September 2008

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30.9.08

Telegraph 30.9.08 Clarissa Dickson Wright: USA is 'unbearable' By Charlotte Bailey - Ms Dickson Wright, half of former duo Two Fat Ladies, said that she has been asked to go and work in America like fellow chefs Jamies Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, but that she has always turned it down. The 61-year-old chef, who lives in Edinburgh, said: "I've been asked about going and doing book tours over there but to be honest I don't think I could face it… Ms Dickson Wright, also a supporter of the Countryside Alliance, was declared bankrupt five years ago, now making her money from writing, public speaking, and food and countryside consultancies (story)

South Wales Evening Post 30.9.08 Illegal badger killing on the rise because of delay to cull - claim farmers - BADGERS are being killed illegally because of delays to the introduction of a pilot cull, a farmer has said… Huw Roberts, of the Clwyd Badger Group, said: "Scientific experiments have shown that it is cattle that are transmitting TB to badgers…. (story)
BBC News Online 30.9.08 'Illegal badger kill' over delay - A farmer says badgers are being killed illegally amid the lack of a date for a pilot cull to tackle bovine TB… Carwyn James who farms organic cattle in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, told the programme: "The assembly government has been talking about the cull for long enough… Huw Roberts, of the Clwyd Badger Group, said modern farming practices were responsible for spreading TB… (story)

Dundee Evening Telegrap 30.9.08 Animal welfare protest in Dundee - Animal welfare campaigners staged a protest in the centre of Dundee today, urging shoppers to boycott a leading shampoo brand it claims is being tested on animals (writes Sean Hamilton)… Animal welfare group Uncaged — backed by a 20-foot spoof bottle of Herbal Essences — asked members of the public to sign a pledge to refrain from buying the hair-care range… (story)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 30.9.08 Animal Rights Posted by 'Grumpy Old Man' Peter Stokes - It's an outrage. Vulnerable little animals continue to be experimented upon for no other reason than to save/prolong the lives of millions of unhealthy human beings… The Grumpy's Solution - Immediately after having seized power we'll be introducing a slightly controversial new law banning experimentation on all animals other than the genus homo sapiens. This new law will allow responsible citizens aged six and over to offer themselves up to be experimented upon for the good of the nation - and the animal kingdom… Peter Stokes - Party Leader (story)

Bolton News 30.9.08 Animal neglect deserves a tougher penalty - MRS D Mann, in her letter, “Punishment does not fit the crime” (September 10), questions why a man who neglected his dogs so badly that one of them had to be put down, was only banned from keeping animals for life… The Government needs to wake up quickly to the fact that people who attack animals almost always progress to attacking women and children. A Cartmell, Bolton (letter)

Ilford Recorder 30.9.08 Geese out of the firing line - DOMINIC WIGGAN - CANADA geese will not be shot dead, Redbridge Council has promised…. Angry residents protested against the idea - which the council said would be used as a "last resort"…. Birdwatcher Richard Leighton, of Oakwood Gardens, said: "The statement is just words and meaningless unless they go back to square one and come up with a strategy that will deliver…. Steph Baxter, of the Canada Goose Conservation Society, said: "We welcome the assurance by Redbridge Council that is has decided against lethal methods to control numbers of Canada geese…. (story)
Ilford Recorder 11.9.08 Council has licence to kill park geese - COUNCIL chiefs have been handed a licence to kill, as they struggle to deal with an overpopulation of Canada geese in the borough's parks and open spaces…. But appalled lifelong birdwatcher Richard Leighton threatened legal action against the use of the licence and said a cull would be "pointless"…. (story)

29.9.08

Kent/East Sussex Courier 29.9.08 Show gears up for harvest season - THE Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Centre is taking place this weekend. Attractions range from a carriage driving display to the ever-popular display of hounds with all the colour of the countryside…. (story)
Mid Sussex Times 31.7.08 Ardingly prepares for game fair - FOLLOWING the success of the South of England Show, preparations are well underway for the Agricultural Society's next big event. More than 81,000 people attended last month's flagship show and organisers hope many will return for the Autumn Show & Game Fair which takes place at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, October 4-5…. (story)

Western Daily Press 29.9.08 Outsiders can't talk about animal welfare - THIRTEEN angry men will pose no problem to the vast majority of British citizens who will never endorse the reintroduction of a law that permits the cruel and barbaric persecution of its animals. In the past, Britain has led the way by setting a precedent to law and order throughout the world, upholding standards that the rest of world in time has adopted… With respect, may I suggest that these 13 men go back to their own countries and put their own house in order…. Or do they think that the British public will be led by the nose and endorse a law passed by a huge majority decision to outlaw hunting?... RM Morris Minehead Somerset (letter)

ThisIsSomerset 29.9.08 Fair game - Killing birds and animals for sport is a contentious issue for many. There are all sorts of laws in place to not only protect our wildlife but to also limit the amount of killing that takes place in our countryside…. Of course, many birds such as grouse, pheasant and partridge are bred to be shot and so their numbers remain evenly balanced. Love it or hate it there is very little proof that it actually does any harm to the species mentioned. Gerry Urch (story)

Daily Post 29.9.08 Goldfish in bags could be banned at Flintshire fair - Carl Butler - GOLDFISH in plastic bags may soon be a thing of the past at a Fintshire town fair. Buckley town councillors are considering whether to ban using fish as prizes at their Jubilee Week fair. They have agreed in principle to adopt Animal Aid’s Compassionate Charter – which also condemns the use of animals in circuses… Animal Aid representative Kate Fowler-Reeves travelled from Kent to plead with the council to adopt the charter…. (story)

28.9.08

Sunday Sun 28.9.08 Guns report under fire - AS the press officer for the largest organisation representing shooting sports in the UK, I am often sent newspaper articles from our members concerning reporting about firearms. This week one member sent me a copy of an article which was published in your paper on September 21 entitled “Gun thefts rise”… I contacted the reporter who wrote the article to find out which websites had published gun owners’ home addresses on them so we could advise them to take the information down… No certificate holder will willingly put his or her name and address on a website which identified them as certificate holders, and it might be considered a breach of the conditions subject to which the certificate is issued and thus an offence — HELEN SHUKER, press officer, British Association for Shooting and Conservation. (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 28.9.08 Letter from Mary Shephard - AS the public becomes more interested in ethical products - from organic clothing to cruelty-free foods, it becomes increasingly important to find a large range of high quality, environmentally friendly goods in one place. Animal Aid, a not-for-profit organisation, campaigns for the better protection of animals and has an on-line and mail order shop… MARY SHEPHARD Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (story)

27.9.08

Irish Times 27.9.08 BABRBARISM OF THE BULLRING - Don Mullan's recent harrowing account of bullfighting barbarity in Barcelona (The Irish Times, August 16th), referred to a Coca-Cola banner on display at the city's bullring. The Irish Council Against Blood Sports contacted Coca-Cola about this and we are delighted to report that the company has promised to have the banner removed…. PHILIP KIERNAN, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)

Bolton News 27.9.08 Anti-fur campaigners set to protest (story)
Torquay Herald Express 27.9.08 Anti-fur campaigners set to protest - Anti-fur campaigners are marching in protest against some of the UK's highest-profile stores. The London march will pass designer outlets including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Armani and Burberry before stopping outside department store Harrods. Organisers CAFT (Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade) said the protest was focusing on "some of the most notorious retailers and designers of fur… (story)

Leicester Mercury 27.9.08 Time to cut out the meat - Recently, in a national newspaper, Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, suggested that meat-eaters should refrain from eating meat for one day a week… Every five seconds, a child somewhere will die of hunger. Vegetarianism uses up far less of the world's resources of food, land, water and energy. Giving up or cutting down on meat consumption could help to alleviate famine in many parts of the world… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

26.9.08

Guardian 26.9.08 Guardian diary - Hugh Muir - Goodbye Manchester, hello Birmingham. Labour out, Tories in. The faithful will be there and so will the anti-hunting supporters of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which has secured its first stand at the Tory conference….. (story)

Meat Info 26.9.08 Scots ready to meet their muddy match - Farming can be a lonely pastime, but now there is a chance for Scots with a passion for the countryside to meet their perfect match. Online community MuddyMatches.co.uk has teamed up with the Scottish Countryside Alliance to host a light-hearted evening of speed dating for country-minded, ‘muddy’ people of all ages. The evening will take place from 7.30 on Friday 24th October 2008 in the George Suite of the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh and the organisers hope to see a wide range of single country people coming together from across the region to see if they hit it off… (story)

Angling 26.9.08 Urban foxes: friends or foes? - Kathleen Dalley says foxes spread disease (Letters, September 18). It would be useful to know how many people in Brighton and Hove have actually been infected by foxes. The answer is probably none… Nicole and Bob Pendlebury, Wilbury Villas, Hove
I was shocked at the hatred Mrs Dalley expressed towards foxes by describing them as “filthy animals”. What is wrong with foxes? I have a collection of photos of a lovely fox that visits my garden and it cheers me up so much to see his cute little face… R Hale, Brunswick Road, Hove
Some people in Brighton and Hove would love five or six foxes to visit their garden at night. The urban fox seems to be one of our most popular garden visitors and many people get quite worried if they don’t see their favourite fox for a few nights…. Gloria Wheatcroft, co-ordinator, Inner-City Wildlife Concern, Brighton and Hove area, The Drive, Hove
It is not the fault of foxes that they have been forced to move to our towns from the countryside…. Jacqui Townsend, Parkhurst Avenue, Brighton
When walking home after a night out clubbing in Brighton, I am amazed by the amount of badgers, foxes and other wildlife which I see. Surely they have as much right as us to be here… R Pattinson, Sillwood Place, Brighton (letters)

