken in its entirety, that does much for the anti-hunting cause…. Perhaps the opening of The Schoolboy, from Songs of Experience, would do: I love to rise on a summer morn, When the birds sing on every tree; The distant huntsman winds his horn, And the sky-lark sings with me. O, what sweet company.' JONATHAN HIGGINS Dartington, Totnes (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 25.2.09 Caring Tory pro-hunting - CONSERVATIVE prospective Parliamentary candidate Mel Stride tells us he "believes in compassionate Conservatism"… But the grim reality, which he seems reluctant, to admit is very different. If the Conservatives win the next general election, David Cameron has stated there will be a free vote in Parliament on a repeal of the Hunting Act… RODNEY HALE The Hare Preservation Trust, PO Box 70, Crediton (letter)

ThisIsCornwall 19.3.09 No objections? - I HAVE recently discovered via the internet that Asda are selling Halal meat…. Campaign groups are quick to gather en masse to protest against, say, hunting with hounds, yet not a peep when it comes to ritual slaughter. Could this be because the people behind organised animal rights campaigns are not actually motivated by animal welfare, but by a class, or perceived class, agenda? JOHN BEER, Plymouth (letter)

Times 19.3.09 Red stag ‘just vermin' if closed season ditched - Lindsay McIntosh - Scotland's red stags and the deer stalking industry are threatened by plans to scrap the closed season and allow year-round shooting, gamekeepers have warned. Landowners told The Times that proposals drawn up by the Deer Commission, the body set up to manage and protect the breed, and being considered by the Scottish government, strip away the protection which the animal enjoys and relegate the beasts to the status of vermin…. (story)

Dumfries & Galloway Standard 19.3.09 Family stalked by threats - Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard - THE TERRIFIED family of a gamekeeper who was reported to have auctioned off the right to shoot a rare deer on his estate, claim to have received death threats from animal rights activists from as far away as Hong Kong. Kevin Stuart, who owns the stalking rights on a 3,000-acre Kirkconnel Estate, said he has been told by Special Branch police officers in London to report any suspicious vehicles on his land immediately and beware of any unusual packages posted through his door. Mr Stuart said newspaper reports stating he would sell the rights to shoot the white-coated roebuck to the highest bidder were untrue and hit back at local politicians who criticised him…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 8.3.09 'Rare white deer' to be subject of 'hunting auction' - An extremely rare white deer discovered in the Scottish lowlands has become subject of a bidding war between hunters wanting to kill it. By Simon Johnson - The white-coated roebuck, which experts say is not an albino, is so unusual that only a handful have been seen in Britain since the end of the Second World War. Kevin Stuart, who has the stalking rights to the 3,000-acre estate where the wild deer lives, hopes to get up to £6,000, four times the norm, from a trophy-seeking client when the hunting season opens in three weeks… But Ross Minett, of Advocates for Animals, said: "It needs a symbolic name, Pearl, because it is absolutely rare and beautiful. "Most people will be disgusted by the thought that the appearance of such a rare and beautiful animal has prompted a bloodthirsty race to kill it." (story)
Sunday Times 8.3.09 How much to kill this deer? A hunter is auctioning the chance to kill a rare white deer in Scotland - Daniel Foggo - AN exceptionally rare white deer nicknamed “Pearl” has been discovered in the Scottish lowlands by a professional hunter, who is now taking bids from people who want to kill it…. Louise Robertson, Scotland campaign manager at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It’s appalling that people get pleasure from shooting these animals anyway, but to kill a rare species that should be enjoyed by the wider public beggars belief.”… (story)

North Devon 19.3.09 Exclusive: interview with Dr Vernon Coleman – IT seems fitting that the home of the Bilbury books, (novels set in North Devon featuring colourful characters, rural reflections and a nostalgic look at life), should be found in an intriguing little building in the heart of Barnstaple… He's been outspoken on everything from vaccines to vivisection and his books have not only sold more than two million copies in the UK but been translated into 23 languages…. (story)

18.3.09

Exeter Express & Echo 18.3.09 Whipper-in cast a distasteful shadow - I WRITE to applaud the verdict and sentence handed out to Christopher Marles for his appauling assault on a hunt monitor… A big man with a big ego on a big horse is no match for a bystander. Christopher Marles deserves to be punished as his actions could have caused serious injury or even death to Mrs Weeks. He has also cast a distasteful shadow over the hunting community who are in the vast majority agreeable, courteous countryside custodians. Nicki McGuire, Kenton, Exeter
CHRISTOPHER Marles, of the East Devon Hunt, was sent to prison on Friday for causing actual bodily harm to one monitor and for assaulting a second. Why, after the first very serious incident, did the East Devon Hunt continue to use the services of this man? Y Nicola Address withheld on request (letters)

Birmingham Post 18.3.09 Warwickshire Hunt death was an accident waiting to happen - Dear Editor, on the 6th Feb 2007 you kindly printed a letter from me in which I expressed concerns over self-appointed hunt monitors… I pointed out that if the police do not clamp down on the activities of those that find confrontation with the hunting community then someone is going to be seriously hurt or killed…. Danny Keaney, Brookvale Road, Stratford-upon-Avon (letter)

Bath Chronicle 18.3.09 Cruelty is base for hunting ban - The recent publicity concerning the defection of former League Against Cruel Sports boss James Barrington to the Countryside Alliance has been accompanied by numerous disingenuous statements to the effect that many in the animal rights movement are little better than "religious fundamentalists who ignore the scientific evidence"… While honest enough to accept that the Hunting Act has totally failed to abolish blood sports and will be repealed when the Tories win the next election, I can also state with absolute truth (as a campaigner against stag hunting for 50 years) that my motives in working for a hunting ban, as well as the majority of people I have known throughout that time, were based on an abhorrence of cruelty and nothing more…. IAN PEDLER, Bath Road, Paulton (letter)

Western Morning News 18.3.09 Grouse moors are no ecological desert - DR Helen Phillips, chief executive of Natural England, believes that except for small pockets of protected areas, the UK is in danger of becoming an ecological desert ("Countryside 'needs better protection'", WMN, March 10). As the person in charge of protecting the country's landscape, she should be aware of the real conservation efforts being made by grouse moor managers and their significant results… Dr Philips should also be aware that nature reserves are not necessarily the answer to protecting wildlife, as research commissioned by Natural England has recently highlighted…. Adrian Blackmore, Moorlands Director The Countryside Alliance (letter)

17.3.09

Times 17.3.09 Authorities seize initiative as recession raises welfare concerns - Tightening of the horse passport system on agenda as sport takes measures to track movement of ex-racehorses - Alan Lee, Racing Correspondent - Midway through the Cheltenham Festival, a national television news crew arrived at Prestbury Park with a distinctly different reporting agenda. Their brief was to use the most passionate race meeting of the year purely as backdrop to an item claiming that soaring numbers of racehorses will end up in abattoirs - or on the plates of unsuspecting diners - as owners suffer the effects of the recession. The information came from Animal Aid… The TV crew at Cheltenham conducted its business outside the gates, including a pre-arranged interview with David Muir, equine consultant to the RSPCA. If they expected Muir to take the Animal Aid line, they were disappointed. What they got instead was a sane, rational summary. Muir may seem a nannyish nuisance to some in racing but he is the conscience of the industry… (story)

