March 2013

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31.3.13

Observer 31.3.13 Peta's Ingrid Newkirk: making the fury fly - Ingrid Newkirk compares factory farming to the Holocaust and SeaWorld to slavery. Carole Cadwalladr crosses swords with the founder of Peta (story)

30.3.13

Bicester Advertiser 30.3.13 Thousands flock to annual Thame Country Fair By Katriona Ormiston - DAREDEVIL bike stunts, falconry, ferret racing and hare-chasing thrilled thousands in Thame yesterday. The attractions brought in the crowds at the 15th annual Easter Thame Country Fair, at Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, which finishes at 6pm today…. (story)

ANIMAL AID VEGGIE MONTH LETTER
Sleaford Standard 30.3.13 LETTER: Why not go veggie this month and save some cash? Ben Martin Animal Aid (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 22.3.13 Go veggie and save a packet - ben martin Animal Aid (letter)
Northern Echo 8.3.13 Trust in food - IN his letter, Ben Martin of Animal Aid, a charity that promotes vegetarianism, lumped together the whole of the meat industry, including butchers and abattoirs, in reference to the horse meat scandal… There are many butchers in the region that believe passionately about what they do, not least a butcher and abattoir that we at Oldfields Restaurant use: Simpsons in Cockfield. I’ve never met anybody in the meat industry who cares more about the way animals are treated before and during the slaughtering process than Joe Simpson…. Bill Oldfield, Oldfields Restaurant, Durham. (letter)
Shoreham Herald 6.3.13 Veggie month - Ben Martin Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Shoreham Herald 6.3.13 Veggie month - Ben Martin Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Northern Echo 5.3.13 Go meat-free this month MARCH is national veggie month Ben Martin, Animal Aid (letter)
Sunderland Echo 28.2.13 Go Veggie month - Ben Martin, Animal Aid >(letter)
Plymouth Herald 23.2.13 Appalling reality of the meat industry - BEN MARTIN, Animal Aid (letter)
Shields Gazette 22.2.13 Reality of meat industry - Ben Martin, Animal Aid, Tonbridge. Kent. (letter)
Oxford Mail 22.2.13 Stop this trade in cruelty - IN THE light of the recent revelations of the horsemeat scandal, it seems appropriate that March is Animal Aid’s annual Veggie Month… Throughout Europe, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and horses are routinely transported hundreds of miles across borders crammed into suffocating trucks with no access to food or water, only to be killed at the end of their long journey…. Anyone who wishes to stop supporting this appalling trade by choosing to adopt a meat-free diet can request a free ‘Go Veggie’ pack from Animal Aid… BEN MARTIN Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)

29.3.13

Argus 29.3.13 Hunt saboteurs claim Crawley and Horsham Hunt street collections are illegal - Anti-foxhunting campaigners have accused a hunt group of thinking they “cannot be touched” after members were caught holding illegal street collections. Horsham District Council has written to officials from the Crawley and Horsham Hunt to warn them that fundraising on the street is against the law…. Antony Sandeman, the hunt master at the Crawley and Horsham hunt, denied the group had been warned for illegal street collecting. He added: “We have a strained relationship with the hunt saboteurs… “We have received nothing from the council.”… (story)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 29.3.13 Beaufort Hunt’s £2,000 for air ambulance - Beaufort Hunt and its supporters raised £2,186 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal at its annual charity meet… (story)

