September 2006

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30.9.06

Western Daily Press 30.9.06 HUMANS HAVE CONSCIENCES - With reference to the letter by Ray Bird, "Pray for return of fox-hunting" (September 26), the Countryside Alliance was about a lot of things, but pro-hunting was not supposed to be its theme, and for most I don't believe it was.It is just that "blinkered" individuals like Mr Bird and his ilk have tried to make out that everyone in the countryside admires "hunts" and the "hunters"… Bob Andrews Taunton (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.9.06 WAY TO ANARCHY - I Am puzzled by the comment made recently by Giles Bradshaw (Your Call, September 25). He appears to be saying if you don't like a law, just break it. We cannot choose which laws we will obey… P Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.9.06 SURE SIGNS THAT AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED - Hedgerows abound with berries and farmers plough fields as we enter a new season - The young pheasants that now roam my fields in huge numbers have transformed from the shy, dowdy creatures they were to something much more mature.... I found this just amazing. I'm immediately back on my "balance" hobby horse again. How do you quantify the damage that 37 buzzards will inflict on other wildlife in the next 12 months? If you remember, it was what the keeper calls, "that stuff up above". It's his term for buzzards, carrion crows and the like. It's a derogatory term and it's meant to be. He loves wildlife and makes a real contribution to its well-being; he just can't understand why some species are allowed to get out of balance…. (story)

RSPCA BADGER ADVERT CENSURED BY ASA
Western Morning News 30.9.06 RSPCA CENSURED FOR BOVINE TB ADVERT - DUNCAN SANDES - The RSPCA has been censured by advertising watchdogs after printing an advertisement containing misleading information about the spread of bovine TB. The animal welfare charity was taken to task by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after claiming the disease was spread by cattle and not badgers, as many farmers believe…. (story)
Western Morning News 30.9.06 Dubious tactics - WELL done to the Advertising Standards Authority for finding the RSPCA guilty of misleading the public… The animal charity presumably used donations from its members to peddle this rubbish. Some of them might well consider, after this verdict, that other charities are more deserving of their money. (story)
Daily Post 28.9.06 RSPCA claims over badgers were 'untrue' By Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - THE RSCPA'S role as an independent animal welfare group has come under scrutiny after the charity made "untrue and unsubstantiated" claims in a national advertising campaign. The Advertising Standards Authority delivered its judgement yesterday in response to complaints made by the Farm-ers Union of Wales. The union accused the RSPCA of making misleading claims in a series of high-profile newspaper advertisements designed to solicit public support against possible badger culls…. (story)
Western Mail 27.9.06 RSPCA badger campaign was misguided, say farmers - Sally Williams, Western Mail - A COMPLAINT about an RSPCA campaign that claimed a badger cull would increase TB in cattle has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority… The FUW complained to the ASA after the RSPCA placed a series of national newspaper advertisements urging the public to write to the Government to oppose any badger culls in an effort to halt the spread of TB…. (story)
Brand Republic 27.9.06 Farmers round on RSPCA ads seeking to prote... LONDON - The RSPCA has had two complaints from farmers upheld against it for an ad protesting against the culling of badgers. The Advertising Standards Authority backed the Farmers Union of Wales and one farmer, who complained that the newspaper ad was misleading. In it, the RSPCA stated that cattle-to-cattle transmission was the main cause of the spread of TB, and not badger-to-cattle…. (story)

29.9.06

Independent 29.9.06 Conference diary - Cherie Blair handed out the award for the best stand to the League Against Cruel Sports yesterday. Ben Kind, political officer for the league, said her dad, Tony Booth, had been round for a few freebies… (story)

Western Morning News 29.9.06 HOW BLAIR LOST THE WESTCOUNTRY'S TRUST - It's hard to credit it now, but Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 General Election was greeted as warmly in the Westcountry as anywhere else… When Tony Blair promised to govern "for the whole country", rural people assumed he meant them as well and took him at his word. A decade on, that goodwill has all but evaporated…. The region's farming industry was already in recession when Mr Blair took charge. But there was no sense of urgency in the Government's response. Indeed, the Government's decision to ban beef on the bone only served to deepen the financial fallout from the BSE crisis. Labour's obsession with the hunting issue also put great strain on relations with many in the rural Westcountry for whom hunting was part of the social fabric…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 29.9.06 BIG TURNOUT FOR CHARITY - A Big turnout of 86 horse riders made a 12-mile journey through the Belvoir Estate in its autumn colours to raise money for charity on Sunday. The occasion was the Belvoir Hunt Supporters' Club's annual sponsored ride, which was helping the Dove Cottage Day Hospice at Stathern as well as contributing towards the Hunt. "Last year we raised £1,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and we hope to collect a similar amount for the hospice this time," says organiser Judy Glossop…. (story)

Western Morning News 29.9.06 CROSS-COUNTRY ACTION AND FUN AT HUNT'S EVENT - More than 140 competitors headed to the Axe Vale Harriers Hunter Trials at Lovehayne Farm, near Blackbury Castle, Southleigh, East Devon, which was hailed a "great fundraising success"…. (story)

Hexham Courant 29.9.06 Redesdale News - THE Border Hunt is holding its annual general meeting in Otterburn Memorial Hall on Wednesday, October 18, at 8pm (story)

Cambridge Times 29.9.06 Gunning for practise - Labradors and Spaniels were hunting down their 'prey' as part of gundog tests held near March on Sunday. But the 42 entries sniffed out dummies of rabbits and pheasants at Frank's Farm, located on the B1101 between March and Coldham for the event, organised by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation… (story)

Worcester Evening News 29.9.06 We said reduce the swan sanctuary - Your correspondent Marina Duffell should check her facts instead of writing spiteful letters. We anglers (not just me) have never asked that the Swan Sanctuary be rescinded, as she claims, but that it be reduced…. As things stand, we will continue to respect the Swan Sanctuary, the existence of which we in fact support, but perhaps Marina could ask the swans to keep within their boundary!... With regard to Marina's sarcastic remark that I would be "better served concentrating on my other hobbies", I wasn't aware of having any. I earn my living as a war historian, author, publisher, lecturer and consultant; fishing for big carp is, and always has been, excepting a few years spent scuba diving, my hobby…. DILIP SARKAR, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester Evening News 22.9.06 Fishing ban result of concerns over swans - I was appalled at the recently reported strenuous and selfish efforts of a Worcester fisherman to have the no-fishing ban in the area near the bridge rescinded. This ban was put in place a few years ago purely due to the efforts of people horrified by the injury caused and consequent depletion of the swans…. Perhaps the person who wants to defy the ban would be better served concentrating on his other hobbies. MARINA DUFFELL, St John's, Worcester. (letter)

LEIGH ANIMAL SANCTUARY DEMONSTRATION
Leigh Reporter 29.9.06 Protestors speak up for animal rights at Sanctuary - More than 150 people from animal welfare groups held a peaceful mass demonstration at the gates of Leigh Animal Sanctuary (LAS) on Saturday following revelations that healthy animals are put down there rather than re-homed…. (story)
Leigh Journal 28.9.06 Animal home protest - PROTESTERS staged a demonstration outside Leigh Animal Sanctuary where staff have been accused of offering to kill healthy dogs. More than 100 animal rights campaigners gathered at the sanctuary alongside the East Lancashire Road at the Greyhound Island which has been accused of putting down hundreds of ex-race track runners every year…. Catherine Moore, who acted as a spokesman for those who took part in Saturday's demonstration, said: "We are here today to raise two issues. We are concerned that sanctuaries are taking on more animals than they can possibly care for. There are also a lot of people here today who are worried about reports of staff at this sanctuary offering to kill two healthy dogs…. (story)
Bolton Evening News 25.9.06 100 in animal home protest - PROTESTERS staged a demonstration outside an animal sanctuary where staff have been accused of offering to kill healthy greyhounds. More than 100 animal rights campaigners gathered at Leigh Animal Sanctuary, which has been accused of putting down hundreds of ex-racing greyhounds every year…. Catherine Moore, who acted as a spokesman for those who took part in Saturday's demonstration, said…." (story)
Wigan Observer/Reporter/Evening Post 25.9.06 Mass demo at animal sanctuary - ANIMAL welfare groups held a mass demonstration at the gates of Leigh Animal Sanctuary following revelations that healthy animals are put down there rather than be re-homed. More than 150 animal lovers attended the peaceful protest on Saturday (September 23), lining the roadside with placards bearing messages such as 'Stop the killing'… The demonstration, attended by a range of ages from pensioners to children, was organised by international charity Greyhound Action… Alexia Smethurst, 36, and her partner John Harney, 37, travelled from Leeds with their two rescue greyhounds, Lucy and Eric…. Karen Taker, 50, of Carr Street, Leigh, said: "I bought a dog from here which was completely out of control… I brought it back because I couldn't cope with it , but after hearing what goes on at LAS I went back a week later to take the dog back because I was concerned it would be put down…" Caroline Seddon, 26, of Plank Lane, Leigh, added: "My brother got a dog from here. They just handed it over to him straight away no questions asked… Sonia Hillidge, 36, from Leigh was at the protest with her two-year-old daughter Summer… (story)

DARLEY OAKS VICTORY PARADE
Burton Mail 29.9.06 Cleared of police insult by Tom Sloan - A LEADING animal rights activist has been cleared of using threatening behaviour at a rally in Burton. Greg Avery was cleared yesterday of swearing repeatedly at Pc Mark Cairns in Burton Town Centre on September 3 last year.... (story)
Burton Mail 13.9.05 Protesters accuse police by Nermin Oomer - ANIMAL rights protesters who staged a "victory march" through Burton following an announcement that Darley Oaks Farm was to close have accused police of prejudice against them.... Four protesters against the Newchurch farm, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research, were arrested for public order offences including an assault on a police officer. One man in his 30s was given an on the spot fine for throwing an egg at a protester... (story)
Burton Mail 5.9.05 WE'RE VICTIMS SAY ACTIVISTS - TERRORISTS who bullied a family into abandoning their business were feeling sorry for themselves today – and claiming THEY were the victims. The outrageous claims came in a leaflet circulated during a 'victory parade' by 200 animal rights supporters in Burton at the weekend…. It says: ". . . protesters have received death threats, anonymous phone calls, have been followed by farm workers, have had their cars wrecked and homes paint stripped."… In fact, no such incident has ever been reported to the Mail…. (story)
Burton Mail 5.9.05 FIVE ARRESTS IN 'VICTORY' PARADE - FIVE people were arrested in Burton at a national 'victory parade' on Saturday following the closure of a controversial guinea pig farm… Around 200 campaigners turned out for the "victory celebration" after John and Christopher Hall, owners of Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research, announced they were closing the guinea pig side of its business by the end of the year… Three of those present — John Ablewhite, John Curtin and Burton pensioner Janet Tomlinson — were arrested in connection with the grave desecration, but later released without charge… The demonstrators then marched through the town centre, along High Street, Worthington Way and Station Street, where four protesters — including leading animal rights campaigner Glen Avery — were arrrested for public order offences, including one for an assault on a police officer. One local man in his 30s was also arrested and given an on–the–spot fine of £80 for throwing an egg at a protester…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 5.9.05 PARADE OVER FARM 'VICTORY' - Protesters took to the streets of Burton for a "victory" march. Around 200 people were in the town on Saturday to celebrate the recent announcement that Darley Oaks Farm, in Newchurch, would no longer breed guinea pigs…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 5.9.05 ARCHDEACON PLEA FOR RETURN OF OAP'S BODY BY PAUL COSTELLO - Asenior clergyman has appealed to the people who desecrated an 87-year-old woman's grave to return her remains… About two hours after his plea, protesters gathered at Trent Washlands. March organiser Amanda Richards, of Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs, said: "We were just as shocked as anybody else at the desecration of the grave, but it's alarming that the Church seems to be more concerned about the dead than the living."… Whistles, air horns, bells, and cheering provided a deafening soundtrack for the protesters. Some were dressed in furry guinea pigs suits and others wore laboratory coats covered in red paint symbolising the blood of the animals…. Inspector David Bird, of Staffordshire police, later confirmed that five arrests were made throughout the day. Four of those arrested were protesters and the other was a local youth. (story)
ITV 3.9.05 Animal rights activists in 'victory' march - Animal rights protesters will assemble for a 'Victory Gathering' after news that a farm breeding guinea pigs for medical research is to close….(story)
Sky News 3.9.05 CAMPAIGNERS CELEBRATE - Animal rights protesters who campaigned against a farm that breeds guinea pigs for medical research will be holding a "victory gathering" today as church leaders appealed for the return of the remains of a body dug up by protesters…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 3.9.05 Animal rights protesters mark Guinea pig farm 'victory' - HUNDREDS of animal rights protesters who campaigned against Darley Oaks, a farm that bred guinea pigs for medical research, were today assembling for a "Victory Gathering" in Burton upon Trent following news that the operation is to close down… (story)
Burton Mail 2.9.05 RING OF STEEL FOR PROTEST by Nermin Oomer - MORE than 50 officers are being drafted in to police Burton town centre as three major events coincide tomorrow. An estimated 300 animal rights protesters are due to gather in Burton for a national victory parade to 'celebrate' the closure of Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 2.9.05 DEMO ALERT FOR DRIVERS - Motorists have been warned to expect traffic disruption in Burton tomorrow when up to 1,000 animal rights activists are expected to stage what they are calling "a victory march" following the closure of a farm which bred guinea pigs… (story)
Burton Mail 25.8.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS VICTORY MARCH by Nermin Oomer - ANIMAL rights protesters say a massive march through Burton next week will be a victory parade to "celebrate their power" after the owners of Darley Oaks Farm announced its closure. Around 300 protesters will descend on Burton on Saturday, September 3, for a "victorious gathering" to celebrate the decision to close the operation in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research… (story)

Guardian 29.9.06 Hawks do their worst but cost of pigeon war is problem for mayor - Hugh Muir - As the recipient of the biggest electoral mandate of any politician in the country, the mayor of London was never supposed to have his authority undermined by a flock of pigeons. But six years after declaring war on the birds he branded "rats with wings" the mayor is facing fresh scrutiny over the cost and tactics of his campaign to clear them from their famous haunts around Trafalgar Square. The focus is on Mr Livingstone but more specifically on his hired muscle - a pair of Harris hawks who alternately hover above the square, exuding menace and bad intent…. Julia Fletcher, of the Pigeon Action Group, called the loss of pigeons "the greatest wildlife cruelty catastrophe that London has ever known"…. (story)

Times 29.9.06 Parliament's rooftop pests prove adept at dodging the deterrents BY ANGUS MACLEOD AND LEWIS SMITH - SCOTLAND’S politicians reckoned without Prudence when they spent thousands of pounds making Holyrood pigeon-proof…. After repeated efforts to make the £431 million building poop-free, Members of the Scottish Parliament were understandably miffed when the hallowed walls were desecrated from above. They were even more upset when they learnt that it would cost £250 per bird to remove Prudence and her fledgeling, Polly. "For £250 I will personally wring its neck myself,” declared Margo Macdonald, the independent MSP already vociferously critical of the cost of the building…. Ross Minett, of Advocates for Animals, said: "It is very hard to put a price on any animal’s head. We believe the general public would be supportive to these animals being taken to a wildlife centre rather than killed unnecessarily.”… (story)

Bath Chronicle 29.9.06 CAMPAIGNERS URGE PEOPLE TO SAVE THE WORLD WITH A KNIFE AND FORK - A blood-splattered vegan campaigner wielding a cleaver symbolically butchered a model of the world in Bath city centre yesterday.The publicity stunt by vegetarian campaign group Viva! urged shoppers to stop eating meat and save the planet. "We urge Bathonians to save the world with their knife and fork," said Viva!'s Tony Vernelli, who handed out a leaflet called The Planet And Its People…. (story)

Western Daily Press 29.9.06 KILLING TO EAT IS A TRAGEDY - With reference to Chris Rundle's article, "Cruelty, what cruelty?" (September 20). There is no such thing as welfare-friendly veal. Meat- eating is about killing animals, not simply eating meat… M Denston Highbridge (story)

Halifax Courier 29.9.06 CRUEL FORCE FEEDING OF DUCKS ON RICK'S SHOW - J. W. Drake, Tofts Grove Place, Rastrick. I WATCHED the Rick Stein programme French Odyssey on BBC 2 on August 23 and was disgusted to see a French farmer force feeding a flock of ducks… Many animal lovers are boycotting French produce due to this very cruel practice. The World Society for the Protection of Animals, of which the RSPCA is a founder member, is running a campaign on the issue of force feeding in France. (story)

South Wales Echo 29.9.06 Badgers with TB at 'epidemic levels' - David James, South Wales Echo - The levels of tuberculosis in South Wales badgers has reached epidemic proportions, according to an AM. Tory AM William Graham said the Welsh Assembly Government figures were alarming and demanded a cull of unhealthy animals… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.9.06 CITY DUO JET OFF TO CHINA ON MOON BEARS MERCY MISSION - A city couple are jetting off to China to visit abused bears and work with rare giant pandas.Chris Hillman, 52, and his wife Sue, 45, are ready to embark on a trip of a lifetime after raising money for the farmed bears for four years…. (story)

Daily Mail 29.9.06 China's 'cruelty olympics' causes international outrage by BRENDAN MONTAGUE - A bear struggles to retain its balance while gripping the two metal hoops, which look more like shackles than acrobatics equipment, as a wildlife park worker looks on and laughs. This is just the latest shocking picture to emerge from the Animal Olympic Games which is being held in China, a country with a shameful animal rights record. Chimpanzees are forced to play basketball and apparently lift huge weights, while a docile brown bear is dressed in a tutu while navigating a makeshift obstacle course in one of the strangest events ever to be staged. … The Captive Animals' Protection Society will be writing to the Chinese Ambassador in London to complain about the event. Craig Redmond, the UK based campaigns manager, said: "The abuse of the animals is clear…. (story)

Western Gazette 28.9.06 - MR Barrington (21 September) claims that I have dismissed the Middle Way Group (MWG) survey because it does not "fit with my views". I made it clear that my views are based on impeccable research sources, and the Burns Report was in accord with their findings… Peter Bunce, Haddenham, Bucks (story)
Western Gazette 21.9.06 AS BLINKERED AS THEY ARE BIGOTED - Peter Bunce dismisses a survey of farmers, which concludes that more foxes are now being wounded, without giving any real evidence other than the fact that the results do not fit with his views… The Middle Way Group will continue to campaign for a genuine wild mammals protection law that can be supported by both hunters and non-hunters alike. Then hopefully politicians will stop listening to people who are as blinkered as they are bigoted. After all, the Hunting Act is the perfect example of what happens when that advice is not taken. James Barrington, Consultant All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group (letter)
Western Gazette 7.9.06 LITTLE EFFECT ON FOX NUMBERS - You reported "Act 'fails foxes and farmers'" in your agricultural section.. That was based on a survey of 600 sheep farmers, of which I do not believe a word and have good reason…. Peter Bunce, Church End, Haddenham, Bucks. (letter)

28.9.06

Chesterfield Times 30.9.06 Hunt's vow as pack kills pet - Hunt leaders have vowed to stop exercising their hounds in Peak villages after a family's cat was savaged and killed by their pack of dogs. Members of the High Peak Hunt had been riding through Sheldon near Bakewell when the pack of around 40 hounds attacked the animal after spotting it by the side of the road. Bob Graham, joint master of the hunt, said some of the younger hounds ran to the cat before the other dogs followed – eventually killing the pet – during the early morning ride through the village…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 28.9.06 Barbarity that calls itself sport, Recent newspaper pictures of cruelly abused dogs have sparked outrage across the country… Next weekend, another coursing season kicks off. Already, hares are being netted in many parts of our countryside to serve as bait in public exhibitions of cruelty…. How do you explain to a misguided or delinquent person of any age that kicking a dog or neglecting its welfare is a crime, while well-heeled ladies and gentlemen are lapping up the barbarity of coursing and fox hunting and calling it "sport"? JOHN FITZGERALD Co Kilkenny (story)

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 28.9.06 Blind shooters aim to create own club - SHOOTING is a past-time usually associated with excellent vision and aim, but Northamptonshire may soon have a gun club for blind people. Mike Gurney, who is blind, took up shooting more than 10 years ago and now wants to set up a club in Deanshanger. But he is appealing for sponsorship and donations to raise more than £2,500 to get the group up and running…. But he needs £2,700 to buy the specialist sights, which give blind shooters a level of accuracy almost as good as that of sighted people…. For more information, or to make a donation, call 01908 571347. (story)

ANIMAL AID RACING LETTER
Sunderland Echo 28.9.06 Whipping is cruelty - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 22.9.06 Time to ban whip in horse racing - Beating animals is a vicious crime. Everywhere, that is, apart from on a racecourse where horses are routinely whipped while thousands of people look on.… Looking the other way while animals are being beaten is cowardly. It's time to speak out against this cruelty. It's time to ban the whip. KATE FOWELER-REEVES, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

The Comet 28.9.06 Support for dog protest - I was very pleased to drive past Henlow Greyhound Stadium on Saturday evening and see about a dozen protestors with their boards…. All you people who attended Saturday's racing - go and get your thrills elsewhere - because You Bet They Die. NAME AND ADDRESS WITHHELD (story)

York Press 28.9.06 Meaty response - IT WAS interesting to see Robert Ackroyd blame meat-eaters for global warming (Save planet by giving up meat, letters, September 22). What next will vegetarians come up with? I am a carnivore, but my favourite meats are probably wild rabbits, pigeons and wild geese; all of which are vermin and, if not controlled in some way, can cause enormous damage to crops intended for human consumption. Am I to be denied these excellent sources of protein and, because they are not being controlled, add to the amount of factory farming of vegetable crops in an effort to feed ourselves?... Alec Acomb, Hillcrest Avenue, Nether Poppleton, York. (story)
York Press 22.9.06 Save planet by giving up meat - WHILE I am glad to see that the issue of global warming is again making headlines nationally and locally, it is lamentable that your feature (Global warming? Let's talk about it, September 20) overlooks the single most important step people could take to save the environment. That is simply to stop eating meat…. Robert Ackroyd, Huntington Road, York. (letter)

Scotsman 28.9.06 Retail giants go anti-fur - THREE high street retailers signed up to an anti-fur initiative yesterday. Topshop, Marks & Spencer and the Co-operative Group pledged not to sell any real fur under the scheme started by Respect for Animals. … (story)

WYEVALE GIVES UP SELLING PETS
Burton Trader 28.9.06 Garden centre axes pet sales - A garden centre in the Trader area is to stop selling pets in a move commended by Britain's largest animal rights group, Animal Aid…. (story)
Northwich Chronicle 27.9.06 Garden centre to stop pet sales - A GARDEN centre is banning the sale of pets after pressure from the UK's largest animal rights group Animal Aid. Wyevale Garden Centre in Tarporley is one of the 114 stores that form the country's leading chain of garden centres and the second biggest retailer of pets in the UK… (story)
Louth Leader 27.9.06 GARDEN CENTRES STOP SELLING ANIMALS - WYEVALE Garden Centres, which has a garden centre in Legbourne Road, Louth, has announced a decision to stop selling live animals in its stores. It follows a 16 month campaign by animal rights group, Animal Aid…. (story)
South Wales Evening Post 23.9.06 WYEVALE TO STOP SELLING PETS AT STORES - Live animals will no longer be sold by a national company at its garden centres in Swansea, Pyle and Carmarthen.Wyevale has taken the decision to stop selling cats, dogs, rabbits and birds in the wake of a campaign by animal welfare protesters. The company has said it wishes to be seen as an ethical and responsible trader. Campaign group Animal Aid had threatened Wyevale with a boycott…. (story)
Evening Standard 22.9.06 Leading pet shop stops selling animals after welfare pressure - The country's second biggest pet retailer has decided to stop selling thousands of live animals, from rabbits to cats and parakeets, amid complaints from welfare campaigners. Wyevale Garden Centres say the decision to end the trade at 52 of its 115 outlets across the country represents its desire to be seen as ethical and responsible…. It coincides with the threat of a boycott campaign from the Animal Aid welfare group which was unhappy at the notion of people buying pets on impulse…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 28.9.06 All was in order From Colin Matthews, Knutsford Road, Bassingbourn - WITH regard to the letter from Pat Griffin ("Plight of pigs", September 26): Before I became disabled I was a stockman and held a craftsman's certificate in both sheep and pig production… I used to go and look around different slaughterhouses that my stock were sent too, Dalehead Foods or as it was then Farmer's Pork being one of them. It did not matter when you went, there you always saw the animals being dispatched in the correct way, in fact I very often saw my own animals going through the line and I was most impressed with the whole slaughter process from start to finish…. Every stockman and slaughterman I have ever known used to take great pride in the way in which they did their jobs and I would think that they still do (story)