Oxford Mail 26.9.08 Crime? We're at a peaceful demo - Some of your readers will have suffered various forms of crime on the afternoon of Sunday, September 21, only to be told by a pompous police call operator that their officers were too busy to come out. These victims of crime will therefore be disgusted to learn that the same afternoon, four or five peaceful protesters against vivisection in Oxford were being monitored by not one but three fully uniformed policemen… PAUL McKELLERN Palmer Road Wood Farm Oxford (story)
Sheffield Telegraph 26.9.08 Protests over circus animals - ANIMAL rights' protesters say they will stage daily protests at Zippo's Circus, which was opening yesterday in Endcliffe Park. Sheffield Animal Friends, which has picketed local restaurants for selling foie gras, claims in an email to supporters the circus has "a wide number of domestic and exotic animals in their performances". John Whittle of SAF said: "It will be a friendly and completely legal and peaceful demonstration. It is not acceptable in this day and age to have animals in circuses."… (story)
Sheffield Telegraph 24.9.08 Circus targeted by animal campaigners - CIRCUS boss Martin Burton is facing daily protests from animal rights campaigners when his big top arrives in Sheffield tomorrow. Martin, owner of Zippo's circus, which is coming to Endcliffe Park, said: "I'll call the police if they start abusing my customers."… (story)
Sheffield Star 24.9.08 Circus targeted by animal campaigners By Martin Dawes - CIRCUS boss Martin Burton is facing daily protests from animal rights campaigners when his big top arrives in Sheffield tomorrow. Martin, owner of Zippo's circus, which is coming to Endcliffe Park, said: "I'll call the police if they start abusing my customers." Sheffield Animal Friends (SAF), which has picketed local restaurants for selling foie gras, claims in an email to supporters the circus has "a wide number of domestic and exotic animals in their performances"…. John Whittle of SAF said: "It will be a friendly and completely legal and peaceful demonstration… (story)

Bucks Free Press 26.9.08 Boycott' visiting circus call - ANIMAL rights campaigners are calling for people to boycott a circus arriving in Chesham this week because of the condition of one of its animals. The Bobby Roberts Super Circus arrives in town on Tuesday, along with 55-year-old elephant Anne – the last elephant in Britain to be touring with a circus. But the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, which opposes the use of animals in circuses, said it was concerned she was being transported in an articulated wagon, as the animal suffers from arthritis…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 26.9.08 Viva Caroline! Britain's best young vegan - A 16-year-old girl has been crowned Britain's best young vegetarian. Caroline Butterwich, from Lutterworth, won a competition run by Vegetarians International Voice for Animals, or Viva, to find the most inspirational young vegetarians and vegans in the country…. (story)

25.9.08

Saffron Walden Reporter 25.9.08 Wild game back on Essex table - PIGEON, pheasant and partridge could be returning to the menu after the launch of a new wild game business. Shadow minister for agriculture and rural affairs, Jim Paice MP, officially opened Radwinter Wild Game Company last Monday. Entrepreneur Gilly Kiddy set up the business with her husband Jeremy in a converted grain store at their farm in Radwinter Park with finance from the East of England Development Agency and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA)…. (story)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 25.9.08 Fox problem - I work as a veterinary nurse in Twickenham and see first hand the damage and death that urban foxes cause. I too have lost one of my beloved cats which was savagely ripped in two and left in my garden. No other animal could have caused this level of destruction other than a fox as I live in a road where there are no dogs. While at work I constantly hear from owners of rabbits, guinea pigs and cats which have either been attacked and/or killed by foxes…. ZOE THORNE-JONES, Teddington (letter)
Richmond & Twickenham Times 25.9.08 Fox myth, fox reality – I have been reading the letters regarding urban foxes and would like to reply to some of the points raised by Jane Godwin (RTT, September 12). First of all the RSPCA is not entirely wrong. Although foxes will sometimes attack cats, it is rare and in such a fight the fox will often come off worse. I regularly observe our local foxes and have never seen one attack a cat. However, I have seen many occasions of cats attacking foxes… TOM HILL, Twickenham (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 25.9.08 Countryside will suffer if eating habits change - Can the campaign manager of Viva! explain what would happen to the 11,047 animals if we carnivores did not eat them? Would they be kept and fed until the end of their natural lives by the kind farmer? No, of course not… Philip Bird, Nab Wood Terrace, Shipley (letter)

Mid Sussex Times 25.9.08 Rejected swan rescued by wildlife supporters - BIRD lovers swooped on Ditchling Common at the weekend to rescue a young swan rejected by his family… Angela Scrivens from Badger and Wildlife Protection – Mid Sussex said: "The cygnet, although capable of flying, was unable to take off as swans need space to build up speed. We contacted Swans and Friends Bird Rescue at Redhill and they arrived with swan capturing equipment."… (story)

24.9.08

Argus 24.9.08 Pity the sheep in Wild Park - I read that sheep are to be introduced to Wild Park, Brighton (The Argus, July 28). Is this some sort of joke? One can only imagine the poor sheep being terrorised by the many dogs which run off the lead in this busy park on the edge of a housing estate…. Denise Friend, Hythe Road, Brighton (letter)

23.9.08

Llanelli Star or Carmarthen Journal 23.9.08 New hunt for Teifi saves the fox! - A NEW hunt with hounds and riders — but, crucially, no fox — is being launched in the Teifi Valley. The organisers hope it will keep the traditions of hunting alive after changes to the law in 2004… A NEW hunt with hounds and riders — but, crucially, no fox — is being launched in the Teifi Valley. The organisers hope it will keep the traditions of hunting alive after changes to the law in 2004…. (story)

Western Mail 23.9.08 US hedge fund gives Tories £40k to fight Welsh marginal held by Labour by Martin Shipton, Western Mail - A HEDGE fund with its headquarters in New York has donated £40,000 to a local Conservative Association in rural Wales…. But Plaid Cymru’s national chair John Dixon said he was extremely concerned that a company with no local connections was prepared to put so much money into the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Conservative Association… The Tory candidate in the seat next time will be Simon Hart, chief executive of the pro-hunting campaign group the Countryside Alliance… One of the directors of Christofferson, Robb and Co, Johan Christofferson, a former Master of the Isle of Wight hunt, said: “Several of the firm’s partners are friend’s of Simon’s from the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Irish Independent 23.9.08 Keep the hare coursers out - DESPITE the fact that Environment Minister John Gormley issued a stark warning last May that the conservation status of the Irish hare is "poor", he went ahead and issued a licence for the netting of up to 7,500 hares from the wild for use as live lures before greyhounds at coursing meetings… The coursing gangs will be out with their nets up and down the country for the next six months. The fact that they have a licence from the Environment Minister doesn't give them the right to enter privately owned lands. So we appeal to farmers and landowners, who are the real custodians of Ireland's wildlife and who, in the main, value the presence of wildlife on their lands, to keep the hare snatchers out. AIDEEN YOURELL, IRISH COUNCIL AGAINST BLOODSPORTS, MULLINGAR, CO WESTMEATH (story)

Western Morning News 23.9.08 Badger groups alleging culls ‘secrecy’ by Sally Williams - BADGER Trust Cymru has called on Elin Jones, Minister for Rural Affairs, to end what it calls the Assembly Government’s “obsessive secrecy” in planning the slaughter of Welsh badgers. In a letter to Elin Jones on behalf of the eight badger conservation groups covering Wales, Badger Trust Cymru spokesman Steve Clark accuses the minister of establishing TB groups which “exclude key stakeholders, meet in secret and do not publish their deliberations”… (story)
Daily Post 16.9.08 Badger group slams ‘secret’ cull meetings by Andrew Forgrave - A PRESSURE group claims slaughter plans over the cull of badgers in Wales are being kept secret. Badger Trust Cymru has called on Rural Affairs minister Elin Jones to end the “obsessive secrecy” in planning the slaughter of badgers, part of the TB eradication programme… Spokesman Steve Clark, from Badger Trust Cymru, which represents eight badger groups covering Wales, said: “If such groups and their deliberations cannot be scrutinised, they cannot be challenged. This is not what we expect in a healthy democracy.”… (story)

22.9.08

WICKHAM LABORATORY MARCH
Portsmouth News 22.9.08 Arrest after protesters stage march - Around 100 animal rights protesters marched through Wickham on Saturday. The group was made up of members from the Stop Wickham Animal Testing group and animal rights activists from all over the country…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 22.9.08 SWAT team in action for animals - ABOUT 100 protesters marched through Wickham in an annual march against animal testing. The group included Stop Wickham Animal Testing (SWAT) members and animal rights activists from across the country… (story)
BBC News Online 21.9.08 Arrest at animal laboratory demo - One person was arrested during a protest against animal testing at laboratories in a Hampshire town. Almost 100 campaigners from the Stop Wickham Animal Testing (Swat) group marched through the town on Saturday… (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 20.9.08 Protesters march through Wickham - Around 100 animal rights protesters marched through Wickham this afternoon, Saturday September 20. The group was made up of members from the Stop Wickham Animal Testing group (SWAT) and animal rights activists from all over the country…. One person was arrested. Jeannette McClunan, the SWAT rally organiser from Corhampton, said: "We are very pleased with the turn out… Mrs McClunan's mother, Helen Nelson, from Gosport was also at the march… (story)
Portsmouth News 26.6.08 Animal rights protesters angry at police policy - A ROW has broken out between animal rights campaigners and police over a request to close a road during their annual demonstration at an animal testing lab. Members of the Stop Wickham Animal Testing group have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission…. Campaigners are angry as they claim a road closure during the Boxing Day Hursley and Hambledon Hunt was done for free. Activist Jeanette McClunan, of Corhampton, said: 'Why should we have to pay £400 for a policeman for 15 minutes when there are going to be so many police officers there anyway?... (story)

South Wales Evening Post 22.9.08 Show pupils meat truth - THE vast majority of people say they are animal lovers. If so, they should visit a slaughterhouse. School parties should be taken there so children can see where their meat comes from… D G Wheeler, Pendrill Street, Melyn, Neath (letter)