Helensburgh Advertiser 17.3.09 Bid to put spoke in Shores' big wheel plan By Steve McElroy - AN animal rights campaigner has lodged a formal objection to the proposed Lomond Wheel planned for Loch Lomondside… Cardross man John Robins, secretary of Animal Concern, says that he has been contacted by members of the public worried that the proposed big wheel would be a hazard to birds and bats flying in the area…. (story)
Lennox Herald 12.3.09 Animal welfare campaigners blast plans for 'Loch Lomond wheel' by Tina Kemp, Lennox Herald - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have blasted plans to site a big wheel at a Balloch visitor attraction, claiming it could seriously affect the area’s wildlife…. Animal Concern Advice Line has lodged an objection to a planning application from Loch Lomond Shores management for a temporary siting of the wheel at The Gathering in front of Drumkinnon Tower… Charity secretary John Robins of Cardross, a vocal opponent of Loch Lomond Aquarium at the tower, said his organisation had been contacted by members of the public worried that the wheel could be detrimental to wildlife…. (story)

Lincolnshire Free Press & Spalding Guardian 17.3.09 Extend the compassion - In response to Robin Jones' letter (Lincolnshire Free Press, March 10), he is certainly not alone in feeling disgust at the killing and cooking of the wild turtle for Heston Bloomenthal's programme…. Unfortunately, the lack of compassion shown to this poor creature is no less than that shown to millions of farm animals, fish and any other animals killed for food every day… March is Animal Aid's Meat-free Month. I have left leaflets and recipes at Spalding library for anyone to take… Donna Burke, (Animal Aid local contact) Wentworth Close Spalding (letter)

16.3.09

Scunthorpe Telegraph 16.3.09 Earl banned after speeding up to 125mph - THE Earl of Yarborough has been banned from driving after hitting speeds of 125mph in his BMW on the A1… He was educated at Eton College, and is known locally as the leader of the annual Boxing Day Brocklesby Hunt…. (story)

Western Daily Press 16.3.09 Bizarre to deny cruelty - Much correspondence has appeared in the Your Say columns with regard to so-called hunting and hunt legislation. People on horseback with packs of dogs, others in all sorts of vehicles, all chasing their quarry about the countryside with a view to killing it, is barbarity inflicted upon wildlife for enjoyment and fun…. D Roberts, Bridgwater, Somerset (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 16.3.09 Sad pics - Regarding the death of Crumple, the Blackpool Zoo elephant. I was upset to see pictures of Crumple in "happier times" with Santa on her back, playing football etc. She would not participate in these acts by choice… Bella Gibbons, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 16.3.09 Canada's cruelty to baby seals should bring boycott - EVERY spring, thousands of baby harp seals are brutally killed in a 90-day bloodbath on the ice floes off Canada’s east coast, encouraged by the Canadian government…. Please boycott Canadian seafood, especially lobsters and prawns from the North West Atlantic… R Clarke, Grove Road, Ansty (letter)

15.3.09

Sunday Times 15.3.09 The deer hunters - Reading about the rare white deer and Kevin Stuart’s desire to auction the killing rights could not fail to send a cold shudder through any reasonably sane person… Steven Berkoff East Productions, London E14 (letter)

ThisIsCornwall 15.3.09 Animal testing - SHARON HOWE (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 13.3.09 Letter from Dr Simon Festing - I WISH to respond to the letter from Sharon Howe about animal welfare and medical research. Sharon is a well-known animal rights campaigner who wants to stop this life-saving method of research, whatever the cost to patients… (Dr) SIMON FESTING Understanding Animal Research Shaftesbury Avenue London (story)
Swindon Advertiser 10.3.09 Letter from Sharon Howe - ON his website, Neil Parish, who represents the South West in the European Parliament, proclaims his animal welfare credentials. Sadly, they appear not to extend to laboratory animals. Mr Parish has written a report for the key committee involved in revising the European animal experiments law and therefore carries considerable influence. The report is deeply disappointing, playing to the tune of the multi-billion pound animal research industry which wants to be able to carry on exactly as before…. SHARON HOWE Fortescue Road Sidmouth Devon (letter)

14.3.09

Telegraph 14.3.09 Bitter battle between hunts and anti-hunt lobby - A huntsman was jailed for six months on Friday for using his horse to ram anti-hunt campaigner Helen Weeks into a ditch as she tried to film a fox hunt, bringing the bitter battle between huntsmen and the anti-hunt lobby into sharp focus By Patrick Sawer - The court case came in the same week as the death of Warwickshire Hunt follower Trevor Morse – hit by the blade of a gyrocopter being piloted by two hunt monitors. With her wire-rimmed glasses and greying bob 61-year-old Helen Weeks, the wife of a retired RAF serviceman, could easily be mistaken for a retired teacher or librarian… One of the anti-hunt groups that has long-monitored the activities of the Warwickshire, and whose supporters were present on the day Mr Morse was killed, is Protect Our Wild Animals (POWA)…. Among POWA's directors is retired Cardiff vet John Campbell, who also leads the Republic Campaign, a group dedicated to replacing the British monarchy with an elected President…. Supporters of the group include Peter Bunce, a retired Ministry of Defence engineer, who lives in an immaculately converted 18th-century tithe barn in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Haddenham… Mr Bunce, 68, said: "We have been driven at, ridden at, sworn at, threatened, tailed and intimidated whilst monitoring the Heythrop hunt since the ban."… For the past three weeks a gyrocopter has been flown over the Warwickshire's meetings, prompting the hunt to lodge a formal complaint with the Civil Aviation Authority… (story)

Times 14.3.09 Into the wild: Hare-watching - There is something about hares that gets to people. Hares inspire; hares haunt - Simon Barnes - You don't go looking for hares, you just come across them. Nobody goes out for a day's hare-watching. So I thought maybe I should… (story)

Times 14.3.09 The Born Free Foundation: Still saving the lions - As the Born Free Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, its founder, Virginia McKenna, talks about life in the wild - Valerie Grove - From Virginia McKenna's cottage window you look out over 22 acres of forested Surrey hills… (story)

BORN FREE BUSHMEAT LETTER
Southern Daily Echo 14.3.09 Bushmeat...an appeal by Will Travers - Will Travers, chief executive, Born Free Foundation >(letter)
Derby Telegraph 13.3.09 Battling to end bushmeat trade - Will Travers, Born Free Foundation Horsham, West Sussex (letter)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 13.3.09 Bushmeat a health threat - WILL TRAVERS, Chief Executive, Born Free Foundation (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 10.3.09 Letter from Will Travers - I AM writing to bring to your attention a serious threat facing both endangered wild animals and human health - the snaring of wild animals and consumption of their meat, known as bushmeat. In many parts of Africa, bushmeat has evolved from a low-level subsistence activity to a large-scale commercial trade, supplying urban and even international markets… To raise awareness about this important issue, we have produced a new film with our partners Land Rover, which provides an insight into some of the enormous challenges faced by those in Kenya trying to bring a stop to this devastating trade… WILL TRAVERS Born Free Foundation Chief Executive (letter)

