November 2010

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Portsmouth News 30.11.10 Animal lab 'guilty of breaching its licence' - AN ANIMAL testing laboratory breached its licence on several occasions, according to the Home Office. An investigation was launched into Wickham Labs after complaints of animal cruelty by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) group. An undercover investigation alleged that mice routinely died in cruel poisoning tests rather than being 'humanely' killed by staff... (story)
Petersfield Post 30.11.10 Laboratory 'may have allowed animals to suffer' - A Hampshire laboratory infiltrated by animal welfare campaigners may have allowed animals in its care to suffer unnecessarily, according to a Home Office report. Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire was found guilty of "a number of potential breaches" of its licence conditions. The issue came to light after the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) placed an undercover worker in the laboratory for eight months. Her secretly filmed footage was said to have documented "appalling suffering inflicted on thousands of animals"... (story)
Southern Daily Echo 3.11.09 Animal tests probed after cruelty claim - THE Government is investigating claims that animals at a Hampshire laboratory are suffering cruel deaths. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) said its footage showed staff at Wickham Laboratories, in Wickham, accidentally breaking the back of mice when trying to kill them with ballpoint pens…. (story)
Times 31.10.09 Staff maim lab mice with ballpoints - Marie Woolf - Thousands of animals being used to test a wrinkle-erasing rival to Botox are facing cruel and agonising experiments at a Home Office-approved laboratory, an undercover investigation has found. Secret footage of the tests on Dysport, a drug used to erase frown lines in cosmetic surgery clinics, shows laboratory staff accidentally breaking the backs of mice when trying to kill them with ballpoint pens…. The film, obtained using a hidden camera inside Wickham Laboratories, a long-established facility in Hampshire that tests drugs for pharmaceutical companies, also shows rabbits being incompetently injected with other drugs….(story)

The Sentinel 30.11.10 Wendy Turner-Webster mucks in to help abused ducks By Kathie Mcinnes - WHEN Wendy Turner-Webster decided to muck in and raise money for a good cause, she meant it quite literally. For the Stoke-on-Trent-born TV personality is spending five days without washing herself and has been challenged to complete a series of dirty, dusty and downright messy tasks along the way. Wendy embarked on the 'no wash' week on Sunday and has already collected £1,500 for the charity VIVA!, for which she is a patron.... (story)
The Sentinel 29.11.10 Wendy fighting dirty to highlight duck plight - TV PRESENTER and author Wendy Turner-Webster will be getting mucky today in aid of animal welfare. The mother-of-two, pictured, who presented Channel Four's Pet Rescue for seven years, is holding a 'No Wash Week' to in her bid to raise funds and awareness of animals stuck in factories. Wendy, who grew up in Norton with sister Anthea Turner, is patron of VIVA! – Vegetarians International Voice for Animals – and is keen to highlight that many factory-farmed ducks are not allowed access to water to swim, play and preen... (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 30.11.10 Hidden horror of egg industry - I AM sure readers will be horrified to hear that healthy baby animals are being killed in their millions, just so we can eat eggs. Viva! recently filmed inside two UK hatcheries. It is horrifying that 30-40 million infant males are killed each year in Britain..... The only way that you can stop being a part of this unimaginable waste is to not buy eggs, or products with eggs in them. JUSTIN KERSWELL Viva! campaigns manager York Court Wilder St Bristol (letter)


Exeter Express & Echo 29.11.10 Shoppers say 'no' to cull of badgers - HUNDREDS of shoppers in Exeter signed postcards to send to the Government registering their objection to the coalition's plans for a badger cull. Members of Exeter Friends for Animals and local supporters of Viva! set up a stall in the city centre.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.11.10 Badger cull could hit tourism trade - FARMERS and landowners who want to kill badgers have given no thought to the effect that this will have on tourism.... B Lennox, Briton Street, Bampton (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.11.10 Cruelty-free gifts on sale at fair - NOW in its fourth year, the Christmas Without Cruelty Fair returned to Exeter Corn Exchange at the weekend... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 17.11.10 Charities set to benefit from Corn Exchange fair - THE Christmas Without Cruelty Fair is returning to Exeter. The event will be held on Sunday, November 28 at the Corn Exchange... Charities represented include the Monkey Sanctuary, Devon Wildlife Trust and the Marine Conservation Society, as well as Animals Asia and Compassion in World Farming... Mark Gold, who is organising the fayre for Animal Aid, said: "We're really proud of the way our event... (story)


Horse & Hound 28.11.10 Spate of injuries for huntsmen - The first few weeks of the hunting season have proved trying for huntsmen at three packs due to injury. Oakley huntsman Duncan Cinnamond broke his hand at the opening meet on 6 November... Readyfield Bloodhounds new huntsman Bruce Langley McKim will have two weeks off after breaking his collarbone... And kennel-huntsman Tony Holdsworth has taken over hunting the Duke of Beaufort's after joint-master Captain Ian Farquhar pulled a muscle... (story)


Horse & Hound 27.11.10 'Fox in a box' rumours quashed by hunt - Abi Butcher, head of news - North Shropshire joint-master Andy Wheals has silenced rumours concerning why hunting was cut short at the pack's opening meet. Hunting was abandoned on Saturday, 30 October shortly after 1pm. Since then, rumours have circulated that saboteurs produced a "fox in a box" to try to catch the hunt out.... But Mr Wheals said that hounds were sent home early due to a "disciplinary matter" between the master of the day and huntsman Martin Jarrett... (story)

Irish Times 27.11.10 Colourful huntsman with a love of nature - Charles Parker: ‘HUNTING IS all that’s worth living for . . . ” wrote Surtees in Handley Cross. It is a sentiment that was shared by Charles Parker, who has died aged 87, one-time terrier man of the Tipperary foxhounds under their legendary master, Capt Evan Williams... Charles Parker was the eldest son of a director of Barclays Bank who was a joint master of the Cambridgeshire Foxhounds for 25 years... After a short time working on a farm, he went as terrier man, groom, whipper-in and earth-stopper to the Ludlow Hunt Kennels... From the Ludlow, Wallace, followed by Parker, moved south to the Cotswolds, where the sport was remarkable, partly due to Parker’s earth-stopping strategy... Parker and Wallace moved to the Heythrop, where he lived in a caravan. He became depressed by the urbanisation of the countryside and the pollution of rivers which decimated otters, so moved to Ireland. There he joined forces for five seasons with Evan Williams, former leading trainer and steeplechaser, who was master until 1971 of the Tipperary Foxhounds... When Williams retired, Parker designed and worked on the Williams garden at Knockainey in Co Limerick before rejoining Wallace, now in his last great mastership at the Exmore, and he became Harbourer of the Devon and Somerset Stag hounds... (story)


Newark Advertiser 26.11.10 Hunt grumble - I am writing to complain about the Grove and Rufford Hunt which met a couple of weeks ago in Edingley. During the ride the hounds gathered outside my garden and then crashed through the fence, barged across the garden into my field and just about anywhere else they fancied... The hunt organiser apologised and, in fairness, he did so in person... They should not hunt near gardens. ANDY TUCKER, Edingley (Full address supplied). (letter)

News Shopper 26.11.10 SLADE GREEN: Fox attack fear for youngsters - A WOMAN says she fears for the safety of small children after a fox attempted to snatch a bag of pills from her hands as she walked along the street. Sue Buckingham, 55, says the animal leapt up at her as she carried her medicine back to her home in Willow Road, Slade Green. She believes the fox thought the bag contained food. Mrs Buckingham said: “I have never been afraid of any animal with four legs, but that put the fear of God in me.”... (story)

Farmers Guardian 26.11.10 Farmers warned of complacency as anti-badger cull campaign is stepped up By Alistair Driver - NFU president Peter Kendall has warned farmers that ‘complacency’ could cost the industry the opportunity of a badger cull to control bovine TB (bTB)... The campaign to halt the cull has been boosted by the coming together of high profile UK animal welfare and conservation groups under the banner of the Badger Protection League. The RSPCA, Badger Trust, Viva, League Against Cruel Sports and Secret World have got the backing of a number of high profile celebrities.... (story)

BBC News Online 26.11.10 Strictly star Widdecombe opposes badger cull - Former MP Ann Widdecombe is supporting a campaign against the culling of badgers. Ministers propose licensing farmers in England to shoot badgers on their land to curb the spread of bovine TB. Ms Widdecombe, a contestant on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, has added her support to animal-rights group Viva's campaign to stop the cull plans... (story)

Hastings & St Leonards Observer 26.11.10 Badgers are a protected species - MY thanks to the brilliant East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service who very quickly came to help me rescue an adult badger caught in a wrought iron gate last Tuesday in Park Way... MICHAEL LAMB Volunteer rescuer and carer East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service (WRAS) (letter)

Burton Mail 26.11.10 Protesters vow to fight on against pig farm proposal by HELEN KREFT - A PROTESTER has hailed ‘a victory for common sense’ after controversial plans for a pig farm in South Derbyshire were withdrawn — though the applicant has vowed to fight on. The proposed 30-acre development by Midland Pig Producers (MPP), which would house up to as many as 26,000 pigs in Foston, attracted furious opposition from residents.... Justin Kirswell, campaigns manager for VIVA, said: “I am very pleased plans have been withdrawn. If it had gone ahead it would have set a dangerous precedent for large-scale farms being built close to communities... (story)

The Sentinel 26.11.10 - Residents have been invited to a festive food event this weekend. North Staffs Animal Aid is holding its Christmas Vegan Food Fayre from 1.30pm to 5pm tomorrow at the Methodist School Rooms in Merrial Street, Newcastle.... (story)

Ledbury Reporter 26.11.10 Fur free Malvern - I WOULD agree with Pauline Burgess it would be wonderful if Malvern could become fur free.... GERALDINE ENGEL, Elmley Close, Malvern. (letter)
Ledbury Reporter 12.11.10 Make Malvern fur free - IT is great that Malvern is a Fair Trade town now. It would be good if this compassion could also be extended to other creatures and Malvern became a fur free town as well.... PAULINE BURGESS, Cotswold Road, Malvern (letter)


Western Gazette 25.11.10 Badger cull critics seek public views - WILDLIFE campaigners in Bridport are hoping to persuade as many people as possible to speak out against a badger cull which has been proposed by the government.... Richard Lewis of the Dorset Badger Group said he was concerned that the proposal would allow farmers to shoot free-running badgers and would cause suffering... Group chairman Elizabeth James said: "The Government has already spent £50 million of our money on a badger culling trial... (story)

Oxford Mail 25.11.10 Fears for badgers - When badgers were finally protected under law in 1992 the Government was responding to the biggest ever mailbag on any issue in the country at the time. But English badgers are again under threat by the Coalition’s latest plan to allow the killing of thousands of badgers in the name of controlling TB in cattle... The Oxfordshire Badger Group has been working with local farmers. We, like badger groups around the country, believe that badger vaccination and better cattle controls and testing are the only way forward.... Julia Hammett, Chair, Oxfordshire Badger Group, Hurst Rise Road, Oxford (letter)

Guardian 25.11.10 Poetry as protest: It's all the rage - Poetry on the page just doesn't invigorate the emotions as spoken word does. Cardiff performance poet Mab Jones tells us about the launch of a new radical artists initiative - Spoken word is all the rage, and it's the rage of spoken word that does this... Earlier this year, Jam Bones organised a poetry protest against the proposed badger cull on the steps of the Senedd. One of our oldest (as in attendance, but also in age!) poets, June Holder, was key in the organisation of the event. Although in her 80s, June is an active animal rights campaigner, regularly holding the front line at rallies and giving talks in local schools, and the protest was a great success.... (story)

Somerset Mercury 25.11.10 Zoo elephants have got the short straw - IN response to Barry Mead's letter in the Mercury on November 11. Research at Oxford University and elsewhere has found that zoo elephants have a lifespan one third to one half the length of wild or working elephants... Mary Johnson, Address supplied. (letter)
Somerset Mercury 25.11.10 Elephants not meant for Ark - I WONDER what Barry Mead thinks his "grandson and other young people" are going to learn from gawping at animals imprisoned in an unnatural environment.... Gill Rowley Yatton (letter)

ThisIsCornwall 25.11.10 Supply of food was not quite sustainable for city hall visitors on Free Vegan Food Day - AS A MODEL of long-term sustainable living it had just one flaw. With more than an hour to go before the close of the Free Vegan Food Day organisers had run out of provisions... Kate Simpson, one of the organisers of Cornwall Animal Action's event to mark world Vegan Month in Truro's City Hall on Saturday, said: "We had more than 300 people and we got some very positive feedback... (story)


Independent 24.11.10 Susie Rushton: What's fair game in north Devon? Plenty of issues divide urbanites and country folk in Britain.... One half of Britain rattles with indignation at the bloodthirstiness of an upper-class pursuit masquerading as sport, or even husbandry, while the other harrumphs about effete Islingtonites sticking their iPads into a sensible tradition of which they know nothing. I'd put myself in the former camp until, that is, I recently found myself faced with the bloody victim of the guns – juicy, perfectly roasted and glistening in sweet gravy on my plate... I'm happy to eat a bird that's been briskly extinguished by a countrysider in camo – we metropolitan types all know they're a bloodthirsty lot who'll do as they please. But killed by a loaded, phoney, hedge-funder from Notting Hill wearing Pringle tweeds? Not so tasty (story)

Independent 24.11.10 Truth about guns and children - The UK's legislative approach to firearms licensing has grown up in piecemeal fashion over time, giving rise to certain anomalies... if we are to continue to allow children to shoot, then introducing a minimum age across firearms and shotguns without exemptions would apply more controls than now exist. This latter point was raised in evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 16 November, where in response to questioning I suggested that 10, as the criminal age of responsibility, might apply. To present this as my having issued a call for children aged 10 to be allowed to use guns is a selective and misleading interpretation of my views. ACC Adrian Whiting, Association of Chief Police Officers, London SW1 (letter)
Mail 22.11.10 Fury as police chief says 'Let children aged 10 have a gun licence' - A police chief has been heavily criticised after calling for children as young as ten to be granted licences to use guns such as rifles. Adrian Whiting, Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police, wants the age at which people can apply for a firearms certificate to be lowered from 14 to ten... (story)
Independent 22.11.10 'Let children aged 10 have guns' – police chief By Mark Hughes, Crime Correspondent - The minimum age at which people can apply for a gun licence should be lowered from 14 to 10, Britain's most senior firearms officer has suggested. Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, the firearms spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said that the age at which children can legally apply for a firearms certificate should be brought down to the same age at which they can apply for a shotgun licence – currently 10... (story)

