November 2008

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29.11.08

Scotsman 29.11.08 Snares are inhumane and always will be - Students at Borders College have been duped by pro-snaring propaganda into believing snares can be modified to make them humane and thus acceptable (your report, 24 November… in May 2007 we commissioned a post-mortem examination on a brown hare which had died in a snare set to catch a fox. The report recorded little external injury, but the hare had suffered massive internal bleeding owing to the terror of having her "fight or flight" response inhibited during around four hours in the snare… RODNEY HALE Chairman, Hare Preservation Trust, Crediton, Devon (letter)
Scotsman 24.11.08 A snare is a snare - Students at Borders College are developing a new snare "to alleviate animal suffering" (your report, 19 November)… However, despite what the Scottish Countryside Alliance would have us believe, there is no humane way to immobolise a wild animal by allowing a snare to tighten around its neck. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous. NEIL McGILLIVRAY, Netherbank, Edinburgh (letter)

Irish Times 29.11.08 Animal vivisection at Trinity - I write to you on the desperate issue of vivisection at Trinity College, Dublin, of which I have the privilege of being an honorand. I am not qualified to judge of technical claims on behalf of the therapeutic benefits to be gained from vivisection… The issue is also an ethical one. What right have we, ourselves a primate to torture other animals for our (presumed) ends? Vivisection is a hideous abuse of the hominid capacity to inflict pain and death on the defenceless… Prof GEORGE STEINER, Churchill College, Cambridge, England (letter)

Independent 29.11.08 Turn veggie to save planet, says Sir Paul By Steve Connor, Science editor - Sir Paul McCartney has teamed up with a Nobel Prize-winning scientist to urge people to become vegetarian to save the planet from the greenhouse gases created by rearing livestock. In a letter to The Independent, the musician joins Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to blame worsening global warming on a rise in the number of people who eat meat… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 29.11.08 Letter: Duck cull unnecessary - Darren Matthews is right to characterise the Colwick Park ruddy duck cull as 'scientifically flawed' and expensive (Anger over Colwick Park duck cull, November 27). It is also extremely cruel… ANDREW TYLER Director, Animal Aid Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 27.11.08 Anger over Colwick Park duck cull - A CONSERVATIONIST has hit out at a duck cull in Notts. North American ruddy ducks were killed this week at Colwick Park as part of a control programme by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)…. But Darren Matthews, a member of Netherfield Wildlife Group who is studying countryside management at Brackenhurst College, claims the cull was being done on a "scientifically flawed" premise…. (story)

Fenland Citizen 29.11.08 'Help us catch these cowards' - AN animal rights organisation is offering a £1,000 reward after eight ducks were killed in an overnight attack in March… PETA – the organisation for the ethical treatment of animals – has stepped in to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the barbaric crime…. "Animal abusers are cowards", says PETA spokesman Suzanne Barnard…. (story)
Cambridgeshire Times 28.11.08 PETA offers £1,000 reward to nab duck killers - A £1,000 reward has been offered to find "barbaric" duck killers in March. The organisation People for the Ethnic Treatment of Animals are offering the money after a story in this week's Cambs Times told how at least three ducks were found shot dead in the centre of the town… (story)

Halifax Courier 29.11.08 Good luck in fight to end horror of seal cull - Local Member of the European Parliament Diana Wallis (Yorkshire and Humber Region) has been given the important job of writing a report on the issue of banning seal imports into the European Union … Diana Wallis is to be congratulated on her appointment and we sincerely hope that she will respond to what the people of Europe want. Mark Glover, Director, Respect for Animals PO Box 6500, Nottingham (story)

Craven Herald 29.11.08 Reds and greys - I am writing in response to “Cull the tree rats” (Letters, November 21). I love squirrels, both red and grey, and I am pig sick of hearing all the time that it is grey squirrels that are decimating the native reds. Red squirrels have always been weak animals which can’t fight off viruses…. Julia Wood, Bracewell Street, Barnoldswick (letter)

28.11.08

Horse & Hound 28.11.08 Worcestershire huntsman suffers rotational fall - Martha Terry - Worcestershire huntsman Ian Starsmore suffered a rotational fall on Wednesday (26 November) and was taken to the trauma centre Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital… The Worcestershire kennels are currently laid up with the cough and the accident occurred with a visiting North Ledbury pack…. (story)

Driffield Post 28.11.08 Hunting ban is working - As we are in the fourth hunting season since the historic ban, there is no doubt that the Hunting Act is working, despite what the pro-hunting lobby would like us to believe…. Kenn Swallow, by e-mail (letter)

Western Morning News 28.11.08 Another threat to wildlife? - YOUR report (November 19) of the falconry business setting up at Sparkwell on Dartmoor, with 18 birds, concerns me. The headline – "Watch out rabbits there's a preying hawk about" – could well have said "watch out grouse, golden plover, snipe and several other game and wader birds", many becoming rare…. Alan Flack Okehampton (story)

Farmers Guardian 28.11.08 Stores game in frame - WITH the game season now in full swing, the Countryside Alliance’s Game-to-Eat campaign has been conducting an unprecedented game-sampling campaign in more than 260 Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose stores nationwide. The aim is to show shoppers who would not normally include game on the shopping list how easy game is to cook and how good it tastes… (story)

Northern Scot 28.11.08 Snares are 'barbaric, needless and cruel' - I am up here on holiday, staying with my brother and sister-in-law at Lossiemouth. I am an animal lover, both domestic and wild creatures, and I was both saddened and horrified that snares could be left so indiscriminately in woodland… Remove the snares. It's barbaric, needless and cruel. Live and let live – or is this too much to ask? If I lived there, I would take wire cutters with me and remove them myself – cruel beggars… P.C. Goater 101 Wych Lane, Bridgemary, Gosport, Hampshire (letter)

ANIMAL AID DEER CULL LETTER
Western Morning News 28.11.08 Deer cull not needed - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 21.11.08 Deer should be saved, not culled - Once again, the Deer Initiative has decided there are "too many" deer and that they are "wrecking" woodland. The coalition – which includes groups that support hunting, shooting and the mass killing of many wild animals and birds who may "interfere" with these deadly past-times – has this week announced that deer in Northamptonshire must be culled to "protect farmland"…. What a shame that the Deer Initiative doesn't share that compassionate view and instead focuses solely on the mass killing of these wonderful animals. Kate Fowler-Reeves, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent. (story)

Ross-shire Journal 28.11.08 SNH is ruthless and inefficient - After attending Scottish Natural Heritage's drop-in session at Garve Village Hall, (October 6), regarding their Ben Wyvis proposals and questioning why it wasn't a proper sit-down meeting with them explaining their intentions, followed by a question and answer session, I was told they considered this would be too confrontational. In other words they are scared of the general public's opinion. Regardless of this however, it has now become clear their proposed policies will be carried out. The sheep will be removed and the deer will be massacred. SNH must, without question be one of the most ruthless, disjointed, inefficient bodies any government ever set loose on any country. Their policies are hugely detrimental to our way of life…. D W Ross, Leault, Kincraig (letter)

Bo'ness Journal 28.11.08 Well foxed! - I would like to thank everyone who responded to my recent fox survey in the Muirhouses, Carriden Brae and Cuffabouts/Kinacres areas of Bo’ness. Householders were asked a few questions about fox sightings, when and where seen, was food put out for them, any concerns about foxes in general… Real mange is a deadly disease for foxes and can be transmitted to dogs. A dog can be effectively treated with antibiotics, but a fox can only be helped with homeopathic remedies (supplied free of charge by The National Fox Welfare Society… CATE MOWAT 1 Hope Cottages Muirhouses, Bo’ness (letter)

Sun 28.11.08 I WAS heartbroken and enraged to read about the dog with the face transplant… Why should innocent animals be used, and one killed, for unnecessary research, just to flaunt the surgeon’s skills? SUSAN STAFFORD, Ashton Under Lyne, Gtr Manchester (letter)

Chester Chronicle 28.11.08 Animal rights protest outside hotel by David Holmes, Chester Chronicle - ANIMAL rights activists are piling more pressure on the Duke of Westminster to take foie gras off the menu at his Grosvenor hotel. Protesters handed out leaflets and gathered signatures outside the fivestar venue in Eastgate Street where foie gras is sold as a starter…. Earlier this year a protest was held outside the hotel and the Chez Jules restaurant by members of Chester Action to Prevent Animal Suffering (CAPAS)…. Jennifer Lock, organiser of the latest demonstration, said: “Foie gras means “fat liver” and involves the force-feeding of ducks and geese…. (story)

Southport Visiter 28.11.08 Southport animal rights campaigner calls for recycling help by Gillian Stratton, Southport Visiter - A CHARITY shop owner from Southport is encouraging people to take plastic bags to his store. Tony Moore, from Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE), on Shakespeare Street, says as people re-use bags, independent charities are missing out… (story)

Bucks Free Press 28.11.08 Stop circus acts - ANIMAL Defenders International (ADI) calls upon Wycombe District Council to save animals from suffering, and reject a proposal to permit circuses with performing animals… Jan Creamer, Chief Executive, Animal Defenders International, Millbank Tower, London (story)

Coventry Telegraph 28.11.08 Horses suffer on journeys - THE World Horse Welfare are greatly concerned at the export of live horses for slaughter, which involves injury, extreme dehydration, disease, exhaustion, stress and is a needless occurrence. The WHW has completed a scientific study on the health and welfare of horses before and after long-distance transportation… Janet Cummings Tower Road, Rugby (story)

Shetland Times 28.11.08 Seal-shooting farmers could lose right to kill by Louise Thomason - ANIMAL rights activists stepped up their campaign against the shooting of seals this week when they protested outside Holyrood. In an attempt to alter legislation on the right of fishermen and fish farmers to shoot seals, the activists, headed by the Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG), were armed with a banner appealing for “Ceasefire for Seals”…. (story)
Shetland Marine 26.11.08 Protest demands seal “ceasefire” - Hans J Marter - ACTIVISTS targeted Holyrood yesterday (Tuesday) stepping up their campaign to ban fish farmers and fishermen from shooting seals. Dressed as seals, the protesters called for an immediate and comprehensive ban on the deliberate killing of seals throughout Britain. The campaigners, led by the Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG), unfurled a banner reading ‘CEASEFIRE FOR SEALS’ outside the Scottish Parliament and handed in a letter addressed to ‘Alex Salmon’…. “Scientific evidence now supports our view that this culture of killing seals must stop,” said Andy Ottaway, of SPAG…. (story)

27.11.08

North Devon Journal 27.11.08 Hunt continues under Claude's eagle eye - A FALCONER has criticised a Westcountry hunt for using an eagle owl to get around the ban on fox hunting. George Hedges, of Devon's Eagles, warned that the South Devon Hunt's practice of hunting with a bird of prey and a pack of hounds could put the bird's life at risk…. But Ian Pearse, hunt master at the South Devon Hunt, based near Ashburton, said there had been no incidents of birds being injured by hounds, despite almost four years of using them to hunt throughout the country… But Nick Kester, spokesman for the Hawk Board, said the organisation was "vehemently opposed" to the use of birds of prey for fox hunting: "We disapprove entirely. Birds of prey and hunting with hounds are not compatible." (story)

York Press 27.11.08 Shame on the hunt - IN REPLY TO Ken Holmes’s letter of November 19. The MPs who voted to ban a barbaric bloodsport did so because most of the country didn’t like the idea of our wildlife in our countryside being chased till they drop and are then torn to pieces… If you and your hunting mates want to brag about what you give to charity, it goes to show just how low you will go to try to win people over… D Fillingham, Muncaster, York. (letter)
York Press 19.11.08 Hunting out sense - Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby (letter)
Yorkshire Post 19.11.08 Hunting supporters put our MPs to shame From: Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby, York. HATS off to the MFA (Master of Foxhounds' Association) and hunt supporters for their outstanding efforts to raise £76,000 towards the Help Our Heroes fund… (letter)

