November 2005

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30.11.05

Argus 30.11.05 Letter: Foxes aren't our benign benefactors - Ms Wheatcroft has a shaky grasp of what constitutes a serious offence (Letters, November 25). Foxes are classed as vermin and may be shot at any time, although someone firing a rifle in a city must be mad…. I lost 20 hens to a fox which found a gap in the fence around my free-range hens and slaughtered the lot. It took two heads and left the rest. Perhaps I should lock them up in a shed but I believe they should roam freely without hindrance… -Martin Perryman, West Chiltington (letter in archive)

News Letter 30.11.05 CAI Hiding Truth About Cruel Sports - I have recently been reading some newspaper articles, the contents of which related to the meeting between Lord Rooker and the Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) delegation, led by Ronan Gorman, their chief executive…. here we have an organisation who have absolutely no sense of right and wrong and who, instead of examining their consciences, prefer to mislead themselves, and others, with rhetoric…. Lord Rooker is now on the receiving end of the Countryside Alliance's desperation. With even the slightest mention of the review of the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, one can sense their heightened state of anxiety in case things do not go their way. Coleraine and District League Against Cruel Sports, (name and address supplied) (letter)

Cornwall Packet 30.11.05 Dubious law done nothing for animals Unlike Ms Katherine Watson (Live animal hunting is disruptive), I am quite prepared, as a supporter of hunting nationally, and of the Cury Hunt in particular, to put my name and address to what I have to say on this subject. Her letter seems to me to be yet another garbled, and mis-informed attempt to give credence to a dubious law, arrived at via a very dubious route, which has done nothing whatsoever for animal welfare, and which has served to do no more than to illustrate the petty hatred which now lies behind Labour in, or out, of government… Tess Nash, Cury Hunt supporter, Venton Vean, Mawgan, Helston (letter in archive) (letter in archive)
Cornwall Packet 16.11.05 Drag hunting would attract far more support - Who are the huge number of supporters Kate Hoey expected to turn out at the opening meets on November 5? Live animal hunting has declined consistently in the past 40 years, while drag hunting flourishes with many fox hunts now taking to drag lines. The Cury Hunt at least claimed to "hunt within the law" when hunting on the Lizard Peninsula on October 15…. The Cury Hunt's run around the Lizard area may have been perfectly harmless, but if they straightforwardly converted to drag hunting they would attract far more support and far less opposition. Katherine Watson (address supplied)

Telegraph 30.11.05 Badgers spread TB - If badgers are strictly territorial, as suggested in your report (News, November 26), then they certainly waive these rights when foraging… A badger can have TB for more than two years, excreting 300,000 bacteria in a teaspoonful of urine, which it continuously dribbles out, before becoming ill. Then, incapable of carrying out normal activities, it is expelled from the sett and takes up "sheltered accommodation" in farm buildings, hay and straw stacks, for months before eventually dying. In the meantime, it has been in very close contact with cattle and contaminated the environment…. David Denny, Worcester (letter)

BBC News Online 30.11.05 Animal charity 'split by dispute' - The animal charity, the USPCA, has confirmed that a number of people have had their membership terminated. Security staff turned people who claimed to be lifelong members away from the charity's annual general meeting in Newry on Wednesday. The society said certain people's membership ended following disputes at last year's annual general meeting. … Splits in the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals emerged when the charity moved its headquarters to Bessbrook in County Armagh…. (story)

The Sentinel 30.11.05 I PUT A POOR FOX OUT OF ITS MISERY - Re: PC Bell, who had the heart-breaking task of dispatching a poor cat, left to die by someone who did or did not know they had run it over. I, too, was faced by the same situation a few months ago. But the sad animal was a young fox (female)… I buried the fox in my garden, just as you would your pet, and as winter approaches I will provide food for my other foxes. J BARLOW Wolstanton (letter)

Scotsman 30.11.05 Skewered by lobster fans - So Nora Radcliffe, MSP, is going to give me yet another bureaucratic headache to deal with in running my small business (your report, 28 November). I am supposed to write a risk assessment for the odd-job-man to tighten a leaky radiator or to change a lightbulb. Will I now have to encounter the "Lobster Police"?... EDDIE SPEAR, The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan, Skye
I am surprised no-one has come up with the humane method of cooking lobsters suggested by Philip Harben in his book, Cooking. His method is to pour tepid water over the lobster. This stuns it. Then bring the water rapidly towards the boil, and the lobster will die before recovering consciousness…. VAL DEAN, Whitehouse Road, Edinburgh (letters)

Irish Examiner 30.11.05 Suffering chickens not good for our health - IT may well be that a bird-related flu is heading our way, but even if it doesn’t become the pandemic we are all being advised to prepare for, we can at least learn about the Chinese chicken industry… What have we created? A nightmare for chickens, for a start. Fifty billion and more chickens crammed into massive, windowless sheds, suffering from crippling bone disease and dying from heart attacks before they reach their slaughter age of 41 days…. Gerry Boland, Keadue, Co Roscommom (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 30.11.05 HORRIFIC CRUELTY MUST BE STOPPED - I would like your readers to know about the horrific treatment that's going on in northern China in the fur trade and that dog and cat fur is being used in Britain to trim gloves, boots, parkas, toys and other things when other countries have banned it… VAL KERRY Duke Street Arnold (story)

29.11.05

BBC News Online 29.11.05 Hounds follow trail to tradition By Eleanor Williams - On the face of it the meet looks like a traditional foxhunt - riders in red coats, horses' coats gleaming and a pack of hounds howling its way through the forest on a crisp and clear November day. But they are not hunting foxes… The New Forest Hounds have taken up trail-hunting. Their latest meet is at a manor house near Lyndhurst and there is no shortage of people wanting to take part, on horseback as well as on foot…. (story)

Horse & Hound 29.11.05 Hunting proves more popular than ever - Holly Kirkwood - A recent succession of polls for HHO has provided evidence that foxhunting is more popular then ever, as numbers of newcomers to the sport continue to rise… (story)

Western Morning News 29.11.05 MY ILLEGAL MORNING WALK WITH THE DOGS - Before breakfast, I take our dog for a walk. I also collect as many of the other dogs on the farm… as we were walking through the trees the dogs discovered a couple of deer. Needless to say, the deer took off and the dogs obviously thought it was a bit of fun to join in…. We - the dogs and I - were obviously breaking the law. As I understand it, as the dogs had given chase, I should have shot the deer, and the League Against Cruel Sports thinks this is correct. Not very easy, as I do not have a gun and I certainly do not want to kill them… Have you ever heard anything as ridiculous as the law and the league's attitude?... Michael Ashton, Torrington (letter)

KEVIN HILL LETTER
Western Morning News 29.11.05 TRUE VICTORY FOR ANIMAL WELFARE - Kevin Hill, IFAW Wildlife Crime Investigator (letter)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 22.11.05 Keep watch on cruelty - Kevin Hill, IFAW Wildlife Crime Investigator, London (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 21.11.05 HUNTING BAN - KEVIN HILL, IFAW Wildlife, London (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 18.11.05 Hunt down lawbreakers - I have been following hunts for 20 years to film the cruelty inflicted on Britain's wildlife, to help bring about a hunting ban. Friday (November 18) marks the first anniversary of the passing of the Hunting Act - a true victory for animal welfare. Since the Act came into force earlier this year I have continued to monitor hunts to ensure the law is being obeyed… Unfortunately, some hunts seem to think they are above the law and sooner or later they will be prosecuted…. I urge anyone who wants to help protect animals from the cruelty of hunting to call the police and tell them of any suspicious hunting incident you've witnessed, but please don't attempt to intervene. KEVIN HILL, IFAW Wildlife Crime Investigator (letter)

Farmers Weekly 29.11.05 Licence to kill.. game - The pheasant shooting season is in full swing now. The grousey clique and the partridge-only poss have emptied a few belts, so its time for we lesser mortals to show our astonishing hand-eye co-ordination. But up and down the nation, behind every hedge, in every spinney, alongside every maize strip, an intense debate rages. … the most commonly heard question is: "Why on earth should I buy a game licence?"… Choosing which ones apply to us is the prerogative of Labour cabinet ministers, not we mere voters…. Perish the thought that an anti-shooting policeman, now that he has been called to your shoot, might perchance enquire politely about everyone's licence, just to check that everything is in order, Sir…. (story)

Western Mail 29.11.05 Shooters target rearing cages - Sarah Manners, Western Mail - THE British Association for Shooting and Conservation has called for a ban on the use of battery cages for rearing game birds…. (story)
Daily Post 24.11.05 Battery ban - THE USE of battery cages for producing gamebird eggs birds should be banned, BASC says…. (story)

Scotsman 29.11.05 Goose population - Scottish National Heritage's claim (your report, 24 November) that "the increase [in numbers of geese] was linked to stronger legal protection" is not entirely true. Of the four major migratory geese species which winter in Scotland, two, the Barnacle and Greenland-white fronted, are protected. In both cases, their status results from falls in populations resulting from a number of factors, including habitat loss both in Scotland and on their breeding grounds…. TONY ANDREWS, Chief Executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance, Ingliston, Midlothian (letter)

Times 29.11.05 Animal testers get all-clear - IT MAY be small comfort to the families of pharmaceutical workers who have been the victims of attacks by animal rights activists, but the animal research industry was last week given a clean bill of health by the body charged with monitoring it. In its first annual report, on www.homeoffice.gov.uk, the Animals (Scientific Pro- cedures) Inspectorate says that it is “encouraging that there is such a high level of compliance” with the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986…(story)

The Shields Gazette 29.11.05 Reach out to save animals - Reach out to save animals - ON Thursday, November 17, the European Parliament voted on proposals which could mean millions of animals will die in what will be Europe's largest ever mass animal testing programme. The tests will mean that dogs and rabbits, as well as rodents and fish, have powerful chemicals applied to their skin, dripped in their eyes or fed to them in huge and toxic doses – causing considerable pain. The proposal, known as REACH (the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), is intended to assess the safety of thousands of chemicals which were released on to the market prior to 1981, when manufacturers had no obligation to test them... readers can go to our website (www.buav.org) to sign our petition which calls on the Government to support non-animal methods... Adolfo Sansolini, Chief Executive, BUAV (letter)

PAUL MCCARTNEY CALLS FOR CHINA BOYCOTT
Guardian 29.11.05 McCartney to boycott China over animal cruelty - Paul Lewis - Sir Paul McCartney says he will never perform in China after watching a secretly taped film of animals being abused and killed for their fur…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 28.11.05 Sir Paul horrified at fur trade video - SIR Paul McCartney has said he will never perform in China after watching a video of dogs and cats being killed for their fur… (story)
BBC News Online 28.11.05 McCartney attacks China over fur By Adrian Addison - Sir Paul McCartney has vowed never to perform in China after seeing horrific undercover footage of dogs and cats being killed for their fur….(story)
Times 28.11.05 Sir Paul's animal crackers BY STEPHEN POLLARD - THERE ARE FEW more perplexing phenomena than the workings of the modern liberal mind. Take one growing sub-species, the animal rights obsessive. It is almost impossible to understand the thought processes of those who consider the rights of animals to be more important than those of human beings. The latest outburst from Sir Paul McCartney is typical…. Where Sir Paul’s moral indignation becomes simply warped, however, is in his next sentence. “I wouldn’t even dream of going over there to play, in the same way I wouldn’t go to a country that supported apartheid . . . It’s against every rule of humanity.”… China imprisons and executes thousands of dissidents who dare to criticise the regime… Sir Paul and Lady Heather are so exercised by the plight of some cats and dogs that they will now refuse to travel to China, and are demanding a worldwide boycott of Chinese goods. As for the imprisonment and judicial murder of thousands of dissident human beings, not a pip from either of them…. Sir Paul has worldwide fame. He could do untold good campaigning for his fellow human beings. Instead, he chooses to try to save a few animals. Go figure. (story)
Scotsman 28.11.05 McCartney: I'll never play in China - Sir Paul McCartney has said he will never perform in China after watching a secret video of dogs and cats being killed for fur… (story)
Observer 27.11.05 McCartney's solo boycott of China - Adrian Addison and David Smith - Paul McCartney has angrily denounced China and vowed never to perform there after seeing 'horrific' undercover film of dogs and cats being brutalised and then killed for their fur…. In the film, shot for the People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (Peta) campaign group, dogs and cats are pictured being thrown from the top deck of a converted bus on to concrete pavements….(story)

Western Daily Press 29.11.05 RESCUE THE BEARS - I sit in my cosy kitchen having breakfast: I see a bear. I sit at my computer working: I see a bear. I eat my tasty supper: I see a bear. I beg everyone not to lose sight of these desperate creatures and continue to send money to the Animals Asia Foundation until ALL the bears have been rescued…. Lucille Hoose Holford Somerset (letter)

Western Morning News 29.11.05 Bears forced to box - READERS may have seen pictures in a national newspaper of captive bears being forced to fight in mock boxing bouts in China…. where is the care and compassion for a bewildered and innocent creature driven into unnatural behaviour for money? Adrian Cooper, Lostwithiel (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Press 29.11.05 Stop shipments - IS it not time to "stop the bull ship"? I was shocked to discover that my hard-earned taxes are being used to subsidise the export each year of some 200,000 live cattle from the European Union to the Middle East. The animals suffer highly stressful journeys, lasting more than ten days only to be slaughtered in horrendous conditions with their throats cut while fully conscious Sir John Ebbs, Denison Road, Pocklington. (letter in archive)

News Shopper 29.11.05 Taking the chick - REGARDING the letter describing compassion in world farming's concerns with the torture of ducks and geese in the production of foie gras (What The Foie Are You Doing?, News Shopper, November 9). Almost all the 20 million ducks killed every year in Britain for the big stores are most cruelly factory farmed…. I H PYVES, Rowan Road, Bexleyheath (letter)
News Shopper 9.11.05 What the foie are you doing? - WHAT'S wrong with foie gras?... Foie gras ducks and geese are force fed until their livers become grossly oversized up to 10 times that of a normal bird…. Those readers concerned about the suffering of these and other farmed animals may obtain further information from Compassion in World Farming… CHRIS POPE, Nurstead Road, Erith (letter)

28.11.05

Exeter Express & Echo 28.11.05 CRUELTY IS NOT HUNTING ISSUE - We really must enlighten your readers with regards to Giles Bradshaw's comments relating to our organisation, Hunt Watch. Why is it this farmer feels he has justification for breaking the law, just because he does not think it is cruel to chase and kill a wild animal with dogs?... Let's get that conviction he wants so badly, and one of which he clearly deserves. Thomas Taylor, Hunt Watch, Norwich
I have made it absolutely clear that I will not shoot the deer I flush out with my dogs as the Hunting Act says I must… Hunt watch should stop their prejudiced attacks on country people. They should also stop trying to force me to kill Deer and then claim that it is I who am being cruel. I do not 'richly deserve' to be prosecuted for my principaled refusal to kill animals…. Giles Bradshaw, rose ash (letter)

The Sentinel 28.11.05 HORSES ARE NOT RACED TO DEATH - As an owner of racehorses, I would like to offer a few comments on their welfare. The horses are not raced or trained to death. They are fed the best feed, watered, exercised, and when not running, they are in the field cavorting, and that is a magnificent sight to see… CHRISTINE TINSLEY Burslem (letter)

Daily Post 28.11.05 Animal abuse protest planned - CHRISTIANS against animal abuse will hold a vigil outside St Peter's ecumenical centre at Bridge Street, Chester, on Saturday, December 3. Animal padre Rev James Thompson from Holywell will be among the group, which includes Christians Against All Animal Abuse, Quaker Concern For Animals, the Vegeratian Society, the Vegetarian International Voice For Animals, People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals and the Anglican Society For The Welfare Of Animals. … (story)

Western Daily Press 28.11.05 ZOO THAT SERVES ANIMALS ON PLATE - A new zoo in Thailand was already causing concern before it decided to open a restaurant serving steaks from the most popular exhibits. WILL TRAVERS, Chief Executive of the UK's Born Free Foundation, says world condemnation may save the day… (story)

CIWF SUPERMARKET REPORT
Western Mail 28.11.05 Charity accuses supermarkets over intensive farming practices - SOME supermarkets permit "alarming" farm practices that cause animal suffering, a charity claims today. Most major retailers allow intensively-reared chickens to be packed tightly together. Others sell own-label pig meat from animals reared abroad in ways banned on cruelty grounds in the UK, according to the Compassion in World Farming Trust…. (story)
Western Daily Press 28.11.05 SUPERMARKETS TURN BLIND EYE TO CRUELTY IN FARMING - The country's leading supermarkets are turning a blind eye to cruel farming practices in a bid to keep prices down, a report claims today. Asda and Somerfield faired worst in the investigation carried out by the Compassion In World Farming Trust (CIWF), which claims to have exposed a litany of practices at home and abroad which cause animal suffering and are being permitted by retail giants… (story)
Scotsman 28.11.05 Concern over animal farming methods - Some supermarkets permit "alarming" farm practices that cause animal suffering, a charity says…. Others sell own-label pig meat from animals reared abroad in ways that are banned on cruelty grounds in the UK, according to the Compassion in World Farming Trust….(story)

CIWF BATTERY FARMING LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 28.11.05 CHICKENS PAY A HIGH LIFE PRICE - Barbara Blaxland, Brixington Drive, Exmouth (letter)
Western Morning News 22.11.05 CHICKENS PAY PRICE OF PROVIDING CHEAP FOOD - Often in our eagerness for cheap food we forget the high price paid by the food animal, particularly the chicken…. If your readers are interested in seeing the end of factory-farmed animal systems and their attendant miseries and health problems, they can contact Compassion in World Farming… Barbara Blaxland, Exmouth (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 28.11.05 JAMIE'S ACT WAS MORE PALATABLE - In reply to T A Griffin's letter, Animal killing is intolerable, Points of view, November 21, yes it is, but not how it was done on television by Jamie Oliver. It is not intolerable when it only took a few minutes and the animal did not look at all distressed…. I am vegetarian and did not enjoy seeing this on television but it certainly beat what is done here to animals for meat on the table…. Diana Price, Pellinore Road, Beacon Heath, Exeter (letter)

Scotsman 28.11.05 Lobster lobby tries to make crustaceans' rights a hot political issue - HAMISH MACDONELL - IT is an ethical dilemma that may once have troubled those with expensive tastes in food. But the question of whether lobsters suffer pain when they are boiled alive has long since been resolved by scientists: they don't. Yet some of Scotland's MSPs appear to be a little behind the times. Undaunted by Holyrood's reputation for spending too much time on irrelevant issues, a group of them have started lobbying for lobsters….(story)
Daily Record 28.11.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS LOBBY'S GOING LOBSTER POTTY By Marie Sharp - CHEFS could be banned by the Scottish parliament from boiling lobsters alive. Animal rights activists say the practice is inhumane - and now MSPs are considering placing lobsters and crabs on a protected list But some of Scotland's top chefs yesterday branded the move "potty"…. Animal activists PETA have set up a Lobster Liberation Group, which encourages people to free the creatures from restaurants…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 28.11.05 INAPPROPRIATE CELEBRATIONS - What great fun it must have been for the two domesticated reindeer, away from their native habitat; normally bored to icy tears by open space, fresh air and a bunch of old fir trees, they were celebrating life and expectation with us in Town Hall Square…. Should anyone be interested in having a more compassionate Christmas I gather there is a fair at Bishop Street Church Rooms on December 3. P Hudson, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 24.11.05 WE SHOULD PITY THE REINDEER - I wonder how many other people watching the lights at Town Hall Square felt, as I did, about the poor reindeer who were obviously scared and visibly jumped when the fireworks started…. just because these poor animals are unfortunate enough to have to live their lives this way and know no different, it doesn't mean that they don't deserve the right to a better life away from crowds and bright lights, and constantly being moved from place to place for the so-called pleasure of others. Susan Robinson, Huncote. (letter)

27.11.05

Scotland on Sunday 27.11.05 Salmon rivers need much work to guarantee future - IT was refreshing to read Magnus Linklater's Scotland last week about the regeneration of the River Tweed, but we should not assume that this success story is the same in all Scottish rivers: indeed, it is true to say that some of our most famous river systems are still seriously under-performing…. The achievements of the Tweed are an inspiration to everyone involved in wild salmon management, but if we are to give salmon in our other rivers the "level playing field" advocated by Dr Ronald Campbell, we need to change our approach to granting licences to inshore fish farms and to controlling exploitation… Tony Andrews, chief executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance, Edinburgh (letter)

Scotland on Sunday 27.11.05 Slaughter Bill is a step too far - THE Scottish Executive recently introduced the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill. Advocates for Animals welcomes much of the proposed new legislation. However, we are strongly opposed to the provisions that would give the Executive even wider slaughter powers than those that it already has in the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease…. Ross Minett, Advocates for Animals (letter)

26.11.05

Western Daily Press 26.11.05 BREATH TESTS FOR THE HUNTSMEN? - I am surprised that huntsman Gary Thorpe is concerned about serious accidents occurring on roads with loose hounds and horses (Daily Press, November 21). He and fellow huntsmen should consider the danger to the public which could be caused by hunt members being under the influence of alcohol while in charge of a horse on the public highway… Roy Everett, Yate, Bristol (letter)

Western Daily Press 26.11.05 WORRIED ABOUT MY RIGHT TO RIDE - I am writing about the use of the green lanes by motor vehicles. I am a 40-year-old mother of two, both living and working in rural Gloucestershire and my hobby is off-road motorcycling…. I am concerned about the proposed changes to the status of various rights of way and by the attitude of the majority of walkers who I encounter while out riding. They are invariably rude and treat me as though I shouldn't be there. A friend was actually struck on the arm by one such walker! However, I have never had anything but friendliness and consideration from the hunting fraternity and the local farmers…. Mrs C Mansfield-Smith, Gloucestershire (letter)

Telegraph 26.11.05 Savvy shopper: Pheasant - Rose Prince on how to buy food with peace of mind and a clear conscience - Shooting game birds may seem like an Edwardian anachronism, with pheasant nothing more than a niche meat enjoyed in gentlemen's clubs, but there is, surprisingly, something of a pheasant mountain… Anecdotal accounts of commercial shoots burying hundreds of birds are not myths, despite claims made on the Telegraph letters page this week. Participants in shoots report the practice continues. Meat wasted in this manner, however rare, is a real threat to the future of game shooting….(story)

Scotsman 26.11.05 A green and pheasant land - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - You can't have everything, I suppose. But I see from the Game Conservancy Trust report on why pheasants are good for woods that you get a better class of bramble in a pheasanty sort of wood than in a non-pheasanty wood…. (story)

Oxford Mail 26.11.05 Animal activists target Vodafone - Animal rights activists campaigning against Oxford University's new £18m research laboratory were holding a demonstration today… About 20 members of the protest group Speak were due to protest outside Vodafone's Cornmarket Street store at 1pm, as part of a national day of action. They say it is one of a number of businesses which should stop donating money to Oxford University… (story in archive)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 26.11.05 HUMANE TRUST STALL - The Humane Research Trust is holding a festive stall in Scunthorpe today. The stall will be in the High Street and will raise funds to help continue medical research which is conducted without the involvement of animals…. (story)

Guardian 26.11.05 Animal rights group savages ad watchdog - Julia Day - Advertising regulators have been attacked by an animals rights group for not upholding a complaint against a leaflet claiming tigers in a Cumbrian zoo are the "fittest and wildest" in Europe. The Captive Animals' Protection Society, which campaigns on behalf of animals used in the entertainment industry, believes the leaflet breaches committee of advertising practice codes and has called the Advertising Standards Authority's ruling "ridiculous"…. (story)

Western Daily Press 26.11.05 LET'S FORCE-FEED THE FOOD WRITER - I believe that you recently printed a letter in protest at the consumption of foie gras by Gourmand Blanc. In your Saturday supplement, I see that Mr Blanc is at it again… Our own country will not allow the force-feeding of birds for their fatty livers, and it is surprising that anyone orders food which involves such suf fering… Linda Marshall Ruscombe Gloucestershire (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 26.11.05 TOP CHEF JAMIE'S BARBARIC TV ACT - Further to Mr Griffin's comments, Points of View, November 21, I, too, am upset and angry that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver seems to have got away with slitting a lamb's throat on television….. Frances Wicks, Alphington Road, St Thomas, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 26.11.05 JEWS' METHODS UNACCEPTABLE - The most interesting letter from David Russell, Points of view, November 24, was headed Jews' slaughter method humane. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the letter which persuades me not to continue to consider that both kosher and halal methods of killing animals are unacceptable. This is my view. David may think that schechita fulfils the requirements of animal welfare and humane slaughter. I do not…. Mr T A Griffin, Salmon Pool Lane, St Leonard's, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.11.05 SEND JAMIE TO SALMON POOL - I reply to Terry Griffin, regarding Jamie Oliver and the slaughter of a lamb, Points of View, November 21. In this country, there is freedom of worship…. P C Marchant, Edgbaston Mead, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.11.05 JEWS' SLAUGHTER METHOD HUMANE - Terry Griffin, Points of view, November 21, refers to suffering to animals caused by the slaughter of animals on religious grounds. Let me explain how and why shechita - the Jewish religious humane method of animal slaughter for food - is not only tolerated in this country, but has been endorsed by successive British Governments for centuries. Shechita fulfils the requirements of animal welfare and humane slaughter, and is recognised by leading scientific and veterinary authorities…. David Russell, Shechita UK, London N3, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.11.05 ANIMAL KILLING IS INTOLERABLE - May i use Points of view to raise the issue of the appalling programme which featured Jamie Oliver in Italy cutting the throat of a conscious lamb. Am I the only one who found this absolutely appalling?... I am fundamentally opposed to the killing of live animals without first stunning them and yet this Government allows this practice to continue on religious grounds for Jews and Muslims…. Mr T A Griffin, Salmon Pool Lane, St Leonard's, Exeter (letter)

25.11.05

QUANTOCK STAGHOUNDS ALLEGATIONS DISMISSED
Horse & Hound 25.11.05 LACS video fails to win hunt prosecution - Anna Tyzack - Police have revealed they are not going to prosecute members of the Quantock Staghounds over an allegation of illegal hunting… The hunt always fervently denied any wrong doing and the Masters were never interviewed by the police. A police spokesman said the brief footage did not show enough evidence…. (story)
Western Morning News 17.11.05 POLICE DISMISS HUNT ALLEGATION AGAINST STAGHOUNDS - A westcountry hunt will not be prosecuted over an allegation of illegal hunting, despite campaigners claiming it was "the best evidence yet" of a breach of the ban. Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed to the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) that it will not be taking any action against the Somerset-based Quantock Staghounds…. (story)
Western Daily Press 16.11.05 NO CHARGES FOR QUANTOCK HUNT - Police have revealed they are not going to prosecute over an allegation of illegal hunting in the West that activists at the time dubbed "the best evidence yet" of a breach of the ban anywhere in the country. League Against Cruel Sport activists have been told by Devon and Cornwall Police that it will not be acting on evidence submitted in March concerning the activities of the Quantock Staghounds…. Next week the LACS will begin the first private prosecution under the new Hunting Act when Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, appears before magistrates in Barnstaple. (story)

Glasgow Herald 25.11.05 Now it’s neds who are fox hunting... in towns - VICKY COLLINS, Environment Correspondent - Wild animals are being hunted by youths with guns and dogs in Scotland's towns and cities. The foxes, badgers, and deer that have in recent years adapted to cities have become targets for people who would have previously only shot at cans…. (story)

Eastern Daily Press 25.11.05 On the lookout for affordable homes - CHRIS FISHER, EDP POLITICAL EDITOR - Major developments on the issue of affordable housing are in the offing… Next spring, moreover, the Affordable Rural Housing Commission will publish its report. This body is chaired by former Channel 4 News political editor Elinor Goodman, and she and other members of the commission will be travelling to East Anglia on Monday to gather more evidence…. But there will be no toadying to Downing Street from her. I have known her for about 20 years, and have long admired the independence as well as the sharpness of her thinking. It is worth pointing out, moreover, that she was offered the role of chairing the commission despite having a passionate commitment to foxhunting. (story)

Western Morning News 25.11.05 Bemused by ban - AS a regular reader of your letters page, I am becoming increasingly worried about some I have read in recent weeks…. My two dogs, a spaniel and a terrier/beagle cross, chased a mouse out of our wood pile last week and caught it. The next day, I took them out for a walk and they took off after a squirrel. It got away but I now wonder whether I have broken the law by not shooting it or attempting to shoot it?... Simon Gray, Broadclyst (letter)

Yorkshire Post 25.11.05 Nature's way is the best – even for hounds From: JW Buckley, Throstle Cottage, Aketon, Pontefract. I WROTE, on the subject of hunting – that nature would always have its way (Yorkshire Post, November 9). William B Thompson (Yorkshire Post, November 15 ) agrees that nature's way is best, but then argues that hunting is not natural…. He says that no creature takes the trouble to dig out its prey. Sorry, Mr Thompson, there are creatures which do just that. That hounds are trained to hunt is a very oft quoted misconception, but just not true…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 15.11.05 Nature's way is best – but is it the way of the hunters? From: William B Thompson, Park House Green, Harrogate. JW Buckley tells us that nature's way is best (Yorkshire Post, November 9). I completely agree with this philosophy. However, I cannot agree that hunting, as practised by mankind, is in any way a natural activity…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 14.11.05 From: C Butterworth, Dean Lane, Sowerby, Halifax. HOW can JW Buckley (Yorkshire Post, November 9) claim that people in fancy dress, riding horses, with dogs is nature? This statement beggars belief…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 9.11.05 Nature must have its way From: JW Buckley, Aketon, Pontefract. THE long complex letter from Heather Holmes, the regional press officer for the RSPCA (Yorkshire Post, November 1) lost sight of one very basic fact. Shooting, says the RSPCA, causes less suffering than hunting. Shooting is a man-made method, whereas hunting is the way of nature…. (letter)

Harborough Mail 25.11.05 In the line of blood-lust fire - INCREDIBLE! I thought I had heard it all, but Andrew Brown’s letter ‘Ban increases animal suffering’ (November 17) beats everything. Is he seriously intending to shoot to wound a timid, harmless – not to mention borderline endangered – animal, namely a hare, so that his beagling pals can have the fun of finishing it off?... Janet Gee, Tower Court, Lubenham (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 25.11.05 CAN'T PICK AND CHOOSE LAWS - Martin Kirby may not have any time for the fox (The Citizen, November 14). However the bill to ban hunting was an all party one, and passed by a large majority. To say it won't work, it can't be policed, so just ignore it, seems a strange thing to say. You can't pick and choose laws, isn't that why we elect an MP?... PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill, Nr Stroud (letter)
Gloucester 14.11.05 I'M FOXED BY ALL THIS FUSS - Martin Kirby - Despite the ban, it's business as usual, according to the anti-hunt lobby. Of course, the hunting fraternity say that's untrue and they now resemble a mounted brigade of Butlins Redcoats on a team-building exercise being chased around by members of a camcorder club. I have to say I find it strange that people who claim to be acting against cruelty to animals are willing to see foxhounds put down, but the bottom line for me is that all this fuss and bother is over an animal that is simply an overgrown rat with a bushy tail…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 25.11.05 MORE SENSIBLE TO OUTLAW CRUELTY - Lara Snowdon is absolutely right, Points of view, November 19. Furthermore, the irony of the Hunting Act is that it states that all deer that are flushed out must be shot. It is now illegal to flush out a deer without shooting it. It can only be right that the huntsmen should be able to choose which deer to shoot and which to let escape unharmed… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Tiverton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.11.05 WHY DOES CHASE LAST FOR HOURS? - If, as Ms Snowdon would have us believe, Points of View, November 19, the stag hunt selects a deer that is weak, disease-ridden, deformed, wounded or merely old for the day's sport, one wonders why they have to chase it for hours before it is too exhausted to run any further and is eventually shot… David Fanson, Beacon Lane, Whipton, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.11.05 HUNTING IS NOT FOR PEST CONTROL - Lara Snowdon, Points of view, November 19, clearly has a good knowledge of deer hunting. I am surprised, therefore, she insists that deer are hunted as a form of pest control… John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 22.11.05 APPALING WAS TO TREAT WILDLIFE - Pro-hunting Lara Snowdon, Points of view, November 19, makes some totally inaccurate and totally false statements about the hunting of deer. Hunted deer are not the disease-ridden old animals because they would not give the hunt a good chase, which is what hunting is about…. Deer hunting is appalling way to treat British wildlife and those who continue to flout the Hunting Act will sooner or later be brought to book. They will not be allowed to be above the law in their hounding and abuse of our wild animal heritage. Dave Wright, Hunt Watch, (by email)
Hunt Watch have recently written to me to say they are comming to monitor me flushing out deer with dogs with a view to prosecuting me. I'm happy to let them come and see what I do because I believe it is not cruel…. giles bradshaw, rose ash, devon (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.11.05 HUNTSMEN ARE PROTECTING DEER - I am aiming to give readers the facts and to set some issues straight with anti-hunt activist John Phelps, following his letter, Work of Kevin Hill not in vain, Points of view, November 9. Deer are hunted, firstly as a form of pest control, secondly and most importantly, to preserve and to control the deer population…. In short, hunting is the safest and, yes, the most humane way of protecting and regulating Britain's beautiful wild deer. Lara Snowdon, Within Lane, Aylesbeare (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 9.11.05 WORK OF KEVIN HILL NOT IN VAIN - My patience is being severely tested by the spurious arguments of people such as Giles Bradshaw, Is there a new hunt loophole, Points of View, November 1, about deer hunting…. I join the three writers, Points of View, November 1, in expressing my admiration and respect for hunt monitor Kevin Hill, who was assaulted for having the temerity to film the Devon and Somerset Staghounds…. Blood-sportsmen and blood-sportswomen no longer should have a place in our society. The new law is clear and must be enforced. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (by email) (letter)