Whitehaven News 24.11.10 Shoot award - A “REMARKABLE biodiversity effort” led by Whitehaven shoot owner Gordon Thomson, which has successfully increased the number of hand-reared and wild game birds across 52 acres, has been awarded a Finalist Certificate at the Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation... (story)

BBC News Online 24.11.10 Police tackle night-time poaching on rural farmland - Police have started a crackdown on illegal night-time poaching on rural farmland in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Poachers are driving off-road vehicles to farmland and trying to steal animals using dogs and spotlights... (story)

Western Mail 24.11.10 The politics of bTB - A great many areas of evidence about the bovine tuberculosis epidemic have remained shamefully underplayed. Recently two leading scientists, members of the team that conducted the biggest field trial ever mounted in Britain, attacked the misuse of their work by both the Westminster and Welsh governments.... Unfortunately the National Farmers’ Union and others have been trying to play politics to get their way and have badgers killed... DAVID WILLIAMS, Chairman, The Badger Trust (story)
Yorkshire Post 23.11.10 NFU plays politics over badger cull - From: David Williams, Chairman, Badger Trust - CHRIS Benfield's article (Yorkshire Post, November 5) about bovine tuberculosis reported a comment that "the debate has got stuck on whether or not culling badgers will help the bTB problem.... In their wish to have badgers killed, the NFU and others have been trying to play politics.... Any culling would have to be done simultaneously on a massive and sustained scale in either country to be marginally effective... (letter)

Meat Trades Journal 24.11.10 Animal Aid release secret F Drury & Sons footage - A slaughterhouse in Wiltshire has become the latest abattoir to be broken into by vegan pressure group Animal Aid. Tockenham-based F Drury & Sons, which processes beef, lamb, veal and goat, had secret filming take place on its premises in September. Animal Aid has accused Drury of breaching the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) regulations, where the law states that, after the animal’s throat is cut, no further procedure may be carried out on it for at least 20 seconds. Animal Aid claimed that, at the abattoir, sheep “routinely had their necks dislocated and their heads cut off immediately after their throats were cut”.... (story)

Bournemouth Echo 24.11.10 Ask before you buy fur this Christmas - Just before the Christmas rush kicks in, I’d love to highlight the need for us all to think before we buy clothes and accessories trimmed with anything furry as – at the moment – there are no regulations that compel retailers to declare whether it’s animal or fake fur that trims items such as hats, coats, shawls and accessories such as key rings... Bridget Graham, address supplied (letter)


Exeter Express & Echo 23.11.10 Cruelty to animals highlighted - ANIMAL rights protesters took to the streets of Exeter to campaign against cruelty. Armed with placards and leaflets, they spent several hours collecting signatures from shoppers. They were protesting about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses.... (story)


Sheffield Star 22.11.10 It's a coalition of animal cruelty - Animal lovers have virtually no reforms to thank Labour for, but the coalition has viciously reversed any progress, attacking animal welfare. 40 million pheasants and partridges bred to be shot are kept in battery cages. Labour was about to ban this, but the Tories swept the ban aside.... Cameron and his hunting friends are itching to chase and savage the fox, the hare and the deer... Mike Maas, Rivelin (letter)

Leicester Mercury22.11.10 Order served after animal rights protest - An animal rights protester has been served a restraining order after trying to disrupt the construction of a £15 million research centre at the University of Leicester. Robert Massey tried to stop builders working on the university's Central Research Facility, where bio-medical research will be carried out using rodent testing.... (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.11.10 Animal rights campaigners call for answers after pigeon trapped in castle disappears - CONCERNED animal rights campaigners are demanding answers after the mysterious disappearance of a trapped pigeon... The bird was first seen on Saturday, November 13, holed up in a gap in the brickwork above the Union Road entrance... After reading the report in the Echo, animal rescuer Karen Fletcher, 58, contacted Lincoln Castle to find out what was going to be done to free the pigeon... Now, Mrs Fletcher, of Witham St Hughes, is looking for answers as to how the pigeon could have disappeared... (story)

News Shopper 22.11.10 SWANLEY: Animal rescue centre faces move after spate of animal deaths By Sophie Maden - AN ANIMAL sanctuary claims it will have to move after a neighbourly dispute over barking dogs turned sour when twelve animals died after a fireworks display. The animals were among the 650 living at animal rescue centre Retreat, in Daltons Road, Crockenhill, which cares for unwanted animals... The sanctuary’s owners had been in dispute with neighbours Dean and Alison Mcleod after the couple complained about noisy dogs on the site. Now Retreat’s owners, Billy Thompson and Neil Davies, say they have no choice but to relocate over what they deem “animal hatred”.... (story)

Leicester Mercury22.11.10 Story behind purple poppy - Having read Francis Pawley's letter ("Let us have a choice", Mailbox, November 11) perhaps I can clarify the situation regarding the Animals' Purple Poppy. This was introduced a number of years ago by a Tonbridge-based campaigning organisation called Animal Aid (which is in no way connected with the local animal rescue centre bearing a similar name... Linda J Bodicoat, Earl Shilton (letter)

Lancashire EveningPost 23.11.10 Labrador steak anyone? I wonder whether any of your readers would consider eating the flesh from an organically reared dog? Perhaps Labrador steak ... Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter)


Mirfield Reporter 21.11.10 Mirfield honours the fallen - MORE than 1,300 people turned out on Remembrance Sunday to pay their respects to the country’s fallen soldiers... As well as traditional wreaths, purple poppies were laid in memory of animals who died in war. This custom, started by Animal Aid in 2007, was introduced to Mirfield by former Mayoress Gillian Lockwood, and will continue every year.... (story)


Bolton News 20.11.10 Do something about real animal cruelty - HOPE the RSPCA doesn’t suffer from the backlash of the young deer incident. The organisation acts as a much-needed buffer against mankind’s cruelty to the animal kingdom.... There are other issues of a more sinister threat. One of these is the forthcoming cull of badgers, which farmers link to the spread of TB in their herds of cattle... David Sharples Tarbet Drive Breightmet (letter)

Independent 20.11.10 CCTV vital in slaughterhouses - I once asked a vet who had worked in a slaughterhouse whether he had encountered any sensitive, animal-caring people working there. His answer: "Some sensitive people go into that environment, but no sensitive people come out of it"... Hence we need the very strictest controls; obligatory CCTV cameras everywhere... Audrey Eyton, Canterbury
Johann Hari is right to highlight our weird attitude to animal cruelty. This has been underlined by recent headlines. A lady, suffering a brief psychotic episode, popped a cat into a wheelie-bin for a few hours and the shock–horror response raged round the planet. Hundreds of millions of farm animals kept in worse-than-gulag conditions every year; unbearably crammed into slaughterhouse waiting-rooms during their entire short lives raises hardly a murmur... Jim McCluskey, Twickenham, Middlesex
Johann Hari's assertion that halal meat is "served unlabelled and as standard meat on all British Airways flights" is incorrect. Halal meat is not used in the production of standard meals served on board British Airways flights... Mark Hassell, Head of Customer Experience, British Airways, Harmondsworth, Middlesex (letters)
Independent 19.11.10 Johann Hari: The religious excuse for barbarity - Why are we sitting silently while our treatment of many of our animals regresses to the standard of the sixth century? If you are engaged in an act of cruelty, there is an easy, effective way to silence your critics and snatch some space to carry on. Tell us all that your religion requires you to do it, and you are "offended" by any critical response.... In Britain, it is a crime to kill a conscious cow or sheep or chicken for meat by slashing its throat without numbing it first. The reasons are obvious. If you don't numb an animal, it screams as you hack through its skin, muscle, trachea, oesophagus, carotid arteries, jugular veins and major nerve trunks, and then it remains conscious as it slowly drowns in its own blood... But there is a loophole in the law. You are allowed to skip all this and slash the throats of un-numbed, screaming animals if you say God told you to. If you are Muslim, you call it "halal", and if you are Jewish you call it "kosher"... (story)


Hawick News 19.11.10 Countryside meet set to be hot favourite - SUNDAY’s Kelso meeting plays host to the track’s fifth Countryside Race Day, when a competitive seven-race card is complemented by a foxhound show, ferret racing, hound trail, and birds of prey demonstration.... (story)
Southern Reporter 18.11.10 On beast behaviour - Kelso Racecourse, a longstanding supporter of the Countryside will demonstrate their enthusiasm for country- life with a themed race day on Sunday 21st November which will offer a range of country themed attractions for children of all ages to participate in. From Ferret racing to a Foxhound show where local pack The Jedforest Hunt who are current championship title holders will take on the Percy Hunt in a battle for the John Manners Foxhound Championship Trophy... (story)
Berwickshire News 18.11.10 It’s Countryside Day at Kelso racecourse - Racing returns to Kelso on Sunday with a very competitive seven race card and also plays host to the track’s fifth annual Countryside Race Day... Kelso is thrilled to be staging their second foxhound show, which has again been well supported by local packs from the Scottish Borders and surrounding North Northumberland area, all competing for the John Manners Championship Trophy. Won last year by the Jedforest Hunt who are back to try and regain their title, however there is fierce competition from The Percy Hunt, Berwickshire Hunt and Duke of Buccleuch.... (story)

Independent 19.11.10 Supermarket chain pledges CCTV in abattoirs to stamp out cruelty By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - A slaughterman slits the throat of sheep, then cuts off their heads while they are still alive. Secret footage shot inside a West Country slaughterhouse has reignited a row over abattoir cruelty, following a series of undercover films that have shed new light on the way animals are killed behind closed doors. Yesterday Morrisons became the first supermarket to promise to install CCTV at its abattoirs to reassure the public.... Slaughterhouse cruelty has been under the spotlight after Animal Aid captured breaches of welfare laws at six out of seven randomly selected abattoirs... (story)

Independent 19.11.10 Farmers want their animals to thrive ... In common with the vast majority of farmers, animal welfare matters hugely to me: firstly, because I respect animals and like caring for them; secondly, because animals kept in poor conditions do not perform well and fail to make the profit on which my livelihood depends... Philip Abbatt, Devizes, Wiltshire
Defra Minister Jim Paice writes that he bases his animal-welfare decisions on facts (letter, 16 November). Yet his assertion that Animal Aid illegally obtained footage of brutality at six slaughterhouses is untrue. Our footage was obtained through common trespass, which is a civil matter, not a criminal one... Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent
Your articles "The great animal rights betrayal" (13 November), and "Outcry after loss of measures to protect animals is revealed" (15 November) read as untreated spin from the animal-rights movement... The cases had originally been brought on the basis of "evidence" which had been obtained illegally by Animal Aid – a highly political organisation which seeks to advance the "animal rights" agenda. As anyone involved in this area of law knows, the practice of subbing out illegal, intrusive and covert surveillance has been discredited and outlawed for some time... Jonathan Rich, London, EC4
It is naive to suppose that attacking British food producers (with whom I have no connection) will result in any net improvement in animal welfare. Production will simply migrate to even less fastidious jurisdictions, making more rural Brits jobless.... J McBroon, Birkenhead, Merseyside
With reference to the response from Jim Paice regarding your excellent front-page article "The great animal rights betrayal", could he please inform us how he intends to collate evidence of cruelty in abattoirs without the use of CCTV cameras? Jill Deane, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland (letters)


Belfast Telegraph 18.11.10 MP supports ban on circus animals - East Belfast MP Naomi Long has pledged her support for a ban on circus animals. Animal Defenders International is behind the campaign seeking an end to the use of wild animals.... (story)

Coventry Telegraph 18.11.10 Law will help protect animals from abuse - I AM horrified to learn that the coalition government has scrapped or stalled Labour initiatives to improve animal welfare some weeks before they were due to come into force... Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby. (letter)

View Online 18.11.10 DORCHESTER: Baking with compassion - Compassionate Dorset will be holding a “Compassionate Christmas” stall in South Street, Dorchester on Saturday, November 27th where they’ll be showing local people how to shop for high welfare meat and dairy and offering free Good Food Shopping Guides and meat-free Christmas recipes... (story)


Blackburn Citizen 17.11.10 Animal rights group urges Rovers to reject Venky's takeover By David Watkinson - AN ANIMAL rights group has called on Blackburn Rovers not to accept a takeover from Indian poultry firm Venky’s. PETA has written a letter to Rovers chairman John Williams urging the board to reject the £46million bid for the club... (story)


Western Mail 16.11.10 Royal Wedding: Hunting and shooting - Kate Middleton has already embraced the Royal Family’s countryside pursuits – a move likely to endear her to her blood sport-loving in-laws.... But Kate has made every attempt to fit in with the royal way of life and been spotted, gun at the ready, practising deer stalking and on a pheasant shoot - much to the fury of animal rights campaigners.... (story)

Independent 16.11.10 Letters: Animal rights - The Independent prides itself on having intellectual debates on any issue, but the story "The great animal rights betrayal" (13 November) was not based on knowledge of the facts. I am not scrapping animal welfare legislation.... Jim Paice MP,Minister of State, Defra London SW1
There is no evidence to suggest that "the proposed game-bird cage ban would have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of the 40 million game birds bred annually for shooting", not least because the original code did not actually ban the use of "cages"... Robert Gray Director of Campaigns Countryside Alliance London E11
I was foolish enough to vote for the Liberal Democrats in the last election, hoping that they would be able to form a coalition with a Labour Party... I was appalled to read about this government's plans to roll back or stall animal welfare reform.... the treatment of animals reared on intensive farms, shoddy slaughterhouse practices and the abuse of animals in circuses should be a cause for national embarrassment.... Mark Ambrose, Frodsham, Cheshire
The Government is stalling on measures to improve animal welfare in factory farming, but need it all rest with the Government? Unethical practices in the farming industry develop and continue because the most powerful force in the retail market, we, the shoppers, tacitly approve them... Ruth Shorrocks Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire
I was moved and saddened upon reading "The great animal rights betrayal". Why don't egg and chicken producers who do not trim beaks say so on their labels?... Sara Pascoe Bournemouth, Dorset
Many, many thanks for the front page article "The great animal rights betrayal". It made me proud to have a connection with The Independent... Paul Binding Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
The watering down of animal welfare legislation should come as no surprise. Deregulation is integral to the neo-liberal philosophy espoused by Cameron and Clegg... Charles Hopkins, Norwich
I feel I am inhabiting a country which has been invaded by a savage foreign power that is destroying the decades of progress – inch by hard-fought inch – on animal welfare... Deirdre Balaam Perth (letters)
Independent 15.11.10 Outcry after loss of measures to protect animals is revealed By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent - Campaigners pledged to step up the fight for animal welfare yesterday after The Independent highlighted the way in which the Coalition has scrapped or stalled a series of initiatives since taking power. In an outpouring of public anger, thousands of readers recommended and Tweeted our front-page article, "The great animal rights betrayal"... (story)
Independent 15.11.10 The 'Great Animal Rights Betrayal' is an anti-government spin by The Independent Newspaper By Pete Wedderburn - The Independent newspaper jumped onto the anti-government bandwagon over the weekend, with its banner headline: “The Great Animal Rights Betrayal”, subtitled “Government scraps protection for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep and circus animals”. The newspaper “disclosed” how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has “overturned bans on caging game birds and beak-trimming, halted prosecutions of abattoirs... Game birds. In one of its last acts in power, Labour introduced a new Code of Practice for “game bird” production which would have banned the use of battery cages for breeding pheasants within months. The coalition has withdrawn the code and replaced it with a new version which allowed “enriched” cages to remain... (story)
Independent 13.11.10 The great animal rights betrayal - Government scraps protection for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep – and circus animals - Millions of hens will have their beaks mutilated; game birds will remain in cages; pigs, sheep and cows in abattoirs will lose crucial protection from abuse; badgers will be culled and lions, tigers and other wild animals will continue to perform in the big top. In a series of little-noticed moves, the Coalition has scrapped or stalled Labour initiatives to improve animal welfare some weeks before they were due to come into force... (story)

