November 2012

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30.11.12

Dundee Courier 30.11.12 Scottish Gamekeepers Association warns of 'emotive language' after birds of prey report - Questions have been raised about the contents of a new report released by the RSPB Scotland…. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has retaliated, saying incidents of abuse have dropped and warned the public about being ''blinded by emotive language.''… (story)
Dundee Courier 29.11.12 RSPB states birds of prey at significant risk of being illegally killed in Scotland - Majestic birds of prey including the golden eagle, red kite and peregrine falcon remain at significant threat from illegal killing, according to a new RSPB Scotland report… (story)

Dundee Courier 30.11.12 Protected bird killed near Cairn O'Mount - A protected hen harrier has been killed near a rural Aberdeenshire beauty spot. The discovery of the young bird near the Cairn O'Mount has led to a police appeal for information and condemnation from the RSPB and the estate, whose staff found the carcass near the scenic tourist route…. (story)

STUDY PROVES LINK BETWEEN BADGER AND BOVINE TB
Western Daily Press 30.11.12 Science blames badgers for TB as new evidence makes case for cull - Scientists last night claimed to have produced the clearest evidence yet that bovine tuberculosis does spread between cattle and badgers. Many West Country farmers welcomed the study, but say it merely supports what they already knew… (story)
ITV 30.11.12 TB link established between badgers and cattle - A study of DNA analysis has shown for the first time that tuberculosis (TB) can spread between cattle and badgers living near farms… (story)
Western Morning News 30.11.12 Study proves link between badgers and bovine TB - A study of bacterial DNA has provided the first clear evidence that tuberculosis can spread between cattle and badgers… (story)

Evesham Journal 30.11.12 Lions end up in Japanese circus - A COMPANY supplying animals to the entertainment industry says it has done nothing illegal providing four lions to a Japanese circus. Amazing Animals at Chipping Norton came under fire from animal rights campaigners and the national media for supplying four white lions to the travelling Circus Kinoshita. However, owner Jim Clubb said no laws had been broken as long as the Five Freedoms had been met in line with the Animal Welfare Act 2006…. (story)
Mail 27.11.12 Fury as rare white lion cubs born in UK safari park are sent to a Japanese circus By ANNA EDWARDS - Four rare white lion cubs born in a UK safari park have been sent to perform in a Japanese circus after being trained in a British facility. The cubs were born at West Midlands Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcester, in 2008… Animal rights charities have expressed outrage after discovering they were flown 6,000 miles to Japan’s Circus Kinoshita… The animals were given to British businessman Jim Clubb who runs Amazing Animals, which also goes by the name Heythrop Zoological Gardens, in Chipping Norton, Oxon. Undercover video footage taken by Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) and Lion Aid taken in 2010 appears to show Clubb training the lion cubs during an open day at his firm… (story)

Guardian 30.11.12 Animals in circuses: a modern-day slave trade - Existing regulations have failed animals such as Anne, the elephant kicked and beaten in a UK circus. We need a ban now - Benjamin Zephaniah (story)

ANIMAL AID REINDEER LETTER
Derby Telegraph 30.11.12 Make a Christmas choice about animal cruelty - AS the Christmas season approaches, reindeer are being transported up and down the country to be used as entertainment in parades, Santa's grottos and other festive events… these semi-wild animals are used to roaming the tundra and eating lichen, not living on farms and being paraded around shopping centres… Ashley Owen Animal Aid Kent (letter)
West Sussex Gazette 25.11.12 These semi wild creatures don’t belong in towns - Ashley Owen Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)

LIVE EXPORTS – ISLE OF THANET GAZETTE
Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.11.12 Thanet council backs down in battle over Ramsgate animal exports By Emma Cooney - THE legal bid to ban animal exports from the port of Ramsgate has been dropped. Thanet council was due to take part in a judicial review at the High Court next month, but following advice from its lawyers has withdrawn from the process… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.11.12 MP leads calls for answers as ship is forced back by gales By Emma Cooney - POLITICIANS have waded into the live export battle at Ramsgate port. They have called on farming and food minister David Heath for answers after animal export ship The Joline was forced to turn back in gale force winds last Wednesday… Sir Roger Gale, Conservative MP for Thanet North, told the Commons the Joline should never have been allowed to sail… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.11.12 Grandmother in placard protest claims policing is 'over zealous' - A PENSIONER claims she is being denied her democratic right to protest by "over zealous" policing. Mary Knott was holding a placard calling for an end to live animal exports near the entrance to Ramsgate port when police started to read her her rights. Mrs Knott, who runs the charity Thanet Cats in Crisis, says she was forced to go home because she feared arrest when officers recited Section 14 of an Act designed to stamp out serious public disorder…. Gerard Bane was wearing a tabard saying Stop Live Animal Exports and was leaving the protest area after the trucks were loaded on to the ship when he was arrested last Wednesday. He claims the police presence is disproportionate… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.11.12 WHAT YOU SAY... Why we are opposed to system - Rosalind Bane, 56, a care worker, of Chapel Road, Ramsgate, is a member of Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) and witnessed the killing of 45 sheep at Ramsgate port in September. "I'm a vegan and I don't want to see any animals killed… Anne Peers, 69, of Prospect Terrace, Ramsgate, is part of the Nelson Crescent and Prospect Terrace Residents Association. She said: "I don't go down to the port because I don't like the language people use. It's undignified…. Semi-retired truck driver and former mobile grocer Bill Fisher, 74, travels from Eastbourne to attend the protests in Ramsgate every week… Val Cameron, a freelance photographer for Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE), is at the port most weeks…. (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 30.11.12 Livestock company calls claims 'a load of drivel' - TOM Lomas, spokesman for Channel Livestock Limited, which operates an assembly point for the animals at Kettering, has been in the business for 40 years and called protesters' claims "a load of drivel."… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 29.11.12 Thanet council lifts Ramsgate live animal export ban - Thanet council has withdrawn its live animal exports ban at the Port of Ramsgate. Officials stopped operations after an incident in September when 45 sheep died but transporters successfully applied for a judicial review of the decision… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 30.11.12 Circus animal ban call - CIRCUSES should be banned from having wild animals, an MP has claimed. Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, and Liberal Democrat spokesman on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, used this week's Prime Ministers Questions to ask David Cameron to end what he said was the cruel practice of keeping wild animals in travelling circuses… (story)

29.11.12

EQUINE HERPES OUTBREAK
Horse & Hound 29.11.12 Hunts halted by virus in south-west England - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Neurological equine herpes virus (EHV-1) brought hunting in part of the south- west to a halt for a week. The Exmoor and the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (D&S) took a self-imposed break from 17-24 November, and the Dulverton West were on foot as H&H went to press…. (story)
Western Morning News 22.11.12 Hunts called off after equine herpes outbreak in North Devon - Three hunts have cancelled their meets this week as a precautionary measure after the outbreak of equine herpes virus was announced at a North Devon racing yard last week… Diana Scott , joint master for the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, confirmed that their decision to cancel this week's meets was purely a "precautionary" measure… Other hunts to cancel are neighbours – the Exmoor Foxhounds and the Dulverton West Foxhounds… (story)
North Devon Journal 22.11.12 Victor Dartnall's horseracing stables closed after Equine Herpes outbreak By Will Topps - THE North Devon stables of a top racehorse trainer have been temporarily closed after horses at the stables were diagnosed with EHV-1, otherwise known as Equine Herpes…. Exmoor Foxhounds, Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Dulverton and West Fox Hounds have all cancelled this week's hunts as a precaution… (story)
BBC News Online 20.11.12 Somerset hunts postponed over equine herpes virus - Hunts in Somerset have been cancelled due to fears of a virus affecting horses in the region. Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the spinal cord or brain. Exmoor Foxhounds, Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Dulverton and West Fox Hounds have all cancelled this week's hunts as a precaution…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.11.12 Fuel duty threat to hunt saboteurs - THE Countryside Alliance recently urged the Chancellor to postpone the fuel duty rise in his Autumn Statement…. The Hunt Saboteurs Association travels long distances in its efforts to prevent contravention of the Hunting Act 2004. It would be a pity if its activities were restricted by unaffordable motoring costs. John Phelps Exeter (letter)

Dundee Courier 29.11.12 Fife landowners urged to join the fight against the mink - Fife landowners are being urged to help combat rising mink numbers, as fears grow for the future of the water vole…. (story)

Western Morning News 29.11.12 Brixham farmer Richard Haddock removes RSPCA boxes from his shop after badger cull comments - Farm-shop owner Richard Haddock has withdrawn RSPCA collecting boxes from the counters of his Devon store because of the charity's stance on badger culling… Mr Haddock, a former regional chairman of the National Farmers' Union, said the tone of the statements "demonstrates how the RSPCA has been hijacked by political interests"…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 29.11.12 In rural areas many badgers killed on road - I wish to respond to a letter by William Close (Bath Chronicle, November 15) critical of people who campaign for the ethical rights of animals, whom he claims 'opposes any form of controlling badgers' and have a 'strange attitude to wildlife'…. DELYTH MORRIS Westbury View Peasedown St John (letter)

Worcester News 29.11.12 Stop badger cull bid is one of compassion - For a long time now I have read the opinions of Jon Burgess on the Worcester News letters page and refused to bite. But after his letter ‘We need action now over bovine TB’ (Worcester News, November 20) I have had enough of his attitude. It seems obvious to me that his hatred of animal lovers and vegans is a very personal one…. DI PUGH Malvern (letter)

28.11.12

Leicester Mercury 28.11.12 Differences just human nature - I have to agree with some of T Green's comments about harmony and toleration… There are parts of the city that are monocultural and appear to be inhabited by the stereotypical Brit. Some of them wouldn't tolerate me – even though I look like them – any more than would the wealthy hunting brigade or people that live in very large houses in "posh" areas… Deirdre Harrow, Leicester (story)

Guardian 28.11.12 Live animal exporter accuses Kent council of tipping off protesters - James Meikle - A shipping company transporting live animals across the English Channel in the face of animal welfare protests claims port owners in Kent have been rallying protesters before planned sailings in an attempt to "obstruct" the legal trade. Barco de Vapor, Dutch-based owner of the ferry Joline, alleges Thanet district council, which runs the port of Ramsgate, is trying to damage legitimate businesses. The council denies any collusion with protesters…. (story)

Plymouth Herald 28.11.12 There is a cruelty-free alternative to turkey - AS CHRISTMAS is approaching, I would like to raise awareness about animal cruelty. Most turkeys are intensively farmed… Why not go for a delicious cruelty-free alternative this Christmas? Going vegan is easy, inexpensive and healthier for us and better for the planet. KERRY MEDLYN Plympton (letter)

27.11.12

Western Morning News 27.11.12 Let's be clear on how cattle catch TB - I don’t know what uniquely qualifies M Hancox, of Stroud, to assert so categorically that ‘the TB crisis has nothing to do with badgers’ when the government and its chief scientific and veterinary advisers, not to mention august and learned veterinary bodies such as the British Veterinary Association, are telling us the complete reverse… Ian Johnson, South West spokesman National Farmers Union, Exeter (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 27.11.12 We face difficult decisions to keep environment in balance - IT is without doubt that Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is the biggest challenge facing the UK livestock industry today, leading to the slaughter of 34,000 cattle during 2011 and costing the economy £100 million. The number of new cases has doubled every nine years…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 27.11.12 John Twyford: Unlike MP Neil, I agree with the RSPCA over cull - WHY on earth does Tiverton MP Neil Parish think the RSPCA only opposes badger culling because it wants to raise money?... (story)

26.11.12

Western Morning News 26.11.12 In my opinion: Parting thoughts from police commissioner candidate - A few observations now that those elections are at last over. For myself and my wife Veronica, losing is tinged with the additional sadness of leaving Cornwall again…. And finally, the hunting community can breathe a sigh of relief. I would probably, indeed almost certainly, have been the only candidate in the country who would have enforced the Hunting Act. That would indeed have been controversial… (story)

Worcester News 26.11.12 Nothing destroys nature more than humans - A couple of years ago, you reported that a fisherman was complaining that cormorants were eating fish in the Severn… Now we read that a “fisheating seal” called ‘Keith’ is eating fish and the wildlife in the river is being devastated…. We should stop complaining that natural predators compete for food with us and our high-tech killing equipment. GERRY TAGGART Powick (letter)
Worcester News 26.11.12 Visiting seal has more rights than fishermen - Dilip Sarkar’s claims that ‘Keith’ the seal is devastating Diglis’ fishstocks are alarmist, misinformed and grossly misleading… The British Divers Marine Life Rescue state clearly that there is no concern about the seal… The visiting seal has more right to harvest the river than any fisherman… LU LOVELOCK, Worcester (letter)

