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31.5.11

Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 31.5.11 Chipping Show - PHOTO SPECIAL - CROWDS flocked to the 83rd annual Chipping Agricultural and Horticultural Show, held on the Showground.... Attrcations included the popular shire horses and the hounds and whips from Holcombe Hunt, as well as sections for cattle, sheep, Shetland ponies, light horses, poultry, pigeons and eggs, cakes, biscuits, wine, preserves, flower arranging, handicrafts, children’s work, flowers and vegetables, cheese and vintage machinery... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.5.11 Farmers' misery not eased by culling - MP Mel Stride is urging the government to proceed with a badger cull to address the problem of bovine TB that has led to the slaughtering of 25,000 cattle a year "at a cost of £63 million"... But if I read it right, the government's consultation paper said that, based upon the 10 years and £50m of research carried out, a cull could only expect to reduce bovine TB by a maximum of 20 per cent in areas where the cull was to be carried out, namely in areas of highest incidence.... Francis Kirkham, Nymet Rowland, Crediton (letter)

Oxford Mail 31.5.11 Racing is no way to treat a dog - I am writing about your article, “Oxford’s greyhound stadium named in race to find housing sites”... As a national non-profit greyhound protection organisation, Grey2K USA believes that dog racing is cruel and inhumane.... Caryn Wood Member, board of directors Grey2K USA, Somerville, Massachusetts (letter)

Argus 31.5.11 Sussex animal charities call on government to ban the use of performing animals in circuses - Dozens of animal charities have written to the government asking them to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Organisations including the RSPCA and Animal Aid are asking the Coalition to review the decision taken by Defra ministers not to prohibit beasts in the big top.... (story)

30.5.11

Horse & Hound 30.5.11 Farewell to lifelong hunt supporter Certhia Harden - Ellie Hughes - Lifelong hunt supporter and horsewomanCerthia Harden, passed away on 14 May,aged 94. Mrs Harden, of Kent hunted for 70 years, primarily with the East Sussex and Romney Marsh ... (story)

Yorkshire Post 30.5.11 Game fair spectacle draws the crowds - countryside enthusiasts flocked to the Yorkshire Game Fair at Harewood House, near Leeds, yesterday. The event, of which the Yorkshire Post is media partner, is making a name for itself as one of the best hunting, shooting and fishing fairs in the country... Among those taking part in displays was Martin Spilsbury, joint master and huntsman of Airedale Beagles, who led his set of beagles out of the main ring... (story)

BRADSHAW v SALVATORE LETTERS
Exeter Express & Echo 30.5.11 Shooting a deer would ruin my fun - I APOLOGISE to Dr John P Salvatore (Hunting is about the thrill of the chase, letters, May 25) for generalising when I said most of the fun in hunting comes from the chase rather than the kill.... That's one reason that I pursue them with dogs without killing them as soon as possible. If I shot the deer it would not only ruin its day but my fun too. Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.5.11 Many people care to protect wildlife - UNBELIEVABLE. Giles Bradshaw appears in the letters pages yet again... Wake up Mr Bradshaw! Nobody cares about your contrived breaking of the Hunting Act but a great many people do care that wild animals are not subjected to long chases by hounds bred for stamina not speed, purely in order to provide good 'sport'. Dr John P Salvatore Clyst Heath (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.5.11 Why does law force us to act cruelly? - BEING burgled can be a very distressing experience for a householder. Would it therefore make any sense at all for the law against burglary to have an exemption allowing people to break into houses but on condition that they shoot any householders they encounter?... Why then does the Hunting Act contain an exemption allowing people to use dogs to flush out wild mammals but only on condition that they then shoot them.... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.5.11 Hunting is about the thrill of the chase - ONCE again these pages have been subjected to the inane spouting of self-styled hunting apologist Giles Bradshaw... I suspect he will have infuriated many in the hunting fraternity by his open admission that the raison d'etre of hunting is the not the kill but the chase.... Dr John P Salvatore, Clyst Heath, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.5.11 Why Hunting Act just doesn't work - HARDLY any hunts have been prosecuted under the Hunting Act. In fact I am not sure that any hunts have been prosecuted for the activity that was the main target of the law – the hunting of foxes with a full pack of hounds... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 30.5.11 Letter from Philip Beaven - I USUALLY enjoy the letters from Mary Ratcliffe as they are usually well argued but when it comes to the monarchy she has lost all touch with reality... The last time I spoke to Mary Ratcliffe we were discussing and agreeing about the evils of hunting and people who kill animals for fun. My enduring image of William is, teeth bared, trying to run down an anti-hunt demonstrator and it is of Kate Middleton holding a gun, learning how to shoot deer. Nice people. PHILIP BEAVEN Merton Avenue Swindon (letter)

York Press 30.5.11 Gamekeeper David Welford fined for killing badger - A GAMEKEEPER from Ryedale has been fined after shooting a badger. David Stephen Welford, 43, of Thornthorpe, near Malton, pleaded guilty to wilfully killing the badger in September 2010, when he appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court.... (story)
Scarborough Evening News 27.5.11 Gamekeeper fined for wilfully killing badger - A GAMEKEEPER has been fined after admitting wilfully killing a badger. David Stephen Welford, 43, of Thornthorpe, Malton, was sentenced yesterday at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court following the incident in Laysikes Wood, Menethorpe, last September... Jean Thorpe, of Ryedale Badger Group, said she hoped the sentence would send out a message to others that such crimes would result in prosecution... (story)

South Wales Echo 30.5.11 Killing badgers won’t stop TB - I WOULD like to comment on Tom Butler’s letter on the Badger Cull (“The badger issue could account for the drop in Plaid’s vote”, May 13).... If badgers are killed, the fox population increases considerably and this leads to calls for a fox cull. Once foxes are taken out, the number of rodents increases... Nigel George, Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)
South Wales Echo 13.5.11 I would like to refer to my own letter “Why should we listen to you” (April 19)... I was one of the 84% of people responding to the Welsh consultation against a badger kill that Elin Jones, then Minister for Rural Affairs, ignored. It was no surprise that Elin Jones, the “architect” of the badger cull, had a considerably reduced majority in her constituency and the badger issue could be a reason why there was a reduced vote for Plaid throughout much of Wales in the election.... Tom Butler, Merthyr Tydfil (letter)
South Wales Echo 19.4.11 Why should we listen to you? - I WAS interested to read the letter “You can count on our promise” written by Chris Franks... All that sticks in my mind in the past four years is the undue haste of Plaid Cymru AM Elin Jones in forcing through the badger cull order within days of the dissolution of the coalition government... Tom Butler, Merthyr Tydfil (letter)

Sheffield Star 30.5.11 Stop using animals by researchers - Just as we know that huge investment in green technologies a few decades ago would have been the wisest course of action, the same can be said now of investing in replacement methods to the use of animals in medical experiments... Replacing animals in medical research needs real commitment not just lip service. The Dr Hadwen Trust has that commitment and I would like to thank those runners who raised money for this charity in Ecclesall Woods in the Run for ALL Life, also to Pure Gym for supporting the event.... Dawn Biram, S17 (story)

Independent 30.5.11 Pressure grows for circus ban on wild animals By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - MPs from all sides are to demand that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, drop his opposition to a ban on wild animals in circuses in what promises to be a highly charged debate in Parliament next week. The Labour MP Rob Flello has secured a 90-minute adjournment hearing in Westminster Hall next Wednesday at which dozens of Tory, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs are expected to join forces to put pressure on the Government to reverse its position.... (story)

Bolton News 30.5.11 Welfare of animals must top agenda - WITH regard to the article “Bolton North East MP David Crausby has written to David Cameron asking him to ban the use of wild animals in circuses”. It always is true to form that every now and then we get an MP putting on his animal rights hat and crying animal cruelty.... In 2007 we had the RSPCA’s Animal welfare Act introduced which has been an abysmal failure... So perhaps as with fox hunting it is just the personal dislike of some that sees selective criticism of animal well being.... Andrew Meads Safewings Wildlife Conservation Northants (letter)

29.5.11

Scotland on Sunday 29.5.11 Letters: Little evidence for raptor claims - DOUGLAS McAdam of the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association makes three statements which must be corrected (Debate, 22 May). Firstly, no science exists that proves the link between raptors... Thirdly, to say that "society cannot hide away from the abhorrent fact that golden eagles have been poisoned" is a bit rich as society knows where the blame lies and it is with shooting estates... How can Mr McAdam expect a change in the very law his industry continues to break with such regularity? Logan D Steele, Auchterarder
THE Scottish Rural Property and Business Association are not flying a kite, or any other avian raptor, in going to the SNP government to ask for a new licensing arrangement to kill birds of prey... The SNP seem totally enchanted with sporting estates, even supporting, snaring to kill non target species (aka "vermin"), and seem quite at ease with the exotic oligarchy of private and corporate land monopoly interests which comprise land tenure in Scotland... Ron Greer, Blair Atholl (letters)
Scotland on Sunday 22.5.11 Letter: Cool down the raptor debate - SCOTTISH sporting estates have received media interest following a BBC2 documentary, Fair Game?, a programme that was referred to in Scotland on Sunday's article 'Landowners demand right to cull protected birds' (News, 8 May)... In the view of many land managers and gamekeepers, common raptors such as buzzards and ravens have now reached excessive population levels and as a result are beginning to have a significant negative impact in some areas on both game birds and other protected wild birds such as waders, black cocks and songbirds, not to mention regular agricultural livestock such as lambs... Douglas McAdam, chief executive, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (letter)

28.5.11

EYFORD PLANT SALE
Cotswold Journal 28.5.11 Mum’s anger after fence gives her children shock - A COTSWOLD mother was horrified when two of her children suffered electric shocks at a top show near Stow on Sunday. Marianne Key, who lives near Moreton, had taken her three children to the Eyford Plant Sale, organised by The Countryside Alliance.... Mrs Key had taken her children to look at chickens on display when her eight-year-old son Alfred touched an electrified fence and was nearly knocked off his feet. His little sister, four-year-old Harriett, also touched it and received a shock. Mrs Key said: “It was horrifying. The children were crying and no-one would take any notice... (story)
ThisIsDorset 23.5.11 Gardeners flock to sale - Novelist Jilly Cooper opened a well-attended gardening event in the Cotswolds yesterday. She officially opened the plant sale at the Eyford Estate, near Stow-on-the-Wold... (story)
ThisIsGloucestershire 20.5.11 Author to open hunt's charity sale - HUNTS across the Cotswolds have dug deep to provide plants for a massive charity sale. Eight groups have gathered a dazzling array for keen gardeners visiting the Country House Plant Sale, at Eyford House, near Stow-on-the-Wold, on Sunday... (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 20.5.11 Hunt's plant sale to give heroes helping hand By Andrea Glennon - MEMBERS of eight hunts across the Cotswolds have amassed more than 25,000 plants to be sold at an event being opened by author Jilly Cooper on Sunday. The Countryside Alliance will be raising money for the alliance and for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) at the sale, which runs from 10am to 4pm at Eyford House in Stow-on-the-Wold... (story)
ThisIsGloucestershire 19.5.11 Jilly to open plant sale - NOVELIST Jilly Cooper will be the guest of honour at an event in Stow-on-the-Wold this weekend. Jilly will officially open a plant sale the Eyford Estate on Sunday at 10am. Around 25,000 plants will be on sale and all proceeds will go towards the Countryside Alliance and the Army Benevolent Fund.... (story)
Horticulture Week 16.5.11 Jilly Cooper to open Eyford Estate plant sale By Jonathan Tilley - Novelist Jilly Cooper is to open a plant sale at the Eyford Estate, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. The Eyford House Plant Sale, which will have 25,000 plants on offer, has been organised by a committee of local hunt members. It is intended to raise money for the Countryside Alliance and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity... (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 12.5.11 Peaceful demonstration in Stow-on-the-Wold By Andrea Glennon - A PEACEFUL demonstration will be held in Stow-on-the-Wold on Sunday against the Countryside Alliance's support of hunting. A group of people will be holding the demonstration at 10am during the Alliance's plant sale event at Eyford Park. The demonstration is in protest at the hunting of foxes, deer, hares and mink. A wreath will be laid to remember all the animals killed by hunts both before and after the hunting ban... (story)
Horse & Hound 13.4.11 Hunts tend plants for bumper plant sale - Jess Morris - Eight local hunts have provided the 25,000 plants that will be sold at Eyford House Plant Sale to raise money for the Countryside Alliance and ABF The Soldiers Charity. And novelist Jilly Cooper will guest of honour at the event in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire on 22 May. All the plants on sale have been tended by member of the Cotswold, North Cotswold, Heythrop, Old Berks, Beaufort, Warwickshire, Berkeley and VWH hunts.... (story)
Country Life 7.4.11 England’s Favourite House: the winner - The winner of our competition to find England’s favourite house is finally revealed - Eyford takes the crown of England's Favourite House... The formal gardens, designed in Arts-and-Crafts style, then reworked by Graham Stuart Thomas for Sir Cyril in 1976 and, later, for Mrs Heber-Percy, are beautiful but manageable. Just as captivating are the woodland and little valleys that, Mr Uloth says, are perfect for a family shoot-adding to the considerable sporting appeal of being situated in the Heythrop Hunt's Saturday country... Mrs Heber-Percy and Mrs Prest will be hosting a giant plant sale in aid of the ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Countryside Alliance at Eyford on Sunday, May 22, from 10am to 4pm.... (story)

