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30.9.09

Scarborough Evening News 30.9.09 Pleasure in killing animals? - I JUST can't believe what I read in the Evening News about hare-coursing, by Clarissa Dickson Wright…. What kind of people take pleasure in seeing a defenceless animal being terrified and torn limb from limb?... Michael Hill, Londesborough Road, Scarborough (letter)

Somerset Guardian 30.9.09 Residents' anger over rise in rough shooting - Animal lovers living near Stratton-on-the-Fosse say they are outraged after finding numerous dead and dying birds in their gardens that have been shot illegally. The residents, who have reported the problems to the RSPCA, say pigeons are being shot from the sky and often left to die where they fall. This is known as rough shooting, which is the shooting of any bird seen as a pest…. Stratton resident Geoff Collins said: "Most are shot ineffectually and left to suffer and die, in the most inhumane of circumstances…. (story)

Kent News 30.9.09 Rural crackdown on animal cruelty is set to start - A police crackdown on illegal hare coursing and poaching is being launched in the Faversham area from tomorrow, Yourswale exclusively reports. The illegal acts of animal cruelty still take place in remote areas and hundreds of pounds are waged in bets… (story)

29.9.09

(Plymouth Herald) 29.9.09 The more unpalatable pursuits of the moors - 'DULVERTON, oh Dulverton'… The Somerset town is lovely, boasting quaint, narrow streets and a market square, surrounded by rolling green hills and woodland…. It is, therefore, maybe not the best place in the world in which to declare yourself a non-shooting, non-fishing, non-hare-coursing, Guardian-reading, anti-hunting, tree-embracing pinko liberal vegetarian…. I should point out that the people of Dulverton could not have been friendlier. And as far as I could see they appeared to be in full possession of all their teeth. It's just that their approach to their local wildlife was, shall we say, somewhat at odds with mine…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 29.9.09 Unspeakable - You recently carried a story headlined "Is fox hunting to return?" (Mercury, August 26). I sincerely hope not. In the same paper there was a beautiful picture of a fox relaxing in a garden. How anyone could sanction seeing a lovely animal ripped to pieces by dogs is beyond me… Mrs JE Mason, Leicester (letter)

Driffield Post/Times 29.9.09 LEAGUE BLASTS WHAT IT SAYS IS CRUEL COMMERCIAL SHOOTING INDUSTRY - comment on this story - The League Against Cruel Sports is using the first day of the pheasant shooting season (October 1) to highlight what it says are the cruel practices which go on behind the scenes to sustain the shooting industry… Pheasants are intensively reared in their thousands then released into the wild to be shot by paying guns often enjoying a corporate jolly… League Chief Executive Douglas Batchelor said: Commercial shooting is nothing short of mass slaughter on an industrial scale. "It is an industry which thrives on taking pleasure from animal suffering to line the pockets of the rich…. (story)

Wimbledon Guardian 29.9.09 Fox bites through Morden cabbie's brake cable By Ben Thompson - They have cut the brakes on his car, harassed his family through the night, and continue to squat on his property. But one Morden cabbie has been told by authorities nothing can be done to stop his nemeses - red urban foxes. Mechanics told Adam Sparkes of Cardinal Avenue he should alert police after discovering the potentially life-endangering damage to his car six weeks ago… Despite claiming to have phoned council officers 34 times pleading for help, he has been told by letter that foxes cannot be touched “due to the potential threats against pest controllers from animal rights organisations”…. Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson, said: “We sympathise with the problems Mr Sparkes is experiencing, but our policy with regards to the red urban fox is not to take action against the animal as it is part of our wildlife… (story)

28.9.09

Irish Independent 28.9.09 Hare-brained idea of a sport - DJ Histon of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) tells us how wonderfully concerned he and his colleagues are about the welfare of hares (Letters, September 24)…. With "friends" like the Irish Coursing Club and the Yellow Greens, the gentle Irish hare doesn't need any enemies. Chris Morris, Loughboy, Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Independent 25.9.09 As chief executive officer of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), I write in response to John Fitzgerald (Letters, September 14) to set the record straight. Here in Ireland, one pair of muzzled greyhounds at a time is slipped to pursue a hare given a 100-yard advantage. The hares are harvested ahead of time and kept in "hare parks", often several acres large, where they are well cared for, inoculated, dosed and, yes, trained to familiarise themselves with the facility… we rely on a healthy hare population for our sport, it is difficult to imagine how we would want to be responsible for decimating the hare population we so rely on…. D J Histon, Irish Coursing Club, CLONMEL, Co TIPPERARY (letter)
Irish Independent 14.9.09 Hare coursing is simply cruel - As an opponent of live hare coursing, I am encouraged by the fact that the licence permitting the annual widespread netting of hares in our countryside has not yet been granted to the hare baiting clubs… John Fitzgerald, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

BBC News Online 28.9.09 Dog gangs target deer in county - Deer poachers in Lincolnshire are using specially-bred dogs to hunt with increasing frequency, police claim. Police officers in the county have stepped up weekend patrols to try to stop gangs going into the county to hunt down deer with lamps and dogs… (story)

Ipswich Evening Star 28.9.09 Is Ipswich urban fox population on rise? - IPSWICH: An anti-social menace is plaguing parts of Ipswich - not rowdy teens or speeding drivers but urban foxes…. While some homeowners welcome the new arrivals by leaving out food and milk on their back lawns, others complain that foxes are digging up their gardens, fouling their lawns, attacking their pets and ripping open garbage bags. Bixley Road couple Mary and Reg Rands have twice lost batches of chickens following fox attacks… (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 28.9.09 Farmer's fear over protesters' attacks - Officers from five police forces converged on a Lincolnshire farm where hundreds of animal rights protesters staged a demonstration. Placards emblazoned with 'vivisection is vile' and 'does money justify murder' were brandished by many of the 400 campaigners descending on Normanby by Spital near Market Rasen… on Saturday campaigners from across the UK joined the demonstration organised by the high -profile Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty… (story)
Market Rasen Mail 28.9.09 Animal rights demo goes off peacefully - POLICE officers from five different forces were involved in the policing of around 300 animal rights activists demonstrating outside Highgate Farm near Normanby by Spital on Saturday, as part of their Global Week of Action against laboratory animal breeders. Highgate Farm is a supplier of animals to, amongst other sources, the vivisection industry, including Huntingdon Life Sciences, which has been a target of anti-vivisection campaigners for some time. It also supplies rabbits to the meat trade… (story)
Market Rasen Mail 22.9.09 Animal rights protesters expected in area on Saturday - DOZENS of activists from around the country are expected to converge outside Highgate Farm at Normanby by Spital on Saturday afternoon. The protesters - from animal rights protest group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) - are hoping to persuade owner Geoff Douglas from continuing to breed rabbits and ferrets which SHAC says go to Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)

OXFORD ENCAENIA TRIAL
The Shields Gazette 28.9.09 Animal activists in High Court fight - A PAIR of animal rights activists from South Tyneside have launched a High Court battle against police for wrongful arrest. Trevor Holmes and Kerry Duggan are among 15 campaigners seeking £250,000 from Thames Valley Police for false imprisonment, breach of human rights, malicious prosecution and assault and battery after a demonstration which descended into chaos… (story)
Oxford Mail 28.9.09 Animal rights protesters sue police for £250k over arrests By Thom Airs - FIFTEEN animal rights protesters are suing police for up to £250,000 after claiming they were treated illegally during a demonstration outside Oxford University’s honorary degree ceremony. The claimants, supporters of the Speak campaign group, have filed papers at the High Court claiming “false imprisonment, breach of human rights, malicious prosecution, assault and battery” over the protest in 2006… Protester Pauline Brought- on was found guilty of obstructing a police officer, while Fran Cornwell was found guilty of assaulting an officer. Both were given absolute discharges by District Judge Deborah Wright… Among the claimants in the High Court case are Brett Gordon and Ruth Undy, both of Woodman Court, East Oxford…. (story)
Sunday Sun 27.9.09 North activists make claim for compensation by Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun - TWO animal rights activists from the North have launched a High Court battle against cops for wrongful arrest, the Sunday Sun has learned. Trevor Holmes and Kerry Duggan, of South Tyneside, are among 15 campaigners who are seeking £250,000 from a police force for false imprisonment, breach of human rights, malicious prosecution and assault and battery in the wake of a demonstration which descended into chaos…. The protest was staged on Encaenia Day, an annual degree ceremony held by Oxford University, and cops cited powers under the Public Order Act in a bid to move them elsewhere . . . but minutes later cops said they were using different powers to get them to shift, leaving many baffled… Now 15 members of Speak who were at the Oxford demonstration have lodged a writ in the High Court, in which they demand the six-figure sum from Thames Valley Police’s Chief Constable… (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 18.6.09 Animal rights protester loses High Court battle - A prominent animal rights activist from Northampton who clashed with police at an Oxford University protest has lost his High Court battle for disciplinary action to be taken against officers he claimed were caught calling him names on tape. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, and Joanna Robertson, of Shaftesbury Road, Reading, were arrested following a tense sit-down protest staged by activists in June 2006 against the building of an animal testing laboratory in Oxford. They were both eventually acquitted of public order charges – but during their Bicester Magistrates' Court trial, evidence of police officers calling them names and saying how much they wanted to prosecute them emerged, said top judge Mr Justice Calvert-Smith….(story)
Oxford Mail 17.6.09 Animal rights activists lose action over Oxford police - Two animal rights activists who clashed with police at an Oxford University protest, yesterday lost their High Court battle for disciplinary action to be taken against officers they say were caught calling them names on tape. Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, and Joanna Robertson, of Shaftesbury Road, Reading, were arrested following a sit-down protest staged by activists in June 2006 against the building of the university’s animal testing laboratory. They were both acquitted of public order charges, but, during the trial at Bicester Magistrates' Court, evidence emerged of officers calling them names and saying how much they wanted to prosecute them. Broughton and Ms Robertson complained to Thames Valley Police, and the Independent Police Complaints Commision, which agreed no disciplinary action should be taken… (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 7.6.07 Animal protesters released from court By Tom Shepherd - A CIRENCESTER animal welfare campaigner has walked free from court in Oxfordshire after a judge condemned the police for unlawfully stopping a protest at Oxford University. Michael Haines, 59, of North Home Road, was one of 14 protesters from animal rights group Speak cleared of refusing police orders to break up the demonstration against the university's animal research laboratory last July…. (story)
Milton Keynes Citizen 6.6.07 Animal rights activist: 'arrest was a stitch-up' By Richard Cooper - A CITY animal rights activist says she and fellow protestors were "stitched-up" by police officers who arrested them at a peaceful demonstration. Fran Cornwell, of Porlock Lane, Furzton, was among 14 members of an organisation called Speak who have been cleared of refusing to obey police orders during a protest against the construction of an animal research laboratory at Oxford University. "It was a stitch-up," she told the Citizen: "We never wanted a fight with the police…. (story)
Hunts Post 6.6.07 Animal rights cases dropped - CASES against 16 animal rights protesters were dropped after a judge condemned police for unlawfully stopping their protest. The court last week heard a tape of police calling the protesters foul names and saying how much they wanted to prosecute them…. (story)
Oxford Mail 31.5.07 Judge throws out case against lab protesters By Ellie Simmonds - FOURTEEN animal rights campaigners walked free yesterday after a judge condemned the police for unlawfully stopping their protest…. District judge Deborah Wright cleared all 14 defendants of offences under section 14 of the Public Order Act…. In court yesterday were: Pauline Broughton, 70, of Northampton, her son Mel Broughton, 46, also of Northampton, Fran Cornwell, 59, of Milton Keynes, Anna Cooke, 31, of High Wycombe, Sheila English, 64, of Bedford, Brett Gordon, 42, of Cross Street, Oxford, Anthony Morrison, 43, of Newcastle, Emma Speed, 39, of Leigh-on-Sea, Eileen Kinghorn, 43, of Bow, London, Michael Haines, 59, of Cirencester, Trevor Holmes, 50, of Newcastle, Amanda James, 42, of Bluntisham and Joanna Robertson, 29, and Melanie Bates, 35, both from Reading.Deborah Scicluna, 46, of London and Rachel Nelson, 40, of North Wootton, had their charges dropped earlier in the trial. (story)
Oxford Mail 30.5.07 Police stopped ‘lawful protest’ By Ellie Simmonds - Fourteen animal rights campaigners walked free from court today after a judge condemned the police for unlawfully stopping their protest…. A tape-recording emerged during the trial of unguarded comments by officers, calling the campaigners from the Speak animal rights group "c****"… At Bicester Magistrates' Court, District Judge Deborah Wright cleared all 14 defendants of offences under section 14 of the Public Order Act. But she found 70-year-old Pauline Broughton guilty of obstructing a police officer and Fran Cornwell guilty of assaulting a police officer - and gave them both absolute discharges… (story)
Oxford Times 24.5.07 Court drops demo charges - A NUMBER of the charges against animal rights campaigners on trial for holding a sit down protest in the city have been dismissed….district judge Deborah Wright found there was no case to answer for all 16 protesters charged with intention to process and for 13 protesters charged with inciting others to process. Mel Broughton, 46, of Semilong Road, Northampton and his mother Pauline, 70, of Welford Road, Northampton, are both charged with obstructing a police officer. Fran Cornwell, 59, of Porlock Lane in Milton Keynes, is charged with assaulting a police officer… (story)
Hunts Post 16.5.07 Animal rights 16 go on trial SIXTEEN animal rights activists, including a mother and son, and a woman from Huntingdon, have gone on trial accused of offences during a protest against the building of an animal testing laboratory at Oxford University…. The defendants are:Amanda James, 22, of Wheatley Crescent, Huntingdon, Pauline Broughton, of Welford Road, Northampton; Mel Broughton of Semilong Road, Northampton; Fran Cornwell of Porlock Lane, Milton Keynes, Bucks, Anna Cooke, 31, of Honeysuckle Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, Sheila English, 64, years, of Jacks Lane, Turvey, Bedfordshire, Anthony Morrison, 43, of Lyndhurst Avenue, Newcastle, Rachel Nelson of North Town Lane, North Wootton, Somerset; Deborah Scicluna, 46, of Osman Close, London; Emma Speed, 39, of Victoria Drive, Leigh on Sea, Essex, Eileen Kinghorn, 53, of Wellington Way, Bow, East London; Michael Haines, 59, of North Home Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Trevor Holmes, 50, of Holystene Crescent, Newcastle, Joanna Robertson, 29, and Melanie Bates, 35, both of Shaftesbury Road, Reading, Berks (story)
Reading Chronicle 3.5.07 Target for animal rights protests wins high court ban - DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline has won its High Court bid to stop animal rights campaigners protesting outside its premises….(story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 3.5.07 Animal activists in the dock - A CIRENCESTER animal rights campaigner joined 15 fellow activists in the dock at Oxford Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Michael Haines, 59, of North Home Road, was charged following offences during a protest against the building of an animal testing laboratory at Oxford University… (story)
Milton Keynes Citizen 2.5.07 Animal activist denies charge of incitement - A CITY woman is on trial charged with inciting a group of animal rights activists at a protest outside a testing laboratory at Oxford University.Fran Cornwell, of Porlock Lane, Furzton, is among a 16 members of an organisation called Speak who are on trial at Oxford Crown Court accused of failing to comply with conditions imposed by Thames Valley Police at the demonstration against the building of an animal testing laboratory…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 2.5.07 Protester 'yells to hold ground' By Daniel Owens - A PENSIONER and her son, from Northampton, are among 16 animal rights campaigners on trial for offences in relation to a protest against a controversial animal testing laboratory. Pauline Broughton, 70, and 46-year-old Mel Broughton, the founder of activist group Speak, appeared before Oxford magistrates yesterday, the first day of an expected four-week trial…. (story)
Oxford Mail 1.5.07 Court told of lab protest arrests… (story)
Oxford Times 1.5.07 Court told of lab protest arrests - SIXTEEN animal rights campaigners are on trial for alleged offences in relation to a protest against Oxford's animal testing laboratory. The activists from Speak were arrested at a protest last July outside the Sheldonian Theatre during an Oxford University Encaenia ceremony…. In court are: Pauline Broughton, 70, of Northampton, Mel Broughton, 46, also of Northampton, Fran Cornwell, 59, of Milton Keynes, Rachel Nelson, 40, of North Wootton, Somerset, Anna Cooke, 31, of High Wycombe, Sheila English, 64, of Bedford, Brett Gordon, 42, of Cross Street, Oxford, Anthony Morrison, 43, of Newcastle, Deborah Scicluna, 46, of London, Emma Speed, 39, of Leigh-on-Sea, Eileen Kinghorn, 43, of Bow, London, Michael Haines, 59, of Cirencester, Trevor Holmes, 50, of Newcastle, Amanda James, 42, of Bluntisham and Joanna Robertson, 29, and Melanie Bates, 35, both from Reading…. (story)