ISPreview 26.11.12 3 Mobile UK Brings FREE Mobile Broadband to Scottish Highland Communities - Mobile operator Three UK has announced that it is giving away 20 free Mobile Broadband modems (dongles) to community hubs in the isolated Highlands and Islands villages of Melvich and Durness in Scotland…. The move is being conducted through the operators Rural Broadband Working Group, which was established last year as an organisation that could work with local politicians and the Countryside Alliance to identify rural broadband ‘Not-Spots’… (story)
Scotland on Sunday 25.11.12 Higher web speeds on way for Highlanders By ERIKKA ASKELAND - THREE villages in the Highlands are to receive free ?gadgets and mobile broadband for a year to help overcome problems accessing fixed-line digital networks… The scheme, which involves the Countryside Alliance, 3 UK, as well as politicians and campaign groups, is designed to tackle rural areas known as “not spots” where access to broadband is poor or nonexistent…. (story)

Western Morning News 26.11.12 Vet slams RSPCA's 'extremist' badger stance - A former senior vet at the RSPCA has joined critics in the Westcountry in hitting out at the charity's "extremist" stance on the badger cull, which he claims is damaging its long-term credibility… David McDowell, a former RSPCA acting chief veterinary adviser, said he feared Mr Grant's controversial approach was jeopardising the charity's ability to work with farmers on animal welfare issues… he claimed that members of the RSPCA council "did not want the hard scientific facts to upset their comfortable prejudices"…. (story)

Wiltshire Times 26.11.12 Live pigs blown up in secret Wiltshire experiments - Live pigs were blasted with explosives and forced to inhale mustard gas, and monkeys infected with anthrax during "disturbing and cruel" experiments at Porton Down, it was claimed today…. (story)
Independent 26.11.12 Live pigs 'blasted with explosives and monkeys infected with anthrax during cruel experiments' - JOHN VON RADOWITZ - Live pigs were blasted with explosives and forced to inhale mustard gas, and monkeys infected with anthrax during “disturbing and cruel” experiments at Porton Down, it was claimed today… The alleged evidence was collected by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) from papers published in scientific journals…. (story)
Mail 26.11.12 Pigs blown up, guinea pigs poisoned and marmosets given anthrax: Campaigners expose 'cruel' secret military experiments at Porton Down - By FIONA MACRAE SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT - Pigs have been blown up, guinea pigs poisoned and marmosets given anthrax in germ and chemical warfare experiments at the top secret British military research base, it has emerged…. Many of the experiments involved substantial suffering and led to the death of the animals, the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection's investigation found…. (story)

CIRCUS ELEPHANT TRIAL
Newcastle Journal 26.11.12 Judge criticises elephant video - An animal welfare group has been criticised by a judge for handing footage of a Cambridgeshire circus elephant being abused to the media before the police. Animal Defenders International (ADI) was attacked by District Judge David Chinnery after he gave a conditional discharge to circus owner Bobby Roberts, 69, after convicting him of three animal cruelty charges relating to Anne, a 60-year-old Asian elephant. He told Northampton Crown Court that ADI's decision to give video footage of the pitchfork attacks by one of Roberts' employees to the media before any legal proceedings took place led to the owner and his wife being "tried by the public"… "They effectively 'sat on' the evidence for two months, leaving the elephant where she was…” >(story)
Telegraph 23.11.12 Circus owner found guilty of mistreating elephant - A circus owner was today found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant. Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal, which was filmed chained to the ground and being hit with a pitchfork… Sentencing, Mr Chinnery said he recognised that Bobby had not directly inflicted the suffering, adding that he had cared for animals ''for the greater part of your seventy years without criticism from any quarter''…. (story)
Independent 23.11.12 Three badgers illegally shot in Shropshire may have been killed after farmers started own cull - Three badgers that were illegally shot in Shropshire may have been killed by farmers “let down” by the postponement of the badger cull, an animal welfare group has claimed… The Chairman of Shropshire Badger Group, Jim Ashley said: “My suspicion is that someone possibly feels let down by the postponement of the cull and has taken matters into their own hands. Whoever is responsible needs to be brought to justice.”… (story)
BBC News Online 23.11.12 Anne the elephant circus abuse: Bobby Roberts guilty - A circus owner has been found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a performing elephant… Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal. His wife Moira, 75, was found not guilty of the same charges at Northampton Crown Court…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle 23.11.12 Circus boss found guilty of cruelty to elephant - A circus owner was found guilty today of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant. Bobby Roberts was also convicted at Northampton Crown Court of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal… (story)
Peterborough Telegraph 23.11.12 Circus owner guilty of cruelty to elephant By Ken McErlain - A circus owner was today given a three-year conditional discharge after being found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant. Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal, which was filmed chained to the ground and being hit with a pitchfork… (story)
Mail 23.11.12 Guilty: Circus owner Bobby Roberts convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the elephant who was chained and cruelly beaten by keeper By BECKY EVANS - Circus owner Bobby Roberts was today convicted of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Asian elephant Anne…. (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 22.11.12 Circus elephant owner would never condone beating animals - The owner of a circus elephant, who is accused of allowing his staff to beat the animal, has said he was disgusted when he saw the footage of a groom striking her with a pitchfork in Polebrook… (story)
Guardian 22.11.12 Circus elephant owner says alleged abuse was 'disgusting' - Bobby and Moira Roberts are accused of failing to stop an employee from repeatedly beating their 58-year-old elephant - (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 22.11.12 Circus elephant owner would never condone beating animals - The owner of a circus elephant, who is accused of allowing his staff to beat the animal, has said he was disgusted when he saw the footage of a groom striking her with a pitchfork in Polebrook… (story)
Guardian 22.11.12 Circus elephant owner says alleged abuse was 'disgusting' - Bobby and Moira Roberts are accused of failing to stop an employee from repeatedly beating their 58-year-old elephant - (story)
BBC News Online 21.11.12 Elephant abuse trial: Welfare expert 'saw distress' - An expert who examined a circus elephant attacked in Northamptonshire told a court the animal had been in distress since her companion died. Prof Donald Broom, from Cambridge University, said Anne the elephant's behaviour had revealed severe distress…. (story)
Express 20.11.12 ‘CIRCUS ELEPHANT SHACKLED AND HIT WITH A PITCHFORK’ By Natalie Chalk - FOOTAGE of Britain’s last circus elephant being kicked and hit with a pitchfork was shown yesterday at the trial of a couple accused of mistreating her…. (story)
Telegraph 19.11.12 Britain's last circus elephant 'chained 24 hours a day and prodded with pitchforks' - The owners of Britain's last circus elephant Anne kept her chained up for 24-hours-a-day and allowed their staff to kick and prod her with pitchforks, a court heard…. (story)
Mail 19.11.12 Owners of Britain's last circus elephant Anne accused of chaining her up for 24 hours a day and allowing staff to beat her with a pitchfork By DAVID WILKES - The former owners of Britain’s last circus elephant instructed workers to keep her chained up and let a groom beat her, a court heard yesterday… (story)
Peterborough Telegraph 19.11.12 Court shown footage of cruelty to a circus elephant - Footage of a circus elephant being kicked and hit with a pitchfork in Polebrook was shown at the trial today (Monday) of a couple accused of causing it unnecessary suffering…. The footage, filmed between January 21 and February 15 last year, showed the elephant chained by one foot and one hind leg in a barn. It also showed Bobby Roberts supervising the chains being swapped from opposing leg to opposing leg by the groom and him kicking the elephant’s trunk… (story)
ITV 19.11.12 Circus couple due to stand trial in elephant suffering case - A husband and wife from Northamptonshire are due to go on trial today accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a circus elephant called Anne… (story)
Northamptonshire Telegraph 19.11.12 Elephant cruelty trial taking place today - A husband and wife were due to go on trial today, Monday, accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a circus elephant called Anne… (story)
Northamptonshire Chronicle & Echo 19.11.12 Husband and wife on trial for causing unnecessary suffering to circus elephant Anne - A husband and wife from Northamptonshire are due to go on trial accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a circus elephant called Anne. Bobby and Moira Roberts are alleged to have kept the 58-year-old elephant, brought from Sri Lanka to the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Peterborough in the 1950s, chained to the ground at all times… (story)

Bury Free Press 26.11.12 Animal care packs sent out - An animal rights campaign groups is rushing emergency education kits to schools in the wake of a case where a man microwaved a cat. PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals)has delivered the kits to schools in towns including Thetford, Methwold and Feltwell following the case of 19-year-old, Jamie Lee Blake, who killed his pet, Buddy , on September 27…. (story)

Thanet Gazette 26.11.12 Green Party Euro MP Keith Taylor writes to government over live animal exports at Ramsgate port - GREEN party Euro MP Keith Taylor has written to the animal welfare minister calling for an urgent meeting after another shipment of live animals was exported from Ramsgate port last week… (story)

25.11.12

Carrick Times 25.11.12 Vigil to focus on animal rights - THE Animal Rights Action Network is to hold a candlelight vigil in aid of animal abuse awareness at Carrickfergus Castle next month….. Islandmagee woman June Matthews, who co-ordinated the Carrick event, explains: “On December 9 and 10 the biggest national candlelight vigils are to be held for the countless animals that have suffered and died because of man’s ignorance… (story)

Independent on Sunday 25.11.12 It's time for the Prime Minister to stop clowning around and end the use and abuse of wild animals in British circuses… Ben Williamson Press officer, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), London N1 (letter)

24.11.12

Horse & Hound 24.11.12 Farewell to... Badminton press officer Jim Gilmore - Jim Gilmore, long-serving press officer ofBadminton Horse Trials from 1969 to 2001, has died in a nursing home in Malmesbury, Wilts. He was 93… Jim also helped out at other horse trials in the area, as well as at Cirencester Polo Club and the Duke of Beaufort’s hunt… (story)

23.11.12

Lancashire Telegraph 23.11.12 Letter: Cormorants are the real victims - How many birds are killed by the miles of fishing line discarded or over the years (‘Cormorants are making a meal of River Calder salmon,’ LT, November 19)? How many birds have died by eating the tons of lead shot scattered in the rivers and shores?... The so-called countryside folk just want to kill because it’s what they do and think they are elite and special. peregrine.soars (via website). (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 23.11.12 Letter: Over-fishing by man is the problem - So, because man has over-fished most of the cormorants’ usual food sources, the cormorant now has to find other sources… Bob Bobbins (via website) (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 23.11.12 Letter: It's great to see birds on the river - I have seen cormorants on the River Calder at Altham every winter for the last 10 years… it’s called nature and is great to see. burnley_resident1 (via website). (letter)

Nottingham Post 23.11.12 MPs campaigns to stop animal snares - NOTTINGHAM North MP Graham Allen says he will campaign for the banning of snares to trap animals. The MP was speaking after meeting Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, on Wednesday. They discussed the dangers of the repeal of the Hunting Act and how Mr Allen could support the league's important work in the future… (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 23.11.12 Council 'unable' to tackle 'terrifying' problem with foxes in Cleethorpes - CALLS to take action over "terrifying" foxes have been dismissed by council bosses – despite the government stating that local authorities have the power to do so. As reported, residents in Cleethorpes said they were "terrified" of the wild animals after reports of them trying to get into their homes, stealing food from their bins and ripping chunks out of their gardens. But a spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Council said it will advise residents how to reduce the number of foxes that come into their gardens, but will not do any more to help…. (story)

Oxford Mail 23.11.12 Meat is not needed - THOSE among us who are unable to think for themselves through limited education, often make the mistake of assuming that none of us can survive without animal protein…. Sadly, we continue to be brainwashed by the media into thinking that killing and eating animals is normal civilized behaviour, instead of confining such activity to the dustbin of medieval history…. EDWARD SANDERSON, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (story)

22.11.12

BBC News Online 22.11.12 Oxfordshire anti hunt campaigners film fox with hounds -Anti hunt campaigners have filmed footage of themselves retrieving a fox from a group of hounds during a hunt in Oxfordshire. The hunt monitors, lead by Judy Gilbert, said if they had not been there the dogs would have killed the fox. In a statement, the Old Berkshire hunt said no foxes were hunted on 14 November when the footage was filmed, and rejected any suggestion that it broke the law… (story)

TYNEDALE CHARITY CALENDAR
Northern Echo 22.11.12 Hunt calendar - LIKE Michael Blighe (HAS, Nov 6) I was sickened and disgusted with the Tynedale Hunt’s charity calendar (Echo, Nov 3). Just a few months ago a huntsman broke his leg in three places and was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance. Obviously he was grateful to be rescued. Personally I would have left him in the pain… Name and address supplied. (letter)
Northern Echo 12.11.12 Bloodsports - HUNTING, and indeed, all wildlife crime, is a very emotive matter, I agree. I also agree that the Great North Air Ambulance is a very worthy recipient of money generated by the Tynedale Hunt’s calendar. However, the fact that it is a worthy cause is my main reason for complaint. It is nothing but blood money, raised to make the hunting fraternity look kind and charitable… Name and address supplied. (letter)
Northern Echo 6.11.12 Hunt Calendar - I AM writing to express my disgust at the story of the Tynedale Hunt’s charity calendar for the Great North Air Ambulance (Echo, Nov 2). I am not disgusted by the naked images, but by the hunt’s bloody past…. Michael Blighe, Ferryhill. (story)
Mail 2.11.12 Foxy hunting ladies go 'bareback' for naked calendar with only riding tack to save their modesty By Anthony Bond - They normally use their riding equipment to protect themselves from a nasty fall. But when this group of women from a hunting group decided to bare all for a naked calendar, it wasn't their bones which needed protecting… Over a dozen ladies aged from 18 to 65 were pictured in the Tynedale Hunt 2013 calendar which is being sold to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance… (story)