Western Morning News 29.3.13 Fun ride to kick off hunt's outdoor fundraising events - The Tetcott Hunt starts off its programme of outdoor fundraising events on Sunday, April 7, with a fantastic fun ride near Hartland… Devon & Somerset Staghounds will meet at 11am tomorrow at Larkbarrow Corner; Tuesday, April 2, at Honeymead Cross and Thursday, April 4, at Five Cross Way, Dulverton. The Four Burrow Hunt will meet at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 3, at Philleigh (children's meet)… (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS
Sheffield Star 11.6.13 (date probably incorrect) Stamp of approval for Sheffield branch post office - Sheffield businesswoman Heather Tingle was joined by Nick Clegg to celebrate after her post office was named the best in Yorkshire. Heather, who runs Lower Bradfield Post office and Flask End shop and tea room, received the honour from the Countryside Alliance... (story)
Sevenoaks Chronicle 29.3.13 'Brilliant' village shop nets top business award - A VILLAGE shop has scooped a prestigious award at a Westminster bash. Etchingham Shop and Deli won the South East Start Up title in the Country Alliance Awards ceremony held at the House of Lords last week… (story)
Crewe Chronicle 27.3.13 Bunbury’s Mark Burrows named North West butcher of the year by Barry Ellams, Crewe Chronicle - A BUTCHER has proved he’s top of the chops after his Bunbury shop was named North West Butcher of the Year in the Countryside Alliance Awards. Mark Burrows, of R F Burrows butchers, visited Westminster with his wife earlier this month as the Countryside Alliance held its annual national awards… (story)
Leicester Mercury 26.3.13 Farndon Fields farm shop: A taste of the good life - At Farndon Fields farm shop, the motto is buy local and know exactly what you’re getting… The Farndon peeps – who have just picked up a highly commended award at the Countryside Alliance Awards – grow more than 40 types of fruit and veg on the farm just 200m away… (story)
Farming Life 26.3.13 Patterson presents Rural Oscars - LAST Wednesday (13 March) was a highlight in the Countryside Alliance calendar; the Parliamentary Reception in London for the Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the Rural Oscars…. Unfortunately, this year did not see an overall UK and Ireland Champion Award for any of the Ireland regional finalists. However, Cloughmills Community Action Team & Incredible Edibles from County Antrim were Highly Commended in the Enterprise Category… (story)
Rye & Battle Observer 25.3.13 MP’s congratulations to award-winning shop - MP Greg Barker offered his congratulations to Etchingham Deli and Shop, winners of the UK and Ireland Start Up title in the Country Alliance Awards ceremony held at the House of Lords last Wednesday…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 23.3.13 Hero milkman now honoured at Parliament - Hero milkman Tony Fowler has been given another accolade for his going above and beyond the call of duty on his round. He has received a Rural Hero award from the Countryside Alliance at the Houses of Parliament. The 53-year-old, from Grimston, is the eyes and ears of the police and helps vulnerable people on his Melton district round… (story)
Nantwich News 21.3.13 Bunbury butcher couple visit Westminster for national awards - A couple who run a local butcher were invited to Parliament after winning through to the Countryside Alliance national annual awards. Mark and Claire Burrows, of Bunbury, near Nantwich, made it through to the final after winning the “butchers” category in the North West competition… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.3.13 Neil Parish: … In Westminster I had the pleasure of meeting some constituents who had come up for the day to attend the Countryside Alliance awards ('Rural Oscars'). These celebrate those who contribute so much to food production, environmental stewardship and protecting our rural heritage. I was delighted the Greig family, of Pipers Farm, near Cullompton, were crowned UK & Ireland Champions by my colleague the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, the Environment Secretary…. (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.3.13 Skipton's Broughton Hall project scoops ‘rural Oscar’ - A business project at Broughton Hall near Skipton has won the historic estate of year in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Enterprise Award for UK & Ireland… (story)
Telegraph 19.3.13 Welcome to the Best Village Shop in Britain - Penny Teale's deli in the quiet village of Orford has won this year's Best Village Shop award. What are her secrets to keeping customers happy? By Christopher Middleton (story)
Ballymoney Times 18.3.13 And the Rural Oscars go to... Cloughmills! - THE Cloughmills Community Action Team and Incredible Edibles has won a 2012 Countryside Alliance Award - aka the Rural Oscars!... (story)
Lutterworth Mail 18.3.13 Farm shop highly commended in ‘Rural Oscars’ - A Harborough farm shop was highly commended in the local food category of a national award scheme. Farndon Fields Farm Shop was competing in the finals of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards - dubbed the Rural Oscars - after winning the category for the East of England section…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.3.13 'Farming Oscar' for family championing local food - A long-standing organic farm in Devon has collected a prestigious award at a ceremony dubbed the "Rural Oscars". Pipers Farm, near Cullompton, was named as a champion of the UK and Ireland in one of just five categories in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
ITV Meridian 15.3.13 Shooting school wins Countryside Alliance Award - The 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards (the Rural Oscars) were presented to top rural businesses by the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP. Lains Shooting School, Quarley, Andover was highly commended in the Enterprise category… (story)
Northern Echo 15.3.13 Cross Lanes Organic Farm highly commended in "rural Oscars" By Stuart Laundy - SHOP ACCOLADE: An organic farm shop has been highly commended in the national finals of an awards scheme dubbed the “rural Oscars.” Cross Lanes Farm, on the A66 near Barnard Castle, won the 2012 North-East Countryside Alliance Start-up Award, progressing to the national finals which were held at the House of Lords this week…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 15.3.13 Independent butchers' meat is a cut above the rest – GALLERY - The horsemeat scandal has sent consumers flocking back to the region’s independent butchers and farm shops in their droves. But are they – and shoppers – up to the challenge? JANE HALL reports… R Green and Son of Longframlington – which recently won the butcher’s category for the North East in the prestigious Countryside Alliance Awards 2012 – has seen sales year-on-year leap by around 40%... (story)
South Wales Evening Post 14.3.13 Gower Brewery wins national title at Countryside Alliance Awards - AN enterprising Gower-based business has been honoured with a national award. Gower Brewery has been named UK & Ireland Champion in the Start Up awards category of the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Western Morning News 14.3.13 Cullompton's Piper's Farm triumphs at rural Oscars - Cullompton business Piper's Farm has triumphed at 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars)…. (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 13.3.13 Orford: General Store is crowned Village Shop and Post Office of the Year by the Countryside Alliance - THE owner of a village store is celebrating after it was crowned the best in the country. Orford General Store was yesterday named Village Shop and Post Office of the Year by the Countryside Alliance. Owner Penny Teale, who picked up the honour at the House of Lords, was delighted with the accolade… (story)
Henley Standard 11.3.13 Commended - A FARM shop in Ipsden was given a “highly commended” rating in the local food producers category in the south-east section of the Countryside Alliance’s annual food awards. Blue Tin Produce, which was set up by Emma Darke and Robert Jackson… (story)
Redditch Standard 8.3.13 Farm shop is cream of the crop in the Midlands By Connie Osborne - A FARM shop near Alcester has been crowned cream of the crop in the Midlands. Hillers, based in Dunnington, scooped the title of Regional Champions for Local Food in this year's Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars… (story)
Campbeltown Courier 7.3.13 The Village heads to London for enterprise award - JUST weeks after the first anniversary of the re-opening of the Ugadale Hotel,The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is in the running for a UK enterprise award. Wednesday March 13 2013 sees delegates from Machrihanish Dunes head to London for the Countryside Alliance Enterprise Award… (story)
Midweek Herald 6.3.13 Dalwood’s starring role in ‘rural Oscars’ - Chris Carson - Dalwood’s community shop and post office has been named as one of the best in the west – for a second time. It has been ‘highly commended’ in the latest Countryside Alliance awards – known as the rural Oscars… (story)
ForArgyll 5.3.13 Machrihanish Dunes Award: ‘Our investment was in the area as a whole, with the goal of sustainability’ - The Village at Machrihanish Dunes has announced that it has won the Scotland Enterprise Award at the Countryside Alliance Awards held at Scottish Parliament at Holyrood… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 4.3.13 Gloucestershire's finest recognised in Countryside Alliance Awards - TWO photographers who specialise in taking rural pictures are due to be honoured at the forthcoming Countryside Alliance Awards. Kay Thompson and Sarah Farnsworth will be named "Rural Heroes" at the eighth annual Rural Oscars ceremony at Parliament in recognition of their contributions to rural life… (story)
Portsmouth News 4.3.13 Good food from Hampshire - THREE members of county food group, Hampshire Fare, are celebrating being chosen as regional finalists in the Countryside Alliance Awards. THREE members of county food group, Hampshire Fare, are celebrating being chosen as regional finalists in the Countryside Alliance Awards…. Parsonage Farm in Upton, near Andover, have been highly-commended in the local food category, Isle of Wight Biltong was awarded highly-commended in the start-up category and Lyburn Cheese also made it into the south west finalists’ list… (story)
North Wales Weekly News 28.2.13 Rhos-on-Sea country market by Richard Evans - A COUNTRY market has won a prestigious award. The Rhos-on-Sea Country Market meets every week at the village’s Methodist Church on St George’s Road and has won the Countryside Alliance Award for its high quality locally made produce…. (story)
Hexham Courant 27.2.13 HUMSHAUGH VILLAGE NOTES …OUR village shop has just won the regional Countryside Alliance award for the third year in a row…. (story)
Farming Life 26.2.13 CAI ‘Rural Oscars’ 2012 – Ireland’s winners announced - THE regional winners for the Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, have been announced…. Local Food Category Champion Bruces Hill Farm Shop, Ballymena… Village Shop Category Champion Rathlin Co-op, Rathlin Island… Enterprise Category Champion Cloughmills Community Action Team and Incredible Edibles, County Antrim… Butcher Category Champion Martin Divilly Butchers, Galway… (story)
Morpeth Herald 25.2.13 Focus on local food spells success for award-winning shop - KEEPING it local is reaping rewards for a Northumberland farm shop as it takes a regional title for the second year running. Blagdon Farm Shop has been named best in the business for Local Food in the North East Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Herts & Essex Observer 22.2.13 Fresh ideas clinch rural food 'Oscar' for village Written bySINEAD HOLLAND - A LITTLE Canfield community enterprise has struck gold with a ‘rural Oscar’. The Local Food (& More) Cooperative triumphed in the East of England Finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards and will now represent the region at the UK & Ireland finals at Parliament in Westminster on March 13… (story)
Somerset Standard 21.2.13 Village shop into national final after winning South West crown - Mells Village Shop Ltd has won the 2012 Countryside Alliance Village Shop Award, also known as the Rural Oscars in the South West…. (story)
York Press 20.2.13 Beningbrough farm shop wins awards - HOME Farm shop at Beningbrough has won two awards during February. The shop, run by Lucy and Alistair Jackson, won the Countryside Alliance awards for local food in Yorkshire as well as the national Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA) Rising Star award,.. (story)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 20.2.13 Village store is south east champion, again! - A PIONEERING village shop has been awarded an impressive accolade, for the second time. Kirdford Village Stores is South East Champions 2012 for the Telegraph Village Shop in the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Hexham Courant 20.2.13 SHOP SCOOPS THIRD AWARD By DAVID COULTER - HUMSHAUGH Village Shop continues to lead the way in the region with a third successive annual Countryside Alliance award…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 19.2.13 CUMBRIAN FIRMS TRIUMPH AT ‘RURAL OSCARS’ By Julian Whittle - Three Cumbrian businesses are among the regional winners of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, dubbed the ‘rural Oscars’. The Watermill at Little Salkeld, which makes organic flour, took the ‘enterprise’ section. The Llama Karma Kafe at Brougham, near Penrith, triumphed in the ‘start-up’ category, while the Hawkshead Relish Company, Hawkshead, won the ‘local food’ section…. (story)
Waltham Forest Guardian 19.2.13 Waltham Abbey cucumber festival misses out on award - A festival celebrating the British cucumber and its contribution to the area’s economy has been knocked out of national awards for rural enterprises. The Great British Cucumber Festival, which has been held twice in Waltham Abbey, was nominated for the Countryside Alliance Awards and made it to the regional rounds…. (story)
Scotland Food & Drink 19.2.13 Formartine’s Shop & Eatery - Scottish Champion - Only nine months after opening, the North-east's newest visitor attraction with eatery, food hall, woodland walks and adventure play area has been awarded ‘Scottish Champion’ in the ‘Countryside Alliance Awards for Rural Start-up’s’…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 19.2.13 Horsemeat scare increases business for Harborough butchers and farm shops - The horsemeat scare may be bad news for supermarkets, but it's good news for butchers and farm shops in Market Harborough, who have all reported an increase in demand of between 10 – 20 per cent for cuts of meat, sausages, burgers, mince, ready meals and pies… Farndon Fields Farm Shop has just won a Countryside Alliance regional award for sourcing food locally and will go on to represent the region in the national finals…. (story)
Sussex Express 18.2.13 Etchingham store does the business for judges - A community store in Etchingham has won a top award. The Etchingham Shop and Deli in the High Street has won the Start-Up category in the South East’s Rural Oscars, the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards. The shop will now go through to the UK and Ireland final in Parliament in March… (story)
Lutterwort Mail 18.2.13 Farm shop on a roll as it scoops a Rural Oscar - A farm shop in Harborough has won a regional award for the quality of its food after judges praised its owners for sourcing food locally. The Countryside Alliance Awards judges joked “there is no danger of horsemeat here” as they awarded Farndon Fields Farm Shop the Local Food award for the East of England…. (story)
NE Business (Newcastle Journal) 18.2.13 Meat scandal benefits Blagdon Farm Shop as sales rise by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal - A FARM shop has seen a 20% surge in sales since the horse meat scandal broke. Blagdon Farm Shop, near Newcastle, has witnessed a 72% rise in sales for its beef products and a 12% rise for lamb… For the second year running, the farm shop has been awarded the local food title at this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Yorkshire Post 18.2.13 Honoured: Dales pub that refused to die - FOR the villagers of Litton in the Yorkshire Dales, it was an event that had an all too familiar ring to it. When the historic Queen’s Arms closed its doors in February last year, many feared it was the latest in a long list of village pubs that had fallen victim to the economic slump… But Mark and Heather Hancock, who have lived in Littondale for the last 16 years, decided to buy the premises and undertook a major restoration before re-opening in May. The efforts to rejuvenate the pub have now seen the Queen’s Arms named as the best rural start-up business in Yorkshire in The Countryside Alliance’s annual Rural Awards…. (story)
Rye & Battle Observer 17.2.13 Triumph for shop in Countryside awards - THE community-owned Etchingham Shop & Deli has won the Start-Up category in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Northern Echo 16.2.13 SHOP'S AWARD: A North-East farm shop has picked up an industry award for the second year running for the quality of its products. Blagdon Farm Shop, in Cramlington, Northumberland, won the Local Food title at the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 16.2.13 Quality butcher rewarded - A north Northumberland butcher has taken the title in the North East’s Rural Oscars and will go on to represent the region on the national stage. The North East of England’s Champions in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards have been announced and R Green and Son in Longframlington won the butcher’s category…. (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 16.2.13 Almondsbury Community Shop best village store in the Midlands By Marion Sauvebois - THE "BEATING heart" of Almondsbury, otherwise known as the village store, has been recognised for its outstanding work in the community at the rural oscars. Almondsbury Community Shop, which is run by 90 volunteers, was crowned Midlands champion in the village store/post office category at the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Bucks Herald 16.2.13 Rearing award winning beef is a great way to avoid industry horseplay - Dodgy ‘beef’ lasagnes made from 100% horsemeat may be causing consternation across the country at the moment. But a local farmer who sells 100% English beef straight from the farm gate has been rewarded this week with a ‘rural Oscar’. Geoff Brunt, who operates fresh Terrick Beef sales from his farm on the first Friday and Saturday of each month has won the 2012 Countryside Alliance Local Food Award for the South East… (story)
Sheffield Telegraph 16.2.13 Heather’s village shop leads to House of Lords - HEATHER Tingle will be taking a break next month from the village cafe, shop and post office that she opens every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day…. Her success in establishing the business at the heart of the community won her the regional award in the competition run by the Countryside Alliance, which have been nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’…. (story)
BDaily 15.2.13 Local champion proves farm shops are best - A Northumberland fresh produce supplier – which has seen a 20% surge in sales since the horsemeat scandal broke - has won a prestigious industry award… Northumberland’s Blagdon Farm Shop has witnessed a sharp rise in sales for its butchery products and ready meals… The company has been recognised with the Local Food title at this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards for its local produce which judges said is “presented with love and flair”… (story)
Slough & South Berks Observer 15.2.13 Mighty Quinn is quintessential butcher - A WARFIELD butchery that has been recognised in the annual 'Rural Oscars' has slammed the use of horse meat in supermarket products. Quintessential Meats, run by husband and wife duo James and Charlotte Quinn, has been up and running for more than two years, working from Hornbuckle Farm which has been in the family for four generations…. (story)
STV 14.2.13 The Award-Winners - Kemnay butchers A&G Collie recently celebrated winning the Scottish Countryside Alliance Butcher Award, which honours rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage in the trade… (story)
Northern Echo 14.2.13 County Durham farm shops taste success in countryside awards By Stuart Laundy - THREE rural businesses this week celebrated success in a national countryside awards scheme. Cross Lanes Organic Farm, near Barnard Castle, Knitsley Farm Shop,Consett, and Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert, scooped FARMAs – awards given by the National Farmers' Retailers and Markets Association… The award represented a double success for Cross Lanes, coming in the same week as the business won the 2012 Countryside Alliance Start-up award in the North-East… (story)
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 14.2.13 AWARD: Gisburn deli runner-up in ‘Rural Oscars’ - A VILLAGE shop and cafe is celebrating being named runner-up for “best in the North West” honours in a national contest. Maxine Bridge and Sharon Smalley, who run The Delicious Deli and Cafe at Park View, Gisburn, are thrilled at their adjudication in the Countryside Alliance’s annual awards, known as the rural Oscars… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 14.2.13 Orford: Village store is crowned the best in the East of England - IT boasts a traditional village store, post office, butcher’s shop, delicatessen and cafe. And now Orford General Store has been crowned Village Shop and Post Office of the Year for the Eastern Region by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Inverurie Herald 14.2.13 Salmond congratulates companies on ‘Rural Oscars’ - FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has congratulated local business Formartine’s, after it was declared Scottish Champion in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards… Also amongst the Scottish finalists was The Lodge restaurant and coffee shop in Strichen…. (story)
Campbelltown Courier 14.2.13 The Village at Machrihanish wins rural ‘Oscar’ THE VILLAGE at Machrihanish has won the Enterprise Award at the Countryside Alliance Awards, otherwise known as the Scottish Rural Oscars…. (story)
West Sussex Gazette 14.2.13 Kirdford shop picks up another top award - Kirdford Village Stores has picked up another major award. They are the South East Champions 2012, Daily Telegraph Village Shop, in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
West Sussex County Times 13.2.13 Kirdford shop picks up another top award - Kirdford Village Stores has picked up another major award. They are the South East Champions 2012, Daily Telegraph Village Shop, in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 14.2.13 Regional “rural Oscars” for Eden businesses - TWO Eden family-run businesses have scooped “rural Oscars”. Little Salkeld’s The Watermill was named regional winner of the enterprise category in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, while the Llama Karma Cafe at Brougham, near Penrith, was victorious in the start-up category… (story)
Newcastle Journal 13.2.13 Humshaugh village shop goes for third time lucky in House of Lords by Paul Tully, The Journal - THE NORTH’S most famous village shop is aiming to lord it in 2013 with a third-time-lucky bid for glory. The shop at Humshaugh, Northumberland, which was rescued from closure by volunteers four years ago, has once again taken the top regional accolade in the prestigious Countryside Alliance awards… (story)