Telegraph 25.11.05 Game birds are precious commodities The League Against Cruel Sports (letter, November 23) is, yet again, confusing fiction with reality. I beat regularly for a commercial shoot which rears a large number of birds and I know the value to the shoot of each of those birds… Lucinda Roberts, Crediton, Devon
I am not a supporter of shooting and dislike the killing of any animal without reason. However, I believe making shooting illegal would damage not only the rural economy, but also many bird species which rely on the habitat managed by shooting estates…. Matt Raven, Peterborough, Cambs (letters)
Telegraph 23.11.05 Game birds for eating not dumping - Contrary to the impression given by Dominic Prince's article "Game over for the big guns", the market for shot game is at its strongest for many years. Research has shown that game prices are up 40 per cent over the last two years and that the game market is growing at 15 per cent a year…. Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance, London SE11
Mr Prince claims that commercial shoots are often unable to sell or give away the game, burying them instead. Really? There may be odd birds sometimes buried when they're shot badly and cannot be sold, but to say that such acts are routine is just not credible…. Jonathan Young, Editor, The Field, London SE1
We are campaigning to end the intensive rearing of tens of millions of gamebirds to satisfy the requirements of commercial shoots…. Douglas Batchelor, League Against Cruel Sports, London SE1 (letters)

Scotsman 25.11.05 Executive's planned powers to cull in event of disease 'too wide' - FORDYCE MAXWELL RURAL AFFAIRS EDITOR - THERE must never be a repeat of the foot-and-mouth slaughtering horrors of 2001, the Green Party and Advocates for Animals told policy-makers this week. Both groups attacked proposed wider powers for the Scottish Executive, in the draft Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Bill, to slaughter animals immediately if there is an outbreak of infectious disease. Speaking before evidence on the bill was heard at Holyrood's environment and rural affairs committee this week, Mark Ruskell, Green MSP and deputy convener of the committee, said: "I have significant concerns that the powers proposed in this new legislation are too wide. In effect, ministers could order the culling of thousands of animals without having to give any explanation….” (story)

24.11.05

Worcester Evening News 24.11.05 TB campaigners come under fire - A VET has criticised what he believes is an ``orchestrated campaign'' to exonerate the badger from having a significant role in the transmission of tuberculosis to cattle. David Denny has blamed infected badgers for the transmission of TB…. He claimed that badger protection groups had sabotaged the Kreb's trial, set up to establish if culling badgers is an effective way to control bovine TB, by intimidation and the destruction of traps…. Director of the Badger Trust Jack Reedy argued that the badger population has not significantly increased… (story in archive)

TRIAL OF MARK TAYLOR
Cambridge Evening News 24.11.05 Animal activist first for new law - AN animal rights protester who is the first person in the country to be charged under new laws has had his case adjourned until next year. Mark Taylor from Wakefield has been accused of conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation… Taylor was released on bail on condition he had no contact with the firms involved in the protests. He was also banned from taking part in animal rights protests directed at private or business premises or anyone entering or leaving those premises…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 9.11.05 Animal rights accused is first under new law - AN animal rights protester who is the first person in the country to face a new charge aimed at protecting research laboratories, has had his case adjourned by Peterborough magistrates. New legislation has been used to charge Mark Anthony Taylor, 38, from Wakefield, Yorkshire, of three counts of interfering with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 6.10.05 Animal activist hit by new law - A PROTESTER has been accused of targeting firms linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in a bid to force it out of business. In a ground-breaking prosecution, new legislation has been used to charge Mark Anthony Taylor, of Henry Street, Wakefield, in Yorkshire, of three counts of interfering with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation….
Another animal rights protester has appeared in court charged with 18 counts of blackmail. Janet Lawrence, 51, admitted one charge but denied blackmailing 18 employees of companies connected to HLS. Lawrence, from Sunbury, in Middlesex, appeared at Hove Crown Court and the case was adjourned until October 31…. (story)
BBC News Online 5.10.05 Charge under animal research law - A man has been charged with breaching new laws designed to combat groups which target companies using animals in research work, police have said. Mark Taylor, 38, from Wakefield, West Yorks, is accused of interference with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation…. A police spokeswoman said the allegations related to protests at the premises of a company in Peterborough which supplied the firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), based in nearby Huntingdon…. (story)

Guardian 24.11.05 College security ban on hijabs and hoodies - Polly Curtis, education correspondent - Imperial College London has banned staff and students from wearing hijabs or hoodies on its campuses as part of an effort to improve security…. College officials said the move was part of renewed efforts to improve security after the summer bombings in London. It was also an attempt to combat theft and deter animal rights activists… (story)
Independent 23.11.05 Imperial College bans students from wearing hoodies and veils By Richard Garner, Education Editor - One of the country's most prestigious universities has banned its students from wearing hoodies or veils - and told them they must show their faces at all times. Imperial College London has introduced the ban over security concerns "raised by the terrorist incidents which had occurred over the summer". But a spokesman for the college, a member of the elite Russell Group of universities which represents the country's 19 leading research institutions, said the ban had as much to do with combating theft and the activities of groups such as animal rights extremists as terrorists…. (story)

BUAV REACH LETTER
News Shopper 24.11.05 Animal testing concerns - J Etherington, Mackenzie Road, Beckenham (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 19.11.05 TESTS WOULD BE ANIMAL DISASTER - BERNIE JONES (letter)
Bromley Express 18.11.05 Don't let MEPs vote for cruel animal testing - Mrs J Etherington, Beckenham (letter)
Yorkshire Post 18.11.05 Cruelty under EU auspices Form: Martin Howell, Rodley Lane, Leeds (letter)
Western Telegraph 17.11.05 Stop new animal testing - Stop new animal testing - HOLLY C. BENIAMS Wesley Place Trecwn (letter in archive)
Central Somerset Gazette 3.11.05 EUROPEAN ANIMAL TESTING PROPOSAL - As a nation of animal-lovers, readers will be concerned to know that the European Parliament is soon to vote on proposals which could mean that millions of animals will die in Europe's largest-ever mass animal testing programme… The new proposal, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), is intended to assess the safety of tens of thousands of chemicals… Much more information about these animal tests can be found at www.buav.org . P M Palin, Keward Avenue, Wells (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.10.05 INHUMANE USE OF OUR ANIMALS - As part of a nation of animal-lovers, readers of the Express & Echo will be concerned to know that the European Parliament is soon to vote on proposals which could mean that millions of animals will die in Europe's largest ever mass animal testing programme…. Fortunately, amendments backing non-animal techniques have been proposed and MEPs from the South West will soon be voting on this proposal. I challenge them to write to the Echo and assure voters that they will be backing these humane and modern alternatives to prevent this potential disaster for animals…. Mrs Frances Wick, Alphington Road, St Thomas, Exeter (letter)

Barnet & Potters Bar Times 24.11.05 Horse show attracts rights protests By Beena Nadeem - Animal rights campaigners from Barnet will gather outside Brent Cross shopping centre on Saturday to protest against a live show featuring 30 performing horses. The Spirit of the Horse show will be concluding its national tour for the year in what it describes as a £2 million equestrian theatre show, featuring 30 horses…. Organiser Pamela Kinnunen, from Cricklewood, said: "These animals are tired and stressed. The horses only get to have a one-hour break between three two-hour performances on Saturdays…" A spokesman from Spirit of the Horse said: "We never make any comment about people who have the devout aim of cutting human contact between horses and humans."… (story)

Warrington Guardian 24.11.05 Elephants never forget - WELL of course Moira Roberts of Bobby Roberts Circus (Guardian, November 3) is going to say that Anne the elephant is fine with them, but you will never convince me Ms Roberts!... When are people like Bobby Roberts going to get it into their heads that animals, especially wild ones, do not belong in circuses doing degrading tricks for the public's amusement?... Viv Cowley, Fairclough Avenue, Howley (letter in archive)
Warrington Guardian 3.11.05 Our elephant Anne is loved by circus family - FOLLOWING an article in last week's Guardian, I would like to put on record a few facts on behalf of the circus. Anne, our Asian elephant, now 52 years old, has been with the circus for some 46 years, having arrived here from Sri Lanka. She has known no other life but with the circus family where she is loved and cared for….Over the past four months, because of the aggravated publicity, the circus has brought in an independent vet in practically every town we have visited, as well as vets appointed independently by local councils when we are on council-owned sites. On each and every occasion we have received very satisfactory reports of which we are justifiably proud… We will continue to look after her with the best care and attention to her needs for as long as necessary, and know that she will be loved and cared for in the best possible manner - Moira Roberts, Bobby Roberts Super Circus (letter in archive)

Torquay Herald Express 24.11.05 GHASTLY SKIN TRADE FROM CHINA - This country seems eager to embrace an economic relationship with China even though their record on human rights is abysmal. With beauty being paramount in our shallow world, trade in the cosmetics empire is booming, therefore, it comes as no surprise to discover Collagen is being produced by a Chinese firm using the skins of executed criminals. Presumably, this is more cost-effective than using the skins of dead animals, which is a pretty gross practice in any case… PHILIPPA SAMPSON, Borough Park Road, Paignton (letter)

Formby Times 24.11.05 Centre hits crisis point By Lyndsay Young, Formby Times - FUNDING is needed to keep Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre up and running. It is appealing for cash donations after being forced to close its doors on abandoned animals… (story)

Leicester Mercury 24.11.05 VEGGIE'S RIPOSTE - Where on earth did Paul Taylor get his information from… I have been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. In all that time, I have never seen a fish or chicken tree! Trish Kirby, Aylestone. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 24.11.05 BLATANT CRUELTY - In response to Mr Taylor (Mercury Mailbox, November 17), in my opinion, there is no valid excuse to kill an animal - full stop… Mr V Varu, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 17.11.05 CRITICISM UNFAIR - Mr V Varu (Mailbox, November 8) claims it is hypocritical to be concerned about animal welfare, as we slaughter animals for food…. Is it, in his opinion, only acceptable to kill animals as long as it is in the name of a religion? My family and I are neither vegetarian nor religious, but we, including our children, know the difference between blatant animal cruelty and the slaughter of animals for food. Paul Taylor, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 8.11.05 HYPOCRISY OVER ANIMAL WELFARE - I would like to comment on M L Smith's and B Tolton's views (Mailbox, November 4), which I find so hypocritical. I take it that it's not OK for animals to be possibly scared for a small part of the year, where no physical harm actually occurs, but it's OK when these same animals are sent to the slaughterhouse. Now that is fear, panic, you name it…. An animal is an animal. So, how hypocritical to complain about animal welfare and Diwali fireworks, but not the slaughter of animals which is purely done to satisfy the sense of taste?... Mr V Varu, Leicester. (story)

23.11.05

Western Daily Press 23.11.05 TREASURE HUNTING - Regarding the Western Daily Press headline, "Farmers can't cope" (November 5), one way to earn money is to charge the hunts and followers to use your land… R Sawyer Bath (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 23.11.05 TRADITION NO EXCUSE TO CONTINUE HUNTING - As a newcomer to Lincolnshire, I have noticed that the county has a large pro-hunting fraternity…. I have never believed hunting to be an acceptable way of keeping the animals safe, in whatever form they try to get away with. Hunting is purely a blood sport and is barbaric. It does nothing to keep the numbers of foxes limited… MRS M. F. EDMEAD Lincoln. (letter)

Western Morning News 23.11.05 NEW RECRUITER LIFTS GAME TRUST'S PROFILE - An enthusiastic new recruiter is boosting the profile of game and wildlife conservation charity the Game Conservancy Trust in Somerset. Nigel Ellis-Gray, of Cannington, has taken on the role of membership recruiter and aims to make people aware of the research the trust undertakes and the contribution it makes to the countryside…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 23.11.05 Docking ban has a sting in the tail - IAN SWANSON, SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR - DOG breeders in Scotland face being driven south of the Border by controversial plans to ban tail-docking, it was claimed today. The Animal Health and Welfare Bill, currently going through the Scottish Parliament, will outlaw the practice except for working dogs. But legislation in England is not expected to include a ban on tail-docking…. (story)

BBC News Online 23.11.05 Call to stop animal slaughter law - Animal rights campaigners have called on the Scottish Executive not to introduce legislation which would give it unlimited powers over slaughter. The Duchess of Hamilton, on behalf of Advocates for Animals, is to hand in a report and urge ministers to use other methods to deal with disease outbreaks…. (story)

Western Daily Press 23.11.05 KEEP ON FIGHTING THIS CRUEL TRADE - At this time of year heavily pregnant harp seals will be swimming south to reach their breeding grounds around New foundland. At the same time, the Canadian authorities are meeting to decide how many of the as yet unborn seal cubs will be slaughtered next spring…. Respect For Animals in the UK is just one of the organisations fighting the international fur trade… Pat Parkinson Welsh Newton Common Monmouthshire (letter)

22.11.05

Western Morning News 22.11.05 Fanatical minority - I CONCUR with the contribution of Tess Nash… When a fanatical minority in the Commons invoked the Parliament Act to force the inept and illogical hunting Act on to the statue books against the wishes of the Prime Minister and the House of Lords they effectively proved that they can change our constitution at any time on a whim. W T Sweet, Helston (letter)

Western Morning News 22.11.05 My dogs and I are going straight - AFTER months of breaking the Hunting Act by flushing out deer with dogs, I've decided to go straight and stop breaking the law… now we will flush them out accidentally, which is still legal. Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (letter)

Scarborough Evening News 22.11.05 Detentions cruel as hunting - JARROW MP Stephen Hepburn was outspoken in his condemnation of the fox hunting fraternity, saying that chasing and killing foxes was cruel. However, he obviously believes that interference with civil liberty and allowing the authorities to detain people for 90 days without charge is less cruel. I fail to understand that. L R Chapman, Kristin Avenue, Jarrow. (letter)

Yorkshire Post 22.11.05 Misconceptions cloud the picture over cruelty of fox hunting From: Richard Linkogel, Greenburn Laithe, Cowling Hill, North Yorkshire. MIKE Hobday, of the League Against Cruel Sports, writes to complain that fox hunting continues…The best summary of these misconceptions that I have read was written by Richard Course, in his submission to the Burns Report on hunting which read: "The common misconception of fox hunting is that, from the outset, a small terrified fox is hounded and ruthlessly pursued for several hours until it is exhausted, then torn apart by a vicious pack of dogs while a semi-drunken pack of toffs look on laughing and smearing each other with blood in some kind of ritual." Mr Course eventually concludes that hunting foxes with hounds is the most humane method of control… when you learn that Mr Course was chairman and chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports until 1988, it rather takes the wind out Mr Hobday's sails…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 14.11.05 Taking 'triumphalist' hunters to task - From: Mike Hobday, head of public affairs, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. TO read "Triumphant hunts can look to change in law" was to enter into a parallel universe where there is no public opposition to the pursuit and ripping apart of animals as sport; where a democratically-elected Parliament had not banned this bloodsport; and where there is the faintest hope of the Hunting Act being overturned… (letter)

Worcester Evening News 22.11.05 Hunt exploiting a legal loophole - I see that the Ledbury Hunt is now resorting to using eagles to pursue their barbaric sport. How ironic, when considering some gamekeepers have been known to illegally poison birds of prey to protect their game birds from predation?... L SPITERI, Worcester. (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 22.11.05 ENSURE HUNTS DO NOT BREAK THE LAW - If Baroness Ann Mallalieu is serious in her condemnation of the vicious attack on IFAW hunt monitor Kevin Hill, she and the rest of the members of the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds should help the police track down the thug who so brutally attacked Mr Hill…. Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset
A sensible law would ban all unnecesary cruelty, not hunting which is not necesarily cruel. An organisation called Hunt Watch is now threatening me with prosecution for simply flushing Deer out of woodland with dogs. This cannot be justified as what I do is not cruel and certainly far less cruel than other forms of pest control…. giles bradshaw, rose ash, devon (letter)

Northern Echo 22.11.05 National award for gamekeeper - A GAMEKEEPER who helped restore an overgrown moor has won a national award. Jimmy Shuttlewood, head keeper at Snilesworth Moor, near Hawnby, was given a special accolade in the Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation. He was presented with a cheque for £500 by MP Kate Hoey, chairwoman of the Countryside Alliance, at a ceremony in London…. (story in archive)

Glasgow Herald 22.11.05 Co-operating to grow the rural economy - You report that Cairngorms national park is considering banning outsiders from purchasing homes within its boundaries in an effort to make affordable homes available to local people (November 21)…. The Scottish Countryside Alliance has long held the view that Scotland lacks a vision for the countryside, and we believe it is this that prevents us developing an integrated strategy for the future of rural Scotland. Encouraging young people to take up jobs in the Cairngorms national park is one thing, but legislating against inward investment in a free society smacks of social engineering, and is potentially disastrous for the rural economy. The issue is one of balance…. Tony Andrews, chief executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance, West Mains Cottage, Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh (letter)

Yorkshire Post 22.11.05 From: Pat Rattigan, British Anti-Vivisection Association, Chesterfield. AFTER being told, repeatedly, that their proposals to test thousands of chemicals on animals would be a colossally expensive, total waste of animal lives and public money, the European Parliament have chosen to do just that…. (letter)

PASSIVE PRESSURE ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP LETTER
News Shopper 22.11.05 Defend the defenceless - Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group (letter)
Bexley Express 20.10.05 Poor animals need our help - Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group, "Working to give the Animals a Voice (letter)
Bexley Times 20.10.05 Poor animals need our help Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group, "Working to give the Animals a Voice (letter)
Bromley Times 20.10.05 Animal plea - Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group (letter)
Bromley Express 20.10.05 Animal plea - Many of your readers will know our pets have their own personalities, and scientists are constantly discovering how similar animals are to us in how they feel pain and emotions ranging from love and friendship through to fear and grief. But how would we feel if our animals were slowly poisoned to death, deliberately infected with deadly diseases, or crammed into sheds with no natural light and knee-deep in their own waste? Unfortunately, this is the fate suffered by millions upon millions of animals in this country in vivisection labs and factory farms…. Jan Yarker, Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group (letter)

21.11.05

ATTACK ON ESSEX & SUFFOLK KENNELS
Horse & Hound 21.11.05 Arson attack on hunt kennels - Anna Tyzack - Hunt saboteurs are suspected to have carried out an attack on the Essex and Suffolk Hunt kennels, during which horses and hounds let out… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 21.11.05 Fury as hunt kennels attacked - BRAD JONES - A COUNTRYSIDE campaign group last night denounced hunt saboteurs as “rural terrorists” after horses and hounds were released and fires started at a Suffolk kennels. Police and the fire service were called shortly after 1am yesterday after staff at the Essex and Suffolk Hunt kennels in Layham, near Hadleigh, discovered the break-in. They were horrified to find 82 hounds and five horses had been freed, and the gates to the premises left wide open onto a road…. a spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association said: “I can say categorically no member of the HSA would take any action that would endanger the life of hunting hounds and horses. We care for their welfare.”… (story)
Western Daily Press 21.11.05 ATTACK ON KENNELS - A Countryside campaign group yesterday denounced hunt saboteurs as rural terrorists after horses and hounds were released and fires started at kennels overnight. Police and the fire service were called shortly after 1am after staff at the Essex and Suffolk Hunt kennels in Layham, Suffolk, discovered the break-in…. (story)
BBC News Online 20.11.05 Saboteurs blamed for hunt attack - Hunt saboteurs have been blamed by pro-hunt campaigners for an arson attack on a kennels in which horses and dozens of hounds were let out. The intruders also set fire to rubbish in a wheelie bin and fencing. The attack was in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Essex and Suffolk Hunt at Layham near Hadleigh, Suffolk…. The culprits had also used an aerosol to spray the words "hunt scum" on the road…(story)

Independent 21.11.05 PANDORA By Oliver Marre - Is Kate Hoey embarrassed by her job as Chairman of the Countryside Alliance?... Last week, the gun-maker Purdey held its annual conservation awards, presented by Miss Hoey. However, Pandora - in common with all other journalists attending the function - was forbidden to approach the frizzy MP for a chat…. While an official spokesman for the Countryside Alliance denied that they'd issued the order, it doesn't exactly make it look like she's a keen cheerleader for their cause. (story)

Western Morning News (or Torquay Herald Express) 21.11.05 BIRD FLU OUTBREAK MAY BRING SHOOTING BAN - Game shooting could be banned across the Westcountry if bird flu reaches the region, Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw has warned…. The Countryside Alliance said the shooting industry would co-operate with any "reasonable" measure needed to halt the spread of the disease, but warned that any restrictions on game shooting could have a major impact on the rural economy in the Westcountry, where the sport is a multi-million-pound industry…. The League Against Cruel Sports said the Government was right to consider the restrictions, with a spokesman saying the "unnecessary" release of millions of game birds for sport posed a disease risk that could be avoided…. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 21.11.05 Ban on racing? You’rebiased - IT is a characteristic of the anti, let’s-ban-everything brigade, that they never allow the facts to get in the way of their biased and bigoted views. I am referring to the outrageous letter by Alan Castree… The horse was not flogged by his jockey…. He had, in fact, been pulled up because his jockey felt something was wrong with the horse. The jockey had dismounted and was being led back, not ridden… There will be no loss of stud fees, as, along with the vast majority of male jumping horses, Best Mate was a gelding, and therefore unable to reproduce…. CR SIMPSON., Roweltown, Carlisle (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 9.11.05 HORSE RACING BAN - I FELT compelled to write after reading Alan Castree’s ‘insight’ into racing when he called for a ban… could he enlighten News & Star readers as to how a gelding might attract stud fees. We have bred horses for a number of years, but this is news to us. ANITA THORBURN, Walmersyke, Carlisle (lettter)
Carlisle News & Star 7.11.05 Horse racing should be banned - I FAIL to understand the shock at a horse dropping dead while being flogged to exhaustion…. The resulting crocodile tears shed for the horse by the owner, various bookmakers, and other hangers-on were repulsive. Their only ‘loss’ is in money that they will lose and stud fees the horse may have attracted. It’s about time this barbaric, so-called sport was banned. ALAN CASTREE, Brough Street, Aspatria (letter)

Western Morning News 21.11.05 Suffering chickens - OVER the years the price of chicken has fallen dramatically and it is now an everyday food, with bargain prices leading to ever greater consumption…. Birds are now ruthlessly factory farmed, causing an immense amount of animal suffering… Mrs E Bacon, Yelverton (letter)

19.11.05

Equestrian Today (Yorkshire Post) 19.11.05 Exploring the moral maze of hunting - The new hunting season has started and in its wake is a spate of for and against letters as a paper chase of opinion is laid… I have to be honest to say that many horse people hunt to ride, so they would be happy with a drag line. They may eventually discover that it costs much more to insure a horse for drag hunting than even for eventing, though that skirts the moral issue…. It is no time for those against our rural pursuits to crow. They may eat crow in a pie in the future when the new law is found unworkable (story)

Gloucester Citizen (or Gloucestershire Echo) 19.11.05 START OF THE SEASON - As the official fox-hunting season gets under way, DENNIS APPERLY takes a glimpse at a colourful way of life which is steeped in tradition and fiercely defended by its supporters… At the Boxing Day meet of the Ledbury Hunt last year, 5,000 people from all walks of life thronged the streets of the picturesque market town. That's the same number of people expected to witness the switch- on of the Christmas lights in Gloucester tomorrow. (story)

South Wales Echo 19.11.05 MAY I through the pages of your newspaper thank and congratulate the majority of hunts who have chosen to operate within the law of the land…. Rob Curtis, Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry (letter)
Western Mail 19.11.05 May I through the pages of your newspaper thank and congratulate the majority of hunts which have chosen to operate within the law of the land. I believe that there is now an opportunity for these law-abiding hunts, which now practise drag hunting, to increase their memberships by appealing to the thousands of people who love horse riding, but who were always opposed to the chasing to death of a wild mammal for fun…. ROB CURTIS, (Labour, Vale of Glamorgan Council), Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry (letter)

LACS ILLEGAL HUNTING LETTER
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 19.11.05 Watch for the hunters' con trick JOHN COOPER, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports Ltd, Union Street, London (letter in archive)
Wharfedale Observer 17.11.05 Hunt spies - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports Ltd, (letter in archive)
Ilkley Gazette 17.11.05 Hunt hunters - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports Ltd, 83-87 Union Street, London. (letter in archive)
North Devon Journal 10.11.05 START OF HUNTING SEASON REVIVES OLD EMNITIES - JOHN COOPER, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. (letter)
Northumberland Gazette 10.11.05 Keep an eye open for illegal hunts - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, London (letter)
Bucks Free Press 7.11.05 Hunters beware - John Cooper, chairman, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 4.11.05 Watch for abuses - John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports Ltd, Union Street, London (letter in archive)
Keighley News 4.11.05 So the hunting season is upon us again and the Countryside Alliance's new figurehead, Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, is assuring us that hunting smells the same and looks the same…. John Cooper, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London (letter in archive)
Carlisle News & Star 1.11.05 Be alert to illegal hunting - JOHN COOPER, Chairman, League Against Cruel Sports Ltd, Union Street, London (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 29.10.05 SOAPBOX: HUNTING - So the hunting season is upon us again and the Countryside Alliance's new figurehead Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, is assuring us that hunting smells the same and looks the same. Hunts are claiming that more supporters are out in the field. This is all fine, as long as what the hunts are doing is within the law. The League Against Cruel Sports never wanted to stop people enjoying a great ride in the countryside… Our intelligence shows that the majority of hunts are keeping within the law, but a significant minority are criminalising themselves by continuing to hunt wild mammals with dogs…. If the hunters freely choose to criminalise themselves, they will realise that they must face the consequences. John Cooper, chairman, League Against Cruel Sports, 83-87 Union Street, London, SE1 1SG. (story)

Daily Ireland 19.11.05 Campaign launched to stop animal acts - Animal-rights activists have launched a campaign to stop circuses using animals. Members of the groups Animal Defenders International and the Animal Rights Action Network carried out undercover research between 2000 and 2003… Kildare-based John Carmody of the Animal Rights Action Network said: “This investigation has revealed animal suffering in Irish circuses on a large scale, which the circus industry has been desperate to hide….” (story)

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Western Daily Press 18.11.05 OUR PETS CAN BE VICTIMS OF HUNTS - What rights do hunters have to pursue foxes over private land, roads and railways? Hunting is not a form of control - it is not always the fox who ends up getting killed…. Miss E A Smith Bristol (letter)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 18.11.05 Let’s film hunt activities - Mr Brown (Mercury letters last week) tells us that the new hunting rules make a mockery of animal welfare. Recently my wife and I witnessed the awful sight of a pack of hounds in full cry chasing a hare while being driven on by horn and voice by the hunt master… Perhaps decent law-abiding tax payers who are interested in animal welfare could monitor the activities of the hunts with video cameras so that if we see any unlawful hunting occurring, we can pass them on to the police and they could be convicted for the law breakers that they really are…. A HALES, Cecil Close, Bourne (letter)
Rutland & Stamford Mercury 11.11.05 New hunting rules make a mockery of animal welfare - As a youngster I was always very much opposed to hunting in any form, but when I became a livestock farmer and saw first hand the terrible injuries and cruelty inflicted by foxes on livestock I began to change my mind. But what finally swung me round to the hunting cause was when I witnessed the alternatives such as snaring, poisoning and shooting, all of which impose a great deal more suffering on the fox than hunting it with hounds, where it is either killed or gets clean away…. On our farm we have hosted the local beagle hound pack twice a year for nearly 30 years, and in that time I think they have caught the grand total of two hares. But this year due to the Hunting Act and in order to stay within the law I will have to shoot a hare, not to kill it but to wound it, so that the beagles can carry on as before. How this improves animal welfare is completely beyond me… Andrew Brown, Fairchild’s Lodge, Caldecott (letter)

Gloucestershire Gazette 18.11.05 Ignoring the law - WHEN reporters were talking to hunts people last year during the run up to the ban, one asked a child of about 11 if she didn't think hunting was cruel. "Yes of course it is," she said, before an adult moved to shut her up, "but it's a good day out"…. Miss M Hughes, Bradley Road, Wotton-under-Edge (letter in archive)

JOHN TIERNEY CLERGY LETTER
Daily Ireland 18.11.05 Blessing of hunts - I was horrified to read the letter from Jack Duffin (Daily Ireland, November 14). He really should get his facts straight…. Mr Tierney has simply written the truth as many of us see it. The majority of people here are totally opposed to the abuse of animals and, whether it be by a priest or the “man in the street", the abuse of children and animals has to be condemned…. Patricia J Hemming, Kinsalebeg, Youghal, Co Cork (letter)
Daily Ireland 14.11.05 Animal claims are absurd - In his recent outburst (Daily Ireland, November 7), John Tierney, campaign director of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs, tells us that Catholic clergy have a passion for blood sports, including hunting, shooting and fox-hunting. Apparently they even bless hounds before a hunt, even though there appears to be no record of this ever happening and no evidence that field sports are a favourite pastime of Catholic clergy…. We need to look beyond the outrageous notion that animals have rights at all and the absurdly anthropomorphic claims that are made by people who hold such notions. We should consider the weird animal-rights characters that have dug up corpses from their graves and poisoned chocolate in supermarkets that they knew would be consumed by innocent children…. Jack Duffin, Belfast (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 14.11.05 Society must wake up to the evils of animal abuse - JOHN TIERNEY, Campaigns Director, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, Dublin (letter)
Daily Ireland 11.11.05 Catholic Church hunt blessings are condoning animal abuse - John Tierney, Campaigns Director, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)
News Letter 11.11.05 A Bloodsport Clergy - As the media tread the sewage waters of the Irish Catholic church laying bare the nefarious deeds committed against young children by 'members of the cloth' let us not forget another element of abuse. The high level of Catholic clergy involved in bloodsports in the Republic is a scandal that hurts the nonhuman members of our society. For years, priests have been involved in hare coursing, fox hunting and shooting…. No difference exists between animal and child abusers… John Tierney, Association of Hunt Saboteurs Dublin (letter)

Border Telegraph 18.11.05 Council rejects ban on airguns - A SCOTTISH local authority’s call to support a ban on airguns has been thrown out by Scottish Borders Council. Councillors voted 25-3 against an initiative by West Dunbartonshire Council, which wants Westminster to impose a complete ban on the non-commercial use of airguns…. (story)

Guardian 18.11.05 Don't be blinkered to the cruelty of racing - At least one racehorse dies each day, and thousands more face lives of suffering, writes Andrew Tyler… Director of Animal Aid (story)