Redditch Standard 28.9.06 Call to go veggie - REDDITCH Vegetarians and Vegans’ call to other residents to eschew meat for a day (and preferably longer) is an act of concern for those yet unborn… Paula Howard, via e-mail (story)

Rugby Observer 28.9.06 New market will improve animal welfare by Ian Dipple - BUILDING a new £1million livestock market in Wolvey is just one of a number of possibilities being considered by farmers in the area…. But animal rights campaigner Janet Cummings has called for a halt to the development of any new market until concerns about the welfare of livestock have been addressed…. (story)

27.9.06

Irish Independent 27.9.06 Hares being wiped out - With a new coursing season about to commence, the Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) is calling on Environment Minister Dick Roche to take immediate action against coursing clubs that net hares in breach of licensing conditions. A coursing club in the midlands was recently caught red-handed in the act of capturing hares outside the time frame permitted by law…. while concerned at the cruelty of coursing, we are equally alarmed at the fact that the future of the Irish hare as a species is threatened by coursing and hunting activities…. JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Western Morning News 27.9.06 JONATHAN Marshall (WMN, September 8) argues that the death of Catherine Hodgson's pet dog, in her front garden, was an accident, and that the Tiverton Staghounds behaved impeccably in this matter. Well, I beg to differ. It was an accident which should never have happened. The hounds were obviously not under the control of the huntsman in charge of them. If they had been under control, Mrs Hodgson's dog, Pippa, would still be alive. The truth is hunts cannot control their dogs if an animal is in their pathway…. Helen Weeks, Somerset (letter)
Western Morning News 8.9.06 DOG'S DEATH WAS ACCIDENT - Helen Weeks's letter regarding the dog killed by the Tiverton Staghounds (September 5) is most revealing. While I have every sympathy with Mr and Mrs Hodgson, the death of their dog was nothing more than a tragic accident, and the hunt is no more blameworthy for it than Ms Weeks is for her cats' destruction of birds and small mammals in West Coker… Jonathan Marshall Lydeard St Lawrence, near Taunton (letter)
Western Morning News 5.9.06 POLICE WRONG NOT TO ACT ON HUNTING - My heartfelt sympathy goes to Catherine Hodgson and her husband after reading the harrowing account ("Hunt offered 'hush money' for dog death", WMN, August 24) of Mrs Hodgson's desperate attempt to save her pet dog Pippa from hounds belonging to the Tiverton Staghounds… I live in hunting country, and have suffered hound trespass on several occasions by the Cattistock Foxhunt... Therefore, I am especially angry at the remarks made by Assistant Chief Constable Stowe stressing that hunting is not a priority, and has never been one…. Helen Weeks, West Coker (letter)

Mansfield Chad 27.9.06 Local dubbed the 'face of animal rights campaign' - A WHALEY Thorns man has appeared at the High Court accused of being the 'public face' of a vicious animal rights campaign. Robin Webb, of Portland Terrace, allegedly acts as a press officer and representative of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) –– a group currently engaged in a war of intimidation against Oxford University… His barrister Stephanie Harrison told the court that the order violated his human right to freedom of expression and should be lifted… But Oxford University bosses claim Webb is the 'front person' and 'public face' of the ALF –– an organisation they describe as 'underground, criminal and arguably terrorist'… (story)

Portsmouth News 27.9.06 'Granarchist' is cleared of harassing lab staff - THE pensioner dubbed the 'granarchist' has been cleared of harassing workers at a controversial animal testing laboratory. Pauline Nelson, 80, commonly known by her middle name Helen, walked free from court yesterday despite admitting using a megaphone to berate and insult staff at Wickham Laboratories, in Wickham, near Fareham. Mrs Nelson was cleared along with her co-accused, Sarah Whitehead, 49. After the hearing, both criticised the police for charging them and vowed to continue protesting…. (story)

Scotsman 27.9.06 Animal rights protesters disrupt Burberry fashion show - Animal rights protesters interrupted a fashion show as Otis Ferry, the pro-hunting son of rock star Bryan Ferry, was on the catwalk… (story)
ITV 26.9.06 Animal protesters target Rock star's son - Three animal rights protesters have interrupted a fashion show as Bryan Ferry's son Otis, a pro-hunting campaigner, was on the catwalk. The Peta activists paraded signs reading "Burberry: Fur Shame" and chanting "Fur is dead" on the catwalk during the Burberry show for Milan Fashion Week. They were later escorted out. Otis, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt…. (story)
Independent 26.9.06 Fur flies as Ferry takes to the catwalk for Burberry By Susie Rushton in Milan - Three Peta protesters disrupted the Burberry catwalk show last night in Milan as Otis Ferry, the pro-hunt campaigner, master of foxhounds and son of Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, made a guest appearance as a model… Ferry, who himself burst into the House of Commons and lunged at the Prime Minister in 2004 while MPs were discussing a ban on hunting with dogs, continued his walk back up the catwalk as security guards, who seemed relatively unprepared for any protest, bundled the three women out a back entrance…. (story)

Halifax Courier 27.9.06 SHOCK OVER HALAL MEAT AT TESCO - I WISH to tell you that Tesco stores now stock halal meat. This is a cruel and barbaric way to slaughter animals and I am extremely annoyed that a major store like Tesco has decided to stock this type of meat. This is showing their support of animal cruelty…. Neal Andrews-Parry, Stocks Avenue, Mytholmroyd. (letter)

26.9.06

Independent 26.9.06 Hounds on the scent of a fox - Matthew Higgs (letter, 21 September) ridicules the accusation made earlier by Helen Weeks that laying "fox-derived scent" (bits of dead foxes, "boiled" foxes, or imported fox urine from US fur farms) will attract local foxes to the "trail" and thereby tempt the hounds to divert "accidentally" on to those foxes. As a wildlife consultant specialising on fox deterrence I can confirm that, like all territorial wild canines, foxes will quickly become aware of the scent of alien foxes, and will "mark" the area with their own scent to warn off the "intruder". When the hounds arrive following the trail they will naturally want to take off after the more natural and fresher scent of the live fox…. JOHN BRYANT, TONBRIDGE, KENT (letter)
Independent 21.9.06 Hunters hope for better times - The anti-hunting organisations which campaigned for a hunting ban often claimed that an alternative to live-quarry hunting was to follow an artificial trail…. . Those of us involved in running packs of hounds have faced difficult decisions… we could "tread water" and struggle on in the hope that some more sensible administration would one day legislate for wildlife management rather than class war reasons and allow hunting once more. Many of us have decided on the latter course and decided to get by draghunting until that happy day…. For Helen Weeks (letter, 13 September) to suggest that such a scent laid no more than a few hours before hounds follow it somehow draws every fox in the area to it is ridiculous…. MATTHEW HIGGS, DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE (letter)
Independent 12.9.06 Trail laid through hunt law loophole - The report "Two years after ban, hunts attracts new followers" (9 September), fails to mention the gaping hole in the Hunting Act called "trail" hunting, which could explain why some people are able to continue to kill foxes for fun…. HELEN WEEKS, WEST COKER, SOMERSET (story)

Western Daily Press 26.9.06 PRAY FOR RETURN OF FOX-HUNTING - In response to the recent letter by Helen Weeks, given her dislike of hunting from her many previous letters, it is no surprise that she "jumped on the bandwagon" to condemn an incident even though it was clearly an accident.Of course, it's unfortunate when hounds kill a dog or a cat, but let's put it into proper perspective. Household dogs also chase and kill cats, who in turn kill birds for a pastime, but I don't see Ms Weeks rushing to put pen to paper then to condemn their owners…. Ray Bird Acton Turville Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.9.06 PLENTY OF SUPPORT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS - Contrary to the opinion of Matthew Price (August 29), animal rights proponents do get a warm welcome in the West Country.On August 19, Bridgwater vegans held a film and food day in the town's film studio, The Engine Room. We showed films including Behind the Mask, about the history of the Animal Liberation Front, and the year-long video diary of the Southampton Hunt Saboteurs…. Anti vivisectionist Dr Margaret Clotworthy, a cell biologist, spoke about the problems caused to human health by trying to extrapolate animal-tested data onto human disease patterns, while Dr Justine Butter spoke about the health problems caused by consumption of animal products. People were able to walk in off the street, watch films on the horrors of factory-farming and vivisection, or empathise with the hunt saboteurs…. Matthew Price is wrong. There is plenty of support for animals and their advocates in the South West. Anne Heritage Bridgwater (letter)
Western Daily Press 11.9.06 HUNTING LAW THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE - How on Earth can Matthew Price (Your Say, August 29) make the ridiculous claim that hunting is popular? This claim is especially distasteful, when in the last week or so, the vast majority of people have been shocked and horrified to read of the savaging of a pet terrier by the Tiverton staghounds, and which could not be saved, despite the heroic efforts of its owner…. Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.8.06 WHY HUNTING IS STILL POPULAR - I Write in response to Chris Rundle's comment article (Farm Talk, August 23) regarding the parade of hounds at Dunster Show. Hound parades have been a very popular attraction at country shows for years and remain so, as evidenced by the applause witnessed by your Farming Editor. I suggest that parades of arsonists, rustlers, thieves or animal rights fanatics would not receive a warm reception in town or country…. Matthew Price Ross-on-Wye (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.8.06 SHOW HIJACKED - Like Chris Rundle, I also attended Dunster Show and was likewise appalled at the hijacking of a country showcase for farmers by the hunting fraternity with their vile slogans on their 4x4s and arrogance in the face of a law banning their illegal activity… Mrs Jennie Cook Minehead Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.8.06 DINOSAURS ON PARADE - The nearest thing you'll get to a parade of dinosaurs provided a momentary diversion at Dunster Show last Friday as three horn-blowing huntsmen galloped around the ring. Plenty of applause from the crowd, but a distinctly chillier reception from some visitors, who found the spectacle less a quaint snapshot of country life, and more a distasteful reminder of the past… I can foresee other classes of rural law-breakers coming forward to demand a share of the platform - and complaining to the Equal Opportunities Commission if denied… Arsonists who specialise in barn fires could lay on spectacular displays showing what can be achieved with half a dozen straw bales and a small bottle of petrol…. (story)

Western Morning News 26.9.06 DISGUST AT HUNT BAN PROTEST WHITEWASH - I hear with disgust that the Metropolitan Police have been exonerated for their appalling behaviour on the day of the hunt ban protest. I was present to support the country way of life, although I have never been on a hunt… In the late afternoon I decided to leave and tried to exit from the south-east corner of the square. On trying to leave I was stopped by the police and told I had to leave by the south-west exit (where all the trouble was later)… It is my contention that the police orchestrated the fracas, as people were now starting to drift away from the protest of their own accord. There was no reason for the police reserves to be deployed at all and no reason for any trouble. E G Higgins, Truro (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 26.9.06 Protest of sabs is out of order - THE urgent necessity for local hunts to assist with the problem of fox control is beyond dispute, as hill farmers will attest… One thing is for sure, when the five hunt saboteurs were out recently, their antics (shouting, hollering and whistle blowing) mystified the hounds. How strange it is that their considerations don’t include hound welfare. But then, any excuse serves for their silly behaviour on the fells, which is tantamount to harassment and incitement to hatred. Elli Logan, Wigton
IT’S a great pity that Elaine Milbourn has nothing better to do than attack the already heavily proscribed hunting fraternity. I feel sorry for her…. John Warmingham, Wetheral (letters)

Ekklesia 26.9.06 Christians called to mobilise against animal cruelty - Christians are being urged to mobilize against animal cruelty this week as churches around the country celebrate Animal Welfare Sunday. 2005 was described as 'one of the most violent towards animals' by RSPCA Director General Jackie Ballard. However the secular animal welfare movement has often been highly critical of the apparent lack of concern shown by the Church for the suffering of animals… (story)

Western Mail 26.9.06 Argument rages after 12% of dead badgers found with bTB - Steve Dube, Western Mail - A SURVEY of badger corpses in Wales, which shows that around 12% were infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB), has sparked another round of verbal sniping between farmers and badger groups. Statistics released by the Welsh Assembly Government show that 55 of the 459 animals found dead between December last year and May this year tested positive for bTB. Trevor Lawson, spokesman for the Badger Trust, said the study offered no new information about how to control bTB, and showed that most badgers were free of the disease…. But the Farmers' Union of Wales said the figures show that Wales has a major disease epidemic on its hands…. (story)

Argus 26.9.06 Look after the animals - Please endorse the swift passage of the Animal Welfare Bill through Parliament…. Mrs M Beal, Deacons Drive, Portslade (letter)

25.9.06

Mirror 25.9.06 ROW OVER PRO-HUNT TOTS GEAR - PRO-hunt group the Countryside Alliance has provoked outrage by selling babygrows emblazoned with the slogan: "Born to Shoot."… Jenny Barsby, spokeswoman for The League Against Cruel Sports, said: "It's appalling the Countryside Alliance is so desperate for membership that it would stoop to recruiting babies under six months old."… (story)

Irish Examiner 25.9.06 Landowners set to fight planning decision on hunt kennels By Sean O’Riordan - A GROUP of landowners are considering seeking a judicial review after An Bord Pleanála overturned its own inspector’s report and allowed a hunt club to build kennels for a pack of beagles in an area known for its sheep farming… Dominic Daly, chairman of the United Hunt Club, claimed the objectors were only "a handful of people” and that the vast majority of locals were in favour of the plan…. (story)

Northern Echo 25.9.06 Supper starts hunt season - Hurworth Hunt Supporters' Club will hold its Start of Season Supper in Appleton Wiske Village Hall on Friday, October 20, at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Adrian Dangar, former master and huntsman of the Quorn Hounds… (story)

Western Daily Press 25.9.06 WILL HUNT THUGS TAKE THE BLAME? - Having just read the article about the balaclava-wearing Cattistock hunt thugs using explosives about three miles from the Yeovil police headquarters, surely after the successful conviction of huntsman Tony Wright this now must make Avon and Somerset Constabulary probably the worst constabulary in the world… If the Cattistock Hunt was laying trails, why was it not videoing them, as stated in Simon Hart's new hunt guidelines?... Graham Forsyth Chard Somerset (letter)

EBAY WILD BOAR HUNT AUCTION
Western Daily Press 25.9.06 ANTI-HUNT 'TRIUMPH' AS EBAY PULLS BOAR HUNT SALE - Anti-hunt campaigners were claiming "victory" yesterday after internet auction website eBay pulled the sale of a night's boar hunting in the West.Bidders for the trip to accompany a professional stalker and shoot at wild boar on the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire border were met with a message saying the auction had been pulled by eBay. The League Against Cruel Sports had called on eBay to drop the auction… (story)
Western Daily Press 22.9.06 SHOOT IS SA-BOAR-TAGED BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - Atrip to spend a night hunting wild boar in the West has been put up for sale again after the original internet auction was apparently sabotaged by animal rights activists… The sale attracted fierce bidding, with the winning pledge reaching £3,400 to join a trained stalker in a nighttime shoot on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border. But yesterday it became apparent that the bid - and others that pushed the price from an initial £100 past the £3,000 mark - were bogus… Yesterday, the seller, who is known only as "Welshstalker", said he was staging the internet auction again because the last one was affected by "time wasters"…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 21.9.06 HUNTER PAYS £3,400 ON TO SHOOT BOAR - A Wild boar hunt has been sold for £3,400 on ebaY causing outrage amongst animal rights campaigners. The hunt, which will take place at an unknown site near Ross-on-Wye, was the subject of a fierce bidding war when offers started at £100…. The League Against Cruel Sports spoke out against the sale, calling it "shocking and sick". It is perfectly legal to shoot wild boar as long as the right weapon is used and correct licence held…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen (or Gloucestershire Echo) 14.9.06 EBAY BOAR HUNT IS FINE BY FARMER - A farmer says he is in favour of any method of killing wild boar after hearing that a hunt for the animal has been sold on eBay for £3,400. His comments follow a row over the right to spend a night hunting wild boar near the Gloucestershire border which was sold on the internet auction site…. "They are a massive problem in the British pig industry, if they come into contact with herds they can spread disease…. But the League Against Cruel Sports urged the site to cancel the auction… (story)
Western Daily Press 13.9.06 FURY AT BOAR HUNT AUCTION BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - Animal rights campaigners hit out last night as a controversial on-line auction sold the right to shoot wild boar on the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire border. A top bid of £3,400 was posted on an internet auction site, despite the League Against Cruel Sports asking the company to stop the sale, branding it "shocking and sick"… (story)
Western Daily Press 13.9.06 £3,400 ... THE WINNING BID FOR A NIGHT'S WILD BOAR HUNT BY TRISTAN CORK COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT - A fierce row erupted yesterday after the right to spend one night hunting wild boar in the West was sold on internet auction site eBay for £3,400…. The League Against Cruel Sports slammed the shoot, and eBay for allowing it to be auctioned, as "shocking and sick"… Spokeswoman Jenny Barsby said: "We condemn any type of shooting of animals for sport. It is shocking and sick that people can bid for the right to kill an animal as if they are bidding for an old book."… But Tim Bonner, from the Countryside Alliance, backed the auction, saying it showed "admirable entrepreneurship"…. "The League cull wildlife on land that they manage, and this is exactly the same principle."… (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 25.9.06 There is another way to test drugs - Dorothy Benton, 18 Fletton Avenue, Peterborough PE2 8AU (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 19.9.06 There is another way to test drugs - Most people have heard about the drugs tested on the six volunteers that went so badly wrong, and one has now been told that he has cancer. This, unfortunately, is far from unique, and side effects from animal-tested drugs are one of the biggest killers in the Western world…. Dorothy Benton, 18 Fletton Avenue, Peterborough PE2 8AU (letter)

Independent 25.9.06 Scientific argument will end vivisection - Sir: I am a research scientist who, like Joseph Harris, objects to the pain and suffering inflicted on animals in British laboratories every day… However, unlike Mr Harris, I believe the only way to influence the scientific establishment to change its habits is through proper scientific argument… KATY TAYLOR BSC PHD, BRITISH UNION FOR THE ABOLITION OF VIVISECTION, LONDON N7 (letter)

LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO DEER & PIGEONS CORRESPONDENCE
Lincolnshire Echo 25.9.06 'DON'T LIKE IT, KILL IT' IS NO WAY TO TREAT OUR ANIMALS - Tony Smith asserts (September 16) that any animal is bad for its environment when its natural predators fail to keep its numbers in check. With regard to pigeons and swans, is he referring to our own species as the natural predators?... Finally, as for rats in the kitchen in Mr Paul Smith's recent letter: Firstly I doubt that they would attend upon me in such a manner as I have dogs; secondly, if they did so I would use humane methods to attempt to deter them. Humane traps would be one option. Clearly as a vegan I would not be offering milk or cheese irrespective of its organic origin unless it was non dairy…. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln
Paul Smith, in his generally flippant letter of September 14, suggests that pigeons in the city centre should be given the 'Dalek' treatment… The children pointed at the birds and repeated the words "exterminate, exterminate" several times…. I have to say that I found it offensive and in poor taste - terms I would use also about Mr Smith's 'Dalek' solution for the pigeons. SARAH S. SCOTT Walnut Road, Branston. (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 23.9.06 A FALSE TRAIL IN DEFENCE OF DEER - In response to S. Crawford (September 18), a 'few nibbled shoots' does not quite fit the bill…. As for his suggestion that wolves should be introduced in Scotland, however remote or controlled, would he rather rely on the wolves' instinct to choose the weak or the strong, or that of the hunter? TONY SMITH, Branston (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 18.9.06 DO A FEW NIBBLED SHOOTS AMOUNT TO A PROVEN CASE FOR CULLING? - I acknowledge Tony Smith's point about our removal of natural predators (deer, September 16), but he seemed to miss my own earlier point (September 9). We judge wildlife with the most acutely harsh severity, threatening a cull due to a few nibbled tree shoots in the case of deer…. As for predators, would Mr Smith welcome the serious proposal to return wolves to the remote Scottish wilderness in carefully controlled areas? They could isolate the weak and infirm of the highland deer population, unlike shooting which has to be more opportunistic and doesn't test the deer's natural strength. Think of the boost for tourism! S. CRAWFORD West Parade, Lincoln (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 16.9.06 PREDATORS KEEP THE WILD IN CHECK - I Would like to respond to the letter by S. Crawford (September 9) who asks how a wild animal can be judged bad for its own habitat…. An animal becomes bad for its own habitat / environment when its own natural predators fail to keep numbers in check…. The city centre pigeons, whatever Ms Astill-Dunseith says about the issue, do not have, for obvious reasons, to most people, the same options. TONY SMITH, Branston. (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 12.9.06 GOVERNMENT DEER RULES 'WRONG' - I've been very interested by the letters from Rachel Astill-Dunseith, Jill Andrews and S. Crawford regarding shooting deer. I have a small patch of woodland that I coppice. In actual fact when trees are coppiced deer can stop them re-growing by eating the emerging shoots. Rather than shoot the deer I just regularly walk round the woods and frighten the deer away…. Unfortunately, since the spring of last year my practice has become illegal - this is because I take my four dogs with me… The Hunting Act is ridiculous and should be changed as I am sure your correspondents will agree. GILES BRADSHAW Rose Ash, Devon. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 9.9.06 DON'T BLAME DEER FOR CONSERVATION FAILURES - Exactly how can a wild animal be judged bad for its own habitat? It's now claimed that deer damage woodland and threaten the smooth running of the natural environment… Surely it is ourselves we need to manage - our threat to deer and countless native species generally, but most of all, through carbon emissions, our threat to the entire biosphere… S. CRAWFORDWest Parade, Lincoln.
I am in total agreement with Alison Townsend of the Weirfield Hospital and find culling deer with guns most unacceptable. I'm disgusted that the Revesby Estate is planning to make a profit by offering deer-stalking at £15 per person…. JILL ANDREWSRoughton Court, Lincoln.
There can be no excuse for the persecution of stags under any guise put forward by BASC… If any are seriously injured then the services of a professional stalker may be sought… Pursuing them with dogs increases their misery. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITHLincoln (letters)

24.9.06

Bedfordshire on Sunday 23.9.06 Wearing nothing for the hound dogs - The women of the Oakley Hunt have thrown off their jodhpurs and riding coats to pose naked for a calendar to raise money to keep their hounds. They have not gone as far as Lady Godiva but these woman have posed for saucy pictures with only water troughs and horse’s tails to protect their modesty. They are also raising money for the Chiltern Air Ambulance…. (story)
Telegraph 19.9.06 Hunting ladies strip for sake of hounds By Sally Pook - They did not go as far as Lady Godiva — and some may think that was a shame… When money was required to help keep the hounds of the Oakley Hunt, the women answered the call and threw off their jodhpurs…. The Masters of Foxhounds Association was "thoroughly" behind the calendar. "Oooh yes, absolutely," said Alastair Jackson, its director (story)