Ilkley Gazette 27.11.08 New use for cameras - It should come as no surprise that those who either delight in inflicting abuse, or turn a blind eye to it, are adept at lying to cover it up. This is true whether the abuse is of children or women at home; the elderly in care homes; wildlife in our countryside; or of animals in research laboratories, factory farms, circuses and the like… After over 35 years of investigative campaigning for animal welfare I have found that the videocamera is highly effective at bringing the truth to view and cutting through the lies…. M J Huskisson, Animal Welfare Information Service, PO Box 8, Halesworth, Suffolk (letter)

Guardian 27.11.08 Call to step up deer cull in fight against TB - James Meikle - The government is encouraging landowners to increase the culling of wild deer where there are high levels of TB, to minimise the risk of the disease spreading further in cattle… A recent survey for the government suggested high levels of TB in deer in two areas near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, while similar checks on deer in Devon and Cornwall found less of a problem…. (story)
Western Morning News 27.11.08 Bovine TB in deer only small threat to cattle - DEER are less likely to infect cattle with TB than badgers, according to new figures which recorded low levels of the disease in Westcountry herds. Statistics released by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs yesterday state that in West Somerset, 3.8 per cent of deer on public forest estate land have Bovine TB (bTB), while in Devon and Cornwall it was present in less then one per cent of animals… (story)

Keighley News 27.11.08 £1,000 reward after cat shot By Lisa Campbell - An international animal rights organisation is offering a £1,000 reward for information about the shooting of a pet cat in Fell Lane. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) put up the cash after reading in the Keighley News about the attack on Kathryn Hyde’s ginger tom Honey…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.11.08 Give animals a turn - I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with the letter (November 25) from Mrs B Crofton headed "Suffering animals are in need, too". I have often wished we could have alternate fundraising years, with Animals in Need one year and Children in Need the next… Mrs Jane Beare, Padstow (story)

Bolton News 27.11.08 Monitor animal abusers to help children - I ALWAYS read Angela Kelly’s page, and must comment on her article “Caring more for pets than kids” (November 12)… Animal lovers are often asked why they support animal charities when so many children are starving and abused. But the real answer, which our Government has failed to notice, is that if animal abusers were monitored, child abuse would be a thing of the past…. Baby P’s mother hid not only her own neglect, but the presence in her filthy, flea-infested home of a boyfriend whose interests were said to include torturing animals… A Cartmell Bolton (letter)

26.11.08

Calgary Herald 26.11.08 Getting in touch with one's inner hunter-gatherer - Barry Cooper, Calgary Herald - This year's hunting season is nearly over. In fact, for persons of a certain age, over half the hunting seasons they have experienced or are ever likely to enjoy are behind them. This melancholy reminder of time's winged chariot hurrying near was recently brought to mind not by aches and pains never before felt, but by a book by Roger Scruton, On Hunting… About 20 years ago, I went fox-hunting in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire in flat, central England. I knew how to sit a cow pony, but had to learn how to jump from an English saddle, which has no horn to hang onto. My instructor said I could always cling to the mane… It was all in vain. The enormous Irish hunter with a mouth of iron assigned to me had a mane shaved into a crew cut. I cleared a few fences, but many, many times ended up in the soft wet mud of the English countryside… Hunters are well aware that their prey suffers. Because she enjoys hunting despite the suffering, the hunter is far more aware of it than the non-hunter. Accordingly, hunters rightly conclude their opponents care less for the animals than they envy those who take pleasure in an activity non-hunters choose not to enjoy… (story)S

Kilkenny People 26.11.08 Have your say on fox hunting in online poll - FOX HUNTING is a sport that has divided communities and even families. We would like to take a snap shot in time of local opinion on the issue. If you believe that fox hunting should be allowed to continue in Ireland, click "Yes" on our internet poll on www.kilkennypeople.ie.... (story)

ThisIsDevon 26.11.08 Lights camera action for this magical white horse - M R Happy has found his vocation in life after starring in is his first music video with the happening Cornish band Rosie And The Goldbug. The strikingly beautiful brilliant white Shire cross Lippizzaner with long flowing mane and a magical air is hoping to turn his hoof to modelling, acting and prop work in addition to his day job (hunting) after dazzling the film crew with his star quality… He adores hunting with the North Cornwall and Four Burrow Hunts and I've taken him eventing and showjumping – he is such a star."… (story)

Kilkenny People 26.11.08 Should fox hunting be allowed in Ireland - Looking at the photo of the carnival in Gowran, the people in fancy dress performing on horseback in the street in the November 14 edition of the paper, we could be excused for thinking it was the 'Yeo Dragoons' heading for Vinegar Hill again…. Do the fox hunt people ever read the local papers? If they did they would see all the no hunting - lands preserved notices. These constitute 80% of landowners in the endangered areas…. We "Farmers Against Fox Hunting and Trespass" are appealing to government to ban fox hunting in the interest of good and healthy farming and in the country's interest, as in the UK, spare us farmers this vandalism….. Philip P Lynch, Chairman F.A.F.T., Gleann an Ri, Mallardstown, Callan, Co. Kilkenny (letter)

Guardian 26.11.08 Ascot acts to prevent 'meat' trade at sales - Brian Radford - Ascot officials have acted to prevent the Royal racecourse being associated with the sale of ex-racehorses for meat for human consumption. Their contracted auctioneers, Brightwells, have been told to tighten their sales conditions to prevent any such trade taking place…. But the new measures do not go far enough to satisfy the animal-rights group Animal Aid, whose equine consultant, Dene Stensall, said: "The only way to eliminate the 'meat man' is for Brightwells to cease selling horses for a paltry £300." (story)

HUSKISSON LETTER
South Wales Echo 26.11.08 Fight for the badger - WE support MJ Hutchinson of the Animal Welfare Service (Viewpoints, November 8) that taking delight in killing wildlife, as Sarah Palin did and the blood sports fraternity do in this country, wins little support among the general electorate. I am sure that MJ Hutchinson will be appalled at the Welsh Assembly Government’s plans for the badger population in Wales…. Derek Hector and Lorraine ParkerWhitchurch, Cardiff (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 13.11.08 Hunting is a voter turn-off - M J HUSKISSON Animal Welfare Information Service (letter)
South Wales Echo 8.11.08 DAVID Cameron and his Conservatives would do well to learn the lesson from the USA… MJ Huskisson, Animal Welfare Information Service (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.11.08 Cameron should learn USA lesson - DAVID Cameron and his Conservatives would do well to learn the lesson from the USA. Taking delight in killing wildlife, as Republican vice-president candidate Sarah Palin does there and the bloodsports fraternity do here, rightly wins little support among the general electorate…. M J Huskisson, Animal Welfare Information Service (letter)

North Devon Gazette 26.11.08 Why kill the black rats? - - Why are 'conservation' groups only happy when they are killing? The black rats on Lundy lived there for well over 100 years. But because some conservation groups decided the Manx Shearwater numbers should be encouraged, something had to be killed; so, this time, the black rat was blamed… When will these groups learn that interfering with nature merely causes an imbalance? What will happen I wonder when the Manx Shearwaters become too many? Will they then go the same way as the black rat and the Ruddy Duck? Lorraine Drake, East Putford. (story)

25.11.08

Daily Post 25.11.08 Protesters pressure Tories on hunt ban by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - ANTI hunt protestors targeted a conference of Welsh Conservatives in Llandudno last weekend over claims the Tories will repeal the hunting ban if they come to power. Around 20 activists from North Wales Animal Rights protested with placards and leaflets outside the Imperial Hotel as members arrived for the conference on Saturday… Activist Judi Hewitt said: “It's time MPs from all parties, but in particular most Conservative MPs,Šrealised that the cruelty inherent in fox hunting was the reason the ban was drafted in the first place…. (story)
Daily Post 25.11.08 Anti-hunt protest plan for Conservative conference by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - OPPONENTS of fox hunting plan a protest outside today’s Welsh Conservative party conference in Llandudno. Activists led by North Wales Animal Rights (NWAR) aim to lobby Tory politicians as they arrive at the town’s Imperial Hotel… (story)

Torquay Herald Express 25.11.08 Tale of the Townie Fox - NORMALLY I restrict wildlife to my Carter's Country daily column. But the fox is a bit special. He came to town back in the second half of the 20th century. And on the whole he's found suburban life a lot easier than creeping over farmland… it's not just the availability of food which makes an urban territory so attractive to the fox. The townie's generally sympathetic attitude to the animals help… What concerns me is the way our species has treated so many wild animals as automata or the source of 'entertainment'. Often with a creature's death as the conclusion…. Hunting has been consigned to history… (story)

DEER INITIATIVE DEER CULL PROPOSALS
Western Morning News 25.11.08 No need to shoot more Exmoor deer - THE Deer Initiative thinks more deer should be shot (November 17). It is quoted as saying Exmoor is one of the areas worst affected by rising numbers and that quite a lot of damage has been done to its ancient woodland. It is wrong in both and is jumping the gun. Exmoor and District Deer Management Society is the largest such society in the country and its 230 members are the farmers and foresters on whose land these deer roam… We actually know what is happening to deer numbers on Exmoor because, with the help of 240 counters on two consecutive dawns in every year since 1994, we have made our census and published the results… Hugh Thomas, Chairman, Exmoor & District Deer Management Society (letter)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 18.11.08 Proposal to cull deer population is opposed By Nick Spoors - An animal sanctuary representative has reacted angrily to suggestions that a government-backed organisation would like to see deer in Northamptonshire culled to protect farmland… Jane Shepherd, of the Algernon Trust Animal Sanctuary, in Whittlebury, said: "I don't think they need to do this at all…. (story)
Norwich Evening News 18.11.08 Deer to be culled in Norfolk - LUCY BOLTON - Thousand of deer are to be culled in Norfolk as part of a bid to stop soaring numbers causing damage to woodlands as well as becoming a danger in urban areas…. But animal activists believe there could be kinder ways of reducing their numbers than shooting them by using contraception methods… Keith Hall from Hallswood Animal Sanctuary in Stratton Strawless, acknowledged there was a problem caused by the “lovely creatures” but called for other methods, such as contraception, to be used to control deer numbers… (story)
Western Morning News 17.11.08 Agency calls for culling of 500,000 deer - DEER numbers in the Westcountry could drop dramatically under plans for a nationwide cull of 500,000 of the animals. The Deer Initiative has said Exmoor is one of the areas worst affected by rising numbers of deer, which are causing havoc to the countryside, destroying woodland, crops and gardens… The cull proposals have proved controversial with John Robins, from the campaign group Animal Concern. Speaking in The Sunday Telegraph, he said: "Not enough has been done to look at alternatives to lethal control, like giving deer contraceptives... (story)

Irish Independent 25.11.08 Gwinnie and PETA -- what a match! - If ever there was a reason to dislike vegetarians, it is surely radical veggie support group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA (do not, under any circumstances, confuse them with their hated rival PETA, People for the Eating of Tasty Animals, because they really, really don't like each other). Their sense of moral superiority, their implacable belief that their argument is the only one with merit and the staggering, resounding lack of a sense of humour are all the hallmarks of PETA…. (story)
Independent on Sunday 23.11.08 'They didn't tell me it was real' – Gwyneth apologises for fur ad By Jonathan Owen - The Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow has apologised to animal rights campaigners angry at her promotional work for an Italian fashion company that uses fur, ostrich and snake skin in its products…. While her apology may help build bridges with her friend Stella McCartney, a vehemently anti-fur designer, many campaigners remain unimpressed. "Gwyneth's explanation rings hollow," said Andrew Tyler, the director of Animal Aid… (story)

ThisIsSomerset 25.11.08 Protest at Clarks over leather use - Street was the scene of a protest when a vegetarian group appealed for shoppers to say no to leather. Viva – Vegetarians International Voice for Animals – targeted the Street-based shoe manufacturers Clarks on Friday afternoon in a new campaign asking them to make a move towards using more sustainable materials for their shoes… "Two million pairs of shoes – most of which are made from leather – are thrown away every week and end up in landfill sites," said Fiona Galbraith from Viva… (story)