Reading Post 13.2.13 Rare piglets born at Warfield butcher By Becky Barnes - A prize-winning Welsh boar has fathered two litters of bouncing rare breed piglets in the past month… Charlotte Quinn, of family-run butchers Quintessential Meats, which runs the farm, said her children Eleanor, six, Thomas, two and William, five months, have been helping look after and feed the litter… James is one of three finalists in the butcher category for a ‘Rural Oscar’ in the South East Countryside Alliance Awards 2012, which is due to be announced next month… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 12.2.13 Northamptonshire village shop receives rural award By Stephanie Steward - A shop, which acts as a community hub in a Northamptonshire village, has received a rural award. Shop@Stanwick, based in the Old School Bistro in Stanwick, has been named one of the Midlands Champions in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Rutland & Stamford Mercury 12.2.13 Businesses miss out in Countryside Alliance Awards -Two community shops, a butchers and a holiday home firm have missed out on winning regional awards. The Countryside Alliance revealed the regional winners for its annual awards, known as the “Rural Oscars”, on Monday. Both the Collyweston and the Barrowden and Wakerley community shops were nominated in the village shop category for the Midlands and the East of England respectively. Also in the Midlands, The Lily Pad holiday cottages in Nassington was nominated in the enterprise section and New Lodge Farm in Bulwick was selected for the local food category… (story)
Craven Herald & Pioneer 11.2.13 Crumbling barn near Settle is transformed into The Courtyard retail centre By Clive White … The 18th century former Cleatop barn was run down and being used for agricultural storage. But it has now been transformed into The Courtyard – an attractive retail centre and the provider of 30 local jobs…. The project was also highly commended in the Countryside Alliance Rural Award for the best enterprise in Yorkshire…. (story)
Ellon Times 9.2.13 Formartine’s picks up award - A LOCAL tourist attraction has reason to celebrate, after picking up an award at the Scottish ‘rural Oscars’. Formartine’s, between Tarves and Methlick, won the ‘Scottish Champion’ award in the Countryside Alliances’ Rural Start-Up category…. (story)
Scotland Food & Drink 7.2.13 Hopetoun Makes Lasting Impression on Countryside Alliance Judges - Hopetoun Farm Shop was honoured at the regional Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony held last night (5th February) at the Scottish Parliament… (story)
Daily Post 7.2.13 Countryside Alliance awards: Class shines through rain-hit year by Andrew Forgrave - AFTER the worst possible year for growers, an award for Anglesey’s Hooton family was, as much as anything, recognition for perseverance in the face of extreme adversity… Having evolved from a roadside “pick your own” operation to the multi-faceted business it is today, Hootons Homegrown has swiftly earned a reputation for the quality of its produce – and as an outlet for other Anglesey producers too… Runners-up Joint 2nd – Cottage Bake-House, Llandeilo & Old Stables tea Rooms, Hay On Wye; 3rd – Dairy Dreams, Montgomery…. (story)
Cambrian News 6.2.13 Butcher is a cut above after scooping award - A MACHYNLLETH butcher is celebrating this week after winning a prestigious industry award from the Countryside Alliance. Wil Lloyd Williams was presented with a plaque for Wales Champion Butcher at a special ceremony in Cardiff last Wednesday…. (story)
Carmarthen Journal 6.2.13 Artist paints a bright future - A CARMARTHEN business- woman has scooped a top agricultural industry award. Miranda Bowen, who is an animal portrait artist and runs Lili Wen Textiles from her farm in Idole, took second place at Countryside Alliance Awards…. Taking third place in the same category was Myddfai-based Sion Moran and his Lady in the Lake Lamb … (story)
Carmarthen Journal 6.2.13 Food producer cooks up success - A TOWY Valley food producer is celebrating success at this year's Countryside Alliance awards. Glanbrydan — the cottage bake-house based at Cwmifor near Llandeilo, scooped second place in the local food producers category for Wales. Owners Sam and Wilf Winter said they would like to thank their customers for voting for them and getting them to the finals… (story)
Denbighshire Free Press 6.2.13 Oscar award for popular Denbighshire village shop - Henllan Post Office and Stores has won the Countryside Alliance Award, known as the rural Oscars, for the best village shop and Post Office in Wales…. (story)
Look Local 5.2.13 Flask End wins a Rural Oscar! Flask End and Bradfield Post Office have been judged to be the “best Village Shop/Post Office in Yorkshire” by The Countryside Alliance.... (story)
Newcastle Journal - Business 4.2.13 Knitsley Farm Shop score top mark in prestigious industry awards by Karen Dent, The Journal … Knitsley Farm Shop near Consett took 16 of its own home-produced pork products to a roadshow in Harrogate last week organised by the British Pig Executive, which promotes the pork industry…. “We have won quite a few awards including Best New Farm Shop in a national competition, and we are regional finalists in the Countryside Alliance Local Food Award which will be judged in February… (story)
North West Evening Mail 31.1.13 HAWKSHEAD RELISH FIRM TASTES SUCCESS WITH FOOD AWARD - A FAMILY-RUN firm in the Lakes has had yet another taste of success. The Hawkshead Relish Company, run by Maria and Mark Whitehead, has picked up the North West local food award in the Countryside Alliance awards, better known as the Rural Oscars…. Waltham Forest Guardian 30.1.13 Waltham Abbey cucumber festival up for award By Clare Hardy - A festival celebrating the British cucumber and the huge contribution the area makes to the crop is up for a national award. The Great British Cucumber Festival, which has been held in Waltham Abbey for the past two years, is through to the regional finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Reading Post 23.1.13 'Rural Oscar' nomination for Warfield butcher By Becky Barnes - Hornbuckle Big Boys, Saddleback Sows and Champion Welsh Boars have helped a family of butchers receive a nomination for a ‘Rural Oscar’. Butcher James Quinn, 33, of Quintessential Meats in Warfield, is one of three finalists in the butcher category for the South East Countryside Alliance Awards 2012, and these pigs are just some of the rare breeds used in his sausages…. (story)
Flintshire Chronicle 17.1.13 Hawarden Estate Farm Shop butcher team up for top award - A TEAM of farm shop butchers are in the running for a top award. Head butcher at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Steve James, and his team have been shortlisted for a Countryside Alliance award in Wales… (story)
Tamworth Herald 11.1.13 Local businesses in line for an 'Oscar' in rural awards - TWO thriving North Warwickshire businesses have been named as finalists in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards – otherwise known as the 'Rural Oscars'… Among the shortlist of finalists are Farmer Dawsons of Kimberley Hall Farm, Bentley near Atherstone who feature in the Local Food category. Also among the finalists in the Village Shop category is Shustoke Village Shop based at Shustoke Village Hall near Coleshill… (story)
Carmarthen Journal 9.1.13 Food firms in running for Alliance's awards By Nick Parry - FOOD producers and small businesses in South West Wales are celebrating after being named as Wales regional finalists in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards. They include Glanbrydan the Cottage Bake-House, near Llandeilo in the Local Food Category and the Farmers Arms in Llanybri near Llansteffan. Miranda Bowen from Idole and Lady of the Lake Lamb in Myddfai are finalists in the start-up category… (story)
Keighley News 5.1.13 Cullingworth butchers goes through to the national finals - A Cullingworth butchers has been named as a Yorkshire finalist in an awards scheme dubbed the ‘rural Oscars’. Ellisons, in Halifax Road, is one of four finalists in the butcher category of the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
(Hampshire Chronicle) 27.12.12 Village shop gong - CLATFORDS village store has been selected as a regional finalist for the south west of England in the countryside Alliance Awards 2012…. (story)
Harborough Mail 16.12.12 Harborough farm shop shortlisted in awards event - HARBOROUGH’S Farndon Fields Farm Shop has been shortlisted in an annual awards event run by the Countryside Alliance for its commitment to promoting local foods… (story)
Melton Times 14.12.12 Community-spirited couple in running for ‘rural Oscar’ - WHEN it comes to community spirit milkman Tony Fowler is the cream of the crop - and now his grateful customers have nominated him, and his wife, Anne, for a prestigious award. Tony and Anne (A&A Fowler), of Grimston, run their mobile shop through lots of small isolated villages, supplying bread, milk, groceries and other produce to customers, Now they’re in the running for a 2012 Countryside Alliance Award… (story)
Teesdale Mercury 13.12.12 BUTCHER JOE ENJOYS WORK SO MUCH, HE’S NEVER HAD HOLIDAY - tHREE?Teesdale businesses have been announced as finalists in awards that are dubbed the ‘Rural Oscars’. Cross Lanes Organic Farm, Simpsons Butchers and Peats Butchers have been named in a list of 14 finalists in the North?East section of The Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Crewe Chronicle 12.12.12 Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Nantwich, shortlisted in Countryside Alliance Awards - A NANTWICH-based farm shop has been shortlisted for a coveted rural Oscars award. Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Newcastle Road, is among top businesses from across the region vying for one of four regional titles and the chance of national acclaim at the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Halifax Courier 11.12.12 Farm could be oscar winner - A Halifax farm shop is in the running for a ‘rural oscar’ after being nominated in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards. Far Barsey farm shop, which opened in May 2006, is a family run business in Barkisland and has been entered in the local food category of the regional phase of the competition… (story)
Morpeth Herald 10.12.12 Businesses on ‘Oscars’ shortlist - BUSINESSES in Northumberland have made it to the regional finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards… This year Blagdon Farm Shop, which is based at the Milkhope Centre, has been shortlisted in the Local Food Category, while Belsay Shop in The Arcade is going for glory in the Village Shop/Post Office section… (story)
South Wales Guardian 10.12.12 On rural awards shortlists - TWO local businesses are in the running to scoop ‘rural Oscars’. Glanbrydan – the Cottage Bake-House in Cwmifor – and Lady of the Lake Lamb, based near Myddfai, have both been shortlisted as Welsh finalists in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Northern Echo 9.12.12 Teesdale trio shortlisted for awards By Stuart Laundy - THREE Teesdale businesses have been nominated for regional 'rural Oscars'. Now in their eighth year, the Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate the skills, traditions and enterprise of rural areas. In the butcher category, F Simpson and Son, from Cockfield, along withBarnard Castle's William Peat will battle it out against a business from Morpeth, Northumberland. Cross Lanes Organic Farm, near Barnard Castle, is vying for success in the start-up section. Regional winners will be announced in January and overall UK champions will be unveiled in March… (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 9.12.12 Teesdale trio shortlisted for awards - THREE Teesdale businesses have been nominated for regional 'rural Oscars'. Now in their eighth year, the Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate the skills, traditions and enterprise of rural areas. In the butcher category, F Simpson and Son, from Cockfield, along with Barnard Castle's William Peat will battle it out against a business from Morpeth, Northumberland. Cross Lanes Organic Farm, near Barnard Castle, is vying for success in the start-up section. Regional winners will be announced in January and overall UK champions will be unveiled in March… (story)
Bucks Herald 9.12.12 Customer approval hands two firms ‘rural Oscars’ nod - Two Vale businesses have been honoured with nominations in the south east final of the ‘Rural Oscars’, the Countryside Alliance awards. Following customer nominations, Terrick Beef has been put forward in the Local Food category, while Speen stores and post office is in the running for best village shop…. (story)
Rutland & Stamford Mercury 9.12.12 Businesses in line for ‘Rural Oscars’ Two community shops, a butchers and a holiday home firm have been nominated by their customers for national awards. The Countryside Alliance has revealed the regional finalists for its annual awards, known as the “Rural Oscars”. Both the Collyweston and the Barrowden and Wakerley community shops have been nominated in the village shop category for the Midlands and the East of England respectively. Also in the Midlands, The Lily Pad holiday cottages in Nassington has been nominated in the enterprise section and New Lodge Farm in Bulwick has been selected for the local food category… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 8.12.12 Butcher and byre up for rural Oscars - Two north Northumberland businesses are in the running for Rural Oscars as the shortlist for the top awards scheme is revealed…. In the butcher category, R Green and Son in Longframlington has been nominated for the third year in a row… In the start-up category, Eleanor’s Byre, at Spitalford near Embleton, which was set up two years ago, has been shortlisted… (story)
Inverurie Herald 8.12.12 Kemnay butcher shortlisted for prizes - A and G Collie Butchers Shop of Kemnay has been shortlisted to win a prize at the Scotch Pie Club Awards 2013… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 8.12.12 A first class achievement at Malmesbury - Sherston Post Office and shop owners Paul and Gail Mather are celebrating after being shortlisted for a national award…. (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 7.12.12 Almondsbury community shop tipped for rural Oscar - A COMMUNITY shop in Almondsbury has been tipped for an Oscar. It may not be the glamorous Hollywood kind, but the village store has been nominated for the Countryside Alliance Awards, more widely known as the Rural Oscars, in the best shop category for the Midlands…. (story)
Market Rasen Mail 7.12.12 Cheesemakers’ delicious creations are in line for ‘best local food’ award - Cheesemakers Mary and Michael Davenport are in the running to get a ‘Rural Oscar’ in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards. Cote Hill Cheese - run by the couple - has reached the East of England final in the local Food category of the competition…. (story)
Tavistock Times Gazette 6.12.12 Up for ‘Rural?Oscars’ - SEVERAL businesses in West Devon are celebrating after being announced as finalists in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’…. (story)
Somerset Guardian 6.12.12 Village shop in the running for award - The community shop in Mells has reached the south west regional finals of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards in the village shop category… (story)
North West Evening Mail 4.12.12 FIRM RELISHING ITS EASTERN PROMISE - EASTERN Europe has been named as a burgeoning market by a company shortlisted for a top award. The Hawkshead Relish Company has been nominated for a Rural Oscar, an awards scheme organised by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Louth Leader 30.11.12 Lakings of Louth up for top food award at 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards - A Louth butchers has been named as a finalist in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards for top businesses. The East of England’s finalists include Lakings of Louth, of Eastgate, in the Butchers category. Businesses will be vying for one of four regional titles and the chance to advance towards of national acclaim…. (story)
Droitwich Spa Advertiser 29.11.12 Local producers shortlisted for 'Rural Oscars' - SEVERAL local shops and producers have been shortlisted for the upcoming 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, which are affectionately known as the Rural Oscars... In Alcester, Hillers Farms Shop near Dunnington has been shortlisted in the Local Food category, while Pete the Meat in Astwood Bank has been shortlisted in the Butcher category…. (story)
North West Evening Mail 28.11.12 HAWKSHEAD FIRM SHORTLISTED FOR RURAL OSCARS - A LAKE District firm has been shortlisted in a prestigious countryside awards. The Hawkshead Relish Company has been shortlisted in the North West local food category of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, best known as the 'Rural Oscars'… (story)
ThisIsKent 28.11.12 Three Canterbury and Ashford businesses to vye for Rural Oscars - THREE businesses from Ashford and Canterbury have made it through to the south east finals of the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the 'Rural Oscars'. Biddenden Wines in Ashford and Essentially Hops in Canterbury are both through in the Enterprise category. They are joined by butchers DR Luckhurst from Smarden in the local food section… (story)
Berwick Advertiser 28.11.12 Berwick Garden Centre is region finalist in ‘Rural Oscars - BERWICK Garden Centre at East Ord is a finalist in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’… (story)
Bury Free Press 27.11.12 Woman spearheading the healthy revival of farmers’ markets plans to bring them back permantly to Bury St Edmunds - Amid the blustery wind and heavy showers of Sunday morning Justine Paul was helping set up a farmers’ market in Bury St Edmumds. Justine and her company Suffolk Market Events have been busy working on improving the health of the county’s farmers’ markets… The Lavenham market has now been shortlisted in the regional Countryside Alliance awards, the winners of which will be announced in January… (story)
Tavistock Times 16.11.12 Market and coffee shop nominated for award - WALKHAMPTON Village Saturday Market and Coffee Shop and one of its regular stall holders, have recently been nominated in the Countryside Alliance Local Hero Awards… (story)
Southern Reporter 26.10.12 ‘Rural Oscars’ entries wanted - BORDERS entries are being sought by the Countryside Alliance for their annual awards dubbed the “Rural Oscars”, writes Sally Gillespie… (story)
Carrick Gazette 25.10.12 Rural oscars nominations wanted - THE Countryside Alliance Awards have sailed past the 3,000 nomination mark, making this their most successful year. Members of the public keen to support the rural economy and our farmers have been nominating, but, with a month still to go until nominations close, the public is being urged to get involved…. (story)
HU12 Online 22.10.12 Rural Oscars – Countryside Alliance Business Awards - MP Calls for Nominations to Countryside Alliance Rural Business Awards. Member of Parliament for Beverly and Holderness, Graham Stuart MP is calling for nominations to the Countryside Alliance’s annual business awards… (story)
North Devon Journal 18.10.12 Deadline looms for oscar bids - Readers of the Journal can help win a Rural Oscar for their favourite North Devon village shops and businesses. There's still ten days before nominations close for the Countryside Alliance Awards, a scheme nicknamed the Rural Oscars… (story)
Somerset Standard 18.10.12 Nominate a rural trader - Frome people are being asked to nominate individuals and groups that promote the countryside economy. The Rurals Oscars, now in their eighth year, are organised by the Countryside Alliance. They were set up to celebrate the characters, produce, traditions and enterprise of the countryside… (story)
Somerset Guardian 18.10.12 Nominate a rural trader - People are being asked to nominate rural business for the Countryside Alliance Awards. The awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were created eight years ago to celebrate produce, tradition and enterprise in the countryside… (story)
Melton Times 15.10.12 Nominate your rural champions - THE public are being encouraged to nominate their favourite rural businesses and champions in the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Nantwich News 12.10.12 Nantwich farm shop Cheerbrook nominated in national “Rural Oscars” - Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich has been nominated for the prestigious “Rural Oscars”. The store, off Newcastle Road, has been nominated for the Butcher’s Award in the Countryside Alliance Awards which aim to celebrate rural life, produce and communities…. (story)
Bury Free Press 11.10.12 Nominate top rural businesses - Nominations for the ‘rural Oscars’ have topped the 3,000 mark but the Countryside Alliance still wants more…. (story)
Guide & Gazette 10.10.12 Nominations open for country sports person - SCOTLAND’S prestigious award for young country sports people, the Tam Tod Trophy, is now open for nominations. The Tam Tod Trophy recognizes excellence in young country sports people, and is open to anyone under the age of 21 who actively engages in, and has shown improvements in their chosen country sport…. The 2012 winner will be invited to a presentation at Holyrood as part of the Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards in February 2013…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 10.10.12 In Brief … EAST YORKS: Residents are being urged to send in local nominations for this year's Countryside Alliance's annual business awards…. (story)
Hull DailyMail 9.10.12 Celebration of rural life - Nominat- ions are invited for the Countryside Alliance annual business awards. Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart says the "rural oscars" celebrate all that is great about rural life and business…. (story)
Eastbourne Herald 9.10.12 Pevensey MP wants nominations for rural Oscars - Pevensey and Westham MP Greg Barker is urging people to nominate businesses in the area for an awards scheme dubbed the Rural Oscars… (story)
About My Area 8.10.12 MP Calls for Nominations to Rural Business Awards - Member of Parliament for Beverly and Holderness, Graham Stuart MP is calling for nominations to the Countryside Alliance's annual business awards…. (story)
Harrogate News 7.10.12 MP encourages entries to ‘Rural Oscars’ - Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, is encouraging shops and businesses from Ripon, Masham and Nidderdale to enter the Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’… (story)
Eastbourne Herald 7.10.12 Pevensey MP wants nominations for rural Oscars - Pevensey and Westham MP Greg Barker is urging people to nominate businesses in the area for an awards scheme dubbed the Rural Oscars…. (story)
Braintree & Witham Times 4.10.12 Braintree district: Nominations invited for 'rural Oscars' - A politician is calling for people to nominate outstanding community businesses for the rural equivalent of the Oscars. The Countryside Alliance Awards, now in its eighth year, celebrates the best of Britain’s rural business. And Witham MP Priti Patel believes our part of the county is among the very best in terms of its produce…. (story)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 4.10.12 Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up. …Kirdford Village Stores wants to run again for the South East region of the Countryside Alliance Awards. Sue and Craig Ransley are asking for your support to nominate the community store… (story)
Melton Times 28.9.12 Rural business awards open - NOMINATIONS are being sought for the Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 27.9.12 Awards open - The eighth annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nomination…. (story)
Ellon Times 25.9.12 Nominate local food producers and businesses says Bruce - Gordon MP, Sir Malcolm Bruce MP is calling on local communities across Aberdeenshire to show their support and to get nominating local producers and businesses for this year’s Countryside Alliance awards, also known as the ‘Rural Oscars’…. (story)
Fylde Council 4.9.12 Nominations are now being taken for "Rural Oscars" - The Countryside Alliance Awards are a unique annual celebration of rural life, produce and communities. Nicknamed "The Rural Oscars" these awards are broad in scope, highly coveted and a great morale boost to those in the running…. (story)

