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31.10.12

ADOPT-A-HOUND
Western Morning News 31.10.12 Ron Bendell: Love me, love my dog – unless it's an orange poodle - A serious assault on my street cred came on the day a woman friend accompanied me down to the pub insisting that we took with us a toy poodle she was looking after… Fascinating to hear, then, from the Kennel Club about what's hot or not in 2012…. Coinciding with the release of the Kennel Club figures comes a campaign from the Countryside Alliance encouraging schools to adopt a hound… Swift apologies to anyone out there in the educational world with a huntin', shootin' and fishin' bent but I have a strong suspicion that you are in the minority… Good luck to the adoption scheme but it appears doomed. As the League Against Cruel Sports said, it is wrong to drag children into politics – and if you want to know why, one of their members will be happy to pop along at any time to address the pupils. I'll be in the pub with a poodle (story)
Western Daily Press 30.10.12 Pro-hunt call for schools to adopt hounds - Pro-hunt campaigners have launched a scheme to encourage schools to “adopt” a hound in a bid to popularise the sport ahead of a government vote on the Hunting Act…. (story)
Western Morning News 29.10.12 Schools urged to let pupils adopt a hound to back hunts - Pro-hunt campaigners have launched a scheme to encourage schools to "adopt" a hound in a bid to popularise the sport ahead of a government vote on the Hunting Act. Countryside Alliance chiefs issued new advice packs to around 200 hunts with suggestions on how to engage people with hunting… (story)
Western Morning News 29.10.12 Survey after survey show us that our children are increasingly losing touch with rural life and rural issues. So the Countryside Alliance's call for schools to "adopt a hound" to help children learn more about hunting is commendable. Of course there is a political dimension to the initiative… The most important thing is that young people are encouraged to get out and about in the countryside and to understand it for themselves (story)
Telegraph 27.10.12 Schools encouraged to adopt a hound - Schools are being encouraged to “adopt a hound” as part of a new drive by the hunting lobby to educate children about the sport. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The Countryside Alliance has issued new advice packs to around 200 hunts with a number of suggestions on how to engage people with hunting…. The CA also encourages arranging school visits to the kennels and involving children in the work of the huntsmen, who need volunteers to help walk, feed and muck out the hounds…. Photo: A girl with hounds from of the Blencathra pack in Cumbria which already runs an adoption scheme… (story)

Herald 31.10.12 Deer stalking demand rising - David Ross Highland Correspondent - FIELD sports enthusiasts have been queuing up to pay higher prices to shoot deer on Scotland's estates despite the recession. A new survey found demand in some areas has risen by more than 20%, with only one-third of visitors coming from Scotland. According to Savills rural research, an arm of the land and estate agency, both demand and prices for deer stalking on Scottish estates have increased even in the gloomy economic climate…. (story)

North Devon Journal 31.10.12 Debate reveals impact of disease on the area - THE vote to stop any cull of badgers came after a day-long debate in MP Geoffrey Cox spoke in favour of action to help beat bovine TB. Mr Cox's constituency, Torridge and West Devon, is possibly the worst affected in the country. Mid Devon MP Mel Stride also spoke against the proposal to stop any cull. And the MP for North Cornwall, Dan Rogerson, combined with Mr Cox to try to defeat the motion…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 31.10.12 To cull or not to cull - that is the question - TO cull or not to cull... Given the modern day enthusiasm for animal and environmental rights, it's difficult to decide where to draw the line between cruelty and necessity. The current issue in Gloucestershire regarding the culling of badgers has polarised opinions, arguments for wildlife conservation and cost effectiveness taking up stubborn positions within the debate, but how can either of these voices be dismissed?... (story)

Western Morning News 31.10.12 Anthony Gibson: Realism the best response to badger cull - I have been desperately trying to think of something positive to say about the postponement of the two pilot badger culls. Farming families in the worst TB areas badly need a few straws of hope to cling to as they face the prospect of yet another winter in which nothing effective will be done to curb the disease which is stalking the countryside. The first thing to be said is that NFU president Peter Kendall was entirely right to resist the enormous pressure he came under from Owen Paterson and David Cameron and call off the culls. The risk of failure was too great and the cost of failure too high to press on regardless, as the Government wanted…. (story)

Western Morning News 31.10.12 Derek Mead: Postponing culls puts us in perilous position - I'm not going to pretend that I'm at all surprised by the shambles that has engulfed the farming world over the badger cull. Nor, I suspect, will any farmer who has had any kind of dealing with Defra, the RPA or any of its other tentacles in recent years. But I am sure NFU members will be entitled to ask themselves precisely what has been going on. … (story)

Halifax Courier 31.10.12 Badger cull is not the answer - The Courier’s recent report on badger baiting in Calderdale rightly stated that the badger is a protected species by law…. Scientific opinion (and evidence) is overwhelmingly against the cull… Paul Hanson Silverdale Terrace Greetland (letter)

Portsmouth News 31.10.12 Animal testing protest outside Gosport Town Hall - ANGRY activists held a protest in Gosport over animal testing firm Wickham Laboratories moving into the town. Stop Wickham Animal Testing is opposed to the firm’s use of animals at the site in Barwell Lane…. Helen Nelson, 86, a stalwart of the group, previously dubbed a ‘granarchist’, said: ‘We want to impress on Gosport Borough Council it’s not a welcome move… (story)

Argus 31.10.12 Respect all forms of animal life - How I agree with David Gibbons writing about the verdict in the cockfighting case (Letters, October 23). It makes me wonder just how cruel people have to be before they get a serious and appropriate punishment… Gloria Wheatcroft, The Drive, Hove (letter)

30.10.12

Argus 30.10.12 Hunt saboteurs: 'Masked men attacked us' - An anti-foxhunting group claims its members were attacked by masked men for trying to spot animal cruelty. Police were called to clashes at the Southdown and Eridge Fox Hunt in Firle, near Lewes, on Saturday in which a number of people were hurt. One man was arrested on suspicion of assault. The Hunt Saboteurs Association said three of its supporters had to go to hospital to be treated for head wounds…. (story)

Telegraph 30.10.12 Fifty shades of green in the countryside - A new anthology of the Telegraph’s rural writing is as unpredictable and provocative as the startling line-up would suggest, says the book’s compiler Stephen Moss…. The Hedgerows Heaped with May: The Telegraph Book of the Countryside, edited by Stephen Moss (Aurum, RRP £20) is available from Telegraph Books… (story)

Horse & Hound 30.10.12 Book of late Victorian and early Edwardian hunting reports reissued - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - to life in a new edition of Memories of the Shires, the 1920 collection of hunting reports by Otho Paget. Capt Paget spent six days a week hunting with the Quorn, Cottesmore and Belvoir and writing reports, under the pseudonym Q, for The Field and other publications including Horse & Hound… (story)

Plymouth Herald 30.10.12 Appalling cruelty of game shooting - WHAT an hysterical outburst from your correspondent, R Hancox (Your Say, October 20). It is he who should "shut his mouth" not Mr Phelps, who rightly condemns the appalling cruelty of the game shooting industry…. JEAN TURNER, Colebrook (letter)
Plymouth Herald 20.10.12 Game birds are not just left to rot - CONTRARY to John Phelps' letter 'Shooting is not just for fun', it is an established country sport. Shot birds are not just left to rot, they are cooked and eaten just like chickens and rabbits and the income it generates helps the economy and keeps hundreds of people in jobs… R HANCOX, St Budeaux (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 30.10.12 'Labour chickened out of cull' - TIVERTON'S MP has accused the previous Labour government of "chickening out" of carrying out a cull of badgers. But he says that his own Government remains committed to the policy, despite the suspension of a pilot cull. Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, was speaking in a back-bench debate in the Commons last week on options for tackling the spread of TB in cattle…. (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 30.10.12 Are badgers too easy a scapegoat? - I'M glad the badger cull has been suspended for a year. Perhaps now more attention will be paid to the many eminent scientists against it, including Professor Kreb, who led the largest trial cull and concluded there was no great benefit to killing badgers because it just does not help reduce TB in cattle… (story)

29.10.12

Western Morning News 29.10.12 Sun shone as hunters gathered in Devon - Under gloriously warm autumnal skies the Mid Devon Hunt rode out in all its magnificence. Forty riders took their mounts on the all-day hunt and rode through the countryside until the light faded…. (story)

Western Morning News 29.10.12 In my opinion: My challenge to candidate over the issue of hunting - I'm one of the majority that is very worried about Police and Crime Commissioners being sponsored by a political party. And the reality is that one can't put a blue Rizla between rural Conservatives and the Countryside Alliance… On Mr Hogg's website, there is a tab "Contact me". Twice I have emailed and asked if he personally supports the repeal of the Hunting Act; his answer could indicate how he might prioritise wildlife crime – and I have suffered from wildlife crime myself. I have had neither an acknowledgement nor any reply…. (story)

North West Evening Mail 29.10.12 MP SLAMS BADGER CULL POLICY By Will Metcalfe - Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, praised the likes of Queen guitarist Brian May who campaigned against the cull, and claimed the plans fly in the face of scientific knowledge… (story)

28.10.12

Irish Independent 28.10.12 Lay of the land: Animal Welfare Bill is the stuff of nightmares - Fiona O’Connell - Halloween is when things go bump in the night. Or 'knock-knock' at the door, as children trick or treat… But spooky stuff has been going on for weeks with the Animal Welfare Bill. Minister Coveney believes blood sports are acceptable because they happen "according to the codes of conduct drawn up by clubs" and "considerable numbers of people are passionate" about them. So scaring creatures, often to death, is OK if you set ground rules. And love doing it. Creepy… (story)

27.10.12

Western Morning News 27.10.12 Countryside war of words continues as hunting season starts - As the hunting season gets under way across the Westcountry battle-lines have once again been drawn between warring sides… Today The Countryside Alliance branded the Hunting Act "an attack on rural people" insisting it had "failed spectacularly" to improve animal welfare."… (story)

Guardian 27.10.12 Ash dieback: This shambles fills me with fear for my beloved countryside - Failure to stop the spread of ash tree disease is just the latest example of a government far too focused on urban concerns - Tobias Jones - News that a fatal disease has landed on British soil understandably causes alarm. Today, the disease in question – Chalara fraxinea – threatens trees, not humans,… The government's reaction to the crisis has been flat-footed…. This is the umpteenth time the countryside has felt aggrieved by metropolitan policymakers. In recent years, the squires of the countryside have been dismayed by the ban on foxhunting, a piece of legislation which put wind in the Countryside Alliance's sails. They've been infuriated by politicians lacking the cojones to cull badgers and have also been appalled that their incomes are dwindling as costs rise… (story)

ThisIsSomerset 27.10.12 NFU says badger cull must still go ahead despite MP vote - Farming leaders have said a badger cull must go ahead in Somerset and Gloucestershire next summer despite MPs voting against the scheme in a House of Commons motion yesterday… (story)

West Sussex Gazette 27.10.12 There is no single answer to bTB - Re: page 7 ‘Farmers face crisis over action on badger culls’ (West Sussex Gazette Oct 17): It seems ‘The Team Badger’ will do anything to grab headlines… Surely these charities realise that bTB is a serious animal welfare issue and a long term epidemic that is out of control?.... Control will be undertaken by trained professionals and around 1,000 badgers will be taken from each of the two pilot areas this year, fewer in subsequent years. To put that in context, around 50,000 badgers are killed on the roads annually. Isobel Bretherton NFU South East (letter)

Irish Examiner 27.10.12 Ethics of animal testing - The letter from the Irish Antivivsection Society (Oct 20) raised once again the ethics of animal testing… If you are in any doubt about the suffering that is inflicted on these unconsenting animals caged for their entire existence, they can through the internet learn about the companies that use animals to test their products and the barbaric and lethal experiments carried out in the so called advancement of the human race… Sean KielyWaterville Blanchardstown Dublin 15 (story)

South Wales Evening Post 27.10.12 Campaigner's on the ball - AN anti puppy farm campaigner has thanked the Scarlets and Wales international rugby teams for the donation of signed rugby ball. Cariad spokeswoman Julie White said: "We are incredibly grateful to the Scarlets for donating this superb piece of sporting memorabilia to Cariad so that we can continue to raise awareness of the plight of breeding dogs suffering in battery farms across Wales right now… (story)

West Briton 27.10.12 Animal wreath shouldn't be laid at Truro Remembrance memorial – RBL chair - THE organiser of Truro's Remembrance ceremony has criticised animal rights activists wanting to lay a wreath at the city's war memorial to commemorate creatures lost in combat. RBL's county officers gave members of Animal Aid in Cornwall permission to lay a wreath following its Remembrance Sunday Parade on November 11. But chairman of RBL's Truro branch, Christopher Jackson, said while it recognised animals had service numbers and even ranks, the memorial marks personnel who died, not animals… (story)

26.10.12

Irish Examiner 26.10.12 Ban coursing and protect endangered hare - While welcoming Minister Deenihan’s ban on the hunting of Kerry red deer and the curlew, I would urge him to go a step further, because this is the same minister who a few months ago issued a licence permitting the capture of thousands of hares for live coursing events… John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

BADGER CULL DEBATE
Western Daily Press 26.10.12 Environment Secretary accused of 'hissy fit' in badger cull debate - Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was last night accused of a “hissy fit” after he walked out of a heated debate on the badger cull. Critics claimed the ministerial meltdown came before MPs voted by a large majority to stop the controversial cull…. (story)
Western Morning News 26.10.12 Government defeat as MPs' vote 'no' on badger culling - The Government last night suffered a humiliating defeat on its plan to cull badgers in two South West bovine TB hotspot areas. In the first-ever debate resulting from an online petition, it lost a backbench business motion calling on it to cancel the pilot culling schemes and find other ways to defeat the disease, which cost the lives of 26,000 cattle last year… (story)
Telegraph 25.10.12 Sketch: Minister badgered over badger bodge - Michael Deacon watches the Commons argue about the postponed cull of badgers. (story)
BBC News Online 25.10.12 Badger debate crosses borders - MPs debate cull - Few parliamentary debates generate as much emotion or passion as those that involve the welfare of animals… (story)
Independent 25.10.12 MPs vote delivers blow to controversial badger cull plan - MPs have delivered another blow to the Government's controversial plan to cull thousands of badgers to prevent TB in cattle, voting against the policy by 147 votes to 28…. (story)
Gloucstershire Echo 25.10.12 Further blow to badger cull plans - Government plans for a badger cull suffered a blow today after MPs voted 147 to 28 against the scheme. But Commons Speaker John Bercow confirmed this was not binding, as it was not on legislation… (story)
Guardian 25.10.12 Badger cull: MPs vote 147 to 28 for abandoning cull entirely - Commons debate, following 150,000-strong e-petition, strikes blow at government plan to slaughter badgers - Damian Carrington (story)
Western Morning News 18.10.12 Badger cull debate welcomed by Queen guitarist Brian May and NFU - Brian May, the animal rights campaigner best known as the guitarist for Queen, has welcomed news of a parliamentary debate into a planned badger cull. The NFU has also welcomed the debate, saying it will provide an opportunity for the science behind the plans to be explained and for any misinformation to be corrected… (story)
Western Daily Press 17.10.12 Badger cull to be shot down? Commons debate may halt trials - The looming pilot cull of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset could face being voted down by MPs next week after opponents were granted the first Commons debate on the issue… (story)
Western Morning News 17.10.12 Commons to debate badger cull next week - MPs will debate a planned badger cull for six hours next week after backbenchers appealed for time to examine the issue. A cross-party delegation of MPs, supported by campaigners – including Queen guitarist Brian May – opposed to culling hundreds of badgers, won time for the debate in the main Commons chamber on Thursday…. (story)
Guardian 16.10.12 Badger cull opponents granted first Commons debate - Damian Carrington - The imminent pilot cull of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset could face being voted down by MPs next week after opponents were granted the first Commons debate on the issue. Campaigners called for the cull, which could start any day, to be suspended until after the debate…. (story)
Independent 16.10.12 Government under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after e-petition - The Government is under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after an e-petition launched by Queen guitarist Brian May forced a debate in the House of Commons… (story)

County Gazette 26.10.12 Badger cull delay a 'hollow victory' By Hannah Green - CAMPAIGNERS have described the decision to delay a controversial badger cull trial until next year as a ‘hollow victory’…. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) wrote to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson on behalf of the companies co-ordinating the cull to ask for it to be postponed until summer 2013… (story)

Bromsgrove Standard 26.10.12 Badger cull slammed By Rob George - A WORCESTERSHIRE wildlife charity has slammed the Government's decision to allow the first licensed badger cull in Gloucestershire. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust spoke out after Natural England, a Government agency, allowed farmers on 300 farms in west Gloucestershire to kill badgers over the next four years in a bid to tackle bovine TB (bTB)…. (story)
Malvern Gazette 26.10.12 Badger cull is put on hold - A CONTROVERSIAL plan to cull badgers on farmland near Tewkesbury in a bid to tackle the spread of bovine TB has been postponed…. Colin Raven, director of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, welcomed the news…. (story)

Norwich Evening News 26.10.12 Norfolk opinions still divided on proposed badger cull By CHRIS HILL, Rural affairs correspondent - A parliamentary debate on the proposed cull of wild badgers has polarised the conflicting opinions of farming advocates and wildlife groups in Norfolk…. animal campaigners, including the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, have urged ministers to acknowledge public and parliamentary opinions by permanently scrapping the cull in favour of a vaccination programme, improved testing and better biosecurity… (story)

Nottingham Post 26.10.12 Campaigners' joy as badgers are saved - NOTTS Wildlife Trust has welcomed a Government announcement that the culling of thousands of badgers will be delayed…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 26.10.12 Time to stop badgering Old Brock over Bovine TB - IN response to the letter by B Lundy, there are those of us who have an interest in all animals, and we are sick and tired of badgers being blamed for Bovine TB, when evidence suggests otherwise…. S Steer (address supplied) (letter)

Cherwell Online 26.10.12 Oxford supports vivisection - Oxford University joins campaign backing experimentation on live animals - April Peake - Oxford University has joined a national campaign supporting experiments on live animals for medical research. The campaign was first launched two years ago, initially backed by 41 organisations. Supporters include the coalition government, Cancer Research UK, Arthritis Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline as well as other universities such as Cambridge and Durham… (story)

Western Telegraph 26.10.12 Flaws in pet trade - WITH reference to your recent report on October 17th regarding the animals left to starve in a flat in Pembroke Dock. This highlights once again the flaws in the pet trade… J. OXENHAM Cosheston (,etter)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 26.10.12 Protesters and police in clash - PROTESTERS and police have clashed during "emotionally charged" rallies after live animal exports resumed at Ramsgate port… PROTESTERS and police have clashed during "emotionally charged" rallies after live animal exports resumed at Ramsgate port. On Friday, more than 100 campaigners turned out to register their disgust at the High Court decision to reverse Thanet council's temporary ban on live animals being moved through its port… Mary Knott, an animal charity worker from Margate, said: "They were quite brutal – they just didn't care…. (story)

Plymouth Herald 26.10.12 Who could do this to innocent cat? - I WAS, and still am sickened to my very core after reading the horrendous story of Jack the cat, pictured above. I am so sick of reading and hearing stories of animal abuse. What sane mind would inflict pain, torture and suffering upon an innocent animal?... DEE ADAMS Whitleigh (letter)
Plymouth Herald 26.10.12 Animal abusers are in need of help - I AM writing concerning the article in The Herald (October 23) concerning Jack the cat. I was appalled to read this disturbing article as although I am aware there are cruel, sadistic people out there, you often forget they are roaming the streets… ANNA RADDEN, Plymouth (letter)

Argus 26.10.12 Beleaguered beluga - Nine-year-old beluga whale Noc has been recorded by scientists making sounds octaves below normal. Mimicking the human voice of his captors, one has to wonder what it is Noc was trying to say. Perhaps it was: “Please release me from the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego so I can live freely in the wild,” or maybe a more rousing cry: “The whales are not saved yet!” … Dylan Walker, co-founder, Planet Whale, Brighton (letter)

25.10.12

Boston Standard 25.10.12 COLUMNIST: Why I support fox hunting - Here’s the first piece from our new columnist Sian Lovett, where she outlines her support for fox hunting, which was banned by the last Government… (story)

Western Morning News 25.10.12 West shoots get the low down on legal and commercial concerns - Shooting estate owners, agents and professionals who provide services to the game shooting industry gathered at the Dorset estate of Richard and Liz Frampton Hobbs on Tuesday night for a seminar… (story)

Evening Standard 25.10.12 Extra security for cull ministers - Ministers and civil servants involved in the Government's controversial badger cull policy have been placed under extra security to protect against the threat from animal rights extremists, MPs have been told… (story)

Telegraph 25.10.12 Badger cull already cost more than £1m - The badger cull has already cost the taxpayer more than £1m, according to new figures, and the burden on the taxpayer is likely to soar to well over £5m if the controversial policy goes ahead next year. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent (story)

BBC News Online 25.10.12 Analysis: The battle over brock By Helen Briggs BBC News - The government has postponed the badger cull in England this year, saying farmers have run out of time to complete the shooting before the animals go underground for the winter… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.10.12 MP's views on the badger cull - MARK Harper, Conservative Forest of Dean MP, said: "Extra time will ensure pilot culls are done in the best way possible." Laurence Robertson, Conservative Tewkesbury MP, said the delay was "sensible", but added: "We have got to do something about the spread of this disease."… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.10.12 Race to become Gloucestershire's police tsar gets personal - The race to become Gloucestershire's new policing tsar has got personal. Gloucester's Tory MP Richard Graham used a parliamentary debate to take a sideswipe at the Labour candidate Rupi Dhanda, arguing her husband, and his predecessor, Parmjit, had campaigned for the abolition of the Gloucestershire force she was now seeking to be commissioner of…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 19.10.12 Labour police commissioner candidate angers with tweets over badger cull - THE Labour candidate to become Gloucestershire's first Police Commisioner has sparked controversy by saying she would use her power to stop the badger cull if elected. Rupi Dhanda told followers on Twitter that if she gets the job, she would not allow officers to attend the cull… But critics said it showed Mrs Dhanda has not grasped what the role entails… Christopher E Wright said: "That is surely an operational decision and outside PCC remit... by a very long way."… (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 19.10.12 Labour police commissioner candidate in Gloucestershire 'would stop badger cull' - A LABOUR candidate campaigning to become Gloucestershire's first Police Commissioner has sparked controversy by saying that if elected she would use her power to stop the culling of badgers. Rupi Dhanda told followers on Twitter that if she gets the job she would not allow police officers to attend the culling to keep protesters safe and under control…. But critics say that her revealing tweet shows not only that politics has no place in policing but demonstrates that Mrs Dhanda has not grasped what the role of a Commissioner will be…. (story)

Gloucstershire Echo 25.10.12 Badger cull blow could see off Gloucestershire beef farmer - BEEF farmer David Barton could be forced to give up his cattle because the pilot cull of badgers has been postponed. The farmer from near Cirencester has had to slaughter 44 cows since February after they tested positive for TB. Mr Barton has spoken out after a trial cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset, to assess the impact on cattle TB, would be delayed until next summer… (story)
Western Daily Press 25.10.12 Farmer to give up life's work in cull delay - A beef farmer claims he will be forced to give up farming cattle because the pilot cull of badgers where he farms has been postponed. David Barton, 45, said yesterday it was "outrageous" that TB in cattle would not be tackled now, and that the plan to trap and shoot badgers had been shelved by the Government after years of indecision…. (story)