Pirate FM 16.11.10 Animal Rights' Target a Disabled Cornish Angler - A disabled angler from Bude claims he is the victim of a viscious animal rights' campaign. Mike Rowe runs a charity for people in wheelchairs who want to fish. He has had annonymous emails, threatening birthday cards and eggs chucked at his house. Mike has told Pirate FM he is worried about the safety of his family... (story)

South Wales Echo 16.11.10 Halt cull and test a vaccine - I WAS privileged with others local to Cardiff to join members of Pembrokeshire Against the Cull (PAC) in Cardiff on November 6 and see many in the city centre sign a response to the Welsh Assembly’s consultation on the badger cull... Nigel George Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)

Leicester Mercury 16.11.10 Plea to end this animal cruelty - Let's not forget our beloved animals, fighting for each one of them. Whether it's a frightened dog crying out from a dark corner of a laboratory, a half-blind bull in a bullring, a caged cat waiting to be skinned for her fur in China or a hen with a broken wing suffering on a factory farm... C Davies, Leicester (letter)


ThisIsCornwall 15.11.10 Being honest about life and death is a matter for the shoot - I had a first-time-ever experience last week: I tagged along with a shooting party. In a beautiful Cornish background cloaked in autumn colours, I watched men and women fan into a line across a valley. As the beaters began their work flushing the birds, so too did the guns, and sharp cracking sounds echoed in the woods. I was worried about how I would react to the spectacle. I eat meat... Yet my eyes prickled with tears when I saw the first: a big cock pheasant, cruising fast after a flurry of wing beats, somersaulted in a burst of feathers and thumped to the ground... "You really have to come to Britain for this kind of shooting – there's so much tradition," observed one guest. I thought of this comment as I observed how the woods had been designed and shaped over time. So much beautiful English countryside owes its existence to hunting in various formats ... As far as death goes, there's something to be said for a noble end: the pheasants meet it in their prime, strong wings beating. They've got a chance. The same can't be said for pigs or cattle, expertly extinguished in an abattoir... (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 15.11.10 Shocked by terrible massacre of ducks - AS the shooting season is upon us, I feel that I must give my concerns and views on the following: I and my partner have been walking for the past six months or so on a public footpath in the Wolds across farmland near Louth... Three weeks ago we were walking along the same path and several Land Rovers appeared with about 10 men with guns... and then there was an almighty massacre. All the 30 or 40 ducks on the pond were blasted at and one by one fell out of the sky... I am not an animal rights campaigner and realise that it is private land and the landowner is within his rights to organise shoots etc, but to just massacre the whole lot I thought was absolutely terrible... Mrs R Wilson, Humberston Avenue, Humberston (letter)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.10 Why birds die - I agree with I King that it is upsetting to see a cat kill a bird... However, research shows that bird mortality and declining populations are invariably linked to human causes.... Of these, by far the largest number of deaths are caused by windows... Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

Guardian 15.11.10 Control landowners, not badgers – that's the real answer to bovine TB - Culling badgers risks spreading TB, government research concludes. But the NFU wants blood - George Monbiot - It's one of those issues, like mad cow disease, that begins at the distant margins of public life, then explodes into the centre ground of politics. Anyone can see it coming – except, perhaps, the government. Tuberculosis in cattle is spreading rapidly: moving east and north from the south-west of England and south Wales.... Contact with badgers is one of the means by which cattle catch the disease. The governments of both countries believe they can help arrest TB by killing badgers... There is only one rigorous scientific trial of badger culling. This is the work carried out by the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB, led by Professor John Bourne.... At an electrifying meeting in London Zoo last week, Professor Bourne and one of the other scientists who conducted the trial, Dr Rosie Woodroffe, attacked the misuse of their work by both governments... So why commission £49m of research then shred it? Because the National Farmers' Union wants to see blood... The badgers are just another lump of meat to be thrown to the beast. The cull might help to destroy the industry these bloody-minded dolts claim to defend. But they don't seem to care, just as long as something is done other than imposing rigorous controls on their business. Killing wildlife will do just fine (story)

Daily Post 15.11.10 Protest outside Llandudno’s Lilly restaurant over foie gras - ANIMAL rights protesters picketed a restaurant because it has foie gras on the menu. Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) members organised the protest outside the Lilly restaurant on Llandudno’s West Shore on Saturday.... The production of foie gras is illegal in the UK but the product is allowed to be imported from the EU, mainly France. A Viva spokeswoman, Judi Hewitt, said: “This is why we took our protest to Llandudno and paid a visit to the Lilly Restaurant... (story)

Metro 15.11.10 Supermarket Lidl has been slammed by protesters for selling reindeer meat in the run-up to Christmas - The German-owned supermarket, which has 500 stores in the UK, is selling frozen reindeer steaks at £5.99 for a 350g pack under its premium 'Deluxe' brand. But vegetarian campaign group Viva! has slammed the move, claiming that the ‘Rudolph steaks’ ruin the spirit of Christmas. Spokesman Justin Kerswell told The Grocer magazine: ‘Lidl is destroying the magic of Christmas by selling dead reindeer... (story)


Horse & Hound 14.11.10 Chid & Lec bitch pack models for Italian fashion brand - Abi Butcher, news editor - What do you get when you cross a double-decker London bus with 15 couple of hounds? Total confusion, according to Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray joint-master Robin Muir. The hounds, two horses, Chid and Lec huntsman Adrian "Sage" Thompson and first whipper-in Tim Staines found themselves in the middle of London on Tuesday, 26 October, taking part in a photoshoot for Italian clothing line Fay... (story)


ThisIsGloucestershire 13.11.10 Hounds shine at festival - HOUNDS grabbed their moment in the spotlight on the first day of Cheltenham's Paddy Power Open. An impressive crowd of around 20,000 turned out at Prestbury Park for the start of the three-day meet, one of the highlights in the racing calendar... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 13.11.10 Clarissa goes Potty for new recipe ideas
Worcester News 5.11.10 Recipe: Tagine of chicken with peas and preserved lemons - NOTHING is quite as bracing as a meeting with Clarissa Dickson Wright. Formerly one half of the Two Fat Ladies, the largerthan- life cook loves hunting, fresh meat from the butcher and chewing the fat.... (story)
ThisIsDevon 19.10.10 Clarissa's back in favour and with a new recipe book - NOTHING is quite as bracing as a cup of tea with Clarissa Dickson Wright. Formerly one half of the Two Fat Ladies, the larger-than-life cook loves hunting, fresh meat from the butcher and chewing the fat... (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 16.10.10 One fat lady back in flavour - Clarissa Dickson Wright is always game for a challenge. The former ‘Fat Lady’ tells Sarah O’Meara why she agreed to come up with a new one pot cookbook – and why she will soon be returning to TV... (story)
Shropshire Star 13.10.10 One Fat Lady back in flavour - Formerly one half of the Two Fat Ladies, the larger-than-life cook loves hunting, fresh meat from the butcher and chewing the fat. But it’s a while since you last saw her on television. “Blair was trying to ban everything I stood for… and Alistair Campbell ran the BBC,” she says, as explanation for her absence. While she’s here to talk about her new one pot cookbook, Potty, the cook is equally as excited about becoming flavour of the month again.... While the former PM might disagree with her interpretation of history, it’s a fact that Dickson Wright marched with the Countryside Alliance against the last government’s controversial Hunting Act, and has always been keen to voice her disapproval over any perceived lack of support for British food and agriculture.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 13.11.10 Who would want to enforce idiotic law? IN his letter Hunting deer for fun is an offence, November 10 John Phelps expounds upon the intricacies of the Hunting Act. In particular he states that my practice of using three dogs to flush out wild deer from my woodland in order to disperse them is illegal. I have actually recently checked on this by phoning the police for advice... they told me that they would only take action if there was a complaint. From this it is clear that in spite of sending me many emails demanding that I obey the hunting act no one in the anti hunting fraternity has complained about my actions.... If Mr Phelps thinks I should obey the law as he sees it maybe he should write to the police and report his letter to this paper.... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letter)

Guardian 13.11.10 It is worth noting that Somerset Wildlife Trust gets £154,000 in EU common agricultural support – the same as the arts for the whole county. Two million quid from the CAP goes to a dairy firm in Bristol; the rest of Somerset gets tens of millions... silence from the landowning prime minister, silence from the disgraced Laws of Yeovil, silence from the Countryside Alliance... Peter Hack, Bristol (letter)

ThisIsSouthWales 13.11.10 Plea to pray for animals - A WELSH bishop is urging churches to pray for animal, as well as human, casualties of warfare at Remembrance services tomorrow. The Rt Rev Dominic Walker, the Bishop of Monmouth, said that from the eight million horses that died in the First World War through to animals used to test biological and chemical weapons, God had given man "dominion, but not domination" over other sentient creatures... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 13.11.10 Day of action on vivisection - WHY would a specialist doctor in emergency medicine "unambiguously welcome a new initiative by the campaign group Animal Aid to criticise leading medical charities"? The answer, in the words of Pembrokeshire's Dr Adrian Stallwood, is that such charities are "subjecting animals to pointless suffering, squandering valuable resources, and engaging in a worrying secrecy about the animal research they conduct or fund". Medical charities play an important role when it comes to human health... Ashley Owen, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Western Mail 13.11.10 Shun cruel charities - Why would a specialist doctor in emergency medicine “unambiguously welcome a new initiative by the campaign group Animal Aid to criticise leading medical charities”? The answer, in the words of Pembrokeshire’s Dr Adrian Stallwood, is that such charities are “subjecting animals to pointless suffering, squandering valuable resources, and engaging in a worrying secrecy about the animal research they conduct or fund”. Medical charities play an important role when it comes to human health... ASHLEY OWEN, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Bolton News 10.11.10 Join us in helping to prevent the spread of vivisection - Alison Yates Bolton (letter)
Burton Mail 9.11.10 Time for action to on animal testing - MEDICAL charities play an important role when it comes to human health, yet many – including Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society – conduct or fund invasive research on animals. To highlight this, Animal Aid will be holding a Day of Action for Humane Medical Research on Saturday... Ashley Owen, Animal Aid (letter)
York Press 5.11.10 Animal Aid day of action - MEDICAL charities play an important role in human health, yet many conduct or fund invasive research on animals. To highlight this, Animal Aid will be holding a Day of Action for Humane Medical Research on November 13, urging people to donate only to charities that are not involved in vivisection... Chris Flanagan, Alma Terrace, York. (letter)

Derby Telegraph 13.11.10 MPs resurrect call on wild animal ban - DERBY North MP Chris Williamson is one of 143 MPs calling on the Government to follow through on a pledge made by Labour to ban the use of wild animals in UK circuses... (story)


ThisIsDevon 12.11.10 A time to reflect on our heroic patriots .... This week the Countryside Alliance wrote to all their members to alert them to an interview in which I reported that I thought the majority of people in this constituency were opposed to a return to hunting.... Since before the election I have knocked on hundreds of doors and taken many informal polls in a variety of settings across the Constituency and have formed the strong impression that most people are opposed to hunting, I am now actively seeking and keeping a record of those views... I am continuing to collect views on hunting and now have a facility to avoid repeat voting, so please contact me if you would like me to register your own view on this issue... Please let me know your opinion by email including your name and address to or write to me at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA. If you live in the constituency, your vote will count!... (story)

Irish Independent 12.11.10 Oh deer -- Ward Union hunt pushes ahead, minus the stag By Jason O'Brien - IT'S stag hunting, but not as we know it. The country's only stag hunt has pushed ahead with its radical solution to get around the Government's hunting ban. A stag was allowed to roam the countryside for a few hours in Meath on Tuesday morning and was then captured and removed to safety. Only then were the hounds released to follow its scent at the Ward Union Hunt at Skryne.... (story)

Leek Post & Times 12.11.10 Poachers targeting red deer for meat is sign of tough economic times By abbey buxton - POLICE are on the hunt for poachers illegally shooting endangered deer for meat in the run up to Christmas. Numbers of red deer in the Staffordshire Moorlands have been reduced by about 50 per cent in the last four years... The decline has partly been blamed on the animals being killed for black market venison to satisfy a demand for the meat at Christmas. There has also been a surge in livestock rustling with thieves plundering farmers' fields for lambs... (story)

Redditch Standard 12.11.10 This cull must not go ahead - THE AGRICULTURE minister recently announced plans to cull thousands of badgers in England to try and eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle. This is despite the weight of scientific evidence being firmly against this... It is very important anyone interested in saving our native badgers, exercises their right to take part in the culling consultation process.... Steve Hawkes, Warwickshire Badger Group (letter)


Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 12.11.10 Game back on the menu at Sherston - The Rattlebone Inn in Sherston is celebrating the best of British game with a ‘Game Week’ from November 15 to 20 to coincide with National Taste of Game Fortnight.... (story)