27.9.09

ULLSWATER HUNTSMAN CLEARED
Horse & Hound 27.9.09 Legal case against Ullswater foxhounds huntsman dismissed - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - The hunting community is hopeful it's one step closer to a repeal of the Hunting Act after a case involving organised hunting has been dismissed. The case against Ullswater foxhounds huntsman John Harrison collapsed on 17 September after district judge Gerald Chalk ruled there was no evidence that he had pursued an "identifiable mammal at any stage"…. (story)
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 21.9.09 Cleared huntsman criticises waste of money - HUNTSMAN John Harrison, accused of breaking the law by hunting a fox with dogs, spoke of his relief after charges against him were dropped by a judge… The prosecution evidence hinged on DVD footage filmed by the monitors which, they claimed, showed hounds in pursuit of a fox which had been flushed from its hole by a group of men with terriers. However, Judge Chalk agreed with the defence that the footage, and the eyewitness accounts of monitors, did not prove beyond doubt that a fox had been present…. However, during cross-examination, defence barrister Mr. Woodcock, picked up on Mr. Hill’s choice of words in describing what “he felt” was a fox…. In dismissing the case, Judge Chalk highlighted the language used by the monitors who said they believed they had seen a fox. “If someone sees a cat, they say ‘I saw a cat’, not ‘I saw what I believe to be a cat’,” he said. (story)
Cumberland News 17.9.09 Judge throws out Cumbria fox hunt case - A district judge has thrown out a case against a huntsman accused of two counts of hunting foxes with dogs because of insufficient evidence. Defence barrister Robert Woodcock appealed to district judge Gerald Chalk, sitting in Penrith Magistrates’ Court to stop the trial against John Harrison, 48, of Grassthwaite Howe in Glenridding, because he said there was insufficient prosecution evidence…. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 17.9.09 Judge throws out Cumbria fox-hunting court case - The case against the huntsman accused of two counts of hunting foxes with dogs has been thrown out of court by a district judge. The case against the huntsman accused of two counts of hunting foxes with dogs has been thrown out of court by a district judge… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 17.9.09 Cumbrian huntsman's hounds 'ripped fox apart' – trial By Thom Kennedy - A huntsman allowed his hounds to rip apart a fox which had been dug out of the ground while on a hunt, a court has heard. John Harrison, huntsman for the Ullswater Hunt, went on trial before Penrith magistrates yesterday after hunt monitors watching him in secret spotted the hounds under his control chasing the animal out of the ground last November 19… Seven monitors from anti-hunting groups the League Against Cruel Sports, and the International Fund For Animal Welfare had separated into three teams around the area… One monitor, Neil Buckoke, said: “At one point one of the terrier men moved to one side and a fox came out. The hounds were let go and they shot down the hill after it…. (story)
Westmorland Gazette 17.9.09 Judge throws out foxhunting case By Matthew Taylor - THE case against a Glenridding man accused of illegally hunting foxes has been dismissed. John Harrison, 48, of Grassthwaite Howe, Glenridding, Huntsman for Ullswater Fox Hounds, was on trial for hunting foxes with hounds at Groove Ghyl on November 19 last year. The case was thrown out after district judge Gerald Chalk agreed with an application by defence solicitor Robert Woodcock that there was insufficient evidence against Mr Harrison… (story)

26.9.09

Southern Daily Echo 26.9.09 Please include animals in blessings - AS churches world-wide celebrate St Francis, his life and work, on the first Sunday in October, may we please ask churchgoers to ensure that those reading/taking Intercessions (prayers) on Oct 4th are asked to include animals, and those working for better animal welfare. There is so much suffering in factory farms, slaughter houses, circuses, zoos, live export, whaling, and in some homes, to name just a few of man's exploitations… MRS SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities (16) (story)

25.9.09

Darlington & Stockton Times 25.9.09 Anniversary show breaks records - RECORD crowds enjoyed the sunshine at the 150th anniversary of a popular agricultural show. Organisers of Stokesley Show said they were expecting ticket sales to confirm their best-ever attendance. More than 22,000 visitors enjoyed a packed timetable, which included the Fishburn Brass band, the Preston Gavioli Steam Organ, Cleveland Foxhounds, Stokesley Farmers Beagles, the Hurworth Foxhounds, the Pauline Reader Can-Can Dancers from Derbyshire and dozens of trade stands and exhibits… (story)

Western Morning News 25.9.09 Four in five rural voters want to keep hunt ban - JUST one in five people living in rural areas want to see the hunting ban scrapped, new research suggests. Despite senior Conservatives signalling they plan to repeal the Hunting Act if they win the next election, an Ipsos/Mori poll for the League Against Cruel Sports shows that even among Tory voters, just a third back the move…. Douglas Batchelor, the league's chief executive, said: "The opinion polling is the complete opposite of what the hunters would have you believe."… Alison Hawes, South West regional director of the alliance, said that the survey results should be "taken with a pinch of salt" "The thing with all these polls is you can always get the answer you want by asking the right questions. It is clutching at straws. They know that they are facing repeal."… (story)

VIVA! FARMING LETTER
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 25.9.09 Food for thought - Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager, Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder Street,Bristol, BS2 8QH (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.9.09 We love the farmers who grow our crops - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager, Viva! (letter)
Bath Chronicle 27.8.09 We vegans do like farmers - JUSTIN KERSWELL Campaigns Manager Viva! Wilder Street Bristol (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 1.8.09 Meat-free Britain would be kinder - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva! (letter)
Northern Echo 25.7.09 Go veggie - AGRICULTURAL leaders have got it wrong when they say vegetarians and vegans don’t like farmers – we do. However, the distinction is that we love our farmers who grow crops to feed us directly, rather than being environmentally wasteful by raising livestock or growing crops to feed farmed animals…. A meat-free Britain would also be kinder. We kill and consume nearly 900 million animals annually… Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol, BS2 8QH (letter)
23.7.09 We veggies do love farmers, just not livestock farmers! by Mike Hughes… Justin Kerswell Campaigns Manager Viva! 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8QH (story)

24.9.09

Plymouth Herald 24.9.09 Tetcott Hunt hosts fun ride - THE Tetcott Hunt is hosting a fun ride in the depths of the countryside as its final fund-raiser of the season. It will take place on Sunday, October 4 at Sudcott – near Jacobstow and Week St Mary, east of the A39 between Camelford and Bude… (story)

Daily Post 24.9.09 Game to eat - RHUG estate gamekeeper David Pooler is organising a Countryside Alliance Game-to-Eat evening at the Wild Pheasant hotel, Llangollen, on September 29, 7pm… (story)

Evesham Journal 24.9.09 Officer to help stop poaching - MORE support is available to police tackling poaching thanks to an initiative by BASC, Environment Agency and Deer Initiative. The organisations have funded the first poaching priority officer who will work within the National Wildlife Crime Unit to support the investigation of poaching. BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping Tom Blades said: “BASC has long campaigned for a better co-ordinated approach to poaching… (story)

Cambridge News 24.9.09 Joan’s long march for animal rights - Famous for her dramatic acts of protest, Cambridge’s Joan Court has chained herself to railings, locked herself in a cage and even gone on hunger strike – all in the name of animal rights. Now 90, she tells ALICE RYAN why she will always be an activist…. Joan’s memoir, The Bunny Hugging Terrorist, is out now in paperback… (story)

Chelmsford Weekly News 24.9.09 Controversial circus in town - A CONTROVERSIAL circus accused of animal cruelty has opened in Chelmsford. The Great British Circus was slammed by animal charities and politicians last month when a video of one of its trainers beating an elephant was posted on the internet… Despite the circus’s claims, Craig Redmond, campaigns director for the Captive Animals Protection Society, urged people to boycott the performance… (story)
Essex Chronicle 24.9.09 Circus elephants are 'not ill-treated' - ELEPHANTS will perform at a Chelmsford circus for the first time in a decade. The controversial Great British Circus rolled into town this week, causing outrage among animal rights sympathisers… (story)

Daily Post 24.9.09 Animal passion by Andrew Forgrave - A PROMINENT animal rights campaigner has described as “an amazing lady” after winning a national award. Judi Hewitt, from Rhyl, has been named as Best Local Campaigner by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian organisation, Viva!.... (story)
North Wales Pioneer 16.9.09 National award for animal rights campaigner - AN animal rights campaigner has described as “an amazing lady” after winning a national award. Judi Hewitt, from Rhyl, has been named as Best Local Campaigner by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian organisation, Viva!. She was described by Viva! founder Juliet Gellatley as “a driving force for animal protection in North Wales”…. (story)
Evening Leader 11.9.09 North Wales animal rights campaigner wins national award - A NORTH WALES animal rights campaigner has been described as an amazing lady after winning a national award. Judi Hewitt has been named as best local campaigner by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian organisation, Viva! She was described by Viva! founder Juliet Gellatley as a driving force for animal protection in North Wales…. (story)

ANIMAL AID MARCUS THE LAMB LETTER
Morpeth Herald 24.9.09 Animal cruelty is rife in the farming industry - KELLY SLADE, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Bournemouth Echo 21.9.09 Marcus the lamb’s legacy - KELLY SLADE, campaigns officer, Animal Aid (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 18.9.09 Marcus project isn't true view of farming - MANY of us recently followed the fate of Marcus the lamb, who had been hand-reared by primary school children in Kent, so that they could be educated in all aspects of farming and everything that implies. This project, however, gave children a false image of farming, as animals on modern farms are not hand-reared or given the individual care that was bestowed upon Marcus. Instead, most of them are crowded into filthy factory farms where disease is rife…. Kelly Slade, Campaigns officer, Animal Aid, (by email) (story)

23.9.09

Colchester Gazette 23.9.09 East Essex Hunt breaks tradition to support rural pubs - A HUNT has broken with tradition as a way of highlighting the value of pubs to rural communities. The East Essex Hunt started the day with a glass of beer, rather than the customary port, at the Cherry Tree pub, in Belchamp St Paul… (story)

Stroud News & Journal 23.9.09 Two villagers, from Elcombe, near Stroud, to make film about the trauma of hunts straying onto private land By Rachel Clare - TWO women who made national headlines after instigating an ASBO on a pack of hunting dogs which strayed into their gardens are to make a film about the trauma of hunts straying on to private land. Jeanne Berry and Denise Ward, from Elcombe in the Slad Valley became the first people to get asbo warnings issued against huntsmen in 2006 and three warning notices were issued to three members of the Cotswold Hunt…. Ms Ward has collated a database of violent and disruptive incidents on roads and private property, including the deaths of pet animals and livestock… The project has been taken on by an independent film company and will be released next year - the film will be called A Minority Pastime… (story)

South Wales Echo 23.9.09 Police hunt deer poachers in forests - IF YOU go down to the woods tonight... you are likely to see police officers on patrol looking for deer poachers. South Wales Police say September marks the start of “the deer poaching season” in deep forests around Maesteg and Bridgend…. South Wales Police have now launched Operation Antler – a multi-agency approach to deer poaching and the illegal sale of venison – which has already seen evening and night-time patrols targeting the problem areas…. (story)

Mail 23.9.09 If you want to see a fox in its natural habitat, go to town - Foxes are now more commonly seen in the town than the countryside… Professor Stephen Harris, an expert on urban foxes at Bristol University, said he was surprised that no more than 38 per cent of people regularly saw foxes in towns. He said: 'They are much easier to see in urban areas because they are so tame - and because they are quite positive about people…. (story)

Bexley Times 23.9.09 Ben Hur sparks protest - ANIMAL rights' protesters have been campaigning against the use of more than 100 animals in a new blockbuster show…. according to campaigners from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who were protesting outside venue, the animals are experiencing fear and stress when they are subjected to confinement… (story)

Crewe Chronicle 23.9.09 Animal rights group stage matador protest in Nantwich by James A Oliver - PROTESTERS gathered outside Nantwich Bookshop on Saturday to voice their opposition to Britain’s only matador, who was signing copies of his new autobiography.Up to 20 members of Merseyside Animal Rights held placards and shouted slogans… (story)

22.9.09

Dundee Courier 22.9.09 SSPCA targeting bloodthirsty dogs By Graeme Bletcher - THE SCOTTISH SPCA last night voiced concern over the use of dogs for badger baiting and deer or hare coursing in Tayside, branding the practice “sickening and blood- thirsty.”.. a special investigation branch has been assigned to “pro-actively target” the cruel criminals…. (story)

SEAN KIRTLEY WINS APPEAL
Indymedia 22.9.09 Sean Kirtley Released From Prison After Appeal Victory! - In May 2008, following an 18-week trial costing over £4.5 million, the operator of a website criticising animal testing, Sean Kirtley, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for allegedly organising legal protests… He was released this month after his appeal was successful…. (story)
Berrows Worcester Journal 7.7.09 Judges let jailed animal rights campaigner appeal - AN animal rights campaigner who was convicted over events during a long-running protest in Ledbury has won permission to challenge his conviction. Sean Kirtley, also known as Sean Wilson, aged 43, of Orford Way, Malvern, was convicted of conspiring to interfere with research company Sequani and sent to prison for four-and-a-half years… And despite pleading guilty to other offences, another campaigner, David Daniel Griffiths, 40, of Bridge Street, Worcester, was also granted permission for a full appeal…. (story)
Malvern Gazette 3.7.09 Jailed campaigner wins right to appeal - AN animal rights campaigner from Malvern, convicted over events during a long-running protest in Ledbury, has won permission to challenge his conviction. Sean Kirtley (also known as Sean Wilson), 43, of Orford Way, was convicted of conspiring to interfere with research company Sequani Ltd, and jailed for four-and-a-half years. But, at a hearing in London, he was granted permission by three top judges to challenge his conviction in the Court of Appeal. And, despite pleading guilty to other offences, another campaigner, David Daniel Griffiths, 40, of Bridge Street, Worcester, was also granted permission for a full appeal… (story)

Lancashire Evening Post 22.9.09 Upset at sight of dead pig's head - I'd like to believe that we all have the right to make choices in life, whether that be ethically, spiritually or morally.Taking this into account, I like to have the choice as to whether or not I look into a shop window to view the dead animals hanging on show for people who choose to eat meat… I was offended and upset (along with my young son) when faced with the sight of a dead pig's head and feet in the LEP on September 15… Claire Hardacre, Fulwood (letter)

21.9.09

Horse & Hound 21.9.09 Could Gwyneth play Clarissa Dickson Wright in biopic? - Nick Rutherford - Celebrity cook and hunting supporter Clarissa Dickson Wright has been approached by Hollywood about turning her life story in a film — and she is keen for Gwyneth Paltrow to play her, she has revealed…. (story)

Horse & Hound 21.9.09 Cambridgeshire Countryside Alliance holds gymkhana for adults only - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Creaking knees and arthritic hips will be put to the test on 4 October when the Cambridgeshire Countryside Alliance group holds its inter-hunt adult gymkhana. Local hunts are invited to send teams of four — aged over 25 and mounted on horses rather than ponies — to take part in bending, apple-bobbing and other races more regularly the preserve of their Pony Club members. Organiser and Fitzwilliam hunt joint-master George Bowyer will be taking part on his 17.2hh part-bred Irish draught, Paddy… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 21.9.09 MP advises city students to stand by their beliefs - MP Kate Hoey was the guest of honour at an annual speech day held by a city school. The chairman of the Countryside Alliance and Mayor of London's commissioner for sport spoke at the event held at Exeter School to celebrate the school's activities and achievements… "She spoke with honesty, knowledge and passion on many issues including the 2012 Olympics, fox hunting and a career in politics."… (story)

Colchester Gazette 21.9.09 Animal circus ban bid shelved by council By James Dwan - PLANS to ban circuses with animals from performing in Tendring have been put on hold. Animal rights campaigner and Tendring councillor Lawrie Payne put forward a motion calling on the district council to do what it could to ban circuses with animals from performing in the district. About 30 animal rights campaigners in the public gallery booed and stamped their feet when council chairman Nick Turner refused to allow the motion to be heard at a meeting on Thursday… (story)

Leicester Mercury 21.9.09 Animal suffering is unacceptable - The manipulation of animals by humans knows no bounds. I have read about the possibility of breeding "pain-free" GM animals… All animals bred for food, particularly those in factory farms where most of our meat is reared, are denied the chance to live and behave as Mother Nature intended. Their natural instincts are annihilated… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

The Sentinel 21.9.09 Bullfighting book protest - ANIMAL rights activists staged a noisy protest, but failed to halt a bullfighter's book signing. Frank "El Ingles" Evans was at Nantwich Book Shop to sign copies of his autobiography, The Last British Bullfighter… Protester Maggie Harrison, aged 60, from Crewe, said: "I'm totally against bullfighting…. Merseyside Animals Rights Group member Steve Morley, aged 53, from Huyton, Liverpool, said: "Bullfighting is immoral and barbaric… (story)

Essex Echo 21.9.09 Cruelty of killing pigs - Using swine flu as the official explanation, the Egyptian authorities ordered the cull of an estimated 160,000 pigs… Therefore anyone planning to visit Egypt should question their own conscience, for stopping the tourist trade will stop the cruelty. If you do go, avoidance of meat will be a compromise and you are far less likely to suffer an upset stomach. Mrs Emily Broadbent, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend (letter)

20.9.09

DERBY HUNT SABOTEURS ARRESTED AT MEYNELL & S STAFFS
Horse & Hound 20.9.09 Anti-hunt protestors claim £38k compensation pay out - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The Countryside Alliance has slammed animal rights activists, who last week received substantial compensation from police after they were "wrongfully arrested" while out with the Meynell and South Staffordshire hunt…. CA spokesman Tim Bonner said the protestors' behaviour was in stark contrast to those arrested wrongfully within the hunting community…(story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 8.9.09 Pay-out over hunt saboteurs - DERBYSHIRE police have had to pay out £38,300 in compensation after 11 anti-hunt protesters were wrongfully arrested. Lawyers for the protesters said they were not breaking any laws when, while following a hunt, they were chased and arrested before being handcuffed to each other and forced to walk across several fields. Law firm Irwin Mitchell said that the protesters, from the Hunt Saboteurs' Association, were "harmlessly" following the Meynell and South Staffordshire hunt when the incident occurred in January last year… One of the protesters, Sarah Lloyd, from Nottingham, who received £3,500 in damages, said: "Although I am very pleased with the outcome of our claim, the compensation in no way exonerates the police. I hope that they have learnt from their actions… (story)
BBC News Online 8.9.09 - Eleven anti-hunt protesters have been given a total of £38,300 in damages from Derbyshire Police. The force made the out-of-court settlement after admitting its policing of a demonstration in January 2008 was heavy handed… (story)
Post & Times 11.1.08 11 SABOTEURS ARRESTED NEAR MEYNELL HUNT - Hunt saboteurs were arrested on suspicion of causing a disturbance after a helicopter discovered them in a field near Uttoxeter.Police were called to a farm in Somersal Herbert at 1pm on Saturday, where a Meynell and South Staffordshire drag hunt was taking place. They arrested 11 members of the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) under the Trade Union Act, which covers protests, and kept them in custody overnight at St Mary's Wharf police station in Derby.... Spokesman Lee Moon said the East Midlands' saboteurs were only monitoring the hunt.... (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 8.1.08 SABOTEURS' ARRESTS ARE UNDER FIRE - The leader of Derby City Council has written to Derbyshire's Chief Constable to complain about the arrests of 11 hunt saboteurs. Councillor Chris Williamson, a former hunt saboteur, sent an e-mail to Mick Creedon following the arrests on Saturday, describing the police response as "heavy-handed". Officers were called at 1pm to a farm in Somersal Herbert, where a Meynell and South Staffordshire drag hunt was taking place.... (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 7.1.08 3PM: HUNT SABOTEURS ARRESTED IN DERBYSHIRE - Eleven hunt saboteurs were arrested at the weekend and kept in custody for up to 24 hours. Police were called to a farm in Somersal Herbert in Derbyshire at 1pm on Saturday, where a Meynell and South Staffordshire drag hunt was taking place. They arrested the saboteurs under the Trade Union Act, which covers protests, and kept them in custody overnight at St Mary's Wharf police station in Derby.... Roger Swaine, of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said the East Midlands' saboteurs were "monitoring" the hunt.... He claimed the group was doing no wrong... (story)