Metro 22.11.12 Couple attacked by 'cocky' urban fox as they walked to bus stop - An urban fox attacked a terrified teenage couple as they walked to a bus stop - before being run over by a passing motorist. The animal circled Kelly Lloyd and Jack Larkins as they walked through Bexley, south-east London, and started growling at them… It is the second attack in London in as many weeks…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 22.11.12 Voters oppose the badger cull - I TAKE issue with Hugo Swire, (Getting badger cull policy right, Letters, November 8). There is TB in cattle in the Isle of Man and New Zealand, neither has badgers. Please answer that?... no, it's not your animal rights activists, it's everyday members of the public, your voters, who will cast aside their Tory vote to a more sympathetic and compassionate party – Labour. Mrs J Cook Taunton (letter)

The Sentinel 22.11.12 New farming chief calls for badger cull - A NEWLY-APPOINTED farmers' representative for Staffordshire says he will put pressure on the Government to press ahead with a controversial badger cull. Jeremy Lowe, the National Farmers Union's new county adviser, said he is 'determined' a cull will go ahead next year… (story)

EQUINE HERPES OUTBREAK
Western Morning News 22.11.12 Hunts called off after equine herpes outbreak in North Devon - Three hunts have cancelled their meets this week as a precautionary measure after the outbreak of equine herpes virus was announced at a North Devon racing yard last week… Diana Scott , joint master for the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, confirmed that their decision to cancel this week's meets was purely a "precautionary" measure… Other hunts to cancel are neighbours – the Exmoor Foxhounds and the Dulverton West Foxhounds… (story)
North Devon Journal 22.11.12 Victor Dartnall's horseracing stables closed after Equine Herpes outbreak By Will Topps - THE North Devon stables of a top racehorse trainer have been temporarily closed after horses at the stables were diagnosed with EHV-1, otherwise known as Equine Herpes…. Exmoor Foxhounds, Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Dulverton and West Fox Hounds have all cancelled this week's hunts as a precaution… (story)
BBC News Online 20.11.12 Somerset hunts postponed over equine herpes virus - Hunts in Somerset have been cancelled due to fears of a virus affecting horses in the region. Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the spinal cord or brain. Exmoor Foxhounds, Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Dulverton and West Fox Hounds have all cancelled this week's hunts as a precaution…. (story)

TYNEDALE CHARITY CALENDAR
Northern Echo 22.11.12 Hunt calendar - LIKE Michael Blighe (HAS, Nov 6) I was sickened and disgusted with the Tynedale Hunt’s charity calendar (Echo, Nov 3). Just a few months ago a huntsman broke his leg in three places and was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance. Obviously he was grateful to be rescued. Personally I would have left him in the pain… Name and address supplied. (letter)
Northern Echo 12.11.12 Bloodsports - HUNTING, and indeed, all wildlife crime, is a very emotive matter, I agree. I also agree that the Great North Air Ambulance is a very worthy recipient of money generated by the Tynedale Hunt’s calendar. However, the fact that it is a worthy cause is my main reason for complaint. It is nothing but blood money, raised to make the hunting fraternity look kind and charitable… Name and address supplied. (letter)
Northern Echo 6.11.12 Hunt Calendar - I AM writing to express my disgust at the story of the Tynedale Hunt’s charity calendar for the Great North Air Ambulance (Echo, Nov 2). I am not disgusted by the naked images, but by the hunt’s bloody past…. Michael Blighe, Ferryhill. (story)
Mail 2.11.12 Foxy hunting ladies go 'bareback' for naked calendar with only riding tack to save their modesty By Anthony Bond - They normally use their riding equipment to protect themselves from a nasty fall. But when this group of women from a hunting group decided to bare all for a naked calendar, it wasn't their bones which needed protecting… Over a dozen ladies aged from 18 to 65 were pictured in the Tynedale Hunt 2013 calendar which is being sold to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance… (story)

Metro 22.11.12 Couple attacked by 'cocky' urban fox as they walked to bus stop - An urban fox attacked a terrified teenage couple as they walked to a bus stop - before being run over by a passing motorist. The animal circled Kelly Lloyd and Jack Larkins as they walked through Bexley, south-east London, and started growling at them… It is the second attack in London in as many weeks…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 22.11.12 Voters oppose the badger cull - I TAKE issue with Hugo Swire, (Getting badger cull policy right, Letters, November 8). There is TB in cattle in the Isle of Man and New Zealand, neither has badgers. Please answer that?... no, it's not your animal rights activists, it's everyday members of the public, your voters, who will cast aside their Tory vote to a more sympathetic and compassionate party – Labour. Mrs J Cook Taunton (letter)

The Sentinel 22.11.12 New farming chief calls for badger cull - A NEWLY-APPOINTED farmers' representative for Staffordshire says he will put pressure on the Government to press ahead with a controversial badger cull. Jeremy Lowe, the National Farmers Union's new county adviser, said he is 'determined' a cull will go ahead next year… (story)

Folkestone Herald 22.11.12 Former PM confronted by activist - By Antony Thrower A FORMER animal rights campaigner, who fought for an end to the killing of baby seals for their coats for more than 17 years, has defended his decision to confront former Prime Minister Sir John Major. Bob Mouland, 63, set up European Animal Welfare in 1991… when he heard Sir John was to give a speech earlier this month at the Folkestone Book Festival on his new publication My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall, he got himself a £9 ticket and hatched a plan to confront him afterwards… "I waited in line then when I saw Major I asked him 'Do you remember the baby seal slaughter you turned away from? I hope you have a conscience' which made him react…. (story)

21.11.12

Sun 21.11.12 Folks hunt - EXHAUSTED Alison Cammidge looks like she’s being hounded… She takes the place of foxes in a version of the sport known as a human hunt. Alison has stepped in following the ban on hunting foxes with dogs. Now the Highmoor Bloodhounds pack pursues her across muddy fields near Shipton, outside York…. (story)

Coventry Telegraph 21.11.12 Sting in tale of dog racing - ON first reading the headline 'Home of the Bees up for sale' (Telegraph, November 13, I was delighted. However, disappointment set in when reading on and learning that greyhound racing, along with speedway and stock cars would continue to operate… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Folkestone Herald 22.11.12 Former PM confronted by activist - By Antony Thrower A FORMER animal rights campaigner, who fought for an end to the killing of baby seals for their coats for more than 17 years, has defended his decision to confront former Prime Minister Sir John Major. Bob Mouland, 63, set up European Animal Welfare in 1991… when he heard Sir John was to give a speech earlier this month at the Folkestone Book Festival on his new publication My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall, he got himself a £9 ticket and hatched a plan to confront him afterwards… "I waited in line then when I saw Major I asked him 'Do you remember the baby seal slaughter you turned away from? I hope you have a conscience' which made him react…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 22.11.12 Choose meat-free diet -As Christmas approaches, promotional campaigns urging people to donate to charities that provide live animals to impoverished communities in the poorest parts of the world are becoming ever more prevalent… the reality is that such ‘gifts’ can actually increase poverty and cause environmental destruction…. A recent study by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research found that growing food for animals takes up more land and emits more greenhouse gases than producing crops for human consumption… Andrew Tyler, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)

Teesdale Mercury 21.11.12 4X4 TAX HIKE ‘ANOTHER NAIL IN THE RURAL COFFIN’ - A NEW tax on gas-guzzling 4x4s would be “another nail in the rural coffin” if the Government decides to introduce the policy which could add up to £10,000 to the cost of a new vehicle…. The proposals have also been criticised by The Countryside Alliance (CLA) which says the tax could pose a serious threat to the growth of the rural economy…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 21.11.12 Farmers left to decide on cull after council ruling - FARMERS who rent land from Gloucestershire County Council must be left to decide if they wish to carry out a badger cull after councillors voted to maintain its existing policy. The debate on the issue sparked into life after a public petition opposing the cull was presented to the council… Liberal Democrat leader in Gloucester Jeremy Hilton said: "Making a decision not to allow the culling of badgers on farms subject to future tenancy agreement would send a message to the government that we are opposed to this policy."… (story)

Leicester Mercury21.11.12 The overuse of antibiotics resulting in a rise of resistant bacteria has had wide press coverage… The crowded conditions of intensively-reared farm animals result in the rapid spread of diseases… The filthy, cruel business of factory farming needs to stop to prevent the growing threat to human and animal health. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

20.11.12

Western Morning News 20.11.12 In my opinion: Hunting for live quarry won't end under current Act - Mr Phelps (November 10) is right to query the purported use of birds of prey such as the South Devon Hunt's eagle 'Artemis' in hunting with hounds. In nearly eight years, no hunt monitor has ever witnessed, or even seen film of, such birds actually being so used… (story)

DENMAN’S DIARY
Horse & Hound 20.11.12 Denman's diary: three exciting and fun days out - Charlotte Alexander, team chase rider - It’s been a very busy couple of weeks during which Denman has come on no end…. After such a brilliant weekend I took Denman hunting with the Duke of Beaufort’s on Wednesday and Saturday. He was good on Wednesday and behaved even better on Saturday. He tried to tank off once and the steering went a little, but I managed to get him back quickly and all was well… (story)
Horse & Hound 1.11.12 Denman's diary: exercising with hounds for the first time - Last weekend I bit the bullet and took Denman exercising… via hounds. The Duke of Beaufort’s were meeting very close to my friend Peg Livingston-Learmonth, where Denman visited to start his fitness work on her horsewalker… Considering he hasn’t been out with hounds, he was really very good. There were a few fly leaps here and there, but that’s to be expected as this is so far removed from anything he’s been used to… (story)

Leicester Mercury 20.11.12 Is anyone surprised at Clarissa Dickson Wright's diatribe about Leicester? What do you expect from someone who supports the "nasty" Conservative Party, fox hunting and is a member of the Countryside Alliance?... Eddie Sentance, Thurcaston. (letter)

GLYN DAVIS MP SHOOTING TWITTER ROW
Mail 20.11.12 Stag-hunt row MP gives animal rights lobby both barrels: Tory apologises... but only for naming the wrong weapon - A Tory MP who fantasised on Twitter about shooting a deer in his garden has apologised – for naming the wrong weapon to use… an unrepentant Mr Davies later said on his blog: ‘It seems that some animal rights groups had considered this an offensive comment for an MP to make. ‘I accept that reference to a 12-bore was wrong. It should have been a .22 or some other rifle.’… (story)
Shropshire Star 20.11.12 MP Glyn Davies defends tweet on shooting stag - Mid Wales MP Glyn Davies today defended a tongue-in-cheek tweet in which he said he wanted to shoot a stag with a 12-bore shotgun… “I think these groups must have suffered a sense of humour bypass. I wrote that tweet in good humour, but it is about a serious problem for the Welshpool area…. (story)
Mirror 20.11.12 'I tried to shoot a cat': Gun nut Tory MP who 'dreams' of shooting deer sparks fresh anger - Gun row Tory MP Glyn Davies sparked fresh anger yesterday by gloating that although he didn’t shoot a stag in his garden, he has taken pot shots at a cat…. (story)
Mail 19.11.12 'I meant to say rifle!': Tory MP who tweeted 'I wish I had my 12 bore handy' after spotting stag in his garden rebuffs animal welfare critics By Anthony Bond - A Tory MP who sparked anger from animal welfare groups after tweeting 'I wish I had my 12 bore handy' when he spotted a beautiful stag has apologised - for referring to the wrong weapon needed to kill the beast.MP Glyn Davies told his 1,500 followers that he wanted to shoot the animal when it ventured into his garden despite admiration from his relatives… The RSPCA said: 'It is sad when people can't see the beauty in a wild animal like this and just want to kill it.' The League Against Cruel Sports warned that the MP's attitude was evidence that the Conservative Party wanted to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Mirror 19.11.12 Stag-gering: Tory MP slammed by RSPCA for tweet about shooting deer - So much for their boasts about being the caring party… MP Glyn Davies has yet again shown the Tories’ true colours by declaring he wanted to shoot a stag that was in his garden. His comments on Twitter have ¬infuriated animal rights groups…. (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 20.11.12 Cormorants are making a meal of River Calder salmon By Sophia Rahman - CORMORANTS are decimating the endangered Atlantic salmon population in the River Calder, anglers have claimed… (story)