ThisIsDevon 28.5.11 Clubs encourage all-comers to help celebrate National Shooting Week - Today sees the launch of National Shooting Week, with a number of clubs across the Westcountry offering people the chance to try their hand at the sport's various disciplines. The event, organised by The Countryside Alliance, aims to get people, keen to try shooting but unsure of how to start, to book a lesson at their local shooting ground.... (story)

Cherwell 28.5.11 Animals rights protests rumble on - Vere Harmsworth Library closed due to animal rights protest on Saturday - Amelia Kaufman - A protest was held on Saturday continuing the fight against animal research procedures such as vivisection at Oxford. On Saturday the group reconvened once again holding loudspeakers and signs with images of animals and sayings such as ‘Vivisection is morally wrong’ outside the Vere Harmsworth Library where six security guards were posted... Animal rights activist and Oxford alumnus Sir David Madden told Cherwell,“The 1986 vivisection act came into law 25 years ago. It looked to and promoted the reduction and finally the ending of experiments on animals... (story)

Telegraph 28.5.11 Kate Humble receives threats over Lambing Live - Kate Humble, the wildlife presenter, was threatened by animal activists over her reports for BBC Two programme Lambing Live, she has disclosed. By Victoria Ward - She said the abusive feedback came in a letter sent in following an episode of the show, which is billed as “the life and death drama of lambing”. She said: “I had somebody write into Lambing Live and say, ‘I hope Kate Humble is forced to give birth live on air and then her child is killed for meat.’”.... (story)

Bristol Evening Post 28.5.11 Rhythm and greens at veggie fest - ONE of the biggest vegetarian events in Europe began in Bristol last night, and has brought with it some major players from the world of music. VegfestUK, a three-day event on the Harbourside, is still free to enter today and tomorrow and takes place between 11am to 5pm... Tim Barford, founder of the festival, told the Evening Post that one of the weekend's highlights was today's headline act, The Selecter ... Films will also be shown hosted by Bristol Animal Rights Collective.... (story)

27.5.11

NATIONAL WILDLIFE CRIMES UNIT CALLS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF HUNTING ACT
ThisIsGloucestershire 27.5.11 Police called to rout out illegal hunting - OFFICERS should clamp down more on illegal hunting in Gloucestershire as a "priority of focus", says a national police unit tasked with countryside crimes.... But county hunts have roundly refuted the claims that the county is a hotbed of illegal hunting and stressed most prosecutions were of poachers, not organised hunts. Cotswold Hunt secretary Richard Merrett said: "As far as we're concerned all our hunting activities are done within the law... (story)
Western Daily Press 26.5.11 Police told: Get tough on hunting - Police forces in the West should regard enforcing the hunting ban as a 'priority of focus', according to a national police unit tasked with tackling countryside crimes. The police's own National Wildlife Crimes Unit, in its annual strategic review, has made the call because a disproportionately high number of reports of illegal hunting come from the West, with forces in Gloucestershire and Somerset particularly busy dealing with claims.... Sara Rutherford, Gloucestershire's hunt spokeswoman for the Countryside Alliance, said the only reason allegations of illegal hunting were higher in the county and in the South West as a whole was because the region was the only place with regular anti-hunt monitors... (story)
ThisIsDevon 20.5.11 South West a hotspot for hunting with dogs, reports policing unit - Fox hunting is "predominantly a problem" in the South West and should be a priority for local police forces, according to the National Wildlife Crime Unit. The policing unit, currently funded by a number of bodies including the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said a third of reports of "suspicious" hunting behaviour came from the region. Those reports were made by the League Against Cruel Sports... . Alison Hawes, from the Countryside Alliance, said there had been no prosecutions or charges brought against any member of a hunt during the last season. "This is the only area where the league have activity," she said. "Therefore if they can't produce any evidence from last season then it just goes to show that we are not a problem."... (story)

ThisIsDorset 27.5.11 'Cowgirl' part of an exciting bill of events at Country Fair - THOUSANDS of townspeople and visitors from across the West Country will converge on Sherborne Castle for the annual Bank Holiday Monday Country Fair... The Parade of Hounds features packs from Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Foxhounds, Pimperne and Royal Signals Beagles, New Forest Beagles, Chinkaed and Meon Valley Beagles, Wiltshire and Infantry Beagles, and Ryecroft Chase Rabbit Hounds.... (story)

Yorkshire Post 27.5.11 Simon Hamlyn: A mouthwatering taster for country sports - POT-roasted pheasant with cider and celeriac, venison kebabs with yoghurt and cucumber marinade, rabbit lasagne, pheasant curry... feeling hungry yet? The popularity of wild game meat shows no sign of abating... The Countryside Alliance Foundation, our charitable arm, has been working very effectively – along with others – in the past few years to promote game meat to a wide audience through its game-to-eat campaign, with impressive results... (story)

Guardian 27.5.11 Gamekeeper with huge cache of bird poison fined £3,300 - Dean Barr had more than 10kg of carbofuran in his possession, enough 'to kill every bird of prey in Scotland six times over - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - A gamekeeper at an exclusive Highland resort has admitted storing the largest amount seized to date of a banned pesticide widely used to killbirds of prey. Dean Barr, the sporting manager at Skibo estate near Inverness, was fined £3,300 at Inverness sheriff court after he admitted possessing more than 10kg of the pesticide carbofuran... (story)
Scotsman 27.5.11 Gamekeeper kept enough poison to kill every bird of prey in Scotland six times over By Frank Urquhart - The gamekeeper on the exclusive Highland estate where Madonna married Guy Ritchie was found with enough supplies of a banned poison to wipe out every bird of prey in Scotland six times over, it was revealed yesterday... (story)
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser 26.5.11 Gamekeeper fined for banned poison - A shoot manager on a well-known Highland estate has been fined £3,300 for possessing more than 10kg of a highly toxic banned pesticide. Dean Barr, 44, was caught with Carbofuran - made illegal in the UK in 2001 - following a police investigation which led them to search the Skibo Estate in east Sutherland.... (story)

Scotsman 27.5.11 £1,500 fine for dead red kite - A GAMEKEEPER has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of possessing a dead red kite since the species was reintroduced to the country 22 years ago. James Rolfe, who worked on the Moy estate in Invernessshire, was fined £1,500 at Inverness Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to the crime, committed in June last year... (story)

BBC News Online 27.5.11 Superfast broadband verdict 'historic' for Norfolk - The decision for Norfolk to have a £60m superfast broadband network by 2015 has been described as "historic" by the leader of the county council.... Sarah Lee, head of policy for The Countryside Alliance Foundation, said: "We welcome this new funding package but it is important that there is competitive rollout of broadband services."... (story)

Farmers Guardian 27.5.11 Rabbit farm plans pulled by owner - PLANS to build two intensive rabbit farms in Nottinghamshire have been shelved by the owner. As FG reported earlier this month, farmer Philip Kerry, who owns T&S Nurseries in Grantham, submitted plans to build six barns across the country housing up to 1,000 rabbits in each.... “PETA supporters sent more than 1,600 letters of objection to Rushcliffe Borough Council opposing the applications for the facilities, which would have meant severe suffering for thousands of rabbits,” said spokeswoman Sandra Smiley ... (story)
Nottingham Post 27.5.11 Rushcliffe rabbit farms application withdrawn - PLANNING applications for two large rabbit farms in Notts have been withdrawn. Philip Kerry, of Grantham-based T & S Nurseries, wanted to build two rabbit-breeding farms in East Bridgford and Granby. Some local residents and campaign groups Viva! and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) opposed the plans, with the latter sending 1,600 letters of objection to Rushcliffe Borough Council... (story)

Independent 27.5.11 MPs praise 'Independent' campaign on circus animals By Andrew Grice, Political Editor - Pressure is mounting on the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Eleven MPs have signed a Commons motion praising The Independent's campaign and petition against the practice... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 27.5.11 Love of animals wins teen award - EXETER teenager Chris Ware has been given an award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)... PETA spokesman Sandra Smiley said: "He loves all animals, especially his two rescued cats. In his next action for animals, the 14-year-old will rollerblade the full length of Exmouth Esplanade in Devon sporting a chicken costume."... (story)
Exmouth Journal 19.5.11 Rollerblading chicken in charity challenge - Sean Keywood - A rollerblading chicken will be speeding along Exmouth seafront next weekend to raise money for vulnerable animals. Chris Ware, 14, will be doing a sponsored rollerblade for four miles up and down the Esplanade on May 29, while dressed up as Buglet the Chicken.. Chris will be raising money for Tower Hill Stables animal sanctuary in Essex. He is a youth contact for animal rights campaign group Evolve and, as well as being a strict vegan, is committed to raising money for animal care..... (story)

Argus 27.5.11 RSPCA raids Sussex animal rescue charity By Anna Roberts - Scores of seagulls have been seized by the RSPCA from a charity which cares for the birds. The seaside birds were taken from Sussex-based National Gull Rescue and Protection Charity amid rumours of mistreatment of the creatures. The gull charity, which was founded and run by Tim McKenzie and is the only one of its kind in the UK, shut suddenly in April.... (story)

26.5.11

Essex Echo 26.5.11 Please don’t feed the island’s foxes By Max Orbach - ANIMAL lovers are being warned to stop feeding Canvey’s foxes because they are causing a serious health risk. Frustrated residents have claimed hundreds of the animals have made their home on the island and the situation is getting worse because people are leaving food out for them... (story)

Bristol Evening Post 26.5.11 Welcome to a healthier life - N obody could accuse Tim Barford of not practising what he preaches. For the past 10 months, the organiser of this weekend's VegFest 2011 festival has been following a strict detox regime that has seen him give up alcohol, coffee and eat a 100 per cent raw food vegan diet....(story)

25.5.11

Plymouth Herald 25.5.11 Greyhound week HELEN STEVENS South Devon Greyhound Action Plymouth (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.5.11 Do your bit to help rescue greyhounds - THIS week is national Greyhound Awareness Week, a special time held every year when greyhound lovers across the UK hold events in their local areas to highlight the terrible plight of the racing greyhound... Helen Stevens, South Devon Greyhound Action a target=main href="http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/bit-help-rescue-greyhounds/article-3589613-detail/article.html">(letter)