Telegraph 11.11.10 Lead shot laws failing to protect birds - Laws designed to protect rare birds are failing, according to a Government survey that found most water fowl are killed with illegal lead shot. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Shooting duck, geese, snipe or golden plover with lead shot became illegal in England in 1999... But research published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) found that most hunters are still using lead shot (story)
Guardian 10.11.10 Law banning use of lead shot in duck hunts ignored - Lead pellets still used as ammunition to shoot ducks, says Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust - James Meikle - The law banning the shooting of ducks and other wildfowl with lead shot is being widely flouted across England, according to a government-funded study.Seven in 10 of the ducks checked at game-dealers, butchers and supermarkets were killed with lead ammunition, while surveys of shooters and shoot organisers revealed that many admitted they did not always comply with the regulations introduced in 1999... The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), which wrote the report with the help of surveys by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said there had been no improvement since the trust conducted a smaller study with the RSPB in 2002... (story)

Western Gazette 11.11.10 Emperor will bring dangers of poaching into focus - LICENSED hunting of game has been thrust into the firing line after Somerset's biggest mammal was allegedly shot by poachers. Western Gazette readers will have read in recent weeks of the demise of the 12-year-old Emperor... BASC spokesman Simon Clarke said: "From the information we have, if this stag has been killed, it's looking more likely this was the work of a poacher rather than a proper stalker or trophy hunter.... Alexia Robinson, director of the Countryside Alliance's Game To Eat campaign, said: "The game sector can be proud of the food it produces.... (story)
ThisIsDevon 8.11.10 One shot stag hit the headlines, but is the whole red deer herd at risk? Media attention from around the world has focused on the recent shooting of a stag known as the Exmoor Emperor – but Martin Hesp has discovered there is a more serious and far-reaching background to the story. Even the most scientific and cautious of the professional deer watchers agree – deer numbers are down significantly, even alarmingly, on Somerset's Quantock Hills... This year's count raises concern for the fate of stags in particular – only 92 male deer older than 12 months were spotted.... The King of the Quantocks, as he was nicknamed, has been missing for a month – presumed dead… "He used to often live on my land, eating my wheat," said farmer Nick Gibbons, who is chairman of the Quantock Staghounds... "If you think about it we've lost three emperors recently – this one's gone, the one they called the Exmoor Emperor was shot and there was a famous stag in the Barle Valley. "When it comes to the general herd there is a marked decline." The joint-master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds agrees... But one man goes much further. Roger Hutchings is a veteran deer watcher of high repute, and he's been following the Quantock Staghounds all his life.... "I cannot see the Quantock Staghounds lasting more than two more years – partly because people prefer to go out hunting stags and there are hardly any left." (story)
ThisIsDevon 8.11.10 Keeping nature in balance - Concerns about the decline in red deer numbers on the Quantock Hills demonstrate how important it is to properly manage the countryside.... It may seem illogical to those opposed to country sports, but some of the most dedicated conservationists are the very people who hunt, shoot and fish. Their motives may be linked to the enjoyment they get from their sport but the positive impact of their work on the countryside at large is difficult to deny. It stands to reason, therefore, that when changes are introduced to the way certain species can be controlled – like the hunt ban, for example – there might be negative consequences... (story)
ThisIsDorset 8.11.10 Extinction fears for Exmoor and Quantock deer herds - England's largest herd of wild red deer is in danger of being decimated and may even face extinction. That is the fear of many wildlife lovers who have been analysing the true picture of the state of the wild red deer on Exmoor and Somerset's Quantock Hills... So much deer shooting has been going on in one area of West hills in recent years that a veteran hunt follower now believes the historic Quantock Staghounds will be forced to cease even exempt hunting within the next two years. His fears are backed by an official deer count carried out annually by the Quantock Deer Management and Conservation Group. Its figures reveal that a shocking 40 per cent of the herd has disappeared within the past few years... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.11.10 Stag is given immortality on canvas - THE story of The Emperor of Exmoor has been immortalised on canvas. Professional artist Maggie Thomas, from Sidmouth, has executed an oil painting of the giant stag whose demise on Exmoor captivated the nation... (story)
North Devon Journal 4.11.10 MPs must steer clear of the Emperor row - DEER, like the so-called Emperor of Exmoor, are shot nearly every day in Britain. The killings take place in the Scottish Highlands, in dozens of farm enclosures up and down the country, and indeed on Exmoor... Ours is a nation with a notorious tendency to anthropomorphise not just animals, birds and fish... The stags of Exmoor became celebrities thanks to a couple of stunning photos taken by cameramen who know their market. But once money came into the picture, either because of the price of a good one or of a head of antlers, anything was likely to happen... the only people who should manage our deer are those who live among them, our farmers, hunters and moor dwellers who have the knowledge, passed down through experience of how to look after these creatures with the minimum of interference... (story)
North Devon Journal 4.11.10 Killing of Emperor 'a sensible decision' - A DEER expert has said he is surprised at the furore over the death of a huge Exmoor stag. British Deer Society spokesman David Kenyon spoke out after reports that the stag – known as Emperor – had been shot. He suggested the story had been exaggerated by national media to divert attention from the "doom and gloom" of Government spending cuts... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 1.11.10 'This is proof the Emperor is dead,' says wildlife expert - This picture could finally prove the Emperor of Exmoor is dead, one of the West's best known wildlife experts said yesterday. Documentary presenter Johnny Kingdom looked on as a man, who some believe to be a poacher, strode towards the prone stag and apparently cut its throat before phoning an accomplice... (story)
Sunday Telegraph 31.10.10 BBC wildlife presenter Johnny Kingdom confronted 'poacher' over Emperor's death - The BBC wildlife presenter Johnny Kingdom yesterday claimed that he confronted a suspected poacher shortly after seeing the Exmoor Emperor lying dead in a foggy field. By Heidi Blake - Mr Kingdom has previously denied reports that he looked on as the 9ft-tall red deer was killed, but he broke his silence last night after grainy photographs emerged showing a man slitting the throat of a giant stag in a misty moorland valley. Mr Kingdom vigorously denied rumours that he took the final photographs of the Emperor himself, claiming that they were snapped by an unnamed deer-lover as he looked on. But the 72-year-old admitted that he saw the stag lying dead and claimed to have confronted a mysterious man in a deerstalker who he believes was working with suspected poachers after it was killed weeks ago on a farm near the village of Rackenford, North Devon.... The 72-year-old disclosed that he was leading a party of deer-watchers through the Worthy Folly woods near Rackenford, North Devon, ten minutes after dawn on October 8 when he heard two shots ring out. He raced up to a lay-by on the Tiverton to Barnstaple link road with a view of the valley and peered down through the fog to see a lone stalker standing beside the stag’s giant carcass... (story)
Mail on Sunday 31.10.10 Last moments of The Emperor: The dramatic pictures wildlife expert says confirm killing of Exmoor stag By NICK CONSTABLE - A magnificent stag lies dead – shot by a mystery stalker in the cold, misty dawn of a moorland valley. These grainy photographs show the man, who some believe to be a poacher, striding towards his quarry and apparently cutting its throat before phoning an accomplice. They were taken by an Exmoor deer-watcher as BBC wildlife documentary presenter Johnny Kingdom looked on.... However, he fears that both he and the photographer are at risk of reprisals, especially as the farming family which owns the field believes the mystery man in the images is a poacher.... (story)
Guardian 30.10.10 Stag party turns bitter in Exmoor deer hunting row - The shooting of the Emperor of Exmoor by a trophy hunter has caused outrage. But there are more deer in Britain than for centuries – and even animal lovers accept some must be culled. Should this conservation job be a sport for wealthy amateurs? - Patrick Barkham - When the Emperor of Exmoor stood before a raised rifle one autumnalmorning three weeks ago, neither the animal nor its shadowy predator could have imagined what would happen next. The Emperor may be dead but the Emperor will live long, thanks to the fine images of awildlife photographer and local whispers which have created the latest in a noble tradition of great British animal stories... The story may be an enjoyably inaccurate media circus but on the 16 points of the stag's antlers hang some important arguments. For many onlookers, the slaughter of the animal – perfectly legal if undertaken with the landowner's permission and with the correct calibre weapon – is about ethics and cruelty; for pragmatists, it is about rural economics; for others it raises issues of class, conservation or aesthetics. At heart, the anguish over the Emperor may highlight a traditional way of life under threat from greed, globalisation and the mysterious psychology of the trophy hunter... (story)
ThisIsDevon 30.10.10 The accident that brought Johnny Kingdom to our TV screens - The ‘voice of Exmoor’ tells Louise Vennells what it is that drives his passion for the wildlife of his native area - Johnny Kingdom was not born into a showbiz family. The 71-year-old wildlife presenter never received a boost or an advantageous introduction to break his way into the often elite world of television... (story)
First Post 29.10.10 Autumnwatch’s Packham: stag hunt was justified - Chris Packham says it is 'necessary' to shoot red deer and that it helps rural economies BY JONATHAN HARWOOD - The debate over the apparent death of the Exmoor Emperor, the largest stag in Britain, shows no let-up, with the BC Autumnwatch presenter Chris Packham stepping in to defend the shooting of the beast... (story)
ThisIsSomerset 29.10.10 Political debate after supposed death of Emperor - The furore over whether the "Emperor of Exmoor" was alive or dead reached Westminster yesterday, with lobbying MPs desperate to protect red deer from marksmen. Five backbencher MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to stop hunters preying on Britain's wild animals altogether... (story)
ThisIsDevon 29.10.10 Emperor of Exmoor may have been killed by a foreign hunter - The largest wild animal in Britain may have been killed by a foreign hunter lured to the UK after a bounty was placed on its magnificent head and impressive antlers, it was claimed yesterday.. John Norris, from the Tiverton Staghounds group, based near to the reported killing site of Rackenford, feared the stag's notoriety may have been the main incentive for the hunter... (story)
BBC News Online 29.10.10 Locals split over Exmoor Emperor's 'death' - Doubts have emerged over whether a stag shot in Devon was the Exmoor Emperor, which was thought to have been the UK's largest land animal. An unnamed witness told a local reporter that the giant red stag was the 9ft (2.75m) Exmoor Emperor.... But some locals have cast doubt on whether the stag could have been definitively identified as Emperor... Tom Yandle chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds said: "I just don't think anyone knows which is which. "There are plenty of big stags on Exmoor."... (story)
Telegraph 29.10.10 Was the Emperor of Exmoor's death quite what it seemed? - Many questions remain, not least why we are being told that deer hunting is inherently wicked, says Charles Moore. By Charles Moore - It was Jim Naughtie, on the Today programme on Tuesday, who set the nation's moral tone. "It is an appalling thing," he said, throwing all BBC impartiality to the wind, "if you like wild animals.... By Thursday, however, people were beginning to ask questions. Early stories had been full of those phrases we journalists use when we don't know what we are talking about – "it is claimed", "rumours have been circulating"... Whose interest, then, did it serve, apart from helping sales of Mr Austin's photographs and ratings for Mr Kingdom's programmes? The answer, I suggest, is the desire, deep in the puritan character, to get self-righteously angry about animals... (story)
Mail 28.10.10 He's alive! Mystery surrounding the 'Exmoor Emperor' stag deepens as locals claim to have seen the beast in village gardens - The mystery surrounding the mighty stag the Exmoor Emperor took an intriguing twist last night – with claims he is still alive... Lesley Prior, 54, a farmer in nearby Oakford, said yesterday: ‘The animal has been seen regularly after the time he was supposedly shot near Rackenford.... ‘Most locals are fiercely protective of this stag, knowing him very well.... This includes members of the local stag hunt who have a considerable respect for this elderly male and were not keen to see him end up as a trophy on someone’s wall.... (story)
Evening Standard 28.10.10 Thrill of the hunt? I see only slaughter - Sasha Slater - Once, when I accidentally fell in among Sloanes in my early twenties, I was invited on a shooting weekend to a house in the south of England. On the Saturday morning, all the girls were paired off with embryo bankers dressed in green tweed, to stand shivering in the drizzle, silent and motionless, while we waited for pheasants to be flushed out of a copse by beaters with spaniels.... Whoever bagged that stag should be made to eat it, antlers and all... (story)
Scottish Herald 28.10.10 Tom Shields on … cull of the wild - In a previous life working for a couthy Sunday newspaper I was occasionally required to write under the byline The Nature Man.... It was an unequal contest when the Emperor of Exmoor met his end. The stag, Britain’s most imposing wild animal and in his prime, was taken out by a cowardly sniper masquerading as a sportsman... A mob called the Shooting Sports Trust said: “It is just something that has to be done... (story)
Telegraph 27.10.10 Who killed the Emperor? Hunter's identity remains a mystery - The identity of the stalker responsible for shooting the Exmoor Emperor, a magnificent stag thought to have been Britain’s largest wild animal, was kept a closely guarded secret yesterday amid fears of reprisals from enraged conservationists. By Murray Wardrop and Victoria Ward - Local farmers admitted that a bounty had been on the Emperor’s head for “years” as speculation mounted that the 300lb animal was targeted by a licensed hunter from abroad... Peter Donnelly, a deer management expert, said: "Whoever has got the trophy is going to keep pretty quiet about it, because it has stirred the most awful furore.”... John Norris, from the Tiverton Staghounds group, feared the stag's notoriety may have been the main incentive for the hunter... (story)
Telegraph 27.10.10 Death of the Exmoor Emperor - The great stag was only the latest victim of misguided regulations that have devastated Exmoor's economy, says Rory Knight Bruce. - Who killed the "Emperor of Exmoor"? In the best tradition of that occasional West Country resident Agatha Christie, no body has yet been found. But the strong suspicion is that the stag – thought to be one of Britain's largest wild animals, at 300lb and almost 9ft tall – was shot by trophy hunters for his antlers, which could be valued at anything up to £10,000.... Peter Donnelly, a self-proclaimed deer management expert from Exmoor, has condemned the shooting, if that is what it was, as a disgrace... "The fact is," says Graham Downing, editor of the journal of the British Deer Society, "a person on whose land the red deer has come has a right to kill it, even as a trophy. Clearly it is very sad when a particularly magnificent animal is killed, but it will die some way or another at some time."... As Tim Bonner, political director of the Countryside Alliance, explains: "This stag was probably at a stage where he would be mating with his daughters and grand-daughters, which would significantly reduce the virility and health of the herd." ... The hunting ban of 2005 – which devastated Exmoor's economy – restricted its three staghound packs to hunting with only two hounds... These mounted followers used to number perhaps 200 on any given day. Since 2005, however, that trade has all but evaporated. Hotels on Exmoor have been turned into residences for bankers... "This is what happens when hunting with hounds, and particularly the staghounds, has been persecuted by bad law," says Guy Thomas-Everard, a significant Exmoor landowner and vice chairman of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds.... If the Emperor of Exmoor... has been taken and sold as a trophy, then Exmoor is a lesser place for it. But this can also be firmly attributed to the way in which the post-ban regulation has undermined the area and its economy. The results have benefited only trophy hunters... (story)
Guardian 27.10.10 Stalking deer is thrilling, killing them is important - There are more deer in Britain than at any time in the last 1,000 years; the only humane way to manage them is to shoot them - Glynn Evans - The chill of the morning air on your face, the fresh smell of the forest, the sound of the birds as you slowly make your way through the trees in search of a stag. Nothing compares to the thrill of the stalk... To reduce damage and to ensure that the population remains balanced and healthy, individual animals are culled... (story)
Guardian 27.10.10 I too have shot a stag. But the Emperor killer still appals me - While hunting is driven by all sorts of impulses and instincts, the desire to bag this kind of trophy stems from inadequacy - Ruaridh Nicoll - The first time I killed a stag I cried all night. But I was very young, not yet a teenager. I still have the bullet, the mushroomed lead that I dug out of the beast's shoulder bone where it had lodged after passing through the neck... The weeping stopped, and I killed many deer after that.... There are many odd impulses and instincts at play in hunting. There is the challenge of stalking, the dutiful sense of managing numbers for the good of the landscape, and the age-old need to store food for the winter. The instinct that makes a man kill a creature like the Emperor, I have always believed, rises from inadequacy... (story)
Western Morning News 27.10.10 Right to shoot The Emperor say experts - The row over the killing of a magnificent stag escalated yesterday after the UK's leading shooting organisation said he may have become "too big and too old". The Emperor was shot days after his photograph appeared in the Western Morning News celebrating his return to his stomping ground on Exmoor.... But the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the country's largest shooting organisation, defended the killing as a "humane" part of the animal's population management... (story)
Western Morning News 27.10.10 Who can justify the shooting of Exmoor's finest red deer stag? - When the realities of rural life come crashing up against the sensibilities of the urban masses, anger and recriminations often erupt. That's one view of what has happened since the shooting of Emperor the Exmoor stag hit the national headlines yesterday, the day after the Western Morning News broke the story that this magnificent nine-foot tall, 300lb beast had been killed... England's history is rich with the imagery of stag hunting and stalking; much of our forested landscape was created to support herds of deer; many of our pubs have hunting related names. But eating venison sausages in the White Hart is the closest most people now get to a way of life that was once deeply ingrained in the nation's psyche... (story)
ThisIsDorset 27.10.10 Emperor of Exmoor may have been killed by a foreign hunter - The largest wild animal in Britain may have been killed by a foreign hunter lured to the UK after a bounty was placed on its magnificent head and impressive antlers, it was claimed yesterday.... (story)
BBC News Online 27.10.10 Emperor Exmoor deer kill brings call for protection - Animals like the Emperor of Exmoor, a red deer shot dead in Devon, should be protected, according to a group of MPs ... Five backbenchers have signed a Commons motion, describing the act as "senseless destruction"... (story)
BBC News Online 26.10.10 Why huge Devon stag Emperor was killed By Jonathan Morris - The shooting of a red deer named The Emperor has raised the issue of stalking - the tracking and shooting of the animals... (story)