Gloucstershire Echo 25.10.12 Gloucestershire County Council cancels badger cull debate - A debate about the badger cull which was due to be held by Gloucestershire County Council on Monday has been cancelled… (story)
Stroud News & Journal 25.10.12 Stroud campaigners’ fury at decision to cancel special meeting on badger cull - THE debate planned for next week on the issue of badger shooting on farmland owned by Gloucestershire County Councilhas been cancelled, to the fury of animal welfare campaigners in Stroud…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 18.10.12 Badger cull moves to top of political agenda in Gloucestershire - BADGER culling has been placed at the top of the political agenda as a matter of urgency as the controversial issue reaches boiling point in Gloucestershire. An extraordinary meeting has been called by the county council following a review of its policy on culling badgers on its land to curb the spread of bovine TB… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 17.10.12 Badger cull to be discussed by county council on Monday - The badger cull will be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of Gloucestershire County council on Monday morning. Chairman of the council Tony Hicks decided to call the meeting after receiving requests from five councillors including Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Jeremy Hilton… (story)

ITV 25.10.12 Badger cull delay welcomed by Cambridge MP - A government decision to delay a planned badger cull has been welcomed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert. He says a cull shouldn't take place unless that there is absolute certainty that it will prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and there is no other working alternative… (story)

Crawley Observer 25.10.12 Peter Skinner - What can badgers tell us about this Government? After two years of pushing a badger cull, the Conservative-led Government, at the eleventh hour, pulled the plug on Tuesday… Scientists and MPs from all parties have said very clearly that a cull is no answer to bovine TB. If evidence wasn’t enough recent polling found that 81% of the public were against while only 3.4% supported the cull… (story)

North Devon Journal 25.10.12 Farming leaders angry at 'hypocritical' RSPCA behaviour - FARMING leaders and the RSPCA have fallen out over a threat to remove Freedom Foods status from farmers who support the badger cull. The NFU is calling the RSPCA hypocritical for backing control of deer, rats and rabbits, but not badgers…. (story)

North Devon Journal 25.10.12 Legal badger shooting will not be before 2014 - SHOOTING of badgers in North Devon as part of a legal cull is unlikely to start until 2014 because of the delay announced on Tuesday. That was the estimate today as MPs prepared to debate in the House of Commons an issue that's beset the farming industry for decades… (story)

North Devon Journal 25.10.12 Farmers hope cull will happen - Cattle farmers in North Devon are keeping their fingers crossed that a debate in the House of Commons today will not totally prevent a cull of badgers…. (story)

Western Gazette 25.10.12 Mood of resignation in the face of cull being postponed - DAIRY farmers have resigned themselves to more costly bovine TB misery as the Government's trial badger cull policy unravelled on Tuesday…. (story)

Leatherhead Advertiser 25.10.12 East Surrey group to release orphaned badgers into the wild - DEFIANT animal lovers will release orphaned badgers into the wild – while the Government discusses a cull…. and today (Friday) 14 orphaned badger cubs, reared in captivity, will be released in the Surrey Hills by the East Surrey Badger Protection Society. Ray Ings, who co-founded the group in 1979 and later set up the national body that is now The Badger Trust, said the 14 badgers have been tested for disease… (story)

Portsmouth News 25.10.12 Wickham animal rights demo policing is criticised By Chris Broom - ANIMAL rights protesters have criticised the police for being ‘over the top’ during a recent demonstration. Police officers visibly outnumbered members of Stop Wickham Animal Testing (SWAT) during their annual march against the controversial Wickham Labs…. Jeanette McClunan of SWAT said: ‘They definitely outnumbered us…. (story)

Oxford Mail 25.10.12 Uni signs up to animals pledge - OXFORD: Oxford University is among the signatories for a new declaration on openness in animal research. The university, the target of bitter protests over its animal research lab in South Parks Road, is among 41 organisations which have put their names to a declaration about transparent approaches to animal research… (story)

Coventry Observer 25.10.12 Region's vegans set for festival of food - COVENTRY'S growing group of vegans are among those heading to a festival dedicated to all things vegan on Saturday… Kevin White, founder of organisers Midlands Vegan Campaigns, said: "The festival will offer all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly living…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 25.10.12 Wildlife crime on the agenda - ANIMAL issues were the order of the day during campaigning for South Wales Police commissioner. Independent candidate Mike Baker and Labour candidate Alun Michael both dropped in to Swansea's Lush shop — which sells ethically sourced beauty and toiletry products — to meet staff and customers… (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 25.10.12 Calls to ban meat practice - I WONDER if your readers realise what animals go through in Halal and Kosher slaughter houses… This cruelty in the name of religion is disgusting, would any caring God want this?... Joe Thomas King Street Neath (letter)

Western Gazette 25.10.12 Port resumes animal exports - LIVE animal exports have resumed at a port after a High Court injunction was served on a local council, overturning its decision to suspend the controversial trade. About 40 protesters gathered at the Port of Ramsgate in Kent on Monday as lorries containing sheep arrived to be transported to the Continent for slaughter… (story)

Romford Gazette 25.10.12 Animal rights protesters demonstrate outside circus near Romford - Ian Weinfass, Reporter - A group of animal rights activists protested outside a circus near Romford on Tuesday. The small demonstration was held due to the presence of the Great British Circus’ performance of Black Beauty in Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath. Protester Nicola Olckers, 34, said: “The life of an animal in the circus is miserable. It’s your fun for their misery. They are kept in cages all the time and the only time they are let out is when they are performing.”… (story)

24.10.12

Southern Reporter 24.10.12 Jedforest Hunt had a ball raising £10,750 for charity - A JEDFOREST hunt ball in the summer raised over £10,750 for the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. More than 200 attended the meal and dance with live music when Henry Beeby, Goffs DBS CEO, also conducted an auction at Gatehousecote Farm, near Bonchester Bridge, in July… (story)

Hampshire Chronicle 24.10.12 Bloodhounds meet for charity fundraiser for Naomi House - THE Southern Shires Bloodhounds are staging a charity met on Sunday October 28 to raise money for Naomi House hospice at Sutton Scotney…. (story)

WH SMITH BANS CHILDREN FROM BUYING SHOOTING MAGAZINES
Telegraph 24.10.12 Team GB shooting coach hits out at WH Smith magazine ban - Ian Coley, Great Britain Olympic head coach, questioned how WH Smith could justify its ban on selling shooting titles to children. By Rosa Silverman - An Olympic shooting coach has attacked WH Smith for banning children from buying shooting magazines even though they can legally hold a shotgun licence… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 24.10.12 Olympic coach Ian Coley anger at WH Smith shooting magazine rules for children - A ROW has erupted between Cheltenham's Olympic shooting coach Ian Coley and High Street giant WH Smiths over the sale of gun magazines to children… His grandson Haydn is a future shooting hopeful with dreams of competing at the 2020 Olympics. At 13, under the current sales restrictions, he is banned from buying a magazine – despite being old enough to obtain a shotgun licence under supervision of someone aged 21 or older… (story)
ThisIsCornwall 23.10.12 Gun community stands strong against WHSmith ban on children buying shooting magazines - Britain’s gun community is continuing to battle against WHSmith’s decision to ban under-14s from buying shooting magazines, by launching a petition and encouraging people to send letters of complaint to the newsagent…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.10.12 No shooting magazines for sale to under-14s - Country sports enthusiasts are furious at a decision by Britain's biggest newsagent to ban children from buying shooting magazines after a campaign by animal rights activists. WH Smith says youngsters under 14 will not be sold shooting titles, even though it is legal to hold a shotgun licence below that age… Alison Hawes, South West regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said the ban was "ignorant and ridiculous"… Earlier this year, Animal Aid, Britain's largest animal rights organisation, published a report which claimed that the "lurid, pro-violence content" of country sports magazines could have a "corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds"…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation said it was a "knee-jerk reaction to an extremist campaign" which would hit 7,000 young members… (story)
Western Morning News 16.10.12 WMN opinion: Illogical to ban young from buying shooting magazines - The first rule of taking a stand is make sure you are on firm ground. So Britain's biggest newsagent, WH Smith, should have done its homework before deciding to ban under-14s from buying shooting magazines. The company's justification for the move is reportedly that young people cannot hold a firearms certificate if they are under 14. There is just one problem – that is simply not true… It only starts to make any kind of sense if you think back to the campaign launched earlier in the year by the anti-shooting, anti-meat-eating, anti-leather-wearing organisation Animal Aid and its report: Gunning for Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood. That urged all newsagents to put shooting magazines on the top shelf and refuse to sell them – like pornography – to anyone who was under 18. Has WH Smith caved in to pressure from this extremist organisation?.... (story)
Western Daily Press 16.10.12 WH Smith bans children from buying shooting magazines - Country sports enthusiasts are furious at a decision by Britain’s biggest newsagent to ban children from buying shooting magazines after a campaign by animal rights activists. WH Smith, whose head office is based in Swindon, says youngsters under 14 will not be sold shooting titles even though it is legal to hold a shotgun licence below that age… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 14.10.12 WH Smith bans children from buying shooting magazines - The country's biggest newsagent WH Smith has banned children from buying shooting magazines, even though it is legal for them to hold a shotgun licence. By Richard Eden - It is a sport enjoyed by thousands of children, and one which gained Britain a gold medal at the Olympics. But children have been banned from buying shooting hobby magazines by Britain’s biggest newsagent - even though it is entirely legal for them to own a gun. WH Smith, Britain’s biggest chain of newsagents, has banned youngsters from buying copies of country sports magazines after a campaign by animal rights activists… Earlier this year, Animal Aid, Britain’s largest animal rights organisation, published a report which claimed that the “lurid, pro-violence content” of country sports magazines could have a “corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds”…. (story)

Huffington Post 24.10.12 Superfast Broadband - Coming to a Street Near You? - Dominic Baliszewski - Did you know that fast broadband is one of the first things home buyers now look for in a property?... So it's a good thing we'll all soon be living the superfast broadband dream. Oh, you didn't hear? Well the government has stumped up a £630m investment and promised the UK will boast the best broadband in Europe by 2015… Broadband is a 'national asset' and everyone in the UK has the right to a decent connection, be they urban or rural dwellers. It's a sentiment echoed by the Countryside Alliance, which has spent years campaigning for universal access… (story)

BBC News Online 24.10.12 Assynt red deer cull defended by John Muir Trust - A landscape conservation charity has defended its proposal to cull up to 100 red deer stags to protect ancient woodlands. The John Muir Trust (JMT) said its management of deer in its Quinag Estate in Assynt had been criticised locally… (story)

BBC News Online 24.10.12 American mink: Anglesey project to stop colonisation - The American mink, which escaped into the wild after it was introduced to Britain for its fur, is trying to colonise Anglesey…. The Anglesey Water Vole project within the Menter Mon organisation is working to establish how well-spread the mink are with a view to trapping and removing them…. (story)

BADGER CULL POSTPONED
Western Morning News 24.10.12 Anti-cull campaigners welcome 'the right result' - Campaigners who battled plans for a badger cull have welcomed the reprieve granted yesterday, but signalled they will ratchet up the pressure for a permanent ban… (story)
Western Morning News 24.10.12 Badger cull delay until 2013 'the most responsible thing to do' - No badgers will be culled in the Westcountry this year as part of a national campaign to combat the spread of bovine tuberculosis…. (story)
Western Morning News 24.10.12 Farmers to delay cull on badgers - Controversial plans to cull thousands of badgers in the South West to tackle tuberculosis in cattle are to be delayed because farmer groups do not have enough time to carry them out… (story)
Western Morning News 24.10.12 WMN opinion: Given the facts it is hard to argue with badger cull delay - It is hugely frustrating but, on balance, yesterday’s decision to postpone the badger cull until next year is the right one. We say that in the full knowledge of what another eight to ten months of bovine TB will mean for Westcountry farmers, already battered and bruised by this disease which has caused enormous heartache and the loss of valuable breeding stock. We say it too, knowing that while TB continues to run riot the cost to taxpayers of compensating farmers for the slaughter of their animals will keep on rising… (story)
Western Daily Press 24.10.12 Farmers fear more bovine TB misery amid badger cull delay chaos - Dairy farmers last night resigned themselves to more costly bovine TB misery as the Government’s trial badger cull policy unravelled. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson insisted the controversial cull will still go ahead in the West next summer – but the force of protests against it must raise doubt about it ever happening… (story)
Western Daily Press 24.10.12 Farmers have been 'stabbed in the back' over badger cull delay - Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has condemned the coalition for its ‘pathetic’ decision to delay the badger cull. He says the 11th-hour postponement is going to condemn thousands more cattle to death and cause misery for farmers…. (story)
Western Daily Press 24.10.12 Badger cull sketch: Thunderous Owen Paterson looked ready to slay badgers himself - Political sketch by Matthew George in Westminster... So, another day in the life of this faltering coalition Government, and another U-turn, this time on the West badger cull… (story)
Western Daily Press 24.10.12 NFU president: We will regroup and carry on with badger cull - NFU President Peter Kendall has written to all members following the announcement that the pilot badger cull will be delayed. He writes: "It is with deep regret and massive disappointment that I have to inform you of the decision to postpone the two pilot badger culls... (story)
Western Daily Press 24.10.12 WDP comment: No option but to delay this badger cull - This is a hugely frustrating moment for farmers in the West Country but, on balance, yesterday’s decision to postpone the badger cull until next year was the right one… (story)
Belfast News Letter 24.10.12 ‘Government can learn from Ulster’s badger plan’ By MICHAEL MCGLADE - NORTHERN Ireland is leading the way in tackling the problem of tuberculosis [TB] in cattle, by trapping badgers instead of culling them, an animal rights group has said…. NORTHERN Ireland is leading the way in tackling the problem of tuberculosis [TB] in cattle, by trapping badgers instead of culling them, an animal rights group has said…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.10.12 Badger cull postponed - BADGERS in Gloucestershire have been saved from culling after a dramatic Government u-turn delayed it… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.10.12 Anti-cull farmer Steve Jones on the delay to the badger cull - 'THE real work starts now,' said anti-cull campaigner Steve Jones. He has 30 years experience as a farmer and believes evidence can be produced over the next 10 months to prove the killing of badgers is pointless… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.10.12 Eastington farmer Andrew Cozens on the cull postponement - THE decision was a shock for Eastington farmer Andrew Cozens. He said: "It's not the news I wanted to hear… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.10.12 Citizen editor: Badger cull postponement was responsible but what now for the farmers? - ANNOUNCING the postponement of the badger cull, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson insisted the Government had not changed its stance on the controversial policy despite suspicions to the contrary. His Labour counterpart spoke of the party's 'endemic incompetence' and the Government does appear to be at sixes and sevens of late, but Mr Paterson insisted it was at the request of the NFU. Its president Peter Kendall said postponing was the responsible thing to do after a series of obstacles such as bad weather and policing priorities for the Olympics…. (story)
Derby Telegraph 24.10.12 Postponed badger cull welcomed by wildlife experts - WILDLIFE experts in Derbyshire have welcomed a decision to postpone a badger cull… Matt Croney, director of living landscapes with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said the group welcomed the news…. (story)
Shropshire Star 24.10.12 Dismay and delight at badger cull delay - Plans to delay controversial proposals to cull badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle have been greeted with a mixed reaction from farmers and wildlife bosses in Shropshire…. (story)
Shropshire Star 24.10.12 Badger culling delay a blow, say NFU - The decision to delay the controversial culling of thousands of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle until next summer will come as a devastating blow to farmers in Shropshire, agricultural bosses said today… (story)
County Gazette 24.10.12 Secret World calls for badger cull to be axed - AN EAST Huntspill wildlife rescue charity has called for the planned badger cull in West Somerset to be axed entirely after it was delayed for six months this week. Secret World has teamed up with the Somerset Badger Group to organise a series of Badger Night Walks allowing animal lovers to voice their feelings against the cull… (story)
Western Daily Press 23.10.12 'Science has not changed' after badger cull delay, say vets - The president of the British Veterinary Association says he hopes today's decision to delay badger cull plans for parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire does not reflect a change in Government policy. Peter Jones said delaying the cull until next year "could make sense" and that "the science has not changed"…. (story)
Guardian 23.10.12 Badger cull postponed until 2013 - Government remains 'absolutely committed' to cull, which will now take place next summer, Owen Paterson tells Commons - Damian Carrington - England's controversial badger cull has been postponed until next summer in an embarrassing U-turn by Owen Paterson, the environment secretary… (story)
Guardian 23.10.12 In the Forest of Dean, all sides of the debate say badger cull is 'a bloody mess' - Cull's opponents are celebrating but farmers, politicians and campaigners agree fight against bovine TB has been botched - Steven Morris - "It's a mess, a bloody mess," was farmer Carol Wainwright's blunt assessment. "The government's messed the whole thing up. It's disgusting. They've put us through all this, promised they're going to sort out the problem and then at the last minute they give up."… (story)
Guardian 23.10.12 Badgers win reprieve but we need a complete abandonment of cull plans - I have firm hopes that we will move to a wholehearted commitment on the policy of vaccination - Brian May (story)
Guardian 23.10.12 Badger cull to be delayed as Tories take another U-turn - Environment secretary expected to announce decision amid concerns about the cost and effectiveness of the scheme - Juliette Jowit and Damian Carrington - The environment secretary, Owen Paterson, will announce on Tuesday that the government is delaying its plan to cull thousands of badgers, probably until next year at the earliest, amid growing concern about the cost and effectiveness of the controversial scheme… (story)
Independent 23.10.12 Omnivoreshambles? Weather, Olympics and a miscount all blamed as badger cull postponed - CHARLIE COOPER , NIGEL MORRIS - The Government was forced to fend off fresh accusations of incompetence today after it delayed the controversial badger cull in England, blaming the Olympics, bad weather and a miscount of the animals for the retreat… (story)
Independent 23.10.12 Michael McCarthy: The badger cull failed because Defra insisted farmers pay for it - MICHAEL MCCARTHY - The core reason for the current failure of the Government’s badger cull policy is simple: the insistence by Conservative ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that the farmers would have to pay for it themselves… it meant that the farmers chose a much cheaper, but very much less reliable method of killing the animals than that used in the nine-year-long badger cull trial – paid for by the Government – which was cage-trapping and shooting… (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 Sett back for badger cull - The postponement of the badger cull is bad news for farmers and should not be made permament By Telegraph View - When Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, informed the House of Commons yesterday of his decision to postpone the badger cull, he rolled out a lengthy list of culprits… . Yet as Mr Paterson pointed out, the alternatives are thin on the ground: for all the cost of a cull, it is dwarfed by the millions of pounds of damage that TB-infected badgers do when they transfer the disease to cattle. As the badger population soars, the situation grows ever more serious. For the sake of farmers’ livelihoods, there can be no more delays. (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 This cancelled badger cull spells disaster for farmers. The Government doesn't seem to give a damn By Cristina Odone - The Government is going to postpone its plans for a badger cull. There are just too many badgers, and it's just a little too late, according to the Today programme this morning. This spells disaster for the Government – and above all for farmers… (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 Badger cull is shelved - to fury from farmers - A scheduled cull of the badger population to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis is set to be cancelled this morning just days before it was due to go ahead. By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor - Farmers are expected to react with fury to the announcement, due to be made by Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, in the Commons, after years of campaigning in favour of the cull…. (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 Badger cull delay blamed on the weather and the Olympics - Farmers are blaming the delay of the badger cull on the sudden increase in the number of animals that had to be killed in a time period limited by the Olympics and the weather. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is expected to announce the cull will be delayed until next year… (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 'Good news for badgers': Campaigners welcome delay of 'unscientific, foolish and cruel' cull - Campaigners have welcomed news of a last-minute reprieve for Britain’s badgers, as plans for a cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire are expected to be put on hold. By Louise Gray - The RSPCA hailed the “good news” for badgers, saying it hoped there would be an end to the “unscientific, foolish and cruel” plans…. (story)
Telegraph 23.10.12 Badger cull delay 'disappointing but responsible' - Carl Padgett, President of Veterinary Association says it is responsible to delay the badger cull to get the maximium effect from "such a drastic action". Farmers were expected to start shooting badgers in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire this week to stop the spread of cattle disease bovine tuberculosis (TB). But the cull was officially postponed today until next summer because of problems caused by the Olympics and poor weather, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, announced to the House of Commons…. (story)
Mail 23.10.12 'Omnivoreshambles!' Environment Secretary Owen Paterson accused of another u-turn as he delays badger cull until next year By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR… (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 23.10.12 Underestimate of size of badger population led to badgers shooting delay - Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today announced the postponement of the badgercull following the release of figures which showed the badger populations in the designated cull areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset to be much larger than was at first estimated… (story)
Evening Standard 23.10.12 Badger cull delayed as case not black and white, says minister - Nicholas Cecil … (story)
Farmers Guardian 23.10.12 Badger cull delay a 'severe blow' to farmers and vets By Alistair Driver - THE British Veterinary Association has described the decision to postpone the badger cull until next year as a’severe blow’ to vets and farmers battling against bovine TB (bTB)…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 23.10.12 Why the badger cull has been postponed By Alistair Driver - Ultimately, the Government, the NFU and the companies set up to organise the pilot badger culls in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset simply ran out of time this autumn. So what went wrong?... (story)
County Gazette 23.10.12 Controversial badger cull postponed but not abandoned By Hannah Green - A CONTROVERSIAL plan to trial a badger cull in West Somerset has been shelved until next year…. (story)
Financial Times 23.10.12 Badger cull delayed until next summer By Pilita Clark and Jim Pickard - The government has delayed a contentious badger cull until next summer because it says there are more of the animals than it previously thought…. (story)
Stroud News & Journal 23.10.12 Gloucestershire campaigners welcome decision to delay badger cull - CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed the news that the controversial badger cull has been postponed until next summer… Jeanne Berry, founder of protest group Stroud 100, said: "We are relieved that common sense has prevailed but it is not a victory… (story)
BBC News Online 23.10.12 Announcement due on badger cull - The government is to make a statement to Parliament on the proposed cull of of thousands of badgers in England, amid reports it will delay the scheme… (story)

Stroud Life 24.10.12 Badger crimes in the spotlight - THE Gloucestershire Badger Group is holding a public meeting in Stroud to highlight Operation Meles, an intelligence-led UK-wide police operation gathering evidence of badger persecution and targeting offenders… (story)

Stroud Life 24.10.12 How can MP still back a badger cull? - I HAVE seen on Neil Carmichael's website that he continues to argue in favour of a badger cull. I don't know why I am surprised he still persists in believing killing badgers is the only solution to bovine TB. How much evidence does he need to understand that culling won't work?... Hilary Fowles,Cam (letter)

