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30.9.05

Hexham Courant 30.9.05 HUNTS WILL ACT WITHIN LAW By WILL GREEN - WITH the hunting season starting next month, local hunts are looking forward to a full programme of meets. Following the introduction of the controversial Hunting Act earlier this year, huntsmen are still in defiant mood, but are vowing to work within the law, despite disagreeing with it. Chairman and master of the Braes of Derwent Hunt Alan Chapman said: "We are planning to hold our opening meet on the last Saturday in October and are also hoping to join in a national ‘opening meet’ event on November 5…. (story)

Post & Times 30.9.05 SUPERMARKET PRICES CAN'T BE JUSTIFIED … Finally, returning yet again to the question of blood sports, I read this week, with great interest, that hunts are buying birds of prey in an attempt to side step the ban of fox hunting with hounds… Tim Bonner, spokesman for the countryside alliance, which campaigned against the hunting ban, said the move showed the chaos of the hunting act. I think something we should all ask politicians is are they happy with the law they have passed and was it intentional to have a number of loop holes to allow hunting to continue. Whether you support hunting or are anti hunting I'm sure all sides must feel pretty aggrieved that there is still no guidance as to who is right or wrong. (story)

Telegraph 30.9.05 Notebook By W F Deedes How fares fox hunting? My hunch… is that the well-to-do and famous hunts, blessed with landowners friendly to hunting, are fairly OK. It is the lesser hunts, patronised mainly by farmers and their kind, which are struggling. In other words, the people that a class-conscious Labour Party wanted to punish are not too badly hit. It's the humbler folk who feel the pinch… (story)

Telegraph 30.9.05 Attacks on children - The recent threats against children's nurseries and other targets… have to make one question both the morals and the social priorities of Tony Blair and his party. On the one hand they are prepared to spend hours of parliamentary time on stopping perfectly law-abiding citizens going about their way of life hunting foxes. But on the other they are not prepared to spend any time on stopping an extreme criminal element from hunting down and threatening people and now children. David Dodd, Ingoldsby, Lincs (letter)

Evening Leader 30.9.05 ‘angling chancers’ spark fishing ban By Reg Herbert - COMMUNITY councillors have slapped a fishing ban on a village lake after protests by residents and the RSPCA. Gresford Community Council took the action last night when members were shown photographs of injured wildlife and fish, and gangs of youths on the banks of the lake off High Street in the centre of the village. RSPCA Inspector Tim Jones said there was a code of conduct in angling and this was clearly not being adhered to at the lake. He showed photographs of injured wildlife and fish….(story)

Guardian 30.9.05 RSPCA angry at Club's stand on remounting - Greg Wood - The RSPCA said yesterday that it is "extremely disappointed" by the Jockey Club's refusal to introduce a ban on the remounting of fallers in jumps races. The Club said yesterday that it will merely "strengthen" existing rules, which effectively leave a decision on whether to remount to a horse's trainer and jockey… (letter)

Independent 30.9.05 Racing: Jockey Club defy RSPCA over remounting of fallers By Sue Montgomery - The Jockey Club has decided against an outright ban on the remounting of horses who unseat or fall in jumps races and in so doing has controversially gone against the recommendations of equine welfare groups…. (story)

Telegraph 30.9.05 Call to act against extremists By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Senior figures in the biotechnology industry met Home Office advisers yesterday after a number of attacks by animal rights activists… The industry has been seeking better protection. It fears that many businesses will move overseas if the problem, which came to a head with a series of attacks and threats this week, is not curbed…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 30.9.05 IT IS TIME CHURCHES TOOK UP THE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS AS A MORAL ISSUE - Anational charity has called on religious leaders across Lincolnshire and the country to say a prayer for animals this weekend…. To commemorate the October 2 event the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has produced a special service booklet to help raise consciousness among churches about the plight of animals…. The Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, an Oxford don, wrote the service booklet…. RSPCA director general Jackie Ballard, who will attend an Animal Welfare Service at Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex, said: "Animal welfare should be a cause of concern to all who value morality and recognise that animals are sentient beings which are not always treated particularly well by mankind….” (story)

Argus 30.9.05 Animal lover saves bears after seeing street shows in India by Jessica Mangold - A bear rescued from cruelty thanks to the fund-raising efforts of one woman is being named after her. Phillipa Alexander hopes to come face-to-face with her hairy namesake after raising £6,000 for International Animal Rescue (IAR) and their work to rehome India's dancing sloth bears. The profits of an internet auction which collected £6,000 for the charity will be handed over to organisers today after Miss Alexander, 33, of Ditchling Rise, Brighton, enlisted the help of colleagues at BUPA International…. (story in archive)

Midweek Visiter 30.9.05 Horror of the bullfighting By Ronnie Parry, Midweek Visiter - A RECENT journey to Southern France has stimulated a Southport man's campaign against animal cruelty. Tony Moore, chairman of Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE), based in Shakespeare Street, is a well known campaigner against bull fighting in Europe, who locally was a leading force in the successful fight to ban hare coursing at the Waterloo Cup in Altcar. This summer he attended an anti-bullfighting demonstration in Frejús on the Cote d'Azur…. (story)

Spenborough Guardian 30.9.05 Boycott call over circus with bear - ANIMAL rights protesters have called for a boycott of a circus currently performing in Heckmondwike. The national group, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS), is protesting over the circus’s performing bear. Peter Jolly’s Circus, one of the few remaining circuses still to use animals, began performances on Tuesday in Popeley Fields, Leeds Road, where it plans to remain until Sunday… (story)

29.9.05

Kentish Gazette 29.9.05 Saboteurs defend their veil of secrecy by Bill Day - THE leader of a group of hunt saboteurs has admitted his members wear terrorist-style headwear to disguise their identities. Grant Tillman, spokesman for East Kent Hunt Saboteurs, said the widespread use of wrap-round head scarves was necessary to protect his team from "violence"…. Mr Tillman appealed to the East Kent Hunt to publish the dates of hunt meets in advance. He said if times and venues were disclosed, his group would withdraw the watchdog units posted outside the hunt kennels on Cullens Hill, Elham…. (story)
Kentish Gazette 22.9.05 Activists accused of hunt 'stalking'restrictions under new law by Bill Day - THE hunting community has accused animal rights extremists of stalking one of its members as the autumn season opened controversially at the weekend. An East Kent Hunt official said eight "provocateurs" parked a white van outside the home of their professional huntsman Richard Blakeney at Elham at 5am and followed the lorry transporting hounds to the meet on Romney Marsh…. Anti-hunt campaigner Grant Tillman, from Canterbury, denied his members were dressed as "terrorists" but admitted they had parked up outside the East Kent Hunt kennels on Cullens Hill, Elham, and followed the lorry to the meet. Mr Tillman said: "We did report their activities to the police because the pack was in full cry and we believed they were training young hounds to kill foxes…. But we accept we had gained the wrong impression and that they were following a scent trail."…
Blean Beagles have issued a "carry on hunting" announcement for members when their season opens on October 1. Joint master Stuart Sillars said: "We are hunting within the law, following scent trails."… (story)

Oxford Mail 29.9.05 Hunts find ways to stay in business - Hunts across the county are finding ways to stay in business for a second season since hunting was banned… Oxfordshire's hunts are using a number of methods to keep ancient traditions alive, from simply exercising the hounds to trail hunting with a scent to recreate the thrill of the chase. The Bicester Hunt with Whadden Chase has renamed itself the Chase Hound Club to reflect the move away from the blood sport, although it will carry out legal fox culls with the permission of landowners…. Some hunts have purchased birds of prey, which could allow them to hunt thanks to an exemption in the law aimed at falconry. The Heythrop Hunt at Chipping Norton, has already taken a European Eagle Owl out with its pack on scent trails, but declined to say if the aim was to get round the ban. (story in archive)

Kidderminster Shuttle 29.9.05 Trials will go ahead for hunt - ANNUAL hunter trials will go ahead at Blakedown on Sunday in a bid to keep horses fit in case the ban on hunting is overturned at appeal. The event, organised by the Albrighton and Woodland Hunt at Deansford Lane, is expected to attract more than 80 riders who will compete for prizes on a cross-country jumping course… (story in archive)

Eastern Daily Press 29.9.05 Game shooting 'supports rural economy' By MICHAEL POLLITT - Game shooting is a multi-million pound business in Norfolk and plays a vital role in supporting the rural economy, delegates were told at a landowners' conference yesterday. Oliver Harwood, who is the Country and Land and Business Association's head of rural economy, said that shooting probably pumps more than £1 billion into the countryside in Britain…. (story)

Daily Post 29.9.05 Game shooter or a terrorist? By Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - A COUNTRY sports group has issued guidance to police telling them how to distinguish game shooters from terrorists and gangsters. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is worried its members could fall victim to the police's shoot-to-kill policy… It follows an incident on the Dee marshes in which four duck shooters were ordered to lay down their guns by a police helicopter pilot. They returned to their cars to discover an armed police response unit had earlier been scrambled to the scene…. Give us a clue - THE SPORTSMAN - Wildfowlers operate at dawn and dusk below high-water mark on estuaries/rivers. Fox lampers go out at night, game shooters during the day…. THE TERRORIST - Operate at any time, but usually in built-up areas during busy periods…. Rarely tell police to "bugger off" when challenged. (story)

Dundee Courier 29.9.05 Council to vote on airgun ban By Rob McLaren - DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL is to vote on whether there should be a complete ban on airguns in Scotland. The move follows the shooting of Glasgow toddler Andrew Morton in March and a terrifying incident on board a Dundee bus last week when an empty air rifle was discharged at the bus driver. The issue will be discussed and voted on at the council’s next policy and resources committee meeting on October 17….(story)

NEWENT LAKE ANTI ANGLING CAMPAIGN
The Forester 29.9.05 LAKE SAVED FROM BAN ON FISHING - Fishing will not be banned from Newent Lake following the death of a swan which swallowed a hook and line. Newent Town Council will work with the two local angling clubs to prevent similar incidents from happening…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 28.9.05 ANGLERS SPARED BAN AFTER DEATH OF SWAN - Fishing will not be banned at Newent Lake, despite the death of a swan which swallowed a fishing hook and line. The town council will work with the town's two fishing clubs to prevent similar incidents from happening. Newent Town Council will set up a committee - consisting of members of the fishing club, the wildlife welfare charity Swan Rescue and councillors - to see what action can be taken to protect the birds…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 27.9.05 FISHING AND WILDLIFE CAN LIVE TOGETHER - Whilst I totally support the protection of the wildlife on the lake at Newent, I do not support the partial or total ban on fishing. What IS needed is better supervision and education of the residents who use the lake as a fishing venue. Recently I witnessed a local angler reprimand a group of young people who were 'free-lining' (fishing with line only) and this kind of action should be encouraged…. Simon Rickards, Newent (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.9.05 BAN ON FISHING WOULD BE SAD - I Feel the need to write in reply to Joyce Haye's letter to The Citizen regarding the banning of fishing on Newent Lake. I am also an animal lover and hate cruelty, I feel very sorry for the suffering endured by the swans and miss seeing them but to ban fishing totally would also be very sad…. MRS AMANDA BROWN, via e-mail (story)
The Forester 8.9.05 A FISHY TAIL OF TWO PETITIONS - A Petition to keep Newent lake open to anglers is doing the rounds at the same time as another calling on the town council to employ fishing wardens. The wildlife safety lobby is clashing with fishermen who say they should have the right to angle responsibly…. Newent nature-lover Christine Howley has launched a petition calling on landowners Newent Town Council to employ a warden and possibly restrict angling on the lake. Swan rescue volunteers have called for a total ban on fishing at the lake. Rob England, chairman of Newent Angling Club, says his members are responsible and care about wildlife… (story)
The Forester 1.9.05 COUNCIL MUST BAN FISHING AT THE LAKE - Mrs Joyce Hayes, Newent (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 31.8.05 POSITIVE ACTION NEEDED AT LAKE - So, Newent Lake has lost it's swans - residents there for many years - thanks to the sheer thoughtless behaviour of so-called dog owners, fishermen and boys who will leave their litter behind… So, Newent Lake has lost it's swans - residents there for many years - thanks to the sheer thoughtless behaviour of so-called dog owners, fishermen and boys who will leave their litter behind… JOYCE HAYES (MRS), Knights Way, Newent (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 22.8.05 CASH WILL HELP TREAT SWANS HIT BY INJURY - The tragic story of two swans has prompted a Newent resident to raise money to save other injured birds. In May, a male swan died after suffering a brutal dog attack in the Newent Lake area. A few months later, his lovelorn mate, who had abandoned their nest due to the trauma, was rescued after swallowing a fishing hook and line…. Animal lover Jill Waldron, a shampooist at the Golden Combe hair salon at Newent, was so distressed by the swan's plight that she decided to embark on a fundraising campaign to help pay for the second operation, but it was too late… Mrs Waldron wants Newent Town Council, which owns the lake, to ban fishing at part of the lake…. Dan Sidley, of Hereford and Worcester Swan Aid, shares Mrs Waldron's view that swans and anglers do not mix… (letter)

Oxford Mail 29.9.05 Bans blamed for lab arson - An increasing number of animal rights' activists are conducting arson attacks against Oxford University because an injunction has limited their legal right to protest. That is the view of leading campaigner Robert Cogswell, a spokesman for the Speak organisation, which is campaigning against the new £18m animal laboratory in South Parks Road. He spoke out after it emerged yesterday that activists from the Animal Liberation Front tried to firebomb a sports pavilion owned by Corpus Christi College off Whitehouse Road, south Oxford, on Saturday…. Mr Cogswell said: "We do not condone the ALF's actions but we do not condemn them either…" (story in archive)

Cobham News & Mail 29.9.05 FANATICS USE 'PAEDOPHILE' SMEAR TACTIC AGAINST MAN By DAVID LINDSELL A MAN in Cobham has been falsely accused of being a paedophile by animal rights protesters in a "distressing” smear letter to his neighbours. Police say they have received reports of anonymous letters from extremists to residents in the Cobham area. The letters accuse the man, who is indirectly associated with the medical research industry, of being a convicted paedophile from the USA. Detective Sergeant Gerald Frain told the Cobham News & Mail: "The public can be reassured that these allegations are completely false…" (story)

Glasgow Herald 29.9.05 Lochside otter pen approved despite protests - VICKY COLLINS, Environment Correspondent - OTTERS are to be exhibited at a visitors' centre on the banks of Loch Lomond, despite objections from a national park and animal rights campaigners. West Dunbartonshire Council yesterday approved Merlin Entertainments' plan for an aquarium in Drumkinnon Tower, in which it is to show oriental short-clawed otters as its main attraction…. A spokesman for Advocates for Animals said: "We will continue to oppose this zoo and aquarium being built and will continue to raise public awareness of our concerns about the keeping of wild animals in captivity." (story)
Glasgow Herald 23.9.05 Loch otter pen set to go ahead despite protests - MARTYN McLAUGHLIN - PLANS to keep otters in a tourist attraction on the banks of Loch Lomond are likely to be approved next week. Animal welfare groups and the body charged with overseeing Scotland's first national park have criticised the proposal by Merlin Entertainments to place an otter enclosure in a converted visitor centre at Drumkinnon Tower in Balloch…. (story)

Western Morning News or Torquay Herald Express 29.9.05 RARE BEAR RESCUED BY FUNDRAISERS BY GLENN PRICE - Fundraisers collected £5,000 to secure the rescue of a rare bear that is enduring cruelty in a Chinese bile farm. The money raised by the South Devon China Bear Rescue Support Group will ensure that Stardust, a moon bear, will go to the Animals Asia Foundation's rehabilitation centre in Chengdu next spring. Jill Robinson MBE, founder of the AAF, was presented with a £5,000 cheque by members of the support group… (story)

EDINBURGH ZOO
Independent 29.9.05 Mercedes the polar bear is subject of a heated debate By Paul Kelbie, Scotland Correspondent - With her head on her paws, Mercedes, the only polar bear in British captivity, slept yesterday, oblivious to a heated debate about her living conditions and the future of her species…. Yesterday afternoon, Edinburgh Zoo's Committee on Animal Welfare and Ethics met to discuss the future of polar bears at the zoo amid protests against any change to current policy. One group pointed out it was particularly unfair to keep the great beasts, which can grow up to 10ft tall, in captivity. "Polar bears are about the most unsuitable animals to be kept in zoos," said Ross Minett, director of the Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals… WWF has also joined the chorus of protest against breeding endangered species in zoos…. (story)
Times 29.9.05 How a lonely, widowed polar bear got zoo in hot water with activists BY SHIRLEY ENGLISH - THE plight of Britain’s last captive polar bear has provoked a bitter row after Edinburgh Zoo said that it is considering breeding the mammals…. Two animal rights groups, Advocates for Animals and the Born Free Foundation, have accused the zoo of reneging on its pledge for commercial reasons. They have called on the Scottish Parliament to ban the practice of keeping polar bears in captivity…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 28.9.05 Animal protesters renew bear fight - ANIMAL welfare groups have again called for Edinburgh Zoo to abandon plans for a new polar bear enclosure ahead of a meeting today… Advocates for Animals said taking in another polar bear would be "unjustified and unethical". (story)

Daily Post 29.9.05 AAnimal sanctuary in need of cash miracle by Ian Spindley, North Wales Weekly Newspapers series - SHOPS are fundraising to support the struggling animal sanctuary Freshfields at Nasareth…. Its two charity shops in Porthmadog and Caernarfon are raising only about half the £1,000 a week needed for feed and veterinary bills. Freshfields' Porthmadog shop manager Trisha Sharpe said several town businesses had kindly donated raffle prizes… Freshfields' founder Lesley Tarleton said: "We are still considering all options, but the most likely is to move somewhere smaller nearby with better grazing, by next summer. We need a miracle really."… (story)
Daily Post 1.9.05 Animal sanctuary in closure threat By Carl Butler, Daily Post - A NORTH Wales animal sanctuary is facing closure because there isn't enough money to run it. Freshfields animal rescue at Nasareth, between Caernarfon and Porthmadog, desperately needs help. If volunteers - and more importantly financial backing - are not found then charity founder Lesley Tarleton, 56, says she will call it a day… (story)
BBC News Online 1.9.05 Animal sanctuary in cash crisis - A Gwynedd animal sanctuary has been threatened with closure because there is not enough money to run it. The trustees of the Freshfields sanctuary at Nasareth, between Caernarfon and Porthmadog, are meeting on Friday to discuss its future…. Lesley Tarleton from the centre said the present income of £500 a week was only half what they needed…. (story)

Pontefract & Castleford Express 29.9.05 Animal circus protest By Sally Atkinson - ANIMAL lovers protested outside a circus during its five-night run in Castleford against its use of a performing bear. Audiences were faced with protest banners and presented with animal rights leaflets as they entered and left Jolly's Circus at Stainburn Avenue, Glass Houghton last week. Protest organiser Christine Collinson said: "It has gone very well. We spoke to a lot of people who said they didn't even know animals were involved. Lots of people got behind our protest and have been stopping me in the street to say they supported us."… Jolly's Circus spokesman Chris Barltrop said: "I am glad these protests were peaceful and that a conversation took place, but I still say that the small number of protestors compared to the great number of people who came to see the show clearly demonstrates how the majority of the public feel about this."… (story)

Western Gazette 29.9.05 PEOPLE GIVE FOR LOVE OF ANIMALS - Local members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held a street collection in Yeovil on Saturday, 17 September, and raised £330. This money will be used to help rescue animal victims of Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area of America. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster PETA staff members and volunteers were not allowed into affected areas, and people were forced to abandon their much loved pets when they themselves were rescued. Since PETA were allowed in, they have been toiling around the clock to help stranded animals in the city…. Name and address supplied (letter)

Frome & Somerset Standard 29.9.05 FISH SHOULDN'T BE GIVEN AWAY AS CARNIVAL PRIZES - Now that the carnival and fair are over, I am sure discussion and evaluation will take place over how successful it was… To see fish put into small bags and sold as prizes in the knowledge that many are sick due to being in the bags is unacceptable and needs to stop… SHARON EDNEY, Vallis Road, Frome (letter)

Warminster & Westbury Standard 1.10.05 THREE-LEGGED FUNDRAISING WALK - Warminster: A local mother is gearing up for a mile-and-a-half walk to shave her head this weekend to mark World Farm Animals D ay. Donna Fluke, Compassion in World Farming supporter will take on a three-legged walk challenge with her daughter, Georgia, sporting chicken outfits…. (story)
Wiltshire Times 23.9.05 Mad about animals - A MUM and daughter are dressing up as farmyard animals for a three-legged walk from Chapmanslade to Warminster. Donna Fuke, 39, of High Street Chapmanslade, and her 10-year-old daughter Georgia, above, will be raising money for Compassion in World Farming, which fights for better treatment for farm animals… (story in archive)

28.9.05

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 28.9.05 COUNTRY HARMONY A MYTH, SAYS MP - The hunting debate has highlighted deeper seated conflicts in the countryside where villages are in danger of dying on their feet, Stroud MP David Drew has told delegates at the Labour party conference. Mr Drew told a fringe meeting that the hunting debate had exploded the myth that the countryside was a harmonious, pastoral place…. (story)

The Sun 28.9.05 Labour conference arrest By PETE BELL - THREE people have been arrested following an overnight attack on a display stand belonging to the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance at the Labour Party conference in Brighton. An estimated £3,000 worth of damage was caused to the fittings which were on display in the main exhibition area in the Metropole Hotel…. (story)
BBC News Online 28.9.05 Labour stall attack - three held - Three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after the Countryside Alliance stand at the Labour conference was vandalised. Sussex Police said two women were arrested in "a drunken state" at 0230 in a hotel. A man was arrested at 0700 in a nearby hotel in Brighton…. (story)

Essex Evening Echo 28.9.05 Basildon: Angela's plea for animal welfare - MORE than 100 supporters turned out last night to hear anti-hunting MP Angela Smith continue her campaign for animal welfare at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Mrs Smith, who was at the forefront of the fight to ban hunting with dogs, addressed a fringe meeting of Labour's Animal Welfare Group…. (story in archive)

Coventry Evening Telegraph 28.9.05 I'd rather be killed by dogs than an owl By Duncan Gibbons And Andrew Heath - The joint master of the Warwickshire Hunt has admitted that if he was a fox he would rather be killed by a pack of hounds than a bird of prey. Antony Spencer made the admission after the hunt began using eagle owls at the start of the season two weeks ago…. Janet Cummins, from Rugby, said: "It is barbaric and you would think this sort of practice would have died out in the 17th century."… (story)

BBC News Online 28.9.05 No devastation reported by hunts - Fox hunting in England has been almost completely unaffected by the highly contested ban on the sport introduced earlier this year, according to research by the BBC News Website. Despite predictions of massive job losses and huge culls of horses and hounds following the hunting ban, many English hunts are now reporting business as usual … Ashford Valley Hunt chairman Richard Middleton said: "We will never intend to break the law, we won't need to. The media and general public will very rapidly see that the law has made no difference whatsoever."… (story)
BBC News Online 28.9.05 Hunt 'happy' working within ban - Just seven months after the ban on hunting with dogs came into force in England the BBC News Website went along to an evening meet complete with huntsmen, hounds and an eagle owl…. One thing that has changed is the hunt, which we have agreed not to identify to protect members from possible recriminations, is being followed by a falconer with a European eagle owl, a new partnership to keep it within the law…. (story)
BBC News Online 28.9.05 Teaching hunting dogs new tricks - Hunts in England are employing a variety of methods to avoid any of the much predicted devastation after the hunting ban. They range from those believed to be carrying on hunting live foxes, to several hunts which have admitted to buying eagle owls to get around the law… Cheshire Forest Hunt chairman, Jeremy Weston said: "Hunting has not been banned as such, its just been messed around with. We hope to keep the organisation going until the idiocy of the law is realised."… In Chipping Norton, the Heythrop Hunt said it had bought a European eagle owl as using dogs to flush out wild mammals for a bird of prey is an exemption within the act. The Surrey Union Hunt will flush out foxes with two hounds while nearby the rest of the hunt will participate in hunting an artificial trail… Other hunts reported a more cautious approach to the ban. Bob Brierley, spokesman for the Worcester Hunt said they had cut back as far as they could with their staff… South Shropshire Hunt secretary Patricia Cornes said: "We are looking at the law as temporary and we are fighting for a change."… In Devon, Guy Morlock of the Spooners and West Dartmoor Hunt said he is put off breaking the law by the huge fines…. (story)

Guardian 28.9.05 Which house really holds the power? - Roy Hattersley - Gratitude is not one of the fox's defining characteristics. And politics is a notoriously mean-minded trade. So it seems unlikely that either man or beast will afford Gerald Kaufman the credit he deserves for the part he played in guaranteeing the passage of the hunting bill. Yet I am assured, on comparatively reliable authority, that it was his meeting with the prime minister - about which, modestly, he will not speak - that swung the balance in favour of the outright prohibition…. Gerald Kaufman will, no doubt, behave with complete consistency and vote - even when his heart is not in it - to maintain the primacy of the Commons. Not me. I want hunting banned and jury trials reprieved…. (story)

Oxford Mail 28.9.05 I do care about my poultry - With regard to Bea Bradley's comments about my apparent lack of care in securing my poultry (Oxford Mail, September 8), I would point out they are unfounded…. Speaking of intellect, perhaps Ms Bradley hasn't grasped the point that foxes are not only predators during darkness. My friend in Kingston, Surrey, has given up keeping poultry, as the foxes are so unafraid of man that, while he was gardening during the day, they would snatch hens in front of him. David Youd, Barlow Close, Wheatley (letter in archive)

Telegraph 28.9.05 City comment Edited by Kate Rankine, Deputy City Editor - They may be barking but animal activists still carry a fearsome bite - When the Government brought in new animal rights laws in July they were "welcomed" by so many people that it might have been simpler to hang bunting on the Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately, the very laws that aimed to protect legitimate business seem to have thrown down a gauntlet to the small number of terrorists who think it is acceptable to burn down people's homes to make a point…. Firebombing humans is scarcely a logical way to show you care about animals - but activists don't tend to be logical people. However welcome the laws might be, it's difficult to legislate against terrorism. Until the police deal with animal extremism properly, the UK isn't going to be a good place for pharmaceutical investment (story)

Western Daily Press 28.9.05 FARMERS' WARNING FOR ANTI-MILK AD - West farming bosses have warned a vegan campaign group its latest shock tactic to warn people off drinking milk will backfire. Viva! claims its giant billboard, showing a well-dressed businessman drinking milk straight from a cow, will highlight the "unnatural" aspects of drinking milk… National Farmers' Union spokesman Ian Johnson said: "The fact is that for every one spurious reason Viva! advances for not drinking milk, there are probably ten good ones for doing so…." (story)

Guardian 28.9.05 Vegans force Nestlé climbdown - Stephen Brook, advertising correspondent - The Vegan Society has forced Nestlé into a public climbdown over claims the company made about the role of calcium in a healthy diet. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the Nestlé advertorial was misleading because it claimed that dairy products were "essential for healthy bones"…"This is a real example of David triumphing over the might of Goliath," said the Vegan Society chairman, Alex Bourke….(story)

Western Daily Press 28.9.05 A NEW DAWN FOR THE MOON BEARS - A Most incredible journey has taken place. It happened away from our shores, but the travellers carried the heart and strength of our West Country readers with them. Some people mocked the Western Daily Press and a Somerset charity mission as we pledged to free the tortured and tormented Moon Bears of China…. (story)

Western Daily Press 28.9.05 TV FILE ON GASSING - Regarding the source of the information on the gassing of badgers. This was shown on Countryfile (BBC 1, Sundays, 11.30am) a short while ago. This item made it clear badgers were being killed - not by Defra, but farmers…. Pamela Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (story)

Western Daily Press 28.9.05 FUR FLIES OVER J-LO FASHIONS - Good on Paul McCartney's missus (pictured) for taking on fur-wearing J-Lo and shaming her animal slaughtering fashion house Sweetface…. (story)

27.9.05

Western Morning News 27.9.05 GOVERNMENT MUST REBUILD RELATIONS WITH COUNTRYSIDE - JASON GROVES LONDON EDITOR IN BRIGHTON - THE Government's hunting ban has "driven a wedge" between town and country, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight admitted yesterday as he urged Labour activists to try to build bridges with rural communities. Speaking to a fringe meeting at Labour's annual conference in Brighton, Mr Knight said he regretted the damage that the controversial ban had caused to relations with large sections of the rural community…(story)
Birmingham Post 27.9.05 Cheap countryside homes policy 'not working' - Labour's affordable homes policy is not working for low income families, a rural housing charity chief claimed. Moira Constable, of the Rural Housing Trust… told a Labour Party conference fringe meeting on rural revival: "We have to put more money into rented housing…" Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight, who also attended the meeting, said he listened carefully to Ms Constable…. Mr Knight admitted the hunting bill had "driven a wedge between the rural areas and the majority in the urban areas". (story)

BBC News Online 27.9.05 How do hunters plan to get round the ban? - The hunting season is under way and, despite the new ban, foxes will not be resting easy. How so? Activists fighting the anti-hunt legislation are urging horseback hunters to saddle up and give the government a run for its money as the new hunting season gets underway…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.9.05 Healthy fox population - LAST week my wife received a letter from the Polsloe Veterinary Clinic, Exeter, reminding her that our cat was due for a free dental examination. Is this what Giles Bradshaw had in mind when writing his letter (WMN, September 6) about the need to maintain a healthy fox population?... Mr Bradshaw says that hunting targets the old, sick and weak, but my understanding is that the job of the "harbourer" is to select the strongest stag to give the hunters a long run for their money… It cannot be much fun chasing old sick and weak animals. John Phelps, Exeter (letter)

Western Morning News 27.9.05 Rabbit extermination - SO now Anthony Gibson, of the National Farmers' Union, and his fellow farmers want to start exterminating rabbits just as they do badgers. BSE is farmers' own fault, caused by their own actions. Likewise, the rise of the rabbit population is their fault for persecuting foxes…. Joyce Stevens, Bere Alston (letter)

Yorkshire Post 27.9.05 OLYMPIC HOPE THAT HANDGUN BAN MAY BE RELAXED - Simon McGee - MINISTERS are in sensitive high level talks aimed at convincing the Home Secretary to lift part of the pistol ban that has kept Britain's Olympic shooting team in exile for the past eight years. Legislation passed by successive Tory and Labour governments in the wake of the Dunblane massacre in 1996 outlawed handguns in Britain – even for licensed sport…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.9.05 MP CLASHES WITH ANIMAL CAMPAIGNERS ON SHOOTING - A labour MP yesterday launched a bitter attack on an animal welfare campaign group, accusing it of misrepresenting party plans over the future of shooting and angling. The row erupted at a Labour conference fringe meeting in Brighton organised by the League Against Cruel Sports after chief executive Douglas Batchelor called for an end to a cruel "killing" field in the countryside that saw millions of birds slaughtered annually for sport… But Reading West MP Martin Salter, a keen angler who advises Sports Minister Richard Caborn on hunting and shooting, accused it of misrepresenting Labour… (story)
Western Mail 27.9.05 Labour MP attacks move to ban shooting - A Labour MP yesterday launched a bitter attack on an animal welfare campaign group, accusing it of misrepresenting party plans over the future of shooting and angling. The row erupted at a Labour conference fringe meeting in Brighton organised by the League Against Cruel Sports… Martin Salter, a keen angler who advises Sports Minister Richard Caborn on hunting and shooting, accused it of misrepresenting Labour… Turning to Mr Batchelor, he said, 'You have got some issues to ask yourselves in the league about your honesty and consistency…." he warned Mr Batchelor, 'You will not find a second of parliamentary time wasted on your agenda, trying to restrict shooting. We believe it makes a tremendous contribution to the rural economy and bio-diversity.' (story)

Western Mail 27.9.05 Lib-Dem spokesman support shooting - SENIOR Liberal Democrat MPs have expressed their support for shooting at a conference fringe event hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Country Land and Business Association in Blackpool. Home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten (pictured) said it was important not to assume that there will be legislation to ban shooting…. (story)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 27.9.05 Fish have a right to life - At last, someone who agrees with my sentiments. Kelly Slade, I applaud you! My husband is an avid angler and often complains about cormorants and herons eating the fish he catches. All the years he has been an angler I have never bought him anything to do with his so-called sport. The reason? It's downright vicious, as bad as badger baiting, fox hunting and even dog fighting!... J Martin, Gleaston Walk, Wolverhampton (story)