19.9.09

Leicester Mercury 19.9.09 Hunting: Keep to facts - Letters like the one from Christine Harris' (Mailbox, September 16) regarding hunting crop up periodically, usually with the same arguments, many of which are vague in substance. Words like "innumerable" and 75% are included. How many is innumerable? During the hunting season I haven't read of many instances of illegal or accidental hunting. Perhaps I read the wrong papers. And 75% of whom?.... John Chesterton, Wymeswold (letter)
Leicester Mercury 19.9.09 Foxes are in bad odour with me - As an owner of a dog that likes to roll in the mess that foxes leave behind, I welcome any chance that hunting the vermin will become legal again… Iain Campbell, Stoney Stanton (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.9.09 Hunting Act needs strengthening - Your article "Is fox-hunting set to return?" (Mercury, August 26) conjures up images of past times when hunting with dogs was legal and a "sport" engaged in by those who take pleasure from killing wild animals… Maybe the 75% of those opposed to hunting, which includes many Conservative voters, will take the hint and vote for parties who consider true animal welfare to be important in their agenda. Christine Harris, Loughborough (letter)

Norwich Evening News 19.9.09 Norwich foxes proving a menace - DAVID BALE - The latest antisocial menace to hit a city neighbourhood is not rowdy yobs or speeding drivers - but urban foxes… the subject on everyone's lips at the University (UEA) and Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meeting on Thursday night was foxes…. Keith Howell, from Meadow Rise Road, near Eaton Park, said: “Someone saw seven foxes standing around the headless body of a black cat. It's an increasing problem because foxes leave their signatures in the garden, and it's also a health hazard…. University ward city councillor Bert Bremner said a survey had already been carried out into problem foxes…. “We were not surprised to find that 70pc of the people in the area thought foxes were a real problem. We had complaints of gardens, patios, lawns being fouled with excrement, noise, and bin rubbish, including soiled nappies dragged into gardens. There were comments about neighbours possibly feeding the foxes.”… (story)

18.9.09

Evening Standard 17.9.09 David Cameron: I will scrap hunting ban - Nicholas Cecil, Chief Political Correspondent - DAVID CAMERON has signalled he would back repealing the ban on hunting. The Tory leader made clear he was likely to vote to scrap the 2005 legislation if the Tories win the next election. "We will have a free vote in a new Parliament on whether to repeal the hunting ban," he said at the Woodstock Literary Festival in Oxfordshire. "My own view is the hunting ban is a bad piece of legislation, it hasn't worked, it has made a mockery of the law, a lot of time was wasted on it, and I think we would be better off without it. That gives you a clue to how I will vote."… (story)

SABS ARRESTED AT SURREY UNION
Dorking Advertiser 17.9.09 Masked protester fined - A masked man arrested while "monitoring" a Surrey Union Hunt has been fined. David Marriott, 18, was among a group of anti-hunt protesters who stormed a trail hunt in Leigh on February 28. He was arrested after an officer demanded he remove his facial coverings and he refused… He had pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to identify himself to police by removing a black hood and scarf…. The court heard evidence from Sergeant Alan Sproston of Surrey Police who said the arrest was part of Operation Scarlet, introduced after a spate of public disorder acts at recent trail hunts. He described the group as hunt saboteurs and said they were carrying whips, horns and sprays intended to disrupt the hunt. He said some were even wearing t-shirts with the words 'hunt saboteur'….. Tom Wainwright, defending… said Marriott had disguised his face because he was afraid pro-hunt supporters would identify him by posting his photograph on a website containing a gallery of known hunt saboteurs. Mr Wainwright said the European Convention on Human Rights had been ignored when the order was given to remove his clothing… (story)
Surrey Advertiser 17.9.09 Fox hunt protester fined for not removing balaclava - A TEENAGER who covered his face with a balaclava during a fox hunting protest near Dorking has been fined for not taking it off when told to by a police officer. David Marriott, 18, of no fixed abode, was found guilty by magistrates in Redhill of a charge of failing to remove an item when required to do so by a constable. Marriott was one of a number of protesters who turned up on farmland in Flanchford Road, Leigh, to monitor the activities of the Surrey Union Hunt on February 28 this year. He was convicted on Friday (September 11) and fined £100. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £400 and a £15 victim surcharge… (story)
Surrey Advertiser 17.4.09 Pair in court on hunt monitoring charges By Rebecca Younger - TWO people arrested after masked protesters stormed a fox hunt near Dorking in February have appeared in court charged with public order offences. Tiff Clelland, 34, of Albert Road, Brighton, and David Marriott, 18, of no fixed abode, attended a hearing at South East Surrey Magistrates' Court on Friday… Both defendants entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them and were released on unconditional bail until their trial, which will take place on September 10 and 11 (story)
Horse & Hound 26.3.09 Arrested Surrey Union 'hunt monitors' now charged - Two people arrested on public order offences while "monitoring" the Surrey Union Hunt have been charged…. Tiff Clelland, 34, of Albert Road, Brighton, has been charged with aggravated trespass, and David Marriott, 18, of no fixed abode, has been charged with public order offences…. (story)
Dorking Advertiser 5.3.09 Two arrests at Betchworth foxhunt - Foxhunting saboteurs were arrested after masked protesters stormed a hunt at the weekend. The two people were part of a 20-strong group who attempted to force their way onto private land near Betchworth to monitor the Surrey Union Hunt (SUH)…. A 34-year-old woman from Brighton and an 18-year-old man of no fixed address were arrested on suspicion of public order offences. A police spokeswoman said: "Officers ordered demonstrators to remove the items concealing their faces. Two refused and became abusive towards the police and were arrested."… John Davis, 39, a hunt saboteur, from Brighton, said: "We were there to make sure they were not hunting [foxes with hounds]…. (story)

Cambridge News 18.9.09 Few keepers - From S P Wilson, High Street, Little Wilbraham - IN reply to the letters by Mr Michalak and Geofrey Woolard concerning the ban being lifted on fox and hare coursing: Although I am a great friend of Geofrey we can still disagree. What I find is that people are making comments about the country way of life but they don't know the truth…. (letter)
Cambridge News 24.8.09 Nature is cruel From Peter Croft, Woodhead Drive, Cambridge - DOES Mr Michalak (Letters, August 17) know anything at all about hunting or anything else? Hunts are not followed by a "Victorian squirearchy", partly because no such thing exists, but by people of all classes, many on foot, who want a day out in the country air. I presume Mr Michalak and his wife are constantly harassed by portsoaked gentlemen in tailcoats begging her to "have some Madeira, m'dear". Where does he live? Planet Zog?... (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 18.9.09 Letter from Dene Stansall - ANIMAL Aid’s Race Horse Death Watch was launched in March 2007 in order to keep a public record of every thoroughbred killed on British racecourses… The most recent victims are two young horses Businessman and All Spin aged just two and three years. Their deaths at Ripon and Newcastle racecourses resulted from irresponsible riding by experienced professional jockeys… But while the BHA bears a heavy responsibility for the carnage that takes place on British racecourses, it is the betting and racegoing public who fund this exploitative industry…. DENE STANSALL Horseracing Consultant Animal Aid (letter)

Scotsman 18.9.09 Humane voice - In response to Stephen McGinty (column, 12 September), the job of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) isn't to make the public feel good about choices that hurt themselves and animals. We're here to shake things up and to make sure the animals' plight makes it into the television news, newspaper opinion pages and the internet… ALEXIA WEEKS, Peta, Southwark Street, London SE1 (letter)

Tivyside Advertiser 18.9.09 Despair over badgers - I am a retired research scientist and have followed the debate on badgers and bovine TB closely and with something approaching despair. In her letter last week Dr Sarah Wheeler, a vet, is the latest professional to defend the proposed cull of badgers…. the possibility (probabiliity?) of human to cattle transmission is never mentioned… humans can be carriers without showing clinically important symptoms for decades. Can farmers, stockmen, vets, marketmen and others in close proximity to cattle guarentee that they do not carry M. bovis - does anybody know?... Surely we should be fair and seek answers to these unknowns before initiating such a drastic measure as mass extermination of a species… Mike Snow, Blaencoed, Eglwyswrw (letter)

17.9.09

Yorkshire Post 17.9.09 Gwyneth Paltrow IS Clarissa Dickson Wright... Are you listening, Hollywood? By Sarah Freeman - She may have pleaded guilty to illegal hare coursing, but Clarissa Dickson Wright is unrepentant. She talks to Sarah Freeman. Clarissa Dickson Wright recently took an unexpected call. It was from Hollywood. A studio is apparently interested in adapting her biography Spilling the Beans for the big screen and they wanted to talk about film rights… (story)

Scarborough Evening News 17.9.09 TV chef speaks out after court case By Susan Stephenson - A TV chef who was convicted at Scarborough Magistrates' Court of attending an illegal hare coursing event has spoken out about the matter. Clarissa Dickson Wright, who found fame on cookery show Two Fat Ladies, was given an absolute discharge and was not ordered to pay any costs… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 17.9.09 Mendip Farmers Hunt revives team chase - Mendip Farmers' Hunt has revived a team chase at Ston Easton that was last run back in the 1970s when the sport was in its infancy…. (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 17.9.09 Journalist is right on hunts - LIZ Jones is spot on and she is a brave lady. The culture in and around this area leaves a lot to be desired. Haven't we all been held up by the hunts and their follower blocking the roads and lanes?... NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)

Evesham Journal 17.9.09 Game for a laugh - THE Midland Game Fair at Weston Park, Staffordshire, this weekend, is one of the big countryside events of the year. The huge range of attractions and areas of interest include the world’s most comprehensive airgun expo, gunmaker’s row, carrilon fishing village, gamekeeper’s row and the Countryman Fairs food village…. (story)

Westmorland Gazette 17.9.09 Poachers will be targeted by ex-North Lancs detective By Daniel Orr - A FORMER North Lancashire detective who investigated serious crimes in the region for more than 30 years will head a new taskforce to combat the rapid increase in wildlife crime across England and Wales. Gareth Cole, 57, who covered areas such as Carnforth and Warton during his time at Lancashire Police, has been appointed as the poaching priority project officer for the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit…. (story)

Evening Standard 17.9.09 Animal rights protest at Ben-Hur show - Peter Dominiczak - Animal rights activists will protest at the O2 arena today over the use of animals in the stage adaptation of Ben-Hur. The show, based on the 1880 novel by Lewis Wallace which spawned the Charlton Heston screen epic, has its world premiere in Greenwich tonight… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activists are angry that it features 32 horses, 100 doves, three falcons, two eagles, two vultures and two donkeys. The group claims the animals and the audience are at risk of serious injury… (story)

Independent 17.9.09 The grim fate of Marcus the lamb - The children of Lydd School might like to consider Jeremy Bentham's view: "the question is not, Can they [animals] reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"... Roger Cook, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire (letter)

Scotsman 17.9.09 Bullring bullies - Stephen McGinty seems to be missing the point about British matador Frank Evans (column, 12 September). Mr Evans isn't simply expressing an opinion in favour of bullfighting, he acts upon it…. Nobody forced Mr Evans to become an animal abuser, he chose that path… ANGUS COULL, Craigmount Bank West, Edinburgh (letter)

Bath Chronicle 17.9.09 Refusing to let the facts spoil a good demo - For a group concerned about the rights of threatened animals, it was perhaps appropriate. This week, we have seen a rare beast indeed in this city – a climbdown by the Bath Activists Network…. They fully exploit the right to protest, whether it be over foie gras, the economy, the BNP or horse racing… Their claims about the activities of city energy firm Blue-NG as they announced a protest outside the company's headquarters were lengthy and detailed. And yet within hours of sending them to the Chronicle, they had been comprehensively and convincingly rubbished by Blue-NG… The real message here is that BAN needs to get its facts right. If they're going to be assaulting our eardrums through their megaphone, they should at least make sure they know what they're shouting about… (story)

Colchester Gazette 17.9.09 Leave animal circus alone - Why are people moaning about the Great British Circus?... They do a fantastic show. L Jordan, Harcourt Avenue, Dovercourt (letter)

16.9.09

QUANTOCK ACCUSED OF TRESPASSING ON MCCARTNEY SANCTUARY
Liverpool Echo 16.9.09 Anti-hunt activitists film huntsmen trespassing on Sir Paul McCartney’s deer sanctuary - ANTI-HUNT activists claimed they filmed huntsmen trespassing on Sir Paul McCartney’s deer sanctuary. The footage was taken by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), which members claim shows the Quantock Staghounds on Sir Paul’s estate in St John’s Wood, near Bampton in Somerset… (story)
Telegraph 15.9.09 Sir Paul McCartney deer sanctuary targeted by huntsmen, activists claim - Illegally hunting of deer on private land owned by Sir Paul McCartney's has been captured on camera by anti-hunt activists, it is claimed. By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent - The footage was taken by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), which members claim shows the Quantock Staghounds on Sir Paul's estate near Bampton, Somerset. The hunters appear to chase a herd of deer across land owned by LACS, and then use two hounds to flush a stag out of St John's Wood…. James Hawthorne, assistant manager of the Quantock Staghound Hunt, rejected the claims. He said: "I can categorically say those dogs are not Quantock Staghounds. Hunt staff did not go into St John's on that day and we have not gone on to this land… (story)
Independent 15.9.09 Huntsmen 'filmed on McCartney deer sanctuary' By Madeleine Corcoran, Press Association - Anti-hunt activists claimed today that they filmed huntsmen trespassing on Sir Paul McCartney's deer sanctuary. The footage was taken by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), which members claim shows the Quantock Staghounds on Sir Paul's estate in St John's Wood, near Bampton in Somerset…. James Hawthorne, assistant manager of the Quantock Staghound Hunt, rejected the allegations…. (story)

LACS GLORIOUS 12TH LETTER
Coventry Telegraph 16.9.09 Let’s face the facts on grouse shooting - I AM a member of the RSPB and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and have never shot an animal in my life. However I would like to present a more balanced view of the facts concerning grouse shooting. (Letters, September 2)… Unlike pheasants, grouse are not artificially reared and released for shooting… I do not gain any pleasure from seeing a dead animal, unless it is on my dinner plate, but I do not believe that we should write off the vast store of knowledge gained by the field sports community. Bill Sutton, Billing Road, Chapelfields, Coventry (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 2.9.09 Friend’s amazement over grouse ritual - I WAS interested in the letter from Katy Roberts from the League of Cruel Sports concerning the glorious 12th…. There is rumour that if Mr Cameron’s party were to win the next election they will repeal the Hunting with Dogs Bill. If so, that would be 75 years’ work down the drain. Mr F Jennings, Hardy Road, Radford, Coventry. (letter)
Berwickshire News 27.8.09 In response to “There’s nothing glorious about bloodsports”. The glorious twelfth is coming from a very long tradition of management of grouse. The comment suggesting the majority of shooters are wealthy is totally wrong and people from all walks of life come and enjoy a day of the grouse moorland, and this benefits much of the community…. JEREMY, Scottish Borders. (letter)
Mid Devon gazette 22.8.09 No glory lies in 'fun' shoots - KATY ROBERTS League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Berwickshire News 20.8.09 There is nothing glorious about a date which marks the beginning of the shooting season and the mass killing of our wildlife for ‘fun’…. KATY ROBERTS, Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (story)
North Devon Journal 20.8.09 Nothing glorious about shooting season - KATY ROBERTS, Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 18.8.09 End slaughter of our wildlife - KATY ROBERTS, campaigner (letter)
Bournemouth Echo 17.8.09 Nothing 'glorious' about bloody 12th - KATY ROBERTS, Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Sheffield Star 14.8.09 Time to end this cruelty to animals - Katy Roberts, Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 14.8.09 Sacrificing wildlife for a good day's fun - Katy Roberts, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Ealing Gazette 13.8.09 Killing for fun is an inglorious pastime - KATY ROBERTS, Campaigner for League Against Cruel Sports, Godalming (letter)
Daily Post 13.8.09 Inglorious Twelfth - Katy Roberts Campaigner (letter)
Sale Messenger 13.8.09 Nothing glorious about killing wildlife for fun - Katy Roberts Campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Manchester Evening News 13.8.09 Not so glorious - Katy Roberts, campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports (league.org.uk) (letter)
Liverpool Echo 13.8.09 Countryside cruelty - THERE is nothing glorious about a date which marks the beginning of the shooting season and the mass killing of our wildlife for ‘fun’…. I think it is high time we asked ourselves how much we need to sacrifice to have a good day’s fun? The countryside should be a place of peace and tranquillity, not of guns, snares and systematic animal cruelty. Katy Roberts, Campaigner (letter)

Colchester Gazette 16.9.09 Animal circus is great - I read in the Gazette about a Jane Williams, from Frinton, organising demonstrations outside the Great British Circus, that has come to Colchester. I would just like to say I took my grand-daughter to see one of its shows last year, and what a great show it was…. May I suggest that Jane Williams and co get a life, and leave other people’s livelihoods alone. L Moss, Holland Road, Clacton (letter)