POWYS DAIRY CAMPAIGN
Shropshire Star 24.10.12 Call to kick out super dairy plan near Welshpool - Councillors are calling on the Welsh Assembly to throw out controversial plans for a 1,000-cow ‘super dairy’ on the outskirts of Welshpool… As members arrived at the meeting at Welshpool Town Hall they were met by Peta animal rights campaigners dressed in prison suits and cow masks holding signs which read ‘Save Us – Say ‘No’ to Powys Dairy’…. (story)
BBC News Online 23.10.12 Super dairy plan in Powys rejected by councillors - Plans for a controversial "super dairy" with 1,000 cows at a farm have been rejected by Powys councillors…. (story)
Daily Post 23.10.12 Protesters suit up for super dairy protest in Welshpool - CAMPAIGNERS wearing prison uniforms and cow masks will today lobby councillors over a planned “super dairy” near Welshpool. Last November farmer Fraser Jones won planning consent for the proposed 1,000-cow unit at Lower Leighton Farm…. “If councillors want to keep the abuse of animals and pollution out of Powys, they'll immediately vote down this proposal,” said PETA's Abi Izzard. (story)
Shropshire Star 22.10.12 Dairy campaigners have one week left - Campaigners fighting plans for a 1,000-cow ‘super dairy’ on the outskirts of Welshpool today warned their supporters they have just one week left to make their voices heard…. (story)

Independent 24.10.12 24.10.12 Why I refuse to wear wool - Little is known about the vulgar treatment of lambs - all just to keep us snug and trendy. Mimi Bekhechi - As I write, I'm warding off the autumn chill with a warm cotton jumper, a polyester fleece pullover, cotton corduroys and ultra-cozy soya-silk socks. But not so much as a stitch of wool. Why not? Because I don't buy wool. For ethical reasons…. (story)

23.10.12

Horse & Hound 23.10.12 Ytene Hound Club changes its name in memory of a great supporter - The Ytene Hound Club has changed its name to the Courtenay Tracy Hounds — a historic name for the pack — in memory of a great supporter… (story)

Derby Telegraph 23.10.12 Victoria Martindale: These changes will do little to prevent more horse deaths… (story)
Independent 19.10.12 It won't be animal-welfare lobbyists that change the Grand National. It needs the wider public too - VICTORIA MARTINDALE - The recent changes to the infamous steeplechase will not stop the rise in horse mortalities… The Grand National is among the most famous steeplechases in the world. It has already cost the lives of 36 horses… If we are to succeed in bringing about an end to unnecessary animal exploitation the answer is to stop playing the welfare card. The horse racing industry won’t capitulate to pressures of animal welfare lobbying – it needs the wider public to join in too until it hits them where it hurts. (story)

Argus 23.10.12 Crawley MP leads badger fight - An MP is leading the fight to protect badgers from a proposed cull. Henry Smith has secured a parliamentary debate on Thursday in an attempt to block the proposed cull of badgers in England. … (story)

CARE FOR THE WILD BADGER CULL LETTER
Argus 23.10.12 Disturbing facts of bovine TB - This Thursday, October 25, MPs will discuss a proposed badger cull in Parliament. It’s a discussion the Government didn’t want to have, but it’s a vital one as disturbing facts have started to emerge… Philip Mansbridge, chief executive, Care For The Wild (story)
Wirral Globe 23.10.12 Badger your MP to stop this cull - Philip Mansbridge, CEO, Care for the Wild (letter)
Shields Gazette 19.10.12 Badger your MPs - MPs will debate the proposed badger cull on Thursday, October 25. If you’re opposed to this cull… then please tell your MP… Philip Mansbridge, CEO, Care for the Wild, Horsham (letter)

Leicester Mercury 23.10.12 Why animal labs use flawed science - It was with dismay that I read your headline 'It's not easy, but there's no alternative to animal tests', say Leicester scientists as £16m centre opens its doors – Leicester Mercury, October 3… The Government is breaking its pledge to reduce the number of animal experiments… Please join the BUAV and support our call to the Government to fulfil its promise to reduce animal experiments. Dr Katy Taylor, Scientific Advisor at the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (letter)

Argus 23.10.12 Cockfight verdict - In common with decent people everywhere, I was utterly and completely appalled by The Argus story of the cockfighting trial… Both should now be behind bars – and for much longer than the suspended 20 weeks…. This is yet another example of a judgement being too weak. David Gibbons, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven (letter)

22.10.12

Belfast Telegraph 22.10.12 Hunting Kerry red deer outlawed - Hunting of one of Ireland's most ancient and iconic species, the Kerry red deer, has been outlawed. Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said he had moved to enforce a ban on hinds of the herds to preserve numbers…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.10.12 21 men face prosecution over hare coursing in Lincolnshire - At total of 21 men are being prosecuted in connection with illegal hare coursing in Lincolnshire. Officers involved with Operation Galileo, which is running during the typical coursing season from September until March, have attended numerous incidents and stopped people who have travelled to Lincolnshire from all over the country to engage in this activity… (story)

Western Morning News 22.10.12 MEP: Badger cull won’t be stopped by Brussels despite challenges - A South West MEP claims there is little interest in halting the badger cull in Brussels despite attempts to invoke a European convention for animal rights and a personal intervention by campaigner Brian May. Julie Girling, the Conservative chief whip and the party’s agriculture spokesman at the European Parliament, claims attempts to halt two licensed trial culls by claiming they breach the Bern Convention will not succeed…. (story)

Western Daily Press 22.10.12 Badger cull could be stopped by fresh legal challenge - The West Country’s controversial badger cull could be stopped at the eleventh hour by a fresh legal challenge from the Badger Trust. Lawyers acting for the leading body opposing the trial cull in Gloucestershire and in west Somerset have served a 16-page legal letter on Natural England as the question over whether badgers should be killed in a bid to halt the spread of bovine TB becomes the next big political storm for David Cameron’s coalition Government…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 22.10.12 MP helps Cheltenham women fight badger cull - POLITICS was not something Lynne McEwen and Dawn Branch had involved themselves in until recently. But the two NHS workers from Cheltenham decided it was time to make a stand after learning about the badger cull planned for Gloucestershire. The vegetarians, both aged 46, put pen to paper and wrote to the town's MP, Martin Horwood, to ask for his advice on how they could raise awareness of the cause. And to their delight, the politician invited them to speak to him about the issue…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 22.10.12 Badger cull opponents gather for Coleford vigil - ANTI-cull campaigners were urged by one of the country's most influential voices for animals to fight a plan to shoot badgers which could start in Gloucestershire this week. More than 30 people gathered for a vigil in Coleford last night, where the chief executive of the RSPCA issued a rallying call to them, and a plea to the National Farmers Union, pro-cull farmers and Defra to re-think… (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 22.10.12 Protesters fear extinction of badger if planned shooting in Gloucestershire goes ahead - MORE than 50 people from Gloucestershire gathered in the Forest of Dean yesterday evening to protest against the shooting of badgers in the county. The vigil, organised by Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS), started with an introduction by Cllr Jackie Fraser from Forest of Dean District Council, which has fully backed a ban on the cull of badgers on land owned or managed by the council… (story)

Oxford Mail 22.10.12 Humans are omnivores - I WOULD like to comment on the letter from E Sanderson (ViewPoints, October 19) in which he asserts that humans are herbivores. I would like to politely disagree… BOB JOHNSTON, Liberal Democrat councillor, Radley ward, Vale of White Horse District Council, Kennington Road, Kennington (letter)

The Sentinel 22.10.12 Sign up to halt animal cruelty - I AM writing in response to the article headlined "Dad left dogs to die in yard" (Sentinel October 18). Here is yet another truly sickening and distressing story of animal cruelty that has happened in this area and again the abuser gets a lenient punishment…. PAT HURST, Clayton (letter)

21.10.12

Halifax Courier 21.10.12 RSPB lodges complaint over moor dispute The RSPB has submitted a formal complaint to the ?European Commission over the handling of a protected area near Hebden Bridge. Following six months of investigations, the charity believes that Natural ?England has failed to protect the habitat on the Walshaw Moor Estate from extensive drainage and aggressive burning…. (story)
Independent 15.10.12 RSPB lodges EU complaint over burning of grouse moor - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has demanded a European investigation of the Government's wildlife watchdog amid a bitter row over the burning of a protected bird habitat. The RSPB believes Natural England's abrupt decision in March to stop its prosecution of the Walshaw Moor Estate in West Yorkshire was in breach of its legal duty to protect the environment… (story)

Observer 21.10.12 Badger cull under threat from last-minute legal challenge - Badger Trust lawyers challenge the legality of licences on cost and public safety grounds, in latest blow to the cull - Damian Carrington - A last-minute legal challenge has dealt a fresh blow to the government's increasingly troubled cull of badgers in England, the Observer has learned. The Badger Trust's lawyers have served a 16-page legal letter on Natural England, the government agency licensing the culling, which could halt the cull. "The costs of the cull are soaring out of control, with little benefit in sight for farmers and major risks posed for members of the public in the cull areas," said Gwendolen Morgan, the trust's solicitor at Bindmans LLP. "It is time for the government to reconsider."… (story)

20.10.12

Northern Echo 20.10.12 Birds-of-prey targeted by illegal traps By Mark Foster - A BUZZARD has been safely returned to the wild – after being found caught in an illegal cage trap. The incident was the latest in a series in which birds of prey have been found dead in the area of the North York Moors – and police believe they are just the “tip of the iceberg.”… Police claim that because of its number of shooting estates, North Yorkshire has one of the highest number of reports of raptor persecution in the country…. (story)

Mail 20.10.12 This cruel badger cull is pointless - and I can prove it, says Queen guitarist Brian May By BRIAN MAY - He pushed the palm of his hand into the middle distance, effectively cutting off any further discussion. For the Coalition, the policy of killing badgers to control bovine TB (bTB) in cows is the only ‘tool in the box’… (story)

Telegraph 20.10.12 Farmers will have to kill more badgers than previously thought - Twice the number of badgers than previously thought have been discovered living in the controversial cull zones, raising questions over the cost of killing them. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent (story)

County Gazette 20.10.12 More than 100 campaigners flock to Dunster badger cull protest By Hannah Green - CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the planned badger cull in West Somerset remain hopeful that their voice will be heard after a well-attended protest. More than 100 people, including farmers, attended a peaceful outdoor meeting in Dunster on Tuesday night, organised by the Somerset Badger Group and East Huntspill-based Secret World Wildlife Rescue… (story)
BBC News Online 16.10.12 Secret World wildlife charity to hold anti-badger cull walk - A Somerset wildlife charity has called on its supporters to join a protest walk in opposition to the planned cull of badgers in West Somerset. Secret World has organised the event in Dunster in the hope that hundreds will turn out to oppose the cull… (story)
ITV 16.10.12 Badger cull protest planned tonight - They're calling it a "peaceful outdoor meeting" but emotions are clearly running high among the Badger Night Walkers who have arranged tonight's protest in Somerset… The protest is taking part near Dunster, close to the area selected for the planned cull. People wanting to take part should meet in the car park off Dunster Steep…. The protest is taking part near Dunster, close to the area selected for the planned cull. People wanting to take part should meet in the car park off Dunster Steep…. (story)

Western Morning News 20.10.12 Badger cull pilots 'a waste of time, money and effort' - Despite losing more than half their valuable organic herd of beef cattle, a Devon farming partnership is against the badger cull. Robert James and Kate Palmer think the pilot culls in West Somerset and around Tewkesbury are a waste of time, money and effort…. (story)

Western Daily Press 20.10.12 Badger cull policing bill expected to reach £4 million - The cost of the badger cull will far exceed the benefits to farmers, it emerged yesterday – but it will still go ahead…. (story)

Derby Telegraph 20.10.12 Wildlife experts welcome debate over badger cull - DERBYSHIRE Wildlife Trust has welcomed the planned debate on badger culling in Parliament next week. The trust has joined national calls to halt plans to cull badgers in several test areas in a bid to stop the spread of tuberculosis to cattle… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 20.10.12 Minister insists no U-turn on Gloucestershire badger cull - CONTROVERSIAL plans to shoot badgers have still not started… Dairy farmer Jan Rowe, director of GlosCon, the company set up to organise the cull locally, warned it must start in the next two weeks or there was a risk it would be delayed until June. It came as environment minister Owen Paterson insisted to farmers in the county that he was still pushing ahead with the cull after rumours circulated it could be delayed or even scrapped… (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 20.10.12 UK: Next week’s MPs’ debate on badger cull is welcomed - Sarah Chambers - News that parliament will be given chance to debate the government’s TB eradication programme and the inclusion of badger controls has been welcomed by farmers’ leaders… National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall said that the parliamentary debate offers a fresh opportunity for the science to be fully explained and for any misinformation that exists to be corrected…. (story)

Times 20.10.12 Scientists challenge animal rights lobby over medical research - Some scientists and academic institutions fear attacks or sabotage by animal rights activists Times photographer, Ben Gurr, Health Editor Martin Barrow (story)

Mail 20.10.12 Animal testing support falls 10 per cent as critics argue for 'public openness' - Public support for using animals in medical research has fallen by 10 per cent, a poll shows. Only 66 per cent of people agree with using animals, with 17 per cent disagreeing, up from 11 per cent last year… (story)
Press Association (via Yahoo) 19.10.12 Support for animal testing 'waning' - Public attitudes to animal experiments have shown a "significant" shift away from acceptance that they might sometimes be necessary, according to the results of a new survey. A Government-commissioned Ipsos Mori poll found that 85% of people questioned were "conditionally" in favour of animal testing compared with 90% two years ago…. (story)
Financial Times 19.10.12 Animal testing poll is ‘wake-up call’ By Clive Cookson, Science Editor … (story)
Guardian 19.10.12 Public opposition to animal testing grows - More than one in three people are against the use of animals in medical research, according to government-funded research - Denis Campbell, health correspondent … (story)

Leicester Mercury 20.10.12 Victoria right on vivisection views - Regarding your article ("It's not easy, but there's no alternative to animal tests", Leicester Mercury, October 3) about research centre at the university… Animal results have often delayed and hampered advances in the war on cancer, and never produced a single advance in the prevention or treatment of cancer…. C Davis, Leicester. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 20.10.12 Fireworks: Spare a thought for animals - As bonfire season approaches, I am writing to politely advise readers to please carefully check their bonfires before they are lit, as small animals, such as hedgehogs, grass snakes, slow worms, toads, frogs and mice may be living and hibernating in your wood pile and could be burnt alive…. Brenda Greaves, Coalville. (letter)

The Sentinel 20.10.12 No excuse for animal cruelty - I HAVE just read the article about Carl Boote, who has been banned from keeping animals after allowing two dogs to starve to death… It seems that vulnerable animals, children, the elderly are just here to be hurt and abused by some people…. SUE WHITBY, Tunstall (story)

19.10.12

Telegraph 19.10.12 'We can’t be the only ones,' says Sir Patrick Moore. 'I’m sure of it’ - Following the discovery of an earth-type planet, legendary star-gazer Sir Patrick Moore and Brian May talk about whether there really is life out there By Harry Wallop - This week, astronomers discovered another planet: Alpha Centauri Bb… Ostensibly, the occasion is a book launch – May has collaborated with Moore and the astronomer Chris Lintott on a guide to the universe… Brian May cuts a rather pensive figure. This may have something to do with the fact he has spent the last hour up in Patrick’s bedroom on the phone to the EU agriculture department, as part of his high-profile quest to stop the Government’s proposed badger cull…. His friendship with Moore was formed over Venus and Jupiter, but they also bonded over a mutual love of furry woodland creatures. Moore is a passionate anti-hunt campaigner. What is it about astronomy and animals?... (story)

York Press 19.10.12 Gamekeeper arrested over bird trap allegation - A GAMEKEEPER from North Yorkshire has been arrested over the alleged illegal use of cage traps… (story)

THE GREAT BRITISH FOOD REVIVAL
Sevenoaks Chronicle 19.10.12 Clarissa's best of British - C larissa Dickson Wright announces, with a certain element of pride, that she used to be number three on the Animal Liberation Front's death list… (story)
The Sentinel 17.10.12 Putting bunny back on menu - THE British rabbit population is at its highest since 1950. We've got 15 outside our house – and we've only got a window box. Now Clarissa Dickson Wright – a woman who is to vegetarianism what Vim is to a dirty bath – wants to revive our culinary heritage by getting the bunny back in the cooking pot. Tonight, she unveils three recipes, not all of them involving the tail… (story)
Hull Daily Mail 16.10.12 Outspoken chef is wild about rabbit - Clarissa Dickson Wright announces, with a certain element of pride, that she used to be number three on the Animal Liberation Front's death list… (story)
Plymouth Herald 12.10.12 Chef Clarissa sets out her game plan - CLARISSA Dickson Wright announces, with a certain element of pride, that she used to be number three on the Animal Liberation Front's death list… . Clarissa Dickson Wright can be seen in The Great British Food Revival on BBC Two at 8pm on Wednesday, October 17 (story)
Shropshire Star 10.10.12 Clarissa reveals her game plan - Clarissa Dickson Wright announces, with a certain element of pride, that she used to be number three on the Animal Liberation Front's death list…. The outspoken cook, a staunch campaigner on countryside issues, will be seen in an upcoming episode of The Great British Food Revival, extolling the virtues of eating wild rabbit… (story)

Telegraph 19.10.12 Urban fox spotted trying to break into upstairs window - A homeowner was stunned when he spotted this urban fox trying to break into his neighbour's house - through an upstairs window… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 19.10.12 Cease the feeding of foxes in our road - THE residents of Linden Road in Moordown would be really pleased if the person who is continually feeding the foxes would stop. Our gardens are being destroyed by them. We have holes everywhere and it is impossible to grow anything in a tub as it is uprooted… I am sure that you have enjoyed watching them but please stop now. JUNE LINES, Linden Road, Moordown (letter)

New Statesman 19.10.12 The left's opposition to badger culls ignores the plight of our farmers - Rural workers' livelihoods are being devastated by TB. Labour should come to their defence. By Rowenna Davis… (story)

Guardian 19.10.12 Crackdown on cattle movement and TB testing announced - New rules to take effect on 1 January 2013, and are 'move in the right direction' according to lead opponent of badger cull - Damian Carrington - Ministers have announced a tightening of rules to prevent tuberculosis spreading between cattle, as the controversial badger cull aimed at curbing bovine TB struggles to get started… (story)

Western Daily Press 19.10.12 Government denies talk of a badger cull U-turn -Farmers’ leaders and the Government promised yesterday there will not be an embarrassing U-turn on the West badger cull – despite rumours sweeping Westminster. They were sparked by new Environment Secretary Owen Paterson cancelling a series of media interviews… (story)
Western Daily Press 19.10.12 Farmers could do without this Westminster wobble - Speculation is rife that the Government is wavering over support for the cull of badgers…. But this is an issue upon which a U-turn is the last thing the Government needs. It is also the last thing the people who live and earn a living in the countryside need either. The culls due to go ahead in Gloucestershire and Somerset are pilots, designed to show if shooting badgers as they forage in the woods can work efficiently and humanely. To cancel them at this stage would be the height of folly… (story)
Western Morning News 19.10.12 Are ministers considering a U-turn on badger cull? - There was confusion last night about the future of the controversial badger cull after ministers called off interviews with journalists prompting speculation that rising costs might mean a postponement of the project…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.10.12 WMN opinion …Speculation is rife that the Government is wavering over support for the cull of badgers… Yet this is an issue upon which a U-turn is the last thing either the Government or the countryside needs. The culls due to go ahead in Gloucestershire and Somerset are pilots, designed to show if shooting badgers as they forage in the woods can work efficiently and humanely. To cancel them at this stage would be the height of folly…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.10.12 Ministers deny U-turn over the badger cull - Speculation is rife that the highly controversial cull of badgers in bovine TB hotspot areas may be called off or postponed at short notice, because of fast-rising costs…. Doubts about the culls were fuelled when Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Farming Minister David Heath cancelled a series of interviews yesterday, though a Government spokesman said: "There is no change to the policy. We want the culls to happen as soon as possible."… (story)
Mail 19.10.12 Fresh doubts on controversial badger cull as ministers see costs spiral By Tamara Cohen - The controversial badger cull was plunged into doubt last night – as new figures suggested that the huge costs could outweigh the benefits… (story)
Telegraph 18.10.12 Badger cull will go ahead asap, says Defra, following u-turn rumours - The badger cull will go ahead “as soon as possible”, the Government has confirmed, as scientists complete surveys to determine how many of the animals will be killed By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent… a target=main href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9617648/Badger-cull-will-go-ahead-asap-says-Defra-following-u-turn-rumours.html">(story)
Guardian 18.10.12 Cost of badger cull may force U-turn - Badger populations in Gloucestershire and Somerset far higher than initial estimates, meaning cull may prove too expensive - Damian Carrington - Ministers are facing the prospect of having to abandon the controversial cull of badgers in England, for this year at least, due to fast-rising costs, the Guardian has learned…. (story)

Shropshire Star 19.10.12 Letter: Badger cull is not only action on bovine TB - Culling is just one of a range of measures the Government is taking to arrest the increase in bovine TB cases. A number of scientists have offered their opinion on the Government’s policy of culling badgers as part of a package of measures to reverse the sharp rise in TB in cattle. We have great respect for the scientists involved and believe there is broad agreement on the science underpinning the Government’s policy – that badger culling can result in an overall beneficial effect on the disease in cattle…. Professor Ian Boyd and Nigel Gibbens, Defra (letter)

Mail 19.10.12 The great badger cull is dead in the water - Michael O’Hanlon - Here’s a modest prediction. I am prepared to be proved wrong, but the tealeaves are definitely pointing my way for now. The proposed cull of badgers to curb the spread of bovine tuberculosis will not go ahead and the government is preparing for a colossal u-turn…. (story)

RAMSGATE LIVE EXPORT PROTEST
ITN 19.10.12 Protests at Ramsgate - Protesters hurled abuse at drivers and jostled with police as live animal exports resumed at a Kent port this morning… (story)
BBC News Online 19.10.12 Protests as live animal exports resume at Ramsgate - Protesters have been demonstrating in Ramsgate where live animal exports have resumed after a temporary suspension was overturned by the High Court… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 19.10.12 Protestors defiant as live export ban lifted - ANTI-LIVE exports campaigners remain defiant despite the High Court's decision to lift a temporary ban on animal movements through Ramsgate port. Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) said it was "disappointed" but vowed to back Thanet council's stand against the trade. Spokesman Mark Johnson said: "Ramsgate port does not have the facilities required for animal protection, as determined by EU laws on animal transport. This is the case also with other Kent ports such as Dover…. (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 19.10.12 CLAIMS AGAINST COUNCIL - A JUDICIAL review will determine whether four claims made by live export firms against Thanet council will be successful…. (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 19.10.12 High Court lifts ban on export of live animals - THE trade in live animals is expected to resume from the Port of Ramsgate today (Friday) after a legal battle between Thanet council and exporters… (story)

Herald 19.10.12 Campaigner rejects call for culling of seals - A seal protection campaigner has described as "rubbish" claims there are too many grey seals and that they should be culled. The comments by marine scientist Mark Carter come after a dog was so badly mauled by a seal in a burn on the Ythan estuary north of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, that he had to be destroyed… (story)

Oxford Mail 19.10.12 Humans are herbivores - I HAVE no doubt that Oxfam’s intentions are truly honourable – however, while their latest statement complains that half the world’s food is wasted, it should have added that half the world’s food, as well as water supplies, are wasted on farm animals which we should not be eating in any case…. EDWARD SANDERSON, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (letter)

Argus 19.10.12 Shift to veganism - As one of six Green Party councillors who rallied and marched through Brighton and Hove on Saturday in memory of the 900 million-odd animals killed annually in the UK meat and dairy industries, I wanted to express my thanks to the organisers of the March For Farmed Animals 2012, and the police protest liaison officers present… Green Councillor Ben Duncan for Queen’s Park ward, Brighton and Hove City Council (letter)

