November 2014

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30.11.14

Sunday Express 30.11.14 Call for Government not lairds to give up their land - NICOLA Sturgeon must “lead by example” and hand Government-owned estates back to rural communities instead of targeting private landlords, critics suggested last night. By GREG CHRISTISON - Despite the focus on wealthy lairds, the Scottish Government is the country’s third largest landowner with almost 235,000 acres across 66 estates, 99 per cent of which is leased out to struggling crofters…. Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, said the Government should focus on returning its own land – along with the 89,000 acres owned by the Crown Estate – to the community before targeting private landlords…. (story)

29.11.14

Shooting Times 29.11.14 RSPB takes softer stance on hen harrier plan - The RSPB has joined other conservation and shooting bodies in calling on DEFRA to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) started a campaign to get the plan published last July, but the RSPB refused to support it until now because it objected to the inclusion of a brood management strategy…Adrian Blackmore, head of the Countryside Alliance’s shooting campaign, called the RSPB’s position on brood management “illogical”. He said: “Blocking the publication of that part of the plan would suggest, again, that the RSPB is motivated more by a dislike of grouse shooting, than it is by a concern for hen harriers.” (story)

Guardian 29.11.14 Animal rights group sounds alarm over 40m livestock deaths on UK farms - More than 40 million farm animals are estimated to die each year in the UK before they reach the slaughterhouse, according to a report to be published this week which urges the government to introduce measures that would compel farmers to disclose the numbers. The report, The Uncounted Dead: Farming’s unofficial victims, by Animal Aid, an organisation opposed to meat eating, is the first to put a figure on the number of animals that die before slaughter…. (story)

Kent Messenger 29.11.14 Rally against export of live animals from Ramsgate by Julia Collins - Hundreds of people have joined a rally against the export of live farm animals for slaughter this afternoon. The march started in Ellington Park, Ramsgate and has made its way to Harbour Parade where exports have been taking place from the council-owned port since May 2011… (story)

28.11.14

Salisbury Journal 28.11.14 Ten years on hunt ban is still divisive by Karen Bate - A DECADE ago this week, the Fox Hunting Act, which banned hunting with dogs, received Royal Assent… Dr Graham Ferris, of the New Forest Hounds, believes that the Hunting Act is a “poor piece of legislation”…. But Frankie James, of the New Forest Animal Protection Group, believes that the Hunting Act has been worthwhile and denies it is “toothless”…. (story)

Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette 28.11.14 Hunt faces anger over rail deaths - AN animal protection charity has condemned Dart-moor Hunt after six of its hounds were hit and killed by a train in Ivybridge. A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said Dartmoor Hunt members should be held accountable for failing to control their hounds…. (story)

RSPB BIRDCRIME REPORT
Salisbury Journal 28.11.14 Countryside Alliance challenge RSPB's Birdcrime report - BIRD crime statistics for last year reveal one reported incident in Dorset and ten in Hampshire…. “The Alliance does not condone wildlife crime in any way,” said Adrian Blackmore, director of shooting for the Countryside Alliance. “However, the number of reported incidents is significantly higher than those actually confirmed, making the headline figures extremely misleading.”… (story)
Bournemouth Echo 11.11.14 Bird crime statistics “extremely misleading” due to number of unreported incidents by Diana Henderson - BIRD crime statistics for last year reveal one reported incident in Dorset and 10 in Hampshire…. the birdcrime report which reveals 164 incidents of shooting and destruction of birds of prey during 2013 nationally, has been challenged by the Countryside Alliance…. the number of reported incidents is significantly higher than those actually confirmed, making the headline figures extremely misleading.”…(story)
Westmorland Gazette 5.11.14 Cumbria one of worst spots in country for 'bird crime', says charity by Katie Dickinson - THE RSPB has issued a plea for the shooting community to ‘clean up its act’ as figures reveal Cumbria is one of the worst counties in England for ‘bird crime’…. (story)
Western Daily Press 3.11.14 RSPB and other wildlife charities 'picking fights to help with fundraising' - Conflict is raging over conservation concerns. Philip Bowern believes it doesn't help wildlife - The RSPB is one of Britain's most important and richest charities with more than a million members…. In the last few days alone the charity has used statistics on declining farmland bird species to put many farmers in the firing line and levelled accusations at game shooting interests for allegedly persecuting birds of prey. In both cases those criticised have hit back with a vigorous defence of their practices…. (story)
ShootingUK 31.10.14 Birdcrime allegations don’t add up, say shooting bodies - Lucy King - Shooting organisations have hit back against an RSPB report claiming that licensing shoots is the only hope for raptors…Adrian Blackmore, director of the Countryside Alliance’s shooting campaign, said: “The evidence and statistics simply do not support the RSPB’s report and accompanying press release which focusses almost exclusively on attacking shooting and grouse moors.”… (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 31.10.14 Worry over illegal bird of prey killing - Lancashire is one of the worst counties in England for bird of prey persecution, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds…. (story)
Guardian 30.10.14 Hundreds of birds of prey are being shot or poisoned in UK - Hundreds of birds of prey, including golden and white-tailed eagles, hen harriers and red kites, were shot or poisoned last year, a report shows. Naturalist and TV presenter Bill Oddie called on shooting industry leaders to help stamp out the illegal killing of birds of prey as the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report revealed that there were 164 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey in 2013… (story)
Scotsman 30.10.14 Scale of Bird of Prey poisoning revealed - SCORES of birds of prey, including golden and white tailed eagles, hen harriers and red kites, were shot or poisoned last year, a report shows. Naturalist and TV presenter Bill Oddie called on shooting industry leaders to help stamp out the illegal killing of birds of prey as the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report revealed that there were 164 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey in 2013… (story)
Cornishman 30.10.14 RSPB calls for gunmen to end illegal shooting of birds of prey - GUNMEN are ignoring regulations and proceeding to shoot and poison dozens of birds of prey throughout the Westcountry,it was revealed today… (story)
Western Mail 30.10.14 Dozens of birds of prey shot or poisoned each year in Wales - Dozens of birds of prey were shot or poisoned in Wales last year, a new report has shown. Naturalist and TV presenter Bill Oddie called on shooting industry leaders to help stamp out the illegal killing of birds of prey as the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report revealed that, across the UK, there were 164 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey – including golden and white tailed eagles, hen harries and red kites – in 2013… (story)

Worcester News 28.11.14 Badgers aren't the cause of suffering in cows, people are - I hope very much that Worcester City Council will vote to prohibit the culling of badgers on its land after over 1,000 local people signed a petition calling for such a ban… Ronald Lee Communications Officer Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies (letter)

Varsity 28.11.14 Animal activists condemn research site by Sarah Baxter - Animal rights activists have raised objections to the planned construction of an animal testing laboratory in Cambridge by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca… Rachel Mathai, spokeswoman for the CAP campaign, explained the group’s reasons for opposing the proposal, saying: “AstraZeneca’s cruel, unnecessary experiments should be a thing of the past… (story)
Cambridge News 19.11.14 Mass protest against AstraZeneca HQ in Cambridge threatened by animal rights activists and environmentalists By RAYMOND BROWN - A mass protest against AstraZeneca in Cambridge has been threatened by animal rights activists who say "it will be the new Huntingdon Life Sciences"… The group called CAP (Cambridge Against AstraZeneca Planning) has formed recently with the aim of opposing the pharma company's planning application to include an animal research lab in Cambridge… Rachel Mathai, spokeswoman for the campaign, said: "AstraZeneca's cruel, unnecessary experiments should be a thing of the past…. (story)

Kent News 28.11.14 Police had ‘no evidence’ to restrict live export campaigners, says IPCC - Maria Chiorando - A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has upheld an appeal from an animal rights campaigner regarding Kent Police’s treatment of live animal export protestors at Ramsgate port. The complaint by Reg Bell claimed that police unfairly imposed a section 14 order on protestors in order to ‘corral’ them into a small holding area during a protest in 2012… (story)

Irish Times 28.11.14 Barnardo furriers given cold shoulder by angry protesters -Animal rights protesters have demonstrated outside the capital’s oldest and most esteemed fur shop to mark International Fur-Free Friday. Some two dozen protesters demonstrated outside JM Barnardo & Sons furriers at the bottom of Grafton Street, which is the oldest family furrier in the world… The protesters held up life-like representations of the bodies of foxes who had been skinned for fur…. Organiser John Carmody said the purpose of the demonstration was to try and persuade Christmas shoppers not to buy fur clothing for Christmas… (story)

Harrogate Informer 28.11.14 Harrogate woman wins PETA award on International Volunteer day - Harrogate, North Yorkshire – Some of the most eye-catching animal rights demonstrations that have swept the UK in recent months have been successful thanks in part to Rose Patterson, a Harrogate native who’s never afraid to stand up against the abuse and killing of animals for food, clothing, experiments and entertainment – and in honour of International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2014, Patterson will take home PETA’s Volunteer Award…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 28.11.14 Why move wreath? - The role animals have played in times of war is widely recognised… The local British Legion is happy for us to lay a purple poppy wreath at the cenotaph. So, to the person who has taken the wreath away, I would like to ask why? M Harrison Beaulieu Close Swindon (letter)

27.11.14

Western Morning News 27.11.14 Hunting Act has helped nothing - Your front page marking the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act demonstrates how time slips away (November 18). Michael Stephenson of the League against Cruel Sports urges us to celebrate it as “a great achievement...an enduring spirit of compassion... the best of British values.’’ To be seasonal – bah humbug!... In fact those who have read the WMN reports on the Quantock deer herds will note that since the Act deer numbers have fallen by 50%, the male:female ratio is skewed and poaching now at a worrying level…. by Roger Mason South Molton (letter)

GREAT BRITISH GAME WEEK
Western Morning News 27.11.14 Are you game? For trying wild meat that is. It's Great British Game Week - Ask any top chef around the world what kind of food Britain does better than any other nation and game will probably be the answer…. The edible beasts of our heaths, marshes, moorlands and forests offer some of the best natural meat around – a fact that is being celebrated by Great British Game Week, which runs until Sunday….. Great British Game Week 2014 is being run by by both the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) Taste of Game campaign and the Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat campaign… (story)
Morning Advertiser 17.11.14 Pubs encouraged to make the most of Great British Game Week By Noli Dinkovski - Pubs have been reminded to make the most of Great British Game Week, which runs 24 to 30 November. Game Week is aimed at strengthening the networks of local suppliers and introducing people to the taste of game. It is being jointly run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s Taste of Game campaign and the Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat campaign… (story)
Meat Trades Journal 13.11.14 Organisations get together for British Game Week By Eleanor Mackay - The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have joined forces to launch the Great British Game Week to be held later this month. The week organised by BASC’s Taste of Game and the CA’s Game to Eat promotion bodies will run between 24-30 November, and businesses are urged to get involved by using introductory offers to help promote the seasonal meats…. (story)

Scotsman 27.11.14 Nicola Sturgeon to crack down on major landowners by SCOTT MACNAB - NICOLA Sturgeon has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on Scotland’s leading ¬landowners, including the prospect of ¬enforced sell-offs, as she set out her first programme for government… Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, warned that it will lead to job losses in rural Scotland as costs go up. He added that the Isle of Gigha, one of the most prominent Scottish community buyouts, is £2.7m in debt… (story)

