March 2011

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31.3.11

Telegraph 31.3.11 Country diary: Fresh starts and sad duties - Robin Page says farewell to a favourite cow and spends some time in Dorset .... Trouble at the hunt - Dorset is one of my favourite counties and I recently went there with Lulu to speak at the Seavington Hunt Supporters’ Supper. I love hunt suppers because they destroy that absurd urban myth that hunting is for toffs... Along with several other hunts this year the Seavington has been spasmodically pestered by self-styled vigilantes – anti-hunters calling themselves “monitors”. It is an odd state of affairs for in virtually every other sphere of life the police actively discourage vigilantes. But it seems that if you change the name they will even accompany the “monitors” – it is quite bizarre... (story)

CA CUTS LETTER
Bath Chronicle 31.3.11 Vibrant rural communities may fall victim to budget cuts - ALICE BARNARD, Chief Executive Countryside Alliance Kennington Road London (letter)
Malton Gazette & Herald 23.3.11 Rural message from Countryside Alliance - ALICE BARNARD, chief executive, Countryside Alliance (br)
Swiindon Advertiser 22.3.11 Letter from Alice Barnard - ALICE BARNARD Chief Executive Countryside Alliance Kennington Road London (letter)
Dundee Courier 12.3.11 Protecting country life - As spending cuts start to bite, the Countryside Alliance has written to all local authorities in Scotland, England and Wales urging them to ensure that the needs of rural areas will not fall victim when the difficult financial decisions are taken. Our message is clear — engage with local people and respond to what they need... Alice Barnard. Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ON FUEL PRICES
SouthWestBusiness 31.3.11 Fuel price cut 'was just a token gesture' - Rural commuters will still be paying more for their weekly fuel than they did in January, despite the cut in fuel duty.... Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "The cut in fuel duty is a token gesture.... (story)
Worcester News 24.3.11 BUDGET: 1p cut in fuel duty, £3m for pothole roads By David Paine - MOTORISTS fuming at record fuel prices were given some reasons to stop overheating in the Chancellor’s budget... Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, agreed when she said: “High fuel prices and lower disposable incomes mean people living in the countryside are becoming even more isolated... (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 31.3.11 We need to protect our greyhounds - As an international greyhound protection organisation, we read with sadness of the charity race night at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, (Vital Support for Injured Heroes – ET, March 23 ).... Eva Hopkins Greyhound Action, PO Box 127, Kidderminster (letter)
Bolton News 24.3.11 Don’t support greyhound races - AS an international greyhound protection organisation, we were dismayed to read the news that the “revamp” of Westhoughton greyhound track has begun... Eva Hopkins Press Officer Greyhound Action (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 31.3.11 David Martin: Barbaric killing has no seal of approval - My FIRST experience of the annual slaughter of baby seals on the Canadian ice floes was reported in the Edinburgh Evening News 25 years ago and will remain with me always. Ever since that day I have been arguing and campaigning for a European Union ban on seal fur products. Working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Brussels, I travelled to Newfoundland, Canada, where I witnessed the cruel and inhumane seal cull.... (story)

30.3.11

Hull & East Riding Mail 30.3.11 Fish-killing otters cost us thousands - Fishery owners are warning that the growing otter population on the river Hull could threaten their livelihoods. As reported in the Mail the elusive animals were recently spotted in Hull for the first time for more than 30 years.... But fishery owners say the otters destroy their valuable fish stocks costing them thousands of pounds... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 30.3.11 Humble approach to school visits preserving countryside - TV presenter Kate Humble has said schoolchildren should be making mandatory visits to the countryside to ensure its survival... The idea of bringing rural-based education to the national curriculum has also been backed by the Countryside Alliance. Not only does it call for outdoor education to be a compulsory subject, it suggests that fishing could help rehabilitate young offenders and calls for rural activities to be made accessible for disadvantaged children... (story)
Telegraph 30.3.11 Wake up and smell the blossom - BBC presenter Kate Humble is right to say that schools should take pupils out to enjoy the countryside, says Clive Aslet. Children are growing up as deprived as a Victorian chimney sweep... The Countryside Alliance has found that one of the principal obstacles to prevent schools from visiting the countryside is a fear of being sued. I can believe it. Building wigwams out of twigs at a rural location, the children of my son’s primary school have to wear yellow builders’ hats.... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 30.3.11 Badger ruling branded disastrous by group -NEWS that the badger cull will go ahead was not welcomed by all groups.Whitland-based Mike Sharratt, of the badger group, Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed, described it as extraordinary and branded it a disaster... Celia Thomas, chairwoman of protest group Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) said: "This whole focus on culling deflects away from the ultimate solution, we have to be able to vaccinate cattle..... (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 30.3.11 Circus is not so great for the animals say protesters - THE Great British Circus is leaving audiences roaring with laughter once again in Grimsby – but protesters aren't smiling. As reported, Martin Lacey's Big Top has rolled into town and brought with it camels, horses and Bengal tigers... Holly Carmichael, 20, of the Willows estate said: "Animals should not be removed from the wild, especially not to make profit."... (story)

29.3.11

BLOODED
Bath Chronicle 29.3.11 Film director defends hoax hunt violence - A Bath film-maker has stirred up controversy with a new movie about hunting. His balaclava-clad men wielding weapons to threaten revenge on the hunting community appeared to be the next chilling step in the ongoing war between animal rights extremists and the country sports fraternity. But the Real Animal League, with a bloodthirsty website and violent video clips, are actually a fictional new animal extremist group, ‘set up’ ahead of a controversial new feature film made by director Ed Boase... (story)
Scotland on Sunday 27.3.11 Activists take aim at Mull hunt movie By Martyn McLaughlin - IT FEATURES gory and gut-wrenching footage of hunters becoming the hunted... But a controversial new film which seeks to the blur the line between reality and fiction has incurred the wrath of anti-hunting groups after its portrayal of activists as violent thugs. Blooded, which is released this Friday, tells the story of a hunting trip on the Isle of Mull which goes awry when the protagonists are abducted by an extremist group known as the Real Animal League (RAL)... To promote the £500,000 movie, its distributors, Revolver Entertainment, even set up a RAL website... When, however, it emerged the website was part of a promotional push for the film, the backlash was furious. Blooded director Ed Boase told Scotland on Sunday that staff at Revolver Entertainment have been subject to threats, with police called to the film's premiere in Yorkshire last week for fear of reprisal attacks... (story)
Daily Mail 17.3.11 Richard Kay - Isabella bares her soul - She was once spoken of as a potential bride for Prince William, but well-born Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe was always much too sensible for that.... But her aristocratic roots have certainly helped in her latest film, docu-drama Blooded, following the misadventures of huntsmen who are turned on and hunted by animal rights activists..... (story)
Independent on Sunday 6.3.11 Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary - A film about extreme animal activists, starring shamed EastEnders actor Neil McDermott and the splendidly named Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, is generating much chatter on the interweb. Clips of Blooded have appeared on YouTube which show a gang of balaclava-clad animal rights activists kidnapping a group of young deer-stalkers, whom they then release, naked, on a grouse moor, and take potshots at. The producers are claiming it is a re-creation of events that actually happened after the hunting ban of 2005... (story)

Dundee Courier 29.3.11 Fife wildlife crime in staggering 815% rise - Efforts to tackle a staggering 815% rise in wildlife crime have been outlined at a Fife summit. Members of the fledgling Fife partnership against wildlife crime came together at the Scottish Deer Centre near Cupar after shock statistics released by Fife police showed that a total of 247 incidents were recorded in 2010 — compared to just 27 in 2009... (story)

Newcastle Journal 29.3.11 New director of Countryside Alliance group - A NEW regional director has been appointed at the Countryside Alliance campaign group. Simon Hamlyn started work at the organisation this week and represents Durham and Northumberland. .. (story)

Somerset County Gazette 29.3.11 Secret World backs anti-badger culling calls By David Hemming - SECRET World founder Pauline Kidner travelled to Downing Street yesterday to help present a 16,000-signature petition against badger culling plans. The Badger Protection League's fight against the cull also featured Kerry Mcarthy, MP for East Bristol, and Charles Betts, MP for Sheffield, alongside Mrs Kidner, the founder of East Huntspill-based animal refuge.... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 29.3.11 Campaigners take badger cull fight to the Prime Minister - Campaigners against culling badgers yesterday handed a 17,000 signature petition to the Prime Minister... The petition was organised by the Badger Protection League. Spokeswoman Pauline Kidner, from Secret World Wildlife Rescue, East Huntspill, Somerset, said.... Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy, who was also present at Downing Street yesterday, hoped the number of signatures on the petition would make a difference... (story)