18.10.12

Independent 18.10.12 Fury at minister Richard Benyon's 'astounding' refusal to ban deadly bird poison - Millionaire landowner – and Wildlife minister – accused of putting wealthy friends before his parliamentary brief - Michael McCarthy - The Wildlife minister, Richard Benyon, has been accused of being "the gamekeeper's friend" by refusing to outlaw a poison used by some to kill protected birds of prey on shooting estates…. (story)

Bromley News Shopper 18.10.12 Bromley father fears for his baby following fox 'waltzing' in house By Heloise Wood - A FOX crept into a Bromley home leaving a worried father fearing for the safety of his four-month-old baby. Joseph Gillinder, of Havelock Road, had just put the bins out at around midnight on October 7 and turned to find a fox in his hall. The 31-year-old who lives with his partner, Vix Henstock, 28, and four-month old baby, Violet, is now calling on foxes to be culled…. (story)

Telegraph 18.10.12 Badger cull: right or wrong? - Ahead of the Government approved badger cull to halt the spread of Tuberculosis in cattle, the Wildwood Trust and the British Cattle Veterinary Association explain their divided opinions…. (story)

South Devon Herald Express 18.10.12 Badger cull is state backed vandalism - IN the interest of your readers, which include our very own badger supporting MP and council who have all publicly announced their objections to the proposed cull ever taking place in South Devon, I would like to quote a recent press release issued by Jack Reedy, of the Badger Trust in which they stated: "That they publicly rejected the dual threat of extremism by activists and what they see as state-backed vandalism — an unscientific, counter-productive badger slaughter."… The meagre claimed benefits from badger culling will take nine years. Viewed in that timescale a cattle vaccine — the near ultimate solution — is not far off. So why this vindictive rush?... C Walls, Paignton (letter)

Argus 18.10.12 Animal testing lacking in science - Quite apart from the obvious suffering inflicted on laboratory animals, I am amazed at the experimenters’ misguided assumptions that human afflictions such as dementia and incontinence could ever be cured by creating artificial disease in mice, cats, rabbits and other animals, all of which differ so enormously from human beings… Dennis B Stuart, Marine Parade, Brighton (letter)

Farmers Guardian 18.10.12 Ramsgate protest planned to mark resumption of live exports By Alistair Driver - Thanet Council was served with High Court injunction on Tuesday (October 16) forcing it to re-open the trade, paving the way for 75,000 sheep to be exported to France in time for the Muslim Festival of Eid on October 26… RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant has announced that he will join protestors at the Kent port on Friday as the first batch of sheep is loaded onto boats. The RSPCA said its inspectors will be monitoring events closely. Compassion in World Farming is also urging supporters to turn up… (story)

Irish Examiner 18.10.12 Think of the animals when lighting those bonfires - Halloween and bonfire season will be here later this month. I would like to ask people to carefully check their bonfires before they are lit as small animals like hedgehogs, slow worms, toads/frogs and mice may be living and hibernating in your wood pile and could be burnt alive…. Bernie Wright The Ward Dublin (letter)

CIWF GOOD FARM AWARDS
Derby Telegraph 18.10.12 Pig farm company receives award for welfare standards - A PIG farming company which is looking to create a site at Foston has been given an award for welfare standards. Midland Pig Producers, based at Alrewas, near Burton, received a Good Sow Commendation from Compassion in World Farming in recognition of its commitment to farm animal welfare…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 18.10.12 Farming with care and compassion - ADEVON organic farm, which is celebrating 25 years in the business, has scooped four top national awards. Riverford swept the board at the recent Compassion in World Farming's Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards. The organic delivery company was awarded the Good Chicken, Good Egg, Good Dairy and Good Pig titles… (story)
Meat Trades Journal 12.10.12 MPP award dismissed by animal rights group By Arabella Mileham - The animal rights organisation that has spearheaded the campaign against Midland Pig Producers’ proposed farm in Foston, Derbyshire, has dismissed the company’s recent success at the Compassion in World Farming’s Good Farm Awards (CIWF), calling it a “grudging concession… However, animal rights group Pig Business, which has opposed MPP’s plans to develop a 2,500 sows and 20,000 piglet farm at Foston, Derbyshire and marshalled a high-profile campaign and petition against it, dismissed the achievement… (story)
Burton Mail 5.10.12 Compassion award for pig production firm Written by HELEN KREFT - AN animal rights protester opposed to plans for a massive pig farm in South Derbyshire has said he is surprised that the applicants have won a coveted award for its animal welfare. Pig production company Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has been presented with a Good Sow Commendation from Compassion in World Farming in recognition of its commitment to farm animal welfare. However, Roger Swain, of Derby Animal Rights Group, said that despite the award, the pigs would never be in as good conditions as free range animals… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 5.10.12 Sutton Hoo: Free range producer celebrates Compassion in World Farming ‘Good Chicken’ award - Sarah Chambers - A free range chicken producer is celebrating after winging its way to success in the Compassion in World Farming awards. Sutton Hoo Free Range Chicken was awarded a Good Chicken Award at the prestigious Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards in recognition of its commitment to farm animal welfare…. (story)

17.10.12

Guardian 17.10.12 Badger cull is a 'bad deal for taxpayers' - The imminent cull is a good deal for farmers, but not taxpayers, says chief agricultural economist - Damian Carrington - The imminent badger cull in England is a "bad deal for taxpayers", according to an agricultural economist who worked on a landmark 10-year trial examining if culling can curb TB in cattle. The government's own impact assessment for the policy concluded that the cull, aimed at curbing rising tuberculosis in cattle, would cost more than it saves. "Culling has never turned out to be worth it in strictly economic terms," said Prof John McInerney, at the University of Exeter…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Echo 17.10.12 Gloucestershire badger cull: NFU chief defends plan to clear 'filthy disease' - Given the passionate objections of some sections of society to the proposed badger cull, it’s no surprise that National Farmers Union (NFU) chairman Charles Mann won’t be drawn on when the shooting will begin…. For Mr Mann – as well as, you suspect, the majority of farmers in Gloucestershire – the proposed badger cull is a matter of practicality…. (story)

Evesham Journal 17.10.12 Badger cull debate - THE controversial badger cull is being debated in Chipping Campden. John White and Graham Greenall will propose the culling of badgers is an unnecessary destruction of wildlife at the debating society’s next meeting on Saturday, October 27…. (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 17.10.12 Concern over ‘extremist’ label - I WAS concerned about being labelled an ‘extremist’ by a correspondent in the Gazette & Herald (October 3) just because I am not in favour of the proposed badger cull. People who know me would not think of me as an extremist; others with similar views to mine are mostly gentle and mild-mannered and would certainly not resort to extremist tactics of any kind…. Peter Turton, Pickering (letter)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 17.10.12 Science ‘rules out’ badger cull - THE NFU appears to be promoting a cull of British wildlife, ie badgers. This is unfair to their members and not a true representation of facts… M Richards, Bempton (letter)

Western Morning News 17.10.12 RSPCA loses my support over cull threats - Perhaps there is some kindly soul out there who will assure me that the RSPCA really hasn't lost the plot with its latest attempt to scupper the badger culls. Because from where I'm standing it clearly has…. (story)
Western Daily Press 17.10.12 Chris Rundle column: RSPCA does itself disservice over badger cull - Perhaps there is some kindly soul out there who will take me to one side and assure me that the RSPCA really hasn’t lost the plot with its latest attempt to scupper the badger culls. Because from where I’m standing it clearly has. The RSPCA, one of the country’s top five charities and (until recently at least) a highly-respected one, has now informed farmers who have signed up to its Freedom Foods initiative that they will be stripped of their elevated status – and therefore the financial benefits that come with it – if they consent to or even support culling on their land… Not a penny more of mine will drop into any of its collection boxes. And as far as I am concerned the more people that follow my example, the better. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 17.10.12 Exeter professor casts doubt over badger cull - Culling badgers in the South West will have "unimpressive" results in reducing tuberculosis in cattle and cost taxpayers more than it saves, and Exeter professor has warned…. Professor Robbie McDonald, of the University of Exeter, said none of the proposed methods for addressing the disease in wildlife – culling, vaccinating badgers or a combination – would have a major impact on reducing the incidence of TB in herds…. (story)

Independent 17.10.12 No need for a badger cull - The Government's proposals to pilot "controlled shooting" of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset have rightly stirred up a great deal of public concern. The Wildlife Trusts recognise the hardship bovine TB causes the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control it. In the long term it is clear that a vaccine for cattle could play a part in the solution… Simon King President, The Wildlife Trusts Newark, Nottinghamshire (letter)

Mail 17.10.12 Animal rights protestors celebrate as man who kicked and choked 'screaming' puppy before slamming it into a wall and throwing its bloodied body in a bin is jailed By Alex Ward - A man who beat his Jack Russell dog to death in a brutal attack has been jailed and banned from keeping pets for life. Christopher Keogh, 31, kicked, punched and slammed one-year-old Bambi against a brick wall before dumping the bloodied body in a bin. Animal rights protesters Colchester Animal Defenders demonstrated outside Colchester Magistrates’ Court protested yesterday, jeering Keogh as he entered… Liza Moore, head of Colchester Animal Defenders, said: ‘This is nowhere near a long enough sentence…. (story)

Bournemouth Echo 17.10.12 Gifts will help fund peaceful campaigns - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Christchurch for their generosity in raising £131.70 at a street collection on 6 October… LINDA SAVAGE, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)

16.10.12

The Quietus 16.10.12 LISTEN: Martin Rossiter - Drop Anchor - Laurie Tuffrey - Martin Rossiter, the main man of 90s guitar pop greats Gene, is set to release his debut solo album, The Defenestration Of St Martin (artwork above) on November 26 via Drop Anchor Music… One per cent of the money raised, going up to three per cent once release costs have been covered, will be going to the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)

Derby Telegraph 16.10.12 Think again, Victoria, about blood sports - HAVING read Victoria Martindale's soapbox "It's time to shoot down a few myths about blood sports" (Opinions, September 25) I would like the opportunity to reply. The anti-blood sports people always have to "over egg the pudding", as they just cannot help themselves. Once again in Victoria's article estimated figures and unsupported comments have to be used so any degree of accuracy goes straight out of the window… If people like Victoria get their way, any sport, not just shooting, but fishing etc, will be outlawed. "Shooting down myths" Victoria? Perhaps you ought to look closer to home. Ashley Waterhouse Byron Street, Normanton (letter)
Derby Telegraph 10.10.12 Comments on shooting left me very concerned - I WAS most interested to read Victoria Martindale's contribution ("It's time to shoot down a few myths about blood sports", September 25). Ms Martindale's comments appear to have been taken from the well-known animal rights campaigners' handbook by Chris Williamson, whose attitude is: "I don't agree with it, so let's ban it."… D J Elliott Dovecote Drive Borrowash (letter)
Independent 28.9.12 It’s time to shoot down the game hunting myths - As National Anti-Shooting week draws to a close, guns are in the news, but it's not only humans that fall victim to violence - VICTORIA MARTINDALE (story)
Derby Telegraph 25.9.12 Victoria Martindale: It's time to shoot down a few myths about blood sports - IT'S National Anti-Shooting Week: that time when shooters defend, with guns blazing, their right to a bit of rural fun, against those who condemn the shooting of millions of birds as cruel and wasteful. I am one of the latter and I make no bones about opposing the shooting of feathered targets in the name of sport. However, while I feel shooting is bad for the birds, it may be even worse for humans…. (story)

Telegraph 16.10.12 Badger protesters target country sports like hunting and shooting - Animal rights protesters are targeting £1,000 a head pheasant shoots to intimidate landowners taking part in the badger cull. Forthampton Shooting Estatel, at the heart of the Gloucestershire cull zone, runs a high-end commercial pheasant, duck and partridge shoot. However activists have threatened to disrupt up to a dozen shooting days over the next few months by walking onto the estate on public footpaths and disturbing fee-paying clients. Already tens of activists have been demonstrating at the estate and Ledbury Hunt has been targeted by a "rump of hardcore animal rights activists from around the country"… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 16.10.12 Campaigners target Forthampton in badger cull protest - CAMPAIGNERS aiming to stop badgers being shot as part of a major cull have descended on Forthampton. Around 80 protesters made their way to Forthampton Estate, near Tewkesbury, to look for evidence of shooting. Police officers filled the streets on Sunday to help keep the peace while a police helicopter was also sent in… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.10.12 Badger cull protesters scour estate for evidence of any shooting - Campaigners aiming to stop badgers being shot as part of a major cull have descended on a village in Gloucestershire. Around 80 protesters made their way to Forthampton Estate, near Tewkesbury, to look for evidence of shooting… (story)

Western Morning News 16.10.12 Lucky Eros the badger will be safe from cull - In the current climate, with a controversial cull of his species imminent, he has to be one of the luckiest badgers alive. Eros, who takes his name from the Greek God of Love, was born parentless and found close to death at just a few days old…. instead of potentially falling victim to the pilot badger cull being introduced in an effort to reduce the incidence of bovine TB in cattle, he will be staying as a guest at the Secret World Animal Rescue Centre, in Somerset… (story)

BBC News Online 16.10.12 Viewpoints: The badger cull - The issue of culling badgers in England has polarised opinion, within the town and the countryside, across the political spectrum and among the public… Adam Quinney, vice president of NFU…. Gordon McGlone OBE, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust… Denis Leonard, cattle vet from Cheshire…. Lorraine Morgan, Greenway Farm Caravan and Camping Site, Forest of Dean… (story)

Nature 16.10.12 Badger battle erupts in England - Geoff Brumfiel - England’s West Country is a bucolic landscape of winding country lanes and gently rolling pastures. But as autumn darkens into winter, a war, complete with armed marksmen and camouflaged saboteurs, is about to erupt from the hedgerows. Both sides claim science as their ally…. (story)
Nature 16.10.12 Badger away - Charges that the UK badger-shooting policy ignores evidence are wide of the mark. In England’s meadows, a massacre is imminent. As Nature went to press, licensed marksmen were getting ready to take aim at badgers… Scientists are outraged. Many researchers insist that the government has ignored the data in favour of a policy to appease farmers. But the evidence suggests something else: politicians have reviewed the science and have responded to it. The resulting policy is far from what many scientists would have hoped, but it is nevertheless based on evidence… (story)

Western Morning News 16.10.12 Ministers bid to shut down badger cull website urging activist disruption - Ministers are attempting to shut down a website that discloses the names and home addresses of officials involved in the badger cull…. The personal details were first published on a British-based site, which is run by the Coalition of Badger Action Groups (CBAG). They were removed after the site was served with an injunction, but within minutes had reappeared on the US-hosted site… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 14.10.12 Badger cull: Ministers fight to close anti-cull website - An international battle has begun to close down an animal rights website that discloses names and home addresses of officials involved in the badger cull. By Ben Leach - A warning letter has been sent by ministers to the US-based company that hosts the website, urging it to remove the material from the internet or face prosecution. On the website, activists are urged to take direct action to disrupt the cull, including bombarding the named officials with unwanted phone calls and emails… (story)
The Register 12.10.12 UK.gov tries to close site giving home addresses of badger cull figures - Animal libber reveals opponents' details, keeps his secret By Kelly Fiveash, Networks Correspondent - The British government has unleashed a legal threat against a website hosted in the US that is currently displaying the names, home addresses and personal telephone numbers of MPs, farmers and others who are said to be in support of the controversial UK badger cull. The Register spoke with a man going only by the name "Jay", who is campaigning against the government's plan to kill thousands of badgers… We were able to make contact with him quite easily, even though he insisted on keeping his identity anonymous… He failed, when questioned, to see any hypocrisy in keeping his own identity secret while exposing the home addresses and telephone numbers of supposed badger cull supporters… (story)

ThisIsDevon 16.10.12 Badgers could face a 'slow and painful death' in cull, fear vets - A group of vets has warned that badger culling to control tuberculosis in cattle, which is set to begin in the South West, will result in widespread suffering for the wild animals… (story)

16.10.12 Farmers attack badger vaccination 'folly' in light of 75,000 cattle deaths - Rachael Misstear - Farmers have attacked the “folly” of the Welsh Government’s badger vaccination policy as figures showed more than 75,000 cattle have been slaughtered in Wales as a result of bovine TB in the last 10 years. Farming leaders said the Welsh Government’s policy on containing bovine TB offered little hope that the slaughter will come to an end…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 16.10.12 Not convinced on badger cull From: John Richmond, Harrogate Road, Ripon. PERHAPS Reece Fowler (Yorkshire Post, October 9) should be the one taking the pinch of salt when writing on the subject of badger culling. While the randomised badger culling trials led by Sir John Krebs over a period of 10 years did establish a connection between badgers and bovine tuberculosis, Krebs is quoted as being “a leading expert” on the disease. He is quoted online: “The findings of the RCBT led him to oppose further culling in 2012.”… (letter)

Ledbury Reporter 16.10.12 Cull the experts - Cull the experts - IF a new strain of flu virus is threatened, it’s only weeks before a vaccination is developed… Cull the experts – not the badgers. DENNIS C NIGHTINGALE SMITH, Hanley Swan (letter)

Plymouth Herald 16.10.12 Look out for animals under bonfires -AS CO-ORDINATOR of national animal protection group South West Animal Protection, bonfire season is approaching soon and I am writing to politely advise readers to please carefully check their bonfires before they are lit…. HELEN STEVENS South West Animal Protection Plymouth (letter)

Guardian 16.10.12 Fur is only natural on the animal that was born with it - It's wrong to defend this cruel industry in which suffering and abuse is rife - Mimi Bekhechi - Hannah Betts admits that her stance on fur "foxes people" (Happy to do skin, 19 September). It should. Betts's defence of the undeniably cruel fur industry includes numerous fanciful assertions…. (story)
Guardian 18.9.12 Why I'm happy to wear fur - As a pelt-wearing vegetarian, I can find no contradiction in caring for animals and wearing fur - Hannah Betts - Of the controversies at London Fashion Week, the emergence on Sunday of Lady Gaga in what appeared to be several pelts, hot on the heels of a spat with Peta, was – as fashion folk are wont to say – something of "a moment"… Hostility to fur feeds off antagonisms regarding class, money and misogyny. Modish male lefties may sport leather jackets with impunity, but woe betide the rich bitch in mink. Like hunting, fur inspires hatred because it is associated with the wealthy. It is also embroiled in the usual metropolitan disdain for rural matters. We may like to visit the countryside, but urbanites show scant regard for how its human or animal populations can be sustained…. (story)

15.10.12

Western Morning News 15.10.12 Excitement of hunting season's opening day is shared by youngsters and veterans - For 22 seasons huntsmaster Michael Weir has been a familiar site proudly leading the Dartmoor Foxhounds out into the countryside. Resplendent in his scarlet jacket astride his mount, the 66-year-old led the hounds out for his final season on Saturday morning. Around 40 horses rode out with him from Monkmoor Farm, Bittaford, near Ivybridge, into the middle of Dartmoor… (story)

Horse & Hound 15.10.12 Hunts warned to be diligent this season - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - The Hunting Office is reiterating its message that there will be more covert surveillance by antis this season — so hunts must diligently record evidence of their legal activities…. Private prosecutions by animal charities this year have seen members of the Meynell and the Crawley and Horsham convicted of unlawful hunting. A case brought by the RSPCA against the Heythrop is due to be heard in December…. Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent huntsman Mark Bycroft said evidence gathering was not an onerous task. “It is just like extra paperwork — you get used to it,” he told H&H… (story)

Durham Times 15.10.12 Shooters help raise charity cash - SEVERAL hundred people including two world champions, took part in a clay pigeon shooting competition at the weekend in aid of Help for Heroes. Organisers of the annual Spennymoor and District Clay pigeon Club’s charity day said yesterday’s event, their fourth, was the biggest yet…. (story)

ROBIN HOOD GAME & COUNTRY SHOW
Nottingham Post 15.10.12 Country life is proving more popular than ever at Robin Hood Game and Country Show - A COUNTRY pursuits show which attracted thousands of people over the weekend is now so popular organisers are set to make it even bigger. The Robin Hood Game and Country Show appeared at Newark Showground for the fourth year running on Saturday and Sunday…. (story)
Newark Advertiser 13.10.12 Chance to try out country pursuits - Crowds of up to 40,000 are expected at this weekend’s Robin Hood Game and Country Show at Newark Showground… (story)
Nottingham Post 9.10.12 Robin Hood Game and Country Show - The Newark Robin Hood Game and Country Show is a great local day-out loved by families and country folk alike… (story)

Telegraph 15.10.12 Badger protesters to use night vision, GPS and hidden cameras - A mysterious benefactor has been supplying anti badger cull protesters with ‘night vision’ cameras to spot marksmen and CCTV to monitor setts. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Night time shooting of hundreds of badgers is set to go ahead in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset in the next few weeks… A spokesman for Stop the Cull said a ‘London-based’ donor has helped to provide technology so that protesters can spot the marksmen carrying out the cull. No more information has been disclosed about the benefactor… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 15.10.12 Farmer adds weight to argument against badger cull - FARMER David Purser has spoken out against a pilot badger cull, which could start today. The 56-year-old, who owns a farm near Cheltenham, about 20 miles from the edge of the cull zone, says there is "no justification" to shoot the creatures in a bid to stop the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis among cattle…. (story)
Huffington Post 11.10.12 We Farmers Must Realise That a Badger Cull Is an Irrelevant Distraction From Farming Reform - Dave Purser - As a farmer, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep silent whilst the national debate has raged about the government's proposed badger cull…. I am a 56-year-old farmer with a 48 hectare pasture farm, so the NFU is supposed to represent me, but it doesn't… For the sake of the future of this once proud industry, and the wildlife that we should cherish, I urge those agricultural leaders to start being honest with farmers. (story)

Western Daily Press 15.10.12 Badger cull likely to start today despite scientist pleas and bullying allegations - A group of professors from leading universities and zoological institutions across the UK have urged the Government to reconsider controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle. But the plea may fall on deaf ears today, as the pilot culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire are likely to get under way in a bid to stop badgers transferring TB to cattle…. (story)

Western Morning News 15.10.12 Farmers' union and RSPCA shape up for battle on cull threats - Farming leaders are lining up for a legal battle with the RSPCA over a "hypocritical" warning that a valued quality mark could be removed from food producers who support or allow the badger cull. The NFU said its lawyers were combing through the details of a document sent by the animal welfare charity to producers around the pilot area in Somerset who belong to its Freedom Food scheme…. (story)

Guardian 15.10.12 Badger cull: government accused of failing to properly seek alternatives - Scientist John Bourne, who led landmark 10-year cull, says it is cattle that spread TB through the country, not badgers… Damian Carrington - Ministers are going "nowhere near far enough" in seeking alternatives to the imminent cull of badgers, according the scientist who led the landmark 10-year culling trial that remains the scientific benchmark for the policy… (story)

Burton Mail 15.10.12 Wildlife Trust to trial jabs to stop killing of badgers - ANIMAL welfare experts in Staffordshire have joined the battle to prevent the deaths of badgers across the county. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust believes it has found an alternative option to killing badgers after launching a trial vaccination programme… (story)
The Sentinel 12.10.12 Badger jabs in cattle TB fight - WILDLIFE supporters are to vaccinate badgers as they step up their campaign against culling the animals. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust says the jabs can help in the fight against tuberculosis in cattle… (story)