Coventry Telegraph 29.3.13 I DON’T know why Kevin Lynch is so determined to blame wild animals for the spread of TB in cattle (Letters, March 23). Badgers are the only wild animal where there has been any serious suggestion of a link, but the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB stated last year that even they are not a significant cause of the problem… Wild animals are not the problem; today’s farming practices are. Richard Mountford, Development manager, Animal Aid (letter)

Glasgow Evening Times 29.3.13 Alert on pet dogs used for fighting - CRUEL dog fighting rings are operating in Glasgow, says an animal welfare group… Jennifer Dunn, senior public affairs officer in Scotland for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "Dog fighting is a horrific and cruel practice. It is tantamount to torturing dogs and the animals they are forced to fight. It is illegal for good reasons… (story)

Western Daily Press 29.3.13 Calls to ban 'brutal' pigeon racing rejected by fanciers - Pigeon fanciers have hit back at claims from animal welfare campaigners that the sport should be banned as a “brutal” and cruel practice… The Royal Pigeon Racing Association has accused PETA of getting its facts wrong – a view supported by Terry Luscombe, secretary of the Devon and Cornwall combine of racing pigeon clubs… “I just don’t know where it will end. There’s been a campaign against hunting and now it is against us. It’ll be fishing next.”… (story)

28.3.13

SAB CONVICTED OF HARASSING SURREY UNION HUNT STAFF
Tandridge Mirror 28.3.13 Activist fined for threats to Surrey Union Hunt staff (story)
Horse & Hound 25.3.13 Hunt saboteur pleads guilty to harassing Surrey Union staff - An anti-hunting activist has pleaded guilty to harassing Surrey Union staff. Nick Maffia of Tally Road, Oxted, Surrey, appeared before magistrates on 18 March… (story)
Dorking Advertiser/Surrey Mirror website 22.3.13 Fine for Oxted anti-hunting activist Nick Maffia - Surrey Union Hunt staff and supporters were subjected to a tirade of foul language and abuse by hunt saboteurs after they returned from taking their hounds out on exercise, a court has heard. Anti-hunting activist Nick Maffia of Tally Road, Oxted, pleaded guilty to the charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which took place at the hunt kennels in Ockley, Surrey, early on August 16 last year. Maffia was fined £150 with £350 court costs when he appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates Court on March 18… (story)

Surrey Advertiser 28.3.13 BBC School Report pupils interview Brian May By James Chapple - PUPILS at a Frimley school quizzed rock legend Brian May on his life as one of the world’s most renowned guitarists and animal rights activists… May, 65, talked about his work with the Harper Asprey Wildlife Centre in Camberley, which takes in sick or injured badgers, and his calls to halt proposed badgers culls. “We hope to change things,” he said. “But it is very hard with this government. They want to go back to fox hunting and for wild animals to have less protection.”… (story)

Huffington Post 28.3.13 Foot-And-Mouth Vaccine: Farmers And Vets Herald 'Holy Grail' Jab - Jessica Elgot - Famers and vets have heralded the potential of a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease which scientists say could be the "holy grail" of preventing another devastating outbreak…. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance told HuffPost UK: “Foot and mouth disease is devastating for farming and the countryside and the last major outbreak in 2007 had a huge effect on tourism, the countryside’s biggest business… (story)

ANIMAL AID GRAND NATIONAL LETTER
Buckinghamshire Advertiser 28.3.13 Animal charities are a better bet - FIONA PEREIRA Animal Aid (letter)
Bristol Post 28.3.13 Hazardous, cruel and overcrowded - Fiona Pereira Animal Aid (letter)
Liverpool Echo 26.3.13 National is cruel - Fiona Pereira, campaigner Animal Aid (story)
Northern Echo 25.3.13 Grand National - Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 25.3.13 Help us stamp out horse cruelty - FIONA PEREIRA Animal Aid (letter)
Western Mail 23.3.13 Aid animals FIONA PEREIRA Campaigner, Animal Aid (story)
South Wales Echo 23.3.13 Our alternative to the National - LAST year, the deaths of two horses in the Grand National caused a public outcry… This year, Animal Aid is asking readers to support our Sanctuary Not Cruelty initiative, offering those who are concerned about the National a positive alternative to simply betting or boycotting. We are asking people to help two specialist sanctuaries that rescue horses – including ex-racehorses… Fiona Pereira Campaigner, Animal AidTonbridge, Kent (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 28.3.13 'Badger friends' invited on Easter walk - THOSE opposing a badger cull in the county are inviting people to join them on an Easter walk…. The family friendly walk is being organised by Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 28.3.13 Animal intelligence - Did readers catch the story of Maisy, the dog trained to alert its child and her family to the child’s low blood-sugar levels?... What about all the many products that are tested on animals – household goods, beauty products?... Suzanne Kirk, Ashmount, Bradford (letter)

Shropshire Star 28.3.13 Letter: All is not what is seems with the arrival of factory dairy farm - I’m writing in response to your recent article ‘Controversial Mid Wales mega-dairy may create 10 jobs’ (March 15). As with many proposed factory dairy farms, all is not as it seems with claims of boosting the local economy. As WSPA attended the Public Inquiry, we would question how many of these jobs are in fact new vacancies, and how many of those roles are already filled… Carol Lever WSPA UK Dairy Campaign Manager (letter)

PETA PIGEON RACING CAMPAIGN
Mail 28.3.13 Pigeon racing 'kills up to 90 per cent of birds and must be banned' By NICK MCDERMOTT - Animal welfare campaigners are calling for a ban on pigeon racing, claiming nine out of ten birds die during some contests… Peta claims analysis of the past ten years of race statistics shows the average survival rate of pigeons forced to fly across the Channel is less than a quarter… (story)
Telegraph 27.3.13 The Queen must crackdown on 'cruel and vicious' pigeon racing - There is a cruel and vicious underbelly to pigeon racing, an animal rights group has claimed, as it calls for a partial ban on the sport and asks the Queen to set an example by withdrawing her patronage. Peta claims "brutal" pigeon owners are forcing their birds to race at high speeds, with animals that fail to fly fast enough having their necks broken and their bodies discarded… (story)
Independent 27.3.13 Pigeon racing is hardly the same as cockfighting - PETA are campaigning to have pigeon racing outlawed, but I just can't get behind the idea that this is a barbaric sport - SIMON KELNER… (story)
BBC News Online 27.3.13 Is pigeon racing cruel? By Roger Harrabin - It’s a bit like an Olympic training camp. Only the athletes are pigeons. The lofts at Birtsmorton in Worcestershire are clean and modern. The bleached-wood roost boxes might have come from the Ikea catalogue… But this seemingly innocuous sport is heading for a shock; it has been condemned by the radical animal rights group Peta as fundamentally cruel… (story)
Evening Standard 27.3.13 Charity's plea to Queen over 'carnage' in pigeon racing - Animal rights campaigners have written to the Queen urging her to reconsider her involvement in pigeon racing events…. The charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals secretly recorded a cross-Channel pigeon race in which more than 90 per cent of the birds are believed to have died of exhaustion and fallen into the sea…. (story)

ANIMAL AID FARMING LETTER
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 28.3.13 Time to go vegan? Ben Martin, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 27.3.13 Crisis highlights farm suffering - We are just beginning to read about the impacts of the weather on farmed animals and, as expected, the news is not good… This crisis shows even free-range farming leads to appalling suffering. The only way to ensure your food is truly cruelty free is to adopt a 100% plant-based diet… BEN MARTIN Animal Aid (letter)

27.3.13

KentNews 27.3.13 Grand National 2013: Animal Aid renew call for race ban - A leading animal rights group says moves to make the Grand National safer have not gone far enough, as the sporting world prepares to turn its attention to one of the highlights on the horse racing calendar. Tonbridge-based charity Animal Aid insists the race should be banned… (story)

26.3.13

ROSS HARRIERS KENNELS ATTACK
Mail 26.3.13 RICHARD LITTLEJOHN - Who are the real animals? - Animal rights lunatics beat to death a dog belonging to a hunt master and dumped it on his drive…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 24.3.13 Did animal rights activists beat dog to death and leave its body on hunt master's drive? - 4x4 vehicle vandalised at home of Lee Peters, master of Ross Harriers hunt - A hunting dog was 'beaten to death' at a kennels before being left on the hunt master's drive in an apparent attack by animal rights activists…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 24.3.13 Police investigate after hunting dog killed - AN attack on a hunt kennels in which a dog was apparently killed and left on the hunt master’s drive is being investigated by police. Detectives are understood to be taking the incident ‘very seriously’, because it happened at the base of the Ross Harriers hunt on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border… (story)
Western Daily Press 23.3.13 Police investigate after dog killed in attack on hunt kennels - Police are investigating a ‘disturbing’ attack on a hunt kennels in which a dog was apparently ‘beaten to death’ and left on the hunt master’s drive and vehicles vandalised. Detectives are understood to be taking the incident ‘very seriously’, because it happened at the base of the Ross Harriers hunt on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border, and is close to one of the two areas designated for this year’s controversial badger cull… The harriers’ hunt master, who lives near the kennels’ is Lee Peters. He said it was his vehicle and pet dog attacked…. (story)

Western Morning News 26.3.13 Somerset tourism 'under threat' from Government badger cull secrecy (story)
Western Daily Press 26.3.13 Somerset tourism 'under threat' from Government badger cull secrecy - Somerset’s tourist economy is under threat from Government secrecy over the badger cull, tourist leaders have warned. John Turner, vice-chairman of Somerset Tourism Association said yesterday: “A large number of people are contacting the Visit Somerset twitter and Facebook feed very concerned about the Somerset badger cull happening in July/ August…. (story)

Portsmouth News 26.3.13 Animal testing demo in Gosport - PROTESTORS rallied outside Wickham Laboratories arguing against animal testing. Members of Stop Wickham Animal Testing gathered at Wickham Laboratories in Barwell Lane, Gosport and at the firm’s site in Winchester Road, Wickham yesterday. Jeanette McClunan, 57, from the Meon Valley, was joined by five protestors in Gosport, while eight people went to Wickham… (story)

Oxford Mail 26.3.13 The cost will be deer - MARK Evans (ViewPoints, March 21) is correct in stating that our badger population has been made the scapegoat for the failings of the dairy industry. It is no coincidence either that plans are now underway to massacre half of our deer population… Since we are now ruled by the Countryside Alliance, those who genuinely care about our wildlife have only one recourse – to join the increasing boycott of all dairy and meat products… MARK PRITCHARD, Linkside Avenue, Oxford (letter)

Ledbury Reporter 26.3.13 Circus will use wild animals despite plans for future ban By Mark Bowen - A CIRCUS that visits Hereford has been granted one of the first UK Government licences allowing it to officially include wild animals in its shows. Circus Mondao, which visited Hereford Racecourse last year, has been granted the licence by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 26.3.13 Fur the last time, this is cruel, not fashionable BY NUALA MCKEEVER - I know fashion and rational thought don't necessarily go together, but sometimes the absurdity of the fashion world is just unbelievable. A headline last week about the fact that animal fur is being worn more and more on catwalks asked, "So is it ok to wear fur again?"… (story)

Huffington Post 26.3.13 The Problem With PETA - Lucy Uprichard - I love animals. I really do. I'm a sucker for every cute kitten video and baby hedgehog GIF on the internet. Although I myself am not vegetarian, I barely eat meat and come from a family of vegetarians. I am staunchly against cosmetic animal testing, battery farming, and cruelty to animals in general. And yet despite this, I am also vehemently against PETA… (story)

25.3.13

Horse & Hound 25.3.13 East Anglian Bloodhounds will continue hunting - Martha Terry - The East Anglian Bloodhounds (EABH) will continue hunting, after the reaction of their followers prompted the pack’s owners to put their retirement plans on hold…. (story)

Farmers Weekly 25.3.13 Badger cull campaigners target farms with bogus calls - Animal rights activists are reportedly masquerading asFarmers Weekly journalists in a bid to gain information on the forthcoming badger culling trials. Farmers have been subjected to bogus telephone enquiries by anti-cull campaigners who are trying to find out who is involved in the pilot culls. The callers reportedly engage in general conversation then focus on bovine TB and culling, asking farmers whether their land is within the trial zone and whether they approve of the cull…. (story)

Shropshire Star 25.3.13 Brian May in online attack on ‘smug’ Owen Paterson over badger cull - Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has launched a scathing attack on Owen Paterson, just days after the Environment Secretary suffered online criticism from television presenter Bill Oddie…. (story)

Western Morning News 25.3.13 There is no place for badger cull in a caring society By Adrian Coward - In a few weeks time mercenaries paid by the National Farmers Union (NFU) will be attempting to humanely shoot thousands of healthy badgers… (story)

Mail 25.3.13 Criminal families get taxpayer-funded trips to meet up in each other's jails so they don't lose touch while doing time By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR … In 2009 Gregg Avery, the ringleader of an animal rights gang which targeted an animal testing laboratory, boasted of being transferred from Winchester prison to visit his jailed wife Natasha in HMP Bronzefield in Middlesex while they were both on remand… (story)

ThisIsKent 25.3.13 Thanet council settles costs claim with animal exporters - THANET council has settled its judicial review and injunction claim to three animal export companies operating out of Ramsgate port… (story)

24.3.13

Horse & Hound 24.3.13 Farewell to... a great horseman and hunting stalwart - Mark Chambers, the renowned Cheshire horseman, died on 15 March in Macclesfield Hospital. He was 82 and had been ill for some time. A respected dealer and competitor, Mark’s first love was hunting. In 1999 he was presented with a silver fox by the Cheshire Forest, to commemorate 50 years of whipping-in to the hunt…. (story)

23.3.13

South Wales Echo 23.3.13 Act now to save horse racing - I SEE that the attack on the Grand National and horse racing has started early this year. It seems the RSPCA is not happy with 40 runners and having John McCririck the only line of defence on the news item does not help. In my view the powers that be should stop apologising. The RSPCA has lost its purpose and has become the mouthpiece of people who know very little about horse racing… I am just an average Joe, I hate fox hunting, would never do it but I am a city bloke and respect the right of country people to fox hunt, it was their heritage…. You do not see the RSPCA trying to stop animal sacrifice but they are only too keen for your sport to be banned. Make no mistake, if you do not act now your sport will go the same way as fox hunting! Chris Herring Barry (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 23.3.13 Motion to ban pro-badger cull traders in Stroud delayed - PLANS to ban pro- badger-shoot traders from a market have been put on the back burner. Councillors who wanted to get Stroud Farmers' Market traders to sign up against badger culling won't ask the next Stroud District Council meeting to approve their plan. The move comes after one of the market's organisers said it would not work and the chairman of Gloucestershire Badger Group called for a re-think… Tony Dean, chairman and field officer of Gloucestershire Badger Group, said a ban would be unfair…. (story)

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 23.3.13 Tenbury circus visit provokes controversy By Adrian Kibbler - PEOPLE in Tenbury can this week enjoy a visit from Peter Jolly’s Circus…. But Animal Defenders International (ADI) is calling on local residents to vote with their feet and boycott the circus when it performs in Tenbury… (story)