Carlisle News & Star 27.9.05 Amalgamation will increase crime - THE proposed amalgamation of small police forces to create larger ones is a worrying development for Cumbria. While we are assured that local policing will remain unaffected by the move, it would be naive to suppose that things will not change for the worse… In the opinion of the Cumbria Committee of the Countryside Alliance, which represents members from all over the county, Cumbria has nothing to gain from an amalgamation – but a lot to lose. TOM FELL, North West Regional Director, The Countryside Alliance, ALISON BOLT, Cumbria County Chairman, The Countryside Alliance (letter)

Western Mail 27.9.05 'Rural stress on increase' - Steve Dube, Western Mail - A NEW survey of rural health workers and volunteers, released at the beginning of Rural Health Week, identifies an increase in rural stress, especially among land managers and country sports workers. The research, by the Countryside Alliance, questioned 500 rural health workers and volunteers and received a 30% response rate…. "The Government must look hard at why the health of the countryside appears to be declining, and do all it can to support and encourage struggling rural communities." (story)

Mid Sussex Times 27.9.05 FIRM TO MOVE INTO ERICSSON SITE - A FIRM targeted by animal rights activists is moving to the former Ericsson site at Burgess Hill. Roche Diagnostics of Bell Lane, Lewes, employs more than 200 people and nearly all current staff are expected to move to the new 80,000 sq ft headquarters on the edge of the Victoria Industrial Park next summer… (story)

Romford Recorder 27.9.05 RSPCA loses in bid to re-home pets THE RSPCA has been accused of putting "financial motives" above animal welfare after a plan to re-home seized animals failed. Three cats, and 27 puppies were seized by the RSPCA and police from The Family Pet Shop in North Street, Romford, in September last year and boarded at kennels in Kent. On Monday the RSPCA applied to Havering Magistrates' Court for an order, which would allow them to re-home the pets. Kennel costs for them had reached £70,000. The application failed and the judgement means Doreen Pemberton, former owner of the pet shop, could get the animals back if found not guilty of causing animals suffering. Her trial starts at the end of October…. (story)

Western Daily Press 27.9.05 RACING PIGEONS FACE A STICKY END - Peter Bryant of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association says the birds' welfare is considered before releasing them to race (WDP, September 19), but fails to mention what happens to those that are late returning home or no longer able to race! My father-in-law breeds and races pigeons whose necks are wrung if they are unable to compete. Gemma Nichols Nottingham (letter)

HOLYROOD PIGEONS
Edinburgh Evening News 27.9.05 Group wins pledge on baby pigeons - IAN SWANSON - SCOTTISH Parliament bosses have promised any baby pigeons found at the Holyrood building will be saved after animal welfare campaigners voiced fears contractors might kill them…. Ross Minett, director of Advocates for Animals, wrote to the parliament demanding assurances… Emma Haskell, director of the Pigeon Control Advisory Service UK, said pigeons bred all the year round and there were almost certain to be nests in the recesses of the MSP block, which has been at the centre of the pigeon problem…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 21.9.05 Holyrood pigeons face 'cruel death' - IAN SWANSON - ANTI-PIGEON nets being installed at the Scottish Parliament will mean a cruel, lingering death for birds and new problems for politicians, it was claimed today. Pressure group Animal Concern has issued a last-minute plea to MSPs to think again about their latest attempt at deterring pigeons from making their home at Holyrood…. PiCAS also condemned any move to bring in a hawk to scare away the pigeons, as suggested in a motion by Tory MSP Brian Monteith…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 19.9.05 Experts in flap over Holyrood 'cure' for its pigeon problem - IAN SWANSON - EXPERTS called in to advise the Scottish Parliament on how to handle its pigeon problem today launched a bitter attack on Holyrood bosses for ignoring their ideas. The Pigeon Control Advisory Service said it had recommended placing anti-roosting spikes on the MSP block to keep the birds away - but the parliament rejected the idea for "aesthetic" reasons. PiCAS UK director Emma Haskell said: "Anti-roosting spikes would be the ideal solution…." (story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 27.9.05 Animal aid - THE anti-fur organisation Respect for Animals would like to send their sincere thanks to all volunteers and donors who helped to raise a total of £103.34 in a street collection held in Swindon town centre on September 10, 2005…. R De Ville, Street collections co-ordinator, Respect for Animals, Nottingham (letter in archive)

Scotsman 27.9.05 Trappers to restart isles hedgehog cull - FRANK URQUHART - TRAPPERS arrived back on North Uist and Benbecula yesterday for the latest controversial cull of hedgehogs on the islands to help save their internationally important bird populations. They will again be restricted to killing the animals by lethal injection, following a decision by Scottish Natural Heritage, a leading partner in the Uist Wader Project, to shelve plans to shoot hedgehogs after locating them using tracker dogs…. Legislation covering the use of dogs for hunting wild animals, requires that any animal found by a dog must then be shot, rather than put down…. (story)

News Shopper 27.9.05 Blair should phase out battery farms - WHY doesn't this Government insist on stricter enforcement of this country's anti-cruelty laws for animals? Among the many meaningless promises Tony Blair made to get elected, he promised he would phase out the battery farming of chickens…. Iris J Girling, Hope Close, SE12 (letter)

26.9.05

Haverhill Echo 26.9.05 Hunt kennels holds open day to educate - Wet weather didn't deter visitors from the Thurlow Hunt Kennels open day at the weekend, which organisers say will return next year, as a result of its continuing success. The kennels opened its doors for a free event which aimed to show people how the hunt works and the way it is linked to countryside life. … (story)

BASC LOCAL GAME LETTER
Northern Echo 26.9.05 SHOOTING - HELEN Shuker of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (HAS, Sept 19) writes that Labour's Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight has given his backing to shooting… Can we not have the habitats without the killing of wildlife?... John Gill, Consett. (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 19.9.05 GAME SHOOTING - Helen Shuker, BASC, Wrexham. (letter in archive)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 17.9.05 Game shooting brings benefits - Helen Shuker. BASC, Wrexham. (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 15.9.05 GAME SHOOTING HELPS WILDLIFE - HELEN SHUKER British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) (letter)
Scunthorpe Telegraph 14.9.05 BACKING FOR GAME SHOOTING - Helen Shuker, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham (story)
Sunderland Echo 13.9.05 Game shooting Helen Shuker, BASC (letter)
Bath Chronicle 12.9.05 GAME FOR SHOOTING - HELEN SHUKER, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 12.9.05 LOOK OUT FOR LOCAL GAME - HELEN SHUKER, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Wrexham (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 10.9.05 Shooting will save our birds - LABOUR’S Rural Affairs minister, Jim Knight, has given his backing to shooting, saying that the Government values "its contribution to environmental protection and land management”…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) Green Shoots programme brings together the managers of shooting land, local wildlife trusts and other interested bodies, who work together to improve the number and quality of habitats for plants and animals in the countryside…. Game is shot for the pot and is a wild and natural source of food. Keep an eye out for it this winter at your local game dealer and in your supermarket. HELEN SHUKER, British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)

South Wales Echo 26.9.05 THE decision by the Government to cull 3,000 cormorants is shameful. These birds enliven our river estuaries, harbours and lakes…. Bill Julian, Trenchard Drive, Llanishen, Cardiff (letter)

Northern Echo 26.9.05 Minster hosts animal service - YORK Minster is to host a service dedicated to the welfare of animals. The Service for Animal Welfare has been jointly organised by the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) and Catholic Concern for Animals…. (story in archive)

Bristol Evening Post 26.9.05 ANIMAL WELFARE AWARDS - Tv Celebrity Chris Tarrant is hunting for animal welfare heroes from Bristol. If he is successful, they could win an award that will be presented at the House of Lords. Chris has joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to reward people who have done something significant to help animals… (story)

25.9.05

Sunday Times 25.9.05 Interview: Jasper Gerard meets Kate Hoey - As a child she scampered to the top of a field where she would feed the chickens until the day she found that a fox had torn off all their heads. As a Labour MP she has been the wiliest opponent of a government bent on stopping the hunting of foxes. Now, as the new head of the Countryside Alliance, she will ride out on November 5 for the start of the hunting season to light a bonfire under the ban…. How, exactly, has a former Marxist turned Labour member for Vauxhall ridden out with the Beaufort and surrounded herself with tweedies? "It is surprising how many Labour supporters there are in the Countryside Alliance. And,” she smiles, "though I had better be careful about saying this, I have almost as many members of the Countryside Alliance in Vauxhall as I do members of the Labour party.”… Soon we will see a lot more of Hoey on the screen and in the stirrup. Her message might resonate. If Blair and his urban sophisticates wonder where lies her appeal, I can tell them: it is in her country honesty. (story)

Observer 25.9.05 Number of the beasts - Ruaridh Nicoll - A friend is doing battle against the dreaded American mink. A resident of the Western Isles, he sets live traps around the inlets of the Lochs, chugging about in his boat each day to see how he's done. He is slowly putting together a remarkably non-PC coat for his wife, although it suffers a little from bullet holes. He dives for a living and can't find it in himself to drown the creatures…. Hedgehogs. Being British, this has obviously been the most controversial of the eradication programmes…. SNH finds itself unable to hunt Tiggywinkles with dogs because of the ban brought in to stop foxhunting…. (story)

24.9.05

Western Daily Press 24.9.05 'DE NNIS' E NJOYS HIS NEW LIFE WITH THE HUNT - I Am OFTEN asked what happens to the horses when they leave our care and I can fondly report that Earthmover, is contentedly enjoying his new life… 'Dennis' as he is known, was given by his owner Roger Penny to Charlotte Alexander… Last weekend he was out and about at hound exercise and loving every minute of it. Seemorebusiness enjoys his hunting with Emma Barber… (story)

Leicester Mercury 24.9.05 CRIMINAL GANGS STAGING CRUEL, ILLEGAL BLOODSPORTS - Criminal gangs are mounting night-time raids in the countryside to stage and bet on cruel and illegal bloodsports. Offenders hurtle across farmers' fields in stolen vehicles and use headlights or powerful searchlights to find and herd wild deer. They then unleash packs of vicious dogs that chase the animals across the fields, often to their deaths, while putting bets on the outcomes…. Pc Jon Rigby, a force wildlife officer, said officers would use new powers under the Hunting Act 2004 to arrest poachers and seize vehicles and dogs from anyone suspected of poaching…. (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 24.9.05 Protesters to target visiting animal circus - A CIRCUS under fire for its use of animals is pitching up in Heckmondwike. Animal welfare campaigners today urged families to boycott the visit by Peter Jolly's Circus… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 24.9.05 KATRINA'S ANIMAL VICTIMS - Janet Wenske raised the issue of the treatment of the animals affected by Hurricane Katrina Post, September 14). Janet (who is well-known to Post readers for her letters defending the welfare and rights of animals) asked what American animal welfare organisations are doing to help these animals… As early as September 6, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been calling on the authorities to allow the rescue of companion animals. By September 10, PETA rescue teams were getting animals out of what resembled a war zone…. ANDREW SAUNDERS Orchard Drive Calverton (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 14.9.05 Why not let pets be rescued, too? Whilst watching the news reports on Hurricane Katrina, I was appalled to discover that soldiers doing house-to-house searches were telling survivors they could not take their pets with them…. JANET WENSKE Gardenia Grove Mapperley (letter)

National GAA Football and Hurling 24.9.05 Animal rights give supporter grief - Animal rights supporters in Kerry have lashed a local farmer for using marking fluid to turn out up to 50 of his animals in the green and gold of Kerry!... Animal Rights Action Network co-ordinator John Carmody said it was "absolutely appalling" to do such a thing to animals…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 24.9.05 Pigeon problems will soar if action delayed - AFTER all the problems the Scottish Parliament building has faced, one would like to think that decisions would now be based on the best available advice and common sense. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case with regards the problem of pigeons on the building… We urge those responsible to heed PiCAS's advice of installing a dovecot with egg removal facilities, to concentrate and control the current nesting population. Unless action is taken now the problem will spiral out of control. Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

23.9.05

Rutland Times 23.9.05 Nelson gets a surprise visit from his old friends - There's nothing unusual about old friends meeting up in the pub on a Saturday afternoon – unless they all have four legs and a tail. But every dog has his day and canine chums reunited in Ryhall with Millstone regular Nelson after his owner heard his old hunting friends were back in the area for the start of the season. The basset hound was adopted by landlord Chris Overend in March after retiring from his hunting pack and last weekend was their first reunion…. (story may only be on website for a week)

Cumberland News 23.9.05 As huntsmen get ready for a new season – was the ban pointless? By Chris Story - CUMBRIAN hunts are saddling up for the new season with many questioning the point of a fox hunting ban…. Cumberland Foxhounds spokesman Adrian Francis believes the ban has only brought about more foxes suffering an agonising death… Peter Wybergh, huntmaster of the Cumberland Farmers’ Foxhounds, said they still plan to hunt within the law. He added: "The hounds are still there. Did everyone just expect us to run out and shoot them?..." (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 23.9.05 Weather and stock the ‘gentle show’ highlights - LOWESWATER and Brackenthwaite is the agricultural show that time forgot…. RESULTS: Melbreak foxhounds: Best walked dog: J. Jackson’s Gambler… Foxhounds: Best group of four hounds from recognised fell pack: Blencathra. Best foxhound in show: Cumberland’s Truly. Open foxhounds: Best looking dog: Ullswater’s Banker… (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 23.9.05 Large crowd at shepherds' meet - A SUCCESSFUL "find” and a fine day had the organisers of Sunday’s Borrowdale Shepherds’ Meet and Show wreathed in smiles… Dogs play a big part in Borrowdale Show and the Melbreak pack had the champion foxhound with Bellman…. RESULTS… Foxhounds Group of four: Blencathra. Pair: Blencathra. Entered dog: Ullswater. Entered bitch: Blencathra. Unentered dog: Melbreak…. (story)

Post & Times 23.9.05 FARMERS' FEARS OVER FUEL PRICE RISE …I wonder how many readers realise that by walking their dogs they could become criminals. The Hunting Act has serious implications for all dog owners. They could be prosecuted for allowing dogs, when out for a stroll in the countryside, to hunt any wild mammal. What I did find amusing was the exempt category. It's still legal for a pack of dogs to go in hot pursuit after rats and rabbits but, for example, if your pet dog chases a squirrel, a hare or even a mouse you will be committing an offence… Flushing mammals to birds of prey, under the Hunting Act, is legal. Any number of dogs may be used…. (story)

Western Morning News 23.9.05 LOSS OF GREAT HUNT SUPPORTER - Point-to-point enthusiasts will be saddened to learn that Julie Simmons, a stalwart of the Torrington Farmers Foxhounds, has died after losing her battle against cancer… (story)

LORD WATSON JAILED FOR HOTEL FIRE
Horse & Hound 23.9.05 Scottish hunt ban Lord sent to jail - Lord Watson of Invergowrie has been jailed for 16 months following a drunken episode at the Politician of the Year Awards last November… The peer, and former member of the Scottish Parliament, who pioneered the flawed ban on hunting in Scotland, was told in court yesterday that 'Someone in public office ought to know how to conduct himself on all occasions.'… (story)
Telegraph 23.9.05 Drunk peer who started fire in hotel is jailed for 16 months By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - A drunken Labour peer, who endangered lives by deliberately starting a fire in a luxury hotel, was jailed for 16 months yesterday. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, 56, the politician who pioneered the foxhunting ban in Scotland, set fire to a curtain after staff refused to give him more drink. He had admitted a charge of wilful fire-raising at an earlier hearing…. (story)
Independent 23.9.05 Labour peer sent to jail for setting fire to hotel By Matthew Beard - The Labour peer Mike Watson has been jailed for 16 months and stripped of his party membership for drunkenly starting a fire at a hotel hosting a party for fellow politicians… (story)
Guardian 23.9.05 Prison for drunken peer who set fire to hotel curtain - Gerard Seenan - The Labour peer Mike Watson woke up this morning in a prison cell after he was sentenced yesterday to 16 months for drunkenly setting fire to a curtain in an Edinburgh hotel and endangering guests and staff…. (story)
Times 23.9.05 Labour peer jailed for hotel fire BY DAVID LISTER, SCOTLAND CORRESPONDENT - A DISGRACED Labour peer was sentenced to 16 months in prison yesterday for deliberately starting a fire at an exclusive Edinburgh hotel… (story)
Scotsman 23.9.05 Downfall of fireraiser Watson complete - JOHN ROBERTSON - LABOUR peer Mike Watson's fall from grace was completed yesterday when he was led in handcuffs and with head bowed to the cells to start a 16-month jail sentence for fireraising…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 23.9.05 Watson jailed for 16 months - TOM GORDON, LUCY ADAMS & MICHAEL SETTLE - LORD Watson of Invergowrie's descent from pillar of the community to pariah was complete yesterday, as he was led from court in handcuffs to begin a 16-month jail sentence for wilful fire-raising…. (story)
Dundee Courier 23.9.05 Peer’s jail shame over hotel fire-raising By Steve Bargeton, political editor - SHAMED PEER Lord Mike Watson of Invergowrie last night started a 16-month jail sentence for starting a fire at a top hotel and endangering the lives of guests…. (story)
Daily Record 23.9.05 NATS CHEER VERDICT AS LABOUR LORD IS PUT BEHIND BARS - DELEGATES at the SNP conference cheered when they heard Watson had been jailed. The sentence was announced from the platform at the conference in Aviemore following a debate about the House of Lords…. (story)
Guardian 22.9.05 Labour peer jailed over hotel fire - A Labour peer and former MSP was jailed for 16 months today for deliberately starting a fire in a hotel room. Mike Watson early this month pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful fire-raising at the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh in November last year…. (story)
Times 22.9.05 Arsonist peer jailed for 16 months BY SAM KNIGHT - Lord Watson of Invergowrie, the Scottish peer who drunkenly set a pair of curtains alight in a smart hotel, was today jailed for 16 months… (story)
BBC News Online 22.9.05 Watson sentence: sheriff's statement - Sheriff Kathrine Mackie has sentenced former MSP Mike Watson to 16 months in prison for starting a fire at an Edinburgh hotel and endangering lives… (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 22.9.05 Final disgrace - DISGRACED Labour peer Mike Watson's career was today left in tatters. After being jailed for 16 months for fireraising he will be immediately expelled from the Labour Party. And the 56-year-old could face a fight to keep his peerage following moves by the Government to strip titles from peers who have been sent to prison…. Glasgow Tory MSP Bill Aitken said: "The sentence will not be 16 months thanks to the Labour-LibDem insistence on keeping the early release system. Lord Watson will be out in eight months."… (story)
Scotsman 22.9.05 Labour peer gets 16 months jail for fire-raising - BEN JUDGE - LABOUR Peer Lord Watson was today jailed for 16 months at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for setting fire to a hotel…. (story)
Scotsman 22.9.05 Labour peer jailed for hotel fire - Labour peer Lord Watson has been jailed for 16 months for starting a fire and endangering lives at an upmarket hotel…. (story)
icScotland 22.9.05 16 months' jail for hotel fire peer - Shamed Labour peer Mike Watson has been sentenced to 16 months' in jail by Edinburgh Sheriff Court for starting a fire and endangering lives at an upmarket hotel…. (story)
Scotsman 5.9.05 Lord Watson's expenses row - HAMISH MACDONELL - SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR - LORD Watson, the disgraced MSP convicted last week of fire-raising, is under renewed pressure to stop attending the House of Lords following revelations that he has claimed £21,000 worth of expenses from Westminster in just two years… (story)
Scotland on Sunday 4.9.05 Shamed MSP cashed in on being a peer - EDDIE BARNES - DISGRACED MSP Lord Mike Watson claimed expenses worth £21,000 during a two-year period 'moonlighting' at the House of Lords, during which he made only two speeches…. Although it is unclear how many times Watson voted, the records show he made two speeches during the period, one on the Hunting Bill he introduced in Scotland and another on the woeful state of Railtrack…. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 4.9.05 Elementary Watson still eligible to take parliaments for a ride - GERALD WARNER - SO FAREWELL then, My Lord Watson of Infernoglory. You carried the torch for socialism, but this is the final curtain. You were a safe pair of hands except when they were holding a box of Swan Vestas. If ever there was an icon of Scottish Labour politics it is surely you. In your career and demeanour we see the complete encapsulation of the New Scotland…. Lord Watson's anti-hunting legislation - a cause in which he admitted he had no real interest - has wrecked the lives of poor people in rural areas…. The hunting community at least now has cause to celebrate. They will be opening the champagne in Fife and the Borders, sounding the call in salute to Watson, über-clown among Holyrood's menagerie of buffoons: "Gone away!" (story)
Dundee Courier 3.9.05 Politics still offers peer rich pickings By Steve Bargeton, political editor - SHAMED PEER Lord Watson of Invergowrie could still make a handsome living from politics despite his conviction for wilful fire-raising…. (story)
Daily Record 3.9.05 CALL TO STRIP HIM OF TITLE - DISGRACED Labour MSP Mike Watson yesterday faced calls to be stripped of his peerage after admitting wilful fire-raising at an Edinburgh hotel… (story)
Daily Record 2.9.05 IT'S CURTAINS FOR LABOUR PEER - PAL'S ADVICE AS MSP ADMITS HOTEL FIRE-RAISING By Gordon McIlwraith - SHAME-FACED MSP Mike Watson yesterday humbly admitted he started a life-threatening fire at a hotel…. (story)
Daily Record 2.9.05 RISE AND FALL OF UNION MAN WHO BECAME LORD (story)
Independent 2.9.05 MSP admits setting fire to hotel curtains By Paul Kelbie, Scotland Correspondent - The political career of the Labour peer, Mike Watson, who pioneered the anti-hunting bill in the Scottish Parliament, was in ruins last night after he admitted deliberately starting a fire at an Edinburgh hotel…. (story)
Dundee Courier 2.9.05 Peer set fire after demanding alcohol - THE SCOTTISH Politician of the Year Awards is one of the highlights of the political social calendar, writes Steve Bargeton, political editor…. At one stage Lord Watson, who had been drinking heavily, approached a night porter to ask where he might find his coat and was told to try the cloakroom. "The accused was well under the influence of alcohol and quite hostile in his manner towards the night porter,” fiscal Adrian Fraser told Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday…. (story)
Dundee Courier 2.9.05 MSP’s career in ruins after fire admission By Steve Bargeton, political editor - LORD MIKE Watson of Invergowrie yesterday resigned in disgrace as an MSP and as a director of Dundee United Football Club after admitting deliberately starting a fire in a top Edinburgh hotel…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 2.9.05 Disgraced peer admits fire attack at luxury hotel - IAIN WILSON and TOM GORDON - THE life and career of the Labour peer, Lord Watson, was in ruins last night after he admitted deliberately starting a fire at an exclusive hotel following an awards ceremony for the country's leading politicians. The man who introduced the fox hunting ban to Scotland resigned immediately as an MSP. He could now be jailed but will still remain in the House of Lords…. (story)
Times 2.9.05 Kilted arsonist caught on camera BY ANGUS MACLEOD AND ALAN HAMILTON - A peer faces prison after he drunkenly set hotel curtains ablaze near a busy bar using matches from his sporran…(story)
Guardian 2.9.05 Labour peer admits starting hotel fire - Gerard Seenan - The Labour peer Mike Watson is facing jail and the end of his political career after he yesterday admitted deliberately staring a fire at a hotel after drinking "more than was wise"…. Lord Watson will be best remembered as the backbencher who introduced the bill which led to the fox-hunting ban in Scotland…. (story)
Telegraph 2.9.05 Peer started hotel fire after drinking spree at dinner By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - The career of a Labour politician was in ruins last night after he admitted setting fire to a hotel when he was told he could not have more alcohol. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, 56, is to resign from the Scottish Parliament and as a director of Dundee United and could be sent to prison when he is sentenced later this month…. (story)
Telegraph 2.9.05 Bizarre downfall of Lord Watson By Alan Cochrane - In more than 25 years of political reporting it was one of the most remarkable days I can remember…. We had all - hacks, MSPs and Scotland's burgeoning array of corporate sponsors - been together the previous evening at the Scottish Politician of the Year dinner at Prestonfield House, the lavishly refurbished hotel on Edinburgh's south side, ironically recently dubbed "Britain's most romantic hotel."….(story)
Scotsman 2.9.05 Calls for Watson to be stripped of title - JOHN ROBERTSON AND HAMISH MACDONELL … THE disgraced Labour MSP Mike Watson should be stripped of his peerage following his conviction for wilful fire-raising at an upmarket Edinburgh hotel, politicians demanded last night…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 1.9.05 Glasgow MSP admits blaze attack at hotel - The Glasgow Cathcart MSP admitted endangering lives by setting curtains alight in the reception area of Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 1.9.05 Lord admits hotel arson attack - LINDA SUMMERHAYES AND IAN SWANSON - LABOUR peer Mike Watson today pleaded guilty to setting fire to a pair of curtains and endangering the lives of guests at one of Edinburgh's top hotels… MIKE WATSON has never been far from controversy throughout his political career - from fighting a bitter battle to save his Commons seat to successfully arguing for the ban on fox-hunting… (story)
Aberdeen Evening Express 1.9.05 PEER ADMITS SETTING FIRE TO CURTAIN AT TOP HOTEL - Labour peer Mike Watson has admitted deliberately starting a fire at a hotel following an awards dinner last year. Lord Watson, 56, pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful fire-raising when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.9.05 Peer pleads guilty to fire charge - Labour peer and MSP Mike Watson has pleaded guilty to deliberately starting a fire and endangering life at an Edinburgh hotel last year…. Sentence has been deferred for three weeks. Watson, 56, said he intended to resign from the Scottish Parliament…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.9.05 Peer's political career unravels By Brian Taylor - On the backbenches at Holyrood, he provoked the noisiest protests the parliament has seen with his bill to abolish fox hunting in Scotland…. (story)
Times 31.8.05 Peer in court to deny starting hotel blaze BY ANGUS MACLEOD, SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR - LORD WATSON of Invergowrie appeared for a second time in court yesterday accused of setting fire to two curtains at a hotel and putting lives in danger. The Labour peer and MSP pleaded not guilty to two charges of wilful fire-raising when he made his first public appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Tuesday. Yesterday Paul Burns, his defence solicitor, gained a further continuation of the case, which will now resume tomorrow…. (story)
Scotsman 31.8.05 Lord Watson fire-raising court case adjourned for further talks - JOHN ROBERTSON LAW CORRESPONDENT - THE prosecution of Mike Watson, the Labour peer and MSP, on fire-raising charges was continued yesterday for more talks between the Crown and the defence…. (story)
icScotland 31.8.05 Peer Lord Watson faces fire charge - Labour peer Mike Watson has appeared in court accused of deliberately setting fire to two curtains at a plush hotel and putting lives in danger…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 31.8.05 Labour peer’s hotel fire-raising case further delayed - IAIN WILSON and TOM GORDON - A LABOUR peer appeared in court yesterday in connection with two charges of wilful fire-raising at a hotel. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, the 56-year-old MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, entered not guilty pleas to both counts through his lawyer at the city's sheriff court last week… (story)
Glasgow Herald 24.8.05 Lord Watson pleads not guilty to fire-raising at Edinburgh hotel - TOM GORDON and IAIN WILSON - LORD Watson of Invergowrie, the Labour MSP, yesterday appeared in court to deny two charges of wilful fire-raising at an Edinburgh hotel last year. The 56-year-old MSP for Glasgow Cathcart entered not guilty pleas to both counts through his lawyer at the city's sheriff court…. (story)
Scotsman 24.8.05 Lord Watson denies two charges of setting fire to hotel curtains - JOHN ROBERTSON, LAW CORRESPONDENT … Story in full THE Labour peer and MSP Mike Watson is facing charges of setting fire to curtains in two separate rooms of an exclusive hotel, it was revealed yesterday…. (story)
Daily Record 24.8.05 LABOUR LORD DENIES HOTEL FIRES By Gordon Mcilwraith - LABOUR peer and MSP Mike Watson yesterday denied two charges of wilful fireraising at a hotel. The incidents are alleged to have happened at Prestonfield Hotel in Edinburgh last November… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 23.8.05 Labour MSP Watson denies fire charges - VALERIE MACGREGOR - LABOUR peer and MSP Mike Watson today denied charges of willfully starting two fires at a plush Edinburgh hotel. The MSP for Glasgow Cathcart is accused of setting alight curtains in the reception area and the Yellow Room of the Prestonfield Hotel last November and endangering the staff and guests. Lord Watson appeared early at Edinburgh Sheriff Court wearing a black suit and red tartan tie while his solicitor Paul Burns pleaded not guilty on his behalf…. The MSP put forward the controversial member's bill that abolished foxhunting with dogs in Scotland and was appointed culture, tourism and sport minister four years ago under Jack McConnell… (story)
Scotsman 27.7.05 Lord Watson will stand trial on hotel fire charge - KEVIN SCHOFIELD - MIKE Watson, the Labour peer and MSP, will stand trial in September charged with wilful fire-raising at a luxury hotel, it was announced last night. The Crown Office has served Lord Watson of Invergowrie with an indictment in relation to an incident at Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh, on 12 November last year. Further details of the charges have not been released… As a back-bench MSP he was responsible for bringing forward the controversial members' bill that led to the ban on hunting with dogs in Scotland…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 26.7.05 Trial date for Lord Watson on fire-raising charges - TOM GORDON, Scottish Political Correspondent - LORD Watson, the Glasgow Labour MSP and former tourism minister, is due to stand trial in September to face two charges of wilful fire-raising. The Crown Office said it had served an indictment on Michael Watson, 56, in relation to an alleged incident at Prestonfield House Hotel, in Edinburgh, on November 12 last year… At Holyrood he made a name for himself with a member's bill to abolish fox hunting with dogs… (story)
Daily Record 26.7.05 FIRE TRIAL DATE FOR WATSON By Gordon Mcilwraith - LABOUR peer and MSP Mike Watson will appear in court next month to face charges of wilful fireraising… He was elected Glasgow Cathcart MSP in 1999 and is best known for drawing up the Bill that outlawed hunting with dogs in Scotland in 2000…. (story)
icScotland 26.7.05 Lord Watson faces fireraising trial - Labour peer Lord Watson will face charges of wilful fireraising in a Scottish court next month, the Crown Office said. Glasgow Cathcart MSP and former MP Lord (Mike) Watson, 56, is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday August 23 for a first diet - a procedural hearing and his earliest opportunity to enter a formal plea. A trial date has been scheduled for early September…. (story)
icScotland 1.12.04 Peer in court over hotel fire - Labour peer Mike Watson is due to appear in court in connection with an alleged fire-raising incident at a five-star hotel in Edinburgh…. (story)
Scotsman 1.12.04 MSP appears in court on charges of fire-raising at city hotel - EDWARD BLACK - LORD Watson of Invergowrie, the former government minister, appeared in court yesterday charged with two counts of fire-raising at a luxury Edinburgh hotel…. He made no plea when he appeared in private before the sheriff, Nigel Morrison, QC, but has categorically denied any wrongdoing…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 1.12.04 Lord Watson appears in court on fire-raising charges - RAYMOND DUNCAN - LORD Watson of Invergowrie, the Labour peer, appeared in court yesterday to face two charges of wilful fire-raising. The 55-year-old MSP for Glasgow Cathcart made no plea or declaration at the brief hearing in private before Sheriff Nigel Morrison, QC, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court…. At Holyrood, he made a name for himself by putting forward a member's bill to abolish fox-hunting (story)
Daily Record 1.12.04 WATSON IN COURT- LABOUR peer Mike Watson appeared in court yesterday charged with two counts of fire-raising…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 15.11.04 MSP charged after blaze claims - CATHCART MSP Mike Watson has been charged in connection with an incident at a top hotel after a prestigious awards ceremony…. (story)
Daily Record 15.11.04 WATSON CHARGED OVER FIRE IN HOTEL By Dave King - LABOUR peer Lord Watson has been arrested and charged by police after allegations that he started a fire at a top hotel, putting lives at risk…. (story)
Times 15.11.04 MSP charged over hotel fire claims - BY ANGUS MACLEOD - Labour suspends peer's membership - A LABOUR peer and MSP was charged last night in connection with a fire at a packed hotel in Edinburgh. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, 55, the MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, had earlier been questioned by police investigating the fire in the early hours of Friday morning…. (story)
Telegraph 15.11.04 Peer held after fire at hotel By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - The Labour peer Lord Watson was arrested and charged yesterday by police investigating a fire at a five-star hotel. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, a former minister whose Private Member's Bill led to the ban on foxhunting in Scotland, was among hundreds of guests at the Scottish Politician of the Year event in Edinburgh on Thursday night.... (story)
Independent 15.11.04 Labour suspends peer over hotel fracas By Harvey McGavin - Labour suspended one of its peers last night after he was charged by police over an incident at a five-star hotel following a gala dinner. The suspension means Lord Watson of Invergowrie cannot take the Labour whip in the House of Lords. Nor can he take the Labour whip in the Scottish Parliament, where he sits as Labour backbench MSP Mike Watson… He launched his own Bill, which was ultimately successful, to outlaw hunting with dogs in Scotland. (story)
icScotland 15.11.04 Watson suspended by Labour Party - Mike Watson, the Glasgow Cathcart MSP at the centre of a police probe into a fire at an Edinburgh hotel, has been suspended by the Scottish Labour Party…. (story)
icScotland 15.11.04 Watson charged over hotel incident - Labour peer Mike Watson was tonight charged by police over an incident at an upmarket Edinburgh hotel. The move follows an inquiry into claims that a curtain may have been set on fire at the five-star Prestonfield Hotel after a glittering awards ceremony…. (story)
Scotsman 15.11.04 Labour peer charged with hotel fire-raising - ANDREW DENHOLM - THE political career of Labour peer Mike Watson was hanging by a thread last night after he was charged by police following a fire at an Edinburgh hotel… (story)
Glasgow Herald 15.11.04 Labour MSP Lord Watson charged with fire-raising - DOUGLAS FRASER - LORD Watson, the former tourism minister, yesterday was arrested and charged by police in connection with an alleged fire-raising incident at one of Scotland's top hotels. It is understood the charge referred to "wilful fire-raising with endangerment to life"…. (story)
Sunday Times 14.11.04 Police study CCTV footage of Lord Watson at blaze hotel - MARK MACASKILL AND JASON ALLARDYCE - THE Labour peer and former cabinet minister Lord Watson spent yesterday watching football as police pored over closed-circuit television footage which shows him in the vicinity of a fire in one of Scotland’s most prestigious hotels… CCTV footage showed a kilted figure appearing to set fire to curtains in one of the areas where a blaze was started…. He quickly made his mark in the Scottish parliament, incurring the wrath of the countryside lobby incensed by the urban MSP’s controversial bill to ban hunting with dogs…. (story)
Scotsman 13.11.04 Labour peer at centre of inquiry into fire-raising at top hotel - WILLIAM LYONS AND IAN JOHNSTON - A Labour peer was under investigation last night after fires broke out at a five-star Scottish hotel in the early hours of yesterday morning. It is understood that Lord Watson of Invergowrie, who, until last year was the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in Scotland, was the subject of a complaint to police by the management of Prestonfield House Hotel, in Edinburgh. Just before the first outbreak of fire, it is believed that words were exchanged when a bar stopped serving drinks for the night after the Scottish Politician of the Year awards, sponsored by the Glasgow-based Herald newspaper…. Lord Watson last night emphatically rejected suggestions he was involved in fire-raising incidents at the Prestonfield… A close ally of Jack McConnell, Mike Watson attracted much publicity as the driving force behind the private member’s legislation, passed by the Scottish Parliament, which saw foxhunting outlawed in Scotland…. (story)
Daily Record 13.11.04 POLICE TO OUIZ MSP ON HOTEL FIRE - Riddle of Lord Watson and burning curtains - AN MSP is at the centre of a police investigation after two pairs of curtains were set on fire at a five-star hotel. Officers want to speak to Lord Watson of Invergowrie, a former Labour minister,about the incident.... He is best known for drawing up the bill, passed in 2000, which outlawed hunting with dogs in Scotland.... (story)
Dundee Courier 13.11.04 Labour peer at centre of hotel fire inquiry By Steve Bargeton and Alan Wilson - THE POLITICAL future of a prominent Labour politician hung in the balance last night after an alleged incident at a star-studded awards ceremony. Glasgow MSP Lord Watson of Invergowrie is alleged to have been involved in an incident at the hotel during which curtains were set on fire…. As an MSP, he has been in the public eye through his Bill to ban fox hunting with dogs…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 23.9.05 Duty to protect - The South Nottinghamshire Hunt decision to sell eight hounds and train the rest to hung drag lines was welcome news for those who object to hunting wild animals for sport…. (Miss) KATHERINE WATSON, Stockport, Cheshire (Full address supplied). (letter may only be on website for a week)