Coventry Telegraph 11.11.10 Remember brave war animals too, says Rugby campaigner by Sam Dimmer, Coventry Telegraph - WHEN you bow your head this Sunday to remember those who didn’t make it through previous conflicts, one animal rights protester has a request – don’t forget the pigeons. For the second year Janet Cummings, 65, of Rugby, will mark Remembrance Day by laying a wreath to fallen animals at the town’s war memorial... “Don’t get me wrong, I’m full of admiration and respect for the people who lose their lives in conflicts but we must remember the animals as well.” (story)

Bath Chronicle 11.11.10 Wear purple poppies for animals who died at war - ANIMAL AID Tonbridge (letter)
Bath Chronicle 11.11.10 Go purple at remembrance - KATE FOWLER, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)
Shields Gazette 10.11.10 Animals are war victims too - Karin Watts, purple poppy co-ordinator, Animal Aid. (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 10.11.10 Purple poppies for the animals Karin Watts, Purple Poppy Co-ordinator, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Oxford Mail 9.11.10 Don't forget animal victims of war - Karin Watts, Purple Poppy Co-ordinator, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 29.10.10 Purple poppies for animals - Karin Watts Purple Poppy Coordinator, Animal Aid The Old Chapel Tonbridge (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 28.10.10 Buy a purple poppy - Karin Watts, Purple Poppy Co-ordinator, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW (letter)
Bath Chronicle 28.10.10 Purple poppy for animals - Karin Watts Purple Poppy co-ordinator Animal Aid (letter)
Bath Chronicle 28.10.10 Remembering toll on the animal victims of armed conflict - Karin Watts Purple Poppy co-ordinator Animal Aid (letter)
Middlewich Guardian 27.10.10 Don't forget 'hero' animals - Karin Watts Purple Poppy Coordinator Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge TN9 1AW (letter)
Plymouth Herald 23.10.10 Animal victims - AS REMEMBRANCE DAY approaches, it is important not only to remember the human victims of war but also animals... To commemorate all animal victims, Animal Aid has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the traditional red or white ones, as a reminder that humans and animals have been, and continue to be, victims of war.... KARIN WATTS, Purple Poppy Co-ordinator, Animal Aid (letter)

ThisIsDorset 11.11.10 Vegan puts dog meat on his protest 'menu' Even the most bloodthirsty carnivore might think twice before eating some of the meat on offer at a Bristol farmers' market yesterday. Labrador steaks, leg of Greyhound, Dachshund sausages and Beagle chops were among the mock offerings from a van set up by animal rights campaigners... (story)
Bristol Evening Post 11.11.10 'Dog meat' stall opens up debate - A NEW stall was set up at a Bristol farmers' market – appearing to sell dog meat. Labrador steaks, leg of Greyhound, Dachshund sausages and Beagle chops were among the mock offerings from a van set up by animal rights campaigners.... Heads turned as campaigner Andrew Butler from Animal Aid cried out his wares from the van promising cared-for cuts of healthy poodle and hand-reared hound.... (story)
Plymouth Echo 10.11.10 'Dog meat' stall aims to raise awareness of animal cruelty - SHOPPERS in Plymouth were given an unusual choice of food when an animal rights campaigner set up a 'dog meat' stall in the city centre. The stall appeared to be offering Labrador ste>ks, dachshund sausages and beagle chops, but in fact it a vegan meat substitute and was part of an Animal Aid campaign against rearing animals for food.... (letter)
Birmingham Mail 29.10.10 'Dog meat' to go on sale in Birmingham by Emma McKinney, Birmingham Mail - BOGUS labrador steaks, Greyhound burgers, and Beagle chops will be on the menu at Birmingham Farmers’ Market next month... Andrew Butler, campaigner for Animal Aid, which is behind the stunt, will be manning the ‘dog meat’ stall at the market in the city centre’s New Street at 12pm on November 3... (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 27.10.10 Animal rights group to sell 'dog meat' in city centre - AN animal rights group will set up a catering trailer in the city centre claiming to sell dog meat. Labrador steaks, leg of greyhound, Afghan burgers, dachshund sausages, and beagle chops are just some of the meats they will tell people are on offer.... (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 11.11.10 Cruel slaughter 'makes all the difference' B WHITTAKER (Letters, Nov 5) remarks that as long as meat is clean and healthy, what difference does it make how it was killed? To me and many others it makes all the difference... C ATHERTON, Howard Street, Rishton (letter)

Runcorn & Widnes News 11.11.10 Appeal to MP to aid animals - I WOULD like to ask Warrington North MP Helen Jones to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses... FIONA PEACOCK The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (letter)
Wakefield Express 8.11.10 LETTERS - Ban circus annimal acts - I WOULD like to ask Mary Creagh MP to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses.... Fiona Peacock Campaigns Assistant The Captive Animals’ ?Protection Society PO Box 4186 Manchester M60 3ZA (letter)
ThisIsSouthWales 8.11.10 Circus animals ban request - I WOULD like to ask Sian James MP to support our campaign to ban the practice of wild animal acts in travelling circuses ... Fiona Peacock Campaigns Assistant (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 28.10.10 Circus is no place for wild animals - I WOULD like to ask Ben Bradshaw MP to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses.... Fiona Peacock, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, Manchester (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 28.10.10 Ban wild animal acts in circuses - I would like to ask Belfast MPs to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in circuses... FIONA PEACOCK, Captive Animals' Protection Society (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 11.10.10 Act now to help circus animals - I was very pleased to read that Gordon Birtwistle MP would like to see more focus on animal rights issues in Parliament (‘Burnley MP will support hunt ban’, LT, October 5).... I would also like to take this opportunity to ask him to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses.... Fiona Peacock The Captive Animals’ Protection Society, Manchester (letter)

Pizza News 11.11.10 Pizza Hut blasted for serving meat pizza to a vegetarian - A Pizza Hut restaurant in Havant, Hampshire, has been blasted by a vegetarian diner who was served up a pizza topped with ham, despite specifying her special requirements to staff. Ros Penny, a vegetarian for 20 years, was dining at the Havant branch of Pizza Hut with a friend after a day out shopping... (story)

Plymouth Herald 11.11.10 Protesters appalled by monkey ad - ANIMAL rights protesters have campaigned outside a city centre coffee shop. Armed with placards and leaflets the city workers and students spent a couple of hours outside Costa on New George Street. They were protesting against the coffee shop giant's latest television advert which uses monkeys. Protester Kate Timmins said: "We're appalled at the use of wild animals in Costa's television advert... (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 10.11.10 Hunting deer for fun is an offence - THE Hunting Act 2004 reads: "A person commits an offence if he hunts a wild mammal with a dog, unless his hunting is exempt."... Why is it necessary, or permissible, for a horde of horsemen to canter around the countryside with a pack hounds when hunting with dogs has been banned?... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.11.10 Complete confusion over hunting law - JOHN Phelps, who from his many letters appears to be some kind of expert on the law surrounding hunting, has recently declared that the Hunting Act does not in fact ban hunting with hounds, but merely hunting with dogs for sport... If he is right, hunts around the country will be jubilant because they would still be able to offer a pest control service to farmers using packs of dogs.... Giles Bradshaw, North Devon (letter)
ThisIsDevon 3.11.10 Deer will end up suffering - Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash, Devon (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 2.11.10 Misunderstanding of Hunting Act - ONCE again Giles Bradshaw has misconstrued the Hunting Act 2004 (Letters, October 28, Deer management best left to hunt).... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 28.10.10 Deer management best left to hunt - DURING the debates leading up to the ban on hunting with hounds the Exmoor National Park Authority made the following statement: "Should legislation be introduced to ban hunting with hounds, it is essential that adequate arrangements are in place to ensure the continued conservation and management of the red deer herds on Exmoor." Such arrangements have not been put in place and the sad death of the largest red deer on Exmoor highlights the fact that in the wake of the hunting ban there are a growing number of trophy hunters on Exmoor... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letter)


Derby Telegraph 9.11.10 To keep ahead of hound pack, you have to go a fair old lick By Jonny Birkin - WANTED: runners who are prepared to sprint through up to 18 miles of picturesque Derbyshire countryside with dozens of bloodhounds baying at their heels. That is the call being put out by the organisers of this year's Four Shires Bloodhounds, which takes place around Ashbourne on Boxing Day. The annual event sees runners set off ahead of 17 pairs of bloodhounds, who are then tasked with tracking the scent of the athletes – and catching them as soon as possible... (story)

Western Daily Press 9.11.10 Repealing ban would simply be barbaric and a step backward - Despite the hunters' and Ian Pedler's claims to the contrary ("The truth has to be faced that the hunting ban hasn't worked", WDP, October 29), the Hunting Act is successfully prosecuting more people year on year than many other wildlife laws... IFAW campaigned long and hard for the Hunting Act and we will not sit back and watch hunting be legalised again. A repeal would be barbaric and a backward step for a civilised society. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 9.11.10 Live-baiting show was unacceptable - THE first programme in the ITV series River Monsters featured presenter Jeremy Wade hell-bent on catching a Goliath Tiger Fish on the Congo River. The cruelty and suffering involved in this programme was appalling – not only for the individual fish, but at a time when so many animals in the wild are under the threat of extinction, its disregard for life was blatant... Dene Stansall, Animal Aid (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 9.11.10 Angling: Furry killer causing havoc to rivers ... Over the years all our rivers are now of the highest quality thanks to the efforts of the Environment Agency and the European Union. However, since then we have had an invasion of predators whose main diet is our fish and in recent years stocks have suffered enormously. The first on the scene was the mink and these creatures have created havoc... Then we had the dreaded cormorant invasion... The latest menace to our fish stocks is probably the worst of them all and I refer to that lovable furry creature with the big appealing eyes, the otter... (story)

Malvern Gazette 9.11.10 Former Countryside Alliance chief to speak at Conservatives dinner - THE former chief executive of rural pressure group the Countryside Alliance will be the guest speaker at the West Worcestershire Conservative Association's annual dinner. Simon Hart was elected MP for West Carmarthen and South Pembrokeshire at this year's election, but he is best known for leading the Alliance in its campaigns on a variety of rural issues... (story)

Bournemouth Echo 9.11.10 Did fox chew through my van’s brake pipe? By Steven Smith - A DRIVER is warning others to test their brakes after an animal apparently chewed through the brake pipe on his van. Chris Wood, 58, a carpenter, set off for work as normal but soon found, as he negotiated his way through a tight gate as he left his home in Moorside Road, Kinson, that he had no brakes... Chris said he remembered seeing a newspaper story last year where it was thought a fox was responsible for chewing through a brake pipe... " The garage said there were teeth marks on it..." (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 9.11.10 Jabs for hundreds of badgers cut positive tests for TB by 74% - VACCINATING more than 800 badgers in Gloucestershire slashed the number testing positive for TB by three-quarters. The findings of a four-year trial have given ammunition to supporters of mass vaccination against tuberculosis.... (story)
Daelnet 9.11.10 Badger culls: more confusion - New scientific evidence published yesterday on one of the bitterest countryside controversies – calls for a mass extermination of badgers – add even more to the confusion which has affected the problem for the best part of a decade. And it fails to answer the biggest question involved: do badgers spread tuberculosis to cattle, as farmers claim, or is it the other way round and cattle give the disease to badgers, as bodies like the RSPCA insist.... >(story)