KEITH MANN RELEASED EARLY FOR WICKHAM LAB RAID
Western Daily Press 18.11.05 FURY AS ANIMAL RIGHTS MAN FREED - The early release from jail of an animal rights activist once described as a ruthless fanatic was yesterday attacked by his victims and the science community. Keith Mann was jailed for 18 months in April for breaking into an animal laboratory and threatening its head in court…. (story)
Telegraph 18.11.05 Fears after animal rights leader freed By Duncan Gardham - The early release from jail of an animal rights activist once described as a "ruthless fanatic" has been attacked by his victims. Keith Mann was jailed for 18 months in April for breaking into an animal laboratory and threatening a director in court. But he was freed after serving six months, was electronically tagged, and is thought to be living with his girlfriend in Poole, Dorset…. (story)
BBC News Online 17.11.05 Lab plot man's release criticised - The early release from jail of an animal rights activist who broke into a laboratory and later threatened its boss has been criticised by his victim. Keith Mann was jailed for 18 months in April for raiding Hampshire's Wickham Laboratories and threatening its technical director in court. Mann, 39, from Poole, Dorset, was freed on 31 October after serving six months and has been electronically tagged. Victim Chris Bishop said his early release sent out the "wrong message"… (story)
Guardian 17.11.05 Scientists criticise activist's release - The early release from jail of an animal rights activist once described as a "ruthless fanatic" was today attacked by his victims and the science community. Keith Mann was jailed for 18 months in April this year for breaking into an animal laboratory and threatening its head in court. Mann, who was freed on October 31 after serving six months of his sentence, has been electronically tagged, and is now thought to be living with his girlfriend in Poole, Dorset… (story)
Bournemouth Daily Echo 12.7.05 Activist gets jail sentence after appeal by Charis Mastris - A VETERAN animal rights activist who originally escaped prison for organising a raid on an animal laboratory has been jailed for a year by the Court of Appeal. Keith Mann, from Buckland Road, Parkstone, was given a 230-hour community punishment order by Portsmouth Crown Court for conspiring to burgle Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire, which led to 695 mice being stolen in December 2003. But on Monday, three London judges quashed the "unduly lenient" order after hearing submissions made on behalf of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC, that Mann should have been jailed…. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.7.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS TERRORIST IS JAILED - An animal rights activist was jailed for 12 months yesterday by Court of Appeal judges who ruled that a 230-hour community punishment order originally imposed in his case for a research laboratory raid was "unduly lenient". Quashing the punishment order, the three judges in London ordered that the new sentence should run consecutively to a six-month prison term Keith Mann is currently serving for contempt of court… (story)
Times 12.7.05 Activist is jailed for raid on lab - An animal rights activist was jailed for a year by Court of Appeal judges in London who ruled that a 230-hour community punishment order imposed for breaking into a research laboratory in Hampshire was “unduly lenient”. The judges ordered that the new sentence should run consecutively to a six-month prison term that Keith Mann, 39, is serving for contempt of court (story)
Guardian 11.7.05 Judges extend jail term for animal rights activist - Press Association - A notorious animal rights activist was jailed for 12 months today by court of appeal judges who ruled that a 230-hour community punishment order originally imposed in his case for a research laboratory raid was "unduly lenient". Overturning the punishment order, the three judges in London ordered that the new sentence should run on from the six-month prison term that Keith Mann, one of Britain's most notorious animal rights extremists, is currently serving for a contempt of court offence…. (story)
Bournemouth Daily Echo 6.7.05 Legal bid to keep extremist in jail by Joanna Codd - THE Government's chief legal adviser is going to the Court of Appeal in London on Monday (July 11) to try and keep a Dorset animal rights extremist in jail. Keith Mann, of Buckland Road, Poole, is a leading member of the Animal Liberation Front and advocates direct action - including arson - to stop animal experimentation…. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Mann called the decision to review his sentence "clearly vindictive and politically motivated." He pointed out that no request had been made to review the sentence of his co-defendant, 42-year-old Melvyn Glintenkamp, of North Drive, New Milton, who was sentenced to 150 hours community service for conspiracy to burgle. (story in archive)
Reuters 5.7.05 Government seeks stiffer sentence on animal rights militant - LONDON (Reuters) - The government has asked the court of appeal to impose a tougher sentence on a leading animal rights activist who was given a community service order for breaking into a research laboratory…. Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, the government's top law advisor, has asked the court to reconsider the sentence given to Keith Mann, a member of direct action protest group the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)…. (story)
Guardian 5.7.05 Animal rights activist faces longer sentence - Sandra Laville - The attorney general has intervened to try to impose a tougher sentence on one of Britain's most notorious animal rights extremists. Lord Goldsmith will apply in the court of appeal on Monday for a review of the community penalty imposed on Keith Mann, 39, a leading member of the Animal Liberation Front and an outspoken advocate of direct action, including arson, in the fight to end animal experiments. The attorney general believes the 230-hour community service order Mann received last April for a burglary at Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire was "unduly lenient"…. (story)
Guardian 25.6.05 ALF extremist stands by call to flames - The animal rights convict who believes arson is the answer - Sandra Laville - "If attracting attention is part of the intent of an action ... then how better than in flames?" Keith Mann recently said. Jailed for seven years in the 90s for attempted arson, he cemented his place in animal rights folklore. Now, four years after his release, Mann, 39, a leading member of the Animal Liberation Front, is back in jail… (story)
Bournemouth Daily Echo 3.5.05 Activist's passing threat leads to jail sentence - AN ANIMAL rights activist was jailed for threatening the director of an animal laboratory moments after being sentenced for another offence. Keith Mann, from Buckland Road, Parkstone, was given a six-month prison sentence for contempt of court after making the threat. The incident happened moments after he was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court for organising a raid on the same labs…. (story in archive)
Guardian 30.4.05 Veteran animal rights activist jailed after threat in court - Owen Bowcott - Moments after being spared prison, the veteran animal rights activist Keith Mann landed himself in jail yesterday by openly threatening the director of a research laboratory who was sitting in court. The act of defiance forced Judge Richard Price to reconvene proceedings at Portsmouth crown court, conduct a trial on the charge of contempt of court and sentence Mann, 38, to six months in prison…. (story)
Independent 30.4.05 Animal rights activist jailed after threatening scientist By Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent - An animal rights extremist has been jailed for threatening a laboratory executive moments after avoiding a prison sentence for planning to liberate hundreds of mice. Judge Richard Price told Keith Mann, 38, at Portsmouth Crown Court that he would only serve a community punishment order of 230 hours to prevent him becoming a martyr. But as he walked out of court, Mann - once described as a "ruthless fanatic" by a judge - leant over Chris Bishop, technical director of Wickham Laboratories, and warned him: "Your travel has only just started, you will need to look under your bed." The judge immediately reconvened the court and held a short trial, after which he jailed Mann for six months for contempt of court…. (story)
Telegraph 30.4.05 Judge changes mind and jails ALF man By Richard Alleyne - A judge who gave one of the most notorious animal rights activists a community service order yesterday changed his mind and jailed him after he continued to issue threats as he left the court. Keith Mann, 38, a prominent member of the Animal Liberation Front, was told by Judge Richard Price that he would not be jailed for a raid on a laboratory because it would make him a "martyr". But the judge had Mann hauled back before the court and jailed him for six months after he made threats towards one of the laboratory workers…. (story)
Times 30.4.05 Animal activist jailed for making threats in court - AN ANIMAL rights activist was jailed for six months for contempt of court yesterday after threatening a director of an animal laboratory moments after being sentenced for another offence. The incident happened just after Keith Mann had been given a 230-hour community punishment order for conspiring to burgle the laboratory…. (story)
Western Daily Press 30.4.05 THE ANIMAL TERRORIST - A Notorious West animal rights activist was jailed for six months yesterday after issuing a chilling courtroom threat to a laboratory director. Keith Mann, of Poole, Dorset, had just been given a 230-hour community punishment order for organising a raid on an animal laboratory in Hampshire. But instead of walking free from court after escaping a prison sentence, Mann, 38, was hauled back before the judge on contempt of court charges following a bizarre courtroom incident. Moments after Judge Richard Price yesterday handed down the community punishment sentence, Mann leaned over Chris Bishop, technical director of Wickham Laboratories, and warned him: "Your trouble has only just started."… (story)
Portsmouth News 30.4.05 Animal protester jailed after court threat - A FANATICAL animal rights activist has been jailed for threatening to continue his terror tactics minutes after being allowed to walk free from court. Gloating Keith Mann threatened a laboratory director as he left the dock for plotting a raid on Wickham Laboratories. Just seconds after being handed community service for the break-in, Mann fronted up to police boasting 'I've won'. He them smugly leaned towards the lab's technical director Chris Bishop and whispered: 'Your trouble is only just beginning. You will need to look under your bed.'… (story)
BBC News Online 29.4.05 Mice plot man jailed for threat - An animal rights activist was jailed for six months for contempt after threatening a director of an animal laboratory in court. The incident happened after Keith Mann, from Poole in Dorset, was sentenced for organising a raid on the same lab…. Mann… had earlier been warned he faced a jail sentence on Friday. But the judge decided to give him a chance and handed down the community punishment order after hearing the defendant was a carer for his partner. But as Mann left the court, he lent over Mr Bishop and said to him: "Your trouble has only just started, you will need to look under your bed," the court was told… A second defendant, Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, was also been found guilty at the trial of conspiracy to burgle and was sentenced to 150 hours of community punishment. (story)
Scotsman 29.4.05 Animal Rights Activist Jailed Six Months for Court Threat By Ben Mitchell, PA - Animal rights activist Keith Mann was today jailed for six months for contempt of court after threatening a director of an animal laboratory moments after being sentenced for another offence… The 38-year-old had just been given a 230 hour community punishment order for the offence of conspiracy to burgle and was passing the public gallery when he made the threat to Chris Bishop, technical director of Wickham Laboratories. Judge Richard Price reconvened the court and held a short trial after which he jailed Mann for six months for contempt of court (story)
Scotsman 29.4.05 Veteran Animal Rights Activist with A String of Convictions By Ben Mitchell, PA - Animal rights activist Keith Mann was described by a judge as a “ruthless fanatic” when he was sentenced in the mid-1990s to a 14-year jail sentence for a terrorist-style campaign of sabotage against the meat and poultry trade… Mann has more recently been at the head of a campaign launched earlier this year called “Gateway to Hell” which targets airports, ports and freight firms involved in the importing of animals for experimentation… Mann was also sentenced at Coventry Crown Court on April 11, 2003 for aiding an animal sanctuary owner who defrauded the Government’s Individual Learning Account Scheme. Mann, as well as his brother Anthony, worked as “recruiting sergeants” for Colin French to find bogus students to benefit falsely from education grants. French, 36, of Hartwell Road, Ashton, Northamptonshire, admitted various counts of obtaining a total of £12,050 by deception and was jailed for 12 months…. (story)
Scotsman 29.4.05 Animal Rights Activist to Be Sentenced for Lab Raid By Ben Mitchell, PA- An animal rights activist will today be sentenced for organising a raid on a laboratory where he believed illegal tests were being carried out. Keith Mann was found guilty by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, Hants, which led to 695 mice, along with documentation, being stolen on the night of December 13, 2003. A second man, Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, Hants, was also found guilty of conspiracy to burgle…. (story)
BBC News Online 29.4.05 Sentencing for lab mice plot man - An animal rights activist found guilty of organising a raid on a laboratory, which led to 695 mice and documentation being stolen is to be sentenced. Keith Mann, 38, of Buckland Road, Poole, Dorset, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, Hampshire. Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, Hampshire, was also found guilty of conspiracy to burgle…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 29.4.05 Animal rights man faces jail over lab raid - AN animal rights activist was today being sentenced for organising a raid on a laboratory where he believed illegal tests were being carried out. Keith Mann, from Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, Hants, which led to 695 mice, along with documentation, being stolen on the night of December 13, 2003. Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of New Milton, Hants, was also found guilty of conspiracy to burgle…. A total of 671 mice, along with their cages, were discovered a few weeks after the burglary in a caravan at Glintenkamp's home…. (story)
Telegraph 8.4.05 Animal rights man faces return to jail By Stewart Payne - An animal rights activist, described as "dangerous and fanatical" when he was jailed for earlier acts of sabotage against the meat trade, was warned yesterday that he faced prison again for organising a raid on a laboratory. Keith Mann, 38, was convicted of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories, Wickham, Hants, at Portsmouth Crown Court and will be sentenced later…. Yesterday Mann, from Poole, Dorset, and Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, from New Milton, Hants, were convicted of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories in December 2003. Documentation and 695 mice were stolen…. (story)
Portsmouth News 8.4.05 Terror record of animal rights fanatic - THE SINISTER threat of animal rights extremism was revealed yesterday, as a man who targeted a Hampshire animal lab was exposed as a fanatic. Keith Mann used terror tactics to carry out a dangerous campaign of violence in the name of animal rights… He had admitted planning and taking part in a raid on Wickham Laboratories in December 2003 when hundreds of mice and documents were stolen. Police later recovered the haul in a derelict caravan on land near to accomplice Melvyn Glintenkamp's home. Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, was also found guilty of conspiracy to burgle…. (story)
Bournemouth Daily Echo 8.4.05 Animal rights activist facing jail over raid - AN ANIMAL rights activist has been warned he faces jail after being found guilty of organising a raid on an animal laboratory where he believed illegal tests were being carried out. Keith Mann was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories… A second man, Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, was also found guilty today of conspiracy to burgle. But following the verdicts, Detective Sergeant Gary Towse, who led the police investigation, said: "This was clearly Keith Mann's operation. It was planned by him and carried out by him…" (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 8.4.05 MICE-THEFT MAN JAIL THREAT - An animal rights activist was yesterday warned he faced a jail sentence after being found guilty of organising a raid on an animal laboratory. Keith Mann was found guilty by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories… (story)
BBC News Online 7.4.05 Lab mice plot man could be jailed - An animal rights activist was warned he faces jail after being found guilty of organising a raid on a laboratory that saw hundreds of mice stolen. Keith Mann, 38, of Buckland Road, Poole, Dorset, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, Hampshire. Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, Hampshire, was also found guilty of conspiracy to burgle. They were both released on conditional bail until sentencing on 29 April… (story)
Times 31.3.05 Animal rights trial - An animal rights activist has admitted helping to organise a raid on Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire in December 2003, Portsmouth Crown Court has heard. Keith Mann, 38, however, denies burglary. His co-defendant, Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, denies conspiracy to burgle…. (story)
Scotsman 30.3.05 Animal Rights Activist 'Wanted to Expose Illegal Tests' By Ben Mitchell, PA - An animal rights activist organised a raid on an animal laboratory in a bid to expose what he believed to be illegal tests being carried out on mice for cosmetic products, a court heard today. Keith Mann is alleged to have conspired in the burglary of Wickham Laboratories in Wickham, Hants, which led to 695 mice, along with documentation, being stolen on the night of December 13, 2003…. He is being tried alongside Melvyn Glintenkamp, 42, of North Drive, New Milton, who denies having any part in the conspiracy…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 19.12.03 Missing mice returned to lab - OVER 600 mice that went missing from a controversialF animal laboratory in Wickham have been returned after they were recovered by police…. A police spokesman said three people had been arrested in connection with the incident and had been questioned. "The mice have been returned to the owner and two men and a woman have been charged on suspicion of burglary and interviewed in connection with the incident…" a 37-year-old man from Poole, Dorset, a 38-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman both from New Milton, were released on police bail until the new year…. (story in archive)
Southern Daily Echo 16.12.03 `We took 600 lab test mice' says ALF by Clare Kennedy - A REVIEW of security is under way at an animal testing laboratory near Fareham after animal rights campaigners stole 600 mice. The Animal Liberation Front has admitted that it carried out the raid…. Robin Webb of the ALF said: "This was an Animal Liberation Front action…" The Fareham and Gosport Animal Rights Group has staged several protests outside the premises over the last few years… (story in archive)
BBC News Online 14.12.03 Mice stolen in laboratory break-in - More than 400 mice have been stolen by burglars who broke into a Hampshire pharmaceutical testing laboratory. The thieves took 406 mice and 16 cages in Sunday's early morning break-in at Wickham Laboratories, near Fareham…. It is not yet known how many people were involved in the break-in or if it was the work of an animal liberation group… (story)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 18.11.05 Vivisection is unnecessary - READERS may have noticed recent media coverage on the "breakthrough" in research into Down's syndrome, where scientists have managed to recreate a version of the condition in mice. There are numerous reports of "breakthroughs" for diseases, from cancer to Alzheimer's and now Down's syndrome, which typically are much-hyped in the media. However, how many of these `breakthroughs' actually lead to cures? We are still not seeing people being cured… However animals, make poor `models' and attempting to extrapolate test results from one species to another is a fundamentally flawed research methodology… We want to save the lives of both animals in laboratories and people who are ill. The abolition of vivisection offers this possibility. ADOLFO SANSOLINI, Chief Executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (letter in archive)

Oxford Mail 18.11.05 I won't be gagged - Alan Page is perfectly entitled to defend animal experiments if he so wishes (Oxford Mail, October 28). What is unacceptable, however, is his suggestion that the Oxford Mail should stop printing anti-vivisection letters because of the illegal activities of some animal rights' activists…. What gives him the right to try to dictate which letters are printed in the Oxford Mail?... Perhaps he should investigate the subject for himself, rather than rely on the misleading propaganda emanating from the multi-billion- pound vivisection industry…. Jim Crawford, Burton Place, Oxford (letter in archive)

Liverpool Echo 18.11.05 IN reply to Karen Pinnington's letter (ECHO Letters, November 16) regarding Jamie Oliver slaughtering a lamb on television.. I too am a vegetarian, but if people want to eat meat then they must be prepared to kill an animal themselves - or not eat it. Anne Graham, L12 (letter)
Liverpool Echo 16.11.05 Oliver's bad taste - I WISH to express my anger and absolute disgust at Jamie Oliver's decision to slaughter a lamb on television… I have been a committed vegetarian for the past 25 years and an animal lover all of my life. Karen Pinnington, Liverpool (letter)

Newcastle Evening Chronicle 18.11.05 Dead dog taken By Adam Jupp, The Evening Chronicle - Mystery surrounds the theft of a dead dog by crooks pretending to be from the RSPCA. Animal rights campaigners today said the theft could be linked to illegal dog fights or the sale of skin for fur. Billy and Lynn Taylor, of Dudley, were left devastated when Staffordshire bull terrier Tessa fled their garden after being scared by fireworks on Bonfire Night. The four-and-a-half-year-old pooch was found dead on the side of a nearby road the following morning…. Kelly Slade of pressure group Animal Aid said: "We haven't heard of this kind of thing happening before, but when it comes to animal cruelty, nothing surprises us…." (story)

Sutton/Croydon Advertiser 18.11.05 All in good taste - A huge array of vegetarian foods to suit every taste and occasion will be on offer at The Incredible Veggie Show at the Wembley Conference Centre tomorrow… The Incredible Veggie Show, organised by animal campaign group Viva!, runs from 10am-5.30pm (story)

Hertfordshire Mercury 18.11.05 Pedigree cat thefts spark fur trade rumours - PANIC among pet owners has peaked following the thefts of at least a dozen pedigree cats in East Herts, with rumours that a fur trade could be operating…. In May, the Mercury reported the theft of a seven-year-old Siamese cat from Hertford Heath, where the postman spotted the pet being put in the back of a car by two men… (story)

Bridgnorth Journal 18.11.05 Fur protesters to target shops - BRIDGNORTH traders are refusing to cave in to “bullying” anti-fur activists who are preparing to return to the town.Shropshire Animal Protection says it is planning further demonstrations against three local shops for refusing to remove all traces of fur…. Shropshire Animal Protection spokesman Steve Calf said they had decided it was time for the activists to “voice their disgust” after concerned individuals had reported the appearance of animal fur…. (story)

Surrey Comet 18.11.05 PETA founder goes to good home - Kingston-born PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has raised $43,600 or £25,026 for the animal protection charity by auctioning herself on internet site eBay… The 56-year-old animal lover has been bought' for the day by a vegan American couple from California after 40 bids were placed for her services…. (story)
Surrey Comet 9.11.05 Activist puts herself up for online auction - An animal rights campaigner who grew up in Kingston is going to extreme lengths to raise money for her cause. Ingrid Newkirk, founder of animal charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and its European managing director, is auctioning off her services as a personal assistant for the day to raise money for the charity…. (story)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 18.11.05 Campaigners rally support for new animal welfare bill By Sarah Woods - A BID to stamp out animal cruelty by borough campaigners received the support of Twickenham's MP who has vowed to help drive a new bill through Parliament. A petition signed by nearly 1,000 local residents in support of the bill was presented to Vince Cable by campaigner Stephanie Mackenzie from Twickenham…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 18.11.05 'BACK CALL FOR CIRCUS BOYCOTT' - I would like to say well done to Sam McCreesh for campaigning on behalf of Anne the elephant… Alison Bannister, Leicester (story)

17.11.05

CHARGES AGAINST AVON VALE SABOTEUR DROPPED
Western Daily Press 17.11.05 HUNT-SABOTEUR CASE DROPPED - The leader of one of the West's most active group of hunt saboteurs has had charges against him dropped. Police have kicked out an allegation that Aubrey Burge harassed the master of the Avonvale hunt in Wiltshire because of insufficient evidence…. (story)
Horse & Hound 18.10.05 Hunt saboteur nabbed by police - An anti-hunt campaigner is facing a possible charge under new harassment laws after being arrested outside the home of a West Country master. Aubrey Burge, 53, the leader of the hunt saboteurs around Pewsey Vale, was taking part in the latest chapter of a 12-month campaign against the Avon Vale hunt…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 7.10.05 HUNT SABOTEUR MAY FACE CHARGE OVER INCIDENT OUTSIDE HOME - A Hunt saboteur is facing a possible charge of harassment after being arrested outside the home of a Wiltshire huntmaster. Anti-hunt campaigners have targeted the Avonvale hunt in Wiltshire for years… It is understood a man was seen photographing hunt staff and members of Mr Seed's family, including his wife and child. Hunt staff claim this was done hours after the hunt had returned, and even on days when hunting was not taking place…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.10.05 SABOTEUR FACES NEW HARASSMENT CHARGE - A Hunt saboteur leader is facing a possible charge of harassment after being arrested outside the home of a West huntmaster. Aubrey Burge, 53, is the leader of a group of anti-hunt campaigners that has targeted the Avonvale hunt in Wiltshire for years. Police confirmed last night that he was arrested on suspicion of causing harassment under the new Harassment Act, which was brought in last year to tackle offences connected with stalking… Police were called to the Avonvale kennels, which is also the home of hunt master Jonathon Seed, four times during August and early September, and Mr Burge was given two harassment warnings. It is understood he was seen photographing hunt staff and members of Mr Seed's family, including his wife and child. Hunt staff claim this was done hours after the hunt had returned, and even on days when hunting was not taking place…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 17.11.05 THESE NEW LAWS ARE JUST A JOKE - The fox hunters are still out. Fireworks are still going off. Drivers are still on the phone. So what difference do these new laws make and who is supposed to be implementing them?... J. KRARUP (Mrs) Griffs Hollow Carlton (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 17.11.05 CARES NOTHING FOR THE LAW - Giles Bradshaw (Your View, November 11) is a typical hunter. He cares nothing for the law, nothing for public opinion and, it appears, nothing for living his life as a decent humane being…. There are sick people who need to get a life rather than take it. MARK DENT, Torquay (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 11.11.05 SHOCKED AT HUNTING ACT - GILES BRADSHAW, Whippenscott, Rose Ash, South Molton (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.11.05 I WILL CONTINUE TO DEFY HUNT BAN - I am shocked that the Hunting Act makes my activities illegal. I absolutely refuse to stop hunting with dogs…. If I'm prosecuted I'll go straight back out again and continue hunting. Giles Bradshaw South Molton Devon (letter)

Shropshire Star 17.11.05 Hunt fans should get off high horse - Readers could be given the impression that the Shropshire Star is in favour of hunting with hounds if the colour photos on the front page and several more inside (November 5) are anything to go by… I was in favour of hunting when I first started working on a farm 50 years ago but I was very naive then and my views have changed with the passing of time…. Ray Williams, Shifnal (letter)

Shropshire Star 17.11.05 We’re free to oppose shooting - In reply to Simon Farrington’s letter in support of pheasant shooting in which he complains about the Shropshire Star running an article on the front page regarding pheasant farming, which included comments against this from what he calls “an activist”…. Could it not be possible that the majority of people believe that blood sports have no place in a civilised society and should belong in the past? Paul & Elaine Evans, Powys (letter)

Stornoway Gazette 17.11.05 Mink hunting continues through winter months - MOST of the last few months of the Hebridean Mink Project have been spent attempting to trap mink as they disperse following the breeding season as well as following up any sightings and signs. This is reported in the latest HMP newsletter, which also states that more than 58% of all aquatic habitats were covered in the earlier dog searches which ended in late July, which the Project sites as 'an impressive amount of ground for the dogs and their handlers'…. The Hebridean Mink Project brings more than £1.65m of European, public and other funding to the Western Isles. Partners include Scottish Natural Heritage, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Scottish Executive, Central Science Laboratory, Western Isles Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the local authority), and the Project is part funded by the EU LIFE Nature Fund…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 17.11.05 'BARBARIC' CLAIM IS JUST UNEDUCATED NONSENSE - I cannot let the latest rant by Dave Manley (Your View November 10) go without comment. Of course it is very sad and distressing for racehorses to die, especially on the course and one of the ability and popularity of Best Mate. To call the sport barbaric is uneducated nonsense… Jockeys do not beat horses to the line. They love and care for their mounts too and strict rules prevent any abuse…. DAVID HAMMOND, Hartop Road, St Marychurch (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 10.11.05 HORSE RACING BARBARIC - Commercial horse racing, which killed Best Mate, is completely and utterly barbaric. More than 10,000 of the 15,000 foals bred for the racing industry every year do not make the grade and are slaughtered and made into pet food or sold off…. DAVE MANLEY, New Exeter Street, Chudleigh (letter)

Accountancy Age 17.11.05 Huntingdon audit saga ends in secrecy - Government puts forward legislation to protect the identity of Huntingdon Life Sciences's auditors - Research laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences will finally be able to file its long-awaited accounts at Companies House after the government put forward legislation to protect the identity of its auditors…. (story)

BBC News Online 17.11.05 In quotes: Reach chemicals vote …ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS - Andre Menache, of animal rights campaign group, Animal Aid:… RSPCA senior scientist Barry Phillips:…. Jan Creamer, chief executive of Animal Defenders International:… (story)

Warrington Guardian 17.11.05 Loved circus - I was appalled by the article (Guardian, October 27) concerning Bobby Roberts' Circus. The circus animals live in state of the art conditions as can be seen by the general public. They all have a clean bill of health and looked happy and healthy when my family went round to see them after attending the wonderful circus. My grandchildren loved everything about it…. BARBARA CLARKE, Orford (letter in archive)

Enfield & Haringey Independent 17.11.05 Enfield & Haringey Independent - An animal welfare activist has hit out at Edmonton Green Shopping centre bosses after pigeons were found impaled on anti-roost spikes. Linda Badham has described the spikes as barbaric' and has called on bosses to remove them from light fittings near Tesco supermarket, claiming four pigeons have died so far…. (story)

Western Gazette 17.11.05 Factory farming must take blame - IN the light of the present scare over Avian Flu I feel it appropriate to point out that our present troubles are entirely due to the way chickens are factory farmed…. To help end the misery and health risks of factory farmed chickens, your readers can contact Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) for more information… Mrs. A. E. Stringer, Wyvern Road, Poundbury (letter)

Leicester Mercury 17.11.05 FARM CRUELTY - I agree with GA Wright that religious and non-religious people ought to respect animals and treat them well (Mailbox, November 12). He/she is arguing that the Government should ban Halal and Kosher slaughter. I do hope that he/she is also agitating for the banning of battery hens, export of live animals for slaughter overseas and suchlike cruelty…. Pat Parkin-Moore, Croft. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 12.11.05 ALL FAITHS SHOULD RESPECT ANIMALS - How uplifting it was to read the letter "Celebrating Lift of Faith", written by the Rt Rev Tim Stevens and Canon Andrew Wingate (Mailbox, November 4)…. I thought it would have been an ideal time to remind some of these faiths of some of our Christian beliefs. One which springs to mind is the practice of stunning animals prior to cutting their throats… G A Wright, Leicester. (letter)

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Surrey Mirror 17.11.05 Taxes subsidise ritual slaughter - RECENTLY, while doing a collection for CIWF (Compassion in World Farming), I was shocked to discover that people's hard-earned taxes are being used to subsidise the live export of about 200,000 cattle from the European Union to the Middle East every year. The animals suffer stressful sea journeys lasting more than 10 days, only to be slaughtered in the Halal way - their throats are cut while fully conscious…. Why doesn't the RSPCA object more to ritual slaughter, especially in this country? Sonia Odds Cheyne Walk, Horley (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 16.11.05 A common bond From Mike Michalak, Swaffham Road, Burwell - A WELL-HEELED chinless wonder on national TV stated the hunting ban meant little to hunting folk… In a later news a spotty-faced hoodie spewed out his contempt for law and order…. one indelible link tied them both together. Both had very little between their ears. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 16.11.05 HUNTING BAN IS CLASS WEAPON - I Believe the hunting ban was 100% political. These Labour MPs do not care a toss about foxes - I bet someone like Prescott could not even tell the difference between a fox and a badger. The hunting ban was all about class. Labour know most people in hunting are Conservative. It was payback time for the miners' strike in the Eighties…. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 16.11.05 LAW PASSED - NO MORE OR LESS - Everyone knew that it was impossible to police the "Ban on hunting with dogs", and no-one more so than Mr Blair. However, having once received the £1 million gift from the Animal Rights Campaign, to assist in his 1997 Election Fund, on condition that he got the law passed, he was duty bound to keep to the agreement…. P. C. DAVIES, Belgrave Road, Gloucester (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 16.11.05 DOUBLE TAKE ON CRUELTY - Many see hunting as a cruel sport and an unnecessary form of vermin control. However gassing, shooting and snaring are not too pleasant either… If any unnecessary killing goes on it must be at the "humane" abattoirs where animals are butchered so our "anti cruelty" society can have something our vegatarian-enabled bodies can have on our dinner table. Just because we don't have to kill it ourselves does not make it less cruel…. R. SIMPSON Lincoln. (letter)

Northern Echo 16.11.05 - I TREATED the article about the South Durham Hunt (Echo, Nov 7) using wolf urine with scepticism. Where did they get wolf urine from? It was a windy day, so any scent would soon disperse. What hunts must realise is the fact that hunting wild mammals with hounds is illegal…. The fact that these criminals have so many supporters is also a scandal. - Name supplied, Bishop Auckland
IT seems that this year more foxes have been killed than in previous years. Most of those killed were fit and young - in a previous year, they could out-run the hounds…. E Reynolds, Wheatley Hill.
ALL blood sports are best categorised as pure bullying because people have the advantage over smaller and less able creatures…. A Johnson, Darlington. (letters in archive)

Matlock Mercury 16.11.05 Man's fears after hunters torment - A LANDOWNER plagued by rifle-wielding hunters has hit out at the police for failing to protect his family. James McKay, who runs the Honeybank Conservation Centre in Ashover, has been forced to keep his family and pets indoors after dark following two years of torment from hunters firing onto his land from the highway. This practice of shooting – with a lamp mounted on top of a high powered rifle – is known as "lamping", and is legal under controlled conditions…. (story)