Wiltshire Times 23.9.05 Real rural life? - THE Countryside Alliance said no one listens to them. We have listened to their tedious tattered arguments and rejected their plea that defenceless animals should be tormented for fun…. The countryside already enjoys vast subsidies paid mainly by urban dwellers. It's not only the annual £3billion handout to farmers. Country pubs, post offices, businesses and schools enjoy huge benefits denied to their urban equivalents…. The rural lobby is forever pleading for more handouts. It's time we stopped their dependency culture. J MERTON, Chippenham (letter in archive)

Wiltshire Times 23.9.05 Vile, bloodthirsty mob - I SEE the hunting fraternity, having lost their right to rip wild animals apart for fun, are now trying to defend a new pastime called loophole-hunting… All defenders of our democracy and rule of law should be outraged over the way the arrogant hunting lobby intend to treat the law of this land, a law that we the people made. You should care because it will decide who truly rules this country. A rich and privileged elite, or the electorate…. J MANSFIELD, Chippenham (letter in archive)

Wiltshire Times 23.9.05 Enough is enough - COUNTRYFOLK have always said that we don't understand them; well, perhaps we are finally beginning to, and it doesn't look particularly pretty…. I'm sure that many agricultural souls are genuinely suffering, but for years too many cried wolf while hunting foxes, driving Range Rovers and sending their kids to private schools on the proceeds of turning fields into featureless factories. But do you ever hear a single one of them say sorry, we were wrong? MIKE LAWS, Sheldon Road, Chippenham (letter in archive)

Glasgow Evening Times 23.9.05 Plea for MSPs and councils to back total ban on airguns by Jonathan Paisley - EVERY Scots council and MSP will be urged to back an outright ban on airguns next month. West Dunbartonshire Council has written to 31 other local authorities to seek support for a total ban following the shooting murder of Glasgow toddler Andrew Morton… (story)

RSPB BIRDS OF PREY REPORT
Scotsman 23.9.05 Birds of prey still at risk despite new laws - JOHN ROSS - BIRDS of prey continue to be under threat from illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping despite new laws designed to tackle the problem. An RSPB Scotland report says attempts to prosecute are often hampered by lack of resources for wildlife law enforcement and failures of the court system…. The report says that eliminating the predators of game on shooting estates was a routine procedure in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but "practices are still firmly entrenched amongst a proportion of Scotland's 21st century land managers"…. (story)
Dundee Courier 23.9.05 Birds of prey under ‘serious threat’ - CRIME AGAINST birds of prey is undermining conservation efforts in Scotland and Scotland’s international obligations to provide proper protection for these bird species, a report by the RSPB claims…. (story)

Newark Advertiser 23.9.05 Flying menace - The major problem with cormorants is that they can eat their own weight of fish in a day. They are a curse of landowners who have fishing ponds for rent… Left uncontrolled, one would be paying the earth for trout in the shops and there would be very few fish in our lakes and rivers for anglers to catch…. Fox hunting has one objective - to kill as many foxes as possible - whereas anglers attempt to catch as many fish as possible and (apart from game anglers) then release the fish. - PHIL HODSON, Melton Mowbray (Full address supplied). (letter may only be on website for a week)

DHL INJUNCTION
Hunts Post 23.9.05 High Court injunction to prevent harassment - GIANT courier company, DHL, has gone to the High Court to protect its 18,000 staff from harassment by animal rights protesters…. After a full day of legal wrangling, Mr Justice Bean issued an interim injunction forbidding protesters from harassing, intimidating or pestering DHL staff, their families or those who visit the company's premises…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 16.9.05 Firm wins court ban on animal rights protests - DHL has lived up to its speedy reputation in making a dash to the High Court to protect its 18,000 staff from harassment at the hands of animal rights protesters… After a full day of legal arguments, Judge Mr Justice Bean, issued an interim injunction forbidding protesters from harassing, intimidating or pestering DHL staff, their families or those who visit the company's premises. The judge also threw up 40-metre "exclusion zones" around all the 288 sites operated by DHL in England and Wales where even peaceful protests would not be permitted…. The injunction was granted with the consent of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), and named individuals. SHAC denies any involvement in, or encouragement of, unlawful protests. DHL is also seeking injunctions against the Animal Liberation Front and other protest groups, along with Keith Mann, from Poole, Dorset, who is currently in prison… (story)
Times 2.9.05 Animal-rights injunction sought BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - DHL, the delivery company, is seeking a High Court injunction to prevent animal-rights activists from intimidating its staff. It says that they have been subjected to "at best unlawful harassment and at worst criminal behaviour”, citing vandalised cars, abuse screamed at workers and a director visited at home and sent threatening e-mails… DHL is seeking a court order against both organisations, plus SHAC’s founders — Greg Avery, his wife, Natasha, and Heather James, his former wife — the Animal Liberation Front, the Animal Rights Militia, Keith Mann, who is a veteran protester, and two other animal welfare groups. (story)

Oxford Mail 23.9.05 Charming creatures - What a pompous, sneering and shallow-minded letter from Chris Hopkin (Oxford Mail, September 9), a former Oxford University student. He contemptuously asserts that guinea pigs have no possible use to anyone and only by inflicting experiments on them can their existence be justified… There is only one justification for scientists inflicting suffering on sentient beings and that is to cure loathsome diseases, if there is no other possible way of doing so… Graham Butler, Banbury Road, Bicester (letter may be in archive)

Carlisle News & Star 23.9.05 Heather’s stunts are made for TV - HEATHER Mills McCartney has grabbed endless headlines over the last couple of weeks with a series of stunts to highlight her opposition to cruelty to animals… How useful that her every move was being filmed by a BBC crew who are currently making a documentary about her. Paul McCartney’s first wife Linda was an implacable opponent of every form of animal cruelty. Whether or not you agreed with her, there was no doubt of the absolute sincerity of vegetarian Linda. It is hard to muster quite the same belief in Heather. (story)

22.9.05

Western Mail 22.9.05 Can foxhounds be re-homed successfully? - Just how well are we treating man's best friend in his hour of need? Since the Government's ban on hunting with dogs, the future of thousands of dogs in Wales has been thrown into uncertainty…. We asked: Can foxhounds be re-homed successfully? YES, says Dominic Rudd, RSPCA Director of Animal Welfare Services; NO, says Darren Hughes, Countryside Alliance Campaigns Co-ordinator… (story)

Daily Post 22.9.05 Minister: it's over to councils on windfarms … Mr Jones also said it was inappropriate for him to discuss "pest control" in rural areas since it was not a devolved issue. The response followed a question from Lisa Francis, the Conservative mid and west Wales AM, who said the current law was inadequate for farmers looking to protect their flocks. Brynle Williams, Conservative North Wales AM, added: "We are not asking for foxhunting, but asking for a simple solution of controlling predators…” (story)
Western Mail 21.9.05 Minister refuses 'pest control' debate - The Welsh Assembly Minister for the Environment refused today to discuss alternatives to the fox-hunting ban. Carwyn James said it was inappropriate for him to discuss "pest control” in rural areas since it was not a devolved issue…. (story)

Western Morning News 22.9.05 LITTER IS A THREAT TO FOALS - Pat Harris in her recent letter said "pick up other people's litter for them if they don't clear up their own". Right, but if, as we do, you live on Roborough Down, Dartmoor, this is not good enough…. Most of these litter louts come from the towns (or they wouldn't only be there at weekends). What annoys me is that these are the folk who are so rabidly anti-hunting and yet are quite prepared to cause an agonising and probably lingering death to cattle and wild ponies…. P Cookehurle, Yelverton (letter)

Western Morning News 22.9.05 SHOOTING RESTRICTION CLAIM IS HOT AIR – MINISTER - Claims by an animal rights group that they had convinced the Government to clamp down on game shooting were criticised by the Minister in charge of rural affairs, and countryside organisations yesterday. Michael Hobday of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) told a meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference in Blackpool on Tuesday that it had managed to get restrictions on shooting "back on the Government's agenda". But speaking to the WMN yesterday, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight refuted the claim by Mr Hobday as "hot air", designed as a soundbite for the conference season. "It is bizarre - I can tell you categorically that I have not considered any restrictions which would affect the shooting industry, it is on our agenda to restore the industry," Mr Knight said… (story)
Western Morning News 21.9.05 PLANS TO BAN SPORT SHOOTING - Measures to restrict the sport of shooting are "on the Government's agenda" the League Against Cruel Sports claimed yesterday - as it warned it would not rest until the shooting of animals for sport is banned. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference yesterday, the League's chief spokesman Mike Hobday said campaigners had been successful in persuading ministers to consider placing restrictions on game shooting in the wake of the hunting ban…. But the Lib-Dem rural affairs spokesman Colin Breed said he could detect no public appetite for a ban on shooting… Sally Morgan, a Lib-Dem member of Devon County Council, said she was also worried about the economic impact of the hunting ban…. (story)

Cheddar Valley Gazette 22.9.05 MENDIP DEER STALKING CLAIMS ARE DISMISSED - A holidaymaker renting a cottage near Winscombe has caused a row after claiming that deer stalking is taking place on the Award Land owned by the parish council and on adjacent land, part of a local hotel and leisure complex… Steve Bloomer is the owner of High Action… said: "There is not a shred of truth in this rumour….” (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 22.9.05 WILDLIFE BETTER CARED FOR IN U.S. - As a former honorary river warden from the middle River Teign, I believe John Phelps, Letters, September 19, has opened a can of worms! Ironically,.. Contrary to the UK's contemptuous, bigoted, MPs, and their insidious followers attitudes to country pursuits; I witnessed Floridian ruling-politicians credit their electorate with respect. They allowed them freedom to protect national wildlife, by encouraging hunting, shooting and fishing… in February this year, local MP Ben Bradshaw approved byelaws stopping a Westcountry tradition. On the River Teign, bait fishing is now banned from February 1, then only allowed between June 16 and August 31… Poachers now enjoy virtually free river access to indiscriminately kill wildlife for money. Unheard of in the Florida state parks… I maintain that when you let antis loose on conservation, they fail us all and, sadly, precious wildlife. Don Jack, Magdalen Road, Exeter (story)

Northern Echo 22.9.05 ...while other youngsters get hooked on fishing - YOUNGSTERS from three schools in Bishop Auckland were hooked on fishing after a three-day angling trip. Pupils from Witton-le-Wear Primary School, Wolsingham Comprehensive School and Wearhead Primary School visited Derwent Reservoir, near Edmundbyers, County Durham, as part of a project organised by Wear Valley District Council…. Alistair Baker, of Northumbrian Water, said: "The future of fishing as a sport is in youngster's hands. It can help in many areas and help children become better citizens." (story in archive)

Lichfield Mercury 22.9.05 INNOCENT PROTESTERS ARE CAUGHT UP IN OVER-ZEALOUS PROSECUTIONS - I Refer to the letter from former magistrate Graham G Hindley regarding the Newchurch guinea pig protesters (Mercury letters, September 8). As a protester, I too, have sat in on many court cases of those arrested. Out of approximately 180 arrests, only 26 were convicted and those were for minor offences…. Mary Taylor, Forest Road, Loughborough (letter)

Cornishman or Cornish Guardian 22.9.05 TESTING CAN DO GOOD - Recent actions by animal rights campaigners meant a guinea pig farm had to close down. Some people say that is a good thing because testing on animals is cruel. But do children at Bishops' agree? Poppy (10): I think it is really stupid and cruel to test on animals for things like make-up but it could be useful for finding cures for things like Alzheimer's and cancer….(story)

Leicester Mercury 22.9.05 SHOPPERS URGED TO SHUN ANIMAL TESTING BY GARY MITCHELL - People are being urged to clear their houses of cleaning products after pro-animal groups revealed the extent of laboratory testing in the UK. Animal Aid and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) say items such as washing-up liquid and bleach are tested on thousands of animals. The call comes as Leicester City Council launches a drive to boycott manufacturers which continue the practice…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 20.9.05 PUBLIC URGED TO BIN ANIMAL-TESTED GOODS - A campaign has been launched to clear homes of products tested on animals. Leicester City Council is calling on people to bin animal-unfriendly soaps, beauty products and air fresheners, and to put pressure on the companies that make them to end the practice of testing products on animals…. Liberal Democrat councillor Carlym Sandringham, chairwoman of the animal-friendly working group, said: "There are no legal requirements that any products have to be tested on animals…" (story)

Crosby Times 22.9.05 Pets centre crisis By Gillian Stratton, Crosby Herald - FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue Centre is at breaking point with little room for more unwanted pets. A refusal to put down animals coupled with the limited capacity they have means waiting lists grow every day… Office manager Freda Brodie said: "We struggle to pay for the massive deliveries of food needed on top of phenomenal vets' costs and bills that come in…." (story)

Daily Record 22.9.05 THANKS for the article promoting the wearing of fashionable faux fur. Contrary to what the fur industry might like us to believe, fur is not back in fashion…. Ross Minett,director, Advocates for Animals (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 22.9.05 Charity's fears over horses' Rome trip BY JULIETTE MAXAM - AN animal charity has raised concerns about the wellbeing of horses set to be used for a re-enactment of the journey taken by Romans who invaded Britain. Gary Bell and John Hannington want to retrace the steps taken by Roman soldiers as they marched across Europe to invade Britain in 43AD. They plan to undertake the 2,000-mile journey from Rome to Colchester in March in a chariot pulled by two horses…. But Becky Hopkins, regional spokeswoman for the RSPCA, said she has "real concerns"… She said: "We're against the use of animals for entertainment like this. We do not condone this journey, but there's nothing that we can do legally to prevent it…." (story)

21.9.05

Guardian 21.9.05 Horse, hawk and cat - In the same way that lions, jackals and vultures share prey, man, dog and hawk have had a symbiotic relationship that traces back into the mists of time (Talon show, September 17)…. Freddie Ingall, Market Harborough, Leics (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.9.05 YOBS IN PURSUIT OF A LOOPHOLE! - We have hooded teenage yobs on our streets, so how nice to get away into the countryside. However, we are then confronted by yet another yob tradition - fox hunting…. We read in the Western Daily Press that these so-called intelligent huntsmen are now considering using eagles or falcons to exploit loopholes in the new ban… What part of the word "ban" do these hunters not understand?... We all have to abide by the law, so what makes them any different? Norah Pound Wroughton Wiltshire (letter)

LACS HUNTING HOTLINE LETTER
Bucks Free Press 21.9.05 Being selective - WITH reference to the letter from Michael Wilson referring to Bea Bradley (letter, September 2) may I respectfully suggest he has been selective in his quoting of the Burns Report… It goes on to report that "thus the animals suffers. Some alternative methods of killing are more humane. Hence, the suffering caused by hunting is unnecessary and we believe that this provides a valid reason for a ban."… MJ Barnicle (address supplied) (letter)
Bucks Free Press 21.9.05 Sickened by it - MICHAEL Wilson (letters September 9) uses the Burns Report to conclude that the ban on foxhunting will lead to foxes being killed by other methods…. I disagree with his conclusion…. Many readers will have been held up on roads by hunts and their dogs, and some may even have collided with out-of-control hounds. I have footage of several collisions. And many people have suffered trespass and from the arrogance which accompanies the chaos they cause…. Miss Alison Latham (letters August 12) wrote that "true country people are angered and sickened by the law." By "true" Miss Latham means the minority who support hunting. The majority are angered and sickened by hunting. Peter Bunce, Haddenham (letter)
Bucks Free Press 12.9.05 End of 'tradition' - IF IT wasn't so sad, it would be funny. In a letter on August 19, Sarah Franklin complains about anti-hunters with the rallying cry "live and let live", conveniently overlooking that this, for many people today, is the whole point of opposing hunting or any other abuse of animals…. David Taplin, High Wycombe (letter)
Bucks Free Press 12.9.05 Look at Burns - BEA Bradley (Letters, September 2) expresses, as she has done before, her opposition to hunting. But she continues, unfortunately, to ignore the critically important conclusions of the Burns Inquiry… I have never hunted but have endeavoured to take a fair and rational view of the matter and it seems to me that Ms Bradley's position, as so far explained, is seriously flawed… Michael Wilson, Radnag (letter)
Bucks Free Press 6.9.05 I do not hunt - WITH reference to Penny Little's letter two weeks ago in the Bucks Free Press, I suggest she reads my letter a bit more carefully. If she does, she will note that I do not express an opinion either pro or anti hunting. I was merely suggesting that there are important issues that affect human beings as well, and that they deserve at least as much attention by us as to how animals are treated…. Jim Danbury, Loudwater (letter)
Bucks Free Press 6.9.05 Final screams - IT would be refreshing if, just for once, hunters such as Alison Latham (Bucks Free Press letters, August 12) were honest enough to admit that what they love about hunting is not only the exciting chase, but the feeling of empowerment over life that the cruel sport provides… The puerile guff of Jim Danbury's letter beggars belief. Doubtless the badger baiters, cock-fighters and all the other degenerates who relish torturing any living thing rendered incapable of fighting back, will be rubbing their hands in glee at the very idea of repealing all the long fought for legislation that curtails their freedom to play… Bea Bradley, Watlington (letter)
Bucks Free Press 22.8.05 Live and let live - AGAIN the League Against Cruel Sports stirs up the enjoyment of law abiding country dewellers. This is not about saving foxes. It's about wiping out our heritage. All I want to be able to do is enjoy my life. Britain, unlike the US, New Zealand and Europe (where hunting is much alive and well), is turning into a society of do-gooders and wimps trying to protect everybody from everything…. Sarah Franklin, Flaunden, Herts (letter)
Bucks Free Press 22.8.05 Do decent thing WHICHEVER side of the hunting fence you sit, the facts remain. A political party made an election pledge, it was elected and the pledge became law. If you reject that, you reject democracy. Most people think bloodsports behaviour is unacceptable, so the hunters should do the decent thing, obey the law, don't waste police resources… Michael Adkins, Flackwell Heath (letter)
Bucks Free Press 22.8.05 'Odious' hunters - ONLY hunters, such as Alison Latham and Jim Danbury in letters last week, could sink so low as to use the pain and anguish of the victims of terrorism in London and the victims of starvation in Africa to attempt to make pro-hunt capital… When she describes the hunting ban as a farce, what she perhaps really means is that people like her and her hunting friends are not like the rest of us, and they are above the law and they intend to prove it…. Penny Little, Oxfordshire (letter)
Bucks Free Press 22.8.05 Understanding 'no' - WITH reference to the pro-bloodsports letters last week, what part of "no" does the hunting fraternity not understand? They had a resounding defeat in Parliament and the courts concluded there is no human right to be cruel. They need to accept the democratic will of Parliament and most of the public, and learn to take no for an answer… As a hunt monitor I do not want my address published as I have suffered intimidation from some members of the hunt. Judy Crawford, High Wycombe (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.8.05 JUST A WASTE OF POLICE RESOURCES - A recent MORI poll showed there is no overall majority in favour of a ban on hunting, and Douglas Batchelor (Your Say, August 3) is misleading to say the least. This ill-informed rant shows the continuing obsession of animal rights organisations of diverting already scarce rural police resources away from vital crimefighting… Hunts will continue hunting activity within the law until this temporary ban is repealed or replaced with sensible legislation. It is irresponsible of Mr Batchelor to encourage the public to waste valuable police time by misleadingly suggesting they will not be. Delly Everard, Countryside Alliance Regional Director (letter)
Bucks Free Press 15.8.05 I’ll go on hunting - SOMEHOW I cannot see local police chiefs being very impressed by the League Against Cruel Sports' busy-bodies harassing them by reporting hunts they hope are illegally Autumn hunting this season, as mentioned in a letter on August 5. One would assume that, in the present situation of international terrorism finally touching our shores, the police force has "slightly" more pressing work to concern itself with other than how exactly a few foxes are being killed… Miss Alison Latham, Bletchley (letter)
Bucks Free Press 15.8.05 Change priorities - WITH reference to the letter from Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports last week can I suggest that he re-assesses the immediate priorities of his organisation. He may not be aware, but there is a new and recently introduced bloodsport anonymous humans using high powered explosives to blow up hundreds of other humans in underground trains and buses, and it is totally illegal…. I know the police would be very grateful for any information that his members are able to offer, with photos, dates and times… Perhaps when his esteemed organisation has worked its way through the whole list, and ensured legislation and enforcement to eliminate them all, he could then return to the vexed topic of exactly how vermin are to be controlled if he must. Jim Danbury, Clearbrook Close, Loudwater (letter)
Worcester Evening News 10.8.05 Watch for cub hunters - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sport (letter in archive)
Bucks Free Press 8.8.05 - Outfox the hunters - Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. London (letter)
Scarborough Evening Telegraph 8.8.05 Help stop barbaric 'sport' - Douglas Batchelor, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Western Morning News 4.8.05 POLICE: DON'T CALL HUNTING HOTLINE - PETER HARRISON - The region's police are urging people not to contact a special hotline set up by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) to report illegal fox cub hunting… They say that reporting illicit hunts to the campaign group will simply hinder police investigations and stop law-breakers from being caught. The call comes as the LACS relaunched its Hunt Crimewatch number for members of the public to report illegal hunts they spot… Yet despite the ban, the LACS has requested that people to remain on the lookout in an open letter to the Western Morning News from its chief executive Douglas Batchelor…. Alison Hawes, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, laughed off any suggestion that genuine hunts would be acting illegally…. (story)
Sutton/Croydon Advertiser 4.8.05 Keep a watch for illegal hunting - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London SE1 1SG (letter)
Keighley News 4.8.05 As August begins, there is great joy and hope in the countryside that the barbaric "sport" of fox cub hunting will not be taking place. Senior police have clearly stated that cub hunting is illegal. The League Against Cruel Sports urges all those who see anything suspicious that may indicate that this evil practice is continuing to call its Hunt Crimewatch… Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter in archive)

EXTREMISM MAP
Telegraph 21.9.05 Extremism map 'shows rural hot spots' By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent - Religious and other forms of extremism have spread to many rural areas and small towns, according to a top secret map of "hot spots" drawn up by the police and intelligence services…. The map brings together information about Muslim radicalism, Irish terrorism and activities by animal rights groups…. (story)
Guardian 16.9.05 Extremist groups active inside UK universities, report claims - Matthew Taylor and Rebecca Smithers - Extremist organisations are operating on university campuses across the country and pose a serious threat to national security, according to a new report… a report due to be published next week by Anthony Glees, the director of Brunel University's centre for intelligence and security studies, lists more than 30 institutions - including some of the most high-profile universities in the country - where "extremist and/or terror groups" have been detected…. Among the universities named are Cambridge, where the BNP were detected; Oxford, where the report said animal rights extremists had been active; and the London School of Economics and Manchester University, which both had active Islamist extremist groups… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 21.9.05 Laws needed to end all monkey business: DUP By Claire McNeilly - There should be tough new laws banning anyone from keeping primates as pets, DUP politician Sammy Wilson said last night…. Reacting to an IFWA report published earlier this year, Mr Wilson urged people in his East Antrim constituency to participate in a public consultation "to protect endangered monkeys, lemurs and other primates from the pet trade"… (story)

UIST HEDGEHOG CULL
icScotland 21.9.05 Hedgehog shooting plans put on hold - Plans to shoot hedgehogs as part of a cull to protect bird species have been temporarily shelved… (story)
Scotsman 21.9.05 Plans to shoot hedgehogs in cull are shelved - PLANS to shoot hedgehogs as part of a cull to protect bird species have been temporarily shelved, it emerged yesterday… (story)
Scotsman 20.9.05 Hedgehog shooting plans put on hold - Plans to shoot hedgehogs as part of a cull to protect bird species have been temporarily shelved. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is to investigate "alternative legal routes" to see if it can use dogs to hunt the hedgehogs in the Outer Hebrides without having to shoot them… SNH now plans to continue killing the hedgehogs with lethal injections but will consult legal advisers to see if there are any loopholes in the law which would allow the hedgehogs to be hunted but not shot… (story)

Scotsman 21.9.05 Ratcatchers travel round the world to cull isle's rodents - JOHN ROSS - AN INTERNATIONAL team of ratcatchers is to cull 10,000 of the rodents threatening the bird populations on the island of Canna. The pest controllers have travelled from New Zealand to lay bait for the brown rats which are overrunning the island having arrived on ships about 100 years ago. They are being blamed for a serious decline in bird numbers on Canna…. (story)
Glasgow Herald 21.9.05 Ratcatchers descend on island - VICKY COLLINS, Environment Correspondent - ZOOLOGISTS are to begin evacuating a rare breed of mice from the Inner Hebrides this week before they launch a programme to eradicate rats on an island. The £50,000 project will allow them to save about 300 wood mice, which are unique to Canna, which would otherwise be killed during efforts to wipe out rats. The team from Edinburgh Zoo is working round the clock to trap the mice on Canna…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 21.9.05 HELP END CRUELTY OF WHALE HUNTING - The Japanese have killed the first of 60 whales in their 2005 hunting season… On October 8, an international day of protest has been organised against the killing of dolphins and small whales in Japanese waters. WDCS will be represented at the London event and invites all our supporters, and those concerned about this issue, to join us. At midday, we'll be outside the Japanese embassy in Piccadilly to take part in a peaceful demonstration. Please help with our campaign by sending a letter of protest to the Japanese Embassy in London, or join us on the day…. (story)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 21.9.05 Help the moon bears - My name is Sarah Bolton and I live in WGC. Last year I was watching the television and saw a programme about beautiful moon bears in Asia and China that are captured and locked in small cages… I am writing to you today to ask you if you can publicise a charity called Animals Asia Foundation and ask for volunteers to help me collect money for this foundation and also hand out leaflets…. Sarah Bolton, WGC (letter)

Carmarthen Journal 21.9.05 LOCK UP THIS CRUEL FARMER - Animal rights campaigners want a lengthy jail term for a Carmarthen farmer guilty of a catalogue of animal cruelty. William John Jones of Cwm Farm, Blaenycoed, was convicted yesterday of causing unnecessary suffering to his cattle and breaking a ban on keeping livestock…. Ruth Goldberg, of West Wales Animal Aid, said this is one of the worst cases she had heard of. She said Jones should be given at least five years in prison… Lady Lesley Cooper, who owns a sanctuary for abused livestock at Trallwm Farm, Bancffosfelen, also wants to see a long jail term handed out, as well as a life ban and financial penalties…. (story)

20.9.05

Western Morning News 20.9.05 Hunting controversy - IS IT really the role of the Western Morning News as a "leading regional newspaper" to promote defiance of democratic parliamentary legislation in what has now become a lawless activity?... I find this rather hard to accept, as you have given far more press to the vociferous pro-hunting lobby over the years… Kevin Caveney, Newton Abbot
Of course it is our role to report on the continuing controversy surrounding hunting, Mr Caveney, just as we will continue to allow people on both sides of this debate to have their say - Editor (letter)

HUNTINGDON NYSE SHARE LISTING HALTED
Times 20.9.05 Halted listing pulls NYSE into eco-terror inquiry BY JAMES DORAN, WALL STREET CORRESPONDENT - THE New York Stock Exchange has been drawn into a United States Government inquiry into eco-terrorism, after the market postponed listing shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences, the research company, which is under attack from extremists because of its links to animal experimentation. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has launched an investigation into Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), the activist organisation that has waged several animal rights campaigns in Britain, including a high-profile crusade against Huntingdon. The committee will hold its first hearing on the group next month, which is expected to focus on the recent decision by the NYSE to delay a listing of Huntingdon’s shares… (story)