Bolton News 29.3.11 Animal testing is not necessary - I AM not surprised that pharmaceutical companies defend experiments on animals and insist experiments on animals are necessary. There is no need for experiments on animals — all drugs exist despite them, not because of them... Name and address supplied (story)

FRENCH VEGANS PROSECUTED FOR DEATH OF BABY
Guardian 29.3.11 French vegans face trial after death of baby fed only on breast milk - Court hears parents became vegan after watching documentary about abattoirs and refused to eat any animal products - Kim Willsher in Paris - Two strict vegans have gone on trial in France charged with "neglect or food deprivation" after the death of their breastfed 11-month-old daughter who was found to be suffering from vitamin deficiency. Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou called an ambulance to their home in the village of Saint-Maulvis – 90 miles north of Paris – in March 2008 after their daughter Louise became listless... Medical experts told the court in Amiens that the vitamin deficiency could have been caused by an unbalanced diet. While anxious not to call into question the couple's lifestyle, Anne-Laure Sandretto, the deputy prosecutor, admitted: "The problem with a vitamin B12 deficiency could be linked to the mother's eating habits."... (story)
Telegraph 29.3.11 French vegans charged with child neglect after baby's death - Two vegans whose 11-month-old baby daughter died from vitamin deficiency after drinking only its mother's milk have gone on trial in northern France, charged with child neglect By Henry Samuel, Paris - Sergipe and Joel Le Moaligou, who eat no animal products, called the emergency services in March, 2008, when their baby Louise appeared listless... (story)
Mail 29.3.11 French vegan couple whose baby died of vitamin deficiency after being fed solely on breast milk face jail for child neglect By PETER ALLEN - A vegan couple who solely fed mother’s milk to their baby daughter before she died because of vitamin deficiency were facing life prison sentences today. Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou appeared before a judge and jury in Amiens, northern France, charged with neglect of Louise, their 11-month-old child.... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 29.3.11 Japan’s domestic animals are suffering too - THE terrible earthquake, tsunami and now radiation threat in Japan have not only caused deaths but large movements of populations. Yes, we know people come first, but the disaster fund launched by the UK-founded Japan Animal Welfare Society (JAWS) will not take any money away from victims’ charities... MRS S CLAYTON, Southampton (letter)

Jack FM 29.3.11 Bristol Campaigners Call For Ban On Fish Pedicures - Members of the Bristol Animal Rights Collective claim the use of Garra Rufa fish as a beauty treatment is cruel and a health hazard. In the last year a handful of salons have opened up in the city where people can pay to drunk their feet in to a tank full of the tiny toothless fish to remove any dead skin... Jo Penny from the Bristol Animal Rights Collective thinks it's cruel: "Their natural environment is river basins in the northern and central Middle East. It's not small tanks in shopping malls in Bristol."... (story)

Tottenham & Wood Green Journal 29.3.11 Animal rights’ backlash against Finsbury Park circus By DAISY JESTICO - ANIMAL welfare campaigners will picket a circus in Finsbury Park - railing against organisers using horses in the show for the first time in years.Protesters are planning to mass outside Zippo’s Circus from 6pm on Thurdsay... A spokeswoman for the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, said: “Zippo’s are one of only seven circuses in the UK that continue to use animals.... (story)

28.3.11

JOE DUCKWORTH APPOINTED LACS CHIEF EXEC
Horse & Hound 28.3.11 Controversial new boss for League Against Cruel Sports - Ben Scott - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has appointed the controversial former head of Newnham Council, Joe Duckworth, as its new chief executive... (story)
Isle of Wight County Press 20.3.11 Ex-Isle of Wight chief in a league of his own By Ross Findon - FORMER Isle of Wight Council chief executive Joe Duckworth, who went on to become the country’s top-paid council boss at Newham Borough Council, London, is to become chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS).... (story)
Independent on Sunday 13.3.11 Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary - One of the council chiefs who earned more than the Prime Minister has been appointed director of the League Against Cruel Sports. Joe Duckworth, former head of Newham council in east London, was the second biggest earner in a survey of local authority fat cats conducted last year, with a salary of £241,483.... (story)

Mail 28.3.11 Firth’s pal in a clash over hunt By RICHARD KAY - When Colin Firth paid tribute to his agent and friend Paul Lyon-Maris in his Oscar acceptance speech, the echo was heard not just in the swanky West End offices of the Independent Talent Group.... It was also heard in the leafy lanes of the South Downs... Only 12 years after Lyon-Maris first climbed on to a horse, he is now joint master of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt... In the past week, however, the only woman joint master, Elizabeth Fox-Andrews, has been in tears after resigning her position.... (story)

Irish Independent 28.3.11 Coursing is indefensible -- even hares that escape soon die - In his shameful defence of coursing, Brian Purcell of 'The Apprentice' claims that "the hare always gets away" (Irish Independent, March 20). National Parks and Wildlife Service monitoring reports show that his statement is completely false. These routinely record the hares that have not got away, including ones killed after suffering agonising injuries such as dislocated hips and broken legs... Philip Kiernan Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)

Hull & East Riding Mail 28.3.11 Stop the horse carnage - I dislike horse racing because of use of whips, and other unsavoury training methods, and the 400-plus horses that are killed annually on tracks.... The RSPCA, with it's weak, insipid comments no longer represents real animal-lovers either. I keep repeating myself. Time for change. Steve Broom, Apollo Walk, Ings Road Estate, Hull. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 28.3.11 Many animals are intelligent - What a surprise to read a supportive letter rather than the usual antagonistic responses I receive (Mailbox, March 21). C Seal gave examples of animal sentience and intelligence... C Seal ended by comparing the treatment of our pets to the treatment of farm animals. Imagine eating a delicious stew and being told the meat in it was Labrador or tabby! Mrs Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)
Leicester Mercury 21.3.11 Farm animals deserve better - There are many everyday examples of animals being treated as no more than commodities, as pointed out byElizabeth Allison,,, C Seal, Leicester. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 11.3.11 Animals have feelings too - Following the tragic death of a military dog handler Liam Tasker (Mercury, March 3) it has been reported that his army search dog has died. There are many documented cases of pets who mourn the loss of their carers... Sadly, despite this knowledge about animals billions of them are treated as commodities rather than sentient beings. Mrs Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

26.3.11

Nottingham Post 26.3.11 Fishing project to help children lands cheque - A FISHING project which works to support young people has received a donation of £1,000. The CAST educational angling project aims to help teenagers achieve qualifications and steer them away from antisocial behaviour. Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) presented the cheque to CAST project officer David Goodall at a club meeting on Wednesday, March 16... (story)

South Wales Evening Post 26.3.11 Badger trust hits out at cull plan - THE Badger Trust said it was taking legal advice after AMs decided to approve an order allowing a badger cull in parts of Mid and West Wales.... (story)

Derby Telegraph 26.3.11 Chris Williamson MP stands down as city councillor By Kirsty Green - DERBY North MP Chris Williamson has resigned from his position as councillor for Normanton after 20 years. Mr Williamson said his promotion to the front bench of Government had forced him to rethink whether he could continue to fulfil his role as a ward councillor as well as carry out his MP duties.... Mr Williamson, a keen animal rights campaigner and vegan, held various roles on the council during his 20-year career.... (story)

Leicester Mercury 26.3.11 Doubts about magpie cull - I King (Mailbox, March 14) may be distressed by magpies taking fledglings to feed their own young, but that is nature.... Natural systems are complicated and if we have destabilized them through our interference then more brute force interference is not necessarily the best way to repair the damage... Malcolm Hunter, Highfields (letter)