Argus 27.11.14 Is PCC role working for the people? - IT HAS been two years since the police authorities were replaced with directly elected commissioners to hold the police to account. Amid claims the role is a ‘failed experiment’, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne speaks to Crime reporter Rachel Millard… Countryside Alliance spokesman Michelle Nudds said having a figurehead was useful. She said: “Katy Bourne has held meetings with our county members twice now and I think having a police and crime commissioner as a focus for questions and comments about rural crime has been popular with them… “We have also raised the issue of harassment of hunts going about their lawful business by aggressive ant-hunt protesters. Being able to speak to a single, identifiable person in all these cases has been very useful.”… (story)

Argus 27.11.14 Protest against charity ‘animal testing’ - CHARITY workers are “saddened” to see protestors outside their shop campaigning amid claims of animal testing. The British Heartless Foundation organised protests outside British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops across the country… (story)
Argus 21.11.14 Protestors claims British Heart Foundation gives funds to animal testing - A CHARITY said it was “saddened” to see protestors outside its shop campaigning amid claims of animal testing. Group The British Heartless Foundation organised protests outside British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops across the country…. Photo: Protestors Asher Fynn, Naomi Fowler and Patricia Gough in Western Road, Brighton. (story)

Argus 27.11.14 Animal testing is a research system that resists change - I have been following the debate in The Argus for and against animal testing. We who oppose animal testing are frequently accused of taking the position that there are not medical conditions in humans that can be replicated in animals… When more people begin to understand that human lives are lost every day because of scientists and corporate profiteers protecting their own interests, the seeds of change will be sown. David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (story)

PETA ANTI REINDEER CAMPAIGN
Western Mail 27.11.14 Town's reindeer parade called 'cruel and irresponsible' by animal rights group By Peter Collins - The annual Christmas reindeer parade in Cowbridge has been opposed by animal rights group Peta… (story)
Mail on Sunday 23.11.14 Reindeer owners forced to keep Christmas appearances secret fearing disruption by animal rights activists who want 'unethical' displays banned By JENNIFER SMITH FOR MAILONLINE - Reindeer owners are attempting to keep the locations of Christmas displays secret to avoid intervention from animal rights activists. The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd in Aviemore has supplied animals for festive parades across the country for decades. But, after animal rights group PETA bombarded local authorities with letters asking they do not use the animals in Christmas events, the herd has asked well-wishers not to reveal which displays they plan to attend… (story)
Manchester Evening News 20.11.14 Animal rights campaigners have slammed the use of live reindeer in a town centre Christmas event By Katie Fitzpatrick - An animal rights organisation has slammed the use of live reindeer in a Christmas event. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for the annual live reindeer visit to Rochdale town centre to be scrapped…. (story)
Bristol Post 13.11.14 Animal rights group speaks out against reindeer at The Mall -By Rachel Gardner - AN ANIMAL rights group is calling for The Mall Cribbs Causeway to cancel plans to use live reindeer at its Winter Wonderland event… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have written to the shopping centre urging it to cancel the event…. (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 11.11.14 Animal rights campaigners hit out at plans for events using live reindeer - ANIMAL rights campaigners have called on the organisers of Christmas entertainment in the region to cancel plans to use live reindeer as part of events. Harrogate Christmas Market and a reindeer parade organised by Darlington's Cornmill shopping centre are among the events targeted by campaign group PETA…. (story)
BBC News Online 4.11.14 Glasgow defends festive role for reindeer amid Peta criticism - An animal rights group has called for a ban on reindeer being used during Glasgow's festive events. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) wants the city council to halt plans for reindeer to feature in the Glasgow on Ice festival…. Campaign co-ordinator Kirsty Henderson said: "Reindeer used in seasonal displays are forced into close contact with the public, which leaves them stressed and afraid…." Festival organisers Glasgow Life said the reindeer would be in a secure petting area, with only one family allowed access at a time… We have been working with a local, family-run farm where the animals are raised around children and are seen as part of their extended family. The farm owners always prioritise their animals' welfare over profit."… (story)

Express 27.11.14 Brian May wins award for animal rights campaigning - QUEEN rocker BRIAN MAY was honoured for his activism at an animal rights awards ceremony on Wednesday (26Nov14). The guitarist founded animal welfare organisation Save Me in 2010 and he has been tirelessly campaigning on issues including fox hunting and badger culling. May was named Celeb Supporter of the Year at the Animal Hero awards in London by officials at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the Daily Mirror newspaper…. (story)

Bolton News 28.11.14 We need to protect our wildlife - IT is sickening and depressing to read a report on the online trade in wildlife, dead or alive…. David Sharples, Tarbet Drive, Breightmet (letter)

26.11.14

Wells Journal 26.11.14 How did the Mendip huntsman cross the river? - IT sounds like that riddle about the man trying to get a fox, chicken and bag of corn over a river. Last week, a huntsman had to get a pack of hounds across a river. Rob Williams, the master of the Mendip Farmers’ Hunt left his horse on the bank and requisitioned a boat to get hounds across a river in Godney… (story)

DARTMOOR HOUNDS KILLED ON RAILWAY
Horse & Hound 26.11.14 Hounds killed in collision with train - A group of hounds have been killed after running onto a railway line in Devon on Saturday (22 November). Thirty hounds from the Dartmoor hunt found their way onto the tracks between Langham Levels and Fardel Bridge (not pictured)… (story)
BBC News Online 25.11.14 Six hunting hounds killed by train near Ivybridge, Devon (story)
Western Daily Press 25.11.14 Hounds killed after straying onto railway (story)
Torquay Herald Express 25.11.14 Animal charity says Devon hunt should be 'accountable' for six hounds killed by train By HEPaulGreaves - AN animal welfare charity has condemned a Devon hunt after six of its hounds were killed by a train… Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said the hunt had failed in its duty to look after the animals…. (story)
Western Morning News 24.11.14 Hunt horror as hounds are killed after being hit by train near Ivybridge - At least four hounds are believed to have been killed after running onto railway tracks during a weekend hunt, the Western Morning News has learned. Around 30 hounds belonging to the Dartmoor Hunt are said to have run onto the tracks unaccompanied between Langham Levels and Fardel Bridge near Ivybridge in Devon on Saturday. Several were then hit by a passing train in what members of the hunt have called a “distressing and regrettable” incident…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 24.11.14 Six hunt hounds killed by train in Devon By HEPaulGreaves - A DEVON hunt has said that six of its hounds were killed after being hit by a train on Saturday. The hounds belonged to the Dartmoor Hunt and were part of a larger pack which ran onto the tracks near Ivybridge. Around 30 dogs are thought to have been on the tracks between Langham Levels and Fardel Bridge. Several were hit by a passing train…. (story)

Western Morning News 26.11.14 Claim of hunting strife is nonsense - Another day and more acres of newsprint devoted to hunting in the WMN… Yes, hunting is very important to some people, but, particularly when bearing in mind what else has been going on in the last ten years, how can it possibly be said, with any reasonable objectivity, that the ban on people riding around on horses with dogs killing foxes has caused rural strife, except to a small minority… by Daniel Sproull Wadebridge (letter)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 26.11.14 Call to toughen up on policing wildlife crime - The report, published by World Animal Protection, an organisation campaigning to stop animal cruelty, places Thames Valley Police in the bottom 13 for measures to protect wildlife against cruelty, out of 43 police forces in England and Wales…. South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder is a wildlife campaigner and has worked in the European Parliament to protect biodiversity for future generations.... Simon Pope, of World Animal Protection UK, said: “We recognise that many forces have extremely hard working and conscientious wildlife crime officers…. (story)

Bromley News Shopper 26.11.14 Bromley-based animal rights group stages protest outside Chapter One in Locksbottom over serving foie gras on Christmas menu by Rebecca Flood, reporter - An restaurant has ruffled the feathers of an animal rights group by choosing to serve foie gras. Restaurant Chapter One, in Locksbottom, is serving the controversial 'delicacy' as part of its festive menu… However, Bromley-based animal rights group Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group is less than impressed. The group held a protest in the form of a candlelit vigil outside the restaurant, on Sunday November 23…. (story)

Independent 26.11.14 Meet the Green Party: From new converts to old campaigners … Jay Tiernan, an anti-badger-cull protestor from Bath - A lifelong Green Party voter, Jay is heavily influenced by animal rights policies when deciding who to back. He is not so concerned about who his local Green Party candidate is as the fact that the party leaves the others standing on animal rights policies…. (story)

25.11.14

North Devon Journal 25.11.14 Video shows angry scenes and foul language as protesters block Devon fox hunt - Angry huntsmen swear at hunt saboteurs and bang their fists against a car in a video posted on YouTube. The five-minute film shows the Devon Hunt Saboteurs attempting to disrupt the Tiverton Foxhounds on November 8… (story)

Plymouth Herald 25.11.14 We must strengthen the Hunting Act - ON THE 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act 2004, we are delighted that the League Against Cruel Sports has finally acknowledged that the law must be significantly strengthened…. Protect Our Wild Animals (POWA) has lobbied for amendments from the start and recently launched the campaign to strengthen the Hunting Act… ALAN KIRBY Protect Our Wild Animals (letter)

York Press 25.11.14 Protect the birds - BIRDS of prey have been protected since 1954, except the sparrow hawk – this was protected in 1961. So will someone please explain to me why the rich estate owners and their gamekeepers are above the law?... Mr D Fillingham, The Crossway, York (letter)

Northumberland Gazette 25.11.14 Protecting countryside and rural communities from fracking - The Government must protect the countryside and reassure the public over the exploration and development of shale oil and gas, according to a report released today. Funding, oversight and research are needed to ensure that shale-gas extraction, also known as fracking, does not cause irrevocable damage to the countryside and rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Bexley News Shopper 25.11.14 Blackfen man 'furious' after his 1.3kg dog is picked up by fox, which tried to run off with it - A Blackfen man is "furious" after a fox picked up his 1.3kg dog and tried to run off with it. On November 19 at 6.15pm Colin and Sharon Broadbent, of Burnt Oak Lane, let their miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Gizmo, into their back garden to do his business. Within seconds a fox, which had been lurking in the shadows, scooped Gizmo up in its jaws and attempted to make an escape…. (story)

Western Morning News Unbelievable cost of the badger cull - I note that the first badger cull cost the taxpayer £6.3 million, with each badger killed costing (with policing) in the region of £5,200. This is almost unbelievable!... Yes, badgers are predators of ground nesting birds, but so are foxes, rats, magpies, jays and crows and squirrel…. by Janet Feasey Stratton (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 25.11.14 Vale Wildlife founder Caroline Gould up for second national award By RobinJenkins - Caroline Gould doesn’t do dressing up, not normally anyway. But the founder and manager of the Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre will break that habit tomorrow night… She is one of just three people to have made it through to be finalists in the Animal Hero Awards’ Animal Enthusiast of the Year category… Caroline has been impressed by the organisation of the event, which is a result of a partnership between the Daily Mirror and the RSPCA… (story)

24.11.14

Western Mail 24.11.14 The fox-hunting ban: How tensions are still bubbling between campaigners 10 years on - Julie Morgan has always been a staunch supporter of the Hunting Act… In fact, in all of her years as an MP for Cardiff North, she has had more letters insupport of the Hunting Act than any other issues… As it stands, The Hunting Act allows two hounds to be used to flush to guns but Dr Nick Fenwick, from the Farmers Union of Wales, says a change in the law is vital to Welsh farming… But the LACS rubbished the proposals and it’s clear tensions are still bubbling between the opposing sides a decade on. Spokesman Emma Sobhee said: “The league looked at these arguments back in October last year, when the amendment was suggested by The Federation of Welsh Farmers’ Packs and the Countryside Alliance... (story)