NEIL PARISH ON RSPCA THREATS TO FARMERS
Mid Devon Gazette 20.11.12 'RSPCA is using cull to raise cash' says MP - A LEADING animal welfare charity is taking a cynical stance on the pilot badger culls in the South West, Tiverton's MP has told farmers. Conservative Neil Parish told a meeting of farmers on Friday that their industry must unite against the unhealthy "attitude" of the RSPCA…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 19.11.12 Conservative MP slams RSPCA badger cull stance - Olivia Cooper - A Conservative MP from Devon has criticised the RSCPA for comments its chief executive Gavin Grant made over the badger cull. Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said the charity's anti-cull stance was a "politically motivated" campaign to raise its profile and generate funds… (story)
Western Morning News 19.11.12 MP's fury over RSPCA's stance on pilot badger culls - A leading animal welfare charity is taking a cynical stance on the pilot badger culls in the South West, a Westcountry MP has warned farmers. Conservative MP Neil Parish told a meeting of farmers on Friday that their industry must unite against the unhealthy “attitude” of the RSPCA… (story)
Western Morning News 17.11.12 Fury at RSPCA 'attitude on badger cull' - A leading animal welfare charity is taking a cynical stance on the pilot badger culls in the South West, a Westcountry MP has warned farmers. Conservative MP Neil Parish told a meeting of farmers yesterday that their industry must unite against the unhealthy "attitude" of the RSPCA… (story)

Western Morning News 20.11.12 WMN opinion: Farmers and wildlife need support to maintain balance - Without a shadow of doubt, the Westcountry's greatest asset is its land. There are more than 41,000 farm holdings in the greater South West – nearly a quarter of those in the entire country…. (story)

Western Morning News 20.11.12 Badger cull delay could cost 'at least £80,000' as police try to recoup costs - Police forces have claimed tens of thousands of pounds for planning security around badger culls which were later postponed… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 20.11.12 Badger culls that never happened cost Gloucestershire police £64,000 (story)

Coventry Telegraph 20.11.12 First badgers trapped and vaccinated at Brandon Marsh by Mary Griffin - EXPERTS have carried out the first vaccinations of badgers in Warwickshire. Staff at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust set traps on their nature reserve at Brandon Marsh… Steve Trotter, Badger Trust chief executive, said: “This is our first real field work in vaccinations… (story)

Coventry Telegraph 20.11.12 Inoculation way forward for bovine TB - WILDLIFE lovers nationwide will be rejoicing at the U-turn from our government regarding the proposed culling of innocent badgers… It was originally destined to start off in Gloucestershire and Somerset and extend countrywide over four years and result in the eradication of 100,000 badgers - and the real reason? Because they are there… Mick Cole, The Square, Kenilworth. (letter)

Shropshire Star 20.11.12 A goldfish is a cruel prize - I have been going to the Donnington Bonfire for many years now and every year I see a particular stall giving away a goldfish in a bag as a prize… Many councils in the UK have put a stop to fish as prizes, why hasn’t ours? Stephen Handley, St Georges (letter)

Independent 20.11.12 Why there's no such thing as a good zoo - The alleged abuse of elephants at Twycross Zoo should make us consider once more the role zoos play in animal conservation - VICTORIA MARTINDALE (story)

Independent 20.11.12 Animal rights protesters to picket Hobbit premiere - Animal rights protesters plan to picket the UK premiere of The Hobbit after whistleblowers came forward to claim three horses died unnecessarily during filming… The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims concerns were raised early on in the filming… (story)

Ealing Gazette 20.11.12 Animal Welfare Column: Don't miss the Animal Aid Christmas fayre By Marion Garnett - Animal Aid’s Christmas Fayre is like no other. If you haven’t been, you really are missing a treat… (story)

Derby Telegraph 20.11.12 Animal welfare campaigners hit out at meals served to Derby hospital patients By CAROLINE JONES - MEALS served at Derby's hospitals have been criticised by campaigners – who said they were concerned about the welfare of animals reared for them. The city's hospital trust is among dozens of NHS organisations across the country highlighted by the RSPCA and the national Campaign for Better Hospital Food group…. (story)

19.11.12

Western Morning News 19.11.12 Complementary colours celebrate rare joint meet in Cornwall - It was a study in scarlet and green when the East Cornwall Hunt welcomed neighbouring hunt, the Lamerton, into its country for a joint meet at Trevadlock, near Launceston, on Saturday. For the East Cornwall uniform is green with a scarlet collar and the Lamerton Hunt staff wear scarlet with a green collar… (story)

Western Morning News 19.11.12 Birds of prey that get Martin the falconer's pulses racing - When the start of the hunting season is mentioned people imagine horses, hounds or groups with shotguns. The sight of a lone figure with his proud and haughty bird of prey spectacularly dispatching their quarry is somehow primeval and some would argue a fairer fight. For falconer Martin Whitley this is a time of year that really gets his heart racing. Hunting with birds is his passion and his enthusiasm for the job is infectious. Born into a family of country people – his great great uncle was the founder of Paignton Zoo; his great grandfather founded the South Devon Hunt and his great uncle Claude was one of the longest serving (47 years) master of foxhounds – Martin has hunted all of his life in one form or other, which has included being a whipper-in as well as a master of two packs of beagles… (story)

RSPCA CALLS FOR FARMERS TO BE NAMED & SHAMED FOR BADGER CULL
NewsWales 19.11.12 Wales farmers slam RSPCA over "blackmail"- The Farmers' Union of Wales' animal health and welfare committee has accused the Charity Commission of bringing charities into disrepute by failing to confront the RSPCA over its threats to farmers… (story)
Yorkshire Post 15.11.12 NFU fury at ‘name and shame’ call over badger cull By Mark Casci Agricultural Correspondent - The war of words between farmers and animal rights groups over the controversial badger cull policy has continued after the RSPCA called for farmers who permitted culling on their ground to be named and shamed. The suggestion, broadcast during a BBC Panorama programme on the subject, was made by RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant at a public meeting in Gloucestershire, where a pilot of the cull was to be carried out…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.11.12 RSPCA faces NFU backlash on cull stance - The RSPCA has been labelled irresponsible for calling on farmers and marksmen involved in South West badger culls next year to be named and shamed. The National Farmers' Union has hit back at comments made by RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant on the BBC's Panorama about the cull as part of the bovine TB campaign…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 13.11.12 RSPCA boss accused of 'campaign of intimidation' against badger cull farmers By Alistair Driver - THE NFU has accused RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant of ‘inciting a campaign of fear and intimidation’ against farmers in the pilot badger cull areas. Footage was shown of Mr Grant during Monday night’s Panorama programme on the badger cull telling a public meeting in Gloucestershire that marksmen and farmers who permitted culling on their land would be ‘named’ and possibly ‘shamed’… (story)
Farmers Weekly 13.11.12 RSPCA blasted for badger cull 'name and shame' stance Philip Case- The NFU has blasted the RSPCA after its chief executive suggested that people involved in the badger cull would be "named and shamed". Speaking on the BBC Panorama programme Badgers: Dodging the bullet? RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant warned: "The spotlight of attention will be turned on those marksmen and on those who give permission for this cull to take place…. (story)

ARMY USES LIVE PIGS FOR MEDICAL TRAINING
Metro 19.11.12 British Army snipers shoot live pigs for surgeons to operate on - The practice of live pigs being shot by British Army snipers so surgeons can operate on battlefield wounds is 'impossible to justify', animal rights campaigners have said, as the Ministry of Defence said it had no alternatives… Animal rights charity Peta condemned the practice, which was previously known as Operation Danish Bacon. Calling for life-like dolls that 'breathe' and 'bleed' to replace the use of animals, the group's associate director Mimi Bekhechi said: 'The overwhelming majority of the UK's Nato allies do not shoot, stab and dismember animals for their military training exercises… (story)
BBC News Online 18.11.12 MoD defends using shot pigs use in military training - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has defended allowing military surgeons to practise on live pigs that have been shot to replicate battlefield injuries… Peta's UK associate director Mimi Bekhechi said "the overwhelming majority of the UK's Nato allies do not shoot, stab and dismember animals for their military training exercises"…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 18.11.12 'We're going to damage a lot of pigs' livers': Horrific boast of battlefield doctors who shoot then operate on injured animals at Nato base to give NHS surgeons practice By MARK NICOL - NHS surgeons who serve in the British Army are taking part in exercises in which live pigs are shot and wounded by marksmen so that medics can practise battlefield surgery… Justin Goodman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) described the course as ‘barbaric’… (story)

Thanet Gazette 19.11.12 New Kent Police and Crime Commissioner targeted by campaigners over Ramsgate live animal exports - THE newly elected Kent Police Commissioner was welcomed into office by a demonstration of animal welfare protestors… Thanet district councillor Ian Driver, one of those leading the protest against animal export, said "Kent Constabulary have on five occasions in the last six weeks used their powers under section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to restrict the rights of people to demonstrate against the horrendous cruelty happening at the port of Ramsgate… Protest leader Reg Bell said "I have been running retail business for the last 35 years. At least once a year my shops are broken into, vandalised or windows broken into. When I call the police it takes hours for the turn up, it they turn up at all…. (story)

18.11.12

Sunday Express 18.11.12 ZOO PANDERS TO ANIMAL RIGHTS OVER PANDA VISITS By Greg Christison - A ZOO has shelved a £1,000-an-hour “panda keeper” experience after damning criticisms from animal rights activists. Edinburgh Zoo launched the venture in a blaze of publicity this year, offering groups of four people the chance to spend 60 minutes “behind the scenes” with the endangered animals… The zoo, which says only “one or two ¬people” bought the experience since its August launch, has suspended it, to the relief of animal charity OneKind, which questioned how the zoo would protect Tian Tian and Yang Guang from physical and psychological pressure… (story)

Independent on Sunday 18.11.12 Circuses blow their top at lion licensing plan - Owners say proposal is 'disrespectful' and could drive them out of business - BRIAN BRADY - A plan to force circuses to license all their lions, tigers and elephants – thrashed out after the Government shelved an outright ban on performing wild animals – could still drive many circuses out of business, owners have warned. Circus representatives told ministers the compromise was "disrespectful", imposed unreasonable costs and would stop them hitting animals to control and train them… The document also reported that the circus delegates had complained that "no hitting at all ignores various circumstances (such as breaking up fights)", and that "keeping animals in exercise areas overnight [was] not possible or safe"…. (story)

17.11.12

Mail 17.11.12 The offal truth about PM's shooting party: Cameron was last week accused of being too squeamish to eat a stag's liver. But the chef who cooked it tells a different story... By ROSE PRINCE - Back in 1993, David Cameron was not even an MP. So it says something of the regard in which he was held that, in the late summer of that year, he was invited to join a select group of Tory powerbrokers for a shooting party in the Scottish Highlands. Venison was served and with it came the liver, cooked so rare it was soaked in blood… the details of Cameron’s supposed squeamishness are, to say the least, implausible. I know, because I cooked the dish myself that day at Glenfernate Lodge in Perthshire. I served the plate to Cameron full, and it came back empty. Moreover, there certainly was no salad on the future Prime Minister’s plate… (story)
Mail 9.11.12 David Cameron, a shooting party and his 'wet' refusal to eat bloodied stag's liver By JASON GROVES - David Cameron was served a stag’s liver oozing blood at a dinner to celebrate a day’s shooting, it emerged yesterday… Mr Cameron was apparently not tempted by the offering, confiding later that he had hidden it under a pile of salad. But the disclosure is likely to anger animal rights campaigners… Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, who campaigns against blood sports, declared that the episode spoke volumes about Mr Cameron’s background and attitudes. ‘I think most people would find this pretty disgusting but the old school, elitist, hunting, shooting, land-owning aristocratic classes have these bizarre rituals that most people wouldn’t indulge in,’ she proclaimed…. (story)

Independent 17.11.12 Game on: It's fashionable to eat pheasant, rabbit, venison and wood pigeon again - In a bid to understand this culinary about-turn, Oliver Thring joins a partridge shoot. Plus, classic autumn game recipes. The British have rediscovered game. Marks and Spencer increased its sales of venison by 340 per cent between 2010 and 2011, while last year wood pigeon sales rose by almost 40 per cent in Waitrose… (story)

Argus 17.11.12 Reasoned fox reaction - My first reaction on reading about the fox attack on angler Andrew Thomas was the controlled and measured response he applied to what must have been a truly terrifying situation… Compare this with the hysterical vibes about foxes in letters pages in this newspaper…. Laurence Hill, Foamcourt Waye, Worthing (letter)

16.11.12

Yorkshire Post 16.11.12 Leeds and Wakefield: Fuel costs fall but drivers still being ‘short-changed’ - Yorkshire’s fuel costs are the cheapest in the country, according to the AA - but it claims drivers are still being short-changed despite a national fall in petrol prices….. In Ryedale, North Yorkshire, the average price of a litre of unleaded is 137.4p while diesel costs 142.9p per litre. The district had most expensive diesel in the country earlier this year according to research by the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 16.11.12 Pressure on council to change cull policy - BADGER campaign group Stroud 100 has written to county council leader Mark Hawthorne ahead of next week's council meeting. It has asked him to commit the council to vaccinating badgers… (story)