FOSTON PIG FARM PLANNING OBJECTIONS
Derby Telegraph 25.5.11 Council's decision not to object to pig farm is branded 'ludicrous' By Chris Mallett - A DECISION by South Derbyshire District Council not to object to plans for a large pig farm has been called "ludicrous" by campaigners against the proposal.... Sue Weston, 43, who lives next door to the site with her family, said the decision was "absolutely ludicrous"... Animal rights group Viva says it does not believe such a large farm will properly look after the animals' welfare.... (story)
Burton Mail 24.5.11 Anger as planning paper points to pig farm nod by HELEN KREFT - AN animal rights protester has revealed his surprise at news a council committee is unlikely to object to proposals for a controversial pig farm. Roger Swain, a member of Derby Animal Rights Group, spoke after South Derbyshire District Council planners recommended that no objection be raised to a 28-hectare pig farm in Foston... (story)
Derby Telegraph 19.5.11 Animal-rights group stages protest against pig-farm plans - AN animal rights group brought its mascot, Piggles, to Derbyshire to protest against controversial plans for a giant pig farm.... Justin Kerswell, campaign manager for animal welfare group Viva, said about 25 local residents and animal rights activists attended.... (story)
Uttoxeter Advertiser 18.5.11 Protest against massive pig plant comes to town By Jenny Moody - ANIMAL rights campaigners have taken to the streets of Uttoxeter to get their message heard — and have been heartened by the response from the townsfolk. William Maxwell and Roger Swaine, of Derby Animal Rights, set up a stand in The Maltings asking people to sign a petition against a pig farm planned for Foston... (story)
Derby Telegraph 16.5.11 Pig farm plans still cause a stink with objectors - DERBYSHIRE County Council has so far registered more than 60 objections against a controversial pig farm proposed for Foston.... (story)
Burton Mail 13.5.11 Protesters find support as pig farm deadline ends by HELEN KREFT - ONE of the most controversial planning issues in South Derbyshire could soon be decided after the deadline for objections ended today. Midland Pig Producers (MPP) first applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to build a 30-acre pig farm on land adjacent to Foston Prison... Derby Animal Rights group handed in 1,000 hand-written objections to county hall and on Wednesday collected 166 signed objections in Uttoxeter. Roger Swain, a member of the animal rights group, said: “Uttoxeter was certainly quieter than Derby last Saturday when we did the same thing, but the strength of feeling against the proposed factory farm was much greater... (story)
Uttoxeter Post & Times 9.5.11 Animal rights group voices pig farm fears - ANIMAL rights organisation PETA is calling on people to object to controversial plans for a pig farm near Foston. Midland Pig Producers plans to use slurry from the farm, which could house up to 25,000 animals, to generate electricity for the National Grid... (story)
Derby Telegraph 2.5.11 Animal rights group calls for pig farm objections - ANIMAL rights organisation PETA is calling on people to object to plans for a controversial pig farm near Foston. Midland Pig Producers plans to use slurry from the farm, which could house up to 25,000 animals, to generate electricity for the National Grid.... So far, 59 people have objected to the plans as part of the new consultation. One from Miss C Yorke, of Teasel Drive, Woodville, says the farm could be bad for people's health. It says: "Crowding animals into unnatural conditions provides the perfect breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. These intensive systems of agriculture threaten the global environment and public health."... (story)
Derby Telegraph 28.4.11 Animal activists protest over plans for pig farm - ANIMAL rights activists opposing plans to build a giant pig farm near Foston protested against the plans in Derby yesterday. Members of Derby Animal Rights Group also collected signatures for a petition against the proposed development from Midland Pig Producers... Group member Roger Swaine was among the protesters.... (story)
Uttoxeter Post & Times 25.4.11 Activists kick up stink over plan for pig farm - BATTLE lines have been drawn again after a company re-applied to build a pig farm near Foston. Midland Pig Producers plans to use slurry from 2,500 animals housed at the 67-acre site to generate electricity for the National Grid. But animal rights activists say they will fight the plans.... Justin Kerswell, campaign manager for animal welfare group Viva, said a protest was "very possible", but unlikely to involve picketing the land... (story)

Bolton News 25.5.11 Ban needed on wild animals used in circuses - I AM sure everyone was revolted by recent film showing mistreatment of a circus elephant. I was, therefore, shocked by news of the Government’s decision not to ban wild animals from performing in circuses... David Sharples Breightmet (letter)

24.5.11

Brighton Argus 24.5.11 Something must be done to put an end to animal cruelty - I FEEL I must comment on three animal cruelty stories I read in The Argus last week. These articles appeared on three consecutive days; May 11 to May 13. The first was on “Airgun Thugs Targeting Seagulls” – a sad-looking herring gull with a bloodied head and neck was pictured showing the injuries caused. It really does seem that, until airguns are restricted to authorised gun clubs, they will continue to be misused... Gloria Wheatcroft, The Drive, Hove (letter)

Western Morning News 24.5.11 We still haven't made a decision on culling of badgers, says Government - The Government has reiterated that no decision has been made on sanctioning a cull of sick badgers to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cattle. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been forced to clarify its position following media speculation suggesting a U-turn... (story)

Western Mail 24.5.11 Badger cull will not curb TB in cattle, says Springwatch star - Kate Whiting, Western Mail - CULLING badgers is scientifically proven to be ineffective in reducing the spread of bovine TB, a high-profile naturalist has warned. Television presenter Chris Packham, who is opposed to the cull, made the claim ahead of the new series of popular programme Springwatch, which he will front. His co-presenter Kate Humble, who is also against a badger cull, said a solution must be found, adding that the issue was “not a welfare issue, [but] an economic one”.... (story)

Formby Times 24.5.11 You helped us - THE National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), founded in 1875, is the world’s premier group dedicated to bringing attention to the cruel, wasteful and unnecessary experiments performed on laboratory animals... As part of World Lab Animal Week (April 17-24), a street collection to raise funds for our important work was held in Formby and our collector, Ms Anita Berry, collected £66... Jan Creamer, Animal Defenders International (letter)

Hull & East Riding Mail 24.5.11 Ban animals in circuses - BOBBY Roberts Circus decision to release their last exotic animal makes the Government decision not to ban circus animals more disgraceful and baffling considering it had a large number of MPs calling for one... S. Broom, Apollo Walk, Ings Road Estate, Hull (letter)

Oxford Mail 24.5.11 Barbaric tradition should be stopped - While it is commendable that the media has shown great sympathy for the plight of the pod of pilot whales in Scotland, this is in sharp contrast to the complete silence with regard to reporting the annual massacre of thousands of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands.... This is happening in the 21st century in a European country, but it seems that any barbarity in the treatment of animals, no matter how horrendous, can always be excused in the name of tradition. Sharon Hopkins, Templar Road, North Oxford (letter)

23.5.11

Guardian 23.5.11 Hare today, gone tomorrow? - Researchers are on the hunt for Ireland's native hares, which are under threat from their European cousin - Andrew Mourant - Irish hares entertain many a visitor to the country with their antics at airports. They have been known to venture on to the runway and pursue aircraft during take-off... Recently the Northern Ireland Assembly banned hare coursing, the sport in which hares are chased, and sometimes killed, by greyhounds. Few doubt the good intent, yet Queen's zoologist Dr Neil Reid, who has studied the Irish hare's ecology for seven years, reckons it is a bad move. Reid has found that Irish hares appear to thrive far better in areas run by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) than in similar countryside elsewhere... (story)

East London Advertiser 23.5.11 Circus attacked by animal rights protesters - Performers at Zippo’s circus, currently at Mile End’s Wennington Green, woke up this morning to find their Big Top circus tent and one of their circus trucks covered in graffiti... (story)

Leicester Mercury 23.5.11 Eating a little less meat could help the planet - George Dryden highlights some of the problems the world faces as a result of our diet It's National Vegetarian Week (May 23 to 29).... Just for the record, though, most of us who avoid meat for ethical reasons see it as a personal choice, not an excuse to browbeat and badger..... (story)

22.5.11

Sunday Telegraph 22.5.11 London’s parakeets are marked out for culling - The latest wildlife victims on the culling list are parakeets, 90 per cent of which live around London... Badgers are also on the Defra hit list... Crows and magpies are victims of vicious culling, and it beggars belief that landowners will be allowed to kill them in order to protect their game birds, which are released for the so-called sport of shooting them while in flight.... G E Fitzgerald, Billericay, Essex (letter)

21.5.11

STAN LUCKHURST
Horse & Hound 21.5.11 Farewell to legendary huntsman Stanley Luckhurst - The legendary huntsman died on Tuesday, 26 April, a few days before turning 77. He joined hunt service with the Ashford Valley immediately after leaving school. In 1955 he joined the West Kent and became huntsman in 1967, a position he held until amalgamation with the Old Surrey and Burstow in 1999... (story)
Telegraph 20.5.11 Stan Luckhurst - Stan Luckhurst, who died on April 26 aged 76, remained with the same hunt – the West Kent – throughout his working life, and was its huntsman for a remarkable 32 seasons.... Stan left the local village school at 15, when he was taken on by the Ashford Valley as second horseman... On returning to civilian life, Luckhurst went to the West Kent Hunt as kennelman in 1955. In 1957 he was promoted to second whipper-in and stud groom, and in 1962 was appointed kennel huntsman and first whipper-in, beginning his training in hound management... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 21.5.11 Falconer brings 'sport of kings' to masses - A Devon falconer treated show crowds to a unique and stunning display of medieval hunting techniques. Jonathan Marshall wowed the audience, riding his Arab stallion, Salvador, as a golden eagle swooped down at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.... (story)

RAMSGATE LIVE EXPORTS
Kent on Saturday 21.5.11 Thanet council says its hands are tied over animal exports from Ramsgate port - A former Soviet tank carrier is to begin the transportation of live animals through Ramsgate port – reigniting mass opposition from Kent's animal rights campaigners. Thanet District Council, which runs the port, was faced with legal action unless it allowed live exports to begin after receiving an application from an unnamed company wanting to transport livestock.... (story)
ThisIsKent 18.5.11 Green Party call on Thanet council to oppose return of live animal exports from Ramsgate port - THE Kent Green Party has called on Thanet council to find ways to oppose the starting of live animal exports fromRamsgate port.... Kent Green Party's animal rights campaigns officer Steve Campkin (COR) said it was the failure of successive governments to ban the trade that was to blame but added: "The return of live exports from Ramsgate would be a step backwards for animal rights in this country.... (story)
BBC News Online 17.5.11 Live animal exports 'to start from Port of Ramsgate' - Shipments of live animals are to pass through the Port of Ramsgate despite the opposition of the port's owners. Thanet District Council, which runs the Kent port, said an unnamed company is due to start exporting to Europe. Mark Seed, from the council, said it objected on "moral grounds" but because it was an "open port" the council had no powers to ban the trade... (story)
Thanet Gazette 29.4.11 Live animal exports from council port - THE Port of Ramsgate is likely to allow the export of live animals to the Continent, the Isle of Thanet Gazette can reveal. An e-mail to a concerned animal welfare group from Thanet council's commercial services manager Mark Seed said the local authority was "under threat of legal action" to allow the service... Describing the transportation as "like baked beans, only live animals", he said: "We provide a berth for a boat and the ability to have a loading quay. We've been told in no uncertain terms that is the only role we play.... (story)

20.5.11

Financial Times 20.5.11 Hunting … with the FT By Charty Dugdale - Early morning in the Nilgiri hills in southern India is cool and misty. It is not difficult to see why “Ooty”, a hill station 180 miles from Bangalore, became one of the favoured refuges from the sapping heat of the plains during the British Raj. Its temperate appeal endures today among Indians. So, too, does one of its more colourful traditions. In its 166th season, the Ootacamund Hunt Club is thriving under the management of the Indian military college in the nearby cantonment of Wellington. Hunting was officially banned in India in the 1970s during Indira Gandhi’s time as prime minister but the Ooty has continued to operate as a drag hunt. It is the only English-style chase still in existence east of the Suez Canal.... The rider in front waves his arm towards a large, tan foxhound with its nose to the ground. “Look! See, there’s Shepherd, he’s leading the pack!” cries Lieutenant Colonel Ashok Rathor, the dashing honorary secretary of the hunt. (I know this old English foxhound. Seven years earlier, I had a hand in bringing him from the Hurwurth Hunt in North Yorkshire to southern India to add new blood to a dissipating canine bloodline.)... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 20.5.11 Call for airgun reclassification - IN view of the latest airgun attack on a young cat, surely it is now time to put airguns in tha same category as other guns and class them as dangerous weapons?... MRS H LEWIS, Chandler’s Ford. (letter)

The Sentinel 20.5.11 Clay pigeon shoot to aid children's hospice - EXPERIENCED shooters and newcomers are being invited to a fund-raising clay pigeon shoot. The 50-bird shoot at Baldwins Gate Gun Club, off the A51, will take place on Sunday, May 29. Entry into the competition will cost £25 per competitor, which will cover cartridges and clays, with all proceeds going to the Donna Louise Children's Hospice.... (story)

Bromsgrove Advertiser 20.5.11 Sorry to hear of dog's death - AS AN international greyhound protection organisation, we were very sad to hear of Violet's accident and death, and send our heartfelt condolences to Sam, her owner... The greyhounds who go into a greyhound rescue kennels, and find loving homes, are the lucky ones. Tragically, thousands of greyhounds continue to be put to death every year when no longer of use for racing... Eva Hopkins, Press Office, Action For Greyhounds (letter)

Daily Mail 20.5.11 Outfoxed: Sonic waves, water pistols, lion poo - can anything stop and urban fox hounding your pet dog? By JUDITH SUMMERS - As it turns midnight, I’m hiding in my garden behind a tall camellia bush, clutching a weapon. My targets: four villains hiding on the other side of the fence... And the villains? A vixen and her three cubs. They may look cute in photographs but, as every British farmer knows, foxes are canny predators that show no mercy. In this case, the prey they’re after is my 13-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel George, whom the vixen has been terrorising for months... Wildlife experts insist foxes never attack domestic pets, but that is simply wrong. In the past four months, our local vixen has made three totally unprovoked attacks on George, a coward of a dog who’s terrified by the sight of a distant Chihuahua... The local council has been no help... they directed me to The Fox Project, a charity which rehabilitates foxes back into the wild. But rather than advising people how to keep mangy foxes out of their gardens, the charity’s website suggests ways of treating their mange with homeopathic remedies, disguised in honey sandwiches... (story)