25.3.11

SHOTGUN LICENCES ISSUED TO CHILDREN
Express 25.3.11 ANGER AS GUN LICENCE GIVEN TO A CHILD OF 7 - CHILDREN as young as seven are being handed shotgun certificates. Figures show 13 under-10s were issued with licences in the past three years.... (story)
BBC News Online 24.3.11 Shotgun licences given to children under 10, BBC learns By Danny Shaw - Thirteen children under the age of 10 have been issued with shotgun certificates in the UK over the past three years. The youngest child to be granted a licence was seven years old, figures obtained by BBC News show. Last year, the Association of Chief Police Officers suggested under-10s should be banned from using shotguns. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation says children use shotguns for sports and on farms... (story)
Yorkshire Post 24.3.11 Gun licences for seven-year-olds - Children as young as seven have been issued with shotgun certificates, data released under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed... (story)
Mail 24.3.11 Revealed, how children as young as SEVEN have received a shotgun licence - Children as young as seven have been issued with shotgun certificates, official figures have revealed.... (story)
ThisIsDevon 24.3.11 Police in South West issue most shotgun certificates in the UK - Devon and Cornwall Police have granted the most shotgun certificates in the UK over the past three years. It comes as data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows children as young as seven have been issued with shotgun certificates... (story)
ThisIsGloucestershire 24.3.11 BBC probe reveals Gloucestershire police granted shotgun licence to child - - A BBC investigation has revealed Gloucestershire police granted a shotgun licence to a seven-year-old child. A Freedom of Information request also revealed that 13 children under the age of 10 have been issued with licences in the UK over the past three years... Specialist TV channel Fieldsports presenter Charlie Jacoby said it was vital youngsters should continue to be granted licences for sporting purposes ... (story)

Farming UK 25.3.11 FUW welcomes cull vote but slams AMS misleading statements - The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the National Assembly’s large majority vote in support of a north Pembrokeshire badger cull but has slammed anti-cull AMs for misleading statements made during the debate at the Senedd.... AMs Peter Black, Lorraine Barrett, Irene James and Jenny Randerson had tabled a motion to annul The Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011. It was rejected by 42 votes to 8.... (story)

South Wales Evening Post 25.3.11 POLL: Pest or pet - Do we need to cull badgers in West Wales? - WELSH Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones recently laid an order to give the Assembly the power to cull badgers in an area in West Wales.... Is the cull necessary to protect the livelihood of Welsh farmers? Or can another way be found?... Let us know what you think by voting in out poll and leaving a comment below... (story)

Essex Echo 25.3.11 ` Meat’s off the menu as pub goes vegetarian - FORGET the pork scratchings!... The Railway Hotel will replace its meaty pub pies and snacks with soups, risottos and nut roasts to become the only place in Southend to offer a completely vegetarian menu, as well as offering vegan delicacies... Railway managers Dave Dulake and Fi Jacobs, 26, want their new-look and healthy cuisine to offer residents a welcome alternative to other restaurants, which only offer a limited vegetarian choice.... (story)

24.3.11

Scotsman 24.3.11 Letter: Raptor revenge - W Burgess (Letters, 22 March) advocates making landowners responsible for poisoned raptors. What a perfect opportunity that would be for anyone with a grudge against an estate or gamekeeper! Sarita Tilford, St Boswells, Melrose (letter)
Scotsman 22.3.11 Letter: Held to account - It is a known fact that poisoned raptors die near the place where they injested the poison (your report, 15 March). It requires a small change in the law to make the landowners responsible where these birds are found... W Burgess, Aberdeen (letter)

Western Gazette 24.3.11 HAVING just read the letters page (Western Gazette , March 17) I was somewhat flabbergasted by the content of the defeated Conservative candidate Kevin Davis' letter which proceeded to talk about the problems of sat-nav devices leading lorries, vans and, I suppose, tourists into rural area in the countryside.... I fail to see all this fuss that Mr Davis is making and together with the help of countryside Tory MPs and ministers it is a case of, as the Countryside Alliance so aptly puts it, 'Love the Countryside' and love the people who live there!'... All this is a week where the Libyan crisis goes critical and the Japanese earthquake and the unfolding nuclear and shelter problems continue.... . After all we all must "Love the Countryside" and respect the people who live there... Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 24.3.11 Rock star urges public to badger AM Elin Jones over her proposed cull of animal By Benjamin Wright - ROCK star Brian May said he hopes the Welsh electorate will vote Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones out of office over her proposed badger cull. Assembly Members were last night due to vote on a motion to annul the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011 following a debate in the Siambr... (story)

BBC News Online 24.3.11 ` Animals rights group wants boycott of Thurnscoe circus - An animal rights group is calling for a boycott of a circus that recently arrived in a South Yorkshire village. Circus Mondao, which will be in Thurnscoe for the next five days, uses animals including zebras, llamas, horses and camels in its show. Fiona Peacock from the Captive Animals Protection Society (Caps) said the animals "spend most of their time caged up"..... (story)

West Sussex County Times 24.3.11 Thanks - COMPASSION in World Farming would like to thank everyone who kindly donated to the collection in Horsham town centre on Saturday February 26.... JOYCE AUDRIC, Cootes Avenue, Horsham (letter)

23.3.11

ThisIsCornwall 23.3.11 Petition against hunt kennel has 70 names so far - ST CLEER residents have launched a petition against a planning application to keep hunting hounds nearby. The East Cornwall Hunt has applied to Cornwall Council for a Certificate of Lawfulness for the use of hunt kennels at Higher Gimble in the village of Commonmoor.... Some Commonmoor residents say they fear the whole pack of 200 hounds will be moved in. Around 70 signatures have been collected. One signatory, Clive Fowley, said: "There are lots of issues, including dog-fouling contaminating the water, but the biggest concern is the noise... (story)
Cornish Times 11.3.11 Residents angry at hunt's application - A planning application to keep hunting hounds at a property in Commonmoor has angered residents. Roger Young has applied for the retrospective permission on behalf of the East Cornwall Hunt. ... some Commonmoor residents have started a petition against the application, fearing the hunt’s whole pack of around 200 hounds will be moved to the village.... (story)

BBC News Online 23.3.11 Wales badger cull: Queen's Brian May plea ahead of vote By Polly March - Queen guitarist Brian May says he is "baffled" the badger cull issue is being revived by politicians in Wales. The animal rights campaigner is in Cardiff to attend an assembly debate and vote on a proposed cull in parts of west and mid Wales.... (story)

Farmers Guardian 23.3.11 Watchdog slams 'misleading' badger cull claims By Barry Alston - ONE of the most vocal opponents to a badger cull in Wales was rapped by the Government’s advertising watchdog for its ‘misleading’ claims ahead of today’s key vote in the Welsh Assembly on whether to proceed with the cull. The decision against badger campaigners Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) comes after a complaint by the Farmers Union of Wales triggered an eight-month investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).... (story)

Reuters 23.3.11 Cricket-Animal rights group calls for leather ball ban - An animal rights group has called for the ban of leather balls at the 2015 World Cup and urged the head of global cricket to "step up to bat for animals and the environment". The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group has written to International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar asking him to abandon traditional red leather and use balls made out of synthetic materials.... (story)

Hackney Gazette 23.3.11 Protest calling for relocation of Clissold Park’s deer herd - Emma Bartholomew - Animal-lovers staged a protest outside Clissold Park’s deer enclosure on Saturday, calling for relocation of its seven-strong herd. Holding up banners saying, “Free the Clissold Park animals,” the supporters of campaign group Clissold Park Zoo Watch handed out leaflets to passers-by. Participant Graham Turnbull, said: “We made a good few people think about something that they had always taken for granted: “Should there be deer in Clissold Park?”... (story)

22.3.11

Daily Post 22.3.11 Welsh badger cull faces blocking vote by Andrew Forgrave, DPW West - A LAST-ditch political bid to derail the planned west Wales badger cull will be decided tomorrow. Four AMs from South Wales have called a motion to annul the new Badger Control Order, designed to stop the spread of bovine TB and due to come into force on March 31. Critics of the order, which would sanction trial culls of badgers, include Lib Dem AM Peter Black and Labour AM Lorraine Barrett, who were behind a similar blocking attempt in November 2009... Betty Lee, from Clwyd Badger Group, said rural affairs minister Elin Jones had a “duty” to respect the Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) public consultations... Campaign group Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) aim to up the pressure on AMs before the vote by screening an anti-cull film at the Senedd building, Cardiff... (story)

Scotsman 22.3.11 Letter: Law is nuts - Under section 10(2) of the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932 the grey squirrel qualified on two counts as being the equivalent of "native" to this country.... As the grey squirrel was well established before the commencement of the Act and had become established in the wild in Cheshire prior to 1882, there can be no doubt as to its granted status of being regarded as native to the British Isles.... Now under pressure from the conservationists, who wish to demonise the grey squirrel at every opportunity, the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill has passed its third reading and conveniently seeks to repeal the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932 in Scotland..... Is there no honesty or integrity left in the legal process? Angus Macmillan, Near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