LACS ANTI SHOOTING LETTER
Brentwood Gazette 16.11.05 CARED FOR JUST TO BE KILLED - As A member of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) for 30 years I think 'Name and Shenfield Address Supplied' (Letters, October 26) has misread the letter from the chief executive. Undercover investigations provide factual evidence producing accurate statements for the public. In that letter, the paragraph beginning 'Pheasants and game birds reared for shooting are not abandoned in the countryside they are closely cared for' etc - of course they are, to reap in cash from the trigger-happy ladies and gentlemen…. LACS has secretly filmed video taken inside wooded shooting coverts showing animals strung up on 'gibbet lines', dumped in ditches and strewn around the ground near to pens holding the estate's game bird stock…. MARGARET HABBERSHAW, Lorne Road, Brentwood (letter)
Brentwood Gazette 26.10.05 WRONG PICTURE PAINTED - I Was disappointed to see the letter from the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) on the subject of shooting…. People do not pay thousands of pounds per day to shoot. Pheasants dumped in pits? They are sold to game dealers actually. A reared and released pheasant has an undoubtedly freer, healthier and natural life than the vast majority of animals that end up on the dinner table. NAME AND SHENFIELD ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
Falkirk Herald 20.10.05 Wildlife care - In reply to Mr Douglas Batchelor's letter of October 13, Mass Slaughter. I would like to paint a picture much closer to reality on this subject. I am writing on behalf of the thousands of people who, like me, spent over half a century working weekends and evenings, digging out duck ponds, planting trees, building pheasant pens, feeding wildlife. Organised shoots can only have 8-10 days shooting a year normally. Maybe some people are trying to make money. So what? There is months of work by the keepers who tend the birds…. PAT O'NEILL, 30 Nairn Court, Falkirk (letter)
Western Morning News 13.10.05 BUSYBODIES SHOULD STOP INTERFERING - Predictably, in the wake of the ban on hunting, the League Against Cruel Sports has launched a new campaign. You will recently have received a letter from its chief executive, Douglas Batchelor, calling for a ban on game shooting…. Douglas Batchelor heads an organisation of self-appointed busybodies. His livelihood depends upon manufactured moral outrage fuelled by slanderous propaganda. I would urge him to find something more honest and productive to do with his life than constant self-righteous interference in the lives of others who have forgotten more about genuine animal welfare than he and his colleagues are ever likely to learn. Peter Presland, General secretary Hunting for Tolerance (letter)
Brentwood Gazette 12.10.05 KILLING IN THIS WAY SHOULD CEASE - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports (story)
Boston Standard 12.10.05 Mass slaughter of birds - Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. (story)
Western Morning News 10.10.05 SHOOTING A FORCE FOR GOOD IN COUNTRYSIDE - Helen Shuker, Press Officer The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Western Morning News 8.10.05 Absurd arguments - DOUGLAS Batchelor's letter (October 4) regarding the fate of pheasants released into the wild neatly summarises the absurdity of the League Against Cruel Sports. Mr Batchelor is outraged that only "40 per cent of the reared game birds abandoned into the countryside are actually shot, and that the majority are killed by traffic, disease or predators". How does Mr Batchelor think that animals in the wild actually die if not by disease or predation?... Let's face it, the simple fact is that in the wild 100 per cent of animals die through accident, disease or predation…. Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (story)
Bath Chronicle 7.10.05 COUNTRY KILLING IS FORCE FOR GOOD - Contrary to the opinion of animal rights extremists (Letters, October 3), shooting is a force for good in the countryside…. The League against Cruel Sports has nothing positive to offer, and its main purpose is to stop other people from doing things of which they personally disapprove. Its tactics are shock, horror and exaggeration… Game is shot for food and despite extensive investigation, no one has produced a scrap of evidence to support the allegations of dumping… HELEN SHUKER, Press officer, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham (letter)
West Cumberland Times & Star 7.10.05 OCTOBER 1 saw the start of the pheasant shooting season… DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Cornishman, Cornish Guardian or Western Daily Press 6.10.05 STOP MASS SLAUGHTER OF PHEASANTS FOR 'SPORT' - Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 6.10.05 Shooting - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 5.10.05 SHOOTING ESTATES HELP CONSERVATION - So Douglas Batchelor of the League Against Cruel Sports is at it again. Having got himself a bloody nose as a result of his letter to the WMN in regard to land owners allowing the hunts on their land, he is now trying his luck with shooting…. Before he makes unjustified statements, perhaps Mr Batchelor should find out a bit more about shooting. I would be pleased to help him from my experience of that sport for more than 50 years. John Montague, Exeter (letter)
Western Morning News 4.10.05 It's mass slaughter - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Bath Chronicle 3.10.05 FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO THAN THIS KILLING FOR FUN - October 1 saw the start of the pheasant shooting season in this country. While shooters and their lobbyists will want to paint a picture of country folk shooting a handful of birds for food, the reality is often very different. Saturday saw the beginning of a season of the mass slaughter of intensively reared pheasants by paying customers… The League Against Cruel Sports believes that intensive factory farming of game birds and their abandonment in their millions into the countryside is unacceptable. We would urge everyone involved in this bloody business to find something better to do than to go out killing for fun. DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London (letter)

The Sentinel 16.11.05 RACE FAN MUST COME OFF FENCE - Regarding the letter in Monday's edition of The Sentinel (November 14), in which David Moulton, of Longton, responded to my recent letter, concerning the treatment of race horses. The gentleman concerned says the way horses are trained is barbaric, but then says he is a horse owner himself…. He needs to be clear on where he stands on the issue of horse racing or he could end up getting splinters in his backside from that fence he' s sitting on. IAN GRIFFIN Meir (story)
The Sentinel 14.11.05 CRUEL TRAINING OF RACEHORSES - - As a horse racing supporter and owner of a show jumper may I give Ian Griffin, of Meir, a few facts about the sport. Racing is not barbaric, but the training of horses is. Mares normally give birth in the summer but a racehorse mare is forced to give birth in winter…. because of the way the horse has been trained, many find they cannot cope with life away from the race track and end up as meat. Many more would find a new life easier if only they were trained like other horses. DAVID MOULTON Longton (story)
Sentinel 11.11.05 DON'T SADDLE RACING WITH CRUELTY TAG - A certain gentleman wrote a letter to The Sentinel saying that horse-racing was barbaric, and that Best Mate was somehow ill-treated. Perhaps the gentleman concerned ought to put his brain into gear before letting his mouth run amok about something he knows nothing about…. The gentleman concerned goes on to say that football is a better sport to watch. I enjoy watching football, but is not watching overpaid footballers kicking lumps out of one another, and fans scrapping at the end of the game, not equally barbaric if not more so? Best Mate was a hero, and to blacken his name is disgusting. IAN GRIFFIN Meir (letter)
Sentinel 10.11.05 SPORT OF KINGS A NOBLE THING - I would like to respond to M Richards (Letters, November 7) and his views on horse racing. I have been to several meetings, and look forward to my annual visit to Cheltenham next March…. Although horse racing does have its problems, it is not dragged into the gutter press on a daily basis like football often is… Mr Richards, do yourself a favour and visit Uttoxeter racecourse some day soon. I am sure you will enjoy the experience. CLIVE DOMAGALSKI Madeley Near Crewe (letter)
The Sentinel 7.11.05 HORSE RACING IS JUST BARBARIC - Commercial horse racing, which killed Best Mate, is barbaric: two thirds of the 15,000 foals bred for racing industry do not make the grade and are consequently killed for pet food, fed to animals or sold off… MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (story)

ANIMAL RIGHTS ARSON ATTACK ON WIDOW
Argus 16.11.05 Arson attack link to animal rights by Rachel Pegg - THE widow of a senior pharmaceuticals executive has told of the moment her £40,000 BMW was set alight only feet from her home. Animal rights militants claim to have carried out the attack even though they knew their intended target had been dead for more than a year…(story in archive)
Cambridge Evening News 15.11.05 Animal rights extremists' car arson claim - ANIMAL rights extremists could be behind an arson attack on a car belonging to the widow of a pharmaceutical company director. The move comes after a claim of responsibility for setting Kathryn Grant's BMW on fire outside her Hove home was posted on an animals rights website, Sussex police said…. (story)
Belfast Telegraph 15.11.05 Animal rights extremists target dead man's family By Terri Judd - Animal rights extremists have targeted the widow of a former pharmaceuticals agent who has been dead for more than a year. Kathryn Grant, 51, and her teenage son were at home when the family car was torched by fanatics who later boasted on a website "your decisions will come back to haunt you forever even when you have gone"…. (story)
Telegraph 15.11.05 Extremists attack family of dead man By Duncan Gardham - Animal rights extremists have boasted of blowing up a car belonging to the widow of a pharmaceuticals firm director, even though he had died months before. The Animal Liberation Front said on its website that it knew that Alexander Grant, the managing director of Roche, had died from a heart attack but added: "Your decisions will come back to haunt you for ever, even when you have gone."… (story)
Times 15.11.05 Activists bomb car of dead target's widow BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - ANIMAL rights extremists blew up a car belonging to the widow of their target, despite knowing that the businessman had died. Alexander Grant was the managing director of Roche, a pharmaceutical company with links to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). He died of a heart attack last year but protesters, who had planned to bomb his vehicle, decided to proceed anyway. They planted two incendiary devices beneath his widow’s £40,000 BMW X5 car, which was parked on her driveway…. (story)
Independent 15.11.05 Animal rights extremists target dead man's family By Terri Judd - Animal rights extremists have targeted the widow of a former pharmaceuticals agent who has been dead for more than a year. Kathryn Grant, 51, and her teenage son were at home when the family car was torched by fanatics who later boasted on a website "your decisions will come back to haunt you forever even when you have gone"…. (story)
Scotsman 15.11.05 Police probe animal rights link to fire - ANNA FARLEY - POLICE are investigating whether animal rights extremists were behind an arson attack on a car belonging to the widow of a pharmaceutical company director. The move comes after a claim of responsibility for setting Kathryn Grant's BMW on fire outside her Hove home was posted on an animals rights website, Sussex Police said. … (story)
BBC News Online 14.11.05 Animal rights probe over car fire - A claim of responsibility for an arson attack on a car, posted anonymously on an animal rights website, is being investigated by Sussex Police. Police said Kathryn Grant's BMW was set on fire at her Hove home in October. Her husband, who died last year, was director of a drugs firm said to have links with Huntingdon Life Sciences, Cambs, which uses animals for research…. The website message suggests that arsonists knew Alexander Grant was dead when they struck on 13 October, badly damaging the car…. (story)

Brentwood Gazette 16.11.05 ROOT OF PROBLEM - ANNE BRIDEWELL, East Anglia Animal Rights Coalition (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 3.11.05 Not birds' fault From Anne Bridewell, East Anglia Animal Rights Coalition, Norfolk - BIRDS are accused of causing avian flu, yet history tells us - as with bovine TB, foot-and-mouth, BSE, E.coli, salmonella, campylobacter and pig wasting disease - that factory farming is the root of the problem…. (letter)

Lancaster Citizen 16.11.05 Grossly misleading views - I READ with interest the letter from Jake Mitchell (Citizen, November 9) regarding animal rights campaigners. His views are grossly misleading and over simplified. I am an animal rights campaigner but quite how Mr Mitchell concludes that I am a thug and one of the nastiest people in our society' is a mystery to me… Animal rights campaigning is about striving for a better world for all species, where no-one is incarcerated, abused or killed for the pleasure of others. If that makes me nasty, then so be it. Steer clear of me Dr Joanne Moodie, Lancaster. (letter)
Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 16.11.05 Appallingly misguided - JAKE Mitchell's letter in Citizen last week cannot go unanswered. His belief that anyone who respects the life of other species is a fanatic' is appallingly misguided and it worries me that other people may actually believe his sweeping generalizations…. As a pacifist and a morally aware person, not playing a part in the torture and killing of animals is a logical extension of not doing that to humans. Janet Robinson, Lancaster. (letter)
Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 9.11.05 Beware of the animal thugs - SURFING the internet recently, I discovered that Lancaster has its own animal rights group and I wonder if readers are aware of what these fanatics are about. At its simplest, those whose cause is animal rights' believe the life of an animal is worth the same as that of a human… This is basically nonsense but those who believe in it have been responsible for possibly the nastiest campaign of terror and intimidation the UK has ever seen in the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and Newchurch Guinea Pigs campaigns. I urge readers to steer well clear of these fanatics, who may appear pleasant and committed yet behind whom lurk grave robbers, thugs and some of the nastiest people in our society. Jake Mitchell, Tunbridge Wells (letter)

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Horncastle News 15.11.05 MORE FOXES KILLED SINCE BAN – MFH - A HUNTMASTER from Belchford claims the Government's ban on foxhunting is resulting in more foxes being killed. Nick Ashcroft, 41, master of the South Wold Hounds, was in action at the traditional opening meet at the Blue Bell Inn. People of all ages attended the hunt, including members of the South Wold North and South Wold South branches of the Pony Club….(story)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 15.11.05 MOTORIST IN CLEAR OVER HUNT ROW - Mark Fogarty has been cleared of driving at the Cotswold Hunt. The 57-year-old was accused of inconsiderate driving when he met the hunt in a country lane at Hilcot, near Withington, on October 11, 2004. They claimed he had been aggressive and driven with his wheels spinning. The charge was thrown out by Cheltenham magistrates… (story)

Independent 15.11.05 Kind way to bag a fox - Angela Elliott is totally wrong to argue that shooting is the only alternative to fox-hunting. Nowadays local councils and others use modern, humane "live cage" fox traps…. FRANK MURRAY, BRISTOL (letter)
Independent 10.11.05 In our sterile, cling-wrapped world images of a beautiful fox been killed by a pack of hounds fuel vehement passion… Foxes shot in the jaw or leg die a slow painful death of starvation or gangrene. Hunting with hounds means the fox dies quickly or gets away. There is no middle way. ANGELA ELLIOTT, WELTON LE MARSH, LINCOLNSHIRE (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 Children with hunt targeted - LAST Saturday, I rode with the local pack of hounds with several friends, some accompanied by their young children…. We were confronted by two strangers forcing their video cameras into our faces and brandishing unfurled umbrellas to frighten the ponies. We politely requested that the children were not targeted as it was obviously upsetting and frightening them, but no, within seconds up went the camera again seemingly targeting the youngest children, most of whom were little girls. It is my understanding that the filming and photographing of young children in schools, playgrounds, swimming pools etc especially against the parents' wishes is forbidden or does it not apply here?... Jane Stephens, Huntsham, Tiverton (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 Hunting goes on - LAST month the first successful prosecution under the Hunting Act went through the courts. The accused was a 19-year-old Liverpudlian who had been caught trespassing with lurchers and lamps… Before the anti-hunt brigade get too jubilant over this great victory it should be noted that this would have been an offence under existing anti-poaching laws, and the new Act made no material difference. The mountain has laboured, and has brought forth a mouse; after how many hundred hours of parliamentary debate?... Jonathan Ward-Hayne, Modbury (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 A SPOT OF HUNTING THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - James Barrington's letter (WMN, November 2) about the Hunting Act regulations is timely. I think the Act is already starting to bite in this part of the world. Yesterday I took my law-abiding cocker spaniel for a walk… As we went into the woods where I incautiously let her off her lead we were met by a small brown terrier (with no collar, and so I suppose technically wild). My law-abiding spaniel allowed herself to be chased (but who would believe this?) into the undergrowth. As I was trying to retrieve her, and prevent her from chasing what might be considered a wild mammal, down the path came another identical terrier (or was it the same one - I was getting confused) ducking and weaving its way, hotly pursued by a very purposeful hare. My question is, as a law-abiding citizen who should not take any enjoyment from such a scene, should I in future carry a gun? But then do I shoot the dog or the hare - or my own spaniel even?... David Gibson, Barnstaple (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 BEWARE BEING WOOED BY 'DAVID BLAIR' - I am not only pro-hunting, I'm also pro my country, but my country comes first. David Cameron, the Tory leadership hopeful, is trying to attract the pro-hunt lobby by making a few noises about repealing the hunting ban, and is also making a few EU-sceptic noises to attract the vote of the EU-sceptic side of the Tory Party. Both promises are "sprats to catch a mackerel"… if, like me, you want Britain out of the money-guzzling corrupt EU, don't be wooed by "David Blair". Neil Kernick, Newton Abbot (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 CLIMATE ISSUE VITAL TO EVERYONE - David Cameron, probably the next Conservative leader, and possibly the next Prime Minister, has been touring the Westcountry as part of his leadership campaign. So I'm disappointed that the WMN chose to give their front page to his pledge to allow a parliamentary vote to restore hunting, while his address on global climate change at the Eden Centre had no coverage…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.05 HUNTING ACT MUDDLE - The Hunting Act is a strange muddle of things you can do, some with a few dogs, some with just two. If this law is really about animal welfare, why is it legal to hunt a rat but not a mouse, a rabbit but not a hare, and use two dogs not three?... Hunts have been advised to proceed with caution and seek expert advice if they choose to employ the falconry exemption of the Hunting Act, which some hunts, the Atherstone and the Belvoir among them, have done…. The Hunting Act is bad law. In their fight to see it repealed or replaced by sensible and evidence-based legislation, hunts around the country are carrying on legally until such time as this mess can be unpicked in defiance of those who tried to ban their way of life…. A W Dakin, The Leicestershire Wildfowlers' Association. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.05 REPEAL THIS FARCE OF A LAW - Your editorial quite rightly lambasted the Government's pathetic attempt to ban hunting…The following day in your Opinion, you talk about the overstretch of the police. What could possibly cause more unnecessary overstretch of the police than this farce? It is worthy of a Carry On film or the Keystone Kops. This law should be repealed forthwith… M Barnes, Mountsorrel
M Barnes, Mountsorrel says of the anti-hunting law: "This law should be repealed forthwith. It is one big, disgraceful joke."I wonder that he does not see that a bunch of adults chasing tiny animals in order to kill them for fun is also a rather big, disgraceful joke?... The only thing that requires killing off is ancient, distasteful, malevolent traditions. Dave Silvester, Nottingham (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 15.11.05 WHAT MORE DO HUNTERS WANT? - If, as the hunting fraternity states, more people are joining and following, the hunt is surely workable. As one hunter said: "It was a lovely day, would anyone wish for more?" If membership remains high, the hunt acts within the law, where is the problem?... PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill (letter)

Western Daily Press 15.11.05 NO MORE SHOOTING FOR ME – MADONNA - She's seen off bad-boy actors, the nation's harshest film critics and generations of young pop pretenders - but now Madonna has admitted that even she was no match for the sight of a dying pheasant. The Queen of Pop has revealed that she has given up game bird shooting after witnessing the dying moments of a bird she blasted out of the sky on her Wiltshire estate…. The League's Declan McVeigh said: "We are delighted to see Madonna's realisation that blood sports lead to the unnecessary suffering of animals….” (story)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 Shooting and conservation? ONCE again Give Away a Brace Day is nearly as close as Christmas! John Dryden of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation can talk up the taste of shot pheasant as much as he likes but he won't generate a market for it…. Even without the knowledge that pheasants shot in Devon were bred in inhumane cages in Wales, the public is fickle about pheasant. Its avoidance of what the BASC and the Countryside Alliance laud as 'wild free-range and natural' underlines the unpopularity of shot game just as surely as "shooting and conservation" is the ultimate oxymoron. Kit Davidson, Tonbridge (letter)

The Sentinel 15.11.05 BAN THIS CRUEL HORSE-RACING - Beneath its glamorous facade, commercial horse racing is a ruthless industry motivated by financial gain and prestige. Cruelty? You can bet on it… Of those horses who do go on to race, around 375 are raced to death every year. The notoriously cruel Grand National brings shame on Britain as a nation of 'animal lovers'…. Animal Aid has repeated its call for the Grand National to be banned. And every April, Animal Aid promotes Horse Racing Awareness Week, which culminates on the day of the Grand National. BEATA GAJEK London (letter)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 Unsung horses - EVERY year horses die or are injured on racecourses. Most people are unaware of these tragedies. Why the huge publicity for Best Mate? (WMN, November 2). Best Mate earned millions for his owner, trainer, jockeys and punters. If he hadn't earned such vast amounts he would have died in oblivion like all the others before him…. Gemma Nichols, Brinsley, Notts (letter)

Burton Mail 15.11.05 VICAR TELLS OF HER 'YEAR FROM HELL' - THE VICAR of a church targeted by animal rights protesters has spoken of her 'year from hell' following the withdrawal of child abuse charges against her husband. Rev Jenny Lister, the vicar of St Peter’s Church in Yoxall, has spoken for the first time about the theft of the remains of Gladys Hammond, 82, from her grave in the churchyard 12 months ago. Rev Lister told the Mail of her 'nightmare' year, which culminated last week in the clearing of her husband, Rev Peter Lister, who was arrested in February and charged with child abuse relating to the alleged indecent assault of a boy under the age of 14…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 15.11.05 Campaigners badger tram chiefs to look after wildlife - RESIDENTS in Roseburn are more likely to have their gardens dug up by badgers if the proposed Edinburgh Tramline One goes ahead, campaigners have warned. The Edinburgh and Lothian Badger Group told MSPs looking into the proposed tramline that using the Roseburn railway corridor between Roseburn Terrace and Ferry Road as part of the route would endanger at least two families of badgers… Patricia Alderson, Edinburgh co-ordinator of Edinburgh and Lothians Badger Group, said the tramline would remove vital areas of ground used by the badgers for foraging… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 15.11.05 Rare lion cubs die at less than a month old - JENNY MORRISON - THE first lion cubs to be born in a Scottish zoo as part of a worldwide programme to help save the animals from extinction have died, less than a month after their births…. Last night Trisha Holford of charity Born Free said: "We would be interested to learn more about what has caused the deaths of these cubs….” (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 15.11.05 Demands to cull grey squirrels plain nuts - I WAS concerned to read Clark Cross' letter (November 11) that demonised grey squirrels as "rats". This could encourage indiscriminate attacks on these small mammals by thoughtless, uncaring individuals. The current "control" of grey squirrels is no more than killing for ethnic cleansing purposes, where questionable conservationists are exterminating members of species they abhor because of origin or abundance…. Angus Macmillan, Meikle Boturich, near Balloch (story)

York Evening Press 15.11.05 Attitude to veggies is hard to swallow - MY topic for discussion is the parlous state of restaurants in this city. I refer specifically to restaurants at the upper end of the market and the absent-minded way in which they fail to cater for vegetarians…. Nick Wharton, McHugh Court, Heslington, York (letter in archive)

Western Morning News 15.11.05 REALITY TV OF SLAUGHTER IS ONLY TELLING TRUTH - Dear, oh dear - shock, horror! The reality of animal slaughter being portrayed on television by Jamie Oliver slitting the throat of a conscious lamb. Don't the public realise that millions of animals are killed that way every year - in this country too - to provide Halal and Kosher meat in order to adhere to the Muslim and Jewish religions?... B Crofton, Weston-super-Mare (letter)

Guardian 15.11.05 Gucci under fire as MPs back call for sealskin ban - Owen Bowcott - The importation of all seal products into the United Kingdom should be banned, a leading anti-fur campaign group urges today as the annual Canadian hunt season begins. Releasing an opinion poll suggesting that 73% of the British population would support "moral" trade restrictions, Respect for Animals - formerly known as Lynx - also condemns the fashion label Gucci for promoting a new "ebony sealskin fur coat"…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.05 'BOYCOTT CIRCUS UNTIL ELEPHANT IS RETIRED' BY NICK RENNIE - A schoolboy is leading a campaign urging people to boycott a circus featuring a 52-year-old elephant called Anne. The animal is part of the Bobby Roberts Circus, which is performing from tonight until Sunday in Melton. Sam McCreesh, 15, of Knossington, said it was cruel to make the animal, which has arthritis, travel without the company of other elephants…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.05 RELEASE ANNE TO A SANCTUARY - There's a lot of hypocrisy over animal rights. Many people are happy to tuck into a piece of chicken, even though these animals often suffer the most appalling conditions, and yet throw their hands up in horror at the idea of fox-hunting. Having said that however it is difficult to see any justification for animals to be paraded and made to perform purely for the sake of entertainment in circuses. Bobby Roberts Circus, which is visiting Melton this week, is one of the few which continues to use animals in its shows….(story)

14.11.05

Western Mail 14.11.05 Legal hunting - CLLR RICHARD BERTIN (letter)
South Wales Echo 10.11.05 Is this the new strategy, John? - I read with interest that the Glamorgan Hunt season began two weeks ago with the promise that they are going to hunt within the law. As someone who actively campaigned to bring the hunting laws into the 21st Century, I'm really pleased that they have found an alternative method to continue with their age-old traditions…. Coun Richard Bertin, Welsh Labour in the Vale Maes-y-Cwm Street, Barry (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 14.11.05 Long-term strategy is needed to safeguard the Irish hare - I refer to the results of the Quercus Irish Hare Survey 2005, which were published on November 8, and in response to the Belfast Telegraph article headed Rooker Urged to Reject Ban on Hunting. The article quotes extensively from Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) Chief Executive Ronan Gorman, after a meeting with Northern Ireland Minister Lord Rooker, where the CAI argued that there was "a compelling case for the continuation of coursing, beagling and hunting."… It would be indefensible to allow Irish hares to be recklessly chased and killed for "sport"…. FIONNA SMYTH, Northern Ireland Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports, Belfast. (letter)

Telegraph 14.11.05 - Home Office plans to merge shire constabularies (News, November 11) to produce "superforces" will be greeted with concern in rural areas. The criteria used to create these proposals give geography and local identity a low priority. Policing levels are already lower in rural areas than in urban ones. Rural crime is rising and more urban-centred policing causes obvious concern…. Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, London SE11 (story)

Worcester Evening News 14.11.05 Best Mate's death was senseless - The death of Best Mate has made some people angry. The owners know that every time their horses jump a fence there is a possibility of an injury, perhaps even causing death. I believe it is mad to keep racing a horse after it has won two Cheltenham Gold Cups or one Grand National…. MR K HEMMING, Worcester (letter in archive)

JANET LAWRENCE CONVICTION
Bucks Free Press 14.11.05 Hate mail animal activist is jailed By Jenna Towler - THE boss of an Amersham-based pharmaceutical company, who was so scared by a campaign of intimidation waged by animal rights activists that he hired a bodyguard, has seen one of his tormentors jailed for eight months. Stephen Lightfoot, MD of Sankyo Pharma UK Limited, based in White Lion Road, was the target of a hate campaign by animal rights activist Janet Lawrence, Lewes Crown Court heard on Wednesday, November, 2nd…. (story)
Staines Guardian 10.11.05 Extremist jailed for threatening letters By Louise Hale - A Sunbury animal rights extremist has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to sending hate mail to people connected to a company that lawfully tests products on animals. Janet Lawrence, 51, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, November 2, where she was also made the subject of a five-year Asbo…. (story)
Wilmslow Express 9.11.05 - Jail for ‘lady’ who terrorised with hate mail - A GLAMOROUS, middle-aged animal rights activist nicknamed Lady Penelope has been jailed for sending a string of chilling hate letters. Army officer's daughter Janet Lawrence, 51, penned messages threatening workers, including employees of Alderley Edge property company, Emerson Holdings, which had only "vague and tenuous" links to a controversial animal testing laboratory…. (story)
Hunts Post 9.11.05 Animal rights extremist jailed - A 51 YEAR old animal rights extremist has been jailed for eight months after sending threatening letters to people indirectly associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences - and yesterday (Tuesday) in a separate case, another animal rights protester was the first person in the country to face a new charge aimed at protecting research laboratories. Janet Lawrence, from Middlesex, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court last Wednesday, when she was also made the subject of an ASBO for five years… New legislation has been used to charge Mark Anthony Taylor, from Wakefield, in Yorkshire, of three counts of interfering with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 4.11.05 Animal rights nuisance jailed for eight months - AN ANIMAL rights extremist has been jailed for sending threatening letters to people associated drug testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Janet Lawrence, 51, sent 18 anonymous letters in 2003 and 2004, accusing her victims of being "evil, sick, perverted deviants", and warning them they were "legitimate targets"…. (story)
Mirror 4.11.05 POISON PEN - Lady Penelope jailed over animal rights hate letters - By Emily Nash - A POSH animal rights activist nicknamed Lady Penelope has been jailed for sending hate mail. Army officer's daughter Janet Lawrence, 51, wrote vile letters to people who only had "vague" links to animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridge…. One terrified victim got a security firm to guard his family after she wrote: "Your life will be made a living hell until you stop abusing animals for profit, you evil, perverted scum." Others had mail redirected and X-rayed and installed CCTV cameras…. (story)
Telegraph 4.11.05 'Lady Penelope' sent to jail for animal lab poison pen letters By David Sapsted - An animal rights extremist, who was nicknamed Lady Penelope by fellow activists because she was so posh, has been jailed for sending poison pen letters. Janet Lawrence, 51, an Animal Liberation Front supporter and the daughter of a senior Army officer, wrote threatening letters to workers who had only "vague and tenuous" links to the Huntingdon Life Sciences' animal testing laboratory…. (story)
Scotsman 3.11.05 Animal rights activist jailed - AN ANIMAL rights extremist was jailed for eight months yesterday for sending threatening letters to people associated with the drug- testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Janet Lawrence, 51, accused her victims of being "evil, sick, perverted deviants". (story)
Argus 3.11.05 Activist jailed for hate mail campaign - An animal rights activist has been jailed for sending threatening letters. Janet Lawrence, 51, the ex-wife of a high-ranking Army officer, targeted people and businesses who had links with animal testing organisations… Lawrence, a mother-of-one, of Sunbury, Middlesex, showed no emotion as she was sentenced to eight months in jail at Lewes Crown Court…. (story in archive)
Cambridge Evening News 6.10.05 Another animal rights protester has appeared in court charged with 18 counts of blackmail. Janet Lawrence, 51, admitted one charge but denied blackmailing 18 employees of companies connected to HLS. Lawrence, from Sunbury, in Middlesex, appeared at Hove Crown Court and the case was adjourned until October 31….(story)

12.11.05

BBC News Online 12.11.05 Hunts 'not a priority' say police - Hampshire's top policeman has said the force will monitor hunts when the season starts, but admitted policing the ban was not a priority. Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan said he expected people participating in hunts in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to "display appropriate behaviour". But said that "hunting per se is not a policing priority for me"…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 12.11.05 GOING HUNTING SHOWED ME JUST HOW CRUEL IT WAS - In your article, "Hunt ban not working" (November 5) Mr Luff, the Tory MP, stated: "The issue of hunting has gone away". But, sadly, it hasn't. I changed my vote to Labour as it was the one party that promised to ban hunting so am particularly disappointed by the Hunting Act. As a horse-mad teenager I was invited by friends to try hunting but I was so appalled I refused to go again… NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 12.11.05 IT WILL TAKE TIME TO STOP HUNTS - It took us 80 years to get the Hunting Act onto the statute book, but it will take time and work to consolidate the change and to make the barbarity of hunting history. Pious words about unjust laws are just an equivocation and will be interpreted as support for lawbreaking… Hunters cannot think that there is one law for them and another for everyone else. Chasing a wild animal for sport was never acceptable and it is now a crime…. Kathy Moyle, Collins Park, East Budleigh (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 12.11.05 Expert who put the famous in the frame - Tony Raba looks back at the hectic career of celebrity photographer Patrick Lichfield, whose death from a stroke was reported yesterday… The Earl loved the outdoor life and was president of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation…. (story)

Western Mail 12.11.05 Will you let your kids watch Little Britain? … TV lobbyists have branded the watershed as "pointless"…. Millions of viewers saw the Jamie Oliver cut the animal's throat in Jamie's Great Escape on Wednesday. The lamb had its legs tied - but it was not stunned first. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said, "I'm not convinced stunning the animal works so in some ways it's a good thing that Jamie and the viewers saw what it means to cut an animal's throat."… (story)
Mirror 11.11.05 JAMIE OLIVER: THE SILENCER OF THE LAMB - Campaigners slam chef for slaughtering animal on TV By Cameron Robertson - JAMIE Oliver was slammed by animal welfare campaigners yesterday for killing a lamb on his TV show…. Advocates for Animals said Jamie should be "thoroughly ashamed"…. Philip Lymberg, chief executive of Compassion in World Farming, said: "Jamie could have caused unnecessary pain and suffering by being involved…" But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals praised the programme for showing the brutality that exists in Britain's slaughterhouses… (story)

11.11.05

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 11.11.05 Hunting starts - but without a fox - The sound of tally ho, the traditional cry from the huntsman on seeing a fox, may have been missing, but for the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt it was business as usual on Saturday – without the fox… But it came with a stern message from the joint master Nick Bamber that the hunt which took place within the law using a drag trail was 'a stop-gap measure until we can get an update on this ridiculous piece of legislation.'… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 11.11.05 Renewed bid for hare coursing ban - The League Against Cruel sports has reiterated its call for a ban on hare coursing. According to the league, latest results from the QUERCUS Northern Irish Hare Survey reveal that the hare population has declined over the last year. This, however has been challenged by a top coursing club…. A spokesman for Ballymena Coursing Club said: "Coursing dogs have been muzzled since 1992 and all reports to date, show that it is modern farming and change of habitat that has affected hare numbers more than anything else…. (story)

Horse & Hound 11.11.05 Falconer set to make hunting history - Midge Todhunter - A self-employed builder and falconer is determined to fly his hawk from the back of a horse after discovering the joys of hunting with his local pack - Falconer Nick Ross plans to be the first to fly his bird while mounted on a horse in the hunting field. By invitation of the master — he prefers not to disclose the pack's name — Nick has been flying his hawk, Jess, regularly since autumn hunting began in late August…. (story)

Louth Leader 11.11.05 Huntmaster claims ban kills foxes - A HUNTMASTER claims the government's ban on foxhunting is resulting in more foxes being killed. Nick Ashcroft, master of the South Wold Hounds, was in action at the traditional opening meet last week at the Blue Bell Inn, Belchford…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 11.11.05 HUNTSMEN CONTINUE TO FIGHT BAN - Huntsmen across Carmarthenshire are vowing to continue fighting the ban on their sport. Thousands of people turned out in the county to support the new hunting season despite the change in the law…. Adrian Simpson, South Wales regional director of the Countryside Alliance, based in Carmarthen, said hunts in Llandeilo, Bancyfelin and Tivyside all went off without problem or a breach of the law… (story)

Vale Advertiser 11.11.05 Hunt still attracting members by Karen Allen, North Wales Weekly Newspapers series - THE hunt is on and attracting more members than ever according to Master of the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, Ricky Proffitt. But anti-hunt campaigner Judi Hewitt says protesters will closely monitor the situation…. (story)