Irish Times 24.11.14 Hare coursing - This week Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, in answer to a Dáil question from Maureen O’Sullivan TD, dismissed the introduction of mechanical lure coursing as a humane alternative to using timid wild hares as bait for the chasing greyhounds…. Replacing live hare coursing with a mechanical lure would find favour with the vast majority who respect and cherish our Irish hare and who would be more than happy to see the end of a despicable blood sport that brings shame on our country. – Yours, etc, AIDEEN YOURELL, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, PO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. (letter)

Westmorland Gazette 24.11.14 Council declines to draw up badger culling plan by ALLAN TUNNINGLEY - CUMBRIA County Council has declined to ban badger culling on its land. The authority said it saw "no need to adopt a prohibition policy at this stage" after being presented with an e-petition calling for culls to be outlawed. The petition was presented to the council by Eileen Clark on behalf of the online campaign, Save Cumbria's Badgers from Culling… (story)

Walthamstow Guardian 24.11.14 Factory farming protest at new Nando's in Walthamstow - Members of Waltham Forest Animal Protection Group, who demonstrated at The Scene development as part of a national day of action against the chain on Saturday, claim chicken sold in its restaurants are sourced from suppliers using inhumane practices…. WFAP member Rachel Barrat said: “Factory farming is extremely cruel with animals and birds treated like products rather than the living creatures they are…. (story)

22.11.14

Guardian 22.11.14 The foxhunting ban 10 years on: has the countryside changed for ever? - It was one of New Labour’s defining policies – but a decade after the hunting ban came in, enthusiasts still ride out across the country. So did the law change things? Can the pursuit survive? And what’s it like chasing fox urine? - Stephen Moss - “Lovely music,” says the stately, somewhat forbidding, weatherbeaten woman sitting on a dark bay Irish hunter at the edge of a field in the Cotswolds…. It is a glorious morning and I am out with the Cotswold hunt, meeting a few miles from Cirencester. The music lover is Lavinia Black, a huntswoman of 50 years’ standing… It is a typically British fudge that leaves neither side satisfied. The league realises that some hunts – the ones using birds of prey, others who are beyond the video cameras of the antis – are still catching foxes. But the true hunters, too, know that this pseudo-hunting is second best. “It’s crap,” says Tim Bellamy, field master on the day I go out with the Cotswold… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 22.11.14 Protest at ‘senseless slaughter’ of our badgers - CAMPAIGNERS who want to stop the “senseless slaughter” of thousands of the UK’s badgers were today staging a protest in Hampshire… (story)
BBC News Online 22.11.14 Chris Packham joins badger cull protest in Winchester - Wildlife expert Chris Packham joined hundreds of campaigners to protest against badger culling. About 300 people marched through Winchester from Abbey Gardens…. (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 20.11.14 Campaigners that want badger culling stopped to stage peaceful protest in Winchester city centre by Charlotte Neal, Reporter - CAMPAIGNERS that want to stop the ‘senseless slaughter’ of thousands of the UK’s badgers will stage a protest in Winchester. The peaceful march will see up to 100 people dressed in black, white and badger costumes as they march from Abbey Gardens, up St George’s, Jewry and the High Streets, before finishing where they started. It has been organised by Southampton resident Anna Dale, who says she was “outraged” when she learned of badgers being killed to try and stop TB outbreaks amongst cattle… (story)

Oxford Mail 22.11.14 Director to return to Oxford in screening of film that shows plight of circus lions by Alex Regan, Reporter - Oxford, the city that inspired him to take up the cause. Tim Phillips, director of the critically acclaimed film Lion Ark, will be attending a screening of his movie at the Ultimate Picture Palace, off Cowley Road, followed by a Q&A session… During his time in Oxford, Mr Phillips established Oxford Animal Rights in 1982, and the campaigning magazine Turning Point in 1985…. Mr Phillips co-founded the group ADI with wife Jan Creamer, the producer of the film…. (story)

21.11.14

Western Morning News 21.11.14 Fed up with grouses about Hunting Act - Thank goodness for the LACS member Michael Stephenson’s excellent response to the WMN’s biased reporting of the Hunting Act. I’m beginning to think that this newspaper is being published only for farmers and members of the Countryside Alliance… by D Goodenough Crediton (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS – November coverage
Salisbury Journal 21.11.14 MP backs shop’s Rural Oscar bid - MP Dr Andrew Murrison is backing Ludwell Village Stores in the tenth annual ‘Rural Oscars’ – aka the Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Morning Advertiser 19.11.14 Surrey pub battling to win 'Rural Oscar' By Helen Gilbert - An award winning Surrey pub is in the running to scoop a Champion of Champions accolade in an X-factor style competition. The Jolly Farmers in Buckland, a pub, eatery and farm shop, has been selected to compete in a one-off public vote-led competition to mark the tenth anniversary of the Countryside Alliance Awards, which celebrate rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage… (story)
Buxton Advertiser 16.11.14 Vote for High Peak butchers in top awards - High Peak MP Andrew Bingham is urging locals to support butchers JW Mettrick and Son in this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
ThisIsWiltshire 13.11.14 Nettleton Post Office sends plea for votes - Nettleton Post Office are asking for votes to be named champion in the Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the Rural Oscars…. (story)
Craven Herald & Pioneer 13.11.14 Broughton Hall in running for 'champion of champions' award - BROUGHTON Hall is in the running for a top award. The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the 'Rural Oscars', are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme… (story)
Blackmore Vale Magazine 12.11.14 Countryside Alliance Awards launches Champion of Champions scheme By Mblazeby - The Countryside Alliance Awards, also known as the ‘Rural Oscars’, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a Champion of Champions scheme… Andrew Murrison MP has voiced his support for Ludwell Village Stores which previously won a UK and Ireland title in the awards… (story)
Farming Life 11.11.14 Back Nolans of Kilcullen as they aim to be Champion of Champions! - The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the “Rural Oscars,” are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every Champion of the last ten years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles and Nolan’s of Kilcullen are in the mix… (story)
Harrogate Advertiser 11.11.14 Pateley butchers in the running for top award by Ruby Kitchen - A prize-winning butchers shop in Pateley Bridge is in the running to be named champion of champions for the whole of the UK. H Weatherhead & Sons, of the High Street, has been shortlisted for the award by the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Sheffield Telegraph 9.11.14 Clegg backs ‘Oscar’ for dairy - Nick Clegg is urging Sheffielders to vote for Dungworth dairy farm Our Cow Molly as Champion of Champions at the Countryside Alliance Awards, the ‘rural Oscars’…. (story)
Surrey Mirror 9.11.14 The Jolly Farmers needs your vote to scoop top award in "rural oscars"… The Jolly Farmers, in Reigate Road, could scoop the highest accolade at the "Rural Oscars", also known as The Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Redditch Standard 7.11.14 Shop could be crowned best of the best By Harriet Ernstsons - FECKENHAM Village Shop is competing against others from across the country to be crowned the best of the best. The store, which is run by volunteers, is part of a special champion of champions scheme being run to celebrate the 10th Countryside Alliance Awards and based on a public vote…. (story)
Blackmore Vale Magazine 1.11.14 Ludwell and Chalke Valley stores to compete in Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars Champion of Champions By fdart - The Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars, are celebrating their 10thanniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every UK champion from the last 10 years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles and five west country businesses are in contention. Ludwell Village Stores, Chalke Valley Stores at Broad Chalke and Nettleton Village Shop in Wiltshire, Piper's Farm at Cullompton in Devon, and Farrington's Farm Shop at Farrington Gurney near Bristol are competing, having taken a UK title in previous years… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 21.11.14 Police arrest three people in connection to badger cull this year, compared to more than tenfold last year By Michael_Yong - Police officers have cautioned and arrested fewer people in this year’s badger cull compared to last year. Officers have been working overtime to take part in Operation Themis, the force’s response to this year’s badger cull. And their hard work seems to have paid off, with only two arrests and one served a court summons over the six-week window this year…. (story)

Bolton News 21.11.14 Why being a vegan is good for you - TO mark November's World Vegan Month, Kath Baron from The Kitchen in Great Moor Street invited The Bolton News and Rachel West, who has been vegan for three years, to talk about the health benefits of the diet and showcase some of the cafe's healthy and exciting meals… (story)

20.11.14

Western Morning News 20.11.14 Politicians? They're all the same – except on rural issues - Where is the real political battleground today? In the countryside, argues Philip Bowern… the only areas for serious differences of opinion are at the edges, mostly affecting minority interests. And many of them turn out to be in the countryside. Take the badger cull, for example…. On another purely rural issue, hunting with dogs, the Conservatives will, in all likelihood, propose a free vote on a repeal of the ban if they are returned with an overall majority next May. Labour will probably leave things as they are. If they thought there were votes in it, they might even join forces with the animal rights groups currently campaigning to have the Hunting Act strengthened… (story)

Western Morning News 20.11.14 Has Defra had the wrong animal in its sights for the last decade on bTB? - Deer have long been known to carry bovine TB but not, so some experts would have, spread the disease to cattle. Is that changing? Chris Rundle gives his take on the issue… As long as 10 years ago, in fact, the BDS was warning of the threat deer posed. A ‘threat’ exacerbated by the reported presence of high numbers of TB-infected deer in the local sanctuaries run by the League Against Cruel Sports, which for years farmers have been warning represent a dangerous reservoir of infectivity…. (story)

Western Morning News 20.11.14 Cull does not make economic sense - A total of £5,215 per badger? They’re having a laugh!... Putting aside the moral question of slaughtering 1,500 healthy badgers to eliminate 75 which may be infectious, as well as the improbability that removing 75 badgers across two counties will make any noticeable difference to TB in cattle, surely even the most enthusiastic cull supporters will now accept that the policy makes no economic sense as there are more effective alternatives available at lower cost? by Andy Hamilton Yeovil (story)

ANIMAL AID MOVEMBER LETTER
Argus 20.11.14 Let’s use animals - Dennis B Stuart is incorrect to assert that cancer research is a fraud or that dogs played no part in discovering insulin (Argus, November 18), as a simple web search would demonstrate. The citations supporting his view included physicist Linus Pauling, who died in 1944, and campaigner M Beddow Bayly who died in 1962… Chris Magee Understanding Animal Research Hodgkin Huxley House Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AW (story)
Argus 18.11.14 Don't use animals - In attempting to justify animal experiments, Chris Magee (Argus, November 5) has made statements which need correcting. Firstly, his claim that animal research gave us insulin for diabetic dogs and humans is inaccurate…. Dennis B Stuart Fitzhardinge House Marine Parade Brighton (letter)

Argus 5.11.14 Animals do aid research - Animal Aid’s Isobel Hutchinson is incorrect to suggest that animals aren’t much use in cancer research… Sometimes it is the similarities we're looking for in animal research, such as the high correlation between human and other animals’ reactions to drugs, but often it’s the differences we’re interested in, such as the ability of zebrafish to heal quickly and without scarring. Repeating the misconception that animal results cannot be reliably translated to humans no doubt helps to drive the income of companies such as Animal Aid, but there is a risk that people will believe that it is true…. Chris Magee Understanding Animal Research Hodgkin Huxley House Farringdon Lane, London (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 6.11.14 Animal Aid and misconceptions over research - CHRIS MAGEE Understanding Animal Research (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 29.10.14 Movember's link to vivisection - MEN should stop and think before they rush to grow a moustache this November. Some of the money raised through the Movember initiative (which requires participants to grow a moustache throughout the month of November) is used to fund vivisection…. ISOBEL HUTCHINSON Animal Aid (letter)