Spalding Guardian 22.3.11 Circus bosses undeterred by protestors - DEFIANT circus bosses have vowed the show will go on, despite campaigners urging visitors to boycott its visits to south Lincolnshire. Circus Mondao, which has been camped at Bicker Bar Roundabout and at Baytree Nurseries Garden Centre in Weston in recent weeks, has been targeted by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS)... CAPS director Liz Tyson said: “We sincerely hope that the use of wild animals in circuses will soon be a thing of the past... (story)

21.3.11

Brechin Advertiser 21.3.11 The problem of predators - THE start of a new season for anglers will no doubt bring the problem of avian predators to the fore once more... It simply cannot go on. Yes we all know that licences are given to Fisheries Boards to shoot cormorants, etc. but to cull one bird from a roost of say seventy birds makes no sense at all.... I ask, just why are these birds due a greater conservation status than the Atlantic salmon, the sea trout, and the famed brown trout of Scotland.... Tight Lines, Bill Balfour (letter)

BBC News Online 21.3.11 Wales badger cull: Trust appeals to AMs before vote - The Badger Trust has appealed to assembly members to oppose plans for a cull of badgers in west Wales... In an open letter the trust tells AMs the order "flies in the face of the best, peer-reviewed science".... At the time the Badger Trust said it was "deeply disappointed" with the decision and would be seeking legal advice.The letter, signed by Steve Clark of Badger Trust Cymru, asks AMs not to "take a step too far".... Meanwhile pro-vaccination group Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) has welcomed the latest bovine TB statistics issued by Defra.... Spokesman Dr Gavin Wheeler said: "The stricter testing regime and improved cattle control measures introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government are having a major impact... (story)

20.3.11

Sunday Business Post 20.3.11 Hogan may act to lift ban on stag hunting - The new environment minister, Phil Hogan, has contacted the leaders of the country’s main pro-hunting lobby group to thank them for endorsing Fine Gael during the general election.... Hogan phoned the director of the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Des Crofton, during the election campaign, Crofton told The Sunday Business Post. Hogan’s call followed the publication of a document which endorsed Fine Gael’s pro-hunting policies.... Rise, an amalgamation of shooting, fishing and hunting groups including the NARGC and the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) came together last year to oppose the legislative ban... The group secured a written guarantee from the Fine Gael party that it would repeal the legislation and reinstate the carted stag hunt, practised by the Ward Union Stag Hunt for 156 years until last year... (story)

Irish Independent 20.3.11 Apprentice sidekick defends coursing - Brian Purcell, adviser to Bill Cullen and a judge from TV3's The Apprentice, has defended hare coursing in a blood sports documentary. "Since 1993 greyhounds have been muzzled so the hare always gets away. The hare has more stamina than a greyhound," the Apprentice judge says in Henry McKean's new documentary The Truth About Irish Blood Sports.... The documentary, a follow-on from the successful The Truth About Travellers, airs on Tuesday at 10pm on TV3 (story)

19.3.11

ALBERT BUCKLE
Bucks Herald 19.3.11 Farewell tribute to a much loved huntsman - A MEMORIAL service was held on Monday at All Saints, Wing, for Albert Buckle, a renowned huntsman of the Whaddon Chase, who has died in Buckingham, aged 95... (story)
Telegraph 10.3.11 Albert Buckle - Albert Buckle, who died on February 22 aged 95, was for 26 years a renowned huntsman of the Whaddon Chase in Buckinghamshire, the Hunt known as the “Londoners’ Leicestershire”.... (story)
Horse & Hound 5.3.11 Hunting mourns the death of Albert Buckle - Michael Clayton - Albert Buckle, renowned huntsman of theWhaddon Chase for 26 years up to 1980, died on 22 February, aged 95. His partnership with the late Dorian Williams, master of the Whaddon Chase, was one of the most successful in post-war foxhunting.... (story)

Independent 19.3.11 Phil Spencer: 'I'm being myself on TV. No hamming' - Interview by Gerard Gilbert - Kirstie and Phil. No need for formal introductions... Kirstie Allsopp and Mr Philip Spencer have been property TV's dream double-act, with Channel 4's Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation, since 2001... , Phil also getting to indulge his passion for shooting – one that has led him to lend his support to the Countryside Alliance. "Urban politicians feel they have to say what does and what doesn't go in the countryside, which is a bitter pill to swallow," he says. "I've never ridden a horse fox-hunting but I've been brought up around fox-hunts all my life, it's always been something I've been comfortable with... never questioned... (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.3.11 Poachers caught on land were illegal hare-coursing - George Hunter, 24, of Killingholme Road, Habrough, Nathan Mawson, 18, of Greengate Lane, South Killingholme, and a 16- year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted trespassing in pursuit of hares at Hayes Farm, Redbourne, near Brigg, on November 6.... (story)

Western Mail 19.3.11 Don’t eat ‘cruel’ foie gras, urges Bishop of Monmouth by Aled Blake, Western Mail - A RELIGIOUS leader has urged people to give up one of the world’s most controversial culinary delicacies. The Bishop of Monmouth, Dominic Walker, said foie gras was cruelly produced and said that Christians should refuse to eat it.... (story)

The Sentinel 19.3.11 My Favourite Book: The Plague Dogs - Tricia Johnson, aged 60, of Hartshill Road, Hartshill, is a retired mother-of-two and a member of North Staffordshire Animal Aid. THE BOOK that changed my life is the 1977 novel, The Plague Dogs, by Richard Adams, who also wrote Watership Down.... I later joined Animal Aid, an organisation which campaigns against all types of animal cruelty.... (story)

Isle of Wight County Press 19.3.11 Protest petition of 100 names against RSPCA proposals By Emily Pearce - CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop a plot of land, bequeathed to the RSPCA for grazing only, are recommended for approval.... The land was left to the RSPCA by Totland resident Beatrice Albiston, who died in 2001, with the proviso the animal charity retain it for grazing only. Her will stated the land should not be sold off. But the RSPCA hopes to sell the land, with planning permission, to raise funds for a new £50,000 wildlife centre at Godshill... The Red Squirrel Project and the Badger Trust West Sussex are among the objectors... (story)

ANIMAL AID VEGGIE MONTH LETTER
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 19.3.11 Easy to give up meat - Kelly Slade, Veggie Month Coordinator (letter)
Shields Gazette 18.3.11 A good time to go veggie - MARCH is National Veggie Month – the perfect time to try going veggie!... Kelly Slade, Veggie Month co-ordinator (letter)

18.3.11

Derby Telegraph 18.3.11 'Loophole' in law allows fox hunting to continue - I THOUGHT fox hunting was banned. Recently our country lanes became a grandstand for packed cars and people watching the efforts of dogs scouring the undergrowth and hedge bottoms, presumably trying to pick up the trail of a fox... Drag-hunting is the loophole in the law which encourages spectators who hope to witness a live kill. Drag hunting must be banned to prevent unscrupulous fox-hunters in their idea of sport.... H A Hardwick, Park Avenue, South Wingfield (letter)

ThisIsKent 18.3.11 Feast of attractions at country festival - A FRIEND of mine never tires of using the line: "Venison? It's a bit deer for me." Whether or not it's too dear, the meat will be on the menu at the Kent Game and Equine Festival... Jill Knowles, who is responsible for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) campaign Game's On, which encourages people to eat wild game, will demonstrate a number of simple recipes.... Meanwhile, anyone with a passion for fishing is likely to have heard of Charles Jardine, a well known advocate of the principle of "catch it and cook it".... (story)

Telegraph 18.3.11 City foxes are being dumped, dazed and helpless, on farmland - Urban foxes are being rounded up and dumped in the countryside in a “dazed” condition, ministers admitted yesterday. By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor - Jim Paice, the environment and farming minister, described the practice as “very cruel” amid growing anecdotal evidence of the problem.... Ministers were confronted yesterday by MPs over the growing problem of urban foxes. Roger Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, said: “You may be aware there’s a belief that urban foxes are trapped alive, put in lorries, taken out into the countryside where they’re released – at great detriment to their welfare and inconvenience to their country cousins. Will you deprecate this activity and make all efforts to resist it?”... (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 18.3.11 Don’t bet on horse racing - Last year four horses were killed at Cheltenham and four at Aintree. Please don’t bet on horseracing.... Jennifer Green, Witham-on-the-Hill (letter)