Bucks Free Press 25.11.08 Anger as Wycombe District Council committee backs lifting circus ban By Neil Phillips - AN animal rights group says Wycombe District Council has gone “backward in history” after voting to lift the ban on performing animal circuses…. Jan Creamer, chief executive of Animal Defenders International, said: “It is extraordinary that, while worldwide awareness of animal suffering in circuses has never been greater and an increasing number of countries like Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia are seriously considering bans on animals in circuses, an English council would go backward in history….. (story)
Bucks Free Press 21.11.08 Wycombe District Council members urged to lift animal circus ban By Oliver Evans - A 16-YEAR ban on circuses performing with domestic animals on Wycombe District Council land should be lifted, bosses at the local authority say. Officers say new legislation means the welfare of animals such as ponies and dogs can be protected and the ban should go…. But Buckinghamshire RSPCA spokesman Sophie Wilkinson said: “We are opposed to the use of any animals in circuses… (story)

24.11.08

Independent 24.11.08 Hurley heads campaign for fur house By Jerome Taylor - Animal rights groups vent fury at British actress after she appears in ad wearing black 'baby mink skin' - Liz Hurley should not be surprised: when she wore a white fur coat in 2001, an animal rights activist doused her in red wine and screamed: "You murdering bitch!" There will be uncomfortable times ahead for the 43-year-old English model and former actress, following her decision to star in the latest advertising campaign for Blackglama… Andrew Tyler, the head of the vegan group Animal Aid, said the label's choice of Hurley showed how furriers were struggling to sign up major Hollywood celebrities to model their clothes…. "It's shocking that she's taking money to wear baby minks, who are skinned at six months old for Liz's luxuries," said Robbie LeBlanc, the director of Peta Europe… (story)
Mirror 24.11.08 Liz Furley slammed By Stewart Maclean - Liz Hurley has been blasted by animal rights groups after signing a deal to promote a fur company. The model and actress, 41, could collect up to £300,000 after agreeing to become the face of American fur house Blackglama… Robbie LeBlanc, spokesman for campaigning group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: "Her wardrobe is now as dead as her film career… (story)
Mail on Sunday 24.11.08 Liz Furley: Fury as Liz Hurley becomes the face of luxury US furriers By Simon Mcgee - Liz Hurley has provoked a storm of condemnation after becoming the new face of an exclusive fur company… (story)

23.11.08

Independent on Sunday 23.11.08 You report that "animal shelters across Britain report a steep increase in pets being left with them over recent months… This disturbing situation leads us to wonder, yet again, why the rules that govern dog racing allow owners to dispose of greyhounds, whose "careers" have come to an end… Tony Peters, UK Co-ordinator Greyhound Action, Kidderminster, Worcestershire (story)

Independent on Sunday 23.11.08 'Pirates of compassion' prepare to take on Japanese whaling fleet By Jerome Taylor - Kicking back in a comfy brown armchair and sipping from a grande soya latte at the back of a Richmond coffee shop, Steve Roest doesn’t look much like a pirate. Most people in the area simply know him as the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Twickenham…. . On one side is Japan’s vast whaling fleet lead by the Nisshin Maru – an 8,000ton “research vessel” where hundreds of harpooned minke and fin whales will be butchered, packaged and frozen during the three month hunt. On the other side is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling fleet comprised of just a single ship: a converted 885-ton fishing vessel called the MV Steve Irwin… (story)

22.11.08

FAWC GAME BIRD REPORT
Independent 22.11.08 Exposed: the cruel rearing of game birds By Martin Hickman, Consumer affairs correspondent - Animal welfare rules are to be tightened after an official investigation found evidence of mass cruelty in the raising of game birds shot by blood- sports enthusiasts in Britain. In the first official inquiry into the secret world of pheasant and partridge farms, the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) found the birds were confined to small mesh cages with plastic "bits" stuck in their mouths to stop them cannibalising each other… Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: "Most people in this country are revolted by the idea that ... millions of birds are factory farmed every year so that they can serve as feathered targets for wealthy shooters…. The League Against Cruel Sports warned that continental farms that supply chicks to UK game producers did not meet British standards. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 14.11.08 Shake-up plan over rearing of game birds By Joe Watson - Sweeping changes have been recommended to improve the welfare conditions of the 40million pheasants and partridges raised commercially in Britain every year. The Farm Animal Welfare Council deeply criticised existing production methods in a report it published yesterday…. The game industry welcomed the recommendations, with the Game Farmers Association saying they echoed the standards it had had in place for the last nine years in its code of practice… (story)

Somerset County Gazette 22.11.08 Vegan campaign comes to town - WENDY the Windy Cow and Hattie the Hen are in Taunton on Thursday as part of a campaign against animal cruelty in farming and its contribution to climate change. The Animal Aid visit – part of a nationwide tour during Vegan Month – aims to encourage people to adopt a diet “that is kinder to animals and the environment”… Kelly Slade said: “Wendy and Hattie will bring an important message that you can eat ethically, healthily and be friendly to the environment without compromising on taste… (story)

21.11.08

Irish Examiner 21.11.08 Calls for stricter regulation on air rifles and replica guns By Jennifer Hough - THERE needs to be tighter regulation of unlicensed air rifles to prevent them falling into the wrong hands. Sean O’Callaghan, spokesman for Irish Airsoft Association, has called for strict controls on the buying and selling of airsoft rifles. He said the association wanted to see retailers controlled and would not be against laws which said the rifles could only be sold to club members, as is the case in Britain….. (story)
Irish Examiner 21.11.08 Target shooters not to blame for ‘hate emails’ - I REFER to your report headlined “TDs receive ‘hate emails’ after gun debate” (November 2). As one of those who has sent emails to Fine Gael deputy John Deasy, I would be very concerned if abusive emails have been sent to him or to his party colleague Olivia Mitchell TD with whom I have also corresponded. The responsible target shooting community in this country is not to blame for the emails complained of by Mr Deasy. It should be noted also that he has not responded to any of the emails I have sent him, even though some of the points I made have been borne out by garda spokespersons in the Wexford division…. Kealan Symes, Vice-Chairman, National Target Shooting Association, Greystones, Co Wicklow (story)
Irish Examiner 20.11.08 Sports groups give guarded welcome to ‘handguns ban’ By Cormac O’Keeffe and Jennifer Hough - SPORTS people who use handguns have given a qualified welcome to a “handguns ban” announced by the Government yesterday. Two national shooting associations said the ban announced by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern was not the blanket ban as had been reported in some media. The National Target Shooting Association (NTSA) described the measures as “rational”, while the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC) said there were large exemptions to the ban…. (story)

Scotsman 21.11.08 EU let-off for bird killers - I share concerns that at least 34 birds of prey have been cruelly poisoned in the past year… . It is a huge blow that the EU failed to support the withdrawal of CAP funding from farmers and landowners who poisoned birds. CATHERINE STIHLER MEP Church Street, Inverkeithing, Fife (letter)

BBC News Online 21.11.08 Countryside 'cowboys' warned off - Environment Minister Mike Russell has been in the Borders to launch a guide to best practice in the use of snares. The document has been produced after consultation with a number of rural groups across the country…. (story)

ANIMAL AID OXFORD UNIVERSITY LETTER
Western Morning News 21.11.08 Sad day for animals - Toni Vernelli, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 19.11.08 Letter: Opportunity to fight diseases 19/11/08 - I REFER to a recent letter in The ET from Toni Vercelli, of Animal Aid, which displays either a misunderstanding of the available science, or a further attempt to mislead the public. The opening of the Oxford laboratory should be celebrated as an opportunity to further our understanding of a range of terrible conditions which afflict our society… L WALKER, Cambridge (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 14.11.08 Letter: Sad day for humans and animals 14/11/08 - The opening of Oxford University's controversial new animal research centre is a sad day. It's not only sad for the countless animals who will suffer and die there but also for patients who may be denied breakthrough treatments because of the continued dependence on unreliable animal tests… Toni Vernelli, Campaigns officer Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

20.11.08

Northern Times 20.11.08 Police seek help from gamekeepers on wildlife crime - DEER stalkers, gamekeepers and ghillies throughout Sutherland are being invited to join forces with police in a bid to crack down on wildlife crime and other law-breaking in rural areas…. Chief Inspector Brown said he believed relationships between gamekeepers and police officers had unfortunately broken down over the past few years. He felt this had partly been caused by individuals and bodies who accused the rural workers of wildlife crime, namely poisoning birds… (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 20.11.08 Police warn over growing threat of poaching - POACHING is becoming a big problem in parts of Ryedale, according to the police, with wholesale trespassing by gangs of armed men. The news comes as two teenagers, aged 15 and 18, and two men, aged 20 and 26, from the South Shields area and with four lurchers, were caught and interviewed by police on the Earl of Mexborough’s Hawnby Estate near Helmsley last weekend… (story)

Worthing Herald 20.11.08 Care for foxes, not your irises - PATRICK Taylor has unwittingly solved his own hatred of urban foxes at a stroke if he did but know it.Even though the tame fox he encountered on a bench by the seafront was totally outside its natural habitat, well cared and beautiful was his loving description of it, gushing with sentimentality, stroking and fondling it, it almost brought a tear to my eye… if he so loved being in the presence of such a beautiful animal, he should forget about his obsession with irises and pathetic garden competitions and care for, not persecute, urban foxes that venture into his garden, build them a den, feed them, build them up into healthy specimens he so admires, or so he tells us…. Mr J Lees, The Plantation, Worthing (story)

Luton News/Herald & Post 20.11.08 VIDEO: Trust them to help greyhounds - What do author Jilly Cooper, One Foot in the Grave actress Annette Crosbie and animal trainer Victoria Stilwell have in common? All three are Honorary Friends of Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE), which covers Luton and Bedford. GRWE regional homing officer Graham Crick, 64, would dearly love to have 1960s icon Twiggy on board too….. "Genetically speaking, they're regarded as the closest animal to human beings. Our metabolism and blood systems are very similar." He pauses, overcome with emotion: "Some are used for vivisection, unfortunately.".. (story)

Western Morning News 20.11.08 Cattle contact is cause of bovine TB - MARTIN Bell's hysterical letter ("Pet TB cases could be tip of iceberg", November 14) claims that Secretary of State Hilary Benn is "running scared of the Badger Trust". We would be delighted if our tiny organisation had that kind of clout, but the fact is that the decision not to slaughter badgers has been made on the basis of the scientific evidence that it makes "no meaningful contribution" to bovine TB control…. Trevor Lawson, For the Badger Trust (story)

Northumberland Gazette 20.11.08 Pair fined for badger baiting - BADGER baiters who were caught interfering with a sett in north Northumberland and found with vile videos of animal cruelty on their phones have been sentenced today (Thursday). Callous Christopher Hindmarsh and accomplice Justin Lang have been disqualified from keeping dogs for three years and will have to pay £260 each for costs…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 20.11.08 Animals: Hidden victims of war - I agree wholeheartedly with the Church, Gask and Whitmore families (Mailbox, November 14), and join them in commending the Mercury for enabling readers to place tributes in memory of loved ones. I'm also grateful to them for remembering the role of animals in war…. For centuries, animals have been the hidden victims of war; their contribution often overlooked…. (story)

Newcastle Journal 20.11.08 Police in email blunder - BUNGLING police emailed the personal details of suspected criminals to 150 farmers. Members of the Northumberland Farm Watch scheme were stunned when they opened the message to discover the names, dates of birth and addresses of dozens of alleged offenders.Red-faced officers sent a follow-up message two days later when the error was spotted, asking the farmers not to read the information and to delete it immediately… (story)