Irish Independent 20.5.11 Tidy Towns board in mink cull to protect waterfowl - AS THOUSANDS of Tidy Towns volunteers put out flower boxes and clean up streets in preparation for judging, one committee has begun a unique initiative by killing feral mink. Athlone Tidy Towns Committee in Co Westmeath decided to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) when they noticed a decline in waterfowl in the area... (story)

Newcastle Journal 20.5.11 Newcastle University loses animal testing data row by Joanne Butcher, The Journal - ANIMAL rights campaigners have won a legal battle against Newcastle University over controversial animal testing data. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) launched action after a failed Freedom of Information request on experiments carried out at Newcastle University.... (story)

INDEPENDENT CIRCUS CAMPAIGN
Independent 20.5.11 Coalition attacked over wild animal circus ban failure By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - The Coalition was attacked by politicians from all three main parties in an emergency Commons debate yesterday over its failure to ban wild animals in circuses... (story)
Independent 16.5.11 Former adviser attacks circus animals 'failure' By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - The Government's failure to ban wild animals in circuses has been criticised by a former expert adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Raymond Ings, a specialist in elephant welfare who served on Defra's Zoos Forum for eight years, described the decision as "completely barking mad".... (story)
Independent on Sunday 15.5.11 Twitter leads to thousands signing circuses petition By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - A campaign by animal lovers on Twitter has led to thousands of people signing The Independent’s online petition calling for a ban on tigers and lions in circuses... (story)
Independent 13.5.11 Government rejects ban on wild animals in circuses By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - The Coalition government today rejected a ban on wild animals in circuses in favour of a new licensing regime.... (story)
Independent 13.5.11 Circus animal ban is held up as ministers wobble over legal risks By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Ministers appear to be wobbling over banning wild animals in circuses, after a campaign byThe Independent. The Government had been expected to announce that it was abandoning its previous support for a ban and instead opting for a system of self-regulation. But at Commons question time yesterday, the Animal Welfare minister failed to announce voluntary regulation. Instead, he said the Government was concerned about a potential legal challenge to introducing a ban on wild animals in the big top... (story)
Independent 11.5.11 Campaign to ban wild circus animals wins huge public support By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - An overwhelming majority of the public backs a ban on wild animals performing in circuses. A total of 71 per cent favour a ban, with 21 per cent opposed and 7 per cent saying they don't know, according to an opinion poll commissioned by The Independent.... (story)
Independent 10.5.11 10,000 back Independent circus animals petition By Martin Hickman - Four days after its launch more than 10,000 people have signed the Independent’s petition calling on the Government to ban circuses from using wild animals... (story)
Independent 9.5.11 Ministers under pressure over failure to ban circus animals By Martin Hickman - Government ministers are to be put under pressure in Parliament this week over their failure to bring forward plans to ban wild animals performing in circuses. Labour frontbenchers intend to raise the lack of progress in announcing the measure at environment questions in the Commons on Thursday... The RSPCA, British Veterinary Association, Born Free Foundation and Captive Animals' Protection Society are all backing The Independent's campaign... (story)
Independent 9.5.11 Professor Donald Broom: Trainers use pain and fear to teach extreme tricks - Elephants are trained to be ridden using a knife pushed into the neck if they do not obey, or when the rider feels at risk... (story)
Independent on Sunday 8.5.11 Over 6,000 people sign circuses petition online By Martin Hickman - Internet users have given strong backing toThe Independent's campaign calling for a ban on wild animals performing in circuses. More than 6,000 people had signed our petition urging the Government to announce a ban, while hundreds have posted messages of support on our website, Facebook page and on Twitter... (story)
Independent 7.5.11 Thousands back call to ban wild animals in circuses By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Thousands of people have backed The Independent's call for a ban on wild animals performing in circuses... (story)
Independent 6.5.11 Actress gives backing to campaign to ban wild animals performing in circuses By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Virginia McKenna, the actress who played the conservationist Joy Adamson in the film ‘Born Free’, has given her backing to The Independent’s campaign to ban wild animals from circuses... (story)
Independent 6.5.11 No 10 blocks plan to ban wild animals performing in circuses - Campaigners' hopes are set to be dashed as Government opts instead for self-regulation By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Downing Street has blocked plans by ministers to ban lions, tigers and other wild animals from performing in circuses, according to animal welfare groups. For 12 months ministers at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have repeatedly indicated their support for stopping wild animals performing tricks in the big top, but No 10, which wishes to reduce Government regulation, is understood to have vetoed the decision during the past fortnight... (story)

Blackpool Gazette 20.5.11 Anger over animals circus ban U-turn By Alex Ross - ANIMAL rights campaigners today reacted with anger to a Government U-turn to protect circus animals... Mandy Leigh, from Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, in St Annes, said: “The one thing I can say is I’m totally and utterly disgusted... (story)

York Press 20.5.11 Animal abuse? THANKS to Animal Defenders for exposing the cruel treatment of the elephants in the movie Water For Elephants... Angela Summers, Leeds Road, Selby (letter)

Warwick Courier 20.5.11 Animal sanctuary needs help to ward off threat of closure By Jamie Smith - THE owners of a farm that looks after injured and unwanted animals are making an impassioned plea for funding to keep them going. Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Wolverton, near Norton Lindsey has been running for nearly 25 years but is now threatened with closure... Manager Carole Webb said: “The woman that does the main fundraising is in her 80s. She has been taken ill and has had to stop which has put everything hanging in the balance... (story)

19.5.11

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 19.5.11 Having a hoot at Pickering Game And Country Fair - WISE owls knew the best place for country folk and country lovers to be this weekend – at the Pickering Game And Country Fair... The fair included displays and demonstrations of many country skills and activities such as archery, clay shooting, sheep-shearing, flycasting, chainsaw carving and rural crafts and featured birds of prey including owls, a gundog scurry, a parade of hounds, ferret racing, heavy horses and rare breed exhibitions... (story)

Leicester Mercury 19.5.11 Confusing two hunting pictures - Duncan Lucas ("Why were black arm bands worn?", Mr Leicester, May 16) has confused two separate pictures, each by the pre-eminent hunting artist of the first part of the 20th century, Lionel Edwards.... Joe Cowen, Joint Master, Fernie Hunt (letter)

Leicester Mercury 16.5.11 Why were black arm bands worn? - While on his travels, Duncan Lucas, of Wigston Magna, stopped in Tetbury and visited an art exhibition in the ancient market hall there. He says: "I was asked where I was from and on the reply Leicestershire... They had a painting signed 'Fernie Hunt Sheep Thorns Leicestershire 1928'. The huntsmen had black arm bands on, why I don't know!... (story)

Derby Telegraph 19.5.11 Shooters aim to help hospice - EXPERIENCED shooters and newcomers to the sport are being invited to a fund-raising clay pigeon shoot. The 50-bird shoot at Baldwins Gate Gun Club, off the A51, will take place on Sunday, May 29. Entry into the competition will cost £25 per competitor, which will cover cartridges and clays, with all proceeds going to the Donna Louise Children's Hospice... (story)

Flintshire Chronicle 19.5.11 Flintshire residents invited to countryside day in Holywell by Dave Goodban, Flintshire Chronicle - A NEW countryside festival launches this weekend with a remit to close the gap between town and country. The Denbigh & Flint Countryside Day is being held at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell, on Sunday (May 22)... Initial festival costs are being covered by the Countryside Alliance (CA) Foundation, and Barry Henderson, who works for the foundation, said the line-up had come together nicely.... (story)

Daily Post 19.5.11 Farm bloggers denounce Viva! biosecurity stunt by Andrew Forgrave, DPW West - APPARENT biosecurity lapses by farmers have been filmed at three Welsh livestock markets in a bovine TB hotspot. Animal welfare group Viva! has sent its findings to First Minister Carwyn Jones urging him to stop plans for a trial cull of badgers in west Wales. Footage filmed at Carmarthen market on March 30 showed 97% of visitors ignoring signs asking them to dip their boots in a foot bath.... (story)

Croydon Advertiser 19.5.11 Drivers warned that foraging badgers are at risk - Motorists are being urged to remain vigilant along a Selsdon road after a spate of badger deaths.... Ray Ings, from the East Surrey Badger Protection Society, says the group is getting regular reports of the nocturnal creatures being hit by cars.... (story)

Mail 19.5.11 Banning wild animals from circuses could breach Human Rights, claims Minister - Banning the use of wild animals in circuses could be in breach of the Human Rights Act, a junior minister claimed today. To howls of laughter from the Labour benches, environment minister Jim Paice said a case was being prepared by the European Circuses Association against the Austrian government after it banned the use of performing animals.... (story)
Telegraph 19.5.11 Wild animals cannot drag Jim Paice to ban them from circuses - Our legislators are so enfeebled that they cannot ban wild animals from circuses. Jim Paice said the Government is afraid it will be sued under the Human Rights Act if it dares to bring in such a ban. By Andrew Gimson - Mr Paice, an agriculture minister who sounds like one of the less cheery characters from Cold Comfort Farm, also claimed a case is being brought by the European Circus Association against the Austrian government, after Austria banned wild animals from circuses... (story)
BBC News Online 19.5.11 Circus wild animal ban 'could breach human rights' - MPs have jeered a minister who suggested banning wild animals in circuses could breach human rights law. To howls of laughter, Jim Paice said legal advice suggested a total ban "might well be seen as disproportionate action" under the Human Rights Act.... (story)

Newcastle Chronicle 19.5.11 Animal campaigners stage protest over circus by Vicky Robson, Evening Chronicle - ANIMAL rights campaigners stage a protest outside a circus. The demonstration was against the touring Bobby Roberts Super Circus, in Blaydon, Gateshead... Protesters from the Newcastle Animal Rights group gathered at the Blaydon Rugby Club, where the show is being held, last night... Jonathan Proctor, of Newcastle Animal Rights, said: “We demanded that the rugby club cancel its contract with the circus, but they refused to do so... (story)
Newcastle Chronicle 17.5.11 Bobby Roberts Super Circus faces protests by Dan Warburton - A CIRCUS at the centre of an animal cruelty row will face demonstrations on Tyneside. Bobby Roberts Super Circus was investigated by police after footage emerged of a retired elephant being attacked.... (story)

Derby Telegraph 19.5.11 Join campaign to urge PM to circus animal ban - THE issue of banning animals in circuses is being debated in the House of Commons and we are close to a ban being introduced... Anyone wanting to secure a ban is being asked to write to David Cameron. Time is of the essence... Dawn Spencer Dovedale Crescent Belper (letter)

Bolton News 19.5.11 ‘Red tape’ saves our countryside - A Cartmell Little Leve (letter)
Bolton News 11.5.11 Wildlife ‘red tape’ - WITH little notice or publicity our government has branded protection for the conservation, wildlife and countryside as “red tape”. Unless we organise a big outcry, we could see laws scrapped that protect wild birds... Alwynne Cartmell Little Lever (letter)