15.9.09

HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY SPORTS DAY
Hampshire Chronicle 15.9.09 Hampshire Country Sports Day By Ash Bolton - CLAY pigeon shooting, archery, terrier racing and falconry displays. Those were just some of the events on offer at the Hampshire Country Sports Day at Tichborne Park on Sunday (Sep 13)… Countryside Alliance Regional Director Sara Rutherford said: "It was a huge success … There were also gundog demonstrations, ferret racing, a parade of hounds, a family fun dog show, a ladies side-saddle display as well as more than 50 trade stands at the event (story)
Southern Daily Echo 7.9.09 Clarissa is cooking up country sport interest - TV cook and countryside campaigner Clarissa Dickson Wright will be a guest at this year’s Hampshire Country Sports Day on September 13…. (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 4.9.09 Country show returns to Alresford - TV cook and countryside campaigner Clarissa Dickson Wright will be a guest at this year’s Hampshire Country Sports Day on Sunday, September 13…. It offers a day out for all the family with falconry displays, gundog demonstrations, ferret racing, a parade of hounds, a family fun dog show and the chance to have a go at archery, fishing and clay pigeon shooting…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 15.9.09 Feedback: The hunting debate - I am writing in regard to the latest two articles by Clive Heath (Aug 26) re anti-hunting and Mrs Sheppard's article. When I wrote my article published on August 13, I believed I was giving an opinion on the other side of a debate – not becoming the target of mud-slinging. He seems to believe that, because my opinion differs to his, this gives him the right to publicly slander my name, comparing me to people who knowingly trap two animals in a pit with no escape and bet on the outcome, and referring to myself and these with an opinion contrary to his as bigoted, loathsome, cruel to animals (all animals!) etc…. Mrs Styles Bristol
RE the letters on fox hunting from Gill Osman and Clive Heath. There seems to be a hint of socialist envy in these letters of the type of people who hunt… David Whittern Knowle (letters)
Bristol Evening Post 4.8.09 Fox was behaving like a wild animal - I WAS interested to read Mr Lonsdale's reply to Mr Clive Heath in Open Lines, Saturday, August 1. While the loss of your hens is unfortunate, the fox is merely behaving naturally… Alan Fidler, Clevedon
I WRITE in reply to Mrs.S Lonsdale, who responded to my letter regarding hunting with dogs….You say a fox kills for the sake of it, this may be so in many cases, but it is a wild animal. So bearing this in mind then the hunt fraternity do exactly the same as you accuses fox's of doing and that is killing for the sake of it, making them also animals… Clive Heath, By email. (letters)
Bristol Evening Post 1.8.09 Barbaric activity is killing my pet hens - In reply to Mr Clive Heath (Open Lines, July 29), we must insist this barbaric activity is ended. I keep nine lovely hens in my very large garden, who are very happy and are good layers. On Saturday morning (July 25), I was awoken by a loud screaming noise, at which I looked out of my bedroom window to see a fox, who had somehow got into my hen house (goodness knows how), disembowelling my hen… Mr S Lonsdale, Horfield, Bristol (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 29.7.09 We must insist this barbaric activity is ended - HUNTING with dogs keeps raising its ugly head. I write in response to the letter from John Graham (July 27), and agree with his comments that it is not just "townies" that agree that hunting with dogs should be banned, and albeit that it is now already banned on paper, certain people are and have been allowed to continue with an activity that is illegal. It is not a sport, it is a barbaric activity by people of limited compassion for God's creatures, all thinking they are above the law, which in fact they do appear to be, as hunting still goes on… Clive Heath, by email. (letter)

North West Evening Mail 15.9.09 - TEN loads of rubbish are illicitly dumped in Cumbria every day. Our district councils deal with two to three fly-tipping incidents each day… (story)

ACTIVISTS THREATEN MATADOR'S BOOK SIGNING
The Sentinel 15.9.09 Book is a red rag to animal activists - ANIMAL rights campaigners have threatened a mass protest at a shop which has advertised a book signing with a bullfighter. Frank Evans, author of The Last British Bullfighter, is due to sign copies of his memoir at Nantwich Book Shop on Saturday… Steve Morley, aged 53, from the Merseyside Animal Rights Group, said: "I understand the shop manager's point of view and I'm all for freedom of speech, but Frank Evans is glamorising and exploiting the barbaric things he does for money…. (story)
Independent 11.9.09 Threats cancel British matador's book sessions By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid - After his triumphant return to the bullring less than a fortnight ago, the Salford matador Frank Evans was looking forward to a hectic spell in Britain promoting his autobiography chronicling four decades of facing death in the afternoon. But his literary ambitions were stymied yesterday when Waterstone’s cancelled planned signing sessions in Liverpool and Manchester after receiving threats from animal rights protesters… (story)
Southport Visiter 11.9.09 Southport animal rights campaigner’s victory in stopping matador’s book signing by Lyndsay Young, Southport Visiter - AN ANIMAL rights campaigner said the decision by Waterstone’s to stop a bullfighter’s book signing was a victory. Southport man Tony Moore, 75, founder of Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe, FAACE, was instrumental in getting the signing stopped… (story)
Liverpool Daily Post 10.9.09 Matador visit to Liverpool store cancelled - A BOOK signing in Liverpool by Britain’s only matador has been cancelled because of animal rights campaigning… (story)
Telegraph 10.9.09 British matador's book signing cancelled after animal rights protests - Britain's only matador has been told he cannot promote his memoirs in Waterstone's following protests by animal rights groups. By Anita Singh - The book chain has cancelled a series of in-store appearances by Frank Evans, who was due to sign copies of his autobiography, The Last British Bullfighter… Waterstone's acted after receiving complaints from supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), the Born Free Foundation and the North West Hunt Saboteurs Association, among others. The signings were scheduled to take place in Manchester and Liverpool… (story)
BBC News Online 10.9.09 Activist fear over matador book - Book signings by a British matador have been cancelled over fears they would attract animal rights campaigners. Waterstone's has shelved Frank Evans' book signings after receiving letters saying they would glamorise the "cruel, violent spectacle" of bullfighting… (story)
Manchester Evening News 9.9.09 Bullfighter's book signings called off over 'threats' - SALFORD bullfighter Frank Evans has criticised animal rights campaigners after Waterstone's cancelled all promotion of his autobiography following what he says were threats. The 67-year-old was due to attend book signings at Waterstone's in Liverpool and Manchester on September 16, with tickets costing £3. The firm received letters which said the events would glamorise the "cruel, violent spectacle" of bullfighting. Mr Evans said the store's staff also received threats because of his planned appearances…. (story)

Sussex Express 15.9.09 Lewes group supports dolphin film - A LEWES-based environmental group is supporting a film which exposes the slaughter of the dolphins in Japan. Campaign Whale is leading an international effort to end the slaughter of dolphins and is backing The Cove, a feature length film which documents the slaughter of around 2,000 dolphins each year in Taiji, a coastal Town in southeastern Japan. Andy Ottaway, the director of the charity, said: "Many people are shocked and angry that Japan, Iceland and Norway kill around 2,000 whales between them each year in defiance of an international ban on commercial whaling… (story)

14.9.09

Daily Mail 14.9.09 Killer dogs used by gang to hunt down foxes... on city streets - Killers dogs are being used to hunt down foxes in urban areas in a disturbing new 'sport' branded 'sickening' by animal rights campaigners… Residents say gang members travel to the city in white vans and unleash bloodthirsty dogs which hunt down and tear to pieces the foxes as they rummage for food near residential areas…. Residents say gang members travel to the city in white vans and unleash bloodthirsty dogs which hunt down and tear to pieces the foxes as they rummage for food near residential areas. The League Against Cruel Sports today condemned the thugs who are responsible for the killings - and urged the police to track down and prosecute them… (story)

LACS GENERAL ELECTION LETTER
Lancashire Evening Post 14.9.09 Reminder of cruelty in hunting animals - Joshua Kaile, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Leicester Mercury 11.9.09 Do voters want this barbaric sport revived? - Joshua Kaile, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Malton Gazette 10.9.09 Don’t vote for return of cruel sports - Joshua Kaile, Parliamentary and Political Officer, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Southern Daily Echo 9.9.09 Hare coursing and general elections - Joshua Kaile, Parliamentary and Political Officer, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)
Coventry Observer 9.9.09 Joshua Kaile, Parliamentary and Political Officer, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)
Newcastle Journal 8.9.09 Hunting ban should stay - JOSHUA KAILE, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 8.9.09 Hares in danger again from MPs - The news that Clarissa Dickson Wright has been convicted for her involvement in illegal hare-coursing should act as a timely reminder that this barbaric activity could become legal again in the UK if some candidates in the forthcoming General Election have their way… So, as we move towards the next General Election it is worth asking your candidate their view on repeal and asking yourself, do you trust a politician who supports the killing and torturing of wild animals for sport? JOSHUA KAILE, Parliamentary and Political Officer, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

WICKHAM LAB MARCH 12.9.09
Portsmouth News 14.9.09 March policing over the top, say lab protesters By Jeff Travis - Animal rights protesters have accused police of going over the top with the number of officers patrolling their march. Up to 80 people took part in the annual demonstration against animal testing at Wickham Laboratories… (story) (br) Portsmouth News 12.9.09 Protesters march through village By Jeff Travis - Main roads were closed as more than 80 animal rights protesters marched through a village. Banners were waved and drums were banged during the annual march against animal testing at Wickham Laboratories, based in Winchester Road, Wickham… Around 80 police officers were on hand to allow the road closures to take place, as well as police the march, which was loud but went by peacefully without an arrest…. Protester Jeannette McClunan, 53, from the Meon Valley, said: 'It's only one day a year. The horse fair does it and roads close for church fetes - what difference is this?... Protester John Curtin, in a speech in the village square, hit out at the police presence. He said: 'We have no weapons and we are not here to riot. We could have been policed by two police officers.'… (story)
Portsmouth News 11.9.09 Protestors may cause road jams - Motorists are being warned they could suffer delays during an animal rights protest tomorrow. Members of Stop Wickham Animal Testing are to gather in Wickham for the annual protest against a controversial animal testing facility… (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 10.9.09 Police warn of protest congestion in Wickham - HAMPSHIRE Police are warning about potential disruption to traffic during the annual Wickham Laboratories animal rights protest due to be held on Saturday, September 12, between 12pm and 5pm… (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 14.9.09 Circus hit by protest - RODDY ASHWORTH - A DEMONSTRATION was held yesterday outside a controversial circus that was recently accused of mistreating its elephants…. yesterday Jane Williams, from Frinton, said the film of the groom's behaviour had galvanised anger among animal welfare protestors… And Jackie Palfreman, from Holland-on-Sea, said: “These people claim that it is good for people to see the elephants. (story)
Colchester Gazette 14.9.09 Protest group targets animal circus - ANIMAL rights protesters heckled people attending a circus at the centre of an abuse scandal.Waving posters and placards and shouting “shame on you” the protesters gathered yesterday outside the Great British Circus, which has opened on land off London Road,… (story)

Essex Echo 14.9.09 Sanctuaries for circus animals - Following the shooting of the film which allegedly showed cruelty to animals in the Great British Circus, only one worker was sacked in the subsequent investigation… Roger A Edwards, Anerley Road, Westcliff (letter)

ANIMAL AID ABATTOIR LETTER
Southern Daily Echo 14.9.09 Slaughterhouse concerns - LAST week, Animal Aid released footage taken secretly at three randomly chosen English abattoirs, which offers an unprecedented close-up of the true inner workings of typical British slaughterhouses. … Kate Fowler, head of campaigns, Animal Aid (story)

13.9.09

Sunday Telegraph 13.9.09 Clarissa Dickson Wright: 'They don't call me Krakatoa for nothing' - Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the Two Fat Ladies and a former alcoholic, is more likely to carry a shotgun than a handbag. But, as Nigel Farndale discovers, she still cries easily… (story)

Independent on Sunday 13.9.09 Giles Bradshaw bemoans the fact that hunting foxes with lurchers has been banned (Letters, 6 September). I think he has got his jodhpurs in a twist. Hunting foxes with lurchers? I don't think so… they are unbiddable, only good over very short distances, and would be absolutely useless in the pursuit of Reynard. Irene Barker, Stowmarket, Suffolk (letter)
Independent on Sunday 6.9.09 I enjoy shooting, deer stalking, hunting and fishing, but I am no "toff", nor part of the "landed gentry" (Letters, 30 August). It annoys me that readers still stereotype the country sports fraternity…. . Lurchers and greyhounds do not have the power to make a clean kill, so they are more likely to prolong death… Ben Dorrington, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Richard Mountford exposes the injustice of the Hunting Act when he states that if hunters were concerned to minimise suffering, they would use greyhounds and lurchers. Many did, but this is now banned…. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letters)
Independent on Sunday 30.8.09 To re-legalise hunting would be to revert from a society that declaredly believes in compassion, and tries to respect sentient life, to one prepared to set the feelings of humans and animals at nought… Paul Binding, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
Having been a hunt monitor for 15 years, it is clear to me that hunters never obey rules imposed on them. A useless, cardboard-cut-out panel to oversee hunting would have, as intended, zero effect on rampaging hunters. This is a classic piece of slippery, slithery, deceitful nonsense…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire
Foxhounds have been bred to run more slowly than foxes, to make the chase last. If hunters wanted to minimise suffering, they would use greyhounds or lurchers… Richard Mountford, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent
I think most people in this country will take a dim view of David Cameron and his party if they allow themselves to be leaned on by the toffs and landed gentry that have been quietly bankrolling them in readiness for the next election… Steve Mackinder, Denver, Norfolk
The Tories' colours are revealed. A return to medieval barbarism in the name of entertainment … Chris Gale, Chippenham, Wiltshire (letters)

Northwich Guardian 13.9.09 Farmers asked to report fly-tipping - FARMERS in the mid Cheshire area are being urged to record any incidents of fly-tipping…. The Countryside Alliance and Country Land and Business Association are appealing to farmers to be more active…. (story)

12.9.09

Western Morning News 12.9.09 EXCLUSIVE: Tories may kill Hunting Act - THE Hunting Act could be repealed as part of a major Bill to scrap a vast swathe of Labour laws which impinge on civil liberty. The Conservatives are considering the plan to avoid a repeat of the introduction of the ban on hunting with dogs, which took up 700 hours of parliamentary time and led to bloody demonstrations in Westminster. Tory policy chief Oliver Letwin is understood to be "quite taken" by the idea of rolling the ban on hunting with dogs into a high-impact demolition of a number of perceived draconian laws…. A Repeal Bill could cover a number of laws which the Tories are committed to scrapping in a bid to rein in the reach of the state while avoiding having a major piece of legislation early in a Tory government just dealing with hunting… Labour activists launched a Fox in Parliament campaign to hammer home the claim that the Tories "show more concern about animal cruelty and minor issues of the day than issues around economic recovery and progressive political debate". Campaign director Gary Hills said: "Labour has re affirmed its long-standing commitment to the hunting ban and unlike David Cameron is showing respect for the democratic majority… (story)

Leicester Mercury 12.9.09 Un-saintly act - It's a pity Thomas More's feelings about the butchery of hunting did not extend to burning people at the stake, a fate that befell William Tyndale, a man commemorated in Leicester, who dared to translate the Bible into English so that anyone could read it… J Byrne, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 4.9.09 No place for this barbarism - Thomas More's Utopia (1516) described hunting as: "the lowest, the vilest and most abject part of butchery". Obviously the pro-hunt brigade disagree with this opinion. ("Is fox-hunting set to return?", Mercury, August 26). It is presumptuous and typical of these pompous people to say, "after the Conservatives have won the next election" that the ban on hunting will be overturned… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 12.9.09 Shooting foxes is not an effective control - IN response to John Phelps' recent letter Anti-hunt legislation needs to be tougher, Points of view, August 28, I do not support extending the Hunting Act to make people whose dogs accidentally flush out, chase or kill wild mammals criminals…. The recently proposed Hunt Regulatory Authority is along the right lines but should be extended to cover all such activities that affect wildlife. Finally, given the level of dissatisfaction on all sides over the Hunting Act, we clearly need MPs to have a free vote on how to move forward. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 28.8.09 Anti-hunt legislation needs to be tougher - FARMER Giles Bradshaw, a frequent Echo correspondent, contends that the Hunting Act 2004 is unenforceable, Next step is repeal of the Hunting Act, Points of view, August 20. Crimes committed by paedophiles, burglars, thugs and thieves are reported in the Echo every week. However, I have never heard of calls for the repeal of Acts of Parliament relating to such law-breaking on the grounds that the legislation is unenforceable…. John Phelps Argyll Road, Exeter (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 20.8.09 Next step is repeal for the Hunting Act - ONE should not feel too sorry for Helen Weeks on reading her complaint that the Hunting Act has been 'tested to destruction'. Hunting Act must be tightened up, Points of view August 8. The reason that the law falls apart when tested is that it is so poorly constructed… Giles Bradshaw,Rose Ash, South Molton (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.8.09 Hunting Act must be tightened up - OVER four years ago, a law was passed to outlaw hunting a wild animal to death with dogs, but instead of an outright ban, exemptions were written into the Hunting Act… Voters, who care about cruelty to animals, cannot be happy with the fact that Conservative leader, David Cameron, intends to repeal the Hunting Act if he becomes leader of this country — a man who would have us believe that he is strong on law and order. Do we really want such a man leading this country? Helen Weeks, West Coker, Somerset (letter)

11.9.09

Exeter Express & Echo 11.9.09 We are responsible for care of wildlife - ON Tuesday the partridge shooting season begins. The birds, literally millions of them, have been bred and reared as live targets for sport. One of the things that is little mentioned about shooting at live birds for sport is the level of cruelty involved…. Kathy Moyle, Collins Park, East Budleigh (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 11.9.09 Hunt for Lancashire deer poachers - DEER poachers are being hunted in rural parts of Lancashire after nearly 100 incidents were reported in the county in the last year. Police said deer poaching increased in September as leaves fell from trees making it easier for hunters to spot the fleet-footed animals…. (story)

Guardian 11.9.09 'Lose the breasts. Go vegetarian,' is message to men from animal rights group Peta - Animal rights campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has put up a city centre billboard that links meat-eating with man boobs…. (story)