13.3.09

Carlisle News & Star 13.3.09 Police search west Cumbrian homes in badger baiting probe By Jenny Barwise - Police and animal welfare experts investigating alleged badger baiting conducted searches in Workington yesterday morning. The cross Border operation was conducted by officers from Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway police, the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA…. (story)

Bucks Free Press 13.3.09 Circus vote was awful - DEEP shame on the Wycombe district councillors who last week voted to allow animal circuses to rent council land. It was in the eyes of many a step back towards the darker days when bull or bear baiting, dog fights, cock fights were all part of animal abuse or exploitation…. Geoff Perfitt, Oaktree Close, Tylers Green (letter)

Halesowen News 13.3.09 Animal lovers urged to boycott Hagley circus By Bev Holder - ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging people to boycott Bobby Roberts Super Circus which is due to stop off in Hagley next week…. Craig Redmond, campaign director for national animal rights charity - the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS), said: "People can enjoy circuses without animals being forced to perform…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 13.3.09 Animal acts - Some people worry that circus animals are not leading a natural life but camels, elephants and horses have been domesticated for thousands of years…. The great enemy of an intelligent animal is boredom. Circus animals are not bored…. SYLVIA SCARLETT (Full address supplied).
Circus visit - I visited the Great British Circus at Newark Showground and, after the show, I looked around the living quarters. I found the animals to be in very good condition… To be in good condition like that they have got to be very well looked after… G. SLACK, Grove Street, Balderton. (Letters on website for a week)