ThisIsSouthWales 18.3.11 Boycott in protest at badger cull - THOUSANDS of consumers have pledged to avoid Welsh dairy products following Assembly Government plans to press ahead with the slaughter of badgers in parts of Wales. Campaigning animal group Viva!, which claims the policy aimed at curtailing the spread of bovine TB will not stem the disease, has said more than 2,000 people have signed up to the boycott.... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 18.3.11 Heartbreaking tale of death - A BIG thank you to Brian May for speaking out on bovine TB and about the dreadful abuse suffered by God's creatures — in particular cows and badgers. It was heartbreaking to hear about pregnant cows being shot by farmers and the poor little calves kicking inside the poor mothers... Both humans and animals can get TB because of lack of ventilation.... If human beings and animals only breathed pure fresh air they would rarely, if ever get TB... R Page, Kingsmede, Blackpool (letter)

Wrexham Leader 18.3.11 ‘We want answers over cattle slaughter’ - Hayley Collins - A COMMUNITY is calling for answers after a herd of cows was shot dead in front of people. Chirk residents are demanding a public meeting with Wrexham Council and North Wales Police after the herd of more than 30 Friesian cows were slaughtered in a field next to Chirk Community Hospital... Judy Hewitt, founder of Wales Against Animal Cruelty, said: “Why couldn’t they have taken the animals away and done it in a barn individually instead of shooting them in front of each other.... (story)

17.3.11

Evesham Journal 17.3.11 Forces discount- THE council of BASC has decided to recognise the contribution made by the Armed Forces by introducing a subscription discount of £10 for all serving members, including reservists (story)

Express 17.3.11 CHELTENHAM BLONDE SHOCKS IN A DEAD FOX HAT By Mark Reynolds - A FOXY lady broadcast a bold fashion statement when she made a startling appearance among racegoers at Cheltenham yesterday. The blonde’s choice of a hat – a dead fox – stunned the Ladies’ Day crowd at Cheltenham... Many who attend the most important meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar are from rural areas where fox hunting was a way of life for centuries... (story)

Guardian 17.3.11 Steakholder democracy foxes minister - Simon Hoggart - Now and again the Commons has a completely mad mini-debate. Yesterday it was about urban foxes, those horrible, mangy scavengers whose mating cries make the night terrible for God-fearing folk abed.... (story)

ThisIsKent 17.3.11 Mum's fears for her children after savage fox attacks cat - A MUM is too scared to let her two young children play in their garden after a neighbour's cat was "ripped to shreds" by a fox. Becky Lester is warning of the dangers of the wild animals which she believes are capable of attacking humans... (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 17.3.11 AN EARTHQUAKE victim from Liverpool was remembered at a funeral service in New Zealand. Teacher Gillian Sayers, 43, was killed when the CTV building in Christchurch crumpled under the force of the 6.3-magnitude quake on February 22.... An animal lover devoted to her pets Ms Sayers was a passionate animal rights activist who didn't believe people needed to eat meat (story)

SouthWestBusiness 17.3.11 Better level of welfare - CAMBORNE, Redruth and Hayle MP George Eustice has called on the Government to do more to promote animal welfare at an international level... (story)

CAPS EDM 403 LETTER
Bath Chronicle 17.3.11 Urge MP to ban circus animals - FIONA PEACOCK Campaigns assistant The Captive Animals' Protection Society (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.2.11 Write to MPs over circuses - Fiona Peacock, The Captive Animals' Protection Society (letter)
Liverpool Echo 7.2.11 Ban animal acts - Fiona Peacock, Campaigns Assistant, The Captive Animals' Protection Society (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 5.2.11 Urge MPs to ban wild animal acts - YOUR readers may be aware that a Government consultation on circuses took place early last year. This consultation found that 94.5 per cent of people support a ban on wild animal acts in circuses... Please write to your MP, and ask them to sign EDM 403 (if they have not already done so), and ask why wild animal circuses have not yet been banned. Fiona Peacock The Captive Animals' Protection Society PO Box 4186, Manchester M60 3ZA (letter)

16.3.11

Scotsman 16.3.11 Letter: Moor project - The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is disheartened by the figures for illegal poisoning of birds of prey in Scotland released by Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (your report, 15 March), but the report also underlines the need for greater conflict resolution and an urgency for real, workable measures that benefit all concerned.... Katrina J Candy, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Perth Airport, Scone (letter)

BB News Online 16.3.11 Bridgnorth anglers call for cormorant cull - Anglers in Shropshire are calling on the government to change the way wild cormorants are controlled. Angler Brian Preece said the birds were in danger of wiping out stocks of coarse fish such as Roach and Dace in the River Severn.... (story)

Bolton News 16.3.11 Beware of cruelty to greyhounds - RE your March 12 article: “Dog track is under starters orders for a major revamp.” When the Westhoughton racetrack reopens, certain attendees will have nothing to celebrate. Racing is a losing game for the greyhounds. Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane... Caryn Wood Board of Directors GREY2K USA (letter)

Farmers Guardian 16.3.11 Threats to boycott Welsh dairy after badger cull decision By Barry Alston - WILDLIFE supporters are threatening to boycott Welsh dairy products in protest at the Welsh Assembly Government’s decision to press ahead with its badger cull plans in West Wales.... There has been criticism, too, on the timing of the announcement. “It did not surprise us,” said Celia Thomas, chairman of Pembrokeshire Against the Cull pressure group. “We anticipated the new Order would come after the Yes-No Referendum and before May’s Assembly elections. Being cynical, you might think it has been timed so no-one can vote on the issues.... (story)

15.3.11

Scottish Sun 15.3.11 If I’m getting death threats I must be doing something right, says Clarissa Dickson Wright - The Two Fat Ladies star returns to telly this month with new BBC show Great British Food Revival.... Roly-poly foodie Clarissa reckons ex-PM Tony Blair got her BANNED from TV because she stands up for hunting. But she's looking forward to more hate mail from animal rights fanatics now that her telly exile is over... (story)

Horse & Hound 15.3.11 Cotley hunt holding hedge-laying competition at meet - Martha Terry - A West Country pack of harriers, the Cotley hunt, is holding what is believed to be the only hedge-laying competition combined with a meet of hounds. Co-organiser and joint-master Mary Perry is anticipating a "fun and brilliant day" at the annual event, held at Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, this Saturday (19 March).... (story)

Scotsman 15.3.11 Bird of prey poisonings hit four-year high By Frank Urquhart - THE NUMBER of birds of prey being illegally poisoned in Scotland has risen to the highest level since 2006, new figures have revealed. Four iconic golden eagles and one sea eagle were among the 28 raptors which were killed as a result of illegal poisonings last year, according to a report from the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAW)... (story)

Northern Echo 15.3.11 Gamekeeper jailed after he filmed dogs attacking fox By Vicki Henderson - A FORMER gamekeeper has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted filming an horrific attack by two dogs on a trapped fox.... (story)
Northern Echo 14.3.11 Gamekeeper jailed for horrific fox attack - A FORMER gamekeeper has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted filming an horrific attack by two dogs on a trapped fox. The footage taken by Stephen Metcalfe on his mobile phone was so distressing that it made one of the magistrates cry when viewed in court. The 32-year-old claimed he was not directly involved in the attack - but he refused to name the two other men involved... (story)

Independent 15.3.11 James Lawton: Voice of Racing tells it straight from his old horse's mouth – thoroughbreds are born to run - O'Sullevan's point is that the most reluctant participants in a world without the Cheltenham Festival would be characters like Attivo - When Sir Peter O'Sullevan arrives at Cheltenham this week, having at the age of 93 driven down briskly from his flat in Chelsea, there is a very good chance he will be confronted by something rather less than he would desire. It will be someone carrying a placard in the shape of a tombstone and bearing the name of one of the 32 horses who have died at the course over the last 10 years... O'Sullevan's deepest regrets is that his beloved Attivo, winner of the 1974 Triumph Hurdle is no longer able to join in the conversation.... (story)

Tivy-Side Advertiser 15.3.11 Anti cull protestors seek legal advice - Protesters are seeking legal advice following this week’s announcement that the Welsh Assembly Government intends to go ahead with a controversial badger cull in north Pembrokeshire and parts of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire... The Badger Trust says it will seek new legal advice... Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) claimed the minister had "again ignored the science, sound economics, human rights issues and the views of the overwhelming majority of the public". RSPCA wildlife scientist Colin Booty said the cull was "a dead-end policy in every respect".... (story)