Hexham Courant 8.11.10 Hunt shows its gratitude to hall owners By DAVID COULTER - THE owners of Bradley Hall, in Wylam, were presented with the new book from Sir Johnny Scott as a present for hosting the North Pennine Hunt opening meet.... (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 8.11.10 Thousands turn out for biggest hunt of year - THOUSANDS of country sports supporters turned once again to the biggest hunt meet of the year in the South West. The official opening meet of the Duke of Beaufort's hunt took place on Saturday morning under grey skies at Worcester Lodge, on the Duke's Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire... (story)

Oxford Mail 8.11.10 Strengthen law - Penny Little, Cobb Hall Cottage, Great Haseley (letter)
Independent 5.11.10 Flagrant flouting of law of the land - Alice Barnard, the new head of the Countryside Alliance, repeats the hunters' mantra that the Hunting Act "is not working". The translation of "not working" is that it is being constantly flouted and ruthlessly ridden roughshod over by the hunters, as any hunt monitor will tell you.... Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)

Worcester News 8.11.10 Of course Worcester is safe for our horses By Richard Vernalls - A CHAMPION racehorse owner has rubbished suggestions that Worcester Racecourse is unsafe for competition. Animal rights group Animal Aid had said its horse death watch counter showed seven racehorses had to be destroyed after racing on Pitchcroft during this year’s National Hunt season – the second highest of any course.... (story)

Yorkshire Post 8.11.10 Keeping watch over an uglier side of industry By Chris Benfield - As Jason Aldiss says, slaughtering is "not a light and frilly business".... Animal Aid, the undercover reporters of the livestock business, sometimes benefit from ignorance of the hard reality... At the time the footage was made public, Mr Aldiss was president of the Veterinary Public Health Association, which includes resident abattoir vets and touring inspectors... He was called in when Animal Aid took its films to the British Veterinary Association and he fixed a summit meeting of the authorities concerned. Nine slaughtermen had their licences suspended by the Food Standards Authority. Two are back in the business on probation. Prosecutions were under consideration but the investigation was dropped, after the General Election, because the films could have been ruled inadmissible on grounds of trespass... (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 8.11.10 More than 600 attend veggie event - A TOTAL of 666 people attended the third Lincoln Veggie Fayre. Organisers Vegan Lincs and Lincoln Animal Friends hosted Saturday's event with a view to encouraging people to try vegan food and make steps towards being vegetarian or vegan... Lorraine Carter, of Lincoln Animal Friends, said: "It is a way of demonstrating that people are not missing out on flavour and choice with vegan food." (story)


Hackney Citizen 7.11.10 Hunt season begins: Tally Ho! - Lisa Bishop - The first of November saw the beginning of the fox hunting season all across the UK... . However, according to local resident Shirley White, hunts systematically break the law on a weekly basis. Shirley is a member of a local group based in Hackney which is dedicated to monitoring fox hunts in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire. The voluntary group known as North and East London Hunt Sabs (NELS) has been established for 18 years and is part of the national Hunt Saboteurs Association. Daniel Parker, a longstanding member of the group, claims: “Fox hunting is an extremely savage and unnecessary activity.... (story)

Horse & Hound 7.11.10 Trial dates set for illegal hunting cases - Abigail Butcher, H&H head of news - Trial dates have been set for a number of hunting supporters accused of illegal hunting with four packs. Quantock Staghounds huntsman Richard Down will be tried on 22 November at Taunton Magistrates Court... Derek Hopkins, huntsman of the Fernie, and countryman Kevin Allen each face one Hunting Act and one Badgers Act... Master and huntsman Tony Winter, whipper-in Caroline Scott and member Wilf Gamble of the Sinnington have each been charged with one count of illegal hunting based on video evidence gathered covertly by LACS on 16 December 2009... South Devon terrierman Andrew Bellamy has been charged with one offence under the Badgers Act as a result of LACS filming. A trial date is yet to be set.... (story)

Horse & Hound 7.11.10 Retraining of Racehorses sponsors new series for hunters - Jane Carley - Riders who enjoy hunting their ex-racehorses will have an extra incentive to take a few more days this season. Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is to sponsor a new series aimed at hunters, culminating in a fun "handy hunter-style" championship in 2011.... (story)

Independent on Sunday 7.11.10 Today's hunt is not a traditional country sport but a tally-ho circus of 4x4s and quad bikes driving around country lanes following a rampaging pack of dogs in pursuit of a fox... Roger Norton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (story)


Western Morning News 6.11.10 Learn to cook game in the proper Cornish way - Justin and Sarah Mason met in the French Alps when they were both working as chefs in ski chalets. Today, though, the couple have set up a bed and breakfast in Cornwall – with a twist. It comes complete with, of all things, its own cookery school.... And at this time of year, Justin is getting ready to run a cookery course concentrating on that speciality of the season: wild game. The wonderful produce on offer in their kitchen at the moment includes venison, wild duck, pheasant and rabbit... (story)


Telegraph 5.11.10 The rise and fall of Mr Fox - Once he had it all: good looks, fame and the affection of millions. As the fox hunting season gets under way, Adam Edwards asks: where did it all go wrong? - It is hard to believe that an animal so blessed as Charlie Fox could, so casually, have chucked away his burnished image. Yet this summer he managed to do just that. Seven hundred hours of parliamentary time in the first half of this decade was devoted to saving the bushy-tailed carnivore’s skin. He was viewed as lovable as Basil Brush, as cute as a Disney character. He was protected by an army (the Animal Liberation Front), fawned over by animal charities and bunny-huggers, and finally saved from further persecution by the law. Then, in June, he bit and mauled baby twins as they slept in their cot in east London. And suddenly it dawned on the urban population of Britain that Basil Brush had a beastly side. He was, indeed, nothing more than a feral chav, squabbling, breeding indiscriminately and feeding off discarded buckets of KFC... (story)

Horse & Hound 5.11.10 Farewell to hunt secretary Robert Vallance - The long-serving secretary of the Bicester with Whaddon Chase died on 30 October, after a long fight with cancer. Robert and his devoted wife and constanthunting field companion Melanie settled in the Bicester country in 1983. Bearing his illness with remarkable fortitude, Robert was always impeccably turned out during his 26 years as the hunt's secretary... (story)

Western Telegraph 5.11.10 Animal Aid visit can't change MP's mind over hunting ban - Three hundred pleas to support the retention of the 2004 Hunting Act have been made to MP Simon Hart. The requests to the Conservative Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP have been made on postcards delivered to him at his Whitland constituency office by West Wales Animal Aid. Mr Hart is a former chief executive of the Countryside Alliance and a previous Master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt... (story)

Mirror 5.11.10 David Cameron in humiliating hunt U-turn By Jason Beattie - David Cameron was forced into an embarrassing climbdown yesterday over his election pledge to reverse the hunting ban. The PM promised a free vote on repealing the act early this Parliament but lacks support from MPs. He has signalled the ballot will not be held until victory is certain - and not before 2012.... (story)
BBC News Online 4.11.10 No plans for hunting ban vote before 2012, MPs say By Andrew Sinclair Political Correspondent, BBC East - The BBC has learned there will not be a House of Commons vote on repealing the Hunting Act before 2012. MPs close to the campaign admit they do not have the numbers at the moment to win a vote and say the PM will only call one when he knows it can be won... (story)

Independent 5.11.10 Killing for kicks goes unchallenged - The lobby which believes in tormenting and killing wild animals for kicks and snobbery appoints a pretty young Tory woman as chief executive, and The Independent responds by giving her a simpering double-page profile... Christopher Clayton, Waverton, Cheshire
We should grow out of this barbarism - Alice Bernard states that the current Hunting Act 2004 is not working and so should be repealed. The compulsory wearing of seat-belts in vehicles and the wearing of crash helmets on motor cycles were not fully taken to heart at first, but after some time, people tend to see the sense in many new laws... Graham Forsyth, Chard, Somerset (letters)

Argus 5.11.10 Horse justice - Many people will have been sickened to learn the details of how the horse found dead in a field at Alfriston died... If the attackers are found I don’t think they are safe to be in the community – they pose a threat to the general public. It is a known fact that people who show such cruelty to animals often turn their violence towards humans.... Gloria Wheatcroft, The Drive, Hove (letter)


Telegraph 4.11.10 My perfect weekend: Captain Ian Farquhar - The weekend has to include hunting, says Captain Ian Farquhar. By Rory Knight Bruce - Of course, my perfect weekend has to include hunting.... When I first started hunting hounds, at the Bicester in 1973, my idea of a Friday night was something of a party, a good opening gambit... Name Ian Walter Farquhar, joint master and huntsman of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 4.11.10 Hunt dogs take lead role in behaving well - While cycling on the Mendips this weekend, I came across a scene of the horses and hounds of the Mendip Farmers' Hunt... It was a pleasure to come across a professionally trained pack of working dogs. All those dog owners who are unable or unwilling to control their pets should go the hunt for lessons in canine control.... Nicholas Brown Top Road Westbury-sub-Mendip (story)

ThisIsSomerset 4.11.10 Badger protest - DORSET Badger Group is setting up a stall to raise awareness of the cull of badgers and encouraging people to vote against it in Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, next Wednesday from 9.30am until 1pm... (story)

Bolton News 4.11.10 Rescuer’s shock as fawn put down - A DRIVER who helped to save an unborn fawn after its mother ran into the path of his car has spoken of his shock on finding out the animal had to be put down because it was too tame... Wesley Cubbage, aged 20, of Vale Street,Turton, was on his way to pick up his girlfriend when the deer jumped over the wall into the path of his BMW... “If it was too tame for the wild then it could have gone to an animal sanctuary. After everything that has happened it is very disappointing.... (story)
Bolton News 4.11.10 Charity must focus on animals - I WAS sad to read that the young deer who survived a car accident had been put down, not because he was injured but because he was too tame, and what made it worse was that this was done by the RSPCA, the so-called charity which is meant to save and protect animals. I agree with Mr Symonds who says the RSPCA has lost its way.... L Powell Lever Edge Lane Bolton (letter)
Bolton News 3.11.10 RSPCA has degraded name over killing of ‘miracle deer’ -TO say I am outraged once again by the actions of the RSPCA is an understatement. A few years ago I was involved in a dog rescue and I have had quite a lot of run-ins with the charity. As Mr Symonds quite rightly says in The Bolton News, they are “more interested in money than animals”. I have known this for many years... Carol Parkinson Old Barn Place Bromley Cross (letter)
Bolton News 30.10.10 Charity defends culling of rescued deer that had become ‘too tame’ THE Bolton branch of the RSPCA has defended the charity’s decision to put down a deer — because it was too tame. In a letter to The Bolton News, branch administrator Katherine Kay urged people not to withdraw support from the RSPCA because of the case.... (story)
The Sentinel 28.10.10 Fawn rescued by Stapeley staff put down after it was unable to cope in the wild - A DEER which was rescued from the womb of its mother after she was hit and killed by a car has been put down.... (story)
Bolton News 28.10.10 RSPCA volunteer quits after ‘miracle’ deer is put down - A FURIOUS animal charity volunteer has resigned and launched a scathing attack on the RSPCA after it put down a young deer that miraculously survived a car accident. Mervyn Symonds, aged 63, said the RSPCA had “lost its way” after their specialists killed the healthy male fawn because it was “too tame”.... (story)
Mail 27.10.10 RSPCA under fire for killing orphaned deer 'because it was too tame' (after THEY reared it) - An orphaned deer was put down by the RSPCA because it was 'too tame'. The fawn had been plucked from its pregnant mother after she was killed in a car crash... The male roe deer had been reared at the RSPCA Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, then released into the wild. But the animal was deemed unsuitable for its natural environment and was put to sleep... BDS spokesman David Kenyon said: 'If the RSPCA took the decision to raise the deer, then they should have taken the long-term decision to put it into a petting zoo.... (story)
Bolton News 27.10.10 Car crash ‘miracle’ deer is put down - A “MIRACLE” fawn which survived after its mother was killed in a car accident while she was pregnant has been put down — because it was too tame... The animal was released into the wild last week, but the RSPCA said the deer was too tame following its release and it had to be put down... (story)

Telegraph 4.11.10 40 million chicks on 'conveyor belt to death' - Millions of male chicks are killed every year by the egg industry, according to new undercover footage from animal campaigners, that shows the tiny birds on a "conveyor belt to death" By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Alleged undercover footage of a UK hatchery, filmed by vegetarian organisation Viva!, shows the yellow chicks from the moment they are hatched in a massive factory. The birds are dropped onto a conveyor belt where they are sorted by sex. The males are apparently either thrown alive into electronic mincers or instantly gassed to death.... (story)

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 4.11.10 RE MR Andrew Tyrie MP and Nocton Dairies. Just what does one have to do to get a response from our MP? Several times I have contacted him recently without response and in particular I asked him to attend (a few minutes would have been enough) a reception held by Austen Mitchell MP in which objections to the proposed 8,000-cow dairy in Lincolnshire were raised. Needless to say he was not there, though I was.... At the briefing, there was a coalition of groups (Compassion in World Farming, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Friends of the Earth, Soil Association, Women’s Institute) agreeing that this was not the way forward for the dairy industry... Rosemary Marshall, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester (letter)

Sheffield Telegraph 4.11.10 LISTINGS: Events Nov 4 - Nov 11 - Animal Aid’s Northern Compassionate Christmas Fayre... Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 11am – 4pm. (story)

Surrey Mirror 5.11.10 All creatures brave and small saluted - PURPLE poppies commemorating animals who suffer in war are on sale again this year in Surrey, alongside their red counterparts. The scheme, run by charity Animal Aid, aims to raise awareness of the suffering of animals both in battle and as a result of testing. Animal rescuer Trudy Osbourne, of Torwood Farm in Whyteleafe, said: "Animals become the forgotten victims, and we're trying to right that... (story)


ThisIsDevon 3.11.10 New season hunts get under way By patrick phelvin - THE hills around Devon resounded to the sound of baying hounds and horns at the weekend as the hunting season got under way. Hunts say the sport is more popular than ever, despite the 2004 Hunting Act, which means that instead of pursuing foxes, hunts will be chasing a scent trail.... The East Devon Hunt introduced new hounds to the sport on Sunday in a practice known as cubbing ahead of their first major meet at Rockbeare Manor this weekend.... The Tiverton Staghounds met at Huntsham on Sunday. A spokesman said they too had experienced high levels of support... (story)