WORLD VEGAN DAY NUDE DEMONSTRATION
Reading Evening Post 20.11.14 Tilehurst pensioner strips off in nearly-nude animal rights protest By Linda Fort - Sonia Waddell, 73, of Thicket Road, was one of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals demonstrators who laid in a heap in the square on World Vegan Day… (story)
Northern Echo 2.11.14 Animal rights campaigners strip off to support World Vegan Day by Ashley Barnard - AN ANIMAL rights campaigner from North Yorkshire has joined around 100 others to lie nearly naked in a heap in Trafalgar Square, splattered with fake blood. Rose Patterson, 25, from Harrogate, made a stand with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to encourage passers-by to stop eating meat and fish on World Vegan Day (November 1)…. (story)
Mail On Sunday 2.11.14 - Dozens of animal rights activist stripped off in central London on Sunday to promote World Vegan Day… (story)
Independent 2.11.14 World Vegan Day 2014: 'Naked' Peta protesters lie covered in 'blood' at Trafalgar Square - Dozens of partially nude Peta protesters lay covered in fake blood at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to mark World Vegan Day 2014… (story)
Mirror 1.11.14 Naked activists covered in blood fill Trafalgar Square to mark World Vegan Day By Sam Adams - Around 100 people lay partially nude with some holding signs bearing animal-rights slogans such as 'one billion animals killed for flesh each year'… (story)
Independent 31.10.14 World Vegan Day 2014: 'Naked' Peta protesters lie covered in 'blood' at Trafalgar Square - Dozens of partially nude Peta protesters lay covered in fake blood at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to mark World Vegan Day 2014…. (story)
Sheffield Star 28.10.14 Sheffield charity supporter set to strip off for protest - A Sheffield animal rights campaigner is to shed her clothes for a protest on World Vegan Day. Izzy Alexander, aged 23, will join around 100 other People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals supporters to lie nearly nude in a heap in Trafalgar Square on Saturday…. (story)
Lancashire Evening News 23.10.14 A Preston woman is to lie naked in Trafalgar Square, London, in a protest on November 1, World Vegan Day…. Khesha Patel, a 23-year-old waitress from Southern Parade, will join around 100 other PETA supporters to lie in a heap in order to encourage passers-by to listen to their views on animal slaughter (story)
Harrogate Advertiser 23.10.14 Harrogate woman to lie naked in protest on world vegan day …. Rose Patterson, a 25 year-old photographic arts student from Torrs Road in Harrogate, will join around 100 other PETA supporters to lie nearly nude in a heap in Trafalgar Square on 1 November 2014 in order to encourage passers-by to have compassion for the billions of animals …. (story)

Bournemouth Echo 20.11.14 Arguing for vegan diet - YOUR article on vegan dieting has spurred me on to relate one of my experiences to you when working on the Operating Theatres at Boscombe hospital some years ago…. One exploratory operation on a woman’s bowel and small intestine revealed her small intestines were growing a large mass of meat filaments along the inside wall…. I agree it is cruel to kill animals to satisfy our diet, but it should be made known how much harm it does to humans… TESSA LAWLESS Richmond Park Avenue Bournemouth (letter)

Argus 20.11.14 Don’t eat chicken - It seems irresponsible that Public Health England should be advising people to freeze chicken to avoid campylobacter food poisoning, when it should advise people to avoid eating it altogether… Ben Martin Animal Aid (letter)

19.11.14

Shropshire Star19.11.14 Hunt row still rages after a decade - Bitter exchanges in Parliament, angry confrontations on the street. The first invasion of the House of Commons Chamber since the days of King Charles I… Julian Barnfield, master of the North Shropshire Hunt which holds its Boxing Day Hunt at Wollerton, near Market Drayton, says the Act has achieved nothing… Albrighton Woodland joint secretary Julian Hill says while the hunt has continued to thrive, the law has been bad for animals… At the time the law was passed, one of the most outspoken opponents of the ban was Otis Ferry, son of rock star Brian Ferry, and joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt…. (story)
Shropshire Star 19.11.14 Shropshire MP Owen Paterson calls for end to hunting ban - Shropshire MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has called for the ban on hunting to be repealed…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 19.11.14 Hunting ban 10 years on: The law is not working By EchoLauraC - The law banning fox and stag hunting, which came into force 10 years ago, still needs strengthening with potential jail term for breaches, animal rights groups have said…. The pro-hunt Countryside Alliance said while it agreed the Hunting Act was proving unworkable, it should be completely repealed - not strengthened…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 19.11.14 Fox hunting ban should be toughened up with jail terms for perpetrators, say major campaign group - Anti-fox hunting campaigners in Gloucestershire have welcomed a call from one of the main architects of the controversial Hunting Act to toughen legislation. The hunt monitor group Protect Our Wild Animals said it is looking forward to working with the League Against Cruel Sports, to strengthen the law with potential jail terms for perpetrators… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.11.14 Police on the tail of stray foxhounds in Brigsley - Police have been called to Brigsley to search for a pack of foxhounds that strayed from a hunt… The dogs and its owners were located and reunited shortly afterwards. (story)

Shooting UK 19.11.14 Look out for bird flu, shoots told - Shoots, game dealers and gamebird breeders are asked to be extra vigilant after a case of bird flu is confirmed in East Yorkshire - The shooting community has been asked to be extra vigilant after an outbreak of bird flu at a duck farm near Driffield in East Yorkshire… The Countryside Alliance, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, BASC and others have been working closely with Government officials and will contact members with updates and if any shooting related changes are made the restriction zones…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 19.11.14 Anti-hunting award for Hampshire TV star Chris Packham by Rebecca Pearson, Reporter - A HAMPSHIRE naturalist scooped a top environmental award for a campaign against illegal hunting. Chris Packham was today presented with the Green Ribbon Award for the best environmental campaign by the media at the House of Commons, along with his fellow filmmakers Ruth Peacey, Luke Massey and Jez Toogood. Earlier this year the team of four had spent 10 days in Malta, creating a series short daily video blogs entitled Malta - Massacre on Migration to highlight the widespread illegal hunting of migrating birds each spring…. (story)

Mail 19.11.14 Property developers 'let off the leash' in rural Britain: Countryside bible in war on 'predatory' house builders By LOUISE ECCLES FOR DAILY MAIL - Britain's villages are under attack from predatory developers exploiting relaxed planning laws, the ‘countryside bible’ is warning. Country Life magazine says rural communities are being ruined by house builders ‘let off the leash’ by David Cameron…. The article, by editor-at-large Clive Aslet, follows a strong denunciation of how politicians were ruining the countryside by Sir Simon Jenkins, the chairman of the National Trust in Saturday’s Daily Mail. Mr Aslet says the countryside has been ‘stripped of its natural defences’ leading to ‘a rash of ill-considered housing’…. Sarah Lee, of the Countryside Alliance, said the need to build more homes in rural areas was accepted, but such developments must be done ‘sensitively’…. (story)

Malvern Gazette 19.11.14 Ban badger culling on Worcester City Council land, protest group urges by Tom Edwards, Political Reporter - BADGER cull protestors are calling upon Worcester City Council to take a stance on the controversy - collecting 1,000 signatures to make their point… Badger cull protestor Anna Frankel turned up at the city council meeting to call it "selective slaughtering"…. (story)

PETA BIRD FLU LETTER
Northern Echo 19.11.14 Bird flu - Harriet Barclay, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (letter)
Western Mail 19.11.14 How to eradicate these deadly viruses - With news of a new avian influenza, or “bird flu”, outbreak and the killing cycle that’s just been kicked into high gear in an attempt to contain it, isn’t it time we focus on the cause of these deadly viruses? The way to prevent future outbreaks of bird flu, SARs, swine flu and other animal-borne diseases is to stop raising billions of animals for meat, eggs and dairy products…. Harriet Barclay People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), London (letter)

18.11.14

Horse & Hound 18.11.14 The road to the ban — 10 years on - Polly Portwin - Ten years ago today (18 November) the Hunting Act 2004 was forced through Parliament and three months later, on 18 February 2005 it became law. H&H reminds you of the important dates along the road to the ban coming into force… (story)

Western Morning News 18.11.14 Hunting ban: Bad for wildlife, bad for rural communities and bad for credibility - WMN COMMENT:Ten years ago today Parliament voted to ban hunting with dogs. A shambolic, chaotic and largely unenforceable piece of legislation was forced onto the statute book creating a decade of rural strife, for no significant gain. Animal welfare has not been improved one iota by the legislation… (story)

18.11.14 Tim Bonner: Ten years on from an Act of prejudice - TODAY marks the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act being passed by Parliament. It came into force six months later. For hunting, and for many people in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but hunting still thrives despite all the fears and the dire predictions. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived? There are many reasons, but high amongst them is the determination of a community that rejects every charge made against it, and has never been shown to be doing anything wrong…. (story)

Sevenoaks Chronicle 18.11.14 Should fox hunting be made legal again? By AnnaVerdon - TEN years ago the Hunting Act 2004 was forced through Parliament and three months later, on February 18 2005 it became law…. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: “The determination of hunts, and the continued support of the wider rural community, has ensured that hunting is still thriving 10 years after the Hunting Act was passed, but the law has proved just as unworkable, pointless and wasteful as we predicted… Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon also says he is in favour of legalising fox hunting… (story)

Spectator 18.11.14 Why the Hunting Act is still dividing opinions ten years on - Simon Hart - Most weeks there is a demonstration of some sort in Parliament Square. I can hear the noise from my office and occasionally read the odd banner or two… each one reminds me of the time when it was me out there. Me and thousands of others trying in the only way we could to attract the attention of the then Labour Government and divert it from its hostile attack on the countryside and hunting in particular…. Someone once said to me that for supporters of hunting no explanation was necessary, and for opponents none was possible. We record the tenth anniversary of the Hunting Act in the knowledge that nothing has really changed. (story)

Spectator 18.11.14 The Hunting Act has been successful and popular. It should now be made even better. Caroline Dinenage - It’s hard to believe a whole decade has passed since the Hunting Act was passed on 18 November 2004… The recent debate gave an opportunity for the pro-repeal lobby to make their case about the Act’s supposed ineffectiveness. However, a decisive indicator of enforceability is a law’s conviction rate, and in terms of convictions the Act has been a marked success… Some point out that illegal hunting still takes place. Unfortunately this is true, and like everything from drug laws to speed limits – the problem lies not with the Act, but with those who flout the law…. (story)

BBC News Online 18.11.14 'Celebrate' hunting ban anniversary, says anti-hunter - Animal lovers should "celebrate" the ban on hunting with dogs despite some of the blood sport still continuing illegally, says Michael Stephenson, director of campaigns at League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)

Guardian 18.11.14 Jail those convicted of illegal blood sports, campaigners say - Report marking 10th anniversary of Hunting Act calls for strengthening of law to close alleged loopholes - Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent - Hunters should face prison sentences for illegal blood sports, be banned from sending dogs underground and prevented from escaping prosecution by claiming that kills are accidental, according to animal welfare campaigners. In a report marking the 10th anniversary on Tuesday of the passage of the Hunting Act, the League Against Cruel Sports has called for a strengthening of the law to close what it believes are loopholes in the legislation…. (story)

Western Daily Press 18.11.14 Jail illegal hunters, League Against Cruel Sports say, 10 years after hunt ban By TristanCork - The law banning fox and stag hunting in the West Country IS working, ten years after it came into force, but should still be strengthened with potential jail terms for perpetrators. That was the view of one of the main architects of the controversial Hunting Act, the League Against Cruel Sports, who finally lined up next to other anti-hunt organisations in calling for changes to the law they fought so hard to bring in back in 2004… (story)