18.5.11

EARL OF ONSLOW
Mail 18.5.11 Earl of Onslow dies at 73: The non-PC lord who refused to toe ANY party line By QUENTIN LETTS - Parliament has just lost a good ’un. The Earl of Onslow was a hereditary peer who wore pink bow-ties and black pinstripes, recited classical historians, and whose musical tastes included ‘rap, ambient house, acid jazz, jungle and thrash metal’.... He could be witheringly funny. ‘The Church of England,’ he once said, ‘entered the 20th century opposed to buggery and in favour of fox hunting. By the start of the 21st century it had reversed its position.’... Yet, even at the end, his raffish twinkle remained. His pallor may have been grey from cancer, but his spirit was indomitably florid. He was a politician of implacable bloody-mindedness, humanity and, let’s use the word, class.... (story)
Telegraph 17.5.11 The Earl of Onslow - The Earl of Onslow, who died on May 14 aged 73, was an unrepentant standard bearer for the hereditary peerage, of which he was a colourful and conscientious example... Michael Onslow described himself as "a hereditary peer who sees the illogicality of having any power over his fellow citizens just because his forebear got tight with the Prince Regent"... He bought from Lord McAlpine a Roman artefact – a stone testicle – which he placed under his wife's pillow. He once chased a runaway bullock down the A3 on horseback. Onslow brought hip hop, acid house and thrash metal to Radio 3... He had first shown his love of animals while at Eton by exhibiting canaries at Olympia; now he gave full vent to his passions for wildlife and country sports. Onslow hunted in Leicestershire with the Fernie and organised shoots on his own estate – one immortalised on television by his brother-in-law, Auberon Waugh... (story)
BBC News Online 17.5.11 Hereditary peer the Earl of Onslow dies - The hereditary peer, the Earl of Onslow, has died, House of Lords speaker Baroness Hayman has announced ... (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE NATIONAL SHOOTING WEEK LETTER
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 18.5.11 Give shooting a shot - David Taylor, Organiser, National Shooting Week, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 17.5.11 LETTER: Learn to shoot in National Shooting Week 2011 - DAVID TAYLOR, Organiser, National Shooting Week, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Durham Times 13.5.11 'Give it a shot' - DAVID TAYLOR Organiser, National Shooting Week, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
ThisIsSouthWales 7.5.11 Try sport at discount rate - THE countdown has begun for National Shooting Week 2011, which will run from May 28 to June 5. Through the course of the week, shooting clubs and grounds across the country are opening their doors to offer nearly 200 open days for the public... Complete beginners who would like to give it a shot can find their nearest shooting event atwww.nationalshootingweek.co.uk. David Taylor Organiser, National Shooting Week Countryside Alliance (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 18.5.11 North East Lincolnshire Target Club all fired-up for big open day - NORTH East Lincolnshire Target Club is holding an open day as part of National Shooting Week. The special week involves shooting clubs across the country opening their doors to the public... The week, organised by the Countryside Alliance, is aimed at people who have never experienced target shooting before... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 18.5.11 Approach to wildlife is to be condemned - JOHN-Michael Kennaway's "management by death" approach to wildlife should send a shiver down all our spines... His reference to 'joined-up country knowledge' sounds familiar. It's what we hear hunters and shooters say when they try to justify their chasing and killing of wild mammals and their use of birds as live targets... Y Nicola, Park Terrace, Tiverton (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.5.11 Concern at Escot's predator controls - TRAPPING and killing some species of birds and animals will help preserve Devon's hedgerows and wildlife, a landowner has claimed. John-Michael Kennaway, who runs the Escot estate in East Devon, says members of the public need to be better educated about the ways in which songbirds can thrive and be more permissive about humane methods of controlling "the population of predators".... (story)

Derby Telegraph 18.5.11 Our native wild animals are in need of protection - I HAVE been fortunate to have lived in the countryside all my 57 years, and find the story ("We'll fight badger cull, vow animal activists," Telegraph, May 3) disturbing. I understand farmers being worried about their cattle but if a cull was passed it would increase the mindless sport of stuffing dogs in the setts so humans can get excited about seeing animals suffer... Sarah Kemp Egginton Road Hilton (story)

BBC News Online 18.5.11 Llandovery fears over Pantycelyn school site move - Residents in Llandovery say moving their comprehensive school 15 miles away would hit trade in the town.... Rachel Evans, director of the Welsh Countryside Alliance, said: "You have to look at the knock on affect here this is going to create by closing this school... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 18.5.11 Calls for badger cull to be held while legal challenge launched By Bruce Sinclair - A PROTEST group is calling for the planned culling of badgers in West Wales to be postponed following the recent Assembly elections. Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) has asked First Minister Carwyn Jones to halt the cull in a pilot area of north Pembrokeshire and surrounding Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion while a pending judicial review takes place... (story)

Northern Echo 18.5.11 Hunt for owner of badger bait dog By Gavin Engelbrecht - A £1,000 REWARD has been offered for information leading to the prosecution of the owner of a terrier savagely injured while being used for badger- baiting. The offer has been made by the Durham County Badger Group after a Patterdale terrier- type dog was found wandering in Stanley, County Durham, with appalling injuries to its face and head – consistent with being used for badger-digging... (story)

Coventry Telegraph 18.5.11 Coventry Telegraph Letters: Demeaning use of fish - I AM uncomfortable with the increasing usage of fish spa pedicures now available in two shops in the Clock Towers in Rugby.... Why should humans demean them in this unnatural environment when there are plenty of other useful methods of removing unwanted skin? Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby. (letter)

17.5.11

Carlisle News & Star 17.5.11 CUMBRIAN ANTI-HUNT CAMPAIGNER NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULT - A veteran anti-hunt campaigner has been found not guilty of assaulting a Cumbrian hunt leader. Andrew Watson, 45, said he only pushed Michael Thompson, master of Blencathra Hunt, in self-defence after being kneed in the leg.... Magistrates said both the defence and prosecution witnesses had been inconsistent in their versions of the story. They added: “We have to be sure of the facts before we can get on to considering the issue of self-defence. With the evidence before us we can’t be sure of the facts as asserted by the Crown.”... (story)
Cumberland Westmorland Herald 16.5.11 Hunt saboteur cleared of assault - A HUNT saboteur has been cleared of assaulting the master of Blencathra Foxhounds following a two-day trial at Eden Magistrates' Court. Andrew Watson (46), Mossrigg, Carlisle, had denied a charge of assaulting the hunt master, Michael Thompson, at Swineside, near Mungrisdale, on 30th October... (story)
Carlisle News & Star 13.5.11 Carlisle anti-hunt campaigner on trial for attack - A veteran anti-hunt campaigner accused of assaulting a Cumbrian hunt master has gone on trial. Andrew Watson, of Mossrigg, Morton Park, Carlisle, denies assaulting the master of Blencathra Hunt Michael Thompson in October during a hunt meeting at Swinside, near Threlkeld.... (story)

Yorkshire Post 17.5.11 Member of shooting syndicate blasted swan dead - A MEMBER of an exclusive £2,000-a-year shooting syndicate killed a young swan after mistaking it for a goose and gunning it down with both barrels of his 12-gauge shotgun, a court was told yesterday. Harrogate magistrates heard how electrical company director and divorced father-of-two Simon Quince fatally injured the juvenile male swan while taking part in a pheasant shoot on land in North Yorkshire.... Quince had paid about £2,000 to be involved in the syndicate which allowed him 10 days shooting a year, although he had been making his first visit and had now been “dismissed” from the shoot.... Quince was fined £445 and ordered to pay £85 in costs along with a £15 victim surcharge for shooting the swan, and he was given a £100 fine by magistrates for using lead shot... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 17.5.11 Essex: Happy coincidence helps to save badgers By Chris Harris - WHEN a badger rescuer needed help on what to do next, she turned to the internet.... (story)

Argus 17.5.11 Cruelty to seagulls deserves a good pecking off - I READ the story about seagulls being callously injured with airguns (The Argus, May 11), some of which had to be sadly put to rest... A R Scarrott, Holland Road, Hove
I FIND it sickening that seagulls are being injured by cowardly thugs with airguns... Robert Nemeth, Osbourne Villas, Hove (letters)

16.5.11

ThisIsGloucestershire 16.5.11 Farmers say identities should be kept secret if they shoot badgers on their land By Sarah Webb - FARMERS in Gloucestershire say those who allow badgers to be shot on their land should be allowed to keep their identities a secret. Details of a proposed badger cull, to prevent the spread of bovine TB, are not likely to be released for two months, but farmers are fearful they will be attacked for taking part... (story)

Derbyshire Times 16.5.11 Don’t shoot the badgers - THE greatest gift any human being can process is the gift of compassion. The proposed shooting of badgers is cruel, unnecessary and will not eradicate disease in cattle.... MR J. HALLAM, Stoney Middleton (letter)

15.5.11

Westmorland Gazette 15.5.11 Pheasant rearing equipment attacked in Eden By Scott Kirk - VANDALS have damaged hundreds of pounds worth of pheasant rearing equipment in Temple Sowerby. Over a two-month period, electric gates have been tampered with, feeders, water tanks and holding pens have been interfered with, and gates have been smashed so they do not close properly on regular occasions. Police believe that the acts are not the work of animal rights’ campaigners.... (story)

14.5.11

Exeter Express & Echo 14.5.11 Hunt Act now 'a law about poaching' - Police forces in are using the Hunting Act to catch and prosecute poachers to give the impression that the controversial ban is working, according to campaigners. The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance said that next week's expected Government announcement showing an increase in Hunting Act prosecutions was nothing more than "a veneer" to show the ban was a success. In fact, just one hunt was prosecuted this season in the entire country – Richard Down, the huntsman for the Quantocks Staghounds, who received his second conviction and a fine for breaching the ban in the late autumn.... (story)

Isle of Wight County Times 14.5.11 Protest at police’s ‘blind eye’ By Richard Wright - CAMPAIGNERS staged a placard waving protest against police 'inaction’ on Saturday. Supporters of the Isle of Wight Badger Trust and hunt monitors from the mainland now promise to express their 'disgust’ at police behaviour at Isle of Wight Hunt meets at a protest at Winchester police headquarters.... Hunt monitor spokesman Simon Wild said: "Police said they had to close the police station because of the noise but I do not think the public will have lost out on much by closing the police station, as the Isle of Wight police would not attend calls we made when we had evidence of people digging a large badger sett on the Island... (story)

Western Morning News 14.5.11 Secrecy promise for cull farmers to protect them from extremists - Farmers who allow badgers to be culled on their land could be granted anonymity to prevent reprisals from animal rights extremists... (story)
Western Morning News 14.5.11 Threats of violence must not deter a badger cull - Firstly, is it right that the cull of infected badgers goes ahead? And secondly, should innocent people be threatened with violence if a democratic decision is taken but disliked by a minority of individuals who have vowed revenge?... (story)
Western Daily Press 14.5.11 Licence to kill badgers secretly - Farmers could be granted a cloak of secrecy if they allow badgers to be trapped and shot on their land to prevent violent reprisals from extremists... (story)

Western Morning News 14.5.11 Minister: We haven't got 'cold feet' on badger cull - The Government has not got "cold feet" on ordering a cull of sick badgers to help curb the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, Farming Minister Jim Paice has told the Western Morning News. The Conservative MP has admitted it is "frustrating" for farmers that ministers have delayed a final decision on a targeted cull... (story)
Western Morning News 14.5.11 Why I don't mind running against the herd to get results - Jim Paice is arguably the most down-to-earth member of government. That he is also the most qualified for his ministerial berth is probably no coincidence. Mr Paice is a farmer and the Farming Minister.... But it appears to be a blessing and a curse. "I'm very much aware, because of my own farming background, the industry puts a huge burden of expectation on me," the Conservative MP for Cambridgeshire South Easttells theWestern Morning News in an interview to mark the first anniversary of the coalition Government.... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 14.5.11 Rethink call on cull order - THE Badger Trust is calling on the Welsh Assembly to reconsider the order made by the previous administration to cull badgers as part of a programme to control bovine tuberculosis... Pat Hayden, vice-chairman of the trust, said: "It is our sincere belief that the (latest) order was based on serious errors of science and law... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 14.5.11 Giant rabbit will hop to meet you - A GIANT rabbit will stage a protest in Exeter city centre today in a bid to save animals from being used for tests by companies... The Exeter protest is part of an in day of action led by UK group Uncaged (story)

Telegraph 14.5.11 Government accused of u-turn on ban on wild animals in circuses - The Government has been accused of doing a u-turn on banning wild animals from circuses, despite public demands to end the use of performing elephants. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The Environment Department (Defra) said any circus in England that wished to use animals such as tigers, lions and elephants would have to meet tough standards before it would be granted a licence.... Dr Ros Clubb, senior RSPCA scientist, accused the Government of doing a u-turn... (story)

Derby Telegraph 14.5.11 Williamson in plea for circus ban on performing animals - ANIMAL rights campaigner and Derby North MP Chris Williamson is to put pressure on the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses... (story)

13.5.11

Dundee Courier 13.5.11 American mink targeted in £1 million cull - North Tayside is a key target area in a near £1 million bid to cull the breeding American mink before it can do irrevocable damage to the native wildlife.... (story)

Nottingham Post 13.5.11 High-speed rail protest meeting - CAMPAIGNERS opposed to Government plans for a high-speed rail network called for it to be cancelled when they met in London yesterday... Representatives from organisations including the Countryside Alliance, the Taxpayers' Alliance and the Green Party attended the meeting in Tufton Street, London... (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 13.5.11 High-speed link a ‘waste of taxpayers money’ claim opposition groups - GROUPS opposing a high-speed rail link (HS2) which would pass through Northamptonshire, have branded the proposal “a waste of taxpayers’ money”. South Northamptonshire’s Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom co-chaired a conference in London yesterday, where different organisations highlighted their concerns about HS2, a high-speed rail line which will run through parts of South Northamptonshire... The groups that attended the event included the RAC, AGHAST, the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the Countryside Alliance.... (story)
AboutMyArea 12.5.11 Cancel High Speed Rail Says Green Party; RAC Foundation; Countryside Alliance; AGHAST; TaxPayers Alliance - Representatives from different organisations came together this morning to highlight their concerns about the Government's plans to spend billions on the flawed High Speed Rail proposals. The event gave a chance for questions and discussions on this complex issue. As the Government consultation steams ahead it is vital that they listen to objections and rethink.... Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance: "HS2 will fundamentally alter large sections of the British countryside and have a huge environmental impact.... (story)