21.9.08

Scotland On Sunday 21.9.08 How this brainy fruit fly will save the lives of mice and men By Fiona Gray - THEY are the curse of mankind, known only for their ability to spread disease and best dispatched with a rolled-up newspaper. But one of their number, the humble fruit fly, has emerged as an unlikely human ally after Scots scientists devised a remarkable technique for testing drug treatments on the insects…. Fiona Ogg, chief executive of animal rights group Advocates for Animals, said: "The use of any animal is unacceptable and poor science. There is no perfect animal or insect human model…. (story)

20.9.08

Telegraph 20.9.08 Jim Webster - Huntsman with the Belvoir for 27 years who was the leading exponent of hunting pure-bred Old English hounds. Jim Webster , who died on September 13 aged 85, was one of Britain's leading professional huntsmen in the postwar years; he was huntsman of the Belvoir in the cream of the Shires for 27 years (1956-83), the second longest term in the Hunt's history… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.9.08 MP hits back in shooting row - Bradford MP and Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has hit out after pro-animal campaigners accused him of promoting cruel sports. On Tuesday – the second day of National Shooting Week – Animal Aid’s new mascot, Phileas the Pheasant, will be visiting the city highlighting the “cruel sport” of gamebird shooting. The campaigners said they chose Bradford because the Bradford South MP attended a reception staged by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), a pro-shoot lobby group, at last year’s Labour Party Conference… But Mr Sutcliffe said the comments were being taken out of context. He said: “This is ridiculous. I did speak at the reception about shooting, but I do not support killing birds. “What was said was we support shooting and fishing. We recently won medals for shooting. “Saying I support cruel shooting is simply not correct…. (story)

BBC News Online 20.9.08 Calls made for badger cull U-turn - Animal campaigners have gathered across Wales in a series of protests to force the assembly government to rule out its planned badger cull. Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (Viva) claim the plan is a "misguided attempt" to control bovine TB and want people to join their cause…. (story)

19.9.08

Derby Evening Telegraph 19.9.08 CHRIS WILLIAMSON - FOUR years ago I flew out to America to campaign for the Democrat presidential candidate, John Kerry. This year's race for the White House is set to be even more interesting… The Alaskan State Governor, a gun-loving, moose-shooting, professed Christian, anti-abortion, creationist has certainly got the political commentators and the candidates into a bit of a tizz… In America, the National Rifle Association has wrapped itself in the metaphorical flag and the Constitution and claims to be the voice of the people. It is very well funded and politicians are not prepared to take it on… The UK equivalent is the Countryside Alliance and behind them the fluffily named British Association for Sport and Conservation. They claim to be the voice of the countryside and lobby Government on behalf of the gun owners and shooters. However, unlike America, opinion polls in the UK show that over 70 per cent of the population is against killing for sport by shooting… (story)

Sun 19.9.08 I AM tired of seeing pictures of wildlife slaughtered by US Republican vice-president candidate Sarah Palin… In my experience, people who hunt for fun turn out not to be nice. CHERIE APPS, Bexley, Kent (letter)

BBC News Online 19.9.08 Suspended term for animal killer - A former gamekeeper has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting killing buzzards and badgers. Kyle Burden, 19, from Kempton, near Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, admitted killing them on the Kempton Estate near Craven Arms in 2007. He was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for six months, at Telford Magistrates Court…. (story)
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 31.8.08 Keeper clubbed badgers to death By Paul Ferguson - A GAMEKEEPER who killed birds of prey and clubbed badgers to death could be sent to prison. Kyle Burden, of Lydbury North, appeared before Ludlow Magistrates last Thursday on several counts of animal cruelty. The court heard how Burden, aged 19, used guns and illegal traps to kill badgers and buzzards on the Kempton Estate between May 14 and July 21 last year. He will be sentenced next month in Telford after admitting nine charges. Six other offences were taken into consideration…. (story)

VIVA! RAINFOREST LETTER
Lennox Herald 19.9.08 Stop eating burgers and save the monkeys by Marc McLean, Lennox Herald (main ed) - A VEGETARIAN group is urging people to ditch meat to save the lives of cows – and MONKEYS. Animal campaigning organisation Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) is highlighting the harm that eating meat and dairy products does to not only farm animals, but creatures in the wild… Renton man Les Robertson has been a member of Viva! for the past two years and a vegetarian for over 20 years. He said: “You might ask what has a beef burger got to do with killing monkeys? The answer is lots… (story)
Blackpool Gazette 18.9.08 Real cost of eating meat - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva! (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 16.9.08 Munching away at the rainforests - Justin Kerswell Viva! Bristol (story)
Somerset County Gazette 15.9.08 Save monkeys by going veggie - This month, animal campaigning group Viva! are holding their annual Veggie Month. This time, we are highlighting the toll that eating meat and dairy has not only on farmed animals, but also animals in the wild… It’s a little known fact, but the meat and dairy industries are the number one cause of Loss of Biodiversity around the world… Eating a burger doesn’t just cost the life of the cow, it also costs the lives of innumerable wild animals by destroying their natural habitat through ranching and clearing land to grow crops to feed farmed animals… JUSTIN KERSWELL Campaigns manager, Viva York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8QH (letter)

18.9.08

Swindon Advertiser 18.9.08 Letter from Rev H W Jones - I WAS pleased to read the plea in the (SA, News in Brief - Sept 15) for people to report those who persist in cub hunting… Huntsman have been known to breed foxes so that when they have inexperienced hounds they train them by allowing them to kill the cubs… (Rev) H W JONES Priors Hill Wroughton (letter)

Argus 18.9.08 Stop feeding filthy foxes - I think it is good that Brighton and Hove City Council is recruiting residents to report anyone who drops litter… But there is another serious problem. We are infested with foxes in my area of Hove. The fox is a filthy animal. It digs holes in the grass, soils the paths, spreads disease and encourages rats. People should stop feeding this vermin… Kathleen Dalley, Sackville Road, Hove (letter)

Independent 18.9.08 Can wearing fur be guilt-free? It's brutal and bloody, yet some designers are trying to rebrand animal pelts as the latest eco fashion must-have. Sanjida O'Connell reports on an unlikely alliance - It sounds like the latest fashion oxymoron: ecological fur. A Japanese designer and furrier, Chie Imai, has called her autumn 2008 collection of fur-trimmed capes and boleros Eco Harmony. Yet the trim isn't faux-fur but chinchilla and mink…. "Fur is about as far away from a green product as you can get," says Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager for Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals). The charity is launching a campaign against fur as British sales have risen by a third in the last two years, suggesting a fur comeback…. (story)

17.9.08

Bristol Evening Post 17.9.08 Taking a tipple too farm - I HAVE survived the experience, you may be interested to know, or not, as the case may be. I have driven the length of France on the first weekend of the small game shooting season without having my car or my person sprayed with shot or pierced by bullets being fired from the rather enthus-iastic devotees of la chasse. The word translates as "hunting" but has completely different connotations over there. Instead of dressing up in red coats and setting off on horseback to tear foxes to bits with the aid of a pack of dogs (while hoisting two digits to the farcical hunting "ban"), French hunters take to the woods and thickets armed with firearms of various sorts with the intention of shooting at anything that creeps, flies, gallops, crawls, trots or slithers…. (story)

York Press 17.9.08 Vegetarian cyclists in rude health - In surprised reply to William Dixon Smith’s daft question as to whether there were any vegetarian cyclists in York – yes, yes, yes and yes!... It’s not about piety either. Vegetarianism is healthy, low carbon, avoids animal cruelty, and we love our food… John Cossham, Hull Road, York
Yes! I am sure I am not the only one. I have been a cyclist all of my life, 70 years (first outing in a sidecar at six weeks, a vegetarian for more than 50 years, of that a vegan for 20)…. Steve Oxbrow, Clifton Moor, York. (letters)

16.9.08

Times 16.9.08 Nutrition and cows - Paul Heiney paints an inordinately pretty picture of impoverished African lives being transformed by the gift of cows from a British charity… In reality, it is vastly more efficient to use available agricultural resources — land, labour, people, water — to feed people directly rather than passing protein through animals… Promoting meat as an answer to global poverty is quite simply fraudulent. Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid (story)

Carlisle News & Star 16.9.08 Support for the grey is strong - IT SEEMS the latest tactic of the Lowther-based Save our Squirrels group is to claim more people are backing their campaign to kill grey squirrels in an effort to try to convince the public that their crusade is gaining momentum. In response to our website www.grey-squirrel.org.uk this is certainly not the feed-back we are receiving from the public nation-wide who abhor the wholesale and brutal slaughter of greys….. The hate campaign waged against grey squirrels by red squirrel groups has reached such a pitch they are prepared to ignore anything that doesn’t suit their agenda. ANGUS MACMILLAN Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

15.9.08

IFAW FOX WATCH SCHEME
Horse & Hound 15.9.08 IFAW advertises for people to spy on hunts - AN anti-hunting organisation has placed prominent adverts in newspapers across the south-west calling on residents to contact police if they think they have seen hunts acting suspiciously. The quarter-page adverts, inserted by the well-funded global company the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), feature a close-up of a fox cub, and declare: "He's only a few months old, but already they could be baying for his blood."… (story)
Western Morning News 28.8.08 Fox Watch scheme 'not needed' - AN INTERNATIONAL animal welfare group has called on residents through a Neighbourhood Watch-style advertising campaign to look out for illegal fox cub hunting. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) placed adverts in a selection of South West publications calling on members of the public to look out for suspicious activity. But the Countryside Alliance has dismissed the call, saying most members of public would not know the difference between an illegal hunt and one that was lawful… (story)