12.3.09

HEYTHROP HUNTSMAN CLEARED OF HUNTING FOXES
Oxford Mail 11.3.09 Huntsman relieved as fox case is dropped - The first professional huntsman in the country facing prosecution for allegedly hunting a fox is "elated" after his case was dropped. Julian Barnfield, 45, of the Heythrop Hunt, which rides out in west Oxfordshire and nearby parts of Gloucestershire, faced four charges of hunting a fox between November 2007 and February last year…. (story)
Tewkesbury Admag 11.3.09 Huntsman's fox hunting charges are dropped - THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped fox hunting charges against a friend of Conservative Party leader and West Oxfordshire MP, David Cameron. Julian Barnfield, professional huntsman with Oxfordshire’s Heythrop Hunt, was charged with four offences of fox hunting between November 2008 and February 2009 and was due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court tomorrow… (story)
Daily Mail 11.3.09 David Cameron's friend escapes hunting trial as High Court rules 'searching' for mammals is legal - A friend of Conservative leader David Cameron has escaped fox hunting charges after the case against him was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.Julian Barnfield, professional huntsman with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, had been charged with four offences of hunting a fox between November 2008 and February 2009 and was due to appear before magistrates this Friday. But the CPS has now announced it is no longer proceeding with the case in the light of a High Court ruling last month that 'searching' for a mammal was not hunting and that hunting could only be an 'intentional' activity… (story)
Gloucestershire Citizen & Echo, Forester 10.3.09 Fox hunting charges dropped - Charges against a huntsman relating to illegally pursuing a fox have been dropped. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against 44-year-old Julian Barnfield, who hunts with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire. He had been accused of four offences of hunting a fox between November 2008 and February 2009 and was to have appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates this Friday. But today the CPS announced it had discontinued the case in the light of a High Court ruling last month that "searching" for a mammal was not hunting and that hunting could only be an "intentional" activity…. (story)
BBC News Online 10.3.09 Charges against huntsman dropped - The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted for hunting a fox has had all charges against him dropped. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, was accused of three counts of hunting a mammal with dogs…. (story)
Horse & Hound 10.3.09 Prosecution sensationally dropped against Heythrop huntsman - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Charges of illegal hunting have been dropped against Heythrop huntsman Julian Barnfield. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today dropped the high-profile case against Mr Barnfield. The huntsman was charged with four offences of hunting a fox, relating to incidents between November 2008 and February 2009. The decision comes after the CPS announced it had no plans to appeal a High Court ruling that effectively weakened the Hunting Act 2004… (story)
Horse & Hound 6.8.08 Cotswold huntsman pleads not guilty to charges under the Hunting Act - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Cotswold huntsman Julian Barnfield has pleaded not guilty to three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. Mr Barnfield, of the Heythrop Kennels in Chipping Norton, did not appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court for the hearing on 4 August, but entered the pleas through his solicitor… (story)
Times 5.8.08 Hunt charges denied - The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted under the Hunting Act 2004 for hunting a fox has denied the charges against him at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court… (story)
Scotsman 5.8.08 Huntsman denies three charges - THE first professional huntsman to be prosecuted for fox-hunting denied the charges against him yesterday. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, faces three counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs… (story)
Guardian 5.8.08 Huntsman denies charges in first state prosecution - The first huntsman to be prosecuted by the state for hunting a fox denied the charges against him yesterday… Steven Morris (story)
Cotswold Journal 5.8.08 Huntsman pleads not guilty - A NORTH Cotswold huntsman who is being prosecuted for hunting foxes since the ban, today denied the charges against him. Julian Barnfield, 44, of Heythrop Kennels, Chipping Norton did not attend today's hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court but entered the not guilty pleas through his solicitor - Tim Hayden… (story)
Guardian 4.8.08 Huntsman denies charges of hunting with dogs - Anil Dawar and agencies - The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted by police for hunting a fox has today denied all the charges against him. Julian Barnfield, of the Heythrop hunt, which rides in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is accused of hunting a wild mammal with dogs… (story)
Western Daily Press 4.8.08 15.10 latest: Gloucestershire huntsman denies fox-hunting charges - The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted by police for hunting a fox denied the charges against him today. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, faces three counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs…. (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 4.8.08 Cotswold man denies fox-hunting charges By Emma Tilley - A COTSWOLD kennel owner and friend of Tory leader David Cameron has denied charges of fox-hunting after the ban. Julian Barnfield, 44, of Heythrop Kennels, Chipping Norton, entered the not guilty pleas through his solicitor, Tim Hayden, at today's hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court. The case was adjourned for a pre-trial review to take place and after a judicial review at the High Court in London concerning points of law that potentially relate to the case…. The case has been adjourned for a pre-trial review on November 3 at Cheltenham Magistrates… (story)
BBC News Online 4.8.08 Court hears denial of fox-hunting - The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted by police for hunting a fox has denied all charges against him. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, faces three counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs… The case was adjourned until 3 November, when a pre-trial review will take place at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court (story)
Horse & Hound 24.7.08 Fox hunting case adjourned while film evidence is viewed - Amy Mathieson - The first case to be brought by the state for illegal fox hunting has been adjourned while legal teams view filmed evidence. Heythrop huntsman Julian Barnfield, was due to be prosecuted for allegedly killing a fox on 21 July, but Cheltenham magistrates have agreed to put the hearing back until 4 August after his solicitors asked for filmed footage… (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 22.7.08 Fox hunter to appear in court - A FRIEND of Tory leader David Cameron, who is being prosecuted for hunting foxes since the ban was imposed, is to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court next month. The case of Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Cotswolds-based Heythrop Hunt, was listed before the court today but was adjourned administratively in his absence…(story)
Gloucester Citizen 21.7.08 5.45pm - Huntsman has case adjourned - The first professional huntsman in the country to be prosecuted by police for allegedly killing a fox had his case adjourned today so his legal team can view evidence filmed by hunt monitors. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, was due in court today to answer three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. But Cheltenham magistrates agreed to put the plea hearing back to August 4 after Barnfield's solicitors asked the prosecution to serve them with DVD footage…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.7.08 Film delays fox death prosecution - A huntsman who was due to be prosecuted for allegedly killing a fox has had the case against him adjourned while his legal team views filmed evidence. Julian Barnfield, 44, is a professional huntsman with the Heythrop Hunt that covers Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. He was due to answer three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs. Cheltenham magistrates agreed to put the plea hearing back to 4 August after his solicitors asked the prosecution to serve them with hunt monitor footage…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 21.7.08 Hunt ban breach case adjourned - A FRIEND of Tory leader David Cameron, who is being prosecuted for hunting foxes since the ban was imposed, is to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court next month. The case of Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt in the Cotswolds, was listed before the court on Monday but was adjourned administratively in his absence… (story)
West Sussex County Times 21.7.08 Hunt footage delays prosecution over fox death - An Oxfordshire huntsman who is the first professional in the country to be prosecuted for allegedly killing a fox has had his case adjourned so that his legal team can view evidence filmed by hunt monitors. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, was due in court on Monday to answer three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs… (story)
Horse & Hound 29.5.08 Heythrop huntsman accused of illegal hunting - A professional huntsman from the Heythrop hunt will face the first prosecution in the UK by police for allegedly killing a fox. Julian Barnfield, 44, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, faces three charges of hunting a wild animal with dogs on 17 November 2007 and 23 January and 7 February 2008… (story)
Mirror 23.5.08 When the ban on... Paul Routledge ...hunting with dogs came into force in 2005, I offered lunch at the House of Commons to the first police officer to mount a successful prosecution within a year. My money was safe. Three years later, the cops have finally charged a foxhunt professional with illegally killing foxes… The defendant? None other than an employee of the Heythrop Hunt, of which David Cameron is a member… (story)
Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 22.5.08 HUNTSMAN FACES COURT - A Professional huntsman has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for the alleged killing of a fox, it was revealed.Julian Barnfield, 44, of Chipping Norton, rides with the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 21.5.08 MAN FACES FOX HUNTING CHARGES - A Professional huntsman has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for the alleged killing of a fox.Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, will appear in court this summer facing three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs…. (story)
BBC News Online 20.5.08 Huntsman faces police prosecution - A professional huntsman is to appear in court to face charges in connection with the alleged killing of a fox. Julian Barnfield, 44, faces charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs during a hunt with the Heythrop Hunt in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire… (story)
Sun 20.5.08 First huntsman gets prosecuted - A HUNTSMAN has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for allegedly killing a fox. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, will appear in court this summer facing three charges of hunting a wild mammal with dogs…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.5.08 POLICE WILL PROSECUTE CAMERON'S HUNT PAL BY TRISTAN CORK - A West huntsman with David Cameron's favourite hunt is to become the first in the region to be prosecuted for hunting foxes, police confirmed yesterday. Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt in the Cotswolds, has been summonsed to appear before magistrates in Cheltenham in July, charged with three counts of breaking the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Oxford Mail 20.5.08 Huntsman faces prosecution over fox deaths By George Gaynor - The professional huntsman of the Heythrop Hunt has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for the alleged illegal killing of a fox… (story)
Oxford Times 20.5.08 Huntsman to face court - A PROFESSIONAL huntsman has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for the alleged killing of a fox… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 20.5.08 HUNTSMAN FACES POLICE PROSECUTION - A professional huntsman has become the first in the country to be prosecuted by police for the alleged killing of a fox, it was revealed today… (story)
Mirror 19.5.08 Exclusive: David Cameron's hunt first on fox killing charge - By Graham Brough - The professional employed by David Cameron's fox hunt yesterday became the first person to be charged by police with illegally killing foxes under Labour's 2004 law… Heythrop Hunt's professional huntsman Julian Barnfield, 44, faces three charges… He is due to appear before Cheltenham magistrates court on July 21, 2008…. Penny Little of Protect our Wild Animals - a monitoring group which supplied evidence for Barnfield's prosecution - said: "This is a turning point…. (story)
Horse & Hound 27.3.08 MFHA and Countryside Alliance slam BBC hunting investigation - The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) and Countryside Alliance (CA) has dismissed as "second-class, emotional journalism" a BBC investigation that followed monitors trailing the Heythrop hunt. BBC's Inside Out programme on Good Friday followed Penny Little and Judy Gilbert while they "monitored" the Heythrop over four weekends last month. MFHA chairman Stephen Lambert told H&H: "At one point, a fox was pictured running towards hounds, with the monitors trying to allege that hunting with intent was taking place. How you can hunt a fox when it's running towards hounds, I don't know."... (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 24.3.08 POLICE INVESTIGATE BBC 'ILLEGAL HUNTING' CLAIMS - Police are probing a Gloucestershire fox hunt amid claims it was illegally hunting foxes.They are also looking into allegations that hunt monitors were attacked and intimidated while filming in the Cotswolds... Footage involved members of the Heythrop Hunt, which operates in Gloucestershire...(story)
Gloucester Citizen 22.3.08 TV FOOTAGE LEADS TO INVESTIGATION OF HUNT - Police are probing David Cameron's favourite fox hunt amid claims it was exposed by an undercover BBC team illegally hunting foxes.They are also looking into allegations that hunt monitors were attacked and intimidated while filming in the Cotswolds... Film-makers shadowed hunt monitors in the Cotswolds as they followed a number of different hunts. But the most explosive footage involved the Heythrop Hunt, which includes a large swathe of rural Gloucestershire... (story)
Gloucester Citizen 21.3.08 MAN ARRESTED OVER HUNT ALLEGATIONS - ONE man has been arrested after claims the Cotswolds-based Heythrop Hunt has been intimidating hunting monitors.... On one occasion, due to be screened on BBC One's Inside Out this evening, monitor Penny Little is filming hounds from the Heythrop Hunt when a quad bike appears, her car door is kicked closed, and a man threatens her.... (story)
Western Daily Press 21.3.08 POLICE CLOSING IN ON TORY LEADER'S FAVOURITE HUNT BY TRISTAN CORK - Police are probing David Cameron's favourite fox hunt amid claims it was exposed illegally hunting foxes by an undercover BBC team. They are also looking into allegations that hunt monitors were attacked and intimidated while filming in the Cotswolds. One man has been arrested and may face prosecution next week, and police are viewing footage filmed by the BBC programme, which is being broadcast across the region tonight.... Film-makers shadowed hunt monitors in the Cotswolds as they followed a number of different hunts. But the most explosive footage they and the hunt monitors captured involved the Heythrop Hunt, which includes a large swathe of rural Gloucestershire in its territory... Viewers of the Inside Out programme tonight will see hunt monitor Penny Little trying to film what is claimed are hounds making a kill in a copse near a lane... (story)