Morpeth Herald 11.11.05 We fight on, says Morpeth Hunt - THE Hunt will remember the fifth of November — the day a world unchanged for 150 years changed forever. A new season — a new dawn — of hunting started on Saturday, and the baying hounds and horns sang of defiance against recent legislation. But though the message from the Morpeth Hunt was combative, it was clear: 'We will obey the law, but life goes on. The fight is not lost'… (story)
Morpeth Herald 11.11.05 First 'trail hunt' a success - THE first official 'trail hunt' by the Morpeth Hunt has been hailed a success by riders. The method of dragging a false scent for hounds to pursue has replaced the traditional fox chase, following February's ban. Michael Jeans, Joint Master of the Morpeth Hounds, said after the hunt: "The trail hunting went okay, although I would call it a little unexciting compared to the traditional method… (story)
Morpeth Herald 11.11.05 Raising cash to continue the campaign - SINCE the Hunting Act came into force on February 18, Morpeth supporters have explored various avenues to overturn the ban… In November 2004, members of the Morpeth Hunt joined thousands across the country to sign up for a new religion, with foxhunting established as the faith's central doctrine…. (story)

Ledbury Reporter 11.11.05 Feathers ruffled as hunts flock to birds - THE owner of the National Bird of Prey Centre has attacked the use of eagles and large owls to get round the anti-hunting law. Keith Beaven, who supports the right of people to hunt, believes it is folly to mix hounds with birds of prey…. Foxhunts, including the Ledbury Hunt, have been using birds of prey this season to circumvent the national ban on hunting with dogs… (story in archive)

Chester Chronicle 11.11.05 Law abiding, or law breakers? By Lucy Beaumont, Chester Chronicle - The Cheshire Forest Hunt has come under fire from animal rights protesters following its first hunt of the season on Saturday. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) believes the hunt may have broken new laws brought in under the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February…. Richard Thomas, joint master of the Cheshire Hunt and chief executive of Chester Racecourse, was out with the Cheshire Hunt at Highway Side at Bunbury on Saturday and said the turnout of spectators and hunters was impressive…. (story)

Bucks Free Press 11.11.05 Hunt season begins By Clara Story - THE HUNTING season got underway in the Risborough area last weekend with the first major outings since the ban on hunting with hounds came into force. Members of the Vale of Aylesbury Hunt have vowed to continue hunting but stressed they are not killing foxes illegally. The season started on November 1…. (story)
Bucks Herald 11.11.05 HUNT VOWS TO CONTINUE KILLING FOXES DESPITE BAN - LOCAL fox hunters have vowed to continue killing foxes despite a ban to end the blood sport which came into effect in February. Saturday marked the first hunt of the new season and horsemen and hounds were once again assembled in the countryside. The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt said that although foxes will be killed this season, the hunt will act within the law…. (story)

Western Morning News 11.11.05 HUGE SUPPORT FOR HUNTS' OPENING MEETS - Thousands of foxhunters across the UK rode out to hounds at the weekend, to mark the start of the first season since the sport was banned in February this year. The Countryside Alliance confirmed that as many as 250,000 supporters had turned out on horseback or on foot in defiance of the ban, but the message was clear that the hunts intended to stay within the law…. (story)

South Shropshire Journal 11.11.05 Huntsmen carry on under new rules - The first meet of the season since the controversial hunting ban came into force attracted more support than ever according to south Shropshire hunt, the United Pack. Lindsey Hill, who runs the pack with husband Ollie, told the Journal that more than 40 horses and riders turned out with 60 cars following…. (story)

Independent 11.11.05 A quick kill - Ray Racy (letter, 9 November) is wrong to equate bear-baiting and cock-fighting with hunting…. In hunting the pleasure is in the chase; the kill is very quick. Also of course, the fox may get away. DIANA WOOD, LEIGH KENT (letter)
Independent 9.11.05 Obscenity of hunting - I am astonished that you recognise the cruelty of pursuing foxes on horseback, and at the same time condone it by believing it should not be banned… RAY RACY, BRISTOL (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 11.11.05 BRAGGING ABOUT FLOUTING THE LAW - Hunting is unlawful. Parliament decided it by a very large majority, yet this week the Countryside Alliance boasts that hunting is still going on all over the country because the practitioners of this bloodthirsty sport are exploiting loopholes…. Two dogs only are allowed, but dogs should be banned altogether. The hounds should be found new homes if possible, otherwise they should all be destroyed. G. H. COWMEADOW, Ross-on-Wye (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 11.11.05 YOU'VE NO RIGHT TO BE BARBARIC - Three points I would like to raise following the article and "comment" in The Citizen (Saturday, November 5). Firstly, the comment from Ledbury hunt spokesman Donald Haden: "We are not going to stand by and let a handful of bigoted MPs destroy part of our rural heritage and way of life that has been carried for generations…. Secondly, the comment from Henry Berkeley from the Berkeley Hunt: "The laws have taken a lot out of it and we have lost the unpredictability of hunting a live line." This is proof (as if it were needed!) that all hunters want is the "thrill" of the chase, and in no way are interested in whether a fox actually needs to be culled!... Thirdly, I am disgusted by your editorial comment stating that "there are far more pressing matters for the police to deal with."… STEVE HAINES, via e-mail (letter)

Yorkshire Post 11.11.05 Killing animals for sport From: Ian Marlow, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Leeds. KATE Hoey MP has got a cheek, and a strange logic…. No Miss Hoey; the attempt to stop anyone, anywhere, from abusing any dumb animal for sport is most definitely about animal welfare. (letter)

Independent 11.11.05 Call for tougher laws on animal protesters By Stephen Foley - Animal rights extremists should face restrictions on their movements, including bans on travel abroad, according to leading pharmaceuticals industry figures. The industry is stepping up its lobbying of Government as attacks from anti-vivisectionists continue, despite additional laws introduced earlier this year…. (story)

Post & Times 11.11.05 CONCERN OVER MILK UNFOUNDED - I refer to the letter from Jessica Terry - Concerns Over Milk - November 2. As a Staffordshire dairy producer and chairman of the NFU West Midlands Regional Dairy Board, I feel I must reply to set the record straight on the many inaccuracies and factual errors contained in Ms Terry's correspondence. Much of the content simply repeats the widely discredited and tired arguments of Viva nationally, and bears little relationship to dairy farming in Staffordshire… Ms Terry, through her support for the views and objectives of Viva, is doing nothing to promote the health and well-being of the growing generation of children. It is increasingly important for everyone to fully appreciate the significant health benefits that flow from providing a balanced and wholesome diet, including a regular amount of fresh milk. Alan Warrington NFU West Midlands Regional Dairy Board chairman (story)
Post & Times 4.11.05 CONCERNS OVER MILK - As we are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where we have many old fashioned family farms where animals are well treated and cared for, we do not often see the more sinister side of the farming industry. I felt I must write to you to urge people to stand up against the farms that do not treat their animals well, dairy farms in particular… Anyone who would like more information can contact Viva! an organisation which campaigns on many animal related and farming issues… Jessica Terry Leek (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 11.11.05 Anti-fur protest - ANTI-fur protesters targeted Harrogate stores on Wednesday… (story)

Border Telegraph 11.11.05 Shooting 'scapegoat' squirrels is cruel says campaigner - WILDLIFE experts have warned that the Borders’ red squirrel population could be wiped out by disease-carrying invaders from England. .. But animal rights campaigners have hit out at the cull, saying it is unnecessary and cruel. Ross Minett, of Advocates for Animals, said: “It is certainly not a humane way to go about it, and I don’t think anyone could say that it is. In the long term, I don’t think it will provide a solution…." (story)

Wandsworth Guardian 11.11.05 Lunch, crunch – yuk! By Siobhan Lismore - We have all heard about the grasshopper who didn't store his food for winter, but how about the one that was eaten by a vegetarian after falling asleep in spinach? Putney massage therapist Lynsey Saunders was happily tucking into her home-made spinach pasta, made with totally organic ingredients from Waitrose in Putney, when she found a crunchy surprise…. Lynsey, 28, Treville Street, Putney, has been a vegetarian since she was 16 and in that time has not eaten any meat and hardly any fish. She says she was "distraught" to imagine she had eaten the dead grasshopper's mate before discovering the one on her plate and claims the grasshopper was in the organic spinach… (story)

10.11.05

Sussex Express 10.11.05 Hunt horsewoman airlifted to hospital - THE police helicopter was called to remote Downland on Wednesday afternoon to rescue a rider who had fallen from her horse during the Southdown and Eridge Hunt. The woman, who has not been named, was flown to Eastbourne District General Hospital with concussion…. (story)

News Letter 10.11.05 Hare Faces Extinction By Simon Hunter - An anti-hunting organisation has warned that unless the animal is better protected the Irish hare could be under threat of extinction. Research by the League Against Cruel Sports shows the population of Irish hares has declined in the last year and the organisation lays the blame with those hunting the animal. The study was carried out by Quercus, a research partnership between the Environmental and Heritage Service and Queen's University…. Fionna Smyth, from the League Against Cruel Sports, feels the research is alarming and more needs to be done to protect the hare population…. (story)
News Letter 10.11.05 Countryside Alliance Got It Wrong With Rooker - I am writing in response to the article entitled Countryside Alliance gets it right with Lord Rooker…. In the case of the Irish hare which has until recently been the subject of temporary protection order, this native species has been in decline and, if the protection order has been successful in reversing this decline, this should be celebrated and made permanent. It should not be lifted so that these timid creatures can be netted and used in the cruel and barbaric "sport" of hare coursing, which causes untold suffering and many deaths…. Fionna Smyth, Northern Ireland Campaigner (letter)

Daily Post 10.11.05 Giant owls wait in the wings to give hunts an eye in sky - NORTH Wales's two mounted packs have each begun using giant eagle owls to "hunt" foxes. Both the Wynnstay and Flint & Denbigh Hunts occasionally deploy the birds of prey in woodlands where foxes are more difficult to flush…. (story)

BBC News Online 10.11.05 Hunt vows to use eagles to kill - A Lincolnshire hunt has vowed to carry on using a bird of prey in their pursuit of hunting despite opposition from animal welfare groups…. The Blankney Hunt started using an eagle since the act came into force…. (story)

Driffield Times 10.11.05 Huntsmen in positive mood - HOUNDS and horses were out in force to mark the start of the traditional fox hunting season. Dozens of spectators flocked to Beswick, near Driffield, on Saturday to show their support for the first Holderness Hunt of its kind following a ban on hunting with hounds…. (story)

Western Gazette 10.11.05 USE OF FALCON NIPPED IN BUD - Hunt supporters and protesters were out in force at the weekend as part of a nationwide show of support in the first full season since the ban on the use of hounds came into force. To the outsider it looked like business as usual as members of the Cattistock Hunt, which rides out in Abbotsbury, the Blandford-based Portman Hunt and the Blackmoor Vale and Sparkford Hunt rode out with their hounds cheered on by hundreds of supporters…. Dorset Anti-Blood Sports spokesman Neal Buckoke condemned Cattistock's use of a falcon as ridiculous…. (story)

Melton Times 10.11.05 HUNTS EXPLOITING A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW - HUNTS in Melton are taking advantage of a loophole in legislation which enables them to work around the ban on killing foxes with hounds. The new hunt season got under way this week and the Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn hunts are using birds of prey…. (story)

Somerset County Gazette 10.11.05 Hunting: a case of mounting confusion - HUNT supporters across Somerset were out in force at the weekend at the start of the first fox hunting season since the ban on hunting with hounds. Meets took place across the Quantocks and Exmoor, closely monitored by anti-hunt organisations, amid increasing confusion over what is and is not legal…. (story in archive)

Tamworth Herald 10.11.05 HUNT GATHERS MORE SUPPORTERS - More than 500 followers turned out to support the historic Atherstone Hunt at its first meeting of the new season last Saturday… (story)

Avon Vale 10.11.05 HOUNDED, YET STRONG AS EVER - It was the morning after the opening meet of the Avon Vale Hunt, and the kennels were already buzzing with activity. Horses' stables were being mucked out, and the hounds were recuperating after a hard day on Saturday. Scarlet, the hunt's new European eagle owl, was also demanding attention, and there were several carcasses of fallen stock waiting to be dealt with…. (story)

Western Gazette 10.11.05 'TONY BLAIR' HELPS BONFIRE PARTY GO WITH A BANG - A Political undertone marked a village bonfire party to celebrate 400 years since the foiled attack by Guy Fawkes and his band of conspirators at the Houses of Parliament. The celebrations at Aller last Saturday were a dig at the present Government and the Prime Minister himself. A crowd of more than 300 watched "Tony Blair" light the fuse that set a 30ft high Houses of Parliament on fire, culminating in the toppling of Big Ben. Three fake barrels of gunpowder marked Iraq, Reform and Hunting, made up the centrepiece of the bonfire, which organisers described as "just a bit of fun"… (story)

Independent 10.11.05 Hunt law flouted - I can't be the only person who is appalled at the deliberate flouting of the anti-hunting legislation… PETER VALENTINE, OADBY, LEICESTERSHIRE (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.11.05 WORRIES OVER HUNT FILMING - I refer to Battle lines drawn as hunts meet, Echo, November 7, about the East Devon Hunt. I went to the opening meet at Rockbeare Manor last Saturday… I was a little concerned, to say the least, about the amount of footage anti-hunt monitors took of the foot followers… a woman who was accompanied by four children asked the anti-hunt monitors not to film the children. They refused and said that it was not illegal to film children. Surely this can not be the case when you are not even allowed to video your child's sports day or Christmas concert in schools anymore as a precaution against the video footage falling into the hands of paedophiles…. Tony O'Reilly, Devon
It's ridiculous filming followers as the CPS is clear that followers cannot be guilty of an offense. Only the master and whippers in… This is harrasment. giles bradshaw, rose ash (letter)

Southern Reporter 10.11.05 Three men accused of wildlife cruelty - Bob Burgess - POLICE and animal cruelty inspectors have swooped on the homes of three gamekeepers in the Borders who now face court accused of breaching wildlife laws, writes Bob Burgess…. The first raid took place on the Jedburgh home of part-time 'keeper 69-year-old Joseph Paxton. Officers took away the carcasses of birds of prey and what are believed to be illegal poisons. He has been charged with 10 offences including putting down poisoned bait…. (story)

Guardian 10.11.05 A race to the death - The demands of horse-racing extract a terrible toll in return for glamour and excitement - Neil Clark - Dawn Run, Gloria Victis and now Best Mate. As national hunt racing prepares for its first major meeting of the season at Cheltenham this weekend, is it not a good time to consider whether the price we pay for the thrills and spills of the sport is too high? Animal Aid thinks so and believes that horse-racing should go the way of cock-fighting and fox-hunting and be proscribed by law…. Best Mate never fell or looked like falling in his life, yet he still perished. The price he paid - and which other horses will continue to pay - is a high one. But even after the sad events of last week, it is still one worth paying. (story)

Daily Record 10.11.05 HORSE HELL - THE news of yet another death of an innocent horse, Best Mate, used for racing left me feeling really angry and powerless to help such magnificent creatures.They are slaves to the greedy trainers and punters, who are only interested in the money side of things… E. Pirie,Glasgow (letter)

Cornish Guardian 10.11.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS LINK PROBED - Thousands of pounds worth of wire fencing has been deliberately cut allowing two commercial deer herds to roam free. The incidents happened on the same night last week at Treswithick Farm, Cardinham, which backs onto the A30, and at Treverbyn Mill Farm, St Neot. Police said this week that both incidents are being treated as "deliberate acts of criminal damage" and that one of its lines of inquiries is to investigate if animal rights activists might have been involved…. (story)
Western Morning News 8.11.05 DEER ACTIVISTS 'PUT LIVES AT RISK' - Animal rights activists are believed to be behind vandalism attacks at two separate farms on the same night, which left hundreds of deer roaming across North Cornwall. The offenders struck at Trago Deer Park near Bodmin and Treverbyn Mill Farm in St Neot, using the cover of the torrential rain and high winds sweeping across the region…. Bruce Robertson keeps 400 deer at the Trago Deer Park, near Bodmin. All but a handful have now returned, but he is furious at what is the fourth attack in four years. Each attack has cost between £5,000 and £7,000 to repair…. He also criticised those responsible for letting the deer out because of the risk of causing a road accident…. (story)

Oxford Mail 10.11.05 Hysteria over tests - Alan Page asks why I haven't answered his question whether or not I have ever benefited from any medical advances obtained from animal experiments (Oxford Mail, October 28). Since I have repeatedly pointed out to him that all medical progress results from clinical research and observations of the human patient, not from animal experiments which have proved to be notoriously misleading when applied to humans, I have clearly answered his question… Jim Crawford, Burton Place, Oxford (letter in archive)
Oxford Mail 26.10.05 lan Page finally admits that animal tested drugs can cause serious adverse effects in human patients, but he still claims that animal experiments are beneficial to human medicine (Oxford Mail, October 19)… JIM CRAWFORD, Burton Place, Oxford (letter in archive)

Ilford Recorder 10.11.05 Sikhs demand halal apology - A LEADING member of the Sikh community is demanding an apology and a review of the schools' catering contract after the discovery that all pupils are being served halal meat. Harmander Singh said he had been contacted by several parents, following the Recorder front page story last week revealing that new school menus contain halal meat, concerned that their children are unknowingly going against their religion, which says they are not allowed to eat meat from animals that have suffered…. (story)

Irish Independent 10.11.05 'Horrific' cruelty at circuses claimed - Aine Kerr - MANY circus animals in Ireland have been subjected to "horrific" acts of cruelty, an undercover investigation claims to have found…. The groups, the Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), say the evidence should lead to a ban on the use of animals in circuses. Coordinator of ARAN John Carmody said an estimated 150 animals are currently touring Ireland with travelling circuses… (story)

Canary Wharf Weekly 10.11.05 ALMAIL : GRIN AND BEAR IT FOR THE ANIMALS - IF you can bear to walk over hot coals for charity, take part in The Fire Walk Challenge for The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). WSPA is looking for daredevil supporters to hot-foot it to Mudchute Park and Farm, Isle of Dogs, at 4.30pm on Saturday, December 10, and walk 20ft across a bed of fire to raise money for its Libearty campaign…. Jane Rockliffe regional and volunteer fundraising manager World Society for the Protection of Animals (letter)

ANIMAL AID VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS COMPETITION
Bexley Express 10.11.05 Cruelty free Christmas - Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Tonbridge (letter)
Bromley Express 10.11.05 Veggie feast - Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Tonbridge (letter)
Bromley Times 10.11.05 Veggie feast - Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Tonbridge (letter)
Bexley Times 10.11.05 Cruelty free Christmas - Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Tonbridge (letter)
Frome & Somerset Standard 10.11.05 WIN HAMPER OF VEGETARIAN FOOD - FIONA PEREIRA, Youth4Animals (letter)
Dartford Times 10.11.05 Taste a special vegetarian meal this Christmas - Animal Aid's dynamic youth branch, Youth4Animals, has joined forces with the marvellous veggie food company Redwood Foods to offer young readers the chance to win delicious hampers of cruelty-free Christmas food…. Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW. (letter)

9.11.05

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 9.11.05 Support `stronger than ever' as hunts ride again - "SUPPORT was stronger than ever" - that was the message in Ryedale as the hunting season got underway. The Saltersgate Farmers' Hunt and the Sinnington Hunt both reported an increase in followers at their Saturday meetings, which laid artificial trails to keep within the law…. The Middleton Hunt meeting also enjoyed a healthy turnout…. (story in archive)

Helston Packet 9.11.05 Strong support for first meet - Supporters of the Cury Hunt turned out in force on Saturday for the first official meet of the new season. Some 50 riders gathered at the Wheel Inn, Cury Cross Lanes -a clear indication that the hunt is still going strong, despite the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales that came into force earlier this year… (story in archive)

Northwich Chronicle 9.11.05 Hunts test the ban with first ride By Anthony Harvison, Northwich Chronicle - HUNTERS in Cheshire have claimed success after the first day of the first season under new hunting laws. But bloodsport campaigners claim they sailed close to the wind as they tested the law. John McBlain of the League Against Cruel Sports monitored the Cheshire Forest Hunt as it rode from Great Budworth… Meanwhile, Richard Thomas, joint master of the Sandiwaybased Cheshire Hunt, led the hounds out on Saturday to Bun-bury. He said: 'Obviously it was different working within the law. It poses different questions but we went out and we are carrying on…. (story)
Northwich Chronicle 9.11.05 Anger at hunt ban loophole By Anthony Harvison, Northwich Chronicle - THE Cheshire Forest Hunt has come under fire from animal rights protesters following its first hunt of the season on Saturday. The League Against Cruel Sports believes the hunt may have broken new laws brought in under the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February…. Only two dogs are allowed to flush the fox if it is to be shot but there is no limit on the number of hounds used if the animal is to be killed by a bird of prey… About 100 spectators turned out to see the hunt, among them a number of LACS monitors including John McBlain who says from what he saw, the Hunt is 'treading on thin ice'…. (story)

Northwich Guardian 9.11.05 Livery hits back at hunt riders' critics - THE owners of a Crowton livery have jumped to the defence of the Cheshire Forest Hunt which rode out near their fields. Last week the hunt was criticised for causing distress to horses out to graze at Hill Top Farm, in Ainsworth Lane, as they rode out with dogs and a Harris hawk to follow a trail on Monday morning…. But livery owner John Williamson said the hunt had notified him and his daughter Lucie 'in good time'…. "We were informed in good time and a notice had been on the notice board in the stables rest room for more than a week prior to the scheduled event. It told customers when it was to happen and where."… The Guardian has been asked to point out that Hill Top Farm is a DIY livery and that comments reported in last week's paper were therefore not made by a member of staff. We apologise for any upset this may have caused. (story in archive)
Northwich Guardian 2.11.05 Staff 'really feared for horses' lives' - STABLE staff have slammed the Cheshire Forest Hunt claiming they feared for their horses' lives after a ride took place in Crowton…. Carol Taylor, who works at a livery in Ainsworth Lane, says she had not been notified of the hunt and that her horses, many of which are retired or rescue animals, were out to graze when the hunt passed through. She said: "Our horses went absolutely ballistic - we really feared for their lives at one point. They've been in a hell of a state. Some of them have had to be sedated."… Wanda Wyporska, from the League Against Cruel Sports, is appalled by what she describes as a 'flagrant disregard' for animals and property…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 9.11.05 HUNTERS HOUNDED OUT BY INCREASING TRAFFIC - Plans for a Derbyshire hunt to convert its kennels and stables into homes and offices are being backed by planning officials. The Meynell and Staffordshire Hunt has maintained kennels and stables on a site off Ashbourne Road near Sudbury for more than 30 years. But the site has become unsuitable for the group in recent years as increasing noise from traffic on the nearby A515 has meant horses have been unable to stay at the stables…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 9.11.05 Use of birds of prey is disgusting - The front page news (Monday, October 24) about the hunt using birds of prey to continue their sport disgusted me… MRS S WHITTALL, Whitbourne. (letter in archive)

Worcester Evening News 9.11.05 Horrified by the legal loophole - I am writing to express my horror at the legal loophole that allows the Ledbury Hunt to hunt foxes. To use an eagle is absurd. It would be terrified of a pack of hounds and its safety on the ground would be seriously compromised near uncontrolled hounds…. JEREMY JAMES-BARNETT, Powick. (letter in archive)

Bangor & Holyhead Mail 9.11.05 Gamekeepers in dark on bird 'flu - by Ffion Jackson, North Wales Weekly Newspapers series - GAMEKEEPERS on Anglesey say they have not received any advice or information on avian 'flu, and are concerned about what the future holds for their birds and businesses…. An owner of one local shooting business which buys gamebirds from a mainland source said: "We haven't received any guidelines or information about new legislation, and don't know anyone in the same circles who have."… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 9.11.05 BAN THESE GUNS NOW - I Was interested in the letter headlined Guns should be licensed, not banned (Post, November 3) from gun club member Andrew Hinton… I take the view, like the victim, that ownership of air guns by anyone should be made illegal…. Several years ago, while walking on the cliffs at Rhossili, I came across some boys all armed with air rifles. I asked them what they were doing. They replied they had been paid by fishermen to shoot and kill any seals they could find…. J Russell, St Thomas, Swansea (letter)

Western Daily Press 9.11.05 FOIE GRAS HAS TO GO OFF THE MENU - I would like to bolster support to the article submitted by Mrs Ingram (November 3) and protest vehemently against any publicity featuring foie gras in UK restaurants. The foie gras farming production is horrific… Mike Mason Nailsea North Somerset (story)
Western Daily Press 3.11.05 FORCIBLY FED TO MAKE FOIE GRAS - With reference to Gourmand Blanc's Eating Out article (West Country Life, October 29), what a pity he's promoting foie gras at The Rectory Restaurant, Crudwell. Does he not know that ramming a tube down a duck's throat and force-feeding it vast quantities of grain every day in order to obtain this so-called delicacy is equivalent to him being forcibly fed 28lbs of spaghetti a day?... Mrs E Ingram Woolavington Somerset (letter)

Wellington Weekly News 9.11.05 TALK IS CHEAP - I am sure many of you have read the article (WWN, November 2) about the badger and the RSPCA. I am sure many of you are shocked and surprised. I am not, as I have known for some years that the RSPCA are very good at talking the talk with their hands out collecting money, but when it comes to walking the walk with their feet to rescue the animals they can be very backward in coming forward…. Valerie Buissink, Gay Street, Wellington (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 10.11.05 REDS IN RETREAT By Anna Burdett - THE battle to save red squirrels in Cumbria’s open countryside is lost and a retreat has been sounded to a few forest reserves in the county. Red Alert North England has decided to focus its resources to create protected areas for the endangered red squirrel, almost certainly sealing the fate of those living in isolated groups outside the reserves all over Cumbria…. Andrew Taylor, director of Animal Aid, said the plan was scapegoating grey squirrels. He added: “It is detestable and the worst kind of scapegoating. We have destroyed the reds and the greys have taken the wrap…” (story)

8.11.05

Coventry Evening Telegraph 8.11.05 Owls are used to outwit ban on hunting By Barbara Goulden - EAGLE owls have become the new secret weapon in an effort to continue the hunting tradition throughout Warwickshire and the more rural areas near Coventry. Despite new legislation in February banning the blood sport, members of both the Atherstone and Warwickshire hunts have begun the new season using what they believe is a loophole in the law…. (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 8.11.05 PUBLIC TURN OUT TO SHOW SUPPORT OF HUNTING - Hunting foxes with hounds was officially outlawed in February, but hunt meets went ahead throughout Mid Devon on Saturday on the first weekend of the new main hunt season… Kelvin Thomas, senior hunt master for the Tiverton Hunt said: "We had more people than normal come out to support us on Saturday….” George Lyon-Smith from the Mid Devon Hunt said Saturday's meet went 'absolutely fine'…. Ivor Annetts from the League Against Cruel Sports claimed illegal pack hunts were going on in the area 'as normal'. He said: "I've got the films and one of them is with the police and the other with the Crown Prosecution Service….” Tim Laman from Tiverton Staghounds said Saturday's meet had gone 'very well'…. (story)

Western Mail 8.11.05 Ditch 'unworkable' fox hunting ban call by all-party Middle Way group - Sally Williams, Western Mail - THE Middle Way group is urging the Government to ditch its "unworkable" fox hunting ban, after confusion reigned at hunts that met across Wales on Saturday for the first day of the new season. Members of the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group, Liberal Democrat MPs Lembit Opik and Roger Williams, claim the ban is "worse than useless" and is increasing animal suffering instead of ending it. They attended the Teme Valley Hunt in Llangunllo on Saturday to support the continuation of legal hunting in Wales and England…. (story)

Argus 8.11.05 Insults hurled by hunt supporters and protesters in a countryside stand-off by Kate Morrison - When the ban on fox hunting came into force in February it brought to an end more than one bloody tradition. For years the start of the hunting season meant clashes between supporters and saboteurs, usually culminating in a round of arrests…. In February 2000 an anti-hunt protester claimed a hunt supporter bit off his finger as he waved placards at the South Downs and Eridge Hunt. Jonathan Broise resigned last year as leader of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt, claiming aggression from saboteurs had wrecked his marriage, cost him his job and left him in fear of his life…. I went out with a group of monitors on the first meet of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt near Horsham and spent an afternoon ducking through hedges and ditches and listening out for the sound of hounds in cry… Their spokesman, who asked not to be named, said: "We used to get helicopters out, even police on horseback, because we were 'disrupting' the hunt." They said the main troublemakers were not the hunt but the foot followers. They also claimed that since the ban started some groups of men had been moving from hunt to hunt looking for a fight…. (story in archive)

Leicester Mercury 8.11.05 HUNTS 'PROVE THAT BAN IS POINTLESS' BY KATHRYN EDWARDS - Pro-hunting MPs have called the law banning the bloodsport "pointless" after hundreds of riders and followers turned out for the start of the season. A group of Conservative politicians described the law - introduced in February - as "badly written" and "vindictive", and said it would not stop hunts from taking place…. Joe Cowen, joint master of the Fernie Hunt, near Market Harborough, said 80 to 90 people had turned out from his group for the start of the season at the weekend…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 8.11.05 HUNT SUPPORT 'EVEN GREATER' - County hunts claim support for the pursuit is stronger than ever after the weekend's meetings…. Jo Aldridge, spokeswoman for the Beaufort Hunt, said about 2,000 people attended a meeting on foot and about 300 horses rode out on Saturday…. Valerie Allfrey, of the North Ledbury Hunt, said this weekend's meeting had been very successful…. The Berkeley Hunt was trail hunting and attracted a similar number of riders as before the ban, according to hunt master Henry Berkeley… No one was available to comment at The Cotswold Vale Farms Hunt, which had planned to trail hunt…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.11.05 HUNTS FACE THE VIDEO SPOTLIGHT - Video footage of the weekend's start of the hunting season is to be examined by the League Against Cruel Sports, it emerged yesterday… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 8.11.05 HUNT RIDES OUT... ON A FALSE TRAIL - ALEX CLAYDON - Riders with the South Notts Hunt say the ban on hunting with dogs has not taken the fun out of their sport. They vowed to stay within the law while continuing to fight for the repeal of the Hunting Act. Meeting for the first time yesterday since the traditional start of the hunting season, master of the hunt Jane Beaumont said they would obey the Act…. Belvoir Hunt, Quorn Hunt, Grove and Rufford Hunt, and Cottesmore Hunt have all started their season and say they are staying within the new law… The Belvoir Hunt, Quorn Hunt, Grove and Rufford Hunt, and Cottesmore Hunt have all started their season and say they are staying within the new law. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 8.11.05 Angela Haigh - OK, I know it's a controversial subject, but I am going to say my piece anyway, especially as the N+S has specifically asked what we readers think about the way that hunts have lived on. So, a dead fox, soaked in water was used to set a trail; apparently, many followers on horseback and foot found this as exciting as in previous years. Great! Problem solved! Well, almost; makes me wonder how the fox died… Apparently, the HOUNDS knew no difference to what they were hunting either! GREAT! You are winning me over (apart from the source of the original dead fox)…. "Our intention is not to hunt the fox but if one gets killed, we will not have broken the law." AH! Suddenly my day out is looking less pleasant…. Apparently, the fox terriers (dogs last time I looked) are allowed to kill the fox in its den, by law, in the interests of protecting wild birds. And, significantly, a "number" of foxes have been killed by the Cumberland Foxhounds since the season started six weeks ago. Cynic that I am, why don't I think one of these foxes is the source of the one used for the trail?... (story)

Independent 8.11.05 Hunting packs defy the law of the land - Once again, we have hounds in the countryside ready to "flush out" mammals. Oh, and perhaps a fox or deer will spring accidentally across the paths of the hounds… It is apparent that some of the hunting fraternity are unwilling to change their lifestyles, even with line or drag hunting as alternatives. In other words, they are giving the V-sign to the law-makers, and to the general public. AGNES HALL, AYR (letter)

Western Morning News 8.11.05 Hares on Cup land - I AM 46 years old and lived in Lydiate, where the Waterloo Cup is run, for the best part of 30 years. The only land in south-west Lancs where the brown hare really thrives is on the land where the Cup is run…. I AM 46 years old and lived in Lydiate, where the Waterloo Cup is run, for the best part of 30 years. The only land in south-west Lancs where the brown hare really thrives is on the land where the Cup is run…. David Soutter, Milwr (letter)
Western Morning News 25.10.05 THERE'S NOTHING NATURAL IN HARE COURSING - Hare coursing is not the natural predator-prey scenario Lord Clifford of Chudleigh claims (WMN, October 11), but has been contrived by man for amusement… Now that it is illegal for hares to be persecuted for amusement we can hope they will be enjoyed constructively in the peace of the countryside. The British Brown Hare Preservation Society (BBHPS) encourages farmers to regard them as welcome residents of their land, enjoyed by visitors in farmhouse accommodation. Rodney Hale, Founder/Chairman BBHPS Crediton (letter)
Western Morning News 11.10.05 A SAD DAY AS GREYHOUNDS COMPETE FOR FINAL TIME - "THEY closed down our mines; now they want to close down our dogs!" - a remark passed by a good, solid north countryman as he watched greyhounds compete for the Waterloo Cup 2005, the last time this event is to be legally permitted… It appears that elected MPs support and enforce the view of a minority and require the majority to pay for it. Lord Clifford of Chudleigh, Devon (letter)