ANIMAL AID ANTI SHOOTING LETTER
Swindon Advertiser 15.9.08 Letter from Kit Davidson - HELEN Shuker of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation is a press officer practiced in spin. (SA, August 28). She rails against criticism of the cage breeding of partridge but doesn't detail the traditional partridge breeding method she instead promotes… She talks up the shooting economy as worth £1.6 bn a year to the countryside. What she doesn't say is that this unbelievable sum (more than the collateral damage in the Israeli - Hezbollah war of the same year) was decided in 2006 from the return of only 2,000 questionnaires from willing, canvassed and motivated members of the shooting industry…. But worst of all she spins that all this effort is to put food on our tables. It most definitely is not. It is about killing purpose-bred creatures for fun… KIT DAVIDSON Shooting Consultant Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Bexley Times 10.9.08 So cruel to shoot - Kit Davidson, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter
Bromley Times 10.9.08 So cruel to shoot these game birds - Kit Davidson, Animal Aid (letter
Swindon Advertiser 10.9.08 Letter from Helen Shuker - HELEN SHUKER Press Officer The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Southern Reporter 4.9.08 Association blasts back at shooting claims - Helen Shuker (press officer), The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Wrexham (letter)
Yorkshire Evening Post 2.9.08 Partridges are fair game - Helen Shuker, Press Officer, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Wrexham (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 28.8.08 Letter from Helen Shuker - I would like to point out that Kit Davidson of Animal Aid’s letter (SA, August 25) paints a very one-sided and inaccurate picture of partridge shooting in the UK. A battery style egg production unit for partridge has been tried by approximately two per cent of the game farmers in the UK; the system is not well supported and the majority of game managers prefer to use a more expensive traditional method of egg production and rearing, which has much higher standards of bird health and welfare…. Helen Shuker Press Officer The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 27.8.08 Letter from Kit Davidson - KIT DAVIDSON Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Yorkshire Evening Post 26.8.08 Stop this cruel slaughter - Kit Davidson, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)
Burton Mail 25.8.08 Time for slaughter from Kit Davidson, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AW (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 25.8.08 Cruel death is a month earlier - OCTOBER marks the start of the British pheasant shooting season, but please spare a thought for the oft-forgotten partridge. For him a cruel death comes a month earlier on September 1. Every year five million partridges are bred specifically for sport killing in Britain. Because the partridge is monogamous, breeding pairs are held captive for their whole lives in small, galvanised boxes on huge game farms in conditions that would be illegal for chickens…. KIT DAVIDSON, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Beverley Guardian 28.8.08 Spare a thought for the partridge - Kit Davidson, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)

14.9.08

Observer 14.9.08 Eating less meat won't save the planet - Limiting or reducing global livestock numbers may be sensible but cutting demand for meat is not… Iain Climie, Whitchurch, Hampshire
The argument that the UK's uplands will become 'barren' if not grazed is as flawed as the statement that 90 per cent of all species live in rainforests… Dr Peter Jones, Department of Geography, University College London, WC1
We agree that we should eat only moderate amounts of meat. We have been strong advocates of eating less but better quality meat for many years. But there is danger of over-simplifying this message… Emma Hockridge, Policy Department, Soil Association, Bristol
Distinctions must be made between intensive and extensive livestock production, with much of the latter carried out on land that is too cold, mountainous or dry for crops. Livestock production on that land supports millions of (largely poor) people; without livestock it would support no one… Professor John Morton, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, London SE10
It's a bit rich to be told that we need cattle and sheep to preserve the UK's meadowlands and upland habitats, when throughout history it's been overgrazing that has caused these habitats most harm… a pure vegetarian diet saves many acres of land and would even give Britain the opportunity to be self-sufficient in staple foods. Kath Clements, Sheffield (letters)

Scotland on Sunday 14.9.08 Animal cruelty must be ended - THE claim that "no animals in Scotland are slaughtered using the Jewish or Muslim methods, with all such meat being brought up from England" ('Call for ban on religious slaughter methods', September 7) does not take into account the clandestine religious slaughter that takes place in Scotland… 1 World Scotland supports the SSPCA's attempts to force legislation in Scotland to ban religious slaughter. People should not be able to opt out of laws designed to protect animal welfare citing religion or any other excuse - John Patrick, convener, 1 World Scotland, Glasgow (letter)

13.9.08

SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY RAID
East Anglian Daily Times 13.9.08 Missing owl back at sanctuary - JOHN HOWARD - AN OWL who disappeared from a sanctuary after he was freed by suspected rights activists is now safely back at home. Isis, a rare pharaoh eagle owl, was among 10 birds which were released into the wild when vandals struck at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary… (story)
Diss Express 8.9.08 Vandals target Suffolk Owl Sanctuary - All but one of the ten birds which escaped from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary after their cages were broken into by vandals have been found… Police want to speak to a group of three men aged in their late teens to mid 20s who were seen walking along the A1120 towards the A140 near to the sanctuary at about 8.30am on Friday. They had shoulder-length hair and were carrying bags… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 8.9.08 Falconry show success - despite vandals - RUSSELL CLAYDON - ORGANISERS of the East Anglian Countryside Show and Falconry Fair showed true grit and determination this weekend in ensuring the show must go on after vandals struck last week. The event at the Mid Suffolk Showground at Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket, was nearly overshadowed by vandals who had used bolt cutters to release 30 birds from the Suffolk Owl Santuary sometime on Thursday night… Mr Hume added they now believed it was not an animal activist group which had carried out the attack and said the information he received is being passed onto the police to assist them with their investigation…. (story)
Sunday Mercury 8.9.08 Animal rights protesters release owls - A NUMBER of owls were released from a bird sanctuary by animal rights protesters, staff at the site said today… (story)
Suffolk Evening Star 6.9.08 Activists could be to blame for break in - ANIMAL rights campaigners could be responsible for breaking into aviaries and releasing birds of prey who may now die in the wild. Around 30 cages at The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns were cut open and ten birds, including two eagles, were released into the wild after the activists, or possibly vandals, used bolt cutters to cut through the strong gates. Stella Garrett, an administrator at the sanctuary, said: “Our falconers suspect this was animal rights activists, although it could have been kids, or someone thinking it was funny, but no-one is laughing…. (story)
Eastern Daily Press 6.9.08 One owl still missing after break-in - All but one of the owls released from a bird sanctuary by vandals have been found, staff at the site said today. Around 10 birds were missing after being set loose from their cages at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, near Stowmarket, overnight yesterday… Falconers suspect animal rights protestors or vandals are to blame after they discovered 30 cages had been opened after locks were smashed… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 6.9.08 One owl still missing in aviary attack - RUSSELL CLAYDON - SANCTUARY owners who feared for the lives of ten birds who were released into the open have now found all but one… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 6.9.08 Fears mount over missing owls - JOHN HOWARD - SANCTUARY owners are today desperately trying to trace three owls who they fear will die in the wild after vandals opened their cages. It is believed animal rights campaigners could be responsible for breaking open 30 cages at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 5.9.08 Owls in danger of death after break-in - A HUNT is on today for five owls whose cages were cut open by vandals overnight. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns was targeted some time between 5.30pm yesterday and 8.30am today when the locks to more than 30 aviaries were cut through, allowing ten birds to escape… (story)

12.9.08

CARNIVAL AGAINST VIVISECTION
Ledbury Reporter 12.9.08 Protest was part of plan to close down Sequani By Gary Bills-Geddes - POLICE say that last Saturday’s mass gathering of animal rights protestors at Sequani was part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation to force the plant’s closure…. Five arrests were made for low-level public order offences…. Police were seen handcuffing a several protestors as pushing broke out. … Of the five people arrested at “The Carnival Against Vivisection”, two were later charged with low-level public order offences, two were cautioned and one protestor was released on bail, while enquiries continue…. (story)
Ledbury Reporter 12.9.08 Police action at protest - I WRITE in reference to the recent demonstration in Ledbury against the animal testing laboratory Sequani and in support of Sean Kirtley who has been imprisoned for protesting against the company…. I wish to comment on the behaviour of the police, while they were mostly polite and didn't go dressed in armour the thing I found quite disturbing is the use of video and still cameras to intimidate members of the public during a demonstration… it seems completely out of order to poke a camera into some ones face or in our case under a brolly, my wife and I were subjected to this on at least one occasion. This appears to be an act of bullying against ordinary members of the public who wish to show dissent or protest in a peaceful fashion… STEVE PRICE, Pound Bank Road , Malvern (story)
Malvern Gazette 11.9.08 Protest over jailed Malvern animal rights activist results in arrests By Gary Bills-Geddes - A SPEECH about the jailed Malvern animal rights protestor Sean Kirtley proved to be the flashpoint at Saturday’s mass demonstration outside the Sequani laboratory in Ledbury. Around 200 protestors turned up for “The Carnival Against Vivisection” and in support of Kirtley, who was jailed for four and half years this summer for his part in a campaign against Sequani… With a cry of “let’s go!” the group then surged down the Bromyard Road towards the plant, and pushing broke out. Police were seen handcuffing a number of protestors. In total, five arrests were made…. (story)
Ledbury Reporter 6.9.08 Large crowds turn out for protest - ABOUT 200 people have taken to the streets of Ledbury to protest against the Sequani animal testing lab…(story)
Ledbury Reporter 6.9.08 Protest takes to the streets - ANIMAL rights activists are this afternoon demonstrating against Ledbury research lab Sequani… (story)
Hereford Times 6.9.08 Animal rights activists stage Ledbury protest - ANIMAL rights activists are this afternoon demonstrating outside a Herefordshire-based research lab. Around 60 protestors have gathered outside Sequani Ltd in Ledbury to protest against the company’s use of animals in developing human and veterinary medicines… (story)
Hereford Times 5.9.08 Riot police on standby for Sequani demo - RIOT police will be on standby tomorrow as animal rights protestors come to Ledbury at noon for a mass demonstration outside Sequani’s animal-testing lab…. (story)
Malvern Gazette 5.9.08 Demo supports jailed Sean Kirtley By Gary Bills-Geddes - A MASS demonstration in support of jailed animal rights protestor Sean Kirtley of Malvern will take place outside the Sequani animal testing labs in Ledbury tomorrow, September 6. Riot police will be on standby near the demonstration, which will take place at noon… Police have been keen to contact the organisers of tomorrow’s demonstration, which is being advertised on the internet as “The Carnival Against Vivisection”. But protestors say they are reluctant to contact police, because of what happened to Kirtley… (story)
Herefordshire Journal 27.8.08 As police prepare for “anything from a dozen to a few hundred” protesters gathering for a ‘Carnival Against Vivisection’ at Ledbury next Saturday, September 6, organisers have urged those taking part to wear grxeen and black, and bring noise-making equipment – “let’s make this a day they won’t soon forget,” they say. Campaigning against Ledbury-based Sequani laboratories, supporters are urged to meet as noon outside the town’s rail station. The event is “in solidarity” with Sean Kirtley from Malvern…. police have appealed for organisers of the Ledbury protest to get in touch, in the interests of safety, so that the police can facilitate a lawful and peaceful protest. Campaign press spokesman Chris Dow-deswell told the Journal: “It’s a strange state of affairs in that the police have asked me to organise the event, but I have refused… (story)
Hereford Times 23.8.08 Police call to protest organisers - ORGANISERS of an animal rights protest in Ledbury are being urged to contact police. Herefordshire Division’s Chief Inspector, Shane Hancock, said they wanted to speak to those planning the September 6 march to discuss health and safety issues… (story)