Daily Mail 12.3.09 ROBIN PAGE - The misrule of law...banning vigilantes - On February 18 I said quite clearly on this blog that so-called “hunt monitors” were in fact “vigilantes”. Now a hunt follower is dead, not a “toff”, a gardener – a “non-toff” – hit by a low flying gyrocopter. The machine had been following the Warwickshire Hunt, flying low, upsetting livestock and breaking, so it would seem, several regulations, both concerned with flying – and harassment. A man has died not only because he received no protection from the law, but also because the highly politicised legal system in Britain today is highly selective as to how it implements the law…. (story)

Daily Post 12.3.09 Anti-hunt group to contest repeal bid - A NEW anti-hunting campaign group has been set up in North Wales to counter calls for a repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act. Wales Action Against Repeal (WAAR) will hold its first demonstration outside the offices of Tory Clwyd West MP David Jones in Llewelyn Road, Colwyn Bay, on Saturday… (story)

South Yorkshire Times 12.3.09 Angling for answers over sea fishing fiasco - Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament Scotton North Yorkshire (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 23.2.09 Rethink fishing laws - Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Beechwood Farm, Main Street, Scotton, North Yorkshire (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 11.2.09 Red-tape threat to hobby fishermen - Conservative MEPs are fighting plans in Brussels that would threaten Yorkshire sea anglers and see this ancient pastime brought under the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy…. Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber (letter)

Daily Post 12.3.09 Halal label plea by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - ANIMAL rights protesters gathered in Castle Square, Caernarfon, last Saturday to protest against the halal slaughter of livestock at the town’s abattoir. New owners Sher Foods has insisted that all animals will be pre-stunned before slaughter but the campaigners want guarantees this will take place…. (story)

Stratford Observer 12.3.09 Calls to boycott the circus - Clare Fitzsimmons - THE CIRCUS is coming to town - together with calls for it to be boycotted amid animal welfare concerns. Bobby Roberts Super Circus is one of the few remaining animal circuses in the UK. It tours with an elephant, horses, camel and dog….. (story)

11.3.09

Western Daily Press 11.3.09 Fox bred and called a pest - Reading the letter, "It's a class war on hunting" (Your Say, March 6) made me recall the time I spent on some summer afternoons sitting watching a family of foxes, one male, two females and four fox cubs…. These foxes had strangely not used the artificial earth built and provided by the hunt to raise their cubs, but excavated their own home not too far away, which leads me to the question, if they are encouraged to breed in artificial earths by hunts, farmers and their friends, why do they call foxes pests?... M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Evesham Journal 11.3.09 Man arrested at Cheltenham Festival for using forged note… During the day members of Animal Aid carried out a protest at the main gates to the Cheltenham Racecourse. This was done peacefully with no need for police involvement…. (story)

Western Daily Press 11.3.09 Farmers are to blame for the spread of TB in cattle - Church leaders seem to have forgotten that a debate has been raging about badgers and bovine TB for a good number of years now… Yes, cases have increased, but the fact remains that the finger of blame for this crisis has to point back at the farming community. They can attempt to demonise British wildlife all they want, but the intensification of farming practices, and the huge increase in cattle movements, are the real reasons for the spread of this disease in the West Country… The best way to protect both cattle and badgers is to remove yourself from the meat and dairy chain entirely – and the best way to do that is to go vegan. Viva! is here to help. Justin Kerswell Viva! Bristol (letter)

Guardian 11.3.09 Monkey nuts - A few years ago, when I attended a demo against animal testing at laboratories in Wickham, Hampshire, I was surprised at the large number of police for this peaceful event and the number of times we were photographed. Unfortunately, I have no record of it… Perhaps, before the police destroy their record of my presence there, they could send me a copy as a memento. Peter Sharpe, Pwllheli, Gwynedd (letter)

Worcester News 11.3.09 I would join halal demonstration - With the reports that local farmers are rejoicing their move into supplying halal meat, I have been waiting for a reaction from the animal protection brigade, who in 2001 almost declared war on me in these columns over fox hunting and laboratory controlled medical research. In a letter (February 27) in reply I said that should they demonstrate in Worcester against halal religious slaughter (slaughter without stunning) I would join them. This offer still stands… Brian Hunt, Worcester. (letter)

10.3.09

Essex Chronicle 10.3.09 WOODHAM WALTER: Woman traumatised as hunt hounds run amok - AN ANIMAL-LOVER was left traumatised after hunt hounds charged into her garden. Lyn Taylor, 60, has been deeply affected by the episode, which erupted while she was alone at home in tranquil Woodham Walter… Mrs Taylor said the dogs broke some branches from a prize rhododendron, and frightened off a stray cat which she looks after. The cat didn't return for two days. She said her pet dog and five other pedigree cats were also left unnerved by the experience… Mervyn Clarke, a master of the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt said no complaint had been received about the incident… (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 10.3.09 Unbelievable - YOU might be forgiven for thinking this is a more enlightened age with regard to animal welfare. Or you would have done until you read the story about Pearl, the first white roebuck deer seen in a decade…. Apparently hunters are queuing up to stalk the yearling on the Kirkconnel estate, in Dumfriesshire. One German hunter has offered £54,00 to stalk Pearl… E Brandon (Mrs), Wallasey (letter)

Argus 10.3.09 Poisoned fox - DURING recent weeks there have been numerous letters to The Argus on the subject of foxes. I have been watching them for about 30 years now… I have seen badgers, foxes and cats feeding together on numerous occasions, never once have I seen a fox go for a domestic pet…. Bob Carden, Oakdene Crescent, Portslade (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.3.09 Outrage at church leaders' call for badger cull - A leading animal carer has said the Bath and Wells Diocese should "give up reading The Bible for a couple of days" to properly research cattle TB before calling for a South West badger cull. Pauline Kidner, founder of the Secret World wildlife rescue centre in East Huntspill, said she was outraged that the diocese had called for a cull… (story)

9.3.09

Western Daily Press 9.3.09 We don't want to see these beautiful areas fenced off - I must comment on Chris Rundle's continued negativity towards the Government's plan for the coastal path around the UK. The Government is correct to push ahead with this coastal access plan, as it's only since 2000 that people have been given the right to roam in the countryside… The Country Land and Business Association and the Countryside Alliance will fight tooth and nail against our right to walk around the whole coastline, just the same as they continue to hunt foxes, stags and hares. Perhaps that is why they want the public kept away from these special "private" places…. (letter)