19.11.08

Carmarthen Journal 19.11.08 At the Hart of the matter - I AM writing in response to letters written by Di Clements and published in your newspaper, most recently on October 22, concerning the local connections of the prospective Conservative candidate Simon Hart. In that letter, Di Clements does not mention Mr Hart's local connection as master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt for 10 years…. His failure to mention either his 10 years as hunt master, or his current position in the Countryside Alliance, is a failure to put his cards honestly and clearly on the table, so the electorate know what they might be voting for. John Major, Address supplied (story)
Carmarthen Journal 29.10.08 Countryside campaigners - DAVID Petersen (Letters, October 22) asks if he is able to join the Countryside Alliance and how we are organised locally. The alliance is an apolitical organisation chaired by Labour MP Kate Hoey with local person Simon Hart as its chief executive. We have a fully elected board, and a network of local committees. Individuals of any persuasion can join online at www.countryside-alliance.org.uk or by getting in touch with me as the director for Wales based in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire…. We campaign on a range of different rural issues as varied as fly-tipping, affordable housing, post offices and of course hunting and other country pursuits. Rachel Evans, Countryside Alliance director for Wales, Llangadog (letter)
Carmarthen Journal 22.10.08 Simon's Hart in right place - IN their recent letters, Michael Sharrat and David Petersen highlight local Welsh Conservative candidate Simon Hart's experience of rural issues as if it was some kind of impediment, whereas of course the opposite is the case. In addition, they bizarrely attempt to question his local credentials, something that has an unpleasant whiff of discrimination about it, as well as being glaringly inaccurate. On his website www.simon-hart.com Mr Hart is entirely transparent on rural and urban issues from housing to hunting… Di Clements, Broomhill farm, Martletwy, Narberth (letter)
Carmarthen Journal 8.10.08 Why the donation? - WHY has a New York-based "hedge fund" selected Simon Hart, and donated £40,000 towards his campaign? Simon Hart is the Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, although he failed to mention this fact in the election pamphlet. Michael Sharratt. Cwm Coile, Whitland (letter)

Scotsman 19.11.08 Protecting birds of prey - Range restrictions and the use of poisons to kill raptors (your report, 15 November and Letters, 17 November) cannot be condoned. But a balanced approach is more likely to succeed than a simple blame game… Research by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has shown the loss of gamekeeping on Langholm Moor in south-west Scotland not only caused red grouse stocks to plummet, but also led to the demise of curlew, lapwing and golden plover populations and one of our most controversial birds of prey – the hen harrier… (DR) ADAM SMITH, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Newtyle, Angus (letter)

BBC News Online 19.11.08 Deer poaching 'epidemic' reported - Deer poaching has reached epidemic proportions in some parts of Ireland, the Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) has said…. (story)

OPERATION MIGRATE POACHING ARRESTS
Oxford Mail 19.11.08 Five held over hare coursing By Tom Shepherd - Five more people have been arrested during Thames Valley Police’s clampdown on hare coursing. As part of Operation Migrate, an operation running in Wantage, Faringdon and Hungerford, police arrested the men in Buscot on Saturday on suspicion of hare coursing, bringing the total number of arrests in the operation to 25. Their vehicle was also seized... (story)
Oxford Mail 30.10.08 Dozen arrested in hare coursing clampdown By Matt Wilkinson - Twelve people have been arrested in the past week on suspicion of illegal hare coursing in Oxfordshire, police said today. Yesterday five people were bailed by police after they were arrested near Nettlebed on Tuesday night. Police also arrested three men and a boy in Longcot near Faringdon last Friday on suspicion of carrying out the illegal blood sport… Pc Steve Lynch, based at Wantage police station, said: “We are taking a robust approach and working hard to catch people who carry out hare coursing…. “Operation Migrate will continue to run over the next few months and I urge anyone who sees any suspicious activity in the area, or has information to help us with our investigation, to contact us.”… (story)
Maidenhead Advertiser 30.10.08 Five arrests in hare coursing investigation written by Luke Cross - A group of men from Slough were arrested on suspicion of hare coursing, or setting dogs on hares, in South Oxfordshire. Police arrested five men in Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, after officers on patrol noticed 'suspicious activity' at about 10.25pm on Monday night. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries…. (story)

Bicester Advertiser 30.10.08 Dozen arrested in hare coursing clampdown By Matt Wilkinson - Twelve people have been arrested in the past week on suspicion of illegal hare coursing in Oxfordshire, police said today. Yesterday five people were bailed by police after they were arrested near Nettlebed on Tuesday night…. (story)
Oxford Times 29.10.08 Five held on hare coursing charges By Matt Wilkinson - Five men have been arrested on suspicion of illegal hare coursing in Oxfordshire. They were arrested at about 10.30pm on Tuesday near to Park Corner in Nettlebed. Police launched Operation Migrate targeting those responsible for hare coursing across rural Oxfordshire at the beginning of October. The five men are all from the Slough area in Berkshire and were released on bail today pending further enquiries… (story)

18.11.08

Horse & Hound 18.11.08 Terrier stolen along with eight-horse lorry at hunt meet - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A heart-broken woman is appealing for information after her 18-month-old Border terrier was stolen along with a eight-horse lorry from close to the meet of the Cheshire Forest hunt last Saturday (15 November). Emma Buckles, head groom of a yard in Formby, left her dog Jasmin, or "Jazz", in the Ford Cargo lorry while she and seven others joined the newcomers' meet at Peover Hall near Knutsford. When they returned at 2pm the box had gone…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 18.11.08 Giving shooters the bird - HELEN Shuker of The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is pulling the wool over readers' eyes with references to conservation and good wholesome food… The reference to conservation is misleading. The gamekeeper will routinely shoot any wildlife threatening his pheasant in the area… the one thing shooters and hunters alike don't like to acknowledge - the love of killing another living creature.B.P., Stockport (letter)
Manchester Evening News 11.11.08 Why shoot? - CONTRARY to the opinion of animal rights activists (Cruel sport’, Postbag, November 3) shooting is a force for good in the countryside. It is supported by the government and many well-respected countryside and conservation bodies…. Helen Shuker, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Manchester Evening News 3.11.08 Cruel 'sport' - EVERY year in Britain, millions of pheasants and partridges are mass-produced like commercial poultry so that they can be killed on shoots.This brutal end to their lives is the final insult…. For a free anti-Shooting action pack, contact Animal Aid… S. Heron, Marple (letter)

Scottish Herald 18.11.08 RSPB warns of ‘deeply troubling’ killings of birds - The number of birds of prey killed illegally in Scotland is "deeply troubling", a conservation charity said today. Crimes against the birds remain at "worryingly high" levels, according to the latest report from RSPB Scotland…. (story)

DAVID MARTIN ANTI VIVISECTION CAMPAIGN
Scottish Herald 18.11.08 Primates debate - With reference to the letters from Professors Millar and Savill (November 13) and Councillor Swift (November 14) to the article by David Martin MEP, may I point out that there has never been a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of primate research in relation to its contribution to the clinical practice of medicine? Therefore, we do not know to what extent such research has improved the treatment of human illness, the prevention of disease or the promotion of health… Dr Edward Moore, Inverness. (letter)
Scottish Herald 15.11.08 Alternatives to primate experimentation - It was disappointing to see Professors Millar and Savill defend the continued use of primates in experiments… Ross Minett, Campaigns Director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh
Professors Millar and Savill believe there is a need to research infertility in monkeys. Professor Chris Barratt and Dr Ian Brewis at Birmingham Women's Hospital study human infertility using human testicular tissue, obtained from biopsies. They are demonstrating that human research is the way forward… Kathy Archibald, Director, Safer Medicines Campaign, PO Box 62720, London. (letters)
Scottish Herald 14.11.08 Animal experiments - I was encouraged to see the reply from Professors Millar and Savill to David Martin's attack on animal experimentation… there are several things that Mr Martin and your readers should consider. First, that this research is designed to improve the lot of people suffering from appalling diseases with, as yet, unmet medical need. He must also be aware that research is conducted on computer models and cell and tissue structures where possible. The people who conduct this research are so often vilified in the media, yet their goal is our increased wellbeing…. Jim Swift BA MSc MIHM, Conservative councillor, Newton Mearns South, East Renfrewshire Council. (letter)
Scottish Herald 13.11.08 Research using non-human primates - The article by David Martin MEP (Scots must tackle shame of primate experiments, November 11) on primate research fails to grasp the complexities around the need for such research… Professor Robert Millar, Director, MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit; Professor Sir John Savill, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh. (letter)
Scottish Herald 11.11.08 Scots must tackle shame of primate experiments - David Martin - The latest figures show that 10,451 primates such as macaque and squirrel monkeys, baboons and marmosets were used in the EU in 2005 for research, drug development and safety testing, 3125 in Britain alone last year….. David Martin is a Labour member of the European Parliament for Scotland (story)
Scotsman 6.11.08 Stop this suffering - Simon Festing's definition of "a small number" (Letters, 5 November) differs from most people's. Some 10,000 primates are used in EU laboratories annually, with more than a third undergoing experiments in the UK… It is time for governments to listen to their elected members and take action on this issue. TONI VERNELLI, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent
Simon Festing alleges the importance of experiments on primates for developing treatment for strokes. The reality is that primate models of stroke are not only unethical but have also proved to be scientifically unsound…. FIONA OGG, Chief executive officer Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letters)
Scotsman 5.11.08 Animal testing essential - I am shocked to see that David Martin, Scotland's most senior member of the European Parliament, is regurgitating misleading animal rights propaganda in his letter calling for an end to ape experiments… (DR) SIMON FESTING, Executive director, Research Defence Society, Shaftesbury Avenue, London (letter)
Scotsman 29.10.08 End ape experiments - One in ten experiments on primates in the European Union is carried out in Scotland – more per head of population than in any other EU country. The great apes are our nearest living relatives. Using them in experiments causes widespread public concern…. I urge the funders of research and scientist themselves – here in Scotland – to help bring about a strategic change in the planning and conduct of medical research, so that outdated and ineffective primate experiments continue to be replaced by modern, non-animal techniques and Scotland can boast about carrying out the smallest number of experiments on primates in the EU. DAVID MARTIN, MEP, Pentlandfield, Roslin, Midlothian (letter)

Burton Mail 18.11.08 Shelled out from Sian Phillips, Supporter services officer, Compassion in World Farming - ENTHUSIASTIC collectors took to the streets of Burton upon Trent on September 27, to raise money for Compassion in World Farming… (letter)

17.11.08

Horse & Hound 17.11.08 Hunts raise £76,000 for Help for Heroes - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A grand total of £76,000 has been raised by hunts across the UK this year for the forces charity Help for Heroes (H4H). A cheque was handed over to the charity by the Masters of Foxhounds Association MFHA) at the Cheltenham Countryside Race Day last Friday (14 November). Hunts pledged their support for the charity at the start of the year by donating the cap from their meets on 23 January…. Captain Ian Farquhar, joint-master of the Duke of Beaufort's hunt handed over the cheque to Brigadier Christopher Parker, the commandant of the Headley Court and Sophie Butler of H4H… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 17.11.08 Letter from Robert Feal-Martinez - IT seems our friends at the European Commission are not just having problems balancing their books… Once again the experts in the European Commission are to force member states to undertake practices in culling moles that practitioners say are cruel… the all-knowing EU has decided that killing moles with strychnine is cruel and insists that traps and other poisons like aluminium phosphide are used instead. But, just like the British government with the fox hunting ban, it is an ill-informed and ultimately less humane change for the worse…. ROBERT FEAL-MARTINEZ Chairman and PPC UKIP South Marston Swindon (letter)

Scotsman 17.11.08 Raptors' legal protection - James D Brown (Letters, 14 November) accuses me of being "irrational" in wanting more severe penalties for estates found guilty of illegal killing of raptors. What exactly is "irrational" about wanting the law to be upheld and law-breakers to be punished in a way which will deter them and others from continuing to break the law?... DOUGLAS HAMILTON, Glenburn, Lamlash, Isle of Arran
James D Brown correctly states that raptors and chickens are both birds, but that exhausts the logic of his position… His case might gain merit if the purpose of poisoning was to protect the prey, but this protection is only to allow humans to kill it instead and for estate owners to make money from shooters. ROBERT DOW, Ormiston Road, Tranent, East Lothian (letters)

Independent 17.11.08 Game beware: it's the return of the poacher - As times get harder in Britain's cities, armed gangs are heading for the countryside – and stealing deer, salmon and rabbits to feed a burgeoning black market in food. Andy McSmith reports… Dr Colin Shedden, the Scottish director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation said: "Poaching has become an increasingly common problem over the past 10 years. Such offences are not usually committed by local people, but more likely by serious criminals travelling some distance…. (story)