Western Morning News 8.11.05 Poaching blame unfair - DOES John Montague realise what he has written? He blames the League Against Cruel Sports for deer poaching, saying that without hunting the farmers have no choice. Did he really mean to alienate all farmers by saying they are poachers? I think he does a great disservice to the many farmers who actually like our wildlife and enjoy seeing them living, instead of bloodied carcasses, whether killed by hounds, lurchers, guns or snares… Mrs Y Street, Okehampton (letter)
Western Morning News 26.10.05 Causes of poaching - SO THE League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) is putting up £1000 in an effort to catch the perpetrator of what we all have to agree is a most unpleasant poaching incident. So they should, but in fact they should put up more money to solve a crime for which they are in part responsible. The cessation of stag hunting on Exmoor has removed the peer pressure against deer poaching. Before the ban, hunting acted as a deterrent against this unpleasant wildlife offence…. John Montague, Alphington (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 8.11.05 HUNTING - Tell us if the law is being broken - HUNT Watch monitors are to target hunts that use birds of prey as the start of the traditional foxhunt season begins…. It is outrageous that police are allowing hunts to openly chase a quarry just because falconry is exempt from the act. It is clearly illegal…. Andrea Hill, spokesperson for Hunt Watch, said: “Any falconer would need their head testing when releasing their £5,000 bird of prey in front of a pack of 20 to 30 hounds…. Hunt Watch as a group is interested in any news and information on hunt activities. HUNT WATCH, PO Box 3089, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 2YP (letter)

Western Mail 8.11.05 A pheasant way to boost the rural economy or mass grave for wildlife? - David Williamson, Western Mail - A MAJOR study has been launched by the WDA to discover if game shooting could be a new pillar of the tourist industry. The move has been welcomed by the Countryside Alliance but condemned by the League Against Cruel Sports who said Wales could be turned into a "mass grave for animals". A consortium led by the Institute of Rural Sciences at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and The Bay - Delivering with Devolution Ltd, will evaluate the further economic potential of game shooting…. (story)

Birmingham Post 8.11.05 Animal rights lobby now 'significant' threat to game shooting - Game shooting is facing its most significant threat ever due to growing opposition from the animal rights lobby, a rural business leader has warned. Oliver Harwood, head of rural economy at the Country Land and Business Association, expressed his concerns for the future of the sport at a meeting of the Landed Estates Forum at Coughton Court in Warwickshire…. His warning came after the League of Cruel Sports sent a 15-minute documentary featuring footage shot by investigators in the Midlands, was sent to MPs across the country. Some of the footage purports to show predators on part of the Earl of Lichfield's Ranton Abbey estate snared in a manner that contravened the code of practice for use of the device. … The British Association of Shooting and Conservation dismissed the tape, claiming the scenes were unreliable representations…. (story)

Western Morning News 8.11.05 WILL ANIMAL ACTIVISTS REFUSE VACCINE? - Responsible Government representatives have now confirmed that the H5N1 fowl pest virus, which is slowly travelling westwards from the Far East, is not expected to occur in this country in the near future, but will eventually arrive… Vociferous members of the various "animal liberation" factions feel strongly that violence is justified, if directed at institutions and persons involved in medical research involving the use of animals…. one is entitled to wonder how many of these organisations' members will refuse any anti-viral treatment when the fowl pest eventually strikes. Alan Chesterfield, Bishop's Nympton Devon (letter)

Shropshire Star 8.11.05 Circus fun should be fair to acts - I read Mark Norwood’s letter (November 1) with some concern. Animal campaigners have no wish to spoil anyone’s fun… What they condemn is the abuse of animals which takes place under the circus banner…. What they condemn is the abuse of animals which takes place under the circus banner. (story)
Shropshire Star 1.11.05 Soctiety in bid to stop circus fun - With reference to the Shropshire Star, October 25, 2005… The Captive Animals Protective Society is just another vociferous group hell bent on being kill-joys, who have got nothing better to do than to stop people enjoying the circus. As for animal welfare, it is in the circus’ interest to look after their animals and if they were negligent in anyway the RSPCA would soon bring action against them…. Mark Norwood, Montgomery Canal, near Oswestry (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.05 JOIN CAMPAIGN OVER SHAMEFUL ANIMAL ABUSE - Many readers will share their homes with cats, dogs and other animals…. But how would we feel if the animals that are part of our families were slowly poisoned to death, deliberately infected with deadly diseases, or crammed into sheds with no light and knee deep in their own waste?... We're starting up a new network of animal advocates, which aims to show politicians that we won't stand for cruelty to defenceless animals. The more pressure we can put on our local MPs and the Government, the more they will be forced to take account of animals' welfare and give them the protection they deserve… If you're moved by the plight of animals, and you won't turn your back on their suffering, please write to Protecting Animals in Democracy… Miss MARGARET E. SAYCE, Upper Lydbrook, Forest of Dean (letter)

Manchester Evening Post 8.11.05 I AM very disappointed to see that a Manchester business is selling kangaroo, crocodile and emu meat… Justin Kerswell, Bristol (story)

7.11.05

Manchester Evening News 10.11.05 Why hawk joined hunt - Why hawk joined hunt - A HAWK called Alice was the star attraction as members of Cheshire Forest Hunt met for the first time since their traditional sport was banned. But this was a trail hunt where a rider with a rag - covered in the scent of a fox - attached to the end of a whip trailed it long the ground to lay a scent for the hounds to follow. The hounds then joined the hunt to flush out the prey for the hawk…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 7.11.05 Hunting is cancelled as heavy rain takes its toll by Clive White - Hunters had to abandon their plans to join the country-wide celebration at the start of the new hunting season on Saturday. The Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt cancelled its meet, near Skipton, because of the water-logged ground…. MPs, who are members of the Middle Way Group, which campaigned for licensed hunting as an alternative to a ban, have branded the new law as "severely flawed and unworkable."… Airedale Beagles, which had to give up hunting hare in February, have been hunting rabbit throughout the summer in the Keighley and Ilkley area. (story in archive)

Daily Post 7.11.05 Hunt season opens 'within new laws' - By Eryl Crump, Daily Post - SUPPORTERS and opponents of fox hunting both claimed success after the new season got underway at the weekend - the first since a ban was introduced in England and Wales…. Nearly 70 riders took part in the Flint and Denbigh Hunt meeting on Saturday. Hunt spokesman Rikki Proffit said a further 250 followers joined the hunt on foot…. (story)

Northants Chronicle & Echo 7.11.05 Tally ho! The (legal) foxhunt is still alive - THE hunting tradition in Northamptonshire is still going strong with organisers boasting their attendance is as good as before the ban on fox hunting. Both Grafton and Pytchley Hunts met at the weekend for trail hunts, which are a legal alternative to the traditional, but banned fox hunt, imposed earlier this year…. (story)

South Wales Argus 7.11.05 Hundreds meet as trail hunts let foxes well along by Anby Doyle and Helen Morgan - HUNDREDS turned out to support Monmouthshire Hunt's first meeting of the new season in a show of strength which delighted organisers. And more than 60 riders took part in Saturday's trail hunt - a legal activity designed to exercise the hounds and give members a chance to put their mounts through their paces… (story in archive)

Weymouth Echo 7.11.05 Hunters carry on despite criticism by Peter Hawkins - HUNTSMEN said it was business as usual despite criticism from the police over their use of a bird of prey. Cattistock Hounds huntsman Charlie Watts said that the group were carrying on `as any other day' when they met at Abbotsbury to follow a trail across the countryside…. Dorset Anti-Blood Sports spokesman Neal Buckoke said the falcon incident had shown that the law was not strong enough…. (story in archive)

Nottingham Evening Post 7.11.05 FIRST MEET OF NEW SEASON - Fox hunters will ride across Notts countryside today for the first event of the new season…. Anne Jepson is hunt secretary for the South Notts Hunt, which was meeting at 11am in Gonalston…. East Midlands protester Roger Swaine said: "I've been out on hunts and seen people very blatantly breaking the law and have recorded footage of it. Rather than using loopholes to get around the law, many are simply using loopholes to cover illegal activity…." (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 7.11.05 HORSE AND HOUNDS FOLLOW SCENT - Hunt enthusiasts rode off on the first day of the new season - the first since a ban on using dogs in England and Wales. Members of the Brocklesby and South Wold hunts were determined to keep the tradition going on Saturday, although hounds followed an artificial scent instead of a fox…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 7.11.05 HUNT 'STAYS LEGAL' FOR SEASON'S FIRST OUTING - Huntsmen and women took to the fields with their hounds to mark the start of the new hunting season. But members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt say they did not flout the Government's ban on hunting foxes with dogs and used Saturday's meet as an opportunity to exercise their animals… (story)

Bath Chronicle 7.11.05 2,000 SUPPORT FIRST DAY OF HUNT'S NEW SEASON BY COLETTE WARBROOK - Around 2,000 people gathered for a historic hunt's traditional opening meet of the new season. The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, which has members across the Bath area, held its opening meet on Saturday as normal, despite the ban on hunting with dogs which came into force earlier this year…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 7.11.05 HUNTERS OUT IN FORCE AS SEASON STARTS - The winter's hunting season got under way at the weekend. The Beaufort hunt met at Worcester Lodge, near Badminton, and had a big turnout of hunters as well as many supporters on foot. Members of the Berkeley hunt were also out in force…. (story)
Bristol Evening Post 7.11.05 HUNTING SUPPORTERS OUT IN FORCE FOR NEW SEASON - Large crowds of supporters turned out for the opening meets of the Beaufort and Berkeley hunts at the start of the first full season since traditional fox hunting was banned. An estimated 2,000 people watched nearly 300 riders set off from the Beaufort's meet alone on Saturday on the edge of the Badminton estate….(story)
Bristol Evening Post 7.11.05 FIRST MEETS FOR HUNTS - The winter's hunting season officially got under way at the weekend. The Beaufort hunt met at Worcester Lodge, near Badminton, and had a big turnout of hunters as well as a lot of supporters on foot. Hunters in Berkeley met at the kennels in Berkeley town…. (story)

Hartlepool Mail 7.11.05 On the hunt again - THE first hunt has taken place since the use of hounds to kill foxes was banned. More than 30 hunters set off from the Dun Cow pub in Sedgefield for the start of the new season. Dozens of spectators gathered to watch the horses from the South Durham Hunt set off on their controversial ride, some offering support and others protesting…. And although Bobo, a stunning Turkmenian eagle owl, joined the hunters at the launch, she was unable to take part because of the bad weather… (story)

Northern Echo 7.11.05 On the trail of the . . . wolf - Wolf urine replaced the traditional scent of foxes as South Durham Hunt rode out for the official start of the season on Saturday. Reporter Catherine Jewitt joined them… (story in archive)

York Evening Press 7.11.05 Ban? what ban? - by Nadia Jefferson-Brown - HOUNDS and horses were out in force to mark the start of the traditional fox hunting season… Nick Procter, master of the York and Ainsty South hunt, which met at Colton, near Tadcaster, said afterwards: "We have had one or two good trails laid. It is not the same as it should be, but we have shot two foxes…." Other hunts included the Middleton Hunt, which met near Malton, the Bilsdale Hunt at Boltby near Thirsk, the Derwent Hunt at Snainton and the Farndale Hunt. (story in archive)

Yorkshire Post 7.11.05 TRIUMPHANT HUNTS CAN LOOK TO CHANGE IN LAW - Lucy Harvey - DEFIANT hunts will one day be rewarded with a change in the law a leading Labour MP said yesterday, after a weekend show of strength among supporters. Kate Hoey said new legislation affecting the sport is "totally impossible" to enforce and she is confident it will be amended… Chairman of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt Charlie Warde-Aldam said he had been forced to shoot foxes on his land at Frickley Hall, Doncaster, since the law was changed…. (story)

Horse & Hound 7.11.05 Hunts unbowed at opening meets - Isobel Walsh - Morale post-hunt ban is high, and rural police have more important work to do than following packs round the countryside - It was a picture which will have confused most of the British public, and infuriated the prejudiced minority of Labour politicians who had a lasting obsession with hunting: this weekend, nine months after the Hunting Act came into force, hundreds of thousands of supporters joined more than 300 hunts across England and Wales for their opening meets on Saturday…. “Ultimately, it will be up to the courts to decide”, said Brian Hughes, Master of the Llangeinor Hunt in South Wales, on Saturday…. (story)

Western Daily Press 7.11.05 TALLY-HO: WE'RE OFF AGAIN - On the first day of a new hunting season since the ban on the use of hounds came into force, all of the West's packs went into action and tens of thousands of people came out to show their support. But Countryside Correspondent TRISTAN CORK met a hunt well into its season already and found that it was business as usual despite the new law… This was the regular Saturday meet of the Vale of the White Horse Hunt in the picturesque Cotswold village of Ablington… (story)
Western Daily Press 7.11.05 WAYS TO BEAT THE BAN - Hunts are employing a range of methods to get around the ban, which is not a ban on hunting - just a ban on chasing a wild mammal with more than two dogs. The most common is to do what the antis wanted - lay an artificial trail and get the hounds to follow it…. (story)

Western Morning News 7.11.05 HUNTS OUT IN FORCE TO MARK SEASON'S START - Hundreds of Westcountry hunt supporters turned out this weekend to mark the beginning of the first season since hunting with hounds was banned in England and Wales…. Opposition to the ban was clear as people who had never hunted gathered at the East Cornwall Hunt's opening meet… Michael Moore, the joint master and secretary of the East Devon Hunt, said the sheer numbers of people who came out to support the hunt proved the issue of the ban had not gone away… The LACS has brought forward a private prosecution against Tony Wright, who they claim breached the Hunting Act while hunting the Exmoor Foxhounds in April. The case is due to be heard in Barnstaple later this month. (story)

The Sentinel 7.11.05 DEFIANT HUNT VOWS TO KEEP RIDING HIGH - PRIYA SUCHDEV - Huntmasters have vowed not to let the hunting ban dampen their enthusiasm for the sport as they gathered for the first of 25 meets to be held throughout the hunting season. Around 40 members of the North Staffordshire Hunt, as well as foot-followers, turned out for the traditional opening meet, which was held at Lea Head Manor in Aston, at the weekend…. (story)
The Sentinel 7.11.05 BAN WON'T STOP US - Vicki Walker, aged 64, of Woore, near Newcastle, said:"It's part of country life and something which I have done since I was eight years old - my whole family are passionate about hunting…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 7.11.05 DEFIANT HUNTS SCENT SUCCESS - Acts of mass defiance took place around the county over the weekend as the first hunts of the new season took place. Although there was no flouting of fox-hunting laws, hunt organisers laid out their intentions to get around the law in whichever way they could during the coming season. The Ledbury Hunt, meeting in Corse Lawn, looked identical to the last traditional hunt that had taken place the day before the ban was imposed in February… (story)

Leicester Mercury 7.11.05 HUNTING HIGH AND LOW AS NEW SEASON GETS UNDER WAY BY CHRISTIAN DEZELU - Hundreds of people turned out as the county's hunts rode out for the official start of the hunting season. Most used birds of prey to kill the fox - a practice revealed by the Leicester Mercury last month. Fernie Hunt joint master, Joe Cowen, said: "We are using a red-tailed hawk to flush out foxes, and doing trail hunting to mimic a fox's scent…. The Fernie, Quorn, Belvoir and Atherstone hunts have turned to using birds of prey to help the tradition survive, while the Cottesmore has begun trail hunting…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 7.11.05 BATTLE LINES DRAWN AS HUNTS MEET - hunting season - the first since the ban on hunting with dogs was introduced nine months ago. The secretary of the East Devon Hunt, Michael Moore, gave a rousing speech to the 200-strong crowd, in which he described the hunt as a social occasion that kept the fabric of the countryside together. And he urged hunt members to keep within the law…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 7.11.05 Hunts out in force despite ban - DEFIANT fox-hunts met across Worcestershire over the weekend despite the ban on hunting with hounds… David Palmer, joint master of Worcestershire Hunt - which has a bird of prey in training at the moment - said he enjoyed an excellent day but no fox was killed…. (story in archive)

Mirror 7.11.05 100 FOXES KILLED BY HUNTERS By Andy Lines - HUNTSMEN claimed that up to 100 foxes were killed up and down the country over the weekend. They insisted it was business as usual as 317 hunts across England and Wales rode out for the first time since hunting with dogs was banned…. (story)

Cumberland News & Star 7.11.05 The hunt goes on - CUMBERLAND Foxhounds held their first official meet of the season on Saturday following the trail of a dead fox rather than a live one…. The 29 hounds were following a fox-based scent laid that morning - the scent is made by soaking a dead fox in water…. The Bewcastle and Cumberland Farmers hunts were also out on Saturday. (story)

Daily Post 7.11.05 Hunt riders put pressure on new laws By Liam Murphy Daily Post Staff - AROUND 100 spectators turned out to see 36 riders of the historic Cheshire Forest Hunt ride out on Saturday in the first new season since new hunting laws came into force…. (story)

KATE HOEY PREDICTS REPEAL OF HUNT BAN
Birmingham Post 7.11.05 Hoey predicts hunt law will be changed - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour Minister said yesterday. Kate Hoey, who opposed the ban in the Commons, said: "The reality is the police know this is a law which is totally impossible for them to enforce and the bad law always ends up being changed. I'm very confident that will happen."… (story)
Western Morning News 7.11.05 'RIDICULOUS BAN WILL BE CHANGED' - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said yesterday. Speaking on GMTV's Sunday Programme, Kate Hoey, who opposed the ban in the Commons, said: "The reality is the police know this is a law which is totally impossible for them to enforce and the bad law always ends up being changed. I'm very confident that will happen."… (story)
Guardian 7.11.05 Ex-minister predicts repeal of hunt ban - Owen Bowcott - The ban on hunting with dogs will eventually be repealed, a former Labour minister claimed yesterday as "middle way" campaigners suggested some MPs were beginning to shift position. Kate Hoey, chair of the Countryside Alliance and an opponent of the ban, said the law was "so bad and so ridiculous" it would eventually be changed…. (story)
ThisIsLondon 6.11.05 Hoey says hunting ban will change - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said. Speaking on GMTV's Sunday Programme, Kate Hoey, who opposed the ban in the Commons, said: "The reality is the police know this is a law which is totally impossible for them to enforce and the bad law always ends up being changed. I'm very confident that will happen."… (story)
Mail on Sunday 6.11.05 Hoey says hunting ban will change - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said…. (story)
Ananova 6.11.05 Hoey says hunting ban will change - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 6.11.05 'Ridiculous hunting ban will be changed', says Labour MP - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said today…. (story)
ViewLondon 6.11.05 Hunt ban 'will be changed' - A former Labour minister has criticised the ban on fox hunting, saying it is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed…. (story)
Sunday Express 6.11.05 Hoey says hunting ban will change - The ban on fox hunting is "so bad and so ridiculous" it will eventually be changed, a former Labour minister said. Speaking on GMTV's Sunday Programme, Kate Hoey, who opposed the ban in the Commons, said: "The reality is the police know this is a law which is totally impossible for them to enforce and the bad law always ends up being changed. I'm very confident that will happen."… (story may be in archive)

New Statesman 7.11.05 Village life - Kevin Maguire asks to see David Cameron's pass - Kevin Maguire …Jodhpur-wearing MP Kate "Tally" Hoey has evaded a potentially bloodthirsty inquiry into her chairmanship of the Countryside Alliance. Labour's retiring general secretary Matt "Smiley" Carter rejected a Chippenham comrade's complaint that the post is incompatible with her party card, let alone representing inner-city Vauxhall…. (story)

Western Morning News 7.11.05 In the hunt - In the hunt - THIS week my lurcher bounded up the lane adjacent to our house and caught a mouse and killed it. I would like to plead guilty to breaking the law and inform the powers that be that I am available should they wish to arrest me. Juliet Johns, Truro (letter)

ITV 7.11.05 Jodie Marsh in veggie push - Party girl Jodie Marsh is teaming up with animal rights campaigners to urge London commuters to ditch chicken nuggets as part of a campaign to promote vegetarianism. The 26-year-old glamour girl, who last month featured in a top ten of pointless celebrities, will strip down to a slinky "chickette" costume to highlight cruelty to poultry….. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) will use the journey to highlight their "I'm Not A Nugget Campaign", part of an ongoing crusade against fried chicken outlets… (story)

The Sentinel 7.11.05 BAN ALL EXOTIC PET MARKETS - Why is the Government legalising exotic pet markets and supporting the intensive breeding of pheasants in its Animal Welfare Bill? For every exotic bird brought into the UK, up to three more die on the way by capture or strenuous journeys…. MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (story)

The Sentinel 7.11.05 SHOW THE ANIMALS SOME RESPECT - I Am writing to tell you about my views on whether animals have rights too. I chose this topic as I found it fascinating and exciting. I care for animals so much I wanted to find out more…. Now animals have started to become disrespected. But some people believe that animals have the same rights as humans and should not be exploited, as both humans and animals live together. The topic of animal rights is one of the most controversial of today. EMILY GREEN Aged 14 Beech (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 7.11.05 BAN THE IMPORTS - I was brought up on a farm in Southern Ireland. The hens and chickens had a lovely life: free during the day, locked in the hen-house at night to protect them from foxes: no bird flu then…. Bird flu is in all these foreign countries because of the terrible cruelty to animals. BRIDGET REES, Plymouth (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 7.11.05 WALKING TO SAVE SEALS - Animal lovers raised £1,500 in a sponsored walk to highlight the plight of Canadian seals. Derbyshire Animal Welfare Network said that nearly one million seals have been killed in Canada during the past three years, with many skinned alive….(story)

6.11.05

Eastern Daily Press 6.11.05 Region's hunts attract large numbers - IAN CLARKE - A mix of determination, pride and sadness filled the air as hunt enthusiasts turned out in their hundreds across East Anglia for the start of the new season on Saturday…. The biggest turnout in Norfolk was at Gateley Hall, near Fakenham, the home of Earl Cathcart, where about 100 horses and several hundred supporters turned out for the start of the West Norfolk Foxhounds season…. At Aldborough, near Cromer, about 150 mounted and foot followers took part in the North Norfolk Harriers meeting…. About 35 people took part in Saturday's Waveney Harriers hunt through Cratfield, near Halesworth…. Dunston Harriers first official meet of the season attracted a larger than average turnout…. (story)

Wales on Sunday 6.11.05 Protestors aim to fox huntsmen - Marc Baker, Wales on Sunday - ANTI-HUNT protestors took to the hills for the start of the fox hunting season yesterday in a bid to catch the first Welsh huntsmen breaking the law… Although no Welsh huntsmen have been prosecuted for breaking the law, the League Against Cruel Sports says a "significant" number of hunts in England and Wales appeared to have broken the new law, introduced in February…. Llangeinor joint hunt master Brian Hughes said: "It's inevitable that we are going to run into foxes. We will try our best to be legal. This law is ridiculous. It's about time the Government let the town people run the towns and the country people run the countryside." (story)

Independent on Sunday 6.11.05 Up to 100 foxes die as first season since ban gets under way, bloodily By Greg Harkin and Steve Bloomfield - The hunting ban was exposed as a farce again yesterday as scores of foxes died on the first day of the hunting season in England and Wales, with claims from protesters that some animals had been hunted down and killed illegally… Thirty-six riders and 31 hounds rode out with the historic Cheshire Forest Hunt and there, in an attempt to bypass the hunting ban, an eight-month-old Harris hawk, called Alice, was present…. Dr Jane Evans, who was monitoring the Cheshire, complained she was intimidated and insulted for much of the day…. Mike Hobday, a spokesman for the organisation, said it had received reports of illegal hunting taking place yesterday. One hunt in Surrey, he said, had been caught on video chasing down a fox. The evidence was being passed to police…. In Gloucestershire, at first glance, the first weekend of hunting by the " distinguished" Beaufort Hunt on the Badminton estate looked no different to any other year…. THE STATS - 100 Foxes feared killed by hunts in England and Wales yesterday… £5 for a pack of 10 Christmas cards featuring the Dunston Harriers hunt… 20 new members yesterday at the Bilsdale Hunt, North Yorkshire… (story)

Sunday Times 6.11.05 The new face of hunting: a bird of prey leads the pack - THOUSANDS of foxhunters rode to hounds yesterday at the start of the first full season since the sport was banned earlier this year…. (story)

ViewLondon 6.11.05 Fox hunting proponents and opponents claim victory - Fox hunting proponents and opponents alike claimed victory yesterday on the first day of the new season since the ban on hunting with dogs came into effect earlier this year…. (story)

Sunday Mail 6.11.05 HUNTS 'BREACH NEW LAW - THE first hunting season since the use of hounds was banned kicked off yesterday - as a report claimed 40 per cent of hunts are breaking the law…. (story)

Observer 6.11.05 Hoey's bloodlust - Kate Hoey ('Down with you shoppers and animal hypocrites', News, last week) predictably shares the amoral blindness of the Countryside Alliance that she now heads and fails to see the difference between shoppers and her own ilk. The shoppers, sadly, might well be ignoring the plight of battery chickens but, unlike Kate Hoey, they do not seek pleasure in seeing animals chased and torn apart by hounds… Clive Graham, Exmouth, Devon (letter)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 6.11.05 Bumstead row rumbles on - It was with sadness that I read the county council's response regarding the issues surrounding my constituent Mr Bumstead's ownership of the shooting rights, as reported in Bedfordshire on Sunday last week…. Mr Bumstead did have an issue with shooting on his land on the first day of the season which I attended at Mr Bumstead's request. I would also like to point out that Mr Bumstead has only purchased the rights to protect his land from shooting…. Councillor Susan Gaszczak Eastcotts Division (letter)

Scotland on Sunday 6.11.05 Best Mate races on in our hearts - MARTIN HANNAN …And how dare Animal Aid spout their nonsense about the cruelty of racing after a fatal accident which could have happened anywhere at any time in Best Mate's life, on or off the track. Those protesters underlined the notion that they simply do not understand racing or the public's fascination for the sport's great ones. Their egregious breach of manners will not be forgotten or forgiven… (story)

5.11.05

Eastern Daily Press 5.11.05 A-hunting we will go - TOM MATTHEWS - The first battle might have been lost, but we're not dead yet. That was the defiant message from hunt supporters last night on the eve of the new season…. “The support at meets has been enormous because everybody is determined to keep the packs going,” said Liz Mort of the Countryside Alliance yesterday…. Bill Borrett, joint master of the West Norfolk Foxhounds, said: “We have been in existence for 471 years. “It brings the people of rural Norfolk together and it just seemed a terrible waste to stop, especially as the Conservatives had said they would rescind the law. So we will keep it intact until there is a change of Government.”… John Ibbott, joint master of the Waveney Harriers, said: “The rural community has shown us more support than we have ever had in the past. “They are a tolerant population who don't like an intolerant government….” Peter Richards, of West Norfolk Animal Rights, said: “These people know the legislation. If they chase a fox and kill a fox they are breaking the law and they will get found out….” Four hunts are taking place today .Dunston Harriers - Hardingham Hall, near Hingham. North Norfolk Harriers - Aldborough, near Aylsham. Waveney Harriers - Cratfield, near Halesworth. West Norfolk Foxhounds - Gately, near Fakenham. (story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 'Successful start' to hunt season - Supporters and opponents of fox hunting have both claimed success after the first day of the new season - the first since a ban in England and Wales. The Countryside Alliance said hunts had taken place within the law across the country, with thousands taking part. Anti-hunt campaigners saw "relatively few" breaches, but said evidence would be given to the police in some cases…. At the Cheshire Forest Hunt an eight-month-old Harris hawk, named Alice, joined 36 riders and 31 hounds on a meet…. Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, faces a charge of "hounding foxes with dogs"… (story)

icHounslow 5.11.05 Fox hunts continue despite the ban - Fox hunting protestors claimed a victory on the first day of the new season - the first since a ban on using dogs in England and Wales. But hunt enthusiasts also claimed the day as theirs and that dozens of hunts had gone ahead in spite of the ban…. Mike Hobday, spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "We are very pleased that there seems to have been relatively little law-breaking. However, there are a number of cases where we will be presenting videotape evidence to the police…. But Countryside Alliance spokeswoman Jill Grieve said: "We would dispute that there has been law-breaking. We are confident that hunts have been hunting within the law. The feedback we have had has been very positive… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 5.11.05 HUNTS WILL EXPLOIT LOOPHOLES IN LAW - Defiant hunters and their hounds will be out in force in Gloucestershire this weekend to mark the start of the fox hunting season. Despite the Government's ban on hunting with dogs in February, members of the Ledbury, Berkeley, Beaufort and Cotswold Vale Farmers hunts will be scouring the countryside in search of their prey…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.11.05 DON'T WASTE MORE TIME ON HUNTING - They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. So perhaps the apparent rise in popularity of hunting is down to the miles of column inches dedicated to the controversial new Hunting Act…. In reality the Hunting Act has more holes in it than a teabag. Hounds are banned from killing foxes unless they do it "accidentally". Imagine the scene if any prosecutions do ever come to court…. Then there is the bizarre spectacle of hunters using birds of prey to kill foxes. Surely death by pecking is no less inhumane than being ripped apart by a dog?... In a week where we have seen a pensioner pelted with an egg and a mother slashed across the face by a mugger there are surely more pressing matters for the police to deal with. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 5.11.05 FOX-HUNTING FANS TURN OUT FOR START OF SEASON - Thousands of fox-hunting supporters were gathering today to mark the start of the season. Opening meets were taking place up and down the country as hunt supporters turned out, determined to continue their traditions…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 5.11.05 Hunters to test fox ban loophole - FOX hunts in Cheshire will meet for the first time today since the controversial ban came into effect - and they may use eagles to sidestep the law. The Cheshire Forest Hunt in Budworth, Tarporley's Cheshire Foxhounds or the Wynnstay Hunt in Whitchurch will now be on a "drag hunt" where they chase a fox scent trail. But hunting groups openly admit they will be looking to exploit loopholes to make hunts as authentic as possible. And that could involve eagles being used to hunt foxes…. (story)

Shropshire Star 5.11.05 Hunt season opens amid ban controversy - Hundreds of hunt supporters were turning out across Shropshire and Mid Wales today on the first day of the hunting season since new laws banned the sport… Members of Albrighton Hunt were meeting at the Piggot Arms in Pattingham, with hounds due to move off at 11am…. Meanwhile, members of the North Shropshire Hunt were meeting at Sansaw Heath, near Hadnall, while followers of the Ludlow Hunt were gathering at Cleeton Court Farm, near Cleeton St Mary. The South Shropshire Hunt, whose joint master is Otis Ferry, declined to reveal publicly where they were hunting, but it is believed to be Gatten, in the Stiperstones area…. (story)

K9 Magazine 5.11.05 Hunts on the Move Despite Dogs Ban - Hundreds of fox hunting expeditions are expected to ride out across Britain today (Nov 5th) despite last year's change in the law which bans hunting with dogs… (story)

Worcester Evening News 5.11.05 Hunters meet despite ban on the bloodsport - HUNDREDS of fox-hunting supporters were attending the opening meets of the season today across Worcestershire - despite the ban on the bloodsport…. The Worcestershire, North Ledbury, Clifton upon Teme, Albrighton Wood-land, and North and South Hereford hunts were all planning to ride out to hounds today. Ledbury Hunt went out yesterday… Peter Luff, Conservative MP for Mid-Worcestershire and co-chair of the Middle Way Group, said he plans to attend the opening meet of the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt to help publicise the inadequacies and failings of the Hunting Act, which came into force earlier this year… (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 5.11.05 AN ILLOGICAL LAW - Mps who are members of the Middle Way Group, which campaigned for licensed hunting as an alternative to a ban, hit out yesterday at the Act, which they describe as "severely flawed and unworkable" and which they claim has caused greater suffering to foxes. Peter Luff, Conservative MP for Mid-Worcestershire and co-chair of the Middle Way Group, said he plans to attend the opening meet of the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt to help publicise the inadequacies and failings of the Hunting Act, which came into force earlier this year…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 5.11.05 Fox hunters gather despite ban on using dogs for kill - THOUSANDS of fox hunters keen to continue their traditions were gathering today for the new season. Richard Dodd of the Countryside Alliance said hunts wanted their meets to be as normal as possible, despite the ban on hunting with hounds which came into force this year…. Nigel Maidment of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt claimed the Hunting Act, banning the traditional country sport, had backfired on the Government… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 5.11.05 Foxhounds still up for the hunt By Anna Richardson - THE Cumberland Foxhounds are joining hundreds of hunts across the UK at their opening meet today to hunt within the law. They will use specially imported fox urine to leave a trail to be followed by hounds… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 5.11.05 Hunting crew ready for action - THOUSANDS of fox-hunting supporters will gather today to mark the start of the season. Opening meets will take place up and down the country as hunt supporters turn out, determined to continue their traditions…. Conservative MP Peter Luff said he planned to attend the opening meet of the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt to help publicise the inadequacies and failings of the Act…. (story)