14.3.11

Worcester News 14.3.11 Hunt rides to rescue as dog survives car crash By Sarah Hickinbotham - A WORCESTERSHIRE family “can’t say thank you enough” to members of a hunt who helped to reunite them with their beloved pet. The Eades family, of Doddenham, near Broadwas, feared the worst when twoyear- old cocker spaniel Puppy Joe ran off during a walk last month... Four days later, members of the Worcestershire Hunt were taking part in a trail hunt in nearby Knightwick when one of the hounds failed to return. The hunt’s whipper-in Wayne Keeble was searching for the hound in woodland near Broadwas when he discovered Puppy Joe under a tree.... Joe suffered a broken pelvis but owner Adele Eades said he was making a good recovery. The stray hound, meanwhile, was found safe and well.... (story)

Irish Independent 14.3.11 Support for a ban on cruel sports - Richard Power, huntsman, was partially correct when he stated (Letters, March 7) that there were "at least 20 people" protesting outside the festival of cruelty, ie, hare coursing, in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, last month... There may well have been 30,000 inside watching hares run for their lives and gambling on the outcome, but as they say "might is not right". The vast majority of Irish citizens abhor cruelty to animals and are opposed to hare coursing and other bloodsports, as independent polls since the mid-1970s show... Fine Gael is poised to overturn the ban on the cruel Ward Union deer hunt. Enda Kenny says there will be strict conditions, but no amount of conditions, strict or otherwise, will prevent the suffering of a vulnerable creature pursued by dogs across country.... Aideen Yourell, Spokeswoman, IRISH COUNCIL AGAINST BLOOD SPORTS, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)
Irish Independent 9.3.11 Irish Independent 9.3.11 I refused to vote FG due to blood sport U-turn - In response to Richard Power's letter on the issue of stag hunting, I am proud to say that I am one of the voters who intended to vote for Fine Gael but changed my mind when I discovered their intention to go back to the dark ages by re-introducing this barbaric practice... Frank O'Connor, Inniscarra, Co Cork (letter)
Irish Independent 8.3.11 Fine Gael lost out in election hunt - In his letter to your paper (March 7), Richard Power suggests the proposed ban on stag hunting caused minimal, if any, damage to the Fine Gael... Perhaps Mr Power would check out the Fine Gael website prior to the week of the election and read the large number of hits from concerned people who stated they had intended voting for the party prior to the ban but unlike Mr Power could not, in conscience, do so.... John Daly, Arklow, Co Wicklow (letter)
Irish Independent 7.3.11 Fine Gael was never in hunt for an overall Dail majority - Your correspondent Tom Ryan seems to draw a most implausible conclusion from the recent election which saw Fine Gael getting its largest number of seats since the foundation of the State. The proposers of the ban, the Greens, have been consigned to oblivion and will make an interesting footnote in political history... He suggests that the majority could have been even larger were it not for Fine Gael's stated intention to reverse the ban on the Ward Union hunt... Richard Power Co Limerick (letter)

Hexham Courant 14.3.11 Country pursuits - I AM the Stocksfield shooting landowner who was derided by Rachel Smith (Courant Letters, February 18).... Firstly, the game birds Rachel enjoys watching would not be there if our syndicate did not rear and release them in the first place... On the question of safety, our syndicate notifies all locals, including police and parish council, of our intended shoot dates. We don’t have to do this; we choose to do it out of respect for other people enjoying the countryside.... Rachel may not agree with what I do and that’s fine. I’m sure that if we respect each other’s space, then we can all enjoy the countryside together. ANDREW LAPPING, Stocksfield (letter)
Hexham Courant 7.3.11 Shooting times - I READ with interest the comments from Rachel Smith regarding shooting in the vicinity of Stocksfield Community Woodland (Courant Letters, February 18). I feel sure that if Rachel contacted the gamekeeper, he would be happy to give her a list of the shoot dates, so that she could arrange to take her dogs elsewhere on these days. Given that this land is privately owned, the vast majority of us who exercise our dogs there consider it a privilege to be able to do so... VIRGINIA BUNYAN, Stocksfield (letter)
Hexham Courant 21.2.11 Shooting scare - AS an animal lover and dog walker I have been very concerned by the shooting of game birds next to a much loved country walk at Stocksfield Community Woodland. Recently, a shoot was taking place in full view of walkers. I was concerned for many reasons – one the fact pellets could stray and injure not only walkers but their dogs... I find the whole experience of seeing game birds I have watched all year been killed in a shooting frenzy in mid-flight, all for someone else’s pleasure, very barbaric. RACHEL SMITH, Prudhoe (letter)

13.3.11

Scotland On Sunday 12.3.11 Letter: Suspend all culls - YOUR story on the failure of the £1.3 million hedgehog cull in the Western Isles to achieve its aims must be an embarrassment to Scottish Natural Heritage and those who backed the cull... John F Robins, Animal Concern, Dumbarton (letter)

12.3.11

Cumberland News & Star 12.3.11 Point to point rained off in north Cumbria - The Cumberland Farmers’ Foxhounds point to point was cancelled today after heavy rain overnight left the car park waterlogged... (story)

Diss Express 12.3.11 Win tickets to Game and Country Fair - The annual East Anglian Game and Country Fair will return to the Norfolk Showground on the weekend of April 16 and 17. The two-day event, running from 8am to 6pm on both days, includes everything from exciting arena displays to working dogs, shooting and fishing activities, displays by a horse behaviourist, fashion and beauty workshops and more than 250 shopping stands selling country life products.... (story)

Scotsman 12.3.11 Labour pledge on animal snares - Scottish Labour regards its failed bid to ban animal snares as "unfinished business" and plans to return to the issue if elected in May. Environment and rural affairs spokeswoman Sarah Boyack MSP made the pledge after the League Against Cruel Sports' launched its election manifesto, calling for an end to animal cruelty... (story)

Derbyshire Times 12.3.11 Campaign to stop this senseless cull - THE British countryside could fast become a graveyard for wild animals if the Government gets its way. A decision on killing thousands of badgers is expected in the next few weeks... STUART PASHLEY, Clay Cross (letter)

11.3.11

Coventry Telegraph 11.3.11 Riding accident kills Warwickshire Hunt secretary Jo Rugman - THE secretary of the Warwickshire Hunt has been killed in a horse riding accident. Jo Rugman, 37, was crushed by her horse when they fell at a fence during a cross-country event in Gloucestershire on Sunday... (story)

Northern Echo 11.3.11 Animal aid - I AGREE with Alan Hamilton (HAS, Mar 5) that you can’t put the life of an animal before that of a human being, but what would we do without charities like Animal Aid or the RSPCA?... Mrs I Pearson, Norton (letter)