ANIMAL AID SLAUGHTERHOUSE INVESTIGATION
ThisIsSomerset 11.9.09 Covert footage reveals Somerset abattoir scandal - An investigation is under way into the practices at a Somerset abattoir, after animal rights activists released shocking hidden camera footage… The Meat Hygiene Service, which is investigating the video, said there was evidence of 'serious breaches' of animal welfare legislation, and added that animal cruelty within a slaughterhouse 'would not be tolerated'…. The footage released by Animal Aid shows the slaughterman struggling to properly stun animals… (story)
BBC News Online 11.9.09 Inquiry into cruelty at abattoir - A slaughterman's licence has been suspended and a Somerset abattoir faces prosecution after secret footage showed "callous" animal welfare breaches. Food Standards Agency executives (FSA) are considering criminal action against bosses at AC Hopkins and the individual slaughterman caught on film. Animal welfare activists Animal Aid managed to install secret CCTV cameras in three abattoirs across England… (story)
Somerset County Gazette 10.9.09 Abattoir in video nasty - A CREECH St Michael abattoir has admitted the standard of animal welfare filmed there by animal rights campaigners was “not satisfactory”. … Bosses at AC Hopkins say they have removed the employee responsible from handling live animals…. (story)
Burton Mail 2.9.09 Animal cruelty happens at slaughterhouse, claim by ADRIAN JENKINS - AN undercover investigation has revealed shocking cases of animal cruelty at a slaughterhouse in Hartshorne. Campaign group Animal Aid says its operation found several instances of inhumane treatment at Pickstock Ashby Ltd, in Coal Lane. In The Humane Slaughter Myth, a report by the group’s head of campaigns, Kate Fowler, the abattoir is alleged to have been responsible for several ‘disasters’ while using captive bolt stunning… (story)
Mail 29.8.09 Can Mr Benn really be unmoved by these pitiful sounds of slaughter? Liz Jones - The old dairy cow makes her way into the narrow pen. She is terribly thin; every bone sticks out… All of the scenes above were shot using concealed cameras put in place by Animal Aid, a national campaign group, in three British slaughter houses… (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 11.9.09 Circus animals still suffering - FORTY years ago I attended a circus with my two young children, It was showing at Ewood. I vowed then never again to visit any circus with performing animals… There are still 50 wild animals performing and suffering in circuses touring in the UK… Yet Britain has no legislation to ban wild animals in circuses. Disgusting - SHEILA BRENNAN, Bombay Street, Blackburn (story)

10.9.09

UTV 10.9.09 Hare hunting ban extended The ban on hunting Irish hares should remain until next August, the Environment Minister said on Thursday. Edwin Poots renewed the temporary prohibition on killing, taking, selling or buying the animals… (story)

Argus 10.9.09 Sussex MP criticised for taking cash from pro-hunt groups By Andy Chiles - Anti-hunt campaigners have criticised a Sussex MP for accepting a £24,500 windfall a day after unveiling plans to end the hunting ban. It was revealed yesterday that £5,500 of the cash received by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert, the Conservative shadow environment minister, came directly from donors with an active interest in bloodsports. Simon Wild, from West Sussex Wildlife Protection, said: "It leaves him somewhat tainted. David Cameron should think twice about having him in the shadow cabinet."… A member of the Crawley and Horsham hunt, who asked not to be named, said: "I don't think that it will ever be changed back to how it was but the law does need to be revisited. So much of it doesn't work…. (story)
Guardian 8.9.09 Hunting lobby donated £5,500 after Tory Nick Herbert vowed to end ban - Patrick Wintour, political editor - One of David Cameron's shadow cabinet members gave a high-profile commitment to end the government ban on hunting as he received nearly £6,000 in donations from arch-critics of the bloodsports ban. Nick Herbert, the Tory agriculture spokesman, received £24,500 from seven separate donations, including known critics of the hunting ban, and made a declaration in the MPs' register of interests eight days after attacking the hunting ban… (story)

Telegraph 10.9.09 Evil, snarling, red-faced Tory toffs want to bring back fox-hunting! By James Delingpole - That’s how the libtard bunny-huggers are going to spin it, anyway, when - as is expected - David Cameron tries to repeal the hunting ban after the next general election. Already, their house journal the Guardian is starting to get anxious about the prospect, as we see from a report today on donations by “bloodsports”enthusiasts to Tory agriculture spokesman (and committed ban-repealer) Nick Herbert… there is an idea doing the rounds in Conservative circles as to how the party could get around this problem. Rather than a bill devoted exclusively to repealing the hunting ban, there would be one that would concentrate on a whole host of civil liberties issues including ID cards. Hunting would merely be a section of it, with a free vote on the issue… (story)

Newmarket Journal 10.9.09 People with a cruel and nasty streak - HARE coursing is a particularly disgusting so-called "sport". The present pro-hunting MP for South East Cambridgeshire, James Paice, says that he dislikes "hare coursing intensely but would be reluctant to ban it because of my libertarian instincts". By that logic, we would still have bear baiting and cock fighting…. GEOFFREY WOOLLARD.Upware (letter)

Newmarket Journal 10.9.09 An end to sickening spectacle - THIS appalling piece of legislation that Sir Mark Prescott calls the Hunting Bill has put an end to the sickening spectacle of hares being torn apart and dying in agony simply to provide a day's entertainment… MICHAEL and INGRID MICHALAK Swaffham Road, Burwell (letter)

Berwickshire News 10.9.09 Generally I do not have a problem with those members of our society who find pleasure in blasting birds out of the sky, there are far too many more important subjects to worry about, the abuse of children for instance. However, why is it that some people who write to you in support of game shooting seem too embarrassed to give their names… Collective punishment is not the democratic way, but perhaps the Scottish Parliament should look at delaying the start of the shooting season by one day for every raptor found illegally destroyed… RICHARD WALTHEW, Whitsome Crofts, Duns (story)

Bury Times 10.9.09 Cash will help animal charity - Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Bury for their generosity in raising £94 at a recent street collection… Jane Taylor Animal Aid collection organiser (letter)

Cannock Chase Post 10.9.09 Animal rights group slams circus - Janet Lee - An animal rights group is calling on local people to boycott a circus which arrived in Huntington this week. But Peter Jolly Jnr, from Peter Jolly’s circus invites people to ‘vote with their feet’… Born Free has been campaigning for an end to the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Its senior scientific officer Chris Draper said: “The use of wild animals in circuses is archaic. A travelling circus cannot provide for the complex needs of wild animals… (story)

Tottenham & Wood Green Journal 10.9.09 Circus animals set to return - PERFORMING animals will return to Haringey next month for the first time in 26 years, after a ban on using them was lifted by the council. Zippo's Circus will use four horses, three ponies and 15 budgerigars in shows alongside its traditional acts…. National charity the Captive Animals Protection Society, which campaigns to stop animal suffer-ing in the entertainment industry, condemned the decision, saying: "[Horses] are transported in lorries each week for most of the year and made to perform tricks which can cause physical and behavioural damage. Why is a horse or a dog less deserving of protection than a tiger or elephant?"… (story)

Evesham Journal 10.9.09 Animal lovers show support - MORE than 200 animal lovers turned out to show their support for local charities at an open day in Middle Littleton. People from across the Vale attended the animal charities day at the Farm Animal Sanctuary on Sunday which was held to raise awareness of the work of organisations in the area…. (story)
Evesham Journal 3.9.09 Animal sanctuary in plea for support - A CHARITY which offers a refuge for over 500 mistreated farm animals is appealing for the support of Vale people during the credit crunch. Donations to Farm Animal Sanctuary in Middle Littleton have dropped significantly since the start of the recession and the charity is struggling to meet its weekly £2,000 running costs. It was founded 20 years ago by former journalist Janet Taylor, who was moved to create the sanctuary after she exposed the suffering of livestock at farmers’ markets for a News of the World investigation… (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 10.9.09 Stephen Fry: the other problems - There must have been many of your readers who, like me, enjoyed the story of Stephen Fry's hunt to search through the Amazon rain forest for the manatee… The greatest single cause of climate change is one of the main drivers of this – and we're responsible, because of our meat and dairy industries… Friends of the Earth has sponsored an Early Day Motion to draw attention to the problem and hopefully improve matters…. Elaine Allen Bere Lane Glastonbury (story)

Bath Chronicle 10.9.09 Compassion-ate thank you! - I would like to thank the people of Bath for raising £85.25 during my street collection on Saturday, August 29, in aid of Compassion In World Farming… DR ROGER G CHALLONER GREEN, Church Lane, Wingfield, Trowbridge (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 10.9.09 Asking councils to help animals - I HAVE recently contacted Rugby Borough Council and Coventry City Council asking if they would kindly sign up to Animal Aid’s Compassionate Charter by implementing some or all of their ethical policies as follows:… (letter)

9.9.09

Western Morning News 9.9.09 Badgers: Labour cuddles vs Tory cull - An intriguing piece has appeared on LabourList.org claiming the Tories are developing plans for a targeted cull of badgers “behind closed doors”…. Ironically, Labour keeps accusing the Tories of being out of touch with modern Britain by making fox hunting and badger culling a top issue, yet it is Labour who seem to bang on it about it far more than the Conservatives…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 9.9.09 Hunting can't pass 'sport' test - I am aware of the irony in recent reports that the anti-hunting legislation may be repealed, while at the same time you have featured stories and photos of foxes that visit people's gardens and have been made welcome there… It upsets me enormously to think that, after the next election, it seems very likely that the laws will be repealed and this appalling behaviour will be legalised again. Perhaps it is time for everyone who has enjoyed your recent photos of charming garden foxes to realise that their rural cousins need a louder voice to protect their futures and to speak out before it is too late. Steve Turner, Evington. (letter)

York Press 9.9.09 Anger at hare-coursing TV chef - What a disgusting specimen of a human being is a fat chef called Clarissa Dickson-Wright (TV chef and trainer admit hare coursing, The Press, September 2). She thinks chasing animals until they can’t run any more then watching them been ripped to pieces is “fun”…. D Fillingham, The Crossway, Muncaster, York. (letter)

Driffield Times 9.9.09 61% increase in poaching - CASES of rural crime and poaching in the Driffield area have rocketed by 61% according to latest police figures… (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 9.9.09 Sponsored walk for animals - A SPONSORED walk will take place this Sunday in aid of International Animal Rescue. Burrator Reservoir is the venue for the four-mile walk, organised by Ken Stephens of Wembury, who says anyone is welcome to go along, including dogs, and help raise money for the cause…. (story)

Essex Echo 9.9.09 Many circuses with no animals … To compare dogs enjoying jumping into cars to be taken to the beach to elephants and tigers being transported from one venue to another beggars belief. There is many a fine circus that does not have animals performing, and I will be visiting these. Mrs M B Cooper, Queensland Avenue, Rochford (letter)

Burton Mail 9.9.09 Pigs deserve much better from Dorothy Taberner, Address supplied - I REFER to your article ’Residents Ready to Fight Pig Farm Plan’ and note with interest the meeting of the protest group held at the Foresters Arms, Scropton. Pigs are intelligent animals — it is a crime against nature to keep them cooped up in pens with little room to move or express their natural behaviour in vast factory farming complexes… Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the RSPCA are both concerned very much about factory farming of pigs and the cruelties inherent in them … (letter)

8.9.09

Horse & Hound 8.9.09 Hunting opens its doors to newcomers this October - Ever wanted to go hunting but didn't know how? Now is your chance. "Newcomers Week" is back this year for the first time since the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004. The week — from 10-17 October — is designed to offer anyone who has never been hunting the chance to have a go for free, in a welcoming environment… (story)

Cambridge News 8.9.09 Barbaric acts From Joan Court, Animal Rights Cambridge, Sturton Street, Cambridge - WHEN I was 12 years old my grandfather took me out on a shoot and I was shocked and grieved when I saw flying birds fall from the sky. This started me on a lifelong passion to defend helpless sentient creatures from the cruelty of human beings. The 45 million birds reared for wealthy guns are mass-produced in cages, sheds and pens in which disease and death of the birds is a daily occurrence… (letter)

Worthing Herald 8.9.09 WILDLIFE DIARY: Hare population in decline - EVERY month Mike Russell, Sussex Wildlife Trust people and wildlife manager, tells Herald readers about the widlife surrounding them. This month he writes about the declining hare population… Changes in crop production such as oil-seed rape, the sowing of winter crops in autumn, the ploughing-up of grassland and removal of hedgerows, along with the increased application of pesticides, have all contributed to this decline, as has the growth in the fox population. Foxes will eat the young leverets if they find them… (story)

Manchester Evening News 8.9.09 This is barbaric - HOW shocked and annoyed I was when the MEN decided to print the picture of Frank Evans bull fighting.It is not the kind of sight I want to see in a family newspaper, where condenmnation is normally poured on animal cruelty… B. Marshall, Dukinfield (letter)

Manchester Evening News 8.9.09 Sickening - IF we must have sickening pictures such as the bullfight in could we have one with the real hero (the bull) getting its own back… Betty Temple, Sale (letter)

Scarborough Evening News 8.9.09 Helping the animals - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Scarborough for their generosity in raising £200 at a street collection on August 29… Karen Watts, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Irish Times 8.9.09 Animal rights protest at FF HQ - JENNY HAUSER - Animal rights activists staged a protest today, calling for the abolition of fur farming in Ireland outside the Fianna Fáil headquarters on Lower Mount Street, Dublin… Showing her support at the protest was Independent TD, Maureen O’Sullivan. She said, “I am continuing the legacy of my good friend Tony Gregory… “Also Fianna Fáil are targeted because they’re not opposed to hunting or any of the other animal abuses, that we consider wrong… because they’re all involved in blood sports, in coursing, in fox hunting, everything” said Bernie Wright from AFAR… (story)

7.9.09

Penarth Times 7.9.09 Penarth AM delivers keynote speech - ASSEMBLY Member for Cardiff South and Penarth, Lorraine Barrett gave the keynote speech at the 27th Conference of the Badger Trust, which was held at the University of Wales, Newport…. Organiser, Steve Clark, said: "It's right that we should be here this year with the fate of our Welsh badgers hanging in the balance…(story)

Bristol Evening Post 7.9.09 Heather Mills in Bristol to celebrate vegan charity - Sir Paul McCartney's former wife Heather Mills visited Bristol to celebrate 15 years of a vegan charity based in the city. She helped launch a new campaign for Viva called Fruity Fundays, which aims to help people reduce the amount of meat they eat and encourage them to become vegetarian or vegan… (story)

Leicester Mercury 7.9.09 West unable to shows restraint - Meat and over population are two of the main things filling up the world's atmosphere with dangerous levels of gases… The Vegan Society assess that plant protein can be grown on one- third of the fertile land now used in Britain, by doing without the millions of acres growing animal feed. This is for a projected population of 75 million by 2050…. C Seal, Leicester. (letter)

6.9.09

Horse & Hound 6.9.09 Labour's anti-hunting election tactics slammed - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The Countryside Alliance (CA) has poured scorn on Labour's recent "toff-bashing", anti-hunting election tactics, saying voters are uninterested in hunting in the run-up to the election. In last month's Norwich North by-election, Labour issued a leaflet saying: "Vote Labour…or the fox gets it!"… (story)

5.9.09

Mail 5.9.09 The cruel side of the animal rights brigade By Clarissa Dickson Wright - Hare-coursing is the testing of the skill and speed of two greyhounds behind a hare. The hare is rarely killed because it is more agile and arguably cleverer than the dogs. It is also given a 100-yard start… One year, soon after my Two Fat Ladies co-star Jennifer Paterson had died, an anti yelled at me: 'One dead Fat Lady, one to go…. a man on crutches went into one of the portable lavatories at the Waterloo Cup and the antis tried to push it over, with him still inside it. The police did nothing to stop them…. There are more people who support hunting and the repeal of the ban than there ever were before the ban. I look forward to the day when everything is returned to normal….(story)

Dorset Echo 5.9.09 Dorset County Show is under way - VISITORS poured through the gates as the annual Dorset County Show got under way in Dorchester today…. People can get even closer to the beagles and foxhounds which star in the Festival of Hounds, where children will be given a chance to enter the ring and meet hard working hunting dogs… (story)

Western Morning News 5.9.09 Doing it for Queen and countryside... HER Majesty the Queen and the queen of controversy top and tail a list of the 100 most powerful people in the countryside. Following in the style of Forbes magazine's 100 Richest People and Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, Country Life has identified royalty, wildlife enthusiasts, supermarket bosses, explorers, celebrity chefs and landowners as the most influential people in rural life…(story)
Western Morning News 5.9.09 Countryside's 100 most powerful people (story)
Country Life 3.9.09 100 most powerful people in the countryside …27 Charles and Chipps Mann Organisers of Vote OK… 31 Kate Hoey MP of principle… 33 Simon Hart Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (CA)… 48 Charles Nodder, Political adviser of the National Gamekeepers Organisation… 75 Jim Barrington, Middle Way Group… (story)

Birmingham Mail 5.9.09 Campaigners say £16m flood cash is 'drop in the ocean' by Patrice John, Birmingham Mail - A £16 MILLION funding pledge from the Government aimed at tackling flooding has been branded a “drop in the ocean” by campaigners… the Countryside Alliance has claimed that this amount will not be enough to make a real difference… (story)
Birmingham Post 5.9.09 Defra’s £16m flood aid ‘drop in ocean’, says Countryside Alliance by Patrice John, Birmingham Post - A £16 million funding pledge from the Government aimed at tackling flooding in the city has been branded as a ‘drop in the ocean’ by campaigners…(story)

Hedge End People 5.9.09 Animal Rights Campaigners Protest In Hedge End By LizBea - I have just been reading that once a week three or so campaigners demonstrate in support of animal rights outside Ciba Vision in Flanders Road, Hedge End. The demonstrators believe that Ciba Vision, which manufactures contact lenses, is buying research from Huntingdon Life Sciences where they use animals in testing procedures. Dave Thompson is one of the Hedge End protestors and believes that the tests carried out at Huntingdon Life Sciences, ‘are only 20 per cent effective’ and that the company is responsible for the ‘deaths of 500 animals a day’. He would like to see Huntingdon Life Sciences closed down…. (story)