Observer 11.9.05 Business comment - Frank Kane - Now animal rights terrorists hit New York - The land of the free and the home of the brave? As a longtime admirer of (most aspects of) American capitalism, I always subscribed to the essence of that statement. But as an equally longtime follower of the saga of medical research company Huntingdon Life Sciences, I can only despair at the events in New York this week…. The US went to war across half the world in the name of resisting terrorism. Maybe it's time to bring the Marines home and take on the animal rights thugs. (story)
Sunday Times 11.9.05 Huntingdon’s New York listing axed after yacht club attack - DOMINIC RUSHE, NEW YORK, AND GARETH WALSH - ANIMAL RIGHTS activists claim an attack on a New York yacht club led to brokers cancelling plans to sell shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the British biotech company. The attack came shortly before the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) decision not to list Huntingdon’s shares. The exchange’s decision was condemned by the drug industry, investors and US government officials…(story)
Telegraph 10.9.05 Huntingdon activist had ill-treated animals By Rosie Murray-West - One of the key animal rights protesters who campaigned against Huntingdon Life Science's US listing has a previous conviction for ill-treating animals, it emerged yesterday. Camille Hankins, 52, was fined $200 in 1995 after Peta, a US animal charity, seized 80 dogs and cats from her home. Some were sick and required professional care. Ms Hankins, who now lives in Brooklyn, New York, started an animal rights group called Win Animal Rights (WAR). She sent 10,000 emails on the morning of Huntingdon Life Science's prospective listing on the New York Stock Exchange, saying that the listing made the NYSE a "primary focal point of their campaign"… (story)
Evening Standard (This Is Money) 9.9.05 Listing delay slammed by Huntingdon chief - Bill Condie, Evening Standard - A SENIOR executive of Life Sciences Research has reacted angrily to an apparent capitulation to animal rights protesters by the New York Stock Exchange, which delayed the company's listing for fear of attacks… 'Our reaction was extreme surprise and disappointment,' Richard Michaelson, Life Sciences's chief financial officer said…. (story)
Telegraph 9.9.05 NYSE attacked for Huntingdon U-turn - By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Drug industry heavyweights, investors and even US government officials yesterday moved to condemn the New York Stock Exchange's apparent decision to give in to animal rights activists. Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Commission of Environment and Public Works, called the decision to postpone the stockmarket listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences "potentially disastrous"…. (story)
Eastern Daily Press 9.9.05 Animal tests firm in shares mystery - An East Anglian animal testing company is demanding to know why the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) abandoned its listing just minutes before trading began. Shares in the parent company of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which has a research centre at Occold, near Eye, were due to be listed on the NYSE yesterday….(story)
BBC News Online 8.9.05 Explain lab firm delay, NYSE told - Animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) has demanded an explanation as to why the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) halted its debut. Mike Caulfield, general manager of its US headquarters in New Jersey, said they had been given "scant information" about the exchange's decision…. (story)
Channel 4 8.9.05 Stopping the float? By: Katie Razzall - Has the US stock exchange been panicked into halting the flotation of a british based medical research company by animal rights threats?... Channel Four News has learnt that animal rights activists organised a massive telephone bombardment of Wall Street just hours before the flotation was due to happen. (story)
BBC News Online 8.9.05 Animal lab firm's US debut halted - Animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences had its planned New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing pulled just 45 minutes before it was due to go ahead…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 8.9.05 Animal test firm in NY crisis - ANIMAL testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences, the company targeted in a sustained campaign by activists, was embroiled in a new crisis today when the New York Stock Exchange postponed its share listing moments before trading was due to begin…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 8.9.05 HLS forced out of NY flotation by activists - HUNTINGDON Life Sciences has been forced to pull out of a planned flotation on the New York stock market after threats from animal rights activists. Brian Cass, HLS chief executive, was standing on the trading floor when the announcement was made. Catherine Kinney, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) president, is understood to have told HLS executives it had received calls from the city's financial community saying its security could be threatened by animal rights activists…. (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 8.9.05 ANIMAL TESTING: Exchange blow for Life Sciences - AN animal testing company based in Huntingdon has been dealt another blow by activists. Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) was due to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but the move was suspended at the last minute yesterday because of security fears raised by threats from an animal rights group…. (story)
Independent 8.9.05 Protests halt start of US trading in Huntingdon shares By Jonathan Brown - Trading in the controversial animal-testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) was dramatically halted before it could begin the first day of its return to the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. The move followed an orchestrated protest from US animal rights activists in which campaigners were asked to bombard the NYSE with demands to stop the shares being sold…. The company's return to the market was cancelled as senior executives went to the exchange to watch the first day's trading…. (story)
Telegraph 8.9.05 Huntingdon's US listing is halted at last minute By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Animal rights activists yesterday claimed another victory against beleaguered animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences after the company's planned New York listing was pulled at the last moment. The exchange would give no explanation for its decision, which was announced as Huntingdon chief executive Brian Cass was standing on the trading floor. However, Catherine Kinney, president of the NYSE, is understood to have pulled the HLS executives aside and said that the NYSE had received calls from members of the New York financial community saying that the security of the exchange could be threatened by the animal rights activists…. (story)
Times 8.9.05 NYSE halts Huntingdon listing at last minute BY PATRICK HOSKING - HUNTINGDON Life Sciences, the animal testing group under siege from extremists, suffered a fresh blow yesterday as the New York Stock Exchange pulled the plug on a planned listing. Moments before its shares were to begin trading, Catherine Kinney, the NYSE president, stunned Huntingdon executives gathered at the exchange to celebrate, by saying the listing was being put on hold. There were unconfirmed reports that she had received calls from worried members of the Wall Street financial community who feared reprisals from animal rights extremists… (story)
Guardian 8.9.05 Huntingdon delays listing after attacks - Heather Tomlinson - Huntingdon Life Sciences, the controversial animal testing company, has been forced to postpone a listing on the New York Stock Exchange after animal rights extremists stepped up their activity in the US…. A New York yacht club was recently covered in red paint by the US branch of the Animal Liberation Front. The group said members of the club worked for a company that traded in Huntingdon shares…. (story)
Telegraph 7.9.05 Huntingdon bounces back in NYC By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing company that pulled its listing in the London and New York in 2002, returns to the US exchange today, in a move that could trigger a fresh wave of animal rights protests…(story)

Western Morning News 20.9.05 CHARITY RAISES £5,000 TO HELP SAVE MOON BEAR - Fundraisers from the Westcountry have collected £5,000 for a charity that wants to protect a rare bear in Asia. The South Devon China Bear Rescue Group, the local support group for the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), has raised the cash required to rescue and rehabilitate the moon bear Stardust from a bile farm in China…. (story)

19.9.05

HUNTING WITH HAWKS
Horse & Hound 19.9.05 New Loophole for Hunting - Some hunts are exploiting what they see as a loophole in the law by adopting a bird of prey to allow them to keep hunting…A spokesman for the Master of Foxhounds Association told Countrylife.co.uk: 'Our lawyers are quite clear that the exemption is perfectly valid. We have no objection to hunts going out with birds of prey provided that the welfare of the bird takes priority. We understand the concerns of falconers, but we didn't draft [The Hunting Act 2004] and this loophole was bound to be made use of…” (story)
Leicester Mercury 19.9.05 LEGAL LOOPHOLE COULD ALLOWS HUNTS TO USE BIRDS - Hunts are considering buying birds of prey to chase foxes with… Leicestershire huntsmen will be considering using birds, according to Rad Thomas, spokesman for Quorn Hunt… (story)
Oxford Mail 19.9.05 Hunt buys owl `to bypass ban' - A hunt in Oxfordshire has bought a European Eagle Owl amid controversy that birds of prey are being used to get around the ban on full-scale fox hunting with dogs…. The Heythrop Hunt, based in Chipping Norton, bought a European Eagle Owl in August… Penny Little, who lives in Great Haseley and is county chairman of Protect Our Wild Animals, said: "It's absolutely risible that they are honestly expecting anyone to believe they will be conducting falconry…" (story in archive)
Scotland on Sunday 18.9.05 Feathers fly over hunting with eagles - NICHOLAS CHRISTIAN - FALCONRY experts have expressed their anger that English fox hunts are buying birds of prey in an attempt to get round the government ban on full-scale hunting with hounds… (story)
Guardian 17.9.05 An eagle on the arm, and the hunt is on - Owen Bowcott - Up to 30 hunts have bought birds of prey - chiefly golden eagles and eagle owls - in an attempt to circumvent the government ban and continue full-scale foxhunting with hounds…. Hunts that have bought birds have not sought publicity but the secretary of the North Cotswold hunt, Christopher Houghton, admitted this week it had a golden eagle called Fluffy…. The use of the birds has incensed Jim Chick, chairman of the Hawk Board. "Hunting and falconry may be equally ancient field sports," he said, "but they are not compatible…” The Hawk Board, the Countryside Alliance and the Master of Foxhounds' Association (MFHA) held an emergency meeting on the issue this month. The Hawk Board later issued a statement saying: "Falconers and those involved in hunting should note that the governing bodies of both sports strongly advise against this practice as it could lead to both being brought into disrepute and have significant welfare risks"…. (story)
Times 17.9.05 Hunts say that loophole lets them chase foxes with eagles BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - ABOUT 40 hunts believe that they have found a way around the ban on hunting with dogs by taking an eagle with them to pursue and kill foxes…. Some police officers have privately told hunts that this loophole for falconry could be their "Get Out of Jail Free” card. But the use of the birds has caused a dispute with the Hawk Board, the professionals who organise falconry in Britain and who say that the practice is dangerous and should stop…. Falconers understand that the hunts that have acquired a bird of prey are the Fizwilliam, the Avondale, the Belvoir and the north Cotswold hunt and that the Beaufort and the Vale of White Horse are planning to do so. The Times was anonymously put in touch with a hunt using an eagle owl. The huntsman, who refused to be identified, made clear that under the law hunts did not technically even have to attempt to fly the bird but merely ensure that a bird and its handler was in attendance. He admitted that the hunt had not caught one fox using this method…. (story)
BBC News Online 17.9.05 Eagles 'used to beat hunting ban' - Hunts are buying birds of prey in an attempt to side-step the ban on fox hunting with hounds, falconry experts have warned… Tim Bonner, spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, which campaigned against the hunting ban, said the move showed the "chaos" of the Hunting Act…. (story)
Scotsman 17.9.05 Hunts use birds of prey to beat ban - Falconry experts have expressed their anger that hunts are buying birds of prey in an attempt to the beat the Government ban on full-scale fox-hunting with hounds. Up to 30 hunts are understood to have bought chiefly golden eagles and eagle owls in the belief that they are acting within the law…. (story)
Ananova 17.9.05 Hunts use birds of prey to beat ban - Falconry experts have expressed their anger that hunts are buying birds of prey in an attempt to the beat the Government ban on full-scale fox-hunting with hounds…. (story)
Viewlondon 17.9.05 Birds used to "beat hunting ban" - Hunts are using birds of prey in an attempt to overcome the ban on full-scale fox hunting with hounds, falconry experts have warned… (story)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 BIRD OF PREY HUNTS GROUNDED - Hunt chiefs effectively stopped hunt masters from using birds of prey last night after crisis talks between leaders of the two sports. The Hawk Board, the Countryside Alliance and the Masters of Foxhounds Association met over the controversial issue of hunts using birds of prey to exploit a loophole in the hunting ban - and yesterday told supporters to forget the idea…. (story)
Western Daily Press 31.8.05 NEW HUNTING ROW OVER BIRDS OF PREY - The country sports community was on the brink of civil war last night over controversial plans for foxhunts to use birds of prey to get around the hunting ban. The falconry community is furious at the plans by hunt leaders to use birds of prey to exploit an obscure loophole in the ban…. Caught up in middle of the storm is the Countryside Alliance, which counts both the falconry community and foxhunts as supporters. Last night it was cautious in its approach to the controversy… Hunt masters such as Jonathon Seed, the master of the Avonvale hunt in Wiltshire, said they would put the welfare of both hounds and birds first and act within the law…. (story)
Western Daily Press 25.8.05 HUNTS WATCH LAWS LIKE A HAWK - The Avon Vale Hunt in Wiltshire is gearing up for the new season with a mix of fun and social events, along with further experiments in legal hunting. Next Monday, August 29, sees the annual downland ride set off from Erlestoke Camp, on the B3098 between Westbury and West Lavington near Devizes… Autumn hunting is expected to begin in early September with the Avon Vale using a bird of prey, which qualifies as Exempt Hunting, as reported in the Western Daily Press yesterday. Countryside Alliance spokesman Darren Hughes said: "This is obviously a job for the experts, and the Masters of Foxhounds Association has insisted it must be done with regard to the welfare of the bird, the hounds and the fox."… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 25.8.05 Hunting lobby looks at using rare eagles - Hunts in North Wiltshire could use huge Golden Eagles to exploit a loophole in the law that bans hunting with dogs. Already the Avon Vale hunt is investigating the possibility of using birds of prey to get around the fox hunting ban because according to the letter of the law it is not illegal to use any number of dogs to flush out prey to a waiting bird…. Jo Aldridge, of the Beaufort Hunt, said: "At the moment it is not something we are doing. The most important thing for any hunt at the moment is keeping the community together, keeping the show on the road… Nicky Driver, of the Countryside Alliance, said the Golden Eagle was the only bird of prey capable of taking a fox, though she said mink hunts were already using Harris hawks this summer to exploit this weakness in the law… (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 24.8.05 WEST HUNTSMEN DON'T GIVE A HOOT FOR BAN ON DOGS - Hunts across the West have been given a 'Get Out of Jail Free Card' to continue hunting - as long as they use birds of prey, we can reveal today. Asmany as 40 packs across the country are actively pursuing using eagle owls, golden eagles or falcons to exploit a bizarre loophole in the new ban, the Western Daily Press can reveal… whereas the ban specifies only two dogs can be used to flush foxes to waiting guns, the law does not put a limit on the number of dogs when they are flushing to a waiting bird… the act is written so vaguely that packs will not even have to employ a bird of prey large enough to capture a fox. Hounds, in theory, could be flushing a piece of ground for any type of wild mammal and it will be up to the handler and the bird itself whether or not they decide to hunt it… The Avonvale hunt in Wiltshire this week told its followers and farmers: "The Avonvale will carry out only lawful hunting and pest control activities…. And Stephen Lambert of the Heythrop Hunt, in the Cotswolds, told its members it was a possibility…. (story)

Hull Daily Mail 19.9.05 FARMERS REAP NEW BUSINESS AFTER BAN - East Yorkshire: The ban on fox hunting is creating new business opportunities for farmers, according to the Country Land and Business Association. Many hunting riders are looking for other ways to exercise their horses, which is good news for farmers diversifying into equine enterprises…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 19.9.05 U.S. HUNT POLICY IS DISTURBING - At this time of year, the USA has a National Hunting and Fishing Day… How can George W Bush encourage hunting for sport in a wildlife sanctuary?... But I suppose this is the American way of life and an argument frequently advanced by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

WICKHAM LABORATORY MARCH
Portsmouth News 19.9.05 Animal activists march on labs - THE BEAUTY drug botox was at the centre of protests as animal rights campaigners marched on controversial testing labs. More than 100 protesters with placards bearing the words 'stop the botox horror' marched through the normally quiet streets of Wickham…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 19.9.05 Activists march on laboratories by Lorelei Reddin - SIXTY animal rights protesters from across the south descended on Wickham Laboratories to stage a march and demonstration…. Sue Dickens of the Green Party, scientific advisor for Animal Aid Andre Menache and Shelly Whitton, communications director and spokesman for Europeans for Medical Progress, were among those spelling out the case against animal testing for medicine… Animal rights activist Helen Nelson said the event aimed to highlight a call for the government to launch an independent inquiry into the use of animals in medical research (story in archive)
BBC News Online 17.9.05 Animal rights demo at laboratory - Up to 250 animal rights campaigners have held a protest outside an animal testing laboratory. They marched through the village of Wickham in Hampshire, calling for an end to tests on mice and other animals at Wickham Laboratories…. (story)
BBC News Online 16.9.05 Animal rights demo at laboratory - Animal rights campaigners say they are expecting around 100 protesters to turn up to a demonstration outside a research laboratory on Saturday. They will march through Wickham, Hampshire, before protesting outside the Wickham Research Lab - where animal testing is carried out… (story)

Pontefract & Castleford Express 19.9.05 Circus banned - A CONTROVERSIAL animal circus company has twice been forced to cancel plans to perform in Featherstone. Featherstone Lions Rugby Club withdrew permission for a planned visit by Jolly's Circus amid fears animal rights protests could turn violent. The circus then arranged to pitch its tent at Featherstone Rovers, but management there also backed out after finding out performing animals were involved…. Dick Taylor, secretary of Featherstone Lions, said: "Parents feel there would be a risk of their children being affected by violence from the protestors if there was a demonstration against the circus, so we've asked Jolly's not to come."… (story)

The Sentinel 19.9.05 J-LO NEEDED A LESSON IN FUR - Well done Heather McCartney for trying to educate daft singer J-Lo about the horrors of fur farming… MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)

The Sentinel 19.9.05 ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE IN ZOOS - I Am writing to tell you about zoos. I think that they are a bad idea but some people disagree…. BETHANY PEARSON aged nine Tean (letter)

The Sentinel 19.9.05 ARE CAPTURED ANIMALS SAD? - It is lovely that people can go and see animals that they might not have seen before, but other people might not agree with me. I think that to have animals in zoos is good because little children get education from them. On the other hand, keeping animals in cages is cruel… KATIE ROBINSON aged nine Cresswell (letter)

Bath Chronicle 19.9.05 GOING VEGGIE CAN SAVE LIVES - Vegetarians took to the streets of Bath at the weekend to spread the message about the benefits of following a meat-free diet. Shoppers were asked to think twice before grabbing a burger or a pasty for lunch by a group of volunteers from Bath Animal Action, who set up a stand in Stall Street to coincide with Britain Goes Veggie Month…. According to Viva!, millions of animals and fish are killed unnecessarily every year in the UK…. Carla Gilfoyle, 24, from Bath Animal Action, said the event had been a success…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 3.9.05 VEGETARIAN CAMPAIGN - Campaigners from the city are participating in Britain Goes Veggie Month throughout September. They will be telling local people what they see are the benefits of being vegetarian…. Carla Gifoyle, of Bath Animal Action, said: "The surest way to save animals is not to eat them. About a billion animals are killed for meat each year in the UK…” (story)

Bristol Evening Post 19.9.05 MILK BAD FOR YOU? PULL THE UDDER ONE BY TOM HODSON - The dairy industry has hit back at an advertising campaign by an animal rights group which tries to put people off milk products. Vegetarians International Voice for Animals, otherwise known as Viva, has produced a giant billboard poster of a businessman sucking milk from a cow's udder with the slogan: "Cut out the middleman. Milk - still think it's natural?"… But Beverley Cook, from the dairy industry body the Dairy Council, said: "In the UK we have high quality milk, thanks to farming systems which take account of animal welfare…." (story)

Scotsman 19.9.05 Activists storm the catwalk at London show - LAURA ROBERTS - ANTI-FUR protesters invaded London Fashion Week's first show yesterday, brandishing placards saying "Fur Kills" and "Fur is Dead". Two campaigners from the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ran on to the stage shouting slogans before security dragged them off. As the designer Julien Macdonald walked up the catwalk, a third protester ran on to the stage with a sign saying: "Macdonald Fur Scum."… (story)
BBC News Online 18.9.05 Fur demo disrupts designer show - Animal rights protesters disrupted a show of spring and summer clothes by designer Julien Macdonald at the start of London Fashion Week on Sunday…. He told reporters afterwards said: "There are far more important things to worry about like the tsunami and what happened in New Orleans than worrying about a fur coat and a dead animal." But Sean Gifford, a spokesman for Peta, said: "Heartless greedy designers like Julien Macdonald may not care about electrocuting animals and ripping off their fur for fashion, but decent compassionate people do….” (story)
Western Mail 18.9.05 Protesters disrupt Macdonald show - Anti-fur protesters charged onto the catwalk today, interrupting London Fashion Week. The demonstration came at the end of a collection by Welsh Julien Macdonald at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington… (story)

18.9.05

Scotland on Sunday 18.9.05 Stokes on Scotland - PAUL STOKES - WE ARE driving back from an evening spent, let's not beat around the bracken here, trying to kill a deer…. Spend any time in the company of stalkers and you will quickly see that they are people with great respect for animals. Except, perhaps, pheasants - but that is another story. Telling people you are going deer stalking elicits some odd responses. One person tells me to have a nice time with the toffs. Another alludes to the fact that someone will have to examine their conscience as a result. The two comments illustrate just what it is that makes stalking a hot issue: class and the personal nature of the kill… (story)

Independent on Sunday 18.9.05 Hedgehog death squads get ready to exterminate invaders - Mainland mammals are to be culled for preying on an island's birds, but animal rights activists are trying to save them. Stephen Khan reports… (story)

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Western Morning News 17.9.05 HUNT LOBBY APPEALS AGAINST HIGH COURT RULING - The latest round in the hunt campaigners' legal bid to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales was launched yesterday. In July, the Countryside Alliance failed to persuade judges in the High Court that the prohibition under the 2004 Hunting Act infringed the European Convention on Human Rights and breached EU law protecting the free movement of workers and goods. The alliance was, however, granted leave to challenge the ruling and those papers were lodged with the Court of Appeal in London yesterday… (story)

Independent 17.9.05 Professor David Pearce - Economist who priced the environment… Soon after David and his wife Sue were married, a group of locals, hunting on their property, killed one of their cats. The hunters offered £12 to prevent a legal action, but, with the help of the League Against Cruel Sports, the Pearces sued. The judge, who made it clear that it was somewhat improper to take the renowned Hambledon Hunt to court, ordered the group to pay exactly £12 compensation. This meant that the Pearces' legal fees were not covered, but no matter: the judgment in their favour changed the law of trespass, and, to David Pearce's delight, was cited in the Reader's Digest Family Guide to the Law…. (story)

YORKSHIRE POST CORRESPONDENCE
Yorkshire Post 17.9.05 Nature's way will win out From: JW Buckley, Throstle Cottage, Aketon, Pontefract. WILLIAM Thompson (Letters, September 7) says that there is an easier solution to the fox problem than hunting. Remember that hunting is the way of nature… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 7.9.05 Poor sport From: William Thompson, Park House Green, Harrogate. YOUR correspondent Bernard Robinson (Letters, September 3) fondly recalled the days when the hunts went out to "cull" foxes. He tells us they only killed the old and sick. If the old and sick were the only quarry, it wouldn't be much of a chase, would it?... (letter)
Yorkshire Post 3.9.05 The name of the game was... From: Bernard Robinson, Midland Terrace, Hellifield, Nr Skipton. IN answer to Mike Hughes (Letters, August 30), who asks is it beyond the wit of man to devise a method of culling foxes? Well, Mr Hughes, man devised a method hundreds of years ago which has worked pretty well until February 2005… The above method, Mr Hughes, was called hunting (letter)
Yorkshire Post 2.9.05 Hunting is 'natural' From: JW Buckley, Aketon, Pontefract. MIKE Hughes (Letters, August 30) maintains that hunting is flawed, and has to go, because civilised morals say so. Civilised morals are what people think they are; whereas hunting is part of nature. Hunting people accept nature for what it is, and are happy. Anti-hunters, on the other hand, are selective. They accept some aspects of nature, andreject others…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.9.05 Best method From: GR Roe, Berry Brow, Huddersfield. MIKE Hughes (Letters August 30) states: "It is not beyond the wit of men to devise methods of culling and control of foxes." He is quite right. It was called hunting until our Labour Government banned it…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 30.8.05 Simple issue of civilised morals From: Mike Hughes, Mill Dam, Clifford, Wetherby. I BELIEVE that many people feel that hunting is not, as C Hodgson states, a class issue (Letters, August 26 ), but a simple issue of human behaviour. To hunt and kill a living creature primarily for joy and bloodlust is, in many people's view, disgusting and uncivilised… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 29.8.05 CLASS HATRED NO SOLUTION TO FOX HUNTING QUESTION From: James Shepherd, Grove Hill Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. THE letter from Mr Moss (August 21) gives us a good insight into the anti-hunting fraternity's position. Nothing about animal welfare, land use or wildlife management but a loose assumption, asserted as a fact, about cruelty followed by a diatribe of class hatred – entirely misplaced as it happens. Hunting is one of the more socially inclusive of activities, with people from all walks of life greatly outnumbering the toffs, in my experience…. Mr Moss sees this as a class issue, as do many Labour MPs. He also refers to himself, and others of his persuasion, as animal lovers. This is a much-abused term becoming little more than a fig leaf for people hatred…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 26.8.05 Class hatred From: C Hodgson, Park Avenue, Sherburn in Elmet. IT was quite obvious to me straight away which side of the fence Edward Moss dangles his legs, regarding fox hunting… I have read several letters like this one regarding the fox hunting ban, and I am now convinced that jealousy and class hatred are the real reason, swayed only by weak argument and an alleged £1m donation to the Labour Party by animal welfare groups (letter)
Yorkshire Post 25.8.05 Generosity of spirit of people in the countryside From: L Dawson, Church Street, Burton Pidsey. AS an aged, non-hunting lover of the countryside who still enjoys and appreciates its various benefits and traditions, I feel I must respond to Edward Moss (Letters, August 20). I am totally bewildered by its content of hatred and lack of knowledge…. In a very long and still active life (I am 78) of the many good people I have encountered, I rate the countryside people among the most kindly, helpful and understanding, with a generosity of spirit that persons of a meaner disposition would find difficult to understand….
From: Mrs P Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton. HAS S Franks no regard for the animals that are on the receiving end of a fox's killing frenzy, or do they deserve no consideration at all ("Disgusting Humans", Letters, August 19)?... The people who do not understand the workings of the beautiful countryside, should turn their attention to things they do understand – maybe trying to get towns and cities cleaned up. (letters)
Yorkshire Post 22.8.05 More vicious than the fox From: Lynn Johnson, Skipton-on-Swale, Thirsk. I FIND K Holmes "Cunning Fox" (Letters, August 16) and all the other letters you print from fox haters truly scary and disturbing. I think all these people are full of hate and anger against something in their past or in their present life and the fox is an easy target or symbol for their bitterness and hatred…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 22.8.05 (21.8.05) Defender made it clear why hunting should be banned From: Edward Moss, The View, Alwoodley, Leeds. I READ with interest the two sides of the argument to the fox hunting ban, one being from Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, and John Haigh, Yorkshire regional director of the Countryside Alliance (Yorkshire Post, August 18)…. Thanks to Mr Haigh's article, I now realise that fox hunting is a completely detestable pastime enjoyed by people who are plainly too wealthy to worry about the countryside or too ignorant to hold down full-time employment of any description that doesn't involve cruelty… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 19.8.05 Disgusting humans From: S Franks, Montreal Avenue, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. HYPOCRISY? Well, I think there is more than a little of it in the denunciations we read from time to time about the egregious character of the fox…. And what is the most damning thing about a fox? It kills for pleasure. A single fox has been known to slaughter a dozen or so chickens. Just imagine what it would do if it could shoot a 12-bore shot gun, or train dogs to go hunting…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 17.8.05 Plight of the foxes From: J Grice, The Close, Durkar, Wakefield. I BELIEVE that I asked in my last letter (August 5) where did the evidence come from to justify the hunting ban? In his reply of August 9, Eric Beechey, Yorkshire Representative, League Against Cruel Sports, skated round the question … The letter concludes by stating the Bill was not about prejudice and ignorance; well, if I remember correctly, after the Bill was passed, a spokesman for the Government stood up and stated it was more of a power struggle and not really about hunting…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 12.8.05 ANTI-HUNTING LAWS REVEAL GOVERNMENT WEAKNESS From: Brian Wilkinson, Burdale Close, Norton-on- Derwent, Malton. I WRITE because I am convinced that BH Sheridan is so mistaken ("Futile debate on fox hunting", Letters, August 10). I believe it is imperative the case against the anti-hunting Act is kept under scrutiny and discussion because it exposes the weaknesses and stupidity of the current Government….
From: JW Buckley, Aketon, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. HARRY Moore (Letters, August 2) says that it does not take a pack of dogs to kill a fox, and that there are more efficient ways…. We all know from our everyday experiences of "changes-in-the-interest-of-efficiency" that "efficiency" means a lowering in the standard of service… (letters)
Yorkshire Post 10.8.05 Futile debate on fox hunting From: BH Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. THE topic of fox hunting seemed to be dying a natural death when Angus Smith chose to resurrect it at a time when most of our minds were on more alarming matters. His letter of July 25, purporting to be about cruelty to animals, quickly descended into the language of class-loathing, caricaturing foxhunters and their "outlandish" dress…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 8.8.05 Hunters' responsibility From: Wanda Wyporska, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. KEN Fraser ("Outfoxed" August 4) seems to be under the misapprehension that the Hunting Act is bad law. On the contrary, the law is quite clear…. It is very easy for the hunts to act responsibly and in a law-abiding manner by training hounds to hunt non-animal-based scents and avoid this problem.
From: Thomas William, Coverley Rise, Yeadon. I WONDER if the anti-hunting brigade's campaign would have had the success it did have if foxes and stags were less handsome?... I can guess: they would have been dismissed as dotty extremists (letters)
Yorkshire Post 5.8.05 FOX HUNTING 'KINDEST' FORM OF CONTROL - From: Mrs P Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton. I WONDER what Angus Smith ("Arrogance of fox hunters", Letters, July 25) classes as a more efficient means of controlling foxes than hunting them with hounds?... Mr Smith seems to object to the way people are dressed when hunting – maybe it would be kinder to the fox if they dressed in scruffy jeans and T-shirts?... The League Against Cruel Sports is not doing the fox any favours. Hunting is part of nature. It ensures the survival of the fittest
From: J Grice, The Close, Durkar, Wakefield - I AM fully in agreement with John Haigh (regional director of the Countryside Alliance in Yorkshire) and other correspondents who have written about the sheer ignorance and bigotry on display in the Letters Page on July 25 ("The arrogance of foxhunters"). What else is new?... (letters)
Yorkshire Post 4.8.05 Outfoxed From: Ken Fraser, Dacre Banks, Harrogate. WHAT would the legal implication be should a fox inadvertently stray into an area where the local hunt was dragging a lure for hounds to track in an endeavour to provide them with some exercise? An interesting dilemma? Badly-fabricated laws, as this one seems to be, are less use than no law at all…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 2.8.05 Foxhunting is not the only way of culling From: Harry Moore, Leeds Road, Ilkley. THE foxhunting debate is obviously far from ended since Ian Duncanson (Letters, July 28) cannot think of a more efficient means of controlling the fox population than hunting with the cavalry, a pack of dogs and a host of hangers-on. I have to tell him that there are many gamekeepers, and some farmers, who could easily demonstrate that a lone man with a dog or two and a gun can outperform the traditional spectacle…(letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.8.05 Ignorant and arrogant From: JW Buckley, Aketon, Pontefract. YOU can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Apply this to the letter from Angus Smith (July 25) and you realise that no matter how often you try to explain hunting, you will get nowhere…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 30.7.05 Polls show support for hunting with dogs - From: John Haigh, regional director of the Countryside Alliance in Yorkshire, Front Street, Thirsk. ANGUS Smith ("Arrogance of fox hunters", July 25) wondered where the Countryside Alliance got its figures showing a consistent majority in favour of keeping hunting with hounds… In February 2005, a MORI poll for the BBC showed that only 47 per cent of respondents supported a ban on hunting with dogs. Other polls commissioned by independent media organisations and run by ICM, NOP and ORB, prove there is a consistent majority for hunting to continue. Of course hunting is a minority pastime – but what does it say about our country when Parliament treats a minority like this?... (letter)
Yorkshire Post 28.7.05 Hunt stance not 'neutral' From: Ian Duncanson, Lamplugh Crescent, Bishopthorpe, York. SO Angus Smith was neutral in the foxhunting debate (Letters July 25). Just who is he trying to convince?... What should irritate Mr Smith is the fact that this Government cannot get a grip on the real issues affecting this country, ie, education, violent crime, etc, but can spend vast amounts of money and time in order to deprive a very small minority of generally law abiding people their hobby… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 25.7.05 Arrogance of fox hunters From: Angus Smith, Tranby Lane, Anlaby, Hull. ONCE again as we gradually approach the hunting season, the pro-hunting arguments will increase in intensity "ad nauseam". At the outset I was entirely neutral in the fox hunting debate, but have become increasingly irritated by the arrogant attitude adopted by some of the "horsey fraternity"…. They claim it is a humane way of killing a fox, when 30 or 40 outlandishly dressed people chase one little fox, and shudder with questionable horror at the thought of a farmer shooting at one and injuring it by default, instead of killing it outright… (letter)

Shropshire Star 17.9.05 Visitors flocking to game fair - Visitors were today flocking to Weston Park for the annual Midland Game Fair…. The game fair brings together experts from every field sports discipline and is the home of the Mitsubishi World Series Clay Shooting Final, which sees 60 open and professional qualifiers compete for the championship…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 17.9.05 CARNAGE OF CORMORANTS - The Government has reportedly issued licences to kill up to 3,000 cormorants when the year before 1,207 were shot by fishery managers…. People should protest at the excessive culling the Government is authorising despite concerns expressed to it by its conservation adviser English Nature and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. MRS I. EARLY Burton Road, Lincoln. (letter)