BBC News Online 9.3.09 Three men fined for hare coursing - Three men have been fined for illegally hunting hares with dogs. Jason Bradford, 37, from Walsall, Tom Connors, 22, from Cardiff, and Brian Powell, 43, from Pontypool, were arrested near Faringdon last year…. Bradford and Powell were fined £500 and ordered to pay £315 costs at Oxford Magistrates Court. Connors was fined £330 and also told to pay £315 costs… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 9.3.09 Sanctuary is the best place - I absolutely agree with Craig Redmond of the Captive Animal Protection Society (The Gazette, February 23). Blackpool Zoo's elephants, along with all other zoo elephants living in Britain, should be re-homed in suitable sanctuaries, where they will have the space and company vital to their physical and mental wellbeing…. Pat Price, Lytham Road, Blackpool (letter)

Tivyside Advertiser 9.3.09 Views on the badger cull - Dear Editor, I have been following the correspondence concerning the possibility of a badger cull…. The way forward is for all concerned to throw their energies behind Cattle Control measures, vaccine developments and improved bio security. Government funding has increased by 20 million pounds, which will be administered by a Bovine TB partnership in order to develop a joint plan to resolve a complex problem. C E David Coed Melin Tremain (letter)

8.3.09

Sunday Times 8.3.09 Tony Allwright: Hypocrisy of animal rights campaigners - Activists are preoccupied with the cruelty of animal testing, but what about religious ritualistic slaughter? - Tony Allwright - Who could fail to be horrified by the slaughter described in the recent Sunday Times badger-baiting exposé? Yet, humans can be a lot crueller than terriers. They cut animals’ necks, arteries and oesophaguses without bothering with pain relief, and allow their hearts to continue pumping until all the blood has drained out. That’s both the kosher and halal method of slaughter which Jews and Muslims claim is painless…. (story)

6.3.09

LACS HUNTING ACT ANNIVERSARY LETTER
Western Daily Press 6.3.09 It's class war on hunting - I found the letter "Bold attempt to convince", by T Selwood, interesting. It referred to the latest court case about hunting. The only message it conveyed to me was that both sides are claiming victory. So who has won? The answer is neither. What will happen now is that a lot of pending cases will go to court, so the true winners are the solicitors…. I leave you with this thought: I wonder how many people who believe hunting should be stopped, simply because it is cruel, keep a sweet little bird in a tiny cage, depriving the poor little creature of a mate and its freedom. Gary Ballinger Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 3.3.09 Blood lust of the fox - Your correspondent from The League Against Cruel Sports is way off the mark if he considers that banning hunting is in the best interests of the creatures involved. It is far more natural to use hounds to dispatch a predator such as a fox than to either shoot or poison it. In the last two cases, the fox is likely to die a lengthier death, and in greater distress… Mrs Pamela B McCallum, Albert Street, Thornton (letter)
Morpeth Herald 28.2.09 Hunting Act doesn't prevent cruelty - Hunting Act in need of teeth? ('Herald' letters, February 19). Nearly, but not quite. The Act is the outcome of badly researched or badly conceived legislation. In fact it is a statement of the will of the Labour Party in response to the unfounded belief of so many misled townspeople… NORMAN F. BATEMAN, Morpeth (letter)
Western Daily Press 27.2.09 Bold attempt to convince - The recent Hunting Act judgment was, of course, a massive blow to the League Against Cruel Sports, particularly as it contributed to the forming of the legislation in the first place…. What Douglas Batchelor has conveniently chosen to overlook is the change in the burden of proof in relation to court prosecutions… The letter was a bold attempt to convince the public that in some way the judgment reinforced the Hunting Act. However, this is not the case and I'm afraid that disappointment looms. Trevor Selwood Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)
Morpeth Herald 20.2.09 Hunting Act in need of teeth? DOUGLAS BATCHELOR Chief Executive League Against Cruel Sports New Sparling House Holloway Hill, Godalming Surrey (letter)
The Shields Gazette 20.2.09 Support the anti-hunting act - Douglas Batchelor, League Against Cruel Sports, Surrey. (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 19.2.09 Call to enforce ban - Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, New Sparling House, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey (letter)
Western Daily Press 18.2.09 Support MPs on hunt ban - Today marks the fourth anniversary of the date the Hunting Act came into force, outlawing the cruelty of hunting with hounds…. I urge readers to contact their MPs and ask that they join the 20 per cent of MPs who have already signed Early Day Motion 481, which calls for greater support for the police in the enforcement of the Act. Douglas Batchelor League Against Cruel Sports Surrey (letter)

Newark Advertiser 6.3.09 Circus stance - The Great British Circus at Newark Showground features animals being made to do things that are totally alien and unnatural to them… — MARGARET PAWSON, Newholm Drive, Wilford, Nottingham. (letter on website for a week)
Nottingham Evening Post 6.3.09 Letter: Free circus animals - I wholeheartedly agree with Margaret Pawson when she calls for a boycott of the Great British Circus (Post, Feb 27th). There is absolutely nothing 'great' about this circus that continues to exploit wild animals…. BETH HEWIS Nottingham Green Party, Hobsic Close, Brinsley (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 27.2.09 Letter: Circus protest - I am writing to protest about The Great British Circus at Newark Showground. This circus features performing animals including elephants, lions tigers, horses, llamas, reindeer, camels and zebras… It is extremely cruel and a graphic example of the way animals are exploited by man for financial gain. I urge everyone who was going to go to this circus to think again and make a stand for the animals by boycotting this spectacle. MARGARET PAWSON Newholm Drive Wilford (letter)

Western Gazette 6.3.09 Animal extremists target sister - THE sister of a man convicted of shooting a pet dog in the eye says she has been targeted by animal welfare extremists despite having nothing to do with the case. Last week the Western Gazette reported that Simon Galliott, of Lyde Road, admitted shooting his pet Staffordshire with an air pistol… Since the article appeared his sister Sarah Galliott, who lives in Herblay Close, just off Lyde Road and not at the same address as the defendant, says she has received threatening telephone calls and a letter which arrived on Saturday morning that left her shaken and distressed…. She claimed it was handwritten and signed AWG - Animal Welfare Group - Yeovil. Ms Galliott said: "I have the same initial as my brother and they have clearly found my number and address and related it to him… (story)