Channel 4 5.9.09 Should the RSPCA be leashed? By Mick Hodgkin - The RSPCA is one of Britain's favourite charities, and certainly one of the wealthiest, defending the welfare of animals in England and Wales, but does it sometimes go too far?... Funded largely by voluntary donations, it has a vast headquarters in Horesham in Sussex and an annual income of almost £120m…. One of its many private prosecutions in the last year is that of 93-year-old Ken Bolton. More4 News has been out on patrol with one of Britain's most powerful organisations… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 5.9.09 It’s time to ban wild animals from circuses - RECENT BBC News showing of cruelty by a circus hand to an elephant, yet again raises the questions of why we still have no ban on wild-species in circuses as promised by the Govt. for the 2006 Animal Welfare Act… MRS S CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities (16) (story)

4.9.09

Forres Gazette 4.9.09 Arrests following hare-coursing probe - FOUR people were arrested near Forres on Sunday night in connection with an alleged hare-coursing incident. The three males from Aberdeen, aged 49, 42 and 15, and a 43-year-old male from Inverness were released from custody and are due to appear in court at a later date. PC MacKinnon, the forces wildlife crime officer said they were arrested as part of the ongoing "Operation Lepus" which was formed in 2007 to try and stamp out the problem… (story)

Western Mail 4.9.09 Horses’ cruel fate - Ffos Las racecourse has been officially opened with a busy schedule of 28 fixtures for next year, but what thought has been given to the welfare of racehorses in general? For thousands of racehorses that are too old or slow the end is brutal, a bullet through the temple. Most racehorses, which could live on average 30 years, are killed before their fifth birthday… RAY REES, Margam, Port Talbot (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 4.9.09 Group in protest as circus stops in town - An organisation devoted to the protection of animals is campaigning against a new circus show that has rolled up in Cannock this week – just weeks after it was greeted by protesters when it opened in nearby Lichfield. Peter Jolly’s Travelling Circus is being held in a field off Ogley Hay, Chasetown, and runs until Sunday. Members of The Born Free Foundation have labelled the circus “archaic and unacceptable”, and are fighting to bring an end to the use of wild animals in travelling circuses… (story)

Portsmouth News 4.9.09 Campaigners slam 'cruelty' to badgers - CAMPAIGNERS have branded a council 'cruel' for its treatment of badgers living on an old railway line. Hampshire County Council is clearing the line between Gosport and Fareham to make way for a £20m high-speed bus route… Brian Masterton, a wildlife consultant who has studied badgers since the 1960s, said: 'It's disgusting what's being done…. Resident Viv Morge, 57, of Wych Lane, Gosport, added: 'The whole thing is downright cruel….(story)

Hampshire Chronicle 4.9.09 Animal rights protest in Winchester - Winchester Animal Concern members will be marking Viva!’s Veggie Month at the Buttercross in the city centre tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am… Supporter Marjorie Pooley said: "On average people consume a staggering 11,047 animals in their lifetime. I've saved 10,725 animals since I stopped eating meat… (story)

TURTON SCHOOL GOLDFISH ROW
Bolton News 4.9.09 Turton School came under fire after giving away goldfish as fair prizes - A SCHOOL which came under fire for giving away goldfish as prizes at a summer fete has pledged it will not do so in the future. Turton School, in Bromley Cross, found itself at the centre of controversy after staging its first summer fair in July. Goldfish were handed out as prizes — which sparked a heated debate on The Bolton News’ letters page…. (story)
Bolton News 14.8.09 Goldfish message is clear enough - WAS this a wind-up or are we seriously expected to believe that despite the advice recently given on the welfare of goldfish, one of your readers is brazen enough to boast that he/she has kept a goldfish in a plastic bag for a number of years? This is exactly the reason why goldfish should not be given as prizes…. Katherine Kay RSPCA Bolton branch administrator (story)
Bolton News 5.8.09 Goldfish are not an appropriate prize to give out - THE Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) shares the concerns of the RSPCA and your reader, Mary Rudkin, over the giving of goldfish as prizes at Turton High School… Craig Redmond Campaigns director The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (letter)
Bolton News 1.8.09 No need to give goldfish as prizes - MRS S Rawlinson criticised Mary Rudkin’s letter, in which she expressed her disgust at goldfish being given as prizes at a recent fair. Well, Mrs Rawlinson, I get very upset at all the needless cruelty inflicted on animals worldwide…. Far from needing to get a life, I can assure you, I lead a very full and varied one as a teacher and artist. Some of us just happen to have more sensitive souls. Audrey Whitfield Birtenshaw Crescent Bromley Cross (letter)
Bolton News 1.8.09 Take care of fish - GRANDchildren may have received endless pleasure from winning a goldfish but there was no mention of the boring life of the fish, which will have to spend five lonely years swimming in circles… Katherine M Kay Bolton Branch RSPCA (letter)
Bolton News 28.7.09 Goldfish should not be prizes - What a rude and patronising comment by one of your readers to Mary Rudkin, who rightly expressed concern that a reputable local high school recently allowed goldfish to be given as prizes… Katherine M Kay (Mrs) Branch Administrator Bolton RSPCA (letter)
Bolton News 20.7.09 Appalled by goldfish as prizes - LAST weekend I took a craft stall at an event at Turton High School. I was appalled to see live goldfish being given as prizes at the fair engaged by the school as a children’s attraction…. Mary Rudkin Georges Lane Horwich (letter)

Blackpool Gazette 4.9.09 No cruelty to natural tricks - Regarding the article "Stop this cruel show" (Gazette Saturday August 29), I get fed up with people talking about a subject they clearly no nothing about. John Bradbury says the horses, ponies and dogs in Bobby Roberts' circus do tricks which are distressing to them… If you ban this circus then you will have to ban all equitation, show jumping and driving – as is this not horses performing tricks?... John Welsby, Links Road, Knott End. (letter)

Daily Mail 4.9.09 Rescuing Mr Badger: A day in the life of the animal ambulance By Flic Everett - Trevor Weeks hasn't had a full night's sleep in years, he suffers from high blood pressure and he barely scrapes by on his pay. But nothing will induce him to look for an easier career. Trevor, 37, is the founder and driving force behind the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), and together with his partner, Kathy Martyn, 36, he regularly works 12-hour days, driving hundreds of miles, to save injured and distressed wildlife…. (story)