Newcastle Chronicle 3.11.10 End cruelty for good - SEVERAL years ago, over 400 MPs voted to put an end to fox hunting in a free vote... It won’t be long before another free vote will be held in an attempt to overturn this fragile ban. The Lib/Dems – who almost all voted for the ban initially – hopefully will continue their support for this by voting with Labour and all other ban supporters to put this cruel sport to bed once and for all and a vigorous campaign to bring to justice any fox hunters caught in the act.... LES MAY, Gateshead, via email (letter)


PR Week 2.11.10 Bright Young Things MD Niall Cowley Takes Berlin-Based Role After Closing Agency - Matt Cartmell - The former managing director of Bright Young Things has resurfaced in Berlin after winding down his business in July. It has emerged that Niall Cowley closed the agency after it was hit hard by public sector cuts... Bright Young Things specialised in voluntary sector communications, with clients such as the School Food Trust, League Against Cruel Sports and the Soil Association... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 2.11.10 March won't happen, says Countryside Alliance chief - The new chief executive of the Countryside Alliance has ruled out another mass march through the streets of London, despite a repeal of the hunting ban looking as distant as ever. Alice Barnard said there were "other ways of connecting" with the media, the public and with the MPs who have not yet been given a timetable for the all-important vote on whether to even hold a debate on the Hunting Act.... (story)

ThisIsDevon 2.11.10 Hunt ban repeal has 'low priority' - THE ban on hunting with dogs is likely to remain despite the change in Government as there would be "uproar" if it were to be addressed at this time of financial crisis, campaigners in the South West have admitted.... (story)

Western Morning News 2.11.10 Hunt ban must stay for now -The Countryside Alliance shows a sensible realism with its statement on the likely continuation of the hunting ban, at least for the next couple of years. But that does not mean the Alliance accepts the League Against Cruel Sports' analysis that the vote, when it does come, will decide in favour of maintaining the ban. That issue is far from settled... The truth is hunting is a minority activity that continues in a lawful way despite confusing and hard-to-enforce legislation. That's not ideal and the Western Morning News supports the Conservative pledge of a free vote. But after the toughest Comprehensive Spending Review in decades, costing up to half a million public sector jobs and deep cuts in Britain's defences, now is not the time to be debating hunting... (story)

Bristol Evening Post 2.11.10 A senseless waste - WHAT a cowardly and despicable act it was to kill that majestic Exmoor stag.... Clive Heath, address supplied. (letter)

Argus 2.11.10 Jailed Littlehampton animal rights activist boasts of "easy" life in prison By Emily Walker, Chief Reporter » - An animal rights campaigner jailed for terrorising people linked to a laboratory has boasted how she has been given “vegan treats” in jail. Sarah Whitehead has told how she has been provided with special toiletries that have not been tested on animals and given treats from the prison canteen.... (story)
Daily Mail 30.10.10 A terrorist called Mumsy: The retired nurse who was the mastermind behind a vicious and ruthless IRA-style gang of animal rights fanatics By Andrew Malone - To her neighbours in Littlehampton, Sarah Whitehead was a pleasant, if slightly dotty, former nurse. While surrounding homes in the West ¬Sussex town were well-kept, the 52-year-old let her garden become overgrown — providing ¬private sanctuary, she said, for all manner of unwanted pets, from guinea pigs to rescued dogs.By day, the dark-haired woman was often seen out walking her dogs with a younger, blonde companion — her lesbian partner. By night, she was heard talking to her assorted animals in the garden... But all this was a cynical, well-rehearsed sham. For there was ¬nothing remotely maternal about Sarah ‘Mumsy’ Whitehead.... (story)
Kent on Saturday 30.10.10 Police laud success of animal rights investigation - The jailing of six animal rights extremists brings to a close a lengthy and complex investigation carried out by Kent Police. On Monday the last few members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group were sentenced to a total of more than 17 years behind bars for their part in a hate-fuelled campaign of terror... (story)
ThisIsKent 29.10.10 Owner of sanctuary denies criminal link By Oliver Frankham - AN EAST Peckham animal sanctuary owner has distanced herself from a group of animal rights extremists jailed for their part in a criminal conspiracy. Marion Eaton said her Friend Farmed Animal Rescue centre had once been used as the postal address for campaign group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and, while she knew group members, she did not support the tactics they are said to have used. But she claimed that activists she knows were "nice people"..;... (story)
Salisbury Journal 29.10.10 Animal rights activists jailed - TWO animal rights activists from Ringwood have been jailed for their part in a|devastating campaign against an animal testing laboratory. Thomas Harris, 27, and Nicola Tapping, 29, both of Somerville Road in the town, were among five people sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Monday... (story)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 28.10.10 Ex-Kings of Wessex School pupil jailed for animal rights extremism - A former high-flying Kings of Wessex School pupil has been jailed for conspiring against firms linked to Europe's largest animal research centre. Nicole Vosper, 22, originally of Cheddar, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail at Winchester Crown Court on Monday for conspiracy to blackmail... (story)
Cornish Guardian 27.10.10 Animal rights extremist jailed for blackmail - A YOUNG animal rights extremist from Newquay has been jailed for her part in a campaign which included sending hoax bombs to people linked to an animal testing lab. Nicole Vosper, 22, of Bay View Terrace, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to blackmail.... (story)
Mirror 26.10.10 Animal rights terror chief jailed for six years By Euan Stretch - An animal rights extremist who waged war on 40 companies got six years in jail yesterday. Sarah Whitehead, 53 - Mumsy to her accomplices - led a terror campaign against firms linked to testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences... (story)
Bournemouth Echo 26.10.10 Ringwood animal rights activists Thomas Harris and Nicola Tapping jailed over campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences By Steven Smith - TWO animal rights activists from Ringwood have been jailed for their part in a devastating campaign against an animal testing laboratory. Thomas Harris, 27, and Nicola Tapping, 29, both of Somerville Road in the town, were among five people sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Monday... (story)
Telegraph 26.10.10 Animal rights activists jailed for terrifying campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences - A judge has condemned animal rights activists for using their beliefs as a “thin veneer” to conduct a terrifying campaign of violence against a laboratory's suppliers. By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent - The militants targeted scores of victims during a seven-year period, branding businessmen "paedophiles'' and attacking their families as they tried to force the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing company... (story)
Express 26.10.10 ANIMAL RIGHTS GANG JAILED FOR THREE YEAR REIGN OF TERROR - A GANG of violent animal rights activists were jailed yesterday after waging a war of terror against a host of companies linked to a research laboratory. The group of six, led by Sarah Whitehead, 53, targeted 40 firms across the globe over a three-year period because they were trading with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)... (story)
Metro 26.10.10 Nurse Mumsy’s animal rights reign of terror sees her jailed for six years - Sarah Whitehead, a middle-aged hospital nurse nicknamed ‘Mumsy’, was jailed last night for spearheading an extreme animal rights campaign of ‘intimidation, violence and terror’.... (story)
BBC News Online 25.10.10 Huntingdon Life Sciences supplier's life 'under siege' - A businessman who was persecuted by animal rights activists because of his link to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) has said he has spent seven years living under siege and fearing for his family's safety.... The three men and three women responsible for turning his life and the lives of his family upside down have now been sentenced. Thomas Harris, 27, of Ringwood, Hampshire; Nicola Tapping, 29, also from Ringwood; Jason Mullen, 32, of Islington, London; Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, of Solihull, West Midlands; Nicole Vosper, 22, of Newquay, Cornwall, and Sarah Whitehead, 53, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, had waged an international campaign of intimidation against a host of companies to try to force the closure of HLS.... (story)
BBC News Online 25.10.10 Huntingdon Life Sciences hate plot campaigners jailed - Five animal rights activists have been jailed for intimidating staff at firms linked to a Cambridgeshire animal testing laboratory. Nicole Vosper, Sarah Whitehead, Thomas Harris, Nicola Tapping and Jason Mullan were jailed for up to six years each... A sixth campaigner, Alfie Fitzpatrick, received a suspended prison sentence.... (story)
Sky News 25.10.10 Animal Activists Jailed For Terror Campaign - Andy Winter, Sky News Online - Five animal rights activists who waged a campaign of "violence and terror" on people and companies linked to an animal testing lab have been jailed.... Campaigner Luke Steele has blamed the Government for "failing to prosecute HLS for the animal cruelty which has gone on". He told Sky News: "As has been seen in the past with the suffragettes and the anti-aparthead movement, people are bound to take the law into their own hands."... (story)
Daily Mail 25.10.10 Animal activists who launched smear campaign branding lab suppliers paedophiles and murderers are jailed - Five animal rights extremists who waged a war of 'intimidation, violence and terror' against firms linked to a controversial animal testing lab were jailed today. Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, and 29-year-old Nicola Tapping were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac). The youngest member of the conspiracy Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.... (story)
Guardian 25.10.10 Animal rights activists jailed for terrorising suppliers to Huntingdon Life Sciences - Matthew Weaver and agencies - Five animal rights activists who waged a relentless campaign of "violence and terror" against companies and individuals linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences were jailed today... Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, and Nicola Tapping, 29, were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac). They were given prison sentences of between 15 months and six years at Winchester crown court. A sixth member of the conspiracy, Alfie Fitzpatrick, at 21 the youngest member of the group, received a 12-month sentence suspended for two years... (story)
Birmingham Post 25.10.10 Solihull animal rights activist avoids jail after group's campaign of intimidation - An animal rights activist from Solihull has been given a suspended prison sentence for his part in a group's intimidation of companies linked to an animal testing lab. Alfie Fitzpatrick, aged 21, of Knowle Road, received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community work... (story)
Birmingham Mail 25.10.10 Solihull animal rights activist given suspended sentence - A SOLIHULL animal rights activist was given a suspended prison sentence and five others jailed for intimidating companies linked to an animal testing lab. Alfie Fitzpatrick, aged 21, of Knowle Road, received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community work. A court heard that Fitzpatrick was only 17 when he was part of the conspiracy. He was educated at the international school in Geneva and is from a wealthy family.... (story)
Argus 25.10.10 Littlehampton animal rights activist jailed for six years for campaign of intimidation - A Littlehampton animal rights activist known as ‘Mumsy’ has been jailed for six years for a shocking campaign of intimidation against an animal testing lab. Sarah Whitehead, 53, of Thorncroft Road, led an attempt to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences by intimidating companies linked to it. Winchester Crown Court head today how she and five others waged a wide-ranging international conspiracy of intimidation against a host of supply companies to force the closure of Cambridge-based HLS... (story)
Portsmouth News 23.10.10 Hate campaign activists' sentence due on Monday - SIX animals rights activists, including two who lived in Gosport, who led a campaign of hate against Huntingdon Life Sciences animal testing lab will hear their sentences next week.... (story)
Press Association (via Google News) 22.10.10 Animal rights gang to be sentenced next week - Six animals rights activists, including one from London, who intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close down the animal testing lab will hear their sentences next week. Judge Keith Cutler said he wanted the weekend to consider the verdicts for Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, Nicola Tapping, 29, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, after hearing mitigation on their behalf. The six were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).... (story)
Cambridge News 22.10.10 Anti-HLS group ‘just a front for criminal activities’ - Six animal rights activists intimidated firms linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in a relentless attempt to shut the animal testing lab, a court has heard. Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, Nicola Tapping, 29, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, were members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac).... Sentencing is likely to be held today. (story)
BBC News Online 21.10.10 Sentencing of Huntingdon Life Sciences hate campaigners - Six animal rights activists intimidated companies linked to a Cambridgeshire animal testing laboratory in an attempt to close it down, a court has heard. Winchester Crown Court was told they targeted homes of staff from the supply firms of Huntingdon Life Sciences. Thomas Harris, Nicola Tapping, Jason Mullen, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, Nicole Vosper and Sarah Whitehead have all admitted taking part in the campaign. The sentencing hearing will conclude on Friday... (story)
Birmingham Post 21.10.10 Solihull animal rights activist joined group in intimidating lab supply firms - Six animals rights activists, including one from Solihull, intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in a well-planned and relentless attempt to close down the animal testing lab, a court has heard. Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, from Solihull, along with Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, and Nicola Tapping, 29, were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). Winchester Crown Court heard at the start of a sentencing hearing that the six waged a wide-ranging international conspiracy of intimidation against a host of supply companies to force the closure of Cambridge-based HLS... (story)
Southern Daily Echo 21.10.10 Animal rights activists' campaign to shut down lab - Six animals rights activists intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in a well-planned and relentless attempt to close down the animal testing lab, a court heard today. Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, Nicola Tapping, 29, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty SHAC... (story)
Southern Reporter & others 21.10.10 Animal rights activists conspired against lab, court told - Six animals rights activists, including one from Cornwall, intimidated companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in a well-planned and relentless attempt to close down the animal testing lab, a court has heard. Sarah Whitehead, 53, Nicole Vosper, 22, Thomas Harris, 27, Jason Mullan, 32, Nicola Tapping, 29, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 21, were all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty SHAC... Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2010, All Rights Reserved (story)
Cornish Guardian 15.9.10 Animal rights campaigner faces jail after guilty plea - A YOUNG woman from Newquay has admitted her involvement in an extremist campaign of intimidation aimed at closing down an animal testing lab. Nicole Vosper, 22, of Bay View Terrace, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail before a trial was due to begin at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday last week. She was one of a group of six animal rights activists who were targeting organisations they believed had links with controversial research company Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridgeshire... (story)
Littlehampton Gazette 9.9.10 Littlehampton animal rights extremist to be sentenced - A LITTLEHAMPTON animal rights activist could be facing prison. Sarah Whitehead, 53, of Thorncroft Road, will be sentenced on October 21, after admitting to being part of a conspiracy to blackmail organisations. She, along with four others, were arrested in May 2007 as part of Operation Achilles, a major investigation into animal rights extremism that involved officers from four police forces, and another man was arrested in March 2008.... (story)
Milton Keynes News 9.9.10 Animal rights activists admit blackmail - A woman from Newquay has admitted her role in a campaign of intimidation led by a group of animal rights activists against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the animal testing lab down. Nicole Vosper, 22, from Bay View Terrace, Newquay, Cornwall, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail at Winchester Crown Court along with Sarah Whitehead, 53, from Thorncroft Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, and four others who were all involved in a campaign of intimidation against a host of companies to force the closure of HLS... (story)
Birmingham Post 9.9.10 Solihull animal rights activist admits conspiracy charge - Four animal rights activists, including a man from Solihull, have pleaded guilty to interfering and blackmailing companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the animal testing lab down. Alfie Fitzpatrick, 20, from Knowle Road, Solihull, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harm HLS from 2005 to 2008 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 by interfering with companies supplying them... (story)
West Sussex Gazette 8.9.10 Animal rights activists admit blackmail - Four animal rights activists have pleaded guilty to interfering and blackmailing companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the animal testing lab down... (story)
Portsmouth News 8.9.10 Animal rights campaigners admit blackmail By Clare Semke Crime reporter - A GROUP of animal rights campaigners face jail after admitting blackmailing firms and suppliers in a bid to bring down a controversial testing laboratory. Thomas Harris, 27, from Clarence Road, Gosport, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail companies and suppliers linked to Huntington Life Sciences between 2001 and 2008. His partner Nicola Tapping, 29, of the same address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harm the Cambridge-based firm from 2005 to 2008 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 by interfering with firms supplying them. Jason Mullan, 32, from Holloway Road, London, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 20, from Knowle Road, Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to the same charge as Tapping at Winchester Crown Court.... Two other members of Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty – Sarah Whitehead, 53, from Thorncroft Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, and Nicole Vosper, 22, from Bay View Terrace, Newquay, Cornwall, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail at an earlier hearing... (story)
BBC News Online 8.9.10 Four admit Huntingdon Life Sciences hate campaign - Four animal rights activists have admitted waging a hate campaign against people linked to a Cambridgeshire animal testing laboratory. Thomas Harris, 27, admitted conspiracy to blackmail representatives and those associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) with menaces. Nicola Tapping, 29, Jason Mullen, 32, and Alfie Fitzpatrick, 20, admitted intimidating firms with HLS contracts. Nicole Vosper, 22, and Sarah Whitehead, 53, had admitted a conspiracy charge... (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 8.9.10 Animal rights activists admit blackmail - Four animal rights activists, including two from Hampshire, have pleaded guilty to interfering and blackmailing companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the animal testing lab down.... (story)
Cambridge News 8.9.10 Activists admit Huntingdon Life Sciences hate campaign - Four animal rights activists have pleaded guilty to interfering and blackmailing companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in an attempt to close the animal testing lab down. Alfie Fitzpatrick, 20, from Knowle Road, Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harm HLS from 2005 to 2008 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 by interfering with companies supplying them. He was joined by Nicola Tapping, 29, from Clarence Road, Gosport, and Jason Mullan, 32, from Holloway Road, London, who admitted the same charge. Thomas Harris, 27, from Clarence Road, Gosport, Hampshire, admitted conspiracy to blackmail companies and suppliers linked to the Cambridgeshire-based company between 2001 and 2008. The four, who were members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court on the eve of their trial. Two other members of SHAC, Sarah Whitehead, 53, from Thorncroft Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, and Nicole Vosper, 22, from Bay View Terrace, Newquay, Cornwall, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail at an earlier hearing... (story)