Telegraph 15.10.12 Fortnum & Mason defends its right to sell foie gras - Fortnum & Mason has defended its right to sell foie gras, saying it has been eaten for hundreds of years without complaint, and vowing not to yield to animal-rights campaigners. After a high-profile campaign by Sir Roger Moore and animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), the London department store said that it wouldn’t “be bullied” into removing foie gras from its shelves… (story)
Mail 15.10.12 'We will not be bullied over foie gras', vows Fortnum and Mason boss who says protesters represent less than 1% of the population By ALEX HORLOCK - Fortnum & Mason will continue to sell foie gras, despite calls from animal rights groups to take the controversial product off the shelves…. (story)

Mail 15.10.12 9,000 butterflies die for Damien Hirst's art: Animal groups attack 'callous' exhibition By VANESSA ALLEN - If you’re an animal lover, he’s already unlikely to be one of your favourite artists. But even shark-pickling Damien Hirst’s fans might flinch at his latest work. An exhibition by the 47-year-old featuring live butterflies saw more than 9,000 of the beautiful insects die – around 400 a week… A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: ‘Damien Hirst’s quest to be edgy is as boring as it is callous… (story)

ANIMAL AID VEGAN CHALLENGE LETTER
Leicester Mercury 15.10.12 Advantages of a plant-based diet - Mark Gold, Vegan Challenge 2012 Coordinator, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 15.10.12 Take vegan challenge - Mark Gold, Vegan Challenge 2012 Coordinator, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Oxford Mail 12.10.12 A change of diet - WHETHER on grounds of compassion to animals, environmental protection or human health, the advantages of a plant-based diet are becoming more widely recognised… This is where The Great Vegan Challenge 2012 comes in. In November, Animal Aid is inviting everyone to try a plant-based diet for 30 days… We think you’ll find it a rewarding experience. MARK GOLD, Vegan Challenge 2012 co-ordinator, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)

FOUR PAWS PUPPY FARM LETTER
Bolton News 15.10.12 Don’t use puppy farms - Will Wright Four Paws (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 15.10.12 Letter: Don't buy a dog from a car boot - LAST week, police in Ireland found dozens of puppies stuffed in boxes in the back of two cars. It’s believed they were bred illegally on an Irish puppy farm and were destined for counties in the UK such as Lancashire… We are urging people in Lancashire not to buy puppies from the boot of a car or a van, and always to arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeder’s home. The best place to find a dog is at a reputable re-homing centre, where there are many desperate animals looking for a second chance. Will Wright, Four Paws (letter)

14.10.12

AUTUMN SHOW & GAME FAIR
Mid Sussex Times 14.10.12 Sunshine brings out bigger crowds to Autumn show - Seasonal sunshine brought bigger crowds to the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, over the weekend…. Youngsters had the treat of getting up close to the Kent and Surrey bloodhounds that entertained the spectators in the arena… (story)
East Grinstead Courier & Observer 12.10.12 Agricultural show welcomes 15,800 as sun beats down - THOUSANDS of visitors thronged to a popular autumn show at the weekend to experience countryside traditions and produce. Nearly 16,000 enthusiasts passed through the gates for the South of England Agricultural Society's Autumn Show and Game Fair on Saturday and Sunday… (story)
East Grinstead Courier & Observer 27.9.12 Autumn Show will feature traditional country sports - THERE will be fun for all the family at this year's Autumn Show and Game Fair in Ardingly… (story)
Mid Sussex Times 15.9.12 Side saddle riding at the Autumn Fair - WITH signs of an Indian summer looming, plans for this year’s Autumn Show and Game Fair are in full swing at the South of England Agricultural Society’s Ardingly showground. The event takes place on October 6 and 7… Attractions this year feature the country sports of hunting, shooting and fishing – birds of prey, gundog trials, fly-casting display and terrier racing…. (story)

Mail on Sunday 14.10.12 MoD faces £25k claim from gamekeeper who says Apache helicopters are scaring away pheasants and partridges By VALERIE ELLIOTT - A gamekeeper is claiming £25,000 from the Ministry of Defence because Apache helicopters are scaring away his pheasants and partridges. He says the country’s main attack helicopters frighten his game birds when they fly low over the Essex countryside. Richard Hearn is demanding cash compensation from the MoD for disturbance, stress and threatening his livelihood. He says that every time the helicopters hover over his woodland, the birds scatter…. (story)

SCIENTISTS’ LETTER AGAINST BADGER CULL
BBC News Online 14.10.12 Badger culls 'could increase TB levels' - Planned badger culls in England risk increasing rather than decreasing the spread of TB in cattle, more than 30 animal disease experts have warned. In a letter to the Observer they call on ministers to halt pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire where badgers - which can carry TB - are to be shot…. (story)
Reuters 14.10.12 Scientists attack planned British badger cull - A controversial British plan to cull thousands of wild badgers to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis is a "costly distraction" that risks increasing incidences of the disease, wildlife experts said on Saturday… (story)
Huffington Post 14.10.12 Top Scientists Tell Coalition Badger Cull Will Increase Cattle TB, Not Reduce It – PA - A group of professors from leading universities and zoological institutions across the UK have urged the Government to reconsider controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 14.10.12 Top scientists blast planned badger cull as 'mindless' and call for ministers to call off the killings By SAM WEBB - Wildlife experts from across the UK and internationally are urging the Government to call off a planned badger cull, calling it 'mindless'. .. (story)
Evening Standard 14.10.12 Badger cull 'will lead to more bovine TB', say scientists - A group of professors from leading universities and zoological institutions across the UK have urged the Government to reconsider controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB… (story)
Observer 14.10.12 Badger cull 'mindless', say scientists - Government's chief scientist among those who dispute evidence used to justify killings, which may begin imminently - Damian Carrington and Jamie Doward - Britain's top animal disease scientists have launched a devastating attack on the government's "mindless" badger cull, accusing ministers of failing to tell the truth and demanding the immediate abandonment of the killings…. (story)
Observer 14.10.12 Culling badgers could increase the problem of TB in cattle - Badger culling risks becoming a costly distraction from nationwide TB control - Bovine tuberculosis is a serious problem for UK farmers, deserving the highest standard of evidence-based management…. We recognise the importance of eradicating bovine TB and agree that this will require tackling the disease in badgers. Unfortunately, culling badgers as planned is very unlikely to contribute to TB eradication. We therefore urge the government to reconsider its strategy - University of Cambridge and president of the Zoological Society of London, and 30 others (see observer.co.uk/letters) Professor Mike Begon, University of Liverpool ; Professor Tim Blackburn, Zoological Society of London ; Professor John Bourne CBE, former Chairman, Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB; Professor William Sutherland, University of Cambridge; Professor Terry Burke, University of Sheffield; Dr Chris Cheeseman, formerly Food & Environment Research Agency; Professor Sarah Cleaveland, University of Glasgow; Professor Tim Clutton Brock FRS, University of Cambridge ; Professor Andrew Dobson, Princeton University; Dr Matthew Fisher, Imperial College London; Dr Trent Garner, Zoological Society of London; Professor Stephen Harris, University of Bristol; Professor Daniel Haydon, University of Glasgow; Professor Peter Hudson FRS, Pennsylvania State University; Professor Kate Jones, University College London; Professor Matt Keeling, University of Warwick; Professor Richard Kock, Royal Veterinary College; Professor Lord Krebs Kt FRS, University of Oxford; Dr Karen Laurenson, Frankfurt Zoological Society; Professor Sir John Lawton CBE FRS, former chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council; Professor Simon Levin, Princeton University; Professor Georgina Mace FRS, University College London; Professor Jonna Mazet, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Professor Lord May OM AC Kt FRS, University of Oxford; Professor Graham Medley, University of Warwick; Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland, Imperial College London; Professor Denis Mollison, former Independent Scientific Auditor to the Randomised Badger Culling Trial; Professor Pej Rohani, University of Michigan; Dr Tony Sainsbury, Zoological Society of London; Professor Claudio Sillero, University of Oxford; Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Zoological Society of London (letter)

Gloucester Citizen/Echo 14.10.12 Badger cull to start tomorrow? The badger cull could be starting as early as tomorrow, it has been suggested…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 14.10.12 With suggestions that the badger cull may start on Monday in Gloucestershire, here are some key facts and figures surrounding the debate over the controversial plans… (story)

Argus 14.10.12 500 mice used in Brighton University experiments By Ben James - More than 500 animals have been experimented on by researchers at the University of Brighton over the past two years… Brighton Animal Action’s Sue Baumgardt said that the figures did not surprise her… (story)

Berwick Advertiser 14.10.12 RSPCA report dashes Animal Aid claims - THE wellbeing of hens laying eggs for one of the north’s largest suppliers has been assured by the RSPCA after allegations were made by an undercover animal rights group. Sunny Hill, based at Detchant Farm, near Belford, was targeted by Animal Aid, who took photographs of their hens as they were cooped up for the night… In the RSPCA’s report, carried out on the day immediately after Animal Aid’s claims were made public, the investigator summed up: “I can see no concerns with this unit…. (story)
Northumberland Gazette 12.10.12 Hen welfare claims refuted - Animal welfare allegations levelled at a north Northumberland egg producer have been declared as ‘unfounded’ following official reports. Last week, animal rights campaign group Animal Aid released covertly-shot photos and video from five farms around the country claiming to expose ‘shocking conditions’. One of those featured was Sunny Hill Eggs, based in Detchant, near Belford, but since those allegations, two reports have been carried out, raising no serious concerns for the welfare of the chickens… (story)

BORN FREE ZOO REPORT
Sunday Express 14.10.12 ZOOS THAT FAIL THEIR ANIMALS By Stuart Winter - THE disturbing way animals are being looked after in zoos, petting farms and aviaries has been attacked in a report…. (story)
Independent 10.10.12 Majority of UK zoos are not providing proper animal care - More than three quarters of British zoos are failing to meet minimum animal welfare standards. A study of inspections of 192 zoos in the UK showed only 47 are meeting all the legal requirements of the Zoo Licensing Act, with some falling down on the most basic aspects… (story)
Western Daily Press 10.10.12 Zoos and their inspectors failing on welfare standards - More than half of Britain’s zoos and wildlife parks are falling short of animal welfare standards – and inspections also leave a lot to be desired. That is the damning verdict of researchers from the Born Free Foundation and Bristol University who picked apart every report completed by Government-appointed zoo inspectors… (story)
Mail 10.10.12 Three-quarters of British zoos, aquariums and petting farms break animal welfare standards By FIONA MACRAE - Three-quarters of zoos are breaking animal welfare standards, campaigners have warned… (story)

Mail 9.10.12 British zoos 'failing' on animal welfare standards, says report - British zoos are failing to meet minimum animal welfare standards, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Bristol examined reports by Government-appointed zoo inspectors and found that only a quarter of zoos met the criteria regarding welfare, conservation and education…. The study, which was funded by the Born Free Foundation, is the first to review animal welfare in British zoos since the Act came into force…. (story)

13.10.12

Telegraph 13.10.12 The badger cull is not just a shot in the dark - As marksmen prepare for a controlled badger hunt, one dairy farmer whose herd has been devastated by bovine TB reveals how his livelihood now rests on its success By Cole Moreton - 'Something has got to be done,” says John, a dairy farmer on the borderland between England and Wales, his voice rising with emotion. “There are thousands of animals being killed all the time because of TB, all over the country, and it’s getting worse.”… (story)

Telegraph 13.10.12 The murky 21st-century tale of Tommy Brock and Mr Grant - Fanatical resistance to the badger cull by the RSPCA and its boss should be investigated By Charles Moore … (story)

Western Morning News 13.10.12 Cull of badgers could start this weekend - The controversial pilot cull of badgers in the South West could begin as early as this weekend, but officials and organisers are remaining tight-lipped about plans…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 13.10.12 Anti-badger cull protest at Tesco in Bristol - Animal activists have staged a demonstration outside Tesco in Bristol city centre today… Bob Low, from Bristol Animal Rights Collective, said: "Tesco continues to sell milk from farmers in the cull zones despite the fact that the cull is scientifically flawed, is opposed by the majority of people and is obviously very cruel… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 13.10.12 Badger cull: Why we must bring TB under control - THE letter arrives from DEFRA (Department of Food & Rural Affairs) Animal Health section. It states that our next whole herd bovine TB test needs to take place within specified dates…. As dairy farmers, we appreciate that there is bovine TB in this area and are happy to test annually to keep our herd free from this terrible painful disease… As most dairy farmers try to operate a closed herd, breeding their own replacements, there is very little chance of TB being spread within the herd. However these herds go down with TB and the source has to come from the wildlife sector… It is pointless for us as dairy farmers to test our cows between once and six times a year to rid the herd of TB if they are only to get re-infected when grazing the fields… (story)

West Sussex County Times 13.10.12 United against the badger cull - Thanks to the County Times for printing a photo of myself with Brian May recently, at the launch of the Team Badger coalition against the proposed badger cull. It’s not often the chief executive of a Horsham wildlife charity gets to meet rock royalty, so it was quite a moment for me! But the serious side of the whole thing was that we, Brian and the country’s top animal charities were uniting against the cull… CHRIS PITT Chief executive, Care for the Wild, Brighton road, Horsham (letter)

South Wales Echo 13.10.12 You cannot excuse cruelty - I HAVE to write to say how outraged I felt when I read about Cardiff University doing vivisection… My husband and I donate to quite a few charities to help these poor creatures, little realising that this horrendous practice is taking place in our city. Anne Jones Rumney, Cardiff (letter)

12.10.12

Horse & Hound 12.10.12 Museum of hunting reopens after refurbishment - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Britain's only hunting museum was relaunched following complete refurbishment at a ceremony on 9 October. Baroness Mallalieu, president of the Countryside Alliance — who opened the original Hunting Museum 10 years ago — performed the ceremony at Melton Carnegie Museum, Leics… Four hunts border the town; the Fernie, Quorn, Cottesmore and Belvoir. Martin Bell, whose wife Clare is the Cottesmore secretary, told H&H that the museum was well worth a visit… (story)
Melton Times 10.10.12 Melton’s hunting history in the spotlight - DIGNITARIES have toasted the relaunch of Melton Carnegie Museum’s hunting gallery, which has been refurbished for the first time in ten years…. (story)

BEAUFORT STAFF ACCUSED OF KILLING CALVES TO FEED HOUNDS
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 12.10.12 Calves at Cadbury milk farm Bristol shot dead by 'royal hunt' - A Bristol farm which supplies milk to chocolate maker Cadbury has been calling in members of a hunt linked to the royal family to shoot unwanted dairy calves. Animal campaigners working undercover at a farm near Bristol have captured footage of a calf being shot dead by a member of the Beaufort Hunt… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.10.12 Campaigners claim calves shot to feed hunt hounds - ANIMAL rights campaigners have claimed dairy calves only days old are being shot to feed hunt hounds…. (story)
Mail 8.10.12 Farm that sells milk to Cadbury 'shoots male calves to feed hunt hounds' By Nick Mcdermott - Animal rights campaigners have claimed dairy calves only days old are being shot to feed hunt hounds… The undercover film-makers from Viva! claim the calf was shot by a member of Beaufort Hunt… (story)
Sunday Express 7.10.12 CADBURY’S CALVES SHOT TO FEED HUNT’S HOUNDS By Francesca Librae and Camilla Tominey - PRINCE Charles is facing an animal welfare backlash as members of the royal hunt are filmed shooting Cadbury dairy calves…. The confectionery giant, which uses the Bristol farm to provide milk for 250 million bars of chocolate every year, hired the Prince’s Beaufort Hunt to shoot the calves because they are unable to give birth or provide milk. Viva! campaigner Justin Kerswell said: “We’d hope that Prince Charles will be horrified that calves are being ripped from their mothers at just a few days old, shot in the head and then fed to the hounds. The trade in dead baby animals is fuelling the royals’ favourite hunt.”… (story)

Evesham Journal 12.10.12 Reported drop in Bovine TB cases - New figures show a marked drop in bovine TB levels, which undermines the argument for badger culling, says the Badger Trust. It says Defra, the Government department “which continues to justify the planned prolonged slaughter of tens of thousands of badgers” has issued new figures which reveal a notable decrease in the incidence rate of TB in cattle over the past six months…. (story)

New Scientist 12.10.12 UK badger cull tentatively supported by science by Andy Coghlan - Somewhere beneath England's rolling fields, there's a badger with a price on its head… Now, for the first time, an independent scientific group has presented evidence in support of a cull – five years after it suggested that culling would not work…. (story)

Western Morning News 12.10.12 Badger Trust attacks Defra over pilot cull - Wildlife campaigners say the Government's green-light for pilot badger culls in the Westcountry signals failure to combat tuberculosis spreading to cattle…. the Badger Trust says environment ministers and their departmental aides are "quick to cherry-pick bits of science that appear to support their case" and the public is being deliberately misled… (story)

ThisIsDevon 12.10.12 Badger cull will hit bovine TB, says minister - Controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB will be a “contribution towards bearing down on the disease”, minister David Heath said today. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food said “nothing would please me more than to move to a vaccination programme to eradicate this disease”, but acknowledged that it was “still a few years away yet”… (story)

Farmers Guardian 12.10.12 NFU accuses RSPCA of 'bullying' farmers over badger cull threat By Alistair Driver - THE NFU has accused the RSPCA of ‘bullying’ farmers by threatening Freedom Food members who take part in theplanned autumn badger culls with suspension from the scheme… (story)
Farmers Weekly 12.10.12 Cull badgers and face suspension from Freedom Foods, says RSPCA - Aly Balsom - The NFU has accused the RSPCA of hypocrisy and bullying after members of the Freedom Foods scheme were threatened with suspension if they culled badgers to help control bovine TB… (story)

JEANNE BERRY PULLS OUT OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE POLICE COMMISSIONER ELECTION
Gloucestershire Echo 12.10.12 Anti-badger cull member pulls out of race to become police commissioner - A MEMBER of the anti-badger cull group has pulled out of the running to become Gloucestershire's police and crime commissioner, citing the expensive process as undemocratic. Jeanne Berry, of the Badger Party, said there were public safety concerns over the proposed cull in Gloucestershire. Despite her withdrawal, Mrs Berry says the publicity her campaign received has achieved her objective… (story)
BBC News Online 11.10.12 Anti-badger cull party pulls out of police commissioner election - A member of an anti-badger cull group has pulled out of Gloucestershire's police and crime commissioner election. Jeanne Berry has blamed the £5,000 deposit candidates are required to pay, which is only returnable if they secure 5% of the vote… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 24.8.12 Safety vow in badger culling - SHE is standing for public office behind the mask of a badger. But Jeanne Berry believes she has the skills to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire. The Stroud cat lover said the police's attitude to the dangers of the badger cull was her motivation for standing…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 24.8.12 Gloucestershire Police commissioner candidate: Jeanne Berry - In November Gloucestershire will elect its first police and crime commissioner. Reporter Laura Churchill interviews Jeanne Berry of the Badger Party:.. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 18.8.12 'Vote for the Badger Party' - ANOTHER candidate has come forward to become Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner – standing for the Badger Party. Jeanne Berry from Stroud will be standing in the November election in November and focusing on public safety… (story)
Stroud News & Journal 17.8.12 Badger campaigner Jeanne throws her hat in the ring for top police job By Nick Wakefield, Reporter - THE founder of a campaign group opposing the culling of badgers has announced her decision to stand for the post of Gloucestershire's first police and Crime Commissioner. Jeanne Berry, who launched action group Stroud 100 in November 2011, has said she was compelled to stand for the position in response to the constabulary's 'refusal' to acknowledge the risks associated with plans to allow gunmen to shoot badgers using high-velocity rifles at night… (story)
BBC News Online 17.8.12 Anti-badger cull party runs for police commissioner role - A member of an anti-badger cull group is bidding to become Gloucestershire's police and crime commissioner. Jeanne Berry, of the Badger Party, wants to highlight what she describes as public safety fears about Defra's planned badger culls in the county…. (story)

Farmers Guardian 12.10.12 Controversial RSPCA chief speaks out By Alistair Driver - GAVIN Grant makes no bones about his remit as the new figurehead of the nation’s biggest and best-known animal welfare organisation. “The RSPCA is the voice of the voiceless,” he said. “Animals cannot make their voices heard in public debate, in the House of Commons, in the EU Parliament, the EU Commission, or inside Ministries. “The RSPCA has been that voice since 1824. My job is to make sure that voice argues more effectively and is heard more clearly. And that is exactly what I have come here to do.”… (story)

Derby Telegraph 12.10.12 Charity applauds end of 'cruel' rabbit farm plans - AN international animal welfare charity has spoken out about axed plans for a rabbit breeding farm in South Derbyshire… Charity Four Paws claimed that farmed rabbits are kept in barren cages in similar conditions to those of factory farmed hens and that the process was morally wrong… (story)
Burton Mail 12.10.12 'Initimidation' leads to rabbit farm withdrawal - ‘HOSTILITY and intimidation’ directed towards the couple proposing to open a controversial rabbit breeding farm have forced them to withdrawn their plans. Ian Hamilton, of Samson Hamilton and Co, agent for the applicants, said he didnn’t believe the couple would resubmit their plans because of alleged intimidation they had received… (story)
Burton Mail 8.10.12 Rabbit farm petitions top 800 names - OPPOSITION to controversial plans for a rabbit breeding business is gaining momentum as more than 800 people have signed two petitions. Gill Wright, of Mount Road, Castle Gresley, has set up online and paper petitions, after seeing plans for rabbit breeding and a rearing unit for meat production as well as a wormery on agricultural land close to her home… (story)
Burton Mail 3.10.12 Neighbour objects to application for rabbit 'factory farm' - PLANS for a rabbit breeding business have been greeted with opposition from a neighbour. Gill Wright, of Mount Road, Castle Gresley, said she was ‘incensed’ after seeing proposals for rabbit breeding and a rearing unit for meat production as well a wormery on agricultural land close to her home… Mrs Wright, who said she would be objecting to the plans and contacting animal rights groups,.. (story)

11.10.12

Cornishman 11.10.12 Western Hunt meets in Paul during feast celebrations - MORE than 200 people turned out in Paul to watch the traditional meeting of the hunt on Monday. Villagers including Mousehole schoolchildren watched 25 riders of the Western Hunt gather in the village before receiving the stirrup cup from the landlady of the King's Arms, Morvah Stubbing…. (story)

North Devon Journal 11.10.12 Major Giles Lomas - known as Jack or The Major - has died - MAJOR Giles John Eyre Lomas, farmer, landed gentry and decorated war hero, has died… Hunting was always a passion. He served twice as master of the Stevenstone Hunt, the latter in a temporary capacity…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 11.10.12 Horrific squirrel traps on Badminton Estate - I have only just calmed down enough to write this letter… My partner always tears out Nigel Vile's walks and we decided to do the walk he published in the Chronicle on October 4, part of which took in Badminton Estate…. when we had done another walk on the estate two years ago, we had witnessed a full fox hunt (yes with the fox being pursued by hounds and yes, six years after this barbaric sport was supposedly made illegal there they were flouting this law on account of their wealth and privilege)…. It was lovely old wood and was dotted with what appeared to be nest boxes but they seemed quite low on the trees – maybe placed 4.5 to 5ft off the ground… The attached pictures describe better than I ever could what we found inside. They were squirrel traps, each with a nut of some sort placed on the trap. If you look carefully at the actual trap, you will see blood smeared all over it from the last unfortunate inhabitant…. CATHERINE FRENCH Bath (letter)