Henley Standard 12.9.08 Supporting research - I wish to thank everyone who supported our collection, in the rain, for The Humane Research Trust in Henley town centre on Saturday, August 9th when we raised £211.33… Cyndy Bunton, Silwood, Bracknell. (letter in archive)

11.9.08

Evesham Journal 11.9.08 Trust launches new sweepstake packages - THE Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched its new shoot sweepstake package and already demand is high. With designs by artist Owen Williams, the package is a definite must-have this shooting season and it is completely free. The trust’s sweepstake has been immensely successful and last year alone raised more than £80,000 for game and wildlife research…. (story)

Evesham Journal 11.9.08 Great game recipes - A NEW leaflet filled with great game recipes has been launched by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. The leaflet, the third in the series, has been produced as part of BASC’s Game’s On initiative… (story)

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News 11.9.08 RSPCA warns anglers by Paul Glynn - THE RSPCA is warning anglers not to leave their used fishing line lying around as it causes a danger to animals. The warning comes after a wood pigeon was found hanging from its broken legs after becoming entangled in discarded fishing line…. (story)

Lichfield Mercury 11.9.08 CIRCUS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR ANIMALS - So Mrs K Page (letters, September 4) thinks those who protested about the circus which uses animals are in the wrong!Why? Because of what she saw! Those who protested were not so gullible as to believe that what they saw was the whole picture. They looked behind the scenes of circuses!... (story)

Cannock Chase Post 11.9.08 Protest at circus using animals By Matt Lloyd - Protesters braved pouring rain last week to show their disapproval of an animal circus in Huntington. Peter Jolly's Circus ran shows from last Wednesday until Sunday in Cocksparrow Lane. Supporters of the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) and the RSCPA gathered at the gates to protest against the use of animals in the show… Lucy Hayreh, welfare co-ordinator with RSPCA Walsall, picketed the site, handing out leaflets to members of the public… "The most people we had protesting was 12 which was good considering the weather…" (story)

Bury Times 11.9.08 Protests but circus still a Big Top show - THE circus is back in town. And fans of the Big Top now have an added opportunity to enjoy the thrills, spills and excitement thanks to Circus Mondao extending its stay in Bury…. And bosses have hit back at animal rights campaigners who this week called for local people to boycott the circus because of its use of animals. According to the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS), Circus Mondao is one of six still to use animals… (story)

10.9.08

Irish Independent 10.9.08 Gormley sell-out on hare coursing - The capitulation by John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, to the hare-coursing and hare-hunting community in order to allow another season of animal abuse is an act of political treachery…. JOHN TIERNEY, ASSOCIATION OF HUNT SABOTEURS, DUBLIN 1 (letter)

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 10.9.08 Deer strategy will help sustain population - I should like to take this opportunity to reply to Mr Alan Cameron's letter of September 3, 2008. We, as an agency responsible and accountable to the Scottish Government, fully recognise the value of heather moorland, woodland and red deer. The heather moorlands of the eastern Highlands are valued and managed for their rich wildlife and economic benefits… SNH remains committed to having a sustainable population of red deer and the presence of internationally important heather moorland…. GEORGE HOGG, Area Manager, East Highland, Great Glen House, Inverness (letter)
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 3.9.08 Condemned to extinction - ALAN CAMERON, Aldersyde, Nethy Bridge. (letter)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 29.8.08 Making decisions about countryside - Why does Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), especially, and other so-called conservation agencies feel it is their right to condemn heather moors and red deer to extinction? Over the past few years, SNH has been running a programme of slaughter over the Scottish countryside with the so-called aim of reducing red deer numbers to seemingly allow tree regeneration, among other weak excuses. The RSPB has done the same on its Abernethy reserve… Alan Cameron, Aldersyde, Nethybridge (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 10.9.08 Wild deer are TB carriers too - WHILE we hear of TB in cattle and badgers, it seems to be overlooked in deer who also carry TB. In fact, most animals are prone to some of the diseases we are and will sadly suffer before we die…. PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)

9.9.08

Western Mail 9.9.08 Cob challenge at the heart of ‘a proper country day’ by Steve Dube, Western Mail - A £500 Cob Challenge is at the heart of this year’s Cambrian Cross Country Horse Trials and Hunter Trials near Talsarn, Lampeter, on Saturday… There is also a class for the best presented horse and rider for a day’s hunting, to be judged by former master of foxhounds Philip Hancock. A parade of the Llanwnnen Farmers Hounds will also add interest to the day… (story)

Guardian 9.9.08 Unsustainable fish - Animal Aid is dismayed by the Marine Conservation Society's "fish to avoid" guide, which claims certain fish species can be caught "sustainably"… . It takes around five tons of wild-caught fish to grow one ton of farmed fish - a wholly unsustainable practice. We must act now for the sake of the environment and the fish themselves. Kelly Slade, Campaigns officer, Animal Aid (letter)

8.9.08

Torquay Herald Express 8.9.08 The show must go on... and it certainly does - KINGSBRIDGE Show organisers always said the event would go ahead come rain or shine — and bucket down it did…. While the livestock and the Britannia Beagles hunting pack did not seem to mind the damp conditions, expensive re-enactment costumes got a soaking…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 4.8.08 Cattle and sheep return to long-running show - ORGANISERS of Kingsbridge Show are gearing up for another busy event… The show will be held on Saturday, September 6 and for the 54th year in succession it will take place at Borough Farm, home of the Smaridge family who are well known for their pedigree South Devon herd… Events in the main arena include the Jamie Squibb freestyle motorbike display, the Pen-Llyn Classical Dressage team with Lusitano horses, Victor Pitt with his sheepdog and ducks, and both the Britannia Beagles and the hounds of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 8.9.08 Look out for cub hunters - We have now reached the time of the year when, before the ban on hunting, early season fox cub hunting would commence… Tell-tale signs of cub hunting are as follows: Young foxes, the size of large kittens, or small cats being released into an isolated wood in the late evening…. Young dogs being shouted at cursed at, or allegedly sometimes even whipped in an attempt to force them to attack cubs… a sound like babies crying as the cubs are attacked… Do not put yourself in danger and call the RSPCA, not the police, as soon as possible j Knowles (story)

SABS ATTACK SHOOT
Oldham Chronicle 8.9.08 Anti-hunt protesters thwart moors grouse shoot - Reporter: Dawn Eckersley - ANTI-hunt activists sabotaged a grouse shoot on Saddleworth Moors and warned hunters they would be back to put a stop to any future activity. Activists from the North West Hunt Saboteurs Association stood next to shooters to stop them firing at grouse and their actions prevented the hunters from killing any birds…. The activists put a stop to the shoot which had been organised by Greenfield Shooting Club, on Saturday, August 30. They also put a stop to a grouse shoot on Meltham Moor, which resulted in the police being called, on the same day…. Paul Timpson, of the NWHS said: “We seek to bring an end to all bloodsports, therefore shooting has always been included in our ongoing campaign of direct action…. (story)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 8.9.08 Hunt saboteurs disrupt Meltham shooting party Neil Atkinson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner - SHOOTING groups have condemned protests by hunt saboteurs at Meltham. The saboteurs have vowed to hold more protests to stop shooting at Meltham Moor after police were called when the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association disrupted a shooting party on the moors above the village… A BASC spokesman said: “The protestors, who came from all over the country, do not understand the benefits the shoots bring to the local community…. (story)

SCOTTISH FOOD FORTNIGHT
Aberdeen Press & Journal 8.9.08 As two great Scottish food festivals get under way, Susan Welsh looks at the importance of food and drink to the country’s economy and uncovers the ingredients needed to make them a success - Hungry for fine fare - Two major food events are under way at the moment which underline how much we have to offer, and how important the food and drink economy is. The Scottish Food Fortnight has almost 60 events taking place across Scotland over a two-week period, and involves schools and numerous participants from the food and drink industry. The second is Highland Feast, the north’s biggest annual food and drink festival which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary… Nicola Chalmers-Watson, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust (SCAET) which organises Scottish Food Fortnight, said: “We have a huge variety of the most delicious and sought-after food… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 6.9.08 Scots ‘rushing back to their own food’ By Keith Findlay - Shoppers are clamouring for more Scottish produce in a “seismic” shift in tastes, a minister said yesterday. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said consumers were becoming more fussy about the food they bought and where it came from. Speaking at the Glamis Castle launch of Scottish Food Fortnight – an annual celebration of food and drink from north of the border – Mr Lochhead said: “Supermarkets recognise this increased demand for Scottish food…. (story)
Forres Gazette 3.9.08 A celebration of Scotland's finest By Richard Lochhead MSP - ON Friday, I will launch Scottish Food Fortnight, in association with Scottish Countryside Alliance, at Glamis Castle, which sees the best of Scottish food celebrated all over the country…. (story)