COUNTRYFILE PRESENTER THREATENED BY BADGER CULL ACTIVISTS
Cotswold Journal 13.5.11 Death threats to Henson over badger cull debate - COTSWOLD Farm Park owner and TV presenter Adam Henson is determined to carry on reporting on the controversial badger culling debate despite his family receiving death threats... (story)
Mail 13.5.11 JAN MOIR - CULL THESE DUMB ANIMALS - Farmer Adam Henson is a presenter on BBC One’s Countryfile. He knows about animals and their welfare... Yet for merely presenting a television report on plans to cull badgers, he has attracted the ire of animal rights activists, who have threatened to kill him and ‘burn his children’. Good God! Yet this is a typically unhinged response from irresponsible animal campaigners. You only have to mention in print that you once enjoyed a prawn sandwich or a boiled crab to receive reams of drool-spattered invective from the most vigilant activists. And when it comes to anything to do with badgers, they go completely nuts.... (story)
Mirror 10.5.11 BBC's Countryfile star Adam Henson says animal rights extremists have sent death threats against his children... (story)
Metro 10.5.11 Extremists threatened to burn my children, claims Countryfile presenter Adam Henson ... (story)
Mail 9.5.11 BBC presenter told 'We will burn your children' after Countryfile investigation on badger culls - Animal rights extremists threatened to burn the children of a BBC presenter after he investigated the issue of culling badgers, it has emerged. Adam Henson presented an episode of the Countryfile programme looking at how to stop the spread of bovine TB, including a cull. Afterwards he began receiving hate mail, he told a conference in Cornwall... (story)
ThisIsGloucestershire 9.5.11 Animal rights extremists in threats to burn TV star's children - ANIMAL rights extremists told TV presenter Adam Henson they were going to "burn" his children after he investigated the bovine tuberculosis and badger cull issue on the BBC's Countryfile programme. The threat was revealed by Mr Henson when he spoke to 185 West Country farmers and agricultural professionals at a conference in Cornwall... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 9.5.11 Countryfile TV star Adam Henson receives death threats - Animal rights extremists told TV presenter Adam Henson they were going to "burn" his children, after he investigated the bovine tuberculosis and badger cull issue. The threat, and other hate mail, were revealed by the Countryfile presenter when he spoke to 185 West country farmers and agricultural professionals at a conference in Cornwall... (story)
ThisIsCornwall 9.5.11 Animal rights 'activists threatened to burn my children': Adam Henson By Farming Editor - Animal rights extremists threatened to "burn" the children of TV presenter Adam Henson after he investigated the bovine tuberculosis and badger cull issue on the BBC's Countryfile programme. The threat, and other hate mail, were revealed by Mr Henson when he spoke to 185 farmers and agricultural professionals at a conference in Cornwall.... (story)
ThisIsDevon 9.5.11 Shameful threats against animal-loving countryman - BBC Countryfile presenter and farmer Adam Henson has done more than almost anyone else in the public eye to bring home the horrors of bovine TB to a general audience. And he has done it in a way that acknowledges the sensitivities of the issue... So for him to be targeted by so-called animal rights activists because they perceive that he has put forward a point of view that favours a badger cull illustrates how wrong-headed and how dangerous are those who operate at the fringes of animal extremism... (story)
Guardian 9.5.11 BBC Countryfile presenter 'received death threats' over badger cull show - Adam Henson tells farming conference about hate letters threatening to burn his children after his bovine TB report - Steven Morris and agencies (story)
Sun 9.5.11 Extremists' threat to BBC presenter By JOHN COLES - COUNTRYFILE presenter Adam Henson has received death threats against him and his family after investigating the culling of badgers, it emerged today. Animal rights extremists threatened to BURN his children after he presented a report into the issue of bovine tuberculosis and a possible badger cull.... (story)
Farmers Guardian 9.5.11 Adam Henson reveals extremists threats over badger cull By Alistair Driver - TV PRESENTER Adam Henson has revealed that he has received hate mail, including threats to his children, from animal welfare extremists because of his comments on bovine TB. Mr Henson has investigated the disease, which has affected his own Gloucestershire farm, in depth on the BBC’s Countryfile programme.... (story)
Telegraph 9.5.11 Adam Henson receives death threats over badger cull - Adam Henson, the presenter on BBC's Countryfile, claims animal rights activists threatened to 'burn his children' after he reported on controversial plans to cull badgers. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent (story)

BBC News Online 13.5.11 No ban imposed on wild animals in circuses - Ministers will not ban the use of wild animals in circuses but have promised to enforce "high welfare standards".... (story)
Mirror 13.5.11 ConDems refuse to back ban on wild animals in circuses by Mike Swain, Daily Mirror - ANIMAL campaigners last night attacked the Tory-led Coalition for delaying a ban of wild animals in circuses. There has been huge public backing for a ban since footage of elephant Anne being beaten by a circus worker was released. But Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said a ban could not happen until a legal battle between the Austrian government and a German circus was resolved.... (story)

Independent 13.5.11 Cruelty the circus audience doesn't see - Natalie Haynes (6 May) states that the problem with the wild animal acts she saw is that they are "so demeaning", but the real problems are the ones you don't see – the severe cruelty involved in wild animal training and the terrible, lifelong confinement of their living conditions.... Julie Harrison, Hertford
It's obvious that animal circuses are cruel and that they teach children that animal cruelty is both fun and acceptable... Mark Richards, Newcastle, Staffordshire
The Government has decided to allow circuses to continue to use wild animals and instead allow them to regulate themselves... How anyone can ignore and defend such obscene and grotesque cruelty to defenceless animals is beyond me? But when you consider how determined David Cameron is to overturn the Hunting Act, then it's easy to see why he was so reluctant to spare those other animals the right to a peaceful life and a decent death. Judi Hewitt, Rhyl, Denbighshire (letters)

Glastonbury People 13.5.11 Glastonbury Festival's Campo Pequeno: is it cruel to animals or a load of bull? - Glastonbury Festival has found itself under fire from furious animal rights campaigners because of a new addition to this year’s festival: Campo Pequeno. As reported by Glastonbury People here earlier, Campo Pequeno (a copy of a Portuguese bullring) is a towering 26 metre bull-ring complete with a giant fire-breathing bull’s head!... during the Festival it will host a mock bull fight between a Portuguese bullfighter and an artificial bull. Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE)... has now launched a campaign to put an end to the bullring and mock bullfight at this year’s Glastonbury Festival after reading an article on our sister site “This is Somerset”... Tony Moore, chairman of FAACE, stated: “Glastonbury is about music and arts. It has nothing to do with animal cruelty.”.... (story)

12.5.11

Sleaford Standard 12.5.11 Show keeps growing - A VILLAGE show continues to grow with more and more events and attractions being added to the programme. The Brant Broughton and Stragglethorpe Village Show takes place on Saturday on Brant Broughton playing field... Also included in the programme are demonstrations and displays by birds of prey and police dog handlers, the Greyhound Trust and terrier racing, plus dancing displays and dog agility, as well as a parade of the Blankney Hunt hounds... (story)

ThisIsSomerset (probably Western Gazette) 12.5.11 - WITH reference to the Freedom of Information request to police forces regarding the number of firearm certificates approved to children where the headline figure was 13 under-ten year olds were granted a firearm certificates. This is a concern as the Countryside Alliance is probably the most pro-active pressure group for the blood sports industry and it continually boasts of its educational campaigns to get more children involved in hunting and shooting in the countryside... Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)

Scotsman 12.5.11 Letter: Raptors at risk - This week's excellent BBC2 programme Fair Game merits a response on two counts. In some quarters red grouse management for shooting purposes is held up as a perfect system of land management.... Calls for licensed control of native raptors for protection of non-native game birds are absurd, given the vast numbers of the latter that are reared and released each year... Patrick Stirling-Aird Scottish Raptor Study Groups Old Kippenross Dunblane
The shooting and poisoning of raptors in Scotland is a major problem and, owing to the vast area to be covered, these crimes lead to very few prosecutions, which reflects only a small part of the overall problem.... Issuing licences to shoot certain birds of prey would be tantamount to an open season on all raptors and could quickly lead to the extinction of birds currently under threat. Dennis Grattan Mugiemoss Road Bucksburn, Aberdeen (letters)

Sheffield Telegraph 12.5.11 CHATSWORTH HOUSE: Watch our behind-the-scenes tour of the new Spring 2011 Visitors Programme ... VIDEO ... The Chatsworth Estate has recently been presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Countryside Alliance in recognition of its role in sparking the local food movement, as well as furthering rural tourism and contributing to the local community.... Countryside Alliance Board Member Lord Gardiner of Kimble read the citation, telling the reception: “This is the first Lifetime Achievement Award we have been moved to present in the Awards’ six year history.... (story)

Irish Times 12.5.11 Greyhound racing in China - While we are relieved that Bord na gCon was denied permission to export Irish greyhounds to China, we remain alarmed that they are nevertheless going to attempt to develop and manage racetracks there. This is not just a cynical move, but a sinister one. They will have to get greyhounds from somewhere for this cruel sport... BRENDAN GLEESON; CHRISTY MOORE; PAUL BRADY; LOUIS WALSH; DAMIEN RICE; IMELDA MAY; DARREL HIGHAM; DAMIEN DEMPSEY; ANDREA CORR; PADDY MOLONEY; LOUIS COPELAND; ELEANOR SHANLEY; IAN DEMPSEY; LINDA MARTIN; DECLAN O’ROURKE; LUKA BLOOM; LUAN PARLE; DONAL LUNNY; MUNDY; FRANCES BLACK; LUCIA EVANS; BARRY MURPHY; JOHN REYNOLDS; MARY BLACK; LIAM Ó MAONLAÍ; LENNY ABRAHAMSON; MARK ROWLANDS; GLENDA GILSON; JERRY FISH; CIARA SIDINE; GAVIN FRIDAY; TOMMY TIERNAN; JACK LUKEMAN; PAT SHORTT; JON KENNY; SHARON SHANNON; GERALDINE MURPHY. (letter)

Daily Post 12.5.11 RSPCA should never have taken me to court, says Caernarfon pony breeder by Andrew Forgrave, DPW West - A TOP pony showman has hit out at the “over-zealous” approach of RSPCA inspectors who landed him in court. David Roberts faced 10 animal welfare charges but all were thrown out by a judge sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court last week.... Mr Roberts accused the animal welfare charity of going out of its way to find fault in what was otherwise a well-run stable. He said: “Yes, one water bucket was empty, but there were five others that weren’t. And while the nets were empty, but that’s because the ponies had eaten the hay.... (story)

Oxford Student 12.5.11 Is the word ‘pet’ an insult? - Oxford Theology Faculty Fellow Dr Andrew Linzey has caused a stir this week with his claim that the label ‘pet’ is derogatory, favouring the term ‘companion animals’... But Tom Holder, a member of Pro-Test, an Oxford-based group that campaigns for the continuation of animal testing, said: “To change [pets’] names to ‘companion animals’ would be to misunderstand the one-way responsibility we have for our pets.... (story)
Telegraph 28.4.11 Calling animals 'pets' is insulting, academics claim - Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim By John Bingham - Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist... The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue. It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”.... (story)
Daily Mail 27.4.11 Pets should be renamed 'companions', claim animal rights academics (and rats are just 'free living') - Animals should not be described as 'vermin', 'pests' or even 'pets', animal ethicists have decided. Academics say that traditional words used to characterise animals like 'beasts' and 'critters' are derogatory and should be replaced. They say words like 'pests' and 'vermin' should be dropped altogether, and 'pets' replaced by 'companion animals'... The call for a new 'animal language' has been made by the editors of a new academic journal, the Journal of Animal Ethics, published this month for the first time by the University of Illinois Press.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 12.5.11 Petition MPs now over circus animals - MANY readers will have been shocked by reports that Downing Street has blocked plans to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.... MANY readers will have been shocked by reports that Downing Street has blocked plans to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.... A petition to ask the government to reconsider its decision has been started.... Sharon Howe Exeter Friends For Animals Fortescue Road, Sidmouth (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 12.5.11 Stop cruel use of shock collars on our pets - I would like to draw your readers' attention to an ongoing campaign promoting the use of electronic shock collars, used with containment fencing as a means of preventing pets from straying... It is unethical to use pain and fear to train our pets... Dr SARAH MILLSOPP By email (letter)