Western Morning News 11.10.12 Young graduates 'to protect national rural heritage' - FARMING EDITOR - Good, young and able organisers should stand up for a properly balanced and sensibly managed countryside, according to Government Minister Richard Benyon. The Fisheries Minister told over 250 new graduates of the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, that they should "get involved in politics with a small p" by joining organisations like the NFU, CLA and Countryside Alliance to help safeguard our rural heritage…. (story)
Western Gazette 11.10.12 Rallying call to protect country - GOOD young and able organisers should stand up for a properly balanced and sensibly managed countryside, according to Government minister Richard Benyon… (story)
Western Morning News 10.10.12 Young graduates 'to protect national rural heritage' - FARMING EDITOR - Good, young and able organisers should stand up for a properly balanced and sensibly managed countryside, according to Government Minister Richard Benyon. The Fisheries Minister told over 250 new graduates of the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, that they should "get involved in politics with a small p" by joining organisations like the NFU, CLA and Countryside Alliance to help safeguard our rural heritage…. (story)

Guardian 11.10.12 Badger cull furore is distracting attention from the real problem - A cull is undoubtedly emotive but bovine tuberculosis is a serious disease that must be eradicated - Ian Boyd and Nigel Gibbens - The decision to cull badgers as one component of the government's policy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) is undoubtedly emotive but it has not been taken lightly. The furore over culling badgers is distracting attention from the real problem. Bovine TB is a serious disease that can infect many mammals, including goats, pigs, alpacas and even in a small number of cases, people. Its incidence has been increasing steadily since the 1980s…. TB in cattle cannot be controlled without also controlling the disease in wildlife that act as a reservoir for the disease…. (story)

BADGER CULL POSTERS
Somerset County Gazette 11.10.12 Badger cull poster urges public to expose farmers By Hannah Green - POSTERS urging people to call a mobile phone number with ‘secrets’ about farmers involved in the controversial badger cull have been put up around the pilot zone… (story)
Western Daily Press 10.10.12 Badger cull posters in Taunton denounced as intimidatory by NFU - Posters demanding the “secrets” of any farmers involved in the badger cull have been condemned as intimidatory by the National Farmers Union. The Department for Food Environment and Rural Affairs has warned that objectors to the cull should use legitimate methods to get their message across. “Any organised campaign of intimidation is unacceptable,” a spokesman said… (story)
BBC News Online 9.10.12 Badger-cull protest must not be part of 'campaign of intimidation' - Posters asking for details of farmers involved in a badger cull should not be used as part of any "organised campaign of intimidation", Defra has said… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 1.10.12 Badger cull warning posters to be put up in Gloucestershire - POSTERS warning people to keep their children and pets indoors during the badger cull have appeared in county villages…. It is not known who put the posters up, but it is thought it might be part of an animal rights campaign to hamper the proposed cull…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 11.10.12 Go-ahead for badger cull likely to anger wildlife campaigners - The second licence for a pilot cull of badgers has been issued in a bid to tackle tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 11.10.12 Badger cull does not make it open season - As most readers will be aware, the Government will very soon be carrying out a badger cull in designated areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset in a futile attempt to control bovine TB in cattle…. East Yorkshire Badger Protection Group (story)

Western Morning News 11.10.12 Queen guitarist Brian May takes badger cull fight to Brussels - Brian May, Queen guitarist and animal welfare campaigner, has travelled to Brussels as part of his campaign against the culling of badgers. May joined Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA, to press for a change in European regulations which would allow vaccination of cattle in the fight against bovine tuberculosis (TB)… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 11.10.12 Badger cull on Forestry land? - FEARS have been raised that Forestry Commission land may be included in the badger cull zone. It comes as Liberal Democrat Councillors across have called upon the county council to hold an extraordinary meeting on its culling practice. Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting Group (GABS) understands land owned, managed or controlled by the commission would be considered for culling on a case by case basis…. (story)

Somerset Standard 11.10.12 Will badger cull work? - The main problem with our society is that we have those basing views more on philosophical dogma than lived reality… The exact details of the transmission of bovine TB are still not known, yet we have this half-baked cull to make out something is being done, more years of wasting lives, time and money. One could go on but space is of the essence. DAVID THOMAS, Hisomley
Now that the go-ahead has finally been given to start the badger cull in Somerset and our local Coalition apologist has been given the job of justifying it, is it time Ladbrokes opened a book on which hairy, nocturnal, Somerset dwelling mammal has the best chance of surviving the next two-and-a-half years? MIKE BELL Swallow Drive, Frome (letters)

Farmers Guardian 11.10.12 Paterson urges RSPCA to be 'wary' over campaigning activity By Alistair Driver - DEFRA Secretary Owen Paterson has warned the RSPCA to be ‘wary’ that its political campaigning activities do not compromise its charitable status. The RSPCA is due to stage a joint demonstration with Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) tomorrow (Friday, Oct 12) at Defra’s London headquarters. It will call on the Department not to issue any more licences for live animal transport until all the legislation on journey times and port facilities is enforced…. In the same meeting, Devon MP Neil Parish, who chairs an All-Party Parliamentary Group on animal welfare, said the RSPCA’s political stance on the badger cull ‘has damaged them’ because most people ‘want to see a healthy badger population alongside healthy cattle’…. (story)

Derby Telegraph 11.10.12 I will help prevent animal cruelty if elected, pledges police job hopeful - A POLICE commissioner candidate has pledged to work with the RSPCA to help prevent animal cruelty in Derbyshire if he is elected. Alan Charles, the Labour Party's candidate for the election on November 15, has backed the organisation's animal welfare charter…. (story)

Scottish Herald 11.10.12 Campaigner rejects call for culling of seals - A seal protection campaigner has described as "rubbish" claims there are too many grey seals and that they should be culled. The comments by marine scientist Mark Carter come after a dog was so badly mauled by a seal in a burn on the Ythan estuary north of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, that he had to be destroyed… (story)
Scotsman 11.10.12 Seal panic - A wildfowler having had to shoot his dog when it was badly injured by a seal (your report, 10 October) must not be used to justify a seal cull… The only lesson to be learned in this case is to keep your dogs under control and out of the water when you are near breeding seals. John F Robins Save Our Seals Fund Dumbarton (letter)

Argus 11.10.12 The right decision on seagull cull - I was more than pleased to read that Brighton and Hove City Council has ruled out shooting seagulls in a cull when it looked at new measures to stop household rubbish being spread about by these birds… Gloria Wheatcroft, The Drive, Hove (letter)

10.10.12

FSA ADVICE ON GAME
Meat Trades Journal 10.10.12 FSA advice on game 'overly cautious' By Arabella Mileham - The Countryside Alliance has branded the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) advice to people who consume large amounts of lead-shot game to cut back on their consumption, as "overly cautious"…. (story)
Guardian 9.10.12 Pregnant women warned not to eat game killed with lead shot - Lead in pheasant, deer and grouse could pose serious risk to children and pregnant women, Food Standards Agency says - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent … (story)
Guardian 3.10.12 Plans to issue warning over game meat risks delayed - Food Standards Agency had planned to warn people about the health risks of eating game shot with lead ammunition - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - The Food Standards Agency has suspended plans to warn pregnant women and young children about the health risks of eating game shot with lead ammunition, prompting confusion and dismay among campaigners…. The lead ammunition group, the government's advisory panel, decided on Tuesday to release the guidance, but that decision has been overturned. Sources close to the panel said no clear reason had been given. The panel – which includes the UK's main shooting and conservation bodies such as the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, and the Countryside Alliance – had been investigating the issue since its inception in 2009…. (story)

BASC GAME MEAT LETTER
Derby Telegraph 10.10.12 Pheasant meat is not as healthy as was suggested - DEBBIE Collins, from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, can croon all she likes about pheasant meat being healthy but, the fact is, it's not ("It's shooting season, so why not give game a go?", Letters, September 29). These birds are killed using lead shot, the meat has an acquired bitter taste and they are fed grain which is non-organic. How can she say the meat is healthy?... Judi Hewitt Hadley Crescent Rhyl (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 2.10.12 The dark side of blood sport - IN the letter headlines Game for new meat taste, Postbag, October 2, Ms Collins concentrates mostly on what she perceives to be the financial advantages of the pheasant industry, never mind about the cruelty…. YVONNE NICOLA Tiverton (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 2.10.12 Game for new meat taste? - OCTOBER is the official start of the pheasant-shooting season. As it gets underway, there will be plenty of affordable, locally-sourced and tasty game meat available…. Debbie Collins BASC, Wrexham (letter)
Derby Telegraph 29.9.12 It's shooting season , so why not give game a go? - OCTOBER 1 is the official start of the pheasant shooting season and with it comes the availability of plenty of affordable, locally sourced and tasty game meat. Game meat is healthy, sustainable and highly nutritious and has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. So why don't you give game a go?... Debbie Collins The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Marford Mill Rossett Wrexham (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 10.10.12 John Bailey: Coping with cormorants By John Bailey - Believe me, I hate to keep getting back to the troubled waters of predatorial control and, left to myself, I’d leave well alone. However, more trouble has broken out between the RSPB and the angling body in the shape of the Angling Trust. The well-respected journalist, Simon Barnes, has recently written a remarkably inflammatory piece in the RSPB magazine, condemning anglers as narrow-minded, self-centred fools unable to see the environment in a wider context than catching fish alone. He labels the anglers’ concern over cormorants as both idiotic and self-serving… (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 10.10.12 Badger cull necessary to tackle TB - THERE has been much written in the media recently about the culling of animals in an attempt to control the very serious problem of tuberculosis in cattle… Government policy is based on science from years of study, including the Randomised Badger Control Trials….. Culling is unpalatable to many, but it is the only way to reduce the level of disease that exists in the areas where TB is persistent and high…. Rob Hicks, Ryedale NFU, Pickering (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.10.12 Badger cull 'essential' to help cattle industry fight bovine TB threat - Bovine TB poses the “main threat” to Britain’s cattle industry – making the controversial West badger cull essential, Owen Paterson said yesterday. The new Environment Secretary also used his Tory conference speech to pledge more help for rural businesses and better mobile phone and internet coverage in the countryside…. (story)
Western Morning News 10.10.12 Labour 'cowardly' over cull of badgers - Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has made a fierce defence of culling badgers to curb tuberculosis in cattle, labelling Labour "inaction" as "cowardly"…. (story)

Mail 10.10.12 Farmers accuse BBC of letting activists hijack competition after picture of badger was chosen for front of Countryfile calendar By LEON WATSON - The BBC has been accused of allowing animal rights activists to hijack a competition after a picture of a badger was chosen for the front cover of its Countryfile calendar. The photograph of the badger was taken by viewer Dave Foker and made the final shortlist of 12 in a competition to choose pictures for Countryfile's 2013 calendar…. (story)
Telegraph 9.10.12 Row as BBC chooses badger photo for Countryfile calendar - Farmers have accused the BBC of allowing animal rights activists to hijack a competition after a picture of a badger was chosen for the front cover of the corporation’s Countryfile calendar. By David Millward … (story)

Telegraph 10.10.12 Animal rights activists use vuvuzelas to scare badgers away from cull zones - Farmers have rounded on the RSPCA over its refusal to consider prosecuting animal rights activists who scare badgers away from marksmen during the planned cull. By David Millward - Animal rights activists are being allowed to use vuvuzelas to scare badgers away from cull zones without being prosecuted, farmers have claimed. The country's leading animal welfare organisation is facing accusations of selectively enforcing the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act…. the RSPCA, which opposes the cull, has insisted that it believes an offence is only being committed if the sett itself is disturbed or dug up…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 10.10.12 County councillors call for extraordinary meeting against badger cull - In opposition to the forthcoming badger cull Liberal Democrat Councillors from across Gloucestershire have today called for the county council's chairman to arrange an extraordinary meeting…. Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Cllr. Klara Sudbury (LD, All Saints) said: "There has been overwhelming opposition to the cull from people from all walks of life…. (story)

10.10.12 Badger cull flaws work of activists From: Reece Fowler, Central Way, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough. I WRITE in response to Mark Casci’s article on the badger cull (“Farmers urged to tell their side of TB cull story”… much of the culling was done in mid winter, which is the least successful time for trapping badgers. The trial was also interrupted by the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, and was complicated further by the resulting disruption to TB testing….
From: Andre Menache, Stillington Road, Easingwold, York. AS a veterinary surgeon, I am dismayed that there is a very real prospect that this Government will pursue a cull of badgers…(letters)

Warrington Guardian 10.10.12 Circus animals have their spirit destroyed - I FEEL I must respond to the letters on animal rights protesters at the circus, Guardian, September 27. I am not an animal rights protester but I can completely understand why they protest against the cruel use of live animals in performing circuses.Paula Whitehead states she feels that animal rights protesters should find other things to do with their time instead of complaining at what is in her opinion good entertainment… I am not an animal rights protester but I can completely understand why they protest against the cruel use of live animals in performing circuses…. K MANNION, Orford (letter)

Leicester Mercury 10.10.12 End practice of selling animals - Sadly, uncaring pet owners continue to abandon their pets… In the same Mercury as the article, there were two columns advertising puppies for sale for hundreds of pounds… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 10.10.12 East Lancashire 's RSPCA fundraiser cancelled By Simone Yates - RSPCA fundrasers in East Lancashire have had to cancel their annual ball due to a lack of ticket sales….. People who paid £35 for a ticket at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, have now been refunded… (story)

9.10.12

Mid Devon Gazette 9.10.12 Alliance's Ann set to speak -LABOUR peer Baroness Ann Mallalieu, who strongly opposed her party's ban on hunting when they were in power, is guest speaker at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's annual Devon dinner and auction… (story)
Western Morning News 3.10.12 Dinner will raise funds for Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust - Labour peer Baroness Ann Mallalieu, who strongly opposed her party's ban on hunting when they were in power is this year's guest speaker at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's annual Devon dinner and auction…. The Baroness Ann Mallalieu – a member of the Exmoor Hunt and the Devon and Somerset Staghounds – promises to provide a fascinating and entertaining after-dinner speech, which will reflect her enthusiasm and passion for the countryside, horses and sheep farming…. (story)

Westmorland Gazette 9.10.12 Superfast broadband is 'top of our agenda for rural Cumbria' - new Farm Minister - NEW Farming Minister David Heath has declared superfast broadband to be the Government’s top priority for rural businesses in Cumbria…. During his trip, part of a ‘rural roadshow’ being undertaken by all Defra ministers, Mr Heath met representatives of a range of rural organisations, including Countryside Alliance, National Farmers’ Union, the National Sheep Association (NSA) and Natural England…. (story)

ITV News 9.10.12 Farming Minister visits Kendal - Agricultural and business experts from Cumbria will have the chance to put their views across to Farming Minister David Heath… Local experts from the Countryside Alliance, National Farmers' Union, National Sheep Association, and Natural England will be among those putting their views forward…. (story)

Bromley Times 9.10.12 Animal rights protesters gain support in Bromley - Kate Nelson - More than 200 people signed cards against charities using animal testing at a stall in Bromley High Street on Saturday. Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group want testing to take place on human DNA rather than animal DNA as they believe it is safer. Spokeswoman for Passive Pressure, Jan Yarker, said: “It will only be when charities fund research using human DNA that safe cures will be developed… (story)
Bromley News Shopper 5.10.12 Bromley animal welfare group join Animal Aid campaign By Harry Kemble - A BROMLEY animal welfare group will promote a worldwide campaign on Saturday (6) to expose four charities who, it claims, continue to fund cruel methods of animal testing. Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group will set up an information stall in Bromley High Street to trumpet the findings in a new report by Animal Aid… (story)

Western Daily Press 9.10.12 Farmers say they have been harassed by badger cull protesters - Farmers are having their land vandalised and are being harassed and intimidated by activists fighting against a badger cull in Gloucestershire…. Forest of Dean District councillor Roger Yeates (C, Oxenhall and Newent North East) is a beef farmer of 60 cattle in Gorsley, where his family owns 70 acres of land in the middle of the cull area. While he is against the cull, he knows of neighbouring farmers who have been targeted by over-zealous activists…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 9.10.12 Badger cull activists "intimidate" Gloucestershire farmers - FARMERS are having their land vandalised and are being harassed and intimidated by activists fighting against a badger cull in Gloucestershire… (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 9.10.12 Cull protesters action threats - ANIMAL rights activists have threatened to create protest camps on Crown Estate land following Natural England's controversial decision to authorise a second badger cull in West Somerset. Protesters warned the camps would be similar to the infamous Newbury bypass camps against the A34, which carried on for several weeks in 1996…. (story)
Western Morning News 6.10.12 Badger activists to set up anti-cull protest camps - Animal rights activists have threatened to create protest camps on Crown Estate land following Natural England's controversial decision to authorise a second badger cull in West Somerset. Protesters warned the camps would be similar to the infamous Newbury bypass camps against the A34, which carried on for several weeks in 1996… (story)
Telegraph 4.10.12 Protesters threaten to recreate Newbury bypass protests on Crown Estate land as Natural England issues licence for badger cull in West Somerset - Animal rights activists are threatening to recreate the infamous protest camps of Newbury bypass at the heart of the Crown Estate after Natural England gave the go-ahead for a second badger cull in West Somerset. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent… (story)

Independent 9.10.12 Vital cull or heartless slaughter? The great badger debate - It's the great countryside controversy of the day: should badgers be culled to protect cows from TB? NFU president Peter Kendall and TV naturalist Chris Packham argue for and against – and yes, the fur flies… (story)

BBC News Online 9.10.12 Councillor claims badgers could be culled in car parks - A Somerset councillor claims badgers could be shot in public car parks when the pilot culls get underway. The comments were made by Councillor Eddie Gaines, an Independent on Taunton Deane Borough Council… (story)

DIVA TEST TB VACCINE
Western Morning News 9.10.12 Farmers question reliability of vaccine to curb bovine TB - Farmers have dismissed claims that a vaccine against bovine TB could be rolled out within months, negating any need to cull badgers to stop the disease. They say the claims of a major breakthrough in combating bovine TB are not realistic in time-scale – and that a vaccine is far from totally reliable… (story)
Western Daily Press 9.10.12 New 'diva' vaccine test could save badgers lives - A test has been developed by researchers in Surrey that could put an end to the culling of badgers. The “diva” test – meaning differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals – will allow vaccinated healthy cattle to be easily spotted from vaccinated cattle that have bovine tuberculosis (TB)… (story)
Telegraph 8.10.12 Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls - A scientific breakthrough could bring about a vaccine against tuberculosis for cattle, removing the need for badger culls. By Rosa Silverman (story)
Mail 8.10.12 British vaccine breakthrough could save cows from TB and end controversial badger culls By Damien Gayle - Cows could soon be vaccinated against tuberculosis, ending the need for culls of the badgers thought to be infecting them, thanks to a breakthrough by British scientists…. (story)
Independent 8.10.12 Vaccine breakthrough may mean no more badger culls - Michael McCarthy - British scientists have made a breakthrough which may enable cattle to be vaccinated against TB, doing away with the need to cull the badgers believed to be infecting them. Currently, vaccinating cattle against bovine tuberculosis is banned throughout Europe, because there is no way of distinguishing in current diagnostic tests between an animal that has merely been vaccinated, and an animal that has actually contracted the disease… researchers led by Professor Glyn Hewinson, of Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, Surrey, have developed a so-called "diva" test – meaning differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals – which makes the distinction between the two clear… (story)
Independent 7.10.12 Editorial: A last-minute reprieve for badgers? It is good news for badgers that British scientists have made a breakthrough on a vaccine against TB among cattle…. The Government would be better off trying to speed the vaccine's approval. And one of our most colourful and charismatic wild animals need not be decimated (story)

Oxford Mail 9.10.12 A tsunami of outrage opposing badger cull - THE petition to reverse the decision by Cameron’s Government to slaughter our badger population has now reached 146,000 signatures, which is well in excess of the statutory 100,000 required for a full parliamentary debate… I see that the boycott of meat and dairy products is now being further extended to include all produce from Duchy Original... The boycott of dairy products suggested by the RSPCA and other organisations will continue in perpetuity, long after the last badger has whimpered its last breath. PETER LANGLEY, Windmill Road, Headington, Oxford (story)

Crawley Observer 9.10.12 Animal activist’s peculiar protest - A wildlife enthusiast went to Mankind Barbershop in County Mall to request this intriguing hair do. Seb Kent, from Forest Row, said he was protesting the ‘stupid badger cull’… (story)
Crawley News 3.10.12 Badger cull protester earns his stripes with a solidarity hair stunt - ONE man furious about Government plans to cull thousands of badgers has shown his disgust by having his head partially shaved so that he looks like one of the animals. Seb Kent, from Forest Row, decided to stage his eye-catching protest in the hope it will get more people talking about the issue… (story)

8.10.12

Teesdale Mercury 8.10.12 POLICE PROBE ILLEGAL FOX HUNTING CLAIM - POLICE are investigating an allegation of illegal hunting after it was reported a historic hunt had been seen chasing a fox with dogs…. Officers have spoken to members of the Zetland Hunt about the incident, which is alleged to have happened at around 8am last Tuesday. Hunt secretary Andrew Spalding denied any illegal behaviour. He said: “We weren’t doing anything wrong. We went out and laid scent trails in the morning and were chasing them. We were hunting within the law.”… (story)

Farming Life 8.10.12 Holestone Farmers Bloodhounds - ON September 22, Alan Watson and family kindly invited members of the Holestone Farmers Bloodhounds to their home in Tullyard, Cookstown, for a ride out with the hounds with new huntsman Sean McCavana and whip in Cahal Hurrell…. (story)

Hexham Courant 8.10.12 COUNTRY SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS GATHER IN HEXHAM By BRIAN TILLEY - HUNTING, shooting and fishing will be thrown into sharp focus at a major field sports festival, to be held at Hexham Racecourse later this month. Country sports enthusiasts from all over the Nort hare expected to be hooked by the two-day charity fund-raiser, in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance and The Injured Jockeys’ Fund… Over 30 nationally known and influential rural organisations will also be there, including the Countryside Alliance, the Game and Conservation Wildlife Trust and British Association for Shooting and Conservation, along with a host of hunting, shooting and fishing related merchandisers… This is the first event of its kind to be held in the region, and was dreamed up by Master of the Newcastle and District Beagles Rupert Gibson, and David Bryson…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 8.10.12 Stag hunt ban needs careful monitoring - Now October is upon us we are reminded that the killing season is here. In the UK, all the hunters have lost is the sordid pleasure gained from killing a living creature. Now, there is no need to breed foxes to be hunted… B WRIGHT By e-mail (letter)
Irish Independent 5.10.12 God's creatures - Now October is upon us we are reminded that the killing season is here. With fox-hunting bans in place in neighbouring countries, we anticipate the day that wild animals will live safely here… B Wright, The Ward, Co Dublin (letter)