CONNAUGHT SQUARE SQUIRREL HUNT
Observer 23.9.06 An early draft of the Gospel According to Euan - Euan Ferguson - I would rather like to meet this man called Duncan Macpherson. He is joint master of the Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt, who were a little while ago banned from chasing a fake squirrel around the middle of London in an apparent attempt to make a point about the ludicrous nature of the hunting ban and the way in which it has been enacted. Their point is probably a good one: I think I sort of agree…. (story)
Telegraph 22.9.06 Sock stories - Socks have but a rudimentary nervous system and do not feel pain, at least not as we know it, so the hunting of them cannot be considered to be cruel… Andrew Seward, Taunton
I note that inflation has been of no benefit to socks. They no longer have their annual evening at the warm fireside on Christmas Eve, and their gentle caressing on Christmas morning as children seek to guess their contents. Their modest price has made them superfluous… Eddie Hughes, Wrexham, Clwyd (letters)
Telegraph 21.9.06 Habits of socks - Anthony Haslam (Letters, September 20) is right to bring the plight of the sock to the nation's attention, but fails to highlight the sheer volume of abductions, and the breakdown of pairs that it causes… Gordon Meek, Frodsham, Cheshire
I must take issue with Mr Haslam in his opposition to sock-hunting. He is obviously ignorant of the nature of socks and the fact that they enjoy being hunted…. Maggie Skilling, Chandler's Ford, Hants (letters)
Telegraph 20.9.06 Cruelty to socks – I was horrified by the picture of the huntsman dragging a poor, defenceless sock across Hyde Park being pursued by a 150-strong field of marauding hunt followers… Enough is enough. Parliament must act now with an Anti-Sock Hunting Bill. Anthony Haslam, Hampton Hill, Middx (letter)
Times 18.9.06 Dillon leads the pack as Hyde Park hunt is on BY ALAN HAMILTON - FINDING a secluded sunny spot in Hyde Park, a young couple lay down on the warm grass yesterday afternoon to browse through a newspaper. Suddenly, and without warning, they were overrun by a huntsman dragging a smelly sock on the end of a piece of string, followed by Dillon the Jack Russell, the joint masters of the Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt, and 150 followers demonstrating their disdain at the Hunting Act…. (story)
Telegraph 18.9.06 Protesters go nuts with a squirrel hunt By Amy Iggulden - With the September sun beating down on their backs and a lightly scented sock to the fore, followers of the Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt yesterday gave chase across central London. The 150-strong hunt ran down a supporter towing a dummy squirrel (the sock) to protest at "the absurdity" of last year's ban on hunting. But amid the peace of a sunny afternoon in Hyde Park, Britain's most bizarre drag hunt cut an absurdly jolly figure itself… (story)
STV 18.9.06 'Squirrel hunt' terrier collared by cops - A former foxhunt which turned to chasing "squirrels" is attracting support from civil liberties campaigners after Dillon the dog fell foul of the law…. Huntsman Ed Seyfried said: "He got his collar felt by a park's constable for chasing a squirrel up a tree. "And the police had the right to destroy my dog, fine me £5,000, search my house, take away my computer and destroy my mobile phone without recourse to a warrant." (story)
Times 16.9.06 Protesters thwart mock hunt BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - Organisers have been forced to postpone tomorrow’s planned mounted hunt with hounds in Hyde Park after threats from animal rights activists. The event was to have been the first mounted hunt in Central London for almost 60 years. About 25 riders with hounds had planned to chase an artificial scent for a mile. But police feared that protesters would create a public order incident…. (story)
Horse & Hound 15.9.06 London hunt cancelled - Anna Tyzack - The Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt has abandoned its plans for a mounted meet in Hyde Park this Sunday but a foot meet will take place regardless - The first mounted hunt in Central London for 60 years was due to take place this Sunday but organisers have been forced to cancel the event. A field of 25 riders was to follow hounds through Hyde Park, chasing an artificial scent but the Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt (CSSH) called off the meet after the threat of anti-hunt protesters proved too great. 'We have been told by police that it will be impossible to guarantee the safety of participants of the general public,' joint master Duncan Macpherson told hunt supporters…. Unperturbed, the CSSH will be meeting at the Duke of Kendal Pub on Connaught Street at 1pm on Sunday before drag hunting a sock through Hyde Park (story)
Times 14.9.06 Blair to see pink as hunt rides back into London after 60 years BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - The Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt will cock a snook at Parliament's ban on their sport - THE first hunt on horseback in Central London in almost 60 years is to take place on Sunday. About 25 men and women on horseback, and following hounds, will chase an artificial scent through Hyde Park. The event has been organised by the Connaught Square Squirrel Hunt, which was set up to cock a snook at Parliament’s ban on the sport from February 18 last year. It is also an attempt to embarrass Tony Blair, who owns a townhouse in the square. … Hunt staff and hounds are being provided by the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent hunt, while riders are coming from all over the Home Counties…. Hyde Park was originally in the territory of the Berkeley Hunt, which started in the 12th century and went on to own hunting country from Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire to Berkeley Square in London. It later became the territory of the Old Berkeley, Hertfordshire and South Oxfordshire hunt, which 20 years ago was renamed the Vale of Aylesbury…. (story)

Sunday Times 23.9.06 Horses 'too inbred' to race - JONATHAN LEAKE AND JON KIRK - HEALTHY racehorses are being slaughtered for meat because of extreme inbreeding, according to Animal Aid, a campaigning group. Thoroughbreds are being drawn from such a narrow gene pool that two-thirds are too fragile to start racing, and a large number of those that do race die of injuries, the report states…. Dene Stansall, author of the Animal Aid report, claims that jump racing has begun to switch from using robust horses bred for the discipline, to cast-offs from flat racing and this was a factor in the death of nine horses at the Cheltenham festival, held last March… (story)
Sunday Times 23.9.06 Exposed: deadly toll of horse breeders - JONATHAN LEAKE - THE sport of kings has a dirty secret: thousands of thoroughbred horses reared for racing are being discarded, with many being turned into horse meat. An investigation by the welfare charity Animal Aid has concluded there is serious overproduction of foals by breeders. One of the results, it says, is that modern thoroughbreds have become prone to injury and defects through decades of inbreeding. Patrick Cunningham, professor of animal genetics at Trinity College, Dublin, has published research showing the proportion of genes shared by any two thoroughbreds has risen from 31% two centuries ago to about 47% now — a level far higher than other horse breeds…. (story)

Sunday Times 23.9.06 A greyhound's life - AS A veterinary surgeon, for the better part of 25 years in animal welfare, your article about greyhounds (News, last week) revealed only the tip of the iceberg. The sheer volume of greyhounds discarded by the racing industry will always overwhelm the number of households able to provide them with loving care. Exactly the same problem applies to horse racing — the only difference being that many unwanted horses will end up on the dinner plates of some of our European Union neighbours…. Andre Menache, Scientific Consultant to Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent
PET CEMETERIES: Your exposure makes a mockery of this country’s image as pet lovers. How could anyone not wonder what happens to the thousands of greyhounds used in racing?... David Gibbs, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
GAMBLING WITH LIVES: As members of Greyhound Rescue Wales, we have all known this is happening but could not prove it. You have brought the plight of these dogs to public attention… Ivan and Rosie Pearce, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire (letters)

Sunday Herald 23.9.06 Scottish Green activists demand zoo and circus ban By Paul Hutcheon Scottish Political Editor - THE chances of the Scottish Greens entering government next year have been reduced after it emerged activists want a series of radical measures included in the party’s Holyrood manifesto. Members have tabled motions to the party’s annual conference demanding a ban on zoos, circuses and horse whipping. Senior activists will also risk angering the Muslim community by calling for the stunning of all animals ready for slaughter… (story)

Observer 23.9.06 Pecking order - The misery of egg-laying birds has been well-documented, but what about the life of chickens bred for eating? Andrew Purvis investigates whether the RSPCA's Freedom Food scheme is really working or whether chicken farming is just one big cock-up…(story)

23.9.06

Western Daily Press 23.9.06 FOR CAR WAR, JUST READ CLASS WAR - The hysterical emissions of Government ministers against the SUVs/4x4 vehicles is a manufactured "class war" which is a continuation of their bigoted hatred of country sports.This war against the 4x4s is wholly unjustified because the emissions or polluting effects of the 4x4s is less than many saloon cars…. Roger Keen Highbridge Somerset (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 23.9.06 SIBLINGS SHOOT IT OUT FOR SUCCESS IN SLEAFORD - Brothers Alan and Peter Blackbourn, from Wainfleet, achieved a double victory at the Belvoir Hunt Supporters' Association's clay shoot, held on the Aswarby Estate, Sleaford… (story)

Scotsman 23.9.06 A stroll to the killing fields - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - WE have acquired a pair of ferrets. I would like to report that they are named Pinky and Perky and make cheerful chatterings while rolling over to have their tummies tickled. No such luck. Their owner, the second son who appears to have become a trapper, simply snorted when we asked their names… I think we shall call the ferrets Ronnie and Reggie, after the Kray twins. (story)

MADELINE BUCKLER JAILED
Times 23.9.06 Two-year jail sentence for animal rights activist over hate mail BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - AN ANIMAL rights extremist who sent hate mail to the owners of a guinea-pig farm as part of a vicious campaign was yesterday jailed for two years. Madeline Buckler, 24, is the girlfriend of a leading activist who was convicted of stealing the body of an elderly relative of the owners, who suffered six years of intimidation…. (story)
BBC News Online 22.9.06 Activist jailed over farm letters - An animal rights extremist who sent threatening letters to the owners of a guinea pig breeding business has been jailed for two years. Madeline Buckler, 24, targeted Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, in November 2005…. She is the girlfriend of John Smith, who was jailed for 12 years for his role in a campaign against the Halls…. (story)
Daily Mail 22.9.06 Animal activist jailed over guinea pig farm intimidation - An animal-rights activist who waged a campaign of intimidation against the owners of a guinea pig farm was jailed today. Madeline Buckler sent a string of threatening letters after fellow campaigners were arrested in connection with the desecration of the grave of Gladys Hammond, the mother-in-law of one of the farm co-owners…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.9.06 Activist admits intimidating farm - A woman has admitted intimidating the owners of a guinea pig farm who were targeted for six years by activists. Madeline Buckler, 24, of Manchester, wrote letters to those associated with Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffs, which contained veiled threats…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 1.9.06 Women admits intimidation - A MANCHESTER woman has admitted intimidating the co-owner of a guinea pig farm which was targeted for six years by animal rights activists. Madeline Buckler, 24, of Levershulme, wrote letters to owners or associates of Darley Oaks Farm demanding they release the guinea pigs bred there for scientific research or face the consequences, Leicester Crown Court was told…. She pleaded not guilty to three counts of blackmail and one count of attempted blackmail…. Buckler was granted conditional bail until her sentence hearing, on September 22. (story)

Guardian 23.9.06 Who'd be a Furrier? - Once it was catwalks, now it's catfights with animal rights activists. But hang on in there, says John Crace - You know how it is. A giant panda skin arrives in your workshop unannounced and the animal rights lobby go ballistic…. Now, you could argue there's a distinction to be made between those animals that are killed for food or utility, and those that are topped for fashion. But it's a very fine one - as, either way, the animal winds up dead. And once it's stopped breathing it's long past caring what happens to its body. None of which will register on the radar of the anti-fur protestors who plan to disrupt this year's fashion shows by spraying everything in red paint… (story)

Western Daily Press 23.9.06 THINK ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES TO THE EXPORTATION OF CALVES - In his article "Cruelty, what cruelty?" (Western Daily Press, September 20), Chris Rundle takes another of his swipes at the animal welfare movement, suggesting there is nothing wrong with the recent resumption of the live calf export trade, adding flippantly that it gives these unfortunate animals "a short, but hopefully relatively happy life before becoming vitello Milanese"… Compassion In World Farming believes the following three alternatives would guarantee a better life for male dairy calves: trading in meat, not live calves, so that animals do not have to undergo long stressful journeys; rearing British-born male dairy calves in the UK for sale as rose veal (ie, pink, not white veal), thus indicating higher welfare conditions which allow animals more space with no iron-deficient diet and adequate roughage; switching to dual-purpose breeds which can be used for milk and beef, thus ensuring that male dairy calves are not simply a waste product…. Mrs E Ingram Woolavington Near Bridgwater (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.9.06 CRUELTY, WHAT CRUELTY? - For the benefit of those of the animal "welfare" persuasion who are engaged in the latest protests against the veal trade with the Continent, I am pleased to report that I ate several helpings of veal in Italy last week, and very good it was, too… One of the main planks of the extremists' campaign will shortly be removed at the end of the year when the rest of the EU falls into line with Britain and adopts the kind of welfare-friendly veal-farming we switched to more than a decade ago. But don't expect that to shut them up… (story)

Northern Echo 23.9.06 ANIMAL CIRCUSES - I AM writing to complain about animal circuses. Near where my horse is kept, where the A66 crosses Neasham Road on the edge of Darlington, an animal circus has appeared. Jolly's Circus is huge and has been situated in a farmer's field. I have seen a zebra, two camels, goats, horses and a donkey. I think this is utterly appalling and I think there should be a law in England that animal circuses are not welcome here…. Miss Ellie Durham, Darlington (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 23.9.06 Crabs boiled too From JM Milner, Gough Way, Cambridge - YOU say "Killing of two pigs in boiling water is horrific" (Opinion, September 19). Crabs and lobsters are killed in this way, and ritual slaughter is not the most humane way of killing. (letter)

22.9.06

Hexham Courant 22.9.06 Countryside singing - COUNTRYSIDE supporters are taking to the stage again for ‘Songs from the Sticks II’. The event is being organised by Belsay farmer and regional Countryside Alliance director, Richard Dodd, who last year steered the event to success at The Sage, Gateshead. This year’s show will be held at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday, November 19, and organisers are looking for eager people to take part… (story)

JAMES GRAY AND PHILIPPA MAYO
Telegraph 22.9.06 Family values? You've caused my children decades of pain By Richard Savill - The barrister whose wife has conducted a 19-month affair with a Tory MP has made a bitter attack on him… Rupert Mayo spoke out a week after it was disclosed that Philippa Mayo, his wife and the mother of their three children, was leaving him to pursue her relationship with James Gray, the MP for North Wiltshire… Yesterday, Mr Mayo, 43, who is a part-time judge and chairman of the Cottesmore Hunt in Leicestershire, made his public attack in response to the MP's attempts to justify his conduct…. (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 21.9.06 Family ripped apart - Since your newspaper publicised the adulterous affair conducted between James Gray MP and my wife, I have been invited to comment to numerous national newspapers and other media. I have refused to do so. However, some of the comments made by the MP for North Wiltshire in your newspaper demand comment…. R Mayo. London (story)
Bath Chronicle 21.9.06 MP'S WRONGED WIFE VOWS TO STAY - The wife of disgraced North Wiltshire MP James Gray yesterday hit back at her husband's infidelity and vowed she would not be leaving the family home. Father-of-three Mr Gray left Sarah, his wife of 26 years, last week after admitting he was having an affair with countryside campaigner Philippa Mayo…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 16.9.06 AFFAIR MP SAYS HE WILL MARRY MISTRESS - Tory Mp James Gray has said he hopes to marry the 44-year-old he has left his wife for… Mrs Mayo, who is from Leicestershire, met Mr Gray in February 2005 while campaigning against the Hunting Bill, and they began seeing each other shortly afterwards… (story)
Swindon Advertiser 15.9.06 MP had affair while wife battled cancer By Daniel Knowles- NORTH Wiltshire MP James Gray has left his wife but says he will not be quitting his parliamentary seat…. Mr Gray, 52, says his marriage is over as a result of his 19-month relationship with countryside campaigner and mother-of-three Philippa Mayo…. (story)
Wiltshire Times 15.9.06 MP admits his affair - NORTH Wiltshire MP James Gray has admitted his marriage is over after having a 19-month affair… He is a fervent supporter of fox-hunting, and campaigned against the Hunting Bill which outlawed the sport. mrs Mayo, whose family home in leicestershire is in prime hunting country, is also a keen huntswoman. (story)
Western Daily Press 15.9.06 LOVE-CHEAT MP: I HAVE BEEN A FOOL BUT I WANT TO MARRY MY MISTRESS BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The shamed MP who admitted having an affair with a married woman while his wife was battling cancer said yesterday he wanted to spend the rest of his life with his new love…. The MP met Mrs Mayo as a result of the ban on hunting - he was the North Wiltshire MP and Tory countryside spokesman fighting the imminent ban in the first weeks of 2005; she was the wife of the chairman of a leading foxhunt, and a rising star within the Countryside Alliance hierarchy - she became the director of the campaign for hunting in November last year…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 15.9.06 NO REASON TO QUIT, SAYS AFFAIR MP - Conservative Mp James Gray has shocked colleagues and constituents by walking out on his wife and family home for a married woman…. Mr Gray, a former shadow minister for the countryside and shadow secretary of state for Scotland, has been having an affair with a 44-year-old married woman, whom he met while campaigning against the Government's hunting legislation…. (story)
Times 15.9.06 Tory MP had affair while his wife suffered cancer BY SIMON DE BRUXELLES - A TORY MP has separated from his wife of 26 years after admitting that he had an affair while she had breast cancer. James Gray, 52, MP for North Wiltshire, said yesterday that he hoped to marry Philippa Mayo… The affair began in February 2005 when Mr Gray and Mrs Mayo met while campaigning against the ban on hunting with hounds… (story)
Telegraph 15.9.06 Tory MP admits affair as wife fought breast cancer By Richard Savill - The wife of a senior Conservative MP has left him after 26 years because of his 19-month affair with a married countryside campaigner. James Gray, 51, a father of three, whose wife Sarah has recently recovered from breast cancer, said he hoped to marry his mistress, 44-year-old Philippa Mayo. Mrs Mayo's husband Rupert is a barrister and the chairman of the Cottesmore Hunt in Leicestershire…. Scottish-born Mr Gray met Mrs Mayo, a campaigns officer for the Countryside Alliance, in February last year…. (story)
Sun 15.9.06 Tory: My shame at affair - A TORY MP told of his shame yesterday after dumping his cancer-stricken wife for a married woman…. They started the affair 19 months ago while campaigning against the Hunting Bill…. (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 14.9.06 I won't resign says MP after affair By Gary Lawrence - NORTH Wiltshire MP James Gray has said he will not resign over an affair with countryside campaigner Philippa Mayo. He admitted the 19-month affair yesterday, saying that his 51-year-old wife Sarah is to leave him…. He met Mrs Mayo in February 2005 at a meeting in Rutland of the Vote Okay campaign group where Mr Gray was a speaker… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 14.9.06 Other woman's perfect life By Sarah Singleton - THE affair between James Gray and Philippa Mayo is taking its toll on both families involved…. The children had ponies and Mrs Mayo kept horses so she could hunt with the Cottesmore Hunt, of which her husband is chairman…. (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 14.9.06 MP ignored husband's letter plea By Gary Lawrence - THE husband of Philippa Mayo is said by a family friend to have been left devastated and angry by his wife's affair with James Gray. Mr Mayo was with his wife when she first met Mr Gray at a Vote Okay campaign meeting in February 2005… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 22.9.06 Hunting Ban It’s time to focus on important things - Once again we are getting the familiar story about hunt monitors. Admirable though this may be in protection of the fox, it is now time to move on. We all acknowledge that the hunting ban is in force due to and Act of Parliament but foxes are still being hunted legally by lamping and shooting. Whether this is as cruel as hunting with dogs is debatable…. Margaret Cameron, Melbreak Avenue, Cockermouth (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 21.9.06 Hunting not about control - UPSETTING though it may be for Elli Logan to accept, members of the public who are concerned about the cruelty of hunting, do contact us to say certain hunts are continuing as they did prior to the ban (News & Star, September 19). Ms Logan and her sister, Jan Kerr (Letters, September 9), may well suffer from indignation at the mention of hunt monitors but if the hunts have nothing to hide, I really do not understand their problem…. Foxhunting has no significant effect on the fox population. It is a bloodsport and never has had anything to do with fox control. It is purely a social event. Elaine Milbourn, Torpenhow, Wigton (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 5.9.06 Sabs wasting police time - I ENTIRELY agree with Elaine Milbourn (Letters, August 28) that it is a waste of taxpayers’ money to haul in the police in response to phone calls concerning country sports. But in this county, such calls are typically made by the saboteur, and where hunting is in question, exaggerated hype often given and false claims made about the peaceful and law-abiding activities of the fell packs. The police have no choice but to turn out, when telephoned, out of the blue, by a so-called hunt "monitor”…. JAN KERR, Wigton (story)

Nelson Leader/Barnoldswick & Earby Times/Colne Times 22.9.06 - THE arrogance and rudeness displayed by J. and S. Evans and S. Haythornthwaite in their letter regarding horse riding was appalling. However, given that the attitude of the horse riding and fox hunting fraternity is: "We will do what we want, when and where we want and anyone who disagrees is stupid", it was hardly surprising…. SEAN P. MAREE, Beaufort Street, Nelson (letter)

Fife Herald 22.9.06 WE DIDN'T POISON FISH, SAY ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP - ANIMAL activists have said they were not responsible for poisoning a loch near Newburgh which killed 1500 trout. John Nicol (52), owner of Golden Loch which rears the fish for angling, suggested an animal rights group could have been behind the incident in light of attacks by activists on a fish farm in Oban last week…. However, a spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front insisted the group wouldn't deliberately harm the fish. "The ALF would not condone the incident at Golden Loch as there was no attempt to release the fish back into the wild," said ALF spokesperson Robin Webb….A Fife Constabulary spokesperson said that they believed the incident at Golden Loch, which occurred sometime overnight on Saturday, September 16, had been carried out by poachers, but that no fish had been stolen…(story)

PLAN TO RELEASE WOLVES INTO THE WILD
Cumberland News 22.9.06 Threat to release lynx - ANIMAL activists are threatening to release lynx into the countryside around Haltwhistle. Border wildlife campaigners the Wild Beasts Trust want to restore a host of near-extinct animals to rural areas of north Cumbria and Northumberland despite fears they could pose a threat to humans and livestock…. But Tom Fell, north-west regional director for the Countryside Alliance, said lynx had died out more than 1,000 years ago and that no-one could tell whether they would be re-introduced successfully…. (story)
Scotsman 12.9.06 Police investigate plot to release wolves back into wild in Scotland - ALISON HARDIE SENIOR NEWS WRITER - IT HAS been more than 250 years since Scots were haunted by the howl of a wolf in the wild, but it may soon become commonplace again if a group of determined activists, calling themselves the Wild Beasts Trust, gets its way. Leading figures in the organisation plan to release wolves and possibly up to six lynxes from a property in the Borders back into the the wild…. Meanwhile, Richard Dodd, of the Countryside Alliance, said the plan by the Wild Beasts Trust was a "ludicrous idea"…. (story)
Evening Standard 12.9.06 Bid to reintroduce lynx and wolf to countryside - If you go down to the woods beware of a big surprise, as walkers may soon have a preying wolf or lynx stalking their path. An animal group calling themselves the Wild Beasts Trust are preparing to release dozens of dangerous predatory animals into the countryside, putting humans and livestock at risk, police fear…. Countryside Alliance North East director Richard Dodd said: "This is a ludicrous idea…. (story)
Evening Leader 11.9.06 ‘We have enough trouble with foxes’ – NFU leader - A FARMERS’ union chief has hit out at proposals from a campaign group to introduce wild animals, including wolves and big cats, to the countryside around Wrexham. The Wild Beasts Trust wants to see carnivorous wild animals returned to land across the UK, and says the Wrexham area, with its open countryside and wooded areas, could be enhanced by packs of wolves and the introduction of lynx, and would also be ideal for moose…. Trust director Peter Clarke said: "It may not be possible to bring the dragon to Wales, but we could certainly consider the wolverine, which is quite dragon-like and very handsome….(story)