5.3.09

Morpeth Herald 5.3.09 Preventing cruelty over compassion? Your report ('Herald', February 26) about the unfortunate deer at East Mill, Morpeth, confirms that the RSPCA is concerned only, as the name implies, with prevention of cruelty and not with compassion…. Perhaps the Inspector had the Hunting with Dogs Act in mind. Does that not state that the quarry has to be shot immediately it is possible after being hunted by a maximum of two dogs?... it could have had a happy ending for Douglas Batchelor of the League Against Cruel Sports (whose letter was published in your edition of February 19), because the dog owner could then have been prosecuted under the Hunting Act. How absurd…. NORMAN F. BATEMAN, Morpeth (letter)
Morpeth Herald 5.3.09 Living proof wildlife survives in captivity - I read with great interest your report ('Herald, February 26) regarding the RSPCA and the deer in the river incident. The attitude of the RSPCA never ceases to amaze me, whether it is dealing with wildlife or domestic animals. Its stance on euthanasing wildlife without considering rehabilitation and release is very wrong… It is my understanding that in this instance the Inspector arrived announcing that he had come to destroy the deer before he'd even examined it for any injuries to warrant such an action… EILEEN WELSH, Cramlington (letter)
Morpeth Herald 5.3.09 Deer rescue: Policy questioned - Saturday, February 21 I saw a young stag being mauled by a lurcher dog on the road next to the recently renovated East Mill… The Police soon arrived and contacted the Fire Service, a vet and the RSPCA to request help. None were able to come. The Police then requested help from The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre who arrived soon afterwards… At this point the RSPCA arrived and announced that it should be humanely destroyed, before the animal had even been examined to assess the severity of its injuries… I understand now why small rescue centres are struggling financially and the large animal welfare organisations have money in the bank. One has got the cash and the other has got the animals in care. NICK GRAHAM, Widdrington (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.3.09 Make hunt law better - Despite the desperate efforts of the hunting lobby to undermine the Hunting Act, the aim of the legislation remains unchanged, and that is to prevent the unnecessary suffering inflicted on our wild mammals by those who hound them to a savage death in the name of "sport"…. Gill Purser Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)

Nottingham Evening News 5.3.09 Anglers protest at threat of bank closure - MEMBERS of the Foremark Fly Fishers' Association staged a demonstration at Severn Trent headquarters in Birmingham. They are fighting plans to close two- thirds of the bank fishing at Foremark Reservoir, due to new health and safety restrictions. Members were invited in to voice their grievances by Andrew Marsh, Severn Trent's public relations manager, and Peter Gavan, the company's operations director… (story)

South Wales Echo 5.3.09 MP backs racing move - BRIDGEND MP Madeleine Moon is backing a campaign calling on the UK Government to better regulate the race horse industry. She attended a special meeting in the House of Commons at which the group Animal Aid provided MPs with evidence about equine deaths and injuries on race courses… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 5.3.09 Time to end circus animal cruelty - Ross Brewster - NEVER liked circuses. Not even as a child. It was something about the clowns who looked scary. And I hated seeing animals forced to perform tricks, which seemed wholly unnatural and humiliating… I don’t condone the more extreme elements who have hijacked animal rights groups, but in this instance I believe it’s time the Government banned the use of wild animals for what is misguidedly called public entertainment. (story)

Dundee Courier 5.3.09 Why do humans have to destroy living creatures? - It was with disgust I read about Dundee City Council culling grey squirrels and feeding them to the animals in Camperdown zoo (Courier, March 2). These animals are all God’s creatures and have the right to live. What is it about humans that they have to destroy living creatures?... (Mrs) S. Scotland. 25 Leng Street, Dundee.(letter)

Newcastle Chronicle 5.3.09 It’s easy to eat less meat - MARCH is Meat-Free Month. It is the perfect opportunity for readers who are looking to reduce their meat consumption due to ethical, environmental or health concerns to take positive action and try some of the many meatless food products available in high street shops and supermarkets…. KELLY SLADE, Meat-Free Month co-ordinator, via e-mail. (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 5.3.09 I AM outraged by reports that suggest payments are being made by the EU to subsidise bullfighting which is illegal in the UK and most other European countries. I have tabled a written question to the European Commission asking for details of how much has been spent and which countries have benefited from the funding. A ComRes poll commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports found that 89 per cent of Britons would never visit a bullfight, whilst a Gallup poll showed that 67 per cent of Spaniards have no interest in bullfighting… GLYNN FORD MEP South West England Belle Vue Road Cinderford Glos (story)

4.3.09

Hereford Times 4.3.09 Weobley Farrier to rally support for Strasbourg test case By Liz Watkins - THOSE employed within the country sports industry are raising money to help pay the cost of a legal case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg… Rob Lowe, a farrier from Weobley and national vice-chairman of the Union of Country Sports Workers, said fellow member Brian Friend had challenged the Government on the issue…. Next month, his horse, Mel’s Moment, has been entered in a charity race at Southwell, with jockey Harry Crump, from Winforton, in the saddle. Mr Lowe is inviting hunt supporters in Herefordshire to sponsor the pair…. (story)

BBC News Online 4.3.09 Police warn of poachers' lights - Rural residents in Surrey have been urged to watch out for strange lights that could be caused by poachers. The lights have been seen in fields and farms in the Shalford area causing concern for Surrey Police… Pc Nick Sharpe said that "lamping" can be used lawfully to hunt small game using dogs or firearms, but only with the permission of the owners. He caught two men using the method to poach with a dog when he was on patrol in Shalford on Friday… (story)

Dundee Courier 4.3.09 Exploitative conservation - Re the grey squirrel cull; in Merseyside a buffer zone has been in place for a number of years where grey squirrels are killed—supposedly to protect reds…. increased human exploitation of red squirrels for tourism, the frequent intrusion by conservationists for monitoring population levels and the destruction of much of their pinewood forest habitat was always likely to lead to stress and loss of condition of the reclusive red squirrel…. Angus Macmillan. Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

York Press 4.3.09 Elephants are not a circus act - READ with great sadness last week’s news of the three elephants – Sonja, Delhi and Wanna Manna – which were recently bought by the Great British Circus. These magnificent creatures have been made to perform unnatural and demeaning tricks for years… For more information, visit the Captive Animals’ Protection Society website… Sarah Bramley, Gordon Street, York (letter)

Market Rasen Mail 4.3.09 Pigeon cull will boost flock's size – I want to make it perfectly clear that as both Mayor of Market Rasen and as a West Lindsey District Councillor, I am totally opposed to a cull as a method of solving the pigeon problem in our town. A concentrated reading of the detailed and informative site of PICA reveals that there are myriad ways to control these birds that are not only humane, but effective… Also, for reasons of humanity and sensitivity I feel that it is barbaric and totally unnecessary to resort to the wanton destruction of living creatures who are only following the dictates of nature. Coun Burt Keimach, Mayor Market Rasen and West Lindsey District Councillors (letter)
Market Rasen Mail 25.2.09 Pesky pigeon cul proposals draw a flock of emails - Here are a number of the many emails received in respect of the suggested cull of pigeons made by the town council in a bid to rid Market Rasen of its pesky pigeons. They have not been printed in the Rasen Mail because of space limitations, the fact they did not contain the required name and address, were generated by campaigning groups and because of the sheer volume. All of them stated the following, Culls are only legal if all non-lethal methods have been tried and found to have failed otherwise they fall foul of the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Councils should instead contact PICAS who are the world's leading experts on pigeon control and offer scientifically proven non-lethal methods of controlling pigeons numbers…
Kind regards, Julie Webb.
Michelle Bradford
Pamela Rose
Helen Stevens, South West Animal Protection team UK
Mavis Petrie
Brenda Greaves
M. Williams, 1 Tapestry Close, Sutton SM2 6TD
Grace Johnson
F. Slane
Lynsey Connnelly
Fiona Haley
Wendy Dore Sutton
Patricia Hickey
Mrs Nikolic,34 Trafalgar Road,Wimbledon,London SW19 1HR
Debra Barker
Michelle Jay
Roger Clarke
Cynthia Roberts
Anna Madams, Market Masen
Debbie Vaughan
Gemma Laragy
Chris Foreman
Janet Hurst
JOHN NEWMAN, DAPHNE PALMER, SYLVIA CARSON & LIONEL CHILCOTT (letters)