Bolton Evening News 5.11.05 Thrill of the drag now for fox hunt - A LOCAL hunt says it is abiding by the ban on fox hunting. Michael O'Hanlon, chairman of The Holcolmbe Hunt, says the group is using its dogs to hunt "false trails" - otherwise known as drag hunting…. (story in archive)

York Evening Press 5.11.05 Hunts out despite new law by Tom Stirling - BUSINESS as usual - that's the defiant cry of hunts across North Yorkshire as they gear up for the start of the traditional fox hunting season… Eric Beechey, Yorkshire representative for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "It would be nice to think all the hunts that are going out on Saturday would conform to the letter of the law, but I don't think for one minute that is going to happen…. Owain Pugh, secretary and treasurer of the York and Ainsty North hunt, said: "We are operating within the law, and we have been very careful to talk to the police and take advice from them." Nick Procter, master of the York and Ainsty South hunt, said: "We don't see this law as a ban, just a slight restriction….” (story in archive)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 The new face of hunting By Danny Savage - At daybreak this morning the sounds of more than 50 barking foxhounds reverberate across the multi-coloured autumnal valley close to the Barlow Hunt kennels near Sheffield. For the dogs it was the beginning of another day's hunt, but for their masters the main concern was keeping to the right side of the law… (story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 Hawk joins hounds in forest hunt - Thirty-six riders and 31 hounds rode out with the historic Cheshire Forest Hunt on Saturday. About 100 spectators attended Belmont Hall, near Northwich, where the hunt traditionally starts. An eight-month-old Harris hawk, named Alice, was also present, as part of attempts to avoid the hunting ban…. (story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 Thousands join hunts despite ban - Thousands of fox hunting supporters have met for the first day of the new season - the first since a ban on using dogs in England and Wales. The Countryside Alliance said around 200 hunts took place, some using birds of prey and others following a scent trail to exercise their hounds…. At the Cheshire Forest Hunt an eight-month-old Harris hawk, named Alice, joined 36 riders and 31 hounds on a meet… Nigel Maidment, secretary of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, which used a scent trial, said: "We are determined to keep our community and the bloodline of the hounds intact until we can get this law reversed or changed and get back to wildlife management."… A Devon huntsman became the first to face court in England accused of breaking the ban, after a League Against Cruel Sports launched a private prosecution. Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, faces a charge of "hounding foxes with dogs". He is expected to appear before a magistrate later this month….(story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 Has the thrill of the chase gone? - It's a tough balancing act for hunt organisers - how to stay within the law while making hunts look and feel as much like those of previous years as possible. But this is not easy under new laws, which in February banned hunting with dogs. Privately, hunt organisers fear interest in the sport will wane as people will not want to spend a lot of money on a dull day out, says the BBC rural affairs correspondent Tom Heap…. The Countryside Alliance has said that about 50 packs have bought a bird or made a deal with a falconer to come out when they are in the field. William Deakin, of the Warwickshire Hunt, uses an eagle owl…. The Flint and Denbigh Hunt in north Wales was among those drag-hunting on Saturday. About 80 people rode out - up from the usual 40 to 50 riders - with a crowd of supporters following on foot… (story)

Western Mail 5.11.05 'Support for hunt ban falling' - Sam Burson, Western Mail - SUPPORT for the Government's ban on fox-hunting is on the wane, according to countryside campaigners. The Countryside Alliance made the announcement as the League Against Cruel Sports claimed up to 40% of hunts were being carried out illegally…. Although 45% said they supported the ban, 30% said they were opposed to it, which the alliance says is enough of a shift since 1999 to take away the argument that the majority of people support the ban. According to a Mori poll in 1999, 24% opposed a ban, with 63% supporting it…. (story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 40% of hunts 'have flouted ban' - More than 40% of hunts in England and Wales have defied the hunting ban, a report released to mark the start of the new hunting season alleges. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) says there were 157 allegations of illegal hunting against 89 hunts since the ban was introduced in February. Information was gathered from hunt monitors, press articles and tip-offs….(story)

Times 5.11.05 The hunt goes on as police turn a blind eye to ban BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - EIGHT months on from the hunting ban in England and Wales, there has not been one prosecution for illicit hunting with dogs. As hunts around the country gather today for the traditional opening meets, it is difficult to believe that a ban is in place… The League Against Cruel Sports is so frustrated by the lack of action from police and the Crown Prosecution Service that it has now brought a private prosecution. Tony Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, is to appear at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court on November 24 for an alleged breach of the ban. He denies the charge… The Times has learnt of three cases where men have admitted illegal hunting and police have taken no action. Giles Bradshaw, of South Molton, Devon, regularly uses four dogs to flush out red deer from his coppice woodland…. Jamie Smith, of Bredon Hill, Worcestershire, has also been to police after his three dogs chased a fox around a barn…. George Morrison, a former detective from Hexham, Northumberland, also owned up to using his dogs to kill a mouse in a room. "I reported it and a sergeant came to see me. I have since been told there will be no further action from the CPS because of insufficient evidence."… (story)

Independent 5.11.05 Fox hunters return to the fields amid allegations that nothing has changed By Jonathan Brown - The sound of the foxhounds in full cry could be heard ringing out from Berry Wood, an isolated hillside in Exmoor National Park this week. Suddenly the pack emerged from the trees, the lead dog swiftly joined by half a dozen more. "This is old-fashioned fox-hunting, pure and simple," says Paul Tillsley of the League Against Cruel Sports as he recorded the proceedings on his digital camcorder…."In February, hunts pretended to be drag hunting. Then they went out with two dogs, pretending to be flushing to guns. Since the start of this season, they have had the full pack and look as though they are foxhunting," said Mr Tillsley. It is nothing of the sort, says Penny Crane, secretary of the Exmoor Foxhounds…. (story)
Independent 5.11.05 Leading article: Blair's folly - The debate over hunting with hounds will go down as one of the greatest wastes of time in political history. It took eight years of bitter debate before the ban on hunting reached the statute book. And what has been the upshot?... (story)

Telegraph 5.11.05 Simon Heffer on Saturday - Police are hunting the wrong people - Our hunts, which were supposed to have been rendered redundant last February, will be out today in force for the start of the new season… Doubtless many police will be diverted today to attend meets in order to keep the anti-hunters happy, instead of being out at large trying to shut down the national crime wave. If any of you are burgled, mugged or robbed today, I would suggest your first act of retaliation should be to sue the Government. (story)

Northern Echo 5.11.05 Season's first hunt - despite the ban by Catherine Jewitt - HUNTS across the region are reporting membership booms as they prepare for the first meets of the official hunting season today…. Among those with bumper membership is South Durham Hunt, from Prime Minister Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency…. Judith Skilbeck, joint master of the Bilsdale Hunt, in North Yorkshire, said: "We've got 20 new names in the past week. It is like a mini revolution in the countryside….” John Coverdale, secretary of Cleveland Hunt, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, said: "For our end-of-season meeting in February, we expected about eight riders - we had 54….” The Zetland Hunt, which rides from Headlam Village, Teesdale, and the Braes of Derwent, riding around Lanchester, both in County Durham, and the Derwent Hunt, of North Yorkshire, are also expecting the strongest opening meet fields for decades. Tynedale Hunt, in Northumberland, was one of the few groups to experience a decline in membership at its first meeting last Saturday…. (story in archive)

Reuters 5.11.05 Hunts ride out despite dogs ban - Hundreds of hunts are expected to ride out across England and Wales on Saturday to mark the start of the fox-hunting season despite the ban on hunting with dogs. Around 200 hunts hope to exploit loopholes in the government's Hunting Act which came into force in February… (story)

Ananova 5.11.05 Foxhunters meet despite hounds ban - Thousands of fox-hunting supporters are gathering to mark the start of the season. Opening meets will take place up and down the country as hunt supporters turn out, determined to continue their traditions. Richard Dodd, the north east regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said hunts wanted their meets to be as normal as possible, despite the ban on hunting with hounds which came into force earlier this year…. (story)

Sky 5.11.05 Tension Over Hunting Ban - Tension over the Government's hunting ban could flare up again today as the season gets under way again. Thousands are riding out across the country - loopholes in the legislation make it possible for enthusiasts to continue the sport…. Nigel Maidment, secretary of the Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, said he believed the Hunting Act, banning the traditional country sport, had backfired on the Government…. (story)

Western Daily Press 5.11.05 PC FOXES THE HUNTERS - A West hunt's attempts to get around the hunting ban by using a falcon have ended after police intervened, it emerged last night. The news came on the day hunts throughout the West - many employing birds of prey - will ride out for their traditional opening meet of the season…. Dorset police's wildlife crime officer - himself an expert falconer - told the Cattistock Hunt its falcon was not large enough to realistically take a fox and therefore using it was not a legitimate way to skirt the hunting ban. But PC John Snelling did make a distinction between hunts carrying a "token" bird and ones actively using larger birds of prey in a bid to hunt foxes…. (story)

BBC News Online 5.11.05 Is the fox hunting ban working? - The first fox hunting season has begun since a ban on using dogs in England and Wales was introduced, but campaigners claim the laws are being flouted…. Is the fox hunting ban working? Have you been out to hunt or to protest? Send us your comments and experiences. The following comments reflect the balance of views received:… (story)

Northern Echo 5.11.05 Reprieve for foxhounds as their home is saved from demolition A GROUP of retired fox hounds who faced having to be put down have been saved after a compromise by planners. David Cowie, of Wolsingham, County Durham, built kennels to house dozens of the hounds shortly after the fox hunting ban was imposed in February - but was then ordered by council planners to take them down. That would have left the animals homeless and they would probably have been put down, but Wear Valley District Council has now reversed the decision following an appeal. (story in archive)
Northern Echo 12.7.05 Order to shut kennels may be death knell for hounds by Dan King - DOZENS of hounds that were used for fox hunting face being destroyed after a North-East man was told to remove kennels erected to house them… David Cowie, of Wolsingham, County Durham, built the kennels for the animals shortly after the ban was imposed in February, and is caring for about 25 hounds. But at a meeting of Wear Valley District Council's development control committee, he was ordered to take them down following complaints from neighbours…. "What am I supposed to do with these hounds now?", he fumed. "I have taken them in and given them a second chance."… South Durham hunt master Mark Shotton said: "This is just the start of it. It's what we were saying when the ban was put into place…" Captain Ken McConkey, of Weardale and Tees Valley Beagles, said that the plight of Mr Cowie's hounds illustrated how retired hunting animals were now "in the lap of the gods."… (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 5.11.05 FORMER PUB LANDLORD AND GOALIE DIES AT 90 - Keen sportsman, hunt follower and former landlord Arthur Smith, from Wottonunder-Edge, Gloucestershire, has died at 90…. Arthur was a keen follower of the Berkeley and Beaufort Hunts for 60 years. His proudest moment was to host the Berkeley Hunt meet while he was the landlord of the Ram…. (story)

Dundee Courier 5.11.05 Listen to countrymen - Both The Courier and the Zoological Society of London recently printed an important report on the predator-prey relationship between cormorants and trout on Loch Leven. The cormorants ate 85,000 trout over a seven-month period and this, along with poor water quality, has brought the fishery to its knees. Anglers and ospreys have found it difficult to catch trout and many have deserted the loch to fish elsewhere…. Cormorants must be judiciously culled inland to protect our valuable salmon and trout fisheries along with the many jobs these fish support. Michael C. Smith. Threapmuir Farm, Cleish, Kinross. (letter)

ANIMAL AID FIREWORK LETTER
South Wales Echo 5.11.05 Look after our furry friends - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 4.11.05 Keep pets safe - CLAUDIA TARRY, Tonbridge (letter in archive)
Sunderland Echo 3.11.05 Remember animals - REMEMBER, remember the 5th of November, when animals are in for a fright…. Don't forget animals in hutches in the garden – bring them inside too, until the fireworks are over… Small mammals will be attracted by the warmth and shelter of your bonfire pile. Be sure to check that nobody is nesting inside by prodding the bottom before you set it alight…. Claudia Tarry, Campaigns Officer (story)

SENATE COMMITTEE ECO TERRORISM HEARING
New Scientist 5.11.05 Greater protection for animal-testing labs moves closer - THE testimony of a leading animal liberationist to a US senate committee has added momentum to a bill intended to crack down on violent animal rights activists…. At a senate committee hearing on the bill on 27 October, Jerry Vlasak of the North American Animal Liberation Front defended a statement he made last year when he said, "I don't think you'd have to kill - assassinate - too many vivisectors before you would see a marked decrease in the amount of vivisection going on." At the hearing he said, "I made that statement. I stand by that statement"…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.10.05 NYSE 'caved in' on lab firm float - The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been accused of caving into threats from animal rights activists. The claim came from Life Sciences, the US parent firm of animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), at a US Senate hearing on "eco terrorism"…. (story)
Telegraph 27.10.05 US Senate panel to probe U-turn on Huntingdon By Rosie Murray-West - The president of the New York Stock Exchange will sit on the same panel as a prominent animal rights activist this week when she attempts to explain to the US Government why she halted the listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Catherine Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the NYSE, is due to appear before a Senate committee tomorrow together with Jerry Vlasak, a physician who once suggested that the best way to stop people testing on animals was by killing vivisectors…. (story)
Telegraph 25.10.05 US Senate panel to probe U-turn on Huntingdon By Rosie Murray-West - The president of the New York Stock Exchange will sit on the same panel as a prominent animal rights activist this week when she attempts to explain to the US Government why she halted the listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Catherine Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the NYSE, is due to appear before a Senate committee tomorrow together with Jerry Vlasak, a physician who once suggested that the best way to stop people testing on animals was by killing vivisectors…. Mr Inhofe, who is in charge of the panel, has already indicated a certain lack of sympathy with the NYSE decision…. (story)

4.11.05

BBC News Online 4.11.05 Hunters vow to continue after ban - Members of the hunting community in the South East say they are determined to continue the sport despite the ban on using hounds to catch and kill a fox…. Richard Middleton, of the Countryside Alliance in Kent, said hunts would be operating within the law… East Kent Foxhounds are holding an Open Meet on Saturday at Missingham Farm in East Brabourne before following a fox-scent trail…. (story)

Hexham Courant 4.11.05 Hunting ban kick-starts surge in popularity By WILL GREEN - SUPPORT for the Tynedale hunts is stronger than ever as the new season gets under way this weekend…. Haydon Hunt chairman Tim Reed said that the hunt would be holding its opening meet a week on Saturday and that members were looking ahead to a positive season… Chairman of the Tynedale Hunt Matt Smalley said he was not surprised at the show of support for local hunts following the hunting ban…. Secretary to the Border Hunt George Morrison said: “Support for the hunt has been great from farmers and landowners; we have been around all the farms with a ‘permission form’ to allow us to go on their land for lawful purposes….” Master and chairman of the Braes of Derwent Hunt Alan Chapman said that the hunt had been meeting since September, but that to mark the start of the official season they would meet near Consett tomorrow… Joint master of the North Tyne Hunt Edward Thorburn said: “We are probably the smallest of the Tynedale hunts, in fact of the Northumberland hunts, but we have found that our support is still there….” (story)

Malvern Gazette 4.11.05 Century-old hunt finds rules a drag - NORTH Ledbury Hunt is back in the field again with the traditional start of the new season, having just celebrated its centenary…. Val Allfrey, one of the hunt's masters, said: "The North Ledbury has had to change its policy to remain lawful and to stay within the bounds of the act, exactly as every other hunt is operating."… (story in archive)

Whitby Gazette 4.11.05 A hunt with not a fox to be seen - STAINTONDALE Hunt enjoyed a positive start to the season as supporters gathered at Robin Hood's Bay for the first official meet. Around 15 mounted huntsmen set off from The Victoria on Saturday to hunt a trail that had been laid out for them by another hunt member… Glaisdale Hunt will be holding its opening meet at The Fox and Hounds, Ainthorpe at 10.30am tomorrow. And Saltersgate Farmers Hunt will also start its hunting season tomorrow at 10.45am at Lockton Village Square (story)

First4Farming 4.11.05 Hunters expected to be out in force this weekend - Tens of thousands of hunters are expected to turn out on the opening day of the season on Saturday (Nov 5). The Countryside Alliance has warned that packs will be hunting despite the ban albeit packs will be operating within the law… (story)

Telegraph 4.11.05 Hawk and hounds help foxhunters defy the law By Nick Britten - Amid the glasses of port, the red coats and the hounds, the only sign that anything has changed in the world of foxhunting is the arrival of a red-tailed hawk. With hounds no longer meant to be killing foxes, birds can do so quite freely, and hunts such as the Fernie in Leicestershire are getting around the law by taking a bird along with them… Should a hound "accidentally" go after and kill its prey - that's nature. "Hounds will be hounds," said Joe Cowen, joint master of the Fernie Hunt. "There's not much we can do about it and if anything it highlights how stupid the law is."… (story)

Daily Post 4.11.05 Hunts to meet in act of defiance By Liam Murphy Daily Post Staff - HUNTSMEN and women from across the region will gather in a defiant gesture against the Government's ban on hunting tomorrow. The Cheshire Forest Hunt will set out with packs of dogs to mark the start of the new hunting season, along with nearly 300 other hunts across the country. Last night, Richard de Prez, Master of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, said he expected the ban would "unravel as the season develops"…. (story)

Sky News 4.11.05 Out-Foxed In France - The French didn't seem that bothered about fox hunting - until some opportunistic Brits decided they wanted to start doing it in their back yard, writes Sky News' Greg Milam in France. Jeffrey Quirk, a former tax accountant, owns a stunning chateau and stables in Pau, in the shadow of the Pyrenees. From January he hopes horses and hounds from the UK will have been moved to the south-west of France and be taking part in the 'chasse au renard' - live fox hunting…. Andre Labarrere, the mayor of Pau for the last 35 years, was initially quite welcoming to the idea. Then, he received a thousand letters of complaint - now, his response to whether fox-hunting should be allowed is: "Non, non, non."… He has spoken to the League Against Cruel Sports in the UK and they are planning their next step. He says most French people will view the sport as 'cruel', irrespective of which nationality is carrying it out…. (story)

Western Morning News 4.11.05 David's dilemma - SO David Cameron would reverse the hunt ban if he were to become Prime Minister? William Hague, in 2000, said under his leadership he could not guarantee a Conservative Government repealing any anti-hunting legislation…. Lilian Joan Dell, Bodmin (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.11.05 FALCONS PROVIDE EXCUSE TO HUNT - With reference to your article about falcons being used by the hunt, now that they have found this loophole in the law the huntsmen cannot get enough of the humble falconer. Before this law came to be we, as a field sport, were nothing. Now we are everything… They are just using the bird as an excuse. Has anybody thought of the welfare of the bird with all those horses around it? A Baber Bristol (letter)

Northern Echo 4.11.05 TONY BLAIR - THERE is no doubt that time is running out for Mr Blair. Our Foreign Secretary cum Prime Minister is running all round the world playing the world statesman, or so he thinks, while matters at Westminster are a complete shambles. Fox hunters are breaking the law with impunity and nothing is done about it. The Anti-smoking Bill is a huge fudge which will end in disaster…. Hugh Pender, Darlington (letter in archive)

Wandsworth Guardian 4.11.05 Save cats – address fox pest issue - I and many other residents in Wandsworth see the high fox population as a problem. My lovely cat was bitten by one of these pests and despite the vet's desperate steps to clear the wound of infection, it sadly died…. Ms G Wozny Beaumont Road Wimbledon (story)

Hexham Courant 4.11.05 Elvis has grouse shoot all shook up By WILL GREEN - A BUNCH of heavily armed Elvis impersonators rocked a grouse shoot on Monday. For the nine kings of rock ‘n’ roll (pictured right) were raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance service during a sponsored shoot on the Beaufront Estate, Hexham…. (story)

Tottenham & Wood Green Independent 4.11.05 Animal rights activists target bookies By Peter Sherlock - Animal rights activists staged a protest outside the headquarters of a Wood Green bookmakers. Campaigners carrying placards gathered outside William Hill's office in Station Road on Thursday to demand the company cease support of greyhound racing. Greyhound Action UK believe the sport is inhumane because many of the dogs are killed or abandoned at the end of their racing lives. "William Hill bears a huge responsibility for the tragic fate of many thousands of greyhounds that suffer and die at the hands of the dog racing industry every year," said Greyhound Action co-ordinator Tony Peters…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 4.11.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTERS TARGET CITY FIRMS - Target: FIRMS in Bristol have denied claims by animal rights protest- ers that they are supplying goods to a testing laboratory. Members of the Bristol Animal Rights Coalition staged protests outside two companies yesterday. They held a banner and sounded horns outside Denmans Electrical Wholesalers in Broad Plain, Old Market, claiming the company's branch in Thetford, Norfolk, supplied electrical goods to Huntingdon Life Sciences. The protesters then staged a similar demonstration outside refrigeration firm HRP on Kingsland Trading Estate, The Dings, which they said supplied Huntingdon with fridges. Both firms have denied the claims, saying they had no dealings with the Cambridge- shire-based lab…. Protester Nicole Vosper said: "We disagree with what Huntingdon Life Sciences is doing. We are happy to talk to local firms in Bristol about this but they have refused to do that." (story)

Times 4.11.05 Corporate law shake-up offers shield to auditors BY LIZ CHONG - MINISTERS have bowed to pressure from Britain’s biggest accountants to abandon plans to impose a seven-year jail sentence for recklessly giving audit opinions…. Following attacks by animal rights activists on directors of Huntingdon Life Sciences, there is also an option for directors to withhold private addresses from the register at Companies House…. (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 4.11.05 Animal rights protest is 'low-key' - POLICE have termed the animal rights demonstration at Covance in Beckwith Knoll a relatively "low-key" affair after about 14 protesters were present for the event on Saturday…. An arrest was made but it is understood it was unconnected to the events of the day…. (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 4.11.05 My hell at hands of animal rights group - Worker subjected to a sickening hate campaign by anti-vivisection extremists - A MAN who has been the victim of a sickening animal rights hate campaign has hit back at his accusers. Keith Nugent, 61, of Cardyke Drive, Baston, has been subjected to a six-month campaign of abuse by anti-vivisectionists. His car has been daubed with paint stripper and sickening letters falsely accusing him of being a paedophile have been sent to his neighbours…. "These people are just a bunch of sick weirdos with a love of violence, who seem to enjoy scaring innocent people – but they don't scare me." The animal rights extremists are protesting against work carried out by research firm, Huntingdon Life Sciences, and have been targeting the company Mr Nugent works for, United Parcel Services Supply Chain Solutions UK – a subsidiary of parcel firm UPS…. He said: "These people are just a bunch of jobless anarchists with nothing better to do than make the lives of others a misery….” Heather James, a spokesman for Shac, distanced the group from the campaign against Mr Nugent. "We would never condone this kind of action as a form of legitimate protest," she said…. (story)

Barnsley Chronicle 4.11.05 Decision on live exports is wrong - Liz Parkhurst, Local contact CIWF, The Crescent, Hood Green - We are appalled at last weekend`s vote by the EU Agriculture Council to defer a decision on new rules for journey times, stocking densitites and rest periods for animals being transported for slaughter…. Live exports must end now. (letter may be in archive)

Henley Standard 4.11.05 Pigeons are not flying rats - How can one of Henley’s councillors, David Smewing, possibly describe the feral pigeons in Duke Street as flying rats? They are nothing of the sort, but poor, hapless creatures homeless through no fault of their own…. Mrs. J. Austin, Church Lane, Rotherfield Peppard. (letter in archive)

Henley Standard 4.11.05 Intolerable conditions - Over the years the price of chicken has fallen dramatically and it is now an everyday food, with bargain prices leading to ever greater consumption…Who cares about chickens? Well, if we care about animal welfare, the environment and our health, we all should. To help end the misery and health risks of factory farmed chicken, readers can contact Compassion in World Farming for more information… Sally Paton Ker, Hurley. (letter in archive)

Cumberland News 4.11.05 - IT would appear that the animal rights lobby divides itself into two distinct categories: the deranged criminal who is prepared to maim and kill in the cause of “liberation” if necessary, and the delightfully naïve soul who believes that nothing fluffy could ever be nasty. Elaine Milbourn (Letters, October 7) clearly sits full-square in the latter camp: “Blame for the release of mink cannot all be laid at the door of activists.” … back in 1998, before this Government made mink farming illegal, activists released 6,000 of the creatures from Crow Hill near Ringwood, Hampshire… Most of the poor things died of starvation, being wholly unused to looking after themselves, but enough survived to ensure the extinction of the water vole on the entire length of the River Avon as far north as Stonehenge…. No one advocates unnecessary cruelty or maltreatment of any animal – but a bit of balanced realism wouldn’t go amiss. AUSTEN DAVIESCrosby-on-EdenCarlisle (letter)

CIRCUS PROTEST CLASH
Shropshire Star 4.11.05 Clown blows his top in clash with protester - A Shropshire circus clown, in full costume, blew his top and assaulted an animal rights campaigner. The 28-year-old, who is known as Sparky and works for Peter Jolly’s Circus, based in Craven Arms, lashed out as a woman tried to take his photograph during a clash with protesters in Greater Manchester…. (story)
Whitehaven News 3.11.05 No laughing matter as circus clown cautioned over assault - AN encounter with Sparky the Clown from Whitehaven was no laughing matter for an animal rights protester and resulted in a police caution for the children’s entertainer. Stanley Thompson, 28, who works as a circus clown with Peter Jolly’s Circus, confronted demonstrators in a disturbance at the Big Top when the circus show was in town at Blackrod, Bolton. He was subsequently cautioned by police for common assault… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 2.11.05 CLOWN ADMITS ATTACK ON PROTESTER By Phil Coleman - A PROFESSIONAL clown from Cumbria has accepted a police caution after he admitted assaulting an animal rights protester. Stanley Thompson, 28, otherwise known as Sparky the Clown, found there was little to smile about when he became embroiled in a clash with animal rights activists on the streets of Bolton…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.11.05 Man cautioned after protestor hit - A man was arrested by police after an animal rights protestor was hit during a demonstration at a circus which has the last performing bear in the UK…. (story)
Bolton Evening News 1.11.05 Sparky the Clown arrested over protest clash - SPARKY the circus clown was arrested after a bust-up with animal rights protesters. And another circus worker was arrested for allegedly flicking a cigarette at demonstrators…. A spokesman for the circus said the clown had gone out to ask the protesters to stop blocking the entrance to the circus, after initially calling the police. He said one of the protesters tried to take photographs of the clown and was "sticking a camera in his face"…. But Louise Stevenson of Manchester Animal Protection said protesters had faced threatening behaviour all week…. (story in archive)
Manchester Evening News 1.11.05 Clown arrested in circus clash - Paul Britton - A CIRCUS clown was arrested after a clash with animal rights protesters. Stanley Thompson, 28, who performs as Sparky the Clown, became caught up in a row with demonstrators outside Peter Jolly's Circus, currently based in Blackrod, Bolton. Activists with the Manchester Animal Protection group have targeted the family-run circus over its use of a performing Canadian bear…. Circus spokesman Chris Barltrop said: "It seems clear the camera was used in a deliberately provocative and aggressive way. The fact that the police simply cautioned him reflects the aggression involved…" (story)
Mirror 1.11.05 CLOWN IS ARRESTED IN SCUFFLE - A CLOWN was arrested after a fracas with animal rights protesters. The 28-year-old man, known only as Sparky, was in full costume when he shoved a campaigner trying to take photos of him, causing the camera to hit a woman in the face. Activists allegedly tried to block the clown from going into Peter Jolly's Circus in Bolton…. A circus spokesman denied claims by Manchester Animal Protection that big top workers had threatened campaigners… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 4.11.05 Keeping polar bears in captivity is a bad habitat - GOOD on Advocates for Animals for placing a poster on a bus stop opposite Edinburgh Zoo to raise awareness of Mercedes the polar bear in her enclosure… June Fleming, Gibraltar Gardens, Dalkeith (story)

3.11.05

POWER 100 LIST
Western Telegraph 3.11.05 Local campaigner 14th in countryside power list by Debbie James - Pembrokeshire-based countryside campaigner, Simon Hart, is one of the most powerful people in rural Britain, according to a survey. Simon, who led the fight against the hunting ban as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, was ranked 14th in a list published in `Country Life'. `Power 100 of the Countryside' examines who wields the power over rural Britain... (story in archive)
Telegraph 13.10.05 Madonna and Prescott, new powers in the land By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, heads a list of the top 100 people "to fear and to cheer" in the countryside, published today. There is little doubt which category Mr Prescott is meant to fall into, in the view of Country Life, which drew up the list of the "Power 100 of the Countryside"… He is also accused of failing to conceal his prejudices against rural communities in referring to the "contorted faces" of the Countryside Alliance… Otis Ferry, a pro-hunt activist (21)… (story)

BBC News Online 3.11.05 Opponents keep eye on hunt season - Anti-hunt groups have said they will monitor hunts in Wales carefully as the new season begins on Saturday. The League Against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have said they are gathering evidence that the new law is being flouted…. Chairman of the Aber hunt near Bangor in Gwynedd, Ifor Evans, said: "We as a pack are not going to break the law."… Elfan Bell, a solicitor and master of the Llandeilo hunt in Carmarthenshire, said: "It's a very badly drafted act and it's an act which is going to be very difficult to enforce…." The Aber valley hunt will be taking two hounds at a time to flush out the fox to a gun - which is permitted within the new law. But its chairman was worried about the long-term effect of this practice….(story)

Leamington Spa Courier 3.11.05 HUNTERS USE LOOPHOLE TO KILL THEIR FOX - A defiant member of the Warwickshire Hunt says its members are continuing to kill foxes - legally. The hunt marked the beginning of the traditional season with a meet at Upton House near Edgehill on Saturday…. Sam Butler said his members had been offering their "pest control service" to farmers since the harvest ended in ways permitted by the law…. Warwick and Leamington Green Party representative Janet Alty described the legislation which allowed flushing to continue as "a fudge"…. (story)

Western Daily Press 3.11.05 HUNTS AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL BE TURNING OUT ON SATURDAY - Hunts around the country will be turning out on Saturday for their traditional opening meets. And the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has indicated that only masters and whippers-in could technically be accused of hunting if they were found to be flouting the law. Followers are classed as observers and would not technically be hunting under the Act as it stands… (story)

LexisNexis 3.11.05 Can pro-hunting lobby fight hunting ban? - The Law Lords have rejected the Countryside Alliance’s attempt to overturn the hunting ban by claiming that the Parliament Act 1949 is invalid. In terms of its legal fight, what can the pro-hunting lobby do now? Elizabeth Davidson investigates... (story)

Dorking Advertiser 3.11.05 Head on down to The Crown - Caroline Harrap spoke to Paul Davies, landlord at The Crown Inn, in Westcott, about hauntings, horses and the Surrey Hills... What national news story are most people discussing in the pub this week? Situated as we are in the middle of the countryside, most people are talking about the start of the shooting season, so that's been a big topic of conversation. It's also the start of the hunting season, so everyone, whether they are for it or against, has been discussing what's going to happen now that the ban has come into effect…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 3.11.05 MOST HUNTERS ARE NOT BULLIES - I was a appalled to hear of the attack on Kevin Hill, Echo, October 29. I am a supporter of hunting and would like to say that most people who support hunting are your average, normal person, not some bullying monsters as some people would have you believe. I have witnessed awful physical and verbal abuse towards hunting participants by anti-hunting protesters who say the most awful things to try to provoke a response, the worst probably being that we molest our children…. Mandi O'Reilly, Devon (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.11.05 COVERING BOTH SIDES OF CRUELTY - I read with sadness about the yob who battered a hamster to death. However, when turning over the page there appeared a coloured picture of a "brave huntsman" holding up, with considerable pride, a dead fox… Mike Mason Nailsea Somerset (letter)