Burton Mail 17.9.05 'WE HAVE NOT FINISHED YET' By David Powles - THE solicitor behind a High Court attempt to ban animal rights activists from going near a controversial farm has vowed to resurrect his campaign if protesters continue to terrorise its owners… Today, London–based solicitor Tim Lawson–Cruttenden told the Mail that his firm would continue its work with the farm's owners for as long as they remained a target…. (story)

Independent 17.9.05 Fur flies back into fashion with trendy young By Arifa Akbar Just over a decade ago, five of the world's highest paid supermodels posed naked across a defiant banner reading "We'd rather go naked than wear fur"…. But 11 years later, it appears fur could again be all the rage. Furriers have reported a massive surge in sales in the past year, with fur reappearing on the Milan and Paris runways…. Sean Gifford, director of European campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said the fur trade had resorted to desperate measures to try to bolster its popularity … (story)

Gloucester Citizen 17.9.05 ENFORCE LAWS ON ANIMAL CRUELTY - I Would like to see stricter enforcement of anti-cruelty laws or to endorse the finding of additional shelters for homeless animals. We were once an animal-loving nation but now there is so much more cruelty… MRS M. BROWN, Rodley Road, Lydney (story)

Western Daily Press 17.9.05 A LOST OPPORTUNITY - What a golden opportunity Prime Minister Tony Blair had during his recent visit to China to express his disapproval of the cruelty inflicted on the caged Asian bears milked for their bile… Roy Brown Somerset (story)

Carlisle News & Star 17.9.05 Starve this rotten coward - I AGREE 100 per cent with Julia Shannan of Carlisle (News & Star, September 18) – the prison sentence of four months that Paul Hurley received for starving his dog to death was a joke. What planet are these judges on? Four years more like. And while he is in prison for the two months he will actually serve, starve him. See how he likes it…. LORRAINE WALKER, Main Street, Frizington (story)

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Rutland & Stamford Mercury 16.9.05 Hunt still determined to continue tradition - COTTESMORE Hunt has begun its first full season since the hunting ban. But changes have had to be made to ensure the hunting activities are strictly within the new law…. The hunt can still kill foxes legally, if asked to do so by landowners. A couple of hounds may be used to flush out a fox so that it can be shot… But changes have had to be made. Although the Cottesmore retains nearly 100 hounds who are in Ashwell, a further 20 hounds have been sent to the Island pack in Ireland…. (story)

POLICE CHARGED OVER PARLIAMENT SQUARE DEMONSTRATION
Yorkshire Post 16.9.05 PUNCH CASE FARMER VOWS TO DEFY BAN - Protester 'disgusted' as policemen cleared of assault during violent pro-hunt demonstration outside Parliament - Paul Jeeves - A FARMER from Yorkshire who was punched by police during violent clashes in London pledged yesterday to join future protests against the Government's hunting ban. Mark Faulkner remained defiant that he would continue to make a stand against the controversial legislation as a Metropolitan Police constable was yesterday cleared of assaulting him… Mr Faulkner condemned the decision to clear PC Neil Latteman… (story)
Northern Echo 15.9.05 Policeman cleared of assault charge by Neil Hunter - A police officer has been cleared of assaulting a pro-hunt demonstrator during protests outside the Houses of Parliament. Pc Neil Latteman, 43, was cleared a year to the day since the violent clashes in Parliament Square in Westminster when protesters threatened to break police lines and storm the building…. (story in archive)
BBC News Online 15.9.05 Pc cleared over hunt demo punch - A police officer has been cleared of attacking a pro-hunt demonstrator in Parliament Square. Pc Neil Latteman, 43, told Bow Street Magistrates' Court he was protecting himself when he hit Yorkshire farmer Mark Faulkner, 34, exactly a year ago. Pc Latteman said he had used approved police tactics to help subdue Mr Faulkner who was going "berserk"…. (story)
Western Daily Press 15.9.05 HUNT DEMO PC THREW ONE PUNCH - A Police officer accused of lashing out at a pro-hunt demonstrator during the Parliament Square protest yesterday claimed he was simply protecting himself and fellow officers. PC Neil Latteman, 43, said he used approved police tactics to help subdue arable and game farmer Mark Faulkner, 34, who was going "berserk" and was out of control…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.9.05 Pc hit out to 'protect himself' - A police officer accused of punching a pro-hunt demonstrator said he hit out to protect himself and fellow officers, a court has heard. Pc Neil Latteman, 43, said he used police-approved tactics to try to subdue Yorkshire farmer Mark Faulkner, 34, during a Parliament Square protest. "He was snarling and he was in my face," Pc Latteman told central London's Bow Street Magistrates' Court…. In his notes, produced hours after the violence on 15 September last year, Pc Latteman wrote: "I threw one punch in his face fearing for my safety." But witnesses alleged he threw at least two "unprovoked and unnecessary punches" and acted "like a football hooligan", the court was told….(story)
Telegraph 14.9.05 Policeman's 'hooligan attack on pro-hunt protester' By Nicole Martin - A police officer threw at least two "unprovoked and unnecessary punches" at a pro-hunting demonstrator during protests in Parliament Square, a court was told yesterday. Neil Latteman, 43, assaulted Mark Faulkner, 34, an arable and game farmer, after he had been pulled from the crowd during violent clashes between police and protesters on Sept 15 last year…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.9.05 Pc 'assaulted pro-hunt protester' - Met Pc Neil Latteman, 43, threw two, possibly three, "unprovoked punches" last September at Mark Faulkner, Bow Street Magistrates' Court heard. The North Yorkshire farmer was accused by the defence of trying to incite the crowd in Parliament Square to break police lines…. footage filmed for private investigators and later studied by the IPCC allegedly shows Mr Faulkner being struck by Pc Latteman after he had been pulled from the crowd…. (story)
Northern Echo 13.9.05 Pro-hunting demonstrator punched by police - A pro-hunting demonstrator was punched at least twice by a police officer despite being already restrained by other officers, a court heard. Pc Neil Latteman threw two, possibly three, ``unprovoked and unnecessary punches'' at Mark Faulkner, after he had been pulled from the crowd during the violent clashes between police and protestors in Parliament Square on September 15, last year…. (story in archive)
Telegraph 13.9.05 PC attacked 'restrained' demonstrator - A pro-hunting demonstrator was punched at least twice by a police officer despite being already restrained by other officers, a court has heard. Pc Neil Latteman threw two, possibly three, "unprovoked and unnecessary punches" at Mark Faulkner, after he had been pulled from the crowd during the violent clashes between police and protestors in Parliament Square on Sept 15 last year…. (story)
Guardian 14.7.05 Media lose hunt rally legal bid - News organisations today failed in their high court bid to overturn an order to hand over pictures of last year's pro-hunt rally in Parliament Square. Guardian Newspapers, ITV, ITN, Associated Newspapers and Reuters challenged an earlier court order requiring them to hand over cine film, video tape, photographs and negatives of the demonstration. The order was obtained in March by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating allegations of police violence against demonstrators…. (story)
UK Press Gazette 9.6.05 Media fights order to hand in foxhunting demo footage By Dominic Ponsford and Caitlin Pike - News organisations are resisting court demands to hand over footage of last year's pro-foxhunting demonstration in Parliament Square. In an unusual twist, the footage has been requested by investigators looking into allegations of police brutality. Such requests are normally made by the police themselves. The Guardian, BBC, ITN, Reuters, ITV and Associated Newspapers are all appealing against a ruling that they hand over pictures and footage from the September 2004 protest…. BBC solicitor David Attfield said: "Our main objection is that it is quite dangerous for cameramen, journalists and reporters to be seen as agents of the state, that all information in the camera can subsequently be used as evidence in legal proceedings — it could be perceived that cameramen act as evidence-gathering agents. There isn't one case that would turn the tide completely, but the danger arises if we are routinely making resources available."… (story)
Farmers Weekly 6.6.05 Police in hunt charges By Sam Fortescue - TWO POLICE officers have been charged with assault relating to the pro-hunting demonstration in Parliament Square last year. A constable will go on trial accused of causing actual bodily harm, while another officer will face lesser charges of common assault…. (story)
Western Morning News 6.6.05 OFFICER AT HUNT PROTEST CHARGED WITH ASSAULT - A police officer is to face trial after being charged with assaulting a protester, causing actual bodily harm, during last September's pro-hunting demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament. PC Tim Grant, a Metropolitan Police officer, has been charged following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into claims that officers armed with truncheons over-reacted to the protests. Earlier this year, the WMN revealed that a police constable had been charged with common assault. The IPCC has named that officer as PC Neil Latteman.He is due to appear before magistrates in September…. (story)
Western Daily Press 6.6.05 POLICEMAN CHARGED OVER HUNT PROTEST - A Police officer has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm during a passionate pro-hunting demonstration outside Parliament last autumn, it emerged yesterday. The allegation follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into claims that officers armed with truncheons overreacted to the protests…. (story)
Horse & Hound 6.6.05 Police officer charged in hunt demo inquiry - Holly Kirkwood - A police officer has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm as part of the investigation into the protests in Parliament Square last autumn… (story)
Country Life 6.6.05 Officer Charged In Hunt Demo Inquiry - A police officer has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm as part of the investigation into the protests in Parliament Square last autumn By Holly Kirkwood (story)
Observer 5.6.05 Police charged with assault at pro-hunt demo - More accusations could follow as five files go to CPS - Gaby Hinsliff, political editor - A police officer has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm during an angry pro-hunting demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament last autumn. This follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into claims that officers armed with truncheons over-reacted to the protests, which took place as MPs were voting on the controversial hunting ban…. The constable, whose full name the IPCC was unable to release, faces trial on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. The officer facing the lesser assault charge was named by the commission as PC Neil Latteman… (story)

Ham & High Broadway 16.9.05 Fox forces way into home to dine on pet food - Jonathan Marciano - HORNSEY residents are living in fear after a fox forced its way into a property for the second time in two months… The fully grown urban fox entered through a cat flap at the house of terrified mum Alison Carr and daughter Katie, 11. The bushy-tailed intruder then helped himself to food before perching on the washing machine…. Last month Broadway reported that seven-year-old Georgia Broomhead was bitten by a fox while she slept…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 16.9.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS TOTAL - Street collections held by South Devon Animal Rights in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay on July 26 and August 16 and 23 raised £185.61, £223.88 and £189.50… HAYDEN MACEY, Secretary, South Devon Animal Rights, Torquay (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 16.9.05 Praise for animal circus - Three cheers for Peter Jolly and family for continuing to operate a real animal circus, when so many other circus proprietors have been scared away by animal rights terrorists… David Bushell, Leeds (story)

Harborough Mail 16.9.05 Back our campaign in Nipper’s memory - I AM sure that many of you will remember Nipper, the old one-eyed, three-legged hedgehog, who was in my care for many years and featured in The Mail. In Nipper’s memory I am asking for help to stop the killing of hedgehogs on the islands of Uist in Scotland…. Jean Bird, Harborough Animal Concern. (story)

15.9.05

North Devon Journal 15.9.05 'SUPPORT FOR HUNTING STRONGER THAN EVER' - As the first hunt season since the Government ban gets underway, it's almost business as usual for local hunt supporters. Rob Williams, famed for his 250-mile protest ride to Buckingham Palace and dispatching the hounds in pursuit of the local vicar in his home village of Knowstone… Rob, who rides with the Tiverton Staghounds, explained that hunts appear to be have taken one of two approaches to interpreting the restrictions imposed by the Bill…. "…the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have already had one of the best starts to the season on record in terms of controlling deer numbers."… (story)

SCOTTISH HUNT CRIMEWATCH
Southern Reporter 15.9.05 Animal rights groups set to monitor Border hunts - BORDER hunts such as the Buccleuch are to be targeted by animal welfare groups this autumn to make sure the hunting with dogs ban is not being broken, writes Mark Entwistle… The initiative comes because the three campaign groups – the League Against Cruel Sports, Advocates for Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – believe, based on initial monitoring of hunts last season, that some of the Scottish hunts may be breaking the law…. However, Allan Murray, chairman of the Buccleuch Hunt says he knows of no Scottish hunt which has infringed the ban since it came into force in August, 2002 and says groups such as the League Against Cruel Sports are out of touch…. (story)
Scotsman 8.9.05 Hunting website to monitor ban - A website monitoring hunts which take place in Scotland has been launched by animal welfare groups. Campaigners have set up a Scottish Hunt Crimewatch website and have recruited 20 volunteers to ensure the hunting ban is observed. The League Against Cruel Sports, Advocates for Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) believe, based on initial monitoring of hunts last season, that some of the Scottish hunts may be breaking the law…. Kevin Hill, an experienced IFAW hunt monitor, said: "I have been monitoring hunts for 15 years. I am confident that we will be able to train volunteers to be effective in monitoring the Scottish hunts." (story)
icScotland 8.9.05 Hunting website to monitor ban - A website monitoring hunts which take place in Scotland has been launched by animal welfare groups…(story)
Scotland Today 8.9.05 Hunt monitoring website launched - A website monitoring hunts taking place in Scotland is being launched by animal welfare groups today, in an attempt to ensure they comply with the country's hunting ban…. (story)
Times 8.9.05 Campaign targets hunt offenders - A website to ensure that Scotland’s ban on hunting is being observed will be launched by animal welfare groups today. The Scottish Hunt Crimewatch campaign has also recruited 20 volunteers to monitor hunts. The League Against Cruel Sports, Advocates for Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare believe that some of the Scottish hunts may be breaking the law…. (story)
Scotsman 8.9.05 Hunt monitor - A WEBSITE monitoring hunts which take place in Scotland in an attempt to ensure they comply with the country's hunting ban has been launched by animal welfare groups who believe some of the Scottish hunts may be breaking the law. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 15.9.05 MSP TO PRESS FIRST MINISTER FOR ACTION ON CURBING AIRGUNS - CAMERON BROOKS - A North-east MSP is expected today to press First Minister Jack McConnell on what he plans to do to reduce the number of airguns on Scotland's streets. Richard Baker will ask him during his weekly question time session in the Scottish Parliament what action the executive is taking to avoid needless deaths and injuries…. (story)

Times 15.9.05 Cormorant cull - Mr Peter Sharpe (letter, September 9; see also letter, September 5) supports the culling of cormorants because "they are far too efficient a predator to be allowed to continue to devastate our waterways”. We are constantly witnessing efforts to interfere with the continuing process of evolution… If efficiency as a predator were to be the criterion for culling a species, we should have to start on ourselves. DAVID WILSON, Bridell, Pembrokeshire (letter)

St Ives Town Crier 15.9.05 Cruel threat to these elegant birds - BY their very nature, cormorants catch and eat fish and would know of no other way to survive…. I am a regular visitor to this area and enjoy seeing these wonderful and elegant birds and I have written to the Government asking for a law to be introduced to protect these birds JANET CUMMINGS, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 15.9.05 SNIGGERING HARE HUNT MEN FACE COURT AGAIN - Five men who admitted hunting hares with a pack of dogs will return to court again next month to be sentenced. Steven Booth, Kevin Leslie, Michael Sim, Colin Stewart and Donald Stewart were due to find out if they faced prison sentences yesterday…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 20.8.05 FIVE FACE JAIL AFTER USING PACK OF DOGS TO HUNT HARES - ALAN GORHAM - A Group of men could face jail after they were caught in a major police operation illegally hunting hares with a pack of dogs. Steven Booth, Kevin Leslie, Michael Sim, Colin Stewart and Donald Stewart admitted the wildlife crime at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterday. The men, all of Aberdeen, let seven lurchers loose on the Fasque Estate at Fettercairn on April 9 after travelling there by van. Sheriff Kenneth Forbes heard the estate had been plagued by hare-coursers since November 2004, leading to regular calls to Grampian Police…. (story)

Limerick Post 15.9.05 Welfare organisations to hold candlelit vigil for greyhounds - LIMERICK Animal Welfare is this week joining greyhound advocates from all over the world to mark Greyhound Planet Week, which runs until Sunday, September 18. LAW will hold a candlelit vigil on Saturday, September 17, outside the Limerick Greyhound Racing Track… However, the marketing and PR manager at Bord na gCon, Peter Franklin, said that the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) wishes to outline "its strong commitment to the welfare and care of greyhounds”…. (story)
Limerick Post 13.9.05 Limerick Animal Welfare take part in Greyhound Planet week - LIMERICK Animal Welfare are this week joining greyhound advocates from all over the world to mark Greyhound Planet Week, which runs until Sunday, September 18. LAW will hold a candlelight vigil on Saturday, September 17, outside the Limerick Greyhound Racing Track, "to commemorate all the racing greyhounds who die needlessly each year because they are injured or do not make the grade”… Niamh Allen from LAW said: "During this week we try to get more people involved in a national effort to promote greyhound adoption…." (story)

Lichfield Mercury 15.9.05 DISMAY AS TERROR TACTICS WIN - The terror tactics used to shut down the Halls Farm guinea pig business ring alarm bells for us all. Those who ruined lives to achieve their ends made the rights and wrongs of animal testing an irrelevance…. Gareth Griffiths, Main Street, Whittington. (letter)

Western Daily Press 15.9.05 CRUELTY TO COWS ON DAIRY FARMS - - I would like to add to comments made about dairy cow cruelty. To obtain as much milk as possible from the lactating cow, the calf is taken away from her almost as soon as it is born. It doesn't take an expert to realise how upsetting this must be for the cow…. Name and address supplied (story)

North Devon Journal 15.9.05 PET DOG JOINS BEAR CAMPAIGN - A FOUR-legged campaigner in Lynton has taken to the streets to help a group of Chinese animals. Bosun the terrier belongs to Lynton resident Wendy Cowan who lives at Hollerday Drive, and has become the mascot of a charity fund-raising drive. He recently accompanied his mistress on an awareness raising event to support her chosen charity, Animals Asia Foundation…. (story)

Bromley Times 15.9.05 Take chance to visit saved animals - OUR growing concern for abused animals is reflected in the ever increasing numbers of animal sanctuaries nationwide. One of these celebrating its tenth anniversary is the Hillside Animal Sanctuary based in Norfolk… CHRIS POPE, Nurstead Road, ERITH (story)

Sun 15.9.05 Heather's fur demo clash By TONI JONES - SIR Paul McCartney’s wife Heather limped in agony yesterday after her false leg was knocked loose in a clash with Jennifer Lopez’s minders. Animal rights activist Heather was delivering a horrific DVD, showing racoons being skinned alive in China, to the New York offices of J-Lo’s fur-trimmed clothing line Sweetface. Guards told her: "Get out of here, you are not invited.” They tried to hustle her away — and her prosthetic leg twisted… (story)
Sun 14.9.05 Heather: I'll stalk Lopez By SIMON ROTHSTEIN - HEATHER Mills McCartney has threatened to find out where Jennifer Lopez lives to protest directly to the singer about her support of the fur trade. The wife of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, who has been campaigning with animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has already stormed into the office of J-Lo's fashion label Sweetface, which uses fur in its designs… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 15.9.05 Mystery of landau ban - I refer to "This day 50 years ago" (Memory Lane, September 6). As one of the campaigners trying to better conditions for the landau horses on the Prom, there was an excerpt in it which left me astounded and I wonder if any of today's councillors have read it. Evidently, in 1955 Blackpool councillors recommended an order banning landaus from the Prom after 6pm on Illuminations weekends – the most stressful time for the horses. … Edith Grainge, Sevenoaks Drive, Thornton Cleveleys (letter)

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LAWRIE QUINN TRAIN HIJACK
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 14.9.05 Huntsman pleads guilty to railway protest charge by Claire Metcalfe - A RYEDALE farmer who rode his horse onto a railway line as part of a protest against the ban on hunting has pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and trespass. Ivan Richard Holmes, 52, of Tylas Farm, Old Byland, was given a year's conditional discharge at Scarborough Magistrates' Court… The protesters, who claim Mr Quinn refused many times to meet with them, decided to ambush the train near Lockton. Mitigating for Mr Holmes, who is a member of the Bilsdale Hunt, Paul Lane-Ryan said Mr Quinn's refusals had contributed to the "distress and frustration" felt by hunt supporters…. (story in archive)
Yorkshire Post 8.9.05 HUNT SUPPORTER WHO STOPPED MP'S TRAIN SPARED JAIL TERM - Mark Branagan - A horseman who was the only person prosecuted over the pro-hunting ambush of a train carrying an MP was given a 12-month conditional discharge yesterday by magistrates who said opposition to the ban must stay within the law. Farmer and hunter Ivan Holmes, aged 52, was pictured in the saddle at the protest last March on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line between Pickering and Grosmont…. Holmes, of Tylas Farm, Old Byland, Helmsley, admitted aggravated trespass and threatening behaviour. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 costs…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 20.7.05 COURT DATE FOR PROTEST HUNTSMAN - Paul Jeeves - A YORKSHIRE hunt member allegedly involved in an attempt to halt a steam train while demonstrating against the Government's ban on hunting will appear in court next week. Ivan Richard Holmes, aged 52, of Tylas Farm, Old Byland, in North Yorkshire, has been charged in connection with the protest near Pickering in March…. Holmes, a Glaisdale Hunt member, faces a further charge of obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in lawful activity…. Three others were questioned in connection with the incident on March 5, but charges have only been brought against Holmes. (story)
Malton & Pickering Mercury 5.4.05 CPS to consider charges after hunt protest - THREE hunt supporters have been questioned by police following a protest that spilled on to the tracks of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Ryedale area commander Insp Neil Burnett said that as a result of police inquiries into the incident last month a file had now been given to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on whether any charges should follow…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.4.05 LAW EXPERTS CONSIDER CHARGES OVER STEAM TRAIN HUNT PROTEST - Paul Jeeves - SENIOR lawyers are to study evidence from a pro-hunting demonstration, in which protestors attempted to halt a steam train, before deciding whether to prosecute…. Members of four hunts from North Yorkshire attempted to halt the train carrying the Whitby and Scarborough MP Lawrie Quinn, who has repeatedly spoken out against hunting and voted to ban the sport… (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 30.3.05 `We are law-abiding', say huntsmen - HUNTSMEN and hounds rode up the historic market place of a Ryedale town in a bid to make amends with residents following a controversial pro-hunting stunt. Members of the Saltersgate Farmers' Hunt met in Pickering for the first time in 60 years to demonstrate to local people that its members are "law-abiding"… (story in archive)
York Evening Press 28.3.05 Hunt rides in by Victoria Young - HUNTSMEN and hounds rode into the historic market place of a Ryedale town in an attempt to make amends with residents following a controversial pro-hunting stunt. Members of the Saltersgate Farmers' Hunt met in Pickering for the first time in 60 years, to demonstrate to local people that its members are "law-abiding". On March 7, members of several local hunts attempted to stop a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway so they could confront Scarborough MP Lawrie Quinn, who backed the ban on hunting with dogs - a move widely condemned. Gordon Wheldon, Saltersgate Hunt chairman, said Pickering was traditionally the territory of the Derwent Hunt, but he said: "After the incident in the station, we wanted to show to the people of Pickering that we are law-abiding and don't want to cause upset."… (story in archive)
Malton & Pickering Mercury 11.3.05 Protestors face prosecution - HUNT protesters who stormed the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at the weekend, injuring a police officer, are facing arrest, it has been revealed. Police have launched an investigation and say some of those taking part could face charges for "serious" public order offences…. Members of all local hunts, including the Derwent, Sinnington, Middleton and Saltersgate, took part. Insp Burnett said it had "clearly been organised in advance and the media had been tipped off" but police had been given no warning… (story)
Darlington & Stockton Times 11.3.05 Dangerous games by Malcolm Warne - THE four hunts that decided to disrupt the return of steam trains to the Whitby-Pickering railway line deserved all the flak they attracted this week. Protests against the hunting ban should be expected, of course, but it is bad tactics to select some other pursuit to disrupt. The target was Labour MP Lawrie Quinn but all the protest achieved was widely-reported and justifiably angry outbursts from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. In addition, it provided a platform for Mr Quinn to denounce hunting and hunt supporters. As a public relations exercise it was a complete disaster…. (story in archive)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 9.3.05 Police launch inquiry into hunting protest by Claire Metcalfe - HUNT supporters who attempted to hijack a steam train near Pickering have sparked a police inquiry in their attempt to raise the political heat on the hunting ban…. Dozens of supporters from four Yorkshire hunts carried out the stunt, and have pledged to try to oust Mr Quinn from his Scarborough and Whitby seat and replace him with the Conservative candidate from Terrington, Robert Goodwill…. Pete Teasdale, a member of the Sinnington Hunt who took part in the protest which attracted more than 100 enthusiasts, said: "We targeted the train because Lawrie Quinn was on it…" Mr Teasdale said protesters from Derwent, Sinnington, Glaisdale and Saltersgate hunts had hoped to hand Mr Quinn a letter outlining their opposition to the ban…. (story in archive)
Yorkshire Post 8.3.05 HUNT BAN PROTESTERS DEFIANT AT RAIL DEMO INQUIRY - Paul Jeeves - HUNT supporters yesterday pledged to continue protesting against the fox hunting ban as police launched an inquiry into a demonstration in which activists tried to hold up a steam train. North Yorkshire Police officers are investigating the protest on Saturday after hunt members rode horses on to railway lines as they tried to hijack a Whitby to Pickering train with Labour MP Lawrie Quinn on board… Mary Holt, a member of the Sinnington Hunt for 20 years, lay down on the tracks in front of the locomotive. Those who went on to the tracks illegally could now face prosecution…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 7.3.05 HUNTING SUPPORTERS LET OFF STEAM OVER 'COWARDLY' MP Pro-hunt activists staged an audacious protest against the Government's fox hunting ban by holding up a steam train at the weekend. Paul Jeeves was there. DOZENS of campaigners hoping to overturn hunting legislation were out in force at the weekend in a show of defiance against Lawrie Quinn, Labour MP for Whitby and Scarborough, who has consistently voiced his opposition to the sport. He was travelling on one of the first services to mark the reopening to steam of the complete route of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, between Pickering and Whitby, when it was hijacked by protesters from the Derwent, Sinnington, Glaisdale and Saltersgate Farmers hunts. Huntsmen on three horses had ridden on to the railway in an attempt to halt the 1.20pm service from Whitby on Saturday, while Mary Holt, a member of the Sinnington, lay down on the tracks in front of the train…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 7.3.05 HUNTERS WHO TARGETED MP'S TRAIN CONDEMNED - Paul Jeeves - HUNT supporters were condemned yesterday for "absolute stupidity" after attempting to hold up a steam train in protest against the banning of fox hunting…. Philip Benham, the privately run railway's general manager, said: "People have their opinions and they have the right to express them. But what they did was, frankly, absolute stupidity. They were putting themselves and the people on the train at risk, it was unnecessary and extremely dangerous…" (story)
Scarborough Evening News 7.3.05 MP out-foxes hunt protesters - SCARBOROUGH MP Lawrie Quinn out-foxed hunt protesters who attempted to confront him about the ban on hunting with dogs. Mr Quinn was on a VIP trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway when dozens of hunt protesters attempted to confront him at Pickering and question why he had voted in support of the ban. He stayed in the catering car as protesters waited for him on the station…. Mr Quinn said: "When I'm a guest I do what they want me to do. I don't think it is a cop out that I did not get off the train." (story)
Whitby Gazette 7.3.05 Steaming mad - PROTESTORS campaigning against the hunting ban have been condemned after attempting to stop a steam train carrying Lawrie Quinn from Whitby. One protestor laid down on the line in front of the engine while others on horseback galloped alongside the track. Another huntsman on horseback positioned himself and his mount in front of the oncoming train and three horses were spooked after the driver gave a prolonged burst on the whistle to clear the track…. There were also angry scenes as protestors armed with eggs and banners clashed verbally with holidaymakers and visitors to the railway… There were no arrests during the protests and Mr Quinn himself stayed on the train and did not come into contact with the demonstrators…. (story)

Wilts & Glos Standard 14.9.05 Crowds flock to Carnival by Steve Barton - FUNKY 1970's afro hairstyles and flares, a huntsman and his pack of hounds and television's domestic cleaning gurus Kim and Aggie were all to be found at this year's Malmesbury Carnival Procession…. Tristan the Huntsman, aka, Western Daily Press reporter and Malmesbury resident Tristan Cork, won best walking entry for his effort - which included mask-wearing children masqerading as a pack of hounds… (story in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 14.9.05 DEMO DRIVERS ARE BEING USED - I Understand that a bunch of well organised, shadowy, right-wing extremists - the same ones who organised the pro-hunting protests - are aiming to bring this fine country of ours to a halt…. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Northern Echo 14.9.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS - ALTHOUGH I am delighted the Staffordshire guinea pig farm, which bred the animals for medical research, has bowed to pressure and said it intends to close (Echo, Aug 24), I am sick of the media repeatedly focusing on the term 'animal rights extremists'. Not all of us are…. We who campaign peacefully by leafleting, collecting signatures for petitions and giving talks on various issues, are ignored in the main…. M Embling, Crook (letter in archive)

Edinburgh Evening News 14.9.05 Don't let these cruel transplants become reality - SOCIETY must indeed be allowed to take a more active role in deciding what scientists are allowed to do to animals in the name of "scientific advancement" in the light of news that pig-to-human organ transplants could soon be carried out… A British poll found only 21 per cent in favour of this transplanting, yet the Government seems set to allow it to take place without any sort of consultation. Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street (letter)

Scotsman 14.9.05 Animal welfare legislation - As you reported ("McConnell's pledge to cut business rates in Scotland", 7 September), the Scottish Executive is to introduce long-overdue legislation to update Scottish animal welfare legislation. Many of the proposed changes in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill are, of course, to be welcomed. However, we are totally opposed to the proposed provisions giving the Executive extended powers to slaughter animals in the event of a future disease outbreak such as foot-and-mouth…. ROSS MINETT, Director, dvocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Scotsman 14.9.05 Vegan diet 'helps women to lose weight' - EBEN HARRELL - WOMEN who follow a vegan diet, while eating as much as they want when they want, are more likely to lose weight than women on traditional diets, a new study has found. Researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC examined 59 overweight women over 14 weeks, with about half on a traditional weight-loss diet and the other half on a diet which allowed them to eat as much as they desired, but without meat, cheese, milk or heavily oily foods such as chips. Dr Neal Barnard, the chief researcher, said."By sticking to a low-fat vegan diet, women lost more weight than those on the [traditional] diet, even without restricting portions. They lost about a pound a week, whereas [traditional dieters] lost about 8lb in 14 weeks…." (story)

13.9.05

Scotsman 13.9.05 Exploiting - Tony Andrews, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, asks Scottish National Heritage the question: "What is SNH for?" Surely he knows. It's for exploiting the natural environment for tourism and for keeping those employed by it in jobs. Angus Macmillan Meikle Boturich, Dunbartonshire (letter)
Scotsman 9.9.05 Addressing SNH priorities - The Executive's rejection of the reintroduction of the beaver to Scotland (your report, 2 September) raises important questions abut the priorities of Scottish Natural Heritage. At a time when some of Scotland's indigenous species such as the red squirrel, the Scotch Argus butterfly, the Scottish primrose and the sea trout are under threat of extinction, perhaps SNH should now set aside plans for reintroducing extinct species such as the beaver, and concentrate on conserving our existing threatened species… TONY ANDREWS, Chief executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance, Ingliston, Midlothian (letter)

Western Mail 13.9.05 50-bird clay shoot prelude to season - Sarah Manners, Western Mail - WITH the imminent start of another game shooting season, the Countryside Alliance in Wales is hosting a sporting 50-bird clay shoot at Treetops Shooting Ground, Newport on Wednesday, September 21…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 13.9.05 Fish are precious From Nick Richardson, Pheasant Rise, Bar Hill - JANET Cummings (News, September 5) says it is not only extremely cruel to limit cormorant's ability to descend on a lake or river and eat the fish stocks but there is a strong possibility of causing their extinction. Culling (killing) of these birds is legal with a licence, if they are causing serious damage to a fishery or to wildlife conservation interests, as an aid to scaring… Cormorants can cause serious economic and ecological damage to a fishery as stocked fisheries can provide an easy source of food for the birds… (letter)