Jesmond Local 16.11.12 ROW OVER FOIE GRAS MOVES TO JESMOND - Local restaurants have come under pressure to remove foie gras from their menus after protestors and campaign groups labelled the selling of the foodstuff as ‘vile’. Protests over foie gras … began at Horton Grange Country House and Restaurant, near Ponteland, via Twitter. Alex Lockwood, a member of the Northern Animal Rights Facebook Group, messaged the restaurant: “hello @HortonGrange any chance you can remove the disgusting fois gras (sic) from your menu? illegal to treat geese that way in the UK”…. (story)

NME 16.11.12 Paul McCartney delivers anti-turkey-eating Christmas message - Beatle features in PETA's new advertising campaign against animal cruelty… Beatle features in PETA's new advertising campaign against animal cruelty - Paul McCartney has delivered an anti-turkey Christmas message, telling people to go vegetarian this festive season. The former Beatle appears in animal rights charity PETA's new Christmas advertising campaign, wearing an 'eat no turkey' t-shirt beneath the slogan, "celebrate life this holiday season, go vegetarian."… (story)

15.11.12

Scotsman 15.11.12 Police probe ‘helicopter deer cull’ - The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has condemned the use of helicopters to cull deer following claims the illegal practice is being operated in Scotland. Reports emerged that a hill-walker witnessed helicopters being used to round up deer to be shot at a Highland estate in Lochaber, a claim denied by estate officials…. (story)

Scotsman 15.11.12 Something fishy - Richard Lochhead is Cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment in the Scottish Government. That means part of his portfolio is to protect the Scottish marine environment. Why then does he continually go out of his way to promote the expansion of salmon farming… John F Robins Animal Concern ?Advice Line Dumbarton (letter)

Farmers Weekly 15.11.12 Fewer police for rural residents - Rural areas have fewer police officers per head of population than urban areas, reveal figures obtained by the Countryside Alliance. The alliance published the statistics as communities prepared to vote in the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections on Thursday (15 November)… (story)

Wells Journal 15.11.12 Find scientific solution to TB - I read with interest James Stephen's Country Matters article regarding the badger cull… While I am extremely sorry for the farmers' plight and also do not wish to see any animals suffer, I feel scientifically it would be far more sensible to spend the huge cost of the badger cull on finding feasible scientific solutions to this problem rather than just killing a few badgers and hoping it will help. Susan Wheeler Wells (letter)

West Briton 15.11.12 Taste and try for free at vegan fair - A REMINDER that Truro Free Vegan Food Fair is coming to Truro City Hall, welcoming all to a tantalising selection of vegan food…. Veg out with Cornwall Animal Action, local organisers of the event .. (story)

14.11.12

Argus 14.11.12 Seven years on, has the Hunting Act ‘failed spectacularly’? By Kimberly Middleton - Seven years of living under a law designed to stop fox hunting has not dampened involvement in this controversial countryside pursuit. In fact the meets are as strong as ever – with people forced to rally around to defend the tradition, reigniting interest, according to the Countryside Alliance… Video footage led to four Crawley and Horsham Hunt members being fined after being found guilty of hunting a wild animal – a fox – with a dog. And South Downs Hunt Sabs’ Simon Russell, said the Countryside Alliance’s figures are not reflected on the ground…. The Hunt Saboteurs Association said three of its supporters had to be treated for head wounds in hospital after clashes at the Southdown and Eridge Fox Hunt in Firle near Lewes…. Simon Wild, who shot some of the footage of the meets that was used as evidence, said: “This has done our credibility a great deal of good with police….(story)

LIZ JONES LEAVES SOMERSET
Western Morning News 14.11.12 Diary of a misfit – but will Liz Jones regret offending the good people of Exmoor? The writer Liz Jones has penned her last diatribe from Exmoor causing thousands of angry countryfolk to comment on the Daily Mail website – Exmoor resident Martin Hesp makes his comment here... Not since Carver Doone robbed, pillaged and murdered on Exmoor has anyone been so universally unpopular in the national park as the writer Liz Jones, who has just quit residing in the hills after five years which she describes as a “prison sentence”…. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.11.12 Controversial columnist Liz Jones ends five-year Exmoor 'prison sentence' - She described it as worse ‘than a five year prison sentence’, but London fashion columnist Liz Jones’ period of incarceration in a luxury Exmoor farmhouse is finally over, after she moved back to London and away from all that mud, cold and unfriendly locals…. She endeared herself to the locals around Brushford, where she lived, and in the nearby town of Dulverton by describing the few eligible men she found as being ‘toothless’, and complaining about the lack of driveable roads, fine dining, farming practices that don’t smell, make noise or kill animals, upmarket wine bars, phone reception, heating, gardeners that don’t walk quickly enough and shoe shops or good coffee. In those columns, she also publicly complained about bats, hunting, shooting, fishing, farming, vets, draughts, her neighbours, villagers, drivers, people who work in pubs, shop staff, chefs and her own staff… (story)
Mail on Sunday 11.11.12 Goodbye... and good riddance! During her catastrophic five years in the country, Liz Jones was greeted with a gun attack and relentless abuse. Now as she flees back to the city, she bids a ferocious farewell - On my last night in Somerset, I sat on my stone step overlooking the immaculate stable yard… The nightmare was finally over…. I didn’t increase my popularity by being unable to pass a party of men and often children with guns, shooting rabbits and deer, without getting out of my BMW and saying: ‘Do you really have nothing better to do with your Saturday morning?’ The look of shock on their faces that I had the cheek to challenge them was priceless. I would stop, too, and shout at huntsmen on horses, galloping on tarmaced roads… In fact, the only friendly local person who ever turned up at my house was a member of the League Against Cruel Sports, who lived just outside my local town… I admit I’m spoilt and eccentric. I admit I used to yell at the gardener to ‘walk faster!’. I admit I used to leave food out for the rats in winter…. (story)

Horse & Hound 14.11.12 AP McCoy to help host after party at Cheltenham - Champion jockey AP McCoy will be helping host the official after party at The Open meeting at Cheltenham this weekend (16-18 November). This is the second year that The Outside Chance has had a bar area at the meeting… Entrance will be free until after the last race, when the official after-party will start and entry will be £10, with a £5 discount for Young Farmers and Countryside Alliance members. (story)

Yorkshire Post 14.11.12 Stop this cruelty From: Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington. AS a passionate dog lover, I wholeheartedly believe that our canine companions should be given all the rights us humans enjoy… Here in “Great” Britain, hundreds upon hundreds of dogs are mindlessly tested on and then horribly put to death in laboratories every year… (story)

Lutterworth 14.11.12 Glue traps are inhumane - I HAVE noticed that a few shops still sell glue traps for catching vermin. I would like to warn people against purchasing them as they are cruel and inhumane… Mrs H Johnson, Bassett Street, Leicester. (letter)

13.11.12

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 13.11.12 Ex-deputy mayor in court on porn charge - A former deputy mayor of Peterborough has appeared in court accused of downloading a large amount of “extreme” child pornography. John Johnson (62), of Deerleap, Bretton, who was deputy mayor between 1999 and 2000 appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Johnson, who was a Labour councillor for North Bretton between May 1995 and January 2001, has been charged with making 714 indecent images of children…. Johnson, who made his name as a determined anti-hunt campaigner, is also accused of downloading 546 indecent images at level one, 15 at level two, 82 at level three and 65 at level four…. (story)

Plymouth Hewald 13.11.12 - Wildlife crime must be a policing priority - I HAVE more inquiries about wildlife crime than almost any other issue. Actually I get hundreds of emails from the anti-hunting, pro-wildlife lobby and a mere one or two at most from the pro-hunting lobby. Which is curious, almost counter-intuitive…. I would commit to supporting our wildlife and pledge to commit sufficient funding to policing and enforcing wildlife crime legislation, including the Hunting Act… WILLIAM MORRIS, Independent Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (letter)

Argus 13.11.12 Airgun petition - Yet another airgun attack on a cat, this time in Worthing (The Argus, October 4)… I have set up my own Government e-petition in an attempt to get these weapons removed from our streets and into licenced gun-clubs. This will make it harder for these thugs to perpetrate such crimes… David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 13.11.12 Gamebird has the better life - MS Nicola has every right to give her opinion, Birds forced to fly to their deaths – by bullet or car, Postbag, November 6… But she has given her opinion as a professional activist that opposes all country activities from hunting, shooting, fishing, including the badger cull, to breeding animals for food… If I had a choice, I would certainly choose the life of a gamebird other then a chicken. They are slaughtered by the lorryload…. Name and address withheld on request (letter)

Western Daily Press 13.11.12 City watchdog to investigate gas price claims - Households across the region struggling to pay rising gas bills might be paying over the odds because energy giants are allegedly rigging prices … The Countryside Alliance spoke out as the Commons prepared to vote on a bid to delay the planned 3p a litre increase in fuel duty from January until at least next April. New research published by the Alliance found people living in rural South West council areas have to shell out more to drive to work. Last month they paid on average £15.17 more on fuel for their commute than those living in urban areas…. (story)
Herald 13.11.12 High fuel bills hit rural motorists - Commuters in rural areas pay over 40% more a month than their urban counterparts to get to and from their work, according to new research. The Countryside Alliance published its research as it backed Labour's move to force a House of Commons vote, calling for a planned 3p hike in fuel duty due in January to be delayed… (story)

Coventry Telegraph 13.11.12 Pay attention to badger vote - THE motion opposing the proposed badger cull in England next summer was carried in the House of Commons by 147 votes to 28. It is a welcome result but is not binding on the government…. Mr Cameron and his farming minister are completely out of touch with public opinion (and science, I should add) and are behaving like dictators. What’s happened to our so-called “democracy” we love to tell other countries we dearly cherish? Jay Pettifer, Pinners Croft, Stoke Heath (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 13.11.12 Badger cull on council land to be discussed - CAMPAIGNERS against a badger cull in the county will have a keen eye on a meeting next week. Gloucestershire County Council's next full council meeting on November 21 at 10am includes a review of their current policy of allowing the shooting of badgers on county land… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 13.11.12 Badger cull policy review - CAMPAIGNERS against a badger cull in the county will have a keen eye on a meeting next week. Gloucestershire County Council's next full council meeting on November 21 at 10am includes a review of their current policy of allowing the shooting of badgers on county land… (story)

Oxford Mail 13.11.12 We evolved as omnivores - EDWARD Sanderson (ViewPoints, November 9) seems determined to prove that black is white by using obscure research to make his point that humans are herbivores… Humans do not naturally feed on grasses and neither are adults designed to feed on milk. Many have evolved to use these as food but many still find that they intolerant to them. DERRICK HOLT Fortnam Close Headington (letter)
Oxford Mail 9.11.12 We waste food on animals - IN reply to both Derrick Holt and Bob Johnston (Viewpoints, October 25 and October 22), my human biological views are not based on any vague personal assumptions… The original point of my letter appears to have been lost in the biology debate. The point was that the only reason why billions of people in the world are starving and dying of thirst, is that we in the ‘civilized’ world waste vast amounts of food and water on farm animals… EDWARD SANDERSON, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (letter)

12.11.12

BEAUFORT ACCUSED OF HUNTING FOX
Western Daily Press 12.11.12 Foxhunting ban has 'failed spectacularly' as popularity grows - More people are riding and supporting foxhunts than ever before, which hunt leaders says shows the ban on hunting has ‘failed spectacularly’… The statistics were released in the week the Hunt Saboteurs Association posted a video on its own website of hounds from the West’s most senior hunt apparently chasing a fox at the end of the opening day meet last weekend. The Beaufort Hunt have denied deliberately hunting foxes, and said their hounds accidentally flushed out a fox and were called off from the chase, allowing the fox to escape… (story)
Western Daily Press 10.11.12 Rivals clash as hunt popularity ‘grows’ - More people are riding and supporting foxhunts than ever before, which hunt leaders says shows the ban on hunting has ‘failed spectacularly’. The Dorset-based chairman of the Countryside Alliance said the latest survey of hunts across the West showed the pastime – and especially following a hunt – was more popular than it was before the controversial 2005 ban…. The statistics were released in the week the Hunt Saboteurs Association posted a video on its own website of hounds from the West’s most senior hunt apparently chasing a fox at the end of the opening day meet last weekend. The Beaufort Hunt have denied deliberately hunting foxes, and said their hounds accidentally flushed out a fox and were called off from the chase, allowing the fox to escape… (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 9.11.12 Hunt saboteurs' footage of Beaufort Hunt taking part in 'illegal fox hunting' - HUNT saboteurs have released video footage of what they claim shows illegal fox hunting by the renowned Beaufort Hunt on the weekend…. Beaufort hunt spokesman Jo Aldridge said some of the hounds had chased a fox during the hunt, but it was accidental after the fox had crossed the path of a trail, laid legally for the event. She said: "At that particular moment there wasn’t a member of hunt staff nearby, but they did call the hounds off as soon as they could." (story)