Oxford Mail 17.11.08 Campaigner Benn joins lab protest - Veteran politician Tony Benn today joined animal rights campaigners for a peaceful protest against Oxford University’s new animal experiment laboratory. The former Labour MP and political campaigner spent 30 minutes talking to members of campaign group Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford (Vero)… (story)

16.11.08

CARLA LANE'S HOUSE FOR SALE
Observer 16.11.08 Going to a good home - The award-winning writer of the Liver Birds and Bread, Carla Lane now shares her life with thousands of rescue animals in an isolated manor house in Sussex. Here, she reveals why she's selling her sanctuary, writing songs for Simon Cowell and still misses Linda McCartney - Interview by Barbara Ellen (story)
Mid Sussex Times 30.9.08 Video: Carla Lane sells mansion - Broadhurst Manor, TV script writer Carla Lane's £4.5million mansion in Horsted Keynes, has been sold. The pristine 35-roomed Tudor manor house, with its oak beams, floors and wall panels, has been bought by a family who expect to exchange contracts within days. Along with the house and its 16 acres of High Weald countryside are a myriad of outbuildings where Carla has housed her famous Animaline sanctuary for abandoned and unwanted animals…. (story)
Telegraph 8.7.08 Carla Lane puts animal sanctuary up for sale By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor - Carla Lane, the television comedy writer, is being forced to sell her £4.5 million animal sanctuary after the BBC stopped commissioning her work and left her struggling to cover costs… Prospective buyers of the property must be animal lovers, Miss Lane has stipulated. "I hope people who hunt won't want this house…. (story)
Argus 26.6.08 Horsted Keynes sanctuary to move on By Emily-Ann Elliott - A comedy writer and animal rights campaigner is selling up and taking the animals with her. Carla Lane, who wrote the hit TV sitcoms Bread, Butterflies and The Liver Birds, has put her home at Broadhurst Manor in Horsted Keynes, near Haywards Heath, on the market for £4 million…. However, she said the decision to move had not been made for financial reasons…. (story)
Independent 25.6.08 Wanted: a new home for Carla Lane and her animal sanctuary By Andy McSmith - If you have a house near a main road, with acres of grounds, including stables, lakes and aviaries, it could be the perfect time to sell – because Carla Lane is looking for a new home for her animal sanctuary…. Broadhurst Manor, a few miles from Horsted Keynes, is so remote that Lane says she needs to move to somewhere more accessible so she can afford the upkeep of the sparrows, chickens, sheep and shire horses, who share her home. Her sanctuary, Animaline, has hit hard times because almost its only source of income is what Lane makes from her writing… (story)
Daily Mail 25.6.08 Carla Lane's out of bread: Why the famous scriptwriter is moving her home and animal sanctuary By Richard Price - Carla Lane wants to make one thing perfectly clear: she does not have money worries. Never mind that she has just put her cherished Sussex mansion on the market for £4 million, prompting a deluge of inquiries from shadowy foreign interests; this should not, we are assured, be interpreted as an act of financial desperation… 'All this talk of being on the breadline is just foolishness,' insists the 70-year-old scriptwriting legend….She may not admit it, but a glance at her animal sanctuary's website suggests her concerns run a little deeper. In a letter to the charity's supporters, she writes: 'We now find ourselves in need of urgent help… (story)

15.11.08

Telegraph 15.11.08 Hunting gives Richard Hammond new thrill - Undeterred by the serious brain injury that he suffered in a high-speed crash two years ago, Richard Hammond has taken up another dangerous pastime. Mandrake learns that the Top Gear presenter, known as the Hamster, enjoyed riding to hounds so much for an episode of the popular BBC series that he plans to become a member of his local hunt - Richard Eden ….He joined the Ledbury Hunt, in Gloucestershire, earlier this year to chase his fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was dressed as a fox. He says he found the experience so exhilarating that he will ride to hounds regularly… (story)

14.11.08

The Sentinel 14.11.08 Hunt ball makes a successful return to Staffordshire Moorlands - THE Staffordshire Moorland Hunt's decision to move its annual ball from Buxton back to the Staffordshire Moorlands after almost a decade proved to be a great success…. (story)

IrishTimes 14.11.08 Farmers and foxhunters - The foxhunters have been active again since November 1st, and farmers throughout the country can expect the usual bad behaviour from these people, who think nothing of invading land where they're not welcome… Any farmer who has suffered trespass or hounds rioting on his lands should report the matter to Garda and insist that the law of the land be applied to this criminality. - Yours, etc, PHILIP LYNCH, Chairman, Farmers Against Foxhunting And Trespass, Mallardstown, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Farming UK 14.11.08 Free range egg producers concern as buzzard threat increases - There are reports that buzzards are becoming an increasing threat to free range flocks. Some egg producers have reported more frequent attacks on their hens… But Scottish farmer Roy Kerr says that buzzards are now a much greater threat to free range flocks than foxes… Tim Baynes, moorlands director of the Alliance, said, "It’s an increasing problem as the number of buzzards and birds of prey goes up. We won’t notice it for a couple of years and by the time it’s obvious, it’s too late."… (story)

Western Gazette 14.11.08 Dorset pig farm inquiry follows 'cruelty' pictures - Animal welfare watchdogs have confirmed they are checking out allegations of breaches of regulations at a pig farm in Piddlehinton. Investigators from the vegetarian pressure group Viva! who visited Bourne Farm on 1 November say they found examples of neglect… Justin Kerwell of Viva! said he believed the discoveries indicate systemic failings at the farm… (story)

13.11.08

Plymouth Herald 13.11.08 Hunts face harassment - IF your correspondent Mrs Sweet (letter, November 4) reads Simon Hart's article more carefully, she will see that he sets out just how hunts suffer from monitors. If such monitors were ordinary members of the public, of course they would be very welcome to watch every hunt. Unfortunately, at a recent hunt in Surrey, some 25 "monitors" turned up at a children's meet, dressed in balaclavas and carrying iron bars, and proceeded to frighten not just the children but also the horses, causing absolute mayhem and several injuries… The Hunting Act was a waste of parliamentary time and the sooner it is repealed the better for everyone – and that includes the fox. Michael Hickmott Exeter (letter)

Evesham Journal 13.11.08 Young enjoy the countryside during shoot - YOUNGSTERS learnt to love the countryside at a Young Countryside Day organised by the Countryside Alliance Foundation and held at Throckmorton Clay Shooting Club… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 13.11.08 Poaching on the rise as food prices soar in shops By Simon Carr - IT was once the scourge of the aristocracy as they battled to keep the poor from stealing their prized game… However, far from a scene from the history books, this is the reality for landowners under siege by poachers as the credit crunch continues to bite in rural Hampshire. Police have been inundated with complaints from farmers who say that they are running scared as a result of the crimewave…. (story)

Wiltshire Gazette 13.11.08 Police catch Wiltshire hare courses By Nigel Kerton - Police have tackled several illegal hare coursing gangs in the Marlborough and Pewsey areas. Officers at Marlborough, under their new commander Insp Andy Noble, have set up a new fast-track information system to let farmers know when hare coursers have moved into the area…. (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 13.11.08 Attacks on badgers - In response to your recent headlines concerning attacks on badgers in Ryedale, a few comments are necessary…. Whatever happens, it seems to me that all of us need to be ever more vigilant and ever more determined to use whatever energy and knowledge we have at our disposal to stamp out these barbaric practices once and for all. H O GRIFFITHS, Bulmer (letter)

Oxford Mail 13.11.08 Badgers sett to remain By Reg Little - Fresh controversy surrounds the fate of a badger sett blamed for leaving a section of Cumnor Hill close to collapse. Parish councillors believed the sett had been moved elsewhere and last an Oxfordshire County Council engineer told the Oxford Mail the badgers were being relocated under a licence issued by Natural England. But Oxfordshire Badger Group said the animals were not being moved out of the area after all…. Julia Hammett, of Oxfordshire Badger Group, who lives near Cumnor Hill on Hurst Rise Road, said: “People should not think these badgers have been relocated. There was not the money or time for that… (story)

Argus 13.11.08 Who could dump these kittens? - I came across this beautiful picture of three black and white kittens… Why do people treat living creatures in this cruel and heartless way when we have such first-rate rescue sanctuaries?... Luckily the three kittens are receiving excellent care at Paws Animal Sanctuary, Worthing, and are playing again, says Stacy McSpirit who runs the sanctuary…. Gloria Wheatcroft, The Drive, Hove (letter)

12.11.08

Gloucester Citizen 12.11.08 Anti-hunt campaigner calls for tightening of the laws. ANTI-HUNT campaigner Gill Purser claims the ban is being ridden over roughshod. Mrs Purser, a farmer at Clapton-on-the-Hill, near Bourton-on-the- Water, is backing a call to tighten the 2004 Hunting Act to ensure it is not violated by hunts who say foxes are killed "accidentally"…. Cotswold Hunt joint master Rosemary Vestey said hunts were doing what they were allowed to do… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 12.11.08 Let Forest folk have their say - IT is very sad to continually read that, it would seem most New Forest Conservatives wish to destroy what are left of the rural areas within the National Park. The two MPs have always been against its introduction and would bring back hunting… I think all those who live in the Park have a choice. You keep the National Park which brings status, prestige, funding and protection of this special area, or as with the Conservatives , abolish it and go back to horses, packs of dogs, loud human beings chasing little furry animals… Richard Grant, Burley (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 12.11.08 We must care for our wildlife - Many of you will have enjoyed the recent Autumnwatch on BBC, especially the views of white tailed eagles on Mull… At the same time, I receive a phone call telling me that a barn owl has been shot in the Eden Valley by a pheasant shoot.Cumbria once had a thriving population of wildlife, sadly now with many species removed by the gun to benefit a small number of people… JOHN MILES, Geltsdale (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 12.11.08 In defence of badgers - I refer to the letter from Gordon McBain (no relation) on tumbling farmland bird numbers (the Press and Journal, November 5). I love the country and wildlife very much, and to hear badgers classed as predators (vermin) is just nonsense and makes me very angry and sad….. Mike McBain, 1 Kirkland Terrace, Inverurie. (story)

OXFORD LAB OPENS
Oxford Mail 12.11.08 Glimpse inside animal lab By Chris Walker - These are the first glimpses inside the University of Oxford’s controversial £20m animal research facility, which opened in secret a week ago. The university said on Tuesday that it had opened the building a few days earlier, after a delay of two years caused by what it labelled “an unlawful campaign of intimidation” by animal rights activists… (story)
Independent 12.11.08 Exclusion zone sought for Oxford's animal lab By Steve Connor, Science Editor - The University of Oxford is seeking a permanent exclusion zone around its animal research laboratory, which opened yesterday. A temporary injunction already in place restricts people from demonstrating within a certain radius of its Biomedical Sciences Building but the university wants to make this permanent at a court hearing scheduled for next year… (story)
BBC News Online 12.11.08 Lab protesters vow to 'fight on' - Animal rights campaigners have said they will continue to protest against an animal research centre in Oxford…. Amanda Richards from the campaign group Speak said it should not have been opened… (story)
Mirror 12.11.08 Animal test centre open - A controversial animal testing laboratory has opened at Oxford University… (story)
Guardian 11.11.08 Oxford University opens controversial animal research laboratory - Ian Sample - A controversial animal research laboratory that became the focus of a campaign of terror by animal rights activists was officially opened today at Oxford University. Staff moved the first groups of mice into the £18m Biomedical Sciences Building last week and will transfer the other animals over the next few months. The centre is expected to be fully operational by the middle of next year… (story)
BBC News Online 11.11.08 Controversy, police and protests - It took five years to build and saw staff, contractors and shareholders fall victim to intimidation and harassment by animal rights extremists. But as Oxford University opens its new biomedical sciences building, the BBC's Nikki Mitchell looks back at the police operation surrounding it… Amanda Richards, a member of the Speak campaign, said: "We think it is quite disgusting that the government is using tax payers' money to fund this laboratory up to a hundred million pounds, and the police to police it, when local hospitals have been in debt and have had to make severe cut backs."… (story)
BBC News Online 11.11.08 Inside the Oxford animal lab By Fergus Walsh - Oxford University says the first animals have been moved into a new biomedical sciences centre in the city…. (story)
Oxford Mail 11.11.08 Animal lab open By Andy Tate - The controversial new animal research facility in Oxford has opened in secret with hundreds of mice moved to the completed building last week, it was revealed today. The University of Oxford said the process of rehousing thousands of animals - including monkeys, mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, fish, frogs and ferrets - into its new Biomedical Sciences Building would take until the middle of next year… (story)
Reuters 11.11.08 Oxford Uni's controversial new lab takes in mice - Oxford University's controversial new research laboratory, the target of a fierce campaign by animal rights activists, has taken in its first mice for testing, it announced on Tuesday…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 12.11.08 What about humans? - Regarding S Wise’s letter of November 7, I am no expert in biodiversity but the day a group of rabbits does more damage to the eco system than a group of humans would be a day to remember…. Basically, cruel treatment of any sentient being is never a good thing and, to me, a sign of a sick society. Kierston Hunt, Oakfield Grove, Bradford (letter)