Worcester News 8.9.08 Stop this archaic and cruel research - ‘Imagine donating your body to science while you are still in it’, reads the slogan on an antivivisection poster. Such a prospect may well fill us with horror but, sadly, it is a daily reality for the millions of animals used as disposable tools of the trade in vivisection laboratories worldwide… H HANDY, Malvern. (story)

Croydon Advertiser 8.9.08 Purley bird thief pretended to be animal rights activist - A burglar trying to steal exotic birds told police who caught him in the act he was an animal rights activist. David Hearne, 60, of Gilliam Grove, Purley, told cops he had just freed a flock of British wild birds, claiming they had been kept illegally in captivity at the aviary. But in fact, he had been trying to steal two exotic parakeets from Nutfield Aviary in South Nutfield…. He said he and a friend had been driven to the scene by an animal rights activist who told them the UK birds were being kept there illegally… He argued that parakeets were worthless, anyway. "They are breeding rapidly in the UK, having escaped from captivity many years ago… (story)

7.9.08

Hampshire Chronicle 7.9.08 TV cook at country sports day - TELEVISION celebrity Clarissa Dickson Wright will be a guest at the Hampshire Country Sports Day next weekend. The TV cook and author, will be signing copies of her autobiography at the annual sporting extravaganza at Tichborne Park near Alresford on Sunday, September 14…. The show offers falconry displays, gundog demonstrations, ferret racing, a parade of hounds… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 7.9.08 Calls for ban on religious slaughter methods - ANIMAL rights campaigners will call on MSPs this week to ban the Islamic and Jewish method of slaughtering animals, claiming there can be no exemptions purely on the grounds of religious belief. A petition will be heard, backed by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), arguing that animals can only be killed in Scotland if pre-stunned first…. Jews and Muslims believe that animals should be slaughtered using methods known as the 'schechita' and 'dhabiha' respectively… The call for a ban was brought forward earlier this year by animal rights activist Josey Rowan, and MSPs on Holyrood's petitions committee agreed to take evidence on the matter. It will be heard by MSPs this week… (story)

GOVERNMENT CONSULTS PETA OVER GUARDS' BEARSKINS
Sunday Times 7.9.08 Bearskins dropped - Military The bearskins worn by guards at Buckingham Palace are to be replaced with more humane headgear… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.9.08 Activists meet MoD over bearskin hats - THE Ministry of Defence met an animal rights group yesterday to discuss ethical alternatives to the world-famous bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), met Baroness Taylor, the minister for defence procurement, and suggested new designs for guardsmen’s hats which could mean the end of the traditional 18in tall “busby” fur hats…. (story)
Telegraph 1.9.08 Odd priorities - The campaign by Peta against Guardsmen's bearskins reveals an odd sense of priorities. The pelts, which are worn by a number of European grenadier regiments, come from a species that is in no danger of extirpation: several Canadian brown bears are culled every year as part of a conservation programme… All pressure groups compete for support, of course, and this can skew their efforts towards high-profile but marginal campaigns: mink farming, bullfighting, seal clubbing and so on. But we should not deceive ourselves: the concentration on such cases is based on an aesthetic judgment, not a moral one (story)
Guardian 1.9.08 New palace bearskins may spare the bear - Beverley Rouse, Press Association - The Ministry of Defence will meet an animal rights group tomorrow to discuss ethical alternatives to the world famous bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) will suggest new designs for guardsmen's headgear, which could mean the end of the traditional 45.7cm (18-inch) tall fur hats. The charity said the MoD was not happy with prototypes for a similar hat. Now it is proposing a new shape is adopted and has approached designers including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Marc Bouwer. Robbie LeBlanc, Peta's director for Europe, admitted suggesting a new shape was controversial but added that a new design could be "iconic" too… (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.9.08 New hats could end Guards' use of fur - The Ministry of Defence will meet an animal rights group this week to discuss ethical alternatives to the bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) will suggest new designs to replace the traditional 18in-tall fur hats… (story)
Daily Record 1.9.08 Animal rights campaigners want bearskin hats scrapped at Buckingham Palace - ANIMAL rights campaigners are to meet defence chiefs in their battle to bin the bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace guards. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will suggest new designs for the guardsmen's headgear…. (story)
Mirror 1.9.08 Vivienne Westwood asked to make fake alternative to bearskins - Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has been asked to create a fake alternative to the bearskins worn by guards Buckingham Palace. Activists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want to end the tradition of using Canadian black bear fur to make the 18in hats… (story)
Mail on Sunday 31.8.08 Guardsmen could soon have hats designed by the likes of Vivienne Westwood or Stella McCartney By Beth Hale - The black bearskins worn by Buckingham Palace guardsmen could disappear after the Ministry of Defence agreed to meet animal rights activists. And they could be replaced by headwear made from alternative material by designers such as Vivienne Westwood or Stella McCartney… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 31.8.08 Buckingham Palace Guards may lose bearskin hats By David Thomas - Baroness Taylor, the minister for defence procurement, will meet representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) this week to discuss the idea of having the 18-inch helmets, worn by Guards regiments on ceremonial duty at the royal residence, made from synthetical materials. An MoD spokesman said the meeting would be taking place but refused to confirm what would be discussed… Robbie LeBlanc, director of Peta, said: “This meeting is hugely significant for our campaign to save North American bears… (story)
BBC News Online 31.8.08 MoD to hold bearskin hat meeting - The Ministry of Defence is to meet an animal rights group to discuss alternatives to the bearskin hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has approached Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney to design a new shape for the 18in hat. The charity has previously called for fake fur to be used, but said the MoD was not happy with prototype designs. Baroness Taylor, minister for defence procurement, will meet Peta on Tuesday… (story)

6.9.08

Dorset Echo 6.9.08 County's big show gets under way this morning - DORSET County Show is under way today as the Dorchester showground emerged from a last-minute battering from wind and rain… Main ring highlights also include the Rockwood Dog Display team, a festival of hounds and a demonstration by falconer Jonathon Marshall… (story)
Dorset Echo 26.8.08 County show is a record-breaker with 1,800 entries and 450 stands By Dee Adcock - DORSET County Show is a record-breaker even before the crowds come flocking to the Dorchester showground next month…. Highlights at the show include main ring action from the Royal Artillery motorbike display team, the Flying Gunners, falconry displays, a festival of hounds and an attempt to set the world record town cry led by Dorchester Town Crier Alistair Chisholm… (story)

Western Daily Press 6.9.08 'Behave well, or face animal rights lobby' - As the game shooting season starts in earnest this weekend, leaders of the shooting community are urging their followers to be on their best behaviour – or leave themselves targets for animal rights campaigners… The Country Land and Business Association, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the National Gamekeepers' Association, the Game Farmers' Association, the Countryside Alliance and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, got together to re-write their own industry code in a bid to fend off an expected onslaught from animal welfare groups…. (story)

Independent 6.9.08 Would-be world leader who backs shooting wildlife from the air - The media seems obsessed with Sarah Palin's family affairs. More importantly, she enjoys and is obsessed with personally killing wildlife and promotes the aerial shooting of wolves in Alaska and calls this a "safari"…. Sharon Hopkins, Oxford (letter)

Portsmouth News 6.9.08 Waste of money claim as animal rights trial folds By Chris Broom - The trial of two animal rights protesters who refused to give their names and addresses to police has collapsed. Tom Harris, of Alver Road, Gosport, pictured above, and a 17-year-old girl from Fareham, were arrested at Halloween last year for failing to give their names and addresses to a constable as they took part in a demonstration outside the controversial animal testing Wickham Labs, in Wickham, near Fareham…. The police are entitled to demand a person's name and address but only if officers believe they are carrying out antisocial behaviour likely to cause harrassment, alarm or distress. The case at Portsmouth Magistrates Court was dismissed after a day-and-a-half of the planned three-day trial because magistrates said there was insufficient evidence… Mr Harris, 25, said: 'Justice has been done. It has been an absolute waste of money, it hasn't been in the public interest, and it has been an affront to our right to protest and freedom of assembly.' He added they were intending to file a civil case against the police… (story)