SANCUARY ACCUSED OF KILLING UNWANTED GREYHOUNDS
Leigh Journal 22.9.06 Sanctuary target of hate campaign - STAFF at an animal sanctuary accused of killing healthy greyhounds say they have become targets of a hate campaign by animal rights activists. Workers at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary, off the East Lancashire Road, say they have been threatened at home and at work and received abusive phone calls and letters…. in a statement, Linda Buxton, who runs the sanctuary, said they only put animals to sleep when there was "no viable alternative". She also announced they would no longer be accepting unwanted greyhounds due to the "extreme" threats from animal rights activists…. (story)
Ormskirk Advertiser 21.9.06 Centre denies animal claims - THE animal sanctuary where West Lancashire’s stray dogs are sent has been at the centre of controversy over claims greyhounds are put to sleep there rather than found new homes. West Lancashire District Council uses the Leigh Animal Sanctuary for accommodating stray dogs for short periods of time until they are reclaimed by their owners. But it says it has never had any cause to complain about the treatment of animals there…. On Saturday (September 23) supporters of international greyhound protection group Greyhound Action will be holding a vigil outside Leigh Animal Sanctuary… (story)
Guardian 18.9.06 Staff deny sanctuary kills unwanted greyhounds - Reports that an animal sanctuary in Manchester killed unwanted greyhounds were "totally untrue", a worker there said yesterday…. (story)
Manchester Evening News 18.9.06 'We do not slaughter race dogs' - emma Gunby - BOSSES at an Greater Manchester animal sanctuary accused of killing healthy greyhounds revealed they had been the victims of animal rights activists. Staff at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary said they had been threatened at home and at work and received abusive phone calls and letters…. (story)
Bolton Evening News 18.9.06 Sanctuary tells of extremist threats - STAFF at an animal sanctuary accused of killing healthy greyhounds say they have become targets of a hate campaign by animal rights activists. Workers at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary, off the East Lancashire Road, say they have been threatened at home and at work and received abusive phone calls and letters…. (story)
BBC News Online 18.9.06 Activists target accused dog home - An animal sanctuary is to stop taking in greyhounds after becoming a target for animal rights activists. Staff at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary in Greater Manchester said they had been threatened at home and at work with abusive phone calls and letters… (story)
ITN 17.9.06 Greyhound sanctuary 'targeted by activists' - Bosses at an animal sanctuary accused of killing healthy greyhounds have revealed they were the victims of animal rights activists. (Pic: Reuters) Staff at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary in Greater Manchester, said they had been threatened at home and at work and received abusive phone calls and letters… (story)
BBC Online 17.9.06 Dog slaughter claims investigated - A Greater Manchester animal sanctuary is being investigated over claims it is used as a slaughterhouse for unwanted racing dogs. A Sunday newspaper reported staff at the Leigh Animal Sanctuary near Wigan killed healthy greyhounds after their careers on the racetrack were finished. A spokesman for The National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC), which runs the sport, said it was investigating…. (story)
Sunday Times 17.9.06 Revealed: the new dog killers - DANIEL FOGGO - AN ANIMAL sanctuary where healthy greyhounds have been quietly killed for up to 20 years has been uncovered by The Sunday Times. The sanctuary in the northwest of England, which boasts that it finds "secure futures” for unwanted dogs and pets, is the second slaughterhouse found to have been killing greyhounds for dozens of trainers and racing owners…. Last week a reporter posing as a trainer who wanted two healthy dogs killed, visited Leigh Animal Sanctuary, between Wigan and Manchester. Without questioning why they should be destroyed, an employee called David accepted £70 in cash to kill two young greyhounds… (story)

Craven Herald 22.9.06 Fine food at a price - With reference to last week's Dining Out review column by Eilis Bottomley at the Hipping Hall, I feel I must respond to the so called "fine dining" which included the starter of Lincolnshire rabbit, fois gras and cabbage… These fowl are subjected to this painful and cruel process of fattening in constant pain and torture for about a month or so… It is indeed in my opinion a cruel and un-necessary practice, so next time you tuck into your "delicacy of despair" I would like you to think about the dark side of this industry. Jane Perry, Castle Street, Skipton. (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.9.06 REALITY CHECK ON SEAL CLUBBING - Regarding your article "Is seal clubbing humane?" (September 13), I congratulate MEP Roger Helmer for daring to point out some egregious examples of the twisted thinking that animal rights groups use to further their cause on seals…. JAMES STONE, Singapore (story)

Western Daily Press 22.9.06 RESCUE ELEPHANT FROM A CRUEL LIFE - I Was so pleased when I read in your paper (September 19) that the elephant painted pink and gold, by a graffiti artist known as Banksy, has now been cleaned up due to animal activists.Thank God some people care!... Norah Pound Wroughton Wiltshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 22.9.06 MY TEARS FOR THE MOON BEARS - Actress and devoted animal campaigner Virginia McKenna was so moved by a recent visit to the moon bears in China she wrote a poem to support the Western Daily Press moon bear campaign. Here, she tells Erin Dean about the moving trip to the sanctuary… (story)

21.9.06

Western Daily Press 21.9.06 I'M THE ONE BEING HUNTED... Shocked hunt opponent Helen Weeks told yesterday how a group of masked men threw a firework at her car as she monitored a hunt in a quiet Somerset lane. She fears that the incident, which she captured on film, is the beginning of a new phase in the long and bitter contest between those in favour and against the sport…. The device landed on Mrs Weeks' blue Peugeot 206, which she had parked in a sewage works gateway at Hardington Mandeville, near Yeovil, on Saturday while she monitored the Dorset-based Cattistock Hunt…. Seconds earlier, a similar device appeared to have been thrown under the vehicle of veteran hunting opponent and monitor Kevin Hill, who was parked next to Mrs Weeks. It too went off with a bang but there was no obvious damage to his vehicle…. (story)

Evesham Journal 21.9.06 Countryside: Game on the menu this autumn - THREE top chefs have joined forces with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation to encourage more people to taste game this autumn. Mark Gough, Mike Robinson and Mark Gilchrist will be taking part in events during BASC's Taste of Game week, from November 11-18…. (story)

Wrexham Mail 21.9.06 Shooters on target to raise £1,125 By Rachel Barrows, Wrexham Mail - A SHOOTING competition in memory of local man James Want-ling has raised a fantastic £1,125 for Nightingale House Hospice. The clay pigeon shoot, held at Llandegla Shooting Ground saw professionals, amateurs, beginners and youngsters, compete in three competitions…. (story)

Daily Record 21.9.06 STOP THIS TRADE IN CRUELTY By Craig Mcdonald - CAMPAIGNERS have called for a halt to a "sick" internet trade in animal snares…. Yesterday, eBay had packs of 10 snares, simply thin wire nooses, on sale for £5. Louise Robertson, of The League Against Cruel Sports, said: "It beggars belief that these are for sale on a popular website where they could fall into the hands of anyone, including children…. (story)

JOSEPH HARRIS CONVICTED
Sun 21.9.06 Animal rights thug jailed - ANIMAL rights activist Joseph Harris, who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences, was jailed for three years at Northampton Crown Court today…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 21.9.06 Hampshire scientist jailed for attacks on animal testing firm - A ''brilliant'' cancer research scientist from Hampshire threw away a promising career by launching a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Joseph Harris, a doctor of molecular biology, who lives in Bursledon, could not cope with the pressure of working in an industry which tested on animals while holding strict beliefs that laboratory experiments caused unjustified suffering…. (story)
Birmingham Post 21.9.06 Researcher jailed for sabotage - A cancer research specialist who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to an animal testing laboratory was jailed for three years yesterday. Joseph Harris (26), a doctor of molecular biology, is the first person to be convicted under new legislation designed to tackle harassment and threats from animal rights activists…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 21.9.06 Cancer scientist jailed for HLS firms attacks - A CANCER research scientist threw away a promising career by launching a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Joseph Harris, a doctor of molecular biology, could not cope with the pressure of working in an industry which tested on animals while holding strict beliefs that laboratory experiments caused unjustified suffering…. The court heard that although he had no affiliation to any animal rights group, he found their details through the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty website. He glued locks, slashed tyres and put hoses through letter boxes, flooding offices…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 21.9.06 QMC SCIENTIST WHO BECAME A PROTESTER - ALEX CLAYDON - A "brilliant" cancer research scientist was today starting a three-year jail term for waging a sabotage campaign against companies linked to animal testing. Joe Harris, a doctor of molecular biology, attacked one business in Nottingham - slashing car tyres, releasing gas canisters and spreading oil all over the floor…. (story)
Oxford Mail 21.9.06 Activist jailed for sabotage By Ellie Simmonds - A cancer specialist caught in an "increasing moral dilemma" was jailed for three years yesterday after sabotaging an Oxfordshire firm linked to an animal research laboratory. Northampton Crown Court heard how Joseph Harris, 26, from Burlesdon in Hampshire, caused £11,400 damage by glueing locks, cutting air conditioning cables and spraying slogans on the walls of Atlas Material Testing Solutions in Granville Way, Bicester…. Mel Broughton, of the animal rights group Speak, which has been protesting against the building of an Oxford University animal testing lab in the city, said: "I 'm disgusted that he has been sent to prison for three years for damage to property whereas people who are found guilty of harming animals are given community service orders or not even charged." (story)
Telegraph 21.9.06 Cancer researcher is jailed for sabotage that eased his conscience over animal testing By Nick Britten - A leading cancer research specialist was jailed for three years yesterday after waging a campaign of sabotage and vandalism against companies linked to an animal testing laboratory. To his medical colleagues, Joseph Harris, 26, was an outstanding doctor who had a glittering career ahead of him in his specialist field of molecular biology. But, in private, he became ever more tormented by the fact that his research work on pancreatic cancer was leading to drugs being tested on animals. Faced with an increasing moral dilemma and the estrangement of his girlfriend, who despised animal testing, he turned to violent activism to help ease his conscience and at the same time please her…. (story)
Scotsman 21.9.06 Cancer scientist gets three years for crimes against animal testing - A "BRILLIANT" cancer research scientist threw away a promising career by launching a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to the animal testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences, a court heard yesterday…. (story)
Times 21.9.06 Scientist turned animal activist to impress girl BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - A CANCER research scientist who became an animal rights extremist, apparently to impress his girlfriend, was jailed yesterday for three years. Joseph Harris was the first person to be sentenced under "economic sabotage” laws introduced last year to protect companies from intimidation and harassment…. (story)
Independent 21.9.06 Cancer scientist jailed for animal test attacks By Matthew Beard - A "brilliant" cancer research specialist who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to animal experiments has been jailed for three years . Joseph Harris, 26, was said to have been driven to animal activism by an "increasing moral dilemma" prompted by the tests he was asked to perform on animals as part of his research into pancreatic cancer… (story)
Guardian 21.9.06 Cancer scientist jailed for animal test attacks - Jeevan Vasagar - A cancer research scientist who was tortured by a moral dilemma over animal experimentation waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to the animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology at Nottingham University, was jailed for three years yesterday after he became the first person to be convicted under legislation aimed at animal rights activists….(story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 21.9.06 What a waste - A RESEARCH scientist working on a cure for cancer threw away his career by launching a campaign of intimidation and sabotage on companies linked to an animal testing lab. Dr Joseph Harris, a doctor of molecular biology, was yesterday jailed for three years and became the first person convicted under economic sabotage legislation introduced to protect businesses…. (story)
Redhill & Reigate Life 21.9.06 Hampshire scientist jailed for attacks on animal testing firm - A ''brilliant'' cancer research scientist from Hampshire threw away a promising career by launching a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. Joseph Harris, a doctor of molecular biology, who lives in Bursledon, could not cope with the pressure of working in an industry which tested on animals while holding strict beliefs that laboratory experiments caused unjustified suffering…. (story)
Mirror 21.9.06 JAILED FOR ANIMAL LAB DAMAGE - A CANCER scientist who sabotaged three firms linked to an animal testing laboratory was jailed for three years yesterday. Joseph Harris, 26, a molecular biology doctor, was the first person convicted under new laws to tackle animal rights activists… (story)
Bucks Free Press 20.9.06 Animal rights activist jailed - AN ANIMAL rights extremist who attacked a company which had traded with Huntingdon Life Sciences was today jailed for three years. Joseph Harris, 26, of Hamble Lane, Burlesdon, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to three offences of interfering with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation…. One of the offences to which he pleaded guilty was against Atlas Material Testing Solutions in Bicester. The investigation was led by Northamptonshire Police, but involved officers from Thames Valley Police and Nottinghamshire Police where offences were carried out…. (story)
Telegraph 20.9.06 'Brilliant' scientist jailed over 'animal testing' attacks - A "brilliant" cancer research scientist threw away a promising career by launching a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a court has heard… Harris, 26, has also been dismissed from his research fellow position at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre… (story)
Metro 20.9.06 Animal activist gets three years - An animal rights activist who conducted a campaign of sabotage against companies linked to the Huntingdon Life Sciences animal research labs has been jailed for three years. The conviction of Joseph Harris, 26, is the first under new laws covering economic sabotage, which were introduced in order to protect companies from intimidation tactics by animal rights activists amongst others…. (story)
Guardian 20.9.06 Scientist jailed for animal-testing sabotage - A cancer research scientist was jailed today for waging a sabotage campaign against companies linked to animal testing after becoming disillusioned about the use of animal experimentation in his chosen field. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology, was jailed for three years at Northampton Crown Court…. He broke into premises and attacked equipment, slashed tyres and glued locks, also spray-painting animal rights slogans on walls and vehicles, causing more than £25,000 of damage in total…. Rebecca Trowler, defending, said that Harris's work at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on a treatment for pancreatic cancer was linked to experiments on animals. "Inevitably, over time as his career progressed he was coming under pressure to participate in these experiments," she said. "The girlfriend who he was involved with had ended the relationship because of his continued work in the field of medical research because she disapproved of this activity… (story)
Times 20.9.06 'Brilliant' cancer scientist had double life as animal rights sab BY JENNY BOOTH AND AGENCIES - A cancer research specialist described as "brilliant" was today jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to leading a double life as an animal rights saboteur. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology who has been working on a treatment for pancreatic cancer at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, waged a campaign of vandalism against three companies which carried out work for Huntingdon Life Sciences, an animal testing firm. His girlfriend had threatened to dump him because his research was leading him to the point where he was going to have to test his findings on animals, his defence lawyer claimed…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 20.9.06 SABOTEUR WORKED IN ANIMAL LAB - An animal rights activist who waged a sabotage campaign against three companies was a QMC cancer research specialist whose work was leading him to test on animals, a court heard today. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology who graduated from the University of Nottingham, is the first person to be convicted under new legislation designed to tackle harassment and threats from animal rights activists. Harris attacked three companies contracted to provide services to animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Sun 20.9.06 Animal rights thug jailed - ANIMAL rights activist Joseph Harris, who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences, was jailed for three years at Northampton Crown Court today…. (story)
Ananova 20.9.06 Animal activist jailed for sabotage - A cancer research specialist who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to an animal testing laboratory has been jailed for three years. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology, is the first person to be convicted under new legislation designed to tackle harassment and threats from animal rights activists. Harris, Northampton Crown Court heard, was put in "an increasing moral dilemma" as his work was leading him to carry out tests on animals as he researched a treatment for pancreatic cancer…. (story)
Daily Mail 20.9.06 Cancer expert behind animal testing attacks is jailed - A cancer research specialist who waged a sabotage campaign against companies linked to an animal testing laboratory was jailed for three years today. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology, is the first person to be convicted under new legislation designed to tackle harassment and threats from animal rights activists… (story)
BBC News Online 20.9.06 Animal rights protester is jailed - A cancer research specialist who sabotaged companies linked to animal research lab Huntingdon Life Sciences has been jailed for three years. Joseph Harris, 26, a doctor of molecular biology, has become the first person to be convicted under economic sabotage laws to protect companies… (story)
Cambridge Evening News 20.9.06 Activist is due to hear fate - AN ANIMAL rights activist who waged a campaign of sabotage against companies linked to laboratory firm Huntingdon Life Sciences was due to be sentenced today (Wednesday, 20 September). Joe Harris, of Bursledon, Southampton, is the first person to be convicted under new economic sabotage laws introduced to protect companies from attack…. (story)
Times 25.8.06 Activist convicted - An animal rights activist has become the first person to be convicted under new economic sabotage laws introduced to protect companies from attack (Nicola Woolcock writes). Joe Harris, 26, who was living in Nottinghamshire at the time he committed the attacks, glued locks, slashed tyres and put hoses through letterboxes at several companies in the Midlands…. (story)

Bexley Times 21.9.06 Vegetarians can be healthier and live longer - I was interested to read the letter submitted by Toni Vernelli of Viva! which highlights the direct link between meat consumption and food poisoning. As a vegetarian for most of my 64 years, I can confirm that food poisoning and stomach upsets are a rarity amongst those of us who follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet…. Chris Pope, Viva! supporter and campaigner, Nurstead Road, Erith (letter)
Bexley Times 14.9.06 The 'poisoning peril' of eating meat - DO you eat to live, or live to eat? Either way, what you eat can determine how you live, or even if you live. Foods can nourish us, or kill us if they are poisoned. Food poisoning, such as the recent E.Coli outbreak in Kent, is on the rise in the UK and worldwide… the simplest, most effective step you can take to protect yourself and reduce the problem in society as a whole, is to go vegetarian. TONI VERNELLI, Viva!, London (letter)

Herts Advertiser 21.9.06 Veggie solution - Graham Phimister (Herts Advertiser letters, September 7) expressed fears of dustbins reeking and running alive with maggots if refuse is collected only on alternate weeks. I have a solution - go vegan. Our household is vegan and we take two or three weeks to fill up one rubbish bag - granted there are only two of us - but there is no smell whatsoever…. A balanced vegan diet promotes optimum health and vegans have a clear conscience regarding their personal response to the cruelty inherent in meat, milk and egg production, the horrors of the slaughterhouse and the endless pillage of the oceans…. LORRAINE TONKIN, Ladies Grove, St Albans. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 21.9.06 PROTEST PIGS MIGHT FLY - A giant flying pig has joined campaigners from animal rights charity Viva! in Exeter aimed at highlighting conditions in the pig industry… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 21.9.06 Time to ban exotic animals as pets - MONTY the four-foot royal python is the latest in a long list of exotic pets to escape…At Advocates for Animals we believe that the time has come to ban the keeping of certain species altogether. The new Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act allows the Scottish Executive to make provisions of this nature… Ross Minett MSc BSc (Hons), director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Northern Echo 21.9.06 ANIMAL CRUELTY: WHAT the hell is going on in this country? Where is there any sport in shooting swans, cats, horses etc (Echo, Sept 14). What kind of evil morons are we breeding? It is high time the gun laws were changed and people stopped buying their kids guns to do such horrible things to animals. There should be harsher sentences when they are caught…. Margaret Zamir, Tudhoe Colliery (story)

Essex Chronicle 21.9.06 CALVES DEMO - Animal welfare campaigners have been protesting in Chelmsford against live exports. As part of Calf Action Week, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) supporters petitioned the Government's Defra office in Beeches Road, dressed in calf costumes… (story)

20.9.06

Western Daily Press 20.9.06 OBEY ONLY LAWS YOU AGREE WITH - Giles Bradshaw South Molton Devon (letter)
Western Morning News 19.9.06 LAW APPLIES TO ALL - It does seem from your front page article "Rough Justice" (September 15) as if the police are riding roughshod over the law. They are meant to enforce the law, whoever breaks it… If the police are going to get away with such public and illegal violence, why shouldn't I publicly break the Hunting Act? After all, the law against clubbing is eminently sensible and the Hunting Act is eminently stupid…. Police chiefs claim the clubbing was done with "dignity and professionalism". Does that make it all right? Don't worry - I'll chase those deer with "dignity and professionalism". Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 20.9.06 CHILDISH COMMENTS ABOUT 'WRONG' LAW - I respond to Giles Bradshaw, Hunt law is wrong so I'm ignoring it, Points of view, September 12. His childish comments epitomise the arrogance of the pro-hunting lobby and once again shows them in their true light…. We live in a parliamentary democracy and any effort by any individual or group to knowingly flout the law, even when a particular law is unpopular, can only lead to anarchy…. Deer suffer considerable stress when being hunted by dogs and no doubt Giles Bradshaw would experience the same if a crack squad of the SAS chased him around the countryside for a few hours with a view to despatching him. D Hill, Exminster (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.9.06 HUNTER SHOWS HIS ARROGANCE AGAIN - Once again, Giles Bradshaw shows himself up for the arrogant idiot he is. He obviously has no regard for the law anyway, so why does he keep writing letters saying the hunting law is unjust and should be changed just because he thinks it is wrong?... I do not compare you to a naughty schoolboy, Mr Bradshaw, I compare you to the gipsies who also have no respect for the law. Ian Harris, Sidwell Street, Exeter
IN reply to I will continue using dogs to chase deer, Points of view, September 9, I will chase Giles Bradshaw with dogs and see the stark terror in his eyes any time you like! Angela Walton, address withheld on request (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.9.06 HUNT LAW IS WRONG, SO I'M IGNORING IT - David Fanson, Points of view, September 7, compares me to a naughty, attention-seeking schoolboy because I refuse to obey the Hunting Act…. Our country is meant to be grown up as well and its laws are meant to be justified. We don't have to follow them blindly. If we feel they are wrong, we can choose to break them. It's called civil disobedience…. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.9.06 SMOKING THE MOST SERIOUS OFFENCE - Giles Bradshaw shouldn't regard my earlier letter as a personal affront, though I can't imagine why he derives pleasure from what should be an unfortunate necessity. I was only pointing out that in this permissive society, the most heinous offence is to be a smoker… David Fanson, Beacon Lane, Exeter(by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.9.06 HUNTING BAN CLAIM ATTENTION-SEEKING - Giles Bradshaw is a naughty boy seeking attention, Hunting laws are unenforceable, Points of view, September 4… David Fanson, Beacon Lane, Exeter (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 20.9.06 Gassing of rabbits - I was absolutely shocked to read in the Press and Journal (September 13) about the gassing of rabbits to clear the way for work on the airstrip at North Connel so that it could be turned into Oban Airport, and at a cost of about ??10,000…. Why on earth gas the rabbits when some folk with ferrets and or guns could possibly do the job well and have a good supply of meat at the end of it? Just think of the waste of all these dead rabbits left in burrows when they could have been used. Is this EU rules saying we must be nice to wildlife? A staff at the road end would get rid of the produce…. J. Reid, Ardnastaing, Strontian (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 20.9.06 KILLING SHOULD NOT GO TO HIGHEST BIDDER - While I have a certain sympathy with farmers regarding wild boar, I dislike the thought of an on-line auction in order to shoot animals (The Citizen, September 14). If these animals need control, it should be carried out by a marksman. Not by the highest bidder… PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)

BEST RURAL RETAILER 2006
Farmers Weekly 20.9.06 Search is on to find Britain's Best Rural Retailer 2006 - The search has begun to find Britain's Best Rural Retailer. The competition, organised by the Countryside Alliance with support from Farmers Weekly, aims to showcase the achievement of country retailers who promote local food and help to sustain local communities…. (story)
Western Mail 19.9.06 Nominate the best rural retailer - THE Countryside Alliance's second annual Best Rural Retailer competition is now open to nominations at www.bestruralretailer.co.uk.... Countryside Alliance chief Simon Hart leads the judging panel, alongside Zac Goldsmith of The Ecologist, Dr Stuart Burgess of the Commission for Rural Communities, Simon Heffer of the Daily Telegraph, Mike Stones of Farmers Weekly and Alexia Robinson of British Food Fortnight (story)

Hunts Post 20.9.06 US animal rights trio jailed - THREE animal rights activists have been sentenced to up to six years in prison in America after they waged a campaign of harassment against Huntingdon Life Sciences…. All three defendants were convicted in March of conspiracy and stalking. Kevin Kjonaas, of Minneapolis, was imprisoned for six years. Lauren Gazzola, of Connecticut, was sentenced to four years and four months and Jacob Conroy, of Oakland, California was sentenced to four years…. (story)
Times 14.9.06 US animal activists jailed for urging British attacks BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - THREE animal rights extremists have been jailed in the United States for inciting terrorism against a British research laboratory. The American members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, known as Shac, include one leading activist who trained in Britain. Kevin Kjonaas, who received a six-year sentence, helped to control the movement five years ago while its British leaders were in jail… Kjonaas, 28, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the president of Shac USA. Lauren Gazzola, 25, the campaign co-ordinator, from Connecticut, was sentenced to four years and four months. Jacob Conroy, 30, the website manager, from San Francisco, was jailed for four years. The three did not apologise for their actions and all said that they planned to appeal. After their prison terms are served, they will be on supervised probation for three years and face internet-use restrictions…. (story)