Isle of Wight County Press 28.10.10 - THERE are so many horrible things to read in the newspapers at present, that you don’t expect something in your own local paper to reduce you to despairing tears... From Jenny Crates, Freshwater: -
From Mrs Beryl Arnold, Newport- Beneath contempt: How sickening to read of the badger dying in a snare and suffering hours of torment ... (letters)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 2.11.10 No need for such an explosive celebration – I strongly support the letter by Animal Aid’s Ashley Owen .... Noel A Shaw, Bronte Old Road, Thornton (letter)
Lancashire Evneing Post 2.11.10 A night of terror in store for animals - Ashley Owen, Animal Aid, via e-mail (letter)
Halifax Courier 1.11.10 Ban sale of fireworks to individuals - Ashley Owen, Animal Aid (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 29.10.10 Letter from Ashley Owen - Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Formby Times 27.10.10 Protect our pets - ASHLEY OWEN, Animal Aid (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 26.10.10 Ban for animals’ sake - Ashley Owen, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Plymouth Herald 26.10.10 Fireworks ban - WITH Hallowe'en, the Hindu festival of Diwali and Bonfire Night approaching, the fireworks season seems to go on longer than ever. But please spare a thought for animals and birds which are terrified by deafening crashes... ASHLEY OWEN, Animal Aid (letter)


CarRentals 1.11.10 Anne Widdecombe expresses her views on fox hunting - Anne Widdecombe has been successful on Strictly Come dancing but has this influenced her neighbors in South Devon? A villager said that she has not fitted in well with the community because she is against fox hunting and the region is a hunting center... Her home is a white washed retirement house in South Devon.... It is situated at the end or Dartmoor and the region is well known for the South Devon Hunt.... (story)

Northern Echo 1.11.10 Hurworth Hunt attracted about 80 people on horseback - A HUNT had its first meet of the season and reported a bigger than expected turnout. Hurworth Hunt attracted about 80 people on horseback for a trail through the countryside around Welbury, in Hambleton, North Yorkshire... (story)
Hull Daily Mail 1.11.10 New take on the traditional hunt attracts crowds as season gets off to great start - Dozens of riders, accompanied by packs of barking hounds, took to their horses for the start of the hunting season. Organisers of Holderness Hunt say it is going from strength to strength. At the opening meet on Saturday more than 300 people joined the 100 or so riders on foot at Rise Park, near Skirlaugh... (story)

Newcastle Journal 1.11.10 Old divisions mark new hunt season by Amy Hunt, The Journal - THE first hunts of the season have taken place in the North East, with hundreds of riders and hounds turning out on its opening day. The Tynedale and Zetland hunts met yesterday, and the Morpeth and Percy Hunts will meet next weekend.... (story)
Newcastle Sunday Sun 31.10.10 Hunt season starts with hopes of ban repeal by Coreena Ford - HUNDREDS of riders and hounds were out in force yesterday as the new hunting season got underway. Supporters and members of the Tynedale and Zetland hunts in the North East were among thousands gathering in the UK for opening meets across the country yesterday... Meanwhile the Morpeth and Percy Hunts kick off next weekend and others across the region will get under way over the next week... (story)

ThisIsDevon 1.11.10 Hunt supporters begin the new season in high spirits - Parts of the Westcountry resounded to the sound of baying hounds and horns at the weekend as the hunting season got under way... Kevin Clarke, honorary secretary of the East Devon Hunt, said levels of support were "heartening." "There's no doubt that there's a huge level of support for hunting at the moment," he said... (story)

Independent 1.11.10 Alice Barnard: Hunting for a new political strategy - The Countryside Alliance's new chief executive wants it to move beyond marches to make itself heard, she tells Jonathan Brown. - Whatever happened to the countryside? Not the green, rolling hills that we all know and love, but the seeth-ing Barbour-clad hordes that once threatened to bring the metropolitan governing classes under New Labour to their knees – unless they sat up and listened to the travails of everyday farming folk and their friends... She continues to ride with the Belvoir, otherwise known as the Duke of Rutland's Hounds, which has been giving chase across large swaths of eastern England since 1750... She believes that Liberal Democrat MPs, on whom the Alliance must rely if they are to win the repeal in this Parliament, will be convinced by her arguments that the ban is a busted flush in its present form as well as her suggestion that it is both "anti-democratic and anti-libertarian"... (story)

Telegraph 1.11.10 Fox hunting ban set to stay as repeal campaign 'falls off political agenda' - A ban on hunting with dogs is likely to remain despite the change in Government because worries about the nation’s finances have forced the issue off the political agenda, campaigners admitted. The impact of the economic downturn has meant attempts to change the controversial law have become a low priority, the Countryside Alliance acknowledged. As the traditional start of the season gets under way today, the Alliance conceded it was keeping a low profile because it was foolhardy to make hunting a priority issue when country was just recovering from a recession.... (story)

Western Daily Press 1.11.10 Alliance's questions score an own goal, says League Against Cruel Sports - The row over the ban on hunting intensified yesterday as animal welfare campaigners said they had used the pro-hunt lobby's own questions to finally prove the public want the hunt ban enforced. The League Against Cruel Sports has long used YouGov polls to show public support for the ban on hunting. However, the polls have often been dismissed by pro-hunt groups such as the Countryside Alliance, who accuse the league of asking biased questions designed to get favourable answers... But now the league is claiming a coup after it took one of the alliance's own polling questions, on enforcing the controversial ban, and discovered huge opposition to police and the courts turning a blind eye to law-breaking... (story)

Western Telegraph 1.11.10 Hunt deserves better reception - disgusting that the wishes of the demonstrators win again (Casting vote puts hunt off the town trail, Western Telegraph, October 13th). the mayor had the casting vote and said “the hunt brings no real benefit to the town” – do the demonstrators then?... Gill Rees, Manorbier (letter)
Tenby Observer 22.10.10 Council under fire over Hunt decision - Former Mayor questions new Mayor’s casting vote - Tenby Town Council has been criticised by a former Mayor for the way it came to a decision on refusing to allow a meet of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt to be held in Tudor Square.... A letter addressed to the Mayor, from former Mayor and councillor, Mr. John Griffiths, concerning the matter, was brought before councillors at their meeting on Tuesday night. ... “The application to hold the Hunt meet in Tenby was not on the agenda for the last council meeting, so members of the public were not given the opportunity to address the council in support or in opposition to the subject,” continued Mr. Griffiths... “In view of the political and emotional sensitivity of the subject, the lack of opportunity for public consultation and a split vote in the council, I would respectfully suggest that the appropriate course of action for you, a Mayor, would have been to defer the issue to the next meeting... (story)
Western Telegraph 15.10.10 Horses and hounds must hunt down new destination after mayor's casting vote By Ruth Davies - The spectacle of horses and hounds will be absent from Tenby’s Tudor Square this year after the town council voted against inviting them back. The South Pembrokeshire Hunt has held its closing meet of Hunt Week in the centre of the town for the past two years, following a 17-year absence.... last week, Tenby’s current mayor, Councillor Julie Evans, used her casting vote at a town council meeting against asking the hunt back this year... (story)
Tenby Observer 8.10.10 Council says ‘neigh’ to Tudor Square Hunt return - Tenby councillors have said ‘neigh’ to welcoming hunt riders back into the centre of the town this year. South Pembrokeshire Hunt Master, Hugh Harrison-Allen, had written to the town council to see if they would be able to hold one of their hunts in Tudor Square again this year as part of their annual Hunt Week programme... Clr. Mrs. Trisha Putwain said that she would propose refusal of the idea. “I don’t think we should be seen to be encouraging the idea of hunting; it’s a sensitive political issue that we shouldn’t get involved with... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.10 Blaming crisis on Labour is unhelpful - HOW many Tory ministers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: two. One to change it and one to say the change was inevitable due to the overspending of the last Labour Government. Not a funny joke perhaps but a true one. Now fox hunting's been banned, blaming Labour for the budget deficit has become the popular Tory sport of the day. Sadly, there's a problem with this claim, it's not true... Chris Hallam, Exeter (letter)

Oxford Mail 1.11.10 Stag fell victim to selfish humans - MEDIA coverage of the killing of a magnificent stag on Exmoor has highlighted the utterly selfish nature of some – sadly too many – humans. Appalled as I am at the needless slaughter of a beautiful animal in its prime, I am equally appalled and somewhat mystified at the apparent lack of interest shown by both media and the public in general regarding the hunting with hounds of deer and foxes.... BEA BRADLEY, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter)

Scotsman 1.11.10 Helen Martin: I'm foxed by immoral intolerance of animals - SEVERAL times in my life, I have come across people who seem to believe that the world is for mankind and every other species is some sort of blight, nuisance or pest which is to be ignored or eradicated... Most creatures, apart from us, simply want to exist rather being hell-bent on dominating the world and ruining everything in their path. And that includes foxes, the poor, beleaguered fox, whose territory has been taken over by out-of-town shopping malls and industrial parks and who has come into the city in search of sustenance... I was highly sceptical about the case earlier this year in London when a fox allegedly attacked twin baby girls who were asleep in their cot, not least because unless he was a locksmith, Foxy had to get in somewhere... And now we have our own, local example of someone "attacked" by a fox. A 37-year-old man blacked out in a cemetery in Inveresk and had his nose and fingers bitten off last week. The reasons for his lack of consciousness are irrelevant. It's a tragedy, of course it is. But what it is certainly not, is "an attack". (story)

Independent 1.11.10 Badger shooting can be humane - The RSPCA cites our report to Defra on the viability of shooting as a tool in badger population control (“Badger shooting is cruel, says RSPCA”, 29 October), but ignores its conclusions... , after reviewing data on sighting frequencies and range, and on ballistics, we saw no reason that appropriately trained operators would not attain the same levels of humaneness as are typical in deer or fox control. Compared with cage-trapping, we concluded that shooting would also be an efficient way to reduce badger densities... Dr Jonathan Reynolds, The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Fordingbridge, Hampshire (story)

BBC News Online 1.11.10 Concern over 'barbaric' badger baiting and persecution - Despite being outlawed in the 19th Century, badger baiting and the associated persecution of the animals remains a problem in the UK.... On Monday, three men were convicted of interfering with a badger sett in East Yorkshire... Jack Reedy, spokesman for The Badger Trust, said they believed that cases of persecution were at a "disturbingly high level".... Wildlife deterrent consultant John Bryant said badger baiting was a "pure blood sport", resulting in the suffering and often the deaths of the animals involved.... Valerie Reeves, of the East Yorkshire Badger Protection Group, said: "Often we hear that the badgers are injured in some way, to maim them so they are not able to fight properly.... (story)

Scottish Herald 1.11.10 Cate Devine on the latest delicacy – guga - Its harvest and flavour divide opinion, but guga is a rarity worth investigating. Mike Donald is having a Proustian moment. Fork in hand, he’s chewing, swallowing and sighing all at once. “Ah, this takes me back. It tastes like home – it’s like the salt of the sea,” he says dreamily. The memory trigger is not, however, the delicate blend of fragrant tea and madeleine cake that famously moved the romantic French novelist. Donald is chomping on the stringy, boiled meat of a gannet chick, which has recently been culled on a remote and treacherous rock in the Atlantic Ocean north of Ness (or Nis) on the Isle of Lewis... The killing of wild seabirds is outlawed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, but the guga hunters are granted a special licence from the Scottish Government to continue their tradition... Nonetheless it’s a treat and a privilege to be able to taste this booty of the Hebrides, especially since this could be the last year of the centuries-old hunt – at least, if the Scottish SPCA has its way. Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn says, “We have concerns if any animal is killed inhumanely and is caused unnecessary suffering. “We do not believe that the current method used to kill gannets, where the bird is struck on the head with a heavy implement, is humane and would therefore support a ban on this practice.”... (story)