11.11.08

HUNTS URGED TO PUSH FOR REPEAL OF BAN
thisissomerset 11.11.08 MP: 'Hunters not united' - ANTI-HUNT MP Dan Norris has claimed disunity among pro-hunt supporters as calls for the repeal of the hunting ban dwindle. The Labour MP, who represents North East Somerset, was responding to comments by Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart… (story)
Western Morning News 29.10.08 Hunts face continued scutiny - HUNT supporters are being encouraged to continue to push for a repeal of the ban on hunting. The call comes after revelations that the South West suffers the most attention from anti-hunt monitors… In his article Mr Hart cited the experiences of Charlie Watts, from the Cattistock, in Dorset, who is monitored by anti-hunt activists every week… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 28.10.08 Hunts in the West a constant target - Hunt leaders are continuing their fight against tne banning of the blood sport after a report revealed groups in the West suffer the most attention from anti-hunt monitors. In a call for unity from Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart, the pro-hunt leader admitted supporters in the north and the east of England were questioning the need for a repeal of the controversial hunt ban – because few of them ever saw an anti-hunt monitor. But, in a candid assessment of the situation, Mr Hart said hunts across the West were "suffering" from being constantly monitored and their colleagues in the north should remember that… Mr Hart cited the experiences of two West huntsmen, Julian Barnfield from the Cotswold-based Heythrop Hunt, who is currently facing two separate court cases over illegal hunting, and Charlie Watts, from the Cattistock, in Dorset, who is monitored by anti-hunt activists every week…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 28.10.08 HAVE YOUR SAY: Hunting - The Countryside Alliance claims hunts across the West are facing increasing scrutiny from anti-hunt monitors. Pro-hunt leader Simon Hart, chief executive of the Alliance, called for unity among hunters in the West after hunt supporters in the north and the east of England were questioning the need for a repeal of the controversial hunt ban – because few of them ever saw an anti-hunt monitor…. (story)
Western Daily Press 28.10.08 Call of unity against repeal of hunt ban in West - Call of unity against repeal of hunt ban in West… In a call for unity from Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart, the pro-hunt leader, admitted supporters in the north and the east of England were questioning the need for a repeal of the controversial hunt ban…. Mr Hart cited the experiences of two West huntsmen, Julian Barnfield from the Cotswold-based Heythrop Hunt, who is currently facing two separate court cases over illegal hunting, and Charlie Watts, from the Cattistock, in Dorset, who is monitored by anti-hunt activists every week…. (story)

Horse & Hound 11.11.08 Man airlifted to hospital after fall from horse out with the Beaufort - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A man was airlifted to hospital from the Duke of Beaufort's hunt's opening meet when he fell from his horse onto the handle of his hunting whip… (story)

Western Morning News 11.11.08 Enough on hunting - I HAVE just seen Simon Hart's article on hunting (November 1) and it prompts me, a loyal reader for 30 years, to respectfully request that you don't reopen the hunting debate in your pages…. Justin Robbins, Yealmpton (letter)

Daily Post 12.11.08 We'll live with gagging order - badger groups By Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor - ASSEMBLY Government officials have again rejected accusations of secrecy by opponents of planned badger cull trials in Wales. On Monday Badger Trust representatives were invited to Cardiff to discuss their differences… (story)
Western Mail 11.11.08 Badger Trust calls for official observer status by Steve Dube, Western Mail - REPRESENTATIVES from the Badger Trust in Wales met Welsh Assembly Government officials yesterday to demand official observer status on two groups involved in the anti-bovine TB strategy, which includes a trial cull of badgers. Steve Clark, spokesman for the eight badger support groups in Wales, accused Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones of excluding what he called “the primary stake-holder” for badger conservation… (story)
Western Mail 11.11.08 Badger group accused of ignorance and arrogance over bTB claim by Steve Dube, Western Mail - A FARMER has accused the Badger Trust of “ignorance and arrogance” after the trust claimed 152,000 cattle in Wales were overdue for bovine TB tests. In the latest round of the long-running spat over the bTB epidemic, Brian Walters, Carmarthenshire organic dairy farmer and Farmers’ Union of Wales TB spokesman, said the number of overdue cattle tests was irrelevant compared with the hundreds of thousands of TB infected badgers that are never tested at all…. (story)

VIVA! LEATHER LETTER
Exeter 11.11.08 Leather not really a natural material - Fiona Galbraith, Viva! Bristol (story)
Bristol Evening Post 10.11.08 Campaign against the use of leather - Fiona Galbraith, Viva! campaigner, Bristol (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 10.11.08 Learn about leather - – Leather is often described as a ‘natural’ material because it is made using animal skin. However, people often don’t realise numerous toxic chemicals are added to the leather during production to ensure it will not decompose…. Another excuse used to justify the use of leather is it is a by-product of the meat industry. The UK leather industry is worth billions of pounds each year…. Viva! has recently launched a campaign against the use of leather…. Fiona Galbraith, campaigner, Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)

ANIMAL AID VEGAN MONTH + LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 11.11.08 Use Vegan Month to change your diet - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Halesowen News 8.11.08 Going without meat is murder - With cows burping up CO2 and the cost of meat rising by the minute, maybe November is the ideal time to try veganism in time for National Vegan Month. Our cheeseburger-loving writer gets inspired by Natalie Portman and Joaquin Phoenix and gives the vegan lifestyle a go. By Kate Hodal …"There are three main reasons for going vegan," says Kelly Slade of Animal Aid, a charity in support of Vegan Month, after I ask her why I'm eating an untasty vegan breakfast of beans on egg-free bread. "Going vegan is better for the animals, your health and the environment," she says…. Wendy Valentine, who started Hillside Animal Sanctuary in 1995, has been behind many such investigations - her farm is now home to nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals… (story)
Cumberland News 8.11.08 A month without meat and dairy? - National charity Animal Aid has declared November ‘vegan month’ and is urging people to go meat and dairy –free… The vegan diet is 100 per cent plant-based and award-winning vegetarian Cumbrian B&B owner Anita de la Riviere reckons it is the healthiest way to eat… (story)
Wales on Sunday 2.11.08 KELLY SLADE Vegan Month Co-ordinator (letter)
Hamilton Advertiser 30.10.08 Food for thought - Kelly Slade, Vegan Month co-ordinator. (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 30.10.08 Making a meal of the debate - IN REPLY to Kelly Slade’s comments about veganism and the harmful effects of meat, traditional hunter-gatherer tribes, such as the Masai, still thrive by eating animals. They do not suffer from cancer, heart disease, asthma, eczema, allergies or diabetes and none of them are clinically obese either, so they must be doing something right. It is also nonsense to suggest that vegans are less prone to heart disease, diabetes and some cancers than meat eaters…. If it helps ease your conscience by not eating animals then fair enough, but you’re definitely not gaining any health benefits. M CHESHIRE, Newsham Road, Blyth (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 30.10.08 Take the healthy option and go green by becoming vegan - Kelly Slade, Vegan Month Co-ordinator, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AWM(letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 28.10.08 Diet free of all animal products - NOVEMBER is Vegan Month – the perfect opportunity to adopt a diet free from all animal products. In one simple step, you can help end animal suffering and boost your health. Going vegan is good for the planet, as animal farming is responsible for 18 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions… KELLY SLADE, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

10.11.08

Northern Echo 10.11.08 Hunting Act - REMEMBER, remember, the fear of November. The new hunting season has begun and I am urging people to call on their MP and the Government to remember all of the cruel and barbaric practices that the Hunting Act was meant to outlaw and show a renewed commitment to the hunting ban by addressing the failings in the legislation… Name supplied, County Durham (letter)

Western Morning News 10.11.08 EXCLUSIVE: Pets face risk from bovineTB - FAMILY pets could be at increasing risk from contracting TB as the disease spreads through wildlife and cattle herds. Now Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has been urged to do more to collect data on the number of cats, dogs and other household animals struck down with tuberculosis. Figures show that last year, 15 cats were infected – including eight across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset – compared to just two recorded cases in 1998…. (story)

Irish Independent 10.11.08 Don't forget the other beagles - Regarding Anita Guidera's article (Irish Independent, November 1) on the killing of a beagle by an Irishman, is the Irish public not aware of how many beagles are killed annually in laboratories across Europe in the name of vivisection?... LEONA TRUCK, SANTRY, DUBLIN 9 (letter)

7.11.08

Exeter Express & Echo 7.11.08 Hunt monitor code is timely advice - THE new hunting season started on November 1… The League Against Cruel Sports, and other animal welfare organisations, must welcome the new interest in trail-hunting instead of the needless cruelty involved in killing deer, foxes and hare for sport. But I find it difficult to understand why the Countryside Alliance continues to campaign for repeal of the Hunting Act 2004 when the ban is proving to be so successful…. My wife says I am too old, at the age of 79, to undertake a course in unarmed combat and to join St John's Ambulance, but I do hope there are younger readers of the Echo who may be interested in becoming hunt monitors…. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 7.11.08 First hunt attracts fresh blood, despite ban By Elizabeth Broughton - HUNT supporters are determined to keep the traditional countryside pursuit alive in Cumbria despite the challenges they now face. And the opening meeting of the season for Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds showed it can still attract newcomers. More than 100 people took part last Saturday, following a trail from Welton village green up to Denton Side…. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 3.11.08 Hunt supporters: It’s far from a trivial pursuit By Elizabeth Broughton - Hunt supporters say they remain determined to keep the traditional countryside pursuit alive in Cumbria. They continued to defy the obstacles of the fox hunting ban when more than 100 people took part in Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds’ first meeting of the season on Saturday…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 7.11.08 Why do we allow slaughter of rooks? - SO rook is one of the delicacies on the Otterton Mill's Game Week menu… I hope the diners realise it takes the parent birds two weeks to restore or build the nest and up to 26 days sitting on the eggs… Then, just as they take their first flutter, they are shot by so-called sportsmen so they can end up on menus…. E F Davis, Doddiscombsleigh (story)

Ely Standard 7.11.08 Three Men and Youth Admit Illegal Hare Coursing - THREE men and a youth found in a muddy 4x4 vehicle with a number of lurcher dogs have admitted illegal hare coursing… Danny King, 22, of Dartford, Kent; George King, 25, of Bexleyheath, Kent; and Charles Lee, 25, of Caterham, Surrey; were all fined £150 and ordered to pay £25 costs and a £15 surcharge. Danny King and Lee were also banned from driving for 28 days. The 14-year-old youth was fined £30 with £5 costs and a £15 surcharge (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 7.11.08 Newspaper should not promote the greyhound track - I am writing to you in response to an article in your newspaper Amazing ET Greyhounds offer extended (ET, October 31), which could only be described as a free advertisement for the Peterborough greyhound racetrack. I am surprised that the paper would want to associate itself with a sport which is under continued scrutiny following the report by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare… Christina Bengston, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Newcastle Journal 7.11.08 Men bragged about attacks on badgers by Brian Daniel, The Journal - TWO men caught allowing dogs to attack badgers had filmed previous exploits and bragged in text messages and to police, a court heard yesterday. Christopher Hindmarsh, 28, of Alwinton Square, and Justin Lang, 24, of Norham Road, both Ashington, Northumberland, admitted a series of offences against badgers at Alnwick magistrates court…. (story)
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 7.11.08 Men bragged about dog attack on badgers by Vince Gledhill, Evening Chronicle - BADGER attackers Christopher Hindmarsh and Justin Lang boasted about their exploits to police. They also filmed one attack on a badger and bragged in text messages about how they had captured and killed the animals, a court was told. Hindmarsh, 28, of Alwinton Square, and Lang, 24, of Norham Road, both Ashington, admitted charges linked to badger-baiting when they appeared before magistrates at Alnwick… (story)