Western Morning News 13.9.05 NO EXCUSE FOR ANIMALS TO SUFFER IN LABORATORY - Your prolific correspondent Tess Nash appears to inhabit the same fantasy world as every other advocate of vivisection. Does she seriously think that there is any way in which laboratory animals could ever be "kindly" treated? By its very nature the word "vivisection", meaning the act of performing experiments on living animals, involving cutting into or dissecting the body - more often nowadays hiding under the blanket of "animal experiments" - requires the utmost suffering in the most hideous ways devised, to be inflicted on defenceless animals, in the biggest fraud, that of "safety testing", ever inflicted on the human race…. C A Barnett, Fowey (letter)

Western Morning News 13.9.05 Vivisection anguish - WHILE the subject of vivisection is being debated, many people like myself feel anguish that such an horrendous occupation has the need for justification… M Mills, Yelverton (letter)

PETA ANIMAL ABUSE RESEARCH
Cambridge Evening News 13.9.05 Violent crimes linked to animal cruelty - ANIMAL torturers are likely to go on to commit other violent crimes according to research being studied by police in Cambridge…. Kate Fowler-Reeves, who produced the research for PETA, said reports of animal cruelty were on the rise across Britain, and Cambridgeshire was no exception…. (story)
Guardian 11.8.05 Childhood cruelty to animals may signal violence in future - Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent - Childhood cruelty to animals can be an early warning of a propensity for violence against other people, a report published yesterday said. The research wing of animal rights charity, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), has compiled a study of the links between severe animal abuse by children who later committed acts of extreme violence - in some cases, murder… (story)
Northern Echo 10.8.05 Killers who first prey on animals - HUNDREDS of animal abusers in the region are at risk of "graduating" to seriously harming people, a report claims…. The report, by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), highlights the cases of North-East child-killer Mary Bell and the boys who slaughtered children and teachers at Columbine School, in the US. Report author Kate Fowler-Reeves said the multiple murderers had practised their crimes on animals before moving on to humans…. (story in archive)
Birmingham Post 10.8.05 From harming pets to serial killing - Serial killers often start their criminal careers as animal abusers, research has claimed… The research, conducted on behalf of campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is being sent to judges, magistrates and senior police officers today…. Kate Fowler- Reeves, from PETA, said: "Animal abuse is not just the result of a minor personality flaw. It is a symptom of a deep mental disturbance…" (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 13.9.05 Animal circus 'sad and mean' - I am 13 years old. I would not go to any circus that uses animals. Bears are not toys and they are not there to perform… Thomas McLennan, Heddon Road, Leeds
I and my family would definitely not want to go and see a circus that still had live animals…. Mrs Mary McManus, SeacroftLeeds
.. I am very disgusted at this being allowed to take place in Leeds. Mrs Olive Cary, Whiteleys Grove, Leeds
We visited the circus. I didn't think it was at all bad for the animals who looked very well cared for. It is obviously for only very young children. It's not over-exciting. The horses just go round in a circle and don't do anything a horse wouldn't usually do and I certainly don't think they should ban it…. C Black, e-mail, Leeds (letters)

Western Morning News 13.9.05 SEAGULLS HAVE RIGHT TO ENSURE SURVIVAL - Having read your article "Petition calls for cull of noisy gulls" (WMN, September 3) I find myself fired into action… I tire of hearing people say that they are animal and bird lovers - but that they hate gulls. Why?... Ann Nightingale, Exmouth (letter)

12.9.05

Worcester Evening News 12.9.05 Ban on hunting has not hit sales - WITH the new hunting season fast approaching, the Government's ban seems to have had little effect on the demand for horses to ride to hounds. At Brightwell's annual Festival of the Horse sale at Malvern's Three Counties Showground… there was still a "healthy demand" for hunters, according to Andrew Elliott, the firm's equestrian manager… "All the local hunts are preparing to go and test the law to its limits and I have heard reports of large numbers of riders out already for the time of year."… (story in archive)

Gloucestershire Echo 12.9.05 HEDGEHOGS NEED SAVING - While I am grateful to the Echo (August 31) for publicising the plight of the hedgehogs on North Uist, I feel I must make a few corrections. In the story I asked that animal lovers protest against the use of dogs to hunt hedgehogs. Angela Gabbott, Corse Lawn. (letter)

Sunderland Echo 12.9.05 New gun laws will not work, says gun club - BEEFED-UP firearms laws won't cut gun crime, a leading shooting group claimed today. Reacting to news that potentially deadly air weapons will only be sold at police-approved shops, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said the laws would be "ineffective and unenforceable”. Roker mum Linda Mitchell, who has campaigned tirelessly for four years to get tighter gun controls in the UK after her son Micah was shot in the mouth, reckons forcing shopkeepers to record details of every gun sold, plus the name and address of shoppers, will save lives. But opponents BASC say the beefed-up laws are "no solution” to the scourge of gun crime…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.9.05 IT'S THE CHRISTIAN WAY FORWARD - As far as I am concerned, Christian civilisation moved forward when Parliament banned fox-hunting… My view is that we need to take our Christian civilisation another step forward by banning the shooting of birds. Rev H W Jones Wroughton Swindon (letter)

ANIMAL AID CORMORANT CULL LETTER
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 12.9.05 'Anglers killing our wildlife' Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Sunderland Echo 9.9.05 Cormorants to be culled - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 8.9.05 In reply to Kelly Slade's letter on cruelty to fish (August 10). Before discouraging children and their parents, she should get her facts right on the sport…. The children learn respect and to understand the canals and rivers and the landscape…. Martin Palliser, Waincliffe House, Laisterdyke, Bradford (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 8.9.05 STOP THE KILLING OF CORMORANTS - Kelly Slade Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 6.9.05 PLIGHT OF THE CORMORANTS - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 3.9.05 WHY THE NEED TO KILL? - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 2.9.05 Birds face cull from fisheries - K SLADE, Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)
Exeter Express & Echo 2.9.05 LEISURE ACTIVITY THREATENS BIRDS - The Government has granted 3,000 licences - an increase from last year - to kill cormorants at fisheries and lakes. Yet again, our wildlife has to suffer as a result of a human leisure activity that not only directly kills animals as a pastime but kills and injures many more in its wake. The Moran Joint Bird Group, a partnership of fisheries, angling and conservation organisations, admits that "removing cormorants is a never-ending task, as culling simply creates space for other birds from surrounding areas to move into". Why do some people feel the need to kill what little natural wildlife we have left in this country? Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Burton Mail 12.9.05 IMPASSIONED PLEA FOR RETURN OF REMAINS By David Powles - A CLOSE relative of a woman whose body was stolen from her grave has made an impassioned plea for her remains to be immediately returned. Speaking in public about the desecration for the very first time the relative, who regularly visited Gladys Hammond’s grave at the St Peter’s Church, in Yoxall, has labelled the grave diggers — believed to be animal rights activists — "despicable and evil"…. Speaking on the Inside Out programme, to be shown on BBC1 at 7.30pm today, the relative said: "She was a kind and gentle woman. She loved animals and loved her home and her family. She would do anything for her family…. (story)
BBC News Online 12.9.05 Relative's plea over grave theft - The relative of an elderly woman whose remains were stolen by animal rights extremists has spoken for the first time to appeal for their return. Gladys Hammond, 82, was related to the owners of a farm in Newchurch which bred guinea pigs for medical research…. A close relative has spoken exclusively to the BBC's Inside Out West Midlands programme about her anguish…. Protestor Amanda Richards, from the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs Campaign, said she had no information about who was responsible for taking Mrs Hammond's remains…. (story)

New Statesman 12.9.05 The dangers of cuddly extremism - Ed Owen - By their emotive rejection of all animal testing, the mainstream animal rights organisations are providing encouragement for the violent fringe, argues Ed Owen… In the wake of the news last month that Darley Oaks Farm in Staffordshire, which bred guinea pigs for research purposes, was being forced to shut down its business, there has been a renewed focus on the militants within the animal rights lobby who use intimidation and violence to get their way. But in doing so, we must also step up effective scrutiny of the equally uncompromising arguments of those groups that do act within the law. Make no mistake, these so-called moderate organisations are as fundamental in their aims, if not in the tactics, as the hard core…. Ed Owen is a freelance political consultant and was until May special adviser to Jack Straw (story)

The Sentinel 12.9.05 VIEWS, PLEASE, ON ZOOS - I Think that zoos are cruel, but there are people who will disagree. I think people should let animals choose where they live because if they are caged up they may not have enough room…. EMMA ROBINSON, aged nine, Draycott in the Moors (letter)

The Sentinel 12.9.05 SHOULD SEA LIFE BE IN TANKS - I think that fish should never be kept in tanks but other people may not agree with me…. visiting aquariums can be good days out but not for the fish. ANNA KILGANNON Aged 9 St Thomas's School, Tean (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 12.9.05 Exotic pet trade a dangerous concern - DEEP Sea World should be well aware of the many potential problems of keeping exotic animals as pets and should surely be discouraging, not encouraging, the keeping of animals such as snakes… Advocates for Animals is calling on the Scottish Executive to use the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill to introduce legislation to prohibit the selling and keeping of exotic animals as pets. Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

11.9.05

Sunday Times 11.9.05 It’s a very fishy world, angling - JEREMY CLARKSON - I’ve taken up knitting, or fishing as you may know it. This is not because I don’t like my wife any more and would rather spend six hours playing with maggots on the side of a canal…. It’s good for you, too, because fishing with spinners means you have to stand up, in the fresh air, and you need two hands. Which means you can’t smoke (story)

Sunday Times 11.9.05 Dog breeders furious at plan to ban tail docking - JASON ALLARDYCE - LABOUR is facing a fresh battle with the countryside over plans to prevent dog breeders from docking the tails of dogs. The centuries-old practice is to be outlawed under new animal welfare legislation being introduced by the Scottish executive and the UK government… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 11.9.05 Challenge to value of vivisection - THE real issues surrounding animal experimentation have unfortunately been overlooked in the majority of recent media coverage ('Genetic engineering alters the nature of animal experiment argument', Comment, August 28). It instead focuses on the actions of a minority of individuals within a predominantly peaceful movement of hundreds of thousands of people in the UK…. Lynda Korimboccus, Advocates for Animals, Edinburgh (story)

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Western Morning News 10.9.05 HUNTS READY TO TEST LOOPHOLES - They vow ban won't stop them as season begins - Hunting returns today, with supporters vowing they will not let the ban on their sport stop them. Hunts have vowed to exploit "every loophole" within the law to carry on the country tradition…. Alison Hawes, South West Director of the Countryside Alliance, said it was still "too early" to judge what long-term effect the legislation would have on the sport. However, she insisted it had not sounded hunting's death knell, as opposition groups had expected… A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports warned the hunts that any illegal activities would be reported to the police…. Michael Moore, from the East Devon Hunt, said: "We shall do what we can within the law..." Rita Morris, secretary of the Tetcott Hunt in Cornwall, echoed Mr Moore's sentiments…. A spokesman for the Taunton Vale Hunt, in Somerset, said trail hunting and pest control, when asked for by the farmer, would be carried out this season…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 10.9.05 Farmers to set their stall out at the parliament - THE Scottish Parliament is to host a farmers' market next month. The event on Wednesday, October 5, is the first of its kind at Holyrood and will bring together producers from all over Scotland, marking the culmination of Scottish Food Fortnight. Organisers the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust said MSPs, staff and visitors would be able to sample the best of Scotland's home-grown produce from 6-8pm…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 10.9.05 Stop shooting - It is not a great leap from shooting an animal to shooting a human. The only difference, apart from the legal restrictions, is that a human can fight back…. Those involved in the recreational killing of animals and birds are a viable danger to society. People who are violent towards animals rarely stop there…. JOHN TIERNEY Campaigns Director, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, Dublin (story)

Torquay Herald Express 10.9.05 VICTIMS OF BOGUS POLICY - I support the RSPB's condemnation and protest against the continuation of the culling of cormorants. I do not believe the birds play such a substantial part in reducing fish stocks or that they are such a threat as they are made out to be at all. They should be left alone…. J FURNESS, Penn Meadows, Brixham (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 10.9.05 Council should ban 'sickening' circus - I was appalled to see that Peter Jolly's Animal Circus was to appear on Swillington common. As a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, I was particularly sickened to see that this circus has a black bear as part of the 'show'…. Dawn Williams, e-mail, Leeds (story)

VIVA! BRITAIN GOES VEGGIE MONTH LETTER
The Shields Gazette 10.9.05 Think of going veggie - Justin Kerswell, Viva! campaigner (letter)
Worcester Evening News 8.9.05 Go veggie, save animals - THROUGHOUT September, campaigners from across the UK will be participating in Britain Goes Veggie Month, organised by Viva! - Britain's leading veggie campaigns group…. Campaigners will be erecting vibrant, colourful stalls, full of free information on everything you could ever want to know about going vegetarian or simply cutting down on meat consumption…. JUSTIN KERSWELL, Viva! Bristol. (letter in archive)

9.9.05

Horse & Hound 9.9.05 Calling all hunt supporters - Anna Tyzack - Felix the Fox invites you to show your support for the hunting cause at ‘A Night with Felix’ - Having made guest appearances at Chequers, Henley, CLA Game Fair and the top of Mount Everest, the time has come for Felix the Fox, chairman of FightTheBan, to hold his own high-profile event. A party in London on Wednesday 21 September, hosted by Felix himself, is destined to be a rip-roaring occasion… Tickets for 'A Night with Felix' at Digress City, 1 Ropemaker St cost £10 per person Visit: http://www.fighttheban.com/picts/FelixLondonParty.pdf to download your invitation.(story)

Exeter Express & Echo 9.9.05 WHY ARE EARTHS BUILT FOR FOXES? - Considerable publicity has been given to the case of a teenager who was shot in a hunting accident, Dad upset at sentence for son's killer, Echo, September 3, but it is beyond my understanding why this hunting party was shooting foxes when other hunters are encouraging foxes to breed… John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

AIRGUN RESTRICTIONS
Times 9.9.05 Airgun sales face restrictions - CURBS are to be placed on the sale of airguns in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by them. Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is planning to ban their sale in ironmongers, camping shops and fishing-tackle stores. He is to propose that airguns should be sold only at an estimated 1,750 shops that are registered firearms dealers…. (story)
Scotsman 9.9.05 Backing for air-gun laws - HAMISH MACDONELL - OPPOSITION politicians gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the UK government's plans to restrict the sale of air-guns in Britain…. David Davis, the shadow home secretary, said the Tories would examine the proposals in detail but gave his cautious backing to the scheme…. (story)
Scotsman 8.9.05 'Andrew's law' set to bring UK airgun curb - HAMISH MACDONELL - SWEEPING new regulations on the sale of air-guns are expected to be introduced throughout the UK after intense lobbying by the Scottish Executive, The Scotsman has learned. Jack McConnell, the First Minister, held talks with Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, earlier this week on the timing of an announcement that would mean tough new licensing restrictions being imposed on all air-gun retailers…. (story)

Times 9.9.05 Cormorant cull - Cormorants (letter, September 5) are causing far more damage than mere interference with angling interests. They are having a devastating effect on many rivers, especially in the upper reaches, where they have virtually wiped out the resident prey species by depleting the fish stock, at great cost to biodiversity… PETER SHARPE, Bourne, Lincolnshire (letter)

CHURCH APPEALS FOR RETURN OF GLADYS HAMMOND’S BODY
Post & Times 9.9.05 CLERIC CALLS FOR RETURN OF BODY - A senior Church of England clergyman in Staffordshire has added his voice to those appealing for the return of the stolen remains of the late Gladys Hammond. The Archdeacon of Walsall, the Venerable Bob Jackson, made a statement at the burial ground at St Peter's Church in Yoxall from where the remains of Mrs Hammond were dug up and removed almost a year ago… (story)
Lichfield Mercury 8.9.05 CHURCH IN PLEA TO END SUFFERING OF GRAVE THEFT FAMILY - Church leaders this week made an impassioned plea for the return of a Yoxall pensioner's body nearly a year after her grave was desecrated by suspected animal rights protestors… Ven Bob Jackson, Archdeacon of Walsall, on behalf of the Diocese of Lichfield, said: "It is now time for those who desecrated the grave of Gladys Hammond and removed her body to an unknown place to respond out of their human compassion and decency to allow her remains to be returned…." The warning came as John Ablewhite - a Wolverhampton supply teacher who Mr Fabricant said is a ringleader of the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs group - told supporters he planned to teach children about 'animal rights and veganism'…. (story)
The Sentinel 4.9.05 APPEAL FOR BODY'S RETURN - The family of Gladys Hammond - the grandmother whose remains were stolen from a churchyard by animal activists - were last night no closer to re-burying her, despite a fresh appeal by a senior church leader for her body to be returned…. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 4.9.05 Plea over grandmother's body - The family of Gladys Hammond - the grandmother whose remains were stolen from a churchyard by animal activists - are no closer to re-burying her, in spite of a fresh appeal by a senior church leader for her body to be returned…. (story)
Observer 4.9.05 Appeal to grave robbers - Religious leaders appealed to animal rights extremists yesterday to return the remains of a woman stolen from a graveyard last October…. (story)
ViewLondon 3.9.05 Church appeals for return of woman’s remains - A senior church official has appealed for the return of a woman’s body stolen from her grave as part of a campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists…. The Archdeacon of Walsall has now made a fresh call for those who snatched her body to show "compassion” and return her remains…. (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 3.9.05 Church leader's plea on remains - Report by Victoria Hoe - A Midlands church leader today made an impassioned plea for animal rights activists to return the remains of a grandmother stolen from her grave near Lichfield. Walsall Archdeacon the Ven Bob Jackson was speaking from St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall, from where Gladys Hammond's body was stolen…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.9.05 Church plea over woman's remains - A senior Church official has appealed for the return of a woman's body stolen from her grave during a campaign of abuse by animal rights activists…. The Archdeacon of Walsall urged those who took her body to show "compassion". The Venerable Bob Jackson made the appeal on behalf of the bishop and diocese of Lichfield in the churchyard where Mrs Hammond was buried seven years ago…. The appeal on Saturday came two hours before a planned celebration by animal rights groups in Burton-upon-Trent at the farm's announcement it would stop breeding guinea pigs and return to traditional farming…. (story)

Times 9.9.05 Animal testing - Surely what makes human beings special is not our ability to "make history” (Comment, September 2) but our ability to feel and show compassion, which should surely exclude using apes in medical experiments… ANGELA SMITH, Staines, Surrey (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 9.9.05 'Bear faced cruelty' - Protesters campaign over circus animal acts By Paul Robinson - ANIMAL welfare campaigners staged a demonstration at a circus over what they say is the "heartbreaking" plight of a performing bear. Protesters gathered last night at Peter Jolly's Circus, which has pitched up on privately-owned land off the A63 at Swillington Common, near Garforth in Leeds…. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) says Jolly's has turned down an offer from the RSPCA to give 25-year-old Ming a new home in a sanctuary…. Yorkshire Animal Rights member Nikki Steel was one of around 20 people who turned out yesterday evening to voice their anger at Jolly's…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 9.9.05 Roasting for church after barbecue fury - A CHURCH has pulled the plug on a hog roast after complaints from an animal rights group. Organisers of an open day at St Matthew's Church, in Geldart Street, Cambridge, cancelled Saturday's roast after residents were offended by an advertisement for it featuring a cartoon pig being roasted over a fire. Animal Rights Cambridge wrote a letter to the church, claiming a number of people contacted them to complain…. Mr Foster confirmed the event had been cancelled, adding: "We decided it would be simpler to cancel it and serve cream teas instead."… (story)

8.9.05

Kentish Express 9.9.05 - MORE than 160 people turned up for Ashford Valley Hunt's clay pigeon shoot at Pluckley quarry on Sunday…. (story)

Independent 8.9.05 Green shoots of recovery in Kent - Hadlow College is flourishing after sowing the seeds of reform three years ago, writes Amy McLellan - From the hunting ban to the foot-and-mouth crisis to declining farm incomes, it's been a torrid decade for those who make their living from the land…. (story)

Scotsman 8.9.05 Parliament is not working - I campaigned against the formation of a devolved Scottish Parliament. Since the expensive opening we have witnessed with ever growing disbelief the scandal of the building project together with moves to create laws governing breast feeding in public, smacking children, liberalisation of sex discussion in schools and a ban on fox hunting… I wonder how many more would have campaigned with me had they known then what was to come to pass. COLIN THOMSON, Woodcroft Avenue,Aberdeen (letter)

Skelmersdale Advertiser 8.9.05 Youngsters seem hooked on fishing - INTEREST in angling among young people in the North West is on the increase according to Public Attitudes to Angling 2005, a new survey released by the Environment Agency…. (story)

Portsmouth News 8.9.05 Animal rights mob terrorised lab worker - A MOB of animal rights activists left a research lab employee terrified after descending on his family home. The group of about a dozen protesters converged on Karl Barker's village wearing dark clothes and scarves wrapped around their faces…. The crowd surrounded Mr Barker, who works at Wickham Labs, Wickham, and chanted 'animal abuser'…. As Mr Barker bravely tried to snatch some of the scarves away to see their faces activist Karen Currie, 37, from Capstone Road, Bournemouth, held an air-horn close to his ear and let it off. Currie, who had denied a charge of common assault, was found guilty and fined £50. (story)

Guardian 8.9.05 Research and destroy - Vioxx was tested on animals, so was Thalidomide (What have guinea pigs ever done for us? September 1). Why does Vivienne Parry ignore this when she assumes successful drugs work because they were tested on animals?... Martin Hunt, Pontllyfni, Gwynedd
Penicillin was delayed a decade by misleading rabbit tests - and would have been shelved forever, had it been tested on guinea pigs, which it kills… Kathy Archibald, Europeans for Medical Progress
Many of the drugs and therapies that we use to treat animals were developed via animal research to treat human diseases, but are also routinely used in veterinary medicine. Mary Kennett , Pennsylvania State University (letters)

Western Daily Press 8.9.05 MAJORITY AGAINST EXPERIMENTATION - Many people have written letters to the Western Daily Press regarding the experiments on animals for research for humans. Most are completely against this horrible practice and I agree one hundred per cent with them. All these so-called scientists are doing these experiments only for gain and because they enjoy inflicting pain on defenceless animals…. Mr R Williams Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire (letter)

Lichfield Mercury 8.9.05 ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE GUINEA PIG BREEDING - As a supporter of organisations campaigning against the use of animals in medical research, I can only applaud the closure of the Halls Farm - even though its closure was accelerated by the undesirable activities of a small minority of animal rights extremists… Lorna A Bushell, Cherry Orchard, Lichfield.
I AM writing in connection with the guinea pig farm. My wife and I were horrified when we heard that the Halls had finally called it a day. I am amazed that no-one seems to have been able to help this family all through the protests. As a former magistrate, I sat on a number of occasions when these people were before the court. They seemed to know all the ruses and it was most frustrating not to be able to take some action…. Graham G Hindley, Hall Hill Lane, Abbots Bromley. (letters)

BUAV NEXT OF KIN LETTER
North Devon Journal 8.9.05 ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS: THE TRUTH ADOLFO SANSOLINI, Chief Executive, BUAV, Crane Grove, London. (letter)
Western Daily Press 9.8.05 IT'S TIME TO STOP THIS CRUEL ANIMAL TESTING - Adolfo Sansolini, Chief executive B UAV London. (letter)
Falkirk Herald 4.8.05 Testing concern - Most of the British public want testing on primates to be banned, yet still, the last Home Office figures show that procedures involving primates increased by 20 per cent on previous years, with the UK one of the largest users…. This is why, on August 2 at 10 a.m., a troupe of "suited and booted” monkeys accompanied by Norman Baker MP, handed over a petition of 163,000 signatures calling for a total ban on primate testing in the UK to 10 Downing Street, officially marking the launch of a campaign called ‘Next of Kin’. It has been organised by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which aims to achieve this across the EU as well as the UK… Adolfo Sansolini, Chief Executive, BUAV (letter)

BBC News Online 8.9.05 Performing bear circus axes show - A circus with the last performing bear in Britain has been forced to cancel a show in West Yorkshire because of protests by animal rights campaigners. Jolly's Circus had planned a five-day appearance next week on land owned by the Lions Rugby Club in Featherstone. But the club has scrapped the visit after parents voiced fears for their children's safety during any protests… (story)

Eastern Daily Press 8.9.05 Campaign to rid town of anti-dove spikes - A Wymondham mother is leading a campaign to rid the town of "cruel and unnecessary" anti-dove spikes. Tracy Howes has drawn up a petition asking the town council to remove the spikes immediately… (story)

North Devon Journal 8.9.05 North Devon Journal TIME TO PUT THE FACTS RIGHT ON FARM TREATMENT OF COWS - I write in response to Veronica Leat's misleading letter regarding the suffering of dairy cows. It is inexcusable for Ms Leat to prop up an already flimsy argument with such inaccuracies; I would suggest she does her research more thoroughly in future. We have a dairy farm and know from experience that you cannot rear healthy calves by feeding them inferior quality milk be it powdered or whole milk…. The dairy farmer's lot is not a happy one - we work long hours for little return, it is no wonder we are a dying breed. Who does Ms Leat think is going to provide the green and pleasant land we live in if the farmers and their animals are not there to do it? DEBBIE LEWIS, Hartland View Farm, Shirwell. (letter)
North Devon Journal 25.8.05 SO MUCH SUFFERING FOR SOME DAIRY COWS - In response to Margaret Sandon's letter concerning the inhumane treatment of dairy cattle and the trend towards all-year housing, I would like to draw attention to the other miseries these animals have to suffer in order to serve the interests of humans. Margaret Sandon was not wrong - the dairy cow is deprived of her calf within a few days of calving, and of course, the calf of its mother… VERONICA LEAT, Churchill Way, Northam (letter)
North Devon Journal 11.8.05 PHOTOGRAPHS WERE APPALLING - The photo which appeared in the Daily Mail, of cows on a farm in the South West, is this really how some farmers treat their animals? I am appalled that such callous attitude exists. These cows have already surrendered their calves, do they now have to surrender their access to green fields?... MARGARET SANDON, Castle Meadow, Buckland Brewer (letter)

7.9.05

Hull Daily Mail 7.9.05 THEN, AS NOW, THE SHOW OFFERS PLENTY - Hull Show will be attracting visitors to East Park on Saturday, reviving memories of former shows for many of those who will sample its various offerings. Our photographs take us back more than 40 years, with the one on the right, showing the hounds of Holderness Hunt in the show ring, having been taken at Hull Show held on August 1, 1964…. (story)

Western Morning News 7.9.05 BUNNY-HUGGERS OR BUNNY-MUGGERS? - Anthony gibson: What gives Ministers the right to pick and choose which bits of legislation they will enforce? WHEN one of my policy advisers came into my office the other day to ask whether farmers are obliged to control rabbits on their land, it took me some time to dredge the answer from the murky depths of my memory…. What gives Defra ministers the right to pick and choose which bits of legislation they will or will not enforce? Did they consult before making their unilateral decision to be bunny-huggers, rather than bunny-muggers?... Meanwhile, as more land falls out of agriculture and into set-aside and scrub, the countryside is rapidly becoming a rabbit paradise, with almost limitless areas of cover. And just to make matters worse, the rabbit's main predator, the fox, faces a distinctly uncertain future because of the hunting ban…. (story)

Daily Record 7.9.05 BURNING ISSUE - WHY didn't Lord Watson just admit setting fire to the hotel's curtains in the first place?... His attitude while in office was certainly mirrored in his attitude to his criminal actions. Can Tony Blair rescind his peerage? I certainly hope he does. I also hope the judge passing sentence on him is a landowning ex-foxhunting Conservative supporter…. A. E. Noon, by email (letter)

ANIMAL AID GAME BIRD BREEDING CAMPAIGN
Western Daily Press 7.9.05 BRED IN CAGES, ONLY TO BE SHOT FOR SPORT - Tens of thousands of game birds raised for sports shooting are being kept in cramped battery cages for the whole of their miserable lives, animal rights campaigners claimed yesterday. The practice, which has divided the shooting world, came to light after an investigation by Animal Aid… However, a new code of conduct is being drawn up by the Government and the Game Farmers' Association, which is expected to introduce tougher regulations…. the use of cages is opposed by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, which declared the use of battery cages indefensible…. (story)
Times 6.9.05 Game-bird farmers face new rules BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - Stringent regulations are to be imposed on people who raise game birds for sport shooting after the release of disturbing footage showing the misery of battery cages. Undercover pictures taken by campaigners for Animal Aid show that pheasants and partridges housed in cages suffer a high incidence of emaciation, feather-loss and back and head wounds… Ben Bradshaw, the Animal Welfare Minister, is planning to introduce regulations in the Animal Welfare Bill, which is due shortly, to ensure that farmers who raise game birds follow a strict code of conduct. (story)

Irish Independent 7.9.05 Mutilated greyhounds dumped in river - Ralph Riegel - ANIMAL rights groups have expressed horror at the discovery of the mutilated remains of three greyhounds, floating in a river. The dogs, found in Co Waterford, had their throats cut and ears sliced off. The discovery has shocked both locals and Greyhound Action Ireland (GAI)which is campaigning for the humane treatment of dogs… GAI official Tony Peters warned that such incidents of animal cruelty were no longer isolated…. (story)

Burton Mail 7.9.05 'BAN THE TEACHER ANIMAL ACTIVIST' by Nermin Oomer - THE MP whose constituency includes a controversial guinea pig farm has urged education bosses to ban a teacher he condemned as a "known animal rights terrorist". Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant made the call after police alerted local education authorities (LEAs) in the Midlands about a teacher who has vowed to return to the classroom — despite having served a prison sentence connected with animal rights extremism. Tory MP Mr Fabricant hit out following comments made at a national animal rights demonstration in Burton on Saturday by John Ablewhite — a secondary school supply teacher understood to be one of the two leaders of a six–year campaign against Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research... (story)
Birmingham Post 5.9.05 Activist plans return to teaching By Emma Pinch - Police have alerted Midland education authorities about a teacher who has vowed to return to the classroom despite serving a prison sentence connected with animal rights extremism. The warning came as John Ablewhite - a supply teacher who is thought to be ringleader of the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs group - told supporters he planned to teach children about "animal rights and veganism". He made his promise as 200 animal liberation campaigners staged a "Victory Party" to celebrate the closing of a Staffordshire farm where guinea pigs were bred for laboratory testing…. (story)

Western Daily Press 7.9.05 TELL TRUTH ABOUT ANIMAL TESTING - Now that the Newchurch guinea pig farm has been closed by the efforts of animal rights activists, the boffins are coming out of retirement to shout the odds in favour of animal testing, trying to convince us that without animal testing, human lives will be lost. Why doesn't the great and prominent Sir Alexander Macara give us the real facts that hundreds of drugs are constantly being withdrawn after killing or crippling thousands of people, Vioxx being the latest?... P Richardson Woodmancote Gloucestershire (letter)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 7.9.05 Animal rights link with sinister sign-painting? - SINISTER emblems of burger chain mascot Ronald McDonald sporting a Nazi swastika greeted motorists travelling out of WGC at the weekend…. The unusual images have in the past been used by animal rights activists in the US protesting about the popular fast food corporation…. (story)