ALF ATTACK ON HALIBUT FARM
Times 20.9.06 Animal activists free 15,000 farmed fish to their deaths BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - POLICE have warned fish farmers to increase their security after 15,000 halibut were released from their cages in an attack believed to have been carried out by animal rights activists…. Detectives believe that the attack could be linked to a spate of other farm attacks throughout the country. The letters ALF (Animal Liberation Front) were spray-painted near by…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 19.9.06 THOUSANDS OF FISH DIE AFTER ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS OPEN THEIR CAGES - EILIDH DAVIES - Thousands of dead fish are being washed up along the west coast after apparently being released from a fish farm by animal rights activists. Halibut have died from starvation or from being caught in seaweed since being let out of the Kames farm at Kilmelford, near Oban… An animal rights group have claimed responsibility for the raid on their website but Strathclyde Police say they are still investigating the incident and also whether this claim is true. Police have also said that they are trying to trace a Leyland Daf van which was seen on the Degnish road on Wednesday… (story)
Scotsman 18.9.06 Fish farms on alert after activists release thousands of halibut - RAYMOND HAINEY - FISH farms across Scotland were put on alert by police yesterday after hard-line animal rights activists claimed responsibility for an attack on a halibut farm in which thousands of fish were released into the wild…. During the incident, ALF (Animal Liberation Front) was spray-painted on a wall and a Scotsman investigation revealed a statement has been released anonymously to a United States magazine boasting: "All the pens were destroyed and sunk and we saw hundreds, if not thousands, of fish swimming free."… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 18.9.06 HUNT FOR VAN AFTER RAID ON FISH FARM - NEIL MACPHAIL - Police hunting possible animal rights activists who released hundreds of halibut from a Highland fish farm are trying to trace a van seen in the area. The raid at Kames fish farm at Kilmelford south of Oban cost the company thousands of pounds in fish and damage to property…. Detective Sergeant Charles Henry at Oban said: "We are keen to trace a Leyland Daf van seen on the Degnish road on the Wednesday… (story)
Daily Record 18.9.06 HALIBUT SPRUNG - THOUSANDS of halibut have been released from a fish farm sparking a police investigation. Underwater cages were opened on Wednesday night allowing the fish to escape into open water…. (story)
BBC Online 17.9.06 Halibut freed in fish farm raid - Police are investigating a break-in at a fish farm which resulted in a large number of farmed halibut being released directly into the sea…. Police say they do not know why the farm was attacked, but are checking if it was an animal rights protest. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 16.9.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROBE AFTER HALIBUT FARM BREAK-IN - EILIDH DAVIES - Animal rights activists may be to blame for hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage at a fish farm near Oban. A significant quantity of farmed halibut were released from their cages at Kames fish farm, by Kilmelford, into open water some time between 10pm on Wednesday, September 13, and 6am on Thursday. The damage caused is estimated to be worth a six-figure sum. A spokeswoman for Strathclyde police last night confirmed that they were continuing with their inquiries into the incident. She added: "The possibility that this action may be linked to animal rights activists is also the subject of investigation."… (story)

Times 20.9.06 Shooting of pregnant seals sparks outrage BY DAVID LISTER, SCOTLAND CORRESPONDENT - ANIMAL welfare groups called yesterday for tougher laws after five seals, four of them pregnant, were found shot dead on a beach in Scotland. Police were urged to investigate the deaths in Orkney of four grey female seals and one juvenile after their bodies were discovered covered in blood and with gunshot wounds to the heads…. Speaking as more than a dozen animal welfare groups, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, united to press for a tightening of the law, Mike Flynn, of the SSPCA, dismissed existing legislation as far too vague…. Ross Flett, director of Orkney Seal Rescue, who examined the dead seals after a member of public alerted police on Saturday, said: "I am quite sure the police have a good idea who is behind it, though to prosecute is extremely difficult.”… (story)
Scotsman 20.9.06 Slaughter of five seals sparks demands for tougher laws - JOHN ROSS - WELFARE groups have called for tougher laws to protect seals after five were found shot dead on a beach in Orkney… Ross Flett, of Orkney Seal Rescue, described the discovery, at the Point of Vastray, as "sickening". His group has joined forces with 12 other animal organisations to demand better legal protection for seals…. (story)

Argus 20.9.06 Which would you kill for cosmetics? - Next month, the European Union will vote on imposing a 7.7 per cent tariff on "jojoba esters", botanical ingredients used in cosmetics. Meanwhile, the tariff on spermaceti, a derivative of whale blubber, which is virtually identical to jojoba esters, will remain at zero…. Today, blubber is a waste product of Norway's whaling, unwanted and dumped at sea - but a market for spermaceti could revitalise Norway's and other whaling industries… More information can be found on the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society website - David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letter)

19.9.06

Western Morning News 19.9.06 TWO FINGERS TO ALL AND SUNDRY - Regarding Mrs Hodgson's dog Pippa being ripped apart by out-of-control dogs from the Tiverton staghounds, I was also disgusted but not surprised by the remarks made by the Assistant Chief Constable stressing that hunting is not a priority and never had been one… F Cleaves, Par (letter)

Scotsman 19.9.06 Renaissance in hunting - Your report of a renaissance in hunting (9 September) requires some clarification. It is not correct that there have been no prosecutions in Scotland for breaches of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, involving the hunting of foxes with dogs…in 2004, the huntsman of the Duke of Buccleuch's Hunt was tried and found not guilty of hunting illegally. In two further cases charges were brought by the police but subsequently dropped by the procurator fiscal… LIBBY ANDERSON, Policy director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.9.06 GREYHOUND MAN FINED £4K (SEPTEMBER 13) - I congratulate the RSPCA on getting a conviction. However, £4,000 and a three-year conditional discharge certainly does not seem appropriate for someone who has been transporting greyhounds for 30 years and yet professes to be unaware of the regulation concerning dogs being able to lie down and turn around…. Wendy Hassell, Dorset (story)

Western Morning News 19.9.06 STRICT CATTLE CONTROLS REDUCED BOVINE TB - Having been on the old badgers and TB panel, it seems to me that the confused debate over the last nine months of Defra's "consultation" over badger culls has at least identified one pivotal misunderstanding. Farmers and vets are certain that badgers cause up to 96 per cent of TB herd breakdowns for two simple reasons: cattle-to-cattle transmission is supposedly unimportant…. The famous "96 per cent due to badgers" is based on the Four Areas Irish Brock culling trial. But the supposed "drop due to the cull" is in fact a flare-up in the reference area…. And the 30 per cent drop in TB this year is simply due to reimposing strict cattle controls. It's so obvious - why anyone can't see it? Martin Hancox, Stroud (letter)

PETA ANTI FUR CAMPAIGN
Edinburgh Evening Telegraph 19.9.06 Sadie Frost to front anti-fur campaign - ACTRESS-turned-clothes designer Sadie Frost is fronting a new anti-fur campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 19.9.06 - BATTERY CHICKENS NO BETTER OFF IN NEW CAGES, SAYS ANIMALS GROUP - TIM PAULING - New European regulations will do little to improve the wellbeing of battery chickens, a Scottish animal welfare organisation claims. Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals believes new, so-called "enriched" cages offer hardly any extra room to chickens than conventional units. … (story)
Sun 19.9.06 Sexy Sadie Frost bares all - SADIE Frost stars in a new advert from animal rights campaigners Peta, in which she BEARS all…. (story)
Mirror 19.9.06 FOXY SADIE - SADIE Frost proves you don't need fur to look foxy as she gives some fantastic exposure to anti-fur campaigners Peta…. (story)
Guardian 18.9.06 Fighting the return of fur - Fur may be back in vogue in Italy and the US - but in Britain celebrities such as Sadie Frost are trying to ban it from the catwalks. So how long will the high street hold out against high fashion, asks Hadley Freeman… Frost, a lifelong vegetarian, is the latest celebrity to lend support to the anti-fur pressure group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)…. (story)

18.9.06

Yorkshire Post 18.9.06 Hen harriers and a suspicious silence From: Harry Mead, High Street, Great Broughton, Stokesley. Your item on the continuing persecution of hen harriers (Yorkshire Post, September 11) prompts me to report that on September 3 last year I saw a seemingly young hen harrier in flight over the very remote moorland between Arkengarthdale and Tan Hill…. Yet the presence of the hen harrier in the Dales and on the moors is never mentioned by the National Park authorities. Their silence fuels suspicion that they do not wish to upset grouse-moor interests hostile to the harrier because its prey includes grouse chicks… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.9.06 £3,400 WINNING BID FOR A WILD BOAR HUNT - It's sad when a supposedly reputable auction site such as eBay allows its site to be used for the murder of innocent animals…. Kenneth Cassar Malta (letter)

Western Daily Press 18.9.06 GREYHOUNDS THAT SUFFER FOR SPORT- I Wasn't surprised to read the story about greyhound transporter, Bernard McBride, who was stopped near Bristol by police, with his van crammed with greyhounds ("Greyhound man fined £4K", September 13). This is another example of the greyhound racing industry putting profit before animal welfare…. Several times a week, large vans pull up at West Country motorway service station car parks and laybys in the early hours to offload these poor dogs to trainers. I've seen these poor bewildered animals, stacked in cages two or three high, unaware of their fate. Their eyes will haunt me forever…. Ben Adams Bristol (letter)

Blackburn Citizen 18.9.06 March against animal tests - A SPONSORED walk took place in Darwen yesterday to campaign against use of animals in laboratory testing. The walk was organised by the Dr Hadwen Trust, a national charity dedicated to finding alternatives to use of animals in experiments…. Among walkers were bosses from Feniscowles engineering company, Cowie and Riding, who handed over a cheque for £100 (story)

WICKHAM LABORATORY RALLY
Portsmouth News 18.9.06 Lab protesters turn sights on animal suppliers - A notorious animal rights campaigner has said he plans to start targetting suppliers of a controversial laboratory. Keith Mann, who was jailed last year for threatening the technical director of Wickham Laboratories, Chris Bishop, returned to the lab for a mass rally, where he vowed to try to close the family-run business. Mr Mann, 40, of Littlehampton, told the crowds: 'Our tactics have evolved, and now there is a different focus. We are going to target the people who supply the animals, dispose of the animals and the waste at Wickham… (story)
BBC News Online 17.9.06 Animal test demo at laboratories - A protest against animal testing at laboratories has passed peacefully. About 100 people from the Stop Wickham Animal Testing (Swat) group marched through the Hampshire town on Saturday…. (story)
Daily Echo 17.9.06 Animal rights protest passes off peacefully By Corey Stephenson - POLICE in Hampshire say a march by animal rights protestors against a Hampshire laboratory passed off peacefully. In the only arrest on the day, a 43-year-old man from Fareham was arrested in suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon during the planned protest in Wickham, against the Wickham Laboratories…. (story)

Western Daily Press 18.9.06 DISPLAY OF GLUTTONY LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTH - With regard to a series of photographs of meals on display at a gallery in Bradford-on-Avon, taken by Chris Gillett, he states that, while he was in Los Angeles, he had a burger and thought it was "so awful" that he decided it would be fun to spend a whole year doing more of the same, taking photos along the way. He must be a glutton for punishment, or maybe he's just a glutton. He also says that the camera acted as his conscience. Really? I suggest that Chris spends a year - or however long he can stomach it for - visiting factory farms and slaughterhouses with his camera to see how the burgers and other bits and pieces of animal corpses come to be on his plate…. Sandra Busell Edinburgh (letter)

Yorkshire Post 18.9.06 No signs of animal cruelty at the circus From: J Kettlewell, Finghall, Leyburn. THERE has recently been a circus visiting our area, which apparently provoked protests and outcry. When I mentioned that I had taken my daughter to see it, some people looked shocked: "But it has animals!"… Most of the animals in the circus I went to see spent much of their day outside in a field. These were the ponies, horses, bactrian camels, one zebra and a large horned ox of some sort… We might not all approve of circuses, but this does not mean we should condemn them, out of hand, as cruel. The animals I saw showed no signs of distress whatsoever and they were largely domestic creatures, anyway. Those whose kneejerk reaction is one of instant disapproval are probably of the same ilk as those who think British veal calves are raised in crates. (letter)

16.9.06

POLICE CLEARED OF PARLIAMENT SQUARE CHARGES
Western Morning News 16.9.06 ONLY ONE CONVICTION AFTER HUNTING DEMO - Metropolitan Police chiefs have come in for further scathing criticism after it emerged that just one hunt protester had been convicted for the Parliament Square melee the force described as "extreme violence"…. Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, in charge of central operations, said his men faced a "hard core of protesters who were both determined and violent"…. However, the force was yesterday forced to admit that only one of the 17 people arrested for the disturbance had been charged and convicted…. Hunt supporter Alan Cook, from Liskeard, South East Cornwall, was trapped in the crowd as it pressed against the police line….”… There would have been hundreds of arrests if it had been extreme violence as the police have suggested." … (story)
Western Morning News 15.9.06 ROUGH JUSTICE - Westcountry hunt supporters last night attacked claims by high-ranking Metropolitan Police chiefs that officers' actions during the mass Parliament protest two years ago were justified. They spoke out after the last of six police officers, charged with criminal offences in the wake of the demonstration, was cleared of any wrongdoing…. Geoffrey Brown, who hunts with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, had to have six stitches in a head wound after being struck twice by riot police. He said the case had been dropped because they could not prove which policeman inflicted his injury…. David du Plessis, vice-chairman of the East Cornwall Hunt, was close to the scenes of violence. He said: "The police response was excessive. It wasn't appropriate to the situation. People were being very vocal but it certainly wasn't 'extreme violence' as the police have suggested…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.9.06 SIX OFFICERS BACK ON DUTY - All the officers who appeared in court on charges relating to the hunt protest were cleared of wrongdoing…(story)
Western Morning News 15.9.06 WE FELT BETRAYED BY THOSE WHO WERE THERE TO PROTECT US - The violent clashes which erupted outside the Houses of Parliament took most people by surprise. Like me, many had travelled up in coach parties, sharing out pasties and swigging from flasks of coffee…. The mood was heated, but not aggressive. Country people from across the UK stood shoulder to shoulder, blowing on hunting horns and sporting banners and flags. Then another breed emerged among the crowds. They had skinheads and stank of stale alcohol. They did not seem to be affiliated to any particular group, and seemed more like football hooligans than hunt campaigners…. However, the aggression was isolated, and could have been controlled swiftly, but the police reaction was immense… I saw country girls with plaits down their back hit and bleeding for standing in the wrong spot. Many were shrieking, with no idea why the situation had erupted. I ran from one casualty to the next - stunned rural people telling tales of cold, ruthless policing. Those who had never been in trouble in their lives felt betrayed…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.9.06 'PROTESTERS AT THE FRONT WERE STRUCK' - Wmn photographer Richard Austin, who witnessed the chaos outside the Houses of Parliament on September 15, 2004, told of the scenes he saw on the day of the protest. Mr Austin, who was forced to hand over all the pictures he took that day by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said: "I saw police officers lashing out at campaigners with wooden batons who were trapped at the front by the barriers…"I thought the police were only supposed to use their batons in defence - but not at any time did I see a member of the public attack an officer."… (story)
Times 15.9.06 Hunt demo policeman cleared BY STEWART TENDLER - The six police officers facing criminal charges after disorder in Parliament Square during pro-hunting demonstrations have been cleared. Charges against PC Kurt Schenk, the last of the six, were dropped at Southwark Crown Court this week. PC Schenk was accused of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm in September 2004…. (story)
Scotsman 15.9.06 The last of six police officers to face assault charges following a riot by Countryside Alliance protesters outside the Houses of Parliament two years ago was cleared yesterday… (story)
LocalLondon 14.9.06 Hunt protest cops all cleared By Martina Smit - All six police officers accused of attacking pro-hunt campaigners in Parliament Square have been cleared. The officers, who policed the Countryside Alliance's 20,000-strong protest against the hunting ban in 2004, faced charges ranging from common assault to causing actual bodily harm…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.9.06 Pro-hunt demo policemen cleared - All six policemen charged with attacking pro-hunt demonstrators have been cleared. They were accused of offences ranging from assault to GBH following the Countryside Alliance's protest outside Parliament in September 2004. On Wednesday, Pc Kurt Schenk was the last officer to be found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court…. A Countryside Alliance spokeswoman said: "Something went seriously wrong with the policing in Parliament Square on 15th September 2004 but after this we are still no closer to finding out what…. The hunting community does not blame the police but it does blame the government." (story)
Metro 14.9.06 Policemen cleared of brutality - The last of the six Metropolitan Police officers to face criminal charges following a riot outside Parliament by Countryside Alliance protesters has been cleared. PC Kurt Schenk appeared at Southwark Crown Court, where all charges against him were dismissed in relation to the Countryside Alliance demonstrations on September 15 2004…. (story)

GOLDEN VALLEY TRIAL
Western Mail 16.9.06 Hunt supporter cleared of assaults - Robin Turner, Western Mail - A HUNT supporter wept with relief yesterday after being cleared of robbing and assaulting anti-hunt protesters. Jeffrey Poulton, 39, of Llandewi Fach, Builth Wells, had denied robbery and two charges of common assault. Poulton was accused of "roaring" up to anti-hunt protesters Ian Ross, Helen Scott and Lynne Yurjcic from Swansea and Robert Constable from Newport, Gwent, in his 4x4 car in January of this year. The four said they were filming near Hay-on-Wye where a hunt was taking place, though the Golden Valley Hunt claimed hounds were merely following a scent not a fox…. Poulton was cleared of robbery of the camcorder and of assaulting Mr Ross. The common assault charge on which the jury could not decide related to Ms Scott (story)
BBC News Online 16.9.06 Hunt supporter cleared of attack - A hunt supporter has been cleared of attacking three people and stealing the video camera they were using to monitor a hunt. Jeffrey Poulton, 39, of Llandewi Fach, Builth Wells, had denied robbery and two counts of assault. The jury cleared him of robbery and one assault but could not agree on the second. Judge Michael Burr entered a formal not guilty verdict…. Janet Gedrych, defending, claimed the witnesses, Robert Constable, of Newport, and Ian Ross, Helen Scott, and Lynne Yurjcic, from Swansea, were "aggressive hunt saboteurs" who made up the allegation…. (story)
Western Mail 15.9.06 Protesters deny inventing charges against huntsman - Robin Turner, Western Mail - ANTI-HUNT protesters frustrated by the lack of prosecutions against fox hunts were accused yesterday of switching tactics and "setting up" a hunt supporter. The four, all said to be regular "monitors" who look for hunts breaking the new anti-fox hunting laws, invented a robbery because they knew the police would take their complaint more seriously, it was alleged at Swansea Crown Court. The tactic worked, according to Janet Gedrych, defending hunt supporter Jeffrey Poulton, because shortly after their 999 call about him, a police helicopter swooped and Mr Poulton was arrested….She claimed Ian Ross, Helen Scott and Lynne Yurjcic from Swansea and Robert Constable of Newport, Gwent, were all "veterans" who had concocted a story about what happened as they monitored the Golden Valley Hunt, near Hay-on-Wye, on January 14 this year… (story)

Falmouth Packet 16.9.06 2,000 enjoy events at ‘best day yet’ - THE fourth Mawnan Country Fayre Day held at Carwinion fields on Saturday has been described as the best one yet with plenty to entertain the estimated 2,000 people who turned up. The event was held this year to raise money for the "Children's Hospice South West" and was a huge success. The day was filled with events such as the dog show, a cookery demonstration, the hunting hounds and the fire brigade…. (story)

Hoghton Tower 16.9.06 DUCK SHOOT PROTESTERS TARGET BREAD FIRM - Animal rights campaignhers are to protest against Hoghton Tower's annual duck shoot. Members of the North West League Against Cruel Sports will today rally outside a Warburtons bread shop in Bolton, 13 miles from Hoghton. The activists have chosen the location as shoot captain Martin Kippax is the brother-in-law of Jonathan Warburton, chairman of the firm of bread makers…. Gregg Metcalfe, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "We believe Jonathan Warburton can save the lives of more than 8,000 ducks and pheasants in October."… (story)

Irish Independent 16.9.06 Hunting them to extinction - How ironic that the National Parks and Wildlife Service chose a shooting organisation to collaborate with in a bid to save a bird which has been "hunted almost to extinction" (Irish Independent, September 5). A decade ago, when these grey partridges were on the absolute brink - with only an estimated 200 breeding pairs remaining - this same organisation, the National Association of Regional Game Councils, objected to a ban on shooting them… PHILIP KIERNAN, BALLINDERRY, MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH (story)

Carlisle News & Star 16.9.06 Leave ivory to the elephants - SAJJAD KARIM - The Standing Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, (CITES), is due to meet in October to decide whether to allow Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to sell 60 tonnes of stockpiled ivory…. A legal trade in ivory – no matter how small – creates a smokescreen for the illegal trade in ivory, sending a green light to poachers around the world. I urge my North West constituents to write to Barry Gardiner MP, the UK Minister for Biodiversity, calling on him to oppose requests from African countries to sell their ivory stockpiles, to oppose any future calls to re-open the ivory trade and to support better enforcement against poaching…. Sajjad Karim is a Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West (story)

ROGER HELMER "SUPPORTS SEAL CLUBBING”
Derby Evening Telegraph 16.9.06 MEP IS NO ADVOCATE OF CULLING - An East Midlands MEP has denied a national newspaper report claiming he backed the clubbing of baby seals…. Mr Helmer said he was against the culling, but did not to sign because he did not think it was a matter for MEPs. He said: "My views have been misrepresented." (story)
Burton Mail 16.9.06 MEP SAYS OK TO CLUB SEALS by James Benstead - A SWADLINCOTE Euro MP has sparked outrage among animal welfare groups by defending the controversial culling of baby seals. Conservative Euro MP Roger Helmer made his comments in an e-mail to a 17-year-old animal rights campaigner, saying the seals deserved to die because they were 'guilty' of eating too many fish…. (story)
Mirror 15.9.06 EXCLUSIVE: TORY BACKS SEAL SLAUGHTER By Bob Roberts Deputy Political Editor - A BLUNDERING Tory sparked further outrage yesterday by backing the brutal culling of baby seals. Euro MP Roger Helmer said beating "dumb" cubs over the head was "humane" and that they deserved to die because they were "guilty" of eating too many fish. And in the astonishing email to a 17-year-old animal rights campaigner, the right wing East Midlands MEP added: "I think it's mawkish, sentimental and unhelpful to adopt a Bambi attitude to animals… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 13.9.06 IS CLUBBING HUMANE? - A 17-year-old animal rights campaigner says a local MEP patronised and belittled her in her efforts to protect Canadian seals. Welton William Farr School pupil Madeleine Harrold wrote to East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer asking for his support to help put a stop to Canadian seal hunting. But his reply said he did not oppose the ancient practice of clubbing baby seals to death. And he went on to suggest that she should concentrate her efforts on caring for people rather than "dumb animals"…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.9.06 DOZEN PROTEST OVER LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS - A live export protest was held at the regional Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in Wigston. Jean Bird, from Harborough Animal Concern (HAC) and Eloise Shavelar, from Compassion in World farming (CIWF), were joined by 10 protesters for Wednesday's demonstration. The protest was part of Calf Action week from September 12 to 18…. (story)

15.9.06

Gloucestershire Echo 15.9.06 ANGER AT ILLEGAL HUNT IN TEWKES - Robert Boazman is convinced he saw an illegal hunt near Tewkesbury. The 64-year-old said he was walking from his home at Upper Lode Lock towards Tewkesbury on Wednesday morning when he saw riders out with their hounds. He was unable to establish which hunt it was but said there were dozens of members, on horseback and wearing traditional hunting gear…. He said: "The hounds were acting as though they were after a fox. It made my blood boil."… (story)