Bexhill Observer 7.11.08 Remember animals - WHEN we remember the tragic human death toll this Remembrance Sunday it is timely also to realise how many defenceless animals have had their lives taken from them in so many conflicts. Not only in war, but also in chemical weapon testing and biological research… I shall be wearing a purple poppy (from Animal Aid, Tonbridge) alongside my red poppy in memory of everyone and everything cruelly destroyed. Bernice Carter, Address supplied (letter)

Financial Times 7.11.08 The Peta principal By Suzanne Glass - The coffin lay open in the middle of Times Square. Inside, naked and very much alive, Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)…. Over the years, Newkirk has perfected strategies that “scream bloody murder”, but which often teeter between ethically acceptable protests and offensive stunts… Newkirk’s commitment to animals began during a solitary childhood in the Orkney Islands. At the age of seven, she moved with her parents to India, where her mother worked in a leper colony….. Both Newkirk and Singer also struggle over testing of medical treatments for humans on animals….(story)

Coventry Telegraph 7.11.08 Give turkeys a break this year - THE tragic turkey trade applies particularly at Christmas. Approximately 17 million turkeys are killed annually in the UK - about a third of them are killed at Christmas and most will have been reared on factory farms…. Animal Aid says that rough and violent treatment of the turkeys by catchers is widespread, leading to dislocated or broken legs and wings… Please give turkeys a miss and enjoy a veggie feast instead… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

6.11.08

Gloucester Citizen 6.11.08 Supporters give a rousing Tally-ho to hunting season - Support for hunting is stronger than ever as the new season begins, claim Gloucestershire enthusiasts…. Cotswold Hunt joint master Rosemary Vestey said: "Support now is strong, if not stronger, than ever… Robert Warner, of the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, which covers a wide swathe of land across Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury, said support had not diminished… Wildlife rescuer Paul Richardson, from Oak and Furrows centre, in Somerford Keynes, condemned hunters in general for being propagandists… (story)

Telegraph 6.11.08 Hunting's bitter defeat - The post-ban hunting world is not booming, as claimed by William Little… Some hunts may be weaving in and out of the boundaries of the law but, by hunting an artificial scent one minute and a fox or hare the next, they are degrading the proper instincts of hounds. This might make them unstable and prone to attack sheep, for example… The ban must be lifted. But reports that there has been a meek acceptance that hunting a live deer, fox or hare is wrong will only embolden hunting's opponents… James R.J. Lewis, Wembley, Middlesex (letter)

Reading Chronicle 6.11.08 Pride of Reading Awards ceremony By Linda Fort and Laura Herbert - Bravery, generosity and selfless devotion were rewarded yesterday when the people who are the Pride of Reading received their awards… The Pride of Reading awards ceremony was hosted for the fifth year by Reading’s most famous son Chris Tarrant…. This year’s awards had a special meaning for Mr Tarrant as his old friend, angler Les Webber, received a Lifetime Achievement award. Mr Webber, 70, from Tilehurst, has helped more than 41,000 children to learn to fish and has been awarded a Countryside Alliance award and an MBE for services to angling and young people…. (story)

Scotsman 6.11.08 Police target poachers and hare coursing By Jenny Haworth - EFFORTS to tackle poaching and hare coursing are to be stepped up with a campaign calling on people to report such crimes…. The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, supported by the police and Scottish Government, yesterday launched a campaign urging people to report suspicious activities… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 6.11.08 New initiative launched to cut down on wildlife crime By Tim Pauling - People living in rural areas are being urged to be on the alert as part of a new initiative against poaching and hare coursing which was launched yesterday… It is being led by the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, and backed by the wildlife unit, the British Association of Shooting and Conservation Scotland and Tayside Police… (story)

Northwich Guardian 6.11.08 Why did you shut post offices? By James Wilson - ROYAL Mail’s recent surge in profits has been questioned after several post offices in rural mid Cheshire were forced to close their offices as part of company cutbacks. .. Rachel Evans, spokesperson for Cheshire branch of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Over the last year Post Office consultations have seen half a dozen branches axed across Cheshire, abandoning many isolated and elderly people in rural areas to their fate due to, amongst other things, a lack of ‘economic viability’… (story)

Daily Post 6.11.08 Charity slammed as ‘arrogant’ over TB by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - A BADGER charity has been accused of “arrogance and ignorance” after claiming that 20,000 Welsh cattle are more than a year overdue for bovine TB testing. The Badger Trust claimed it is a “national disgrace” that thousands of potentially infected cattle are “evading” their TB test every month… But a fuming Farmers’ Union of Wales hit back, accusing the charity of misleading the public… (story)

ANIMAL AID ACOMPLIA LETTER
Buckinghamshire 6.11.08 Animal tests proved pointless by slim pill - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 31.10.08 Animal tests are senseless - KATE FOWLER-REEVES Animal Aid (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.10.08 Pill shows animal testing is pointless - JUST four years ago, Acomplia was hailed in the national press as a wonder sliming pill. Now it has been withdrawn by the authorities because of a high risk of serious psychiatric disorders leading, in some cases, to suicide. This catastrophe, once again, underlines the pointlessness of animal tests during drug development… Animal Aid has just published a major critique of the drug industry, which includes an exposé of the use of animals and the industry's practice during the trialling and marketing of drugs… Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)

New Statesman 6.11.08 Animal Rights - Wendy Higgins - The European Commission has created a proposal to revise the laws on the rights of animals used in scientific experiments… Without a doubt the law is in desperate need of an update. Over twelve million animals are exposed to suffering in European labs each year, and yet the legislation that regulates their use is outdated and inadequate… (story)

BOGUS ANIMAL RIGHTS STREET COLLECTOR JAILED FOR FRAUD
Sunday Mercury 6.11.08 'Animal rights campaigner' form Stoke-On-Trent jailed AN unemployed animal rights activist who was arrested in Stoke-on-Trent for using thousands of pounds from street collections to fund his pop band and pay his living expenses has been jailed for 15 months. Lee Devenport, who duped the public out of more than £8,000 while campaigning against the use of bearskin hats by the Guards, was convicted of fraud and money laundering following a seven-day trial in September…. (story)
The Sentinel 5.11.08 'Animal rights lobbyist' cheated supporters - AN ANTI-FUR campaigner who conned shoppers out of £8,000 to fund his rock band has been jailed for 15 months. Lee Devenport, from Watling Street, Bury, was arrested in Hanley on July 10, 2007 after setting up a stall outside the Potteries Shopping Centre without a permit…. (story)
Bury Times 5.11.08 Bogus charity collector jailed - A BOGUS animal rights campaigner, who pocketed thousands of pounds from street collections to fund his rock band, has been jailed. Lee Devenport, from Watling Street, Bury, was arrested in Stoke-on-Trent, on July 10 last year after setting up a stall without a council permit… (story)
Wigan Evening Post/Reporter/Observer 5.11.08 'Animal rights campaigner' jailed for fraud - An unemployed animal rights activist from Bury who used thousands of pounds from street collections to fund his pop band and pay his living expenses has been jailed for 15 months. Lee Devenport, who duped the public out of more than £8,000 while campaigning against the use of bearskin hats by the Guards, was convicted of fraud and money laundering following a seven-day trial in September…. (story)
The Sentinel 4.11.08 Street collector jailed over animal rights fraud - AN ANIMAL rights campaigner who pocketed thousands of pounds from street collections was jailed today at Stafford Crown Court. Lee Devenport was arrested in Hanley on July 10 last year after setting up a stall without a council permit. He was campaigning against the use of bearskin hats by the Queen's Guards and falsely claimed to be working with legitimate animal rights organisations…Devenport, unemployed and on incapacity benefit, put the money in a bank account which he used to promote his music band Alternative Influence. It also funded his living and personal expenses, including a satellite TV subscription, and paid musicians in the band… Chief Inspector David Bird, who led the inquiry, said Staffordshire Police was working closely with Uncaged, a leading animal rights campaign organisation, to draw up a national code of conduct for street collectors… (story)

5.11.08

Telegraph 5.11.08 Has hunting ban renewed interest in a threatened way of life? - Three years after hunting was banned Louise Gray went out with the Puckeridge Hunt on the first day of the open season to see the sport thriving despite the new laws… (story)

Scotsman 5.11.08 Job fears as RBS set to make first ever loss … Stephen Hester, who takes over from Sir Fred Goodwin in a few weeks' time, fuelled job fears when he announced a major shake-up of the group… Mr Hester also hit back at a tabloid newspaper attack earlier this week, after he was photographed joining the Warwickshire Fox Hunt on the weekend – which was later reportedly followed by a ball for a number of the participants in the hunt at his home in Banbury, Oxfordshire….(story)
Daily Record 3.11.08 Exclusive: New head of Royal Bank of Scotland goes foxhunting and hosts posh ball By Donna Watson - THE MAN brought in as head of the ailing Royal Bank of Scotland hosted a foxhunt ball on his £7million estate at the weekend. Stephen Hester spent Saturday at the posh Warwickshire Hunt, then entertained the toffs with a lavish ball at his mansion, set in 350 acres of land. But with the jobs of 16,000 RBS workers under threat, taxpayers will be shocked to see the pampered lifestyle of the man charged with rescuing one of Scotland's oldest banking institutions…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 5.11.08 Time to respect majority opinion - IF the hunts are finding it difficult to make ends meet and losing income from subscribers unable to keep up membership, why do they persist in training hounds for an activity that is illegal and socially unacceptable?... Foxhounds do not hunt foxes if not taught to do so, and do not have to hunt to kill to enjoy a happy life. In the view of dog experts they can adapt well to domestic life with experienced owners and even take to collars and leads… Katherine Watson, Rushton Drive, Bramhall, Stockport (letter)

Argus 5.11.08 Cheeky mink on board at Brighton Marina By Emily-Ann Elliott - A mischievous mink is on the loose in Brighton Marina – and is causing havoc by chewing holes in luxury powerboats. Boat owner Elliott Maurice had a sinking feeling after discovering the cheeky creature had chewed a hole in his £100,000 boat… (story)

Scotsman 5.11.08 Shun salmon to save seals You state that "during the breeding season, seals can only be shot under a special licence from the Scottish Government" (your report, 1 November). Regretfully, this is incorrect…. Until a future Scottish government gives seals legal protection, it is up to the public to take action. The best way to do that is not to buy any Scottish salmon, even that endorsed by the RSPCA, as to do so is to pay for bullets to kill seals…. JOHN F ROBINS, Animal Concern, PO Box 5178, Dumbarton (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 5.11.08 Moving circus animals between performance venues unnatural - GIVE the animals their dignity. Animal circuses are as outdated as the Penny Farthing… LEN FOSTER St Andrew's St, Lincoln
If people want to see animals they should go to the many (and much improved) modern day animal parks… The continual stress of moving animals between venues is cruel. DAVE WALSH, Lincoln. (letters)

Western Daily Press 5.11.08 Cruel way to produce eggs - Battery egg production is a disgraceful way to farm chickens. It involves incarcerating birds in tiny cages, not allowing them to spread their wings or to lead a natural life… Be aware, the battery egg producers and retailers are taking advantage of the public, and inflicting extreme suffering on the chickens they're supposed to be caring for. It's sad, unethical and wrong. C Davies Somerset (letter)