LEICESTER MERCURY ELIZABETH ALLISON CORRESPONDENCE
Leicester Mercury 23.3.13 It's easy to have a meat-free diet - Many thanks to the correspondents who have written letters in my defence and to Mailbox for printing them…. People need to shed preconceptions of vegetarianism and give it a fair trial…. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)
Leicester Mercury 18.3.13 In defence of 'annoying' correspondent - I feel sad for Glyn Calow that he is so upset by letters written by Elizabeth Allison, a caring lady who would appear to have more compassion in her little finger than a large majority of the population who are content to sit at the table and enjoy a meal, despite the fact that innocent animals have suffered greatly to provide it… J Tansley, Barrow upon Soar. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 15.3.13 Better controls needed in food chain - Glyn Calow's letter ("A most annoying correspondent", Mailbox, March 8) criticised your correspondent Elizabeth Allison. However, she may have done people a favour by writing of her concerns on meat eating, as only a few days ago it was reported eating processed meat, such as bacon, can cause a cancer risk…. A Wills, Ruislip, Middx. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 8.3.13 Please, please, please, please – and one more for luck – please! No more from Elizabeth Allison… I have taken the Mercury for 60 years and no-one is more annoying. Ever. Glyn Calow, Glen Parva. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 4.3.13 What a sad day for an animal advocate. It seems that no creature is safe from the human desire for eating flesh. Squirrels are now on the menu ("Nice one, squirrel", Mercury, February 28). How long will it be before unwanted cats and dogs are on plates?... Animal cruelty is alive and thriving in 2013. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)
Leicester Mercury 1.3.13 Scott Winterton asked whether I am "a vegetarian or something?" ("Quick question", Mailbox, February 18). It was probably a rhetorical question, but I will answer. As far as possible, I follow a vegan lifestyle…. I no longer drink alcohol and I am a slim, non-smoking vegan who works out regularly. The moral of this is it is never too late to make lifestyle changes. I hope this answers your question, Scott. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

22.3.13

Knutsford Guardian 22.3.13 Hunt polo match boost for hospice and school - MONEY raised from a polo event held in Over Peover has been handed over to a primary school and a Manchester-based hospice. On September 1, last year, the Cheshire Forest (Hunt) Polo Fund held its annual polo match at New Hall Polo Ground, Over Peover. During the afternoon there was an auction, with one of the lots being a private day’s hunting for 20 guests with the Cheshire Forest Hunt, which is based at the Kennels, Peover Park… (story)

Horse & Hound 22.3.13 Harborough Hunts Club Ride cancelled due to wet weather - This weekend's Harborough Hunts Club Ride has been cancelled due to the extreme wet weather…. (story)

Western Morning News 22.3.13 Hunting cheers up Checkerboard who takes Open honours at Wadebridge … Trainer Kayley Jones provided Henderson with his double in the shape of Checkerboard and Miss Tinks… Checkerboard is leased to the jockey's father Guy Henderson, having joined the yard on the recommendation of Paddy Brennan. "He has done a lot of hunting and loves it since we are trying to cheer him up," explained Kayley… (story)

Bristol Post 22.3.13 Revolution and a classless society - I WOULD like to back up Zachary Barker, co-ordinator for the Republic in Bristol… to get rid of any regime you have firstly to knock out the fools who are willing to fight for it. In our case, that's the army and police. To do this you need to form an army that can work side by side with each other…. In our case that would be Argentina, the IRA and other militant groups like class war, anti-roads, anarchist groups and hunt saboteurs…. Ian Ashman, Punk Rock Singer and Anarchist (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE RURAL HOUSING LETTER
Shropshire Star 22.3.13 Letter: Young families vital to rural communities - Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance (letter)
Bristol Post 22.3.13 Jobs and homes must go together - Barney White-Spunner Executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance (letter)
Liverppool Echo 20.3.13 Right to housing - Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 19.3.13 Homes and jobs go together - No one would wish to see the wholesale development of the countryside. However, Sir Simon Jenkins' comment to the Home Builders' Federation that young families have no right to a home in the village where they were born is a view that could hasten the end of many rural communities… Homes and jobs need to go together. Without homes and jobs there is no community to support local shops, schools and services. Barney White-Spunner, Executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance (letter)

ThisIsKent 22.3.13 UPDATE: Compassion in World Farming react to Ramsgate port review rejection - COMPASSION in World Farming has had its say after a judicial review into live animal export practices at Ramsgate port was rejected for a second time yesterday… Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, said: "Ramsgate is not equipped to handle animal exports… (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 22.3.13 Horsemeat scandal - THE horsemeat scandal is just the tip of the iceberg… Too many racehorses are bred in an attempt to produce a 'winner' and those that don't measure up finish up as horsemeat… JANET WHITEHEAD Cirencester (letter)

21.3.13

OWEN PATERSON CALLS FOR REPEAL OF HUNT BAN
Mail 21.3.13 End ban on hunting with dogs, urges Tory Environment Minister: Paterson makes his views clear on controversial subject By NICK MCDERMOTT - An end to the ban on hunting with dogs has been called for by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Speaking in an interview, he said ‘no-one is more keen than me to see the Hunting Act repealed because I believe in the management of wildlife’… (story)
Express 21.3.13 Bring back fox-hunting: Owen Paterson reopens row over controversial 'sport' - ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson yesterday reopened the fox-hunting row by calling for the ban to be repealed. By: John Ingham - He told the country set's bible Country Life that no-one wants to see the Hunting Act repealed more than him. But the League Against Cruel Sports immediately vowed to fight any attempt to legalise foxhunting again… (story)
Country Life 19.3.13 COUNTRY LIFE INTERVIEWS OWEN PATERSON - Kate Green talks to Owen Paterson about his aims at the helm of Defra, badgers, renewable energy and the future of farming… Mr Paterson doesn't hunt any more, but he and his wife, Rose, a granddaughter of Lutyens, rode across Mongolia in 2011…. (story)

LACS DRONES
New Scientist 21.3.13 Anti-hunting group hires 'ethical' surveillance drone - Paul Marks, senior technology correspondent - Conservationists, humanitarian groups and animal welfare organisations will soon have a new surveillance tool: the remotely piloted aircraft, or drone. ShadowView, a non-profit organisation based in the UK and the Netherlands, is making a variety of drones (from tiny rotorcraft to larger fixed-wing planes) and an expert pilot available for hire - at least to people it agrees with politically. This week, ShadowView agreed to supply drone surveillance to the British anti-fox-hunting group, the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Western Morning News 20.3.13 Ron Bendell: Spring is sprung and here come the human midges - Even though winter seems reluctant to get the message, spring is finally here… Somewhere in a shed near you a team of chaps will be busy with spanners and cans of WD40 fiddling with their flaps. Yes, those painful pillocks who pilot light aircraft are gearing up for their annual assault from the air… It seems that the League Against Cruel Sports is planning to use surveillance drones to gather evidence that hunts are breaking the law… What irks here is not the spy-in-the-sky aspect of it all but the damned noise the things will make… The one hopeful thing about the League's new weapon is that it will appear at roughly the same time as the shooting season. (story)
Mid Devon gazette 19.3.13 Drones to be used in 'war' against illegal hunting (story)
Mail 19.3.13 Richard Littlejohn - There has been a worrying development in the war between fox-hunters and saboteurs. According to a report at the weekend, animal rights activists are to start using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to track illegal hunts…. (story)
Western Morning News 18.3.13 'Spies in the sky' in battle against hunts By Phil Goodwin - Surveillance drones are to be deployed by an anti-hunting group to gather evidence of hunts breaking the law. The League Against Cruel Sports has declared "war" in the countryside and said it will use cameras mounted on the aircraft to monitor any illegal activity that would otherwise be difficult to film on the ground…. (story)
Western Daily Press 18.3.13 League Against Cruel Sports plans air surveillance drones to monitor hunt activity - A new frontier will be opened in the ongoing battle between the West’s hunts and those vehemently opposed to everything they do. A major animal welfare charity is to use surveillance drones to catch people illegally hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports will use cameras mounted on remote-controlled aircraft to monitor land previously off-limits… (story)
Civil Society 18.3.13 Animal charity to use drones to catch welfare law-breakers - Kirsty Weakley - The League Against Cruel Sports has partnered with a non-profit aerial surveillance organisation to use its drone technology to catch people breaking animal welfare laws. ShadowView has been working with the League to document illegal hunting in the UK using two different types of UAV (surveillance drones)… (story)
Mail 16.3.13 Animal welfare charity is to use DRONES to spy on people illegally hunting - The League Against Cruel Sports is to monitor land previously off-limits Countryside Alliance says practice raises civil liberties concerns… The charity said it was targeting people hunting illegally, hare coursing, badger baiting and other wildlife crimes… (story)
BBC News Online 16.3.13 Drones may be used to target 'illegal hunting' - Remote control aircraft could be used by an anti-hunting group to gather evidence of hunts breaking the law. The League against Cruel Sports will use cameras mounted on the aircraft to monitor any illegal activity that would otherwise be difficult to film on the ground. A charity spokeswoman said evidence would be collected and passed on to the police. The Countryside Alliance said the idea was "completely impractical"…. (story)
Huffington Post 16.3.13 Drones To Be Used Against Illegal Hunting By The League Against Cruel Sports - A leading animal welfare charity is to use surveillance drones to catch people illegally hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports will use cameras mounted on remote-controlled aircraft to monitor land previously off-limits… (story)

ASHFORD VALLEY MFH JAILED FOR FIREARMS OFFENCES
Ashford Herald 21.3.13 Ex-hunt master jailed for keeping gun in hay By Amy Woodland (story)
Mail 18.3.13 Hunt master found not guilty of trying to murder ex-lover in shooting is jailed for illegally possessing a shotgun By TARA BRADY - A former master of foxhounds who was cleared of shooting his former lover outside her country home has been jailed for eight months for possessing a firearm without a licence. Brian Fraser, 63, was found not guilty last month of the attempted murder of Louise Leggatt, 55, and also of causing her grievous bodily harm with intent… Following a two-week trial, married Fraser, a former joint master of the Ashford Valley Hunt, was found not guilty of shooting his former girlfriend at around 9.30pm on March 15 last year. But at Maidstone Crown Court today, Fraser, of Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, was jailed after earlier pleading guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence. Judge Charles Byers said Fraser will serve up to half his jail term and the remainder on licence. He also imposed a restraining order banning him from contact 'directly or indirectly' with Mrs Leggatt or any member of her family… (story)
Kent Online 18.3.13 Shooting trial hunt master Brian Fraser jailed for having shotgun without licence at Shadoxhurst farm by Julia Roberts … (story)
ThisIsKent 18.3.13 Man cleared over Weald shooting jailed for unlicensed gun - A HUNTSMAN who was found not guilty of trying to murder his Benenden ex-lover, has been jailed for owning a shotgun without a licence…. (story)
BBC News Online 18.3.13 Kent huntsman Brian Fraser jailed for gun offences - A leading Kent huntsman has been sent to prison for eight months after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm without a licence. Ex-master of the Ashford Valley Hunt Brian Fraser, 63, had earlier been cleared of the attempted murder of his former lover Louise Leggatt… (story)
Independent 18.3.13 Huntsman Brian Fraser jailed over unlicensed gun after he was cleared of shooting ex-lover - A huntsman who was cleared of shooting his former lover outside her country home has been jailed for eight months for possessing a firearm without a licence… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 21.3.13 Let’s put a stop to horse racing cruelty - WITH the horrors of the Grand National fast approaching, may we, Southampton United Animal Charities, appeal to everyone not to show support for it by betting on the poor horses forced to take part, nor joining in sweepstakes…. S. CLAYTON, Southampton. (letter)

Mail 21.3.13 PETA killed more than 1,600 cats and dogs at its Virginia headquarters last year - almost 90% of the animals handed over to the charity's American shelter By Katie Davies - Animal rights charity PETA killed almost 90 per cent of dogs and cats placed in the care of the shelter at its Virginia headquarters last year, it has been revealed today. The charity, well-known for attention grabbing publicity campaigns such as the 'I'd rather go naked' anti-fur campaign, euthanized 1,647 cats and dogs last year and only placed 19 in new homes according to the data submitted to the Virginia Department for Agriculture and Consumer Services… (story)

Xperedon 21.3.13 FOIE GRAS: Charity founder's appeal by Alan Cole - A charity's founder has been force-fed like a Foie Gras goose outside a famous London shopping emporium, raising awareness about animal welfare... PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk had a pipe stuffed down her throat this week outside Fortnum & Mason's London Piccadilly store... (story)

Bexhill Observer 21.3.13 RSPCA's live sheep export bid fails - The RSPCA has failed in a renewed bid to challenge the legality of the export trade in live sheep through the port of Ramsgate… Mr Justice Ouseley ruled the RSPCA had failed to establish an arguable case and rejected its application for a full review hearing…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.3.13 RSPCA fails to halt live sheep exports from Ramsgate - The RSPCA has failed in a renewed attempt to challenge the legality of the export of live sheep through the port of Ramsgate in Kent…. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled the RSPCA had failed to establish an arguable case…. (story)

Argus 21.3.13 Cat rescue fair - Due partly to the recession and partly to irresponsible pet ownership, more and more animals are being abandoned… Kitty In The City, a registered charity, is just one of these centres. It is holding a fundraising charity fair this Saturday from 11am until 2pm at St Philip’s Church, New Church Road… Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter)

20.3.13

Gloucester Citizen 20.3.13 Beaufort Hunt charity meet. THE annual Beaufort Hunt charity meet raised almost £2,190 for the air ambulances in only half an hour… (story)

Horse & Hound 20.3.13 Hound puppies head to France to join French pack - Rebecca Haywood - A litter of hound puppies will soon be making their way across the Channel to embark on a careerhunting in France. The South Devon, which are twinned with the Rallye Amor Hunt in Brittany, agreed to breed a litter for master Mickael Perennez, to inject some added drive into his pack. The two hunts have good relations and visit each other annually,” explained South Devon huntsman Ian Pearse… (story)

Fenland Citizen 20.3.13 Budget response from the Countryside Alliance - The Countryside Alliance welcomes today’s announcement to scrap the fuel duty rise planned for September…. Cars are essential, not a luxury in the countryside, which is why we urge the Chancellor to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to remote rural areas to ease the heavy burden of fuel on rural families (story)

Stroud News & Journal 20.3.13 Pro-badger cull traders could be banned from events in Stroud By Hayley Mortimer, Reporter - STALLHOLDERS who agree with the controversial badger cull will not be allowed to trade at certain events or markets in Stroud if proposals get the go ahead. Banning pro-badger cull traders from events organised by or on behalf of SDC will be discussed by councillors next month… Labour councillor Paul Denney's motion will be discussed at a full council meeting on April 25 ahead of the trial cull set for west Gloucestershire in June…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 20.3.13 Cooking demonstration gives students food for thought - FEAST YOUR EYES: A talk on animal welfare and a demonstration on vegetarian cooking was held at St James' School, Grimsby, by Tim Stebbings of Animal Aid…. (story)

19.3.13

Western Morning News 19.3.13 RSPB raps failure to tackle to bird attacks By ANDY GREENWOOD - The Government has been criticised for failing to take "simple measures" to tackle wildlife crime such as the poisoning of birds of prey which has blighted the Westcountry. Ministers rejected calls by MPs to guarantee long-term funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit – led by Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Nevin Hunter – in order to ensure it can fight such crime effectively, including monitoring criminal activity on the internet… (story)