Oxford Times 12.5.11 Ridiculous concept - I was horrified by the story (Report, April 28) about a large snake being found abandoned in a wood near Oxford... The irresponsibility clearly lies with the Government and animal welfare societies which allow private ownership of any wild animal... Catherine Bull, Oxford (letter)

11.5.11

Sheffield Star 11.5.11 Sign the petition - IT is reported that Cameron will drop any intention of banning the use of ‘wild’ animals (eg tigers, elephants, crocs) in circuses..... At the hands of Jim Paice, the Tory minister for animal welfare and hunting, 40 million pheasants and partridges will continue to be kept in battery-cages, badgers will be massacred, vets will be withdrawn from markets, prosecutions of cruel slaughterhouse workers have been dropped and hunting remains a cherished intention. Mike Maas, S6 (letter)

Irish Examiner 11.5.11 Greyhound racing is only about money - THE decision by this government not to allow the export of Irish greyhounds to China has, thankfully, spared many hundreds of these gentle creatures an appalling fate ... Nuala Donlon Irish Animal Welfare Forum Rooskey Co Roscommon (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 11.5.11 Residents living in fear of pests By Rachel Clare And Liz Webster - TWO Kingswood neighbourhoods are being terrorised by pests, residents claim. A pregnant woman was bitten by a rat in Derrick Road and two cats have been killed by foxes in Collingwood Avenue.... (story)

Portsmouth News 11.5.11 First protest at animal test labs’ new Gosport site - ANIMAL rights campaigners have held their first protest outside a facility recently taken over by a controversial animal testing laboratory. Half a dozen protesters gathered in Barwell Lane, Gosport, yesterday waving banners and chanting slogans against Wickham Labs... Protester Jeanette McClunan said: ‘We will continue our demonstrations here and in Wickham.’.(story)

10.5.11

BBC News Online 10.5.11 Statements on wildlife crime allegations - A BBC Scotland documentary has heard calls from some Scottish landowners to be allowed to kill some protected birds of prey.... In the programme, 'Fair Game? Scotland's Sporting Estates', reporter David Miller visits one shooting estate and uncovers dead buzzards and some snares... (story)

Belfast Telegraph 10.5.11 All animals are deserving of our protection - In its efforts to reintroduce an extinct species, the Golden Eagle Trust is sadly advocating the killing of existing species. The Trust's website discourages sheep farmers from threatening eagles by illegally poisoning foxes and suggests that they instead blast the foxes to death. This flies in the face of the facts that show foxes do not actually pose a threat to sheep farming.... Philip Kiernan, Irish Council Against Blood Sports (letter)

Independent 10.5.11 Objections to use of whip in racing - The RSPCA has always taken a pragmatic view of the use of the whip in racing (Sue Montgomery, "Flight or fight, the whip stimulates heated responses", 23 April). We have not sought an outright ban on the use of the whip, but worked with racing authorities to introduce the shock-absorbent whip.... It was hoped that this would be an end to the matter. However a small number of jockeys use the whip with unacceptable force. We are seriously concerned about this and we are discussing the problem with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)... David Muir, RSPCA equine consultant, Horsham, West Sussex
At the current level of risk the three deaths of horses at this year's Grand National meeting were not freak or unforeseeable accidents but entirely predictable (letters, 15 April). As an academic involved in animal welfare and as a horse rider, I consider this level of risk too high, and believe it morally unacceptable that horses should be exposed to it... Dr Mark Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (letters)

Derby Telegraph 10.5.11 I would support group if slaughter was authorised - YOUR report that the Animal Liberation Front (We'll fight badger cull, vow animal activists, May 3) threatens a campaign of criminal damage in the event of a badger cull.... I would probably support them. Douglas Jaggers, Blagreaves Avenue, Littleover (letter)

Shropshire Star 10.5.11 Shropshire young farmers criticised by animal rights group - A group of Young Farmers from Shropshire has come under fire from animal cruelty campaigners after a video showing them swinging a lamb by the legs appeared on YouTube. Alberbury Young Farmers, near Shrewsbury, have been reported to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) West Midlands, after their entry into the Farmer’s Guardian “Tractor Factor” was spotted by Viva!.... (story)

Newcastle Journal 10.5.11 Virginia McKenna still fighting for beloved animals by David Whetstone, The Journal - WHERE do you start in an interview with Virginia McKenna, glamorous film star, widow of a talented Geordie, passionate conservationist and, it turns out, riveting raconteur?... (story)

9.5.11

Sheffield Star 9.5.11 Wildlife laws under attack - Yet again The Star has the sad duty of reporting that a gamekeeper stands accused of wildlife crime.... We learn that the Wildlife and Countryside Acts, the UK Climate Change Act, National Parks Act and Clean Air Act, are in danger of being abolished by the coalition Government, who labelled these laws ‘red tape’.... Graham, address supplied (letter)

Irish Times 9.5.11 Greyhound racing in China - As an international greyhound protection organisation, we welcomed the decision from the Department of Agriculture in refusing approval of the Irish Greyhound Board’s plans to export Irish greyhounds to China (Home News, May 4th).... EVA HOPKINS, Greyhound Action UK, PO Box 127, Kidderminster, England. (letter)

Portsmouth News 9.5.11 Animal testing lab expands into new six-acre site - A CONTROVERSIAL animal testing lab has announced that it is expanding its operation with a new six-acre site in Gosport. Wickham Laboratories has completed its purchase of part of the former Wyeth site in Barwell Lane, Gosport, and expects it to be up and running within a month... Campaigner Jeanette McClunan of Stop Wickham Animal Testing said: ‘I’m not surprised, but I am disappointed.’... (story)

Plymouth Herald 9.5.11 Lives are hell - FURTHER to Wendy Souter's recent letter regarding cruelty to animals, we all like to believe that welfare laws will protect animals from suffering – but in my view most of them do not work, especially in the case of farm animals. Where there is profit to be made, animals will always suffer... VALERIE FRY, Plympton (letter)
Plymouth Herald 27.4.11 Restoring faith - DAY by Day I am more sickened by the profound cruelty to pets and other animals in this country. Will people ever realise that all animals have feelings of love, sadness, stress, in fact nearly all the emotions we humans feel?... WENDY SOUTER, Happy Days Yorkshire Terrier Rescue (letter)

8.5.11

Scotland on Sunday 8.5.11 Landowners demand right to cull protected birds By Emma Cowing - LANDOWNERS are urging the new Scottish Government to let them to kill legally protected birds of prey to allow lucrative grouse moors to thrive and end the incentive for illegal poisonings - The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA) has called on Holyrood to grant licences to Scottish sporting estates that would allow the targeted culling of increasingly-common species such as buzzards and ravens... (story)
Scottish Herald 8.5.11 Anger as Scottish landowners call for the right to kill protected birds of prey by Rachel Loxton - SCOTTISH landowners are calling on the Government to allow the killing of protected birds of prey in order to safeguard lucrative game shoots.... However, the RSPB says this is a “bizarre” suggestion and argues that any legal killing would be admitting defeat in the battle against existing illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping..... (story)

7.5.11

Horse & Hound 7.5.11 British hunting museum faces cut-backs - Britain's only hunting museum is threatened with major reductions in opening hours due to financial cut-backs. The Melton Carnegie Museum in Melton Mowbray, which houses the Hunting Museum, is currently open seven days a week. But under proposals by Leicestershire County Council the museum would close for three or four months every winter from this November and open for four or five days a week for the remainder of the year... (story)

Independent 7.5.11 Circus animals betrayed - It's not often that a political decision is made that seems certain to disappoint almost everyone but, given the overwhelming level of public support for an end to the exploitation of wild animals in circuses, it's no exaggeration to say that news that No 10 may have deliberately sabotaged the long-awaited plans for a ban will leave the vast majority of the British public rightly outraged.... Will Travers, CEO, Born Free Foundation, Horsham, West Sussex
As former chairman of the group of circus people whose discussions with Defra resulted in a pretty positive report on the welfare of circus animals, I read Martin Hickman's article with interest. It includes a good deal of the misinformation which has been propagated in recent years by the "animal welfare" industry – organisations which do little or nothing for the welfare of animals, but which appear to spend a vast proportion of the donations teased out of a gullible public on political campaigning and executive salaries.... Chris Barltrop, c/o The Great British Circus (letters)

6.5.11

Grimsby Telegraph 6.5.11 East Lindsey deals with 1,155 reports of fly-tipping in one year - FLY-TIPPING continues to blight rural landscapes in East Lindsey, with more than 1,000 reports received last year... The Countryside Alliance said fly-tipping is a problem for all landowners. Spokesman Jill Grieve said: "Fly-tipping is a selfish act which is bad for the environment, farm animals and livestock... (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 4.5.11 Coast plagued by fly-tipping - FLY-TIPPING continues to blight rural landscapes in East Lindsey, with more than 1,000 reports received last year.... The Countryside Alliance said fly-tipping is a problem for all landowners. Spokesman Jill Grieve said: "Fly-tipping is a selfish act which is bad for the environment, farm animals and livestock.... (story)

Dundee Courier 6.5.11 Pensioner's cat killed in suspected fox attack - A heartbroken Dundee pensioner has spoken of her horror after her cat was killed by foxes. Beth Anderson, of Blantyre Place in Downfield, has warned other pet owners to be on their guard after her cat Gary was attacked by two foxes outside her home in the early hours of Monday.... (story)

Shields Gazette 6.5.11 Protesters campaign outside circus By VICKI NEWMAN - PROTESTERS turned up on the opening night of a circus in South Tyneside this week vowing to maintain their campaign against the use of animals. The People’s Voice for Animals (PVFA) staged a protest outside the entrance to the Bobby Roberts Super Circus when it opened in Whitburn on Wednesday night... (story)
Shields Gazette 4.5.11 Circus hits out at boycott campaign By VICKI NEWMAN - CIRCUS bosses today defended themselves against an animal rights group which wants South Tynesiders to boycott the show. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (Caps) have urged people to avoid the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, which opens in Whitburn tonight.... However, the family today spoke out to defend the show... (story)
Sunderland Echo 4.5.11 Circus boss defends record of animal care - CIRCUS bosses today defended themselves against animal rights groups that want Wearsiders to boycott the show. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (Caps) have urged people to avoid the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, which opens in Whitburn tonight... (story)

5.5.11

Western Mail 5.5.11 Welsh hunt member assaulted pensioner - by Rachael Misstear, Western Mail - A MEMBER of a Welsh hunt has been found guilty of battery against a pensioner. Huw Green, a member of the Tivyside Hunt, pleaded guilty to assaulting 75-year-old Michael Sharratt of Whitland, Carmarthenshire... (story)
Western Mail 4.5.11 Hunt member convicted over battery on pensioner - A member of a Welsh hunt has been found guilty of battery against a pensioner. Huw Green,a member of the Tivyside Hunt, pleaded guilty at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court after being charged with battery against 75-year-old Michael Sharratt of Whitland, who was observing the hunt last November on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports at the time... (story)

Guardian 5.5.11 Brian May: my quest to save the badger - Queen guitarist Brian May is championing the rights of Britain's animals, from foxes to rats. Now he talks about his latest battle – on behalf of badgers - Patrick Barkham - The shrubbery rustles and shakes, then Brian May falls out of the rhododendrons, dusts himself down and stumbles towards five fox cubs at play in a clearing... Multimillionaire rock legends often dabble in fast cars, metal detecting or saving rainforests. Is May worried his anti-cull campaign will be dismissed as just another rock star hobby? "Hobby, hmmm," he murmurs, treating the word with a quiet disgust. "There aren't many people from rock music or entertainment who put the time in that I have . . . this has become a huge part of my life... "When David Cameron started saying that if he got into power he would try to repeal the hunting act, my ears really pricked up and I thought if I can make a difference with hedgehogs maybe I can alert people to the possibility of going back into what I regard as something very barbaric," he says... May once said he stopped voting Conservative because of the party's attitude towards wild animals. Now he says he is "very close" to the group Conservatives Against Fox Hunting... (story)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 5.5.11 Singer wows Norton country set - The former girlfriend of Prince William proved a hit when she sang at the Vine Tree, Norton, during Badminton Horse Trials last week. Rosie Farquhar, daughter of Beaufort Hunt joint master Captain Ian Farquhar, is forging a career as a singer songwriter and the Cider with Rosie evening was said to be “a huge success”.... (story)