Worcester News 15.9.06 Humans shouldn’t mimic nature’s way - Regarding George Cowley's comment about foxes being killed… That's nature's way, but you certainly don't want the hand of man killing in the name of sport. JOHN SHEARON, Worcester. (letter)
Worcester News 13.9.06 Who are the bigots in hunting debate? - In his letter of August 21, John Shearon again attacks hunting but admits knowing nothing about it. He then describes hunting people as bigots…. So far, the only person to be found guilty under the Hunting Act was fined, not for cruelty to a fox or for killing a fox, but rather for not killing a fox…. Legislation like this makes the Mad Hatter's tea party look like a sane organised function compared with this Government's antics. JON BURGESS, Malvern. (letter)
Worcester Evening News 6.9.06 He attacks hunting yet knows nothing - In his recent letter, John Shearon again attacks hunting but admits knowing nothing about it. He then describes hunting people as "bigots". Being under the impression that a bigot is someone who holds an intolerant or unreasonable view on a subject they know nothing about makes me wonder just who the bigots are in this case… JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 22.8.06 We need a better argument than this - George Cowley says that foxes are bloodthirsty and viciously kill rabbits and hens. Therefore, he reasons, it is not objectionable for them to be killed…. If we wish to justify the killing of a sentient animal we had better have better justification than this sort of flimsy schoolyard opinion. PAUL NELSON, Croydon, Surrey. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 21.8.06 Killing of animals for sport is wrong - According to Jon Burgess my knowledge of hunting is zero. Well, perhaps it is, but the killing of animals for sport and the bigots riding the horses can't and won't accept that's its wrong, cruel and totally unnecessary… JOHN SHEARON, Worcester. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 11.8.06 Bloodthirsty foxes - John Shearon says killing foxes is objectionable. Blood-thirsty foxes viciously kill rabbits and hens on a daily basis… GEORGE COWLEY, Worcester (letter in archive)

Stourbridge News 15.9.06 Book saves racers going to the dogs - ON a recent day in London I purchased a book called "Greyhound Survivors". It was full of short stories about ex-racing greyhounds from their track days to loving homes via the rubbish dumps…. It will cost you £10 including p&p with £5 going to "Greyhound Action" to help save more "Disposable Greyhounds"… CH Turner, Wollaston (letter)

Beverley Guardian 15.9.06 All species are God's creatures - ON Saturday August 19, my husband and I attended our first animal rights demonstration in Hull, held to protest against Banton and Kingsman's breeding and supplying of innocent animals for vivisection laboratories. It was extremely peaceful and spiritual, yet two protestors were still arrested, simply for holding up posters of 'bloodied' laboratory animals…. All species are God's creatures and it's time the church spoke up for the laboratory and intensively farmed animals on this earth. Eileen Girling, Sigston Road, Beverley. (story)

Wakefield Express 15.9.06 Help ban experiments on primates - Each year experiments are performed on 3000 primates in the UK and the main use of these primates is actually in toxicology rather than disease research, especially in the testing of new drugs. The overwhelming majority of drugs which pass primate trials, however, prove either ineffective or unsafe on human beings…. If you disagree with the use of primates in scientific research, then please contact your MP and ask him or her to sign EDM 1704… Chris Kinsey, Beckbridge Way, Normanton (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 15.9.06 FIGHT THE FLAB, TURN YOUR PET VEGETARIAN - ANGUS HILL - Have you ever heard of a vegetarian dog? If animal rights group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) had its way, that would be the norm. The group is proposing that domestic pets - including cats and dogs - should be fed less meat to keep the flab at bay, and even goes as far as claiming a completely vegetarian diet is best. But local experts disagree…. (story)

Argus 15.9.06 Stop Japan from restarting whaling - Two items caught my attention in your paper last Monday, "Unravel sea life secrets" and "All aboard for a big day out"… The latter advertised the Southampton Boat Show, where the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) conservation and research ship Song Of The Whale will be visiting September 15-24. Many whale species have not yet recovered from earlier intensive whaling but it is still possible for Japan to undo the conservation work done by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) during the past few decades…. I urge everyone to contact Mr Blair and ask him to summon the Japanese Ambassador to Downing Street to make the UK's opposition to whaling absolutely clear. • David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letter)

Bath Chronicle 15.9.06 STROKER OF GENIUS - This weekend an elite group of Bath musicians is getting together in Moles' lavish recording facility to record a single aimed at benefiting Bath Animal Rights and Born Free organisatons. The song is entitled Set The Animal Free and will see Moles studio wizard Paul Corkett overseeing the efforts of The Grand Rose Band, Halagoogoo, Dick Stroker, Simon Hemmings, Benji Bartlett, Matt Bragg, Seven Days Till Sunday and, coming out of retirement just for this effort, singer-songwriter Ivy. Eric Burden sadly will not be appearing…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 15.9.06 BACKING MONEY-DRIVEN CRUELTY IS INDEFENSIBLE - I Commend Madeleine Harrold for taking the trouble to campaign (September 13) for the beautiful and defenceless seals clubbed in the Canadian cull supported by MEP Roger Helmer… I urge Echo readers to cease supporting the Canadian economy in any way, shape or form until this vile killing has ceased to take place. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln
I am appalled at Roger Helmer's letter. He is supporting the killing of baby seals for their fur! As such I will say, whether he likes it or not, that his views are unacceptable… LESLEY RODGERS Station Road, Waddington (letters)

14.9.06

North Devon Journal 14.9.06 LEAGUE PROSECUTES TWO MORE HUNTSMEN, BUT THE HUNTS SAY NUMBER RIDING OUT IS UP SINCE BAN - More people have turned out to ride to hounds since the ban on hunting nearly two years ago, the Countryside Alliance has claimed. The pro-hunting group said hunts were expecting a healthy turnout at Newcomers Week next month before the official start of the hunting season on November 1…. The League is privately prosecuting Richard Downs, huntsman of the Quantock Staghounds, and Adrian Pullivant, a whipper-in at the same hunt, for allegedly contravening the Hunting Act, following the successful prosecution of Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, for illegal foxhunting with dogs…. (story)

North Devon Journal 14.9.06 ANGLERS WARNED TO BEWARE ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISTS - Anglers in North Devon fear they need to be ready to deal with possible threats from animal rights extremists. The call follows an incident in north west England last month, in which 30 men armed with baseball bats attacked fly-fishers, including women…. Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trusts (FACT) spokesman John Slader said: "We want to meet the Home Office to make sure the advice we give to anglers is the best and that the police treat these incidents with the seriousness they deserve."… A spokesman for the National Federation of Anglers said that the attack on fishermen in the North West was not the first of its kind… The Hunt Saboteurs' website points out that the Hunt Saboteur Association tactics booklet contains information on methods that can be used to disrupt angling. The League Against Cruel Sports has no policy on angling (story)

Oxford Mail 14.9.06 Activists call for lab protest march By Phil Vinter - Hundreds of animal rights protesters are planning to march next month to demonstrate against Oxford University's new research lab. The last time protest group Speak organised a march through the city centre, in January, protesters clashed with police and five arrests were made. However, organisers say they are in negotiations with police ahead of the march on Saturday, October 21, and they do not anticipate any trouble. Speak spokesman Mel Broughton said: "Negotiations are currently being undertaken with Thames Valley Police, but the route is not finalised yet… (story)

Runcorn Weekly News 14.9.06 I won't buy animal trinkets, says MP - WEAVER Vale MP Mike Hall has pledged not to buy wildlife souvenirs following a poll revealing the alarming scale of Britons buying animal trinkets abroad. The MP is supporting the International Fund for Animal Welfare's campaign to save endangered species from the trinket trade… (story)

Scotsman 14.9.06 Factory-farming - Your report (13 September) of the canine marriage is a useful reminder that we sometimes go over the top a bit in the treatment of our animal companions. This contrasts starkly with the barbarous factory-farming industry, which is totally devoid of compassion… Fiona Clayton, Strathlachlan, Argyll (letter)

Leicester Mercury 14.9.06 POWERS THAT BE ARE ERODING OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST - The overreaction to an animal rights demo by the police in Melton is sadly no surprise to me ("Anger as animal demo prompts axing of trees", September 9). People don't realise just how much contempt is directed by the authorities towards anyone involved in a rights movement, animal or human, or the expression of anti-war or anti-nuclear opinion…. My eyes were opened this year when I attended my first demo accompanied by my mother. The demonstration was against the live export of calves at Dover. The police and authorities had been informed well in advance and everything was above board. We went on an organised coach. The police constantly weaved in and out of the crowd, filming faces for the duration of the demonstration…. V H Sheppard, Leicester. (letter)

Walsall Advertiser 14.9.06 FRESH CALLS FOR OUTRIGHT BAN ON CIRCUS ANIMALS - An outright ban on circuses with animals is being called for by Walsall councillors… Councillor John O'Hare, deputy leader of Walsall council, said: "There are many who may want a blanket ban on circuses with performing animals…."We will press strongly for a change in the law to allow us to make a blanket ban. "However, what we are doing in the meantime is asking cabinet to approve each individual request. Not only that, we will allow members whose wards are affected to comment….(story)

13.9.06

Carmarthen Journal 13.9.06 GETTING TO THE HEART OF POLITICS IN WEST WALES - In an exclusive interview with the Journal, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, and Conservative A-list candidate Simon Hart, gets to the heart of local issues. SIMON Hart, a 43-year-old father of two from Narberth, is delighted to be one of only two candidates from Wales to be included on the Conservative Party's elite shortlist… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 13.9.06 Borrowdale shepherds’ show is so popular it may expand By Ross Brewster - A LAKE District valley show is becoming so popular that it might have to expand in future years. Officials of Borrowdale’s 18th Shepherds’ Meet and Show are putting the final touches to plans for this year’s event, which takes place at Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite, on Sunday…. Other events include a display by the Barrow and Wigton joint dog agility team, fell ponies, sheep, terriers and foxhounds, trail hounds and shepherds’ dogs along with classes for pets, walking sticks and new classes for "thumb” sticks…. (story)

Wellington Weekly News 13.9.06 VILLAGE VOICES LAMPING FEARS - Concern is mounting over a controversial hunting technique being practised in fields surrounding a Wellington area village. Residents at Nynehead are becoming increasingly worried about a night-time bloodsport known as "lamping"… Parish councillor Alan Ketley has been approached by a number of villagers who are concerned that lamping is being practised dangerously close to homes and paths… Guidelines from the British Association of Shooting and Conservation point to clear legislation to prevent lamping too close to public areas…. Equally, Cllr Ketley and other parish councillors are aware that while the shooting of animals is an emotive issue, it is also part of rural life….(story)

Sun 13.9.06 THE turkey abusers at the Bernard Matthews’s plant deserve their conviction and sentence. But what about the affluent version of the same activity, where birds are chased into the air by beaters and receive a 12-bore blast?... LESLIE DALTON, Eastbourne, E Sussex (letter)

BBC News Online 13.9.06 Deer freed during attack on farm - A family-run deer farm in Fife has been targeted for a second time in a suspected animal rights protest. At least 400 deer were freed after vandals broke down fencing at Reediehill deer farm in Auchtermuchty…. The incident follows an attack in March. On that occasion, no deer left their paddocks but the vandals sprayed graffiti claiming they represented an organisation called the Animal Liberation Front… (story)

Western Morning News 13.9.06 PROTEST AGAINST LIVE VEAL CALF EXPORTS - Animal welfare campaigners held a colourful protest outside Defra offices in Somerset yesterday morning against the reintroduction of live export of veal calves from Britain to the continent…. CIWF's Eloise Shavelar said: "There is a low welfare standard for the calves once they reach the continent, because they are taking long and stressful journeys." Ros Murphy, one of the protesters dressed as a cow, called for meat to be transported "on the hook, not on the hoof" (story)
Western Morning News 12.9.06 PROTEST AGAINST LIVE CALF EXPORTS - Animal welfare campaigners will this morning protest against the live export of veal calves outside Defra offices in Somerset. Dozens of protesters from the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) campaign group are expected to take part in the demonstration outside the Defra offices in Paul Street, Taunton, from 11am…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 13.9.06 WRONG TARGET - I agree with Rachel Astill-Dunseith that the main cause of the pigeon problem is litter louts… JILL ANDREWS Roughton Court, Ermine East, Lincoln. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 3.8.06 PIGEON CLAIMS ARE EXTREME AND FAR-FETCHED - Paul Smith (July 29) appears to be so preoccupied with the potentially fatal hazards posed by our pigeon population that I must presume he is a hermit and never ventures out for fear of an Alfred Hitchcock "Birds" style attack…. People are pests, people murder, maim and rape. People have devastated the planet yet he seems to live in a world where pigeons are his arch nemesis. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH, Lincoln.
Thank you, Mr Smith, for putting me right about the pigeons…. It's a pity the council can't cull the dirty people who drop litter all over the place. MRS C. M. KELLY Oakland Close, Lincoln.
If, as Mr Smith says, pigeons are the cause of all these diseases, then why haven't we heard of more people catching them? Surely it would be front page news…. JILL ANDREWS Roughton Court, Ermine East, Lincoln (letters)

12.9.06

Western Morning News 12.9.06 THREAT TO ANGLING - I have always been an enthusiastic supporter of such animal welfare organisations as the PDSA and the RSPB, even though hunting has been banned. But since "animal rights" fanatics have attacked anglers, I have now withdrawn my support from them and also from the RSPCA and all other organisations purporting to care about animals - even the cats' and dogs' home and cat protection league - as I honestly believe all these organisations do have a sinister hidden agenda towards the sport of angling… R Hancox, Plymouth (letter)

Times 12.9.06 Activists detained - Two animal rights activists who were handing out leaflets have been arrested during a demonstration against Oxford University. Amanda James, 42, from Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire, was arrested in connection with a previous protest. An unnamed 23-year- old from Gloucester was released on police bail. (story)

Independent 12.9.06 Animal experiments - For the sake of clarification, I would like to respond to the letter (11 September) by Professor Tipu Aziz. Your readers should be reminded that it was not I but your writer Dominic Lawson who made the incorrect assertion that Aziz discovered the technique of deep brain stimulation… ANDRE MENACHE MRCVS, SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT TO ANIMAL AID, TONBRIDGE, KENT (story)
Independent 11.9.06 A no-brainer - Writing on animal research (letter, 7 August), Andre Menache, a veterinary surgeon and consultant to Animal Aid, implies I claim to have invented deep brain stimulation and states that it was the work of Professor Alim-Louis Benabid. Neither Professor Benabid nor I have ever stated this… PROFESSOR T Z AZIZ, DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY RADCLIFFE INFIRMARY, OXFORD (letter)
Independent 17.8.06 Why we need animal research - I would like to challenge comments made by Andre Menache (letter, 7 August). Professor Tipu Aziz has never claimed to have discovered the technique of deep-brain stimulation, a discovery made by Dr Alim-Louis Benabid while performing surgical lesions in humans. However it was only after extensive studies in rodents and monkeys by scientists including Dr Benabid and Professor Aziz that the chance observation was transformed into a reliable technique for the treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's disease... PAUL BROWNE PHD, CAMBRIDGE (letter)
Independent 7.8.06 The public needs to be told when animal research has been used - I would like to thank Dominic Lawson for his praise of the Newsnight debate in Oxford on the use of animals in medical research ("I'm on the side of humans, not animals"… The pro-test demonstrations, however, have not been so well attended, perhaps because the majority of the public do not realise how much our health depends on animal research… Perhaps before undergoing any medical procedure, we should be able to ask how much its development depended on the use of animals. Pharmaceutical companies should write "tested on animals" on all relevant products. Then we could decide whether we wanted to undergo a particular operation, or start taking a particular drug. THERESA FRAYN, OXFORD
As a veterinary surgeon, I would like to challenge some of Dominic Lawson's assertions and correct some of the factual errors. Ask any veterinary surgeon who specialises in race horses to treat a rare parrot, and they'll refuse…. For the record, although chimpanzees are our closest evolutionary relatives, they are nevertheless immune to Aids, hepatitis B and common malaria. Like it or not, we cannot rely on animal models to solve human health problems…. ANDRE MENACHE MRCVS, SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT TO ANIMAL AID TONBRIDGE, KENT (letters)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 12.9.06 Appalling cruelty - SIR - I have never understood how any human being could mistreat or be cruel to another living creature, be it man, beast or bird. So to read the article "Chickens boiled to death in water tank" (T&A, August 31) made me feel sick and extremely angry… Jenny Sampson, Rossmore Drive, Allerton (letter)

Metro 12.9.06 PETA: Serves you right, Steve - Animal rights group PETA have branded Australia's Steve Irwin a 'cheap reality TV star', less than a week after he tragically died in a stingray attack… PETA's Dan Matthews said: 'His death is no shock at all. He made his career out of antagonising frightened wild animals, and that's a very dangerous message to send to young children…. (story)

Daily Record 12.9.06 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS SLAM IRWIN - AN animal rights group has slammed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died last week…. PETA's Dan Matthews said: "His death is no shock at all. "He made his career out of antagonising frightened wild animals. That's a very dangerous message to send to children."…. (story)
Western Morning News 12.9.06 TREATMENT OF BULLS IS CRUEL AND COWARDLY - I would like to say a thank-you to your reader Louise Piddington for bringing to notice the disgusting yearly bull run in Pamplona, Spain. As she quite rightly points out, these poor animals are tortured and terrified for hours before the run even starts…. Mrs Julia Clemo Par, Cornwall (letter)
Western Morning News 22.8.06 TOURISTS SHOULD AVOID THIS FIENDISH CRUELTY TO BULLS - Thank you, WMN, for reminding us (July 10) of the disgraceful antics in bullfighting still going on in Spain in 2006…. Reports on July 13 told how 57 tormentors received injuries during the first bull run of Pamplona's annual San Fermin bullfighting festival - divine justice in my opinion!... Louise Piddington Plymouth (letter)

Western Morning News 12.9.06 RABBITS NOT FORGOTTEN - You published a report (July 6) "Students hop it and leave their rabbits". Readers have been left without a follow-up, but the rabbits are not forgotten. Can we be told where the students got the rabbits? Were they from the Plymouth University, unwanted lab animals? What action is being taken? Has the RSPCA been called in?... Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Western Morning News 12.9.06 BLAMING BADGERS IS A COSTLY DISTRACTION - The debate about bovine TB is sadly bedevilled by anecdotal evidence and assumptions based on correlations rather than proven causes. Michael Turner (August 29) remarks that it was not difficult to say what had infected his cattle. To "say" is indeed easy. What is extraordinarily difficult is to prove, rather than say, how so many cattle caught the disease from one badger when no means of transmission between the species has been demonstrated except in isolated and artificial experiments…. Jack Reedy, Vice-chairman, Badger Trust Rowington, Warwickshire (letter)

11.9.06

SUPPORT FOR HUNTING INCREASES
Western Morning News 11.9.06 HUNTING NUMBERS GO UP DESPITE BAN - More people have turned out to ride to hounds since the ban on hunting nearly two years ago, the Countryside Alliance has claimed…. Nick Gibbons, the chairman of the Quantock Staghounds, said: "I would tend to agree with that. Our early-morning meets are tremendously well supported…. Sue Coates, secretary of the Cory Hunt, which hunts on the Lizard in Cornwall, said that the hunt, which had no paid staff, had maintained steady numbers… Paul Tillsley of the League Against Cruel Sports said: "I haven't noticed any increase in support for hunts at all… The league is bringing a private prosecution against Richard Downs, huntsman of the Quantock Staghounds, and Adrian Pullivant, the whipper-in of the same hunt, for allegedly contravening the hunting act. This follows the organisation's successful prosecution of Tony Wright, huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, for illegal foxhunting with dogs…. (story)
Independent 9.9.06 Two years after ban, hunts attract new followers By Terri Judd - Almost two years after the Hunting Act became law amid bloody clashes outside Westminster, huntsmen and women across Britain are turning out in ever- increasing numbers. According to the rural bible Country Life, "Hunting has risen like Dracula from his grave ... and it is not merely that hunts are clinging to life, they are enjoying unprecedented active support."… One hunt has closed since the ban- the Aldenham Harriers - but supporters insist that it was wound up because of urbanisation of the area rather the legislation…(story)
Scotsman 9.9.06 Interest in hunting hits pre-ban high - ALISON HARDIE SENIOR NEWS WRITER - HUNTING in Scotland is enjoying a renaissance, with more people registering to join the new season than before the ban on hunting foxes with dogs was imposed…. The largest hunt in Scotland, the Borders-based Buccleuch Hunt, this year expects to see its membership revived from the levels of near-decimation it hit following the ban. Fred Campbell, master of the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Hunt, said: "We have definitely come through the era of endlessly debating the rights and wrongs of hunting. We realised that if we wanted to maintain our tradition then we had to adapt and, as a result, we are attracting a new generation of riders who want to join us."… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 11.9.06 STOP GREYHOUND RACES - It was great to read the story (Home for neglected race dog, Sept 2) of how Abbie, an ex-racing greyhound, was found a loving home… That is why we are calling on the public to boycott greyhound racing - not to go to it or bet on it… TONY PETERS Greyhound Action PO Box 127 Kidderminster (letter)

Mirror 11.9.06 FURY AFTER COPS AXE FIVE TREES - RESIDENTS were furious after a row of 30-year-old trees was cut down - so police could watch an animal rights demo…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 9.9.06 ANGER AS ANIMAL DEMO PROMPTS AXING OF TREES BY ANDREW WHITAKER - Furious residents have complained after a row of 30-year-old trees were felled because police said they obscured a CCTV camera. Five 30ft trees were chopped down in Station Approach, Melton, when police said they wanted a clear view of a planned animal rights demonstration…. (story)
Melton Times 7.9.06 TREES AXED FOR ANIMAL LAB DEMO - ANGRY Meltonians have slammed a decision to axe a row of trees at a town gateway following a police tip-off about an animal rights demonstration. The trees along the Station Approach embankment were cut down by Melton Council on Sunday. Melton police wanted to ensure a nearby CCTV camera had a clear view of the railway station yard where the activists were expected to meet on Monday… But the demonstrations proved to be trouble-free and the Melton Times has since been inundated with calls claiming the authorities over-reacted… Mel Broughton, founder of Speak, said around 20 protesters picketed outside the Melton site before being moved on by the police…. (story)

Independent 11.9.06 Peter Singer: You Ask The Questions - The philosopher and animal rights campaigner answers your questions: 'Do you believe that zoos are immoral? And would you kill a disabled baby?'… (story)

Sun 11.9.06 THE day after the tragic death of Steve Irwin a new report has shown that hundreds of Britons are still buying holiday souvenirs made from ivory and crocodile skin… DEB FERRIS, Churchdown, Gloucs (letter)

BATH VEGGIE ROADSHOW
Bath Chronicle 11.9.06 VEGGIE WAY TO A HEALTHY DIET - It's not just about beans and lentils. Or at least that was the message put across at a vegetarian roadshow held in Bath at the weekend. The Bath Veggie Roadshow was organised to show how tasty, nutritious and interesting a meat-free diet can be, and that it is not all about a bland mix of beans and seeds. Campaigning charity Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) organised the event, which was held at the Guildhall…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 8.9.06 FIND YOURSELF FULL OF BEANS - Vegetarian campaigners are coming to Bath tomorrow with a free roadshow to persuade more of us to adopt a meat-free diet. The Incredible Veggie Roadshow is at the Guildhall in Bath all day Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and entry is free. It is organised by the Viva!, an organisation set up to campaign against eating animals…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 26.8.06 SEXY SIDE OF VEGETARIANISM - As Bath has one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the south west, if not the country - Demuths - it's entirely appropriate that the city plays host to a roadshow devoted to all things veggie. The Incredible Veggie Roadshow, organised by Viva, an international animal campaigning group with celebrity patrons Jerome Flynn, Hayley Mills and Benjamin Zephaniah, has visited 12 cities in the past, and on Saturday September 9, it's Bath's turn. We're promised everything you ever wanted to know about going, being or staying veggie (or vegan), with a series of talks and cookery demos, including one by Demuths' patron, Rachel Demuth… Toni Vernelli, the campaigns manager for Viva, will be giving a talk at the roadshow on these particular benefits of going veggie - sure to be a bit of a crowd-puller…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 11.9.06 CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT ANIMALS - For those of us who care deeply about animal welfare issues, the coming weeks will be significant. Following a decade-long ban on British beef exports, the trade in live calves to the continent has resumed. In response to this, Compassion in World Farming has planned a week-long Calf Action Week from tomorrow to September 18…. The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) has chosen to mark the days leading up to and surrounding Animal Welfare Sunday (October 1) by choosing live exports for their theme…. Linda J Bodicoat, ASWA, Leicestershire (story)