10.3.11

WILDLIFE & NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (SCOTLAND) BILL
Berwickshire News 10.3.11 Decline of hen harriers blamed on grouse moor management - LANDOWNERS could find themselves unwittingly breaking the law if they turn a blind eye to their employees killing birds of prey on their land.... (story)
Southern Reporter 10.3.11 Reprieve for snaring - SCOTTISH politicians last week unanimously passed a wildlife protection act which changes some law that is more than 200 years old. Animal rights activists have criticised the act for not banning snares, though there will be new controls on the practice... (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 10.3.11 MSPs get tough on snare use BY MARK MCLAUGHLIN - Changes to environment laws which include stricter regulations on animal snares and impose tougher penalties on employers if their staff illegally poison birds were passed by MSPs yesterday. But the changes in the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill did not go far enough for some MSPs or campaigners.... (story)
Ayrshire Post 10.3.11 Ayr MSP Caught In Snare Row - THE noose has tightened around a politician – after he backed the use of snares. Conservative MSP John Scott is in the stocks after his comments supporting the trapping device. His remarks, made in the Scottish parliament, have sparked fury among animal welfare campaigners... (story)
Berwickshire News 4.3.11 Snares ‘necessary’ for control of foxes - With lambing on Scottish farms due to start in earnest this month, NFU Scotland has reiterated its view that snaring, when carried out properly, is essential for controlling those predators responsible for significant losses of lambs each year... The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill, currently passing through the Scottish Parliament, has ignited the debate on the continued use of snaring. Ahead of the Bill’s next stage, NFU Scotland’s Head of Rural Policy, Jonnie Hall, addressed the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Working Group on Animal Welfare on the issue.... (story)
STV 2.3.11 MSPs vote to toughen up wildlife protection laws - Legislation imposes tougher punishments on employers whose staff illegally poison birds of prey and require ministers to report on wildlife crime.... But the changes in The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill did not go far enough for some MSPs or campaigners, with a controversial amendment which sought a ban on snares voted down in favour of tougher regulation. MSP Irene Oldfather, who tabled the amendment, argued that, even when snares are used legally, "animal suffering cannot be avoided".... Oldfather's amendment was voted down by 72 votes to 50... The League's Scottish spokeswoman Louise Robertson said: "The overwhelming will of the public has been ignored here today and animals will continue to suffer in their thousands as a result."... However, the continued use of snares was welcomed by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).... (story)
BBC News Online 2.3.11 Snare row as wildlife bill passed by MSPs - A new wildlife bill which includes stricter regulations on animal snares has been passed by MSPs. A controversial amendment which sought a ban on snares was voted down in favour of tougher rules on their use.... The decision to vote down the ban on snares was condemned by animal rights charities the League Against Cruel Sports and The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT).... (story)
Farming News 3.3.11 Game birds decision 'for ministers' - Ministers should be allowed to decide whether it is appropriate to kill protected species to safeguard game birds, MSPs have agreed. Amendments which sought to make it impossible for a minister to issue a licence to gamekeepers to kill raptors responsible for killing game birds reared for shooting was defeated as the final debate on the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill began at Holyrood.... (story)
STV 28.2.11 Charity urges MSPs to ban snares - MSPs to debate Bill on Wednesday that could outlaw use of snares completely - An animal welfare charity has urged MSPs to back a complete ban on "outdated and cruel" snares at Holyrood this week. The League Against Cruel Sports has given its backing to an amendment to the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill tabled by Labour MSP Irene Oldfather calling for a complete ban on the use of snares. The Bill will be be debated at stage 3 on Wednesday... (story)
Telegraph 27.1.11 Sporting estate 'yellow cards' for bird poisoning - Shooting rights on Scotland’s sporting estates will be suspended if persistent evidence of illegal bird poisoning is discovered on them, under radical proposals being voted on by MSPs. By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor - An amendment is being tabled to legislation being considered by Holyrood that will allow ministers to issue a ‘yellow card’ to those estates where there is a recurring pattern of wildlife crime. Shooting rights would only be reinstated when landowners take action to convince the Scottish Executive they have changed their ways. Peter Peacock, a Labour MSP, is drawing up the amendment to the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill, which is due to clear its final parliamentary hurdle at the start of March... (story)
Herald 3.12.10 MSPs back laws to punish landowners for staff crimes - ROBBIE DINWOODIE - Laws to punish landowners for wildlife crime committed by their staff have moved a step closer after MSPs gave their backing to the first stage of new legislation. The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill passed its Stage 1 vote at Holyrood last night, including the controversial “lairds pay” clause, known in legal terms as “vicarious responsibility” – which means staff break the law on employers’ behalf when, for example, they poison birds of prey.... (story)
Scottish Herald 4.11.10 Landowners who allow slaying of raptors should be made to pay - The latest death toll of birds of prey is a distressing one ... Making employers responsible for illegal poisonings carried out by their employees, with a penalty of a fine of up to £5000 or six months in prison might seem to be taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Nevertheless the continuing toll of raptors shows illegal poisoning persists in defiance of the available sanctions.... (story)
Dundee Courier 4.11.10 Landowners who allow bird of prey poisonings to be government target - Tayside landowners whose employees are caught poisoning birds of prey could end up in jail under tough new government proposals to crackdown on wildlife crime. The measures, outlined at Holyrood on Wednesday, come amid increasing concern about the number of incidents in Angus and Perthshire…. (story)
Scotsman 4.11.10 Employers to face jail if staff poison birds of prey By Katrine Bussey - Bosses could face up to six months in jail if their workers are caught illegally poisoning birds of prey after new measures were put forward yesterday by the Scottish Government. Environment minister Rose-anna Cunningham said inc-reased awareness and condemnation of the problem appeared to be "doing little" to reduce the number of poisonings.... (story)
Guardian 4.11.10 Scotland to fine and jail landowners who allow illegal killings of birds of prey - Severin Carrell - Scottish lairds and grouse moor owners face £5,000 fines or jail terms if they allow their gamekeepers to illegally kill birds of prey, under tough new measures tabled today. The powers would, for the first time in the UK, make landowners directly liable for wildlife crimes committed by their employees, after an upsurge in cases where rare birds of prey have been deliberately killed to protect grouse stocks on shooting estates... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 10.3.11 British ruddy duck being blasted to save Spanish species from extinction By Patrick Knox - WITH their bright plumage and blue beaks, they are an eye-catching delight for birdwatchers. But the sight of the shy and sleepy ruddy duck could soon become a thing of the past – because they’ve been sentenced to death... Animal rights campaigners have dubbed the Government’s solution as a “fanatical slaughter in an attempt for blood purity”..... >(story)

Denbighshire Free Press 10.3.11 Blood bath - TWO ducks found dead with their necks tied together is the latest case of animal cruelty in Denbighshire. The ‘sickening’ discovery was made by Katy Morgan, from Ruthin, who was walking her dog along the River Clwyd by Glasdir on the evening of Tuesday, March 1... Judi Hewitt of Wales Against Animal Cruelty (WAAC) said the discovery was ‘sickening’.... (story)

9.3.11

PENNY LITTLE/WAITROSE ROW
Bucks Free Press 9.3.11 Countryside Alliance boss told Buckinghamshire members fox charity “should not receive a penny” from Waitrose appeal in Thame By James Nadal - A PRO-HUNTING boss encouraged his organisation's Buckinghamshire members to pressurise Waitrose over its support of an animal sanctuary, leaked emails show. Countryside Alliance Deputy Chief Executive Rob Gray said Little Foxes in Great Haseley “should not receive a penny” from a February charity collection at the supermarket in Thame, on the Buckinghamshire border. The sanctuary is run by Penny Little, a hunt monitor and spokesman for anti-hunting campaigning organisation Protect Our Wild Animals. She branded any suggestions the sanctuary and the monitoring activities were linked as “scurrilous and unfounded”.... Mrs Little said: “I think this is absolutely incredible. The lengths that the mighty CA is prepared to go to, to deprive a small wildlife rescue of funds is simply unbelievable... (story)
Oxford Mail 10.2.11 Fox hunters act like ‘playground bullies’ - AS a dedicated anti-hunt campaigner, hunt monitor and general thorn-in-the-flesh pain to all animal abusers, I am nevertheless aghast that a Countryside Alliance member should sink so low as to attempt an orchestrated boycott of a small animal charity simply because its founder monitors hunts. Penny Little is an active campaigner and her monitoring resulted in the “disagreement” mentioned by the Countryside Alliance in your story about the call by a supporter to boycott Waitrose, after the Thame branch picked the Little Foxes animal sanctuary at Great Haseley as a nominated charity... BEA BRADLEY, Cuxham Road, Watlington (story)

Worcester News 9.3.11 BALLOT: Coursers blamed for drop in hares By Sarah Hickinbotham - ILLEGAL coursing is being blamed for a sudden decline in the population of wild brown hares at a Worcestershire golf club. The hares have been a popular feature of Sapey Golf Club... But in the past three months, staff and members have seen the hare population dwindle to just five or six and it is believed illegal coursing – using dogs to hunt animals – is to blame after manager Phil Smith made a late night discovery... “Then one evening in January I was driving back from a night out with my wife and we saw three or four people standing outside a parked vehicle with lurchers.... (story)

8.3.11

Telegraph 8.3.11 Tally-ho, pardner! Fox-hunting in America - Before he moved to the USA, Sebastian Doggart had always believed fox-hunting to be an exclusively English fixation. I have recently discovered that there is a second special relationship that spans the Atlantic: the one that binds the foxhunting communities in Britain and America... “We’re 100 per cent behind our hunting friends in Britain who have defied this ridiculous law,” Dennis Foster, executive director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, told me yesterday.... To give me a first-hand taste, Foster put me in touch with a California hunt club, nestled in the hills of Topanga Canyon, to the north-west of Los Angeles... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 8.3.11 Hotel's new attraction is set to take off - Hunting on horseback with a bird of prey in hand may conjure up images of the Asian steppes rather than moorland Devon. But the Bovey Castle hotel on Dartmoor is soon to offer guests the thrilling experience of chasing down quarry and has now unveiled the star of the show. Artemis, a cross between a golden and steppe eagle, has been recruited by the hotel, the first in the country to own a bird of prey for guest use... (story)