Yorkshire Post 12.11.12 Worms that turn out to be costly for employer - A LEADING English hunt has paid compensation to a former employee who claimed his liver problems were caused by poor control of tapeworm in the hound pack. Lawyers have been circulating details as a warning to hunts and farmers who run working dogs. They point out cattle and sheep could be carrying eggs from the same worms, making stock handlers vulnerable – and also eligible to sue… (story)

Scotsman 12.11.12 Shooting and fishing:’The argument was that shooting magazines encourage children to kill animals’ - WITH pre-tax profits of £89 million, newsagent WH Smith is hardly relying on the sale of a few gun magazines to keep up its share price. So its decision to ban sales of shooting magazines to under-14-year-olds can only have been a bit of politically correct kow-towing to the animal rights lobby… it certainly looks as if the firm, once dubbed WH Smug by Private Eye, took fright when Animal Aid supporters started picketing stores following the publication of the organisation’s report, “Gunning For Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood.”… There appears to have been no rhyme or reason to the publications being “prompted”. Why for instance should Sporting Gun attract a prompt but not Sporting Rifle?... If I was looking for a conspiracy I might wonder about the company secretary whose last job was solicitor for the RSPCA, more an animal rights than welfare organisation these days. In truth it all smells of low-grade managerial cock-up, rather than boardroom policy. They’ll be banning Commando comics next (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 12.11.12 Update: Landowner speaks out over hare coursing confrontation in Hitcham By Matt Hunter - A LANDOWNER who was mowed down by a group of hare coursers said he fears someone will be killed in a similar confrontation. Speaking hours after being released from hospital the 62-year-old farmer from Hitcham, near Stowmarket - who only wants to be identified by his first name for fear of reprisals - has warned about the dangers of people facing up to coursers… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 12.11.12 Big Issue: What next for badger cull debate? - THE Government's debacle over the proposed pilot badger cull was not a surprise to me, for I expected this misconceived idea to grind to a halt somewhere down the line. I was somewhat amazed, however, when the train became derailed before it left the station. This was due not only to the deluge of public opinion that has been gaining momentum against the badger cull, but also due to public safety concerns that would have undoubtedly arisen once the first shots were fired…. (story)

Argus 12.11.12 Basic lessons about preventing animal cruelty should be taught in school - I am angry and depressed with continuing accounts of pet owner cruelty and the neglect of animals (The Argus, November 6). There is absolutely no excuse for this… Diane Waller, Richmond Road, Brighton (letter)

11.11.12

Sunday Mercury 11.11.12 Vengeful hunters make bid to outfox Labour's cyber star at the polls - Unlikely computer game star James Plaskitt facing the wrath of campaigning hunt supporters for backing Act as MP… James Plaskitt, who became the unlikely star of global best-selling game Operation Flashpoint, has a formidable enemy to overcome before bidding to become Police and Crime Commissioner for the Warwickshire Force. Members of the local hunt have vowed to make sure his big day at the polls next Thursday is a tally no-go…. And, fearing he’ll throw his weight behind the Hunting Act if elected to the powerful post, they are mobilising support for rival Conservative candidate Fraser Pithie… Warwickshire Hunt organiser Ian McConnell said: “James Plaskitt is openly opposed to hunting and will encourage the police to enforce the Hunting Act, rather than address far more serious crime…. (story)

Manchester Gazette 11.11.12 RURAL CRIME POLICING - Residents of Greater Manchester’s rural areas have been promised their policing needs will be a top priority by prospective Police and Crime Commissioner Steven Woolfe. “I know that those living in rural areas, particularly in isolated areas, feel that they are treated as second rate citizens when it comes to prioritising their needs,” said Mr Woolfe. “It is plainly wrong that they should not receive the same policing consideration as those in urban areas and I fully support the Countryside Alliance who are campaigning on this issue… (story)

Observer 11.11.12 The truth about bovines, badgers and the spread of TB - Convention held that humans had caught tuberculosis from cattle – but the DNA record tells a different story - Alice Roberts (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 11.11.12 Veggie-Fayre to learn about vegetarianism - Lincoln Veggie Fayre has launched its fifth edition on Saturday, promoting vegetarian food, healthy lifestyle and awareness on animal welfare… Linda Wardale, organiser and owner of Yellowbellys of Bailgate said: "For the last four years I have been involved in the organisation. We took from being a small event of about one hundred people to seven hundreds."… (story)

10.11.12

Western Morning News 10.11.12 Pulling the trigger is just one small part of the shooting experience at Hendra Barns - Anyone who shoots should learn to pluck, skin, gut and butcher their game. That is certainly the view of Melanie Rose-Gale and Ken Evans, who own Hendra Barns, not far from Newquay, and who have a passion for game – both as sporting quarry and something delicious to eat…. (story)

Telegraph 10.11.12 Hope springs in the digital desert - A group of residents in the Yorkshire Dales have come up with a scheme to lay 60km of fibre-optic cable, garnering some of the best broadband speeds in the country By Geoffrey Lean - To get to High Branthwaites you turn off the road that winds down Garsdale… . The Hartleys are among the one in seven British broadband users who receive speeds of less than the two megabits per second (Mbps) that is officially seen as the minimum speed needed for reasonable use of the internet. Yet a fast, reliable service – as the Countryside Alliance has put it – is becoming “just as important as the need for gas, electricity and water”…. Garsdale and its neighbour, Dentdale, have set up a not-for-profit company to run fibre-optic cable direct to every one of the 525 homes and businesses – and some are very remote – in their area… (story)

9.11.12

Farming Life 9.11.12 Holestone Bloodhounds at Ballyclare - THE Holestone Farmers Bloodhounds met on October 20 at Norman Boyle’s home on the Lisnalinchy Road, Ballyclare, for another fantastic day of hunting…. (story)

Southern Reporter 9.11.12 Hunting is alive and kicking - FEARS a ban on hunting would lead to job losses and the slaughter of hounds have proved groundless, according to statistics out last week…. Buccleuch Hunt chairman and former Scottish Countryside Alliance director, Allan Murray said support locally for hunting remained strong since the introduction of the ban… (story)
Selkirk Weekend Advertiser 5.11.12 Hunting is ‘huge’ - FEARS that a ban on hunting would lead to job losses and hounds being slaughtered have proved groundless, according to new findings…. (story)
Southern Reporter 5.11.12 Hunting is ‘huge’ - FEARS that a ban on hunting would lead to job losses and hounds being slaughtered have proved groundless, according to new findings. The Countryside Alliance surveyed UK hunts and found nearly a third have more followers now. Buccleuch Hunt chairman Allan Murray said support locally for hunting remained strong since the ban 10 years ago, and that generally there had been a “huge upturn” in interest. He said: “I think the community here welcomes the hunt for a variety of reasons – community spirit, the social gathering, as well as what it brings to the local economy.”… (story)

Darlington & Stockton Times 9.11.12 Lead shot scare - Your article (D&S, October 26, Game fans warned over lead content) would appear to be based on a campaign by the Wildfowl Wetlands Trust to see all lead ammunition banned. The WWT has bypassed the government consultation on lead shot and concentrated on a “food scare”, claiming that humans could be poisoned by eating game…. NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD (story)

Dundee Courier 9.11.12 'It is a major blunder' — St Andrews University accused of 'misleading the nation' with salmon statement - St Andrews University rejected a claim it ''misled the nation'' after it reported huge numbers of wild salmon are being wiped out by parasites every year…. A statement from St Andrews University claimed sea lice are responsible for 39% of ocean mortalities of wild salmon in the north-east Atlantic. However, the lead author of the paper said the interpretation in the media statement is wrong and insisted the university issue an apology and retraction… (story)

London 24 9.11.12 Marksman shoots dead foxes on resident’s instructions Lizzie Dearden - A professional marksman shot three foxes dead after a resident decided killing them was the last resort to get them out of his garden… Peter Caton, of Wanstead Lane, Gants Hill, said the three foxes he had shot earlier this year had been ruining the garden and scaring his neighbour’s children… (story)

Farmers Weekly 9.11.12 Poverty hit farmers speak out - Robyn Vinter - When Olive Hinchliffe's farmworker husband was killed in a tractor accident at the age of 47, she was left with no pension plans or life insurance and found every day a struggle without her husband's salary… the Countryside Alliance estimates average wages for people working in rural communities are £5,000 lower than the national average… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 9.11.12 Empty brownfield sites could provide up to 440 homes in Grimsby and Cleethorpes - LOCKED up, abandoned, desolate. Once welcoming, loved and alive, these sorry sites plague the landscape and anger locals who would love nothing more than to see them transformed into new homes… According to the Countryside Alliance, the rural population has grown at twice the rate of urban areas due to people moving from the city. This has driven up house prices, which often means people who have lived in rural communities all their lives, cannot afford to live there… (story)

Telegraph 9.11.12 Badgers could be vaccinated instead of culled - Badgers could be vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis instead of being culled, under plans being investigated by MPs. By Andrew Hough (story)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 9.11.12 Complaint over policing of Ramsgate animal export protests By Max Evans - AN OFFICIAL complaint been made over the policing of demonstrations against live animal exports from Ramsgate port. More than 50 police officers penned just 30 demonstrators into a fenced area outside the port's entrance on Tuesday using Section 14 orders… Reg Bell, of Thanet Against Live Exports, said: "It's only supposed to be put in place if police fear a serious risk of intimidation or damage to property – 99 per cent of the people here are peaceful demonstrators….. (story)

8.11.12

Salisbury Journal 8.11.12 Hounds on hunt scent - HUNTING returned to the New Forest as more than 70 riders celebrated the start of the new season. Members of the New Forest Hounds and their supporters gathered outside the Royal Oak pub in Fritham before moving off in the direction of Stoney Cross… (story)

Western Morning News 8.11.12 Can you shoot a dog chasing a hare... and other country queries - Not many authors can claim to be the first to tackle a subject for more than a century. But lawyers Tim Russ and Jamie Foster have done just that with Law of Field Sports (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, £25) which manages to be a legal textbook that is of interest to the general reader, particularly if he takes part in or organises country pursuits of any kind…. (story)

Western Morning News 8.11.12 Minority calling the shots on issues in the countryside -In reply to Matt Fincham's letter (October 23), listening to the National Farmers' Union and the Countryside Alliance, you could be forgiven for believing that the only people who live in the countryside are hunters and farmers… to say that hunting is crucial part of country life is only true for less than 1% of the rural population if we include all the riders and supporters. Yet rural policy which includes the daft badger cull and the repeal of the Hunting Act seems to be geared solely to this tiny minority's needs… (letter)

GAME TO EAT CAMPAIGN
Daily Post 8.11.12 Flavour back in favour on North Wales shooting estate by Andrew Forgrave, DPW West - FOR almost as long as he can remember, gamekeeper Gwilym Jones has been managing estates, organising shoots and dressing birds. Dad William Jones was a gamekeeper, and brother John also joined the family trade on the Llangynog estate, near Llanrhaeadr YM, Powys…. This November the Countryside Alliance has launched its inaugural Game to Eat month. Consumers are being encouraged to “Go Wild with British Game”, with a number of butchers, pubs and restaurants offering game-themed menus… (story)
Western Morning News 7.11.12 Game for British game? Go wild, says the Countryside Alliance - Throughout November the Countryside Alliance's Game-to-Eat campaign is running the first ever "Go Wild With British Game" month…. (story)
Meat Trades Journal 5.11.12 Go Wild with British Game month launched By Carina Perkins - The Countryside Alliance is hosting a month dedicated to game in November, in a bid to raise awareness among British consumers. The ‘Go Wild with British Game’ month is part of the Game-to-Eat promotion campaign and will see 50 events taking place across the UK…. (story)

Lanashire Evening Post 8.11.12 Guns should not be in public hands - Guns should not be in public hands - Anyone who wants to own a gun should have their head examined (LEP November 6). In almost all the events where a madman with a gun goes on the rampage (in Dunblane, in Whithaven and surrounding areas in Cumbria to name but two) it turns out the murderer had a passion for shooting rabbits and other animals… Preston lass, via LEP website (story)

FOX BITES ANGLER
ThisIsSussex 8.11.12 Uckfield angler left scarred for life by fox attack - A fisherman from Uckfield has been scarred for life during a night fishing expedition. Andrew Thomas, 41, was sleeping when a fox entered his tent and locked its jaws onto his face. He is warning other anglers to ensure that all food they take on a night's fishing is sealed to discourage investigations from animals…. (story)
Argus 7.11.12 Uckfield angler scarred for life by fox attack By Kimberly Middleton - A night angler has been scarred for life after a startled fox locked its jaws onto the fisherman’s face while he slept. Andrew Thomas, from Uckfield, is warning other fishing enthusiasts to make sure their food and bait is sealed so wild animals are not lured into their tents while they sleep…. (story)
Sun 4.11.12 Scarred for life after a fox tried to bite my face off By ANDY CRICK - Married dad-of-three Andrew Thomas — who had been night fishing for carp — felt the animal’s fangs mauling his cheek. The 41-year-old then squeezed the fox’s snout to stop it breathing and it ran off… (story)