Essex Echo 11.9.06 Such cruelty - Once again we have a report of animals being subjected to vicious, sick acts of cruelty. The death of a family cat reported in your September 1 story, headlined Kit Kat Killers, follows previous reports of a fox being skinned alive by a group of beer swilling sickos… David Perkins, Mildhayes, Langdon Hills (letter)

10.9.06

ContactMusic 10.9.06 McCARTNEY'S SHOOTING BAN 'DAMAGING' - SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY's shooting ban on his organic farm in England has been slammed for causing more damage than good. Local surveyors in East Sussex have criticised the former BEATLE because the hunting embargo is allowing local pests - the wild boar - to cause chaos to the farming environment…. (story)

Mail on Sunday 10.9.06 BBC's trophy hunting show By JAMES TAPPER, The Mail on Sunday - To millions of viewers, BBC One's Vet Safari is the romantic tale of pretty vet Emma Rambert's idyllic life with her family treating vulnerable wildlife in the African savannah. Yet the Mail on Sunday has discovered that many of the animals in the popular prime-time series are not sheltered in conservation programmes, but are being reared to be shot by hunters…. League Against Cruel Sports spokesman Barry Hugill said: "Trophy hunting is obscene. The BBC seems unwilling to be honest with viewers, no doubt because it knows many thousands would be disgusted."… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 10.9.06 Conservationists 'will take fight to ban guga hunt to Holyrood' - MURDO MACLEOD - ANIMAL rights activists have vowed to step up their campaign to have the annual Hebridean "guga hunt" banned because it is cruel to the 2,000 baby gannets which are killed each year. The conservation group Advocates for Animals says it will lobby the Executive and parliament in an effort to have the traditional hunt stopped….(story)

9.9.06

East Anglian Daily Times 9.9.06 Concern over 30% increase in guns - JAMES HORE - ANTI-GUN campaigners voiced their concern last night after figures showed the number of legally owned guns in Essex had soared by nearly 30% in five years…. The increase has alarmed anti-gun charity International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), which called for tighter checks on those seeking permission to possess large numbers of guns…. Liz Mort, eastern region spokeswoman for the Countryside Alliance, said shooting sports had become increasing popular, as had game consumption, which probably explained the increase in gun ownership…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 9.9.06 Hunt protesters target anglers - Dan McMullan - A MILITANT group of anti-hunt protesters has confirmed that it is targeting anglers. The Hunt Saboteurs Association says it wants to stamp out fishing - Britain's most popular sport - saying it is "abhorrent and cruel". Last month around 30 masked attackers smashed up equipment and confronted anglers at a fly fishery in Lancashire. In a letter to the M.E.N, the Hunt Saboteurs Association said it considers anglers as legitimate targets….(story)

Western Daily Press 9.9.06 GREYHOUNDS: THE HARSH TRUTH - I Would like to reply to G S Abell's letter (Your Say, August 28) in which he states that racing greyhounds are kept in roomy kennels with large paddocks to go in…. Most rescue centres, including the RSPCA, receive a steady stream of ex-racing dogs. Where are their responsible owners? Gina Harris Avon & Somerset Greyhound Action (letter)

Irish Independent 9.9.06 All fur the animals Hats off to PETA protest - ANIMAL welfare activists displayed bare-faced cheek outside the British Embassy in Dublin yesterday as they called for an end to the use of bearskin on hats worn by Buckingham Palace Guards. Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stripped down to their Union Jack underwear and covered themselves in fake blood as they called for the British Ministry of Defence to use faux fur on the Queen's Palace Guards' ceremonial headgear…. John Carmody, one of the protesters, wearing only a faux fur hat and underwear, said…. Venus Reilly (21) from the Liberties in Dublin, said….(story)

Edinburgh Evening News 9.9.06 Extremists target wrong person over starving dog - ADRIAN MATHER - ANIMAL rights extremists have threatened a delivery driver and his family after mistaking him for a neighbour who almost starved a dog to death. Ramsay Macdonald has received a stream of abusive phone calls, including threats to "watch your mail", which have left him and his family living in fear. The Macdonalds have been targeted simply because he has a similar name and lives in the same street as another man who was banned from keeping animals for life…. (story)

8.9.06

FORMER POLICEMAN ADMITS BREAKING HUNTING BAN
Hexham Courant 8.9.06 Former police officer reports himself over hunting law By WILL GREEN - A REDESDALE man has handed himself into police for defying the hunting ban. Former policeman George Morrison, who is secretary of the Border Hunt, called the police after his terrier, Chip, killed a mole and later a mouse which he had deliberately flushed out…. (story)
Telegraph 5.9.06 Hunt man turns himself in after dog kills mouse By Paul Stokes - A retired police officer has admitted twice flouting the new hunting law by allowing his terrier dog to chase and kill a mouse and a mole. George Morrison, 51, reported himself to former colleagues but he was not prosecuted over either incident…. Since retiring from the police service, he has remained as secretary of the 137-year-old Border Hunt, which was set up to control foxes over a large area of Northumberland and Roxburghshire…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 5.9.06 Anger as ex-officer breaks hunting ban By Hayley Beattie, The Journal - Animal rights activists have hit out at a retired detective inspector who admitted deliberately breaking the hunting ban. The Journal revealed yesterday that George Morrison, a former Northumbria Police detective inspector, had twice confessed to former colleagues in a bid to highlight flaws in the law… League spokesman Barry Hugill (CORR) said: "His attitude to the law, as someone who once upheld it, is remarkable and shows a total disregard on his part… (story)
Newcastle Journal 4.9.06 I broke law on hunting By Hayley Beattie, The Journal - A retired police detective last night told how he has broken the hunting ban by allowing his terrier to chase and kill animals. As the second season of hunts since the ban begins, George Morrison revealed he even told his former bosses about two separate incidents in which he has deliberately flouted the controversial law. The 51-year-old, a police officer for more than 30 years, retired last May, and has continued as secretary for the Border Hunt…. The first offence happened in June last year when he flushed a mole out from underneath a horse trailer and he called his terrier, Chip, who promptly killed the mole. Then, in August last year, he flushed a mouse out from behind his washing machine and Chip chased and killed it. Moles and mice fall into the category of animals which cannot be killed by dogs under the law - although they can be shot by a huntsman…. " Fellow huntsman Frank Houghton Brown, master of the Tynedale Hunt, backed Mr Morrison, saying: "I say good on him for trying to show what a terrible piece of legislation this is….” (story)

Western Morning News 8.9.06 PUBLIC transport is appalling in the Westcountry, but whose fault is it?... Will David Cameron and his New Conservative Party restore public transport, or will he, like Michael Howard at the last election, show his rural commitment by proposing a free vote on the restoration of hunting in the first week of any new Conservative-led government? Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Shropshire Star 8.9.06 Farming cause of suffering - Hunt "fanatic” D Evans can give BR Lewis all the encouragement he wants, but the fact is our birdlife is in decline mainly because of intensive farming…. Your past letters show that you also have no qualms about seeing foxes, deer and hares tortured to death for the fun of it. Judi Hewitt, Rhyl (letter)
Shropshire Star 24.8.06 Don’t let farmers dominate - In reply to BR Lewis, Star, August 8, the countryside has for too long been dominated by farming and landowning interests who see wildlife as there to be killed for fun, while gobbling up handouts…. A new policy for rural areas would mean the public could get access to land to which it so often denied, wildlife could be protected and habitats expanded and the public would be able to enjoy it while not providing income support for rich farmers and bloodsports fans. It’s time to stop the dependency culture. Chris Gale, Wiltshire (letter)
Shropshire Star 8.8.06 Opinion on farming is far from realistic - Judi Hewitt (”Farmers not doing enough for extra aid”, letters, July 31) seems to want to have her cake and eat it. It is hard to know what she really wants from the countryside…. Perhaps one day, when all the wicked farmers have left, she will realise her ambition. Having hacked out a small clearing in the wilderness, she can settle down to grow her organic vegetables and listen to … silence. Sadly, no songbirds, as the protected foxes will have eaten them all. B R Lewis, Shrewsbury (letter)
Shropshire Star 31.7.06 Farmers not doing enough for extra aid - According to your report "Farmers Hidden Aid to Boost Countryside” (July 12) farmers should be given extra funding for their conservation work. What conservation?... As for hedgerows, come on, we’re not stupid. Farmers have done away with loads of hedges over the years. That and insecticides are two of the main reasons suspected for the serious decline in birds’ habitats. You should read Juliet Gellatley’s "The Silent Spring”…. Judi Hewitt, Rhyl (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.9.06 MADONNA'S 'SHOOT 'EM UP' DEAL (SEPTEMBER 4) - Factory farming is factory farming - but factory farming for blood sports is particularly objectionable. It disgusts me particularly as a pet owner that when my old budgie died this summer, I was unable to find another as the breeders were all not breeding due to bird flu, but the shooting industry seems able to import more stock from abroad for mowing down with impunity, in spite of the health hazard!... K Watson Stockport (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.9.06 IT'S A DYING SPORT - I Feel that I must reply to the letter by G S Abell (Your Say, August 28). Yet again, a supporter of greyhound racing tries to justify this cruel sport…. Anthea Frost Patshull West Midlands (letter)
Western Daily Press 7.9.06 BOYCOTT THIS CRUEL 'SPORT' - G S ABELL (Your Say, August 28) states that greyhounds enjoy racing. Like any dog, greyhounds enjoy running, but what they certainly don't enjoy is being frequently injured, often seriously, because of the dangerous shape of greyhound tracks, or put to death in their thousands when no longer considered fit for racing…. Tony Peters Greyhound Action Kidderminster (letter)
Western Daily Press 5.9.06 HELP STOP THESE CRUEL PRACTICES - G S ABELL (Your Say, August 29) is clearly a lover of greyhounds. I'm sure he is also correct when he states that greyhounds enjoy racing, and he rightly applauds the Retired Greyhound Trust. However, it is clear that he is turning a blind eye to much of the incredible abuse that the industry creates…. Paul Nelson Croydon (story)
Western Daily Press 28.8.06 GREYHOUNDS MAKE LOVELY PETS AND THEY LOVE TO RACE - May I reply to W Jordan's letter, "Cruel sport of greyhound racing" (Your Say, August 19)? What a load of rubbish. Did Mr Jordan have a bad dream when he wrote his letter? Greyhounds enjoy racing. My own dog sulks if she sees the other dogs going racing and gets very excited when it's her turn and, after all, you cannot make a dog do anything it doesn't want to do…. G S Abell Gloucester (story)

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 8.9.06 Action call over animal testing - If any of your readers are prepared to help stop millions of animals die in horrific tests then could they write to their MEP…. To help, contact Animal Aid… LISA VAN DEN HEUVEL, Long Row, Oakham (letter)

Guardian 8.9.06 Alfalfa male takes on the corporation - He helped to create the animal rights movement - now Peter Singer wants to change the way we eat. He tells Patrick Barkham why McDonald's, GM crops and food miles are not all bad… With his new book, Eating: What We Eat and Why it Matters, the Australian philosopher also brings a challenge. As a conscientious omnivore you are a little like McDonald's: you have improved your food habits a bit but you could do an awful lot more…. Eating: what we eat and why it matters by Peter Singer and Jim Mason is published by Arrow, £7.99. (story)

7.9.06

Cotswold Journal 7.9.06 Moreton Show - THE weather hit the attendance at Moreton Show but the region's major event was still an outstanding success…. Among the major attractions in the grand arena were Titan the Robot, a parade of hounds, Joseph's Amazing Camels, a parade of retired famous racehorses and a parade of vintage military vehicles… (story)

DEER HUNTING RESTRICTIONS MAY BE LIFTED
Gloucester Citizen 7.9.06 DEER HUNT RULES MAY BE RELAXED - Rules on hunting wild deer could be relaxed in the Forest to to cut road accidents and damage to the countryside, the Government has announced… (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 5.9.06 CONCERN AS NUMBERS OF DEER INCREASE - A government minister has announced plans that could see the reintroduction of the hunting of wild deer - to stem the increasing numbers of the animal…. But the Master of Tiverton Staghounds, John Lucas, said that the move was nothing new. "The Government seems to be admitting the deer population has got out of control," he said. "We warned them that this would happen before the hunting ban was brought into force." (story)
Western Mail 5.9.06 Deer laws to allow more shooting - UK BIODIVERSITY Minister Barry Gardiner says proposed changes to deer protection laws will help people prevent the damage caused by wild deer populations in England and Wales… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 1.9.06 CULLING SCHEME HAS COUNTY'S DEER IN ITS SIGHT - Oh deer, it could be the end of the road for many wild deer in Lincolnshire if a proposed countrywide culling strategy is approved… The Government's proposed measures, to be put out to consultation, include extending the hunting season by two weeks and allowing orphaned fawns to be killed. The Lincolnshire Deer Group, which was formed in 1997, welcomes the new legislation but spokesman Simon Williams said they were "cautious" about some of the proposals. An RSPCA spokesperson said: "It is very important that deer are not simply portrayed or regarded as 'pests'. "There is more to deer management than culling."…
Yes - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is one of the groups in favour of the proposed changes which it says will help manage the deer population….
No - Lincoln's very own Dr Dolittle says more research needs to be done on exactly how many and what type of deer are in Lincolnshire before implementing a countrywide cull. Ali Townsend (42) set up the Weirfield Wildlife Hospital in Rookery Lane 18 years ago…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.06 DEER HUNTING 'COULD RETURN' - A government minister has announced plans that could see the reintroduction of hunting of wild deer - to stem increasing numbers of the animal…. But John Lucas, master of Tiverton Staghounds, said that the move was nothing new. "The Government seems to be admitting the deer population has got out of control," he said. "We warned them that this would happen before the hunting ban was brought into force. (story)
Guardian 30.8.06 Rules on deer hunting to be eased to keep numbers down - James Meikle - Deer hunters are to be given greater licence to kill Britain's largest native land animals, which may be at their most populous since before the Norman conquest… Stalkers with special licences would be allowed to shoot deer at night and use smaller calibre rifles for some species. Hunting with dogs would remain banned…. (story)
Times 30.8.06 Extended deer cull would put orphan fawns in hunters' sights BY FRAN YEOMAN AND MORWENNA CONIAM - RELAXED rules on deerhunting will bring more marksmen into the countryside as the wild deer population continues to soar. Proposals to shorten the annual "close” period, during which deer are protected, and to allow orphaned fawns to be killed are among measures being put out to public consultation, it was announced yesterday. The scheme is an attempt to reduce road accidents and damage to the countryside, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). But it has angered some animal rights campaigners, who argued that the plans will lead to a huge surge in people hunting wild deer simply for sport…. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, the animal rights organisation, questioned whether the deer population was soaring…. (story)

Suffolk Free Press 7.9.06 Angler defends sport - An angler has defended fishermen saying they are sportsmen who love the environment and care about nature. Martin Robinson, of Great Cornard, made the comments following last week's Free Press story about a swan which was snared by a pike lure…. (story)

Lichfield Mercury 7.9.06 THE REAL VICTIMS OF ABATTOIR NUISANCE - I Really sympathise with the residents of Chase Terrace whose lives are being blighted by the local slaughterhouse. However, this is the reality of the livestock industry and, as long as society demands meat, these disgusting places will exist… Diane Smith, Lichfield Animal Aid. (letter)

NEIL PARISH SEAL CULL LETTER
Western Morning News 7.9.06 CRUELTY OF HUNTING SEALS - Neil Parish Conservative MEP South West England (story)
Gloucester Citizen 6.9.06 I'VE SIGNED THIS SEAL PETITION - NEIL PARISH, Conservative MEP for south west England (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.9.06 WORKING TO OUTLAW HUNTING OF SEALS - Neil Parish, Conservative MEP for South West England (story)
Swindon Advertiser 4.9.06 call to end the hunting of seals - N PARISH. Conservative MEP for South West England. European Parliament. Brussels 1047 (story)
Western Daily Press 2.9.06 HELP US SAVE SEALS - Over recent days, I have received several hundred e-mails from constituents asking me to sign a written declaration calling for an end to the cruel hunting of harp and hooded seals…As a vice-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Animal Welfare, I am pleased to confirm I have signed this written declaration, and I will continue to urge my colleagues to do the same. Neil Parish Conservative MEP for South West England European Parliament (letter)

6.9.06

PAUL VAN VLISSINGEN
Guardian 6.9.06 Paul van Vlissingen - Dutch billionaire who became a progressive Scottish landlord and funded conservation projects in Africa - Dan van der Vat (story)
Scotsman 24.8.06 Paul van Vlissingen - PAUL van Vlissingen was one of Scotland's wealthiest men, its biggest foreign landowner and arguably its most-progressive laird. He was a pioneer in allowing ramblers and mountaineers access to his land, an active conservationist both here and abroad, and a major financial and moral supporter of the survival and study of the Gaelic language and culture…. Despite his breakthrough agreement to allow ramblers and hillclimbers access to his estate, not everyone loved him. There were regular reports of brusque confrontations with gamekeepers, and anti-hunting campaigners were highly critical of his financial support for the Countryside Alliance… (story)
Telegraph 23.8.06 Paul van Vlissingen - Paul van Vlissingen, who died on Monday aged 65, was the largest foreign landowner in Britain and a highly charismatic Highland laird. One of the richest men in Europe, with a personal fortune estimated at £1 billion, he was an inveterate supporter of hunting, a photographer, writer and amateur philosopher…. Soon after taking over, the new laird met the woman who became his companion for some 25 years, Caroline Tisdall, a former art critic with the Guardian, an author and a leading light in the Countryside Alliance, which he helped to fund….(story)
Times 23.8.06 Paul van Vlissingen - Dutch businessman who left a generous mark as a laird in Scotland and as a conservationist in Africa … His restoration of Conholt Park, near Andover, made it into one of the greatest downland conservation areas and shooting estates in England, demonstrating that sustainable use and landscape preservation are natural partners….He was a significant supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of the Game Conservancy Trust, with much of its innovative work on song birds and shooting estates being researched at Conholt. He was committed to country sports as a necessary and desirable component of a sustainable rural environment. Above all, however, he believed they were a powerful statement of stewardship and a deep bond between man and the natural world… (story)
Glasgow Herald 23.8.06 Paul van Vlissingen - GORDON CASELY - Paul van Vlissingen considered himself a far-seeing laird with radically modern views on land use. On his 81,000-acre Letterewe estate above Poolewe in Wester Ross, one of his many ideas was the reintroduction of wolves and lynx into wilderness areas to control rising red deer numbers in a more natural way… Divorced for many years, he and his partner, Tisdall, represented a formidable catalogue of well-bankrolled interests as well as no lack of intellect – her appointments include a visiting professorship at Oxford Brookes University and a seat on the board of the John Muir Trust. Together they have been financial and administrative backers of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Scotsman 23.8.06 Landowner loses cancer battle after one last trip to beloved estate - JOHN ROSS - SCOTLAND'S richest foreign landowner, the Dutch businessman Paul van Vlissingen, has died after a battle with cancer. Mr van Vlissingen, 65, who owned the 81,000-acre Letterewe Estate in Wester Ross, was an outspoken activist on the environment and management of wild-land use… (story)

MADONNA CRITICISED FOR IMPORTING PHEASANTS
Bournemouth Echo 6.9.06 Animal rights fury at Madonna bird move By Andy Davey - POP star Madonna has sparked fury from animal rights groups by importing 1,000 baby pheasants from France for the shooting season…. Andrew Tyler, director of national animal rights group Animal Aid, said: "I think it's shameful and deeply hypocritical…. (story)
Western Daily Press 4.9.06 ANGER AT MADONNA'S 'SHOOT-'EM-UP' DEAL BY ERIN DEAN E.DEAN@BEPP.CO.UK - Animal rights campaigners lashed out at pop queen Madonna for shipping pheasant chicks from France to be shot on her West estate. The 1,000 chicks will probably endure a horrific journey packed into crates on lorries before crossing the channel on ferries, animal charities claimed… The chicks are often raised in battery farms and endure miserable conditions before they are released on an estate, said Kit Davidson, West spokesman for Animal Aid…. Dave Thompson, spokesman for campaigners Southern Animal Rights Coalition, heaped even more criticism on the star who is no stranger to controversy…. Her passion for shooting caused uproar and the couple were put top of the League Against Cruel Sports celebrity list last year. But Madonna and Guy have since abruptly stopped indulging in the sport. It seems their devout Kabbalah beliefs - that the souls of the creatures killed on her estate would come back to haunt them in a future life - apparently halted their pleasure in the sport…. (story)
Sunday Times 3.9.06 Madonna's baby pheasant targets ruffle feathers - MAURICE CHITTENDEN - MADONNA has angered animal welfare groups by importing baby pheasants from France in time for the start of the shooting season… Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: "Shame on Madonna. She thinks that when she puts on her plus fours she is part of the landed gentry…. Barry Hugill, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "We know Madonna previously bought in chicks from a battery farm in mid-Wales…. (story)

Scotsman 6.9.06 Shooting death - A BUSINESSMAN has died in a shooting accident on a hillside. Andy Ross, 66, of Huntingdon, was hit in the head with his own shotgun on Saturday… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 6.9.06 Mink are pests - - Andrew Tyler of Animal Aid is being disingenuous regarding the impact of mink on water voles (Letters, August 28). He blames fur farmers for the release of mink into the wild, whereas, in fact the vast majority of mink now in the wild were illegally released by his friends in the animal rights movement in their battle to have fur farming banned…. Bradford Council is not alone in seeking to remove mink from the wild so as to encourage the return of the water vole…. Michael Heylin, secretary, Specialist Anglers Alliance, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 28.8.06 The mink is not to blame - SIR - Bradford Council, in its zeal to protect water voles, have decided mink, right, are the problem and aim to kill as many as possible (T&A, August 9). Rarely has a wild animal been as demonised as the North American mink or served as such a convenient scapegoat for the environmental vices of our species… We should remember mink were imported and bred for fur in factory farms. When smaller operators went out of business in the Fifties, many opened their cages and turned the animals into the British countryside…. Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (story)

Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 6.9.06 Angling is a bloodsport - TO PUT the record straight, the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) has always considered angling to be a bloodsport. There is no new campaign' against angling - it remains an abhorrent and cruel activity and as such will continue to be included within our remit as an organisation against all bloodsports…. Leave the hooking of a fish out of the equation, and we'll gladly leave you alone. Dawn Preston, Hunt Saboteurs Association. (letter)

Worcester Evening News 6.9.06 Swans come first - I am delighted that fishermen are not getting their own way with having the swan sanctuary reduced… JOYCE ROSE, Worcester. (letter)

Guardian 6.9.06 Pick of the day - Phil Daoust - Peter Singer is one of the leading thinkers of the animal rights movement, the philosopher who set "speciesism" alongside racism and sexism as a modern evil. Who better to kick off Iconoclasts (8pm, Radio 4), a series in which guests get five minutes to set out their views before coming under fire from a panel of experts?... (story)

Western Daily Press 6.9.06 KILL YOUR SPEED, NOT OUR WILDLIFE - It is now estimated that vehicles kill 50,000 badgers each year, most often when they emerge at night in search of food…. Please slow down and help save our wildlife from harm. Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (story)

Hastings Observer 6.9.06 CHARITY CLEARED - AN ANIMAL lover's charity has been cleared of any alleged wrong-doing. Hastings Badger Protection Society (HBPS) came under the spotlight of the Charity Commission after its president Don Wise had been accused of 'bringing the society into disrepute' by ex-member Melvyn Johnson….Stuart Bullock, assessment officer for the Charity Commission, said in a letter to the society: "The trustees appear to have made their decisions regarding resurfacing an access drive with professional advice and obtained planning consent for the work required…(story)
Hastings Observer 25.8.06 BADGER CHARITY FACES OFFICIAL RECOGNITION - AN ANIMAL lover's society is being investigated by the Charity Commission over allegations of wrong-doing. Hastings Badger Protection Society (HBPS) has been accused of sending threatening letters to residents in Bexhill Road demanding they pay towards the upgrading of a driveway by Badger Kingdom. Its president Don Wise has also been accused of 'bringing the society into disrepute' by ex-member Melvyn Johnson…. (story)