Leicester Mercury 8.3.11 It's time to reduce your meat intake - The Department of Health has recently issued advice to reduce red meat consumption.... It seems to be an appropriate time to mention that March is Animal Aid's Veggie Month. Animal Aid is a long-established organisation which promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and meat-free diet... Mrs Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

7.3.11

Yorkshire Post 7.3.11 From: Mr Wardell, Malton Road York Re last week’s letter from Eileen Goddard. She must have been hunting in her dreams claiming she could clearly hear the fox scream when caught... I have attended hundreds of meets and at no time have I ever heard the sound of a fox screaming.... (letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.3.11 From: Eileen Goddard, Gainford Road, Moorends, Doncaster. Further to previous letters on fox hunting, I am horrified to hear some of the comments made in support... As a young rider I did follow a hunt to see what all the fuss was about. While at a distance from the kill I could clearly hear the fox scream in pain as it was engulfed by the pack from all sides... (letter)

5.3.11

Mail 5.3.11 Quentin Letts - Tomorrow sees the South Herefordshire Hunt’s point to point... protesters were recently found by police to be running their own vehicles on red diesel and taxing them as animal ambulances. The vehicles were duly seized. The police were good enough to drop the stranded saboteurs at a bus stop in St Weonards on a wet Saturday night. The time of the next service? Monday morning (story)

Monmouthshire Free Press 5.3.11 Raglan woman gears up for London marathon to raise cash for cancer charity - A RAGLAN woman who beat cancer is preparing to run in the London marathon and is undertaking a whole host of fundraising initiatives. Pip Rumsey, 37, was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, which was discovered when her smear test result came back abnormal... After a year of recovery Miss Rumsey has decided she would like to give something back to the charity which supported her. As the chairperson of the Monmouthshire hunt supporters club she organised a strictly come dancing night for the club's members to raise funds... The hunt so far have raised £1,250 for Miss Rumsey but she will hopes to reach her £3,000 target by running in this year's London Marathon... (story)

South Wales Echo 5.3.11 Time to end use of the whip - THE racing industry still allows jockeys to hit horses with a whip, though with certain guidelines and limitations imposed by its regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). However, a damning investigation by national campaign group Animal Aid has revealed widespread, repeated and flagrant abuse of the rules by jockeys... Norway banned the use of the whip in racing years ago. It’s now time for Britain... Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)

4.3.11

Wilts & Glos Standard 4.3.11 Cars stolen during hunt - TWO 4x4 vehicles worth thousands of pounds were stolen from Easton Grey and a third was broken into on Saturday while their drivers were following the Beaufort Hunt... (story)

Horse & Hound 4.3.11 Are you a fearless five-bar gate jumper? - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The Quorn is running a new contest to find hunting's best gate jumper. The competition, at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Old Dalby, Leics, on 26 March, recalls the antics of the maverick Henry Beresford, 3rd Marquis of Waterford, in 1838... (story)

ThisIsKent 4.3.11 Experience falconry at close hand - DODDINGTON Place Gardens is awash with celebrities. First there are television presenters Leigh and Jo Holmes, who own the Hawking Centre... But at Doddington, the real stars are the birds.... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 4.3.11 Microchipping not good idea - I am responding to your Vet's Diary of February 17, entitled "Microchip to identify your pet". First, we don't "own" animals. If an animal chooses to live with us as companion we are blessed indeed... Animals do not get "lost" – just as we do sometimes, they choose a new direction in life... M Lavaulx Ridgeway Gardens Glastonbury (letter)

3.3.11

Horse & Hound 3.3.11 Ward Union hunt hosts inaugural "Antler Challenge" - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - A new cross-country race with a prize of €1,000 (£852) to the winner has been announced by the Ward Union hunt. The inaugural Antler Challenge will take place on Saturday 19 March.... "The format will be that of an old fashioned point-to-point. It will be run over three miles of natural country — mainly hedges and ditches — for experienced hunters and riders," said organiser David Geraghty... (story)

Yorkshire Post 3.3.11 Hunting with dogs is simply no longer tolerated From: Katherine Watson, Rushton Drive, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire. SIX years after the Hunting Act came into force, is it not time for the pro-hunt minority to accept that using dogs to hound wild animals for sport is no longer tolerated?... (story)

2.3.11

BBC News Online 2.3.11 Hen harrier decline sparks row over Scottish estates - The numbers of one of Scotland's rarest birds of prey have fallen by more than a fifth, according to new research. RSPB Scotland blamed the decline in hen harriers on illegal persecution on managed grouse moors. But estate managers said the were being unfairly blamed for the killing of birds of prey. MSPs will vote on the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill later, which would make it easier to prosecute estates who kill protected birds... The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Scotland), the Scottish Countryside Alliance, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, the Scottish Estates Business Group and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association claimed the RSPB statistics were flawed... (story)

Northern Echo 2.3.11 Cheltenham - THE Cheltenham Festival, which takes place this month, will mark the fourth anniversary of Animal Aid’s race horse deathwatch.... The Cheltenham Festival has seen 32 horses lose their lives between 2000 and 2010... Please don’t back the cruelty. Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

1.3.11

BBC News Online 1.3.11 PSNI and USPCA rescue County Down hunt stags - A man has been arrested after the USPCA and PSNI seized a vehicle and trailer containing two stags which, it is thought, were about to be hunted. The practice known as 'carting' is illegal and the hunting community has long maintained that it doesn't exist. The trailer was registered to the County Down Hunt, but the hunt master said he knew nothing about the events.... (story)
BBC News Online 1.3.11 Organised stag hunt foiled by PSNI - The USPCA and PSNI have seized a vehicle and trailer containing two stags which the USPCA believes were about to be released for hunting. The practice, known as 'carting' is illegal and the hunting community has long maintained that it doesn't exist.... (story)

Bournemouth Echo 1.3.11 Camel racing for charity: "like going 100mph on a tractor" By Stephen Bailey - “RIDING a horse is like riding a Ferrari,” said an exhilarated Sarah-Tillard, 49, from near Milborne Port near Sherborne. “But riding a camel is like going 100mph on a tractor.” She competed in three exciting and alarming races that brought a crowd-pleasing end to the fifth Countryside Alliance fundraiser at Badbury Rings, near Wimborne... Charlie Frampton, 34, from Blandford, won the men’s race, and then the mixed final, despite a steward’s inquiry into how he repeatedly manoeuvred his way on to the biggest camel, called Gobi.... Charlie Frampton, 34, from Blandford, won the men’s race, and then the mixed final, despite a steward’s inquiry into how he repeatedly manoeuvred his way on to the biggest camel, called Gobi. Mr Frampton, the huntmaster of the Portman Foxhounds, joked: “Gobi was very frisky so I knew that was the one to go for.”... (story)
ThisIsDorset 22.2.11 Racing camels will entertain at Dorset Point to Point - Racing camels will be back at Badbury Rings in Dorset on Sunday February 27 as the finale of the fifth annual Countryside Alliance Point to Point... The camel race, in which Masters of Foxhounds from across the region jockey the mounts, follows the final race (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.3.11 Not surprising cows are prone to illness - AFTER reading Justin Kerswell's excellent letter (Culling badgers will not really stop TB, February 21), I also would like to comment on the demonisation of the badger by dairy farmers. Why is it they have to look for a scapegoat? Taking a good look at the life of a modern cow, I think it not surprising that she is so prone to disease... Joan Jones, Devon Heath, Chudleigh Knighton (letter)

News Shopper 1.3.11 West Wickham animal welfare group rescue 7,000 hens from slaughter By Michael Purton - AN ANIMAL welfare group from West Wickham has rescued more than 7,000 hens from slaughter. Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group took the hens from a free-range farm in Brighton and transported them to new homes across Bromley and north Kent.... Jan Yarker, who founded the group nine years ago, said: “With this farm, each time the hens are close to 72 weeks we get planning to get as many as possible out... (story)

Northern Echo 1.3.11 Animal welfare - LAST autumn, undercover investigators uncovered systematic abuse and cruelty in many slaughterhouses. There is clearly a culture of indifference to animal suffering and lawbreaking within the meat industry... James Alderson, Grinton, Richmond (letter)