Guardian 8.10.12 To say the Countryside Alliance speaks for 'the old aristocracy' is nonsense - I mean to spear the prejudice that the Countryside Alliance is only for toffs, nouveaus and peasants - Barney White-Spunner - "Ten years after their protest, the Countryside Alliance cares little for this real rural crisis," cries the sub-heading above an article by Peter Hetherington that marked a decade since 407,791 people joined the alliance-organised Liberty and Livelihood March (Liberty, but no livelihood, 22 September)…. This year the Guardian has reported alliance policy on issues as diverse as planning reform, HS2, fly-tipping, high speed broadband roll-out, forest sell-offs and rural private house rental. In another article the alliance's chief executive was quoted as saying "the lack of affordable housing to rent or buy was one of the most pressing issues facing rural communities"…. I took on my role this year with a determination above everything else to tackle the damaging and pointless assumptions about rural people. Some may think I am naive, but only if we can take tribal politics out of rural issues will I feel I have completed that mission. (story)
Guardian 22.9.12 The Countryside Alliance cares for liberty but not livelihoods - Ten years after the creation of the Countryside Alliance, it seems the hunting lobby care little for those suffering a real rural crisis - Peter Hetherington - Ten years ago, the hills of Britain glowed with 500 beacons to signal a campaign for "liberty and livelihood" in the countryside. About 400,000 descended on London in chartered trains and buses, hunting horns blaring and whistles shrieking in the biggest demonstration since the poll tax disturbances of 1990: the aristos from their country estates; the poorer workers at their gates; and the nouveau hunting and shooting set… (story)

Farmers Weekly 8.10.12 Activists to pour urine on badger bait traps - Philip Case - Animal rights activists are planning to disrupt the badger cull by pouring human urine on bait traps…. (story)
Guardian 7.10.12 The badger cull could be thwarted by hi-vis jackets and pee - Dark days are approaching for badgers… subversive forces are never far afield. "Jay", spokesperson for the Bristol-based animal rights group Stop the Cull, explains that since badgers are easily disturbed, noise and lights should send them safely back underground… (story)

Western Morning News 8.10.12 Prime Minister convinced badger cull is the right way - David Cameron says he is “convinced” a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is the right thing to do…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 8.10.12 Prime Minister insists badger cull is 'right policy' - A CULL of badgers aimed at tackling the spread of TB in cattle is the "right policy" David Cameron has insisted… (story)

Telegraph 8.10.12 Cull opponents plan to exploit squatting law "loophole" - Opponents of the planned badger cull in the West Country are preparing to step up their campaign by occupying barns owned by farmers who support the shooting. By David Millward - They intend to exploit what they believe is a loophole in new squatting laws which, they claim, do not apply to non-residential property… (story)

Yorkshire Post 8.10.12 Badgered Cameron looking to reclaim political high ground - OUTSIDE the vast “ring of steel”set up to protect the ICC conference centre in Birmingham, a furious protest is under way. “Shame on you! Shame on you!” the protesters bellow at each delegate – and journalist – who has the gall to step past the G4S security guards and enter the Conservative Party conference…. these are animal rights protesters, and the object of their own particular brand of fury is the Government’s decision to proceed with a badger cull, in an effort to protect the nation’s cattle from the spread of bovine TB… (story)
Telegraph 7.10.12 Conservative conference 2012: Day One: As it Happened - …Senior Tories are being heckled on their way into by more than a hundred angry protesters - dressed as badgers. The angry mob chanting "murderers, shame on you" does not want the Coalition to go ahead with a cull of badgers to curb bovine TB. Cathy Green from Cheshire shouted at development minister Baroness Warsi to 'get a conscience'… (story)

Argus 8.10.12 Police thank animal rights protest for peaceful march - More than 200 people marched through Brighton to campaign for animal rights. The National March for Farmed Animals began at The Level on Saturday and wound its way through the city centre to Madeira Drive… (story)

7.10.12

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 7.10.12 Fight for badgers - Time is fast running out for badgers in Sussex. I am dismayed to see the Tory-led government is ploughing ahead with plans to begin a cull by issuing licenses to shoot ?badgers… Peter Skinner MEP, Member of the European Parliament for the South East (letter)

Sunday Telegraph 7.10.12 Police probe intimidation of cull farmers - A director of the company organising a cull of badgers has called in police after being threatened by extremist campaigners opposed to plans to shoot the animals. By Richard Gray, and Josie Esnor - Jan Rowe, 67, a dairy farmer in Gloucestershire who is a director of GlosCon, the company set up to organise the cull, said he had received threatening and abusive messages and late night nuisance phone calls over his involvement in the scheme… (story)

Mail on Sunday 7.10.12 Port chaos halts UK export of livestock after two sheep drown and 42 had to be shot - A lorry with 500 sheep bound for France unloaded the animals in a vehicle washing area - Six sheep ended up in a water tank, two of which drowned By VALERIE ELLIOTT (story)
Kent News 5.10.12 NFU wants to transport animals from Dover, and to improve welfare - Meurig Raymond, NFU Deputy President - Recent events at the Port of Ramsgate have brought the practice of transporting farm animals, especially to mainland Europe, to the forefront of many people’s minds. I want to state from the outset that the events of that day must be thoroughly investigated. We need to know the part that everyone at the port played in the events which lead to the slaughter of those sheep at the dockside… (story)

6.10.12

Horse & Hound 6.10.12 New bloodhound pack in North Yorkshire - A new pack of bloodhounds has been started in North Yorkshire. Former Bilsdale joint-masters Harry Stephenson and Judith Skilbeck have set up the Highmoor Bloodhounds. … (story)

Scotsman 6.10.12 Fishy business - I was interested to read the ?article, “Activists to call for ?Fisheries Bill to help wild ?waters” (5 October), however, it seems to me that there was an unasked question of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It says the bill could be incredibly important for maintaining and improving the quality of Scotland’s waters, which support such iconic species such as ¬Atlantic salmon. This begs the question of why, if it is so concerned about this iconic species, it is not campaigning for the end of killing it in the name of sport… (Dr) M R Jaffa, Middelton Road, Manchester (story)

Telegraph 6.10.12 Farmer backs badger cull after losing 126 cows to bovine TB - A farmer has become a target for protesters after telling of his heartache over losing 126 cattle, including month old calves, to bovine tuberculosis and calling for a cull of badgers. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 6.10.12 Why a badger cull won't work by herdsman Steve Jones - STEVE Jones, who has 35 years of experience managing cattle, he now lives in The Pludds: "I LIVE in the beautiful Forest of Dean overlooking the Wye Valley. I am right in the heart of the pilot badger cull zone. "I do not believe that a badger cull will have any effect on the incidence rate of bovine TB… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 6.10.12 Citizen Comment: Sensible views of farmer in heated cull debate - A HUGE amount of emotion is now being generated about the debate over culling badgers in Gloucestershire…. in today's Citizen, we give the views of a well-known former dairy herd manager who is very much against the cull… Once the shooting of badgers starts, the police will be faced with unprecedented challenges from animal activists. That, unfortunately, will end any sane and logical debate about the culling (story)

Irvine Herald 6.10.12 Council ban Animal Circuses in North Ayrshire by Ross Dunn, Irvine Herald - North Ayrshire Council have made the landmark decision to ban animal circuses from council land. Members of the council supported a motion by Councillor Irene Oldfather - former MSP a long-term advocate of animal welfare - to ban travelling circuses with animals from council land… (story)

5.10.12

MEYNELL & SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE TRIAL
Burton Mail 5.10.12 Hunt chairman resigns after 'cubbing' conviction Written by HELEN KREFT - THE chairman of a renowned hunt has stepped down from his role following his conviction for illegally pursuing fox cubs with hounds. The Honourable Johnny Greenall, son of the Baron of Daresbury, announced his decision in the latest newsletter of The Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt, citing the court case as his reason. Greenall and Glen Morris, of Ludgate Street, Tutbury, were secretly filmed by anti-hunt campaigners trying to kill foxes near Hilton… (story)
Horse & Hound 17.9.12 Meynell and South Staffordshire banned from National Trust land - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - The National Trust says it will not allow the Meynell and South Staffordshire to hunt over its land this season, following the conviction of two people allied to the pack for unlawful hunting… (story)
Ashbourne News Telegraph 12.9.12 National Trust bans hunt from its land - A TRADITIONAL hunt has been banned from the grounds of two National Trust properties near Ashbourne. Campaigners who testified against two members of Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt petitioned the National Trust to remove the rights of access to the hunt following a court case last month… (story)
BBC News Online 10.9.12 Meynell and Staffordshire hunt in National Trust ban - The National Trust has banned the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt from its land in Derbyshire following a fox-hunting court trial… (story)
Burton Mail 10.9.12 National Trust bans the Meynell hunt from its land - CAMPAIGNERS who ensured the conviction of members of an illegal fox hunting gang have won another victory after the National Trust agreed not to grant licences for the hunt on its land. The Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt will no longer be allowed to ride through Calke Abbey, near Ticknall, or two other sites in Derbyshire… (story)
Horse & Hound 19.8.12 Former Meynell master found guilty of unlawful hunting - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - Former Meynell and South Staffordshire joint-masterJohnny Greenall and a member of the field, Glen Morris, were convicted of unlawful hunting on Friday 10 August… (story)
Ashbourne News Telegraph 15.8.12 Hunt Master convicted of setting hounds on foxes By Andrew Hector - A HUNT master and a member of his staff have been found guilty of illegally hunting fox cubs with hounds. The Honourable Johnny Greenall, son of the Baron of Daresbury, and Glen Morris, of Ludgate Street, Tutbury, were secretly filmed by anti-hunt protesters trying to kill foxes near Hilton…. (story)
Derby Telegraph 10.8.12 VIDEO: Huntsman fined £3,000 after being convicted of illegal fox 'cubbing' - A HUNT master and a member of his staff have been found guilty of illegally hunting fox cubs with hounds. Johnny Greenall, 52, and Glen Morris, 43, both pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them after anti-hunt protesters covertly filmed the hunt in October last year… (story)
Derby Telegraph 10.8.12 LAW ON HUNTING - UNDER the Hunting Act 2004, a person commits an offence if he hunts a wild mammal with a dog… (story)
Burton Mail 10.8.12 Hunt master convicted of setting hounds on foxes - A HUNT master and a member of his staff have been found guilty of illegally hunting fox cubs with hounds. The Honourable Johnny Greenall, son of the Baron of Daresbury, and Glen Morris, of Ludgate Street, Tutbury, were secretly filmed by anti-hunt protesters trying to kill foxes near Hilton. Greenall, 52, was fined £3,515 and Morris, 43, currently off work while suffering from depression, was ordered to pay £515…. (story)
BBC News Online 10.8.12 Two found guilty of illegally hunting foxes with dogs - A hunt master and one of his staff have been convicted of illegally hunting fox cubs with dogs after they were filmed by campaigners. The campaigners hid in a wood in Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, to film the hunt in October. Hunt master John Greenall, 52, of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt and from Wootton, Derbyshire, was fined £3,000. Hunt worker Glenn Morris, 44, of Tutbury, Staffordshire, was fined £250… (story)
Derby Telegraph 9.8.12 Hunt master 'broke ban on using dogs to pursue cubs' - A HUNT master and one of his staff have appeared in court charged with illegally hunting... (story)
Derby Telegraph 9.8.12 Fox cubs 'were surrounded and then driven into wood by hunt' - A HUNT master yesterday denied illegally using dogs to search for fox cubs in a Derbyshire wood. The Right Honourable Johnny Greenall is on trial for leading his hunt "cubbing" on a farm at Sutton-On-The-Hill… Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court was told by one of the world's leading experts on foxes and their behaviour that the video footage taken by two anti-hunt protesters, which was shown in court, "shows (fox) cubs being hunted (with dogs)". Professor Stephen Harris, from the University of Bristol, said…. The footage in court was taken by anti-hunt protesters Roger Swain and Robin Ellison who were both at the scene filming on hand-held cameras…. Morris, 43, of Ludgate Street, Tutbury, was, at the time of the alleged offence, part of the same hunt, the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt… (story)
Burton Mail 9.8.12 Master denies hunt breach - AN aristocratic huntmaster illegally used dogs to seek out young foxes in an area of woodland, a court heard. The Right Honourable Johnny Greenall, 52, and Glen Morris, 43, of Ludgate Street, Tutbury, are accused of hunting foxes on farmland near Hilton… (story)
BBC News Online 9.8.12 Two deny breaking the law banning fox hunting with dogs - A Master of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt has denied breaking the law which bans hunting with dogs…. (story)
Derby Telegraph 6.8.12 'Video evidence' in Hunting Act case -TWO members of a hunt will appear in court in Derby this week charged with breaching the Hunting Act 2004. The Right Honourable Johnny Greenall, of Wootton Hall, Wootton, near Ashbourne and Glen Morris, from Staffordshire, face trial at Derby Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The case against Mr Greenall and Mr Morris is said to be based on video evidence obtained in October last year by anti-hunt activists in Derbyshire… (story)

Horse & Hound 5.10.12 Farewell to... hunting stalwart Ann Reid Scott - One of Leicestershire’s most popular hunting personalities, Ann Reid Scott, of Scalford, Melton Mowbray, died on 22 September, aged 89. She had hunted with the Belvoir since childhood and served as joint-master from 1972-78… (story)

RSPB BIRDCRIME REPORT
Norwich Evening News 5.10.12 RSPB crime report shows ‘persecution’ of birds of prey By CHRIS HILL, Rural affairs correspondent - The continued “persecution” of the region’s most treasured birds of prey has been highlighted in a wildlife crime report which outlines the illegal shootings, trappings and poisonings reported last year. The RSPB’s Birdcrime 2011 document rates the East of England as the third highest region for crimes against wild birds, with the charity’s Investigations Unit recording 64 incidents in the region – almost 11pc of the UK total…. (story)
Western Morning News 4.10.12 County worst in the country for attacks on birds of prey – RSPB - Devon was the worst place in England for confirmed cases of bird of prey persecution in 2011, according to the RSPB's annual Birdcrime report… (story)

Independent 5.10.12 Second badger cull wins approval - The second licence for a pilot cull of badgers has been issued in a bid to tackle tuberculosis in cattle. The government agency Natural England issued the four-year permit for an area of West Somerset, allowing the "control" of the nocturnal animal to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)
Western Morning News 5.10.12 Licence is issued to farmers for badger cull in West Somerset - A pilot cull of badgers is likely to take place soon, following the issuing of a licence to a farmers’ group in West Somerset…. (story)
Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette 5.10.12 South Hams next for badger culls? - BADGER culls could be coming to the South Hams – if pilot schemes are successful, according to a senior police officer. … (story)

Farmers Guardian 5.10.12 RSPCA boss defends charity's hard line lobbying stance - NEW RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant has insisted he makes ‘no apologies’ for the hard line stance taken by the charity on key farming issues like the badger cull and live exports. Mr Grant told Farmers Guardian he sees the RSPCA’s role as giving a ‘voice to the voiceless’ and insisted he would be campaigning to ‘stop consumers drinking milk’ if supermarkets were unable to differentiate between ‘ badger friendly milk’ and milk from the cull areas…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 5.10.12 126 cows slaughtered in Forest of Dean after contracting TB - THE devastating effect of bovine TB was felt by one Forest of Dean farmer after 126 of his cattle were slaughtered. Jim Hunt, who farms around 700 acres producing milk, beef and crops, at Plusterwine House Farm in Woolaston, saw his herd decimated due to the disease this week… (story)

Bedford Times & Citizen 5.10.12 Pig farm accused of animal cruelty - A pig farm left dead animals dumped in sheds and pens, and others were left abused, neglected and riddled with infections an undercover investigation has claimed this week. Twinwood Pig Unit at Milton Ernest was one of five farms investigated by animal rights group Animal Aid, which says it saw some of the “worst” suffering it has seen in pigs at the Bedfordshire farm…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 5.10.12 Rock on for animal care - EDINBURGH-based animal protection charity OneKind will be hosting a Rock ’n’ Roll Party on Saturday, October 20… (story)

Isle of Thanet Gazette 5.10.12 Thanet animal rights activist Peter Nicholls has conviction quashed - AN ANIMAL exports protester accused of ignoring a police order had his conviction overturned this week. Peter Nicholls, 24, a member of Thanet Against Live Exports, was wrongly accused of breaching an order put in place during a protest against live animals exports at the Canterbury East roundabout in September last year…. He appealed against the decision and returned to Canterbury Crown Court on Monday for a hearing that ran over three days and, on Wednesday, he was found not guilty… (story)
Isle of Thanet Gazette 11.5.12 Animal export protester guilty of walking in road - ANIMAL rights activist Peter Nicholls has been found guilty of ignoring a police order forbidding him from intimidating lorry drivers transporting animals through the port of Ramsgate.On September 30 last year, officers issued Nicholls, 24, of Adrian Square, Westgate, with a written order forbidding him from stepping into roads used by lorries transporting sheep or doing anything that might intimidate drivers. He appeared at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, when he denied failing to comply with the order. He was found guilty after a two-day trial and, on Wednesday, was given a conditional discharge for six months…. (story)

4.10.12

LACS HEAD OF CAMPAIGNS STEVE TAYLOR JAILED FOR FRAUD
Scottish Farmer 4.10.12 Cruel sports fraudster - A FORMER member of the League Against Cruel Sports has been jailed after spending £15,000 of the group's money on himself. Steve Taylor, who was head of campaigns and communications for the group, used the company credit card to pay for trips, accommodation, food and online shopping… (story)
Surrey Advertiser 10.9.12 Jail for League Against Cruel Sports fraudster By Amy Taylor - THE former campaigns director for a Godalming-based animal cruelty charity has been jailed for a £15,000 fraud which deceived colleagues and "devastated" the company. Steven Taylor, 36, used his company credit card to steal £14,925.88 from the League Against Cruel Sports, based in Holloway Hill, despite earning an annual salary of £41,000 in his role as director of campaigns and communications, which he took on in January 2009… (story)
Plymouth Herald 8.9.12 Senior member of animal cruelty charity jailed for £15,000 fraud - A FORMER senior member of an animal rights lobby group has been jailed for spending £15,000 pounds of the charity's money on himself. Steve Taylor, the ex-head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports, used his company credit card to pay for trips and accommodation, for food and online shopping. He even used it to pay for an Apple iPad as a present for the outgoing chief executive Doug Batchelor, pocketing the cash from a collection raised by colleagues to buy the leaving gift…. (story)
Western Morning News 8.9.12 Cornwall animal rights official jailed for £15,000 fraud - A former senior member of an animal rights lobby group has been jailed for spending £15,000 of the charity's money on himself. Steve Taylor, the ex-head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports, used his company credit card to pay for trips and accommodation, for food and online shopping… (story)
Horse & Hound 11.8.12 League Against Cruel Sports man pleads guilty to fraud - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - The League Against Cruel Sports’ former chief spin doctor, Steve Taylor, has pleaded guilty to fraud…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 18.6.12 Burglary bid witness plea …. A SALTASH man accused of defrauding an anti-hunting organisation is to appear at Crown Court next month. Steven Taylor, aged 35, was arrested last year. Taylor, who worked for Surrey-based charity the League Against Cruel Sports, was released from the charity following a disciplinary investigation centring on expenses claims…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 24.4.12 Fraud case committal - A SALTASH man accused of defrauding an anti-hunting organisation is to have his case committed to a crown court. Steven Taylor, aged 35, was arrested last year by officers from Surrey police. Taylor, who worked for Surrey-based charity the League Against Cruel Sports, was released from the charity following a disciplinary investigation centring around expenses claims… (story)
Horse & Hound 6.4.12 Former League Against Cruel Sports staff member charged - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - The former head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports has been charged with fraud…. (story)
Western Morning News 4.4.12 Fraud charge for ex-head of cruelty league … (story)
Western Daily Press 4.4.12 Former animal charity boss on fraud charge - The former head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports has been charged with fraud following a five-month police investigation. Steven Taylor, from Saltash, in South East Cornwall, was sacked by the animal welfare charity in November last year for gross misconduct following a disciplinary investigation concerning expenses claims…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 3.4.12 Saltash man due in court - A SALTASH man is to appear in court later this month to face charges of defrauding an anti-hunting organisation. Steven Taylor, aged 35, was arrested last year. Taylor, who worked for Surrey-based charity the League Against Cruel Sports, was released from the charity following a disciplinary investigation centring around expenses claims…. (story)
Godalming People 3.4.12 TOP GODALMING BASED CHARITY EXECUTIVE CHARGED WITH FRAUD By PatHill - A former senior executive at a Godalming based charity has been charged with fraud. The one time head of campaigns and communications Steve Taylor at the League Against Cruel Sports has been charged with fraud..,.. (story)
BBC News Online 2.4.12 Ex-League Against Cruel Sports worker charged with fraud - The former head of campaigns and communications at the Surrey-based League Against Cruel Sports has been charged with fraud. Steve Taylor, of Saltash, Cornwall, was charged on Monday and bailed until his court appearance later this month, a spokeswoman for Surrey Police said…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 9.3.12 Animal rights charity worker rebailed - A CHARITY worker and animal rights activist from Saltash has been rebailed by police in relation to fraud allegations. Steve Taylor, aged 35, from Saltash, formerly worked with the Surrey-based charity and anti-hunting organisation the League Against Cruel Sports. The former head of campaigns and communications has been questioned by police probing possible financial irregularities… (story)
Western Daily Press 14.1.12 Hunting campaigner bailed on fraud claims - A sacked charity worker and animal rights activist arrested on suspicion of fraud has been rebailed by police. Steve Taylor, 35, of Saltash, Devon, was axed as spokesman for the anti-hunting League Against Cruel Sports in November… (story)
Western Morning News 14.1.12 Sacked charity worker is rebailed by police - A sacked charity worker and animal rights activist arrested on suspicion of fraud has been rebailed by police. Steve Taylor, of Saltash, was axed as spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports in November last year…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 13.1.12 Activist is re-bailed - A SACKED charity worker and animal rights activist from Saltash arrested on suspicion of fraud has been rebailed by police. Steve Taylor was axed as spokesman for the anti-hunting organisation the League Against Cruel Sports in November last year…. (story)
Plymouth Herald 25.11.11 Charity worker arrested - A SACKED charity worker and animal rights activist from Saltash has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. Steve Taylor was axed as spokesman for the anti-hunting organisation the League Against Cruel Sports earlier this week… (story)
Western Morning News 24.11.11 Sacked LASC's manager faces fraud probe - A 35-year-old man from Cornwall – the former head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports – has been questioned by police on suspicion of fraud. Steve Taylor, from Saltash, was sacked by the charity earlier this week for gross misconduct… (story)
Cornish Guardian 23.11.11 Quizzed over fraud claims - A SALTASH man who worked as head of campaigns and communications for a charity has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and sacked from the organisation. Steve Taylor, 35, was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports on Tuesday for gross misconduct after it carried out a disciplinary investigation over expenses claims… (story)
Horse & Hound 22.11.11 LACS chief spinner arrested over expenses fraud - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - A leading anti has been arrested by police on suspicion of fraud. Steve Taylor, 35, was sacked last Tuesday (15 November) by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) for gross misconduct…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.11.11 Sacked League Against Cruel Sports worker held in fraud probe - The former head of campaigns and communications at the League Against Cruel Sports has been arrested on suspicion of fraud…. Steve Taylor, 35, was sacked by the charity on Tuesday for gross misconduct following a disciplinary investigation concerning expenses claims… (story)
Civil Society 21.11.11 League Against Cruel Sports fires campaigns chief - Vibeka Mair - The League Against Cruel Sports has dismissed its campaigns and communications director Steve Taylor for gross misconduct following a disciplinary investigation concerning expenses claims…. Taylor’s deputy Louise Robertson will now become head of campaigns and communications at the League…. (story)
Observer 20.11.11 League Against Cruel Sports spokesman is fired over 'financial irregularities' - Mark Townsend - Police are investigating allegations of financial irregularities that led to a senior figure being sacked from one of the country's leading animal welfare charities. Surrey police are looking into claims of financial impropriety involving Steve Taylor, former head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports. Taylor, 35, was fired last week for "gross misconduct" following an internal disciplinary investigation into expenses claims…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 4.10.12 Don't promote brutal sport - I AM in complete agreement with the views expressed by Frances Wicks about the 'bloody and brutal' sport of shooting birds for fun… John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Nottingham Post 4.10.12 Action needed to prevent crime in villages - YOU need to feel safe and secure in your home and street, whether it's in the town or the countryside. There is a strong feeling in parts of Nottinghamshire that rural areas don't get their fair share of resources, especially when it comes to policing. That's why I've been talking to people in our villages and with bodies like the NFU and the Countryside Alliance which represent them…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 4.10.12 TiG poll: Overwhelming objection to Gloucestershire badger cull - PUBLIC opinion is dramatically opposed to a badger cull in Gloucestershire. That is according to a poll undertaken on The Citizen's website www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk which asked visitors the question "Do you agree with the proposed badger cull?"… (story)