Western Morning News 18.11.14 Liz Truss is on a personal mission to reconnect people with countryside - Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, wrote the piece below for the Countryside Alliance’s winter magazine. I started life in Paisley, a mill town to the west of Glasgow. But thanks to my parents, keen hill walkers, I had a spectacular introduction to the British countryside… These days my countryside is Norfolk, the county I have been lucky enough to represent in parliament since 2010… Norfolk has some of the best shooting in the country, as well as great fishing and hunting. Only recently I had the pleasure of meeting supporters of the West Norfolk Foxhounds and the chance to restate my commitment to repeal of the illiberal and ill-judged Hunting Act… (story)
Western Morning News 18.11.14 WMN opinion: Bridging the rural-urban divide a major challenge - Defra Secretary Liz Truss is not your obvious countrywoman. Born in urban Paisley, near Glasgow, raised in Leeds, she now spends most of her working life in London. But her assessment, in an article for the Countryside Alliance, published in today’s Western Morning News, she correctly identifies a growing gap between the majority population in urban Britain and those who still live and – arguably more important today – work in the countryside…. (story)

Border Telegraph 18.11.14 Hunt friendly Selkirk councillors go into hiding - HUNT saboteurs have forced town councillors in Selkirk to go into hiding. Officials who sit on Selkirk Community Council have been hounded by the cruelty campaigners ever since accepting an invitation to rekindle the New Year’s Day hunt traditions. And now secretary Alistair Pattullo has been forced to pull down every member’s contact details from the council website as the abuse continues…. The Border Telegraph revealed in August that an approach to Selkirk’s elected town councillors had been made by representatives of the Buccleuch Hunt. They hoped that after a six year hiatus their horses and hounds would be welcomed back into the Market Square…. Selkirkshire councillor Michelle Ballantyne doesn’t believe the cruelty campaigners should get their way. She said: “These factions are not from our community while the support is - why should they have a say?” (story)

Western Morning News 18.11.14 Would-be Lib-Dem MP Stephen Kearney aims to create 'a new kind of politics' - A candidate in next year’s General Election is promising to create the first “cruelty-free” constituency. Stephen Kearney was selected at the weekend as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Tiverton and Honiton seat in Devon. He will challenge the sitting MP, the Conservative Neil Parish. Mr Kearney said he wanted to challenge all forms of cruelty – from bullying and child abuse to ill treatment of animals…. Mr Kearney made it clear he would be encouraging local people to think about the implications of country sports such as hunting and fishing…. (story)

Argus 18.11.14 ‘Veil of secrecy’ claim of animal rights campaign by Ben James - An animal rights group has accused a university of creating a “veil of secrecy” over animal experiments. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is calling on the University of Sussex to open up about procedures taking place on campus after bosses used a special exemption to block a Freedom of Information request. The university claims the release of information could threaten the “health and safety” of staff and students…. (story)

Wessex Scene 18.11.14 Why We Should Boycott the Petting Zoo - As you may already know, each exam period here at the University of Southampton sees a petting zoo arrive on campus… These animals are often tightly caged and placed in the dark. This is hardly the stress-free image portrayed by SUSU each time the petting zoo visits Southampton. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have added that: “Animals used in traveling exhibitions are almost constantly confined to tiny transport cages or trailers…. The university students should not forfeit their ethics to stroke a rabbit, cuddle a lama or pet a guinea pig… (story)

17.11.14

Horse & Hound 17.11.14 Hunt on for repeal - Michael Clayton - As the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Hunting Act approaches — on 18 November — Vote-OK is warning hunting people not to be complacent about the current survival of virtually all hunts in England and Wales… (story)

Leicester Mercury 17.11.14 Fox hunters call for repeal while antis say law should be strengthened By Tim_Healy27 - Traditional Christmas and New Year fox hunting meets still draw thousands of spectators in Leicestershire and neighbouring counties. Three years ago the Harborough Fernie Hunt was one of the few organisations nationwide to be prosecuted under the law… Chris Parker, joint master of the Fernie Hunt, said the Hunting Act should be repealed. He said: “As for its impact on the equestrian scene, there have been some changes. But I would say the sector is stronger nowadays and we are having more people attending meets.”… (story)

Western Morning News 17.11.14 Adrian Sanders: “We must resist repeal of act that ended hunting cruelty” - Adrian Sanders, Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay and vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports, reflects on the Hunting Act ten years’ on… (story)

Mirror 17.11.14 Dog fighting gangs breeding "Frankenstein" animals to kill - Dog fighting fanatics in Northern Ireland are breeding “Frankenstein dogs” raised to kill before being sold for as much as £5,000, the Mirror reveals today…. Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports told the Mirror an underworld industry in breeding dogs for fighting is exploiting the fact hunting with dogs is still legal in Northern Ireland to mask the sick trade. They say there’s an overlap between legal “terrier work” and illegal dog fighting with cruel attacks by dogs on animals like foxes used as a “smokescreen” to train dogs to take on badgers, which is against the law… (story)
Mirror 17.11.14 Stormont must act NOW to outlaw all forms of animal cruelty – OPINION - Dog fighting gangs breeding "Frankenstein" animals to kill - The other side of dogs being used to fight is their use against other animals, in particular wildlife such as foxes and badgers, although any animal can be used. The use of dogs for fighting has strong links to the activity of hunting with hounds, where terrier dogs are used to locate foxes underground… Do you agree with Janice Watt from the League Against Cruel Sports? (story)

Western Morning News 17.11.14 Admired, feared and valued - the gamekeeper's lot through the years - The gamekeeper today is still a figure of significance. A new history of the role reveals, he was once the king’s representative in the countryside. Philip Bowern leafs through a new book…. There are many other similar points of contact between those early gamekeepers and the men – and occasional women – who carry out the role today. But there are also many, many differences, as David S D Jones describes in this excellent and exhaustive history of a rural character never studied in such detail in print before… (story)

Nottingham Post 17.11.14 Star Letter Nov 17, 2014: "Action needed over market crabs and lobsters" - I AM writing to express my concern at what I witnessed at the Victoria Market in the Victoria Centre, Nottingham. I cannot believe that the fishmongers are allowed to sell live crabs and lobsters which are not even being kept in tanks… NATASHA KINSELLA Arboretum Street Nottingham city centre (letter)

Bristol Post 17.11.14 No need to use live animals in adverts - JOHN Lewis' decision to use computer-generated imagery for its latest ad, rather than using frustrated, tormented animals, puts it in line with other progressive and conscientious companies and spares penguins the stress of being treated as living props… Harriet Barclay People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (letter)

Western Morning News 17.11.14 Growth promoters banned for decades - Where on earth did Miss Pamela Huson get the idea that cattle are fed with growth hormones? The EU banned the use of such growth promoters in cattle about 30 years ago… by Michael Ashton Torrington (letter)
Western Morning News 13.11.14 Perhaps milk intake should be limited - In response to one of your regular contributors, Michael Ashton, on the subject of milk. I would wholeheartedly agree as to the goodness derived from drinking milk, were it not for the growth hormones which are routinely fed to cattle… by Pamela Huson (Miss) Plymouth (letter)

East Grinstead Courier 16.11.14 Animal charity services at risk due to lack of funds By Sam Satchell - WILDLIFE such as deer, foxes and badgers could be left to die unless an animal rescue charity gets more cash. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) said the future of its night-time emergency service could be in doubt because of the declining state of its response van…. (story)

16.11.14

Horse & Hound 16.11.14 Andrew Sallis: The logistical challenges of the meet card - The mythical vagaries of arranging the meet card are understandably lost on most hunt supporters, and indeed farmers. Organising a meet card in a heavily shot country rivals the logistics of an overseas invasion… (story)

SHOTGUN HOTLINE ROW
Southern Daily Echo 16.11.14 Police reassurance for legal shooters - HAMPSHIRE’S top police officer has reassured the shooting community it is not being unfairly targeted and that unannounced home visits are to stop legal firearms falling into the wrong hands…. (story)
Western Daily Press 8.11.14 Police abandon campaign to 'shop a shooter' after outcry By PHILIP BOWERN (story)
Spectator 7.11.14 Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans - Camilla Swift - A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) decided would be a good idea, that was going to be dedicated specifically to ‘concerns about legally held firearms’. What ‘concerns’, exactly? Well, mainly that shooters could be ‘vulnerable to criminal or terrorist groups’ which is why the new phone line was designed to help the police ‘gather intelligence… But after a dedicated campaign from the Countryside Alliance, the decision has been made to abandon the plans…. (story)
Western Morning News 6.11.14 Police U-turn on targeting gun owners with Crimestoppers hotline By WMNPBowern - When police last month launched an online campaign urging people to look out for signs of radicalism in the legal holders of shotgun or firearms certificates there was outrage in some shooting circles. But following talks between senior police officers, the Countryside Alliance (CA) and the Home Office in Downing Street, The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has performed a climbdown. Having initially insisted it was setting up a specific Crimestoppers hotline through which callers could anonymously report concerns about gun owners, ACPO has now dropped the proposal…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 19.10.14 Gun owners fear new Crimestoppers hotline for public to alert police about neighbours with firearms will lead to law-abiding citizens being branded terrorists By VALERIE ELLLIOT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY - Licensed gun owners have expressed outrage over a new hotline which the public can call if they suspect neighbours with firearms are terrorists…. (story)
Western Morning News 14.10.14 Concern over hotline to report 'radical' shotgun owners - Shooting groups reacted with deep concern yesterday to the launch of a new police hotline through which people can report their suspicions about registered shotgun and firearms owners…. (story)
Western Morning News 13.10.14 Shooting groups angry at police hotline for public to report 'suspicious' gun owners By WMNPBowern - Shooting groups have reacted with deep concern to the launch of a new police hotline through which people can report their suspicions about registered shotgun and firearms owners. The Countryside Alliance said the creation of a dedicated Crimestoppers number – 0800 028 4010 – through which the public could report signs of “radicalism, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism” among gun owners was unjustified… The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said it encouraged members to cooperate with police over spot checks but that the Crimestoppers hotline was neither necessary nor appropriate… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 18.11.14 Forest of Dean campaigner fear cull will wipe out wild boar – again - Fears boar will be wiped out across the Forest of Dean have been expressed by an animal rights campaigner who claims the latest cull targets are far too high… Scott Passmore, from the Forest of Dean and founder of the A Life with Animals group, wants the commission to consider non-lethal methods of managing the animals… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 16.11.14 One big grouse: has the RSPB lost its true aims? Despite its distinguished history, critics claim the society is now more concerned with politics than birds, writes William Langley (story)

Evening Standard 16.11.14 Susannah Constantine defends pictures of daughter smeared with blood after she killed duck on countryside hunting trip - RACHEL BLUNDY - Television presenter Susannah Constantine has defended pictures of her daughter smeared with blood after a hunting trip, dismissing the media storm as "water off a duck’s back". The former What Not to Wear star, one half of style duo Trinny and Susannah, said pictures of her 11-year-old daughter Cece holding a dead duck represented "a natural part of rural life"… (story)
Mail 11.11.14 ROSE PRINCE: A shocking photo - but children MUST know the reality of where food comes from - An image of a child’s face smeared with a dead animal’s blood is bound to cause shock. I, too, was at first disturbed to see the photograph of TV presenter Susannah Constantine’s daughter, Cece, taking part in a wild duck shoot… But what is worse? Allowing a child to learn where our food comes from? Or letting her grow up in total ignorance about what she eats? More appalling than the sight of a blooded child is the fact that so many children today have absolutely no idea that milk is produced by a cow, or that fish don’t actually have fingers…. (story)