5.9.08

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE RAGWORT CAMPAIGN
Wiltshire Times 5.9.08 Ragwort fears - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT (letter)
Beverley Guardian 29.8.08 Public bodies not taking ragwort threat seriously - Simon Hart Chief Executive Countryside Alliance London. (letter)
Bourne Local 29.8.08 Ragwort: exaggerated risks - Neil Jones, www.ragwortfacts.com, Neath, West Glamorgan (letter)
Harborough Mail 28.8.08 Action must be taken to control the threat of poisonous ragwort - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London.Ryedale Gazette & Herald 28.8.08 Blooming ragwort - SIMON HART, Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
York Press 27.8.08 Ragwort dangers - Simon Hart, Chief executive, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London. (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 25.8.08 Warning over ragwort danger - by Mike Morgan, Evening Gazette - DEADLY ragwort plants are spreading throughout the North-east region threatening the lives of grazing horses and cattle. Many farmers are aware of the dangers of the rogue plant. But plants are thriving on grass verges and have invaded farmland in Cleveland and North Yorkshire, farmers’ union and Countryside Alliance chiefs say… (story)
Evesham Journal 22.8.08 Councils urged to control killer weed - THE Countryside Alliance is concerned about the ragwort which is blooming on roadside verges and uncultivated land at the moment… The alliance, added Mr Hart, was writing to all local authorities and other public bodies to remind them that they had a duty to control ragwort on their land and must be vigilant, especially where their land abutted farmland… (story)
Evesham Journal 22.8.08 Exaggerates the ragwort risk… Neil Jones, Neath. (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 22.8.08 Usual summer scare tactics over ragwort - Simon Hart of the Countryside Alliance exaggerates the risk posed by ragwort… His members are reacting to a wave of hysterical exaggeration that appears every summer. Rational examination shows those fears to be largely unfounded. Ragwort seeds rarely travel more than a few metres from the parent plant… Neil Jones, Henry Street, Neath, West Glamorgan (letter)
Isle of Man Examiner 22.8.08 FROM: SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT (letter)
Redditch Advertiser 18.8.08 Ragwort is a big worry - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London (letter)
Wigan Evening Post 18.8.08 Weed poses threat to grazing animals - Simon Hart, chief executive, Countryside Alliance, via email (letter)
Bourne Local 15.8.08 Your duty to take control of ragwort - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Burnley Express 15.8.08 Ragwort fears voiced - SIMON HART Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Mid Devon Gazette 15.8.08 Ragwort must be controlled - SIMON HART, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Bucks Free Press 15.8.08 Ragwort can kill animals - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)
Bromsgrove Standard 15.8.08 Alliance is acting on Ragwort concerns Simon Hart Chief Executive Countryside Alliance (letter)
South Wales Evening Post 15.8.08 CONCERN OVER TOXIC PLANT - Simon Hart, Chief Executive Countryside Alliance. (letter)
Hexham Courant 15.8.08 Ragwort - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Lichfield Post 14.8.08 Warning on weed that may be killer - Countryside campaigners vowed to write to Lichfield council bosses this week in an effort to curb the spread of a toxic weed which can have deadly consequences if eaten by horses and other grazing animals. Simon Hart, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, pledged to write to all local authorities and remind them they have a duty to control the growth of the deadly ragwort on their land…. (story)
Cotswold Journal 14.8.08 Ragwort presents a real threat - SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London. (letter)
Buckingham Advertiser 14.8.08 Ragwort is a growing problem - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, Kennington Road, London (letter)
Banbury Guardian 13.8.08 Simon Hart, Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 13.8.08 Kill ragwort weed to save animals - Simon Hart, chief executive Countryside Alliance (letter)
Northern Echo 12.8.08 Ragwort dangers - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 12.8.08 Landowners must control ragwort - Simon Hart Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Western Mail 12.8.08 Reminders of the ragwort’s dangers by Steve Dube, Western Mail - A REMINDER of the danger of ragwort to horses and other livestock is being sent to local authorities by the Countryside Alliance. Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said the bright yellow plant had its place in the countryside, supporting a variety of invertebrates and as a major nectar source for many insects, but must be controlled, especially near horses and livestock… (story)
Argus 12.8.08 Ragwort worries - Simon Hart, chief executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Western Morning News 12.8.08 Ragwort poses dangers - Simon Hart Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 12.8.08 Landowners’ duty to control ragwort - Simon Hart, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 11.8.08 Alert over ragwort danger By David Jeffels - LANDOWNERS in Ryedale are being urged to be on the lookout for flowering ragwort because of its danger to horses and other grazing animals. Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Many members have contacted us recently to voice their concerns about ragwort, a weed which is blooming at the moment… (story)
Swindon Advertiser 11.8.08 Letter from Simon Hart - MANY supporters have contacted us recently to voice their concerns about ragwort, a weed which is blooming at the moment. As every horse owner and farmer knows, ragwort contains toxins which can have debilitating or fatal consequences if eaten by horses and other grazing animals. Ragwort has its place in the countryside; it supports a wide variety of invertebrates and is a major nectar source for many insects, but it must be controlled, especially where there are horses and livestock…. SIMON HART Chief Executive Countryside Alliance Kennington Road London (letter)

Marie Claire 5.9.08 British shark protester hangs from hooks - An artist suspended herself from the ceiling of a London shop by hooks through her skin, in protest against the treatment of sharks. Spectators outside the cosmetics store Lush stood aghast as they watched Alice Newstead, a 26-year-old performance artist, hanging from shark hooks as blood trickled down her back… The stunt, which lasted for 15 minutes and drew in the Oxford Street crowds, was organised by Lush and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in protest at the practice of finning, where sharks are impaled on hooks before their fins are hacked off…. (story)
Telegraph 4.9.08 Artist hangs herself from hooks in protest at shark treatment By Ben Farmer - Alice Newstead took the drastic action in protest at the practice of finning – where sharks are impaled on hooks, before their fins are sliced off to harvest meat for shark fin soup. The sharks are then thrown back into the ocean still alive…. Miss Newstead, who was born in Northampton and lives in Watford, left her job as a Lush sales assistant in June, so she could work full-time as an artist…. (story)

Newcastle Evening Chronicle 5.9.08 Cull organiser claims he is suffering hate campaign by Vince Gledhill, Evening Chronicle - SQUIRREL slayer Norris Atthey says his views have made him a target for tyre- slashers and nuisance callers. Mr Atthey set up a group to cull grey squirrels last year and has been critical of other organisations for not doing enough to control the spread of greys in Northumberland. He believes his forthright opinions are also the reason for a series of false rumours about him, a spate of nuisance phone calls to his home at Ulgham, near Morpeth, and four slash attacks on his car tyres since June this year… (story)

Bromsgrove Standard 5.9.08 Give a hen a home - When you 'rescue' ex-battery hens, you give them a second chance, it's fun and exciting for children and you have the added bonus of your own free range eggs… I am the Birmingham rescue co-ordinator for a London-based charity that rescues ex-batt hens. We re-home hens all over the UK. Our next big rescue is in October and we need more homes to take on hens…. Julia Holmes, North London Hen Rescue (letter)

4.9.08

Hexham Courant 4.9.08 Outrage over post office axe deceit By ROBERT GIBSON - THE consultation over the closure of post offices in Tynedale was described this week as a “scam” and a “done deal” as the final decisions were released…. North-East regional director of the Countryside Alliance, Richard Dodd, said: “This just shows what a scam the whole consultation was. “The word ‘consultation’ was used to make it sound hopeful, but that’s utter rubbish. What it really means is: ‘You can bugger off, we've made our decision’.”… (story)
Hexham Courant 4.9.08 Villages fear for their future By GEMMA BROWN - AFTER months of uncertainty it seems Tynedale’s postmasters are no nearer to knowing what the future holds…. North-East regional director of the Countryside Alliance, Richard Dodd, believes the loss of these vital services could give the impression the countryside is closed for business, with villages effectively mothballed as services are stripped away and they become unsustainable communities, deemed unfit for development… (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 4.9.08 Farmers’ market - COCKERMOUTH’S new-look market place will host another farmers’ market tomorrow….Thousands of people visit the Made in Cumbria markets held throughout Cumbria, and according to a study by the Countryside Alliance, every £10 spent at the markets is worth £25 to the county’s economy, compared with only £14 generated by the same amount spent in a supermarket (story)

Southern Reporter 4.9.08 Charity in plea to Prostrakan over drug tests on animals - A MAJOR animal welfare charity has urged Borders-based pharmaceutical company Prostrakan to back its campaign calling for a halt to the use of animals when testing new drug products. The plea came from Animal Aid, which wants governments to crack down on drug industry practices that it claims put profits before all else. In its new report, entitled 'Making a Killing: How drug company greed harms people and animals', it claims to expose a catalogue of unethical practices… (story)

Kingston Guardian 4.9.08 Pet chain denies puppy-farming allegations - A pet shop chain at the centre of puppy-farming allegations has this week denied any wrongdoing. Petsville International, which has stores in Sutton and Kingston, was accused of keeping up to 20 dogs in cramped cages and buying them in from unscrupulous puppy-farm dealers in Ireland…. Investigators who visited Petsville in Kingston, with a reporter from the Daily Mail newspaper, were concerned about dogs with weepy eyes and in a dirty state. An ex-veterinary nurse said that she believed one had an “overshot” jaw and worms… Campaign group South East Animal Rights lists it as one of its top priorities in the last five years and the RSPCA investigated the Sutton shop in autumn after receiving complaints from worried animal lovers… (story)

Irish Times 4.9.08 Barbarism of the bullring - Sean Alexander Smith's arguments in favour of bullfighting (August 26th) fail to pass scrutiny. He says the sport is morally acceptable because it "belongs to a long, noble tradition". This commits the logical fallacy of argumentum ad antiquitatem, inferring "ought" from "is". One can think of many cultural traditions, accepted for centuries, which can no longer be justified; the systematic exclusion of women from political life is one example…. LIAM QUAIDE, Spencer House, Mayor Street, Dublin 1. (story)
Irish Times 26.8.08 The bullfight: cruelty or culture? - Aideen Yourrell's letter (August 19th) on Spain's bullfights (I prefer the more noble "tauromachy") comes across as exactly what it is: another obtuse epistle from the rights brigade (aka party poopers) who make it their particular mission to sit in pompous judgment of other cultures…. Despite Ms Yourrell's moralising platitudes, this sport is a part of Spanish regional culture. It warrants the same funding opportunities as seaweed farms in Donegal, and because the Plaza de Toros in Ronda still attracts huge crowds, I don't see why it should not. And if her organisation does not like it, tough…. SEÁN ALEXANDER SMITH, Galway (story)
Irish Times 19.8.08 Barbarism of the bullring - Don Mullen's harrowing account of the barbarism that is bullfighting was a necessary warning to unsuspecting tourists to Spain not to support this sickening cruelty… AIDEEN YOURELL, Spokesperson, Irish Council Against Blood Sports, Mullingar, Co Westmeath (letter)