6.9.05

Mid Devon Gazette 6.9.05 DULVERTON DATES - Dulverton Farmers' Hunt Saturday meetings… (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 GIVE FOX SPORTING CHANCE - John Phelps makes some good points in his letter (WMN, August 29). Hunting has indeed a paradoxical relationship with the fox. It is quite true that if there were no foxes then there would be no hunting. The maintenance of a healthy population is clearly in the best interests of both the hunt and the fox population. The hunt forms a crucial counterbalance to other farming interests that might wish to exterminate the fox population completely…. Giles Bradshaw South Molton (letter)
Western Morning News 29.8.05 Vermin or not? YOUR correspondent Rachel Curnow (August 16) is furious that people go out of their way to protect vermin such as the fox. But why does she appear to be referring to those who approve of the hunting ban? Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, in evidence to the committee of inquiry into hunting on April 6, 2000, was asked to describe artificial earths. He replied: "The purpose of artificial earths is to encourage fox populations to live in an area where you expect to find them, can find them, and then can safely hunt them."… John Phelps, Exeter (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 HUNTING ACT NOT BEING ENFORCED - Judging from what I have personally witnessed on Exmoor, there appears to be a mistaken but common belief amongst deer hunt officials and followers that hunting deer with a maximum of two dogs is legal…. In the case of a hunted deer the animal is "found" by the harbourer well in advance of any subsequent chase and therefore the Act clearly requires that reasonable steps are taken for it to be shot dead at that time…. So it is clear that, in general, the hunting of deer with two dogs is illegal but nevertheless has been practised by deer hunts since the implementation of the Act in February of this year…. Ivor Annetts, Tiverton (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 RSPCA'S CALL ARRANGEMENTS AT FAULT … a friend of mine journeying from Putney to Guildford… came across a fox, having had its back broken presumably hit by a vehicle, dragging its back legs as it tried to escape from the traffic… He phoned the RSPCA and was told that someone would deal with the situation and they'd phone him…. after two hours and more phone calls to the centralised number, he had to move on… When he returned that night he rang to see what had happened. The answer was nothing. No one had had the courtesy to ring him and let him know any outcome… My friend, a hunt supporter, points out that Jackie Ballard, director general of the RSPCA, purports to want to end cruelty to animals… If hunts close down following the hunting ban the RSPCA is going to have to take on many of the helpful jobs which the hunts did, such as dispatching injured animals…. Rita Morris, Holsworthy (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO NOT APPROVE OF SHOOTING BIRDS - I am asked by W T Sweet (WMN, August 25) why I should find it surprising that the constituents of the Labour MP and Defra Minister Jim Knight support shooting. What I actually said was: "It would be surprising indeed if most people in his constituency approve of the sport of killing tens of thousands of birds for fun". I am well satisfied that the majority of people in the constituency of Mr Knight, and in the United Kingdom, do not approve of shooting… John Phelps, Exeter (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 NFU MUST BE STRAIGHT ON BADGERS - If the NFU wants the public's sympathy and support for a badger cull it would do better than sneak into the paper a quite separate proposal to cull (or kill, if you so wish) totally uninfected and disease-free badgers to help recreational shooting… I am sympathetic to farmers who are beset by bovine TB if badgers on their - and my - land need to be culled to protect dairy herds. However, I will work vehemently against the killing of any badger to protect recreational shooting…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Milton Keynes Citizen 6.9.05 Angling boost for the RSPCA - Who can ever forget the whole lead-shot saga, the RSPCA's support for cormorants and their general criticism of angling over the years. So surely no charity fishing match would choose the RSPCA as its beneficiary, would it? Well at Cosgrove Leisure Park that is exactly what they did. The first annual charity fishing matches were staged there and the adult and junior events open to Park caravan owners only, were well supported and all of the entry fees, totalling £400, were donated to the local RSPCA…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 TB IN COWS IS RESULT OF BAD HUSBANDRY - So, according to Government figures based on post-road kill testing, one in seven badgers tested had TB, or in other words six out of seven - 85 per cent - did not have it…. The national herd is riddled with bovine tuberculosis, mastitis and lameness. And the ultimate reason is the same - bad husbandry. J James, Rousdon (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 Badger killing hard to justify - BADGER culls by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have gone on for over 30 years and many thousands have died. The badger killers shoot every badger they find in the traps… I would like to know how they and pro-cull farmers can continue to justify this mass murder of a so-called protected species. G Ryan, Pool, Redruth (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 6.9.05 BOAR RELEASED ON TO ROAD - Farmer Alan Desdames has invited his critics to send in their own vet, after his wild boar farm was targeted by animal rights activitists… His animals were left wandering at night along the carriageway of the B3227 near their woodland compound at New Moor, East Anstey, after activists struck, causing £1,500 worth of damage….. They claim that they acted because the boar 'were kept in filthy conditions ... only to be shot for fun and sold as food.'… Mr Desdames has angrily refuted the activists' claims that his animals' welfare is compromised. "At no point in the 12 years that the farm has been running have the boar ever been bred for shooting or hunting for 'fun'. The animals are well cared for in their natural habitat of woodland… " (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 2.9.05 ACTIVISTS HIT AT BOAR FARM - A farmer fears he is the target of hardcore animal rights activists after a raid on his wild boar farm. Around 90 animals were released from pens at Alan Desdames's 34-acre holding at East Anstey, near South Molton, on Monday night after specially-designed fencing was damaged. The initials ALF - standing for Animal Liberation Front - were spraypainted on a nearby B-road. A message claiming responsibility for the raid was found posted on an American pro-animal rights website Bite Back. It claimed the animals were being shot for sport and were being kept in filthy conditions. But video shop owner turner boar breeder Mr Desdames said his animals were bred for the table only and were reared in a suitable environment… (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 GPS HAVE DOUBTS ON ANIMAL TESTING - Gillian D Russell, Aberdeen (letter)
Scotsman 5.9.05 Human guinea pigs - In response to various irate and hostile articles and letters regarding animal experimentation, your readers might be interested in the following: A recent poll of 500 GPs in the United Kingdom showed that more than 80 per cent were concerned that animal data can be misleading when applied to humans, and 83 per cent said they would support an independent scientific evaluation of the clinical relevance of animal testing…. GILLIAN D RUSSELL, Pinewood Avenue, Aberdeen (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.05 Vitamins can help - I AGREE with Hugh Williams that the banning of many vitamin supplements by the EU will only benefit the pharmaceutical companies… Tests on drugs has not prevented them causing over 100,000 fatalities and two million serious side effects every year in the US and around 120,000 deaths in the EU…. It is surprising, therefore, that this government has no plans to commission a study on the use of animals and their efficiency in testing drugs for human patients…. Len Short, Torbay (letter)

Yorkshire Post 6.9.05 Puzzled reader From: Mrs M Langley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. THREE items mentioned by Bernard Dineen regarding animal rights terrorism puzzle me greatly. Where did the huge donation to the Labour Party come from?... The second puzzle is the laxity of the RSPCA. I donate to the RSPCA, but will stop until they come off the fence and denounce the activists…. (story)

The Sentinel 6.9.05 EATING ANIMALS IS CRIMINAL - As a vegan, I oppose all violence against animals and humans. However, John Abberley condemns violence by animal rights protesters (My View, Friday, August 26) yet supports horrific animal testing and the eating of animals. L JOHNSON Silverdale (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.9.05 CRUEL TO COWS - I agree with Gemma Nicholls (Western Daily Press, September 3). It is cruel for cows to have to have a calf every year…. Jean Clarke Gloucester (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.9.05 SO CRUEL FOR COWS - Having kept my horse on a farm, I have seen a side of things that is never publicised. A cow must produce a calf every year to produce milk, so to hear a cow "cry" for days when its calf is taken away is heartbreaking…. Gemma Nichols, Brinsley, Nottinghamshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.9.05 TEARS FLOW OVER BILE FARM BEARS' SUFFERING - The past week on the UK roadshow has been utterly unforgettable. Dave Neale, our UK director, has run himself ragged driving from one part of the country to another… (story)

Guernsey Press & Star 6.9.05 Animal Aid to close by end of the year by Nick Mollet - ANIMAL AID is to close. The decision comes less than a week after warnings in the Guernsey Press that the registered charity was desperate for cash and volunteers…. (story)

The Shields Gazette 6.9.05 Save animals from cruelty - I AM calling for animal-loving artists to help save animals around the world and win a prize into the bargain. I am the celebrity patron of Animal Action Week 2005, which is run by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) each year. IFAW and I have teamed up for the special week of activities and want help designing a poster and calendar to promote animal welfare awareness around the world…. Shauna Lowry. (letter)

5.9.05

Gloucester Citizen 5.9.05 FUN IN THE COUNTRYSIDE - Rural pursuits will take place at a riverside village. The Frampton Country Fair will be held on Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm at the park, Frampton Court…. Entertainment includes field gun display teams, falconry, vintage tractors, yeomanry, tent pegging and a mass parade of hounds…. (story)

Western Daily Press 5.9.05 LEGISLATION IS EVOLUTIONARY - If Delly Everard has read the Hunting Act, as she entreats Mr Batchelor to, she will doubtless be aware that nowhere does the word "temporary" appear. An Act of Parliament will remain on the statute book in perpetuity unless repealed by a differently constituted future Parliament…. Perhaps the people wasting police time are those prepared to lead them a merry dance because they are unable to accept the will of the people enacted by our Parliament…. Lionel Hutt Keynsham Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 27.8.05 ONLY POLICE CAN MONITOR NEW HUNT LEGISLATION - You rightly report (August 20) that the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are continuing to manage the red deer of Exmoor despite the imposition of the Hunting Act. There are clear exemptions which allow deer hunts to continue to use hounds to select and separate animals marked for culling before shooting them in a safe and humane manner. The contrast between the healthy deer maintained by deer hunting and the diseased and dying animals found on the League Against Cruel Sports' so-called "sanctuaries" could not be greater. They receive a merciful bullet only when parasitic burdens, or infectious disease, have rendered them weak or immobile after a long period of suffering… Delly Everard, Wessex regional director, Countryside Alliance (letter)

Times 5.9.05 Cormorant cull - It seems strange that the powers that be should ban the hunting of foxes, which are classified as vermin, but happily support the slaughter of cormorants, whose only crime is to interfere with a sport which many would regard as more cruel than foxhunting…. GEOFFREY NORRIS, Woking, Surrey (letter)

Telegraph 5.9.05 Costly cull - If the Government stopped issuing coastal dredging licences, it would not need to kill fascinating and beautiful cormorants… Melanie Blunden, Shoreham, W. Sussex (letter)

Daily Post 5.9.05 Boss on animal rights hate list By Gareth Bicknell, Daily Post - POLICE were last night investigating an alleged hate campaign by animal rights activists involving a North Wales man. Llanberis company Euro/DPC said it was forced to step up security claiming extremists vandalised the managing director's car… The managing director, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, said: "They poured paint stripper over my car at 2am - by the time I saw it at 7am it had been stripped down to bare metal in many places…." (story)
Wales on Sunday 4.9.05 Activists blamed for strike - Lucy Ballinger, Wales on Sunday - A WELSH company has stepped up security after animal rights extremists poured paint stripper on the boss' car at his home in the dead of night. The attack happened after the phone number and address of Caernarfon-based Euro DP were posted on an extremist website for having links with Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)

Western Daily Press 5.9.05 TOO MANY FLAWS IN ANIMAL TESTS - I too know the sadness of losing a loved-one (Your Say, August 31). I lost my mother and brother from the side-effects of drugs that had been safety-tested on animals. I would choose a loved-one over a guinea-pig any day. However, if we had relied on guinea-pig testing of penicillin, the greatest discovery of the 20th century would have been lost since it proved toxic to guineapigs…. Marlene Thompson Hucknall Nottingham (story)
Western Daily Press 31.8.05 I CHOOSE MY DAD OVER GUINEA PIGS - I would like to comment upon your recent article,"Animal tests backed by 500 medics" (August 25). While I would call myself an animal lover, I can only agree with Sir Alexander Macara's comments in relation to the necessity of medical research using animals… As a child, I kept guinea pigs as pets. They are lovely creatures. However, the premature death of my father 12 years ago, from bowel cancer, puts things into perspective… If I could choose between the life of a guinea pig and my dad, I'd sooner have my dad back any day. Name and address supplied (letter)

Yorkshire Post 5.9.05 Hysteria over guinea pig breeding farm From: James Davis, The Covance Campaign, Rochdale Road, Todmorden. I AM appalled at the lack of depth displayed in the endless hysterical newspaper headlines surrounding the closure of guinea pig breeding farm Darley Oaks… It is the chief executives of drug companies that deserve the tag "extremist" for knowingly allowing the public to be exposed to drugs that are far from safe thanks to the shaky so-called science that is vivisection. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 5.9.05 HEALTHY EATING WITHOUT CRUELTY - Mark Gold has not eaten meat or fish for over 30 years. At the age of 21 he became a vegetarian; 20 years later he became a vegan.Now 53, Mark is a campaigner against animal cruelty. He spoke to Anita Smith…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 5.9.05 NATURE'S PUNISHING US FOR BEING CRUEL - There is an old saying that "paper will never refuse ink" and a recent article in the Evening Telegraph (August 30), concerning diseased chickens, proves this… The inhumane, cruel way some of these these Far Eastern people treat their animals, especially their livestock - crushed up together and beaten severely before death mercifully releases them from their torture - is bound to create something nasty and negative… Factory farming in this country is also cruel and should be stopped before the same thing that is happening in the Far East happens here. Joe Coleman, Tewkesbury Crescent, Chaddesden. (letter)

4.9.05

Sunday Telegraph 4.9.05 Met Police accused of 'tit for tat' hunt supporters' arrests By Daniel Foggo and Peter Zimonjic - The Metropolitan Police have been accused of carrying out "tit for tat" revenge prosecutions after last year's Parliament Square pro-hunting demonstration…. Mal Williams, the master of the South Herefordshire Hunt, made two complaints alleging that he and his kennelman, Steven Lenton, were assaulted by officers at the demonstration on September 15… Mr Williams said: "I made a complaint to the IPCC a few days later. A few weeks afterwards a letter arrived from the Metropolitan Police and I thought somebody was taking the mickey. It said officers were coming down to Herefordshire to arrest me. Without a shadow of a doubt they got my details from the IPCC and wanted to target me because I had made a complaint."… Kate Lovelace, an insurance agent from Marlborough in Wiltshire who rides with the South Dorset Hunt, was also at the demonstration and made a formal complaint to the IPCC about police behaviour. In February she received a letter from the Metropolitan Police telling her that they had a warrant for her arrest… (story)

Sunday Times 4.9.05 Rock star quits UK over hunting ban - MAURICE CHITTENDEN - THE rock musician Roger Waters, who fronted the reformed Pink Floyd at this summer’s Live 8 concert, has become the first celebrity to leave Britain in protest at the ban on hunting. He has gone to live in America "in disgust” at what he says is an unfair attack by Tony Blair’s government on Britain’s countryside community…. "To slap down a perfectly gentle, fair-minded and honest yeoman-like minority in that way was just disgusting. It is also bloody stupid.”… The Prince of Wales, who hunted with the Beaufort Hunt along with princes William and Harry, is reported to have told a government minister at a private gathering that if the ban went through he might as well leave the country and spend the rest of his life skiing… (story)

Observer 4.9.05 Animal rights - Contrary to the opinions expressed in last week's leader ('The wrongs of animal rights'), I believe animal-rights activists are right to take a stand against the systematic abuse of defenceless animals…. Rob Eagle, Chesterfield (letter)

3.9.05

Spectator 3.9.05 The Spectator's Notes - Charles Moore … In last week’s Spectator, Simon Heffer drew attention to the threat to shooting from this government. He is right, but he may be wrong to suggest that supporters of shooting should resist all criticism. What was extraordinary about the hunting ban was that it deliberately defied all evidence…. At the last election the Conservatives pledged to allow government time for a government Bill repealing the hunting ban, the only way of ensuring the sport’s restoration. As the new leadership contest approaches, it would be interesting to know if all the candidates remain committed to this… (story)

Scotsman 3.9.05 A prickly problem with the law - Alastair Robertson - One of the more entertaining aspects of the hunting with dogs legislation, actually designed to stop us hunting with dogs, is the complete Horlicks it has generated in the case of Scottish Natural Heritage versus hedgehogs…. I can only wish I had been present at the SNH legal and scientific sub committee meeting, or whatever, charged with discussing and analysing the implications of using dogs. At some point the ghastly truth must have descended upon the meeting that the legislation introduced to prevent hunting foxes with dogs (which it doesn't) also prevented hunting hedgehogs with dogs, unless you shot them once they had been "flushed". Except that hedgehogs don't make a run for it, they just roll into a ball, whereupon the trained SNH operative will have to drag off the over-excited dog, possibly remove the ball of spikes from its jaws, clear the area in line with SNH hedgehog-culling guidelines and shoot it with a big gun before disposing of the carcass in line with Scottish Environmental Protection Agency rules for the disposal of dead livestock….(story)

Western Daily Press 3.9.05 TWO DIFFERING COUNTRY VIEWS - We are told beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. You could say that applies to the hunt. For the pro, it's an exciting day watching horse and hounds, or the thrill of the chase. For the anti, thoughts are with the quarry, a frightened animal, which wishes to be left alone… Pamela Dean, Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.9.05 SUSPICIOUS TO SAY THE LEAST - Whatever the rights and wrongs associated with Mr Bird's recent letter, if just one hunt supporter could bring him or herself to admit that what drives them is blood-lust disguised as sport, we might take them more seriously… A friend was driving along a quiet Devon country road last week when, without warning, a hound jumped out of the hedge bank, and my friend hit it very badly… Despite my friend's attempts to check on the health of the animal, nobody else said a word - surely it couldn't have been illegal hunting, could it? Name and address supplied (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.9.05 THESE LOOPHOLES MUST BE CLOSED - Shame on these people ("West huntsmen don't give a hoot for ban on dogs", August 24). Are they prepared to go to any length to pursue their cruel passion? Thank-you for exposing the birds of prey loophole that the hunt leaders hope to exploit… The loopholes must be closed, and to make sure wild mammals - especially the fox, which does not need control (research has shown it controls its own numbers), and the hare, which is in steep decline - are protected, they must be given legal protection. Helen Weeks, West Coker, Somerset (letter)

BOY SHOT IN MISTAKE FOR A FOX
Telegraph 3.9.05 Hunter who killed stepson escapes jail - (story)
Guardian 3.9.05 'Lamping' killer escapes jail - Steven Morris (story)
Scotsman 3.9.05 Suspended sentence for hunter who shot stepson - SAM MARSDEN (story)
Western Daily Press 3.9.05 MAN ESCAPES JAIL FOR HUNTING DEATH (story)
Torquay Herald Express 3.9.05 MERCY FOR STEPFATHER AFTER SHOOTING (story)
Western Morning News 3.9.05 FATHER'S FURY AS KILLER IS FREED - PETER HARRISON (story)
Western Morning News 3.9.05 TOP SHOOTING BODY REVISES ITS GUIDELINES AFTER BOY'S DEATH - A leading shooting organisation has revised its guidelines on lamping in the wake of the tragic shooting of Byron Evans. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is now stressing that members of a lamping party should avoid splitting up during an expedition…. (story)
Western Morning News 3.9.05 LAMPING USED FOR FOX CONTROL - Since the ban on hunting with dogs came into force earlier this year, the activity of lamping has become the most popular way of controlling foxes…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.9.05 DAD UPSET AT SENTENCE FOR SON'S KILLER (story)
BBC News Online 2.9.05 Lamping stepfather is sentenced - A Devon man who accidentally shot and killed his step-son during a night-time fox hunt has received a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for two years. Philip Rowe, 50, had already pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court… (story)
Times 3.8.05 Hate campaign - Animal rights extremists have sent hate mail to Debra Rowe, the mother of a boy accidentally shot dead by his step-father during a night-time hunting party… (story)
Torquay Herald Express (or Western Morning News) 2.8.05 HATE MAIL SENT TO DEAD TEENAGER'S MOTHER - The mother of a 13-year-old Westcountry schoolboy who died after being accidentally shot during a hunting trip, has been targeted by hate mail. Debra Rowe, whose son Byron Evans was killed while shooting foxes at night, called the sender of the hate mail "a coward"…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 2.8.05 TRAGIC MUM'S SICK HATE MAIL - Sickening hate mail has been sent to the mother of a 13-year-old schoolboy who died after being accidentally shot during a hunting trip. But grieving Debra Rowe said today that Byron Evans, who was killed while shooting foxes at night, would have laughed off the letters…. The mail, apparently sent from the Midlands, gloats: "At least no more foxes will be killed by the death of Phil Rowe's stepson."… "I was expecting something like this. But Byron had a strong personality. He knew that the foxes were killing the farmers' pheasants and he knew that he was doing the right thing by killing vermin that were destroying them… He knew it was better to shoot foxes than have them torn apart by hounds, which has to be a less humane way of dealing with the problem…." (story)
Western Morning News 2.8.05 MOTHER OF LAMPING DEATH TEENAGER SEPARATES FROM MAN WHO SHOT HIM - The mother of a Westcountry teenager shot dead by his stepfather in a tragic hunting accident has revealed that she is now separated from her husband. Debra Rowe said that once the full facts of what had happened came out in court, she could no longer live with the man who killed her 13-year-old son…. (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.7.05 MY SON'S TRAGIC SHOOTING - MOTHER - The mother of Byron Evans, the Westcountry schoolboy shot by his stepfather, has spoken of the "great rapport" between her husband and son….. (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.7.05 STEPDAD ADMITS GUILT - Philip Rowe may be spared jail when he is sentenced in September after a judge was told he had suffered months of mental torment after he accidently killed his teenage stepson…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.7.05 THEY WERE BEST OF MATES - The mother of tragic Byron Evans spoke exclusively today about the trauma of discovering her son had died at the hands of her husband. Debra Rowe said she felt no animosity towards Philip Rowe after he shot 13-year-old Byron while on a 'lamping' expedition… Mrs Rowe said it was a tragic and devastating accident and that her son and husband had had a great relationship…. (story)
Western Morning News 27.7.05 I SHOT STEPSON ON FOX HUNT - A man has admitted killing his teenage stepson during a night time shooting expedition on a Westcountry farm that went tragically wrong…. (story)
Western Daily Press 27.7.05 STEPFATHER'S GUILT FOR LAMPLIGHT GUN KILLING - West father Philip Rowe yesterday admitted killing his teenage stepson in a nighttime "lamping" fox-hunt. Byron Evans, 13, was the youngest member of a group out hunting by torchlight at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, Devon, on September 11, last year…. (story)
Telegraph 27.7.05 'Lamper' admits killing stepson By Richard Savill - A man who shot dead his 13-year-old stepson during a night-time "lamping" expedition pleaded guilty yesterday to the teenager's manslaughter by "gross negligence". Philip Rowe, 51, shot Byron Evans after he became "disorientated" in the darkness and mistook him for a fox…. (story)
Times 27.7.05 - A man killed his stepson during a fox-hunting expedition at night, a court was told. Byron Evans, 13, was killed when his stepfather Philip Rowe, 51, fired his rifle believing that he was aiming at a fox. Rowe admitted manslaughter by gross negligence at Exeter Crown Court and will be sentenced next month. Rowe and his stepson were out shooting near Totnes, South Devon, last September… (story)
Telegraph 26.7.05 Man admits killing son on night-time fox hunt - A man has admitted killing his teenage stepson in a night-time "lamping" fox-hunt. Byron Evans, 13, was shot while taking part in the expedition at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, south Devon, on Sept 11 last year. His stepfather Philip Rowe, 50, today pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to the teenager's manslaughter by gross negligence…. (story)
BBC News Online 26.7.05 Lamping stepfather admits killing - A Devon man has admitted the manslaughter of his 13-year-old stepson during a night-time "lamping" fox-hunt. Byron Evans, 13, was shot while taking part in the expedition at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, south Devon, on 11 September last year. His stepfather, Philip Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to his manslaughter by gross negligence…. (story)
Western Daily Press 22.1.05 LAMPING MAN BAILED - A Man made his first Crown Court appearance yesterday accused of the manslaughter of his teenage stepson shot during a night-time "lamping" expedition. Byron Evans, 13, died in the incident at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, south Devon, on September 11, while part of a six-strong shooting party. His stepfather Philip Rowe, 50, of Stafford Lane, Colyford, east Devon, was not asked to enter a plea. He was granted bail until a hearing on April 8 (story)
Scotsman 8.1.05 Man charged in hunting death - A 49-YEAR-OLD man was yesterday charged with the manslaughter of a 13-year-old boy shot during a night-time "lamping" expedition. Byron Evans died in the incident at Lower Cholwell Farm, Harberton, South Devon last September… (story)
Western Daily Press 8.1.05 LAMPING MAN CHARGED - A 49-year-old man was yesterday charged with the manslaughter of a 13-year-old boy, shot during a night-time "lamping" expedition… (story)
Western Morning News 16.9.04 HUNT EXPEDITIONS ARE SAFE, SAYS SHOOTING GROUP - A shooting organisation yesterday insisted that well-organised lamping expeditions were safe in the wake of a schoolboy's tragic death during a Westcountry hunt. The comments from the British Association for Conservation and Shooting (BACS) came as police continued to investigate how 13-year-old Byron Evans came to be mistaken for a fox and shot by his stepfather during a night-time hunt on South Devon farmland…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 16.9.04 TRIBUTE TO SON IN FOX TRAGEDY BY PAUL JAMES - The father of the 13-year-old boy accidentally shot dead during a nocturnal foxhunt outside Totnes over the weekend has paid a fond tribute to his only child…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.9.04 TRIBUTES TO TRAGIC HUNT DEATH TEEN BY TOM BACON AND AIMEE BEDFORD - Schoolfriends and neighbours of a Devon teenager tragically killed in a shooting accident at the weekend have spoken of their shock and grief. Byron Evans, 13, died after being hit by a single shot fired during a late-night hunting expedition near Totnes on Saturday night…. East Devon Hunt Master Michael Moore said that the death was extremely sad and would affect the hunting community…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 14.9.04 HUNT BAN 'COULD LEAD TO DEATHS' BY PAUL JAMES - Further South Devon farm shooting tragedies could follow if foxhunting is banned, MPs and country campaigners warned today. Concerns have heightened after 13-year-old Byron Evans was accidentally shot dead during a night-time hunt in Harberton outside Totnes on Saturday. MPs are due to debate the foxhunting ban in the House of Commons tomorrow…. Torbay MP Adrian Sanders, who supports the ban, admitted lamping hunts could increase as an alternative to controlling the fox population…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.9.04 Teenage hunting victim is named - A 13-year-old boy who died after being shot during a hunting expedition in Devon has been named as Byron Evans… David Kenyon from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation said: "Lamping happens all over the country every night and there are probably hundreds of people involved. This shows that it is a rare incident."… (story)
Independent 14.9.04 Stepfather tried to save boy who was shot on night hunt By Terri Judd - A schoolboy who was shot and killed while hunting foxes was named yesterday. Byron Evans, 13, was with a shooting party in the steep-sloping farmland around the village of Harberton in Devon on Saturday night…. A post-mortem examination has been made and the matter passed to the Greater Devon coroner, Dr Elizabeth Earland, who will open an inquest this week. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 13.9.04 BOY, 13, SHOT IN HUNT TRAGEDY - A 13-year-old boy was shot dead after a South Devon fox hunt ended in tragedy at the weekend…. (story)
Times 13.9.04 Stray bullet kills boy of 13 during fox shoot BY STEWART TENDLER, CRIME CORRESPONDENT - A BOY aged 13 has been shot dead after being mistaken for a fox during a night-time hunt. The child’s death, while he was out with a small party of adults and teenagers on a West Country farm, comes amid forecasts from countryside campaigners that a ban on hunting with hounds would mean a sharp rise in the use of guns to kill the animals…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s code of practice recommends that hunters should familiarise themselves with the area in daytime and says: "Never shoot at a pair of eyes unless you can clearly identify the body of the animal.”… (story)
Guardian 13.9.04 Boy, 13, shot 'in mistake for fox' - Sandra Laville - A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot on a night time hunting trip after one of the group apparently mistook him for a fox, police said yesterday…. (story)
Independent 13.9.04 Boy killed after hunt mistakes him for a fox By Terri Judd - A schoolboy was shot dead while on a night hunting expedition after apparently being mistaken for a fox. Members of the hunting party and paramedics fought to save the 13-year-old, who was hit by a single bullet but he died soon after being airlifted to hospital…. (story)
Telegraph 13.9.04 Hunters kill boy 'mistaken for a fox' By Richard Savill - A boy, aged 13, who died after being shot during a hunting expedition may have been mistaken for a fox in the dark... (story)
Western Daily Press 13.9.04 GUN TRAGEDY BOY MISTAKEN FOR FOX - A Teenager who died after being shot during a West hunting expedition may have been mistaken for a fox, it was revealed last night… (story)
Western Morning News 13.9.04 BOY, 13, SHOT DEAD IN NIGHT-TIME FOX HUNT - A night-time hunting trip ended in tragedy at the weekend when a 13-year-old Westcountry boy was shot dead, apparently mistaken for a fox… Gill Marshall-Andrews, chairman of the Gun Control Network, which aims to tighten gun laws, said she was "very concerned" to hear of "a terrible tragedy ensuing from the use of weapons"…
Belfast Telegraph 13.9.04 Teenage boy shot dead in hunting trip - A 13-year-old boy may have been mistaken for a fox when he was shot dead during a hunting expedition…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 13.9.04 Boy killed on fox hunt (story)
Scotsman 13.9.04 13-year-old killed in hunting accident (story)
BBC News Online 12.9.04 Boy shot dead during fox hunt - A 13-year-old boy has died after being shot during a hunting expedition in Devon on Saturday evening. Police said it appeared the teenager was a member of a small party who were out hunting foxes. Detectives think the teenager could have been shot in mistake for a fox in the dark…. (story)
Ananova 12.9.04 Fox-cull boy, 13, shot dead - A 13-year-old boy died after being shot during a fox-cull expedition. Police said it appeared the teenager was a member of a small party who were out with the intention of killing foxes…. (story)

Western Daily Press 3.9.05 FLAWED SCIENCE THAT PUTS US ALL IN DANGER - Your correspondent writing the other day on animal testing is certainly confused, but the one conviction she has - that animal testing is right - is fundamentally wrong… The truth is that this testing continues because it is very profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, and there are, in, fact many scientists and doctors who are completely against it. Paul Nelson, Croydon, Surrey (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 3.9.05 BAN PRIMATE USE IN EXPERIMENTS - Readers might not be aware that over 3,000 primates were used in scientific experiments in the UK in 2003. Primate experiments have even been conducted recently in Plymouth… Frances Wicks, Alphington Road, St Thomas, Exeter (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 3.9.05 ANIMALS' RIGHTS COME AT A COST - Now that the anti-vivisectionists have closed yet another breeding station, will they all volunteer to be human guinea pigs to enable the necessary research to continue? If not, why not?... Name and address withheld on request (letter)

Yorkshire Post 3.9.05 Name and shame judge From: Elizabeth Charge, Crag Lane, Huby, near Leeds. LAST week Chris Hall and his family were forced to close their guinea pig breeding business… They asked for a restriction area around the farm, but this was refused by one of our judges. Whatever could this judge have been thinking of? He should be named and shamed…. (letter)

Oxford Mail 3.9.05 Hysterical ravings - I would be interested to hear what Speak, the animal rights' organisation, believes was achieved by the Darley Oaks Farm closure in Staffordshire. It must be important to merit such a revolting campaign involving a disinterred corpse, firebombs and malicious rumours… The pharmaceutical company involved has found a new supplier and the experiments still go on. The tragedy of such ethical Nimbyism is that it will only drive these companies abroad…. it now seems like hollow hypocrisy for them to talk in terms of cruelty and horror on the part of hunters, scientists etc when they have now proven themselves capable of equal, if not worse, savagery…. ALAN PAGE, Iffley Road, Oxford (letter in archive)

Bristol Evening Post 3.9.05 SHAUNA INVITES YOU TO PAINT ANIMALS - Tv Presenter Shauna Lowry is urging Bristol animal lovers to help save creatures around the world and win a prize into the bargain. Animal Hospital's Shauna is the celebrity patron of Animal Action Week 2005, which is run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)…. (story)