Independent on Sunday 16.11.14 London council offers advice on shooting foxes, but says urban pest should be starved first and foremost - A London council has been found to offer advice to residents on shooting foxes, among other methods, in an effort to deal with the urban pest. Wandsworth council has re-stated its advice to residents in the borough that the “most humane and natural way” to control the fox population is to starve them, but also discusses shooting and baited cage traps as other forms of pest control… (story)
Wandsworth Guardian 11.11.14 'Starving urban foxes would drive numbers down in London' says Wandsworth Council by Sophia Sleigh, Chief reporter - "Cut off fox’s food supply so as to limit their numbers" is the message from Wandsworth Council. A press release from the council, which says it does not deal with foxes, urges residents to put their rubbish bags in a bin with a lid so as to limit their food supply… (story)

15.11.14

Mail 15.11.14 Nature's prettiest predators: Western Mongolia's Kazakh people practice the ancient art of hunting with golden eagles By KATIE AMEY FOR MAILONLINE - Racing through the mountain range on horseback, the Kazakh people practice their ancient tradition of hunting with golden eagles… The Golden Eagle festival is held every October in Bayan-Olgii, a province in western Mongolia. Belgian photographer and software developer Stefan Cruysberghs captured these stunning photographs when he travelled to the region to witness the occasion first-hand… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 15.11.14 Boar numbers rocket in Forest of Dean prompting biggest cull ever - More wild boar are being culled in the Forest of Dean than ever before. Despite a cull of 135 last winter, boar numbers sky rocketed during the summer in the forest to around 819 – twice the number expected by the Forestry Commission… (story)

Telegraph 15.11.14 Sir Paul McCartney: why I have a beef with meat-eating - The former Beatle and long-time vegetarian and environnmentalist on why he's asking the world to forgo meat for one day every week By Geoffrey Lean (story)

Leicester Mercury 15.11.14 Where animal cruelty can lead - Stella Woodier is correct in asking if there is a correlation between a child's cruelty to animals and adult violence to other human beings… Children should be taught care and respect for animals. Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (story)

Liverpool Echo 15.11.14 Three arrested in Liverpool city centre animal rights protest - Animal rights activists staged a protest in Liverpool city centre against two high-end retail outlets. Around 20 demonstrators gathered in the Liverpool One shopping complex outside the Flannels fashion store and the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar…. It is understood three demonstrators were arrested by Merseyside police... (story)

14.11.14

Guardian 14.11.14 Badger cull cost over £3,000 for each animal killed - The first of two controversial badger culls in England cost £3,350 for every badger killed. Official figures show that the pilots cost the taxpayer £6.3m in their first year, during which 1,879 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and Somerset… Dominic Dyer, of the Badger Trust said: “If every badger killed last year cost the taxpayer £3,000, that would be a horrendous waste of money on a policy that leading scientists say won’t work… (story)
Telegraph 14.11.14 Coalition badger cull cost taxpayer £3,350 for every animal killed By Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent - Every badger killed in a controversial cull last year cost the taxpayer more than £3,000, official Government statistics have revealed. The scheme led to just 1,879 badgers dying in but cost the Coalition almost £6.3 million, the Daily Telegraph has learnt… (story)
Mail 14.11.14 Badger cull cost £3,000 for each animal: Final cost to the public totals £6.3m with just under 1,900 animals killed By JIM NORTON FOR THE DAILY MAIL - Taxpayers paid more than £3,000 for every badger killed in last year’s cull. Official figures revealed the final cost to the public purse of the cull was £6.3 million - with some 1,879 badgers killed. .. (story)

South Wales Echo 14.11.14 Time to give vegan diet a try - In Dan O’Neill’s glorification of the much-shamed “sport” of bullfighting, he says that it’s preferable to battle in the bullring than meet a dismal end in an abattoir… If we truly are a nation of animal lovers, which O’Neill may question but which I believe we are, then along with blood sports, we should reject all violence against animals, including the torture perpetuated on animals by the meat, dairy and egg industries… Harriet Barclay People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), All Saints Street, London (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 14.11.14 Our big, fat vegan week - Committed carnivore MARION SAUVEBOIS ropes her boyfriend into an experiment... would veganism make them feel fitter and healthier? ‘VEGANISM is ruining our lives’... so read a text message from my exhausted, famished and increasingly irritable partner as the subject of dinner came up… Three days into our dairy and meat ‘abstinence week’, as we referred to it, I was inclined to agree. I too was feeling unusually lethargic, ill-tempered and hungry…. Kimberley Brewser, 31, is a dance teacher from Greenmeadow. She tell us about her choice to become a vegan... and her decision to raise her son as one too… (story)

Ham & High 14.11.14 Highgate schoolgirl, 10, becomes poster girl of campaign to save Taiji Cove dolphins by Imogen Blake - A 10-year-old schoolgirl who has become the face of an animal rights campaign stood in solidarity alongside hundreds of protestors to plead: “Save the dolphins” from slaughter in Japan. Diamond Demirbasa was one of the youngest campaigners at a national rally outside the Japanese embassy in Piccadilly on Friday to protest against the mass killing and capture of wild dolphins in Taiji Cove…. Animal lover Diamond started fighting for dolphin rights after she overheard her mother’s friend Nicole Venter, who leads London Against the Dolphin Massacre campaign group, talk about the annual hunt of the creatures in Taiji…. (story)
Express 10.11.14 Animal rights protestors send 'deafening' message to Japan to stop Taiji dolphin slaughter - CAMPAIGNERS bidding to stop the barbaric slaughter of dolphins have hailed one of the biggest animal rights demonstrations ever seen in the UK By: Jason Taylor - Up to a thousand furious demonstrators gathered outside the Japanese embassy in London to protest the "atrocious" killing of up to 20,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises in the country every year…. (story)

Bournemouth Echo 14.11.14 Anger after bill to ban wild animals in circuses is blocked by MP Chris Chope - CHRISTCHURCH MP Christopher Chope, inset, has been criticised for blocking the passage of a bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses…. Poole resident Elaine Douglas contacted the Echo to ask why the MP had blocked the bill…. (story)

13.11.14

Western Daily Press 13.11.14 Defra Secretary Liz Truss admits town and country is divided By Tristan Cork - The Cabinet minister for farming and rural affairs has admitted there has been a big "divorce" between town and country within the last generation, and the way to connect the two back together is through food. Defra Secretary Liz Truss also highlighted the importance of hunting, shooting and fishing, and pledged her own support for the repealing of the "illogical" ban on hunting. Writing in the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance magazine this month, Ms Truss said the way to reconnect the city with the countryside was through the food urban dwellers eat, and said it was her passion to promote locally-produced food and drink…. (story)

Londonderry Sentinel 13.11.14 Country lobby welcomes move on electronic records - The Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) has welcomed the decision by the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland (DOJNI) that it is not a requirement for Registered Firearms Dealers (RFDs) in Northern Ireland to hold records electronically…. (story)

Cambridge News 13.11.14 Animal rights activists object to AstraZeneca’s plans for animal research lab in Cambridge By Freya Leng - Animal rights activitists have objected to AstraZeneca's plans to include an animal research lab in Cambridge as part of the pharma company's new headquarters on the Biomedical Campus. The National Anti-Vivisection Society said AstraZeneca experimented on more than a quarter of a million animals last year… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 13.11.14 Think twice before buying red krill oil - It is with dismay that I happened to catch sight of a relatively new TV advertisement fronted by an ex star of the TV series Countdown… The advertisement I refer to, which has angered and appalled me so much, is for a cosmetic oil which is made from the bodies of red krill… red krill is the staple diet of penguins, many types of whale, dolphins, seals, and many species of fish, and have declined in numbers since the 1970s…. G A Woodward Nelson Street Swindon (letter)

Daily Record 14.11.14 Animal lovers protest against Glasgow shop owner's plans to slaughter pigs reared on city wasteground By Paul English - ANIMAL lovers have clashed with a Glasgow shop owner after he revealed plans to slaughter pigs he is rearing on city wasteground for their meat. Reuben Chesters, who runs ethical food store Locavore, sparked controversy when he revealed plans to kill tthe popular porkers and sell their meat… (story)

11.11.14

Dorking Advertiser 11.11.14 Investigation underway after deer is put down after being found injured in a ditch - AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a deer found lying in a ditch had to be put down. Police attended the scene near Ockley Green between 3 and 4pm on October 25, where the Surrey Union Hunt was taking part in an organised trail hunt… There was no evidence to suggest the deer had been attacked by hounds…. (story)
Surrey Advertiser 28.10.14 Four arrests made at hunt protest near Ewhurst By Amy De-Keyzer - Four people have been arrested and bailed after a protest at a hunt meeting in Ewhurst over the weekend. Three men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass after a group of protesters entered a privately-owned field, on Saturday (October 25) at around 1pm, adjacent to where the Surrey Union Hunt were taking part in an organised trail hunt… (story)

Western Morning News 11.11.14 Red deer counters keep an eye on the numbers and health of the Quantock herd By WMNPBowern - Hunters, stalkers and wildlife watchers don’t always agree over the best way to manage the countryside. But when it comes to measuring and counting what we have, all of them can play an important part in gathering the data. That is certainly true of the deer counters of the Quantock Hills in Somerset… (story)

LACS GUARDS PROTECT STAG
Mid Devon Gazette 11.11.14 League hires guards to protect Red - ANTI-HUNT campaigners have hired a private security firm to guard a red deer stag in the Westcountry. The League Against Cruel Sports is paying at least two ex-soldiers to watch over the mature animal, named Red, for the second year in succession. The league is concerned the stag is at risk from hunters… The Quantock Stag hounds says it has no intention of targeting Red. (story)
Mail 10.11.14 Ex-soldiers to stand guard over magnificent stag 24 hours a day to stop hunters targeting him By DAMIEN GAYLE FOR MAILONLINE - A charity has been criticised for hiring two former soldiers to mount a 24-hour guard over a stag to stop him being shot by hunters. The mature stag, called Red, is well-known in Somerset's Quantock Hills where the League Against Cruel Sports has bought up land to make 'safe havens' from hunts… Nick Gibbons of the Quantock Staghounds has denied the group are planning to target Red since last year. (story)
Mirror 10.11.14 Stag given 24-hour guard to ward off trophy hunters By Vicky Smith - Two former soldiers have been told to make sure the imposing beast, called Red, stays where he can’t be targeted… Red is well-known in Somerset’s Quantock Hills where anti-hunting charity the League Against Cruel Sports has bought up land to make “safe havens” for animals…. (story)
Mirror 9.11.14 Stag given 24-hour ARMED GUARD to stave off trophy hunters By Vicky Smith (story)
Western Daily Press 8.11.14 Quantocks' famous stag Red protected from hunters with security team from League of Cruel Sports By Philip Bowern (story)
Western Morning News 8.11.14 Animal welfare group hires ex-soldiers to protect red deer stag from hunters By WMNPBowern - Anti-hunt campaigners are paying a private security firm to guard a single red deer stag in the Westcountry. The League Against Cruel Sports is paying at least two ex-soldiers to watch over the mature adult, named Red, for the second year in succession. They are concerned he is at risk from stag hunters…. (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 11.11.14 Speak out against snaring – letter - May I remind readers that with the election around the corner, now is the time to tell our elected representatives how we feel on life and death matters. “I believe animals matters and I vote” say the League Against Cruel Sports who are behind a real push to get the abhorrent practice of snaring outlawed… Felicity Franklin, Sherborne (letter)