Telegraph 19.3.13 A closed season is needed to protect our hares - I was pleased to see your report on the wonderful spectacle of boxing hares… hares remain the only game species without a closed season for hunting…. John Creedon - Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Mail 19.3.13 Protect the badger - Once again a time has come for the evil men of this country to take up arms and gassing equipment and to embark on the senseless slaughter of that most gentle of Britain’s wild animals – the badger. So-called “sportsmen” are prepared to murder these beautiful animals, without mercy, in their multitude…. DAVID ADSETT Cardiff (letter)

York Press 19.3.13 Vegan a safe option - After the discovery of pork in halal “chicken” in Westminster schools, it’s worth noting that people of all faiths can be confident that they are adhering to their dietary principles by choosing vegan options… It’s the only diet that respects all G*d’s creatures – however we interpret Him. Ben Williamson, PETA, London (letter)

18.3.13

Yorkshire Post 18.3.13 Harried and persecuted, birds of prey are still in firing line across the region - They are a protected species and an important part of Yorkshire’s wildlife heritage so why, asks David Hewitt, are the county’s birds of prey under threat? “It’s pretty shocking that we’re actually having this discussion,” says Bob Elliot, head of investigations at the RSPB…. Understandably, gamekeepers associations and shooting organisations take umbrage with the assertion that it is their members who are responsible for Yorkshire being named as the worst place in the whole of the UK for bird of prey persecution… (story)

North Devon Journal 18.3.13 Planning reforms 'are damaging the country' By ANDY GREENWOOD - Government planning reforms are leaving communities "increasingly powerless" to stop damaging development in the countryside, campaigners said…. That debate was fuelled last week when Sir Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust, said children raised in the countryside had no automatic right to live near their parents when they grow up. But Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, told the Western Morning News that "could hasten the end of many rural communities"…. (story)

Mancunian Matters 18.3.13 ‘Animal offenders register’: Manchester animal rights campaigners say much more needs to be done to stop cruelty By Oliver Rhodes - Animal cruelty remains a sensitive and serious issue in the United Kingdom, as campaigners believe greater regulations are required to tackle the problem. An e-petition last month for an ‘animal offenders register’ gained more than 1,000 signatures… The idea involved animal breeders and suppliers having access to records of previous abusers – a scheme supported by Save the Harlan Beagles founding members Lisa Symonds and Manchester-based Alex Irving…. Manchester Animal Action – an anti-speciesist animal rights group – said they have little interest in a register, which would only list people who inflict cruelty…. (story)

Burton Mail 18.3.13 Circus under fire from animal rights protestors - HELEN KREFT - Protestors from a string of groups such as Derby Animal Rights spent an hour outside the Circus Mondao grounds, in Woodland Road, Stanton, on Sunday, giving out information to passersby and circus audiences. David Owe, of Derby Animal Rights who was one of the protestors, said: “It went really well. We were getting feedback from the public is always encouraging… (story)

KentNews 18.3.13 Dover braces itself for return of live animal export trade - Chris Murphy - Animal rights campaigners are furious live animal exports could start from the port of Dover if a ship passes a berthing trial. The port revealed it has been contacted by the operators of the MV Joline, which had been at the centre of the bid to stop the trade from Ramsgate. A legal bid from the RSPCA to halt the movement of live animals at the port recently failed… (story)

ANIMAL AID PROCESSED MEAT LETTER
Derby Telegraph 18.3.13 Processed-meat link to early death is no surprise - Ben Martin Animal Aid Tonbridge (letter)
Shields Gazette 12.3.13 Put warning on red meat - RESEARCHERS recently announced that processed red meat has been linked to early death. This comes as no surprise, as it has been long established that the high salt and saturated fat content of such products ?is linked to heart disease, stroke and obesity… Ben Martin, Animal Aid (letter)

16.3.13

Western Morning News 16.3.13 Countryside excluded from 'one nation' world - There will be many Western Morning News readers who remember July 10, 1997, very well. My experience would have been fairly typical… We were not off to a cricket match, or a day of culture in London's museums and galleries, we were going to something none of us had experienced before: a political demonstration… Hunts from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, South Wales, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and many other counties were on the march and we knew that on other motorways thousands of others would be heading into London from different parts of the count… (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 16.3.13 Suffolk: Councils urged to increase fines to deter would-be fly-tippers by Matt Stott - COUNCILS have been urged to increase fines to solve the “disgusting” problem of fly-tipping after it was revealed taxpayers spent more than £150,000 in ridding the streets of rubbish… Countryside campaigners Countryside Alliance said the cost to taxpayers of clearing up the mess was over £40million nationally in 2011 – more than £66,000 a day…. (story)

Independent 16.3.13 Poor deer - Brian Bennett argues that we should cull deer to reduce the risk of tick bites (15 March)… Singling out deer for blame is inappropriate and smacks of scapegoating. Kate Fowler, Tonbridge (letter)

Derby Telegraph 16.3.13 Government has listened to experts on badger cull - AS a farmer whose farm is afflicted by bovine TB, I couldn't let Kate Fowler's letter "Better ways to combat TB than culling badgers" (Opinions, March 7), go unchallenged… Kate Fowler asks why the Government can't listen to scientific experts. In fact, they do… Finally, I see Kate Fowler represents an organisation called Animal Aid. Well, cows are animals, too! Barry Sargent Ash Lane Etwall (letter)
Derby Telegraph 7.3.13 Better ways to combat TB than culling badgers - PUBLIC opinion polls routinely show decisive opposition to the badger cull… Why won't the Government listen to scientific experts and to public opinion? Kate Fowler Head of Campaigns Animal Aid Tonbridge (letter)

Skegness Standard 16.3.13 BNP accused of exploiting animal rights concerns of Skegness public - A far-right group has been accused of exploiting animal rights concerns in Skegness to push its ideology. The BNP were expected to hold their latest protest outside the halal abattoir in Heath Road today (Saturday)… THe BNP has voiced its support for these local campaigns and also held protests of its own outside the abattoir. But a local anti-fascist group has now slammed the BNP’s protests… The East Midlands Anti-Fascists (EMAF) made the attack this morning… “The BNP’s supposed stance against animal cruelty is hypocrisy. The party has given active support to fox hunting in the past…” (story)

15.3.13

Liverpool Echo 15.3.13 Running with the hounds - IN reply to Bernie Carroll’s letter Call for common sense (ECHO, March 12). What a spurious argument presented with regard to basic human rights. How can he include fox hunting in this category? A cruel, bloody activity perpetrated by the rich middle classes… M. Morgan, Kirkby (letter)
Liverpool Echo 12.3.13 Call for common sense - Call for common sense HAVING dispatched fox hunting, smoking and a myriad of basic human rights, the health fascists have now declared a Jihad on the humble traditional English breakfast. How many more human rights can this unelected Mafia erode?... Bernie Carroll, L8 (letter)

Irish Examiner 15.3.13 Papal welcome - I’m delighted the new pope has taken the name of the saint widely associated with kindness to animals…. Saint Francis had compassion for the tortured bull, the coursed hare, and the hunted fox. So, I am confident, will Pope Francis - John Fitzgerald Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Scotsman 15.3.13 Raptors at risk - The reduction of poisoning ?incidents involving birds of prey (your report, 14 March), is to be welcomed, however, this should not obscure the fact that shooting and trapping continues… Logan D Steele Bridgewater Avenue Auchterarder (letter)

Drapers 15.3.13 Topshop creates anti-fur window display By Eve Simmons - Arcadia’s Topshop has teamed up with animal rights campaign group Peta to encourage shoppers to pledge never to wear fur. .. (story)
Retail Gazette 15.3.13 Topshop display highlights animal cruelty By Gemma Taylor - Fashion retailer Topshop has teamed up with animal rights organisation PETA to create a window display highlighting the cruelty of the practice of killing exotic animals for their skin, it has been announced today… (story)

14.3.13

WESTCOUNTRY GAME FAIR
Wells Journal 14.3.13 Country life in all its many glorious aspects - Forget about horsemeat in burgers at the supermarket. Hungry and bold visitors at last weekend's West Country Game Fair had the chance to sample the delights of road kill including squashed rabbit, par-boiled pigeon, sushi squirrel, boiled badger and simmering stoat livers bubbling away in the pot thanks to the culinary skills and char-burning fires of the aptly named Mike Brockway and his pals… (story)
Western Morning News 11.3.13 20,000 turn out for country sports fair - Country sports fans get up early. So they were queuing at the gates of the Bath and West Showground in Somerset before 9am on Saturday for the opening of the two day Westcountry Game Fair – an annual celebration of shooting, fishing, hunting and the rural way of life… (story)
Western Morning News 5.3.13 Game fair highlights traditional countryside skills and techniques …. Simon Whitehead from Pakefield Ferrets specialises in traditional rabbit management and control such as trapping, netting, ferreting and lamping…. It is these skills that Simon will be demonstrating at this year's Westcountry Game Fair. The event will take place at the Bath & West Showground this Saturday and Sunday… Excellent arena demonstrations include the art of wildfowling with Chris Green, falconry and a fantastic hunt parade (Sunday) with the Mendip Farmers Hunt, Wiltshire & Infantry Beagles and the Purbeck & Bovington Beagles, plus much more… (story)
Western Morning News 28.1.13 First big country show of the year celebrates rural life in all its guises - It might be sensitivity to the feelings of others; it might be concern at provoking the antis, but people who take part in country sports do not, on the whole, shout about their interests… Not so, however, when they know they are among friends. And the Westcountry Game Fair – the first big country show of the year anywhere in Britain – is certainly the place where all those who either take part in country sports or broadly approve of them and the rural background against which they take place – gather to celebrate country life…. The British Assocation for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be running six gundog scurries… (story)
Western Gazette 10.1.13 Smallholders to put on a big display at fair - SOMERSET Smallholders will have their biggest-ever presence at the Westcountry Game Fair this year. The event, at the Bath and West Showground on March 9 and 10, will see a big increase in the range and number of smallholder stands…. (story)
Western Morning News 10.1.13 Fun of the countryside on display at Westcountry Game Fair 2013 - Details have been unveiled for this year's Westcountry Game Fair – the annual gathering for country sports enthusiasts and country lovers from across the region. This year Somerset Smallholders will have their biggest ever presence at the event, at the Bath and West Showground on March 9 and 10, with activities from willow-making demonstrations to poultry sales on show. There will also be hurdle making, alpaca products, a blacksmith artist and a number of farm animals… (story)

13.3.13

Western Morning News 13.3.13 Hunt ball can go ahead despite licensing fears - Members of the Four Burrow Hunt will enjoy their end-of- season party as planned – despite objections from Environmental Health. The Licencing Act Sub-Committee found no valid grounds to reject the application for a temporary event notice at Trebudannon Farm, St Columb, for this May…. (story)

CAMPAIGN FOR CLOSED SEASON FOR HARES
Xperedon Charity News 13.3.13 HARES: English conservation plea by Alan Cole in the UK - Battlegrounds drawn to protect the humble hare, one of Britain’s iconic wildlife species... Wildlife charities and campaign groups are appealing for a close season to protect the English hare, the long-limbed undomesticated cousin of the rabbit . Approximately a thousand hares are shot each day claim animal welfare campaigners. Care for the Wild, Blue Hare, Humane Society International (HSI), and the Hare Preservation Trust are appealing for a break on hare hunting during the animals breeding season due to fears the number being lost all year around is becoming unsustainable... (story)
Independent 11.3.13 Conserving our rich wildlife - Those who call for a closed season for hares would have more credibility if they worked from science rather than prejudice. ("Other animals get a break for being shot at. So why not the hare?", report, 7 March)… Introducing a closed season would work against the hare if land managers felt obliged to reduce numbers during the open season to avoid the licensing bureaucracy required for pest control… Christopher Graffius, Director of Communications, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Wrexham, Clwyd (letter)
Independent 6.3.13 Must we shoot Britain’s mad March hares all the year round? For every other game species, there is a closed season. Why not for hares? - MICHAEL MCCARTHY - I spent last Saturday morning watching mad March hares… Hares are the only game species in Britain without any closed season for shooting. You can shoot them all year round… Is that not unnecessarily cruel? For every other game species – deer, pheasants, partridges, grouse, not to mention game fish such as trout and salmon – the law enforces a closed season for hunting,.. (story)

Crewe Chronicle 13.3.13 Cheshire police and crime commissioner vows to tackle rural crime by Will Harris - CHESHIRE’S first police and crime commissioner has vowed to clamp down on rural crime throughout the county. John Dwyer has made attacks on rural communities among his top priorities… “Before finalising my plan, I met with representatives of the rural community from the National Farmers Union, Countryside Alliance, Country Land & Business Association and the British Association of Shooting and Conservation…. (story)
Chester Leader/Standard 4.3.13 Cheshire PCC pledges to tackle rural crime - Jim Green - TACKLING crime in rural areas will be a key priority for Cheshire police and crime commissioner John Dwyer… Before finalising his police and crime plan, Mr Dwyer met the National Farmers Union, the Countryside Alliance, the Country Land and Business Association and the British Association of Shooting and Conservation… (story)

Independent 13.3.13 Spotlight intensifies on badger culls with 7% rise in number of TB cattle slaughtered - EMILY BEAMENT - More than 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in England last year as a result of bovine tuberculosis, a rise of 7% on the previous year, official figures show… Ministers said the figures showed the growing impact of the disease on dairy and beef farming and highlighted the need to take action…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.3.13 Bovine TB slaughter numbers up 10% Bovine tuberculosis (TB) led to the slaughter of more than 38,000 cows in Great Britain in 2012, a nearly 10% increase on 2011 figures… (story)

Argus 13.3.13 Protesters’ ‘funeral march’ through Brighton - Animal rights campaigners held a “funeral procession” to protest against the use of beagles in science labs across the UK. Members of the Save the Harlan Beagle group marched through Brighton on Saturday, March 9…. Campaigner Zoë Cunningham, said: “The movement to close the breeding facility and stop beagles and other animals being used for testing is so important to me because it could have been my dog… (story)
ThisIsSussex 7.3.13 Save the Harlan Beagles silent march in Brighton -Hundreds of people from across the UK and Europe will join a silent procession through the centre of Brighton this Saturday – calling for the closure of laboratory beagle breeder Harlan and an immediate government inquiry into animal testing… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 13.3.13 Cosmetics industry must come clean on animal testing By Wendy Higgins - Have you ever gotten shampoo in your eyes? Stings, doesn't it? Or applied perfume to broken skin? Or even accidentally breathed in hairspray? Your skin hurts, your throat burns. Now imagine you're a rabbit, guinea pig, or a rat in a cosmetics testing laboratory and these aren't relatively mild finished products, but raw chemicals… (story)