SCOTSMAN FISH CORRESPONDENCE
Scotsman 3.9.05 A safer alternative - In reply to Dr David Purves (Letters, 30 August), there is significant evidence to prove the potential health risks of eating oily fish, so if anyone is to be accused of making dubious claims, it should be the so-called "experts" insisting oily fish is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids…. LYNDA KORIMBOCCUS, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh
James Boyle (Letters, 1 September) seems fixated on the notion that eating fish in childhood, in particular two portions per week, is a cause of strokes in later life. But there is no way such a causal relationship can be established from a study of 4,000 children, all of whom had strokes in later life…. What would be more credible would be a significant correlation between the incidence of strokes in later life with the amount of fish consumed over the whole period of childhood. (DR) DAVID PURVES, Strathalmond Road, Edinburgh
Every week or so, new research is presented as "proving" some whigmaleerie about an alleged relationship between an item of food and an aspect of health… perhaps the Bristol kids would care to give us their thoughts on the Japanese, who are among the healthiest and longest-lived people in the world and for whom fish has been a staple, eaten daily in various culinary guises, for centuries. DERRICK McCLURE, Rosehill Terrace, Aberdeen (letters)
Scotsman 1.9.05 Added risk of strokes - It is gratifying to find that Dr David Purves (Letters, 30 August) is reassured by the results of research from Bristol University which indicate children who eat fish twice weekly are twice as likely to suffer stroke in later life than children who did not consume fish regularly. He may be even more reassured to learn that this study of 4,000 children did indeed include a "control" group of children who did not eat fish twice weekly…. JAMES BOYLE, Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston, Glasgow (letter)
Scotsman 30.8.05 Something smells fishy - It is reassuring to learn from James Boyle (letters, 29 August) that the allegation that children who eat fish twice a week have double the risk of a stroke in later life, is based on a survey conducted in the late 1930s on 4,000 children who subsequently had strokes in later life…. Sadly, we now seem to be living in an age of scaremongering based on dubious research, and some mothers may believe this claim and stop providing fish for their children. (Dr) DAVID PURVES , Strathalmond Road, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 29.8.05 Stroke victims - Dr David Purves (Letters, 22 August) casts doubt on research from Bristol University which indicates that children who eat fish twice a week have double the risk of a stroke later in life…. The research is well-founded and it is appropriate that the media should pass these findings on to the public to allow people to make up their own minds on the safety or otherwise of eating fish…. (letter)
Scotsman 22.8.05 Fishy evidence - James Boyle (Letters, 17 August) refers to a survey which alleges that eating two portions of fish per week in childhood doubles the risk of strokes in later life. It is impossible to see how such a claim could be based on reliable evidence…. It is alarming that unfounded claims like this are now accepted by the media and passed on to the public. (DR) DAVID PURVES, Strathalmond Road, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 17.8.05 Advice not to be scoffed at A survey from Bristol University has concluded that eating two portions of fish per week in childhood doubles the risk of stroke in later life (your report, 11 August). Yet a Scottish Executive spokeswoman insisted we should still eat "a healthy, balanced diet and this should include two portions of fish a week"…. JAMES BOYLE, Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston, Glasgow (letter)

2.9.05

Lynn News 2.9.05 Hunt follows new trail for survival - One thing is clear – West Norfolk Hunt has no intention of breaking the law. But it will do its best to carry on in spite of the hunting ban and still provide some good days' sport for its followers…. (story)

BERKELEY HUNT AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Gloucestershire Gazette 2.9.05 Thousands flock to this year's Berkeley Show by Liza-Jane Gillespe - GLORIOUS sunshine and hours of entertainment kept over 10,000 visitors happy on Bank Holiday Monday at the 104th Berkeley show…. (story in archive)
Gloucester Citizen 30.8.05 SHOWTIME FOR RURAL TRADITION - Thousands of visitors flocked to the Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Show yesterday where rare breeds took centre stage…. Chairman Reg Hopkins said the club was raising funds to support hunt activities. He said there were more than 30 followers at the first hound exercise on Saturday… (story)
Bristol Evening Post 31.8.05 HOUNDS AND BUNNIES A BIG DRAW FOR SHOW FANS - Thousands of people enjoyed a day out at one of the biggest agricultural shows in the West… attractions included a display by the Gloucestershire Beekeepers, parades of the Berkeley hounds and Wick and District beagles, birds of prey and the 12ft-high inflatable Battling Cumberland Giants… (story)

LORD DONALDSON
Scotsman 2.9.05 Judge who championed civil liberties dies at 84 - FRASER NELSON - LORD Donaldson of Lymington, a former Master of the Rolls and a leading critic of Tony Blair's anti-terrorism law reforms, has died aged 84…. (story)
Telegraph 2.9.05 Lord Donaldson of Lymington - Lord Donaldson of Lymington, who died on Wednesday aged 84, was Master of the Rolls from 1982 to 1992 and the most open and approachable senior judge of his day… (story)
Times 2.9.05 Lord Donaldson of Lymington - Veteran of the presidency of the National Indutrial Relations Court who became a reform-minded Master of the Rolls… (story)
Glasgow Herald 2.9.05 Lord Donaldson - Lord Donaldson of Lymington, born October 6, 1920, died August 31, 2005….(story)
Times 1.9.05 Judge who presided over Maguire Seven trial dies - LORD DONALDSON, the former Master of the Rolls, who presided over the trial of the Maguire Seven and was later a driving force in court modernisation, has died, aged 84…. After retiring from the judiciary in 1992, he entered last year’s battle over the Government’s ban on hunting with dogs. As a Crossbencher in the House of Lords he backed a legal action in which campaigners argued that the way the Hunting Bill was railroaded on to the statute books was unlawful…. (story)
Guardian 1.9.05 Lord Donaldson dies aged 84 - Paul Marinko - Former master of the rolls Lord Donaldson, who presided over the trial of the Maguire Seven and was a driving force in court modernisation, has died at the age of 84…. One of his last battles was over the government's ban on hunting with dogs. "I have no strong views about hunting - but I have very strong views about freedom and the right of choice, and I think the evidence is very strongly in favour of the hunting people," Lord Donaldson said…. (story)

Telegraph 2.9.05 The Government bans hunting because it traumatises foxes. But then it permits shooting of cormorants catching fish for survival because they interfere with the success rate of sporting anglers. Pamela Austin, Stanhoe, Norfolk (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.9.05 BLAIR PUTS HIS CRONIES FIRST - With reference to the letter from Douglas Batchelor (chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports) on August 3. It has been widely acknowledged that Labour's Bill on hunting had little or nothing to do with animal welfare, but was driven by old class warfare antagonisms towards stereotypes of hunting people as toffs, and was used by Tony Blair to worm his way into his anti-hunting backbenchers' good books… So, if you see hunts gathering for an earlymorning start, please do join them and show your support. M Laming Address supplied (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.9.05 TIME THE LAW IS ACCEPTED - Hunting wild mammals with dogs is now a wildlife crime. Hunts do not have a "Get out of jail free" card (Western Daily Press, August 24) and if they are looking for one, falconry is not it… Hunters must accept the democratically passed laws of the land like all other citizens, and turn instead to pastimes such as trail-riding, which do not involve inflicting cruelty on British wildlife. Gill Sanders International Fund for Animal Welfare (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.9.05 GET OUT OF JAIL WITH TANTRUM - There can be few things deemed more aggravating to the average Briton than to witness the tantrums of an over-indulged child… I refer to "West huntsmen don't give a hoot for ban on dogs"… Justice and the will of the British electorate will prevail, but how strange that in the 21st century we are still battling against such retarded attitudes to all and any non-human life. Bea Bradley Watlington Oxfordshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 2.9.05 NO REGRETS ABOUT QUITTING ENGLAND - I took exception to John Turner's article about deluded Brits going to live in France (August 20). But he is probably right that more and more people want to get out of this country…. I feel all it has ever achieved is a claim for a more civilised culture when it banned hunting. Nothing much else to be proud of and the ban went through only thanks to a lot of gutsy Labour backbenchers… All I can say is, roll on retirement. We can't wait to say bonjour France, au revoir Angleterre. Rosemary Davies Address supplied (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.9.05 CALL TO SCRAP CURBS ON KILLING DEER - KEN JONES - Closed seasons which partially restrict the killing of deer on Scotland's estates could come to an end in five years. The Deer Commission for Scotland says there is no clear justification for the closed-season restriction on welfare grounds. Hunters should instead be allowed to kill deer at any time, provided they can demonstrate they have the appropriate level of competence in that field…. (story)

CORMORANT CULL
Ipswich/Angia Advertiser 2.9.05 Cormorant concerns - ornithologists are drawing battle lines in a fight over the humble cormorant…. (story)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 BIRD CULL ATTACK - A Scheme by Defra to cull thousands of cormorants to protect fishing lakes and rivers in England began yesterday, despite protests from the RSPB. Licences were issued to commercial fisheries granting them the legal right to cull up to 3,000 birds by April… (story)
Western Morning News 1.9.05 GOVERNMENT BIRD CULL COULD BREAK EU LAW, SAYS RSPB - Conservationists have warned that the number of cormorants killed as part of a Government policy to keep the birds away from fishing lakes and rivers could rise between now and April next year…. (story)

ANIMAL AID ANTI ANGLING LETTER
Western Morning News 2.9.05 - I FEEL I simply must contest Kelly Slade's recent letter about the suffering of fish. It has been scientifically proved that fish do not feel pain in the same way as mammals do… I say to the antis - you have got what you wanted and got hunting with hounds banned, so be satisfied with that and leave shooting and fishing alone. R Hancox, Plymouth (letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.9.05 From: G Evans, Ramshaw Drive, Skipton. Tony Morris ("Off the hook", Letters, August 27) has jumped to a very unsafe conclusion when he says fish cannot feel pain or else they would not pull on a line when caught by an angler… Pain has a purpose; to cause avoidance of the source, otherwise species wouldn't survive. Instinctive behaviours have developed from this over millennia…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 27.8.05 Off the hook From: Tony Morris, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds. THE recent correspondence on fish pain referred to by Mr Dales and Kelly Slade does raise a behavioural anomaly. Bull control in agriculture is effectively achieved by a metal ring through its nose… A fish with a hook in its lip does not display the docile behaviour one would expect. If it was experiencing pain, it would meekly respond to the pressure from the rod and/or line, a phenomenon I have never seen. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 26.8.05 Anglers know more about fish behaviour than any laboratory From: RC Dales, Church View, Brompton, Northallerton. KELLY Slade's letter (Yorkshire Post, August 19) was what you would expect from an organisation called "Animal Aid", trying to justify its campaign…. Anglers know more about the behaviour of fish than any laboratory. They will tell you that if a human is inadvertently hooked, he will advance towards the rod to relieve the pressure and pain. But a fish does the opposite…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 19.8.05 Give fish the benefit of any doubt on pain From: Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. I PRESUME RC Dales of Northallerton (Letters, August 4) is referring to the cerebral cortex in his response to my letter in which I state fish feel pain. He is right in saying that this is not developed in fish. However, the cortex plays an important part in consciousness, but not the only part…. The arguments as to whether fish feel pain could go on and on but if the matter is disputed, fish should be given the benefit of the doubt, at the very least. (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 19.8.05 Angling should be encourage - IT was not entirely unexpected to read M Harrison's letter condemning angling… There have been numerous studies relating to whether fish feel pain and these can sometimes be conflicting, depending on the nature of the experimentation used to derive such data, or who interprets or generates the initial study…. I'm sure the "ban everything I don't agree with" contributors to this letters' page will come forth with more anti-angling comments but wouldn't it be nice for a change to see something more positive and useful such as how to beat world poverty, how to beat terrorism, or how to get on with life without being told what I should or should not be doing. Barry Jenkins, Swindon (letter in archive)
Warminster & Westbury Standard 18.8.05 PASTIMES SHOULD BE CRUELTY FREE - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns officer Animal Aid (letter)
Tamworth Herald 18.8.05 ANGLING? IT'S JUST A CRUEL 'SPORT' - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid campaigner. (letter)
Western Morning News 16.8.05 ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE CRUELTY-FREE - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Telegraph 15.8.05 - I was surprised to see that the Environment Agency will sponsor National Fishing Week this year… Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 15.8.05 Anglers do cause fish pain - DAVID Richens (Letters August 10) is wrong in saying that it is a minority of anglers that cause injury to waterfowl and other animals… A recent RSPCA report said angling causes pain and trauma to the fish and even if the fish is returned to the water, death can still result from handling… M HARRISON, Toothill, Swindon (letter in archive)
South London Press 12.8.05 think about fish cruelty - Kelly Slade Animal Aid (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 12.8.05 THE TRUE ANGLERS ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE - I was dismayed to see the obvious lack of understanding and research into angling by Kelly Slade (Letters, August 8)…. The report Ms Slade refers to regarding fish feeling pain was actually seriously flawed in that it made no reference to neuro-physiological research which proved that fish's brains are substantially different from those of mammals… The Environment Agency, as Ms Slade is probably well aware, is funded partially by the sale of anglers' rod licenses and also relies on the information from anglers and other members of the public in relation to any incidents of water pollution… PAUL HOWARTH Wimbourne Close Chellaston Derby (letter)
Yorkshire Post 11.8.05 We are a country hooked on fishing From: RC Dales, Church View, Brompton, Northallerton. ACCORDING to Kelly Slade ("Angling is a cruel sport", August 4) fish experience pain, and therefore angling is cruel. She is not alone in thinking this: there are now numerous organisations on this band wagon, trying to kill off country sports. Surely it is time to see off these campaigns, once and for all?...
From: I Morris, Caroline Street, Saltaire, Shipley. KELLY Slade of Kent says that angling is a cruel sport. I see many anglers between Shipley and Bingley on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal when out walking… one angler told me it gave him the ideal opportunity of getting away from the wife and the "squawking" kids. (story)
Shropshire Star 11.8.05 Angling a valuable hobby that needs cash - The Environment Agency receives a good deal of money from anglers' licence fees which they put to good use stocking and keeping the rivers in as good a condition as possible. Without these fees the rivers would be in much poorer condition than they are at present and fish would suffer because of it…. D Seabury Telford (story)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 10.8.05 Anglers are the first to help - I NEED to respond to the letter by Kelly Slade, Angling should not be encouraged; Anglers are more productive than some do-gooder getting on their soap box talking out of their wrong orifice… D RICHENS, Toothill, Swindon (letter in archive)
York Evening Press 10.8.05 It's cruel to fish Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 9.8.05 Anglers are inflicting pain on fish - KELLY SLADE, Animal Aid. (letter in archive)
Bath Chronicle 8.8.05 YES, GET YOUR CHILDREN HOOKED ON FISHING - I Write with reference to the letter from Kelly Slade (Letters, August 4). I can only agree with the Environmental Agency encouraging fishing as a pastime for children in the holidays…. Now though, we are subject to extremists who first take away hunting and now, it would appear, are turning their attention to fishing. Personally, I feel there are more productive campaigns that Kelly could get involved in… GILL CLANCY, Triangle East, Bath (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 8.8.05 Angling should not be encouraged - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter in archive)
Cambridge Evening News 8.8.05 Fishing is cruel - From Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 6.8.05 ANGLING IS NOT CRUEL AND RAISES MILLIONS FOR RIVERS - In response to Kelly Slade (Post, August 4), I would like to ask on what authority she makes her quotes and from whom she gleans her misguided statements. The main body of her letter refers to the pain that fish feel, stating that they are vertebrates, with a brain, a central nervous system and pain receptors all over their bodies, including their lips. This statement is substantiated from all over the world, she tells us. Well let me inform Ms Slade that she is misguided in her views and before she makes outlandish quotes she should be fully aware of the latest facts… A. L. HATTON Attenborough Lane Beeston (letter)
Sunderland Echo 5.8.05 Fishermen, don't be cruel to fish - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animalaid (letter)
Western Daily Press 5.8.05 FISHING IS CRUEL AND DESTRUCTIVE - Kelly Slade Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Keighley News 4.8.05 I was very concerned to see that the Environment Agency is encouraging angling as a past time…. Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, (letter in archive)
Nottingham Evening Post 4.8.05 THIS HOBBY CAUSES PAIN, SUFFERING AND DAMAGE - KELLY SLADE Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Yorkshire Post 4.8.05 Angling is a 'cruel' sport which should be discouraged From: Kelly Slade, campaigns officer, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Bath Chronicle 4.8.05 I WAS very concerned to see that the Environment Agency is encouraging angling as a pastime. Surely people can think of more productive things to do with their spare time than to cause physical harm and suffering to fish and destroy our riversides in the process?... Even if the fish are returned handling by the anglers removes the invisible outer mucus layer, which provides waterproofing leaving the fish open to infection… With the school holidays coming up, I urge your readers to encourage their children to take up a cruelty-free activity for the summer. KELLY SLADE, Campaigns officer, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 2.9.05 WE HAVE LET TERROR GET THE BETTER OF US - So, the terrorists have won. No, l don't mean the bombers. I mean the animal rights terrorists who have forced the closure of a farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, which was breeding, quite legally, guinea pigs for medical research…. John Hyde, Parkway, Chellaston. (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 2.9.05 STEP OUT TO HELP RESEARCH - Blaise Castle will host a series of sponsored walks to raise money for breast cancer and other research - all without animal testing. The walks mark the 35th anniversary of registered charity Dr Hadwen Trust. It takes place on Sunday, September 18… (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 2.9.05 Protests grow against circus By Sheila Loffill - CAMPAIGNERS have called for a boycott of a controversial animal circus, which will be in Knaresborough until Sunday, September 4. Peter Jolly’s Circus has been at the Goldsborough Roundabout on the A59 since Wednesday and is one of the few remaining circuses in the country which still uses animals… The circus has caused controversy during its tour of North Yorkshire and should be boycotted according to Mr Craig Redmond, campaigns officer for the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS)…. (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 2.9.05 Thanks... I am writing on behalf of Animal Aid to thank the people of Leeds for their generosity in donating £214 at a street collection we held on August 27 in the city centre…. PAULINE MOYLAN, Street Collection Coordinator, Brunswick Gardens, Garforth. (letter)

North East Evening Gazette 2.9.05 Cruel puppy farms - Campaigns for the humane conditions for farm animals have captured the attention of media and public. How ironic then that dogs, which continue to be farmed in the most appalling conditions, fall outside basic animal welfare regulations. These dogs are held in small cages and condemned to produce litter after litter…. RUTH SMITH, Puppy Awareness, Skinningrove (letter)

ANIMAL AID LIVESTOCK MARKET LETTER
The Shields Gazette 2.9.05 Concern on animal welfare - Kelly Slade, Campaigns officer, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW (letter)
Worcester Evening News 29.7.05 Livestock must be given water - KELLY SLADE, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 25.7.05 ANIMALS SHOULD BE GIVEN WATER - Kelly Slade Animal Aid Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 23.7.05 GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE MARKET OPERATORS MAKE CHANGES - Kelly Slade, campaigns officer, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW. (story)
ThisIsGloucestershire (Western Daily Press, Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo) 22.7.05 REDUCE ANIMALS' MARKET SUFFERING - A New report by the Farm Animal Welfare Council the Government's advisory body - has made recommendations on the welfare of animals at livestock markets, most notably that all animals are provided with water. Animal Aid would like to see the back of markets altogether, as they are unnecessary and simply add to the level of suffering for farmed animals en route to slaughter…. the Government must oblige market operators to provide all animals with direct access to water. This will inevitably lead to lower stocking densities to allow the animals free movement… Animal Aid has written to Ben Bradshaw MP (Animal Welfare Minister for Defra) with our concerns and we would like to encourage your readers to do the same so that animals at markets will not go thirsty… KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter)

1.9.05

BBC News Online 1.9.05 Hunt sells hounds ahead of season - The South Nottinghamshire Hunt is selling eight of its hounds ahead of the new hunting season. The hunt said the size of the pack needed to be reduced so the huntsman could keep control of the dogs, which can no longer chase live foxes… Hunt secretary Anne Jepson said: "Some of the hounds have been what's termed 'drafted out' to other countries - Ireland, France, Italy. "Some horses have been sold. So there's been a reduction, but we're still there, we're still going forward."… (story)

Somerset Guardian 1.9.05 ATTACK IS BLAMED ON HUNT FOLLOWERS - An anti-hunt campaigner says he has been targeted by members of the hunting fraternity because he dared to speak out against animal cr uelty. Since he moved to the village of Ston Easton as a child more than 40 years ago, Alun Person has taken a stand against pro-hunters…. It was only when Mr Person left his home in Green Street to visit the petrol station that he noticed a white splash of paint on the side of his car… "My campaign is totally verbal. I never make threats, I never ever use violence, I just try to humiliate them with my words. They hate me because they know I'm not just a thug of a saboteur."… (story)

Dunmow Broadcast 1.9.05 WOMAN saboteur claims she was injured at farm meet in Broxted - POLICE investigating a complaint from a woman hunt saboteur who alleges she was assaulted while attending a meeting of the Essex Hunt on December 18 2004 are trying to contact independent witnesses to assist in their enquiries…. (story)
Essex Chronicle 1.9.05 POLICE LAUNCH APPEAL AFTER WOMAN CLAIMS SHE IS STRUCK BY HUNTSMAN - A Hunt saboteur claims she was struck by a huntsman at a Christmas hunt last year. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident during the Essex Hunt which took place at 1.30pm on Saturday, December 18 last year, after people in hunting circles were unable to help…. (story)

Western Morning News 1.9.05 DEMO POLICE FACE CHARGES - Three more Metropolitan Police officers have been summonsed to appear in court to answer charges of assaulting pro-hunting protesters outside the Houses of Parliament…. Thirty-one officers have been investigated by the IPCC following complaints about police behaviour in Parliament Square as thousands protested against the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Telegraph 31.8.05 Police accused of assaulting pro-hunt protesters - Three more police officers have been accused of assaulting protesters during last September's pro-hunting demonstration in Parliament Square. The three Metropolitan Police officers have been summonsed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has been investigating complaints made against officers policing the protest last September…. (story)

Kentish Express 1.9.05 It's a dog's day at annual Hunt event - A PACK of hunting hounds and their litters of puppies proved the star attractions at the East Kent Hunt's annual open day on Sunday. Although hunting was made illegal earlier this year, almost 200 people, most of them non-hunt members, visited the kennels on Cullen's Hill in Elham to browse produce, bric-a-brac and refreshment stalls and a display about the campaign to carry on hunting…. (story)

Wear Valley Advertiser 1.9.05 Show retains last link with hunting - A DALE'S last link with an ancient rural tradition is helping to keep other country customs alive at a popular agricultural show. Trophies collected over years of hunting with the now disbanded North Pennines Foxhounds were given to the Weardale Agricultural Society at the weekend… (story in archive)
Northern Echo 30.8.05 Hunting tradition keeps country show alive - A DALE'S last link with an ancient rural tradition is helping to keep other country customs alive at a traditional agricultural show. Trophies collected over years of hunting with the now disbanded North Pennines Foxhounds were given to the Weardale Agricultural Society at the weekend and used at their annual show at St John's Chapel…. (story in archive)

East Grinstead Courier 1.9.05 LOTS TO SEE AND DO AT COUNTRY EXTRAVAGANZA - More than 40,000 people made their way to the Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show for the two-day country extravaganza…. Reports of an attack on Sunday, against a member of the Countryside Alliance by an anti-hunt protestor were strenuously, denied by the group and the show's organisers (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 1.9.05 FELIX THE FOX IS A PEST - If the person who has defaced hundreds of road signs in the county is Cirencester estate agent Rupert Sturgis (pictured) then I hope he is disciplined by his employer and taken to task for anti-social behaviour… Sarah Beaty, Cheltenham. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 1.9.05 EMPHASIS OF STORY WRONG - Your article "Police hunt for hare coursers" (Mercury, August 24) should have concentrated on the theft of the dog from the kennels - the dog may have been used for anything, or simply abused by the person who stole it. It looks like you are attempting to create news. Without the hunting link it would have made very few column inches…. Thanks to the hunting ban many hares have been wiped out in some areas of the county so that landowners do not have to worry about illegal hunting on their land…. K K Ingram, Leicester (letter)

Lichfield Mercury 1.9.05 MAN HAS ALWAYS PERSECUTED ANIMALS - I Write in reply to the letter from S Bird (Mercury, August 11) as I am a little concerned that the writer is not in possession of all the facts regarding the hunt… Man has forever persecuted animals for many reasons and this type of senseless behaviour occurred even whilst hunting was considered lawful. It is a myth to suggest the hunt ban is to blame…. in all the years my grandfather and father worked on the land they never once saw a fox take a lamb…. Mrs N Deavall, Union Street, Chasetown (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 1.9.05 Closure delight - It was very pleasing to hear the guinea-pig farm in Staffordshire has closed down and will no longer supply innocent animals for a non-required medical science…. Regarding grouse on the moors (T&A, August 7) it was nice to hear that Councillor Ian Greenwood would want to "look at the options" and after speaking to Coun Rupert Oliver he was against Anne Hawkesworth's policy of shooting these innocent creatures…. Derek Wright, Westbury Street, Bradford 4. (letter in archive)

Northern Echo 1.9.05 Officials hope that fishing course may calm Asbo boy - ATTEMPTS are to be made to calm a teenage nuisance by helping him to take part in his favourite pastime - fishing. Restrictions were yesterday agreed to curb the activities of 16-year-old Derek Williams, who has plagued the people of Burnhope, near Stanley, County Durham, in recent months with his general loutish behaviour… "His only interest is fishing, but it invariably involves licenses and money he does not have." But hearing this, North Durham Asbo officer PC Mick Hayton told Mrs Howey arrangements can be made to enable Williams to go on a free police-run fishing course for young people (story in archive)

York Evening Press 1.9.05 Anglers are the reel cold-blooded creatures - IF R Hutchinson thinks angling is a compassionate activity (Letters, August 30), then he clearly hasn't seen the latest scientific evidence… As the old saying goes: "A fishing rod is a stick with a primitive, cold-blooded, unfeeling creature atone end, and a fish at the other". J Butler, Belle Vue Street, Heslington Road, York. (letter in archive)
York Evening Press 30.8.05 Fishy facts - CHRIS Titley's item "the many fish killed each day in the name of another country pursuit - angling" is substantially incorrect… CHRIS Titley's item "the many fish killed each day in the name of another country pursuit - angling" is substantially incorrect… R Hutchinson, General Secretary, York & District Amalgamation of Anglers, Manor Park Close, York. (letter in archive)
York Evening Press 25.8.05 Should animals have rights too? - In York, residents demand a cull on geese. In Staffordshire, guinea pigs are rescued from life in the laboratory. CHRIS TITLEY asks why we seem to be forever confused about animal welfare… of the thousands of people who protested about fox hunting, few seem aerated about the many fish killed every day in the name of another country pursuit - angling. Is that simply because the fox is cute and inedible, while the fish is scaly and best in batter?... On Tuesday, Darley Oaks farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, said it would stop breeding guinea pigs for research, following an often violent six-year campaign by protestors, which even included the desecration of a family grave…. Sarah Bramley, of York Animal Aid, described the closure of the guinea pig farm as "fantastic news"…. (story)

Western Gazette 1.9.05 SUFFERING IN HORSE RACING - I Would like to make people aware of the suffering involved in horse racing. The Grand National course is deliberately dangerous, with a series of unusually large fences over a long distance .A set field of 40 animals take part - an exceptionally large number… Welfare problems are endemic throughout the racing industry in which 300 horses die during races or training each year and many others suffer serious injury…. The most damning indictment of the racing industry is its lack of provision for the 5,000 horses whose careers end every year, many suffer appalling neglect or end up being sold abroad as horsemeat. Please consider the plight of the horses before having "a harmless flutter" at the betting shop. D Morrison, Egdon Glen, Crossways. (story)

Wrexham Mail 1.9.05 Tests on imported monkeys slammed - NORTH Wales animal rights campaigners came together in Wrexham on Friday to protest against the trade in monkeys from Mauritius to laboratories in the UK. The protest was part of a national week of action and focussed on Thomas Cook, the largest seller of holidays to Mauritius…. Protestor Cathy Jenkins says many large companies, including British Airways, have taken an ethical stance and have refused to carry any animals destined for laboratories…. (story)

Guardian 1.9.05 What have guinea pigs ever done for us? - Millions of lives have been saved by animal experiments, say scientists. Vivienne Parry examines the key research…. (story)

Guardian 1.9.05 Future for animal testing - Mark Richards (Letters, August 25) exemplifies the scientific illiteracy of the animal rights community when he implies that "animal studies are irrelevant to humans" because "penicillin kills guinea pigs". Guinea pigs are, in fact, the exception that proves the rule… Animal experimentation needs to be justified, but in an age of unreason, it's becoming increasingly difficult to debate with those who assign rights to animals at the expense of human wellbeing. J Ryan, Herts
The European chemicals strategy (Reach) should lay the basis for ensuring the chemicals we use pose no hidden dangers for health or the environment, but it will certainly not be in place this autumn (Leaders, August 29). Neither EU ministers nor MEPs are likely even to have agreed their first-reading positions much before Christmas…. Amendments tabled by myself and others will, if agreed, eliminate the use of animal tests where alternative methods already exist and promote their further development. Chris Davies, MEP, Leader, Lib Dem MEPs
The closure of Darley Oaks Farm is the unacceptable face of the animal rights movement. On the other hand, there are new ways to develop drugs which are not being thoroughly researched, such as human microdosing, which examines the metabolic fate of trace doses of development drugs in humans… Prof Colin Garner, York
Europeans for Medical Progress (www.curedisease.net) suggests an independent scientific evaluation of animal testing to settle this matter…. Kathy Archibald, Europeans for Medical Progress (letters)

Guardian 1.9.05 Lab worker for hire: will work for lettuce - I see guinea pigs have been recruited to test new vaccines against anthrax… Where did they see the job advert? What's the pay - lots of green stuff? John Richards, St Ives (letter)

Times 1.9.05 Animal testing - Mr Adolfo Sansolini (letter, August 27) says that animal researchers fear an open debate about animal experimentation. Yet they publish their methods and results openly in scientific journals. It is more likely that they are reticent about the details of their Home Office licences for the same reason that prime ministers are reticent about the details of their summer holiday: they do not fear open debate with law-abiding citizens who oppose their work, but rather attack by terrorists acting in the name of this opposition…. RUDOLF CARDINAL, Cambridge (story)

BUAV 500 SCIENTISTS LETTER
Surrey Mirror 1.9.05 End of vivisection is vital for humans - Adolfo Sansolini chief executive British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection Crane Grove London (story)
Western Daily Press 1.9.05 RELIANCE ON ANIMAL TESTING IS DANGEROUS - Adolfo Sansolini Chief executive British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection London (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 30.8.05 ANIMAL RESEARCH NEEDS STOPPING - So, 500 British researchers have signed a pledge in support of the use of animals for medical research. This comes as no surprise, since their whole careers are based on the use of animals in experiments…. Misleading animal research means that drugs tested on animals have been released as safe, only to cause serious side effects and even death in humans - the recent case of Vioxx being only one example…. Adolfo Sansolini, Chief executive, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (letter)

Yorkshire Post 1.9.05 'ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE NOT TERRORISTS' From: Beryl Williams, Newmillerdam, Wakefield. I HAVE to say that as an animal rights activist, I object to being branded as a terrorist and anarchist through your readers' letters and columnists (this time, Bernard Dineen). It is thanks to law-abiding, compassionate individuals such as myself, who support the animal rights organisation, Viva!, that the most barbaric practices of factory farms have now been banned… And as for the desecrated grave, it has never been proved that this act of utter depravity was perpetrated by animal rights activists, therefore it is irresponsible of the Yorkshire Post to report it as if this were indeed a proven fact…. (letter)

Lichfield Mercury 1.9.05 ANIMAL TESTING ALWAYS WAS A FLAWED SCIENCE - Regarding the closure of Newchurch guinea pig farm, whose owner bred animals for experiments in laboratories. The government defines an animal experiment as a 'procedure that is likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm'…. Stopping animal experiments will not mean an end to medical progress. Scientists can study human cells or tissues in the test tube. Also, computers can imitate the workings of the human body and duplicate the spread of disease so researchers can predict how drugs will work and what effects they will have. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. (letter)

Cornish Guardian 1.9.05 BAZAAR HELPS RESCUE BEARS - A bazaar held to raise money for captive bears in Asia raised more than £500, writes Marcia Castle. The Animal Asia Foundation campaigns ceaselessly to help rescue the bears and needs to raise £5,000 for each bear rescued, so organisers Chris and Pauline Osborne were delighted with the results of their bazaar in Wadebridge Town Hall…. (story)

Scotsman 1.9.05 Raptor numbers declining - Sadly, the pigeon fraternity continues to be in denial regarding the growing body of scientific evidence against their claims that sparrowhawks and peregrines are seriously impacting on their hobby (your report, 30 August). First, it is a myth that raptor numbers have "rocketed"… LOGAN D STEELE, Bridgewater Avenue, Auchterarder, Perthshire (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 1.9.05 NO EASY ANSWER - Many people will share the view that 'farm animals can show love', and sympathise with the writer of this letter (The Citizen, August 26). My concern is what would happen to the fields if they were no longer used for grazing - mass housing? Where would the badger, fox and other wild animals go?... PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 1.9.05 BRUTAL TRUTH - Congratulations to Derrick McBrier (Have Your Say, August 27), who joined the anti-bullfighting run in Pamplona…. Heather Davies, Devon Place, Mumbles (letter)
South Wales Evening Post 27.8.05 STRIPPED OF ANY MORALS - I Wish to thank Rev James Thompson for his very encouraging letter in response to my own (Have Your Say, June16). In July, I joined the anti-bullfighting run in Pamplona for the second time…. Rev Thompson is more than welcome to join us any time he feels up to it. Derrick McBrier, High View, Mayhill, Swansea. (letter)