3.9.09

IFAW HARE COURSING PROSECUTION
BBC News Online 3.9.09 Chef thought hare event was legal - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright has said she would not have attended a hare-coursing event in North Yorkshire if she had known it was illegal…. (story)
Horse & Hound 3.9.09 Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Sir Mark Prescott plead guilty to hare coursing - Nick West, H&H newsdesk - Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and successful racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott have been cleared of hunting offences after pleading guilty to hare coursing at Scarborough Magistrates Court… (story)
Independent 2.9.09 Clarissa Dickson-Wright escapes punishment for hunting offences By Chris Green - Debate over Britain's hunting ban flared up yesterday after a celebrity chef and a leading horse trainer admitted attending two illegal hare coursing events – and were let off by a judge…. In granting Sir Mark and Ms Dickson-Wright full discharges, the district judge Kristina Harrison said that there were "complexities within the Hunting Act which made the administration of it a little difficult"… (story)
Express 2.9.09 TV’S FAT LADY ADMITS ILLEGAL HUNTING By Paul jeeves - TV cook Clarissa Dickson-Wright had has said she took part in illegal hunting with dogs…. Ms Dickson-Wright from Midlothian, and Sir Mark, from Newmarket, Suffolk, were not present at Scarborough Magistrates Court yesterday as prosecutor John Cooper said: “During the course of the two days this was a serious and sophisticated event of hare coursing.”… (story)
Mail 2.9.09 Two Fat Ladies chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright admits attending hare coursing event at private prosecution By Chris Brooke - Clarissa Dickson-Wright defiantly hit back at animal rights activists yesterday after she was convicted of attending illegal hare-coursing. The chef, best known for the TV show Two Fat Ladies, said she regularly received death threats because of her pro-hunting views and the case would lead to even more… (story)
Mirror 2.9.09 TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright escapes punishment over hare coursing event By Lucy Thornton - TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright yesterday escaped punishment after she admitted attending an illegal hare coursing event…. (story)
Sun 2.9.09 TV chef in hunt let-off By ALASTAIR TAYLOR - TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a top racehorse trainer escaped punishment for hunting offences… (story)
York Press 2.9.09 TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and trainer Sir Mark Prescott admit hare coursing - A CELEBRITY chef and a leading racehorse trainer have pleaded guilty to attending hare coursing events in Ryedale….(story)
Scotsman 2.9.09 Two Fat Ladies TV chef pleads guilty to illegal hare coursing By MARTYN McLAUGHLIN - TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright yesterday pleaded guilty to hunting offences along with a leading racehorse trainer… In mitigation for Prescott, Stephen Welford said his client was invited by the YGFTC, which believed it was running a legal and "above-board" event. He said the club sought advice from a firm of solicitors and leading counsel and received insurance. A police officer attended the event on the first day but left a short time later…. Both defendants, neither of whom have any previous convictions, received an absolute discharge and no costs were awarded against them…. (story)
Scotsman 2.9.09 Debate and controversy dogs interpretation of hunting laws - THE first area of the United Kingdom to outlaw hare coursing was Scotland. The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act, passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2002, banned traditional foxhunting, fox baiting and hare coursing…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.9.09 Court warning after two celebrities discharged By Mark Branagan - CELEBRITY chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and champion racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott were given absolute discharges for hare coursing yesterday by a judge who warned anyone now convicted of the offence would be dealt with much more harshly… The judge dramatically halted yesterday's proceedings when private prosecutors, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, claimed police wanted to head off a Crown prosecution of Dickson Wright, 62, and Prescott, 63, to avoid "a media circus"…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 2.9.09 Hare coursing law fight 'vindicated' By Mark Branagan - ANIMAL rights campaigners yesterday secured landmark private convictions against TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott for hare coursing – claiming both nearly escaped justice because of their celebrity status… But although the case had been dealt with, there may be a further court hearing into an allegation that a "middle ranking police officer did not want to prosecute Dickson Wright or Prescott because they did not want a media circus"…. (story)
Scarborough Evening News 2.9.09 Guilty: Clarissa admits hunting offence - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright was yesterday convicted at Scarborough Magistrates' Court of attending an illegal hare-coursing event…. (story)
Cambridge News 2.9.09 Hunting law runs chef and trainer to ground - RACEhorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright admitted breaching the hunting ban when they attended two hare coursing events in Yorkshire… Alice Barnard, Eastern regional director of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, said the law remained confusing for everybody - including the police…. But Marcus Papadopoulos, spokesman for the League Against Cruel sports, said: "Since the law came into force in February 2005 there have been 75 successful prosecutions… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.9.09 TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright admits hunting offences By Amy Murphy - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading racehorse trainer yesterday pleaded guilty to hunting offences… District judge Kristina Harrison described the case as “odd” and said she believed the YGFTC had tried to stay within the law when organising the event. She also believed the event would have been stopped if anyone had told the organisers it was illegal and said the two defendants had “held their hands up” once they were told what they had done was wrong… (story)
Malton & Pickering Mercury 2.9.09 TV chef Clarissa pleads guilty in coursing case - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright has pleaded guilty at Scarborough Magistrates' Court of attending an illegal hare-coursing event…. Both defendants were given an absolute discharge – a decision of the court to impose no penalty and no conditions, even though the defendant has been convicted. Neither defendant was asked to pay court costs… Steve Clark, of the Countryside Alliance, insisted that the case had been a “huge waste of time and public money”….(story)
Northern Echo 2.9.09 Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Sir Mark Prescott received absolute discharges despite admitting attending two hare coursing events By Joe Willis - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott have escaped punishment after pleading guilty to hare coursing charges… (story)
Yorkshire Evening Post 1.9.09 TV chef Clarissa admits Yorkshire hunting offence - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences… (story)
BBC News Online 1.9.09 TV chef admits hunting offences - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott have escaped punishment after pleading guilty to hunting offences. Dickson-Wright of Inveresk, Midlothian, and Prescott, of Newmarket, Suffolk, admitted attending two hare coursing events in North Yorkshire in 2007. Both received an absolute discharge at Scarborough Magistrates' Court. The private prosecution was brought by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)…. (story)
Telegraph 1.9.09 Bad hare day as the Fat Lady sings - Clarissa Dickson-Wright, the celebrity chef, has pleaded guilty to attending two banned hare coursing events in north Yorkshire. Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland, went to both events, in villages near Malton, in March 2007, but was spotted by members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Another “celebrity” bagged by the organisation was Sir Mark Prescott, a leading racehorse trainer from Newmarket, Suffolk… Neither she nor her co-defendant appeared in person for the private prosecution before magistrates in Scarborough. The case was brought by the IFAW… The events near Malton were organised by the Yorkshire Greyhound Field Trialling Club (story)
Guardian 1.9.09 Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hunting offences - The television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences…. (story)
Independent 1.9.09 TV chef pleads guilty to hunting charge By Amy Murphy, Press Association - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences. Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland, and Sir Mark Prescott, of Newmarket, Suffolk, admitted attending two hare coursing events in north Yorkshire in March 2007…. (story)
Times 1.9.09 TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hare coursing charge - Andrew Norfolk - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright today escaped punishment after she admitted being a spectator at an hare coursing event. Dickson-Wright and leading race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott joined hundreds of hunt supporters for two days of the traditional field sport held on farmland near Malton, North Yorkshire, in March 2007… The court heard that both were invited to the event by the Yorkshire Greyhound Field Trialling Club, which organised the trials, and had believed that what they were watching was lawful…. District Judge Kristina Harrison gave both defendants an absolute discharge and awarded no costs against them, but warned that future offenders would be dealt with more seriously… Speaking in July, the judge criticised the “extreme difficulty” that all involved in the case had experienced in “wrestling with what Parliament meant by the Act”. She also noted that the greyhounds involved had been muzzled and that a police officer who went to the first day of the event had left, apparently satisfied that no unlawful activity was taking place…. (story)
Cambridge News 1.9.09 Trainer pleads guilty to hunting charge - A LEADING Newmarket race horse trainer has pleaded guilty to hunting offences. Sir Mark Prescott admitted attending two hare coursing events in North Yorkshire in March 2007. Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland, admitted the same offences…. (story)
Fenland Citizen 1.9.09 Horse trainer admits hunting charge - A leading Newmarket race horse trainer has pleaded guilty to hunting offences. Sir Mark Prescott admitted attending two hare coursing events in North Yorkshire in March 2007…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 1.9.09 Fat Lady pleads guilty to hunting offences - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences….(story)
Yorkshire Post 1.9.09 TV chef admits hare coursing charge - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer have pleaded guilty to hunting offences. Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland, and Sir Mark Prescott, of Newmarket, Suffolk, admitted attending two hare coursing events in North Yorkshire in March 2007… (story)
Mirror 1.9.09 Two Fat Ladies chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hunting charge - Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a top race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences…. (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 1.9.09 TV chef and horse trainer admit hunting offences - A RENOWNED horse trainer and TV chef have both today admitted hunting offences. Clarissa Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland - who formed one half of the popular Two Fat Ladies cooking show - and Sir Mark Prescott, of Newmarket, admitted attending two hare coursing events in north Yorkshire in March 2007… (story)
Halifax Evening Courier 1.9.09 TV chef guilty of attending hare-coursing event in Yorkshire: She escapes punishment because she did not know it was illegal - Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright has escaped punishment after admitting taking part in a "cruel and terrifying" event where hares were chased by greyhounds… Together with top horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott, 61, and hundreds of other fans, spectators urged on the muzzled beasts to terrify the defenceless hares…. (story)
Racing Post 1.9.09 Prescott pleads guilty to hare coursing charge BY GRAHAM GREEN - SIR MARK PRESCOTT and TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright were convicted at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday of attending two hare coursing events in north Yorkshire in March 2007…. (story)
Northern Echo 1.9.09 TV chef and top trainer plead guilty to hunting offences By Matt Westcott - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences in North Yorkshire. Dickson-Wright, from Midlothian, Scotland, and Sir Mark Prescott, of Newmarket, Suffolk, admitted attending two hare coursing events in March 2007… (story)
Scarborough Evening News 1.9.09 TV chef admits hunting offences - TELEVISION chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright was today convicted at Scarborough Magistrates' Court of attending an illegal hare coursing event… (story)
Scarborough Evening News 1.8.09 Police defend hare-coursing case - POLICE have defended the investigation which led to the trial and conviction of former championship racehorse trainer Peter Easterby and huntsman Major John Shaw for hosting hare-coursing events on their land…. The judgment in the landmark case at Scarborough Magistrates' Court was accompanied by harsh words on the Hunting Act…. Acting assistant chief constable Steve Read, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "I understand this issue is highly emotive, with strong views on either side of the debate. However, it is important not to lose focus about this case. The fact of the matter is that this investigation resulted in the conviction of the two defendants. "To put it into context nationally, I believe this is the first successful prosecution pursued by a police force in England and Wales under Section 5 of the Hunting with Dogs Act since it came into force in 2005…. (story)
York Press 31.7.09 Hare-coursing case hailed as national ‘landmark’ - A HARE-COURSING trial has been heralded as a landmark victory by North Yorkshire police…. Steve Read, North Yorkshire’s acting assistant chief constable, has praised the officers behind the case and has claimed it as a national first…. (story)
Northern Echo 31.7.09 "Scrap Hunting Act" after coursing case By Joe Willis - COUNTRY sports campaigners say the absolute discharge of two men in a hare coursing case highlights the need for the Hunting Act to be repealed… The Northern Echo reported yesterday how three-times champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby was found guilty of permitting his land near Malton, North Yorkshire, to be used for hare coursing in March 2007…. Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said: “This extraordinarily pointless prosecution is yet another example of why the Hunting Act must be repealed… The event was organised by the Yorkshire Greyhound Field Trialling Club. Nobody from the club was available for comment yesterday, but Liz Mort, from the National Coursing Club, said the organisers would now have to consider whether to hold similar events. She said: “They obviously thought that they had found a sport which still used their dogs, but was within the law. However, the judge thought differently. Some rethinking may now have to be done on their part.”… (story)
Durham Times 30.7.09 Horse trainer guilty of hare coursing offence - THREE-TIMES champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby was found guilty yesterday of permitting land to be used for hare coursing… (story)
Malton Gazette & Herald 30.7.09 Peter Easterby found guilty of hare-coursing charges - THREE-times champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby has been found guilty of permitting land to be used for hare-coursing… (story)
York Press 30.7.09 Peter Easterby found guilty of hare-coursing charges - THREE-times champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby has been found guilty of permitting land to be used for hare-coursing. The 79-year-old former racehorse trainer of Great Habton in Ryedale was also convicted of attending a hare coursing event near Malton in March 2007… (story)
Yorkshire Post 30.7.09 Hare coursing pair and legislation found guilty By Mark Branagan - BRITAIN'S ban on hare coursing was upheld yesterday when former championship racehorse trainer Peter Easterby and huntsman Major John Shaw were convicted of hosting events on their land. But the judgment in the landmark case at Scarborough Magistrates Court was accompanied with harsh words on the Hunting Act, which the Countryside Alliance greeted as the "rudest" rebuke yet to the legislation. Both men were given absolute discharges by District Judge Christine Harrison who expressed concern over the two years the case had been hanging over them and that two men of previous good character should find themselves in such a situation… RSPCA Chief Inspector Geoff Edmond said: "We're pleased to have been able to assist North Yorkshire Police and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in bringing this prosecution." The IFAW said in a statement: "We are delighted at the guilty verdict."… (story)
BBC News Online 30.7.09 Horse trainer guilty of coursing - A champion racehorse trainer and another man have been found guilty of allowing illegal hare coursing on their land in North Yorkshire. Peter Easterby, 79, was convicted at Scarborough Magistrates' Court alongside Major John Shaw, 56… Shaw had been advised by a leading barrister that what he was doing was legal. However, his defence was dismissed by District Judge Christina Harrison who said the advice was wrong and ignorance was no defence in law…. "I have got two gentlemen here who have never been in trouble before and, as far as I can see, took every step to ensure what they were doing was lawful but they are in this position… (story)
Northern Echo 30.7.09 Horse trainer guilty of hare coursing offence - THREE-TIMES champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby was found guilty yesterday of permitting land to be used for hare coursing…. A spokeswoman for the International Fund For Animal Welfare said: “These convictions should serve as a strong warning to anybody intending to take part in similar activities in the future – they will be prosecuted.’’ Shaw, of Welburn, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, said: “Our representatives have spent 700 hours of Parliamentary time discussing this shoddy, spiteful Bill.”… (story)
Scarborough Evening News 30.7.09 Pair guilty of hare coursing charges By Laura Crothers - TWO land owners have been found guilty of hare coursing following a two-day trial during which the effectiveness of the Hunting Act was questioned.. after deliberating the definitions given in the Hunting Act, District Judge Christina Harrison deemed the activities on the days in question to be hare coursing… "I am also extremely concerned that a police officer attended on the first day and that Major Shaw explained to him what was going on before the police officer went off happy in his own mind with what was happening. One wonders whether Major Shaw and Mr Easterby would have found themselves in this position if the police officer acted on that first day. If he had said to Major Shaw he was concerned about the legalities Mr Shaw would have stopped the event and I believe the same of Mr Easterby." (story)
Telegraph 29.7.09 Racehorse trainer guilty of hare coursing charges - Peter Easterby, the three-times champion jumps trainer, has been found guilty of permitting land to be used for hare coursing… The 79-year-old former racehorse trainer was also convicted of attending a hare coursing event in March 2007. He was convicted along with Major John Shaw, 56, who faced the same charges at Scarborough Magistrates' Court… Shaw had been advised by a leading barrister that what he was doing was legal. However, his defence was dismissed by District Judge Christina Harrison who said the advice was wrong and ignorance was no defence in law. Both men were given an absolute discharge following the conviction and no costs were awarded against them… The court heard how a policeman even turned up on the farmland owned by Shaw but thought everything was legal… The judge was critical of how long the case took to come to court and how it had been initially handled by the police. She said: "There is absolutely no doubt that everybody in this case has had extreme difficulty trying to wrestle what exactly Parliament meant. I have got two gentlemen here who have never been in trouble before and as far as I can see took every step to ensure what they were doing was lawful but they are in this position. It's been accepted by me and by the prosecution that they took advice or sought expert counsel. Both parties accept that was wrong…. (story)
Horse & Hound 29.7.09 Absolute discharge for Peter Easterby in hare coursing trial - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The prosecution of former champion racehorse trainer Peter Easterby and farmer John Shaw for allowing hare coursing to take place on their land ended today (29 July) with both defendants granted an absolute discharge. No fine or costs was awarded against either man at Scarborough Magistrates Court…. District judge Christina Harrison found that the activities of the Yorkshire Greyhound Field Trial Club on Mr Easterby and Mr Shaw's land on 2-3 March 2007 were illegal coursing as defined by the Hunting Act 2004. And despite agreeing that Mr Shaw and Mr Easterby had only given permission for the land to be used for legal activity she had to convict the pair under the Act and gave them the most lenient sentence possible. The judge commented: "…there is no doubt; however that everyone has had extreme difficulty in interpreting what parliament meant [by the Hunting Act]"… (story)
Guardian 29.7.09 Horse trainer and retired army major guilty of hare-coursing - Martin Wainwright - The champion racehorse trainer Peter Easterby and a retired army major, John Shaw, were convicted today of taking part in illegal hare-coursing on their land… The district judge, Christina Harrison, gave both men an absolute discharge and no costs award because "everybody in this case has had extreme difficulty trying to wrestle what exactly parliament meant in the 2005 Hunting Act"…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 29.7.09 No penalty for horse trainer who held 'hare coursing' event - RACEHORSE trainer Peter Easterby has been found guilty of permitting land to be used for hare coursing but faces no penalty after a judge criticised the actions of police…. He was convicted along with Major John Shaw, 56, who faced the same charges at Scarborough Magistrates' Court… Shaw had been advised by a leading barrister what he was doing was legal… both were given an absolute discharge following the conviction and no costs were awarded against them… (story)
Yorkshire Post 29.7.09 Case may leave hare coursing law in tatters By Mark Branagan - BRITAIN'S ban on hare coursing could be in tatters by this afternoon when a judge rules on allegations against former champion race horse trainer Peter Easterby and manor-owning huntsman Major John Shaw… Sinnington Hunt member Shaw, 55, of Welburn Manor, Welburn, near Kirkbymoorside, and Easterby, 79, charged under his birth name of Miles Henry Easterby, of Habton Grange Farm, Great Habton, deny permitting land to be used for hare coursing and attending hare coursing….. (story)
Scarborough Evening News 29.7.09 Blood sport charges: judge's verdict due By Laura Crothers - THE judge in the trial of two men accused of hosting hare coursing events has retired to consider her verdict. Retired champion horse trainer Peter Easterby, 79, of Great Habton near Malton and Major John Shaw, 56, of Welburn near Kirkbymoor-side, both deny attending and permitting the use of their land for hare coursing events in March 2007… (story)
Malton Gazette & Herald 29.7.09 Champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby on hare coursing charges - TWO undercover animal welfare activists covertly filmed an alleged hare coursing event taking place on land owned by three-time champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby, a court heard. The former trainer, charged under his birth name of Miles Henry Easterby, is accused of permitting land to be used for hare coursing and attending a hare coursing event in March, 2007… (story)
Durham Times 28.7.09 Hare coursing charges denied by ex-trainer - TWO undercover animal welfare activists covertly filmed an alleged hare coursing event on land owned by three-times champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby, a court heard yesterday… (story)
Yorkshire Post 28.7.09 Champion trainer accused of hare coursing By Mark Branagan - ANTI-hunt campaigners used a secret camera disguised as a pair of field glasses to film an alleged hare coursing event hosted by former champion racehorse trainer Peter Easterby, a court heard yesterday. Joe Hashman and Michelle Bryan posed as a couple to mingle with the 120 spectators at two meets, the first on land owned by Maj John Shaw and the second on Easterby's land over two days in March 2007, it was said. The two campaigners were working undercover for the International Fund for Animal Welfare when they turned up at the Cresswell Arms pub in Appleton-le-Street, near Malton…. Mr Hashman said: "I had a pair of binoculars with a video camera built into them. As soon as the hare course started I put the binoculars to my eyes and was filming through them… The case continues. Yesterday charges were dropped against Elizabeth Dixon, 44, of Appleton-le-Street, near Malton, accused of facilitating the event. Cases were also dismissed against Andrew Lund-Watkinson, 56, of Pine View Lodge, Newton-on-Rawcliffe, and Jacqueline Teal, 42, of Scarborough Road, Norton, both accused of attending. A private prosecution against celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott in connection with the events is to be heard at Scarborough on September 1. (story)
York Evening Press 28.7.09 Peter Easterby and Major John Shaw face hare-coursing charges from 2007 - Two undercover animal welfare activists covertly filmed an alleged hare-coursing event taking place on land owned by three-time champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby, a court heard…. Mr Hashman told the court he did not take notes as he feared it would raise suspicions. He claimed over the two days possibly more than 40 occasions of hare-coursing took place… (story)
Scarborough Evening News 28.7.09 Hare-coursing case: pair deny charges - A CHAMPION horse trainer and a Major have gone on trial at Scarborough Magistrates' Court after alleged hare coursing. Former jumps trainer Miles Easterby, known as Peter, 78, of Great Habton in Malton, is charged with attending and permitting the use of his land for hare coursing on March 3, 2007. Major John Shaw, 54, of Welburn in Kirkbymoorside, is charged wi th the same offences after an alleged event on his land on March 2, 2007. Both men deny the charges…. (story)
Beverley Guardian 27.7.09 Activists secretly filmed 'hare coursing' - Two undercover animal welfare activists covertly filmed an alleged hare coursing event on North Yorkshire land owned by champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby, magistrates have been told…. The court heard how Michelle Bryan and Joe Hashman attended hare coursing events held over two days on a farm near Malton posing as a couple…. (story)
Racing Post 27.7.09 Court hear couple filmed Peter Easterby coursing BY GRAHAM GREEN - TWO undercover animal welfare activists secretly filmed an alleged hare coursing-event on land owned by three-time championjumps trainer Peter Easterby, a court heard on Monday. The former trainer, charged under his birth name of Miles Henry Easterby, is accused of permitting land to be used for hare-coursing and attending a hare-coursing event in March 2007… (story)
Racing Post 26.7.09 Easterby in court over hare-coursing allegations BY TURIA TELLWRIGHT - THREE-time champion jumps trainer Peter Easterby will go on trial at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with alleged involvement in hare-coursing events which took place two years ago… (story)
Scarborough Evening News 18.4.09 Date set for Clarissa Dickson-Wright hunt trial By Kirsty Beever - A date has finally been set for the Scarborough trial of television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright on hunting charges. Ms Dickson-Wright, of Midlothian in Scotland – who found fame as one half of the Two Fat Ladies – is accused of hunting hares with dogs and attending hare coursing events in March 2007… Five other people, who are being prosecuted for a number of alleged hunting related offences by the Crown Prosecution Service, will stand trial on July 27. They are Miles Henry Easterby, 79, of Great Habton, Malton; Andrew Lund-Watkinson, 58, of Newton-on-Rawcliffe, Picker-ing; John Shaw, 55, of Welburn, Kirkbymoorside; Jacqueline Ann Teal, 43, of Scarborough Road, Norton; and Elizabeth Margaret Gibson, 45, of Appleton-le-Street, Malton…. (story)
Horse & Hound 21.11.07 Date set for 'hare coursing' trial at Scarborough Magistrates Court - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Seven defendants — including former racehorse trainer Peter Easterby, trainer Sir Mark Prescott and the TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright — are to be tried at Scarborough Magistrates Court next April for alleged illegal hare-coursing.... (story)
Northern Echo 20.11.07 Date set for chef’s trial for alleged hare-coursing - A CELEBRITY chef will be tried next April in connection with alleged hare-coursing. Clarissa Dickson Wright, 60, is accused of hunting hares with dogs and attending a hare-coursing event at Nunnington, Helmsley, on March 2, and two similar offences at Amotherby, near Malton, both North Yorkshire, on March 3. She has pleaded not guilty by letter.... A pre-trial hearing was held yesterday at Scarborough Magistrates' Court when a two-week trial was set for April 14. A pretrial review will be held on March 3, but the defendants are not expected to attend.... (story)
Cambridge Evening News 26.9.07 Trainer and chef face hare coursing charges - Ben Lee and john Goode - LEADING racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright are facing prosecution for breaking the ban on hare coursing... (story)
Mirror 26.9.07 Fat lady Clarissa on hunt charges By Lucy Thornton - Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott face charges of hunting hares with dogs... (story)
Daily Record 26.9.07 Fat Lady Hare Hunt Charges - TV CHEF Clarissa Dickson Wright is facing charges of taking part in hare coursing... (story)
Belfast Telegraph 26.9.07 Prescott charged over coursing By Sue Montgomery - Newmarket-based trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing.... (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 26.9.07 TV CHEF TO FACE HARE COURSING CHARGE - Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, a former rector of Aberdeen University, and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing, it was confirmed yesterday. Officials at Scarborough Magistrates Court in North Yorkshire confirmed the pair were facing a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare... (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 26.9.07 Celebrity chef faces hare-coursing charges - CELEBRITY chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott are facing charges relating to alleged hare coursing... (story)
Independent 26.9.07 Prescott charged over coursing By Sue Montgomery - Newmarket-based trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing. The pair are due to answer a summons at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 9 November after a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare... (story)
Guardian 26.9.07 Prescott faces hare coursing prosecution - Ron Cox - Sir Mark Prescott, the Newmarket trainer, is to face charges at Scarborough magistrates court in November relating to alleged hare coursing, which was banned in Britain at the same time as hunting foxes with hounds in February 2005. Prescott, and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, who featured on the BBC food show Two Fat Ladies, face a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.... (story)
Express 26.9.07 CHEF ON HARE-HUNT CHARGES By Paul Jeeves - CELEBRITY chef Clarissa Dickson Wright faces a private prosecution by animal rights activists after allegedly being spotted hunting hares with dogs.... (story)
Racing Post 26.9.07 Prescott faces hare coursing charges - SIR MARK PRESCOTT faces a private prosecution for his alleged involvement in hare coursing events, purported to have taken place in March this year.... Legal reasons prevent the IFAW from explaining why Prescott's case is not being dealt with by the Crown Prosecution Service.... (story)
Daily Mail 26.9.07 'Fat lady' Clarissa Dickson Wright to be prosecuted over hunting with dogs By ANDREW LEVY - Clarissa Dickson Wright is facing prosecution for allegedly taking part in an illegal hunt. The 60-year-old author and chef, former co-star of Two Fat Ladies, is an outspoken supporter of country sports. She has been accused of attending two events earlier this year at which she took part in hare coursing.... (story)
Cambridge Evening News 25.9.07 Newmarket trainer facing hare coursing charges - Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and Newmarket racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing. Officials at Scarborough Magistrates Court in North Yorkshire confirmed the pair were facing a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.... (story)
BBC News Online 25.9.07 TV chef facing hare hunt charges - Racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing. Officials at Scarborough Magistrates' Court confirmed the pair were facing a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare…. (story)

Northumberland Gazette 3.9.09 Act is valid - DOES the dismissal of the case against Percy huntsman Robert McCarthy make the Hunting Act any less valid?... Around 70 individuals have been convicted under the Hunting Act since it came into force and more are awaiting trial. For example, a South Dorset Hunt terrier man is standing trial on a charge of interfering with badger setts, an offence for which a Percy huntsman received a nine-month conditional discharge two years ago… Katherine Watson, Bramhall, Stockport (story)

Western Morning News 3.9.09 At least we all know Tories' hunt stance - NOW it's out in the open. Senior Conservatives support a plan to make repealing the ban on hunting with dogs acceptable to voters and the general public… Graham Forsyth, Somerset (letter)

Essex Echo 3.9.09 Farmers can still kill foxes - If Jim Arthur wants to see the last blood sport to be finally banned in Britain reinstated (letters, Aug 26), he has only to vote Tory in the general election… But Jim should rest assured farmers still legally kill foxes. It’s just that as a civilised people, we no longer permit such necessity to be treated as a sport fancily dressed up as a need by horsey types… John Haran, Broadway West, Leigh (letter)

Essex Echo 3.9.09 Circus is a dying industry - Circus ringmaster Martin Lacey appears to be trying to portray the majority of us who will not support his show as being the ones responsible for the welfare these poor animals receive. Are we to be held responsible for the fact that they have to face long road journeys, never get to experience their natural habitat and have to perform what must be unnatural acts to them?.. John and Elizabeth Mills, Elizabeth Close, Hockley (letter)
Essex Echo 3.9.09 Condition of animals misses point - David Barratt (Aug 26) completely misses the point when he talks of the Great British Circus' animals being “in reasonable condition”. It's not how they appear, but the fact they are cooped up in small enclosures and on the road for most of the year…. Sandra Clark, Holland Road, Westcliff
David Lesley asked the motives for filming elephant abuse. We wonder why Animal Defenders International did not inform the circus. In May we discovered the groom had been behaving inappropriately and he was dismissed. However, some four months later they went to the press. Had it not been for our vigilance, the abuse could have been continuing… Martin Lacey, Great British Circus, Rochford (letters)