3.3.09

Western Mail 3.3.09 ‘It’s anglers, not canoeists, who keep our rivers clear, improve habitats and fight the polluters’ Tension between anglers and canoeists in Wales has surfaced again at the start of a new fishing season. Rachel Evans, Wales director of the Countryside Alliance, examines the issue AS Welsh anglers look forward to the new game fishing season the dark clouds that are gathering… A well organised campaign led by the Welsh Canoeing Association, supported by numerous organisations from Wales and beyond, has led to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee carrying out a “short inquiry into access along inland water”….. (story)

Dundee Courier 3.3.09 Unnecessary and unreliable - The European Union are soon to debate whether or not experiments on apes and monkeys should now be banned. With today’s extremely modern technology and science, experiments on animals are totally unnecessary, and not reliable… Bob Beveridge. Old Town House, Falkland. (letter)

South Wales Echo 3.3.09 Give a voice to the animals - ANIMAL rights can be defined as a shared idea or belief that animals deserve the same basic rights as humans…. Steven James Felix, Brackla, Bridgend, South Wales (story) p>Bradford Telegraph & Argus 3.3.09 ‘Veggie mafia’ test! - In reply to my letter of February 12, stating that pigs and other animals are not more important than children, John D Cosway (Letters, February 21) says that the pork I eat probably comes from animals kept in appalling conditions. I don’t know about that. My pork comes from Morrisons! I can assure Mr Cosway, however, that I am an animal lover…. Paul Collins, Brookfield Road, Pollard Park, Bradford (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 24.2.09 Compassion needed - Having read Paul Collins’s letter (T&A, February 12) in which he states children are more important than animals… His pork probably comes from animals kept in appalling conditions. Also, about 80 per cent have their tails cut off despite regulation banning this, and also teeth chipping is practised… John D Cosway, Hill Foot, Nab Wood, Shipley (letter)

2.3.09

Andersontown News 2.3.09 The concern of animal rights supporters for four-legged friends is bogus - In my last contribution to the debate about the environment and public health and safety issues, I dared suggest that the mauling of an infant in his own living room by pet dogs was highly predictable. I suggested also that the prevailing attitudes towards animals in our society create the potential for such a tragedy… Two years ago a fox hunt outside Glenavy was harassed by hunt saboteurs on the grounds of cruelty to animals. They put drawing pins on the road to injure the hounds… Jack Duffin, Belfast (letter)

Sun 2.3.09 Activists target bank boss' girl By ANTHONY FRANCE Crime Reporter - THE daughter of Barclays Bank’s chairman is being targeted by animal rights extremists in a sickening new low. Marie-Louise Agius, 31 — whose dad is supremo Marcus Agius — had graffiti daubed on the front door of her £1million home in Kensington, central London. At 2am the next day, her car was smashed up while parked in an adjoining private garage.The ghouls then boasted about the attack on an extremist website…. In a chilling warning to Marcus, 62, they wrote: “To give you a little preview of what may happen to people close to you we paid a visit to your daughter. She is not safe.”… (story)

Dundee Courier 2.3.09 Culled squirrels fed to animals By April Mitchinson - DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL is feeding grey squirrels to animals at Camperdown Park, it emerged yesterday. The council has been culling greys as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the city of the aggressive rodents as well as secure a future for their red cousins. It has now emerged that, in a bid to enhance the scheme’s eco-friendly credentials, greys culled at the park are being fed to animals in the nearby enclosures…. “We think that Dundee City Council’s decision to kill grey squirrels is ethically wrong and pointless killing of healthy wild animals,” said Ross Minett, director of campaigns at animal protection group Advocates For Animals… (story)

1.3.09

Horse & Hound 1.3.09 South Dorset kennel huntsman recovering after fall - Abi Butcher, H&H news editor - The kennel huntsman of the South Dorset, Richard Tong, has broken his pelvis and dislocated his shoulder in a fall that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Mr Tong was crushed on Thursday, 12 February, in what secretary Louisa Thornycroft called a "classic rotational fall"…. (story)

Sunday Times 1.3.09 Animal terrorist group foiled by informant dressed as a beagle - An undercover agent tells how he infiltrated the heart of the Animal Liberation Front to sabotage attacks and glean intelligence on its leaders - JACK GRIMSTON - ONE November night in 2005 a Jaguar saloon carrying two animal rights activists and their getaway driver turned into an estate of executive homes in Surrey. Their target: a comfortable, mock-Tudor house behind a screen of trees. Within five minutes, the pair had wrecked three vehicles… On this occasion, however, the man waiting in the car was not the loyal fellow member the attackers believed him to be. He was a former soldier and intelligence services trainer who had infiltrated the ALF’s tight-knit leadership and was reporting every detail of its activities to the police. Speaking for the first time last week, Adrian Radford described his three years inside the group that terrorised scientists and suppliers linked to animal laboratories in a relentless onslaught… In collaboration with Nick Fielding, a former Sunday Times journalist, the infiltrator is now writing a book based on his experiences…. After being told to leave the forces in 1994 because of his sexuality, he became involved in gay rights. He was alongside the activist Peter Tatchell during a raid on the pulpit of Canterbury Cathedral in 1998. Radford then worked for private security firms as well as the government. In 2004, with his 20 years of experience as an intelligence field operator, he was detailed by a security firm to gather information undercover on the threat posed by animal rights extremists… (story)

Sunday Times 1.3.09 Ulster’s badger baiters go to ground after raids - The international network baiting badgers was thrown into disarray by the Sunday Times exposé - John Mooney - The activities of an international network of badger baiters have been disrupted after The Sunday Times exposed its activities last week… A number of websites, used by blood-sports enthusiasts to sell terriers used for baiting badgers and to upload images of injured dogs and wild animals they have killed, removed images of animal suffering last week…. The investigation, which was run in conjunction with the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Uspca), prompted renewed calls for authorities north and south to introduce stricter legislation to protect wild animals and to stop illegal blood sports… The Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) wrote to Fachtna Murphy, the garda commissioner, and Dermot Ahern, the justice minister, urging them to take action to stop illegal blood sports. “The desperate need for a special animal-crime unit in Ireland has never been clearer. We have renewed our appeal to the gardai and minister for justice to establish a dedicated unit as a matter of urgency,” said Philip Kiernan, an ICABS spokesman. (story)