Thanet Gazette 13.3.13 Live animal export protester on trial for breaching containment order at the Port of Ramsgate - A LIVE animal exports protester accused of breaching a section 14 containment order has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial of Paul Sanders, 42, began at Margate Magistrates Court this morning… (story)
Thanet Gazette 13.3.13 Live export protester Paul Sanders has court case dropped - LIVE animal export protester Paul Sanders has had legal action brought against him dropped today (Wednesday). Mr Sanders, 42, from Shoeburyness in Essex, was accused of breaching a section 14 order during a protest at Ramsgate port on October 22 last year… (story)

ANIMAL ACTIVISTS TARGET PRIMARY SCHOOL
Farmers Guardian 13.3.13 Social media campaign gets behind under fire village school By Ryan Wood - A VILLAGE school plagued by hate mail from animal rights activists for launching a pig rearing scheme has been backed by celebrities on Twitter. Peasenhall Primary School in Suffolk has received 400 complaints along with threatening emails from all over the world, but a hashtag campaign on Twitter has helped hit back… (story)
Mail 8.3.13 Primary school gets police protection after animal rights group launches hate campaign over three little piggies who are all going on a one-way trip to market By HELEN LAWSON - A headmistress has called in police after an animal rights group launched a 'vile' world-wide campaign against her village school where youngsters are rearing three piglets. Since news of the project emerged, staff say they have been threatened by animal rights campaigners who vowed to demonstrate outside the school and bombarded the headmistress with hundreds of emails… A spokeswoman for the Colchester Animal Defenders, calling herself Liza Isa-Vegan, said: 'Children should not be exposed to this sort of thing… (story)
Telegraph 8.3.13 Primary school ‘subjected to abuse’ over pig rearing plan - A tiny village primary school has been inundated with “vile” abuse from animal rights campaigners after launching a project to rear three pigs, it emerged today. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor - Peasenhall primary in Suffolk, which has just 25 pupils, has been forced to seek police help after being subjected to threatening emails and phone calls from across the world, it was revealed… Protests have been led by a group calling itself the Colchester Animal Defenders, which encouraged people to call the school to raise concerns… (story)
Daily Gazette 8.3.13 Animals rights group's campaign against school pig scheme - ANIMAL rights protestors have bombarded a primary school with objection emails over its scheme to rear pigs…. A spokesman for Peasenhall Primary School said some of the emails were "foul and abusive". Liza Moore, head of Colchester Animal Defenders, defended the vocal campaign. (story)
BBC News Online 8.3.13 Pig rearing school 'bombarded' by protest emails - A Suffolk primary school with 25 pupils has received 400 emails in protest against its scheme to rear three pigs. Peasenhall Primary School is teaching the "provenance of food" by having children look after the animals before they are sent for slaughter… Liza Moore, head of Colchester Animal Defenders, encouraged people to call the school to voice their concerns but distanced herself from any abusive comments… (story)

12.3.13

Belfast Telegraph 12.3.13 Minister rules out funds for hunting - A Stormont minister has ruled out providing financial backing to the hunting community after being urged to reconsider her department's position on country sports. During Assembly question time, Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said she personally did not back hunting… The DUP's Lord Morrow had urged the minister to reconsider the definition of country sports…. (story)
News Letter 12.3.13 Minister rules out backing hunting - A Stormont minister has ruled out providing financial backing to the hunting community after being urged to reconsider her department’s position on so-called country sports… (story)

York Press 12.3.13 The threat of foxes - D FILLINGHAM states he has not heard of a human killed by a fox (Letters, March 4), but only for the grace of God and vigilant parents saving their babies has this not happened… I do not support nor am I anti-hunt. I was pointing out how times have changed… Pamela Z Frankland, Lodge Farm, Hull Road, York (lletter)
York Press 6.3.13 Foxes a threat to hens - IN RESPONSE to D Fillinham (“Killing for pleasure”, Letters, March 4), what about the ever-growing number of people who keep chickens as pets? Foxes kill and dismember chickens with no mercy… B Lingwood, Elvington, York (letter)
York Press 4.3.13 Killing for pleasure - IN RESPONSE to Pamela Z Frankland’s letter The Press February 25, I have never heard of a fox killing a human. Now on the other hand, many humans have and still do kill and torture many a poor fox and let us not forget this is for pleasure…. D Fillingham, The Crossway, York (letter)

Northern Echo 12.3.13 Deer cull - MARJORIE EMBLING wrote in protest against the suggested deer cull… Numbers have increased well above sustainable levels, simply because deer have no natural enemies, man having eliminated wolves and lynx from the UK long ago. It must be obvious that man has to take the place of wolves to maintain a balance… Eric Gendle, Middlesbrough (letter)
Northern Echo 11.3.13 Deer cull - FIRST the threatened badger cull. Then horse meat. Now it’s the proposed deer cull, needed apparently because there has been a population explosion among deer. I love wildlife. I visit the West Country as often as I can… One thing is certain. It is a miracle that any animals survive in this country because there are so many people determined to destroy them. Marjorie Embling, Crook (letter)

Gloucestershire Gazette 12.3.13 Members of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting hit streets of Gloucester campaigning against planned cull starting on July 1 By Daniel Chipperfield - MEMBERS of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) were out on the busy streets of Gloucester on Monday, March 11, raising awareness of the animal's plight… Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting are organising a peaceful walk against the cull on Easter Monday evening at Highnam Woods, Gloucestershire… (story)

11.3.13

Western Morning News 11.3.13 Hunt breakfasts at historic Jamaica Inn before picking up trail - In a truly traditional scene the East Cornwall Hunt held Saturday's meet outside Jamaica Inn at Bolventor, in the heart of Bodmin Moor…. (story)

Independent 11.3.13 The fundamental reason for the deer population explosion is the lack of natural predators. The solution is to introduce wolves back to the UK. They were cruelly hunted to extinction in the Middle Ages… Peter Evans, Billericay, Essex
A study in the Journal of Wildlife Management recommends shooting about half of the UK's deer population to halt their damage to woodlands and birdlife. How typically anthropocentric. The deer problem is nothing compared to the devastation of the environment and extinction of species caused by humans… David Gibbs, London SW4 (letters)

Farming Life 11.3.13 Busy day at Stormont for Countryside Alliance Ireland - COUNTRYSIDE Alliance Ireland (CAI) had an action packed day on Thursday, 28 February meeting with two of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committees at Stormont…. (story)

10.3.13

Observer 10.3.13 Deer cull would threaten thousands of jobs, say furious gamekeepers - Highland estates and rural communities would be devastated by loss of income from stalking if proposal is acted on - Robin McKie, science editor - Proposals to cull up to 750,000 deer in Britain have been denounced by furious gamekeepers who claim the move would also be a death knell for rural communities throughout the country, particularly remote villages in Scotland. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said that such a massive slaughter of animals would destroy the livelihoods of thousands of individuals who support the deer-stalking industry…. (story)

Guardian 10.3.13 We must kill Bambi: why culling deer is a no-brainer - If we really care about woodland as much as we say, we can't then cry over a proposed deer cull - Sara Maitland (story)

Sunday Telegraph 10.3.13 Deer cull: eat Bambi, or the nightingales get it By Ruth Dudley Edwards - We’re all doomed, we’re told by the University of East Anglia, unless we rub out about 750,000 deer of the 1.5 million or so rampaging around Britain and keep culling at those levels every year… Our squeamishness is a major problem here. Hunters are about as popular as bankers (indeed they often are bankers) and urban types don’t want to eat Bambi… (story)

Sunday Express 10.3.13 Jailed, thugs who revelled in animal torture - THESE are the horrendous scenes of appalling cruelty that a top RSPCA undercover investigator describes as the most disturbing he has ever witnessed… The RPSCA had focussed on Mark Wesley Smith, 53, Liam Patrick Ardito, 33 and Gary Cannon, 27, after getting crucial intelligence from the League Against Cruel Sports and when warrants were later carried out on their homes in the Grimsby area… (story)
Yorkshire Evening Post 2.3.13 Trio filmed dog attacks on animals - THREE men who filmed themselves committing a string of sickening acts of animal cruelty have been jailed… Mark Wesley Smith, 53, Liam Patrick Ardito, 33, and Gary Cannon, 27, all from Grimsby, admitted setting their dogs on a trapped fox on the town’s golf course after posing as pest controllers…. A collection of more than 600 folders on computers contained thousands of photos, including Ardito stealing wild sparrowhawk chicks from their nest and the men digging into fox dens and setting their terriers onto foxes. Others show Smith posing with a dead rook and curlew, as well as a dead fox. A search of Ardito’s home also revealed a pit that could be created out of wooden boards and carpets which could be used to stage animal fights… The RSPCA launched their investigation with the assistance of the League Against Cruel Sports and Humberside Police (story)

Scotsman 10.3.13 Space dog is no laughing matter - THE flippant choice of words that Ruth Walker used to describe Laika’s tragic journey into space (Spectrum, 3 March) is in extremely bad taste. Laika must have been bewildered, confused and terrified. Her ordeal should be condemned, not treated in a lighthearted manner… Sandra Busell, Edinburgh (letter)

9.3.13

CAMPAIGN TO LIFT BAN ON TAIL DOCKING
Southern Reporter 9.3.13 Calls for docking laws to be overturned - A PEEBLESHIRE gamekeeper is calling for the law on banning the docking of working dogs’ tails to be overturned. Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) chairman Alex Hogg wants Scottish Government to push through legislation to bring the country into line with the rest of the UK…. (story)
Scottish Farmer 7.3.13 Tail of woe - SCOTTISH GAMEKEEPERS have renewed their call for the ban on the docking of working dogs' tails to be lifted, warning that Scotland now lags behind the rest of UK in dog welfare terms… (story)
Scotsman 2.3.13 ‘Lift ban on working dog tail docking’ - SCOTLAND’S gamekeepers have renewed calls for the ban on the docking of working dogs’ tails to be lifted. Alex Hogg, the chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, told the association’s annual meeting in Perth that Scotland was now lagging behind the rest of UK on animal welfare…. (story)
Herald 2.3.13 Call for reversal of ban on docking dog tails - SCOTLAND'S gamekeepers have launched a campaign to force Scotland's laws to be changed to allow them to cut the tails off working dogs to prevent the animals being injured… (story)

Scotsman 9.3.13 Scotland’s boar hunting return deemed ‘inhumane’ By FIONA MACGREGOR - HUNTERS are to be invited on to a Scottish estate to shoot wild boar for the first time in more than 300 years…. Estate managers are charging hunters up to £4,000 per week to stay in the estate lodge – which can take 14 guests – with boar hunting included as part of the package… Mike Flynn, the chief superintendent of the Scottish SPCA, said: “This activity cannot be described as hunting in the true sense as, based on the information provided to us, the animals are enticed with food.”… Libby Anderson, of animal rights organisation One Kind, said: “This is not sport in any sense…. (story)

DEER CULL
Independent 9.3.13 Another wildlife scare story - Another week, another wildlife scare story. This time it’s not badgers or foxes but deer that pose such a problem that they must be ruthlessly culled by up to 50 per cent… Mark Rutter, Winchester, Hampshire (letter)
Sun 8.3.13 Sorry, m’deers - Wildlife expert backs mass cull - By CHRIS PACKHAM, Springwatch presenter … myView By YVONNE TAYLOR of PETA… (story)
Telegraph 8.3.13 The Wind in the Willows and rats in the roof - A deer cull may appal city folk, but nature is a different proposition for us country dwellers By Vicki Woods … (story)
Telegraph 7.3.13 Eat venison to save Britain's countryside - More than half of Britain's deer population needs to be culled every year because of damage they do to the environment, scientists have warned, as they urged the public to eat more venison. By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent (story)
Independent 7.3.13 Only mass deer cull can prevent destruction of British woodlands and wildife, say scientists - Report finds between 50 and 60 per cent of wild deer should be destroyed each year for population to remain stable - Steve Connor - Britain’s deer population is out of control with numbers now reaching levels that are causing serious and sustained damage to wild flowers and birds according to the first scientific assessment of the density of deer living in the English countryside… (story)
Western Morning News 7.3.13 Deer in firing line as experts call for cull of up to a million - Experts are urging all-out war on deer which could see almost a million animals being shot each year in the UK – with the Westcountry likely to be one of the hotspots for a cull…. (story)
Western Daily Press 7.3.13 Killing half of deer population 'vital' to control wildlife damage - War must be declared on deer if exploding numbers are to be controlled and damage to wildlife limited, says a new report…. (story)

West Sussex Gazette 10.3.13 Viable alternative to badger cull - Just when you thought it was safe to be a badger, the proposed cull has been given the ‘green light’ by the Government and will take place this summer… Care for the Wild and other leading animal welfare charities are working hard to make the vaccination of badgers a viable alternative… PHILIP MANSBRIDGE CEO, Care for the Wild, Brighton Road, Horsham (letter)

ITV 9.3.13 Campaigners protest in Cheshire over animal testing - Around 100 campaigners are expected to stage a protest outside AstraZeneca in Cheshire today. It's after beagles used for medical testing were moved to the UK when the firm closed kennels in Sweden… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 9.3.13 Nothing but contempt for bullies who are cruel to animals - I SHARE the widespread anger and indignation felt by all right minded people relating to the three criminals recently convicted of animal cruelty offences…. In academic studies I have to be as objective I can, but as an animal lover – and a human being – I have nothing but contempt for these bullies who should be shunned as social pariahs. Dianne Cator, Full address supplied. (letter)

8.3.13

BBC News Online 8.3.13 BBC Newsline investigates deer carting issue By Gordon Adair - The animal lay silently in the darkness of the trailer, its eyes burning red in the viewfinder of the men's night-vision camera…. For some time, the USPCA had believed deer from the farm complex, near Hillsborough, were being 'carted' to be used in hunts. 'Carting' is when captive animals are moved by trailer to a location then released to be hunted…. On Thursday morning, they followed the trailer to a location close to Katesbridge. Nearby, the County Down hunt was saddling up and moving out…. So, had we witnessed a criminal act? Well, the USPCA believes we had, the department of agriculture suspects we had, the courts have yet to decide… (story)
BBC News Online 7.3.13 Newsline investigates deer carting in Northern Ireland - 'Carting' is a term used for when an animal - for example a deer - is taken, usually in a horsebox, to a location where it is then released and hunted down. While legislation exists in Northern Ireland to safeguard animal welfare, it has not been tested in court, so it is unclear whether the law applies to carting. Gordon Adair has been investigating the story for BBC Newsline and has been given exclusive access to pictures filmed by the animal charity, the USPCA, which says carting should be banned… (story)

Leicester Mercury 8.3.13 Say 'no' to meat and stop suffering - One positive coming from the recent horse meat scandal is that many have decided they have had enough of the uncertainties and cruelty of the meat industry. An increasing number of people are now going veggie or vegan… Justin Kerswell, Viva! (letter)