5.9.06

Western Daily Press 5.9.06 HOTEL BED TAX A NAIL IN THE COFFIN, WARNS EXMOOR CHIEF - Tourism bosses on Exmoor have warned that proposals for a 'new-bed tax' could have a devastating impact on its rural economy. Visit Exmoor, the organisation that champions the tourism industry of the National Park, has sent a strongly worded letter to Sir Michael Lyons, who is considering bringing in the controversial levy as part of his reform of local government funding…. A decline in farming and the hunting ban have left Exmoor precariously reliant on the notoriously fickle tourism sector, and there are fears that the tax could drive guests away and have a ruinous impact on the area…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.9.06 ALL COUNTRY SPORTS ARE UNDER THREAT - Since the 1980s, I have been talking about the obvious threat to fishing as a hobby sport, pointing out that once hunting was banned animal activists would turn their attention to both shooting and fishing…. The simplistic perception that Labour would protect those assumed (incorrectly as it happens) to have a majority of Labour voters in their ranks and who fish for sport, proved false when Labour destroyed hare coursing despite it being very much a flat-cap sport…. Those who fish and shoot, and hunters, should actively seek common cause through powerful representative bodies. Without a joined-up stance, the ability of the animal lobbies to twist New Labour around their fingers may generate new legislation that impacts severely on all country pursuits and sports… Tom Jones, Plymouth (letter)

BBC News Online 5.9.06 Scanner 'could end animal tests' - The image of a monkey staring from a cage is among the most enduring images of the anti-vivisection campaign. But a powerful scanner being used in Birmingham could be the beginning of the end for these type of animal experiments, say animal rights campaigners…. Anti-vivisection campaign group, the Lord Dowding Fund, is keen to support the research as traditionally many centres have used monkeys in the study of neuroscience…. (story)

RESPECT FOR ANIMALS SEAL HUNTING LETTER
Sunderland Echo 5.9.06 Help end this seal slaughtering now - Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals (letter)
York Press 2.9.06 Seal cull needed - HAS Mandy Carter (Stop the Slaughter, Readers' Letters, August 31) ever been to the mouth of the St Lawrence River on the east coast of Canada and seen the amount of seals there are in the area or is she going by hearsay? The seals need to be controlled…. What about foxes that go after lambs, or mice and rats that invade people's homes - or is that another story? Trev Audin, Avonhurst Road, Islington, Ontario, Canada. (letter)
York Press 31.8.06 Stop the slaughter - Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals, PO Box 6500, Nottingham. (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 24.8.06 Help end the annual slaughter of seal pups MANDY CARTER Respect for Animals (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.8.06 HELP TO END BRUTAL SLAUGHTER OF SEAL - Mandy Carter, Respect For Animals, (by email) (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.8.06 IT'S TIME TO END THIS SLAUGHTER - I Am writing to urgently ask for your readers' help in ending the largest and most brutal slaughter of marine mammals on the planet - the Canadian seal hunt…. Mandy Carter Respect For Animals Nottingham (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.9.06 CAMPAIGNERS BACKING GUIDE TO HUMANE VEAL - Top Uk chefs and organic farmers have launched a campaign for good veal to try to dispel the meat's negative image. The Good Veal Guide is supported by the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sophie Grigson and aims to remove a stigma which continues to haunted veal farmers despite the adoption of welfare-friendly rearing systems… Even Compassion In World Farming has welcomed the drive for veal to be made more widely available on British menus. Chief executive Philip Lymbery said: "We applaud this initiative for providing better lives for calves through higher welfare rearing systems and thereby helping to save them from the inhumane live export trade."… (story)
Independent 2.9.06 The ethics of eating: The appeal of veal By Martin Hickman - It's been banished from British menus for nearly 20 years. But now Janet Street-Porter has spoken out to change our minds about this most succulent of meats. And celebrity chefs are queing up to join the campaign - Veal stirs the emotion like few other foods; … Now it is back - or at least it will be, if a newly-formed veal alliance has its way. A campaign has been launched by farmers and chefs to put the case for veal to the public on what might seem perverse to die-hard opponents - animal welfare grounds. The Good Veal Campaign is promoting not the bad old veal produced in the UK before the crate system was banned in 1990 but the new veal - where calves are reputed to live as happy a life as any pig.…. Angelique Davies, the campaigns officer at Compassion in World Farming, says: "We are encouraged by moves towards commercially raised calves in the UK that use higher welfare systems…."There are degrees of cruelty," says Viva's campaigns director Toni Vernelli, a critic of the UK dairy industry. "Rose veal is less cruel than white veal but you are still killing a baby and eating its flesh…. (story)
Independent 2.9.06 Leading article: Food for thought - It is easy to be sentimental about the business of eating veal….Unless we are prepared to give up drinking milk and eating cheese, we have to find a use for the male calves produced by a dairy herd. Eating good English veal is far preferable to allowing the animals to be shipped to the Continent where they will be kept and slaughtered in worse conditions… (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 5.9.06 FORESTS PAY PRICE FOR HUGE SOYA DEMAND - I Write in response to the two letters regarding soya products. Firstly I am well acquainted with people who fit in to the dynamic quoted by Mrs Fleming… As for environmental impacts the vast demand for soya produce is led mainly by the demand for cheap animal feed…. I am also glad that when I pour myself a glass of soya milk I know that no babies have been dragged away from their mothers to be live exported to countries whose barbarism knows no bounds and there are no puss cells in it either! RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln. (letter)
Lincolnshire Echo 9.8.06 CLAIM MADE ABOUT SOYA PRODUCTS WAS JUST A LOT OF SCAREMONGERING - I Believe Mrs B. Fleming of Branston was scaremongering in her remarks about soya products (August 4). The assertion regarding phytoestrogens (hormone-like chemicals which occur in small amounts in plants, seeds and grains) is not accurate…My children and I will continue to eat soya and I suggest that Echo readers make their own minds up but bear in mind the fact that millions of people in the East alongside countless vegans (more than 250,000 in the UK alone) enjoy very good health. RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln (letter)

4.9.06

Cambridge Evening News 4.9.06 Clarissa's culinary treats - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright will be cooking in Newmarket's racehorse auction ring to raise money for the town's Day Centre and the Countryside Alliance… (story)

LACS MONITORING LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 4.9.06 HUNTING LAWS ARE UNENFORCEABLE - Douglas Batchelor witters on about monitoring hunting, Points of view, August 31, but I've been flushing out and chasing deer with my dogs for the last 18 months since the ban and nothing has been done to stop me. I've notified Mr Batchelor several times by email and all he has done is to reply pleading with me to stop…. It is quite clear that the law will only ever be applied selectively to the hunts and not to other people who choose to defy it…. Either the law should be changed to a more sensible one or it should be enforced to the full extent of its absurdity. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.06 LEAGUE MONITORING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
York Press 25.8.06 The chase for hunters starts - MANY of your readers will have been surprised to see reference in the media to the start of the new hunting season…. It was only a few weeks ago that Tony Wright, a hunter from Somerset, was found guilty of hunting on Exmoor. He now has a criminal record and has had to pay a substantial fine…. The League is pleased that so many hunters have realised that there is a cruelty-free alternative to their sport. Nevertheless, we are aware that extremist elements still believe they are above the law and can continue to chase foxes as before…. Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London, SE1 1SG (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.9.06 NEW FARM WAYS RUINED THE LAND - In reply to Ray Bird's letter (Your Say, August 25), and previous letters on farming conservation and species identification, to me, "new age" farmers are the ones who decimated the countryside with their unquestionable support for scientific discoveries with land drainage, decimation of hedgerows, toxic sprays and factory farming… R Bird states "many will have forgotten more about the countryside than Mr Haines will probably ever know". On that he may be right, but coming from a long line of farming stock, with my grandfather being a pest-control officer, I know more about hunting, shooting, farming and killing than most "new age" farmers will ever learn in their lifetimes…. M J Haines Cirencester (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.8.06 DON'T BLAME THE FARMER - I Do wish that M J Haines would stop criticising farmers because they don't always share his bunny-cuddling views. Just because they don't carry their pocket I-Spy book with them so that they can distinguish a ringlet from a meadow brown, or an ox-eye from a cowslip, does not mean they are ignorant on more important countryside issues…. While it may be true that farming has changed, he should not forget that it was mainly past farmers, hunters and game-shooters, all groups of people he constantly whinges about, who have helped to play a part in the great countryside we see today, of which he seems glad enough to enjoy…. Ray Bird Acton Turville Gloucestershire(story)
Western Daily Press 17.8.06 POLITICIANS REJECT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE - The letter from Mr Haines (Your Say, August 14) regarding TB in cattle and badgers does show how ill-informed some of the general public actually are…. Professor John Bourne, head of the Scientific Investigation Group, was asked to report to the Select Committee reasons why Defra was not able to control the incidence of TB in cattle. Professor Bourne reported that there were two main reasons: the test being used on the cattle was inaccurate, and secondly that the wildlife was re-infecting the herds, mainly the badger…. I don't think that it's the farmers who will not accept scientific experts, it's politicians and civil servants who have different agendas in life. F Wakefield Bisley Stroud (letter)
Western Daily Press 17.8.06 TB IS WINNING SURVIVAL BATTLE - In relation to bovine tuberculosis, there is a dearth of scientific evidence, as for 20 years there has been no meaningful attempt at mass culling, and every scrap of evidence that has been produced on the subject has been hotly disputed. Why therefore does M J Haines at the beginning of his letter (Your Say, August 14) state the exact opposite?... John Tuck Wootton Bassett Swindon (letter)
Western Daily Press 15.8.06 MODERN FARMERS CONSTRAINED BY EU RULES AND REGULATIONS - Doesn't M J Haines go off on one (Your Say, August 14)? Does he actually know the difference between "old-fashioned" farming methods and modern farming methods as practiced by his idea of "new-age farmers"?... Badgers, when I was young, were dealt with when they impinged on banks, ditches and chickens. They were also eaten now and again…. E McConnell Ex-farm worker Durrington Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.8.06 FARMING COMMUNITY DOESN'T KNOW BETTER THAN SCIENTISTS - Here we go again. After all the scientific evidence, the discussions, the mass killing and undisputed evidence, the farming community and their supporters still think they know better than scientific experts…. All badgers and their setts are protected by law from interference by anybody, whether on private land or not…. M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Worcester Evening News 4.9.06 We are sick of being blamed for suffering of the Severn swans - A PAIR of keen anglers have hit back over claims the sport is harming swans in Worc-ester because of the use of lead weights. They say they are fed up with fishermen being blamed when swans get lead poisoning and insist the metal seeps into the rivers from poorly maintained boats and shot from gun cartridges. Matthew Bishop, a member of the Worcester and District United Anglers' Association who has been fishing for 20 years, said: "Even though you are a fisherman, you are a conservationist. You do not want to see any harm come to any animal…. Wychbold Swan Rescue owner Jan Harrigan said: "There are good anglers and there are ones who simply do not care less…. (story in archive)

York Press 4.9.06 Seal products ban - I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of constituents from across Yorkshire and the Humber who have written to be me about the banning of seal products in the Europe Union… Richard Corbett MEP, Blenheim Terrace, Leeds. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 4.9.06 Yes, close zoos From Michael Taylor, On behalf of East Anglia Animal Rights Coalition, Norwich - I TOTALLY agree with the author of the recent letter against zoos…. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 4.9.06 Big difference From Craig Redmond Campaign Manager The Captive Animals' Protection Society Manchester - TERRY Willis of Shepreth Wildlife Park appears to be confusing a zoo with a sanctuary; they are two entirely different things (News, August 28). While it is true that some (but not all) of the horrific conditions that could be found in UK zoos prior to licensing in the 1980s have been changed, captivity by its very nature cannot meet all the needs of a wild animal…. (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 4.9.06 Speak up From M Stoneman, 'Julie Cottage' Fingal St Ipswich - THE letter about zoos was very descriptive, my thoughts exactly. What are the inmates guilty of - apart from being voiceless?... (letter)

3.9.06

Scotland on Sunday 3.9.06 Bird slaughter highlights divide in the countryside IT IS depressing that the illegal persecution of Scotland's wildlife continues and most concerning that cases of poisoning of birds of prey are expected to reach a record high this year… Wouldn't it also be a positive step if gamekeepers' representatives stopped citing their frustration with the law and stopped blaming Scottish Natural Heritage and the Executive, and instead worked to eliminate this criminal practice from their profession? Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Edinburgh
YOUR article is a sad reflection of the impasse that exists in Scotland's countryside. Unfortunately, the RSPB, admirable though it is in many respects, is the main perpetrator of the breakdown in trust between those who live on and manage the land, and those that have convictions about how that management should be done…. The RSPB is doing itself no favours by alienating the very people who should be the drivers of species diversity. Tony Andrews, chief executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance, Edinburgh (letters)

Independent on Sunday 3.9.06 50,000 badgers are killed on Britain's roads every year By Jonathan Owen - Drivers are being asked to take special care on rural roads this month - the peak time for badgers to be on the move as the breeding season approaches and as the young start to leave their families. Experts estimate that vehicles kill 50,000 of the animals each year… Jack Reedy, a director of the Badger Trust, said: "Traffic is the number one threat to Britain's badgers and new roads can divide territories and result in more deaths as badgers continue along their traditional routes…. (story)

2.9.06

Western Morning News 2.9.06 LABOUR'S BAN ON HUNTING 'A NONSENSE' - The ban on hunting is "a nonsense", Conservative leader David Cameron told the WMN yesterday. After delivering a speech on the need for a Climate Change Bill, Mr Cameron took time out to speak to the WMN about several issues affecting the Westcountry… Mr Cameron said the Bill had confused the situation. "I think the Government Bill to ban hunting was a mistake. The law is a nonsense and looks ridiculous."… (story)

Western Morning News 2.9.06 TOO MANY PREDATORS - To the casual eye, all may look well around the countryside today. But to those who look closer there are deep problems in farming, the environment and the balance of wildlife. Why have the numbers of woodland birds declined? It has to be just far too many predator species… Older generations of farmers and their workers, with simpler ways and traditions, kept those predators' numbers to lower levels than today, right up to pre-DDT days. So many of their traditions have been cast aside; now we pay the price. Bill Short Axminster (story)

Scotsman 2.9.06 Now sabs are making a splash - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - YOU have to hand it to the North West Hunt Saboteurs (north west as in Lancashire not Cape Wrath). They do a very nice website - everything you ever wanted to know about a grouse or pheasant and how to disrupt a shoot. I should not have known about them had I not come over all indignant about Lucy Belson… This blameless nurse was casting a line with a friend on a local trout fishery near Lancaster when along the bank appeared a gang of 35 masked men and women throwing stones at her rod and making it quite that plain violence was on the cards… (story)

Independent 2.9.06 Townies beware: that place in the country could cost you a packet - Planning a move to that rural idyll? Don't expect to save any money, warns Rob Griffin .. a report published this week by Sparce, a coalition of 60 rural councils, suggests that a country lifestyle may come at a heavy price. Its analysis of local authorities reveals that rural communities pay higher council tax for fewer services…. Robert Gray, campaigns director for the Countryside Alliance, has called on the Government to sort out the inequality by reforming the current funding regime…. (story)

Scotsman 2.9.06 Scotland's larder - CLAIRE MACDONALD - I am so proud to be patron of Scottish Food Fortnight which began yesterday. For the next two weeks we'll be encouraged to recognise the fantastic quality of our regional foods. Organised by the Educational Trust of the Countryside Alliance, SFF has grown year on year, and at its close last September we were in Holyrood for an evening attended by 63 MSPs…. (story)

York Press 2.9.06 Betrayed by smell - TALIA Minger is perfectly entitled to try to persuade people that they shouldn't eat meat… I was once making a corned beef hash when one of my wife's vegan friends arrived unexpectedly. "Yummy!" she gushed, salivating madly. "That smells really, really nice! What is it?" Being an adoptive Yorkshireman, and sensing someone was after a free meal, I told the truth. "What! You eat flesh?" she roared. Her sense of smell betrayed her principles, for underneath our thin veil of civilisation we are all slavering carnivores. Andy Baldock, Heworth Green, York. (letter)
York Press 2.9.06 Animal Welfare - IT seems to me that Talia Minger has no idea of what actually goes on in an abattoir. Animals killed there are not "killed in sickening conditions"…. They are stunned instantly and then killed. This is the most humane way to do it…. By all means eat your vegetables, but don't forget the meat. Liz Lunn, Fordlands, Thorpe Willoughby, Selby. (letter)
York Press 30.8.06 Animal rights - I AM sure that K Holmes's letter (Kill Your Speed, Not Lambs, August 23) pulled a few heart strings…. But I would like to illustrate how, if we do care about that, there are other issues we should be just as passionate about, with an edited version of that letter: Uncaring, carnivorous consumers are causing carnage across the globe…. It is a disturbing and sickening sight to see these poor animals dead on the supermarket shelves…. Talia Minger, Kingfisher Close, Huntington, York. (story)

1.9.06

BLENCATHRA RESTARTS BREEDING PROGRAMME
West Cumberland Times & Star 1.9.06 Hunt packs restarts dog breeding - ONE of Cumbria’s oldest hunting packs is restarting its breeding programme…. (story)
Cumberland News 25.8.06 New breeding plan for foxhound pack lifts gloom of hunting ban By Ross Brewster - ONE of Cumbria’s oldest hunting packs is restarting its breeding programme… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 25.8.06 Puppies lift the gloom around new hunting law By Ross Brewster - ONE of Cumbria’s oldest hunting packs is restarting its breeding programme again as much of the "doom and gloom” surrounding the hunting ban has been dispelled… The Blencathra, whose hound breeding lines date back to John Peel, fulfilled a complete fixture list last season, claiming that hunting to a drag had enabled them to continue meeting while staying within the law… Five fell packs plus hounds from the Bewcastle, Cumberland, Haydon and Bilsdale Farmers’ hunts took part in Wednesday’s show… (story)

BERKELEY HUNT AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Gloucestershire Gazette 1.9.06 Show enjoyed by thousands - ENTRIES to the 105th Berkeley Show were good and more than 9,000 people enjoyed a great day out… Highlights of the show in the main ring included the judging, vintage tractors, owl flying, parades of the Berkeley Hounds and Wick and District Beagles, show driving, heavy horses and gun dogs…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 30.8.06 SHOW PACKS THEM IN - Berkeley Show was the place to be on bank holiday Monday, with crowds so large that a second huge field had to be opened to take visitors' vehicles. Just a short walk over the road to the meadows in the shadow of historic Berkeley Castle, people were in the thick of traditional country entertainment. Organised by the Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Society, the 105th show naturally included a parade of the Berkeley Hounds in the main ring, with commentary from Henry Berkeley, whose family have lived in the castle for centuries…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo (or Gloucester Citizen) 25.8.06 MOO-VE OVER TO COUNTRY FAIR - Monday, Berkeley: The Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Society Show comes to Berkeley Castle on Bank Holiday Monday. From 9am-5pm, visitors can look at livestock, browse in the food halls, and enjoy displays…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 15.8.06 SHOW HAS AGRICULTURE AND MORE - The Berkeley Hunt Agricultural Show comes to town on August 28 with a wide range of things to see and do for the family. The event, held at the meadow near Berkeley Castle, gets under way on bank holiday Monday from 9am until 5pm…. (story)

Northern Echo 1.9.06 Farming show has more - AN agricultural show which has been a showcase for the best of the region's farming and rural skills for more than two centuries takes place this weekend. Wolsingham Show, is the oldest show in England and organisers have pulled together a varied programme for the 227th year…. A sheep show is at 2.15pm, and the Braes of Derwent Hounds and Weardale Beagles will parade at 2.30pm with the Purple Helmets appearing an hour later…. (story)

Reading Chronicle 1.9.06 We've made no secret of our horror of shooting - RG SEYS tells us that animal rights supporters would like to ban shooting and fishing (We said shooting and fishing would be next, Chronicle, August 24) as if this were an amazing revelation of some hidden agenda. In fact the animal rights movement has never made any secret of its opposition to all bloodsports, including hunting, shooting and fishing. They all involve the suffering and death of sentient creatures in the name of so-called sport…. DEREK GREATREX, Harrogate Road, Caversham (story)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 1.9.06 Stop the killing of birds for fun - THE bird shooting season is now under way, when beautiful birds are blasted out of the sky by people in the name of sport (or should I say fun). Any so-called sport which involves animals and birds being hunted and killed for sport, is disgusting and abhorrent and needs stopping right now…. H HAMER, Lowther Place, Blackburn. (story)

Worcester Evening News 1.9.06 Swan sanctuary must be protected - I was appalled by the arrogant suggestion by Dilip Sarkar that to overcome the current ban on fishing in the vicinity of the Worcester bridge he could fish from a boat in the river… STUART LENG, Worcester (letter in archive)

Scotsman 1.9.06 Cages are inhumane - I hope that the egg producer quoted by Fordyce Maxwell (Farming, 30 August) is correct, and that implementation of the European ban on conventional battery cages is indeed "a done deal"… Animal welfare organisations are calling on the commission to continue with the cage ban as intended. LIBBY ANDERSON, Policy director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 1.9.06 Circus row on animals - Circuses featuring performing animals could be allowed to set up their big top in Walsall despite a storm of protest from campaigners, if councillors agree…. This is despite the majority of councillors, including leader Tom Ansell, calling for an inflexible order that would completely put a stop to the practice within the borough. Councillor Ansell and others spoke out at a full council meeting earlier this year following protests by animal welfare campaigners throughout Bobby Roberts’ Super Circus visit to Walsall Arboretum in May…. (story)

CROYDON URBAN FOXES
Croydon Advertiser 1.9.06 A brutal life - but without muggings and shootings - Most foxes' lives are short and brutal. They have no doting owners to shop for them and provide them with the necessities of life and thus have to every single evening go in search of sustenance for themselves and quite often a family of cubs…. So after reading about all the antisocial people in last week's Croydon Advertiser it was such a treat to arrive at page 20 and be treated to a delightful picture of a young fox being hand fed by Leni Gillman… Josephine Ambrose, The Drive Thornton Heath (letter)
Croydon Advertiser 29.8.06 Anyone shooting animals should be ashamed - Poor Mr and Mrs Sidwell can't sleep at night because of the noise the foxes make. Why don't they shut the window…. Also Mr and Mrs Sidwell find something better to do with your money instead of having foxes shot. Their habitat is slowly being taken away from them. Mrs P Latter, King Henry's Drive, New Addington (letter)
BBC (London) 30.8.06 and BBC News Online 30.8.06 Urban foxes are making the lives of a south London couple a misery - A south London couple driven to despair by urban foxes roaming their garden have spent nearly £1,000 trying to keep them out. Michael and Susan Sidwell, of Croydon, said they have faced many a sleepless night as foxes fought, howled and screeched in their suburban garden… (story)
Couple spend hundreds on fox bane - A south London couple driven to despair by urban foxes roaming their garden have spent nearly £1,000 trying to keep them out…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 11.8.06 Couple's battle with 'ASBO' foxes By Maheesha Kottegoda mk@Croydonadvertiser.Co.Uk - EXHAUSTED, sleep-deprived residents driven to distraction by screeching foxes at all hours of the night are at a loss to rid their street of the bushy-tailed bandits. Michael and Susan Sidwell, of Tudor Road, South Norwood, are continually being outfoxed despite turning their home into a fortress by spending hundreds of pounds on high fencing and spikes…. "We are at war with the foxes.They are evil little things.Croydon Council says they are nature. I love wildlife, but I hate the foxes."… A council spokesman said: "In common with many other London boroughs the council has adopted the London Fox Code, published by the London Wild Life Trust. "This states that foxes are a desirable part of London's wildlife heritage and control is unnecessary. Control will only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances."… (story)

South London Press 1.9.06 Circus animals do not get choice to perform - ISAY it is a crying shame that companies like Zippos Circus are still touring the land… I don't think animals aspire to becoming part of a circus act, do you? Angelique Hollingdrake, By email (letter)