Guardian 4.10.12 Farming 'shortcomings' undermines case for badger cull - EC report says failure to abide by cattle TB prevention measures is widespread, with authorities blaming lack of resources - Damian Carrington - A catalogue of failures in how England's farmers prevent their cattle spreading TB between herds was uncovered by an official European Commission inspection, the Guardian has learned, undermining the case for the imminent cull of badgers… (story)

BADGER CULL – POLICE LEAVE
Guardian 4.10.12 Ban on police leave in badger cull 'risks lives’ - Lives could be put at risk because 'exhausted' police have been banned from booking holidays until a badger cull has been carried out, officers warned yesterday. By Hannah Furness - Gloucestershire Police Federation said officers were already becoming “increasingly fatigued due to lack of rest” and were concerned “mistakes” and “accidents” would occur. They have been banned from booking any further holidays before January, in the expectation that there will be clashes between farmers, authorised marksmen and animal rights activists…. (story)
Independent 3.10.12 Imminent badger cull prompts 'police fatigue' fears - Police officers could become exhausted because they cannot book any more leave this year as a result of the imminent badger cull, it has been claimed.Gloucestershire Police said it would not be authorising any further time off before January in anticipation of expected clashes between farmers, marksmen and animal rights activists.But the Gloucestershire Police Federation said it was concerned officers could become tired, which could lead to mistakes and accidents… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 3.10.12 Gloucestershire police leave halted during badger cull - POLICE in Gloucestershire have been banned from booking leave until January because of the badger cull… (story)
BBC News Online 2.10.12 Police holiday ban during badger cull - Gloucestershire Police officers have been banned from taking holidays during the badger cull planned for the county. The local Police Federation said it had received "more disgruntled calls" over this than plans to reform the police pension…. (story)

Canterbury Times 4.10.12 Seeking support for badger cull petition - ANIMAL campaigners are encouraging supporters to sign a petition which is calling for an end to a planned cull of badgers. Peter Smith, chief executive of the Wildwood Trust, which runs Wildwood Discovery Park between Herne and Canterbury, wants people to sign the petition created by Dr Brian May. It needs 100,000 signatures before it can be debated in Parliament…. (story)

BBC News Online 4.10.12 Second badger cull licence issued By Helen Briggs - Natural England has issued the second licence allowing farmers to shoot badgers under measures designed to control bovine TB. The cull could start in weeks in West Somerset, a hotspot for TB in cattle…. (story)

Western Morning News 4.10.12 Wildlife will be riddled with disease without badger cull - As the badger cull rolls closer, emotions are smothering the reality of the facts of life in our countryside, writes Rebecca Jordan. This is a free society where debate has formed our laws and intellect. As was the case when fox hunting was deemed illegal, websites and reams of newspaper print spew inaccurate, vitriolic opinions and heart-wrenching anecdotes which have been angrily bashed out on computer keyboards in our cities and towns by kinsmen many generations detached from their countryside roots… (story)

Cornishman 4.10.12 TB control stats are staggering - THE long-standing issue of Tuberculosis (TB) in cattle rumbles on. The failure to control the disease over many years has meant that it has spread from the South West and is now well established in Wales and the West Midlands as well…. Having lived in the countryside all my life I have no wish to see the demise of the badger or the livestock industry but disease control has to take place on both sides of the fence. (story)

Guardian 4.10.12 Compassion dictates we find an alternative to animal experiments - Fiona Fox (Brave, not cruel, science, 29 September) attempts to portray the Science Media Centre as a vehicle for impartial scientists to communicate wholly progressive research to a fearful, and by implication, irrational, public. In fact, the SMC is a well-oiled PR machine, funded in part by chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies with a vested interest in seeing potentially profitable new technologies and products commercialised… Joanna Blythman, Edinburgh
Fiona Fox talks of bravery and pride in pursuing animal experimentation. Setting aside the fact that she does not define "cruel", I take issue with her declaration of bravery. She is thinking in terms of facing animal rights protesters. I would ask where is the bravery in tormenting creatures who are small and can't fight back?... Sue Berry, Bedlington, Northumberland
Fox's world seems to be divided into scientists = goodies; animal rights people = extremists. People concerned with animal welfare infiltrated research laboratories and produced footage of appalling cruelty. Would this research have ceased of its own accord? I think not…. Joe Cocker, Leominster, Herefordshire (letters)

View Online 4.10.12 DORCHESTER: Nutritional workshop to raise funds by Trevor Bevins - A fundraising workshop as part of Bake with Compassion Month is being planned for Dorchester’s Dorford Centre in the coming days. Local dietitians Sandra Hood and Sarah Smith will be running a fundraising workshop on Nutritional Cooking for Health and Vitality in the centre on Saturday, October 20th… (story)
ThisIsDorset 1.10.12 Dorset Celebrates Bake With Compassion Month! It's Bake With Compassion Month and volunteers from the community group Compassionate Dorset urge the people of Dorset to get their baking aprons on... Bake with Compassion is the annual fundraiser of the farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming… Sandra Hood and Sarah Smith are running a fundraising workshop on 'Nutritional Cooking for Health & Vitality' at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester on Saturday 20th October… (story)

Huffington Post 4.10.12 Cow's Milk is the Cruellest Drink: A Case for the Vegan Option Continued - Sue Cross - Milk is only in constant supply if dairy cows give birth to a calf every year. This means they are pregnant for most of their lives… Cow's milk (at 25 pence a pint) is cheap. But what is the cost to the cows? They are treated as milk producing machines rather than living, sentient beings. Their management is inhumane, heartless, oppressive and callous - and makes cow's milk the cruellest drink (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 4.10.12 Complaints at Leeds Kirkgate Market live lobster sales By Alison Bellamy - Fish traders selling live lobsters at Leeds Kirkgate market have been contacted by council bosses over the sale of the sea creatures. The move follows a complaint by an animal lover over the live crustaceans, which are placed in a box at the front of the stall with their pincers tied by elastic bands… (story)

Independent 4.10.12 World Animal Day: Battery hens, cramped cattle, and circus animals - there's still a long way to go - INGRID E NEWKIRK - Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. During a week that marks both the Mahatma’s birthday and World Animal Day (4 October), we might well ask, if Gandhi were still alive, how would Britain fare in his eyes?... (story)

Warrington Guardian 4.10.12 Animals are not ours to abuse - ‘WHATEVER happened to freedom of choice’ was the finale to Paula Whitehead’s letter about the animal circus visiting Warrington. It is through freedom of choice that the protestors, including myself, my daughter and grandson were there…. DR REES MANGAL, Warrington (letter)
Warrington Guardian 4.10.12 I salute circus campaigners - NEVER have I been so incensed to reply to a Points of View letter than when reading ‘Animal rights campaigners should get jobs’ in last week’s Guardian. Ms Whitehead you are clearly not aware of the cruelty case surrounding Bobby Robert’s Circus… L BRADLEY Paddington (letter)
Warrington Guardian 27.9.12 Animal rights campaigners should get jobs - LAST night I visited Bobby Robert’s Super Circus in Warrington with my adult son, his girlfriend and her sister and what a fantastic evening we had…. At the end of the performance we entered the back of the big top and to greet us were the most friendly people you’d wish to meet. As we moved from stall to stall the horses were happy, calm, content and kept in immaculate surroundings. The only blight on our evening was being accosted outside by animal rights protesters…. PAULA WHITEHEAD Lymm (letter)

3.10.12

Worcester News 3.10.12 Capitalising on Exmoor appeal to horse riders - Anyone who really knows Exmoor also knows just how important horses are to the local economy and community – but not everybody has had access in the past to the knowledge needed to launch and manage a successful equestrian business. That is all due to change next Wednesday when the White Horse Inn at Exford will play host to a free special event that aims to help farmers make more from the area's equestrian tourism…. Throughout the event, local companies and other organisations will be providing specialist advice and guidance, including Country Sports SW, Stones Solicitors, Albert Goodman Accountants, the Exmoor National Park Authority and Devon and Somerset Staghounds… (story)

Salisbury Journal 3.10.12 Woodcocks make epic journey home By Anne Connon - FOR such diminutive birds, weighing just over 300 grams, satellite-tracked woodcock have travelled epic distances, up to 4,000 miles, to their breeding grounds as far away as Krasnoyarsk in eastern Russia this year… Followers of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) Woodcock Watch can view the woodcock in “real time”… (story)

Telegraph 3.10.12 Fox tried to eat hand of sleeping pensioner - A pensioner awoke from sunbathing to find a fox was gnawing at his hand, his daughter-in-law claimed today. By James Hall - In a letter in Country Life magazine Carey Tesler told how her 83-year-old father-in-law had asleep in a chair in the back garden when he woke by a “searing paid” to see a “mangy-looking fox eating his hand”. When the father-in-law’s neighbour was also troubled by the fox, the neighbour telephoned his local council and asked them to come and get rid of the animal…. , the council officer replied: “Well next time you see this fox, throw a blanket over him, carry him into your car and drive him to your nearest RSPCA.”… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 3.10.12 'Rave' planned by badger campaigners to scupper Gloucestershire cull - BADGER cull protesters planned a rave under the full moon last weekend in a bid to stop animals being shot. It's one of several measures activists have been plotting to halt the hugely controversial trial cull in the west of the county. The gathering in the Forest of Dean didn't materialise in the end but it's one of several steps campaigners are considering… (story)

Western Morning News 3.10.12 Hint at halting badger cull by shadow minister - A Labour Government would be "minded to" halt any badger culls under way if it won the next general election. Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh told a conference fringe meeting in Manchester that her position on badger culling had changed from a year ago… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 2.10.12 Labour 'minded' to halt Gloucestershire badger cull - AN INCOMING Labour Government would be “minded to” halt a badger cull according to Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh. Speaking at a NFU fringe meeting at the Labour conference in Manchester, Ms Creagh said her position had changed from a year ago when she thought they may have to continue with the controversial control measure… (story)

Lancashire Evening Post 3.10.12 Don’t mean to badger you, but this cull ain’t on - When, hopefully sometime in the distant future, a man with a big chisel carves out my epitaph one phrase he definitely won’t include is ‘animal lover’…. That was until last week, however. Because in the past seven days I have come over all David Bellamy all thanks to the plight of the humble badger… (story)

Whitchurch Herald 3.10.12 MP backs badger cull - DESPITE a chorus of opposition, Defra minister Owen Paterson says he believes the imminent controversial badger cull is the best route to tackling bovine TB writes GILL BROAD… (story)

Telegraph 2.10.12 Farmers fight back against 'BBC bias' around badger cull By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers' Union (NFU), has complained to new BBC director general George Entwistle urging him to review its reporting of the controversial cull. He said the corporation's coverage was "clearly pitched against the cull" and is helping to "ramp up the hysteria" over the policy… (story)
Farmers Guardian 27.9.12 Kendall lashes out at BBC over badger cull 'bias' By Alistair Driver - NFU president Peter Kendall has launched a furious attack on the BBC over what the union claims to be its ‘biased’, ‘inaccurate’ and ‘misleading’ coverage of the planned autumn badger culls… (story)
Farmers Weekly 27.9.12 BBC accused of bias against badger cull - Johann Tasker - Farm leaders have accused the BBC of bias when reporting the planned badger cull to combat bovine tuberculosis. NFU president Peter Kendall has written to BBC director general George Entwistle calling for an urgent review of the way the topic is being reported…. (story)

Ledbury Reporter 3.10.12 Spreads disease - I BELIEVE that the go-ahead has been given for badger culling near to the Malvern Hills… So now we are going to have shooting close to the hills, less income from tourism and if the disease spreads which it will, a bigger compensation bill to farmers. ANDREW CARTLIDGE Malvern (letter)

Ledbury Reporter 3.10.12 Futile culling - I WAS appalled to learn that the Government has sanctioned trial badger culling in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, in which high velocity guns will be used to shoot free running badgers at night… P HANDY Malvern (letter)

Worcester News 3.10.12 Who gave cull order? Whoever gave the order to kill badgers must be totally out of touch… JOHN SHEARON Worcester (letter)

Thanet Times 3.10.12 Farmers' union bid to restart animal exports from Port of Ramsgate - THE farmers' union is trying to restart live animal exports from Ramsgate port after the trade was stopped from Ipswich…. (story)

Essex Enquirer 3.10.12 Farmer blasts 'inaccurate' claims by animal rights group - ‘SHOCKING’ conditions have been found on an award-winning Essex farm according to an animal rights group, but a local farmer has blasted the claims as ‘inaccurate’. F J Bosworth & Sons, at Spains Hall near Ongar, is one of five award-winning farms featured in a new Animal Aid undercover investigation…. (story)

2.10.12

Horse & Hound 2.10.12 Hunts urged to support Conservative candidate in Corby by-election - Flora Watkins, H&H news editor - Hunts are being urged to support the Conservative candidate in the Corby by-election — to ensure that a pro-repeal MP is returned… George Bowyer of Vote-OK — the lobby group that supports pro-repeal MPs — told H&H he wanted hunting people to take an “active role” in helping Tory candidate Christine Emmett…. (story)

Ledbury Reporter 2.10.12 Tribute calendar's game birds - A GROUP of friends have taken to the countryside to create a cheeky calendar to raise funds for charity in the memory of a popular man who died in a car crash last year. Twenty-four women from the Bromyard and Leominster area almost bared all in a variety of country pursuits poses for the Game Birds 2013 calendar in an attempt to raise £10,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance to honour the life of Richard Warr… (story)

Mail 2.10.12 A huntsman's last call: Professional deer stalker begins his final red stag season after 45 years spent in the Scottish Highlands… Peter Fraser has stalked deer for 45 years on the Invercauld Estate in Braemar, Scotland… Fascinating pictures show his final season before he hangs up his rifle in November By Sam Webb (story)

Mail 2.10.12 How the badger cull protest has been hijacked by violent extremists… Famous conservationists have called for peaceful public protests but the campaign is now being infiltrated by extremists… By Andrew Malone (story)

Independent 2.10.12 Stop blaming the badgers, a cull won't solve our problem - Bovine tuberculosis in cattle causes emotional and financial havoc, but it's time for farmers to stop looking to a badger cull - it won't solve anything. John Wilson - I’ve been a hill farmer for forty years so I know a thing or two about cattle. I also know quite a bit about badgers because near our farm in north west Northumberland we have several badger setts in the valley. Our badgers and the cows in this valley live happily side by side without incident and without a single case of bovine tuberculosis in cattle on farms in this area… (story)

Farmers Guardian 2.10.12 Badger cull intimidation campaign is not working – Kendall By Alistair Driver - NFU president Peter Kendall has told activists trying to intimidate farmers into pulling out of the planned autumn badger culls that their tactics are not working…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 2.10.12 Farmers standing firm behind badger cull, says NFU - Philip Case - The NFU has rubbished claims that farmers are pulling out of the badger cull amid increasing intimidation and harassment from animal rights activists…. (story)

Western Morning News 2.10.12 Animal rights or animal welfare? It's time for RSPCA to decide - The RSPCA has joined the badger cull debate with a strongly worded attack on farmers. NFU South West spokesman Ian Johnson, hits back… (story)
Western Daily Press 1.10.12 Badger cull comment: Is the RSPCA going down a more radical road? - The RSCPA could be veering towards animal rights rather than welfare, writes Ian Johnson, NFU South West spokesman... (story)

Gloucester Gazette 2.10.12 Council takes no stand on badger cull in Gloucestershire - MEMBERS of Tewkesbury Borough Council rejected the following motion at their council meeting last night, Monday.“This council recognises that Bovine TB is a terrible disease affecting a number of different animal species… As a result, the council says it has no official position relating to the badger cull. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 2.10.12 Councillors say no to badger cull in Tewkesbury - Councillors in Tewkesbury have rejected plans for a badger cull in the area. At a full borough council meeting last night, the majority of members said they did not want to see the controversial measure used on council controlled farm land in the area… (story)
Independent 2.10.12 Tewkesbury Borough Council refuses to support badger cull on its land - Rod Minchin - A council close to an area where a badger cull is set to go ahead to tackle TB in cattle will not support culling on its land. A majority of elected members at Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire said they did not want to see the controversial measure used… (story)

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian 2.10.12 Cheshire Wildlife Trusts opts against badger cull - CHESHIRE Wildlife Trust hopes a badger vaccination programme in the south of the county will help prevent a northerly spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB)…. The Cheshire Wildlife Trust says its own vaccination programme could demonstrate a proven alternative to the much-criticised cull… (story)

Cotswold Journal 2.10.12 Badger cull is 'a shambles - The planned “science-led” pilot cull of badgers in Gloucestershire is falling apart, says the Badger Trust… (story)

Western Morning News 2.10.12 We need to get back to a healthy badger population - I have been reading with interest and anger the letters about TB over the past two weeks… Do you know that before the badger was protected there were two very small areas in the country that still had TB, one around Hartland in North Devon and the other was in Cornwall. At the time if a herd of cattle had a TB breakdown the badgers in that small area also got taken out, because I'm afraid they do pass it to each other and if you remove the infected cattle you should also remove the infected badgers… (letter)

Malvern Gazette 2.10.12 Animal testing WHAT a good letter from Roberta Balfour in the September 7 edition of the Malvern Gazette… Surely the human race is advanced enough to understand experimenting on a different species will not produce the results that we are looking for in humans… Please don’t therefore support charities that experiment on animals. RUTHIE MCNALLY, Malvern (letter)
Malvern Gazette 11.9.12 Animal testing - I SEE Malvern Friends of Cancer Research UK collected a fine sum of £760 recently (Malvern Gazette August 31). I wonder though whether they are aware that Cancer Research UK will be spending a fair portion of that on animal research… ROBERTA BALFOUR Malvern (letter)

Decanter 2.10.12 Fortnum's threatens legal action over undercover foie gras film by Adam Lechmere - Fortnum & Mason has said graphic undercover footage filmed at foie gras farms in France does not come from its suppliers – and it has threatened legal action against animal rights group PETA… A Fortnum’s spokeswoman told Decanter.com, ‘We are extremely concerned by the serious claims made this week by both PETA and Sir Roger Moore against Fortnum & Mason and its suppliers of foie gras. This follows undercover reporting at farms, who are not suppliers to Fortnum & Mason, in France by campaigners masquerading as Fortnum & Mason staff…. (story)
Observer 30.9.12 Fortnum's to investigate claims of cruelty made in undercover film at foie gras farms - Activists' footage suggests French law broken as force-fed geese unable to move - Jamie Doward - One of the country's most prestigious stores has pledged to investigate claims of animal mistreatment at farms linked to a company that has supplied it with foie gras. Activists from Peta, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, filmed undercover at two French geese farms that supply the firm that has sold the delicacy to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 2.10.12 Animal chairty calls for better labelling over battery egg cruelty By Mark Casci Agricultural Correspondent - FOOD labelling should be improved to let shoppers know if the food products they are buying contain eggs produced by illegal battery hens, says an international animal charity. Four Paws wants consumers to be able to make better informed decisions about what they chose to buy after David Heath, the Government’s new farming minister, admitted that food products containing illegally produced battery eggs may still be on sale in Britain…. (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 2.10.12 Leeds: Calls for more humane approach after Canada Geese culled at Yeadon Tarn - Residents have been angered by gun shots heard near Leeds Bradford Airport. Around 20 shots are believed to have been fired on Wednesday morning at around 6.45am, less than a year after a cull of 10 Canada Geese at Yeadon Tarn sparked fury in the area. Yeadon resident Julie Wilson, 49, said: “They [LBA] must have shot about 20 of them – we just heard the shots, there was absolutely loads of going off.”… (story)

The Grocer 2.10.12 Compassion in World Farming joins milk protests By Charlie Wright - Animal welfare campaigners have thrown in their lot with those battling to win a better deal for Britain’s dairy farmers. Compassion in World Farming today drove a milk float into London to hand Defra a petition, featuring 15,000 signatures, calling for legislators to work with the dairy industry to ensure a fair price is paid to farmers for their milk…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 2.10.12 Calls to halt Forest boar cull - MORE than 1,400 people have signed a petition bidding to halt a boar cull in the Forest of Dean. Between the months of September 2012 and January 2013, 100 wild boar are to be culled in the Forest in a bid to control numbers…. (story)

1.10.12

Guardian 1.10.12 Badger activists prepare for the cull - Protesters spent the weekend mapping setts in the Forest of Dean and doing what they can before the onslaught begins - Steven Morris - With more than a century's worth of hands-on experience between the four of them, Jack, Stuart, Turtie and C are veterans of the fight against what they see as animal exploitation and cruelty. Over the decades they have taken direct action against the hunting of foxes, otters, ducks and deer and are now determined to do all in their power to disrupt the trial badger cull… (story)

Western Morning News 1.10.12 Badger cull farmers warned about extremists posing as officials - Extremists opposed to the badger cull have been posing as officials from Natural England and the NFU to dupe farmers into revealing details of pilot culls on their land…. (story)

Western Morning News 1.10.12 Badger cull could come to South Hams next if pilot project is a success - The second phase of badger culling could be held in Devon's South Hams if pilot projects prove to be successful, a senior police officer has indicated… (story)

BBC News Online 1.10.12 Taunton Deane and Tewkesbury councils vote on badger cull - A vote is due to take place on whether two councils should allow a badger cull on their land. Tewkesbury Borough Council is set to vote later and Taunton Deane Borough Council will vote on Tuesday evening… (story)

Telegraph 1.10.12 The case for a cull By Telegraph View - The proposed cull of badgers in west Gloucestershire in an effort to eradicate TB in cattle is beginning to take a familiar turn. As with the planting of GM crops or animal experimentation for medical purposes, the bully boys are starting to get their way… (story)

Independent 1.10.12 Vets vs badgers - PA Reid's faith in his/her vet is misplaced (27 September). Working with livestock does not automatically impart knowledge about wildlife population dynamics… Adele Brand, Caterham, Surrey (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 1.10.12 Vaccinate do not kill in cold blood - IT is great that Brian May is calling for the planned badger cull to be stopped. I also completely agree with the recent letter from D F Courtney of Weston. Badgers are a protected species… Clive Heath (story)