Western Morning News 8.11.12 Vandal attack leads to slaughter of Archbishop Benson school chickens - Children have been left heartbroken after they arrived at school to find an act of vandalism had led to the death of their much-loved chickens. The pupils at Archbishop Benson school in Truro had been caring for the chickens in a specially built run sited next to the playing fields… (story)
Western Morning Newss 6.11.12 Not so Fantastic Mr Fox devours Truro school chickens - CHILDREN were left heartbroken after they arrived at school to find an act of vandalism had led to the death of their much-loved chickens. The pupils at Archbishop Benson school in Truro had been caring for the chickens in a specially built run sited next to the playing fields. But vandals forced the lock on the surrounding fence and the animals were left defenceless against foxes that had been seen prowling the neighbourhood… (story)

Western Gazette 8.11.12 Looking to win support for alternative to badger cull - A FARMERS' group that opposes the trial cull of badgers is using the postponement of the culling to launch a recruiting campaign. With the six-week pilot culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire put off until next May, the Badger Welfare Association (BWA) is appealing to cattle farmers to join up… (story)
Western Morning News 6.11.12 Badger welfare group steps up its campaign after cull postponement - A farmer group that is against the proposed Government cull of badgers in bovine TB hotspot areas, is using the postponement of the culling to launch a recruiting campaign. With the six-week pilot culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire put off until next May, the Badger Welfare Association (BWA) is appealing to cattle farmers to join up. It is campaigning for an alternative approach to the bovine TB problem… (story)

Bristol Post 8.11.12 Cull would be totally pointless - I AM writing in support of Mrs A Brown, Oldland Common, (The Post October 30), because the information Mrs Brown and Brian May produced is correct, unlike that of government ministers… Ian Ashman, Frampton Cotterell (letter)
Bristol Post 30.10.12 Vaccinate cattle: problem solved - I EXPECT you are fed up with reading about the badger cull. Will you bear with me and read this short letter please? Did you know that cattle are not vaccinated against BTB. I thought they were until I read a newspaper article by Brian May… Ms A Browne - Oldland Common (letter)

ANIMAL AID GREAT VEGAN CHALLENGE LETTER
Belfast Telegraph 8.11.12 Time to take the vegan challenge - KATE FOWLER, Animal Aid (letter)
Bristol Post 1.11.12 Why not try our diet for a month? - Kate Fowler Head of Campaigns Animal Aid (letter)
York Press 31.10.12 Vegan message - November is Vegan Month and this year we are encouraging compassionate people everywhere to register for the Great Vegan Challenge… Kate Fowler, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)

West Briton 8.11.12 Meat-free magic - FOR the third year in a row, the Truro Free Vegan Food Fair is coming to Truro City Hall, welcoming all to a tantalising selection of vegan food…. . Veg out with Cornwall Animal Action, local organisers… Sponsoring this year's event are Animal Aid and Ecotricity… (story)

WORCESTER NEWS BADGER CULL CORRESPONDENCE
Worcester News 8.11.12 How dare Mr Burgess - My mother and father both served during the Second World War to protect among other things the right to freedom of speech but this does not give Jon Burgess (Worcester News, October 30) the right to compare vegans with Nazis. PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 5.11.12 It seems the jackboot is on the other foot - I read John Burgess’s letter about bovine TB with some confusion. He says let’s all work towards preventing the spread of bovine TB, but doesn’t suggest how we all can. When the concept of becoming vegan is put forward, he not only rejects the idea, but he has a little rant about the intolerant sound of vegan jackboots marching… Simon Vaughan-Spencer, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 5.11.12 Cows made to suffer so we can drink milk - In response to Jon Burgess (“Bovine TB must be dealt with by all means”, Worcester News, October 30), it is interesting to note that, according to recent statistics, fewer than 20,000 dairy cows are slaughtered annually in the UK because of bovine TB. This is less than five per cent of the 450,000 that are put to death each year, with more than 100,000 being killed due to infertility, 120,000 because of mastitis and lameness and the remaining 200,000 because they have become too old to be efficient milk producers… Ronald Lee, Media and Publicity Officer Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies (letter)
Worcester News 30.10.12 Bovine TB must be dealt with by all means - From her letter (Worcester News, October 15) Maxine Burgess believes that if we all go vegan, bovine TB will be cured. Yet another quick fix solution that is totally out of touch with reality… JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 22.10.12 I have a solution to this cull issue... Re the letter by Jon Burgess (Worcester News, October 15). Mr Burgess may think there is no quick fix solution to the problem of TB in cattle and the badger cull. Well, I have one – it’s go vegan… MAXINE BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 15.10.12 There are no quick-fix solutions to cull issue - Re the letter by Carole Roberts ‘What right do we have to carry out cull?... The farming community is only partially compensated for its huge losses while thousands of cattle are slaughtered and an unknown number of badgers suffer and die unseen from TB… Anyone who thinks they have a quick-fix solution to any of this is probably still a fully paid up member of the flat earth society. JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter)
Worcester News 8.10.12 What right do we have to carry out cull? I see they are going to cull the badgers again – or as I say murder them… CAROLE ROBERTS, Worcester (letter)

7.11.12

Salisbury Journal 7.11.12 Animal experiments are outdated - I SINCERELY hope that the new scientific research facilities planned for Porton Down will focus on humane methods of research which do not include outdated animal experiments… ANN LANDER Wilton (letter)

Western Mail 7.11.12 Tests on animals - At the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) we were interested to read your reporter’s impressions of Cardiff University’s animal testing laboratory (“Inside the laboratory where kittens were used in experiments”, Oct 31). Not least because despite the university’s claim that it favours transparency, it refused the helpful request by Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins to have a BUAV scientist join her on a visit to discuss the laboratory’s policies…. MICHELLE THEW, Chief Executive, BUAV (letter)

Hampshire Chronicle 7.11.12 Animal rights acitvists target Winchester's top eateries - ANIMAL rights campaigners are claiming victory after targeting two of Winchester's premier eateries. Hotel du Vin on Southgate Street and The Wykeham Arms on Kingsgate Street, were visited by activists angry that foie gras had been served… Activist Marjorie Pooley claims The Wykeham Arms and Hotel du Vin both reneged on previous agreements not to serve the controversial dish. Head chef Matt Chorley subsequently approached protesters outside the Hotel Du Vin and produced a statement, accepted by the campaigners, that foie gras will no longer be served there. And on Friday (November 2), Jon Howard, manager of The Wykeham Arms, which was recently crowned Town Pub of the Year, said that foie gras was off the menu - but insisted there had been no climb-down over the issue… (story)

Hartlepool Mail 7.11.12 Don’t forget fallen animals - PEOPLE who will be remembering the heroes who lost their lives fighting for their country are being urged to spare a thought for animals who also died at war. Animal lover Kath Threlfall, 72, says animals played a big part in helping humans in wars of the past and is urging people to also pay their respects to the “voiceless”. Kath, who is a member of Animal Aid, is urging residents to buy a purple poppy in memory of the animals that lost their lives at war…. (story)

6.11.12

Horse & Hound 6.11.12 Heythrop’s former huntsman Julian Barnfield retires - Heythrop kennel-huntsman Julian Barnfield isretiring from hunt service…. (story)

Farming Life 6.11.12 NI Marine Plan Team host drop-in sessions - THE NI Marine Plan Team is holding a series of public drop-in sessions throughout November. - (story)

BBC News Online 6.11.12 Shot badgers 'dumped on Ellesmere road' - A Shropshire wildlife group says it has evidence badgers have been illegally shot and then dumped on the roadside to make it look like they were roadkill. The Shropshire Badger Group said it started investigating after members found three animals on a country lane in Ellesmere in September…. (story)

Western Daily Press 6.11.12 Badgers 'drowned in slurry' as police investigate animal torture - Claims that badgers are being killed and tortured in Gloucestershire are being investigated by police… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.11.12 Badgers 'drowned in slurry' as police investigate animal torture - Claims that badgers are being killed and tortured in Gloucestershire are being investigated by police. The recent furore surrounding the badger cull and its subsequent postponement has sparked new fears the animals – protected by law – are again facing an upsurge in incidences of the illegal practice of baiting… Ian Hutchison, who heads UK crime prevention for Operation Meles, a joint project by police and animal welfare organisations, said: "There is a lot of this going on and there will have been cruelty in Gloucestershire… (story)

Sheffield Star 6.11.12 Shop’s death threat ordeal - A SHOP owner says he has received death threats since opening a furs store in Doncaster town centre. Mink Couture, which sells expensive animal furs, has been targeted by a string of animal rights activists since opening its doors a month ago…. (story)

Derby Telegraph 6.11.12 Victoria Martindale: It takes strength to be vegan in today's meat-mad society (story)
Independent 5.11.12 Are you man enough to go vegan? As we enter World Vegan Month it's time to reconsider the vegan stereotype - Victoria Martindale - What do Bill Clinton and cupcakes have in common? Answer: they're both vegan. Clinton used to be the most powerful politician in the world and vegan cupcakes won Food Network’s 2012 Cupcake Wars - neither exactly fit the stereotypical images that vegans are wimps and vegan baking is dry and dense do they?... As we enter World Vegan Month it’s time to move over, carnivores, and let the real machos stand up. (story)

5.11.12

Independent 5.11.12 Hunting supporters target Warwick police commissioner chief election - Hunting supporters who helped secure victory for a series of anti-ban candidates at the last general election are mobilising against a prospective police commissioner who voted to outlaw the blood sport while an MP. Members of the Warwickshire Hunt have thrown their weight behind a local Conservative candidate, claiming his Labour opponent James Plaskitt, who lost his Warwick and Leamington seat in 2010 when he was targeted by members of the pro-hunt group Vote-OK, would prioritise enforcing the ban rather than addressing other rural crime…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.11.12 In my opinion: Wildlife crime must not be ignored by new police boss - The Countryside Alliance has made its pitch for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioners election and has issued a manifesto "Rural Crime Matters”… But why is wildlife crime not mentioned? This issue is of great importance to many rural people, and while they do not suffer financially, it can destroy the quality of rural life…. So how is it that the Countryside Alliance does not include wildlife crime as worthy of mention? Is this because the Countryside Alliance is often close to those who commit wildlife crime?... (story)

Wandsworth Guardian 5.11.12 Richmond Park deer cull begins By Rachel Bishop - Protesters took to the streets of Kingston against Richmond and Bushy Park’s annual deer cull on Saturday. The park will close to the public at about 8pm tonight… Organiser Lesley Dove said before the march: “We believe the deer cull is cruel and unnecessary. People have been saying they hear shots and the cries of the terrified deer.”… (story)

Farmers Guardian 5.11.12 Public pressure ended Welsh badger cull hopes – Minister By Barry Alston - PUBLIC opinion gathered during last year’s election campaign put a stop to the Welsh badger cull. Responding to delegate claims at NFU Cymru’s annual conference that bovine TB was ‘bleeding the industry to death’, Alun Davies, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister responsible for agriculture, said he understood the concerns — but made it clear there was no way there would be a badger cull under the present Welsh Government… (story)

Western Daily Press 5.11.12 Livestock farmers urged to back alternative approach to TB problem - Livestock farmers across the country are being urged to throw their support behind a new organisation campaigning for an alternative approach to the TB problem. The Badger Welfare Association (BWA) says only if it can show it has widespread backing from the farming community will politicians start to take it seriously. Now the group, headed by Somerset dairy farmer Derek Mead, has launched a recruitment drive, an initiative which comes as it warns of a ‘firestorm’ of new TB cases this winter… (story)

Crawley Observer 5.11.12 Badger cull. What’s next? The badger cull has been delayed, and MPs including Crawley’s Henry Smith voted massively in favour of killing it completely. So what will happen next? The government plans on going ahead with it anyway – so much for democracy!... Let us focus on those. Let’s not resort to killing animals ‘because it’s worth a try’. Combining forces to focus time, money and energy to find a solution that will actually work is ‘worth a try’, and Care for the Wild are committed to doing just that. Philip Mansbridge Care for the Wild, Horsham (letter)

3.11.12

Western Morning News 3.11.12 Membership up 30 per cent as hunt enjoys opening meet - The rain clouds parted and the sun shone like a celestial spotlight on the South Devon Hunt's opening meet yesterday, writes Annabel Groom. More than 70 riders, all wearing their finery, and several hundred foot followers soaked up the cheery atmosphere in the beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor to celebrate the official start of the hunting season… (story)