7.3.13

Bath Chronicle 7.3.13 Cruelty by another name carries on worldwide - In the British Isles and other parts of Europe we have badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and of course fox and deer hunting and hare coursing. In North Eastern Pakistan they have their bear baiting… David Thomas Hisomley Near Westbury (story)

Scotsman 7.3.13 Culling corvids - The current debate on Larsen traps and corvid control in the Letter pages seems to miss a couple of key points. Firstly, while it is true to say, as Mr Robins (5 March) does, that corvids and ground nesting birds have long existed together, the balance has changed… Mike Swan Game & Wildlife ?Conservation Trust Fordingbridge Hampshire (letter)

Spalding Guardian 7.3.13 Bourne’s web of success - BOURNE businesses are blazing a trail in boosting the town’s economy through online advertising according to a new survey. Internet giant Google has named Bourne as the fourth-fastest growing town or village in the UK for online-generated commercial activity… The survey, called Rural Digital Trailblazers, saw Google team up with Countryside Alliance in an attempt to prove that business growth was possible in rural areas. (story)

Bristol Post 7.3.13 Vaccinate instead - I AM appalled by the decision that pilot culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset will go ahead after so many animal lovers, includ Queen guitarist Brian May', have signed a petition which has amassed more than 155,000 signatures to date… D F Courtney Weston-super-Mare (letter)

Western Mail 7.3.13 No to badger cull - It is disappointing to read that the culling of badgers in England is to go ahead “Pilot Culls of Badgers given the go-ahead in England”… if all badgers in Britain were to be slaughtered tomorrow cattle would still contract TB because it is a Mycobacterium and a very successful one at that. The badger is a scapegoat. BRIAN THOMAS Merthyr Tudful (letter)

North Devon Journal 7.3.13 Perfect time to go veggie - OVER recent weeks the horsemeat controversy has given our jaded comedians something new to get their teeth into! But is it a laughing matter?... All in all there couldn't be a better time to give vegetarianism a go. After all, what have you got to lose – except a dose of phenylbutazone? JAN HUNT, Lynton. (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 7.3.13 Chance to stop animal cruelty - THE campaign group Animal Aid has filmed inside nine UK slaughterhouses, using hidden, fly-on-the-wall cameras, since January 2009. They have found illegal cruelty in eight of them – that is an 89 per cent failure rate…. Please urge Defra to amend the law and help reduce the criminality inside Britain's slaughterhouses… Frances Wicks St Thomas, Exeter (letter)

ANIMAL ACTIVIST JAILED FOR INTIMIDATING DRIVERS
http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local 7.3.13 Melton Times Jailed animal rights activist loses appeal - AN animal rights activist jailed for six months for a campaign of intimidation against the drivers of livestock transport vehicles has failed in her Court of Appeal bid for freedom. Hayley Ann Kent (21) deliberately drove in front of the drivers of heavy vehicles, slowing and forcing them to brake… On Tuesday (March 5) senior judges at London’s Court of Appeal rejected her complaint that she should never have been jailed and upheld the sentence…. (story)
Coventry Telegraph 6.3.13 Jailed Rugby animal rights activist loses appeal for freedom - AN animal rights activist from Rugby, jailed for six months for a campaign of intimidation against the drivers of livestock transport vehicles, has failed in her Court of Appeal bid for freedom. Hayley Ann Kent, 21, of Cambridge Street, Rugby, deliberately drove in front of the drivers of heavy vehicles, slowing and forcing them to brake… (story)
Rugby Observer 18.2.13 Animal rights activist jailed for car antics - AN ANIMAL rights activist who targeted livestock vehicles by swerving her car in front of them and forcing the drivers to brake sharply has been jailed. Hayley Kent had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of dangerous driving and two of harassment. The 21-year-old, of Cambridge Street, was sentenced to six months in prison and given a 12 month driving ban. Her car was also confiscated…. (story)

6.3.13

Horse & Hound 6.3.13 The Four Shires Bloodhounds to feature at Crufts - Madeleine Pitt - The Four Shires Bloodhounds will be at Crufts — the world’s largest dog show — tomorrow (Thursday 7 March 2013). Thursday is the hound and terrier day at the show, which is held at the NEC in Birmingham, and the pack will be at dog feed company Gilbertson & Page's stand in hall three all day… (story)

5.3.13

Horse & Hound 5.3.13 Heart of England packs to merge next season - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The Albrighton and Albrighton Woodland will reamalgamate to become one pack again from next season, more than 100 years after the latter was created in 1908. The merged pack will operate from the Albrighton’s current kennels in Whiston Cross, near Wolverhampton. But all other decisions, including the new name and makeup of the mastership and committee, are still to be made… (story)

Irish Examiner 5.3.13 Good reasons in favour of hare coursing - John Fitzgerald (Letters, Mar 4) complained that there was no excuse for hare coursing. Scientific studies have shown that in areas where coursing clubs operate, the Irish hare population levels are between ten and one hundred times higher than in comparable areas where coursing clubs do not operate… These are not “excuses” for coursing; these are darn good reasons for it. Mark Dennehy Stepaside Co Dublin (story)

Fishing Magic 5.3.13 Cormorants - The ‘Dossier of Destruction’ By Martin Salter - The Angling Trust has just published a comprehensive 10,000 word report highlighting the damage done to fisheries and wild fish stocks in the UK as a result of a fifteen fold increase in cormorant numbers over the last 25 years… We will be briefing MPs, fisheries Minister Richard Benyon has already been sent a copy and I firmly believe that this dossier will nail the nonsense that is trotted out from time to time that there is no evidence that cormorants present a serious, long term problem to fish stocks…. (story)

Coventry Telegraph 5.3.13 TO Kevin Lynch, (Letters, Feb 27) what is it that has made you have such vile thoughts towards innocent creatures?... Urban foxes have only moved into the cities because of man’s slovenly ways, plus being constantly persecuted in the countryside…. Sharon Marriott, Roosevelt Drive, Tile Hill. (letter)

Somerset County Gazette 5.3.13 Secret World warn of outcry over badger cull By Kirsty James - AN EAST Huntspill wildlife rescue charity has warned of a public outcry after the government gave permission for a badger cull in West Somerset…. Secret World founder Pauline Kidner, who is also a spokesperson for the Badger Protection League (BPL), said: “I think the government has underestimated the reaction there will be when the public realise 3,000 badgers are going to be slaughtered in Somerset…. (story)

Leatherhead Advertiser 5.3.13 Leatherhead wildlife champion 'dismayed' by government badger cull plan -THE founder of a Leatherhead-based charity has spoken out against the culling of badgers. Simon Cowell, founder of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and presenter of the TV series Wildlife SOS, has said he was "extremely dismayed" that the government had decided to go ahead with the badger cull in selective areas.. (story)

BBC News Online 5.3.13 Campaigners seek badger no-cull zone on council land - Campaigners against a badger cull are calling on local politicians to sign a pledge to rule out culling on council land… Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) has asked each party to sign up to two pledges to take forward if they are elected… GABS spokeswoman Jeanne Berry said: "We know that local people are overwhelmingly against a badger cull in the county and we are asking Gloucestershire people to contact their council candidates to pledge for change…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 4.3.13 Badger campaigners call on Gloucestershire politicians to prevent culling on council land - Anti-badger cull campaigners are calling on politicians to help protect the animals. The trial cull, postponed late last year, will now go ahead from June 1, including in parts of the Forest of Dean and west Gloucestershire… Jeanne Berry, a spokesman for GABS, said: "We know that local people are overwhelmingly against a badger cull in the county and we are asking Gloucestershire people to contact their council candidates to pledge for change… (story)

Derby Telegraph 5.3.13 Victoria Martindale: Shroud of secrecy over animal experiments must be lifted - IT has been described as "vile and immoral" and refers to the small, dark hours of the night when we are asleep but the suffering continues in secrecy. I'm talking about a form of torture endorsement – the institutionally embedded secrecy that surrounds animal experiments…. (story)

The Sentinel 5.3.13 All animals should be treated same - AFTER the exposure of illegal horse meat found in our everyday meals, I truly wonder whether we have lost touch with reality and compassion. If I ate meat, it wouldn't really matter to me what it was… SUZANNE NIXON Leek (letter)

Northern Echo 5.3.13 Bullock on loose is no laughing matter - While this incident must have been very frightening for the people involved, I take exception to the lady who likened the scene to a comedy…. Denise Anklam, Stanhop (letter)

4.3.13

Spectator 4.3.13 Are campaigners using the criminal justice system to pursue their political agendas? - Simon Hart - Late last year a Judge in Oxford Magistrates’ court questioned the RSPCA for running up a legal bill of a third of a million pounds on a low-level case when the defendant’s costs were £35,000. This prompted me to ask some questions about private prosecutions and the RSPCA’s prolific use of them through the formal route of parliamentary questions and a debate in Westminster Hall. It has become worryingly clear that no-one, including the Government, has any idea what is going on… (story)

Irish Examiner 4.3.13 There is no excuse for hare coursing - On Feb 23 and 24, members of the Irish Council Against Blood sports attended part of the so-called “Irish Cup” live hare coursing event, which was held on Limerick racecourse. They managed to film some of the action and the footage offers further proof, if such were needed, of the pain and terror inflicted on these gentle creatures for “sport”… John Fitzgerald Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports Callan Co Kilkenny (story)

Farmers Weekly 4.3.13 NFU fury at anti-badger cull Twitter campaign - Philip Case - The NFU has branded a Twitter campaign urging supermarkets to boycott milk sourced from farmers involved in the badger cull as "crazy and totally unfair". The Bristol Animal Rights Collective (BARC), a Bristol-based animal liberation group, has sent tweets to major supermarkets calling on them not to buy milk from farmers who will take part in the badger cull this summer… (story)

Western Morning News 4.3.13 Cost and threats cast new shadow over Somerset badger cull pilot - Further doubt has been cast over summer badger culls – one of which is planned for Exmoor – just days after they were given the final go-ahead by th Government. There are concerns that landowners may waver in the face of heavy costs and threats from animal rights activists… Jay Tiernan, a spokesman for the Coalition of Badger Action Groups, said that he was confident of being able to derail the back-up plans in Dorset if this one failed, thereby aborting the entire project…. (story)

Mancunian Matters 4.3.13 Hundreds of dogs shipped in via Manchester Airport for animal testing met by protesters demanding rehoming By Matt Simpson - Hundreds of dogs used in animal testing were flown into Manchester Airport last week – but were met by protesters camped outside the major pharmaceutical company in Macclesfield where they were heading… Carrie*, from animal rights group Manchester Animal Action, was at the protest with a group of around 30 armed with banners and megaphones…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 4.3.13 Put an end to animals' pain - WE are so glad that the Evening Post has put the spotlight on the inhumane way that horses are being treated in and around Swansea… Susan Hartill Cwmrhydyceirw (letter)

3.3.13

Sunday Express 3.3.13 Hares horror is not over - CRUEL gangs are defying the law to hold events where hares are ripped apart by greyhounds in front of cheering spectators…. Mark Randell, head of intelligence at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Sadly, the cruelty continues, with gangs travelling hundreds of miles to gamble large sums of cash on this barbaric blood sport.”… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 3.3.13 NFU warn back the badger cull and local butchers or lose "real meat" by Charles Mann, chairman of Gloucestershire NFU - THE Secretary of State confirmed this week at the NFU Conference of the issuing of licences to both pilot badger control areas, West Glos and West Somerset. And farmers in the pilot area are both relieved and thankful for this support… (story)

2.3.13

Argus 2.3.13 Animal ethics - I am sure John Tatum was only joking when he said, “No one seems to have touched upon the ethical aspect of the horsemeat affair,”… He was obviously joking. Otherwise it sounds like he is saying useless and ugly groups deserve to be exterminated; beautiful, useful (and “higher” animal) groups should be respected. Emma Richards, Halland Road, Brighton (letter)

1.3.13

Horse & Hound 1.3.13 Season comes to an early end for a number of hunts - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Wet weather has forced a number of south Midlands hunts to draw a premature close to their season… The Bicester with Whaddon Chase are losing nine meets by finishing the season more than two weeks early… The Oakley have lost even more sport, by ending on 16 February rather than 19 March… The Warwickshire and North Cotswold are both ending a week before time… However, despite rumours to the contrary, three local packs — the Pytchley, Grafton and Heythrop — have decided to carry on to the end of the season… (story)

Western Morning News 1.3.13 In my opinion: Stirring sight of hunt setting out should remain tradition - Lord Clifford's letter of Wednesday February 20. makes no sense at all… The fact that six children have been bitten by 'urban foxes' in the last 12 years is unfortunate but during that time every year, on average one child and one adult have been mauled to death by pet dogs…. I am left wondering if Lord Clifford is spending his time until the Hunting Act is repealed (an unlikely event) training his hounds in the art of urban hunting…. (story)

Western Daily Press 1.3.13 Dorset Wildlife Trust condemns badger cull decision - Dorset Wildlife Trust has condemned the decision to make the county first reserve for a badger cull… (story)

Western Daily Press 1.3.13 Chris Packham: Face the facts, a badger cull won't work - Naturalist Chris Packham, presenter of the BBC's Springwatch programme, questions the value of the West Country badger cull, which cleared its final hurdle on Wednesday... (story)

ITV 1.3.13 Animal rights' campaigners protest at Cheshire laboratory - Animal rights' campaigners staged a protest outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire… (story)

ITV 1.3.13 Protest against animal experiments at Cardiff University - Protests will be held outside Cardiff University today, against the institution's record when it comes to experimenting on animals… Campaign group Animal Aid, one of the organisers of the demonstration, has described recent cancer research involving genetically altering mice as "agonisingly cruel and medically useless." A petition against animal experimentation written by the other organisers, Cardiff Animal Network and Cardiff Animal Rights, gathered 2,000 signatures around in Cardiff in a day. (story)

Wiltshire Times 1.3.13 Food chain cruelty - Well done to David Thomas (Wiltshire Times, February 22) for highlighting some uncomfortable facts that everyone seems determined to ignore…. What’s wrong with caring about animal suffering? Isn’t it why so many of us support the RSPCA and other such organisations?... Jan Hunt, Box. (letter)

The Sentinel 1.3.13 Crackdown on all animal killers - TIME and time again I read in The Sentinel of another case of abominable cruelty and neglect towards all types of domestic pets and wildlife. Anyone who starves, tortures or kills any animal should be given higher fines, and stiffer prison sentences, and banned from keeping animals for life… M BARRIGAS Meir (letter)

Dover Express 1.3.13 Paul Trodd: Ruddy duck cull doomed to failure - ONE of the most controversial conservation issues of modern times is the ongoing elimination of the north American ruddy duck from our avifauna… I don't want to go into the whys and the wherefores of this issue as space does not permit, but as I watched a boatload of shooters careering around a lake on the Dungeness RSPB reserve recently, in pursuit of the "final birds", I found myself cheering on a pair of ruddies as they headed for the sanctuary of a reedbed… (story)