3.9.08

Carmarthen Journal 3.9.08 No right to criticise - FOLLOWING recent items in the editor's Clecs Sir Gâr column regarding Simon Hart and John Dixon, what has been left out of the argument is the fact that Simon Hart is the highly paid chief executive of the Countryside Alliance charity as well as an ex master of foxhounds. He has no right to criticise peaceful animal rights activists such as RSPCA, RSPB, League Against Cruel Sports, Animal Aid, PETA, WSPA, BUAV, IFAW and so on… Kelvin Thomas, Stepaside, Narberth (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.9.08 ‘Buzzards are versatile hunters’ - Tony Comerford (“Decline of bird populations”, Letters, September 2) writes that buzzards are predominantly scavengers, living on rabbits, and that they do not take lapwing, curlew or oystercatcher chicks… So it was interesting that I should find in Birds of Prey in a Changing Environment, which was published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, British Ornithologists’ Union and Scottish Natural Heritage, that at buzzard nests on Colonsay, the following prey items were found: lapwing, oystercatcher, curlew, robin, song thrush, wren, kittiwake, blackbird and many more species… The buzzard is a versatile hunter and cannot be assumed to prey on just rabbits or scavenge for food. Katrina J. Candy, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Couston, Newtyle, Perthshire. (letter)

Dartford Times 3.9.08 Fishing project a reel success - A PROJECT to get kids off the streets and into fishing has proved a big hit. Angling coach Warren White has been inundated by teenagers wanting to join his tutorial sessions at Darenth Lakes, off Main Road, during the summer holidays… (story)

Rhyl Journal 3.9.08 BIG TOP HOSTILITIES By Matt Jones - A WAR of words has broken out between animal rights campaigners and circus site bosses after a protest in Towyn… Activist Judi Hewitt, founder of North Wales Animal Rights, said: "During the afternoon, we were watched and intimidated by the lease owner, Cllr Adam Williams and his friend, but the peace of the afternoon protest changed in the evening, when four of Mr Williams security men turned up and began to threaten two of the male protesters… Cllr Williams, managing director of Tir Prince, strongly denied the claims, he said: "This protest was peaceful until Sunday when the spokesperson for the protesters with the aid of a loudspeaker started using abusive and vulgar language directed against innocent members of the public, it was so bad that management and Tir Prince called the police… (story)

Kent Courier 3.9.08 Badgers shot dead in Sundridge - Several badgers have been found illegally shot dead in Sundridge. A resident reported finding three dead badgers in a short space of time in the Dry Hill area to the east of the village to the West Kent Badger Group. Five foxes were also found. Area co-ordinator Derek Roff went to look at the dead badgers but they were too decomposed to fully establish how they died. However, he believes he has ruled out accidental causes of death…. (story)

Western Morning News 3.9.08 Where are dying badgers? JUST where does this myth come from of badgers being left to die a slow, lingering death with bovine TB? Of course, Martin Howlett of Cornwall NFU would have us believe this, but the truth is that a badger is far more likely to be run over on the road than ever to die of bTB. Badgers infected with it can go on to lead healthy lives and breed… Pauline Kidner Secret World Wildlife Rescue (letter)

Scottish Herald 3.9.08 Animal welfare activists take to the streets to fight for Lottery funding - BRIAN DONNELLY - Campaigners yesterday chained themselves to railings to highlight a new drive for funding to help animal welfare. The Scottish SPCA upped its campaign for National Lottery funding after a survey showed that 74% of the Scottish public think it should receive financial support…. (story)

2.9.08

Guardian 2.9.08 Think of a number – Posted by Simon Festing, executive director Research Defence Society - Opinion surveys over the last decade have shown consistently that most people can accept the use of animals in medical research, but this support is conditional. They want to know that animal research is done for serious medical purposes, that animals do not suffer unnecessarily, and that alternatives are fully considered….. Animal protection groups might do better to campaign where there is significant animal suffering for questionable benefit. Another statistic: according to the Washington Post, 170 million rodents were fed to pet reptiles and raptors in 1999 in the US alone…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 2.9.08 Thank you for animal aid cash - JAMES GREENSLADE, Alison Moore and Jacqui Edwards held a street collection on Lincoln High Street on Saturday, August 16, on behalf of Animal Aid and would like to thank the generous people of Lincoln for donating a total of £230…. JAMES GREENSLADE Apple Tree Close, Metheringham (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 2.9.08 Letter: English breakfast debate - Your article 'Can a full English give you cancer?' (August 30) seems very 'feel good' for the meat industry… I am led to understand that to 'grow' meat is to use more water and more land area than that which would be used to grow crops of vegetables. Please think of how many allotments would fit onto a football pitch; and then how many 'meat animals' with their grazing needs would take to the same area… ROBERT MASSEY Willoughby Court Lenton (letter)

Dundee Evening Telegraph 2.9.08 Tradition not always good - I am disgusted by the letter from “Ole” in the Tele…. My main worry is; even if you do not care about the animal what is the state of mind of a human who thrives on an animal being ripped to shreds? — Wha’s The Animal? (letter)
Dundee Telegraph 29.8.08 Old tradition - I reply to the criticism of bullfighting, which appeared in the Tele recently. It is a Spanish tradition which is loved by many but also hated by many. Despite what people say, bullfighting will never be stopped in Spain and why should it?... Viva Espane, Ole. (letter)
Dundee Evening Telegraph 22.8.08 Matador story anger - I am absolutely furious after reading the article about the British matador in the Tele. Not only do I not want to read about this cruel, sick animal murderer I certainly do not ever want to read the line “winning two trophies — the ears of the beast he had just slain.”… Cheryl Mitchell.
Why does the Tele show pictures of bull fighting? This can only help induce some people to visit such barbaric spectacles when on holiday in Spain, thus keeping this excuse for ‘sport’ going… Stuart Cameron (letters)

1.9.08

South Wales Evening Post 1.9.08 Help us stop this torture - WHEN visiting Mumbles last week, I saw a small group of protesters gathered peacefully outside one shop, which, I later discovered, sold foie gras. I couldn't quite read what was written on their placards. I walked nearer to see, and the sign read Torture Victims. I was so moved and horrified I felt I should share with readers who, like me, are totally unaware of what was written…. . I for one was very humbled to have met these people who take time out to peacefully protest in the name of decency. Karen Bartle, Gorseinon, Swansea (letter)

ANIMAL AID ART AND POETRY COMPETITION
The Shields Gazette 1.9.08 Danielle's drawing art from the heart By Verity Ward - TALENTED youngster Danielle Boddy showed her caring side in a national competition. The 11-year-old drew on her feelings against animal cruelty when she entered her artwork into Animal Aid's Factory Farming Art and Poetry competition… (story)
Blackpool Citizen 27.7.08 Budding Blackpool poet wins animal charity praise - Young talented poet, Jack Walker, from Arnold School, Blackpool, has been commended for his entry in a national poetry competition. Jack entered the art and poetry competition, which was launched by Animal Aid during its annual Veggie Month initiative in March…. (story)
Northern Times 24.7.08 Young poet commended - DORNOCH Academy pupil Jade Currie has been commended for her entry in a national poetry competition. Jade entered the art and poetry competition launched by Animal Aid during its annual Veggie Month initiative in March… (story)
South Yorkshire Times 21.7.08 Local poet "highly commended"- TALENTED local young poet, Kirsty Morris from Royston High School has been highly commended for her entry in a national poetry competition. Kirsty entered the art and poetry competition, which was launched by Animal Aid during its annual Veggie Month initiative in March… (story)
Coventry Telegraph 21.7.08 Junaid's factory farming poem praised - A TALENTED young poet from Warwickshire has been highly commended for her entry in a national poetry competition. Junaid Dreyer, from Ash Green School in Bedworth, entered the art and poetry competition which was launched by Animal Aid during its annual Veggie Month initiative in March… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 18.7.08 Pupil's Rankin highly in animal art competition - A CITY school pupil has been commended in an art competition run by an animal charity. Emma Rankin, a student at George Watson's College, depicted factory farming in her entry for the contest run by Animal Aid…. (story)
Salisbury Journal 14.7.08 Young artist collects her prize - TALENTED young artist Isobel Harrison travelled to London at the weekend to collect an award at a ceremony hosted by Animal Aid and TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster. The 11-year-old, a pupil at South Wilts Grammar School, entered an art and poetry competition run by Animal Aid on the theme of factory farming… (story)
The Shields Gazette 17.4.08 Animal Aid competition - ANIMAL Aid's nationwide youth art and poetry competition is open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 18, until April 30. All they have to do is create some artwork, or write a poem, on the theme of factory farming. The winning entries will be displayed at a London event in July, and winners will receive prizes including a games console, iPod and a digital camera…. Kelly Slade, Animal Aid.(story)
Hamilton Advertiser 10.4.08 Animal Aid contest entries wanted - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 3.3.08 FACTORY FARMING ART COMPETITION - Animal Aid is looking for young, creative and imaginative people to enter its nationwide youth art and poetry competition.... All they have to do is create some artwork, or write a poem, on the theme of factory farming, a subject highlighted recently by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall... Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, (by email) (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 1.3.08 GET CREATIVE AND SUPPORT OUR CAUSE - Animal Aid - the UK's largest organisation campaigning on behalf of animals - is looking for young, creative and imaginative people to enter its nationwide youth art and poetry competition.... Kelly Slade,via email.(letter)
Leek Post & Times 29.2.08 HELP DRAW ATTENTION - Animal Aid - the UK's largest organisation campaigning on behalf of animals - is looking for young, creative and imaginative people to enter its nationwide youth art and poetry competition. The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 18 years. All they have to do is create some artwork, or write a poem, on the theme of factory farming... (story)