Mail 3.11.12 Hunting season opens: Incredible pictures document a traditional part of British country life By SAM WEBB - These spectacular images show the The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, the opening meet of the UK hunting season, which takes place at Worcester Lodge near Badminton, England. About 300 hunts are expected to be active at the start of the hunting season, which began on Saturday and continues through to April, though a few hunts continue into early May…. (story)

BBC News Online 3.11.12 Hunt ban not saved one fox - Countryside Alliance Wales - About 300 hunts are expected to be active at the start of the hunting season, which began on Saturday… Peter Johnson discussed the situation with Dawn Varley, of the League Against Cruel Sports… Rachel Evans, director for Wales of the Countryside Alliance, who claimed the ban had not saved one fox's life (story)

Shropshire Star 3.11.12 Shropshire hunt master Otis Ferry banned from road for three years - Shropshire hunt master Otis Ferry has been banned from driving for three years after appearing in court following an arrest on suspicion of drink-driving…. Ferry, master of the South Shropshire Hunt from Eaton Mascott, near Shrewsbury, was given a £200 fine, as well as being ordered to pay £200 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge… (story)

Western Morning News 3.11.12 Teamwork key to a successful day's pheasant shooting at Brownstone - A cold easterly wind whips across the yard as guns, beaters, and dogs gather in a muddle of handshakes, shouted hellos and wagging tails. The pheasant shooting season is getting started for another year at Mike Hockin's Brownstone Shoot in South Devon and the anticipation is palpable… (story)

South Wales Echo 3.11.12 University replies: Why this animal research is necessary - The letter “Join us to end animal testing” (You Say, October 26) gives the impression that Cardiff University is somehow “silent” over its research involving animals… We respond to many requests for information from members of the public and from councillors, AMs and MPs, welcoming in any elected politician to the university to discuss their and their constituents’ concerns… The debate about research involving animals will remain polarised and we respect the views of those who oppose it. In response, we ask for fairness and honesty when discussing this topic, and to openly express our reasons for, and the purpose of, our research… Professor Dylan Jones Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University (letter)
South Wales Echo 26.10.12 Join us to end animal testing - IN 2010 the South Wales Echo published a feature, “Explain why you have to experiment on cats”, and letters on vivisection at Cardiff University. Then, until September 2012 there was silence on this topic and silence kills… We can see the day coming when even foodstuffs will be labelled “not tested on animals” as are many household and cosmetic goods now readily available from many supermarkets… Dom Spens CAR (Cardiff Animal Rights)Nigel George CAN (Cardiff Animal Network) (letter)

2.11.12

Western Morning News 2.11.12 Hurlditch's hunter hirelings are all fit and ready for the day job - As the hunting season takes off so does the need for hunter hirelings. Annabel Groom talks to a yard which is already flat out and looking forward to the months ahead… For Tony and Jenny Boon, of Hurlditch Hirelings, the last two weeks have been manic…. Jenny's clients do come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life from all over the world – a rock star called Moon from America; an antiques dealer from London; a local lass from the village and a former hunt saboteur…. (story)

Telegraph 2.11.12 Ignore countryside at your peril, policing candidates are warned - Campaigners are warning the new police and crime commissioners not to ignore the countryside when they take office, as figures reveal the extent to which front-line officers are absent from isolated communities. By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent - Rural dwellers now have just one officer available per 1,037 people, compared with one for every 581 people in towns… The Countryside Alliance, which obtained the figures, has urged those standing in the elections to give proper consideration to police funding and staffing in rural areas… (story)
Horse & Hound 2.11.12 Rural votes are vital in elections for Police and Crime Commissioners - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Riders, along with other country people, are being urged to get out and vote on Thursday, 15 November, when elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be taking place across England and Wales. The commissioners will decide how police forces spend their budgets — and both the Countryside Alliance and lobby group Vote-OK say it is very important that candidates who will take rural crime seriously are elected… (story)

Derby Telegraph 2.11.12 We should also think of animals killed in conflicts - AS we approach Remembrance Sunday, let us not forget the millions of animals killed in human conflicts…. The Ministry of Defence has commissioned experiments, where species have been shot dead or killed by chemical weapons. This is why Animal Aid's purple poppy has been created so that animals and the human victims can be remembered together… D Spencer Dovedale Crescent Belper (letter)

Argus 2.11.12 Democracy denial over badgers - A motion opposing a badger cull in England next summer was carried in the House of Commons by 147 votes to 28… If Mr Cameron and his farming minister still want to cull badgers, they reveal their utter contempt for democracy… John Bennett, Lewes Road, Brighton (letter)

1.11.12

Horse & Hound 1.11.12 Record side saddle turnout for Quorn opening meet - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Side saddle aficionados from as far afield as Ireland and Belgium made the journey to Leicestershire on Saturday (27 October) for the Quorn’s opening meet. Organised by Emma Brown, 40 ladies hunted side saddle, which is thought to be a record in modern times… (story)
Leicester Mercury 28.10.12 150 saddle up as Quorn marks start of the hunting season - Horses, hounds and riders saddled up as one of the world's oldest hunts opened its new season. More than 150 mounted hunt followers gathered at the Quorn Hunt's kennels, in Kirby Bellars, near Melton… (story)
Horse & Hound 19.10.12 Record side saddle turnout expected at Quorn opening meet - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Leicestershire side saddle doyenne Emma Brown is hoping for a record number of ladies riding aside at the Quorn opening meet (Friday, 26 October)…. (story)

LUSH ANTI HUNT DEMONSTRATIONS
Chester Chronicle 1.11.12 Lush Chester staff dress as foxes and police in preventable wildlife crime campaign by Mark Dowling, Chester Chronicle - AN ETHICAL Chester cosmetics store has been fighting for the rights of animals by staging a dramatised hunt. Staff members at Lush on Foregate Street dressed up as police officers, foxes and animal rights protesters… The manager of Lush Chester, Catrin Barker, said: “We believe that, like us, most of the British public would feel money is better spent protecting animals from cruelty, death and extinction, instead of gathering evidence on peace protests and environmental camps… Helen Ascott, of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “It is shocking wildlife crime is such a low policing priority… (story)
Croydon Advertiser 26.10.12 'Fox hunt' protest at police's blind eye - A "FOX hunt" was staged in Croydon on Tuesday to promote the protection of animal rights. Employees from Lush in North End dressed as foxes and were chased by members of staff dressed as police officers…. (story)
Redditch Standard 26.10.12 Hunt event - A FAKE fox hunt was staged by staff at a town centre store to raise awareness of the importance of tackling wildlife crime. Lush, on Evesham Walk in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, staged the stunt which saw workers dress-up as foxes and police…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 25.10.12 Foxing the criminals . . . Lush Bath staff highlight wildlife crime - A mock hunt took place on the streets of Bath this week to push the issue of wildlife crime further up the political agenda. Staff from health and beauty firm Lush's Bath store dressed as police, foxes and animal rights protesters for the stunt…. (story)
Swindon Advertiser 25.10.12 Lush staff on the hunt for justice By Matthew Edwards - STAFF at the cosmetics shop Lush dressed up as foxes and animal rights protesters to raise awareness of wildlife crime. Staff, supported by the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association, staged a mock hunt in Canal Walk with staff dressed as foxes and as animal rights protesters chased around the high street by staff dressed as police officers…. (story)
York Press 24.10.12 Fox-hunting protesters stage hunt in Coney Street - FOX-HUNTING protesters and staff from a York shop have staged a hunt in Coney Street ahead of the police commissioner elections. Lush staff – supported by the Hunt Saboteurs Association – dressed as foxes and animal rights protesters were chased around by staff members dressed as police officers… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 23.10.12 VIDEO: Wildlife demonstrators raise public awareness about Police and Crime Commissioner elections - Demonstrators dressed as foxes, hunters and police chased each other around Lincoln city centre to raise awareness about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. The mock hunt was staged in Cornhill and staff from Lush, supported by the Hunt Saboteurs Association took part at 11am, today… Manager of Lush in Lincoln, Lise Thurgood said: "We're trying to draw people's awareness to the fast that they can vote for their Police and Crime Commissioners and the fact there is nothing in the budget at the minute for wildlife crime… Photo: Lush staff Melanie Marshall, Andrea Dauber and Lise Thurgood. (story)
South Wales Evening Post 23.10.12 Staff back hunt protest - STAFF at Swansea cosmetics shop Lush have teamed up with the Hunt Saboteurs Association to stage a hunt in protest about wildlife crime. Employees dressed as foxes and as animal rights protesters were due to be chased around Whitewalls this morning by colleagues dressed as police officers… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 23.10.12 Street hunt highlights wildlife crime - FOXES and police officers will be running through Cheltenham town centre today. Staff from cosmetics store Lush will be dressing up as police officers, animal rights protesters and foxes to create a hunt in the High Street… (story)
Redditch Standard 22.10.12 Fake fox hunt aims to stop animal cruelty By Connie Osborne - A FAKE fox hunt will be flooding through the high street tomorrow (Tuesday). At 11.00am, staff from the toiletry shop Lush, will be dressing up as foxes, animal rights protesters, red coat hunters and police, as they perform the ultimate hunt stunt on Evesham Walk. The store, based in the Kingfisher, is supported by the Hunt Saboteurs Association which aims to protect wild animals from being hunted…. (story)

Independent 1.11.12 Poison perils for wild birds - Richard Benyon (letter, 30 October) is correct to assert that carbofuran is already banned under the law throughout the UK. However, the minister's decision not to issue an order proscribing the possession and storage of this and other pesticides used in the illegal poisoning of birds of prey is very disappointing… Jonathan Wallace, Newcastle upon Tyne (letter)

West Briton 1.11.12 'Vote to make sure we aren't landed with a megalomaniac who undermines police morale' - SO, DO we need yet another well-paid politician to tell the police how to do their job? Probably not. But since the Conservatives got their way and police commissioners are to be created, we should make sure that we aren't landed with a megalomaniac who becomes so overbearingly bombastic and unable to listen that they end up undermining the fragile morale that still exists among our men and women in blue… The stalled badger culling pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset represented the Government's primary response to decades of government prevarication, as bovine TB has ravaged the dairy and beef sector, and has caused devastation in our herds in west Cornwall. Meanwhile, Parliament has been heavily lobbied by 'Team Badger' and 'Team Farmer'… (story)

North Devon Journal 1.11.12 'No cull' vote is a blow for farms facing bovine TB - Frustration is growing among farmers in North Devon as MPs voted against the planned badger cull aimed at stopping the spread of bovine TB. Many were left bewildered by the turn of events that started with postponement of two trial culls in the South West and ended with a crushing vote on Thursday in the House of Commons… (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.12 Anton Coaker: Seeking sense in the morass surrounding badgers and TB - OK then. TB. I rarely venture into print on the topic. Quite apart from not wanting to irritate some potentially unsavoury characters who claim to be animal lovers, there are just enough pitfalls in my life without stepping into this particular mire… (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.12 MP calls for voluntary vaccination of badgers - ANDREW GEORGE MP has called for a badger vaccination programme to tackle bovine tuberculosis in west Cornwall after the Government shelved a proposed badger cull… (story)

BBC News Online 1.11.12 Uneasy lull in badger cull battle - Martyn Oates - Political editor, South West - Until next summer at least, badgers - and those engaged in seemingly endless wrangling over whether the animals should be culled - live to fight another day…. (story)

Worcester News 1.11.12 I’m so pleased that badgers won’t die - I would like to say how pleased I am that the badgers will now not be murdered…. CAROLE ROBERTS Worcester (letter)

Pendle Today (Nelson Leader, Colne, Barnoldswick & Earby Times) 3.11.12 There should be no badger cull - The British government appears to be giving in to pressure from farmers, rather than using the best scientific advice to stop badgers spreading TB to cattle across the country…. SHEENA DUNN, Labour Candidate , Pendle East Division, Lancashire County Council (letter)

Bath Chronicle 1.11.12 Time to cut out cruelty of meat - At the end of August, the Guardian reported that scientists were warning that to avoid shortages leading to food riots and millions starving, everyone may need to adopt a meat free diet…. The Green Party policy is "Everyone has the right to enjoy a sufficient diet of nutritious and safe food for a healthy life" but people will sit around and watch people starve, like Ancient Romans being entertained by death at the Colosseum. NICHOLAS HALES Uphill Drive Larkhall Bath (letter)

ITV 1.11.12 Rescue group guilty of gull neglect - Members of a gull rescue group have been found guilty of neglect and causing suffering to 47 gulls kept in overcrowded conditions and untreated for injuries. Tim McKenzie, 55, of Vicarage Road, Hastings and Jean Tyler, 66, of Pebsham Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea, were banned from keeping birds for 10 years… (story)

Keighley News 1.11.12 Bonfire alert over pets - Fireworks may be beautiful and exciting for us, but for animals they can be terrifying…. ASHLEY OWEN, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)