BBC News Online 3.9.09 Badgers moved out for roadworks - A conservation group has criticised the decision to permanently close a 100-year-old badger sett in order to repair a road in Oxford…. the Oxfordshire Badger Group said it was unfair to blame the road damage entirely on the badger sett…. Spokeswoman Julia Hammett said: "It was a pity there was no mitigation. "If it's a matter of road safety, the authorities aren't liable to put in an artificial sett…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 3.9.09 Cruelty of bullfighting - FOR the greater part of humanity, imbued as they are with qualities of compassion and moral rectitude, the heinous 'sport' of bullfighting is nothing short of barbaric… So you can imagine my shock and disgust, when entering the Waterstone's bookstore in Deansgate, I happened upon a leaflet advertising the following, up and coming book promotion: 'Frank Evans 16th September 7pm The UK's only official matador will be in-store talking about and signing The Last British Bullfighter. Tickets £3'….. Shaun McGrath, Oldham (letter)

2.9.09

Berwick News 2.9.09 Crowds flock to 'best ever' Glendale Show - PHENOMENAL crowds ensured the 117th Glendale Show on Bank Holiday Monday will go down in the history books as one of the best ever… The Prince Bishops falconry display team, Cornhill Carriage Company, Percy Foxhounds and City of Newcastle Pipe Band also entertained the crowds, with a first appearance by the Dancing Sheep a highlight for many… (story)

PERCY HUNTSMAN CLEARED OF ILLEGAL HUNTING
Western Morning News 2.9.09 'Ridiculous' hunt ban row reignited - A LEADING rural body has renewed attacks on the "irrelevant, controversial and pointless" ban on hunting with dogs following the collapse of another prosecution under the controversial law. Writing ahead of the new hunt season, Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said he hoped this would be the last year "we operate under this ridiculous law". Mr Hart's comments followed the collapse of a case brought against a Northumberland huntsman under the Hunting Act. Robert McCarthy, 35, of the Percy hunt, had been charged with illegally hunting a mammal… Writing on the Countryside Alliance website, Mr Hart said: "The Hunting Act is a pernicious law whose effects are entirely negative, and the collapse of Robert's case is hopefully another nail in its coffin… (story)
Newcastle Journal 14.8.09 Northumberland hunting case ‘a waste of money’ by Brian Daniel, The Journal - A NORTH East huntsman who walked free from court after the case against him collapsed, last night said it should never have been brought. Robert McCarthy, huntsman with the Alnwick-based Percy Hunt, which has links to the Duke of Northumberland, said the prosecution against him for illegal hunting had been a waste of time and public money… (story)
Horse & Hound 13.8.09 Percy hunting case collapses due to lack of evidence - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A case brought against a Northumberland huntsman under the Hunting Act 2004 has today (13 August) collapsed. Robert McCarthy, 35, of the Percy hunt had been charged with illegally hunting a mammal. The case opened at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court yesterday, with the court hearing evidence from two women who claimed to have witnessed Mr McCarthy and the Percy hounds hunting a fox on 12 November 2008. But today District Judge Stephen Earl ruled there was insufficient evidence and threw the case out…. Following the collapse of the case Mr McCarthy has been awarded costs… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 13.8.09 'Illegal' hunt case collapses By James Willoughby - A CASE against an Alnwick man accused of illegal hunting has collapsed after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him. Robert McCarthy, 35, of The Kennels, Cannongate, had denied the charge of hunting a wild animal with a dog, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004…. But on day two of the three-day trial, at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington, District Judge Stephen Earl said the prosecution had failed to put forward sufficient evidence to convict Mr McCarthy… The case was thrown out after the court had heard evidence from Sonia Redpath and her mother Lynne Peachey yesterday, on day one of the trial. The incident had happened outside Mrs Redpath's Golden Hill home and she told the court she had seen a fox which appeared to be "extremely frightened" and "weaving" up against a fence… She told the court Mr McCarthy was "ya-ing" and encouraging the dogs towards the fox. But Mrs Redpath did say Mr McCarthy had "intercepted" the hounds…. Defending, Robert Woodcock QC, said today that Mrs Redpath's evidence was "deeply tainted" and "unreliable" while Mrs Peachey's was "more favourable" to Mr McCarthy "than proves the case against him"…. (story)
Newcastle Journal 13.8.09 Evidence is given in landmark hunting case By Brian Daniel, The Journal - A NORTHUMBERLAND huntsman has gone on trial for illegal hunting, in the first case of its kind in the region. Robert McCarthy, part of the Alnwick based Percy Hunt, appeared at South East Northumberland magistrates court to face a charge under the controversial Hunting Act 2004 – becoming the first huntsman to be prosecuted in the Northumbria Police area since hunting was banned… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 12.8.09 Percy Huntsman denies illegal hunt - AN Alnwick man has appeared in court today charged with illegal hunting. Robert McCarthy, 35, of The Kennels, Cannongate, was accused of hunting a wild animal with a dog, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. McCarthy, Huntsman with the Percy Hunt, denied the charge…. (story)
Northumberland Gazette 6.3.09 Huntsman in court - THE Percy Hunt huntsman has pleaded not guilty to illegal hunting. Robert McCarthy, 34, of the Kennels, Cannongate, Alnwick, is alleged to have breached the Hunting Act 2004 in an incident on November 12, 2008, at Bradford Kaims, near Belford… (story)
Northumberland Gazette 21.2.09 Huntsman in court - A HUNTSMAN for the Duke of Northumberland has been charged with illegal hunting. Robert McCarthy, 34, of the Kennels, Cannongate, Alnwick, is alleged to have breached the Hunting Act of 2004 in an incident on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at Bradford Kaims, near Belford… (story)

Leicester Mercury 2.9.09 Farmers are ignored in the debate - Your article on fox hunting is quite correct in stating there is little room for compromise between the two sets of opinions on the issue…. These two groups of people campaign for and against the sport, but the far more important body of opinion is the farmers of this country. Before the ban farmers in seven rural Labour constituencies, including Loughborough, the Wrekin, Vale of Clwyd, and North Warwickshire, were asked to sign a petition against a hunting ban on their farms. In excess of 95 per cent in all constituencies opposed a ban on hunting, specifically dispersal and culling of foxes with dogs… Families are quite capable of deciding whether foxes should be left alone on the family farm, or shot or hunted if fox control is necessary. Robin Smith-Ryland, Warwick (letter)
Leicester Mercury 2.9.09 Hunting ban should stay - I think the return of hunting would be a backward step (Mercury, August 26)…. Think carefully before you agree to a change in the law. Children have lost pets and been frightened for many years because of hunting dogs pursuing a fox through residents' back gardens… G Harrington, Blaby. (letter)

Fermanagh Herald 2.9.09 Minister welcomes Irish Hare survey findings - The results of the 2009 Northern Ireland Irish hare survey have shown that there are approximately 27,400 hares in Northern Ireland. The survey, which has been undertaken annually since 2004 by scientists from Queen's University, estimated a density of just under two hares per square kilometre across Northern Ireland. The survey has also shown that there has been no significant change in the hare population here since 2008… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 2.9.09 Animal rights group makes plea for total ban on killing seals By Cameron Brooks - ANIMAL rights campaigners have called for an outright ban on killing seals. Advocates for Animals say the Scottish Government needs to do more to protect animals from suffering. The organisation wants the new Marine (Scotland) Bill strengthened to take account of public opinion which it insists supports greater protection of grey and common seals…. (story)

Colchester Gazette 2.9.09 Animal welfare protester plans to picket Great British Circus By Tom Parkes - A CIRCUS that sacked a groom for hitting elephants with a metal hook is pushing ahead with plans to come to Colchester. The Great British Circus faced condemnation when campaign group Animal Defenders’ International released a video of the worker abusing animals… Animal rights’ protester Jane Williams, from Frinton, who has picketed the circus on past visits to Colchester, said she was organising protests on September 13 and 20… (story)

Colchester Gazette 2.9.09 Travelling circus causes distress - People who campaign against animal circuses have long been aware of the distress caused to the animals. Each time the circus moves to another venue, the animals are loaded into the confines of the best wagons while the site is dismantled, and there they stay until a new destination is reached. This can be many hours later…. V Oliver, Mill Road, Colchester (letter)

1.9.09

READYFIELD BLOODHOUNDS SENT TO KENYA
Times 1.9.09 Bloodhounds the latest weapon against ivory and bushmeat poachers - Tristan McConnell in Nairobi - Slobbering, panting and blinking in the dawn light, the latest weapon in the fight against poachers emerged from the belly of a Kenya Airways jumbo jet. Packed in two wooden crates, Pension and Drastic, two six-year-old British bloodhounds, got their first glimpse of Kenya last week as they began their new lives helping to protect the country’s wildlife…. Richard Bonham, 54, founder of the Maasailand Preservation Trust, which patrols 1.5 million acres of bush-covered hills and plains in southeast Kenya, met the new arrivals at Nairobi airport…. Mr Bonham has been using bloodhounds to track poachers since 2006 but three months ago one of them, Judy, died of sleeping sickness, leaving her brother alone… After hearing of Bosco’s plight, Giles Sim, a British holidaymaker on a horseback safari in the Chyulu Hills, where Mr Bonham’s conservation efforts are based, offered to find a companion. “After the second gin and tonic I said, ‘Never mind, old chap, I’ll send you a couple of bloodhounds’,” recalled Mr Sim, a former Master of the East Essex Hunt… (story)
Horse & Hound 1.9.09 Readyfield bloodhounds arrive in Africa to protect rhinos - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - Two bloodhounds from Nottinghamshire charged with protecting endangered black rhinos in Kenya have arrived safely in Africa. Drastic and Pension from the Readyfield bloodhounds set off last Thursday (27 August) to fly to Nairobi to start their new careers…. (story)
Horse & Hound 30.8.09 Bloodhounds to help track rhino poachers in Kenya - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Two bloodhounds are on their way to a new life in Kenya — to help save endangered black rhinos. Drastic and Pension from the Readyfield Bloodhounds left Heathrow today (Thursday) bound for Nairobi. The hounds will be met by Richard Bonham, chairman of the Maasailand Preservation Trust, and taken to start their new life tracking rhino poachers at Chyulu Hills — thanks to former East Essex master Giles Sim…. (story)

YORKSHIRE POST HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Yorkshire Post 1.9.09 Vermin listing From: Tony Kirby, St Davids Road, Otley - IN response to Pat Thomson's letter (Yorkshire Post, August 29), asking if she could be enlightened where the fox is listed as vermin. The answer is simple – Section 95 of the Agriculture Act 1947… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 29.8.09 Blinkered mantra of the pro-hunting lobby From: Penny Little, Back Way, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire. THE picture painted by RC Dales (Yorkshire Post, August 17) is preposterous, conjuring up images of strong-jawed huntsmen just "doing their duty" (unlike others, who fail in this duty as they are too "immersed in their affairs"), nobly setting out to cull a "savage predator"…. This is so risible, that I almost thought it might be a deliberate joke, but then I realised it really was just another hunt apologist's ultra-sanitised version of what hunting is all about….
From: Pat Thomson, Kelly Street, Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire. ONCE again, we have a deluge of letters from both sides in the fox hunting debate, both pro and anti, as in the letter from Phyllis Capstick (Yorkshire Post, August 11) which is pro-hunting as usual… may be she could enlighten me as to where the fox is listed as vermin specifically. In any English dictionary or thesaurus…it is not there. What I did find was this: "The term vermin is also used as an extremely pejorative characterisation of a particular class or group of people, a inferior and subhuman, and often considered social parasites." (letters)
Yorkshire Post 25.8.09 Tuesday's Letters: Fox hunting ban was based on prejudice - YOUR anti-hunting correspondent William Snowden is barking up the wrong tree (Yorkshire Post, August 4). Before the hunting ban came into force, as anybody knows, hunting finished in early spring for approximately six months. In a properly managed hunt country, vixens could have their cubs without interference…. So what are your correspondents on about? They got their ban (at what cost to the fox population is a matter for debate), hounds still go out, riders still follow them, people calling themselves "hunt monitors" still roam the countryside pretending to know what is going on, looking for evidence…. What a shambles. From: John Grice, The Close, Durkar, Wakefield (letter)
Yorkshire Post 18.8.09 Tuesday's Letters: Keeping a balance between predator and prey - "PREDATOR and prey" is one of Mother Nature's rules, going back millions of years… there are among us, for whom ultra-civilisation has cast out many of nature's requirements, those who think that wild animals (even fish in their different element) have human sensations. Among them are your two correspondents (Yorkshire Post, August 4), William Snowden and Eric Beechey. They castigate those who, with the necessary aid of dogs, would hunt for a wild animal which itself is a savage predator… It is likely that the Hunting Act will be repealed, and your correspondents will find the Code of Conduct of Hunters will assuage their finer feelings, even if they oppose Mother Nature. From: RC Dales, Church View, Brompton, Northallerton
From: William Snowden, Farnley Ring Road, Leeds. PHYLLIS Capstick (Yorkshire Post, August 11) contends that fox hunters are conservationists, and that "only true country people can possibly understand" that sometimes one has "to be cruel to be kind". Incongruous… (letters)
Yorkshire Post 11.8.09 Healthy face of fox hunting From: Phyllis Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton, North Yorkshire. CONTRARY to the views of William Snowden (Yorkshire Post, August 4), fox hunters do not conserve to kill. They kill (some foxes) to conserve certain creatures in the countryside. Fox hunters are country loving citizens, who care passionately about the countryside and all the animals, birds, etc therein…. (letter)
Yorkshire Post 4.8.09 Fox hunters conserve only to kill - From: William Snowden, Butterbowl Gardens, Farnley Ring Road, Leeds. ROGER Dobson's contention that "hunting with hounds is not cruelty but conservation" (Yorkshire Post, July 27) chimes with the old countryman's claim to "honour the fox and then hunt him". This is hardly in the spirit of conservation. Hunters conserve only to kill….
Only if we are cruel, callous and perverse. From: Eric Beechey, Eastfield Lane, Kellington, Goole. ROGER Dobson states that hunting with hounds is not cruelty but conservation. If members of the public could see the video evidence collected by the League Against Cruel Sports while this vile activity was legal they would have no doubt that its chief executive officer, Douglas Batchelor, speaks with authority and that his recently printed comments could be easily vindicated… (letters)

Leicester Mercury 1.9.09 Foxes beware - To all foxes, watch out, tuck your tales in. The red coated, shiney boot brigade are hoping to start the blooding ceremony once again on their offspring… Mrs V Johnson, Leicester. (letter)

Fermanagh Herald 1.9.09 Ban on use of lead shot over wetlands - Regulations to prohibit the use of lead shot by anyone shooting over wetlands in Northern Ireland, comes into effect on 1 September….A guidance note about the new restrictions and how it affects shooters has been produced jointly by the Department of the Environment, Countryside Alliance (Ireland) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. It is readily available from any of these organisations… (story)

RSPB BIRDS OF PREY REPORT
Western Mail 1.9.09 RSPB calls for tougher action against bird-related crime by Steve Dube, Western Mail - CONSERVATIONISTS are calling for tougher action over bird-related crime. The RSPB wants a review of wildlife crime policing, secure long-term funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit, more full-time, specialist wildlife crime police officers, a government review updating the way game shoots are regulated, with bans imposed on those found guilty of persecuting birds of prey, and crimes against birds of prey to be classed as a “recorded crime” and included in national crime statistics…. (story)
Scarborough Evening News 1.9.09 'Shame' of bird crime figures - NORTH Yorkshire Police has defended itself after Scarborough and the rest of the county was placed at the top of a league of shame for crimes against birds of prey… (story)
Dundee Courier 26.8.09 Cruelty against iconic birds of prey By Chris Hardy - HORRIFYING CRUELTY against rare and protected birds has been revealed in a new report. The deliberate killing of Scotland’s iconic birds of prey has reached unacceptable levels, the RSPB said yesterday. While inquiries continue into the death of a golden eagle found poisoned in Glen Esk, the charity has published a report on a year-long study into crimes such as the poisoning and shooting of birds of prey. Sea eagles, buzzards, red kites and hen harriers are being killed by landowners protecting their livestock, said the RSPB…. (story)
Scotsman 26.8.09 Birds of prey killings 'shameful high' By EMILY PYKETT - A SEA eagle, red kites and buzzards were illegally poisoned in Scotland last year as crimes against birds of prey remained "unacceptably high", the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland said… The killings were concentrated around so-called hotspots on the east coast, where much of the land is given over to grouse and pheasants…. (story)
Telegraph 26.8.09 Illegal killing of birds second highest on record – RSPB - Wild birds are being killed in high numbers becaue of half-hearted enforcement and a lack of national co-ordination, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The charity received 1,206 reports of shooting, poisoning, trapping and disturbance of rare birds like golden eagles and hen harriers… Ian West, Head of Investigations at the RSPB, blamed the high number of deaths on the failure of the police to take wildlife crime seriously enough… (story)

Western Mail 1.9.09 Facts don't support any cull of badgers - THE illegal culling of badgers, however well intended, will worsen the spread of bovine TB. In his letter "Ordering a badger cull would be political suicide" (WMN, August 26) Martin Bell says Hilary Benn won't order a cull for political reasons…. He continues and talks about illegal culling by farmers, and cites badgers he sees on the roadside on Bodmin Moor. There is probably truth in this…. this shows the folly of the way the NFU and the Conservatives are handling the issue in a deeply political way, for if this illegal culling is happening, it will actually make things worse…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Leicester Mercury 1.9.09 Circus animals deserve better - I hope all those people who attended the Great British Circus and wrote letters to Mailbox in support of the performing elephants are now aware of their misguided opinions…. (story)

Blackpool Citizen 1.9.09 Row over 55-year-old elephant at Blackburn circus - A ROW has broken out over one of the last remaining animal circuses which is coming to Blackburn next week. Campaign group ‘Captive Animals’ Protection Society’ (CAPS) wants the public to boycott the Bobby Roberts Circus, claiming it features an elderly, arthritic elephant as well a horses, ponies and dogs… (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 1.9.09 A jumbo row as circus elephant comes to Blackburn - A ROW has broken out over one of the last remaining animal circuses which is coming to Blackburn next week. Campaign group Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) wants the public to boycott the Bobby Roberts Circus, claiming it features an elderly, arthritic elephant as well a horses, ponies and dogs… (story)