Irish Times 11.11.14 Urban fox prowling a potential safety hazard, says council - Erin McGuire - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has passed a motion to address the urban fox “problem” in that area of south Dublin. After a heated debate last night, the council agreed to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service to determine what has and will be done about the local fox population… (story)

10.11.14

Swindon Advertiser 10.11.14 The cruelty of traps - In reply to A Curtis’s ‘Anti-Hunt Hypocrisy’ letter (SA November 5) I would like to say that although I agree the activities of some anti-hunt protestors should be stopped, I cannot agree that hunting with dogs should be allowed…. Bernard Phillips Yiewsley Crescent Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 10.11.14 Brave hunt activists - Reference the rant from A Curtis concerning animal welfare activists. He seems to be singularly ignorant of the facts… Over the years I have been involved with animal welfare I have never heard of any hunt people being attacked but over the years their opponents have received serious injuries and even death…. Only last week, a deer was attacked by hounds belonging to a hunt in Surrey. When hunt monitors tried to rescue the deer they were arrested by Surrey police and the criminals allowed to carry on hunting…. Philip Beaven Merton Avenue Swindon (letter)

Western Morning News 10.11.14 New twist on the lead shot debate as UK signs up to international convention to ban lead ammunition By WMNPBowern - The international Convention on Migratory Species, to which the UK is a signatory, has just passed a resolution to phase out the use of lead ammunition. Philip Bowern looks at the potential impact on the shooting community…. (story)

Mail 10.11.14 Ten years old, and smeared in blood as she shows off her first kill: TV's Susannah Constantine faces outrage for posting pictures of her daughter shooting a duck By SAM CREIGHTON FOR THE DAILY MAIL (story)

Eastern Daily Press 10.11.14 Video: Wake-up call for East Anglian estates after former north Norfolk gamekeeper gets suspended sentence - A wake-up call has been given to East Anglian estates after a former north Norfolk gamekeeper was given a suspended jail sentence for poisoning birds of prey. Allen Lambert, formerly a gamekeeper on the Stody Estate, near Holt, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday for sentencing after being found guilty at trial last month of two charges of killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk, and possession of pesticides and other items capable of being used to prepare poison baits… (story)

Western Morning News 10.11.14 Don't blame badgers for bird loss - Oh no! no! no! Mr Ashton you simply cannot get away with that! (WMN, October 28) Badgers, not farmers to blame for bird loss. Once again I must disagree with you, the bird loss is not just ground nesting birds, or is Mr Ashton suggesting that badgers now take to the trees to raid nests?... by Janet Feasey Stratton (story)

Southern Reporter 10.11.14 Borders boycott call - Animal welfare campaigners are urging Borderers not to give money or donate items to certain charity shops due to links to animal experiments. Animal Aid has been particularly targeting the British Heart Foundation’s role in conducting, or funding, medical experiments using animals… (story)

Independent 10.11.14 Medical charity group accused of pressuring members to back animal testing - Cahal Milmo - An organisation representing some of Britain’s leading medical charities has denied that it is compelling its members to make a public declaration of support for animal testing… Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, claimed the move risked stifling dissent over the issue of animal research by forcing any charity which was opposed to the practice to leave the influential body…. (story)
Banbury Guardian 10.11.14 Pledge on animal testing condemned - An organisation representing medical charities has been condemned for compelling its members to make a public declaration of their support for animal testing. The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) has made it a mandatory condition for all its 133 members that from November 20 they post the message on their websites…. The group Animal Aid is writing to all AMRC members urging them to challenge the move and stand up for their right to an independent point of view…. (story)

Susssex Express 10.11.14 REMEMBERANCE IN ALFRISTON: The charity Animal Aid has produced a Purple Poppy, to be worn alongside the Red Poppy, to mark the service that animals gave in wartime…. (story)

8.11.14

Cheshire Today 8.11.14 Call for greyhound racing reform - The League Against Cruel Sports have published a new report calling for major reform of Britain’s greyhound racing industry to stop thousands of dogs being needlessly killed. The report shows that despite two major reports in 2007 recommending change, the life of a racing greyhound is still filled with abuse, neglect and early death…. (story)

Daily Record 8.11.14 It's not the Lion King out there.. there is no hakuna matata: Circus boss savages critics claiming captive cats are better off than in the wild - ANTHONY Beckwith, who works for the Chipperfield family, says accusers have created Lion King fantasy over caged beasts…. Anthony Beckwith, who works for the Chipperfield family on the travelling Peter Jolly’s Circus, has been condemned by animal charities over his big cats’ winter living quarters in Scotland. The Daily Record yesterday highlighted how three tigers and a lion are being kept in a beastwagon on a croft near Fraserburgh…. (story)
Scotsman 8.11.14 Anger over big cats kept captive in Aberdeenshire by ILONA AMOS - ANIMAL activists have condemned circus owners for allegedly keeping five big cats caged inside a “beast wagon”. They claimed the tigers and lions were being kept in cramped and freezing conditions in North-east Scotland, which they said were “heartbreaking” to see and amounted to a “national disgrace”… (story)

7.11.14

NORTH COTSWOLD ACCUSED OF FEEDING FOXES
Mail 7.11.14 Hunt workers are caught on video feeding foxes offal and eggs in bid to boost the population 'for illegal hunting' - Hunt workers have been caught on video allegedly feeding foxes offal and eggs in a bid to boost the population. Members of the North Cotswold Hunt in Gloucestershire were allegedly filmed dumping dozens of dead chickens, eggs and rats into a rural valley in a bid to 'fatten up' animals before hunting…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.11.14 VIDEO: North Cotswold hunt filmed feeding foxes in Gloucestershire By TristanCork - A West hunt that maintains it follows a trail and does not hunt foxes has been asked to explain why hunt workers have been filmed feeding foxes in an artificial earth. Secret filming shows men from the North Cotswold Hunt throwing dead chickens, rabbits, eggs and rats into a field in the north of Gloucestershire where an artificial fox earth has been created. The same camera, set up by the Hunt Saboteurs Association, also shows the North Cotswold hunt appearing to search the area with hounds, after hunt workers stopped up the disused badger sett… (story)
ITV 4.11.14 Footage shows foxes being fed in area where hunting takes place By Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Correspondent - Think of a reason why anyone would repeatedly throw away dead chickens, rabbits, eggs and rats in an isolated Gloucestershire field. These are the images covertly captured by the Hunt Sabouteurs Association and, to answer the question, the HSA believe that what they've filmed shows the North Cotswold Hunt (NCH) leaving food out for foxes to eat… (story)

RURAL BROADBAND INQUIRY
Western Morning News 7.11.14 MPs launch new inquiry into rural broadband coverage - Access to broadband in rural areas and digital-only services are to be the subject of an inquiry by MPs… Sarah Lee, head of policy for the Countryside Alliance, said: “From January 2015 the UK’s 100,000-plus farmers will be asked to make their Basic Payment Scheme (replaces Single Farm Payment Scheme) application online… (story)
Farmers Weekly 5.11.14 Rural broadband inquiry to examine impact of CAP digital - MPs have launched an inquiry into broadband coverage in rural areas and how it will impact the new digital-only CAP scheme….Sarah Lee, head of policy for the Countryside Alliance, said: “From January 2015 the UK’s 100,000-plus farmers will be asked to make their Basic Payment Scheme [replaces Single Farm Payment Scheme] application online. However about 20,000 of those currently have no access to the internet or do not have sufficient broadband speeds to be able to do that…. (story)
Cable 4.11.14 Campaigners: Rural broadband inquiry is a step 'in the right direction' BY ELLEN BRANAGH - Campaigners for better rural broadband have welcomed a Commons select committee inquiry into the issue…. Sarah Lee, head of policy for the Countryside Alliance, said: “We welcome the EFRA Committee’s inquiry into rural broadband and digital-only services… (story)
Computer Weekly 3.11.14 MPs launch inquiry into rural broadband coverage for farmers - Alex Scroxton - The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched a major inquiry into broadband provision in rural areas as more public services become digital by default…. Rural campaign organisation, the Countryside Alliance, welcomed the inquiry. Policy head Sarah Lee said 20,000 of the UK’s 100,000-plus farmers had no internet access or insufficient broadband speeds to be able to make their Basic Payment Scheme applications online…. (story)

Western Morning News 4.11.14 High Court rejects new badger cull case - A bid to open a new front in the legal battle over badger culling has been rejected by the High Court. Animal protection group Humane Society International/UK asked a judge in London for permission to seek a ruling that the Government’s culling strategy was flawed by a failure to carry out a global environmental impact assessment, as required by European law. Refusing permission, Mr Justice Cranston ruled the society had left its challenge too late…. (story)

CROYDON FOX BITES BABY
Evening Standard 7.11.14 Fox creeps through cat-flap and bites toddler as he slept in London home - JOSH PETTITT - A two-year-old boy was bitten by a fox as he slept after the animal got into the family home through a damaged cat-flap. The toddler needed hospital treatment after the attack in New Addington, Croydon… (story)
Croydon Advertiser 7.11.14 Fox sneaks into New Addington home and bites two-year-old boy By Andrew Jameson - A TODDLER needed hospital treatment after he was bitten by a fox as he slept in his bed. The boy, 2, screamed as the wild animal sank its teeth into his heel – drawing blood – before the boy's parents heard his cries and ran upstairs. The fox had managed to get into the house in New Addington through a damaged cat-flap in the kitchen when the incident happened at about 2am last Thursday. The parents, who have asked not to be named, were still awake at the time and heard their child's shouts…. (story)
Metro 7.11.14 Fox bites toddler after sneaking in through cat flap - Jimmy Nsubuga - A toddler was rushed to hospital after a fox snuck into his home through a broken cat flap and bit him while he slept. The two-year-old boy, who suffered serious wounds to his heel, had screamed during the attack in New Addington, south London, which alerted his parents… (story)

West Sussex County Times 7.11.14 Animal welfare - Animal Aid and the collectors, would like to thank everyone who gave to the street collection in Horsham on Saturday October 18…. JOYCE AUDRIC Animal Aid collection co-ordinator, Cootes Avenue, Horsham (letter)

6.11.14

Mirror 6.11.14 Gamekeeper kills ELEVEN protected birds of prey - but walks free - Allen Lambert, who poisoned the birds with banned pesticides to stop them eating pheasants, could have been looking at six months for the death of each bird… (story)
Eastern Daily Press 6.11.14 Norfolk gamekeeper handed suspended jail sentence for wildlife offences - A former north Norfolk gamekeeper has today been given a suspended prison sentence for seven wildlife offences. Allen Lambert, 65, formerly a gamekeeper on the Stody Estate, near Holt, appeared before Norwich Magistrates Court charged with the killing of 11 wild birds including 10 buzzards and one sparrowhawk and possession and storage of banned poisons and pesticides including Mevinphos and Aldicarb…. (story)
Guardian 2.10.14 Gamekeeper found guilty of poisoning 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk - Patrick Barkham - A gamekeeper found with a bag of nine dead buzzards on a pheasant-shooting estate has been found guilty of intentionally killing a protected species in what is England’s worst recorded case of poisoning birds of prey. Allen Lambert, gamekeeper for 24 years at the Stody Estate in Norfolk, will be sentenced next month after being convicted of killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk…. (story)
Telegraph 2.10.14 Gamekeeper guilty in 'worst case' of bird of prey poisoning in England By Claire Carter - A gamekeeper has been found guilty of the worst case of poisoning of birds of prey in England. Allen Lambert, a keeper from Norfolk, killed 11 birds of prey with poisons –some of the animals found stuffed in a bag at his home… (story)