ANIMAL AID WHIP LETTER
Worcester News 5.5.11 It’s time racecourses banned use of whip - FIONA PEREIRA, Animal Aid (story)
Bath Chronicle 5.5.11 Let's end the use of the whip - It is welcome news that Towcester Racecourse has announced it will ban jockeys from beating horses with the whip, and will disqualify those who do... Animal Aid is now calling on all Britain's racecourses to follow Towcester's example, and end the use of the whip in racing... FIONA PEREIRA, Animal Aid (letter)

The Sentinel 5.5.11 Whipping horses is just not right - CLIVE Domagalski's letter in The Sentinel talked about 'horses being very well looked after', and how he went to see exciting races like the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival. I disagree. It is illegal for any person to whip an animal and they should be dealt with in court. But jockeys are entitled to whip a horse and hopefully win the race. It is a sport and several lovely horses in the Grand National died while being whipped by jockeys to jump higher fences than they were able... GEOFF HILLYARD Sandbach (letter)

ThisIsTotalEssex 5.5.11 Jousting will be highlight of game and country show - Brace yourself for a weekend of jousting, BMX stunt displays, archery, sheep shearing, dog displays and much more. The Essex Robin Hood Game & Country Show rolls into The Brentwood Centre's showground, in Doddinghurst Road, this weekend with more than 30,000 visitors expected.... (story)

ThisIsTotalEssex 5.5.11 Rural pursuits on show - Boyton Hall, Roxwell, Sunday, May 22, tel: 01245 360442 www.essexyoungfarmers.com This annual event is one of the most popular of its kind in Essex, drawing around 14,000 visitors to this showcase of all things rural... (story)

Country Life 5.5.11 Defra quashes badger speculation - Defra has moved to quell recent media speculation over the Government's alleged plans to advocate the ‘free shooting' of badgers as part of its mission to curb the march of bovine TB. Although the Government has yet to respond publicly to a Defra consultation on proposals for a badger cull in England, a recent article in The Guardian suggested Ministers are planning to allow farmers a special licence to shoot badgers on their land. But Defra has issued a statement refuting both this and the suggestion that free shooting could actually help to spread TB as infected badgers are dispersed to other areas... (story)

What Investment 5.5.11 L&G caught up in animal rights protest - Rob Langston - Legal & General (LGEN.L) has become the latest financial services company to be targeted by animal rights protestors. The insurance group saw protestors distributing flyers printed by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty outside its City offices earlier today.... The group is currently prevented from protesting at Vanguard, State Street, Invesco, NYSE and Fidelity, amongst a number of other city companies. (story)

Western Gazette 5.5.11 THE failure of Nocton Dairies to open a mega milking factory in Lincolnshire was a great relief to all who had campaigned against it.... Now I read on the Farming and Agriculture page of the Western Gazette (April, 21) that there are proposals for a giant pig factory at Foston, near Burton-upon-Trent!... I sincerely hope this will not be an excuse for a rash of these awful and inhumane factory farms to spring up.... Mrs S Rimmer, Mudford Road, Yeovil (letter)

4.5.11

ThisIsDevon 4.5.11 Seminars will show how to stage farm sporting days - Any farmer wishing to understand more about the income potential of hosting country sports should attend one of the special events being held this month by Business Link's Rural team, in partnership with the Country Sports South West project... The line-up of presentations to take place before the farm walk will include details on the RDPE-funded support available through the Business Link Rural team and the Country Sports project. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation will also explain the demand for different types of shooting, the costs involved and likely income generated... (story)

ARGUS AIRGUN CORRESPONDENCE
Argus 4.5.11 To ban or not to ban, that is the question for air weapons - I WOULD like to refer to your story regarding a call for a ban on air weapons following injury to a boy shot by an air weapon recently in Hangleton (The Argus, April 26). There already is a campaign group calling for the banning of air weapons – the UK Gun Control Network... It is a little-recognised fact that air weapons are this country’s most misused firearm type, accounting for around half of what is recorded as “gun crime”.... Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy, University of Brighton
YOU ask the question: “Should air rifles be banned?” I don’t think they should be banned. But I do think air rifles should only be used in gun clubs... David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letters)
Argus 3.5.11 Go easy on air rifles - SHOULD air rifles be banned? Absolutely not... There will always be a minority of idiots who don’t follow basic common sense, but that applies to all things in life. If a person passes their driving test, but drives around like an idiot, you ban the driver. You don’t take all the cars off the road... Philip Self, Nessbitt Road, Brighton (letter)

ANIMAL AID SUPPORTERS' GRAND NATIONAL LETTER
Worcester News 4.5.11 Ban Grand National - I totally agree with Rosa Tarry (Worcester News, April 17). The Grand National should be banned, also the Derby. It is totally cruel for horses and far too long, four-and-a-half miles, especially if it’s hot... JENNY STEVENSON, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 22.4.11 Let’s stop running of the Grand National - ROSA TARRY, Worcester (letter)
Bournemouth Echo 19.4.11 Time to end this cruel spectacle - MILLIONS of people will now be aware that two horses died in the 2011 Grand National race... Readers who wish to learn more about the campaign can visit Animal Aid’s website... Sandi Ridge, address supplied (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 16.4.11 Changes have failed - MILLIONS of people will now be aware that two horses died in the 2011 Grand National race.... Readers who wish to learn more about the campaign can visit Animal Aid's website... Tcina Lathrope, Wiltshire (letter)
Hull & East Riding Mail 16.4.11 Grand National horse deaths are a disgrace - ONCE again two terrified horses die at our Grand National. There is nothing grand about it, it is a national disgrace... Please, to all those with a heart, take a look at the animal aid website, Race Horse Death Watch... Eileen Girling, Sigston Road, Beverley. (letter)

Galway Independent 4.5.11 Focus on profit not welfare? - The Irish greyhound industry is contemplating a canine version of a Chinese takeaway. The plan is to export Irish greyhounds to China to develop their greyhound and gambling industries... John Tierney Waterford Animal Concern, Larchville, Waterford (letter)

Derby Telegraph 4.5.11 Badger cull plan sparks fury from campaign group - ANIMAL rights group PETA says it could launch a protest or campaign in Derbyshire if farmers in the county are given the go-ahead to cull badgers.... (story)
Derby Telegraph 3.5.11 We'll fight badger cull with criminal damage, vow animal activists By Chris Mallett - ANIMAL rights activists are threatening a campaign of criminal damage if Derbyshire farmers are given the go-ahead to cull badgers.... a spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front warned that its members could take direct action if shooting licences were granted.... Derby North MP Chris Williamson, a former fox hunt saboteur, claimed that vaccination was a better route forward.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 4.5.11 Topsham - Tom Milburn, Green: I have worked for the city council for four years and now work full-time for the UNISON union. I am a passionate campaigner on anti-war issues, human rights, animal rights, and equality... (story)

3.5.11

Herald 3.5.11 Stores will not blacklist salmon firms that kill seals - CHRIS WATT - SUPERMARKETS have refused to heed calls for a boycott of Scottish salmon producers that shoot seals, The Herald can reveal.... David Scott, a spokesman for pressure group Seal Scotland, said frustrated members had shifted focus from Holyrood to target supermarkets directly.... (story)

ANIMAL AID EASTER RABBIT LETTER
Swindon Advertiser 3.5.11 Letter from Ashley Owen - WITH the release of the animated film 'Hop' about the son of the Easter bunny, parents may find themselves inundated with requests for a pet rabbit. However, many people don't realise that rabbits are one of the most difficult pets to care for properly... ASHLEY OWEN Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Scotsman 25.4.11 Letter: Caring for rabbits - ASHLEY OWEN Animal Aid, The Old Chapel Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Plymouth Herald 23.4.11 Rabbit plea - ASHLEY OWEN, Animal Aid (letter)
Western Mail 22.4.11 Rabbits are for life - ASHLEY OWEN Animal Aid, Kent (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 21.4.11 A rabbit is for life, not Easter - With Easter fast approaching, parents may find themselves inundated with requests for a pet rabbit. However, many people don't realise that rabbits are one of the most difficult pets to care for properly... If you do feel you can provide the level of care they deserve, please don't buy from a pet shop. Instead, adopt from a rescue centre and give abandoned rabbits a second chance for a happy, hoppy life. ASHLEY OWEN Animal Aid (letter)

2.5.11

BRIGHTON MAY DAY PROTEST
Argus 2.5.11 Protesters accused of holding Brighton and Hove to ransom By Ben Parsons - Protest groups have been accused of “holding their city to ransom” with a chaotic demonstration. Activists came in for criticism after a march by 200 people disrupted central Brighton on Saturday, with some businesses estimating trade fell by a quarter... (story)
BBC News Online 1.5.11 Eight arrests during Brighton protest - Eight people were arrested in total during a May Day protest in Brighton, Sussex Police have said.... Two people were arrested for failing to remove face masks and two for assault, obstructing and resisting a police officer. Two men were arrested for using abusive language, and one was arrested for failing to surrender his alcohol. One man was arrested for violent disorder following a march in London last month. In a news release, the organisers said the event brought together local groups including Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Smash EDO, Squatter Networks of Brighton and Brighton Hunt Saboteurs... (story)
Argus 30.4.11 Updated: Eight arrested at Brighton May Day protests By Richard Gurner - An alliance of protest groups took to the streets of Brighton and Hove today for an early May Day protest. Groups protesting at the May Day “street party and protest” event included Smash EDO, South Coast Climate Camp, Brighton Uncut, Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Sussex Industrial Workers of the World, No Borders Brighton, Squatters' Network of Brighton, Brighton AntiFascists, Brighton Hunt Saboteurs, students, Queer Mutiny Brighton and Brighton Benefits Campaign... A statement from Sussex Police said eight people were arrested.... (story)
BBC News Online 30.4.11 Arrests at anti-capitalist demonstration in Brighton - Five demonstrators taking part in a pre-May Day "street party and protest" in Brighton have been arrested. Under the banner Brighton Mayday collective, about 150 people gathered in the city from midday. Sussex Police said many of the demonstrators were wearing masks and appeared intent on causing disorder.... In a news release, the organisers said the event brought together local groups including Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Smash EDO, Squatter Networks of Brighton and Brighton Hunt Saboteurs... (story)
Argus 30.4.11 Sussex Police vow protesters will not bring Brighton and Hove to a halt - Police have pledged to keep Brighton and Hove open for business today as an alliance of protest groups takes to the streets... Organisers of the May Day “street party and protest” have defended their decision not to discuss their plans with police, despite public appeals for them to help minimise disruption... The groups includes Smash EDO, South Coast Climate Camp, Brighton Uncut, Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Sussex Industrial Workers of the World, No Borders Brighton, Squatters' Network of Brighton, Brighton AntiFascists, Brighton Hunt Saboteurs, students, Queer Mutiny Brighton and Brighton Benefits Campaign.... (story)

Shields Gazette 2.5.11 Protecting the dogs - I AM writing in response to your article, Thank goodness there’s racing on Friday, published on April 27... Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. The greyhounds endure lives of nearly endless confinement in sub-standard conditions.... Caryn Wood, Board of Directors, GREY2K USA (letter)

Bolton News 2.5.11 No need for a dog track - IN reply to Mr Halpin, who wants a dog racing track because there is no leisure in Bolton, may I comment? The libraries in Bolton offer so many services... Young or old, rich or poor they serve all of us. The museum and art gallery...I need three weekends to appreciate all their beauty. And finally, London theatre land hasn’t got a theatre as good as ours... Flat caps and cruelty to dogs — we don’t need them in Bolton, thank you. Mrs J West Bolton (letter)
Bolton News 2.5.11 Help greyhounds escape abuse of a life in racing - AS an international greyhound protection organisation, we were dismayed to read that enthusiasts Irene Halpin, Phil Barrett and Albert Fearn are looking for a sponsor to buy land and oopen a new dog racing track in Bolton... Eva Hopkins Press Office Greyhound Action PO Box 127 Kidderminster Worcs (letter)

Western Mail 2.5.11 Meat eating puts life on earth in danger - Wil Edwards calls vegetarianism a “feral affectation” and believes that animals get a good deal in “exchanging their protein” for the chance to “procreate in well fed and watered safety, free from the perils of the wild”.... Meat eating endangers life on the earth and can produce a score of nasty ways in which to die – and we don’t need to eat it in the first place. STEPHEN CLARKE Trefynwy, Sir Fynwy (letter)