Worcester News 5.11.08 Nothing glamorous about wearing fur - I read Helen Bridge’s letter (October 24) with interest. Only two fur items represent the pain and misery of many animals who most certainly died in agony…. PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 5.11.08 Well done to those women protesting - I was very surprised to read that Helen Bridge thought that the women protesters outside Second Hand Rose were a nuisance. I am on holiday in Worcester and saw these women. I went over to congratulate them for giving up their time for the animals… GERALDINE ENGEL, Aberystwyth (letter)
Worcester News 24.10.08 Independent shops are good for city - – Last month we enjoyed a family meal at the Glasshouse but our view was spoilt by some women outside protesting against foie gras – and there was none on the menu! Last weekend these women were protesting against fur outside Second Hand Rose in the Hopmarket – despite the fact that, out of several hundred items, there were only two fur items, which were both more than 40 years old…. HELEN BRIDGE, Droitwich (letter)

4.11.08

SIMON HART, COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE ON POST OFFICES
Western Mail 4.11.08 Royal Mail profit an insult to the countryside’s people by Simon Hart, Western Mail - THE news that Royal Mail doubled its interim operating profit to £177m (from £86m last time) has come as the final insult to many rural communities….. (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 3.11.08 Post office is for people not to boost mail profits - Simon Hart, Chief Executive Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)
Yorkshire Post 31.10.08 Simon Hart: Priceless value of post offices to communities - THE news, in late October, that Royal Mail doubled its interim operating profit to £177m (from £86m last time) has come as the final insult to many rural communities…. At no point was the social worth of the network taken into consideration. Of course, it is hard to marry up a loss-making business with a valuable social resource, but no lifeline was given, leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of many rural communities… (story)
Western Mail 31.10.08 Royal Mail hypocrisy - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Staffordshire Newsletter 31.10.08 Mail profits boost will anger readers From Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Wiltshire Times 31.10.08 PO anger - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London (letter)
The Shields Gazette 28.10.08 Don't close the post offices - Simon Hart, Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London. (letter)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 29.10.08 - Simon Hart, chief executive, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Daily Post 27.10.08 People before profits by John Williams, Daily Post - Simon Hart, Chief Executive Countryside Alliance (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 27.10.08 Letter from Simon Hart - NEWS that the Royal Mail has doubled its profits over the last six months while over 1,5000 post offices are to be shut down, will incense your readers… Royal Mail should perhaps consider the post offices are about people, not profits. SIMON HART Chief Executive Countryside Alliance London (letter)

Daelnet 4.11.08 Third enquiry on badger cull - A third enquiry is to be held in an attempt to establish controls against the spread of TB from badgers to cattle – and vice versa – but this time, the European Union is to be involved. There is widespread disagreement whether the culling of badgers could can actually control the spread of the disease – two previous investigation by the environment department Defra came up with opposite conclusions – but now that the EU is involved, it seems likely that some control measures will be introduced eventually… (story)

3.11.08

York Press 3.11.08 Fox hunting season begins for York and Ainsty South By Jennifer Bell - HOUNDS and horses were out in force to mark the first meeting of the fox hunting season… One of the day’s hunts was the York and Ainsty South Hunt. More than 130 people attended – despite the Hunting Act 2004 preventing hunting with hounds, which many thought might spell the end of the tradition… The York and Ainsty South hunt will be meeting every Tuesday and Saturday until the middle of March. Other hunts included the Middleton Hunt, which met near Malton (story)

Western Morning News 3.11.08 'Perfect' meet for historic hunt - FEARS that the hunting ban would deal the sport a long, slow death were firmly routed at the weekend when bumper numbers of horses and followers turned up for the opening meet of the new season. At historic Four Burrow Hunt, which was founded in 1780 and covers North West Cornwall, the glorious autumn weather tempted more than 80 riders to join the fray… (story)

Western Daily Press 3.11.08 Hunters think they are above the law - I read your front page article, "Hunters Told To Keep On Fighting," (Western Daily Press, October 28) with interest – blood sports people just do not seem to understand right from wrong…. I have watched the Cattistock for years, and it is a bit rich for the Cattistock huntsman to complain that the hunt is being monitored, when Cattistock hounds are entered into thick gorse coverts and small woods, too dense to lay a trail, and where the hunt traditionally found, chased and killed foxes before the ban…. Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset (letter)

Independent 3.11.08 Supermarkets push sales of game By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Supermarkets hope to persuade shoppers to try game. Sales of venison, rabbit, pheasant and other game meats have jumped 75 per cent from £37m in 2003 to £64m in 2007 and will jump more than 50 per cent in the next five years, according to Mintel…. The campaign Game to Eat, funded by the Countryside Alliance, says that game is popular because it is abundant, sustainable and low in fat and cholesterol… (story)

Ledbury Reporter 3.11.08 Protesters gather at animal lab - PROTESTERS gathered outside Sequani animal testing laboratory on Friday… West Mercia police spokesperson, Rachel Anstee, said: “There was a low-level peaceful protest on Friday. About 12 people turned up… (story)

Daily Post 3.11.08 Call for new animal tests law - A WELSH MEP has called on the European Parliament to update a law on animal testing to stop them suffering unnecessarily. Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans believes many experiments are being duplicated, leading to animal suffering that could be avoided… (story)

Worcester News 3.11.08 My votes passed - I have voted to stop the 97 million euro subsidy to bullfighting and the 305 million subsidy to grow EU tobacco… MIKE NATTRASS MEP, UKIP West Midlands (letter)

ANIMAL AID FIREWORK LETTER
Southern Daily Echo 3.11.08 Spare a thought for animals on Bonfire Night - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Animal Aid. (letter)
Wales on Sunday 2.11.08 KATE FOWLER-REEVES Animal Aid (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 30.10.08 KATE FOWLER-REEVES Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 29.10.08 Fireworks not for the public - AS Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night approach, please spare a thought for the animals and birds who are terrified by the deafening crashes… Animal Aid believes - for the sake of all animals - fireworks should be sold only to organisers of public events and not to individuals wishing to set them off in their gardens or in the street….. KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW (letter)

2.11.08

Western Daily Press 2.11.08 Calls for tougher law against fox hunting as new season gets under way in West - Opponents of hunting are calling for urgent amendments to the Hunting Act which they say still allows foxes to be "terrorised and killed"…. Yesterday, campaign group Powa – Protect Our Wild Animals – urged MPs and the Government "to remember all of the cruel and barbaric practices that the Hunting Act was meant to outlaw"… Penny Little, spokeswoman for Powa said: "It was an historic achievement when the Hunting Act reached the statute books…. Helen Weeks, a hunt monitor from Somerset, said: "Anyone who comes out with us will see that the only thing standing between the hunted animal and the hounds are the monitors and their camcorders…. Veteran hunt monitor Kevin Hill said: "Most hunts I monitor go out with the intention of hunting…. (story)

Observer 2.11.08 Autumn's hues and cries - Caroline Davies - An estimated 40,000 people took part in hunts across the UK yesterday on the opening day of the hunting season, writes Caroline Davies. The Countryside Alliance said that more than 250 hunts took place as members signalled their intention to continue to press for the ban on hunting with dogs to be repealed…. (story)

Independent on Sunday 2.11.08 Non-hunting season opens with a nudge and wink - They don't kill foxes any more, do they? Well, not while anyone's looking, anyway. It's just a good healthy ride in the country. Tally ho! By Cole Moreton - Horses crowded the car park of the village pub, hounds dodging round their hooves. Riders drank whisky mac in the saddle while anti-hunt campaigners watched from the edge of the crowd. So far, so traditional. But as the Southdown and Eridge Hunt held its first meeting of the year yesterday, along with more than 300 others across the country, nothing was really as it seemed… (story)

Sunday Times 2.11.08 Knacker’s yard disposes of unwanted greyhounds for £20 - Matt Waller of Holts in Hertsfordshire said killing the dogs - supposed to be put down only by a vet - was routine - Daniel Foggo - A KNACKER’S yard that supplies meat to the greyhound racing industry also has a sideline in slaughtering dogs that are no longer fast enough to race. An investigation has found that Holts, a company in Hert-fordshire that has been slaughtering animals for 100 years, charges £20 each to put down unwanted greyhounds with a bolt gun and dispose of them…. (story)

Observer 2.11.08 Ban on primate experiments would be devastating, scientists warn - Robin McKie reports - Scientists, politicians and animal rights campaigners will confront each other this week in a battle that will ultimately determine the future use of primates in medical research in Britain and the rest of the European Union. The public meeting - to be held in Brussels on Thursday - will mark the opening round of a campaign that could result in the EU banning experiments on macaques, marmosets and other monkeys in all member states…. (story)

Wandsworth Guardian 2.11.08 Animal rights proposal to ban circus animals from Wandsworth By Eleanor Harding - Animals performing in circuses may be banned in Wandsworth if a new council proposal is approved. Residents have four weeks to take part in a consultation on whether to allow zebras, elephants, snakes and other non-domestic animals to perform. Animal rights groups welcomed the move while a circus industry body said a blanket ban was outrageous…(story)

1.11.08

Western Mail 1.11.08 Protesters target hunts by Darren Devine, Western Mail - HUNTSMEN will gather all over Wales today as the season begins amidst warnings from animal rights activists that they will be closely monitored for breaches of laws banning the use of dogs…. Tory leader David Cameron openly supports hunting and pledges to end the ban on using dogs if elected. He has ridden with the Heythrop Hunt, in England and has friends who work for it. Mr Cameron has also shot deer in Scotland and ridden with the Old Berks Hunt, run by his wife’s stepfather Lord Astor…. Master of the Carmarthenshire Hunt, Mike Watts, said his 30-strong group would meet today at the Bluebell pub, in Cynwyl Elfed, for a trail hunt…. (story)

BBC News Online 1.11.08 Hunt backers vow to overturn ban - The Countryside Alliance says it will continue to press for the ban on hunting with dogs to be repealed. Spokesman Tim Bonner said the law "fails at every possible level" and things were looking "very positive" for those who wanted to see it overturned.About 50,000 people are expected to take part in 300 hunts across the UK later on the opening day of the season… (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.08 Business as usual for hunts - IT WILL be business as usual for many Westcountry hunts, as the official start to the season gets under way today. Three years after the introduction of the controversial Hunting Act which prohibits the use of hunting with dogs, the League Against Cruel Sports (LAGS) has revealed that there will be more hunt monitors than ever patrolling the region, filming any breach of the ban. Michael Moore is joint master and secretary of the East Devon Hunt which will hold a meet at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, at 11am today… A spokeswoman for Cornwall's Western Hunt, which is holding its first meet at St Just on Monday, said despite problems with anti-hunt campaigners a few years ago, they did not expect any trouble this year… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 1.11.08 Hunting season sets off today - HUNTS across the county called Tally Ho on the first day of the new hunting season. And attendances were as strong as ever. More than 200 riders took part in the Beaufort Hunt's opening meeting starting from Worcester Lodge on the Badminton estate… Secretary of the Berkeley Hunt, Tom Whittaker said the freezing weather had not deterred his members…. (story)

Horse & Hound 1.11.08 Lucky escape for Four Shires rider after fall from bridge - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A rider fell from a high stone bridge into a river after her horse died from a suspected heart attack while out hound exercising with the Four Shires Bloodhounds. The unnamed woman fell from the bridge on Sunday, 19 October close to Chatsworth House, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, where the hunt was meeting courtesy of their president the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire…. (story)

Northern Echo 1.11.08 Animal activist’s vehicle is vandalised - AN animal rights activist believes his car has been damaged by people he has crossed during his 17-year campaign. John Gill, from Castleside, Consett, County Durham, waged war against the use of snares when his dog died after getting caught by one. He travels around the North-East cutting snares to stop them injuring deer, badgers, foxes as well as family pets. But yesterday morning he woke to find his Vauxhall Corsa with three of its tyres slashed and all the windows smashed… Mr Gill, 60, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that this has been done by someone to stop me cutting the snares…. Inspector Dave Turner, of Consett Police, said: “At the moment, there is nothing to suggest this is the result of activity Mr Gill is involved in…. (story)