Whitehaven News 3.11.05 I see Farmer Yates is still scoffing at the idea that hunting with dogs is illegal and that breaking this law is wrong (On the Farm, October 27). What a shame he isn't using the privilege of writing for a newspaper to set a better example…. Gill PURSER, Newbridge Farm, Clapton-on-the-Hill, Cheltenham (letter)
Whitehaven News 27.10.05 Too wet for cows... and far too bureaucratic for words … TALKING of law, if Ms Purser (from last week’s letters page in The Whitehaven News) has her way, I may well be banged up shortly as well as being stripped of all that I have. In some ways I like her style – hang them and flog them!... Some people will never understand how far the tentacles of countryside traditions reach. In the meantime, I hope the porridge is served warm and I will not be working on the prison farm…. (story)
Whitehaven News 20.10.05 - I couldn’t believe my eyes to see an article published in your newspaper from a farmer sniggering as he describes what can only be regarded as an illegal fox hunt which, he says, took place on his land with his permission. Is the man mad? Doesn’t he realise he’s not just admitting to scrumping apples? The illegal hunting he endorses in print is a serious offence which could give him a criminal record…. Gill PURSER, Newbridge Farm, Clapton-on-the-Hill, Cheltenham (letter)
Whitehaven News 13.10.05 Unusually mild: the weather, not me... NEVER before have we had swallows about Common Farm in October, but as I write this column, there are still the last stragglers preparing for departure…. As the swallows depart, so the fox hunting season starts and while Tony and his cronies might think they’ve banned it, we who live out in the sticks know better… Like the good law-abiding citizen that I am, the hunt has been to see me and have my agreement to carry out the new amended form of politically correct hunting and the hounds have duly arrived this morning and have gone about their business in the time honoured way…. (story)

Wiltshire Times 3.11.05 Battle far from won - I was sickened to read about the Avon Vale Hunt's means of `hunting within the law' a fortnight ago. I would like to put the record straight about what is really going on. 1) Is Major Jonathan Seed really seeking to involve an eagle owl in the hunt in a way which `respects its welfare', when the bird can be seen in its cage, driven around at speed on a quad bike over rough terrain, terriers yapping alongside it?... J Thompson, Devizes (letter in archive)

Chorley Guardian 3.11.05 Duck hunters respect quarry - Having just read the article entitled 'Protestors bid to stop callous duck hunters', may I say what a load of misleading ill informed rubbish. Though the article attempts to be reporting news, your lack of editing the item can only lead one to believe that you fully supported the actions of a group of people known to the authorities as law breakers… Allowing the head lines to be used in this way is totally biased in favour of the hunt saboteurs. All shoots follow a code of conduct where any wounded bird is dispatched as quickly and humanely as possible as was witnessed by many when HM the Queen was photographed dispatching a pheasant…. work does not only benefit the game birds but many other species some of which you are not likely to spot on many of our nations so called 'wildlife reserves' have you ever reported the benefits shooting has for the countryside?... Brian Fishwick, Address supplied (story)

Telegraph 3.11.05 Activists miss the point, says drug chief By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Richard Dixey, the chief executive of Phytopharm, yesterday launched a searing attack on the animal rights activists who cost the company its broker. "Let's get this straight," he said. "It isn't about saving fluffy bunnies. What these people are proposing is a choice between no new medicines at all or another thalidomide. Take your pick…." Mr Dixey said, as the company announced full-year figures, that it wouldn't appoint a new broker until the results of trials for Cogane - a potential treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease - were published in December…. (story)

Western Morning News 3.11.05 BEAR CHARITY'S INDIAN SUPPER - A charity group which is raising funds to safeguard endangered bears in China is holding a talk and Indian supper later this month… (story)

Torquay Herald Express 3.11.05 TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY - I was angered, disgusted and saddened recently while reading an article concerning a number of animals (mainly domestic pets) which had been tortured and killed purely for the amusement of their perpetrators… ADAM WRIGHT, Bakers View, Bradley Vale, Newton Abbot (letter)

The Lennox 3.11.05 Group wants probe into aquarium licence By TINA KEMP - AN animal welfare group has called for an investigation into the granting of a zoo licence for a new aquarium at Loch Lomond Shores. Animal Concern claims that one of the three West Dunbartonshire councillors involved in the decision failed to declare a conflict of interest….(story)

Edinburgh Evening News 3.11.05 Zoo can't provide Mercedes' bear necessities - KEEPING Mercedes the polar bear behind bars is reprehensible… KEEPING Mercedes the polar bear behind bars is reprehensible (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.11.05 Hedgehog cull on Uists - Perhaps Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) can explain why it is continuing its unnecessary and ill-conceived policy of killing the hedgehogs of the Uists, when clearly this plan has failed…. The more humane and practical way of dealing with the hedgehogs is to relocate them to the mainland, as advocated by the Uist Hedgehog Rescue Group…. Alexander McDonald, 24a Carnoch, Glencoe (letter) ire …Jodhpur-wearing MP Kate "Tally" Hoey has evaded a potentially bloodthirsty inquiry into her chairmanship of the Countryside Alliance. Labour's retiring general secretary Matt "Smiley" Carter rejected a Chippenham comrade's complaint that the post is incompatible with her party card, let alone representing inner-city Vauxhall…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 3.11.05 Meat inefficient From Pat Griffin, Bakers Lane, Linton - JUST one little pig, due to be roasted at a church fete, has opened up a whole debate on the way our food is produced. Sonia Kurta asks why it should matter that we feed one third to farm animals if there is enough food to go around ("Blame greed", Letters, October 25). It is not merely the amount of food we feed to farm animals but the amount of land used to produce it. Meat is the most inefficient way to produce the protein needed to feed the six billion people on this planet… (letter)

2.11.05

South Wales Guardian 2.11.05 Change of heart on armed manoeuvres by Huw Waghorn - TOWY valley farmers say they will end their ban on allowing the army to use their land for military exercises. The drastic action was taken in June as a direct revolt against the Government's ban on hunting with dogs, which came into force on February 18… FUW county president Nick Somerfield, who farms on the hills above Bethlehem, told the Guardian that the military exile had gone on long enough. "In fairness, the military has got an extremely tough job on its hands and I think the time has now come for us to say `we've made our point successfully, but let's now move on'," he said…. (story in archive)

Times 2.11.05 Golden opportunity for hunts to remain legal - It was as if the ban on hunting with dogs had never happened as riders and supporters turned out on the first day of the hunting season for the Cottesmore hunt in Leicestershire, which followed a scented trail from the village of Langham in order to stay within the law…. (story)

Western Daily Press 2.11.05 FACTS FLYING OFF WITH THE BIRDS - I note from your previous editorial opinion column that you consider the Western Daily Press gives a balanced view on the hunting debate. I am totally dismayed, therefore, with the front page headline, "First images to show how birds of prey are used to flush West foxes", (October 29). This statement is totally incorrect and misleading, as the practice is for a hound or hounds to flush to a bird of prey…. Stephanie Jones Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 2.11.05 GLAD HELICOPTER TO WATCH HUNTS - I must say that, living in South Somerset, in the midst of hunting country, it was a breath of fresh air to read the article regarding the police possibly using a helicopter to monitor stag and fox hunts… I always thought that committing a crime tied up police resources, and the hunts saying that this resource should not be used for monitoring hunts is farcical. Could I suggest a Westland Apache WAH-64, fully armed with rockets and missiles, be used?... Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)

Western Mail 2.11.05 Foxes' fate obvious - Once again the RSPCA doth protest too much. The animal rights charity is now complaining that the Government is backing the use of snares to kill vermin such as foxes. What on earth did the RSPCA expect! The Western Mail and all the UK national papers carried many articles to this effect and the RSPCA was warned that once a ban on fox hunting was secured the use of snares would increase to control vermin on agricultural land. Duh!... HUW PRITCHARD, Dowland Road, Penarth (letter)

Lynn News 2.11.05 Wild birds monitored in flu battle - Staff at Snettisham and Titchwell bird reserves are working with wildfowlers across The Wash and North Norfolk to monitor wild populations for signs of the feared bird flu virus….BASC press officer Helen Shuker said around seven or eight wildfowlers – people legally allowed to shoot ducks, geese and wading birds – would be taking samples from birds shot in the course of their everyday work. These will be sent to veterinary scientists to check for signs of the disease… (story)

Daily Ireland 2.11.05 Death of Best Mate worries animal rights campaigners - Animal rights campaigners are questioning the pressures on top racehorses after the death of Irish-born horse Best Mate…. Animal Aid horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall, said: “Horse racing is an intrinsically punishing and exploitative activity…." (story)

Burton Mail 2.11.05 Peace at last for guinea pig farm - THE OWNERS of a controversial farm, their family and friends are finally being left alone by animal rights activists after a six-year campaign of terror. The Mail can reveal that since the owners of the Darley Oaks Guinea Pig Farm, in Newchurch, announced plans to close the business two months ago there has not been a single criminal act carried out against them or anyone associated with the firm. .. Although protests, held by the Save The Newchurch Guinea Pigs group, continue outside the farm every Sunday, the more sinister aspect of the campaign has been halted…. When the Hall family announced they were to stop breeding guinea pigs for scientific research and revert to dairy farming, campaigners vowed to continue to target them, saying that this was still cruel to animals. (story)

Cumbrian Business Gazette 2.11.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS THREAT TO GLAXO WORKERS - MANAGERS and workers at Ulverston’s Glaxo plant are under threat of attack from animal rights activists. In a statement on a US website, the Animal Liberation Front claimed to have tracekd down GlaxoSmithKline employees and threatened they will “face the consequences”…(story)

Brentwood Gazette 2.11.05 SUE HAS £300K VISION TO BUILD ON SUCCESS OF ANIMAL HOSPITAL BY JOSIE STEPHENSON - Cockfighting and badger baiting are on the increase throughout Essex. But all I had on my mind as I drove to a wildlife hospital to meet its owner, was the news that an imported bird quarantined at an Essex pound facility had been diagnosed that day with the deadly avian flu virus. Sue Schwar, who runs the county's only wildlife hospital with full medical facilities, is furious that inter-continental wildlife trade was not banned years ago…. She also went on to confirm that illegal animal baiting and cockfighting are on the increase. "People believe that because wildlife protection laws are passed these barbarous so-called sports are outlawed," she said…. She grinds herself almost literally into the ground running her animal haven on daily 14-hour shifts which she fits in around her work on the civilian staff at Grays Police Station…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 2.11.05 Humour bypass - From: David Rhodes, Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York. So the Vegetarian Society (Yorkshire Post, October 28) allocates, for this year, the "Imperfect World" award to jelly babies for being the most offensive food product for vegetarians – what, more so than a pork chop?... If their awards were meant to be lighthearted, then I apologise for not getting the joke… (letter)

Western Mail 2.11.05 Ban bird imports - It's about time that captive bird imports were banned. Such a ban should be extended and in place at all times. The transport of live birds for commercial purposes is cruel, inhumane and environmentally objectionable from start to finish… Martyn Shrewsbury, Leader Wales Green Party Plaid Werdd (letter)

Independent 2.11.05 Hens will still be kept in cages - Unfortunately, not all battery cages for laying hens are to be prohibited in the EU ("Batteries not included?", 31 October). Under the 1999 Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, all "conventional" battery cages will indeed be banned on welfare grounds by 2012. However, the legislation allows for these cages to be replaced by so-called "enriched" battery cages - giving a mere postcard's worth of extra space per bird… ROSS MINETT, DIRECTOR, ADVOCATES FOR ANIMALS, EDINBURGH (letter)

1.11.05

Independent 1.11.05 Dodging the ban: hunts flush foxes for owls to kill By Jonathan Brown - More than 50,000 hunters and their supporters will take to the field on Saturday vowing to test the Government's ban to breaking point. The fox hunting season officially starts today. Campaigners say that hunts have been openly flouting the law in the pre-season period using hounds to chase and kill stags and foxes in open acts of defiance…. The League Against Cruel Sports said that it would quadruple its number of hunt monitors this season, equipping them with state-of-the-art recording equipment, in a bid to secure a conviction….Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance said he was "delighted" that so many hunts were testing the legislation. "No one has any problem with people breaking the spirit of the law which came about because of the hatred of the Labour Party backbenchers…" (story)

Hereford Times 1.11.05 Fox hunts attacked over birds of prey - A HEREFORDSHIRE fox hunt has been accused of betrayal by some who marched alongside them against the hunting ban…. The Ledbury Hunt has revealed it is using birds of prey to kill foxes once the hounds have flushed them out…. But the new tactic has angered the Hawk Board, which says there is no place for a bird of prey in a hunt using packs of hounds… (story in archive)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 1.11.05 WE WILL RIDE AGAIN, SAY HUNTSMEN - Defiant county huntsmen are promising the sport will be as much part of the Gloucestershire scenery this winter as it was before the controversial ban. The first full season since hunting with dogs was outlawed begins this month. Members of the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt based in Gotherington, near Bishop's Cleeve, are keen to show it's business as usual. The 35-strong group, formed in 1947,defied wrong predictions that February's law would spell the death of the historic sport by unveiling a £200,000 kennel block…. Jo Aldridge, of the Beaufort Hunt, said: " We're approaching the season with a determination to keep hounds, horses and the community together." (story)
Western Daily Press 31.10.05 NEW HUNT KENNELS ARE A LEAP OF FAITH - Hundreds of hunt supporters cheered defiantly yesterday as a new £1million kennels opened in Gloucestershire - despite the ban. The Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, the smallest in the county, built and opened its new kennels in only 10 months - and pressed ahead with the ambitious plans in the face of the ban on hunting with dogs…. More than 500 supporters turned out to see the president of the Countryside Alliance, Baroness Ann Mallalieu, officially open the new kennels…. (story)

Western Mail 1.11.05 Countryside chief to send Hooray Henry image packing - Steve Dube, Western Mail - SIMON HART has an ambition. The 42-year-old chief executive of the Countryside Alliance wants to close the gap between town and country and put rural issues back on the political agenda. That means trying to change the popular image of the typical Alliance supporter as a Hooray Henry. And the young family man from Narberth, West Wales, believes he is making progress…. The appointment of the London inner city Labour MP and former Marxist Kate Hoey to chair the Alliance is further evidence of its broad appeal….(story)
Western Mail 1.11.05 Joined as volunteer - Steve Dube, Western Mail - SIMON HART, 42, has been chief executive of the Countryside Alliance since 2003, having first joined the organisation as a volunteer in North Wales… He is a former Master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt, though he no longer rides out and regards himself as a farmer's son with as much interest in shooting and fishing… (story)

KATE HOEY ON REPEAL OF HUNTING ACT
South London Press 1.11.05 Country Kate slams animal 'hypocrites' - PEOPLE who support the ban on fox-hunting but are happy to eat chickens are hypocrites, an outspoken MP has claimed. Vauxhall Labour MP Kate Hoey, who has pledged to overturn her Government's ban on fox-hunting, has slammed animal welfare activists who are critical of hunting but do not speak out about intensive farming…. (story)
Western Morning News 31.10.05 MP CALLS FOR SUPERMARKET BOYCOTT - The new chairman of the Countryside Alliance has called on shoppers to boycott supermarkets to protect the rural way of life. Labour MP Kate Hoey suggested that consumers should shun the large stores in favour of farm shops and retailers that champion local produce and she insisted shoppers need to have a greater understanding of the connection between what they buy and where it is grown, reared or produced…. (story)
Telegraph 31.10.05 Countryside chief urges boycott of supermarkets By Duncan Gardham - Shoppers should boycott supermarkets to help preserve the rural way of life, the new chairman of the Countryside Alliance said yesterday. Kate Hoey, the pro-hunt MP for the inner London constituency of Vauxhall, said consumers should fight for the countryside… (story)
Observer 30.10.05 It's the animal rights hypocrites I can't stand - As the new head of the Countryside Alliance, Kate Hoey can fire a shotgun with both barrels. She talks to Gaby Hinsliff about supermarket shopping, double standards and foxhunting…(story)
Torquay Herald Express 29.10.05 HUNTS GEAR UP FOR NEW SEASON BY ALLAN TUDOR - Hunts across South Devon were saddling up for a new season today under new laws as a Labour MP said she believed the Hunting Act would be repealed. Kate Hoey, who took over the chairmanship of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance last week, spoke out at the start of the new hunting season…. Today the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers were holding their opening meet at East Allington, just outside Kingsbridge…. (story)
Western Morning News 28.10.05 HUNTING BAN WILL BE LIFTED SAYS LABOUR MP - A labour MP yesterday said she believed the Hunting Act would be repealed. Kate Hoey, who took over the chairmanship of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance last week, told Horse and Hound magazine: "We will get it [the ban] lifted. It may take a few years, but ultimately it will only take a very small one-clause bill to go back to where we were before."… (story)
Western Daily Press 27.10.05 I WILL SEE HUNT BAN OVERTURNED - The new chairwoman of the Countryside Alliance yesterday vowed to get the hunting ban repealed within the next few years. Labour MP Kate Hoey, a longstanding hunting supporter, was speaking out at the start of the new season… (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.05 Countryside savaged - TWO of the major adversaries affecting the countryside over the past decade share the same initials - tuberculosis and Tony Blair. One should have cancelled out the other, but unfortunately that hasn't happened and both are thriving on stupidity and ignorance… Apart from the demise of agriculture, the hunting ban and the right to roam, the amount of land and land use coming under government control during the reign of Tony Blair is unprecedented, bringing ever closer to reality that long-held socialist dream of land nationalisation. W T Sweet Mawgan, Helston (letter)

Western Morning News 1.11.05 Extraordinary outburst - WHEN Tess Nash signed off a letter in favour of foxhunting with "UKIP" after her name, I considered it gave the wrong impression that our party supported the pastime. In response I wrote a brief note correcting the impression, and added that it was a matter of the individual's conscience….The only response I will make to her extraordinary outburst is to suggest that she goes back to my original note and reads it again very much more slowly than it would appear she has done before. John Morse, Callington, Cornwall (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.05 POLICE RIGHT TO WATCH HUNTS - I was deeply saddened to read about the attack on Kevin Hill in Eye in the sky may monitor Devon hunts, Echo, October 29. As an anti-hunt monitor myself, I am only too aware of the underbelly of intimidation, bullying and violence metered out by some hunts and their supporters…. During that time, I have been assaulted, threatened with a knife, had my car vandalised and suffered much verbal abuse of the kind that should not be said to a grandmother of two…. Mrs Judy Gilbert, Buckinghamshire (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.05 VIOLENCE IS NOT A NEW PROBLEM - I hope Kevin Hill has a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, threats and violence from hunters and their supporters isn't a new problem. As a country-born Devonian, I have witnessed this sort of bullying all my life… Y Street, Okehampton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.05 STRANGE WORRY OVER HELICOPTER - It is very odd to see hunt supporters expressing concern about police helicopters being used to monitor their activities now that the Hunting Act is in force, when they were quite content for helicopters to hover over hunts before the ban was in place…. Our very best wishes go to Kevin Hill for a speedy recovery. Gill Purser, Cheltenham (letter)

GILES BRADSHAW
Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.05 IS THERE A NEW HUNT LOOPHOLE? - In Hunting story was misleading, Points of view, October 28, John Phelps makes a very interesting point regarding the Hunting Act when he claims that it is not illegal to use dogs to hunt wild mammals. I must say I'd always understood that that was hunting with dogs. Has Mr Phelps discovered a new loophole in the Hunting Act?... Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.05 GILES COMMITTED NO OFFENCE - Farmer Giles Bradshaw is probably wrong to say in I don't use dogs to chase deer, Points of view, October 29, that hunting includes dispersal of wild mammals by scaring them away. A person commits an offence if he hunts a wild mammal with a dog, but the Hunting Act 2004 defines a hunter as a person who engages or participates in the pursuit of a wild mammal. To scare away does not have the same meaning as to pursue…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.10.05 I DON'T USE DOGS TO CHASE DEER - In its response to your story that I am continuing to break the Hunting Act, Echo, October 26, the League Against Cruel Sports implies that I am using dogs to chase deer. It knows that this is not true. I have worked closely with the League, the Government and the Countryside Alliance for many months and all sides agree that hunting includes dispersal of wild mammals by scaring them away…. Echo readers need not worry too much, though. Although I am going to continue hunting, I am not going to shoot the deer. I would rather break the law. If fined for not shooting deer, I will not pay such a fine and I will not stop taking my pack of dogs round my woods and flushing out deer. Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 28.10.05 HUNTING STORY WAS MISLEADING - The report No action on illegal hunt, Echo, October 26, is misleading. Although I hold the League Against Cruel Sports in high regard, I am not sure it is right to say using dogs to chase wild animals is illegal…. Farmer Giles Bradshaw may regularly use four dogs to flush red deer from his woodland, but for this to become an offence the hunting must be done by a person…. The police were right not to arrest Mr Bradshaw and the press are wrong to give so much publicity to his spurious attempt to make an ass of the law. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 26.10.05 NO ACTION ON ILLEGAL HUNT - A Devon farmer who hunted illegally with dogs claims police would not arrest him - even after he handed himself in. Giles Bradshaw, 38, who lives on a 100-acre farm near South Molton, regularly uses a pack of four dogs to flush red deer from woodland….In order to highlight what he considers an unworkable law, the father of three reported his activities to police, telling them the time and date of his illegal activities, and even handed himself in to South Molton police station on one occasion. But he said officers have been reluctant to arrest him… Marcia Nash, a Hunting Act specialist from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, confirmed that Mr Bradshaw's activities were illegal. She said the practice would only be within the law if the deer were causing damage or disruption to woodland or wildlife, only two dogs were used to flush them out of woods, and the deer were then shot by a competent marksman…. (story)
Western Daily Press 21.9.05 CONFUSION OVER THE HUNTING ACT - Janet Hall's letter of September 1 regarding me flushing out deer with my dogs illustrates the confusion surrounding the Hunting Act. Defra did indeed write to me to say that "chasing away" with dogs would still be legal; however, they then withdrew this claim saying that by the words "chasing away" they had, in fact, meant "scaring away with dogs barking at your feet". They then wrote to me again to say that, actually, even this activity would be illegal and they had meant to say, in fact, that it only didn't contravene the aspects of hunting that involved chasing…. My position is that these people haven't got a clue and are best ignored. Giles Bradshaw South Molton Devon (letter)
Western Morning News 17.9.05 HUNTING BAN WILL FORCE ME TO SHOOT DEER - HAZEL MCALLISTER - A farmer who has never shot a wild mammal in his life says he may now be forced to do so because of the Hunting Act. Giles Bradshaw, a computer software writer, lives on a farm in Rose Ash, near South Molton, North Devon. He owns the 100-acre farm and regularly walks his four dogs across the fields and through his woods, where occasionally they chase away red deer…. Mr Bradshaw claims he has no wish or desire to harm the deer, but he wants his dogs to chase them off his land because of the damage they cause to his short rotation coppice. He has been in touch with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the League Against Cruel Sports and the Countryside Alliance, who he said have all confirmed that under the terms of the new law he is hunting…. Allowing the dogs to chase the deer for a few hundred metres has been Mr Bradshaw's method of removing the unwanted animals from his land…. "When I first approached Defra and told them what I was doing, I was expecting them to say, 'no it's fine you're not killing the animal,' but they said if I carried on flushing them out then I'd have to shoot them…” (story)
Western Daily Press 8.9.05 SNUBBED ON HUNT CHARGE - Farmer Giles Gradshow walked into a police station and gave himself up after breaking the ban on hunting with dogs, but police refused to arrest him. Mr Bradshaw, from South Molton, Devon, told police he had broken the law by hunting with four dogs, instead of two, and refusing to shoot a deer they flushed out….(story)
BBC News Online 6.9.05 Hunt farmer asked to be arrested - Devon and Cornwall Police are not to prosecute a north Devon farmer who asked to be arrested for breaking the ban on hunting with dogs. Giles Bradshaw refuses to carry a gun and admits to having four dogs instead of the stipulated two. The law says once a deer has been flushed out it has to be shot and cannot be chased by dogs… "I don't want to be forced by the government to carry a gun every time I walk my dogs through the woods. I think they are serious public safety issues. I honestly don't believe it is in the welfare interests of the deer to shoot them rather then letting them run off."… Peter Anderson, from the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "If he continues to act in this way we would expect, if there is sufficient evidence, for police to act….” (story)
Western Daily Press 5.9.05 THERE IS HUNTING WITHOUT CRUELTY - The best way for individuals to fight the Hunting Act is to openly break it, but without being cruel. The Act makes activities illegal even when there is no cruelty, intention to kill or even chase…. If the Act is a law against cruelty then it's like a law against theft that doesn't require someone to have stolen anything to be guilty of the crime.. Just because we're against theft doesn't make that a good law, and because we're against cruelty that doesn't stop the Hunting Act from being a thoroughly bad law…. Giles Bradshaw South Molton Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 THE CHASE IS LEGAL AFTER ALL - Giles Bradshaw (August 22) tells us how he boldly turned himself in at his local police station, reporting his presumed illegal hunting, with intent to continue… Defra is a Government department, so this is the law as it stands. So, unless the Countryside Alliance intends spending another £3million challenging Defra's interpretation of the law, this is how it will stay. Janet Hall Cirencester (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 NEITHER DAFT NOR UNENFORCEABLE - Mr G Bradshaw does not tell us exactly how he broke the Hunting Act. One can only presume he used more than two dogs to flush out the deer and did not kill them immediately. If he is unsure of the Hunting Act, I'm sure his MP would send him a copy. The Act is neither daft nor unenforceable; it marks a watershed in the development of a more civilised society for both people and animals…. Something needs to be done and this should be reported to the chief constable at Middlemoor. I urge other interested readers who want to see this law rigorously upheld to join me. Jean Turner Plympton Plymouth (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 THIS QUALIFIES FOR AN ASBO - I cannot understand the mentality of Giles Bradshaw who, for no apparent reason other than for his own selfish pleasure, will deliberately take two dogs to flush out two red deer which are probably resting in a wood…. Roy Brown Ston Easton Somerset(letter)
Western Daily Press 22.8.05 POLICE KNOW A DAFT LAW WHEN THEY SEE IT - On Monday (August 15) I set out with my dogs to flush deer out of my woodland. I successfully flushed two red deer out. I then went to the police station at South Molton and handed myself in. I told the officer what I had done, that I was deliberately breaking the Hunting Act and that I intended to carry on doing it…. He told me that he would check on the force's policy. With a wry smile and a handshake I was sent on my way…. The police know an absurd law when they see it and are to be congratulated for refusing to enforce it. I will never stop hunting for wild mammals with my dogs. Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash Devon (letter)
Western Morning News 23.8.05 Exposing absurd law - YOUR correspondent John Phelps (WMN, August 16) seems to think I am ignorant about the Hunting Act. Not so. I am aware that the Hunting Act makes my activities illegal, but refuse to change them. I am spurred on by the fact that having handed myself in at South Molton police station they did not arrest me… I must also correct Mr Phelps when he talks of me killing animals for fun. He says this out of prejudice. I most certainly do not use my dogs to kill animals for fun. I am following Gandhi and Tony Benn's path of non-violent, cruelty-free civil disobedience to expose and subvert absurd laws. If I can get away with it, then so can others… Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (letter)
Western Morning News 16.8.05 It's illegal, Giles - GILES Bradshaw (August 9) asks why he should have to stop hunting. Quite simply, recent legislation makes hunting wild mammals with dogs for sport an offence… John Phelps, Exeter (letter)
Western Morning News 8.8.05 WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO STOP HUNTING? - I am fortunate enough to own land in Devon and a small pack of dogs which I use on a regular basis to hunt wild mammals. I believe that in my case, as in others, this is the least cruel means available to me to control the wild mammals on my farm.… I understand that the Hunting Act allows me to use my dogs to continue hunting wild mammals but only if I then shoot them afterwards. I refuse to do this for the following reasons: I do not own a gun and I resent having to take a high powered rifle out with me every time I go hunting. I want to hunt unarmed. It's part of my sport to give my quarry a reasonable chance of survival…. I often flush out many deer at a time. What am I to do in this instance? Kill as many as I can? Should I carry an automatic rifle to ensure a complete bloodbath?... I cannot understand why the Government seeks to ban my means of controlling wild mammals when it is clear that it kills far fewer animals than other, still legal means of control… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 13.8.05 NEW SEASON WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS - Giles Bradshaw (Your Say, August 2) points out his interpretation of loopholes in the hunting legislation, enabling hunters to legally continue. Given that the new legislation came into force only a few weeks before the end of their season, the loopholes have not been time-tested… I am no politician, neither can I speak for the police, but it is reasonable to expect that this legislation will be tightened up and easily implemented… J Hall, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.8.05 IT'S NOT ILLEGAL TO CHASE WITH DOGS - The Devon and Somerset Staghounds should stop using their dogs to flush wild deer. Instead they should go out with the whole pack. It remains legal for any number of dogs to search for, frighten, drive away, flush out, chase and even kill wild mammals… I have been given detailed advice by Defra on the Hunting Act. Their position is that hunting is an intentional activity. Letting something happen is not the same as intending it… they have also confirmed to me that I can, in fact intentionally, use my dogs to hunt wild mammals as long as I am in a separate location, although how that is defined is unclear. Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash Devon (letter)

ONLINE STAG SHOOTING AUCTION
Mid Devon Gazette 1.11.05 'SICK AUCTION TO SHOOT STAG - An online auction for the chance to shoot a 'trophy red deer stag' has been branded 'sick' by animal welfare campaigners. The offer appeared on internet site eBay and instantly provoked protests from the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Western Morning News 25.10.05 ONLINE AUCTION TO SHOOT DEER BRANDED AS 'SICK' - Animal welfare campaigners have branded as "sick" an online auction for the chance to shoot a "trophy red deer stag" in the Westcountry. The offer appeared on the Internet site eBay and instantly provoked protests from the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Guardian 18.10.05 Protests halt online auction to shoot stag - Owen Bowcott - An online auction offering the opportunity to kill a "trophy red deer stag" has been removed by the internet site eBay amid protests from an animal welfare group. Bidding had already begun for the right to shoot the animal, which was pictured with its large crown of antlers in an "enclosed woodland habitat" somewhere in Devon. The League Against Cruel Sports described the sale as "shocking" and also condemned eBay for carrying listings for gin traps - the old-fashioned devices with serrated jaws which spring shut and maim animals such as foxes, deer and badgers… (story)

Western Daily Press 1.11.05 REAPER GOES TO THE DOGS - Animal-lovers sent the grim reaper to the West's newest greyhound racing track last night in a Halloween protest against the sport. The gruesome figure handed out leaflets to people entering the track at Glastonbury football stadium, detailing the alleged cruelty inflicted on some racing dogs when they are no longer used for racing… David Garland, spokesman for Avon and Somerset Greyhound Action said: "We want people to see the gruesome side to greyhound racing…." (story)

Scotsman 1.11.05 Advert targets zoo's polar bear - A POSTER demanding better treatment for the polar bear Mercedes has appeared outside Edinburgh Zoo… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 31.10.05 Bus stop at zoo bears an animal rights group advert - ANDREW PICKEN - A POSTER calling for better treatment of Edinburgh Zoo's polar bear Mercedes has appeared on a billboard outside the front door of the top tourist attraction. The Edinburgh-based pressure group Advocates for Animals has splashed out £300 to place the advert on a bus stop opposite the zoo on Corstorphine Road….(story)

Western Daily Press 1.11.05 MP JIM'S PET HATE - Thousands of supporters have written to Jim Knight, South Dorset MP and Minister for Biodiversity, expressing their backing for a campaign to ban people from keeping primates as pets, an animal charity revealed yesterday. The International Fund for Animal Welfare also released the results of a Mori survey… (story)
Bath Chronicle 1.11.05 APPEAL OVER PRIMATE PETS - People in the south west are more in favour of a ban on the keeping of primates as pets than people from any other part of the UK, a MORI poll suggests. The poll found that across the nation, 80 per cent of people thought that keeping primates as pets should be made illegal, but in the south west the figure rose to 88 per cent. The poll was carried out by MORI on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)…. (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.05 PUT A STOP TO SPAIN'S BARBARIC BULLFIGHTING - I note, with concern your reader's letter about the treatment of kangaroos in Australia. Another concern about animals' treatment in another country - in Spain this time. Bullfighting. Surely in 2005 this barbaric treatment of an animal should have been stopped years ago. In that country they call it art, not sport - it is neither in my mind… Maybe the anti-hunt people in this country could, please, go to Spain and put all their efforts into getting the bullfighting "sport" banned over there. Hilary Prethero, Bovey Tracey (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 1.11.05 MEAT-FREE WAY TO A HAPPY, HEALTHY LIFE - Could you imagine cutting meat out of your diet completely? Or eliminating milk, eggs, butter, cheese and cream? How about leather and silk? As today is National Vegan Day, SIAN DAVID takes a look at what veganism is all about. George Barwick, a vegan for 43 years, admits: "I just don't like the thought of eating dead bodies.'' He runs Swansea Vegans, a society dedicated to promoting the vegan lifestyle, from his Killay home…. (story)

ContactMusic 1.11.05 PETA TARGET PRINCE CHARLES - PRINCE CHARLES has been warned he will face protests organised by animal rights activists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the duration of his eight-day official visit to the US. The British royal, who touched down in New York City this afternoon (01NOV05) with new wife CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL, is being targetted by PETA over the use of bear skin to make the traditional hats worn by the Royal Guards… (story)