Western Morning News 6.11.14 WMN opinion: More can be done to keep us connected on the move - It has almost become a modern rural parlour game: “Who’s phone works where” can be played by four or more mobile users, all with different phone providers and the rules are very simple – switch on and see who has a signal and who doesn’t at different locations in the Westcountry…. Finally, it would seem, the Government has recognised the serious shortcomings in the nation’s mobile coverage and is taking steps to alleviate the problem… So why is it all taking so long? The Countryside Alliance, which has been campaigning hard for better mobile phone coverage in rural areas for several years, rightly points out today that dialogue between phone operators and the Government has been going on for some time… (story)

Express 6.11.14 Ukip looks set to win the rural vote in next election, says NIGEL BURKE - IT'S ALWAYS a fair question to ask a Conservative government what it has conserved lately…. More than a million houses are presently in the planning process for building on green belt or green field land…. Having once been Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance I have read more rural housing policy papers from all parties than most people could bear to. I can certify that they all say the same thing, namely that much more use needs to be made of “brown field” sites for house building…. (story)

Independent 6.11.14 Animal Aid website will let voters check politicians’ animal welfare credentials - Voters will for the first time be able to rate the commitment to animal rights of MPs and parliamentary candidates, thanks to a new website that compares their records on issues including hunting, vivisection and badger culling. The site, launched today by Animal Aid, also contains information on politicians’ voting records and views on such topics as the installation of CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses to prevent cruelty, and circus animals…. (story)

Thanet Gazette 6.11.14 Police restrict live export protests amid fears of 'serious disorder' By TomBarnes - KENT Police has imposed restrictions on protesters gathering at the Port of Ramsgate to oppose live animal exports in order to prevent “serious public disorder”. A letter from chief constable Alan Pughsley was sent to all known campaigners this week, warning groups can only now protest in a designated area… (story)

5.11.14

Swindon Advertiser 5.11.14 Anti-hunt hypocrisy - Re Alan Kirby’s emotive letter bemoaning the lack of legal action taken against hunt supporters. I wonder why he and others like Messrs Beaven and Wright have not written to support legal action being taken against members of ‘animal rights’ and ‘league against cruel sports’, who wear ski masks to cowardly disguise themselves when illegally smashing open gates and fences to release legally held mink into the countryside, who then decimated and wiped out much of our freshwater fish, water voles and water hens…. Some time ago when I was doing some part time game keeping, I was asked by a group of people from the Bath and Bristol area if I could supply them with a dead fox. When asked why they wanted it, they said they were making an amateur film about hunting and wanted to show a live fox being thrown to the hounds. So much for video evidence…. A Curtis Kingsley Avenue Wootton Bassett (letter)

Yorkshire Post 5.11.14 Rural post under threat as firms cherry pick best routes - RURAL postal services could quickly become unaffordable unless Ofcom intervenes to prevent private firms ruining the “social and economic glue” of a universal service, Royal Mail has warned… The inquiry call was backed by the Countryside Alliance and the Rural Services Network who both accused Ofcom of being reluctant to intervene to safeguard rural services… (story)
Western Morning News 5.11.14 Fears for social ‘glue’ with daily rural post in jeopardy By GDemianyk - Rural areas could lose daily deliveries as a result of Royal Mail’s privatisation, a former Government adviser has warned…. Trade unions, the Countryside Alliance and the Westcountry-based Rural Services Network campaign group have also expressed concerns in written evidence to MPs… (story)

4.11.14

Horse & Hound 4.11.14 New basset pack formed - More than 120 people, including many children, attended the inaugural opening meet of the newly formed Woolaston Bassets last week (Saturday 25 October) at the Old Rectory in Woolaston, Glos…. The Woolaston Bassets are one of only two newly formed packs of hounds this season, the other being the Moorlands foxhounds in Derbyshire, which was formed following the disbandment of the Staffordshire Moorland at the end of the 2013-14 season… (story)

Newcastle Chronicle 4.11.14 Hunting season gets underway with big event at Capheaton Hall Northumberland By Sara Nichol - Hunt supporters attended opening-season meets across the region on Saturday. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Capheaton Hall in Northumberland, Tynedale Hunt gathered for a day of trail-hunting which was blessed with fine weather…. Alongside Tynedale, the Border, Braes of Derwent, College Valley and North Northumberland, Haydon, Morpeth, North Tyne, Percy, South Durham and West Percy hunts all rode out at the weekend… (story)
Newcastle Sunday Sun 2.11.14 North East hunts ride out for opening meets as the season gets underway By Ruth Lognonne - Tynedale Hunt and others across the region rode out on Saturday to officially mark the start of the hunting season… Alongside Tynedale, the Border, Braes of Derwent, College Valley and North Northumberland, Haydon, Morpeth, North Tyne, Percy, South Durham and West Percy hunts all rode out at the weekend… (story)

Western Morning News 4.11.14 No complaints about the 'Strictly' girls - So the girls from the hunting fraternity who posed for a charity calendar have been “objectised” by the experience? I wonder if complainers have ever watched Strictly Come Dancing on TV ?... Mike Baker St Austell (letter)

Herald 4.11.14 One of the best grouse seasons and there is still a month remaining - David Ross Highland Correspondent - It STILL has more than a month to go. But the current grouse shooting season is already being described as one of the best in living memory by leading figures involved in the past-time… (story)

3.11.14

Southern Daily Echo 3.11.14 New Forest Hounds hit the trail as hunt season gets under way - A DECADE ago there were fears it would not have a future. But hunting in the New Forest is still thriving ten years on from the ban on using foxes. New Forest Hounds staged their opening trail hunt of the season from the Royal Oak pub at Fritham… (story)

Western Morning News 3.11.14 RSPB should work with shooters - community and grouse shooting in particular. An examination of the report shows that these accusations cannot be sustained on the evidence provided…. The Countryside Alliance does not condone wildlife crime in any way. However, the number of reported incidents is significantly higher than those actually confirmed, making the headline figures extremely misleading…. The number of incidents reported to the RSPB, is down 24% from 2013 and down 56% on 2009. Of the 32 wild bird-related prosecutions given for 2013 in the report, only six involved gamekeepers, of which one was found not guilty and only two involved birds of prey…. The RSPB should be working with the shooting community and not alienating it. by Adrian Blackmore Countryside Alliance (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 3.11.14 Greyhound deaths a reminder of this cruel industry - THE smothering to death of 11 greyhounds on a ferry to France (regardless of the precise cause or the events leading up to it) is yet another reminder of how vulnerable these dogs are in the context of our so-called greyhound "industry"…. JOHN FITZGERALD Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (letter)

Worcester News 3.11.14 Service to honour the sacrifice of horses in the First World War - MORE than 60 horses and ponies, large and small - and riders too - braved the showers for a special commemoration service on the Three Counties showground to honour the part horses played during in the First World War… The "contributions and sacrifices" event, the only one of its kind in the country, had been organised by the Worcestershire branch of the Countryside Alliance and Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant and the service was led by the Rev. Phillip Jones, rural chaplain of the Worcester Diocese…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.10.14 World War One: Malvern service in memory of horses - Riders are being invited to a service in Worcestershire to remember horses killed in World War One. The service will be held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on 2 November in memory of up to one million horses were lost in the war, organiser Audrey Steel said…. The organiser, who is the Worcestershire Countryside Alliance chairwoman, said: "We've had lots of commemoration services and quite rightly so for the men…. (story)

2.11.14

Horse & Hound 2.11.14 Big Buck’s takes to the hunting field - Amy Mathieson - Big Buck’s new rider Lucy Tucker has told H&H the popular ex-racehorse has settled in well to his new life. The former hurdling hero is embarking on a different kind of season this autumn as he takes to the hunting field… (story)

Mail On Sunday 2.11.14 Botham hits RSPB ‘dictators’ for SIX! Cricket legend savages charity for spending donated millions on TV ads and a £56m pension deficit while ‘forgetting the birds’ By David Rose for The Mail on Sunday - Sir Ian Botham has launched a sweeping attack on the leadership of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, saying it is a ‘dictatorship’ that has ‘messed up its finances’ and betrayed bird lovers and the species that it is meant to save. The England cricket legend’s attack, in an open letter published exclusively in today’s Mail on Sunday, is a key element of You Forgot The Birds, a new campaign by farmers and conservationists who want to force RSPB reform…. Last night, RSPB chief spokesman Grahame Madge mounted a passionate defence of the organisation, claiming Sir Ian and his campaign had a ‘hidden agenda’ representing ‘shooting interests’…. (story)

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Western Morning News 1.11.14 Hunt opposition get 'sympathetic' hearing from Labour By WMNPBowern - Calls from an animal rights group to strengthen the Hunting Act have received a “sympathic hearing” from Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and shadow Defra Secretary Maria Eagle. But the demand from Protect our Wild Animals (POWA) that changes be made to make hunt prosecutions easier is not Labour Party policy, Shadow Defra Secretary Maria Eagle’s office has insisted… (story)

Western Morning News 1.11.14 No justification for fox hunting - How can we as a nation have a voice that will be listened to in the wider world when here on our own shores we hunt down foxes and stags and hares with packs of hounds for the simple enjoyment of the paying subscribers to these events?... by Graham Forsyth Chard (letter)

Southern Reporter 1.11.14 Lammermuirs hare cull stirs up debate - A Borders hare enthusiast is calling for an end to culling of the animals after reading reports of a “massacre” of mountain hares in the Lammermuirs. Clovenfords nature lover Derek Philips is urging action following an article in the Sunday Herald which claimed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has evidence that between 1,500 and 1,700 mountain hares have been shot on the local moors… Mr Philips said: “I want all landowners to stay within the law. Also, I wish a moratorium on hare slaughter, both mountain and brown. It is obscene that these well-loved animals should be killed to allow the slaughter of game birds in the name of sport.”… (story)

Stroud Life 1.11.14 Paul McCartney supports Forest Green Rovers ahead of world's first vegan football match By Hayley Mortimer - Music legend Paul McCartney has voiced his support for Forest Green Rovers ahead of today's game, believed to be the world's first vegan football match…. (story)
Western Daily Press 21.10.14 Forest Green Rovers v Lincoln to be the 'world's first vegan football match' By TristanCork - It is the kind of thing to make the likes of Stanley Matthews and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris splutter their half-time Bovril and wonder what has happened to the beautiful game: One of the West’s leading clubs has announced it is to host what is probably going to be the world’s first ‘vegan football match’. Forest Green Rovers’ next home game, a Conference league clash with Lincoln City will not just be about the Gloucestershire team trying to win three points… the game at the New Lawn in Nailsworth will also be a 70th birthday celebration for The Vegan Society, as well as marking World Vegan Day… Meat pies and sausage rolls are already a distant memory for fans at the New Lawn – red meat was swiftly banned by green energy leader Dale Vince when his Stroud firm Ecotricity bought up the club in 2010…. (story)

BBC News Online 1.11.14 Vegan-friendly city going 'whole hog' as 70th anniversary marked By Clive Lindsay - For Beyonce it was just a fad, for Bill Clinton a ticket to better health after a heart attack… And, on the 70th anniversary of the term vegan being invented through the creation of the Vegan Society, its most passionate advocates believe the movement is at last coming of age. Today, up and down the United Kingdom, events will celebrate World Vegan Day, the start of World Vegan Month. No more so than in Glasgow, which was last year named the nation's most vegan-friendly city by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) charity… (story)

Western Morning News 31.10.14 We don't need milk to get our calcium - A study in the British Medical Journal this month reports how drinking a few glasses of milk every day does nothing to lower our chance of fracturing bones and may increase the risk of an early death… by Dr Justine Butler Viva! (letter)